Our Guess the Grape tasting event this weekend is a good opportunity to test your palate with some of the most popular grapes for wine lovers, but did you know that there are over 10,000 grapes used for winemaking across the world? This means that we're discovering grapes all the time, with the latest being a fresh Bulgarian grape making for light red wines, perfect for cool, summer drinking and for accompanying meals that would usually call for a white wine. 

Bottle of Bulgarian Pamid red wine

Although new to our tastebuds, Pamid is actually one of the oldest red grapes in the world, cultivated in Bulgarian lands since Thracian times. After being the most widely planted red grape in Bulgaria, it fell into neglect by winemakers; probably because of its low acidity making it unsuitable for long ageing. Recently it has once more regained well-deserved appreciation as a varietal.

It's this low acidity meaning that wines are best consumed in their youth that creates its versatility as a table wine suited to accompany a variety of dishes, as well as being a red wine that can be consumed at room temperature or slightly chilled on warm, summer days. The profile and light body of Pamid makes it a great alternative to the Gamay grape for Beaujolais fans, or a less smoky Pinot Noir.

Typically packed with red berries and subtle nuances of violets, which gain complexity in the mouth for a satisfying, yet soft finish. Red wine lovers can pair Pamid wine with white meats, pasta with white sauces, salads, white fish, sauteed mushrooms and creamy coconut-based curries. 

Brestovitsa is a fine example. Light ruby in colour with aromas of raspberry and cherry which follow on to the palate where subtle violet joins the mix before a fruit-forward finish. Soft and elegant with exceptional freshness and airy, harmonious body.