"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..."

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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January Misery? No Thanks

Posted on January 4, 2016

So Christmas is over once again and all we have to look forward to is going back to work with no more public holidays on the horizon until Easter, whenever the hell that is. And what is it that great swathes of you want to do? Yes that’s right, embark on a month of enforced abstinence from pretty much everything enjoyable that makes our brief existence on this planet bearable. Oh yes you’ll still have your families (providing you didn’t…

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