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  1. Barbadillo Amontillado Spanish Sherry

    Barbadillo Amontillado Sherry NV

    £9.50

    £9.50

    'This porridge is too hot!'... 'This porridge is too cold!'... 'This porridge is just right.' So said Goldilocks, before being quite rightly evicted by three disgruntled homeowners...

    Luckily for them she hadn't found their bottle of Barbadillo Amontadillo Sherry! We can't imagine she would have been so quick to find faults with this ones deep amber colour, complex aromas and dried fruit flavours. Mmm...this sounds just right to us!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. Barbadillo Pale Cream Fortified Wine Sherry

    Barbadillo Pale Cream Sherry

    £9.50

    £9.50

    With the light fluffiness of a cloud, combined with the delicate, mesmeric nuances of almonds and freshly baked baguettes, this is a little dream of a Sherry. Hints of coconut enter the gentle fray, from the American oak used in the Solera ageing casks.

    We're not trying to psychically drive you or anything (we've been watching too much pseudo-psychoanalytical TV, clearly), but were you to serve up a desert of homemade crème brülée, this would go really rather well.

  5. Blandy's 10 Year Old Bual 50cl

    Blandy's 10 Year Old Bual 50cl

    £20.00

    £20.00

    Good Madeira wine can be quite hard to find. They just don't make that much of the stuff, unfortunately. Take the forgotten Madeiran noble grape Bastardo, how much do you reckon the whole island produced in 2010? It's pretty low, what you reckon 2000 bottles? 1500 bottles? Nope, 4.5 litres... 4.5 litres! So, if someone tries to sell you a case of 2010 Bastardo you can be confident they're trying to rip you off. Thankfully there's a bit more Boal, so we can all get our hands on this delicious medium-sweet wine with notes of raisined fruit, butterscotch and vanilla. That being said, there are only 133 acres Boal plantings on the whole island, that's like a medium sized Bordeaux grower, so if you find any good quality Madeira, we recommend you get it home as fast as possible!

  6. Blandy's 10 Year Old Verdelho 50cl

    Blandy's 10 Year Old Verdelho 50cl

    £20.00

    £20.00

    The history of the island of Madeira is fascinating. In 1419 Madeira was discovered in the name of Portuguese Price, Henry the Navigator. Despite being dubbed the Navigator, unsurprisingly he stayed in Lisbon sipping on a White Port & Tonic, while he got two other chumps to sail around the coast of Africa. Legend dictates the Portuguese started a fire to clear some space in Funchal and the fires burned for 7 years & that's why the soil is so nutritious. That sounds apocryphal to us, we can't even keep a log burner going and we have matches, fire-lighters and rolled up copies of The Telegraph. Nonetheless, the soil is certainly well nourished and contributes to this astonishing wine, expressing a fresh and fragrant bouquet of dried fruits and spice with luxurious warm orangey aromas. Medium dry and full- bodied. Concentrated and fresh with a pleasant zesty bittersweet edge from a finally balanced acidity. Long lingering aftertaste of exotic fruits with spicy overtones.

  7. Blandy's Colheita 1999 Malmsey

    Blandy's Colheita 1999 Malmsey 50cl

    £47.00

    £47.00

    We've always found it slightly odd that this Madeira producer is named Blandy's... Nominative determinism suggests that if your name is Baker you're statistically more likely to make bread for a living, well, this wine is like the opposite of this principle. Blandy's Colheita Malmsey 1999 is possibly the most powerfully flavourful wine ever to sail into a British port. This vintage fortified wine is rich and full-bodied and expresses concentrated flavours of dried fruit, caramel, toffee and walnut, perfectly balanced by a fresh and zesty acidity. Of course, Blandy's refers to the name of this family owned business, currently under the management of Chris Blandy and has nothing to do with the style of wine. Here's to 7 generations of Blandy's make the least bland wine on the planet!

  8. Blandy's Duke of Clarence Madeira

    Blandy's Duke of Clarence Madeira 70cl

    £15.00

    £15.00

    We can thank the existence of this Portuguese sweetie to a very happy accident of history. Way back when, when merchants shipped their wares in wooden ships, the wine in the hold would often overheat, resulting in a delicious, caramelised wine.

    Winemakers have sought to recreate this effect by baking the wine ever since - and now Blandy's have perfected the technique. This Madeira, made with the more unusual Tinta Negra Mole, is toffeed, ripe and nutty Madeira, with ample sweetness and a clean, tart finish. A most serendipitous wine indeed.

  9. Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Gran Reserva Sherry 1986 - Half Bottle 375ml

    Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Gran Reserva 1986 - Half Bottle 375ml

    £25.00

    £25.00

    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.

