On Tuesday evening, the café and shop staff were treated to an evening of wine tasting by our lovely supplier, Lea and Sandeman.
Will, chief wine-connoisseur, took us through a selection of wines that are all on sale in the shop and café, pointing out particular flavours and suggestions for pairing the wines with dishes.
2016 Picpoul de Pinet Domaine Reine Juliette
Grape: 100% Picpoul de Pinet
Reviews: A high acidity wine which is crisp and refreshing. This wine would match being served with seafood, for example Salmon.
2016 Touraine Les Sauterelles Domaine de Pierre, Lional Gosseaume
Grape: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Reviews: Hints of elderflower, green apple and even asparagus and garden-pea! Well-suited for goats cheese (tried and tested- yum!) and chicken. A really good value wine which comes highly recommended.
2016 TR Sauvignon Blanc Two Rivers of Marlborough
Grape: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Country: New Zealand
Reviews: Hints of passionfruit, apple and gooseberries. Would go well with a creamy sauce dish like pasta or chicken. Has a slight ‘petielence’ (fizz on the tongue) and is a very popular wine.
2016 Pinot Grigio Vallagarina Cantina Valdadige
Grape: 100% Pinot Grigio
Reviews: Much fruitier and sweeter than the previous wines, with a strong taste of peardrops! As a dryer wine it would be suited to salad or fish.
2016 MIP (Made in Provence) Classic Rosé Domaine Sainte Lucie
Grapes: Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah (all red grapes grown on the foothills of a volcano, they are peeled and then the pigment is bled out of the skin to create the rosé colour)
Reviews: A summer favourite with hints of strawberries and cream. The perfect wine to accompany fish and a firm favourite with the wine-tasters.
2014 Château Belle Garde Bordeaux
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Reviews: A heavy and rich wine with hints of blackcurrant, graphite, tobacco and leather (smokey flavour). The perfect wine to serve with meat such as beef or lamb. A very sensibly priced but delicious wine.
2013 Rey Don Garcia Rioja Crianza Bodegas Ruconia
Reviews: A classic rioja asked in an american oak barrel that adds a vanilla and coconut flavour. It’s a sweet and juicy wine which would go well with meat, especially game.
2016 Malbec Penedo Borges
Grapes: Malbec; the grapes are grown on the foothills of the Andes at 1050 metres above sea level
Reviews: A juicy, smooth and slightly peppery wine. This wine would accompany beef, hard cheese, pasta or would be perfect with a BBQ. Another firm favourite amongst the wine-tasters (especially Farmer Roger!)
Benedick Grand Reserve Brut Champagne Benedick
Grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Region: Champagne (has to come from here to be considered Champagne)
Reviews: A high acidity, lemony champagne with hints of nuts and biscuits. A perfect summer drink!
Hope this review helps you find your favourite wine.