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Strange as it may sound, you can't drink beer all the time... your bladder would explode for one thing, and for another, your brain would becomes so fuddled and muddled that you wouldn't be abl to hold a cohe..sensabl...um...
Thank the lord for el vino collapso.
I like a glass or two of wine occasionally. Especially when the glass is one of those muckle big jobs that you can squeeze a full bottle into, and the occasion being any month with an R in it...or a vowel.
But I'm no connoisseur.*
Because I've travelled in Italy quite a bit in recent years, I've developed a taste for Italian wines and more specifically, whites from the Veneto.
But there's no need to track down a cheap flight to Marco Polo to sample the delights of that region, just pop along to any supermarket and you'll find plentiful supplies of the stuff. Mind you, I'd sooner sit in the sun in Sirmione sipping a Soave...suavely, but instead I bought a bottle of COLLEZIONE ITALIANA SOAVE in Aldi for well under a fiver. (* told you)
Apparently, the grape varieties used in making this wine are a blend of Garganega, Trebbiano di Soave, Pinot Bianco and Chardonnay - varieties all harvested in the vineyards of the Veneto. Well I wouldn't know about that, I can hardly tell the difference between a grape and a bald gooseberry.
Aldi describe it thusly:
"Serve chilled, but not too cold, to enjoy the subtle aromas and flavours of pears, pink grapefruit and almond paste."
Let's uncork this baby then. Well when I say uncork, a more accurate description would to unscrew the cap. No matter, I can hardly master a bottle opener never mind a corkscrew. At least it's not in a box.
This wine pours a slightly lemony yellow colour and clear as a frosty morning in January. There's a very gentle effervescence, although it's certainly not a sparkling wine, which dissipates almost immediately leaving a generous portion in the glass.
A gentle swirl, and in goes the hooter for a deep and meaningful sniff (cue sound effects). The aroma is fruity and a little bit nutty with hints of peach and pear and, unexpectedly, cardboard. Hmm. It doesn't smell unpleasant, which is a bonus.
As for the taste, well I'm not going to go in for all that swirling it around the mouth and spitting it out malarkey (what a waste) unless, that is, it's absolutely bowff. It's not...but it IS close. It's clean, crisp and sharp with lots of soft fruity flavour - overwhelmingly pears, and up front is quite pleasant. This is very short lived though and you're soon confronted with a dryness of Saharan proportions. I kid you not. I quite like a dry wine but this is screw-yer-face-up, sook-a-lemon, mouth-puckeringly dry. Jeezo.
* THE VERDICT *
At 11.5% abv this wine holds out plenty of promise but slaps you down with a tongue-rasping dryness that somewhat spoils the whole experience. It smells nice enough, it looks good and the initial flavour is pleasantly fruity. But oh dear, it's drier than the following joke:
My brother`s been really ill in hospital for weeks after the fire at his house. He was doing well until they covered his burns in grease.
Now he`s going downhill fast.
I can't really recommend this wine. Not unless uber-dryness is your thing, that is. It's cheap , but nip along to Asda and get three bottles of Miramari for a tenner - that's cheap AND tasty.
Would I drink this again? - only if I was hyper-hydrated.
I enjoy trying different wines and, over the years, have come to know my favourites. With red I prefer to have a Californian, while I wouldn't say no to a French, either. When it comes to white wines I'm quite happy to consume some of the cheaper wines available. This isn't because they are cheap but I genuinely like many of them, as long as they are straight from the fridge.
The white wine that I find myself buying more than any others is Soave, and usually from Sainsburys supermarket. I have an empty bottle of this in front of me now. No, I haven't resorted to wine for breakfast yet but kept the bottle that was emptied by myself, husband and eldest son at dinner yesterday.
Sainsbury's Soave comes in a pleasant enough bottle which doesn't announce 'Cheap!' I purchased the 75cl size for a very reasonable £3.29. It is 11.5% volume. Also, an advantage for myself, It has a screw top lid.
It is produced in Italy, in the Soave region, which is near to Verona. I would say it is a typical, popular Italian white in it's taste.
Yesterday the weather wasn't very nice so we ate indoors, and drank our wine indoors, but I'm hoping soon to get some good weather so that I can sup my wine whilst lazing on a garden chair as I supervise hubby preparing the food on the barbecue. I'm sure you'll agree, if you like wine, that the taste seems improved if drinking on a warm summer's day, while listening to the birds sing, children playing in the distance and flowers in bloom. All's right with the world!
I think of this wine as ideal to drink outdoors as it is so light and crisp. I am no expert on wine (though I'm trying to improve!) but would say it's aroma is floral in essence and the taste is fresh, light and crispy. It is so easy to drink as it is not too strong in taste but is still flavourful.
