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  • Wine by the Glass Machine - Shop

    WINES TO SAMPLE IN OUR SHOP - NOW ON TASTING

     

    White:

    Planeta, Chardonnay

    £23.50 reduced to £20.68 per 75cl bottle, £1.60 per 25ml sample

    Pinot Grigio, Jermann

    £20.50 reduced to £18.04 per 75cl bottle, £1.40 per 25ml sample

    Anselmi, Capitel Foscarino

    £16.75 reduced to £14.74 per 75cl bottle, £1.40 per 25ml sample

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  • Ken’s in town this week

    Ken Forrester 'The Renegade' Shiraz Grenache 2009

    Ken’s in town this week – you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets?...well a pretty decent second best is to take a few bottles of Ken’s Renegade home for the weekend. This elegant Rhone blend displays Old World Style with New World fruit. Hint of Grenache with earthy rusticity and Shiraz noble spice with hints of nutmeg and salty black olive on the finish.

    £11.95 reduced to... £10.52 +10% off 12 btl’s

  • Meet our Italian Buyer and Judge in the Decanter World Wine Awards

    April is our month focusing on Italy. This provides a great chance to learn more about the man who has crafted our amazing Italian collection, Sergio de Luca.

    Interview taken from the Decanter "Find out more about the world-renowned names that make up the 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards judging line-up in this Q&A series."

    To read more from this series please click here

    Sergio de Luca is director of buying for Italy at Great Western Wine and Enotria World Wine. He has over 30 years' experience in the UK market, and has been at Enotria for more than 25 years. de Luca's family is in farming and all his experience is connected with the wine world, having studied and completed a degree in winemaking in Italy.

    Read the Decanter interview with Sergio De Luca below...

    ☆ Which year or decade do you wish you'd been born in and why? 
    My year, 1959, was a great vintage everywhere, and a great Sauternes year, so I am quite happy to have been born in the year that I was.

    ☆ How old were you when you had your first wine 'moment' and what was it? 
    I was born in a vine growing family so we were used to drinking wine from a very early age – albeit sometimes mixed with water!

    ☆ How many bottles do you have in your cellar and what is your most recent addition? 
    Not too many – around 120 bottles – but all pretty good stuff! I picked up a 1990 Conterno Fantino Sori Ginestra Barolo today. It will highlight my weekend.

    ☆ How many years have you been working in the wine industry and what was your first job? 
    I have always worked in this trade, first at home where we have several hectares of Glera (Prosecco), and then while I was at university as part of the cellar team at the local wine cooperative.

    ☆ Which vintage and region (or wine) do you wish you'd bought a whole case of wine from? 
    Anything from Barolo. I am admittedly very biased. Italy has always been my choice of wine destination and Barolo, my region.

    ☆ In the last 12 months, which grape have you drunk the most of? 
    Glera (Prosecco), Nebbiolo and Chardonnay in that order.

    ☆ In the last 12 months, what's the most exciting region you've discovered or re-discovered and why?
    The region and wines of Campania have recently come to my attention. At the moment I am in love with the Devon Greco di Tufo produced by the Cantine Antonio Caggiano. It is a wonderful aromatic wine with an immense minerality.

    ☆ Who’s your wine idol (who has inspired you the most in the wine world)? 
    My idol is a winemaker who unfortunately passed away a few years ago. His name was Carlo Corino and he was one of the few Italian winemakers who decided to travel. He spent years in Australia and his view on wines, his tastes and how he made his wines was at least 10 years ahead of anybody else at that time.

    ☆ What’s your most memorable wine and food moment? 
    I don’t have one moment in particular. My late mother was a great cook so we had some wonderful meals at home. Unfortunately I realised that a bit too late ...

    ☆ If you could taste/drink any wine in the world what would it be and who would you drink it with? 
    I would love to do a tasting of top Bordeaux with Emile Peynaud.

    ☆ What do you enjoy most about judging at the Decanter World Wine Awards? 
    I really appreciate the organisation, professionalism and seriousness of this tasting, and the high standard of the judges.

  • Peter Richards MW - Top Ten Chilean Wines

    Leyda Syrah Reserva, Leyda Valley 2011

    £9.95

    A great write up from Peter Richards MW for my wine of the week.

    "What I love most about this wine is the way it combines amazing freshness with complexity. Notes of roasted meat, dark fruit, black pepper lead into a dense yet refreshing flavour profile that is savoury, elegantly textured and wonderfully persistent. My high mark also rewards this wine’s exceptional consistency and value for money."

    5/5 Peter Richards MW

    Top Ten Chilean Wines

  • Welcome to Howard Park

    By Angela Mount

    Howard Park is an iconic name in Western Australia’s wine history. Founded back in 1986 by Jeff and Amy Burch, it’s now the largest family owned, boutique winery in Western Australia, and is producing handcrafterd, exquisite wines from its two sites, with vineyards both in Margaret River and the Great Southern.

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  • A special treat for all you Mum’s...

    Champagne Jacquart, Brut Mosaïque Rosé NV

    A special treat for all you Mum’s and I'm not talking about me, it's for anyone who just likes great fizz out there... a deliciously elegant, rounded, fruity style of Champagne with hints of cherry and wild strawberry. Its fine streams of bubbles enhance the delicate pale pink colour. Fresh and vibrant. Packed in an uber smart gift box, what a pressie.

  • Australian Wine - A World of Variation

    By Angela Mount

    It’s never easy knowing how much, or how little information wine drinkers want to know about the wines they’re buying; it can be confusing for many. The  incredible success of Australian wine is in someways a double-edged sword – the big brands did a great job, back in the 90s, of bringing Australian wines to the forefront of our wine drinking choices; however they simultaneously eroded much of the individuality and widely varying characteristics of this multi-faceted wine country, during the building of ‘Brand Australia’, at the expense of regionality.

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  • Easy drinking - Spring red to mark the equinox

    Château Laulerie Merlot 2012

    It's officially the start of Spring today (March 20th - according to the astronomical definition) So I've chosen a fantastic spring red from this family-run, Bergerac, property. Red berries, plum and spice this is a easy drinking Merlot that gives lots of pleasure. Bring on the warmer weather.

  • More good write ups from this weekends press

    The Observer - David Williams
    Heartland Stickleback Red, South Australia, 2009
    Sumptuous but not overbearing red-fruited blend

     

    The Guardian - Fiona Beckett
    Yealands Estate PGR 2013 
    Zippy freshness; exotic character

     

    Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith
    Peller Ice Wine Cuvee Sparkling NV, Canada
    Fruity, frothy, golden and glorious

  • Skillogalee - 25 Years On

    Owner Diana Palmer talks to Angela Mount

    Diana Palmer, co-owner of boutique South Australian winery, Skillogalee, and wife of maverick Dave, was recently in Bath to visit the team and customers at Great Western Wine.  I caught up with her on her travels, and found out a little bit more about the winery and the wines.

    The story is a textbook one – young English couple meet at Sterling University, fall in love, marry… and then create a legacy.  The Palmers have certainly had a nomadic lifestyle, living for 5 years in Canada, then 6 years in the challenging environment of Papua New Guinea, before settling on the north coast of Australia. It was here that their love affair with wine began. In 1989, they moved south and bought the Skillogalee estate, an 150 acre plot nestled on the steep hills of South Australia’s premium, cool climate, Clare Valley region. At the time, there were vineyards, a house and a small cellar door shop.

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