Pittacum 2007 (pounds 14.49) is excellent value for money: elegant, but flavoury
, with a little spicy oak, plenty of juicy, black cherry fruit and a subtle suggestion of chocolate.
For example, we offer: Java Dry Monsoon -- plucked during the dry wind season; Ceylon Flavoury
Highgrown -- which originates from gardens at high elevations in Sri Lanka; Darjeeling First Flush -- from the well-known spring crop; Japan Green Sencha -- steamed green tea from Japan; and China Smoky Lapsang -- the well-known s pecialty tea with a smoky, tarry character.
white champagnes, especially 'blanc de noirs', made entirely from black grapes, are great with white meats, crab, lobster and creamy fish dishes; lighter fizz, especially 'blanc de blancs', made solely from white wine grapes, is wonderful with cheese - and as the late Keith Floyd knew well, it's a rare treat with shellfish.
The `basic' Pieropan Soave Classico 2003 is my wine of the week, made from the local Garganega grape with just 10pc Trebbiano di Soave, a far less flavoury
grape, but which helps to add a bit of crisp acidity to a blend.
The cod, given a spicy edge by the chorizo would be good with most flavoury