Advantages Gorgeous wine, cheap when on offer
Disadvantages Not always on offer
I haven’t written a review of wine before, despite being an avid drinker of it, but I have been inspired to write about one that I bought and tried recently: Castillo San Lorenzo Rioja. I don’t know a lot about wine but like to drink it with a meal in the evening a few times a week, money permitting, and always try to get something nice if I can. I know that, in general, I enjoy wines from Chile or from the Rioja region of Spain more than I tend to like others and so I was delighted to find two different bottles of Rioja on offer at half price in Tesco the other day. One was reduced from £12 to £6 and the other was £13 to £6.50, though I can’t remember which was which – but needless to say this wine was an exceptional bargain compared to what it should cost full price.
The first impression I had of this wine was the smell emitted from the bottle on opening it. I was greeted with a very noticeable scent of vanilla, which surprised me, as I rarely get a strong fragrance from a wine other than, well, wine. As well as being vanilla in essence, the wine smelt gorgeous, which was a relief considering that I had spent still a decent amount on it, despite its reduced price.
On drinking the wine, I didn’t taste the flavour of vanilla that had come through in the scent, but I was struck by how beautiful this wine was. It is described as being ‘medium bodied’ on the Tesco website and since it didn’t strike me as being particularly light or robust, but rather somewhere in the middle, I would say that they’ve hit the mark with this description. It was a truly gorgeous bottle of wine and based on its taste I would definitely buy it again.
I had a glass of this wine with my tea, which was a rather nice but less exciting tuna/vegetable/cheese thing of my own creation, and it complemented it well. I then finished off the bottle with my boyfriend while we watched telly on the sofa and it was lovely to drink on its own as well. Considering that this is a Spanish wine as opposed to one of any other nationality, I would recommend more that you accompany it with Spanish cuisine, as it will likely be complementary. That said, it’s such a lovely wine that you could have it with a bread sandwich or a chippy and it would still taste exceptional, so I would worry too much about what to pair it with, unless you are quite good at matching wines to dishes.
As I said above, a bottle of Castillo San Lorenzo Rioja costs around the £11-13 mark, but at time of purchase was on offer at half price. As my mother always taught me (and this fact may make me ever so slightly middle class), I always try to get wines that are pretty expensive at full price but reduced to something much more reasonable, as opposed to buying wine which is an average price all the time. Since with wine, even more so than most other commodities, higher price generally translates to higher quality, buying cheap plonk really is a false economy. While ideally I would always buy bottles priced at £10+, my current budget will sadly not allow this, so it’s worth grabbing them while they’re on offer.
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