wine tasting for beginners


Sainsburys House Claret (Episode 221 – Part 3)

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 Sainsbury’s House Claret wine which is a name typically the British give to Bourdeaux wines.

French wines, as we often mentioned, because of the high-quality reputation, tend to be priced higher than wines from other countries, so the price of this wine at £5.00 is even more remarkable.

To the sight, the wine looks a very deep ruby and looks to have more viscosity than the previous wine we had just tasted in Part 2 (Kourtaki’s Retsina)

On the nose, the aroma is very distinctive of French wine, it has blackcurrant, spice and even strawberry!

On the palette, we were very pleasantly surprised, for the price point for a French wine we were fearing the taste would be wanting but this wine far exceeded our expectations.

The fruit flavour came first through, to begin with, followed by the tannins at the end which just last for a very short burst.

There is hardly any length, but for a quaffable wine, this is excellent value!

 

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Yellow Tail Merlot Wine Review (Episode 184)

In this video, we taste a Yellow Tail Merlot. This wine is available around the world is grown and produced in Australia. the winery is still run by the same family that started the business back in the 1950’s having emigrated from Sicily.

Priced at around £7.00 in UK supermarkets, it will be acceptable to most peoples pockets.

You must excuse John L’s schoolboy humour in this video but what is wine about if it is not about enjoyment!

This wine is ideal for those looking to add red wines to their list of wines to drink.

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Albret La Vino de mi Madre Wine Review (Episode 183)

In this episode, we taste a fantastic 2013 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Spain.

The rough translation of the wines’ name is My Mother’s Wine.

It has a great rich colour, a great nose (smell) and then when tasted massive dark fruit flavours followed by the taste of lighter red fruits.

A great wine if you are interested in starting to try to identify more than one flavour from your wine.

Available from Czerwik’s at: –

https://czerwik.co.uk/product-category/wines/red-wine/spain-red-wine

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Three Choirs Vineyard Interview (Episode 181 Part 1)

We are delighted to get the opportunity to speak to Martin Fowkes, the Wine Making Director at the Three Choir Vineyard about his vineyard and how it all started.

As well as growing their own vines and producing their own wine, they also make wine from another 50 vineyards on their behalf.

Martin talks about the grapes they use, the challenges they have and the future of the vineyard.

Find out more about Three Choirs Vineyard by following this link: –
https://www.three-choirs-vineyards.co.uk/
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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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Priorat Wine (Episode157)

In this episode, we taste a Priorat from Catalunya in Spain.

This wine is a blend of Garnacha, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mazuela and Syrah and, given it’s alcohol by volume of 14.5%, it has a very light taste making it very interesting and easy to drink. Perhaps too easy!

The wine is Sainsbury’s own “Taste the Difference” brand and was available at the time of publishing for £12.00

 

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