Drinks: A wine inspired by by Beethoven's famous symphony
Tavel AOP Rosé, France,
This is a deep pink Rosé bursting with fruit flavours and a clean, dry, mineral finish. You can expect creamy, intense flavours of strawberry, red cherries and white peach. The dry wines of France's Tavel region should be served lightly chilled and will pair nicely with a variety of foods. There are more intense flavours in this sample allowing for bold dishes like barbecue meats, burgers, and even smoked foods.
Ode To Joy, France, £13.50, JN Wine, Crossgar and some off-sales
JN Wine have developed a Rosé Ode To Joy, produced in Provence and wrapped in a label from a painting by top Irish artist Kathryn Callaghan. Organically produced from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah – it is salmon coloured with tones of raspberry, redcurrant and yellow peach flavours. The name is inspired by Beethoven's famous symphony which was written to celebrate the end of war and desperation.
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Rare Vineyards Carignan, France, £7, Centra
The most concentrated and complex juice comes from grapes grown on old vines – in France these wines are often labelled vieilles vignes. The fruit for Rare Vineyards Carignan is sourced from 40-year-old vines which shows in the wine's richness of fruit and depth of flavour, subtly backed with herbaceous notes. This is a really good wine at the price...