Wine List

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Wines of Argentina

Argentina has for a long time been known for its generous reds, but now you can add a plethora of other adjectives, including supple, elegant, concentrated and fine. They really have come an extremely long way. What they have achieved with the Malbec grape, in terms of both its notoriety and the sheer level of flavour concentration, is remarkable. Indeed, it is Malbec`s robust brambly quality they favour at home in Argentina with their rich, succulent meats, and especially with beef. Much more so than Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo and any of the other emerging styles, though these can be rewarding as well, especially as blended wines.  

Some good whites are being produced there too, fairly full-bodied Chardonnays and full-flavoured Sauvignons.  They have become increasingly popular in Argentina as the quality has improved, and they will do much the same job for food as their European equivalents.  Their own indigenous white wine grape, Torrontes, produces a refreshing alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.

White

  • Trapiche Melodias Torrontes 2015, £8.99

Red

  • Amalaya, Calchaqui Valley (Malbec, Syrah, Cab Sauv) 2016, £13.99
  • La Linda Malbec, Luigi Bosca, Mendoza 2016, £11.99
  • Cheval des Andes, Mendoza 2011, £77.00 
  • Terrazas Reserve Malbec, Mendoza 2016, £19.99
  • Finca Los Primos Malbec, San Rafael 2017, £12.99
  • Amalaya Corte Inico Finca San Isidro  (black label) 2013, £26.99
  • Terrazas Las Compuertas Malbec 2011, £48.99
  • El Esteco Malbec, Calchaqui Valley 2014, £19.99
  • Pinot Noir Costa & Pampa Trapiche 2016, £18.99
  • Estate Malbec Humberto Canale 2016, £14.99
  • Nieto Senetiner Don Nicanor Malbec 2015, £16.99
  • Nieto Senetiner Malbec, Mendoza 2017, £11.99
  • Cadus Appellation Tapungato Malbec 2016, £16.99
  • Amaru High Vineyards Malbec Calchaguies 2017, £13.99

Sweet

  • Gewurztraminer Reserva, Luigi Bosca 2011 (50cl), £13.99

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Wines of Chile

Chile is going great guns. For a long time a good producer of entry level wines, fruity and quaffable, neither heavy or too light, that happy middle road with its wide appeal and popular prices. But now take a look: in reds its easy going softly delivered structures are acquiring power and complexity, a sense of terroir as well as varietal character; its whites are fresher with greater minerality, more interesting with food now. In the best of them there is a sense of belonging (that word again, “terroir”) with clearer varietal definition.  Indeed, the wines of Chile are getting better and better; the work in the vineyards and the winemaking and the ambition, coming to fruition now to produce the best possible wines with regional focus and affinity to food.

American, Spanish and French influenced, Chile`s cuisine is diverse and its wines now just as diverse which makes for fascinating matches. For instance, in Chile it is a practice on Sundays to eat Spanish “Empanadas”(a spicy beef dish with raisins) washed down with their Merlot or Carmenere.  Here we rarely use raisins to such tasty effect, but the point is that the  suppleness and fruitiness of these wines will wash over most foods nicely, and when meat and fruitiness combine on a plate, well, Chilean Merlot and Carmenere are tried and tested companions. Their Maipo Cabernets take on a Bordeaux character and while lamb is text book, they may also be enjoyed with roasted beef. Pinot Noir is getting really very good in Chile too nowadays, thanks to planting in cool (sometimes extreme) conditions. And Syrah is another exciting red, at its pinnacle in Montes Folly and Pangea from Apalta vineyard in Colchagua. In whites, like New Zealand,  it`s their fresh Sauvignon Blanc wines which are selling like hot cakes. In Chile itself they wash down the country`s national dish Ceviche (lime and raw onion), their avocado dishes and their fish and shellfish.  Ample supply of these provisions, especially white fish, also assures good use of their Chardonnays.  

White

  • Leyda Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda Valley 2015, £11.99
  • Leyda Reserva, Chardonnay, Leyda Valley 2015, £11.99
  • Grey Chardonnay, Tapihue Vineyard, Single Block, Casablanca Valley 2015, £16.99
  • Ventisquero Unoaked Chardonnay, Central Valley 2016, £8.49
  • Ventisquero Sauvignon Blanc Reserva, Casablanca 2016, £10.99
  • Ventisquero Chardonnay Reserva, Casablanca 2013, £10.99
  • Montes Classic Series Chardonnay, Curico Valley 2014, £10.99
  • Ventisquero Sauvignon Blanc Clasico, Central Valley 2016, £8.49
  • Adobe Viognier, Central Valley 2016, £9.99 (organic)
  • Emiliana Signos De Origen `La Vinilla` Casablanca Valley 2015 (Chardonnay, Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne), £16.99 (organic)
  • Adobe Chardonnay, Casablanca 2016, £9.99 (organic)
  • Adobe Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca 2016, £9.99 (organic)
  • Los Gansos Gewurztraminer, Cono Sur 2015, £9.99
  • Montes Alpha Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley 2014, £15.99
  • Emiliana Novas Gran Reserva Viognier, Casablanca Valley 2016, £12.99
  • Vistamar Campo de Corte, white blend, Casablanca 2015, £13.99
  • Grey Sauvignon Blanc, Valle de Atacama 2017, £16.99
  • Clos des Fous Chardonnay “Locura 1” Terroir de los Andes 2015, £16.99
  • J Bouchon Sauvignon Blanc Reserva, Maule Valley 2016, £11.99
  • Ventisquero V9 Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca Valley 2017, £9.99
  • Leyda Chardonnay Lot 5, Leyda Valley 2015, £24.99

Red

  • Donna Maria Syrah, Limari Valley 2010, £26.99
  • Leyda Reserva Pinot Noir 2015, £14.99
  • Leyda Reserva Syrah 2012, £14.99
  • Emiliana Vineyards Pinot Noir, Bio-Bio 2016, £9.99
  • Grey GCM, Apalta Vineyard, Single Block, Colchagua Valley 2013, £16.99
  • Enclave Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 2010, £60
  • Montes Limited Selection Pinot Noir, Aconcagua Costa 2015, £11.99
  • J Bouchon Merlot, Maule Valley 2016, £11.99
  • Grey Pinot Noir, Las Terrazas Vineyard, Single Block, Leyda Valley 2014, £16.99
  • Vertice, Apalta Vineyard, Colchagua Valley 2007, £26.99
  • Purple Angel, Colchagua 2011, £38.99
  • Montes Folly Syrah, Apalta Vineyard,  Colchagua Valley 2012, £46.99
  • Albis, Maipo Valley (70% Cab Sauv, 30% Carmenere) 2002, £37.99
  • Heru Pinot Noir, Casablanca 2013, £26.99
  • Pangea Syrah, Apalta Vineyard, Colchagua 2013, £38.99
  • Ventisquero Cabernet Sauvignon Clasico, Central Valley 2015, £8.49
  • Ventisquero Pinot Noir Reserva, Casablanca Valley 2015, £11.99
  • Ventisquero Merlot Clasico, Central Valley 2017, £8.49
  • Ventisquero Carmenere Reserva, Colchagua Valley, £10.99
  • Grey Carmenere, Trinidad Vineyard, Single Block, Maipo Valley 2014, £16.99
  • Adobe Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Central Valley 2016, £9.99 (organic)
  • Adobe Merlot, Rapel Valley 2016, £9.99 (organic)
  • Adobe Carmenere, Colchagua 2016, £9.99 (organic)
  • Adobe Malbec, Rapel Valley 2017, £9.99 (organic)
  • Montes `Outer Limits` Colchagua Valley (Carignan 50%, Grenache 30%, Mourvedre 20%) 2012, £24.99
  • Emiliana “Coyam” Los Robles Estate, Colchagua Valley 2014, £22.99
  • Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley, £15.99
  • Emiliana Novas Gran Reserva Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley 2017, £12.99
  • Signos de Origen Los Morros Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo 2015, £18.99
  • Signos de Origen Los Robles Camenere, Colchagua Valley 2015, £18.99
  • Clos des Fous Pour Ma Gueule 2016, £14.99
  • Sierra Grande Pinot Noir £8.99

Rosé

  • Ventisquero Merlot Rosé, Central Valley 2015, £8.49
  • Adobe Rose, Rapel Valley 2017, £9.99

Sparkling

  • Torres Santa Digna Estelado Rosé, £13.99
  • Emiliana Brut, Casablanca Valley NV, £16.99

Sweet

  • Emiliana Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca 2015, (37.5cl), £9.99 (organic)

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California / North America Wines

The Red Zinfandel grape may well have originated in Croatia or even Italy but it is home to California where their wines remain an integral part of their wine diet. While Zinfandel blush wine (pink) has enjoyed huge popularity, it is the red wine of Zinfandel which fully expresses all that this grape has to offer. The wine`s delicious brambly fruit and raspberry character makes for a fruity beverage to go with the Californian beach barbecue; but winemakers have also taken the grape variety to a higher level where it takes on new complexities and richness of character. Bogle is a fine example.  These wines are naturally high in alcohol and for this reason we recommend you serve them cool.   

California, of course, produces all the classic styles, in quality terms reaching the highest peaks with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir for reds, and Chardonnay and Sauvignon for whites. Napa Valley still produces the best Cabernets, but they`ll cost you an arm and a leg. One of our favourite “affordable” Cabernets is by J. Lohr, from Paso Robles fruit in the South of California. It is deliciously soft and velvety with smashing flavours (a great choice for lamb).  It`s J. Lohr who produce Wildflower, from the unknown Valdigué grape grown in cool Monterey.  We describe it as super-charged Fleurie, because it bursts forth with fruits so readily and plentifully. Another favourite of ours is the icon wine Cigar Volant from Bonny Doon, produced from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes. What a fabulous wine this is!  

The food ethic in California is bringing out the flavours, and this centres broadly on well-seasoned meats with seasonal fresh vegetables, on the one hand, and fresh fish and shellfish on the other. While the Spanish-Mexican influence is also evident, it is the French Mediterranean and Italian approach to restaurant cooking which has led the way in Californian nouvelle cuisine, and this as a direct result of matching the food with the new and emerging fine wines made with the classic grape varieties.

Some excellent sparkling wines are produced now as well – we offer Quartet by the Champagne house Louis Roederer – a fine sparkling wine produced from grapes grown in the cool Anderson Valley from  70% Chardonnay and 30%  Pinot Noir grapes. It`s lovely.

