Artesa Rioja Viura, Spain £15.90
A crisp and lively dry white, lightly zesty with characters of peach and citrus fruit on the nose. Great for lovers of Sauvignon Blanc. Think Paella and seafood, lime and saffron.
Torre dei Vescovi Pinot Grigio, Italy £16.50
Surprisingly golden yellow in colour, this Pinot Grigio is a testament to what the grape variety really can do. Complex floral characters, soft ripe pear and a wonderful velvet feel. Perfect as an aperitif, this wine is recommended with warm or cold light appetizers, fish and white meat.
Franschhoek Unoaked Chardonnay South Africa £16.50
Soft tropical fruit and citrus blossom expressions with a lively structure and a long intense flavor.
The Cloud Factory Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand £17.50
A fresh and expressive Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Limes, gooseberry and a hint of green pepper, finished off with a clean streak of acidity.
Silga Verdejo, Alvarez y Diez, Rueda, Spain £17.50
You might look at this and go ‘huh?’ but trust us; it’s so worth a try! Bright and beautiful green-fruit combined with a hint of citrus fruits to give a fresh and vibrant wine. Plus, it has a fun campervan on the label. What’s not to love?
Quickie! Sauvignon Blanc, Some Young Punks, Australia £19.90
Generous, upfront and lip-smacking fruit from Australia’s Young Gun Winemaker of the Year. Fresh and lively gooseberry, lemon and lime with added girth from softer, tropical fruit.
Domaine de la Motte Chablis Premier Cru Vau-Ligneau ‘Tastevinage’, France £26.50
A full and rich style of Chablis, beautifully balanced with freshness. A blend of caramel and butterscotch married with ripe mango and apple, steely, mineral with citrus edges. Richer style of fish dishes, shellfish, chicken and creamy sauce.
Domaine de la Motte is a 25 hectare (5 of which are premier cru) family-run winery handed down from father to son since 1950.
Their wines are regularly chosen for the Tastevinage label – a rigorous selection by the Confrérie des Chevaliers de Tastevin of wines they regard as offering the best of the region in terms of quality and style. It is no surprise, therefore, they were named ‘IWSC French Wine Producer of the Year 2013’.
CANTASTORIE PINOT GRIGIO ROSÉ. Italy
Clean crisp summer fruit with a dry nish.
GOLD COUNTY ROSÉ. California
Delightful pale pink wine with avours of
summer fruits and a hint of sweetness on the
VOLANDAS MERLOT. Chile
Juicy plum and damson avours with a soft,
Sierra Grande Merlot, Chile £14.70
Medium-bodied with soft plum, berry and bramble fruit. Good richness, with gentle herbal notes and supple texture. A great glugger!
Nostros Reserva Pinot Noir, Chile £16.50
Fresh and ripe red fruits, with an elegant backbone of herbs and spice. A lighter red wine with hidden depths.
Great with pate, feathered game and rabbit. Also, good for those who don’t enjoy the drying sensation of some red wines.
Cabaret Frank and the Tale of the Marvellous Moustache, USA £16.50
Smooth, fruity and generous, with a tickle of spice and liquorice. Made from the hugely undervalued grape variety Cabernet Franc, this is a cracker.
Château Buisson Redon, Bordeaux, France £17.50
An approachable style of claret, full-bodied with classic cigar-box flavours on the finish and soft berry fruits. Honest and well-made in a St Emilion style with excellent Merlot and Cabernet Franc showing through.
A versatile food wine – try with Charcuterie, hard farmhouse cheeses as well as pork, lamb or beef.
‘Les Coteaux’, Côtes du Rhône Villages, France £17.50
Elegant and luscious, with a perfumed nose you won’t want to ignore. Red and bramble fruit tumble with sweet spice and star anise in a complex web of delights..
A delicious accompaniment to grilled meats, heart-warming casseroles or a classic shepherd’s pie.
Some Young Punks ‘Passion Has Red Lips’ Shiraz Cabernet, Australia £19.90
A vibrant wine full of electrifying cherry, cranberry and blackcurrant fruit, perfumed by smoke, sweet violets and vanilla. This wine more than stands up to its sexy Pulp-Fiction label!
Best quality steak
Domaine Chante Cigale Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge, Rhone, France £28.90
A classic Chateauneuf du Pape, with warming dark fruits, sweet spice and hints of vanilla and pepper. The finish is long and elegant, with a surprising streak of acidity.
Try with lamb, duck cassoulet, hearty lentil dishes, hot pot and anything that packs a good punch of aromatic ‘herbes de Provence’.
Lunetta Prosecco Spumante, Italy 200ml and 750ml. £6.00 or £18.00
Light and fruity Prosecco with hints of apple and peach on the nose and a fresh, softly sparkling palate with characters of soft ripe stone fruits.
Champagne Charles Chevalier Brut d’Honneur NV £28.00
A classic light, toasty, citrus Champagne with fine bubbles and a refreshing, dry finish. Worthy of any celebration.