Weekend Wine: What are we drinking this weekend?

They say you can really get to know a person by the company they keep, and by 'company' we mean the wine they drink. So, go on, be nosy, and see what those is the wine-know choose to fill their glasses with.

Nathan - the boss guy

Pic and Chapoutier Saint Péray 2016, £22.60

This weekend Nathan is opting for a fascinating discovery from the Rhone Valley, Pic and Chapoutier Saint Péray. This marsanne is one of the wines that Anne-Sophie Pic (three-starred Michelin chef), and energetic winemaker, Michel Chapoutier, have worked on together to create the perfect food wine. According to Sophie, it would go very well with scampi marinated with mint, accompanied by green pea purée and spring onions with mint-flavoured liquorice. Nathan will be trying the recipe this weekend and you can try it for yourself here.

Tom - the wine guy

Domaine Fayolle Fils et Fille Crozes-Hermitage Rouge les Pontaix 2015, £22.90

Tom will be taking a bottle of our Crozes Hermitage to lunch with friends on Saturday. They are doing something with lamb, which is always a good partner to a spicy, structured Rhone wine. There will probably be a good chilli hit to the dish and, given it's from the seriously solar 2015 vintage, Les Pontaix had the richness and intensity to give back as good as it gets.

Malcolm - the finance guy

Chateau Trebiac Rouge 2014, £13.40

Malcolm the CFO will be having his usual Bordeaux blend, Chateau Trebiac. A good mixture of fruits and tannins at a price to please the financial mind. He will be enjoying it with whatever the local butcher has on offer this weekend.

Ruby red with aromas of dark chocolate and red fruits. It's powerful yet soft in the mouth, offering velvety and silky tannins. Great with veal and lamb stews.

Luke - the wine club guy

Gonzalez Byass Leonor Palo Cortado, £15.50

This weekend Luke will be gazing longingly into a couple of glasses of Palo Cortado from Gonzalez Byass; partly because he’s been furiously cramming for imminent fortified wine exams, but more importantly because he is deeply in love with it.

Palo Cortado is a great apéritif served with olives, nuts, cheese, or foie gras. It can also accompany fowl, red meats, or game. If you are looking to up your sherry game this is a stunner from Gonzalez Byass.

Oliver - the (best ever) intern guy

Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi DOCG 2016, £20.00

Oliver will be enjoying the delightful Gavi di Gavi from Villa Sparina on Saturday night. This will be a great, and rather sophisticated, warm up before celebrating a close friend's 21st birthday!

The Gavi di Gavi is a great classic obtained from the Cortese grapes, a lively, fresh and fruity white. The unusual and beautiful amphora-shaped bottle also makes it an excellent gift and a fun bottle to bring to the dinner party.

Charlie - the fine wine guy

Domaine Clos des Rocs Pouilly-Loché ‘Les Barres’ £22.00

With the glorious weather this week Charlie is contemplating some white wines and this rich chardonnay is just the ticket. Four years old now its drinking beautifully and ideal for this weekend’s slow roast pork shoulder.
This white Burgundy is warm, ripe and smoothly creamy to drink. Touches of yellow fruits are balanced with just the right amount of acidity. The wine is rich and generous.

Wayne - the marketing guy

La Giaretta Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore 2015, £22.10

Wayne is excited to open a bottle of juicy Ripasso to go with home-made beef ragu pappardelle to celebrate the end of winter!

This wine combines the luxury of a baby Amarone with a much better price. The wine is crimson, with serious, deep and earthy smells, polish and jammy red fruits. The taste offers rounded and fine tannins with good red sour cherry acidity, warm and long with a continued earthiness that feels more luxurious than rustic!

Alexis - the events and marketing gal

Quinta do Correio Tinto 2016, £12.80

Alexis will be enjoying the Quinta do Correio Tinto, one of her favourites, this weekend as she heads to a friend's house for dinner. She's not sure what's on the menu yet but this food-friendly wine will happily pair with almost anything making it great dinner party wine. In terms of value for money this little beauty from the Dao region cannot be beaten.

Angus - the merch guy

Querciabella Chianti Classico 2015, £23.00

The Querciabella, with its flavours of red cherries, dark fruit, dried herbs and a hint of minerality will be enjoyed with one of Angus's legendary Sunday Roasts.

The 2015 is a superb vintage in Tuscany as a whole and this wine offers serious quality for the price. Drinking beautifully now, it should be the staple of your wine rack for years to come. A firm team favourite this Chianti Classico has been awarded a Platinum award and 97 points from Decanter.