Trivento Private Reserve Malbec

Trivento is the global market leader in Argentinian wines. We visited the winery in November 2016 and tried their entire range. The UK offerings are mostly retailed in Tesco, which sells the Parra Alta Malbec and the reserve Malbec. They have also recently introduced this ‘Private Reserve’ Malbec, which is grown at altitude in the…

Bourgogne Blanc Marc Dudet

The older the better? Nope. Some wines mature and acquire complexity and character with age, but at some point most will deteriorate. I think this wine may have reached it’s zenith a while ago; it was quite good – but at £11 a bottle you can do better – at M&S go for Vin Alta…

Terazas de los Andes Reserva Torrontes

I was converted to Torrontes at a closed-door wine tasting at Taninas Wine Tastings in Mendoza; the idea (popular in Argentina) is that you go to an apartment for food, rather than a restaurant. My first experience with Torrontes had not been a good one – I was persuaded that it could be delicious by…

Macon Villages Waitrose

This Waitrose Chardonnay weighs in at £8.69 a bottle. It’s from Cave de Lugny, a Burgundian co-operative producer. The same wine is on sale at Co-Op 70p cheaper (no big deal) but what makes the Co-Op wine marginally better in my opinion is the fact that theirs is from 2013, rather than 2015 like this…

Blason de Bougogne Saint Veran

What a time to be alive! Saint Veran at £8 a bottle – and if you buy any 6 wines in Tesco, it comes down to £6 a bottle! BUY! This is great wine for the money and coupled with the Trivento Chardonnay deal (Tesco), Santa Julia Chardonnay deal (Waitrose) and a great deal on…

Santa Julia Chardonnay

Trivento may be the  global market leader in Argentinian wines but they have real competition in the £8-£10 bracket, especially from this Chardonnay. Santa Julia is from the Zuccardi brand. We first tasted Zuccardi in Argentina last year and immediately loved their Chardonnays. Waitrose have a ‘buy any 3 bottles get 25% off’ deal and…

Trivento Chardonnay

Trivento is the global market leader in Argentinian wines. We visited the winery in November 2016 and tried their entire range (pictures below). The UK offerings are mostly retailed in Tesco and no longer include the Parra Alta Chardonnay (£5.50) price-point, which is a shame as this was excellent value. Tesco still sell the Parra…

Zalze Chenin Blanc

This wine is widely available and at a range of price-points so it is worth shopping around for. It’s good Chenin Blanc, although I would prefer it if it were fairly traded. Tasting notes: Crisp, dry, note of melon. Region of Origin – Coastal Region Wine Colour – White Price – £4 Where do I…

La Umbra Chardonnay

I was contacted by the police this week to inform me that a gang of  Romanian criminals in West London had insured a 6 cars using my details. They had even stolen my card details to pay for one of the policies. One of the cars had triggered a speed camera – a car which…

Plaza Centro Prosecco

I first tried prosecco about 20 years ago at a blind tasting of sparkling wines, which included vintage champagne, cava, prosecco and cremant de Loire. We had to identify them correctly and there was a prize to be won. I didn’t win – but I enjoyed myself! Back then prosecco was niche; for cheap fizz…

Chapel Down – Flint Dry

I’ve tasted my way through the Chapel Down range twice. I’ve visited the vineyard and several others in Kent and genuinely believe that English wine can be excellent. Hush Heath produce delicious fizz. Denbies, whilst a beautiful vineyard, are not my favourites… Chapel Down are the best, in my opinion and this blend – available…