Whilst I have a pretty eclectic taste in wine, I tend to gravitate towards elegant, bright-fruited and lively wines with plenty of refreshing acidity. I also love to support producers who are passionate about nurturing vineyards and have a real respect for heritage. One such producer is Bedrock in California, a winery dedicated to protecting and preserving historic vineyards. Bedrock’s Old Vine Zinfandel combines the complexity and structure of old vines with a bit of Californian sunshine. The result is delectable. Domaine Ostertag’s Grand Cru Muenchberg Riesling from Alsace is another example of a producer really delivering on site expression: tension, texture, stony minerality, and juicy apple and stone fruit.
I’ve always had a special love for Spain and Greece and wines from these countries get opened frequently. Several years ago, I worked vintage with Ricardo Palacios at Descendientes de J. Palacios in Bierzo and I have loved the wines ever since. His Pétalos is a regional blend of mostly Mencía and is considered the benchmark wine of that region; its haunting perfume always makes me think of the wild herbs, lavender and roses that grow in the region. Next door to Bierzo, and officially part of Galicia, is the region of Valdeorras. Its steep granite slopes are perfect for growing what I consider to be Spain’s best white grape, Godello. Telmo Rodriguez’s Gaba do Xil Godello is a great example of this grape with a textural and round mouthfeel, lovely peach and apricot fruit and just a hint of chestnut flower. Travelling east to Rioja, I can’t recommend Finca Allende’s Rioja Blanco enough – this Viura/Malvasia blend is unashamedly rich and moreish, bursting with a delicious lemon curd and meringue character and that underlying fresh acidity. Finally, I am a firm believer that Champagne is not just for celebration and don’t need much persuasion to crack open a fantastic bottle of linear, citrusy and refreshing Pierre Moncuit Le Mesnil Blanc de Blanc.
Lenka Sedlackova MW
Senior Brand Manager