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Wine drinking has a very, very important rule: drink what you like! But never be afraid to try something new or different. Wine drinking should be fun, free of much of the garbage that interferes with the rest of our lives. It should be a catalyst for social intercourse. It should be pleasurable and memorable, it should be savoured and discussed, it should be fun.

im Barry Lodge Hill Clare Valley 2010 Shiraz

Gold Hobart Royal Wine Show 2011
Gold Melbourne Royal Wine Show 2011
Gold National Wine Show of Australia 2011
Blue Gold Sydney Top 100 2012
5 Stars 94/100 James Hallidays Wine Guide, he said...
"Vibrant purple hue; elevation of 480m above sea level purports to enhance a wine's elegance, and while elegant in Jim Barry meaning of the word, there is a powerhouse of dark fruits, chocolate and toasty oak all at play; medium to full bodied, young, brash and refreshing, the finish is long, juicy generous and even a bit spicy; a lot to like for the price, but beware the oak."
The 2010 vintage has a deep black live jasmin red color and excellent clarity. It displays lifted notes of pepper spice, nutmeg and caraway seed with lashings of boysenberry mixed with spearmint. The palate is medium bodied and seamless with an abundance of choc-mint, raspberries and black cherries, all wrapped up in integrated, well-seasoned oak. This wine is ideally suited to good food, good friends and good conversation.
"Do not miss out on ... The Lodge Hill because this is a spectacular wine from one of the best vintages in memory...all in all this is a truly epic red wine..." Matthew Jukes
Elsewhere up to $28.99
Gris Caillou Bordeaux 2006

This classical Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc is seven years old and simply yummy. A wine this good would have been in the $30+ bracket until very recently.
A great Bordeaux nose full of bright berries spices and a palate loaded with cassis and tobacco flavours. It finishes with a delightfully creamy acidity and fine streamate tannins.
If you like Bordeaux blends this well structured red is truly excellent buying.
Elsewhere up to $29.99
$90.00 a six pac
Calusari Pinot Noir 2011

From Romania this Pinot Noir is an absolutely wonderful find.
Served blind you'd swear it was for Aotearoa, most probably Central Otago or Martinborough. You'd price it in the $20 to $25 dollar price bracket and happily award it Silver Medal status
This European gem may come from an unlikely source but the importers were right on the money. It smells like good Burgundy and delivers a clean modern Pinot experience that tastes just like good indigenous Pinot Noir.
Vibrant strawberry and cranberry aromas balanced with characteristically Pinot Noir earthy tones. It's juicy, medium bodied, with a plush berry filled palate and a velvety finish.
It's a brilliant example of the quality of wine being made in this corner of Europe.
Elsewhere up to $22.99
$84.00 a six pac
Toso Prosecco Frizzante NV

A massive deal on this fine, beautifully presented Prosecco from Italy.
It's a wonderfully refreshing, beautifully packaged, super stylish wine.
Made from Glera, the traditional Prosecco grape, it is a just off dry, lightly sparkling wine with a light liveprivate straw colour with fine, long lasting bubbles. It has a bouquet bursting with fruity notes of apple, pear and white peach and those flavours flow through to the palate. Delightful by itself of simply wonderful with food. Delicious bubbles.
Elsewhere up to $32.99 $108.00 a six pac
Estandon Gavotte Cotes de Provence Rose 2011

From the stunning 2011 vintage this French Cotes de Provence Rose is a brilliant example of its style. It has great packaging, reflecting a classic interpretation of this most French of summer wines.
Elegant aromas of raspberry, white and yellow peaches and citrus fruits. A beautifully balanced palate with fruity flavours, a mouth watering acidity, and a round, supple texture.
Elsewhere up to $24.99
$90.00 a six pac
Italia Pinot Grigio 2011

This is a super example of quality Italian Grigio. It defies its price point.
From the Lombardi region, beautifully presented and sharply priced, modern in every way.
A fresh dry white with gentle floral and citrus aromas. Classy pear, apricot and mealy notes on the joyourself palate. And, unlike many New Zealand examples, crisp and delicate on the palate with lightly honeyed fruit balanced by lemony acidity and a fresh, dry finish.
Drier than most of its NZ cousins; if you enjoyed the Mansion /House Bay you'll love this one.
Elsewhere up to $21.99
$84.00 a six pac
Italia Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2011

Soft, easy drinking, food-friendly, any occasion Italian over delivers in every way.
This DOC Montepulciano has a bouquet that is intense, full, and fragrant with scents of plums, cherry preserves. A dry, full, warm, soft and well structured palate, with dried fruits and toasted hazelnut. A pleasant long lasting finish complete the picture.
Montepulciano is noted for its soft tannins and easy drinking charms. The Italia is a glorious mytrannycams example of what must be the most users friendly of European red wines.
Elsewhere up to $21.99
$84.00 a six pac