Wine


Tasting Aldi’s Monsigny Champagne No. III (Episode 229)

In this episode, we taste a bottle of champagne kindly sent to us by Aldi.

The bottle in question, Monsigny Champagne No. III retails at £12.49 in the UK.

It is a great bottle of champagne and to our taste performed better than some champagnes that retail for twice the price!

We had absolutely no reservations in recommending this champagne fantastic value at this fantastic price!

Here is the link to find out more from Aldi’s website: –

https://www.aldi.co.uk/veuve-monsigny-champagne-brut/p/052600004580000

 

 

 

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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!

It can be found on Lusus Wines Website at:-

https://www.lususwines.co.uk/wines/Monte-Sao-Sebastiao-Red-Reserva-p189511704

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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

If you would like to take a look at WineScribble’s fantastic channel you can find it by following this link: –

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC44t_l8O5PMuku-mTsoKCjw/featured

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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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Yellow Tail – Malbec (Episode 221 – Part 6)

We continued this episode of budget wines from supermarkets, in this part of the episode we taste a well-known brand – a Yellow Label Malbec.

This retails at £6.00 so like the rest of the wines in this episode is very affordable.

The nose or smell is predominantly of sweet blackcurrants and smells just great!

The wine was very smooth, rounded, nice balance with the tannins, quite a big taste, juicy and a good length.

This wine could well be enjoyed by a white wine drinker as well as a red wine drinker.

 

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Tesco’s Cote du Rhone (Episode 221 Part 5)

We continue our episode on budget wines from supermarkets.

This part of the episode we review Tesco’s own brand Cote du Rhone for the fantastic price of £4.50.

The colour was spot on for a Cote du Rhone.

On the nose (smell) there was raspberry and vanilla.

The taste was surprisingly good for the price, especially as French wine tends to be more expensive than other country’s wines.

A fantastic value everyday wine.

The length is also surprisingly good.

 

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Sainsburys House Torla Rioja Wine – (Episode 221 Part 4)

In the 4th part of this episode where we check out wines available in the supermarket for under £6.50, we try out this House Rioja from Sainsbury’s.

The colour was a deep purple and on the nose, cheery was the predominant aroma.

However, John M felt that there was a vinegar tinge to the small – not a good start!

On the palette the cherry flavour hits you and then the tannins kick in and then the taste is gone.

So a good honest simple table wine and at £5.00 one can not complain.

John L described it as a good country wine.

 

 

 

 

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Casaboa Reserva (Episode 201 – Part 2)

In this episode, we taste a wonderful wine kindly dispatched to us by Lusus wines.

( Our interview with them can be seen by following the following link https://youtu.be/hdaM0Pce95o )

Lusus wines only import and sell great Portuguese wines and this is certainly one of them!

This wine comes from the Quinta Da Casaboa vineyard and our interview with their lovely General Manager can be seen at https://youtu.be/5yHJ1regwkw

This particular wine is produced in homage to Joanna’s Grandfather, and only the best grapes are used to produce this wine.

If due to a particular year’s weather the grapes don’t meet exacting standards the vineyard does not produce a “Reserva” that year.

A great aroma of cherries and blackcurrants, with John M getting notes of marzipan while John L was getting notes of vanilla.

The taste was beautiful and did not disappoint with blackcurrant and black cherry tastes to the fore with a great mouthfeel.

The wine has a very velvety or creamy feel.

We could both detect a hint of oak flavour.

John M describes drinking this wine as not just tasting but an experience.

At the time of writing this wine has proved so popular that Lusus had already run out of stock so we are unable to give you a link to the page devoted just to this wine, but the good news is more is on the way and this page should lead you to the details once the wine has arrived from Sunny Portugal!

https://www.lususwines.co.uk/quinta-da-casaboa

 

 

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