Price: ¥2,100

Receive a solid cast of 4x tier 1 New World wines each month for ¥1050.

Please click on the wines listed below to extend/retract descriptions.

3x B.P. Rothschild Maipo Mapu Reserva Chardonnay Chile, Maipo Valley

We would have to say that the Rothschild forays into Chile have been great for the consumer. They are, in the Mapu range, producing the golden bullet wines we seek: low cost wines punching above their weight in a sturdy, consistent and agreeable way.
This review from a German website:

Beautiful (light) golden colour. Delicate fragrance with notes of citrus and tropical fruit, a hint of hazelnut. A wide rich flavour, full of ripe fruit leads to a nice round after taste. A fragrant, fresh and powerful wine.

May 2012: I thought it was elegant. Understated but very present. No oak. Just fruit, and that fruit is well balanced. Acidity is lower than one might expect, but the body is medium to full weight.

3x Miguel Torres Hemisferio Sauvignon Blanc Chile, Central Valley

Here’s a brand that I have really watched develop for a couple of years. Each vintage since 2010, more accomplished than the last. Now, at last, not only ‘delivering‘, but ‘astonishing‘ for the money.

A fresh, floral wine with a fruity body and a silken palate of great finesse. Displays intriguing notes of exotic fruits (passion fruit, grapefruit). Its silky palate is exquisitely intense, with a good acidic structure and a prolonged, joyous finish.

And to top it all, Torres supports the Chilean Patagonian wilderness. Ethics; that’s what we like!

Nov 2011: Tasting this right now, 4 days after opening, the acidity has diminished a little or the softer fruit notes have developed into a rather pretty partnership.

January 2013: This really has developed and begun to exceed the San Medin SB for expression. cheaper too…….!

3x De Bortoli Sacred Hill Shiraz Cabernet Australia, Riverina (NSW)

De Bortoli have done it again. The wine is repeatedly a silver and bronze medal winner at several wine competitions. I sampled this on Sunday night after a roast dinner (Nov 2011). I drank the entire bottle. That’s not normal for me.

Vibrant purple, deep crimson. Lifted plum and spice. Fresh fruit, berry and toasty vanillin oak. Soft, rounded tannins with good length.

They have the sweet-fruit-oak-tannic balance to perfection and not simply for a wine in this price-point. I was staggered that they can do this so effectively, time after time when I taste so much disappointment from time to time in higher priced wines. My hats go off to De Bortoli again. That’s 2 silver and a bronze from the range we stock. Not bad. They are fast on their way to getting a winery of the year award from the like of James Halliday. I just wish they made the labels a bit smarter.

3x Bodegas Alina Emblema Cabernet Sauvignon Chile, Central Valley

Having tasted this for the first time in December ’11, it got onto our website without hesitation. It is staggeringly good for very little cost.

Vivid ruby colour. Exquisite aroma of forest berries and spices on a rich background of leather and liquorice. Palate characterised by sweet healthy tannins from the fruit and the vegetal nuances typical of this variety.

It’s even better after being open a while; unusually so, for a wine of such a low price point.

My every day red wine of choice at the moment ( January 2012).

UPDATE: Emblema spotted on a Chinese website (March 2012) for ¥98 a bottle, brilliantly on ‘offer’, down from ¥135. Then in March 2014 we were told it should be retail at ¥138. Blimey, are we selling it too low a price? Ah well. That’s us.

FAQ’s

First purchase is charged for 2 months (so that subsequent COD payments are 1 month in advance). includes FREE DELIVERY. See below for full details. Cancel Any time.

*Free Delivery: Free delivery for all LW Wine Club customers in the Shanghai (Puxi) Metro area; inside the outer ring road and the enclave of Western Suburbs. Outside that area we can negotiate a good rate to cover any additional cost.

Payments: On the first visit you pay for 2 deliveries, that’s ¥2100. Then on each subsequent delivery you pay ¥1050. Cash on Delivery accepted. If you choose to drop out of the club, no payment will be made on the final delivery.

Delivery days: In the first week of the month, usually Monday or Thursday. We can leave wines and collect payment from you or your authorised receiver only, such as Ayis, Guards or Office Staff. Each month we will contact you in the week prior to ask if you require the wines in the next month.

Bi-Monthly, etc? Yes, we can do alternate periods. You can have these wine club deliveries personalised to come every 2 or 3 months.

Replacements Pledge: Due to the vagaries of SH customs and the long supply chain, some wines are sometimes not available. We reserve the right to replace unavailable wines with those on our lists of similar price, value and quality; matching region, grape and producer as best we can, if we can. Under those circumstances the price will remain constant even if it costs us more money.

Other orders: Yes, it’s possible to combine your Monthly Wine club with another order to be delivered together. Combined orders would need about a week’s notice.

Cancellation: Cancel any time. We will make one final delivery after you cancel bringing us all square regarding the money.

Holidays: Recommence monthly deliveries after a holiday trip any time.

For more information submit your interest in an enquiry here.

Post image for # WINE CLUB: Standard Monthly 12: ¥2400 / 2 months

Price: ¥2,400

We created a mixed case of our most popular wines to take the guesswork out of restocking the ‘regular tipple’. We deliver the Standard Monthly 12 to you each month unless you opt out. At ~20% discount off the market price, it’s great value.

The initial cost covers 2 months (so that subsequent COD payments are 1 month in advance). See below for full details.

Here is the product list for the Standard 12. Click on a title for more information.

1x Bodegas Alina Emblema Cabernet Sauvignon

Having tasted this for the first time in December ’11, it got onto our website without hesitation. It is staggeringly good for very little cost.

Vivid ruby colour. Exquisite aroma of forest berries and spices on a rich background of leather and liquorice. Palate characterised by sweet healthy tannins from the fruit and the vegetal nuances typical of this variety.

It’s even better after being open a while; unusually so, for a wine of such a low price point. My every day red wine of choice at the moment (January 2012). UPDATE: Now our top selling red, I spotted Emblema Cab on a Chinese website (March 2012) for ¥98 a bottle, brilliantly on ‘offer’, down from ¥135, and in a shop for ¥110 (November 2012). Criminal.

1x Callia Alta Syrah/Malbec

Tasting Intense violet wine with ruby tints. It is a wine of great aromatic intensity. Its prevailing penetrating and vigorous notes are ripe blackberries, plums and figs, which, together with their sweet tannins and balanced acidity, render a full-bodied wine with a long finish.

