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  1. Aymura Carmenere Red Wine Chilean 2014

    Aymura Carménère 2014

    £12.75

    £12.75

    250 miles north of Santiago lies Chile's Elqui Valley, which may well have been formed by the work of singer Elkie Brooks. The area has only recently found favour with winemakers initially cautious (with only 15 days precipitation per year, there's nothing but Sunshine After the Rain, but you'd be a Fool if You Think It's Over just because of that).

    Mitigating all of that sunshine are cool night-time temperatures which means that, instead of sweet and heady Lilac Wines, you can make bold, full-bodied, complex and dark chocolate-tinged Pearls like this (enough already! - Ed).

  2. Aymura Syrah Chilean Red Wine 2013

    Aymura Syrah 2013

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Elqui Valley, Chile. Giorgio Flessati, a winemaker from the mountains of Northern Italy, is standing in a barrel room, gazing with satisfaction at the Aymura Syrah he has made for Viña Mayu. In five months it will be bottled and all who cross its path will be impressed by the thick, red fruit flavours which underpin its heady whirl of black pepper, smoke and leather.

    While the wine ages, Giorgio will fly back to Trentino, to catch up with family and friends and generally enjoy La Dolce Vita. During his flight he will doze, and dream about the wine he has made over the years in Bordeaux, Sicily, even Australia.

    Cambridgeshire, England. Dave Conkers, a factory supervisor from Peterborough, is standing in his garage, smiling wistfully at a row of demijohns. Mmm, this year should be the best yet. Hush now, Dave is dreaming too. Let him fly.

  3. Manzanilla Barbadillo

    Barbadillo Manzanilla Sherry

    £8.75

    £8.75

    Does anything recycle its own refuse quite as romantically as wine does? Crusted Port springs to mind, as does Muscadet Sur Lie, but Manzanilla Sherry takes the slightly salty biscuit.

    As it ages in oak, its light and tangy character is protected from oxidation by the natural formation of a layer of yeast called flor, which seals the surface of the wine and feeds on its compounds and alcohol.

    Oak ageing enables water to evaporate through the wood, maintaining the wine's alcoholic percentage, as well as its delicate body, tanginess and tapas-friendly salty tinge. Bloomin' 'eck, who'd have thought of that? That's what we call flor-ed genius!
  4. Barbadillo Manzanilla Solear Sherry NV

    Barbadillo Manzanilla Solear Sherry NV

    £6.25

    £6.25

    We have some riddles for you.

    "Voiceless it cries, wingless flutters; toothless it bites, mouthless mutters." What is it? The wind.

    "It's salty but pleasant, dry but refreshing, small but mighty." What is it? Solear Manzanilla by Antonio Barbadillo of course!

    Yes, don't be fooled by its size, there is a whole lotta dry, nutty, sea-salty goodness in this wee bottle. One to watch Almovodar films and pick at olives with.
  5. Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas Red Wine

    Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas 2014

    £28.00

    £28.00

    Gigondas speaks to our heart. With consistently high standards and a charmingly rustic flair, their wines have quality and soul. The Bréchet brothers at Domaines des Bosquets understand Gigondas intimately, as their vineyards were the very first to be planted up, way back when in 1397. Châteauneuf-du-Pape-like in style, this wine is deep and brambly with the elegant herby, stony notes found in the best Gigondas. Not to put too much pressure on your cooking or anything, but a good way to do justice to 600-odd years of winemaking history could be to serve it with a slow roast leg of hogget. As we say, no pressure.

  6. Font Sereine Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2014

    Font Sereine Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2014

    £21.50

    £21.50

    70 hectares. That's 175 acres, or about two thirds of Liverpool's resplendent Sefton Park. Only it's in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, in the Southern Rhône Valley, an area of such beauty that the Pope once fancied having himself a new castle there.

    It's from this particular 70 hectare expanse that we get this fabulous red wine, with its berry and liquorice nose and its cherry, cassis and herb-medley-ed palate. No wonder the 'Vaudieu' is a contraction of the French for 'Valley of God'.

    Mind you, Echo and the Bunnymen once played in Sefton Park and we're not sure the same can be said for the Rhône Valley...

  7. Glaetzer Amon-Ra Shiraz 2013 Australian Red Wine

    Glaetzer Amon-Ra Shiraz 2013

    £67.00

    £67.00

    Amon-Ra: Powerful, compelling, almighty and worshiped in his home country and numerous places the world over.

    Now to play a guessing game, were we referring to the Egyptian 'King of Gods' or Ben Glaetzer's succulent red wine? (Hint: it was both!)

    With supremely rich aromas and flavours of dark stone fruits, hints of coffee, blackberries and a touch of cracked pepper, this dark purple Shiraz truly lives up to its name. The wines brooding complexity and multi-layered structure is simply captivating in an elegant drink that's fit for a Deity.

