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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Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chateau Clerc Milon: Pauillac (5th Growth): Wine Woman Pick

B.P.Rothschild Chateau Clerc Milon

French masterpiece. Notes of blackberry and raspberry mingled with a suggestion of liquorice and vanilla. The attack reveals a fine, rich tannic structure of considerable character. The tannins, both powerful & elegant, supporting clearly defined but expressively complex oaky flavours of toast, coconut & cigar.

Price: ¥1,753

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Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chateau d’Armailhac: Pauillac: Wine Woman Pick

B.P.Rothschild Chateau d'Armailhac

French Second Fiddle. A fine, vivid red colour with a ruby tint. An open, complex nose of fresh fruit and floral aromas mingling with denser vanilla, tobacco leaf & cedar. The body builds rapidly from a substantial attack on round, harmonious tannins which unfold over elegant, well-integrated oak, developing into liquorice, menthol and spice on the palate.

Price: ¥1,534

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Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Premium

Bass Phillip Pinot Noir Premium

“Make no mistake about it…these are brilliant Pinot Noirs, undoubtedly the finest being produced in Australia.” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, May 2002. Rated in the top twenty Australian wines by Langtons, this wine has a distinctive style which is seamless, complex, layered, textured and long.

Price: ¥2,542

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Bodegas Alina Emblema Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Woman Pick

Bodegas Alina Emblema Cabernet Sauvignon

First sampled in 2011: an instant hit. Staggeringly good value. An every day red wine of…forest berries & spices on a rich background of leather & liquorice. Sweet healthy tannins. Vegetal nuances typical of this variety at this price point and above and yet (Still) retailing elsewhere for around ¥138. That’s us, I guess: Generous to a fault. Grab a case; watch it evolve for very little outlay.

Price: ¥85

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Bodegas Alina Emblema Sauvignon Blanc: Wine Woman Pick

Bodegas Alina Emblema Sauvignon Blanc

BRILLIANT!!!! 2014 vintage is here. Fresh & powerful Chilean White with plenty of proper zingy acidity. A strong fresh floral wine with an intriguing mix of exotic fruits (passion fruit, grapefruit). The medium full body is a silken palate and exquisitely intense, with a supportive acidic structure and a nice finish. Our top selling white for the last 36 months (Dec 2015), sold elsewhere online at 138. Ouch.

Price: ¥85

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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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Callia Alta Chardonnay/Torrontes : Wine Woman Pick

Callia Alta Chardonnay/Torrontes

The future? Adding a healthy dash of Argentina’s own varietal makes Chardonnay interesting. Complex aroma of tropical fruits with hints of honey and flowers. It is fruity and fresh on the palate, with well-balanced acidity and a pleasant finish. Reminds of Pinot Blanc from Alsace.

Price: ¥115

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Callia Alta Syrah/Malbec: Wine Woman Pick

Callia Alta Syrah/Malbec

Now 2013 vintage of this Argentine blend. Our joint top selling red wine. It is a wine of great aromatic intensity. Its prevailing penetrating & vigorous notes are ripe blackberries, plums & figs, which, together with their sweet tannins & balanced acidity, render a full-bodied wine with a long finish. Sweet nectar. Never found a single detractor in 3 years.

Price: ¥115

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Callia Osaado Chardonnay: Wine Woman Pick

Callia Osaado Chardonnay

This fresh and fruity Argentine wine is lush with intense aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. Its delicate, satisfying mouth-feel is enhanced by a lingering finish. Callia is one of the wineries of the season as far as we are concerned and one we fully intend to watch develop into master crafts-folk, despite their relatively…

Price: ¥110

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Callia Osaado Shiraz: Wine Woman Pick

Callia Osaado Shiraz

Fruity, spicy and with backbone from the house of Callia. The future ‘De Bortoli of Argentina?’ : masters of low priced attractive wines. This has prunes and spicy aromas typical of Shiraz. The mouth-feel has a strong presence of fruits with medium structure, is complex and creamy.

Price: ¥110

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Callia Signos Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz

Callia Signos Cabernet Sauvignon

NEW BLEND: Never judge a book by its cover. Awesome Argentine Fruit, warmth & silkiness, warmer than a Chilean; less herbal. A lovely of surprise… development, once opened was unexpected. Day 2 was sublime. Simply had to purchase a further 8 cases to lock in the price for a while. “Delicious”, my wife adds, “this is exactly what I like!” Job done.

