Lol at south american reds - they give me a thumping headache even after one glass as do cahors. Do kiwi wines put you off as agree re most Aussie wines being too oaky but not so much kiwi or tasmanian stuff .
The wine soc rose nice summer drink- they did a rose gigomdas but that isn't always in the lists but look out for it. The kiwi Sauvignon blanv nice dry Friday night in front of tv. Vacqueyras a nice more earthy alternative to gigomdas. I think some of other stuff we like not from them ( have a bit of a stockpile here).
I think I'm just wary of trying New World stuff in case it is too oaked for me, I really don't like it oaked at all. I like the fact that French wines are a lot more subtle I guess. So any recommendations for wines that haven't been oaked and aren't overwhelming would be good.
I was given the Wine Society's Claret tasting case which is going down extremely well.
As for whites, the Wine Society is expensive for the classic whites such as Chablis etc, so any suggestions on that front would be good.
We pop over frequently. If you live close by the bin end sale is fun. We did a trolley dash with the neighbours at the sale in Feb, spending over £700 between us...whoops! If you fancy something different try the Maury Solera 1928 - it's fab, and not as expensive as it sounds!