Archive | December, 2016


Waitrose Cellar offers

These few recommendations below from Waitrose Cellar (their online wine site) are excellent value wines but there are more in this promotion which might also appeal to you and help you to make up a case. Or two. So do take a look. The prices marked are the 25% off offer price Laurent Miquel Vérité […]


Best Christmas Booze from Lidl

On Thursday November 24th, the latest Lidl Wine Cellar promotion began and the wine shelves should still be resplendent with Christmas-oriented fayre.   There are, as ever, a number of good buys but these are the ones Richard thinks will make your Christmas happiest: WHITE WINES Quincy Fief des Pierres Blanches 2015 – £8.99 Sauvignon […]


BYWine recommends…………

Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve: The Wine Society £172 per case of 6 bottles. For lovers of great champagne this is the bargain of the month, nay the year. It is not your common or garden non-vintage brut champagne; this is made with up to 40% reserve wines some of which are as old as 20 […]


Olivier Dauga – The Maker of Wine

Olivier Dauga is memorable. He owns a natty line in loud shirts. Also in jackets, shoes and glasses. He’s striking though doesn’t immediately strike you as a rugby player, as he once was, or a wine-maker as he is now. He calls himself Le Faiseur de Vin, an arresting moniker, fully fitting with his fashion […]

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Radio WM – a couple of mince pie wines

Château Roumieu Sauternes 2013, Bordeaux, France 13.5%   Co-op (37.5cl) £12.99   Citrus, apricot, honey, pineapple, butterscotch – as gorgeous on the nose as it is opulent in the mouth. One of life’s affordable luxuries to enjoy any time of the year. Read more on the wonders of Sauternes here   Food match: Surprisingly versatile, […]


Sauternes – have yourself a sweet Christmas

Dessert wine isn’t just for Christmas which seems an awful shame if the other 50 odd weeks in the year are sweet wine free. All those sensuous opportunities of palate-heaven missed. All those crumbles and crème brulées, those apple tarts and pecan pies consumed with no glorious golden liquid accessory. As you might expect, a […]

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Radio WM Recommendations

 La Garnacha 2014 Salvaje del Moncayo 13.5% Majestic £7.99 (mixed 6 price) and The Wine Society £7.75 This is a steal. Garnacha (or Grenache as it’s also known) has really lovely jammy aromas and flavours. This one also has a bracing freshness. The wild red fruitiness mingles perfectly with just a hint, but a very […]