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 [……]

French Wine

Majestic Amersham Spring Showcase 2018

Majestic Amersham were holding a Spring showcase tasting in their plush new store on the 3oth April, so I thought on a cold rainy night, what better way is there to spend a few hours than tasting wine. I arrived a little early partly to have a look around the new shop and I was suitably impressed. Everything was neatly on display with all the portable shelves immaculately adorned with [……]

French Wine

Les 3 Lys Crozes Hermitage 2011

Rarely happens, especially midweek but when it does, I think, who am I to argue. I’m talking about when you pour yourself a glass of water with dinner and the wife says ‘aren’t we having any wine tonight’. After calmly making my way to our wine rack, didn’t want to seem to keen, I pull out the first readily available bottle that I thought would go with dinner. The bottle [……]

Spanish Wine

A Stunning White Rioja

No apologies for starting this review with a resounding WOW!, this Marques De Los Rios Rioja Blanco Reserva 2013 made by Baron de Ley is quite simply stunning. Word of warning though, this may not be to everyone’s taste but one thing is for certain, this bottle will cause a reaction which may be good or bad. How many of you guys have tried white Rioja? if not, why not, [……]

Spanish Wine

Three Wine Amigos & Wines from Spain

On the evening of the 6th March 2018 my wife and found ourselves on the 35th floor of Londons Sky Garden attending the ‘Wines from Spain’ event in the esteemed company of the three wine Amigos Olly Smith, Tim Atkin MW and Oz Clarke. Regular readers of this blog will know I love Spanish wines so for me, this was heaven and being on the 35th floor we were closer [……]

Chilean Wine

Carménère-Marmite Wine

Carménère, originally from the Medoc Region of France has now become synonymous with and is now considered the national grape of Chile. Beware though Carménère is not for everyone and has a distinctive taste profile not to everyone’s liking almost branding it as the Marmite of the wine world, you either love it or hate it, think of Merlot with some attitude. I’m very much in the love camp. This [……]

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 [……]