JWL Issue #094: A focus on passerina grape variety

April 28, 2020

Welcome to the new look Josh's Wine List. Now in its 94th issue we wave goodbye to the old format and hello to the new. As you can see the brand and feel has merged with Wine List's to give more consistency across the platforms.

But the content will remain the same: bitesize lessons, amazing supermarket tastings, and stories from me. Let me know what you think.

I'm very happy to open pre-launch for the rosé box. The box will contain six rosé in a variety of countries. These range stylistically from the classic Provençal through to wilder, floral-driven, the strawberries and cream of England, and to some more textured examples too. The box will get you set up for any sunshine ahead.

Pre-order the rosé box for £89 today (deliveries ship from May 7).

Taste

Passerina from Terre di Cheti (£6 currently from Tesco) is one of the best value whites I've tasted all year. This has wild flowers, lemons, and peaches on the nose, which feel fresh and exciting in this heat.

While you're in Tesco, chard fans should grab Yarumba Organic Chardonnay (£10 from Tesco) from South Australia. As evenings draw in, the ripeness and body here suit perfectly. Ripe melons on the nose, with a zippy palate that surprises you with bite.

And coming closer to home, Taste the Difference Bordeaux Blanc (£6.50 from Sainsburys) is a brilliant sauvignon blanc. A challenge in fact to anyone who usually sticks with Marlborough or Loire SB, check this out. Gooseberries, elderflower, zesty lemon.

Learn

Passerina

Passerina is a rare local white grape variety from Marche, Italy, but is also common in Abruzzo. Historically a blending grape, in recent years, winemakers have taken to highlighting it as a single varietal.

Aromas are predominantly floral, stone fruit, and citrus fruit-led, and expect a freshness on the palate. There's good acidity in passerina, and its balance means it can pair well with main dishes.

As with all off-the-beaten track grape varieties, there's often value to be found, as highlighted in the Tesco wine today.

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