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FC35281 FC35281 Pinot Noir Puy de Dôme, Cave Saint-Verny 2016

A gorgeously vibrant red that is both made and sold by co-operatives. - David Williams

( The Observer 8th Dec 2019 )

£9.50
BW6481 BW6481 Dourthe No 1 Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux 2018

This is crisp and bright with grapefruit and lemon freshness. There's also attractive tropical and blackcurrant leaf aromatic character and taut acidity on the finish. It's stylish stuff. - Jamie Goode

( Sunday Express 8th Dec 2019 )

£8.50
IT27331 IT27331 Vescovado Guardavalle Calabria Bianco, Santa Venere 2018

Guardavalle is a fashionably indigenous grape variety and The Wine Society add to the sales pitch by assuring us that the grapes ‘come from two organic vineyards overlooking the sea’. The wine has light, subtle nuttiness and a coolness that you would never associate with this far south in Italy. Really complete and fresh. Something to serve a wine nerd of your acquaintance? - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 7th Dec 2019 )

£12.95
IT27331 IT27331 Vescovado Guardavalle Calabria Bianco, Santa Venere 2018

Calabria — in the toe of Italy’s boot — is less well known than its neighbours, but any of you enjoying Santa Venere’s scrumptious, smoky, spiced, baked apricot fruit, made from organically grown indigenous guardavalle grapes, will have a whale of a time. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 7th Dec 2019 )

£12.95
FC36051 FC36051 Cantoiseau Blanc, Vin de France 2018

Cantoiseau gets my vote this year with this vibrant, fruity white — all soft, herby, citrus and blackcurrant leaf oomph, the perfect partner to the 2018 Cantoiseau Rouge I featured last week. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 7th Dec 2019 )

£5.95
FC37501 FC37501 Limoux Blanc, Dedicace, Château Rives-Blanques 2018

The Panman family of Rives-Blanques were hit by hail and mildew in 2018 but their speciality oaked chenin survived pretty well, albeit at very low yields. There’s admirable tension in this bone-dry, concentrated, versatile wine with a really attractive toastiness to it. To judge from a 2008 tasted recently, it should age far better than one expects for a wine at this price. It may seem potent but chenin’s naturally high acidity maintains the wine’s refreshment value. - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 7th Dec 2019 )

£12.95
GR1551 GR1551 Lafazanis Geometria Malagouzia 2018

An aromatic, dry Greek white wine from high, semi-mountainous vineyards in the Peloponnese, made from the exotic malagouzia grape. Scented with basil and lime, this crisp, spiced apple of a white is the wine to serve to guests who have been everywhere and drunk everything. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 7th Dec 2019 )

£10.95
HU1401 HU1401 The Society's Hungarian White 2018

A fruit salad of an aperitif white; made principally from indigenous Hungarian grape varieties, it bursts with exotic, vibrant, white peach and honeysuckle spice. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 7th Dec 2019 )

£6.95
AA2834 AA2834 Magnum of Rainer Wess Grüner Veltliner, Kremstal 2018

There are few wine bottles more handsome than a magnum of white – perfect for entertaining. This has Austria’s trademark grape’s signature white pepper and breadth of clean fruit. Broad and peachy. A please-all for Christmas entertaining? - Janis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 7th Dec 2019 )

£20.00
BU63801 BU63801 Domaine Coche-Bizouard, Auxey-Duresses 2015

To find affordable burgundy you have to concentrate on the less famous appellations such as this one that is richer and more evolved than [others]. There is even a suggestion of lemon syrup. Very good drinking at the moment. - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 7th Dec 2019 )

£28.00
NZ10651 NZ10651 Greywacke Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

If you are a fan of prestige New Zealand sauvignon blanc, then you are probably already familiar with Greywacke and, if you are not, the current vintage is said by winemaker Kevin Judd to be one of the best. [This] is, as Judd says, perfumed, well-structured and full-bodied, with plenty of luscious tropical fruit amid the grassiness, but without the "in-yer-face" approach of a lot of Kiwi SB ... substantial enough to match roasted fish, such as a salmon or sea bass as well as lighter white meats and poultry. - Terry Kirby

( i 7th Dec 2019 )

£17.50
PN231 PN231 The Society's Exhibition Crusted Port, Bottled 2013

Made by Symington's and is a blend of wines from three years (2009, 2010 and 2011) that was bottled in 2013. It's inkily dark, smooth and deeply flavoured - all brambles and bilberries. - Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 7th Dec 2019 )

