Staff Choices 2020
Wine is something to be shared and enjoyed. The 'Staff Choice' section, which is updated each month, gives a different staff member from The Society's 200-strong team the opportunity to share a wine from our range that they've particularly enjoyed – and why they think Society members would too.
Below you'll find an archive of this year's previous recommendations from Society staff.
Please note that, as some were published some time ago, not all of the wines will be in stock and some of the prices will be out of date.
NEW STAFF CHOICE
We found ourselves opening this whisky on a rainy Monday evening in January (for the purposes of this review of course!). University Challenge had been turned off so we could concentrate fully on the task in hand.
The stylish contemporary box was opened (which looked like it could have contained an expensive men’s fragrance) and we took out the equally modern-looking bottle. We poured ourselves a midweek-sized measure; the colour was reminiscent of maple syrup or honey. It had a medium strength aroma of burnt sugar/caramel, and a slightly smokey, honeysuckle sweetness. A sweet sherry aroma develops in the glass, and the texture is creamy and smooth. There was a slightly bitter aftertaste as if biting on an orange skin. This is not a whisky that has the peaty or ashtray characteristics: it has a more subdued, subtle flavour.
We tried another glass (why not?) with water added this time, and we found it even smoother, the creamy texture and the sweet sherry and bitter orange coming through even more.
It’s a lovely drop – I would urge you to try it!
Member Services Adviser
£37 - 50cl Bottle
Previous Staff Choices
Italy is an amazingly deep treasure chest of wine, and my favourite wine country of them all. From top to toe of the Italian boot, whether fresh Alpine delights of pinot bianco, gutsy Mediterranean richness of primitivo or something in between, with over 300 indigenous grape varieties there truly is something for everyone.
My current midweek wine rack favourite – not that I have a wine rack specifically set aside for Tuesdays and Wednesdays, you understand – is a bright and fresh red from the owners of Monte Schiavo who are makers of The Society’s Verdicchio. Tenute Pieralisi are masters at making Rosso Piceno, a DOC wine in the Marche region blended from montepulciano (native to the region) and sangiovese (the Chianti grape).
A perfect pizza or pasta wine, the freshness of bright red fruit flavours, including plum and sour cherry, the touch of tannin and the merest hint of oak also make it ideal with grilled red meats or even soft cheeses.
I’m enjoying a post-ravioli glass of it now as I write, and am delighting in its delicious and moreish long fruity finish.
At £8.50 it offers, like so many Italian wines, excellent value for money. Cheers!
£8.50 - Bottle
£102 case of 12