White

  • Bogle Vineyards Viogner, Clarksburg 2013, £16.99
  • Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2014, £46.99
  • J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay, Arroyo Sec, Monterey 2015, £21.99
  • La Crema Sonoma Chardonnay 2014, £27.99
  • Nielson Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley £24.99

Red

  • Chateau Ste Michelle, Syrah, Colombia Valley 2014, £18.99
  • La Cigare Volant, Bonny Doon Vineyard, Santa Cruz 2007, £38.99
  • J Lohr Los Osos Merlot, Paso Robles 2014, £21.99
  • Bogle Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel 2013, £18.99
  • J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 2013, £21.99
  • Scotto Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2014, £11.99
  • J. Lohr Wildflower `Valiguié`, Monterey 2015, £16.99
  • Newton Unfiltered Merlot 2012, £46.99
  • Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012, £26.99
  • Newton “The Puzzle” Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, £68.00
  • Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley Sonoma 2014, £20.99
  • Nielson Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley £24.99

Sparkling

  • Quartet, Roederer Estates, £28.99

Oregon

  • La Crema Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2012, £32.99

Canada

  • Peller, Vidal Ice Wine £45.99

 

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Australian Wines

Australians can justly claim the name Shiraz (Syrah in France) as their own, for they have marketed it brilliantly. Soft, full, rounded, jammy reds in their most simple form, at best they can be rich, complex, spicy and luscious.  All the classic varieties are grown in Australia, as well as some successful lesser known varieties such as Verdelho and Viognier (whites), Tempranillo and Grenache (reds), all of which express pure varietal flavours and can be really very good. 

The Australians like to claim the barbecue as their own with Shiraz or Grenache to match. But both their cuisine and their wines are far further reaching. Influenced by cuisine as diverse as Asian, European and American, they have an amazing variety of fish, crab, oyster and lobster at their disposal, and the very best beef and kangaroo steaks.  Chardonnay is the popular choice for the former, while good quality Shiraz is suited to the steaks. Alternatively a Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet-Shiraz blend. The GSM reds (Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre) are rich and spicy southern-Rhone alternatives to go with roasted red meats served with the richest of red wine sauces. Try D`Arenberg`s The Stump Jump or Langmeil `Three Gardens`.

Australia also produces its fair share of well-made white wines. The Hemit Crab is hugely popular here. But most of all look to Australia`s sweet wines. Hollick “The Nectar” is an exquisite golden yellow wine which is highly recommended with pastries and fruit tarts, while the Stanton & Killeen Rutherglen Muscat, dark and intensely sweet, is your match for chocolate puddings – and even the Christmas Pudding!

White

  • D`Arenberg The Hermit Crab (Viognier Marsanne), McLaren Vale 2016, £15.99
  • Hollick `The Bard` Chardonnay, Coonawarra 2014, £13.99
  • Pike and Joyce Gruner-Veltliner, Adelaide Hills `Separé` 2015, £21.99
  • Mount Horrocks Watervale Semillon, Clare Valley 2014, £23.99
  • Pewsey Vale Riesling, Eden Valley 2015, £16.99
  • Yalumba Y Series Viognier, South Australia 2015, £11.99
  • Vasse Felix Chardonnay, Margaret River 2014, £24.99
  • Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Hunter Valley Semillon 2007, £21.99
  • Bremerton Battonage Chardonnay, Langhorne Creek 2014, £24.99
  • Pikes’ White Mullet, Clare Valley 2014, £11.99
  • Wakefield Estate St Andrews Chardonnay, Clare Valley, £26.99
  • Beurrot Pinot Gris, Mornington Peninsula 2016, £26.99
  • NOT Your Grandma`s Riesling, Eden Valley 2017, £15.99
  • Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2017 £21.99

Red

  • Glenguin Estate Stonybroke Shiraz, Canberra/Hilltops/Hunter Valley 2008, £26.99
  • Wildcard Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, £9.99
  • D`Arenberg “The Laughing Magpie” Shiraz 2010, £22.99
  • The Red Mullet, Clare Valley 2013, £13.99
  • Pike and Joyce Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 2016, £16.99
  • Plantagenet Omrah Pinot Noir, Great Southern 2013, £16.99
  • Trentham Pinot Noir Classic, Murray River Valley, Darling, Australia 2015, £13.99
  • D`Arenberg The Stump Jump Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia 2016, £13.99
  • Dandelion Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2016, £15.99
  • Dandelion Lioness of the McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013, £15.99
  • Charles Melton Nine Popes, Barossa Valley 2012, £38.99
  • Cape Mentelle Shiraz, Margaret River 2011, £19.99
  • Langmeil `Three Gardens` Barossa (Shiraz, Mataro, Grenache) 2012, £20.99
  • Chapel Hill, McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012, £24.99
  • Molly Dooker Shiraz `The Boxer`, Langhorne Creek McLaren Vale 2014, £26.99
  • Murphy Vineyards Big Rivers Shiraz 2016, £9.99
  • Coriole Nero d`Avola, McLaren Vale 2016, £16.99
  • Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir, Tasmania 2014, £60.00
  • John Duval “Entity” Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014, £33.99
  • John Duval “Eligo” Barossa Valley Shiraz 2009, £68.00
  • Victoria Park Shiraz Viognier, South Australia 2014, £10.99
  • Running With Bulls Tempranillo, South Australia 2014, £11.99
  • Vasse Felix Filius Cabernet Merlot, Margaret River 2014, £18.99
  • Mitolo “Jester” Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale 2014, £15.99
  • Turkey Flat Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2014, £38.99
  • Pike’s “Eastside” Shiraz 2013, £21.99
  • Pike’s Shiraz/Tempranillo 2013, £13.99
  • Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2017, £21.99
  • Wakefield Estate Jaraman Shiraz, Clare Valley, £21.99
  • D’Arenburg Custodian Grenache 2014, £16.99
  • Killerman’s Run Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley, 2015, £18.99
  • Trentham Estate The Family Nebbiolo , Muray Darling 2015, £13.99
  • McHenry Hohnen Rocky Road Shiraz, Margaret River 2015, £16.99

Sweet

  • Trentham Estate Noble Taminga, Murray, Darling 2010 (37.5cl), £11.99
  • Mount Horrocks, Cordon Cut Riesling, Clare Valley 2010 (37.5cl), £25.99
  • Brown Bothers Late Harvest Orange Muscat & Flora 2016 (37.5cl), £9.99
  • Stanton & Killeen, Rutherglen Muscat (37.5cl), £16.99
  • Hollick “The Nectar”, Coonawarra 2011 (37.5cl), £16.99
  • Chambers’ Rutherglen Muscat NV, £16.99

Sparkling

  • Bird in Hand Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 2017, £16.99
  • Jansz, Tasmania NV, £18.99

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New Zealand Wines

Given the incentive to produce white wines to match the rich and varied seafood available to them, New Zealanders are blessed with the ideal cool climate to achieve first class Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling wines and increasingly respectable Chardonnays.  

Sauvignon Blanc remains the dominant variety, producing intense, aromatic flavours of gooseberry and passionfruit in Marlborough and slightly fuller, riper variations in Hawkes Bay. Sauvignon washes nicely over – or cuts neatly through – a good deal of the fish on offer locally, but the barrel-aging of increasingly good Chardonnay is for many a lot more rewarding . The opposite of aromatic, it tends to work to show the fish in the best possible light, emphasising the delicate fish flavours.

The cool climate also helps provide New Zealanders with excellent Pinot Noir fruit which partner their rabbit, duck, venison and lamb. Some of the best of these come from Central Otago, Martinborough and Marlborough. Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah production is limited to very small warm pockets of New Zealand, especially good in Hawkes Bay and Waiheke Island, which locals enjoy with their sweet and succulent lamb.  Sparkling wines are also produced with great results, as are sweet wines.  

White

  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2016, £15.99
  • Kim Crawford Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2017, £18.99
  • Tinpot Hut Pinot Gris, Marlborough 2016, £15.99
  • Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay, Auckland 2012, £26.99
  • Huia Chardonnay, Marlborough 2014, £23.99
  • Stanley Estates Single Vineyard Pinot Gris 2013, £16.99
  • Greywacke Pinot Gris, Marlborough 2013, £20.99
  • Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Gris 2016, £16.99
  • Escarpment Riesling, Martinborough 2010, £13.99
  • Trinity Hill Chardonnay, Hawkes Bay 2013, £15.99
  • Seresin Gewurztraminer, Marlborough 2010, £22.99
  • Escarpment “The Edge” Pinot Gris, Martinborough 2016, £16.99
  • Cloudy Bay Chardonnay, Marlborough 2012, £25.99
  • Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2017, £19.99
  • Greywacke Wild Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2015, £27.99
  • Greywacke Chardonnay, Marlborough 2013, £33.99
  • Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2017, £25.99
  • The Frost Pocket Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2017, £12.99
  • Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay, Auckland 2011, £22.99
  • Mansion House Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2016, £15.99
  • Stanley Estates Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2016, £16.99
  • Tinpot Hut  Malborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017, £15.99
  • Tinpot Hut  McKee Vineyard, Malborough Gruner Veltliner 2016, £19.99
  • The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2017, £13.99
  • Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2015, £15.99
  • Forrest ‘The Doctor’s’ Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2016, £11.99
  • Kim Crawford Pinot Gris, Marlborough 2016, £14.99
  • Seresin Estate Pinot Gris, Marlborough 2015, £19.99 (organic)
  • Yealands Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2017, £15.99

Red

  • Escarpment Pinot Noir, Martinborough 2012, £25.99
  • Escarpment “The Edge” Pinot Noir, Martinborough 2016, £15.99
  • Rapaura Springs Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2013, £14.99
  • Te Mata Estate Syrah, Hawkes Bay 2012, £16.99
  • Talisman, Crossroads, Hawkes Bay 2009, £25.99
  • Yealands Single Block Pinot Noir Reserva 2014, £23.99
  • Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah, Hawkes Bay 2014, £24.99
  • Craggy Range Te Kahu, Gimblett Gravels 2013, £23.99
  • Wild Earth Pinot Noir, Central Otago 2010, £23.99
  • Seresin Leah Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2014, £23.99
  • Man O War Dreadnought Syrah, Waiheke Island 2009, £31.99
  • Greywacke Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2013, £33.99
  • Man O War Ironclad, Waiheke Island 2009, £31.99
  • Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2012, £33.99
  • Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir, Martinborough 2013, £24.99
  • Black Canvass, Hawkes Bay Syrah 2014, £28.99
  • Rapaura Springs Reserve Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2013, £19.99
  • Kumeu River Hunting Hill Pinot Noir, Auckland 2013, £26.99
  • Trinity Hill Syrah, Hawkes Bay 2014, £16.99
  • Two Paddocks Picnic Pinot Noir, Central Otago 2012, £28.99
  • Tinpot Hut Malborough Pinot Noir 2015, £16.99
  • Tinpot Hut Hawkes Bay Syrah 2013, £20.99

Rose

  • Yealands, Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Rose 2017, £16.99

Sparkling

  • Pelorus Brut, Cloudy Bay, Marlborough, £25.99

Sweet

  • Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling 2007 (37.5cl), £25.99
  • Escarpment Late Harvest Hinemoa Riesling, Martinborough 2009 (37.5cl), £11.99
  • Tinpot Hut Late Harvest Riesling, Marlborough 2013 (37.5cl), £26.99

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South African Wine

Stellenbosch, Paarl and Western Cape are producing some delicious wines across most of the style and price spectrum, but Chenin Blanc remains the most prolific white grape. Here in South Africa it is mostly off-dry and very fruity. The best make a good aperitif and are a match for creamy fish dishes and pork with apple sauce. However, in truth the part of wine-with-food is played better by Sauvignon and Chardonnay, the styles somewhere in weight between Europe and New Zealand (for Sauvignon) and Australia (for Chardonnay). Certainly they fare better with seafood, and in the case of Chardonnay generally roasted meats as well.  

