Liqueur distributor Hancocks was in town recently offering
selected tastings from its vast range of brands to members of
the trade for the Christmas market. The wines on offer were
all sparkling: after all, it's that time of year.
Many people think sauvignon blanc has to be drunk young, but
these, all from this year's vintage, were better the day
after opening, indicating that several months, or even a year
or so of bottle age will see them develop their potential.
Newly released pinot noirs at this time of year, tend to be
tight and restrained, but swirl themin the glass and allow
them a few minutes to open into more generous, integrated
wines - orcellar them for several months or even a year or
Adding pulses to salads adds wonderful texture and helps fill
the stomach. They are high in protein and great on the
pocket. Feel free to mix and match with whatever vegetables
are available in your kitchen.