A trip to my favorite food hall, Fodder, always results in a basket full of rather naughty purchases. This often includes a selection of large fluffy scones, hearty vegetables and the occasional pork pit.
It will be no surprise to learn that I go as often as possible, which is usually every month or so, as my travels rarely take me to that side of York.
One of my main reasons for shopping at Fodder is that all profit goes to fund the work of the registered charity, The Yorkshire Agricultural Society.
A second reason is the fact that the Food Hall supports and stocks produce from over 325 farmers and small producers, mostly from Yorkshire.
Alongside staple Yorkshire classics, my last trip to Fodder resulted in a slightly more unusual purchase - Yorkshire wine. That's right, wine made from grapes grown in God's own county!
Set on south facing slopes at the foot of the rather lovely looking Yorkshire Wolds, Ryedale Vineyards is in fact the most northerly commercial vineyard in England.
At this point I must admit that I have tried a fair few English wines over the years and generally found them to be quite underwhelming. However with the prospect of a hard Brexit looming as I write this (Oct 2016), we may have to learn to love our homegrown stocks, rather than rely on congenital imports.
So in the spirit of trying something new, I picked up a bottle of Ryedale Vineyard's Wolds View, a dry white, to try at home.
So what does the label say?
"Wolds View 2014, a lovely all round dry white, excellent aperitif or light food wine. Bronze Medal Winner UKVA English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition 2014. A very clean off-dry wine with wonderful peachy aromas, crisp but well balanced acidity on the palate with good fruit flavours. Alcohol 10.5%."
I tried this with my partner Des in our back garden on a very hot summers evening in August (context is always important I think!) The only reason is has taken me so long to write up is due to the mountain of work which came my way over the next month or two...
I personally found it extremely dry and busting with mineral notes, perhaps a bit of citrus in there too. It reminded me a lot of some of the whites we tried in Galicia, which often had a refreshingly salty note to them. The fruit notes were present, if not very subdued.
Generally though it was very drinkable, if not slightly too dry for my taste, but that's a personal thing. I generally prefer wines with a (natural) fruitiness, favouring flavours big and bold.
Des also picked up on the mineral notes, which he described as a hint of "rock salt". He also thought it had a slight carbonation to it, something which I didn't really pick up on, however he didn't feel that this detracted at all from his enjoyment at all.
In fact his verdict was resoundingly positive, "overall I really enjoyed it and would certainly buy it again, however I am a fan of extremely dry whites!"
Let's be honest, for the price point you can get superior bottles from the continent.
However the premium for supporting a local business is well worth it and you certainly will not be disappointed by the quality. There are also other varieties in the range, none of which I can personally vouch for, but I will keep you updated on this!
Find it in Fodder:
Wolds View 2014, £11.95