White Wine


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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Aldi Blanc de Blancs (Episode 221 – Part 1)

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 first part of the episode, we taste a Castellore Blanc de Blancs wine from Italy and available from the Aldi chain of supermarkets at the fantastic bargain price of £5.49

To the sight, the wine looks to be pale straw in colour with a slightly green hue.

On the nose, the wine has a refreshing peachy and apricots aroma.

On the palette, the taste was of crisp green apple, citrus and pear drops.

The wine’s acidity balance is also excellent and whilst one would not say it is a complex wine it is fantastic value.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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Lusus (Portuguese) Wines Interview (Episode 201)

We have the great pleasure of interviewing Alexis and Claire a husband and wife team who have just set up their new venture Lusus Wines.

Luses Wines only sells Portuguese Wine from vineyards hand-picked (s to speak) by Alexis and Claire.

Many of the wines they offer are from small artisan vineyards where an inordinate amount of care and pride goes into producing some of the best wine to come out of Portugal.

 

Included in the Lusus catalogue is wine from Quinta da Casaboa who we interviewed in Episode 174 (https://youtu.be/vjcyLunyDws) and 196 (https://youtu.be/5yHJ1regwkw)

We discuss what prompted Alexis and Claire to start this new venture, how they selected the wines they are now selling as well as many other subjects.

 

Find out more about the wines Lusus offer at their website https://www.lususwines.co.uk/

 

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Tesco Finest Chilean Shiraz (Episode 198 Part 2)

In the second part of this episode, we taste a Chilean Shiraz (Limari Valley)from Tesco’s Finest range which at the time of writing cost £8.00

On the nose, it obviously smells of blackcurrant and also has a hint of eucalyptus.

On the palate, the blackcurrant can only just be found as most of the flavour is full of cherry.
Great value give one a try!

 

 

 

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Boschendal 2017 South African Shiraz (Episode 198 – Part 1)

In this episode, we taste some Shiraz from South Africa, Chile and Australia.

In this, the first part of the episode, we taste a Shiraz from South Africa – Boschendal 2017

This wine was purchased from Tesco at £7.50

This Shiraz has cherry and blackcurrant flavours. also surprisingly for John M, there are also Strawberry flavours.

John M feels this particular wine would be a good introduction to Shiraz for those who have not tried it before or those who have tried it before and found it to be a little too heavy.

 

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Tim Atkin – Master of Wine – discusses Ribera del Duero & Beginning your Wine Journey (Episode 197)

Winemastery has the great honour of interviewing another Master of Wine Mr Tim Atkin.
Tim gave a master class in Ribera del Duero wines in Manchester recently and kindly agreed to be interviewed by WineMastery to offer advice to you on Ribera del Duero and beginning your wine journey.

Tim explains the similarities and differences with other Spanish wines such as Rioja.

He also explains the different qualities of wine available form the region and what to look for when buying,

He explains why he believes that even the layman can appreciate good quality wine, as well as how visiting wine regions can enhance your appreciation of wines from that area.

 

 

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House of Wines – Portugal (Episode 196 Part 4)

In this part of this episode, we talk to Filipa and José from House of Wines –
Portugal.

We have a fascinating discussion about their wine and Portuguese wine in general.

If you are ever in Portugal – well worth trying to find out this wine!

 

 

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Ervideira Vineyard – Interview (Episode 196 Part 3)

In this part of the episode, we visit the Ervideira vineyard and talk to one of the owners who is the vineyard’s winemaker.

He begins by explaining the history of his family’s vineyard – he is one of the fourth generation now running the vineyard.

They have a fantastic range of 25 wines which are all top-flight – they focus on quality rather than volume.

They also have quirky wines such as the 30,000 bottles wines that are stored underwater at a depth of around 30m in Portugal’s and Europes largest lake which, when you compare to exactly the same wine stored above water, taste significantly different.

 

 

 

 

 

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