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WINES TO SHARE

Eva Franceschi, Account manager for C&B Scotland, highlights her favourite wines that she loves to share with her loved ones.

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Wine, food and hospitality are inseparable aren’t they? I love chatting to my restaurant customers around Scotland, choosing the wines that best suit their menus but nothing beats spending hours in the kitchen and then sitting round a table with friends and family to get 'the craic'. These are some of the bottles that I pull out time and time again for those moments.

Quinta de Chocapalha Arinto 2019

When Chablis feels rather indulgent, this fits the bill. Crisp and clean with citrus notes and plenty of character and a mineral finish, this is great with a fishy salad or a big plate of prawns in the summer. The fact that the grape variety is not well known is always a good talking point too.

Gewurztraminer Beblenheim Domaine Trapet 2019

This is more indulgent. Best drunk home alone, ideally with a good book, sipping away and enjoying how it evolves in the glass. Classic rose petal and apricot notes yet never blousy, enough citrus and green apple to keep it to the right side of freshness. Yum!

Langhe Nebbiolo Pian delle Mole Giulia Negri 2020

I am a big fan of Giulia Negri’s wines. Barolo can be ‘too much’ but this Nebbiolo from younger vines in Serradenari is a great alternative. Refreshing and focused. Vibrant fruit and delicate floral notes, sour cherres and plentiful acidity keep you going back for more. Ever so elegant and great with food, perfect for a special supper.

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ITALIAN ESSENTIALS

Discover essential Italian wines with Kirsty Cook, London Fine Wine Sales Team

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For every individual there is an inclination in wine-style, character, and texture. One thing for certain, is that there will be a beautiful Region in Italy that can provide exactly what you are looking for. With a vast production, from your everyday drinkers to fine wine phenomenon’s, Italy has truly captivated every essence of cultivation from farming right through to bottling. Whether you are hoping to enjoy a glass on its own, or something to compliment your favourite food, a bottle of Italian wine within arm’s reach will never go amiss.

I have highlighted some wines below that have very much become my “go-to’s" for all occasions.

Passobianco IGT Tenuta di Passopisciaro 2018

This rich, creamy Chardonnay is wonderfully balanced by the cooling altitudes on Mount Etna. A wonderfully ripe and citrusy nose, complimented ever so well with crisp, mineral freshness on the palate. Orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, and chalkiness throughout the glass gives this wine great depth with a lengthy finish.

Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Cecilia Beretta 2019

A bright ruby red valpolicella. Exuberating with red currant, cherry, and plum flavours. Finished perfectly with a chocolatey richness, which is introduced from the dried grape contact during the fermentation process. The wine structure has spiced vanilla notes with thanks to its oak-ageing. This ‘baby Amarone’ is a perfect accompaniment for any comfort dish.

Vinsanto del Chianti Classico Vignamaggio 2014 (Halves)

Vinsanto’s mysterious holy origin has given this Italian dessert wine its identity. Tuscans believe this to be ‘a wine of hospitality, offering it before and after dinner. Enjoy the warming caramel aromas, sticky treacle, and fruit complexities with a toasted, nutty finish. Serve in a large glass and slightly chilled to enjoy this hedonistic full-bodied wine to the fullest.

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TOUR OF ITALY

An avid fan of cycling, Piers Mortimer, C&B Fine Wine Sales team in North of England & Scotland, highlights his favourite Italian wines which take you through the Giro d'Italia.

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My love of cycling in all its guises knows no bounds; I have been riding bikes since I could walk - it’s life long obsession. My favourite Grand tour is the Giro d'Italia or as it's simply known as the Giro and it’s a super way to see some of the great Italian wine growing regions on the television. So why not enjoy the scenery and a glass of wine as the action unfolds?



Sparkling Prosecco Rosé DOC Treviso Le Colture Millesimato 2020

The race visits the Veneto on May 28th  and this super sparkling rosé matches the leader jerseys perfectly. While the pro peloton grids up the hills, relax and have a glass of this Sparkling Prosecco Rosé DOC produced by the Ruggeri family who have been producing wines since 1500’s. Made using Glera/Pinot Noir grapes, red berry notes, creamy, floral and just enough acidity to work with a wide range of dishes.

Gavi di Gavi Fratelli Antonio e Raimondo 2021

Friday 20th May,  San Remo to Cuneo in the Piedmont region is a fairly short day for the riders at 157km. A day to drink Gavi di Gavi. Made from Cortese grapes, this wine is crisp and precise, citrus, green-apple and exotic fruit, fresh and mineral, with a sustained finish. Perfect with antipasto.

Cipollina IGT Rosso Terre Siciliane 2019

Wednesday 11th May, Catania - Messina, 172km on the island of Sicily - a bit a of a flash back with a climb up the 1125m Portella. This red wine is a light delicate expression of Nero d'Avola grapes, an indigenous grape variety. It bursts with aromas of ripe dark cherries and warm spices, it has grippy yet smooth tannins and a the risk of cliché this Nero d'Avola is fantastic for a mid week evening Eurosport catch up with pizza or any tomato based sauce dishes.

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