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Church Street wine on tasting 19.10.17

Friday, 20 October 2017 15:32:50 Europe/London

R2 tasting

 

Just in time for the last of the sunshine is the Tour Melas Idylle Rosé. This is a lovely, soft, dry rosé. Pale-coloured rose is Provencal in style with a elegant strawberry and peach notes and an underlying minerality which betrays it’s origins. A delicious and moreish wine which tastes of summer afternoons. 

£25.99 per bottle or 2 for £45.

from here that Trizanne Barnard finds the fruit for the delightful 2014 Bonfire Hill Extreme Vineyards Blend. She has a passion for making wines sourced from the most extreme vineyards and blending them to perfection. Trizanne seeks out grapes from wind-ravaged vineyards in Elim and the Overberg, from dryland bush vines in the warm Swartland, and from the cold, high slopes of the Piekernierskloof.

A decadent blend of Shiraz, Malbec, Pinot Noir, Barbera and Cinsault.
Come and taste for yourself how this concoction works so well as a blend.
 
£12.99 or £6 for £65

 

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wine on tasting in East Molesey 19.10.17

Friday, 20 October 2017 14:42:32 Europe/London

EM wine on tasting

 


Well, in standard response to the coming storm this weekend I have decided that instead of the long moonlit country walks I was planning that staying in and sampling a few new things to hit the shelves is a far better idea. And it’s Italian Month, still! This is exciting to me. Italy is more or less where my love of wine comes from (via a Roman villa excavation, a gang of lustful Carabinieri and an unlocked cellar door).

That being the case I was delighted to host the Barolo evening on Wednesday and even more delighted with how much the wines impressed me again – despite having tasted them all before. In fact, Brezza have so impressed me I am off to their gaff in January.

But that brings me back to the here and now. Lots of events upcoming – Oddly Beer Tasting this evening with the redoubtable Brian the Brewer – try something new, unusual and about as local as you can get – apparently if he shouted loudly from his island brewery on the Thames we could answer from the shop. Anyway, come along, chat, talk and drink - £12 covers all his beers.

 

Friday 10th November – Winter Tasting – I may have mentioned this one before, but our spectacular more-wine-than-you-could-shake-a-forest-at tasting is back round again – come and enjoy!

 

Wednesday 15th November – Five Year Signature – Should be a wicked night. All the best items of the last five years, shoehorned into one incredible evening. Five courses, shedloads of wine….need I say more?

 

Wednesday 13th of December  - Christmas Popup - a new entry to the list! Come and join us for the last of Max’s delicious dinners this year. A festive-themed Popup with four blazing courses, fine wines and fine cheer. As usual, we'll pair six wines to the four-course fixed menu, with an eye to some of the amazing wines we will have in for Christmas!

 

Can’t wait for any of those? Hot damn – you must need a glass of wine:

 

NV Sorelle Bronca Particella 68 Prosecco

£6.00

Big, bold and magnificent, unafraid to scream at the skies that full flavours are magnificent – especially when it’s perfumed and as clean on the palette as this. Rich and creamy, this throws the competition into a biscuit tin!

2016 Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Tenuta Ulisse

£4.00

Often hailed as the wine with no nose, Ulisse have proved them wrong, because I get clean apple on the nose, and a lovely soft citrus-stone-fruit body. Gluggily good.

 

2014 Chianti Classico, Ormanni

£6.00

Lets face it, Chianti is one of the most recognisable wine identities in the world – and this one plays safe to form. Red cherries and black plums, with a meaty richness and a touch of spice. Classic.

2016 Langhe Freisa, Brezza

£6.50

Usually made into a sparkling wine., Brezza (as usual) choose to step outside the standard practice and make something new. Shedloads of strawberries, cherries and cloves. Complex and delicious – and also, different.

 

And if that doesn’t cheer you up – watch this instead. Best use of a rubber duck for years.  

