Let’s ‘Zoom’ Party

Let’s ‘Zoom’ Party

As we have known for some time now, the new norm is ‘Zoom’. Not only had hardly any of us heard of this tech prior to March (or was that just me!) but now it almost feels like part of the furniture!

At this time of the year it seems that everyone seems to have a birthday to celebrate, and as we very quickly roll into December maybe we should just call this “training” for the festivities! My wife and I recently sent a cheese box which we ordered from the Cheese Plate in Buntingford to a friend for her birthday, and ended up doing a Zoom cheese and wine night by accident, and although our pack of Saint Agur didn’t quite match up to the gift we had given her, we thoroughly enjoyed this new way of catching up. Please note, watch this space on the cheese and wine zoom tastings!

So, if any of you are planning on doing a lot of Zoom nights in, then here are my wine recommendations below and if you wanted a brilliant cheese box, then these are well worth trying. Toby at the Cheese Plate will be delighted to help.

Fizz

Castel del Lupo Brut
A fantastic find from Lombardia in Northern Italy. This wine is made with 100% Pinot Nero, is Organic and despite it's heavy champagne style bottle is actually made in the charmat method, the same as Prosecco.

A deliciously interesting fizz, with notes of lemon, brioche and a fresh, dry palate of citrus, apple and a touch of rich honey.

White

Castel del Lupo Organic Pinot Grigio ‘Della Ginestra’

If you have felt that Pinot Grigio is sometimes a little generic, then this delightful example might tempt you back to the variety if you are into trying something a little more interesting.

This is more food friendly, and is more aromatic than the easy drinking styles which are often thought of. All the fruit is hand harvested, and the wine spends up to four months on it's lees to give added complexity and texture. Subtle, delicately aromatic, floral and lightly nutty nose with citrus and white peach notes. The palate has fresh stone fruit and lemony characters leading to a gentle, textured mid-palate and an attractively crisp, saline finish with a touch of white spice.

Red

Ontanon Ecologico Rioja

Organic Rioja from the brilliant Ontanon estate in Rioja, Spain. All fruit is hand-picked, and although this is not a Crianza or Reserva wine, this wine has still spent 4-5 months in used oak barrels.

Smooth and elegant, with cherry, raspberry & sweet spice on the nose. The palate is structured and complex, with ripe red fruit, clove and black pepper and a touch of mocha on the finish.

Sweet

Domaine Fiumicicoli Muscateddu, Corsica (50cl)

Domaine Fiumicicoli (pronounced phew-me-chikoli) specialises in the production of this unique and rare sweet red made with the native Corsican Muscateddu grape.

An exciting sweet red wine, ruby-coloured, with aromas of strawberry jam and allspice. The palate is fresh and aromatic, with a resinous, woody character, and flavours cherry and bitter orange. Interestingly this pairs better with savoury foods like pate or cheese, but will also marry nicely with dark chocolate based desserts or desserts which are not overly sweet.