White Wine


Quinta da Casaboa Winery – Portugal (Episode 174)

Another episode from our visit to the 2019 London Wine Fair where we have the great pleasure to talk to Joana Paes the General Manager at Quinta da Casaboa Winery about her family’s wine produced just a way outside of Portugal’s capital Lisbon.

Joana is the General manager of her Family’s winery, having grown up in the winery is part of life. The vineyard is 50km outside of Lisbon and very near the sea which has a fantastic effect on the taste of the grapes.

Joana goes on to explain the grapes they grow in their vineyard and the types of wine that they produce.

To find out more about the wine please take a look at Joana’s company’s web site: –
www.quintacasaboa.com

Apologies for the photographs of the wine not appearing on the video, photographs will, however, be available shortly.

 

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Greek Wines (Episode 172)

In this video, we talk to Grigoris Michailos about Greek Wine at the 2019 London Wine Fair.
Grigoris discusses the hundreds of years of wine history there is in Greece.
Surprisingly two-thirds of the wine produced in Greece is white wine because 79% of the Greek landmass is mountainous.

Take a look at the website Wines of Greece (https://winesofgreece.org) for more information on the wonderful world of Greek Wines.

 

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Ostatu Rioja Wine (Episode 170 Part 2)

In the second part of this episode, we interview Mariasum Saenz de Samaniego Berganzo, one of the family owners of the Ostatu winery.

This winery is located in the Rioja wine region of Spain and was established, in its current format in 1972, although Mariasum’s family have been involved with wine since the 16th century!

The Rioja region spans 60,000 hectares and is split into three basic areas.

The region comprises of very large wineries and very small vineyards,
Just one and a half hours away from Bilbao Airport this region is very accessible for anyone who wants to experience one of the great wine regions of the world.

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Txakolina Wine (Episode 170 Part 1)

This episode is from our visit to the 2019 London Wine Fair where we interview Ainhoa Gabaram about the wonderful wines available from the Basque region of Spain.

The region that Ainhoa hails from is on the very north coast of Spain, a map of it’s position can be found on our website at
Ainhao gives a very interesting brief background of the history of wine from this region and explains what wines you will like if you already enjoy more common types of wine like Sauvignon, Chardonnay etc.

 

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Grillo Wine (Sparkling) – Episode 155

In this episode, we taste a bottle of Sparkling Grillo wine available from Aldi.

It has a nice “Verde” type colour with a sweet aroma of pear.

The taste was “very lively” with a lovely “sherberty” taste to it.

It was low on the acidity that many other sparkling wines suffer from.

A very fresh and well-balanced wine for £7.99.

A fantastic price for great sparkling wine!

 

 

155 Sparkling Grillo

 

Link to Aldi’s page at the time of posting: –

https://www.aldi.co.uk/search?text=grillo&category=ALL

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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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