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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

En Passant - Domaine Gayda

Two new wines from Domaine Gayda

En Passant

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Languedoc's Domaine Gayda make ripe, fruited and well-structured wines with elegance and a southern warmth. These two En Passant wines are no exception.

The blanc is a somewhat unusual Languedoc blend of Macabeu and Viognier; the rouge is a more-customary mix of Syrah and Carignan.

En Passant Blanc 2016 big-yet-zippy white with ripe yellow stone fruits, sweet spice, zippy lim ezest and southern warmth; fresh, mineral and savoury.


Match with scallops, meaty white fish or pork.

En Passant Rouge 2015 expressive spicy red with bramble fruits, balsamic and gamey spiciness; fresh, with good underpinnings.


Match with darker game.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Peter Mertes Erden Dornfelder Trocken 2014, Mosel

A Dornfelder from the Mosel

Think of Germany's Mosel Valley and racy, slatey Rieslings spring to mind. Red Mosels are rather more unusual and all the more interesting for it.

I can count on the fingers of one hand the Dornfelders I have had - this is by far the best.

Ripe, black cherry fruit, oaky spice and excellent underpinnings; fresh and savoury with fine tannins.


Match with  salami or darker game.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Walker Bay from KWV

KWV's Walker Bay range - available at Morrisons

South African producer KWV has launched a second wine from the cool-climate Walker Bay region; the wines combine a southern warmth with a windswept freshness.

KWV Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (£8.50)  citrussy, herbaceous and zingy with green bell peppers; fresh and mineral.

Match with herby chicken dishes.

KWV Walker Bay Shiraz 2016 (£7.50) ripe elderberries and blueberry with a sour-cherry rasp, black pepper and oaky spice.

Match with spicy sausages or salamis.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Award-Winning Co-op Wines

Two award-winning wines from the Co-op

These two award winning wines from the Co-op are the Meghan and Harry of wines - crowd-pleasing, sophisticated and characterful.

On a sunny day with a national event - be it Royal or sporting - to watch, these expressive and classy wines are a perfect match with party food or as sippers.

Most Wanted Albarino 2017 (£8.49) ripe yellow stone fruits, sweet spices and freshness with minerality. Very adept.


Match with salmon, pate or roast pork.

Trapiche Medalla Malbec 2015 (£12.99) ripe, dark berry fruits, spice and freshness with fine, rounded tannins.Very adept.


Match with roast red meats, steak or burgers.