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  1. Aguila Syrah Spanish Red Wine 2012

    Aguila Red 2012

    £6.50

    £6.50

    Historically, Spain wasn't always the go-to country for affordable, fresh, good value wines, being hitherto known, on the whole, for more oaky styles but, for the past few years, it's made everyday wines something of an art form.
    Grown at high altitude in the DO of Cariñena, the Syrah grapes give rise to a clean, vibrant wine with intense aromas of dark cherry, violets and freshly-made jam.
    In vinous terms, Spain has traded sandals for Nike Airs; swapped Neil Diamond for Lily Allen; dispatched the Coronation Chicken in favour of beetroot foam; call it what you like, it changed, and we like it.
  2. Alain Geoffroy Chablis Premier Cru Beauroy 2015

    Alain Geoffroy Chablis Premier Cru Beauroy 2015

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Domaine Alain Geoffroy have let Oddbins in on a little-known secret about a certain singer-songwriter and this Chablis Premier Cru Beauroy.

    Way back when she visited the Domain on a holiday, Natasha Bedingfield understandably fell a little head-over-heels in love with this voluptuous white wine. She was so enamoured by its pale golden colour, floral aromas and fresh, fruity flavours that she couldn't stop singing about bottles full of sunshine.

    Rumour has it she had to change the lyrics for legal reasons and so she started singing about pocketsful of sunshine instead - a bit of a leap if you ask us. But your secret is out now, Natasha, and quite honestly we love the original version almost as much as we love this Chablis; we dare you to try singing it without it getting stuck in your head!

    'I got a bottle, Got a bottle full of sunshine, I've got a love and I know that it's all mine...'
  3. Albert Bichot Macon Pierreclos 2015 Red Burgundy

    Albert Bichot Mâcon Pierreclos 2015

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Albert Bichot's family wine business goes back so far that it coincided with Beethoven composing his Fifth Symphony, an absolute masterpiece, similar to this Macon Pierreclose Bichot... Thinking about it, to quote Albéric Bichot himself, he has compared his work to conducting an orchestra too!
    Not too dissimilar to Mr. Beethoven after all then, but instead of a string quartet and a pianist, we have an acapella of cherry, plum and spices on the nose, a crescendo of intense fruit flavours against a tangy background on the palate and on the finish?
    An impressive ensemble of refreshing notes of red fruit. Encore!
  4. Alma de Blanco Godello Spanish Wine

    Alma de Blanco Godello 2016

    £9.75

    £9.75

    A few years ago, Rias Baixas, and Albarino were the region and grape names to drop to prove your wine aficionado credentials. These days, those names have become almost mainstream, and it's the tiny neighbouring region of Monterrei - and Albarino's doppelganger Godello - that you need to be talking about to show off your esoteric knowledge. Like Albarino, Godello is crisp, fresh and so friendly to seafood it risks an injunction. Snap it up while it's still an undiscovered (and under valued) gem.
  5. Mencia Alma de Tinto Mencia

    Alma de Tinto Mencia 2016

    £9.75

    £9.75

    Tucked away in the mountains of Spain's wild North West, hard up against the topmost corner of Portugal, Monterrei is one of Iberia's tiniest, and least known wine producing regions. Mencia is the grape native to that rugged part of the world, and, as far as we're aware, found nowhere else. The wine it produces is appropriately wild and brambly, dark and intense, but full of bright, fresh fruit that pulls it up just this side of brooding. A walk on the wild side with a spring in its step.
  6. Anna's Way Sauvignon Blanc White Wine

    Anna's Way Sauvignon Blanc 2015

    £12.00

    £12.00

    "Anna's Song" was recorded by Marvin Gaye while he was going through his divorce with Berry Gordy's sister, Anna. "Anna's Way" can also be interpreted as being about the marriage of two of the main valleys of the Marlborough region though - the Awatere and Wairau Valleys.

    This classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc offers an intense nose of passion fruit and gooseberries with subtle floral notes. It's quite green and therefore the wine is dry to taste but sweetened by the juicy flavours of citrus, passion fruit and gooseberries. Its lingering finish makes you feel the same way as Marvin Gaye, who obviously doesn't want his relationship with Anna to end.

