New Year New Wine!

New Year New Wine!

Whitmore & White
New Year, new you? Most people think that old publishing cliché should be stomped like a late harvest gewürztraminer! I am a big Frasier fan and I've always wanted to use that quote! Seriously though€¦ New Year, new you? What makes you think the old you will let that happen? After all, you have fond memories of that Chilean Merlot you have been drinking for last 12 years, and Prosecco, that's been your Friday night treat for almost a decade - these wines have never failed you yet have they? Or have they? Faithfully sticking to that favourite wine may mean you are missing out on more adventurous alternatives which are absolute corkers! Here at Whitmore & White we don't subscribe to that New Year, new you mumbo jumbo, it's all about New Year, new wine! It will take bravery on your part to shed the shackles of your 2016 prosecco loving, merlot drinking, Marlborough worshipping old you, but go on, give it a go. Here to help you, our top three picks for 2017: New Fizz New You! Vilarnau, Cava Brut (Macabeo, Parellada and Chardonnay), Spain Don't ditch the bubbles, just the Prosecco! It's time for Cava to steal the limelight! I know what you are all going to say, there is nothing new about Cava - well when was the last time you drank a really good one? Long enough ago you don't want me to know about it? This Cava is exemplary, the nose is full of apply freshness, there secondary fruit notes and just a hint blossom, The palate is rich yet delicate, offering complexity well beyond its £11 price ticket! It's quaffable yet satisfying - this is a fizz that impresses on so many levels. New White New You! Dr Loosen, Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany It is the elegance of this wine that impresses me so much, yet anything Riesling is often shunned because of terrible misconceptions about German wine. My Grandfather used to refer to all German wine as sugar water, and it has always struggled to get a hold on many people's wine racks. It's true that this white is off-dry, or sweeter in style but here are three reasons not to be scared by that! It is fantastic food wine, especially if you like the spicier side of life. Fruit dominates this wine and a beautiful oily texture means it is a perfect combination for a whole host of fragrant and spicy foods like Thai or Chinese. Second, it's lower in alcohol, so for those of you who are watching your unit intake, this is almost guilt-free wine. Thirdly, it is always impressive to those who don't normally drink this style of wine, so it's perfect for impressing at dinner parties. New Red New You! Vinteloper, Touriga Nacional, Langhorne Creek Australia You what? That doesn't sound Australian! Yes, I know, New Year, new wine remember, bear with me. Touriga Nacional does have Portuguese origins but its love of warm, sunny climates means it grows exceptionally well in Langhorne Creek. The wine is aged in oak giving some lovely complexity and richness, well still maintaining vibrant black forest fruit. The smoky finish to this wine is a real treat, it gives it a warming, almost cuddly texture. You won't have had anything like it before, so it's a truly new wine for the New Year and the spectacular new wine-adventurer you've become!
Simon Parkinson Simon Parkinson