Vranec 2013

Vranec 2013 is a varietal wine made from 100% dark blue Vranec grapes. The colour is a strikingly beautiful deep ruby with a purple, inky hue. I swirled the wine in the glass and was entertained by the long, luxurious legs which elegantly gripped the sides of the glass demonstrating perfectly the correct behaviour of…

Romanian Red with Chilli Con Carne

Pinot Noir 2016  Incanta It is Tuesday and I am on holiday from work. It has been a lovely sunny day, I have caught up with friends, done some gardening,  done some school work, had my hair cut, walked the dog for well over an hour, watched Jo Konta lose a tennis match at Roland…

Musaka with Macedonian Vranec Syrah Petit Verdot

Stobi, Vranec Syrah Petit Verdot I have just discovered Macedonia as a country that produces wine and it so exciting not only to discover a new wine but also to learn about new grape varieties, Vranec and Petit Verdot. This wine is gorgeous. When you pour it into the glass the dark ruby colour alone…

Shiraz error with chilli. The Hedonist 2015 Shiraz McLaren Vale

I was looking for a Shiraz to pair with meat chilli and headed for Waitrose, my nearest supermarket. I chose Shiraz because although it is fruit driven it tends to be more spice than fruit and is a good match for foods with strong flavours such as: charred lamb or beef cooked on the BBQ,  spiced lamb kebabs cooked under a…

Portuguese Agenda 2014 Dao with Barnsley lamb chops

Agenda 2014 Dao Before buying this wine, I had been thinking about exploring the wines of Portugal. The only wine I had tried from Portugal is Porta 6, which is an easy drinking red. However, I was looking for a food wine from Portugal and I am very pleased with the one chose. It is…

Wine that doesn’t match up

There is nothing more annoying than when you prepare food to match ‘expert’ tasting notes and the match is poor.

Fish, chicken and salad. Gavi 2015, La Toledana

Gavi wine is made from the cortese grape grown in the Piemonte region of North West Italy. The wines of Gavi are crisp and floral and the ones I prefer have overtones of peach and are a little aromatic. Gavi is best enjoyed young but it can be a hit and miss affair. It needs…