I had the Wine Route cinsault/shiraz from Tesco this week (£7)
, which was delicious and a great primer for Autumn. On the nose there’s some meatiness and spice and a background of red fruits. It’s warm on the palate though the length of the finish suits its price point.
That said, this is definitely one of the best supermarket reds I’ve had in a long time. If you’ve got a Tesco near you, pick up a bottle of this.
It was my Mum’s birthday this week, so we visited The Bower House
in Shipston. I visited last December and thought it was one of the best restaurants I’ve been to outside of London. Unfortunately, since then its changed hands and the menu has taken a slight mediocre turn. For drinking though, we had a bottle of Philippe Livera’s 2014 Gevrey-Chambertain.
Definitely not in the affordable range, but this was the most ‘crowd pleaser’ of Burgundy reds I’ve had yet: fruit dominated rather than the meaty or herbaceousness I’ve grown to expect with Burgundy. Definitely a great starting point for the uninitiated.