City-wide Wine Flights and Royal Wedding Fizz-filled Celebrations For London Wine Week

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The capital is set to be awash with wine-filled delights once again as London Wine Week returns from 14th – 20th May. Back with a brand-new Hub and over 500 wines to try throughout the week, Londoners will be able to enjoy a seven-day adventure exploring and celebrating the city’s diverse wine scene.

Over 125 of the very best wine bars and restaurants will be serving wine tasting flights of wines and delicious ‘Sip & Snack’ food pairings created especially for the festival, which will be available exclusively to festival pass holders. The biggest celebrations of wine of its kind in the UK, it’s the capital’s largest self-guided wine tasting.

The week will also see a full programme of bespoke events taking place across London, including wine tastings, masterclasses, dinners, pop-ups and parties.

FOR A RIGHT ROYAL KNEES UP…
ROYAL WEDDING SCREENING AT LONDON WINE WEEK HUB | SATURDAY 19TH MAY

To top off the wine-filled celebrations, the London Wine Week Hub at Flat Iron Square will play host to a Royal Wedding garden party on Saturday 19th May, complete with bunting, confetti and of course, plenty of fizz. With a live screening of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day and dedicated menu of Champagne and cake, guests will enjoy a good old-fashioned knees-up throughout the day.

The wedding will be screened throughout the afternoon; starting with the ceremony at Windsor Castle at noon, followed by the carriage procession around Windsor Town. Free to attend, it’s the ultimate fizz-lovers’ celebration of the royal nuptials.

The Details
Address: 68 Union Street, London SE1 1TD
The Royal Wedding screening and celebration is free to attend and open to all (including non-Festival Pass holders) however Festival Pass holders will benefit from a discounted price point for glasses of wine.

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‘A Royal Match’ Wine Tasting Flight at Percy & Founders

Celebrating the pending nuptials of everyone’s favourite royal rogue, Prince Harry, and his beautiful American princess, get in the spirit with a flight fit for the occasion featuring wines from Wales, London and the US of A:

Chardonnay, Ancre Hill, Wales, UK
Chardonnay “Dierberg Vineyard”, Tyler, Santa Barbara, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, “Cabot Square”, London Cru, London, UK

This royal flight will be available throughout London Wine Week for festival pass holders, which are available to buy on the DRINKUP.LONDON app.

The Details
Address: 1 Pearson Square, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7EY

FESTIVAL PASSES AND TICKETS FOR ALL LONDON WINE WEEK EVENTS ARE AVAILABLE TO BUY NOW AT DRINKUP.LONDON or FROM THE DRINKUP.LONDON APP
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The UK’s Biggest Celebration of Wine Returns

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This summer the capital will be awash with wine-filled delights once again as London Wine Week returns for its fourth year from the 5th – 11th June. Organised by DrinkUp.London – the award-winning team also behind London Cocktail Week and London Beer Week – they’ll be bringing Londoners a week-long adventure exploring and celebrating the city’s diverse and exciting wine scene.

From red, rosé and white to natural, orange and sparkling, there will be wines for all preferences and events for all levels of wine knowledge from enthusiastic beginners to connoisseurs. A full programme of wine tastings, masterclasses, dinners, brunches, pop-ups and parties will take place over the seven days. The grand finale of the week will be DrinkUp: The Wine Edit, a special festival curated by London Wine Week Director Emma Murphy.

For just £10 festival-goers can purchase a week-long Festival Pass that allows them to partake in the Wine Tours with unlimited £5 wine flights at more than 100 partnering wine bars throughout the week. Festival Passes can be purchased online now at DrinkUp.London and then collected at the Devonshire Square Hub during the week itself, where they will also be on sale.

Details of confirmed London Wine Week highlights are below, with a full programme of individual, one-off events to be announced early May.

Follow @DrinkUpLDN and visit http://www.drinkup.london/wineweek to stay up to date.

