We met Daniel Illsley, founder of Theatre of Wine in Greenwich and Tufnell Park, to get the lowdown on classic mistakes that winos make and how to fix them.
Can’t make it to the vintage barrels of an artisan wine shop before your mates come over? No biggie. Hit the local corner shop and stick to these rules; you got this.
"When looking for value, forget all the classic regions. Even pretty bog-standard New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is over a tenner these days," suggests Daniel. And BarChick isn’t particularly keen on ‘bog standard’ anything anyway, but that's not to say that there aren't mega deals with the classics. They can also be supremely delicious. That being said, it's always a good idea to widen one's scope. Here’s how to to nail buying a really good bottle of wine without being a tw*t. Daniel taught us his ways and here’s what BarChick learned.
Greece, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania. Long histories, renewed investments = bargains. So, try lesser-known grape varieties.
i.e: wine that typically retails for 20 quid and then is suddenly offered for 10. LIES. This is more likely than not, a ruse, and not necessarily a bargain. Pay heed to the region and producer.
As if you need an excuse to drink wine, but seriously, you won't know unless you try... so try 'em all
Look for old vine Garnacha from Spanish regions: Calatayud, Carinena etc.
Douro you brilliant b*stard.
Say no more.
We’re talking to you, wine with humorous sexual innuendo which tastes sour and induces head-splitting hangovers.
Because supermarkets have major influence over multiple demographics, it’s in their (and the producer’s) best interest to provide the most top-flight wines they can.
Written by Angela Brussels