Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Raise a Glass

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Raise a Glass

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Byline: with Jane Clare

I PRODDED, thumped and squeezed various cuts of meat last Saturday only for the heavens to open when the barbecue was lit. Ah well. The British summer always catches us out.

One thing was a certainty - the wine I'd taken to a friend's was always going to please.

Truly Irresistible Bio Bio Valley Malbec (PS6.99, Co-op) is a stunner and has won Gold at the Decanter World Wine Awards.

As the barbie finally took hold, there was a fair bit of sprinting in and out of the rain to turn skewer-spiked lamb I'd marinated in harissa paste, mint and lime juice. While they spluttered and sparked, the Chilean malbec held centre stage.

This wine is powerpacked with silky dark cherries and blackberries; it is clothed in vanilla and has edges of peppercorns and hints of herbs. It was perfect with the spicy lamb kebabs - a truly fabulous red for less than PS7. The Co-op has also scooped Decanter gold with Domaine les Grandes Costes Pic Saint Loup 2012 (PS14.99) a blend of syrah (80%) with grenache and cinsault as the backroom boys.

Judges said "this is a wine you just want to drink more of " - a scenario I don't have a problem with.

|Greco There's a punnet of perfect plums and layers of spice mingle and tickle in the mouth.

Staying at the Co-op, it has added Truly Irresistible Greco (PS6.99) to its range; and oddly for a summer release, the label is more akin to Halloween. With a nod to 1950s B-lister horror films, the label's illustration has a woman screaming, a villain emerging from a crypt and the declaration: "The Co-operative Wines Proudly Present Grecula (Greco 2014)" "pale, haunting, crypt-cold and chilling".

Erm. Right, OK. The Greco grape is known locally as Grecula - which explains the Co-op's artistic inclination. The wine is lemon-rich with stone fruits and clothed in honey. …

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