Would you rather have your wine fresh or fat?

‘Freshness’ in wine is one of the most appealing qualities, making it both nice to drink and in the case of fine wines, enabling longevity (along with other factors).

Wine experts call this freshness ‘acidity’. Without it, wines can be fat, flat and uninteresting. Baggy, soft and soupy are other words for lack of acidity in reds or flabby, blowsy and heavy in whites. 

has many wines from high quality regions with this essential freshness. There is a great range of ‘premium’ wines as well as everyday fridge and rack fillers.

Two recommended, fresh Laithwaites wines are:

Vie Di Romans Flors de Uis 2009, Friuli Isonzo, £25. 
Innovative white blends can sometimes be clashy or indistinct.  Not the case here, where zippy Riesling adds freshness to the perfumed Malvasia Istriana.  Italian whites are more about structure than aromatics but this lemony, floral yet rich wine has both. An interesting, accomplished wine for happy explorers of new regions. 

Domaine of the Bee 2008, Cotes Catalanes, £21. Roussillon in the south of France has huge potential for top quality wine. The climate, altitude and attitude from intelligent producers combine to make fabulous big reds with this essential freshness. Domaine of the Bee is a Grenache / Carignan blend – rich, heady, spicy and well made. Begging for an open fire and roast meat. 

Top UK wine writer Hugh Johnson also selects fine wines for Laithwaites, in the Hugh Johnson Collection. For all wines, see the website

As well as mail-order, there is a large shop at London’s Vinopolis, next to the fantastic food market, Borough, with the whole range in stock and many wines open at the tasting bar. 
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