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No Duress

The village of Auxey-Duresses tends to be the one that slips under the radar, jammed as it is between the two more illustrious (and pricier) villages of Volnay and Meursault…

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Wine Rapier Ramey

The Ramey Chardonnays have been regarded as benchmark Californian wines for many years now, David Ramey and his wife having founded the winery in 1996. Relatively long ageing on the…

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Wine Razor Riesling

Jim Barry was a huge influence on the reputation of South Australia’s Clare Valley as a top Riesling region, founding the winery in 1959 with his wife Nancy. His son…

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Wine Russian River Winner

Impressive Russian River Valley Chardonnay at the Marks & Spencer press tasting, and a rare treat to find a decent, elegant Sonoma County Chardonnay that doesn’t make teeth itch and…

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Wine Savvy Savagnin

A few small parcels of vines to the west of the Swiss border and Lake Geneva are tended by Henri Le Roy, the local Savagnin grape producing utterly distinctive whites….

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Wine Step To It

Stomper. The ancient art of ‘pigeage’ is celebrated in the name of this wine, the ‘little’ referring to the fact only small children could fit into the top of one…

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Wine Terrific Terlan

Cantina Terlan have a formidable reputation for being one of the finest co-operative wineries in Italy (some would say, the world), and seeing any of their wines on a list…

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Wine Value Buster

Sometimes a wine screams out ‘value’ so loudly that not ordering it when it’s on a restaurant list is something akin to vinous madness: why spend twice as much on…

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Wine Va-Va-Valtellina

On the Italian/Swiss border, nestled high up amongst the alps, the Perego family have tended their vines on the steep granite terraces of Valtellina since 1860 – the Nebbiolo grown…

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Wine Believe

Lambrusco di Sorbara ‘Radice’, Paltrinieri, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Salmon hued like the prettiest Provençal rosé, this is bone dry with freshness and zip, a gentle sparkle, and oozing cranberry and raspberry…