Bride Valley Pinot Noir 2018, Dorset, England, 12% (£21.50, Bride Valley) This is a sprightly, elegant red with a spring in its step, a joie de vivre and a youthful charm, all of which captures something of its proprietor, Steven Spurrier, who recently died aged 79. His passing...
The lighter end of the red wine spectrum. Pinot Noir is the archetype – light but (when it’s good) full of perfume and juicy magic. Beaujolais, Chianti, País, Crozes-Hermitage, Cinsault, lighter Merlot and Valpolicella all fit this bill.
What to drink them with? All kinds. The light body means they don’t overwhelm more delicate dishes but most can prove refreshing with heartier flavours too. Options range from tuna steaks, game pie, brie-style cheese, mushroom risotto, pheasant casserole, charcuterie, lamb kebabs, beef teriyaki, Spaghetti Bolognese.
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