Botham Wines
07
May
2019

Sir Ian Botham Wines

Always a bit sceptical about celebrity endorsed wines but in this case the man himself cricket legend Sir Ian Botham is renowned as a passionate wine lover especially the Aussie…

Bardolino
27
Apr
2019

Light,cheerful & chilled

Fancy a nice white or Rosé ? it may be perfect for those summer evenings sitting in the garden with the sun shining but have you considered a light red…

Monte Da Casteleja
16
Apr
2019

Organic White from the Algarve

Back in the summer of 2018, we visited an Organic vineyard ‘Monte Da Casteleja’ situated in the Algarve region of Portugal. We were so impressed with the quality of the…

Lot XI chardonnay
06
Apr
2019

Lot XI Chardonnay

A quick review Couldn’t let this bottle from Aldi pass without a quick mention, a lovely Aussie Chardonnay from Clare Valley/Margaret River, full of fresh citrus, tropical fruits and a…

Luigi Bosca & Catena
02
Apr
2019

Battle of the Malbecs

“Ladies and Gentleman for tonight’s main event, a head to head contest featuring two Argentinian Malbecs sponsored by Waitrose. In the blue corner and weighing in at 75cl from the…

19
Mar
2019

In Praise of Furmint, the Hungarian ‘Jewell in the Crown’

I was recently invited courtesy of Brian Elliot’s Midweek Wines to the ‘Wines of Hungary’ Furmint tasting in London where I was treated to an array of sublime white wines,…

Tempus & Lisboa red wines
14
Mar
2019

Tempus Two & Lisboa red wines

A double review this time, two red wines and a real contrast in styles, one a light Cabernet Sauvignon from south-east Australia and the other a heavier but silky Portuguese…

20
Feb
2019

Bo Ya Pinot Noir 2015 – Chile

Pinot Noir, Burgundy’s most famous if a little fickle grape, requiring optimum growing conditions to produce what often becomes an elegant wine. Although it is often described as a “difficult”…

De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc
10
Feb
2019

Stunning South African ‘Sovee Bee’

Regular readers will know I rate wine with a simple Cork rating and back in September 2018 after a long while searching for my first 9/10 corks I tried a…

Gordons wine bar
06
Feb
2019

Gordon’s Wine Bar, step back in time

Visiting London? fancy a glass of wine? then why not head down Villiers Street at the Embankment, seek out Gordon’s Wine Bar, enter by the side entrance carefully walk down…

La Maldita Garnacha
27
Jan
2019

La Maldita, the ‘Cursed one’

Another bottle from Spain, this time a Garnacha but from the Rioja region where Tempranillo is king. La Maldita literally translates to ‘The Cursed one’ referring to the fact that…

25
Jan
2019

A Huge Red Wine, so the label says, loudly!

What can I say about this wine, well, believe it or not, it’s Spanish, it’s a Tempranillo blend although there’s no clue as to what the blend is? It’s cheap…

Villa Antorini Toscana 2015
13
Jan
2019

Is this a super ‘Super Tuscan’ ??

A Super Tuscan, a wine made in Tuscany that uses the IGT label, doesn’t follow the traditional DOCG rules but still uses grapes grown in the Tuscan region. Well, this…

27
Dec
2018

My top 10 wine stars of 2018

Another year almost finished and another year writing about something I love, wine. First let me thank everyone who has followed my ramblings over the last 12 months and whether…

Sangiovese
20
Dec
2018

Aldi Wine Club – This Sangiovese Loves Pizza

A few weeks ago was lucky enough to be picked for the latest Aldi Wine Club review panel, not my first time I hasten to add and I’ve always enjoyed…

Les dauphins Cotes du Rhone
09
Dec
2018

Les Dauphins – Cotes Du Rhone Villages 2017

If you ever find yourself struggling to decide which wine to open for guests, whether it be a dinner party or just a get together with friends then reach for…

27
Nov
2018

Two cracking Italians

Been a bit of an Italian Job last week with these two very enjoyable bottles  finding there way onto our dinner table. One a white from the north of Lake…

ANDA Tempranillo/Syrah
04
Nov
2018

Fiesta ‘ANDA’ Flamenco

Most people think of Andalucia as mainly a holiday area full of hotels, tourists, sunloungers and fiesta, so when you see this bottle on the shelf although there’s no doubting…

PCWine Awards Cartoon
03
Nov
2018

People’s Choice Wine Awards 2018, Pt 2 – Who made the Shortlist?

Seems like ages ago I was in Manchester at the Albert Square Chop House sitting in a room full of fellow wine enthusiasts, both amateur and professional as a round 1…

Luis Felipe Edwards Chardonnay
30
Oct
2018

Over the top Chardonnay? Yes it is but….

Not another over the top buttery Chardonnay, I hear you cry, yes it is but and It’s a big but (if you pardon the expression) this is an over the…

villa nardelli Sangiovese
21
Oct
2018

Villa Nardelli – Cuvée Carolina 2016

Hot on the heels of our recent trip to Tuscany, where we tasted some pretty decent wines, I am still enjoying and actively seeking out anything Italian that looks remotely…

Waitrose Provence rosé wine
20
Oct
2018

Rosé, not just for summer, not just for necking.

Times, they are a changing in the world of rosé wine. The image of it being a young persons pre-drink of choice before going out on a Saturday night bender…

Vino Views Logo
18
Oct
2018

Wine reviews, what’s the point?

I often ask myself, ‘who reads wine reviews’ and why should I bother with investing time and effort in letting people know what I think of a certain bottle of…

Les Nivieres Cabernet Franc
13
Oct
2018

‘Les Nivières’ Cabernet Franc Saumur 2016

This ‘Les Nivières’ French beauty which comes from the banks of the Loire in the castle town of Saumur is a fresh, vibrant Cabernet Franc and I must say it’s…

People's Choice Wine Awards
03
Oct
2018

People’s Choice Wine Awards 2018 – Round 1 Judging

The saying ‘ It does exactly what it says on the tin’ seemed to fit this gig perfectly, ‘The People’s Choice Wine Awards’ an event in which a  selection of…

Rey Noble
15
Sep
2018

The Majestic Noble King

It certainly wasn’t the label that attracted me to this bottle, it’s pretty bizarre, to say the least. I bought it because I like Grenache or Garnacha but this kind…

Elara Oak aged Sauvignon Blanc
07
Sep
2018

Elara 2017- Oak aged Sauvignon Blanc

Every now and then a wine comes along with the Wow factor and this New Zealand Sovee Bee (Sauvignon Blanc) is just one of those times. Took a chance with…

Vinho Verde
05
Sep
2018

Quinta De Azevedo – Vinho Verde

Although the weather is cooling down as the summer draws to a close there’s still no reason not to drink a refreshing white wine with a hint of spritz and…

23
Aug
2018

Champagne Road Trip 2018

‘Come quickly, I’m tasting stars’ exclaimed the Benedictine Monk Dom Pérignon, when talking about the worlds most celebrated fizzy drink Champagne and to be honest, I don’t think he was…

Kaapzicht Chenin Blanc
04
Aug
2018

Kaapzicht Chenin Blanc 2017 – South Africa

Every now and then you open a bottle and Wow! is the first thing that springs to mind and this is what happened when I first opened this Kaapzicht Chenin…