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Alegria is a wonderful manzanilla, pale, aromatic and pungent yet delicate, fine and whistle-clean. Like all manzanilla, it is aged in Sanlúcar de Barrameda on the Atlantic coast where the protective flor yeast exerts a stronger influence on the wine, resulting in a pale colour and salty tang. The ideal partner for fish and shellfish, or simply an aperitif to stimulate the appetite.
This is exactly what modern, gorgeous Rioja is all about. A full, plump and generously fruity red from a new young team who own vineyards in the southern part of the region.
A well-balanced, silky claret with polished tannins and plenty of charm. Appealing and easy-drinking red Bordeaux.
Three generations of the Jaume family farm some 200 acres of vineyard in the southern Rhône village of Vinsobres. The climate here is influenced by Alpine foothills so that cooling breezes play on the vines, preserving fresh fruit flavours in the wines. Easy-drinking, yet full-flavoured and food friendly and a Decanter World Wine Awards bronze medal winner 2021.
The second vintage from Esporão's new Vinho Verde estate in northern Portugal. Pretty bottle, pretty wine, delicate but with plenty of citrus and fresh tropical fruit.
Familie Mantler is an idyllic and small family winery in sleepiest Austria making charming wines which offer unbeatable value. This is a lifted and wonderfully refreshing grüner, with lemon, peach and apricot flavours; we have been particularly impressed by the 2020 vintage of this wine, which is especially vibrant and generous.
This Fiano stood out in our 2021 Wine Champions blind tasting and it’s easy to see why. With peach and apricot flavours, an intense yet refreshing style, this characterful Sicilian white is easy to enjoy by the glass or with a range of dishes.
A brand new wine from the Symington family's organically certified vineyards in Portugal's Douro Valley. Rich, smooth and ready to go, it needs no decanting, just a plate of cheese, a comfortable sofa and willing friends.
This marriage of two Rhône grape varieties from the Minervois-Saint-Chinian border is now a firm and deserving member favourite. Fresh, round and moreishly fruity white wine from the deep south of France.
A fresh, fragrant and delicious 100% moschofilero that’s brimming with lime-zest, stone-fruits and rosehips on the nose, with zingy acidity and an underlying spicy character on the palate. A real taste of Greece that punches well above its price-tag. A Decanter World Wine Awards silver medal winner 2021.
A fittingly friendly and deservedly popular Champion from California’s Pedroncelli family. A soft, ripe and expressive blend of merlot, syrah and zinfandel, its juicy raspberry and blackberry fruit and luxurious mocha and vanilla notes conspired to earn a comfortable victory.
Prosecco is all the rage at the moment, but there are some rather uninspiring examples knocking about. We took our time to source the right wine at the right price. It’s fresh and gentle with a pleasing touch of green apples on the nose. A great, and great-value, bottle of fizz.
This is a classic, juniper-led gin made exclusively for the Wine Society by master distiller Charles Maxwell to our own bespoke recipe. The botanicals include organic coriander, angelica and orris which add layers of spice and complexity to this superb counter-top gin.
This Irish distillery was set up by three mates looking for a dramatic career change. The company is based in Skibbereen and this is a delicate blend of grain (75%) and malt (25%) whiskey matured in bourbon casks, with a smooth style, citrus, vanilla, sultana and cracked pepper flavours.