George's Picks

Monday, 19th June 2017

Something for the sunshine

All of a sudden we're all complaining that it's too hot. It only seems a couple of weeks ago that it was too cold, but I suppose it's in built into our British psyche to complain about something. The heat is far less of an issue though with a glass of chilled wine in hand, white or rosé, I'm not fussy. There are, however, a few I'm particularly keen on, including these two delicious wines from France (both under £10 on offer at present):

2016 Costières de Nîmes Rosé, Reserve de Fabregues - It looks great and tastes fabulous. It's a little fruitier and fuller than many of the more delicate rosés down the road in Provence, but I love the depth of fruit and added texture. Chill it down well and enjoy on its own or with fish, salads, burnt barbecued food, or anything you're eating al fresco, it's a great all-rounder. Buy the wine here.

2016 Sauvignon de Touraine 'Les Eglantines', Sauvion - One of the best Loire Valley Sauvignon Blancs that has not risen to a 'only on special occasion' price in recent years.  It has a great intensity of fruit, more so than many French Sauvignons, yet it is still refined and elegant. Tropical notes with vibrant citrus and gooseberry on the finish combine very well. It's beautifully balanced and very easy to drink. Buy the wine here

Monday, 24th October 2016

Cremant du Jura - Just like delicious mature Champagne, just cheaper

Cremant du Jura may not be your go-to wine when choosing something with a bit of fizz to serve your guests, but this one really should be.

This wine has been elevated from a modest sparkling wine into something truly special by the addition of about 2% Vin Jaune (the local oxidised, sherry-like, wine). It gives the impression of a wine that has spent some time maturing in the cellar, but at a fraction of the price.

At this price I can't think of a sparkling wine I'd rather drink.


Tuesday, 19th April 2016

Grenache Blanc - give something new a try

Grenache Noir may be a grape familiar to many, most notably as the main constituent of many of the southern Rhone Valley's best known reds (Chateauneuf du Pape etc.), but what about its blanc sibling? 

Grenache Blanc is rarely the headline variety on a bottle of wine, but if this wonderful South African white is anything to go by then it certainly should be. I love the exotic aroma of stone fruits and orange blossom, and on the palate a subtle toasty note from a brief stint in an oak barrel adds an extra dimension. If you're a lover of village level white Burgundy or the white wines of the Rhone Valley then give this a try. Just like me, you may find that this wine becomes one of your go-to wines when entertaining.

2012 Grenache Blanc, The Foundry, South Africa - on offer until early June 2016