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  1. Bonny Doon 'I'm Not Drinking Any $%&*#! Merlot' 2015 Vegan Red Wine

    Bonny Doon 'I'm Not Drinking Any $%&*#! Merlot' 2015

    £20.00

    £20.00

    Poor old Merlot, this bottle name is exactly the kind of abuse it receives on a daily basis. It's all that Miles from Sideways' fault, having a pop at Merlot where it wasn't called for. "I only drink Pinot Noir!" What do you know Miles, you can't even get your manuscript published? Sorry Miles, that was uncalled for, we just hate people bullying Merlot. You see when done right, Merlot can be exceptional; wines such as this express wonderful natural acidity with aromas of fraise de bois, liquorice and gingerbread. Well done Bonny Doon you might just manage to make Merlot cool again.

  2. Cantine Settesoli Aglianico 2016

    Cantine Settesoli Le Sene Aglianico 2016

    £8.00

    £8.00

    Seven brothers used the money their father left them to plant a vineyard. New to such a venture, they called in a French winemaker for advice, but given the risk was theirs, made it clear they had the final say.

    Just before their first harvest, their mother passed away. While the brothers attended her funeral, the French winemaker declared the grapes ready to pick. But the workers refused, saying they must wait before picking the grapes, for 'seven sons'. As the Sicilian workers spoke no French, and he no Italian, they communicated in smatterings of English, and the Frenchman understood them to mean another seven days of sunshine. Thus the grapes remained on the vines an extra week, the rich, peppery, berry flavours growing more intense by the hour. So positive was the outcome, the seven extra days of sun have been granted every vintage since.

  3. Chateau de Ricaud Cadillac 2012 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Château de Ricaud Cadillac 2012

    £14.00

    £14.00

    The Cadillac luxury car became so popular in America that the term 'The Cadillac of...' meant the best thing in that category. In 1980, Alain Thiénot bought a bottle of Château de Ricaud Cadillac in a posh restaurant in Paris. He must have been tempted to exclaim with a snigger 'This is the Cadillac of all red wines!', but instead he was so flabbergasted by the complex bouquet of strawberry, cherry and liqourice, he bought the estate! Thiénot went on to make this winery a Côtes de Bordeaux benchmark producer. True story.

  4. Chateau Haut Serre Grand Vin Seigneur

    Château Haut Serre Grand Vin Seigneur 2014

    £20.00

    £20.00

    The Château de Haute-Serre Grand Vin Seigneur Malbec is very dark in colour, with highlights of crimson. This exceptional red has a noteworthy balance with an intense concentration and elegant finesse demonstrating the power of a great malbec with its complexity. From opening the bottle immediately is the powerful bouquet of Morello cherry, blackcurrant and spice. The fresh and fruity nose is reflected on the palate which has a long, silky smooth after taste, typical of the vineyard.

  5. Chateau La Pierriere Cotes de Castillon Bordeaux 2014 - Magnum

    Château La Pierriere Cotes de Castillon Bordeaux 2014 - Magnum

    £18.50

    £18.50

    This winery would fit in very well in Game of Thrones, perhaps if it was imagined by George RR Martin this wine could have been made by Runceford Redwyne, Lord of the Arbor. Was that reference too esoteric? Apologies, we'll keep it to dire wolves and cold zombies from here on in. You see, Chateau Pierriere is a castle surrounded by moats dug into the rock that could probably compete with Winterfell for its protective capabilities. Thus, this wine with intense blackcurrant and raspberry flavours balanced with silky tannins can be enjoyed safe in the knowledge, Ramsey Bolton, Cersei Lannister or the Night King himself can't get at you.

  6. Dalrymple Pinot Noir Red Wine

    Dalrymple Pinot Noir 2013

    £29.00

    £29.00

    This wine is produced from the pinot noir grape, giving its deep garnet colour. On the nose it has lifted ripe black plum aroma, hints of wild blackberry and raspberry beneath highlights of fine spices derived from the gentle grained French oak.