  8. Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz

    Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz 2014

    £28.00

    £28.00

    This wine was so named because it can only move diagonally. We therefore recommend that when setting the table, the wine be placed in the centre with diners arranged obliquely to it. Which should also maintain the harmony, because this is a quite remarkable drop from the Aussie master Ben Glaetzer. Intense, complex and with impressive cellaring potential this red is always in severe demand. Our bestseller for the Aussie crowd when sending special gifts to their nearest and dearest in the UK, this Bishop has the stamp of approval of a whole nation.

  9. Gonzalez Byass Elegante Fino Dry Sherry

    Gonzalez Byass Elegante Fino Dry Sherry

    £6.99

    £6.99

    For a desperately long time Sherry has been the kid sitting alone in the canteen, pairing his corn beef sarnies with a good root up his nose, radiating a forcefield of uncool. Thanks Nan, you ruined Sherry for the rest of us! Or did she? Over the summer that kid has grown 12 inches, had his braces off and his voice has got deep and sexy. Go on son! Sherry's back, rolling out of cocktail and tapas bars alike; be sure that the cool kids are sipping on a chilled Fino... as well as your awesome Nanna. Good lord, drinking fortified wine's a rollercoaster.
  10. Lustau Manzanilla 'Papirusa' 37.5cl

    Lustau Manzanilla 'Papirusa' Sherry NV - Half Bottle 375ml

    Now £9.00

    Was £10.00

    £9.00

    Turbid the Crap Viking and his men were lost. Despite the GPS, his longship bumped into the coast of Britain. They parked their boat near the closest wine shop and attacked.

    The staff distracted the thirsty marauders with a beautifully dry sherry that was apple scented yet also reminded them of the salty sea air.

    The manager informed them it was called Manzanilla. They were so amazed by this stunning drink that they decided to give up vikingry, helped restock the shelves on Wednesdays and intimidate people with their new found knowledge of fine sherries.

    Thus their not -so-scary leader became known as Turbid The Vineking for evermore.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Pantelleria Passito Liquoroso White Wine

    Pellegrino Pantelleria Passito Liquoroso 2015 - Half Bottle - 375ml

    £11.50

    £11.50

    The island of Pantelleria is a curious, rugged volcanic outcrop, situated halfway between the Tunisian and Sicilian coasts, and it is here, in Italy's most southerly appellation, that this Passito Liquoroso is made. It's rather amazing, we think, that this beautiful, rich, baked apricot and marmalade-y dessert wine is made roughly 40 miles off the coast of Africa. But, being an island in a rather windy spot, it gets enough cooling maritime influence to balance the searing sun, resulting in a nuanced, balanced, but still brilliantly swarthy wine.
  14. Tenuta Vigneto Di Campo Delle Strie Amarone Della Valpolicella

    Tenuta Vigneto di Campo delle Strie Amarone della Valpolicella 2010

    £55.00

    £55.00

    For most mortals, tasting a bottle of Amarone, especially one of this calibre, is a bit like how we imagine the Springwatch team would feel if Sir David Attenborough just strolled on set. You don't quite know how to approach it and feel like you should probably bow or kneel down and offer to be its humble servant from here on in.

    But don't stand on ceremony: this wine is a real joy. It has bright red fruit, rich treacle, warm spice and sweet tobacco on the palate, with enough refreshing acidity to leave your palate begging for more.
  15. Williams and Humbert Alegria Manzanilla NV

    Williams and Humbert Alegria Manzanilla Sherry NV

    £5.50

    £5.50

    ***2013 IWC Gold, 2013 IWC Trophy, 2013 IWSC Silver, 2013 Decanter Bronze***
    Paola Medina Sheldon. The name might not sit at the front of your mind, although we're not sure if she's ever surfaced from her studies long enough to introduce herself.

    She's the Head Winemaker at Williams and Humbert, a post she took up after obtaining separate degrees in Chemistry and Oenology, and Masters' degrees in Viticulture, Oenology and Legislation. Blimey, our Woodwork 'O' Level certificate can come off the wall now!

    We think she's just about qualified to make this elegant, nutty and salt-tinged Manzanilla. And she'd more than likely be able to take you to the cleaners if you disagreed.
  16. World's End Against the Wind 2010

    World's End Against the Wind 2010

    £49.00

    £49.00

    Jonathan Maltus has his feet in two camps: one at Château Teyssier, where he found fame as an avant-garde, 'garragiste' winemaker, and one in the Napa Valley, where he makes the stonking World' End wines, which have a discernible French lilt, like Little Sister. This Cabernet Franc has gorgeously rounded corners, and has oceans of sweet raspberry, coffee and mocha flavours and a structure to put the Golden Gate Bridge to shame. Californian heaven.
  17. World's End Little Sister 2010

    World's End Little Sister 2010

    £49.00

    £49.00

    If Jonathan Maltus made Merlot, it would probably be the best Merlot in the world. Oh, wait, he does... and some people might think it is.

    Made in some of the best vineyards in California, by Mr Maltus, who is hailed as a 'visionary' by critic Robert Parker, it is a fleshy, luscious Merlot, with nuanced plum, damson and black cherry fruit and an interesting green olive twist.

    Put it this way: if you put us in a room with a bottle of this and a slab of decent mature cheddar, you wouldn't see us for a long, long time...

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