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THE WINE TOURS – £5 WINE FLIGHTS | ALL WEEK A City-Wide Wine Tasting
Turning the capital into a city-wide wine tasting, London Wine Week will partner with over 100 bars and venues to offer £5 Wine Flights or ‘Sip & Snack’ specials to Festival Pass holders.
The Wine Flights will feature three wines, all complementing each other to showcase a certain grape, region or producer, as chosen by the venues’ expert sommeliers, whilst the ‘Sip & Snack’ option will demonstrate a food pairing created by the venue – with options ranging from traditional cheese and wine matches through to quirkier food offerings. Top wine venues will be working with varieties and vintages from across the world, making it the best way to discover what London’s wine scene has to offer without breaking the bank. A digital guide will make it easy to pull together selfguided tours, turning a usual evening with friends into a veritable wine-filled treasure trail.
The Details
£5 wine flights are available at participating venues to Festival Pass holders Festival Passes cost £10 per person and are available online at http://www.drinkup.london/wineweek Festival Passes should be collected from the LWW Devonshire Square Hub once the week begins

DEVONSHIRE SQUARE LONDON WINE WEEK HUB | MONDAY 5TH – FRIDAY 9TH JUNE An Oasis of Alfresco Pop-Ups
The heart of the city will once again play host to the LWW Hub as numerous alfresco pop-up wine bars descend on Devonshire Square. At the centre of the action, festival goers will be able to collect and buy their Festival Passes whilst enjoying £5 wine offerings throughout, making it the perfect after-work retreat or place to kick off an evening exploring the city’s wine scene.
Starting things off with some essential fizz, headline partner and global producer of sparkling wine, Freixenet will be present with its vintage wine van, exclusively serving up a brand new, premium fizz alongside its other delicious sparkling wines. Providing some Latin American spirit with its colourful pop-up, Wines of Argentina will be pouring some of the region’s best wines, whilst Wines of Portugal and Vins de Provence will be keeping the holiday vibe alive with their Mediterranean wine flights.
The Details
Address: 6 Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4YE (closest tube station: Liverpool Street) Timings: Mon 5th – Fri 9th 5-10pm Festival Passes cost £10 per person and are available to buy online at http://www.drinkup.london/wineweek
Festival passes should be collected from Devonshire Square, where festival goers can kick start their LWW with £5 wine offers across the Hub

DRINKUP: THE WINE EDIT | THURSDAY 8TH – SATURDAY 10TH JUNE Where a Mediterranean Vineyard Meets East London
Taking place at iconic East London venue Oval Space in Bethnal Green, DrinkUp: The Wine Edit is a special ‘festival within a festival’ curated by London Wine Week Director Emma Murphy. Transforming the warehouse space into a beautiful Mediterranean vineyard, guests will be able to experience the atmosphere and wines of different regions as they weave their way through the numerous bars.
Transporting visitors to sun-drenched climes, Loire Valley Wines will be present with its list of light, refreshing and delicate wines for which the region is known, including the sparkling wine Crémant, tipped to be the thinking drinker’s Prosecco this summer. For something a little bolder there will be the Spanish region of Ribera Del Duero, regarded by some as the rival to Rioja, it is known for its big bodied reds. Tapping into the recent trend for sherry drinking, Jerez will be demonstrating the wide variety of sherry styles available, whilst Port will be serving up something sweet alongside its offering with traditional Portuguese Nata Tarts.
On the ‘Rogue Terrace’, a special vermouth terrace created by Regal Rogue, sundowner aperitifs and end of evening digestifs will be served up alongside food by The Modern Pantry. On the Saturday a special paired brunch will take place ahead of The Wine Edit’s day session.
DrinkUp: The Wine Edit is the perfect place for wine adventurers to round off a week of celebrating what the city’s wine scene has to offer.
The Details
Tickets: £15 per person, available from to buy now from http://www.drinkup.london/wineweek Timings: Thu – Fri 6pm – 11pm, Sat 12pm – 5pm & 6pm – 11pm Address: Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, London, E2 9DT (closest tube is Bethnal Green)

Hard Rock Cafe Mix It Up With Seasonal Cocktails And Heineken Burgers

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Hard Rock Cafe have always seem to pride themselves in pushing the mainstream burger delights over the years, with the Lancashire Hotpot burger coming to mind! But this winter they’ve teamed with Heineken to offer up a twist, complete with a new set of seasonal cocktails for all comers.

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Heineken Brisket Burger

Hitting their Manchester venue within Printworks, you can enjoy Heineken’s take on brisket with half a pound of beef patty, primed with Heineken-braised brisket, caramelized BBQ onions (with added Heineken!), garlic aioli and Gouda cheese, all complete with seasoned fries. Although not as heavy in flavour as ale perhaps, the addition of Heineken within the patty, brisket and onion batter really does bring out the more subtle notes of the Dutch creation!

