Wine

iPhone wine apps: any good?

WineFind appSupermarket wine aisles can be lonely places. And pretty intimidating too when you’re the only person there, which seems so often the case. So when you need some wine and food matching advice who you gonna call? Not Dan Ackroyd in a 1980s film with a catch phrase that won’t leave the head, but Wine Find, a wine and food matching app on your mobile phone.

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Reviewed: Majestic's free Wine Course

Majestic Knowedge logoWhat’s free, crammed full of useful wine knowledge and available at 187 locations across the UK? Answer: the Majestic Wine Course, a 90 minute in-store introductory guide to wines, wine tasting and food matching. Run monthly at each Majestic outlet across the UK this informal group tasting and chat (numbers restricted to a maximum of 10) is tutored by the store manager, who in this case was Hayley - a bubbly and enthusiastic wine aficionado running the new Midlands store at Ludlow.

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eVines Golden Wednesday Celebration Case review

eVines logoGreat wines, and well worth the asking price of £5 a bottle, is the over-riding impression of eVines Golden Wednesday Celebration mixed wine case. Six whites and six reds, plus the extra free mystery bottle when you sign up for the ‘Viners’ mailing list, makes this £69.69 case with free and guaranteed next day delivery the Bargain Buy of the Week.

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Falling leaves, sausages and wine

sausages and mashAutumn has started. Falling leaves and falling temperatures means a diet of comfort food is now required. A good pork sausage, a bottle of red wine and an extremely large dollop of creamy mashed potato should do the trick.

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Aldi's Danti Pinot Grigio Spumante and more

Aldi Danti labelAldi’s Danti Pinot Grigio Spumante is the best tasting and best value sparkling white currently around: £4.99 for a complex mix of dry gooseberry, lime, lemon and almond biscuit flavours with a final hint of fresh peas. This recent addition to the Aldi core range knocks spots of many champagnes. And red wine lovers haven’t been forgotten in this mid-season revamp with four more under-a-fiver slurpers.

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What does an average bottle of wine taste like?

coins£4.87 is the average-spend on a bottle of supermarket wine. And with the recession predicted to carry on until goodness knows when that amount isn’t likely to increase any time soon – unless our Chancellor of the Exchequer decides to put up alcohol excise duty yet again. And he might – but until that time comes what exactly does an average-priced bottle of wine taste like?

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Vinaigrette makes a tricky wine match

saladMatching wine to a baby leaf and herb salad, whose only coating is sea salt and black pepper, is easy - almost any white or light red wine will go. Finding a wine for a salad dressed in oil and vinegar is a little more difficult.

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Don't be too cool with your rosés

Rose in glassesRosés drunk straight from the fridge provide a refreshing drink, but you may not be tasting them at their best. Two rosés that taste best slightly cool rather than chillingly cold came to light while investigating this column – Chateau Bel Air Perponcher rosé from The Wine Society and Co-op Wombarra Shiraz rosé.

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Barefoot wines reviewed

Barefoot winesRetailing between £6 and £7, Barefoot’s range of seven wines made to be “enjoyed by everyone from first-time wine-consumers to hard-core aficionados” are well-made but over-priced. Unfortunately the better value of $6.99, or £4.45, a bottle can only be obtained by all of this Californian brand’s American customers. But if you’re prepared to wait or day two then Tesco’s offer kicks in bringing the price down to a much more reasonable, and realistic, £5 a bottle.

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If it stops raining

sunHere comes the sun. Well in-between the rain. The Met Office outlook for next week suggests ‘a good deal of fine dry weather’ with a ‘changeable’ end of August Bank Holiday. So if you want a picnic then do it sooner rather than later and get those picnic baskets and chilled bottles of wine on standby.

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