@toro_tries_wine - Little Toro

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You guys, it’s the flabby Prosecco I bought in an emergency. You know like when you’ve had a tough Tuesday? I wonder who and what person this bottle is marketed to? 🤪 It has a lot of apple and pear on the nose but not much else. Personally I like a good peach note in my Prosecco, but this may still work for you. That being said it just wasn’t acidic enough and felt “flat”really hard to explain, and probably this isn’t what experts would call flabby but it just didn’t have enough oompf for me. It also had a super short finish, at around £7/£8 a bottle I expected a tiny bit more, but probably I’m paying for that pretty label. (As an aside it’s 11% vol).
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You guys, it’s the flabby Prosecco I bought in an emergency. You know like when you’ve had a tough Tuesday? I wonder who and what person this bottle is marketed to? 🤪 It has a lot of apple and pear on the nose but not much else. Personally I like a g

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If you’re a SW London local go and give. @cyclistbalham a try, they have a terrace (covered) which is like people watching heaven and it’s always busy and buzzy. We’re coming up to Labor Day (USA) which signals the end of rosé season *klaxon* so get trying! This is a cinsault rosé from Languedoc. It didn’t blow me away and was a tad too intensely coloured but perfectly quaffable! Wish they did the Chateau Gairoird by the glass! @winefolly do amazing info graphics and have included their one on rosé (swipe right). Who knew Sangiovese rosé had hints of cumin?! Not sure how I feel about that! -
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If you’re a SW London local go and give. @cyclistbalham a try, they have a terrace (covered) which is like people watching heaven and it’s always busy and buzzy. We’re coming up to Labor Day (USA) which signals the end of rosé season *klaxon* so get

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Happy birthday to the man of the hour JV, a man who puts up with no end of shenanigans. A man who sat through 3 whole days of WSET 2 when he’d rather have had a corona, who believed every lying word that came out of my mouth when I said we were going to Battersea dogs home to “browse”. A man who once spun a pan off the stove and redecorated the kitchen and himself with tomato soup...and now a man in his mid thirties! Happy b day! -
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Happy birthday to the man of the hour JV, a man who puts up with no end of shenanigans. A man who sat through 3 whole days of WSET 2 when he’d rather have had a corona, who believed every lying word that came out of my mouth when I said we were going

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You might know I’ve wanted to try the Torrontés variety for some time, Argentina’s white varietal that wine folly tells me are “natural crossings with Muscat of Alexandria”. Y’all know I love an aromatic grape. Here’s my lesson to you all, let that wine sit for a hot second in your glass because my very first impression was “oh not so aromatic and not that acidic”. When it opened up you get a LOT...citrus notes, some peach, rose (the queen of aromas) and a whole lot of floral numbers, but still not super acidic and it turns out I really like acidity. Apparently some ginger too, but as hard as I tried I wasn’t quite getting that. Look I still would rather have a Riesling but my motto is “no aromatic grape left behind”.  Have you tried this varietal?
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You might know I’ve wanted to try the Torrontés variety for some time, Argentina’s white varietal that wine folly tells me are “natural crossings with Muscat of Alexandria”. Y’all know I love an aromatic grape. Here’s my lesson to you all, let that w

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Hi Monday  tell me your study tips! Anything? One of my WSET tutors taught me a great tip for the merlot regions (Bordeaux) in WSET 2. M in the middle! Saint-Emilion and Pomerol! Thought that was useful as to me personally the French appellations all start to blend into one .
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Hi Monday tell me your study tips! Anything? One of my WSET tutors taught me a great tip for the merlot regions (Bordeaux) in WSET 2. M in the middle! Saint-Emilion and Pomerol! Thought that was useful as to me personally the French appellations all

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So Sunday is going to become food day I guess. Which will be tricky because I rarely eat out! If however you are less agoraphobic than me, go give the steak sharing board at Vagabond a go. It’s bloody lush. Edit: and now seeing this photo next to my last one, makes me realise my hair is the colour of medium rare steak 🥩  -
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So Sunday is going to become food day I guess. Which will be tricky because I rarely eat out! If however you are less agoraphobic than me, go give the steak sharing board at Vagabond a go. It’s bloody lush. Edit: and now seeing this photo next to my

