Charles' Wine List

Wines I Like - Spring

I like to choose wines to suit to moment, so there’s a lot of seasonal variation on my choices. Having said that, we do drink a lot of Italian red, whether from Piedmont or Tuscany or further afield. There’s just something about the combination of juicy ripeness, good acidity (whether we are talking about Dolcetto, Barbera, Nebbiolo or Sangiovese) and tannins that might have an edge of dryness which can hover on the edge of a refreshing bitterness. These wines are just so good to drink and every sip calls for the next, and most of them work at any time of year. Temperature makes such a difference - a 14.5%+ southern Rhone wine at over 18 degrees will have alcohol dominating the fruit. Cool it to 15 or 16 and it all comes back into focus. Don’t be a stick-it-on-the-Aga wine murderer.

Obviously as June arrives, rosé and in particular MIP really are the drinks of the moment at Lea & Sandeman. Dry Riesling is still a delicious alternative, as are some of the more left field whites like the Laderas de Leonila. Spanish whites

That being said, reds do of course still have a place, whether al fresco or at the dinner table.

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