Top wine recommendations from Imbibe Live

Drinks: Imbibe Live, Wines
Location: UK

Now the dust has settled from Imbibe Live, we thought we’d give you some tip-offs from a couple of excellent wines the team tried at the show. Read on for some wine-spiration.

Aquifer Semillon 2015, Swartland

From unirrigated 45-year-old vines this set of old bush vines gives a wine of great complexity, but surprising balance on the palate. Exuberant toast, nuts and honey nose gives way to a wine of remarkable elegance (and just 12.5% abv) on the palate.

£8.55, Boutinot

Grace Lane Riesling 2015, Yakima Valley

Expressive opulent basket of citrus fruit, with mandarin and lemon fruit backed up with a spritz of appley zip. Satisfying but pure and hugely refreshing.

£9.50, Wine Treasury

Pecorino Colline Pesaresi 2016 IGT, Abruzzo

Well-priced bistro white, with an appealing combination of flowers and almonds – sings through the palate effortlessly. Versatile and hugely likeable.

£6.95, Boutinot

Quinta do Poco do Lobo 1995, Bairrada

Classic Bairrada blend of Baga, Touriga Nacional and Castelao this 22 year old wine is a) affordable and b) drinking beautifully now. Squashed dark fruit and cedar with tannins that are just the right side of dry.

£11.00, Marta Vine

About Author

Chris Losh

After five years working on My Weekly magazine (during which time he learned how to write horoscopes and make things out of mince) in 1995 Chris Losh entered the world of drinks writing and, despite all advice from his doctor – and the wishes of most South African winemakers – has stayed there ever since. He began on Wine and Spirit International, editing it for several years before moving on to edit Wine Magazine. Both publications have since gone the way of the Dodo, but he claims to have nothing to do with their demise, and his alibi appears solid, since he was freelance writing for anyone who would pay him at the time. In 2007, he helped to set up both Imbibe magazine and the Sommelier Wine Awards, and has spent much of the last three years eating, drinking, and listening to French sommeliers talk about minerality. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Louis Roederer Feature Writer of the Year, but didn’t win. Perhaps he should have stuck to horoscopes. And mince.

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