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  1. Anette Closheim Riesling 2016 Germany White Wine

    Anette Closheim Riesling 2016

    £13.00

    £13.00

    A trail of failed relationships behind her; one disappointing beau after another. In desperation one weepy evening, Beatrice turned to an online dating site. Surely the right gentleman was out there somewhere. However, so thick were her tears she failed to notice her phone autocorrect one of the key words as she typed her profile. Instead of calling for a man with a good sense of reason, it altered it*. A man with a good sense of Riesling.

    Eckard thought his luck was in! More than taken with Beatrice's titivating profile pic, he dashed off to the 'Woman of the Nahe', maker of potions, to secure one of the most persuasive Rieslings she could muster. It only remained to be seen whether Beatrice was as sharp witted and exotically fruity as the wine!

    *Perhaps she typed that word in quite a lot...

  2. Larry Cherubino 'Stones Throw' White Wine

    Apostrophe Larry Cherubino 'Stones Throw' White Blend 2015

    £13.00

    £13.00

    If the tiles fall correctly in a game of Scrabble, the word "Gewurztraminer" will earn you 729 points. If you run "Riesling" off the end of it, you will get a lower score but a handy 50 bonus points for using all your letters. Larry Cherubino, a man also worth a few points, has an even more winning way of putting the two together, by blending them into a refreshingly heady, exotically spicy and rose petal-tinged bottle of loveliness, that would be the perfect foil for a mild curry and a Turkish delight dessert. Or you could ditch the Scrabble and drink it while watching Countdown and waiting for a rude word to crop up!

  3. Bibo Runge Riesling 2015 German White Wine

    Bibo Runge Riesling 2015

    £16.75

    £16.75

    Born into nobility, Bibo Runge had no choice but to follow the path his ancestry determined and take arms as Knight Errant. Given his predecessors, much was expected of him, and he excelled, even against their legendary feats. But Bibo felt something was wrong. Why should he exercise his ability merely in the pursuance of personal fame?

    Choosing to throw off the outdated chivalric code, he made the protection of common people his crusade, installing himself in a quiet town in the guise of a humble blacksmith. It must have been instinct. For the Devil, intending to ride out, sent his horse to the town to be reshod. Other blacksmiths would have quailed and bent to the task; but Bibo sent the horse packing, battling him with his bare hands. This wine celebrates Bibo, displaying all the intensity, purity and steel of the man himself, with a finish that lingers as long as the tales.

  4. Dry Riesling Bergrettung Trocken Mosel White Wine Germany

    Dry Riesling Bergrettung Trocken Mosel 2014

    £17.50

    £17.50

    This wine has a fantastic story. It comes from a collaboration between 10 wineries to save historic vineyards in particularly steep sites in Germany's beautiful Mosel Valley. The group's name, Bergrettung, takes its name from Berg (= mountain) and Rettung (= rescue). This vintage was made at the Staffelter Hof winery, whose owners trace back directly to Carl the Great and who founded Bergrettung. The wine? Impressively pure and super concentrated, this essentially dry Riesling balances pronounced wet slate minerality, with a zesty, acidic core and fantastic lime, mango and white peach fruit.
  5. Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spatlese 2015 White Wine

    Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spatlese 2015

    £18.00

    £18.00

    Erden is a village on the banks of the Mosel river. Treppchen literally means staircase, and refers to the terrace steps cut into the precipitous slopes of the valley opposite, on which the good people of Erden cultivate some of the finest Riesling grapes to be found anywhere in the World.

    And the wine they make from it is proper Riesling. Full of exotic floral and fruit aromas, a heady whiff of petroleum and, yes, sweetness, too. This is proper Riesling, the way it should be. Wine for grown ups.
  6. Famille Cattin Dry Riesling 2016 French White Wine

    Famille Cattin Dry Riesling 2016

    £11.50

    £11.50

    We bet Voegtlinshoffen wasn't exactly the first place the Wright brothers considered when conquering the airplane. However if they did, they would have discovered the birthplace of family-owned winery now belonging to Jacques and Jean Marie Cattin. They would then discover wines like this here Riesling, golden in colour with subtle notes of peach and a thirst-quenching dryness.

    So if you're ever soaring over France, squinting down at ol' Voegtlinshoffen, take a moment to salute those Cattin brothers for their hard work, or better yet, pick up a bottle of this delicious Riesling and prepare to take flight!
  7. Huber Auslese Riesling

    Huber Auslese Riesling 2013

    £14.00

    £14.00

    Bright yellowish green, hints of strawflowers and hay, very typical varietal character on the nose; dense with notes of caramel; dainty wooden nuances reveal traces of spice, clove cinnamon. This extraordinarily intense offering boasts with such an enormously sweet mellowness. Gorgeously focused and clean.
  8. Huber Riesling Eiswine 37.5cl

    Huber Riesling Eiswein 2015 - Half Bottle - 375ml

    £28.00

    £28.00

    The Austrians are well known for their practical jokes, so it's little surprise everyone thought Markus was jesting when he suggested they went out to pick grapes. It was New Years' Eve for pity's sake! Freezing outside! Surely, he was drunk...

