Xmas wines

December 12, 2009

Picked up some Christmas booze following a tasting at Evington’s, a wonderful shop on Evington Road, close to the Spar supermarket. I recommend it to anyone not sure what they want  – have a look at the website  but do visit the shop too if you can. Owner Simon March is the third generation of his family to run the shop and is a genial, knowledgable and helpful chap. He doesn’t sell bad wines.

 winesMy selection then (all round about a tenner): Errrazuriz Max Reserva 2007 – a premium wine from this major Chilean maker which is a characteristically fruity cabernet sauvignon but with some real complexity too; Seifried Gewurztraminer 2007 from Nelson, New Zealand,  full of  tropical fruit that I plan to match to spicy-glazed gammon; an unusual, modern-style Rioja from Becquer, 2005,  considerably lighter than might be expected; and a quite sublime Hunter Valley Botrytis Semillon, 2007 from Margan – a sweet, fragrant, non-cloying desert wine I simply can’t wait to crack open.


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