A HAPPY ACCIDENT AND WINE GADGET OF THE MONTH
I can’t see myself swigging from the can itself so the need of a glass still exists however I think over the coming years you can expect to see a decent range of wines by the can on our shelves and if the quality is as good as the Cycles Gladiator I think that’s a step in the right direction.
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At home we have numerous accounts with supermarkets and wine merchants and I keep a close eye on offers to always try to find a bargain. Tesco’s finest Amarone was my last great discovery. £18 down to £14 and then 25% off if you bought six bottles or more of any wines. Thus I’m in the game for £10.50 for a wine that is one of my favourites from Italy. I’m now buying it at the full £18 as it’s a bargain at that price so keep an eye out for Tesco offers in the run up to Christmas and fill your boots when it comes around.
Similarly I saw Brancott Sauvignon Blanc on offer. I’ve always thought that they make consistent, entry level Sauvignon Blanc at a good price. Again it was £7 down to £6 with 25% off on the same when you buy six, meaning my exposure was £4.50. At this price I can sleep at night if I don’t like it very much and it ends up in a risotto.
A couple of days ago, post the Tesco delivery, I pulled out a bottle to have on Saturday lunchtime to ease us into the weekend. I poured it, tasted it and really liked it. However it clearly wasn’t Sauvignon Blanc. I tried it again and liked it even more. Round, soft but good acidity. Subtle tropical fruit but not too sweet.
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I was struggling to identify the grape as I still hadn’t checked the label. I started a process of elimination. Definitely not Chardonnay, not Viognier, not Chenin Blanc. What else do they make at Brancott I thought? Pinot Gris? It must be but it was more subtle than most Pinot Gris I’ve tasted from New Zealand.
In the end, contorted in frustration, I peaked at the label. Pinot Grigio. Wow, I really don’t normally drink Pinot Grigio as I’ve had so many bad examples as the only white available in a bar or restaurant by the glass, and thus steer clear. Many people don’t realise that it’s the same grape as Pinot Gris, it’s just that Grigio tends to be lighter bodied and fresher, with Pinot Gris often being slightly richer and more viscous; sometimes bordering on oily.
Gadget of the month
I recently set up a table for a vertical tasting I was hosting. This is where you have six wines from consecutive vintages to show the difference in the quality of each year and how wines change with age. I had the glasses on a white table cloth and started to pour the 2009, however, as I took the bottle away a drop fell on the outside of the glass. Before I could reach it, it’s on the table cloth leaving an unsightly blotch as well as a stream down the side of the glass. Not a disaster as I’d sit at this seat and no one would be any the wiser.
However, what should have been a relatively easy task of getting six wines in six glasses for eight guests suddenly became a torturous question of nerve and guile. This meant lifting each glass up away from the table and wiping any spillage from the sides or base before carefully returning to the table rather than just ”sploshing” eight equal measures and moving on to a glass of champagne to settle the nerves.
Thus, I thought I’d try out wine pourers and see if I could find anything that meant the table cloths of the nation could remain intact. The best I found were actually amongst the cheapest and are wine disc pours. These are really simple. You simply roll the disc into the top of your bottle and wash once you’ve finished. They are dirt cheap and you can find a range on Amazon. I use one pretty much every day now as it stops all manner of spillage. They are washable and re-useable so no need to buy 50 at a time. So start off small with one or two would be my advice.