Fancy trying a bottle of something new but not sure what to pick? That’s why we’re here. Drop in to see us and we’ll happily provide some grape related inspiration.
We regularly select some wines that we think are interesting and let you know why. You’ll see these wines in our shop with a ‘Vino Gusto recommends’ sticker on. Take away a copy of our tasting notes or have a read of them here…
2019 Ikigall, Gallina de Piel, Penedès, Spain
Gallina de Piel is an exciting winemaking project from David Seijas, former Head Sommelier at world renowned, three-Michelin-starred restaurant El Bulli. David works with local growers, selecting the best vineyards and indigenous grape varieties to create wines with an emphasis on elegance and freshness.
This wine is certainly that. Delicate and floral but with lip-smacking, lively acidity. As was intended, this wine is outstanding with food.
2019 A Mano, Primitivo Rosato, Puglia, Italy
Mark is a winemaker from California, Elvezia is a marketing guru from Friuli. Mark proposed a visit to Puglia to see the very old Primitivo vines. It was supposed to be a short holiday, but they never left.
The wine is bright pink in colour with a lively, youthful perfume of ripe strawberries and a touch of fresh mint. On the palate, it is surprisingly full-bodied with good structure, well balanced with a delicate fruit character and zesty, lightly spiced finish. Perfect to accompany barbecued salmon.
NV Extra Brut, Crémant de Bourgogne, Domaine Stéphane Aladame, Burgundy, France
I was lucky enough to visit Stéphane at his winery last year and experience a delicious tasting of his Chardonnay bottlings. Stéphane is the king of the Côte Chalonnaise and is a master of producing wines that show off their vineyard site. The best tastings, of course, often start with a glass of fizz to whet the palate.
This bottling is an example of Burgundy’s other white grape, Aligoté, making up 60% of the blend. Topped up of course with Chardonnay. It is fresh and crisp with beautiful peachy aromas and subtle floral hints on the palate, with good minerality and a long finish.
2018 El Circo, Garnacha, Aragon, Spain
Our popular house red in ‘normal times’, this wine is soft, supple and far too drinkable.
An intense nose of ripe red fruit such as strawberries and cherries followed by a touch of spice. On the palate, it has smooth, firm tannins with a racy acidity and a very fruity finish. Perfect for ‘solo drinking’…