Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
This is a review of the Vino Nobile Di Motepulciano I bought in Lidl yesterday, mistakenly thinking it was a cheap wine at €5-29 when in fact it was a moderate €11-99. It had the DOGC seal at the top which in my limited experience means it shouldn't stink. So while I seem to be unable to read a price correctly, I reckoned yesterday that this would be a decent wine, and so it was.
Notes: Very nice. Initially it tasted like a decent Chianti, with some strong acidity, some fruity undertones and a surprisingly big, smooth, lingering finish. At €5-29 this would have been a absolute steal, at €11-99 it's still decent value and would be lovely with pizza, pasta etc.
Friday, March 27, 2009
This is second review of four bottles of French red purchased as part of the Superquinn French wine sale last Saturday and now being drunk since my face has calmed down.
Price: €12 (reduced from €24.99)
Notes: Very nearly a great bargain. This wine has all the classic Bordeaux flavours but unfortunalely it also has that bitterness often associated with more inexpensive Bordeaux wines. If you are a big fan of this style, akin to a lot of Bordeaux Superieurs, then you won't go too far wrong with this. As before, full price (€24.99) would be way too much to pay for this, but your mileage may vary.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Price: €12 (reduced from €15)
Notes: Disappointing. Very thin and acidic. No great flavour and a lackluster finish. Not worth €12 and certainly not worth €15. Surprisingly lacking in fruit given the grape in question.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Just returned from Superquinn and bought four bottles of red. Couldn't get the Domaine Grés Saint Vincent as it "didn't come in". I bought the other three as mentioned in the previous posts as well as a Saint Joseph Cotes Du Rhone - see below.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Two bottles of this delightful Ribera were brought along on Monday night DD for some pre Paddy's day celebrations. We drank one after 2 bottles of the Protocolo below and it held up very well. The Penafiel was dark purple in the glass and was big and oaky with some vanilla coming through and a nice long finish.
Name: Penafiel Ribera Del Duero
Year: ???? ( No year mentioned on bottle)
Price: €10-50 - from Listons on Camden St
Notes: Well worth a look if you are a Ribera fan.
Monday, March 16, 2009
I was in O'Briens in the Beacon South quarter in Sandyford on Saturday and I had to make a quick dash in to pick up some red as we were having people in for dinner (Jamie's Meatloaf - v. good) and I saw two wines on Special offer, grabbed two of each and ran out the door.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
This is what I drank (along with Lech) until I discovered Zywiec. Clear crisp taste and a nice dry finish
Availablity: Dunnes and elsewhere.
Next beer post will be on Czech Beers, damn I hate research.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Had this on Saturday night. It's from Nugan in Oz and the grape is called Durif here but is better known as Petite Syrah (or Sirah). Not sure if this really is an Oz Shiraz in disguise but damn, it was good. Like pretty much all New World wines that I like, the fruity, jammy notes were not overpowering and there was good structure and a hint of tannins.
Can't estimate a price as it was a present from our guests along with a lovely Coto De Imaz rioja. If you like Penfolds Bin 389, Ridge wines etc. then this is for you.
Name: Sangiovese di Romangna
Notes: Drank late at night while a bit squiffy and still noticed that it tasted cheap and nasty. Avoid
This is the second (of five) reviews of cheap Lidl wine that I bought last week.
Name: Baturrica Tarragona Gran Reserva
Notes: Typical oaky Rioja-ish wine. Very pleasant and good value. You'd expect to pay €12/€14 for the equivalent Rioja
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Name: Montepulciano D'bruzzo (Illegible producer name)
Notes: Very Italian, quite bitter with very little fruit. But if you like this style of wine then you can't go wrong for a fiver.
for a long time I've wanted to do a blog but have never felt that I had anything interesting enough to talk about, well now I do ( I hope). If you drink a lot of wine, and I do, then you'll often go "I remember this one time I had this lovely XXXXXXXX that got in YYYYYYYY, don't know what it was called but it was very nice and was only ZZZZZZZZ."
So I have decided that very bottle I (and my lovely SO*) drink, I will post a review , a picture of the label, where I got it and how much. If you are on the lookout for bargains maybe I can help out.
Yesterday I went to Lidl on the Grange road with the intention of getting some cheap booze. I got 5 bottles of Red, 6 bottles and 4 cans of beer for €50. We have drunk two of the cheapest wines so far (€5 & €6) and in the next post I'll be reviewing these.
Note1: This blog is not about cheap wine, per se, but on finding good value wine, that can be bought in the greater Dublin (southside) area. For example I recently drank a bottle of Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz which is approx €30 (£20 oop North) and while not being cheap is a fab wine and well worth the money.
Note2: I am not in the wine/restaurant trade, I'm just a normal guy/geek who likes wine a lot, I drink a lot of beer also so I may do the odd beer-related post.