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  1. Dourthe Croix des Bouquets Graves 2015 White Wine

    Dourthe Croix des Bouquets Graves Blanc 2015

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Nobody thought Pierre could actually tell which grapes had gone into any given wine just by using his nose. But that is what he boasted. Down to the very vine the grapes that made it came from.

    To throw him off the scent, sceptical colleagues mixed together crisp, grassy Sauvignon and citrussy Semillon and presented Pierre with two buckets, challenging him to tell them which was which. After a few sniffs, Pierre looked at them contemptuously and said with a Gallic shrug: 'Ha! You crossed the buckets!' They drank the mixture anyway. The blend was so delicious they continue to make it today, using only Pierre's nose to finalise the exact percentage of each batch.

  2. Dry by Tokaj 2013 Hungarian White Wine

    Dry by Tokaj 2013

    £12.50

    £12.50

    There are two 'wowzer' elements to this white. Firstly, it's Hungarian, which is as rare as hen's teeth on UK wine shelves. Secondly, it's a dry version of the world-renowned amber nectar that is Tokaj dessert wine.

    The grape in question - Furmint - is usually left to go mouldy and 'botritise', which concentrates the sugars. But what happens if you don't let the wine go mouldy and you make a dry wine in the usual fashion?

    Well, Dry Furmint is a new phenomenon and we are happy to say that Dry by Tokaj is leading the way with this crisp, mineral, quince and orange blossom firecracker.

  3. Dry Riesling Bergrettung Trocken Mosel White Wine Germany

    Dry Riesling Bergrettung Trocken Mosel 2015

    £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.

  4. Edmeades Zinfandel 2013 Californian Red Wine

    Edmeades Mendocino Zinfandel 2013

    £17.50

    £17.50

    The sin of Zin dun dun dah! Yep, Zinfandel was a bit of a rebel back in the day, as synonymous with the Prohibition era as Al Capone, Tommy Guns and the films of Robert De Nero... except for Meet the Parents, god that was an awful film. Anyway, those poor booze deprived Americans started fermenting Zin in their bath tubs making it super strong, pretty sweet & everyone got jollier than before they banned the stuff. Thank goodness, they repealed prohibition otherwise Zinfandel may have stayed overly sweet, rocket-fuel and we may never have seen examples such as this one; Elegant and sophisticated with subtle tannins and refreshing acidity. Now the only sin would be to not try it!

  5. El Puno Garnacha 2013

    El Puno Garnacha 2013

    £21.00

    £21.00

    This wine makes us want to do star jumps and cartwheels for joy, as it represents so much of what is exciting about Spanish wine. First off, it comes from Calatayud - a lesser-known wine region whose quality, like the rest of the Aragon region, has improved in leaps and bounds over the past couple of decades. Secondly, it is made by the vinicultural wizard that is Norrel Robertson MW. Scotsman Norrel has been making wine in Spain for 12 years and has qualifications and accolades coming out of his ears. No surprise, then, that this Garnacha, made with grapes from old vines (giving concentration), using local yeasts for fermentation (which suit the local grapes) and lightly-toasted re-used French Oak barrels (lets the wine's crushed violets and black cherry flavours shine), is an absolute belter.

  6. Elderton Estate 'Greenock Two' GSM

    Elderton Estate 'Greenock Two' GSM 2014

    £22.00

    £22.00

    We all need a little TLC now and then. A bit of pampering. A brief brush with luxury sometimes to make us feel special. Well, FYI, this GSM is an easy way to get yourself feeling that way ASAP. Plush, rich, velvety textures; seductive aromas of violet and anise; sumptuous rounded tones.

    Feel waited on hand and foot by a team of grapes. Our warm, earthy Mourvedre; gentle Grenache; and bold Shiraz. There's no need to DIY BTW. Just relax. Let the wine do the work, and let your worries go AWOL a while.

  7. Emiliana Natura Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Red Wine

    Emiliana Natura Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

    £8.75

    £8.75

    Cabernet Sauvignon was the envy of everyone at the gym. Trim, tight tannins and deep, dark fleshed fruit meant this grape could effortlessly move to the music and the trainer's every demand. Invigorated with dynamic characters of blackcurrant, plums, damson and mint, Pinot Noir and pal Syrah could only jealously glare; they simply couldn't compete with Cab's limitless fitness and grace.

