Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

When It Comes to Wine, Push the Boat out and Go for Quality over Price; the North East Is Proving a Prosecco Hotspot - While Sauvignon Draws a Blanc. Laura Hill Reports

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

When It Comes to Wine, Push the Boat out and Go for Quality over Price; the North East Is Proving a Prosecco Hotspot - While Sauvignon Draws a Blanc. Laura Hill Reports

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Prosecco is here to stay, one of the North East's leading wine experts has said, although the Fridaynight favourite Sauvignon Blanc's days are numbered.

Daniel Jonberger, originally from Sweden, has recently been appointed head sommelier at Rockliffe Hall and shared his tips based on his 26 years of experience.

The wine expert has shared some of his top tips with us: The North East is a prosecco hotspot Prior to taking up post at Rockliffe Hall, Daniel worked in the Lake District, and upon moving to the North East he has noticed how much more popular prosecco is than champagne.

"In the Lake District ,people most commonly had a glass of champagne before their meal, around here it is prosecco.

"I think prosecco is much more popular in urban areas. It is definitely here to stay, an essential part of the diet and it has a place on every menu."

Spend a little more Just forking out an extra couple of quid at a supermarket or PS5 to PS10 at a restaurant could land you with a bottle of far superior plonk, Daniel says.

"If you are in the supermarket, you will see lots of PS4.99 or PS5.99 bottles of wine which are just okay, but very popular because of the price. If you just spend PS2 more you can get absolutely fantastic bottles of wines, from really interesting growers.

"If you drink red wine, open the bottle as soon as you get home, and leave it overnight if you can to air it, it will make it taste far better, I promise," he said.

The biggest mistake that white-wine drinkers make at home is serving it too cold, Daniel says.

"Don't make it too cold, people drink it far too cold and it kills the flavours."

Don't be afraid to ask Daniel has 26 years' experience in the wine industry and says he is still learning all the time and wants to pass on his knowledge and recommendations as much as possible.

He said: "There is no shame in saying 'this is what we want to spend and this is what we normally drink, what would you recommend? …

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