The indigenous grape of South Africa is the less well known red variety known as Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsaut. At worst they can smell over baked and leathery and dry out all too quickly  due to insufficient fruit, but there are also juicy variations best drunk young, and even some rather delicious mature examples with interesting notes of sweet damson, tar and leather spice. Surprisingly, another grape which doesn`t always fare so well in South Africa is Cabernet Sauvignon  which can be a little aggressive and tarry, like poor Pinotage. But the good news is that both varieties will show at their best when drunk with meat stews, and both have been mastered – and even perfected – by at least some winemakers. Small pockets are also given to Pinot Noir which can be very good, produced in Burgundy style and enjoyed with game and beef. Galpin Peak Pinot is typically savoury, while Paul Cluver has brighter fruit and Catherine Marshall`s Pinot is defined by its minerality.

South Africa is also well known for its famous `Vin de Constance` sweet wine, which we offer, but Paul Cluver and Catherine Marshall also offer their own unique sweet wines and we urge you to try them, the Riesling golden, the Myriad dark and rich (100% fortified Merlot).

White

  • Paul Cluver Chardonnay, Elgin 2013, £16.99
  • False Bay Chenin Blanc, Coastal 2016, £8.99
  • Bouchard Finlayson Sauvignon Blanc, Walker Bay 2014, £16.99
  • Bouchard Finlayson Blanc de Mer, Walker Bay 2015, £13.99
  • Catherine Marshall Amatra Jonos Wave Chenin Blanc, Elgin 2014, £14.99
  • Grand Cape Chardonnay, Western Cape 2017, £6.99
  • Grand Cape Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape 2017, £6.99
  • Paul Cluver Gewurztraminer, Elgin 2014, £13.99
  • Grand Cape Chenin Blanc, Western Cape 2017, £6.99
  • Ken Forrester Reserve Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch 2014, £16.99
  • Ken Forrester The FMC, Stellenbosch 2015, £38.99
  • Bouchard Finlayson “Missionvale” Chardonnay, Walker Bay 2012, £24.99
  • Lemberg “Lady” (52% Viognier, 21% Semillon, 16% Harsevelu, 11% Sauvignon Bl) 2014, £16.99
  • Bouchard Finlayson “Sans Barrique” Chardonnay, Cape South Coast 2016, £16.99
  • Bouchard Finlayson “Crocodile`s Lair” Chardonnay, Overberg 2015, £18.99
  • Lemberg Harslevelu 2015, £16.99
  • Rickety Bridge Chenin Blanc, 2016, £11.99
  • Percheron Chenin Blanc/Viognier, 2017, £8.99
  • Rustenberg Chardonnay, Stellenbosch 2017, £16.99

Red

  • Paul Cluver Seven Flags Pinot Noir, Elgin 2012, £43.99
  • Grand Cape Merlot, Western Cape 2017, £6.99
  • Journey`s End Single Vineyard Shiraz, Stellenbosch 2009, £18.99
  • Sam`s Island Shiraz, Western Cape 2015, £8.99
  • Grand Cape Cabernet Sauvignon, Western Cape 2014, £6.99
  • Grand Cape Shiraz, Western Cape 2015, £6.99
  • Catherine Marshall Amatra Merlot, Elgin 2015, £15.99
  • Chocoholic Pinotage, Darling 2014, £11.99
  • False Bay Pinotage, Coastal 2014, £8.99
  • Bouchard Finlayson “Galpin Peak” Pinot Noir, Walker Bay 2009, £32.99
  • Meerlust “Rubicon” Stellenbosch 2014, £28.99
  • Lemberg “Spencer” Pinotage, Tulbagh 2014, £19.99
  • Catherine Marshall Pinot Noir on Sandstone, Elgin 2016, £17.99
  • Lemberg “Louis” Tulbagh (52% Syrah, 24% Mourvedre, 15% Carignan, 9% Grenache) 2014, £23.99
  • Meerlust Stellenbosch Red (Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot) 2014, £14.99
  • Fairview “Goats do Roam” , Western Cape 2015, £11.99
  • Bouchard Finlayson “Hannibal” 2015, £26.99
  • Topiary Shiraz, Franschoek 2014, £19.99
  • Diamond Bay Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2016, £6.99
  • Percheron Shiraz/Mourvedre, 2016, £8.99
  • Rustenberg John X Merryman, Stellenbosch 2015, £16.99
  • Spice Route Pinotage, Swartland, £13.99
  • Spice Route Chakalaka, Swartland, £18.99

Rose

  •  Lemberg Blanc de Noir 2017, £11.99
  • False Bay Rose, Coastal 2017, £8.99

Sweet

  • Paul Cluver Riesling Noble Late Harvest 2013 (37.5cl), £16.99
  • Myriad, Catherine Marshall 2009, Western Cape 2009 (37.5cl), £16.99
  • Donkiesbaai Hooiwijn, Stellenbosch 2016 £22.99
  • Rustenberg Red Muscadel, Western Cape 2015 (37.5cl), £11.99

grapes

Wines of France

Alsace

Alsace expresses its German-French past no better than through its wines, producing distinctive, aromatic wines from Germanic grapes. The principal varieties are Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris. With the exception of their “Vendange Tardive” and “Selection Des Grains Nobles” (sweet wines), Alsace wines are dry and more full-bodied than their German counterparts; and where German wines are so often characterised by their floral character, Alsace is more savoury with notable spice. 

In Alsace the local wine is consumed with food which is essentially German: pork-based dishes with sweet and fruity condiments or sauces, and or red cabbage turned sauerkraut (choucroute in Alsace).  The main match over here in England is fresh, spicy food such as Thai dishes, as well as the sweet-and-sour flavours provided by Chinese cuisine. However, they are also wonderful with smoked fish and smoked chicken.  The sweet wines are a perfect match with the local foie gras, but we recommend them with Wild Boar and Duck Paté, and with cheeses, fruit tarts and fruit salads.

White

  • Turckheim Brand Grand Cru Pinot Gris 2010, £24.99
  • Turckheim Brand Grand Cru Gewurztraminer 2011, £28.99
  • Hugel Riesling 2011, £16.99
  • Hugel Gewurztraminer 2013, £19.99
  • Hunawihr Reserve Gewurtztraminer 2014, £16.99
  • Domaines Schlumberger Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Kitterle 2003, £38.99
  • Domaines Schlumberger Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Kessler 2014, £38.99
  • Turckheim Reserve Pinot Gris 2015, £13.99
  • Josmeyer Pinot Blanc “Mise du Printemps” 2015, £18.99
  • Josmeyer Gewurztraminer ‘Les Folastries’ 2015, £26.99

Red

  • Hugel Classic Pinot Noir 2013, £19.99

Sweet

  • Cuvee Christine Late Harvest Gewurztraminer, Domaines Schlumberger 2007, £50.00

Loire

This is the home of Muscadet Sur Lie which famously pairs with shellfish.  Produced from the Melon de Bourgogne grape, it is a dry white wine left to mature  on its own yeasty, mineral-rich sediment (or lees), giving it a mineral quality. It is the bottle we might well take to “The Shed” on Mersea Island (15 miles from Colchester) to enjoy with the Seafood Platter. Perhaps even better known is Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé produced from the Sauvignon Blanc grape, the former a textbook case for the local goats cheese, and the latter a classic with smoked salmon. Other Sauvignon Blanc wines worth trying are Menetou-Salon, Reuilly, Quincy and Touraine, all of them noted for their crisp, gooseberry-scented fruit which make ideal aperitif wines and wines to accompany fish.  The other white grape variety of considerable importance to the region is Chenin Blanc, producing Vouvray, Coteaux du Layon, Jasnieres and Quarts de Chaume sweet wines. The best of Vouvray is arguably the historic Huet collection of wines, but if you are a fan of sweet wine we recommend our 1990 vintage Vouvray Clos Baudoin Moelleux  – a stunning wine, soft and pure of fruit. The ripest and best of these wines are capable of long maturation and in time develop a rich honeyed/pastry flavour, which is exemplary in the Clos Baudoin. Enjoy it with poached pears. Locals enjoy them with fruit tarts or baked apples and pears, making good use of their extensive fruit orchards. However, they may also be enjoyed as aperitifs or with creamy cheeses. There is a little dry Chenin Blanc, notably Savennieres, which is full-flavoured and delicious with cheeses.    The red wines include Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur-Champigny from the scented Cabernet Franc grape. Aromatic, light and fresh, they match nicely the subtle and fresh flavours of the local food.  Sancerre Rouge, however, is made from low-tannin Pinot Noir, the grape of Burgundy, a better match for the challenging flavours of a tasty fish stew (locally they also use eels), or with venison and prunes in red wine.      