Although I like white wine it only just tolerates me. I mean by this that I can only drink one medium glass without feeling the effect. In fact the bottle contains, according to the label, six glasses. this is 1.4 units of alcohol per 125ml glass. Remember the government warning which states that women should not exceed 2-3 units daily and men 3-4 units daily.
This lovely, refreshing wine goes deliciously with any meal although it is recommended especially to complement chicken or fish. I think if you like a particular wine then it will go with any food. I buy this wine for parties and barbecues. I find it popular with my guests.
I enjoy a glass of white wine. I have recently been sampling a few bottles from my wine rack, and last night I decided to open a bottle of Soave white wine.
When opening the bottle the boquet of this wine is very fresh and crisp. There are very distinctive fruity notes, this works well against a deeper slightly smoky scent. It certainly smells very appetising.
The actual taste of this wine is extremely pleasing. There is a light and juicy flavour which is accompanied by rich fruity undertones. The wine is very easy to drink and is not too acidic or strong.
I thoroughly enjoyed a glass of this wine. I felt that even though I took my time the wine stayed fresh and refreshing throughout the glass. I also loved the fruity flavours which became more intense during drinking.
Although this wine is perfect on its own. I think it is a perfect wine for enjoying with white meats or pasta dishes. I also think this wine could lend itself well to being drunk with sea food. I feel its subtle and sweet fruity flavours would be a perfect accompaniment to stronger food flavours.
I also think this wine could lend itself well to being topped up with lemonade to make a refreshing summer spritzer. I can just imagine drinking these on a long summers day. Utterly bliss!!
The alcohol content in this wine is 12% I was quite suprised at this, because this sweet white wine does not taste at all strong. Although it is subtle in its flavour it is this simplicity that adds to the appeal of this wine. A thoroughly enjoyable drink.
On occasion (too many, so my wife tells me!), I'll pop along to our local Somerfield (3 doors up!) and get myself a bottle of wine. Usually, this is just to have a glass after a day's work, or just for the hell of it, but it almost always entails getting whatever is pretty cheap. I usually target the £4 mark, trying not to go over it and thus justifying it in my own mind when compared to the week's shopping budget.
The only wines on offer this week seem to be down from quite a hefty price to about £6, so I picked this, at £3.83. I didn't expect it to taste very nice, and as it wasn't chilled on the shelf, I poured my first glass thinking that would be the only glass for that evening, not really looking forward to it as much as when I left for the shop.
I was pleasantly surprised. It was really dry and quite crisp. Usually, a really dry wine is almost too hard to drink, requiring a bit of sipping as opposed to gulping or 'quaffing'. However, this is extremely quaffable. It has vague citric aftertastes, and the fragrance is quite pleasant - slightly fruity, with a dry, arid tone to it. I found that it was the sort of wine that was perfect for my needs at the time!
I chilled the rest of the wine immediately, and, naturally, it was that much better once cold. The bottle suggests you have Soave with seafood or white meat, but I have a view on wine that most whites will suggest white meat or seafood, most reds will suggest red meat, or cheese. A lot of the wine I have tried (and this is quite a lot of different wine!!!) follows this, and so I tend to take no notice. I had it with my pork chop and mash last night, and found it a very nice accompaniment to it, however. Tonight, I have had sausage and mash (got some potatoes to use up!) and found it equally fitting.
I suppose what I am trying to say is that Soave is a simple enough dry white to fit with different occasions, whether it be differing dishes or on its own. I could easily imagine myself having a glass or 5 of this at lunchtime, too!
Soave is an Italian wine, from the Garganega grape. Often, it is mixed with a little chardonnay grape, presumably to improve the fragrant appeal. The bottle notes an almond finish, which I disagree with. I am allergic to nuts, and almonds are grouped as something I have been proven to be strongly allergic to. The mere hint or smell of them make me shiver in repulsion, and I can assure you there is no hint of almonds in this wine, in smell, taste, start or finish. Curious, I suppose. I half expected to get a faint almond finish but to enjoy it. Instead, it wasn't there at all!
Overall, I was highly impressed with this cheap and cheerful wine. It's extremely quaffable, and a couple of glasses go down really nicely. If you want something really dry that is suitable for many different occasions, you can do a lot worse than this one. I shall be taking advantage of Somerfield's low price for this lovely wine and stocking a few. My only hope is that the increased wine supply doesn't make me think I can drink it twice as fast!!
If I have to drink a white wine, it has to be dry. Now, when I say dry, I mean dry. You know the type of dry that makes your mouth pucker up to look like a cat's bum? Like a cow chewing a wasp? I want to be able to taste the desert in my mouth.
