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Cecchi Morellino Di Scansano 2018
Posted in Italian Wine Waitrose

A Versatile Italian Red

I’ve often heard it said that if you are in a restaurant or at home struggling to find a wine to pair with your dinner, you would not go far wrong by picking an Italian. Well this Morellino Di Scansano from Tuscany would fit the bill perfectly, being predominately Sangiovese 90% and the further 10% made up of other local indigenous grapes, it’s almost the perfect ‘go with anything’ wine. Morellino Di Scansano 2018 The…

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Vina Real Rioja 2010
Posted in Spanish Wine

The ‘Real’ deal

Still in relative lock-down, still enjoying a glass of wine in the garden in splendid isolation with the sun shining. Not ideal but it’s where we are and rightly so, hopefully we can get back to socially enjoying a glass or two with family and friends soon. Now, is there a more recognisable red wine in the world than Rioja, well, for me, probably not but I hope regular readers will forgive me for enthusing…

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Yealands Blush Rose 2019
Posted in New Zealand wine Waitrose

Sauvignon Blanc with a twist

With summer approaching fast, pink hued wines suddenly become very popular and this Yealands Blush from New Zealand is a lovely example of a delicately flavoured taste of summer. Made with a base of Sovee Bee from Marlborough with a splash of Merlot added from the Hawkes Bay region. The addition of the Merlot is very subtle giving it a salmon like colour still tasting very much like a typical Sovee but with a twist….

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DAVIDA Garnacha
Posted in Co-op Spanish Wine

DAVIDA Garnacha

Grenache or Garnacha is one of the most widely planted and versatile grape varieties in the world thriving in hotter climates where a lot of other grapes would struggle. So following on from the impressive Kilikanoon yet another very decent Grenache but this time a 100% Garnacha from the Navarra region of Northern Spain. I like to chill some of my reds slightly especially in the warmer weather and Garnacha is perfect for this. This…

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Kilikanoon Grenache 2018
Posted in Australian Wine Waitrose

Kilikanoon – Mouthful of summer fruits

Another winner from Waitrose with this succulent Rhône blend comes the Kilikanoon from South Australia, apart from being a bit of a tongue twister (especially after a few glasses) this blend of Grenache , Shiraz and Mataro (Mourvedre) is full of ripe summer fruits and a joy to drink. Kilikanoon – Grenache, Shiraz, Mataro 2018 The sun is shining, so time for a bright summery red, step forward the Kilikanoon 2018. Chilled this lightly for…

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Lugana 2018
Posted in Aldi Italian Wine

Lugana 2018

Haven’t featured an Italian white for a while now and I found this Lugana in my wine rack recently so stuck it in the fridge and I must say it surprised me how much I enjoyed it considering its price which was around £6 from Aldi. A local variant of the grape Trebbiano, Lugana lies south of Italy’s largest lake, Lago di Garda, partly in Veneto and partly in Lombardy. This particular bottle doesn’t give much…

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Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc
Posted in New Zealand wine Waitrose

Craggy Range Sovee Bee 2019

Still warm here in the UK so chilled drinks are order of the day, Sauvignon Blanc makes another appearance and this is a particularly good one if you like a bright and zippy New Zealand Sovee Bee. Many of you will notice that the last few reviews have all been from Waitrose, now there is a reason and it’s simply that my wife works for them and as a partner she is entitled to 25%…

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Washington state Merlot
Posted in USA wine Waitrose

Between the Vines Merlot

Merlot, probably one of the most popular red wines in the world with Merlot mania hitting its height in the 1990’s especially in America but then in 2004 came the hit film Sideways in which actor Paul Giamatti who played Miles a Pinot lover, knocked its reputation with the immortal lines “If anyone orders Merlot I’m leaving” and “I am not drinking any f—ing Merlot.”  this in turn elevated Pinot Noir to a new status….

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Whispering Angel 2019 rosé
Posted in French Wine Majestic Waitrose

Whispering Angel 2019

It’s that time of year again when rosé starts to make an appearance and what better way to kick of the pink season than with this wonderful bottle of Whispering Angel. Well, this particular one is actually a half bottle, Apparently ‘Whispering Angel’ is the most popular rosé in America, not sure where I heard that, think I read it somewhere but I can understand why after tasting it on a lovely sunny evening here…

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De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 208
Posted in South African Wine Waitrose

De Grendel Sovee 2018 revisited

Had to highlight this lovely South African Sovee, after tasting it again recently, beautifully expressive and elegant, one that will definitely be a repeat buy for me, Sauvignon Blanc at its best. Regular readers will know I rate wine with a simple Cork rating and back in September 2018 after a long while searching for my first 9/10 corks I tried a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand called the Elara by Waimea which I was blown away…

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Gruner, Pando sherry & Lebanon
Posted in Austrian Wine Lebanon Spanish Fortified

Pando Fino Sherry & Felsner Gruner Veltliner……..

and a pretty awesome red blend Still currently in lock-down due to the Corona Virus pandemic so we are spending a lot of time in the garden eating and drinking along with a few odd jobs I’ve been meaning to complete and running out of excuses not to finish them. Luckily the sun is still shinning so the whites are still flowing, this time I started out with a Spanish Fino Sherry and paired an…

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Mar de Frades Albarino 2018
Posted in French Wine Lidl Spanish Wine

The sun is out, the sky… so are these white wines !

