Wine of the Week: Fancy placing a bet?
Fed up with the cold, blustery weather? Then sit back by the fire and pour yourself a glass.
The 'Man with the Ax' is the nickname for the King of Diamonds in Poker-parlance, and in California, Cabernet is undoubtedly 'King'. Rich cassis fruit and a good lick of oak make this a plush, easy-drinking example of why it is so highly prized.
Ripe blackcurrant and wild berry fruit on the nose complimented sweet vanilla oak. Rich cassis and black cherry fruit on the palate with a soft, juicy, yet long finish. Framed by the subtle American oak.
Size: 75cl ABV: 13.5%
Ready Made Selections A range of mixed 6 and 12 bottle offers we imagine you'll like.
£51 - 6 bottles 4 countries
Verne Malbec, Nieto, Mendoza, Argentina
Bellefontaine Malbec, Languedoc,
The Bird Malbec, Showdown, California
Alberca Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
Stone's Throw Malbec, Victoria, Australia
Les Volets Malbec, Aude, France
Might have said "macho" too, but that would be silly. Mind you, it is a grape that likes to deliver plenty of in yer face fruit and flavour. Happily, this lot also offer up interest and style aplenty, while also honouring their country of origin. They are all good examples and together provide a Malbec fan some exciting anti-lockdown foreign travel.
£125 - 12 bottles, 3 each of these four:
Rosé Cotes de Provence, Chateau Gairoird, France
Rioja Ecologica, Bodegas Ontanon, Spain
Merlot, "O" Range, Emiliana, Chile
Verdejo, Menade, Rueda, Spain
These are some of the best tasting organic wines we have discovered, each of them a fine example of its kind whether certified organic or not.
£118 - 12 bottles, 3 each of these four:
Durello, Brut Spumante, Veneto,
Cava, Brut, Mas Macia, Spain
Martinotti, Prosecco Brut, Veneto
Lunetta, Sparkling Pink, Trentino
Guzzling sparklers from Italy and Spain that always do the job and persuade us there is cause for celebration. These are each stylish wines, worthy aperitifs as well as food friends and good to party..
£55 - 6 bottles, 2 of each
La Ruchette Dorée
A persuasive advert for the Rhone Valley's ability to serve up smashing wine across the spectrum, these bottles from La Ruchette Dorée are each worthy examples and a proper age to do their duty.
£96 - 12 bottles, 3 each of these four:
Rosado, Bodegas Borsao
Verdejo Diez Siglos, Rueda
Garnacha Seleccion, Bodegas Borsao
Monastrell Albacea, Jumilla
Lesser known and strange-sounding names often means lower prices and higher value, as is the case here: each of these wines delivers and impresses.
£140 - 12 bottles, 3 each of these four:
Sauvignon Blanc, Camillona
Gavi, La Battistina
Barbera d'Asti, Ceppi Storici
Barolo, Flori, Araldica
The Piemonte region of North West Italy is home to some of the world's finest wine producers, famous for many types of bold robust reds as well as unctuous elegant whites. Without pushing the purse too far, we hope, here is a selection that should give an idea what the fuss is about.
£41 - 6 bottles, 2 of each
Rosé Grenache Cinsault
From Pasquiers in the Languedoc, red, white and rosé but not quite your usual blends, and in each case the difference is very welcome, adding extra charm and interest to the familiar.
Saving SA Wine
£47.50 - 6 bottles, 2 of each
Plenty of smashing wine being made in South Africa, but drastic Covid impacts on export and production are causing serious damage to the industry. Best we support it by buying some, and here are a trio of charmers we'd recommend. 6 bottle case, 2 bottles each of the 3.
Sauvignon Blanc, Cape Heights
Cinsault Mourvedre Rosé, False Bay
£46 - 3 red 2 rosé 1 white:
Shiraz, Seriti, Cape, South Africa
Merlot, Peculiar Mr.Pat, Australia
Garnacha, Borsao, Spain
Rosé La Grande Plage, Languedoc
Rosé de Grenache, Languedoc
Verdejo, Diez Siglos, Rueda, Spain
Just because BBQ flavours tend to be strong doesn't mean the wine should lack character, and these certainly don't.. Robust enough to manage the charred solids and yet add to the gustatory experience through developed and succulent flavours, these bottles should be welcomed at any ritual burning.
£40 - 6 bottles, 3 of each
Merlot, Mucho Mas
Sauvignon Blanc, Mucho Mas
The name means "much more" and I hope you'll agree that while good to guzzle, both these offerings have bags of mouthfilling character, much more than their price.
£132 - 12 bottles, 3 each of these four:
Rioja Ecologica, Tinto, organic
Rioja Reserva 2010 Tinto
From Bodegas Ontañón,one of the best privately owned firms in Rioja, if not Spain, here are four wines that exemplify the width of styles the region can offer together with just how gorgeous and high quality well made Rioja can be.
£79 - 12 bottles, 3 each of these four:
Cotes de Gascogne, Sentier dans les Vignes, France
Grenache Syrah, Sentier dans les Vignes, France
Sauvignon Blanc, Camino de la Cabana, Chile
Merlot, Camino de la Cabana, Chile
One of the hardest things in the wine world is to make wines suitable for everyday drinking that not only impress and demand compliments but do so day after day. The above are excellent examples of their genre.