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GR1571 GR1571 Xinomavro Jeunes Vignes, Thymiopoulos 2018

Here’s a star buy from the northern region of Naoussa. Medium-bodied and translucent, it’s rather like a good pinot noir yet with distinct floral, fruity aromas and a touch of oak. A great summer red. - Will Lyons

( The Sunday Times 28th Jun 2020 )

£10.95
AA2901 AA2901 The Society's Grüner Veltliner 2019

The 100 best wines for summer 2020: The historic Weingut Stadt Krems, in the celebrated Kremstal region, is one of Austria’s star turns, producing groovy grüner veltliner wines on its terraced vineyards that punch well above their weight. See for yourself with this delicious, zesty, white-pepper, angelica and lemon twist of a 2019. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 27th Jun 2020 )

£8.50
AL14861 AL14861 Gewurztraminer 'Roche Roulée', Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2017

The 100 best wines for summer 2020: Zind-H is a great Alsace estate and one of my favourites, with extraordinary, concentrated, glacé-fruit-scented wines. Overflowing with seductive, heady, smoky, candied violet and lychee fruit, this is a must-have. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 27th Jun 2020 )

£20.00
CE11151 CE11151 Lascar Classic Central Valley Chardonnay 2019

The 100 best wines for summer 2020: Glorious, bold, buttery burnt toast and vanilla-charged chardonnay that punches well above its weight. Close your eyes, take a sip and you’d imagine Lascar was a much more expensive new-world wine.- Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 27th Jun 2020 )

£5.95
FC37461 FC37461 Saint-Chinian, Château La Dournie 2017

Taut red cranberry fruit, smoky chalky tannins, opulent mouthfeel, lifted spice and mocha to finish. - Rose Murray Brown

( The Scotsman 27th Jun 2020 )

£10.50
IT28751 IT28751 Piemonte Cortese 2019

The 100 best wines for summer 2020: Araldica, founded in 1954, is one of Italy’s most important co-ops, producing more than a million cases annually of a wide range of tasty whites and reds, including this cortese grape gem. This is brimming with elegant lemon zest and fennel-spiked fruit. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 27th Jun 2020 )

£6.50
PW8011 PW8011 The Society's Vinho Verde 2019

The 100 best wines for summer 2020: … a refreshing summer-in-a-glass, spritzy, sparky, vinho verde from Portugal for £6.95, the perfect staycation swig. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 27th Jun 2020 )

£6.95
SP15371 SP15371 Navajas Blanco Crianza, Rioja 2016

The 100 best wines for summer 2020: There’s white rioja and white rioja; this is the latter, made from the Navajas family’s grapes that used to disappear in one of the big guns’ blends, such as Cune. Care of a swish new winery and new oak barrel ageing, this one has oodles of rich, toasty, vanilla spice. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 27th Jun 2020 )

£8.95
PW8011 PW8011 The Society's Vinho Verde 2019

The 100 best wines for summer 2020: The Wine Society has a wonderful range of Portuguese wines. So tuck into this summer-in-a-glass vinho verde with light, floral, refreshing lemon-twist fruit and spritz that comes from the ace Monção co-op in the damp, green far north of the country, bordering Spain. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 27th Jun 2020 )

£6.95
BJ7981 BJ7981 Château d'Emeringes, Beaujolais-Villages Vieilles Vignes 2018

Summertime is perfect for the lightness and freshness of Beaujolais and this example is discernibly superior to most Beaujolais Villages because it is from the region’s most northerly (best) part and made from older vines.  Sophistication is exuded by [this wine] with its vibrant acidity, herbal infused cherry and loganberry fruit and earthy mineral depth that, together, make this exceptional value for money. - Brian Elliott

( midweekwines.co.uk 25th Jun 2020 )

£8.95
CH3391 CH3391 Champagne Castelnau Reserve Brut NV

Known by its peers and amongst the world’s top wine critics for its exceptional quality, Champagne Castelnau Brut Réserve NV is multi-award winning, vegetarian and vegan, and made to the highest standard by respected Chef de Cave, Elisabeth Sarcelet who has been creating this superb Champagne range for more than 30 years. The signature for Champagne Castelnau Brut Réserve NV is a full and flavoursome style, balanced with crisp, refreshing acidity and a clean, pitch-perfect finish. Its contemporary, understated packaging is the perfect complement to any table setting, from light snacks to a more formal meal.

( Luxury Lifestyle Magazine 25th Jun 2020 )

£29.50
IT28671 IT28671 Grillo Sicilia Isola della Fiamma, Cantine Rallo 2019

All peach, plums and florals. Try it with … courgette fritters. - Victoria Moore

( BBC Good Food Magazine 25th Jun 2020 )

£6.50
US9101 US9101 Cline Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2018

I love this one with its lively redcurrant aroma and expansive summer fruit palate. Gorgeous.