White

  • Touraine Oisly, Domaine de Pierre 2016, £16.99
  • Domaine du Petit Metris Savenieres 2013, £18.99
  • Sancerre, Le Chene du Roy, Domaine Girault 2016, £21.99
  • Sancerre, Domaine du Pré Semelé 2016, £19.99
  • Touraine, Alain Marcadet 2017, £12.99
  • Muscadet “Sur Lie” Domaine de Grand Maison 2016, £13.99
  • Pouilly-Fumé Langlois-Chateau 2015, £24.99
  • Pouilly-Fumé Vincent Vatan 2015, £22.99
  • Pouilly Fumé, Pascal Jolivet 2014, £26.99
  • Vouvay, La Javeline 2014, £14.99
  • Touraine Sauvignon Blanc, Joel Delauny 2016, £12.99
  • Pouilly Fumé Les Chailloux, Domaine Chatelain 2017, £22.99

Red

  • Langlois-Chateau Samur-Champigny, 2015, £18.99

Rosé

  • Sancerre Rosé, Pascal Jolivet 2012, £20.99
  • Sancerre Rosé, Le Grand Moulin, Domaine Girault 2016, £21.99
  • Sancerre  Rosé, Domaine Michel Girard 2016, £19.99
  • Sancerre Rosé, Domaine du Pré Semelé 2016, £19.99
  • Sancerre Rosé, M&E Roblin Terres Blanches 2016, £19.99

Sweet

  • Vouvray Clos Baudoin Moelleux 1990, £45.00

Burgundy

Burgundy is comparable with Bordeaux only in as much as its wines can also reach dizzy heights of excellence. Most of the reds are produced from the delicate but richly complex Pinot Noir grape, a devil to grow but often highly rewarding. At their simple best they are attractive and light with pure, cherry-like flavours. Richer pickings can be silky-rich with savoury and earthy notes, sometimes mushroom and even animal (a wonder with truffles). Names such as Richebourg, Romanee-Conti and La Tache are legendary.   Simple Bourgogne Rouge or Rully famously matches Coq au Vin but also game casseroles. They are also a wonderful accompaniment to the Sunday Roast, chicken or beef, with a flavoursome, meaty gravy. Richer more expensive reds (especially mature reds) are ideal with simply roasted duck, rabbit or pheasant, or leg of beef.   The whites are produced from the much more accommodating Chardonnay grape which ranges in style from flinty and mineral (eg. Chablis) to rich and buttery (eg. Meursault). What nearly all of them have in common is their affinity to the local cuisine and to food generally.  Young Chablis is a perfect match for oysters, while more mature and better whites suit a tasty fish (eg. Chablis Premier Cru and Chassagne-Montrachet with turbot, sole or monkfish) . The crisper styles are generally matched with the region`s  creamy dishes as well (try Beaune with fish pie), and their fish stew or Bouillabaisse may be enjoyed with either red or white. The bigger whites – indeed, the Great Whites – should be reserved for the richest and best fish, alternatively with lobster or scallops. Incidentally, just as red Burgundy may be chosen with fish (especially when a red wine sauce is used), so may the whites be wholly enjoyed with meats. The region`s classic is Meursault with chicken and truffles (or ceps), but also roast veal, duck and goose.

White

  • Pouilly-Fuissé, Bouchard Pere et Fils 2015, £26.99
  • Chablis 1er Cru ‘Vaillons’, William Fevre 2013, £26.99
  • Chablis William Fevre 2014, £19.99
  • Auxey-Duresses, Vallet Fréres 2012, £33.99
  • Macon-Charnay Clos Saint-Pierre, Le Quartier des Girouettes 2014, £13.99
  • Chablis, Domaine de la Motte 2016, £18.99
  • Saint Veran, Domaine des Perserons 2015, £16.99
  • Saint Veran, Domaine Paquet 2015, £22.99
  • Meursault ‘Sous La Velle’, David Moret 2011, £48.99
  • Meursault, Joseph Faiveley 2015, £48.99
  • Pouilly-Fuissé, Faiveley 2014, £26.99
  • Puligny-Montrachet, Joseph Faiveley 2014, £48.99
  • Puligny-Montrachet ‘Les Grands Champs’, Borgeot 2012, £53.99
  • Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Clos St Jean’, Borgeot 2012 £58.99
  • Bourgogne Chardonnay, Joseph Faiveley 2015, £16.99
  • Macon-Lugny ‘Les Geniévres’, Louis Latour 2016, £15.99
  • Mercurey “Clos Rochette” Domaine Faiveley 2013, £23.99
  • Chablis, Domaine Billaud-Simon 2016, £23.99
  • Chablis Grand Cru Les Blanchots, Domaine Laroche 2012, £68.00
  • Chablis 1er Cr Corinne Perchaud Vaucoupin 2014, £29.99
  • Puligny-Montrachet, Domaine Etienne Sauzet 2014, £65.00
  • Macon-Lge Chateau London, Jean-Claude Boisset 2014, £24.99
  • Beaune du Chateau 1er Cru, Bouchard Pere et Fils 2015, £33.99
  • Clos de L`Eglise Macon-Charnay 2014, £14.99
  • Montagny 1er Cru “Les Jardins”, Domaine Feuillat-Juillot 2014, £26.99
  • Rully, Chanson 2014, £26.99
  • Rully, “En Villerange” Claudie Jobard 2015, £28.99
  • Chablis Domaine Laroche “St Martin” 2016, £22.99
  • Pouilly Fuissé Vigne Blanche, Domaine Saumaize Michelin 2015, £32.99
  • Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru, Louis Latour 2012, £68
  • Puligny-Montrachet Alain Chavy 2015, £55.00

Red

  • Volnay, Michel Lafarge 2009, £44.99
  • Beaune Clos de L’Ecu Premier Cru, Domaine Faiveley 2012, £48.99
  • Monthelie, Francis Lechauve 2012, £32.99
  • Volnay Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Jean-Jacques Girard 2011, £38.99
  • Volnay 1er Cru Fremiets, Domaine Faiveley 2010, £60.00
  • Nuits-Saint-Georges, Domaine Faiveley 2010, £42.99
  • Nuits-Saint-Georges “Les Grandes Vignes” Domaine Daniel Rion 2008, £44.99
  • Mercurey “”La Framboisiere” Domaine Faiveley 2014 , £26.99
  • Vosne-Romanee, Domaine d`Eugenie 2006, £56.99
  • Marsannay “Mogottes” Domaine Michel Magnien `Monopole` 2012, £36.99
  • Beaune `Les Paules` Cuvée Vieux Vignes 2012, £36.99
  • Cotes de Beaune Villages, Bouchard Pere et Fils 2014, £26.99
  • Cote de Beaune, Joseph Drouhin 2014, £36.99
  • Beaune Gréves 1er Cru, Chanson 2009, £48.99
  • Beaune 1er Cru ‘Clos du Féves’, Chanson 2009, £48.99
  • Gevrey-Chambertin, Jane Eyre 2014, £68.00
  • Gevry-Chambertin, Bouchard Pere et Fils 2014, £36.99
  • Pommard Les Vaumuriens, Jean-Claude Boisset 2012, £68.00
  • Mercurey “Vieilles Vignes”, Theulot-Juillot 2015, £26.99
  • Beaune du Chateau 1er Cru, Bouchard Pere et Fils 2011, £33.99
  • Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru “Aux Vignerondes” 2010, £77.00
  • Bourgogne Pinot Noir ‘Les Peirres Dorées’, Louis Latour 2015, £19.99
  • Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Joseph Faiveley 2015, £16.99
  • Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Le Vieux Quartier 2014, £13.99
  • Beaune 1er Cru Clos du Roi, Domaine JJ Girard 2015, £43.99

Sparkling

  • Cremant de Bourgogne “Terres Secretes”, Blanc de Noirs, £19.99

Beaujolais

Beaujolais in southern-most Burgundy is renowned for its fruity reds. On the third Thursday in November it releases its Nouveau wines: aromatic, light, fresh and juicy new-vintage wines smelling not unlike Ribena, at best quaffing stuff, ideal served chilled. But the Gamay grape (which is 100% responsible for all Beaujolais reds) can, and does, do better. It gets going with straightforward Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages and peaks at the village wines (known as “Crus”): the likes of Fleurie, Morgon, Brouilly, Moulin a Vent and so on (ten in all) are almost always reliable in quality terms. They retain Gamay`s inherent taste and fruitiness yet they also offer some depth and a sense of purpose.  Charcuterie and cold roast meats are ideal with Beaujolais because of the low-tannin content and fruitiness. The better wines (good Beaujolais-Villages and the Crus) will also compliment roast chicken or pork (simple pork chops are perfect with Beaujolais-Villages) – and a decent Fleurie is an ideal red wine choice for the Christmas roast turkey. In Burgundy it is the choice for Sabodet Lyonnais, Lyon`s famous boiled sausage and potato-salad dish; and it will also be the first choice wine with fish in red wine sauce. Nicolas Potel`s straightforward Beaujolais is pricey for its appellation but I can`t recommend it enough, whether for slurping on a hot summer`s day or as the guzzling red wine  choice to go with the Christmas turkey.

Red

  • Saint Amour, Le Cru des Amoureux, Domaine de la Poste du Paradis 2014, £16.99
  • Beaujolais, Nicolas Potel 2014, £13.99
  • Chateau de Pierreux Brouilly, Beaujolais Cru 2015, £18.99
  • Chanson Fleurie, £18.99
  • Fleurie Dominque Morel 2016 £18.99
  • Beaujolais-Lantignié, Domaine Jean-Paul Dubost 2017, £16.99
  • Regnie Chateau des Reyssiers, Fessy 2016, £16.99

Bordeaux

Bordeaux red on the left, gravely “Medoc” side of the river is produced  predominantly from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape, while on the right, the loamy clay of St. Emilion and Pomerol better suits Merlot. Two very different animals we call claret, both producing everything from early-drinking medium-bodied wines, to some of the greatest and most complex wines in the world. Medoc flavours  centre on cassis, cedar and tobacco, while St. Emilon and Pomerol are characterised by plum, spice and cream. The red wines of the Medoc are ideal with roast lamb and in Bordeaux the salt marsh lamb is raised on the river banks to exploit the happy union. Within Medoc, from north to south, are the appellations St. Estephe, Pauillac, St. Julien, Moulis, Margaux, Pessac-Leognan and Graves.  Pomerols and St. Emilions fair well with lamb too, yet they more than Medoc will be a match for seasoned roast beef and game-birds, the latter being happily prevalent in the nearby pine forests of Landes and very much a local delicacy.  Also found on the right bank are the lesser known but up-and-coming appellations Blaye and Bourg, Fronsac and Canon-Fronsac, Lalande-de-Pomerol and Montagne-St. Emilion, Cotes de Castillon and Entre-Deux-Mers – and the exciting Premieres Cotes, which yields supple, often delicious early drinking clarets. The whites of Bordeaux should not be forgotten ranging from the Sauvignon and Semillon mix of minerally dry whites in Graves and Entre Deux Mers, to the exceptional sweet wines of Sauternes,  Sainte-Croix du Mont and Loupiac. [For listing purposes we have also included the sweet wines of nearby Monbazillac].  The dry whites work well with the locally farmed fish and oysters, and even lobster or cooked shellfish. Mussels in a rich, cream and garlic sauce is ideal.  The sweet wines provide the perfect match with foie gras as a starter (and in Bordeaux duck is a specialty) – and locally they are also enjoyed with white meat and/or fish in cream sauces, though admittedly it`s hard to imagine. But mostly they are a fabulous, of course, with deserts, especially Crème Brulee and fruit-based dishes; in Bordeaux typically prunes, cherries and apples are used, which works well so long as the wine is sweeter than the fruit. The ideal cheese is the nearby salty Roquefort, Sauternes-and-Roqufort providing a sublime alternative to our port with Stilton.    

