Victoria

    Giant Steps Sexton Chardonnay 2012

    …, with grapefruit, grip and length. The nose reminds me of a riesling - flint, powder, pollen and crushed lime leaf. Also the Si Vinters Semillon Chardonnay 2012. More cider than wine. Unfiltered and cloudy. A Fino sherry nose, with something salty and nutty. It feels gentle and slightly microbial, and in contrast to the Giant Steps - there are no green edges. Unrelated image: Samphire from the Borough markets. http://feeds.feedburner.com/WinoSapien Click here for the original context…

    1 readers - By Wino sapien

    29.9.14

    … I've sniffed and cooked with fresh and dried Bay leaves before, but never sequentially or with intent. The larger green leaves have a softness and roundness to the their scent, they seem more complete, though milder and warmer. More nutmeg and cinnamon and less point. The dried leaves are sharper and more focused - with menthol, eucalyptus, cloves…

    2 readers - By Wino sapien

    Last week

    …1. A green rub for roast lamb. A small handful of parsley, a few sprigs of rosemary, three or four cloves of garlic and the zest from half a small lemon, salt and pepper. Process (with mortar or machine) into a paste and add a glug of olive oil to loosen. Rub onto a leg lamb which is lying on a bed of chopped onions (3) and white wine vinegar (2…

    5 readers - By Wino sapien

    Six wines to complement Masterchef Sophie’s recipes

    …Six stunning wines to challenge the senses and romance Sophie’s recipes this week in Weekend Magazine. 2013 Dolcetto d’Asti, Piemonte, Italy (£7.00, Marks & Spencer). The Dolcetto grape is often a belligerent sort, but this cheapie is feisty, tangy and crammed with red and black berry juice. It is a brilliantly evocative wine – accurate…

    8 readers - By Matthew Jukes

    Six stunning wines matched to Janet Street-Porter’s recipes

    … in Australia. With awesome herbal freshness and aromatic citrus lift this is a beautiful accompaniment for the Grilled mackerel with gooseberry purée recipe. 2014 La Boheme, Act 2 Pinot Noir Rosé, De Bortoli, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia (approx. £16.00, Planet of the Grapes tel. 020 7929 7224, George Hill Ltd tel. 01509 212717, Dike & Sons tel…

    6 readers - By Matthew Jukes/ Matthew Jukes