Brad's Wine Tasting Notes - May 2021

”I have been inspired to work with small, family-owned wineries because in my experience, they produce the best value wines that you can find. These wines are hand-crafted - they have a story about where they are from and how they are made - and it is these wines that I send out every month to our subscribers, wines with beautiful details that I enjoy sharing with people."

May 2021 Free Gift
Thanks to our friends at Chilli No. 5, we are offering all of our subscribers a free sample of Piri Piri Sauce (African bird’s eye chilli, red onions, red peppers, pickled jalapenos, root ginger, lemon and lime juice, olive oil, and cider vinegar) and an invitation to join us for our Chili No. 5 ZOOM Kitchen Experience at 7.30pm CET on Friday 11th June 2021 (an invitation link will be emailed).


Clos de Dia White Grenache 2019 . Terra Alta, Spain
A vibrant and fresh white wine with golden hue. Expressive aromas of wild blossom and ripe white fruits. Refreshing and crisp, with a lovely elegance, which results from its ageing on lees. Long and balanced, serve with pasta, goat cheese salads, fish casseroles and seafood. Also with poultry and creamy cheese.

Tapada Arinto Verdelho 2019 . Alentejo, Portugal
This lovely blend of Arinto and Verdelho is bright and citrus coloured, with light light peach blossom characters – fresh balanced and persistent. A perfect wine to be served on its own or with seafood and salads.

Tenuta Barbon (Vegan) 2019 Chardonnay . Villorba, Italy
This fresh and pure Chardonnay is straw yellow in colour with greenish tinges, with light apple and nectarine fruit aromas, perfumed lightly with a flowery scent. The palate is elegant, fresh and balanced and would suit appetisers, vegetable and fish dishes as well as soups.


Carlo Damiani Pinot Grigio Rosé 2019 . Veneto, Italy
Flowery and light with ripe apricot and peach characters and a crisp freshness.  Real pure fruit characters that are gentle, and when served chilled, this Pinot Grigio rosé is excellent with seafood salads.


Genus Monastrell Roble 2019 . Jumilla, Spain
This 100% Monstrell wine is aged in American oak barrels for 6 months. Red cherry elegant colour. Dark fruits, blackberry and spices aroma in the nose. Full-bodied, round, with a touch of oak, sweet tones and well balanced. Marries with all kind of meats and red fish, seafood, pastas, stews and roast meats.

Château Le Roc Rouge . Bordeaux, France
This elegant Merlot (60%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (40%) blend is produced from 35 year old vines on clay and limestone soils in Saint-Martin du Puy. Vibrant, with blackcurrant and plum aromas, the palate is savoury with cigar box, tobacco and mocha cholcolate characters. Perfect with filet mignon.

Convento Da Gloria Tinta Rouriz . Vinho Regional Lisboa, Portugal
This wine has a complex and fin structure deriving from the fine acidity of the soil. Tinta Rouriz is a synonym of Tempranillo of Rioja and Ribeira del Duero. The wine is filled with fine fruit characters and matches perfectly with red grilled red meats, ceviche of Seabream and of dark chocolate.

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