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Off the beaten track

A first Mondeuse, to the best of my recollection. From the shop in Cluses. Deep ruby / purple. Dark berry fruit notes: mulberry and …

Picked up whilst in the Alps, this is a bit of an oddity – not because it’s a vin de paille, with straw-dried grapes …

Picked up for interest from Bedales. Mid-depth lemon-green, with a light spritz. Initially sweaty, then almost Sauvignon-Blanc-like ‘crisp’ aromatics. Once it opened out, it …

Another rare varietal Rioja from Ijalba, and apparently there’s only a couple of Ha of this red variety left. Overall, I think Ijalba need …

[Signed in 2016 by Jean-René Germanier and Gilles Besse: Trés impression par le cahier de Tim. Des desgustations si approfondés. Wonderfull. Jean-René Germanier Magnifique …

The quality of winemaking that Planeta are renowned for comes through on this Fiano, yielding a quite complex, deep, but balanced wine that was …

Picked up in the deli / wine shop in Luz-Saint-Sauveur, as an ‘interesting interlude’, given we were in Irouleguy country. But surprisingly hard to …

[Signed by Haridimos Hatzidakis in 2016, about 6 months before he killed himself] This is, self-evidently, Hatzidakis’ Mavrotragano, which is a rare, red Santorini …

Picked up whilst ‘exploring’ The VineYard in Dorking. My first Mallorcan wine, from more-or-less the only DO (Binissalem), and the only major producer. Modern, …

From exploring The VineYard’s Spain section, an unusual (but trendy) Rioja – 100% Graciano, with is normally a small blending addition, like Petit Verdot …