Fancy taking a recommendation from one of our staff? This month, Becky, Manager of our London City store shares her favourite wines for October so you can enjoy exciting wines that she loves at very affordable prices.
“If you are feeling a bit down now that summer has drawn to a close, fear not, I have put together a selection of wines that will keep you company during the cooler evenings, right through to the festive season.
Firstly I have included the Invivo as a bit of a nod to the last of the summer nights. This Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region in New Zealand is beautifully smooth and crisp. It has a fantastic aroma of passion fruit and lime which leads into a palate of zesty citrus flavours. A perfect accompaniment to light fish and chicken dishes. If you’re finding it hard to admit that summer is coming to an end this is the wine to drink and reminisce.
Once you have finally come to terms with the end of summer and are starting to embrace the wonders of Autumn I suggest you give the Caixas Godello a try. This wine is delicate and rounded. The aromas of lemon, pear and melon lead into a soft rounded palate with remarkable texture. A great which is both light enough to enjoy on it’s own and weighty enough to go with most white meat and fish dishes.
The two reds that I have chosen are a definite must for the cooler evenings. The Vina Eguia Rioja Gran Reserva is a beautiful mature medium bodied wine. It has spent 30 month in oak giving it mellow flavours of raisin, prune and caramel. Couple this with the added complexity of vanilla, clove and leather and you’ve got a perfect example of a Gran Reserva Rioja. If you’re anything like me the thought of cooking after a hard day at work is not an appealing thought. So why not throw all the ingredients for a rich slow cooked lamb tagine in a slow cooker, head off to work and when you get home dish up, pour yourself a glass of this Rioja and put your feet up. Sounds like a perfect Autumn evening to me.
My final choice, the Santa Ana Malbec, is one that I tend to pull out at the end of a meal. It has lively plum and cherry characters on both the nose and palate, with supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish. It is a great accompaniment to medium strength firm cheeses and a wine that I often take round to friends when going for dinner. Having said that I have been known to stock up at my local cheese shop and enjoy a glass or two at home with the curtains drawn and the heating on. It makes for a very cosy evening.”