We sell a lot of this wine. I don’t think it is possible to find a trustier everyday glugging wine that can be enjoyed by lovers of both Old and New World styles. Since its introduction late spring 2011, it has quickly has become our 2nd top selling red wine. (March 2013: no. 1 top selling red wine).

Food Matching: Perfect with pasta in rich sauce.

Note: Won 2nd place in a Shanghai tasting competition for sub RMB100 wines. Callia is a winery to watch.

1x B.P. Rothschild Mapu Red (Cab Sauv / Carmenere)

This wine is very refined for such a LOW price point. it is a masterful blend of 3 southern grape favourites; Syrah, Grenache Noir and Mourvedre from the very southern Rhone Valley offering an:

ample, rich and fruity nose with aromas of liquorice and cassis which tumbles into elegant tannins with a beautiful balanced, long finish.
Food Matching: Ideal for red meats, meat in sauces & white meat & cheese.
Scored 87/100 in the Wine Spectator magazine.

Between you and me, if you leave it open for 24 hours it’ll knock your socks off the next day. Or open 2 and drink 1 to see the difference.
Consistently one of our most popular red wines in winter and among French wine drinkers.

1x De Bortoli Sacred Hill Chardonnay, Multiple Awards '12, '13 & '14

The previous vintage was a gold medal winner, our top selling white wine, amazing quality for the price and a wine we drink at home every other week!

Pale straw with green hue. Zesty lemon citrus and stone fruit aromas balanced with buttery oak notes. Fruit-driven wine with crisp acid, great texture and balance on the mid palate. The subtle oak approach has given added structure to the wine without overpowering it leaving the citrus and stone fruit flavours to dominate.

1x De Bortoli Sacred Hill Shiraz Cabernet

De Bortoli have done it again. The wine is currently a silver and bronze medal winner at several wine competitions. I sampled this on Sunday night after a roast dinner (Nov 2011). I drank the entire bottle. That’s not normal for me.

They have the sweet-fruit-oak-tannic balance to perfection and not simply for a wine in this price-point. I was staggered that they can do this so effectively, time after time when I taste so much disappointment from time to time in higher priced wines. My hats go off to De Bortoli again. That’s 2 silver and a bronze from the range we stock. Not bad. They are fast on their way to getting a winery of the year award from the like of James Halliday.

Vibrant purple, deep crimson. Lifted plum and spice. Fresh fruit, berry and toasty vanillin oak. Soft, rounded tannins with good length.

1x De Bortoli Sacred Hill Sparkling Brut

Pale straw in colour. Attractive nose of strawberries and cream with citrus notes in the background. A very refreshing, easy drinking sparkling wine, with fresh fruit flavours. Delicate and creamy mouth-feel, finishing with crisp acidity.

This is our (way out ahead) top selling sparkler. So Yummy, that our friends regularly argue this is just like champagne. It is not like Champagne at all. It is far less complex. It is ten times cheaper too. There is no hype here. Just a sturdy, refreshing, dry, crispy bubbly. You can afford to drink it all the time.

We drank it all summer long and wondered why other folks dream about over-dry, over-biscuity, champagnes that cost the earth and are often plain rubbish. De Bortoli is solid from top to bottom. We love this company!

1x Miguel Torres Chile San Medin Sauvignon Blanc

This is much nearer to the French style than the New Zealand.

Light bright yellow. A fresh, floral wine with fruity body and a silken palate of great finesse. Displays intriguing notes of exotic fruits (passion fruit, grapefruit). Its silky palate is exquisitely intense, with a good acidic structure and a prolonged, joyous finish.

Food Matching: An excellent complement for shellfish, fish and seafood rice. My family had this with Rosemary Chicken tonight (Nov2011) and it was a match made in heaven.

1x Suelo Argentino Malbec mendoza

The dark purple colour and attractive blackberry nose are inviting. The taste is rich and fruity with satisfying weight and an appealing finish making this a very moreish wine.

Blending: Our little secret…shh!

When feeling particularly devilish, blend this malbec with a couple of other wines to play around. Mix it with 50:50 DeBortoli Shiraz or Cotes Du Ventoux.

All 3 blends produce different effects as all 3 other wines are very different, but the overall flexibilty is a massive boon. Purists may make faces, as if this anything resembling putting coca cola into the claret. That misses one point and is silly about another.

Winemakers would kill for the chance do do what we can do, but which some feel we shouldn’t do, in our own glasses. Blending is a skill, learned by trial and improvement. It is a good thing. Anyone can improve their wine experience and knowledge and have fun doing it. And it needn’t cost the earth.

We are not mixing Pauillac and coke.

1x Enrico Serafino Barbera D’Asti DOCG

Barbera D’Asti is a wine that displays an intense violet colour and typical perfumes of cherries. Intense and rich nose. The typical nice acidity brought by Barbera grapes creates an explosion of cherry and flowers perfumes. It never fails to impress.

Food Matching: Put it with food and you are in for an ‘experience’. Game and roast meat. Serving temperature 16-17 °C.

It hails from the same stable as the Barbaresco and Barolo above. (The latter selling in Xintiandi for ¥880 a bottle, in 2010).

Experiment with mixing this wine with Serafino Barbaresco (after a Swiss guy suggested it). Oh My Gosh – goes the vernacular. Heaven.

The Wine Man says: This is the best sub-¥150 wine in Shanghai: more refined and interesting than anything costing ¥40 to ¥60 more, from either the old or new world.

September 2013: We believe this wine will no longer be imported into SH after the current vintage is exhausted, so technically, it is a Bin End (but we have about 50 bottles).

April 2014: New 2011 Vintage tested. report to be posted soon. Early bird word: Yum Yum. Frensh and vibrant and so silky smooth.

1x Chiaro Primitivo IGT

A very welcome surprise, this wine. This wine has been on our shelves and portfolio for almost 4 years. The ghastly label does nothing to entice me in. Yet the prosecco from these guys is perfectly drinkable, some would say; a revelation (revolution?) in dryness. In terms of awareness on our own internal radar here at LWwines, Chiaro’s Primitivo fits squarely into the ‘we should have tried it earlier‘, but equally we are reminded of the ‘there’s only so many hours in the day’ adage. Plus, the label design is off-putting, isn’t it (just a little?).

Anyhow, once we took the plunge inside and under the screw cap (which is not that common in Italy, we found lots and lots of fruit and a nice touch of spice. A food wine with no requirement of such, and perfectly able to stand on it’s own.

