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  1. Ayres de Escal Priorat

    Ayres de Escal Priorat 2012

    £13.25

    £13.25

    Way back when in 1194, a group of very clever monks decided to plant some Vitis Vinifera vines on the vertiginously steep slopes of Priorat. This was a great idea because the loose, granite-like 'llicorella' soil there is chuffing marvellous for Garnacha and Carignan. Fast forward 800 years to the 1990s and, after a long fallow period, a group of spunky young winemakers had the equally good idea of resurrecting the region's wine industry. They're making seriously good wine again, like this well-structured, raspberry jam-flavoured beauty. The monks would be proud.
  2. Château Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepère Red Wine

    Château Guilhem Prestige AOC Malepere Red 2014

    £12.00

    £12.00

    We love Hannah Leadbeater. Upon being asked to write a tasting note for the wine that she discovered and fell in love with on holiday four years ago, she gathered the same friends that she's holidayed with and they sat around together, coming up with the following tasting note between them. Talk about team work!

    Here is that (very accurate, in our opinion) note on this Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec blend from the Languedoc:
    'This wine is packed full of character. The aroma is of red berries, cinnamon and vanilla. These flavours combine on the tongue with a slight pepperiness and a rounded mouth-feel. It is medium-bodied, delivering a great taste whilst being fresh on the palate. It has a long finish, making it great for savouring on its own. It also goes well with red meats, stews or lashings of French cheese!'
  3. Château Teyssier Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2013

    Château Teyssier Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2013

    £29.00

    £29.00

    Jonathan Maltus is the established maverick of Bordeaux - the novice Englishman who turned up at Château Teyssier in the 1990s, introduced new techniques, bought up new land and started producing stonking wine, the 'garagiste' way. This term refers to those making the bigger, bolder styles of Claret that emerged in that period, embraced by critics like Robert Parker. This Grand Cru is true to that style and is showing fine damson, plum, meaty and earthy flavours that should develop well with a few more years.
  4. Chatons du Cèdre 2014 (Red Wine)

    Chatons du Cèdre 2014

    £10.75

    £10.75

    Winemaker Pascal Léon Verhaeghe is a man who fell back in love with wine, after inheriting his family's mixed-culture estate in Cahors. After an encounter with his friend Jean-Marie Guffens (who comes from Pascal's family's native Flanders, and who makes our Verget wines) he went off to do a degree in oenology and generally get skilled-up.

    He came back to his family's vineyards and proceeded to work sympathetically with the land (the vineyards are certified organic) and has low yields and a large, attentive vineyard team.

    Chaton du Cèdre is fantastically black, with liquorice, red cherry and leather notes, and a rounded palate. We're so glad he rediscovered his roots.
  5. Cillar de Silos Crianza Spanish Red Wine

    Cillar de Silos Crianza 2014

    £18.25

    £18.25

    It's wines like this elegant, intense, blackberry-infused Ribero del Duero, that make selling wine such an absolute pleasure. Because after the bottle is despatched and we have parted company, you, dear customer, can revel in its joys at your leisure, whilst we sit back, have a cup of tea and think happily, "our work here is done now".

    How are we so sure? Because we've yet to pour this red out and witness anything but pure pleasure. Such is its rich, intense decadent appeal. With beautiful notes of top quality oak and deep dark fruit this is a brooding beauty.
  6. Torresilo Ribera del Duero

    Cillar de Silos Torresilo 2014

    £37.00

    £37.00

    Like the Royal Family at the moment, Cillar de Silos just go from strength to strength, and they don't even have Kate Middleton on their team.

    The Aragón family has made wine for personal consumption for as long as records go, but in the 1970s Amalio Aragón started acquiring top vineyard sites in Ribera del Duero.

    His grandson, Óscar, is now head winemaker and is known for making incredible wines, like this deep, meditative, luscious and minerally Tempranillo. Who needs Kate?
  7. Costières de Nîmes Serabel French Wine

    Costiéres de Nîmes Serabel 2015

    £8.50

    £8.50

    A gorgeous place, Costiéres de Nîmes; the kind of place that makes you want to Google cheap flights to the south of France and wangle some lieu time at work and spend some time nibbling on local cheeses and sipping on lustrous, swarthy red wines. Well, whilst Serabel cannot deliver said lifestyle, it can certainly deliver the wine. Dripping with damson and black cherry fruit, and bristling with gorgeous peppery spice and a hint of vanilla pods, it's a holiday in itself and cheaper, too, at just £8.50.
  8. 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.
  9. Duas Quintas Portuguese Red

