Maree Nero Di Troia
29
Mar
2021

Soft & silky Maree – Nero di Troia

Been a while since I reviewed an Italian wine and this bottle was like welcoming back an old friend. Warm and fruit forward describes this southern Italian bottle perfectly, this…

Furleigh Estate Chardonnay
20
Mar
2021

Furleigh Estate – English wine at its best – Pt 2

From the first time I tasted a wine from Furleigh Estate I was hooked, the wine in question was their white Pinot Noir at an event a couple of years…

Extreme Bobal 2018
17
Mar
2021

Extreme Bobal

May not be an instantly recognisable Spanish grape variety but Bobal (pronounced Bow-bal) is in fact the most planted grape varietal behind Airén and Tempranillo. Most of the Bobal vines…

Waimea Pinot Gris
14
Mar
2021

Waimea Pinot Gris

Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio, two sides of the same coin coming from the same grape variety but very different in style, Pinot Grigio tends to be typically lighter in style…

Llumi Rosat 2018
11
Mar
2021

Llumi Rosat 2018

You only have to look at the picture to realise that this is going to be very different from your run of the mill Rosé (Rosat in Catalan). This is…

Tsantali Greek Cabernet Sauvignon
08
Mar
2021

Tsantali Cabernet Sauvignon

I’ve been hearing a lot about Greek wine lately and most of it positive and I must say, after tasting this, I can understand why. Greece who proudly grow their…

Torre De Ferro Dao
28
Feb
2021

Lidl Iberian Wine Tour 2021- Pt 4

Coming towards the finale of my ‘Iberian Wine Tour’ reviews with this very agreeable Portuguese Dão and I must say on the whole this has been one of the better…

Celler Alimara Llumi Spanish wines
21
Feb
2021

Celler Alimara – Llumi Blanc & Negre

Off to Catalonia Spain we go to the Terra Alta in the province of Tarragona with two wines from Celler Alimara, the Llumi Blanc and Negre, originating from an area…

Hachon Ribera del Duero 2015
15
Feb
2021

Lidl Iberian Wine Tour 2021 Pt 3

Been looking forward to trying this Hachón Ribera del Duero from the latest Lidl ‘Iberian Wine Tour’ and I must say I was pleasantly surprised at the quality even with…

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…