Primitivo is, of course, a largely unknown grape, in the hierarchy of things vinous, which rather excitingly (to us anyway) also masquerades as, the mysterious, ‘clone?’ or exact DNA replica, depending on your view, of California’s flagship variety, Zinfandel. We drank it over 3 days and while we must stress it was still fine as time wore on, it was best on day 1 when it’s freshness was just so, err, attractive. 16.5pts

September 2014 update: Married this with a lovely Roast pork and vegetables dinner just last night and was very impressed again. The fruit/spice elements just right for the richly black and white peppered and apple/pear sweetened sauce.

1x Sella & Mosca La Cala DOC

La Cala is a lovely white made from Vermentino grapes on the warm island of Sardinia. Italy has a plethora of indigenous (and little known) white grape varieties that are very suited to warmer climates. The resultant wines are similar to Sauvignon Blanc and make a good alternative.

It has an intriguing green hue and an intense and fresh complex nose that belies the light structure on the palate of marine saltiness and fruit bursts. A long soft finish commands attention. If ever a wine was meant to be married to seafood La Cala is it: always ably bringing out the best in a partner dish. Serve fairly COLD at 10°C!

This wine was awarded a score of 86/100 by Robert Parker in The Wine Advocate who described it as ‘The World’s Best Wine Under $25′. He noted:

“A classic Vermentino with its soaring, perfumed aromatics and crisp, clean fruit.” Robert Parker.

Quite a statement. (and it was also reported in the Best Italian Values in 2007).

February 2013: Out of season I have been drinking quite a few whites recently. I haven’t tucked into La Cala for a while and I was struck by quite how very dry it is, and for a 2009 vintage, it still has excellent acid. It paired beautifully with Pan Fried Bream yesterday. Then, I remembered that it was the most popular white at our Winter 2010 tasting event. Who said cold weather a whites don’t mix?

September 2013: Now we have our hands on the 2012 Vintage. WOW.

1x Zonin Prosecco NV Italy, Veneto

The best selling Prosecco in the world. Not much else to say, other than…

Luminous, brilliant straw yellow. Intense, fruity, aromatic, with scents of wisteria. Extremely pleasant, with a lightly nutty finish. Food Matching: An excellent aperitif, it can also accompany dishes that are not too rich; ideal with fruit salad.

Reviews and Scores: Vintage , 87/100 , Wine Enthusiast , “A Best Buy” June 2006

 

All that for ¥1200 per month. On top of that you will receive FREE DELIVERY and a Free Gift Sparkling Wine Saver with your first monthly selection (while stocks last).

FAQ’s

Free Delivery: Free delivery for all LWwines Club customers in the Shanghai Metro (Puxi) area; that’s inside the outer ring road and the enclave of Western Suburbs. Outside that area we can negotiate a good rate to cover any additional cost.

Payments: On the first visit you pay for 2 deliveries. Cash on Delivery. If you choose to drop out of the club, no payment will be made on the final delivery.

Delivery days: In the first week of the month, usually Monday or Thursday. We can leave wines and collect payment from you or your authorised receiver only, such as Ayis, Guards or Office Staff. Each month we will contact you in the week prior to confirm your requirement in the next month.

Bi-Monthly, etc? Yes, we can do alternate periods. You can have these wine club deliveries personalised to come every 2 or 3 months.

Replacements Pledge: Due to the vagaries of SH customs and the long supply chain, some wines are sometimes not available. We reserve the right to replace unavailable wines with those on our lists of similar price, value and quality; matching region, grape and producer as best we can. Under those circumstances the price will remain constant even if it costs us more money.

Other orders: Yes, it’s possible to combine your Monthly Wine club Standard 12 with another order and be delivered together. Combined orders would need about a week’s notice.

Cancellation: Cancel any time. We will make one final delivery after you cancel bringing us all square regarding the money.

Holidays: Recommence monthly deliveries after a holiday trip anytime.

For more information submit your interest in an enquiry here.

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The Top 30

Many wines from across the globe land on our desks. Some are selected by us and some recommended to us. It’s my pleasure to present the 30 best value, quality fine wines we source for our Shanghai customers.

Tasting silhouette

We sample every style imaginable from the New & Old World, young & aged, oaked & unoaked, fresh & weighty, hearty & soft, spicy reds, sweet desserts, aromatic whites, sparkling roses, screw tops & cork sealed, bottle & box. Assessment is objective, rational, considered (sometimes even romantic).  Their suitability  for inclusion in our mission to bring the best value wines to a discerning audience is determined through long hours and many repeat tastes. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.

Quality and Value

Quality is the first criteria but Price is key. The balance between quality and price must be right.  There are other considerations. Some products we adore have negative supply issues, such as intermittent or weak logistical support. If we feel there might be an issue we omit the wine.

Our recommended list reflects those that made it through that stage. Some successful candidates are later removed if the wine no longer meets our existing guidelines or our assessment criteria change.

In our book, value doesn’t mean cheap. It doesn’t mean poor quality, either. It means “particularly notable quality for the price“.

When considering this premiership list we take a closer look at flavour profiles, availability, consistency of supply, vintage changes, general appeal versus specific interest, focus group responses and flexibility of use by occasion and price. They still have to taste nice too (though according to some research and one of my blogs it apparently isn’t that important for some consumers when selecting and reselecting their wines. Mmne…odd world, we live in).

Anyhow, for those that want to know where the best bang for the buck might reside, highlighted here are 30 wines priced between RMB75 and RMB523 which The Wine Man feels best reflect the ‘particularly notable quality for the price‘ adage.

Italy, Spain and the New World continue to offer the most interesting and consistent quality versus price ratios. Interestingly, all but one of the tier 3 and 4 wines who make it to the top 30 are Italian, such is the their value right now. Click on any link to find out more of what we think of these wines.

Any of these 30 show exceptionally high quality for the price and will continue to do so well into 2012. From this list we have selected 3 from each grouping (tier 3 and 4 were combined) and then from those, a best red and white wine. See below.

Several of these wines are now medal winners and the Chinese made Silver Heights is now awarded best Chinese Red wine at the Annual wine Challenge at Shanghai Hilton (August 2012).

