What, no weekend drinking thread yet…? Well, happy to start things off
We started our evening with some fizz, as we’re in the mood for a little celebration – the other half got an excellent result on his recent MA assignment, and I was asked to deliver a tasting session for the Sussex wine school, which will no doubt be much more fun than delivering mental health awareness sessions to academics…!
Anyway, opted for a trusted old SA sparkling from Graham Beck. It used to be our go to value fizz years ago, before Crémant took over, but I still think it offers excellent value for money, with its rich, creamy mouthfeel and fresh citrus fruit, balanced with a good amount of acidity and delicate mousse.
For dinner (pasta bake), decided to open a 2018 Ribolla Gialla from the Collio region:
This is a fresh and uncomplex example (no skin-contact here), which nevertheless offers great enjoyment. The nose has notes of white blossom, fresh apricot, nectarine, beeswax, tangerine and something a bit spicy too (cinnamon, we thought). On the palate it is ripe, with lovely notes of stone fruit, passion fruit, something floral but also some aniseed undertone (the husband thought ‘barley twist’ – I have no idea what it is). The mouthfeel is pleasantly waxy. It’s a very unique sort of combination of flavours, which – despite a shortish finish – offers a lot of pleasure.
What are you drinking this weekend?