Oddbins seem to have had more comebacks than Kevin Rowland but like the man himself, this time Odbbins really do seem to be back. There will be no dressing up in women’s clothes at the Reading Festival for them (look up Kevin Rowland My Beauty if you don’t know what I’m talking about). This is great news for me as my nearest decent wine shop is Oddbins in Blackheath. Here’s an extract from my latest column from the Lady with a couple of recommendations. You can read more here.
In the 1980s Oddbins launched Australian wine in the British market with great success. In the 1990s they did it again with Chile and in the 2000s it was Greece’s turn to receive the Oddbins treatment. It was a bridge too far. The superb Greek selection sat on the shelves gathering dust. This setback seemed to affect buyers’ confidence and the subsequent range became very conservative. Happily, the old pioneering spirit is back. Oddbins now has the most exciting range on the high street, offering consistent good value on individual bottles. And if you’re like me, you’ll be pleased that there is once again a good Greek selection.
Mullineux Family Kloof Street 2013, £13
Mainly Syrah with a dollop of other Rhône varieties, this comes from one of South Africa’s most lauded new producers. This is their entry-level red and in its delightful freshness it epitomises everything that’s good about the new wave of South African wines.
Moulin des Chênes Lirac 2012, £12.50
Wine from Lirac can be rather four-square and meaty. Not this one. It’s all grace and fragrance to go with the plums and spices. This might be down to the unusually high percentage of Cinsault in the mix.
Now take it away Kevin: