Wine. Vino. Red, white, rose, chances are you like it, I know I do! This week I had a most unusual and welcome phone call asking me if I’d like to receive a case of wine from Laithwaites to review and write about. I know, it’s the stuff of dreams. But this isn’t just wine – this is Wine Relief wine.
I know what you are thinking – hold the phone, Wine Relief? I haven’t heard of it before now myself. Wine Relief started back in 1999 and has since raised over £4 million for Comic Relief. On March 15th, Red Nose Day, some of the UK’s biggest wine retailers will be donating 10% from the sale of specially selected wines to Comic Relief. Good idea ey? People can but the wine they love and try some new varieties whilst supporting Comic Relief in the process.
Confirmed retailers to date include Waitrose, Majestic, Laithwaites, Marks & Spencer, Farr Vintners, Odd Bins, Naked Wines, Virgin Wines and Selfridges. To support Wine Relief, until March 15th, Laithwaites are selling a special Wine Relief Case , which contains 12 bottles of wine, 6 red and 6 white for £95.88. That’s a rather nice *counts fingers and toes* £9.59 to Wine Relief per case.
Let’s take a look at the wines shall we…
- The Waxed Bat Shiraz Cabernet Malbec, 2012, £8.99, Mendoza, Argentina
- West Cape Howe Shiraz, 2009, £10.99, Western Australia
- Le Prince de Courthezon Côtes du Rhône, 2011, £8.49, Rhône, France
- Palacio de Verano Oak-Aged Rioja 2010, £8.99, Rioja, Spain
- Le Grand Chai Castillon Cotes De Bordeaux, 2010, £11.49, Bordeaux, France
- Champ des Etoiles Pinot Noir, 2010, £9.99, Midi, France
We chose Le Grand Chai Castillion Cotes De Bordeaux at random to drink on Monday evening. Now I’m not going to tell you how I thought it was full bodied with undertones of plumy berries because that would be so far removed from what I would normally say about wine. However I did say ‘Ooo crikey, it’s like the cheaper Merlort we usually drink of an evening only it tastes richer…and stronger’ and then I picked up the bottle and checked the percentage and was overly impressed to see 14.5 %, can you believe I thought it tasted stronger and it was. They’ll make a wine tasting pro out of me yet…. *polishes halo* Includes:
- Palacio de Menade, 2011, £8.99, Castilla y León, Spain. (White)
- Gooseberry Bush, 2012, £6.99, Breede River Valley, South Africa (White)
- Laithwaites Sauvignon Blanc 2011, £8.99, Bordeaux, France (White)
- Gran Valle de Niebla Riesling, 2011, £8.79, Bio Bio Valley, Chile (White)
- Visionario, 2011, £9.99, Venezie IGT, Italy (White)
- Kora Sauvignon Blanc, £10.99, South Island, New Zealand (White)
Tuesday evening we indulged in a tipple and opened the bottle of Kora Sauvingnon Blanc, again chosen at random. I have no idea why both times Papasaurus managed to chose the most expensive bottle but he did. Obviously a man of high standards *points to myself and grins*. First off I’m going to fess up and admit something, I don’t generally like white wine. Very rarely do I drink white wine because very rarely have I drunk some that I actually like. But I did like this one. A lot. It’s not got that sharp taste that I dislike with many whites, it’s smooth and sweet. Not so sweet that ‘mister-I-don’t-like-sweet-wines’ who I was drinking with complained either, really nicely balanced wine that was, how can I put it, easily drinkable. I’m honestly chuffed to have found a white wine that I like and am now looking forward to trying some of the other whites in the case!
And so there you have it, I have managed to ‘sort of ‘ review a couple of wines, Helen from Knackered Mother’s Wine Club will have a little tear in her eye when she reads this!