A Celebration of Wine
The new vintage is being picked in the northern hemisphere and annual wine festivals will start celebrating viticulture again. These events are common in most wine regions and drinking wine in company is the centre to all of them, usually along with regional foods and music.
2007 La Devèze Blanc Vielles Vignes Was £15.95 Now £11.95
Made in the Pyrénées Orientales appellation just north of the eastern Spanish border, this is a blend of grenache gris and maccabeu grapes. It is a complex wine that exhibits tobacco and roasted almond alongside white peach and grapefruit. Perfect for eating with fish, such as that found in the region’s local ports, like Port-Vendres, where sardine, gurnard, mullet, bream, bass and shellfish abound.
2007 St Joseph, Domaine Jean-Michel Gerin Was £18.90 Now £13.20
This comes from the northern part of the Rhône Valley, which lies close to Lyon, France’s gastronomical capital. The talented Jean-Michel Gerin has mastered the syrah grape to make a finely sculpted wine with a cornucopia of raspberry and black cherry flavours, and hints of sous-bois elegantly intertwined. This is wonderful with rich dishes and meats like the many saucisses of Lyon.
2007 Château Saint Georges, Grand Cru St Emilion Was £24.00 Now £17.95
This château is making some of the best value wine that Bordeaux has to offer. Plummy in character, it has enough spice and complexity to make it more than just another drinking wine. Bordeaux is famed for its fine fare, and this wine would be lovely with Pauillac lamb, Entrecôte Bordelais, wood pigeon salmis and even the local wild Cep mushrooms.
All these wines are only available at Berry Bros. & Rudd’s Bin End Shop in Basingstoke, where they sell all their bin end wines at a minimum discount of 25%. Visit www.bbr.com/bin-end for opening times and directions.