£17.00
PW7621 PW7621 Adega de Pegões Colheita Seleccionada, Península de Setúbal 2018

Portuguese whites improve with every vintage, and this part barrel-fermented, hotchpotch of local grapes, with a splash of chardonnay, is the bee’s knees. Its enticing greeny-gold hue leads on to a rich, creamy, herby palate. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 7th Dec 2019 )

£7.95
FC34721 FC34721 Coteaux du Languedoc Le Blanc, Domaine Turner-Pageot 2017

Marsanne grapes treated to some skin contact results in a spicily tangy wine with rich, honeyed fruit but real tension too. No hurry to drink this very serious, unusual wine for the price. A real find. - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 7th Dec 2019 )

£12.50
SA14691 SA14691 Botanica Mary Delany Collection Chenin Blanc, Citrusdal Mountain 2016

From old bush vines on a mixed farm way up the west coast of South Africa; arguably the country’s most distinctive sort of wine. Very dense nose with some richness (as opposed to sweetness) on the palate. Made with a particularly sensitive hand. Should age well too. So complex it deserves a decanter and to be served not too cold.  - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 7th Dec 2019 )

£21.00
SG2201 SG2201 The Society's Prosecco

Perfectly suited to laid back entertaining, The Society’s prosecco is made in a frizzante style, meaning the bubbles are less aggressive and oh-so-easy drinking. Lightly aromatic, you can expect apple and pear notes moving into a long pronounced finish. - Stacey Smith

( independent.co.uk 7th Dec 2019 )

£10.95
SH571 SH571 The Society's Fino

This award-winning Sherry must be one of the best value around. It's crisp and dry with a satisfying finish. Made by independent producer Sánchez Romate - producing Sherries for more than a century - it is shipped in small quantities to guarantee freshness. Serve chilled with smoked salmon, olives or almonds to bring out its apple-like tones. - Matt Nixson

( Daily Express 7th Dec 2019 )

£6.95
XC1947B XC1947B The Society's Christmas Hamper

If you want to share the spirit of Christmas with your loved ones then the Wine Society's Christmas picnic hamper would be amazing. A willow picnic hamper (£99) is bursting with foodie treats, with some choice bottles, including a bright and breezy French sparkler, a ready-to-drink claret and a gooseberry-tinged Marlborough sauvignon. - Jane Clare

( North West Law Messenger 7th Dec 2019 )

£99.00
SG2741 SG2741 The Society's Exhibition English Sparkling Wine NV

A wine with plenty of brioche notes on the nose and a lemon-drenched complex palate that offers brilliant value for its price. This is apparently a popular buy with Society members and I can understand why - it's outstanding stuff. - Andy Cronshaw

( Manchester Evening News 6th Dec 2019 )

£23.00
SG2741 SG2741 The Society's Exhibition English Sparkling Wine NV

A premium quality sparkling wine made by the traditional method, it is fabulous with tempura prawns, oysters and many stylish fish dishes. - Richard Esling

( West Sussex Gazette 5th Dec 2019 )

£23.00
RO231 RO231 Prince Ştirbey Tămâioasă Românească Sec 2018

A dry and very floral Muscat with flavours of peach and mandarins, and white flower aromas. - James Ashford

( The Week 5th Dec 2019 )

£11.50
IT27241 IT27241 Etna Bianco Fondo Filara, Nicosia 2018

A fragrant, delicate, delicious organic white from the lava-strewn slopes of Mount Etna … blending native Sicilian grapes carricante and catarratto. - Liz Sagues

( Hampstead & Highgate Express 5th Dec 2019 )

£12.50
IT27851 IT27851 Barbera d'Alba Superiore Conca del Grillo, Silvano Bolmida 2017

Silky, elegant, great value … showing off a great vintage in northern Italy. - Liz Sagues

( Hampstead & Highgate Express 5th Dec 2019 )

£12.95
BW6481 BW6481 Dourthe No 1 Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux 2018

Has aromatic and flavour intensity, together with appealing freshness and supreme elegance. Extraordinary value at £8.50. - Richard Esling

( West Sussex Gazette 4th Dec 2019 )

