Hubert Brochard Sancerre 2017

We had our annual booking at ‘Rocky Bottoms’, a good lobster/crab place near Sherringham, and they allow you to bring your own wine for a £2.50 pp corkage charge. I often resent the mark up on a bottle of wine in pubs/restaurants, so was grateful of a chance to select a decent bottle to go…

Chapel Down Classic Non-Vintage English Rose

Chapel Down near Tenterden produce English fizz on similar chalky terroir to that of the Champagne region, using the traditional method and the same grapes. Taittinger have bought a large plot of land in Kent. Champagne producers can add 10% of wines from outside the Champagne appellation to their blends and last year Moet &…

Cuvee Royale Crémant de Limoux, Waitrose

How does Waitrose Crémant de Limoux compare with other fizz at similar price points?  Sparkling wines from Limoux, nestling in the foothills of the Pyrenees are said to pre-date champagne. In 1990 the term Crémant was introduced for non-Champagne sparkling wines in France, an AOC for more “modern” or internationally-styled sparkling wines. AOC regulations dictate…

Codorniu Cuvee Barcelona 1872

Codorníu is the world’s oldest and second-largest producer of bottle-fermented sparkling wine, known as cava, made by the traditional champagne method and it was founded in Barcelona, Spain in 1551. I first visited Sant Sadurní d’Anoia 20 years ago and was in Catalunya again last month, so I picked up a bottle of this cava. The…

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…

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 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 I…

Pouilly Fuisse, Marc Dudet, Waitrose

Again not cheap and not everyday wine. Pouilly Fuisse is one of my favourites along with pretty much all white burgundies. At this price I have expectations and naturally hope the wine will be markedly better than the £8 wines I go for. It often isn’t and I have had so many disappointingly ‘meh’ Chablis…

Tre Fiori Greco de Tufo

I’ve been a fan of this grape since I first visited Italy 20 years ago. In Italy this is an everyday wine, in price at least. £10.99 seems quite expensive – but I enjoyed this wine. ‘DOCG’ means that the wine is tasted by a panel who ‘guarantee’ that it’s worthy of the name, but…

Waitrose Brazil Chardonnay

Waitrose sell a brace of Brazillian wines: one red, one white (the red is reduced to clear – which makes me wary of it). This is the first Brazillian wine I’ve tasted, in fact the first I’ve ever seen. I shouldn’t be surprised that a country as vast as Brazil produces wine; I’ve been to…

Hen Pecked Picpoul de Pinet

Waitrose sell this under their own label but it’s available widely and has been for years. The name isn’t a bad attempted pun, but refers to the way that chickens in the vineyards like to eat any fallen grapes. We feed our chickens any over-ripe grapes, strawberries etc, so I can believe this. Picpoul is…