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te Pa, Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013, New Zealand
Wine of the week 26/10/14. There's a touch of bronze to the colour from the red-skinned Pinot Gris, and it offers a burst of fresh, juicy apricot and nectarine fruit, as well as having a cool herb and even slightly salty note. On the palate it is dry, succulent and again juicy. It has easy drinking charm because of the ripe fruit, but there is enough acidity to give this balance and genuine food-friendly savour and freshness. Watch the video for food matching suggestions and more information. £9.50, The Wine Society.
(see full video review).


Bodega Garzón, Albariño 2013, Uruguay
Wine of the week 12/10/14. A burst of salt-licked minerals, classic apple and citrus, but there's also a riper peach character than in many Spanish examples. On the palate there's a sweet edge of tropical fruit, but just enough acidity to add cut to the broad stone fruit juiciness, that citrus and saline acidity adding cleansing finesse to the finish. £14.25 from Turton Wines, but if you want to buy a pack of six, the price is only £10.99 per bottle from Ministry of Drinks. See other stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Springfield Estate, Life from Stone Sauvignon Blanc 2013, South Africa
Wine of the week 28/09/14. Immediately vivacious and vibrant on the nose, exotic fruit floods from the glass: mango and lychee, ripe nectarine and mandarin orange, all streaked with a touch of grassiness and nettle. On the palate that bountiful fruit-bowl of flavours fills the mouth, but there's such a beautifully judged core of grapefruit and salty minerality that it is never simple, never cloying, but superbly defined and balanced into a long finish. Watch the video for more information and food matching suggestions. It's widely available through independent merchants, but cheapest at time of writing is £9.95, from both The Wine Society and SAwinesonline. See all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Schloss Reinhartshausen, Riesling Trocken 2012, Germany
Wine of the week 21/09/14. This is a terrific example of a dry Riesling (the single word 'Trocken' on the label signifies that), that is just brilliant - in every sense of the word. Aromatically explosive, the nose sings with summer meadows, crunchy ripe apples and zesty lemon, before a palate that is pristine and cool as a cucumber, yet with plenty of fruity punch and a dazzling citrus finish. Just delicious with a creamy risotto. 90/100. £12.95,
FromVineyardsDirect.com. Watch the video for more information and food matching suggestions. (see full video review).

La Bascula, Catalan Eagle White Wine 2013, Spain
Wine of the week 07/09/14. A delightful blend of Garnacha with Viognier and Roussanne, brimming with succulent orchard and stone-fruit aromas, rich in texture and filling the mouth with fleshy, sweet peach fruit but always retaining real bite through its cooling acidity. Watch the video for more information and for specific food matching suggestions. £8.49 - £9.99, Rannoch Scott Wines, and see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Villa Maria, Private Bin Marlborough Sauvingon Blanc 2014, New Zealand
Wine of the week 24/08/14. Classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, with a hugely punchy character, loads of pea-shoot and tropical fruit vivaciousness on the nose, and a big fruity palate too, the notes of peach, mango and lychee swallowed up by a raft of pithy grapefruit and lemon acidity. Although its recommended retail price is £10.99, it's very easy to buy for between £7.45 and £8.00 in major retailers including The Co-operative, Tesco, Majestic and Waitrose. Watch the video for more information and see all stockists on
here. (see full video review).

Seifried Estate, Gewürztraminer 2012, New Zealand
Wine of the week 17/08/14. Not the hyper-perfumed style of flowers, Turkish delight and Nivea cream; there's a touch of that, but mostly it is about really ripe, beguiling, downy peach skins and nectarine fleshiness. In the mouth it is off-dry - maybe even medium-sweet - but that sweetness is beautifully done, both tropical fruit sweetness and sugar, and a lovely glycerine richness, though an orange and grapefruit acidity pushes through and gives delightful balance. Watch the video for more information and specific food-matching ideas. £10.50, The Halifax Wine Company, see all stockists on
here. (see full video review).

Esprit de Labastide, Gaillac Perlé 2012, France
Wine of the week 27/07/14. Made from 100% Mauzac, the nose is all about crisp and crunchy green apple and lemon - very summery and clean. In the mouth a hint of sparkle is virtually undetectable. It is dry and all about clarity and cleanliness - it's like a very grown-up, not sweet lemonade, with such nice thrust and agility. Watch the video for more information and specific food matching ideas. £5.95, The Wine Society, but see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Fairview, Darling Chenin Blanc 2013, South Africa
Wine of the week 20/07/14. Not the richly-oaked and honeyed style of some of the top Chenins, but a much more lime-streaked, intense and vibrantly fresh interpretation. Yes, there is some nutty, mealy character from lees ageing, but really it is the core of lime, cut of acid and yet tiny floral notes of complexity that makes this appealing. Long, fruity, but incisive stuff. £9.50, Slurp.co.uk. Also £8.99 as part of a mixed six form Noble Green, but see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Gaintza, Txakoli 2013, Spain Wine of the week 04/07/14. Bursts with gloriously fresh lemon and fresh-cut apple aromas. There is a touch of green herbs, of dill perhaps, but this is all about that stunning freshness. There is that gentle fizz on the tongue, but then the acidity and the nervous energy of the wine streaks through, edged by salty minerals, that pure zesty lemon and loads of clean apple crispness. Though the abundant freshness and dry acidity might not be for everyone, it is lip-smacking, fantastically bracing stuff. Watch the video for a map, more information and food-matching ideas. Around £11.99 from independent merchants including Corks of Cotham and The Fine Wine co., but see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Les Jamelles, Viognier 2013, France
Wine of the week 22/06/14. A really nice example of Viognier in its slightly subtler mood. Some examples can be very flowery, flamboyant and rather OTT with high alcohol and massive richness. This 13% alcohol example has perfect peach and apricot aromas that are so typical of the grape, and a medium-bodied palate that marries more of that stone fruit flavour with excellent balancing freshness and lime and lemon acidity. A very nicely pitched example of Viognier, and very good buy at the offer price. Normally £6.49, The Co-Operative, on offer at £5.49 from June 26 - July 15, 2014.
(see full video review).

Chalkers Crossing, Semillon 2010, Australia
Wine of the week 25/05/14. Nose of lemon meringue pie or lemon peel - its not about sharp citrus, but something rounder, waxier and with more cream and weight. Barrel fermented and aged, it betrays almost no oak in the aroma, and on the palate just a gentle underpinning of honey and oatmeal to that wonderful fat lemony fruit. This has only 12.5% alcohol, but will develop with cellaring in a typically toasty direction. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas. £12.75-£13.75, winepalate, exel wines, and see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Domaine Charles Baur, Alsace Pinot Blanc 2011, France
Wine of the week 11/05/14. The nose offers a glimpse of exotic fruit, of mango and lychee, but a certain citrus brightness of orange and lime too. In the mouth it has a bit of weight and texture with 13% alcohol, but it remains very fresh and clean, again hinting at exotic, lightly smoky qualities, but really focused on the crispness and clarity of its line of fruit and acidity. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas. £12.95, Ten Acre Wines (
ten-acre.com). (see full video review).

Duo des Mers, Sauvignon-Viognier 2013, France
Wine of the week 27/04/14. A lovely little blend of the Rhône's Viognier with the Loire's Sauvignon Blanc, to create a crisp but full-flavoured and exuberant wine. The aromas are explosive, melding Sauvignon punchiness with Viognier's apricot richness, whilst the palate also marries the latter's textural weight and former's cleansing line of acidity really succesfully. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas. £6.25, The Wine Society.
(see full video review).

Royal Tokaji, Dry Furmint 2011, Hungary
Wine of the week 20/04/14. The nose has a crisp, but creamy nougat and baked apple note. But mostly it is about fresh, spiced fruit with hints of star anise to summer fruits and citrus. On the palate it has good texture and weight, the richness due in part to a hefty 14% alcohol, yet the quince and pear flavours are really crisp with lovely acidity to sweep through that textural weight. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas. £7.99 on offer from Majestic (Normally £9.99) and see all stockists on
wine-searcher.com. (see full video review).

Weingut Pflüger, Riesling Trocken 2013, Germany
Wine of the week 06/04/14. The 11.5% alcohol makes this very easy to drink, opening with aromas of fresh sliced apple and pear, a hint of citrus zest and of almond blossom - very spring like. On the palate it is just delicious. A fine core of acidity gives that crisp orchard fruit balance again of tartness and sweetness, with a lovely saline note adding a savoury aspect on the finish. Watch the video for more information and food matching suggestions. £9.75, Dudley-Jones Fine Wines, or £8.77 by the unmixed case (www.djfw.co).
(see full video review).

Esporão, Monte Velho Branco 2012, Portugal
Wine of the week 30/03/14. Crisp, delicately floral aromatics, some oatmeal and cream from ageing on the lees and a nice, clean apple and lemon zest. In the mouth it has a hint - nothing more than a hint - of sweetness, a nice full texture and a juicy fruit character running into a well-balanced and creamy finish. Watch the video for much more information and food matching ideas. £6.75 - £6.99, The Wine Society, Cambridge Wine Merchants and see all stockists on
wine-searcher.com. (see full video review).

Le Casse Noix, Chardonnay 2012, France
Wine of the week 09/03/14. With only 12.5% alcohol this is far from being a blockbuster, but instead majors on crisp apple and citrus aromatics, though there is a creaminess and light nougat quality of ripeness. On the palate there is abundant ripe fruit sweetness, but crucially it has racy citrus acidity focusing the apple and melon fruit. Watch the video for food matching ideas and more information. £6.99 - £7.49, see all stockists on
wine-searcher.com. (see full video review).

