Wednesday Wines

Wednesday Wines – Episode 114 – English Wine Week

Episode 114 – English Wine Week 22nd June 2022 It is English Wine Week, and this year I have decided to feature some brand new wines that are all absolutely fascinating. For most of these labels, it is the first time I have mentioned these cuvées despite writing about almost all of these estates before. It is so exciting that there is so much dynamism…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 113 – Unmissable ‘Portuguese Holiday Wines’

Episode 113 – On Holiday in Portugal - The Finest Wines 15th June 2022 Thousands of Brits head off to Portugal every summer, and I popped down for a couple of days earlier this month and raided the supermarkets to determine the finest wines to drink this year. The two leading supermarkets I visited were Pingo Doce and Continente.  Of the…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 112 – 2021 L’exuberance Rosé

Episode 112 – Finesse Personified: 2021 L'exuberance Rosé 8th June 2022 2021 L’exuberance Rosé du Clos Cantenac, Bordeaux, France (£21.00, 75cl bottle; £42.00, 150cl magnum and £106.00, 300cl double magnum, www.privatecellar.co.uk). Vineyard: 3.5 hectares overall vineyard Grape variety: 100% Merlot. Harvest: 100% by hand on 16th,…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 111 – Elite USA

Episode 111 – Elite USA 1st June 2022 I hosted a USA wine tasting the other day, and the wines were so impressive that I wanted to share them with my Wednesday Wine fans. There are no straight Chardonnays or Cabernet Sauvignons here, although these grapes pop up as components in the wines below!  This list is, hopefully, as unpredictable as it…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 110 – A tremendous six-pack from Virgin Wines

Episode 110 – A tremendous six-pack from Virgin Wines 25th May 2022 www.virginwines.co.uk WHITE 2021 Three Gables, Reserve Chenin / Marsanne / Grenache Blanc, Swartland, South Africa £9.99 The Three Gables wines are usually single varietals, and this clever creation takes three beautiful white grapes and blends them with precision. The result…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 109 – A beautiful BBR six-pack

Episode 109 – A beautiful six-pack of own-label wines from Berry Bros & Rudd 18th May 2022 The BBR Spring/Summer Press Tasting happened last week, and here are six of the most eye-catching, own-label wines on show. I would advise popping into the shop because the BBR website is a nightmare to operate, and then at least you can talk to a…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 108 – The NZ Top 40

Episode 108 - The NZ Top 40 from the New Zealand Trade Tasting 2022 The Annual New Zealand Trade Tasting was postponed from January until last week.  From an attendance point of view, it was a rather feeble affair, but this certainly allowed me to work rapidly and without interruption.  Of the 250+ wines I tasted, I thought that it might be…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 107 – Tio Pepe En Rama (2022) & 2021 Begude Chardonnay

Episode 107 –Tio Pepe En Rama (2022 bottling) & 2021 Begude Chardonnay 4th May 2022 Tio Pepe, Fino En Rama, Jerez, Spain (2022 bottling) £15.50, 75cl bottle & £8.75, 37.5cl bottle, www.thewinesociety.com; £16.50, reduced to £15.50 each by the case, 75cl bottle & £8.95, reduced to £7.95 each by the case, 37.5cl bottle, www.leaandsandeman.co.uk;…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 106 – NOT Bordeaux En Primeur (2006 & 2017-2020)

Episode 106 – Bordeaux (NOT En Primeur) 27th April 2022 I have just landed at an empty Bordeaux airport.  It is Sunday the 24th of April, and the French nation is voting for a new President.  The streets are completely clear, and my drive up to Saint-Estèphe was a doddle, so it was great timing from my perspective.  I will spend Monday to…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 106 – First Taste of 2008 Billecart Louis

Episode 106 – First Taste of 2008 Billecart Louis 20th April 2022 2008 Billecart-Salmon, Louis Salmon Brut Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France (£690.00 per 6 bottles in bond, (t) 020 7793 7900 (e) wine@goedhuis.com & www.goedhuis.com). Goedhuis has stolen a march on other UK wine merchants by breaking first with the scintillating new vintage…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 105 – A stunning sextet from Decorum Vintners

Episode 105 – A stunning sextet from Decorum Vintners tel. 020 8968 6581 wine@decvin.com I loved themed tastings like the next wine nut, but a mixed bag bonanza occasionally results in extraordinary discoveries, and this is precisely what happened when I dropped in on Rupert, Mark and Maisie at Decorum Vintners last week.  Here are six stunning…

Wednesday Wines – Episode 104 – Elite Greek & Cypriot Wines

Episode 104 – Elite Greek & Cypriot Wines from Cavas Spiliadis 6th April 2022 2020 Canava Chrissou, Vieilles Vignes, Tselepos, Santorini, Greece (£33.00, www.cavaspiliadis.uk). I never talk to strange ladies in restaurants. This statement still holds true because the lady I introduced myself to was, as it turns out, a wine trade pal from…