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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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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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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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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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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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Beefsteak Club Mendoza Malbec (Episode 177)

We taste yet another Beefsteak Club Wine in the search for wine that John L tasted in a restaurant recently.

We have struggled to find a “good” Malbec and so will this be one to slot into the “good” category?

Take the look a the video to find out…

 

 

 

If you would like to take a look at the Jamy Roo video mentioned in this video please follow this link: –

Yellow Tail Jammy Red Roo Wine (Episode 138)

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Greek Wines (Episode 172)

In this video, we talk to Grigoris Michailos about Greek Wine at the 2019 London Wine Fair.
Grigoris discusses the hundreds of years of wine history there is in Greece.
Surprisingly two-thirds of the wine produced in Greece is white wine because 79% of the Greek landmass is mountainous.

Take a look at the website Wines of Greece (https://winesofgreece.org) for more information on the wonderful world of Greek Wines.

 

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Ostatu Rioja Wine Reviewed (Episode 170 Part 3)

Following on from our visit to the London Wine Fair we now get to taste the wonderful wine that is – Ostatu Rioja.

This wine certainly did not disappoint!

It looked delicious even before we had even smelt or tasted it!

Everything you would hope for in a Rioja was correct and present in just the right balance!

What can we say – well, take a look and find out just how much we both enjoyed this excellent wine!

 

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Txakolina Wine (Episode 170 Part 1)

This episode is from our visit to the 2019 London Wine Fair where we interview Ainhoa Gabaram about the wonderful wines available from the Basque region of Spain.

The region that Ainhoa hails from is on the very north coast of Spain, a map of it’s position can be found on our website at
Ainhao gives a very interesting brief background of the history of wine from this region and explains what wines you will like if you already enjoy more common types of wine like Sauvignon, Chardonnay etc.

 

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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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