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    Domaine La Haute Marone ‘Le Torrent du Trignon’ Sablet Côtes du Rhône Villages 2012, France

    Don’t buy cheap Châteauneuf, this is far, far better Domaine La Haute Marone ‘Le Torrent du Trignon’ Sablet Côtes du Rhône Villages 2012, France (£11 ...

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    Neethlingshof Pinotage 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa

    Not a huge Pinotage fan, but I can imagine quaffing this with pleasure on a chilly evening Neethlingshof Pinotage 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£9 ...

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      Chardonnays from France, Chile, South Africa & California

      Drinking Outside The Box - - 7 readers - Blason de Bourgogne Chablis La Réserve 2012, Burgundy, France (£12.99 Sainsbury’s) Typical (decent) Chablis, seems as if it’s going to be quite rich, creamy and nutty, but then the citrus finesse kicks in, along with a touch of brine. B+ Kalfu Kuda Unoaked Chardonnay 2013, Leyda, Chile (£11.

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      Bruna Rossese Riviera Ligure di Ponente 2013, Liguria, Italy

      …Refreshing red wine par excellence… Bruna Rossese Riviera Ligure di Ponente 2013, Liguria, Italy (£14.99 Red Squirrel Wine) Is it a deeply coloured rosé (they use Rossese aka Tibouren for a lot of pink in Provence) or a light red? Whatever you decide, this fresh young wine has a sappy citrus tang to its red berry fruit, plus an ever-so-slightly…

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      Chardonnays from France, Chile, South Africa & California

      …Blason de Bourgogne Chablis La Réserve 2012, Burgundy, France (£12.99 Sainsbury’s) Typical (decent) Chablis, seems as if it’s going to be quite rich, creamy and nutty, but then the citrus finesse kicks in, along with a touch of brine. B+ Kalfu Kuda Unoaked Chardonnay 2013, Leyda, Chile (£11.99 The Wine Treasury may have it soon) Plenty of fruit…

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      Domaine FL Les Bergères Anjou Chenin 2010, Loire, France

      …Wines like this make my spine tingle and my mouth smile Domaine FL Les Bergères Anjou Chenin 2010, Loire, France (£16.99 Liberty Wines) Lovely clean, keen, style with herby green apple and taut citrus tension, some of that slightly odd, waxy and not-at-all-mouldy cheesecloth character and a savoury mineral edge set against fleshier honeyed pear…

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      Denis Jamain Reuilly Les Pierres Plates 2012, Loire, France

      …Lovely tense Sauvignon from a place that’s often forgotten in the rush for other more famous Loire wines Denis Jamain Reuilly Les Pierres Plates 2012, Loire, France (£14.50 Ellis Wharton Wines) Lots of sappy, nettle-and-herb tension, balanced with fresh lime, lemon and blackcurrant leaf flavours, plus a touch of just-mown grass, and while there’s…

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      Prinz von Hessen Dachsfilet Riesling 2012, Rheingau, Germany

      …Apologies if this sounds a bit like an advert for herbal conditioner, I loved the wine Prinz von Hessen Dachsfilet Riesling 2012, Rheingau, Germany (~£23) Bounds out of the glass with a mountain spring-like freshness, citrus flavours to the fore, dry herb characters in there too, along with a minerally, Alka Seltzer-like saltiness. Give it time…

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      Les Eminades ‘Montmajou’ St Chinian Blanc 2012, Languedoc, France

      …I know a lot of this is about the winemaking style, but it’s a style I love Les Eminades ‘Montmajou’ St Chinian Blanc 2012, Languedoc, France (£15-£15.50 Cambridge Wine Merchants, Aubert & Mascoli) Is it minerality or is it sulphur-related? Probably a bit of both, this has quite exotic pear, peach and quince flavours but there’s also a savoury…

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      Laurenz V und Sophie Singing Grüner Veltliner 2013, Lower Austria

      …Not from anywhere near the sea, but this had that bracing briny edge found in coastal wines like Muscadet, Vinho Verde and Rías Baixas Laurenz V und Sophie Singing Grüner Veltliner 2013, Lower Austria (~£14) Young, taut and fresh initially, with citrus and green apple to the fore, a breezy saline minerally note (pumice) and a touch of herbs. Opens…

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      Harvesting Grapes at Gray Ghost Vineyards

      …Wine tasting is an activity to be enjoyed by adults. We neither support nor condone the consumption of alcohol by minors. Virginia Wine Time is a wine blog written by two wine enthusiasts who enjoy Virginia wine. Warren is the writer and Paul is the photographer and webmaster. All content and photographs are property of Virginia Wine Time and may…

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      Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Priorat 2011, Spain

      …Nearly very good, but suffers from the same problem as many Priorats… Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Priorat 2011, Spain (£11 Sainsbury’s) I like the plump plummy berry notes here, and there’s also a fragrant herb-scented character breezing through the wine. However, some of the fruit seems to have been picked a bit late, so there’s a slightly…

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      Neethlingshof Pinotage 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa

      …Not a huge Pinotage fan, but I can imagine quaffing this with pleasure on a chilly evening Neethlingshof Pinotage 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£9.99 Wine Rack) Classic Pinotage characters of spice-infused berries and bananas, along with notes of chocolate. There’s also a savoury tomato note in there too , alongside some (not unpleasant) rustic…

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      Tyrrell’s Old Winery Verdelho 2012, Hunter Valley, Australia

      …Verdelho doesn’t seem to be as popular as it was a few years ago – a shame when there are wines like this… Tyrrell’s Old Winery Verdelho 2012, Hunter Valley, Australia (£11.99 The Wine Society, House of Menzies, Amathus, vintagemarque.com) Imagine a wine that has the peachy weight of Chardonnay in tension with the tight pithy edge of Semillon, add…

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