“Red wine”


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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Take a look at Sonia’s family website at: –
http://www.ramirezdelapiscina.com/enoturismo

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1000 Stories Zinfandel (Episode 160)

In this episode, we taste a great Zinfandel, perhaps the best wine we have tasted this year!

To begin with, it smells wonderful a great start to the tasting.

A full on taste of cherries and blackcurrant and so light on the tannins – extremely well balanced. A really lush wine, although unfortunately, they have already sold out of this particular example – it must have been good!

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3 Ases Tempranillo (Episode 158)

In this episode, we taste an excellent Tempranillo called 3 Ases which is available from John’s shop Czwericks.

It has a fantastic blackcurrant aroma which is really powerful and great to “sniff at”!

Blackcurrant and a hint of vanilla on the palate with a great length. It is a great wine with a good deal of complexity.

We discuss how we think this wine would pair fantastically with Iberico Ham – the wine which costs £22.00 would need to be appreciated to it’s full and savoured over an evening, cheaper than a trip to the cinema and in my book far more enjoyable.

Just to clarify the discussion we had with regards to the length of time different classification mean the wine has been in a barrel and in the bottle her is a guide: –

Crianza:

A wine labelled Crianza has spent one year in oak barrels.

Reserva:

A wine that says Reserva on the bottle has been aged for two years; one of these years has to have been spent in oak.

Gran Reserva:

These wines are aged for two years in oak and three years in the bottle.

A link to John’s Spanish wines available though Czerwik’s website:-

https://czerwik.co.uk/product-category/wines/red-wine/spain-red-wine/

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Priorat Wine (Episode157)

In this episode, we taste a Priorat from Catalunya in Spain.

This wine is a blend of Garnacha, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mazuela and Syrah and, given it’s alcohol by volume of 14.5%, it has a very light taste making it very interesting and easy to drink. Perhaps too easy!

The wine is Sainsbury’s own “Taste the Difference” brand and was available at the time of publishing for £12.00

 

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Arabella 10th Anniversary Wine (Episode 153)

Drinking a wine one evening John L thought John M would enjoy so he thought he would seek Joh M’s view on the wine,

The wine was produced to celebrate the vineyards 10th year.

On the tongue, there is a lot of red berry fruit with a strawberry after taste.

 

 

Arabella 10th Anniversary Wine

 

This wine was available from Naked wines for £6.99 – see the following link

Naked Wines Link

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Argentine vs Chilean Malbec (Episode 152)

In this episode, we compare an Argentine vs a Chilean Malbec wine.

In the first part of this video, we taste the Argentine Malbec which we are pleasantly surprised with the taste of this Malbec. Cherry and leather were the first two tastes John and John experienced. It had everything you would expect from a Malbec.

This Malbec is available from Aldi at £7.99 this wine is very good value.

The next Malbec wine we tasted is also available from Aldi.

On the nose, black cherry, but whilst you immediately get a full on taste that quickly disappears.

In John M’s view, it lacked complexity.

 

 

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BeefSteak South African Wellington Malbec (Episode 151)

In this episode, we taste a South African Malbec from the BeefSteak Stable of wines selected for their compatibility with, you guessed it, Steak!

This wine has a very promising nose but whilst a very nice wine, it doesn’t have that wow factor. It has a great instant taste but is disappointing in terms of the length or put another way time that the tastes lasts.

 

 

BeefSteak Wellington Malbec

 

 

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Ribera del Duero Tempranillo (Episode 149)

We taste a wine, Condado De Haza made from the Tempranillo grape from the Riber del Duero Region of Spain. Just south of the Rioja region which also uses a lot of Tempranillo in the creation of it’s world famous wines.

There are of course a lot of similarities between this wine and the wines from Rioja, which would make it difficult for the beginner to discern the difference.

It is a great wine and well worth a try, available from Sainsburys at £15.00 per bottle as well as other retailers.

 

 

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BeefSteak Club Shiraz (Episode143)

In this episode, we taste a wine John L thought he had enjoyed at a restaurant a few weeks before recording this episode. John L wanted to see how much different the wine tasted outside the context of a convivial Sunday Lunch with Friends in the cold light of the day (or perhaps cold light of the cellar would be more appropriate)

Little did he know at the time of recording that the wine was bound to taste different as the wine he had tasted at the restaurant was a Malbec and the wine he and John were tasting in the cellar was a Shiraz?

Can you spot the confused look on his face as he begins to taste it?

On the nose, the small was one of a herbaceous smell rather than a fruity taste.

The taste too, had little fruit flavour, with the taste being once again more herbal.

A really nice taste, very easy to drink which at 14.5% alcohol content could be slightly dangerous!

John M could detect mint and whilst other flavours were present we were unable to identify them.

 

 

 

 

Beef Steak Club Shiraz

 

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Wolf Blass Yellow Label Malbec (Episode 142)

 

This Malbec is produced in Australia, only a very small amount of Malbec is produced in Australia, compared to Argentina where 62% of their wine production is Malbec.
First impressions are very good, in fact tasting better then some of the Argentine Malbecs we have reviewed recently. Tasting like a Malbec should do and for the price of £7.00 excellent value.

Well worth a try at the price (available from Morrisons at £7.00)!

 

 

 


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