Verdejo on the cheap

compania verdejo (337 x 599)

Spain 12.5%

Ok, I know the label looks like someone printed this up on their home printer and stuck it on with a Pritt stick but looks can be deceiving as I found out with this impressive (for the price) Verdejo. I actually got this in Majestic, Calais for the ridiculous price of £2.99 and now I’m kicking myself repeatedly as I only bought the one as I wasn’t really convinced at the time but I knew I usually like Verdejo and at that price I thought why not try at least one.

Verdejo is one of the most popular wines in Spain and This ‘Real Compania De Vinos’ or the Real Wine Company was established by Bodegas Muriel (who make pretty decent Rioja) back in 2007.

Golden straw like colour in the glass with perhaps a touch of green. Really aromatic on the nose which brought an appreciative ‘nice’ from my son and a ‘Smells ok’ from my wife. For me Pears were evident even dominant with some limes and tropical fruit in the mix including mango’s and bananas.

The taste is where things changed slightly although initially sweet there was a strange bitter aftertaste which, although not unpleasant, it was , well, I say again rather strange. Not much in the way of acidity but a hint creaminess (pears with cream) with a herbal, flowery finish leading to that bitterness. Don’t let this description put you off, this was a lovely easy drinking Spanish white which was endorsed by both my wife and son, both commenting on how much they enjoyed it.

For £2.99 it’s a steal, almost worth taking the ferry back to Calais for more.


My Rating 7.5/10 Corks

Majestic Calais £2.99 a bottle – I repeat £2.99 a bottle.

Weekend break with cheap wine

On a recent short weekend break to Calais France I managed to pick up the odd bottle or two which ended up causing me no end of problems with the boot of my car, this was mainly due to the fact that I couldn’t shut it.

Now this was my first so called ‘booze run’ and we went with four other wine lovers but instead of returning the same day we decided to make a short holiday of it  and stayed in the Ibis Calais Tunnel Sous La Manche hotel which was central to most of the discount wine and hypermarket stores.  Before checking into the hotel we decided to stop by a few shops to pick up some essentials, Piduo, Majestic Wine and Calais wines were duly visited and we did manage to pick up a sandwich and a packet of crisps for dispenser

Settled in we visited the local Shopping mall Cite Europe which had a very nice selection of bars and restaurants and decided on the 3 Brasseurs for our evening dinner, which boasted a Micro Brewery for the beer lovers in our party. I stuck to the house red which was surprisingly good but the others opted for beer and promptly chose a 3 litre beer dispenser which was placed in the centre of the table and a4 beers ‘Pallet de degustation’ which is four small taster samples of their four main beers. Food was good, drinks were excellent, everybody was happy !

Montreuil(600 x 337)
Montreuil -Sur-Mer

The next day we had a day out visiting the medieval town of  Montreuil Sur Mer the setting for Les Miserables and which just happened to be the location for the French Wine Society shop. Armed with my list I scoured the shelves but out of 12 bottles I had  listed they only had one in stock, which was a real shame, still ended up with more than one bottle though, so left pretty happy.

When we got back to Calais we made straight for the big Supermarket Auchan for yet more wine and managed to fit in a little food shopping as well.

It was a lovely weekend made all the better by good company and a car full of cheap wine, all of it pretty good and far to many to mention, so here’s a couple to start with………………

TorresEsmerelda(337 x 599)otravidaviognier(337 x 599)Torres Esmeralda 2013 (Calais price – £4 a bottle)

Big fan of this Spanish white, a delicious blend of Moscatel 85% and Gerwurztraminer 15%.

Unusual blend and an unusual taste, not for everyone but I really enjoy it. Bright straw like colour, heady perfumed aromas of tropical fruits including peaches and honeydew melon, very floral with honeysuckle and jasmine. Bright acidity on the palate, fresh and slightly sweet although not cloying. Again flavours of peaches, lime zest and roses.

This is lovely chilled, great with lightly spiced food or equally as good on it’s own. Only 11% so very easy to drink, perhaps a little too easy and I only paid £4 a bottle !

Otra Vida Viognier 2013  12.5% (Calais price £2 a bottle)

Another bargain and would you believe at £2 a bottle (offer in Calais wine was 3 bottles for £6) and part of the CyT Trivento group.

This is a very pleasant everyday white that was recommended to me by one of our group and what a surprise it was. This was on the tasting station at the store but wasn’t chilled and despite the fact that it was warm it had something about it which prompted me to pay the extortionate price of £6 for three bottles. Nicely chilled at home this was a lovely clear pale golden colour with aromas of Peaches, apricots and creamy vanilla. refreshingly dry and crisp on first sip with an incredibly long creamy finish. This was brilliant value at £2 and I now wish I had bought more.



Torres Esmeralda – My Rating 7.5/10 Corks



Otra Vida – My Rating 8/10 Corks (for brilliant value at £2 a bottle)