Pinot Noir is often called the Holy Grail of grapes. It is Burgundy's prized possession, but this lightly coloured and difficult to grow variety is also outstanding from New Zealand and the cooler regions that form a dress circle' around Melbourne. Look for raspberry, strawberry, cherry, violets and, with age, gamey notes. Most are best enjoyed young - and Chile is emerging as a great tip for value.
Laithwaite's began in 1969, when geography student Tony Laithwaite took a job washing bottles in Bordeaux ...
and fell in love with wine and the people who make it. When he borrowed a van to share their delicious wines with
friends and neighbours at home, things went so well that hundreds of little wineries all around the world were soon
queuing to take part. Today we're the UK's No.1 home-delivery wine merchant, with over 1,500 wines to choose from
including red, white, rosé, Champagne, Prosecco, spirits ... you name it. Tony's still at it - and now really good
at washing bottles. Read more