Archive for October, 2013

Tastings – 2013

Posted on: October 24th, 2013 by Andrew No Comments

We have two tastings this autumn, here in Weston Bampfylde BA22 7HY and  at the Church House Crowcombe TA4 4AQ

Weston Bampfylde:

Friday November 29th  Village Hall 6.00 PM till 9.00

Crowcombe Church House

Friday 22nd Nov 6.30PM till 9.00 PM Saturday 23rd Nov

Two to Viu – Viu Manent Reserve from Colchagua

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

I have posted about Chilean reserve wines before and our continual struggle to get anyone to trade up from Entry -Level from Chile. Chile in our view has become the go-to region for cheap drinkable house wine. The Chileans themselves have benn saying for some time that this significantly undervalues what they are about and I am inclined to agree up to a point.  For cracking wines at the sub £10 mark they are hard to beat unless you are looking for a point of difference. Despite the trade ballyhoo over newly discovered terroir-rich production areas, most chilean wines are rather samey But at least they are samey in a good way, drinkable and often more than that at very reasonable prices, especially away from the rock bottom stuff.


We are fans of this producer and their fine quality wines from the Colchagua valley. These are of Reserve level  and are both classic examples of the style and yet easy drinking and not too complicated. The Sauvignon has a more Loire like feel to it with crisp fresh acidity allied to classic gooseberry and grassy flavours, whilst the Merlot is rounded with the sort of ripe soft-skin fruit flavours we have become used to from Chile. Very easy to drink but with a depth that adds a serious note. Well worth a punt for some great value everyday drinking.

Viu Manent Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Colchagua Chile

Viu Manent  Merlot 2011 Colchagua Chile

Special Price  £7.98


Wines for Autumnal Dishes

Posted on: October 21st, 2013 by Andrew No Comments

We are often being asked for wine and food recommendations and so at this time of year with the rain falling outside and the sound of gunfire in the distance,  what better than some suggestions of wines to partner game.  Here is a selection of wines that we can recommend with a variety of dishes using some of the game meat that becomes available now. If you fancy any of them, just click on the name to take you to the relevant page on the site. (more…)

Qawc’s Corks Nicolas Paget 2003 Chinon Loire

Posted on: October 8th, 2013 by Andrew No Comments

2003 was a hot year if memory serves, with out of character wines produced in Bordeaux and other southern regions, many of which appeared to peak too soon. A recent tasting of one of our old favourites Chateau Tuilerie du Puy Bordeaux Superieure 03 put me right.  Admittedly it was with lunch, but with food it was drinking perfectly, with lovely cedary sweet fruit and a long dry finish.  Just as a claret should. To think, we passed it over for the next vintage once we had sold it all back in 08. Meanwhile I am now trying another 03, this time a Chinon from our regular Loire supplier, Nicolas Paget at Rivarennes, who has a few acres in Chinon and thus can make the wine. (more…)

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