Winter wine for a perfect time

The summer months have their appeal. Whether you are off on holiday, or are enjoying some rest at home, the warmer weather means that you can relax whilst out and about in the sun. So, where does the joy come from in those colder, darker weeks throughout the late autumn, winter and early spring?

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The lesser-known spirits you should try at least once

You may be an expert in fine wine, or know the difference between Scottish and Irish whisky (or should that be, whiskey?), but how much do you know about some of the more obscure alcoholic spirits? Palinka, anyone? The rise in popularity of mixology has seen us become more experimental in our tastes, so, the next time you’re doing an online wine shop or wine delivery, think about adding one of the following to your basket. 

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Some of the Best Wine and Cheese Pairings

Every wine connoisseur would have to agree that the marriage of wine and cheese goes a very long way. Proven by the continuous development in food science, cheese is just the right option for a bottle of fine wine as the high-fat content in this dairy works well in coating the back of the tongue, making the wine taste sweeter and fruitier.

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The Healthiest Alcoholic Drinks for Your Body

Many people see the act of drinking as an unhealthy habit, especially those who are following a specific kind of diet or those with health-related issues. If you are among these individuals, don’t let this stop you from having fun with your friends on a night out. While it’s true that excessive binge drinking can do unimaginable damage to your insides and waist, imbibing on casual occasions doesn’t have to be bad for your health.

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Lesser Known Wine Regions to Visit This Summer

If you’re planning a wine-led getaway this summer, there are many hot spots which people usually head to. However, if you’re looking for something a little different and to experience new and interesting flavours and winery styles, consider one of these lesser known wine regions for your wine adventure this summer:

Valle D’Aosta, Italy

A beautiful and adventurous location for your summer break, Valle D’Aosta has breath-taking peaks to scale as well as wonderful wines to sample. It’s one of Italy’s hidden gems and features its own unique culture, with both Italian and French as official languages in the region, alongside the local dialect known as Valdôtain. The Valle d’Aosta wine trail gives you the chance to try unique local varities such as Fumin, as well as more popular Italian and French wines like Nebbiolo and Arvine.

Istria, Croatia

A quiet and secluded peninsula, right next to the Adriatic Sea, Istria is just minutes from Italy and a chance to explore a unique and up and coming wine region. Croatian wine continues to attract more attention and you experience the unique culture and landscape of Istria, you can also try some truly unique wines. Enjoy local flavours made from grape varietals such as Teran and Malvazja. The beautiful atmosphere, scenery and wine combine to create a wonderful holiday experience.

Südsteiermark, Austria

Südsteiermark offers all the beauty and views of the Italian countryside in the heart of Austria. It has bene described as the Tuscany of Austria which makes it a wonderful choice for a break dedicated to enjoying the countryside and the finer things in life. Südsteiermark is known as one of the best regions for producing Sauvignon Blanc but you can also enjoy local and fresh varietal wines such as Muskateller and Morillon.

These are just three examples of lesser known wine regions you may want to consider this summer, especially if you’re looking for something a little different for your summer getaway.

Spotlight on Tannat

A little less known than other red wines, Tannat has a history linked to a tiny village in South West France called Madiran. It’s a strong and full bodied option which is sometimes likened to Malbec but it has a personality and flavour all of its own. Tannat is traditionally French as mentioned, but there are newer offerings, especially from Uruguay, which are becoming increasingly popular.

The Flavour of Tannat

Tannat has a rich fruity flavour, with red and black fruit blending beautifully in good offerings. It also has the tang and depth of black liquorice with coffee notes, some vanilla and even a touch of fragrant cardamom and similar spices. Wines which have had more oak aging will have a spicier flavour. Some Tannats are rich in tannins while others can be lighter too.

French Tannat vs Uruguayan Tannat

As you’d expect the flavours of French and Uruguayan Tannat differ due to the different in climate, soil and production methods. Traditional French Tannat from around Madiran typically has a stronger red fruit flavour with rich, powerful tannins and raspberry flavours coming through particularly strong.

