Alexander Grappa Cellini 700ml

Alexander Grappa Cellini  700ml

Appearance: Colourless and clear. Aroma: Hints of fresh fruits and wild flowers. Taste: Fresh, powerful, modern. Persistent flavour of fresh fruits.

Price: ¥204

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Bottega Sambuca Bianco Cellini 700ml

Bottega Sambuca Bianco Cellini 700ml

Appearance: Sambuca is an Italian aniseed-flavoured, usually colourless liqueur. Its most common variety is often referred to as white Sambuca.

Price: ¥104

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Castello d’Albola ‘Albola’ Chianti DOCG Bronze 2014: Wine Woman Pick

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Earth and cherry dominate the nose. Cherries and blueberries with violets on the palate. Lighter bodied. Light tannins and a medium, fruity finish. Very nice, easy wine for those warmer days! This is great, great value, worth trying.

Ideally pairs with meats and heavy pastas

Price: ¥158

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Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico DOCG: New Wine* Commended 2014

Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico

This is why we drink Chianti. Forget stupid dried grass covered nonsense ‘flasks’ sold by idiots in tat shops on poor advice. This is a thing of real beauty. Ruby-red tending towards garnet. Elegant, with delicate scents of violets. Well-balanced and dry, with good structure and a velvety texture. A perfect accompaniment for the richly flavoured dishes of the traditional Chianti cuisine, as well as for grilled meats and aged cheeses.

Price: ¥265

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Castello d’Albola Chianti Classico Riserva ’15, ’16 multiaward winner bronze, silver

This is what Chianti Classico should be: fruity, and with nice acidity but with a velvety character. The latter is often missing in lesser versions. Amarenas, cherries, tangerines, flowers, mokka coffee and a little mushroom. Cherries woody herbs, hint of coffee, hint of soft vanilla in the taste, far away some cloves. Elegant and velvety. Long finish. A complete delight, with well earned awards.

Price: ¥420

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Chiaro Pinot Grigio IGT: New Wine

Chiaro Pinot Grigio IGT

Generally speaking, I am interested in more body in a wine than is on offer here. but for the money we really can’t grumble too much. Zonin’s PG has more of that body that I am talking about. Maybe interested parties can test the both to find out which floats their personal tastebud boat..

Price: ¥94

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Chiaro Primitivo IGT: New Wine: Wine Woman Pick

Chiaro Primitivo IGT

A very welcome surprise, this wine, which has adorned portfolio and been leaving our shelves for almost 4 years without a webpage; yet the ghastly label put me off. The Prosecco from these guys is perfectly drinkable too, Dark ruby red in colour with violet highlights. The bouquet is intense with nuances of plum, black cherry and earthy, spicy aromas. The palate is medium-bodied and offers forward fruit, balanced acidity and round tannins.

Price: ¥94

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Chiaro Prosecco Sparkling: Wine Woman Pick

Chiaro Prosecco Sparkling

Prosecco is on the up, up, up and the moment. No doubt about that. Pages and pages are being written about it online. ‘Bubbles’ is always satisfying, but unlike Champagnes which can be quite heavy (if there’s a lot of Pinot Noir in the blend), Proseccos are lighter and fresher, and the fruit seems always vibrant with a nice balancing acidity.

Price: ¥115

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Firriato Branciforti Dei Bordonard Catarrato Bianco IGT Sicily

Firriato Branciforti Dei Bordonard Catarrato Bianco IGT Sicily

The white “Branciforti” presents a brilliant straw yellow colour with greenish reflections. It boasts a beautifully fragrant bouquet that has notes of meadow flowers and ripe pears. Through its balanced acidity, this wine is an ideal complement to appetizers and seafood.

Price: ¥102

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Firriato Branciforti Rosso IGT Sicily: Wine Woman Pick

Firriato Branciforti Rosso IGT Sicily

Delicious red fruits bouquet. The palate is round with an extraordinary balance. Pairing Ideal accompaniment to roast, grilled meat, game and flavoured medium-aged cheese. Traditional vinification in red fermenters; Period of fermentation 10 days.

