A spring white for fish

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 ’43 Degrees’ 2014

A Marlborough sauvignon blanc from a single vineyard showing fabulous intensity of flavour, with incredibly full flavours of tropical fruits and green herbs and a long finish, achieved, say the winemakers, by planting rows of vines at an angle to give the right blend of sun and shade. This is wonderful with seared scallops, peppered tuna, any Asian-tinged fish dishes and, if you can find it, early season English asparagus.

Download the new Independent Premium app

Sharing the full story, not just the headlines

£17.55 strictlywine.co.uk

 

A red for lamb or chicken

Chateau Grand Barrail Lamarzelle Figeac 2007, Saint Emilion Grand Cru

Sometimes, nothing more is required than a good claret to match a leg of lamb or a big organic roast chicken for lunch or dinner. But the choice can be bewildering, quality variable and prices daunting for really top-notch wines. So seek out this well-made wine from one of the great Bordeaux appellations, full bodied, with juicy black fruits, gentle tannins, a lingering finish and the quiet air of reassurance about it.

£22 Sainsburys.co.uk

 

A dessert wine for chocolate

Nectar Pedro Ximenez​

Chocolate is now indelibly associated with Easter and although the origins of the custom are hard to discern, it is a fine excuse to create some chocolate desserts and open some of the few wines that are a good match. The richest, sweetest and most luscious of all sherries, Pedro Ximenez has layers of intense, deep, dried fruit flavours of figs and dates and is a great partner for chocolate mousse or tart but is also fabulous poured over vanilla ice cream or pannacotta. Or just some stolen Easter Eggs from the kids….

£14.75 Oddbins.com

Comments

Share your thoughts and debate the big issues

Learn more
Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines.
  • You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully
  • Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable
  • Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties
  • We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification

You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.

Create a commenting name to join the debate

Please try again, the name must be unique Only letters and numbers accepted
Loading comments...
Loading comments...
Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines.
  • You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully
  • Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable
  • Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties
  • We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification

You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.

Loading comments...
Loading comments...