Category: Paul

Cono Sur

Clearly the makers of this wine have something of a sense of humour, given the pun on the name. This one was a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc, at 13% and from 2009 (nice and young – just how I like them). Although not from New Zealand, this was particularly similar...

AshWood

This was a Chardonnay – Chenin Blanc blend from 2008, from South Africa. It was an excellent example of the two grapes combined in one, and really pretty good on its own, although also robust enough probably for strong fish, like salmon, and even perhaps lighter meats like pork,...

Different

This was quite a strange wine-tasting experience: Vineyard X 2008 rosé, labelled as Spanish, with Navarra more accurately locating it, but nothing more accurate than that. It’s part of the Thresher’s range (or Wine Rack). This range of wines come from wherever the best value on the market at...

McWilliam’s Hanwood

This was a McWilliam’s wine, which I’ve never tried before. It’s from their ‘Hanwood Estate’ range, and is described on the front as ‘Crisp’, which I certainly found to be true. It’s 2007 (although the picture is a different label) and a moderate 13%. The label stuck to the...

Chardonnay with chicken

Another South Eastern Australian Hardys wine, this, from 2008. It’s from their special ‘Varietal Range’ which presumably means none in the range is blended. It was a decent 13.5%, and had that wonderful buttery smoothness to the middle of the body that I so often enjoy. The fruits were...

Oh, dear, I’m seeing…

This was also a special offer at Tesco. In fact, reflecting on it, there are so often different special offers on different wines that I almost always buy when on offer, which makes perfect sense – I suspect the supermarket simply bought too much of that brand and wishes...

Cape Bay

It was on special offer at Sainsbury’s, so I thought I’d give it a go for £3.99. The name is Cape Bay, Reserve. It’s actually from one of my favourite places anyway: South Africa, but instead of being made of the usual Pinotage, it’s a Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend, and...

The Mentalist

I sat down the other day to watch an episode of one of my favourite television programmes: The Mentalist. It’s about a detective, Patrick Jane, who uses his mental skills to cleverly elicit and process information about murder cases. It’s based on psychological trickery and is a fascinating field...

Have you ever tried…?

I thought it might be interesting to try a gin and ginger ale. I’ve never tried it before, but I could tell that my second-rate, cheap, local-shop ingredients didn’t do it justice. It wasn’t nearly as spicy as I’d expected, and I’d even added a slice of lime. Three...

Pepi

Madsen has mentioned this wine before, but I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to try it myself. It’s the Pepi wine, made from Sangiovese grapes grown in California. This one was from 2003 and 13.5%. The nose was meaty and potent, with scents of carrot alongside blackcurrant...