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£6.08It’s a happy little chappy is this wine. Like a gregarious mate, you can take it anywhere and it’s guaranteed to quickly raise a smile with its easy charm and its bright, sunny character, full of the blissful Californian sun.
Its ripe yellow plum and cantaloupe melon flavours would buddy up easily with a spicy vegetable stir-fry, ideally with a bunch of old friends, a comfy sofa and a Shirley Valentine DVD.Zinfandel (100%)5Light Full bodied6Dry SweetSuitable For Vegans
£6.08Sometimes you just want to turn the radio on and let somebody else make your mind up for you. You've made mind-bending decisions all day, you don't want to come home and choose between Stockhausen and Ornette Coleman. Just press a button and dig what comes out, you'll like it more than you expected.
Like this wine, it's smooth, fruity and friendly, and it doesn't want you to beat yourself up looking for a greater profundity. There you go, ‘don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy...’ Perfect. You didn't even know the Eagles were so good. Everything is splendid.Oak:5Light Full bodied3Dry SweetSuitable For VegetariansSuitable For Vegans
£6.30Lemons are great. You can squeeze them on fish to make the fish more lovely and you can put them in water to make a nice little hand wash. However, they are blimming sharp.
So, what we prefer is a WINE that TASTES like lemons, but doesn’t make you screw your face up and wince! Plus, it has other flavours, like quince and pear, which are awesome. Overall, we think that’s Cigarra 1: Lemons 0.arinto, Fernao Pires, Seara Nova3Light Full bodied2Dry Sweet
£6.75This medium-bodied dry white wine is another quality installment from the ever impressive South African winemakers Wellington. It has an abundance of tropical aromas and citrussy character on the nose, progressing to a lively mineral finish.Sauvignon Blanc (85%), Colombard (15%)2Light Full bodied2Dry Sweet
Like a Carry On show, Carmenère invariably features fruity behaviour and a voluptuous body, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. This particular example is made with grapes grown in East Mendoza and the Uco valley, in some of the highest vineyards in the world. This means that, like the sharp tongue of Matron, the temperature is cool enough to give acidity and balance to the more fruity aspects.
A dark, seductive wine, displaying aromas of wild blackberries, blackcurrant jam and spices, it has a well-rounded palate that is both soft and firm (altogether now, ooh Matron!)Carménère (100%)Oak:8Light Full bodied4Dry Sweet
A vibrant Garnacha Blanca from Catalonia, from a producer whose name translates as ‘lend a hand’, with a label that refers to the Castells of Catalonia, the human pyramids that form an eye-popping attraction in so many public festivities in the region. The Castells, great symbols of co-operation, were declared by UNESCO in 2010 to be one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Crikey! But speaking of orals and intangibles, the region makes a remarkable amount of utterly wonderful wines, and we'd be delighted to let anybody give us a hand to drink this refreshing, creamy, green apple packed, delicious white wine!Garnacha Blanca (100%)4Light Full bodied2Dry SweetSuitable For VegetariansSuitable For Vegans
£8.50Jean-Luc Colombo's wines provide exceptional quality for every day Rhône drinking. The affectionate nickname for husband, father, winemaker and charismatic figurehead, Jean-Luc, is ‘the winemaking wizard of the Rhône Valley’ and this sassy, swaggeringly-fruited blend of Clairette Blanche and Rousanne really does feel like it’s sprinkled with magic.Clairette Blanche (80%), Roussanne (20%)Oak:3Light Full bodied2Dry Sweet
£9.50A Rioja made for meal times! This red wine might just be the food-match ace in the Rioja suit.Tempranillo (100%)Oak:5Light Full bodied3Dry Sweet
£9.50Stefanini Soave is made from the Garganega grape. the regions indegeous varietal. The colour of the wine is straw yellow with greenish reflections. On the nose it is delicate and flowery, with notes of elderberry and hawthorn, together with juicy sensations of ripe peach, apricot and tropical fruits. It gracefully reveals the typical white flowers and almond mark of the Garganega variety. On the palate it is dry, medium-bodied and smooth with a pleasant long mineral finish.Garganega (100%)2Light Full bodied1Dry Sweet
‘Like a rainy day that is not wet/like a gambling fiend that does not bet/like Dracula without his fangs/like the boogie-to-the-boogie without the boogie bang’ rapped the Sugarhill Gang in 1979, on the frankly long version of Rapper's Delight. ‘What is?’ enquired your then teenage scribe, who never actually found out.
