(2017) A very familiar Wine of the Week, a stalwart of Brown Bros' range and deservedly popular. It blends two grapes, Orange Muscat and Flora (related to Gewurztraminer) which are harvested late for extra ripeness, then the fermentation is stopped at 10.0% alcohol, leaving residual sugar behind. It is definitely sweet, but feather-light and not heavy or cloying: this is a wine to match with fruity desserts, not sticky toffee puddings, where the bright tropical fruit, vivacious acidity and elegant balance comes into its own. Delightful and stuff in half bottles, and widely available. Watch the video for more information and more food-matching ideas.
(2016) Named after Anges Seifried, this is a gorgeous dessert wine, fully luscious and sweet with 172g/l of residual sugar. The grapes were hand selected in several passes through the vineyard, including fruit shriveled and raisined by natural dehydration. There's that fat waxiness of ripe Riesling, a candied fruit quality, and plenty guava and lychee-like exoticism too. A big limey core of acidity keeps things fresh on the palate, despite the slippery glycerine texture and full on peach and mango sweetness. A lovely wine, long, composed and full of sweet flavour.
(2016) From the Co-op behind the Sieur d'Arques brand, this Chardonnay shows a little age to the colour, and quite a lot of oak. There's a chance this sample is not perfect, for what's in the glass feels fruity, oaky, but just a little tired. I'd reserve judgement until tasting again.
(2016) In many ways an archetypal mid-week wine, creamy and fruity enough for sipping on its own, with enough rustic chunkiness to match a broad range of dishes. A blend of Bordeaux's Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but from the Languedoc region in the south of France, it has bold cherry and black berries, a touch of cream and spices, and a balance finish. Not special, but useful at its price (and look out for offers, which are quite common on wines like this). Watch the video for more information and food-matching suggestions.
(2016) The Symington family have been farmers and winemakers in Portugal's Douro Valley for generations, and table wines play an increasing part in the business. This organic blend of Touriga Nacional with a handful of other varieties if wonderfully aromatic, a real potpourri of spices and flowers, vivid cherry fruit and exotic Sandalwood. In the mouth it has plenty of fruit too, red highlights and deeper black fruit notes, a nicely roughening hint of tannin and fine balance in its medium-bodied format. Watch the video for food-matching ideas and more information.
(2016) Focused on dry wines rather than sparkling, Devon's Lyme Bay vineyard has burst onto the scene spectacularly with its first two vintages, picking up a clutch of major awards. This top white cuvée is an unusual blend of Seyval Blanc, Bacchus and Pinot Noir, aged on the lees but without oak. It's a hugely piquant wine, overflowing with zesty aromas, hints of the English hedgerow and preserved lemon. It reminds me instantly of Japanese food strangely, blending sweet and sour, pickled and fresh flavours in the mouth, real fireworks with a terrifically punchy line of acidity to dry and extend the finish in a most tantalising way. Superb stuff, and watch the video for more information and food matching ideas.
(2016) From vineyards in the Western Cape, a wine that pays homage to the northern Rhône, blending Shiraz (and Mourvèdre) with 2% of the white grape Viognier à la Côte-Rôtie. Despite its 14.5% alcohol it displays a delicate and very attractive floral, white pepper and exotic fruit lift to the darker berry fruit. Unoaked, the palate is all about abundant, buoyant freshness, with plenty of red and black fruits, a juicy acidity and a stripe of tannin and earthy grip that gives broad food-matching appeal too: summer barbecues especially. Until 23rd August its price is £5.49 - the main reason for its Wine of the Week award. Watch the video for more information and food-matching suggestions.
(2016) Also from the Zalze range, a little of the white wine grape Viognier does add some aromatic lift, but its the ripe, dense blueberry and damson fruitiness that drives this, just a sprinkle of white pepper and earthiness, then the palate juicy, creamy and savoury. Oak in the finish is a little charry and chippy, but good fruit and the well-judged level of tannin and acidity make it food-friendly and quaffable.
(2016) From the second-tier Zalze range, and down to £5.99 in Waitrose  until 27th July 2016, this green-apple Chenin has loads of punch and just a rounding note of custard, before a crisp but sweet-fruited palate that stays focused, lively and bright to the finish.
(2016) Much more pure black fruit essence on the nose compared to the 2009, and a very solid youthful colour. Cedar and gentle spices, and little violet and herb notes, but very ripe, very black fruited. A really substantial wine, great concentration and intensity, the tannins very fine, but grippy and lovely acid freshness. A terrific wine, great concentration and purity.