Here are the reds which are included in Wilson on Wine 2018, the wines to drink this year.
John Wilson sets the scene “On a Friday evening, listening to music and making the dinner, I like to sip something tasty….Geil Pinot Noir 2016 … this charming, free-flowing, light red wine, with its supple cherry fruits would fit the bill perfectly.”
Moving on to Austria, Gerhard Pittnauer is described as one of the finest producers of red wine in Austria. His wines are subtle and distinctive, laden with quality fruit. The tasting note for Pitti 2016 describes it as a delightful, exuberant wine with masses of pure juicy brambly fruits.
On the serious value for money front, John recommends Paco dos Cunhas Dao, “seductive blackcurrant fruits with a light cloak of tannins” to drink with fillet of pork with a creamy leek sauce.”
Lagar de Baixo 2014 shows the “kinder side of Baga, a notoriously tannic grape. Lifted aromas, elegant smooth damsons and rosehips with a long easy finish.”
A new wine for us this year, Nero di Troia, Caiaffa from Puglia is as trendy as the n’duja that could be added to the pasta in rich tomato sauce to accompany this sunny wine.
We have spent holidays in France a stones throw away from the vineyards of Turner Pageot. Emmanuel Pageot’s favourite grape is Grenache and John’s suggestion of herby garlicky roast leg of lamb is as tempting as the Le Rouge 2014 a blend of Grenache and Syrah.
And finally if you are on a bigger budget in the fine wine category is Gaurdiola Tenute delle Terre Nere from Etna, Sicily. “Brilliant wine.”
If you are interested in any of the above reds and the whites I would heartily recommend purchasing a copy of the guide. It is a brilliantly edited independent selection of what is available. For more about John see his blog wilsononwine.ie. You could also consult your local independent wine shops including Blackrock Cellar, Greenman Wines in Terenure, Baggot Street Wines, 64Wine, Redmonds of Ranelagh, The Corkscrew, Whelehans, McHughs Malahide and Kilbarrack, Martins Fairveiw, Mortons of Ranelagh, On the Grapevine, Wicklow Wine Co, Mitchells and Avoca, Clontarf Wines, Wine Library, Sweeneys, Listons, Jus de Vine, Red Island Wine Co, La Touche, Bradleys. Some wines are so limited they may only be available in one or two and others are more widely available.