A break from Riesling for today to concentrate on Pinot Noir. Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 2015, Pfalz, Germany (£10-12 see Wine Searcher, also Waitrose under the Johann Wolf Label) A lush, friendly style, with warm squishy strawberry and black cherry flavours, a hint of woodsmoke and a firm but juicy […]

Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 2015, Pfalz, Germany

Groszer Wein Blaufränkisch 2012, Südburgenland, Austria (£15.90 per litre Newcomer Wines) Lots of juicy ripe plummy berry and blackcurrant here, with earthy, meaty notes adding a savoury wildness, and herbs coming through in the finish. Tasty and slightly naughty. S(-) Groszer Wein Blaufränkisch ‘Vom Riegl’ 2012, Südburgenland, Austria (£22.90 per […]

Three Blaufränkisch-based reds from Groszer Wein in Südburgenland, Austria

Modra Frankinja is also known as Blaufränkisch. And Lemberger. And Kékfrankos. And Jubiläumsrebe. And even Sirokolidtnyj… Pullus Modra Frankinja 2011, Stajerska, Slovenia (£9.95 Winety) Refreshing red wine, juicy and sappy, with a slightly earthy undercurrent to the fresh cherry and blackberry flavours, and a slightly leathery, rustic note on the […]

Pullus Modra Frankinja 2011, Slovenia

Harvey Nichols Beaujolais-Villages 2012, Burgundy, France (£12.50 Harvey Nichols) Quite a rich style, with notes of sweet strawberry, plum and rose hip syrup. There’s an undercurrent of earthiness (with just a hint of rot?) but overall this is refreshing and tasty. B(+) Henry Fessy Morgon 2011, Burgundy, France (£10.50 Oddbins) […]

Wine tasting Video: Pinot Noir & Gamay from Beaujolais, Slovenia ...