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…

Black Star 2018
17
Aug
2020

Black Star 2018

Want to try something different, edgy and even a little funky then this red blend the Black Star from the Pfalz region of Germany may well hit the spot. Made…

Portuguese Rose
09
Aug
2020

Portuguese Dāo Rosé

It’s been a few weeks now since I last reviewed a Rosé, I have opened a few but none have inspired me to hit the keyboard and tell you about…

Chateau Buisson Redon 2016
06
Aug
2020

The hunt for good quality affordable Bordeaux

Good quality affordable Bordeaux, does it exist? can you find it on the high street? and can you find a bottle that you don’t need to take out a mortgage…

L'Atzar Cava
02
Aug
2020

L’Atzar – Classy Cava

If Cava was ever underrated in its chequered past, let me tell you, this no longer applies as there is some serious classy Spanish fizz around now and this L’Atzar…

Sorcova Pinot Noir
24
Jul
2020

Sorcova Pinot Noir

There seems to be a bit of a theme at the moment in my posts about cheap wine and this review is no different, the fact is there is some…

Marques Del Bravo
19
Jul
2020

A tale of two reds

Not quite how I planned this post as I was going to tell you of a pretty good value bottle from a shop you may not associate with buying wine,…

CEO Godello
10
Jul
2020

Godello – The hidden gem

Godello, a forgotten grape that almost became extinct in the 70’s is making a comeback and probably has been for a while now but it’s still not as popular as…

Old Vine Grenache 2019
09
Jul
2020

Take a trip down this ‘Summer Road’

Every now and then a wine comes along that makes you sit up and take notice and that’s exactly what happened when I opened up this Aussie Old vine Grenache….

Tierra Sagrada White wine
03
Jul
2020

Tierra Sagrada Organic wine

The rise and popularity of organic wine seems to be on the increase , especially in the EU countries with the likes of France and Spain leading the way producing…

Jim Barry The cover Drive
30
Jun
2020

The Cover Drive

Love the look of this bottle from Jim Barry, the Cover Drive. Non cricketers amongst you will ask what is a cover drive? It’s to do with stroking the ball…

Laurent Miquel Rosé wine
27
Jun
2020

Rosé wine – for summer sipping or is it?

Been spoilt a bit recently with some very nice Rosé wine, especially in this mini heatwave. There’s just something about sipping the pink stuff when the temperature is soaring. Now…

Simpsons Chardonnay
16
Jun
2020

English wine at its best

I must admit whenever I have the chance to taste English wine I am constantly surprised (although I shouldn’t be) at how good the quality is. Whether it be still…

Alinos Vermentino
12
Jun
2020

Alinos Vermentino 2018

If you’re a fan of Sovee Bee (Sauvignon Blanc) you will probably enjoy this Italian Vermentino from the island of Sardinia. The flavour profile is similar, all be it with…

Villa Cafaggio Chianti 2016
07
Jun
2020

Chianti in the rain

Things didn’t quite go to plan when having a small family get together, didn’t imagine sitting in my sons garden, winter coat on under a gazebo which was being blown…

Cecchi Morellino Di Scansano 2018
27
May
2020

A Versatile Italian Red

I’ve often heard it said that if you are in a restaurant or at home struggling to find a wine to pair with your dinner, you would not go far…

Vina Real Rioja 2010
19
May
2020

The ‘Real’ deal

Still in relative lock-down, still enjoying a glass of wine in the garden in splendid isolation with the sun shining. Not ideal but it’s where we are and rightly so,…

Yealands Blush Rose 2019
16
May
2020

Sauvignon Blanc with a twist

With summer approaching fast, pink hued wines suddenly become very popular and this Yealands Blush from New Zealand is a lovely example of a delicately flavoured taste of summer. Made…

DAVIDA Garnacha
10
May
2020

DAVIDA Garnacha

Grenache or Garnacha is one of the most widely planted and versatile grape varieties in the world thriving in hotter climates where a lot of other grapes would struggle. So…

Kilikanoon Grenache 2018
07
May
2020

Kilikanoon – Mouthful of summer fruits

Another winner from Waitrose with this succulent Rhône blend comes the Kilikanoon from South Australia, apart from being a bit of a tongue twister (especially after a few glasses) this…

Lugana 2018
05
May
2020

Lugana 2018

Haven’t featured an Italian white for a while now and I found this Lugana in my wine rack recently so stuck it in the fridge and I must say it…

Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc
27
Apr
2020

Craggy Range Sovee Bee 2019

Still warm here in the UK so chilled drinks are order of the day, Sauvignon Blanc makes another appearance and this is a particularly good one if you like a…

Washington state Merlot
24
Apr
2020

Between the Vines Merlot

Merlot, probably one of the most popular red wines in the world with Merlot mania hitting its height in the 1990’s especially in America but then in 2004 came the…

Whispering Angel 2019 rosé
22
Apr
2020

Whispering Angel 2019

It’s that time of year again when rosé starts to make an appearance and what better way to kick of the pink season than with this wonderful bottle of Whispering…

De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc 208
17
Apr
2020

De Grendel Sovee 2018 revisited

Had to highlight this lovely South African Sovee, after tasting it again recently, beautifully expressive and elegant, one that will definitely be a repeat buy for me, Sauvignon Blanc at…

Gruner, Pando sherry & Lebanon
13
Apr
2020

Pando Fino Sherry & Felsner Gruner Veltliner……..

and a pretty awesome red blend Still currently in lock-down due to the Corona Virus pandemic so we are spending a lot of time in the garden eating and drinking…

Mar de Frades Albarino 2018
06
Apr
2020

The sun is out, the sky… so are these white wines !

Us Brits are a funny lot, just into April, the sun comes out, the temperature rises a few degrees, suddenly garden furniture comes out , Gazebo’s are erected, barbecues are…