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Kall Stadt Weisburgunder Kabinett

Kall Stadt Weisburgunder Kabinett

Country: Germany

Colour / Style: White

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 6

Weissburgunder is German for Pinot Blanc, and it captures the floral, creamy soft style of the grape. Fermented dry, with a keen, mineral freshness, this is a great match for lots of seafood and salad dishes. But it also works with pork, sausages and slightly fatty meats, cutting through the richness beautifully.

Weingut Heinrich Klohr Riesling Kabinett Trocken

Weingut Heinrich Klohr Riesling Kabinett Trocken

Country: Germany

Colour / Style: White

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 6

Let’s get into German wine terms. The producer here is Heinrich Klohr. He’s growing Riesling, in this case in the heart of the Palatinate, with its long association with Munich to the south. It was harvested from beautifully ripe grapes (Kabinett) and then fermented dry (Trocken). Look for apple, pear and pineapple aromas and a bright, eager character.

Schneider Weisses

Schneider Weisses

Country: Germany

Colour / Style: Beer

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 6

We quickly took to this as our “breakfast beer”, and regarded the banana aromas and malty sweetness like a healthy friut-topped cereal. It has a punchy alcohol though, so you don’t want too much. This has a lovely clove complexity and a frothy, refreshing head. And you can taste the purity of the ingredients and process through the beer too.

Weingut Gaul Dornfelder Pfalz

Weingut Gaul Dornfelder Pfalz

Country: Germany

Colour / Style: Red

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 6

Soft and dry, herbal and fruity, this is made by two sisters Karoline and Dorothee. It’s curiously both reasonably full-bodied yet lively and deftly structured. Dornfelder doesn’t have the complexity and range of Pinot Noir, but gives a softer, easier fruit. Perfect with German pork dishes (I’m a particular fan roasted with caraway seeds). The key thing is the supple texture.

Sybille Kuntz Riesling Kabinett Trocken

Sybille Kuntz Riesling Kabinett Trocken

Country: Germany

Colour / Style: White

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 6

I’ve loved this wine for a long time. This lures you into the best German winemaking. It’s ripe and dense and marked by a clear, bright apple character, but fermented dry (rather than the off-dry, lighter style of Kabinett wine in the past). This mixes a musky sweetness with a dry finish; a luscious texture with a food-loving palate. Experiment with pan-Asian flavours and lighter white meats.

Oremus Tokaji Late Harvest

Oremus Tokaji Late Harvest

Country: Hungary

Colour / Style: Sweet

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 5

In November 2017 a bottle of Tokaji was sold at a price that made it the third most expensive white wine ever. There’s something magical about the combination of marmalade and apricot sweetness and a refreshing citrus zest from the (mostly) Hungarian Furmint grape. This is a gorgeous, lighter introduction to the style from a winery owned by Spain’s famed Vega Sicilia.

Guado al Tasso Bolgheri

Guado al Tasso Bolgheri

Country: Italy

Colour / Style: White

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 5

Vermentino is a brilliant grape to have in your wine-back-pocket. It’s like a warm-climate Sauvignon with racy, citrus fruit through to more complex, mineral textures and flavours like here. It’s also just more interesting than so much Sauvignon. This is a corker, made by the super-smart Antinori family, with herbal complexity and richness making it ideal for interesting pasta dishes and salads.

Cherry Tart Pinot Noir

Cherry Tart Pinot Noir

Country: America

Colour / Style: Red

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 5

Here’s a quiz question: what is the word most likely to persuade someone to buy a bottle of wine? Answer? It’s “fruity”. That’s why wines like juicy, plush… “fruity” wines like this are so popular. Almost the definition of “easy drinking”, if you want to know how it tastes, look at the name. It does exactly what it says on the tin. Enjoy with a Friday night in front of the TV. Watching The Wine Show.

Chateau D’Esclans Lesclans

Chateau D’Esclans Lesclans

Country: France

Colour / Style: Rosé

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 5

“The wine lover’s Chateau D’Esclans”. This is the most serious wine from this winery. Made like a pink Puligny Montrachet, it has more complexity, a seam of integrated oakiness and firmer, food-loving acidity. This is the wine to have with richer meat dishes, slightly richer and more acidic sauces. It’s a pity that it lives in the shadow of its flashy siblings. I’ve always loved this.

Chateau D’Esclans Garrus

Chateau D’Esclans Garrus

Country: France

Colour / Style: Rosé

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 5

Apparently the most expensive rose in the world. So why is it so popular? I refer you to the first sentence and vast numbers of very rich people with yachts who stay in St Tropez. This is genuinely very good. Complex, herbal, intricately textured and with serious, dry fruit. It’s gorgeous with sea bream plainly grilled. But it’s mostly famous for being, well famous. Not unlike some of its biggest fans.

