ANDA Tempranillo/Syrah
Spanish Wine

Fiesta ‘ANDA’ Flamenco

Most people think of Andalucia as mainly a holiday area full of hotels, tourists, sunloungers and fiesta, so when you see this bottle on the shelf although there’s no doubting it’s a Spanish wine with its colourful abstract Flamenco label, where it’s from may come as a surprise. This is a blend of Tempranillo 50% and Syrah 50% made in the cool ‘Laujar valley’ vineyards high up in the Almeria [……]

PCWine Awards Cartoon
Wine Event

People’s Choice Wine Awards 2018, Pt 2 – Who made the Shortlist?

People’s Choice Wine Awards Judging table Seems like ages ago I was in Manchester at the Albert Square Chop House sitting in a room full of fellow wine enthusiasts, both amateur and professional as a round 1 judge for the 2018 People’s Choice Wine Awards.  This was a unique awards competition unlike any other, where everyday drinkers/consumers of everyday wines, mostly found in popular supermarkets and retailers get a chance to [……]

Luis Felipe Edwards Chardonnay
Chilean Wine

Over the top Chardonnay? Yes it is but….

Not another over the top buttery Chardonnay, I hear you cry, yes it is but and It’s a big but (if you pardon the expression) this is an over the top quality Chardonnay from the ever-reliable Luis Felipe Edwards and I would quite happily, drink this whenever. Very rarely I buy a case of the same wine, it has to be pretty special for me to do so but every [……]

villa nardelli Sangiovese
Italian Wine

Villa Nardelli – Cuvée Carolina 2016

Hot on the heels of our recent trip to Tuscany, where we tasted some pretty decent wines, I am still enjoying and actively seeking out anything Italian that looks remotely interesting and this ‘Villa Nardelli’ fits the bill perfectly. Not that the bottle looks anything special, in fact, it reminds me of something you would find gathering dust at the back of a sleepy Italian restaurant but believe me, don’t [……]

Waitrose Provence rosé wine
French Wine

Rosé, not just for summer, not just for necking.

Times, they are a changing in the world of rosé wine. The image of it being a young persons pre-drink of choice before going out on a Saturday night bender where it’s easy to down and just as easy to find it coming back up again, may well be a thing of the past, maybe it’s wishful thinking but what I do know is there is much more quality rosé [……]

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Uncategorized

Wine reviews, what’s the point?

I often ask myself, ‘who reads wine reviews’ and why should I bother with investing time and effort in letting people know what I think of a certain bottle of wine when I am realistic enough to know that probably only a hand full of people are likely to read it, won’t really care what I think and will more than likely never return. Who can blame them, they don’t [……]

Les Nivieres Cabernet Franc
French Wine

‘Les Nivières’ Cabernet Franc Saumur 2016

This ‘Les Nivières’ French beauty which comes from the banks of the Loire in the castle town of Saumur is a fresh, vibrant Cabernet Franc and I must say it’s one of the better examples of this grape variety that I’ve tasted in a while. Waitrose & Partners currently have it on offer at £7.49 (normal price £9.49) which is fantastic value for a wine of this quality. Cabernet Franc [……]

People's Choice Wine Awards
Wine Event

People’s Choice Wine Awards 2018 – Round 1 Judging

The saying ‘ It does exactly what it says on the tin’ seemed to fit this gig perfectly, ‘The People’s Choice Wine Awards’ an event in which a  selection of people with different backgrounds, some in the wine trade, enthusiastic amateurs and some who have no experience apart from being consumers who actually drink the stuff, get together to judge and select the best wines in a series of categories. [……]

Rey Noble
Spanish Wine

The Majestic Noble King

It certainly wasn’t the label that attracted me to this bottle, it’s pretty bizarre, to say the least. I bought it because I like Grenache or Garnacha but this kind of threw me, initially I didn’t like it then I did and this went on a while before I realised that the bottle was almost finished (not that I drank it all myself ) and I still couldn’t quite make [……]

Elara Oak aged Sauvignon Blanc
New Zealand wine

Elara 2017- Oak aged Sauvignon Blanc

Every now and then a wine comes along with the Wow factor and this New Zealand Sovee Bee (Sauvignon Blanc) is just one of those times. Took a chance with this from Majestic on their WIGIG (When It’s Gone it’s Gone) promotion. Regular readers of my blog will know I’m forever on the hunt for my first 9/10 corks and this may well be the one (you’ll have to find [……]

Vinho Verde
Portuguese wine

Quinta De Azevedo – Vinho Verde

Although the weather is cooling down as the summer draws to a close there’s still no reason not to drink a refreshing white wine with a hint of spritz and this drinkable Portuguese Vinho Verde (literally Green Wine) was a very pleasant surprise.  Quinta De Azevedo is from a single estate vineyard in the Braga district in the Minho province of northern Portugal. It’s a blend of 95% Louriero and 5% [……]

Champagne

Champagne Road Trip 2018

‘Come quickly, I’m tasting stars’ exclaimed the Benedictine Monk Dom Pérignon, when talking about the worlds most celebrated fizzy drink Champagne and to be honest, I don’t think he was far off the mark. If you like Champagne then you really must visit this most northerly of wine regions in France and experience why the French take this drink so seriously and why they are extremely proud of what they [……]

Kaapzicht Chenin Blanc
South African Wine

Kaapzicht Chenin Blanc 2017 – South Africa

Every now and then you open a bottle and Wow! is the first thing that springs to mind and this is what happened when I first opened this Kaapzicht Chenin Blanc Bought on 25% discount offer at Waitrose (currently £13.99) where including my wife’s Partner discount it came down to the bargain price of just under £9 and to cap it all this was probably one of the better Chenin [……]

Scala Dei Priorat
Spanish Wine

Climbing the Stairway to Heaven

Scala Dei 2011 If you like your wines with a bit of muscle and intensity then Scala Dei translated from Latin to literally mean ‘Ladder to God’ is one to try. Made by Carthusian monks in the Scala Dei winery, founded in the 12th century and found in the Priorat region south-west of Tarragona Spain. I actually picked up this bottle in a small supermarket down a back street in [……]

Monte Da Casteleja Courtyard
Portuguese wine

Monte Da Casteleja Organic Vineyard

It seems like every time I book a holiday now the first thing I look for is a nearby vineyard to visit. I encourage anybody with an interest in wine to go and see how this wonderful stuff we drink is actually made, its a great way to spend a few hours. Monte Da Casteleja On a recent family holiday to the Algarve region of Portugal, we visited a small [……]