    The song finishes with the words: ""Anna, Anna, Anna, this is Anna's song, loving you all night long!"" I can assure you, you too will sing the song after a sip of Anna's Way!
  7. Beaujolais Selection Parcellaire 2015

    Beaujolais Selection Parcellaire 2015

    £8.75

    £8.75

    From a region that cannot and will not be ignored, this Beaujolais...hang on a minute, don't be like that. Stick around, you'll thank us.
    As we were. This Beaujolais "Selection Parcellaire" offers a refreshing and fleshy palate with a subtle yet full-body featuring red fruit flavours. The nose is both fine and intense with floral notes of violet and peony, enhanced by the fruitiness that is characteristic of Gamay. The finish is long, refreshing and ends on a fruity note. This is a real breath of fresh air from Beaujolais. Serve slightly chilled and you'll see how 'Gamay-zing' this wine really is!
  8. Blau Cel 2015 White Wine Spanish

    Blau Cel 2016

    £10.50

    £10.50

    High up in the sky, a worried-looking coyote is clinging to a faltering Acme ‘Mars-or-Bust’ space rocket. ‘Bust’ is the clear winner. Far below him is a crazy quilt of cartoon farmland, and his look turns to one of resignation as he realises that as soon as he's fallen into it, the rocket will follow, landing on his head. Never mind, coyote, at least you're landing in Moisès Virgili's wonderfully higgledy-piggledy vineyards in Tarragona, and you can now spend your days happily running round tending to the differing needs of all the little plots, and making this aromatic, white fruited, refreshing and entirely Mediterranean organic white. It's got to be better than the Grand Canyon!
  9. Blau Mari Spanish Red Wine 2014

    Blau Marí 2015

    £10.50

    £10.50

    To be a good teacher, it's important to understand your class, its dynamic, who's disruptive, who's the quiet genius etc., and to respond accordingly. Well, winemaker Moisès Virgili does the same thing with his Cabernet Sauvignon and Garnatxa vines.

    He says "The vineyard blocks are small and idiosyncratic. Some face the sea, others don't, and the soil is different from one row to another, so we treat them all individually'. This approach coaxes out all the refined, noble black fruit of the Cabernet and the lush red fruit of the Garnatxa and combines them perfectly in the winery to create an A* wine.
  10. Borghetto Chianti Riserva Italian Red Wine

    Borghetto Chianti Riserva 2013

    £10.50

    £10.50

    It was that old cad, Hannibal Lector, who told Clarice that he 'ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti' in The Silence of the Lambs. So we suggest that a far more reasonable food match for this velvety, cherry-laden, supple red wine would be a simple tomato and fresh basil spaghetti dish. Lovely.

    What we're saying is, stick to a vegetarian dish, because Hannibal has kinda ruined meat matches with Chianti. The cad.
  11. Carta Vieja Merlot Red Wine Chile

    Carta Vieja Merlot 2016

    £7.00

    £7.00

    Another major minor-miracle in the Oddbins wine range and a regular member of our bestsellers list, this is a red that keeps the customer in search of good valued wine very satisfied indeed. Minor, because of its diminutive price tag but very major when it comes to what you get for your money.
    This Chilean red's distinction is its refinement and understatement. A kind of light, softness with a freshness and vitality that easily puts it next to baby Clarets for class, balance and great food-friendliness.
  12. Casa Lluch Verdil Spanish White Wine

    Casa Lluch Verdil 2015

    £9.75

    £9.75

    This dry, delicate and very endearing Spanish white from an almost unheard of grape - Verdil - reminds one a little of Sauvignon Blanc but that's to sell its individuality short.

    If we were to make a music video to describe this wine, we would film a cowboy, chopping a pineapple seductively in an oasis in the vivid sunshine of the Arizona desert, with the chirping of crickets emanating from the lush vegetation and someone spraying themselves with a hose in the background.

    Why? Because this wine is simultaneously dry, refreshing, sexy, herby, zippy and evocative. See for yourself!
  13. Château Cambon la Pelouse 2013 Red Wine

    Château Cambon la Pelouse 2013

    £20.00

    £20.00

    Like the teacher at school who really understood how to get the best out of you, this Bordeaux is both serious and stimulating and, underneath it all, is a bit of a softy.