    On the palate immediate appeal with sweetness of ripe fruits, fine fruit tannins that balance the oak to provide structure right through to the smooth lingering finish.

  7. Dig This! Chenin Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Vegan White Wine

    Dig This! Chenin Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    £7.50

    £7.50

    Of all the pirates of the Western Cape, none were more infamous than Captain Cork. Indeed, so legendary were his deeds, some believed he was simply a myth, a bogeyman. But when Klaas stumbled upon an ancient map of the Province, he was sure it pointed the way to Cork's treasure.

    He spent months digging, finding nothing, growing increasingly frustrated until he gave up. However, on returning some years later, newly determined to uncover the horde, Klaas found vines had rooted themselves in the many holes he'd half-dug. The place was dripping with golden grapes, like pieces of eight; a wealth of precious juice. He just needed to swap his spade for secateurs and the treasure was all his!

  8. Dig This! Shiraz Merlot 2016 Vegan Red Wine

    Dig This! Shiraz Merlot 2016

    £7.50

    £7.50

    There were so many pirates at one point in the seas around the Cape that the nearby land became infested with escaped parrots. These parrots had a penchant for ripe, fruity grapes; and given the seasonal glut, they soon learned to bury their food for the harder months to come. The holes Klaas had half-dug, unsuccessful in his search to uncover Captain Cork's legendary horde, proved the perfect hiding place!

    But parrots, of course, are famously forgetful. It was only a matter of time before those buried grapes burst into vine. When Klaas returned to the Province to resume his search, the place was laden with ruby jewels! He just needed to harvest these riches to have his spade work pay off.

  9. Domaine Gardies 'Les Millères' Rouge

    Domaine Gardies 'Les Millères' Rouge 2014

    £14.50

    £14.50

    Not one, not two, not... actually we'll just tell you: no less than seven generations of the Gardies family have made wine in the village of Vingrau in Rousillon. But current owner Jean Gardiés is showing no signs of crumbling under the pressure; he's positively blooming, as are his vines (smooth, we know), whose small yields produce critically acclaimed wines like this intense, bright garnet-red, softly spicy beauty.

  10. Famille Perrin Cotes Du Rhone Villages 2015

    Famille Perrin Côtes Du Rhône Villages 2015

    £12.50

    £12.50

    Buying a wine is always a slight gamble, when you plunge in your corkscrew, you can't be completely confident what's going to come out. That's why it's smart to hedge your bets. If you're the kind of person who likes a flutter on the horses, it's shrewd to not get distracted by the amusing names and the attractiveness of the jockey's attire and go with the trainer of quality.

    Same with wine, this is a simple name, with a simple label but is owned by the makes of Chateau du Beaucastel, one of the most renowned wines in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Given this wine's impressive silky structure and robust flavours of dark berries and peppercorn sometimes it makes sense to ignore the label of the beer tapdancing and go with the wine made by a legend.

  11. Famille Perrin Tavel Rose 2016

    Famille Perrin Tavel Rosé 2016

    £16.00

    £16.00

    People can be funny about Rosé, often they'll hold it up to natural light, slowly rotating the bottle like they're a noted Bond Street jeweller. Hoping to see straight through, announcing; "the paler the better!" This style is very popular and normally associated with Provence but now hang on, this wine is actually quite dark. Don't worry, it's still dry and it's still refreshing, it's just the style of Tavel wines and very good it is too! In fact, Philip IV is supposed to have travelled through Tavel, where was offered a glass of wine, which he emptied without getting off his horse. Afterwards he proclaimed Tavel the only good wine in the world. Take that Provence... and well, every other wine in the world!

