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Wine Recommendation for after the Dryathlon

Cancer Research U.K. DryathlonIt's officially February so for those of you who've been carrying out the Dryathlon for Cancer Research U.K. you'll probably be thinking about finishing work and getting you first proper drink for a month. If this is you, then firstly, very well done! That's an amazing achievement and one we know we certainly couldn't do. And to celebrate your month off alcohol we'd like to recommend our favourite red wine and white wine to get you back into it.

Domaine Parigot Hautes-Côtes de Beaune 'Clos de la Perriére' 2010

Dryathlon Red Wine RecommendationI love the ethos that the Parigot family maintain during their winemaking. Not only do they consider the present year's harvest they also think forward to the effect it will have on the next year's harvest. This attention to detail flows through all aspects of viticulture and vinification to produce exceptional wines that exude characteristics typical of the appellation. Pinot Noir is a notoriously difficult grape to grow, but even more difficult to grow well. It has a very thin skin and tight bunches so is prone to damage and rot. It likes being cool but not cold so the climate in the Cotes de Beaune is ideal. The grapes for this wine are sourced from all over the area to ensure consistency and typical style.

Tasting and food matching

Absolutely typical Pinot Noir. The nose exudes sour cherries and red berries and a freshness combined with a slight earthyness. The palate is smooth and sumptuous with a lovely velvety mouthfeel and spicy, warm notes that linger on the finish. Pinot Noir is a fabulous match to most lighter savoury dishes. It works particularly well game such as venison, duck or pigeon when served with a fruit sauce. Even Christmas dinner with turkey and cranberries. Also because of it's earthy character it pairs very well to beetroot, sweet potato or mushrooms. So, that's our favourite red wine at the moment, come back tomorrow when we'll be recommending a white wine for you.  

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