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If you were wanting to buy really decent wine, where would you buy it from...

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chonky Thu 31-Jul-08 20:19:53

...and what would you buy?

I want to buy some as a present for a 'landmark' birthday - any thoughts as to what I should get? Open to ideas.

mamalovesmojitos Thu 31-Jul-08 20:43:59

i dont claim to be an expert... but i love champagne and i can imagine it would go down very well. proper champagne like moet&chandon. sancerre is lovely as well. white wine, french. look here

hifi Thu 31-Jul-08 21:16:00

i go to odd bins or selfridges and ask .

PinkPussyCat Thu 31-Jul-08 21:19:50


We got something like these for my IL's from here.

Cammelia Thu 31-Jul-08 21:22:21


And what depends how much you want to spend

lilolilmanchester Thu 31-Jul-08 22:07:57

depends how much you want to spend really...

expatinscotland Thu 31-Jul-08 22:08:30

from our local vintners.

ShinyPinkShoes Thu 31-Jul-08 22:08:54


PotPourri Thu 31-Jul-08 22:09:44

Go in a prper off licsence. AS long has it is not a spotty teenager, then you should in theory have expertise.

Alternatively, check out virgin wines or laithwaites, online. Never tried to get posh ones from them, so no idea if they would be any good. They do cheap and cheerful really well....

lilolilmanchester Thu 31-Jul-08 22:26:38

Do you have an Oddbins nearby? They used to be good for advice but we buy from the Wine Society now so don't know if Oddbins is still as reliable??

janmoomoo Fri 01-Aug-08 13:32:08

Not really a nice wine, but great for a special present - sparkling wine with gold bits in here

poocrumbs Fri 01-Aug-08 13:37:49

This is renowned as one of the best in the country. They supply Michelin starred restaurants. You can buy online, but we go there when visiting sister and buy bargain bin ends: here

You could also join the Wine Society. You used to have to be proposed to join, now anyone can. On payment of fee you get a free decent sized wine case and the wine is top and reasonably priced.
Alternatively, go to any good supermarket e.g. waitrose or Booths. Oddbinsd is owned by a giant and not as good as it was. Nicolas has little choice and is overpriced.
As others have said, Laithwaites is decent.

poocrumbs Fri 01-Aug-08 13:38:26

Give me a price range and indication of what you like and I'll recommend.

WideWebWitch Fri 01-Aug-08 13:38:34

Berry Bros - you could ask their advice, they're v knowledgeable.

DoubleBluff Fri 01-Aug-08 13:39:56

Tanners of Shrewbury is a lovely place to browse if you are nearby and great advice.

rebelmum1 Fri 01-Aug-08 13:46:52

yes Berry Bros! I bought a selection from there for DP - complete waste of money should have bought him Blue Nun!! ha ha I loved the wines though smile

FeelingLucky Fri 01-Aug-08 13:49:02

I'd go to a Nicolas (if you have one nearby) as they know what they're talking about. Tell them how much you want to spend and the type of wine you want (red, white, bordeaux, strong, not too alcoholic, etc.) and let them recommend.

IorekByrnison Fri 01-Aug-08 14:51:12

I went to a Nicolas in Nice once looking for a cheap bottle of wine. I found a rustic looking collection of bottles on a table next to a label saying 18 Francs and took one up to the man on the counter. "Dix-huit?" I said uncertainly in my best O level French. He looked at me in some disgust and said in perfect English "No, madame. This one is quite dry."

(Sorry, not much help. Hope you find something nice.)

FeelingLucky Fri 01-Aug-08 15:18:22

Ha-ha, very funny, you big bear!

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chonky Fri 01-Aug-08 18:49:55

Sorry, sorry - been out at work. Thanks everyone for suggestions so far.

lol at Iorek.

It's for my Pa's birthday (a BIG birthday), so I reckon £200 - £250? Would be good to get some decent 'drink now' bottles, and also some for laying down...

moondog Fri 01-Aug-08 18:51:30

Ioreck grin

poocrumbs Fri 01-Aug-08 21:27:26

German wines from 2007 are splendid and fantastic value. Go for spatlese and auslese.

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