Grüner Veltliner 2018 – Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference

All the big super markets have at least one Grüner Veltliner. Sainsbury’s have stocked one since 2010 – well ahead of the game. There has been a recent growth in interest in this wine: why? Again global warming may play a part in making this ‘green’ wine more complex and attractive. Jancis Robinson may have…

Picpoul de Pinet 2019 – Baron de Guers – Update 2

This is an update to reflect that Sainsbury’s have changed the label on this wine. This is purely aesthetic – the contents are exactly the same. Is it a better label? Yes – the old one was dark and dull; this one signposts the wines suitability as an accompaniment to shellfish, particularly oysters. This is…

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…

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…

Picpoul de Pinet 2019 – Baron de Guers – Update

This is the ubiquitous supermarket Picpoul de Pinet: ‘ubiquitous’ because they pretty much all stock the identical wine from the same co-operative producer, but with a different label. Tasting notes: Initial nose of green apples and citrus. Fresh & refreshing. Green apples and lemon and lime notes. Balanced acidity, this wine works best with food….

Sainsbury’s ‘Taste The Difference’ Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio remains the World’s favourite white wine grape. Is the Sainsbury’s offering any good…? At £6 – yes… Tasting notes: It’s appearance is pale lemon in colour. Citrus notes on the nose. Well balanced. Medium finish. Medium body. Some complexity on the palate; citrus and stone fruit flavours, some ‘nutty’ notes. Short to medium…

Coolwater Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017

This New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc  again has that characteristic ‘New World’ taste to it – I guess from fermentation at relatively low temperatures. The winemakers are Peter Yealands Estate and this wine tasted indistinguishable from their sauvignon Blanc reviewed here The difference is therefore only the label – as both wines cost £8. Tasting notes:…

Contralto Pinot Grigio 2017 Sainsbury’s Winemaker’s Selection

My most read review of the last year was for a Pinot Grigio. This review has had hundreds of hits, from all over the world. This shows that people may be a little unsure about this wine, and google it whilst in the supermarket to see if it’s any good. This isn’t surprising as Sainsbury…

Vinedos Barrihuelo, Rioja Blanco, Sainsburys 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 and this was (I suspect) selected by Clem Yates: she…

Languedoc, Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference

  I have been looking at how Tesco’s updated ‘Finest’ range (which teams up with good producers and releases own-label wines that are interesting and reasonably priced) compares with Sainsbury’s ‘Premium’, Taste the Difference range. As a punter, it pays to seek out the maker’s name. Few winemakers are more consistent than Paul Mas. My…

Cremant de Loire – Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference

Tesco’s updated ‘Finest’ range is doing a good job of teaming up with good producers and releasing own-label wines that are interesting and reasonably priced – but how does Sainsbury’s ‘Premium’, Taste the Difference range compare? For this fizz they have teamed up with my favourite Loire Valley cremant producer, Bouvet Ladubay. They are one…

Picpoul de Pinet, Ormarine

A flinty alternative to Muscadet, Gruner-Veltliner or Pouilly Fume, Picpoul used to be cheap, and unusual to find outside France until a few years ago when it cropped up more frequently, particularly on gastro-pub wine lists. Prices rose as it became more popular. My most read article, with hundreds of views, is Sainsbury’s Baron de…