Of course, a bottle of Heineken on the side would be the easy choice to wash the burger and brisket down with, but the addition of six new cocktails can always sway you.

Take Angelo’s Passion for example. The winning drink from the 2016 Global BARocker Championship, Angelo Delgado created a recipe that see’s Bacardi Carta Blanca, Midori, Passion Fruit Real and ginger beer combined to offer a refreshing, light, fruity serve, complete with stemmed cherry and lime wedges to garnish.

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Bourbon Milk Punch

Indeed the Bourbon Milk Punch could be the order of the day, or more dessert than anything, as Jim Beam Red Stage, Malibu, Monin Spiced Brown Sugar and milk are shaken together then topped with whipped cream, a caramel drizzle and spiced pecan nuts. Although sounding indulgent, the cherry flavours of the Jim Beam Red Stag really comes through nicely, with the subtle kick of the coconut Malibu.

It’s not all about the focus on spirits though, as a refreshing addition is the use of white wine! The Maria Sangria offers up Sauvignon Blanc, Bacardi Carta Blanca, tropical juices and lemon-lime soda shaken with fresh lime, orange and strawberries in a fruit-punch style cocktail, complete with a sprig of thyme to really uplift the grape and rum notes.

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Maria Sangria

But what if you’re driving? Or indeed just not a fan of alcohol? The Pomegranate Cooler is a great shout as it see’s Monin Pomegranate, sweet and sour, fresh raspberries, rosemary, lime and lemon-lime soda served up in a wine glass, complete with fresh raspberries on top. A bold, rich serve that brings out the pomegranate, backed with the well-balanced fruit kick.

Two other creations include Velvet Rain that see’s Malbec, Southern Comfort, Chambord, tropical juices and fresh berries come together, and the intriguing Pineapple Sage Rita that offers up Monin Ginger syrup, Sauza Hornitos Resposado Tequila and Agave Nectar.

Fancy it? Head down this winter as both the seasonal cocktails and Heineken brisket burger are available for a limited time only! I’ll see you at the bar.

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Piccini Orange Label Chianti Now Available

Instantly recognisable, this wine is at the heart of what Piccini does: a classic Chianti made to a very traditional recipe.

What’s the secret to this wine’s juicy, easy-drinking style? A traditional Tuscan technique called Governo all’uso which sees a small amount of the Sangiovese grape – which is used for all Chianti – added as withered fruit. The effect of this is to induce a very slight secondary fermentation which in turn gives delicious, bright, red fruit flavours to the final wine.

Piccini Orange Label is fabulous on its own or with practically any food you can think of – from pasta and tomato sauce whipped up after a busy day at work, to mature cheeses eaten by the fire with friends.

You can find the Piccini Orange Label Chianti in Sainsbury’s at an RRP of £6.20.

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E&J Gallo Winery

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E&J Gallo is one of the most well-known brands within the wine category here in the UK, and you have no doubt come across one of its expressions over dinner, a gathering with friends or trying one of the many cocktail recipes they like to release to show off its versatility. But what do we actually know about the brand itself?

Back on September 22nd 1933, brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo founded a winery at 11th and D streets in Modesto, California, and grew over the next 36 years to the point of recognition as the largest winery in the USA based on volume of sales. In the same year of 1966, they introduced their first range of sparkling wines, Eden Roc and André, which incidentally went on to become the largest selling brand in the USA. November 27th 1972 saw one of their biggest marketing recognitions as Ernest and Julio Gallo appeared on the cover of Time for an article titled “American Wine Comes of Age”, followed by the opening of their first International office in London and the release of their first vintage-dated wines, both in 1983.

1993 saw the introduction of the Gallo Estate Wines, but also the unfortunate passing of Julio Gallo at the age of 87. Before the turn of the century though, E&J Gallo was named “Winery of the Century” by the Los Angeles County Fair’s Wines of the America’s competition and “Best American Wine Producer” by the London-based International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2000. The acquisition of wineries and vineyards in Napa, Monterey and in the Central Coast over the next few years certified the continued growth of E&J Gallo, carrying on a tradition introduced with the first acquisition back in 1954 with the purchase of Cribari Winery in Fresno.

