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2024 Past Drinks of The Week

DRINK OF THE WEEK
19th February 2024
Taste the Difference Bio Bio Viognier
Sainsbury's 9.50
Drinker Rating 90

You might have noticed a pattern in my recommendations - I really love cool climate wines, give me a Chablis or a Tasmanian Pinot Noir and I'm your man. Why is this? Well when grapes grow in cooler climate it takes a little longer for them to ripen and therefore they produces slightly more complex wines.

So here's one from the Bio Bio valley in Chile, it's in the south of the southern hemisphere and gets cool clear evenings, refreshing pacific breezes and produces wonderfully tropical and mineral wines like this one - a little more expensive but certainly worth every penny.


Cheers!




DRINK OF THE WEEK
12th February 2024
Italiano Vino Rosso
Tesco 4.50
Drinker Rating 89

There is still some good value decent wine out there if you know where to look - luckily you have Big Pete from The Drinker in your corner and I've found this amazing drop.

It's not amazing as in life changing amazing but it certainly fits the bill if you're after a solid red crowd pleaser for under five pounds. There are VERY FEW wines I'd entertain at that price but this really does the job.

Quite light for an Italian red, it's fruit driven and easy drinking and certainly well worth the money. Don't be a wine snob, trust Big Pete and get yourself off down to Tesco.


Cheers!



DRINK OF THE WEEK
5th February 2024
Loved and Found Touriga Nacional
Waitrose 8.99
Drinker Rating 91

You know there is  a definite link between the wine styles folk drink and the weather. Obviously pinks and whites in summer and deeper darker reds in Winter (save the Beajolais and Pinot Noir for spring and autumn).

So this week it's a real hearty winter wine, that doesn't mean it has to be rough and rustic, this is big and powerful but with poise too.

Touriga Nacional is most used as a grape in the making of Port so think of those intense fruity fortifieds but dialled down just a touch with some herbal tobacco and tar notes too.

Cheers!



DRINK OF THE WEEK
29th January 2024
Specially Selected Gamay
Aldi 8.69
Drinker Rating 89

I always say that Gamay is the red grape variety for people who think they don't like red wines. The main grape used in Beaujolais it has lighter body and tannin, it's often fresh, easy and fruit driven, producing red wines that work really well chilled.

But it's not only Beaujolais where it works - this example comes from Tolosan in the south of France, near the border with Spain. As such it gets a little more sunshine don there and the grapes ripen a bit more fully, so this Gamay has a little more depth, body and alcohol - but still very drinkable nonetheless.

Do give Gamay a go - it's not all about the Beajolais you know!



DRINK OF THE WEEK
22nd January 2024
This is Light and Fresh
Marks and Spencer 5.50
Drinker Rating 89

Anyone know about Appasimento wines? Usually Northern Italian in origin and produced using dried or partially dried grapes, this really intensifies the sugars and flavour compunds, producing higher alcohol, full. Opulent, generous wines.

This is a proper winter warmer, it's rich and spicy, black and red fruit compote with black pepper and cinnamon, a real full bodied mouthful and I'd say an absolute bargain at 9.50. First class.

Cheers!



DRINK OF THE WEEK
15th January 2024
This is Light and Fresh
Marks and Spencer 5.50
Drinker Rating 89

We all have a ranking system in our heads for supermarkets right? A little league table that changes over time, but whatever the weather Marks and Spencer are always going to be in the top three right? Certainly our perception of the quality of their goods will always be up there and then we have to factor in the price as M&S will also always be in the top htree for price too.

Well this doesn't mean they can't do affordable wines and this funny little 'this is...' range is case in point.

This wine is their Pinot Grigio which at 5.50 is remarkably good value showing good lime zest and grass notes, it's exactly what an entry level PG should be.

Cheers!



DRINK OF THE WEEK
8th January 2024
Baron St Jean
Aldi 3.45
Drinker Rating 89

Here's another January budget saver of a wine - it's only 3.45 but please don't think it's rotten - it isn't. It's fairly basic, entry level stuff but is clean, bright and fresh with a good degree of grassy and apple freshness.

Sometimes you have to leave your prejudice at the door, so please give this wine a go - what have you got to lose - well, 3.45 - but that's a risk I'd be happy to take!

Cheers!