Posted by: puebloman | March 18, 2011

How to select and drink cheap red Spanish wine part 1: reflections upon my juvenile drinking

There is a lot of posh talk about wine, most of it out of date. When my Dad was a lad he drank beer. Mild, mild and bitter, lemontop (for women) and snakebite that has cider in it.

I remember being sent to Switzerland to stay with my aunt in laws’ parents and learn French. I was 13. I came back with a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape. nothing to do with Switzerland obviously but it featured in a school French lesson so I thought it would go down well. It didn’t. Dad spat it out saying it was sour and what had I learned over there? Well . . .mum and dad drank Blue Nun and Reisling in those days.

Dad will be ninety next birthday and his taste has developed. He still enjoys a bottle or two of Chilean Merlot between fags. He despises Spanish wine and doesn’t think much of French. He’s a “New World” man. And a Tesco man. Three for £12. Beer that used to cost a penny ha’penny is now a fiver a pint. Dearer than a pint of average Merlot, so we embibe it only occasionlly and as a treat. Red wine is the everyday drink.

In the following articles I will try to lure him towards the pleasures of Spanish wine – a delight as delicious as it is cheap, being largely unknown, unappreciated and denegrated by those snobs who believe that when it comes to drinking, reputation counts for more than taste.


  1. Extremely hlpeful article, please write more.


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