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Our Picks

Adam and Liam have made some personal choices of wines that are among their own particular favourites from the shop...

White wines

Adam 

Domaine de la Rouletiere Vouvray Sec Les Calcaires 2020  £16.50 (Loire, France)

(really delicious  Loire Chenin with a richness of texture to compliment the generous orchard and stone fruits, and fresh acidity, with a bit of baking spice and citrus zest, and just a hint of off dry that makes this work beautifully with lightly spiced dishes.)

Centopassi Grillo Rocce di Pietra Longa 2021  £17.95  (Sicily, Italy)

(fantastic vibrant, elegant Sicilian white with an intense burst of zesty tangy lemon fruit on the palate, with some lovely softness of texture coming through on the clean finish, and a streak of stony minerality running all the way through)

Al Cantara Luci Luci Etna Bianco 2018 £30 (Sicily, Italy)

(Gorgeous, glorious Etna white. Elegant, with lots of complexity, rich and fruity, yet fresh, dry and mineral, body and creamy texture, long persistent finish)

Liam

Palliser Estate Riesling 2020 £15.50 (Martinborough, New Zealand)

(Vibrant zingy slightly off dry Riesling with great intensity and savoury minerality to go with the lime tinged fruit) 

Finca Os Cobatos Godello 2020  £13.95  (Monterrei, Spain)

(Crisp fresh and dry yet rich and fruity, this is a superbly balanced Northern Spanish white made for tapas and seafood)

Moreau Naudet Chablis Vielles Vignes Les Pargues 2017  £24.95  (Burgundy, France)

(Fabulous Chablis with more fruit than most, lots of concentration and rich leesy texture, yet still crisp and dry. The finish goes on and on) 

Rose

Adam and Liam  

San Marzano Tramari Primitivo rose 2021 £12.95 (Puglia, Italy)

(Both of us singled this one out. Bold and fruity rose from the Salento, with a great balance of red berry fruit and fresh acidity, finishes dry and fresh)

Red wines

Adam

San Marzano Il Pumo Salice Salentino 2020  £10.95 (Puglia, Italy)  

(One of the best value wines in the shop. Satisfyingly robust and fruity and yet dry and not too heavy. Captures the Southern Italian sun in its ripe fruitiness, but has enough savoury character and lift of acidity to make it food friendly, as any good Italian wine should be) 

Monteraponi Chianti Classico 2016 £23.50 (Tuscany, Italy)

(Fantastic vibrant example of Tuscan Sangiovese, with juicy black cherry, and tart raspberry fruit, anise spice, ripe tannins, earthy, savoury notes of tea leaf and a lift of fresh acidity)  

Benanti Etna Rosso 2018 £21.50  (Sicily, Italy)

(From one of the benchmark Etna producers, and this is an especially good vintage. Dry and savoury, with fragrant red fruit, the characteristic volcanic smoky Etna minerality, fine grained tannins, bright fresh acidity and a weightless elegance.) 

Arianna Occhipinti SP68 Rosso Frappato/Nero d'Avola 2021 (Sicily, Italy)  £25

(From a dynamic winemaker in Vittoria, South East Sicily. A wonderfully vibrant, juicy and delicious wine, distinctive and mouthwateringly fresh. The Frappato gives red berry fruits, acidity and minerality, with darker fruit and structure coming from the Nero d'Avola. Organic, biodynamic, low intervention, low sulphite, unoaked, this is a wine that sings of purity, varietal character and a true sense of place. Natural in the best sense of the word.) 

Liam

Ondarre Rioja Reserva 2017 £13.95 (Spain)

(soft, rich and mellow traditional Rioja with lots of savoury notes and vanilla oak to compliment the mostly Tempranillo fruit) 

Centopassi Pietre a Purtedda da Ginestra 2019 £22.50 (Sicily, Italy) 

(powerful yet elegant and complex blend of Nerello Mascalese and Nocera from 950m altitude in NW Sicily. Only 2200 bottles produced. Will continue to develop with age)

Herdade do Rocim Amphora red 2018 £22.50 (Alentejo, Portugal)

(both of us were bowled over by the elegant loveliness and distinctive flavours of this gorgeous and unusual natural red from Southern Portugal. Aged in amphora.)

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Contrada Santo Spirito 2018  £35 (Sicily, Italy)

(yet another Sicilian wine, and another from the exciting Etna region. This is a fabulous powerful, complex, single vineyard expression of Etna, from one of the most influential  producers in the region. Fruity, smoky, spicy rich and yet balanced and elegant)


Sparkling

Adam

Davenport Limney Estate Sparkling 2016  £33 (Sussex, England) 

(great quality English sparkler, can give vintage Champagne a run for its money. Sophisticated, dry, fruity, biscuity, complex, lovely fine mousse, long finish) 

Liam

Meinklang Prosa Frizzante £15.50 (Burgenland, Austria)

(fun, and delicious lightly sparkling biodynamic pet nat rose from Austria. Perfect summer fizz)