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2021 Past Drinks of The Week

DRINK OF THE WEEK
15th February 2021
Coastal Series Pinotage
Aldi 6.99
Drinker Rating 90

Still the season for a warming red - this is a belter from South Africa, made with the classic grape from down there, Pinotage.

There wines often used to have a distinct burnt rubber nose to them, but this is a characteristic that has died out in recent years (pity - I quit liked it). But this is full on black and red fruit backed up with some lovely earthy spice and black pepper.

It's really well balanced and perfectly made and at less than seven quid a bottle well worth a go.

Cheers.



DRINK OF THE WEEK
8th February 2021
Taste the Difference Primitivo
Sainsbury's 7.00
Drinker Rating 90

No! I will not be recommending anything pink and fizzy because it happens to be Valentine's Day on Sunday. What are you, fucking twelve years old? Get a grip!

There, enough of that, apologies for my sweary outburst but honestly Valentines boils my piss.

So here's a proper grow-up wine instead.I love primitivo (zinfandel in California) generous and juicy, forward fruit, lovely body - also a great wine when it's snowing.

Seven quid, absolute banging bargain. Get lots.

Cheers.


DRINK OF THE WEEK
1st February 2021
Campo Aldea Rioja
Marks and Spencer 9.00
Drinker Rating 90

It's still the grim old winter and what is really needed is a warm and inviting, food friendly wine to see the rain and cold off. This Rioja is a corker at only 9, it's modern and fruit forward having oodles of sour cherry and black berry notes but it's got something else...

Wines like this are quite rare and not always commercially loved but it's got a little bit of development about it in that there's a lovely savoury, earthy spice to it which fronts up to the fruit really well.

This is what we call balance - it's a well made, interesting and appropriate wine for right now.

Cheers.




DRINK OF THE WEEK
25th January 2021
Graham Beck Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut NV
Waitrose 10.99 (on offer usually 14.99)
Drinker Rating 90

Some fizz I think - I'm up for a little celebration. Yesterday my mum had the first dose of her vaccine and so we're one step closer to that hug.

You too might be witnessing the roll out of what seems a slow process but is clearly an NHS miracle with over 10% of the UK population, the most vulnerable among us, having had their first dose.

So let's raise a glass in celebration but with one eye toward those who are no longer with us and to those suffering the heartbreaking loss of this virus. 

Cheers.




DRINK OF THE WEEK
18th January 2021
The Best Gran Montana Malbec
Morrisons 7.00 (on offer in Jan)
Drinker Rating 90

Malbec is one of those really interesting grapes - it's become really popular since Argentina decided it was their signature variety. Grown in South America it has a bit more body and usually a higher degree of alcohol while retaining it's plummy character.

This one from Morrisons is a cracker, spiced plum compote on the nose, some cinnamon and vanilla backing up the fruit. It's really well made and on offer in Jan at only 7. While your there pick up a bottl of their The Best Cahors Malbec and compare the French style to the Argentinian - both top wines and great value.

Cheers!

DRINK OF THE WEEK
11th January 2021
Lucky Saint
Tesco and Sainsbury's 1.80 (330ml)
Drinker Rating 90

I'm not a massive fan of Dry January, I much prefer CAMRA's Try January where drinkers are encouraged to try new beers and keep our pubs and breweries going. As we can't get down the pub right now here's a recommendation for an alcohol free beer that should keep everyone happy.

Back in August I went 10 weeks without a drink and it was made a hell of a lot easier with the discovery of Lucky Saint, an unfiltered lager it's refreshing and flavoursome and as good as it gets in the no/low category.

This will see you through to Feb', no worries.



DRINK OF THE WEEK
4th January 2021
Santa Rita 120 Carmenere
Majestic 5.99 (mix Six Price)
Drinker Rating 90

It's winter so we'll be looking for bigger, fuller wines that go well with hearty meals. Carmenere is a lovely grape and Chile's Central Valley provides the perfect climate. It makes big, fuller bodied reds, not overpowered by tannin but there's enough structure to support a wonderfully fruit forward palate.

This is a cracker for early Jan as it comes in at under six quid and is generous and ripe, a real winter warmer.

Here's to a merry lockdown!