( Surrey Comet 25th Jun 2020 )

£14.95
AL15531 AL15531 Pinot Noir Réserve, Trimbach 2018

Still better known for their spicy, sumptuous whites, producers in Alsace are getting better and better at ripening pinot noir. The best, such as Trimbach’s, are distinguished by an easy-drinking, summer-ready raciness and delightfully pretty red fruit. - David Williams

( The Observer 21st Jun 2020 )

£16.00
FC35571 FC35571 Grenache Côtes Catalanes, Domaine Jones 2016

Softer and smoother [than jones's Fitou], bursting with raspberry and plum and carrying a hint of dark chocolate and a slight whiff of thyme and rosemary. This is good value for a fine southern French red – enjoy it with a rare steak or cheeseboard. - Susy Atkins

( Sunday Telegraph 21st Jun 2020 )

£13.50
FC37641 FC37641 Fitou, Domaine Jones 2017

Jones’s Fitou is sturdy stuff, packed with blackberries and cassis, as well as being sprinkled with spice and black pepper. It needs food, and ideally a rich red meat stew or chargrilled lamb. - Susy Atkins

( Sunday Telegraph 21st Jun 2020 )

£15.50
RH55041 RH55041 Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, Guigal 2018

Southern France is mostly red wine country. And the Rhône Valley, which for years went with the snappy marketing tag of “think red, think Côtes du Rhône”, is perhaps especially redcentric: white wines account for just 6% of wines made in the vineyards that start just south of Lyon and stretch down to Avignon and Nîmes. They may be relatively rare, but the white wines that are made here can be particularly charming: not in a nervy, tingly or zippy style that you would find further north, but something to fill the mouth with ripe stone fruit and summer garden flowers. The fragrant, sometimes-verging-on-viscous viognier variety is at the heart of many of the most captivating Rhône whites, and the Guigal family uses plenty of it, along with the equally alluring roussanne, marsanne and others, in its Côte du Rhône blanc, which serves its peachy fruit with a drizzle of blossomy honey. - David Williams

( The Observer 21st Jun 2020 )

£10.95
SP15601 SP15601 Muga Rosado, Rioja 2019

A long-running classic rosado from Rioja, Muga’s garnacha-led pink is as ripe-fruited, bold yet balanced and refreshing as ever, with the weight to handle meaty fish, full-flavoured marinades, and classic Spanish smoked paprika-laden dishes. - David Williams

( The Observer 21st Jun 2020 )

£9.50
BJ7902 BJ7902 Half bottle of The Society’s Beaujolais-Villages 2018

If you live on your own, this popular, own-label bottling is the ideal summer treat. Also available in full-size bottles for £7.95 [BJ7901] - Fiona Beckett

( The Guardian 20th Jun 2020 )

£4.95
CH2871 CH2871 Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV

Who doesn’t beam when they hear that champagne cork pop? This opulent, full-bodied and masterful bottle from a small, iconic champagne house is the perfect pick-me-up — and a very special drink to toast our dads. Charles Heidsieck age their NV champers for at least five years before disgorging (far longer than the legal requirement of 15 months) and use 40% of old reserve wines, thereby bestowing an ample core of buttered water biscuit, bread dough, nuts and acacia; all qualitative clues to a full-flavoured and attractively textured palate. Marvellous. - James Viner

( Times of Tunbridge Wells 18th Jun 2020 )

£45.00
IT29641 IT29641 Valpolicella, Allegrini 2019

Chill this mouth-watering, vibrant, zingy, red cherry-laden Italian red for a summer sip on hot days. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 13th Jun 2020 )

£12.50
SG2131 SG2131 Nyetimber Brut Classic Cuvée NV

Gorgeous, creamy, lemon brioche-scented English sparkler from one of our finest producers. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 13th Jun 2020 )

£31.00
SG1071 SG1071 The Society's Saumur Rosé Brut NV

When you see a combination of bubbles and rosé, thoughts turn to pinot noir but this Loire Valley version uses cabernet franc which is bird of a very different feather and provides a mineral and black pepper bite that gives this wine a distinctive twist. If  a mineral edge to your fizz works for you then you will love [this wine] with its strawberry and red plum fruit, good acidity, lively mouthfeel, hints of green pepper and, of course that savoury mineral and mocha background. - Brian Elliott 

( midweekwines.co.uk 11th Jun 2020 )

£11.50
CH2871 CH2871 Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV

From the house founded in Reims in the mid-19th century by “Champagne Charlie” Charles Camille Heidsieck, this is one of the best non-vintage bubblies on the market. Complex and sophisticated, with sumptuous notes of biscuit, brioche and ground almonds. A treat for the senses. - Will Lyons

