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2008 by
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                                                                                                             Even if you don’t follow football, you’ll have been
                                                                                                             hard pushed to miss all the news regarding the
                                                                                                             takeover of Manchester City by the mega rich
                                                                                                             Middle East business group Abu Dhabi United.

Telephone 01892 537 981
Fax 01892 619 480
                                                                                                             With an estimated wealth of about $1 trillion,
All prices correct at time
                                                                                                             money seems to be no object for these guys and
of going to press.
All press enquiries to                                                                                       the newspapers are having a field day listing the
                                                                                                             players they might buy and, thus, the potential
                                                                                                             dream team of Manchester City.

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Print by St Ives Westerham Press

                                                                                                             Wine and football are two of my passions in life
                                                                                                             – both intriguing and exciting and sometimes
                                                                                                             disappointing. With the current financial climate
                                                                                                             being what it is, I can’t quite afford to assemble
                                                                                                             a few hundred million quid’s worth of footballing
                                                                                                             talent (and where would I keep them anyway?).
                                     Mike Watson assembles his ‘Dream Team’,                                 However, I can put together my own Secret Cellar
                                     fit for a King.                                                         ‘Dream Team’ of the world’s finest wine, money
                                                                                                             of course being no object.

                                                                                                             Turn the page to find out who made the final cut
                                                                                                             in my favourite 4-4-2.

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The Dream Team                                            Goalkeeper                                       Right Back                                                Centre Half
Finca Villacreces (£23.99)                                A key element of any team, something from        I’ve gone for a robust Aussie in this position that       Good defenders often take a while to develop into
John Duval’s Entity Shiraz (£21.99)                       Gaja would have been my first choice,            takes some beating – John Duval’s Entity Shiraz           great defenders, a bit of grace and wisdom coming
Château Leoville Barton (£56.99)                          but you can’t always guarantee availability.     (£21.99). Powerful yet elegant, this has great            with age. And you won’t find anything much
Vega Sicilia’s Unico (£199.99)                            Therefore I have chosen a Spanish wine that      pedigree (as one would expect from the ex-Grange          classier than Vega Sicilia’s Unico (£199.99).
Tapanappa Tiers Chardonnay (£39.99)                       never disappoints. The Finca Villacreces from    winemaker) and would be a welcome addition to             Great potential and quality when young,
Felton Road’s Pinot Noir (£25.99)                         Ribera del Duero (£23.99) is muscular when       any dream team.                                           but absolutely outstanding with a few years age.
Avignonesi’s Desiderio (£41.99)                           young and ages wonderfully, getting better and
Paul Jaboulet’s Hermitage La Chapelle (£119.99)           better over time – the perfect base from which   Left Back                                                 Centre Half
Meerlust Rubicon (£20.99)                                 to build a team.                                 In the left back role, I’ve gone French with              To compliment the Unico, I’ve gone for a wine
Brokenwood’s Graveyard Shiraz (£44.99)                                                                     Chateau Leoville Barton (£56.99). Always                  with a sturdy backbone of acidity and great quality
Ridge’s Monte Bello (£99.99)                                                                               reasonably priced for such a top claret, this             again – but this time a white. The Tapanappa
Vie di Romans Dessimis Pinot Grigio (£24.99)                                                               wine has perfect balance, with ripeness of fruit,         Tiers Chardonnay (£39.99) is from a joint
                                                                                                           complexity and structure. It also adds some               venture between Aussie legend Brian Croser,
                                                                                                           maturity to my team.                                      Lynch Bages and Bollinger and this is true class
                                                                                                                                                                     – more akin to a top white Burgundy than any
                                                                                                                                                                     Aussie Chardonnay I have tasted.

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                                                                                                                                                                             The total cost of my dream team is £721.88, pretty
                                                                                                                                                                             reasonable for 12 such brilliant wines (about the
                                                                                                                                                                             price of a case of decent claret these days).
                                                                                                                                                                             But you can taste the Dream Team case for a total
                                                                                                                                                                             price of £650.00 – a big discount on such premium
                                                                                                                                                                             wines. With all the doom and gloom in the news, you
                                                                                                                                                                             deserve to treat yourself. Limited availability only.

