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Wine Tasting Video: Spicy Whites from France, Spain & New Zealand September 6, 2013 at 10:31 am

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Vidal White Series Pinot Gris 2012, East Coast, New Zealand (£10.25 Ann et Vin, Partridges, The Bottleneck, The Halifax Wine Co)
Plenty of musky peachy and pear flavours with a touch of spice, maybe a little lacking in zip, but decent enough. B-

Torres Viña Esmeralda 2012, Catalunya, Spain (£8.29 Waitrose, Majestic, Tesco, Tanners, Old Chapel Cellars, Cambridge Wines)
Balances lively grapey Muscat freshness and lime juice tang, with the more exotic lychee and rose petal of Gewurz to impressive effect. B+

Viñas del Vero Gewürztraminer 2012, Somontano, Spain (£9.99 Majestic, Ocado, Dalling & Co, Lindley Fine Wine, Oxford Wine Company, Tanners, Whalley Wine Shop, Vinea)
Manages to capture the heady musky rose petal and lychee edge of Gewurz without descending into heaviness, thanks to lively citrus freshness on the finish. B(+)

Alain Grignon Viognier 2012, Pays d’Oc, France (£7.99 Majestic)
Odd wine, classic peach and apricot kernel flavours and creamy nuttiness of Viognier, but there’s also something heavier and clay-like – nearly there but not quite… C+

Jean Luc Colombo La Redonne Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2011, France (£12.99 Waitrose)
Excellent blend of Viognier and Roussanne, the former giving broad shouldered, come-hither peachy cashew flavours, while the latter chips in with smoky pearskin sophistication and just a touch of knowing naughtiness. S

Categorised in: Gewurztraminer, Languedoc, Muscat, New Zealand, Pinot Grigio/Gris, Rhône, Somontano, Video, Viognier, wine, Wine Education

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