As I mentioned in my previous post,wander around any supermarket these days and you are bombarded with meal deals, they are everywhere usually around £10 mostly including a main course pudding and a bottle of wine. The meals themselves look ok but I’ve been interested in what wines they have been offering to accompany the quick and easy cook foods.
Having recently sampled a meal deal wine without the meal, I know silly, for another £3 or so I could have had the food as well, so what do I do ?, I end up buying another bottle without the accompanying food. The wine in question was a Tesco Finest Negroamaro, one of the reasons for trying these MD wines is the fact that most of the time it’s not a regular wine you find in the wine aisle amongst the others in the Tesco Finest range and is only offered as part of the deal and I assume will disappear when the offers change or finish. This one however is, anyway for whatever reason I bought the wine, the question I wanted answering was is it any good?, well the answer in this case was – yes.
Negroamaro is a dark skinned grape grown almost exclusively in the Puglia region in SE Italy. I decided to open this a couple of hours before eating but couldn’t resist the obligatory sneaky sip just after unscrewing the cap. Initially it was a little rustic and earthy, smelt of ripe blackcurrants, vanilla, chocolate, herbs and spice, I actually quite liked it and ended up drinking a glass before the evening meal.
Around 2 hours later and with the food it changed quite a bit but equally as enjoyable, gone was that earthiness replaced by a mixture of ripe blackcurrants, plums, much smoother and still with a hint of chocolate. This was now much easier to drink as a stand alone but I must say I really liked the initial taste and if I had it again I would eat with a glass freshly poured but that’s just me.
The previous review for the ‘Toro Vinas Del Rey’ meal deal wine was for another Tesco Finest and pretty decent, this Negroamaro was no different. Next time though and for a few pounds more I must see through my wine fixation and buy the food with it, still don’t know why I didn’t.
My Rating 7.5/10 Corks
Tesco (part of meal deal or £6.99)
Supermarket meal deals seem to be everywhere at the moment and I must admit to be a little sceptical about the bottle of wine thrown in with this offer. The bottle in question is the Tesco Finest Toro Vinas del Rey 2012 from North West Spain, a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha.
As it turned out the scepticism was unfounded as this turned out to be a fairly decent bottle of wine. Opened this about 2 hours before eating, couldn’t resist having a sneaky sip just after pulling the cork and instantly thought this is going to be good. Really fruity nose of blackcurrants, cherries with a hint of woody vanilla. Initially taste wise, quite a hefty kick of spicy fruit and some noticeable tannins.
Two hours later, it developed into a smoother drink, still very fruity and still with some spice. The tannins were still there and there was a little heat from the 13.5%. A little rugged, slightly sour but with a hint of vanilla. The proof was this just reminded me of Spain and that’s always a good thing.
If you give it a little time to open up and breathe you have a very typically Spanish and a pretty decent glass of wine. Not sure if Tesco will put this on it’s shelves as a stand alone wine, I think they should.
NB: Kept a little back to see how it faired on day two, what I found was a more fruitier flavour , lost that touch of spice but still fairly tannic and dusty tasting. My human gauge (my wife, not a big red wine drinker) who didn’t taste it on day one thought it was very nice, that will do for me !
My Rating 8/10 Corks
Tesco £6.99 (part of meal deal only)
A fan of Louis Jadot, not particularly a fan of Beaujolais. Gamay is one of the few grapes varieties I can not get to grips with, can’t put my finger on why I don’t like it, perhaps for me it’s too much of a straightforward and possibly underwhelming wine but at it’s reduced price of around £7 I thought I’d give it another try.
Drank this with some slow cooked Pork Belly. Chilled it slightly and on first opening it smelt of cherries and maybe a little touch of strawberries. I sipped a little and found it a little thin tasting even a touch watery, although it kinda had an elegance about it.
Left it to air for about an hour and it definitely improved the cherries had a more juicy and succulent flavour with gentle food friendly acidity, a touch savoury with liquorice on the finish and very dry.
I did not dislike this wine, it’s from a good producer, from Burgundy and it tastes ok, although not enough to convert me but it did go really well with the food and my wife who’s not a big red wine drinker, really enjoyed it, a little left in the bottle for her to finish off, I be won’t fighting her for it.
As I said it’s OK and I can tell it’s well made but……………..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My rating 7/10 corks
Staring to drink a lot more German wines these days and I have been pretty impressed with most if not all of them. This Peter & Peter Mosel Riesling Trocken (dry) made by a family owned company called ‘Zimmermann Graeff & Müller’ (ZGM) under the leadership of chief winemaker Peter Griebeler , (not sure which Peter he is ?) have made a very nice dry fruity and extremely drinkable Riesling.
I always seem to break out a bottle of Riesling when curry is on the menu and this time I’m very glad I did. The curry in question was a homemade Thai –ish chicken curry made by my son who told us it was mild, mild it wasn’t, tasty it was, paired with the wine it was a match made in heaven.
Firstly don’t serve this wine too cold, I did and it definitely tasted better as it warmed up. In the glass it was a lovely golden straw like colour with aromas of apples, lemons, limes, apricots and slightly peachy. Tasting it on it’s own it hits you with zesty limes that give you that kick of mouth watering acidity, the peaches, apricots and ripe apples then come through a oily coating giving that traditional Riesling taste. It was fairly dry with just a hint of sweetness but it when sipped after a mouthful of aromatic fiery curry that it really began to shine, complementing the heat and spices like no other drink could.
This was a very good wine for the price and if paired with Asian or Oriental food especially anything spicy it was even better than very good.
One thing I found strange was the bottle cap had a & symbol printed on it, why not P&P (postage and packing, I hear you cry) still found it strange !
My Rating 8.5/10 Corks
Tesco around £7.50
In a dilemma, not quite sure what to drink with your food, usually my golden rule is reach for a bottle of Italian red, this time it was a Chianti Riserva 2010 from the Tesco Finest range. Sometimes though, golden rules don’t always work, not entirely anyway.
Nothing wrong with this wine, there again not anything to shout about either, It’s an ok drinkable Chianti (although it does need to be drunk with food) produced by the normally reliable Picinni family.
Looked ok when poured, nice ruby colour but it’s when you get your nose in the glass where the first signs of doubt creep in, fairly muted cherries, raspberries but then followed by something slightly metallic. Taste wise, the label claims it to be ‘smooth, elegant and Velvety. Soft tannins and a long finish’ straight from the bottle my description would be ‘full of sour red cherries, liquorice, a little rustic and slightly on the thin side’ . That said, it did improve in the glass after a short time with the tartness softening a little and overall it did go well with the Tomato based Pasta meal.
It was easy drinking but needed food, bought this bottle while on offer and at the price I paid I was satisfied but not overally impressed.
My Rating 6/10 Corks