It was frustrating. Britta had a soft spot for well-built men; but she also liked the gentle touch. A little subtlety. Seemingly, you can't have...
£8.00
There was a time when Portuguese vintners were seen as a bit like the Amish of the wine world. Not that they thought humans had...
A red wine with distinctive cassis influence with a cedary spine covered with dark cherry, waxy crayon earthiness, graphite and enticing undertones. On the palate...
£42.00
In the Middle Ages, the Château of Cantemerle, seat of the jurisdiction of the same name, bordered the Garonne River and made up part of...
This red wine reminds us very much of former Conservative leader and This Week regular Michael Portillo. Though it be part of the old-guard, red...
£17.50
They might seem a fairly austere, old-fashioned lot, but Bordelais(es) tick with hidden passion. On the outside they seem elegant, carefully presented. Some even say...
Henri and Simone Ducourt bought Chateau d'Haures in 1983 and made it their home. Now the main place where their family and friends gather, the...
£45.00
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...
A medium to full bodied blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau Lalande-Borie entices you in with aromas of dark berries, lightly toasted oak and...
£11.00
The Lalene is an elegant and complex wine rich with flavours of black fruit and fine grained velvety tannins, before a long satisfying finish.
The 2012 vintage is a beautiful purple colour. It is an amazingly fresh red wine with a lovely flowery bouquet and notes of acacia. The palate is...
Hugh Johnson notably said of Pauillac, "if one had to single out one commune of Bordeaux to head the list, there would be no argument....
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...
The birth of punk and rock '’ roll is rooted in young people experimenting with their garage band (musically experimenting, we have no idea what...
£9.50
This is an impressively neat little bargain Chianti that's on the bodysome, flavoursome side of this classic Italian style. This slightly more buxom red is...
£18.50
Corazón del Indio translates to 'Heart of the Indian' in reference to the mountain range that surrounds the Vina Marty vineyard. The panoramic of this...
£15.00
We're sure our vegetarian readers will relate to the frustration of bringing an exquisite plant-based dish to a party and watching all your meat-eating friends...
A classic Bordeaux from fifth growth Château Belgrave in Haut-Médoc. A wine of depth, class and smoothness that really sings with rich fruit when decanted....
£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...
If you want a proper pork pie, you get it from Melton Mowbray. If you want a handmade alpaca-wool scarf, you get it from Peru....
There are very few winemakers that are household names, perhaps because there are no vintner talent shows on ITV, where audience members high on schadenfreude...
Bright garnet in appearance, this red wine has an intense nose of ripe black fruits such as blackberries and blueberries. On the palate it is...
Bolt the doors and check under the stairs, for we have a spine-chilling tale to tell about the Devil's Elbow. Naaaat. This wine is only...
£14.00
We can think of few better Aussie pairings than Shiraz and Cabernet, except perhaps Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan. Seriously, when are those two crazy...
It was rock rap legends, the Beastie Boys who told the world "duh duh duh da Sabotage!" (alright we don’t know the actual lyrics) A...
If there is one thing we learnt from Star Wars it’s if you want to become a master you have to train with the best....
A saxophone in a lonely back street. An early morning trumpet fanfare. A piano tinkling in a shadowy bar. There's something pure in those sounds....
A jack of all trades, Jock McPherson had a wild and varied career as a writer, soldier, fisherman, publisher, PR man and lead guitarist for...
£18.50
Noster Inicial is a persistant and honest red wine, with aromas of ripe fruit and compote, blackberries, figs and a herbal touch that gives the...
Early in the careers of these vintners, they managed the vineyards and winemaking for other companies' wine brands. Given their prodigious skill, unsurprisingly they were...
Orin Swift's goal year in, year out is to produce wines of resounding quality and consistency. Palermo offers a seamless assortment of classic Napa Cabernet...
You can express a lot via your knuckle tattoos. Your right hand could communicate 'Love' while the left reads 'Hate.' You could tell the world...
£6.50
Like the bit in Beetlejuice when the eponymous, messed-up protagonist puts a spell on his visitors, making them sing Day O (The Banana Boat Song)...
£20.00
Some people feel power from bending others to their will. Not Gus. For Gus, it's all about empowering individuals to express themselves on their own...
Penfolds Grange instantly expresses its exuberance from the moment that the dense and dark liquid hits the glass. Offering its drinker a multitude of sweet...
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are perhaps the ultimate wine power couple; they're like a Bordeauxian Batman and Robin (is Bordeauxian a word? It lacks the...
We all need our own place of refuge, in Pirates of the Caribbean this was the island of Tortuga, where pirates could be respectful of...
£44.00
Château Rauzan-Ségla has an incredibly long and colourful history, dating back to 1661 and featuring Very Important Families, tragedy, intrigue and, latterly, a brilliant renaissance,...
£9.50
Lisbon is renowned for its communal courtyard meals, where people will, as the African-Portugese say, 'have a sentada;' to sit with friends, eat, drink and...
Back in the 1970s, the vineyards of North Western Italy were dangerous places. Gangs of Sangiovese were engaged in racketeering across all of Chianti and...