In our day jobs (the ones at which we’re not supposed to be drinking wine) we are in the process of moving offices from Clerkenwell to nearer Covent Garden. What we will lose in great local pubs and restaurants (J+A Café, The Dovetail, most of St John Street) we will hopefully gain in a great selection of places to buy wines (having explored most of the wines from the local Waitrose and Nicolas).
After a tour of our new offices, I took the opportunity to visit the Holborn branch of Planet of the Grapes for the first time, a treasure trove of fine wines and interesting bottles, as well as a handy ‘Everyday Wines’ selection for £8-15. (Although, poor form to offer an open bottle to your colleagues and not to the one customer standing right between you.)
At Grogger HQ, the team was preparing Creamy Tarragon Chicken, so had requested a chardonnay. The Robert Oatley Margaret River Chardonnay was fresh and fruity, with lemon-peel zest balanced by a touch of creamy oak. It was a perfect example of the more elegant, balanced Australian whites that the Anything-But-Chardonnay-ers are missing out on.
Robert Oatley is a keen sailor, hence the nautical blue pennon. We’re a fan of the simple type with signature approach, and it matches the consideration given to the wine. The picture above shows Thomas Wines, who specialise in Shiraz and Semillon from the Hunter Valley. In our heads, we’ve always had these two producers mixed up; Australian, simple type, signature in blue ink. We’d recommend checking the both out next time you have the chance.