Erica Landin

Location: Stockholm, AB

While working as a Biotech equities analyst, a divine Burgundy stopped me in my tracks and made me re-evaluate life. Today, I'm a full time wine writer. Passionate about small, quality producers, minimal intervention winemaking & sustainability in wine.

Top 10 wines for a summer BBQ

Together with UK wine expert and TV presenter Joe Wadsack, I threw a BBQ on my last visit to London. Joe must have the best nose in the business (and is freakishly good at wine tastings), and I got him to pick a case of wines from Majestic Wines, none (except the champagne) over 15 GBP (ca 22 USD). They were excellent! Read about the BBQ, the winning wines and the food here:

Out of the 14 bottles we drank, these are my top 10. All worth every penny and more.

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Mont Redon Lirac Vignobles Abeille (2010)
Comments: Note: Possibly, the Vignobles Abeille is a special bottling for the UK/EU market. The regular Lirac from Mont Redon is excellent as well and highly recommended - it might even be the same one with another name! A complex, well balanced medium bodied red with well integrated alcohol. It's really the perfect red with meat, and the nice fresh red fruit it shows now makes it immediately enjoyable, though it can age for 10-15 years. Nice, dry tannins, good structure. Lovely wine at an amazing price for the quality.
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2 Quinta da Bacalhoa Peninsula de Setubal (2008)
Comments: Very good Portugese red, with dried herbs and nice savory fruit. Killer with pulled pork (if you pass on the sweet BBQ sauce), and a very good price/performance wine.
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3 Chateau Lafleur Peyrabon Chateau la Fleur Winery (2000)
Comments: A classic, aged Bordeaux - well balanced red fruit with leather, tobacco and fall forest scents. Nicely softening tannins. Balance, structure and age at an unbeatable price!
Average price: $29.69 from 9 stores
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4 Domaine Chandon Australia Champagne Blend Green Point
Comments: I generally never approve of sparklers from outside the Champagne region. Other French sparkling wines, like Cremant de Bourgogne or Cremant de Loire, can be ok. This time, however, an Aussie bubbly from the Domaine Chandon (called Domaine Greenpoint in the UK) surprised me with balance, bone-dry freshness, and lots of lovely little bubbles. Definitely a good budget alternative to champagne!
Previously available for $13.38
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5 Jacquart Brut Mosaique (NV)
Comments: A good basic Brut (dry) champagne to wet appetites!
Average price: $29.98 from 1 store
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6 Chateau St Marguerite Rosé (2011)
Comments: A precise, dense, fresh rosé in a food-friendly style. A "real" wine, not a sweet cordial for adults.
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7 Pegasus Bay Riesling Waipara Main Divide (2010)
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8 Rojal Tokaji Hungary Late Harvest Furmint
Comments: This sweet late harvest Furmint from Rojal Tokaij was a brilliant match with a classic Gotland (a Swedish island known for their saffron-infused dishes) apple cake with saffron and almonds, with whipped cream. The almond, saffron and baked apple flavors came out in the wine as well.
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9 Peregrine Pinot Noir (2010)
Average price: $36.99 from 3 stores
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10 Moulin-À-Vent Château des Jacques Beaujolais Domaine Louis Jadot (2009)
Previously available for $17.00
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