Our Flagship 6 bottle Mixed Case - Curious Case

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The Curious Case contains 6 bottles of wine chosen by us from our varied and eclectic range of over 1000 different wines from all parts of the world. The Curious Case is a 'mystery' case that changes every month whereby you find out what is in it when you receive it! Could be red, white, rosé, orange, sparkling from a classic region or a boutique producer in some remote far-flung region using indigenous rare varieties. Let's explore!

October 2021 – Lesser Spotted Varieties

While Malbec, Shiraz, Chardonnay, the Cabernets, Pinots, and Sauvignons get top billing there's a multitude of other superb grape varieties out there that fly somewhat under the radar. This month's curious case is a selection of some of those which don't get so much attention but are well worth a closer look.

Rather than go on an expedition for those varieties on the near-extinct list where the only vines existing are a half-acre wild patch grown by Pablo in deepest Patagonia, we've focused on those lesser-spotted varieties that for many are unknown and for some might bring back a faded memory. So many fantastic grapes producing some great wine out there that need a bit of a shout out; that outside of their home region aren't that well known but really should be.

Our three whites come from the rugged toe of Italy, the highlands inland of Valencia, and Sussex... Calabria is a beautiful, wild, insular and relatively undiscovered part of Italy that has an ancient and proud winemaking history. A grape thought to be brought over by the Greeks millennia ago provides our first wine. Our second white is actually not that white and is made like red! A biodynamic blend of two white grape siblings but then fermented on their skins like a red, the old school way in amphora. Our English white showcases the second most planted white variety on these shores and has been described as Britain's alternative to New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Fresh, crisp and zesty, perfect as an aperitif or with shellfish.

Our reds this month straddle three continents - Europe, South American, and Australia - showcasing three varieties well known in their homeland, but less so back here. To North West Spain where the red and whites have taken on a new lease of life and popularity over the last 20 years. Our red is medium-bodied, mellow and fruity with a touch of spice. Such an approachable grape that deserves to be more widely known. We sail down to Argentina next for a robust wine made with a grape native to South-West France and is now quite big in Uruguay! This high altitude example is a great introduction to the grape and is a natural pairing with red meat. Jumping over to Australia and a historic wine region in northern Victoria with a grape grown over there for probably a hundred years, but which also has a second name in the Americas. A wine with a really deep, dark colour, robust tannins and a full body.

So enjoy and explore our October Curious Case with our Lesser Spotted Varieties.

September 2021 – Wines of the Ancient

Wine has been made for thousands of years and has been an integral part to many civilisations and the growth and success of mankind! From 4000 years ago in Sicily to 6000 ago in Georgia, the latter regarded as the 'cradle of wine', there is evidence of wine production, storage and consumption throughout the ancient world. This month we explore a range of regions, styles, and grapes from the Eastern Mediterranean to the Caucuses.

It has recently been discovered that Sicily's wine making history stretches back at least 4000 years and this wonderful island that has seen many civilisations come and go in its time provides our first white wine – a natural wine made with little intervention from one of the oldest grape varieties still grown today. Across to Greece and arguably the ancient lands and peoples that have done most to bring wine to the modern world. A red from south-east of Sparta and a rare white from near Athens. An old country with a new name, North Macedonia, provides the third white in the case made from a native variety.

We now follow the route of Jason and the Argonauts across the Black Sea to Georgia where they, and their southern neighbour Armenia, contribute each a red wine to the case made with native varieties that give you a great idea into what these, two of the first wine making countries, are doing today with their post-Soviet, exciting and reinvigorated 21st century wine industries.

So explore some of the world's ancient wine making regions with our Curious Case.

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August 2021 – BBQ Southern Hemisphere Style!

Be it a South African braai, an Argentinian asado, or an Australian barbie we’ve got the wines for you this August!

All three of these nations are known for their outdoor living and their penchant for meat and grilling, searing, roasting, but definitely not burning... it outside with friends and family. Now if our wonderfully predictable British weather allows, and sometimes even when it doesn't, we like to join them and put anything we've got in the fridge on the charcoal. We've put together 6 wines from those three countries to drink while you’re barbecuing, waiting for the barbecue, or if there's any left, with the barbecued food this August.

Our two wines from Argentina are not what you might expect. We have a Malbec, but not the big and heavy kind, and a wine grown from a grape that predates all others over there - perfect slightly chilled. From South Africa we have a richer, biodynamic white and a South African take on the classic Bordeaux. Onto Australia and we have a white that takes it to the best of the Kiwis and a red from some of the highest vineyards in the country, far closer to Sydney than the traditional Adelaide and Victoria bastions of Aussie winemaking. So explore and enjoy our August Curious Case of southern hemisphere barbecue wines!

NB don’t all have to drunk with burnt barbecue food in the rain.

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July 2021 – Wish you were there

Well we might have to wait a bit longer to visit our favourite European holiday destinations this summer so we’ve brought them to you with our July Curious Case! Be it a Spanish Mediterranean beach holiday, walking in the Dolomites, a gîte in the Dordogne, or a Greek island you’ll wish you were there. As always with us hopefully there are one or two new regions, grapes, or styles that you’ve not tried before!

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June 2021 – Tour de France

This year's Tour de France route crosses through many of France's famous wine regions so we’ve put together our own little 6 bottle tour, though of course being us our wines offer something a little different and are not always what you might traditionally expect from each region. Be it sparkling, white, red or rosé we have got June covered with our Curious Case!

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May 2021 – Picnic Perfect

In this case you’ll find wines from different countries both from the old world and the new world. Starting with an American sparkling made from about a dozen grape varieties, followed by two fresh and zingy whites from Spain and Austria. Then comes an amazing dry rose - we couldn’t leave this out - from down under. Onto the reds (not too heavy though, but you might want to chill them), how about a Pinot Noir from New Zealand or a Barbera from Piemonte? They are all here to drink now. Whether you want to do it inside or at the park is up to you.

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April 2021 – Indigenous Iberia

Wines from the Iberian peninsula are very well-known generally, at least that’s what we think. However, to this selection we tried to add the more exciting bits because Spanish wines aren’t all Riojas, just as not all Portuguese ‘Vinho is Verde’ and the country has more to offer than Port when it comes to red wines too. We picked a ‘wild’ case of Iberian mix with whites and reds from both countries.

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March 2021 – Vintage Down Under

Did you know that grapes are harvested in the spring?

Well, in the Southern Hemisphere, at least. As we say, celebrating harvest time (or vintage) is a great opportunity to learn about their lesser-known grape varietals because Australia doesn’t just produce Shiraz and Chardonnay just as New Zealand is not only about Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir.

Both countries grow more than their fair share of exciting grapes, so let’s dive deep into the world of wine coming from Down Under.

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February 2021 – Exotic Wine Destinations

I don't know about you but lately we have been daydreaming about travelling to exotic lands. And of course it is mostly places where wine is made. So this month's Curious Case features destinations just as much as wines. We chose this case's contents by keeping in mind where they were made and places that we would like to visit not just for its wineries but also for their scenery, food, and culture. Because wine is more than just a drink, it is a complex combination of the soil, the people, the history and many more! Enjoy this case and keep daydreaming, for now!

The Wines:

Single Price: £21.00
Mixed 6 Price: £19.00
Single Price: £21.00
Mixed 6 Price: £19.00

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