Wine Styles

We have organised our wines into styles or categories.  All you need to decide is which style you like.  These notes are designed to help, and we have also put together tasting packs to help you find the styles you like best.

Red wines

Soft, Perfumed Red Wines

Soft and Perfumed

This style includes Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Beaujolais; expect a light, juicy red wine with notes of ripe red fruits like strawberries and cranberries. Pair with mushrooms, roasted root vegetables, roast duck, and charcuterie.

Explore our Soft, Perfumed Reds collection here.

Smooth and Mellow

This style includes Merlot, Rioja, and Chianti; expect a softer, smooth red wine with notes of red and black fruits like blackberries, cherries and plums. Pair with lamb, tomato-based dishes, and hard cheeses.

Explore our Smooth, Mellow Reds collection here.

Big, Bold and Spicy

This style includes Cabernet, Syrah or Shiraz, and Malbec; expect a full bodied, structured red wine with notes of black fruits, spices, leather, and tobacco. Pairs well with red meat dishes, hard cheeses, and chocolate.

Explore our Big, Bold Reds collection here.

White wines


This style includes Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Gris; expect a fragrant, complex white wine with notes of lychee, peach, minerals, and flowers. Pair with seafood, spicy Thai and Indian dishes, and soft, fresh cheeses.

Explore our Aromatic Whites collection here.

Crisp and Dry

This style includes Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadet, and Albariño; expect a dry, refreshing white wine with notes of citrus, grass or flowers, and gooseberry. Pair with seafood of all types, chicken, pasta, and soft cheeses.

Explore our Crisp, Dry Whites collection here.

Rich and Full-Bodied

This style includes Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc; expect a fuller bodied and creamy white wine with notes of lemon, brioche, and tropical fruits. Pair with buttery seafood like lobster and prawns, roast chicken, and risotto.

Explore our Rich, Full Bodied Whites collection here.


Bubbly from the Champagne region in France; expect a rich, fruity sparkling wine with fine bubbles, and notes of apple, peach, and brioche. Pair with roast chicken, seafood, and soft cheeses.

Explore our Champagne collection here.

Sparkling wines

Bubbly from areas other than Champagne, usually made in the same way using méthode traditionnelle; expect a dry, refreshing sparkling wine with notes of green apple, pear, lemon and lime. Pair with fish, chicken, strawberries, and soft cheeses.

Explore our Other Sparkling Wine collection here.


This style includes Grenache- and Pinot Noir-based rosés; expect a fruity, refreshing blush wine with notes of summer fruits, citrus, and flowers. Pair with salads, grilled vegetables and seafood, or mildly spicy Indian and Thai dishes.

Explore our rosé collection here.


This style includes Fino, Manzanilla, Amontillado, and Oloroso sherries; expect a dry, nicely balanced wine with a long finish and notes of dried fruits and nuts. Pair with just about anything - follow the old saying "if it swims, fino or manzanilla; if it flies, amontillado; if it walks, oloroso" - or simply serve with a dish of mixed nuts.

This is NOT what granny had on the sideboard or some distant memory of something sweet at Christmas. This is what Jancis Robinson, one of the best known wine writers, describes as, “In a nutshell: the world's most neglected wine treasure.”  Explore our collection of sherries here.


This style includes Tawny and Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) ports; expect a silky, full bodied semi-sweet wine with notes of plum, licorice, and spice. Pair with desserts, chocolate, and hard cheeses.

Explore our collection of ports here.

Dessert wines

This style includes Sauternes and Pedro Ximénez (PX); expect a sweet wine balanced with good acidity, and notes of caramelised fruits and raisins. Pair with desserts and blue cheeses.

Explore our collection of dessert wines here.