Warming Winter Wines

Warming Winter Wines

With temperatures falling, winter setting in and snow forecast for some parts of the country, a hearty stew or rich casserole is all too tempting.  We’ve therefore picked out some suitably warming Winter wines to accompany them.  With the exception of the Haut-Medoc, they are relatively young and would benefit from some decanting so best open them when you’re putting the casserole in the oven … and try not to polish them off before the food is ready!  Tempting I know but patience will be rewarded here.

First, a couple of classic wines from Italy that pair brilliant with game casseroles, lamb stew and the northern Italian classic, wild boar ragu!  The Chianti is one we tasted last week and it really impressed us: a characteristic wine from an excellent year in Tuscany which really punches above its price point.  The second is an old favourite of ours which may now be difficult to find but it’s well worth seeking out.
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Chianti Classico Riserva Barone Bruni 2015
From: ALDI
Price: £7.49
Wotwine thinks this is worth: £12.00
Tasting note: Balanced, nicely structured wine with red fruit, leather, sweet oak spices and wet earth.
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Sainsburys Taste the Difference Barbaresco

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Barbaresco 2014
From: Sainsbury’s
Price: £13.50
Wotwine thinks this is worth: £20.00
Tasting note: Attractive, youthful wine, nicely made. Bright red fruits and leathery, earthy wild herb character. Classy persistent flavours.
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The Rhone Valley and Languedoc in Southern France are rightly famed for their structured, spiced and rich wines. We have chosen a couple that are also excellent value, one from Roussillon which really a tremendous buy and the other an archetypal Crozes-Hermitages.
Co-op Domaine-agly-bio-vieilles-vignes
Domaine Agly Bio Roussillon Villages 2017
From: Co-op (Only available in Store)
Price: £10.00
The Wotwine panel thinks this is worth: £20.00
Tasting note: Ripe, peppery, spicy wine with dried wild herbs and red plums. Balanced oak, very good length and intensity.
SAINSBURYS Caves de Tain Crozes-Hermitage 2016
Caves de Tain Crozes-Hermitage 2016
From: Sainsbury’s
Price: £10.00
The Wotwine panel thinks this is worth: £12.00
Tasting note:  Ripe, spicy wine with hedgerow fruit and lots of savoury black pepper character.

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Claret is also a safe bet for a stew or casserole. Bordeaux wines can be expensive but we have identified a couple, one entry level so simple and easy drinking and the other a rather more ambitious wine, but both are fairly-priced and good quality.
SAINSBURYS Chateau d’Agassac Haut-Medoc
Chateau d’Agassac Haut-Medoc
From: Sainsbury’s
Price: £20.00
Wotwine thinks this is worth: £20.00
Tasting note:  Nicely made, maturing Bordeaux with typical pencil shavings, cedar wood and savoury herb character, sour cherries and leather. Drink now!

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Waitrose Good Ordinary Claret

Waitrose Good Ordinary Claret
From: Waitrose
Price: £5.49
The Wotwine panel thinks this is worth: £6.50
Tasting note:  Well made, balanced, classy wine. A good example of an entry-level Bordeaux.

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Finally, a wine we have highlighted before but which is still available and offers an insight into top flight Argentinian Malbec at a very accessible price. Catena is one of the leading producers in Mendoza and this is an excellent introduction to their range.
SAINSBURYS DV Catena Malbec 2014
DV Catena Malbec 2014
From: Sainsbury’s
Price: £12.00
Wotwine thinks this is worth: £14.00
Tasting note:  Juicy, ripe wine with black cherries and plums, cloves and chocolate on the palate. Moreish and layered with real class.
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