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2021 Past Drinks of The Week

DRINK OF THE WEEK
25th April 2021
Poruguese Dão
Aldi £5.99
Drinker Rating 90


Springtime sees the crossover from when people stop drinking the heavier winter reds and stray into white and rosé wines, the chilled wines suit the climate and seasonal foods of summer.

This is a red but I think will still suit the cooler days and occasional rain breaks that we're having right now. Hailing from the Dão region of north central Portugal this wine is made in a quite remote and mountainous part of the world - but it doesn't lack in sophistication.

It has a lovely forward fruit character, bramble and black cherry but with a wonderful tobacco leaf aroma. This is a versatile wine, good for the BBQ or fireside and just right of this time of year.

And at under six quid this is a real bargain.

Cheers.



DRINK OF THE WEEK
19th April 2021
17 Trees Pinot Grigio
Waitrose £7.49
Drinker Rating 91



Waitrose have a bit of a 25% off offer on at the mo - it's on selected summer drinks and  it's on individual bottles - no need to buy six - well worth a look.

I tipped this wine up in my winter/Christmas YouTube vid - it's made by De Bortolli who are absolutely brilliant wine-makers across their range - I think I've yet to find a wine made by them that I didn't like.

This is a cracking little pinot grigio (do try their Shiraz too - it's also on offer this week at the reduced price), I love it because it actually tastes of something!

I think it has a touch more character as there's a little reisling in there giving a perfumed lift and it's had some ageing on its lees which gives a wonderful silky mouthfeel.

Proper wine, fantastic price - stock up now!


DRINK OF THE WEEK
12th April 2021
The Best Cahors Malbec
Morrisons £8.00
Drinker Rating 90


Well here's a thing, next Satruday, 17th April, is Malbec World Day (their title not mine) - there are loads of these nowadays but who needs an excuse to crack open a bottle?

If you are celebrating this special day then I would recommend heading down to Morrisons where they have two absolute belters both in their 'The Best' range. First up is their Cahors Malbec from just north of Toulouse, it's got a lovely earthy tone to it, plum, fig and damson with grippy tannins. Then try their Gran Montana Malbec, from Argentina, a little more refined, very fruit forward wine, velvet smooth and easy drinking.

My preference is for the French malbec, I prefer the structure and balance and at only £8 compared to the Argentinian at £10 presents greater value.




DRINK OF THE WEEK
5th April 2021
Alain Grignon Carignan 'Vieilles Vignes', Pays de l'Hérault
Majestic £6.99 - Mix 6 Price
Drinker Rating 89


Majestic sell so much brilliant wine and there are a couple of reasons for this - first up - booze is all they sell, they are THE wine experts (they also sell some fab beers and wonderful spirits too), but day in day out they work with producers to source the most interesting and often affordable wines on the high street.

Second, their staff really know their stuff, they are friendly and helpful and really understand wine and peoples' taste.

So there - party political broadcast over - get down there and buy this super value red with its vibrant black fruit palate and fantastic structure.


DRINK OF THE WEEK
29th March 2021
Taste the Difference Touraine Rosé
Sainsbury's £6.00
Drinker Rating 89


Time to stock up for Easter - there's 25% off when you buy 6 bottles at Sainsbury's.

It's nice to have a bit of pink when the sun comes out, so it's a good time to get a smashing French rosé in for the Bank Holiday.

This wine is made from gamay and cabernet franc in Touraine on the Loire in France, it's pretty and dry but with lovely hints of summer berries to come and a lovely touch of herb garden on the finish.

See all my reccomendations from the range at Sainsbury's by clicking on their logo on the left of this page and see my YouTube vid of recommendations up to £10 by clicking here.

Have a happy Easter.



DRINK OF THE WEEK
22nd March 2021
Extra Special Chilean Sauvignon Blanc
Asda £6.00
Drinker Rating 89

*****25 % OFF CLAXON*****

Time to stock up for Easter - there's 25% off when you buy 6 bottles at ASDA.

This is a little cracker at only £6 a bottle right now, buy six and you can reduce the price from £36 to £27 for what will make a fantastic Easter House White.

Sauvignon Blanc is still the white of the day in the UK, driven in the main by the bigger, blousy whites from New Zealand, Chile make some great examples too but these don't tend to be as over expressive, they're a bit more dialed down and all the better for it.

Now it's getting less chilly it's time to get into Chile.


DRINK OF THE WEEK
8th March 2021
Baturrica Tarragona Gran Reserva
Lidl £4.99
Drinker Rating 89

What I love at this time of the year is a reminder of the heat of summer, it feels like the spring is so nearly here and that the last mile is the hardest and all that.

This wine is so intensely flavoured it's crammed with ripe black cherry and blackberry it's like a warming fruit compote. It is big but those flavours are rounded by some delicious vanilla and good spice with restrained tannins.

This is a gorgeous wine and it's under a fiver - yes! Under a fiver!



DRINK OF THE WEEK
1st March 2021
Blueprint Cotes de Provence Rosé
Waitrose £8.99
Drinker Rating 90

#### 25% OFF CLAXON ####
Waitrose have 25% off when you buy 6 bottles until 9th March - stock up for spring NOW!

You could do a lot worse than this lovely Provencale rosé, a beautiful pale pink and all the soft summer pudding fruits with crisp fresh acidity that you need.

This wine is made by Samatha Bailey at Boutinot and is part of a brilliant mixed case on offer to celebrate women producers on International Women's Day (8th March). See the case here an absolute bargain at £53 but if you order before 9th it's only £46.50! AMAZING VALUE!



DRINK OF THE WEEK
22nd February 2021
Finest South African Chenin Blanc
Tesco £7.50
Drinker Rating 90

As the days get longer we stand a chance of getting some late winter early spring sun on our faces. If you do get a chance to sit out in the daylight I think a chenin blanc is just the right drop for the season.

This one from Tesco is made in South Africa by a very good producer, Stellenrust, and it has all the apricot and apple aroma you need along with a very gentle touch of oak on the finish. Lovely, poise and balance and a bargain to boot.

Cheers.


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!