  10. Churchill's Ten Years Old Tawny Port 50cl

    Churchill's 10 Year Old Tawny Port 500ml

    £18.00

    £18.00

    If you're someone for whom Port is weighed down by a connotation of stuffy old institutions, bizarre ceremonies and old school ties, don't let a snob from your past prevent you from trying this outstanding wine; this port will change your mind. If you've never tried a tawny, plunge into the depths of the rich, nutty, smoky flavours that abound here and contemplate the life of a convert. This example is versatile enough to be chilled before serving and doubles up as either an excellent aperitif or after-dinner treat.

  11. Churchill's Dry White Port

    Churchill's Dry White Port

    £16.00

    £16.00

    Port, traditionally, is saved for a luxurious, après dinner treat and is usually ruby in colour and lavishly, decadently rich and sweet. Not so here. No - this is that marvellous, rare thing - a white Port - and it much prefers to work its magic before dinner. Shove this in your guests' hands when they come in from the cold and you'll be their BFF (Best Friend Forever didn'tcha know). Off-dry, nutty and toasty, and balanced with beautiful blossom and dried fig flavours, this is a mellow, subtle and complex.

  12. Croft 1994 Vintage Port Fortified

    Croft Vintage Port 1994

    £65.00

    £65.00

    We love Vintage Port here at Oddbins, it's like a spicy, dark fruit flavoured time capsule. Take a sip and you're transported through time and space to Croft Quintas in 1994. "Bloomin' old John Major, he's planning on privatising British Rail don't you know? O well, at least I can kick back and listen to Oasis' new album Definitely Maybe, they're going places these guys." Thankfully, this wine has more longevity than the Gallagher brothers' relationship and Major's political career combined; it's drinking great with rich flavours of jammy damson, leather, tobacco and sweet spice. In 20 years, what will this year's vintage remind us of, hopefully not Armageddon.

  13. De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2014 - Half Bottle - 375ml

    De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2014 - Half Bottle - 375ml

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Given the poise of this unctuous, zesty dessert wine we'll forgive you for pronouncing it's name wrong. Admit it. You read it as "no bell won" didn't you? And a noble one it is indeed. However, the correct pronunciation is 'knobbly one' in reference to the shape of the grapes used to make this beauty.

    You see, the grapes stay on the vine as the season lingers, waiting for the right conditions. The right conditions being the wrong conditions, usually. Wet and warm, and perfect for fungus. Normally, you wouldn't want that. But this Botrytis fungus desiccates the grapes, concentrates the sugars, and leaves a high acidity. Turns them into knobbly little buttons full of butterscotch and quince, glacé pineapple, and citrus marmalade flavours! The grapes might be ugly, but looks aren't everything. This is one of the most awarded wines in history. Maybe we should start pronouncing it 'no bell won'.

  14. Disznoko Tokaji Late Harvest 2013

    Disznókő Tokaji Late Harvest 2013

    £15.00

    £15.00

    We love a Tokaji here at Oddbins. Why's it late though? Is it in a Lewis Carroll style nightmare, desperately trying to make a date with a god awful, Jonny Depp performance. Seriously, why is it that he can put on some make-up and assume a slightly effected character and we're all supposed to compare him to Laurence Olivier. Thankfully that's not why Disznókő is called "late." The grapes are harvested later in the year so they become sweeter and more concentrated, giving the wine, expressive notes of marmalade and apricot. So, next time you see a tardy white rabbit, tell him to take his time, he'll probably be better off for it.

  15. Fonseca Guimaraens 1998 (Wooden Gift Box With Decanting Funnel)

    Fonseca Guimaraens 1998 (Wooden Gift Box With Decanting Funnel)

    £30.00

    £30.00

    Guimaraens Vintage Port, we like to think, is somewhat like Casey Affleck; sure, maybe he didn't write Good Will Hunting like his big brother Ben, but hey, he was still in it! Sure, Ben Affleck is Batman, Casey was in Oceans 11, 12 & 13! That's pretty cool, right? 2 of those films were actually pretty good. Casey can also grow a magnificent beard, he's approachable, just like Guirmaraens Vintage Port. Point being, Guimaraens might not have the same prestige as Fronseca's true Vintage Port but it's more supple, early maturing and grapes are still harvested from the same three estates. Not every film needs Ben Affleck in, just as not every occasion requires Fronseca Vintage Port, sometimes you'd prefer his little brother Casey, clutching a delicious bottle of Guimaraens Vintage Port.

