Celebrating US Independence Day

The USA is an amazing wine producing region and we have some great wines in store. As our Carol explains, "We pick them so carefully as there are so m any to choose from but like all wines it comes down to personal taste."  Here are four of our favourites:


Peaches, pineapple, and tropical fruit are complemented by the scent of lemons and ginger. Lush flavors of fresh ripe peaches so juicy they drip down your arm are balanced by flavors of apples, pears and orange marmalade. The balance of fruit and a touch of sunshine lead to a refreshing finish. This wine will remind you of a spring day on a mountainside.  Best served lightly chilled to allow the full characters of Viognier to shine through. 

As Carol says, "This is a charming and beautifully balanced Viognier."


Troublemaker is a Californian blend of Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Mourvèdre and Zinfandel. It has an opaque purple-black colour and is bursting with jammy black fruits like boysenberry and blackberry, along with a spicy raspberry note. The juicy fruit notes are accentuated by underlying tones of smoke, pink peppercorns, green tobacco leaves, dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Velvety tannins and balancing acidity bring out the vibrant fruit character of this complex blend. 

As Carol says, "This wine does not take itself too seriously. It is punchy but not over ‘baked’ and is absolutley brilliant with full flavoured BBQ food."


Made under the expert supervision of Taittinger in the Napa valley, Domaine Carneros is a top quality new world sparkler. Lovely citrus and pear notes combined with a hint of apple pie baking make the 2011 Brut a classic charmer. The palate shows an array of fruit nuances highlighting pineapple and pear and this is a wine that is finely balanced with tiny bubbles, creating a creamy sensation on the palate and a rewarding finish. 

As Carol adds, " The influence of Taittinger is clear in this sparkling wine. The quality of the wine making shines through, it is a stunner and a great alternative to a traditional Champagne."


Grapes for the Carpe Diem Chardonnay are selected exclusively from the best vineyards in Northern California`s cool Anderson Valley. This fog-shrouded region not far from the Mendocino Coast and the Pacific Ocean provides ideal growing conditions for these delicate grapes. Vinified under the meticulous supervision of Domaine Anderson`s Winemaker Jerry Murray, Carpe Diem`s philosophy is to offer the best of two worlds: the richness of California fruit and the elegance of a French wine.

As Carol concludes, "This is one of my favourite USA chardonnays. Although clearly an American rich fruit style, this wine has the restraint and minerality of a French burgundy . Delicious with oily fresh and herby chicken."

There are some truly great wines available from the USA so pop in to the shop on the High Street in Cobham and take a look.  We're always on hand to help too!