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D’Arenberg The Lucky Lizard Chardonnay 2013

D’Arenberg The Lucky Lizard Chardonnay 2013, Adelaide Hills

Country: Australia

Colour / Style: White

Alternative selection for: Episode 1

As recommended by: Joe Fattorini

You’ll have to look up how this wine got its name! But then you’ll see why it has such crisp, fresh apple and nectarine flavours. The whiff of butterscotch oakiness makes this a versatile white. Lovely with fish in sauce, roast chicken or just a night in.

D’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2015

D’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2015, McLaren Vale, Australia

Country: Australia

Colour / Style: White

Alternative selection for: Episode 1

As recommended by: Joe Fattorini

Winemaker Chester Osborne won thousands of fans of Austalian wines with his ‘ageing surfer’ looks, mad shirts and fun wine names. They come back because his ripe, fruity, generous reds are so delicious. Like this ripsnorting, curranty and peppery Shiraz.

Vinaceous! Voodoo Moon Malbec 2013

Vinaceous! Voodoo Moon Malbec 2013, Margaret River

Country: Australia

Colour / Style: Red

Alternative selection for: Episode 1

As recommended by: Joe Fattorini

The ‘Voodoo’ name here is no accident. It’s a brooding, mysterious wine with aromas of mulberry and even old-fashioned ink pots. It’s a beefy, hearty wine and that alone tells you what to eat with it.

Vinaceous! Svengali Cabernet Sauvignon 2012/2014

Vinaceous! Svengali Cabernet Sauvignon 2012/2014 Margaret River, Australia,

Country: Australia

Colour / Style: Red

Alternative selection for: Episode 1

As recommended by: Joe Fattorini

‘Margaret River’ is a magical place. It’s in Western Australia which makes five per cent of Australia’s wine and wins eighty five per cent of its wine medals! That’s because of the precise, pure, Cabernet fruit and integrated vanilla oak in delicious wines like this. Match it with everything from spiced chicken to rich pasta dishes.

Vinaceous! Impavido Vermentino 2014

Vinaceous! Impavido Vermentino 2014 Mount Barker, Western Australia

Country: Australia

Colour / Style: White

Alternative selection for: Episode 1

As recommended by: Joe Fattorini

If you like the sound (and look) of Some Young Punks, try this. The Lemon-lime fruit, sea-shore tang and vivacious character make this wine as fun as its label. Bored of work-a-day Sauvignon or Pinot Grigio? This is the wine to funk up your evening’s drinking. Brilliant with Asian-fusion dishes and aromatic spice.

Ruffino Lodola Nuova Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2011

Ruffino Lodola Nuova Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2011, Tuscany

Country: Italy

Colour / Style: Red

Alternative selection for: Episode 1

As recommended by: Joe Fattorini

This shares the more cherryish aromas of Montepulciano’s neighbour (and rival) Chianti Classico. It’s a more fruity introduction to Vino Nobile, delicious with the braised beef and wild boar dishes that are common to this part of Italy.

Poliziano Vino Nobile de Montepulciano 2014

Poliziano Vino Nobile de Montepulciano 2014, Tuscany

Country: Italy

Colour / Style: Red

Alternative selection for: Episode 1

As recommended by: Joe Fattorini

This wine shows the Burgundian, Pinot Noir-like side to Vino Nobile. Mulberry fruit and savoury walnuts with a beguiling earthiness. The structure tells you it’s long-lived; the fragrance tells you to match it with braised ox-cheek or brisket.

La Braccesca Sabazio Rosso di Montepulciano 2013

La Braccesca Sabazio Rosso di Montepulciano 2013, Tuscany

Country: Italy

Colour / Style: Red

Alternative selection for: Episode 1

As recommended by: Joe Fattorini

Rosso di Montepulciano is a lighter, more accessible sibling to Vino Nobile. That makes it easier to drink younger and, with less oak ageing, it can be more fruity and juicy. This wine is named after Sabatino Lulli, ‘Sabazio’. He was the monk in the middle ages who first described how to ferment wine here. The Dom Perignon of Montepulciano.

Vicchiomaggio Toscana Rosso IGT Ripa delle Mandorle Castello 2014

Vicchiomaggio Toscana Rosso IGT Ripa delle Mandorle Castello 2014, Tuscany

Country: Italy

Colour / Style: Red

Alternative selection for: Episode 1

As recommended by: Joe Fattorini

This is one of the new wave of affordable ‘Super Tuscans’ – a modern take on a noble style. Succulent red fruit, over a heart of cherry and currant. The complex aromas of cedar spice make it a perfect wine for pheasant or, even better, guinea fowl.

Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2010

Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2010 DOCG, Tuscany

Country: Italy

Colour / Style: Red

Alternative selection for: Episode 1

As recommended by: Joe Fattorini

Dora’s Sanguinetto, the wine we filmed in Montepulciano, is currently sold out in the UK. But our alternative and recommended Vino Nobile and similar styles of wine are all worth enjoying.

