Wine of the month, August 2011
As the weather has been so changeable this August and with summer drawing to an end I have picked two wines. Which are both versatile enough to suit a balmy summer’s day or the first chill of autumn. A full and fresh white, as well as a lovely medium-bodied red.
Yalumba (Y-Series) Viognier. £8.99. Morrisons.
This South Australian wine is a lovely lemon-yellow in colour, with an upfront nose of grapefruit and pear drops. The palate is full-bodied, yet very refreshing with further flavours of grapefruit, mingling with notes of Bergamot and quince.
This wine gives you a lot of flavour for the price. It stands up well to foods that are full flavoured, like a spicy chicken or fish curry.
Bonterra Zinfandel £9.29 Waitrose
Good value California wines are hard to come by and one for under a tenner is a great find. This is currently on offer but even back at full price it is still good value.
The nose offers up inviting scents of sweet red fruits, plums and spice. There are even more ripe red fruit flavours on the palate, which is well balanced, with soft tannins making it medium-bodied.
This would be great with BBQ meats or with tomato sauce based dishes, like a vegetarian lasagne.
Check back in September for next months wine, after I get back from Italy and France, where I shall be sampling some fine food and hopefully some good wines.