This is a fascinating Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc blend from India. An unusual combination, though not unheard of, it’s a joint venture between doyen of the wine trade Steven Spurrier and winemaker Piero Masi, who worked at the famous Isole e Olena vineyard in Tuscany. They planted these varietals 10 years ago south east of Bombay in Western India to create one of the most successful wineries in the Subcontinent. The wine has the attributes of both grapes, so there’s a tropical fruit hit from the Chardonnay combined with a focussed floral intensity from the Sauvignon Blanc. The curious will not be disappointed.
The Fiano grape is growing in popularity in Southern Italy and Sicily and this example shows why. Owned by a trio of Italian, French and Dutch winemakers who got together in 2009,Carlomagno is a full flavoured assertive wine with fresh melon flavours mixed with lemon. Exceptional value at only £8.25 a bottle, I implore you to try it.
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This wine was served at our recent wine pairing dinner, held at Noize restaurant in Fitzrovia.
Pinot Grigio has emerged as the most popular dry white wine, overtaking Chardonnay earlier this century. It has become known as a generic inoffensive wine for ordering in a bar by the glass, which is a travesty when it comes to the quality of this particular wine. Made from a single vineyard in the hills outside Verona, New Zealand winemaker Matt Thomson has added his expertise to create a refreshingly zingy wine that’s utterly addictive. Perfect as a standalone wine or with shellfish, it has a lovely blend of pear and citrus flavours.