He might have been talking about this paradoxical yet utterly delicious non-fizzy Prosecco, which has all the flavour of its sparkling siblings but without a bubble to be seen.
Green apple aromas meet floral touches on the way to a full and luscious, spumante-spurning palate. ‘Like toil and trouble without the double double/like Prosecco wine that doesn't have the bubbles,’ they may have added. Maybe they did. Maybe the song kept writing itself, a twelve-inch enormo-mix ending only at the beginning in an infinite loop. Who knows..?Glera (100%)2Light Full bodied4Dry Sweet
***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2014***
Five. That’s how many reasons there are to love this wine. Let us begin:
1) De Bosman is a passionate, fifth generation family-owned winery, having first moved to the Lelienfontein farm in 1798.
2) Their 250 workers own 30% of the estate so are very invested in every aspect of production.
3) They use solar panels and everything from grafting the vines to picking the wines is done by hand.
4) It is fair trade.
5) This red has fantastic sense of place, with the classic Wellington Merlot flavours of rich chocolate and pepper underpinning the lush red and black fruit. Yee-haw.Merlot (100%)Oak:7Light Full bodied5Dry SweetSuitable For Vegetarians
When winemakers make wine, they are painting. They may not wear stripy tops and live bohemian lifestyles, but are artists nonetheless and they take their inspiration and their materials from the land around them.
In this instance, the materials are the gentle slopes of the southern Rhône, plentiful sun, which provide enough warmth for the grapes to reach ripeness. They then have the after-effects of the Mistral wind, which tears through the northern Rhône and arrives downstream, offering grapes a gentle respite from the Mediterranean sun.
In the hands of the artists at Jean-Luc Colombo, they turn this palate into a bold, firmly-structured, fine-grained, beauty of a painting.Syrah / Shiraz (50%), Grenache (45%), Mourvèdre (5%)6Light Full bodied3Dry Sweet
Bruce began Friday drinks by plonking a bottle of cava on the table. He announced. ' No lager tonight dudes, time to try something different.'
Most of the time, sparkling wine is perceived as purely a celebratory drink. But some devotees of this refreshing wine-style drink it whenever the mood occurs i.e. having a pint or a glass of wine with a mate. Cava is outstanding quality, traditionally made (Like Champagne) and you don't need to sell your goldfish to buy some.
Combine this concept along with the amazing pioneer producer Codorniu, will take you straight to their Ecologica Cava Brut NV. Lemon zest, green apples and fresh almond aromas. Followed by a delicious creamy mousse. Some slightly conservative friends may think it's fancy, but others may greet you with a grin. ;)Xarel.lo (64%), Parellada (32%), Macabeo/Xarel-lo (4%)4Light Full bodied2Dry Sweet
It’s really incredible, but this Port actually has its own song.
‘What’s that then?’, we hear you cry. Well, *clears throat and bows exaggeratedly*… “Mr Sandeman has brought me a dream. He’s made the cutest Port that I’ve seen. If you put it to your lips, it tastes like roses and clover. And when you try it your stilton’s lonesome nights are over.”
