We know many of you like to get over that mid-week hump by celebrating Wine Wednesday, so it’s a jolly coincidence that our Seafood Kitchen & Bar opens back up after a quick break to help you do just that. Whilst the Old Fishmarket is famed for its ties to Squerryes, inspiring our Pantiles site’s label of ‘Champagne and Oyster Bar’, there are still many sparkling and still options to choose from upon Mount Ephraim to satisfy the palate.
In fact, there are so many to pick that we’d be here all day if we were to give you a full breakdown! So that’s why we’ve gone to the effort of highlighting a few favourites in each category to make deciding that little bit easier –regardless of when you join us:
Rivarose Prestige Brut (France) – So pink it’ll make you wink, this bottle of bubbly is the definition of party time. Although you might think the main flavour to this one is sass, it’s just as much defined by its notes of raspberry, sweet spice, and a touch of grapefruit for good measure. You don’t need a special occasion to sip on a glass though, as it’s an ideal aperitif to make your Sankey’s trip sparkle.
2016 Don David Malbec, El Esteco (Argentina) – As much as we love our local vineyards, we do enjoy being taken on a trip to South America with this one. A deep red, the Don David Malbec is loved for its thick plum and blackberry jam notes, layered with undertones of spice and chocolate. Complex? Check. A crowd pleaser? Check. Perfect for winter? Check. Give it a try.
2015 Central Coast Pinot Noir, MacMurray (USA) - Pinot is one of hardest varietals to grow, so we had to show some love to the MacMurray Estate Vineyards in California forgetting this one spot on. Ideal if you’re after something a bit more on the fruity side, as the main players in this lush red are flavours of cherry, raspberry, and pomegranate too. That’s not all though, as you’ll also find a few hints of vanilla as well!
Godello,Alma de Blanco (Spain) -While many of you are already acquainted with the coolest white wine from Spain (Alberino) well, Godello is from the same region, so think that same racy acidity, with the added benefit of some lovely weight in the wine. It feels richer and more fulfilling than Alberino, and is perfect to enjoy with or without our food.
Chablis 1er Cru,Vallions, BernardDefaix Burgundy, (France) – While the Chablis region has been decimated with frosts and hail over the past few years, there is no doubt this classic is still one the finest EU imports to enjoy, especially to help enhance or balance with our wonderful dishes - even though we think they’re all equally exquisite. A nose of green apple and hawthorn is where the journey begins with this wine, as it’s emphasised by an impeccable balance that combines a dry crispness, depth of flavour, and a long, dynamic finish. C’est magnifique.
Pomino Bianco, Frescobaldi (Tuscany)- A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco, think Italian Chablis. Delicate, elegant, and with a beautifully satisfying finish, this is well worth a try.
2017 Cotes de Provence Rosé, St Tropez (France) – Spring is fast approaching, and rosé isn’t only for summer! Just take a look at this wine’s pale salmon hue, and you can take a guess as to why it’s on the Seafood Kitchen & Bar’s list. We’d hate to judge a book by its cover though, especially as we mainly enjoy it for those lovely notes of white peach and lychee. Light, fresh on the palate, and lively too, it’s exactly what a good rosé should be.
With a list as long as ours, there’s no doubt we’ll be returning on the Sankey’s blog soon to tell you more about the wonderful world of wine we have waiting for you up on Mount Ephraim. In the meantime, however you have two options, you can either view them all for yourself here , or carry out your own taste test sometime soon. We’d recommend the latter.