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Right Midfield                                            Centre Midfield                                          Centre Forward                                            Substitute
Something a bit lighter in this position that will fly    In the central holding midfield role, you’ve got to      I had to make room in my team somewhere for               Vie di Romans Dessimis Pinot Grigio (£24.99)
down the wing – Felton Road’s Pinot Noir (£25.99).        have a strong, sturdy, take no prisoners type of         the wine that really got me into the industry             is my favourite white of the moment, a stunning
Utterly seductive, with ripe spicy damson fruit and       fellow and there is no better current candidate          – Brokenwood’s Graveyard Shiraz (£44.99)                  barrel fermented wine with huge complexity and
a silky smooth finish, this Kiwi beauty more than         than Paul Jaboulet’s Hermitage La Chapelle               – and this will sit nicely in the hole behind the         delicious fruit. Just couldn’t find space for it in the
merits a place in any First XI.                           (£119.99) – the 2005 vintage being a thick,              front striker. Intense but with great balance             First XI.
                                                          rich, tannic monster of a wine that will improve         and subtlety, this is the ideal position for this
Left Midfield                                             for years.                                               Aussie beauty.
Wide players should, in my book, have a touch of
the unpredictability about them, so I’ve gone for         Centre Midfield                                          Centre Forward
a relatively unknown wine but one I think is              In the creative midfield role I’ve gone for a bit of a   More money seems to be splashed on forwards
pure class. Avignonesi’s Desiderio (£41.99) is an         surprise in choosing the South African Meerlust          than any other position, the theory being that
Italian blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon,           Rubicon (£20.99) – a Cabernet/Merlot blend with          these guys can change the course of a game with
but is full of silky fruit and smooth oak. A real         lovely intense ripe fruit and smoky oak. For the         a flash of genius. Ridge’s Monte Bello (£99.99)
surprise package.                                         quality, it’s a bargain and it shines even in such       isn’t just a flash of genius, it is total genius,
                                                          esteemed company.                                        one of the finest wines I’ve ever had the privilege
                                                                                                                   to drink which is what makes it the perfect
                                                                                                                   star player.

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Our newest member of staff, Adam Clarke, gets                                                                      So six weeks into my wine career and I’m asked
his tongue around some of the more unusual                                                                         to write my first article... great. I just thought
sounding wines.                                                                                                    this job involved sitting around tasting wine.
                                                                                                                   Well it does, but it seems there is more involved

                                                                                                                   than that! A bit like in football where everybody
                                                                                                                   talks about the big 4 (Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool
                                                                                                                   and Spurs – I’m a Spurs fan!), it’s quite similar
                                                                                                                   in wine, a lot of focus and talk is often about
                                                                                                                   the big 4, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc,

                                                                                                                   Cabernet Sauvignon & Pinot Noir.
                                                                                                                                  I thought in this article I’d talk about
                                                                                                                   the lesser known wines, the ones you see in a shop
                                                                                                                   with fewer bottles being displayed, maybe the

                                                                                                                   labels aren’t as attractive and then you look at the
                                                                                                                   name of the wine. “Gewur…what! Viog….err.”
                                                                                                                   Yep, these are ‘The Unpronounceables’, fantastic
                                                                                                                   lesser known wines from weird and wonderful
                                                                                                                   grape varieties. Let’s hope people will be talking

                                                                                                                   about these instead of the big 4 come the end of
                                                                                                                   the season.

                                                                                                                   Gewurztraminer (guh-VURTS-trah-MEE-ner)
                                                                                                                   White wine, often off dry, aromatic wine grape with a

                                                                                                                   flamboyant bouquet of lychees.
                                                                                                                   Bon Courage
                                                                                                                   Gewurztraminer 2006
                                                                                                                   South Africa
                                                                                                                   A fantastic offering from an excellent South
                                                                                                                   African vineyard, packed full of spice, ginger and
                                                                                                                   tropical fruits. This is the perfect partner with lightly
                                                                                                                   spiced Asian cuisine.

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Viognier (vee-ohn-yay)                                   Albarino (Alba-Reeñ-yo)                                Carmenere (carm-en-air)                                    My choices may be known to you, if so give them
The white wine grape that was brought to Rhone by        White wine grape grown in Galicia (northwest           Red wine grape originally planted in the Medoc             another try if you’ve not paid them a visit for a while.
the Romans. History lesson over! A fantastic floral,     Spain) and northern Portugal, noted for its            region of Brodeaux. A member of the Cabernet family        They are all fantastic wines. If you are new to these
dry wine with low acidity that is intended               distinctive aroma, suggesting apricot and peach.       of grapes, now rarely found in France. The world’s         wines, then live a little and try something different.
to be consumed young.                                                                                           largest area planted is in Chile.                          You never know you might actually enjoy them!
                                                         Abadia De San Campio                                                                                                             We are offering you the chance to
Mandrarossa                                              Albarino                                               Santa Rita                                                 taste these wines with a discounted introductory
Viognier 2007                                            Rias Baixas                                            Carmenere Reserva                                          offer on a case of 12 (2 bottles of each) for just
Sicily                                                   £12.49                                                 Rapel Valley, Chile                                        £105.00 (over 10% discount).
£6.99                                                    Award winning wine, golden coloured with a             £8.49
                                                         fantastic bouquet on the nose. On the palate the

