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Using Local Wine Shop in Lockdown (Episode 225)

In this episode, given we are in Lockdown here in the UK John and I discuss how his shop in Brighouse is adapting to meet the challenge of keeping afloat in these turbulent times of the Corona Virus.

If you want to try some of John’s wines or get some recommendations from him make a comment below or drop us an email john@winemastery.co.uk

We do, of course also take the opportunity to taste a couple of wines!

John M tastes a Pinot Noir that is available from his shop for £10.99 and John L tastes a Sauvignon Blanc which was available from Naked wines for £9.99.

We hope you are all keeping safe!

 

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Gran Familia Rioja (Episode 223)

In this video, we taste a Rioja kindly donated to us by Anna.

This particular Rioja is a Gran Familia Rioja (more details can be found at https://www.guyandersonwines.co.uk/wines/gran-familia/ ). This is a great introduction to Rioja if you are not onto too heavy tasting style wines.

This Rioja is very light for a Rioja and not as full-bodied as you might expect from a Rioja.

It is very refreshing and might even take a chill.

 

This wine is available from the Co-Op in the UK.

 

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Yellow Tail – Malbec (Episode 221 – Part 6)

We continued this episode of budget wines from supermarkets, in this part of the episode we taste a well-known brand – a Yellow Label Malbec.

This retails at £6.00 so like the rest of the wines in this episode is very affordable.

The nose or smell is predominantly of sweet blackcurrants and smells just great!

The wine was very smooth, rounded, nice balance with the tannins, quite a big taste, juicy and a good length.

This wine could well be enjoyed by a white wine drinker as well as a red wine drinker.

 

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Tesco’s Cote du Rhone (Episode 221 Part 5)

We continue our episode on budget wines from supermarkets.

This part of the episode we review Tesco’s own brand Cote du Rhone for the fantastic price of £4.50.

The colour was spot on for a Cote du Rhone.

On the nose (smell) there was raspberry and vanilla.

The taste was surprisingly good for the price, especially as French wine tends to be more expensive than other country’s wines.

A fantastic value everyday wine.

The length is also surprisingly good.

 

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Sainsburys House Torla Rioja Wine – (Episode 221 Part 4)

In the 4th part of this episode where we check out wines available in the supermarket for under £6.50, we try out this House Rioja from Sainsbury’s.

The colour was a deep purple and on the nose, cheery was the predominant aroma.

However, John M felt that there was a vinegar tinge to the small – not a good start!

On the palette the cherry flavour hits you and then the tannins kick in and then the taste is gone.

So a good honest simple table wine and at £5.00 one can not complain.

John L described it as a good country wine.

 

 

 

 

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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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Casaboa Reserva (Episode 201 – Part 2)

In this episode, we taste a wonderful wine kindly dispatched to us by Lusus wines.

( Our interview with them can be seen by following the following link https://youtu.be/hdaM0Pce95o )

Lusus wines only import and sell great Portuguese wines and this is certainly one of them!

This wine comes from the Quinta Da Casaboa vineyard and our interview with their lovely General Manager can be seen at https://youtu.be/5yHJ1regwkw

This particular wine is produced in homage to Joanna’s Grandfather, and only the best grapes are used to produce this wine.

If due to a particular year’s weather the grapes don’t meet exacting standards the vineyard does not produce a “Reserva” that year.

A great aroma of cherries and blackcurrants, with John M getting notes of marzipan while John L was getting notes of vanilla.

The taste was beautiful and did not disappoint with blackcurrant and black cherry tastes to the fore with a great mouthfeel.

The wine has a very velvety or creamy feel.

We could both detect a hint of oak flavour.

John M describes drinking this wine as not just tasting but an experience.

At the time of writing this wine has proved so popular that Lusus had already run out of stock so we are unable to give you a link to the page devoted just to this wine, but the good news is more is on the way and this page should lead you to the details once the wine has arrived from Sunny Portugal!

https://www.lususwines.co.uk/quinta-da-casaboa

 

 

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How to Enjoy Wine (Episode 224)

In this episode, we answer an e-mail received from Oliver Scarffe which asks: – “Have you any tips for a complete beginner respecting wine tasting and any tips for getting the best out of a good bottle of wine ie: how to improve the experience ?”

 

So John L explains all that he has learnt from John M in how to enjoy wine more.

 

John starts at the very beginning, choosing the wine you are going to try through to the final tasting.

 

Let us know what you think and if you have any questions you would like answering!

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Kourtaki Retsina (Episode 221 – Part 2)

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 a Kourtaki Retsina wine from Greece which is available from the Sainsburys chain of supermarkets at the price of £5.75

John M had not tried this wine and John L had tried this style of wine a long, long time before when on holiday when in Corfu.

John L’s recognition was not very favourable, but he was keen to taste it again given the length of time since he last tasted it to see if his tastes had changed.

To the sight, the wine looks very much like an oaked Chardonnay, a golden yellow colour with a splash of green.

On the nose, the aroma is very distinctive and unlike any other wine we have tasted which we assume is as a direct result of the resin.

On the palette, the taste was also unique which was something we felt was a ”marmite” taste you either did or did not like it, there is no in-between!

 

 

 

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Aldi Blanc de Blancs (Episode 221 – Part 1)

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 first part of the episode, we taste a Castellore Blanc de Blancs wine from Italy and available from the Aldi chain of supermarkets at the fantastic bargain price of £5.49

To the sight, the wine looks to be pale straw in colour with a slightly green hue.

On the nose, the wine has a refreshing peachy and apricots aroma.

On the palette, the taste was of crisp green apple, citrus and pear drops.

The wine’s acidity balance is also excellent and whilst one would not say it is a complex wine it is fantastic value.

 

 

 

 

 

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