White

  • Chateau de Fontenille, Entre Deux Mers 2015, £15.99

Red (Claret)

  • Chateau Haut-Beausejour, Saint-Estephe 2012, £32.99
  • Chateau Bellecroix, Bordeaux Superieur 2014, £13.99
  • Chateau Jacques Noir, Saint-Emilion 2010, £28.99
  • Chateau Lafleur Gazin, Pomerol 2010, £68.00
  • Clos l`Hermitage, Lalande de Pomerol 2011, £20.99
  • Chateau de la Bouyere, Bordeaux 2015, £13.99
  • Chateau Dufort-Vivens “Vivens” Margaux, Famille Portet 2012, £38.99
  • Ginestet, Lussac-St-Emilion 2015, £14.99
  • Ginestet, Medoc 2013, £14.99
  • La Dame de Montrose, Saint-Estephe 2005, £75.00
  • Chateau de Pez, St. Estephe 2012, £48.99
  • Chateau Lanessan, Haut Medoc 2010, £26.99
  • Vin de Chasse, Listrac-Medoc 2011, £16.99
  • Vieux Chateau Gaubert, Graves, £28.99
  • Chateau Grand-Puy-Ducasse, Pauillac 2012, £68
  • Clos du Clocher, Pomerol 2006, £75.00

Sweet

  • Chateau Doisy Daene Barsac 2005, £49.99
  • Domaine de Grange Neuve Monbazillac 2011 (50cl), £16.99
  • Chateau Laville, Sauternes (375ml) 2011, £24.99
  • Chateau de Rolland, Sauternes 2008, £38.99
  • Chateau Laville, Sauternes 2011, £42.99
  • Rieussec, Sauternes 1998, £75.00
  • Château Fayau Cadillac Liquoreux 2011, £22.99

Southern France

The longer days and higher temperatures of Southern France give the grapes and resulting wines more colour and extract than those from more northerly regions of France. The red grapes include Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvedre, and the whites (which are fewer) include Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. The reds are generally robust and jammy, often peppery and earthy, while the whites can be full-bodied, nutty and peachy. They reflect the warm southern temperatures and match the weight and richness of the local foods – and this, the Mediterranean, is the land of olives, lentils, herbs and garlic.  Exceptions exist now, but these wines owe their style more to modern winemaking techniques and a quest for the current market`s desire for alternative grape varieties and freshness. Other wine producers, in Rhone “Michel Chapoutier”for example, extend their long arms outside the traditional “terroir” to produce traditional country wines in the style of their own, for less money: Mirabel Viognier, for example, from the Ardeche, not cheap for, £16.99 but half the price of Condrieu.  Often described as Vin de Pays, the trick in choosing a good one is to look first at the producer name on the label. The boundaries of the traditional “terroir” are breaking all around us. And hitherto expensive tastes are being imitated under the guise of the French country Vin de Pays description. The great swathe of land which encompasses Southern France includes the Rhone Valley, Cotes de Provence, Languedoc and Roussillon.

Rhone and Provence

The expanse of land across the south of France is vast and specialty dishes exist by region, as do specialty wines.

Rhone

From the Rhone Valley good Cotes du Rhone is warming yet with a lightness and fruitiness ideally suited to the local ratatouille. Here in England try with tasty lamb chop. However, the Syrah grape comes into its own in northern Rhone, notably in Cote Rotie, Hermitage and Cornas, but also St. Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. Syrah-based wines can be rich, berry-like and tarry, substantial enough to match steak but also beef casseroles and game. In the south some thirteen southern French grape varieties make up the the paler and browner, but just as muscular and peppery, wines of Chateauneuf du Pape, where beef casseroles with lentils come into play again. The curious and expensive Rhone whites such as Condrieu (Viognier) can be as exciting and interesting as fine White Burgundy. In their own particular way they are ideal with lobster or scallops, but perhaps uniquely a match with crab, spiced parsnips and creamy curries.

White

  • La Fleur Solitaire, Cotes du Rhone, Boutinot 2017, £11.99
  • Viognier de Rosine, M&S Ogier D’Ampuis 2012, £24.99
  • Invitare Condrieu, M. Chapoutier 2014 , £42.99
  • Chante-Alouette Hermitage, M. Chapoutier 2014, £48.99
  • Domaine Lafond Lirac, Roc-Epine 2015, £16.99
  • Cotes du Rhone Belleruche, M. Chapoutier 2014, £13.99
  • Guigal Cotes du Rhone 2014, £13.99
  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Domaine Chante Cigale 2016, £28.99
  • Saint Peray Les Tanneurs M. Chapoutier 2014, £18.99

Red

  • Syrah La Vigne d`a Coté, Cuilleron 2014, £16.99
  • Yann Chave Hermitage 2009, £72.00
  • Yann Chave Crozes Hermitage Les Saviaux 2014, £24.99
  • Crozes Hermitage Le Rouvre, Yann Chave 2015, £32.99
  • Les Coteaux Schisteux Seguret, Cotes du Rhone, Boutinot 2014, £16.99
  • Domaine la Bouissiere Gigondas 2013, £28.99
  • Les Becasses Cote Rotie, M. Chapoutier 2010, £68.00
  • Gigondas, Domaine du Grapillon d`Or 2014, £28.99
  • Saint Joseph, Domaine du Tunnel 2009, £36.99
  • Cornas, Les Murettes, Domaine Michelas St. Jemms 2011, £55.00
  • Saint Joseph, Les Granilites, M. Chapoutier 2010, £28.99
  • Hermitage, Monier de la Sizeranne 2007, £68.00
  • Ventoux, Vidal Fleury 2016, £13.99
  • Guigal Cote Rotie Brun et Blonde 2012, £57.00
  • Les Coteaux Cotes du Rhone Villages, Boutinot 2014, £11.99
  • Côte Rotie Le Gallet Blanc, F Villard 2008, £55.00
  • The Cicada, Domaine Chante Cigale 2014, £13.99
  • La Rosine Syrah, M&S Ogier D`Ampuis 2011, £26.99
  • Vacqueras Vignerons de Caractere 2012, £16.99
  • Vacqueras, Seigneur de Fontimple 2012, £16.99
  • Cave de Tain Classique Crozes-Hermitage 2013, £15.99
  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape Lafond Roc-Epine 2015, £38.99
  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine Chante Cigale 2012 2015, £33.99
  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Combes d’Arnevel 2012, £26.99
  • Crozes-Hermitage Les Meysonniers 2014, £18.99
  • St Joseph, Domaine des Amphores 7 Lieux 2015, £26.99
  • Les Arnevels Cotes du Rhone 2014, £12.99
  • Guigal Cotes du Rhone 2013, £13.99
  • S. Ogier Cotes du Rhone ‘Le Temps est Venu’ 2015, £18.99
  • Jaboulet Cotes du Rhone ‘Secret de Famille’ 2013, £14.99
  • Saint Joseph Vidal-Fleury 2015, £28.99

Rose

  • Boutinot ‘Les Cerisiers’ Cotes du Rhone Rose 2016, £11.99

Sweet

  • Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, M Chapoutier 2007 (37.5cl), £11.99
  • Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, Vidal Fleury 2014 (50cl), £24.99
  • Rasteau Grenat, Domaine de Beaurenard VDN 2011 (50cl), £22.99

Southern most Rhone fans east toward the Alps, encompassing the vast sandy-rocky terroir known as Cotes de Provence………….

Provence

Provence is of course famous for its Rosé wine – and as is the practice in that land, it goes superbly well with the local Bouillabaisse. Also worth a note is Provence`s dark and savoury Bandol red, a sure partner with herb-laced roasted meats and especially game.

Red

  • Bandol Chateau Romassan, Domaines Ott 2013, £36.99

Rosé

  • Diamarine, Coteaux Varois en Provence 2017, £11.99

Languedoc & Roussillon

This is the Mediterranean, where the climate is warm and balmy and much of the vineyard area is grown on the coastal plains. It covers a vast area, from South of the Rhone stretching to Roussillon and the Pyrenees, bordering Spain; and for the purpose of the list we will take in here the wines of the South West as well (excluding Bordeaux).  The main traditional grapes grown across this great swathe of land are Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsault and Syrah, for reds, and Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, Vermentino, Grenache Blanc and Clairette for whites. These are used to make their AC wines, the historic appellations of Corbieres, Minervois, Faugeres, St. Chinian, Coteaux du Languedoc and Fitou, for example, as well as the lesser  known wines of increasingly high quality, La  Clape, Montpeyroux, Picpoul de Pinet and Pic St. Loup.  We usually have quite a few of these traditional wines of Languedoc-Roussillon, however it is the Vin de Pays which dominates our shelves, currently, due to their good value. The area is vast, producing much of France`s Vin de Pays under the name of Pays d`Oc. The category of wine  provides wine producers with the opportunity of producing wines with international grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, grapes not traditional to the area but in high demand commercially in world terms. Some say France`s answer to the New World. Our Bellefontaine wines are such wines, at, £7.99 per bottle you can`t argue with the value they offer.

In the South West there are some interesting appellations worth special note: The historic Gaillac wines, by Toulouse, can be tasty – intensely fruity – the best their reds with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon mixed with Duras and Syrah, a near Atlantic meets Mediterranean blend.  Downstream from there, the wines of Cahors produced from the Malbec grape can be four-square and fleshy; and there`s Madiran, which produces good quality reds from the little known Tannat grape. Also, in the Armagnac area, using mostly Colomard and Ugni Blanc grapes, the famous Cotes de Gascogne which provides us with our popular Cuvee Jean Paul (white). And although we have excluded Bordeaux from this section due to our extensive range, we list our one wine from Bergerac because no merchant should be without one. East of Bordeaux, in Dordogne, with their use of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot  grapes, they provide a good value alternative to claret.

Sweet Wines

Roussillon is best known for its sweet fortified Vin Doux Naturel (VDN) wines, Banyuls and Maury. Produced from Grenache grapes, they are fantastic wines to enjoy alongside their stinky cheeses. Others are produced with the Muscat grape, for example Muscat de Frontignan and Muscat de Rivesaltes, producing golden sweet wines, ideal with fruit salads and fruit tarts. Also, in the South West, the wonderful sweet wines of Jurancon produced on steep slopes from the Gros  Manseng, Petit Manseng and Courbu grapes.

