Stock up September : labels to get your through the autumn
This summer we headed down to Italy for a few days to visit some of our friends who hosted Quaranvino wine dinners and had the chance to explore the vineyards, wander through the cellars and of course, taste some wine! Klaus Lentsch, Ottella and Nicolis are three wineries I really love because they share a common approach to their wine-making where elegance and balance is paramount.
Talking of elegance - have you seen this amazing artwork in Ottella's winery? It serves not just to make a dark room more visually pleasing but also helps regulate the humidity in the space. It took the artist a month to lay all the chains perfectly. If you're in the Lugana area, it's definitely worth a trip to go and see these cellars.
So, back to Munich and I decided to put my favourite wines we'd tasted on the Quaranvino Wineshop which by the way, underwent a quick make-over. There are still some tweaks to do but I’m hoping it’s more user-friendly. If you have any tips or comments, please drop me a line, I’d love to hear what you think of the new look.
Here’s what’s new in the shop:
- Ottella, Molceo – This is Michele’s flagship Lugana wine and one that bags him the top accolades in the wine guides (more about that on Get Comfy with Wine). This Lugana has just a micro-hint of wood (20% is aged in barrique) which gives it depth, whilst the rest is aged in steel to give it that fresh, clear expression. If you loved his wines, this should be on your wish-list. It pairs well with pasta, fish and even goose or pork. We’ll be drinking it with a tasty and easy fish dish: Smoked mackerel, courgette & butter bean salad… https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/smoked-mackerel-courgette-butter-bean-salad
- Klaus Lentsch, Gewurztraminer – This spicy rosy variety can be just too much of a good thing and I’d not drunk any for quite a while but this has the Klaus touch: minerality. The aromas of roses and lychee are still there but toned down and wrapped in hints of herbs and freshness. Perfect as an aperitif or Asian-flavoured meals such as your favourite Thai curry recipe. Here’s one I found that I’ll be trying soon
- Klaus’ Blauburgunder – I love Pinot Noir, it is the epitome elegance in wine. Klaus picks only the best grapes from tiny areas within his best vineyards. He then vinifies them all separately, tastes them blind and then confirms his final selection for this wine. The wine spends 20 months ageing in a mix of barrique & large barrels and the result is elegant, complex, typically pinot noir. We’ll be drinking this with roast poultry, mature cheeses.
- Nicolis – Recioto – Recioto was the origin of Amarone. This traditional dessert wine is made from the ears or “orecchie” of the bunches of the local corvina grape which have sweeter grapes. The grapes are picked last in the vineyard ensuring that they are super ripe. They’re then left to dry in the “fruttaio” fruit drying loft even longer than the grapes for the Amarone. Recioto can be overly sweet but in Nicolis style this is a really well-balanced wine. Perfect with pear and chocolate tart..
Now for the best part September’s special offer:
10% off everything until 15th September. Free delivery in Germany over 100 euro. No discount codes. Just stock up on your favourite labels and the discount will be given automatically!
Unsure what might suit you best, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll organise a call to talk you through our selection and find the wines that'll suit your taste the best.