We love the classics at Rise & Vine – Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rioja, Chianti and the like. But equally, as an independent shop of independent spirit, we love the left field stuff too – the minor grape varieties, the lesser-known regions, the smaller producers and the like. So we’ve put together 2 cases to introduce you to some of our unsung heroes. (If you’ve arrived here from The Times Food and Drink List, then type in your promotion code in at the checkout stage.)
The first is a 6 bottle case of 2 reds, 2 whites and 2 rosés and the second just adds 6 bottles to the first case to broaden your options to include another couple of reds and whites plus 2 bottles of sparkling. Here they are:
A Case of Independence – 6 bottles
Showing 6 wines, 2 reds, 2 whites and 2 rosés, from smaller producers, interesting grape varieties or unusual places.
Domaine de Valdition, Alpilles Rouge – biodynamic red from a super-chic winery just outside the super-chic village of Eygalieres in Western Provence – one of my go-to wines when I lived down that way. Imported directly by Rise & Vine.
Bergdolt-Reif & Nett, Pinot Noir – amazing quality/value Pinot Noir from Pfalz, Germany (the world’s third largest producer of Pinot Noir!). You’d double the price for a Pinot Noir as good as this from Burgundy. Imported directly by Rise & Vine and exclusively available by retail from us in the UK.
Pietradolce Etna Bianco – Sicilian wines are ever-so fashionable right now and this one, made from Carricanti grapes grown in the volcanic soils of the northern slopes of Mount Etna shows exactly why.
Origine Chardonnay – we import this one from a great co-operative just the other side of the Rhône Valley from Chateauneuf-du-Pape (another from my time down there). Think Meursault on a budget rather than ’90s new world butter-bomb!
Le Pique Poul – a Rise & Vine direct import and a rare grape variety – Picpoul Noir. Pale and clean with refreshing acidity, bright rose petal aromas and citrus notes. When the sun’s hot, we just can’t keep this one in the shop.
Le Bréton Rosé – (Bréton because of its stripy label – it’s from Provence, not Brittany!) this one’s imported directly by the guy who lives round the corner from the shop – we like to keep things local. Mike imports this classic rosé, bursting with pink grapefruit, directly from Grimaud, just next door to St Tropez.
A Case of Independence – 12 bottles
The original six wines from the 6 bottle Case of Independence, plus 6 more bottles from the more unusual end of our range.
Rathfinny Classic Cuvée Sparkling – newly released classic combination of the three Champagne grape varieties; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier; that prove that Sussex is now producing fizz as good as the more famous French original.
Dowie Doole, Moxie – sparkling Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia. Yes, a red sparkler! Delicious Shiraz spices and dark fruit, a tiny hint of port-like sweetness, and a proper ‘methode traditionelle’ mousse.
Marc Riesling – from what is without question the best winery in Bethnal Green! Renegade Urban Winery brings an East London craft ale sensibility to making wine. This one’s a low intervention made from grapes grown sustainably in Germany, but they make other wines from British grapes, too.
Wildeberg Chenin Blanc – We just put this one in because we love it. Earthy, almost wooly, beautifully balanced South African Chenin Blanc.
Portia Crianza, Ribera de Duero – a 100% Tempranillo, aged for 2 years in oak barrels, made at the modernist Portia winery designed by Foster and Partners and imported by a specialist importer from Spain.
Verum Cabernet Franc – Cabernet Franc, from Patagonia; both would imply a lighter wine, so be prepared to be surprised by the unusually depth of this atypical Argentinian wine.