Summer sensations

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Summer-wines-2015With Summer in full swing,  what better way to enjoy these balmy days than with an aromatic, unusual white, an easy drinking rosé in a sexy bottle with a glass stopper, or a light local red which can be served slightly chilled.

 

Elsa Bianchi, Mendoza, Argentina, Blanc, 2014.  € 9,00.

Grape variety : Torrontés

In 1928, Italian immigrant Valentin Bianchi bought a vineyard and small winery in Mendoza and today his grandsons manage the Estate.

The grapes are hand-picked to produce a gorgeous, aromatic, complex white wine with refreshing aromas of grapefruit, orange blossom and apples.  Delicious as an aperitif or with spicy Asian dishes or South American recipes.

 

Domaine Preignes le Vieux, Paradis, Rosé, Languedoc.  € 7,00

A ‘gris de gris’ from Grenache grapes.

Lovely salmon robe with copper reflections.  Delightful  aromas of red fruits, redcurrants, cranberries,  and also pink grapefruit, with light floral notes reminiscent of wild rose. Perfect with calamares à la plancha, risotto with wild asparagus, or a tartare of fish – or why not enjoy it simply as a refreshing aperitif, by the pool, nicely chilled.  “Osez le Paradis”!  “Dare to discover Paradis”!

 

Château Grinou, ‘Tradition’, Rouge 2012.  AOC Bergerac.  € 6,50

Merlot; Cabernet franc et cabernet sauvignon.      

A light, fruity local red with notes of redcurrants and raspberries. Gentle acidity and soft tannins.  Can be served slightly chilled and ideal with charcuterie.  A lovely fruity finish with core flavours of raspberries.  For those of you who frequent Madame Moutier, not far from Thenac, this is one of their house wines.