Fortified Wine



Ramos Pinto LBV Port 2011, Douro, Portugal (~£19 widely available) LBV is supposed to be ready to drink on release, but this is a bit of a pup, and seems to be built to survive another decade or more. Dark, young and juicy, packed with blackberry, blackcurrant and damson flavours, […]

Ramos Pinto LBV 2011 + Some Wine Gadgets


A superb wine, not just for International Sherry Week Fernando de Castilla Antique Amontillado NV, Spain (£23.99 per 50cl Virgin Wines*) Wonderful gentle yet complex style, with lush flavours of creamy butter toffee, tangy Christmas cake fruits and spices and a touch of herbs. Soft yet persistent and heady, with a […]

Fernando de Castilla Antique Amontillado NV, Spain



Barbadillo Solear Manzanilla, Spain (£6 per half/£9.50 per full bottle widely available) Punchy and pungent, lightly salty with a proving bread dough character and a persistent finish – make you crave nibbles… S- Barbadillo Manzanilla Pasada En Rama ‘Pastora’, Spain (£13 Taurus Wines, The Solent Cellar, Roberts & Speight, Baythorne […]

In celebration of International Sherry Week…


These two are from the 2015 releases of González Byass’ Finos Palmas range – the higher the number of Palmas, the older the fino… González Byass Una Palma Fino NV (2015 release), Spain (~£12.50/500 ml Cambridge Wines, H2Vin, Lea & Sandeman, The Wine Society, Cheers) Bracing, briny style, dense and […]

Two sherries from the González Byass Finos Palmas range