Here are the tier 1 wines that made it and in bold the winners from that tier:

•  Bodegas Alina Emblema Cabernet Sauvignon

Callia Alta Syrah/Malbec

•  B.P. Rothschild Mapu Red (Cab Sauv / Carmenere)

•  De Bortoli Sacred Hill Chardonnay

•  De Bortoli Sacred Hill Shiraz Cabernet

•  De Bortoli Sacred Hill Sparkling Brut

♥ Miguel Torres Chile San Medin Sauvignon Blanc

Enrico Serafino Barbera D’Asti DOCG

•  Woodbridge Zinfandel

•  Chateau Lamargue Grandes Cabanes White AOC BIN END

•  Zonin Prosecco-Black Bottle

And the tier 2 wines:

•  Zonin Sparkling (Spumante) Rose

•  Fernway Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (new 2012 vintage available!)

•  Enrico Serafino Gavi DOCG

•  Camino De Castilla Ribera Del Duero Crianza (Tempranillo)

•  Torres 10 Brandy

Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Paceta Rioja Crianza (Now re-branded ‘Pomal’)

Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc (Barrel Fermented)

Zonin Ripasso Superiore DOC

•  Sella&Mosca Tanca Farra DOC

Tier 3 & 4 wines:

•  Coppola Diamond Chardonnay

Enrico Serafino Barbaresco DOCG

•  Enrico Serafino Barolo DOCG

•  Frescobaldi Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rufina DOCG

Silver Heights Family Reserve

Terredora Greco di Tufo Loggia della Serra (bin end)

•  Sella&Mosca Marchese Di Villamarina DOC

•  Zonin Amarone Della Valpolicella DOC

Tier 5 wine: 

•  Terredora Taurasi Fatica Contadina (bin end)

Red wine overall Number #1 winner  is… Enrico Serafino Barbaresco DOCG

White wine overall Number #1 winner is… Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc (Barrel Fermented)

Watch out for the soon to be released Mifan Mama cookbook that tells in humorous style how best to make interesting meals in the less than satisfactory kitchens that pervade in SH. Many of the wines featured on this list and others in our portfolio are matched to around 24 of those recipes, with up to 4 wine recommendations per recipe (when I really got carried away!). We will let you know when that is available and where to get hold of a copy. Proceeds, of course, to the wonderful childrens’ charity and (I expect) Shining Stars too.

The Wine Man August 2012 (updated)

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Summer Sales! 3 options : Every week

Something mad is happening in the world of currencies. Instability is leading to price hikes from all the major players. We can only absorb those for so long. The best way we can do that is to sell more wine.
Option A: PARTY Supplies: Use us for all your summer parties. Order over 60 bottles of ANY two wines for a whopping 25% discount off our standard price. Meet that criteria and we’ll supply your beers at cost. (remember we do free glass hire too).
Option B: Select 48 bottles from the discounted summer sales wines below in multiples of 6.
Option C: Lucky Dip (Wine Man picks 24 bottles for ¥1250). Deal!
  • Free delivery (in Shanghai only).
  • Cut and paste ’em back to us or use e.g. ‘6x red #3, 6x #6, 6x #7’ etc…in an email.

Here’s the list for option B:

Whites

  1. Callia Chardonnay San Juan  ¥68
  2. Emblema Sauvignon Blanc Chile  ¥72
  3. Rothschild Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay Chile  ¥74
  4. Callia Alta Chardonnay/Torrontes  San Juan  ¥82
  5. Chiaro Pinot Grigio Veneto  ¥84
  6. Mannenberg Chenin Blanc S. Africa  ¥84
  7. De Bortoli Chardonnay Australia  ¥86
  8. Portillo Chardonnay Mendoza  ¥90
  9. Hemisferio Sauvignon Blanc Chile  ¥92 (new stock in May)
  10. Firriato Branciforti Bianco Sicily  ¥92
  11. San Medin Sauvignon Blanc Chile  ¥94
  12. Lindemans Bin65 Chardonnay Australia  ¥132

Sparkling

  1. De Bortoli Sparkling Brut White Australia  ¥86
  2. Zonin Prosecco  Italy ¥128

Reds

  1. Callia Shiraz San Juan ¥68
  2. Callia Shiraz-Cabernet San Juan ¥70
  3. Emblema Cabernet Sauvignon Chile  ¥72
  4. Rothschild Cab Sauvignon/Carmenere Chile  ¥74
  5. Callia Alta Shiraz-Malbec San Juan  ¥82
  6. De Bortoli CabernetMerlot Australia  ¥86
  7. De Bortoli Shiraz-Cabernet Australia  ¥86
  8. Portillo Malbec Mendoza  ¥90
  9. Hemisferio Cabernet Sauvignon Chile  ¥92
  10. Firriato Branciforti Rosso Sicily ¥92
  11. San Medin Cabernet Sauvignon Chile  ¥94
  12. Zonin Classici Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC Italy  ¥105

Please note for these offers:

  • Minimums above
  • Free Delivery
  • Cash on delivery
  • Open to all customers
  • Orders by website contact form, email & sms only. [email protected] or 15001996047
  • Delivery on Wednesdays, Thursdays Saturdays and Sundays only for these deals (please pick a preferred day & time, and a second choice). Other times by special arrangement.
  • Please mention us to your new friends and colleagues and if they join our happy club to become ‘at one’ with us, we’ll sneak a treat into your next order.
Move Fast: prices will be rising in April. ♥  ♥  ♥

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6 Spanish Sensations (Tier 1 & 2)

Price: ¥815

spain-flagWe have 62 different Spanish wines in our long list.Spanish wines regions Nov 2013 That’s only the tip of the iceberg. Spain’s history with the grape is long and diverse. It has the largest acreage in Europe under the vine.

The great thing about Spanish wine laws is that the bottles are not released until they are properly aged. So we get to buy wine that the wineries aged for us in perfect conditions.

Here, a mix of Spanish styles, modern and old. This is a great introduction to the Spanish love affair born of varying the elements of fruit, acid & oak so brilliantly captured in a windswept, sun-baked land of parched skies, altitude and sunshine: tiers 1 & 2.barrels and barrels

Rich with a trio of Torres household names.

This Mixed Case can form the perfect foundation for a wider, deeper, more esoteric Spanish collection.

Please click on the wines listed below to extend/retract descriptions.

1x Torres Vina Sol Penedes Bronze MEDAL 2013 & 2014

These wines are made with traditional varieties drawn from Catalan viticulture with grapes well adapted to the local soils and climate. Parellada is a lovely grape, somewhere between the stonefruit of Chardonnay and the crispness of Sauvignon Blanc.

