Brrr!! It’s been such a cold start to winter this year that I feel I should be clutching a mug of hot toddy as I write this. But bubbles can always cheer me up, and after that a juicy white and a chunky red should keep me in buoyant mood till 2020.
Leckford Estate Brut
Tesco Finest Fair Trade Chenin Blanc
Testimonio Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tannat
I can’t remember such a bitter start to winter – I’ve been wearing a scarf as I sit at my desk! So I need riproaring, gizzard-roasting reds, and Argentina is the best place to look. But I’m not choosing Malbec this time. I’ve found a throaty mix of Cabernet, Syrah and the rare Tannat grape all thrown together to create a powerful fruitbomb of blackcurrant and blackberry that is satisfyingly chewy and surprisingly scented with apple blossom.