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‘ weather has been so kind means that a sundowner of some kind is a daily ritual too.
Now that it’s officially the summer months, what are we going to recommend for you to drink until the time comes that we can go out and socialise properly?
Drinkers in the UK have really taken to rosé wine, and the supermarkets and wine retailers have surpassed themselves this year with a myriad of choices from all over the world, and they are perfect for drinking out in the garden or wherever you can find to relax.
We seem to be choosing the paler styles of rosé, the classic Provencal style, that are sometimes so pale that only the merest hint of pink separates them from white wines. Waitrose stock a range of rosés from Mirabeau in Provence, including a sparkling rosé and rosé gin, but the best in our opinion is Mirabeau Pure Rosé produced predominately from the Grenache grape. Typically, it’s the most expensive of the range at £14.99 but it’s often on offer at £10.99 and if you see it at this reduced price then you’ll probably be fighting me to get hold of it.
Another Waitrose favourite but this time from the Loire region in Northern France and made with the Gamay grape (more often found in Beaujolais) is Le Grand Ballon Rosé, a great wine to accompany snacks, a brighter pink, and more affordable at £8.99 (though again it’s often on offer).
Independent wine retailers have been hit most by the retail restrictions and so before we go on with more recommendations a big shout out and a plea to support your local supplier. Bury St Edmunds has lost its only ‘physical’ specialist wine shop in Thos Peatlings but they are still delivering, so check them out at www.thospeatling.com and order some of their lovely Lealtanza Riojas.
Also well-worth looking at is the award-winning online Bury-based wine merchant Nethergate Wines who offer a fast delivery service for their wines (www.nethergatewines.com). Sadly the Adnams shop in Bury is not open for business at the moment but again online ordering is possible (www.adnams.co.uk). Big news is that the weekend we are writing this Gusto Pronto have opened their wine shop at The One Bull in Bury.
We have always said that The One Bull is the best pub in Bury to drink wines by the glass and some of the favourites from their list are supplemented by other recently added wines. They offer a list of 140 wines including a great Tuscan Organic Vermentino and a cracking Carmenère from the Cachapoal Valley in Chile. Good work guys. You can also buy Brewshed beers from them, but if it’s a wider selection of beer you’re after then Bury’s Beautiful Beers also deliver (www.beautifulbeers.co.uk).
Back to wine. One of the fashionable terms used to describe wines, and particularly white wines, at the moment is ‘minerality’. What is it and how does it taste? Well it’s more to do with the texture than the taste, although some mineral wines can have a salty tanginess to them.
Minerality is more often the sharp, clean taste that
comes from vines growing on granite or flinty-based soils, and most obviously from wines growing on volcanic soils. Italy is home to many such wines and for a white, minerally wine we suggest Waitrose’s Venturina Gavi from Piedmont (£10.79) while their Le Sabbie dell'Etna Rosso (£12.99) is a good example of the oh-so-on-trend wines produced on the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily.
Who doesn’t love a cocktail? But the issue is that you often need multiple spirits and vital bitters or other
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