You may love mushrooms on toast but we’re pretty sure that you don’t want to have mushrooms on toast every night for dinner. You may love roast duck. Your heart may skip a beat if you see it on a restaurant menu… but we are sure that you don’t want roast duck for dinner every night either. We think about wine the same way. The idea of drinking the same wine style all the time is absurd to us. It would be like having mushrooms on toast every night. And let’s face it - eating mushrooms on toast every night would be patently weird.
As wine drinkers we crave variety. We love trying something new. We choose different wines to match the time of day; the time of year; our moods; who we are with; what we’re eating (if we’re eating...), and a host of other parameters that make us want to open one particular bottle of wine ahead of another.
Going through this process is half the fun for us. There are no hard and fast rules and there are certainly no rights and wrongs. The only wrong is not chancing your arm and trying something new every now and then. If you haven’t ventured out into uncharted wine territory for a while there is no better time to start than now.
So try something new. The joys of Viognier, Semillon, Gruner Veltliner, Arneis, Albarino, Pinot Blanc, Verdehlo, Montepulciano, Tempranillo, Malbec, Fiano, Sangiovese await you. And your old mates Riesling and Gewürztraminer probably deserve a chance to reacquaint themselves too. Who knows? You might even like them! But one thing’s for sure - you won’t know if you don’t put them through their paces.
Here are some current favourites:
Vivanco Blanco is a blend of Viura, Tempranillo Blanco and Maturana Blanca - the first wine in Rioja to be made with this unique blend. Using traditional Viura as the base variety (50%), the wine includes, for the first time, two minority grapes which are exclusive to Rioja: Tempranillo Blanco and Maturana Blanca. The three varieties come from estate-owned vineyards grown by the Vivanco family in different terroirs across Rioja. The results are stunning and we found this unctuous white wire really interesting and just so delicious. If you are a fan of dry, textural Pinot Gris or Viognier - you will adore it. Buy with our highest recommendation.
The new bottle and livery for this exciting small batch Chenin promises much and the palate delivers with a burst of tangy, medium-dry tropical fruit flavours with an obvious mineral thread and a finish that sings with fresh acidity. Though certainly enjoyable now, this wine will come into its own in 2-3 years when that acidity has settled and the lemon honey aspects of good Chenin Blanc start to shine through. Highly recommended.
The hi-fives were all round when we got our hands on this beauty. Smoky black plum and brown sugar on the nose. Juicy upfront fruit on the palate, concentrated yet refreshing with lingering acidity. A strong wine, with pronounced tannins punching well above its weight. Don't hestitate