A Passion Born in Bordeaux

"Direct Merchant of the Year" pursues small, top-quality production



Tony Laithwaite still remembers the summer he fell in love.

Back in the mid-sixties, while a young Tony travelled through Bordeaux, he happened on a friendly wine cooperative. They offered him lodging and a few glasses of their house-made wine. A passion was born.

In 1969, with the help of his trusty, beat-up Ford truck, Tony began carrying cases of this very wine – and a few other beauties he discovered – back to his native England and a small, but steadily growing clientele.

42 years later (still madly in love), Tony’s enterprise has grown into the world’s leading home delivery wine service – still centered around the principle that, in wine, small is beautiful. The most satisfying wines are made by dedicated individuals, not mass-produced in factories. Knowing where to look (and who to talk to) is key.

Tony has devoted his life to tracking down authentic wines of character and value, and the industry has noticed. Just last month, he was a national award winner at the 2011 International Wine Challenge, named "Direct Merchant of the Year" for the second year in a row.

Today, he wants to let Snooth readers in on the beauty of limited-production wines through an incredible introductory offer to his 4 Seasons Wine Club: for just $89.99, enjoy 12 outstanding wines. Your case includes top-vintage Bordeaux Supérieur (Tony’s contacts here are still unrivaled), award-winning Argentinean Malbec and rich Napa Chardonnay, all shipped FREE with a binder full of experts’ tasting notes. Plus, Tony will also include a special welcome gift: three bonus bottles of Los Rosales Cabernet, a bold, black currant-loaded classic from one of the oldest estates in Chile.

That’s a total of 15 bottles of wine for only $89.99, all backed by Laithwaites Wine’s unbeatable 100% money-back guarantee. If there’s something you don’t love, you get refunded, no questions asked. And there are no obligations. Delay delivery or decline any future cases (which will be offered to you every three months at a special, members-only price, just when you're ready for a refill).

Read on for more details on the wines in this remarkable offer …
2010 Villa Masetti Pinot Grigio Veronese Italy 12.5%

A little stony on the nose at first, though with good supporting apple fruit and a nice touch of grass. A bit soft on entry, but nicely full flavored on the mid-palate with crisp and direct apple, pear and citrus flavors. The finish shows some of the stoniness from the nose and ends on a refreshing acid finale. 86pts

2010 Sunday Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand 13%

This is assertively green on the nose with tons of jalapeno, asparagus  and cut grass aromas. Very bright on entry, this broadens on the palate, turning light and crisp while displaying grassy, slightly herbal notes over light pineapple and lime fruit. It’s almost peppery through the palate and onto the modest finish. 85pts

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