Blackwood Clayhill Chardonnay 2017, 11.5%, England (£18.50, blackbookwinery.com) This is a wine that gets us excited - for many reasons. Firstly, it's made from Chardonnay. We're aware that may be problematic for those many people traumatised by soupy, sickly, revolting Chardonnays of the past. But this isn't just any...
Whites to sink into, rich in texture and utterly heart-warming. Flavours range from nutty and creamy to lusciously exotic. Most are dry but occasionally there’s a touch of natural fruit succulence or sweetness. Barrel-aged Chardonnay, white Rioja, rich Viognier, scented Gewürztraminer and lush Pinot Gris are classic examples.
What to drink them with? We’re in satisfying, indulgent food territory here. Think roasted root veg, pungent herbs, richer seafood, buttery sauces – also white meats like poultry and pork. Fish pie, roast chicken, slow-cooked belly pork, spaghetti carbonara, chicken livers, tandoori butter chicken. And don’t forget fuller-flavoured cheeses like cheddar, comté, gruyere etc.
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