Wine Geek Newsletter #91
Sorry I’m a bit late this week, but as you all know, its always/never (delete as appropriate) worth the wait. I attended one of the best tastings of the year earlier this week – be sure to read about some great Syrah from Côte Rôtie, and we’re also bigging up Lambrusco… yes you read correctly!
Have a great weekend and do yourself a favour… drink a great bottle of wine.
I love Syrah from all over the world… but Côte Rôtie is the heartbeat… and Guigal is the surgeon:
Lambrusco has grown up… and is looking mighty fine:
You’ve only got a week left to take advantage of Tesco’s 25% off when you buy any 4 bottles; pretty god deal that.
Taittinger Brut Reserve NV Champagne (£31.99 was £36.99)
Mumm Cordon Rouge NV Champagne (£26.49 was £33.49)
Finest Premier Cru NV Champagne (£15.99 was £19.99)
Castillo San Lorenzo Rioja Reserva 2007 (£15.99)
Cave Saint Desirat Saint-Joseph Cuvee D’automme 2011 (£14.99)
Finest Chablis Premier Cru 2011 (£13.99)
And for more everyday drinking, head straight for the Finest range:
Finest Viña Mara Rioja Gran Reserva 2007 (£10.00 was £11.49)
Finest Chianti Riserva 2011 (£8.99)
Finest Külapëlli Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenère 2013, Chile (£7.99)
Finest Crozes Hermitage 2011 (£6.69 was £9.99)
Finest Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu 2013 (£6.49)
Finest Douro 2103, Portugal (£6.00
Finest Pouilly Fumé 2012 (£11.99)
Finest ‘Tingleup’ Riesling 2012, Western Aus (£9.99)
Tesco Finest Vermentino 2013, Sicily (£7.99)
Finest Albariño 2013 (£7.49)
Speaking of only having a week left… a week today you should be looking forward to an evening of wine and fun at Wine Car Boot:
Wine Car Boot 4 – £10
Friday, 28 November 2014 from 14:00 to 22:00
Old Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square E1 6EW
If you only go to one wine more event in London this year make sure it’s the fourth Wine Car Boot! Wines will be poured by Vinoteca, Borough Wines, Berry Bros & Rudd, Vagabond, Theatre of Wine, Lea & Sandeman, The Sampler, Newcomer, Roberson, Vin Vixen, LDN CRU, Passione Vino, Winemakers Club, Handford and Spitalifields locals Bedales and Uncorked. Plus loads of food options too!
For a glimpse of what to expect, I wrote an article after my visit to Wine Car Boot 3:
Wine in the news
Specialist wine shops “thriving” in the UK… that is very good news!
Just what Burgundy needs… more complexity!
Majestic’s profits slip:
Cave de Tain, perhaps the best wine co-op in the world, makes more investment:
Save the wines of Lugana… they are magnificent:
Sign the Lugana petition here:
I’m a sucker for one-liners… which means you must be to!
“I used to live next to a farm and every time I passed the cows in the field I used to inexplicably shout abuse at them. Turns out I’m dairy intolerant.” Alfie Moore
“I lost my virginity so late, that when it finally happened, I wasn’t so much deflowered as deadheaded.” Holly Walsh
“My name is Fin, which means it’s very hard for me to end emails without sounding pretentious.” Fin Taylor
“You ever hate your job with the passion that your boss claims you lack?” Stuart Black
“My wife told me: ‘Sex is better on holiday.’ That wasn’t a very nice postcard to receive.” Joe Bor
“I like to hold hands at the movies. Which always seems to startle strangers.” Tom Rhodes
“I’ve got very sensitive teeth. They’ll probably be upset I’ve told you.” Gordon Southern
“If I’m ever feeling down I just type: ‘Yo are the best’ into Google. Then it responds: ‘I think you mean: “You are the best”’ and I feel much better.” Jack Barry
“This bloke said to me: ‘I’m going to attack you with the neck of a guitar.’ I said: ‘Is that a fret?’” Tim Vine
“People say I’ve got no willpower. But I’ve quit smoking loads of times.” Kai Humphries
“Watson! I’ve overdosed on Immodium!” “No shit, Sherlock.” Andrew O’Neill
“The wedding invite said: ‘Simon Feilder +1’. So I turned up an hour late.” Simon Feilder
“I thought Benefits Street was a budget box of chocolates that you could buy at Lidl.” Imran Yusuf
“My friend got a personal trainer a year before his wedding. I thought: ‘Bloody hell. How long’s the aisle going to be?’” Paul McCaffrey
“I’m Clive Anderson, in case you were thinking so that’s what happened to William Hague these past years.” Clive Anderson
“The other day, I went to KFC. I didn’t know Kentucky had a football club.” Nick Helm
“Colin had his neck brace fitted years ago and since then he’s never looked back.” Alfie Moore
“Who remembers when X Factor was just Roman suncream?” Chris Turner
“Even the word misogyny is misogynistic. It should be ms-ogyny.” Bec Hill
“If I went on Desert Island Discs I’d choose the Desert Island Discs theme tune eight times. Just so listeners would think: ‘What’s wrong with my radio?’” John Kearns
“Have you heard about the evil group of men who control all the world’s cheese? The hallouminati.” Nick Helm
“I’m very good friends with 25 letters of the alphabet. I don’t know why.” Chris Turner
“My wife said: ‘Did you know butterflies only live for one day?’ I said: ‘That’s a myth.’ She said: ‘No, it’s definitely a butterfly.’” Tom Binns
“I watch so much Netflix that, rather than suggesting more shows for me to watch, it’s started suggesting I go outside.” David Morgan
“My brother and friends spend all of their time floating out at sea. Well, boys will be buoys.” Bec Hill
Xmas sandwich diaries
Some new reviews from Pret and Boots as well as another moan about Tesco:
The boring stuff
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