Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby - a stunning Port, from a legendary House, is discounted this week

Six delicious European wines this week with some nice discounts thrown into the mix.2015 La Piuma, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Italy (£7.79, reduced to £5.79 until 24 January, Waitrose).  I am a big fan of this wine, and it really packs a classy punch at eight quid, but at a shade under six pounds it is unmissable. Honed, smooth, mellow and rewarding…

2014 Berry Bros. & Rudd Puligny-Montrachet by Jean-Louis Chavy, Burgundy, France

This column is published at the end of the UK wine trade’s annual ‘Burgundy En Primeur week’.  This is our chance to taste a huge range of Burgundies, which are newly bottled and/or still slumbering in oak barrels.  The vintage that was under the microscope this week was 2015 and judging by the early released, generic Bourgogne Blancs and Rouges…

Three robust Southern French reds this week for wintry sipping this week with a few other delights besides.

The recipes mentioned are soups by James Martin and these can be found in Weekend Magazine this week.2014 Bila-Haut, Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, M. Chapoutier, France (£7.95, www.freyjaswines.com).  This is a superb, wintry, heart-warming red wine at a wicked price from a great producer and it’s found on a brilliant website run by Freyja…

2013 Deep Woods Estate, Redlands Cabernet / Shiraz, Margaret River, Western Australia

I was delighted to be invited back for a second year in a row to be the international judge at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show, in late September last year, and over the course of a week I managed to taste well over six hundred bottles of wine.  You might be surprised to hear that judging wine at elite wine competitions is an exhausting task, but spending…