Muscat


Altano Douro White 2016, Portugal (£8.50-£9.99 Tanners, The Wine Society, winedirect.co.uk, Auriol Wines) Like a herb-strewn Sauvignon Blanc bolstered by some spicy, grapey notes and with hints of woodsmoke, vanilla and [pretentiousness alert] carbon steel, really interesting youngster. S- Esporão Reserva Branco 2015, Alentejo, Portugal (£13.99-£15.99 Cambridge Wine Merchants, Field […]

Two Portuguese Whites – Douro & Alentejo





Collalto Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut NV, Veneto, Italy On the not-extremely-dry end of dry, this is subtle, tasty wine with notes of apple sherbet and light poached pears, a light floral edge and rounded, yeasty finish. S- Collalto Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry NV, Veneto, Italy A touch […]

Three Sparkling Italian Wines from Collalto


Maybe not the most serious of wines, but I don’t mind this at all… Bottega Il Vino dell’Amore Petalo Moscato Dolce NV, Italy (contact Matthew Clark) A frothy, frivolous style, all about immediate pleasure, with juicy, freshly-crushed grape flavours and a lightly floral edge that stays just the right side […]

Bottega Il Vino dell’Amore Petalo Moscato Dolce NV


Vignobles Jeanjean Mas Neuf Pays d’Oc Muscat Sec 2014, Languedoc, France (£9.99 Majestic) Sprightly young style, with grapey intensity but also notes of apple, citrus and Gewürz-like lychee and spice. Very tasty. B+ Domaine d’Aupilhac Coteaux du Languedoc Blanc ‘Les Cocalières’ 2014, France (£14.95 The Wine Society) Rich, heady, exotic […]

Two white wines from southern France