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You have plenty of options here, from
crisp whites, such as Chablis, to dry
rosé and even a light red like Pinot
Noir if your salmon comes with roast
veg. Look for a wine with light fruit
flavours that don't overpower the
delicate fish, and with fresh acidity
to contrast the soft texture of the
fillet, cleansing your palate as it goes.
BARGAIN: Le Froglet Rosé,
Languedoc, France (£7, Marks &
Spencer) Made from Syrah, Merlot
and Cabernet Sauvignon in the sunny
South of France, this rosé has nice
red fruit flavour and bright lemony
crispness. Perfect with salmon.
BEST BUY: Antea Rioja Blanco 2014,
Marqués de Caceres, Rioja, Spain
(£12.99, Majestic) This white Rioja is a
great food wine. There's some weight
to the palate, with a smoky note to
match with the roasted flavours of the
fish. Fresh, with rounded citrus notes.
BLOW-OUT: Mâcon Loché 2013,
Clos de Rocs, Burgundy, France (£17,
Selfridges) This is a clean, mineraland-citrus
style of Chardonnay. Fresh
and elegant, but with a nice juiciness
to the palate that makes a tasty match.
Grand Bordeaux Châteaux: Inside the
Fine Wine Estates of France by Philippe
Chaix (£60, Flammarion) is a gorgeous
coee-table book celebrating 12 top
Bordeaux châteaux. Featuring beautiful
photography of the vineyards and the
architecture of the estates, the book
also includes wine tasting notes by James
Suckling. Châteaux Lafite Rothschild,
Margaux, Mouton Rothschild, Cos
d'Estournel, Pétrus and Cheval Blanc
are among the estates mentioned.
One of our favourite neighbourhood wine joints, Humble Grape, is
spreading its wings to the City. �e Battersea original will be joined
by Humble Grape Fleet Street in May, located on St Bride's Passage.
�e new site will include a 200-seat wine bar, shop and cellar, set in the
atmospheric vaults of St Bride's Church. �e wine list will offer more
than 200 bins, with 30 wines available by the glass or carafe, plus
wine-friendly dishes such as Galician octopus with char-grilled leeks.
Humble Grape Fleet Street, 1 St Bride's Passage, EC4Y 8EJ; humblegrape.co.uk
JOLLY GOODE SHOW
Actors Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys have teamed up
to present a new TV series about wine. Launching in May on
ITV, �e Wine Show features the duo exploring Italy.
Wine experts Joe Fattorini and Amelia Singer are on hand to
offer advice, while chefs including Francesco Mazzei and José
Pizarro will cook recipes to match their favourite wines.
Self-confessed novices Goode and Rhys hope the show will
make the world of wine more accessible. "As a new fan of wine,
I couldn't endorse it more," said Rhys. "It makes any situation
fun, although I still have no idea how it's made." We're sure
he'll figure it out over the course of the 13-part series.
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