The wines we are drinking!
RED OF THE MOMENT Sobreiro di Cima, Portugal Usually £11.50, Now £10.00 Fantastic value at its usual price of £11.50, so at £10.00 this is an absolute steal. This red is from Transmontano in northern central Portugal, and is a blend of Touriga Nacional (the principal grape in Port), Arganonez and Trincadeira. The nose is juicy and packed with red and black fruits. As you delve a little deeper, notes of cedar, oak and liquorice appear. Blackberries and cinnamon lead the palate, and are balanced by fine grained tannins and full body. A great example of what Portuagal can do. This would be wonderful enjoyed with lamb. WHITE OF THE MOMENT Domaine Gaverie, Vouvray...Read More
Tuesday 12th November saw the California Tasting in our Dalry Road shop. A cosy group of six plus Ash, myself and the lovely Miriam with her Riedel glasses. The line up on the night was two whites and four reds accompanied by some ‘fromage et saucisson’ from Le Marche Francais. We kicked off with the Peter Franus Albarino 2012. Pale lemon in colour with lemon and peach on the nose, this is mouthwatering citrus with a touch of sweetness at the end. Perfectly matched to the creamy goat’s cheese. Next up was the Treana White 2010 which is a 50/50 blend of Northern Rhone inspired varieties, Marsanne and Viognier. Medium gold in colour with some legs, this...Read More
Some wines are fruity and some are not so much. Other wines have their fruit hidden from view – you have to search for their inner beauty. Sometimes this search is fruitless (sorry, terrible pun) while on other occasions, you are slowly opened up to the beauty and it is a less showy but more deeply enchanting beauty than the obviously fruity wines. There is a general wine word for these – austere! Austerity is often a term reserved for Old World wines but now with the Old and New learning from one another, there’s a larger group to which it is applicable. So, just so we know we’re talking about the same kinds of wines (and of course, austerity can...Read More
A new arrival from Northern Rhone where Syrah is the only variety that counts in terms of red wine! Light to medium ruby in colour with a decent set of legs. Brambles and black pepper on the nose with typical Rhone bacon fat aromas developing with time. Big black pepper on the palate with redcurrants in the background and slightly grippy tannins that will soften up in the next 5 years. One to decant and enjoy with stews, casseroles and goulash.Read More
We are excited to announce that we will be involved in this year’s Christmas Fair, with The Wine Gang. They are a group of 5 experts, who’ll be giving talks, hosting tutored tastings, and of course there will be hundreds of lovely wines to try as well. For more information, have a look at their website www.wineganglive.comRead More