May offers are here

This morning we launched our new offers for May, just in time for the coming bank holiday weekend. We have 20% off New Zealand, Chile, Italy and Beaujolais, as well as loads of Champagne deals (for example Veuve Clicquot for £24.99) and a range of offers from Spain, Australia and on summery rosé wines.

I wanted to pick out a few personal highlights from the new promotion, because I think there’s some really exciting new arrivals this summer and (most pleasing of all) they needn’t cost the earth.

For a great value party fizz, Cava has historically been the choice, and whilst we’ve got some cracking Cavas I’m really keen on our new Undurraga Brut from the Maipo Valley in Chile. It’s got the fruit you’d expect from a new world fizz, but its still fresh, light and elegant – this would be a great apéritif, and would also make a good bucks fizz.

I’ve been really excited by what’s been happening with our Italian range in the last few years, and one wine that I’ve really taken to is our new ‘Tre Cupole’ Grillo from Foraci in Sicily. Grillo is one of the aromatic, characterful white varieties that southern Italy and Sicily seem to do so well; it’s got a wonderfully perfumed, exotic nose that almost suggests sweetness, but rest assured the palate is crisp, dry and refreshing, with good body. Down from £5.99 to £4.79 when you buy any 2 Italian wines, it’s a brilliant value accompaniment for summer salads, and perfect for al fresco parties.

Also along the theme of light, summery wines, I’m also enjoying our current crop of Beaujolais. I will confess this hasn’t always been my happiest hunting ground, but recently we’ve been buying parcels from smaller growers, and one example that’s really caught my eye is Château de Maladrets Beaujolais-Villages. It’s from the 2006 vintage so has a little bit more bottle age than you might expect in a Beaujolais, but with a hint more tannin and body than many Beaujolais this lovely wine more than merits it.

Finally, our Spanish buyer, Matt Pym, has unearthed a gem of a parcel from Viña Pomal in Rioja. The 2000 Reserva is down from £10.99 to £6.99 when you buy two or more, but the real star is the 1998 Gran Reserva down from £12.99 to £7.99 for two or more, which is frankly a silly price for mature gran reserva Rioja of this quality. Although this is one of our larger parcels I still expect this to sell through pretty quickly, so get down to your local store or order online ASAP!

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