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Monthly Archives: October 2014

  • Ascheri | Tasting Dinner

    Whether you’re new to the wine world, an enthusiast, or an expert in the field, it will always be an interesting and enjoyable experience to meet a producer and discover the story behind the wines you love to drink.

    This week, Matteo Ascheri flew over from North West Italy to host a tasting dinner at the Olive Tree in Bath with Great Western Wine. An impressive menu was created around Ascheri’s choice of 5 of his wines.

    After first tasting his Gavi di Gavi, a floral, delicate white wine – “crisp and fresh” in Ascheri’s words, he then talked about his home town of Piemonte and its reputation for food and wine production. He discussed his family run business with passion over a starter of Loch Duart Salmon tartare and a taste of Viognier. A very different white wine to the first, initially an ‘experimental wine’ designed to be drunk at room temperature and be treated like a red. On Ascheri’s recommendation, a little of the Viognier was kept back to taste with dessert of Roquefort, pear and candied walnuts which was a recommendation much appreciated, and my favourite combination of the evening.

    “Another comparison I like to use with my wine is with music, I like to say that I like to produce wine in an unplugged acoustic version”Ascheri on producing wine

    Over the main course of Partridge with leek and mushrooms, a Nebbiolo d’Alba was served, with Ascheri describing it as a fruit driven, floral, and sweet & spicy wine. Interestingly he said that this was a wine for a more ‘experienced’ drinker. The second red served was a Barolo Pisapola; a more ‘velvety’ style of wine. With dessert, a second Barolo was served – Barolo Sorano, with a mushroom, truffle character. Ascheri mentioned the clear difference between the two Barolos, particularly tasting one after the other.

    Finishing dinner with coffee and petit fours, Ascheri happily continued to discuss the flavours of his wines in detail, with an explanation and story behind each different taste. His attitude towards the way he produces wine, and the area that he produces makes Ascheri such a likeable character made the evening all the more enjoyable.

  • Annual Portfolio Tasting | Special Offer

    After an impressive turnout and brilliant response we received from the Annual Portfolio Tasting in Bath last week, I think it’s safe to say that this year’s event was our best yet, and an overall success.

    The Portfolio Tasting gives us the opportunity to allow our customers to try over 120 different wines from all over the world, hear about their origins, meet the producers, and vote on their favourites wines from the selection. And the best thing about it? We get to see first-hand which wines are enjoyed the most. It’s always good to get a suggestions on a good wine, and what better than recommendations from of over 400 people?

    As a result of this, we’ve put together a 12 bottle mixed case of 6 of the top wines from the night, so if you feel you’ve missed out, you can still enjoy a bit of the fun at home. To top it off, until Midnight on Friday 31st October you can get the entire case with 20% off for just £96 (RRP £120). If you want a sneak peek at what's inside the mixed case, have a look at the contents below!

     

     

     

    Portfolio Tasting | Best Sellers 12 bottle mixed case
    The mixed case is available to buy as part of the special offer until midnight on Friday October 31st.

  • A Deliciously Ripe & Rounded Cabernet Carmenere

    Antu Ninquén Cabernet Carmenere 2012

    Chile

    Deliciously ripe fruit dominates the nose, supported with spicy vanilla notes. The palate is full and concentrated but rounded and easily approachable, offering dense blackcurrant fruit, smoky oak flavours and fine grained tannin on the finish.

    £13.95   £12.28      +10% off 12 bottles

  • Tried & Tested | Pumpkin Risotto

    Wine of the night | Howard Park Great Southern Riesling, 2011

    Fancy dress may not be your thing, and trick-or-treaters might make you want to stay inside with the music on full volume in an attempt to avoid anyone knocking on your front door, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the spooky festivities in your own way somehow.  If you’re not a fan of face-paint and Frankenstein, then you can always get involved by testing out a warming, wintery pumpkin risotto recipe.

    Pumpkin Risotto

    A splash of wine never hurts a risotto, and what’s even better, is that the rest you can take your time with over dinner.  I enjoyed a Howard Park Great Southern Riesling with mine, and even though it’s always a pleasure to have a chilled glass of wine while you’re steaming up the kitchen with a warm, homely dinner, this particular white; both dry and fruity, complimented the cumin infused pumpkin dish incredibly well too.

