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I'm not a wine drinker in the sense that I don't drink on a regular basis, generally only for special occasions/family events/meals out. Personally I prefer a good cup of tea but when it comes to dinner parties you simply cannot attend or host without bringing a bottle of something nice.
Blossom Hill is a brand I will usually opt for because they tend to be both reasonably priced and generally tasty. This particular one I picked up in a local supermarket because it was on offer and I thought it would go well with the steak I was cooking for my good friend. Red wines tend to have a more robust and rich flavour and are therefore well suited to red meats like beef. I thought this would complement the meal I was cooking and hopefully serve to enhance the meal and atmosphere as a whole.
This red wine is one of the classic wines from the Blossom Hill brand. It comes in a very dark coloured glass bottle which can be a little annoying as it does become hard to gauge how much is left inside. The label on the front is pretty consistent with the branding from Blossom Hill, inoffensive and with minimal design input. This really doesn't bother as I'd rather be paying for the wine than the branding.
The wine has a very rich red colour to it which looks lovely when poured out. Though not the biggest wine drinker I do appreciate the lovely vibrant colour of this wine and the beautiful aromatic smell which is very fruity. There is also a nice hint of spices which smell delicious and almost remind me of a mulled or spiced wine. This wine is described as being 'easy drinking' so it isn't overly dry or strong in flavour which is ideal for me as I'm not a huge wine drinker.
The wine itself has a beautifully developed flavour which is very rich and earthy with a little hint of sweetness. This meant it was a great accompaniment to a thick, juicy steak as it cut through any grease and enhanced the strong meaty flavour. The fruitiness of the wine is also great with beef and other red meats because these are flavours which mix so well together. I find this wine very nice to drink, not overly strong and a great addition to a nice meal.
This wine will set you back somewhere between £5-£10 depending on where you shop. This is a pretty reasonable price for what is a very nice drinking wine. I would suggest that if you are pairing it with a meal then this is ideal but if you want it purely for drinking then you might want to opt for something with more body and depth as this is definitely and easy drinker.
Overall I am pretty impressed with this wine though and will definitely be trying more from this brand.
I like the occasional glass of wine from time to time and I do like to try different varieties. I don't know the first thing about wine so when I stand in Asda and look at all the different bottles and prices, I don't have a clue where to start or what to buy. I bought a bottle of this as I've heard quite a lot about it and seen it on television on the ad breaks so figured it must be decent. It's quite cheap at just £5.98 in Asda which I couldn't complain about.
The packaging is quite nice, it comes in a dark red bottle which is almost opaque. The label is minimalist and shows the Blossom hill logo in bold black writing ang a caption below stating that the wine is 'soft and fruity' california wine. I quite the packaging as it's simple so it looks quite expensive even though it isn't.
The wine itself is a deep red colour. It has a nice, rich smell, fruity with a hint of spice. I was a little worried it would be too vinegary as I prefer a sweeter, smoother taste. The wine is a little sweet but not in an over-powering way. You can taste the berries which give it a slightly bold and zing taste but it isn't too dry or strong. It's the kind of wine you can have a couple of glasses of without feeling dehydrated and needing a glass of water like you do with some wines. I like the flavour and I find myself savouring it rather than trying to swallow it quickly as I have done in the past when the wine is a bit too strong.
Overall, this is a nice, fruity wine that is perfect to drink while you're having dinner or with a good book infront of the fire, especially at this time of year! It's a good price so it's ideal to buy for casual occasions or maybe even as a gift for someone else. If you prefer a stronger taste this isn't really for you as it's quite light and easy to drink.
When I realised that wine was listed here on Dooyoo and that I had the opportunity to review it, I simply could not resist the chance. I'm certainly no wine buff, I can't tell you all about the certain bouquet of a wine or exactly what different wines should be enjoyed with what food, but I can tell you what I like about them. So when I scrolled down the list of wines I soon came across one that I'm very familiar with and have enjoyed on many occasions. I much prefer red wine over white and one of the first red wines I ever enjoyed was this one, Blossom Hill.
Blossom Hill is one of the most popular names when it comes to red wine. This Californian red is fruit and mellow at the same time. I have been drinking this for over ten years and there was a time when I would say it was my favourite red wine. For people who are new to drinking wine then this one is ideal, the flavours are quite simple and the pallet very mild. This is a tasty wine that has quite a full rich taste to it with out being over powering, hence why it is so good for new wine drinkers.
I still enjoy a bottle of this nowadays although my tastes have moved on slightly now I'm a little older. Blossom Hill though is the kind of wine I would buy if going round to someone's house for a meal or possibly going to a cheese and wine party. It's one that most people will be happy drinking and few people really dislike. If you are going to someone's house where they are quite snooty about wine then this may not be the correct choice as it's seen as a very common wine and one that is mass produced, but for us simple folk it is more that adequate.
I tend to like Shiraz wine and so this one does suit me quite well. It's got lots of flavour and really hit's the spot well. Another good thing about this is the price, for a decent wine it's not to expensive. I had a look and you can pick this one up for around £5.99. Sometimes it might be a little more and sometimes you might get it on offer for a little cheaper. For a decent bottle of wine though it's not overly expensive.