Us Brits are a funny lot, just into April, the sun comes out, the temperature rises a few degrees, suddenly garden furniture comes out , Gazebo’s are erected, barbecues are dusted down and of course chilled white wine makes an appearance. To be honest I did all of the above as well, even put my shorts on. The two white wines I tasted were the Mar de Frades Albarino and the Val de Loire Sauvignon…

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Duckpoint Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Posted in Australian Wine Lidl

Duck Point Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

I must admit I was not sure what to expect from this offering from Lidl a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Barossa Valley Australia but with a recommendation from Brian Elliot’s Midweek Wines website I knew I was probably on safe ground and as it turned out it was a very enjoyable bottle of wine. This is not a heavy tannic Cabernet although it still has a hefty 14% alcohol content but it definitely doesn’t feel…

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Altano Douro red wine
Posted in Portuguese wine

Altano Organic red 2016 (Douro)

From the rugged and beautifully wild region of North Portugal along the banks of the Douro river comes this Altano Organic red produced by the Symington Family Estates who own premier vineyards in the area and are well known for Port and Madeira with brands such as Dow’s, Cockburn’s and Graham’s as well as red Douro wine. This particular red is made from a blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Roriz,…

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Yalumba Old vine Grenache 2015
Posted in Australian Wine

Yalumba Old Bush Vine Grenache 2015

Always loved Yalumba, every time I go back to a bottle it’s almost like pulling on an old comfortable pair of slippers and this Old Vine Grenache is just one of those wines, It just feels warm and comforting, especially in these troubling times of the Corona Virus epidemic where we are all uncertain of what the future holds. What’s not uncertain is the quality of this wine as with most of Yalumba bottles this…

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Assyrtiko Greek White Wine
Posted in Greek Wine Majestic

Assyrtiko – A distinctive Greek white wine

If you enjoy bone dry, steely and vibrant white wines with some bracing acidity then this may well be the bottle for you. Assyrtiko is a Greek wine from the island of Santorini and has recently gained a lot of favourable attention. If your not familiar with Greek wines then this white made with the distinctive Assyrtiko grape variety may well, for many people, provide an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. Apparently over 80% of vines…

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Kangarilla Road Shiraz 2016
Posted in Australian Wine Majestic

Kangarilla Road Shiraz 2016

I first came across this Kangarilla Road Shiraz a few years ago at a tasting event where I sampled the 2009 vintage, the impression it made has always stayed with me and now it remains as one of my favourite Shiraz’s in this price range. The pleasure from this wine starts with the elegant looking bottle with its simple iconic vine leaf label and the elegance continues when you open the screw cap and first…

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Jacob's Creek double barrel matured Shiraz
Posted in Australian Wine Morrisons

Double Barrelled Jacob’s Creek

Had this bottle of Jacob’s Creek for a while now and always passed over it for something else when delving into my wine rack, well, this time I took the plunge and it ended up being a real surprise and in a good way, not at all what I expected. The double part of this refers to the continuous ageing of the wine in Scotch/Whisky barrels after the normal time spent in wine barrels. So…

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Decanter Fine Wine Encounter logo
Posted in Spanish Wine Wine Event

Decanter Fine Wine Encounter 2020 – Spain & Portugal – Part 1

Part 1 (all about the white) This Decanter event has always been a highlight for me, never fails to impress and this year was no exception. The luxurious Landmark Hotel in Marylebone, was the perfect venue with its grand ballrooms featuring a host of producers, retailers and winemakers giving us the chance to taste the best wines that Spain & Portugal have to offer. Regular readers will know my passion for Spanish wines and I…

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Waimea Elara Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Posted in New Zealand wine

Elara oaked Sauvignon Blanc 2017- The return

I bought a case of this impressive oak aged Waimea Elara Sauvignon Blanc 2017 at the back end of 2018 and I recently rediscovered a couple of bottles of the New Zealand beauty buried away in my wine rack that I’d forgotten about. Initially when I first tasted this Sovee Bee I was so impressed it warranted my first 9/10 corks so I was intrigued and excited to open up one now, to see first,…

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