    Unusually for a left bank Bordeaux, this red wine is Merlot heavy - 60% to be exact. That Merlot helps to soften the tannins and gives this deep Bordeaux a delicate, silky texture that secures your attention, whilst it educates you as to all the charms of a decent Claret. An edifying tipple.
  14. Château Cantemerle Les Allées de Cantemerle Haut-Médoc 2010 Red Wine

    Château Cantemerle Les Allées de Cantemerle Haut-Médoc 2010

    £25.00

    £25.00

    This red wine reminds us very much of former Conservative leader and This Week regular Michael Portillo. Though it be part of the old-guard, red (or pink or turquoise) trouser brigade, it brings a modern quality and decency to proceedings that people can admire, whatever their politics.

    It is generously fruity [for a Haut-Médoc] and is enjoyable young, although it has shown itself to have brilliant ageing potential. It retains a charming elegance in everything it does and is comfortably toasty on the sofa, any week.
  15. Château Coussin Rosé 2016 Vintage Wine

    Château Coussin Rosé 2016

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Human lives are full of eureka moments. These run the gamut from the earth-shattering "the world is not flat" or "he/she is the one" kind to the smaller but no less revelatory discoveries of chipotle Tabasco or the Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V commands on a keyboard.

    This delicate looking wine lies somewhere in between, because it's unequivocal proof that rosé can be incredibly serious stuff. It carries the poise, elegance and flawless complexion of Grace Kelly and then explodes with pink grapefruit, passion fruit, strawberry sorbet and lemon sherbet.
  16. Chateau de L'Abbaye Haut Medoc Red Wine

    Château de L'Abbaye Haut Medoc 2013

    £12.00

    £12.00

    The head Abbot of Haut-Médoc was utterly fed up. The vow of silence and bowl hair cuts was getting very tedious. He had a field festooned with fat cows and multiple mushrooms in the meadows . He really wanted a decent glass of red with his meat, so the Abbey gave up the altar decor helpline service (the vow of silence wasn't working with that anyway), and decided to make this red wine. Intense blueberries, plum and oak aromas and a palate of boasting power and finesse. After the vintage, the Abbot happily sat down for a meal and contemplated the moral of this story - 'Don't get whiney, make wine!'.
  17. Chateau de la Roulerie Coteaux du Layon 2013 White Wine

    Château de la Roulerie Coteaux du Layon 2013

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Chateau de la Roulerie Coteaux Du Layon shows a beautiful golden colour, it is elegant, delicate and filled to the brim with jammy fruit aromas. A fresh and balanced white wine from the Loire Valleys with an enticing array of blood oranges, fig, peach, ginger and apricots both on the nose and the palate.
  18. Château Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepère Rosé 2014

    Château Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepere Rosé 2016

    £11.50

    £11.50

    This wine is a serendipitous find for Oddbins and a lovely drop it is too. It is the sister wine to Château Guilhem Cuvée Prestige Rouge, which was suggested to us via The Listing (where you can recommend wines for us to stock that you have discovered on holiday). Where the Prestige Rouge is full-on and chocolatey, the rosé is a delicate flower, with aromas of rose hip, wild strawberries and white peaches. Made entirely organically, this is an all-natural discovery. Happy days.

  19. Château Haut Courneau Graves Red Wine France

    Château Haut Courneau Graves 2015

    £11.50

    £11.50

    With a beautiful garnet robe and appealing aromatic aromas, it follows up on the palate expressive red fruits (strawberry and blackcurrant), delivered in an elegant and round attack. The wine is well-balanced with unctuous, with silky tannins.
  20. Chateau Jalousie 2015

    Château Jalousie 2015 - Half Bottle - 375ml

    £6.50

    £6.50

    Château Jalousie have just gone straight to the to the top of our popularity list for lightening up our day with the following food matching advice for their delightful half wine bottle of Claret: "Something juicy and relatively dead would be best." It's good to see there are some funny glands that are alive and kicking in Bordeaux. Just sayin'.
  21. Chateau Lafleur de Haute Serre Cahors

