I am virtually out of my French wines. I have a few bottles of my favourite whites and roses in my cellar, but these have already been reviewed. And I am totally out of red. As you know, travelling to France was not easy over the spring and summer months due to covid restrictions and expensive PCR tests. And when I did get over, I could only bring back 24 bottles (boo!). So I made some purchases at Asda. I will put those in next months post. This month I will review a very nice English white wine, plus the farm shop where I bought it from. (Yes, I know that this does not directly relate to either wine, or Boulogne, but what the heck.)
Hinchliffe’s Farm Shop
I have recently started a new freelance/contract job in Netherton, just south of Huddersfield in Yorkshire. Working for a great company, but the location is not great for going out at lunchtime. Got to drive somewhere to buy a sandwich or a ready meal to cook, and not a brilliant choice. (Not like being in central Leeds at Avenue HQ where I am currently writing this post). After bringing something to eat for lunch, I saw a colleague eating a nice looking healthy salad. I asked where they got it from and they told me about Hinchliffe’s farm shop nearby. So I went next day and bought a very nice chicken caesar salad. And I noticed a lot of nice food in the farm shop. So I tried some chutney (very nice), and the next trip I bought a bottle of wine and a ribeye steak to cook for Mary who was coming to visit.
There is a debate about how much meat we should eat. I would never go vegetarian or vegan, but do think that we all should eat less meat. Both for our own health and for environmental reasons. And when we do buy meat, we should buy from locally sourced suppliers rather than larger industrialised farming that supplies most supermarkets. Yes it is a bit more expensive, but I really did enjoy the steak from Hinchliffe’s. You can read about how they rear their cattle here.
And of course I had to try one of their wines. And they do have a good selection of wine and beers. I will definitely try more of both.
Originally I thought that I was buying an English white wine, but later realised that it was from Chile. We did not drink this with the steak, but the following day with sea bass fish cooked with lemon and garlic seasoning. We tasted both before and with the meal.
Galan Sauvignon Blanc
- Galan (from Chile)
- Sauvignon Blanc Private Reserve 2017
- 13% Alcohol (Note that after last weeks post, I now always put in the alcohol percentage)
- £6.99 at Hinchliffe’s farm shop
Aroma: Very nice. Floral and light gooseberry aromas.
Taste: A lovely light fruity flavour (gooseberry again) , but still dry. Very nice.
Taste again with fish dish: It tasted even better with this dish, a great pairing.Me
Aroma: Light and pleasant with summery floral aromas.
Taste: A crisp texture. Very nice, refreshing, and moorish.
Taste again with fish dish: A perfect match for a light fish dish. I wanted more.Mary
Review of Hinchliffe’s Farm Shop
I like their salads for a healthy lunch option, but might want to get their pies now the the weather is getting colder, Chutney also good. And when planning a meaty dish to cook, I will definitely consider getting the meat from them instead of the supermarket. And I will look out to see if what English wines they do and try some of the beers that they sell.
And they have a restaurant next door, The Rusty Bull. It looks good and want to give it a try one day.
Review of Galan Sauvignon Blanc
A lovely wine, full of fresh flavours, fruity without being too sweet. On a par with the very good (but more expensive) Sauvignon Blanc wines from Villa Maria. (Read about their wine event here).
I will buy this again and try some others from Hinchliffe’s.