The Vintner Out & About
The ‘summer’ isn’t just my favourite time of year because I get to indulge in copious amounts of cricket at Lord’s as England’s international season begins, it is also because during these months we have the pleasure of welcoming many producers and representatives of the wineries we work with across the globe, as part of our Producer Series.
The visits of Kevin Tessieux of Collovray & Terrier are always keenly anticipated by our staff and clients alike. We’ve been working with Collovray since our inception back in 2010 and the fact we’re still listing a host of their wines is not only testament to the extraordinary consistency of their white Burgundy, but also to what a delight they are to work with.
At The Vintner, we regularly get together and run team tastings on our 100 wines and this week it was my turn to take to the stage and talk through a flight of green, fresh and vibrant Grüner Veltliners. What stands out for me about Grüner is its versatility when matching with food: barring red meat, it goes with almost anything. With that in mind, I’m matching our Grüner Veltliner by Bernhard OTT with what I think is its ultimate match and also country fellow… the brilliantly retro Wiener Schnitzel. The acidity in the wine helps lift the fried breadcrumbs and oil off the palate and the spice and white pepper complement the meat and are never overpowered.
The words ‘cool-climate’ and ‘Australia’ are rarely seen together, particularly when it comes to their most famous vinous exports. Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra - these are all regions that produce bold, bruising wines: juicy, ripe and powerful - they can be awe-inspiring when at their best.
Mornington Peninsula however, bucks the trend. This peninsula, that protrudes into the Bass Strait two hours east of Melbourne, must be the highest regarded location for cool-climate grape growing in Australia.
The big bright orange thing in the sky is out and we’re celebrating here at Vintner HQ by cracking open a couple of bottles of our best-selling, summer loving pink and pairing it with an equally light and delicious dish of grilled (or barbecued) chicken Paillard and watercress. The wine in question is our Mado en Provence Rosé 2015, and it’s so blinking pretty I want to put a sample of desk and propose to it. Fine, silky and bursting with bombastic strawberry and raspberry fruit. The fruit and weight of the wine will partner well with the red wine dressing.
To celebrate the launch of our Spring Portfolio, we are offering the chance to win a trip for two to Bordeaux! The prize includes flights, accommodation for two nights, lunch and a tour of a top Bordeaux vineyard.
To enter, simply share a picture of your favourite Vintner wine on Twitter or Instagram tagging @thevintner using the hashtag #100wines, and you could be in with a chance to win this fantastic trip!