Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Raise a Glass with Jane Clare

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Raise a Glass with Jane Clare

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Byline: Jane Clare

I'LL wish you a Happy New Year at the same time as raising a questioning eyebrow. We're two days in, but have you managed to keep your New Year resolutions? I've usually abandoned mine by now but this year will be different. Shoulders back, chin thrust forward: These are my wine-themed New Year resolutions. | I'm going to give pinot grigio a chance: I'm not a lover of mass-produced, thin, watery, cheap pinot grigio. Begrudgingly I've found a handful I actually like. In a few weeks I'll share some of my PG tips, but in the meantime why not consider pinot gris which is the same grape. I'm a pushover for a German pinot gris (grauburgunder) and Klein Pinot Gris (PS14.95, www.brettaandco.co.uk) has beautiful aromas of lychee and lemons with fruity mineral flavours that last and last.

| I won't judge a wine by its cover: Well, not exactly by its cover, but by assumptions that a wine may be under par based on its price. Asda consistently offers some of its wine range for around a fiver and they're bloomin' lovely. I don't know how they do it. Aldi and Lidl are new-ish to the market with | William Chablis Cru some must-buys at great prices. Here's a delightful Lidl red: Cimarosa Leyda Valley Pinot Noir 2013 (PS6.99) which has a fruity nose as opposed to the savoury notes, often found in pinots. Raspberry aromas give way in the mouth to a backdrop of good acidity which takes centre stage over the fruit with a drop of pepper at the back. Moreish, oh yes indeedy. | I'm going to go a bit retro: I like wine aisles, wine shelves, wine shops, wine hampers, wine bottles, wine glasses and most of all, wine. I see lots of wine, and some wine I see in lots of places, so I've become "blind" to it. Campo Viejo is one such producer - there are others, so I'm resolving to try them again this year in a kind of vino retrospective. …

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