I’m off to Rezzed tomorrow, a gaming event in London that mainly focuses on Indie titles. I’ll do a report of what I see next week but I’m really looking forward to seeing the following:
1. King Under the Mountain by Rocket Jump Technology
A simulation-based settlement-building strategy/management game set in a fantasy world, for PC and Mac.
Funding Goal – £45,000 by Wednesday 26th April
2. Tetra, Elemental Awakening by Ocean Spark Studios
Take control of 4 Elemental Guardians to fight through waves of enemies in our beautiful world free for exploration. RPG, Waves, Quest.
Funding Goal – £25,000 by Thursday 4th April
3. Kova by Black Hive
Journey through space as the mercenary-explorer Kova, seeking to unravel the Fermi Paradox.
Funding Goal – $28,000 by Thursday 27th April
4. Pawarumi by Manufacture43
A modern arcade shoot’em up set in a Neo-Aztec universe which plays like rock paper scissor with badass weapons.
Funding Goal – €15,000 by Wednesday 26th April
5. The Wizard and the Slug by Silkworm
The strangest Love story ever told! A story-rich platform game about a Wizard and a Slug!
Funding Goal – 65,000 SEK by Thursday 27th April
We were buying a few household items in Asda recently and we though we would try a few of their wines. We plumped for the Viognier 2015 from their extra special range and I was really hoping to be surprised by it.
The label was traditional stylish, making it look like a wine you might want to buy. The smell was very light and what I can only really describe as ‘white winey’!
Moving on to the taste, without food it was simply sharp and bitter and not what I would expect from a Viognier. We then had tomato and basil pasta with it and although it was slightly improved, it was still too sharp.
Unfortunately the wine was a disappointment, both as a Viognier and as a general white wine. I will not explore this avenue again!
Today’s vintage is the Grillhouse Western Cape, a 2016 Shiraz Pinotage from South Africa. It comes in at a slightly stronger than normal 14%.
First impressions of the bottle are that the label is a bit tacky but at least it fits the name of the wine. The smell is deep and rich with a hint of cherry, and overall very nice.
On to the taste and without food it is quite sharp and acidic; I wouldn’t drink it on its own. We then tasted it alongside the beef brisket we had cooked; although it was slightly improved we still couldn’t get past the sharpness and acidity.
Unfortunately this isn’t one I will buy again.
We’ve been lucky enough to have a good run of wine recently, but unfortunately all good things have to come to an end; for us it was with the red La Patrie, a Malbec from France.
The label is what you would expect from a French wine with the traditional picture of a chateau. The smell is actually very nice, it being light and fruity, as well as full of promise!
The reality was not good though, both without and with good. The taste was corky, bland, acidic and a little bit sharp. For my wife and I, it was like we were back at university and drinking generic red wine.
I cannot recommend this wine at all and would advise you to avoid.
I’ve taken quite a shine to a Rose recently so we’ve purchased quite a few. Recently we had the Grande Reserve De Gassac 2015, from Daumas Gassac in the Languedoc in France. Apparently it is the regions only Premier Cru Vineyard.
The label is quite nice and what you’d expect from a French Wine with a traditional chateau on the front. The smell of the wine has a light fruitiness to it, as well as quite a stand-out smell of strawberries.
Tasting it without food it was a very light drink and had a particularly good aftertaste; it was also a good palate cleanser. For me, it ticked the boxes for a Rose, being in an easy and light drinking without having to pair it with food.
As I’m a philistine, the food I had with the wine was cheese and biscuits! Saying that the taste of the wine was improved by the food and it made it an even easier drink.
I would buy one of the these again, particularly for a nice summer’s afternoon before an evening BBQ.
An absolute peach of wine today, the Danaris 2014, a Gruner Veltliner from Austria. German (and Austrian) wines have long had a pretty rubbish reputation but I think the tide is turning and there is now a growing popularity for them, in particular for Reisling’s. There are some other pretty good types though, including a Gruner Veltliner.
The Danaris comes with a nicely stylish label as the picture shows. The smell of the wine is very light and sweet, not at all overpowering. Tasting it without food was rather pleasant – with a tangy taste, as well as a distinctive flavour of granny smith apples. It was definitely a palate cleanser.
We then paired the wine with a homemade chicken korma and the wine was even better. It cut through the spiciness of the curry, as you’d expect from a Germany wine, and the curry actually made the wine sweeter, but in a very pleasant way.
I would definitely buy a Danaris again to pair alongside a spicy dish.
Running low on white wines, we recently bought a load of them from M&S to try a few different bottles. One of the first we opened was the Mayne de Beauregard Blanc, a white Bergerac. Not having had a Bergerac that I could remember, I didn’t really know what to expect.
The label is that of a traditional French chateau so it doesn’t really stick out in a crowd but it is what you expect a French wine too look like. The smell was slightly sharp and fruity, with a distinct hint of apples.
Trying the wine without food it was tangy, dry and peachy. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either; I don’t recommend drinking it on its own. Tasting it with food (white fish), the flavours for both of us were still too peachy and sharp. It might be good with something else, maybe something with a creamy sauce, but it wasn’t impressive on both counts.
On this showing I wouldn’t buy again but I might have just been drinking it with the wrong food.
My favourite type of beer is a pale ale and I’ve drunk a lot of them – Why Kick A Moo Cow by Arbor ales is right up there with some of the best of them.
Firstly from a style point of view, the label is very appealing with the silver fern of New Zealand on it, marking the beer as a New Zealand Pale Ale. You shouldn’t really pick a beer by a label but sometimes when you are faced with so much choice you have to!
The look of the beer when poured is your fairly typical pale ale look and the smell is very citrusy. The taste is also citrusy and very refreshing. Initially the taste for me made it possibly my favourite pale ale, but if you keep drinking it too quickly then it was a bit too citrusy for me.
I would buy the beer again and I would definitely have it on a hot summers day but if too much citrus doesn’t work for you, don’t go for this beer.
I’ve never really tried English wine before; if nothing else because it often seems to be quite expensive. Recently though I thought I’d give it a go and started with Sonnet (11%) from Three Choirs Vineyard; I was pleasantly surprised.
The smell was very pleasant, although initially sharp, it brightened up with hints of grapes (unsurprisingly!) and gooseberries. The gooseberries were a running theme and tasting it without food, that was the main taste I took away, but in a good way! We had the wine with some pan-fried white fish and the Sonnet went perfectly with it.
My overall impression of it was very positive and I don’t think I’ve ever tasted anything quite like it. I would consider buying it again, particularly if I’m having fish.
I got my bottle from Waitrose Wine Cellar here – http://www.waitrosecellar.com/all-wines/three-choirs-sonnet-medium-white-736748