  12. Fattoria Bagnolo Chianti Colli Fiorentini Red Wine

    Fattoria Bagnolo Chianti Colli Fiorentini Riserva 2014

    £21.00

    £21.00

    Do you remember in the 70s (probably not, you're probably a spritely young gent/madam) when Brits used to think of Chianti as the wine equivalent of ABBA: Sure, you know it and you're going to tap your feet to the beat, you might even recite a couple of lyrics of Dancing Queen but you don't really want your friends to see. Chianti came in those big round bottles, that for some reason had been whickered all-round the base and every Italian restaurant in the country used them as Candle holders. Thank the Italian heavens that those days are over. Wines like this are some of the finest to come out of Tuscany, with concentrated notes of sour cherry and tomato leaf, combined with a surprising age ability, Chianti is quickly becoming the wine equivalent of Led Zeppelin; we got a 'Whole Lotta Love'!

  13. Gaia Estate Notios 2015 Vegan and Vegetarian Red Wine

    Gaia Estate Notios Red 2015

    £12.75

    £12.75

    Well it winds from Levidi to Nemea/More than 50 kilometres all the way/Get your kicks on GR66! OK, perhaps it doesn't have the same ring as Chuck Berry's Route 66, we'll grant you, but if you do take that Peloponnese trip and turn off GR66, you'll end up in Gaia Estate's winery in gorgeous Koutsi, Nemea.

    It's every bit as pretty as Oklahoma City and, while you're there you can get hip to this gorgeously elegant, red-berried and velvet-lined Agiorgitiko and Syrah blend. Or failing that, you could just come and get your kicks - and the wine - in any one of our shops!

  14. Gertie Cabernet Franc 2017 Vegan Red Wine

    Gertie Cabernet Franc 2017

    £18.00

    £18.00

    Funny isn't it, how some pieces of old furniture can have character? Can become 'part of the family' even, in a way. Well, that's how Ben felt when he found a discarded old grape press in a Clare Valley Vineyard. For months he spent his evenings polishing the wood, oiling the mechanisms, repairing cracks and warps. And it wasn't long before he gave the press a name. Gertie, after his great aunt.

    He barely remembered her, but could never forget how her house always seemed to smell of newly made blackberry jam. He's not sure if it's just coincidence that the wine Gertie presses has something of that too with bright red fruit aromas and a lively palate with hints of spice and brambles.

  15. Colombo Côtes du Rhône Le Vent Rouge 2014

    Jean-Luc Colombo Côtes du Rhône 'Le Vent Rouge' 2015

    £10.00

    £10.00

    If you're considering a career winemaking, as with many things in life, there are many ways to skin a cat. But a good place to start is in the lab - as it gives you a thorough understanding of the nuts and bolts of the liquid itself - and this is just what Jean-Luc Colombo did.

    But the lab wasn't enough for Jean-Luc, who now roams freely around his vineyard instead, making beautiful, affordable wines like Le Vent Rouge, which has appealing redcurrant and bay leaf aromas and a fresh 'n' silky palate.

  16. La Crema Chardonnay 2014 Californian White Wine

    La Crema Chardonnay 2014

    £18.50

    £18.50

    Careful with the cork, now. Pop. And close your eyes. Warm scents of cherry pie and cocoa. Black tea from nearby cafés in avenues of plum and pomegranate. You're nearby the ocean, soft heat rising from the earth. Hear the wash of the waves. Water breaking gently into foam. Cream. Like the surface of fine coffee. La Crema, as they call it on the Sonoma Coast.

  17. La Granja 360 Tempranillo Garnacha 2016 Vegan Red Wine

    La Granja 360 Tempranillo Garnacha 2016

    £7.50

    £7.50

    Not everything is black and white. Take a badger for example. That's mostly grey. But poor old zebras. Well. Yes. They pretty much are black and white. Which is fine. But what if you're a zebra with ambition? With the will to be different. What do you do about that?

    One zebra tried his best to break the pattern. He feasted on colourful flowers; nibbled bright stones; drank from crystal pools. But nothing worked. Until one night, asleep in a state of despair, the zebra dreamt he drank a glass of ruby wine. Cherries fell from the sky, and the subtle scent of incense filled the air. And when the zebra woke, to its surprise, it found the colour of its stripes had changed. All it takes is a little imagination, and this wine will transform you too.

