By Toby Peirce


Sitting here in early June, watching the rain lash relentlessly down outside and the thermometer barely into the teens, it doesn’t exactly feel like summer! We’ve hardly seen a soul outside all day, and it feels like January.

There’s no doubt that the weather has an effect on how much wine we sell, especially in the summer.  Different wine shops have different theories about what is good for business. Some say that good weather fosters outdoor gatherings, dusted off barbeques, and this means we should expect plenty of trade. Others say it merely sends everyone out of town or to the beach, and we’ll see no-one. Similarly, driving rain keeps more people at home and thus we should see lots of customers, but then, if the weather is so bad people won’t even leave their doorstep and again, we will see no-one!


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Personally I was not sure about the effect of the weather until the dreadful summer of – when was it – about 2008, I guess, when the Rihanna tune ‘Umbrella’ was top of the charts all summer. I can recall sitting, Saturday after Saturday, watching rain stream endlessly down our windows. Not a soul would pass the door, never mind coming in, and that wretched tune played on the radio week after week. After that year, I was in no doubt at all that sunny Saturdays were better than rainy!

Nowadays we reckon really good weather drives people away, and so does really bad weather, so we hope for typically English no-weather forecasts, the stuff we see 250 days a year. Then our customers will usually find an excuse and drop in to say hello.

For days like today, though, there’s no point in beating around the bush. Winter has returned, for now. Fetch out the stew-pots, fire up the ovens, cook something hot and spicy, and try one of our ‘Top Five Winter Warmers’. If you don’t get around to drinking it right now, who knows, it may come in handy on the one day of the year you actually pull out the barbeque!


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  1. Castillo de Eneriz Reserva 2013 – £9.99 – This wine is bonkers value. Being from Navarra, next to Rioja, it can (and does) use Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the blend, and the result is a rich, creamy yet well-aged beauty worth at least 50% more than the price tag.
  2. Zensa (Organic) Primitivo di Puglia – £11.49 – A big, soft, dark pillow of a wine; spicy and gorgeous. One of our best sellers regardless of the season.
  3. Domaine de Dionysos Cotes du Rhone ‘La Deveze’ – £13.99 – again, this is astonishingly good value. It’s as good as some Chateauneuf. It is a recent addition to our already strong (although we say so ourselves) Rhone range – and at the moment it’s outstripping all of them. Super stuff.
  4. Jean-Paul Brun Beaujolais ‘L’Ancien’ – £18 – Just tasted today for the first time in years, fresh in the mind, and will go back on the shelves in 48 hours when our order arrives. What a gloriously replete, joyful, seductive wine this is. Brun has been a trailblazer in Beaujolais’ rejeuvenation; this is his definitive wine; made organically and biodynamically (although you’ll not see that on the label), using minimal sulphur, natural yeast and minimal filtration. An example of how ‘natural’ wine can be sensational, when made carefully. Try it with rosemary lamb chops and and prepare for delight.
  5. Kaesler ‘Stonehorse’ GSM, Barossa – £14.49 – This dark, hedonistic brew encapsulates the shimmering heat of the iconic Barossa valley – the spiritual home of Aussie shiraz – better than anything in the shop. A dark, gutsy, yet pure version of the Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro blend of Rhone valley heritage.

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