In 2005, they became the first USA based winery to receive the International Standards Organization’s ISO 14001 certification, and purchased the popular Barefoot Cellars brand before the passing away of Ernest Gallo in 2007. The family still live on within the company as Ernest and Julio’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have roles within, effectively becoming the world’s largest family owned winery and the largest exporter of California wine.

So how do their expressions fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes to the varieties I have had the pleasure of experiencing –

Gallo Spritz, Pineapple and Passionfruit – 5.5%

Gallo Pinot Grigio gently spritzed and blended with natural flavours of pineapple and passionfruit.
A soft nose of the well-balanced pineapple and passionfruit, with a natural sweetness and fresh grape aroma coming through. Light on the palate, with a slight burst of the fresh passionfruit, followed by the soft pineapple base. Bursts of the fresh Pinot Grigio comes through on the lingering finish.

Gallo Spritz, Raspberry and Lime – 5.5%

Gallo Grenache Rosé gently spritzed and blended with natural flavours of raspberry and lime.
Light notes of the raspberry and lime on the nose, with a fresh zest and soft sweetness following. The raspberry dominates a fresh and crisp palate, with the lime following to soften the dryness on the long, aromatic finish.

As you may have guessed, these are not your usual expressions when talking about wine, but the inspiration for me to look into E&J Gallo came from the introduction of the Spritz range this year (2015), itself inspired by the sun-drenched fruits of California. The Spritz expressions are said to be “perfect for those who like the idea of wine, but love fruity tastes and want something more informal”. The best way to enjoy is to serve each chilled or over ice.

Of course the more traditional expressions are available, including the base of the pineapple and passionfruit Spritz in the Pinot Grigio, as well as Chardonnay and Moscato, a Whtie Grenache and White Zinfandel if you prefer your rosé styles, and of course Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir amongst the expressions of red available.

The Spritz though are a great change to your normal sparkling choices, and well worth a try before the Summer turns to Winter!

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Gallo Family Vineyards Must-Have Mimosa

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You’ll need:
  • 1 bottle of chilled Gallo Family Vineyards Pink Moscato
  • Smooth orange juice
  • Cranberry & raspberry juice
  • 1 bottle of soda water
  • Other (for garnish):
    • One large orange, to be peeled
    • Pomegranate seeds
    • Edible flowers, e.g. pansies
Method:
  1. Pour 350ml of chilled Gallo Family Vineyards Pink Moscato into a large jug
  2. Measure out 100ml each of the orange juice and the cranberry & raspberry juice, and add to the jug
  3. Stirring the mixture slowly, top up with 200ml of soda water for a glamorously fizzy finish 
  4. Peel and twist the orange into coils, garnish each coupette glass and serve
 
Gallo Family Vineyards Pink Moscato has an RRP of £6.99 and is available from all major retailers. For more information please visit www.gallofamily.co.uk, or the Gallo Family Vineyards Facebook page –http://www.facebook.com/GalloFamilyVineyardsUK.

Organic Viticulture In The Côtes du Rhône

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The Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages AOCs are among the largest organic wine-producing areas in France with 12% of the region’s wines grown organically. Côtes du Rhône red is also the top-selling organic AOC red wine in the large-scale retail sector in France with 18.3% (+1.5%) of market share. (Source IRI)

A serious, long-term commitment:

The number of organic certified wines grown in Côtes du Rhône’s vineyards has increased steadily over the past six years, making it one of the largest appellation areas in France to produce organic wine.

A pioneer in the organic movement, the Côtes du Rhône wine region has a long-standing commitment to sustainable practice and a strong awareness of the local initiatives designed to move towards greater environmental responsibility. These factors resulted in a conversion far quicker and more naturally than many other regions.

A further advantage is that the region’s vines enjoy very favourable conditions in terms of both agriculture and climate. The hot, dry conditions of the Côtes du Rhône are complemented by the Mistral, making the region perfect for organic wine production.

A growing number of producers:

In 2014, organic vineyards in the Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages region covered 5,346ha (+2%), with a production volume of 232,660hl (+43%) (source: Syndicat des Côtes du Rhône) representing around 12% of the global volumes.

Additionally, a total area of 182ha was under conversion, adding a potential 7,042hl to the harvest.

