Tasted: Pinot Noir from New Zealand & Australia

By Martin Isark If you buy your red burgundy from a top-notch traditional wine merchant or direct from one of Burgundy’s great Pinot Noir producers, then at a price, red burgundy has no equals. Unfortunately though, most red burgundies found at UK’s supermarkets, are at their worst barely drinkable, and at their best, poor valueContinue reading “Tasted: Pinot Noir from New Zealand & Australia”

Martin Isark says it’s now time to move over to sherry

By Martin Isark Unfortunately, for some time sherry drinking has been yesterday’s fashion, this complex wine from Spain is still seen as an older generation’s aperitif and never as a complement to food. It has been hard to persuade chardonnay and cabernet drinkers that sherry is worth trying – but change is afoot. 

Want to drink some of the best quality and value wines on the shelves? Put a bottle of Tawny Port in the trolley.

We have now added tawny port to the Can I Eat It? App.! Try the app now  If you have never tasted tawny port, you are missing a treat. Try a bottle and indulge yourself in the fragrant aromas and rich mouth-filling flavours of red fruits, nuts and spice that are somewhat similar in smellContinue reading “Want to drink some of the best quality and value wines on the shelves? Put a bottle of Tawny Port in the trolley.”

How do you like your white wine – with or without oak?

Most of today’s winemakers have realised that British white wine drinkers don’t really like the overt tannic and often bitter taste of oak. Now, if used, it’s done with a reserved elegance, especially when compared to yesterday’s producers.  

Follow the winemaker not the grape variety

Great winemakers can make relatively ordinary indigenous grape varieties sing with flavour. For example, Spain’s white, thick skinned, heavily pipped and low yielding Albarino grape would not be vine of choice for any of the world’s viticulturists or oenologists.

Chateau Latour the Manchester United of the wine-world leaves the en-primeur league!

Chateau Latour pulls out of en-primeur selling. This is very big news indeed if you are a buyer or drinker of blue chip claret! In the wine world this is the equivalent of  Manchester United leaving the premier league! And the same sort arguments are fermenting and bubbling around Bordeaux and the fine wine world.Continue reading “Chateau Latour the Manchester United of the wine-world leaves the en-primeur league!”