Thinking about wine, which I tend to do a lot of the time, my mind went from how many vineyards there were in the world, to all the newspaper correspondents there were in UK. Sadly, I haven’t been able to get complete answers to either. Most of it was laziness as I gave up counting by country. I got as far as 11,500 in the US, and 27,000 in France with 110,000 wine growers (selling to co-operatives). I also found out that China has more land under vines than France, but produce less wine. Anyway, there are a lot. This led me to think how one can taste them all, especially those who do it for a living and how do they make their choices of what to taste. It is obvious we never really scratch the surface.
I read as many wine articles as I can, hence my article recently on Decanter magazine. But on a weekly basis I catch up on some others. I particularly like Jane McQuitty of the Sunday Times, and this week I was particularly impressed that she enjoys some wines from the newcomers on the block, Aldi and Lidl. She recommended a smasher this week. 2015 Exquisite Collection Cremant de Jura from Aldi. £7.99. I have been enjoying this for some time, and Jane’s choice just seems to give some gravitas to the wine, as I respect her opinions greatly. Apple flavours from a Chardonnay grape with wonderful bubbles.
Will Lyons in the Mail went with Portuguese wines, which I love. Big ballsy reds, almost port like. Azinhaga de Ouro, Duoro Tinto 2015. Lots of fruit and from Lidl for a fiver. Couldn’t be better value. He also went with a Waitrose red, 2016 Ten Mile Bridge from the Setubal peninsular south of Lisbon. Lots of raspberry flavours for £7.99!
It’s great to see that wine correspondents aren’t just recommending posh expensive wines, but interesting wines that all can afford. Good on them.