What’s in your glass? Oz, Tom and Susy’s recommendations from The Great Bristol Wine Fest 2024

This weekend saw the wine-lovers of Bristol unite for the launch of our first ever tasting in this great city – The Great Bristol Wine Fest.  Those attending were treated to hundreds of wines from all over the world – including a few beauties from local vineyards and producers.  For those that weren’t able to join us at the tasting this weekend, Oz Clarke, Tom Surgey and Susy Atkins tasted their way around each of the stands and chose their favourite wines as well as a few other drinks to add to your basket for some superb summer drinking.  These recommendations are all available to purchase now so don’t feel you missed out if you weren’t able to join in with the tasting fun this weekend.  Click on the links below…

Sparkling

  • Le Manzane 20.10 Prosecco Superiore DOCG Extra Dry 2022
    Conegliano Valdobbiadene, Italy – Sparkling white – Glera, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay 11.5%
    Dry, full-bodied with a seductive orchard blossom scent and some seriously winey depth, flavour and length.’ – Oz Clarke
    £26.00 Prosecco World
  • Hencote Evolution 2021
    Shropshire, England – Sparkling white – Serval Blanc, Pinot Noir 11.1%
    Hencote grabbed my attention with their red wines. They’re still delicious but this beautiful, soft, ripe, nutty fizz really blew me away.‘ – Oz Clarke
    £16.00 Hencote
  • Greyfriars Vineyard Blanc de Blancs 2015
    Surrey Hills, England – Sparkling white – Chardonnay 12%
    Rich nose, toasty scents and evolved flavours of bananas, green apple and cream. Long finish with some Rose’s lime marmalade! Good value at £28 too.‘ – Susy Atkins
    £28.00 Greyfriars Vineyard
  • Limeburn Hill Vineyard ‘Lammas’ Biodynamic Pet Nat Rosé 2022
    Somerset, England – Sparkling rosé – Pinot Noir, Serval Blanc 11.5%
    Really come hither pet nat with a delightful sparkle, glowing pink colour and beguiling strawberry and floral flavour.’ – Oz Clarke
    £32.50 Monty Wines
  • Bohemia Sekt Prestige Brut 2021
    Bohemia, Czech Republic – Sparkling white – Welschriesling, Riesling, Pinot Blanc 13%
    Super cool, top-quality fizz from non-traditional varieties. Delicious, fruit-forward and inviting. Excellent bubbles and structure. Fab, crisp acidity and long length. Pristine, perfect fizz for all occasions – try it!’ – Tom Surgey
    £23.00 Wines of Bohemia
  • Champagne PIAFF Blanc de Blancs NV
    Champagne, France – Sparkling white – Chardonnay 12%
    Fairly rich, compelling blanc de blancs, creamy with a distinct marzipan note, soft plushy marshmallow and lemon on the finish.‘ – Susy Atkins
    £69.30 amathusdrinks.co.uk
  • Langham Wine Estate Corallian Classic Cuvée NV
    Dorset, England – Sparkling white – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier 12%
    Gorgeous lees-flavoured, ripe but marvellous fresh sparkle from one of the South-West’s top wineries.‘ – Oz Clarke
    £31.95 Lea & Sandeman

White

  • Babylonstoren Chardonnay 2023
    Simonsberg, Paarl, South Africa – Still white – Chardonnay 14%
    South Africa makes some stupendous Chardonnay and they don’t come much better than this gorgeous nutty, fresh wine from the Simonsberg Hills.’ – Oz Clarke
    £25.95 Vinotopia
  • Quinta Pousada de Fora Colheita Selecionada 2021 
    Vinho Verde, Portugal – Still white – Loureiro, Arinto 11.5%
    Gosh. What a delight to taste a lovely, zingy, puchy, lemony Vinho Verde again. Just like it used to taste!’ – Oz Clarke
    £10.90 79 North
  • Beykush Winery Beykush White 2022
    Mykolaiv, Ukraine – Still white – Albariño -13%
    ‘From Ukraine’s only Alberiño producer, a peachy, citrussy joy, with a subtle hint of roses. Some good texture from 5 months lees ageing.
    ‘ – Susy Atkins
    £26.00 Ukrainian Wine Company
  • Averys Riesling 2021
    Pfalz, Germany – Still white – Riesling 12%
    Subtle lanolin petrol on the nose followed by delectable lime, balanced despite incisive, refreshing finish. Highly moreish!‘ – Susy Atkins
    £14.49 Averys
  • Marisco The King’s Favour 2022
    Marlborough – New Zealand – Still white – Sauvignon Blanc 13%
    Vivacious, exuberant New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc! Gooseberry, passion fruit and tomato vine leaves and bright and crisp finish balances despite forceful flavours.’ – Susy Atkins
    £15.99 Majestic
  • Clos du Vieux Bourg Beaujolais Blanc 2020
    Beaujolais, France – Still white – Chardonnay 12.5%
    Electric, elegant Chablis-esque Chardonnay from a region you’d never expect it. Rich texture from concrete ferments, lean, lithe concentrated classic stuff. Great value compared to the neighbours.’ – Tom Surgey
    £18.50 Wickhams
  • Cantina Tailano ‘U.R.Nice’ – Roero Arneis DOCG 2022
    Piedmont, Roero, Italy – Still white – Arneis 13.5%
    Stunning wine – exploratory, exciting opportunity to try top quality Arneis. Super elegant florals, bright delicious green fruit and hints of banana tropicals. Layers and layers – lovely!’ – Tom Surgey
    £16.00 Luca Wine
  • Hosmer Dry Riesling 2022
    Finger Lakes, New York, USA – Still white – Riesling 12.4%
    Upstate New York is on a different planet to Manhattan and this fabulous limey, lemon zesty Riesling perfectly matches the calm of a summer evening on the tranquil shores of Lake Seneca.’ – Oz Clarke
    £29.25 vineyardcellars.com
  • Woodchester Valley Vineyard Culver Hill 2022
    Cotswolds, England – Still white – Bacchus, Ortega 12%
    Woodchester Valley gets better every year – they even make a juicy Sauvignon Blanc – but it is their Bacchus Ortega blend absolutely hits the spot for refreshing summer drinking.’ – Oz Clarke
    £16.50 woodchestervalleyvineyard.co.uk
  • Esporão Colheita White Organic 2022
    Regional Alentajano, Portugal – Still white – Alvarinho, Aristo, Verdelho, Gouveio, Viosinho 13%
    Superb quality, super stylish white from indigenous varietals. Fresh citrus, citrus peels, lemon balm, blossom and honey – rolling long on the palate! Perfect summer wine.’ – Tom Surgey
    £15.95 The Dorset Wine Company
  • J Lohr Mist Riesling 2022
    Monterrey, USA – Still white – Riesling 12%
    Epic juicy Riesling! A tropical bomb with a zippy backbone and elegant, lingering minerality – love it!‘ – Tom Surgey
    £22.50 The Vineyard Cellars
  • Mallard Point Unoaked Chardonnay 2022
    Rutland – England – Still white – Chardonnay 13%
    Unbelievably ripe and mellow Chardonnay from Rutland bottled in mould-breaking recycled aluminium bottles.‘ – Oz Clarke
    £20.00 mallardpoint.co.uk

