The ASDW is an umbrella organisation for around 20 companies who sell wine
either through mail order or the internet and in quantities that can loosely be
classed as "small" - so no, the Wine Society and Laithwaites are not members.
The first was Nick Dobson Wines, a specialist in wines from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France. Two lovely reds are Bernard Santé's Moulin-à-Vent 2005, a vibrant young red with notes of raspberries, blackcurrants and violets, and Erich Sattler's 2003 Reserve Zweigelt
with its punchy blackcurrant pastille fruit and toasty finish.
The final two companies specialise in southern French wines: :Leon Stolarski and The Big Red Wine Company.Stars from Stolarski were the 2004 Les Vignes del'Arque, Vin de Pays Duches d'Uzès, a sappy young red with spicy bramble fruit, and the more profound 2003 Neffiez Cuvée Balthazar, Côteaux du Languedoc, a Syrah-based heavyweight with wonderfully herb-strewn, orange peel, cherry and blackcurrant flavours. Highlights from the latter were Domaine de Cristia's Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc (now 2007 vintage), all honeysuckle, pineapple and peach with a tangy finish, and Domaine des Sept Chemins'Crozes-Hermitage 2003 Rouge with its hints of roasting meats, ginger, plums and berries.