Price: ¥84

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Callia Signos Chardonnay

Signos Callia Chardonnay

There’s plenty of residual sweetness and fruitiness with twist of acidity. I’d place it the off dry category. Chill it well and you’ll be rewarded with a zesty everyday refreshing flavour that suits those who like their white wines un-oaked.

Price: ¥84

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Callia Signos Shiraz

Callia SignosShiraz from Argentina

The aroma has ripe plum, blackberry and sweet spices. Round with sweet tannins and a long and juicy finish. Ideal to enjoy with Asian spicy dishes. I just tried it with a Mexican chilli and was a really great combination. This wine can punch above its price-tag given some canny handling…

Price: ¥84

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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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Castelnoble Rojo Vivo Tempranillo NEW: Wine Woman Pick

Castelnoble Rojo Vivo Tempranillo

This Tempranillo is perfect if you’re looking for bold fruitiness without the more traditional oak finish. Definitely a great choice for every day wine; ideal to drink alone or pair with pastas as well as meats.

Tip: Let it breathe a few minutes (or even better, decanter it!) to really bring out a surprising amount of complexity! ESPECIALLY for a wine in this price range.

Price: ¥84

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Chateau Ste. Michelle ‘Michelle’ Brut: Multi Award Winner ’10,’13,’14,’15 Bronze, Silver, Gold: Wine Woman Pick

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Broad and expressive in its pear and lemon aromas, this steal of a sparkler has wonderful cut. It’s driven by clean, chalky minerality and a modest phenolic bite that will make it sing with a meal—even a simple roast chicken. Top value choice!

Price: ¥226

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Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Multiaward Winner ’10’13’15’16, Commended, Silver, Bronze, Gold!

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Very food-friendly wine. It is crafted in a fresh, soft style with bright apple and sweet citrus fruit character with subtle spice and oak nuances.

Pairs well with crab, poultry, salmon, and scallops. Try seasoning with ginger, lemon zest, tarragon, or thyme! Really bring out this Chardonnay’s complexity

Price: ¥203

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Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling: Multiaward winner ’13,’14,’16 Commended, Silver – Wine Woman Pick

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A remarkable wine for the price, this generous Riesling leads with green and yellow apple scents, and notes of cinnamon. The flavors are simply but satisfying, balanced and irresistibly mouthwatering. Even if you usually don’t like rieslings, this one may change your mind! 90pts WE

Price: ¥203
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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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Clos De Los Siete Red: Wine Woman Pick

Close De Los Siete Red

Created in Argentina by a team led by Michel Rolland; infamous consultant/winemaker featured in the documentary film, Mondovino. Dark garnet in hue; cassis and well oiled leather aromas. Firm tannins wrap the tongue in a leathery fist while flavours of wet dirt, cassis & dried black cherries fuse into a rich mulch of tastiness. South Americas most infamous wine?

Price: ¥265

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Coppola Bianco (Pinot Grigio)

Coppola Bianco Pinot Grigio

Light straw in colour, this Bianco exudes aromas of pineapple, lemon and fig, while pink grapefruit, apple, tangerine and minerals dance across the palate. We liked it too: it was just taking off as we found out we were losing access so there’s little of it remaining. TWM

Price: ¥177

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Coppola Diamond Chardonnay

Coppola Diamond Chardonnay

Sadly, this Californian master-class in old and modern at once is no more. We’ll keep an eye out but China never embraced this import. Buttercup yellow. Cantaloupe, pear and cinnamon. Apple, passion fruit and crème brulée. Half fermented in oak barrels; half in stainless steel. From the Godfather of Wine. but few cared…

Price: ¥260

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Coppola Diamond Zinfandel

Coppola Diamond Zinfandel

A Sad day. Another Zin bites the dust: No longer imported to China. Drink it…no more in the middle kingdom. I feel bad for initially forgetting / getting bogged down in so many other things and totally overlooking this wine. Shame on my neglect. On the other hand, I had shared it with others who were grateful, so I figure, “What the… I can’t do everything!”

Price: ¥260

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