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Up northeast, Veneto's a province that has it all.  From mountains to fertile plains and a lagoon on the Adriatic seaside. 
Holidaymakers will know it for romantic spots like Verona and the faded majesty of Venice's canals and treasures like the Rialto, the Guggenheim and the Aperol Spritz. 

Red or white?
Equally adept with white as with red, but in Veneto, finding quality is key.  There's the handsomely named smoky, crisp dry whites of Soave and the more familiar Pinot Grigio.  The best both come from hillier vineyards. 

Reds from Valpolicella range from juicy, medium bodied reds to richer full bodied, powerful dried grape styles of Amarone and its little cousin Ripasso. 

Prosecco is the fun time fizz for when friends pop in, with its peach, green apple and pastry notes.  But again, head for the hills where the quality producers farm their vineyards. The best examples come from the Conegliano zone, specifically the Cartizze hill.  The simpler wines are best put to use when aperitivo hour strikes, in either a Bellini or a Spritz.

Grapes
Garganega (in Soave), Pinot Grigio
Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella (in Valpolicella)
Glera (in Prosecco)

Favourite Producers
Soave - Pieropan, Prà, Anselmi, Inama, Tamellini
Valpolicella - La Dama, Masi, Quintarelli, Allegrini, Tedeschi, Dal Forno, Zenato, L'Arco
Prosecco - Nino Franco, Bellussi, Bellenda, Adami, Ruggeri

 



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. Cantina Tollo Rocca Ventosa Pinot Grigio 2020
    Cantina Tollo Rocca Ventosa Pinot Grigio 2020
    Cantina Tollo is located in the Italian village of Tollo in the region of Abruzzo. The  vineyards spread from the coastal slopes to the verdant mountains overlooking the Mediterranean.

    They produce incredible value wines from the traditional varietals of the region. A modern and thoughtful producer they have farmed the lands here for over 60 years with a view to sustainable agriculture and protection of their traditional lands.

    This is text-book stuff. Steel and concrete tank with no oak. Crisp and crunchy with a minerally hit on the nose reminiscent of white pepper and ground quartz. Easy fruit that is plush and forward with a fresh cut to the mid-weight flavours. Hard to beat at this price!
    2020
    Pinot Grigio
    Italy
    499
    Special Price $12.00 Regular Price $14.00 As low as $11.00
  2. Fattori Soave 2020
    Fattori Soave 2020

    Garganega: 100 %, a small part of which from late harvest.

    Fermented and matured in stainless steel vats.

    Intense straw yellow. Floral hints of jasmine and wisteria. Towards the end, a sensation of nuts. A fresh core of citrus and white apple fruit aromas.. The bouquet is enhanced by subtle hints of sage and nettle, while the palate is fresh, crisp and gently mineral textured. Elegant and round with a balanced taste and freshness with hints of citrus fruit. Ideal with fish and vegetable risottos.

    2010
    Garganega
    Italy
    499
  3. Lenotti Bardolino 2019
    Lenotti Bardolino 2019
    Uniquely, the winery and estate of Lenotti fall only meters away from the coast of the impressive Lake Garda, the apex of Veneto, Lombardy and Emilia Romagna and the border of the Bardolino DOC. Even considering its origins as the young, Italian Beaujolais equivalent, Bardolino here is the noble wine. This is where Lenotti excels, their Bardolino is freshness personified, vibrant and singing with red fruits and spices. Along with this, our joint project of a young bistro red of Sangiovese and Merlot at their easy-drinking best

    The sand here plays a big part in the character of the wines, as well as the unique 'almost maritime' climate offered by the enormous lake to the West. Even at very little altitude, the proximity to the lake provides plenty of cooling breeze throughout the night.

    Super bright and fresh here. This is basically the same blend as Valpolicella but done it a fresher style that is perfect for the warm weather. It's all about the red fruits and gentle spice quick that carries you along. All steel tank and the sandy soils lend a lovely lift and vibrancy to the clean fruit. Another BBQ banger! PWS
    2019
    Valpolicella
    Italy
    499
  4. La Dama Vini Valpolicella Classico 2020
    La Dama Vini Valpolicella Classico 2020
    Established by Gabriele and Miriam Dalcanele in 2006, La Dama represents the new breed of winemakers in the region. Modern, fresh yet compelling wines coaxed from organically farmed vineyards in the fabled commune of Negrar, home to some of the great names including the legendary Giuseppe Quintarelli.

