Our Bang for Your Buck tasting was held last week in the Music Room of some rather grand edifice on Carlton House Terrace SW1, arguably the only event in this part of military club-land where one wouldn’t need to don a full whistle and genuflect to massive portraits of frowning generals on the walls. Les Cavistes had assembled a goulash of 140 + wines from our portfolio to reflect our customers’ need to discover value-for-money wines. Value, like beauty, lies in the eye of the beholder, but we set a parameter of £6-£16 ex vat, to cover a range of wines that might be able to be poured by the glass in various different bars and restaurants. Spain and Italy were particularly well-represented here with a fair smattering of new and groovy agencies: Dominio del Urogallo (Asturias), Bodega Ilusion (Rioja), Vilar (Trentino); Cantina Toblino (Trentino); 1701 Franciacorta (Lombardy); Balgera (Lombardy) Andrea Occhipinti (Lazio), Damiano Ciolli (Lazio). As well as getting an opportunity to taste an Albarin in its blanco and tinto incarnation, and to meet a rustic Cesanese mouth-to-mouth, there were new vintages and wines that needed revisiting such as the wonderful Marcillac Lairis from Jean-Luc Matha and the Rotwein 2008 from Sepp Muster. The overall feedback on the quality was heartening; the newbies were particularly well-received.