Sausage wine

[digg=http://digg.com/food_drink/Sausage_wine]”Sausage wine” is a description coined by Tony Mason, Majestic’s Trading Director who retired several years ago. It describes a red wine that is good value rather than expensive, more on the rustic side than fine, but interesting and characterful – in other words, the kind of wine Majestic staff would drink with sausages. I […]

Amazing white Rioja

There is an undoubted trend towards wines with less obvious oak and more aromatic fruit, but I couldn’t resist recommending this.  Rioja is in some respects slightly confusing at the moment, with some producers veering towards a modern, rather ‘international’ style, while others are resolutely traditional. Well, this Marques de Murrieta Blanco Gran Reserva 1998 is certainly in […]

The price of wine

[digg=http://digg.com/food_drink/The_price_of_wine]Saturday’s Times included an interesting article by Jane MacQuitty discussing the current pressures on wine prices: the strength of the euro, drought in Australia and, of course, next month’s budget. Britain has one of the highest levels of tax on wine in Europe and since you are likely to hear a lot about duty and […]

One of our more interesting everyday wines

It’s one of the minor frustrations in being a wine-seller that sometimes the wines we’re proudest of are the most difficult to sell, either because thay are available only in small quantities, are from lesser-known regions, or perhaps appear esoteric and obscure.   One such wine that I’ve drunk recently (having returned to it again and again) is Sassaiolo from the […]