    Their 10 hectare estate has been certified organic since 2015 and works only with the native varieties of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara. Oak influence is kept to a minimum in order to ensure the vineyard speaks for itself in the glass.

    This looks so pretty in the glass with red currant, raspberry, a touch of Sichuan spice with a lovely lifted and fragrant and nose. There is a touch more flesh and richness then the 2019's and some very fine tannins that give this a little more edge to the wild red fruits. A touch of wild herbs at the end also hang out in the background of the nose and give this a little extra bit of complexity. Really nice form on this one. 
    2019
    Corvina, Molinara, Rodinella
    Italy
    499
  5. Bellenda Cosi  È Col Fondo
    Bellenda Cosi È Col Fondo
    The NV Conegliano Valdobbiadene Così È is a fun Pet-Nat style Prosecco, having undergone a secondary fermentation in bottle. Notes of sour lemon, pineapple, granny smith and crushed stone can all be found in the glass. It’s soft in texture yet bone dry, with stimulating acids and minerals which work to completely cleanse the palate between each sip. Flavors of dried apricot and pear linger along with a twang of mouthwatering citrus. Although a bit funky, this is a pleasure to taste. (92) ERIC GUIDO, www.vinousmedia.com

    Here the secondary fermentation in bottle is encouraged by the addition of unfermented must (juice) of the same wine. The wine does not undergo disgorgment and so retains the natural yeast sediment which, if disturbed, gives the wine a slightly hazy appearance. This is a nod to the traditional styles of the region enjoyed by the Cosmo family in the days of their parents and grandparents. It presents with a slightly softer profile and more subtlety of character than some of the other cuvees. For me it is the kind of wine that you want to pop at the start of a long lunch or dinner with friends, it is eminently digestible and provides serious ease for consumption. ROSCOE
    2017
    Italy
    499
  6. Coffele Castel Cerino Soave 2019
    Coffele Castel Cerino Soave 2019
    To speak with either Alberto or Chiara Coffele about their estate in Verona's Castelcerino, to have a trod through the vineyards, pat the horses and breathe the sweet dewy air is the only way to truly under-stand the magic of Coffele. This is a farming family first and foremost, their ancestral roots directly linked to the limestone beneath their small acreage, and since the beginning of their family's foray into the world of viticulture they have been at the helm of Verona's sustainable wine fraternity.

    One of the wineries that has championed the image and value of Veronese whites in the last decade is that of Alberto and Chiara Coffele, two of the most appreciated growers in the Soave area. Their estate comprises a single plot of 25 ha where limestone mitigates the influence of basalt, conferring elegance and tautness on the wines. Gambero Rosso, Italian Wines

    Another belter from one of our favourite producers in the region. It's on the lighter side of Soave but done so well. Lovely breezey fruit and a fresh cut to the palate. Lots of peach and clean stone fruit and a touch of minerally spice on the close. PWS
    2019
    Garganega
    Italy
    499
  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. Pieropan Soave 2020
    Pieropan Soave 2020

    Pieropan Soave literally never misses a beat. If pressed I would find it difficult to think of a white that I drink more of, have purchased more of and over a longer period of time. It’s one of those staples that always surprises me, because even though I know how good it is every year when I rip one open and pour a glass the quality verse price ratio is consistently outstanding. Textural, lively, fresh and clean cut. If you were to write a note for how good Soave should taste you could do no better than opening a bottle of this as the reference point example. It’s versatility on the table is also a major bonus for me. ROSCOE

    2020
    Garganega
    Italy
    499
  9. Suavia Soave Classico 2019
    Suavia Soave Classico 2019

    Pristine aromas of ripe apples, fresh pears and flowers follow through to a medium-bodied palate with fresh, lemony acidity providing tension and drive. Clean finish, leaving a bright, mineral aftertaste. 100% garganega. JAMES SUCKLING

    Apples and pears in Soave, who would have thought it? Text book Suavia here. Something a little smoky and mineral as well, just a whiff but it adds a little aromatic interest. Texturally it has a nice ease of flow about it. It isn't rich but it has nice weight and volume which offsets the thirst quenching and super fresh flavours of pome fruits that underscored by a really lovely pithy, lemon oil character.

