Argentinian Wine

Never Judge a bottle by its awards

Wandering through Tesco a while back I saw this Malbec sitting proudly on the supermarket shelf plastered in impressive-looking gold and silver wine awards, its got to be good, hasn’t it? well, no, not always. I didn’t plan to buy any wine and while trying my best to avoid the wine aisle I failed miserably and unfortunately grabbed this bottle. Now, I’ve since picked this up from my rack and [……]

Italian Wine

An Italian pick me up

So here we go again with a new year and new wines to try, So what happens just into 2018 ? the dreaded flu bug hits and I’m out of action with everything tasting like I’ve been sucking on a copper pipe and my body feeling like I’ve just been trampled by a heard of Elephants. So yesterday, after a week or so, even though not a 100% and with [……]

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The trouble with supermarket wine aisles….

Picture the scene, you’ve just turned out of aisle 9 tinned fruit and jams and next comes aisle 10 – wine, you want to buy a nice bottle of something to go along with Sunday lunch, so after negotiating your trolley ungracefully into position, what do you see ? usually there are about half a dozen or so people staring blankly at the rows of bottles, maybe picking one up [……]

South African Wine

Bellingham Homestead series Chardonnay 2016

Always been a big fan of anything Bellingham produce and this excellent Chardonnay from the Franschhoek Valley in South Africa doesn’t disappoint. A little bit of trivia I found out is that Bellingham was originally called ‘Bellinchamp’ back in 1693 which means ‘green fields’ kind of cool I thought. So what’s it like? well, to start with I thought it was a nice looking bottle, when poured it’s a bright [……]

Italian Wine

Ca’ Marrone Rosso Appassimento 2016

Is there a better bargain out there in the high street than this Italian stallion of a wine, the (Ca’ Marrone Rosso Appassimento) especially when on discount, currently £6.50 at Tesco and if you add in the regular 25% off 6 bottles promotion this is astonishing value. The bottle in question is the CA’ Marrone Rosso from Puglia region of southern Italy made in the Appassimento method which is the [……]

Jerez
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A week in Jerez and more Sherry !

Following on from my previous post I visited the home of Sherry, Jerez de La Frontera a beautiful city in Spain’s Andalusia region for a short holiday. It was like going back in time with its impressive Cathedral, baroque churches, palm and orange trees adorning quaint cobbled streets and remnants of a thick city wall surrounding the city built by its Moorish occupants in the 11th and 12th centuries. Walk [……]

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Great Sherry Tasting 2017 – Oxo tower London

If you think sherry is a sweet sticky drink kept in your sideboard year after year and only brought out at Christmas for your grandmother to enjoy, served in a thimble size glass, then think again! Today, it seems everyone is talking about sherry, even attracting a younger consumer, suddenly sherry has become cool and trendy, so read on to find out more about this underrated wine. A word of [……]

South African Wine

Graham Beck – Fabulous South African Fizz

Been spoilt with good fizz over the last few months and this Graham Beck is up there with the best I’ve tasted especially for the price. From the first sip I was sold with its lemony, yeasty, nutty and creamy taste leaving a lot of Champagne at twice the price floundering in its wake. A Blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, spending 15 months or so on Lees this stunning [……]

French Wine

Les Hauts Castelmaure Corbieres 2009

Rummaging through my wines I came across this Corbieres which I must have bought a few years ago and forgotten about so, I thought it’s about time I opened it. Corbieres, not a wine I drink a lot of but when I do I always enjoy it and this bottle was no different. I think I bought it at Majestic maybe six or seven years ago, can’t remember how much [……]

English Wine

Chapel Down Bacchus 2015

For anyone who hasn’t tasted the delights of English wine, why not? This Bacchus from Chapel Down winery nestled in the Kent countryside is an absolute beauty, especially for those of you who are Sauvignon Blanc fans. The only downside I can see to any English vino is the price, most of it tends to be pretty expensive and the CD Bacchus is no exception coming in at anywhere between [……]

English Wine

Hush Heath Estate English Winery

Following my recent visit to Hambledon winery in Hampshire I set off for another enjoyable day at another English winery this time in sunny Staplehurst, Kent (Garden of England) and the serene and immaculately manicured Hush Heath Estate famous for its Balfour sparkling wines especially the award-winning Balfour Brut Rosé. Set in 400 acres of vineyards, orchards and woodland this really was a lovely way to spend a few hours [……]

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Hambledon Vineyard visit

Some may say who needs Champagne when we have Sparking wine in this country as good as this, I have sampled a few English wines mostly a tastings and events but it’s not until I tasted these particular bottles (Classic Cuvee & Rose) that I sat up and realised that the Brits actually do make some pretty decent Fizz. I first tried the Hambledon Classic Cuvee back in January 2016 [……]