"Grüner Veltliner was all the rage a few years back and this example shows why it still deserves our full attention. Weingut Stadt Krems has more than 550 years of history behind it, yet their approach is innovative and these are some of the purest expressions of the Kremstal regions indigenous grape varieties. For me the attraction of Grüner Veltliner over say, Riesling, is that there is never any sign of residual sweetness – in this case, dry really means dry. This example, with its pale lemon-green colour, has a real lightness of touch with a freshness that begs you to drink it by itself."
"Quincy is a tiny appellation of approximately one square mile in eastern Loire, and this wine was a real surprise. Made almost entirely from Sauvignon Blanc grapes, the vitality and power of this wine really surprised me. This is the first vintage from Jacques son Côme, who has selected grapes from a variety of tiny plots in the appellation. I adore its minerality and dryness, which makes it the perfect accompaniment to shellfish and oysters. Think Sancerre with New Zealand overtones."
"The Zuccardi family are perhaps the most famous wine growers in all of Argentina, more renowned for their reds, until this exquisite Chardonnay came along. Located next to the Andes in the Uco valley south west of Mendoza, it also must be one of the most beautiful locations for a vineyard in all of Latin America. Seba Zuccardi has constructed an Old World classic with New World vigour. Using only 20% new oak and relying on local yeasts, it has almost perfect balance and pitch with the tingly citric ending that makes it taste like a mature Chablis. This would be perfect with chicken as well as any number of fish dishes."