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Five Fresh Roses to Try this Summer

Nothing says summer like a tasty and fresh rose and at The Fine Wine Company we have a wide range of roses to choose from. Our range covers different regions, flavours and here we’re looking at five wines which could be perfect for a summer picnic, garden party or barbecue.


1.    A Mano Rosato 2015
Versatile and fresh, ideal to pair with any summer meal or snack, this A Mano Rosato 2015 is ripe and full of vibrant flavour. It goes with everything and it’s a combination of 75% primitivo and 25% aleatico grapes. It has soft blackberry notes as well as ripe peach and tropical flavours. There’s a tropical edge to the flavour and it doesn’t matter what you pair it with, you’ll find it highly drinkable.


2.    La Maglia Rosa Pinot Grigio Blush 2014
Remarkable because of its soft pink hues, this Rosa Pinot Grigio from La Maglia has both fresh fruity and aromatic floral flavours.  It is produced in the Veneto region of Italy and the slightly floral notes make it more interesting and a little different to your average rose. It’s perfect for a spritzer with a little soda or sparkling water.


3.    Wandering Bear Rose 2015
This fresh Wandering Bear Rose is produced in the Western Cape or South Africa. A rich blend of different fruity notes is brought together in a bright juicy combination. You will enjoy touches of raspberry and refreshing watermelon alongside sweet raspberry and the boldness of black cherry.  Despite the mixture of different fruity notes this Wandering Bear Rose is still light on the palate and wonderfully refreshing.


4.    Chateau d’Astros Rose Cotes De Provence 2015
With the traditional and classic flavours of a Provence rose, this Rose Cotes de Provence from Chateau d’Astros brings together a blend of many different grape varietals. It combines Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Syrah and it has a rich salmon-pink hue with great balance. Juicy berries combine with citrus fruit flavours and there’s a dryness to the flavour which makes it a little less sweet than many other roses.


5.    Chateau Leoube Rose de Leoube 2015
A pale and attractive orange-pink rose, this Rose de Leoube is lively in flavour and combines citrus, orchard and fresh berry flavours. A combination of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre varietals come together in this fresh summer wine. You will enjoy the flavours of citrus fruits, pears and the pop of fresh cherries and berries.


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Through the Wine Glass: Argentina

wines from Argentina

Argentina is the fifth largest wine producer in the world and with a growing reputation for producing some of the finest wines. Argentina now produces around five times as much wine as Chile and has become a big player in the export markets.

Argentinian wines are characterised by big bold flavours, like their most famous, rich and velvety Malbecs.

The country has seven main wine regions; Mendoza, Neuquen, Salta, Catamarca, San Juan and La Rioja. In regards to quantity and quality, Mendoza is the leader of the pack. Around 80% of Argentina’s wine is produced from here. Mendoza can produce the finest wine at high altitudes and also delivery good value wines in the vineyards lower down.


Argentinian whites

Argentina has begun to produce a variety of great white blends. These blends are white varieties from the same region or from different provinces blended together.

When it comes to white wines, the Argentina’s signature grape is Torrontés, which produces an exotic and floral tasting wine. Torrontés is cultivated in all the wine regions of the country. Its fragrant and unmistakable aroma resembles jasmine, roses and geranium, with the occasional hint of spice.

Argentina also produce the classic Chardonnay, which can be used to make a wide range of wines, and also Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc.

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Argentinian reds

The most highly regarded red grape in Argentina is without a doubt Malbec which comes from the Mendoza region. This is a Bordeaux variety brought to Argentina from France in the middle of the 19th century, offering aromas of ripe prunes and the occasional hint of mint, with soft, meaty and rounded flavours.

Other popular Argentinian red varieties include Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah. Also Cabernet Sauvignon with its strong tannins and subtle variations, depending on the particular region.

Bonardo is the second of Argentina’s most cultivated red variety. With its full body, it has a fruity raspberry aroma and a subtle aniseed taste. Tempranillo has a medium alcohol content, and its aging in American oak helps to make it a tasty and well-balanced wine, with its chocolate and vanilla notes and fruity aromas and hints of coffee and tobacco from ageing in American Oak.

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Argentinian wines have become more and more popular as their export levels have increased and you can find a wide range of Argentinian wines in the Fine Wine Company collection. We have a good collection from a range of different Argentinian wine regions, covering both their white and red wines.