THREE WINES FOR A SPRING LUNCH
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.