  18. La Purisma Syrah Spanish Red

    La Purísima Syrah 2014

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Bodegas La Purísima was founded in in 1946 by a forward-thinking group of farmers who recognised the potential of their land to produce better quality wines. Their sustained efforts led to the creation of the coveted' Denomination Origin' of Yecla in 1975.

    Quite some achievement - and the bodegas has gone from strength to strength, these days creating confident wines such as La Purisma Syrah. A deep ruby in colour, with intense flavours of violets and flourishes of spicy black fruit. Farmers, we thank you.

  19. Le Petit Haut Lafite Blanc Pessac 2015 White Wine

    Le Petit Havt Lafitte Blanc Pessac 2015

    £34.00

    £34.00

    For centuries, locals in a small corner of Pessac Leognan have followed a singular tradition to appoint apprentice winemakers. While coveted, the apprenticeship comes with responsibility, and those chosen have no say. The position is decided by fate.

    Every five years, youths gather outside the vineyard to file past the Master of Ceremonies. As they pass, an ancient beret once worn by the region's most esteemed vigneron is placed upon their head. Tiny as he was, the beret is generally too small. But, each time the beret drops snuggly on a bonce a new apprentice is proclaimed. As they say, raising a glass, "if the Haut Lafittes, wear it!"

  20. Lismore Pinot Noir 2016 Vegan Red Wine

    Lismore Pinot Noir 2016

    £28.00

    £28.00

    The grapes of these wines are grown on Hebridean soil, on the Isle of Lismore, in the middle of Loch Linnhe. O wait, that's a big fat lie; for one the Isle of Lismore has a population of 146 people and we're not sure you're even able to ripen potatoes there let alone grapes. Despite the fact this wine is a Pinot Noir from the Western Cape of South Africa, perhaps the link to Scotland is not such a bizarre one. The wine is rugged, tart, earthy and rich with woody spice; that sounds like a Scotsman alright. Surely this Pinot is destined to brighten the weather-beaten lives of the 146 on Lismore.

  21. Lismore Syrah 2016 Vegan Red Wine

    Lismore Syrah 2016

    £29.00

    £29.00

    Who hasn't dreamt of packing up their day job in California, flying half way around the world and establishing a boutique vineyard in the Western Cape, with only the wise cracking Timon & Pumbaa for neighbours. Well, while you're at your desk, starring at last quarter's performance of 2B pencils, humming "Hakuna Matata," Samantha O'Keefe is out their living it!

    To be honest, managing a vineyard probably doesn't mean "no worries for the rest of your days;" it's actually really hard work. The sun might burn all your grapes and in South Africa a Hippo might just decide to trample through your Chardonnay planting. Maybe it's a smarter idea to leave the Oenology to Samantha and simply unwind with her wonderfully smooth and elegant Syrah; that way you don't have to pack up your stuff and somehow get it to South Africa.

  22. Lothian 'Isobel' Rosé 2016 Vegan and Vegetarian Wine

    Lothian 'Isobel' Rosé 2016

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Isobel was different. She had bearing. Poise. She commanded the room effortlessly, without intent. Perhaps it shouldn't have been a surprise when the genealogist knocked on the winery door and announced Isobel descended from royalty. He assured her he wanted nothing for the information, other than proof his findings were true.

    They went with the age old test. But rather than a pea, they placed a ripe mourvèdre grape beneath Isobel's mattress. The following morning, there it was. Perfectly uncrushed. To mark the news, they turned the rest of the grapes to Rosé. A celebration of pomegranates, sweet anise and red fruits, as elegant and blushing as the princess herself.

  23. Marchand Tawse Clos Vougeot Burgundy Red Wine

    Marchand Tawse Clos Vougeot 2011

    £110.00

    £110.00

    The source of this great wine comes from within the unique, walled vineyard of Clos Vougeot. The Cistercian monks enclosed the entire area many moons ago (work completed 1336) with a dry stone wall. Hence if a wine comes from this Grand Cru than it's from a highly defined & very limited amount of grape vine.

