And then it was all over! After the rush of December, it's nice to ease in to a new year and have a few relaxing evenings at home in front of an open fire, a good film (or full-on Netflix binge!) and a delicious bottle of wine, that won't break the bank. Here are four great recommendations from our January promotional lineup.
I love the silky mounthfeel of a good Viognier and we were delighted to introduce Indigo Gran Reserva last year. Emiliana are the largest producers of estate grown organic wines in the world, and this comes from their organic certified vineyards in Chile's Casablanca Valley.
It has all the typical floral Viognier aromas of papaya, grapefruit and lychee with a luscious and silky palate and wonderful natural acidity that leads to a tremendous length. 35% of the wine is aged in French oak for 5 months to give a lovely weight on the finish. This certified vegan wine would be ideal for rich vegetable-based dishes, such as Caponata or Moussaka.
Château Janoy is a wonderfully approachable unoaked Bordeaux coming from the Chevillard family in the Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux. It is soft and supple Merlot-driven blend with smooth tannins and attractive blueberry, cherry and a touch of white pepper on the finish. It's hard to find Bordeaux at this price and quality and at €10 the Château Janoy La Bellevue would be the ideal partner to a meat pasta dish.
Colpasso Nero d’Avola is made using the ancient Appassimento method, where some of the grapes are dried to become raisins, which adds an extra layer of complexity to this rich full-bodied red.
The wine is then oak aged for about 6 months, resulting in a silky and elegant wine with dark berry flavours and a hint of spice on the finish.
This popular style of wine is a great match for a wide range of rich Italian foods, such as lasagna and spaghetti bolognaise.
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