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Nick Nunn wine column

11:04am Monday 21st July 2014

At one time much Italian Chianti sold in Britain was pretty rough stuff with tannins

Nick Nunn's weekly wine column

5:18pm Monday 7th July 2014

Extra Special Douro 2010, £6, Asda: Great own-label red for barbecues at an excellent price. The Douro Valley runs East to West across central Portugal. The grapes are the country’s own Touriga Nacional and Tina Roriz better known in Spain as Tempranillo. Alcohol is 13% and it is rich and meaty.

Nick Nunn wine column

11:24am Monday 23rd June 2014

Sunshine usually signals a glass of rose, but don't head straight for a rose blush

Review: Nick Nunn's weekly wine column

1:49pm Monday 16th June 2014

Nick Nunn's weekly wine column

Nick Nunn wine column

3:30pm Monday 9th June 2014

Specially Selected Carmenere 2012, £7.99, Morrisons

Review: Les Jamelles Viognier 2013, £6.49, Co-op

12:35pm Monday 2nd June 2014

Viognier is fast becoming fashionable because of lovely apricot and fresh peach flavours that make it ideal for summer days with food.

Review: Rosemount Estate Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2012, £7.99, Morrisons

12:00am Saturday 17th May 2014

One of the best known names in Australian wine and for many years one of the country’s largest family-owned makers.

Review: Ridgeview Marksman Blanc de Blancs Brut 2010, £26, M&S

4:03pm Friday 16th May 2014

Sussex’s Ridgeview was founded almost 20 years ago.

Review: Famille Perrin Coeur du Ventoux 2013, £10.99

10:30am Monday 12th May 2014

Limited edition, created by a project between France’s Famille Perrin

Review: Willow Bridge Estate Cabernet Merlot 2013

10:29am Monday 12th May 2014

Willow Bridge Estate Cabernet Merlot 2013, £7.99 (until May 13), Co-op

Wakefield Estate Riesling 2012, £11.99, Marks & Spencer

10:26am Tuesday 6th May 2014

Wakefield, in Australia’s Clare Valley, have found a formula for success

Louis Jadot Macon Villages 2012, £11.99, Nisa local

10:25am Tuesday 6th May 2014

Budgens Macon Villages is a French appellation and the wine is 100 per cent Chardonnay.

Exquisite Collection Rias Baixas Albarino 2013, £5.99, Aldi

11:10am Monday 28th April 2014

Albarino is the trendy white grape from Spain

Review: Venturer Vermentino 2013, £4.99, Aldi

11:09am Monday 28th April 2014

Some things aren’t easy to explain. Here’s an example, a lovely lemony dry white from Sicily

Craigmoor Shiraz 2012, £5.99 until April 22, Co-op

11:44am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Mudgee is the name of the town and wine region about 150 miles

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2013, £7.49 until April 22, Co-op

11:43am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

This top quality Sauvignon Blanc from the Wairau Valley in New Zealand is a bargain

Review: Veluti Primitivo, £9.99, Morrisons

6:00pm Saturday 22nd March 2014

Primitivo is the name of a uniquely Italian grape.

Review: Montes Sauvignon Blanc 2011, £8.99

3:00pm Saturday 22nd March 2014

An old favourite from a reliable maker

Review: Yali Viognier 2013, £9.99, Majestic

4:01pm Friday 14th March 2014

If the price looks high don’t worry.

Review: Faldeos Nevados 2012, £7.75, thewine society.com

3:59pm Friday 14th March 2014

Two whites this week made from less popular grapes which are such a change

Review: Codorniu NV Rosado Brut, Spain (£8.99, Sainsbury's)

4:50pm Saturday 8th February 2014

A wash of pale pink, this limited edition is dotted with tiny pink hearts

Review: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2013, £9.50, Wine Society

4:59pm Friday 7th February 2014

A tale of two Sauvignon Blancs today from the Wine Society

Review: Rocca Vecchia Falanghina 2012, £5.99

11:16am Monday 3rd February 2014

A good value white that’s different and well worth trying.

Review: Yalumba Old Bush Vine Grenache 2012, £9.99. Co-op

11:15am Monday 3rd February 2014

Although it’s strong at 14% alcohol this is a scrumptious quality drink that is lovely with lamb.

Review: Casillero del Diablo Carménère 2012, £5.99, Co-op

11:58am Monday 27th January 2014

Another bargain at £2 less than the normal £7.99 until February 4 is top Chilean winemaker

Review: Valdo Prosecco Treviso DOC, £6.99, Co-op

11:56am Monday 27th January 2014

Until February 4 you can get this beautiful bubbly for £3.50

Review: Pena Garnacha 2011, £8.99, laithwaites.co.uk.

