Franciacorta, Castel Faglia, Italy

Italian fizz rose from nowhere about 12 years ago when the prosecco boom began. Demand was huge for cheap fizz, and it was less harsh than Cava. The backlash began a few years ago in response to the acidic, insipid £6 stuff on sale – and it’s image as a drink to get you drunk….

Corte Vigna Chardonnay, Italy

I’ve rated this chardonnay as ‘acceptable’; this may seem like I’m damning with faint praise, however it is perfectly good everyday drinking. It doesn’t have the ‘wow’ factor by any stretch of the imagination but at its price point it is fair value for money and is enjoyable enough. Tasting notes: Medium intensity, pale lemon colour….

Roca Murer Pinot Grigio 2019 – update

I receive a lot of hits for this wine. Let me know in the comments what you think of it because people generally read about a wine because they like it and want to know if others do too or because they are unsure whether to buy it or not… There are as many as…

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…

Grüner Veltliner – Adler

This is one of three Grüner Veltliner stocked by Lidl – and this is unusual as it’s Italian, albeit from the mountainous north near Austria. It’s Lidl’s most expensive Grüner Veltliner – but is it their best? Sadly not… Tasting notes: Medium intensity, pale lemon colour. Primary apple and citrus notes. No secondary or tertiary…

Provobis Vino Frizzante Secco – 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 as usual very vague about details. Giordano took just under a month to deliver my last case. Laithwaites and Virgin take 2-3 days. This wine is decent enough and as part…

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…

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…

Prosecco Conegliano, Sainsbury’s ‘Taste the Difference’ 2018

Good prosecco costs a little more, and this is good sparkling wine and good value at £10. Currently it’s £8 a bottle which is a bit of a steal. Tasting notes: Lively, crisp, aromatic. Pale lemon colour. Frothy mousse. Easy-drinking due to well balance acidity. Fresh with lemon, stone fruit and apple flavours and a floral…

Tesco Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie

Pinot Grigio remains the World’s favourite white wine grape. Is Tesco’s entry level offering any good…? At £4.50 – not really. Tasting notes: Its appearance is pale lemon in colour. Citrus notes on the nose. Balanced. Medium length, oddly unpleasant finish. Medium body. Region of Origin – VenezieWine Colour – WhitePrice – £4.50Where do I…