Baron De Ley Reserva Rioja: Bronze MEDAL 2014

April 19, 2012
Baron De Ley Reserva Rioja

Old style, traditional Rioja from the land of ‘fantastic values and wonderful cellaring’. A deep and characterful red-black wine. Crushed black fruits on the nose, with plenty of the hoped-for soot, tar, and cigar smoke complexity. Medium to full bodied on the palate, with crushed blackberry and blueberry flavours. Also available: Baron De Ley Gran Reserva Rioja, Rosado & Blanco

Price: ¥230

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

March 1, 2015
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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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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De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate Grown Viognier: All gone. Dang Nabbit!

November 16, 2011
De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate Grown Viognier

Light straw with green tints. The bouquet shows a combination of lifted spicy notes together with subtle floral, orange blossom notes, and a hint of ginger. The palate shows texture and freshness derived from extended time on lees, with slight citrus notes on the palate. The wine shows lovely length and balance.

Price: ¥344

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Enrico Serafino Barbaresco DOCG: BIN END. SHUCKS!

November 3, 2011
Enrico Serafino Barbaresco DOCG

Barbaresco is one of the world’s most important wines. We have a treat here. A serious wine for you, seriously under-priced. This Special Italian red is a rich and seriously structured wine from the Piedmont region of Italy. The nose has intense Violets and spices. The complex and velvet smooth flavours…

Price: ¥265

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Enrico Serafino Barolo DOCG: GOLD Medal: Wine Man Pick BIN END

November 3, 2011
Enrico Serafino Barolo DOCG

This famous Italian red is a world renowned, top echelon wine; elegant and harmonious from the Piedmont region of Italy. Expect a very big wine packing an enormous barrage of flavours. Intense liquorice, tobacco and vanilla. The complex and velvet smooth flavours will reward the patient drinker further…

Price: ¥355

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Flechas De Los Andes Gran Malbec: Wine Man Pick: GOLD Medal winner

November 21, 2011
Flechas De Los Andes Gran Malbec

This Argentina Red, now possibly South Americas most famous, is a dense, elegant, New World-style Malbec. As soon as you pour it, you know that it is going to be big wine: dark, nearly black, core with violet rim and long ‘legs’. Aromas of stewed black cherries, black pepper & mushrooms. The palate has sweet oak, liquorice & dark fruits. It’s well-balanced with fresh acidity & velvety tannins.

Price: ¥245

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Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina DOCG

December 19, 2011
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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Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage Port GOLD Medal ’14: Wine Man Pick: New Wine

March 1, 2015
Graham's Late Bottled Vintage Port GOLD Medal Winner 2014

LBV (as it’s colloquially known) was developed in the 1980’s to allow earlier access to Vintage port. And what a great idea it is. It’s made by bottling a vintage port much much later after an extended maturation in Vats. There’s no need to wait 20, 30 or 40 years for the wines to age to perfection. And the result is a beverage that’s has many of the attributes of those very same time aged ports. We love it. We love Graham’s: it has won more Gold and Silver medals than any other LBV at the main UK wine competitions over the last 10 years.

Price: ¥321

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Joseph Drouhin Brouilly Beaujolais: New Wine

February 27, 2015
Joseph Drouhin Brouilly Beaujolais

Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin: “An elegant Beaujolais: intense ruby-red colour; on the nose, aromas of violet, lilac, sometimes blackberry and cranberry. Supple tannins, with lively acidity. On the palate, the wine leaves a pleasant note of wild berries”.

Price: ¥279

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Joseph Drouhin Laforet Bourgogne Chardonnay

December 21, 2011
Joseph Drouhin Laforet Bourgogne Chardonnay

Fruity and full of life. This is a classical white Burgundy:a good entry level wine for Burgundy. Golden yellow, with a greenish glint. Aromas are reminiscent of fresh grape and green almond. The palate has pear & apple with vanilla and dry minerals. Elegant texture.

Price: ¥222

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Joseph Drouhin Laforet Bourgogne Pinot Noir

December 21, 2011
Joseph Drouhin Laforet Bourgogne Pinot Noir

The hue has a brilliant ruby-garnet colour. The nose offers effusive aromas of crushed berries (raspberry, redcurrant, and blackcurrant come to mind). On the palate, the wine is full of charm and very pleasant to drink: fresh & fruity berry flavours with light & elegant tannins.

