Well, not me, as I’m laid-up as I type at Hexham General Hospital nursing a broken foot!
The days are getting longer and Easter is on the horizon which is a good sign it is a time of change, and with this my drinking habits also change.
Big winter warming reds are put to one side, Sherry and Port are still on the agenda. However, with Port I am more likely to go for a Tawny as opposed to a vintage red.
The wines that I shall be suggesting are from Guest Wines brand new list. I also want to move from my safe zone and be a bit more adventurous!
Domaine Les Yeuses St Felix IGP Pays d’Oc White 2021 is an easy fit aperitif.
Los Haroldos Chacabuco Torrontes 2021, Maipu, Mendoza Argentina – is a more aromatic style of white which can liven up the taste buds.
Sauvignon Blanc must appear on my list, therefore, Jane Hunter’s Sauvignon Blanc 2022, Marlborough New Zealand is a must.
Moving onto reds, I find that Beaujolais can cover a large spectrum. It has a good balance of structure and fruit flavours. Fleurie Millesime Cave de Fleurie 2020 Beaujolais France is a good start.
Casa Santiago Pinot Noir 2021, Curico Valley from Chile has good weight and flavour. A suitable replacement for Burgundy at half the price.
With Italian food, you have to drink Italian wine. I have found Telero Rosso Negroamaro del Salento 2021, Cantele, IGT Puglia Italy a good red to cover most basis.
As Easter approaches, this is the time that you can really push the boat out. A glass of Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale Brut Champagne is always welcoming whether with family or friends.
Joseph Perrier are soon to be celebrating their 200th anniversary, proving that that they have withstood the tests of our times!
Roast lamb is a popular choice for Easter Sunday. So, a natural partner being Bordeaux. I suggest the Château Laborde Cru Bourgeois 2010, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux France has being a good contender. However, if you want to think outside of the box, why not try a Pinot Noir from central Slovakia – Papillon Vino od Francuza Pinot Noir 2018, Central Slovakia.
A lovely poached salmon could be on the menu for Easter Sunday, so a bottle of Chassagne-Montrachet Pot Bois 2018, Burgundy France would neatly anoint the salmon. Please note that this wine has limited availability.
Whilst we are discussing Burgundy, a good white goes extremely well with a nicely matured cheddar. What I have in mind is a Montagny ‘Les Crets’ 2020, Domaine Feuillat-Juillot Burgundy France
The Budget has not helped us wine drinkers, but it is worthwhile to keep an eye out for special offers and bin-ends from Guest Wines if you are considering stocking up the wine rack.
I will report back once I have had a chance to try some more new wines that have been added to the new list once I am a free man!
Love to all,
Guest Wines Wine Ambassador