La Couronne des Plantagenets Vouvray (2011)

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Vouvray is a region in the Loire Valley where the majority grape produced is Chenin Blanc which is used to make everything from sparkling wine to dessert wines, including the region’s namesake Vouvray. Vouvray is made with different levels of sweetness, usually indicated on the label: Sec, Demi-Sec, Moelleux and DouxSec being dry and Doux being the sweetest.

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Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Barbaresco (2008)

I bought this wine on a whim. It was reduced from £9.99 to £6.99 and I had never tasted the variety before, so I thought: why not?

Apparently Barbaresco and Barolo are two gems in the northern Italian winemaking region, little did I know! Both wines are made from the Nebbiolo grape which is grown in very few places across the globe, most of which are in northwest Italy. They’re said to generally be quite pricy and need to age for 10 to 30 years to be at their best, so I wasn’t quite sure what a five-year-old bottle under a tenner was going to offer.

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