As any members who have attended her events will know, Emma Briffett from our Tasting Team is a bastion of good taste, with a superb palate and a wonderful passion for wine.
Her Staff Choice reflects this in style: not only has she managed to find a great-value rosé, gutsy enough to stand up to whatever the British summer decides to throw at us, but she has also provided a bonus recipe to get the most out of it!
Brindisi Rosato Vigna Flaminio, Vallone 2016
by Emma Briffett, Tastings & Events Co-Ordinator
I know it’s a cliché, but I do seem to drink a lot more rosé over the summer months than at any other time of the year. Maybe it’s because rosé wine is so inherently cheerful, or perhaps because it goes so well with BBQs and makes you feel like you have a little slice of the south of France in your back garden whilst you’re sipping.
Whatever the reason, we’re lucky here as The Wine Society has plentiful supplies of pink, and this one is my current favourite.
This is not your barely blushing pink so favoured in Provence, rather a big gutsy style of rosé from southern Italy made from negroamaro and montepulciano with heaps of red-fruit flavours and hints of spice.
This is a perfect food wine – we had it last week with butterflied lamb cooked on the BBQ and a green salad with an anchovy dressing. See below for the recipe – it’s extremely easy to make, lasts for ages in the fridge and is very tasty.
Recipe for the anchovy dressing…
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 1 small tin of anchovies
- 1 large clove of garlic
- 1 cup of olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste.
Blitz it all together in a blender and pour sparingly over salad leaves – the more bitter the better!