BBC WM recommendations

Viña Sol Torres 2016 Sainsbury’s £6.00 (from £7) widely available. A firm favourite of mine and many others over the summer months. It’s a blend of Spanish grapes, Parellada and Garnacha Blanca grown in Catalunya in the north east around Barcelona, and available all over Spain and much of the UK, too. Once upon a […]

Lidl’s Latest Wine Cellar

The next Lidl Wine Cellar will be instore from Thursday, July 27th.  All the Hungarian wines are worth trying, of course, which you can check out here but these are a few of my top suggestions: Dry Whites Pouilly-Fumé Les Grandes Chaumes – £9.99 – This well-known Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire is normally much more […]

Radio WM 30/06/17 Wines with Attitude

  WM Morrisons Pinot Gris  2013 Morrisons £8.25 Pinot Grigio with attitude! The bottle might suggest this is German but actually it’s from Alsace in northern France. They do Pinot Gris really well there. Made by one of France’s most respected co-operatives, Cave de Turckheim, this has enticing honeysuckle aromas, hints of honey, too. It’s […]

Radio WM Recommendations

This week’s recommendations come from Tesco where there’s a very useful 25% off  when you buy 6 bottles. Always a good time to buy  to pop a few in the cellar/larder/garage for later. These wines suit sunny weather, though are just delicious and necessary when it’s not so favourable, and one in particular should definitely […]

Champagne Castelnau

Thank you to Champagne Castelnau for inviting me to their  ‘new century, new design’ launch at Sakagura – what a treat. I’ve blogged about De Castelnau before (there was a ‘de’ then, there isn’t now) about their super-stylish champagnes which have a richness and seriousness about them. The three that I particularly rate highly are […]

Digging Evremond

No one has ever accused me of having green fingers. Yet that is actually me digging about in the mud (viticulturists might call it soil, possibly even terroir). And smiling. (And thanks to Susie Barrie MW for being my photographer). The explanation for this sudden change of character is that I am planting a Pinot […]

BBC WM Wine Recommendations 5/5/17

Roc St Vincent 2015 Bordeaux Blanc Sainsbury’s now £6.25 (75p off) Did you know Sauvignon Blanc comes from Bordeaux? (Or possibly the Loire, the jury’s out). With a long history of growing this grape and more recent research into how to make the wines ever more expressive, there are some lovely Sauvignon Blancs to be […]

The Latest from Lidl

The Easter Wine Cellar Collection arrives in Lidl stores on Thursday, March 30th 2017. There really is some good stuff so it’s worth popping in.  Here are a few of Richard’s favourites……   Whites Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Cimarosa, Chile  – 4.99 – textbook Sauvignon at a very affordable price Veneto Bianco Vigneti di Sole 2015 – […]

Asda bargains

Patting our back pockets today…………… ASDA Extra Special Chardonnay Asda £5.78 An Australian Chardonnay, which is almost embarrassingly cheap, a real bargain. I know the Aussie’s were responsible for giving Chardonnay a bad name but this isn’t one of those wines. This is creamy with a definite tropical fruitiness, it has lifted crispness and a […]

Radio Wine Recommendations

If the pair below aren’t available in your local Aldi, they certainly are online today. I put an order in this morning but I have left you some, honest.   Lot 10 Clare Coonawarra Cabernet 2014 Aldi £6.99 was £9.99 All blackcurranty on the aromas and it tastes like Ribena for grown-ups too but with […]