Category Archives: wine

Wine: Broadbent-Johnson wine tasting notes chart

I came across this Broadbent-Johnson chart in the Hugh Johnson World Atlas of Wine (1977 edition) under the heading tasting. It is a simple mechanism of charting your tasting notes based upon sight (4 points) Smell (4 Points) Taste (9 points) and Overall Quality (3 points). For more details and how you do the ranking then refer to the Hugh… Read More »

Wine: Retailer: Majestic Wines

An excellent wine retailer. Good simple wine tastings. Find more information at the Majestic wine site. Please note the information provided is my own personal opinion. It is not a recommendation. Before trying any of the food and wine mentioned you should verify that it is appropriate for your needs. You should always eat and… Read More »

Wine: French: Bordeaux: St.Émilion: Château Simard

Château Simard 1996: According to Majestic Wines Tasting Notes Now fully mature the wine displays a brick-like hue and mellow aromas of leather, pudding spice and leaf tea aromas. The palate offers rich, raisined fruit and ine-grained tannins……. In my opinion it past its time and lacks strength. It certainly as the look of an… Read More »

Wine: French: Bordeaux: Médoc: Château Le Monge.

The vines are planted in Bégadan village: north-west of Bordeaux, between Atlantic Ocean and Gironde estuary. As the estate is settled between 2 large mass of water, the vineyards get the positive influence on moderating all temperature fluctuations. Process: Wine made in stainless steel vats. 3 to 4 weeks fermentation with 2 daily pumping over… Read More »

Wine: Vacuvin

I bought this at Sainsburys supermarket in the UK cost about £7. I find this indispensable when you don’t complete a full bottle of wine. It (using a provided stopper) evacuates some/most of the air out the bottle and enables you to keep the wine from one evening to the next. I find it easy and simple… Read More »

Wine: French: Bordeaux: Chateau Duplessis

Chateau Duplessis. 2005, Moulis en Medoc, Cru Bourgeois. Medaille d’Or 2007. I bought this in Calais, probably at Le Carrefour. It cost about 5€. It is great/ It is as good as many Grand Crus that I have tried. I opened it Sunday afternoon and had a third of the bottle it was excellent, very… Read More »

Wine: French: Bordeaux: Chateau Cantermerle

2005 CANTEMERLE Haut Medoc 5 IEme Grand Cru Classé, 2005Cantemerle from Macau is a well known wine.  These are a couple of UK prices – in bond per case (12 bottles) ex-VAT and excise duty:http://www.farrvintners.com/winelist.php?keywords=cantemerle  Please note the information provided is my own personal opinion. It is not a recommendation. Before trying any of the food… Read More »

Wine: Second Label Wines

Second label wines are an opportunity for buying an excellent wine at low prices without having to pay the overhead for the “grand Cru” status. There is an excellent description of second label wines at wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_wine. They give a list of first labels and the corresponding second label. What I thought would be valuable… Read More »

Wine: French: Bordeaux: Baron de Brane

This is a Second label wines. from Château Brane-Cantenac. I have tried both the 2005 and the 2006. The 2005 is definately better than the 2006 which is a bit harsher. Both have strong flavour. Goes down very well, ideal with strong red meat. I bought the 2005 originally at about 10€ per bottle. Last… Read More »

Wine: German: Ayler Kupp Riesling Kabinett

This is my wifes favourite. We have both tried the 2005 and the 2006 and both are excellent both in taste and value for money. I buy mine from the Majestic Wines warehouse in Calais. I found it is best to pre-order as it is not always in stock. It is a sweetish Mosel white… Read More »