Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Raise a Glass

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Raise a Glass

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Byline: a with Jane Clare

SPRING has sprung and yippee!! I want to spring into the garden to celebrate. Well that might be a bit optimistic. When I had a practice run last weekend my nger ends were numb in ve minutes.

I clasped a glass of hearty red through slippy mittens and imagined what it would be like if the sun was shining and the icy wind dipped. I'm no weather girl, but I doubt you'll have any better luck in the spring sunshine stakes this weekend. Here's a clutch of outdoor reds to, well, to clutch, as you wait for warmer weather.

First up, a couple from M&| Journey's End Kendal Lodge Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2012 (PS8 from PS10 until April 6) is a vibrantly juicy huggable red. Go for it, try it in the chilly garden if you dare. I did; and a very pleasant companion too. A glass of bold berries, and some oozing plums which were pestled and squeezed with cream and soft vanilla, all nished with a sprinkling bite of spice.

Journey's |End Lodge Sauvignon Frares Priorat 2013 (PS11 from PS13, M&S, until April 6) is a no-nonsense red from grapes grown on the extraordinary slopes of Priorat in northeast Spain. is vintage won a silver at last year's International Wine Challenge. It is a juicy young fresh tumble of easy-drinking fruits with brambly berries, liquorice, and a brush of herbs.

Sangre de Toro (RRP PS7.99 from Tesco, Waitrose and Asda) is so-called as Torres' tribute to Bacchus, the Roman god of wine otherwise known as 'son of the bull'. It is chokka with velvety, ripe fruit, with toasty notes embraced by !avours of blackberry jam. A very scrummy and warming wine.

How about early spring garden whites; I'm not suggesting bright, squeaky and citrussy choices; let's save those until the warm weather is here.

Beaujolais-Blanc Clos de Rochebonne Chateau ivin 2013, (PS14.57 Christopher Piper Wines) Yes, they make white Beaujolais too. …

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