  16. Fonseca Quinta do Panascal 1999

    Fonseca Quinta do Panascal 1999

    £28.00

    £28.00

    Port's a funny business, for example, when serving Vintage Port, the decanter should be placed on the right side of the host and then passed round the table clockwise. Why? Tradition my good man! That way, if the Baron of Norfolk pays you a terrible disservice; perhaps commenting on the regularity your wife frequents the theatre, your sword arm is free to whip out your rapier and seek retribution! Thankfully, Port is becoming much less anachronistic, wines like this are made from the best vineyards but mature much earlier than traditional Vintage Port, delivering a much more approachable style, at a more affordable price point, for you modern consumers. No duels, just delicious wine.

  17. Gonzalez Byass Del Duque Amontillado Sherry 30 Year Old

    Gonzalez Byass Del Duque Amontillado Sherry 30 Year Old - Half Bottle 375ml

    £23.00

    £23.00

    Sometimes we really wonder how certain winemaking techniques were arrived at. Sherry making techniques in particular.

    After fortifying the wine to halt the alcoholic fermentation and keep it sweet (fair enough), someone must have then thought, 'what if we let it sit in a wooden tub for, maybe, five, no no... ten, sod it make that thirty years. Yup, then let's see what it tastes like then'.

    Well, these bonkers Andalusians, whoever they are, were obviously geniuses with much acumen, as this is precisely the way to produce moreish, almost umami-tasting Amontillado like this.

    The 30 years in American oak casks has transformed the humble Palomino grape into an unctuous, vanilla, cedar and fig-flavour bonanza of a Sherry. Three cheers for the vinous vanguard!

  18. 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.

  19. Gonzalez Byass Solera 1847 Oloroso Dulce Sherry

    Gonzalez Byass Solera 1847 Oloroso Dulce Sherry

    £13.75

    £13.75

    'I'm rich. Rich rich rich,' sung Karen O in The Yeah Yeah Yeah's track 'Rich', from their brilliant 2003 debut album, Fever to Tell. But was Karen sanguinely singing about her financial status, or had she penned lyrics from the perspective of the Solera 1847 Oloroso Dulce?

    We'll leave that question to you, but what we will say is she must have had a very enjoyable time writing the song, because the Solera 1847 is awash with flavours of raisins, vanilla and salty caramel. Let's just hope she had some good cheese, for Pete's sake.

  20. Grahams 10 Year Old Tawny Port

    Graham's 10 Year Old Tawny Port

    £21.50

    £21.50

    We're going to put our neck on the line here and say that we have a favourite talk show host. That host is Graham Norton. Sorry Jonathan and Alan, but Graham's the man for Oddbins.

    Why? Because he is very natural and easy with his guests, accompanying them on whatever flights of fancy they go on. Warm-natured and dry yet charmingly nutty, (now you'll see where we're going with this...), he is much like his 10 Year Old Portuguese Tawny Port namesake.

  21. Grahams LBV Port

    Graham's LBV Port 2012

    £14.75

    £14.75

    Graham's Late Bottled Vintage Port (LBV) is an excellent wine, hand selected from only the finest produce each year. This LBV is matured in seasoned oak and then bottled at between four and six years of age giving its 'Late Bottling' name. It is a deep opaque colour, with heavy tones of dark red round the rim. On the nose it is full of elegance with aromas of red fruits and eucalyptus combined with minty notes. Rich red fruits line the palate with additional peppery tannins.

  22. La Quintinye Royal Vermouth Rouge 375ml

    La Quintinye Royal Vermouth Royal Rouge - Half Bottle 375ml

    £15.00

    £15.00

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

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

  23. Madeira Barbeito Malvasia Reserva

    Madeira Barbeito Malvasia Reserva

    £15.00

    £15.00

    The ethos of Ricardo Diogo, the winemaker at Vinhos Barbeito, is that 'small is beautiful'. We think he is absolutely right. Take Ronnie Corbett. OK maybe 'beautiful' isn't quite the word, but he certainly knows how to make the most of what he has: Ronnie Barker's line "I look up to him [John Cleese] because he is upper class, but I look down on him [Corbett] because he is lower class", followed with Corbett saying: "I know my place", wouldn't really be the same if Corbett was of an average height. So 'be small and proud', we cry!

  24. Offley Tawny Port NV Fortified Wine

    Offley Tawny Port NV

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Tawny. In the avian world, it refers to a beautiful, golden-coloured owl that is, in fact highly territorial and non-migratory.

    Offley Tawny Port is an elegant fortified wine, offering mature and fresh flavours with a classic style. A typical drink that combines modern techniques with years of experience.

  25. Old Boys 21 Year Old Tawny Port

    Old Boys 21 Year Old Tawny Port 500ml

    £22.00

    £22.00

    ***Silver at Decanter World Wine Awards 2014***

    Can we stereotype slightly? Please? Because this wine, and this winery, really sum up the countries that they come from. The De Bortoli family emigrated to Australia from northern Italy in 1928 and their wines sing with the warmth, humour and joie de vivre that both countries seem to have in bucket loads.

