42 Different Wines
From 15 Countries
When putting together this list I really wanted to introduce people to wines they may not have ever tried while also including fan favourites.
Helping our customers choose a wine is definitely one of the perks of the job and something I cherish.
CHATEAU LA CROIX ROMANE, LALANDE DE POMERAL
This bourdeaux from the Lalande de Pomerol wine appellation is predominately merlot, (80% merlot, 10% cab franc, 10% cabernet) which lends itself to be a more medium bodied wine then the cabernet driven Bordeaux. I like this wine for its smoothness, and it just gets better when matched with food. 25-year-old vines and 12 to 18 months ageing in French oak barrels, results in a blackberry scented, supple and gently spiced dark fruit wine.
CHATEAU BAUDUC BORDEAUX SUPERIOR
This merlot driven Bordeaux has young fresh fruit flavours of raspberry & cherry and because it is a ‘superior’ it has spent some time in French oak barrels that bring nice hints of fig and spice to those soft fruity flavours, I liked this wine a lot, it was a change for me from the heavier Spanish riojas that I always love.
CHATEAU DUBARD BEL-AIR, ST EMILION
This Bordeaux is so velvety with soft tannins and big flavours of coffee, chocolate, and plum pudding. Hints of coffee beans and cocoa and as you would expect from a lovely smooth but also full-bodied Bordeaux (90% merlot, 10% cab franc).
CHATEAU DE CHEMILLY, CHABLIS
There is a lovely, perfumed nose on this Chablis, with flinty flavours of grapefruit. The palate is crisp and elegant with those wonderful green apple flavours you expect from a superior chardonnay.
FONT MARS, PICPOUL DE PINET
A light fruity wine, Picpoul is known as a tangy wine but this Picpoul I think is quite mellow in acidity, so the fruit is more pronounced.
HUGEL REISLING, ALSACE
Intense pale green colour, on the nose is discreet and fresh with hints of lime, fresh kiwi, and lemongrass with a slightly mineral edge. This in my opinion is the best wine on the list to match with any of our fish dishes, its as they say a perfect combination.
LE PIERRIER, SANCERRE
An expressive wine, with floral and fruity notes. The palate is fresh on the attack, fleshy and full bodied with typical Sauvignon characteristics of grass and lime. A great wine for all Sancerre lovers.
Made from young Merlot and Malbec vines. Pale pink in colour, refreshing aromas of marshmallows and grenadine give way to notes of strawberry and apricot.
DON JACOBO RIOJA, CRIANZA
Beautifully aromatic with spice plum, new leather and mint chocolate. This wine has a very subtle fruit flavour that allows the oak to be more present as you would expect from a crianza, if you prefer your rioja with less oak and more body I would suggest the reserva but if oak is your thing then this wine will go down a treat.
DON JACOBO, RIOJA RESERVA
Full bodied and richly layered Reserva made from vines mainly over 50 years old. Subtle flavours of blackberries, dark cherries and dried fruits, layered with hints of chocolate, coffee and peppered with toasty oak spices.
LOS CORRALES, RIOJA, MONCALVILLO MATURANA TINTA
(Organic & Vegan)
If you fancy something out of the box, this is the wine for you. This is a Rioja with a completely different grape (Montalvillo). It gets 12 months in French oak barrels so this is a big wine, thick black in colour and on the nose, black fruits, chocolate and black pepper. The palate is rich with ripe blackcurrants, laced with cassis liqueur and a finish that goes on for miles. I will be honest with you this is the most full-bodied wine I have ever tried; it is so rich and heavy and I loved it but it really is a monster
CAMPO FLORES BLANCO
(Organic & Vegan)
This wine a blend of sauvignon blanc & verdejo is fresh and zippy from the off, with sweet tropical notes of pineapple and pear and a twist of lime on the finish.
DIEZ SIGLOS, VERDEJO
I surprisingly loved this wine because if you know me, you’ll know I am a diehard ‘chardonnay all the way fan’. In this wine the flavours of citrus and pineapple lead to a surprisingly zingy note with a supple spice. It’s a great great summer wine and a nice alternative to a Sauvignon or Picpoul.
THE BETTER HALF, PINOT NOIR
Youthful, fruit driven Pinot with soft tannins and big flavours of strawberry and cherry. Bold, perfumed and juicy with that soft light mouth feel you expect from the great Pinot Noirs.