    It finishes clean, bright and super fresh and it leaves you wanting more. As is often the case with this wine it is a more invigorating expression of Soave than you see from most producers. It's excellent. ROSCOE

    2019
    Garganega
    Italy
    499
  10. Bellenda Radicale Spumante Extra Brut Nature Metodo
    Bellenda Radicale Spumante Extra Brut Nature Metodo
    An extreme version of a sparkling glera, with no sulphites and no disgorging. BELLENDA

    Sourced from their best parcels of fruit this is, in many ways, the flagship of the estate but sadly also one of the smallest amounts made. For the initial fermentation about half of the fruit is left on skins and a portion (roughly 60%) is aged in barrel with the remaining portion resting in stainless steel. Secondary fermentation occurs in bottle and the wine is aged on lees for 24 months before being released sur lie (on its sediment) with zero additions an no sulphur used. It is a wild and heady bottling full of nuance and detail with gorgeous texture and plenty of intensity. Radicale brings together the Cosmo family's traditional methods and modern techniques, the result is a wine that is completely unique to Bellenda and the region. It is well worth hunting down. ROSCOE
    2015
    Italy
    499
  11. La Dama Vini Valpoilicella Classico Ripasso Superiore 2017
    La Dama Vini Valpoilicella Classico Ripasso Superiore 2017
    Established by Gabriele and Miriam Dalcanele in 2006, La Dama represents the new breed of winemakers in the region. Modern, fresh yet compelling wines coaxed from organically farmed vineyards in the fabled commune of Negrar, home to some of the great names including the legendary Giuseppe Quintarelli.

    Working only with the native varieties of Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella and Molinara, the 10 hectares of vineyards are all hand-picked with oak influence kept to a minimum in order to ensure the vineyard speaks for itself in the glass.

    This is light on its feet compared to some other Superiore style wines of the regions and is so much better for it. Pure, bright with a lovely sparkle to the concentrated black and red fruits and that gentle lifted spice that is so appealing. There is still a lovely richness to the palate that come from the Ripasso treatment and it adds a lovely bit of depth and plushness that is so pleasing. PWS
    2017
    Corvina, Molinara, Rodinella
    Italy
    499
  12. Bellenda Sei Uno Prosecco Metodo Classico DOCG 2017
    Bellenda Sei Uno Prosecco Metodo Classico DOCG 2017
    The 2017 Prosecco Superiore Conegliano Valdobbiadene Brut Sei Uno takes some time to blow off its intense display of stone dust and smoky minerals. Beneath, I'm finding notes of crushed yellow apple, ginger and dried flowers. It gains considerable richness in the glass, showing soft, pliant textures under a wash of delicate bubbles with a balanced inner sweetness, while coming across as decidedly floral in character. This turns salty and savory toward the close with a hint of lemon confit. The Sei Uno hails from the Rive di Carpesica cru and is produced through using a secondary fermentation in bottle. It's a beautifully pure and satisfying expression. ERIC GUIDO, www.vinousmedia.com

    The Bellenda crew are a bunch of crazy cats trying to start a small revolution in Prosecco. They are hell-bent on upping the quality. Firstly the property is located in the DOCG zone on the hills surrounding Carpesica, the heart of quality in the region, where as the bulk standard prosecco you see littering shelves all over the world tends to be grown down on the flats outside of the traditional area.

    Umberto is very quick to make a couple points, they are organic and have been since before it was a fashion statement and a marketing tool. They drastically restrict the yields, Glera in particular is very vigorous and this allows those mass producing Prosecco to achieve yields that should make a wine grower blush.

    They also use traditional method production compared to the usual tank method employed by most wineries. The result is a much finer and delicate prosecco with plenty of flavour and fine,
    2017
    Glera
    Italy
    499
  13. Bellenda Metodo Rurale 2016 1000ml
    Bellenda Metodo Rurale 2016 1000ml

    This is a project that Umberto had to fight to get his family to accept and something he is very excited about. The Glera is fermented on skins, bottled unfined and unfiltered which provides a natural haze. It's fruitful and textured with an inviting perfume of white flowers and subtle stone fruits. Dry and fine with the faintest twist of bitterness providing another element to this wonderfully refreshing drink. It comes One Litre, swing top bottles and I challenge anyone to not finish one when you open it. I love Cosmo's comment about this wine "We believe that a careful balance between nature and the human hand is the key for re-capturing wines that allow us to truly "savour the terroir." ROSCOE

