Red wine

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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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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Tasting Jam Shed Shiraz Wine (Episode 232) 1

We taste a Red Wine recommended by a viewer, Ian Stirling, as being a great wine if you enjoy that “Jammy” taste in wine.

We have tasted another wine previously, Jammy Roo, ( ) which was a great Jammy experience, and therefore we were comparing Jam Shed quite a lot.

Probably a great wine to start off your Red Wine journey if you want to get into red wines and are struggling to find one you like.   

John M lists off some great cheeses to pair with this wine if you would like to experiment with some combination of tastes.




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Tasting Monte Sao Sebastaio Wine (Episode 228)

In the first episode, we have managed to get together since lockdown we taste a fantastic red wine from Portugal kindly sent to us by Lusus Wines.

The wine, Monte Sao Sebastiao, is made from Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca and Touriga Nacional grapes.

This wine has our highest score this year, well worth a try if you fancy treating yourself!

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WineScribble – Cabernet Sauvignon (Episode 227 – Part 2)

In the 2nd and last part of this episode, we continue our discussion with the fabulous WineScribble and get down to some tasting!

We each taste a Cabernet Sauvignon, WinsScribble, of course, tastes one from Cyprus, John M tastes one from Australia and John L tastes one from California USA.

They are all at different price points and, of course, given their different geographical origins, each has different qualities to the other two.

The wines tasted were:-

WineScribble’s Choice – Meth Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

John M’s Choice – Botham Merrill Willis Cabernet Sauvignon

John L’s Choice – The Original Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon

We hope you enjoy!


John M’s Cabernet Sauvignon

WineScribble’s Cabernet Sauvignon

John L’s Cabernet Suvignon

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Cabernet Sauvignon with WineScribble (Episode 227 Part 1)

In another lockdown episode, we get to talk to Anabel from WineScribble about all things Cabernet Sauvignon.

We talk about where the wine is grown, why it is present in Cyprus and of course our Corvid – 19 is affecting the wine industry in Cyprus.

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How do you choose wine? (Episode 226)

In this episode, we talk to Haley Nicols, an ex sommelier, who lives in Florida USA, about how to choose wine in the wine shop and from a restaurant wine list.

Haley also suggests how to give the sommelier an idea of the price bracket we are looking at without saying it out aloud for our guests to hear.

Haley is so passionate about wine it was such great fun to talk to her, we hope you enjoy the conversation too!


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Using Local Wine Shop in Lockdown (Episode 225)

In this episode, given we are in Lockdown here in the UK John and I discuss how his shop in Brighouse is adapting to meet the challenge of keeping afloat in these turbulent times of the Corona Virus.

If you want to try some of John’s wines or get some recommendations from him make a comment below or drop us an email

We do, of course also take the opportunity to taste a couple of wines!

John M tastes a Pinot Noir that is available from his shop for £10.99 and John L tastes a Sauvignon Blanc which was available from Naked wines for £9.99.

We hope you are all keeping safe!


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Gran Familia Rioja (Episode 223)

In this video, we taste a Rioja kindly donated to us by Anna.

This particular Rioja is a Gran Familia Rioja (more details can be found at ). This is a great introduction to Rioja if you are not onto too heavy tasting style wines.

This Rioja is very light for a Rioja and not as full-bodied as you might expect from a Rioja.

It is very refreshing and might even take a chill.


This wine is available from the Co-Op in the UK.


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