White

  • Bellefontaine Sauvignon Blanc, Pays d`Oc 2017, £7.99
  • Cuvee Jean Paul, Pays des Cotes de Gascogne Blanc de Blancs 2016, £7.49
  • Picpoul de Pinet, Baron de Badassiere, Languedoc  2017, £11.99
  • Domaine Cauhapé, Jurancon Sec (Chant des Vignes) 2013, £13.99
  • Domaines Granges de Mirabel  (Viognier), M. Chapoutier Ardeche 2014, £16.99
  • Domaine Mas Bahourat “La Petite Parcelle de Viognier” Pays du Gard 2015, £9.99
  • Barton Guestier Viognier Reserve, Pays d`Oc 2016, £8.99
  • La Metropole Cuvee Classique, Cotes de Gascogne 2016, £7.99
  • Chateau Capion Le Chemin des Garennes Blanc, Languedoc 2016, £18.99
  • Chateau Capion Coup de Fondre Blanc 2016, £14.99

Red

  • Pasquiers Shiraz, Pays d`Oc 2016, £7.99
  • Cuvee Jean Paul, Pays de Vaucluse 2016, £7.49
  • Domaine de Mus Grenache Pays d`Oc 2012, £10.99
  • Les Oliviers Merlot Mourvedre, Pays d`Oc 2016, £7.99
  • Feria et Fetes Grenache Noir, Pays des Cotes Catalanes 2014, £9.99
  • Domaine Mas Bahourat Merlot, Pays du Gard 2015, £9.99
  • Barton Guestier Merlot Reserve, Pays d`Oc 2016, £8.99
  • La Metropole Cuvee Classique, Pays des Bouches du Rhone 2015, £7.99
  • M.Chapoutier ‘Bila-Haut’, Cotes du Roussillon Villages 2013, £11.99
  • M.Chapoutier ‘Marius’, Pays d’Oc 2013, £10.99
  • Valmoissine, Louis Latour 2014, £15.99
  • Chateau Capion Le Chemin des Garennes, Terrasses du Larsac 2016, £18.99
  • Chateau Fabre Gasparets, Boutenac 2010, £19.99
  • Chateau Capion Coup de Coeur Rouge 2015, £14.99
  • Les Sentiers de Bagatelle, Saint-Chinian 2017, £13.99

Rosé

  • Pasquiers Rosé Grenache-Cinsault, Pays d`Oc 2017, £7.99
  • Cuvee Jean Paul Rosé, Cotes de Gascogne 2017, £7.49
  • Le Petit Chat Malin Rosé, Pays d`Oc 2017, £7.99
  • Barton Guestier Rosé, Pays d’Oc 2017, £8.99
  • Domaine La Lauzeta Jauzimen Rosé, Saint-Chinian  2016, £15.99

Sweet

  • Maury Grenache Noir, Jean-Marc Lafage VDN 2012 (50cl), £18.99
  • Banyuls, Michel Chapoutier VDN 2013 (50cl), £18.99
  • Jurancon, Clos Uroulat Charles Hours 2014, £32.99
  • Coufis, M.Chapoutier VDN 2012 (50cl), £23.99

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Champagne

Styles of Champagne vary enormously. The use of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes generally prevail over minorities such as Meunier, and more often than not white and red grapes are blended. Exceptions are labelled Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay) and Blanc de Noirs (100% Pinot Noir).

The latter tends to be fuller bodied, as does vintage over non-vintage. Indeed, styles range from fruity and floral, to yeasty and biscuity, to richly buttery (becoming honeyed with age). The famous bubbles, derived from secondary fermentation in bottle, may also vary. The mark of quality is small, persistent bubbles, lasting in the glass; while mature vintage styles tend to have fewer bubbles than non- vintage. The terms `Brut` and `Demi-Sec` on a label indicate the wine is respectively dry and sweet, but they vary in dryness or sweetness according to the Champagne House. Moet Brut, for instance, tastes off-dry. Joseph Perrier Brut is drier.  When it comes to food it is said Champagne goes nicely with oysters, smoked salmon or caviar – but the wider consensus is it is most desirable served on its own, as an aperitif, or perhaps with some small crispy nibble to take away the edge of the wine`s acidity. Our tomato-and-basil breadsticks proved to be ideal with vintage Joseph Perrier! 

In the Champagne region itself light food accompaniments are offered, such as oyster in warm champagne sauce. However, it is notable that the foodstuff of the region is essentially quite traditional (not Champagne fodder at all) and its people look to other regions of France for their still wines. 

For all our Champagnes we offer 10% off these prices in-store, collect from Gt Horkesley. 

Champagne

  • Moet Vintage 2006, £59.99
  • Krug NV, £155.00
  • Gosset Grand Rosé, £60.00
  • Gosset Grande Reserve, £55.00
  • Cristal, Louis Roederer 2006, £175.00
  • Dom Perignon  Vintage 2006, £145.00
  • Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, £65.00
  • Ruinart Rosé Brut, £65.00
  • Louis Roederer Brut Premier £46.99
  • Louis Roederer Brut Premier 1/2 bottle, £28.99
  • Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut, £49.99
  • Veuve Clicquot Brut, £49.99
  • Joseph Perrier “Yellow Label” Brut, £32.99
  • Joseph Perrier Blanc de Blancs, £46.99
  • Joseph Perrier Brut Rosé, £46.99
  • Pol Roger Brut Reserve, £46.99
  • Devaux Cuvée D, £49.99
  • Devaux D Rosé, £55.00
  • Pol Roger Winston Churchill Vintage 2004, £165.00
  • Devaux Ultra D, £49.99
  • Gremillet Brut, £25.99
  • Gremillet Rosé, £36.99
  • Joseph Perrier Vintage 2002, £55.00
  • Laurent Perrier Rosé, £65.00

Sweet

Joseph Perrier Demi-Sec, £34.99

England 

Wines of England

In the main the English produce aromatic, elderflower-scented whites using Germanic grapes such as Sylvaner, Muller-Thurgau and Riesling. They are crisp, dry and fruity, ideal picnic wines and refreshingly pleasant on their own; a few of them are medium-dry. The best of these are aromatic and quenching, at worst they can be insipid and boring or eye-wateringly sharp, malic and sour, like biting into a raw gooseberry.  

For generations England has produced a host of all these, far too many of them falling short of the mark in quality terms. Red grapes have proven too difficult to ripen so far north, so red wines have not been popular, generally; though rosé wines can be good, and a mixture of red and white grapes have been used to positive effect in the production of sparkling wines, because they require the natural high acidity England offers in such abundance; though quite a few of these have, in the past, lacked character, being mostly the fruity-floral-delicate type, or the sharp-sour-gooseberry type. And then there was Climate Change,  investment and a new, bold approach.

Nowadays quite a few English wine producers are turning heads. These are indeed exciting times. In our area Giffords Hall is one of the best, producing some very good wines; and in sparkling wines the best of England includes Chapel Down, Hattingley and Nyetimber. These are more interesting, for me. It`s these which are the future.

White

  • Gifford’s Hall Bacchus, Suffolk 2016, £14.99

Red

  • Gifford’s Hall St Edmundsbury Red, Suffolk 2016, £14.99

Rosé

  • Gifford’s Hall Rosé, Suffolk 2017, £14.99

Sparkling

  • Hattingley Valley Classic Cuvée 2013 Vintage, £32.99
  • Hattingley Valley Rosé Vintage 2014, £38.99
  • Nyetimber Classic Cuvée, £36.99
  • Gifford’s Hall Brut Reserve, £29.99
  • Gifford’s Hall Rosé, £29.99

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German Wines

The most important grape by far (though not the most prolific) is Riesling, a grape capable of yielding white wines with astonishing longevity, indeed some of the greatest white wines in the world. 

The dry are called Trocken and the sweeter ones range from the delicate, floral-scented and ripe-tasting Kabinett, Spatlese & Auslese wines of Mosel or Rheingau, for example, to the sweeter, pudding-and-cheese wines known as Eiswein, Beerenauslese or Trockenbeerenauslese.

Eiswein is produced from over-ripe grapes picked frozen on their vines and wines described as Beerenauslese or Trockenbeerenauslese are produced from botrytis, mould- affected, shrivelled-up grapes left barely hanging on their vines.  

The German love of sweet-and-savoury (example pork and apple) and sweet-and-sour (sauerkraut), give to vast amounts of their fine Kabinett and Spatlese wines the ideal outlet. The high acid and mineral-tasting sweet Riesling copes wonderfully well with the flavour contrasts. At Spatlese and Auslese levels of sweetness one might go to duck, goose, venison or even wild boar, but it is also a match for fruit tarts and fresh fruit salads. Sweeter than that and head straight for the sticky sweet puddings, or skip pudding and go to the cheeses!  

Incidentally, for those of you who love the Pinot Noir grape our red from Rheingau is amazing!   

White

  • Kloster Eberbach, Riesling Trocken Baiken 2012, £20.99
  • Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Weingut Max 2015, £21.99 (off-dry aperitif)
  • Walt Riesling, Pfalz 2017, £9.99
  • Villa Wolf Pinot Gris, Pfalz 2016, £11.99
  • Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese, Mosel 2015, £28.99

Red

  • Kloster Eberbach  Crescentia , Spatburgunder trocken, Hollenburg, Rheingau 2013, £28.99
  • Villa Wolf Pinot Noir (Spatburgunder), Pfalz 2016, £13.99

Rose

  • Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rose, Pflaz, 2017, £11.99

Sweet

  • Beerenauslese, Mainzer Domherr, Rheinhessen (50cl) 2011, £11.99
  • Dr Loosen`s Auslese (see above)

Austria

In Austria they are making exciting Riesling, Pinot Noir and Merlot among other wines, but the most exciting is Gruner-Veltliner. We stock three smashing examples by Loimer.

  • Loimer Lois Gruner-Veltliner 2016, £16.99
  • Loimer Loiserberg Langenlois Kamptal Reserve 2013 (White Label), £28.99
  • Loimer Lenz Riesling 2016, £17.99

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Italian Wines

Italy is as wine-and-food complex as it is culturally rich. Abroad its copycat pizza, pasta, polenta and risotto tends to be washed down with Chianti or Valpolicella (in red) and Pinot Grigio or Soave (in white). But the original dishes in Italy have their regional nuances, and the locally produced wines are drunk with them. In the northern region of Piedmont, for example, the local white truffle is sprinkled over risotto – giving the otherwise simple dish a distinctly Piedmontese character; and it is enjoyed with the local, perfumed and fruity reds of Dolcetto or Barbera.

