Pisano RPF Family Reserve Tannat 2013

Pisano RPF Tannat Family Reserve 2013, 13.5% (£19.50-22, The Wine Reserve or globally via WineSearcher) It was shortly before I headed out to Uruguay that I realised how little I really knew about it. The learning curve was fast and fascinating. After all, it was one of the...

Château La Conseillante 2005

Château La Conseillante 2005, Pomerol, Bordeaux, 13.5% (Peter, 8-8.5/10, March 2018) The 2005 vintage is one of our all-time Bordeaux favourites from the modern era. The 2009 and 2010 were labelled great but all too often the top wines are overblown, borderline egotistical. With the 2005s, there’s...

Domaine Takahiko Pinot Noir 2016

Domaine Takahiko Pinot Noir 2016, 11.5%, Hokkaido (Peter, 6/10, Feb 2018) One of the brilliant things about wine is its capacity to surprise and delight you. This sprightly, funky Pinot Noir grown on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido by Takahiko Soga, a Pinot fanatic, was a...

Changyu Noble Dragon Cabernet Gernischt 2013

Changyu Noble Dragon Cabernet Gernischt 2013, China, 12% (£8.50-£10, Sainsburys or via Wine Searcher) Susie writes: This Saturday Kitchen wine is a particularly significant one – because it’s a glimpse into the future. For a start, it’s from China. This vast nation now boasts the world’s second largest vineyard,...

Baron de Guers Picpoul de Pinet 2016

Baron de Guers Picpoul de Pinet 2016, France, 12.5% (£6.50-£8, Sainsbury's)  I'm a sucker for a good seafood stew so I was very excited to find a Saturday Kitchen wine to go with Rick Stein's take on Cioppino. His delicious version of this Italian-American fisherman's stew featured monkfish,...

Nero Oro Appassimento 2016

Nero Oro Appassimento 2016, Italy (from £8.99 on multibuy, Majestic or via WineSearcher)  I must admit I'm a huge fan of Vivek Singh's cooking - and when he's on festive form, it's a joy to partake. Witness his roast goose breast mappas with aloo podimas in this Christmas...

Vinus by Paul Mas Clairette 2016

Vinus by Paul Mas Clairette 2016, France (£8, Morrisons)  Who doesn't like a good pie? Even - or perhaps especially - when it's called shakh plov. This Azerbaijani dish was being cooked by the delightful Olia Hercules on Saturday Kitchen. You really need to see it to get...

Saint-Véran 2016

M&S Saint-Véran 2016, France (£11.50, Marks & Spencer)  If Tom Aikens cooking you pan-fried John Dory with turnips and chestnuts isn't an invitation to crack open the white Burgundy, I don't know what is. This was my Saturday Kitchen pairing for Tom's aforementioned delightful creation. It's the affordable end...

Forty Hall Vineyard Brut 2015

Forty Hall Vineyard Brut 2015, 11.5%, London (£27.99-28.99, farm shop or website)  Many wines are rewarding. But this fizz is rewarding on so many levels that recommending it feels like a virtue in itself. Get involved, the glib summary might read, because it will make you feel...

Most Wanted Pinot Noir 2016

Most Wanted Pinot Noir 2016, New Zealand (£8.25-9, Sainsbury's)  I have an admission to make. Peter Gordon is one of my all-time favourite chefs. I used to pore over his recipe books as if they were gospel. And his particular brand of inspired fusion food...

Saint Mont 2015

Saint Mont 2015, France (£9, Marks & Spencer)  This was my choice of invigorating white to pair with a dish of pan-fried mullet with rosemary and a cabbage salad by Marianna Leivaditaki on Saturday Kitchen. It's a great bargain, this white, and also consistently food-friendly. We've recommended it...

Black Cottage rosé 2016

Black Cottage rosé 2016, 12.5%, New Zealand (£10.99 on multi buy or £12.99, Majestic or via Wine Searcher)  A slightly more expensive option on Saturday Kitchen this time - but it's worth it. I was matching it to a delicious but tricky dish by Sabrina Ghayour: harissa lamb with...

Fierce Beer Imperial Café Racer Porter

Fierce Beer Imperial Café Racer Porter, Scotland, 8.5% (£3.49 per bottle, Fierce Beer)  We thoroughly enjoyed this great little brew on Saturday Kitchen alongside some delicious chocolate brownies. It's actually a coffee and vanilla porter - so a dark beer but with lots of richness to it. This...

Ara Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Ara Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016, New Zealand, 12.5% (£10.59 but down to £7.94 on multi buy, Waitrose)  We are big fans of chef Freddy Forster in this household. He's not only a lovely man but also a brilliant cook - witness his utterly delicious, dangerously moreish Saturday...

Domaine du Vieux Vauvert Vouvray 2016

Domaine du Vieux Vauvert Vouvray 2016, France (£9.99, Waitrose or via Wine Searcher)  First things first: this is not a dry wine! There. Glad we got that one out of the way. But it's important to say because there's nothing worse than expecting something to be dry when...