Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Discounted wines at Asda

Some of our favourite white and red wines are on offer at
Asda/Walmart at the moment. I've made two shopping trips
to our
local branch to stock up on them.
I'm not in the habit of making lists of things, but here are
the ones I picked up ...

Gallo family (California) Turning Leaf Chardonnay & Merlot
Casillero del Diablo (Chile) Sauvignon Blanc
& Lindeman's (Australian) Shiraz, Bin 50

All of them in the £4 - £4.50 price bracket.
We opened a chilled bottle of the Turning Leaf Chardonnay
night -- absolutely gorgeous.

We do drink some South African & Argentinian wines,
occasionally an Italian Pinot Grigio, rarely a New Zealand
white (they're expensive over here), and extremely rarely
a French red wine. We find the quality of the latter is not
as assured as many of the Australian reds in our price range,
which is around £5 a bottle.

I attended a wine-tasting group for the best part of a year,
and the wine master brought along 8 bottles of expensive
French red wines for us to try over 2 sessions. Only one of
them was drinkable (that was the Chateauneuf du Pape at
£12.50 a bottle) ... we were all very disappointed.


Blogger Tjilpi said...

I find there is a headache in every bottle of Shiraz. Merlot seems fine. A grateful patient gave me a bottle of Lindeman's Cab Sav the other day. All in return for a script for prednisolone for her chronic eustachian tube dysfunction.

3:07 AM  
Blogger justin said...

Hi, TJ. Yes, some red wines can give me headaches too, more so the less expensive ones. I sometimes wonder if too much sulphite preservative is the main culprit, or if it's something to due with the wine maturation process?
Yes, it's good to have grateful Ps. I once was handed a nicely wrapped bottle ... "This is for you, Doc." "Oh, thank you very much," I said -- only to find out that the whisky bottle contained one litre of pee, brought in for dipstick testing. :)

10:50 PM  

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