Peter Richards MW is a star – not only does he champion the great wines of Portugal (of which I am also a fan) but he also talks enthusiastically and un-stuffily about wine on that hugely successful TV programme, BBC One Saturday Kitchen.
I just can’t resist passing on his views on two of Asda’s lovely, lovely wines – thank you Peter!
Extra Special Gavi – £8
Peter said that this gorgeously fruity, flavoursome Italian white from the Piedmont region of Italy was “subtle and also herbal” and had “crispness and weight”. I’d love to drink a chilled glass with creamy pasta dishes or winter salads.
Noster Nobilis Priorat – was £8.75 now £7.50
Oh my, just listen to this: “Step forward the absolutely delicious Noster Nobilis Priorat from Spain. It’s not easy to find decent Priorat under £10, as it’s not cheap to make, which makes this one a bit of a bargain. When you smell it, you get these lovely heady aromas of roasted fruit… It’s got fine, firm juicy acidity… It’s also got a lovely fruity but savoury generosity… Finally, there’s also a roasted herbal and earthy quality.” Just add a hearty casserole and your winter drinking is sorted.
And Helen McGinn has to be one of my most favourite wine writers: not only is her style very friendly and fun, but she is also a really lovely lady. An all round jolly good egg then!
Extra Special Barbera – £8
Helen said: “Barbera is the grape and Asti is the place. Put them together in the hands of a top wine producer like this one, called Araldica, and the result is brilliant. Really juicy bramble fruit loaded and earthy (in a good way), it provides instant central heating for these long, cold, dark nights.”
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