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It’s been a whole week since I went pink and it fades fast even using my quartz shampoo, any tips to stay pink longer? In other news (swipe right) I saw a book called colorstrology in the back of @whitdrinkswine stories and she kindly sent me my birthday meaning! I mean I’m definitely “unusual” I love all that kind of woo and for a scientist brain I still read my horoscope 
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It’s been a whole week since I went pink and it fades fast even using my quartz shampoo, any tips to stay pink longer? In other news (swipe right) I saw a book called colorstrology in the back of @whitdrinkswine stories and she kindly sent me my birt

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Happy Friday! Was that not the longest week ever? Tell me your weekend plans! I hope it’s better than this basic brunch bitch Prosecco that I bought in case of an “emergency”. I think I’ve had my first experience of “flabby” will tell you about it in the review.
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Happy Friday! Was that not the longest week ever? Tell me your weekend plans! I hope it’s better than this basic brunch bitch Prosecco that I bought in case of an “emergency”. I think I’ve had my first experience of “flabby” will tell you about it in

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Let’s be real here, WSET 2 and even 3 aren’t going turn you into a “somm” who can blind taste (trust me I’ve tried), but they definitely make me try more unusual things, rather than just find the NZ SB. Did you know Slovenians made wine? This is the Friulano (originally a NE Italian grape) which makes sense why Slovenia would grow it! This winemaker Aleks Klinec has a natural and organic approach to wine barely using sulphites. The white wines are macerated on the skins (someone tell me if that’s what make it “orange”?) I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about the general taste of natural wines, but Venice was big on them and I think that’s really only a good thing 
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Let’s be real here, WSET 2 and even 3 aren’t going turn you into a “somm” who can blind taste (trust me I’ve tried), but they definitely make me try more unusual things, rather than just find the NZ SB. Did you know Slovenians made wine? This is the

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Right today you get the dog, because quite honestly I’m a little wined out. The beautiful one eyed battersea bandit, G. 
Likes: bin men, builders, junk food, getting in the way.
Dislikes: being told no, walks in the rain, cucumber.
Special talent: burping and farting simultaneously.
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Right today you get the dog, because quite honestly I’m a little wined out. The beautiful one eyed battersea bandit, G. Likes: bin men, builders, junk food, getting in the way. Dislikes: being told no, walks in the rain, cucumber. Special talent: bu

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Described by one of my WSET tutors as “yucky”. Are you kidding me? This is my go to absolute favourite NZ Sauvignon Blanc. At double the price of oyster bay (around £20) it does feel expensive for a casual drop, but once you taste it, it’ll blow (the already very good) Oyster Bay out of the water. This is the 2017 and you get solid tropical notes of Guava and passion fruit and of course the SB classic gooseberry (which still alludes me) and a teeny tiny herbaceous vibe (but not green green aromas). It’s crisp in the truest sense of the word, perfectly balanced and just quite honestly the tits. Having my favourite wine publicly called out made me determined to never judge anyone’s wine preferences, whether you like Lambrini or Laurent Perrier. -
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Described by one of my WSET tutors as “yucky”. Are you kidding me? This is my go to absolute favourite NZ Sauvignon Blanc. At double the price of oyster bay (around £20) it does feel expensive for a casual drop, but once you taste it, it’ll blow (the

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In case you missed all the stories this weekend about me, featuring me, directed by me and co starring me, here’s the hair and outfit! I never have anything “current” so got to take the opportunity! Dress is from @zara and hair is by the insanely good @bexemmett @skylerlondon when you drink so much rosé you dye your hair to match! 
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In case you missed all the stories this weekend about me, featuring me, directed by me and co starring me, here’s the hair and outfit! I never have anything “current” so got to take the opportunity! Dress is from @zara and hair is by the insanely goo