Amalaya, Blanco 2012, Argentina
Wine of the week 23/02/14. Amalaya have clevery restrained the Tprrontés's exuberance and they have blended in 15% of cool and sophisticated Riesling to create a wine that does have flowers and herbs on the nose, but also a clean and vibrant lime zest freshness. On the palate there is a rich texture and peach and apricot sweetness, but the Riesling again adds a clever and keen edge of mouthwatering acidity. It is a little cracker. Watch the video for more information. £8.50, winetrust100.co.uk. See all stockists on
wine-searcher.com. (see full video review).

The Ned, Pinot Grigio 2012, New Zealand
Wine of the week 26/01/14. The wine has a hint of pink to the colour and the nose is deliciously inviting: it's like opening a can of tinned pears, with fruit and syrup notes, and a lovely feeling of freshness. In the mouth this is a wine with weight and texture. It is perhaps just off-dry, making it so easy to sip on its own, but also giving it broad food-matching potential. The price of £9.99 is OK for this quality, but it is on offer in Majestic at £7.99 through until the start of February 2014. See all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Château Bauduc, Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc 2010, France
Wine of the week 19/01/14. There is a nuttiness and creaminess on the nose, not from oak but perhaps from a percentage of Semillon in the blend, but the fruit quality is pristine. On the palate it has a limpid weight with nicely rich texture, plenty of fruit with both citrus cut and hints of greater ripeness, but a terrific core of acidity that shimmers to the finish. Model stuff. Watch the video for more information. £9.95,
fromvineyardsdirect.com but on offer until at least end January 2014 at £7.95. (see full video review).

Villa Maria, Cellar Selection Arneis 2013, New Zealand
Wine of the week 22/12/13. A brand new wine from the impressive Villa Maria made from the Arneis grape, native to Piedmont in northwest Italy. It is fruity and fresh, with plenty of apple and mineral acidity, but an extra dollop of fruit to fatten the mid-palate more than its Italian cousins. Watch the video for more information and food matching suggestions. £11.99, larger Tesco and Tesco.com.
(see full video review).

Glen Carlou, Quartz Stone Chardonnay, South Africa
Wine of the week 15/12/13. A beautifully pitched and balanced wine that opens with copious butterscotch and creamy almond notes over pristine fruit. Small floral nuances add complexity. In the mouth it has a limpid, pure character, with creaminess and a lime-butter quality that is at the same time rich and tangy, poised and full-fruited. It finishes with a fine savoury acidity and tension too. Watch the video for more information and food matching suggestions. £16.00-£19.00, see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

La Bouëtte de Bourgogne White Burgundy, France
Wine of the week 01/12/13. A note of gently nutty oxidation and of creamy, cashew from the barrels, as well as quite fat, waxy apple and lemon fruit and a touch of minerality. On the palate the fruit is clean and clear, again that little nutty note which is lovely in this context, but driven by fresh acidity and its background of buttery and creamy qualities. More details and food matching ideas in the video. £13.99, Averys, Averys.com.
(see full video review).

Khulmann-Platz, Alsace Pinot Gris 2012, France
Wine of the week 10/11/13. A touch of residual sugar makes this not exactly sweet - certainly not with the excellent balancing acidity - but rich and fairly voluptuous. It has loads of fruit and spice, a lovely weight in the mouth and bags of flavour as well as that sharply detailed finish. More details and food matching ideas in the video. £8.49 until Feb 2014, Majestic.
(see full video review).

Moulin Blanc, Blanc de Blancs 2012, France
Wine of the week 26/10/13. Really inviting,gently yeasty and salty nose, with a burgeoning sense of honey and almond richness amongst the fresh, ozone and apple aromas. Just delicious on the palate: massively tangy and vital, a core of apple cut by a squeeze of ripe lemon or orange maybe, the dry, nut husk quality hinting at a Fino Sherry without any real sense of the oxidation. Superb. For more information please watch the video. £14.95,
ten-acre.com, quote Mourat10 for a 10% discount on all Moulin Blanc wines whilst stocks last, exclusively for wine-pages visitors. (see full video review).

Marks & Spencer, Saint Mont Blanc 2012, France
Wine of the week 20/10/13. Vibrant peach and passionfruit nose, with loads of freshness and crunch from grapeftuit and lime, and a touch of green leaves. The palate has real cut - like freshly sliced pink grapefruit straight from the fridge - with again that hint of more exotic peach and pineapple leaving this dry but easy to drink. For more information and food matching suggestions, please watch the video. £7.99, Marks & Spencer.
(see full video review).

Côte Mas, Blanc Méditerranée 2012, France
Wine of the week 22/09/13. Zippy and fresh, with plenty of apple and lemon crunch from the Grenache and Vermentino, a touch of leafiness from Sauvignon Blanc and a little rounding out with Chardonnay. On the palate there's a touch of spice, but plenty of immediate, punchy fruit sweetness, a rolling texture and a good core of acidity to give it balance. Watch the video for more information and specific wine and food ideas. £6.49 on offer in Majestic until 28th October 2013, which admittedly makes it more recommendable than its unsual £7.99. See all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Knightor, Madeleine Angevine 2011, England
Wine of the week 15/09/13. A very good example of a serious, dry and stylish English white wine, though no doubt the price is a little on the steep side compared to wines of similar quality from elsewhere. It is fresh as a daisy with only 11.5% alcohol, and bone dry, the nose subtle with lemon and floral notes. On the palate it has a mountain stream clarity, driven by its freshness but with a subtle, Loire-like hint of grassiness too. Watch the video for more information and specific wine and food ideas. Around £13, see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Groote Post, Sauvignon Blanc 2012, South Africa
Wine of the week 18/08/13. Fom the cool and Atlantic influenced Darling region north of Cape Town, this has a beautifully punchy citrus nose, but a mineral and salty maritime influence too and just a touch of herbaceous character. It is mouthwatering stuff, with lime and grapefruit, a hint of riper Ogen melons, but really it is all about tang, focus and ultimate refreshment. Watch the video for more information and specific wine and food ideas. £12.29, SAwinesonline.co.uk. See all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Dominio del Plata, Crios Torrontés 2012, Argentina
Wine of the week 28/07/13. Intense lychee and tropical fruits comes through, just a wisp of something like freesia in the background and a bit of lemon rind too. In the mouth it is dry and pretty full bodied, a lovely white fruit - ripe melon, pear and apple - filling the mouth, a hint of spice and a fresh, biting finish to give this broad food-matching appeal. Watch the video for more information and specific wine and food ideas. £9.99, Inverarity121, see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Caves de Beblenheim, Alsace Riesling Grafenreben 2010, France
Wine of the week 14/07/13. This classic dry Riesling is all about crisp and vibrant apple fruit, perhaps just a hint of spice, before a juicy and hugely refreshing palate showing more apple and a lovely, cleansing citrus bite. Long and refined, with 12% alcohol its a lovely summery drink. Watch the video for more information and specific food matching ideas. £9.99, Waitrose and
waitrosedirect.com/Wine. (see full video review).

Semeli, 'Feast' White Wine 2012, Greece
Wine of the week 23/06/13. The nose has notes of lychee and roses, as well as ripe melon and Ogen melon skins. On the palate that slightly exotic quality is there, but it is a racy white fruit and citrus acidity that drives this, with a pleasing, limpid texture and clarity and food-friendly, dry finish. It's a gorgeous summer wine with only 12% alcohol too. Watch the video for more information and specific food-matching suggestions. £8.50, Oddbins and Oddbins.com.
(see full video review).

Viñalba Selección Torrontés 2012, Argentina
Wine of the week 26/05/13. There's a tiny touch of lychee on the nose, but much more ripe pear and nectarine. Then on the palate, a huge burst of tangerine and mandarin orange acidity slices through quite full orchard fruits, leaving this dry, mouth-watering and quite savoury. One for lovers of Sauvignon Blanc and fuller flavoured but crisp whites to try. Watch the video for more information and food matching ideas. On offer at £7.99 (down from £9.99) at Majestic until September 2013.
(see full video review).

Esk Valley, Hawke's Bay Verdelho 2012, New Zealand
Wine of the week 07/04/13. Part-fermented in old oak casks and using indigenous yeasts, there's a lovely spiced orange and blossom lift to the nose, as well as a mineral saltiness and touch of lemon and herbs. It is subtle but complex. On the palate it shimmers with life through that tangerine and lemony fruit and fine core of pithy, mineral and grapefruit acidity. Delightful stuff. For more details and specific food matching ideas, watch the video. Around £11.99 from independent merchants, see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Agro de Bazán, Granbazán Albariño 'Ambar' 2010, Spain
Wine of the week 31/03/13. Stunningly good example of a traditional Rías Baixas Albariño. Flooded with lemon and lime, but nuances of peach and of ozoney, seaside freshness, the palate exhibits a weight of fruit and more of that almost tropical nectarine juiciness before a sweep of citrus and mineral acidity powers through the finish. Fantastic and characterful Albariño. Watch the video for more information and food matching suggestions. £15.00, Villeneuve Wines. Wine-searcher lists only one other UK stockist at time of writing, selling magnums at £34.26: see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Parcel Series, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Australia
Wine of the week 10/03/13. The grassy, soft and leafy herb lift of the Sauvignon is there, but so too a fresh-pared lemon rind character. In the mouth it is basically dry, weighty and citrussy, with vigor and punch but a rich texture and more lemony focus that most straight Sauvignons. Very nice stuff. Watch the video for more details and food matching ideas. £5.99 until 29th April 2013, Majestic (then £7.49).
(see full video review).