    About 80 folks each have a plot within the walls too. All squabbling over who makes the best wine. Thus if you get your hands on a bottle of this one, you're in for a big treat.

    Marchand Tawse Clos Vougeot's version is a rich red packed with dark currants and cinnamon spices. Followed by mushroom and warm, earthy notes on the finish. It can age for up to 20 years too. Incidentally, this beautiful vineyard also has a rose named after it.

    The Chateaux Clos De Vougeot Climbing rose - named after the intensely deep red robe of this remarkable Burgundian red wine.

  24. Mas Las Cabes Rosé 2016

    Mas Las Cabes Rosé 2016

    £11.50

    £11.50

    Planting, pruning, picking, perfecting. The winery was constantly manic! Surely, it couldn't do the wine any good if everyone was in such a jumble. Other than Bes. The winery's Pyrenean Mountain Dog. He was a pillar of calmness. It irked Jean. He was determined to prove it was possible to make a wine without getting stressed.

    Quietly, he went about making a bright, laid-back rose. He knew pressure was good, but only gentle pressure that crushes grapes just enough to bring out flavour, proffer a beautiful tinge. The result was perfect, chilled. And as he'd been 'As calm as Bes' when he made it, he jumbled the letters to make-up a name. But that's between you, Jean and Bes. No-one else has had the time to work the anagram out.

  25. McManis Pinot Noir 2015 Vegetarian White Wine

    McManis Pinot Noir 2015

    £12.75

    £12.75

    For the brilliant price tag - especially given its grape and country of origin - this wine is soft, gentle, smooth, curvaceous... Probably time to stop with that metaphor.

    Anyway we're talking hallmark Pinot Noir character here with coquettish red berry fruit and just a waft of soft vanilla. A wonderful wine to tuck into after a long week on a relaxing Friday night and a great example of Pinot Noir that's easier on the wallet without the associated risks of too much acid and not enough fruit.

  26. Miles Mossop 'Introduction' Chenin Blanc 2015 White Wine

    Miles Mossop 'Introduction' Chenin Blanc 2015

    £13.50

    £13.50

    You only get one chance to make a first impression. And this ambitious Chenin knew she had to knock it out of the park if she wanted to be picked by the famous Miles Mossop. What grape wouldn't? She went all out! White peach, honeysuckle, brioche. A subtle little side-show of ground almonds. Not to mention gorgeous pineapples.

    But that up front hit isn't enough on its own. She also knew a little intrigue was important. Just the slightest racy edge of citrus tartness, to let everyone know she wasn't a pushover. And then, of course, a little something to leave her lingering in the mind.

  27. Mullineux Kloof Street Rouge 2014 Red Wine

    Mullineux Kloof Street Rouge 2014

    £13.50

    £13.50

    Perhaps When Chris Met Andrea doesn't have the same ring to it as When Harry Met Sally, but we think their story has all the charm. As young whippersnappers, they toured the world, working harvests in classic wine regions, until their eyes met over a vine (maybe that bit's poetic licence) and they fell in love.

    They returned to Chris' native South Africa where 'they learnt that their compatibility extended into the vineyards and cellar' and started making wines like this succulent, richly-scented blend of Rhône varieties, which is finely textured with a fresh, energizing finish that makes it the ideal match for pork belly. Yet another match made in wine heaven. Alright alright we'll stop with the cheese.

  28. Mullineux White 2015

    Mullineux White 2015

    £17.00

    £17.00

    You'll be hard pushed to find a wine that shows off its roots quite as well as Mullinieux White. It's a blend of three different grapes and the Chenin Blanc is from vines up to 80 years old; that's great but not too unusual. But, Chris and Andrea are so dedicated to showing off what Swartland has to offer that they've grown each grape variety in different soil types and only indigenous yeasts are used during fermentation. There's no questioning where this wine comes from. With so much dedication, it's no wonder they're known as one of the best wine producers in South Africa. The final product has a stony, slatey aroma with a zip of limey acidity and a rich, supple mouth-feel. Swartland tastes amazing.

