I enjoyed the Artesa Organic Rioja last weekend with some local barbecued watercress and pork sausages. The wine is wonderfully smooth from 6 months ageing in new American oak. (As the wine is Organic, it has to be aged in either brand new oak or in oak which has previously been used for organic wines only).
This American oak (which is so typical in Rioja production), gives the wine sweet spice and cedar flavours, as well as a hint of smokiness.
The Tempranillo vines are mature and are planted on poor, stony soils, which means that the vines have to work hard to
The amazing success of Veganuary has made me think about vegan and vegetarian wines.
There's a growing movement among winemakers around the world to avoid the use of animal products in wine production. At one time egg protein used to filter wine before bottling and the use of animal-based glues in agglomerated corks was widespread but now alternatives like bentonite ( an inert clay-based product) are increasingly used for fining wines to produce the clear wines consumers expect to see..
Wine Utopia offers several vegan and vegetarian wines. The Boutinot wines from the Cotes
The white Viognier grape is definitely the jewel in the crown of France’s northern Rhone region. The Domaine de Monteillet Les Grandes Chaillees hails from the tiny, world-renowned Condrieu appellation and delivers a wine which is elegant and delicately perfumed but fresh and minerally with layers of complexity. The 2018 vintage is still crammed with an amazing array of primary fruit flavours like mango, honeydew melon and peach and has a long and satisfying finish. If you’ve got the patience, this wine will develop wonderfully honeyed secondary flavours over the next decade. This is
Pongracz Brut is clean and crisp with flavours of green apples and very well balanced acidity. It has a yummy foaming mousse with those classic yeast and biscuit characters that give a full, fruity finish. Its crisp green apple tones and baked bread nuttiness makes it seriously moreish.
It is a brilliant alternative to Champagne if you are keeping an eye on your pennies and need a bit of sparkle in these strange times!
Go for the Durbanville Hills Chenin 2017. £13.95.
I enjoyed a glass or two of this lovely Chenin last Friday evening. I usually go for the False Bay Chenin with my fish and chips, but fancied an upgrade this week.....I was not disappointed!
Beautiful and vibrant, glistening like gold in the glass.
The wine is starting to develop well with three years of age. Tropical fruit aromas of pineapple, mangoes and apricots on the nose. On the palate are limes and a wonderful creamy oak texture and a hint of honey. A good lick of acidity to finish, complementing the fish and