(2024) "Has he gone mad?" I hear you ask. A cheap, sweet, fizzy wine from a little known wine corner of Spain? Well, its all about context here, and during 'Dry January' when many people are attempting to cut down, I'd rather drink this 5% alcohol confection than any number of de-alcoholised 'wines' on the market. Think Moscato d'Asti and you are in the right ballpark, with plenty of icing sugar and bon-bon charm but, crucially, the right level of balancing acidity and just £4.99 on a mixed dozen deal. Watch the video for more information and food matching ideas.
(2022) The blend here is the classic 'GSM' - Garnacha, Syrah and Monastrell- from Valencia and spending 12 months in French oak barrels. Dark and saturated colour, quite rustic aromas of baked earth and plum, a little hint of light relief in the form of a fragrant floral lift way in the background. Beefy, smooth and sweet as it striked the palate, the oak tannins and a plum-skin grippy acidity assert to give a chewy, big mouthful of wine that really needs some serious protein and or a few years more in the cellar perhaps.
(2022) Sometimes it's nice to not take life too seriously, and this fun wine also fits with a dry(ish) January theme. Though it comes from Spain, we're in the ballpark of Moscato d'Asti here with this pink, lightly sparkling wine with distinct floral aromas, some sweetness and just 5% alcohol. There's a forthy strawberry sherbet nose, and the palate is deliciously full of summery berry fruit, but the acid is actually very well balanced, so it is neither cloying nor clumsy. Nicely done. Only £4.29 as part of a mixed case. Watch the video for more information.
(2013) 12.0%, Screwcap. This and the wine that follows from SPAR are both non-vintage wines that do not specify their grape varieties on the label. The slightly paler of the two, this from Spain's eastern coast has a touch of floral and exotic fruit lift on the nose and a clean if dilute fruitiness on the palate. Fairly dry and nice fresh.