Guardian wine writer Victoria Moore is becoming agitated and Wineoftheweek likes it.
In recent Saturday columns she has taken Waitrose’s pricing to task, exposed some of the absurdities in Champagne making, and highlighted just what a corporate sell out Cloudy Bay has become (ok, our words nor hers on that one!).
However our favourite article of the year so far is simply titled: “Wine: What not to drink”. It’s refreshing to have a wine writer name and shame the worst wines that the supermarkets have to offer but the real joy comes in the corrosive descriptions that Moore serves up throughout the article. Here’s a selection:
‘…tastes as if it’s been made by numbers using a duff calculator’ – SO Organic Chardonnay 2008 Vin de Pays d’Oc
‘…like an extraterrestrial attempt to recreate Earth wine’ – Taste The Difference McLaren Vale Shiraz Grenache 2008
‘…Bad claret reminds me of a cardboard box that’s spent the past year in the porch with dirty shoes sat on it – if you want to know what I mean, try Tesco Vintage Claret 2007’ –
‘…only patriotism would make me part with £10.99 for Bookers Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006 ‘
‘…The Reach Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (£8.47; 12.5% abv), which is like drinking dementors’
The last of these is perhaps the best wine description of recent times.
Victoria Moore, we salute you!
You can catch up on all of Victoria’s articles here