    Their Old Boys 21 Year Old Tawny Port has oodles of vanilla bean, toasted hazelnut, dried fruit and mocha goodness. We reckon it could be something of a mascot for Italian-Australians.

  26. Quinta do Noval 2008/09 LBV

    Quinta do Noval LBV Unfiltered Port 2011

    £24.00

    £24.00

    Traditions can be really odd can't they? Take cheese-rolling in Gloucestershire, where people leg it down a hill after a nine pound round of Double Gloucester cheese, which can reach up to 70mph, in a bid to win said cheese. The tradition of treading the grapes for Port in traditional 'lagares' is a slightly less ridiculous tradition, with indubitably tastier results. This Port, from a simply cracking year, underwent foot-treading in a lagare and has flavours of ripe plums, stewed blackberries and a hint of sweet tobacco. It would probably go pretty well Double Gloucester, come to think of it.

  27. Quinta Do Vesuvio Port 2013

    Quinta Do Vesuvio Vintage Port 2013

    £59.00

    £59.00

    Quinta Vesuvio Vintage Port 2013 is not a wine that treads carefully. In fact it's made initially by vineyard workers stomping on the grapes to village music. (The song YMCA naturally). The world would be a happier, less stressed place if we could all help make this wine.

    Imagine coming home after a horrible day and declaring 'Right, I'm out back to the shed for a good bit of grape galumphing!' Not only is this anger managment. It'd be assisting in the production of one of the best ports in the world. So if you haven't tried Quinta Vesuvio , get yourself a bottle. We guarantee you'll lava it.

  28. Sandeman Vau Vintage 1999

    Sandeman Vau Vintage 1999

    £26.50

    £26.50

    One in a long list of alternative Port styles that offer those who can't wait, or can't afford, the chance to sample a piece of something special.

    This is considered Sandeman's second label in a declared vintage year, and unlike their straight-up vintage, this in-between Port style can be enjoyed now or after ageing. Rich, juicy, intense and sweet, if you're looking for a memorable Port for a memorable evening, we can certainly Vau-ch for this!

  29. Sauternes Castelnau de Suduiraut Half Bottle White Wine

    Sauternes Castelnau de Suduiraut 2008 - Half bottle - 375ml

    £17.00

    £17.00

    Château Suduiraut is an achingly beautiful, classically French Chateau, perched between the Ciron and the Garonne and it is the autumnal morning mist that rolls off these rivers that provides the perfect conditions for Noble Rot. "But wait, you were painting such a lovely picture!" you might wail, distraught. But, we reassure you, Noble Rot is Sauternes' best friend and allows it to develop the other-worldly marmalade, minerally, manuka honey flavours that make it so dearly-loved the world over. Happy ending after all, eh!

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

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

    £14.00

    £14.00

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

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

  31. Tio Pepe Dos Palmas Fino 2017

    Tio Pepe Dos Palmas 2017 50cl

    Now £17.55

    Was £19.50

    £17.55

    Often sequels are never quite as good as the original. Like Ocean's 12; Julia Roberts playing Tess Ocean, pretends to be Julia Roberts but she's foiled by Bruce Willis playing Bruce Willis? Seriously, what on God's green earth was that? We could name another 248 million bad sequels but who has the time. Thankfully, there are exceptions, like the greatest movie of all time... Weekend at Bernie's 2. Just kidding we were thinking of Godfather 2, Dos Palmas is another example of an unbelievable follow up. The 2nd in the Palmas range, it has been aged under flor for 8 years. Moving into a Fino/Amontillado style this is much more intense and much more concentrated than the Una Palma. The wine still has Fino characters of green olives, butterscotch and salted dough but has begun developing oxidative characters of caramel and Christmas cake. Las Palmas Strikes Back!

  32. Tio Pepe Una Palma 2017

    Tio Pepe Una Palma 2017 50cl

    Now £13.05

    Was £14.50

    £13.05

    "Una, Dos, Tres, Cuatro. Hello, hello (hola!) we're drinking Tio Pepe las Palmas!" That's definitely a better version than U2's. Vertigo is not a place Bono, it's a concept! Our version is not only better because of strict adherence to the literal and a total disregard for rhyme schemes; most importantly it celebrates the las Palmas range by Gonzalez Byass. 4 sherries labelled Una to Cuatro shows the unfiltered progression of Fino to Amontillado. Una Palma is the youngest of the range; a Fino Sherry that has spent an average of 6 years in cask. The wine has intense aromas of sour dough, salted almonds and green apple. It's a must try for dry Sherry lovers, in many ways it embodies the immortal U2 lyrics, "yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!"

  33. 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.

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