The BEST of Europe - Mixed case of 6
Looking beyond the familiar realms of France and Italy to the wider talent that abounds in Europe. From classics like Rueda, to emerging regions in the east, these wines should expand your horizons, even if just from your kitchen table!
Three whites and three reds.
Guarda Rios Branco, Alentejano, Portugal - ripe tropical fruits and floral tones pervade this very quaffable wine from southern Portugal. Mediterranean in style and equally sunny feeling!
Dveri Pax, Slovenia - this estate belongs to the Benedictine Monastery of Admont and wine has been made here since 1139 A.D. The Pax wine is made from local grape Furmint, blended with Pinot Gris, with an enlivening splash of Riesling. Dry, crisp, brightly fruited and mineral, this could literally be the Holy Grail!
Bardos Rueda, Spain - 100% Verdejo; the supreme grape of the Rueda region. Notes of white peach combine with cut grass, and citrus. Great volume and persistence leading to the typically characteristic aniseed aftertaste. Great with BBQ'd sardines.
Il Folle Nero d'Avola, Sicily - the wines of the Italian islands have a character all of their own. Windswept and sunny, with a rustic charm. Bramble and smokey chocolate notes infuse this medium bodied delight. Juicy and easy going.
Alabastro, Alentejano, Portugal - based on Tempranillo (known locally as Aragonez) and a blend of local and native varieties. Deep, rounded and smooth. A satisfying and classy red wine, full of Portuguese personality.
Soli Merlot, Thracian Valley, Bulgaria - a rich and plummy Merlot, with so much character. Warm spice and loganberry, medium bodied and very gluggable. Estate bottled.