Same for me I’m afraid. The one’s I’ve tried have all been good, but not mind blowing. The last one I tried was the Mendoza Malbec which was fine.
To be honest when flipping through the list I perhaps think of them as ‘own brand’ and not as interesting then choose something of a similar or slightly higher price that is a winemaker bottling / labelling, which is unfair of me as I know full well that the exhibition wines are from some very respected producers.
Yeah. I guess they’ve suffered by comparison - the Victoria Shiraz, for example, wasn’t a patch on the Mt Langi Ghiran house wine, but then it was a whole lot cheaper! Have to say though there’s no way I’d risk a Hermitage!
I’m looking forward to tasting the Haut-Medoc (my first delivery is tomorrow). I’m out in the sticks and Tesco (a 12 mile round trip) is not my friend for casual everyday wine buying (French reds). Barring any disasters TWS should have a happy and regular customer.
Honourable mentions to the California Old Vine Zinfandel and the Primitivo (same grape) though the latter seems to have vanished from the current list.
Would have gone for the Alsace which again seems to have vanished for the time being. Would therefore go for
and would second this one already nominated.
In a way I would like to see ones that I don’t know on the tasting list though, as there’s quite a few I haven’t sampled. Also ones that used to be my ‘go to’ but an indifferent vintage has put me off. Corbieres and Verdicchio being examples. I’m sure they will or already have returned to form…
I think I can understand a slight reluctance with regard to the tws wines that I have myself been guilty of. There’s a little less romance as compared to chateau this and domaine the other. I experience a similar reluctance when considering buying, for example, a Guigal; they maybe excellent wines but somehow lack a certain je ne sais quoi. And yet, personally, I don’t think I’ve been disappointed by any of the tws wines I’ve tried.