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GE12411 GE12411 Wiltinger Riesling Dry, von Kesselstatt 2018

From a very cool part of the Mosel, the Saar (which used to be a separate region), this is linear, dry and precise with appealing intensity of limey fruit. It is a great example of new wave dry German Riesling. - Jamie Goode

( Sunday Express 19th Jan 2020 )

WY531 WY531 The Society's Blended Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky

Beautifully blended, this top bottle is liquid sweetness and light. - Olly Smith

( The Mail on Sunday 19th Jan 2020 )

SG2771 SG2771 The Society's Celebration Crémant de Loire 2016

Scents of lemons and limes lead to a good fizz, well-balanced and creamy with brioche notes, the end is dry. - Carol Brown

( Press & Journal 18th Jan 2020 )

CB5181A CB5181A Château Pey La Tour Réserve, Bordeaux Supérieur 2016

Rather good value … this carries a bouquet of dark plum fruit on the nose from the blend of 88% merlot, 10% cabernet sauvignon and that all-important 2% of petit verdot. The fruit has a smidge of spice heat initially, then the mellow fruit leans in with some dry savoury tones coming through towards the elegant finish. - Neil Cammies

( Western Mail 18th Jan 2020 )

IT27441 IT27441 Regaleali Bianco, Tasca d'Almerita 2018

Made from the local catarratto grape by one of Sicily’s best winemakers. Aromatic and fruity with a zippy, lemony finish, a fine partner with spaghetti al limone with prawns and broccolini. - Kate Hawkings

( Olive 17th Jan 2020 )

IT27951A IT27951A Foresco Umbria, Barberani 2017

A fine example of the Wine Society's ability to source top-quality wines at great prices. The sort of red you won't find at the supermarket, this wine offers lithe fruit that carries a bittersweet edge in the Tuscan style. Sangiovese dominates the mix with merlot and cabernet sauvignon making up the rest. - Andy Cronshaw

( Manchester Evening News 17th Jan 2020 )

SG1061 SG1061 The Society's Saumur Brut NV

Utterly glorious, champagne-rivalling fizz from the Loire Valley. - Jonathan Ray

( The Field 17th Jan 2020 )

BU72261 BU72261 The Society's White Burgundy 2018

Best-selling vegan white from The Wine Society: Using the definitions provided by The Vegan Society, The Wine Society lists around 300 vegan-compliant wines made without animal-based fining agents. Here is a smart, handcrafted, unoaked and affordable white Burgundy from a warm and fine vintage, which not only ticks the vegan box but also tastes fantastic, giving a lot of glorious bang for your buck. Expect satisfying white flowers, baked lemon, crisp green apple, melon and stone fruit. Anyone for white fish with parsley sauce or crab? - James Viner 

( Times of Tunbridge Wells 15th Jan 2020 )

AU21911 AU21911 Victory Hotel Australian Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Bottling in the UK is a great green step, and quality has risen dramatically with …  the Wine Society’s spicy, plum jam of a 2018 Victory Hotel Shiraz-Cabernet from Australia. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 11th Jan 2020 )

BU72261 BU72261 The Society's White Burgundy 2018

A classic white burgundy … a pristine, full-flavoured 100% chardonnay from some of the best villages in the Mâconnais and reliably good, happens to also be vegan. But [it doesn't shout about] its vegan credentials on the label . - Terry Kirby

( The Independent 11th Jan 2020 )

LE1041 LE1041 Hochar 2016

Vegan wines don’t have to come from small or specifically ethical producers. The Lebanon’s Chateau Musar, famous for its Bordeaux and southern French style blends made in the heart of the Middle East, also makes vegan wines such as the Chateau Musar Hochar 2016 (£13.50; various independents) made from a mix of carignan, grenache, cinsault and cabernet sauvignon, and is a typically robust, rich, red, full of powerful flavours but with a definite something else that comes from the location of the vineyard in the Bekaa Valley ... But [it doesn't shout about] its vegan credentials on the label. - Terry Kirby

( The Independent 11th Jan 2020 )

PW7381 PW7381 The Society's Vinho Verde 2018

A finalist in the Great Outdoors section of the People's Choice Awards, this Portuguese white is a longstanding favourite. Its lightness is ideal for drinking outside while summertime is perfect for its undemanding soft apple and sherbet lemon fruit backed by lively acidity and some welcome depth too. - Brian Elliott

( Daily Record 11th Jan 2020 )

FC37231 FC37231 Saint-Mont, Les Vignes Retrouvées 2017

This is a lively and refreshing dry white wine using local gros manseng, courbu and arrufiac grapes to create a versatile wine that promises hints of grapefruit and a touch of honey. Very fruity and good with food. - Matt Nixson

( Daily Express 11th Jan 2020 )