The Society's French Dry White 2011, France
Wine of the week 03/02/13. Sauvignon Blanc-dominated fresh and crisp white from the Pays d'Oc in southern France. Herb-tinged, apple and lemon fruit sets the scene, for a wine with a bit of weight and texture but plenty of zippy flavour and enough acidity and dry savoury appeal to be broadly food friendly. Watch the video for more information as well as food matching suggestions. £5.95, The Wine Society.
(see full video review).

Mas des Mas, 'Zucco Vineyard' Pinot Blanc 2011, France
Wine of the week 13/01/13. Plenty of freshness but also a baked apple pie quality on the nose, with creaminess as well as a touch of lemon jelly, and just a hint of spice. On the palate there is a sweetness to the mid-palate, but a rush of very good acidity and a broad, leafy green herb background adds some definition. It has decent length too and is a versatile and very enjoyable wine, especially if you don't serve it too cold (15 minutes in the fridge is ample). An interesting wine that's just about worth its £9.99 price tag. Majestic.
(see full video review).

Blason de Bourgogne, St Véran 2010, France
Wine of the week 23/12/12. 2010 is shaping up to be a superb year for Burgundy, and though not a chart-topping example, this has the classic honeysuckle and orchard fruit nose of Chardonnay from this region, with a hint of oatmeal and of a more nectarine-like ripeness. On the palate it is fresh and crisp, but it's a wine with juicy citrus and a certain buttery texture, as well as those tropical pineapple and nectarine hints persisting. Very easy to drink. £10.99, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Waitrose.
(see full video review).

Domain Laroche, Chablis 'La Collégiale' 2011, France
Wine of the week 02/12/12. The nose is focused on lemon, dry apple and a hint of that salty mineral note. But there's a hint of breadth and oatmeal too, from six months of ageing on the 'lees' in tank. The palate is pristine, overflowing with citrus and dry, biting freshness, but again there is a hint of richness, of honey and of that leesy weight to stop this from being at all tart or thin. A very nice, very vivid expression of Chablis. More details and food-matching suggestions in the video. £13.99, Majestic, but on offer at £10.99 at time of writing. See all stockists of Chablis wines from Laroche on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Guerrieri Rizzardi, Costeggiola Soave Classico 2011, Italy
Wine of the week 11/11/12. Intense lemon confit, peach and gently talcumy and floral perfume, and is very striking. On the palate it delivers a big burst of fruit sweetness that is concentrated and full, driving through with real clarity into a long, beautifully balanced and again, concentrated, finish. More detail and food matching ideas in the video. £14.99 Fortnum & Mason.
(see full video review).

Marquês de Borba, Branco 2011, Portugal
Wine of the week 28/10/12. The nose is clean and crisp with a lemon cream quality, just hinting, but stopping short, of something more floral. On the palate it is dry, citrussy and clean as a whistle, with a burgeoning hint of more tropical fruit on the mid-palate and a fairly rounded texture, but then the crispness and freshness of the acidity sweeps through the finish. More detail and food matching ideas in the video. £8.70, Tanners. See all stockists on
wine-searcher.com. (see full video review).

Contesa, Pecorino 2011, Abruzzo, Italy
Wine of the week 14/10/12. Flooded with very ripe pear fruit on the nose, not the pear-droppy aroma of simple young whites, but a succulent ripe fruit along with some woody herbs. In the mouth it is deliciously sweet and fruit-filled, a really natural fruit sweetness and a tongue-coating texture leading seamlessly into a fresh citrus finish. Sophisticated but approachable stuff. Watch the video for more information and for food-matching suggestions for this wine. £8.95, The Wine Society. In half bottles at £5.25.
(see full video review).

Gran Familia, Sauvignon Blanc Verdejo 2011, Spain
Wine of the week 23/09/12. A wine with lots of gooseberry and elderflower notes, quite herbaceous, but a tropical fruit ripeness too. On the palate this toys with being off-dry, with so much sweet fruit too, making it very easy to drink very crowd-pleasing, but with enough acidity to counter-balance. Not complex but well done. Watch the video for more information and for food-matching suggestions for this wine. £5.95, The Co-Operative. For all stockists see
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Tupari, Marlborough Sauvingon Blanc 2010, New Zealand
Wine of the week 09/09/12. The nose is beguiling, adding honey and a touch of hazelnut to copious nectarine and lychee fruit, that is exotic and hugely juicy. On the palate a basis of orange acidity supports beautifully, but the gorgeous weight of mango and lychee, stone fruits and hints of grassiness run into a long, dry finish that is food-friendly. Extremely well done. Watch the video for more information and for food-matching suggestions for this wine. £15.25, Oddbins. For all stockists see
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Pazo das Tapias, Alma de Blanco Godello 2010, Spain
Wine of the week 26/08/12. A subtle but delightful nose where a hint of baked apple pie joins with some succulent pear. On the palate it has the classic counterpoints of ripe, sweet orchard fruits and a certain powerful minerality that makes Godello so appealing. Well priced and a seafood-matching banker. Watch the video for more information and food matching suggestions. £7.75, Oddbins. For all stockists see
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Lourensford, Winemaker's Selection Chardonnay 2011, South Africa
Wine of the week 05/08/12. Aged in new French oak barriques, there's an inviting Brazil nut creaminess on the nose, plenty of buttery, oatmeally lees richness and lots of crunchy apple fruit. In the mouth it is really rather classy, with a joyous ripeness to the fruit, edging into the pineapple and mango range, but the apple, pear and lemon core of fruit and acidity drives through. Around £11.00 - £12.00, Slurp.co.uk, sawinesonline.co.uk and other UK stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Adriano Vini, Langhe Sauvignon 'Basarico' 2010, Italy
Wine of the week 15/07/12. The nose has a herbal influence (the wine's name, Basarico, means 'basil' in local dialect) as well as fresh lemon and apple peel, suggeting a bit of weight and richness. It's a Sauvignon more akin to Sancerre than Marlborough in style, though in the mouth the fruit is sweet and full, really filling the mouth with texture. With very good acidity in the finish and that fruit-filled mid-palate, a lovely food wine and a nice to try something a little bit different. £13.48,
piemonte-wines.com. (see full video review).

Quinta de Azevedo, Vinho Verde 2011, Portugal
Wine of the week 08/07/12. Classic light spritz and zinging, fresh aromas of salty sea breezes, lemon and crunchy apple. As fresh as a mountain stream on the palate too, the gentle effervesence just adds to the crispness, with plenty of fruit and a dry, mouth-watering finish. Great value for a wine of real character and a great example of modern Vinho Verde. Watch the video for more details and food-matching suggestions. £6.49 on offer, Majestic, also in The Wine Society, Oddbins and see all retailers on
wine-searcher.com. (see full video review)

Marks & Spencer, Gers 2011, France
Wine of the week 24/06/12. The nose is all about summer meadows and fresh-cut grass, with a tropical fruit quality suggesting mango and nectarine. On the palate the lightness and freshness of this 11.5% alcohol wine shimmers through, but it is packed with that tropical fruit juiciness and a great cut of apple and lemon clarity in the finish. Watch the video for more details and food-matching suggestions. £4.99, Marks & Spencer.
(see full video review)

Monte Vallon, Chardonnay Pays d'Oc 2011, France
Wine of the week 17/06/12. Little notes of vanilla, pineapple and peach, some floral, downy peach skin. On the palate it is nicely done. Sweet oak undertone, but really the fruit ripeness and freshness carries this along, with some orange and tangerine juiciness and tang, and a little bit of nuttiness filling in. A nice example of a well-made Chardonnay that's bold, ripe and flavoursome, but not clumsy. Watch the video for more details and food-matching suggestions. £7.99, Majestic but on offer until 3rd September 2012 at £6.99.
(see full video review)

Dopff au Moulin, Alsace Pinot Blanc 2011, France
Wine of the week 03/06/12. Aromas of apple and melon fruit are made more subtly complex by nuances of spices and almond. On the palate this has weight and creamy texture, the flavours ripe and full but the citrus and apple acidity balancing and making this a fine food-matching all-rounder - and that's where this wine excels. Watch the video for more info and food-matching suggestions. £11.90, Slurp.co.uk. See all UK stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

Fillaboa, Rias Baixas 2010, Spain
Wine of the week 05/05/12. An extra year of bottle aging has added a little honeyed development to this wine. It still has that classic lemony crispness on the nose, a sea-breeze freshness, but layers of almond, honey and a nuance of toffee add rounding depth. The palate too has clarity and citrus cut, but the limpid, clean but broader depth with the edges smoothed off of the acidity are delightful. Watch the video for more information. £11.49, marksandspencer.com. See all UK stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2010, Chile
Wine of the week 22/04/12. The nose brims with creamy apple fruit and the buttered popcorn and Brazil nut warmth from French oak ageing, but there are all sorts of spicy, herby and earthy nuances from the wild yeast too. On the palate it is decadently rich, full-bodied and flavoursome, but again those little layers of complexity are there, including a fine, salty tang on the finish that makes this mouth-wateringly delicious and very long. Watch the video for more information and food matching ideas. On offer from 24th April 2012 at £9.99, Majestic. See all UK stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

The War Horse, Chenin Blanc 2011, South Africa
Wine of the week 01/04/12. Crunch and floral brightness of the nose suffused with honey, nectarine and a creamy weight of oatmeally depth. On the palate the incisive lemon zest and apple skin tang powers through the broad, expansive texture of the wine. There's a fruit salad explosion of flavour, with just a fleeting hint of sweetness, before a long, powerful and dry finish. See the video for more information, maps and food matching suggestions. £8.30, Jascots.
(see full video review)

