Bombino Bianco at Pulia by Michael R. Goss

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It’s rare that you discover a purveyor of fine food where you instinctively know everything is going to be absolutely perfect, but Pulia, near Southwark’s Borough Market, is one such place. They pay such meticulous attention to detail that everything appears in mellifluous syncopation; the furniture, lighting and the beautifully displayed products and the delicious smell of food impress you as soon as you walk through the door.

Among the myriad of branded foodie delights is a range of excellent wines which they found in Puglia, then imported and branded with their own label. By far the best of these is a rather delicious Bombino Bianco. An amazing wine from a grape variety native of the region. Bizarrely, the consensus among most wine experts is that the Bombino grape isn’t one famed for its quality and is often used for blended table wines.

However, this Bombino is really something special. This refreshing white wine, with a slight pettiance bears a marked resemblance to Casal Garcia Vinho Verde from Portugal, although Bombino is far dryer, having the pronounced flinty notes of a Sancerre along with a pleasant nose of crisp green apples and hints of citrus.

Equally good as a wine drank by itself as an aperitif or perfectly paired with fish or seafood. This taste of Puglian summer in a glass comes highly recommended and, at only £12.50, it’s a real steal. 

36 Stoney Street

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