I am by no means a wine expert. I love drinking wine and have been to a number of wine tasting classes but as far as I’m concerned it all comes down to either you like the taste of it or you don’t. With this in mind, when I was sent a selection of wines from Sainsbury’s I decided to carry out a mini wine tasting session with my colleagues at Yard Digital one day after work. This quickly turned into a rushed wine tasting as one of my team had to leave pretty sharpish. Not a problem, let the Speed wine tasting commence…

Sainsbury's Wine

I was sent 5 mini bottles, 2 reds, 2 whites and a prosecco:

  • Taste the Difference Prosecco – £3.00
  • Winemakers’ Selection Gavi – £1.80
  • Taste the Difference Mâcon-Village – £2.25
  • Taste the Difference Primitivo – £2.25
  • Winemakers’ Selection Merlot – £1.80

THE REDS

First up was the Taste the Difference Primitivo. I poured out a sample (sadly we didn’t have wine glasses available so I used normal glasses, this added to the speedy, rustic appeal) and gave some to the team; myself, Annie, Barry and Geoff. We all had a quick sniff and taste and I asked them their thoughts on the wine…

Sainsbury's Wine

Sainsbury's Wine

Sainsbury's Wine

Our tasting notes:

Jennie – Festive, quite sharp, citrus.

Geoff – Deep, almost port like. Wild berries

Barry – Notes of spice

Annie – Grapey. Very tasty.

 

Next up was the Winemakers’ Selection Merlot

Sainsbury's Wine

Sainsbury's Wine

Sainsbury's Wine

Our tasting notes:

Jennie – Oaky, mellow

Geoff – Brandy smell. Light and refreshing for a red

Barry – Gentle on the tongue

Annie – Velvety

 

THE WHITES

The first white we tried was the Taste the Difference Mâcon-Village. When I poured the first glass I instantly got a whiff of Chardonnay, my least favourite of the whites. Nevertheless I persevered and tried it. I was shocked at the taste, it was delicious, light and refreshing. Not like normal Chardonnays.

Sainsbury's Wine

Sainsbury's Wine

Sainsbury's Wine

Our tasting notes:

Jennie – Sweet & light

Geoff – Elderflower. Verging on a dessert wine

Barry – Buttery. Pleasant

Annie – Crisp

 

The final wine we tried was the Winemakers’ Selection Gavi

Sainsbury's Wine

Sainsbury's Wine

Sainsbury's Wine

Our tasting notes:

Jennie – Perfumed.

Geoff – Lightly acidic. Tart after taste.

Barry – Floral. Drinkable.

Annie – Oily. Citrus

PROSECCO

This one I took home and shared with my boyfriend. We both thought it was delicious and will definitely be seeking it again.

Sainsbury's Prosecco

The results are in… but which wine came out on top?

Here were the favourites of the team:

My favourite was wine number 1

Geoff’s favourite was also wine number 1

Barry’s favourite was wine number 3

Annie’s favourite was wine number 4

So the overall winner was Taste the Difference Primitivo, a bargain at £2.25 for a small bottle, definitely worth trying out. Although the thoughts on all of the wines were very positive, I was surprised by the Chardonnay and I’ve been converted to actually buying it. Thank you to Sainsbury’s for supplying the bottles for my rustic speed wine tasting and thank you to the team for helping me sample, although they didn’t need any convincing.

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