Review: Veluti Primitivo, £9.99, Morrisons

6:00pm Saturday 22nd March 2014

Primitivo is the name of a uniquely Italian grape.

Review: Montes Sauvignon Blanc 2011, £8.99

3:00pm Saturday 22nd March 2014

An old favourite from a reliable maker

Review: Yali Viognier 2013, £9.99, Majestic

4:01pm Friday 14th March 2014

If the price looks high don’t worry.

Review: Faldeos Nevados 2012, £7.75, thewine society.com

3:59pm Friday 14th March 2014

Two whites this week made from less popular grapes which are such a change

Jekyll and Hyde, Clitheroe Parish Church Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, St Mary’s Centre, until Saturday, February 22

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Jekyll and Hyde, Clitheroe Parish Church Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, St Mary’s Centre, until Saturday, February 22

3:45pm Friday 21st February 2014

WHILE love and hate are common themes in musical theatre, exploring the deeper psyche of humanity is a rarity.

Review: Codorniu NV Rosado Brut, Spain (£8.99, Sainsbury's)

4:50pm Saturday 8th February 2014

A wash of pale pink, this limited edition is dotted with tiny pink hearts

Review: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2013, £9.50, Wine Society

4:59pm Friday 7th February 2014

A tale of two Sauvignon Blancs today from the Wine Society

Review: Rocca Vecchia Falanghina 2012, £5.99

11:16am Monday 3rd February 2014

A good value white that’s different and well worth trying.

Review: Yalumba Old Bush Vine Grenache 2012, £9.99. Co-op

11:15am Monday 3rd February 2014

Although it’s strong at 14% alcohol this is a scrumptious quality drink that is lovely with lamb.

Review: Casillero del Diablo Carménère 2012, £5.99, Co-op

11:58am Monday 27th January 2014

Another bargain at £2 less than the normal £7.99 until February 4 is top Chilean winemaker

Review: Valdo Prosecco Treviso DOC, £6.99, Co-op

11:56am Monday 27th January 2014

Until February 4 you can get this beautiful bubbly for £3.50

Review: Pena Garnacha 2011, £8.99, laithwaites.co.uk.

4:21pm Monday 20th January 2014

Nestled in the south west corner of the Spanish province of Zaragoza

Review: TTD Primitivo Salento 2012, £6, Sainsbury’s

4:20pm Monday 20th January 2014

Down from the usual price of £7.69 in the January sales here’s the first of two old favourites.

Review: Morrisons Pinot Noir 2012, £7.99, Morrisons

2:01pm Monday 13th January 2014

The label shows a tightrope walker midway between two peaks, one sunny and the other being drenched in rain.

Review: Vina Ludy Albarino 2012, £7.99, Morrisons

2:01pm Monday 13th January 2014

The Spanish white Albarino grape is growing fast in popularity as something distinctly different from Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio.

Review: Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013

10:27am Monday 6th January 2014

A household name, Villa Maria, of Marlborough

Review: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Sancerre 2012, (£12.49, Sainsbury’s)

10:47am Monday 16th December 2013

A Loire Valley beauty, this sauvignon blanc is expressive but subtle with mineral flavours backed by herb and lemony elements with a hint of smoke on the crisp finish.

Review: Chateau les Sablines Monbazillac 2010, £8.99, Waitrose

10:47am Monday 16th December 2013

During the festive season there’s always a time and place for enjoying a sip or two of chilled pudding wine and here’s one with a lovely honey and citrus feel to it.

Review: Domaine Raynier 2012, £5.75, The Wine Society

10:46am Monday 16th December 2013

St Chinian is a French winegrowing appellation in the southern Languedoc and this red is great for anytime drinking

Review: Clos Floridene 2012, £16.99, Co-op

10:15am Monday 9th December 2013

We spend more at this time of the year on wine and hope for something special although some retailers make us pay more for very mediocre stuff.

Review: Cournon Lafleur Malbec 2012, £7.99, Majestic

10:14am Monday 9th December 2013

The Malbec grape has long been known for producing the inky-dark wine

Review: McGuigan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

3:45pm Monday 25th November 2013

Tesco McGuigan isn’t just a historic name that’s been at the forefront of South Australian winemaking for generations.

Review: Champagne Cattier Brut Icone £23.99, simplywinesdirect.com

9:32am Wednesday 13th November 2013

 A blend of 50 per cent pinot meunieur, 30 per cent pinot noir, 20 per cent chardonnay, this terrific champagne is fruity with a fresh, round palate.

Review: Apothic Red, £9.99, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda

9:32am Wednesday 13th November 2013

There’s been a lot of hype around the Hallowe’en UK launch of this red from Gallo

Review: Veuve Monsigny Brut Champagne, £12.99, Aldi

9:30am Wednesday 13th November 2013

At Christmas more fizzy wines are sold than at any other time of the year.

Review: Extra Special Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2012, £8, Asda

4:18pm Monday 4th November 2013

Two wines from the Australian state of Victoria starting with this lovely Asda

Review: Oxford Landing Cabernet Shiraz 2011, £7.99

4:00pm Tuesday 29th October 2013

Majestic Australia’s Oxford Landing Estates has a stable of keenly priced wines and this Cabernet Shiraz more than delivers

Review: Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Gris 2012, £9.99

3:59pm Tuesday 29th October 2013

Majestic The white Pinot Gris grape is full of apricot, mango and all kinds of juicy fruit flavours.

