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  1. Blandy's Duke of Clarence Madeira

    Blandy's Duke of Clarence Madeira 70cl

    Now £12.75

    Was £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.

  2. Château Gloria Saint Julien

    Château Gloria Saint Julien 2012



    Balanced. Firm. Smoky. Heady. Herby. Fruit-forward. Subtle. These are just words. Or are they? What is a word? Can a word ever sum up the life and soul and art of the winemaking process? With a wine like Château Gloria, words feel hollow. So we ask you, look not at the word, but through the word. Be at one with this wine. Relax. Light some candles. Now you are ready.

  3. Chateau Teyssier Montagne Saint-Emilion Red Wine France

    Château Teyssier Montagne Saint-Emilion 2008



    Have you seen the film Searching for Sugarman? If not, then we recommend you do; it's a masterpiece, but it means this tasting note won't make much sense. If you have seen it, then Château Teyssier from Montagne-Saint-Émilion is the Rodriguez of wine: sweetly melodious and timelessly classic with a compelling history and an enthralling finish. Like Rodriguez, who managed to pass most of the world by despite his brilliant, Montagne Saint-Emilion is somewhat overshadowed by its more famous neighbour, Saint-Emilion, but we think it's about time for its big-screen debut.

  4. Lat 42 Rioja Reserva Spanish Red Wine

    Lat 42 Rioja Reserva 2012

    Now £12.00

    Was £14.00


    If you ran around the circle of latitude 42 degrees north of the equator you'd visit some pretty unusual places: Corsica, Albania, Macedonia, Georgia, most of the "stans", Inner Mongolia, North Korea, the Japanese island of Hokkaido, the Oregon/California and New York/Pennsylvania borders, and loads more. But to be honest we wouldn't get much further than Torre de Oña's winery in la Rioja Alta. Their classic, elegant Rioja, with its berry aromas and creamy oak, is the kind of wine that is so good it makes you entirely forget what you were doing...

  5. Miles Mossup 'Max'

    Miles Mossop 'Max' Bordeaux Blend 2014



    You know how Bordeaux is a bit tweed jacket, red trousers, brogues and hunting? Maybe that's a little unfair, but it's certainly on the stuffier side. Well what would happen if you moved it to South Africa, gave it a dose of proper sunshine, maybe taught it to surf and then changed its name to something edgy like Max? That would be pretty cool wouldn't it? Well that's exactly what Miles Mossop, the winemaker from Tokara, has done. This is a stunning wine, with flavours of dark cherries, charcuterie and Christmas cake, and great value. Such great value, in fact, we think they may have relaxed a little too much.

  6. Quinta dos Roques 2014

    Quinta dos Roques 2014



    Wine or maths? Not a difficult question, is it? We don't mind some algebra, fractions or long division occasionally, but the ratio of fun to not-fun with maths doesn't work in its favour in a head-to-head with wine.

    Luis Lourenco agreed with us, and promptly packed in his job as a maths teacher to become a winemaker. We applaud his choice because he went on to create this sumptuously chunky red wine. Although Americans say "do the math", we say "do the Quinta dos Roques", it's way more fun, you might even say it rocks.

  7. Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

    Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 2011



    Now we don't want to start a bar room brawl and we are massive fans of French wine, but the British do love an underdog and the story of Ridge's Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon appeals to our sensibilities.

    The 1971 vintage was one of the Californian wines that beat its French opponents in 1976's Judgement of Paris blind tasting, which upset the apple cart somewhat over the Channel and cemented California's reputation for being world-class winemakers. The cool 2011 season turned out a pristine vintage of Monte Bello, made from Cabernet Sauvignon.

  8. Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva, La Rioja Alta 2010

    Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva La Rioja Alta 2011



    This wine is like falling head over heels in love. It is all encompassing, completely mesmerising and totally distracting. Its beauty makes you feel slightly light-headed and its perfection gives you butterflies.

    You will wonder what you did before it came along and worry a little about what you would do if it ever left. It is complicated (red berries, oak, coconut, coffee, vanilla and savoury notes) and when it's finished you'll be heartbroken... until another comes along!

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