Friday, 5 August 2016
Strictly, Olympic wines should probably be from Greece. Or Brazil.
However, these three wines all come from countries competing in the Olympics, so sit back, relax and pour one of these into your glass to toast the respective nation as they appear in the opening ceremony.
Dourthe N°1 Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Bordeaux Blanc (£8.50; The Wine Society) aromatic citrus and blackcurrant leaf, gooseberries passion fruit aromas and rounded elegant freshness. Clean, pure and substantial.
Match with pasta and pesto, monkfish in herb broth or garlic and herb roulade.
Very good value.
Clos de los Siete 2013, Argentina (£15; Sainsbury’s, Waitrose) Malbec blend ripe, slightly jammy bramble fruit and oaky spice, with a smooth and supple texture; balance full and harmonious.
Drinking nicely straight out of the bottle now, it will improve with aeration or bottle aging.
Match with roast lamb or other red meat.
10 Year Old Tawny Taylor’s 10 Year Old Tawny (£22; Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco) figs, raisin and roasted nuts with ripe berries and eucalyptus - an elegant, timeless classic.
Match with hard cheeses or chocolate-and-cherry torte.
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