A few years ago I did a booze run to get my stocks up for Christmas and to get wine to give out to customers (not the good customers, just the ones who'd given a little business but not much). I found a wine labelled 'blended EC red wine' which was on offer at 3 for a Â£1 so I bought fifty quid's worth. I had given quite a lot of it out by Christmas Eve and decided to call in at the local bookshop where I used to go and grab a coffee. I gave a bottle each to the two guys who run the shop and prepared to leave. They were delighted with their gift and insisted I stay for a glass as they produced a cork screw and opened the bottle. My face drained as I realised that they were going to discover what a cheapskate I was, right there in front of me! It was nectar! Unbelievable as it may seem it was bloody gorgeous! We drank the two bottles then I fetched a few more from the car and we sat there having a whale of a time! Needless to say I rescued what was left of my stock and didn't give any more out. I've never seen that wine since and can only assume it was made out of several red wine lakes that have long since dried up, pity really, at 0.33p a bottle you couldn't go wrong!eodmatt said:I had a bottle of MadFish 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot on a recent Emirates flight which wasnt a bad drop. Mind you it could have been goats piss and I would still have drunk it as I was on my out of Iran.Ventress said:Any info graftefully recieved.
Many of the cheaper Ffrench wines that are about today taste "thin" and astringent to me. The Ffrench have worked hard to recover their wine growing ability after the disastrous outbeaks of vine virus, but their good wines are now expensive
Australia does some very good red wines and one of my favourites is Jacobs Creek, although the price has gone up a bit since I used to buy it at 4 quid a bottle.
Here is a nifty resource which is worth looking at: http://www.mamashealth.com/wine/austred.asp
And another here: http://www.wolfblass.com/Default.aspx
I drank so much white wine in the 4 years of my second tour of Germany I went off it, however I still do like an occasional bottle of well chilled Sancerre with lobster or those giant prawn things whatever they are called.
When looking at the label of a wine bottle, have a look at the alcohol content. Anything less than 12% you should use for cleaning urinals. Anything more than 14% and the fine flavours can get marred by the alcohol. Here in Vietnam I recently bought a couple of bottles of Van Dalat "black" wine at 16% - wife beater!
All the above are my opinions of course and, like many things, people have diverse opinions on whats good and what aint. The key thing is to try a selection and then buy what you like.