Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Raise a Glass

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Raise a Glass

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Byline: with Jane Clare

I HAVE a Day Job and in that Day Job I talk to people, and sometimes about wine. There's a lovely chap I see by the photocopier and I'll call him Mike because that's his name.

Mike has been extolling the virtues of a merlot he loves. It's called Grapevine Merlot, from Aldi. You could say I heard it on the grapevine. I bobbed up to Aldi to check out his recommendation. Here it is - with another Aldi red for under a fiver - and two whites for under PS8. Grapevine Merlot, (PS3.09, in store only). This wine won't knock you over in a wobbling heap of praise, but for a purse-friendly slurp then why not consider it. Aldi has sourced this wine from Spain and I bet it would be brilliant in a quickand-easy summertime sangria. Before then, allow its black cherries and plums to comfort you on these still-dark nights.

| Merlot Estevez Chilean Pinot Noir (PS4.89, PS29.34 for six online). I popped this in the fridge for a couple of hours. Pinot noir is lovely with a bit of a chill and Estevez had a chilled-out 2015, scooping three awards, including silver at the International Wine and Spirits Challenge. It is a flimsy, see-through negligee red, with a whimsy of peppery strawberries on the nose and spiky spicy red fruits to taste.

| Taittinger Reserve, Private Bin Blanc 2015 Maria Private Merlot Sauvignon Exquisite Collection Sauvignon Blanc Private Bin (PS7.99, PS47.94 for six online). Wow said a pal as she dipped her nose in this. That's nice! (she said). Pauline's not a huge wine lover but this New Zealand white turned her head, and rightly so. Lime takes centre stage, light, tight, splendidly bright lime, alongside cushion softness and roundness from stone fruit.

Freeman's Bay New Zealand Pinot Gris (PS5.69, PS34.14 for a case of six). Say hello to another white from New Zealand.Wine makers have taken the pinot gris grape and created a wine which is soft but plump, with aromas which say honeysuckle and spring flowers, and flavours which say melon, mango and pear. …

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