Published 15 March 2013
Laithwaite’s has taken the social tasting platform to another level by bringing out ‘Sips Nations’ to accompany the final of the Six Nations rugby this weekend. They asked famous rugby players from the Six Nations sides to name their favourite national dish, then match a wine to go with it.
The so called ‘Sips Nations’ case contains:
- England – Vesuvium Greco di Tufo DOCG 2011 was chosen to match Chris Robshaw’s traditional roast chicken dinner
- Ireland – Black Stump Reserve 2011 is the match for Brian O’Driscoll’s Irish beef roast dinner
- Scotland – Ascencion Malbec Salta 2011 goes with Alastair Kellock’s Scottish steak dinner
- Wales – Baron de Barbon OA Rioja 2010 is the match for a traditional roast lamb
- Italy – Collezione de Paola 2011 is the pairing for a pizza Napolitana
- France – Domaine Servin Chablis Les Pargue goes with a bouillabaisse
To celebrate, here’s a bit of fun that I made for them…
Wine tasting notes
- Vesuvium: Low aromas of lime. Crisp acidity. Med/high flavours of stone fruit. Med/long length.
- Chablis: med aromas of . Crisp acidity. Powerful flavours of lemon & citrus. Medium length.
- Rioja: low/med aromas of red fruit. Crisp acidity. Med/powerful flavours of red fruit. Long length. Good.
- Chianti: smooth, very drinkable typical Chianti. Red fruit, good acidity.
- Shiraz: powerful aromas of black fruit. Smooth, medium-high smooth tannins, mid-high acidity. Short length. Very drinkable.
- Malbec: black & red fruit, & marzipan med/powerful aromas, med/powerful flavours of black fruit. Warning: needs to breathe: suggest you open, drink a bit, then leave for 24 hours (or decant 4+ hours before). Med/long length.
Laithwaites sent me the wines described in this blog, but I received no remuneration other than this. All opinions are still my own.