Price: ¥221

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Leon Beyer Gewurztraminer : Wine Man Pick : Silver Medal 2015

November 16, 2011
Leon Beyer Gewurstraminer White

A ‘masterclass’ wine. These are among my personally ‘truly most appreciated’ wines in the world. Spicy off-dry, Alsatian Gewurztraminer does it all for me. Beyer’s, doubly so. Full-bodied, dry and well-structured; probably the best-known Alsace wine. Its intense bouquet displays rich aromas of fruit, flowers and spices. Powerful and seductive, it can often age well (unlikely to be laid down for too many years though, in SH!).

Price: ¥300

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M. Chapoutier Banyuls (500ml) dessert wine

December 19, 2011
M. Chapoutier Banyuls (500ml) dessert wine

Deep garnet to acacia depending on the age. Aromas of dried fruits, red fruits and cocoa, with roasted coffee appearing with the years. Very powerful, long length in mouth, the fruits and the chocolate are the major aromas of this very long ageing wine.

Price: ¥265

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M. Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage la Petite Ruche Rouge: Wine Man Pick

November 16, 2011
M. Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage la Petite Ruche Rouge

Michel Chapoutier is to The Southern Rhone, what Joseph Drouhin is in Burgundy: a class act negotiant. In this wine we have a deep purple red colour. The nose has lifted aromas of red fruits, blackcurrant and raspberry. The palate is fresh and round tasting with a finish of stewed fruits all served up with finesse.

Price: ¥293

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Marco Felluga-Collio Cabernet Sauvignon

December 12, 2011
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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Miguel Torres Chile Cordillera Cariñena Commended ’13 & Silver ’14: New Wine

February 27, 2015
Miguel Torres Chile Cordillera Cariñena

Intensely pigmented colour of ruby. Floral and fruity aroma on a background of toasted notes from the cask. On the palate it’s expansive and develops beautifully. The notes in its aroma are now complemented by hints of bay and mint. Ideal with patés, duck confit, rice with meat or vegetables, delicatessens, roast or barbecued beef, ragouts and beans stews.

Price: ¥260

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Pio Cesare Barbera D’Alba: New Wine

February 27, 2015
 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: ¥276

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Pio Cesare Dolcetto D’Alba: New Wine

February 27, 2015
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: ¥270

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Pio Cesare Gavi (Cortese) New Wine

February 27, 2015
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: ¥256

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Pio Cesare Moscato D’Asti: New Wine

February 27, 2015
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: ¥250

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Reichsgräfin Von Medem Icewine Prädikat Rheinhessen .375L: Wine Man Pick

January 3, 2013
Reichsgräfin Von Medem Icewine

German Icewine captivates with aromas of honey, dates & figs; combined with a long lasting fruity sweetness. Enjoy this wine with matured cheeses, especially Roquefort, desserts & chocolate. Great for sharing a small glass with friends after a meal.

Price: ¥350

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Rochford Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Man Pick: Bin end

December 19, 2011
Rochford Cabernet Sauvignon

Rochford, Victoria, Australia. Appearance: Deep plum red in colour. Aroma: The nose is complex showing concentrated cassis fruit overlayed with spicy oak and earthy characters. Taste: The palate is rich and full-bodied with good fruit and oak integration and balanced acidity. The finish is long finish with soft sweet tannins.

Price: ¥236

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Rochford Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir

November 16, 2011
Rochford Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir

Mid plum in colour and brilliant in clarity. Nicely restrained but already showing hints of what is to come. Dark cherry fruit is combined with savoury and mocha characters. There are hints of perfume/violets. Sweet dark berry fruit leads into a rich and rounded mid palate. There is a nice balance of fruit and oak, well supported by fine tannins.

Price: ¥300

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Sacred Hill Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Bin End

April 19, 2012
Sacred Hill Barrel Fermented Chardonnay

This Hawke’s Bay wine has delicate aromas of peach, nutty nougat characters and hints of citrus blossom. It has a creamy delicious palate with strong peach, melon and nougat flavours. This is a very smooth textured wine with a long and elegant finish of citrus fruit.

Price: ¥220

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