OK, the Top 10 UK wine brands – here’s how they currently stand:-
|2||Gallo||E & J Gallo|
|3||Blossom Hill||Percy Fox|
|4||Jacob’s Creek||Pernod Ricard|
|6||Wolf Blass||Fosters EMEA|
I look at a list like that with mixed feelings. First the positive side. Somewhere on t’Internet, there probably exists a similar list from the 70s or 80s full of names like Le Piat d’Or, Black Tower, Blue Nun, Hirondelle and so on. Anyone mourn their demise? Thought not. However, the raft of almost exclusively New World offerings that has replaced them (the Stowells range includes some European wines) isn’t a cause for prolonged celebration. Sure, the New World has brought a reliability to cheap wines that Europe still struggles to emulate, but with that reliability comes a frequently bland uniformity that is the opposite of everything I like about wine (check out this post for the attributes I’d love to see in a cheap wine).
And so it’s with a sense of ‘grin and bear it’ that I’m embarking on this task. I don’t expect undrinkability to be a problem, but I’m anticipating a raft of Sweetcorn wines. You know when you eat sweetcorn, how, a few hours later when you’re in the bathroom, you look in the loo and, well, I think you know what I mean. So a sweetcorn wine is one that you might just as well pour down the bog for all the good it has done to your body…