Friday, 22 March 2019
Tomorrow is the 17th Fête des Vins de Bourgueil at Tours. This annual event is always very worth attending. It should be particularly good as it will be an early chance for wine lovers to taste some examples of the very good 2018 vintage.
The Fête starts at 10 am and finishes at 6pm and is held along the Boulevard Heurteloup is the centre of Tours and very close to Tours Station.
Sadly I won't be there this year as I will be in London on the enormous march for a People's Vote on Brexit or even better just to Revoke our request to leave.
Saturday, 16 March 2019
Aldi store @Penge, South London
My closest Sainsbury's is less than a kilometre away – an easy walk away taking no more than 10 minutes. In contrast my nearest Aldi is over three kilometres away. No contest!
Anyway back to that Wednesday's tasting, which underlined Aldi's great attraction – value. I have never attended a supermarket tasting where my most used comment was 'value'!
Planeta Organico Prosecco NV
Prum Mosel Riesling 2018
This Mosel Riesling won't be available until June 3rd. In anticipation it has attractive crisp texture with a streak of lime, well balanced and at £5.99 is a good value apéro.
Exquisite Collection Picpoul de Pinet 2018
Picpoul de Pinet is enjoying considerable popularity over here. This lightly floral example with some complexity and length is fair value at £6.49 and will be available from 18th March.
Exquisite Collection is Aldi's name for their superior products aping Tesco Finest and Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference.
Exquisite Collection Lyme Block English Wine 2018
It would be nice to be positive about English still white wine. Sadly this raw and tart example shows all too clearly why it is UK sparkling wines that are winning the plaudits. Awful value at £9.99 a bottle – easily the worst value from the wines I tasted here and 2018 was a hot vintage!
Beaujolais Villages 2018
'Gym' Dâo Red 2017
Good to see some Portuguese wines making an appearance here. This one is attractively soft and juicy. A blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Alfrocheiro it is easy on the pocket at £5.69.
Primanero Organic Primitivo 2016
Moulins de Citran, Haut-Médoc 2009
A Bordeaux with some age and showing evolution a little two-dimensional but with good length and offering good value for a Bordeaux with 10 years of age.
Lengthy Guardian article on Aldi – its history and its progress in the UK.
Given the increasing importance of the discount sector in the UK I was surprised that there was such a thin attendance at this Press tasting – perhaps more journalists turned up later in the day.
Sunday, 3 March 2019
From the website:
'Meet the growers & makers.
Join us for a two-day celebration of some of the best wine talent in the world. Featuring over 150 growers, RAW WINE is one of the most exciting collections of fine, natural, organic and biodynamic wine artisans to come together in this fine capital. Their wines are pure, kind to the planet, very possibly better for your health and best of all they’re absolutely delicious.
RAW WINE is leading the charge for transparency. We believe that in an ideal wine world, any processing and additives will be clearly communicated to the drinker so that you know exactly what is in your glass. RAW WINE is a first step in this direction – we will clearly list all additives and processing on both the website and fair catalogue. We are proud to be leading the way.
RAW WINE is committed to empowering all wine drinkers through real, informed choice. RAW WINE is unprocessed. It is about truth, authenticity and frank wine talking, but most of all it’s about showcasing really good wine.
All the artisans who attend the fair produce fine, natural, biodynamic or organic wine with low intervention in the cellar. Their wines are authentic and a true representation of where they are from, and they are delicious.
Visiting the fair.
RAW WINE London welcomes the wine and food trade, the press and the general public. The fair is held at The Store X, 180 The Strand (London WC2R 1EA), a 3-minute walk from Temple (tube stop) and 9-minute walk from both Covent Garden and Holborn tubes.
Public: £45 for single day – either Sunday or Monday. £75 for the two days
Trade: £15 for single day – either Sunday or Monday. £30 for the two days
Press: Free pass on application if approved.
More details here.