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The ‘New World’ may be the home to many so-called wine bargains, but Northern America has shifted its position so that in comparison to a great many other New World countries its wines, whilst often being of very high quality, are comparatively poor value.

The world's fourth biggest producer began making quality wine in the 18th century. Although wine was made from the native Vitis Labrusca and Vitis Rotundifolia (and still is in some places) the wine is not generally regarded as particularly good quality and isn't drunk in significant quantities outside the country. It wasn’t until Vitis Vinifera vines were imported from Europe in the 17th century that good wine could be produced, but native pests and diseases made life for the vines very difficult. It took over 200 years for these problems to be addressed and confronted in any successful manner – just about everyone who knew anything about wine (almost solely from Europe) played a role in trying to find a solution, and hybrid vines sorted part of the problem. These varieties – Norton, Isabella and Delaware - are unfamiliar to many of us today but they proved to be successful for winemaking. Around this time the dreaded Phylloxera struck and many vineyards were wiped out. This pest managed to get across the Atlantic with truly devastating results and the majority of vineyards in Europe suffered the same fate as their American equivalent.

It was the Spanish settlers in areas such as Texas who planted the European Vitis Vinifera vine and made wine from the grapes. These ideas were successful and spread northwards during the Gold Rush and the Mexican War in the mid 19th century into The United States and the north American wine industry was born. California became the centre of production, and after experimentation several grape varieties were established including the variety we know as Zinfandel. Despite California’s domination vines were grown in many other states across the country before prohibition provided a temporary setback. After the law was repealed the wine industry took a few years to sort itself out and the great depression didn’t help matters. It was the Second World War which forced the winemakers to improve standards and processes as no wine was available from Europe, but even then the greed of many companies who cashed in on the distilleries they bought caused the market to crash once the war was over. The wine industry was once again in a state of chaos, and it was not until about 1970 that things began to improve. Genuinely skillful winemakers took over the reins of American wine production and the current boom is a result of this. More and more wineries were set up which planted classic grape varieties and with large scale foreign investment they flourished. All this made wine somewhat fashionable and an endless series of groups and societies were formed, a trend that has spiraled to the present day. Wine consumption over the next two decades or so grew at an extraordinary rate and smaller boutique wineries sprang up around California, and indeed other areas such as New York and Ohio. Despite the increase in the amount of wine the Americans consume they are still comparatively small drinkers, with countries such as France and England leading the way…
Wine law can complicate matters in the USA. Whereas wine can be moved from state to state in Australia, in America there are various restrictions and taxes that prevent ease of movement; some states won't allow any wine to be brought in at all. Health warnings on bottles often read as rather alarmist but in the last few years the positive aspects of moderate wine drinking have been pointed out to the Americans thereby increasing consumption further. It is this health trend that has been partly responsible for the massive growth in the amount of Merlot planted and drunk in America.

Wine is made all over the country, but it is obviously California that leads the way in both quantity and quality. New York isn't far behind in terms of production but much of this is wine made from America's own Concord grape for the domestic market. Concord is part of the Vinis Labrusca vine species, with its classic 'foxy' character, and not a great deal finds its way to Europe. Californian wine needs no introduction; the state produces America's finest wine and is home to E & J Gallo, the world's largest winery. Although the wine produced in California has an average price of less than £5 per bottle it is generally considered that these wines are very limited in character and quality, with little or no value to be found. Once the price tag reaches £10 wine of an acceptable quality is available, although of questionable value compared to countries such as Australia, South Africa and even France. At the higher end of the quality scale there are some truly outstanding wines but prices are usually over £20 and can reach levels where even premium Claret prices are dwarfed. Wines such as Colgin and Caymus are well over £100, and should you decide to purchase a bottle of Screaming Eagle you'll pay around £500 a bottle. There is little doubting the quality of these wines, but when it comes to value… well, even First Growth Claret is a bargain in comparison! Key wine growing sites include the famous Napa Valley, Russian River and Sonoma Valley.
The market share for California is very healthy, with the UK being its main export destination with around £100m worth of wine arriving in the UK alone in 2000.

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Rosé Wine
OFFER - Burlesque White Zinfandel ROSE 2018
USA :: California :: Lodi
Zinfandel/Primitivo
Ready to drink

NOW £6.99! 20% OFF!
Was £8.99
Strawberry ice cream on the nose supported by a bright, fruit packed strawberry jam palate. Selected from old vine vineyards in the Lodi region of central California.

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75.0CL
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Rosé Wine
Another Story WHITE ZINFANDEL Rose 2018
USA :: California
Zinfandel/Primitivo
Ready to drink

A major crowd pleaser from the Sunshine State! Luscious strawberry ice cream on the nose supported by a bright, berry fruited palate and an off-dry finish. Hugely juicy!