As we say, incredible, although we’ll admit that this Port doesn’t really taste that much of clover, but more like cassis and cedar. We wonder what clover tastes like…Touriga Franca (30%), Tinta Roriz (30%), Tinta Barroca (20%), Touriga Naçional (10%), Tinto CãoOak:7Light Full bodied7Dry Sweet
Macrocarpa is like the old childhood friend you grew apart from, whom you meet years later and hit it off with all over again. Because, like child hood friends, there are many out there, but only a few that stand out and this isn’t just another New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
But what sets it apart? We’re betting on the 20 per cent oak which gives a rounder mouth-feel and a more boosted body. Complex and feisty with a habit of keeping you coming back time and time again, that’s our mate Macrocarpa. We’re not letting this one slip through our fingers again.Sauvignon Blanc (100%)Oak:6Light Full bodied1Dry Sweet
£12.00"The girls from Weingut Gaul, the sisters Karoline and Dorothee, have lived and breathed the family wine from youth to seniority. They took over the winery. encouraged by their elders to make Spätburgunder, Riesling, St. Laurent, even Dornfelder such as this one, ripe with cherries and with berries and quite savoury, with a lingering finish filling your entire mouth with flavour! We must doff our caps to wine that gives such sensory sonority, and the chiming vinous couplet of the Weingut Gaul sorority!Dornfelder (100%)
This New Zealand red caused quite a sensation amongst Oddbins' passionate staff last time this was in the range, with much hoarding and hiding of the limited stock... It's not hard to see why.
This sumptuous Syrah combines beautiful freshness as well as a purity of deep, dark, dense fruit that will only inspire forays into urgent food preparation. A wine to drink when seeking inspiration and the reassuring comfort of something really outstandingly good...Syrah / Shiraz (100%)Oak:7Light Full bodied3Dry Sweet
£12.50A Rioja from a declared vintage! Not really, but nearly. This is a step up from normal Reserva and is only possible in an exceptional year.Glorioso, if you don't know, has a markedly more elegant house style (hinted at by the Burgundy-shaped bottle) and this is a very capable food-pair Rioja. Medium-bodied and very smooth this is really rather special.Tempranillo (100%)Oak:5Light Full bodied3Dry Sweet
We’d really like to talk about this wine. But we’d prefer to do it à la Jean-Luc Picard, of the Star Ship Enterprise, if we may (the winemaker’s called Jean-Luc, we’re immature, what can we say…)
Captain’s Log, stardate 9357.6. Our destination is Rhône, where our sensors have detected signs of red fruits and gentle spice. Not just that; Spock says there appears to be a tight structure in place. Curious. Nothing has changed in Rhône for generations and their time-honoured traditions make it greatly interesting to us. Wait, they’ve locked their phasers onto us! Red (wine) alert!Syrah / Shiraz (100%)Oak:7Light Full bodied2Dry Sweet
£14.75Since humble beginnings back in 1769, the Gordon's range has undergone several changes, but the distinctive taste of their London Dry gin hasn’t changed. Carefully distilled using a secret recipe, the distinctively refreshing taste comes from the finest handpicked juniper berries and a selection of other botanicals. It's the taste that's made Gordon's the world's best-selling London Dry gin.
£14.75Bell’s has a history dating back to 1825 and a strong claim to be Britain’s most popular whisky. The unique flavour of Bell’s comes from some of the finest malt whiskies in Scotland – from the fresh, sweet malts of Speyside to the smoky sea salt of the Islands – all matured in selected oak casks for a richer flavour. The malt at the heart of the Bell’s blend is rich, spiced and nutty, reminiscent like ginger cake, and comes from Bell’s home, the Blair Athol distillery.
£15.50Created in 1864, Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka is now the number one-selling premium vodka brand in the world, and is distributed in over 130 countries. The base ingredient used is grain and Smirnoff 21 is a triple-distilled spirit, produced in a multi-column still and offers excellent value for money, having as it does a light lemon balm, cereal and cedar-y spiciness. A universally recognised vodka, that is ideal for any number of cocktails.
If you dissect the name ‘Spätburgunder’ – the German name for Pinot Noir – you can deduce two things: it ripens late (‘spät – think Spätlese; ‘late harvest’), and it was brought over to Germany from a certain wine-making region in France (guess which one).
Turns out this thin-skinned beauty absolutely thrives in the volcanic Kaiserstuhl region. Here it picks up a mineral edge that sets it aside from its Burgundian brother, and arguably makes it the cooler of the two.
