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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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Vinsobres Red Wine (Episode 220)

This wine produced in the south of France (Vinsobres is a wine region in France) is a GSM style wine (60% Grenache, 25% Syrah (Shiraz) 15% Mourvedre).

It is available from Aldi (at the time of publication at a price of £8.99)

Whilst the wine is very nice, we felt the tannins were a little bit too robust at the end.

 

 

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Primanero Organic Primitivo (Episode 219)

This is a great wine and such incredible value at £4.99 from Aldi produced in the Puglia in the south of Italy in what some call the “heel” of Italy.

We could easily have believed it was retailing at twice the price.

The primary difference between organic wine and regular wine s that the grapes are grown organically with the absence of pesticides.

The wine smells great and has a great taste of cherry with a great length and fantastic after taste. F

or the price, this wine is of exceptional value!

 

 

 

 

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Royal Fox Old Tom Gin (Episode 218)

We have great pleasure in tasting yet another gin from the Royal Fox Distillery, this time their Old Tom Gin.

Old Tom Gin is slightly sweeter than “normal” London Dry Gin.

This Gin is superb, great taste, no burn, and has a great length as well as having an excellent after taste.

With tonic, John M felt that the sweetness comes out more John also felt that people that felt London Dry Gin was too dry, this gin would make an ideal choice.

Another great product from the Royal Fox stable.

 

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Aged Matsu Kaoliang Liquor (Episode 217)

We have some great viewers, two of whom are Herya and his better half Nicole who recently visited London for their New Year break and took the opportunity to bring across from Taiwan a bottle of a special spirit produced in a little island just of the coast of Taiwan.

The name of the spirit is called Aged Matsu Kaoliang Liquor and is made for local consumption only, it is not available anywhere else in the world.

The spirit is distilled from a vegetable called Sorghum and we imagined that was the very distinct and unique taste produced in the spirit when we tasted it.

On the nose, it smelt very grappa “esk” or like schnapps would smell.

The taste does change as you hold the spirit in your mouth.

Whilst this liquor is 47% it is very smooth and does not burn on the nose or pallet.

 

 

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