White Wine


Jay Z’s Armand De Brignac Champagne (Episode 134 Part 2)

In this part of this episode, we taste the Armand De Brignac Champagne. This Champagne House is owned by the famous rapper Jay Z husband to Beyonce.

This champagne retails at between £200 and £300 and in our view it’s taste did not warrant the price tag.

In John L’s opinion, the Ambriel tasted a few weeks ago which retails at £26.50 tastes better!

to find out more take a look at the video if you have not already!

 

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Pol Roger 2004 Vintage Champagne (Episode 134 Part 1)

In this episode, we taste two big names in the Champagne world Pol Roger and Armand de Brignac which both have a hefty price tag so we are expecting great things from both of them, but particularly the Armand de Brignac as it retails between £200 and £3001

In this first part, we taste a Vintage Pol Roger 2004 which retails at a price around £75.

A fantastic well-balanced glass of Champagne with no excess acidity to detect. The flavour is as close as you can get to perfection for John L!

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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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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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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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Tasting Wines from Barnardo Winery in California (Episode 126 Part 1)

In this episode we taste some wine produced at the Barnardo Winery just north of San Diego.

The video is made on the hoof, so to speak, so please excuse some of the sound and visual quality, but thought it was still worth publishing, especially with Rocco and Marco’s contribution.

Whilst on holiday in Californa my daughter and I were lucky to enough to get the opportunity to try some wines at this lovely little vineyard.

We were also lucky enough to meet Rocco and AMrco while we were there and get their view of some of the wines.

We hope you enjoy this impromptu episode!

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Pol Roger Champagne (Episode 122 Part 5)

Finally, in part 5 of this episode, we taste the most expensive of our five Champagnes.

This champagne proved to be more complex than the previous four champagnes we tasted in this episode.

It only just nudged into its pole position ahead of Ambriel, so depending on whether you were sitting down totally concentrating on what you were drinking or whether you were enjoying a social occasion may well determine which champagne you would choose.

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Vollereaux Champagne (Episode 122 Part 4)

This Champagne at twice the cost of the Lois Delaunay Champagne we tasted in part two of this episode was not, in our view, as good.

We do emphasise however that this is a totally subjective view and you may very well love it!

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