“The Starter Pack”: (Tier 1&2) 12 btls

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We have updated and redesigned and doubled the size of this pack in a neat variety of styles. Now a Global Pack; popular wines are joined by a top selling Aussie Sparkler, a couple of interesting everyday wines, including our top selling red wines from both Italy & France, and a renowned, elegant AWARD Winning Italian white. See Inside for details.

Price: ¥1,037

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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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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 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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De Bortoli Family Selection Cabernet Merlot: Bronze Medal 2013

De Bortoli Family Selection Cabernet Merlot

Bronze medal at the Decanter wine Awards 2013. Vibrant purple, deep crimson. Sweet fragrant aromas of blackberries with underlying mint and hints of milk chocolate oak. A generous wine that shows sweet and vibrant fruit on the fleshy palate with soft mouth – coating tannins.

Price: ¥95

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De Bortoli Family Selection Shiraz Cabernet: Wine Woman Pick

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 Woman Pick: Commended 2013

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

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 Woman Pick

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 Woman Pick

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: ¥110

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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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Hemisferio Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Woman Pick

Miguel Torres Chile Hemisferio Cabernet Sauvignon

Intense ruby colour. Exquisite aroma of wild berries and spices over a rich background of leather and liquorice. The fruit tannins and vegetable notes stand out on the palate.

If I am not mistaken, there is a dollop of Carmenère in this Cabernet Sauvignon and a fine blend that makes it too. The luminosity is there and the sweet sweet spicy notes.

Price: ¥124

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