Wines for self-isolating: for the BBC’s Bill Buckley
Times are tough, so this week we’re dedicating our hour on BBC Radio Berkshire to ‘wines for self-isolating’ at home. As anyone who’s tried to book a delivery slot lately will know, the retailers are run ragged. That said, there are plenty of wine specialists offering deliveries, with many of them done from a local store (and therefore available). There’s a great list of who’s doing it at jancisrobinson.com (free content), including a number covering Berkshire.
All that time at home can be spent potentially learning a little more about wine too. Some of the retailers actually have great websites which offer a rich seam of free knowledge. Some favourites would be The Wine Society (just go to the ‘Discovery’ section) or the venerable Berry Bros and Rudd (just look up a wine – ie: Good Ordinary Claret – and you’ll find a wealth of information below).
The wines I’m recommending this week continue the theme. Why not use the time at home to discover the fascinating and fabulous different styles of Sherry? Tesco Finest Fino Sherry: £6 (half bottle size) at Tesco stores and tesco.com is a great place to start – and it’s a snip.
We have a ‘Grower’s Champagne’: Marc Hébrart Premier Cru Cuvée de Réserve Brut NV: £29 bottle from a mixed cases offered by the Wine Society (which brings to price down to less than £25) – the perfect chance to gem up on this increasingly popular category of Champagne.
Italy has been hardest hit by the coronavirus, so we can all help by buying some Italian wine! Rina Ianca Grillo Viognier from Feudo Santa Tresa: £9.99 on offer at vintageroots.co.uk is no sacrifice either, an unusual combination of grapes, the Grillo indigenous to its Sicilian home.
Finally, a nod to somewhere I have just been – New Zealand. Think of Marlborough and you tend to think of its world-beating Sauvignon Blanc, but I think Pinot Noir is its number one asset. Definition Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018: £13.49 as part of a Mix Six at Majestic Wine stores or majestic.co.uk isn a great example, with its punchy, bright fruit. Just what we need right now!