Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Raise a Glass with Jane Clare

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Raise a Glass with Jane Clare

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THE January purse strings are still pulled really tight so for my weekend wines I'll be heading off to Aldi where I know I'll pick up some good ones at sensible prices.

I've had a dummy run with three Aldi whites, touching base once again with Aldi's Exquisite Collection: Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie (PS5.99), Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc (PS4.99) and Gavi DOCG (PS5.49).

The Exquisite Collection Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2013: This is from France's Loire region. Sur Lie means that the wine has been kept on its lees for a little while... the lees being the spent yeast after fermentation.

It adds just a hint of creaminess to proceedings. This wine won a handful of accolades last year; highly commended in the white wines up to PS6 category at the Quality Drink Awards (the winner by the way was Tesco Simply Riesling) and bronze in the Decanter and International Wine Challenge.

Aldi's Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie doesn't blow you away; the aromas are feminine and Peachy: |DOCG, PS flimsy, but the taste is a light bright crisp lemon sorbet with a tiny bit of complexity from the yeast. Try this with a weekend chippy tea. You think I'm kidding, but this wine, whose homeland is near the salty Atlantic coast, will come into its own with fish and chips.

Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc: Lemon, lime and grapefruit tempt your tastebuds as soon as you take in a deep breath of this wine. If your mouth isn't watering before you taste this, then you're missing out on one of the delights of wine. It's not a classy expression but hey, sniff before you sip.

There's a ping pong of citrus bursts as you drink; the flavours don't last too long, but it's a moreish drop.

Gavi DOCG: Gavi is made from cortese grapes grown around the town of Gavi in Piemonte, a wine region of northern Italy.

Now my Better Half wasn't over-excited by the Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie, but the Gavi, well, he liked it Dear Readers. …

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