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  • A Few Ways To Save This Christmas

    They may not be switched on yet but the Christmas decorations are well and truly up on every high street in the UK, working as a daily reminder that the festive season is among us, and Christmas day is just around the corner.  If that’s not enough incentive to start saving for the holiday period then I don’t know what will be.  Every year it gets left until the last minute, squeezing all Christmas costs into that one last month of the year, resulting in a far less extravagant New Years Eve than one would like.  Here are a few tips for the next month or two to help make sure you’re left with a bit of extra spending money so that you can treat yourself this year as well.

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  • Things To Do | Moreish Treats On Movie Night

    Wine of the night: Château Gassier 'Le Pas du Moine' Côtes De Provence Rose 2013

    It’s the end of the month, which means its close to payday, unless you’re one of the lucky ones who don’t have to wait patiently until the very end of the month!  For the rest of us, it gets to around this point when there’s jut a few days left so we have to be a little more inventive with our ideas for the weekend in order to save the pennies.

    Its still important to feel like you get the most out of a weekend, even if you spend your evenings curled up on the sofa, you can make sure you do it in a certain way - starting with gourmet popcorn.  There are endless sweet popcorn recipes, but for a change why not make it into a savoury snack?

    Garlic, Rosemary & Parmesan popcorn is a pretty good place to start.  Its easy to make, takes no time at all and its the perfect moreish treat for a classic movie night at home.  A great wine match for this savoury treat is the equally moreish Chateau Gassier ‘Le Pas Du Moine’ Cotes De Provence Rose, 2012’.  This highly recommended award-winning wine is great value too at just £12.95.  It’s always good to have these things at home ready for this time next month when perhaps you’ve overindulged in the first few weeks and a couple of nights in are on the agenda to balance it all out, so you can make the most out of our case discounts with 10% off 12 bottles of the same wine + free UK mainland delivery.

    Fancy trying out this popcorn recipe yourself?

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  • Wines To Go With Pumpkin Soup

    Pumpkin Soup

    By Angela Mount

    Hallowee’n is here again, and shops are groaning under the weight of vast orange pumpkins, which are strategically placed at the entrance of the stores to ensure the maximum child pester power from excited children to their frazzled parents.  I know.  I've been there. Now, I don’t wait to be asked...I buy the very biggest.

    After my art-obsessed son has carved out some wondrous creation, which will have pride of place on the dining room table for precisely 6 hours, I know I’ll have litres of flavour-packed, wholesome soup the following day.  Whether you make your own pumpkin soup (and I suggest you do, it’s very therapeutic), or buy yours ready made, the next question is obviously, what wine to drink with it.  Wine with soup is always a tricky one – liquid with liquid doesn't necessarily sit comfortably together; so we need to  make sure that the tastes and flavours sing in harmony.

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  • A Ruby Red Primitivo

    Papale Oro Primitivo di Manduria, Varvaglione, 2011
    Italy

    Wine Of The Week | Papale

    Papale originates from Primitivo grapes carefully selected and manually picked into cases. It is ruby-red and is round and soft, with scents of mixed berries and strawberry jam. Its layered, fine texture identifies with the local territory – this wine is refined, elegant and a great way to taste an Italian stunner.

    £19.95 +10% off 12 btl’s

  • King Of The Desert | Giorgio Flessati Of Vina Falernia

    Giorgio Flessati

    By Angela Mount

    I love wines with a story. Ultimately whether one enjoys a wine or not, is all down to the taste and the style. However, there’s an added intrigue, or romanticism about wines, which have a fascinating background, either, because of their origin, or because of the person who made them.

    Recipes for wine stories don’t get much better than this: take one brilliant and eccentric Italian winemaker - Giorgio Flessati, undoubtedly one of the most respected winemakers in South America; transport to a cacti-populated, arid desert in northern Chile; throw in some vines; and hey presto, a few years later, the result is a set of award-winning wines, which defy belief, given their origin.

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  • 5 Reasons To Stay In This Weekend

    Night In With Dinner and Wine

    Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy spending my weekends out and about just as much as the next person, and love discovering new things to do and places to see, but sometimes there is nothing better than swapping your Saturday night out for the sofa and a pair of slippers, and here are 5 reasons why...

    Saving the pennies

    If you lead a relatively busy social life then it can definitely have an effect on your bank balance, so from time to time it can’t hurt to have a night in and save on spends.  It won’t take you long to discover that your funds go noticeably further at home too, so you can treat yourself without having to worry that you’re delving too deep into your pockets.

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