Dora’s Sanguineto has a unique charm. But you can enjoy the refined tannins and rich, bitter-cherry fruit of Sienna’s ‘Noble Wine’ in this delicious bottle. With its distinguished leather and oak spice aroma, this is perfect with rich beef dishes.

David Duband Nuits St Georges 2012

David Duband Nuits St Georges 2012, Burgundy

Country: France

Colour / Style: Red

Alternative selection for: Episode 1

As recommended by: Joe Fattorini

Buy this wine now, whilst you still can. David may be unassuming in person. But he is the rising star of Nuits St Georges, thanks to his relentless drive to make rich, captivating wines. This is quite possibly one of the best wines you’ve never had.

Maison Louis Max Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes 2012

Maison Louis Max Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes 2012, Burgundy

Country: France

Colour / Style: Red

Alternative selection for: Episode 1

As recommended by: Joe Fattorini

Legend says Les Damodes (‘the ladies’) were fairies, living in the rocky outcrops above this vineyard. They had good taste. This floods your palate with raspberry and currants. Then it evolves into cloves, earthiness and a mocha spice. This wants a rich stew.

Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Bourgogne Hautes-Cotes de Nuits La Croix Wine 2012

Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Bourgogne Hautes-Cotes de Nuits La Croix Wine 2012, Burgundy

Country: France

Colour / Style: Red

Alternative selection for: Episode 1

As recommended by: Joe Fattorini

Here’s a clever wine-expert ploy. Buy humble wines like Hautes-Cotes de Nuits. But from outstanding producers like Jean Mongeard, long-time president of the Burgundy Growers’ Association. Lighter and simpler than Nuits St George. But so elegant.

Paul Cluver Wines Noble Late Harvest Riesling 2013

Paul Cluver Wines Noble Late Harvest Riesling 2013 37.5 cl, Elgin Valley

Country: South Africa

Colour / Style: Sweet

Alternative selection for: Episode 1

As recommended by: Joe Fattorini

It’s easy to see why this wine is so acclaimed among wine lovers. Rich sweetness balances perfectly with uplifting freshness. There’s the tang of grapefruit and a spring-like, floral aroma. Stylish puds made with allspice and cinnamon love this wine.

Rustenberg Straw Wine 2012

Rustenberg Straw Wine 2012, 37.5 cl Stellenbosch

Country: South Africa

Colour / Style: Sweet

Featured in: Episode 1

As selected by: Joe Fattorini

This turns Tarte Tatin from a pudding into a magical experience. Spicy Chenin Blanc and exotic Viognier are dried on straw mats. This concentrates their sweetness whilst keeping an apricot-fresh flavour.

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Boekenhoutskloof Noble Late Harvest Semillon Sweet Wine 2005

Boekenhoutskloof Noble Late Harvest Semillon Sweet Wine 2005, 37.5cl, Franschoeck

Country: South Africa

Colour / Style: Sweet

Alternative selection for: Episode 1

As recommended by: Joe Fattorini

An homage to the great sweet wines of Bordeaux. The vanilla-cream richness comes from fermentation in barrels. This is a fuller, richer style of pudding wine, and one for fans of something sticky. I drink it with baked apples stuffed with raisins and Muscovado sugar.

Nuits St Georges Jadot 2009

Nuits St Georges Jadot 2009, Burgundy

Country: France

Colour / Style: Red

Featured in: Episode 1

Similar wine selection from: Brad McDonald

Nuits St George is the chef’s choice of Brad McDonald from The Lockhart

Velvety, supple wine that lures you in and leaves a lasting memory. People remember the time they first enjoyed the raspberry fruit of firm Burgundy like Nuits St George. Then they spend a lifetime trying to describe the earthy, woodland, spiced aromas and lasting finish.

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Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2011

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Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2011, Constantia

Country: South Africa

Colour / Style: Sweet

Featured in: Episode 1

As chosen by: Joe Fattorini

Taste this wine and you taste the past. Enjoy the honeyed sweetness and orange-marmalade tang. They are the same flavours that captivated Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Napoleon. The heady, complex sweet and spice aromas tell you this is one of the great wines of the world.

Find out more about Klein Constantia here

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Montes Purple Angel 2012

Purple-angel

Montes Purple Angel 2012, Colchagua

Country: Chile

Colour / Style: Red

Featured in: Episode 2

As chosen by: Joe Fattorini

Purple Angel relaxes in your glass. It should. It’s spent months listening to Gregorian Chant as it matured slowly in barrels. The vibrant, redcurrant-scented fruit comes from the Carmenere grape. The addition of Petit Verdot gives the wine spice, colour, structure and acidity. Deep ruby red in colour, the wine has alluring red and blackberry notes on the nose. The palate is densely concentrated with spice, chocolate and mocha which linger on the finish. Here grown in Feng Shui-oriented vineyards in one of Chile’s finest regions. A sublime match for middle-eastern spiced lamb.

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