Morrisons Best Pinot Grigio

Time to confront my nemesis. I’ve moaned, winged, you might even say crusaded against, insipid Italian whites. In particular, I’ve slated their ring leader – Pinot Grigio. But after all the plaudits won by Morrisons’ own range of wines, including compliments from this very site, I thought I’d give PG this one final chance to win me over. The label’s … Read More

Tom BradfordMorrisons Best Pinot Grigio

Jean Biecher & Fils Pinot Gris 2011 (Morrisons)

Wineontrial’s first look at Alsace is probably overdue. It might not be the best known of all the great French wine regions, but I doubt whether that’s its own fault. Its output certainly isn’t at the levels of some of the others, and little of what it does produce sits in the sub-£10 a bottle market. I think it’s fair … Read More

Tom BradfordJean Biecher & Fils Pinot Gris 2011 (Morrisons)

Calvet Sancerre (Morrisons or Waitrose / Ocado)

Sighting a Sancerre at ten Euro in Calais made a purchase inevitable. Well, for me at least.  Sancerre is of course one of the legendary appellations of French wine. Located at the far East of the Loire valley, the common consensus is that only the nearby village of Pouilly-Fumé and the region of Marlborough in New Zealand can rival it … Read More

Tom BradfordCalvet Sancerre (Morrisons or Waitrose / Ocado)

Bradshaw Pinot Grigio (Asda)

What a label! Labels aren’t something I normally dwell on, and this one might be a little too bold for some, but that extravagant green peacock is tricky to just walk past. Throw in the offer price of £4, plus a curiosity to see what Romania could do with this much maligned grape (at least on this site anyway), and … Read More

Tom BradfordBradshaw Pinot Grigio (Asda)

Morrisons Verdicchio Classico

Anyone who’s read my comments on Sainsbury’s offering of Verdicchio* might be quite surprised to see that I’ve even gone near this wine. I’d like to think it’s because I have a noble determination to avoid writing off a style based upon one example. Then again, maybe I just like have something to complain about. You see, this is the … Read More

Tom BradfordMorrisons Verdicchio Classico

Sainsbury’s Hunter Valley Aged Semillon

For lovers of innuendo, the very word ‘Semillon’ is bit of a godsend. For many wine producers though, a Semillon blend is a means of getting ‘Sauvignon’ or ‘Chardonnay’ on the label while keeping the price keen. For a select few, it’s a grape to be celebrated for what it can achieve on its own. Semillon wines, young or aged, … Read More

Tom BradfordSainsbury’s Hunter Valley Aged Semillon

Morrisons Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

I was treated the other night. A local restaurant was hosting a wine tasting event to showcase the best of their selection. I say “treated” not because it was a great selection of wine, but just because I enjoy sampling different wines so much and having the opportunity to compare them. There was only one of six I actually liked. … Read More

Tom BradfordMorrisons Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

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)

Sainsbury’s Portuguese Vinho Verde

Remember the days when you could bet on a £5 bottle of wine tasting good? I always found it applied more to red than white actually. In fact, I struggle to remember the last time I really enjoyed a white that cost less than say, £6 a bottle. That is unless I think back to those teenage years when I … Read More

Tom BradfordSainsbury’s Portuguese Vinho Verde

Cimarosa Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (Lidl)

I can’t help but be slightly annoyed at Sauvignon Blanc. For many years, the white wine lovers of the UK merrily plucked bottle after bottle of Chardonnay from their local supermarket’s shelves. Then along came this ‘new’ grape on the block. Our old favourite was left behind in the nineties, much in the same way as we left shellsuits and … Read More

Tom BradfordCimarosa Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (Lidl)