Wine Talk February 2016



We are dreaming of summer this month to offset a cold February. So we are featuring Sicily with it’s warm, sunny climate and great array of indigenous grape varieties. We still have some stock left in our sale of 20% off selected wines when you visit the shop. So you can still pick up a bargain whilst stock lasts. Our regular Saturday tastings continue, including Sicily on the 20th (see below).

We look forward to seeing you soon.


Sun Drenched Sicily

In the depths of winter it sometimes helps to be reminded of the warm sunshine that will return in the summer months. Where better to evoke those memories than the island of Sicily and it’s ancient wine-making dating back to Greek settlements in 5th Century BC.

Sicily has a hilly and mountainous terrain, warm climate with lots of sunshine and low rainfall. It is the perfect climate for growing grapes, with some vineyards at 900m above sea level giving cool nights, ideal to slow the ripening and allowing the aromas to develop. Although there is a great deal of basic wine produced, there is increasing focus on producing quality wines.

The grape variety that has done most to create Sicily’s reputation in the wine world is the black grape Nero d’Avola. It’s rich fruity wines have wide appeal and blended with lesser known varieties such as Frappato, it is capable of great complexity.

We introduced this blend last year with our U Passimiento wine from Baglio Gibellina. In this wine the Nero d’Avola is dried to concentrate the favours before blending with the much lighter Frappato which lifts the rich Nero d’Avola. It has been one our most popular wines since its launch.

Sicily is not just about red wine with whites also produced in large quantities. Catarratto is the most widely planted and makes inexpensive yet interesting smooth wines with good fruit and body. The Grillo grape is capable of making some very appealing wines. Our Cantine Rallo Bianco Maggiore Grillo has great citrus fruit and texture.

So if you are suffering a case of the winter blues, then come and explore our Sicilian range and we can help you discover some wine to remind you of the summer sun.

Saturday 6th February – Chile

Saturday 13th February – Rioja

Saturday 20th February – Sicily

Saturday 27th February – Bordeaux

New Wines For February

Castillo Ladera Airen Sauvignon Blanc, Spain £6.50

Castillo Ladera Tempranillo Syrah, Spain £6.50

Castillo de Eneriz Reserva 2006, Navarra, Spain £9.95

Adobe Gewurztraminer, Rapel Valley Chile £8.99

Domaine de Lacombe Pomerol 2011, Bordeaux £24.99

David Wood