THREE WINES FOR A SPRING LUNCH

The Simple Things - - GATHERING -

COUR­GETTE RIB­BON SALAD WITH FETA AND BLACK OLIVES Nat­u­ral­mente Bianco 2013, £17

A smoky, in­tense and dry white from North­ern Italy, this has nutty al­mond notes and a touch of white blos­som on the nose. Crisp, bal­anced acid­ity makes it an ex­cel­lent choice with food – es­pe­cially tricky-to-match sal­ads and herby dishes.

LAMB KLEFT­IKO Petit Piaf Rouge 2015, £13

This is char­ac­ter­is­tic Mer­lot – rounded and soft, with red fruit notes and cas­sis. A nat­u­ral wine, it’s got a hint of wild game, mak­ing it an ideal pair­ing along­side rus­tic, meaty dishes. This easy-drink­ing style will also get on well with mild to medium spice.

GREEK YO­GURT CHEESE­CAKE TARTLETS Mas Bécha Ex­cel­lence Rivesaltes Gre­nat 2014, £20

A de­li­ciously rich sweet red wine from the French Pyre­nean foothills, with fruity aro­mas of black­berry, cherry and prunes, as well as sweet candied fruits and liquorice. Very soft tan­nins lead in to straw­berry jam on the fin­ish. Works well with sweet pas­tries.

Wines rec­om­mended by Bor­ough Wines & Beers (bor­ough­wines.co.uk), which works with small pro­duc­ers world­wide to of­fer a unique se­lec­tion of wines, spir­its and beers through its web­site and eight shops in Lon­don and Hast­ings, in­clud­ing one round the corner from The Sim­ple Things’ of­fice. Handy.

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