We’re on the case with Oddbins…. literally!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
Oddbins Wine Bloggers CaseFor an ancient trade like wine, genuine firsts are now few and far between. In the wine headlines lately there’s been the launch of the world’s first paper wine bottle, a failed en primeur campaign for an otherwise good quality vintage – a first for Bordeaux, the rise of the enomatic wine sampling machine and the unstoppable popularity of English wines, something the old-school-wine-boys thought they’d never live to see.
As with so much to do with wine, the level of interest in the above is of course subjective, but I’d like to add my contribution to the list of new wine initiatives by announcing what we believe to be the first wine collaboration of its kind in the UK – the Oddbins Wine Bloggers case. Invited as one of six of Oddbins’ favourite UK wine bloggers (more subjectivity, I know!) we were given free reign to taste our way through their cellar and select our favourite picks for an exclusive twelve bottle case. The result? “Twelve fantastic wines straight from Oddbins’ shelves independently chosen by six of the most talented wine writers in the business.”Ok, so Oddbins wrote that bit….

Available at a fantastically discounted price of £98 for the whole case (including delivery) the wines are also available in store to buy separately (although without the discount). Here are my two favourites from the case:

Stone Rock Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Bordeaux, France (£8.00)
Forget pungent NZ Sauvignon Blanc and bland examples from Chile, the French are fighting back with this fresh, summery, lime sherbet and grassy Sauvignon from Bordeaux. Serve it well chilled as a thirst quenching apéritif.

Morgon 2009, Henry Fessy, Cru du Beaujolais, France (£10.50)
Think you know Beaujolais? Think again. Hailing from the fantastic 2009 vintage this is a wine to put the region back on every wine lover’s map. Ripe summer berry fruits, vanilla pod and velvety tannins make it a perfect BBQ wine. Try serving lightly chilled.
PS: I’m not sure where the artist got the Stepford-wife-alike from…. I don’t own a cream shift dress, but I do like their interpretation of what is normally a much flatter chest!
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