There is a very good reason to begin planetvictoria.co.uk – yes, this is my very first post on here – with this wine. It is this. After talking it up to my friend Travel Jenny I gave her a glass to try and she said: “This is exactly the kind of wine I need to know about!” Admittedly we had just been for a run by the river, and it was a muggy Friday night, and it was the sort of run where I kept saying, “How’s your stitch? Are you sure you don’t need to stop and walk for a bit?” so there is an argument for suggesting that either of us would have liked anything, frankly, as long as it was cold and there was lots of it.
But this is a brilliant wine to have stashed in your kitchen. I’ve loved it for ages. It’s seen me through many tapas dinners (and, memorably, one of those tapas lunches that accidentally turn into dinner-as-well). It’s also a great white to pull out of your fridge at the end of a trying day because it’s floatily aromatic. As soon as you unscrew the top and start to pour you can smell the gentle florals and feel your shoulders going down. There’s no oak here, just muscat (85%) and gewürztraminer (the rest) grown in the mountains of north-east Spain – not usually my favourite grapes but although you might think this smells of honeysuckle and has a gentle spice to it, it’s got edges as clean as a shiny window pane and a crisp pertness that makes it refreshing too.
Travel Jenny and I planned to have just a glass. Then I remembered some leftover coriander and spring onion noodles. And char-grilled pork with a Thai sauce. (Both recipes from Bill’s Everyday Asian by Bill Granger, which I’m using loads at the moment). This wine loves that sort of food. We finished the noodles. And the bottle. Now I need to lay in stocks before the special offer ends.
Torres Vina Esmeralda 2011 Spain (£5.99 down from £8.15 until 24 July, Waitrose)