As months go by, our tastebuds appear to know what they want. Doesn’t it seem more appropriate to enjoy a powerful Red, gorged with the sun of more Southern countries, when it is utterly cold out? On the other hand, a lighter range seems much more enjoyable when it is excruciatingly hot outside. Hence us reaching out for Rosé and White wine. While season’s change, one’s wine drinking seem to be influenced by the weather.
Food and drinks are usually chosen in accordance to one another:
During the cold days of the year, we prefer richer and warming tastes. Hence our choice of in-house casseroles, stews and roasts during the winter, accompanied by a strong red.
In the summer, I believe we mostly are looking for something refreshing, aren’t we not? Consequently, I would be more entitled to be on the lookout for fish, seafood and salads, a glass of white wine on the side.
It is amazing how our body and our mind invite us almost instinctively to a certain “art de vivre” (as say the French)!
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Italian white wines have taken over consumer affection. Indeed, for the first time in decades, sales show that French and American wines have stepped down after dominating the British drinkers’ habits.
People seem to very much enjoy the pinot grigio. Apparently, the Italian white wine has become the default choice in UK kitchens. Sales show that Pinot Grigio now accounts for 40% of UK sales. That makes it the third most popular grape variety, after the Chardonnay and the Sauvignon blanc.
Why this Italian success? The reasons are highly sensible to how much cheaper its wines are compared to others. According to the Daily Telegraph, an average Italian wine in Britain is £4,23 where a French wine compares to an approximate £5,11 average.
So what will it be: Gnocchi and Pinot Grigio this summer?
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Around the Mediterranean Sea, people enjoy their Rosé chilled. It usually accompanies a warm night and a cool meal. Think fish, think Gnocchi and fish!
Rosé is produced in Southern Europe, as in France, Italy and Spain. What was my surprise this morning, when I discovered that the pink wine was also produced not far from London.
Apparently, the Surrey hillsides can claim to producing the best Rosé in the world. Indeed, the Chalk Ridge Rose 2010, from the
denbies estate, won the International Wine Challenge. In the world’s most influential competition, the UK wine bet 360 challengers from 21 countries. I’m very impressed, indeed!
Adding to the medal attributed to the UK, another was earned by a vineyard located in Kent. At Chapel Down they are proud to produce excellent englishwine, and the IWC Gold award congratulated their achievements. Did you know that its Sparkling Rose Vintage Reserve Brut was served at the Royal wedding?
So, with your gnocchi this summer, will you not fancy a glass of British Rosé?
I know I will!