Getting a good deal on tasty wine is always gratifying – and this site is geared up to help you do it.
However, there is an even higher level of wine related satisfaction – getting confident with it.
I am not talking about becoming nerdy – Heaven forfend!
What I mean is being accepted as someone who “knows what’s what”.
Being, for example, the person (like my acquaintance Alex) who is usually handed the wine list when groups of friends go out.
And, there’s two pieces of news about that – both good.
First, getting there is not especially difficult, including the aspect being explored today – discovering more about less familar wines
Secondly, the whole process is rather enjoyable.
I have huge respect for Masters of Wine – the route is hard and the effort it needs is enormous.
But today’s content is not about becoming one of that illustrious band of just under 500 experts world-wide.
It is, however, a couple of steps towards becoming practical, sure-footed and competent around wine – just like Alex.
So, let’s start by honouring that promise to make the journey enjoyable and to find out a bit more about a couple of less well known wines.
In the usual way, hyperlinks and pictures are used where possible to help you locate the bottle in question.
First let me introduce the red grape.
Pais is a grape traditionally associated with Chile and was probably brought to South America by Spanish conquistadors.
Indeed, its alternative name in the Americas (Mission) is probably connected to missions created by early Spanish colonists.
Not deeply pigmented, its wines are pale in colour but light, easy drinking options with soft fruit characteristics.
While acidity is high, tannins are quite low – so its wines can work chilled.
Once Chile’s dominant grape variety, it was superseded by international varieties but recently saw a resurgence as interest in heritage wines grew.
And here is an excellent example
2022 Irresistible Pais (£8 in 650 Co-op stores and 13.5% abv):
Bright with an almost purple colour, this example is from Chile’s Itata Valley.
It features smoky raspberry, cherry and bramble flavours accompanied by lively orange peel acidity, but minimal tannin.
Joining the party are suggestions of anise, milk chocolate and nutmeg, all wrapped in a lingering, smooth, medium bodied texture.
Now for a white companion.
Tesco recently introduced its Remastered Range which aims to give a “bold twist to tradition with a new perspective to European wines”.
Fiano was selected as a suitable wine for this treatment.
It is a white grape variety grown in Italy for centuries and often associated with the Campania region.
Its grape’s thick skins and impressive acidity retention make it particularly suitable for high temperature areas.
However, low yields and weather sensitivity made it commercially unattractive.
Consequently, it became almost a rarity until the revival of traditional vines came into vogue.
Thus, the world narrowly avoided losing an aromatic and complex, dry white wine embellished with orchard fruit elements.
Let’s look at that remastered offering.
2022 Remastered Fiano (£7.50 – instead of £9.50 until 6 November for Tesco Clubcard holders):
Floral with a long finish, this delivers light bodied, red apple, greengage and ripe pear flavours.
Here, these are coupled with crisp grapefruit acidity and hints of orange.
More Multi-buy News from Eddie
“No sooner did we have all the big High Street grocery retailers giving us 25% off buy 6 bottles back in September, but they are starting again.
Remember, though, that – as mentioned last week – Asda still has one and that continues to run until Wednesday 25th October.
Now, both Sainsbury's and Tesco are up and running again too!
Sainsbury's 25% deal continues until October 31st and Tesco’s until October 30th.
Currently, as I write, the prices we can expect may well be include a double-dip feature but do remember in-store pricing can change overnight.
Notable bottles at Sainsbury's that Brian has recently flagged-up here on MidWeekWines include the Sturmwolken Riesling that should be £6 and the Zana Romanian Pinot Noir, £6.18.
At Tesco the double-dips are obvious when investigating availability at their informative on-line groceries site.
However, do remember when shopping, it's all dependent on the customer also swiping their Tesco Clubcard!!
This Spanish offering featured a couple of weeks ago, will be £5.62.
Grandeza Aged Red Wine 75Cl – Tesco Groceries
While the Dino Trebbiano Pinot Grigio starts at £6 so will be £4.50.
Dino Trebbiano Pinot Grigio 75Cl – Tesco Groceries
Excellent reason to go and get stocked up with these previous MidWeek Wines recommendations.”
Thank you again Eddie
Tune in again on Monday when value at budget price points is, once more, the theme of my latest Top Tips post.
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