I meet a lot of people and invariably at some point early in the first conversation the question arises ‘What do you do?’ – to which I answer smilingly ‘I help mainstream wine drinkers learn wine without having to learn about wine’. On hearing the world ‘wine’ many people’s eyes light up and it’s not far into the chat when they ask ‘So, which wines do you recommend?’
I love this question and can spend hours answering it (if permitted!), but now with the introduction of the Oddbins Wine Bloggers’ Case, my answer just got a lot shorter!
As far as we know, this is the first time a group of bloggers has teamed up with a retailer to put together a mixed case of 12 wines – and we’re pretty excited about it!
We all met at the Oddbins store in Clapham where Head Wine Buyer, Emma Nichols, joined us and bravely gave us free rein to pull wines off shelves and taste whatever caught our eye.
Our only aim for the final selection was that the wines be top quality at value prices – and in my opinion – we’ve exceeded even our own expectations!
We’ve each chosen a white and a red – my white is the Raimat Abadia White 2010, from Spain. I’m a huge fan of Spanish wines and particularly their whites. This one is a really interesting blend of Albariño and Chardonnay, it’s so juicy, refreshing and bursting with fruit – I couldn’t resist it!
My red is from Minervois in the Languedoc region of France, which I think is an area that deserves more attention as it makes a lot of really delicious wine and this is one of them: Chateau Haute Galine Minervois 2009. It’s crammed with dark fruit and black cherries with a wonderful spiciness – perfect with a shepherd’s pie or peppered steak.
So, you ask, how much is it? This case of 12 bloody good wines is only £98, including delivery!
If you’re planning parties leading up to the Olympics, or you just need to restock your wine rack, then take the guesswork out of it and grab yourself a ‘Wine Bloggers’ Case’ or two!
Browse on over to the Oddbins site where you can place your order and find all the details of the other bloggers and their chosen wines.
We really hope you enjoy the wines and would love to hear your feedback. We’ve set up a Facebook page so please do let us know what you think of the wines!
Here’s to trying something new, learning something new and enjoying every glass a whole lot more!
Tara – Wine Passionista
P.S. You may notice the site looks a little different. You’ll find lots of new content including short videos (Passionista episodes!) to help you explore more wine more easily. I hope you enjoy it!