Vintages Picks

Shiraz does Soulful!

Shiraz does Soulful!

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Shiraz probably holds the record for most ‘converts to red wine’, but along the way it got too smooth – killed the fatted calf!…

Value from Veneto

Value from Veneto

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RICH RED – nourishing Dried fruit flavours and richness are the story with I Balzi. Think mini-Amarone. Think bold flavoured, comfort dishes. Or fireside…

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,…