Category Archives: Red

Lidl Château Haut-Chaigneau Lalande de Pomerol

This Bordeaux was picked up in a mini-spending frenzy at Lidl, the discount supermarket, which along with it’s German pal Aldi, is taking on the big UK supermarkets and gradually growing market share.  Their approach is straightforward, we’ll sell you groceries cheaper than your big supermarkets, but you’ll have less brands to choose from, less… Read More »

Scotto Old Vine Zinfandel 2009

Sometimes your wine choice is restricted, and on this occasion my options were to buy a bottle with a screw cap, or buy a bottle with a corkscrew.  The little wine shop in The Mumbles, South Wales, deep in Dylan Thomas country did not sell corkscrews and the rain was coming down in the way… Read More »

Blackfoot Daisy Merlot

This wine has a cheery label.  I love daisies, they’re so positive and don’t seem much to care whether the people who want to have a nice green lawn don’t want them there, they’ll pop up anyway and spread some joy.  This wine isn’t made from daisies, fairly obviously, although dandelion wine is a thing… Read More »

Batasiolo Barbera d’Alba DOC 2011

The good people at Mondial Wines sent me this bottle as they know I’m partial to Italian wines, and they’re nuts about them.   Barbera d’Alba is one of those wines that’s great because it’s easy to understand.  It’s made from Barbera grapes grown around the town of   … go on guess … well done,… Read More »

Morum Rioja Crianza 2010

Autumn is starting to roll in, it will be sad to say goodbye to the lovely summer England has enjoyed in 2014, but there’s plenty of upsides.   I can wrap up warm in a blankie to watch Scandinavian TV, and I’ve got all sorts of soup recipes ready to try out.  I’m also looking forward… Read More »