I’ve been to a Christmas Fair tonight in the local Stately. I drank warm white wine and discussed cushions. I bought socks and a magnetic dartboard as presents. This is what warm white wine does to you. Stay clear.
This week’s white in the fridge: The Reach Sauvignon Blanc 2009, £6.49 on offer, Tesco
A reader – a reader! – told me they loved Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Me too. Some are better than others, obviously. Some are certainly better value than others. This is one of those, made by a great producer called Vavasour in the Awatere Valley, part of the Marlborough region. Not too shouty, rather quietly confident with passion fruit flavours. I had this, very cold, with our Chinese takeaway last night and loved it.
This week’s red on the side: Ripasso di Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Fratelli Recchia 2006, £7.59 on offer, Waitrose
Italian reds are so varied and – when good – vibrant that I’m not sure why I don’t drink more of them. Too many wines, too little time, I suppose. Anyway, this is a really interesting one, made from a blend of red grapes including Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. The term ‘ripasso’ refers to the practice of fermenting or macerating the juice with the expended skins of grapes already used to make the more robust Amarone wines. For me, it seems to add a note of Christmas to the resulting wine: nutmeg perhaps? Whatever it is, it works.
Chin chin x