The Daily Drop – Two Great Wines Under €15

  • Pinot Noir, Domaine de la Renne, Val de Loire This is a delicious summer red, light and juicy with crunchy red fruits. Gouleyant as the French would say, or very gluggable in English I couldn’t find a vintage on the label; possibly it was on the cork, long since recycled. Great summer drinking and good value too. €14.15 from Wines Direct, Mullingar, and Arnott’s, […]
  • Solto Escola 2016, Vinho Verde, Portugal Perfect on a warm summer’s eve; light, a mere 12%, and refreshing with vibrant citrus and peach fruits. Despite the lightness, it has good concentration and length. Great value for money too. We drank this with some queen scallops simply seared with butter and lemon juice. Vinho Verde has come on in leaps and bounds; […]




The Top Drop – Two Great Wines Over €15

  • Rouge-Gorge 2016, Coteaux du Loir Domaine de Bellivière This is an, engaging and utterly charming, lightly aromatic wine, with elegant redcurrant fruits and light tannins on the finish. It has good acidity, giving it a lovely freshness and an attractive subtle earthiness. There is a wonderful purity of fruit that draws you back to the glass time after time. Well, it did me […]
  • Clima 2016, Vale da Capucha IG Lisboa Delightful fresh medium-bodied white with textured ripe nectarines, and a crisp saline dry finish. Dangerously moreish. Grilled mackerel or sardines. Made from a blend of three Portuguese varieties, Gouveio, Fernão Pires and Arinto, this is one of many excellent white wines now coming out of Portugal. Vale de Capucha, run by the youthful Pedro Marques, […]


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