Bank Holiday and BBQs

May Weekend


The BBQ comes out of hibernation
with Harry and his cricket team

This weekend is the first match of the season and sun is forecast, although having played cricket for a long time I expect snow on match day. Whilst the players take the field, the spare ribs will be marinated, burgers pressed and sausages primed. After a thirsty day in the field, many of the team take to beer, but with all that red meat it just has to be a glass of red and I am going with the classic match of Argentinean Malbec. 

This Malbec is made in the Mendoza Valley deep in the Andes by Javier Catena, 4th Generation winemaker at Cuarto Dominio. The wine has juicy, black fruit and hints of spice with mocha on the nose with complexity from time in French oak, it stands up to those smoky, red meat flavours that will be coming off the sizzling BBQ. The BBQ British tradition doesn’t always have to be burnt meat and warm beer – raise a glass of Malbec and get a sirloin on for me!

Cuarto Dominio, Tolentino Malbec, 2011 £11.50 £9.95

Richard is celebrating with a
Picnic in the Park

It’s ‘Picnic in the Park’ for me this weekend, celebrating my son’s first birthday. Where did the last year go?! There’ll be plenty of tasty al fresco fare for the little people and adults alike, but we’ll be toasting this special event with my favourite bubbles – the Ruggeri Quartese Prosecco. This stylish Italian fizz is made by the Bisol family, who own the Valdobbiadene region’s oldest family owned winery.

There’s a lot of Prosecco about at the moment, many of which claim to be as good as Champagne at twice the price. Some are. Most aren’t. This Prosecco most definitely is. Tiny bubbles hint at the quality, backed up on the palate with a zing of citrus fruit and a delicate, palate pleasing long finish. We’ll enjoy with a smorgasbord of tasty nibbles (to many to mention), but the Prosecco Quartese is just as good by itself.

Ruggeri, Prosecco Brut Quartese DOC NV £13.95 £12.56

Vicki has a classic, girly night in
with Pinot Grigio lovers

What a better way to welcome the sunny bank holiday weekend than with some great friends and great food! Now within my circle I am the only one in the wine trade and all of my friends are all still stuck with the attitude; ‘I only really drink Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc’... frankly it’s getting a little tiresome! So when I heard that the menu was a nice crab, mussel and prawn linguine I knew exactly what wine I was going to wow the girls with. I have chosen to take the Segreta Bianco from Planeta.

Planeta is a well known family run estate in Sicily, Italy. The family business has only been going since 1985 but their dynamic approach to wine making and love of indigenous varietals have made them achieve international recognition. The Segreta Bianco really underpins this with an interesting blend of grape varieties, mainly Grecanico, with some Chardonnay, Viognier, Fiano, Sauvignon Blanc. It is a vibrant and aromatic wine with intense tropical fruit flavours and zesty notes of citrus fruits that will get any Pinot Grigio lovers head turning. At only £9.25 a bottle this is great value for money and one of my favourite wines for under £10.00.

Planeta, La Segreta Bianco 2012 - £9.25

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  1. Château du Donjon Rose Minervois

    Red summer fruit pudding in a glass without extra sugar. Learn More

  2. Prosecco, Ruggeri, Vecchie Viti DOCG

    From vines 80-100 years old in Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG, this is intense and complex; reminiscent of apricot, pineapple and peach, with hints of wild mint, and sage. Learn More

  3. Peller Ice Cuvée Rosé Sparkling (Cabernet Franc Dosage)

    Bursting with red berries and currants, which linger through on the finish with an added note of spice. Learn More

  4. Peller Ice Cuvée Sparkling (Vidal Dosage)

    The bouquet of apricot, yeast apple and honey is followed by refreshing grapefruit juiciness on the palate. Learn More

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    £22.00 £25.00

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    £22.00 £25.00
  5. Fattoria dei Barbi, Brusco dei Barbi

    From the famous Fattoria dei Barbi, this was the very first 'Super-Tuscan' Learn More

  6. Colterenzio, Pinot Grigio Classici DOC

    A lightly floral bouquet. Lime and herb notes underlay the melon and pineapple fruit, and the mouthfeel is supple, almost rich-unusual for this varietal. Learn More

  7. Ruggeri, Brut di Pinot Nero Rosé VS

    A dryer style yet posesses a ripe cranberry fruit intensity that balances the bubbles and the crisp finish beautifully. Learn More

  8. Prosecco, Ruggeri, Riserva Giustino Bisol DOCG

    Best Sparkling Wine of Italy - Gambero Rosso 2017. Intense aromas of juicy pears and freshly-baked bread exude from this vibrant sparkling wine. Learn More

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    £17.50 £21.50

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  9. Ruggeri, Prosecco Brut Quartese DOCG

    Intensely scented of apple, quince and ripe nectarine, it is crisp yet full-flavoured with great length. Learn More

  10. Ruggeri, Prosecco Brut, Argeo

    Classic, elegant Prosecco with citrus, stone fruit and floral aromas and flavours. Learn More

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    £12.50 £13.95

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    £12.50 £13.95
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