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75.0CL
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Red Wine
McManis Family Vineyards CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017
USA :: California :: Lodi
Cabernet Sauvignon
Body: e - Full
Drink now, but will keep

Dark garnet in colour with a bouquet that is full of dark berry fruit, such as Blueberry, Blackberry and Black Cherry. Oak aging has contributed just a hint of smoke to the nose. The round, creamy wine delivers an abundance of the fruit flavours promised by the olfactory. The fruit and oak are well integrated and the complexity of the wine plays on the tongue long after the wine has been ingested.

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75.0CL
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Red Wine
McManis Family Vineyards ZINFANDEL 2017
USA :: California
Zinfandel/Primitivo
Body: d - Medium to Full
Ready to drink

McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel is a dark purple wine, loaded with notes of ripe red currant, strawberry, caramelized sugar, and toasty oak. The savory red fruit on the palate leads to soft, supple tannins and a smooth finish.

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75.0CL
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Red Wine
McManis Family Vineyards PETITE SIRAH 2017
USA :: California
Petite Sirah
Body: d - Medium to Full
Ready to drink

Vivid purple in colour, with aromas of full toned Blackberry and Boysenberry. Caramel and Toffee are evident in the bouquet, as well as a Chocolate oak profile. The wine is substantial, yet has a rich soft cream texture of mocha. Very elegant and full of ripe black fruit flavors of Blackberry and Blueberry. These fruit flavors are savored in the lingering mouthwatering finish.

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75.0CL
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Red Wine
McManis Family Vineyards PINOT NOIR 2018
USA :: California
Pinot Noir
Body: b - Light to Medium
Ready to drink

With its medium Ruby hue, the McManis Family Vineyards Pinot Noir offers Strawberry preserves, fresh cherry mixed with Vanilla and Cream aromatics. Once in the mouth, these flavours are recognisable, in addition to a hint of Blueberry. Round and mouthwatering, the finish of this Pinot Noir is a well balanced combination of fruit flavours from the grapes and the Vanilla and Cream contributed from the oak aging. The wine is silky on the palate with red fruit and vanilla undertones, culminating in a clean, lasting finish.

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75.0CL
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White Wine
McManis Family Vineyards CHARDONNAY 2017
USA :: California
Chardonnay
Sweetness: 3 - Soft Dry
Ready to drink

Luscious with great fruit and balanced oak!

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75.0CL
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White Wine
McManis Family Vineyards VIOGNIER 2017
USA :: California
Viognier
Sweetness: 3 - Soft Dry
Ready to drink

Light straw in colour, the Viognier from McManis Family Vineyards is a rich, velvety white wine with peach, pear and apricot aromas. Similar stone fruits and vanilla notes grace the palate along with a touch of minerality, leading to a smooth and decadent finish.

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75.0CL
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White Wine
Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2018
USA :: California :: Livermore Valley
Chardonnay
Sweetness: 3 - Soft Dry
Ready to drink

This Morning Fog Chardonnay bursts with aromatics from citrus, lemon curd, pear and toasty oak. This wine is balanced by hints of vanilla and citrus on the palate, finishing with a nice acidity.

Shop Price: £16.99
75.0CL
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Red Wine
Easton ZINFANDEL Amador County 2013
USA :: California
Zinfandel/Primitivo
Body: e - Full
Ready to drink

With opulent ripe fruit flavours and plenty of tannin and acidity to back them, this is a complete, balanced and appetising wine. It smells like blackberry with smoky, meaty accents, tastes rich and full of berries, and feels firm and tangy on the palate.

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75.0CL
Only 2 left
White Wine
Au Bon Climat WILD BOY CHARDONNAY 2017
USA :: California :: Santa Barbara
Chardonnay
Sweetness: 3 - Soft Dry
Drink now, but will keep

Golden straw in colour, an attractive nose reveals notes of citrus, ripe stone fruit, toast and a hint of smoke. Rich and creamy in texture, the palate is concentrated and generous with an abundance of layered ripe fruit and harmoniously integrated oak. Crisp and focused on the finish, this is an excellent Californian chardonnay that offers immense drink-ability.

Shop Price: £29.99
75.0CL
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White Wine
Trefethen DRY RIESLING 2017
USA :: California :: Napa
Riesling
Sweetness: 2 - Dry
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This Dry Riesling is fresh and fragrant with gorgeous jasmine, honeyed white peach and grapefruit aromas. Dry, but succulent, the palate is powered by bright, mouthwatering acidity and a refreshing minerality that animates the wine’s long and lively finish.

