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    Made by flying winemaker Matt Thomson, this is an elegant fruit driven wine with lovely citrus notes. Alpha Zeta was set up by Matt Thomson & specialist Italian Wine Importer Liberty Wines in 1999 with the aim of producing modern fruit driven wines from the hills outside Verona.

    For those who think that Soave is just another rather dull dry white wine then I heartily recommend this wine to them as it will prove that the region has seen real change. It is a lovely drink on its own or will pair well with simple fish or chicken dishes.

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    Made by flying winemaker Matt Thomson, this is a lively fruit driven wine full of red cherry flavours with a hint of vanilla all wrapped up with some crisp acidity that makes it such a good companion to a tasty tomato sauce.

    Alpha Zeta was set up by Matt Thomson & specialist Italian Wine Importer Liberty Wines in 1999 with the aim of producing modern fruit driven wines from the hills outside Verona.

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    Incredibly attractive easy drinking red wine at a very affordable price is not easy to find. But this is all of those things and more. Lovely soft red fruit, simple easy tannins and a hint of spice combine to make this one of our customer’s favourites. Planning a party or a BBQ then you can’t go far wrong with this. If it’s a hot day then serve it lightly chilled and it will be even more refreshing.

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    From a relatively new co-operative set up in 2001 comes this attractive wine. Campo de Borja is a region to the South West of Rioja that produces some great value wines and also is starting to produce some great fine wines. Previous vintages have won lots of awards and this latest vintage should do so too.

    This is simply very drinkable it has ripe red fruit aromas with a distinct hint of sunshine. In the mouth it has sufficient grip to make it work with food but is also very enjoyable on its own. Charming drinkable and good company what more can you ask?

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    Bollinger Special Cuvee is undoubtedly one of the finest non vintage champagnes available. The house of Bollinger is family owned with the current owners being direct descendents of the original Jacques Bollinger.

    It is Bollingers unique practises in the making of their champagne that make all the difference, they still use treasured old oak casks to ferment their reserve wines as well as a proportion of the cuvees that make it into Special Cuvee. Two thirds of the grapes come from Bollingers own vineyards. This allows them to keep close control over the quality of the fruit that makes the wine.

    The reserve wines that are added to the non vintage blend are aged in magnums under cork and have to be disgorged by hand. It is practices such as this that ensure the quality but also restrict production so that whilst rightly famous Bollinger remains a relatively small producer.

    Now there are many fine times to enjoy champagne and many fine foods that it will accompany but for me the best match for Bollinger Special Cuvee is good Fish & Chips! Its the ying and yang of an expensive wine with a relatively inexpensive dish or maybe it’s simply that both are real treats. But I do know that if you can find a good spot on a sea wall to eat your fish and chips whilst drinking your ‘Bolly’ you will not be able to wipe the smile from your face.

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    From a modern winery in Sicily this is a brooding dark little number with charming ripe fruit and a bite of acidity that makes it perfect with a good pizza.On the nose it is bright red fruit but in the mouth it is medium weight with hints of chocolate and a nip of tanin.

    Set up in 2003, Adria Vini is a winemaking venture jointly owned by Boutinot and Araldica Vini Piemontesi, the leading co-operative in Piemonte. All areas of production, from grape selection through to vinification, maturation, blending and bottling are meticulously overseen by Araldica’s Claudio Manera and Lella Burdese. Working closely with growers and cooperatives, our aim is to produce a range of authentic, well-priced wines from local grape varieties. The mainstay of white wine production is Pinot Grigio, sourced from the Pavia region south of Milan, Friuli and the Veneto, with the addition of Prosecco, and Grillo and Catarratto wines from Sicily. The reds come from mature, low yielding vineyards in Sicily, Puglia and Abruzzo, the source of some of Europe’s most undervalued and characterful wines. Our most recent project has brought Cannonau and Vermentino from Sardinia to the portfolio.

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    If you are in any doubt about this Champagne then be reassured that it is owned by the Bollinger group and in wine maker Caroline Latrive has one of the rising stars of the industry. Chef Gordon Ramsey likes it so much that for many years it has been his House Champagne in his Michelin star restaurants.  Ayala was one of the first houses to get behind the current vogue for low dosage champagnes with this wine only having a dosage of 7 grams per litre about half the dosage used by the big commercial brands. This low dosage means you must have immaculate fruit and good wine making skills because sugar is the make up used to cover minor flaws in bigger blends.

    Ayala are based in the village of Ay near Epernay as are Bollinger they source much of their fruit from Grand Cru vineyards, they also age their wines for a minimum of three years before release meaning that the flavours are well balanced and the acidity integrated into the wine.

