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February 2019 Wine Highlights

Meet some wonderful white wines from an urban winery in Sydney ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ, a native Italian variety ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น & a natural Chenin Blanc from France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท.

Despite February being the shortest month, we still bring you three wine recommendations from around the world. Be it aromatic blends, native grapes or natural wines, we have it all covered.

And if thatโ€™s not enough for you, check out more tastings on UnscrewMe!

Brilliant Blend

  • Wine: 2017 Urban Winery Project White #3
  • Producer: Vinteloper
  • Region: Sydney / Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia
  • Story:
    At Renegade Urban Winery in Bethnal Green I came across this curious white wine. Australian winemaker Vinteloper is doing experiments in various locations and in 2017 they went to Three Blue Ducks Rosebery in Sydney as part of their Urban Winery Project.
    There they made a beautiful and a little bit confusing wine by blending 54% Pinot Gris, 37% Gewurztraminer and 9% Riesling. Vinteloper only produced 2,412, so I was pretty lucky to get a taste of this by the glass.
    The gold colour was very appealing and I really liked the flavours ranging from floral to stone fruits and even honey. To me, the distinct characteristics of the different grapes came through nicely.
    Best of all, it also was a great match for some of the slightly stronger cheeses I had with it.

Indigenous Italian

  • Wine: 2015 Ribolla IGT
  • Producer: Azienda agricola Roncรนs
  • Region: Venezia Giulia, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy
  • Story:
    Bottles wine bar in Spitalfields has a range of interesting wines. This one made from the local Italian white grape variety Ribolla Gialla was particularly nice. It had a bold colour and was really smooth. I thought the texture was surprisingly oily which made it interesting and possibly helped taking a bit of the edge from the balsamic vinegar I had with some bread.
    Overall, I would say this Ribolla is definitely a wine that works well with food.

Naturally Nice

  • Wine: 2017 Attention Chenin Mechant
  • Producer: Domaine Nicolas Reau
  • Region: Anjou, Loire, France
  • Story:
    Thanks to Hot Dinners, I recently read about Yeni in Soho. They do have a pretty exciting wine list. And this Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley is one of the interesting options. This natural wine smelled a bit like grape must in the winery. At the same time it boasted beautiful fruit flavours with great acidity. It is probably a bit edgy, but not too far out there and a very drinkable wine.

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Weโ€™re always happy to hear about new restaurants with great wine lists, newly opened wine bars in London or just a nice wine you discovered recently.

If you have any recommendations, please let us know! Either comment on here or get in touch via social media through Twitter @unscrewmeapp, Facebook UnscrewMe or Instagram @unscrewmeapp.

With February coming to a close shortly, our next post will give a brief overview of the tastings in London on UnscrewMe scheduled for March, before we will look at urban wineries in London again and check out some more wine bars and restaurants.

(Recovering from tasting wines ๐Ÿท, we kept energy levels up with delicious coffees at Notes Coffee just off Trafalgar Square and Curators Coffee Gallery in Fitzrovia.)

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First published in February 2019.
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