Château Pey de Faure Bordeaux 2012

A good example of easy-drinking Bordeaux.

Finding Bordeaux that really stands out is often both difficult and expensive. There are some superb Bordeaux reds out there at great prices but chances are you’ll only find them if you’re lucky enough


Cantina di Negrar Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG 2012

I love this Amarone. Its earthy, rich cocoa and blackberry palette is to die for…

Cantina Valpolicella Negrar is a cooperative winery set in the founding home of Amarone in Negrar. Established in 1933, today the estate has around 700


Massolino Barolo DOCG 2011

Despite 2011 only being an OK year, Massolino Barolo is somehow unique and utterly delightful.

I’m sitting here drinking this Barolo and thinking it’s young, but really I think this is as good as this wine is going to get


Cantina Mesa Meno Buio Carignano del Sulcis DOC 2014

Jammy yet ultimately moreish, Meno Buio is Carignan having some fun

Carignano del Sulcis arrived as late as 1977 from the Spaniards, when they brought it over to the DOC in Sardinia. This particular incarnation is big and bold with


Isola e Olena Chianti Classico DOCG 2012

A fantastic Chianti to drink now, especially with food, albeit a little shy for its price point.

When James Suckling wrote about this wine back in 2014, he raved about its “blueberry” and “chocolate” notes with fine tannins and a


Al Muvedre Monastrell Tinto 2013

Black cherry characterises this oaky, unafraid Monastrell from one of Spain’s most exciting producers.

Al-muvedre Monastrell is a perfectly enjoyable wine. It’s not in my list of Spain’s bests though. Ultimately that comes down to the amount of oak influence


Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Dark and intense, this Cabernet Sauvignon has huge appeal.

From Margaret River’s founding wine estate in Western Australia comes this premium full bodied Cabernet with a dab of softening Merlot. A lot of care has gone into the making of


Sainsbury’s Chilean Merlot 2013

The Merlot scene in Chile is growing into its own and the quality keeps improving. Sainsbury’s Chilean Merlot, of its Taste the Difference range, is a good starting point.

Produced by Chilean wine “big guns” Errazuriz estate, there’s no question


Dourthe Reserve Montagne Saint-Emilion 2011

Respectable and reliable Bordeaux House, Dourthe, have created the ideal table red wine.

This 2011 I purchased a while ago and thought it tasted just a touch immature, with the tannins needing to soften a little. I understand the main


Picada 15 Malbec 2012

Picada 15 Malbec is a red blend with so much potential… if only!

Picada, the name of the traditional Argentine food platter of cheeses, meats and fruit & vegetables, will tell you that this is a wine of combo-character.