JWL - #029

#ukwinehour is a weekly, hour long conversation on Twitter that anyone can get involved with. Each week there’s a new topic, which is sometimes driven by a sponsor. Questions get asked, and you read through the hashtag jumping into conversation as you go. 

Come January, I’ll have been using Twitter for ten years. A lot has changed in that decade, but to me #ukwinehour really harks back to Twitter in its purest, most open and most engaging.

Taste

Red Squirrel ran a 30% off deal last weekend which was fantastic value for one of my favourite merchant/importers.*

Opta Dão Tinto (£9 down from £13) is a great house red. Perfumed and spicy black fruits on the nose, this is rounded with a velvety texture on the palate. 

From the same Portuguese producer, Opta Branco (€9.55) is a really lovely wine: mineral, fresh and incredibly floral. This is a great aperitif white, though its citrusy notes would pair well with food too.

Domaine de Bachellery from the Pays d'Oc joins Le Fou as another pinot noir from the south of France that’s really interesting. This wine is herbal with dark fruits, and some interesting minerality. For me, this is more of a southern French red than it is a pinot noir, with the grape acting as a conduit to its terroirs. I’m glad I bought three bottles. £10.99 from The Solent Cellar. 

Learn

Serving temperatures
Wine is all too often served at the wrong temperature. ‘Room temperature’ means a different thing in summer than it does in a central heating controlled winter living room. 

Next time you open a bottle, measure the temperature with a thermometer. You’ll probably be quite surprised as to how far from ideal it actually is. 

If your wine’s too warm, some time in the fridge will help. If it’s too cool, time in a warmer room will help slowly. If you’re in a rush and that Syrah’s too cold, however, a few short bursts in the microwave will be fine (even an MW agrees!).

*Offer no longer running and alternative stockists provided where possible.