    Château Lafleur de Haute Serre-Cahors 2015

    £13.75

    £13.75

    Chateau Lafleur de Haute-Serre is gives such pleasure to the consumer, much like a fine novel it is a wine that you want to see right through to the end. It is a powerful, well built red with lovely expressions of earthiness and black truffle on the nose. Softness and elegance dominate the palate with a wonderful balance between acidity, tannins and red fruits.
  22. Château Lalene Cuvée Prestige

    Château Lalene Cuvée Prestige 2015

    £9.75

    £9.75

    The Lalene is an elegant and complex wine rich with flavours of black fruit and fine grained velvety tannins, before a long satisfying finish.
  23. Chateau Meaume Bordeaux Superieur 2012 - Magnum

    Château Meaume Bordeaux Superieur 2012 - Magnum

    £21.00

    £21.00

    The property of Château Méaume has been a historically significant building in France for many Centuries. It was, in fact, the country residence of Louis XIV's bodyguard; the Chevalier de la Croix Maron. His acclaims are vast; starting this fine winery, inventing double distillation to produce Cognac and of course being the inspiration for the hit 90s film, 'The Bodyguard'. Whitney Houston was evoked, to be involved in the project, after hearing how Louis XIV's bodyguard carried him 2 and a half miles out of a riot, at Oasis' set at Knebworth. The film was a tremendous success but not as much as the wine, a rich Merlot dominant blend that will surely save you from enthusiastically aggressive republicans.
  24. Chateau Unang Blanc White Wine

    Château Unang Blanc 2015

    £12.00

    £12.00

    James King, the genius behind this delicate white wine, should change his name to James, King of Elegance. Of course, a title as grand as this must be earned...

    But we think he's rather deserving. James pours his blood, sweat and tears (not literally) in to his wines so that they deliver the perfect balance of flavour and refreshment for everyone to enjoy. The Chateau Unang Blanc, for example, offers subtle hints of star anise and paprika on the nose before fruit takes over on the palate. White peach and pineapple flavours are most prominent and follow through to the finish.

    All hail the King of Elegance!
  25. Chateau Unang Rosé Wine

    Château Unang Rosé 2015

    Now £10.50

    Was £11.50

    £10.50

    A cool glass of rosé is fast becoming the go-to summer wine and this pale coloured drop from Château Unang shows us exactly why the pink is so popular!

    Strawberry aromas lead on the nose and are accompanied by notes of lychee. The palate offers thirst-quenching citrus flavours of grapefruit and lemon, quickly followed by goosberry. And with a minerality on the finish, this refreshing drop of rosé is perfect for sharing during those long summer evenings in the garden.
  26. Chablis Premier Cru Les Fourneaux 2015

    Chablis Premier Cru Les Fourneaux 2015

    £29.00

    £29.00

    So Chablis. Right, it's bone dry, no oak, you might even say steely. Fetch it from a posh Premier Cru vineyard and then what happens? Tell you what, let's have a glass of that Chablis Premier Cru Les Fourneaux then, made especially for Oddbins by Samuel Billaud, and find out.

    OK: all your white flowers and lime are there on the nose, but there's something else, on the palate - it's more delicate and balanced, with a subtle fruitiness. It's, well, elegant. A bit like you in your best frock/suit, sweetheart.

    So that's the difference, we suppose - normal Chablis: designer casuals, Premier Cru: that perfectly fitted dress/sharply tailored suit you only wear when you're really out to slay them. Sorted!
  27. Cigarra Portuguese Red Wine Portugal

    Cigarra Red 2015

    £7.00

    £7.00

    Portuguese wines are increasing in popularity and, going by this example, it's little wonder. Offering extremely high quality, distinctive wines at fantastic value for money, this country certainly deserves to become as well known for its table wines as for its ports.
    This particular red is a smooth, easy-drinking blend of little-known yet fantastic grape varieties, including Castelão, Camarate, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Miúda.
  28. Ventus White Wine

    Del Fin Del Mundo Ventus White 2016

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Someone finally got them together. It's like two friends that have always had a thing for each other but never hit it off. Ventus White is that couple that finally got together. Like that damn film Clueless. Or When Harry met Sally...or When Tropical Met Citrus Fruits finally admit love last minute in the airport departure lounge. Somehow it totally works and they both sit down for a meal and a glass of wine. This wine is our kind of 'Friend with Benefits'.
  29. Diane de Belgrave Haut-Médoc 2011

    Diane de Belgrave Haut-Médoc 2011

    £19.00

    £19.00

    A classic Bordeaux from fifth growth Château Belgrave in Haut-Médoc. A wine of depth, class and smoothness that really sings with rich fruit when decanted.

