Yet more fun was to be had at the Tesco Wine Fair held at Manchester Central. A large queue had already formed before the doors opened at 11am. It was truly heart warming to see so many people prepared to get trollied before noon.
The organisers were perhaps a little too cautious on ensuring small measures but it’s fair to say we still got our money’s worth. Although, shockingly, I did see some disgusting incidents with people actually spitting wine out. Don’t you just hate amateurs?
Highlights: Tim Adams Protégé Riesling 2008 a light, dry Riesling from the Clare Valley. Jackstone Ranch Pinot Grigio 2009 was a dry but not too fruity Californian example of the style.
France failed to deliver with both Maurel Vedeaux Grenache Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (too thin) and La Chasse Unoaked Chardonnay 2009. Whilst Montes Alpha Chardonnay 2008 showed that even Chile can get it wrong with far too much oak in this for it to be palatable.
Best: Yali Wetlands Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Worst: Pink Elephant Rose 2009