Fun with Wine

Political Party Leader Wine Tasting Notes

28 Apr, 2015

The UK general election is coming up, but rather than focusing on the major party policies and the “everyday concerns of hard-working people”, we decided to compare the party leaders to wines.

Choose your wines (and politicians) carefully…


David Cameron

Party Leader Tasting Notes - Cameron as Claret

Old Claret

A good old claret is a staple in old boys’ clubs. It has been a mainstay on the shelves for the past few years but has recently declined somewhat in popularity. It is perceived as a bit old-fashioned, fusty and too expensive for most to drink. 

photos: tanners-wines.co.uk, mirror.co.uk


Nigel Farage

Party leader tasting notes - Farage Lambrusco

Lambrusco

This wine has all the showy allure of sparkle at a quick-fix price. Sadly the sickly sweetness soon wears off leaving you with a headache and the unpleasant after-taste of disappointment. 

photos: tesco.co.uk, dailystar.co.uk


Natalie Bennett 

Party Leader Tasting Notes - Natalie Bennett

Biodynamic Wine

Putting ethical sourcing first, this organically farmed wine is made without the use of pesticides and following the phases of the moon. Although niche, it is growing increasingly popular. Can they ever make it to the mainstream? 

photos: winealign.com, westmidlands.greenparty.co.uk


Nick Clegg

Party Leader Tasting Notes - Nick Clegg

Oaked Chardonnay

In the past, this wine seemed to have all the right ingredients to be great but after many broken promises, the yellow, oaky character has fallen rapidly out of favour. It seems doubtful we will be swayed back to this once wildly popular wine. 
photos: woodbridgewines.com, telegraph.co.uk


Ed Miliband

Party Leader Tasting Notes - Ed Miliband

Off-dry Riesling

Public perception of this wine has suffered somewhat in recent years, thanks to the reputation of its semi-sweet predecessors. It is often ridiculed and seen as out of kilter with current trends but it has had quite a turnaround in popularity of late. Could it be making a comeback?

photos: wine-searcher.com, theguardian.com


 

Nicola Sturgeon

Party Leader Tasting Notes - Nicola Sturgeon

Retsina

This wine is rather controversial. It’s a bit like marmite, you either love it or you hate it. In ancient times, the Greeks added resin to the wine to discourage Roman invaders from enjoying the spoils of war. The distinctive pine flavour is not for everyone, but it does have a loyal fanbase. 

photos: tsantali.co.uk, gettyimages.co.uk


Want to read more political-related wine news? Check out our article about wine duty here

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