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Gooooooood morning campers. So hands up if you’re hungover  do not sleep on @wolfgangslondon they literally make THE BEST roast I’ve had in Balham/London/anywhere. (Not being paid to say this, or given any freebies-more’s the pity) legit service is good, the beer is banging and they do those big German glasses that I don’t know how to spell (stein?!). I have one teeeeny tiny complaint. Please please add some trocken rieslings to the wine list. I only noticed one German Riesling in the menu and it was spatlese! Nice, but sooooo many amazing German wines out there! -
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Gooooooood morning campers. So hands up if you’re hungover do not sleep on @wolfgangslondon they literally make THE BEST roast I’ve had in Balham/London/anywhere. (Not being paid to say this, or given any freebies-more’s the pity) legit service is g

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You all voted for wine. Although my day ones voted for dog and I love them for that! Ok let’s discuss my wine mistake. (Yep another one). Inadvertently picked up an Oyster Bay Chardonnay and not a Sauvignon Blanc. Quelle horror. Did I like it? Not really. Did I drink it? Yeah one glass. It’s so bloody fruity but serious oak, vanilla and caramel notes. Why do I find Chardonnay like this so sickly?! I kind of love a Chablis which is not what you “classically” think of when you think Chardonnay. I could have liked this in a different setting, but I had just geared myself up for my beloved NZ Sauvignon! Have you tried this? What did you think? -
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You all voted for wine. Although my day ones voted for dog and I love them for that! Ok let’s discuss my wine mistake. (Yep another one). Inadvertently picked up an Oyster Bay Chardonnay and not a Sauvignon Blanc. Quelle horror. Did I like it? Not re

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Ok, you know how every now and then, you have something that blows your socks off. This. Was. It. Vagabond Urban Winery Bacchus 2018 (that alone is exciting! Because we all know how hot and awesome 2018 was). It is described as Aromatic (always my vibe) with Elderflower and black currant leaf with hints of passion fruit. England’s answer to Kiwi Sauvignon blanc. Sign. Me. Up. For a case of 12. I was like pfff am I really going to taste elderflower. Holy hell, it’s like a Saint Germaine but this in a white wine. As an aside it’s vegan. So it’s winning on all fronts. England is killing it in white wine. -
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Ok, you know how every now and then, you have something that blows your socks off. This. Was. It. Vagabond Urban Winery Bacchus 2018 (that alone is exciting! Because we all know how hot and awesome 2018 was). It is described as Aromatic (always my vi

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What is your favourite region to learn about? I personally love Australia and NZ because I’m a huge New World wine fan, and think in a lot of cases they are better than Old World (who rely too much on their Old World status)
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What is your favourite region to learn about? I personally love Australia and NZ because I’m a huge New World wine fan, and think in a lot of cases they are better than Old World (who rely too much on their Old World status) - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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We purchased a classic cuvee from Jenkyn Place. This is a Chardonnay led blend which lends itself to a beautiful chalky green apple flavour. Made from 2013 grapes, picked and bottled in 2014 which are then ready for consumption in 2019. One of the reasons the quality is so good is that the English leave the “champagne” on the lees for 3-5 years and the French usually only a couple of months. This one was left for 3 years. It’s why so many of our English sparkling wines are bloody good. The whole process is pretty expensive and each bottle costs £5 alone to “bottle”. Reading about this drop tells me it will age well within the next 2-6 years, but firstly my house is hot and bright and secondly zero willpower.
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We purchased a classic cuvee from Jenkyn Place. This is a Chardonnay led blend which lends itself to a beautiful chalky green apple flavour. Made from 2013 grapes, picked and bottled in 2014 which are then ready for consumption in 2019. One of the re

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I’ve promised myself this week I will do more revision for WSET 3 and less of the actually drinking wine. So far so good . Since the JPMCC I’ve also put running on a little back burner but it’s time to get going again. In hand is a glass of cloudy bay from Saturday night, but will give you my thoughts soon. (Spoiler:it’s my go to favourite forever).
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I’ve promised myself this week I will do more revision for WSET 3 and less of the actually drinking wine. So far so good . Since the JPMCC I’ve also put running on a little back burner but it’s time to get going again. In hand is a glass of cloudy ba

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