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50 wines to try before you die! - Our Thirty Second wine - Carmenere Reserva, Falernia, Elqui Valley, Chile 2014 

Tuesday 20th September 2016

Carmenere is actually an historic Bordeaux varietal and is often mistaken for Merlot. In terms of vinification, the grapes are dried and hand-picked - a technique that gives Amarone such depth - it helps that one of the winemakers hails from the Veneto region of Italy. Deep in colour, with green pepper, chocolate and vanilla notes on the nose. Rich with ripe tannins and spicy aroma on the palate. Works well with spicy foods. A one-off and a New World gem.

50 wines to try before you die! - Our Thirty First wine - Sauvignon Vin de Pays du Val de Loire, Vignerons de Valencay 2015

Tuesday 6th September 2016

Its epithet as our 'Mini Sancerre' is well deserved because it compares so well to many of its grand vin peers in the mouth but without the hit to the pocket. Part of the reason is its delicious minerality which comes from the same type of flinty soil that makes many of the Loire's finest wines.

50 wines to try before you die! - Our Twenty Nineth wine - Viognier PGI Epanomi, Domaine Gerovassiliou, Macedonia, Greece 2015

Saturday 30th July 2016

This amazing Viognier has expressive rich peach aromas, exotic fruits, pepper, orange, jasmine, herbs, lemon. Full-bodied and with brilliant structure it is a terrific partner with fresh shellfish such as crabs or lobster and is a robust partner with Asian cuisine. A Viognier of one's dreams.

50 wines to try before you die! - Our Twenty Eigth wine - Pouilly Fuissé, Domaine Thomas, Burgundy 2014

Saturday 23rd July 2016

This delicious chardonnay has lovely vanilla aromas with a hint of roasted almond and toast from the perfectly well integrated oak, mealy on the palate with racy acidity and a long finish. This is very elegant and a precise wine.

50 wines to try before you die! - Our Twenty Seventh wine - Whispering Angel, Caves d’Esclans, Côtes de Provence 2014

Friday 15th July 2016

The palest of pale pinks, this delicate and shimmering rosé offers a core of pretty stone fruit with some herbal notes. The palate is dry but smooth-textured, with an appetising mineral finish. An irresistible rosé for those balmy evenings on the terrace or in the garden.

50 wines to try before you die! - Our Twenty Sixth wine - The FMC Chenin Blanc, Ken Forrester, Stellenbosch 2013 

Saturday 9th July 2016

The wine is elegant and graceful with with rich, layered dried apricots, vanilla and honey. Enjoy as an aperitif or with spiced dishes or a mild curry. This wine is drinking well now and will have more complexity with time.


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