Winning with the Humble Grape

Happy Friday everyone! I don’t know about you but I have had a long week and am looking forward to settling down with a good book and a glass of wine. Before I do that, I just wanted to update you on what I’ve been drinking this week…

Last night I attended one of the Humble Grape’s monthly wine tastings. I came across this independent merchant and tasting event group only recently and, run by laid-back pair James and Cameron, they are well worth a visit if you fancy discovering something a little different from the wine you usually pick up with your weekly shop!

This month’s theme was German wine and against a backdrop of stunning London views from Broken Wharf House, a small group of us were treated to some delicious wines, a relaxed atmosphere, and various tasty morsels.

I was impressed by all six of the wines on show, two of which – Dr. Loosen Red Slate Riesling 2009 and Fürst Tradition Spätburgunder 2010 – I had tried before, but the others were from a wine producer called Von Winning from the Pfalz region of Germany. These wines are new to the UK market and below I’ve provided brief tastings notes should you wish to give them a try…

Humble Grape

Von Winning Weissburgunder 2011, £15
This aromatic Pinot Blanc is rounded and nutty with flavours of ripe pear – a perfect match to creamy pasta and chicken dishes.

Von Winning Riesling 2011 – £11.67
A juicy entry level Riesling with notes of apricot and lemon juice. Try with lightly spiced Thai food or a plate of jamón.

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Von Winning Forster Ungeheuer Riesling 2011 – £20
Riper than the previous Riesling with a spicy edge this wine can stand up to more powerful flavours in food. Think jerk chicken and luscious Caribbean flavours.

Von Winning Pinot Noir 2010 – £33.33
My favourite from the evening, this German Pinot Noir is a brilliant example of its type. With a complex nose and rich red fruit flavours on the palate this red is vibrant and fruity now (try alongside a juicy lamb burger) but will develop well in the cellar for 10 or 20 years to come.

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*Don’t forget to check out my new ‘find me a drink’ page for wine recommendations for all occasions*

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