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Fine Wines of Italy
Fine Wines of Italy
Fine Wines of Italy

Fine Wines of Italy

The strong sense of Italian campanilismo (hometown pride) has meant that, over some 4,000 years of grape growing, each local region, sub region, town or hamlet has made a speciality of their indigenous grapes, becoming masters of more than 100 different varieties (at a conservative estimate!). That's why, when you taste so many of Italy's most prized wines – be it sangiovese in Tuscany or aglianico in Basilicata – you realise the wine could not come from anywhere else.

Here I wanted to highlight a number of regions and winemakers that have excited me this year. From the new releases from three of Chianti Classico's top names to a more exploratory look at the fine wines of Sicily, there is, I believe, a wine (or more!) for everyone here.

2020 New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

A first chance to taste a truly excellent vintage in an extraordinarily challenging time.

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A Celebration of Spain

A Celebration of Spain

Featured here are many Society favourites, new vintages and brilliant growers but there are also several completely new wines from producers that were on my radar to visit this year.

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Christmas Essentials

Christmas Essentials

Whether it’s reasonably priced whites for friends and family, fuller bodied reds for your Christmas lunch, or a mixed case to help you find some new favourites, all your festive essentials can be found here.

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Christmas Gifts

Christmas Gifts

Avoid the hustle and bustle of the High Street by simply placing an order and let us take care of the rest.

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Christmas Wrapped Up

Christmas Wrapped Up

Treating yourself and treating your loved ones, near or far, to something special has never been easier. We have 146 years of experience finding our members the perfect festive bottles, and our Christmas selection is one you can count on, however you’re spending this festive season.

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Christmas List

Wrap up your festive drinking needs in a matter of moments. Tailor-made for the festive season, these mixed cases cover a wealth of tastes, budgets and culinary possibilities, offering wine riches for those of us who are time poor!

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Featured Ranges

Fine Rioja: Our Buyer's Favourites

Many in the wine trade (me included!) believe that Rioja is currently making the best-value fine wines in the world. Spain's most eminent wine region is a treasure trove of diversity today, offering wine lovers a glorious choice of delicious wines. Discover some of my favourites including the very best of modern Rioja (Pujanza and Muga) through to the very epitome of the traditional, time-honoured styles of La Rioja Alta (our own Exhibition bottling) and CVNE's exquisite gran reserva.

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A Bottle For… Toasting the Season

These Champagne savings of up to £84 per six are genuine discounts – passed on to our members by the talented growers behind the bottles. They include some of the region's biggest and best names, including Bollinger, Roederer and many more… not to mention our much-loved Society Champagne. The savings are available until Thursday 31st December while stocks last: don't miss out!

A Bottle For… Lovers of Claret and Big Reds

Curl up in your favourite chair and let the smooth flavours and rich, ripe fruit of this selection envelop you in a comforting embrace; a bit like donning a lovely old woolly! This selection is all about warming wintry reds from Bordeaux and beyond, all guaranteed to chase away the chills, whether claret, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Chile or Chianti.

Heart of oak

There is no doubt that oak divides opinion among white wine drinkers in a 'Marmite' kind of way. But there are good reasons why oak is the complement of choice for white wines by so many top winemakers. One is the enhancement it brings to a wines inherent character judiciously used, the flavour and fragrance adding another layer of complexity, perhaps vanilla, a touch of toast or a pinch of spice, even a certain smokiness, and another layer of richness. It can also bring roundness, texture and structure to complete a wine. These elements are a joy when you are looking for something a little richer as the nights draw in and days grow colder but you aren't ready to give up on whites when the hearty, comforting dishes come to the table.

Here we offer you a selection of wines that are cleverly and pleasingly marked by the flavour and aroma of oak.

The Desert Island Wines case

This exciting 12-bottle case features choices from some of the country's leading wine critics, such as Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin MW, Olly Smith, Matthew Jukes and Victoria Moore. Our 'castaways' were invited to tell us on Instagram Live what their bottles for a desert island would be, and as you might expect they picked some superb bottles. Sample them from the comfort of your home here.

How To Choose A Sweet Wine To Match Your Pud Perfectly

In need of a little 'pick me up'? There is ultimately something very decadent about opening a bottle of dessert wine – especially if you have something sweet and delicious to enjoy with it. But with all the different styles available, from sumptuous Sauternes to rich, sticky muscats, how do you start with choosing the perfect pudding partner?

Guide To Fortified Wines

Tastings and Events Co-ordinator Catherine Housden explains the basics of fortified wines, including the secrets of Sherry and Port.

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Château Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc 2009

Château Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc 2009

Every year, Bordeaux buyer Tim Sykes keeps his eyes peeled for the perfect claret for Christmas: a wine that's perfect for drinking now and which offers excellent value for money. Château Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc 2009 ticks all these boxes, and has the added bonus of being from a superb vintage. With lovely purity of fully ripe fruit and bags of freshness on the palate, this is classy left bank claret at its peak – a great choice for the Christmas centrepiece!

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Ridge zinfandels from the 2018 vintage

Ridge zinfandels from the 2018 vintage

It is always with great pleasure that we announce any brand-new releases from this iconic California producer. We know that these exceptional zinfandels have pride of place in many of your cellars because they always offer tremendous value and the ability to age while being utterly delicious on release. Although this year we managed to get a little more stock of the 2018s than we sometimes do, we fully expect that these wines will go fast.

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