Little J, Grüner Veltliner 2009, Austria
Wine of the week 18/03/12. A hint of tropical fruit and even an estery banana note on the nose, some lightly custardy creaminess and a sprinking of white pepper. On the palate it is full and generous, and the flavour just bangs out of the glass with loads of apple and citrus, and again that little clove, pepper and spice background from the grape. Nicely confident and characterful stuff, it would be great with a bowl of gnocchi or pasta with pesto and chile, but for more details and food matching suggestions, please watch the video. £8.99, Inverarity One to One. See all retailers on
wine-searcher.com. (see full video review)

Hilltop, Cserszegi Fűszeres 2011, Hungary
Wine of the week 04/03/12. Lots of floral, geranium leaf and leafy green herbs, and a bit of tropical fruit and almost Sauvignon-like green bean punch. The aromatic fireworks are not let down by the palate, where a searing core of juicy, fresh grapefruit flavour and acidity floods through, but there's some texture and hints of fruity sweetness too, in a wine packed with character unlike so many at this price. More details and food matching suggestions in the video. £5.25, The Wine Society.
(see full video review)

Yalumba, Y Series Vermentino 2011, Australia
Wine of the week 05/02/12. There's a white flower note here that is fairly discreet, as well as some parsley-like herbs, oatmeal and plenty of punchy apple and lemon fruit. On the palate it is appetising and clean, with lots of citrus cut as well as more of that leafy green herb, some mouth-filling richness to the texture but a sharp, focused, food-friendly finish. Watch the video for more information and food matching ideas. £8.99, Gwin Llyn Wines, Hoults Wine Merchants, Nidderdale Fine Wines, Reserve Wines, The Bottleneck, See all UK stockists on
wine-searcher.com. (see full video review)

Howard's Folly Alvarinho 2010, Portugal
Wine of the week 15/01/12. The nose if flooded with delicate floral and more direct lime and lemon fruit, with a fine hint of salty minerals too. On the palate it fills the mouth with flavour that is substantial and richly textured, yet that saline touch and the tangy core of zesty fruit is mouthwatering and deliciously drinkable. It is long, beautifully made and an excellent example of the New Vinho Verde. Stockists, more details and food-matching ideas in the video. Around £12. See all stockists on
wine-searcher.com. (see full video review)

Les Crouzes, Colombard 2010, France
Wine of the week 08/01/12. A little wine that is naturally low in alcohol at only 11.5% so might suit those on a January 'detox' kick. It has a nose that hints at Sauvignon Blanc-type herbaceous and elderflower notes, but then it homes in on ripe, crunchy apple and even tropical fruit. On the palate I detect a bit of residual sugar in this wine which some will like more than others, but that ripe melon and lychee exotic fruit is there and there is pretty good acidity to balance the easy-drinking style. Food-matching ideas in the video. £5.39, The Cooperative.
(see full video review)

 red wines
 

Ca'Rossa, Barbera d'Alba 2013, Italy
Wine of the week 19/10/14. Brims with black cherry, pepper and briar, a bittersweet touch of cocoa too, but real raciness and elegance immediately. On the palate there is beautiful balance: more of that black cherry and plum, hints of leafy, autumnal quality, but it is the fine, delicate tannin structure and the sheerness of the acidity that gives this lovely focus, length and real joie-de-vivre. Watch the video for more information. £13.95 Ten Acre Wines (
ten-acre.com). (see full video review)

Stobi Winery, Vranec 2011, Macedonia
Wine of the week 05/10/14. Lift and elegance even, with Morello cherry red fruit, a touch of spice and a little chocolatey smoothness and polish. On the palate it bursts with dark, sweet sensuous fruit, layered with chocolate and touches of coffee, the tannins very easy-going and supple and the acidity nicely balanced. Not enormously complex, but packed with personality and flavour. Watch the video for more information and food matching suggestions. £9.99, Wine Rack. See other stockists at around the same price on
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

Wynns, Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Australia
Wine of the week 14/09/14. In some ways a blast from the past with a massive hit of cassis, menthol and eucalyptus, all given a sheen of creamy oak. But this is no oak bomb: there's lovely freshness and a hint of Cabernet green. It delivers something the same on the palate, with abundant blackcurrant fullness, a smoky layer, and depth, body and structure. But very nice acidity and tight tannins give it class - and a decade of cellaring potential. Watch the video for decanting advice and food matching suggestions. £15.99, selected Waitrose and Waitrose Cellar online. See all stockists on
wine-searcher (see full video review)

Esterházy, Estoras Zweigelt 2011, Austria
Wine of the week 31/08/14. Typically vibrant colour and aromas, damson and spicy black fruits, a graphite and coal dust suggestion of dryness, but also little layers of vanilla and flowers. In the mouth it is substantial, with deep, rich black fruit, a roughening grip of plum skin tannin and plenty of acidity to cut through the sweetness of the fruit. A fine example at a keen price. Watch the video for more information and for specific food matching suggestions. £9.95,
FromVineyardsDirect.com (see full video review)

McHenry Hohnen, Burnside Grenache 2013, Australia
Wine of the week 10/08/14. This just soars aromatically, with the freshest, most vivid raspberry and cherry fruit, a big whiff of cracked pepper and lots of lifted, buoyant character that comes with grapes perfectly matured in a cooler climate. On the palate it is all about juiciness and freshness of fruit, a real crunch of berries melding with more pepper and spice, with lovely acidity and a warming underpinning of tannin and smokiness. £14.99, 157 of Marks & Spencer's larger stores. Save 25% when you buy two at M&S online until 1st September 2014.
(see full video review)

Bouchard Père et Fils, Fleurie 2012, France
Wine of the week 03/08/14. This wine had 15 or 20 minutes chilling to bring outs its summery, bright red berry and strawberry notes, with riper black berries and just a hint of Beaujolais sappy and earthy character. On the palate it is a grown-up wine, lots of savoury qualities and highish acidity giving it a supple, juicy and food friendly quality: a red with refreshment built in. Watch the video for more information and specific food matching ideas. £11.99, Waitrose, but see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

Casa Silva, 'Pintao' Reserva Carmenere 2012, Chile
Wine of the week 15/06/14. A touch of sappy, green pepper edge and plenty of black fruit and a touch of graphite, spice and earth. In the mouth it is medium-bodied and very well balanced, that graphite and spice dusted across ripe blackcurrant fruit, giving this grip with the touch of herbal quality also giving edge and energy. A very nice example of the grape in civilised and savoury mode. Watch the video for much more information, including food matching suggestions. £9.99, in 289 Marks & Spencer stores.
(see full video review)

Domaine de Linquière, Le Chant des Cigales Saint-Chinian 2010, France
Wine of the week 08/06/14. Deep-set, ripe black fruit and copious spice and hot earth, but some garrigue notes of herb and flowers. In the mouth it caresses with a plush underpinning of really silky, chocolate-rich tannins, but the acidity is also gentle and ripe, and the fruit floods across the mid-palate with a rush of dense blackcurrant and bittersweet plum and plum skins. Beautiful stuff indeed, and such a good match for red meats, especially venison and roasted game birds perhaps. Watch the video for much more information, including more food matching suggestions. £14.45,
Berry Bros. & Rudd.
(see full video review)

Allegrini, Valpolicella 2013, Italy
Wine of the week 01/06/14. Wonderfully soaring nose, like walking through a field of summer flowers, with hugely ripe red cherry and a buoyant, crunchy freshness. On the palate nothing changes: the abundance and generosity of the fruit fills the mouth, though there is enough tannin and a fine line of acidity, to keep it sharply focused and beautifully balanced. A fabulous summer wine this. Watch the video for much more information, including food matching suggestions. £9.99, The Wine Society, and see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

Vidal, Hawkes Bay Reserve Syrah 2010, New Zealand
Wine of the week 18/05/14. Expressive, fragrant nose that is peppery and briary with red plum and cherry, a touch of sappiness, but an earthy openness too. On the palate it is medium bodied and beautifully balanced, those rounded, sweet red fruit flavours offset by that gravelly bite, fresh acidity and a smoothing whisper of oak. It is deftly done, delicious, savoury and serious for drinking now or cellaring for a few years. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas. £14.00-£15.00, see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

Le Petit Chat Malin, Rouge 2012, France
Wine of the week 04/05/14. Grenache with a splash of Syrah, it offers abundantly fruity aromas of sweet summer berries, but with a nice background of warm southern earth and spice that adds authenticity. In the mouth it overflows with that berry fruit, but there's a rustic, un-smoothed edge to the tannins and the acidity that gives a hint of structure and savoury appeal. In all, a rather nice litte pussy cat. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas. £5.99, Waitrose, Budgens, Booths, Nisa, Londis, Bargain Booze. See more stockists on
wine-searcher.com (see full video review)

Trapiche, Pure Malbec 2013, Argentina
Wine of the week 13/04/14. The nose has a pleasing lift and brightness, with ashy and floral aspects and a touch of pepper over lively cherry and black berry fruit. On the palate the absence of smoothing oak is felt not just in the freshness of the fruit, but in a fairly strident backbone of tannin and acidity that means this really is a food wine. The grip and exposed structure of the wine would support the juiciness of the fruit nicely if matched to a good steak. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas. £8.99, The Co-operative.
(see full video review)

Odfjell, Old Vines Carignan 2011, Chile
Wine of the week 23/03/14. On the nose it has beautiful and refined, mineral-touched and fresh black fruit aroma, brushed with crushed raspberry and delicate spice. On the palate there is more of the same: a little oak ageing adds some vanilla, but it is the racy redcurrant and raspberry character, the fresh acidity and smooth tannins that give this such elegance and length. Watch the video for much more information and food matching ideas. £14.99, Virgin Wines. See all stockists on
wine-searcher.com. (see full video review)

Domaine Raynier, Saint-Chinian 2012, France
Wine of the week 16/03/14. This is an excellent little wine at a bargain basement £5.75, with an elegant, cherry and kirsch-scented nose leading onto a palate with soft tannins and lowish acidity, but abundant pretty cherry and deeper plum fruit that makes it easy to drink and a great mid-week all-rounder with food. Watch the video for food matching ideas and more information. £5.75, The Wine Society.
(see full video review).

