6 Wines To Enjoy This Spring

Fiona Mclain, an expert sommelier with a stylish wine bar on Yarm High Street, takes us on a grape journey, picking out six of the best wines and offering everything from chocolate pairings to lovely accompaniments to spring inspired dishes.
6 Wines To Enjoy This Spring

1701 Franciacorta Brut Nature, Lombardy, Italy NV

This is a bone dry, crisp sparkling wine made in the Champagne method, but hails from the mountainous regions of Northern Italy and puts what you might know of Italian sparkling wine (prosecco) to shame.

Made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, it is complex and interesting and a great match when it comes to dining. Enjoy with smoked salmon or light meats.

6 Wines To Enjoy This Spring


Banyuls Rimage, Domaine de Valcros, France

The perfect spring wine! This is a fortified ‘naturally sweet’ wine made from Grenache Noir.

The fresh berry flavours are combined with some darker aromas like demerara sugar and mocha to give a wine that goes beautifully with chocolate; think rich pralines and ganaches. Also works beautifully with blue cheese or a rich duck dish

6 Wines To Enjoy This Spring


Dundee Hills, Sokol Blosser, Oregon, USA

These guys know how to make a Pinot Noir. This is a single vineyard from a family-run winery that makes the perfect accompaniment to lamb for those who like a lighter red.

As one of the pioneering wineries of the region, Sokol Blosser has played a key role in developing and shaping the now- prominent Oregon wine industry.

6 Wines To Enjoy This Spring


Davenport Horsmonden Dry White, Sussex, England

Davenport is one of the oldest vineyards in England and is fully certified organic.

A fantastic crisp, dry white that is great on its own or with food. It makes the perfect accompaniment to fish dishes. The freshness makes me think of spring and is a great way to welcome in a new season.

6 Wines To Enjoy This Spring


Mencia, Pittacum, Bierzo, Spain

This is a fantastic wine to pair with lamb. A rich, bold red wine that is full of dark fruit flavours and hints of black olive, thyme and warming spices.

This is a native grape of Mencia in North West Spain and stacks up against a Gran Reserve Rioja – but in my opinion, it is much better.

6 Wines To Enjoy This Spring


Villavieja Viognier, Mendoza, Argentina

A naturally rounded and weighty white grape, it is often blended in Rhone reds; yes, we’re talking Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

It’s this grape that can soften these reds and add a lovely body to them. It’s also fantastic with salted caramel and milk chocolate.

6 Wines To Enjoy This Spring


NB – A wine that is still bottled on the winery; an important aspect of New World Wine for me. It means the winemaker knows exactly what goes into the wine, something they don’t if it is bulk shipped and bottled here. Meaning we can work with wineries that don’t just add chemicals to their wine but look after it properly.

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