Top 10 wines for spring

Top 10 wines for spring

We’ve rounded up 10 medal-winning wines and one sparkling from our Spring Tasting, taking in a Greek white and red, Israeli Syrah and a Chardonnay from an American sporting legend.

The following wines are a selection of highlights from The Spring Tasting by the drinks business, which was conducted earlier this year, following the inaugural Autumn Tasting towards the end of 2020.

Like all our tastings, the wines were tasted blind, which meant that the judges did not know the source region, producer, or grape variety of the sample they were assessing, although they were given a broad indication of style (white, red, rosé, sweet, dry, oaked/unoaked), and the price band, from under £10 to over £50.

Click here to see all the medallists from The Spring Tasting 2021, and scroll down to see the 10 highlights from the competition.



If you’re ever asked to find a juicy, oaky, spicy red wine for the price of an oven pizza, then there’s one place you should look: Jumilla – home to Europe’s largest stock of ancient ungrafted vineyards, which are planted with Monastrell. These undervalued viticultural relics yield wines with power and sweetness, but dry tannin and freshness, making them surprisingly easy to drink, even at 15% ABV. BSI Bodegas San Isidro is the biggest and best-value producer in the region (it’s a massive co-op), and this crianza is a wonderful chocolate-scented red with notes of toast and blackcurrant, and plenty of chunky tannins, for under £10. Perfect, in fact, for having with that oven pizza you ditched to buy this.

  • Producer: BSI – Bodegas San Isidro
  • Region: Jumilla DOP
  • Country: Spain
  • Grape varieties: Monastrell 100%
  • ABV: 14%
  • Vintage: 2017
  • UK retail price: Under £10
  • Medal: Gold