Wine News 6 May to 13 May

It’s time again for our picks of this week’s news stories. Here’s what got us talking this week:

Harpers Wine & Spirit announced its picks for the 50 best German wines. The list includes Rieslings, as you might expect, but also Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder), Silvaner, and Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder) at prices starting at £5. So much wine, so little time!

We posted this link to Burgmap over the weekend when we discovered it and were immediately addicted. We apologise in advance for the many hours you will spend using this to explore vineyards in France. Please zoom responsibly. Personally, I find it fantastic for wine advice alternatives to certain vineyard’s wines as you can see what other vineyards are close and have similar terroir.

If you’re in the London area, try out the Wine Car Boot Sale, where independent wine shops let you sample and buy. £10 gets you five samples, a govino tasting glass, and a 6-bottle wine carrier. The next one is Sunday, 8 June at King’s Cross. Check the site for details. We spent ages discussing the little dent in the govino glasses. What do you think?

This helpful chart may not include every variety, but it still looks very handy. Shared via @winewankers on Twitter.

wine cheatsheet

In the Yorkshire PostChristine Austin argues Tesco is the best supermarket for own label wine and compiles a substantial list of recommendations. Meanwhile, Victoria Moore writes high praise of Majestic’s wine and service in the Telegraph. Both articles above have a very narrow focus, but contain interesting details on some suggested wines.

Farr Vintners issued a scathing final word on Bordeaux 2013 primeurs and Jancis Robinson (who has previously said the en primeur system leaves her feeling “something of a performing monkey for the Bordeaux sales machine”) concurs and applauds.

Articles on do-it-yourself wine blending using supermarket wines seem to be popping up over, but we are not yet tempted. If you blend two £5 bottles of supermarket wine together, couldn’t you have just bought a better bottle of wine with the same £10? If you’re interested in the subject, however, this article in the Telegraph is a good one, including tips from winemaker Roberto Vincente. It’s still nonsense, (Mix peach wine with Riesling? How bad would a Riesling have to be for that to improve it?), but it’s predicted to be a craze this summer.

Janet traded a chocolate cake for a bike (yes, her chocolate cake is that good) and immediately wanted this bicycle wine rack from Cyclechic. The thought of a crash with a bottle attached gave us pause, but would it be that much worse than if the bottle were in basket? We’re mulling it over.

And finally, check out this clear overview of the 9 major wine styles, complete with serving temperatures and food pairing recommendations, over on Wine Folly.
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