    So if you are looking for an excellent Champagne that won’t break the bank but will deliver real pleasure then this wine is perfect.

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    Champagne Gremillet Brut Selection NV

    Gremillet are family owned wine growers based in a small village to the South of the Champagne region not far from the Troyes, the historical capital of Champagne. They benefit from slightly warmer summers here so have riper grapes leading to bigger more rounded flavours. Now I am lucky enough to have tasted many Champagnes and I was very impressed when I discovered this wine recently by its sheer vivacity. To quote the wine maker ‘The nose evokes happiness’ what more could you ask for?

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    A small family producer from the village of Ay.  They are neighbours to Bollinger and like Bollinger produce Champagnes with Pinot Noir dominated blends. The grapes for this wine come only from Grand Cru vineyards which are the very best vineyards in the region. It has a lovely full vinous style thanks to the Pinot Noir and a long complex finish. It has become our ‘House Champagne’ and I cant recommend it enough as a great value, consistent wine.

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    Charles Heidsieck have proven themselves one of the most consisitent of houses over the last few years winning award after award.  Having spent 10 years working for Bollinger I have a certain allegiance to them but even I have to admit to a growing love of this house and its excellent wines.

    Tasting Notes

    Radiant pale gold with fine, persistent bubbles. Complex pastry aromas, with an opulent combination of ripe apricot, mango and greengages, dried fruits, pistachio and almond. The palate begins with a silky smooth sensation, developing into ripe fleshy apricot, melon and enticing plum pastry notes and delicate spice. A perfect balance of freshness and generosity.

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    Four aspiring wine Knights and some bloody old vineyards,” is how Zar Brooks describes Cien y Pico…

    Tilting at windmills should come easily to the four leads in this wine making odyssey as this superb bottle comes from Don Quixote’s La Mancha. There are many romantic stories in the wine world of why people choose to become involved in a project but here you have an Australian Zar Brooks his Bulgarian wife Elena, a Spaniard Luis Juminez García and Italian Nicola Tucci who stepped in to save some ancient bush vines that were in danger of being grubbed up due to generous EU subsidies.

    The wine itself is full of intense aromas and succulent fruit. The wine is made using the ‘doble pasta’ method, whereby the crushed grapes are fermented over additional grape skins and pulp, to obtain a high extract, colour and tannin.

    Tannin may be present but it is no need for concern as it is beautifully integrated with the rich dark fruit flavours lending a necessary grip. There are hints of cocoa amongst the blueberries and bilberries and even a touch of lavender. This really is quite special and you may notice that our best selling wine on the website is also made by Zar and Elena but back in Australia at Dandelion Vineyards.

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    Take one very successful Wine Shipper with a passion for wine and a record for creating some very good wines. Allow him the funds, the time and the contacts to scour the world for a very good but as yet under recognised vineyard and you have the starting point to what I believe will become a very good range of wines.

    Paul Boutinot is the shipper he has in his lifetime built one of the UK’s leading wine shippers partially by working closely with the growers to develop wines that will sell. He is passionate about wine and Waterkloof Estate in Stellenbosch is his chance to put his accumulated knowledge into play.

    Circle of Life is the vineyards top cuvee and is blend of a wide variety of grapes the exact blend they keep to themselves. Waterkloof follow Bio-Dynamic practises working very closely with the land in order to get the best possible results. This wine has great charm. It’s a very modern international style of wine with well integrated ripe tannins, complex aromas and lovely dark fruit. I highly recommend it.

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    The word dandelion comes from Dente de Lion meaning Lions Tooth.  This is a relatively new venture and what they have set out to do is showcase some of the best of Australia’s regions offering wines from the Barossa, Eden Vale and in this case Mclaren Vale.  The blend is a slightly unusual combination with the Shiraz being fermented over the 5% of Eden Vale Riesling. The Riesling lightens and perfumes the finished wine. So that on the nose there is a noticeable hint of tangy marmalade but in the mouth it is a glorious symphony of blueberries, mulberries and cake spice, wrapped up in sweet vanilla from the careful use of oak barrels.

    It has a lot of power but the tannins are smooth and it is a sheer delight to drink.  The bottle has a very informative back label which names the winemaker as Elena Brooks, the vignerons as Carl Lindnaur & Brad Rey but relegates Elena’s husband a famous winemaker in his own right to Typist!

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    Death’s Door Gin, Washington Island, Wisconsin, USA

    This is a real American hero of a product, which has helped save a farming community who saw their market for their main crop potatoes, collapse in the 1970’s. A project to grow grain was started in 2005 originally to supply flour to the Islands hotel but developed into a craft brewery. This was so successful that the brewery expanded into spirits. The spirits sold so well they now have their own state of the art distillery and the farmers are growing a lot more wheat.

