My taxing day at the office!

My taxing day at the office!

Jackie Hendley, business advisory partner and head of tax for Smith Cooper, samples a Spanish Rose and an Italian Red Wine

Well this was certainly a different day in the office – a change from the normal role of advising SMEs and family businesses and helping clients to deal with the many challenges presented by the UK tax system and HMRC!

Although I’m sure there must be some similarities. Having been approached to sample two wines, I was presented with a bottle of Artazuri Garnacha 2012 Rose wine and a Baccaria Frappato Terre Siciliane Red wine. Neither of these were wines I had previously drunk and, as a regular red wine drinker, I was very much looking forward to sampling the Baccaria. Although what better time to try the Artazuri Garnacha Rose than a nice hot summers’ day!

Artazuri Garnacha 2012
This Spanish wine is light, refreshing and easy to drink on a hot summer’s day. It is light strawberry in colour with a fresh nose which contains delicate aromas of acidic fruit such as redcurrant, raspberry and strawberry together with touches of acacia and almond. Perfect to drink as an accompaniment to Salmon.

Owner Juan Carlos Lopez de la Calle has been surrounded by old vines and great wines since early childhood when he used to accompany his grandfather during harvest time in Rioja. Dedication and hard work is something he learned at an early age, and these are governing principles for his award-winning wineries:  “the value of a great wine is intimately linked to the land and its people.” This is where wine production shares common values with many other businesses including professional services. We pride ourselves on the quality of our people, our locality to our clients and the provision of detailed quality advice.

Baccaria Frappato Terre Siliciane
At 12% volume this wine has a light fruity taste and is perfect as a summer wine. It offers and aroma of ripe raspberries, strawberries and plums balanced by mild mineral notes. Ideal to drink with poultry, veal, pork or risotto and best serviced at 65-68% F. Frappato is a light bodied red grape grown on the southeastern coast of Sicily. The grape is of great historical importance, both for its wines and its legislative influence.

In 2005, the Cerausuolo di Vittoria region became Sicily’s first and only DOCG region, which represents the highest classification for Italian wines. It denotes controlled (controllata) production methods and guaranteed (garantita) wine quality. There are strict rules governing the production of DOCG wines, most obviously the permitted grape varieties, yield limits, grape ripeness, winemaking procedures and barrel/bottle maturation. Every DOCG wine is subject to official tasting procedures. It seems rules and regulations apply to all areas of business (not just tax!). The key is making sure advisers demonstrate skills appropriate to their customers and sector.

Although I didn’t follow the official tasting procedures, I’ll definitely add this wine to my preferred list.

Artazuri Garnacha 2012 - £7.96 per bottle. Baccaria Frappato Terre Siliciane - £7.66 per bottle. Wines were kindly donated by Connolly’s Wine Merchants and can be brought from stores: Dovehouse, Connolly’s Wine Merchants Ltd, 379 – 381 Warwick Road, Olton, Solihull, B91 1BQ
Tel: 0121 709 3734
Connolly’s Wine Merchants Ltd, Birmingham Livery Street, Birmingham, B3 1EU
Tel: 0121 236 3837
www.connollyswine.co.uk