Chateau D’Esclans Rock Angel

Chateau D’Esclans Rock Angel

Country: France

Colour / Style: Rosé

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 5

Rock Angel is the drier, more restrained, more herbal sibling of Chateau D’Esclan’s pool-party Whispering Angel. It’s no wall-flower (it was launched at a party in LA with Rod Stewart) but perhaps more of a foodie style. Avoid anything with too much acidity or fat, but perhaps plainly grilled fish or a lightly-dressed salad.

Chateau Leoube Secret Rosé

Chateau Leoube Secret Rosé

Country: France

Colour / Style: Rosé

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 5

Here you’ll find a refreshing spirit of adventure in Provencal rose making. Owners Lord and Lady Bamford (of JCB digger fame) add a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon to local grapes to inject more fruit, power and polish in their “secret”. It’s a wine for the table, not the beach, with a touch of currant and berry over the herbal, dry strawberry notes. Curious, as the vineyards actually run down to the beach in St Tropez.

Chateau D’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé

Chateau D’Esclans Whispering Angel Rose

Country: France

Colour / Style: Rosé

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 5

Owner Sacha Lichine insists that if you listen while drinking this “you can hear the angels sing”. If you haven’t guessed he’s quite a charmer. Insanely popular, this is the fruity end of the Provencal rose spectrum. Ripe wild strawberries, soft and rounded mouthfeel and a hint of herbs. This is the one for parties on the beach and nights in the Jacuzzi. Or nights at home when you want to pretend.

Tvrods Monastery Vranac

Tvrods Monastery Vranac

Country: Bosnia

Colour / Style: Red

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 5

Also known as Вранац, Vranac is the great red hope for the wines of southern Bosnia and Montenegro. It’s inky dark and cherry scented and marries well with large oak vats that soften its tannins. But the key is its refreshing tingle in the mouth. Think of the zippiness of cranberries. It gives the wine a lift and zest. These ancient wine cultures are coming back. Expect to see Вранац in your wine shop soon.

Pinnes Blatina

Pinnes Blatina

Country: Bosnia

Colour / Style: Red

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 5

Rich, dense, supple and fruity. This wine suits the land it comes from. Rolling, beautiful hills but untamed. It’s impossible to drink it without thinking what and where it comes from. A battlefield on the frontline of a brutal war, made by people who lined up against each other. Walking through this vineyard I tripped up over a soldier’s canteen, lost in the soil twenty five years ago. It’s sobering.

Chateau Bargylus Blanc

Chateau Bargylus Blanc

Country: Syria

Colour / Style: White

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 5

Is this the world’s most dangerous wine? A curious blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from Mount Bargylus near the Roman city of Antioch in Syria. For the taste, thing of a broader version of white Bordeaux (oak, citrus, stone fruit) and a minerally, salty tang. For winemaking though, think ISIS artillery shells blowing up vines and firefights 100m away. A remarkable story, and astonishing wine.

Pinnes Zilavka

Pinnes Zilavka

Country: Bosnia

Colour / Style: White

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 5

You may not see a Zilavka for a year, or several years. But keep it in mind. This refreshing, citrusy, ripe white is the future of wine from Bosnia-Herzegovina. Not complex, but we can’t all drink Montrachet every day. But great value, attractively bright, distinctive and characterful. It’s also generally good – we tasted lots and they were all lovely. If you see Zilavka like this appear on shelves, buy it.

Haywire Sauvignon Blanc

Haywire Sauvignon Blanc

Country: Canada

Colour / Style: White

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 4

The Okanagan Crushpad who make Haywire wines almost evangelical about expressing and revealing the distinctive, herbal fruit of the valley. And few grapes are better for this than Sauvignon Blanc. Zippy, fresh, citrus fruit, fermented and aged in concrete to leave exposed the essence of the land. This needs something like citrus salmon, fattoush or fish with cool, green herbs.

Mission Hill Perpetua Chardonnay

Mission Hill Perpetua Chardonnay

Country: Canada

Colour / Style: White

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 4

This is the sort of wine that makes people realise Canada is playing with the big boys now. Rich, complex, multi-dimensional wine that lingers on the palate. It’s a new world-style Chardonnay with baked pastry and spice over fleshy fruit. But seamless in the glass. Turbot, Halibut or Monkfish are the perfect matches while in time it will become more complex and is clearly meant to become a benchmark for the region’s top wines.

Pillitteri Estates Carretto Vidal Icewine

Pillitteri Estates Carretto Vidal Icewine

Country: Canada

Colour / Style: Sweet

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 4

Canada’s most famous wine style is also one of its rarest wines. Mostly because of the punishingly difficult challenge of harvesting wines in the dead of night in the bitter cold. The berries are pressed while frozen leaving the skins and (water) ice behind, just eking out dribbles of sweet nectar. So we enjoy a sweet wine layered with marmalade and quince, with a tang of zest. Extraordinary with citrus puddings.