August 09, 2003
Just like Cloudy Bay

Someone in the office sent round an email yesterday - containing reports of Cloudy Bay (cult wine) on sale for bargain price at the Tesco Metro in Hammersmith: (Names scrubbed to protect the innocent from the evils of the Internet)

“fyi, xxx called me today to let me know he found it at tesco.
cheers, xxx
ps - price is around 1/3 of the belvedere, holland park price. better
than at the wine merchant, too.

This elegant Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand has achieved cult status.
Best Served Chilled
Per case: £136.69 (equivalent to £11.39 per bottle)
This case contains: 12 x 75cl bottles”

I have to say that the person who sent the email above is a highly cultured New Zealander - getting quite excited about an admittedly good wine which normally sells for in between £20 and £30 per bottle. BUT - you see the point is - being neither highly cultured nor a New Zealander I felt that I could trump the above report with my Ace card - and I did. It was my report of a wine JUST LIKE Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc (and in fact in my opinion just as great tasting) - but far cheaper than even the above bargain price. OK - so it’s not the real McCoy - but it’s made by a better wine-maker - made with the same grapes - and is made right next door to Cloudy Bay. It’s called Belmonte Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc - and it’s available for £6.99 exclusively from Virgin Wines (which I have to say provide the best Internet shopping experience that I have ever - well - experienced).

Posted by jag at August 09, 2003 09:43 AM

Hmm…sounds good. Although I’m not a drinker I might ask some from the Brits coming down to get some for my mom.

Have you heard of the “Ice Wine” grown near the Niagara on the Canadian side? Supposed to be $500 a bottle or more as the grapes are chilled before crushing. Saw it on tele as well as passed the vineyards whilst in Canada.


Posted by: Amrita on August 9, 2003 11:56 AM

Hi Amrita - thanks for the fascinating info re “Icewine”! Having just experienced the hottest recorded day in UK history (around 39-40C) - the very description of icewine that I found at was heavenly!

At $500 a bottle though - I think I’ll stick to my wannabe Cloudy Bay! Thanks for the pointer though - fascinating!

Posted by: Jag on August 10, 2003 07:49 PM
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