As you know, I spend a lot of time tasting wine. (Yes, I know. My job is ridiculous). But over the next few weeks I’ll be tasting more wines than usual. Around 300 a day, in fact. It’s the International Wine Challenge and as one of the judges I’m lucky enough to get to taste wines from all over the world. Today I’ve tried wines from Peru, Portugal, South Africa, Japan, England, Spain, Italy, France, Croatia, Greece, New Zealand, Australia, Moldova and Georgia. Among others. And here’s the thing: I’ve been doing this for over twenty years and yet today I was still able to taste wines made from grapes grown in places I’d never tried before. The fact that there’s always more to discover is one of my favourite things about wine. Basically, you can never get bored. Unless of course you’ve tasted them all in one day in which case the only thing you want is an ice-cold G&T and a plate of cheese and crackers.
This week’s wine recommendations include a brilliant Italian featured on Saturday Kitchen at the weekend and a gin that tastes good and does good. Win win.
Current white in the fridge: Found Ribolla Gialla
Price: £7.00 - Buy From M&S
One of the wines in a new range in M&S called Found, featuring little-known grapes from some of the places best suited to growing them. This particular one is made from the little-known Ribolla Gialla (pronounced ja-lah, meaning yellow in Italian) grape, from northern Italy. It’s got a bit of peach, a lot of citrus and bags of freshness. And it’s the kind of white you want chilled in your glass if you’ve got anything seafood-y on your plate. This was a dream with crab cakes.
Current gin on the side: One Gin
Price: £28.00 - Buy From The Spirit Of One
Created just four years ago, One Gin has sage as its key botanical and given than I love a) gin and b) sage it’s no surprise I love this particular one. But not only does it taste good, 10% of all profits go to fund clean water projects around the world. As well as this gin, the also now sell one of my favourite pre-mixed gin in a tins (the Sage & Orange Zest one on their website).