Campo Viejo, Rioja Garnacha 2012, Spain
Wine of the week 02/03/14. 100% Garnacha, aged four months in American oak, and presents an abundantly creamy, juicy and soft berry-fruited nose. There's a layer of vanilla, but really nice, bouyant fruit. In the mouth there is more of that creamy softness, not as structured as some, but that is balanced by its easy drinkability. It is fresh and approachable, despite a hefty 14.0% alcohol. Watch the video for food matching ideas and more information. £8.69, Asda, Sainsbury's Local, Ocado. See all stockists on
wine-searcher.com. (see full video review).

Viña Cobos, Felino Malbec 2012, Argentina
Wine of the week 02/02/14. Gloriously pure expression of Malbec with violet, plum and cherry, and a layer of classy, creamy oak. On the palate this is so smooth, so svelte, flooded with ripe and seductive berry fruit, but underpinned by silky tannic structure and well-balanced acidity that carries the 14.5% alcohol well. Watch the video for more details, and food matching suggestions. £12.99 to £13.99, see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Mas Las Cabes, Côtes du Roussillon 2011, France
Wine of the week 12/01/14. Perfumed with thyme and violet over solid cherry fruit. On the palate there is lots of red and black fruit ripeness and creaminess, but that tugging core of herbs and earthy flavours, married to good chunky tannins and a nip of welcome acidity, add up to a relatively complex and completely delicious wine with great energy and élan. Watch the video for more information. £9.50, Oddbins, Oddbins.com.
(see full video review)

Cournon Lafleur, Malbec 2012, France
Wine of the week 05/01/14. This PGI Pays d'Oc wine comes from Limoux in the Languedoc, not an area normally associated with Malbec. Made in a juicy, forward and crowd-pleasing style with just a little oak influence (from oak staves, not barrels) it is rounded rich and spicy on the nose, with bold red and black fruits that flow through to the palate. Not the most complex or profound Malbec on the shelves, but an approachable and versatile quality red wine and a good buy whilst on offer. Watch the video for more information and food matching suggestions. £7.99, Majestic, but on offer at £6.99 until end January 2014.
(see full video review).

Craggy Range, Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2011, New Zealand
Wine of the week 22/12/13. Star estate Craggy Range produces this single vineyard Pinot Noir in Martinborough that has the perfect blend of deep and rich red fruits, earthy and beetrooty Pinosity and structural tannins and acidity. Both would make great Christmas Day lunch parntners. Watch the video for more information and food matching suggestions. £22.50, Majestic but on offer at £17.99 until end January 2014. See all stockists on wine-searcher. (see full video review).

L'Avenir Pinotage 2012, South Africa
Wine of the week 08/12/13. Lots of bold, ripe cherry and plum on the nose, a little touch of spice too - all very orthodox. On the palate it is a solid wine, drinking nicely with its rounded cherry fruit with some chunkiness but fruitiness too. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this at full price, but on offer it is well worth trying. More details and food matching ideas in the video. £6.99, Sainsbury's until 31 December 2013. Full price £9.99.
(see full video review)

Viña Ventisquero, 'Grey' Carmenere 2010, Chile
Wine of the week 17/11/13. Lovely nose, filled with rich black fruit. Eighteen months in French oak adds creaminess and spice, and there's a peppery, juicy freshness too. On the palate it's a big wine (with 14% alcohol) and a background of mocha-like spice and richness sits beneath all that glossy black fruit, though the tannin and acid axis, as well as more of that peppery freshness, balances the picture very nicely. Around £12.99, Wholefoods and see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

Piggy Bank, Carmenere 2012, Chile
Wine of the week 03/11/13. The nose has lots of herbal lift, a little like a Rhône Syrah in some ways with the signature smoky herbaceousness of Carmenere. But there's loads of black fruit too and, on the palate it just bursts into life, a big wine with 14.5% alcohol showing the ripeness and giving the thick, glossy black fruit and a nice bittersweet plum-skin character. Ageing in American oak adds spice and smoke, in a wine that is hardly genteel, but is brimming with honesty and integrity. More details in the video. £7.99, www.shop.piggybankwine.comm, 50p goes to charity.
(see full video review)

Bodegas Castaño, Monastrell 2012, Spain
Wine of the week 13/10/13. As much about spices and light, ashy earthiness as it is the red and black fruits that are also in the mix. On the palate it is medium-bodied and savoury, the tannins fairly rustic and grippy, and the whole picture edged with acidity. It has savoury finesse, an authentic feel and a good, spicy, food-friendly finish. For more information and food matching suggestions, please watch the video. £7.00 or so, see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

Cillar de Silos, Joven Ribera del Duero 2011, Spain
Wine of the week 06/10/13. Made from young vines with no oak ageing, so is all about the powerful, youthful and vibrant expression of the fruit. But it is not light or simple: it has earthiness and minerals, but huge, soaring summer berries and hints of tobacco and spice. In the mouth it is ripe, creamy and delicious, an ample, rounded wine with good but creamy tannins and a fleshy, sweet-fruited supple character. Rich and drinking beautifully, for more information and food matching suggestions, please watch the video. £10.50, Oddbins, see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

Guerrieri Rizzardi, Bardolino 2012, Italy
Wine of the week 29/09/13. Unoaked, this is more expressive of dry red fruits like cranberry and reducrrant than riper black fruits, and touched with delicate spices and earthiness. Light in colour and palate-weight too, it retains plenty of acidity and a lean, fresh focus, the delicate fruit and mineral balance might be underpowering for some, but it has a precision and finesse. Watch the video for more information and specific wine and food ideas. Around £10.99 from Selfridges, Harrods, and see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

Cien y Pico 'En Vaso' Bobal 2011, Spain
Wine of the week 08/09/13. This joint project by an Australian and Spanish winemaker has preserved old bush-vine Bobal, over 100 years old, which they have fashioned into a meaty, rich, plum and blackberry-laden wine, super sweet with ripe fruit on the palate, yet with robust tannins and a mouth-filling, serious texture. It's a big wine, but not a clumsy one, with the natural concentration of old vines and bags of personality. Watch the video for more information and specific wine and food ideas. £11 - £13, see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

F'OZ Alentejo Red Wine 2011, Portugal
Wine of the week 01/09/13. Unoaked but made from a selection of the best grapes it has a robust, chunkily-fruited nose with deep bramble and liquorice aromas and plenty of spice. On the palate it is equally honest and open, with plenty of rustic tannic grip and good acidity, but more than enough deep-set, ripe and sweet berry fruit to match. Watch the video for more information and specific wine and food ideas. £9.99,
Waitrose. (see full video review)

Thymiopoulos, Jeunes Vignes de Xinomavro 2011, Greece
Wine of the week 25/08/13. Wonderfully savoury nose, touched with briary, sappy notes of tomato skins and earthiness, with a dry black fruitiness too. On the palate that dry and savoury character continues, in quite a complex wine that is youthful and not lacking in tannins or acidity, but again it is that sappy freshness and Beaujolais Cru-like bite and savour that makes this so interesting. Watch the video for more information and specific wine and food ideas. £11.50, Field & Fawcett, but see all stockists of the 2011 and 2012 vintage on
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

El Esteco, Tannat 2011, Argentina
Wine of the week 11/08/13. From the far north of Argentina.winemaker Michel Torino has fashioned a wine that has richness and darkness on the nose, it's both deep in colour and aroma, with an Old World earthiness, before a palate with a really keen black fruit juiciness. The tannins are there, but not too agressive as they are softened by the sweet fruit, though a good edge of acidity sharpens things up. Watch the video for more information and specific wine and food ideas. £7.49, Marks & Spencer.
(see full video review)

Vinkara, Kalecik Karasi 2011, Turkey
Wine of the week 04/08/13. Made from the Kalecik Karasi grape, which for me has very Pinot Noir-like qualities, this has a pale colour and aromas of soft berries, cherry and autumnal dry wooodland leaves and truffle. On the palate it is a delight, fairly light bodied but velvet-textured, but the cherry and berry fruit edged by smokiness and that woodland quality, soft tannins and good acidity against the creamy mid-palate fruit. Watch the video for more information and specific wine and food ideas. £9.50, The Wine Society.
(see full video review)

Altos Las Hormigas, Malbec Clasico 2012, Argentina
Wine of the week 09/06/13. The nose soars from the glass, with a solid raspberry and blackcurrant fruity lift, given more fragrance with floral and gently herbal notes, a touch of game too. It is complex and inviting as the sweet solidity of the fruit washes across the palate, again that red fruit edge and fine acidity ensuring this has energy and life, despite the welter-weight of supple fruit smoothed by vanilla and chocolate. Watch the video for more information and for specific food matching suggestions. From £9.92, see all UK stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

Asda Extra Special Dão 2011, Portugal
Wine of the week 02/06/13. This is all about raspberry freshness - not so much the plum or cassis darkness, but bright, edgy fruit with some herbal and peppery character too. In the mouth there is a bit of liquoricy grip from tight tannins and good levels of acidity, and again it is all about that edgy, energised fruit that makes this a refined and savoury wine with broad food matching appeal. Watch the video for more information and for specific food matching suggestions. £7.25, Asda.
(see full video review)