Price: ¥108

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Firriato Emporio Bianco IGT Sicily

Firriato Emporio Bianco IGT Sicily

It appears a straw yellow color with a hue of green. Floral and muture pear nose. It also has a pleasant continuous acidity. Food matching: Salads, seafood or Pasta.

Price: ¥78

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Firriato Emporio Rosso IGT Sicily

Firriato Corinzio/Emporio Rosso IGT Sicily

A bright, lively ruby-red colour. Vinous bouquet, fresh and attractive, with rich fruity tones. Dry but well-balanced flavour: extremely easy to drink. Food Matching: Ideal to enjoy with some grilled white meat and vegetables or with pasta or noodles.

Price: ¥78

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Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina DOCG

Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina DOCG

The most famous wine from the estate, Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG, defines the appellation. Classic Chianti Rufina consisting of mostly Sangiovese with small amounts of Malvasia Nera, Colorino, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged 24 months in barrel plus another 3 months in the bottle.

Price: ¥299

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Marco Felluga-Collio Cabernet Sauvignon

Marco Felluga-Collio Cabernet

A respected house in the Northernmost part of Italy, Marco Felluga-Collio, makes artisan wines in many popular varieties. Here is the Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep red ruby in colour, tending to turn garnet red as it ages. Intense perfume recalling the sweet violet and wisteria. It has a good structure on the palate, slightly tannic, pleasant and harmonic. It is particularly suitable for ageing, even in small barrels. Suggested with red meat and game. Also available: Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Moscato Rosato & Chardonnay.

Price: ¥303

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Pio Cesare “Il Bricco” Barbaresco

Pio Cesare

Aroma: Powerful and structured, rich in ripe fruit, opulent. Taste: Spicy and with a very long life. Produced in small quantities and only in excellent vintages.

Price: ¥1,053

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Pio Cesare Barbera D’Alba: New Wine

 Pio Cesare Barbera D'Alba

Comes from Piedmont, not strictly ‘the Barolo area’ though that famous wine is from the locale. Also Barbera from Asti has a generally higher pedigree across like for like producers, so look out for that where you can. Incidentally, you should be pairing this with PIZZA. Red Sauce Pasta. BBQ might work well. Barbera loves tomato based food and any selection of cold and cooked meats from the deli. Think Italian food and you are in heaven.

Price: ¥297

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Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato (Nebbiolo)

Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato (Nebbiolo)

Aroma: The bouquet is ethereal with hints of violets, blackberry jam, licorice and cloves. Taste: The palate is dry and austere with well polished tannins which lead to a lengthy, concentrated finish. Food Matching: Aged cheddar, red meat, game, abalone or high quality tofu.

Price: ¥1,053

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Pio Cesare Dolcetto D’Alba: New Wine

Pio Cesare Dolcetto D'Alba

Until we are able to make our own entry here, please note that Pio Cesare is a proper, established and awarded producer with pedigree. A bit of history: Pio Cesare was founded in 1881; an early pioneer of Piedmont. For five generations, the family has been producing traditional Piemontese wines in its ancient cellars, located in the centre of the town of Alba. Fresh, fruity, fragrant with body and structure, spicy, ripe fruit and roundness.

Price: ¥285

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Pio Cesare Gavi (Cortese) New Wine

Pio Cesare Gavi

These descriptions are so funny we have to leave them in. Some of it makes sense though. Youthfulness is a good idea. Not sure about the food Pairings. Sounds ‘orrible. Ripe fruit with freshness and a clean spicy fragrance, good complex flavour, smooth, silky, rich and slightly aromatic, meant to be consumed young but it can age in the bottle up to 3 years. Braised minced seafood with bean curd soup. Sublime with seafood cocktails, fish and patés. Also perfect with Asia food in spicy. Hilarious.

