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Why buy wine from us?


There are lots of good wine merchants out there - from online only to bricks and mortar. So why buy wine from Stone, Vine & Sun? Well, we really care about what we sell. Wine to us is not a commodity, it’s a way of life, but let’s explore that:


• For a small business we spend far too much time travelling to buy wine, in particular on the road, whether on Ruta 5 in Chile or the RN74 in Burgundy. We visit many wineries and domaines to no avail, but have made many stunning discoveries over the years. We see ourselves as prospecting for treasure.


• We are guided by our founding philosophy. Stone, Vine & Sun was named after the three most important influences on a bunch of grapes, and therefore wine: the earth, the plant and the weather. It reflects our belief that wines should have a sense of place (and not come from some huge industrial facility!).


• Most of our wines - many exclusive to SVS in the UK market - come from independent, family-owned producers. These folk in turn care about the husbandry of their land, and are increasingly adopting sustainable, organic or bio-dynamic methods of cultivation.


• …But we are not tied to our suppliers: we don’t "represent" anyone, so we don’t have to buy their wine in a terrible vintage and then cynically push it to you (believe me, other merchants do!)


• We are very focused on delivering value. In particular we offer a wide range of wines at £8-£16 a bottle, as that is where we believe the sweet spot is for quality and value (You could argue that a £16 bottle is twice as good as an £8 bottle; but it’s much harder to argue that a £32 bottle is twice as good as a £16 bottle).


• We all drink lots of wine - arguably too much. We talk about what we have drunk in the office, we argue about the merits of particular wines. If you want more advice call us!

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  • Domaine des Espiers, Gigondas, les Blaches, 2013

    Product Code: ESP213

    Domaine des Espiers, Gigondas, les Blaches, 2013

    “Extravagantly flavoured, well-oaked example of tiny volume: Turkish delight - vivid red fruit and chocolate. Now-2021”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhône
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Domaine Le Couroulu, Vacqueyras Blanc, Cuvee Laura, 2015

    Product Code: COW615

    Domaine Le Couroulu, Vacqueyras Blanc, Cuvee Laura, 2015

    “A rarity, as so little white Vacqueyras is made, and Guy Ricard at Couroulu only produces about 1,200 bottles. From Viognier and Roussanne in old oak...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry, Rich

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhône
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Domaine Monier Perreol, Saint Joseph Rouge, 2014

    Product Code: MOP514

    Domaine Monier Perreol, Saint Joseph Rouge, 2014

    “Restless experimentation and investment continues chez Monier. The latest toys in the pursuit of perfection are very expensive concrete eggs for the...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium, Full Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhône
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Domaine Monier Perreol, Saint Joseph, Terres Blanches, 2014

    Product Code: MOP114

    Domaine Monier Perreol, Saint Joseph, Terres Blanches, 2014

    “Restless experimentation and investment continues chez Monier. The latest toys in the pursuit of perfection are very expensive concrete eggs for the...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhône
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Bodegas Borsao, Garnacha, Joven, Campo de Borja, 2017

    Product Code: BOR317

    Bodegas Borsao, Garnacha, Joven, Campo de Borja, 2017

    “Borsao, based in Campo de Borja in the upper Ebro Valley, specialise in Grenache based wines. This offers a sweet, soft, juicy gulp of fresh...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Spain
    • Region: Campo de Borja
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Roble, 2016

    Product Code: LAH116

    El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Roble, 2016

    “Our best-selling wine from Lagar de Isilla, a bodega in La Vid, just east of Aranda de Duero. 95% Tempranillo with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, with just...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Spain
    • Region: Ribera Del Duero
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Reserva, 2014

    Product Code: LAH314

    El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Reserva, 2014

    “100% Tempranillo, including some parcels 80-90 years old; in French barrels for 18 months. Pure, lifted red fruit perfume on smart oak. Currently...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Spain
    • Region: Ribera Del Duero
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 15%
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  • CarinaE, Malbec, Hommage, Mendoza, 2010

    Product Code: CAE410

    CarinaE, Malbec, Hommage, Mendoza, 2010

    “Pure Malbec from plots of ancient vines on the south edge of Mendoza; very inky and concentrated indeed - essence of brambly fruit. Now-2020”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Argentina
    • Region: Mendoza
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 15%
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  • Walter Bressia, Profundo, Mendoza, 2011

    Product Code: BRE111

    Walter Bressia, Profundo, Mendoza, 2011

    “Walter Bressia, now in his fifties, has experience as winemaker and consultant oenologue for a number of Argentine estates. In 2003 he decided he...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Argentina
    • Region: Mendoza
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 15%
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  • Carinae, Prestige, Mendoza, 2009

