Sauvignon Blanc is now more usually associated with New Zealand than its place of origin in the Loire Valley, but this example shows why it is sometimes better to go back to basics. Patrick Vauvy is the fourth generation of his family to work these 30 hectares of vines on chalk and sandy soils. This possesses the hallmark citrusy/grassy characteristics of the grape but with an overlay of ripe fruit, which gives it far more depth than usual. This wine is perfect for those of you who find the New Zealand version of Sauvignon Blanc too lean and sharp.
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.