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2002 Asda Extra Special Vintage Champagne, France

MoneyWeek Article

2002 Asda Extra Special Vintage Champagne, France (£20.17, reduced to £18.00 until 31 December, Asda).  I have been fortunate enough to be your wine scribe for nearly six years and I have never written up a wine from the hallowed aisles of the great purveyor of popular victuals, Asda.  I have now put this right.  […]

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The Ten Best Christmas Bubbles

Daily Mail Article

Champagne & Sparkling Wine Special NV Marks & Spencer Prestige Cava, Spain (£8.49, reduced to £6.49 until 1 January, Marks & Spencer).  My favourite inexpensive wine of the year is this shockingly pure and sophisticated Cava.  Served ‘blind’ no one would be able to guess that it is only a six pound wine.  This is […]

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My Six Best MoneyWeek Christmas wines – full copy edition!

MoneyWeek Article

6 Terrific Christmas wines – this copy was slashed to fit a load of hampers on the page!  Here is the full version. 2011 Greywacke, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand (£15.99, SWIG tel. 08000 272272, Philglas & Swiggot tel. 020 7924 4494, The Secret Cellar tel. 01892 537981, Cooden Cellars tel. 01323 649663, Halifax Wine […]

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4 more Stunning Christmas Wines and 3 Sparklers for Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookery Supplement

Daily Mail Article

Here are four delicious whites ranging from the lightest to richest styles imaginable. (lightest first) 2010 Brown Brothers, Pinot Grigio, King Valley, Victoria, Australia (£8.99, reduced to £7.19 until 6 December, Waitrose). The geniuses at BB have conjured up a superb pinot grigio and it really steps up to the challenge laid down by the […]

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Matusalem, 30-year-old Oloroso Dulce Muy Viejo, González Byass, Jerez, Spain

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Matusalem, 30-year-old Oloroso Dulce Muy Viejo, González Byass, Jerez, Spain (£15.99, half bottle, Majestic, Waitrose, Tesco, Ocado, http://www.thedrinkshop.com, Cambridge Wine Merchants tel. 01223 568 993, Flagship Wines tel. 01727 865309, Harvey Nichols tel. 020 7201 8538).  This dinky little hand grenade of joy is my festive season guilty pleasure.  Matusalem is sourced exclusively from the […]

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