£8.50
BJ8101 BJ8101 Domaine Dominique Piron, Morgon Côte du Py 2017

With Burgundy prices still at a high level, it is wise to have a few alternatives in mind (that Christchurch pinot is one) but it is noteworthy how some of the top Beaujolais crus get quite Burgundian results from the gamay grape – as you can see in this version from Morgon where some of the region’s spicier and most robust options are found. Graphite depth and nippy acidity come  together nicely in [this wine] where raspberry and damson fruit are nicely supported by a chocolate background that has herb influences too. - Brian Elliott

( midweekwines.co.uk 4th Dec 2019 )

£16.00
CH3761 CH3761 Champagne Jean de Foigny Brut Premier Cru NV

… lemony, a fine mousse, toasty notes and slightly flinty. - Colin Burbidge

( Lancashire Evening Post 2nd Dec 2019 )

£22.00
CH3911 CH3911 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 2004

Delicious; an elegant ensemble of yellow fruits, fresh apples and brioche. Power with delicacy, showing glorious complexity with a refreshing, slightly savoury finish. World class! - Wines of the Year 2019

( Decanter 2nd Dec 2019 )

£145.00
RH47301 RH47301 The Society's Exhibition Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2015

Beautiful depth and concentration, deep bramble and meaty spice, very complete and complex. The powerful palate is backed by grippy tannins. This will age beautifully. - Wines of the Year 2019

( Decanter 2nd Dec 2019 )

£22.00
SH341 SH341 Hidalgo Pastrana Manzanilla Pasada

Vibrant and uplifting, clean and flinty character with notes of pomelo. Intense yeasty notes combine beautifully with crystallised fruit and bruised apples. - Wines of the Year 2019

( Decanter 2nd Dec 2019 )

£11.95
SG161 SG161 Quartet Anderson Valley Brut, Roederer Estates NV

A generous and expressive style, with a fine mousse. Lovely creamy texture on the palate with enticing ripe fruit notes and good acidity. - Wines of the Year 2019

( Decanter 2nd Dec 2019 )

£25.00
CA182 CA182 Half bottle of Vidal Ice Wine Signature Series Peller Estates 2016

Dried apricot, pineapple and crystallised ginger. On the palate, viscosity is skilfully partnered by compelling acidity. It's concentrated and sweet, but fresh, flowing and balanced. - Joanna Simon

( Decanter 2nd Dec 2019 )

£35.00
SG2131 SG2131 Nyetimber Brut Classic Cuvée NV

New from the Symingtons' organically certified vineyards, and the kind of fantastic-value fortified that Graham's and The Wine Society, does so well. Rich and smooth, warming and spicy, this is über-drinkable - and at this price, not just for Christmas. - Panel tasting

( Decanter 2nd Dec 2019 )

£31.00
SG2131 SG2131 Nyetimber Brut Classic Cuvée NV

Doughy, yeasty nose with a hint of salinity. Soft and fruit-forward with spice and biscuit notes. Great balance. - Panel tasting

( Decanter 2nd Dec 2019 )

£31.00
CS11241 CS11241 Jean-Pierre Moueix, Saint-Emilion 2016

Showing some development, a straight no-nonsense style. Plenty of dark berry fruit and a hint of raisin. - Panel tasting

( Decanter 2nd Dec 2019 )

£14.50
BW5641 BW5641 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Sauternes 2015

Splendid nose of stone fruits, botrytis and a discreet oakiness. Appealing juiciness, cut by fine acidity and a lively peppery character on the finish. - Stephen Brook

( Decanter 2nd Dec 2019 )

£45.00
PN261 PN261 Graham's Natura Reserve Port

New from the Symingtons' organically certified vineyards, and the kind of fantastic-value fortified that Graham's and The Wine Society, does so well. Rich and smooth, warminbg and spicy, this is über-drinkable - and at this price, not just for Christmas. - Amy Wislocki

( Decanter 2nd Dec 2019 )

£12.95
AU21171A AU21171A Wakefield Promised Land Shiraz 2017

This velvety, medium-bodied shiraz from the Clare Valley has all the ripe primary fruit you expect of South Australia. A new-world choice that goes well with the traditional roast turkey. - Will Lyons

( The Sunday Times 1st Dec 2019 )

£7.95
SG2131 SG2131 Nyetimber Brut Classic Cuvée NV

Nyetimber is a consistent, high-quality producer, and while fairly expensive, it's one of the very best English sparkling wines. Crisp, dry, full-bodied, with savoury overtones. Try with fish and chips!  - Rob Price