Casa Silva, Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenère 2012, Chile
Wine of the week 19/05/13. Abundantly fresh, red and black fruit aromas, much more focused on juicy red plum and berries than the cassis darkness of most Cab-dominated wines. There is a touch of chocolate, but also a touch of sappy, almost Beaujolais-like freshness too. On the palate it is all about fruit (only 10% of the wine was aged in oak) with those fruit-forward flavours, low acidity and discreet background tannins. Watch the video for more information and food matching ideas. From £7.69, Avery's, Winerack, see all UK stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

Cuvée Chasseur, Rouge 2012, France
Wine of the week 12/05/13. Many people still seek a cheap and cheerful party wine or mid-week pasta basher, so here's one that is an acceptable quaffer. It's a 'Vin de France', so fruit can be mixed from different French regions, and in this case that results in a berry and bramble-scented and flavoured, easy-drinking mouthful that has nothing to offer by way of structure or complexity, but is as good as any I've tasted recently. It does the job. Watch the video for more information and food matching ideas. £4.95, Waitrose, Ocado.
(see full video review)

Château Ka, Cadet de Ka Red Wine, Lebanon
Wine of the week 28/04/13. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, with a bouyantly fruit-filled aroma, notes of spice and smokiness from barrel ageing, but all about the deep black fruit. A big wine on the palate, with 14% alcohol and plenty of beefy tannins, that black fruit and tang of fruit skin acidity powers through. Watch the video for more information, maps and photos, and for food-matching suggestions. £8.49, Marks & Spencer.
(see full video review)

The Crusher, Pinot Noir 2011, California
Wine of the week 21/04/13. A nice lightness to the colour and lovely aromatics. There is coffee and woodsmoke, a touch of exotic incense too and a fresh raspberry and more plummy fruit. In the mouth there is plenty of vanilla and coffeeish toast, but there is authentic, gently earthy and fresh Pinot Noir fruit too with a certain agility and good length. Watch the video for more information and food matching suggestions. £10.00, Villeneuve Wines, and see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

Château Saint Georges, St-Georges-St-Emilion 2007, France
Wine of the week 14/04/13. Maturing nicely from the 2007 vintage, it has coffeeish depth with an earthiness too and deliciously sweet and ripe fruit at its core. The palate balances the savoury, meaty character of the wine with fresh spine of acid and tannin, but the fruit is creamy and chunkily honest and the finish quite long too. Drinking very well and should age a few years too. Watch the video for more information and food matching suggestions. £12.99, Majestic (on offer until 29th April 2013).
(see full video review)

i Duecento, Nero d'Avola/Shiraz 2011, Italy
Wine of the week 24/03/13. The wine is Sicilian, but made by a Co-op in Piedmont, but the result is a very pleasing and typical island blend of inky Nero d'Avola and sweet-fruited Shiraz, that has that dry, precise fruit on the palate and lovely edge of crisp tannin and acidity that makes it both delightfully easy to drink and a terrific mid-week pasta- and pizza-basher. Watch the video for full details and more food matching suggestions. £4.99, Booths supermakets.
(see full video review)

Vinalba, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2010, Argentina
Wine of the week 17/03/13. Creamy and full-fruited aroma, ripe with black cherry and cassis, tinged with chocolate but invitingly deep and fruity. On the palate it delivers a sweet-edged, rich mouthful of those black berry flavours, coating the palate and with a little deepening hint of coffee and chocolate. It is well balanced, moreish and a very good buy at the offer price. Watch the video for more details and specific food matching suggestions. £6.99 until 23rd April 2013, The Co-operative (then £8.99).
(see full video review)

Linton Park, Café Cabernet 2011, South Africa
Blandy's, Alvada 5-Year-Old Madeira, Portugal
Wine of the week 03/03/13. Both wines come recommended to match with chocolate. Café Caberenet is aged in oak specifically chosen for its coffee-ish aroma and flavour. It is not as overdone as some, the bitter espresso and cocoa note matched by distinct blackcurrant. £8.99, the drinkshop.com. Blandy's Alvada is a beautiful Madeira, a blend of Malmsey and Bual grapes, aged five years in American oak barrels. It is crammed with marmalade orange, walnut and tea, and real raisin and chocolate sweetness is swept up in a flourish of cirtus acidity. £13.33 (RRP), Waitrose, Booths, Harrods. (see full video review)

Château de Pennautier 'Terroirs d’Altitude' Cabardès 2009, France
Wine of the week 24/02/13. Smoky, tobacco and incense laden stuff with cedar and a great core of black fruit juiciness, it is creamily easy to drink and well balanced on the palate, the black fruit driving through into an elegant, Claret-like finish. Reduced to £8.99 until 29th April 2013, this is also a Comic Relief wine so buy before 18th of March to donate to charity. Watch the video for more information and food-matching suggestions. £8.99 down from £10.99, Majestic.
(see full video review)

Domaine des Duc, Saint-Amour Cuvée St Valentin 2011, France
Wine of the week 27/01/13. Plays up the romantic connotation with its flower-strewn label, but the stuff inside is actually pretty serious. The nose has the requisite cherry and sappy, gently woodland note with touches of briar and green peppercorn. On the palate there's a certain meatiness to this wine, the core of sweet cherry and summer pudding fruit butteressed by good acidity and some grippy tannin, which whilst easy to drink and quite full, gives it savoury structure too. Watch the video for food matching ideas. £12.80,
Beaujolais and Beyond. (see full video review)

Edmeades, Mendocino County Zinfandel 2009, California
Wine of the week 20/01/13. This has a bruising 15.5% alcohol, so will definitely not be for everyone. The nose is laden with burstingly ripe and creamy black fruit, but there's a tugging little sense of something earthy and gently gamy too, and whilst the oak is vanillin and creamy, it is not overdone. In the mouth the picture is similar: copious, chocolate-slicked black fruit, the support of the oak, but also good acidity, a little rasp of tannin and that perhaps wild yeast-derived sense of more earthy and savoury character. The RRP is £17.99, from a whole host of independent retailers including Noel Young, Harrods and Handford, but see
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

ALDI, Exquisite Collection Fleurie 2009, France
Wine of the week 06/01/13. Whilst this arguably lacks a touch of the fruit concentration that sets this vintage apart, it has lovely style and authenticity, with delicate cherry aromas mingling with liquorice and spice. On the palate the fruit is good, and there is a smoky, earthy quality that is lovely, along with a fabulous edge of typical Gamay acidity to give racy finesse and length. Fine stuff and lovely with roast duck breast, especially cooked with cherries. Watch the video for more information. £6.49, ALDI.
(see full video review)

Viña Ventisquero, Queulat Carmenère 2009, Chile
Wine of the week 25/11/12. Masses of pepper and spice, but really good black fruit and a touch of chocolaty richness. There's a tiny green edge, which only adds complexity. On the palate it is fleshy and full of black fruit, with again plenty of spice from the fruit and from ageing in American and French oak. It has chocolate richness and power, but there's a defined edge to this, in the quality of acidity and tannin from those cooler vineyards. Big and juicy, there are more details and food-matching suggestions in the video. £10.40, Slurp.co.uk, see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

Warwick, Old Bush Vine Pinotage 2010, South Africa
Wine of the week 18/11/12. Not overly oaky, but adds a nice roasted chestnut touch to raspberry-ripple, creamy fruit with a touch of game in the background. In the mouth it has a very good, quite crunchy and ripe berry fruit quality, all polished with a sheen of oak and hints of briar wood and undergrowth. A nicely bright, juicy wine with some depth and some crunch. Perfect for a juicy steak. £13.99, see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

Rigal, L'Instant Truffier Malbec 2011, France
Wine of the week 04/11/12. Made in a juicy, abundantly black-fruited style with immediate appeal, bursting with ripe and sweet aromas and flavours, but without losing the signature spice and delicate floral edge of the grape. From 20-year-old vineyards in the Lot region, right next door to Cahors, it has good concentration and is not aged in barrel, emphasising the primary brightness and boldness of the fruit. It's an obviously commercial style and not a keeper, but it is delightfully and skillfully done. More detail and food matching ideas in the video. Currently on offer down from £8.99 to £6.99 in Majestic.
(see full video review)

Trapiche, Broquel Bonarda 2009, Argentina
Wine of the week 21/10/12. To be absolutely honest I think the oak is a touch overdone - just a little too much vanilla and toast - but then there is a lovely red fruit brightness about the wine on the nose: it is big and bold, with that depth of toast, but a fresh appeal too. On the palate there's intense blackcurrant and cherry fruit that is focused, though plenty of cleansing and typical acidity and that support of oak adds light and shade. Watch the video for more information and food matching suggestions. £10.99, selected Tesco and Tesco.com. See all stockists on
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Marques de Casa Concha, Merlot 2010, Chile
Wine of the week 07/10/12. Sumptuous and inviting nose of pencil shaving and tobacco over soft, ripe, fleshy plum and blackcurrant fruit. In the mouth that fat, sweet, chocolate-rich depth of ripe fruit is framed by the supple, ripe tannins and nicely focused acidity, and the cedary, savoury and spicy character of the oak. Long, delicious and structured too. Watch the video for more information and for food-matching suggestions for this wine. £12.99, selected Tesco and independent merchants: see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

Alain Grignon, Carignan Vieilles Vignes 2011, France
Wine of the week 23/09/12. Black fruit with plum and fresh cherry, a touch of spice and curranty character too in a fruity but vinous profile. The palate has a creaminess, not just of fruit but of texture too, with more black berries and then some chewy edges of tannin and cedar, good acidity, but the ripeness giving full fruit sweetness that fills the finish. Watch the video for more information and for food-matching suggestions for this wine. £7.49, Majestic, but on offer until 4th October 2012 at £5.99. For all stockists see
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

The Crusher, Petite Sirah 2010, California
Wine of the week 02/09/12. Bursts from the glass with pepper and spice and a deep well of enveloping crushed blackberry and blueberry fruit. On the palate it is like a thick smear of blackcurrant jam on freshly baked bread, with more spice and a little vanilla, but that mouth-filling, juicy black berry fruit totally in charge. Not complex, not intellectual, but 100% delicious. Watch the video for more information and for food-matching suggestions. £10.00, Wood Winters. For all stockists see
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Les Jamelles, Reserve Mourvèdre 2011, France
Wine of the week 19/08/12. This is partially made by carbonic maceration, giving it abundant fruit on the nose, bursting with ripe, deep black cherry and cassis and hints of spice and tobacco. On the palate it has a certain silky fruit sweetness, but it has a bit of grip and structure that elevates it above some other carbonic maceration wines, with a bit of meaty, food-friendly depth too. Watch the video for more information and food matching suggestions. £6.99, The Co-operative.
(see full video review).