    Duas Quintas 2014

    £13.50

    £13.50

    We have a recipe for you. Take one world famous Port house (Ramos Pinto) and one incredibly prestigious Champagne producer (Louis Roederer). Add two very different vineyards in the Douro Valley, one hot, one cool. Stir in an even mix of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and simmer gently in the Portuguese sunshine. Transfer part to French oak barrels and leave to relax for at least 12 months. The result is Duas Quintas. A red wine served heaped with praise and seasoned with medals and scores of 90/100.
  10. Gonzalez Byass Solera 1847, Oloroso Dulce

    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.
  11. 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.
  12. Colombo Cotes du Rhone Villages Le Bonne Roche

    Jean-Luc Colombo Côtes du Rhône Villages Le Bonne Roch 2013

    £11.75

    £11.75

    When winemakers make wine, they are painting. They may not wear stripy tops and live bohemian lifestyles, but are artists nonetheless and they take their inspiration and their materials from the land around them.

    In this instance, the materials are the gentle slopes of the southern Rhône, plentiful sun, which provide enough warmth for the grapes to reach ripeness. They then have the after-effects of the Mistral wind, which tears through the northern Rhône and arrives downstream, offering grapes a gentle respite from the Mediterranean sun.

    In the hands of the artists at Jean-Luc Colombo, they turn this palate into a bold, firmly-structured, fine-grained, beauty of a painting.
  13. La Folle Noir D'Ambat Red Wine France

    La Folle Noire d'Ambat 2015

    £13.00

    £13.00

    Remember the Tim Burton films? From Beetle Juice (clearly the best) to Willy Wonka and Corpse Bride, Mr Burton is the Master of Darkness and we think he'd approve of our next wine. It looks like it could be a prop off of one of his sets, with the creepy black and white face looking like Beetle Juice himself.

    Childhood traumas aside, this little number might just attach a more pleasant connotation to the twisted world of Tim Burton. Boasting a tantalizing perfume of dark dusky cherry, it is laced with violet and smoky nuances, yum!

  14. Le Clos du Serres 2014 (Red Wine)

    Le Clos du Serres 2014

    £13.50

    £13.50

    Organic, velvety, rich, fruity and spicy, if it was a song, it would be a winsome Fleetwood Mac number. If it was a person it would be England's favourite Lefty, Tony Benn. If it was a household item it would be an intricately-designed Persian rug. If it was an item in a museum it would be the Bayeux Tapestry. Oh dear, maybe we're getting a bit tired. Point is, this is a powerful, evocative, hedonistic wine that you should all try. Every last one of you.
  15. Longview 'Red Bucket' Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    Longview 'Red Bucket' Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    £12.00

    £12.00

    ***Silver at the International Wine Challenge 2015*

    Founded by brothers Peter and Mark Saturno, after they tired of city life in The Big Apple and decided to return home to their homeland of Macclesfield in the Adelaide Hills, Australia. Whilst we are happy that they were able to retreat from the frenetic pace of New York, we’re also very pleased that they started making wine in this idyllic spot.

    Macclesfield is a tad warmer than the rest of the cool climate region of Adelaide, and this means that the Saturno brothers are able to produce wines with great depth and intensity, as well as the finesse and poise, like this rich, raspberry and game-flavoured belter. A rather nice homecoming, we say.
  16. Longview Yakka Shiraz Australian Wine

    Longview 'Yakka' Shiraz 2014

    £16.50

    £16.50

    ***Silver at the International Wine Challenge 2015***

    This wine takes its name not from the Aussie slang for hard work, although judging by its magnificently rich, sturdy and swarthy character, you’d wager they had put a lot of work into it. Nope, this wine takes its name from the striking Australian grass shrub, pictured on the label, which also reveals the producer’s love for their homeland and this, too, shines through in this terroir-driven wine, whose dense, ripe black cherry and white pepper flavours show off the warmth of the Macclesfield micro-climate.
  17. Luis Alegre Koden Rioja Alavesa 2015

    Luis Alegre Koden Rioja Alavesa 2015

    £10.75

    £10.75

    Koden is an Aztec word meaning "the time in a woman's life when she's at her most splendid" which, we think, is an excellent name for a wine.

    And, with fragrant, red fruit and a velvety, luscious palate, this wine really does have those qualities that you'd associate with feminine beauty and fertility.