    But no! Markus was serious. Out they went, dressed to the nines, not finding it very funny at all. The thermometer read minus 11. Even the grapes were frozen. Well, the excess water in them was, leaving the flavours there for the taking. Caramel and spice, a dainty hint of meadow flowers, locked up since Spring. Extraordinary. See what you achieve when you have a sense of Huber?
  9. Huber Riesling Nussdorfer 2014

    Huber Riesling Nussdorfer 2016

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Chalk. It's good stuff. Back in the halcyon days before white boards, school kids relied on chalk to learn about isosceles triangles and other incredibly forgettable items of information. However, chalk is responsible for something else that is much more memorable.

    Yes, the chalk hills of the Traisental in northern Austria give Markus Huber's Riesling vines a healthy work out as they plunge deeper in the soil in search of water. Along the way, they pick up characterful mineral qualities, which appear alongside the citrus and apricot notes in the final wine and chalk up another victory for this most learned of winemakers. 10/10.
  10. Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling Australia White Wine

    Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2016

    £14.50

    £14.50

    The Eden Valley is one of those rare places in the world that has nigh on perfect conditions for growing the delicate, choosy Riesling grape. It has it all: altitude (the Pewsey Vale vineyard is 500 metres above sea level), undulating hills and sandy loam soils with some clay sub-soils.

    This might not sound jaw-droppingly exciting but it's pretty much paradise on earth for Riesling and means that winemaker Louisa Rose can access the grape's intense crushed stone and lemon/lime fruit flavours, with hints of dried rosemary.
  11. Riesling Von den Terrassen BrundlMayer

    Riesling Von den Terrassen Brundlmayer 2016

    £13.50

    £13.50

    Is Bründlmayer Riesling the best food wine in the world? It has a touch of sweetness to match it with spicy. It has piquant acidity to pair it with fatty. Tangy citrus undertones to sit next to something fruity, and a pleasing minerality that will go well with herby. And all from just 42 hectares over some of the best Kremstal vineyards, made by a centuries old farming family from Grundorf. It all sounds like the beginnings of a fairy story. The seven dwarves might need a bit of work, mind you...
  12. Tupari Late Harvest Riesling 2014 New Zealand White Wine

    Tupari Late Harvest Riesling 2014

    £17.75

    £17.75

    Once upon a time, Riesling was the Germanyist of German grapes, in all of Germany. Storming down the Autobahn in a black Mercedes-Benz, with a glove compartment full of Bratwurst, yelling 'Schnell' at poor Dutch tourists toddling a long at a mere 98mph. It's much more international now. Look at wines such as this, a classic late harvest Riesling, yet influenced by the terroir of New Zealand. Don't get us wrong, Riesling's still German, it's just a more modern German, the international jetsetter that refers to his mobile as "mein handy." We love you Riesling, whatever beautiful place you're grown in, never forget your roots!
  13. Tupari Riesling 2013

    Tupari Riesling 2013

    £17.00

    £17.00

    If you're a grape, looking for an ideal home, it's a case of location location location. The best locations will suit your climate-, altitude- and soil-based needs and be blessed with talented winemakers who know who understand you.

    The Riesling grapes in the Awatere Valley, NZ, have the ideal neighbourhood: they have lots of sunshine but particularly cool nights, so they don't get too hot, which means that have time to develop complex flavours of ripe limes and grapefruit with riverbed freshness.

    Proof that it's worth hunting before putting down roots...
  14. Villa Wolf Dry Riesling German White Wine

    Villa Wolf Dry Riesling 2015

    £10.50

    £10.50

    You: 'Doctor Loosen, help me! I need a Riesling that's crisp and balanced, with delicate flavours of peach and nectarine, wrapped up in a cool mineral cloak!' Dr Loosen (producer of Villa Wolf Dry Riesling 2014: 'Sure, zis is my pleasure. Just take a sip of zis Riesling and you vill be mozt happy wiz ze results.'

    This is the kind of scenario that we envisage happening and we feel it's only responsible to stock Villa Wolf Dry Riesling 2014 in case you can't find Dr. Loosen in time. Just doing our job, folks.
  15. Wageck Riesling 'Green Label' 2016 German White Wine

    Weingut Wageck Fundament 'Green Label' Riesling 2016

    £10.50

    £10.50

    They say opposites attract. And attraction is the basis of love. The fundament, you could say. It's perhaps fitting then that Frau Wageck was so different from her husband. He was thickset and hirsute; she was all angles. Knobbly knees and cheekbones you could serve cheesecake with. However, she was incredibly goofy.

    She was so goofy, in fact, that her teeth didn't meet and she found eating increasingly difficult. Dentistry in Pfalz not being very advanced, Frau Wageck turned to the winery. Could they help? Of course! They made a Riesling as structured as she was, with the same up front fruitiness. But they underpinned all that with zippiness that soon had her sucking her teeth back in! Problem solved.
  16. Zind Humbrecht Riesling 2014 White Wine

    Zind Humbrecht Riesling 2014

    £35.00

    £35.00

    Right, we've had it! We're tired of listening to the same old excuse as to why you're not sure about buying Alsace. Apparently you think their labels are 'a bit old fashioned'... well. Let us tell you something! You shallow, shallow people. They do it on purpose! They don't want anyone else to drink their wine. Why would they? Wines this good are few and far between.

    Take this Riesling for example. The label might be a hurdle, but the wine's an athlete in its class. Beautifully weighted, superbly balanced, pacy, elegant. And what's more it's got a body that will age beautifully for another twenty years or so. Don't let them keep it to themselves!

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