What We've Been Drinking Recently : English Sparkling, Malbec, Riesling

Easter is now over and everyone is back at work, except for those of you at home with children on school holidays of course. We spent a lovely, if somewhat wet, weekend in Cornwall seeing old friends and that gave us a chance to try some yummy wines.

We started with a visit to Camel Valley vineyards who have been making award winning wines in Cornwall for nearly 20 years. Situated not surprisingly in the Camel Valley, just south of Wadebridge, they have a delightfully located tasting room and shop overlooking the vines. Made by Bob, Annie and Sam Lindo, their wines are truly delicious.

We felt honour bound to try a few wines including their 2015 Pinot Noir Rosé Brut (pale pink, refreshing and smelling and tasting of fresh flowers and summer strawberries). This wine pairs perfectly with sunshine but despite the fact that we enjoyed it while gazing over rain drenched vines, it was still superb.
Camel Valley Atlantic Dry 2014 was a zingy, zesty and full flavoured dry white, made from Bacchus, Chardonnay and Reichensteiner grapes. Aromas and flavours of grapefruit, fresh green apples and a hint of stone fruits like apricot and peach made this an excellent wine. We would have enjoyed some shellfish to go with this white - maybe another time.

Dinner the night before was a top quality toad in the hole with rich onion gravy. I can't remember the last time I had toad in the hole but this was an excellent example made with local butcher's sausages. As so often, the pub's excellent menu was not matched by the wine list and they had a limlited choice of wines by the glass. Argentine Malbec seemed to be the best choice to pair with the sausages and it really ticked a box for me - black fruit and juicy richness.

The Easter holiday finished at home with a made up dish of oven-baked chicken and potato with roasted radishes and shredded brussel sprouts - all in a Middle Eastern style with cumin, coriander, turmeric and smoked paprika. Maybe a surprising choice of wine for some people but the Alsace Riesling Reserve from Jean-Baptiste Adam worked a treat. Zesty, citrusy freshness with flavours of grapefruit and lime had a great acidity to complement the meal.