What is in your basket? [July - August 2020]

Waitrose has 25% off all wines for one week. I checked quite a few prices against TWS and CellarTracker. Some are similar to TWS, even with 25% off. Some seem quite good deals. One needs to do their homework because they are not all bargains. This also taught me that buying there at full prices is generally not a good idea…


All prices below were still subject to 25% off. I checked most of these wines against TWS, I don’t think any were for sale but let me know if I was wrong.


I’ve also been doing a slightly random Waitrose order. Agree it never makes sense to buy at full price, because you know the 25% off is coming. This order is almost entirely kites I’m flying. Ghost Corver semillon has been one of my Waitrose regulars, but was out of stock, and the Jacky Blot seemed worth a try. Suspect the Newton Johnson contract chardonnay may be overpriced even after discount, but will see. Otherwise cheap and cheerful. Prices before discount:

Wine Price Price
No.1 Don Gaspar Dry Amontillado Lustau Sherry - 75cl 1 £11.99 £11.99
No.1 Don Luis Fino del Puerto Lustau Dry Sherry - 75cl 1 £11.99 £11.99
No.1 Torre del Oro Palo Cortado Lustau Sherry - 75cl 1 £11.99 £11.99
No.1 El Benito Manzanilla Pasada Lustau Sherry - 75cl 1 £11.99 £11.99
No.1 Rich Cream Lustau Sherry - 75cl 1 £11.99 £11.99
No.1 Emilio Lustau Dry Oloroso Sherry - 75cl 1 £11.99 £11.99
Muga Rioja Rosado - 75cl 1 £9.99 £9.99
Ghost Corner The Bowline - 75cl 1 £19.99 £19.99
Sandown Bay Chardonnay Newton Johnson - 75cl 1 £15.99 £15.99
Thymiopoulos Atma Xinomavro - 75cl 1 £11.99 £11.99
Thymiopoulos Atma Assyrtiko - 75cl 1 £11.99 £11.99
Waitrose Loved & Found Mencía - 75cl 1 £9.99 £9.99
Domæne Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner - 75cl 1 £11.99 £11.99
Louis Jadot Château des Jacques Quincié - 75cl 1 £12.99 £12.99
Clos de Mosny Montlouis Sec - 75cl 1 £25.99 £25.99

They also have the 2016 Beaucastel coming down to 301.5 for 6 or 50.25 per bottle which equates to 237.86 in bond against an EP offer price of 240 and current ‘market’ price of 290+. Very strong southern Rhone vintage, although would benefit from cellaring…

It’s always interesting to come across the slightly more random bottles they offer - such as 4.5L bottles of Graham’s 10-yr Tawny Port!


double tappit hen… :wink:

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If your feeling especially wealthy today the Pol Roger Winston Churchill and Dom Perignon look good at the Waitrose offer price. Compared to other outlets at least.
More modestly I’m trying the Vins de Vienne Saint-Peray and the Chene Bleu Astralabe, 3 of each. Not had either before but they get good write-ups.

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Tonight it’s about what’s not in my basket. I have had a terrible 24 hours. First some fraudster takes £1380 from my current account using an Amazon order then my payroll took £925 back pay without any notice leaving me in financial difficulty. Anyway after hours of phone calls etc I have sorted it, but it means I had to cancel my cards.

I saw a bottle of Bruno Sourbis Chinon Les Quatres Ferrures 1989 up for sale, added it to my basket but when I clicked on pay it declined it was then I remembered it had been stopped.

I have a new interest in Loire Cab Franc and this would have been great.


That sounds like a horrible day. I hope you’re back to normal quickly.

Do you mind saying what the mechanics of the Amazon order fraud were? It’s often helpful to have seen things that intelligent people fall for.

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Thanks! Stocked up on musar, OZ and SA wines. I usually run low on these until this offer happens :slight_smile:


I knew nothing about it until an email came through to my inbox saying my order was on it’s way. I thought it was a scam and deleted it as you should, some of the details didn’t look right. However when I checked my statement there was the £1380 pending.

The odd thing is I had been having some trouble with my logon details and the day before I had been in contact with them and with their help set a new password, less than 24 hours later I was hit by this fraud.

My bank at the time said it was nothing to do with them because it was still pending, so when I rang Amazon they said it would be all fine. However it wasn’t, the transfer went through and out of my account. A ‘specialist’ emailed me from Amazon today to say it was not their job to sort it and you would have to go through the bank, get forms sent to the suppliers of the goods and wait for them to refund it. Totally unacceptable.

