Category Archives: Colour / Style

Graffigna Centenario Malbec – £10.99

Graffigna Centenario Malbec – £10.99

Country: Argentina

Colour / Style: Red

Grill a steak, roast an aubergine, barbecue some lamb… and then relax with this wine’s lush plum fruit, soft vanilla and bright spice. A smooth red to luxuriate in and explore its complex aromas.

Follador Torre de Credazzo – £12.99

Follador Torre de Credazzo – £12.99

Country: Italy

Colour / Style: Sparkling

More than just floral, frothy fun, this is single-vineyard Prosecco. That means fresh apple and pear flavours, and aromas of rose and almond. A gorgeous aperitif but also lovely with lighter starters or fish.

Barolo Neirano DOCG – £20.99

Barolo Neirano DOCG – £20.99

Country: Italy

Colour / Style: Red

Rich, complex and full-bodied, this is one of the classics, in classic style. Fresh raspberries meld with currants, while the scent of roses fills your glass. Big, bold, yet beautifully smooth, this is one for game and meats.

La Luciana Gavi – £7.99

La Luciana Gavi – £7.99

Country: Italy

Colour / Style: White

Anyone who enjoys Pinot Grigio will love the fuller, rounded and complex style of this gorgeous Gavi. There’s crisp apple and smooth spiciness. Lovely with creamy pasta, or grilled fish.

Bourgogne Chardonnay, Nuiton-Beaunoy – £10.99

Bourgogne Chardonnay, Nuiton-Beaunoy, Burgundy £10.99

Country: France

Colour / Style: White

White flowers and white peach flavours make a wonderful match with white meats and fish. This is floral and fresh, with a bright persistence that lingers on your palate. A true classic from a family-run producer.

Sancerre Les Sentiers – £14.99

Sancerre Les Sentiers – £14.99

Country: France

Colour / Style: White

Ten generations of family expertise are packed into this delicious, fruity Sancerre. It has all the tang and vibrancy of Sancerre, with a lime and yellow plum fruit. Goat’s Cheese, fish and even lightly spiced chicken dishes are great matches.

Santa Rita Secret Reserve Carmenere – £10.99

Santa Rita Secret Reserve Carmenere – £10.99

Country: Chile

Colour / Style: Red

“What Merlot lovers drank next” would be the title for a film about Carmenere. More redcurrant, spice and lift give this wine real character. It’s from one of Chile’s most historic producers and a brilliant discovery on The Wine Show

Louis Jadot Bourgogne Pinot Noir – £14.49

Louis Jadot Bourgogne Pinot Noir – £14.49

Country: France

Colour / Style: Red

In Louis Jadot cellars is a barrel of The Wine Show’s wine. This is their classic though, a raspberry and cherry-scented Pinot Noir. Soft, supple and fresh, perfectly ever-so-lightly chilled (even as a red) and incredibly versatile.

CUNE Rioja Reserva – £10.99

CUNE Rioja Reserva – £10.99

Country: Spain

Colour / Style: Red

There’s a winter ramble of flavours here. Leather, bramble, spice, coffee and caramel. The ultimate partner to lamb, it’s also perfectly matched with a night in front of a classic movie or box set. From one of Rioja’s most celebrated family producers.

Villa Maria Bin Sauvignon Blanc – £8.99

Villa Maria Bin Sauvignon Blanc – £8.99

Country: New Zealand

Colour / Style: White

There are lots of Sauvignon Blancs, but few count as classics. This is a go-to wine for Kiwi Sauvignon lovers like us. Gooseberries, lime and tropical fruit, it’s a juicy, fruity wine for drinks with friends and a perfect partner for Pacific Rim spiced dishes.

Laurent Perrier La Cuvee Brut Champagne – £39.99

Laurent Perrier La Cuvee Brut Champagne – £39.99

Country: France

Colour / Style: Sparkling

The mark of great Champagne is the ‘mouth-filling perfume’ that lingers on your palate. You’ll find it here, with a sleek, elegant freshness followed by a long and floral complexity. A perfect wine for lovers of lift, grace and harmony.

Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose Champagne – £59.99

Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose Champagne – £59.99

Country: France

Colour / Style: Sparkling

Colour / Style: Rosé

The wine that caused a revolution. Not only because of the sweep of berries, cherry and currants. Or the freshness and precision that marks the palate. But also the elegant, historic presentation and vibrant salmon-pink colour. It’s lovely with pink food. Think salmon and prawn.

Olivier Horiot 5 Sens

Olivier Horiot 5 Sens

Country: France

Colour / Style: Sparkling

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 7

Against a backdrop of established producers, Olivier Horiot only began making Champagne in 2004 (still wines in 2000). This quirky, fruity blend is has the classic tio of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, as well as Arbanne and Pinot Blanc. It’s fragrant and brisk and deliciously different too.

Hirsch Vineyards West Ridge Estate Pinot Noir

Hirsch Vineyards West Ridge Estate Pinot Noir

Country: America

Colour / Style: Red

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 7

I have no doubt lives have been changed by this wine. Hirsch are among the most lauded California producers by Pinotphiles. Intense and complex, this is an expression of California as much as Pinot Noir. There’s inviting richness but also delicacy. Truffles and earth, but a New World heart of vibrant berry fruit.

Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino

Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino

Country: Italy

Colour / Style: Red

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 7

A “must try” for lovers of Brunello and great Italian reds, Andrea Costanti has worked tirelessly to make this one of the greatest Brunellos. Rich morello cherry, a clearly-defined spine from high-altitude sub-plots, spices and lingering, seamlessly integrated oak that leaves a hint of aniseed and liquorice. Utterly delicious.

Francois Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Choisilles

Francois Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Choisilles

Country: France

Colour / Style: White

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 7

There’s a reason sommeliers love Chenin from the classic appellations of the Loire. It’s in the tension and fruit purity. There’s a smokiness (notionally from “Les Choisilles” – black flint) too, and it all combines into a fabulous food matching style. It’s a great foil to the sort of complex, poised, thoughful food you find in the finest restaurants.

Gabrio Bini Serragghia Zibibbo Secco

Gabrio Bini Serragghia Zibibbo Secco

Country: Italy

Colour / Style: Red

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 7

A wine that defies tasting notes – it’s an “amber” or orange wine, so you have the detailed structure of a red, with complex, surprising, fascinating aromas that you don’t expect constantly popping on your palate’s timeline. Beguiling. At times bizzare. Whatever you do, dont’ drink this wine without looking up winemaker Gabrio Bini and his remarkable vineyards on Pantelleria.

Monte Cascas Malvasia de Colares

Monte Cascas Malvasia de Colares

Country: Portugal

Colour / Style: White

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 7

Here is a massive insider tip. It’s going to be harder to buy Chablis for the next few years as the harvests have been tough. But switch to Colares Malvasia like this gorgeous wine and you’ll have plenty of intense, minerally, slightly iodine tang fun in the same style. Awesome with shellfish, gorgeous with hake.

Hambledon Classic Cuvee

Hambledon Classic Cuvee

Country: England

Colour / Style: Sparkling

Featured in: Series 2

Featured in: Episode 6

This isn’t just great sparkling wine. It’s not just great English sparkling wine. This is a historic wine, from one of the most important estates in the development of English fizz. The dried and fresh fruit character, the toasty brioche, the succulent fizz on the palate; it’s delicious. It’s also a seriously classy wine, rivalling the greatest sparklers from around the world.

Txakoli Ganeta

Txakoli Ganeta

Country: Spain

Colour / Style: White

Featured in: Episode 6

You know that prickle of refreshing zest you get in a perfectly made gin and tonic. This is wine’s answer. And it’s better. There’s a spectrum of citrus with everything from lime to grapefruit, and then the wine’s characteristic tingly fizz. It’s the perfect sharpner at the start of the evening, or at 11.5%, it’s a great choice for lunch.