Indeed, the best wines have evolved from roots in food with regional differences – and since much of the food is rich and vibrant, so are the wine flavours. In Piedmont it is meat stew with Barolo and Barbaresco reds produced from the local, rich and savoury Nebbiolo grape. In Tuscany beef-steak is grilled simply with olive and salt, accompanied by Chianto Classico or Brunello di Montalcino from the local Sangiovese grape; alternatively a Supertuscan red, where a little Cabernet is blended with Sangiovese to excellent effect. In central Italy it is the black truffle which reigns supreme – and here they grate it on pasta and wash it down with the local dark and juicy Montepulciano red. In the south the NegroAmaro, Aglianico and Pimitivo (or Zinfandel) grapes prevail, all of them making food wines – and always with a local specialty dish or a method of cooking with local ingredients, to match.

The whites less so, but then the neutral, mineral quality of many of the whites tend to avoid food clashes. They don`t so much match the food flavours as highlight them, as does Italy`s light sparkling Prosécco. The best of Italy`s white wines have tremendous character and in the case of Pieropan a certain golden lustre and vibrant minerality. Do try a bottle!

Last but not least is sweet wine and the happy practice of dunking almond biscuits, a speciality of northern Italy. Using mats to dry the grapes and concentrate both flavours and sugar levels, Veneto produces its pale gold Recioto di Soave while Tuscany has its deep, orange-coloured Vin Santo.

White

  • Terre di Val Bona, Verdicchio di Matelica 2015, £9.99
  • Bella Vista Alma Terra Chardonnay, Curtefranca Bianco 2012, £28.99
  • Tommasi “Giulietta" 2015, £9.99
  • Pio Cesare Chardonnay Piodilei, Langhe 2011, £36.99
  • Alpha Zeta Chardonnay, Veneto 2016, £9.99
  • Pinot Grigio, Principato 2017, £7.99
  • Alpha Zeta Soave 2014, £8.99
  • Pieropan La Rocca, Soave Classico 2013, £29.99
  • Gavi di Gavi Giustiniana, Lugarara 2016, £19.99
  • Li Veli Fiano, Puglia 2014, £16.99
  • Tiefenbrunner Pinot Blanco, Sudtirol-Alto Adige 2014, £16.99
  • Ponte del Diavolo Pinot Grigio, Friuli/Grave 2014, £9.99
  • Feudo Maccari Grillo, Sicily 2015, £12.99
  • Zensa Fiano, Salento (Organic) 2016, £14.99
  • Alasia Gavi 2016, £13.99
  • Masseria Surani Arthemis Fiano, Puglia 2016, £13.99
  • Planeta Chardonnay, Sicily 2016, £34.99
  • Lugana ‘I Frati’ 2016, £20.99

Red

  • Brunello di Montalcino, San Polo 2010, £56.99
  • Da Vinci Chianti, Toscana 2012, £10.99
  • Ca di Ponti Nero d’Avola, Sicily 2015, £7.99
  • Poderi das Nespoli  Fico Grande Sangiovese 2012, £9.99
  • Barolo, Massolino, Serralunga d`Alba 2010, £59.99
  • Torre del Falasco Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2014, £16.99
  • Il Passo Nerello Mascalese Nero d`Avola, Sicily 2016, £16.99
  • Tommasi “Romeo”, Verona 2015, £9.99
  • Barbaresco Coste Rubin, Fontanafredda 2007, £48.99
  • Le Volte, Dell`Ornellaia, Toscana 2013, £24.99
  • Rosso di Montalcino, Castiglion del Bosco 2011, £22.99
  • Rosso di Montalcino, San Polo 2014, £24.99
  • Pio Cesare, Barbaresco 2007, £48.99
  • Alpha Zeta, Corvina, Verona 2015, £8.99
  • Isole e Olena Chianti Classico, Toscana 2015, £28.99
  • Tommasi Valpolicella ‘Ripasso’ 2014, £22.99
  • Tommasi Amarone della Valpolicella 2012, £48.99
  • Allegrini Valpolicella, Verona 2015, £13.99
  • Fantini Farnese Sangiovese 2016, £11.99
  • Allegrini Palazzo della Torre Valpolicella 2014, £23.99
  • Capezzana Ghiave della Furba, Toscana 2010, £38.99
  • Brunello di Montalcino, Castiglion del Bosco 2012, £48.99
  • Biferno Reserva, Palladino 2012, £13.99
  • Alpha Zeta Amarone 2013, £34.99
  • Le Serre Nuove Dell Ornellaia, Bolgheri 2012, £48.99
  • Barolo Giacomo Fenocchio 2011, £33.99
  • Barolo, Alasia 2013, £22.99
  • Barbaresco, Alasia 2013, £18.99
  • Rosso di Montalcino, Biondi-Santi 2012, £38.99
  • Biondi Santi “Braccale” IGT Toscana 2012, £20.99
  • Ca di Ponti Nero d`Avola 2016, £7.99
  • Allegrini La Poja 2010, £79.00
  • Dolcetto d`Alba, Giacomo Fenocchio 2014, £17.99
  • Masseria Surani Heracles Primitivo, Puglia 2015 £16.99
  • Il Caggio, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2016, £7.99
  • Alpha Zeta ‘R’ Valpolicella Ripasso 2015, £16.99
  • Banfi La Lus Albarossa, Piemonte 2015, £23.99
  • Poderi Colla Nebbiolo d`Alba 2016, £20.99
  • Brunito Toscana, Cantina di Montalcino 2016, £11.99

Rosé

  • Rosa dei Frati, Ca dei Frati 2015, £20.99

Sparkling

  • Prosecco Primo, Frizzante (semi-sparkling), £9.99
  • Prosecco,  Lunetta, Spumante, , £11.99
  • Lunetta Rosé, Spumante, £11.99
  • Prosecco Montresor Spumante Extra Dry, £13.99
  • Cleto Chiarli Brut de Noir Rosé, £16.99
  • Cleto Chiarli Brut Pignoletto, Modena, £16.99
  • Fantini Cuveé Rosato Brut, £16.99
  • A Mano Spumante Rosa, £16.99
  • Prosecco Il Caggio, £14.99

Sweet

  • Felsina, Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2004, £34.99
  • Amano Vin Passito 2010 (50cl), £19.99
  • Moscato d`Asti Fontanafredda, Moncucco 2016 (50cl), £13.99
  • Vin Santo Leonardo 2006 (50cl), £27.99
  • Pieropan “La Colombare” Recioto di Soave Classico 2011 (50cl), £28.99
  • Vin Santo del Chianti Classico, Quercia al Paggio 2007 (37.5cl), £37.99
  • Marsala Superiore, Pellegrino, Sicily, £11.99
  • Tomasi Fiorato, Recioto della Valpolicella 2010, £28.99
  • Contero Brachetto D’Acqui £19.99

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Spanish Wines

Rioja is the big name of Spain, best known for its spicy Tempranillo reds matured in American oak. But  Ribera del Duero is producing some real gems to match and even surpass the best of Rioja, using both French and American oak. It is often the oak-spice smell and taste which we love and come to recognise as Spain and Tempranillo, rather than the grape itself. Pure Tempranillo smells and tastes of red fruits, notably strawberries. Only when oak-aged and/or blended with a little Grenache or Mazuelo does it take on its own particular Spanish spice and cream flavour.  Tempranillo clearly has an affinity for oak, and the best of them are ideal with roasted meats. In Rioja the style, generally, is relatively light compared to Ribera del Duero; and while the former is ideal with lamb, the latter is often, not always, better with beef and game. Try our Protos with the goose this Christmas and you won`t be disappointed.

Spain also has a reputation for producing decent, richly flavoured Rioja Blanco made from the Viura grape –  a superb match for  the national Paella dish. The crisper whites from Penedes are more suited to the local fresh fish, and sparkling Cava from the same region can be very good value and an ideal aperitif.  The pink Rosado wines can work as well with rice dishes (especially with saffron) and the more flavoursome fish. Yet the most exciting white wine of the last few years – and in-trend right now – is Albarino from Rias Baixas. Try the Alma Martin, it`s a beauty. It`s deliciously aromatic and tropical, with weight and freshness in equal measures.

Then there’s sherry, the fortified wine of Jerez. Christopher Colombus shipped it, William Shakespear wrote about it and England`s nobility worshipped it. It`s one of the treasures of our world: a blessed, aged, complex beverage – a fortified wine – which thrills the taste buds and warms the soul. Manzanilla, Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso, Palo Cotado, Pedro Ximenez … these are names to describe the myriad sherry styles, from pale and dry, through amber, to dark and sweet. We stock them all. Our deli food very much compliments the dry sherries: Manzanilla with fresh anchovy, Fino with eel, dry Oloroso or Amontillado with salami and chorizo, Palo Cortado with our smoked chicken, followed by the Manchego cheese… a veritable feast! It`s not a coincidence Spain loves its tapas….

The dark, viscous, intensely sweet Pedro Ximenez has been our choice sticky to match with the Christmas pudding for years – and we`ve been known to pour it over vanilla ice cream!

White

  • El Mazo Pardina-Chardonnay, £6.99
  • Torres Vina Esmeralda, Catalonia 2014, £9.99
  • Rodrigo Mendez “Cies” Albarino, Rias Baixas 2013, £18.99
  • Bodega Borsao Macabeo (Viura) 2016, £6.99
  • Bago Amarelo Albarino, Rias Baixas 2016, £12.99
  • Galegas D. Pedro Soutomaior Albarino 2015, £13.99
  • Terras do Cigarron Godello, Monterrei 2015, £12.99
  • El Meson Rioja Blanco (100% Viura) 2016, £9.99
  • Torres San Valentin 2016, £9.99
  • Molino Loco Macabeo 2016, £8.99
  • A. Coroa Godello Valdeorras 2015, £16.99
  • Ontanon Vetiver Rioja Blanco, 2017, £11.99

