The fear of sweetness is a thing. As soon as we step out of the dry-dry-dry zone the compulsory thought of “I don’t like this” spreads like wildfire, or maybe it is the thought of I SHOULDN’T like this? Or perhaps it is a reminder that once you got a hold of a cheap Riesling with way too much unbalanced sweetness and swore never again. It is time to put that past you and embrace the residual sugar, cus it can really be a bomb thing. And a great complement to food.
Some say Champagne is overrated, others swear by it as the ultimate expression of sparkling wine. All I know is that Comte Hugues de La Bourdonnaye is hella good and is still within a reasonable price range. With its deeper, golden color, high minerality, and full and developed aromas of brioche, yellow apple, orange peel, honey, and hazelnut it stands out in the crowd.
This slightly unusual rosé from Piemonte, Italy, has what so many rosés are missing: texture and character. And as you’ve probably already guessed it’s a natural wine, hence the label. La Lupa is wonderfully nuanced, fruity and spicy. The wine is refreshing and yet textured. It has body and a bit of oomph is what I’m hinting at. In many ways this wine is more of a very light red than a dark rosé, if that makes any sense?
Don’t let the label scare you, like it seems to have scared so many others. Kung Fu Malbec 2021 is actually a real killer wine. Heh. What’s funny about this one is that some fellow winos got in touch asking how this wine turned out, since they didn’t dare to buy it due to the label.
Hiding behind a spot-on label designed by Gothenburg based tattoo artist Maja-Lisa Bekken is this sparkling pét-nat dream from the urban winery Wine Mechanics (Gothenburg). Punch in the face freshness mixed with minimal natural funkyness, a wild ride compounded by berries, watermelon, peach, and blood grapefruit.
So what are Etna wines? These are wines grown in Sicily, more specifically on the slopes of the volcano Etna, hence: volcanic wine. Like Benanti here, they are a little smoother in flavour, low in tannin, pale color, and Benanti specifically has a lot of lovely notes of berries to it. Elements of cherries and red berries, it has an earthy tone with the typical smoky style of wine from the area.