    Deaths Door refers to the dangerous sea passage between the Island and the mainland where over 350 wrecks lie.

    A surprisingly simple botanical mix of organic juniper berries, coriander and fennel. The juniper berries grow wild on the Island and the coriander and fennel are sourced within the State.

    This makes a good basis for many cocktails including a proper dry Martini.

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    Beautifully understated Sauvignon that allows you to enjoy a chilled glass without it shouting at you. Limes and acacia notes on the nose, soft citrus tones in the mouth with a lovely crisp finish.

    First discovered by sailors confusing it for Table Bay to the north, False Bay has long been a haven for those navigating the treacherous Cape of Good Hope. The cool coastal breeze which sweeps off the Indian Ocean temper the ripening process, extend the growing season and produce expressive wines with more precise varietal characters and purity. These lifted aromas make the wines accessible, perfectly balanced and full flavoured.

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    FIFTY POUNDS is a gin in the Super-Premium category which was introduced to the international markets when its recipe was revived after having been kept hidden for several generations of a family of distillers in London. It is considered by the experts as the best of the finest super-premium gins in the world, together with others in the category such as Hendrick’s or Martin Miller.

    It sources its botanicals from four continents; they include Juniper from Croatia, Coriander from the Middle East, Grains of Paradise from Gulf of Guinea West Africa and Liquorice from Calabria in Italy. This gin is thought by many of my Gin loving customers to create the finest G&T available especially when teamed with an excellent tonic such as Fentiman’s or Fever tree.

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    Flamboyant Spanish Reds

    Normal Retail Price £105.88

    Special offer for this case £95.40 or £7.95 per bottle 


    Spain is one of the most exciting wine making countries on earth and was recently tipped by American Wine Guru Robert Parker to be the country to follow over the next few years. The case I have put together, reflects the modern sexy Penelope Cruz Spain it is full of luscious, rumbstious, downright naughtily drinkable wines. No dry dusty old red’s here.

    There are two bottles of each wine in the case

    Bodegas Borsao Tinto Garnacha, Campo de Borja 2012

    Bodegas Borsao is a co-operative established in 2001. It is situated in Campo de Borja a region to the south east of Rioja. This wine could hardly be more drinkable and has won numerous sommelier awards for being the perfect house wine.

    Borsao Selección Tinto, Campo de Borja 2012

    70% Garnacha, 20% Syrah, 10 % Tempranillo. Simply one of the most dangerously drinkable wines I sell it bursts with lovely ripe fruit. There is a hint of mocha and just enough grip to keep it

    Manon Tempranillo, Bodegas Mano a Mano, Alhambra 2010

    From a state of the art winery that harnesses both traditional techniques and modern methods to produce a wine of great elegance. Lovely ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit, supple smooth tannins and good length

    Bodegas Juan Gil Pedrera Monastrell , Jumilla 2012

    Monastrell is known as Mourvedre in France and it produces wines of great depth of colour and intense fruit as those who are familiar with the French versions might know. Here you get some chocolate notes along with the dark fruit and easy tannins.

    Pasión de Bobal, Bodegas Sierra Norte, Utiel Requina 2011

    Made from the unfamiliar Bobal grape this wine is as its name suggests a heaving torrent of vinous lust, spicy exotic fruit sprinkled with incense, soft silky tannins and come hither flavours that just will not say no. It will certainly spice up an evening!

    Palacio del Camino, Crianza Rioja

    Well a Spanish selection would not be complete without a Rioja and this is a classic example of what people expect. All sunshine, baked fruit and leather notes, it is a blend of 95% Tempranillo with 5% Graciano & Mazuelo from 30 year old plus vines. Aged in American oak casks that leave a sweet touch of vanilla and it is undoubtedly the star of the case.

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    Crusted is a rare, traditional style of port and Fonseca is one of the few firms that produce it. Fonseca Crusted is a blend of full-bodied wines bottled with no filtration and then cellared for three years before being released for sale. As the name indicates, it will form a ‘crust’ or sediment in the bottle and should be decanted before being served. The formation of this ‘crust’ is a natural process that occurs in the finest full-bodied ports. It is an indication that the wine will continue to improve in bottle and develop its aroma and character with age. Fonseca Crusted is selected from the finest ports from the top quality Cima Corgo area of the Douro Valley and the supply is limited.

    In the glass this wine shows some age looking paler more brick red than deep purple. It has quite a serious old fashioned style. Think old Etonian for that kind of well mannered charm. It will need decanting but that is simply a case of leaving the bottle standing upright and then with a good light behind it pouring the wine into a decanter until sediment starts to appear. Use the small amount of port that is left to enrich a stew or gravy.