Beginners Wine Tasting Course


Primanero Organic Primitivo (Episode 219)

This is a great wine and such incredible value at £4.99 from Aldi produced in the Puglia in the south of Italy in what some call the “heel” of Italy.

We could easily have believed it was retailing at twice the price.

The primary difference between organic wine and regular wine s that the grapes are grown organically with the absence of pesticides.

The wine smells great and has a great taste of cherry with a great length and fantastic after taste. F

or the price, this wine is of exceptional value!

 

 

 

 

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19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon (Episode 216)

In this episode, we taste another of the 19 Crimes Wines from South East Australia, this time their Cabernet Sauvignon.

These wines each depict a criminal deported to Australia for a crime committed in the UK, quite often for something like unauthorised fishing.

On the nose, we smelt Black Cherry, a touch of vanilla and a “Jammy” smell probably promoted by the full-on fruit notes.

On the palate, the wine had a great mouthfeel, with a lot going on the glass giving a complex combination of flavours and then finally leaving an after taste of cherries.

We mentioned in the video that another YouTuber, John from HillBillySelectReviews, had reviewed this wine with two of his pals and interestingly they also detected black cherry and Jamminess on the nose. They also came up with a hint of chocolate and raisin on the palate.

If you want to take a look at their review you can see it at – https://youtu.be/I0PAXFMZY70

 

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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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Sainsbury’s Primitivo (Episode 214)

This wine from Sainsbury’s own brand – Taste the Difference is a wine well known to John M, but not to John L – have you heard of it? Let us know in the comments section.

The wine was available from Sainsbury’s at £7.00 at the time of recording.

 

On the nose, John M felt the smell reminded him of a damp dog which wasn’t meant to be a derogatory comment!

Also, a spiciness was detected that reminded John L of stewed apple and Rhubarb and apple crumble for John L.

On the palate, the taste is very fruity at first then the tannins kick after which a liquorice taste kicks in. Perhaps a wine that is best eating with a great Italian pasta dish.

 

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Herdade Dos Grous – Wine from Portugals Alentejano Region (Episode 213)

In this episode, we taste yet another fantastic Portuguese red wine, I don’t think we have found a bad wine from Portugual in all the wines Portuguese wines we have reviewed so far.

This wine is so well balanced it is really difficult to distinguish one particular fruit or dominate the flavour.

 

Here is a exert from the vineyard’s website explaining the grape and process the wine undergoes –

 

Herdade dos Grous Tinto

 

Grape varieties

Alicante Bouschet (30%)

Syrah (15,5%)

Touriga Nacional (20%)

Aragonez (35%)

Vinification

The hand-picked grapes are de-stemmed and then cooled down through thermal shock to 10°C.

After two days of cold maceration the wine ferments in small steel tanks.

The maturing takes place in new barrique barrels made from French oak.

Serving We recommend serving this wine with roast beef, chicken curry or spaghetti bolognese.

Ideal serving temperature is 14 to 16°C.

 

Barrique Barrels in case you are wondering is the name given to a particular shape and capacity of barrel.

A Barrique Barrell has a 225 litre or 59-gallon capacity.

The size, as in many things, is important as the smaller the barrel the more contact the wine has with the wood or oak.

A barrique barrel being much smaller than a hogshead barrel for instance that has a capacity of 300 litres or 79 gallons.

 

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Most Wanted – Pinot Noir (Episode 209)

In this episode, we taste a Pinot Noir produced in New Zealand by Most Wanted Wines.

It was purchased from Sainsbury’s for £10.00

New Zealand normally produces some great Pinot Noir so we were interested to see how this one compared.

This particular Pinot Noir was very light in colour or put another way very translucent.

On the nose or if you prefer the scent of the wine was again very light and didn’t have those earthy notes that many Pinot Noir wines have.

The taste was very light, a little cherry taste, quite juicy, with a hint of tobacco.

The conclusion we came to was that this was not the best Pinot Noir we had ever tasted but was a “nice” wine.

 

 

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Red Sancerre (Episode 210)

In this episode, we taste a Sancerre, but a special Sancerre in that it is a Red Sancerre.

Sancerre is world renown and by many is viewed to be the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world.

Red wine from the region is not however so well known and typically is made with Pinot Noir.

On the nose, this wine didn’t exhibit the normal forest floor scent for John L whilst John M could smell it very very faintly.

The Scent from the wine was very light but strawberry fruit could be detected.

On the taste, the wine seems very one dimensional, the taste of strawberry was present but in John M’s view the tannins were a little too heavy for the lighter tasted experienced with this wine.

Our view of this particular wine, (Sancerre Rouge Les Champs Clos Pinot Noir is available from Sainsbury’s for £11.50) overall was disappointing from it’s lack of complexity of taste given the price.

 

 

 

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Zaccagnni’s Ikebana – Montepulciano (Episode 212)

In this episode, we taste a Montepulciano purchased from a restaurant, Devour at the Dye House, ( https://devour.co.uk ) which is local to John L. The owner of the restaurant, Olivia, recommended this particular wine and, rather than tasting it at the restaurant, I decided to take it to the cellar to taste with John M.

We start of the video with John M making a faux pas by saying the wine we are tasting is made from the same grapes as the famous Amarone wine. After filming he remembered that in fact, the grapes used for Amarone are Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella, not Montepulciano. Amarone is also made in the north of Italy in the Valpolicella Region whilst the wine we were tasting, Ikebana originated in the Abruzzo Region (Colline Pescaresi – Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT)). If you take a look at our website we will provide an illustration showing where both of these wines are produced.

The wine is produced using the same techniques as Beaujolais Noveau – carbonic maceration which is a process where the whole grapes are fermented in a rich carbon dioxide environment prior to being crushed. This results in the wine being fruity and very low in tannins.

The colour was a vibrant purple, on the nose a blackcurrant and flora notes could be detected.

The taste was light but incredibly delicious but light and very fruity. Given the lightness of the wine, the length was surprisingly long.

We both scored this very highly and John L preferred this wine to Beaujolais Noveau!

 

 

 

 

 

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M&S Lock Keepers Shiraz (Episode 206 – Part 2)

In the 2nd part of this episode, we taste a Shiraz from Marks and Spencer – Lock Keepers Reserve 2018 produced in South Eastern Australia.

The price of this wine at the time of writing is £9.00.

The nose was much more subtle than the Shiraz we tasted in part 1 of this episode.

It was much more difficult to detect the aromas of this wine, plum was present and John M also detected some tobacco and some spice.

On the palate, however, this wine had a full-on taste on the palate.

It had an intense fruit taste but was also very soft and smooth to the palate.

 

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Aldi Australian Shiraz – Revisited (Episode 206 – Part 1)

Shiraz is the signature grape for Australia, so we are expecting great things.

This particular Australian Shiraz is from Aldi’s own Exquisite range and costs at the time of writing £5.70p.

John M managed to smell Cherry, eucalyptus, chocolate and coffee on the nose while John M only managed to smell cherry!

John M, however, was not able to get anything but the cherry on the taste and so was left slightly disappointed.

He, was, however, impressed by the balance of tannins in this wine.

John L felt this wine would be a good introduction to Shiraz for those that did not like their reds too powerful.

 

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