Lovely bright yellow with light green reflections. Fresh aroma with elegant notes of fruit. Fine acid structure giving a smooth, well-balanced palate. Notable, pleasing fruit backdrop (green apple, pineapple) enhanced by hints of spice (fennel). Food Matching: Ideal as aperitif, or with rice dishes, fish and seafood. Serve slightly chilled (around 10ºC).

Reviews and Scores: Vintage 2010, 86/100 , Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

1x Castillo di Manza La Manza Tempranillo La Mancha

This 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’s a good weight and it’s hearty disposition means this wine thrives alongside some hearty food, like roast meats and chilli and pizza.

Castillo de Manza falls firmly under the ‘glugger’ moniker with such a price, but wait, there is something unusual about this wine. For me, it resembles a French wine; not a Spanish. I could swear there are Cabernets Sauvignon or Franc in this blend evidenced by the herbaceous aromas and weight. It seems so French. But it is 100% Tempranillo, the grape of Rioja, Ribero Del duero and Valdepeñas.

1x Camino De Castilla Ribera Del Duero Tempranillo Crianza Ribera Del Duero

Intense blackberry colour. Spicy and intense nose, with liquorice and black pepper hints on a base of well ripened fruits (blackberry and cherry). On the palate, very fruity at first with ripened tannins, also persistent and full bodied.

Ribera Del Duero is a unique place in Europe. It has some of the most expensive wines in the World and relatively few know it exists or where it is.

A region known for very expensive wines has thrown up an absolute gem at a real bargain: a glimpse into the majesty that is the region. Out of the reach of many mortals, Vega Sicilia which we sell for over 3000RMB a bottle is grown within a day’s walk of our Camino De Castilla. Think Rioja with a similar fruit intensity, just a tad less oak and a little cheaper than our Pomal (nee Paceta) Rioja crianza.

The wine would be in it’s best light if served with something hot and well flavoured like grilled lamb cutlets with mint and thyme. A wonderful find for us. Exceptional value.

Try a new region largely accessible only to the knowledgeable (or for a number of wines, the very wealthy).

1x Torres Ibericos Rioja Crianza Tempranillo Rioja Silver MEDAL Winner 2014

To outsiders, Rioja would be the most well-known Spanish region. It is where my love affair with Spanish wines began. Here is a Rioja crianza (medium length oak-aged). I guess it’s because not enough folks have access to nice wines at decent prices that we always try to sell this wine well below the market price, around 15 to 20% discounted. Go figure. We also sell this in half bottle and magnums. Just ask.

A youthful crimson red. The aromas of forest fruits and spices. Lovely expression of fruit on the palate with hint of peppery spice. Well-structured with round tannins and elegant finish. Food Matching: Accompanies roasted meats, stews, Iberian charcuterie, and cured cheeses.

This is what German website had to say:

“In the glass a bright cherry red. In the nose an intense, opulent bouquet with aromas of sweet ripe dark berries and cherries next to warm spicy hints of cocoa and nutmeg, which result from the maturation in oak barrels. On the palate, extremely seductive with noticeable but soft tannins, and a fine spice in the lingering long final. Perfect with grilled or roasted meat, tangy and spicy stews, Iberian ham or sausage and smoked cheese.”

Here’s what I say: If you can, give it plenty of air time. The more it breathes, the greater it becomes. I try to open it a day before I need it. I never manage to leave it alone on the first day though…still learning to listen to myself.

1x Torres Vina Esmeralda Catalunya Bronze MEDAL 2013

Straw colour, with a brilliant iridescent sheen. The very rich aroma, has floral (rose and jasmine) and fruity (passion fruit and banana) highlights over a fine base of spices (lavender and vanilla). There’s a fresh palate with smooth acidity. The floral and fruity notes are complemented by nuances of thyme, bay leaf and green apple. Food Matching: Best wine matching with Asian cuisine, either with shellfish or spicy dishes.

Reviews and Scores: Vintage 2007, 84/100 , Wine Spectator

1x Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Rioja Crianza Rioja Silver MEDAL Winner 2014

This 100% Tempranillo Rioja Crianza wine was recently rebranded with the same name as its celebrated Riserva stable-mate, as Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Rioja Crianza. The title crianza means this a medium aged wine; up to 18 months.

Tempranillo is the premium red wine grape variety, notably from the Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions in Spain. Tempranillo’s aromas and flavours often combine elements of berry fruit, herbs, and an earthy-leathery minerality. Being low in acidity and sugar content, it is commonly blended with Carignan (Mazuela), Grenache (Garnacha), Graciano, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This example has plenty of acidity which rounds out the fruit and oak, nicely.

Lovely example of a tasty Tempranillo fruit with nice balancing acidity. This is a wine that cries out for food. Dark and intoxicating hues and aromas hit you with a strong attack of integrated oak and fruit. If you open it and leave it alone for 2 hours you will be handsomely repaid.

A fascinating infographic that informs as it amazes as it shocks! The Tour de France not to pass near Bordeaux or Rhone in the centenary year!? Mon Dieux!

Pour De France - Some Corking Facts About French Wine

 

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Here is a clear simple and pretty well thought out infographic that covers all the major spectra in wine differentiation.

Basic Wine Guide (that

 

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Thank you for all these kind comments. It means a lot.

“There’s been masses of talk about fake wine in the new supermarkets on jinfeng on the community wechat yesterday , I have posted your details.”Lilah” now a powerful advocate.

“We are moving to the US. Thanks for being our Wine Man in Shanghai. Wish you good Business!” Lonneke, an ex-regular customer.

I bought some nasty wine at City Shop, that was just vinegar, so I asked for your details. Thanks, so much.” Julie, newly converted and very relieved. (That’s why we are here. TWM)

“Gary, Your selection looks good! My wine supplier is the best! ;-). Sarai, one of our happiest Belgian customers for over 4 years.

“I’ve just found my self in a crap position with the worst wine ever I’m sure it’s off (it’s not yours) and a husband out of town. Any chance you are driving around the area with 6 really amazing mixed wines in the back of your car ? Cheers Lilah” now a regular.

“THANK YOU, Soooo much your bottles of wine where very well received.” Lilah, British organiser of an event we sponsored with many many gifts and prizes.

“Hi Gary – thanks again for the wines, people are still talking about the event 🙂 Timo, Finnish citizen, after a special delivery of chilled Sparkling wines to an event where timing was critica.

“Gary stands out in the industry due to his unique and brilliant wit, combined with keen geographic prowess. He knows how to please!” Brenton, US citizen, via LinkedIn profile.