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It doesn’t get any better than this for a Viognier.                                                             Intense dark black fruits dominate this powerful and
Aromatic on the nose, ripe, spicy peach, with a hint     wine is tangy with pronounced acidity. It has lively   concentrated wine, although balance is added by
of ginger and a long creamy serious finish. Excellent    flavours and is slightly creamy. This wine has         sweet tones of vanilla, cloves and coconut. Full bodied
stuff. Perfect with Thai or Vietnamese cuisine. Get it   excellent length.                                      on the palate with ripe red fruits and sweet spice.
in the fridge now!                                                                                              A rich, long and smooth finish. Best drunk young.
                                                         Nero d’Avola (Nee-row-dav-ola)
                                                         Red wine grape (which some that are in the know        Furmint (fir-mint)
                                                         class as the most important red wine grape in          I thought I’d throw in a curveball with an exciting
                                                         Sicily) often producing ripe, spicy wines from the     wine that is virtually unheard of. Furmint is widely
                                                         sun-baked vineyards of southern Italy and Sicily.      grown in Hungary and is the principal grape in the
                                                         Terra Firma                                            well known Tokaji dessert wines.
                                                         Nero d’Avola                                           Dobogo
                                                         Sicily                                                 Dry Furmint
                                                         £6.99                                                  Tallya, Hungary
                                                         A cracking little wine, that is superb and without     £14.99
                                                         question great value for money. Light to medium        Before you bulk at the price, £15 isn’t a steal, but the
                                                         bodied. Typical Italian zingy, acidity and bucket      wine is certainly a lot better than a lot of the oaked
                                                         loads of juicy blackcurrant, raspberry and cherry      Chardonnay at the same price. There is lovely ripe
                                                         fruit. Goes great with anything tomato based, due to   tropical fruit on the nose and palate, as well as citrus
                                                         high acidity in wine and in the tomato dish.           notes. Lovely fresh acidity with a finish of great
                                                                                                                length. Worth taking a risk and going for something a
                                                                                                                bit different, it will be worth your while.

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Situated just outside Hartfield Village, East Sussex,
The Gallipot Inn first opened its’ doors for
business back in 1597. We spend the afternoon
with Stuart and Jemma, it’s newest residents,
enjoying the delights of a Kobe steak burger and
an organic Malbec.

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Situated just outside Hartfield Village, East Sussex,
The Gallipot Inn first opened its’ doors for business
back in 1597, when Queen Elizabeth was still on
the throne and William Shakespeare’s renowned
Romeo and Juliet was first printed.
               The building was originally three
Tudor cottages, combined to make one beautiful,
classic dwelling. The Inn derives its name from the
small, glazed earthenware pots, used for medicines
and ointments, which were produced in one of the
three cottages. It was originally three brothers who
owned the cottages, one a cobbler, one a brewer and
the other who made the Gallipots.
               Since the end of January 2007,
Stuart and Gemma Lawson have run The Gallipot
Inn, staying true to its traditional 16th Century feel.
On arrival you will be greeted with a warm welcome,
beautiful aged oak beams and during the winter
months fires at either end. The real beauty of
The Gallipot Inn is during the summer with its
large garden to the rear where you can enjoy our
newly decked areas with views across the stunning
East Sussex and Kent countryside, we offer
excellent facilities not to be missed.
               The Gallipot Inn, a free house, has a
broad menu choice, ranging from the classic honey
roast ham and mustard sandwich, Steak & Kidney
pudding or Beer Battered fish with chips and peas
(evening menu) to the traditional Sunday roast or
Lamb shank in mint gravy. Please do read our menus        Kobe Steakburger                                          Santa Ana Eco
on our website or contact us in advance to ensure         Japanese wagyu meat, also known as ‘kobe’ beef,           Malbec 2007
your dietary needs can be met. Draught beers served       is widely acclaimed to be the most tender, most           Mendoza, Argentina
are Harvey’s Best bitter, Fosters, Kronenburg and         succulent and tastiest meat in the world. Waggu           £7.49
Guinness, also a selection of bottled beers. We offer     translates to Japanese cattle – ‘wa’ means ‘Japanese’     One of the few wines that all of us immediately
an extensive wine list to choose from, supplied to        and ‘gyu’ means ‘cattle’.                                 agreed was fantastic. We weren’t looking to list
us by Secret Cellar, giving you the customer the                          Voelas Hall, located in the Lleyn         another Malbec (as well as they sell) but having
opportunity to sample different wines from around         Peninsula, North Wales, is home to the UK’s only          tasted this and seen the rrp, we thought it was too
the world most of which are available by the glass.       herd of traditional Japanese Wagyu cattle.                good to not to list. Intensely coloured with aromas
               You will find us ½ a mile outside the                      The meat used to make the kobe            and flavours of sweet plum and blackberry fruit.
delightful village of Hartfield, East Sussex in the       steakburger is obtained from this herd, which live        Full bodied yet with very fine grained, soft
heart of Winnie the Pooh Country, the setting for         a life of luxury. The herd are fed on a diet of grains,   tannins and a velvety, soft vanilla, lengthy finish.
A.A. Milne’s famous stories. We are not far from Pooh     race horse grass and hay, supplemented with beer.         This wine is also made from organically grown
Sticks bridge, just up the road from the Pooh Corner      The cattle have regular massages which is believed        grapes which makes it even more of a bargain at
Shop and a short walk onto the Ashdown Forest.            to improve the quality of the meat, giving it a           this price.
                                                          wonderful marbling and extraordinary succulence
The Gallipot Inn
                                                          for which it is renowned.
Gallipot Street
East Sussex TN7 4AJ

