I’ve also praised Pieropan’s range of Soaves previously but this was the first time I’d tasted their single vineyard, Calvarino, bottling (Wine Society, £18). Less full-bodied than their superb ‘La Rocca’, this is still light years away from any standard Soave. Quite restrained but with an attractive herbiness and, again, a seriously long finish.
A new name to me is the New Zealand producer, Paddy Borthwick. His Pinot Gris (Grape and Grind, £14.50) is just off-dry and with attractive tropical fruit flavours; definitely a grower to look out for.
And finally, for lovers of reds, a stand-out Beaujolais: not in the light and quaffable style but much deeper and more intense. Louis Boillot’s Moulin-a-Vent (Wine Society, £15.50) could easily be mistaken for a good village Burgundy – quite savoury and with earthy black fruit flavours; very much a food wine and one to be savoured.
So, in welcoming the New Year, I’d like to think that wine and sharing might help the world become a calmer and more tolerant place in 2019 than it seems to have been of late.