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3. Growing vines & making wines

Growing Vines & Making Wines

This month we're looking at how grapes travel from the vineyard to your glass and finding out what happens along the way to impact the aroma and taste. We'll be taking a look at some interesting bottles in a variety of colours - and learning about some specific wines that are very much in fashion at the moment.

You can find more info on this month's wines below - as well as information on where to buy them and a couple of alternatives. 

To start building out a personal tasting profile, you can let us know which of the wines you do and don't like and we'll start to work out your personal preferences. 

Featured Wines

No. One

Old Vines Torrontés

Country: Argentina
Region: Salta
Sub-Region: Cafayate
Producer: El Esteco
Year: 2019
ABV: 14%

Contains Sulphites

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This Torrontés from high the top of a mountain in Argentina is big on floral aromas with white flowers, jasmine and rose alongside some stone fruit. This is a great example, but if you're into this style why not check out some other Argentinian Torrontés wines. 

No. Two

Beaujolais AOC

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Sub-Region: Beaujolais
Producer: Pierre-Marie Chermette
Year: 2020
ABV: 13.5%

Contains Sulphites

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Many Beaujolais wines go through a process called carbonic maceration, which extracts colour and flavour but not so much tannin. If you like this fun and easy drinking style check out Beaujolais AOC & Villages wines. If you fancy something a bit more serious - check out the Cru wines from named villages like Fleurie or Brouilly

No. Three

Cerosuolo Rosé

Country: Italy
Region: Abruzzo
Sub-Region: n/a
Producer: Giuliana Vicini
Year: 2019
ABV: 13%

Contains Sulphites

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Deeper, darker, more intense styles of rosé like this are gaining popularity as drinkers look beyond Provence. If you like this style Italian and Spanish rosés tend to be darker, as do those from Tavel in France. 

No. Four

Orange / Skin Contact

Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub-Region: n/a
Producer: Antonio Camillo
Year: 2019
ABV: 13%

Contains Sulphites

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Orange wines are riding a wave of popularity at the moment. Made from white grapes that are left in contact with their skins they take on a bit of colour (hence orange) and also some tannin. There are a huge range of wines being made in this style with more specialists shops and websites popping up every day. 

No. Five

Co-Ferment

Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Sub-Region: n/a
Producer: Vino di Anna
Year: 2018
ABV: 13%

Contains Sulphites

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Most blends happen once the wine has been fermented but when different grape species are planted side by side, harvested and fermented together that's known as a co-ferment. They can be mixes of pure red or pure white varieties, but in this case we've got a mix of red & white giving us the best of both worlds. 

No. Six

Lees Aged

Country: France
Region: Loire Valley
Sub-Region: Muscadet Sèvre et Main
Producer: Domaine Luneau Papin
Year: 2018
ABV: 13%

Contains Sulphites

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A regular Muscadet is light, acidic and full of citrus fruit - but when they're aged on their lees (the remains of the yeast) they can take on big bread aromas and flavours. If you're into this style look for wines with Sur Lie. This is a particularly good example but they don't have to cost the earth. Like this from Majestic.