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The fuzz in Oxford

The following is a critical question for students everywhere. Despite the effects of globalization, the answer remains persistently local:

What are the best cheap wines?

In British Columbia, the best wine at around four quid a bottle is Farnese red, an Italian wine. (It is important that you let it breathe for at least half an hour.) It seems to be completely unavailable in the UK. The best wine in B.C. under seven and a half quid is Yellow Tail Merlot (red label), though some other Yellow Tail fans prefer the Shiraz Cabernet (purple label).

What are the equivalent wines in the UK? This question is especially pressing because I have been charged with bringing wine to a birthday party likely to be well populated with clever, highly cultured sorts of people.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Rob May 26, 2006 at 10:05 pm

There’s a good Garanche Tempranillo that the Thresher (and affiliates) stock for about a fiver. It’s quite rich though. On the other hand, it’s a party, and the chances of anyone actually being able to identify the wine you brought as yours are probably fairly slim.

Milan May 26, 2006 at 10:12 pm


The question is also one of general interest. I am sick of being presented with an unfamiliar slate of wines which seem to vary wildly in quality (as in B.C.) and where the quality doesn’t correspond closely to price (as in B.C.).

R.K. May 26, 2006 at 10:23 pm

Today’s photo is really good. Even the grainy ISO400 setting contributes to it.

esther May 27, 2006 at 3:19 pm

i like frontera. it used to always be on offer, but i’m not sure if it still is!?!

Milan May 27, 2006 at 3:38 pm


What sort of wine is that?

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