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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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Grillo Wine (Sparkling) – Episode 155

In this episode, we taste a bottle of Sparkling Grillo wine available from Aldi.

It has a nice “Verde” type colour with a sweet aroma of pear.

The taste was “very lively” with a lovely “sherberty” taste to it.

It was low on the acidity that many other sparkling wines suffer from.

A very fresh and well-balanced wine for £7.99.

A fantastic price for great sparkling wine!

 

 

155 Sparkling Grillo

 

Link to Aldi’s page at the time of posting: –

https://www.aldi.co.uk/search?text=grillo&category=ALL

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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.

 

 

Temperino small

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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!

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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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