“If anyone can, the Wine Man can… Gary has a large selection of quality wines, delivers to your door throughout the Shanghai metropolis. If you are having a dinner party or foods you will be serving, Gary can make a recommendation from his selection.” Allan , UK Citizen, via LinkedIn profile.

“Gary is knowledgeable, hard working, humorous. He is honest and well liked. Having travelled extensively throughout world, Gary has a deep cultural understanding and inspires with his thought leadership. Needless to say, Gary knows more about wine than anyone else that I’ve ever come across and takes pride in providing great service.” Abby, UK Citizen, via LinkedIn profile.

“Gary is indeed THE WINEMAN in Shanghai. For the Beefsteak and Burgundy Club, Tell your friends“The Shanghailanders” we worked together on numerous occasions where Gary was able to show his ample knowledge and talents in helping us picking the right wines for the right courses. He delivered not only quality in his expertise but also the goods he provided. Great value for money wines AND expert recommendations. Wine in Shanghai? Gary is your one-stop-shop!” Alex German Citizen, via LinkedIn profile.

“I have dealt with Gary at LW wines for quite some time now. Gary and his company have always delivered fantastic product and impeccable service in every dealing we have had. He has always been quick with a recommendation and no matter what the occasion, small gatherings, large parties or just wines for our personal collection, he has always delivered the best. I would wholeheartedly recommend Gary and LW wines as a first class operation.” Brian, US Citizen, via LinkedIn profile.

“Great wine you can trust at great prices – with prompt and courteous service, what more could you ask for!” Stuart, UK Citizen, via LinkedIn profile.

“Gary, provides an outstanding service for wine supplies, and is always happy to deliver at a time convenient to us. His friendly approach makes buying wine a pleasure.” Steve UK Citizen, via LinkedIn profile.

“Hello Gary, I would like to thank you for your excellent service and wines. We will return to Germany. Please take me off your email distributor. I wish you all the best for yourself, your family and your excellent business.” Marcus, a regular customer for 2 years.

“I would also like to thank few people who made an extra efforts to make this event successful: LW WINES who treated us throughout the event to some very nice wines.” wrote Arie Schreier, to attendees for the Hanukla party she organised.

“I do rather need to find a sponsor, and everyone (audience and cast) always agree that your wine is the best.” Fiona, organiser of Wine Sponsorship for East/West Theatre, SH (one of the Theatre company’s we have been sponsoring since 2011).

Cheers Graduated“The two wines from LWW were very well received at last weeks event!”, Alex, wines organiser of the Beefsteak & Burgundy Club (SH chapter).

“Oh, we still get the discount, do we?”, Jimbo of the UK: a rather surprised Regular Customer.
 
“Many thanks, (for the wines) Perhaps we will meet one day.” Howard B of the UK: Radisson Blu MD, after samples for his next wine event.
 
“The (Rioja) wine was a delight indeed and it was solely the venues fault not to have opened it according to my detailed instructions.” Alex of Germany: Food & Wine Connoisseur.
 
“Thank you most sincerely for your generosity in supporting this event. We raised in excess of 70,000RMB (probably closer to 73,000) for our nominated charity Baobei – which will enable several infants to have much needed surgery.  Thank you again for your generosity  – the bubbles were very popular!!! kind regards,” Jo of the UK: Regular customer and Charity Event Organiser @BISS.
 
“The Argentinian Torrontes went down really well with our corporate guests. Really very nice…” Mr. F of the UK: (my old boss), after a function at the British School of Shanghai.
 
“Justa quick thank you. The wine tasting with our management team was a full success and I have recommended you to my colleagues, so don´t be surprised if you get a few new Chinese customers…” Marcus of Germany: New customer Organising a wine Party at Work.
 
 ”Your selection of wines are fantastic.” Jayne of the UK, Italian wine lover, repeat customer.
 
“On behalf of all of us at Mifan Mama, our grateful thanks for supporting the fashion show last night, it was great that you came along and did your thing!  I know you were kept busy… Everyone who I have spoken to enjoyed the wine they had…” Julie of the UK: Charity event Organiser & all round Angel.
 
“Mwah! Thank you so much for this. You’re definitely a superstar and you can quote me!!” Julie of the UK, Regular Customer.
 
 ”Thanks for all your time and it was a great party! We had a great time.” Heather of the UK: Regular Customer. (client required supplied 9 different, carefully selected wines, full glass hire and myself as wine educator; complete with laminated info, charts and wine descriptors on handouts, and a mini puzzle, throughout a mammoth 7 hour Wine Party for 16 guests in a Yanlord Gardens Apartment, Pudong). Wow.
 
“They were great (wines). Thanks for the recommendations (wine), man.” Leonard of the US, Repeat Customer. (client needed wines in a hurry; from recommendation to armchair pleasure in 10 minutes flat)
 
“Everyone enjoyed the wines. Thank you. I gave out your email and website details to several people.” Anja of Germany: Repeat Customer.(96 party wines, flutes & goblets glass hire, delivery 3 days prior)
 
“You are the best, Wine Man!” Kathrin of Germany: Hub Customer.(same day delivery of party wines, to hit a budget and a delivery window)
 
“The thing about your wines, Wine Man, is they are not ‘cooked’, it’s hard to find decent wine in the supermarkets in Shanghai…your quality is way ahead. …you are consistently good, and at an amazing price.” Kien of Singapore and the UK: Hub Customer.Yadda Yadda Yoda
 
“Dear Wine Man, well received the wine in Wuhan, a great choice for the wedding occasion!” Christian, Bridegroom. (Advised, packaged & sent 54 bottles of red wine for a wedding party in Wuhan)
 
“…the Serafino Barbera D’Asti is the best wine in Shanghai for under RMB100.” Kien of Singapore and the UK: Passionate Wine Enthusiast.
 