4:21pm Monday 20th January 2014

Nestled in the south west corner of the Spanish province of Zaragoza

Review: TTD Primitivo Salento 2012, £6, Sainsbury’s

4:20pm Monday 20th January 2014

Down from the usual price of £7.69 in the January sales here’s the first of two old favourites.

Review: Morrisons Pinot Noir 2012, £7.99, Morrisons

2:01pm Monday 13th January 2014

The label shows a tightrope walker midway between two peaks, one sunny and the other being drenched in rain.

Review: Vina Ludy Albarino 2012, £7.99, Morrisons

2:01pm Monday 13th January 2014

The Spanish white Albarino grape is growing fast in popularity as something distinctly different from Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio.

Review: Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013

10:27am Monday 6th January 2014

A household name, Villa Maria, of Marlborough

Review: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Sancerre 2012, (£12.49, Sainsbury’s)

10:47am Monday 16th December 2013

A Loire Valley beauty, this sauvignon blanc is expressive but subtle with mineral flavours backed by herb and lemony elements with a hint of smoke on the crisp finish.

Review: Chateau les Sablines Monbazillac 2010, £8.99, Waitrose

10:47am Monday 16th December 2013

During the festive season there’s always a time and place for enjoying a sip or two of chilled pudding wine and here’s one with a lovely honey and citrus feel to it.

Review: Domaine Raynier 2012, £5.75, The Wine Society

10:46am Monday 16th December 2013

St Chinian is a French winegrowing appellation in the southern Languedoc and this red is great for anytime drinking

Review: Clos Floridene 2012, £16.99, Co-op

10:15am Monday 9th December 2013

We spend more at this time of the year on wine and hope for something special although some retailers make us pay more for very mediocre stuff.

Review: Cournon Lafleur Malbec 2012, £7.99, Majestic

10:14am Monday 9th December 2013

The Malbec grape has long been known for producing the inky-dark wine

Review: McGuigan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

3:45pm Monday 25th November 2013

Tesco McGuigan isn’t just a historic name that’s been at the forefront of South Australian winemaking for generations.

Review: Champagne Cattier Brut Icone £23.99, simplywinesdirect.com

9:32am Wednesday 13th November 2013

 A blend of 50 per cent pinot meunieur, 30 per cent pinot noir, 20 per cent chardonnay, this terrific champagne is fruity with a fresh, round palate.

Review: Apothic Red, £9.99, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda

9:32am Wednesday 13th November 2013

There’s been a lot of hype around the Hallowe’en UK launch of this red from Gallo

Review: Veuve Monsigny Brut Champagne, £12.99, Aldi

9:30am Wednesday 13th November 2013

At Christmas more fizzy wines are sold than at any other time of the year.

Review: Extra Special Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2012, £8, Asda

4:18pm Monday 4th November 2013

Two wines from the Australian state of Victoria starting with this lovely Asda

Review: Oxford Landing Cabernet Shiraz 2011, £7.99

4:00pm Tuesday 29th October 2013

Majestic Australia’s Oxford Landing Estates has a stable of keenly priced wines and this Cabernet Shiraz more than delivers

Review: Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Gris 2012, £9.99

3:59pm Tuesday 29th October 2013

Majestic The white Pinot Gris grape is full of apricot, mango and all kinds of juicy fruit flavours.

Review: Vignobles Roussellet Pinot Noir, £4.49, Aldi

3:58pm Tuesday 29th October 2013

A tale of two very different Pinots here.

Review: Concha Y Toro Trio Merlot 2012, Chile (£8.50, www.slurp.co.uk)

12:54pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013

A warm-fruited, wine that’s merlot dominant and topped up with carmenere and cabernet

Review: Verdicchio Classico 2012, £7.49, Sainsbury’s

12:52pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013

Verdicchio is a classic central Italian white produced from the grape of the same name near Ancona where its full name is Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi.

Review: Brown Brothers Tarrango 2012, £7.99, Sainsbury’s

12:47pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013

Tarrango is a special grape developed in Australia in the 1960s by crossing sultanas

Review: Montes Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2010

2:09pm Monday 23rd September 2013

Montes Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2010, £8.99, Morrisons

Review: La Selve Palissaire 2010

2:08pm Monday 23rd September 2013

La Selve Palissaire 2010, £7.59, Booths

Review: Vidal Reserve Syrah 2010, £14.99, nzhouseof wine.co.uk, winedirect.co.uk

2:47pm Tuesday 17th September 2013

Gold medal-winning New Zealand Syrah



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