I enjoy a glass of wine from time to time, and have subscribed to the Laithewaites Wine Club.

They offer a scheme were every few months they send out a case of wine of your choice.

Along with the wine, they include a score card and a set of Tasting Notes for each wine.

I can't rember how this all started, but suspect the time I was with Rule Financial, when the owner, Markus Rule, used to go to a local hostelry and consume copious amounts of red wine.

He didn't like drinking alone, and I felt it would be churlish to refuse.

Markus was also quite interested in my origami, and it made me laugh when I made a jumping frog for him, and he spent the next hour or so trying to get it to jump into a glass.

Anyway, over time I will be adding details of the wines I have tried

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  Paris Street Pinot Noir 2013 Transilvania Romania Romania may not be the best country you think of the wine, yet it's home to 'some of Europe's greatest cool0climate wineyards' (hugh Johnson). And if we had to choose one wine to win you over, we believe Paris Street Pinot Noir would do the trick. Style:Rich and flavoursome

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir 100%

Colour: Mid berry red

Aroma: Roses and strawberries with hints of sweet spices

Taste: Smooth, light texture yet loads of ripe red berry fruit. Succulent

Drink by:End 2015

  Farnese Montepulciano 2013 montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC Italy Declared Italy's Winery of the Year three times running, Fanese is one of the finest in d'Abruzzo. Winemaker Filippo Baccalaro's Montepulciano is velvety smooth, soft and plummywith few rivals in the value stakes. And terrifically moreish. Style:Medium bodied, bone dry

Grape Variety: Montepulcuiciano 100%

Colour: Deep ruby

Aroma: Ripe red berries and a hint of mocha

Taste: Medium Weight, velvet smooth, juicy red berry fruit and spices

Drink by:End 2017


  Rib Shack Red 1012 Western Cape WO South Africa Tim Atkin MW of the Observer writes 'South Africa's reds are getting better with every vintage.' And if you're a serious meat eater, you'll love Rib Shack Red. This exclusive blend combines Pinotage, Shiraz and cabernet to rich, mouthfilling effect. Style:Rich and flavoursome

Grape Variety: Pinotage 60% Hiraz 30% Sau< /P> Colour:Pitch Black

Aroma:Bold wood smoke, bramble, coffee and cassis

Taste: Beefy rich, fruit laden and smooth with a subtle wood smoke finish

Drink by:End 2015


  Chateau Portal Cuvee Les Molieres 2013 Minervois AOC France This Minervois makes one of the most luscious reds in southern France. THanks to the fruit of the precious heirloom vines, jerome portal's wine is once again an absolute delight, brimful of bramble and spice with soft tannins and wild herb subtlety. Style:Medium bodied

Grape Variety: Syrah 50% grenache 30% Carignan 20%

Colour: Deep ruby red

Aroma: Lavish red berry, cherry, bramble and mocha raomas

Taste: mouthfilling, rich and smooth with bramble, spice and toasty oak

Drink by:End 2016

  El Bombero 2012 Cainena DO Spain Such power. El Bombero is a big red legend from rugged carinena. This remote Spanish region boasts precious pockets of prized old-vine garnacha - a spicy rich red grape that loves the sun. Which is just as well. It beats down here like an iron bar. Style:Rich and flavoursome

Grape Variety:Garnacha 100%

Colour: Black cherry red

Aroma: Warm spices, cherries and blackberries.

Taste: Rich, warming, full and smooth with lots of ripe berry fruits.

Drink by:Mid 2015

  The Equestrian Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Coonawarra Australia Top Coonawarra reds can fetch hefty prices, but our Buyer Dan Parrot scooped a great deal on the pure Cabernet from a top estate in the region. Matured in finest quality oak, it has the depth and elegance of some of Bordeaux's finest Medocs. Style:Rich and flavoursome

Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

Colour: Dense blackish red

Aroma: Fukk of mint, cassis, oak and spice aromas.

Taste: Silky smooth with rich berry fruit and a spicy, elegant finish.

Drink by:End 2017

  Loadline Shiraz Petit Verdot 2011 South Eastern Australia Mario and Aurora Littore arived in Australia in 1953 from the small Mediterranian island of Lipari. They bought land in Victoria and planted vines. Today their sons Vince and David make great wines like this rich, fruit packed Shiraz Petit Verdot. Style:Rich and flavoursome

Grape Variety: Shiraz 85% petit Verdot 15%

Colour: Deep purple red

Aroma: Classic bramble, pepper and eucalyptus aromas with hints of violets.

Taste: Full flavoured with lovely brambly ripeness and rounded tannins.

