Rose, Sunshine and Wine

Fellow Wine Lovers,

We’ve got Wayne to thank for bringing the sunshine back, though I wish he’d shut up about it raining in Mallorca. Anyway there is some Rosé in the fridge (I hope that doesn’t put the kibosh on the weather again!).

The sharp eyed amongst you may have noticed we were a bit late on Thursday. We had a quick trip up the road to Olympia for the London Wine Fair. We put our palates through a series of tests involving English Sparkling, Champagne, Red, White and Rosé wines, finishing with a quick trawl through some Rums. A very satisfying 2.5 hours catching up with a few friends old and new. Watch this space for a few new arrivals!

In wine news this week Italian luxury fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo are suing a retired American football player for naming his winery after himself. They claim that Vincent Ferragamo is confusing consumers by selling his “inferior” award winning Cabernet and Sangiovese blend (Gold Medal Los Angeles Wine Competition). The estate they own in Tuscany (formerly owned by the Medici’s) markets their award winning wine (Silver Decanter World Wine Awards, Bronze International Wine Challenge) under the name Il Borro. We’re confused.

Tasting this weekend

On the red front we have been hankering after a glass of Domaine Wachau Blauer Zweigelt 2013 (£15.19). Medium-bodied with dark fruits and soft tannins, we think it’ll be sehr gut with that butterflied leg of lamb you’re barbecuing. Red from Austria, whatever next?

Staying with mainstream wine producing regions, we’ll pop down the A12 for the white. Near Chelmsford you’ll find New Hall Vineyards Bacchus 2014 (£12.99) a lovely fresh white that is perfect as an aperitif, or a cheeky partner to that big prawn brochette you have up your sleeve!

Alex is still on about his rosé, he has made a big pile of it by the counter. Sixty years as Cru Classé, Chateau Aumerade is our preferred Provence. Deliciously light and dry, pale in glass and is £13.99 a bottle or £72 for a six box. Chillin’ out in the fridge!

That’s us for this week pop in, say hi, have a taste and have a great weekend!

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