Telephone 01892 770 268

Our opening hours are:
Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-3:00pm and 6:00-11:00pm
Sunday 12:00-3ish
Monday Closed

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the	 	    	    the
                                                              David Hemsley goes in search of the next Penfold’s
                                                              Grange. What world class bargains can be bought
                                                              now to save you money in the years to come?

neXt	neXt
big	 penfOld’s
thing?	   grAnge?
When I started in the trade 17 long years ago I               a great vintage. The question is then, what do I think   of foreign investment being put into many South
remember asking my manager at Pimlico Oddbins                 will be the next Penfolds Grange? What world class       American wineries is already starting to produce
what these five vintages of Aussie wine at £30-£35            bargains can be bought now to save you money in the      some already notable wines of quality.
were all about. When you consider my weekly wage              years to come?                                                          One such example from Argentina is
was about the same as a bottle, (not far off it felt like),                   The answer, to my way of thinking,       the Cheval des Andes 2004 – £44.99. This wine is
it seemed an unfathomable amount for a bottle of              must come from the New World. The only possible          the culmination of a partnership between Terrazas
New World wine. I mean we had Glenloth Aussie red             exceptions from the Old World being Portugal with        de los Andes, one of Argentina’s top, high altitude
at £2.99 which was perfectly pleasant. Also the labels        the likes of Quinta do Crasto’s Touriga Nacional and     producers and Bordeaux’s iconic Chateau Cheval
on these £30 bottles were pretty bland and the name           just maybe a few Spanish producers, Abadia Retuerta      Blanc. The resulting wine is truly world class and
wasn’t very catchy. ‘Penfolds Grange Hermitage’               and Bodega Mustiguillo being the first to spring to      although expensive I could see it justifiably fetching
didn’t spark much interest with me at the time.               mind. The iconic producers from France, Italy and        £100 a bottle within a few years. A blend of Malbec,
Cockatoo Ridge had a much catchier ring to it.                Spain are steeped in tradition and their top wines       Cabernet Sauvignon and a dash of Petit Verdot
               A handful of shrewd buyers though              have been fetching stellar prices for decades. The       this already gives many more illustrious and more
bagged themselves some top bargains. I only wish              likes of Gaja, Vega Sicilia and Petrus are far from      expensive Bordeaux names a run for their money.
I had had the foresight, knowledge and available              being new finds and although great wines they also                      Another of Terrazas wines that I think
cash to clear Oddbins out at the time. You can add            command lofty price tags. I feel it will be wines from   will gain plenty more attention and pile on a few
a £100 on to the original £30 for an average vintage          Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina which        pounds, is their single vineyard Afincado Malbec
of Grange nowadays and considerably more from                 will reveal the next Penfolds Grange. The amount         2004 – £28.99. I was first served this wine blind and

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                                                                                                                     6 Bottle Selection Case:
                                                                                                                     Terrazas Cheval des Andes
                                                                                                                     Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta
                                                                                                                     Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay
                                                                                                                     Cullen Diana Madeline
                                                                                                                     Wild Earth Pinot Noir
                                                                                                                     Cornish Point Pinot Noir

                                                                                                                     Usually £199.99 but with a special 10% offer comes
                                                                                                                     down to £180.00 while limited stocks last.

