Cru de la vallée du Rhône – Châteauneuf du Pape (Lidl)

My trial of Lidl’s range of famous French wines without the famous price tags continued with this offering from the Rhône valley (see Vin de Bourgogne Chablis for the start of this trial and La Châsse Côtes du Rhône Reserve for comments on the Rhône region). Here are the key facts: 1.  Châteauneuf du Pape is a village in the … Read More

Tom BradfordCru de la vallée du Rhône – Châteauneuf du Pape (Lidl)

Taste the Difference Verdicchio Classico (Sainsburys)

The pronunciation is probably the place to start here, lest you read the rest of this article guessing, or just skipping over ‘that long ‘v’ word’. It’s roughly ‘ver-deek-kee-oh’, with the emphasis on the ‘deek’ bit. Oh, and it’s a type of green grape, just in case you were wondering. Verdicchio probably isn’t one of the better known grape varieties, … Read More

Tom BradfordTaste the Difference Verdicchio Classico (Sainsburys)

Mr Smith McLaren Vale Shiraz (on sale at various independent merchants)

If you can name just a few grape varieties, I’ll bet Shiraz is one of them. In the late nineties and early noughties, we Brits went mad on vino from the land of Oz, and Shiraz was at the forefront of that craze. Now picking a bottle of this stuff leaves you worrying that you’ve succumbed to a cliché, and … Read More

Tom BradfordMr Smith McLaren Vale Shiraz (on sale at various independent merchants)