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

Kiwi Cuvee Pinot Noir (Asda)

Pinot Noir slips under the radar of many wine drinkers. That’s probably because it’s not a major feature of the sub-£10 market, which is mainly because it’s a notoriously tricky grape to grow successfully. Times are changing though, as the likes of Chile, and plucky Romania, have shown that they can produce a credible PN at a more budget-friendly cost. … Read More

Tom BradfordKiwi Cuvee Pinot Noir (Asda)

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

Morrisons Chilean Carmenere

The word ‘Chilean’ is pretty much redundant here. That’s because most of the Carmenere vines left in the world are in Chile, and I’d be very surprised to see any wines made elsewhere with this grape sat on our supermarkets’ shelves. Apparently, it was long mistaken for Merlot, until the advent of DNA testing. Which for me at least, conjures … Read More

Tom BradfordMorrisons Chilean Carmenere

Morrisons Côtes du Rhône Villages

Morrisons has been winning plaudits for its wine selection since its big re-launch. I’d obviously mentioned my curiosity about it pretty often, because my wife decided to indulge it by buying me a mixed case from the selection. Good times. Choosing where to start was never going to be easy, but I plumped for this own brand Côtes du Rhône … Read More

Tom BradfordMorrisons Côtes du Rhône Villages

Cru de la vallée du Rhône – Châteauneuf du Pape (Lidl)

My trial of Lidl’s range of famous French wines without the famous price tags continued with this offering from the Rhône valley (see Vin de Bourgogne Chablis for the start of this trial and La Châsse Côtes du Rhône Reserve for comments on the Rhône region). Here are the key facts: 1.  Châteauneuf du Pape is a village in the … Read More

Tom BradfordCru de la vallée du Rhône – Châteauneuf du Pape (Lidl)

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)

Mr Smith McLaren Vale Shiraz (on sale at various independent merchants)

If you can name just a few grape varieties, I’ll bet Shiraz is one of them. In the late nineties and early noughties, we Brits went mad on vino from the land of Oz, and Shiraz was at the forefront of that craze. Now picking a bottle of this stuff leaves you worrying that you’ve succumbed to a cliché, and … Read More

Tom BradfordMr Smith McLaren Vale Shiraz (on sale at various independent merchants)

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