Tomorrow (or really late tonight) I’m off to Italy for a short city break. The bad news is there won’t be posts for a few days. The good news is I should hopefully have more Italian beers to review!
Have a great long weekend 🙂
As per the title, here are all of my published reviews to-date:
Alexander Keith’s, Labatt, AB InBev, Canada:
Anheuser-Busch, InBev, Brazil:
Athenian Brewery S.A., Athens, Greece:
Backyard Brewhouse, Walsall, England:
Badger (Hall and Woodhouse), Dorset, England:
Banks’s, Wolverhampton, England:
Beowulf, Forest of Mercia, Staffordshire, England:
Black Sheep, Mashum, Yorkshire, England:
Blue Moon Brewing Co., Molson Coors, Montreal, Canada:
Boddingtons, InBev, UK:
Brew Dog, Scotland:
Burton Bridge Brewery, Burton-Upon-Trent, England:
Caledonian (Heineken), Scotland:
Castle Rock, Nottingham, England:
Damm, Barcelona, Spain:
Erdinger Weissbräu, Germany:
FEMSA Cerveja Brasil, Brazil:
FIX, Athens, Greece:
Greene King/Tolly Cobold, England/Wales:
Grupo Cervezas Alhambra (Grupo Mahou-San Miguel – Carlsberg), Spain:
Grupo Cruzcampo (Heineken Espana), Spain:
Guinness, Dublin, Ireland:
Hardy’s and Hansons, England:
Innis & Gunn Brewery, Scotland:
Ringnes AS Brewery, Oslo, Norway:
Ringwood (Marston’s), England:
S.A. Fischer, Athens, Greece:
SABMiller, Rome, Italy:
Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium:
St Peter’s Brewery, Suffolk, England:
Titanic Brewery, Stoke-on-Trent, England:
Warwickshire Beer Co., Cubbington, England:
Wells Young’s Brewing Company, England:
Wood’s Brewery, England:
Wychwood (Marstons), England:
Wye Valley, England:
Wylam Brewery, Wylam, England:
Vale Brewing Company, England:
Aston Manor, Aston, England:
Matthew Clark Cider, Halewood International Ltd, England:
Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium:
Vikingfjord, Oslo, Norway:
Old Pulteney, Wick, Scotland:
Amanti del Vino, Puglia, Spain:
Casillero Del Diablo, Concha Y Toro, Chile:
Cono Sur, Chile:
Garcia Carrion, Spain:
Grandes Vinos y Vinetos, Carinena, Spain:
Saam Mountain, Paarla, South Africa:
Today I bring you a fine wine from the Puglia (Apulia) wine region in Italy. This wine was from our local steakhouse here in Lichfield, http://www.netherstowehouse.com/restaurant.html. Not only was the service impeccable, the decor was interesting, and the food was excellent. This bottle of wine was priced up at £25.50, being described as:
“Grown in rich black soil this wine has superb deep fruit concentration.”
I haven’t been able to find a comparable bottle on the internet to price up in comparison, however, the 2011 vintage seems to retail at £6.99 per bottle. I’ll assume the 2008 year is more expensive (as restaurants usually triple the retail bottle price).
Wine: Primitivo Salento, 2008
Vineyard: Amanti del Vino, Puglia, Italy
Impressions: This was a tangy, yet smooth deep red wine. Oddly effervescent on the tongue, dry with little tannin. Slightly smoky, with a sharp, almost spicy finish.
Score: 8 / 10 (Excellent)
Verdict: This was an interesting wine. It’s easy drinking, with a light dryness. The ‘effervescence’ makes this a lively wine, with an overall tangy flavour. The mark is both helped and hindered by this. Unique to me, but perhaps a trait of these wines known to those in the know. Anyway, worth a try, as it complemented my rib eye steak beautifully.
Today I bring you a Chianti from LIDL’s own wine range. We were using it to cook a Vegetarian Chilli for Mother’s Day and thankfully we live by the well accepted old adage ‘You must drink the wine you cook with, or the food will taste spoilt’. I’m sure Confucius or someone said that… It’s a well accepted concept. From the picture below, you can see this was consumed at the recommended 18*C. Purchased for ~£5 (can’t recall exact price).
This Chianti D.O.C.G. (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) from 2011 won a Bronze award at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) and is made of Sangiovese grapes.
Wine: Chianti D.O.C.G. 2011
Vineyard: Unknown (LIDL), Italy
Impressions: This is a very smooth dark red wine. Very dry (not as dry as the Baturrica Gran Reserva) with a sharp, pungent, tannin body, that does leave your tongue dry. Medium to low body on this wine, with little in the way of berry or fruit notes. An alcohol ‘wisp’ after taste sometimes resides on the tongue.
Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)
Verdict: This was a nice, easy drinking wine. Little in the way of memorable notes, or stand-out features, but as a cheap easy drinking wine I can’t complain. Not as nice as the Baturrica Gran Reserva, which I will probably buy again, but I wouldn’t shy away from this wine. Worth a punt at this price.
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Buongiorno Signore e Signori! So conditions haven’t really improved here in England. Traffic is jammed, roads are shut, and I couldn’t find my swimming trunks today. Darn. No work for Evan.
Anyway, as I’m sure the Brits would rather be anywhere other than here, I chose to bring you to the lovely shore of the Mediterranean. Italy.
Beer #1: Birra Morreti Original
Brewery: Birra Morreti, now Heineken, Italian Division, Italy
So you’ll have to take my word that this beer is actually Morreti! Unfortunately lighted taps don’t photograph well!
Impressions: This is a nice smooth lager. Very light and refreshing. Low bitterness with only a light hopping, creating light citrus notes. Medium carbonation.
Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)
Verdict: This is a squarely average lager. Light and refreshing, with enough flavour to be enjoyable. Better options out there!
Beer #2: Peroni Nastro Azzurro
Brewery: Peroni Brewery, now owned by SABMiller, Rome, Italy
Impressions: Another smooth, refreshing lager. Light and crisp taste, medium to low bitterness. Medium carbonation (as you can see from the awful pour, resulting in a large head). Light cereal notes, and I strangely get a taste of olives. Not sure if that’s psychosomatic association with Italy. Hmm.
Score: 7 / 10 (Good)
Verdict: I’m not sure why I enjoyed this more than Birra Morretti, but there’s just something to this beer. I’ve had it several times now, and it’s definitely a go to lager against the likes of Carlsberg (English version) or Carling. It’s smooth, light, refreshing, and goes down well. Nothing too unique about this beer, it’s just made well.