Even though we shouldn’t have favourites, its no coincidence that these three wines appear at our celebrations, no matter how big or small, time and time again. We’ve even included a 5% discount!
What ever the occasion these wines have all risen to the challenge, the ‘only drinks champagne’ friend is taken with the organic Diamond Cut Prosecco (and even asked to take the bottle home, breaking out the fairy lights?), the ‘wannabe sommelier who thinks Pinot Grigio is flavourless’ will be converted to this high altitude Le Magnolie classic, the ‘hopeless romantic’ will be asking “where art thou get this bottle of Romeo & Juliet?”
The reason that all wines are not vegan or even vegetarian-friendly has to do with how the wine is clarified and a process called ‘fining’. All young wines are hazy and contain tiny molecules such as proteins, tartrates, tannins and phenolics. These are all natural, and in no way harmful. Most wines, if left long enough, will self-stabilize and self-fine. However, traditionally producers have used a variety of aids called ‘fining agents’ to help the process along. Fining agents help precipitate out these haze-inducing molecules. Essentially, the fining agent acts like a magnet – attracting the molecules around it. Traditionally the most commonly used fining agents were casein (a milk protein), albumin (egg whites), gelatin (animal protein) and isinglass (fish bladder protein). These fining agents are known as processing aids. They are not additives to the wine, as they are precipitated out along with the haze molecules.
The case price of £50.7 includes a 10% discount off the RRP case price of £56.35. The selection is as follows:
Produced in the hills that extend east from Lake Garda and surround Verona. This bright pale yellow Pinot Grigio is fresh and dry with a well-balanced acidity. With a bouquet that is elegantly fruity with soft hints of pear. Always best served when it is well chilled and delicious as an aperitif or with fish dishes, white meat, and cheese.
Pinot Grigio can sometimes have a bad reputation for being a flavourless choice. We searched everywhere for a perfect example of this classic wine and Le Magnolie’s vineyards at high altitude makes for its dry, crisp taste with a finely balanced acidity and heaps of flavour.