Our last evening in London my husband and I decided to have dinner at Jamie Oliver's Union Jacks Restaurant in St. Giles. Sure there was the obvious celebrity chef lure, but we were really drawn in by the fact that not only are the ingredients all locally sourced, everything served is British grown and produced, from the spicy coriander in the beans on toast to the nightcap brandies, it is all proudly British sourced. I selected Chapel down Winery Pinot Noir to accompany my rich, spicy beans on toast and chips, and their Union Red 2010 to enjoy with my woodman pizza delightfully loaded with Westcombe cheddar, wild mushrooms, tarragon and chervil.
Chapel Down Winery has the honour of being the first English producer to ever win a gold medal for sparkling wine at the International Wine Challenge. With a goal of producing the best wines in the UK, the winery is quickly establishing itself as an international brand. Their modern winery focuses on producing varietal-driven, fresh wines that highlight their unique English terroir.
Pinot Noir 2009
Light ruby in colour, aromas of rose petal, strawberry and hints of chocolate swirled about in the glass. Strawberry and cherry flavours were joined by astringent green tea tannins in the light to medium body. Traces of cedar and damp earth elements comprised the brief finish. Simple and easy drinking, it enjoys a light meal or appetizer to expose the earthy richness.
100% Pinot Noir
$23 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2013
Dark garnet with violet around the rim, aromas of black current, vanilla and blackberry radiated from the glass. Jammy blackberry and black cherry flavours mingled with hints of sweet woodsy oak in the medium body. Spicy white pepper and traces of black currents lingered in the moderate finish. Round, soft fruit flavours make this a straightforward glass excellent with dinner or sipping on its own.
$22 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2014