Spring has almost sprung and soon Padstow will be brimming with visitors, day trippers and sunshine (ever the optimist), which means a full BinTwo terrace is beckoning and we can't wait!
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Wine lovers, Coffee fans & Padstow visits
Strand House the Drang, 3 S Quay, Padstow
It has been a cosy winter full of warming red wines, brandy choccers and rosy cheeks. Now, however, it’s time for a shake-up – I’m thinking something with depth and texture that instantly evokes sunny days calling…
The beautifully fleshy white Burgundy, Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuissé 2012 is the unquestionable winner this month. A rounded Chardonnay with white stone fruit, citrus and honey flavours. Buttery yet with a delightful freshness and a long tantalizing creamy finish. Like liquid sunshine this Pouilly Fuissé brings a smile every time. It’s a wine I can happily sip and savour on its own, or pair with one of our Maine-style Lobster Rolls, ‘a match made in heaven’, thank you Boscastle Fishing Company for making my life and work complete!
Naturally we are compelled to share this gem so you will find it by the glass on our terrace. This wine truly reflects winegrowing and making expertise. It is made from Chardonnay grapes in the best vineyard parcels found in the Fuissé amphitheatre. This was a year when weather patterns were unsettled in Southern Burgundy keeping winegrowers on their toes and favouring the skilled; a definite success.
Heading to the red department, I was looking for something flavoursome, refreshing and quaffable and I’m pleased to say Château Civrac Indigo 2012 fitted the bill. Winemaker and Cornishman, Mark Hellyar, impresses yet again with this new addition to his Château Civrac Bordeaux range specifically blended for Hamish Anderson at the Tate Gallery.
‘Indigo’ is a traditional blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc full of plum and cherry characters, however it is a surprisingly lighter-style Bordeaux, delicately oaked with nice length of flavour and pleasantly potent (a welcome 12%abv). A juicy wine to enjoy with so many dishes from barbecued local sausages to a hearty casserole and of course it’s the perfect match for our charcuterie and manchego platter. At just £10 a bottle you can afford to keep one in reserve. What’s more it has a fab label designed by local artist David Pearce and a great name inspired by the bluey hue derived from the Cabernet grapes, I love it!
Grab your own glass of BinTwo from their online shop or have it delivered straight to your door… happy vino days.