Clos Venturi 176, 2018
This is the sort of wine that usually ends up in a Michelin-starred restaurant because it has the right weight and texture to go with a lot of food, is from a region that will fire up a somm’s enthusiasm and is a damn hard sell in a wine shop at its usual price (many people baulk at spending more than £15 on a white when they are happy to drop a lot more on a special red).
So when restaurants were forced to close in March, a lot of wine suppliers had to think quickly on how to make up a massive shortfall in orders (and therefore cash) - and discounted some great wines. So we snapped this one up, as we knew it was dee-lish.
Made from Vermentino, grown in the foothills of Corsica’s mountains, it has a white peachiness about it and a stony minerality. Very adaptable - perhaps not with a BBQ steak but light pasta, chicken and fish dishes - yes please!