    This is the kind of wine your parents used to let you have a sip of at Christmas - austere but profound and full of the forbidden promise of adulthood. Open at a triumphant celebration of victory, or at the weekend.

    Medium-bodied, deeply complex, supple and rounded with a confident touch of wood on the finish.
  30. Dolia Sauvignon Blanc

    Dolia Sauvignon Blanc 2013

    £7.25

    £7.25

    Dolia. A refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from Gascony, SW France. But, little did we know, it is also a defunct Bishop's seat in Sardinia, founded in 1100 AD. Well, this got us interested in this Mediterranean isle and we discovered, gleefully, that the word "sardonic" comes from the result of a native herb that causes convulsive laughter in its victims. Who knew?
    Anyway, like we said, this is a clean, crisp drop of white wine and would make a good plus one at any party.
  31. Domaine des Amphores Saint-Joseph 2015 French Red Wine

    Domaine des Amphores Saint-Joseph 2015

    £20.00

    £20.00

    St Joseph Domaine Amphores, that's the domain of vases to us 21st Century folk. In ancient Greece, Amphora were often used to tell the tales of extraordinary events. They'd paint images of Jason and his Golden fleece, the Minotaur or Achilles and his bloomin' ankle. That was his week spot because as a baby, Zeus washed him in eternal potion or whatever and dipped him in by his ankle, just change foot, then he would've been fine! If we still painted our heroes on vases I imagine this wine would get an appearance, with concentrated dark forest berry notes, aromas of cloves and white pepper, I'm fairy sure Domaine Amphores would've conquered Troy, it's conquered our palates.
  32. Domaine Joel Delaunay Touraine Chenonceaux Rouge 2014 French Red Wine

    Domaine Joël Delaunay 'L'esprit des Dames' Touraine Chenonceaux Rouge 2014

    £16.00

    £16.00

    Thierry was often saddened when he saw the ladies in the winery. They looked so drab and miserable, as if their work was a chore. Surely that wasn't good for the wine. Their tired looks must affect the end result, and make it bitter and sharp.

    What's needed, thought Thierry, is some glamour. Then they'll feel much better. So he set about producing a youthful, sensuous red the ladies could rub on their cheeks. A rouge to brighten up proceedings, and bring about a blushing vibrancy. The plan worked a treat. Even if the wine didn't work for everyone as make-up, drinking it put a smile upon their face. One taste, and you can tell.
  33. Domaine Joel Delaunay Touraine Gamay 2016

    Domaine Joël Delaunay Touraine Gamay 2016

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Years ago, Touraine wine was transported from vineyard to market on barges, pulled along the river Loire by patient, stoic horses. It saddened Thierry to see the horses plod along the towpath, their muscles straining with effort, their breath huffing and puffing with the work-like rhythm of steam engines.

    What's needed, thought Thierry, is lighter wine. Then the horses won't be so exhausted. So he set about producing a soft, supple red, redolent with the scents and flavours of the riverbank. Strawberries, wild plums, and sun ripe cherries. Incredibly easy to enjoy, and so much easier on the horses.
  34. Domaines Ott Clos Mireille Rose Cotes de Provence Wine France

    Domaines Ott Clos Mireille Rosé 2015

    £37.00

    £37.00

    A premium pale pink robe with eglantine highlights. On the nose are mourvèdre aromas and notes of citrus fruit, as well as very fresh touches of liquorice. On the palate there is a fine balance between freshness and liveliness, with aromas of white fleshy fruits. It is typified by a sharp texture - fresh, silky and long-lasting.
  35. Falanghina Biblos White Wine Italy

    Falanghina Biblos 2015

    £13.50

    £13.50

    The Italian region of Molise was plagued by vampires, who had rampaged through the Balkans and across the Adriatic before the Pope could bless the sea, frying them in a spray of holy water. Luckily the locals were experts in the manufacture of stakes, in Latin "falangae", and swiftly despatched the evil horde.

