Australian Wine

A view from Penfolds Hill

I must admit the first thing that springs to mind when seeing a bottle of Penfolds is the 1980’s cartoon series Dangermouse, a parody of British spy fiction which features the character Penfold. Not that this has anything to do with the wine, which by the way is excellent, it’s just me I smile whenever I see a bottle. This particular bottle the Koonunga Hill (Seventy-six) 2009 is a blend [……]

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Spanish Wine

The Cubist Old Vine Spanish Garnacha

Picking a wine on nothing but the name, label or bottle sometimes works, more often it doesn’t. That’s exactly what I did when buying this ‘Cubist Old Vine Garnacha’ that was made in the mountains south-west of Aragon in northeastern Spain with 100-year-old vines, hence the ‘Old Vine’ on the label. I paint a bit and Picasso happens to be one of my favourite artists, so I actually picked it [……]

Italian Wine

Maretti Langhe Rosso – A Baby Barolo

This was a pleasant surprise, well, maybe not so much of a surprise as I tend to like most Italian wine but this red The ‘Maretti Langhe Rosso’ from the Piedmont region of northern Italy definitely woke up my taste buds. A blend of Barbera 70% and Nebbiolo 30% making for an interesting blend along the lines of a baby Barolo. A fairly hefty tasting wine which I would describe [……]

Austrian Wine

Two Summer Whites to consider – Godello & Gruner Veltliner

With the weather improving and thoughts of summer barbecues ahead here are a couple of excellent white wines that generally don’t hit the headlines as much as they should.The first is an Austrian Gruner Veltliner sold in Morrisons and the other a Spanish Godello (although this particular one I bought in Spain, Godello is now widely available in most supermarkets and wine retailers). I first reviewed these wines a little [……]

South African Wine

Light, fruity and surprisingly drinkable Cinsault

Often used in blends and more often in Rosé Cinsault (pronounced Sanso or Sin Saw) is a wine I don’t drink a lot of and it’s also a  wine I shouldn’t like but I found myself drinking this quite happily. Now I’m not a big fan of lighter style wines but found this strangely appealing, more of a cross between Pinot Noir and Beaujolais. Very light in colour, almost translucent with [……]

Spanish wines for Easter
South African Wine

Easter Sunday, roast lamb and Spanish wine

Most people look forward to the first bank holiday of the year and a nice long weekend, maybe a break away or just chill out at home with the family. The Easter break, normally fish on good Friday, plenty of sport, Sunday mass, traditional roast lamb and relax and recover on Monday before heading back to work. Now the burning non-religious issue for me was what to drink with our [……]