Posts Tagged “wine”

Pommery – with English Sparkle

Pommery – with English Sparkle

English Wine Week now officially marks the start of summer as it falls across the Summer Solstice and Midsummer Day, from 19th to 27th June 2021. It’s been a long, cold and wet spring and we are all ready to celebrate.  Champagne Pommery is doing just that with its English sparkling wine, Louis Pommery England….

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Wine Viña Leyda Reserva Syrah 2019

Wine Viña Leyda Reserva Syrah 2019

Value and quality Viña Leyda Reserva Syrah 2019 is a creditable and great value wine which will be available at Co-op stores from 5th March. It’s priced at an exceptional £8.25 and this offer runs until 23rd March; after this time the wine will return to a very reasonable £12.00 per bottle. Viña Leyda Reserva…

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Italian Wines – Now and Later

Italian Wines – Now and Later

It’s been a strange year, but it has had the bonus of allowing us to appreciate such things as one’s garden, home-cooked meals – and wines. Italian wines are getting noticed again! Italian wines have often been overlooked and that is a shame as there are many superb bottles to explore. Massimago Profasio 2013, a…

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Oz Clarke on English Wine

Oz Clarke on English Wine

How things have changed. A combination of global warming and improved techniques have elevated English wines. Wine guru Oz Clarke now has material to fill a book on just that subject, English Wine: From still to sparkling: The NEWEST New World wine country. We in the UK will glow with pride and the French will…

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ALDI Castellore Prosecco Frizzante DOC

ALDI Castellore Prosecco Frizzante DOC

For many people ALDI has become the go-to shop for wines and spirits as well as groceries. They are consistently offering good value products and that includes Castellore Prosecco Frizzante DOC for summer quaffing. This is a semi-sparkling frizzante wine so in other words it has fizz but the bubbles are a little less lively…

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Remelluri Organic Winery – travel review

Remelluri Organic Winery – travel review

The mountains have been here for 80 million years; humans have been using the mountains for a lot less time than that, but nevertheless for a long time, historically speaking. The Romans used one of the peaks as a military fort. Later, in the 14th century, a monastery was built that gave birth to this…

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The New Icons – Aldi Unveils its Premium Wine Range

The New Icons – Aldi Unveils its Premium Wine Range

ALDI is now enjoying popularity among discerning wine lovers. This supermarket has become celebrated for its collection of good-quality good-value wines, and now a new range caters to the increased demand for premium and classic wines. Enter The New Icons Premium Wine Range. Examples of famous classic bottles are included in this creditable array. Amongst…

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée 13 From ALDI

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée 13 From ALDI

The eponymous area is centred on the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhône wine region in south-eastern France. It is one of the most celebrated appellations from the southern part of the Rhône Valley, and prized vineyards are located around Châteauneuf-du-Pape and in the surrounding villages. Very reasonable price Châteauneuf-du-Pape can be either red or…

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Limberg – land of wine, honey and rather good coffee

Limberg – land of wine, honey and rather good coffee

Honey BEEingPure and Sweet? Sounds like advice for a good life. In reality, BEEingPure is the name of a small yet influential honey-making (or is it gathering?) company in Limburg in the Netherlands. We visited the site where some hives are kept in a tranquil environment which rather resembles an allotment. Bee-attracting flowers bloom, insects…

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Champagne: Wine of Kings and the King of Wines

Champagne: Wine of Kings and the King of Wines

Champagne: Wine of Kings and the King of Wines by Tom Bruce-Gardyne introduces the reader to the colourful story of how this delicious sparkling wine became the centrepiece of any smart party or event, and almost anywhere in the world. Champagne has universal appeal. This impressive tome looks at the essential and celebrated method of…

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Davy’s Tappit Hen

Davy’s Tappit Hen

Davy’s Tappit Hen? Sounds like a chicken-shaped friend of a lad called Davy. But it is in fact a cosy wine bar, and Davy’s Tappit Hen is one of the celebrated venues of a fifth-generation wine merchant. Wine has been the business of Davy’s since 1870 and they still choose and import their own wines….

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Fresh as Summer Rosé

Fresh as Summer Rosé

It’s summer and sometimes the sun peeps through the clouds. When it does our thoughts turn to al fresco dining and garden parties. Fizz is often the beverage of choice, but how about something that looks beautiful, tastes of summer fruits and even matches flowery sun dresses? Roséfine from Marrenon The teardrop bottle with a…

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Blandy’s Wine Lodge – Madeira

Blandy’s Wine Lodge – Madeira

A guided tour of Blandy’s 17th century Wine Lodge and its associated Wine Museum, in the centre of Funchal, will reveal some of the art and science that generations of producers have developed, to make a range of delicious, rich and long-lasting wines out of the grapes grown here. There are several excellent table wines,…

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Madeira’s Still-living History

Madeira’s Still-living History

The 15th century saw the dawn of the Age of Discovery, a time when European powers began exploring the world to find new lands and new opportunities. Portugal was in the vanguard of this drive, sailing southwards in their case down the west coast of Africa. So it wasn’t long (1419 to be precise) before…

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Madeira wine – a sweet tour

Madeira wine – a sweet tour

For a small island in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira has a big reputation for the sweeter things in life: its history includes sugar, wine, and ‘honey’ – well, a Madeiran interpretation thereof. We’ll discuss the first and the last of these elsewhere, but it’s the story of wine on the island that…

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Madeira – a younger look

Madeira – a younger look

This beautiful and unique island has been a much-loved destination for European tourists, yet primarily for the slightly older generation. But this traveller wonders why, when Madeira has so much to offer for everybody. It has not only an all-year-round summer climate, but tropical flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables. It’s rich in culture and history,…

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Shorn goes on Tour to California

Shorn goes on Tour to California

It’s the time of year when our thoughts turn to California. Well no, really we are making plans for Christmas, but that celebrated wine-producing state might actually be part of our celebrations.  Wine brand Shorn launches Californian wines in a pouch. Shorn, that wine-loving sheep, is usually found looking out from bottles of New Zealand…

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Borough Wines – Maison 54 Pét Nat

Borough Wines – Maison 54 Pét Nat

Maison 54 Pét Nat was a totally new wine for me and it was a revelation. If this is the quality of naturally sparkling wine, then sign me up for a case or two! But firstly, what’s in a name? The name ‘Maison 54’ gives a nod to the address in Paris where surrealist artists…

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Co-op Irresistible Australian Chardonnay 2017

Co-op Irresistible Australian Chardonnay 2017

I have now tried a couple of Co-op wines – a red and now this white Chardonnay. They are blessed with the common denominator of great quality for the price. I could have my wine-tasting head turned away from my traditional wine merchant and towards this supermarket! Made by widely respected wine makers Larry Cherubino…

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Co-op 2016 Valle del Bio Bio Malbec from Chile – review

Co-op 2016 Valle del Bio Bio Malbec from Chile – review

Malbec is a characterful red wine and is becoming more popular with restaurant goers and home sippers alike. This comes from the Bío Bío Valley in the southern part of Chile. The climate is cool and similar to that found in the Mediterranean. The soil is poor and clay-based and low in fertility, so ideal…

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