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Champion Spanish Monastrell Red for Under £10

2018 Monastrell Yellow Label, Bodegas Juan Gil, Jumilla Champion Best Value Red – Wines from Spain Awards 2019 “A brilliant and totally delicious wine, to say it punches well above its weight is an understatement!” JW Jumilla is one of Spain’s lesser known wine producing regions. It’s located in the south east around 60 miles […]

2016 Barbaresco – The Vintage of a Lifetime

“ With the 2016 vintage, Barbaresco has catapulted itself to the very top of Italian fine wine…the vintage has turned out an almost embarrassing number of great wines.” JancisRobinson.com  “A very high quality vintage with the potential to be truly extraordinary” Antonio Galloni, Vinous I can’t recommend 2016 Barbaresco high enough. Never have I tasted […]

2018 Louro, Rafael Palacios – Glorious Godello From Spain’s Greatest White Wine Producer “You will not find a white wine in this price bracket that shows such finesse, elegance and silky minerality. Brilliant!” Songbird Wines “Here’s a wine that out-Pulignys Puligny” Jancis Robinson MW, “This overdelivers for its price” Wine Spectator Rafael Palacios has now […]

2015 Le Pupille Morellino di Scansano Riserva – Tastes Like Brunello at Twice The Price!

2015 Morellino di Scansano Riserva, Le Pupille “Better than some Brunellos I’ve tasted at twice the price” Jonny Wren “Silky & Succulent” 94 points, James Suckling “A beautiful presentation” 93 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Us Songbirds have a passion for Brunello di Montalcino and are always looking for a doppelgänger that’s easier on the […]

Delicious Portuguese Red, 95 Points in Decanter Magazine and Under £8

2017 Alançia Foral dos Quatros Ventos, Douro Valley, Portugal I was at a Portuguese tasting a few weeks back and tried some wonderful wines but this super red from the Douro Valley really made an impression. It stood head and shoulders above those at a similar price range (and plenty priced higher) so I put […]

2013 Sammarco – The Sassicaia Beating Super Tuscan

2013 Sammarco, Castello dei Rampolla @ £300 inc. VAT per 6 Sammarco is one of two Super Tuscan produced by the Chianti based estate of Castello dei Rampolla. The estate’s owner, Alceo di Napoli, was a close friend of Sassicaia’s owner Mario Incisa della Rocchetta and was one of the select few who tasted the wine […]

2015 Chianti Classico, Casuccio Tarletti, Tuscany

“The wonderful balance of perfume and structure make this a magnificent example of the brilliant 2015 Vintage” JW Casuccio Tarletti is a small estate on the hills of the Chianti Classico zone overlooking Siena. It is owned by Bruna Baroncini whose excellent wines from the Tuscan region of Marrema I have sold for many years. […]

2016 Barbera d’Asti Superiore ‘Crocera’ – Top Value Red of 2019 So Far!

2016 Barbera d’Asti Superiore ‘Crocera’, Il Cascinone, Piemonte “Intense, ripe and juicy and another great wine from Il Cascinone that overdelivers” JW The producer Il Cascinone can do no wrong in my eyes at the moment. I have worked with them for almost five years with their Campo Fiorito Chardonnay (a ringer for quality Maçon) […]

So when do you pop the cork?

Jonny Wren ponders when is the right time to open that special bottle? I’ve been lucky enough to drink, sorry taste, some of the world’s finest wines in my career. Famed Bordeaux Chateaux like Yquem, Latour, Margaux and Petrus; DRC and Coche-Drury from Burgundy, Vega Scilia and, well I better stop there as I’m starting […]

Do you need new glasses? Go Zalto!

I certainly do as I’ve fallen in love. Fallen in love with the Zalto glass that is taking the wine world by storm. It isn’t just a wine glass, it’s a work of art with its angular design and size-zero stem; but does the glass you use make the wine taste better? Yes it does, […]

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Champion Spanish Monastrell Red for Under £10

2018 Monastrell Yellow Label, Bodegas Juan Gil, Jumilla Champion Best Value Red – Wines from Spain Awards 2019 “A brilliant and totally delicious wine, to say it punches well above its weight is an understatement!” JW Jumilla is one of Spain’s lesser known wine producing regions. It’s located in the south east around 60 miles […]

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2018 Louro, Rafael Palacios – Glorious Godello From Spain’s Greatest White Wine Producer “You will not find a white wine in this price bracket that shows such finesse, elegance and silky minerality. Brilliant!” Songbird Wines “Here’s a wine that out-Pulignys Puligny” Jancis Robinson MW, “This overdelivers for its price” Wine Spectator Rafael Palacios has now […]

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