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From our friend Julio at 'La Cartuja' in Marbella:
A white, 100% 'Diego' - a new one on us until we looked it up and discovered that Diego = Vijariego. No matter, we were please to have a Vijareigo and would have bought it even if we had been armed with Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding and Jose Vouillamoz's 'Wine Grapes'. Let's face it, we are going to have these misunderstandings unless we arm ourselves but it's not easily portable.
Indeed it happened again on the same occasion in the same shop with the evocatively named Baboso Negro. That is Alfrocheiro.
Again something we were happy to have. Only slightly more familiar than 'Baboso Negro' - words we had never heard previously.
We are confirmed Negramoll lovers so a bottle of that just had to be added to the above, at which Julio was so overcome he threw a bottle of Vino de Madrid (Tempranillo and others) made by friends of his for free.
This is not the first free bottle Julio has pressed on us. Indeed, his joy in wine is such that it is difficult to leave his shop with actual purchases. Not really but you get the picture.
Another enthusiast is our more recent friend at the Gallego butcher in Nueva Andalucia next door to Marbella. Here we were pressed to sample all kinds of wine, olive oil and nibbles.
Josep Foraster's wines are old favourites so we bought the refreshing white from Macabeu and Garnatxa Blanca and his Rosat from Trepat.
We are big fans of Foraster's red Trepat.
At the Aldi branch between Marbella and Nueva Andalucia is a marvel called 'Formo' at E.0.89. That's 89 Cents (Eightyninecentimes only)! It would seem worthwhile buying these wines retail and importing them (red and white) to the UK without bothering to source them from the producer. How much would you save by cutting out the middle man? 30 Cents a bottle?
The wine is perfectly drinkable; the white (Airen) perhaps even more so than the red (Tempranillo of course).
Our love for Pineau d'Aunis will not be news for Slotovino readers but the question arises whether it can be bought at a reasonable price for everyday drinking. Thanks to Leon Stolarski Wines of Nottingham, the answer is 'Yes' with a lovely wine from a producer called Gigou - a famous name in Pineau d'Aunis circles.
As well as this 100% version, Stolarski have a cuvee of 80% Pineau d'Aunis and 10% each of Gamay and Cabernet Franc from Domaine Gauletteries which is just lovely.
Gaillac is a hot spot for rare grape varieties and one of those French appellations with a real USP unlike Corbieres for example. Finding ourselves next to a Multiplex Cinema in an industrial Park, we were very happy indeed to encounter this Duras/Syrah/Braucol Gaillac blend. Original and tasty.
What fresh hell is this? we hear you say. A Bulgarian crossing of Nebbiolo and Syrah called Rubin. Well, it's really rather good although 'Wine Grapes' refers to it being characteristically low in alcohol and this one was 14.5%. It really tasted 50/50 Nebbiolo and Syrah which is rare in a crossing in our experience.
We've come across an English sparkling Red before. It was dry. You might think this 'Cuvee Noir;' from Bolney would be similar and made from Pinot Noir. Perhaps that is what the label suggests but in fact it is made from Dornfelder and is halfway to being an Aussie Sparkling Shiraz, so fruity is it.
A kind of English Lambrusco perhaps? Though more expensive unfortunately.