For Valentines or just because….
Now we’re all finished being good for January let’s celebrate with 2 delicious wines.
Set the scene, prep the food and crack open the fizz!
Prosecco Frizzante, Il Colle, Veneto @ £9.59 from Adnams.
A deliciously fruity Prosecco, crisp but rounded and leaving a slight lingering honey taste. Perfect to start the evening.
Serve with a Spanish style sharing platter – cured meats, manchego cheese, olives & antipasti, prepare ahead and relax with your fizz.
Moving on to a warming full bodied red.
Lobo e Falcão 2013
Tejo Vinho Region from Portugal.
A fairly undiscovered country amongst many of us but don’t miss out on this one, bursting with dark berry fruit flavours, smooth and spicy and deliciously moorish. Buy more than one as you won’t want to stop drinking it!
Serve with a Slow cooked Rich Lamb Shank & Chorizo Casserole.
Finish with a Dark Chocolate Expresso Dessert.
New Zealand – Cloudy Bay ‘Polorus’ Sparkling Wine
If you like your New Zealand Wines your sure to have heard of the ‘Cloudy Bay’ Vinyard, one if the top wineries in New Zealand.
Their ‘Polorus’ 2009′ Vintage Sparkling Wine can rival any Champagne. Made using the traditional Champagne method and a blend of the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape it has a lovely citrus freshness but is rich & creamy with nutty flavours coming through, any expert would be hard pushed to guess it wasn’t from the Champagne Region.
For a special occasion or for your Christmas toast it is perfect and priced at £28.49 but ON OFFER FOR JUST £18.98 you wouldn’t get a decent Champagne to rival this for the price.
Available through Majestic Wine. www.majestic.co.uk
Ever tried an English Wine? Prepared to be surprised!
The deliciously crisp white wine produced by ‘Humbleyard Vineyard’ in Mulbarton, Norfolk is made from the Bacchus grape blended with a small amount of ‘Reichensteiner’. It has characteristics of a Sauvignon Blanc but with a slightly lighter finish.
Flavours of Elderflower & Apple are balanced with a subtle citrus note making it a wonderful refreshing wine to serve on Christmas Day, light enough to enjoy during the day but crisp enough to cut through the contrast of Christmas lunch plus a great talking point.
At the mid price of £11.75 a bottle, or £10.50 for 2 or more in the Humbleyard Vineyard farm shop – it’s most definitely worth a try.