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So it is Friday once again which means the weekend is upon us. I don’t know about you, but since lockdown started the days just seem to mingle into one. The weekend doesn’t stand out as any different to the week days now, as I spend all my time inside shielding. One of the ways I try and distinguish the weekend is to have a glass of wine or two on a Friday or Saturday night – how about you?
When Independent Wines got in touch a couple of weeks ago and asked if I would be interested in working with them I couldn’t believe my luck! Testing wine – is that even really work?!?
Obviously, following the initial excitement, I wanted to find out more about the company and if it was somewhere I could recommend to people. Independent Wines is purely online and they deliver (next day) wines around the UK. They look for great wines which are recommended by experts and work directly with wine producers. This means you are getting amazing wines without having to do the research yourself.
One thing that really stood out was their commitment to not take advantage of smaller winemakers. They work with and buy, directly from them and always offer a fair price. This stance on ethical working was really appealing to me. I also wanted to check out the prices, as I don’t have a massive budget and wouldn’t want to recommend something I wouldn’t pay for myself. What I found was a fantastic range of prices with bottles under £10 for sale, as well as more expensive options.
This month I am testing this rose. I always think rose says Summer to me and this, chilled in the fridge, is the perfect Summer evening drink. I am not a professional wine tester so thought I would share the proper description with you before offering my rather more un-technical thoughts!
The Malbec grape is known to produce rich and spicy reds. This one-of-a-kind rosé presents a totally new dimension of the famous Argentinian grape: delicate dry wine filled with notes of strawberry and gooseberry leading to a crisp, refreshing finish. High rankings by independent experts reassure of high quality of this delicious wine.
“Violets, morello cherries, dried lavender, citrus and some herbs. Fresh and fruity on the palate with pretty acidity, juicy tannins and a succulent finish. Drink now.” 90/100 points – JamesSuckling.com (2017 vintage)https://www.independent.wine/
I have always associated Malbec with red wines but it is beautiful in this. I am not a fan of overly sweet wines and this one is not. I picked up on the strawberry but it did not overly sweeten the wine, probably due to the addition of gooseberry. I definitely recommend serving it chilled, it was really crisp and fresh, and chilling it just enhanced that flavour. My best friend loves a good rose and it would be lovely to share on one of our evening get togethers, I am so ready for lockdown to be over!
I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce my collaboration with Independent Wines as Father’s Day is coming up and this would make a perfect gift to any wine loving Dad. With the next day delivery, it is a great idea for any last minute gifts that are needed for anyone leaving it a little late to order!
If you don’t already follow me on Instagram pop on over and give me a follow – I have been sharing more about the wine over there and will continue to let you know how I get on with them too. Do you drink wine? What are your favourites? I have always preferred white wines but I drink both rose and red too. Both my parents are wine drinkers, so often we would share a bottle with Sunday dinner. Let me know in the comments! Take care and keep safe everyone,