June's WineUncorked newsletter - WineUncorked: Wine Reviews and Tips


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June means the start of summer and also the promotion of Welsh and English wines. Welsh Wine Week has already started and goes on until the 13th June, while the English Wine Week promotions and vineyard events start the 19th and go on until 27th. A calendar of events and activities can be found on each website.

But what of Scottish and Northern Ireland Wine Week? Sadly there are no longer any vineyards in Scotland (Chateau Largo in Fife produced an 'undrinkable' wine in 2015, while Strathdon Vineyard on Lewis and Chateau Hebrides have shut due to owner retirement) while Northern Ireland has, far as I can ascertain, never had any.

A Northern Ireland vineyard is perfectly feasible though. With its known agricultural skill and latitude similar to vineyards in northern Wales and northern England, a Northern Ireland vineyard near sheltered Lough Neagh and west of populated Belfast could one day occur. The Republic of Ireland fares better with three vineyards: Viking Irish Drinks run by David Dennison, Lusca Irish Wines run by David Llewellyn of Llewellyns Orchard and Thomas Walk run by a German now based in County Cork. It was the Walk vineyards which bred the red grape now known as Rondo, originally named Amurenisis Walk, which is used to make much of English red wine.

All of the wine weeks are promoted through Wines of Great Britain (Great Britain being an historic term for the main island of Britain and so compromises England, Wales and Scotland). Wines of Great Britain was originally known as the United Kingdom Vineyards Association and so included Northern Ireland as well as Great Britain. Somewhere along the way Northern Ireland has been forgotten.

In other news, the Wineuncorked wine racks are filling up with samples of famous folk's wines to review - the Red Red Wine of reggae band UB40 is a hit, while Cornish fish chef Rick Stein's branded wines are tasty treats. July will bring along The Open golf championship and with it reviews of wines from golfer Ernie Els and Louis Oosthuizen. So look out for these in next month's newsletter.

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Latest wine reviews

UB40 featuring Ali and Astro Red Red Wine £24.50 3* A Bordeaux red with flavours of redcurrant and chocolate.

Rick Stein Spanish White 2020 £10.95 4* Crisp and fruity with banana and passionfruit richness. A nice wine. Match to fish, obviously.

Rick Stein White Burgundy 2019 £19.95 4* Buttery and balanced.

Denbies Chalk Valley English White £12 Morrisons 4* Almost a full 5* wine. The crisp lime flavours need a touch of creaminess to balance things off. But still nice.

SPAR The Letter Collection Pinot Grigio 2020 £6.49 4* The open-all-hours corner shop of SPAR have revamped their Letter range of wines. The Pinot Grigio is simple and refreshing with lemon zing and balancing sweet pear flavours.

Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry £11 many supermarkets 4* A firm favourite, but its dried cherry, raisin and brown sugar flavours still hit the spot.

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Wine Articles

Welsh Wine Week: worth drinking all year
In Wales it's Rondo reds, Solaris whites, Pinot Noir rosés, and even a fashionable orange wine made from Albarino grapes. The 27 vineyards in Wales - a rise from 13 in 2011 - shouldn't be dismissed. Welsh wines can be bought at Waitrose and independents.

Top Ten white wines for summer
Now’s the time to choose chilled whites as these make a good choice for wine lovers looking for refreshment. Ten wines recommended by Wineuncorked.

Wine Q&A: What is the correct temperature to serve rosé wine?
Rosé wine is best drunk cool. But how cool depends on both the temperature outside and how flavourful you like your rosé. Wineuncorked recommends wines to be drunk straight from the fridge and some slightly warmer.

How did the 1963 Italian wine laws affect Barolo?
A pre-1963 Italian wine label must be read with caution - it may say ‘Barolo’ but there is no guarantee that the wine was made there or produced from the expected one-hundred per cent Nebbiolo grapes.

More wine reviews and educational articles follow in our next newsletter. In the meantime let us know what you think of the wines you've been quaffing recently or ask us your wine questions: email me at the address below or you can find us on Twitter and Instagram @wineuncorkeduk.



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