Aldi Prosecco Reviewed!

Now time to review Aldi’s Prosecco…  three in one!  

Organic Prosecco – £7.99

Aldi say its “…Eco-friendly fizz sourced from the Corvezzo family’s 150-hectare estate, 30km north-east of Venice. Grown with no pesticides or herbicides used in the vineyard, the grapes are predominately hand picked and gently pressed to ensure only the highest quality of juice is used. The winery is also committed to using renewable energy wherever possible.”  Wasn’t my favourite in truth… read on to find my Aldi prosecco of choice…

Valdobbiadene Prosecco Spumante – £7.99

Light and refreshing with pleasing bubbles, attractive autumn fruits and delicate floral touches. Good acidity and a light creamy flavour. This is a stylish and gloriously attractive Italian sparkler.

Decided to get this prosecco tested during a party at our house earlier this year.  As for scores on this one, this came out on top out of the three!  I gave it a 6 out of 10, it had plenty of bubbles, and for me, it had a nice taste to it.  The lowest score out of the five testers was 6 out of 10, the highest score was 7 1/2 – 33 out of 50 in total.  But, for less than £8, it’s great for any celebration – and certainly good value.  Problem is, we soon had an empty bottle!

Belletti Prosecco Spumante – £5.79

Aldi say “…it’s the ideal partner for refined appetizers and delicate fish, white meats and fresh cheese dishes. Citrus fruit and flowery features characterise this wine’s scent.”

Again, my favourite was the Valdobbiadene Prosecco Spumante – but, for less than £6, this would be attractive for the price.  For a couple of pounds more, I would upgrade and buy the Valdobbiadene, but let me know if you think differently!

Once again, thanks to Aldi for the samples – my comments are my own… if you like the reviews, please let me know.  Bottles available in Aldi stores – stocks permitting.  Chris

Aldi Pinot Noir Put to the Test!

Time for another Aldi review – and this time I had two Pinot Noir offerings…  and what better occasion to try them, than my son Arthur’s first birthday?  Why the heck not?!

I first became aware of Pinot Noir back in 2005/2006 – when me, and my good friends Craig Whitfield and Alan Travers discovered a Romanian offering called ‘Prahova Valley’.  It was superb – ignore the fact that it was always one of the cheapest in store at Asda, it was fantastic.  Sadly, the wines from Prahova Valley have long disapperared from the supermarkets – Waitrose appearently sell a Romanian Pinot Noir online, but I’ve yet to see whether this compares to my old favourite.

Now, back to 2017 for the Aldi Pinot Noir selection.

Firstly, as well as myself I have to politely thank my father in law John, and also my sister in law Sarah for helping me sample these, and like my previous review of the Glen Marnoch whiskies (please check it out, well worth a look!), we have rated the wines out of 10, putting all our individual thoughts about the drink together as one score.

First up was the Aldi New Zealand ‘Exquisite Collection’ Pinot Noir, priced at just £6.99.  It’s 13% ABV and is described as “medium to full bodied” on Aldi’s website, I thought it was quite light.  Aldi say it’s “…Beautifully fragrant with ripe cherries, fleshy raspberries, and red-fruited plum flavours.”  This wine was John’s favourite – and overall, between the three of us, it scored 20 out of 30.  (Picture below courtesy of Aldi).

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Next up was the Vignobles Roussellet Pinot Noir, priced at just £4.49 a bottle.  I thought this was heavier than the New Zealand offering, certainly darker in appearance.  And… I genuinely loved it, really fruity, scoring it a staggering 9 out of 10.  Aldi say “…this French Pinot Noir has rich red fruit aromas and lush berry flavours.”   And… like the New Zealand offering, between the three of us, it also scored 20 out of 30!  We have a draw people!

 

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What do you do when it’s a draw?  In football, they’d decide the winner with a penalty shoot out!  Anyway, let me know if you try either of these – but for me, I’d certainly go and hunt down the Vignobles Roussellet.  At £4.49, how can you possibly leave it on the shelf?

Chris

 

Aldi Irish Cream – Review

Thanks once again to Aldi, who have sent me two more fantastic tipples to try.  