  8. Emiliana Natura Carménère 2015 Red Wine

    Emiliana Natura Carmenere 2016

    £8.75

    £8.75

    Carménére is the beautiful stranger that was always there. This enigmatic red grape came from out of nowhere a few decades back and stayed to haunt peoples tastes and memory. Its distinct red fruits, full body and herbal flavours are that intriguing character you met at dinner the other night. The old school friend you found by chance at the bar. Or the interesting traveller you blundered into on the train. You just never noticed Carménére before, until now.

  9. Emiliana Natura Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Chilean White Wine

    Emiliana Natura Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £8.75

    £8.75

    Rick Blaine may claim he went to Casablanca for the waters, but we're pretty sure he would have been much less disappointed if someone had informed him of all the amazing wines made there instead. After all, we don't know about any waters that will give you zesty lime aromas and crunchy fruit flavours like this lively and zippy Sauvignon Blanc does.

    Move the gin aside, Rick, and forget about Ilsa. It's about time you set your sights on a new love and there's a new girl in town; Emiliana.

  10. Emiliana Natura Viognier 2015

    Emiliana Natura Viognier 2015

    £8.75

    £8.75

    We all have that one friend we secretly envy and chances are she has a pretty name like, say... Emiliana. Emiliana is a big softy whose natural demeanour makes her extremely popular. And why does she always smell so good?! It's as though she bathes in papaya, apricot and honeysuckle.

    Well, whatever it is, we want it too and as much as you'd like to dislike her for being so wonderful, you've got to admit her company is always pretty refreshing. You just can't help but adore her.

  11. 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.

  12. Eszenia Old Vine Garnacha Aragón Organic 2015

    Esenzia Old Vine Garnacha Aragón Organic 2016

    £8.50

    £8.50

    Why are we always trying to defy Father Time? After all, old vines make better wines. Just as old heads have more wisdom, old vines have more character. They might be gnarled and bent, but that doesn't mean they can't make bright and youthful wine. Each grape is a fresh new thing. Just as ideas are. And minds with a little more mileage often have the best ideas.

    So! Let's agree. Experience makes things better, as long as you keep a sense of play. Then you can enjoy getting older, like the more senior vines behind this wine. Complex, but brimming with a youthful essence. We can't guarantee drinking it will keep you young, but then, you wouldn't be allowed to drink it if you were!

  13. Eternum Viti Toro 2013

    Eternum Viti Toro 2013

    £13.00

    £13.00

    Eternum Viti Toro or "Eternal Viti Toro," of course referencing the formation of the 12th Century fountain of youth in Toro, north of Madrid. Historians of Medieval Spain largely agree that the fountain formed when a drug corporation dumped a large amount of waste multivitamins or "Viti" in the river Douro. Since then, the men and women of Toro have been damn attractive well into their 70s & their wine has never gone bad. This is why Columbus took Toro wines to discover America, or India or wherever that dude thought he was going.

  14. Etienne de Loury 'Le Petit Duc' Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    Etienne de Loury 'Petit Duc' Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £12.50

    £12.50

    What a life it must be, to be a lord. You get a nice estate, serfs to work your land and of course a delightfully hierarchical prefix to your name. What do you reckon, Marquess or Viscount? Definitely don't choose Baron, if you're picking a title you surely have to go for an esoteric one? This wine would have seniority though and rightly so; with powerful characters of gooseberries, lemongrass and elderflower, harmonising with a light body and refreshing acidity, 'The Little Duke' is clearly the rightful ruler of the Loire.

  15. 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!

  16. Famille Cattin Pinot Noir

    Famille Cattin Pinot Noir 2014

    £14.25

    £14.25

    Let us set the scene: there's a family relay race that spans across hundreds of years. Each member of the Cattin family hurtles their way through acres of countryside and narrowly weaves between the vineyards, determined to hand on the baton. But as they approach the finish line and their hands connect, they exchange not a thin shaped piece of metal but a deliciously vibrant bottle of Pinot Noir. Behold... the Voegtlinshoffen Games! With luscious red fruit aromas and soft tannins, we advise you to sprint to one of our shops and keep the baton going.

  17. Domaine du Salvard Cheverny 'Vignes des Marnières'

    Famille Delaille Cheverny 'Vignes des Marnieres' 2015

    £12.50

    £12.50

    There's more to Loire valley Sauvignon than Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé. Even occasionally more than just Sauvignon Blanc. This lesser known gem of a white wine delivers all the bone dry, nettles and flint crispness you'd expect from it's better known near neighbours, but with 15% Chardonnay added to this blend there's just a hint of something richer, rounder and riper that will take you pleasantly by surprise. And without a big name premium its something of a bargain to boot!