( The Sunday Times 7th Jun 2020 )

£45.00
CH3391 CH3391 Champagne Castelnau Reserve Brut NV

The champagne has a wonderful nose of brioche, toasted pineapple and apple compote. The flavours of fruits shiver in the mouth, there's a richness and depth which lingers for a very long time indeed. The champagne would add the finishing touches to any special day. Perhaps when you're finally able to see friends and family. - Jane Clare

( Liverpool Echo 6th Jun 2020 )

£29.50
FC38661 FC38661 Corbières Rosé, Château Ollieux Romanis 2019

Owned by the Bories since 1896, the renowned Ollieux Romanis is in the prime spot of Boutenac and has some of the oldest carignan vines in Corbières. All of which explains why this enticing, dry, garlicky food-friendly rosé, with its bold, sunny, pine and rosemary scents, is such a star turn. - The Times

( The Times 6th Jun 2020 )

£10.95
FC38931 FC38931 Côtes de Provence, Miraval Rosé 2019

Scrumptious, pale, herb and hibiscus-perfumed pink, enhanced with syrah and oak barrel-aged rolle, from Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and the winemaker Marc Perrin. Unlike other celeb-endorsed wines, Miraval has improved with every vintage. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 6th Jun 2020 )

£16.00
SG1071 SG1071 The Society's Saumur Rosé Brut NV

Sparkling Saumur used to be everyone’s cheap-as-chips fizz and, at long last, quality has returned. See for yourself with this refreshing, good, ordinary, partridge-eye pink, with its light but lively, waxy, redcurranty, easy-sipping cabernet-franc fruit. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 6th Jun 2020 )

£11.50
SP15471 SP15471 Señorio de Sarrίa Rosado, Navarra 2019

Move over, Tavel rosé, if you are looking for a big food-friendly, punchy, dark rose-red pink that can tackle garlicky salads and barbecued bangers with ease, this one has your name on it. I loved its delicious, dry, spicy, new-wave cherry-ripe Spanish fruit and so will you. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 6th Jun 2020 )

£6.95
SP15601 SP15601 Muga Rosado, Rioja 2019

Spanish rosados are darker and meatier than most, making them great summer food swigs. Oak-fermented, tried and trusted, grenache and tempranillo-based Muga, enlivened with a dash of viura, has oodles of delicious, nutty, smoky, strawberry fruit. Summer 2020’s smart barbecue bottle. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 6th Jun 2020 )

£9.50
GR1571 GR1571 Xinomavro Jeunes Vignes, Thymiopoulos 2018

Lovely red fruits and a bit of mint. - David Clay

( Rotherham Advertiser 4th Jun 2020 )

£10.95
GR1651 GR1651 Samos Anthemis 2013 50cl

From the muscat grape, this has lovely orange and honey on the nose. - David Clay 

( Rotherham Advertiser 4th Jun 2020 )

£9.50
LO15751 LO15751 Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie, Comte Leloup du Château de Chasseloir, Cuvée des Ceps Centenaires 2015

The vines are 100 years old. Fresh, salty, complex.  - David Clay

( Rotherham Advertiser 4th Jun 2020 )

£9.95
RO221 RO221 Novac Sec, Prince Ştirbey 2016

This Romanian red uses local grapes negru and saperavi, and with its fresh juicy ripe flavours is well worth a try. - David Clay 

( Rotherham Advertiser 4th Jun 2020 )

£13.95
CH2951 CH2951 Champagne Lilbert Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Perlé NV

Soft and seductive floral and ripe pear aromas, a hint of fresh-baked pastry and a delicacy that comes from lower-than-normal pressure in the bottle, making it perfect for enjoying throughout dinner. Composed mainly of Cramant fruit along with grapes from other grand cru villages that have been fermented in stainless steel and given a very low dosage before shipping. - Charles Curtis MW

( Decanter 3rd Jun 2020 )

£39.50
GR1571 GR1571 Xinomavro Jeunes Vignes, Thymiopoulos 2018

Earth and Sky's little brother, this is the young vine approach to the Naoussa vineyards. Zippy, zesty and pure, with notes of local herbs and wild grasses. Bright with red fruits; made with 40% wholes bunches to amplify the juiciness, Rustic, in a good way, ready-made for sausages and barbecued meat. Not just a drink-me-now wine: tasting back to 2007 (2006 was the first vintage) shows its longevity. - Sarah Jane Evans MW

( Decanter 3rd Jun 2020 )