Orange

  • Cramele Recas Orange Wine 2022
    Romania – Still orange – Chardonnay, Viognier 12.5%
    Exceptional value. Gateway orange wine year after year. Peaches, cream, orange zest, green plum – lush! – Tom Surgey
    £12.70 Tanners

Red

  • C.V.N.E Contino Reserva 2019
    Rioja, Spain – Still Red – Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Graciano, Garnacha 14%
    Classic Rioja! Sweet cooked strawberry aromas, spices especially cinnamon, some gorgeous cherry-chocolate with integrated tannins – very smooth.‘ – Susy Atkins
    £25.99 Waitrose Cellar
  • Louis Jadot Beaune Premier Cru ‘Celebration’ 2018
    Côte de Beaune, France – Still red – Pinot Noir 13.5%
    Fruit from 17 Premier Cru vineyards and barrel ageing for 16 months delivers cherry yoghurt and raspberry ripple, a soft and persistent Beaune – elegant and just lovely!’ – Susy Atkins
    £56.99 The Wine Reserve
  • Kleine Zalze Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier 2021
    Stellenbosch, South Africa – Still red – Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Viognier 14.5%
    ‘I love the tension of this wine. Intense berry fruit, dark plums on spice on a limber, lithe frame.’ – Tom Surgey
    £9.99 Waitrose Cellar
  • Errazuriz Max Carmenere 2022
    Aconcagua Valley, Chile – Still red – Carmenere 13.5%
    A paprika-scented, ripe and juicy fruit-forward banger. Rich, textural palate. Love blend of spice, aromatics and wood.’ – Tom Surgey
    £13.00 Tesco
  • Château Ksara Prieure 2021
    Bekka Valley, Lebanon – Still red – Carignan, Cinsault, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon 13%
    Spicy, aromatic, muskily perfumed rich red. Quintessential Lebanese wine – delicious.’ – Tom Surgey
    £14.95 strictlywine.co.uk


Rosé

 

Spirits

  • Bristol Dry Gin Sloe Gin
    Pipley Bottom Farm, Bristol, England 30%
    Carefully balanced sloe gin – not jammy like some, this has fresh sloe juiciness, subtle sweet cinnamon spice and just a light bitter twist. I could happily drink this neat by the fire in winter or with a chunk of ice in summer.’ – Susy Atkins
    Bristol Dry Gin

Real Ale

  • Lost and Grounded Brewers Apophenia
    Bristol, England – Tripel 8.8%
    Fabulous local Bristol brewers with a really tasty range but this Belgian Tripel-style Apophenia is a smasher.‘ – Oz Clarke
    £4.95 lostandgroundedstore.co.uk

Non-alcoholic

  • The REAL Drinks Co Peony Blush
    Buckinghamshire, UK – Sparkling Non-alcoholic
    So winey – but not wine. I am a regular customer. Slow-fermented tea. Layers of flavour – aromatic peony florals, subtle spice and gentle grippy tannins. I love it!‘ – Tom Surgey
    £9.50 Amathus Drinks 

Food

  • Almondeli Valencia Almonds
    Valencia, Spain
    Ultracomida is the top place to go if you want top-quality Spanish deli products! I used this opportunity to stock up on their Almondeli Valencia Almonds which I can’t wait to pair with a salty dry fino Sherry when the sun comes out.‘ – Oz Clarke
    £4.95 Ultracomida