Monthly Archives: June 2014

  • Decanter World Wine Awards - Out Now

    This has been our most successful year at the Decanter World Wine Awards. Here are a list of our Trophy, Gold and Silver winners. It's a long one and most you can buy online. Remember there's 10% off per case with free delivery on 12 bottles or more.

    To sample Award Winning wines, we've created a fantastic mixed case; click here to view



    Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz 2012
    Regional Trophy: Australian Red Rhône Varietals over £15

    Polished and pure, this modern wine expertly combines the fruit of Shiraz with the spice of Syrah. Sweet blackberries and oak with a herbal edge, meat, pepper, perfume and violets are all underpinned by spice and integrated tannins. For such a big wine, it displays genuine elegance and subtlety.

    Domaine Brusset Les Hauts de Montmirail 2012 - Please call 01225 322810 for details
    Regional Trophy: Red Rhône over £15

    Rich, dark wild berry aromas with red berry and liquorice hints. The palate is fresh with a lovely volume of layered fruit and smooth, firm tannins, leading to a spiced, peppery finish. Long and delicious – and definitely a winner.
    Falernia Pinot Noir Reserva - Please call 01225 322810 for details
    International Trophy: Pinot Noir under £15

    A gorgeous summer berry nose with hints of raspberry confit and wild herbs. The palate is juicy and refreshing, oozing crushed bramble fruits – classic and expressive. With an engaging personality, great concentration and an appealing roundness, this is a fabulous wine for the price.”
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  • The superlative Alsace Riesling

    Trimbach, Riesling 2011

    Pristine, aromatic, exceptional, gorgeous, stunning, delicate, sleek and of course delicious. These are just a few of the many superlatives wine writers have used to describe this wine. A crown in our portfolio, Trimbach shows what Riesling can really do.

    £11.95 with 10% off per 12 bottles and free delivery.


  • How to tell your Sauvignon Blanc from your Sauvignon Blanc... A Quick Guide

    By Angela Mount

    Wine drinkers are as fickle as followers of fashion, and restaurant goers… or so it would appear.  There are fashion trends in wine, just as there are in food, clothes, and TV shows.  Only a few years ago, a host of unfortunate Chardonnay producers faced the public backlash of ‘anything but Chardonnay’, as wine drinkers in their droves turned away from the grape variety that had helped make Australian wine famous ( even though many still drank Chablis!).

    Now Chardonnay is making a comeback, although it never really went away, and we hear rumblings that white wine drinkers are starting to tire of the bright, zesty, intense flavours of Sauvignon Blanc. My view is that’s because they’re trying the same old styles time and again, and by ringing the changes ( and countries), there’s a wealth of different types and something for every taste from this fabulous grape.

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  • Wine by the Glass Machine - Shop




    2011 Chorey-les-Beaune Blanc, Domaine Maillard Père et Fils

    £21.00  per 75cl bottle, £0.70 per 25ml sample

    2011 Chardonnay, Howard Park

    £24.50 per 75cl bottle, £0.90 per 25ml sample

    2011 Pouilly Fumé Triptyque, Alain Cailbourdin

    £28.00 per 75cl bottle, £0.90 per 25ml sample

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  • A Cru Classé Rosé

    Château Sainte Marguerite, Grande Réserve, Organic Rosé, Cru Classé 2013

    Fresh red fruit bouquet, packed with strawberries and raspberries. Really stylish. Elegant, cool and the one to drink in the sunshine - be it Blighty sunshine or Cote d'Azur sunshine!

    "Despite being the palest pink in colour, this packs a deceptively powerful pinch, with incredible freshness balanced with drive and intent on the palate.  It’s delicious with all manner of dishes." Matthew Jukes, Daily Mail

    £15.95 reduced to... £13.95 +10% off 12 btl’s

    Not Alan, but a painter Marguerite Cru Classé Vineyards
  • Wine Meets Spice

    By Angela Mount

    Does wine go with Indian food? And if it does, which wine does go with Indian food?  Questions I’m asked time after time, and the reason that lager is normally the default choice when you’re in an Indian restaurant.

    Roll up, award-winning New Zealand winery Yealands, who took up the challenge to host a wine dinner at Bath’s top Indian restaurant, the Mint Room, last week, to dispel the myths and prove that fabulously spiced Indian food is enhanced even more with the right wine.

    Hosted by Yealands’ brand ambassador Giles James, it was a sell out evening showcasing the very best of  their exciting range of wines, with a truly spectacular feast, prepared by the Mint Room’s Executive Chef Mamrej Khan.

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  • It's World Cup time, Champagne Football

    Champagne Taittinger, Brut Réserve, FIFA Collector 2014 NV

    The World Cup starts tonight in Brazil, so we’ve decided to move the shop to the Copacabana – see pic below (If only!). We’re lucky enough to stock Taittinger who are the Official FIFA partner, which was a great excuse to try the range again, and offer up to 20% off the Taittinger Champagnes. There's a free tasting in the shop this Saturday and even a kick up competition with a chance to win the office World Cup ball.

    Therefore, my wine of the week has to be the limited addition Brut NV. Elegant, peach, blossom and vanilla, this will great cracked open in the sun, when England wine the world cup, or laid on its side for a year or two. This is one of the great NV Champagnes.

    £37.00 £33.00 per bottle or £30.00 for six

  • 91pts for an American Beauty

    J. Lohr 'Wildflower' Valdiguie 2013

    Refreshing red berries and soft tannins, can be drunk lightly chilled. This is a great find and a must try.

    “Far from a household name, Valdiguie is well worth trying. Made like a Beaujolais, this has plenty of fresh red berry notes, with a bright acidity and soft tannins. It’s a vibrant, juicy, very welcoming glass of wine!” 91/100
    Decanter Magazine, June 2014





    2011 Bourgogne Chardonnay, Domaine Bernard Moreau

    £19.50 per 75cl bottle, £1.30 per 25ml sample

    2010 Farrago Chardonnay, Kooyong

    £33.50 per 75cl bottle, £1.90 per 25ml sample

    2011 Grosses Gewächs Pechstein, Reichsrat Von Buhl

    £36.00 per 75cl bottle, £1.90 per 25ml sample

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