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OK, so my last wine reco was a tad over the top. It isn’t really the best wine I’ve had all year (the Mauricio Lorca Lirico Corte de los Arcangeles blend from Naked Wines is rather decent but also £20 or so if you are not an angel) but it does go to demonstrate the power of sharing a bottle with friends and how the atmosphere influences the memories of the moment, lubricated by a bottle of something highly drinkable.

The white sister to the Tons de Durorum Vinho Tinto, I found equally as interesting. While some may not take to the floral top note added by the addition of Muscat to the blend, I found it rather joyful, lending an enticing and welcome spring-like feel to the wine.

Tons de Duorum Douro Bianco

Tons Duorum Branco is a blend of Viosinho, Rabigato, Verdelho, Arinto and Moscatel. Again not a hugely expensive wine (about £8.50) but a fresh, textural white brimming with interest and Portuguese style. This was served with some little Leek and Ricotta Pies with a Chickpea Sauce. Not a Portuguese recipe but Italian; one rediscovered in The Wine Lover Cooks Italian by Brian St. Pierre. An old book ‘found’ while moving house recently. The book actually suggests a Vernaccia di San Gimignano or a Vermentino but this Iberian blend work very nicely.

Amazon lists a Kindle version of The Wine Lover Cooks Italian: Pairing Great Recipes with the Perfect Glass of Wine by Brian St. Pierre for £10.70.
The Wine Lover Cooks Italian: Pairing Great Recipes with the Perfect Glass of Wine

Leek and Ricotta Pie with Chickpea Sauce

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