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Wines to extend your summer

Tuesday 4th September 2018 | by Michael Jobling (Google+) | posted in Summer Drinking

We have had a lovely summer and hopefully we will have a pleasant autumn too. Having said that, I am not thinking of the dark nights that lie ahead when my drinking habits will return to big, warming reds and fuller bodied whites. No, I am still in the mindset of crisp, dry whites and lighter fruity reds. I am going to carry on as long as possible on this track as hopefully it will shorten the winter! So, what am I contemplating? Well, our Diez Siglos Verdejo from Rueda comes to mind. This wine is lovely and crisp and almost bone dry. It makes a great aperitif, especially if you are nibbling at the odd olive or some salted almonds. Another wine I may dip into is our Cristobal Verdelho from Argentina. I think this wine is slightly heavier than the Diez Siglos yet it is crisp and dry – perfect with a shellfish starter or a salad. Something a little different yet absolutely delicious is our Moldovan Pinot Grigio which, at 6.24 is a snip. There are some great things coming out of Eastern Europe and this is no exception. I have tasted some mediocre Pinot Grigio from Italy and this is streets apart. It will go well with light pasta dishes or it can be enjoyed on its own.

When it comes to reds, I think Pinot Noir, Grenache or maybe Merlot could be put into the pick as well. During the summer, I have been enjoying Casa Santiago Pinot Noir from the Central Valley of Chile. When it got really hot I drank it chilled, although this time around I will drink it at room temperature. For a more serious Pinot Noir, I might treat myself to a glass of Roaring Meg from Central Otago in New Zealand. This is a serious wine making a great partnership with a nicely cooked duck breast – I am dreaming about this combination as I write this. For something Grenache based, I would go for our Metropole Cuvee Rouge from the South West of France – at 6.96 it is nicely affordable and quaffable.

So there we have it – that’s going to be my drinking over the next few weeks. All we need now is a lovely September and October!