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  1. Martini Bianco Vermouth

    Martini Bianco

    £10.25

    £10.25

    Martini Bianco is the Queen of Vermouth. In the past it has been referred to as Bianchissimo, meaning 'whitest' in Italian, and its soft vanilla notes have become instantly recognisable on lips over the years. Bianco has a unique wine base of white wines such as Trebbiano, gracing the vermouth with aromatic herbs and flowers.
  2. Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise Vidal-Fleury 2014 - Half Bottle - 375ml French Fortified Wine

    Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise Vidal-Fleury 2014 - Half Bottle - 375ml

    £12.75

    £12.75

    Muscat Blanc Petits Grains is a sneaky little grape. Although it's technically a white grape, some vines will produce berries that are a pink or reddish brown colour. A single vine has the potential to produce fruit of one colour one year, and a different colour the following year.

    This tiny chameleon fruit tends to stick to its true colours in the Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise region in the Rhône, where it is the primary variety grown. Here, the berries are used to make deliciously sweet and fresh wines like this one from Vidal-fleury with an abundance of fruit and honey aromas and flavours.
  3. Stanton and Killeen Rutherglen Muscat NV - Half Bottle - 375ml

    Stanton and Killeen Rutherglen Muscat NV - Half Bottle - 375ml

    £14.00

    £14.00

    You are what you eat, so the saying goes. And this is manifestly true in Stanton and Killeen's achingly delicious Rutherglen Muscat.

    What does the wine 'eat'? It eats up the hot Australian sun, the time-honoured techniques maintained by this family-run winery and it gobbles up the love they put into it. The result? A raisin-rich, nutty, orange blossom and lavender-flavoured amber nectar.
  4. Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth

    Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth

    £14.50

    £14.50

    Right! Grow up! Stop sniggering like a schoolchild because you've seen the word prat. It isn't prat, because it's French. So it's praaaaah. See? Besides, titter as you might, this vermouth is very far from prattish in any sense of the word. A 'prat', the Oxford English Dictionary would have it, is 'an incompetent or stupid person; an idiot.'*

    So how could the word 'prat' be associated with an aromatised wine this good, based on Picpoul and Clairette grapes, and infused among other things with Roman Chamomile, Nutmeg from Indonesia and Bitter Orange from Tunisia? Yeah. And Gentian from France. Who's the prat now?

    *'Prat' also means 'a person's buttocks.' I bet you didn't know that.
  5. La Quintinye Royal Vermouth Rouge 375ml

    La Quintinye Royal Vermouth Royal Rouge - Half Bottle 375ml

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Whoosh! You hear that? That was the sound of ten thousand cherries, prunes and aniseed all splashing down into a mountain lake. That's not actually how they make La Quintinye Red, but it might as well be.

    Alter Ego: Carmen Miranda; this is one fruity beauty, with enough ripe flavours to send you salsa-ing your way all the way to the cocktail cabinet/shelf. Shake that thing.
  6. La-Quint-Dry

    La Quintinye Royal Vermouth Royal Extra Dry - Half Bottle 375ml

    £15.00

    £15.00

    A curious, fragrant blend of the French 'vin de liquer', Pineau de Charentes, white wine and botanicals, there ain't much that's similar to La Quintinye Extra Dry.

    Alter Ego: David Byrne; totally idiosyncratic that sings pretty, dry melodies over a crunchy, firm beat. Certainly no Talking Head, this is one cocktail party staple that should always Remain in Light.
  7. La Quintinye Royal Vermouth Royal Blanc 37.5cl

    La Quintinye Royal Vermouth Royal Blanc - Half Bottle 375ml

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Straddling the confluence of floral and herby and dry and sweet, La Quintinye is like a romantic bridge that's perfect for strolling across at dusk.

    Alter Ego: Ray Davies; It's definitely Kinky (not like THAT... mind in the gutter, you lot) and it is just perfect for watching a Waterloo Sunset. Even when it' a touch sweet, it still retains an attractive dryness and earthy, poetic quality.

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