  29. Murrina Primitivo 2013 Vegan Red Wine

    Murrina Primitivo 2013 *WEB EXCLUSIVE*

    £10.00

    £10.00

    We get a similar feeling from sipping on this wine as we do from watching an episode of Inspector Montalbano.

    With sun-ripened, juicy flavours of cherries, raspberries and redcurrants, it conjures up images of hazy Italian days and, with its hint of leather and spice from its oak ageing, you feel you could almost be on the back of a Vespa with Montalbano. Happy days.

    However, unlike Montalbano, there isn't a hint of cheese (although it would probably work quite well with a good slab of Taleggio).

  30. Noctua Ensamblaje 2014 Red Wine

    Noctua Ensamblaje 2014

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Some years ago, little could be seen of the Quinta de Aves vineyards. The vines were hidden under tumbling weeds. Abandoned by man, it was perfect for the rare night birds that inhabited the hills. The prolific vines produced more grapes than the birds could eat. So, as was their habit, they stowed them away for winter.

    And thus, one afternoon, a young winemaker was stopped in his tracks by an intoxicating scent of plum and figs. Savouring the alluring hint of vanilla, he followed his nose to an ancient old tree. The birds had stowed their crop in a hole in the trunk. But, facing the sun as the hole did, the fruit had started to ferment. Alberto couldn't resist. The liquid was out of this world. He just needed to bottle the stuff.

  31. Pérez Cruz Cot Red Wine Chile

    Pérez Cruz Cot 2015

    £16.50

    £16.50

    It is a lot to claim that one wine has the unmistakable character of Chile's Maipo valley. That's some pretty big talk. But we think that Viña Pérez Cruz can justify it with this 'Cot' or Malbec as it's known over here.

    Sourced from a blissfully-located vineyard that captures the warm afternoon sun rays, the cool mountainous breeze blowing down off the Andes, this black-fruited behemoth captures the essence of this unspoilt land. These people have bags of confidence in their wine, it's true, and rightly placed it is too.

  32. Paul Roos Die Filantroop 2015 South Africa Red Wine

    Paul Roos Die Filantroop 2015

    £18.00

    £18.00

    Some people feel power from bending others to their will. Not Gus. For Gus, it's all about empowering individuals to express themselves on their own terms, and on terms that bring the best from others. It's little wonder, then, that he brings this philosophy to his wines.

    It's not about forcing character from a variety, but suggesting a little direction now and then. And what better way to broaden the character than to interact? Let the supple humour of one soften the seriousness of another; one's firm determination support another's vibrancy. Altogether quite a team. And to ensure they really perform to their potential, only 3,000 bottles are made each year.

  33. Paul Roos Die Skoolhoof 2015

    Paul Roos Die Skoolhoof 2015

    £18.00

    £18.00

    Gus hated school. Forced to learn parrot fashion, punished when he didn't. And each kid categorised. 'You're a numbers child.' 'You do language.' 'You play tennis.' Not that he was stupid. He just didn't want to learn that way. He believed it more important to be enthused, and given the ability to find things out for himself.

    So! As a winemaker, he put this into practice. Instead of pushing each variety to be one thing, he brought them together. That way, one informed the other. The fresh, floral approachability of Chenin; the elegant substance of Chardonnay. Together more than capable of challenging top white Burgundy that sells at twice the price! What's more, to ensure the wine turned out bright and well-balanced, he makes only 3,000 bottles every year.

  34. Hunawihr Pinot Blanc French White Wine

    Pinot Blanc Hunawihr 2016

    £11.50

    £11.50

    Interesting Fact Number 1: Did you know that historically Pinot Blanc was used in both Burgundy and Champagne and still can be used in both today, although it rarely is? We reckon those big cry-babies just couldn't make anything as good as this Alsace Pinot Blanc.

    Interesting Fact Number 2: Pinot Blanc is a genetic mutation of Pinot Noir. Although we like to imagine that this means the grapes have little webbed toes, hunchbacks or pips on the outside, really it just means that they come out white!

