Wine

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If you haven’t already guessed this page is dedicated to our love of wine. All different shades of wine will be drunk in the name of research. I am the first to admit that I am no expert when it comes to choosing or tasting wine, but I know what I like and if I like a wine it may get a mention on this page, in a blog or via any of our social media channels.

My taste is not everyone’s taste and for that reason I have devised my own wine tasting chart. The chart reflects my simple pallet and my thin wallet and is merely there to help you decipher my ramblings.

It’s funny how my tastes have changed over the years. I used to love Australian and South African wines and while I don’t dislike them I much prefer a French or Spanish wine. However, during the course of my extensive research no wines will be ruled out until I’ve done the arduous chore of conducting a taste test.

In 2019 we will aim to review wines for £5 or less, which will be quite a challenge to find some great drinkables, but it is a realistic challenge given the choice shoppers have both online and on the high street. We will only publish reviews of good wines and those committed to the spittoon will not feature. Where possible they will be erased from our memory banks, taste buds permitting!

Anyway, as a starting point, here is a run down of my favourites in 2018, but please note they are all over £5.

I am more of a red wine person but I have had some great encounters with some white wines this year. Alma de Blanco Godello, Pazo das Tapias tasted really nice after a cultural tour of Barcelona. Dilemma; I do need to consider along the way, is it the wine that tastes great, or is it the location, the atmosphere or the great company that is making the wine taste so good?

The Alma de Blanco is a bit like an Albariño, it is crisp, fruity and for under £10 it is great value for money. I’m sure there are many other retailers selling this wine but the first one I stumbled across is Oddbins. Pour Some More……………………..

Another white wine drunk quite a bit in 2018 was the El Coto Blanco first sampled in Gordon’s Wine Bar, the oldest wine bar in London. Again I’m not sure if it was the atmosphere and the company of great friends that made the wine taste so good or whether it really is good?

Anyway the only way to find out was to order a box from Vinissimus online wine merchants. Having sampled a box of 12 bottles I can honesty say it is defiantly worth a mention on my favourites list. The more you order the cheaper it is, I ordered 12 bottles that worked out at just over £7 a bottle. This Rioja has a good acidity and great freshness with a pleasant crisp citrus character. A young white wine  12.5% volume with a pale bright colour. Warning: It MUST be drunk very cold to fully appreciate its quality! Pour Some More…………………………..

I had a lovely holiday in France during the summer staying in a remote farm house near Aubeterre in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of south-western France. When in France it is the rule to drink red wine and eat cheese. Well, that’s what they taught me at school! More to follow……………………………