Valiosa Brut NV Spain Laithwaite’s

This Spanish fizz from La Mancha came into being when the opportunist Solis brothers heard that there was a global prosecco shortage a few years ago and decided to try growing Glera grapes in the hot, inland plains south of Madrid. It didn’t work, so they employed similar methods of production (the Charmat or ‘tank’…

Cabalié 2019, Pays d’Oc

My most recent delivery from Laithwaite’s had this recent vintage of Cabalie, another wine which receives rave reviews on Laithwaites website. It’s another wine which Laithwaites have sold for years now. It’s good wine. Tasting notes: Its appearance is deep purple in colour. Dark fruit, plum notes on the nose. Medium length. Medium body. A blend of…

Château Vartely Dealu Nucului Feteasca Regala & Sauvignon Blanc 2019

My most recent delivery from Laithwaite’s had this, nicely presented in a paper wrapping. It is from Moldova… It retails at £10.49 a bottle. The winery looks modern and impressive. This wine receives rave reviews on Laithwaites website. It is a typical Laithwaites wine – slightly aromatic. Tasting notes: Its appearance is pale straw in colour….

Blanc Neuf La Bastide – Laithwaites

Blanc Neuf La Bastide 2018 is another unusual proposition – a blend similar to a white Côtes Du Rhône – but from Languedoc… A previous vintage was named ‘World’s Best White Blend’ under £11 by the Decanter World Wine Awards. It’s been compared to a white Châteauneuf-du-Pape. I see that; similarly this ought to be…

La Nuit Blanche Cabernet Blanc 2019

La Nuit Blanche Cabernet Blanc 2019 presented me with an unusual proposition – a grape I had never tried (or even, I must confess, heard of…). A winemaker discovered a few rows of Cabernet Blanc in the Languedoc in 2016 which belonged to a grower near Béziers who had been working with Swiss (aren’t they…

Visionario, Bianco Trevenezie 2019 – Laithwaite’s

My most recent delivery from Laithwaite’s had this more recent vintage of ‘Visionario’ with a label change. Is this any different from the 2018 vintage? No. It’s still the aromatic, rather confected (it’s dry, but not bone dry, and has notes of childhood sweets) wine which Laithwaites have sold for years now. Tasting notes: Its…

Loris – Giordano

Giordano wines are a mixed bunch – this one was pretty good and well priced. It’s a shame that they devote so much time to selling you wine and then so little to delivering you the wine you bought. After ordering 50+ bottles, they regularly substitute 3 bottles in a case for something else (no…

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…

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…

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…

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…