Recently keeping a keen eye on the Bordeaux En Primeur 2015 vintage releases, family celebrations providing an insight into the 1998 vintage 18 years on (some entering their peak drinking window, some still need more time in the cellar), Champagne (but particularly vintage and blanc de blancs), quaffing the Calabria Private Bin range, trying not to open the 2010 Barolo’s (but amazed at how approachable these wines are despite their youth), dipping into the cellar (2005 Rieslings and Chardonnays with 5 to 10 years age), and enjoying reds from the Douro, Portugal.

Three wines to build a meal around::
Dumangin Le Vintage 1er Cru 2004;
Castello di Pomino Benefizio Riserva Chardonnay 2012; and
Quinto do Vallado VALLADO Douro Tinto 2010.

As always, happy drinking!