Wines for the BBC’s Bill Buckley show
If you’re tuned in to Bill Buckley’s show on BBC Radio Berkshire, here are the wines we’re talking about:
Tio Pepe Fino En Rama Sherry, 2019 (£14.95 for a full size, 75cl, bottle at The Wine Society) is a limited edition ‘raw sherry’, which sends fans of the tipple absolutely wild. It won’t last long, as stocks are running low apparently!
DOCG Superiore Prosecco is, as the name suggests, a few notches up on the regular stuff and this is a great value example. Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco Superiore, made by Allini, (£7.99 at Lidl) is part of the German discounter’s core range, so it should be there right up until Christmas and it’s a good quality party banger. Conegliano and Valdobbiadene are two attractive hilltop towns about an hour north of Venice, where Prosecco originated, and their names on the bottle are an indication of quality.
Majestic Wine has new owners, after ending its uncomfortable marriage to Naked Wines, and there is much to celebrate in this particular divorce. Yering Station 2015 Chardonnay (£17.99 on a Mix Six at Majestic) is a returning customer favourite and it’s easy to see why, with its sumptuous fruit and well-integrated oak.
Finally, the Co-Op puts its values into its wine purchasing, as evidenced by this ‘Fairtrade’ organic Malbec grown at high altitude in Argentina. Local growers were paid a premium for the grapes and a local primary school was built with the proceeds of the initiative. Fairtrade Organic Malbec (£7.50 at all Co-Op stores).