Il Brutto Negroamaro Primitivo Salento IGT 2015

I love the name of this wine – Il Brutto.  It works best if you say it as though you were an Italian film announcer, the kind of guy who would introduce a trailer for the next action hero block buster “Il Brutto – the Italian cowboy”  Go ahead try it in your head, now… Read More »

Caesar Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2014

Sometimes a wine is remembered more for a sense of place and time rather than the flavours it brings to the table.  This is very much one of those wines.  We were in Dublin when the city was awash with Americans who had just seen a College football game between Georgia Tech and Boston College… Read More »

Baily & Baily Folio Clare Valley Riesling

I’m partial to an Alsatian wine every now and then, or a German one.  They aren’t always hugely available and they’re rarely cheap so when I saw this Australian Alsace impersonator on sale in Waitrose with 20% off I thought I’d give it a go. The wine is pale and bright, and sort of thin-looking,… Read More »

Léon Perdigal Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2015

I picked up this bottle at Majestic for no better reason that the label cheered me up.  I’d not long returned from a fabulous week walking around the royal and not so royal gardens of Seville and found myself in a cold, dark, rainy English evening.  For the avoidance of doubt, I do know that… Read More »

Corbello Cattarratto Inzolia Sicily IGT 2016

I picked this wine up in Waitrose because the sun was shining, the birds were singing and it felt like spring had finally sprung.  I was looking forward to sitting outside in the evening, seeing the cherry blossom all around, watching the daffodils bloom and feeling at one with the world.  The label screamed relaxed… Read More »

Edna Valley Chardonnay 2014

Edna is  name you don’t hear enough of these days.  Whilst Molly and Mabel have had a bit of a comeback Edna and Vera are surely due a revival sometime soon.  That isn’t why I bought this wine, but as my long campaign to bring back paisley prints is finally seeing some results, it’s time… Read More »

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 »