    Once the task was completed the ground was littered with stakes. So the locals collected them up and used them for pinning their beloved vines in place. The name of this white wine, Falanghina, is a homage to the stakes of Molise.
  36. Fattoria Bagnolo Chianti Colli Fiorentini

    Fattoria Bagnolo Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2015

    £14.00

    £14.00

    The estate of Fattoria di Bagnolo dates back to 1419 and in fact, for some time was owned by Machiavelli, which we think is bloomin' cool. He famously said of his vineyard; "grapes should either be caressed or crushed. If you do them minor damage they will get their revenge; but if you squash the grapes, there is nothing they can do. If you need to injure a grape, do it in such a way that you do not have to fear their vengeance." He didn't seem like a great winemaker, he seemed far too concerned the grapes were plotting to over throw him... Thankfully, today the estate is run by Marchesi Barolini Baldelli, who is passionately devoted to viticulture and is in no way encourages despot winemaking.
  37. Fedele Catarratto Pinot Grigio Terre Siciliane IGP 2015

    Fedele Catarratto Pinot Grigio Terre Siciliane IGP 2016

    £8.50

    £8.50

    Pinot Grigio is the ugly duckling of wine grapes, and people tend to forget what a good Pinot Grigio tastes like and how refreshing they usually are.

    The Fedele is actually a blend of Catarratto, which gives some body, cream and some delicate pear and ripe melon flavours, whilst the Pinot Grigio brings some hints of peach and stoned fruit and an incredible freshness.

    Try it in summertime and you might forget that it is always a bit cloudy in the UK. Drink it during winter and you might forget about the rain.
  38. First Creek Hunter Valley Chardonnay

    First Creek Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2015

    £14.50

    £14.50

    We all accumulate stuff - books, records, candelabras...whatever. Every house needs just one more shelf. Liz Silkman is the same with silverware. She'd already been gathering the gongs before 2015, when her First Creek wines garnered 30 awards in one year alone! That's two-and-a-half per month, or one every twelve days. That's more often than your humble scribe goes to the pub! Could she even pop out to lunch without coming home with a trophy?

    In deference to her shelving problems, Oddbins hereby awards Liz the Wandsworth Chardonnay Eggcup for services rendered to immaculately oaked, fresh white wine which expresses consummately its varietal characteristics. Might be at the engravers for a while, though...
  39. Fontein Ridge Pinotage Shiraz 2015 - South African White Wine

    Fontein Ridge Pinotage Shiraz 2015

    £6.50

    £6.50

    Modern winemakers often talk about having innovative ideas and that's because they know how important it is to bring new and fresh wines to you!

    Take this South African Pinotage and Shiraz blend for example. They call it 'Fontein Ridge' because it contains fountains of juicy tannins and ripe fruit flavours with hints of vanilla and chocolate on the nose. It's almost unbelievable how they get so much into such a small bottle!

    Though, if they wanted to take it one step further we wouldn't complain if they build an actual fountain of wine. Now THAT's what we'd call innovation...
  40. Footprint Sauvignon Blanc 2016 White Wine

    Footprint 'The Long Walk' Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £8.50

    £8.50

    There was no doubt. Grapes were going missing. Not just grapes, the best grapes. Everyone was baffled. Until one evening there was a light shower of rain, and in the softened ground the next morning, a footprint... Only Naas wore such footwear, and was duly arrested.

    Given his urgent protests, the humble grape picker was allowed a chance to prove his innocence. That night he filled his shoes with glue and left them, as he always did, outside on the step. Shortly after dark, unmentionable curses lifted through the night; and caught there in the shoe, much to Naas's delight, was a little elf*.

    Under duress, the elf let everyone taste the wine he'd made with the stolen grapes. Buckets of green apple and gooseberry zip! One sip and the elf was off the hook. As long as he promised to share...

    *And he was hopping mad.
  41. Glorioso Rioja Crianza Red Wine Spain

    Glorioso Rioja Crianza 2014

    £11.00

    £11.00

    A Rioja made for meal times! This red wine might just be the food-match ace in the Rioja suit.
  42. Granbazan Etiqueta Verde Albarino 2016 Spanish White Wine

    Granbazán Etiqueta Verde Albariño 2016

    £15.50

    £15.50

    Nowadays we have gadgets for all sorts. Scientists have worked out how to do this, how to do that. But centuries ago, knowledge was mysterious. It's little wonder then, they used to think this wine was made by magic.

