I Heart Prosecco – Perfect for Prosecco Cocktails

If you wanted a Prosecco for Valentine’s Day then this one certainly looks the part.  The label features a heart, the name is Heart.  Quite why they didn’t make the label heart shaped I don’t know.  I’m pretty certain that if pink Prosecco was a real thing then they’d have made it pink, but it’s not,… Read More »

Barramundi Chardonnay 2015

I’m a sucker for a cheery label, or a grim label, really I’m just a sucker for any kind of effort that’s been made to make a label stand out on the shelf.  That said I have learned through the years that the effort put into the label is not always reflective of the effort… Read More »

Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection “Claret” 2014

I spotted this in a Publix supermarket and having never tried a Coppola wine, I had to have it.  These wines aren’t easily available in the UK so I picked it up to bring home (although I’ve since found you can buy it from Amazon UK).  Publix supermarkets are lovely, they have a Co-op ownership model… Read More »

Luis Alegre Koden Rioja Alavesa 2014

I was staying in a pub up in Lancashire, the purpose of my trip was a funeral, but as ever on such occasions it was good to get together with family for a meal and some fond reminiscences. With a big table of diners all choosing different dinner options there was no point in trying… Read More »

Araldica Gavi 2015

After all the food, drink and late night excesses of Christmas I’ve been enjoying some quieter evenings with lighter, fresher meals.  That means choosing some clean fresh white wines to go alongside them.  After a period of refusing to admit the holiday was over and insisting that Champagne counted as fresh and light (it’s made… Read More »

Footsteps Shiraz and Chardonnay Mini Bottles

On a recent trip to Liverpool we had a wonderful time exploring the city.  It’s well worth a trip for just one of the cathedrals, but as the song goes “We speak with an accent exceedingly rare, if you want a cathedral we’ve got one to spare”, and a short walk along Hope Street connects… Read More »

Lacaze Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

I’d tried a different vintage of this wine last year, and I’d liked it.  This year the label had undergone a serious facelift.  Instead of a stylised greyscale image of the mountains of Chile, and some old style typeface it gets a giant image of what seems to be an Easter Island Moai statue.  Whilst… Read More »

Grand Liberte Corbieres 2015

Cry Freedom!  This Grande Liberte is so named as it’s the first wine that the wine maker has made under his own label.  Whilst the family has been producing wine for the local co-op for 100 years, this one is intended to stand on its own.  It comes with a nice back story of local… Read More »

Limited Release Californian Zinfandel 2013

This was a Laithwaites bottle, with rather a minimalist label, claiming to be Bin Number M13, but I think they just decided there was no point in spending money on label design if the wine was just going to be shipped out in mixed cases selected by their team.  It’s not a decision I’m against,… Read More »