Tesco’s Finest Malbec (Episode 243)

In this episode, we taste Tesco’s Own Finest Range Argentinian Malbec.

To look at, this wine is a very deep garnet colour with John M seeing purple on the rim of the wine!

On the nose or to smell, the initial smell of plum and then onto blackcurrant.

Taste-wise the taste is remarkably like the nose and is genuinely nice.

The length could be longer however for the price this wine is good value.



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Review of Santa Julia Malbec Wine (Episode 240)

In this episode, we taste a Malbec from Argentina – Santa Julia Malbec.

A full-on scent or nose which resembles a Pinot Noir. John M managed to smell a rubber smell just like car tyres.

Taste-wise black cherries came through, it is very juicy and a nice texture.

The tannins are nicely balanced with the end taste being a bit more of an earthy taste with a hint of fresh pipe tobacco.

A great Malbec to try.




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Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc (Episode 242)

In this episode, we taste one of the big names in the global wine industry and one of the best-known Sauvignon in the world from one of the best know Sauvignon Blanc areas in the world – Marlborough New Zealand – Oyster Bay!

This video was prompted by a friend who can only drink this Sauvignon Blanc as every other Sauvignon Blanc she tried gave her indigestion but, not Oyster Bay.

So, we thought we would find out just how smooth it was!

A great scent or nose with John M even smelling elderflower.

The taste is stereotypically Sauvignon Blanc. Delicious citrus flavour with some lychee flavour coming through with nice soft acidity.

At around £8.00 in the UK, this is a terrific value wine, if you like Sauvignon, you will like this!




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Tasting Monte Sao Sebastiao (Episode 239)

In this episode, we taste another great wine kindly sent to us by Lusus.

This wine, Monte Sao Sebastiao, looks great, smells great and tastes great!

John L for strange reason smells nuts on the nose!?

However, everyone else is more likely to get a doughy champagne type of smell with some apple fruit as well!

The note is not as dry as Champagne, but more rounded.

We reckon if you like Chablis you will love this wine and for the price is likely to be less than you would pay for a Chablis of this standard.

This is one of those special wines for a special occasion!

So special in fact John L gave it the highest score he has given a white wine so far in 2020!

The Wine is made from Rabigato and Gouveio grapes grown on old vines.

The wine has been aged in French Oak barrels for 6 months to achieve these perfectly balanced flavours.


You can find this wine at –

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Barefoot Pinot Grigio Review (Episode 238)

We taste and review one of the wines from one of the worlds biggest wine brands. We taste a Pinot Grigio from their range.

How will this very popular wine sold around the world hold up?

On the nose, it had a very prominent nose and John M felt the nose was more in keeping with the old classical style of Pinot Grigio.

Taste-wise the wine did not disappoint, tropical fruits including pineapple and reasonably complex.

Full of taste and very good value.


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Bathtub Gin (Episode 237)

We taste a very nice gin distilled in the South East of England, by Ableforth called Bathtub Gin.

The gin is named after the very old practice of topping gin bottles up with water and because of the height of the bottles, this was done in the Bathtub!

We did ask Ableforths where the somewhat unusual 43.3% alcohol content came from but they did not respond so the secret remains with them!





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Tintaboa White Wine from Lusus (Epsidoe 236)

In this episode, we taste another wine from the Quinta Da Casa vineyard just north of Portugal, kindly sent to us by Lusus Wines ( ).

This wine is a great red wine made of 70% Merlot and 30% Touriga Nacional and is, we feel for ideal for a summers day!

More details of the wine can be found on Lusus Wines website as above and the vineyard’s website at: –



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Aldi’s Signargues Cotes du Rhone Village (Episode 235)

In this episode, we taste a great Cotes du Rhone Village, kindly sent to us by Aldi.

So a wine that is from an internationally renown wine region.

It has a great nose (aroma) with John M even detecting rubber!

At £6.99 this a terrific bargain and if Aldi gets it back in stock give it a go and we are sure if you like Cotes du Rhone you will like this.


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Aldi’s Lyme Bay Block Rosé (Episode 234)

In this episode, we taste an English Rosé kindly sent to us by Aldi.

The Rosé supplied is the Lyme Bay Block Rose from their vineyard in Devon.

This Rosé is of course ideal for drinking in the garden or when out on a picnic. A delicate scent, a beautiful colour and it really delivers on the taste.

Lovely mouthfeel, good length, great balanced acidity, and a reasonable amount of length for a Rosé.


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Qunita da Casa Boa Red Wine (Episode 233)

This wine was sent to us by Lusus wines ( ) to try.

It’s predominant grape (70%) is Merlot combined with Touriga National (30%).

The nose (aroma/bouquet) was really interesting and smelt a little like Pinot Noir.

A really great wine, lighter in style than the previous wine tasted from Lusus.

Perhaps though, more suitable for the summer months?




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