“Just imagine how arid it would be without European wine at all,” writes Damian Barr in his Sunday Times column, which this week focusses on the impact of Brexit – or ‘Boozexit’ as he delightfully terms it – on the UK’s drinking habits.
Following on from his top 100 Best Value Summer Reds & Rosés, Matthew Jukes comlpleted the picture in Saturday’s Daily Mail with his 100 Best Value Summer Whites and Sparklers.
It’s certainly the season (summer) for the broadsheet’s to publish their lists of the best summer wines, and this weekend it was the Daily Telegraph’s turn.
When it comes to English white wine, it seems that the only way is Essex.
‘Staying In? Try a South African wine’, says John Wilson of the Irish Times. Couldn’t have put it better myself!
Three red wines from the Hallgarten portfolio made the cut in Matthew Jukes’ 100 Best Value Summer Reds & Rosés in Saturday’s Daily Mail.
In his Mail on Sunday column last weekend, Olly Smith raved about his favourite summer wines – ‘the sunshine wines that will light up any barbecue.’
The Greek renaissance continues apace with David Williams in The Observer dedicating his feature to the wines of this ancient wine-growing country.
“The wines of Greece are quirky and highly individual,” he writes before heaping praise on Gaia’s Wild Ferment Assyrtiko and Domaine Gerovassiliou’s Malagouzia and Viognier.
The current issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine has been very enthusiastic about Sula Vineyards’ Dindori Reserve Shiraz 2014 scoring it 92 points and making it the May issue’s ‘Editors’ Choice’.
The American wine lover’s bible also reviewed three further Sula wines in its May issue – the Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Shiraz 2015 and Chenin Blanc 2015 were all rated as ‘Best Buys’.
Another week, another feature on Greek wines in the mainstream press.
This time it’s Jane Macquitty’s turn to shout about Greece and its fabulous wines to her Saturday Times readers.
Our very own Steve Daniel was the subject of Victoria Moore’s Saturday Telegraph wine column this week.
She featured a lengthy and insightful interview with Steve (who knew that he discovered Greek wine after his best friend’s Aunty Nora married a Greek travel agent called Stavros?!) as well as reviewing a number of wines from the Hallgarten range.
Read the full interview and reviews here, and below is a snapshot of her thoughts on the wines she tasted:
Roccolo Grassi Valpolicella 2011 – “so perfect it makes my eyes pop”
Larry Cherubino Apostrophe Stone’s Throw White 2015 – “delicious: a glacially clean, but also pretty and slightly peachy blend”
Hey Malbec Matias Riccitelli 2014 -“ a surprisingly elegant, smooth Malbec that is beautifully poised”
Gaia Wines Wild Ferment Assyrtiko 2015 – “this white wine tastes of ginger, white grapefruit rind and baked lemons”
Tandem Ars Nova 2012 – “you can really smell the cassis flavour of the blackcurrant, but there’s also a roundness and brightness”
In his column for the Sunday Times’ food and drink supplement The Dish, wine writer Will Lyons got very excited about Lismore Estate’s 2014 Viognier.
“Simply an incredible wine,” he wrote in a feature titled ‘South Africa Produces Must-buys for the Canny Connoisseur’.