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Hi all! John The Wine Guy here.

I hope everyone is keeping well. I’ve been spending the last few weeks finally getting out and visiting a long list of wine bars I’ve been wanting to try for the last 18 months! The places I’ve visited have embraced the growth in the market currently of natural and orange wines. I’ve tried a few over the years but honestly, I am still struggling to find one I would go back too. It’s not that they are not enjoyable but, for me, they don’t have that same wow factor I expect from a more traditionally made wine. Still, it’s always good to try these things and there’s worse jobs in the world right!

Sadly I still haven’t quite managed a holiday abroad yet and it’s looking less and less likely, but at least I have a couple of weeks holiday from the Ridge vineyard coming up which I can’t wait for! We did consider a trip down to Cornwall, but it seems like the entire UK population seems to be heading that way, so a staycation in Brighton it is.

More excitingly, I’ll be visiting Nyetimber in a couple of weeks which I’m really looking forward to! That alongside seeing some family and visiting a wedding show, so lots to look forward too.

In the meantime, continuing the beach staycation vibes, I thought I’d take you all on a trip to the South of France…that’s similar to Brighton…right? There are some amazing wines from that part of the world and all perfect with the summer sunshine.

1.   Les Arbousiers Sauvgnon Blanc 2020
This young wine from the Cote de Gascogne is a beautiful expression of Sauvignon. Our friends at Virgin wines introduced us to this and we can’t thank them enough. Fresh and full of citrus this offers great value and pairs beautifully with a light pasta.

2.   Domanies Ott Chateau Romassan Rose 2020 Bandol

The South of France is home to some of the best Vineyards for Rose wines. One specific region is the Cote’s de Provence which spans over 45,000 acres. Home to a huge variety of Rose Wines this cracking example comes from the Bandol area at the very South of the Country. This is a surprisingly delicate wine for the high alcohol and would pair perfectly with Thai or Chinese food.

3. Chateau Rives-Blanques Occitania Mauzac Blanc 2019

This beautiful white wine is definitely made to be appreciated with food. Made with the rare, late ripening Mauzac grape, flavours of peach and apricot shine through in this beautiful wine. Dry and full bodied with apple peel on the nose this is a fascinating and unusual wine I would highly recommend tracking down.

That will hopefully give you some inspiration for your next get together, or maybe just some support when you are next doing a wine shop!

John the wine guy. x

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