Vintages Picks

Spice up your weekend

Spice up your weekend

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RICH RED – think exotic/spicy It’s no surprise that this Catalan corner of France produces wines with a very gulpable, Spanish feeling. Rich, but…

Chilean Pinot Envy

Chilean Pinot Envy

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SEMI RICH RED – no clothes on The Pinot police are likely to want this Chilean ‘banned’. Too pretty, too seductive – more Victoria’s…

For the Beef!

For the Beef!

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SEMI-RICH, CLASSY RED – for the beef The Douro is bone dry, manly and a dead ringer for Bordeaux. The assured, confidence of old…

French Classic Bistro Red

French Classic Bistro Red

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RUSTIC RED – classic bistro Bellevue delivers a firm, workingman’s handshake. Dusty dry, rustic and delightfully old-fashioned – forget fruitiness, this tastes of the…

My ‘Other’ Pinot

My ‘Other’ Pinot

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LIGHTISH RED – good everyday Each year when we take our Portugal group to Cabriz they are blown away by the price quality ratio…

Sunday Supper Red

Sunday Supper Red

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LIGHT RED – Sunday supper Grange Cochard is the most earthy Beaujolais I’ve tasted in ages. Bone dry, mouth puckering, and with energy to…

South African Charmer

South African Charmer

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Was delighted to see the return of this white as I loved the previous release. My colleague, John Szabo, described it perfectly “lovely, fullish,…

On the Rhone Again!

On the Rhone Again!

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This is rich, spicy, herbaceous and nourishing. As good as red wine needs to be, and as expensive as red wines should ever be….

…and now, the Bombshell

…and now, the Bombshell

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In sharp contrast to the previous post (Chapoutier’s ‘Bila-Haut’), this Viognier likes to put on an exotic flavor show, so look out. It’s the…