Recommendations based on wines you love!

Ben Franks Wine Buyer

Hey there! My name's Ben, I'm one of the wine buyers and co-founders here at Novel Wines. I've put together some suggestions to help you find new and exciting wines - if you already know what wine you like to drink. The first box is for total wine newbies to explore my favourite styles to introduce you to wine. Have fun!

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No idea, I'm new to wine!

Try the a'Beckett's Ram's Cliff Rosé (England), it tastes like strawberries and cream! Alternatively, good starting points include the sweet Kardos "Fairytale" Tundermese (Hungary) or our easy-going, great value red Colomba Bianca "Vitese" Nero d'Avola (Sicily).

Big Reds

Big, bold red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Malbec.

If you want a serious, bold wine you should have a look at all our Big And Bold styles here. My pick for Shiraz fans is to go slightly lighter but much spicier and taste the Budureasca Feteasca Neagra (Romania) or Janos Bolyki's delicious Bikaver (Hungary). Malbec fans should look no further than our range of Tannats from Uruguay, especially the Artesana Tannat. For Cab Sauv fans, go for the reliable and delicious Babylonstoren Babel (South Africa).

Light Reds

Light to medium bodied, fragrant and fruity reds like Pinot Noir, light Cabernet Franc and Beaujolais.

Pinot Noir is an incredibly versatile grape variety. It's also my favourite grape! If you're after a really good example, try Oliver Zeter Pinot Noir Reserve (Germany). If you're a Beaujolais fan, then Okanagan Crush Pad's Haywire Gamay Noir (Canada) is a must-try wine. Other great examples on the lighter end have to include the great value Frittmann Kekfrankos (Hungary) and the smoky Fratelli Sangiovese (India), which isn't a far cry from supple Chianti-cross-Valpolicella.

Pink!

Are you all about rosé? Here's a couple to taste.

Rosé is getting more exciting every day. We think Provence rosé fans should try the gorgeous Dunleavy Vineyards English Rosé (Somerset). If you want something truly different, try the Kayra Beyaz Kalecik Karasi Rosé (Turkey), which is a juicy and tropical delight. Our full range of juicy-good rosés is here.

Big Whites

Recommendations for fans of oak Chardonnay, big flavoured Viognier, herby and rich Italian whites.

We think all fans of big and bold Chardonnays should taste Furmint wines. The Kardos Supreme (Hungary) is a lightly oaked and elegant example. If you want a big, creamy Viognier you should try the Painted Wolf Swartland Viognier (South Africa) from winemaker Jeremy Borg. If you prefer bold, fruity unoaked styles then Biblia Chora Ovilos (Greece) is just brilliant. Want something outside the box? Go for Arnold Holzer's Invader Orange (Austria).

Light Whites

From crisp Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc to racy, fresh Riesling and floral styles like Muscadet.

Sauvignon Blanc, perhaps one of the most famous drinks in the UK right now, is almost as good as Aldwick Court Farm's zingy Bacchus (Somerset). Sauvignon fans would also love the limey, smooth Kyperounda Petritis (Cyprus) too. If you love really elegant wines, my all-time favourite white is Grace Koshu Kayagatake (Japan) from female winemaker Ayana Misawa. I would encourage Pinot Grigio fans to step outside the box and try the peachy, peppery Eschenhof Holzer 'Wagram' Gruner Veltliner (Austria). Dry, racy Riesling fans should try the St. Donat Csopak Olaszrizling (Hungary). If you're after a sweet Riesling, try the oily, full bodied Hubertus Clusserath Riesling Spatlese (Germany).

 

Like fizz? Champagne and Prosecco fans are switching to quality English wines by the truck load! See why and browse our full range of delicious home grown fizz here: English sparkling wine.

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