"I'm Steve Saunders winner of Oddbins' The Palate 2014 aka The Wine Rebel. It's my mission to guide you through the often bewildering array of wines out there..."

Around The World In 80 Wines Part 14: Rest Of The World

Posted on June 6, 2017

And here we are, the final chapter in our rollercoaster trip around the World and when we’re done we will indeed have talked about 80 of the most delicious, value for money wines on the planet. The last few countries I want to cover are not always associated with great wines in the UK but there are a few chinks of sunlight coming through and I’m sure you’ll be seeing more from the following countries in the next couple of…

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Around The World In 80 Wines Part 13: South Africa

Posted on April 21, 2017

Although South Africa (or Sith Ifrika as it’s known in Afrikaans) has had several ups and downs in its history, one thing that’s been on the up and up for a while now and shows no sign of abating is the quality of their wines. So neatly side-stepping any political minefields let’s get straight to the wines. Ken Forrester Workhorse Chenin Blanc (M&S £8.50) Originally a grape known synonymously with France and particularly the Loire Valley, Chenin Blanc has, like…

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Christmas: New Wines and Old Classics

This year I thought I’d introduce all you lovely people to a few interesting new wines with which to toast your festive celebrations. They’re utterly tip top with turkey but are also ace as solo sippers or with almost any party nibbles you care to shove into your gaping maw. Of course us Brits are often averse to change (y’know, unless it’s making a monumental decision on something of which we know nothing about) so I’ve also included a few…

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Around the World in 80 Wines Part 12: Italy (the Whites)

It’s been a bit of a wait but I hope you’ll agree it’s been worth it when you sample the delights I’m about to tell you about. After a jaunt through the juicy yet perfectly balanced hinterlands of Italy and its wonderful red wines, I now wish to take you on a journey through their intriguing whites. Like the reds there are some real gems to be found and often representing excellent value for money. Let’s dive in. Prosecco Superiore…

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Around the World in 80 Wines Part 11: Italy (the Reds)

Posted on August 2, 2016

After the exquisite tour of this beautiful country by the inimitable Joe Fattorini on ITV’s The Wine Show I was inspired to make Italy the next stop on my own particular vinous jaunt. Bellissimo! Although I love The Wine Show I was a little disappointed to see that, although many of the wines were very interesting and probably delicious (those clever folks at Amazon have provided you with an area where you can by all the wines from the show…

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Around the World in 80 Wines: Part 10 Portugal

Posted on May 23, 2016

It’s but a hop over the border to sunny, friendly and generally lovely Portugal. It’s not all Cristiano Ronaldo and Sardines though, or Port for that matter; Portugal has a wealth of delicious red and white still wines and what’s more they’re relatively inexpensive and offer tons of easy drinking pleasure for your money. For a wonderful introduction to the wines of Portugal you should head straight to the website of the brilliant Sara Ahmed. She’s hugely knowledgeable and enthusiastic…

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Top Wine Tips and more

Posted on April 25, 2016

We all know a good wine is absolutely delicious to drink but as well as pouring yourself a nice fruity red or crisp white what else can we use wine for? Many wines, such as a soft plummy Merlot or celebratory Champagne are great on their own but pretty much every wine will be even better if paired with the right food. So what do you need to know? A couple of good rules of thumb are: Pick a wine…

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Around the World in 80 Wines: Part 9 Spain

And so, after a siesta that went on for a ridiculously long and unnecessary time but seemed normal to me, it’s further south we go to Spain. This is about the eighth time I’ve started this article but every time I began to build up any sort of momentum I’d stretch, yawn, mumble something about manyana and close down the laptop for a few more weeks. But we’re finally here and I shall repay your patience by regaling you with…

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