New Year, New Wines

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The new year is here and I am sure you are all compiling list of resolutions, attend the gym more, get fit, drink less, eat healthier the usual. We would suggest another addition which may even fall in with the drink less weirdly. We often hear phases such as drink less drink better and while there is sound reasoning behind this suggestion we would also advocate drinking less but drinking different. The new year offers up opportunities to break old habits and why not break that habit of New Zealand Sauvignon or Rioja and try something different, who knows you may even like it better.

There are so many styles and varieties available in wine that it is a shame not to sample more than the one or two that you love. This January we would propose you drink differently. We have selected a red and a white below neither of which is two wildly different but are a good way to dip your toes into the exciting world of other wines.

Rivera Negroamaro 2016 €14.95

Medium bodied red from the very tip of the heel of Italy,  Puglia. It pours a ruby colour; complex bouquet of bitter cherries and raspberry; medium bodied on the palate with a long complex aftertaste exhibiting the pleasant, bitterish note typical of the negroamaro (the name means bitter black one). Pair this with pork chops in a spicy sauce or a sunday roast.

Quinta do Chocapalha Arinto 2016 €14.95

Hailing from the Lisboa region in Portugal this is a crisp & refreshing white that has
aromas of fresh citrus, tangy lime and minerality lead to a wonderfully brisk and crisp palate. Pair with some spicy sausages.

 

 

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Vinho Branco

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The delightful Portuguese words for white wine, and with stunning fortified wines, Port and Madeira and great reds from Douro, Dao, Lisboa, and Alentejo is it any wonder that Portuguese whites get over looked, much the same as their Iberian neighbours whites are over looked! (More on that another day). We import directly over 20 wines from Portugal from 5 different family owned estates and stock another 20 or so wines from Portugal. Out of that 40 or so different wines we have only 4 whites. That is a 10% of the total, no other country except for Spain is this figure even as low as 25%. But i waffle below are 3 crisp and refreshing Portuguese whites that we stock.


Bajancas Branco Douro 2011
A refreshing blend of Robigato, Gouveio and Malvasia Fino. Fresh and fruity with a hint of grapiness and. Some crisp lemon fruit. Nice and  refreshing with pure fruit and a hint of herbiness. An appealing easy drinking style.

Quinta Chocapalha Arinto 2010, Lisboa

Probably Portugal’s most famous white grape Arinto. This wine is aged for 12 months in the cellar prior to release. Fresh bright apple and lemony nose. The palate is crisp and fresh with lovely bright fruit and some lemony freshness on the finish.

Quinta Chocapalha Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Lisboa

This is a quirky example of a grape variety we have all love.  The nose explodes with prickly nettle, citrus and pineapple fruit on the nose all over classic freshly cut grass. The palate is fresh with a racy edge and lashing of pineapple, melon and tropical fruits. An absolute much try for all wine lovers. ( Warning this is probably a Marmite wine, love it or hate it!)