Monthly Archives: February 2014

  • Decanter Panel Tasting - Fino Manzanilla


    5 Stars - 95 points

    Fino, Bella Luna, Jerez, Sanchez Romate NV

    Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW: Wonderfully restrained and classic, with a nutty, long finish.

    Sarah Jane Evans MW: Savoury, earthy, bready aromas. Brisk, bright, pungent wine which develops into a full body. A classic Fino with the refined balance of yeast, dryness, spiciness. Very long

  • Fino – Sherry is hip again

    10 years ago, no one would have believed this blog title. Sherry fashionable?  Until a few years ago, the word Sherry was associated with fusty old grannies, bringing out a bottle of something dark, dusty and sweet from their drinks cupboard, pouring a tiny measure, and then putting the bottle back for another year.

    Today, Sherry, especially Fino, is the darling of hip bartenders, Tapas bars and wine lovers at the cutting edge of wine fashion. Sales of Fino are rocketing, with double digit growth, whilst overall wine sales are showing far slower growth. So how has this pariah of the drinks world risen like a phoenix from the ubiquitous ashes? And why have we fallen in love with Sherry all over again?

    The Sherry revival has, without any shadow of a doubt, been led by Fino, the pale-coloured, bone dry wine that is seen in every bar and every restaurant and on every table in Andalusia, and throughout Spain. Fino is fresh; Fino is crisp and refreshing; Fino is about as fine a food wine as can be found.

    If you’re reading this and haven’t fallen in love with Fino yet, give it a go.  Great Western Wine have the fabulous Bella Luna Fino, by Bodegas Sanchez, which recently got a rave review in Decanter magazine, with a big ‘outstanding’ thumbs up. It’s from a Sherry producer that’s been around since 1781, but this is bang up to date, in a screw-capped half bottle, with its stylish, monochrome label. Pale, tangy, crisp, and mouth-wateringly dry, it has an almost salty, refreshing edge, with bold, lively nutty flavours – it certainly doesn’t compromise on flavours and is deliciously fresh.

    By Angela Mount

  • Pinot Noir for UNDER £8* per bottle?

    De Gras Pinot Noir Reserva 2012

    A NEW addition to our range, this is a great find. For under £8 for a case of 12 for Pinot Noir, you're thinking, is it any good? Yes, it's absolutely delicious. Vibrant, intense aromas of rich red cherries and rose petals. Amazingly luscious, spicy and forward in style.

    £8.75 (£7.88 per dozen)

  • Planeta, Dorilli Explained

    The Planeta family are at the forefront of wine making on the beautiful island of Sicily, making wines from five different wineries spread over the unique terriors of the Island.

    One of these beautiful wineries stands in Vittoria and specialises in the local red wine Cerasuolo di Vittoria.

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  • Forget wine only the oligarch’s can afford

    Château des Gravières, Collection Prestige, Graves 2010

    Deep garnet-red with a slightly woody and toasted nose and aromas of prunes and liquorice. Fleshy, robust and well-balanced in the mouth with a firm, lengthy finish.  Forget the Fancy Dan bottles that only the oligarch’s can afford, this is what good, well made Bordeaux is all about – well made wine, very tasty and affordable to boot.

    £12.50 to £11.00 (£9.90 per dozen)

  • "Bloody, bloody good"

    Terre de Granit, Saint Joseph, Domaine Guy Farge 2011

    My wine of the week has a wonderful write up from Victoria Moore, and I'm so happy to have a parcel of this wine.

    Bloody, blood good. And that's my top mark! Guy Farge is obviously a minor Bacchic deity because I have just tried his St Joesph and it was so good it was all I could do not to have a glass for breakfast. A gloriously perfumed and satisfying Rhône Syrah.”

    Victoria Moore – The Telegraph Wine of the Week

  • Taste the very best… for a great deal less


    By Angela Mount – 4th February 2014

    Ever wondered what top-notch Batard -Montrachet tastes like? Ever wanted to try Ben Glaetzer’s top of the range Barossa Amon-Ra?  If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re interested in wine; maybe you want to learn more, or simply get to experience some of those revered wines that you’ve read about.  It’s the same feeling, whatever your passion – mini tasting menu at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck restaurant for foodies? Christian Louboutin heels on loan for an evening for fashionistas? Yes please. Wine is no different – if you’re interested, you want to explore, experience and discover.

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  • Wine by the Glass Machine - Shop




    2012 FUN, Giovanni Puiatti, Sauvignon Bianco IGT Venezia Giulia

    £17.95 per 75cl bottle, £1.20 per 25ml sample

    2010 Riesling Réserve, Trimbach

    £19.25 per 75cl bottle, £1.30 per 25ml sample

    2012 Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons, Domaine Bernard Defaix

    £20.00 per 75cl bottle, £1.50 per 25ml sample

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