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon – and what better than an Irish Cream to accompany your evening?  (And dare I say it but Ireland play England during the final week of the Six Nations – so these Irish Cream beverages would be perfect for the Rugby!)

 

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First up, the Ballycastle Irish Country Cream, which is just £3.75 a bottle.  It’s 14.5% ABV, and it’s a lovely, creamy drink… which is very smooth in texture.  You can add ice to it, but I decided to have it at room temperature, and it was lovely.  It’s on sale, nationwide – available right now.

It is certainly chocolatey – very similar to Bailey’s in taste, and much, much cheaper!  A 70cl bottle too.  I give it a 7.5 out of 10, well worth picking up… very pleasurable indeed!  It doesn’t taste too strong – and as another suggestion,  Aldi even recommend a scoop of ‘Gianni’s Soft Scoop Vanilla Ice Cream’ with it – see for yourselves!

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Next up, the ‘Specially Selected Irish Cream Liqueur‘ – priced at £6.99 for a 70cl bottle.  For me, it was the nicest of the two I tried, giving it a whopping 9 out of 10!

It’s 17% ABV, and it does taste much stronger.  It’s not as creamy as the Ballycastle bottle, and you can obviously taste the whiskey, and it’s a lovely drink that goes down with ease.  Of course, you can add a shot to a hot chocolate – but it’s excellent just on its own.  The ‘Specially Selected Irish Cream Liqueur’ will be on sale nationwide in Aldi from March 9th.  Don’t miss it!

I’ve had an enjoyable evening trying them – a better evening than my wife as I write this (who incidentally had just been doing our weekly shop in Aldi Bradford and as she left the supermarket our car wouldn’t start!  Over an hour waiting for a breakdown van whilst I enjoyed these Irish tipples at home!)  Chris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cocktail Hour! (Part 1)

Hello all, back with another review of Aldi’s finest.  Over three articles, I’ll be giving you a taster of some cocktails you can make, using products available throughout their stores.  I’m also recording a video during the process – look out for it on You Tube soon!

Tonight, I’m enjoying the Welsh Open Snooker on Eurosport, whilst having a ‘Nolan’.  (Not one of the singers from ‘I’m in the Mood for Dancing’, just to clarify!).

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You may have heard of Gin and Orange… but try it with a dash of Rum!  Follow the instructions below, and give it a try yourself, let me know how you get on, comment below!

 

What do you need to make a Nolan Cocktail?

30ml Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin (available from Aldi stores)

15ml Old Hopking White Rum (available from Aldi stores)

Orange Juice

That’s it.  Three ingredients – all going into a tall glass.  I used a measuring jug to be precise with the measurements, but be as generous with the gin and rum as you wish!  Gin and rum in, and fill the glass with nicely chilled fresh orange juice.  Easy drink – happy days 🙂

Verdict on the Nolan Cocktail…

It really is refreshing, a fruity drink, with a delicate kick to it!  And before you know, your glass is empty!  And both the gin and the rum are available to buy at just less than £10 each, compare that the prices of other leading brands (e.g Havana Club Rum Anejo 3 Year Old is almost twice the price as of Feb 13th 2017!).

I’m not a gin drinker, but this was a great way to try it – and I’d certainly make myself one of these cocktails again.  Remember that this was the Aldi gin that two years ago, was award winning!  The Oliver Cromwell Dry Gin was voted top drink by judges at the International Spirits Challenge – even beating a premium bottle of Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve Gin for £70!

My advice would be to make a large jug for parties – it would go down superbly.  I give it a good 8 out of 10, and our friend Sarah who has tried the Nolan cocktail with me tonight, gave it an outstanding 9 out of 10!

 

Look out for Part 2 – coming soon!  Right here on http://www.sportonfreeviewuk.wordpress.com – the Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin and Old Hopking White Rum were complimentary but all views are my own.

Aldi – Winter Advocaat Reviewed!

Hello all, time for another drinks review courtesy of Aldi, and it’s new territory for me…  Thanks for all of your positive feedback regarding my extra reviews alongside the sport, the good news is there is more to come!  More album reviews, more audiobooks, and some more drinks too!

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