Archive for April, 2013

Qawc’s Corks – Beau Puits 2012 Bordeaux

Posted on: April 29th, 2013 by Andrew No Comments

I started this thread with an idea that some of you might chip in with your own vinous recollections and that it would build up into a resource of different wines from differing viewpoints.  So far though,  all the opinions have been mine and I am still waiting to read and publish your stories.  So in the absence of any feedback I will soldier on with my own observations. (more…)

Jargon Buster #4 -Vinosity

Posted on: April 23rd, 2013 by Andrew No Comments

In this exercise that we are engaged in of trying to demystify the experience of drinking wine we have looked at three well-used terms that so-called wine experts are fond of when compiling tasting notes on a wine.  So far, these have been words with which we are all familiar although in this context they can appear to be meaningless without explanation. Vinosity however is a little different. It is not a word one would encounter day to day and indeed it has a specific meaning relating to wine. But what is that meaning?

I would argue that the term is quite specific, in that it refers to the basic nature of the wine. Does the wine taste like wine?  You might ask, why would it not? After all wines are all basically the same combination of fermented grape juice. But some wines fail to exhibit this property of vinosity – indeed they might taste like something else entirely.  I have had wines, admittedly from the lower end of the price spectrum,  that show little evidence of being wine at all – they are more akin to alcopops or RTD’s than they are to fine wine.   And that is the point.  I don’t really use the term whilst describing the vast majority of wines out there because it really refers to the hidden and complex qualities that make up a fine wine.

So if you come across this term on a wine list somewhere, you can be sure that the writer is trying to convey a sense of the completeness of the wine, a sense that this wine has value.  It wont tell you about the flavour, or the style, but it will indicate that it is high quality and thus worthy of a second look.

April Newsletter – available now

Posted on: April 15th, 2013 by Andrew No Comments

The April edition of  our evergreen Cellar Notes is now at the printers with its selection of offers, news and Bin Ends. We have already posted the Wine of the Month on this site and will also be posting our Spring tasting case in the next few days. Meanwhile, if you would like a hard copy or PDF to peruse  please contact us on andrew@quantockabbey and we will email or send you a copy, whichever you prefer.

New Web pricing – going down!

Posted on: April 3rd, 2013 by Andrew No Comments

At last some good news! Prices are falling.  Well they are here anyway.  We have repriced our website so that the price now listed is the same for whatever quantity you would like to purchase.  We felt that as many of you were choosing to buy six or twelve bottles, you were being unfairly penalized by our pricing structure.  By giving you all the same price we feel that we are offering a fairer deal.  So despite the predations of the budget and some fairly hefty producer-induced price hikes,  the vast majority of what we sell has come down by at least 50 pence a bottle. (more…)


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