    Product Code: CAE509

    Carinae, Prestige, Mendoza, 2009

    “About 70% Malbec, with 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, a selection of all the best parcels of the vintage, aged in new barrels for 18 months....”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Argentina
    • Region: Mendoza
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 15%
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  • Fryer's Cove, Pinot Noir, Bamboes Bay, Western Cape, 2015

    Product Code: FRY615

    Fryer's Cove, Pinot Noir, Bamboes Bay, Western Cape, 2015

    “Based on fruit from a cool coastal site, an attractively fast-maturing Pinot, so already one enjoys pleasing savoury and undergrowth hints. Supple,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Western Cape
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Ridge, Lytton Springs, California, 2015

    Product Code: RID215

    Ridge, Lytton Springs, California, 2015

    “74% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignan and 2% Mourvèdre from numerous parcels, based on very old vines, and all aged in exclusively US oak...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: USA
    • Region: California
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Château Barrejat, Madiran, Cuvée des Vieux Ceps, 2016

    Product Code: BAJ316

    Château Barrejat, Madiran, Cuvée des Vieux Ceps, 2016

    “Old vines indeed, over 80 years and some pre-phylloxera: 80% Tannat plus the Cabernets, well-oaked. Inky purple. Flamboyant flavours of cherry, plum...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: South-West
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Château Beauregard Ducasse, Graves, Albertine Peyri, 2015

    Product Code: BDU115

    Château Beauregard Ducasse, Graves, Albertine Peyri, 2015

    “White Bordeaux of this class is so under-rated now. The charmingly gruff M. Perromat at Beauregard Ducasse only bottles 1,000 cases of this top...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Gewurztraminer, Grand Cru Eichberg, 2015

    Product Code: MEY515

    Jean-Luc & Bruno Meyer, Gewurztraminer, Grand Cru Eichberg, 2015

    “From the very hot 2015 vintage, an opulent (32 grams of residual sugar) and concentrated wine, mid gold, showing tropical fruit married with peppery...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Alsace
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Dr Loosen, Erdener Treppchen, Riesling Kabinett, 2016

    Product Code: DRL216

    Dr Loosen, Erdener Treppchen, Riesling Kabinett, 2016

    “From the brutally steep, red slate vineyard. Delicious flavours – elderflower and lemon sherbet, with just a suggestion of spritz. A bottle can...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Off Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Germany
    • Region: Mosel
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 8%
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  • Leitz, Rheingau, Riesling Kabinett, 2011

    Product Code: LEI111

    Leitz, Rheingau, Riesling Kabinett, 2011

    “From Nähe star Johannes Leitz; in the traditional Kabinett style with medium sweetness, showing both delicate floral and tropical fruit notes....”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Off Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Germany
    • Region: Rheingau
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 10%
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  • Donnhoff, Riesling QbA, 2013

    Product Code: DON613

    Donnhoff, Riesling QbA, 2013

    “Elderflower and pineapple, very pure fruit character, and just off dry. Now-2021”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Off Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Germany
    • Region: Nahe
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 9.5%
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  • Lustau, Dry Oloroso Don Nuño, Sherry

    Product Code: LUS2NV

    Lustau, Dry Oloroso Don Nuño, Sherry

    “A long-term favourite here, this sherry from the excellent house of Lustau is rich yet …”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Spain
    • Region: Jerez
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 20%
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  • Lustau, East India, Solera Reserva, Sherry

    Product Code: LUS3NV

    Lustau, East India, Solera Reserva, Sherry

    “Wonderfully rich and creamy sweet sherry. Now-2019”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet, Rich

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Spain
    • Region: Jerez
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 20%
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  • Cherrier Père et fils, Sancerre, 2017

    Product Code: ROS117

    Cherrier Père et fils, Sancerre, 2017

    “François and Jean-Marie are now in charge of the family’s 14 hectares of vineyards on the sweeping slopes at Verdigny. This is the latest vintage...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Loire Valley
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Ramos Pinto, Quinta de Ervamoira, 10 Year Old Tawny Port

    Product Code: RAP2NV

    Ramos Pinto, Quinta de Ervamoira, 10 Year Old Tawny Port

    “Selected from one of the four farms that make up the Ramos Pinto estate and aged for ten years in large casks, this is a superbly mellow port....”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full, Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Portugal
    • Region: Douro
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 50cl
    • ABV: 20%
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  • Francoise & Denis Clair, Saint Aubin Blanc, 1er Cru Les Champlots, 2015

    Product Code: CLB315

    Francoise & Denis Clair, Saint Aubin Blanc, 1er Cru Les Champlots, 2015

    “Champlots lies on a south west facing slope above the hamlet of Gamay with calcareous soils that imbue its wines with a definite mineral edge....”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry, Rich

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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