Category Archives: Wine

Blossom Hill Shiraz ‘Limited Release’

This was £5.00 from Asda. I feel ashamed to say we bought two as it was ‘Limited Release’. Yup, suckered in by the marketing… This was a lovely colour that I’m learning seems to be typical of shiraz. It was … Continue reading

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Yellow Tail Shiraz 2009 – worth the extra?

I recently read an article itemising the current costs that go into an individual bottle of wine in the UK. Duty around £2, VAT and packaging at about a £1, plus transportation costs. No dispute from me there. Because of … Continue reading

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Berberana Rioja Reserva 2005

I honestly have no idea where it came from or how much it was. Given that I don’t normally like rioja, there’s a very high likelihood it cost less than £4 or I wouldn’t have bought it. The picture isn’t … Continue reading

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Tesco Claret

I’d had both the Tesco and Asda clarets recommended to me by different people, so I grabbed this £3.79 bottle when I spotted it. Upon opening there was a slight raw grape aroma with a touch of vinegar. Not a … Continue reading

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Buckfast Tonic Wine

I am under the impression Buckfast has a bit of a reputation in Scotland. I’d heard various rumours about its intimate entanglement with anti-social behaviour, so upon spotting a bottle in an off-licence in Dolgellau in May 2009, I had … Continue reading

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Tesco Australian Red Wine

This was £3.49 from Tesco. Upon opening, the dominant aroma I got was strawberry with that subtly carrying through to the flavour. I also noticed some oak, and there was a very slight drying feel. After it had been open … Continue reading

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2008 Asda Syrah Vin de Pays d’Oc

The suspiciously cheap price of £3.37 from Asda, coupled with the fact I’d not tried a Syrah before made this too tempting to pass up. I left it open for a while and tried to ignore my

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Tesco Chilean Merlot

This red wine was £3.69 from Tesco. I was actually quite pleased with this addition to the wine rack. Aromas of blackberry with a touch of cherry and perhaps some chocolate. The taste was pretty similar, slightly drying with a … Continue reading

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2007 Gabbiano Chianti

Not sure where this red wine came from, but it will most likely be Tesco or Asda at about £4 a bottle. When I opened the bottle the cork was rather vinegary and I was a bit concerned that was … Continue reading

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Marchesini Vitis Pinot Noir

Bought on offer at Tesco for £3.99. Bought this for a change from the merlot we normally drink, as at one point I was partial to a bit of Burgundy. It appears my tastes have moved on since then!

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