“…thanks for everything! We will definitely keep you in mind moving forward. You guys did great and we were very happy with the service.” Matt of the US: Managing Director.(Corporate party, Xintiandi, Shanghai: Wines, Beer, Soft Drinks, Tapas, Hors D’oeuvres, Fridge, Free Glass hire, 4 hours of service)
 
“…thank you for all your help this afternoon! Everyone loved your wines. I’m really grateful to you.” Siew, of Singapore: Business Owner. (Business opening Western Suburbs, Shanghai: Sparkling, White/Red, Old/New world Wines & Free glass hire, 3 hours of service)
 
“Thank you all for coming and celebrating these magnificent wines so seldom found in Shanghai…. Just to let you know, most of the bottles we had on Saturday came in under 200rmb – normally in City Shop or Carrefour you”d be paying around 250-290 for the same quality of wine. The later reds we drank (Barbaresco, Barolo, Amarone) ranged between 240-400rmb per bottle. Bit more pricey, but oh, so silky :-D Sian of the UK: Hub Customer. (Private party Pudong, Shanghai: 17 different Sparkling, White & Red, Old and New world Wines carefully selected and appraised over 4.5 hours, plus me, educating. Free glasses hire)
 
“…thank you for coming and supporting our event. It is easy to be good hosts when you have great wine and great people who are passionate about wine. Good times: Good People: Good Wines indeed. Maybe that should be a slogan!” Kien of Singapore and the UK: Passionate Wine-Lover. (private wine tasting party: wines and glasses)
 
Not Sure about Yoda’s comments though.
TWM

Here an interesting Infographic bestowing all the Wine Styles under the sun…

Different types of wine

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packagingOur 3rd option Monthly Wine Club is very cool.

Here’s the outline: It suits confident wine drinkers: Confident to trust our knowledge of what you like, willing to take the odd risk exploring new wines, new regions & new styles. Customers feedback to us their experiences. It’s not for everybody. It’s only available to existing customers who have been with us for over 12 months.

horizontal storage bright and shiny btlsHOW does it work?: Tell us you want to receive a case of 12 wines (minimum) each month. We’ll discuss your favourites (and likely future favourites), an average spend per bottle you are comfortable with and ratios of reds to whites to roses to Sparkling wines. We then assemble a base list from which to select your wines each month.
The changing mixes of wines will be brought to your place in multiples of 12 bottles on a set date. On the first visit you will pay for 2 months. On your final delivery there will be no charges. Just let us know if you wish to take a break during holidays.

long line of wines unfocussedWe will continue to ask for feedback to make refinements to the selections and intrigue you with delicious experiences and new discoveries. We seek out special wines for these customers which we don’t necessarily offer on our websites or other portfolio list,s or brochures. Despite the amount of dedicated personal attention we still offer between 8 and 12% discount off our standard prices and with no shipping charges in Puxi, ever.

Ending the Offer: Your initial purchase is for 2 months worth of wines. As soon as we receive notification you want to stop; you will receive a final delivery without charge.

EXAMPLE: As you can see from the example below, this customer likes to mix everyday wines with some high achievers. For her monthly surprise mix we noted her preferred ratio of reds, whites, rosés & sparkling each month (which varied according to season) and we charged ¥1500 per 12 bottles ordered.

This means the discount varies each time, but is nominally around 10% (around ¥150, or so in her example, which ran for 9 months).

Free deliveryAs with all our wine club members and customers; delivery is free and The Red Wine-Mobileby the Wine Man personally, so you get to discuss the wines in the box (if you want to).

Here’s an example of a ‘Third Way’ case we sent out December ’14 based on 1 customers likes and a penchant for being surprised:

Callia Alta Shiraz / Malbec Argentina 1 88
DeBortoli Cabernet Merlot Australia Bronze ’13 & Cmndd ’14 1 95
Torres Ibericos Rioja crianza Spain Silver medal Winner ’14 1 180
Torres Celeste (Tempranillo) Spain Commended ’13 1 285
Santa Digna Cabernet Rosé Chile 1 138
Zonin Prosecco-Black Bottle Italy Sparkling 1 136
Fonte Frontini Vermentino Di Sardegna DOC Italy 1 90
Mannenberg Chenin Blanc South Africa 1 95
De Bortoli Sacred Hill Chardonnay Australia 1 95
Hemisferio Sauvignon Blanc Chile 1 104
A. Zirnhelt Riesling Vin D’Alsace France 1 130
Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc  New Zealand Commended ’14 1 230
standard cost 1666 was reduced by 116 to ¥1500 12 1666

Simply fill out a contact form enquiry quoting ‘The Third Way’ if you would like to look into this offer further, and soon exciting surprises could be on your front doorstep every month.

FAQ’s

Free Delivery: Free delivery for all LWwines Club customers in the Shanghai Metro (Puxi) area; that’s inside the outer ring road and the enclave of Western Suburbs. Outside that area we can negotiate a good rate to cover any additional cost.

Payments: On the first visit you pay for 2 deliveries, that’s twice what you opt for as your ‘monthly’ spend). Then on each subsequent delivery you pay the ‘normal’ fee. Cash on Delivery. If you choose to drop out of the club, no payment will be made on the final delivery.

Delivery days: In the first week of the month, usually Monday or Thursday. We can leave wines and collect payment from you or your authorised receiver only, such as Ayis, Guards or Office Staff. Each month we will contact you in the week prior to ask if you require the wines in the next month.

Bi-Monthly, etc? Yes, we can do alternate periods. You can have these wine club deliveries personalised to come every 2 or 3 months.

Replacements Pledge: Due to the vagaries of SH customs and the long supply chain, some wines are sometimes not available. We reserve the right to replace unavailable wines with those on our lists of similar price, value and quality; matching region, grape and producer as best we can. Under those circumstances the price will remain constant even if it costs us more money.

Other orders: Yes, it’s possible to combine your Monthly Wine club with another order to be delivered together. Combined orders would need about a week’s notice.

Cancellation: Cancel any time. We will make one final delivery after you cancel bringing us all square regarding the money.

Holidays: Recommence monthly deliveries after a holiday trip anytime.

For more information submit your interest in an enquiry here.

TWM

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De Bortoli Australian Taster Pack (Tier 1) 12 btls: REDUCED

January 22, 2017
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The Holy Trinity from the Sacred Hill range by De Bortoli is always ¥120 less than the retail price (except when we slash it further during promotions: like now!). Award Winning wines. Includes Shanghai Marriott’s House Red. Honoured as Winestate Magazine’s Australian Winery of the year 2010. We love De Bortoli. Also in the Sacred Hill range: Shiraz (a bronze medal winner) & Cabernet-Merlot (silver Medal Winner). BTW, their Family Selection range is the same wine in a different package.

