Monthly archives: March 2019


Testing an Electric Wine Aerator (Episode 131 Part 2)

In this episode, we are comparing tasting wine straight out of the bottle, aerated by a special aeration device and by decanting,

In this part of the episode, we taste a wine from a bottle that has just been opened and then dispensed via an Aervana electric wine aerator.

A definite improvement was experienced, it toned down the tannins, opening up the wine, helping the fruit flavours blossom and making the wine “richer” and providing a “silkier” feel.

 

 

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Aeration of Wine (Episode 131 Part 1)

In this episode, we compare the same bottle just opened, once straight out of the bottle, then using an electric wine aerator produced by Aervana (www.Aervana.com).

In this first part, we evaluate the wine straight from the bottle having only just opened the bottle.

 

 

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Hortus Gin (Episode 130)

In this episode, we taste Hortus Gin available from Lidl.

Tasted neat it had an earthy taste with a mint aftertaste.

With a great hint of the aroma from a plastic swimming pool!

When you add tonic the taste is greatly embellished and significantly improved. The burn is gone, it is sweeter and a much more complex taste – fantastic value at £14.99

 

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Snobby Wine Terms Explained (Episode 129)

This video was conceived from a question from Herya Wang who asked for a better explanation of the term earthy.

So we decided to go through some of the terms used by wine tasters to express what they are tasting, sometimes these terms can seem pretentious and snobby but they are in many ways the go to explain what your taste buds are going through.

 

 

We have listed some bullet points below to assist while watching this video.

Our Top Ten Phrases

Dusty / Earthy
Example – Tempranillo
Summertime when it has not rained for some time and you walk through a dust cloud.
Or smell when repotting a plant
However, remember it is just a component and when combined with fruit does not taste horrible

Minerality

When at a waterfall it also smells of the rocks,
An example can be Champagne and Chablis as the chalk subsoil these grapes normally grow in gives a minerality to white wine.

Gamey

Near a barn or somewhere where there are animals or animal smell
Example Pinot Noir

Tannin and Acidic can sometimes be confused

Normally Acidic taste will come from under your tongue whilst the Tannins will be experienced from your cheek area

Tannin

Eating bran flakes without milk – your mouth feels very, very dry
Acidic

Imagine eating a citrus fruit like a lemon which makes your mouth and sometimes your eyes water.

Finish / length

After you have finished swallowing the wine how your mouth feels and what taste is left and for how long. Acidic wines tend to just clean the palette whilst a wine with length can sometimes be felt for many minutes afterwards

Bouquet or Nose

The small or aroma the wine gives off

Wine is Tight

Needs time to breathe before the full taste of the wine can be experienced.

One should open the bottle for a while before drinking or even decant.

Some old wines sometimes can be described like this and it is almost as if they need time to recompose themselves

Balance

If we say wine is made up of:-
Acidity or sweetness
Tannin
Fruitiness
Non Fruit flavours
Alcohol

Then balance is when none of these components overpowers any of the others

Let us know your thoughts on snobby wine terms and whether there are any we have missed.

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Virgin Atlantic Upper-Class Crozes Hermitage Wine (Episode 128 Part 4)

In the last part of this episode, we taste another wine from Virgin Atlantic’s upper-class cabin; a 2016 Laurent Combier Crozes-Hermitage.

What another great wine to serve it’s upper-class passengers.

It’s available online for just under £22 a bottle and given it’s complexity, it soft and smooth tannins and it’s great length a very fair price.

Once again a big thank you to Virgin Atlantic, Ali and Saleem for arranging the samples.

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Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy Red Wine (Episode 128 Part 2)

In the second part of this episode, we taste the red wine being offered by Virgin Atlantic top their Premium Economy – thanks so much to Saleem and Ali for arranging the samples for us.

A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes which are grown in Spain and bottled in France.

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Harry & Megan’s Wedding and Virgin Atlantic’s Upper-Class White Bourgogne Wine (Episode 128 Part 3)

In the third part of this episode, we taste some first class Bourgogne Chardonnay wine served by Virgin Atlantic to their Upper-Class passengers.

A really classy wine and as described in the video it’s lush and extremely well balanced.

This wine is available online for under £18 if you fancy trying it, just google Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Chardonnay, a great price for such a complex and well-balanced wine. Especially when you consider that it effectively has Royal approval, being served at Windsor Castle to toast Harry & Megan at their wedding reception!

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Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy Sauvignon Blanc Wine (Episode 128 Part 1)

In this episode, we taste some wines that are served on Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy and Upper-Class cabins.

We start off in this part of the episode, by tasting a Sauvignon
Blanc served in the Premium Economy Cabin.

We discuss the issue of reduced taste when flying at 30,000+ feet and discuss what this wine would have paired well with on the
Premium Economy menu.

A big shout out to Ali and Saleem for giving us the bottle to taste!

Thanks Guys!

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Divine Raspberry Gin Cocktail (Episode 127 Part 7)

In the last part of this video, we taste a cocktail prepared by Ray, the distiller at Divine Gin, based on his Divine Raspberry Gin.

Crush a couple of Raspberries into a glass
50ml of Divine Raspberry Gin
Squeeze the juice of two lemons into the glass
Add a sprig of mint
Add some lemonade

So simple and such a great cocktail!

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Asda Argentine Mendoza Malbec (Episode 132 Part 2)

In the 2nd part of this episode, we taste our 2nd malbec from Argentina.

This bottle is from Asda’s extra special range, priced at £6.00 and again from the Mendoza region of Argentina.

On the nose, the wine had a very light aroma and John M thought it resembled a Pinot Noir aroma rather than a Malbec.

The taste was, however, was far better, although a lot lighter in taste, than the Malbec tasted in part 1 of this episode.

John M did not think the taste is one you would normally expect from a Malbec.

 

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