Maurice et Fils Hautes Côtes de Beaune (Morrisons)

Maurice et Fils

This title is a real mouthful. But anyone who knows the region of Burgundy will know that the wine itself isn’t likely to be such a substantial mouthful. Beaune and the surrounding villages is one of several parts of Burgundy renowned for Pinot Noir wines. The ‘Hautes Côtes’ translates roughly as ‘higher slopes’, and that is to be taken literally. … Read More

Tom BradfordMaurice et Fils Hautes Côtes de Beaune (Morrisons)

Cano Tempranillo-Garnacha (Morrisons)

Cano

Sorry, should be ‘Caño’, but I wasn’t sure the correct spelling would be spotted by the search engines. And the retailer has allowed themselves to spell it wrong, so I think I can get away with it too. The target for this wine has to be to offer better value for money than a price-conscious Rioja Joven (young Rioja). The … Read More

Tom BradfordCano Tempranillo-Garnacha (Morrisons)

Maison du Tastelune Côte de Nuits-Villages (Marks & Spencer)

Red Burgundy is always likely to be, for the most part, the preserve of the affluent connoisseur. Most casual wine drinkers will shop elsewhere. Prices dictate that, sadly. For anyone not in the know, red Burgundy is the original Pinot Noir, and still, indisputably, the benchmark for wines from this much revered variety.The prices of the wines produced from the … Read More

Tom BradfordMaison du Tastelune Côte de Nuits-Villages (Marks & Spencer)

Morrison’s Signature Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

We know that the Italian wine scene is incredibly complex, but here’s a classic: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. And if that name looks or sounds pretentious to English speakers, it’s really not, when you break it down. Montepulciano is the grape variety, Abruzzo is the region (on Italy’s East coast). With this style, we’re typically looking at moderate ABV, high-ish acidity, moderate … Read More

Tom BradfordMorrison’s Signature Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Aldi Exquisite Collection – South Australian Shiraz

Remember the 90s when wine drinkers were hooked on Aussie Shiraz? Maybe not, things have moved on a long way since then. High ABV wines are out of fashion. The same goes for heavily oaked wines. So that leaves the classic Shiraz sat on the shelf reminiscing about the good old days. Or just not being made in the first … Read More

Tom BradfordAldi Exquisite Collection – South Australian Shiraz

Saumur Rouge Les Nivières (Waitrose)

If you drink red wine, you’ve probably had at least one French red at some point. Chances are, you’ve had several, or even many. But have you had a red from the Loire? For most, I think the answer would be no. I’m not frightened to admit this was only my second ever Loire red. And I have to thank … Read More

Tom BradfordSaumur Rouge Les Nivières (Waitrose)

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)

Ogier La Marlerie Lirac (Morrisons)

Lirac is a small appellation in the Southern Rhône, one that probably has the potential to match many Chateauneuf du Pape wines in both style and quality, without matching the (often inflated) price tag. So having established that the much more common Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation can provide great value for as little as £5 a bottle, I was … Read More

Tom BradfordOgier La Marlerie Lirac (Morrisons)