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Perched on the rolling foothills before stunning snow capped alps, Piedmont in Italy’s northwest is not just a serious wine capital.  From white truffles to hazelnuts, it’s got food cred as the birthplace of the Slow Food movement and is a UNESCO World heritage area for its culture of food and drink.

Red or white?
Whilst there’s some white here, the red grapes rule the roost.  Chief among them the trio of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto. The thread uniting this gang are persistent tannins, savoury red fruit and their elegant perfume.

Grapes
White: Moscato, Cortese
Red: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto

Style
Nebbiolo with its floral nose, layers of complex flavour, and fierce tannin and acid, is capable of ageing and evolving over decades. Whether from single vineyards or blends, it’s at its finest in both Barolo and Barbaresco. 

For both price and performance Dolcetto is the everyday star, whilst Barbera’s acid and dusty red fruit will appeal to Pinot drinkers.

And you might know Moscato? The village of Asti, its home base, gifted this joyful, floral fizz to the world.  Known as frizzante for its slightly sweet, slightly sparkling style. 

Favourite Producers
Rizzi, Marchesi Alfieri, Matteo Correggia, Francesco Rinaldi, Gianfranco Alessandria, GD Vajra, Vietti, Giacomo Conterno, Massolino, Produttori del Barbaresco, Bruno Giacosa, Forteto della Luja



Bordeaux



Maritime Bordeaux in the west of France is a large producer of quality wines. Although saying that there's a large gap between the top few who produce ultra-premium wines with hefty price tags (Lafite, Margaux, Y'Quem, Petrus….) and the rest of the field.

The Left Bank with its gravelly composition of soils is more suited to Cabernet Sauvignon while the Right Bank is made up more of clay and this is where Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominate (as they are earlier ripens and don't mind getting their feet wet). In the middle, the Entre Du Meurs provides a slew of whites and reds made for early drinking.

On the right bank outside of St Emilion and Pomerol, there are a lot of well-priced merlots made that are more for early consumption. These come from the satellite Bordeaux regions.
The English built up a thirst for the better Bordeaux reds which they have coined 'clarets'. These are often tucked away for a while in their cellars to age and drunk with a few years under their belts. But not all Bordeaux is built for aging, so choose wisely.

Styles
For whites, there are the crisp and easily quaffed whites from Entre De Meurs, or the more ambitious oak-aged Semillion Sauvignon blends from Pessac Legonan. The queen of dessert wines, Sauternes can also call Bordeaux home. French oak maturation is a common thread amongst the elite reds, whites and sweet wines.

Grapes

White:Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle
Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot

Some of the most highly rated recent vintages are 2005, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2018.

Favourite Producers
Montrose, Pichon Lalande, Poitevin, D'Yquem, Coutet,
 


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  1. Turin Vermouth Drapo Vermouth Dry 18% alc
    Turin Vermouth Drapo Vermouth Dry 18% alc
    A dry vermouth of exceptional quality and refined organoleptic characteristics achieved through the harmonization of a selection of fine wines, fortified with alcohol, sweetened with sugar and reinvigorated with a select blend of herbs and spices. An intense, lingering taste with fresh, fruity characteristics. This dry vermouth is extremely complex yet pleasing and elegant with notes of Iris Florentina and bitter orange. An excellent base for creative cocktails. DRAPO
    Vermouth
    Italy
    457
  2. Correggia Roero Arneis 2020 (Screwcap)
    Correggia Roero Arneis 2020 (Screwcap)

    Correggia is one of those rare and special producers that we are very proud to be associated with. A family affair from the outset with a vision to demonstrate just how good Roero could be. That vision continues to be realised and built upon today with the hard-work and dedication of Ornella, Giovanni and Luca the driving force.

    Small tweaks and incremental changes in vinification and winemaking have seen the wines improve every year. The quality across the board has always been top of their class and further cements this outstanding estate as one of the pre-eminent producers in the region. It would certainly be no stretch to call them a leading light in the heart and hearts of Roero.

    This is another great rendition. A hint of tropical fruit that lends an almost riesling like element to the wine, along with a floral hint. There is a some lovely depth to the fruit and that bit of extra flesh show so nicely on this wine. Still fresh and zippy on the finish with a little phenolic grip that carries the orchard fruits into a long, gentle close. Yum!

