DSB replied on 03/07/2017 22:56

Posted on 03/07/2017 22:56

I know there are several wine lovers on here, so I thought it might be a good idea to have a place to discuss and share each others favourite tipple.

A wine I have recently taken to is Barefoot Merlot.  A Californian wine, full bodied wine with a blueberry and plumb flavour.  Really worth a try.  We get it from the Co-op at a little less than £7 a bottle.


DavidKlyne replied on 04/07/2017 14:42

Posted on 04/07/2017 14:42

If you like Sauvignon Blanc One I have recently enjoyed is Mud House Sauvignon Blanc from Waitrose £8.99 a bottle, although sometimes on offer. It's from New Zealand and has a really fresh, crisp taste.


Boff replied on 06/07/2017 11:58

Posted on 06/07/2017 11:58

Not much much of a response may be everyone is teetotal?

If you are interested in wine I would suggest joining the 

The Wine Society

Yes it costs money to join, but you can leave your membership in your will

The choice of wines is huge from about £5 upwards

A bit older than the caravanclub. 

Above all I have the quality of their customer service simply outstanding.  3 examples

1.  I cocked up my credit card number, wine delivered got an email asking if I minded when I had a moment giving them a payment. 

2 Delivery driver, they have their own was concerned that a case he had delivered was correctly packed, he insisted I opened it to check. He was right all the bottles were upside down

3.  Had a bad bottle rang up to complain, not a problem they have a no quibble guarantee, but checked my history and saw that I had ordered an identical bottle did I want that replaced foc as well?  Not really, We had just drunk the first one and it was fine. 

Lots of organisations could learn from and aspire to their level of customer service. 

DavidKlyne replied on 06/07/2017 15:47

Posted on 06/07/2017 15:47

Out of interest has anyone experienced a bad wine with a screw cap closure? I don't mean a wine they didn't like, but one that was off. I haven't. I am reluctant to buy wines with the traditional cork closure now because of a couple of bad experiences with (to me) expensive wines. Waitrose always refund or exchange if you have a problem with a bottle that turns out to be not so good. I expect other retailers do as well but no personal experience.


Boff replied on 06/07/2017 17:01

Posted on 06/07/2017 17:01

Yes I have at a restaurant, same story first bottle very nice, second supposedly identical not so good.  Probably if the second bottle had arrived first we wouldn't have complained just not ordered another one. The restaurant staff were very sniffy about changing it.  Actually said it must be fine because it was a screw top, we stood our ground got a refund and they didn't get a tip because it wasn't outstanding service.   I can't say the presence or absence of a cork makes much difference to our buying experience. 


Aldi and Lidl both have surprisingly good wines in my opinion in the £5+ bracket.  

brue replied on 06/07/2017 18:50

Posted on 06/07/2017 18:50

Just looked at what's gone into our van for our latest trip, a Sainsbury's Rioja and a Lidl Merlot.  wink

moulesy replied on 06/07/2017 19:05

Posted on 06/07/2017 19:05

We like Barefoot wines too, David - Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc and White Zinfandel are all good for everyday drinking ( well, maybe not quite every day!)

We get them at Sainsburys where they're normally about £6.50 a bottle, but we save our Nectar points and wait for the "buy 6, get 25% off" offers - recently bought 12 bottles for £1.50 cash! smile

moulesy replied on 06/07/2017 19:06

Posted on 06/07/2017 18:50 by brue

Just looked at what's gone into our van for our latest trip, a Sainsbury's Rioja and a Lidl Merlot.  wink

Posted on 06/07/2017 19:06

What! Just the 2 bottles, brue? What are you going to do after the first night away?!! sealed

brue replied on 06/07/2017 19:15

Posted on 06/07/2017 19:15

Bottle of Pimms, does that count?wink

actually there are probably more stashed away under the dog blankets, anti rattle procedure...

DSB replied on 06/07/2017 23:29

Posted on 06/07/2017 23:29

Has anyone ever tried the phone app called Vivino.   It allows you to keep a record of the wines you drink and compare it with what others think.  If gives you an approximate price too.  I've used it a little, but I'm not an 'avid' user.  I'd be interested to hear what others think of it.