Armand Dartois Cotes du Ventoux Rhone: Wine Man Pick

December 2, 2012
Armand Dartois Cotes du Ventoux Rhone

Currently, at the lower mid-point of its price range. This unpretentious interpretation of the Grenache grape has a relatively light body with an earthy, spicy character that is typical of the French approach to grenache within the Ventoux appellation and is naturally low in acid. Its lightness makes it easy drinking. Notice how it develops more complexity as you quaff your way through the bottle.

Price: ¥78

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B.P. Rothschild Mapu Red (Cab Sauv / Carmenere) : Wine Man Pick

November 22, 2011
B.P.Rothschild Mapu Red (Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere)

Very attractive Chilean blend with ruby red and violet tints. Rich & generous, an explosion of red fruit, blackcurrant and blackberry mingled with subtle, spicy notes. A fresh, round, fruity attack. Elegantly structured with silky tannins. Balanced, harmonious finish lingering on the richness and freshness of the fruit. Nice blend.

Price: ¥88

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B.P. Rothschild Mapu White (Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay): Wine Man Pick

November 22, 2011
B.P. Rothschild Mapu White (Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay)

Same story as the red: A successful Chilean blend. Bright and brilliant pale yellow. Fresh and elegant, it opens on grapefruit and mango notes. A fresh elegant attack leads into a succulent mid-palate that starts on citrus and goes on to develop notes of tropical fruit, building to a lively and well-balanced finish.

Price: ¥88

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

December 12, 2011
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 Man Pick

December 13, 2011
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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Bodegas Alina Emblema Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Man Pick

September 19, 2012
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 Man Pick

September 18, 2011
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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Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Rioja Crianza: Wine Man Pick SILVER MEDAL 2014

November 3, 2011
Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Rioja Crianza

Lovely example of a tasty Spanish Rioja with nice balancing acidity. Dark, intoxicating hues and aromas hit you with a strong attack of integrated oak and fruit. This 100% Tempranillo Rioja Crianza has spent over one year in oak, has plenty of acidity, which rounds off the fruit and oak, nicely.

Price: ¥160

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Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Rioja Reserva: Wine Man Pick: Bronze MEDAL 2014

November 3, 2011
Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Rioja Reserva

Here at last: a really decent Spanish Rioja Reserva , with around 18 months in Oak for under ¥250. Food pairing is written all over it.. Yum yum. A ‘go-to’ wine (to impress). Awards and accolades all over it. It’s fans come time and time again. Enough said.

Price: ¥230

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Callia Alta Chardonnay/Torrontes : Wine Man Pick

November 10, 2011
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: ¥88

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Callia Alta Syrah/Malbec: Wine Man Pick

October 27, 2011
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: ¥88

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Callia Osaado Chardonnay: Wine Man Pick

November 22, 2011
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: ¥80

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Callia Osaado Shiraz: Wine Man Pick

November 22, 2011
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: ¥80

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Camino De Castilla Ribera Del Duero Crianza (Tempranillo): Wine Man Pick

November 3, 2011
Camino De Castilla Ribera Del Duero (Tempranillo)

A Spanish region known for very expensive wines has thrown up an absolute gem at a real bargain. Think Rioja with a similar fruit intensity, just a little less oak but some good bottle age. Also, a little cheaper than our Pomal Rioja crianza. Best if served with something hot and well flavoured like grilled lamb cutlets with mint and thyme. Benefits too, from breathing. Even better on day 2 also.

Price: ¥135

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Castillo De Manza La Mancha Tempranillo: Wine Man Pick

December 3, 2012
Castillo De Manza La Mancha Tempranillo

This low priced Spanish bargain is a dark purple red with an attractive violet tone. There’s a clean aroma of ripe fruits; strawberry and raspberry and some pervading herbal notes. On the palate it is smooth and full bodied with soft tannins. There is something enigmatic about Castillo de Manza. For me, it resembles a French wine; not a Spanish…

Price: ¥60

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Chateau Lamargue Grandes Cabanes White AOC: Wine Man Pick: BIN END

November 2, 2011
Chateau Lamargue Grandes Cabanes White A.O.C.