    Ahem, sorry, this all sound a bit odd now we're reading it back, but you'll see what we mean if you try it.
  18. Manz Platónico 2015

    Manz Platónico 2015

    £11.00

    £11.00

    Hand-picked from a blind tasting line-up by the winner of The Palate 2013, Chloe Dickson (pictured), this wine has ringing endorsements from every corner:

    Chloe herself says “It’s perfect for the wintry festive period, when you need something rich, hearty, jammy and souly. When I drank it I could just imagine sitting next to a crackling fire, slippers on, snow falling outside and a roast in the oven. This wine has it all, it works brilliantly. It just works” What more can we say - we concur!
  19. McManis Zinfandel Red Wine America

    McManis Zinfandel 2015

    £12.75

    £12.75

    According to 2Pac and Dr Dre, California knows how to party. It's not surprising, if you're gonna have a party you're gonna need some wine and they produce a lot. If California were a country, it would be the world's fourth largest wine producer.

    Don't think that all Zinfandel is pink and sweet, real red Zinfandel is powerful and jammy with refreshing acidity, just like this one. Each mouthful is an elegant fruit bowl of raspberries, strawberries, cherries, watermelon and blackberries laced with vanilla, caramel and hazelnuts. A bottle of California love.
  20. Negroamaro Salento Terra di Sava Red Wine

    Negroamaro Salento Terra di Sava 2013

    £9.50

    £9.50

    Conjure the image, if you will, of a long, oak table in a conservatory in Venice. It's after dinner, the table is laden with bowls of plums, cherries and raspberries, and a steaming cafetiere of Kenyan coffee is giving off aromas that are teasing your nose. Vivaldi is playing in the background whilst beautiful children are playing in the garden outside. Are you there? Good, because this is pretty much what you get when you tuck into this Italian beauty. Bellissima!
  21. Ormadei Malbec 2016

    Ormadei Malbec 2016

    £12.75

    £12.75

    Bang! In your face! Let's not pussyfoot around, people like Argentine Malbec for its raw, heavyweight, power; and that's what Ormadei delivers by the sackfull, but that's not all. Big hitting, yes, but rich, fruity and smooth with it. Like getting punched in the mouth by a black cherry fist in a velvet glove. In a good way.
  22. 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.
  23. Pora Py'a de Chile Merlot

    Porã Py'a de Chile Merlot 2015

    Now £6.98

    Was £7.75

    £6.98

    If it were a lonely hearts ad, we think Porã Py'a's Merlot would read something like this: I'm a young charmer with a big heart. My looks are dark and Latino, but my appeal is more than skin-deep... Give me a try and I'll woo you with generosity, a plush feel and a darkly fruity GSOH. My ideal partner would be a gregarious, fun-seeking individual who enjoys partying at the weekend (I love a party), as well as a homely mid-week dinner (we Argentines love our food).
  24. Puligny Montrachet Premier Cru 'Champs Gains'

    Puligny Montrachet Premier Cru 'Champs Gains' 1997

    £29.00

    £29.00

    'Puligny, will you marry me darling?' 'Why yes, Oddbins, I love you!' *Wakes up with a start* Oh cripes, we've been daydreaming again. We were having this incredible dream, where Puligny Montrachet, in all her dazzling, creamy, subtle charm, had just agreed to be our immortal beloved. The moment was perfect - we'd got the food just right, with tender chicken with creamy parmesan and fennel polenta - and the music just right (you can't beat Enya for a proposal) and then... we woke up. Oh, Puligny...
  25. Radford Dale Black Rock 2013

    Radford Dale Black Rock 2014

    £16.50

    £16.50

    Like the addition of Peter 'Swingometer' Snow to the Beeb's election night results, Black Rock is guaranteed to make even the most memorable of nights even more memorable, with added colours, fun and general swing to proceedings.

    We're just trying to visualise what a Swingometer graphic for Black Rock would look like... we're imagining it would be fabulously purple, with blueberry-coloured bar charts adorned with sprigs of lavender and dried chilli bouquets, on a background of a mountain stream bed. Probably.
  26. Salice Salentino Terra di Sava 2011

    Salice Salentino Terra di Sava 2011

    £10.50

    £10.50

    1976; what a year. The first commercial Concorde flight, Microsoft and Apple were created, Viking 1 landed on Mars, "Rocky" won best picture, Olympic legend Chris Hoy was born (however so was Sabrina, The Teenage Witch star Melissa Joan Hart) and the cracking Salice Salentino wines from Puglia received DOC status.