    2020
    Arneis
    Italy
    457
    Special Price $29.00 Regular Price $36.00 As low as $28.00
  3. Paolo Scavino Vino da Tavolo Rosso 2019
    Paolo Scavino Vino da Tavolo Rosso 2019
    Paolo Scavino owns 29 hectares entirely in the Barolo area and works on 20 Barolo historical crus located in Castiglione Falletto, Barolo, La Morra, Novello, Serralunga d'Alba, Verduno and Roddi. The Scavino family distinguishes itself from the beginning by their scrupulous care of the vineyards and passion for terroir. Their core beliefs is the supremacy of the viticulture above the oenology therefore the focus is the care of the vines in order to grow ripe and healthy grapes. In winemaking minimal and equal intervention are sought, to preserve natural diversities, terroir.

    While they may be well know for their excellent Barolo this wine is always one that sucks us in when we try it. Nebbiolo from younger vines and those that don't quite make the cut go into this delicious Piemontese red. This is a match made in heaven with Nebbiolo's firey tannin and acid tempered by the plush and juicy barbera. It's aromatically lifted with a touch of bitumen and earth to the cruncy red fruits. Pretty and lithe but with lovely sweet red fruits. This is so easy to drink and wonderfully balanced. Its such a delicious drink and screams for a hearty Italian pasta.
    2019
    Barbera, Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
  4. Bera Barbera d’Alba 2019
    Bera Barbera d’Alba 2019
    The vineyard has been the heart of the philosophy at Bera since the first generation began tending the rolling hills of Neviglie just south of Barbaresco township in the 50's. Now the estate owns just over 30 hectares of prime growing land around the communes of Neviglie, Neive and Barbaresco, with the incredible new addition of perhaps the most revered vineyard in all of Barbaresco; Rabaja.

    In the winery the production remains simple, honest and traditionalist Piemontese; long macerations, large neutral oak and minimal intervention, with the aim of expressing the earth and the air of the Langhe in every one of the wines produced here.

    We have always been big fans of the Barberra and while they Barbaresco is great and no doubt the Moscato their flagship we can't get enough of this wine. Ther is a nice focuse to the spicy wild fruits that mingle between dark berry and red crunchy and wild. The typical soft, fleshy palate that glides along to a satisfying finish. PWS 
    2019
    Barbera
    Italy
    457
  5. Gianfranco Alessandria Barbera d'Alba 2019
    Gianfranco Alessandria Barbera d'Alba 2019
    The Gianfranco Alessandria 2019 Barbera d'Alba is a tart and punchy expression, with bright cherry and a dusting of crushed aspirin or limestone. The wine touches down on the palate with just the right fruit weight and intensity, showing a mid-weight texture and nice acidity to keep the palate revived and fresh. This is such a versatile and natural foodie wine to pair with any hearty home-cooked meal, especially something buttery and French. Some 15,000 bottles were made. MONICA LARNER, eRobertParker.com
    2019
    Barbera
    Italy
    457
  6. Diego & Damiano Barale Dolcetto 2020
    Diego & Damiano Barale Dolcetto 2020

    Fruit entirely sourced from San Giovanni. Raised in stainless steel and bottled after 6-8 months.

    I've seen plenty of 2020 Dolcetto and Barbera so far and the early reputation of the vintage is on full show. This is another superb example, bright and crunchy blue and red fruits and red petals highlight the joy of this variety. Vibrant and lifted and then repeated on the palate with a nice plushness and a drag of buffering tannin. The variety doesn't make you stop in your tracks for profundity but it does for sheer exuberance and this example is one of the best you'll see. I tasted this over two days, the second day at breakfast time and it's hard to spit out such is the allure of the red and blue fruits, easy structure and general deliciousness. MICHAEL MCNAMARA, PWS

                

    2019
    Dolcetto
    Italy
    457
  7. Chai Saint Etienne Tradition Rouge 2016
    Chai Saint Etienne Tradition Rouge 2016
    60% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 20% Côt
    The Coteaux du Quercy AOC is one of France smallest wine region with only 400 hectares and less than 20 growers. It lies between Cahors & Gaillac. After the Phylloxera, the Quercy, once 50 000 hectares was almost destroyed. Roger Gisbert and his brave mates started their appellation from scratch. With high draining slopes of white clay and limestone soils, Cabernet Franc was chosen to blend with the Merlot, and off course the Cot (aka. Malbec) replanted on the rocky soils. The grapes are harvested and sorted, then fallow slow and gentle traditional fermentation.
    2016
    Cabernet Franc, Merlot
    France
    356
  8. Francesco Rinaldi Dolcetto d'Alba Roussot 2019
    Francesco Rinaldi Dolcetto d'Alba Roussot 2019