Drink by:End 2013

  Pont du Diable 2011 France Malbec may have originated in Cahors in south west France, but Argentina has been most successful in reminding us how good its wines can be. It has kick started Cahor's producers into revising techniques. Just taste this gorgeous rich velvety red. Style:Medium bodied

Grape Variety: Malbec 100%

Colour: Very deep purple red

Aroma: Black plum, cherry and herbal liquorice

Taste: Full and rich with spiced violets, blackberry, cherry and plum notes

Drink by:End 2013

  Vina Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Colchagua Valley, Chile The Rothschilds make some of Bordeaux's finest wines, so this red, from their own vineyards in Chile's Colchagua Valley, is something really special - as fine wine expert Robert Parker notes, Los Vascos turns out classy, elegant, stylish wines Style:Rich and flavoursome

Grape Variety:Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

Colour: Deep ruby

Aroma: Ripe blackberry aromas with a hint of mint

Taste: Ripe cassis with smooth rounded tannins and a gentle spicy complexity

Drink by:End 2016

  Torre de Longares Garnacha Syrah 2010 Carinena DO - Spain Combining the talents of Spain's Ana Becoechea and Australian David Morrison, this wine is a delicious marraige of tradition and innovation. Intense, raspberry, rich Gamacha pepped up withherbal spice scented Syrah, all from an award winning cellar. Style:Rich and flavoursome

Grape Variety: Garnacha 70% Syrah 30%

Colour: Deep crimson

Aroma: Black cherry, raspberry and cinnamon aromas

Taste: Black pepper and spice mingling with ripe red and black berry fruits

Drink by:End 2014

  Il Papavero Primitivo 2011 Puglia IGT - Italy Southern Italy's Puglia offers undreamed of character and potential, according to Hugh Johnson, and reds that make you a lot of wine for your money, especially those from its star grape, Primitivo. Meet Scipione Giuliani's greatest creation. Style:Rich and flavoursome

Grape Variety: Primitivo 100%

Colour: Deep black red

Aroma: Spicy damson, black plum and cherry aromas.

Taste: dark plum and spicy raisin with chocolaty notes over supple tannins.

Drink by:End 2015

  The Bulldozer Pinotage 2011 Breedekloof WO - South Africa Former 'Cape Winemaker of the Year' De Wet Lategan knows just how to extract maximum flavour from South Africa's flagship red grape, pinotage. He matured this fine example in American oak, mellowing its smoky plum flavours and adding a kick of spice Style:Rich and flavoursome

Grape Variety: Pinotage 100%

Colour: Dark Plum hue

Aroma: Intense black cherry, pkum and raspberry with a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Rich and mouthfilling damson flavours with a layer of spice and herbs.

Drink by:End 2013

  Quinto Do ESpirito Santo 2011 Vinho Regional de Lisboa - Portugal Portugal produces some pretty powerful reds and this example from sunny Estremadura is no exception. From a medal winning single estate situated south of Lisbon. It offers luscious warming red fruits and notes of roasted coffee and liquorice. Style:Powerful, very full bodied

Grape Variety: Tinta Roriz 90% , Castelao 10%

Colour: Deep blackish ruby hue

Aroma: Mocha edge to the ripe black fruit

Taste:Dark chocolate notes mingling with spicy blackberry and damsen fruit

Drink by:End 2014

  Campanula Pinot Noir 2012 Balatonboglar Hungary Boasting a brilliant medal winning history, this irressitably fruity red from the cool climate vineyards of Hunbgary offers you the lovely violet scented, strawberry flavour that's classic to Hungary's revered grape, without the hefty price tag. Style:Medium bodied

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir 100%

Colour: Mid-depth scarlet hue

Aroma: Gentle strawberry fruit and viole aromas

Taste: Silky summer derry notes with a slight violet and leaf note

Drink by:End 2015

  Acaballo Shiraz Carmenere 1012 Rapel Chile Rich, fruity carmenere and spicy Shiraz marry beautifully in this elegant red from the Luis Felipe Edwards esate. Matured in a combination of French and American oak, it has a wonderfully silky texture and a hint of cinnamon on the finish. Style:Rich and flavoursome

Grape Variety: Shiraz 60% carmenere 40%< /P> Colour:Deep Crimson

Aroma:Rich black fruits with notes of dark cocolate and a hint of of pepper

Taste: Deep plum and blackberry leading on to mocha and tobacco notes

Drink by:End 2015


  Tenuta di Somaro 2011 Puglia IGP - Italy A long time in the making - from the painstaking renovation of the vineyard to the wine's slow maturation in barrel - this dense red is worth the wait. From talented winemaker Mario Ercolino, highly rated by the critics, the wine is rich and spicy. Style:Rich and flavoursome

Grape Variety: Aglianico 70%, prinitivo 30%

Colour: Deep purple

Aroma: Dark berry fruit with vanilla notes and a flinty edge.

Taste: Beautifully soft with ripe blackberry and notes of leather and spice.

Drink by:End 2014

  Chateau le Coin 2013 Bordeaux AOC - France Winner of Gold for the last three vintages, this glorious claret is from Ludovic Floussilon, who also co-owns a small property with the Thienpont family of legendary Château Le Pin. A Bordeaux rich in plump merlot fruit and cassis scented Cabernet. Style:Rich and flavoursome

Grape Variety: Merlot 90%, Cabernet Franc 5%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%

Colour: Deep purple red

Aroma: Ripe plum aromas with notes of tobacco and spice

Taste: Smooth and silky with ripe damson fruit and hints of spicy oak

Drink by:End 2017


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