Château Trillol, Corbières 2008, France
Wine of the week 22/07/12. This red wine is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, aged in older oak barrels. It has real cedar, spice and pepper on the nose, a Sandalwood-like, exotic lift developing, and bold red berry fruit. On the palate it is immediately savoury, those spice and cedary characters giving real structure and adding a keen edge to the otherwise quite jammy boldness of blackcurrant and red berry fruits. Nicely balanced and very natural, unforced stuff with classical structure. Watch the video for more details and food-matching suggestions. £9.99,
FromVineyardsDirect.com; The Wine Society. (see full video review).

Bodegas Emina, Ribera del Duero 'Pasion' 2009, Spain
Wine of the week 01/07/12. Cedar and smokiness on the nose - tobacco and cigar smoke - and plenty of cassis-like black fruit. On the palate a hint of something more gamy, but deliciously juicy stuff. The chocolate and toast of the oak is there, as is the alcohol (14% ABV), but there's a cherry freshness that makes this a wine that invites a second sip, and indeed a second glass. It's concentrated and structured enough to suggest some cellaring potential too. Watch the video for more details and food-matching suggestions. £12.99, Ocado.
(see full video review).

Esporão, Arco Alentejo Tinto 2010, Portugal
Wine of the week 10/06/12. This blend of Aragonez, Touriga Nacional and Shiraz has a powerful, fruity style with lots of plummy fruit depth, spice and a hint of cool, fresh cherry. It is a savoury wine, with masses of ripe fruit but also a nice chewiness, chunky rustic tannins and loads of personality. Watch the video for more details and food-matching suggestions. £9.49, Waitrose. See all UK stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Torres, Sangre de Toro 2010, Spain
Wine of the week 13/05/12. Dark, deep, savoury black fruit hinting at plum and brambles. There's a background of earth and spice too, telling you this is going to be an excellent food wine. On the palate there's plenty of that juicy berry fruit with those slightly tarts characters and nicely rustic tannins to cut through richer foods. An honest, open, quality red on great form. Watch the video for more information and food-matching suggestions. £7.99, Asda, Waitrose, Morrisons, Majestic. See all UK stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Luigi Einaudi, Micuné Langhe Rosso 2009, Italy
Wine of the week 29/04/12. This brims with black cherries and blackcurrant, infused with a smoky tobacco quality and a herbal touch that is authentically Italian. On the palate it is delicious: it is big and creamy with its 14% alcohol, but a big pillowy weight of black fruit is nicely cut by smooth tannins and gentle but persistant acidity, making it an excellent food wine too. £9.90, Exel Wines (exelwines.co.uk). See all UK stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Guigal Côtes du Rhône 2009, France
Wine of the week 15/04/12. Made in a more serious and ageworthy style than many Côtes du Rhône from 50% Syrah, 45% Grenache and 5% Mourvèdre, it has a meaty, darkly-hued nose with plummy fruit and savoury spice and pepper. On the palate it has a muscular, lean and serious edge - its not a wine that greets you with open arms and phoney air kisses, but one which wants to take its time to get to know you. The black fruit is there, in a big powerful style, with tannin, concentration and juicy acidity. A terrific food wine and one that has structure to age nicely over five years or more. Watch the video for more information, maps and food matching. £9.99, Waitrose, The Wine Society. See all UK stockists on
wine-searcher.com. (see full video review).

Bodegas Septima, Malbec 2010, Argentina
Wine of the week 25/03/12. The 17th of April 2012 has been declared 'World Malbec Day', and so my choice is this sweet, plummy, chocolate-rich wine with appealing dark fruit and a subtle layer of spice on the nose, and just a touch of Malbec's cherry-like brightness. But on the palate it is all about sweet, juicy and fleshy fruit, filling the mouth like taking a big bit of a juicy black plum. An easy-drinking and sweet fruited example and deliciously drinkable. £7.99, Wine Rack and in independent retailers. See a list of those on
wine-searcher.com. (see full video review).

Doña Dominga Single Vineyard Shiraz 2010, Chile
Wine of the week 11/03/12. Expressive Shiraz nose with a twist of cracked black pepper and herby spices as well as plenty of black fruit aromas. On the palate the oak is well handled, adding a little underpinning weight, and the fruit is full and plummy, perhaps just verging on being a little baked, but then that nice Shiraz freshness comes through. The tannins are quite rustic and food-friendly, in a very good, modestly-priced example of Chilean Shiraz. More details and food matching suggestions in the video. £7.49, Waitrose.
(see full video review).

Pizarras de Otero, Mencia 2010, Bierzo, Spain
Wine of the week 26/02/12. Fresh fruitiness on the nose, and a certain brightness with some herbs and flowers and a real bit of zing. On the palate cherry and plum flavours dominate, with a little roasted fig quality, but real crunch and freshness. The tannins are not big or overpowering, but along with fresh acidity they give grip and tension. For lots more details, a map and food matching ideas, please watch the full video review. £8.99, Majestic.
(see full video review).

Trivento Reserve Syrah Malbec 2010, Argentina
Wine of the week 19/02/12. On the nose there is the delicate floral lift of violet and kirsch that Malbec can offer, some pepper, earthy spice and plum from the Syrah, and a little background of creamy oak too. In the mouth the juicy fruit drives this wine, and though there are quite chunky tannins and savoury acidity, it is the grippy plum and cherry that flows through to the finish. £7.99, selected Morrisons. See all retailers on
wine-searcher.com. (see full video review).

The Society's Exhibition Saint-Aubin Rouge 2009, France
Wine of the week 29/01/12. On the nose this has classic Pinot qualities with some undergrowith and leafy notes, raspberry and a hint of creamy strawberry ripeness. On the palate it is medium-bodied and well balanced. There's a creaminess to the texture with red berry fruit, somewhat reminiscent of a good Cru Beaujolais too, and a really nice, versatile food wine. For full details and detailed food-matching ideas, please watch the video. £9.95, The Wine Society.
(see full video review).

Vinalba, Patagonia Cabernet Merlot 2009, Argentina
Wine of the week 01/01/12. A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, the wine spends a year in French oak, but the nose has a juicy, fresh cassis quality with a background of creaminess and spice. On the palate it is a generous wine that is fairly big and lush (with 14.5% alcohol) but it has that freshness, with a bit of tannin structure and a sinewy backbone that suggest it will also cellar for a few years. More information and food matching suggestions in the video. £8.99, The Cooperative.
(see full video review).

 rosé
 

Mirabeau, 'Pure' Provence Rosé 2013, France
Wine of the week 06/07/14. Quite vivid fresh pear and small red berry, reducrrant fruit, clean but juicy and fruity. On the palate it has excellent freshness and vivacity, but again fruit is to the fore, some pomegrante and more red berries, but a wonderful fresh-sliced apple acidity. It's dry in the finish, but very approachable with that up-front fruit. Really nice done. Watch the video for more details and food matching suggestions. £11.61, The Sampler, also in Tanners, but see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Château Miraval Provence Rosé 2013, France
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie bought the highly respected Provence estate of Miraval early last year and their maiden vintage sold out almost instantly, so grab this 2013 now if you want some. It's a typically pale and elegant Provence pink, with notes of lemon balm, thyme and redcurrant on the nose, and a fresh and precise palate, with good raspberry and rose-hip, very delicate flavours, and a lovely food-friendly and dry acidity in the finish. Watch the video for more on the intriguing celebrity history of Château Miraval (from Pink Floyd to Sting), and for food matching ideas. £19.95,
Berry Bros & Rudd. (see full video review).

Torres, Santa Digna Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2012, Chile
Wine of the week 30/06/13. Plenty of coulour and plenty of fruit. On the nose there is a blast of cassis, a hint of strawberry, but bold and rich and creamy. On the palate there's a touch of residual sugar giving this easy-drinking appeal, but the full-fruited flavour packs out the mid palate and there is a lovely dry acid and tannin finish to add to the food-matching appeal. Watch the video for more information and specific food matching ideas. £8.40, Tanners, see all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review).

Daniel Chotard, Sancerre Rosé 2012, France
Wine of the week 16/06/13. Flooded with strawberries and cream, but also the hint of truffle and briar that is so Pinot. On the palate that sweet, summery berry fruit floods across the tongue, but true to its origins the finish is abundantly fresh, with minerals and juicy citrus streaking through. Watch the video for more information and for specific food matching suggestions. £16.75,
Berry Bros. & Rudd, or £15.07 by the case. (see full video review).

