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Anthony Rose: 'The Wine Society delivers on all the features you could want from a dynamic wine merchant'

The staid image conjured up by the name might deceive you into thinking that the Wine Society is some fusty Victorian institution of claret tipplers. In fact, this no-frills company delivers on all the features you could want from a dynamic wine merchant: consistent quality, great value, adventurous range and unparalleled service. Last month I came away from the spring tasting itching to put together a delicious dozen at around a tenner each.

Wine: Something for the weekend

Couch potato

Wine: Something for the weekend?

Couch potato

Anthony Rose: 'Australia's success as the UK's favourite wine country is based on substance rather than form'

"Considering how long it's taken Europe, the Australian wine regional map has come rapidly into sharp focus in just two decades."

Wine: Something For The Weekend

Couch potato

Wine: Something for the weekend

Couch potato

Intense but flavour-packed: Bodegas Tomas Cusine Vilosell 2008
Fresh and aromatic: 2010 Crux Gisborne Chardonnay

Wine: Something for the weekend

Under £6

Wine: Something for the weekend

Under £6

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Don't leave anything to chance! The key to a successful festive season is military planning, says our wine expert.

Summer herb salad

Serves 4

Anthony Rose: 'Vin de France is a new affordable category that makes it easier for French wine to compete with the New World'

In the dead of a German winter, three English wine writers sat round a table in an Italian restaurant discussing French wine. The start of a joke? Actually it was the end of one, the punchline being the French authorities' refusal to allow its more humble wines to use the name of their grape variety. A new French wine category, Vin de France, was born last year and we were being asked to road-test it with a group of German colleagues in order to make a selection for June's Vinexpo, the giant wine fair in Bordeaux.

Anthony Rose: 'Tasmania is rapidly becoming Australia's 'little Champagne''

The main conclusion of a week of judging 1,000 Australian wines at this year's Decanter World Wine Awards – black teeth apart – was the extent to which the regions are coming into focus as champions of specific wine styles.

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