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Bet you thought this endless summer couldn’t get any better…

Ilona Roberts

Bet you thought this endless summer couldn’t get any better…Well how about this winner from Horgelus? A rich and complex dry white wine blended with Gros and Petit-Manseng grapes. A dash of Sauvignon Blanc is added to enhance the exotic notes of these two Gascon varieties. Aged for 6 months on fine lees to create a delicate toasted finish. Perfect to serve with grilled fish and cheese. The Domaine Horgelus is located in a pretty Gascon village in the foothills of the Pyrenées. This region, renowned for centuries thanks to its Armagnac, now attracts many visitors coming to experience its...

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Do you believe in magic?

Ilona Roberts

Here’s a Hungarian white wine lower in alcohol at only 11.5%. Dry in style, this Grüner Veltliner has bright aromas of citrus fruit and green herbs balanced with notes of white pepper and hints of warm spice. The crisp acidity and vibrant character make it a stylish choice for an aperitif and the perfect accompaniment to spicy Asian food through to delicate sashimi. For hunderds of years ancient and mystical Talisman charms were thought to have magical powers and bring good luck. Gruner Veltliner or Zold Veltelini as it is known in Hungary is believed to date back to Roman...

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ABC’s look away now!

Ilona Roberts

ABC’s look away now! Anything but Chardonnay…can this one change your mind? Chardonnay may have fallen out of favour in the past but it’s currently rising up the charts. This medium bodied dry Australian wine is lively with peach and nectarine flavours. It finishes with a rich creamy texture and long, fresh citrus zest along with oak characters to add complexity. debortoli.com.au At the De Bortoli winery, family values have been strong since the first grape harvest in the 1920’s. In the early days, they provided lunch every day for both family and workers.  All sat around a long table,...

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From healthy, sustainable soil.

Ilona Roberts

In today’s busy world take some pleasure in a wine from healthy, sustainable soil. A round and juicy Beaujolais from old Gamay Noir vines, bursting with raspberry and strawberry fruit with a delicate touch of pepper. Light-bodied but with ample flavour and smooth tannins. Best served very slightly chilled with cold meats, fish or salads and can be aged for 2-5 years. With climate change and droughts all over the world, soil sustainability is more important than ever before. We are seeing this emerging in the wine industry as more and more wineries are producing organic wines and understanding the...

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Volcanic pink!

Ilona Roberts

This summer is hot but not as hot as a volcano…try this wine from grapes grown in a sunken crater The perfect Provencal Rosé, it has a light strawberry colour with bright rose petal and raspberry aromas. A versatile wine that pairs beautifully with a wide variety of seafood. Chateau Beaulieu is nestled in the immense crater of an extinct volcano. With 140 hectares of vines, it is one of the most expansive domains in the region. The majority of the vineyard is on volcanic soil characterised by the presence of basalt which endows the wines with their unique quality....

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