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Tesco’s Finest Douro 2010

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Vintage: 2010
Type: Red Blend
Country: Portugal–Douro

This is a wine that I sampled at the Tesco Wine Fair held at the Royal Horticultural Halls this past autumn.  I wasn’t considering buying any Portuguese wines to stock the racks at home but after swirling this wine around and around my glass, it grew on me. This is a perfectly acceptable blend of various regional grapes, appropriate to serve with a basic dinner or selection of cheeses. Tesco describes this wine as, “a deep coloured, rich and warming red wine with aromas of violet and black fruits.” I would not disagree but I do recommend swirling small amounts in your glass for a few minutes in order to encourage aeration. After some minutes, taste it. If it is still highly tannic and a bit sour, just give it a bit more exposure to air.

Technical Review

Clear, medium Ruby.

Clean, with aroma characteristics of flowers (violets, in particular) and dark, black fruits.

Medium acidity. Strong tannins. Medium body.


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.