White Wine


Flor de Sao Jose – White Wine (Episode 241)

In this episode, we taste another great wine from Lusus Wines the specialist Portuguese Wine website.

Lusus have sent us some great wines and this one does not disappoint. This wine is made from 3 grapes, Arinto, Rabigato and Gouveio.

Produced in the Douro valley where Port is produced.

The wine’s nose or smell reminded us of a light Pinot Noir.

The taste didn’t exactly match the scent or nose and left the two John’s slightly stuck as to how to describe it.

We, therefore, asked Clair and Alexis the proprietors of the website, to drop us a quick video to explain which they kindly did and we embedded, as you can see, their video into this episode.

This is a lovely wine to explore with your taste buds!

 

 

 

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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 – https://www.lususwines.co.uk/wines/Monte-Sao-Sebastiao-White-Reserva-p189511703

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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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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 ( https://www.lususwines.co.uk ).

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: – https://www.quintacasaboa.com/merlot

 

 

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Qunita da Casa Boa Red Wine (Episode 233)

This wine was sent to us by Lusus wines ( https://www.lususwines.co.uk/about-us ) 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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Aldi’s Pinot Gris Pierre Jaurant Wine Review (episode 231)

We taste a great Pinot Gris available from the Supermarket Aldi.

Even though the wine was produced in France it really reminded John L of Italian Pinot Grigio which is also made from Pinot Gris grapes, even though he didn’t remember this at the time of filming!

This wine, at £5.49, is fantastic value for a great Pinot Gris.

This would be a great wine to match a lot of Italian dishes even if it is a French wine, as well as seafood and sushi!

 

If you like Pinot Grigio you must try this!

https://www.aldi.co.uk/pierre-jaurant-pinot-gris/p/013374281301000

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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.

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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