Posted 7th Feb 2017
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Posted 7th Feb 2017
What do you think of the following tasting note? “Inconspicuous boysenberries and cigar wrappers revel in unresolved rosehips, while dried wormwood and chemically tanned leather swim amongst illusive black liquorice.” And this? “Like a Sherry, wet wool, mead, musk and nail polish remover cocktail.”
The first was “written” by vicioustasting.com, a random generator of wine notes that’s always good for a giggle, the second by a human being who works for The Wine Advocate and generally isn’t. Both are equally ridiculous, but if anything, I’d rather drink the fictitious red described by a computer algorithm than a Savennières that tastes of mead and...
Wine of the Week
(£7.99, 13.5, Majestic)
Montsant is not as famous as neighbouring Priorat, but generally offers much better value. Blending Garnacha and Carignan, this isn't short of alcohol (we're close to the Med after all), but it has plenty of spice, plum and bramble fruit concentration and stony minerality for balance. In summer, it would make a great barbecue red. Right now, try it with winter stew.
I’m an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 31 years’ experience. I write for a number of publications, including The World of Fine Wine, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Imbibe, Decanter, Jamie Magazine, Robb Report and Woman and Home and am one of the Three Wine Men. I am a co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, the world’s most rigorously judged blind tasting competition, and have won over 30 awards for my journalism and photography. So far, I don’t have a red nose to show for it.
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