Price: ¥270

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Pio Cesare Moscato D’Asti: New Wine

Pio Cesare Moscato D'Asti

Me likes a bit of dessert wine and the odd sweet bubbles. And this is really quite interesting ground here. Asti is the most famous spot in Italy for Fizz.Pale yellow punctuated by elegant bubbles. This wine has an intense bouquet of fragrant fruit. A compact, round body leads to a long finish. Ideal with all sorts of desserts including fruit salads, fruit tarts, chocolate cakes and more. Lightly marinated tuna in lemon juice with bread crouton and goose liver sauce. Semi-preserved foie gras, citrus tart, chocolate cake, bresse blue cheese. (Bubbles go with everything)

Price: ¥264

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Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo (Sangiovese, Merlot)

Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo (Sangiovese, Merlot)

Reviews and Scores: Vintage 2008, 92/100 , Wine Advocate The blend of Sangiovese and Merlot from vines of an average age of 25 to 35 years yields a refined, elegantly stylish wine of fruit forward lushness.

Price: ¥459

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Tenuta Sette Ponti Morellino di Scansano

Tenuta Sette Ponti Morellino di Scansano Red

Ruby red. Fruit and flower. Fresh and full bodied. I fell in love with Morellino Di Scansano while working for Oddbins in the UK; (the world’s greatest wine merchant back then). My baptism into Italian wines. My boss said, “Try that”, with a warm grin. Reviews and Scores: Vintage 2005, 85/100 , Wine Spectator

Price: ¥251

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Wine Country of the Month : March 2015: Italy

March 30, 2015

March 2015 Wine Country of the Month : Italy Italy has many closely regulated wine regions, a large growing area with variable geography and climatic influences, 1500 ‘permitted’ grape varieties and a long history of cultivation. Consequently, distinctively different wines are produced in a wide range of styles and quality levels. Generally considered an old […]

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Zonin Amarone Della Valpolicella DOC:Bronze Medal winner 2014

Zonin Amarone Della Valpolicella DOC

Laboriously crafted into existence in Northern Italy is one of the most flavoursome, intense wines on Earth. Garnet red with brilliant ruby reflections. Very fruity & rich. Broad & nuanced with scents of wild berries. Majestic & velvety with richly fruity dried grape tones. Sweet residual sugars make for an intoxicating finish.

Price: ¥601

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Zonin Classici Chianti DOCG

Zonin Classici Chianti

A classic style of a classic wine. Bright ruby-red colour marked by violet reflections that tend to become garnet with age. Intense, fine & elegant scents of violets, wild berries, red flowers, berries & subtle notes of plums. Full-bodied, well integrated, fine textured tannins and beautiful fruit on the finish. Dry, nicely balanced and enticing with lingering acidity and flavours of cherry & spice.

Price: ¥148

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Zonin Classici Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC: Wine Woman Pick

Zonin Classici Montepulciano D'Abruzzo D.O.C.

Italy makes this easy. Bright, warm ruby-red colour. Broad bouquet, with well-defined scents of bitter almonds against a faint background of wild berries. Smooth flavour, full-bodied with notable personality and outstanding persistence. Food Matching: Ideal to enjoy with red meat dishes, or with spicy meat dishes.

Price: ¥118

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Zonin Collection Soave DOC: BIN END

Zonin Collection Soave D.O.C

JUST 1 CASE LEFT. Bright straw-yellow colour. Wine of great elegance, offering aromas of good intensity. It offers scents of white flowers combined with those of slightly green apples. The flavour is no less satisfying, superbly balanced and persistent. The after taste is delicate.

Price: ¥117

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Zonin Nero D’Avola IGT Terre Siciliane (Sicily): New Wine in 2015 packaging

Zonin Collection Nero D'Avola

This thumbnail picture here shows an earlier version of the product. Try as we might we can’t get hold a recent pic. No one can! Anyhow, we think the inside of the bottle is fabulous: Rich and intense ruby-red colour. Intense and fruity bouquet with hints of plum and dried cherry. Velvety texture with an elegant yet luscious and persistent flavour. It displays good fullness. And the new packaging is superb too.

Price: ¥148

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