Grenache


Two wines from the same stable, both lovely but quite different in style… Torre de Oña Rioja Reserva 2012, Spain (£22 Armit) Currently showing some youthful oakiness, but it’s in balance with the gushing red and dark berry, apple and orange peel flavour and hints of spice. Powerful and persistent, […]

Two excellent Riojas


Torres Natureo Rosé 2016, Spain (£5.99 Waitrose, Ocado, Amazon, Bacchus Wines, Taylor’s Fine Wine) A fair attempt at making an alcohol-free wine, I’d probably finish a glass of this fresh, easy-going strawberry laden concoction, but I’d much rather have a decent cordial or a glass of citrus-infused water (the white […]

Four rosés from Spain & Chile


CVNE Rioja Reserva 2012, Spain (£15.40 Majestic, Waitrose, Wholefoods, Wine Rack, Fresh and Wild, Eynsham Cellars, Islington Wine) Nicely structured young wine with lightly bitter herb-tinged red berry, orange peel and gentle vanilla spice flavours supported by fresh acidity and quite bold tannin. Young, chunky, quite tight-knit at the moment […]

CVNE Rioja Reserva 2012, Spain



Sendiäna Grand Vin 2014, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon (N/A in the UK) There’s an exotic spicy note alongside the rich, rounded, plummy berry character, but there’s also a smoky/charred vanilla edge plus a touch of raw tannin – overtoasting of not the very best oak maybe? Good in parts… B-

Sendiäna Grand Vin 2014, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon


Taste The Difference Bordeaux Rosé 2016, France (£7 Sainsbury’s) Not the most complex of wines, but the juicy red berry flavours and crisp, lightly tangy finish are quite appealing. B- Château d’Esclans Whispering Angel Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016, France (~£17.50 see wine-searcher for stockists) Subtle, slinky pink, slightly peachy […]

Three French rosés


Three wines produced to commemorate Hull being chosen as the 2017 UK City of Culture. click HERE for more info on what’s going on. (£1 from each bottle of Viticulture wine will be donated to the legacy of Hull 2017 to support local arts and cultural projects after 2017) Viticulture […]

Lift your glasses to Hull, the 2017 UK City of ...