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wine on tasting in West Road 19.10.17

Friday, 20 October 2017 13:56:28 Europe/London

R1 tasting
 
This weekend I have decided to go for a white Burgundy;  in everything but name.  The same grape variety, Chardonnay, french oak for the fermentation and cool climate vineyards with Burgundy like terroir.   The Multi Award Winning 2013 Undurraga TH Chardonnay, Limari, Chile.
Although the winery was founded in 1895 the comapany is always looking to progress and thus the introduction of the TH or 'Terroir Hunter' range - which seeks out wines which combine the best match of climate, soil and grape variety was launched.
 
Sleek and modern with attractive flinty and steely notes, fresh bread and citrus fruits. Dry, crisp and fresh palate with piercing acidity and vibrant minerality.
£19.99 p/b or 2 for £30

To warm your cockles this weekend I have decided to head down under and offer to taste a cracking example of 2012 McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon.  From the Thomas Goss vineyards which were originally established by their namesake who hailed from Totnes, Devon.   The tasting note from the Aussie wine critic James Halliday sums the wine up perfectly

91 Points, James Halliday   Australian Wine Companion 2015 Edition 
Bright crimson-purple, and the palate fulfils all of the promise of the colour; lush blackcurrant and black cherry fruit make a slightly unusual duo, but there can be no complaint about the outcome, gently savoury tannins tying a bow on the finish. Exceptional value.
£120 for 12 (£10p/b!!!), 2 for £25 and £14.99p/b
Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wines on tasting at Vineking, Church St., 14th October

Friday, 13 October 2017 16:48:53 Europe/London

R2 tasting

 

2014 Cairanne Les Six

A single village wine from the Côtes du Rhône, this wine is all about elegance. The name refers to the fact that there are 6 different grape varieties in the blend. Restrained use of oak balances out the delicious fruit flavours making this an ideal autumnal wine. 

£16.99 per bottle (£30 for 2)

2016 Grillo Sibiliano

An interesting Sicilian white made from a grape indigenous to the island. Dry but with a delicious soft fruitiness. This shows that, with good winemaking, freshness can be retained despite relatively high temperatures. What's more it's organic!

 £9.99 per bottle (£7.99 in a 6 pack)

 

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wines on tasting at Vineking, East Molesey, 14th October

Friday, 13 October 2017 16:31:22 Europe/London

Another week, another Friday. Another chance to search through the shelves and work out what I fancy waxing lyrical about; a firm commitment to pointless prose written entirely for my own amusement to let all you good people know exactly what vinous delights are on the bar. But before all of that – few things to mention.

 Wednesday 18th October – Barolo and Truffle. Follow this link like a truffle-hunter to the seasons most delicious meal. Barolo is lauded as Italy’s finest wine and Piemontese truffles as the finest around. Convinced? Come. To be convinced? Come and be convinced!

Friday 20th of October – Oddly Beers. Come and meet Brian the Brewer of Oddly’s, brewing in the heart of the Thames. And yes – I really mean the heart of the Thames, he’s on an island a stone’s throw from the shop! £12 a ticket to taste his entire range of beers. 

Friday 10th November – Winter Tasting – I may have mentioned this one before, but our spectacular more-wine-than-you-could-shake-a-forest-at tasting is back round again – come and enjoy!

Wednesday 15th November – Five Year Signature – Should be a wicked night. All the best items of the last five years, shoehorned into one incredible evening. Five courses, shedloads of wine….need I say more?

 Wednesday 13th of December  - Christmas Popup - a new entry to the list! Come and join us for the last of Max’s delicious dinners this year. A festive-themed Popup with four blazing courses, fine wines and fine cheer. As usual, we'll pair six wines to the four-course fixed menu, with an eye to some of the amazing wines we will have in for Christmas!

 Anyway = before all that, here’s the bar for this week:

 

Aperol Spritz                                                                                                                                                                        £6.99

Crisp with that hard to define flavour which rocked so well last year - and back again !