IT26081 IT26081 Aglianico del Vulture, Alovini 2016

From the southern Italian region of Campania, aglianico is a black grape often considered one of the country's greatest varieties. This is a medium-bodied red with a nice earthy sensation. Great value for money, too. - Matt Nixson

( Daily Express 11th Jan 2020 )

IT27951A IT27951A Foresco Umbria, Barberani 2017

This Italian blend of 80% sangiovese and 10% each of merlot and cabernet sauvignon leads to bold blackberry and cherry fruit across the bouquet. It has a little raised cassis on the palate, with the black fruits square and centre at the heart of this brightly-lit red, carrying racy acidity and soft pliable tannins, which result in a delicious mouthfeel. Ace value as always from The Wine Society. - Neil Cammies

( Western Mail 11th Jan 2020 )

RH38001 RH38001 Côte-Rôtie La Turque, Guigal 2010

Smoky and meaty; a complex style. This is fresh, punchy and fruity with elegant balance. Rich dark fruits lead to a long, sappy finish. - Panel tasting

( Decanter 6th Jan 2020 )

SP15001 SP15001 Viña Zorzal Garnacha, Navarra 2018

Smooth, juicy black and red fruits in this easy-quaffing unoaked garnacha. This shows what good value Navarra Garnacha can be. - David Clay

( Rotherham Advertiser 6th Jan 2020 )

CB4061 CB4061 Madame de Château de Pitray, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 2011

Mentioned as stockist. - James Lawther

( Decanter 6th Jan 2020 )

AR4151 AR4151 Weinert Carrascal Corte Clásico Mendoza 2015

The younger sibling to Weinert's Cavas de Weinert, this is also a blend of malbec, cabernet sauvignon and merlot, but aged for less time, in large old casks. Displays lovely leathery cedary notes alongside the brambly fruit, the oak not intrusive, but the tannins firm. Decant before serving. - Amy Wislocki

( Decanter 6th Jan 2020 )

HU1401 HU1401 The Society's Hungarian White 2018

Made from a blend of indigenous grape varieties with tongue-twisting names (I daren't even try to say 'királyleányka') this off-dry white is aromatic with lots of floral riffs. It would go well with and Asian salad. - Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 4th Jan 2020 )

WA281 WA281 Gratien and Meyer Festillant Sparkling Sans Alcool

This alcohol-free sparkling wine from Loire-based Gratien and Meyer is a nice alternative to Champagne. Considering the price, it's well worth trying if you're looking for something light and fruity. You might struggle to spot the fact it's 0%. In fact I'd go as far to say it's not just for Dry January. - Matt Nixson

( Daily Express 4th Jan 2020 )

WA281 WA281 Gratien and Meyer Festillant Sparkling Sans Alcool

… a joyful, light, grapey, green apple-styled fizz. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 4th Jan 2020 )

IT27951A IT27951A Foresco Umbria, Barberani 2017

Umbria is the region adjacent to Tuscany, yet a little less known. A beautiful, hilly area producing some exceptionally good value wines. This is a generous, warm-flavoured Italian red that makes a great alternative to pricier super-Tuscans. It is a well-judged blend of 80 percent sangiovese with 10 percent each merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Ripe tannins, with full fruit on the palate and the slight bitterness of the Sangiovese grape. Fabulous with strong flavoured pasta dishes. - Richard Esling

( West Sussex Gazette 1st Jan 2020 )

BU72261 BU72261 The Society's White Burgundy 2018

The Society’s best-loved and most-bought wine for many years. Coming from the southern-most part of Burgundy, this Mâcon white continues to rise above the ebb and flow of fashion. Buyer Tim Sykes works with long-term supplier Jean-Marc Darbon to craft a blend that is of consistently good quality while respecting vintage differences. 2018 was a warm, ripe vintage, and the wine has lovely depth of flavour and roundness of texture with apple-y fruit and a fresh finish. Remarkable value. - Richard Esling

( West Sussex Gazette 1st Jan 2020 )

RH51451 RH51451 Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, Guigal 2017

Notes of white peach, pear, a touch of honey and aromas of acacia flowers. Viognier takes centre stage in this full-bodied blend from the southern Rhône. It's a delicious wine, happily suited to Asian-style dishes. (Take note, as Chinese New Year is aloso with at the end of January!) - Jane Claire

( North West Law Messenger 1st Jan 2020 )

CK131 CK131 Tomáš Čačík Svatovavřinecké 2017

Don't be put off by the name. You can always refer to the Svatovavrinecke grape (I'm spelling it without its accents) as St Laurent or Sankt Laurent, its name in countries such as Austria. In style and flavour, it's not unlike pinot noir, with soft plum and summer-pudding fruit and redcurrant freshness, and, if you're watching your calorie or alcohol intake, it's an encouragingly low 11% abv. Serve it cool with salmon, tuna, chicken or vegetarian flans. - Joanna Simon

