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2018 Past Drinks of The Week


DRINK OF THE WEEK
12th February 2018
The Best Gavi
Morrisons £7.00
Drinker Rating 90



I make no apology that my wines of the moment are from Italy, particularly Northern Italy and in particular Piedmont. I say 'wines of the moment' they are in fact an obsession and have been for years.

So Gavi, white wine made from the Cortese grape in Piedmont and it's recommended that they are drunk young. This is by no means a gauge of their quality, they are more expressive when young and the best are lightly aromatic, floral, peachy and, well, pretty.

This Gavi from Morrisons is an amazing price and is light, easy and very very pretty.

A lovely midweek drinker and not a mention of Valentine's.

Cheers!


DRINK OF THE WEEK
5th February 2018
La Fortezza Merlot
Marks and Spencer £7.50
Drinker Rating 90

Sicily is really the place to be for innovative, solid quality and affordable wines. The sun soaked island has rally kicked on in recent years not only with its local grape varieties, Nero D'Avola and Cataratto but also with some of the more recognisable international varieties.

So here's a fruity, juicy merlot, all plum and damson but with a wonderful herbal edge, think thyme and black pepper. This is spot on at the price, well balanced, extremely food friendly and approachable.

Cheers!


DRINK OF THE WEEK
29th January 2018
Kakapo Reisling/Sauvignon/Chardonnay
ASDA £6.98
Drinker Rating 91



So we've all been paid now right? So time for a really expensive bottle and we all seem happy to pay a few quid more for wines from New Zealand. Well as this is The Drinker you'll see you won't need a mortgage to buy this Kiwi stunner.

At under seven quid this wine is remarkable value. It's a complex blend of three grape varieties you don't often see together, but in this case they work really well delivering green lime and tropical notes along with body and fresh acidity. And what's-more there's a lovely label a vibrant green cute Kakapo, a flightless bird on the verge of extinction only a few years ago now thriving.

Cheers!


DRINK OF THE WEEK  -
22nd January 2018
Queen Margot 8yo Blended Scotch Whisky
Lidl £12.99
Drinker Rating 90

With Burns Night this week it has to be a Scotch. When I sampled this at a tasting before Christmas my notes read "as good a blended whisky as is on the market right now". Believe me this is a right little belter, and just look at the price.

This is a perfect drop, lovely notes of honey, orange peel and vanilla and perfectly priced to enjoy on its own or with a mixer while toasting your haggis.

Cheers!


DRINK OF THE WEEK  -
15th January 2018
Vignobles Roussellet Sauvignon Blanc
Aldi £4.49
Drinker Rating 88
Another brilliant cheapie this week. The rise and rise of Sauvignon Blanc continues as drinkers exploring wine find a white grape that actually tastes of something!
This wine is not like the big New Zealand Sauvignons, it's a bit more restrained but still has a good measure of lime, gooseberry and tropical fruit. But the first impression of this wine on the nose and in the mouth is fresh cut grass, a perfect reminder of the summer while we languish under grey skies.
Cheers!


DRINK OF THE WEEK  -

8th January 2018
Tesco Chilean Merlot
Tesco £4.25
Drinker Rating 89

As it's early Jan and seemingly miles from payday here's another great value wine for this time of year.
Coming in at only £4.25 this typifies the great value wines you generally get from Chile. It's generous with black fruit, think plum and blackberry, with nicely judged vanilla oak support and as it's a merlot is velvet smooth in the mouth. At 12% it won't knock your head off and at a miraculous £4.25 is a real winter treat.
If you're feeling adventurous look at the other Chilean merlots, pinot noirs and sauvignons (particularly wines by Cono Sur) for amazing value for money.
Cheers!



DRINK OF THE WEEK  -

1st January 2018
Pinot Grigio Neszmely (Hungary)
Lidl £3.89
Drinker Rating 91


Well a happy new year to one and all. I hope none of us are silly enough to be trying a detox or Dryanuary? If you're in possession of a functioning liver and at least one kidney you can trust the old body to do all that for you. What you will be in need of after the gorging season has past is a few more affordable options for some well earned winter cheer.

So cost in mind get this little charmer at only£3.89 from the good folk at Lidl. It's a pinot grigio that actually tastes of something. The Hungarians are doing a lot of this interesting entry level wine right now and Lidl specialise in wined from that part of the world.

This pocket pleaser is all white blossom and peach with a dry, fresh finish. They've certainly saved on the label, all it says is 'Pinot Grigio, dry and crisp with fruity notes'.

Does the job in January.

Cheers!