…beginning in Portugal Quinta Nova Reserva Terroir Blend 2015, Douro, Portugal (£16.48 Portugal Vineyards) Smells like a port winery at vintage time, the air thick with heady aromas of berries, cassis, violet and herbs, buoyant, spicy dark fruit flavours in abundance and a backbone of citrus freshness and ripe tannin […]

A mixed bag of reds from around the world…

Blind Spot Garganega 2016, King Valley, Australia (£8.95 The Wine Society) Nice creamy texture, lightly peachy with a hint of blood orange and an exotic blossom edge, rounded but refreshing, with a juicy finish. S- Blind Spot Barbera 2015, King Valley, Australia (£9.50 The Wine Society) Not a as successful, […]

Italian grape varieties, Australian origin

Il Cascinone Rive Barbera d’Asti Superiore 2013, Piedmont, Italy (£10-£14 Highbury Vintners, The Secret Cellar, Rannoch Scott, Hennings, Taurus Wines, Amps Fine Wine, Flagship Wines) Sweet, rounded and plummy style, but despite the wealth of fruit, there’s a backbone of tannin, and a bitter cherry bite to keep it from […]

Il Cascinone Rive Barbera d’Asti Superiore 2013, Piedmont, Italy

La Torricella Dolcetto d’Alba ‘Dosso’ 2013, Piedmont, Italy (£9.99 Red Squirrel Wine) Honest, tasty and eminently gluggable young wine, full of crunchy red berry flavours, with a light candied character and some earthy, herby notes chipping in for good measure. S Villa dei Ladri Langhe 2013, Piedmont, Italy (£13.99 Laithwaites) […]

Five reds from Piedmont: Dolcetto, Barbera & Nebbiolo

First Drop Wines ‘The Big Blend’ Nebbiolo/Barbera 2009, Adelaide Hills, Australia (£18.99 Secret Cellar, Cambridge Wine Merchants, Hanging Ditch, Harvey Nichols, The Sampler) The bold berry fruit verging on the jammy dodgers, the note of liquorice and the aromas of mint and eucalyptus betray its Aussie origins, and despite a […]

Wine Tasting Video: Three reds with northern Italian accents – ...