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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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Sarah Abbott Master of Wine -Talks about Georgian Wines (Episode 166)

Sarah Abbott is one of only 382 Masters of Wine in the world and so is perfectly qualified to talk about the Georgian wines that are just beginning to break into the western markets.

Sarah informs us that Georgia is, based on archaeological findings, the oldest area where wine was deliberately made over 8,000 years ago.

Sarah then goes on to explain the great wines and grapes of Georgia, which currently are under the region. She also highlights several grape varietals you should try from Georgia during our interview.

Sarah makes Georgia sound like a must-visit place for the foodie as well as the wine lover. In fact, Lonely Planet has highlighted Georgia as one of it’s hottest new places to visit.

Our thanks to Sarah for taking the time out to speak to us in and amongst her very busy schedule at the 2019 London Wine Festival.

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Ramirez de la Piscina Rioja at the London Wine Fair (Episode 164)

In the first of our London Wine Fair interviews, we interview Sonia from the Ramirez de la Piscina vineyard and ask her all things Rioja.

Sonia’s family has been making wine in the Rioja for many generations and her pride and passion for her family’s wine shine through.

Want to know about Rioja – this is the video for you!

 

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