Last week, I was on Radio 4’s You & Yours programme talking about organic wines. The presenter, Peter White (it was Winifred’s day off), asked me if KMWC readers (that’s you!) were interested in organic wines and I said yes, actually. Lots of you are. Which is great: no chemicals used in the vineyard is obviously a Good Thing. Also, the fact that generally less sulphur is added compared with non-organic wines seems to make some of you feel generally less shit after drinking wine even if it’s just a glass or two (hello, menopause). The thing is just because a wine is organic, doesn’t mean it’s good quality. I’ve added an organic tab to all the individual wine reviews here so you can spot the ones that are. Hope that helps.
In other news, I had my first Aperol Spritz of the year this week and it smelt of warm days ahead. Truly.
Current rosé in the fridge: Studio by Miraval
Price: £12.00 - Buy From Co-op
Beautifully packaged Provence rosé from the chateau owned by Brad & Angelina, this is a pretty pale pink made from a classic cocktail of red grapes. Crisp, dry, delicate – it ticks all the boxes and looks fabulous to boot. Best served in the sunshine.
Current red in the rack: Appassimento Rosso Puglia Rocca Pagliara
Price: £9.00 - Buy From M&S
This is a bit of a BFG; a big, warm, friendly wine from Puglia in southern Italy. Made from grapes that are left to dry on the vine, this particular vinification method – called apassimento – adds oomph and alcohol (just to warn you this is 14.5%). Rich and concentrated, it’s full of plum and fig flavours. Especially good with spaghetti bolognese.