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MoneyWeek – 2022 Capellana Blanco, Bodegas Nodus, Utiel-Requena, Valencia, Spain

For the last thirty or so years, I have played a wine-hunting game at this time of year.  The challenge I set myself is to find the two best party wines for the forthcoming festive season.  The rules are simple: the wines must be under a tenner, drinking perfectly, competent crowd-pleasers, but also complex enough to satiate the taste buds of genuinely…
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MoneyWeek – 2022 Tarima, Monastrell, Bodegas Volver, Alicante, Spain

In Spain, the sun-loving Mourvèdre grape is called Monastrell, and it is surprisingly widely planted.  In France, this mighty red grape is responsible for the broad-shouldered Provençal classic Bandol and for making up the numbers in Southern Rhône red blends like Châteauneuf-du-Pape, alongside Grenache and Syrah.  The Aussies coined the term…
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MoneyWeek – 2022 Monterustico, Dogliani, Piemonte, Italy

Perhaps it is a stretch of the imagination to think that one wine could change the fortunes of a grape variety or, indeed, a wine region.  I have known about and enjoyed many Dolcettos from Dogliani over the years.  Situated in the province of Cuneo, a couple of kilometres due south of Barolo, this region is synonymous with this grape variety, but…
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MoneyWeek – 2022 Valli, Gibbston Vineyard Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand – half bottle

Regular readers will know that I am somewhat obsessed with the wines from Valli, and their Gibbston cuvée is often my favourite.  Last month, I led a masterclass of these wines with winemaker Jen Parr, and by all accounts, it went down exceptionally well because the entire UK allocation sold out in a couple of days.  I can report that while every…
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MoneyWeek – Moric Hausmarke Red S20, Burgenland, Austria

I am a massive fan of Roland Velich’s exceptional Weingut Moric wines.  His favourite red grape variety is Blaufränkisch, which he has elevated to Grand Cru-level heights in wines like Lutzmannsberg and Neckenmarkt, which retail around the £100 mark.  His Reserve red hovers around £40 and is the wine I would usually recommend people drink before…
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MoneyWeek – 2015 Gigondas, Fontmaria, Domaine Saint Gayan, Southern Rhône, France

  I have followed the wines from Domaine Saint Gayan for over 30 years, and if you surf the Yapp website, you will find a Côtes du Rhône at £14.25, a Sablet at £15.75, a Rasteau at £16.95 and a Gigondas at £22.25.  These lusty red wines are all superb autumn/winter classics, and their prices have barely moved over the passage of time. …
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MoneyWeek – 2021 Vinya del Coll, Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, Spain

If you are seriously excited about fine dining, you are likely to have met Vincent Pastorello.  Rewind a decade or so, and Vincent was the Wine Director at the Dorchester Hotel in London.  He also worked for Gordon Ramsay in Melbourne and London.  He was one of the most talented sommeliers I have ever met.  Five years ago, he became global wine…
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MoneyWeek – 2020 Saint-Joseph, Domaine Graeme & Julie Bott, Northern Rhône, France

There is no doubt that fruit clarity, flavour cadence, and underlying freshness are emerging themes in all styles of red wines these days.  It doesn’t matter whether a wine is light, medium or indeed a heavyweight; the last thing anyone wants is jammy perfume, a sluggish mid-palate and a lumpy, grainy, alcohol-hot finish.  I have always been obsessed…
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MoneyWeek – 2022 Berry Bros. & Rudd Bourgogne Côte d’Or Pinot Noir by Benjamin Leroux, France

If you order only one red Burgundy this autumn/winter make sure it is this one.  Every facet of stunning Côte d’Or Pinot Noir is present in this beautiful creation and the price is as competitive as I have seen this year for any epic quality wine made from this fabulous grape.  Ben Leroux’s skills are well known and here he draws on fruit harvested…
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MoneyWeek – 2020 Cherubino, Ovale, GinGin Chardonnay, Willows Vineyard, Wilyabrup, Margaret River, Western Australia

On Tuesday this week, I launched the 20th-anniversary edition of my 100 Best Australian Wines 2023/24 Report at Australian House in the presence of the High Commissioner, the Deputy Head of Mission, and a couple of hundred nearest and dearest Aussie and UK wine trade.  This is the only time when all 100 wines are available to taste in the same place…
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MoneyWeek – 2021 Niederhäuser Klamm, Riesling Kabinett, Dönnhoff, Nahe, Germany

There are only a handful of cases of this wine loitering around cellars in the UK, so I expect that only early bird MoneyWeek readers will benefit this week.  Huge apologies if you miss out, but I couldn’t bear to leave this wine out this week because it is nothing short of phenomenal.  Let me set the scene.  I tasted a range of scintillating 2022…
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MoneyWeek – 2022 Nosiola, Lavis, Trentino, Vigneti delle Dolomiti, Italy

It has taken me 17 years to feature a Nosiola in this column, and I am delighted that this day has come because this is a stunning version of this ultra-rare white grape, and it is also mind-blowing value for money.  Cantina Lavis was founded in 1850 by the Cembran family.  It has operated as an elite cooperative since 1948, so they know about crafting…