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What is in your basket [Sept-Oct 2019]


SA14151 Lismore Pinot Noir Cape South Coast 2017 £28.00 1 Bottle £28.00
SA13811 Radford Dale Freedom Pinot Noir Elgin 2017 £19.00 1 Bottle £19.00
BU41541 Pernand Vergelesses Rouge Domaine Rollin 2006 £25.00 1 Bottle £25.00
BU61761 Sylvain Pataille Marsannay Longeroies 2014 £28.00 1 Bottle £28.00
AA2791 Pinot Noir 2016 Brundlmayer £22.00 1 Bottle £22.00
LO15321 Pouilly Fume Mademoiselle de T Chateau de Tracy 2018 £16.50 1 Bottle £16.50
GR1421 Rapsani Terra Petra, Thymiopoulos 2016 £20.00 1 Bottle £20.00

There are a lot of wines I currently want to try, but managed ( because of my bank balance rather than will power) to limit it to these wines. Note the bias towards trying different Pinots! The Lismore has been recommended highly by others and am excited to try the Rapsani. Not drunk any Pouilly Fume recently - I used to drink a lot of them but found too many were too “steely” for my liking.


I can also highly recommend the Radford Dale PN, which was a favourite in a recent WS dinner! Good selection :slight_smile:


Thanks Inbar. I often find red burgundy disappointing at the price I can afford, so am looking at different regions - both new world ( hence South Africa) and even within Burgundy itself.


Oh dear. I was only really looking to top up with a couple of stickies and a few assorted bits and pieces, but then I stumbled across the ‘Italy from top to toe’ offer on the website and something entirely predictable happened:

Italian Regional Reds Case Code: MX19243In Stock
1 x Case of 6(s) at £115.00 £115.00
Riesling Midelberg, Boeckel 2017 Code: AL15271In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £11.50 £11.50
The Society’s Valpolicella Ripasso 2016 Code: IT24971In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £10.95 £10.95
Baccolo Appassimento Rosso Veneto 2017 Code: IT26291Due in
1 x Bottle(s) at £6.95 £6.95
Royal Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2013 50cl Code: HU1111In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £27.00 £27.00
The Society’s Exhibition Sauternes 2015 Code: BW5871In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £20.00 £20.00
Val de Loire Chardonnay, Famille Bougrier 2018 Code: LO15161In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £6.95 £6.95
Viognier Grès du Trias, Coteaux de l’Ardèche, Vignerons Ardéchois 2018 Code: RH53591In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £9.95 £9.95
Moscato d’Asti Elio Perrone 2018 Code: IT27611In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £8.50 £8.50
The Society’s Exhibition Limarí Chardonnay 2018 Code: CE10461In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £10.50 £10.50
Côtes-du-Rhône Mon Coeur, Chave Sélection 2013 Code: RH39171In Stock
1 x Bottle(s) at £13.95 £13.95

That Italian Regional Reds case looks pretty great to me.


I’ve recently had both the Baccolo Appasimento and Salice Salentino Riserva, and can recommend both. The Baccolo is a bargain alternative to a Valpolicella Ripasso, whereas the Salice Salentino was sweeter and lighter, but with some slightly meaty flavours in there as well. Both perfectly enjoyable everyday reds. :+1:


My ‘virtual’ basket includes a whole bunch of lovely wines I’d like to buy, but am stringing out the decision as long as possible… at least until this month’s payday.
I start with 60 cases as enough of a buffer while I dither and inevitably add more wine to it, especially after the superb Spanish wine evening in York last night.

Two wines getting to a ‘low stock’ decision moment…

Currently standing at a grand total of £222,838. More wine than you could drink in a lifetime!

What is in your basket [Nov - Dec 2019]

Ambition can be an admirable quality!


The mind boggles!
60 cases of each wine you want or 1 case of 60 wines you want?
You inevitably add more to it?!?
Is the critical low stock warning your own collection or TWS stocks of the wines you want?
How often do you order?


