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2020 Past Drinks of The Week

DRINK OF THE WEEK
10th February 2020
Daniel's Drift Cabernet Shiraz
Marks and Spencer 6.00
Drinker Rating 90

The bitter winds of winter are still blowing in across the Atlantic and as we recover from the ravages of Storm Ciara we'll need a heart-warming red to warm the soul.

This is a cracker from South Africa, full on and fruit driven, hefty dollops of black currant and black cherry with a pleasing back-note of tobacco smoke.

Lots to like in this at an amazing price.

Cheers!



DRINK OF THE WEEK
3rd February 2020
The Best Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
Morrisons 9.00
Drinker Rating 90

Pinot noir is a difficult grape, it has a thin skin (don't we all) that makes it susceptible to all sorts of infections in the vineyard. In addition it does much better in cooler conditions, too much sun and it get all jammy.

This is a little belter made for Morrisons by Errazuriz in Chile. The cool breezes from the pacific help slow down ripening and this adds complexity to the wine. It's fruit and oak driven but it holds its own really well and is properly balanced.

9 is a lot for a wine recommended on here but it's worth every penny.

Cheers!




DRINK OF THE WEEK
27th January 2020
Mas Querido Fild Blend
Majestic 6.99 (mix six price)
Drinker Rating 89

A whole bunch of bunches of grapes all thrown in together - well arien and macabeo predominantly, giving a wonderfully tropical nose of passion friut, lime and mango.

Sometimes these big old fruit driven wines are just what we need as an antidote to the plain light. Dry neutral offerings of Northern Italy.

Fresh, fruity and staightforward and none the worse for that.

Cheers!




DRINK OF THE WEEK
20th January 2020
Morrison's Red Burgundy
Morrisons 9.25
Drinker Rating 90

Blue Monday my arse. Apart from anything else the concept was dreamt up in 2004/5 by a psychologist charged with working out when's the best time for a holiday company to sell holidays.

And what's to be blue about when you've got cracking wines like this at under a tenner. It's not possible to get decent burgundy at this price? Well maybe not the top end stuff but for something very sip-able with a bright redcurrant backbone you can't do better.

Get this in and cheer yourself right up.

Cheers!




DRINK OF THE WEEK
13th January 2020
Tesco Vinho Verde
Tesco 5.25
Drinker Rating 90

You know the feeling when yu get to this time of year and you're still full up from Christmas Day, still finishing off the last of the cake, biscuits, shortbread and chocolate and your body says to you, "please, give me salad!"?

Well it can be the same with booze and that's why so many folk are on the Dry January kick - no chance of that for me as my Birthday's this month.

So what to go for if you're after a lighter, simpler and lower alcohol wine - try vinho verde.

This is a really pretty little wine, simple fruit on the palate with just a touch of effervescence and at only 10.5% it's a real pleaser if you want something lighter  and more affordable right now.

Cheers!



DRINK OF THE WEEK
6th January 2020
Daniels's Drift Chenin Blanc
Marks and Spencer 5.50
Drinker Rating 90

Back to work then - all that stuff about dry January and the most depressing day of the year will come out in the next week or so. In order to combat this we need a little drop of simple sunshine in a glass that's sympathetically priced.

This Chenin Blanc from M&S will never been seen as a wine of great depth and complexity, but its simplicity is really pleasing. I wouldn't go as far as to day it's one dimensional but it does have an easy apricot and lime peel palate that's not too demanding.

It's also not too demanding on the wallet either at only 5.50 a pop it should help us out on the finance front.

Cheers!