We eat so much spice at home and so a bottle of Cederberg’s Bukketraube is almost always in the fridge. With floral notes and stone fruit on the nose, it has just a touch of sweetness to the palate and a clean, crisp finish to compliment. Equally favoured might be the Garnatxa Blanca and Garnatxa Negra from Heréncia Altés. The Blanca is fresh on the palate with stone fruit and a rounded texture to the finish and the Negra, chock-full of brooding dark red fruits on the nose and palate.
We time and time again go back to Chapeau Melon Rouge from Jérémie Huchet which just offers so much bang for buck. A blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir, it bursts with ripe red fruit followed by a supple finish. It hasn’t met a food it doesn’t like. Lastly – because who doesn’t benefit from a glass of bubbly these days – I’ll recommend the NV Champagne from Gratiot Pillere, a gorgeous, elegant Pinot Meunier dominated Champagne with a delicate mousse and persistent finish. Since we’re here, let me make a plug for the Crémant de Loire from Guy Allion – such an easy-to-drink glass of sparkling.
Hannah Van Susteren
Head of Marketing