Wine Mastery

Asda Moneda Chilean Merlot (Episode 147)

In this episode, we taste a Chilean Merlot available from Asda at £5.00 per bottle.

This wine is really fruity, low on tannin – really tasty!

The only downside with this wine is that it does not have much length, but for this price, there is no way one can complain!




Merlot Episode 147

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Chianti Sangiovese (Episode 140 Part 2)

In this 2nd part of our Sangiovese, we taste two more Sangiovese wines but this time Chiantis, that red wine made so famous by Dr Hannibal Lecter played by Anthony Hopkins in the film Silence of the Lambs.

The first Chianti we try comes across very light when “sniffed” but had a great taste of cherry, but the taste had very little length. a great table wine to enjoy with food or as a quaffing wine.

The second Chianti had a little splash of Cabernet Sauvignon as well which John hoped will add a little bit more fruit. On the nose, the 2nd wine had obvious notes of leather and oak. The taste was, John felt, one dimensional. John L prefered this wine to the first although accepted the length was a little lacking.


First Chianti

2nd Chianti

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Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy Sauvignon Blanc Wine (Episode 128 Part 1)

In this episode, we taste some wines that are served on Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy and Upper-Class cabins.

We start off in this part of the episode, by tasting a Sauvignon
Blanc served in the Premium Economy Cabin.

We discuss the issue of reduced taste when flying at 30,000+ feet and discuss what this wine would have paired well with on the
Premium Economy menu.

A big shout out to Ali and Saleem for giving us the bottle to taste!

Thanks Guys!

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Barnardo’s Winery Zinfandel (Episode 126 Part 3)

In the last part of this episode which is based on my visit to Barnardos Winery in San Diego and the wines, I tasted there.

In this part of the episode, we taste a bottle of Zinfandel that Rocco Francica so very kindly purchased as a gift for me to bring back to good old Blighty so John and I could taste together – our sincere thanks, Rocco.

This wine certainly did not disappoint a great powerful nose that did not disappoint when we tasted it.

A very complex wine with unusual characteristics for a Zinfandel but not in a bad way.

If you ever get the chance pop into the Winery it is well worth the visit.

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Barnardo Winery (Episode 126 Part 2)

In the 2nd part of this episode, where we taste some wines while we are on holiday, so made on the hoof, so please excuse some of the visual and sound quality!

While we were there we tasted their great Zinfandel and a fantastic glass of their 50-year-old port generously paid for by Rocco who we met whilst visiting the winery. Rocco and Marco taste the port with us and Linda, the Winery’s Lead Wine Steward gives us the history of this port.

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Vollereaux Champagne (Episode 122 Part 4)

This Champagne at twice the cost of the Lois Delaunay Champagne we tasted in part two of this episode was not, in our view, as good.

We do emphasise however that this is a totally subjective view and you may very well love it!

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Ambriel Cuvee (Episode 122 Part 3)

We taste a wonderful sparkling wine from England that we previously tasted in Episode 33 back in 2015!

Here is our 2015 Episode:-

So how will it stand up against it’s “Champagne qualified” competitors we have previously tasted in this episode – very well in fact – for both of us this was better than the previous two.

To find out more about this wine take a look at Ambriel’s website

The cost per bottle is now £26.50, which makes it very competitive indeed when one considers the quality of this UK product.

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Louis Delaunay Champagne (Episode 122 Part 2)

In the second part of this episode, we taste a glass of budget champagne and compare it the champagne we tasted in part one, one of the biggest names in Champagne, Moet Chandon.

This Champagne can be purchased at Tesco for £14.00, so it is actually half the price of the Moet Chandon we tasted in part 1 which makes it a “no-brainer” in terms of which one to chose!

As promised in the video here is a link to the first time we tried the Ambriel Cuvee which we are about to taste in the next part of this episode.

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Moet Chandon Champagne (Episode 122 Part 1)

In this episode we taste, bearing in mind that Christmas is just around the corner when publishing this video, the wine most used to celebrate something special – Champagne!
In this first part, we taste one of the best-known Champagne brands -Moet and Chandon.
This champagne is at the lower end of the price range for Champagnes, which is still, of course, quite expensive compared to “Normal” wines.
So is the price worth it, we taste to decide!

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Sainsburys Taste the Difference Australian Cabernet Sauvignon (Episode 121 Part 2)

In part 2 of this episode. we taste an Australian Cabernet Sauvignon from Sainsburys Taste the Difference range.

Whilst a slightly “bigger” Cabernet Sauvignon when compared to the Morrisons Cabernet we tasted in Part 1 the length (or the time the taste lasts in your mouth) in very short.

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