Price: ¥1,090

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About us: Our Shipping Policy: FREE DELIVERY

January 18, 2017
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Our Shipping Policy Explained For 2016 we have further reduced the required spend to qualify for Free delivery in all zones. We ship with FREE Delivery throughout Shanghai, when geographical minimum order amounts are met. However, fees positively influence reductions in the number of journeys made to locations. For clearer pricing, fewer Shanghai traffic journeys and […]

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Subscribe for a 7.5% Discount & membership benefits

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LWwines would like to offer you a treat. Please enjoy a 7.5% discount off your very first order. All subscribers to our newsletter benefit from both the standard membership benefits, plus…access these exclusive benefits: a 7.5% ‘new subscriber’ discount off any 12 wines of your choice from our tiers 1, 2 and 3 when mixed […]

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About Us: LWwines’ Edge

January 3, 2017
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We are fully independent. No gimmicks, flashing nonsense, pop-ups, unrelated ads or eternal sales pitches from us. So, both regular wine buffs and infrequent wine drinker novices choose us. We do what we say we will do. I know: that’s a small miracle anywhere, but here in SH, doubly so. Don’t just take our word for it. Ask around. Customers should shop around though; browse elsewhere: Keep an eye out. Then recognise for themselves, our worth. It’s a healthy way to be.

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What are Hub Customers?

December 31, 2016
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Hub customers: share a fun shopping experience, meet socially, save money, drink nicer wines, help the Earth, enjoy real ‘free delivery’: which usually, is just a hidden cost…

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# Taster Pack 1: (Tier 1&2) 12 btls

December 29, 2016
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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: ¥985

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Wineducation: Beginner’s Guide to Wine: An Infographic

November 7, 2016
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Here’s an infographic we found. It’s a little bit ‘hit and miss’, but worth a look. To be honest, we don’t see no value at all in the ‘colouring’ area of the chart, given that Malbec is certainly about as far from being Pink as can be imagined…and personally think the glass shape issue is […]

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# Taster Pack 4 (Tier 1&2) 12 Btls: New World

October 30, 2016
Taster Pack 4

Welcome to our latest offering in the Taster Pack series. I have gathered 6 pairs of distinctive New World wines, each of which make a very respectable introduction to the local regional style for each grape variety.

Price: ¥1,315

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# Taster Pack 3 (Tier 1) 12 bottles

August 29, 2016
Taster Pack 3 (Tier 1)

These are the wines we drink at home on a regular basis. TP3, like TP2 maintains the ‘easily accessible, easy drinking, easy on the pocket’ theme while flipping the New & Old World ratios. TP3 features 12 wines from 7 countries born of 5 continents, 3 from the Old World and 9 from the New. TWM

Price: ¥1,100

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Blind Tastings: an objection to a subjective view: redux

August 26, 2016
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For the most part, groups often displayed elements of disharmony, brought about by some perceived skill and knowledge disparity. Rather than an open, exploratory forum fostering growth; simplistic, defensive positions often arose. In short, attendees felt unsettled during the experience and I had no desire to be in a room full of people who either didn’t want to be there or who wanted to crow louder than anyone else

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European Taster Pack (Tier 1&2) 12 btls: Another Upgrade & Greater Depth

August 20, 2016
European Value Pack

Benchmark starter pack. Easy on the pocket.1st tier gems from the 3 big guns of Europe: Spain, Italy & France. Versatile, approachable; distinctive old world quality. Cheers, Rhone, La Mancha & Sardinia for being off the ‘trendy’ radar = realistically priced. Plus, a ‘lucky find’ Burgundy Chardonnay.

Price: ¥1,000

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Taste Tests: #8

August 14, 2016

Here is our eighth 2015 report into 8 (plus a sneaky extra 1) wines recently tested. The intention (failing miserably again today) is to limit the number of wines in each report, ensuring bite-sized nuggets, released with greater regularity whilst avoiding over-brevity-inducing pointless, vacuous blah-blah (some hope of that!). Sometimes, a theme reveals itself: Sometimes […]

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South American Discovery (Tier 1) 12 btls: REDUCED

August 1, 2016
South American Discovery (Tier 1)

The fruit bowls of Argentina & Chile work wonders with some noble & some novel grapes. 1 stylish bottle each of Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon/ Carmenere, Shiraz/Malbec, and 2 bottles of Chardonnay, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon & Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc.

Price: ¥1,025

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South American Stars (Tier 1-3) 12 btls: HUGE upgrade

July 30, 2016
South American Stars (Tier 1,2&3) 12 Bottles

The already impressive case just got a massive upgrade to the status its name deserves with an influx of new, award winning, red wines. A fabulous vertical line-up of intriguing South American icons (and new comers) from tiers 1, 2 & 3. A veritable feast of experiences with our seal of approval and at a neat value point. We are very proud to create and present this selection of treats. We love all the wines in this pack. You will too.

Price: ¥1,615

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# Taster Pack 2: (Tier1&2) 12 btls: Wine Man Pick

July 28, 2016
Taster Pack 2 (1st Tier Wines)

Old and New World side by side: a distinctive range of styles at great value. It is difficult to believe that one or two of these wines are even in the first tier and it shows that 1st tier doesn’t mean second rate. Some seriously good wines here with awards from major publications.

Price: ¥1,035

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Why we love Italy

July 19, 2016
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Italy has it all. Variety In wine terms, few countries offer the vast range and sheer variety as Italy. Its versatility seems boundless. As does the romance, the variety of styles, the integrity and innovation. Others do come close. I mean France is pretty diverse too, perhaps more-so. But French wines come with a caveat […]

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Wineducation: Wine costs the Earth these days…An Infographic

July 10, 2016
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It is often said that to know the cost of something is less impressive than to know its value. This relates particularly to consumption. Here’s an infographic that we, as wine lovers (and hopefully, planet lovers) really need to consider concerning the earthly cost of wine; increasingly an issue. Turning Water and Energy Into Wine […]

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Whites Taster Pack (Tier 1) 12 bottles: Price Reduced & revamped with flexible options

July 7, 2016
Whites Taster Pack (Tier 1) 12 bottles

REDESIGN plus request options: Popular New & Old World tier 1 whites. 3 Chardonnays in various styles, without ‘oakiness’ including a regular award winner; 1 blended with Sauvignon Blanc. Also includes a tasty fresh Sauvignon Blanc and an elegant Pinot Grigio.

Price: ¥1,025

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6 Cabernets Sauvignon (Tier 2 & 3) 6 btls

July 4, 2016
Cabernet! (1st & 2nd Tier Wines)

Carefully put together for our customers who want to to take their wine appreciation to the next level; maybe looking for the differences between continents, regions, producers. Each is different, while each retains the typicality of a true, crafted Cabernet without breaking the bank. Discover the tantalizing & mysterious, breadth & depth within the wine world. A case for the adventurous & the curious.

Price: ¥960

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