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Las Olas Verdejo, Rueda 2013

The vineyard’s altitude ensures that this typical Spanish white also has some crisp, tangerine-centred acidity to balance its tropical fruit flavours. Couple all that with sweeter spices on the finish and, by contrast, a pear-influenced opening, and the wine becomes surprisingly complex. - Brian Elliott

( Scotland on Sunday 17th Aug 2014 )

£7.95
Bérèche et Fils Brut NV

One of 10 favourite wines from Champagne - Christian Holthausen

( The Guardian 16th Aug 2014 )

£26.00
The Society’s French Full Red, Côtes Catalanes

Don’t be snooty about non-vintage reds. This one, from Roussillon’s awesome Agly valley, is a full-bodied cracker: all chunky yet juicy 14 per cent alcohol-licked damson plum fruit, mostly carignan and grenache. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 16th Aug 2014 )

£5.95
Tyrrell's Old Winery Hunter Valley Verdelho 2013

Tyrrell’s is one of the oldest Hunter wineries and its vibrant verdelho makes a thrilling, punchy, summer swig, with lots of zesty, lime pickle and elderflower blossom-scented pizazz: the perfect stir-fry white. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 16th Aug 2014 )

£8.95
Pinot Noir de Rodern, Domaine Rolly Gassmann 2011

A delicate colour in the glass with garnet at the edges and the wonderful layers of fruit, then floral, then terroir on the nose. Fruit is a little smoky in the mouth and there's a tingle of spice across the tongue in this multi-dimensional lighter style pinot. - Neil Cammies

( Western Mail 16th Aug 2014 )

£24.00
The Society's Chilean Chardonnay, Limarí

An immaculate, round, bright chardonnay from one of Chile's newer, cooler regions - Victoria Moore

( Olive 15th Aug 2014 )

£6.95
The Society's Exhibition Moulin-à-Vent 2011

With the Glorious Twelfth falling in the middle of this week I thought it a good idea to recommend a spectacular but eminently affordable red wine to go with all things gamey.  I love red Burgundy with all manner of flighted game but you have to drop upwards of £30 these days for a truly decent bottle and the fruit ‘sweetness’ in Aussie, Kiwi and Californian Pinot Noir somehow doesn’t quite work with the succulent flesh of our home-grown grouse.  At a third of the price you can, if you are quick off the mark, pick up this ridiculously classy Cru Beaujolais from one of the most famous villages in the region – Moulin-à-Vent.  Long-lived, spicy, deep and brooding this is the most masculine face of the gamay grape it might shock you to hear that I reckon this beauty will continue to age for a further five or six years such is its breeding.  With masses of energy and depth of flavour this is the wine to drink with the grandest roast grouse, game chips and bread sauce.  It is a true bargain and testament to the noses at The Wine Society who regularly sniff out spectacular wines like this one. - Matthew Jukes

( matthewjukes.com 15th Aug 2014 )

£9.95
The Society's Celebration Crémant de Loire

This wine match [strawberry and cream cheese tart] may be a little controversial but it’s good to stray from the recommended ‘sweet wine with dessert’ track now and again. That said, the cheese tart is not that sweet and has a wonderful creamy texture so this attractive Crémant de Loire sparkler is not that far off the mark. Chenin blanc is the main grape for Saumur sparklers but the law also allows the addition of chardonnay, pinot noir and cabernet franc. The Wine Society’s Celebration Brut includes chardonnay and cabernet franc; the result is peach, pear, and citrus flavours backed by a tight line of acidity to balance the creaminess of the tart. Was that strawberry I picked up on the nose? Probably not, just the strawberries on the tart fighting their corner to make this unlikely match a sunny summer winner. - John Downes

( Surrey Advertiser 15th Aug 2014 )

£11.50
Domaine Jones Blanc, Grenache Gris Côtes Catalanes 2013

Produced from Grenache Gris vines planted almost 80 years ago on the black schist soils of Jones's small vineyard that clings to the mountanside in the Maury valley. It was harvested entirely by hand during the last weekend in August and is said to have some gentle oak incluence, with 30% of the blend matured in French oak for six months in two- and three-year-old barrels, giving subtle hints of gingery spice and roundness on the palate, and a steely minerality. 

( Off Licence News 15th Aug 2014 )

£14.95
Cahors, Château de Hauterive 2011

A cracking bargain in my book. Cahors is dominated by malbec and is a great wine to match roasted meats and steak in particular. This is supple, fruity and expressive from grapes grown on gravel beds above the river.- Andy Cronshaw

( Manchester Evening News 15th Aug 2014 )

£7.50
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