Any standouts you thought of @VinoVeritas


A mixed bag for me this month. I needed some whites to rebalance the rack, some sherry now the fire’s lit but the Islay whisky called to me. The only wine new to me is the Bin #003 but sometimes you just want the comfort of old friends…


No, definitely not as ambitious, crazy (or rich!) as some people think. If you add a large amount of bottles or cases to your basket, as other members buy that wine, the total left in your basket decreases; it’s a sort of manual stock check method and works very well, except you have to empty your basket whenever you actually want to buy something.

If I did accidentally order the lot, I hope my Bank would spot the error and refuse it…


Ah, very interesting tactics. I shall have to try it. However, items going out of stock is normally the only way I get to reduce the value of my orders, so maybe only for items considered essential.

So am I right to assume that nothing in your basket is ‘locked in’ until you actually pay for it then?


Well @winechief, as it happens there were a few… :wink: It was, as always, an excellent event in a great and atmospheric location. I think the first 6 white wines were happily drunk without even the thought of spitting. In fact, I think most people were enjoying the wines so much that the spitoons saw little use; either that or the members of York are a pretty tough bunch!

So, without further ado, I will list my favourites…

Out of three Albariono’s, which were all very good, the best for me was Pazo de Villarei 2018 and at £10.95 it was also the cheapest. Excellent balance between the expected acidity and an enjoyable fullness. Very long.

The White Rioja’s were all delicious and represented the whole range from clean and fresh to having some oxidative notes, but without horrible excess as in times past. Really enjoyed Tobelos Blanco 2018 - fresh, good acidity, smooth and quite full. The Contino Blanco 2017 had a much more complex nose and was richer, but was also £20.

From Southern Spain in Valencia we loved Celler del Roure Cullerit Blanco 2018 £9.95, which was a blend made from Pedro Ximinez and Macabeo plus 2 grapes I’d never heard of - Verdil and merseguera. Some smoky notes, nuttiness and quite long. The nose was restrained, but the wine was a touch cold initially.

The other standout White wine was also the same price, but this time from north-East Spain near Barcelona - Jaspi Blanc, Terra Alta 2018. This got a good 4 ticks from me and was deliciously full and smooth, but with some surprise acidity around the back and edges of the tongue after it was swallowed. As the producer said, it’s a “Dangerous wine!”.

Will detail the reds tomorrow…


Absolutely! I have experienced wines becoming out-of-stock from my basket, even as I start to proceed with my order.


I couldn’t pass up on the Clos windsbuhl at about half the price of the rest of the market so decided to do Christmas sherry and a bit of fizz at the same time.

Half bottle of Champagne Boizel Brut Réserve NV
|Code: CH462In Stock|
|2 x Half Bottle(s) at £16.00|£32.00|
|Etna Bianco, Cottanera 2018|Code: IT28321In Stock|
|1 x Bottle(s) at £17.50|£17.50|
|Riesling Grand Cru Schoenenbourg, Julien Schaal 2017|Code: AL15291In Stock|
|1 x Bottle(s) at £14.95|£14.95|
|Pinot Gris Clos Windsbuhl, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2017|Code: AL15231In Stock|
|2 x Bottle(s) at £25.00|£50.00|
|Hidalgo Pastrana Manzanilla Pasada|Code: SH341In Stock|
|1 x Bottle(s) at £11.95|£11.95|


1 last order before Christmas.

Trying to keep the bottle price down meant I skipped quite a few items on my wish list (but hey, that’s why it’s called a wish list right?). Even avoided all of the 2013 Rhone, which I hope still might have a few bottles left for the final order of the year.

Everything new to me, looking forward to the delivery :yum:


If I bought everything on my wish list I’d be bankrupt very quickly!


I would happily give that lot a home if it was misdelivered to mine !


I’ll put that on the driver’s instructions if I’m not in. I’m sure you’ll keep it safe :innocent:


It also has a very long drinking window and is actually dry. Very attractive indeed… 73 bottles left.

I am guessing the drinking window is a mistake and it would be more accurate be for the grains nobles version…