  • Number of CDR/CDR Villages organic certified producers – 2014 figures (Source: Syndicat des Côtes du Rhône): 217
  • Breakdown of CDR/CDR Villages organic certified producers – 2013 figures:
    • o 180 independent cellars (83%)
    • o 35 cooperative cellars (17%)
  • Around 50% of wine merchants in the UMVR (Union des Maisons de Vins du Rhône) now offer an organic range.

From a geographical point of view, Vaucluse is the undisputed leader both in Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages having 2,383ha, compared with 1,184ha in the Drome and 1,035ha in the Gard.

Meeting growing market demand:

Distributors are restructuring to meet the increasing demand for organic wine from both consumers (direct sales) and trade (large and medium-scale retail outlets).

Larger businesses, such as cooperative cellars and merchant houses currently produce organic wines in volumes large enough to respond to the more sizeable invitations to tender, particularly those issued by Northern European monopolies. (An example being a request to tender issued by the Norwegian government at the beginning of December).

Cellar Trends Strengthens Portfolio

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A leading independent wine and spirits distributor, Cellar Trends, is kicking off 2015 with the addition of two premium spirit brands and a leading wine brand to their already quality portfolio. From the 1st February, Cellar Trends will take over all sales, distribution and marketing for Soberano and Lepanto Spanish brandies, and Mar De Frades Albarino Wine from the 1st March.

All three of the products have such a rich Spanish history behind them, dating back to the 16th Century. Soberano and Lepanto Spanish brandies were launched over 100 years ago by well-known bodega, Gonzalez Byass and Mar De Frades is the leading Albarino wine brand in Spain, priding itself on its deeply-rooted traditions.

Sales and Marketing Director at Cellar Trends, Terry Barker, says “2015 is set to be an exciting year for us. As a company we are embarking on an exciting new chapter and the addition of these brands is a brilliant opportunity for us. We’re proud to be the UK’s leading independent wine and spirits distributor, and are relishing the chance to build these brands in the UK. Their provenance and quality fit perfectly with our ethos and track record of building and developing premium brands.”

2015 is expected to be a successful year for Cellar Trends, so keep your eyes peeled for more announcements.

Artisan Drinks

Lindy Wildsmith Artisan Drinks

I’ve many a reference book on my shelves, ranging from brand specific, to cocktail ideas, to category overviews. It’s odd to admit then that despite the numerous titles, I don’t sit down, open one up and flick through. I do know why. I get incredibly frustrated if I come across an inspiring idea, or a cocktail that I would love to re-create and experience. I haven’t got the bar, the arena to show these new-found ideas off. Well, not yet anyway. But until that day when I sign on the dotted line, I keep my nose firmly out of a good book for my own sanity. My only outburst of this shall we say is the goal of Drinks Enthusiast and this very website that you are browsing. This site, this drinks directory more than anything, is my outlet, my ‘sneak peak’ as I stride towards experiencing as much as I can in view of what I believe will be a ground-breaking concept for a bar. To some, this whole paragraph may sound confusing, spacial maybe. Odd perhaps. But I invite you to my bar in the future and I promise it will all become clear.

However I’m contradicting myself a little. I’m not a blogger who rambles on about their ideas. No, never have been, but I believe an explanation was due as this feature looks at the one aspect of my life I try to avoid. This feature looks at a category I have never once reviewed, and starts with a book entitled ‘Artisan Drinks’.

The cover may look familiar to some as the author Lindy Wildsmith released this back at the latter end of last year. And I’ll hold my hands up, I’m late into the party when I promised to take a look at this. The aforementioned reason perhaps, as essentially I’ll be raking in some ideas that Lindy has published, and wishing I could recreate for the crowds in Manchester. Intrigue has got the better of me though as the aspect of DIY liquids has become a hot topic in the last few years between both bartenders and customers.

So lets take a look.

Lindy herself runs a venue named ‘The Chef’s Room’ in Wales, specialising in British country cooking and Italian regional food, a passion she picked up after living in Rome for several years. This sentence alone sets the tone of the recipes and ideas. Italy is seen as on of the countries that originates the combination of herbs, elixirs and fruits, while Britain gives the simplicity to the recipes which make them stand out for all to re-create. Take her ideas for cordials and soft drinks. The first recipe is a ‘Italian lime siroppo‘, a modern take on a 1696 idea, and is essentially 5 limes, and a 2:1 ratio of water to sugar. You couldn’t start with a simpler Italian/British combination! Grenadine, ginger, lemon barley and spiced blackberry are all covered, as are some of the more intriguing bases including raspberry vinegar, rosehip syrup and syrop de menthe (mint).

