Masi Campofiorin Rosso del Veronese 2010

Smoky and tantalisingly great red wine from Italy’s Veneto region. Lots of fruit and ballsy tobacco-like character.

While the 2010 vintage has improved a little since I last tried it for Pie Magazine last year, there’s still not a complete


Georges Dubouef Beaujolais Nouveau 2014

Sweet young fruit with short-length makes for a fairly uninteresting, albeit easy drinking, red wine.

Bottled just 6-8 weeks after harvest, the Beaujolais Nouveau is a remarkably young wine from Beaujolais, Burgundy. Traditionally, it is released once a year for


Geyser Peak Walking Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Ripe blackcurrant, plum, peppery spice and a finish of warm coffee and vanilla, Geyser Peak is a developing, classic Californian Cabernet.

The 2011 vintage at the moment has an absolutely stunning ruby colour in the right light, but it’s still


Blason du Rhône Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2013

Incredibly enjoyable and well-balanced red from Rhone’s most famous appellation.

Jean-Philippe Perrin made this excellent value Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Boasting full-bodied fruit and spice, the Blason du Rhone is dark red ruby in colour.

On the nose, drinkers will enjoy a sensation


Tsantali Organic Cabernet 2011

Juicy ripe red fruit and a real leafy/earthy character in this great-value Cabernet from Greece.

An organic red wine from Tsantali that pours a beautiful and youthful ruby red colour. This wine is something really rather special on the nose.


Baron de Ley Rioja Reserva 2009

Full flavoured, strawberry-packed red wine from Rioja with a vanilla creaminess.

This Rioja Reserva from Baron de Ley was originally aged in American new oak for 20 months, before ageing another 24 months in the bottle. This has given the


Villa Antinori 2011

From the Chianti region, Villa Antinori diverts from the norm and adds Cabernet Sauvignon to its Sangiovese blend – the results are sublime.

I tried this wine following a chilli and had left it to decant for a little over


Waitrose Good Ordinary Claret 2013

Supremely well-valued Claret that’s got lots of fruit but is perhaps a little underdeveloped.

Combining the world-famous blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, while relishing in Bordeaux’s vine-loving climate, this has quite a lot of fruit for its price.