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Drink Along with James Ramsden (March)

Drink Along with James Ramsden

Sit down for a glass of wine (or 6) with our hosts Holly Willcocks (from Half-Cut Market) and Mike Davies (Chef / Owner of the Camberwell Arms) as they invite chef, food-writer, restauranteur and podcast host James Ramsden along to talk through a few of his favourite wines.

A relaxing way to learn about wine, while you sit back and listen to some interesting people talk about them. Find out about the grapes, where to enjoy them and what food to pair  them with. 

Looking for some more info about the ace wines we're drinking? You can find that out below and also learn where to buy them if you can't get enough of one of the bottles. 

Featured Wines

No. One

Vinho Verde Loureiro

Country: Portugal
Region: Vinho Verde
Sub-Region: n/a
Producer: Pequenos Rebentos
Year: 2021
ABV: 12%

Contains Sulphites

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Our first pick from James is this delightful Vinho Verde. A little on the richer side than usual thanks to some lees ageing (where the wine is aged on the yeast). This gives it a little more richness, but it still has the characteristic vinho verde salinity, and rich stone fruit flavours. 

No. Two

Vinho Verde Loureiro

Country: Portugal
Region: Vinho Verde
Sub-Region: n/a
Producer: Quinta de San Joanne
Year: 2020
ABV: 12.5%

Contains Sulphites

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Another Vinho Verde but this time more of a classic option. You should get more citrus peel from this one, and a nice brininess too. It's a little bit lighter and doesn't have the slight spritz you get with some vinho verdes. This used to be naturally occurring but these days it's added, so this producer avoids it to keep the wine as low-intervention as possible.

No. Three

Esoterico Orange Wine

Country: Australia
Region: South Australia
Sub-Region: Riverland
Producer: Unico Zelo
Year: 2020
ABV: 12.5%

Contains Sulphites

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Riverland in Australia used to be home to only mass-produced, low-quality wines. But now a handful of small producers are proving that with the right grapes some fantastic wines can be made. This orange wine has very low tannins so is a great starting point for anyone who isn't sure about orange wine.

No. Four

Catavela Orange Wine

Country: Italy
Region: Emilia Romagna
Sub-Region: n/a
Producer: Denavolo
Year: 2020
ABV: 10%

Contains Sulphites

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A touch lighter in colour than the last orange, and slightly more tannins but still very accesible to orange wine beginners. This one is floral in a fresh-meadow kind of way. A great easy drinking wine for a spring day or to have with slightly funky fermented foods. 

No. Five

Blaufränkisch

Country: Austria
Region: Burgenland
Sub-Region: n/a
Producer: Clause Preisinger
Year: 2020
ABV: 12.5%

Contains Sulphites

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A big bright red. Blueberry jam and other berries are the star of the show here. A great natural wine from Austria, but really clean and precise without any hint of farmyard. This wine is light and can be served slightly chilled - it's also pretty low in alcohol despite the big flavours - great for drinking all afternoon on a summer's day.

No. Six

Blaufränkisch

Country: France
Region: Jura
Sub-Region: Arbois
Producer: Domaine Villet
Year: 2020
ABV: 13%

Contains Sulphites

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Another bright fruity red but with a bit more complexity here. The Jura region is a favourite of wine-nerds and sommeliers because of the unusual, interesting and complex wines that come from here. This is light enough to drink chilled, but with a good amount of Autumn fruit complexity and high enough on the tannins that it would go perfectly with food.