Wine Quaffing Tip: Marques de Carano, 2008 Gran Reserva from Tesco

I can see why this has won an International Wine silver medal - it’s quaffing delicious!

Spanish wine tip from Tesco

A nose of ripe cherries and hints of gentle vanilla from the oak. To drink it has more of those ripe fruits, soft tannins, rounded with age and nice balance that make it simple and fun. 

The wine is from the little known Carinena, lavished with sunshine like hot kisses that transpire into really easy drinking wine that will make even your most tiresome over chatty friends seem interesting (especially at Christmas when they turn up in spades!).

Tesco have come up with a wine treat here offering great value at £4.99 - buy a case while stocks last. 


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Chateau des Jacques 2010, Moulin-à-Vent, Bargain from Sainsbury's

Chateau des Jacqes 2010 is a the hot tip on my lips right now.

This is the season for warm complex seductive wines and this has all that charm and more. Based in the area of Moulin-à-Vent (named after a windmill!), the region is known for richer wines with a more Burgundian style. It’s not hard to be misled here. The wine has farmyard notes and an unmistakable cherry and plum aroma. The tannin is smooth but present enough to serve with all kinds of gamy meats. I actually had this with a very rare fillet steak and oily salad and was in heaven.

The best bit is that it is an absolute bargain at £15.99 form Sainsbury’s. I would have priced this at around £22-25 myself. Get one bottle, or two…. darn it, get a case in to steady the descent to Christmas!

Ch. des Jacques 2010, Moulin-à-Vent by Louis Jadot - Sainsbury £15.99

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Portal da Aguia - Vinho Regional Tejo 2011

Gorgeous wine at gorgeous value weighing in at around £7... something from Oddbins on Rosendale Road.

Portal da Aguia Oddbins Dulwich

It’s uncomplicated with spicy and earthy fruits like damsons and plum. Fading summer fruits add a little nostalgia to the experience. It has a couple of years age, which in our opinion counts for something.

At this price there is no need to be precious; have fun, nibble cheeses, explore roasted dishes and herbaceous vistas. The main thing… get involved.

Portugal has value and choice coming out of her ears… it is our duty to know more!

Portal da Aguia - Vinho Regional Tejo 2011
Cost: £7.50
Oddnins on Rosendale Road, West Dulwich.

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