Still Summer in Swansea (Part II)

Wine recommendations with Antoinette Milne

We’ve got some delicious summer sampler suggestions for you this month!

It’s always exciting to discover new wines that really move you. We’re kicking off with a refreshing Cremant Rose from the Loire that will sharpen you up, next on to a racy Riesling from South Australia, then moving on to a light bodied remarkable red from the fashionable Zweigelt grape varietal and finally finishing with an iconic Rioja Gran Reserva from an equally iconic vintage (2010). From backyard sipping to BBQ’s, there is hopefully something here for everyone!

ND John Wine Merchants


*NOW £12.95 (Loire, France)

Brightly coloured and shining with bold, ripe and juicy raspberries, cherries and blackcurrant fruit. It’s made from Cabernet Franc grapes using the traditional method (the same method used to produce Champagne) and aged for a minimum of 18 months in cellars which imparts a certain richness. Deliciously lively and refreshing. Perfect with prawns on the patio!

Mumbles Fine Wines


*Vegetarian and *Vegan

Riesling can often be overlooked in favour of other more fashion-able grape varieties. When it’s dry, Riesling can offer a purity and delicacy (yet intensity) that can be hard to find elsewhere. This modern style is really refreshing with delicate lemon, lime, apple and exotic fruit such as lychee. It’s pure and zesty with a persistent, mouth-watering finish. Perfect with lightly spiced dishes. What more Riesling do you need?

Cheers Wine Merchants

THE DOT AUSTRIAN CHERRY ZWEIGELT 2019 £11.95 (Niederosterreich, Austia)

Zweigelt is an Austrian grape varietal with much finesse. The Dot is a lighter bodied and fragrant red wine (if you like Pinot Noir, you could quite easily fall in love with this). It’s juicy and savoury tart cherry fruit is captivating. Try chilling it down (for 15-20 minutes in the fridge) to enhance the bright flavours and freshness. Grilled salmon and lightly spiced dishes will be pleased to accompany The Dot…Dot, Dot, Dot…Who’s there?

Fine Wine Direct UK


The Rioja Control Board rated the 2010 vintage as excellent with the possibility of it going down as being one of Rioja’s historic vintages. The weather generally in Rioja in 2010 was particularly favour-able and this led to very healthy grapes. The grapes were specially selected from old vineyards (35-50 years old) and alongside a low yield, this is a marvellously concentrated wine. The wine spent 24 months in new French oak barrels. This is a full bodied Gran Reserva with a superb balance of warm stewed fruit, spicy clove and cinnamon, savoury vanilla oak and balsamic. It has a firm, rich texture and a lingering, luxurious finish. Perfect with any full flavoured dish such as BBQ lamb or beef. It’s a challenge to find mature wine at a reasonable price so this is tremendous value (limited stock). One not to miss!

The Online WSET Level 1 Award in Wines will be held on Monday September 14th, 2020 from 9:30am-5:00pm (exam by Remote Invigilation on Monday September 21st).

The WSET Level 1, 2 and 3 Award in Wines in class qualifications will be re-scheduled shortly. Please see or email for details.

*WSET Level 1 and 2 Award in Spirits qualifications also now available.

WINE FOR LIFE LEARNING is a dynamic Approved Programme Provider of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and runs WSET qualifications in Swansea, Cardiff, all over Wales and Southwest England. Gift vouchers for the wine courses make ideal gifts. To see details please go to

*Prices and vintages correct at the time of print







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