Wine Tasting 101


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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Woodchurch Sparkling Rose (Episode 203 Part 2)

In part 2 of this episode, we taste a fantastic English Sparkling Rose from Woodchurch Winery.

This wine starts with a Strawberry flavour, it is sharp, refreshing without the acidity, then moves to some stone fruits flavour, onto the breadiness taste, just like champagne and then back to a strawberry flavour. John M also managed to get crispy green flavourings as well!

It is well worth a try give it a go here is the link to Woodchurch’s website: –

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Woodchurch Pinot Noir Tasting (Episode 203 – Part 1)

In this first part of our episode on Woodchurch Wines, we taste their 2018 Pinot Noir.

There is a link to the interview with Graham at Woodchurch Wines where we also taste this wine. John L was so impressed with this wine, that not only did he ask Graham if it could be one of the wines I brought back with me for John to try, I also purchased a case for myself!

This Pinot Noir is lighter and fresher than a typical Pinot Noir but absolutely bursting with flavour.

John M totally understood why John L was so impressed by this Pinot Noir. In addition to the balance and taste of the wine, he felt it had one of the best Tannin balances he had ever tasted.

There were only 950 bottles of this wine produced so you need to act quickly if you are to stand any chance of buying some – take a look at the Vineyard’s website to see if they still have some in stock! (This wine is available from 30 November 2019)

Here is the link: –

https://woodchurchwine.co.uk/collections/all

 

 

 

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Woodchurch Vineyard & Wine Tasting Visit (Episode 200)

In this video, I get the great pleasure to visit Graham and Donna Barbour and find out all about their fantastic venture into the world of winemaking.

I discovered their wine when interviewing Sara and Becky at Elizabeth Rose Wines and was so impressed with their Classic Cuvee sparkling wine that I ask to pop down to see them so I could discover more!

I visited the vineyard right in the middle of grape picking so a very busy time for Graham and Donna.

Graham explains their journey into winemaking from a completely different career path starting back in 2009.

Graham explains how they decided what variety of grapes to grow and then goes onto explain how to know when to pick the grapes besides, lots, lots more.

While there I was excited to taste three wines with Graham – their Blanc de Blanc, their Chardonnay and their very special limited Pinot Noir edition.

I really enjoyed this visit I hope you enjoy the video!

Take a look at their website where you can order their wines directly from the “Cellar Door”

https://woodchurchwine.co.uk/collections/all

 

 

 

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Casa da Carvalha VineYard (Episode 196 Part 2)

In this episode, I get the honour of interviewing Pedro Santos from the Casa de Carvalha vineyard in the Portuguese wine region of Doa.

The interview takes place in the Order dos Engenheiros, roughly translated into the Chartered Institute of Engineering’s restaurant where we get to taste Pedro’s family’s wine as well enjoying a fantastic lunch.

Pedro talks about his own comparatively small vineyard (3 Hectacres) as well the Portuguese wine industry, in general, both past and present.

It is a fascination conversation where Pedro really gives us an insight into the Portuguese wine market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quinta Da Casaboa – Vineyard Visit (Episode 196 – Part 1)

In this episode, we have the great pleasure to visit the Quinta da Casaboa and speak to their General Manager and family owner of this wonderful vineyard – Joana Paes

Joana explains the history of the vineyard which was started by her Grandad back in the 1950s.

Joana explains how she changed the philosophy of the vineyard to meet the new demands of the consumer.

She goes on to explain how they decided what wines to produce.

A fascinating conversation with a fascinating lady!

 

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The Bernard Series – Basket Press Syrah (Episode 194 Part 2)

In the second part of this episode, we taste another Shiraz or Syrah from the Cape of South Africa.

This time we try The Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah.

Compared to the wine we tasted in part one we really enjoyed this one full of flavour, just the right balance of alcohol tannins and fruit – thoroughly recommended!

In terms of price this wine cost £14.25 at the time of writing and is available from Sainsbury’s.

 

 

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Stella Organics Star Catcher Shiraz (Episode 194 Part 1)

In this episode, we taste Shiraz wine from South Africa.

In this, the first part of the episode, we taste an organic Shiraz, the Stella Organics Star Catcher.

Grown on the semi-arid landscape of the Western Cape the grapes are subjected to the hot midday sun followed by chilly nights helping to give the wine it’s taste profile.

The wine has a little purple in it’s colour.

On the nose, it smells of Cherries and John M detected some blackcurrant.

On the taste, the blackcurrant was not so obvious but the cherry was still very much there.

John M felt the wine was slightly light which made it “juicy” but not a wine to sit down to and enjoy, more of a wine to enjoy while chatting to friends.

 


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Ashdown Rosé Wine (Episode 192 – Part 3)

This wine is a great salmon colour, on the nose or if you like, it has a smell of strawberries and cream!
It tastes of strawberries, but John M felt the wine does not have much length or put another way the taste does not last for very long.

Bluebell Vineyard Ashdown Rose

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