Living with a gluten or wheat intolerance is not fun, but thank goodness more products are available now to make life tastier for sufferers.
And one of the ranges which we recently sampled was Perk!er. This award-winning range actually includes porridge pots and breakfast flakes, bread and theTiffin and Rocky Road bars that we tried.
Our wheat intolerant taster loved them both, and whilst she allowed us to try them, refused to relinquish them for general consumption. To be honest we couldn’t blame her.
The Tiffin bar is a marriage of crunchy chocolate biscuit, honeycomb and raisins covered in milk chocolate, whilst the Rocky Road bar – combines chunks of chocolate biscuit with marshmallows in Belgian milk chocolate, topped with a drizzle of white chocolate. We liked them too!
Perk!er Tiffin and Rocky Road bars are available from Tesco, ASDA and Sainsbury’s stores nationwide and online through Ocado and Amazon. RRP: Sharing tubs £1.95 to 32.29 and bars £1.00. www.perkier.co.uk
[Yellow Tail] Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc
In the late 1950s the Casella family left their native Sicily for Australia. Eventually they bought 50 acres of farmland in New South Wales and planted it with grapes, peaches and prunes. Twelve years later they were producing wine.
We were told that [Yellow Tail] Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc apart from being enjoyed on their own could also be used as a base for cocktails or in cooking recipes. No doubt they could but the four tasters opted for the first option in a garden one warm, July lunchtime.
The tasting notes of the Sauvignon Blanc advised to look out for loads of bright tropical fruits, in the bouquet and on the palate, as well as crushed green herbs, passion fruit and tangy, grapefruit acidity. They weren’t sure about that, but one of them definitely picked up ripe gooseberries in this crisp, clean wine. It was the favourite for three out of the four tasters.
With the Pinot Grigio they were told to look out for the characteristics of nashi (Asian) pear, green apples and floral notes with a hint of pineapple. The fourth taster was over the moon that the other three preferred the Sauvignon Blanc because it meant that she had more of it for herself. Not usually a Pinot Grigio fan, she was bowled over by this particular wine, commenting that it had much more depth to it than so many, sometimes bland Pinot Grigios.
The [Yellow Tail] Pinot Grigiot and Sauvignon Blanc wines are available nationwide in Sainsbury’s and retail at £7.99. www.yellowtailwine.com
Frontera said to be the world’s best-selling Chilean wine brand has launched a totally new look for the UK market featuring traditional Chilean folk literature on its label.
The Merlot comes from Chile’s Maule region, the result of small scale grape producers benefiting from an association between Vina Concha y Toro and the National Agricultural Development Institute. The aim is to provide the growers with technical assistance to improve the quality of the grapes so as to increase their opportunities for development.
Each bottle label has a fun and visual story all about the heritage of the wine. The poetry is told through the traditional Chilean method of ‘Lira Popular’.
The Merlot label includes the poem: It was a little blackbird // That gave me my name // Mirlo they called it // beautiful and dark // Two things we share // Along with a joyful song // Grapes with magical roots .
As to the wine itself, the Merlot is delicious. It is full-bodied, soft and smooth with a hint of cherries and pepper. Definitely a wine made from grapes with magical roots.
The Frontera range is available nationwide from Tesco RRP £5.99. www.fronteraspecialties.com
For us PG tips has long been synonymous with a good brand of tea promoted by a rather lively monkey! And it still is.
But those clever PG tips people have come up with some new taste thrills for us with a new range of fruit, herbal and green teas. As they say – juicy, zesty and fruity. The teas really do seem to have more depth of flavour than some of the rather bland fruit and herbal teas on the market.
There are 10 new flavours from a Vibrant Mandarin Orange flavour Green Tea to a Refreshing Peppermint and a Juicy Red Berries flavour Herbal Infusion.
We all liked the clear packaging; the box was easily picked out on a shelf. The boxes are easy to open and kept their shape through days of use, and we like the pyramid-shape bags. We tried Zesty Lemon flavour smooth Green Tea, Juicy Red Berries flavour Herbal Infusion and the Fresh Peppermint.
One taster was particularly smitten with the peppermint describing it as having a crisp, clear “minty” taste as expected and nicer peppermint taste compared to the own-brand makes he usually buys. ‘Nice cuppa!’ he added!
We also liked it that the brewing instructions for each type of tea are clearly printed on the side of the box.
Our next shopping basket will certainly include the Pure Green tea and also the Fragrant Jasmine flavour Green Tea.
PG tips Fruit and Herbal range has an RRP* of £1.19; and the Green Tea range an RRP* of £1.29.
Each pack contains 20 tea bags. *All prices quoted are recommended retail prices. Retailers are free at all times to set their own retail prices. www.pgtips.co.uk