    Dolcetto grown in the Barolo region, from vines planted between 1975 and 1977. 
    Cherry, spice, some liquorice, a suggestion of pickled walnut, some floral notes. Fleshy, bright acidity, silty tannin, savoury new leather stuff, and plenty of tannin and hazelnut on a pretty good finish. Elemental as at now, but a lovely traditional version of Dolcetto here. GARY WALSH, www.winefront.com.au

    My wine of the year is Francesco Rinaldi's highly slurpable 2019 Dolcetto d'Alba. If there was ever a wine that could convince you we should be drinking more Dolcetto, then this is it. While Barolo and Barbaresco are the undeniable international stars of Piemonte, Dolcetto is it's heart and soul and a wine that is always on the Piemontese dining table and with examples like this, you can see why. Juicy dark red cherries are dusted with sweet cake spices and kept fresh by a jolt of bright acidity. This plush little package is knotted together wonderfully with a firm press of tannin, which sweeps across the palate to clean everything up at the back. The harmony and balance in this wine is exceptional and the real clincher is that you can pick it up for the price of an everyday table wine. ALEX DOBSON

    2019
    Dolcetto
    Italy
    457
    $35.00
  9. Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo 2019 375ml
    Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo 2019 375ml

    This wine just gets better and better. Early vintages of the Nebbiolo were sourced exclusively from Massolino's younger vines in Serralunga from three different sites - a declassified Barolo if you like.

    The blend is roughly one-third from each terroir, and there's little doubt the sum of these three sites has bought even more brightness and early drinking appeal to what was already an outstanding Langhe Nebbiolo. Like all Massolino Nebbiolo, it was aged in large Slavonian oak casks (although the Langhe only spends 15 months in wood, as compared to 24-plus months for the Barolo wines).

    From a classical vintage that spotlighted perfume, purity and freshness, this is a strikingly pretty wine: wonderfully vibrant and perfumed with great acidity and energy and aromas and flavours that suggest rose, cranberry, blackberry and all kinds of spice. Super drinking already. PWS

    2019
    Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
  10. Rizzi Barbera d'Alba 2018
    Rizzi Barbera d'Alba 2018
    While Cantine Rizzi is better know for their Barbaresco we are especially enamoured with their Barbera. Still made in a traditional style with no new oak and is a slightly more serious style it seriously over-delivers.

    Aromas of ripe black plum, black-skinned berry and a whiff of violet that flows on to a soft, juicy palate. There are some smokey, minerally notes that poke their head through the fleshy black raspberry and dark cherry. Definitely a bit of grunt behind it with some pliant fine tannins but all done with class. PWS
    2018
    Barbera
    Italy
    457
  11. Correggia Roero Nebbiolo 2018
    Correggia Roero Nebbiolo 2018

    If Cru Barolo is Kanye, this wine is Drake. Sure Kanye is a more serious offering and inspires deeper, layered conversations and thought, but really, who do you want to bring to the party when lockdown ends. I'm texting Drake. 

    First little whiff and it's a joy already, it smells like Christmas morning with perfectly ripe cherry, a little spice here, dried herbs there. Take a sip and there's a lovely little hint of sweetness and delicacy amidst a tart , juicy backdrop before a curatin of fine tannin sweeps your palate clean. This is a side of nebbiolo anyone can wrap their laiughing gear around and experience happiness. ALEX DOBSON, PWS

    2017
    Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
  12. Brezza Dolcetto 2019
    Brezza Dolcetto 2019
    Most of the fruit comes off the ‘Fossati’ Cru in the northern section of the Barolo Commune where it borders La Morra. Off the lower section around 250m above sea level. Soils have a higher portion of sand and silt which suits this style of Dolcetto. 2019 was picked a little later than most years due to the coolness – picked the mid of September. Fermentation/maceration is in steel for 1 week before being racked off into steel and/or cement before releases to the market. Being 2019, this year’s Dolcetto has a little more structure and tannin than recent years with loads of classic sour cherry/plums with refreshing acidity. PRIMAVERA SELECTIONS
    2019
    Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
  13. Diego & Damiano Barale Langhe Nebbiolo 2018
    Diego & Damiano Barale Langhe Nebbiolo 2018

