Spanish double
14
Feb
2021

A Spanish double header

I make no apologies for highlighting a couple of Spanish wines this time, one of them which featured in my previous post as part of a case from online retailer…

Wickham & Co everyday wine case
11
Feb
2021

Wickham & Co – Everyday wine case

It’s not always possible, as much as we may like, to drink fine wine, for a start it’s a costly business and there is so much good wine out there…

Pouring Txakoli wine
07
Feb
2021

The unexpected delights of Txakoli wine

Found this I wrote a while ago now and forgot about, thought it might be worth highlighting and perhaps hunting out some Txakoli wine when the weather picks up. Whilst…

Eje Monastrell
31
Jan
2021

Lidl Iberian wine tour 2021 Pt 2

Another two reasonably priced bottles to talk about from Lidl’s latest ‘Iberian Wine Tour‘ this time a Portuguese White Branco made with the Muscat grape and a delicious Spanish Monastrell…

Lidl Agramont Garnacha
24
Jan
2021

Lidl Iberian wine tour 2021 – pt1

Wine tours are not a new thing for Lidl, usually they promote a series of them throughout the year on a WIGIG (when it’s gone it’s gone) although some of…

NZ Awatere Sauvignon Blanc
13
Jan
2021

Not Sauvignon Blanc again !

As popular as it is I still occasionally hear people moaning about Sauvignon Blanc, I’ve even heard some call it ‘Sauvignon Plonk’. For me, I like **Sovee Bee, not as…

Muga Crianza Rioja
11
Jan
2021

Muga Crianza 2009

One of the few joys in life at the moment is opening a good bottle of wine and you can be almost certain that if it has Muga on the…

Jaraman Australian Chardonnay
07
Jan
2021

Wakefield Jaraman Chardonnay

Carrying on the excellent start to 2021 (I am only talking drinking wine here) we are off to our Australian friends for an unusual fusion of Chardonnay grapes from from…

Priorat wine
02
Jan
2021

Harència del Padrí Priorat

Had this bottle sitting around now for a while, can’t even remember where I bought it, I know it wasn’t in this country, I’ve got a feeling I picked it…

Bacchus Fume
31
Dec
2020

Furleigh Estate Bacchus Fumé

Hot on the heels of my last post in which I gave you all snapshot of some of the brilliant wines I tasted over the last year, I decided to…

Vino views awards 2020
28
Dec
2020

VinoViews – My wines of the year 2020

Welcome to a review of some of my favourite wines of 2020. This year has largely been one to forget starting and ending with the global ‘COVID -19’ pandemic causing…

Gran Canaria Sweet wine
20
Dec
2020

Sweet wine from the Canary Islands

Sweet wine or dessert wine is something I don’t drink a lot of, not that I don’t enjoy it, I do but for me the big dilemma is when to…

Villarei Albarino
13
Dec
2020

You can call me Al

No I wasn’t out in the glorious sunshine by the beach with a plate of grilled seafood drinking this Villarei Albariño, more like sitting in a kitchen on a damp…

Battle of the Chardonnays
07
Dec
2020

Chardonnay – Two contrasting styles

Still regarded as one of the most popular wines in the world, Chardonnay has gone through some rocky times, remember the 1990’s when over oaked Chards were everywhere. Well, times…

Chateau Maris 2017
02
Dec
2020

Château Maris 2017

Seems like everything these days is falling into the ‘trendy’ camp of being organic or biodynamic and this wine covers both, made by Robert Eden, vintner and co-owner of Château…

La scolca - Chiara Soldati
25
Nov
2020

La Scolca Gavi – Digital wine tasting

La Scolca Gavi Gavi Tasting – I was kindly invited to a digital wine tasting of a selection of Gavi’s made by one of the top white wine wineries in…

Ned Pinnacle Sauvignon Blanc
22
Nov
2020

Rising to the Pinnacle

I find Sauvignon Blanc such a hard drink to review, sometimes I think, oh no, not another Sovee Bee, not that I don’t enjoy it but sometimes it can get…

Mas Querido Field Blend
15
Nov
2020

Más Querido Field Blend

Más Querido literally translates to (Most Beloved) and what’s a ‘White Field Blend’ ? I hear you cry, well, you may ask. My understanding is that it was popular years…

Taste the Difference Malbec
09
Nov
2020

TtD Morador Malbec 2016

Although sounding like a land from Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ this Taste the Difference Morador Malbec is a decent enough drink without hitting any heights. It’s not your typical…

17 Trees Shiraz DeBortoli
04
Nov
2020

What a difference a day makes

Australian producer De Bortoli has launched a range of three sustainably produced wines under the label ’17 Trees’ including a Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Shiraz, these are Organic and vegan…

Tiki Ridge Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
31
Oct
2020

Tiki Ridge Sovee Bee

Nearly passed on this wine, my wife wanted a Sauvignon Blanc with dinner and I wasn’t all that fussed thinking not another run of the mill Sovee. In the end…

Wolf Blass red label
20
Oct
2020

Thirsty like the Wolf

Not had a bottle of Wolf Blass for a while now, don’t really know why as I have always enjoyed their wines, great value, nice enough for any a occasion…

Shhh it's Riesling
05
Oct
2020

Shhh.. It’s Riesling

You may well look at this German Riesling and dismiss it as a novelty wine with its quirky cartoon label but in my opinion this is a pretty decent Riesling…

Pascal Jolivet Sauvignon Blanc
04
Oct
2020

Pascal Jolivet Attitude Sovee

Back to France and the Loire Valley with this very pleasant Sovee from the house and estate of Pascal Jolivet which was founded in 1987, centered around 120 acres of…

Furleigh Estate winery
27
Sep
2020

Furleigh Estate – English wine at its best – Pt1

With over 700 vineyards now in England you don’t have to travel very far to visit and appreciate how good English wine has become. On a recent short break to…

Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2018
14
Sep
2020

Raats ‘Triumph Dolomite’

Big shout out for this lovely example of what Cabernet Franc is all about, from the Stellenbosch region of South Africa. The Dolomite is made by the Raats family who…

Ridgeview Sparkling wine
13
Sep
2020

Ridgeview Bloomsbury NV

Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the wine, well today it does as I had a double header turn up in the form of a wonderful bottle of Ridgeview Bloomsbury NV sparkling…

Hachon Verdejo
11
Sep
2020

Viva Verdejo

This Verdejo from Lidl found its way into my shopping basket without too much thought apart from the fact that it was £5.99 and Spanish. Stuck it in the fridge…

Harrow & Hope Brut Reserve
01
Sep
2020

Harrow & Hope Brut Reserve

English fizz, just keeps getting more and more popular and with over 700 Vineyards and around 133 wineries (all producing world class sparkling wine) in the UK at the moment,…

Mil historias Garnacha 2017
28
Aug
2020

Glorious Garnacha

Did I mention I like Spanish wine ? well, I may have done once or twice and no doubt regular readers will have noticed my affection not only with their…