  18. Famille Perrin Cotes Du Rhone Villages 2015

    Famille Perrin Cotes Du Rhone Villages 2015

    £12.50

    £12.50

    Buying a wine is always a slight gamble, when you plunge in your corkscrew, you can’t be completely confident what’s going to come out. That’s why it’s smart to hedge your bets. If you’re the kind of person who likes a flutter on the horses, it’s shrewd to not get distracted by the amusing names and the attractiveness of the jockey’s attire and go with the trainer of quality.

    Same with wine, this is a simple name, with a simple label but is owned by the makes of Chateau du Beaucastel, one of the most renowned wines in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Given this wine’s impressive silky structure and robust flavours of dark berries and peppercorn sometimes it makes sense to ignore the label of the beer tapdancing and go with the wine made by a legend.

  19. Famille Perrin Tavel Rose 2016

    Famille Perrin Tavel Rosé 2016

    £16.00

    £16.00

    People can be funny about Rosé, often they'll hold it up to natural light, slowly rotating the bottle like they're a noted Bond Street jeweller. Hoping to see straight through, announcing; "the paler the better!" This style is very popular and normally associated with Provence but now hang on, this wine is actually quite dark. Don't worry, it's still dry and it's still refreshing, it's just the style of Tavel wines and very good it is too! In fact, Philip IV is supposed to have travelled through Tavel, where was offered a glass of wine, which he emptied without getting off his horse. Afterwards he proclaimed Tavel the only good wine in the world. Take that Provence... and well, every other wine in the world!

  20. Famille Perrin Ventoux 2016

    Famille Perrin Ventoux 2016

    £8.75

    £8.75

    The vineyards of Famille Perrin are on the slopes of Mont Ventoux, which are in turn, on the slopes of the alps, like mountainous Russian dolls. Yet, unlike the English ski enthusiasts, desperately trying to keep up with French 6 year olds, with only one ski on, these vines are rather adapted to being on the slopes. The altitude gives the wine a wonderful freshness, offering invigorating acidity and integrated aromas of blackberry, dark cherry and violet. That's good news, so even if you roll all the way down from Chamonix, at least there'll be some delicious wine waiting at the foot of the mountain.

  21. Famille Perrin Vinsobres 2015

    Famille Perrin Vinsobres 2015

    £14.50

    £14.50

    Is there anything more rock ’n’ roll than a solid dichotomy? Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, how about sober wine? Oui, Vinsobres is French for sober wine, that deserves a 9-minute guitar solo, does it not? In fact, there’s more than just the name that’s rock ‘n’ roll about Vinsobres. Up until 2006 these wines were just labelled Cote du Rhone Villages, then they burst onto the scene as their own appellation, blowing the minds of any who came across them. Unlike other appellations in the Southern Rhone, such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, wines of Vinsobres have also had the virtue to stay underground so they offer excellent value for money and also offer you the opportunity to tell your friends smugly, “I drank Vinsobres before it was cool!”
  22. Fattoria Bagnolo Chianti Colli Fiorentini Red Wine

    Fattoria Bagnolo Chianti Colli Fiorentini Riserva 2014

    £21.00

    £21.00

    Do you remember in the 70s (probably not, you're probably a spritely young gent/madam) when Brits used to think of Chianti as the wine equivalent of ABBA: Sure, you know it and you're going to tap your feet to the beat, you might even recite a couple of lyrics of Dancing Queen but you don't really want your friends to see. Chianti came in those big round bottles, that for some reason had been whickered all-round the base and every Italian restaurant in the country used them as Candle holders. Thank the Italian heavens that those days are over. Wines like this are some of the finest to come out of Tuscany, with concentrated notes of sour cherry and tomato leaf, combined with a surprising age ability, Chianti is quickly becoming the wine equivalent of Led Zeppelin; we got a 'Whole Lotta Love'!

  23. First Creek Hunter Valley Chardonnay

    First Creek Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2015

    Now £12.00

    Was £14.50

    £12.00

    We all accumulate stuff - books, records, candelabras...whatever. Every house needs just one more shelf. Liz Silkman is the same with silverware. She'd already been gathering the gongs before 2015, when her First Creek wines garnered 30 awards in one year alone! That's two-and-a-half per month, or one every twelve days. That's more often than your humble scribe goes to the pub! Could she even pop out to lunch without coming home with a trophy?

