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  • Britain's favourite effervescent tipple

    Prosecco, Brut Quartese, Ruggeri DOCG NV

    It's on the rise, Britain can't get enough of it, but it's not all the same as Angela Mount pointed out in her Italian Fizz article here. Ruggeri and one of the top family run producers in Italy and my favourite from the range has to be the Quartese which has the balance of Prosecco fun and seriousness of what a true DOCG Prosecco can deliver, bubbly apples, nectarines and a beautiful freshness.

  • Getting to know Italian Fizz

    By Angela Mount

    With the current craze for Prosecco, which now sells over 2.5 million bottles a year in the UK, it’s easy to assume that this light, frothy, delicate fizz is the only sparkling wine that Italy produces, but that is not the whole story.

    Now that Prosecco, achingly fashionable and quirky a few years ago, there’s a look out for the next new thing – something different, something new, which is still going to offer great flavor and great value at whatever the price. One of the leading UK supermarket wine teams has already put its mighty weight behind Pignoletto, hailing it as ‘the new Prosecco’.

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  • Elegant, rosé fizz from Emilia Romagna

    Cantina Cleto Chiarli, Rose Brut NV

    Like strawberries and cream in a glass, but with a fizz. Fruit all the way, this is a fun, easy drinking rosé which is too easy to enjoy. Another glass?

    £12.95 £10.36

  • Regional France _ a voyage of food and wine

    By Angela Mount

    This month it’s all about France at Great Western Wine – but not the most classic areas – Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone  - these names speak for themselves;  it’s time to explore some of the other wine regions, which run from pretty far north in the country, to the shores of the Mediterranean. With the holiday season fast-approaching, and many wine-loving visitors heading to France, here’s a quick guide to the best wines and the typical food of each area.

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  • Wine by the Glass Machine - Shop




    2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Cloudy Bay 

    £21.00 per 75cl bottle, £0.70 per 25ml sample

    2012 Pinot Bianco IGT, Vinnaioli Jermann

    £21.50 per 75cl bottle, £0.70 per 25ml sample

    2012 Ladies who shoot their Lunch Wild Ferment Chardonnay, Fowles Wine

    £22.95 per 75cl bottle, £0.80 per 25ml sample

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  • Decanter World Wine Awards - Out Now

    This has been our most successful year at the Decanter World Wine Awards. Here are a list of our Trophy, Gold and Silver winners. It's a long one and most you can buy online. Remember there's 10% off per case with free delivery on 12 bottles or more.

    To sample Award Winning wines, we've created a fantastic mixed case; click here to view



    Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz 2012
    Regional Trophy: Australian Red Rhône Varietals over £15

    Polished and pure, this modern wine expertly combines the fruit of Shiraz with the spice of Syrah. Sweet blackberries and oak with a herbal edge, meat, pepper, perfume and violets are all underpinned by spice and integrated tannins. For such a big wine, it displays genuine elegance and subtlety.

    Domaine Brusset Les Hauts de Montmirail 2012 - Please call 01225 322810 for details
    Regional Trophy: Red Rhône over £15

    Rich, dark wild berry aromas with red berry and liquorice hints. The palate is fresh with a lovely volume of layered fruit and smooth, firm tannins, leading to a spiced, peppery finish. Long and delicious – and definitely a winner.
    Falernia Pinot Noir Reserva - Please call 01225 322810 for details
    International Trophy: Pinot Noir under £15

    A gorgeous summer berry nose with hints of raspberry confit and wild herbs. The palate is juicy and refreshing, oozing crushed bramble fruits – classic and expressive. With an engaging personality, great concentration and an appealing roundness, this is a fabulous wine for the price.”
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  • The superlative Alsace Riesling

    Trimbach, Riesling 2011

    Pristine, aromatic, exceptional, gorgeous, stunning, delicate, sleek and of course delicious. These are just a few of the many superlatives wine writers have used to describe this wine. A crown in our portfolio, Trimbach shows what Riesling can really do.

    £11.95 with 10% off per 12 bottles and free delivery.


  • How to tell your Sauvignon Blanc from your Sauvignon Blanc... A Quick Guide

    By Angela Mount

    Wine drinkers are as fickle as followers of fashion, and restaurant goers… or so it would appear.  There are fashion trends in wine, just as there are in food, clothes, and TV shows.  Only a few years ago, a host of unfortunate Chardonnay producers faced the public backlash of ‘anything but Chardonnay’, as wine drinkers in their droves turned away from the grape variety that had helped make Australian wine famous ( even though many still drank Chablis!).

    Now Chardonnay is making a comeback, although it never really went away, and we hear rumblings that white wine drinkers are starting to tire of the bright, zesty, intense flavours of Sauvignon Blanc. My view is that’s because they’re trying the same old styles time and again, and by ringing the changes ( and countries), there’s a wealth of different types and something for every taste from this fabulous grape.

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  • Wine by the Glass Machine - Shop




    2011 Chorey-les-Beaune Blanc, Domaine Maillard Père et Fils

    £21.00  per 75cl bottle, £0.70 per 25ml sample

    2011 Chardonnay, Howard Park

    £24.50 per 75cl bottle, £0.90 per 25ml sample

    2011 Pouilly Fumé Triptyque, Alain Cailbourdin

    £28.00 per 75cl bottle, £0.90 per 25ml sample

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  • A Cru Classé Rosé

    Château Sainte Marguerite, Grande Réserve, Organic Rosé, Cru Classé 2013

    Fresh red fruit bouquet, packed with strawberries and raspberries. Really stylish. Elegant, cool and the one to drink in the sunshine - be it Blighty sunshine or Cote d'Azur sunshine!

    "Despite being the palest pink in colour, this packs a deceptively powerful pinch, with incredible freshness balanced with drive and intent on the palate.  It’s delicious with all manner of dishes." Matthew Jukes, Daily Mail

    £15.95 reduced to... £13.95 +10% off 12 btl’s

    Not Alan, but a painter Marguerite Cru Classé Vineyards

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