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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Walker Bay from KWV

KWV's Walker Bay range - available at Morrisons

South African producer KWV has launched a second wine from the cool-climate Walker Bay region; the wines combine a southern warmth with a windswept freshness.

KWV Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (£8.50)  citrussy, herbaceous and zingy with green bell peppers; fresh and mineral.

Match with herby chicken dishes.

KWV Walker Bay Shiraz 2016 (£7.50) ripe elderberries and blueberry with a sour-cherry rasp, black pepper and oaky spice.

Match with spicy sausages or salamis.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Award-Winning Co-op Wines

Two award-winning wines from the Co-op

These two award winning wines from the Co-op are the Meghan and Harry of wines - crowd-pleasing, sophisticated and characterful.

On a sunny day with a national event - be it Royal or sporting - to watch, these expressive and classy wines are a perfect match with party food or as sippers.

Most Wanted Albarino 2017 (£8.49) ripe yellow stone fruits, sweet spices and freshness with minerality. Very adept.


Match with salmon, pate or roast pork.

Trapiche Medalla Malbec 2015 (£12.99) ripe, dark berry fruits, spice and freshness with fine, rounded tannins.Very adept.


Match with roast red meats, steak or burgers.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Domaines et Châteaux - Part Deux

Two new releases from Domaines et Châteaux, available at Tesco

Domaines et Chateaux is an evolving range of wines from small French estates; the wines are available in the UK from Tesco and have a sophisticated Old-World elegance and substance.

These are balanced, accomplished wines with excellent fruit, freshness and savouriness.

Domaine des Bouts 2015, Côtes du Rhône (£9) rich, waxy and spicy Rhônewhite with good underpinnings; fresh peach and citrus fruits with some nuts and touches of fresh mint.

Deft and adept.

Match with smoked salmon, creamy cheese sauces or crab

Château Briand 2014, Côtes de Castillon (£12) Merlot-based Bordeaux blend; cherries, red fruits and raspberry leaf with spices; fresh with soft tannins and good underpinnings.

Fresh, savoury and rounded.

Match with red meats, such as duck breast in cherry sauce.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Chateau Brown Rosé 2017

An impressive pink Bordeaux from Chateau Brown 

Bordeaux is not just red wine and rosé is not just for summer.

Obviously, it helps if the weather is warm and sunny, but this is a substantial, sophisticated and complex rosé from Bordeaux's Pessac-Léognan that you can drink at any time of the year..

Château Brown Rosé 2017 delicate red-berry fruit with zippy lime and a complex, leesy minerality; fresh-yet-full, long and precise.

Very Good.

This is very much a food wine - match with earthy salads, risotto with sun-dried tomatoes or chicken cacciatore.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Co-op Irresistible Limestone Rise 2016

An English wine for St. George’s Day from The Co-op

English wine is now becoming A Thing - and with St George's Day approaching, this English wine, made by Denbies for the Co-op, makes for an affordable, patriotic aperitif.

Co-op Irresistible Limestone Rise 2016 £8.99 aromatic hedgerow and elderflower with tropical fruits and fresh minerality. Nicely rounded, if perhaps a little lacking in definition.

Match with light vegetable starters, white meats and mild cheeses.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Il Sangiovese - Noelia Ricci

A Sangiovese from Emilia Romagna - available from The Knotted Vine

Emilia Romagna is all about food and wine - and plenty more besides.

This Sangiovese is from family-owned Noelia Ricci and available from The Knotted Vine, a young wine importer based in London, specialising in hand crafted wines.
Il Sangiovese, Romagna DOC Sangiovese Predappio fresh, vibrant and pure, with red plum and cherry fruit and spice. Good underpinnings with fine tannins and a saline minerality.

Very adept. Good.

Improves with some aeration and will age.

A versatile food match, it goes well with local food - think pasta (tortellini, lasagne, tagliatelle), cheeses (Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano), hams (Parma, mortadella, prosciutto) and balsamico di Modena.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Domaines Et Chateaux - Three Rhône Wines

Three Domaines Et Chateaux Rhône Wines - available from Tesco

Rhône wines provide Old World sophistication with New World fruit ripeness - expressive yet nuanced and complex, they appeal to both head and heart.

Here are three very classy and enjoyable Rhônes from Domaines Et Chateaux, all made by family-run wineries; there is a white and two reds. They are all well-made, food-friendly and improve with a bit of aeration.

Domaine Bariol 2016, Côtes du Rhône (£9) based in Valreas, a blend of Marsanne and Viognier; floral with ripe peach, apricot and fresh citrus fruit. Waxy and substantial with toasty leesiness and good underpinnings.

Domaine L'Autrandine 2015, Côtes du Rhône Villages (£9) baked red fruits and damsons with violets, spice with some earthiness; quite big and alcoholic yet fresh with very fine tannins.

Match with roast red meat, especially lamb. 

Domaine de la Combe Dieu 2016, Rasteau (£12) GSM+C blend, blackberries, plums and violets with black pepper, liquorice, spice and cool mint. Substantial, supple and harmonious with fine tannins. Will age.


Match with a rich lamb stew, roast meats or hard yellow cheeses.