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MoneyWeek – 2021 Suavis, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Mormoraia, Tuscany, Italy

The eternal quest for affordable, exciting, uniquely delicious, GPS-accurate white wines continues.  There used to be a vast selection of wines on our shelves in the key £10-£15-mark, but recent non-sensical duty increases, sky-rocketing transport costs, increased profit margin requirements, and multiple other unavoidable annoyances have pushed thousands…
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2022 The Society’s Grüner Veltliner, 2.25L Wine Box, Niederösterreich, Austria

First, the technology behind modern-day wine boxes is bang up to date, so you can expect these wines to last a couple of weeks in superb nick.  Keep them in the fridge, and you can extend this further; in fact, The Wine Society quotes six weeks in their literature.  Having said this, if you need six weeks to drink the equivalent of three bottles,…
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2022 Côte-de-Brouilly, Cuvée de l’héronde, Domaine Vavril, Beaujolais, France

I have just returned from my annual pilgrimage to Piemonte, in North-West Italy, to taste every elite bottle I could find to finish my 2023 Piemonte Report.  The weather was unseasonably warm, so every red wine I ordered in restaurants would have been ruined at 35C air temperature were it not for the ever-excellent bar staff, sommeliers, and front-of-house…
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2022 Reyneke, Biodynamic Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa

  I enjoyed ‘Encounter South Africa’ earlier tasting this month and found many new wines to raise the pulse and keep this country front of mind when restocking your cellar.  I set myself the challenge of picking the finest estate on the day, and it must be said, with four near-perfect wines in the portfolio, that Reyneke romped home…
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2020 Rocafosca, Priorat, Costers del Priorat, Spain

This week, six of the best from one of London’s finest merchants, Jeroboams.  Most of these wines are brand new, so check out the Jeros website, where you can enjoy stunning drawings by my great pal, Zebedee Helm while learning more about this sextet.   My lead wine, Rocafosca, is all about the black slate soils in which the mighty Grenache and…
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2021 Journey’s End, Destination Chardonnay, Stellenbosch, South Africa

I love scoops!  Sneak previews of outstanding wines keep me on my toes in this business, and I am fortunate to taste sensational wines nearly every day.  My most recent epic discovery was with Rollo Gabb, owner of Journey’s End and his winemaker Mike Dawson, at his newly renovated Quo Vadis Restaurant in Soho, London.  While my featured Chardy…
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2021 Yering Station, The Elms Chardonnay, Victoria, Australia

The Elms Chardonnay pays homage to the skilful winemaking at Yering Station and the idyllic Victorian climate. This timeless and refreshing white wine gives global Chardonnay styles a much-needed wake-up call with its silky-smooth, gentle and elegant flavours. This is the perfect white wine for elite aperitif duties, carefully-constructed starters and…
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2021 Cullen, Diana Madeline, Margaret River, Western Australia

I rarely recommend wines with no definitive retailer at the time of my filing copy. In fact, in 872 columns, this is the very first time.  The reason for this rule-shredding manoeuvre is the imminent release of the 2021 vintage of Diana Madeline. You will have been bombarded with 2022 Bordeaux releases of late, and so to redress the imbalance, here…
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2014 Mouchão, Herdade do Mouchão, Alentejo, Portugal

Regular readers know I am a big fan of Portuguese wines.  Last week I published a review of the finest wines from two of the most famous Portuguese supermarket chains on my website.  This will ensure you will not go wrong when seeking the finest bargains to drink while you are on your hols.  At the top end, I have done the same with three elite estates…
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2015 Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Hindleap Blanc de Blancs, England

English Wine Week starts tomorrow, and I have selected one of the most serene and beautiful wines for you to raise a glass to our thrilling home-grown wine industry. This is a noble creation made from 100% Chardonnay and with a mighty 52 months spent resting on its lees before disgorgement. Firm, taut and cleansing, this is a rapier-sharp Blanc de Blancs…
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2022 Domaine Pique Roque Rosé, Côtes de Provence, France

I have been buying this wine every year since it first landed on our shores back in 2006. It’s funny how brands come and go; some skyrocket, then fizzle, and others ghost off, never to be seen again. Powerhouse rosés like Mirabeau and Whispering Angel forge forwards with ever-increasing volumes and, to my mind, quality.  While these are both reliable…
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2022 Tyrrell’s, Brookdale Semillon, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia

I have just finished 16 dates on my annual nationwide 100 Best Australian Wines Roadshow, where I have poured 43 wines from the collection for just shy of 2500 people.  I love meeting my readers and listening to their takes on wines I adore. I think the overarching theme of this year’s tour has been the love of Aussie Chardonnay at all price points…