    The company, although recently founded, has in fact historical roots; According to the parish records of the town of Barolo, the first traces of the Barale family date back to 1600. The landowner Francesco Barale began to vinify in 1870 and passed the witness to his son Carlo, who founded the "Barale-Rinaldi". The sons of Carlo Barale, Giovanni Battista and our grandfather Giuseppe, took the reins of the company called "Barale Fratelli" until 1984.Our "new" company starts from the land inherited by our father, located in the municipalities of Barolo and Monforte d'Alba, and the "Aie Sottane" farmhouse, one of the oldest houses in Barolo, now restored and home to the company "Diego and Damiano Barale ".

    Opens to a smokey, tobacco note that lingers gently over crushed rock and smashed red berry. Long and lush with a firm tannin kick that pulls the fleshy fruit into line nicely. It's open and forward but with plenty of savoury, earthy notes that poke through. A great introduction the house style and nebiolo in general. PWS


    2018
    Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
  14. Marchesi Alfieri La Tota Barbera d'Asti 2019 (Screwcap)
    Marchesi Alfieri La Tota Barbera d'Asti 2019 (Screwcap)
    Unashamedly one of my favourite releases of the year. La Tota is up there with the best of Barbera which is up there with my favourite wines to actually drink. By that I mean, drink, not talk about but drink. With friends, food, family. The 2019 is cooler, brighter and snappier than the last few years. It hits a lighter blue fruit and tart red berry spectrum with plenty of lift and perfume to the aromatics. Cool, fresh, long and plump in the mouth. There is the volume Mario seems to capture every year but it’s a little more reigned in, more of a lively feel. Spanking. Absolutely spanking! ROSCOE
    2019
    Barbera
    Italy
    457
    Special Price $43.00 Regular Price $45.00 As low as $41.00
  15. Correggia Roero Nebbiolo 2017
    Correggia Roero Nebbiolo 2017

    From the sandy hills of Roero in Piedmont this underrated Nebbiolo has a lot of flesh on its frame - there's much to love about this riper vintage.
    Heady notes of licorice, allspice, black cherries and fresh earth lead into a generous meaty core.  It's a beautiful red brimming with fruit and structure, and will fit right in on the Christmas table.  If it's a warm day then chill it in the fridge for half an hour before serving.  Enjoy!  GAB POY

    2017
    Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
  16. Chateau La Vieille Cure 2017- 375ml
    Chateau La Vieille Cure 2017- 375ml

    Fronsac

     74% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon.

    An utterly delicious red with crushed berries, cappuccino and hints of black olives. Medium-bodied, compact and very soft. Really creamy texture. A blend of 75% merlot, 22% cabernet franc and 3% cabernet sauvignon. Hard not to drink now. So do it! JAMES SUCKLING

    The 2017 La Vieille Cure is deep, fleshy and delicious. In 2017, La Vieille Cure is a bit less dense than it often is, but it still packs a pretty serious punch. Dark red cherry, plum, cinnamon, chocolate and floral notes shape this racy, inviting Fronsac. ANTONIO GALLONI

    The 2017 Vieille Cure has a tightly-packed black cherry and cassis scented bouquet that feels as if it could be more intense once in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied with a candied, pastille-like opening: blackcurrant, crème de cassis and vanilla, lower in acidity than its Fronsac peers but smooth as silk towards the finish. NEAL MARTIN

     

    2017
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  17. Mazeris Canon-Fronsac 2016
    Mazeris Canon-Fronsac 2016
    Shows ripeness and power on the nose with ripe dark berries and volcanic salt. Full body, soft and rich tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Drink in 2022. (91) JAMES SUCKLING

    One of the best things agbout the Bordeaux 2016 vintage was the stregth of the satellite appelations - this Canon Fronsac is a freat example - situated on the right bank but with a lot of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon you could easly see this as more left bak in style - it is everything a good claret should be dense dark with chewy tannis and cool clean fruit - absoultly delicous and a great price. ALEX WILCOX


    2016
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
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