July, 2010 browsing by month


Croft – Pink

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: Pink Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

This was the first blush Port I was served, ever, so I had no expectations! It didn’t make the best first impression because it had stolen Thomas Pink’s logo. Oh well.

The wine itself is bright and refreshing, reminiscent of a sparkling raspberry cocktail laced with floral notes. This would appeal to the ladies. I think that the lads will stick with white port mixed with tonic water and mint and lime.

Fonseca Porto Siroco

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Vintage: Non vintage
Type: White Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

Fonseca Siroco is a white port, best enjoyed chilled — sometimes with a slice of lemon and some tonic water. It is a dry port, certainly one of the driest that you will find. Light and refreshing with sweet citrus flavours. Great for hot summer days or as an aperitif.

Berry Bros – Extra Ordinary Claret 2006

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Vintage: 2006
Type: Bordeaux
Country: France – Bordeaux – Graves

This classy claret has an excellent earthy nose and mineral taste that you would expect from a Bordeaux.  Not the type of wine for everyone, but I quite enjoyed it.  Certainly will age well and will need to be decanted.  Quite good for the price.

Tesco’s Finest Champagne

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Vintage: Non Vintage
Type: Champagne
Country: France – Champagne

We tried this champagne because it had been recommend to us by a friend. Overall, it was quite good (and great value for money). This medium sweet champagne had great hints of citrus and a nice creamy texture.

Valleymayor Rioja Gran Reserva 1995

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Vintage: 1995
Type: Rioja – Gran Reserva
Country: Spain

In spite of its age, this Rioja is still quite complex and youthful. Everything that you would expect from a Gran Reserva, though I am still partial to some others that I have tried. Full of smooth velvety berries and a great finish.

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Kopke Fine White

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: White Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

Beautiful floral yet zesty nose.  Deliciously sweet and would go well with desserts. Pale golden colour.

Sandeman Apertiv

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Vintage: Non Vintage
Type: White Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

For some, white port is a bit of an enigma. It is typically dry and very different in flavour to a traditional ruby or tawny port. This white port should be served cold, as an aperitif before a meal. Personally I liked this port, it was sweet for a white port. It would taste great with a bit of tonic water and a lemon (very refreshing on a hot day)!

Concha Y Torro Winemaker’s Lot 2008

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Vintage: 2008
Type: Carmenere
Country: Chilie – Rapel Valley

I tried this wine in Edinburgh, mainly because I had enjoyed the Diablo Carmenere (also owned by Toro) that I had tried. This wine was great. A deep purple colour, chocolate on the nose and dark fruit and a hint of coffee on the palate. It was quite strong, so I would recommend it with food.