What’s Hot in the World of Wine: Value-for-money reds & Sparkling wine





Every fortnight, the CellarVie Wines team dive knee deep into the weekend’s newspapers in an effort to determine what’s hot in the world of wine. In this instalment, The Sunday Times explore a number of value-for-money reds, The Daily Telegraph discusses what to drink with gamey meats, The Observer highlights their three wines of the week, and The Daily Mail champions a host of sparkling wines…
 
 
Value-for-money

The whimsical pros of The Sunday Times’ Bob Tyrer highlights three different reds of varying price-points but with each one representing value-for-money regardless of their price bracket. Whether it’s a Grenache from Piggy Bank wines, a Barbera d’Asti from Harvey Nichols or a Beaujolais from Spar, Tyrer concludes there are bargains to be had.

CellarVie Wines says: If it’s a bargain you are after then look no further than the Château des Bardes, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2008. While that is a shameless plug, the aforementioned Bordeaux is currently half-price on CellarVie Wines with use of the promotional code – BARDES – so why not fill your boots!

Why not try:

Château des Bardes, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2008

Fleurie Domaine de Poncereau 2009, Louis Jadot

Côtes du Rhône, Les Abeilles Rouge, Jean-Luc Colombo 2009

Finca Constancia 'Parcela 23' 2009

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What to drink with gamey meats

Tis the season shortly when "game birds start to flutter on to butchers' displays and into farm shops” according to The Daily Telegraph’s Susy Atkins and the esteemed wine journo therefore recommends a number of autumnal red wines to match the season’s pending change.

CellarVie Wine says: While thus far we have enjoyed something of an Indian summer in September, the balmy weather will inevitably disappear in the next few weeks and the light reds, whites and Rosés with it. Atkins recommends “merlot-based bordeaux like the simpler Saint-Emilions; soft, rounded riojas; inexpensive southern French blends” to drink with partridge, and having previously plugged the Château des Bardes, we are happy to do so again. If that is not to your liking, why not try the Rare Vineyards Malbec - a velvety, overtly fruity wine that is a real winner with gamey meats.

Why not try:

Crozes-Hermitage Comte de Raybois 2008, A. Ogier et Fils

La Campagne Syrah 2010/11, Pays d'Oc

Rare Vineyards Malbec 2010, Pays d'Oc

Parini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC, 2011

 
Wines of the week
 
The Observer/Guardian’s David Williams recommends "a delicious South African, a great Italian and an unusual Austrian" to drink this week. The Pinotage from South Africa is “like Beaujolais on steroids” according to Williams, while the Austrian number is “a singingly pure unoaked red, full of gorgeous dark raspberry fruit with a twist of pepper”.

CellarVie Wines says: If you are looking to try a Pinotage, Cullinan View do an inexpensive little number that is a lovely smoky red with soft rounded tannins. While perhaps a little off topic when compared to the Guardian’s suggestion, the Soellner Wogenrain Grüner Veltliner from Austria is a belter and increasingly common on the London restaurant scene; certainly worth a try if you are looking to sample something a little different.

Why not try:

Cullinan View Pinotage 2010/11, Robertson, South Africa

Soellner Wogenrain Grüner Veltliner 2011, Wagram


Sparkling wine 
 
The always jovial and entertaining Olly Smith of The Daily Mail recommends a number of sparkling wines to sup during the final throes of summer. Listing some low-cost bubbly, made in the traditional method used for Champagne, Smith suggests a Crémant from France, a Prosecco and an English sparkler. He also reserves a mention for two Champagnes; a Bollinger Special Cuvee and Taittinger Comtes de Champagne - "a deft stunner usually costing over £100".

CellarVie Wines says: Given the patriotic feeling swirling the country in the aftermath of the awe inspiring Paralympics we suggest you immerse yourself in the thriving English sparkling wine industry. We retried the Biddenden Sparkling Rosé Wine 2008 at a recent tasting and for a smidgen below £20 it is superb and an excellent, affordable alternative to Champagne. Likewise Gusbourne Estate are producing a plethora of superb wines and are certainly one of the mainstays behind the recent surge in reputation of English sparkling wines.

Why not try:

Gusbourne Brut Reserve 2007, Gusbourne Estate

Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene DOCG NV, Bolla

Biddenden Sparkling Rosé Wine 2008
 
 
 
 

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