Review: Vignobles Roussellet Pinot Noir, £4.49, Aldi

3:58pm Tuesday 29th October 2013

A tale of two very different Pinots here.

Review: Concha Y Toro Trio Merlot 2012, Chile (£8.50, www.slurp.co.uk)

12:54pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013

A warm-fruited, wine that’s merlot dominant and topped up with carmenere and cabernet

Review: Verdicchio Classico 2012, £7.49, Sainsbury’s

12:52pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013

Verdicchio is a classic central Italian white produced from the grape of the same name near Ancona where its full name is Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi.

Review: Brown Brothers Tarrango 2012, £7.99, Sainsbury’s

12:47pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013

Tarrango is a special grape developed in Australia in the 1960s by crossing sultanas

Review: Montes Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2010

2:09pm Monday 23rd September 2013

Montes Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2010, £8.99, Morrisons

Review: La Selve Palissaire 2010

2:08pm Monday 23rd September 2013

La Selve Palissaire 2010, £7.59, Booths

Review: Vidal Reserve Syrah 2010, £14.99, nzhouseof wine.co.uk, winedirect.co.uk

2:47pm Tuesday 17th September 2013

Gold medal-winning New Zealand Syrah

Review: Castellore Pinot Grigio 2012, £3.99, Aldi

6:06pm Monday 2nd September 2013

There are few wines at this price that are drinkable but the supermarket that has grabbed award after award for value and quality has come up trumps.

Review: Exquisite Collection Malbec 2012, £5.99, Aldi

6:06pm Monday 2nd September 2013

All large supermarkets have their own-label wines these days and Aldi are no exception with their ‘Exquisite’ range.

Blog: The wonder of our walls

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Maidenhair Spleenwort once had a medical use

5:59pm Monday 2nd September 2013

One of the many things I love about living in East Lancashire is to look closely at our stone walls. The wildlife to be found growing on them and living in the cracks is often of great interest and I am surprised that so few people study them.

Review: Segredo do Lisboa Fernao-Pires Arinto Chardonnay 2012, £4.99, Co-op

5:44pm Tuesday 27th August 2013

Fernao-Pires is Portugal’s most-grown white grape and in this blend it goes with Arinto and Chardonnay.

Segredo do Lisboa Castelao-Syrah 2011, £4.99, Co-op

5:43pm Tuesday 27th August 2013

There’s a stonking £2.50 of each off this week’s Portuguese duo until August 27 and that’s a real steal.

Blog: Spitting image of a froghopper

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: The 'cuckoo spit' keeps off predators

5:27pm Tuesday 27th August 2013

How often have you looked in a garden or a hedgerow to see what looks like someone has been spitting. The old name for this was “cuckoo spit” but it had nothing at all to do with the cuckoo and was produced by the nymph of the froghopper insect.

Blog: Focus on war and wildlife

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Children upset as heron picks off park ducklings

5:48pm Wednesday 21st August 2013

This week I was lucky enough to be given a book written and illustrated by Major CWR Knight, published in 1921. He was a keen bird photographer who had served in the First World War as a sniper.

Review: Vina Ventisquero Grey Carmenere 2010, £12.95, Whalley Wine Shop, therealwineco.co.uk

6:05pm Monday 19th August 2013

Chile’s coastal Maipo Valley and Vina Ventisquero’s own vineyard planted 15 years ago is the source of this dreamy red made with the grape that the country has made its own.

Review: Chateau Senejac Cru Bourgeois 2008, £12.99, Co-op

6:04pm Monday 19th August 2013

A trio of reds, and the first is a real bargain – down £4 from £16.99 until August 27 in selected convenience and superstores.

Review: Cuve Fleur Rose 2012, £4.95, Waitrose

5:55pm Monday 5th August 2013

It’s rare to find anything drinkable for less than a fiver but this rose is an exception on price and taste.

Review: Cuvee de Richard Blanc 2012, £5.49, Majestic

5:54pm Monday 5th August 2013

Here's a crisp, dry white from the Gascony region in south western France.

Blog: Hot weather takes its toll

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: A view of Windermere

5:39pm Monday 5th August 2013

A TRIP to the Lake District highlighted the problems faced when hot weather co-incides with lots of visitors.

Tough days for the millworkers

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Matthew McNulty and Holly Lucas in The Mill

5:42pm Monday 29th July 2013

There was once a time when period dramas were glossy, often joyous affairs.

Review: Luis Felipe Edwards Pinot Noir 2011, £9.99, Morrisons

5:56pm Monday 22nd July 2013

Gently chilled on a hot day Pinot Noir is one of the few reds that tastes really good.

Review: di Lenardo Pass The Cookies 2011, £13.99, 31dover.com

5:57pm Monday 22nd July 2013

Serving a sweet Italian wine with biscotti at the end of a meal is one of life’s pleasures and this example is silky and luscious.









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