Campo Viejo Rosé

Founded in 1959, Campo Viejo is now the largest wine company in Rioja. It is the number one Spanish brand in the UK. Their Rioja is the best selling red wine in the UK. I joined the winemakers for a tasting via Zoom, as Spain currently has a second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak. The…

‘Cune’ Imperial Rioja Reserva 2015

Cune Imperial Reserva is a rioja ‘Reserva’, which means that the wine must have some time aging in oak and futher ageing in the bottle.but not as long as a Gran Reserva. Although the label states ‘Tempranillo’, this wine is in fact a blend of Tempranillo, Mazuela and Graciano. The grapes used for Cune Imperial…

‘Cune’ Rioja Crianza Tempranillo 2016

I explained to a connoisseur once that it is really CVNE, and that ‘CUNE’ came about when a sign arrived on which the sign-writer had mistaken the V for a U – but the company ran with it. He told me I was wrong, and it was just CUNE. I futher explained that it is…

Whispering Angel Rosé

Whispering Angel has acquired cult status. I’m not overstating this. During lockdown a great friend contacted me to say that his supply of it appeared to be in danger of drying up – and this was a big (first world) problem. Many have argued that this is the world’s best rosé; the benchmark from which…

Most Wanted Chardonnay 2019

Clem Yates is a Master of Wine (MW) – one of only about 300 or so, and is also a graduate chemist – so she is well qualified to be a winemaker! The MW label must allude to that qualification! She used to work for Sainsbury’s wine and Tescos before leaving to branch out. She…

Vinedos Barrihuelo, Rioja Rosado, Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference

I continue to be impressed with Tesco’s revitalised ‘Finest’ range and with Sainsburys ‘Taste the Difference’ range.  The wine is from Bodegas Muriel: founded in 1926, it is now one of the largest family-owned and managed wine companies in Rioja. They create modern tasting wines. Tasting notes: Dark pink colour. Red fruit aromas. Balanced acidity….

Freixenet Pinot Grigio

I visited the Alto Penedés region near Barcelona to try cavas and when I pulled up at the Freixenet winery (in a brand new Mercedes) they told me, rather rudely, to go away. So I did – to Codorníu, the region’s other major producer. I was warmly welcomed, given a tour and a tasting… I…

Miraval Côtes De Provence Rosé

We are in the midst of a proper summer in England, with sunshine and wasps.  It’s time for rosé… I have tried and will review several rosés, ranging from £6-£20. This wine is from Southern Provence about 30 miles from the sea and about 30 miles from where Whispering Angel (to be reviewed next) is…

Campo Viejo White Rioja -2019

I met with the winemaker, Elena Adell at a Decanter magazine tasting at Michelin starred Ametsa with Arzak Instruction at Como The Halkin Hotel in Belgravia a few years ago. Their white rioja was up for tasting and I really liked it. The Tempranillo grape has been used in red rioja for ever. Seventeen years…

Blanc Neuf La Bastide – Laithwaites

Blanc Neuf La Bastide 2018 is another unusual proposition – a blend similar to a white Côtes Du Rhône – but from Languedoc… A previous vintage was named ‘World’s Best White Blend’ under £11 by the Decanter World Wine Awards. It’s been compared to a white Châteauneuf-du-Pape. I see that; similarly this ought to be…

Lisboa Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference

Portuguese wines are not big sellers in the UK – Sainsburys offers 13 ports – but just a single red wine. Portuguese reds can be great (Porta 6 acquired something approaching cult status a few years ago – read my review here). Tasting notes: Appearance is deep purple. On the nose black fruits. Closed –…