    In deference to her shelving problems, Oddbins hereby awards Liz the Wandsworth Chardonnay Eggcup for services rendered to immaculately oaked, fresh white wine which expresses consummately its varietal characteristics. Might be at the engravers for a while, though...

  24. First Creek Hunter Valley Semillon White Wine

    First Creek Hunter Valley Semillon 2014

    £14.50

    £14.50

    Hunter Valley in New South Wales might not be the first place you'd think of if you wanted to plant a vineyard, even though it is Australia's oldest wine region. The weather's all wrong, the summer sky is frequently covered by cloud and it gets most of its yearly rainfall in three months of unrelieved sogginess. But there's no truth, however, in the rumour that it's been twinned with St. Helens.

    First Creek Semillon is a wonderful expression of a classic Hunter Valley grape, light and imbued with citrus and orange blossom, but developing weight and softness over five years bottle ageing. But let's not wait, eh, it's fairing up a bit, we should enjoy it while we can!

  25. First Creek Hunter Valley Shiraz Red Wine

    First Creek Hunter Valley Shiraz 2014

    Now £14.00

    Was £16.50

    £14.00

    "Own label wine brands." Words which, rightly or wrongly, send a shiver down many a spine. A phrase which sounds like a four-word Gothic novel, but really it depends on whose own label it is. Mickey Tipton's Fowl Emporium may arouse suspicion, for instance, as might King-size Tony's Sweetbread Parlour.

    But in Hunter Valley, New South Wales, the First Creek Winery was making wine under contract for local growers. And they were so good at it that in 2008 they started a range of their own, including this gorgeously satisfying, concentrated, medium-bodied Shiraz, and within a very short time it was winning all manner of awards.

    Mickey Tipton's Château Gazunder, alas, couldn't get a Food Hygiene Certificate.

  26. Fleur du Thénac Rouge

    Fleur du Thénac Rouge 2012

    £16.00

    £16.00

    Weirdly Thénac is famous for the Lascaux Caves (faded graffiti of fat horses), truffles (a fungus that is a favourite snack for swine but inexplicably costs humans a fortune), foie gras (the delicious side of animal cruelty) and its unspoilt countryside (yay, look another tree, yawn). In our opinion this is all wrong. The real flower of Thénac is this aptly named wine. The Fleur du Thénac is a modern French red that puts many of its limelight-hogging famous neighbours in Bordeaux to shame, proven by it being chosen to be served on Virgin Atlantic Upper Class flights.

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

    Fonseca Guimaraens 1998 (Wooden Gift Box With Decanting Funnel)

    Now £26.00

    Was £30.00

    £26.00

    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.
  28. Fonseca Quinta do Panascal 1999

    Fonseca Quinta do Panascal 1999

    Now £24.00

    Was £28.00

    £24.00

    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.
  29. Fontein Ridge Chenin Blanc 2016 - South African White Wine

    Fontein Ridge Chenin Blanc 2016

    £6.50

    £6.50

    There are many fountains across the world that are famed for their superb structures and magnificent displays. This is one such fountain, or 'fontein'.

    It wows the crowds with a fount of fruity flavours with ripe apricot, peach, pear and citrus streaming through the palate right through to the end of the show. It'll have you on your feet applauding before you realise you're stood in your living room and not at the Font de Canaletes.

  30. Fontein Ridge Pinotage Shiraz 2015 - South African White Wine

    Fontein Ridge Pinotage Shiraz 2015

    £6.50

    £6.50

    Modern winemakers often talk about having innovative ideas and that's because they know how important it is to bring new and fresh wines to you!

    Take this South African Pinotage and Shiraz blend for example. They call it 'Fontein Ridge' because it contains fountains of juicy tannins and ripe fruit flavours with hints of vanilla and chocolate on the nose. It's almost unbelievable how they get so much into such a small bottle!

    Though, if they wanted to take it one step further we wouldn't complain if they build an actual fountain of wine. Now THAT's what we'd call innovation...

  31. Footprint Merlot 2016 Red Wine

    Footprint 'The Long Walk' Merlot 2016

    £7.50

    £7.50

    It's not the most conventional way of employing an expert winemaker, but when Naas used his glue-filled boot to catch the thieving little elf responsible for stealing grapes, it was the beginning of a beautiful new relationship.