 

Gin of the month - Jensen Old Tom & Tonic                                                                                                           £5.50

Powerful old style gin and an excellent tonic. Classi, refined, perfect

 

White Port and tonic                                                                                                                                                         £5.50

Is this this the drink of the autumn ? Taste testing says so !

 

                                                                       WINES BY THE GLASS (125 ml)

 

NV Sorelle Bronca Particella 68 Prosecco                                                                                                                £6.00

 

2016 Nuovo Quadro Gavi di Gavi                                                                                                                                  £6.00

 

2015 Giano Dolcetto-Merlot, Dezzani                                                                                                                         £5.00

 

2010 Trinita Roero, Malvira                                                                                                                                            £8.50

 

Want more than a glass ? Corkage is just £7.50 on all wine on the shelf. Enjoy some of the finest wines right here right now.

 

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wines on tasting at Vineking, Weybridge, 14th October

Friday, 13 October 2017 15:26:21 Europe/London

Octobeer continue, so this weekend we will try:

Brewed in the Thames

4% abv, a clean, crisp and refreshing golden ale

6% abv, IPA infused with vibrant Masala chai spices

4.5% abv, a deep, dark and mysterious black ale

6% abv, a Flanders red ale full of tomatoey yumminess

 
As it's the Italian month (20% off all Italian's wine under £50)
2013 Ottobucce DOC, Dezzani £10.39/Btl  ( Ottobuche meaning 8 skins)

Dezzani is a Company born from a passion for wine. It was 1934 when the grandfather Luigi Dezzani founded his historic winery, at that time dedicated to the production and distribution of local grapes. The key to the later successes achieved in the 70-80's has been the enthusiasm Luigi passed to his son Romolo, who made Dezzani known not only in Piedmont but all over Italy, becoming one of the reference points of the typicity of Piedmont. Following their father's philosophy, Franca, Luigi and Giovanni, the 3rd generation, have spread the Dezzani brand into the international markets. Today, this is guided by Rocca Family (five generations in wine business) and Villa Rivalta (10.000 hectares and hundreds of families collected in cooperative) that are developing the company through a sensible supply chain control, modern technologies and the love of the wine from centuries gone by.

After harvesting, each must is macerated and fermented separately. Literally meaning '8 skins', Ottobucce refers to the 8 grapes which have been blended to make this wine: Dolcetto 68%, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 6% Barbera, 4% Freisa, 4% Bonarda, 1% Syrah and 1% Albarossa.

Ruby red colour with purple highlights. Complex on the nose with delicate aromas of red fruits, vanilla and fine spices. Soft on the palate.

 

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wines on tasting at Vineking, West Road, 14th October

Friday, 13 October 2017 15:01:31 Europe/London

R1 tasting

 

A couple of lighter, fresher wines this weekend with the 2016 Sibiliano Grillo that hails from the beautiful Mediterranean island of Sicily.

Historically the Grillo grape variety has been used for the vinification of the better known wine Marsala.  However when it is produced in this dry style then the results are delicious. The vineyards in Trapani from where the grapes originate are also managed organically.

£9.99 p/b or £7.99 when buying in a 6 pack - That's a 20% Discount

 

The red this weekend is recommended with the hope that the weather brightens as promised. A beautiful Pinot Noir from the Loire, the award-winning 2016 Pinot Noir from J.Villebois, who is based in Sancerre.

A very accessible Pinot Noir with a compellingly silky palate . Perfect for drinking with grilled meats in the company of friends!

£13.99p/b or a very friendly 2 for £24

 

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wines on tasting at Vineking, West Road, 30th September

Friday, 29 September 2017 17:12:35 Europe/London

Choosing the wines this week certainly required keeping a close eye on the weather forecast.

Rather than a crisp zingy summery white I opted for the more rounded but still very lively 2016 La Lisse de Soie D'Ivoire Haute Valle De l'Aude.  More usually found in the Loire Valley this Chenin Blanc is planted at altitude in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

The ripe yet crunchy fruit gives this wine its freshness, vigour and spine and at the same time its luscious texture which is further complemented and enriched from partial vinification and maturation in a combination of new and seasoned French oak. 