Berry-scented and balanced, this red wine shows that Germany is definitely a home from home for this Gallic grape.Pinot Noir (100%)Oak:5Light Full bodied1Dry Sweet
Drinking port can be like opening up those tradional, wooden russian dolls. As you open each doll you reveal another one, another style of port. The first one is like trying basic ruby port-ok not bad, then the next you discover LBV port- which is much better.
After some generous soul gives you a glass of single vintage port-it's brilliant and you think you have hit the last doll. But then you discover there is one more. The last one.
A fine tawny port. Silky butterscotch, dried fruits and nutty flavours- completely new flavours compared to the previous ones. You really can't get any further than that.Tinta Roriz, Touriga Francesa, Tinta BarrocaSuitable For Vegetarians
£20.00Our French is simple, however we feel that Canard-Duchêne generally interprets as "duck of oak". Furthermore, we trust this to be a reference to how this exquisite Champagne vanquished the UK. The general population of Ludes, close Reims, kept a huge wooden Trojan-duck at traditions in Folkestone. The duck was filled to the overflow with Champagne bottles, and when neighborhood traditions officers wheeled it in, the trap entryway sprung open and jugs flew out, advancing up the M20 towards London. The rest is history. In any case, our comprehension may not be truly genuine.Pinot Noir (45%), Pinot Meunier (35%), Chardonnay (20%)3Light Full bodied2Dry Sweet
£21.25Bombay Sapphire say that their exemplary gin is infused with imagination. In reality it is infused with a delicious blend of juniper, lemon, coriander, cubeb berries, orris root, almonds, cassia bark, angelica, liquorice and grains of paradise (a peppery member of the ginger family). A harmoniously balanced gin with just the right amount of juniper, subtle earthy spices and a clean refreshing finish.
£22.00A delicious, soft and evocative malt that is a true reflection of its home. Alter Ego: Doctoer Who’s Karen Gillan; affable, with soft, honeyed tones and a streak of spiciness that makes it an interesting one to return to, every Saturday night, whatever dimension you happen to be in.
£22.00Although it’s not to be confused with sarcy people, like… Alter Ego: Jack Dee; it shares the ability to wow large crowds with its delicious dryness, a rich and rewarding character and a crisp delivery that never loses its edge.
We’re trying to think of ways to describe this well-aged Pedro Ximenex that don’t have us cooing and gushing like some over-excitable newlyweds. Darn it, we just can’t help it: we are in love with this wine and we want the world to know!
Here are some words we think of, as we gaze into the rich, dark depths in our glass: cocoa, liquorice, tobacco pouch, rosemary, black olives, Arabic coffee, vanilla and cinnamon. But how feeble words sound compared to the immeasurable depth of feeling in our hearts. We need to sit down.Pedro Ximinez (100%)Oak:9Light Full bodied10Dry Sweet
There's something inherently hedonistic about pink champagne, something inescapably self indulgent. And why not? What's wrong with a celebration of life for life itself? It only becomes vulgar when the only people who can afford it are bankers, oligarchs and Premier league footballers…
So three cheers for Philippe Guidon - with this beautifully crisp and fresh, fruity but elegant fizz, you can live for the moment without breaking the bank.Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay3Light Full bodied2Dry Sweet
Family is a good thing. If you need convincing, just tune into EastEnders – Phil Mitchell often reminds people of the importance of family. The Tarlants, in Champagne, also value family, but don’t have menacing undertones.
What they do have, however, is huge respect for the 11 generations of winemakers before them and for the land tended by them since 1687.
They run their vineyards sustainably and vinify plots separately, adding only a small dosage, which allows the expression of the grapes to shine through. We think Phil would approve.Chardonnay (30%), Pinot Noir (30%), Pinot Meunier (30%)Oak:3Light Full bodied2Dry SweetSuitable For VegetariansSuitable For Vegans
£27.00One of the world's most respected blends, all of the Scotch whiskies that make up Chivas Regal have been matured for at least 12 years. The delicious end result has inviting aromas of heather, apple and herbs and a long, honey-textured palate packed with flavours of pecan nut, butter and pears.
