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 modern classics like Albarino, to emerging regions in the east, these wines should expand your horizons, even if just from your kitchen table!
Three whites and three reds.
El Convertido Verdejo, Spain - citrus fruits and floral tones pervade this very quaffable wine from Terra Alta in Spain. Savoury notes from lees give texture and breadth. Rueda without the price tag!
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!
Orballo Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain - the supreme white grape of Northwestern Spain. Notes of white peach combine with fresh-cut citrus and a refreshing salinity. Great volume and persistence leading to the typically characteristic salty 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.
Sepp Moser Organic Zweigelt, Austria - Pinot noir fans will enjoy this classic Austrian Zweigelt, Elegant like Pinot, but quite rich, with spicy undertones and a smooth structure. A great red to pair with fish and seafood, along with game.