The £9.99 per bottle range of wines are now reduced by 20% to £7.99 a bottle when you buy a mixed case of only 6 wines.

 

We all like a bottle with an animal/ bird/ insect on it so I decided to focus my thoughts on the lovely 2015  (Great Vintage) Cicada  IGP Mediterranee.

Made by the guys at the famous Chateauneuf estate Domaine Chante Cigale it is a juicy blend of Grenache and Carignan.  The former is vinified in concrete and the latter is aged in old Burgundy casks to round out the tannins.

£12.99 per bottle or 6 for £65

 

And now that the weather has really gone down hill then Erik suggested the stunning Thomas Goss Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale in Australia.  What a deal this is!!!!

£14.99p/b £120 for 12 or 2 for £25.  This will put a smile on your face after a long week.  You know you deserve it.

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wines on tasting at Vineking, Weybridge, 30th September

Friday, 29 September 2017 17:01:19 Europe/London

I'm going on holiday, a little break before the madness. I don't want to say the  C....s word yet but it's coming sooner than we think. 

Therefore Marta and David will be opening this fantastic champagne amongst a few others. 
 
 
N.V Vilmart Grand Cellier £49.99/Btl or £90/2btls or £250/6btls
 
Our best value Champagne, a little gem that Erik discovered a few years ago, a Champagne that we like to call the mini Krug. This Champagne has everything you would like in it. A toasty, nutty flavour first with a nice complexity and a refreshing finish. Pair it with a lobster and I'm telling you, you will forget what's happened on the BBC news...
It will be the perfect companion to go through the last 3 month of 2017.
If 6 is not enough, go for 12 to be sure to have some for C....s. 

 

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wines on tasting at Vineking, East Molesey 30th September

Friday, 29 September 2017 16:51:16 Europe/London

Well, last night was a lot of fun!

Not often do you get someone flying 14,000 miles to spend an evening drinking, but that was basically what Sarah from De Bortoli did. But then again – she’s not just anyone – Sarah’s stamping ground is the Yarra Valley and she happens to be De Bortoli’s winemaker for the region – hence, her invitation to our little soiree.

 Here’s the best of the bunch:

 2015 Estate Chardonnay £22.99 a bottle or £7/glass 6 for £110

Big, crunchy Aussie Chardonnay. This isn’t quite typical of what one expects from Aussie Chardonnay, being a much racier and cleaner drink than I was expecting. No new oak – all second, third and fourth year barrels, yet a warmth at the backnote which keeps this from being a stark mineraline rock. Instead, a bit of crunchy nut, caramel – honeycomb – yep, that’s it – honeycomb. Great aperitif wine – also good for keeping the cold out.

 2013 Section A8 Syrah £31.99 a bottle or £8/glass 6 for £145

Smooth, immaculate Syrah – definitely Syrah, not Shiraz. This has a fine-grained intensity which really showed why it’s one of their highest-level wines, with bags of slightly glowering dark fruit kept in control by some fine-grained tannins and acidity. It’s a wine which manages to be both approachable and let you know who it reckons is the boss (and to be clear, that isn’t you)

 2016 La Bohéme Syrah-Gamay £17.99 a bottle or £6/glass 6 for £85

Liquid playfulness in an opera-inspired label (Why that opera? Read the back of the bottle!) Spicy nose of red fruits with a body obvious for its rounded richness and the endless gamayish fruit. More blueberries on show than on an American pancake, with more spice chucked in for good measure. This rocks – definitely the star of the evening!

NV Particella 68 Prosecco, Sorrelle Bronca £19.99 a bottle or £6.50/glass

Probably my favourite prosecco – possibly why I had it at my wedding. Big, bold and magnificent, unafraid to scream at the skies that full flavours are magnificent – especially when it’s perfumed and as clean on the palette as this. Rich and creamy, this throws the competition into a biscuit tin!

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan
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