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2019 Past Drinks of The Week

DRINK OF THE WEEK
11th March 2019
Vecchia Modena Pignoletto
Aldi 7.99
Drinker Rating 91

My Drink of the Week this week is a fizz - but a classy AND affordable drop. The reasoning for this is that it's Cheltenham week and I don't know if I'll be up or down but I'll certainly need a drop to celebrate the best week of the year.

So here we go Pignoletto, it'll be the next big thing taking over from Prosecco as the light Italian sparkler of choice.

This is light and refreshing but with just enough tropical fruit character to keep you interested. It has the tiniest touch of sweetness on the palate but don't let that put you off, it works so well with the high acidity providing perfect poise.

Now to pick some winners!



DRINK OF THE WEEK
4th March 2019
Exquisite Fino Sherry
Aldi 5.00
Drinker Rating 91

Is it cold outside? Is it getting warmer? Ooh, is that a rain-cloud? Is it snow? What's going on with this late winter early spring weather, we want some certainty!

If the weather's all over the place we need an adaptable tipple to drink along. Fino sherry is dry and austere, nuttly and refreshing, all things to everyone. It's pretty much always good value and this one from Aldi is a corker.

If you're not familiar with Fino you probably won't like it at first taste, this is one that grows on you. Open a bottle on Monday and have a glass while you're cooking your dinner, then another on Tuesday, then Wednesday and so on. By Saturday you'll be hooked.

And then you'll want a Manzanilla!


DRINK OF THE WEEK
25th February 2019
Surani Costarossa Primitivo
Majestic 7.99 (mix six price - one week only)
Drinker Rating 91

I am a big lover of Primitivo - related to Zinfandel it grows best in the intense southern Italian sunshine. There they let the grape get a little over-ripe which thickens the skins and deepens the flavour.

This is a great example, it's deep and intense, all fig and prune in flavour, full bodied and spicy. It stands well as a winter red, great with roasts and stews but also works well with a smoky barbecue.

Best of all it's on offer this week only at 7.99, a real bargain, you get lots of wine for your money.

Cheers!



DRINK OF THE WEEK
18th February 2019
Burra Brook Chardonnay
Marks and Spencer 7.00
Drinker Rating 90

We have to talk about Chardonnay. Also we have to talk about oak. There are those of you who still baulk at the idea of oak and chardonnay and you really shouldn't. It's about time you gave them both another try and this Aussie white from M&S might just be your gateway.

Yes, there was too much sub-standard and over oaked chardonnay on the market some time ago. It got incredibly popular and then we all got bored with it.

It's back, but subtlety is the order of the day today. This is a belter, The fruit shines through, lime and pinapple to the fore and this is supported, not dominated by a gently use of oak - bringing just a touch of vanilla.

Go on, give it another look.


DRINK OF THE WEEK
11th February 2019
Gavi di Gavi
Aldi 6.99
Drinker Rating 90

Valentines Day, as far as I can see, is just a stalkers charter. Licence to send creepy notes to that person who clearly doesn't want your attention. In fact Valentines should be banned completely for those people in a relationship, it's not for them, it's for kids and weirdo singletons.

There, that's that out of the way. You'll know by now that I never recommend anything pink or fizzy over Feb 14 - this wine is a bit more grown up.

Gavi can be plain and neutral, this one from Aldi is bright and classy, fresh lime and lovely minerality and a bargain at seven quid.

Happy Valentines.



DRINK OF THE WEEK
4th February 2019
Extra Special Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc
Asda 6.00
Drinker Rating 90

I'vce been banging on for years about how disillusioned I am with Bordeaux. I'm talking now about the reds of what is supposed to be THE classic French wine region. There's so much very average, awful even Bordeaux red. Practically nothing affordable at all that isn't over tannic, un-ripe, un balanced bitter stuff. Sure you can get good gear at north of twenty quid but who's paying that?

But look at the whites, rose and sweeties from Bordeaux and it's a different matter. Some absolute crackers at really decent prices.

So as you sit down to cheer England on next Sunday against the French in the Six Nations, crack open this smasher from Asda.

Cheers


DRINK OF THE WEEK
28th January 2019
Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon
Waitrose 8.59
Drinker Rating 90

The winter is still here, it's bitter out and going to get colder before it gets better. I like to think of wine as sunshine in a glass. Grapes need on average 120 hours of sunshine to ripen, so when you have a glass on a winter's day you're getting refined sun-light.

This Californian cabernet is a real crowd pleaser. Fruit driven , warming blackberry compote but with a lovely spicy finish, cinnamon and cloves and a hint of Turkish coffee.

It's a belter and just right for the cold, dark days of winter.

Cheers.



DRINK OF THE WEEK
21st January 2019
Finest Rioja Reserva
Tesco 8.50
Drinker Rating 90

Blue Monday my arse! Let's knock that one on the head right there and start the week off with a pretty little Rioja.

There's a lot of quite poor Rioja out there so snuffling one out is never easy. Tesco have done it with this cracker-jack of a wine.

It has enough bright black fruit to balance a big dollop of oak, it's spicy and tannic on the finish which is no bad thing - Rioja should have structure like this.

I'd never say banish the blues with a glass of wine - rather let's celebrate the moodier seasons with a little warming tincture.

Cheers.



DRINK OF THE WEEK
14th January 2019
Taste the Difference Austrian Riesling
Sainsbury's 8.50
Drinker Rating 89

Time for something classy and affordable. For many years Austrian wine has been beyond the pocket of most British wine consumers but there's more and more of the stuff on the market as the years go by.

This is one of the great grapes of Austria, it's dry but aromatic and floral, giving a nose of pear, apple and apricot. It's fresh and zippy but does have a fuller body.

Interesting and perfect at the price.

Cheers.


DRINK OF THE WEEK
7th January 2019
Morrisons Beaujolais
Morrisons 5.00
Drinker Rating 90

I'm not playing the Dryanuary game, by all means watch what you drink and keep healthy but this is a programme for failure.

If you must, drink less but drink better is the call and as you'd expect from The Drinker that doesn't mean having to shell out a fortune. In 2019 I shall continue to recommend fantastic drinks at reasonable prices.

To start us off I have this fantastic Beaujolais from Morrisons, wonderful vibrant red berry fruit and a hint of light wood smoke. Easy going and fantastic value.