( Platinum 30th Dec 2019 )

CM15761 CM15761 The Society's Exhibition Pauillac 2010

The Wine Society’s 2010 Pauillac, from their premium Exhibition range, was released about this time last year and is just entering young adulthood now. A wine made for Beef Wellington, it provides a peek into the combination of firmness, leanness, and elegance associated with this most aristocratic of Bordeaux communes. Granted, it not exactly the finest example of its kind, but at £24 it is at least priced within the occasional reach of us mortals – you can buy a case of the allegedly monumental 2016 Lafite instead, but you’ll need to sell a moderately used Subaru Impreza for the privilege. - Peter Pharos

( 29th Dec 2019 )

JU1461 JU1461 Roussette du Bugey-Montagnieu, Altesse Domaine Peillot 2018

For a more easily available, and financially much less punishing [than some much rarer Alpine wines], stand-in, I refer you to the ever-reliable Wine Society. Peillot’s Altesse has the gentleness and clarity I associate with the grape, but enough citrus on the palate and aftertaste to keep things interesting. Just the thing if you’re planning a fondue with the leftover Christmas cheese. - Peter Pharos

( 29th Dec 2019 )

HU1401 HU1401 The Society's Hungarian White 2018

A pleasant, unspectacular perfumed, crisp white from the Eger region. The dry whites of Hungary tend to be overlooked in favour of better-known nationalities, but they represent excellent quality and value.

( Jewish Telegraph 27th Dec 2019 )

BE1911 BE1911 The Society's English Lager (3.8%, 330ml)

The Wine Society's pale unfiltered mini-Pilsner-style lager brewed in Leicestershire is worth trying.

( Jewish Telegraph 27th Dec 2019 )

BU72261 BU72261 The Society's White Burgundy 2018

 … superbly rounded, nicely balanced … sharp apple and citrus flavours are complemented by floral aromatics before a lingering creamy finish. - Raymond Gleug

( Belfast Newsletter 21st Dec 2019 )

CH3761 CH3761 Champagne Jean de Foigny Brut Premier Cru NV

… has everything you need from a Champagne to share with friends - a bready, biscuit and floral fragance with apples, pear and spice. It is refreshingly crisp and dry with an orchard fruit and lemon zing and great value … Carol Brown

( Press & Journal 21st Dec 2019 )

SG2131 SG2131 Nyetimber Brut Classic Cuvée NV

Chardonnay, pinot noir and meunier are estate-grown on chalky, undulating slopes. With chardonnay dominating, and more than three years on the lees, this is elegant with lemon and crinchy apples, a classic English flash of acidity and oat biscuit notes. - Carol Brown

( Press & Journal 21st Dec 2019 )

SP14251 SP14251 Bohórquez, Ribera del Duero 2009

From a young estate set up by entrpreneur Javier Bohorquez 20 years ago. Spicy, peppery, richly plummy with black cherry and liquorice notes - from a good vintage too. Unlike most Ribera del Duero estates, they mature it in a mix of both French and American oak for 14 months. - Rose Murray Brown

( The Scotsman 21st Dec 2019 )

SP14501 SP14501 Muga Reserva, Rioja 2015

Muga might be one of the traditional Rioja bodegas, but winemaker Jorge Muga makes brilliant Rioja using oak from their in-house cooperage. - Rose Murray Brown

( The Scotsman 21st Dec 2019 )

CH3911 CH3911 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 2004

… just what you want of a top-quality champagne. Admittedly, it’s very classic. Complex and minutely woven, the elements having had more than 11 years on lees in bottle to knit together, this is creamy-textured and just ridiculously easy to enjoy … The wines that go into Blanc des Millénaires always go through full malolactic conversion, which perhaps adds to its creaminess. But it certainly doesn’t taste at all sweet. Presumably the top-quality sources of Chardonnay play a part in this ... already providing massive pleasure with great texture and persistence ... I would expect it to have many, many more years of life in it. - Jancis Robinson

( 20th Dec 2019 )

CB5181A CB5181A Château Pey La Tour Réserve, Bordeaux Supérieur 2016

If you're looking for classic red Bordeaux at a decent price, mothing beats this for value. It's a luscious right-bank style where the accent is on merlot. Its dense blackcurrant fruit and hint of savoury spice on the nose make it a great partner for roast beef. - Andy Cronshaw

( Manchester Evening News 20th Dec 2019 )

CE10001 CE10001 The Society’s Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo 2017

… really ripe fruit makes a wine that genuinely tastes of the grape variety from which it was made. It is a perfect partner for rare roast beef. - Christopher Fielden

( Church Times 20th Dec 2019 )

