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  • White Burgundy

    What you need to know Part of the backbone of France, the Burgundy region runs from North to South, along the Saône river. Burgundy is split into many, highly fragmented, appellations, many of which we know almost like a brand. Some areas command sky high prices and their neighbours a fraction – it’s all about the name! The wines are almost all made with Chardonnay but they differ due to climate, vineyard position and winemaking. Classification...

  • White Rioja

    ...eflect the popularity of zesty Sauvignon Blanc. They can be lovely and thirst quenching. Make sure you’re buying White Rioja made with 100% Viura grape, it will often be marked ‘joven’ (young) because it hasn’t been oak aged. The foot in both camps isn’t quite that but is a newer fresher style of White Rioja, which is rich and tropical with a gentle spiciness. It is more full bodied than the new ‘joven’ style but much fruitier than the old style....

  • Red Burgundy

    What you need to know Red Burgundy is made up of the Pinot Noir grape and share a lighter body than many reds. The wines have a fragrant raspberry and redcurrant flavour although many of them also have an earthiness (in some cases almost farmyardy) which is not loved by all, but very typical. There are a multitude of appellations within Red Burgundy from plain ‘Bourgogne’ to Grand Cru Montrachet. The classification is geographical and refers to...

  • White Zinfandel

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  • New World Pinot Noir

    What you need to know Red Burgundy has a very specific style that New World Pinot Noir seems to flaunt, creating a style of wine that you don’t necessarily need a guidebook with you to understand. Pinot Noir is notoriously difficult to grow, which is why it is far less available (and therefore more expensive) than other grapes. It flourishes in New Zealand, California, Oregon, Australia and the UK in areas or pockets of cool climates. Although s...

  • Blason de Bourgogne St Veran

    In my quest for great wine under £10 this has to win, it isn’t the most complex or ‘challenging’ white burgundies but it has a sophisticated yet easy going Burgundy, it is creamy and delicious. Great with or without food....

  • Fiano

    What you should know Fiano is a white grape grown in the South of Italy and Sicily. A latecomer to the UK, recent improvements to winemaking have suddenly brought it to popularity and onto restaurant winelists. Unlike many white wines it’s not just ‘fruity’ and has some more savoury flavours with a kind of nutty spiciness and ripe texture. Because of its full body and structure this is a great wine to have with food, particularly big food. Try i...

  • Viognier

    What you need to know… Originally having made its name in the Northern Rhône in France this grape is now a New World Stunner too! Look out for it in the South of France, South America and Australia. Viognier is all about peaches and cream, regardless of whether you’ve picked a crisp New World version or a full on luscious French Condrieu you can’t miss the unmistakable flavours and texture. The lower acidity and aromatic style make a great match...

  • Grüner Veltliner

     What you need to know Austrian (yes Austrian) white wine, with a lovely Austrian flag on the top of the screwcap. The wine you find in the UK are crisp and light with a citrus character and mild spiciness which is more white pepper than black. Easy going and fresh, it’s a great everyday wine, and no fridge should be without one. The Austrians also make a more serious style, suitable for ageing, which is also lovely, as it ages it gets richer an...

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