weekly winedown

Weekly Winedown #1 – Les Deux Pins Cabernet Sauvignon

So, those of you who follow my ramblings know that there are two things in life I know  have a really good go at.
1) Parenting
2) Wine

I’ve written lots about parenting so I decided to branch out and add a new weekly feature to my blog.

The Weekly Winedown.

Catchy right?

Each week I will drink wine for you and give you a little review.
I am so selfless.
Please don’t expect anything professional, I consume a lot of wine but I’m no pro.
The only real ‘rule’ I’m putting in place is that the wine is to be under £8 a bottle. #keepitclassy.

Without further ado here it’s my first ever Weekly Winedown!

Tonight’s wine of choice is a regular in my world, I introduce you to Les Deux Pins Cabernet Sauvignon a mere £5.29 from Ocado. What a bargain!

Les Deux Pins Cabernet Sauvignon Blurb

The official ‘blurb’ on the wine reads as follows…
This vintage – Le Deux Pins Cabernet Sauvignon – is produced from the vineyards of Languedoc Roussillon in the south of France. Giving a deep garnet red to purple colour, Les Deux Pins Cabernet Sauvignon produces a bouquet of spice and red fruit.
Nicely structured on the palate, it unveils notes of liquorice and give a lengthy finish. Les Deux Pins Cabernet Sauvignon will deliciously enhance your breast of duck on skewers, refined cheese and tasty chocolate-based desserts.

This is a French wine, I usually choose French, ridiculously because I love all things French and I probably, deep down believe it will bring me one step closer to being native. Don’t judge me.

It’s a screw top bottle which I prefer, well screw cap or rubber ‘cork’ for some reason cork corks always break on me and I can’t get them out properly. Saying that, last summer I learnt how to remove a cork without a corkscrew so, y’know, I got skills. As if a house in France in a vineyard didn’t have a cork! WTF?

I digress.

Les Deux Pins Cabernet Sauvignon Verdict

The wine certainly is dark red, that much is true. I don’t know that garnet is a true representation, I always thought garnet was a redder red, but Rory says I don’t know the difference between navy and black so I’m happy to be wrong. Not a good trait for an artist though.

I don’t get ‘spice’ in the bouquet (or smell to you and I) it’s like generic fruity. Not sweet fruit like strawberries, maybe those little red or black berries that taste a bit sour.

Two glasses in and I’m still waiting for the liquorice notes to be unveiled, it does say a ‘lengthy finish’ so maybe that means I’ll do a liquorice wine burp in an hour or two. I’ll report back on the burps.

This particular wine will, allegedly, enhance my breast of duck on skewers, (I don’t know why only skewered ducks, you’d think roast duck would be effected in much the same way), refined cheese and tasty chocolate based desserts. Tell me a non tasty chocolate based dessert and I’ll show you a dessert that’s not actually made of chocolate!

For me, today, this wine is a perfect compliment to feelings of slight hurt caused by Aoife suggesting I don’t exercise enough, shock to the sound and mess of children being home and annoyance that that car is broken.
I have no skewered breast to enhance so instead it is enhancing the wait for Indian food whilst the children shout and don’t go to sleep upstairs despite having gone to bed perfectly at Grandma’s all week!

Name – Les Deux Pins 2015
Price – £5.29
Colour – Dark Red
Smell – Fruity, like fruit.
Taste – Full bodied, dark and handsome.
Goes well with – Shouty children and hunger.
Overall score – 3/5. It’s an average wine for an average Friday night.

So there it is, my first wine tasting!
I am always going to veer toward red wine as that’s my drink of choice so if any of you have any suggestions as to what I should try next, leave them in the comments and I’ll seek them out.
I don’t like pink though.
Cheers folks!


  • Em Linthorpe

    This is fricking ace!! Haha!
    I’m not a wine drinker (apart from if I’m offered it at parties, where my answer is always “NOW!….please”) so I’m afraid I can’t offer you any suggestions on your next feature. If you decide to diversify into mid-range fruit ciders though, give me a holler ?

  • Peter Lytz


    Languedoc-Roussilignon (did I spell it right?) has been in my experience a good choice. Affordable and good tasting. First aquitances in the late seventies when small chateaus became available in Finland. Go for the region. /Peter

    • Anna

      I’m a sucker for that region, I also love reds from the Cote D’azur region but good ones are pretty hard to come by here. Still it makes holidaying even more the treat:)

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