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75.0CL
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Red Wine
Ridge LYTTON SPRINGS 1/2 2016
USA :: California :: Sonoma
Carignan (Mazuelo) (Samso), Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel/Primitivo
Body: e - Full
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NOTE: THIS IS A HALF BOTTLE (37.5cl)
Complex aromas of vanilla, raspberry and black pepper. Full bodied with firm acidity, focused blackberry fruit and an elegant lingering finish

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37.5CL
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Red Wine
Trefethen MALBEC 2015
USA :: California :: Napa
Malbec
Body: e - Full
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This wine opens with notes of plum and boysenberry. The bright palate is supported by well-integrated tannins and a natural tartness resulting from their estate vineyard’s location in the relatively cool Oak Knoll District of the Napa Valley.

Shop Price: £39.99
75.0CL
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Red Wine
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75.0CL
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Red Wine
Trefethen MERLOT 2015
USA :: California :: Napa
Merlot
Body: d - Medium to Full
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This Merlot sets the standard for elegance with a perfume of red fruits and earthy notes and flavors of raspberry, plum and black pepper. On the palate, the wine is silky yet bright, a classic Trefethen.

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75.0CL
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White Wine
Trefethen CHARDONNAY 2016
USA :: California :: Napa
Chardonnay
Sweetness: 3 - Soft Dry
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The nose opens with bursts of green apple, toasted brioche, honeysuckle and lemon cream pie. The palate is full yet bright, offering a pleasant viscosity and subtle notes of clove and tropical fruit. The clean finish adds an exclamation point with elegance.

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75.0CL
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Red Wine
Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir 'La Bauge' 2015
USA :: California :: Santa Barbara
Pinot Noir
Body: c - Medium
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This forward drinking Pinot shows dried cranberry/berry fruit with earth and tobacco notes. The body is medium weight yet carries immense waves of flavours, including sarsaparilla, pomegranate and smoke. A well-integrated wine that is superb now. A wonderful accompaniment to thick, oak-grilled pork chops, wild game, or coq au vin.

Shop Price: £44.99
75.0CL
Only 11 left
Red Wine
Ridge LYTTON Estate PETITE SIRAH 2016
USA :: California :: Dry Creek Valley
Petite Sirah
Body: e - Full
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Opaque purple in colour, smoky and minerally on the nose. Well coated tannins integrate on the palate with black currant and plum fruit. Finishes with notes of eucalyptus and mint.

Shop Price: £49.99
75.0CL
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Red Wine
Trefethen DRAGON'S TOOTH 2017
USA :: California :: Napa
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petite Verdot
Body: e - Full
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This alluring blend has rich aromas of ripe red plum, baking spices and cracked pepper. The palate is lush with flavours of cherries and dark berries. Malbec brings colour and diversity of fruit; Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon lend the darker fruits and robust structure. Merlot rounds out the mid-palate and brings an elegant freshness to the wine. While in its youth, this wine will benefit from decanting before serving.

Shop Price: £52.99
75.0CL
Only 11 left
Red Wine
Trefethen CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015
USA :: California :: Napa
Cabernet Sauvignon
Body: e - Full
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Deep ruby in colour, this exquisite Cabernet Sauvignon opens with fragrant notes of blackberry, bay leaf, coffee and chocolate. The palate is supported by velvety tannins and features flavors that tend more towards red cherries and baking spices.

Shop Price: £53.99
75.0CL
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Red Wine
Ridge LYTTON SPRINGS 2014
USA :: California :: Santa Cruz Mountains
Carignan (Mazuelo) (Samso), Petite Sirah, Zinfandel/Primitivo
Body: e - Full
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This elegant, full-bodied wine, with its firm tannins and intense, complex fruit, is among the finest of recent vintages. Enjoyable now, it will develop further over the next ten years.

Shop Price: £54.00
75.0CL
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Red Wine
Ridge GEYSERVILLE 2016
USA :: California :: Sonoma
Alicante Bouschet, Carignan (Mazuelo) (Samso), Petite Sirah, Zinfandel/Primitivo
Body: e - Full
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Saturated ruby in colour. Plum and black cherry fruit aromas, mint, and gravelly earth. Ripe bramble fruit on entry, balanced acidity, and elegant tannins. Long finish

Shop Price: £54.99
75.0CL
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Red Wine
Ridge LYTTON SPRINGS 2016
USA :: California :: Sonoma
Carignan (Mazuelo) (Samso), Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel/Primitivo
Body: e - Full
Drink now, but will keep

Complex aromas of vanilla, raspberry and black pepper. Full bodied with firm acidity, focused blackberry fruit and an elegant lingering finish.

Shop Price: £54.99
75.0CL
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Red Dessert
Quady Winery Elysium Black Muscat 2016
USA :: California
Black Muscat
Ready to drink

Alcoholic Ribena? Could be! But it's more than that - ripe grapes, roses and lychees on the nose, followed by flavours of cassis and dark red fruits and a surprising mouth watering acidity. Delicious!

Shop Price: £14.99
37.5CL
Only 9 left