Anyway, my bank was great at the 2nd attempt.


That sounds horrendous. In some sense the whole point of Amazon should be that they take care of the security and are the only people with access to your financials, so saying it’s not their job to sort it sounds really bad to me.

Anyway, I’m glad you found someone to sort it in the end.

I had the same last year, from Amazon.com not .co.uk. Immediately contacted Amazon security who were pretty good. Order cancelled and password changed. But had to cancel main credit card, which caused all sorts of problems, costs and embarrassment down the line.
Strangely the ‘ordered item’ arrived, all the way from the USA. Must try and sell it on eBay.

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This is en route shortly to join Muga 2016 resting on the chilled racks.

SP15321 La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva Seleccion Especial Rioja 2010 £23.50 1 Bottle £23.50
SP15721 Asua Crianza Rioja 2017 £57.00 1 Case of 6 £57.00
SP14661 The Society’s White Rioja 2018 £8.95 3 Bottle £26.85

Waitrose certainly looks interesting…Muga Rosado as summers coming back at some point I hope.


Took the plunge on Waitrose at about 4pm yesterday. It arrive this morning before 9am, free delivery!

Went for Rioja: Muga Reserva Esp 15, Tondonia and Bosconia 07. Contino Blanco, Inama Soave and some San Martino Toscana 07. No idea about the last one but aged super Tuscan seems worth a go.


I have had this one before and thought it was stunning, so yesterday I ordered another two bottles.


Of course upon checking the box, vintages are different Bosconia 08 and tondonia 06. Probably stil happy.

I have two barclaycards and, whilst they have some not insignificant faults, they are very good with this. Several times now I have been contacted by them when their algorithms have spotted unusual activity. Usually it’s just me but twice they were fraudulent. Once I had apparently ordered £1500 worth of cosmetics and the second time, whilst working in Southern England, I was, apparently, hiring a limousine and driver for the weekend in Singapore! As they had caught both before any money was handed over I didn’t even have a temporary loss from the card. Though of course I had to get a new card issued on both occasions.

One interesting thing was that I asked the person who contacted me on the cosmetics one why such scams couldn’t easily be tracked by the delivery address. But apparently they use the address of a house that is unoccupied and then arrange to be ‘just outside’ when the delivery arrives.

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They are sometimes really ingenious in how they carry out these scams.

Sorry just placing an order for £4,000 wine going to a building site near me :grinning:as we speak.

** the above is a joke before anyone starts to report this to the police**


Spurred on by the new Italian Inquirer thread, as well as a recent book club suggestion of Anthony Capella’s ‘The Food of Love’, I have gone a bit crazy with a range of Italian wines. It’s a region, whose wines I have extremely limited experience of, so am curious to see how these turn out.

IT26932 Half bottle of Barolo Roggeri Ciabot Berton 2015 £16.00 1 Half Bottle £16.00
IT25621 Gattinara Torraccia 2007 £34.00 1 Bottle £34.00
IT19131 Barolo Roggeri Ciabot Berton 2010 £26.00 1 Bottle £26.00
IT26561 Castel Serranova IGT Salento Vallone 2015 £11.50 1 Bottle £11.50
SA14961 Oak Valley Groenlandberg Pinot Noir Elgin 2018 £20.00 1 Bottle £20.00
Wine Duty Price Size Qty Total
2006 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Mulinvecchio, Contucci, Tuscany Duty paid £31.48 per bottle x 1 £31.48
2007 Barolo Bricat, Giovanni Manzone, Piedmont Duty paid £37.48 per bottle x 1 £37.48
2010 Tenuta dei Pianali Coronato, Marchesi Lodovico Antinori, Bolgheri Duty paid £23.02 per bottle x 1 £23.02
2010 Brunello di Montalcino, Il Poggione, Tuscany Duty paid £36.00 per bottle x 1 £36.00
2006 Barolo Castelletto, Giovanni Manzone, Piedmont Duty paid £36.22 per bottle x 1 £36.22

And, yes, I know that there’s a South African Pinot slipped in there but old habits die hard. I just hope that Italian wines turn out to be to my taste. In the past, I sometimes found them to be overly alcoholic but admittedly, as noted, I haven’t had that many.


A Red van delivery for me today:

A couple for the TWS “Aged to perfection” tasting in a few weeks’ time. Another Sherry, and a good selection from the Wine Champs.