WINE RICHARD EHRLICH Sunny sur­prises for the great out­doors

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

Now that the World Cup is a (fairly) dis­tant mem­ory, we can get back to the true pur­pose of sum­mer: spend­ing as much time as pos­si­ble out­doors. Sun­shine builds up more than our sup­plies of Vi­ta­min D. It builds a feel­ing of con­tent­ment which, care­fully stored, can help see us through the bleak midwin­ter.

I’m not a great sun­shine fan my­self. To quote Woody Allen, ex­plain­ing his aver­sion to the ce­les­tial rays: “I don’t burn, I stroke.” But be­ing out­doors in the shade is just as great a plea­sure, es­pe­cially if the scent of sun-kissed petals fills the air.

Drink­ing in these cir­cum­stances is easy: find some­thing chilled, sim­ple, and pleas­ant. But I like to make it more dif­fi­cult, at least some of the time. In­stead of look­ing for the al­co­holic equiv­a­lent of easy lis­ten­ing, I look for a chal­lenge. One that hap­pened to me re­cently was sam­pling a minia­ture of Warner Ed­wards El­der­flower In­fused Gin. I love Ed­wards’s or­di­nary gin and have rec­om­mended it here be­fore, but el­der­flower is a flavour whose at­trac­tions have al­ways es­caped me. Un­til now. Here it’s sub­tle and aro­matic, and makes for one of the most in­trigu­ing G&Ts you’ll ever drink. Re­tail price: £33. Buy or find stock­ists by


An­other sunny sur­prise I’ve had this sum­mer: dis­cov­er­ing a sparkling wine I re­ally, re­ally love which comes from Aus­tralia. It’s Tyrrell’s Pinot Noir Chardon­nay 2009, and its toasty ma­tu­rity, allied to some very lively red-fruit flavours, make it a wor­thy com­peti­tor with en­trylevel Cham­pagne. Which is no mean feat at £16.99. Avail­abil­ity is lim­ited to the im­porter’s web­site,

But it’s worth seek­ing out. Of course, there’s no point in seek­ing chal­lenges all the time. I be­lieve I’ve rec­om­mended here an ear­lier vin­tage of Les Bas­tions Rosé, from the Saint Mont AOC. Whether I did or not, I can vouch heartily for the new 2013 vin­tage. This is not your com­mon-or-gar­den bub­ble-gum-in-aglass rosé. It has weight, depth, and a bit of tan­nic bite. £6.99 from

Warn­ing: this wine is not suit­able for drink­ing in­doors. Un­less you re­ally have to.

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