I WATCHED a lovely couple – well I’m sure they were lovely – looking totally bemused in a wine shop the other day.
They were walking up and down the reds baffled, nay, befuddled, by the choices in front of them.
So here’s some simple guidance on six basic wine grapes. You’ll see them all the time… but do you know if you’ll like them?
Chardonnay: ABC as some people like to say… Anything But Chardonnay.
Sauvignon Blanc: Packs a punch of gooseberries on the nose and a dry squeaky-cheek pinch of acidity.
Riesling (say it as in rees, not in rice): Such a delight.
Merlot: Gentle tannins tease in this Velvet Prince.
Cabernet Sauvignon: If Merlot is the Prince, Cab Sav is the King.
Pinot Noir: A gentle little thing, the pinot noir grape.
If you like your sparkles, some breaking news this week from the Co-op. The retailer’s Les Pionniers Vintage Champagne 2004, (£24.99) won three World Champion titles at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2014.
The Champagne is created through an exclusive long-standing partnership between Piper and Charles Heidseick. It has already picked up a Silver at this year’s International Wine Challenge and a Bronze medal at the Decanter awards.
Also in my glass
A couple of lovelies from Aldi wines.
The Exquisite Collection Picpoul de Pinet (£5.99) and The Exquisite Collection Mendoza Rosé (£5.99) were new to Aldi’s range this summer. From the south of France, Picpoul de Pinet has a mouth-watering zing of lemon, lime and gentle peach, which follow the soft aromas of stone fruits and bright citrus.
To the Mendoza from Argentina, a rosé made from 100% malbec. A deep strawberry pink; fresh and dried strawberries on the nose with red fruits taste with a mouth-bursting bite, but the flavours disappear quite quickly.
First published in the saturday extra magazine September 6, 2014