    When the elf was forced to share the wine he'd made from the contraband grapes, his otherworldly talent was impossible to ignore. Rather than punish the little guy, the winemaking team encouraged him to join them. The elf agreed on one condition: he got to crush the grapes by bouncing on them standing in Naas's shoe. Genius. The gentlest crushing, releasing magical flavours of plum and mulberry, and just a hint of spice*

    *Which absolutely has nothing to do with the musky aroma of Naas's footwear, we're certain.

  32. Footprint Sauvignon Blanc 2016 White Wine

    Footprint 'The Long Walk' Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £7.50

    £7.50

    There was no doubt. Grapes were going missing. Not just grapes, the best grapes. Everyone was baffled. Until one evening there was a light shower of rain, and in the softened ground the next morning, a footprint... Only Naas wore such footwear, and was duly arrested.

    Given his urgent protests, the humble grape picker was allowed a chance to prove his innocence. That night he filled his shoes with glue and left them, as he always did, outside on the step. Shortly after dark, unmentionable curses lifted through the night; and caught there in the shoe, much to Naas's delight, was a little elf*.

    Under duress, the elf let everyone taste the wine he'd made with the stolen grapes. Buckets of green apple and gooseberry zip! One sip and the elf was off the hook. As long as he promised to share...

    *And he was hopping mad.

  33. Four Growers Chardonnay Australia

    Four Growers Chardonnay 2015

    £6.50

    £6.50

    Like King Solomon the Wise, winemakers have to be masters of judgement and balance. Leave the grapes on the vine too long? You end up with wine that is over-ripe and uninteresting. Ferment the wine at too low-a temperature and you risk ending up with peculiarly strong pear drop and banana flavours. It's quite honestly perilous.

    But, like Solomon and his fabled sword, the good winemakers out there know what to do and when. Fresh but not astringent, bold without being in-your-face, this Chardonnay gets it just right - without one sword being used.

  34. Frunza Pinot Grigio White Wine

    Frunza Pinot Grigio 2016

    £7.75

    £7.75

    Over recent years Pinot Grigio has become the definitive Italian grape for white wine, and by common consent the best Italian PGs come from the North East of that country, and the further North and East you go, the better they get. So what happens if you carry on travelling North and East beyond Italy's borders?

    Well, eventually - and very roughly - you get to Romania, where not only do you find terrific Pinot Grigio wines, but you find it at a terrific Romanian price. Well, it certainly stands to reason, but does it stand up to a taste test? Oh yes, oh yes it does.

  35. Frunza Pinot Noir Romanian Red Wine

    Frunza Pinot Noir 2016

    £7.75

    £7.75

    A Pinot Noir, at this price? From Romania? That's got to be rubbish, hasn't it? Or it's got to come with a catch. We have to admit, that's what we thought when we first got this little number in. So we cracked open a bottle straight away to prove ourselves right.

    And thank Bacchus we did: far from being rubbish, it was indeed a total bargain, and there was no catch - this is budget wine that's not just good for the money, it's just plain good. Full, rich and juicy. Down with prejudice! Up with Romanian Pinot Noir!

  36. Gaia Estate Notios Greek Red Wine 2014

    Gaia Estate Notios Red 2015

    £12.75

    £12.75

    Well it winds from Levidi to Nemea/More than 50 kilometres all the way/Get your kicks on GR66! OK, perhaps it doesn't have the same ring as Chuck Berry's Route 66, we'll grant you, but if you do take that Peloponnese trip and turn off GR66, you'll end up in Gaia Estate's winery in gorgeous Koutsi, Nemea.

    It's every bit as pretty as Oklahoma City and, while you're there you can get hip to this gorgeously elegant, red-berried and velvet-lined Agiorgitiko and Syrah blend. Or failing that, you could just come and get your kicks - and the wine - in any one of our shops!

  37. Gaia Notios 2014 White Wine Greece

    Gaia Notios White 2016

    £12.75

    £12.75

    Our Northern correspondent writes: 'Notios. It's Greek for The Southerner, apparently. What we have here, then, is Gaia Notios white, a Moschofilero and Roditis blend. 'Ere y'are, pour some in here, cock... Well, it's kind of flowery and lychee-ish on the nose, from the Moschofilero - so far, so Southern - but then the Roditis kicks in on the palate, with smooth but keen lemon flavours that give a bit of backbone to any airy-fairy aromas. 'Appen this could give the South a good name! Mmm, it'd go right nice with a bit of whitebait... Cod, I mean. Cod! Oh no, I'm letting the side down again, our lass is gonna have me guts...'

