Fiefs des Comelias Cuvee Prestige, Reuilly, 2014 (Lidl)

Lidl Reuilly

Sauvignon Blanc stubbornly refuses to leave its envied position as the UK’s favourite white wine grape, comparable to the catchy tune which clings on to number one long after the majority of people have come to loathe it. And why is that? Because, just like said catchy tune, there are still plenty of people who can’t help but love it, no matter … Read More

Tom BradfordFiefs des Comelias Cuvee Prestige, Reuilly, 2014 (Lidl)

Aldi Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling

Aldi Riesling

Wineontrial has continued to be impressed with Aldi’s ‘Exquisite Collection’. The Gavi, Shiraz and Chianti Classico have all been excellent value. So it was time for our first foray into the world of Riesling. Let’s first deal with the misconeptions. Number one, it’s pronounced ‘Reez-ling’, not ‘Rye-zling’. Second, despite what the ghastly swathes of inspid, medium sweet Hock and Liebfraumlich … Read More

Tom BradfordAldi Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling

Morrisons Signature Soave Classico

Morrisons Soave Classico

Soave has been a tragic story. A region by the world famous city of Venice, with its own high quality grape variety (Garganega), and, thanks to previous success, well known. Everything was in place for continued greatness. And then along came the bandwagon jumpers, the shortcutters, the ‘if plonk sells, I’ll make it’ crowd. The reputation was soon ruined, and buyers … Read More

Tom BradfordMorrisons Signature Soave Classico

Trivento Chardonnay Reserve (Morrisons / Tesco / Waitrose)

Trivento Chardo

All the cool kids prefer their Chardonnay unoaked now, right? That seems to be the conventional wisdom, but the array of oaked, ‘New World’ Chardonnays still adorning the shelves means I can’t be the only one who still likes this style. Of course, perfection is found in the many great white wines of Burgundy, where flavours from the grapes, lees and … Read More

Tom BradfordTrivento Chardonnay Reserve (Morrisons / Tesco / Waitrose)

Morrisons Signature South African Chenin Blanc

Morrisons Signature South African Chenin Blanc

Is there a more under-rated grape variety than Chenin Blanc? We give the wines of its birthplace, the centre of the Loire valley, very little attention. And the spiritual home it found last century, South Africa, did much to lower Chenin’s reputation by sacrificing quality and instead shipping out copious bottles of characterless wine. Even if we haven’t quite seen … Read More

Tom BradfordMorrisons Signature South African Chenin Blanc

Taste the Difference Greco di Tufo (Sainsbury’s)

Sainsburys greco

The Campania region of Italy should have a place in the hearts of all wine lovers who cherish variety. When the Italian government was encouraging growers throughout the country to plant the easy-sell Sangiovese and Montepulciano, pushing many local varieties to the brink of extinction, a small number of plucky winemakers decided to buck the trend. And thanks to those … Read More

Tom BradfordTaste the Difference Greco di Tufo (Sainsbury’s)

The Venturer Series – Vermentino (Aldi)

The Venturer Series is an intriguing move from Aldi. At the time of writing, it’s just five wines strong, but they’re generally from grapes and/or regions that tend to sit off the radar of the casual wine drinker. And yet, they’re all priced at just £4.99.  So what is the target market? I can only assume it’s the adventurous wine … Read More

Tom BradfordThe Venturer Series – Vermentino (Aldi)

The Exquisite Collection – Gavi (Aldi)

Gavi is one of the many Italian whites that seems doomed (for reasons I don’t understand) to live in the shadow of Pinot Grigio. Probably less so for the well educated wine drinker, but certainly for the casual, “I’ll just pluck something familiar from the shelf” wine drinker. So what is it? I’ll begin, in Wineontrial’s time-honoured manner, with a … Read More

Tom BradfordThe Exquisite Collection – Gavi (Aldi)

Aldi Bordeaux White

Wineontrial recently doled out its first slating, to a wine that had (somehow) won numerous commendations despite costing a very keen £4.99. See my review on Marks & Spencer’s Vin du Pays de Gers if you missed it – it might just save you some disappointment. So here we go again with a French white that’s won several commendations, even … Read More

Tom BradfordAldi Bordeaux White

Vin du Pays de Gers (Marks & Spencer)

A bronze award from Decanter. A ‘commended’ award from the International Wine Challenge. An average score of 4.4 out of 5 from the twenty people who’ve reviewed it on the retailer’s website. £4.99 a bottle. Where’s the catch?! The catch is that they’re all completely wrong (apart from the solitary person who’s given it a bad review on the retailer’s … Read More

Tom BradfordVin du Pays de Gers (Marks & Spencer)