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  • White Burgundy

    ...generic AOC, villages to premier cru, grand cru at the top end it’s at this point that vintage gets important. White Burgundy is a generic appellation which means that the grapes can come from anywhere in burgundy. It tends to be more of an easy drinking style. Chablis is one of the most famous, making crisp, peachy wines, with a classic note of gun flint. Many people don’t realise it is Chardonnay. Pouilly Fuisse (not to be confused with Pouill...

  • White Rioja

    What you need to know White Rioja falls into 3 categories – the traditional, the new and the foot in both camps! The traditional is not for the faint hearted, it is heavily oaked and has an often fruitless, baked character, they are often classified as ‘Reserva’ or ‘Gran Reserva’ because of the oak ageing – for me these are the ones to avoid. The new are crisp and dry, made to reflect the popularity of zesty Sauvignon Blanc. They can be lovely a...

  • Red Burgundy

    What you need to know Red Burgundy is made up of the Pinot Noir grape and share a lighter body than many reds. The wines have a fragrant raspberry and redcurrant flavour although many of them also have an earthiness (in some cases almost farmyardy) which is not loved by all, but very typical. There are a multitude of appellations within Red Burgundy from plain ‘Bourgogne’ to Grand Cru Montrachet. The classification is geographical and refers to...

  • White Zinfandel

    ...wine drinking with this because it is so easy going. Add lemonade, ice or anything else. Despite its popularity White Zinfandel is sniffed at in wine drinking circles. Originally you found White Zinfandel from California but now there are lots of imitations all over the world.   Top tip – unless you like really sweet wines then move on to one of the other rosés. It does have some potential matching spicy food particularly chicken tikka....

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  • Fiano

    What you should know Fiano is a white grape grown in the South of Italy and Sicily. A latecomer to the UK, recent improvements to winemaking have suddenly brought it to popularity and onto restaurant winelists. Unlike many white wines it’s not just ‘fruity’ and has some more savoury flavours with a kind of nutty spiciness and ripe texture. Because of its full body and structure this is a great wine to have with food, particularly big food. Try i...

  • New World Pinot Noir

    What you need to know Red Burgundy has a very specific style that New World Pinot Noir seems to flaunt, creating a style of wine that you don’t necessarily need a guidebook with you to understand. Pinot Noir is notoriously difficult to grow, which is why it is far less available (and therefore more expensive) than other grapes. It flourishes in New Zealand, California, Oregon, Australia and the UK in areas or pockets of cool climates. Although s...

  • Blason de Bourgogne St Veran

    In my quest for great wine under £10 this has to win, it isn’t the most complex or ‘challenging’ white burgundies but it has a sophisticated yet easy going Burgundy, it is creamy and delicious. Great with or without food....

  • Viognier

    ...eat match for Thai and chinese foods (although I love a glass on its own). A great blender you find Viognier in White Côtes du Rhone as well as blended with Syrah in many red wines of the Northern Rhône (Côte Rôtie particularly), giving them a unique style. If you want to go off the scale indulge in some Condrieu (a French region where the wine is exclusively Viognier), expensive but oh so worth it! Top tip – Although very distinct Viognier seems...

  • Grüner Veltliner

     What you need to know Austrian (yes Austrian) white wine, with a lovely Austrian flag on the top of the screwcap. The wine you find in the UK are crisp and light with a citrus character and mild spiciness which is more white pepper than black. Easy going and fresh, it’s a great everyday wine, and no fridge should be without one. The Austrians also make a more serious style, suitable for ageing, which is also lovely, as it ages it gets richer an...

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