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 Agronavarra Perdido Rosé, 2007, Navarra, Spain

The UK wine world is expecting great things from the 'under new owners' Oddbins. I wonder though at the fate of the Nicolas chain, into which many Oddbins stores were converted. Leaving a Nicolas store, at the back-end of last week, with a distinctly underwhelmed feeling, as I failed to buy anything.

At least in today's Oddbins, still far from its award-winning hay-day, there is usually something of interest; in Nicolas there isn't. Even their wine list was boring and staid, just a list - no descriptions, tasting notes, food matches, not even a bottle photo to enliven the list and provide a soupcon of that Gallic flair so missing from the wine range.

But the grand ol' daddy of the high street, Threshers, managed to entice a few squibblies from my pocket. Twice. Not often does a wine, let alone a wine on a deal, find itself purchased more than once. Or four times; as this Spanish Rosé is on offer at two for £8 (or £5.99 each).

Rosé Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Agronavarra Perdido Rosé, 2007, Navarra, Spain.
£5.99 each or 2 for £8 Threshers [More on Adegga / Snooth]
Cherry coloured, enticingly so, with a bright, fresh, medium-bodied palate. Gently fruity flavours, cherry again, offering a firm whole and a refreshing tingle on the finish. It's not overly complicated, but refreshing, food friendly and - making use of the offer - good value. Alcohol 12.5%.

While holding enough interest for drinking on its own, the subtle level of tannin and freshness of acidity the Perdido makes for a fine picnic wine. Something none to serious is required when lolling by the side of a river or perched on a daisy strewn hillside. As a change from crust-less cucumber sandwiches hows about Chicken Wraps with Apple, Bacon and Pine Nuts as a picnic dish.

Scribblings Rating - 88/100 [3.5 out of 5]

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As usual with your fantastic recommendations, Andrew, I eagerly look forward to trying the Rose` and wraps together. I also found your thoughts on the Oddbins shift in ownership quite interesting, which brings me to the following question I'd love your perspective in addressing...I will be moving to a SW London postcode in the upcoming month and am quite superficially familiar with wine retailers from a past visit. As I suppose that I will not be finding too many intelligent value, artisan wines at my local Sainsbury's or Tesco, would you be able to recommend a few shops which consistently offer outstanding, unique values? I would truly value your thoughts on this. Cheers.

I always avoided Rose', at least until a few months ago when I was offered a glass or three after a long bike ride. It was wonderfully refreshing. I'll have to try this one.
~ Stewart must try Wines of the World in Earlsfield and Clapham. They are fun, young and know what they are doing....they are all ex Oddbins (I think). Google them.
Re: New Oddbins owners...I think Simon Baille is definitely the right man for the task. It will be difficult to change the disasters of the past few years, but at least he has the personal heritage (his old man was MD of the fun old Oddbins). Simon has a very good palate and he just needs to bring the fun back to UK wine high street retail. There are some fantastic indie wine operators out there at the moment. But Oddbins might be a big ask!

what is a hay-day?

Well I'm glad you asked me that Hookie - It's when all the tractors go out and gather in the hay to feed the sheep during the cold dark days of winter...

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