Often you really do need to taste more that wine at the same time to make a genuine comparison. I did this with the Chilean Sauvignon Blanc that I reviewed in October here, and Villa Maria from New Zealand.
Note that I still not able to get to France, so a lot more posts coming up this year on wine bought in the UK. (Maybe this is a good thing as most BWB members are in the UK. So I am in Asda and see a Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, normally £14, but on offer for £10. I remember how much I liked Villa Maria wines when they did a wine event at Avenue HQ. Read about that event here.
So I bought a bottle, and compared it to a bottle of the cheaper Chilean Galan bottle (I had purchased another bottle.) Reviewed with my friend Ranjan. More on him later.
Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc
- Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc 2021
- £10 from Asda (on offer, normally £14)
I did not actually write down comments at the time but we both were very impressed with this wine. It really was very good. And good to compare this with the Galan Sauvignon Blanc from Chiles. I won’t put down Ranj’s comments on that one, he didn’t like it at all. I still think it is quite a good wine for the price. But the difference between the two Sauvignon Blancs was considerable. The Villa Maria was fresh, full of citrus and gooseberry fruity aromas and flavours. Zesty, fresh and light, overall very good.
Tasting the Chilean one in comparison, it really did not match up and tasted sour by comparison. I have gone back to that post to add a comment. I will keep an eye out for this Villa Maria at Asda and get a bottle of this when I want to treat myself to a really good fruity white wine, (but will probably wait until summer to really enjoy it).
Taste more, drink less: Remembering Ranjan
I always remember this quote ‘taste more, drink less’ from one event I attended at Yorkshire Wine School. I am hoping to go there again now that they are open again for in person classes. But particularly poignant this month as mourning the death of Ranj, shortly after he helped me with some tastings. He did have a serious alcohol problem and his life was cut short due to his alcoholism. He was briefly staying with me, and getting his life on track again. He did come up with his three children in September to see one day of the England vs India cricket test at Headingley. Here is some photos from that trip to remember him by.
In memory of Ranjan Chowdury.