Château de Sours, Bordeaux Rosé 2012, France
Wine of the week 17/02/13. Lovely, clear red fruit quality on the nose, with enough herb and stony mineral character to immediately suggest a grown-up, savoury appeal. On the palate too, raspberry and redcurrant gives a tart, biting edge to the core of ripe fruit, and this finishes long with elegant balancing acidity. Watch the video for much more information on this wine and the estate, and for food-matching suggestions. £120 per dozen, Private Cellar. Note: orders must be placed by 1st March 2013, but after this there will be other by the bottle stockists.
(see full video review). See wine-searcher.

Marques de Alarcon, Rosado 2011, Spain
Wine of the week 12/08/12. Abundantly fresh and fruity nose of summer berries. On the palate it is dry, with a very good core of lemony, fresh acidity that cuts through the berry and rose-hip flavours to leave this quite savoury and moreish. Watch the video for more information and food matching suggestions. £7.49 Marks & Spencer.
(see full video review)

Tagus Creek Shiraz Touriga Nacional Rosé 2010, Portugal
Wine of the week 20/05/12. On the nose loads of fruit of cherry and strawberry, with a creaminess and real fruit clarity. On the palate it is dry and has a bit of bite and grip with dry red fruits and a nip of chewy tannin that gives this both sipping and food matching appeal. Watch the video for more details and food matching ideas. The 2011 vintage is in Asda. £6.49, Waitrose. See all UK stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

 sparkling wines
 

Chandon, Brut Sparkling Wine, Argentina
Wine of the week 29/06/14. Lots of toast, nuttiness and honey from long ageing on the lees, really ripe Chardonnay fruit of baked apple pie and lemon, and a palate that is delightfully dry and refined. It has plenty of fruit and flavour edging into the tropical, but it finishes with terrifically crisp acidity, a racy mousse, and a long, elegantly tapering finish. A very good buy reduced from its normal £19.49 at Majestic, down to £12.99 from July 1 - August 4, 2014.
(see full video review)

Champagne Henriot, Rosé Champagne Brut NV, France
Henri Giraud, Rosé Champagne Brut 'Esprit' NV, France
Wine of the week 09/02/14. The Henriot rosé is in a rich, full, red berry style with lots of fruit and a bit of biscuit and brioche fatness too. It's a delicious and relatively robust wine, and a food-friendly style of Champagne. Henri Giraud's wine is tighter, more racy in an aperitif style. It's a vivacious wine with a fresh mousse and lots of lemony crunch, but again it remains very easy to drink, its raspberry character suiting lighter foods. Watch the video for much more detail of both wines, and for specific food matching suggestions. The Henriot costs £46 from Oddbins, Fortnum & Mason and Havey Nicols, but see all stockists on
wine-searcher. The Henri Giraud costs £39.95 from Coe Vintners, Hedonism Wines and Champagne Direct, but again see all stockists on wine-searcher. (see full video review)

Contero, Brachetto d'Acqui 2012, Italy
Wine of the week 07/07/13. The wine overflows with cherry and summer berry aromas, with hints of chocolate and flowers adding complexity. On the palate the mousse is rich and rolling, and this has a sumptuous quality with the full sweetness playing against that dark berry fruit, and as with all of the best wines of this style, terrific acidity that really freshens the finish. Delightful stuff, only 5.5% alchohol, and a very good price at The Wine Society. £9.95, The Wine Society. See all stockists on
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

Cavicchioli, Malvasia Frizzante, Italy
Wine of the week 10/02/13. Similar in style to a Moscato d'Asti from a little further north, with only 8% alcohol and a definite sweetness. The pretty floral label adds to the romantic Valentine's Day appeal. There are floral notes on the nose too, but a great depth of peach and apricot fruit - deeper and more luscious than Moscato - with a gentle effervescent palate and plenty more of that sweet, tropical and peach juice fruity appeal, the sweetness nicely balanced by some crisp, sherbetty acidity. Watch the video for more information as well as food matching suggestions. £8.99, Morrisons.
(see full video review)

Torres, Santa Digna Estelado Rosé Sparkling Wine NV, Chile
Champagne Canarde-Duchêne, Authentic Green NV, France
Nyetimber, Sparkling Wine Demi-Sec NV, England
These three sparkling wines, priced from £12.49 to £35.00, are all very good in their own right, but they are also highly unusual and offer the chance of trying something a bit different. The first is a sparkling rosé from Chile made entirely from the rarely seen País grape, the second is a Champagne, but one that comes from organically certified vineyards and finally Nyetimber - an unusual Demi-Sec, or 'half dry' style. The full reviews for all three wines are in the video. Santa Digna, £12.49 Soho Wine Supplies, The Vineyard, Alfred the Grape, see all stockists in on
wine-searcher. Canarde-Duchêne, £30 Oddbins, see all stockists in on wine-searcher. Nyetimber, £34.00 Harrods, see all stockists in on wine-searcher. (see full video review)

Miolo, Sparkling Brut Rosé NV, Brazil
Wine of the week 16/09/12. Made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir by the traditional Champagne method, it has a deep cherry colour and moderately small bubbles. The nose is attractive, filled with cherry and reducrrant aromas and a touch of lemon meringue pie with pastry, cream and citrus. On the palate it has plenty of sweet, mouth-filling berry fruits and a soft mousse that make it very easy to drink, a real sweet ripness, but offset by some good acidity keeping the finish fresh. Stylish stuff. Watch the video for more information and for food-matching suggestions for this wine. £11.99, Waitrose and Waitrose online. For all stockists see
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

Champagne Moët et Chandon Diamond Jubilee Cuvée
Wine of the week 20/05/12. Released to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II, very fine bubbles stream constantly and the nose is attractive with a floral note to quite ripe apple and pear fruit, with just a little hint of a biscuit edge. In the mouth it has a rolling, soft mousse and ripe fruit floods across the tongue. It is quite full-bodied and hints at some sweetness, but a rush of lemony acidity keeps it crisp and fresh into a long finish. For more details and some serving and food-matching suggestions watch the video. £36.99,
Berry Bros & Rudd and other stockists. See all UK stockists on wine-searcher. (see full video review)

Pongracz Cap Classique Rosé, South Africa
Champagne Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial Rosé, France
Champagne Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé, France
Wine of the week 12/02/12. Three sparkling wines for St Valentine's day, starting with a traditional South African Cap Classique made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which has a lovely yeastiness as well as good red fruits, the Moët & Chandon pink is zingy in colour and aroma, with cherry and raspberry. Crisp on the palate with more of that raspberry and lemon edge whilst the Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé is a much more wine-like Champagne with a soft salmon pink colour and touch of earthiness, mellow berry fruit and a savoury character. Prices are £14.99 from Morrisons for the Pongracz (see all retailers on
wine-searcher.com) and around £37.00 for the two Champagnes from Waitrose, Sainsbury's and various other retailers. (see full video review)

 sweet & fortified wines
 

Château Les Sablines, Monbazillac 2010, France
Wine of the week 24/11/13. Lovely golden colour and a nose that whilst honeyed and barley sugar rich, also has delicate tangerine and leaf tea notes. On the palate it is silky but medium-bodied, with plenty of sweetness, hinting at nectarine and mango, but with that fresh and cleansing core of citrus. Delicious and well priced too for 50cl. More details and food matching ideas in the video. £18.99, Waitrose.
(see full video review)

Taylor's, Chip Dry White Port NV, Portugal
Wine of the week 19/07/13. A lovely drink neat from the fridge, or made into a classic long drink with plenty of ice, tonic and a slice of lemon or sprig of mint. It has a subtle, nutty, gently honeyed and spice nose, with hints of preserved lemon. On the palate it teases at being off-dry, but the full melon and nutty tones, a touch of custard and the power of the 20% abv come through. A fine alternative take on a summer drink. Watch the video for more information and specific food matching ideas. £14.99, Waitrose and Budgens.
(see full video review)

Gonzalez Byass, Tio Pepe En Rama, Spain
Wine of the week 05/05/13. It is nutty, super-fresh and bready on the nose, with a blast of apple and of ozone: like breathing in a lungful of seaside air. On the palate it is bone-dry, and what it lacks in easy-drinking fruitiness it more than makes up in that saline, nutty, mouth-watering freshness. Unique stuff that is recommended to be drunk cold and very young. Watch the video for more information on this wine and the En Rama phenomenon as well as a map and food-matching suggestions. £13.00, Bidforwine.co.uk, plus Inverarity One to One, The Wine Society, Flagship Wines and several other stockists. See:
wine-searcher. (see full video review)

Harvey's 30-Year-Old PX Sherry, Spain
Wine of the week 08/04/12. Fabulously dark colour and treacle-thick richness, with a nose crammed with stewed black fruits, raisins and walnuts, espresso coffee and chocolate. On the palate that onslaught of flavours continues, with hueg sweetness, but richness and depth too, and all the time a fine acidity that stops it from cloying, despite the enveloping richness of the wine. Expensive, but a rare and real treat. See the video for more information, maps and food matching. £21 per 50cl, Waitrose, Booths and Morrisons. See all UK stockists on
wine-searcher.com. (see full video review)

Bodegas Hidalgo, La Gitana Manzanilla Sherry En Rama, Spain
Wine of the week 22/01/12. The classic ozone and salty tones of Manzanilla with a floral touch and plenty of nutty and dry apple fruit, but there's a meatiness too. That meaty, umami flavour that is earthy and savoury follows through on the palate, giving this a broad mid-palate, before apple core and nuts and then a crisp, lemony acidity gives this a typically fresh finish. For more information on this wine and food-matching ideas, please watch the video. Around £14.75 from bidforwine.com, Noel Young and Cambridge Wine Merchants. See all stockists on
wine-searcher.com. (see full video review)

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