Last Chance: A Southern French charmer of a blend with complex nose reminiscent of mineral tones evolving into white flowers and exotic fruits. Palate has full bodied freshness that is bone dry with some nice acidic balance to the Viognier fruit. The Roussanne adds nice weight. Wine Spectator: 2005 vintage 85/100:

Price: ¥120

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Chiaro Primitivo IGT: New Wine: Wine Man Pick

February 27, 2015
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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Cinzano Prosecco: Wine Man Pick: Out of Stock

November 4, 2011
Cinzano Prosecco

“A brut sparkling wine created from predominately Prosecco grapes in the northern Veneto region of Italy in the foothills of the Alps. It is crisp and clean with overtones of citrus, melon, lemon, almonds, and honey. It pairs nicely with seafood, salads and light pastas.”

Price: ¥130

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Clos De Los Siete Red: Wine Man Pick

November 16, 2011
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 Diamond Chardonnay: Wine Man Pick ALL GONE

December 19, 2011
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: Wine Man Pick: ALL GONE

December 19, 2011
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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Cousino-Macul Antiquas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Man Pick

December 19, 2011
Cousino-Macul Antiquas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep garmet colour. Aged in oak for 12 months and the bottle for 6 more. This wine has an intense concentrated blackcurrant fruitiness complemented by floral and vanilla essence. Silky texture. A stylish wine from Chile which is excellent value for money.

Price: ¥160

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De Bortoli Family Selection Shiraz Cabernet: Wine Man Pick

October 27, 2011
De Bortoli Family Selection Shiraz Cabernet

The last vintage was awarded a SILVER medal at the AWC event in Austria. Fresh flavours of dark fruits and berry finessed with some toasty vanillin oak characters. Soft rounded tannins, great length and texture.

Price: ¥95

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De Bortoli Sacred Hill Chardonnay: Wine Man Pick: Commended 2013

October 27, 2011
De Bortoli Sacred Hill Chardonnay

Australian success. Commended at the Decanter wine Awards 2013. Our joint top selling white wine, amazing quality for the price and a wine which we drink at home every week. A top seller even before they started winning competitions. The subtle oak approach has given added structure to the wine without overpowering it, leaving the citrus and stone fruit flavours to dominate.

Price: ¥95

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De Bortoli Sacred Hill Shiraz Cabernet: Wine Man Pick

November 29, 2011
De Bortoli Sacred Hill Shiraz Cabernet

Australia’s De Bortoli have done it again. The wine is currently a silver and bronze medal winner at several wine competitions. They have the sweet-fruit-oak-tannic balance to perfection and not simply for a wine in this price-point. Vibrant purple, deep crimson. Lifted plum and spice. Fresh fruit, berry and toasty vanillin oak. Soft, rounded tannins with good length.

Price: ¥95

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De Bortoli Sacred Hill Shiraz: Wine Man Pick

October 27, 2011
De Bortoli Sacred Hill Shiraz

Australian success story pt. 3. We were initially skeptical of a drinkable sub ¥100 Aussie Shiraz. Often they are blended with Cabernet or malbec (or other grapes) and chucked out as part of the Great Australian Wine Glut. That was in 2010. Yet, De Bortoli has consistently shown that they have an ability to reach market at this price point with something eminently drinkable. They are revolutionary: It’s even won a SILVER MEDAL.

Price: ¥95

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De Bortoli Sacred Hill Sparkling Brut: Wine Man Pick

November 3, 2011
De Bortoli Sacred Hill Sparkling Brut

Australian success pt. 4. All hail DeBortoli. So yummy is this, our friends regularly argue it’s just like champagne. It is not like Champagne at all. It is far less complex. It is ten times cheaper. There is no hype here. Just a sturdy, refreshing, dry, crisp bubbly, that no-one dislikes, and certainly not at this price.

Price: ¥95

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Enrico Serafino Barbera D’Asti DOCG: Wine Man Pick: BIN END

December 3, 2012
Enrico Serafino Barbera D'Asti DOCG

This is the most interesting food friendly sub ¥130 wine in Shanghai. More refined & interesting than anything costing ¥40-60 more, from both the old and new world. Astonishing. We have been ‘testing’ this wine every month now for 2 years: ~25 bottles. It’s ‘that good’. Intense violet colour, typical perfumes of cherries. Intense & rich nose. Lashings of bright acid. Pizza-Pasta partner perfection. And NOW the 2011 vintage has settled down nicely into a sublime experience: Yippee!

Price: ¥160

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