£27.00A truly American Gin, this. The makers aim to capture the ‘lushness, spice, creativity, and freshness of the Pacific Northwest’ and by golly we think they’ve done it. Alter Ego: Maverick from Top Gun (played by Tom Cruise); when this guy sets his sights on something, he goes into Cruise mode and gets the job done. Can we smell hints of leather? Definitely manly, and All American.
Quinta de Vargellas has gone through some changes over the years, the vineyards date back to 1820 when the wines were sold to the English market. After the vineyards were devastated by the phylloxera disease in the 1880s, a couple of blokes armed with faith and dedication decided to attempt to rebuild these vineyards.
Now, the Vargellas vineyards produce sophisticated Ports from vines up to 75 years old, with a focus on sustainability. The 2002 vintage is particularly intense, with rich raisin-y fruit and lots of sweet spices. We say thank you, Taylor Fladgate and Yeatman, for having faith and slogging it out.Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta BarrocaOak:9Light Full bodied7Dry Sweet
We say this with nothing short of affection, but the folk in Champagne don’t ‘alf over egg things sometimes. This Champagne’s name translates as “The Big Charles VII Blend, The Victorious” and comes from the modestly titled “Best Tasting Champagne”, Canard-Duchêne.
But they have every right to be proud – it’s ridiculously tasty. Made with 20% ‘reserve’ – i.e. vintage wine, it has impressive depth, with stone fruit, minerals and toastier notes. Oh, and the finest looking bottle we've seen in a long time.Pinot Noir (55%), Chardonnay (45%)Oak:5Light Full bodied4Dry Sweet
Classic Champagne. And a no-risk, fail-safe guarantee of good order. Taittinger is one of the thoroughbreds and might as well carry the torch for the impeccably high standards of the region's winemaking.
This is a celebratory Champagne par-excellence, it would equally make the most acceptable of offerings to mark just about any occasion. This, as you'd expect is dry, elegant, fresh with an insistently lively effervescence.Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot MeunierOak:5Light Full bodied2Dry Sweet
£32.00Matured in a variety of specially selected American and European casks - hence the name!
£33.00Could this Champagne house be the king of all Champagne? It's a good bet, and you won't get better odds on many other candidates. Roederer certainly have the pedigree and the reputation. After all, it is they who are responsible for making a certain something called Cristal, if you've heard of that one. The one we have here however, is their standard, and what a standard it is too. Dry, delicate with a yeasty depth to it, this is class in a glass!Pinot Noir (40%), Chardonnay (40%), Pinot Meunier (20%)Oak:5Light Full bodied2Dry Sweet
The story goes that in 1930 the director of the then famous Paris restaurant 'la Samaritaine de Luxe' challenged Victor Besserat to produce a champagne that could be drunk throughout a meal. Victor created his Cuvée des Moines, and duly won the bet, and the contract.
Crisp, delicate and fine bubbled but with real character, complexity and subtle depths of flavour, this is a champagne that not only stands up to food, but will step up to the mark for any fizz related challenge you care to throw at it. Bring it on!Pinot Menuier (45%), Chardonnay (35%), Pinot Noir (20%)3Light Full bodied2Dry Sweet
£34.00A classy Pole with finesse and delicacy that has won over 40 international awards. Alter Ego: Frederic Chopin; an undeniable Polish prodigy, beautifully composed, romantic and one for nocturnal gatherings around the piano.
Whether it’s shaving off a few seconds at the finish line in a three-legged race at your offspring’s sports day or an all-night Breaking Bad marathon, we all aim to excel in beating our own Personal Best.
Peter Barry however, wasn’t even competing when he created his own Personal Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Shiraz, but his friends and family loved it so much that they urged him to create more, thus creating his own PB trademark wine.
Bold, bulky and bursting with vibrant fruits of black cherry and plum, we can only thank his family for offering such sage advice.Syrah / Shiraz (71%), Cabernet Sauvignon (29%)Oak:7Light Full bodied3Dry Sweet