A great list of reasons to drink wine from Sommelier Express As if we needed any!
After a tough year of lockdowns and restrictions many of my friends are looking for a change in their career and where they live. Well if you happen to have a spare million you could buy this winery in Wales. Not the best wine producing area of the UK but definitely one of the most … Continue reading Fancy Buying Your Own Winery?
We have recently published tastings on a number of blended wines both red and white made from two or more different grape varieties. Which begs the question: why blend wines? Well some grape varieties make fantastic wines all by themselves and you will find a number of single variety wines amongst my tastings. However this … Continue reading Why Blend Wines?
The third wine at the Madrid & Darracott story telling tasting. A red wine blend from the Navarra region Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Tempranillo and Graciano. The winemaker wanted to make a true Cabernet Sauvignon in the style of Bordeaux. This wine has spent some time in French Oak. Couldn't tell the colour … Continue reading Amburza 2015
The other day I published the tasting notes of yet another organic wine. One that was pretty good. For many people the pursuit of organic or the alternative natural wines is to avoid some of the additives that can be found in the majority of wines. These days additives in food and drink are regarded … Continue reading Wine Additives
Another new white wine grape variety that I tried recently. Merseguera hails from Valencia and is rarely seen outside of this area. It is largely used in blended wines as it lacks character. Having said that the blend I tried was lovely. Click on the image below to see Wine-searcher.com’s opinion on this grape.
The second wine at the Madrid & Darracott story telling tasting. This wine's name translates as mongrel because it is a mix breed made from three different grapes: Merseguera,Viogner and Malvasia. The first is a local grape variety rarely seen outside of Valencia. From the Utiel region of Valencia this is an organic wine that … Continue reading Mestizaje Blanco 2018
I have published articles about this grape variety, that has red flesh, previously but under its local name of Alicante Bouschet. I read an article by wine folly where it states ‘Lovers of rich, fruit-forward reds like Shiraz, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon take note: Alicante Bouschet is quite the find!’ Well I adore fruit forward … Continue reading Garnacha Tintorera Grape Variety
Yesterday I published a tasting on the first red wine I’ve tried from the Almansa wine region, which is in Albacete on the Eastern most tip of Castilla La Mancha. I absolutely loved it, so clearly I need to do some more tastings of wines from this region. Fortunately, according to the D.O. Almansa website, … Continue reading Almansa Wine Region