For every New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc fan there is a wonderful bottle of Soave, Godello or Muscadet lurking undiscovered. For lovers of Malbec there's Nero De Troia, Mouvedre, Carrignan and Nero D'Avola desperately seeking your attention. Taking a punt on something you've never heard of needs a bit of courage, however be brave and you will be rewarded with something a bit more interesting than Wolf Blass.
Here are a few gems from the Ake and Humphris Cellar that should be on your list of must tries if you've not sampled them already.
While the side of a volcano might seem a risky choice for a vineyard Mount Etna on the island of Sicily has proven to be an ideal location for white grapes. The altitude and volcanic soils give our Nicosia Etna Blanco a lemon rind vivacity that is balanced by a touch of creamy fullness making this a great alternative to New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Priced just £7.99 with an RRP of £12.00 this isn't going to break the bank either.
Wild Orchid Chenin Blanc at just £4.99 (£10,99 elsewhere) is another Ake and Humphris parcel, packed with appley citrus notes and a touch more class than you would expect for less than a fiver! If you want to push the boat out then Thorne and Daughters fabulous Rocking Horse Cape blend is a lush stone fruit delight balanced with citrus zest and tea leaf. This blend of Roussanne, Semillon, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc is fermented in oak to give it a rich vanilla note that lends layers of complexity. Normally on sale at £23.99 but currently part of our 2 for £40 promotion.
Rioja always hits the spot as nights close in, dark and full bodied from Spains best known region its well known for oaky full bodied reds. However the less famous region of Montsant contains the highly regarded region of Priorat, Grenache rather than Tempranillo is more commonly grown but in this arid region it develops a full dark quality that Rioja lovers are sure to love. The Cap de Ruc has a real depth of savoury bramble and black cherry fruit balanced by toasty vanilla a hugely rewarding wine for just £12.99 it's a lot of bang for your buck.
The Vaya Pasada Tinta de Toro is another Spanish bombshell which at £5.99 down from £7.99 might also help you keep the cold out this winter. Our choice for the meanderthalls amoung you though is Kurt Angerer's Granit Zweigelt. One for burgundy lovers seeking adventure this is full of sweet berry and cherry fruit and slightly herby on the palate but utterly delicious.