Château Liversan Haut Médoc (Waitrose)

My review of Château Laubès focussed on the question of whether Bordeaux can produce good reds without the ‘fine wine’ price tag. One good Château does not make the answer a resounding “yes!”, so I decided to explore the question further. It’s not like it’s ever going to be a hardship… The first thing you notice on the nose is … Read More

Tom BradfordChâteau Liversan Haut Médoc (Waitrose)

Morrisons The Best Valpolicella Ripasso (rebranded to Morrisons Signature Valpolicella Ripasso)

We seem to overlook Italian wine to some extent in the UK. I think this has a lot to do with its complexity – the sheer variety of local grape varieties used in each different region is daunting for any student or connoisseur. Because none of those grapes are anywhere near as internationalised as France’s Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon, or … Read More

Tom BradfordMorrisons The Best Valpolicella Ripasso (rebranded to Morrisons Signature Valpolicella Ripasso)

Winemaker’s Lot Santa Rita Pinot Noir (Tesco)

Back to the minefield of keenly priced Pinot Noir (PN). This Chilean is a new addition to Tesco’s range and it looks like the normal price will be £7.99, with an introductory (perhaps to-be-repeated) offer price of £5. Searching for a simple, inexpensive PN to accompany a range of food on New Year’s Day, I crossed my fingers, parted with … Read More

Tom BradfordWinemaker’s Lot Santa Rita Pinot Noir (Tesco)

Sainsbury’s Blanc de Noirs Champagne

I wonder how many people who buy this will actually understand the name. Many casual wine drinkers will gleefully accept a glass of Champagne, without any knowledge or appreciation of what they’re drinking. I can’t blame them though. Champagne’s popularity is easy to understand. Even so, I’m compelled to offer a few key facts. The first one will probably irritate … Read More

Tom BradfordSainsbury’s Blanc de Noirs Champagne