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What’s On Taste: Friday 7th + Saturday 8th March

This Friday and Saturday, we’ll be opening some bottles from our brand new Churchfield Selection Box #2 

Churchfield Selection #2

We thought we’d focus on our new Churchfield Selection Box #2 this weekend – our second mixed case that showcases some of the wines from a variety of suppliers that really show what we’re all about.

So from 6pm on Friday and 2pm on Saturday you’ll be able to taste some of the wines in the box – but you don’t have to buy the case as all of them are available individually. In fact, you don’t have to buy anything – just pop along for a taste and a chat.

The Churchfield Selection Box #2 features:

Bonelli Ortrugo 2013 (Italy)
Light, crisp, fruity with gentle bubbles, this makes a refreshing alternative to Prosecco. This wine is made by Cantine Fratelli Bonelli in Emilia Romagna, who’ve produced a line based on historical grapes in the region. Ortrugo is thought to date back to the pre-Christian era, and is found exclusively in the area of the Piacenza region. This wine makes a great aperitif, but also works well with light fish dishes and salads.

Rallo Bianco Maggiore Grillo 2012 (Italy) 
Grillo is the main grape used to make Marsala. But it also makes superb dry wines too, like this wine from organic producer Rallo. The grapes come from vineyards close to the sea, near the city of Marsala. Perhaps that’s why we can detect a distinctive mineral tang underneath the rich but zesty citrus fruits. This wine is a great match for lemon roast chicken and seafood dishes such as grilled octopus. The local dish in this part of Sicily is fish couscous and we’ve enjoyed it with a seafood tagine.

Three Choirs Willow Brook 2012 (England)
Remember the summer of 2012? Yes, we’d rather forget its distinct lack of sunshine as well. A dreadful year for English winemakers. But somehow, the microclimate of Newent in Gloucestershire helped Three Choirs turn out some cracking white wines.  Willow Brook is a blend of Schoenburger and Siegerrebe, both vine crossings crated in Germany in the 20th century. The father of Siegerrebe is Gewurztraminer, which gives this wine some floral, spicy hints  But it still has the plenty of crispness and the zing harks to the addition of Seyval Blanc. Good with a lightly-spiced Thai salad, dips such as guacamole or pea and mint or even fish and chips.

Alvaro Castro Dao Tinto 2010 (Portugal) 
Alvaro Castro is widely regarded as the leading winemaker in the Dao region of Portugal, a cooler climate than the more northerly Douro with vineyards at altitude. Fresh, elegant wines are the regions trademark and this blend of Touriga Nacional,  Alfrocheiro and Tinta Roriz is no exception. Brimming with dark fruits it has an earthy hints and a spicy backnote. Great with red and white meat alike, so long as the latter has some robust flavours and good texture, like a thick, grilled pork chop or roasted guinea fowl and chicken with chorizo. It’s a very food-friendly wine.

Eduardo Miroglio Soli Pinot Noir 2011 (Bulgaria)a
This has become a firm favourite of our customers, since we opened in April 2013. Recently we moved onto a new vintage, where the fruit is a little more succulent but the trademark freshness is still there. The wine comes from Thrace, where winemaking can be dated back to ancient times. Eduardo Miroglio, an Italian textile and wine producer, set up his Bulgarian winery in 2002. We discovered his more premium Pinot Noir at The Ledbury in Notting Hill, and then became firm fans of the Soli. It delivers a lot of bang for your buck. Great with roast chicken and turkey, cold cuts and mushroom risotto.

Domaine La Chaponne La Forge Chiroubles 2011 (France)
We often describe this wine to customers as being a bit like Pinot Noir. We do this mainly because the word “Beaujolais” can conjure up images of thin, tart, bubblegummy wines. And this is “Cru Beaujolais” is a world away from the nouveau stuff. But Gamay is the progeny of Pinot Noir crossed with a white grape called Gouais Blanc. So it’s not so far fetched… Chiroubles is next door to the more famous Fleurie. It is full of crushed red fruits and feels fresh but sleek in the mouth. Beaujolais is often seen as a summer red, served chilled, This has enough weight to be drunk all year round. Try it with a beetroot and goat’s cheese salad or seared tuna.

The Churchfield Selection Box #2 is available in store and online for the special price of £70.


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