|Wines in the press, August 2-5|
|Tuesday, 07 August 2012 10:01|
Plus it's low in alcohol. The key word to look for on the bottle isn't Muscat but Moscato. Moscato isn't just another way of saying Muscat, it has become a shorthand term used for a wine made in a style similar to that of a Moscato d'Asti or Asti from Piemonte. It's not only Italian Moscato that people are buying either, but versions that are made on a vast scale in Australia and California. Tesco plans to sell one, called Vinni, from Australian Vintage, by the pint, which is due to hit the shops in October. Moore will always prefer the fragrance and detail of Moscato d'Asti made by small producers, but they're more expensive and harder to find. She avoid the likes of Barefoot but says Jacob's Creek and Gallo's versions are "very good" She recommends Elio Perrone Moscato d'Asti 2011 Italy (5%, The Wine Society, £6.50) and Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato 2011 California (8.5%, Sainsbury's, £6.79).
The Mail on Sunday
According to Anthony Rose it's heartening then to see so many new wine merchants thriving in the face of the supermarket onslaught. Rose mentions how supermarkets were recently exposed via Twitter for promoting price slashes for wines that are worth nowhere near their stated price. It was recently brought home to Rose the sheer numbers of quality wine merchants both new and established. In London he mentions Lea & Sandeman, Philglas & Swiggot and Roberson, plus new name Bottle Apostle, and two "pioneering" try-before-you-buy operations, The Sampler in Islington and South Kensington, and Vagabond Wines in Fulham. He can't see a supermarket stocking wines such as the "richly concentrated apple and honey-flecked" Domaine de la Noblaie, Chinon Blanc, 2010 (£16.40). Rose thinks locals should be delighted to have the services of wine merchants such as Cambridge Wine Merchants, Butler's Wine Cellar in Brighton and the Secret Cellar in Tunbridge Wells, along with Hangingditch in Manchester, Exel Wines in Perth and Direct Wine Shipments in Belfast. "Long may these antidotes to the supermarkets flourish," he adds.
The Sunday Telegraph