So overall I would have to say this is a very good all round wine. Yes there are better ones out there, but for price and taste it's pretty good value. Blossom Hill is such a well known wine and one that most places sell so it's very easy to get hold of a bottle. This is one that I have enjoyed for many years and will no doubt enjoy many more times on into the future.
Blossom Hill Red Wine
I enjoy the odd glass of red wine on a weekend, whether it be on a night out or in my house in front of the television. I often buy Blossom Hill wines, both the red and white variety as I know they are reliable in taste and value and this red is no exception!
The Blossom Hill brand is owned by Diageo, who product a large range of spirits and wines for the worldwide market. The Blossom Hill range was launched in the 1980's and is one of the UK's most popular wine brands, if not the most popular.
Blossom Hill Red
Blossom Hill red wine is one of their 'Classic' wines. The bottle is a dark red/black glass colour, so much so that you can barely see the amount of wine left inside (if you are one of those people who don't finish the bottle - I am not one of them!). The label is quite small and plain, with the Blossom Hill branding written in large lettering and a red petal like background. There is a silver crest and band across the bottom of the bottle that states that this is a 'soft and fruity California' wine.
The wine is a rich ruby red colour once poured, with lovely rich berry scents coming through. You can also smell some slight spiciness in the wine, though this doesn't come through with the taste. As the name says - this is a soft and fruity red wine - that is very easy drinking. I do not like drinking overly dry red wines without having to wash it down with gallons of water, so this really suits my taste. This also goes well with lots of dishes, from pasta to meats.
The drink is rich and slightly sweet, but not an overly sweet taste. The berry fruitiness of the red wine is both bold and smooth to taste. I find this is a very reliable and tasty red wine that you won't be disappointed with for the price. I don't spend huge amounts of money on a bottle of wine and often find that bottles that are half price from £10 to £5 are often undrinkable, so for the same price or less I can get this without being dissatisfied.
It is not the most amazing red wine I have had, but for the price and easy drinkable-ness it gets four stars from me! These can be bought for around £4.99 a bottle and are also available in cases of siz for slightly less.
I have to caveat this review by saying that I am in no way a wine expert! But If I'm not going out at the weekends I love to relax in front of the tv with a glass of red wine - I've tried a variety of red wines and this is an old reliable which I buy again and again. The wine tastes fruity and mellow; consistency wise it is quite light and smooth and easily drank! But be warned, whilst the wine tastes light it is 12% alcohol and after a long days work one large glass is enough to make me feel a little lightheaded! Saying that I would usually have a few glasses without waking up with even so much as a hint of hangover (apparently good quality wine is less likely to give you a hangover, although maybe I just don't drink enough!)
In regards to nibbles I think this wine goes really well with meat and cheese. As with all reds unfortunately this does stain teeth and lips al little
A bottle is very affordable (usually £5-7 depending on the off license) and I personally prefer it to a lot of more expensive bottles. However if you are looking for a very strong flavoured wine this isn't for you.
Blossom Hill Vineyard Collection Red Wine is one of my favourite red wines, made even better by the fact that it is also one of the cheapest available. I recently bought a case of 6 bottles of the Blossom Hill Vineyard Collection Red Wine from Tesco for just £25.56 - which equates to a fantastic £4.26 per bottle. There are few red wines that you can pick up cheaper than that, and those that are, are probably not drinkable! Each bottle contains 750mls of wine and so it is an average wine bottle and contains about 4 glasses per bottle.
This wine is a rich red wine that tastes fruity and medium dry and so it is perfect to drink with red meat, pasta and pizza. My partner and I will often share a bottle (sometimes two) on a Saturday night in front of the TV with a pizza and watching trash like the X-Factor - and funnily enough we really enjoy it! The wine isn't overpowering in the way that I can find some red wines to be and it has quite a soft clean taste which makes it very drinkable. Sure, it's probably not a very sophisticated wine that has lots of different levls and elements to it, but equally it is enjoyable to drink and just slips down with the greatest of ease. I like that this wine also doesn't have that horrible tannin aftertaste that is prevalent in many red wines and so the palate feels clean after drinking.
Alcohol wise it contains 12.5% ABV, which is about average for a red wine. However, I find that this particular red wine does not leave me with that red wine headache that often puts me off drinking red wine.....and I've heard that this could be because of the low tannin in the wine - although this is conjecture on my part. Overall, I would recommend this wine if you just want a drinkable, palatable red wine to drink with friends. It's pretty decent.
