Gavi ‘La Fornace’, Cinzia Bergaglio
This is one of our favourite wines; it’s Gavi that isn’t overpriced!
Bergaglio is situated in Tassarolo, in the heart of the Gavi zone (it could be called Gavi di Gavi…), in the south of Piemonte heading towards Liguria. Cortese is the grape here, and this version has all the herb-scented freshness and juicy, citrus fruit you could hope for. Not a complicated wine, or one that should be revered and sipped in silence; it should be served with great food and drunk heartily with a big grin on your face!
The perfect wine to have with fennel-stuffed seabass doused with really good olive oil. Yum..
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‘Lo Vielh’ Old Vine Carignan, Clos de Gravillas
Clos de Gravillas is an organic estate based in the tiny hamlet of St Jean de Minervois, deepin the Languedoc countryside. Here, John and Nicole Bojanowski make some of the region's most interesting wines. The Carignan vines that make this wine are from a high gravelly vineyard and are over 100 years old. This gives the wine real character, as if the vines have soaked up the minerals of the earth and the flavours of the surrounding Garrigue. This is a dark, powerful wine that is a perfect match for slow roasted, herby meats. Unique and beautiful, this is Southern French wine at it's best.
Pinot Noir, Heirloom Vineyards
Heirloom Vineyards make wines from various regions, carefully selecting grapes from organically farmed vineyards. This Pinot Noir from Adelaide Hills, is a great example of really well-made Australian Pinot. It has the perfect balance between rich, red fruit flavours and more serious savoury characteristics. It has a long, juicy finish and exudes quality that would put many a more expensive Pinot to shame. If you are a Pinot Noir fan, you can drink this with just about anything (I do), but it goes particularly well with grilled lamb chops!
Chianti Classico, Isole e Olena
One of the best producers in Tuscany, Isole e Olena make a very elegant style of Chianti, with a heady perfume of spicy red-fruits and a long, lingering finish. No over-oaking or over-extraction here; pure class!
Hafod – Made by the Holden Family in WalesThe recipe for the cheese originated locally, from the late Dougal Campbell, a close friend of Patrick’s. Dougal learned to make cheese in the Swiss Alps before moving to West Wales in the early 1980s. Here he started making a cheese called T’yn Grug using milk from both his own herd and ours. Whilst doing so, Dougal trained a number of cheesemakers, including Simon Jones of Lincolnshire Poacher.
Cotes de Gascogne, Duffour Pere & Fils,
This family producer based in central Gascony (South-West France), is considered one of the best in the area. Their wines have a depth of flavour which is often lacking here; their philosophy is firmly quality over quantity! This is a blend of Colombard, Gros Manseng, Ugni Blanc & Sauvignon Blanc (quite a mouthful!); It’s clean, fresh and modern in style, aromatic with a long, dry finish. Very quaffable and great value.
Musella make very special wines! What makes them unique is that they look for harmony and balance in the wine, not just power and intensity. Don't get me wrong, this is still a full-bodied wine, made with dried grapes in the usual way, but it isn't too intense or too alcoholic like a lot of modern Amarone. This is deliciously drinkable; more than one glass won't knock you out! Maddalena Pasqua is passionate about her vineyards and the land on which she lives; she makes wines that shine with this love. All the vineyards and farmed Biodynamically and the wines made by hand. A great wine to finish the meal and can accompany a range of cheeses including complex Cheddars such as Montgomery or Pitchfork, or soft blues like Beauvale.