Drinks: Red or White to Whisky

In today’s modern times there are vast numbers of various wines and drinks, which include tried and tested favourites.


Countless styles and types of alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) beverages can all now be enjoyed, whether purchasing from an independent retailer, supermarket or other source, including online. Numerous wines and drinks are great by themselves, but can also accompany a lot of cuisine, adding to the enjoyment of a dining occasion. For example, white wines are splendid to pair with fish, seafood, plus other dishes and red wines go with red meats and steaks, admirably. Sparkling productions, liqueurs, spirits and other delectations are popular choices too.

From Greece ATMA XINOMAVRO (13% vol) has 100% Xinomavro grapes harvested and, where possible, the viticulture follows the principles of biodynamics. 75% of the fruits are destemed, macerated for 12 to 15 days and fermented in stainless steel tanks, with indigenous yeasts, for three months. Maturating in concrete tanks takes eight months. I found this red wine production to be all of elegant, fruity and smooth, with an abundance of juicy, ripe red fruits for the bouquet, mouth’s pleasures and the palate’s delight.

Spain is very well known for the productions of excellent wines. I found a white Rioja that suited my tastebuds perfectly. BARON DE LEY BLANCO (13% vol) is produced by utilising Viura, Garnacha Blanca and Tempranillo Blanco grape varieties to great advantage. The fermentation for this wine takes 15 days and then follows with some two to four months in stainless steel tanks, prior to bottling. A most excellent expression of white Rioja, with a splendid mouthfeel of fruits.

If a spirit appeals, then ARDBEG (Est. 1815) WEE BEASTIE (47.4% vol) certainly will not disappoint. From the Isle of Islay, Argyll, Scotland, this guaranteed 5 years old Single Malt Scotch Whisky production is a pure delight (to me). Whiskies from different distilleries have appearances, nasal pleasures and flavours that vary, depending on the input and due process. This whisky is decidedly smoky, with a rich and full-bodied taste that continues through, for the long sensation on the palate. Most exceptional.

I sourced these drinks at Waitrose. Take time and pleasure to locate your favourites. www.waitrose.com 

As always,



Independent Restaurant and Wine reviews. Trevor is not associated with any of the products or venues featured.

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