CH3981 CH3981 Champagne Alfred Gratien Brut 2006

The Wine Society have been working with Alfred Gratien champagne for over a century, so it is no surprise that the supplier understands exactly what ticks boxes for The Society’s members – and delivers it handsomely in this example from the generous and very palatable 2006 vintage. Chardonnay dominates the complex 2006 Alfred Gratien Brut Champagne (£42 at The Wine Society and 12.5%) which has mellow lime fruit, zesty acidity, an excellent mousse and the type of brioche based complexity that typifies vintage champagne (and helps explain its higher price). - Brian Elliott

( 19th Dec 2019 )

FC37641 FC37641 Fitou, Domaine Jones 2017

It is a deep plum-coloured red, fruity and rich, with welcoming aromas. It's very drinkable, and will go well with red meats or crumbly chunks of Bleu d'Auvergne and oaty crackers. - Jane Clare

( Birmingham Post 19th Dec 2019 )

PW7711 PW7711 Casa Ermelinda Freitas Moscatel de Setúbal

… this wine has intense aromas of raisins, orange peel and spice and is fabulous with both Christmas cake and Christmas pudding … ridiculously inexpensive at £9.95. - Richard Esling

( West Sussex Gazette 18th Dec 2019 )

AU14211A AU14211A Bleasdale The Wise One Tawny Langhorne Creek

… a tawny Port look-alike … Rich and sweet, with lashings of dried fruit and a mocha finish, fortified to 18%. - Richard Esling

( West Sussex Gazette 18th Dec 2019 )

CH2871 CH2871 Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV

Charles Heidsieck relentlessly win medals and trophies for its wines – it may not have the marketing clout of some of the most famous marques, but it punches well above its weight on quality. For this, its standard champagne, around half of the blend consists of reserve wines, the oldest of which date back to 1990. And you can see that in the wine itself. It is honeyed, rich and powerful, with biscuit and brioche notes combined with lemon curd. For the money, this is hard to beat and will satisfy and impress all your guests. - Matt Pym

( Calibre Magazine 18th Dec 2019 )

SH552 SH552 Half bottle of Cayetano del Pino Palo Cortado Viejísimo 1/5

Much maligned and misunderstood, Sherry should be widely recognised as one of the world of wine’s greatest (and best value) styles. From bone dry to super-sweet, Sherry makes thrilling, evocative and unique wines that we should all drink far more regularly than just the odd bottle at Xmas! And this example shows just why. This is an excellent example of a rare Palo Cortado style, with an average age of over 40 years. Mature and deep yet extremely elegant and focused, a dry style, rounded and nutty on the palate, with a complex, fresh and endless finish. - Matt Pym

( Calibre Magazine 18th Dec 2019 )

SG2741 SG2741 The Society's Exhibition English Sparkling Wine NV

Made for The Wine Society by East Sussex's ever-reliable Ridgeview - now run by the second generation - this zingy and racy wine has real gravitas and Grace Kelly sophistication. Loaded to the gills with lemon sherbet and red apple fruitiness, an impressive modicum of baker's shop richness and mouth-cleansing acidity, it also has both persistence and length. Works well with salmon, trout, crab, dim sum, eggs Benedict and fish and chips. Gloriously zesty, refreshing and not clamouring to be Champagne. - James Viner

( Times of Tunbridge Wells 18th Dec 2019 )

SG2201 SG2201 The Society's Prosecco

This fizz has a light and subtle aroma, with hints of apple and pear, a sharpness of flavour and a lingering aftertaste.

( Good Housekeeping 17th Dec 2019 )

SH1042 SH1042 Half bottle of Salto al Cielo Estate Aged Pedro Ximenez

Which wines to drink with Christmas lunch: This stuff is a bit like a Christmas pudding in a glass so it’s definitely not a contrast in flavours. It is though dark, treacly and absolutely delicious. - Steffan Williams

( City AM 16th Dec 2019 )

CH3691 CH3691 Champagne Gosset Grand Réserve Brut NV

Which wines to drink with Christmas lunch: I have a fondness for the buttery loveliness of Gosset Grande Reserve Brut. - Steffan Williams

( City AM 16th Dec 2019 )

SA5881A SA5881A Nuy Red Muskadel

This pale red is sweet but not as luscious as Port. If you find port a little sickly-sweet try this. Alcohol levels are more restrained too with 17% as opposed to 20%. The wine is smooth with delicious red fruits and has some of that 'Christmas spice' character of tawny port. Delicious with any plum pudding or Christmas cake. - Colin Burbidge

( Lancashire Evening Post 16th Dec 2019 )

SG1061 SG1061 The Society's Saumur Brut NV

Which wines to drink with Christmas lunch: I’m an enthusiastic member of The Wine Society and their Saumur Brut is a crisp, top-notch option.  - Steffan Williams

( City AM 16th Dec 2019 )


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