( Birmingham Living 1st Dec 2019 )

£31.00
PW7711 PW7711 Casa Ermelinda Freitas Moscatel de Setúbal

An authentic Portuguese sweet treat, with the heady aroma of caramelised citrus pith and orange blossom, with honey, hazelnut and barley sugar on the palate. It even keeps well in the fridge after opening, if you can resist it! - Roy Woodcock

( Cottinhgam Times 1st Dec 2019 )

£9.95
SG2741 SG2741 The Society's Exhibition English Sparkling Wine NV

Has class, finesse and freshness thanks to the classic blend of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier. - Roy Woodcock

( Cottingham Times 1st Dec 2019 )

£23.00
PW7491 PW7491 Crasto, Douro 2017

Portugal is one of the world’s most exciting sources of distinctive reds and, increasingly, whites with port country, the Douro valley, leading the way. - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 30th Nov 2019 )

£9.95
RH53901 RH53901 The Society's French Syrah 2018

Last year was another cracking vintage in the Rhône and this richly spiced, sweet baked plum and blueberry of a red has an impeccable pedigree, being a joint venture between Nicolas Jaboulet of the northern Rhône and the Perrin family from the southern Rhône. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 30th Nov 2019 )

£7.95
SA14421 SA14421 Tierhoek Piekeniers Cape White Blend, Piekenierskloof 2018

... fabulously fresh, fragrant and racy … This South African blend of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and plump viognier has a delicate, dry palate with excellently-judged minerality and lots of citrus and kiwi flavours which mingles pleasantly with sweeter backnotes of melon and apricot before a brisk tingly finish. - Raymond Gleug

( Belfast Newsletter 30th Nov 2019 )

£9.95
SP14601 SP14601 Auzells, Costers del Segre 2018

A flavour-kaleidoscope of a white that comes from a mixture of macabeu, albariño, chardonnay, sauvignon and riesling. Limpid and succulent, with notes of lime peel, peach, star fruit, fennel and blossom with a herbal finish. New-wave Spain at its best. - Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 30th Nov 2019 )

£11.50
UR491 UR491 Juanicó Teru Teru Tannat Reserve 2018

Using tannat grapes, it's named after Uruguay's national bird, the teru teru, and delivers ripe black fruit and blackberry flavours. A lovely red wine to drink with hard cheese or pork. - Matt Nixson

( Daily Express 30th Nov 2019 )

£7.95
BJ7721 BJ7721 Château de Beauregard, Moulin-à-Vent Clos des Pérelles 2017

A fine example of the ambitious sort of wine now being made in the best terroirs of Beaujolais, a wine designed to age, although this racy, juicy example with real depth could also be drunk now with great enjoyment. Hugely versatile. Serve with the turkey? - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 30th Nov 2019 )

£20.00
BJ7971 BJ7971 The Society's Exhibition Moulin-à-Vent 2017

The Wine Society does a good selection [of Beaujolais] in its Exhibition range, of which I particularly like [this one]. Brimming with fruit, but still a serious, structured wine that can take on a battery of flavours. Terrific value. - Fiona Beckett

( The Guardian 30th Nov 2019 )

£11.50
BJ7981 BJ7981 Château d'Emeringes, Beaujolais-Villages Vieilles Vignes 2018

Lovely fresh nose and floral, grainy-textured fruit on the palate. Proper, hand-crafted wine for a relative song. Serve this cool with or without food. - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 30th Nov 2019 )

£8.50
BU69761 BU69761 Jacques Saumaize, Mâcon-Vergisson Sur La Roche 2017

The increasing quality of wine from the Mâconnais, in the south of Burgundy, is evident in this elegant and refined chardonnay. Unoaked, with lively notes of apple and lemon and a subtly creamy texture that comes from lees-ageing. Extremely moreish. - Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 30th Nov 2019 )

£12.95
AR3981 AR3981 Faldeos Nevados Torrontés 2018

Torrontés is a grape native to Argentina and is best grown in the mountainous high-altitude vineyards of Salta. This white is a blend of fruit from the warm Salta region and the cool Uco Valley, creating ripe peach and grapefruit characters that captivate the senses. It's unoaked, elegant and deliciously moreish. - Matt Nixson

( Daily Express 30th Nov 2019 )

£8.95
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