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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…

Lasendal Grenache Syrah 2019
19
Nov
2021

Lasendal Selecció

I make no excuses for featuring another excellent Spanish red, the ‘Lasendal’ made by ‘Celler de Capçanes’ from the Montsant DO (Denominación de Origen) in the Province of Tarragona, Catalonia….

Albariño de Fefinanes, Rias Baixas Galicia Spain
10
Nov
2021

Albariño at its best

Produced by one of the oldest wineries in Rias Baixas (Bodegas del Palacio de Fefiñanes), in Galicia on the southwest coast of Spain. Made by the owners of Fefiñanes, Joaquina…

Pinzellada Carignan Grenache 2016
01
Nov
2021

Pinzellada 2016

Aah!, back to Spain again and back to Celler Alimara for another one of their impressive wines, this time the strangely named Pinzellada (translates to a brushstroke or swirl) a…

Gary Barlow Organic Red
27
Oct
2021

Gary Barlow Organic Red

Following on from Gary’s organic white comes the next imaginatively titled wine called, you guessed it ‘Gary Barlow Organic Red’ a wine made with Tempranillo and Syrah. The white which…

Gary Barlow Organic white wine
24
Oct
2021

Gary Barlow Organic White

Here we go again with another celebrity wine this time from ‘Take That’ frontman Gary Barlow, following in the footsteps of others including Sir Ian Botham, Kylie Minogue, Cliff Richard,…

Les Hauts de Saint Martin - Saint Chinian
22
Oct
2021

Heavenly Saint Chinian

If you feel the need to pop into a high street supermarket to pick up a bottle of wine as I did during a short break away you can do…

Tomich Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2020
28
Sep
2021

Tomich Hill Sauvignon Blanc

It didn’t take long for another Sovee Bee to surface, and this time it’s not from Marlborough but from Australia’s, Adelaide Hills. A cool climate region with its share of…

Juve Y Camps Cava
19
Sep
2021

In praise of Spanish Cava

Been hearing a lot about how good Spanish Cava is these days and how it’s reinvented itself over the last few years. So with the festive season rapidly approaching, I…

Kiss of wine white wines
02
Sep
2021

Kiss of Wine – White wine in a can

Can a can of wine taste good? Yes it can, sorry, I know too many cans in a sentence, but like it or not it seems that ‘wine in a…

Ned Pinnacle Sauvignon Blanc
28
Aug
2021

Rising to the Pinnacle again

Just a quick shout out for this again and one of my favourite Sauvignon Blanc’s the ‘Ned Pinnacle’ which is unmistakably a New Zealand Sovee but with a little more…

Long Barn Pinot Noir 2019
16
Aug
2021

Wickhams – Long Barn Pinot Noir

Carrying on from where I left off in the last review, we have another excellent offering from the ever reliable Wickhams, this time a very agreeable Pinot Noir. Although Pinot…

La Loupe Grenache Noir, Languedoc
13
Aug
2021

Wickhams – getting in ‘La Loupe’

Up next is another wine from ‘Wickhams’ a small but up and coming independent wine and spirit merchant which from what I’ve discovered so far are offering some pretty decent…

Peter Lehmann Portrait shiraz 2016
11
Aug
2021

Peter Lehmann Portrait Shiraz – good enough to frame

Been a while since a wine enthralled me like this one did, what an absolute delight it was, even for a Monday night. I grabbed this Barossa Shiraz to bring…

Lidl French Wine Tour 2021
06
Aug
2021

Lidl French Wine Tour 2021 Pt 1

Off we go again with another one of Lidl’s excellent wine tours, this time featuring a selection of French wines to try. During a quick shop, I managed to grab…

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2014
27
Jul
2021

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2014

Back to the Southern Rhône in this review, been a while since I’ve poured myself a ‘Pope’s new castle’ and rummaging though my rack I came across this bottle ,…

Heritage Wines Semillon 2018
19
Jul
2021

Heritage Wines – Semillon

Semillon, another wine that divides opinion, but for me it deserves serious consideration if you want a white wine that is just a little different. Apart from Bordeaux, Semillon is…

Casa Roscoli Primitivo 2020
16
Jul
2021

Casa Roscoli Primitivo

Back to Italy today and before I give you my thoughts on this wine I must give congratulations (through gritted teeth) to the Italian football team for winning the Euro’s,…

The Curator White blend
06
Jul
2021

The Curator

Always nice when you get a recommendation for a wine that turns out to be not exactly what you thought it would be like but surprises you and that’s exactly…

Masi Campofiorin Rosso 2017
02
Jul
2021

Rosso del Veronese

Been a while since my last wine review as I have been away for a few days for a much needed twin break in Hampshire and Dorset respectively, walking, relaxing…

Sorceres Cotes du Roussillon
08
Jun
2021

Les Sorcères Côtes Du Roussillon

Celebrating my 63rd birthday a few days ago (getting closer to my bus pass now !) we opened up some lovely bottles which we shared with family sitting in the…

Garnacha Roble 2018
25
May
2021

Glorious Garnacha

Back to Lidl again and a wine that surprised me ( I do find myself saying this a lot when it comes to this store). In terms of value for…

Peoples Choice wine awards Find my Wines search facility
21
May
2021

People’s Choice Drinks Awards – Find my Wines

Introducing an easy to use Wine Finder facility from the People’s Choice Wine Awards……….. What are the People’s Choice Wine Awards? The saying ‘ It does exactly what it says…

Nobody's Hero sauvignon Blanc
19
May
2021

Nobody’s Hero – A Rocking Sovee

Yet another Sovee Bee from New Zealand, this time an intense offering from Marlborough and the Framingham winery, established in 1981. A unique place for both wine and music in…