The hardest wines to buy are those that offer quality, character and interest at a realistic price for every day. It's worth the effort, and today we have not one but two. Both are exceptionally well priced and, unusually, both have a couple of extra years of bottle age which makes all the difference, softening and adding complexity without sacrificing freshness and energy.
Gini 2016 Soave Classico
From the Gini family's steep vineyards in the Classico Soave zone, you can see the flatlands below where gallons of cheap, bulk Soave is mass-produced. The contrast is stark. Gini's wines, made from carefully-nurtured, long-established and organically farmed vines planted on these prime slopes, have a depth and elegance which puts them in a different league. This parcel of their 2016 Soave Classico is full of ripe pear flavours, and a nutty complexity.
Château Unang 2016 Ventoux Rouge
This is one of those juicy, supple Rhône reds which is just a joy to drink. Château Unang sits above the Nesque river bed, overlooking the Vaucluse Plateau. Run by Scottish couple James and Joanna King, it is now certified organic and fast becoming one of the best sources of delicious, great value wine in the region. The 2016 is drinking absolutely beautifully.
Both just small parcels so when they're gone, as they say, they're gone.