    It was a lot to pack in, but it was a leap year so we guess they had an extra day. Relive '76 with a glass of Oddbins exclusive Terre di Sava's "Nero" Salice Salentino and a bit of Bohemian Rhapsody.
  27. Secret de Viu Manent Carmenere Chile Wine

    Secret de Viu Manent Carmenere 2014

    £11.50

    £11.50

    If you've not yet come across a bad Carmenere then there's a very simple reason for this. There aren't many. This is partly attributable to the grape itself, but more to do with the country within which it's grown.

    Chile is this country and its perfect growing conditions for this grape make it virtually organic by default for starters. This is a guarantee of the full-bodied, smooth, satisfying type of red that Carmenere is so well known for.
  28. Secret de Viu Manent Malbec Red Wine

    Secret de Viu Manent Malbec 2015

    £11.50

    £11.50

    Border-hopping Malbec from the other side of the peninsula in Chile. This is very South American anyway. Small wonder Chile too are turning their hand to this, the Argie-wonder grape; not that they need to prove much when it comes to winemaking.

    This Secret (or locally, Secreto) is Malbec very much as you picture it: Full and juicy, smooth and satisfying, and with the guaranteed trademark long, long length. Wine this good won't be much of a Secret for long.
  29. 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.
  30. The Barry Brothers Red Australian Wine

    The Barry Brothers Red 2014

    £17.50

    £17.50

    This red isn't like every other Tom, Dick and Harry. However, it has been passed down from Jim to Peter and Tom Barry. The Barry family has been making wine in the lovely, cool climes of South Australia's Clare Valley for many a moon and they have maintained Jim passion for innovation and his exacting standards.

    This blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon was made with the family's values in mind; it is bold, contemporary and full of bitter dark chocolate and blueberry notes. Thank you, fellas; may your family's wines always live on.
  31. The Chocolate Block 2015 Red Wine

    The Chocolate Block 2015

    £23.00

    £23.00

    As soon as Chocolate Block lands you guys go all Augustus Gloop on us: lapping up that chocolate river like a cacao shortage has just been announced. Well, we can't blame you, it is awesome.

    Willy Wonka went to great lengths to produce Magic Hand-Fudge, which "when you hold it in your hand, you taste it in your mouth". To be honest Boekenhoutskloof make it look easy, we can literally taste the Chocolate Block as soon as we start unloading it from the trucks.
  32. Valpolicella Ripasso Ca'Rosa Red Wine

    Valpolicella Ripasso Ca'Rosa 2015

    £13.75

    £13.75

    Oh Mamma! What a smooth one this is. Get ready for some of the most over-worked wine adjectives in town hurtling their way towards you, because these are the only way to get across to you the sheer loveliness of this wine: soft, silky, slightly-sweet-seeming and sumptuous.

    This is about as round and as smooth a red as anything South America could ever send over, but with a subtle medium-bodied restraint that hallmarks this Latino lover as authentic Italiana.
  33. Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva, La Rioja Alta 2010

    Viña Alberdi Rioja Reserva La Rioja Alta 2011

    £18.25

    £18.25

    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!
  34. Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge 2012 Red Wine

    Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge 2012

    £11.75

    £11.75

    If you love cracking value Rhône reds and you know it, clap your hands! *Clap clap*. "Yes," we hear you bellow, "we do!" Well we are not joshing with you when we say that this is, indeed, that very thing.

    Wine that is swarthy, hot, rich with spices and dark chocolate and apt to make you clap your hands, regardless of whether or not you are singing children's songs. Which you really shouldn't be, given you are over 18. Really.
  35. Villa Maria 'Cellar Selection' Syrah 2011

    Villa Maria 'Cellar Selection' Syrah 2011

    Now £10.50

    Was £16.00

    £10.50

    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...
  36. Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon

    Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

    £12.00

    £12.00

    If there is one time of year when anything goes, this is it. In fact it's almost as if pushing the rules is actually encouraged - hooray! When else is it okay to rock scandalous shreds of clothes, trowel on the black eye liner, throw the sugar quota out of the window and encourage e-number-fuelled youths to run around the streets and light rockets in the garden?

    If you'd rather celebrate your inner ghoul with a potent red wine, wrap your taste buds around this distinctively delicious Cabernet Sauvignon, which is oozing with layers of juicy blueberry, roast coffee beans and cigar box warmth.

  37. Winter Is Coming - Mixed Case of 6 Wines

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    'Winter is coming' - or so they keep saying! Why not take off the Stark chill by gathering your friends for a feast and cracking open this delightful case of reds. Just make sure you have enough seats for everyone or you might have a fight on your hands…
  38. 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.
  39. 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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