Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio is one of the world's most popular wines. It's also known by a few different names around the world, including "Pinot Gris" in France "Ruländer" in Germany.

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Always a good fall back white wine, Chardonnay is known worldwide. It's famous because of its success throughout France's famed wine regions, such as Burgundy. But it's also America's most popular grape.

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

One wine took a hit from the movie "Sideways" and it's infamous line about not drinking any Merlot. But Pinot Noir may have gotten a bit of a boost. The wine didn't get it's own notorious line from the film but it was mentioned favorably once or twice.

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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

For some winemakers, Cabernet Sauvignon is known as the "King of Red Wine Grapes." It has been a remarkably popular grape throughout Europe and the United States.

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1. Beringer California Cabernet Sauvignon 2012: £9

A wealth of blackberry and cherry flavours plus a layering of oak in a smooth and rich offering from the US’s oldest continuously operating winery, in California’s Napa Valley. Golf fans note: it’s the official wine of the PGA Tour – could do wonders for your handicap.

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2. Morgan Metallico Chardonnay 2012: £18.99

Push the boat out with this intense Chardonnay from Monterey County on California’s central coast. Lots of strong fruit flavours including melon and apple in a wine which was fermented in stainless-steel tanks.

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3. A to Z Oregon Pinot Gris 2013: £12.49

This offering is from a recently founded Oregon winery and has an abundance of tropical fruit flavours with a pleasing acidity and a balanced finish. Goes well with fish or blue cheese.

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4. Boom Boom Washington State Syrah 2013: £14.95

Nothing to do with Basil Brush, this offering comes from Charles Smith, who spent 11 years managing rock bands. Rich and explosive with a spicy, tobacco-like aroma, this should be the choice of any civilised headbanger.

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5. M Signature Zinfandel 2012: £6.49

A variety of grape originally from Croatia, Zinfandel has blossomed in California, where it produces rather over-sweet roses and splendid red wines such as this offering with a velvety cherry and plum flavours and spicy finish.

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