Sacha Lichine Le Coq Rouge Vin de France 2010 (£9.95 Wine Hound,  Last Try Wines, Wine Reserve, Living In Store, E. H. Booths, Clear Black Wine Shop, Zoran’s) Fresh, sappy style, reasonably berry and blackcurrant, but slightly bubblegum-y and simple, and finishes a little too dry. C- Domaine Andre Brunel […]

Wine Tasting Video: Grenache-based reds from France & Spain

El Patito Feo Graciano Roble 2009, Navarra, Spain (£8.99 Virgin Wines) Slightly boisterous youngster at the present, but calms down to show pure, plush blueberry and blackberry flesh, a fresher raspberry edge, notes of clove and new leather, and a warm dusty finish. B+ Tesco Finest* Viña Mara Rioja Reserva, […]

Wine Tasting Video: Spanish reds from Rioja, Navarra & Penedes

Londoño Rioja Crianza 2008 (contact for details) Hairy-chested young wine that oozes warm earthy confidence. Add in wild gutsy berry fruit and touches of vanilla and spice and you have a lovely bouncy vibrant wine. S(-) Falset Marçà Ètim Negre Montsant 2007 (£9.13 Bibendum) Gluggable sausage-friendly wine par excellence, […]

Wine Tasting Video: Spanish Reds from Rioja, Navarra and Catalunya

There is a video down below somewhere but first, let’s talk brett. Brettanomyces to give it its full name is a strain of yeast that has been around for centuries, but which began to appear on the wine radar around 20 years ago, and has really sprung to prominence in […]

Spain, 4, Portugal, 1 – plus a bit about brett