  35. Quinta de la Rosa 'douRosa Branco' 2015 Vegetarian White Wine

    Quinta de la Rosa 'douRosa Branco' 2015

    £12.50

    £12.50

    The line between genius and insanity is a fluid one. Look at Lord Byron, we all love a bit of Don Juan; some cracking poetry there son, then again Byron took a bear to Cambridge with him and tried to get said bear a fellowship... Eccentric! Many suggested it was insane to try to make high quality still whites in the Douro region. "It's hot enough to bake Port, one of the most resilient wines in the world, what chance does Rabigato have?" That's where the genius of Quinta de la Rosa comes in; they were one of the first producers to take still wine production in the Douro really seriously. With fresh citrus aromas and a delicate minerality on the finish, Quinta del la Rosa are clearly more of the Don Juan type of Byron opposed to the bear for a bunk-mate Byron.

  36. Rapaura Springs Sauvignon Blanc White Wine

    Rapaura Springs Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £13.00

    £13.00

    Full-flavoured and exceptionally pure with sweet, juicy tropical flavours and succulent passionfruit, a lively whack of zesty citrus and freshly squeezed lime makes the finish luscious, dry and refreshing.

  37. Robert Oately Signature Series Chardonnay 2015

    Robert Oatley Vineyards 'Signature Series' Chardonnay 2015

    £13.50

    £13.50

    ***Commended at Decanter World Wine Awards 2014***

    Benevolent King Bob led Australian troops (i.e. Chardonnay) to a glorious victory in the 1970s and planted the big, oaky flag squarely on the wine drinking world. But in 2006, at the grand old age of 80, he appeared to soften in his old age and is now making more restrained, European-influenced wines, but still with the firm stamp of his homeland. Long may he reign, we say!

  38. Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Pinot Noir 2015 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Pinot Noir 2015

    £16.00

    £16.00

    The ridonculously talented Matt Thompson, at Saint Clair, featured on one of our 'Inspire-themed posters, saying 'I became a winemaker because, as a wine drinker, I needed to find a way to make it tax-deductible'. We like his style.

    But, when he made this red, he didn't just get a tax break on Pinot Noir, he created something beautiful: a gentle giant, with mellow Morello cherry, pine needles and hints of smoke. Take that, taxman!

  39. Salena Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015 White Wine

    Salena Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015

    £7.75

    £7.75

    In Greek, 'Salena' means 'Moon'. In Latin, 'Salt.' Two things of pure whiteness. One, ethereal, mysterious and fascinating. The other, of the earth. How could you choose between the two, if you were asked to pick?

    Such was the dilemma at the winery: Semillon or Sauvignon? But rather than choose, they decided on an alchemy. To a base of moon-like Semillon, with its compelling mutability, they blended a little Sauvignon. Just like salt, enhancing complexity, bringing out flavour, and allegedly good for cramp. The result: a wine of crystalline minerality, ephemeral poise, and mysterious draw. That might be good for cramp.

  40. Salena Estate Shiraz Cabernet Red Wine

    Salena Estate Shiraz Cabernet 2016

    £7.75

    £7.75

    Ever dreamt of being at a random party and you meet a giant blueberry? Me neither, but if we did (we're pretending we are in the same dream now) Mr Blue Berry would be very smartly dressed, really friendly and would have excellent taste in wine.

    He gives you a glass and you're amazed by it's intense fruity character. Not to mention he picked up it for only £7.75. Hey wait he's gone....but he left the bottle for us to finish off. What a legend!

  41. Sole Shiraz Feteasca Neagra

    Sole Shiraz Fetească Neagră 2015

    £8.75

    £8.75

    Bucharest born Henri Coanda invented the jet engine in 1910. Now the jet engine has done some handy things, but what's most imprtant to us is it got wine makers get off their bottoms and visit lots of other producers.