    2016
    Italy
    499
  14. 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
  15. Senejac 2018
    Senejac 2018
    36 Bottles available at time of offer

    The 2018 Sénéjac has an attractive bouquet of blackberry and raspberry fruits, touches of graphite and pressed flowers. I admire the precision of this Haut-Médoc. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, well-judged new oak (25%) and a touch of dark chocolate toward the finish. This has real panache and class and comes highly recommended. NEAL MARTIN
    2018
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  16. 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
  17. Suavia Soave Massi Fitti 2018
    Suavia Soave Massi Fitti 2018
    What a wine! Peachy, pears, white flowers, a little banana skin, fresh oily herbs, galangal flowers, earthy minerality, gently spicy. It has it all going on. Uber fresh and loaded with personality. A little more aromatically extroverted than the last couple of years. Hits the palate and makes a big impact upfront with a push of plush fruit that is swept away with a burst of energy and then kept focused across its impressive length. Big and bold flavours that are matched by pretty intensely fresh acidity and punctuated with little veins of minerality and pithy, chalky texture. Texturally this wine is bang on the money. I absolutely love it. Crying out for food. ROSCOE
    2019
    Garganega
    Italy
    499
  18. Inama Soave Vigneti di Foscarino 2018
    Inama Soave Vigneti di Foscarino 2018
    The 2018 Soave Classico Foscarino is honeyed and perfumed, featuring crushed yellow apples, exotic florals, hints of ginger and sweet smoke. The textures are soft with a twang of zesty acids that pinch at the cheeks, even as ripe orchard fruits soothe the palate. There’s a richness here, mixed with savory brown spices that add further contrasts, as this tapers off dry, with hints of hazelnut and an air of inner florals that seem to linger for well over a minute. The Foscarino is Inama’s throwback style of Soave, which macerates up to 12 hours and then spends six months in used barrels on the lees, followed by another six months in stainless steel. It’s quite unique and really keeps you guessing at what awaits each time you come back to the glass. Consider me a fan. ERIC GUIDO, Vinous.com
    2014
    Garganega
    Italy
    499
  19. Inama Soave Vigneti di Carbonare 2018
    Inama Soave Vigneti di Carbonare 2018
    The 2018 Soave Classico Carbonare is youthfully rich and packed full of character, displaying dried nectarine and peaches before further evolving to show dusty yellow florals with a hint of almond. There are depths of texture to work through, perfectly contrasted by zesty acids, minerals and a notes of sour apple, yet it still maintains a sense of balanced ripeness. This tapers off long and structured, seeming to slowly melt away from the palate, leaving savory spices and a tug of subtle tannin. There’s so much going on here, along with a promise of even more to come through medium-term cellaring. ERIC GUIDO, Vinous.com
    2014
    Garganega
    Italy
    499
  20. Pieropan Calvarino 2019
    Pieropan Calvarino 2019
    This cru, made from 70% Garganega and 30% Trebbiano grown on volcanic soil, produces a refined and elegant Soave with mineral driven fruit and a chalkiness reminiscent of fine Chablis. The crisp fruit (green apple, citrus and stone fruit) preludes a fine and complex palate with piercing clarity and a long finish. First made in 1971, Calvarino has a track record of a long cellar life, up to 15 years, in the finest vintages. TREMBATH & TAYLOR
    2019
    Garganega
    Italy
    499
    $57.00
  21. Pieropan La Rocca 2019
    Pieropan La Rocca 2019
    Made from 100% Garganega, grown on calcareous soil (the only soil of its type in Soave) and harvested quite late. Following a brief skin maceration, fermentation takes place in tonneaux before transfer to 20hl barrels, where it is aged on fine lees for one year. Intense, sunny yellow in colour, the nose recalls ripe exotic fruit and roasted nuts, the multi-layered palate is complex with beautifully balanced richness and outstanding length. Cellar life is 15 plus years and the wine is great with rich seafood dishes, white meats such as rabbit, pork and chicken and mature cheese. TREMBATH & TAYLOR
    2019
    Garganega
    Italy
    499
    Special Price $57.00 Regular Price $66.00
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