Fancy trying a bottle of something new but not sure what to pick? That’s why we’re here. Drop in to see us and we’ll happily provide some grape related inspiration.
We’ll also regularly select some wines that we think are interesting and letting you know why. You’ll see these wines in our shop with a ‘Vino Gusto recommends’ sticker on. Take away a copy of our tasting notes or have a read of them here…
Organic Vermentino, Poggiotondo, Tuscany, Italy, 2019, 12.5%, £13.5
Jake says ‘A couple of years back, I travelled to Tuscany for a trade tour of Chianti. After a long morning of travelling (with a group of egotistical sommeliers), the winery at Poggiotondo was our first stop. Having barely adjusted to my fellow travellers & blisteringly dry Italian heat, this wine was a cooling & welcome aperitif. It is still one of the most memorable & savoured sips of wine that I can remember.
The wine itself is just delicious. It has a wonderful, aromatic nose with plenty of fresh stone fruit & white flower aromas. On the palette, it has great texture matched by a refreshing acidity & a lovely peppery finish. There is nothing overly complex about the wine but in a completely charming & drinkable way.’
Tinpot Hut, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2019, 13%, £15
If you have been to a Gusto pub, you will almost certainly be familiar with this wine which is a top favourite for many of our customers. This is quintessential Kiwi sauvignon.
The nose is intensely perfumed with notes of lemongrass, passion fruit & thyme. On the palate, the wine is racy & crisp with lots of the fruits on the nose mirrored. If Marlborough is your go-to for sauvignon blanc, this should be your go-to wine.
Beaujolais-Villages, Dominique Morel, Gamay, Beaujolais, France, 2018, 13%, £13
Jake says ‘This bottle changed the way that my dad thinks about wine. I took him on a tour of Burgundy, Beaujolais & Champagne last year. We arrived at Dominique’s house for our first tasting on the Beaujolais leg of the trip to find that he makes all his wine in the garage. His philosophy is simply to make wine that he likes to drink & I can get on board with that.
This is super approachable with lots of juicy red fruit aromatics on the nose. On the palate, the wine is well rounded with lots of fresh, fruity flavours & a good amount of acidity. Best enjoyed lightly chilled with mature hard cheeses & charcuterie. Preferably on a hot day with a view of Beaujolais rolling landscapes – but we can only dream of that for now.’
Chianti Rufina, Selvapiana, Tuscany, Italy, 2018, 13.5%, £16.5
Jake says ‘I am in love with this wine. Stuck for something to pair with your lamb on Sunday? This wine is made for it.
On the nose, this wine is subtle & cool with hints of cherry & a touch of spice. The palate is equally as elegant but with ripe, fleshy fruits & is superbly balanced by that classic sangiovese acidity.’