Sainsbury’s Fairtrade Chenin Blanc

Tasting Notes: For me, if I want a good chenin blanc – it’s got to be South African. And if it’s South African, I prefer it to be fairtrade. Good length of finish. Bone dry. Citrus tang.   Region of Origin Wellington Wine Colour White Price £6 Where do I get it from? Sainsburys Current…

Porta 6

Tasting Notes:  James Martin raved about this red on Saturday kitchen last year and Majestic sold out. It’s back in stock, a bit more expensive and it’s got a good nose, balanced tannins, is full bodied and makes you salivate. Long finish. Costs 3.80Euros in Portugal; can be had online for as little as £3.30…

La Grand Nuit Chardonnay

Tasting Notes: A few years ago this was more than twice the price – but it’s not that good; however at £6.50 it’s good chardonnay and won a bronze at the IWSC. I thought it was fresh, not oaky, ‘green’ and a little herby. Region of Origin Languedoc-Roussillon Wine Colour White Price £6.50 Where do…

Ormarine Picpoul de Pinet

Tasting Notes: A flinty alternative to Muscadet or Gruner-Veltliner, or Pouilly Fume, Picpoul used to be cheap, and unusual to find outside France until a couple of years ago when it cropped up more frequently, particularly on gastro-pub wine lists. Prices rose as it became more popular until it neared £20 a bottle in places….

Isla Negra Chardonnay/Pedro Ximenez

Tasting Notes: Fresh and fruity, everyday white at a good price (£5 per bottle). The addition of a dose of Pedro Ximenez (sherry wine, often sweet) gives it depth and a little complexity – at £5 a bottle that’s good! Worked well with a fish dish, but would work with creamy pasta or chicken dishes….