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May Newsletter

The government continues to make it hard for the wine market with duty increases, vat increases and the like.  We now pay £1.81 + Vat of duty of every normal bottle of wine, soon it will be £2.  With increases in the cost of bottles, labels, corks and so on one can understand why it is very difficult to find anything of genuine quality under £6, £7 or even £10!

That said wine making and vineyard management continues to improve across the board and wine makers are investing more and more in quality and regional character to get the best from their ‘terroir’.  The UK is a very good place to be a wine enthusiast as we have virtually everything here.  Retailers and merchants are becoming more and more competitive in a bid to win business in a massively saturated market so for those of you seriously mad about the grape; it has never been a better time to buy good wine!

From Buon Vino this month a mixed bag of some great new listings; including, chunky red Massaya (forget Musar) from the Lebanon, lovely new elegant reds from the Valpolicella area of Italy, some super Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire and the best value white around in the new vintage of Soave Classico Monteforte from the excellent ‘Cantina Sociale’ in the heart land of Garganega country.  Finally a couple of super Rosés to quaff in this splendid weather!

Happy slurping…….

Rob and the Team

Competition winner

Congratulations to John Rodwell Who won last month’s draw from our e mail list.  He wins a bottle of Gavi di Gavi Morgassi Superiore 2009

Our offerings for May….

LEBANON The Bekaa Valley continues to defy all the odds….Massaya is fantastic!

1. Massaya Classic Red Label 08                                                                 £10.95

Cinsault, Cabernet, Syrah                                                               

(5% off when you buy 6 bottles)


2. Massaya Classic Silver Label 05                                                  £14.95

Cinsault, Cabernet, Grenache, Mourvedre                                                

(5% off when you buy 6 bottles)


3. Massaya White 09                                                                         £10.95

Obeidi (cépage autochtone), Sauvignon Blanc et Clairette                                                    

(5% off when you buy 6 bottles)


4 Massaya Rosé  09                                                                           £10.95

Cinsault, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon                                                          

(5% off when you buy 6 bottles)

ITALY - Le Vigne de San Pietro, the wines of the Veneto in fruity, elegant splendour!

5. Bardolino Classico 09                                                                   £11.95

Corvina, Rondinella, Merlot

                                                                                    (5% off when you buy 6 bottles)

6. Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 08                                                £16.95

Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara

                                                                                    (5% off when you buy 6 bottles)

7. Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 06                                       £35.00

Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara

                                                                                    (5% off when you buy 6 bottles)

Great value white wine, loads of freshness and clean fruit, just what you want for the summer!

 8. Soave Classico 10 Cantina di Monteforte                                 £6.25

Garganega, Trebbiano


FRANCE - New Zealand has its place but for me the home of Sauvignon Blanc is France and in particular the Loire!  These two wines are fantastic value and sing out with spring freshness!

9. Sauvignon Blanc Les Vigneaux VDP d’oc 10                                  £6.50

100% sauvignon Blanc

10. Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 09 Chateau du Presle                     £9.50

100% sauvignon Blanc

                                                                                    (5% off when you buy 6 bottles)

 ROSÉ  - Two delicious Rosés of very different style.  Morgues du Gres from southern France is floral, medium and fresh while Valle Reale’s chunky deep red rosé from Montepulicano berries is pure strawberry with a touch of cream!

11. Costiéres du Nimes Rosé 09 Morgues du Gres                         £9.95

Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre

                                                                                         (5% off when you buy 6 bottles)

12. Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo 09 Valle Reale                                       £11.95

100% Montepulciano

Buy online at

May Mixed Case

 1 each of the above wines                                    £158.00 inc delivery

To purchase, please contact

or phone 01729 823885

Events and Tastings

Friday 20th May

In store tasting at Buon Vino from 6.30pm, New Wines…

Friday 27th May

In store tasting at Buon Vino from 6.30pm, Not sure yet, Rob’s pick of the week!

Thursday the 16th  June

Look out for our Franciacorta tasting at Woodlands in Giggleswick!