The (Vaguely) prestigious Man et Vin 2011 awards

Well another year has flown by and here are some of my best memories.

FAVOURITE RED

LE VIN DES AMIS 2010, MAS COUTELOU

FAVOURITE WHITE

Estoras | Grüner Veltliner

BEST WEBSITE

For descriptions and ease of use

From Vineyards Direct

http://www.fromvineyardsdirect.com

WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE

From Vineyards Direct

Ignored emails, wrong vintages and lately, completely mucked up my last order. Missed both Christmas and New Year deadlines. It’s so frustrating as I love virtually everything else about them.

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE

Berry Bros and Rudd

Very knowledgeable staff and first-rate delivery

http://www.bbr.com/

BEST NEW TREND

Natural Wine. I will certainly be looking into this a lot more in 2012

BEST PLACE TO BUY A LAST MINUTE BOTTLE

Your local Co-op.

Has a great selection of fair trade wines for those vegetarian dinner parties.

If you keep your eyes open, the stock rotates quite quickly and they do seem to sell small batches of wines that you would expect to see in a more august establishment.

WINE MOMENT

After a tough day mountain biking in Zermatt with my friends, to sit on the roof terrace of the Petit Hotel gorging on Paprika crisps and the local red, Dole. If you haven’t tasted it before, it’s a little like a pinot noir. Bliss !

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About Man et Vin

I am a 47 year old living in Nottingham. Maybe, like me, you have become disillusioned by the quality and variety of most wine that is sold in the UK. I am not anti supermarket or wine store but there must be more out there. Please join me on my journey to find decent good value wine. At the same time I want to find out more about storage, availablity and discover some of the lesser known wine growing areas. I have nothing to do with the wine industry, as it happens I am a middle manager in a financial services company.
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