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)

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

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

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)

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)

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)