Our esteemed buyers have won numerous industry awards and can boast a total of 68 years’ wine buying experience between them. The last few months have even seen a new member, Andy Lloyd, join the ranks. So who better to trust when seeking inspiration for wines to delight, tantalise and impress this Christmas?


Tabalí Reserva Especial Chardonnay 2010, Limarí Valley, Chile New!
£12.49 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Mineral, subtle, polished, refined – but for its marginally richer intensity, this could easily be taken for a stylish white Burgundy. I am hugely excited to welcome Tabalí to the range, and there is no better introductory offer than this one.

Umbral de Los Tiempos Malbec 2008, Familia Alonso, Argentina
£12.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Argentinean Malbec is our fastestgrowing category and our latest addition shows exactly why. With bags of bold, ripe fruit and soft, sweet tannins framed with notable refinement and elegance, this is quite simply a show-stopper.


Barbera d’Alba Villa de Forville 2009, De Forville, Italy
£12.49 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles

We’re really lucky to get an allocation of this fantastic wine from a small, family-owned winery. Made with fruit from 40-year-old vines and aged in American oak, it has loads of dense black fruit and a lovely chocolaty texture. Winemaker Valter Anfosso has deftly balanced fullness and power with remarkable elegance and poise. Molto buono!

Soave Classico 2010, Inama, Italy
£13.99 or £11.99 when you buy 2 bottles

This very stylish Italian has a lovely ripe, bold, nutty palate yet remains the very definition of elegance. It’s Soave with real personality – never blowsy or dull but charming and delicious to the very last drop. This will definitely be on my table at Christmas!


The Shortlist Riesling 2005, McGuigan, Eden Valley, Australia
£14.99 or £11.99 when you buy 2 bottles

The multi-award-winning Shortlist range is truly special, with each bottle carefully nurtured and individually numbered. This mature Riesling is still fresh and crisp, displaying citrus and floral flavours with a full mouthfeel, nice intensity and great length. Demonstrates the wonderful ageing ability of Australian Riesling.

Emilio Moro 2006/2007,Ribera del Duero, Spain
£16.99 or £13.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Bodegas Emilio Moro make some of my favourite Spanish wines. Their eponymous Ribera del Duero has all the weight of dark fruit and full-bodied muscularity one associates with the region, combined with a silky plushness and freshness that makes you want to have another glass. And another.


Reuilly Cuvée Nathalie 2010, Nathalie Lafond, France
£9.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles

When it comes to Loire Sauvignons, the tiny appellation of Reuilly offers unrivalled value for money compared with its more prestigious neighbours in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Gooseberry and lime aromas, natural freshness and real concentration make for an intensely appetising apéritif, as well as the perfect match for fine seafood.

Domaine Villemajou 2009, Corbières Boutenac, Gérard Bertrand, France New!
£14.99 or £11.99 when you buy 2 bottles

As the nights draw in and the temperature drops my mind turns to hearty slow-cooked winter stews. This blend of old-vine Carignan, Syrah and Grenache, with its aromatic richness, complexity and hints of concentrated black berry fruits, garrigue herbs, leather and mocha, is the perfect match.


Château Greysac 2006, Médoc, Cru Bourgeois, France
£12.99 or £10.99 when you buy 2 bottles

We buy this Bordeaux direct from a Château whose wines are now repaying recent investment in both vineyard and winery. This 2006 is a class act. Its concentrated black fruit, well-judged oak and ripe structure will drink very well this Christmas. Savoury enough to match a wide variety of food but best with lamb hot pot.

Château Labégorce 2002, Margaux, France New!

Unearthing mature parcels of claret from communes as desirable as Margaux is sadly becoming more and more difficult. Happily, here’s one. 2002 is a vintage to drink now and this is still fresh with sweet, autumnal fruit and enough remaining ‘grip’ to balance a long, complex finish. Try with roast rib of beef.


Prosecco La Marca Superiore 2010, DOCG Valdobbiadene, Italy

From the heart of classic Prosecco-making territory, this is one of an elite club permitted to call themselves ‘superiore’. Bright and fresh, it exudes a refined blossom, dessert apple and pear fruit bouquet. On the tightly-focused palate, a fine effervescence complements the dry and refreshing finish. A favourite of mine alongside fresh scallops, oysters or crab.

Champagne Barons de Rothschild NV, France
£44.00 £35.00

Château Lafite, Château Mouton and Château Clarke have joined forces with a group of Champagne growers to produce this superelegant, Chardonnay-dominant blend from grapes grown primarily on Grand Cru sites in the Côte de Blancs. A delicately floral, beautifully structured, harmonious wine to add a touch of class to every festive dinner party.

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