Not so 'dry January'

Some corkers for you to try this January

As we move into January, after a festive period of gorging and growing waistbands, cutting out all alcohol will for some be an appealing way of resetting for the new year. In conjunction with dry January, it’s also the month when we see resolutions for trying something new, or being a ‘yes’ person actioned (at least for a few weeks...or days). Here at Thorne Wines, we think January, often a bleak month of limited funds, freezing weather and post festive blues, should be about enjoying the things you love, and if that is a good wine, then it shouldn’t be cut out entirely. With the spirit of helping you to be a ‘yes’ person, we wanted to share some of the wines that we love, that we will be enjoying this month and would love for you to try. When the evenings are still dark, long and cold, uncork some crackers and unwind.

 

If you’ve read our story, you will know that Vondeling wines hold a very dear place in our heart. It seems fitting then that one of our wines for you to try this January is their Baldrick Shiraz. This extremely accessible wine is named after the unassuming and loveable character from Blackadder. It’s floral notes of cherry blossom infused with sweet cinnamon, juicy plums and a hint of smoke make it the ideal wine to enjoy on a cold evening, with a steak or Baldrick’s favourite, the humble turnip. In three words, this wine is elegant, soft and fruity.

 

If white wine more takes your fancy, then why not try Hidalgo Manzanilla Pasada Pastrana NV. This is one of the best examples of a single vineyard, terroir driven sherry. The wine is matured in a ‘solera’ system for 10-12 years in Sanlucar de Barrameda, the home of Manzanilla, to create a complex wine that is regarded as one of the best on the market. If you like dry and nutty whites then it is time to shelve the idea that “it’s what my Grandma drank” and give this extremely undervalued style of wine a try. Light, vibrant and wonderfully complex on the palate, with classic notes of salted almonds and orange peel, this wine is the perfect partner for Tapas, chicken or seafood dishes. Get your friends round for dinner and give this sherry a whirl.

 

What’s more, with only 0.03 grams of residual sugar per litre, the Manzanilla Pasada Pastrana would also be a good option for the diet conscious of you. AND - it stays fresh for at least a week or so in the fridge so you can enjoy a glass when you like!

 

Find both of these wines on our website, or if you’ve tried them, enjoyed them and are looking for something similar but with a different story, pop us an email or give us a call.

 

Happy January!

 

- Ellie 

 

Vondeling Baldrick Shiraz 2015 £11.99.

 

Hidalgo Manzanilla Pasada Pastrana NV £14.99.  

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