Some favourite wines of the UK

The following are a selection of some of our favourite red and white wines, based on sales for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Red wines.

Cotes Du Rhone is an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée, and a long standing favourite red wine in the UK. Seeing Cotes Du Rhone on a bottle label simply means it was made in the Rhone valley, but is not worthy of one of the higher quality ‘apellations’.  Cotes Du Rhone wine will invariably be a blended wine; the dominant grape will be Syrah and could typically include Grenache, Cinsaut, Carignan or Mourvedre. Syrah makes some very popular new world wines, probably none more so than the Australian wine, Shiraz. So strong has been the uptake of Australian Shiraz by online wine merchants, that some French wine makers are starting to label their bottles as Shiraz! Cotes Du Rhone wines are dark and complex and are always associated with a strong taste of berries.
Rioja is a well known wine from the Rioja region of northern Spain and is popular with online wine stores. There are more than 50,000 hectares of vineyards spread across the three sub-regions of La Rioja, Navarra and the Basque country. Together they produce in excess of 250 million litres of wine, which is drunk and enjoyed all over the world. Rioja wines are regulated by the Denominación de Origin calificada Rioja, which acknowledges four grape varieties for use in Rioja red wines. These are: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Muzuelo and Graciano.  The Tempranillo grape is grown in over 50% of the regions vineyards and, therefore, is the most commonly used one. Rioja is typically a medium bodied and richly coloured wine that displays an aromatic complexity with an excellent bouquet. NB. Both white and rosé wines are also produced in Rioja.

White wines.

It might seem to makers of Chardonnay wine that all the bottles they produce are sent to the UK, such is the popularity of this wine here. Even better, UK wine merchants keep us well supplied with a fantastic range of good quality and well priced bottles of wine delivered UK wide. Chardonnay wines were traditionally grown in the Cote D’Or area of Burgundy, which accounts for the complex flavours of fruits which is so typical of the wine. There are always great bargains to be had Chardonnay if you want to buy this French wine online. Any online fine wine merchant will include a selection of Chablis in what they offer for sale. Chablis is a fine French wine, made from the Chardonnay grape, which is noted for its dryness. Chardonnay is an immensely popular grape with wine makers and is now grown all over the world.
The wine made from the Pinot Gris grape is not a popular wine in the UK. However, its Italian clone – Pinot Grigio – is. Medium bodied with a floral bouquet it is a favourite with some older wine buyers. It’s difficult to say if its reputation has been enhanced or damaged by the comments a certain BBC radio presenter, Terry Wogan, has been known to make about it! There are a number of up and coming new world Pinot Grigio wines on the market, especially from South and North America.
Riesling is a wine whose popularity might be starting to wane a little now. However, up until very recently it was one of our most popular wines. Originating from the Alsace region it produces wines that are known and respected for its sweet and scented apple and mineral flavours. Some good Riesling wines are also now being produced in Australia and New Zealand.
Perhaps it’s unfair to include this wine which is made from the Chardonnay grape and perhaps really deserves a category of its own. However, Champagne is always a favourite wine for a special occasion. First thought to have been made in 1670 by a French monk, Dom Perignon, Champagne is probably the ultimate gift of wine that can be given. By the early 1700s Champagne had become a favourite wine at the French court during the extravagant times of Phillipe Duc D’Oleans. Ever since then the consumption of Champagne has been associated with celebrating good times, making a gift of champagne ideal for most occasions. Champagne is named after the region in France from which it comes and has a dry fruity taste, not to mention being full of bubbles. Remember, the smaller the bubbles the better the quality of the Champagne!