I hope that the Easter weekend will be sunny and relaxing for all of you. May this Easter bring you all lots of joy, happiness and of course, tons of chocolate!

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Last week I went to a little wine tasting of Portuguese and Italian wines coming on the market this spring. There were a few fabulous new wines I’m keen to introduce you to and I’ll be talking about them over the next couple of weeks.


One of them, Manz Dona Fatima Japal 2012, impressed me the most and I thought it would be a wonderful wine to put on your Easter table. It’s Spring trapped in a bottle.

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This is a really interesting wine because the Japal grape was forgotten for a century and Anrius’s Manz is the only wine producer who after ‘rediscovering’ it, managed to make amazing wine out of it. It’s a beautiful white with a powerful nose of tropical fruits: peach, mango, star fruit and a touch of coconut, with a big dose of fresh ripe citrus and some oak. On the palette it’s medium bodied and slightly oily but surprisingly fresh and mouth-watering. The flavours are very complex presenting a combination of citrus and exotic fruits, entwined with notes of oak, vanilla, and touch of smoke and minerals – some detected a bit of salt and freshly cut grass. As my friend on the tasting summarised it, “It’s a love chilled of white Burgundy and Albarinio”. Dona Fatima is unusual and may be challenging – I know at least one hater – but I think it’s great to try something different and from time to time to leave your comfort zone of familiar Sauvignons and Chardonnays.

You can get it in Oddbins for £15.



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