"Great value pinot grigio from Romania, with fresh lemon and apricot on the nose, with green apple joining the lemon on the palate. The fruity flavours are fresh - not failing into the "confected" trap of many cheaper pinot grigios - and there's plenty of acidity for balance." Sanziana Pinot Grigio, Recas Cramele, 2017
"Corney & Barrow's Own Label Reserve Claret should satisfy those wanting a more traditional style but equally has a nice rounded texture and integrated tannins to make it a delicious drop. Great with your classic roast beef or lamb as well as hard cheeses."
"Less commonly for champagne, this rosé is made by allowing the dark skins of the pinot noir grapes to macerate in the wine, and has a thrill of wild berries. Highly sophisticated and ancient sister house of the legendary Salon." [Delamotte Rosé Brut]
Happily, I knew we were in safe hands the minute I saw the list and twigged that all the wine... had been supplied by Corney & Barrow, titan of the British wine trade, still privately owned and going stronger than ever after 235 years in the business.
While Corney & Barrow have some amazing, highly sought-after and tightly allocated wines in their portfolio (they are agents for DRC and have exclusive arrangements with Salon and Petrus, for example), they show their mettle in [their everyday wines].
Corney & Barrow is known as a ne wine specialist. It has the UK agency for DRC and for Salon champagne, both of which mark it out as a member of the vinous elite. But it also secretly sells some very good wines for everyday drinking.