Soave (swah-vay.), is one of Italy's major exports. Predominantly made from the grape Garganega (it must be at least 70%), the wine itself has unfortunately been tagged with mediocracy. One famous wine critic said that its name was a synonym for insipid. I have to be honest, and say that this label is at least partly deserved. If you go into your local supermarket, and check out the cheapo wine section, you will most certainly find a soave there for next to nothing. These supermarket versions, are not representative of the quality that is out there. These wines are generally owned and produced by large co-operatives, who's sole concern is to turn a profit, not to produce fine wine.
The Garganega grape itself, is found mostly in the north east of Italy. Around the region of Verona. It is a late ripening grape, that is contains high levels of acid. Of course, it is this acid that gives the wine its dry quality. Types of wine made from Garganega, will have this dry quality. However, the best soave wines tend to be blended with a little touch of chardonnay. This will give the wine itself a little bit more complexity. Varietal forms of the wine tend to be very simple. I would suggest that these types should be drunk to get drunk, not drunk to enjoy.
Italian wines have never really kicked off in the UK. I suppose, that we can thank Sir Anthony for the popularity of Chianti. The silence of the lambs, certainly heightened our awareness for the wine with his antics on screen (I ate her liver, with some fatha beans and a nice Chianti ....... Th th th th th th th ......). But, of the others, how many do you know. Amarone, Barolo, Valpolicella, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo ? Didn't think so. I think that this is a bad thing, as Italian wines are generally getting much better in terms of quality, and watch this space as the will continue to do so.
The wine itself can be best described as clean, fresh and sharp. Definite citrus tones, predominantly lemony. Zinging off the tongue, it is strangely refreshing. In Italy, wine is seen as a great accompaniment for food, as it aids digestion. A lot of Italian wines will tend to be acidy, for this reason. Quite light in nature, it is great to drink on its own. But like all wines, it is better with food. Its light nature, will make it the perfect drink for a hot summers day salad. It is perfect with fish, of any type. I think that the lemony nature of the wine makes it amazing with lemon sole. Apart from that, its uses are limited. Pork can even overpower this wine, dependant on the sauce that comes with it.
A great summer drink, soave is a lovely starting point for getting into white wine. It is light, and it is fresh. It zings, and it fizzes slightly on the tongue. Easy to drink, even someone who has never drunk wine before can handle this stuff. One tip from me, would be to look out for Soave classico superiore. These tend to be the right blend of the two grapes, and are a minimum of 11.5% alcohol by volume. These are generally the better soave's out there. They might be a wee bit dearer, but it is worth it.
So there I was thinking about ideas for opinions and I realised that, although I love dry white wine, I had never written an opinion about it. Now, when there's a choice of sweet or dry in any drink - cider, sherry, and wine - I go for dry and I mean DRY! Just to give you an example of what I mean, I went to a beer festival some years ago, went to the cider stand and asked for a dry cider. The man serving asked if wanted dry, very dry or 'what the hell have I just put in my mouth?' dry. I chose the third option and loved it. So Soave is an excellent choice for me. It is actually sometimes given a 2 on the sweetness scale, which ranges from 1 as the driest up to 9 as the sweetest, but to be honest I would have said it was more like a 1. The taste is described on the bottle as a 'crisp, light wine with a delicate, fruity flavour', and it is certainly dry as I have already said, but I would say that the flavour is quite strong rather than delicate. It?s the sort of wine that makes the 'medium dry' wine lovers recoil in horror! OK so you've decided to be brave and try a bottle, where do you find it? I go for the budget version at Sainsbury's, Tesco's or Asda, as they are all much the same quality. You will find it in the wines and spirits section (no! really?) and is in the traditional straight wine bottle that we associate with the dry wines. The label is plain and simple and the cost is pretty damn good! A standard 75cl bottle will set you back between £2.49 at Tesco's and £2.99 at Sainsbury's when sold at it's normal price, but you will often find a BOGOF (buy on get one free) on this wine which makes for superb savings! Imagine that, even at the higher end of the price range you would get two bottles for £2.99. When I see an offer like this I always stock up, so I would get 6 bottles at a cost of £8.97 less the 5% discount that the big supermarkets
all give on 6 bottles of wine, and the cost is then only £8.52 or £1.42 a bottle. Even at the normal price of £2.99, it's a great value Italian wine. It is best served chilled, and, like all dry white wines, would be good to drink with poultry, pasta, fish or salad dishes, although I am quite happy to have a glass whilst watching my evening TV. The writing on the label also suggests that it would make a good party drink and I would certainly be happy with that! Now I've started I must do some more opinions on all my favourite dry whites - well it's getting near to Christmas and the party season isn't it? Cheers!
Light, crisp, fruity white wine from Italy.