Three wines that will happily see you through a weekends indulgent dinners. A beautiful Rioja for your lamb, a rich Portuguese for your beef and an aromatic white for anything else you may be whipping up in the kitchen.
Cora Blanco Loxarel 2019
Intensely aromatic wine with an abundance of aromas giving you a big kiss on your nose, a bit of lychee, ripe grape (yes sometimes wine smells like grapes) and a light floral note. It really is a beguiling wine. You almost expect it to be off dry, but this is dry and mineral on the palate. You would normally look to pay much more for this much complexity.
Rioja Crianza Hacienda Grimon 2017
Blackberry, black plum, vanilla and pepper straight from the glass, this is unmistakably Rioja, though more modern in style. The oak is present and gives the spice and the roundness you expect but the fruit is allowed to play a starring role. It would be criminal to hide the quality of the grapes that make up this wine and Grimon has made sure that the Tempranillo characteristics are on show. Great value for money.
Manz Platónico Tinto 2017
Deep purple in colour with an aromatic nose of raspberry, kirsch, black cherry, red plum and a floral edge. Its medium bodied and fresh with lovely texture. This will make you realise how good Portuguese wines can be...and at this price, it's a steal.