One thing that you soon learn when you start a blog like this one is how little you actually know. Sure, I like to eat out and drink quite a bit, but how much actual know-how do I have? Probably very little. I never claimed to be an expert in all this, I just like the better things in life (for my budget), and hopefully I can share my passion for consuming it! I've seen some chefs express the opinion that how can a blogger with less knowledge than him judge? I can imagine their frustration, especially when getting a bad review, but my argument is that I've been eating all my life! It's an obsession, ( I like to think I've got a pretty good palate for taste), plus everyone's a critic these days. The other thing is, if I'm paying £100 of my hard earned money for a taster menu, I think that gives me the right to say what I like about it! Besides which, I don't really know how a film is really made or how to write a novel, but I can tell you if I think it's any good or not. People can agree or disagree anyhow; and quite rightfully they do.
So anyway onto wine. As I said, I cannot claim any specialist knowledge whatsoever, but I can share my opinion on how it tastes to me. The more I drink, I figure the more I'll know!
French wine is even more of an unknown, bewildering world. Terms like terroir and appellation are enough to confuse a stupid person. That's why I often stick with New World. I know for instance that that Clare Valley in Australia is generally a good region for wine and that Cabernet Sauvignon does well there. Simple! As I've said before, I enjoy upfront wine (from a hotter climate) like this anyway; big, bold and fruity.
However, I trust the one and only Aldi wine buyer Mike James, so I thought it was worth picking up a bottle of Gigondas, only limited to 12 bottles in each store for Father's Day. I knew nothing about it, apart from if Aldi have it at £9.99, it has to be worth a lot more right?
So what's it taste like?
Well here's possibly one of the silliest things I've ever put on this blog:
It tastes like red wine! I could tell it was French though. I quite enjoyed it, but it wasn't love at first sip. I'm not sure what else to add, I just don't understand how come this is a better wine than The Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 that I drank the following night which cost me just £6.49? That just tasted much nicer to me! Mrs B agreed. But like I said, what do I know?
Anyhow, I'll keep drinking and keep learning hopefully.