It’s not just your usual syrups that Lindy covers though. she dives into the likes of beer, cider and perry, wine, digestifs, punches and cocktails, as well as dabbling with non alcohol versions of sparkling, soft drinks and elegant mocktails. Her mocktails, for example, utilise her previous recipes, including one for a ‘Prohibition’ cocktail. Home-made apple juice combines with syrop de menthe and egg for a truly unique drink for an evening. I’m sure there’s no better feeling when you blend two home-made creations to make one truly artisan drink!

it’s not just your usual fruits and herbs that get a shoe-in within the book though. The last chapter dives into the teas, tisanes and spicy brews, something that has grown with fascination these last few years. Examples include ‘herb garden tisanes‘ using thyme, sweet cicely and borage amongst others, or ‘hot tangerine and nutmeg chocolate’ that will surely blow away your usual supermarket mix. While flicking through though, you can’t help but notice some stunning photography skills which really make each recipe hit with impact. Photographer Kevin Summers is a 20 year veteran, working with the likes of Delia Smith and Nigel Slater, and has produced some amazing shots of all aspects of recipe production.

I’m glad I plucked up the courage to open up and have a read. A recipe book essentially, and one that has now filled me with ideas for that opening night. The recipes are simple and I’m sure incredibly effective, and it seems that there is a finished product that would work for just about any palate. Variation is key these days, and Lindy has got it spot on. Grab a copy and take a look for yourself. I suppose though that I can only guess at the moment that her recipes will stand up to others who have come before her.

Give it a year and I’ll let you know.

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Trivento

Trivento

I don’t feature wine often on this site. No particular reason other than the lack of opportunities I’d say. I do drink wine, and I’ve even worked in an independent wine shop for several months to gain the experience from within the grapes. I think that may be it though; the lack of experience, the doubt to dive in and explore the flavours, the aromas, the history and back-bone of a good tipple. Then again, I was in the same boat with spirits, beers and mixers, and I grew to appreciate them a lot more once I took the initiative and dove in glass first.
So it’s with my head held high that I can say that this is my second wine feature of the week. I know, doesn’t sound much, but the ratio is slipping dangerously when compared to the spirit features available for your viewing pleasure. So without delay, I intend to take a view on what to me is a well-known Argentinian brand, and who incidentally come to the front of the queue due to their release of the UK’s 1st mini Argentinian Malbec.

Before I look more closely (pun fully intended) at the miniature release, I think it’s best to see what Trivento is all about.

Trivento Bodegas y Viñedos was founded back in 1996, with a vision of producing brand-name wines distinguished for preserving the character of the winds. ‘Trivento’ itself means ‘Three Winds’ and is tribute to the Polar winds from the South, the Zonda winds from the Andes mountain range and the Sudestada winds from the South East. These winds travel over the 1,289 hectares, wherein lies eight vineyards (Los Zorros, Los Vientos, Cruz del Alto, Los Ponchos, Los Sauces, Tres Porteñas, Los Portones and Los Indios) which are equipped with drip irrigation systems and situated in the winegrowing areas of Mendoza. Winemakers Germán Di Césare and Victoria Prandina oversee the range of white and reds produced, including the 4000 French and American oak barrels that are used to age their wines.

So to the Trivento Malbec, the expression that put the brand on the New World map so-to-speak. Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Trivento Malbec Reserve, 2013 – 14%

Aged in French oak barrels for 6 months. Lots of sweet spice on the nose with vanilla and fresh oak coming through. Incredibly soft on the palate, with the vanilla and caramel flavours combining well with juicy red fruits, dry spice and sweet crème brûlée. A little dry on the finish, but remains fresh,

I can see why it’s award-winning. A robust kick of Argentinian red wine here, and the miniature now makes it perfect for that one glass of wine at dinner. Don’t stop there though, with the miniature now available to buy, they are perfect for travelling or attending an outdoor event, or even as an adult stocking filler for something a little bit different at Christmas.

I do like South American wines, and with liquids like this being produced, I think I need to venture a little further.

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