THE BETTER HALF, SAUVIGNON BLANC
This racy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is an absolute joy to all Sauvignon Blanc fans. Dry but luscious with a zesty freshness of lemon and grapefruit
30 MILE SHIRAZ, AUSTRALIA
Ok for all those people that like a big juicy fruit forward (jammy) wine with a good hit of spice, this is the wine for you. No oak just lots and lots of fruit and spice
BLEASDALE, SPARKLING SHIRAZ
This is not something you will find very often but one to try if you’re feeling adventurous. This is a big, bold, red shiraz with bubbles. A richly flavoured sparkling Shiraz showing dark berry fruit aromas, sweet plum and silky tannins and a apricot. Good body and lingering finish.
ZENATO AMARONE CLASSICO
Ruby red in colour with aromas of dried black cherries, truffles and chocolate. A benchmark for all Amarones, with a blend of 80% Corvina, 10% Rondinella and 10% Oseleta Croatian. The appassimento drying process leads to a high concentration of juice inside the berries, giving the wine more body and structure……. So decadent!
ZENATO VALPOLICELLA, VENETO
Delicious ripe and rounded cherry and blackcurrant flavours. This wine is very smooth with well-balanced acidity. One of our most loved reds!
ZENTO RIPASSO, VENETO
Not tooting my own horn but if you are going to have a Ripasso… this is the one to have! This wine is rich, intense and full of flavours of dark cherry & spice. We call it here ‘the big brother of the Valpolicella’
COLLEFRISO, MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO (Organic)
Surprisingly weighty I thought for a Montepulciano, this wine has flavours of dark fruit (dates, plum) with a hint of spice, cocoa and vanilla, its certainly pleasantly surprised me and definitely a more superior montipulciano than I have had before
VILLA ANTINORI, CHIANTI CLASSICO RESERVA
This wine is a joy to drink, and definitely one of my go to wines when I feel I deserve something special. It has aromas of dark red fruit, enveloping with firm and supple tannins that mellow some of the fruit flavours and instead brings forward balsamic notes with a hint of spice, smooth as can be
FOLONARI, PINOT GRIGIO
Deliciously crisp with a fine floral nose. Juicy, crisp flavours of melon and pear. Finish is clean and fresh
SERENELLO PROSECCO, FRIZZANTE
A crisp and refreshing Prosecco with fine bubbles, lively peach and apricot flavours and a frothy freshness on the finish.
HOCHAR PERE ET FILS
This Bordeaux blend of Cinsault, Ganache and Cabernet leads to a delicious ripe and rounded cherry and blackcurrant flavour. This wine is very smooth with well-balanced acidity. Its got lots of flavours going on in the mouth but it is still soft and medium bodied. One of our most loved reds!
This unique and internationally renowned Lebanese wine is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan grapes. Complex, rich with concentrated fruits and a long finish. This is one to buy and hide away for a few years, it will mature great with age.
MAN MEETS MOUNTAIN, MALBEC
If you like your wine a little on the heavier side and packed with fruit this is the wine for you, lots of flavours of blackberry, blackcurrant and plum.
MENAGE A TROIS, ZINFANDEL
The Zinfandel grape is one of those secret American wines. People confuse this wine with the Zinfandel rose which is so far from it, it could fall off a cliff. This red Zinfandel will delight all those who like a red wine with bursts of fruit flavours rounded off with some spice. The oak is so subtle here so if you’re into oaky wines, this one is not for you. But if you like a wine with lots of blackberry and berry flavours with a small hint of vanilla, a sprinkle of spice, look no further!
WATERFORD ESTATE ‘KEVIN ARNOLD’ SHIRAZ
This superb wine is beautifully structured with dark berry fruit, earthy undertones and soft hints of pepper. This is a classy shiraz, everything is soft and smooth there is no big bang of jammy fruit you get from an Australian shiraz, everything about this wine is elegant.
ANTAWARA RESERVE CHARDOONAY
Not saying I am an anti- Chilean wine person but its been a while since I found one that I wanted to put on the list but in my search for a good chardonnay I was talked into trying this wine and I was pleasantly surprised. A great wine for Chardonnay lovers, it has that nice tropical fruit you expect from a Chardonnay with subtle hints of vanilla. Its unoaked but still holds its structured surprisingly well without the oak.