Winter is full of good reasons to make delicious meals to pair with the latest wines bought on iDealwine. An overview of our favourites.
There’s no need to remind you that wine is food’s best ally. To pair with your winter dishes, we’ve selected Grands Crus Classés, stars from the Right Bank, and recent vintages. From 2010 to 2015, the presence of Châteaux such as Smith Haut-Lafitte, Haut-Marbuzet, Rieussec or Domaine de l’A – bottles or magnums – will make your dinner guests feel like distinguished visitors. For lovers of Burgundy, we’ve picked out some expertly-produced Chassagne-Montrachet from Domaine Jacques Pilot and Chablis from Jean-Paul and Benoit Droin. What’s more, one of our absolute coups de Coeur is back with us: l’Abricot du Roulot. A liqueur produced from the domain of the same name with fruit from Jean-Louis Chave’s orchards, we cannot think of a better way to end a meal.
For those who are lacking in vitamin D, a trip to the south is in order. We particularly recommend the knowing, complex blends of indigenous grape varieties from Clos Canarelli. For us, the merest mention of Provence brings images of lavender fields and the sweet song of the cicadas to mind. Let yourself be transported by the melody, completing the setting with a Bandol blanc from Domain Tempier, a magnum from Domaine de Trévallon or the natural cuvée M.G.O from Henri Milan, a simply irresistible, juicy and fruity easy-drinking wine.
February half-term holidays are almost upon us. While some might opt for their annual trip to the mountains, at iDealwine, we’ll be dreaming of Italy. If we had to pick out just a few wines among these new wines, without contest, they would be the cuvées Granato and Rotaliano from biodynamic domain Elisabetta Foradori, the Tuscan family Martini di Cigala’s Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva, or some must-have Piemontese wines: the Barbaresco DOCG from Sottimano and the Barolo from Mauro Molino. Believe us – this latter is quite simply an ode to Nebbiolo, a grape variety that is unique in its aromatics and great aging potential.
If you are heading to the mountains, we’ve picked out some gems from Savoy. This region is one of the rising stars of France, thanks to the diversity and originality of local grape varieties and owes its success to emblematic domains such as Frédéric Giachino who produces a wonderfully wide range of cuvées. Monfarina, Marius et Simone, Vin de Savoie Apremont… the choice is yours!
Another region with a truly interesting production is of course the South-West. You will find Les Escures, a wine produced without Sulphur by winemaker Fabien Jouves, or the biodynamic work of Thérèse and Michel Riouspeyrous from Domaine Arretxea.
This selection is, of course, only a glimpse into the new additions which await you on iDealwine: peruse the wines at your own pace and we’re sure that you’ll find the perfect wine for you 😊