White Wine


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.

WineScribble is always such fun to talk to and if you fancy taking a look at there videos this link will take you to their home page on YouTube:- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC44t_l8O5PMuku-mTsoKCjw/featured

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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 john@winemastery.co.uk

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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Kourtaki Retsina (Episode 221 – Part 2)

In this episode, we try to find some good quality wines for under or around the £6 mark which are freely available in UK Supermarkets.

In the second part of this episode, we taste a Kourtaki Retsina wine from Greece which is available from the Sainsburys chain of supermarkets at the price of £5.75

John M had not tried this wine and John L had tried this style of wine a long, long time before when on holiday when in Corfu.

John L’s recognition was not very favourable, but he was keen to taste it again given the length of time since he last tasted it to see if his tastes had changed.

To the sight, the wine looks very much like an oaked Chardonnay, a golden yellow colour with a splash of green.

On the nose, the aroma is very distinctive and unlike any other wine we have tasted which we assume is as a direct result of the resin.

On the palette, the taste was also unique which was something we felt was a ”marmite” taste you either did or did not like it, there is no in-between!

 

 

 

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Aldi Blanc de Blancs (Episode 221 – Part 1)

In this episode, we try to find some good quality wines for under or around the £6 mark which are freely available in UK Supermarkets.

In the first part of the episode, we taste a Castellore Blanc de Blancs wine from Italy and available from the Aldi chain of supermarkets at the fantastic bargain price of £5.49

To the sight, the wine looks to be pale straw in colour with a slightly green hue.

On the nose, the wine has a refreshing peachy and apricots aroma.

On the palette, the taste was of crisp green apple, citrus and pear drops.

The wine’s acidity balance is also excellent and whilst one would not say it is a complex wine it is fantastic value.

 

 

 

 

 

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Burgundy’s Maison Chanzy Bouzeron Clos de la Fortune Monopole (Episode 215)

This wine was kindly given to us by some friends – John and Matthew – thanks, guys!

The wine is made from the Aligote grape which is grown in the Burgundy or Bourgogne.

We both loved the wine it is a very classy wine which for white wine is very complex on both the nose and palate.

Straw in colour, melon, peppers and even Weetabix on the nose!

On the palate, the melon is still very much present with a touch of honey and green peppers.

The wine has great complexity and a great length for white wine.

Hopefully, this link will help you find out where you can source this wine local to you

https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/maison+chanzy+clos+de+la+fortune+bouzeron+cote+chalonnaise+burgundy+france

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Lusus (Portuguese) Wines Interview (Episode 201)

We have the great pleasure of interviewing Alexis and Claire a husband and wife team who have just set up their new venture Lusus Wines.

Luses Wines only sells Portuguese Wine from vineyards hand-picked (s to speak) by Alexis and Claire.

Many of the wines they offer are from small artisan vineyards where an inordinate amount of care and pride goes into producing some of the best wine to come out of Portugal.

 

Included in the Lusus catalogue is wine from Quinta da Casaboa who we interviewed in Episode 174 (https://youtu.be/vjcyLunyDws) and 196 (https://youtu.be/5yHJ1regwkw)

We discuss what prompted Alexis and Claire to start this new venture, how they selected the wines they are now selling as well as many other subjects.

 

Find out more about the wines Lusus offer at their website https://www.lususwines.co.uk/

 

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House of Wines – Portugal (Episode 196 Part 4)

In this part of this episode, we talk to Filipa and José from House of Wines –
Portugal.

We have a fascinating discussion about their wine and Portuguese wine in general.

If you are ever in Portugal – well worth trying to find out this wine!

 

 

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Ervideira Vineyard – Interview (Episode 196 Part 3)

In this part of the episode, we visit the Ervideira vineyard and talk to one of the owners who is the vineyard’s winemaker.

He begins by explaining the history of his family’s vineyard – he is one of the fourth generation now running the vineyard.

They have a fantastic range of 25 wines which are all top-flight – they focus on quality rather than volume.

They also have quirky wines such as the 30,000 bottles wines that are stored underwater at a depth of around 30m in Portugal’s and Europes largest lake which, when you compare to exactly the same wine stored above water, taste significantly different.

 

 

 

 

 

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Woodchurch Vineyard & Wine Tasting Visit (Episode 200)

In this video, I get the great pleasure to visit Graham and Donna Barbour and find out all about their fantastic venture into the world of winemaking.

I discovered their wine when interviewing Sara and Becky at Elizabeth Rose Wines and was so impressed with their Classic Cuvee sparkling wine that I ask to pop down to see them so I could discover more!

I visited the vineyard right in the middle of grape picking so a very busy time for Graham and Donna.

Graham explains their journey into winemaking from a completely different career path starting back in 2009.

Graham explains how they decided what variety of grapes to grow and then goes onto explain how to know when to pick the grapes besides, lots, lots more.

While there I was excited to taste three wines with Graham – their Blanc de Blanc, their Chardonnay and their very special limited Pinot Noir edition.

I really enjoyed this visit I hope you enjoy the video!

Take a look at their website where you can order their wines directly from the “Cellar Door”

https://woodchurchwine.co.uk/collections/all

 

 

 

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