  38. Gaja Dagromis Barolo Red Wine

    Gaja Dagromis Barolo 2013

    £58.00

    £58.00

    Nick Cave to Kylie Minogue: "Do you know where the wild roses grow, so sweet, scarlet and free?" Well, Angelo Gaja the winemaker seems to have the answer. Just open this bottle, pour a glass and let it breathe for a while.

    Then just enjoy the nose of mixed aromatic herbs & spices underlining the delicate notes of rose, leading to aromas of anise and wild fennel. Drink it with roast beef and it will offer some very generous flavours of berries and a savoury feeling too.

    This is one of the most popular wines from the Piedmont region, don't miss it!

  39. Gavi Miganego White Wine from Italy

    Gavi Miganego 2013

    £7.75

    £7.75

    'Oranges and lemons say the bells of St Clements,' is how the old rhyme goes. The rhyme then proceeds to get extremely dark, terrorising children with threats of heads being chopped off. Which is a shame, because Oranges and Lemons could have made for a nice analogy for Gavi Mignanego, which also says oranges lemons.

    This white wine also says lightly honeyed lemon and apple, although there isn't a set of London bells that rhymes with apple. Do let us know if we're wrong on that one though.

  40. Gavi Produttori del Gavi White Wine Italian

    Gavi Produttori del Gavi 2016

    £9.75

    £9.75

    A daydream-awakening pinch of oneself may be needed when you see the price of this smart little Gavi. However the reality is that we've found another one of those true odd bins that give this company its name. And in this case, one for which the price has worked out particularly favourably.

    This is actually very true to Gavi in the way you'd expect and surprisingly good. Fresh and clean and superbly balanced at just 11% alcohol, this delicate wine slips down exceptionally well. The perfect finishing touch to a relaxing evening.

  41. Gemma Barolo Italian Red Wine

    Gemma Barolo 2013

    £22.50

    £22.50

    'Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey, ooh, the more I get of you the stranger it feels, yeah'. Seal was probably referring to his lady friend Heidi Klum, but he may as well have been waxing lyrical about the Gemma Barolo for all we know.

    Because this cracking northern Italian wine has a poetic, beauty that speaks of dew-covered, headily fragrant roses on a cool grey morning, as well as fresh raspberries and deeper layers of ripe, spiced fruit.

  42. Gemma Moscato d'Asti Vigna Fiorita Italian White Wine

    Gemma Moscato d'Asti Vigna Fiorita 2015

    £9.50

    £9.50

    This Moscato is a soft, gentle and charmingly sweet white wine, but saved from being sickly by fresher, sage and citrus elements. Which sounds a bit like Alan Titchmarsh, now we come to think of it.

    Indeed, much like Alan, it's maybe not the most dangerous tool in the box, but you could very happily while away an afternoon with it in an English country garden, with it a bowl of strawberries and cream.

  43. Gewurztraminer Hunawihr French White Wine

    Gewurztraminer Hunawihr 2016

    £13.75

    £13.75

    You may have heard of tea picked by monkeys and coffee defecated by civets. Those are nothing, this is an exotically spiced Gewurztraminer with big fat Turkish Delight and lychee flavours, that's made by Alsatians.

    It's very rare because when it comes to winemaking, Alsatians are easily distracted by other things like licking their fur, catching their tails, chasing postmen and watching The Littlest Hobo. So grab it quick, it can't stay for long, just turn around and it's gone again.

  44. Giesen Brothers Pinot Noir New Zealand Red Wine

    Giesen Brothers Pinot Noir 2013

    £16.50

    £16.50

    It is a brave and noble thing to travel half way around the world and set up a winery, but that is exactly what brothers Alex, Theo and Marcel Giesen did in the 1980s. Thirty years later and these intrepid brothers have not only survived the trip from Germany to New Zealand, but they have conquered. In evolutionary terms, this family is winning.

    Why are they so successful? For wines like this Pinot Noir, with its elegant, silky, tannins, lifted aromas of violet and blueberry and notes of warm, freshly turned earth and mushrooms. That's one gene pool we want to be part of.

  45. 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.

  46. Glorioso Rioja Crianza Red Wine Spain

    Glorioso Rioja Crianza 2014

    £11.00

    £11.00

    A Rioja made for meal times! This red wine might just be the food-match ace in the Rioja suit.

  47. 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!

  48. 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.

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