• John’s Monthly Wine Recommendations, April

    White Wine

    Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Greco Di Tufo. Campania, Italy. £10

    ​Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Greco di Tufo

    From Campania in Italy, the favoured wine region of the ancient Romans. This is made from the Greco grape, named after the Greeks who were first thought to have brought this variety with them to southern Italy. Greco Di Tufo is a region which has been awarded its own designation specialising in it, thanks to the grapes performing well on the limestone plateau ('Tufo') here. A rich textured, yet fresh, crisp and aromatic white with floral aromas and notes of herbs and spices. Lovely stone and exotic fruit flavours on the palate. Great with rich, creamy pasta or seafood dishes.

    Red Wine

    ​Diablo Dark Red. Maule Valley, Chile.13.5%abv. Sainsbury's/Londis, £10.

    A new premium red by Concha y Toro, makers of the Casillero del Diablo range. It has a dramatic, sriking red and gold label you can't fail to miss on the shelf. A multi vintage blend of Shiraz, Malbec and a small amount of other varieties. The wine has been symbollically aged for 6 months, 6 weeks & 6 days in a mixture of new and partially new French and American oak barrels.

    An enticing nose of ripe red and black fruits, smoke, vanilla and dark chocolate/coffee. The rich, pleasing flavours follow through on the palate. An intense red that is excellent with BBQ food, steak, chile or spicy things. Smooth and not too heavy on the alcohol. Delicious and satisfying.

    Diablo Dark Red '666' Blend

    Diablo Dark Red '666' Blend

  • Wine Folly Magnum Edition Master Guide Review

    John Opens his Early Christmas Present!

    See all the goodies inside John's early present to himself. There is a lot more in the box than the book of course. Watch the video to see what else you get with The Wine Folly Magnum Edition Master Guide.

  • John’s Monthly Wine Recommendations- April

    White Wine

    Definition Series Chenin Blanc, South Africa. Majestic, £12.99.

    Majestic Definition Chenin Blanc

    Majestic Definition Chenin Blanc

    A good example of the style you can achieve from Chenin Blanc, when wine makers aren't trying to squeeze as many grapes out of their vines as possible. Green apple and citrus, with a honeyed nose. Delicious stone and tropical fruit on the palate, with a hint of sweet spice from a touch of oak.

    Red Wine

    Errazuriz Coastal Series Pinot Noir, Chile. Waitrose, £10.99.

    Pinot Noir at a reasonable price point is quite hard to pull off. It's either cheap, weak and insipid or jammy and powerful from the New Zealand/very earthy and expensive from Burgundy for the best expressions. Chile is an amenable home to this grape. This wine falls some where between the two, for more accessible cost. Perfumed red berry fruits, with a touch of earthiness and floral character. 

    Errazuriz Coastal Series Pinot Noir

    Errazuriz Coastal Series Pinot Noir

  • Experience exchange: Northern Wine School tours the Peak District with Peak Performance Hire

    The Magnificent Porsche Boxster

    Porsche Boxster from Peak Performance Hire. Touring Derbyshire

    Porsche Boxster from Peak Performance Hire. Touring Derbyshire

    When I was offered use of a Porsche Boxster for a few days, courtesy of Peak Performance Hire, I leapt at the opportunity! Now, we aren’t massive sports or supercar buffs, but the friendly briefing from Liam quickly put us at ease. As he mentioned, despite the engine size and speed, it was just like driving any other car- Albeit a bit fancier than the Hyundai we use to trundle across Manchester, carrying our wine tasting gear!


    Zipping around the Peak District in a sleek supercar certainly helped to inspire our research into finding exciting new cheeses, to feature in our popular Cheese & Wine Matching Evenings. The Peak District is alive with artisan producers.


    We decided to camp out in the motorhome at the lovely, picturesque and very rural site, The Firs, near the town of Belper. This gave us an excellent base for exploring the many beautiful local villages and country lanes. We discovered the lovely Old Cheese Shop in Hartington, which had a great range of locally made pickles, beers and cheeses. We settled on a few interestingly flavoured cheddar truckles and a generous wedge of Hartington Stilton.


    Practicalities

    I was amazed at the immense boot space available in a Porsche! As the engine was situated in the middle, behind the driver, this left room at both front and rear. Although the car could only accommodate two people, it meant there was plenty of space for our haul of wine and cheese!

    Peak Performance Hire-Plenty of Room for Wine in the Boot

    Peak Performance Hire-Plenty of Room for Wine in the Boot


    Unfortunately, the patchy showers limited the number of times we could have the soft top down during this adventure. However, the sunny spells in between the rain allowed us to briefly feel the wind blowing through our hair. We could have got used to that! A handy feature of this fabulous car, is that the roof can quickly be opened and retracted at speeds of up to 30mph. Useful for those famous English summer sudden showers!

    Hood Down for those Sunny Derbyshire Days

    Hood Down for those Sunny Derbyshire Days


    The Joy of the Open Road

    Thoroughly enjoyed this unique experience, and the time had flown by. Sadly, It had all ended too quickly. What a treat it would be to hire one for 3 or more days to fully explore all the Peaks have to offer. Left feeling like giants now, due to how close the Porsche was to the ground- It took a couple of hours to get used to being high up again! However, the view the Boxster afforded of the panoramic, sweeping countryside, especially when we roared effortlessly up the steepest of hills, definitely gave us a different perspective on things! There really is nothing quite like gliding round those tight Derbyshire bends in a beautiful supercar.