£10.95
GR1601 GR1601 Thymiopoulos Rapsani Terra Petra 2017

Windswept vineyards between the Mediterranean and Mount Olympus, growing on schist. A different feel to [Thymiopoulos'] Naoussa wines and a different style, as the xinomavro is only half the blend. Pale in colour but alight with liquorice, cocoa, redcurrant and leather. Superbly long, smooth and supple palate with such a bite of tannin. Rapsani can only get better. - Sarah Jane Evans MW

( Decanter 3rd Jun 2020 )

£22.00
SP15201 SP15201 The Society's Rioja Crianza 2016

At £8.50 this is simply stunning value. Unusually this is 100% tempranillo … Glorious nose of cranberries, redcurrants, bramble fruit, cherries and spices and has a tangy lift of acidity on the finish that makes it really food-friendly. - Lynn News

( Lynn News 2nd Jun 2020 )

£8.50
FC38321 FC38321 Rosé Duo des Plages, Pays d'Oc 2019

Refreshingly fruity, dry, quaffable, and great value at only £6.95 a bottle, with surprising depth of flavour at this price. - Richard Esling

( Sussex Express 1st Jun 2020 )

£6.95
FC38561 FC38561 The Society's Corsican Rosé 2019

… one of my favourites. Fabulously well-made, dry, crisp, flavoursome, satisfying and refreshing. - Richard Esling

( Sussex Express 1st Jun 2020 )

£10.50
FC38651 FC38651 Domaine Les Mesclances, Charmes, IGP Méditerranée Rosé 2019

... a little of the local tibouren grape variety in the mix. Very aromatic, with hints of Mediterranean herbs and flowers. - Richard Esling

( Sussex Express 1st Jun 2020 )

£8.95
FC38661 FC38661 Corbières Rosé, Château Ollieux Romanis 2019

Very naturally made wine from an organic vineyard, it is mouth-watering and delicate, yet full flavoured, with hints of wild herbs. - Richard Esling

( Sunday Express 1st Jun 2020 )

£10.95
FC38811A FC38811A Coteaux d Aix en Provence Rosé, Chateau Vignelaure 2019

Full-flavoured, savoury and refreshing, from one of the top Provence estates, with weight enough to accompany many dishes. - Richard Esling

( Sussex Express 1st Jun 2020 )

£13.50
FC38821 FC38821 Côtes de Provence Rosé, Château de Galoupet Cru Classé 2019

Full-bodied and dry, with great complexity. Outstanding, with great length. - Richard Esling

( Sussex Express 1st Jun 2020 )

£13.50
AR4091 AR4091 Zaha Toko Vineyard Paraje Altamira Malbec 2016

… splash out on the cooler Altamira zone in the Uco valley, and its 2016 Zaha Toko Vineyard Paraje Malbec with its velvety texture and sweet sage, violet and black raspberry spice. - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 30th May 2020 )

£25.00
FC38561 FC38561 The Society's Corsican Rosé 2019

Where Umanu [FC38641]is lean and savoury, this dry Corsican rosé has a fuller (slightly grainy), rounder texture and is more pink in both appearance and flavour. It’s lovely, made mostly from niellucciu (aka sangiovese) with a lot of sciaccarellu and a bit of grenache, vermentino and cinsault. Provence fans will be delighted with this pair. - Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 30th May 2020 )

£10.50
FC38641 FC38641 Umanu Rosé, Ile de Beauté, Vignerons Corsicans 2019

For those who like their rosé savoury, scented like maquis and green olives and very, very sheer, this extremely pale, salmon-pink-coloured wine is superb. Very understated indeed but, like spider silk, it has surprising tenacity and persistence. The grapes are cinsault and sciaccarellu – a local Corsican variety. - Victoria Moore

( The Daily Telegraph 30th May 2020 )

£8.95
FC38701 FC38701 Picpoul de Pinet, Domaine Félines Jourdan 2019

Softer in style than most Picpouls, this has apricot notes with a streak of lime freshness and a crunchy, minerally finish. - Christine Austin

( Yorkshire Post 30th May 2020 )

£8.95
RH53881 RH53881 Grignan-les-Adhémar, Delas 2018

… decadently rich, full-bodies and impressively aromatic … Ripe muscular blackberry flavours, a warm smoky palate and a spicy, judiciously oaked finish combine to create a robust, rustic and quite old-fashioned by thoroughly enjoyable blend of grenache and syrah. It went wonderfully well with [a] black and white pudding sausages, leek, tomato and butterbean casserole … Raymond Gleug

( Belfast Newsletter 23rd May 2020 )

£8.50
SP15471 SP15471 Señorio de Sarrίa Rosado, Navarra 2019

so-pink-it’s-almost-red … fullish, lush flavours of summer berries and the right side of dry. - Terry Kirby 

( The Independent 23rd May 2020 )

£6.95

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