Blackfoot Daisy Pinot Grigio 2019 – Virgin Wines

Pinot Grigio is the World’s favourite white wine grape. Is this offering from Virgin Wine any good and in any way different from the vast array available on the UK market? Well, yes. I’ve tasted Pinot Grigios from Argentina and California (good) and from Hungary and Bulgaria (not great) and done comparative tastings with Pinot…

Trivento Reserve Chardonnay 2017 – UPDATE

Trivento is the global market leader in Argentinian wines. We visited the winery in November 2016 and tried their entire range. The UK offerings were mostly retailed in Tesco but they no longer stock this or the Parra Alta Chardonnay – which is a shame as these were excellent value. Tesco still sell their Malbecs,…

Viña Sol – Torres 2018 UPDATE

Founded in 1870, Torres have been producing this wine since the 1960s. It’s decent wine with a timeless quality to it and fairly good value. I buy it regularly in the summer and it remains popular in Spain. This wine comes in a thin, light bottle which is more environmentally friendly – more producers should…

‘Chateau La Pierre’ Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu, Jerome Choblet

I’ve tasted my way from Nantes to Pouilly-sur-Loire over the course of several visits to the region. I’m a big fan of Muscadet in the summer; for me it’s the perfect wine to wash down moules mariniere. This wine comes from the area around Nantes. Tasting notes: Pale straw yellow with green reflections. Floral and…

Grüner Veltliner Reserve 2018 – Lidl

Austrian wines are good – Grüner Veltliner being the pre-eminent white. All the big super markets have at least one. Why the interest? Global warming may have played a part in making this ‘green’ wine more complex and attractive. Jancis Robinson may have played a part – she attended a blind tasting of Austrian whites…

Eventus – Giordano

Giordano wines are a mixed bunch; the wines are variable in quality but are at the cheaper end of the spectrum. This wine was very vague about details. Giordano take an inordinately long time (3 weeks) to deliver their wine to customers. They don’t have great ‘trust pilot’ reviews as a result. There is a…

Raggiante – Giordano

Giordano wines are a mixed bunch; the wines are variable in quality but are at the cheaper end of the spectrum. This wine was very vague about details. Giordano take an inordinately long time (3 weeks) to deliver their wine to customers. They don’t have great ‘trust pilot’ reviews as a result. There is a…

Visionario, Bianco Trevenezie 2018 – Laithwaite’s

Laithwaite’s have been in the game for some time -about 50 years, and their founder Tony Laithwaite knows his stuff. They have physical shops and a mail order business. At the time of writing the UK is in lockdown – and as a result mail-order wine businesses are thriving. Laithwaite’s are seeing their annual Christmas…

Faustino Rivero Ulecia Albariño 2018 Rias Baixas

Albariño is currently rather fashionable, particularly when from Rias Baixas in Galicia. It’s a somewhat forgotten, often rainy inland area of North Western Spain. This one comes in a distinctive blue bottle (it’s not the only Rias Baixas Albariño that does) and would be good to bring to a dinner party. The salty hint to…

Yalumba Organic Chardonnay 2018

Enjoyable wine and proudly organic – not always easy to achieve with viticulture due to the risks involved – but bonus points from me. At £10 a bottle this is good wine. Tasting notes: Medium intensity, pale lemon colour. Primary apple and citrus notes. No secondary or tertiary notes. Balanced acidity; dry. Medium finish. Flavours…

Vermentino Terre Siciliane 2019 – Giordano

Giordano wines have offices near Alba in Italy, from where I receive regular cold calls offering me wine. I usually explain that I’m driving and can’t take the call, which I usually am… Their cases are a mixed bunch; the wines are variable in quality but their U.S.P. is that they offer Italian delicacies or…

Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay 2019 – update

Concha y Toro are one of the world’s biggest and most recognisable wine brands. Connoisseurs may turn up their noses at this – but they produce a great range of good quality, good value wines. The story behind Casillero del Diablo began over 120 years ago. The founder of Concha y Toro, Don Melchor stored batches…