The world is going through a tough time right now with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic reaching just about everywhere. And with around half the world’s population on lockdown in one form or another, it can be tricky to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
However, people are adapting to their new way of life, and many are taking the opportunity to enjoy the smaller things in life. Whether it’s family members, daily exercise, good food or nice wine, there are still plenty of ways to get through lockdown with a smile on your face. And with that in mind, at Ideal Wine Company, we’ve put together some suggestions for wines to enjoy at home.
6 wines to enjoy while at home due to coronavirus
- La Vielle Ferme Rouge 2018
This Vin de France is made by the Perrin family from the Chateau de Beaucastel. This is the family’s house wine and it’s a delicious drinkable red, thanks to its blend of Carignan, Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache grapes. It’s soft and smooth on the palate, with a spicy finish cutting through fresh cherry and raspberry flavours.
- Lindes de Remulluri Rioja 2013
This rioja would also go well with your Easter lunch, particularly if you’re having roast lamb. This wine comes from a vineyard that was founded back in the 14th century by monks. Made from fully organic grapes, it’s a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha, giving it a fresh edge with well dispersed tannins.
- Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc
Villa Maria is one of the most popular and well recognised wineries in New Zealand, and they’re known for their personal care and attention to each wine they produce. This particular wine from Villa Maria is a step above their standard fare, and is deliciously tropical, clean and crisp.
- Jacques Saumaize Saint Veran En Creches 2018
From Jacques Saumaize located in the Maconnais region, which is just south of the Burgundy wine region, this wine is freshy and citrussy with hints of herbs and stewed apple.
- Fitz English sparkling wine
If you’re having a birthday or wedding anniversary, or any other celebration during lockdown, it might be quieter than usual, but you can still enjoy a glass of bubbly. This is the UK’s first sparkling white wine made in the same way as Prosseco is made in Italy, using a method called the Charmat Process. It’s not quite the same as those made using the traditional method, but it’s very fizzy, very tasty and very drinkable. It’s a blend of Madeleine Angevine, Reichensteiner, Seyval Blanc and Chardonnay and has a crisp, light and refreshing feel.
- La Bollinger Grande Anne Champagne 2012
For people under lockdown with a bit of spare cash and something to celebrate, then this new release from Bollinger is a must try. Grande Anne (as the name suggests) is only made in exception years. This is the first release since 2008 and it’s delicious. It’s a blend of 35% Chardonnay and 65% Pinot Noir and is full of finesse.
If none of these quite hit the spot, then check out our blogs from earlier in the year to find more wines to try at home.