Wed 06 Jul 2016

Hot off the press…


shutterstock_163797104Our team of buyers is forever scouring the world of wine in order to come up with the fantastic selections that members have come to discover, know and love. That the wines have passed the buyers’ palate test is recommendation enough, but third-party endorsement is always good to receive, adding objectivity to how The Society goes about things.

From members’ feedback, as well as tracking sales patterns of wines mentioned in the press, we know that there are several influential wine writers whose palates seem to be in harmony with those of members. Part of my role as The Society’s PR Manager is to ensure that those writers get to taste our wines and then ‘spread the love’, meaning more members get to see the wines, and more people become members on the back of this.

A regular click on our ‘Latest Press Reviews’ section of the website, renewed weekly, will keep you up-to-date with latest opinions on our wines, but here are a few recent highlights from the summer selections of just four of our favourite writers:

Victoria MooreVictoria

The Society’s Grüner Veltliner 2015

Superb, serious version of Austria’s signature grape – all white pepper and seltzer with hidden lime and grapefruit zest and a distinct stony undertow. Clean and bracing. One for picpoul drinkers to try. The Daily Telegraph, 4th June 2016

 Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo, Contesa 2015

While the idea of drinking a deep-coloured rosé might feel tacky and wrong, like wearing a zigzag mohair jumper (I had one in the Eighties), I did find one I loved: Contesa Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo 2015, from southern Italy … A deep fuchsia-pink wine that is plump and ripe, has a squishy softness, and tastes of fat sweet-sour raspberries: an ample wine that’s good with other creamy-textured foods such as fresh mozzarella. The Daily Telegraph, 2nd July 2016 

Jean-Paul Brun, Terres Dorées Beaujolais L’Ancien 2014

This gamay from Beaujolais master Jean-Paul Brun smells amazing – it tingles like iron on stones, then the thick smell of redcurrants and other red berries comes through. An extraordinarily good, light-bodied wine, savoury as well as summery. Three ticks on my two-tick scale. Drink slightly chilled. The Daily Telegraph, 4th June 2016


Jane MacQuittyjane_macquitty-180x180

The Society’s Vinho Verde 2015

What could be more summery than a refreshing, floral, tongue-tingling, only 11.5 per cent alcohol glass of vinho verde? It is bristling with the alvarinho and trajadura grape’s sparky, spritzy, aromatic, verdant fruit. Fish such as mackerel love this lean but lively zingy white — and it’s perfect for a summer party. The Times, 25th June 2016

Muga Rosado, Rioja, 2015

This delicious, zingy, deep salmon pink rosé has been one of the top Spanish pinks for years. So tuck into this bone-dry, yet juicy rosé with plenty of zesty, smoky, savoury, peppery punch as a fine barbecue bottle. The Times, 2nd July 2016

 Baccolo Appassimento Parziale, Rosso Veneto 2014

Dive into this gorgeous, gamey, dried cranberry, morello cherry and raspberry-charged red, which has that pleasing, classic, bitter Italian twang on the finish. It’s a great barbecue red. The Times, 2nd July 2016


Matthew JukesMatthew-Jukes-About-Wine

Hidalgo Pastrana Manzanilla Pasada

I’ve given this a rare 20/20, a score gained by only two or three wines each year. It’s the best affordable dry Sherry in the world. Daily Mail,, 28th May 2016

Tavel Cuvée Prima Donna Rosé, Domaine Maby 2015

Made from the same grapes responsible for the mighty Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this is a powerful rosé which acts as a light red when it comes to food. It is sheer heaven with barbecued chicken. Daily Mail,, 28th May 2016

The Society’s Exhibition Hawke’s Bay Red 2013

Best hidden gem: A blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, malbec and cabernet franc, this is sublime – and a steal given it’s from one of the world’s foremost wineries, Craggy Range. Daily Mail,, 28th May 2016


David Williamsdavid williams

Pierre Gimonnet Premier Cru Brut NV

An invigorating fizz from Pierre Gimonnet, a specialist in chardonnay (which here makes up 100% of the blend) and one of the best of the region’s grower-producers now making their own wines rather than selling grapes to the region’s big houses. The Observer, 19th June

 Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Spätlese, von Kesselstatt 2013

The Germans have always been associated with [a] less fashionable version of riesling, one which involves leavening the sharpness with a dose of sweetness. This can make for the most beautifully delicate off-dry white wines, which with their markedly low alcohol, are just right for summer daytime drinking: The Wine Society has a good one in the shape of Von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Spätlese 2013, a racy, lengthy mouthful in taste as well as nomenclature. The Observer, 25th June 2016

 Percheron Old-Vine Cinsault, Western Cape 2015

Cinsault has become a surprise favourite of the new wave of South African producers. This is a brilliant place to start an exploration of its many charms: an exuberantly juicy cherry-berry red and one of the UK’s best-value wines. The Observer, 19th June

Ewan Murray
PR Manager

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  1. Richard Morris says:

    I only read reviews by members. The press are afraid/unwilling to criticise.

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