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                                                          rocket so I’d grab a few of these while they are still
                                                          relatively unknown to many.
                                                                          Australia still has a wealth of exciting
                                                          wineries that have yet to come to the attention of
                                                          the international market. One winemaker who
                                                          is certainly well known, even if his wines are just
                                                          starting to attract acclaim, is John Duval. John is
                                                          mentioned here because his Entity Shiraz 2006
                                                          – £21.99 is a legendary wine in the making and a
                                                          deserved gold medal winner at the 2008 IWC Awards.
                                                          Also because during his 29 years at Penfolds he spent
                                                          those from 1986 as Chief Winemaker and made the
                                                          title wine, Penfolds Grange. Although made in a very
                                                          different vein, his Entity Shiraz is one of my wines of
                                                          the last two years and if you look at how prices for top
                                                          end Aussie wines have soared over this time, then
                                                          this is a bargain in the true sense of the word.
                                                                          I can’t leave Australia without
                                                          mentioning the wines of Cullen. Based in the
put its price tag in the £50 plus range. All Argentina    Margaret River all their wines are biodynamic and                          I am going to finish with two of my      Block 3 and Block 5 wines. Amazingly difficult to
needs to do is start to market its wine properly and      like the wines above are expensive but I feel under        favourite New Zealand wineries, Felton Road and          source and you will be lucky to find yourself a single
little gems like this will soon be snapped up. With the   priced when compared to their French counterparts.         Wild Earth. Not household names like Cloudy Bay          bottle. Their regular Pinot Noir 2007 – £25.99 is one
clout of Moet Hennessey behind them this shouldn’t        The Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay 2006 – £36.99             but an all together different prospect. As good as       of my favourite wines around at the minute
take too long. A wine to snaffle up now while it          is quite possibly my favourite wine of the year.           many Cloudy Bay wines are they are routinely taken       and worth sourcing out. The one to buy up though
remains a comparative bargain.                            Don’t get me wrong I don’t think it will escalate in       outside and given a good pasting by the wines of         is Felton Road’s Cornish Point 2006 – £21.99.
                From Chile I would suggest you take       price but compared to many a more costly white             Felton Road. Wild Earth’s Pinot Noir isn’t scared by     If all the whisperings are true then Nigel Greening
more than a passing glance at Casa Lapostolle Clos        Burgundy, this is sheer excellence and worth every         Cloudy Bay either and more than stands its ground.       now places these wines above all his others.
Apalta 2003 – £39.99. This limited production red         penny. The wine to buy now and squirrel away is            The Wild Earth Pinot Noir 2006 – £18.99 hails from       The implication of this will see the 2007 Cornish
is a blend of 60 year old Carignan, Merlot and            their superb Cullen Diana Madeline 2005 – £36.99.          Central Otago, the region to watch in New Zealand        Point fetching a higher premium than his Block
Cabernet made under the supervision of French             For me this is the closest that Australia, and maybe       and has just scooped both the IWC and Decanter           3 and 5 wines. This will put them into £45-£50
enologist, Michel Rolland. Not an every day priced        any New World producer, comes to emulating top             2008 trophies. Acclaim indeed. Packed full of            territory. Proof indeed that what may look
wine but one whose intensity and sheer quality            class Bordeaux. Don’t even think about trying this         luscious, dry wild strawberry and raspberry fruit        expensive today can turn out to be a bargain.
far out weigh its price tag. The Clos Apalta could        wine for this Christmas or any of the next 5 for that      with a hint of spice and a lengthy finish, this wine                     Who would have thought that £30 on a
comfortably command a much higher price                   matter. Ten years should see it evolve into a wine of      must surely start to rise in price in the not too        bottle of Penfolds Grange was a bargain buy 17 years
over the next few years. It has the magic mix             sheer class. If you are still able to source any of the    distant future.                                          ago? I for one certainly didn’t and that is a fact that
of world class quality and limited production.            2005 in a decade, which is highly unlikely, then                           Felton Road already produces some        will always bug me.
When demand outstrips supply, historically prices         I’d wager you won’t be getting change out of £100.         very expensive, world class Pinot Noirs with their

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