Shiraz Syrah - or Shiraz as it is known in the New World - is an inky dark grape behind the almost opaque reds of the northern Rhone's Hermitage, France's manliest wine (writer Hugh Johnson). But it also powers Australia's iconic Penfold's Grange and Hill of Grace reds ... plus the elegant, white pepper reds of New Zealand's Hawkes Bay. Smoky blackberry, dark chocolate, spice and liquorice are common flavours.
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