Hazy, lazy spring - six great wines for sunny dayzzzz
Hazy, lazy spring - six great wines for sunny dayzzzz

Hazy, lazy spring - six great wines for sunny dayzzzz


A mixed case perfect for lazy spring days -

White wines

Fabrizio Vella Bianco, Sicily -
This is 100% Catarratto from one of our favourite producers, Cantine Rallo, named after their chief winemaker, Fabrizio . Made in a natural manner - organic viticulture, naturally occurring yeasts, no fining or filtration etc - from grapes grown on some of their younger vines up in the Alcamo hills in North West Sicily, it’s a great value wine for everyday drinking, perfect with a pizza, some pasta or just because its wine o’clock. Cantine Rallo’s conversion to organic and increasingly biodynamic viticulture has had a significant impact on a large area of the high plateau above Alacamo. Biodiversity has increased hugely, soil erosion reduced and it looks amazing. Organic. Vegan

Vinessens, Tragolargo Blanco, Alicante, Spain -
Roughly speaking, Tragolargo means “long drink” and this is made to be easy, thirst quenching, dare we say, smashable. It used to be produced by the legendary natural winemaker, Rafa Bernabé, famous for producing an extraordinary array of wines every year from the white to the red to the orange and beyond. However Rafa is retiring so has handed over production to his neighbours at Vinessens. Understandably they aren’t continuing to make quite the same number of wines but are instead concentrating on a few key wines and this is one made under Rafa’s guidance. It’s made from Moscato and Merseguera grown in sandy soils near the Med, given a couple of days skin contact (thus the orange tinge and firm texture). Amazing with a variety of food, especially with a bit of spice and heat. No added Sulphites. Organic. Vegan.

Rosé wine

Tenute Rubino, Negroamaro Rosato, Salento, Italy -
Like a lot agriculture in Southern Italy, Puglia has been associated with low cost and high volume for wine. However it has the potential for a lot more. Tommaso Rubino acquired four different vineyard sites in the 1980’s with the intention of discovering that potential and demonstrating the variety that was possible. This is made from local hero Negroamaro grown at sea level in sandy soils near Brindisi on the Adriatic coast. Perfect with pizza, calamari and sunshine. Vegan

Red wines

Magnum - Carlos Lucas Vinhos, Ribeiro Santo Pinha, Dão, Portugal -
We’ve said it before and will no doubt carry on saying it but Portugal is crazily undiscovered. Aside from Port and Vino Verde the wines are largely unknown and undrunk outside Portugal and can offer amazing value. Perhaps it’s the lack of well known grape varieties - this one is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro and Tinta-Roriz which are hardly household names.  Perfect mid week wine. Vegan.

Domaine Lapalu Clos Saint-Jean Tradition, Cote Roannaise, France - 
Gamay, the grape for springtime, grown on volcanic soils in what's known as the lost cru of Beaujolais because it shares a lot of that regions beautiful freshness, fruitiness and easy drinkability. Organic. Vegan.

El Castro de Valtuille, Mencia Joven, Bierzo, Spain -
The best grape you may never had heard of, Mencia is native to north west Spain. Sometimes it gets the oak and ageing treatment but we like it like this, fresh, young and full of fruit. Bold enough to go with food but juice enough to drink on its own too, maybe a little chilled. Organic.

This case contains one bottle of each of these wines. If any is out of stock or becomes unavailable it will be replaced by one of equal or greater value and deliciousness.