For International Women’s Day sample these gorgeous wines—

Today is International Women’s Day and there are plenty of talented women creating brilliant wine around the world, so let’s celebrate them.

Matilde Poggi is a fantastic example, making the Bardolino I’ve picked out – about as delicious as a deft scented red can get. Years ago I remember Katie Jones set up her winery in France and was subject to an act of vandalism when tanks of her wine were drained. Plenty rallied to support her and I’m still a big fan of her work – check them out at domainejones.com.

Some wineries are born from love, as in the case of South African winery mlfwines.com, where Andrea Mullineux shows her talent. Buy Mullineux & Leeu wines wherever you find them. And in the UK, look out for Emma Rice’s wines from Hattingley Valley and Sam Linter’s wines from Bolney Estate: plenty to be raising a glass to!

OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH

QUEEN OF THE BOOZE: Brisarosa Rosé 2018 (13%) Co-Op £10. Robust rosé made by Isabel Lopez with moreish fruity power.

GIRL POWER: Bolney Estate Foxhole Bacchus 2018 (12%) £16.99 Waitrosecellar.com Zippy elderflower-scented white from a superb vintage.

NO WOMAN, NO WINE: Mullineux Old Vines White 2018 (13.5%) £24.95 Berry Bros & Rudd.com. Rich, perfumed and layered this moreish white blend is as good as it gets. Outstanding.

YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS: Hattingley Valley Reserve NV (12%) Tesco £29. Fab British fizz, a sensual riot of refreshment!

WINE OF THE WEEK

Le Fraghe Bardolino 2018 (12.5%) £11.50 The Wine Society. Sublime cherry scented light red that’s blooming brilliant.

This column was originally published in EVENT Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 8th March 2020

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