    Years back, crushing grapes was not a subtle art. Even the diminutive individuals who trod the fruit still managed to smash pips and taint the juice with a tannic edge*. Until Granbazan the Wizard. He designed a system of tanks through which the free run juice descended, filling the air with scents of green apples and lemon; resulting in a wine so complex and smooth no-one could believe it. All the wizard had done, of course, was let gravity do its job. But they didn't now that then, did they?

    *Which is where we get Pipsqueak from. Short, annoying people.
  43. Guerrin Pouilly Fuissé Vielles Vignes 2015

    Guerrin Pouilly Fuissé Vielles Vignes 2015

    £20.00

    £20.00

    As well as being thoroughly winsome and peachy, Domaine Guerrin's Pouilly-Fuissé also serves as a history lesson in a glass. The vines of the Guerrin vineyards are grown on land that dates back to the Mesozoic period and we can't half tell. It is packed with the chalky, cool minerality from its pre-historic roots, but you don't have to be a history buff to appreciate its elegance and beautifully balanced flavours. It is a wonderfully textured white Burgundy with notes of hazelnuts and white peach, which will age gracefully. Essentially, don't listen to the face cream adverts; embrace the signs of age with open arms.
  44. Innocent Bystander Chardonnay Australia White Wine

    Innocent Bystander Chardonnay 2014

    £15.50

    £15.50

    'Make great wine for drinking and enjoying, not for crowing over,' is the ethos of Steve Flamsteed, winemaker at Innocent Bystander. They might want to share this with Ken Flimflam at Nuisance wines, whose motto 'wine for crowing over!' isn't working...

    'Forest floor notes, my eye!' mithers Ken as he takes another swig of Pinot Ordinaire from his tankard.

    'Actually Ken I've got a distinct whiff of sewage farm', claims winemaker Derek Dastardly.

    'I'll phenolic you, yer leather-tongued philistine', roars Ken, heaving himself over the table for a scrap...

    Oh dear. Perhaps a night at Innocent Bystander's celebrated winery and restaurant would show Ken the light. Then he, too, would make glorious wines like this peachy, zesty and beautifully expressive Yarra Valley Chardonnay.
  45. Jean-Jacques Girard Aloxe-Corton 2013 Red Wine

    Jean-Jacques Girard Aloxe-Corton 2013

    £35.00

    £35.00

    This is why you have to love Burgundy; you can say what you like about the beautiful new world Pinots of Oregon or New Zealand, but do you know when this family began making wine? 1529! Do you know what else was happening in 1529? Henry VIII was trying to negotiate his divorce from Catharine of Aragon! That's right boys and girls, this winery was formed when Henry VIII hadn't even been divorced! Never mind the beheaded, died or the divorced, beheaded, survived. Ann of Cleves was on the cover of Vogue! Greensleeves was top of the chats for the 104th straight week! If Domaine Jean-Jacques Girard can't make a good Pinot there is genuinely no hope for the rest of us. Thankfully they did, here's to 600 years of Burgundian winemakers!
  46. Jean-Jacques Girard Chorey Les Beaune 2013 Red Wine

    Jean-Jacques Girard Chorey Les Beaune 2013

    £24.00

    £24.00

    Do you not think Burgundy has too much good stuff? They've got Dijon mustard, the king of mustards! There's actual mustard seeds mixed in, so they pop in your mouth when you bite down on your mustardy baguette. They have fraggling Pinot Noir! The king of red grapes, just like this little gem; with its intense aromas of mulberry, strawberry, ripe red cherry & seductive spice. It's evident that Kings still rule in this republic... I mean Burgundy was technically a Dukedom but... you get the idea; Pinot Noir: The Duke of red wines just seems to be a disservice.
  47. Jean Luc Colombo Le Vent Blanc France

    Jean-Luc Colombo Côte du Rhône 'Le Vent Blanc' 2015

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Jean-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.
  48. Colombo Crozes-Hermitage 'La Tuiliere' Red Wine

    Jean-Luc Colombo Crozes-Hermitage 'La Tuiliere' 2015

    £14.75

    £14.75

    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!

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