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York Wines Newsletter - January 21st 2021

 Winter Whites

I hope this email finds you safe and well. We are now more than half way through January, a month that drags on at the best of times. Hopefully this email can provide a few minutes of light relief, and at the same time give you a few ideas for wines that might not normally at be at the top of your list during the cooler months of the year.

Winter can create a dilemma for white wine drinkers, when the prospect of an ice cold white may not always feel enticing.

All is not lost! Our fuller, creamy, oily, fruity and floral whites can be served at slightly warmer temperatures than their lighter, sharper counterparts - "lightly chilled” - anything between 10 and 13 degrees Celsius -as opposed to between 7 and 10 degrees, which can make all the difference if you want to enjoy a glass but don't need help cooling down in the sunshine!

Drinking these wines lightly chilled rather than straight from the fridge creates a whole new dimension, allowing the aromas to open up and the full complexity of these creamy, oily, floral, richly fruited or oaky wines to shine through.

Here are our suggestions:

Starting in France with some classic whites from Burgundy

Saint Romain, Didier Delagrange 2017, £25.95

Intense aromas of oak and pine. On the palate soft, rich, smooth and creamy with hints of peaches and oak. A chalky, salty minerality lingers at the finish. Lovely with strong ripe cheeses such as camembert or gruyere or with chicken, very moreish.

Macon La Roche Vineuse, AC 2018, Sylvaine & Alain Normand, £13.95

Dry and gentle with slightly smoky, oaky smooth flavours and tropical, floral notes. Soft and flavoursome in the mouth with gentle oak and a lovely long, smooth aftertaste. Lovely with rich chicken terrines, fish tartare or goats cheese.

Staying in France but moving South to the slightly warmer Rhone Valley which lends itself perfectly to grapes which make bolder, fuller bodied white wines.

Cotes du Rhone Blanc, Romaine Duvernay, AC 2018, £9.45

A lovely blend of Grenache, Rouisson and Viognier grapes. Smooth and dry with intense pear and citrus and subtle spices. Perfect as an aperitif with charcuterie and cheese and particularly recommended if you’re looking for something a little bit different.

Cotes du Rhone Blanc, Chateau Simian, Combes des Avaux 2019, £10.75

A fantastic Rhone Valley white wine. Blended from Grenache and Clairette grapes this is tropical and balanced with hints of aniseed and has a lovely long aftertaste, flavours that compliment spicy fried chicken or turkey burgers with a chilli and tomato relish.

Chateau Neuf Du Pape Blanc, Chateau Simian, Le Traversier, 2014, £24.95

An unusual and rare white wine. Welcoming on the nose with rich, deep, full fruit flavours and hints of licorice. Fantastic with crudo dishes like sushi, steak tartare, carpaccio and charcuterie as well as veal and pork.

The following, slightly thicker, sweeter wines from Argentina and Sicily are much more decadent for the winter months but are in no way sickly or syrupy. The following two in particular, both share hints of Turkish Delight if you’re looking for something to transport you to Narnia, look no further.

Inacayal Vineyards Torrontes, Mendoza Argentina 2019, £8.95

Delicate and pale yellow in colour with an aromatic nose. Florals and minerals dominate on the palate with rosewater hints of Turkish Delight. Clean but slightly rounded with a lasting finish. In Argentina it is frequently served with ice and twist of lime and is definitely one to try if you’re looking for something different. Lovely with Thai food – particularly Satay dishes.

Zibibbo, Alcesti, Terre Siciliane IGT 2019, Sicily £9.25

A rare and unusual grape variety from Sicily. Fragrant and zingy with a bold citrussy hit of orange. Volcanic minerality lasts on the finish. This is one for sipping on its own or as an aperitif and perfect if you’re looking for something organic.

Petrucco Friulano Fruili Colli Orientali DOC, 2018, Italy £13.95

Another Italian example of a completely different white wine is this lovely Friulano from Venice. Gentle, fragrant and full of flavour with notes of hawthorn, nettle and wild-flowers and almonds on the finish. A lovely aperitif .

A complete juxtaposition to the idea of warmer climates creating bolder white wines is Riesling - a lovely rich aromatic wine which grows best in cool climates, we have fantastic examples from both the northern and Southern Hemisphere.

Riesling, Domaene Wachau 2018, Austria, £13.95

With the slightest hint of petrol on the nose and rich peach and apricot stone fruit flavours in the mouth, this Riesling has a lovely long aftertaste. True medium dry and goes really well with spicy food and Asian dishes.

Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Riesling, 2019, Marlborough, New Zealand £12.95

Complex flavours and aromas of delicate citrus fruit, lemon and tantalising lime with hints of orange blossom and honey. From some of the oldest Riesling vines in New Zealand.

And finally, a wild card….

York Wines House White, Colombard Sauvignon, Cotes du Gascogne 2019, France £7.65

Although Sauvignon is a light, crisp and dry white, our house wine is softened with Colombard. With both Chenin and Gouais in its heritage, the Colombard softens the Sauvignon’s ultra-crisp edges making it a very welcoming winter choice. Ours is fruity on the nose with hints of peaches. Great concentration and flavour on the palate and slightly salty at the finish which compliments the lingering fruit flavours. Perfect for sipping any time of the year!


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