    This red is one such beneficary of steel canary riding wine makers (See winery information below). It's a blend of the international grape Shiraz and local Romanian Feteasca Neagra. Propelled by cherry, wild strawberry and cranberry flavours. Fuelled by smooth tannin and fresh acidity. It's a wine that rockets far beyond the usual plane* fare.

    *All puns intended.

  42. Terra Noble Carménère 2015

    Terra Noble Carmenere 2015

    £7.50

    £7.50

    A while ago, a French winemaker was visiting Chile's vineyards. Striding imperiously through the vineyards and inspecting some grapes he declared 'No you peasants, this is not Merlot'.

    It was an old Bordeaux red grape variety called Carménère. In fact, Chile had thus far been bottling this grape and labelling it as Merlot. The visitor strode off into the sunset feeling very smug indeed, but Chilean winemakers had the last laugh.

    Carménère is a beautiful wine in its own right. It's full bodied, jam packed with raspberry and chocolate flavours and slightly spicy on the finish. It's since become one of this nation's most successful red wines and now a signature grape variety.

  43. Terra Noble Merlot Red Wine

    Terra Noble Merlot 2015

    £7.50

    £7.50

    It's already been a long day. Crawling through the strata of humanity, its voices buzzing through the electric wires, erupting onto screens, springing out of the phone lines or flashing up on texts. I dream of the couch, a movie and a glass of wine. I'm definitely dropping into the shop for a Merlot on the way home tonight!

  44. Terra Noble Reserva Syrah 2014

    Terra Noble Reserva Syrah 2014

    £9.50

    £9.50

    Combine Clint Eastwood's character in the seminal western 'Pale Rider' and pair it with the West African proverb: "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." That embodies what Syrah can be like.

    This Syrah straddles the two personalities of this grape variety and the film's protagonist 'The Preacher' - sometimes brooding, dark and softly spoken. Other times a spray of bullets packed with explosive fruits, horse leather and loaded with cracked pepper and spice. Fantastic wine! Mr Eastwood's film is pretty good too.

  45. Terra Noble Chardonnay Vineyard Selection 2016

    Terra Noble Vineyard Selection Chardonnay 2016

    Now £8.50

    Was £9.00

    £8.50

    If Chardonnay was an animal it would be a household cat. Some people adore cats, others are a bit cautious around them. But once you've spent time with this friendly feline you'll fall for her winning warmth.

    Curled up on an oak barrel, lapping up cream or sunning herself by fragrant fruit trees. This wine is certainly a tabby cat. Warm and friendly. Never in a hurry to go anywhere except to go with food. All fur, no claws and absolutely determined to charm.

  46. Vina Amezola Rioja Reserva 2010 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Viña Amézola Rioja Reserva 2010

    £19.00

    £19.00

    Rioja is the ultimate comfort wine. It's like raiding the kitchen before hitting the hay.

    The trempranillio grape gives generously ripe red fuits- strawberry and cherry flavours, like the guiltily secreted dessert found at the back of the fridge. Fragrant spicy notes smell of an old book and silky textured like well worn pyjamas.

    The wine's kept in an oak barrel endowing it with soft fluffy vanilla flavours. Like a massive pillow and duvet. Night night...

  47. Vina Amezola Rioja Crianza 2014 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Viña Amezola Rioja Crianza 2014

    £12.75

    £12.75

    There are time keepers everywhere. A loungeroom clock cloaked in it's dark wooden suit nods from the mantle piece. The much loved kitchen clock in sunny yellow plastic winks, as you dig through shopping bags. A favourite wrist watch sparkles as you check the time before sitting down at the dinner table. The crisp digits of the phone allude towards this bottle of red Rioja.

    This red's breathing is complete, time has released rich plum, cherry and vanillia aromas. Followed by ripe raspberry, red fruits, liquorice and spice on the palate. All the clock hands point to the hour for this wine.

  48. Villa Maria 'Cellar Selection' Syrah 2011

    Villa Maria 'Cellar Selection' Syrah 2011

    Now £12.80

    Was £16.00

    £12.80

    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...

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