Say cheers to the New Year with these delicious recommendations from our wine expert, Diana Thompson
Motzenbäcker Blanc de Blanc, Brut NV, Pfalz, Germany
The Original Bier Company, £25
If you’ve not tried German Sparkling Wine it’s time to think again and this would certainly be a cracking start. The Original Bier Company at Canonmills is well worth a visit. They have some stunning German wines as well as German craft beer and German gin. Produced from Chardonnay and using the traditional bottle fermented method, this Blanc de Blanc deliciously elegant with a lovely long finish. It’s also organic, biodynamic and for those who might be doing “Veganuary” this month it’s certified vegan. Enjoy on its own or with lighter dishes such as chicken, fish or a hearty winter salad.
Les Rafelières Sauvignon Blanc, Loire, France 2017
Fourth generation winemaker Pierre-Jean Sauvion sees himself as a pleasure maker rather than a winemaker since all his wines are considered pure pleasure. This mini-Sancerre is no exception yet with the added benefit of coming without a premium price tag. Bursting with grapefruit and fresh blackcurrant leaves this is a fabulous wine to enjoy on its own or with fish or citrus style chicken dishes.
Dame de Clochevigne Rasteau, Rhône, France 2017
This is a real steal for a wine from this fairly recently classified AOP region of Rasteau in the Southern Rhône. A classic blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre produces an inviting mouth filling wine packed with dark plum and cherry fruit characters. It’s a perfect winter warmer and great with steak or other red meat dishes.