As a newer and with more inventiveness possible due to less stringent AOC requirements, Uruguayan Tannat wines are softer and less stringently tannic. Elegant black fruits dominate the flavour with blackberry, cherries and plums often easy to pick out. Creativity and playfulness stand out as characteristics of Uruguayan Tannat.

Choosing Tannat

At The Fine Wine Company we have a range of different Tannat wines to choose from. Our Tannat wines include examples from Argentina, Italy and even Brazil. We also have examples of Uruguayan Tannat and traditional Madiran Tannat too.

Many Merlot lovers are now enjoying a Tannat or two as well as their favourite red and with the choice of different producers, flavours and regions, there may be a Tannat for you too.

Tips for Choosing the Wines for your Wedding

Many people have their wedding fully catered without the need to make too many decisions, but wine fans may want to take some of this into their own hands. With Royal Wedding fever upon us, you may not be able to rival the range offered at the royal occasion, but you can certainly take control of what you plan to offer and ensure your favourites are included. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Think about Volume

How much wine do you actually need? This may seem like a strange question, but you need to make sure you don’t go overboard. Buying wine online for your wedding reception ensures you can get a good deal on cases and as a rough guide, experts recommend you cater for half a bottle per guest.

Think about the Season

Winter Weddings don’t have to be all about red wine, but warmer full bodied flavours are a great choice. A rich Chardonnay can be a perfect addition to Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon in the winter. Summer Weddings call for fresher, younger flavours with Chablis and Sauvignon Blanc particularly popular. Remember the Wedding Breakfast is usually at lunch time so lighter options are often recommended then.

Think about your Toast

The wine for your toast should be something special. However, you shouldn’t feel bound by tradition so if Champagne isn’t your thing, look at other sparkling wines. There’s nothing wrong with a Prosecco or Cava if these are flavours you prefer.

Think about You

Of course, you want to cater to your friends and family but what do you like? It’s your special day and everyone is coming to celebrate your wedding. They will enjoy the whole experience regardless so throwing in a couple of your favourites certainly won’t hurt.

The right wines for your special day can help the whole event feel even more special. Spend a little time choosing what you really want, and it is bound to go down well.

Fresh Wines for Spring

Spring is on its way and we’re all ready for a little warmer weather and perhaps even the chance to enjoy a little outside drinking and dining. The sunshine may not be bright but it’s definitely on its way and if you’re looking to buy wine online for your first spring celebration, we have some suggestions you should definitely keep in mind.

Spring Wines from The Fine Wine Company

Drinking according to the season is not necessarily something everyone does, but it can be enjoyable. It’s a great way of trying new flavours. Here are some of the most popular and enjoyable Spring wine options:

Light Rose

Lighter styles of rose are a wonderful choice for spring. You can enjoy the flavours of the South of France or Spanish flavours. The low alcohol content and light pink tones team with delicate and fresh fruit aromas and flavours, perfect for the gentle warmth of spring. Try a Rose such as La Vidaubanaise Comte de Provence.

Younger Pinot Noirs

If you’re a red wine drinker, there’s no need to switch for the freshness of spring. A young Pinot Noir is the perfect choice for Spring. With fresh fruit flavours and the option of serving slightly chilled, this is one way of still enjoying your favourite reds in a traditionally white wine season.

Prosecco

Everyone loves a Prosecco in the sun. It may be more popular when the true summer heat arrives but there’s no reason you can’t add it to your Spring wine list. Gentler and more rounded in flavour than Champagne, you could try Mabis Biscardo Prosecco Frizzante or a similar offering for that gentle fizz that has become so popular.

Gewürztraminer

With an instantly recognisable aroma and a surprisingly deep colour, Gewürztraminer is a great alternative to the summer classic Sauvignon Blanc, for spring. Bright acidic notes stand out and it’s a great alternative white for the springtime.  Lani Gewurztraminer is a great example of how good these flavours can be, with exotic Turkish Delight notes and fresh lychee aroma.

The right wine for the springtime is an entirely personal choice. However, when looking to choose a wine online, these are out top options for when the spring sun arrives.