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Schloss Gobelsburg blanc de blancs Brut NV
Kamptal, Austria
notes: An award-winning (and castle-made) Austrian concoction that rests for three years after maturing for six months in oak casks. Made from grüner veltliner, welschriesling and chardonnay.
cost: €25

Weingut Peter Lauer riesling Brut Natur Reserve 1992
Saar, Germany
notes: Balanced, fresh and austere like its native Germany, this is for connoisseurs of sparkling wine. For a more gentle example, try the Saar riesling Crémant Brut NV.
cost: €54

Moscato d’Asti Elio Perrone 2018
Piemonte, Italy
notes: Expect the aroma of fresh peaches and the taste of sweet grapes from this Italian gem. It’s great with desserts, from apple tart to chocolate mousse.
cost: €10

Nyetimber blanc de blancs Brut 2010
West Sussex, England
notes: A credible challenger to many of the Champagne region’s top producers, this English sparkling wine has a lovely mouthfeel and pleasing complexity.
cost: €44

Josko Gravner Breg Anfora 2010
Collio Goriziano, Italy
notes: From a pioneer of Italy’s modern orange-wine scene; this one is dry and minerally. While it’s iconic, it’s also a little on the steep side – but you get what you pay for.
cost: €76

Dario Princic,
Jakot 2016 Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
notes: Made in the Italian region on the border with Slovenia, this sought-after wine is complex and rewarding without being too funky.
cost: €39

Henri Bourgeois Clos Henri sauvignon blanc 2016
Marlborough, New Zealand
notes: Winemaker Henri Bourgeois made his name in Pouilly-Fumé and then turned to Marlborough to create bottles of this ilk: floral with notes of citrus.
cost: €28

Rainer Wess grüner veltliner 2018
Wachau, Austria
notes: Austria’s signature white grape is given new dimensions by a father-daughter partnership. This lively example goes well with pretty much anything.
cost: €11

Domaine de Chevalier 2015
Bordeaux, France
notes: One of the greatest white Bordeaux, this wine is round, minerally, complex and elegant. It’s an unforgettable way to cap off a celebration.
cost: €128

Verus sauvignon blanc 2017
Ormoz, Slovenia
notes: Fresh and aromatic, this wine is a revelation. It’s produced by three young Slovenian winemakers who we’ve been watching closely.
cost: €16

Grosset Polish Hill riesling 2016
Clare Valley, Australia
notes: Who said rieslings do best in colder weather? This is one of the great examples – and it’s from Australia, no less. It’s round, crisp and delicious.
cost: €41

Horst Sauer Escherndorf am Lumpen silvaner GG 2016
Franken, Germany
notes: This wine sets a benchmark despite being made from a sometimes-dull grape variety. Here the result is revelatory and elegantly long.
cost: €24

Christian Zündel Dosso chardonnay 2012
Ticino, Switzerland
notes: A wine with an elegance and purity that’s hardly known outside of Switzerland, which is a pity. Don’t serve it too cold: it loses its aroma.
cost: €42

14. ROSÉ
Bodegas Muga Rosado 2016
Rioja, Spain
notes: A Spanish dry wine with tropical fruit and citrusy notes that’s great with tapas.
cost: €14

15. ROSÉ
Domaine Tempier Bandol 2015
Provence, France
notes: A mix of southern French grapes by one of the finest winemakers in Provence: it’s sweet but never saccharine.
cost: €24

16. RED
Adobe Guadalupe Rafael cabernet sauvignon and nebbiolo 2016
Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
notes: A structured creation with a softness that’s rare and welcome. Expect notes of pomegranate and blackberry.
cost: €40

17. RED
Au Bon Climat pinot noir, Sanford & Benedict Vineyard 2015
Santa Ynez Valley, USA
notes: A California-made bottle that’s all berries, earth and spices, with a silky finish.
cost: €45

18. RED
Novac Sec 2010, Prince Stirbey
Dragasani, Romania
notes: Romania’s wine doesn’t make as many ripples as it should. For an introduction try this bottle, made from a newly discovered local grape.
cost: €17

19. RED
Dr Heger Merdinger Bühl Spätburgunder 2015
Tuniberg, Germany
notes: A pinot noir that is this good is a true miracle at this price. Keep it under your hat if you’re entertaining guests.
cost: €12

20. RED
Bündner Herrschaft, Malanser, pinot noir, Barrique Thomas Studach 2015
Graubünden, Switzerland
notes: This Swiss Burgundy has structure, fruit and a palate to think about. More Swiss bottles on table tops and wine lists, please.
cost: €47

Achaia Clauss Imperial Mavrodaphne of Patras NV
Patras, Greece
notes: A rich red wine that’s good with chocolate; it’s elegant, complex and delicious. Also try Greek wine producers Loukatos or Kourtaki.
cost: €11

Domaine Cauhapé Ballet d’Octobre Moelleux 2017
Jurançon, France
notes: We’re partial to a pudding wine and this lush and sweet creation pairs pleasingly with fruity desserts.
cost: €17


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