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As lockdown has continued in one form or another, we’ve been trying out some different wines this month, courtesy of the friendly, knowledgeable folks at Independent Wine.
They are a specialist importer of boutique Italian wines and have a impressive, high-quality selection to choose from at reasonable prices, coming directly from the wine producers themselves.
They have a great range of wines and wine guides on their website, covering all the Italian classics, but also the smaller selection of quality wines they sell from Argentina, France and Spain.
Personally I prefer a glass or two or wine with a good meal, rather than it being something I would drink all night on its own, and I generally favour fairly sweet, light wines. For some reason I’ve never been able to drink red, as it puts me to sleep before the end of the first glass, but I’ve always been partial to most whites and a decent rosé. So both of the wines we tried this month were perfect for us…
First up we tried the sparkling rosé, made from the Nebbiolo, a grape usually associated with red wine. Fortunately, this wine has been aged in the bottle for three years, which gives it a more delicate taste, and managed not to put me to sleep! It was light and sparkling, and had hints of strawberries and raspberries and was really rather tasty. It’s a UK exclusive and is currently available for just under £20.
We do like a nice Pinot Grigio in our house, so the Ca’ Di Rajo also went down really well. It has hints of citrus and peach, and is recommended to go well with seafood. So we tried it with our fish & chips and it worked perfectly – and at only £9.99 it won’t break the bank either!
So far our experience with Independent Wine has been excellent. The selection is really good, the guides are interesting and useful and the wines came very quickly in very robust packaging. They only sell online, so if you want to try them for yourself visit their website.
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