December Fine Wines

dog point label2This month Berry Bros and Rudd have listed three fine wines for our consideration. They are expensive but, as you can see they carry substantial discounts. They do contain my favourite white wine, Dog Point, which I have reccommended before and is currently selling at a very attractive price.

Food & Wine Lessons

Wine – and food – is at its most pleasurable when paired together, when the combination of the two enhances the best in each. Here we suggest three very good wine and food pairings.

2009 Dog Point Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc                         Was £21.25; Now £12.75

While most people reach for a bottle of red to match cheese, more often than not it is white wine that works better. To go with goat’s cheese you will find no better match than sauvignon blanc wines: the fresh, green flavours of these wines perfectly complement the acidity and tanginess of the cheese. From one of the very best New Zealand sauvignon producers, Section 94 refers to a very special vineyard plot which imbues a touch of yellow plum flavours to the wine, with very mellow and delicious results.


Au Bon Climat 2006 2008 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Knox Alexander                   Was £37.00; Now £23.95

Au Bon Climat (which means ‘a well-exposed vineyard’) produces internationally-recognised pinot noir wines from grapes grown in California’s Santa Barbara County. Knox Alexander is from a hillside site planted with the best pinot vine clones now available; thus hails what is arguably their very best red wine. Much fuller bodied and flavoured than most Californian pinots, this lush, velvety wine is bursting with ripe berries and hints of vanilla. Perfect for leaner cuts, like fillet of beef.


Haut Bailly 2007 Château Haut-Bailly                                                      Was £55.00; Now £38.50

From the prestigious Pessac-Léognan commune in Bordeaux, Château Haut-Bailly is an up-and-coming estate making everyone sit up and take notice. In 2007 they added more cabernet sauvignon than usual to their blend, which resulted in very ripe blackcurrant flavours and firm supple tannins, making this the perfect wine partner for good quality, flavoursome beef, like rare breed Belted Galloway.


All these wines are only available at Berry Bros. & Rudd’s Bin End Shop in Basingstoke, where they sell all their bin end wines at a minimum discount of 25%. Visit for opening times and directions.


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