Martinborough is a small town, laid out in the shape of a Union Jack by its founder, Irishman John Martin, in the 19th century, on the North Island, an hour’s drive from the capital, Wellington

New Zealand is one of the very few countries that can claim to have conquered that difficult and quarrelsome grape, Pinot Noir. Two of the finest p(...)

Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2014, Central Otago, 14%,£32.95/€46.95 Violet aromas, fresh black cherries and damsons with lovely acidity. (...)

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2013, Martinborough, 13.5%, €63.99 A stunning wine with structure and power, combined with perfectly ripe dark cherry fruits. (...)


Brancott Estate Pinot Noir 2012, Marlborough 13.5%,€ 15.50 Light red cherry fruits with green herbs and a pleasant meatiness. Stockists: Wi(...)

Pierre-Marie Chermette and his wife Martine (above) are one of the very best winemaking teams in Beaujolais

Beaujolais Blanc 2014 Domaine du Vissoux €23.50 from Terroirs, Donnybrook. To some older wine drinkers the very word Beaujolais brings back memories (...)

Verdera Negre 2013, Viña Empordália, Empordá, 14%, €11.95 Medium to full-bodied with rich blackcurrants and plums, and a rounded finish. St(...)

La Solana 2012, Suertes del Marqués, Valle de la Orotava, 13.5%, €27 Dark fruits, dark chocolate with refreshing acidity. Stockists: 64wine(...)

In very broad brushstrokes, you can divide Spanish wine into three sectors, each a strip running east-west across the country.

How times have changed. In the not too distant past, many consumers saw European wines as outdated, unreliable and impossible to understand. They v(...)

Mestizaje Tinto 2014, Bodega Mustiguillo, Pago El Terrerazo, 14%, €19.99 Refreshing supple raspberry and red cherry fruits with a well-integrated s(...)

Clos des Gamots 2008, Cahors, 13.5%, €22.75 Lifted aromas, soft maturing ripe plums with good acidity and a solid savoury tannic core. Lovely wine.(...)