What wine are you drinking today ?

With Britain's exit of the EU on the horizon, now might be the time to dash over to Calais and pick up this little beauty;

Virgin Wines sell it for £12.99 a bottle and you get an excellent wine for the money from one of Australia's oldest wineries - you will be delighted, it's delicious.

However, if you get to Calais ASAP you can pick it up for £2.49 a bottle.  No, that's not a misprint - two pounds and forty nine pence of your slightly devalued sterling is enough to buy one bottle, so I might suggest you buy a case.  Or two cases, or perhaps three..  

Hungryhalibut posted:

Barefoot? Really? I've not tried the merlot, but the white that someone brought round once was undrinkable and went down the sink.  

Nigel, you really ought to try the Barefoot Merlot...

it brings the sink and waste up to a far better shine than the white  : )

Gifted to me with a bunch of flowers for dog sitting duties,

the flowers look very nice! : )

Debs

Very dry and lacking in body, but still okay drinkable.

Okay i've been a bit naughty and not decanted and allowed it an hour to de-gas, but i've got the impression of improved future potential with the remaining 5 bottles of this case, which would do better left in my dusty cellar to mature up for a year or three : )

Debs

You know how some people just stare at you with that really confused look on their face when you start telling them about your HiFi?

That's me with wine ... I don't 'get' it, I definitely don't like it, I don't understand it and when I hear the descriptions of it I understand fully just how other people must feel when I describe how a hifi setup sounds.

I do feel that I'm missing out and I promise I have tried!

Phil

naim_nymph posted:

Very dry and lacking in body, but still okay drinkable.

Okay i've been a bit naughty and not decanted and allowed it an hour to de-gas, but i've got the impression of improved future potential with the remaining 5 bottles of this case, which would do better left in my dusty cellar to mature up for a year or three : )

Debs

Call me old-fashioned but you are drinking this with some food aren't you Debs?

C.

Christopher_M posted:
naim_nymph posted:

Very dry and lacking in body, but still okay drinkable.

Okay i've been a bit naughty and not decanted and allowed it an hour to de-gas, but i've got the impression of improved future potential with the remaining 5 bottles of this case, which would do better left in my dusty cellar to mature up for a year or three : )

Debs

Call me old-fashioned but you are drinking this with some food aren't you Debs?

C.

Is there any other way? : )

Debs

Buy it while you can. Cairanne is lobbying (hard, likely successfully, and probably deservedly) for an Appellation of its own, and when/if they get it, the one sure thing is that the prices will go up. Quite a lot. They certainly did when Gigondas, Vacqueras and Rasteau were similarly elevated from the pool of 'just' Côtes du Rhône Villages...

Re the Chianti, it all depends. Lack of body is no bar to being able to age, but fruitlessness is. The remaining bottles don't - instinctively - sound especially worth keeping to me from your description Debs (but nor can it really do any harm). Most Chianti these days is 'designed' to be drunk young for the very simple commercial reason that almost all Chianti is drunk young these days.

rodwsmith posted:

Re the Chianti, it all depends. Lack of body is no bar to being able to age, but fruitlessness is. The remaining bottles don't - instinctively - sound especially worth keeping to me from your description Debs (but nor can it really do any harm). Most Chianti these days is 'designed' to be drunk young for the very simple commercial reason that almost all Chianti is drunk young these days.

Many thanks for the response, Rod : )

may be better to return my remaining 5 bottles and swop for something more to my taste (?)  a dry red wine is fine for my palate but i find this Chianti far too sharp and bitter to enjoy fully [ An odd bottle perhaps? ]   ....i don't feel lucky.

I bought some nice Cantele recently:  6 bottles of Negroamaro, and 6 of Primitivo, no complaints with these : )

I've had a lucky run with Italian reds past couple of years, this Chianti is the first hiccup. 

Debs

I do try (very hard, honest) not to do this here, because I get to try a lot of very nice wine in my job and I don't want to come across as a pretentious wanker, but this - tasted last Saturday in Wuhan (China) - was just one of those wine experiences. 

Occasionally, such wines transcend all others and remind me why I do the job I do. The silky, mouth-coating texture, layer-upon layer of diverse yet seamlessly integrated flavours, and supremely long aftertaste - all the hallmarks of a great wine. I can still recall - exactly - the taste.

Dread to think what a bottle costs these days, and I'm glad that I wasn't paying for it, and that the person who did knows how to avoid the (many) fakes around in China. Actually, a faker would have 'made' an 1982. But as this wine demonstrated, '83 was in many cases just as good, and occasionally better as a vintage.

Ausone 1983.

Still very alive after 33 years.

Romi posted:

When we are low on finance but need some form of alcoholic refreshment we get Sainsburys own Pinot Grigio Blush (Rose) - £4.50. Its a dry Rose but very nice when served super chilled..!

That's all the time for us...so thanks for the tip !

G

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