Tastings from Our House to Your Home

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What makes a wine unusual? There are several elements that can single a wine out as unusual and we have worked to create a tasting choice that covers uniqueness across the world.


Many are familiar with only a handful of wine grapes, but there are more than 10,000 grape varieties suited for wine making, many of which are locally consumed. With the rise of the wine industry internationally, more are being ‘discovered’ and appearing on shelves in the UK.

Eastern Europe in particular is coming to the fore. Its rich history shows that winemaking was conceived in this part of the world and the knowledge passed down through centuries is becoming perfectly complemented by modern winemaking techniques to finally highlight wines of outstanding quality. Flagship native grapes such as Vranec, Feteasca Neagra and Saperavi (red), Feteasca Regala, Rkatsiteli and Misket (white) are essential to try.

Looking elsewhere, the major improvements in vinification means that grapes that are traditionally only used within blends are being explored as varietals. You may well have consumed Graciano within a Rioja blend, or Corvina within an Amarone blend, but never had the opportunity to sample this grape on its own.


Climate, soils, rainfall, and elevation; all affect vine growth and their ability to reach optimum concentration before harvest. One knows what to expect from a Californian Pinot Noir or Argentinian Malbec, but what about one from Moldova or New Zealand? Sometimes grapes can benefit from small plots in other countries with a suited micro-climate where it was previously thought impossible.

The combination of new production techniques with tried and tested tradition can make for remarkably interesting wine. Many Georgian wines are still matured in huge underground burrows in traditional clay jars (Qvevri), often fermenting the Marc (stalks, pips, and skins) with grape flesh, especially in their renowned orange wines. Other wines may be Biodynamic with vine growers working in harmony with the natural climate to ensure as little intervention as possible in the vineyards. Usually organic, the current ‘natural wine’ craze is centred around biodynamics.



Click the wines below to be taken to the wine product page online and full description and tasting notes for each wine:

This produces a fresh, fragrant and fruity Prosecco with gentle aromas of pear and apple. Pale lemon in appearance, on the palate it is off-dry with the hint of sweetness it retains,  with lively bubbles and an attractively crisp finish. Try with light canapes, antipasti, shellfish or soft mild cheeses. 
Intense, deep purple in colour, the multi-layered bouquet is dominated by forest fruits and earthy nuances. The palate pulls together these luscious forest fruits, hinting at black plum, blackberry, blueberry and redcurrant. Suitable to drink lightly chilled as a fruity summer red on its own, or try with roasted and barbecue cuisine. 
A sumptuous wine filled with aromas of black cherry, blackberry, subtle vanilla and sweet spice that fall in satisfying layers on the palate. Complex with exceptional balance and a quaffable finish.  Try with antipasti, slow-cooked red meats and stews, or mature cheeses.
This creates a wine of cherry red colour with aromas of black fruit, ripe red fruit and subtle vanilla. Palate shows a perfect balance between freshness and acidity, with integrated, mellow tannins. Try with spicy sausage such as chorizo, lamb or hearty stews. 

A grape that can express itself in many ways, this example from the Paparuda range is easy-drinking yet fully satisfying. Aromas of violets, dried cherry, and tobacco hints precede a soft, juicy palate packed full of wild red berries with a velvety fresh finish. Try with grilled pork, lamb, mushroom or aubergine.