Red

  • El Brindis, Franck Massard, Montsant 2013, £14.99
  • Rioja “The Charge” Tempranillo & Garnacho 2014, £11.99
  • Rioja Ontanon Reserva 2o05, £18.99
  • El Mazo Tempranillo, £6.99
  • Pago de Valdoneje, Mencia, Bierzo 2015, £13.99
  • Protos Crianza, Ribera del Duero 2012, £23.99
  • La Bascula `Turret Fields` Monastrell Syrah 2013, £11.99
  • Protos Reserva, Ribera del Duero 2011, £33.99
  • Molino Loco Monastrell 2016, £8.99
  • Torres Coronas Tempranillo, Catalonia 2011, £9.99
  • Torres `Gran Coronas` Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, £11.99
  • Rioja Crianza, Torres Altos Ibericos 2013, £13.99
  • Rioja Reserva, Torres Altos Ibericos 2012, £18.99
  • Torres Mas Borras Pinot Noir 2010, £24.99
  • Salmos, Priorat 2013, £23.99
  • Juan Gil 4 Monastrell, Jumilla 2015, £11.99
  • Numanthia, Toro 2009, £48.99
  • O Fournier  `Alfa Spiga` Ribera del Duero 2004, £36.99
  • Rioja Gran Reserva, Coto de Imaz  2010, £26.99
  • Rioja Reserva, Coto de Imaz Reserva 2013, £16.99
  • Rioja Reserva, Bodega Marques de Murrieta 2013, £22.99
  • Rioja Reserva, Roda 2011, £36.99
  • Bodega Borsao Garnacha 2016, £6.99
  • El Cayado Mencia, Bierzo 2015, £11.99
  • Torres Altos Ibericos Parcelas de Graciano, Rioja 2011, £14.99
  • Rioja Reserva, Izadi 2013, £16.99
  • Rioja Ontanon Crianza 2016, £13.99

Rosé

  • El Mazo Tempranillo Rosé, £6.99
  • Izadi ‘Larossa’ Rosado Rioja 2017 £13.99
  • Torres Vina Esmeralda Rose 2017, £9.99

Sparkling

  • Mas Macia Cava, £10.99
  • La Vida al Camp Cava, £14.99 (organic)

Sherry – Jerez

  • Wellington Palo Cortado VOS 20 years, Bodegas Hidalgo (50cl), £26.99
  • Don Jose Oloroso, £28.99
  • Tio Diego Amontillado Single Vineyard, £19.99
  • Botaina Amontillado, £18.99
  • Napoleon Amontillado (50cl), £13.99
  • Harveys Amontillado, £14.99
  • La Ina Fino, £14.99
  • Barbadillo Amontillado (Medium-dry), £10.99
  • Barbadillo Fino, £10.99
  • Barbadillo Manzanilla, £10.99
  • Palo Cortado Viejo C.P. Single Vineyard, Bodega Valdespino, £43.99
  • La Gitana Manzanilla, Hidalgo, £12.99
  • La Gitana Manzanilla ‘En Rama’, £16.99
  • Deliciosa Manzanilla, Sanlucar de Barremeda,  Valdespino, £13.99
  • Inocente Fino, Valdespino (35cl), £9.99

Sweet

  • Pedro Ximenez, Cardenal Cisheros by Romate, £28.99
  • Pedro Ximenez, Barbadillo, £19.99
  • Barbadillo Rich Cream, £10.99
  • Walnut Brown Medium-Sweet, £16.99
  • Croft Original Pale Cream, £14.99
  • Barbadillo Pale Cream, £10.99
  • Harveys Bristol Cream, £14.99
  • Pedro Ximenez “Triana”, Bodega Hidalgo (50cl), £16.99
  • Solera 1842 Very Old Oloroso VOS, Valdespino, £43.99
  • Don Jose  Pedro Ximenez, £32.99
  • El Candado Pedro Ximenez, £13.99

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Portuguese Wines

Think of Portuguese wines and Vinho Verde may well spring to mind, the slightly fizzy, acid wines of the north which go so well with the local olive oil and salt cod dishes. Or Alvarinho – if you have been to the Algarve you will no doubt have tried the local sardines and swallowed them down with dry white wine made from the fresh and aromatic Alvarinho grape (in Spain Albarino). Or you might think of Lancers or Mateus Rosé, the slightly carbonated pink wines which happily go down so well in England with our curries. There`s just a chance, if you have wined and dined with the Portuguese in their homes, you will even think of the rustic, full-bodied red wines which accompany their very basic, traditional cuisine. 

But think of Portugal and surely we all think first of Port. After all, it is as English a Portuguese wine as you can get. Fortified with brandy and sweet on the palate, vintage port is the Englishman`s traditional nip after dinner with the stilton, just as claret is his red with roast lamb. The decanting process required to remove the wine`s sediment is all part of the ritual, showing off the wine`s deep ruby colour. Sweet and velvet, the ruby style is also popular in less costly and lighter versions such as Late Bottled Vintage, which don`t require decanting. But it`s the white ports and amber-coloured, nutty style of wood-matured tawny ports which the locals in Portugal like to drink – chilled as aperitif wines or famously with creamy cow`s cheese and quince jam. Here we tend to ignore white port and sip Tawny by the fireside, perhaps with nuts or a biscuit.

Finally, some of us will also think of Madeira. Fortified wines produced on Portugual`s eponymous Atlantic island, they include aperitif wines Sercial (dry) and Verdelho (medium dry), and dessert wines Malmsey (rich & sweet) and Bual (medium rich).  For a change from port, if you have never tried Madeira, do yourself a favour this Christmas!

White

  • Vinha do Monte, Alentejo 2015, £10.99
  • Quinta de Azevedo, Vinho Verde 2017, £10.99

Red

  • Duorum Reserva, Douro 2009, £30.99
  • Quinta do Crasto, Douro 2015, £16.99
  • Casa Ferreirinha Vinha Grande Douro Tinto, 2015, £13.99
  • Artolas, Lisboa 2013, £9.99

Madeira

  • Blandy’s Duke of Clarence, £16.99
  • Blandy’s Four bottle Madeira gift set, £29.99
  • Henriques e Henriques Bual 10 year old (50cl), £21.99
  • Henriques e Henriques Sercial 10 year old (50cl), £21.99
  • Henriques e Henriques Verdelho 10 year old (50cl), £21.99
  • Henriques e Henriques Malmsey 10 year (50cl), £21.99
  • Henriques & Henriques 20 Year Old Terrantez, £89.00
  • Henriques & Henriques 20 Year Old Verdelho, £69.99
  • Henriques & Henriques 20 Year Old Malvasia, £69.99

Port

  • Sandeman LBV Porto, £18.99
  • Fonseca Porto Siroco (white port), £18.99
  • Taylor`s Vintage 2011, £95.00
  • Graham`s 10 Year Old Tawny, £29.99
  • Graham`s 20 Year Old Tawny, £44.99
  • Ramos Pinto Vintage 1995, £65.00
  • Taylor`s 20 Year Old Tawny, £44.99
  • Ramos Pinto Collector, £16.99
  • Taylor`s Vintage 1985, £89.00
  • Taylor`s Quinta de Vargellas Vintage 2002, £36.99
  • Graham`s Six Grapes Reserve, £14.99
  • Ramos Pinto “Adriano” (white port), £16.99
  • Sandeman Ruby, £13.99
  • Sandeman Tawny, £13.99
  • Croft Pink (50cl), £11.99

grapes

Lebanon

White

  • Musar Jeune White, Lebanon 2014, £12.99
  • Musar Jeune Rosé, Lebanon 2014, £12.99

Red

  • Chateau Musar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 2004, £30.99
  • Chateau Musar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 1997 (magnum), £75.00

grapes

Magnums (150cl)

White

  • Domaine Flaiveley Mercury ‘Clos Rochette’ Burgundy France 2013, £50.00
  • Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru, Bouchard, Burgundy, France 2010, £82.00
  • Chablis Billaud-Simon Tete d`Or 2015, £60.00
  • Macon Lugny ‘Les Genievres’ Louis Latour £37
  • Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills, Australia 2013, £75

Red

  • Belleruche Cotes du Rhone, M. Chapoutier 2014, £33.00
  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Vieux Telegraph ‘Le Crau’, Rhone, France 2009, £125
  • Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru, Bouchard, Burgundy, France 2011, £82.00
  • Meerlust Rubicon, Stellenbosch, S. Africa 2009, £68.00
  • Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir, S. Africa 2009, £68.00
  • Pangea,  Apalta Vineyard `Syrah`, Colchagua Valley, Chile 2009, £79.00
  • Gala 2 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Argentina 2009, £55.00
  • Saint Joseph, David Reynaud, Rhone, France 2011, £68.00
  • Hecla Monastrell, Familia Castano, Yecla, Spain 2010, £25.00
  • Glenelly Shiraz Cab Sauv Petit Verdot Merlot, Western Cape, S. Africa 2009, £45.00
  • Volnay Caillerets 1er Cru, Bouchard, Burgundy France 2008, , £135.00
  • Domaine Michel Magnien, Marsannay 2014, £79
  • Boutinot La Cote Sauvage Cairanne, Rhone, France 2010, £42.00
  • Boutinot Les Coteaux Schisteux SEGURET, 2013, £38.00
  • Allegrini, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Italy 2009, £138.00
  • Chateau Musar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 1997, £75.00
  • Domaine Faiveley Mercurey La Framoisiere, Burgundy, France 2012, £60.00
  • Bourgogne “Les Ursulines” Jean-Claude Boisset, Burgundy, France 2011, £40.00
  • Rioja, Roda, Spain 2009, £77.00
  • Chateau Le Crock, Saint Estephe, Bordeaux, France 2010, £85.00
  • Chateau Haut-Beausejour, Saint Estephe, Bordeaux, France 2006, £90
  • Chateau Bertinat Lartigue, Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, France 2014, £50
  • Vieux Chateau Gaubert, Graves, Bordeaux, France 2005  £68.00
  • Rustenburg John X Merriman, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2015 £37.00
  • Valmoissine Pinot Noir, Louis Latour, Var, France 2015, £35
  • Escarpment Pinot Noir, Martinborough, New Zealand 2015, £60
  • Chateau Lafleur-Gazin, Pomerol 2006, £155

Rosé

  • Chateau Des Ferrages, Roumery,  Cotes de Provence Rosé 2016, £33.99
  • Gifford’s Hall Rose, Suffolk 2015, £33.99

Sparkling

  • Prosecco, Valdobbiadene Spumante, £34
  • Ferghettina Franciacorta Milledi 2013, £77.00
  • Ferghettina Franciacorta Rosé Milledi 2012, £77.00

Champagne (magnum)

  • Bollinger Special Cuvée, £99.00
  • Louis Roederer Brut Premier, £99.00
  • Ruinart Brut Rosé Champagne, £140.00
  • Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne, £140.00
  • Veuve Cliquot NV Champagne, £99.00
  • Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale  “Yellow Label” Brut NV Champagne, £72.00
  • Gosset Grande Reserve, £115.00
  • Gosset Grand Rose, £125.00

grapes

Jeroboams (300cl, 500cl)

  • Marques de Murrieta Rioja Reserva 2007 (500cl), £245.00
  • Pangea,  Apalta Vineyard `Syrah`, Colchagua Valley, Chile 2009, £155.00
  • Glenelly Estate Reserve, Stellenbosch, S. Africa 2011 (in wood), £125.00

Champagne (Jeroboam)

  • Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin, £335.00

Add, £9.95 delivery per jeroboam.

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