From my experience all Blossom Hill wines are mellow and make for easy drinking. I find that the first glass of some red wines can taste a little vinegary, after a few more glasses you soon get used to the taste. However cheaper red wines taste vinegary full stop. Blossom Hill wines are very mellow so you don't get this acidic taste from the first glass. In fact I would go as far to say that Blossom Hill makes the fruitiest of wines. It is a good bottle to get in when you would like to try and convert non-red wine drinker or a new to red wine drinker into a red wine appreciator! Moreover Blossom Hill wines go down lovely with a warm pasta dish, a mixed salad dish or a roast dinner, but don't try it with curry, red wine and curry do not mix, that's what beer is for. Friends of mine have taken a sip from Blossom Hill and immediately commented "ooh that's fruity" or "that's not too dry at all". I have tried all of their wines and particularly favour the Merlot. After opening the bottle I pour it into a Pyrex jug (not very flash I know) and pour it in the glass and empty it back into the jug and repeat this a few times. There are more expensive wines out there that I am sure are even more delicious but if you are like me and don't want to spend more than £6-7 on a bottle, then grab a bottle of red (or white) Blossom Hill and enjoy!
I will start this by saying I am not a wine connoisseur, I have no idea what makes a good or bad wine, I buy purely on my own taste and yes sometimes I pick by the creativeness of the label just for fun.
Blossom Hill is one wine that is always my fall back. It usually costs between £4.50 and £5.50 and there are quite a few varieties. I believe Blossom Hill is a Californian wine.
My favourite Blossom Hill Red is the one called Soft and Fruity, because it is exactly that. I usually drink white or rose wine, so I find red wine a bit intense and it tends to give me a head ache but the Blossom Hill soft and fruity is a lovely light red wine that I find very easy to drink.
I have no idea about the ingredients or specific areas of the taste, but I know that I find this wine incredibly light, if you are looking to try different red wines and you are not really used to them I would say that this one is a good starter.
I have found recently though that the soft and fruity is increasingly harder to buy in the supermarket, so it's one to be on the look out for, as it's not always there.
The bottles are a bit different now to the one in the picture, they have revamped all their wines to look a bit more modern (not that it makes any difference to the taste). They are also screw tops now, which is so much easier, and I think most wines are actually converting to screw tops now. I don't think it has the stigma it had a few years ago when screw tops meant that you were buying the cheap stuff.
It is drinking the Soft and Fruity that has made me branch out into trying red wines and I have tried a few other blossom hill reds and to me they just aren't as good. I like quite a few of the blossom hill variety and I think it's pretty good quality for the price that you pay. No-one ever seems to turn their nose up at it.
I hope I haven't offended any wine buffs by my review but I think it's down to preference at the end of the day, and I am not ashamed to say I like these wines.
I consider Blossom Hill as a general, affordable, run-of-mill wine brand. If I am going to a friend's house for dinner then I find that Blossom Hill is usually a safe option.
I recently had a friend over for the weekend and we chose three bottles of red wine to drink (yes three was probably too many, and yes I was a little ill the next day), but we got all three bottles for £10 (which included a bottle of Blossom Hill Californian red). I thought this was a bargain because if we had chosen to purchase this 75cl bottle of Blossom Hill on its own, then it would have set us back approximately £4.50 (which is still a good price, but not as good as £3.33!).
Each bottle of Californian Blossom Hill red is 12.5% in volume, which is typical of a Californian red. If you are not used to drinking red wine, or you are introducing somebody to a bottle of red for the first time, then I recommend this product because it isn't too harsh or strong on the palate. I think this is partly because of the region where the wine is produced - personally I find that South African wines are very strong - but a Californian is very easy to drink.
When you pour this into the glass a fruity smell hits you. It's important to let the wine breathe and this wine certainly tastes nicer if you drink it from a large red wine glass.
You can taste the fruit within this wine - it is quite soft and very easy to drink. Because this is quite a light red wine and it doesn't leave you with a strong after-taste.
I would recommend red wine if you are eating meat, or a chilli like we did at the weekend, or if you fancy a bottle of red that isn't too heavy.
Considering the bottle will only set you back £4.50 (less if it's on offer), I think it's a bargain. Four out of five stars.
Blossom Hill Californian red wine is one of my very favourites. I enjoy many wines, both red and white but reds are definitely my favourites. I'm especially partial to red Californian wines. I find these are easy on the palate but flavourful. I don't pretend to be an expert but I'm managing to, gradually, sample quite a few!
Blossom Hill make my favourite wines generally, as I also enjoy their whites and rose overall, but I absolutely love Blossom Hill soft and fruity. As I have said, I don't claim to be an expert and my budget has to be for the cheaper market, though saying that, I have tried more expensive wines but haven't often liked them any more than the wines selling for under £5.00 to £6.00 per bottle.
Blossom Hill soft and fruity is very palatable and an easy drinking wine. This wine really is soft and fruity.
The 75cl bottle is 12.5% volume but it doesn't taste very strong, just flavoursome and mellow.
It is great drunk with most foods but I like it with pasta or a nice crispy salad. It is ideal for entertaining as it seems to go down very well with most people. I also wouldn't be without a bottle or two when having a barbeque. As it's red it goes with meat, or so my husband tells me, as I am not a meat eater. I admit that I often have a small glass of this wine of an evening while watching television. After all, red wine is supposed to be good for one. I don't believe all i hear but I can go along with this.!
Another plus is that it's readily available at most supermarkets and is reasonably priced. I usually pay around £4.50 a bottle and honestly buy it for it's great taste which I find better than wines at twice the price.
If you like mellow reds with a rich berry taste then this is for you.
Mellow drinking red wine.