F O O D & D R I N K Labelled with love ALI MOUNTJOY, MANAGER OF INDULGENCE WINE & CHOCOLATE SHOP AT BARTON MARINA SHOWCASES SOME BEAUTIFULLY LABELLED WINES WHICH TASTE EVERY BIT AS GOOD AS THEIR DESIGN SUGGESTS ‘Never judge a book by it’s cover.’ At least that’s what we are told, but when it comes to wine, we can’t help but be drawn to a funky label. This month we’re sharing some exciting wines sure to make any wine lover want to pick up a bottle that will sit pride of place on the dinner table. ARAGOSTA VERMENTINO DI SARDEGNA, CANTINA SANTA MARIA LA PALMA Near the seaside wine-hub of Alghero in North West Sardinia, Cantina Santa Maria La Palma have been well-established winemakers for the past 50 years. This Vermentino was recently awarded a place in the top 20 of Wine Spectator’s annual 100 Top Values, an award distinguishing the world’s highest-quality wines available at budget-friendly prices. The wine bursts with flavours of stone fruit, lemon peel and is reminiscent of pink grapefruit sorbet. The refreshing acidity and mineral note throughout make this delicate and juicy wine ideal for fish and shellfish dishes, salads or simply on its own. An absolute treat with fresh seafood and lighter pasta dishes. CHEJA ISOLA DEI NURAGHI, CANTINA DI MOGORO, SARDINIA Cantina di Mogoro has been an established winery on Sardinia for almost 70 years. The word ‘Cheja’ is local dialect meaning church. The naming of this Vermentino blend is a nod to the ruins of ancient churches that remain in old vineyards around the island, signifying the importance that vine growing has held on the island for centuries. Cheja has a delicate and fragrant nose of white flowers and peach with ripe stone fruit and pear flavours on the palate. Again, a really refreshing summery wine, perfect alongside fish and shellfish, risotto and vegetarian dishes. BENEVENTANO FALANGHINA MACCHIALUPA, CAMPANIA The grape Falanghina, is fast gaining a reputation for those looking for something Italian beyond the usual suspects of Gavi and Pinot Grigio. Deeply aromatic, crisp and refreshing, it is also a fantastic alternative for Sauvignon Blanc lovers. This bright gold example from Macchialupa has us smitten; offering an intensely rich bouquet, it has fruity aromas of peach and pineapple along with hints of white flowers and honey. The full and ripe palate is warming with a little spice on the finish. Fantastic when paired with grilled chicken, lightly spiced dishes and seafood. IL VINO DAL TRALCETTO’, MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO, CANTINE ZACCAGNINI, ABRUZZO Zaccagnini produce a stellar portfolio of wines that regularly receive international praise, and this is one of our favourites. ‘Tralcetto’ (grape vine) is wrapped around the neck of each and every bottle by hand - an indication of the attention to detail that goes into making this wine. Made from 100% Montepulciano grapes and is aged in barrel for six months, softening the wine’s tannins. The resulting wine is a silky and seductive red with deep damson fruit on the nose leading to soft black cherry and ripe blackberry flavours through the palate, all rounded off with supple tannins. The ideal accompaniment to cheese and charcuterie, filled pasta dishes, spaghetti Bolognese. 40 All wines available in store from Indulgence Wine & Chocolate Shop on Barton Marina, which also offers a ‘click and collect’ service online. Visit www.indulgenceshop.co.uk.
The Boat Inn Michelin recommended Liam has won numerous awards including the most recent award in 2019 of ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the Estrella Top 50 Gastropub Awards. He has been awarded‘Best Chef’ at the Midlands Food, Drink & Hospitality Awards, beating the likes of Sat Bains, Aktar Islam, and Andy Waters to name a few, as well as picking up ‘Best Independent Restaurant’ by the Taste of Staffordshire Awards in 2018. Formerly of Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley and Restaurant Story Liam has worked in some of the UK’s most prestigious kitchens. This year he and his team are offering a number of new offers at The Boat! · NEW BEER GARDEN & MENU · CHEF COLLABORATIONS EVERY MONTH · AFTERNOON TEAS ON REQUEST · NETWORKING LUNCHES FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH FATHER’S DAY - 16th JUNE Now taking bookings for Father’s Day See our website for forthcoming events Call for details - 01543 361692 - Open Wednesday - Sunday www.theboatinnlichfield.com · Walsall Road, Lichfield WS14 0BU W I N E , C H O C O L A T E , C O F F E E A N D G E L A T O Indulgence Coffee Shop with Real Italian Coffee, Cakes & Pastries. Barton Marina Burton upon Trent DE13 8AS 01283 716 062 www.indulgenceshop.co.uk