A look at Blanc de Mer and Chianti Classico

Blanc de Mer and Chianti Classico

This is a time of year when many foods really shine when partnered with the Riesling grape. But it’s not the first choice for many people as it’s too closely associated with the old bulk wines of Germany which, in truth, were never made from Riesling!

But to try to tempt you to look anew at this fantastic grape variety, we thought we’d give you a gentle introduction once again with a Riesling blend from Bouchard Finlayson in South Africa’s Walker Bay.

This is quite an unusual blend, not just for South Africa but worldwide and it’s been specially put together to partner fish and seafood of all types but it will also go well with chicken dishes and a variety of salads.

It’s fairly rich and has lovely aromas of peaches and melon with some floral notes too. On the palate, it’s quite rich but mineral with a silky softness to make the wine just slip down. Do try it, it’s a wonderful wine.

For the meat lovers, we’re offering a Chianti Classico from San Giorgio a Lapi located close to Sienna. This wine is really built for steaks especially if salted prior to cooking.

It’s 90% Sangiovese, the great red grape of Tuscany but it also has a dash of Colorino and Canaiolo in it too to add more complexity. Its heady perfumes of cherry and spice are seamlessly intermingled with hints of liquorice and leather.

There is plenty of fruit on the palate with a fine acidity to balance making it just the thing for grilled meats and mature cheeses.