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Wickhams Whites
17
Aug
2022

Two glorious summer whites

Temperatures are up in the mid 30’s (yes we are in the UK), so it must be time to open up those chilled summer whites, not that I really need…

Wickhams Rioja, Joven & Gran Reserva
03
Aug
2022

Two very different Riojas

Carrying on from my previous post, Rioja is highlighted again but this time the more recognisable reds take the spotlight and for contrast, the two bottles on show are from…

Rioja Chardonnay
20
Jul
2022

Rioja, but not as we know it!

When talking Rioja, white wine (Rioja Blanco) doesn’t immediately spring to mind. Viura still remains the most important white grape in the region, although It’s hard to imagine that around…

Jake's Drinks
09
Jul
2022

Jake’s Drinks

The excellent Balfour Winery (Hush Heath Estate) in the heart of the Kent countryside, (the Garden of England) produce some truly exceptional still and sparkling wines and I’ve had the…

Chamlija Riesling 2018
07
Jun
2022

Chamlija Riesling

After ordering a Turkish takeaway sitting down at the table and opening up everything we found that there was an item missing so we phoned up the restaurant and they…

MonteRosola wines
31
May
2022

MonteRosola – Cassero & Mastio

Off to Italy now and the hilltop town of Volterra which claims to be the oldest in the Tuscany region, this is where we find the sustainable MonteRosola winery (translates…

Yealands Gruner Veltliner Reserve
27
May
2022

Yealands Grüner Veltliner Reserve

Made in New Zealand in the Marlborough region perhaps better known for their Sovees this Grüner Veltliner (Austria’s signature grape) really hit the spot for me, although I don’t know…

Paso Primero Blanco 2020
17
May
2022

Paso-Primero Blanco

Back to my favourite subject Spanish wine and the excellent Paso-Primero and after tasting their Tinto (see my review here) it was time to open up the Blanco. Sitting in…

14
May
2022

Water & Wines – Wine Jigsaw Puzzles

What! I hear you cry, a jigsaw puzzle review on a wine blog, well, yes it is, so if you enjoy jigsaws and the occasional glass of wine why not…

Cabalié Cuvée Vieilles Vignes
10
May
2022

Cabalié Cuvée Vieilles Vignes

Ah, the Cabalié, now this is one of those strange wines for me, for a long time now, I’ve heard good things about it but until now I haven’t actually…

ADNAMS Eastern Edge Pale Ale
03
May
2022

ADNAMS Eastern Edge Pale Ale

Here we go again with another beer review and another can from Suffolk-based sustainable brewery ADNAMS this time in a transatlantic collaboration with US craft beer legend, Sierra Nevada, to…

Paso Primero Tinto 2020
30
Apr
2022

Paso – Primero Tinto

I’ve been meaning to try this for a while now and at last, I’ve finally got round to opening a bottle and to be honest my first thoughts were ‘…

Sherry Pouring
30
Apr
2022

Discovering Sherry in London

During the month of May 2022, an authentic taste of Andalucia, Spain is here with ‘The Sherry tour of London’, where the delights of sherry in all its styles, will…

Yalumba Viognier Collection
20
Apr
2022

Yalumba Viognier Tasting

With Jessica Hill-Smith & Louisa Rose Just watched a fascinating and very enjoyable Zoom Viognier tasting along with Yalumba’s amiable Jessica Hill-Smith, generational descendent of Yalumba’s founder Samuel Smith and…

M&S Found Pais
08
Apr
2022

M&S Found – Pais

Carrying on where I left off with the M&S Classics range here is another good and slightly different bottle, this time from their ‘Found’ range of wines, featuring lesser-known grapes,…

M&S Carnenere Classics Range
27
Mar
2022

M&S Classics Carménère

After dipping my toe into beer reviews, I’m back in safe territory with this rather lovely Carménère from the M&S Classics range. This is No 27 in what I believe…

25
Mar
2022

ADNAMS Southwold Spindrift Blonde

My first Beer Review I interrupt this blog to bring you something completely different, yes it’s a beer review! and it may well be something I will be doing a…

Don David Malbec
18
Mar
2022

Don David Malbec

Argentina is our next stop and this impressive Malbec and how could I not try this bottle with a name like ‘Don David’. Bought this at my local Co-op store…

TTD Chilean Chardonnay
13
Mar
2022

Taste the Difference Chilean Chardonnay

Chardonnay still divides people but there’s no denying if you get a good one it can be sublime. I’m not saying that this is the best Chardonnay I’ve ever tasted…

Beaumont-les-Pierrieres-White-Bordeaux
25
Feb
2022

Delights of White Bordeaux

Heading off to France and the Côtes de Bordeaux – Blaye district, sitting in the northern left bank of Bordeaux with this typical white wine which is an aromatic blend…

20
Feb
2022

Fabulous Faustino

I make no apologies for writing yet another review for this superb Spanish Rioja, and I’ve said it before, it’s like welcoming back an old friend. With probably the most…

Kiss of Wine 3 canned wines
06
Feb
2022

Kiss of Wine – The Spanish Cans

Before we get into the review I must point out that anybody having any doubts or preconceived ideas about drinking wine from a can should seriously think again because from…

Bees Knees Chenin Blanc Viognier
28
Jan
2022

The Bees Knees

Off to South Africa and the Western Cape for my next wine, a blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier. A bottle with an attractive label and unusual name using the…

Bastide Miraflors 2018
16
Jan
2022

Bastide Miraflors

Bastide Miraflors, may well sound like a villain from a James Bond film but this blend of Syrah and Grenache from the Roussillon, in the southernmost part of France bordering…

EYLO Verdejo 2020
11
Jan
2022

EYLO Verdejo 2020

Still can’t understand that if you enjoy white wine, why you would drink anything else other than Spanish. Well, you may say I’m a little biased (surely not!) but for…

Arbo Malbec 2018
04
Jan
2022

Arbo Malbec

Following on from the last post and continuing the Malbec theme, I opened another bottle, this time not from Argentina but from its spiritual home, Bordeaux. This particular bottle comes…

Opi Malbec 2020
29
Dec
2021

Laithwaites – Opi Malbec

After opening up all the good stuff over Christmas, today it was back to quickly grabbing a bottle from my rack, without giving it too much thought, to pair with…

24
Dec
2021

My top scoring wines of 2021

Another year bites the dust, another year of uncertainty, fear and hardship with a major health crisis having a devastating effect on diverse communities, peoples mental health and not to…

Emma Marris Sauvignon Blanc
12
Dec
2021

Emma Marris – Sovee Bee

If you’re looking for a New Zealand sovee that actually tastes like a NZ sovee then look no further than this bottle from winemaker Emma Marris daughter of Brent Marris…

Wickhams mixed Classics Case
06
Dec
2021

Wickhams – Classic Mixed Case

Before we get into reviewing this excellent case from ‘Wickhams Great British Wine Merchant’ I’ve got to give a shout out to the excellent packaging the bottles came in. Not…