Friday, 17 March 2017 15:23:23 Europe/London
Friday, 17 March 2017 14:48:46 Europe/London
With all the glorious spring sunshine we've had this week we're feeling in the pink down here at Church Street! As a result we decided it's time to bust out the rosé. Frankly, we'll drink it all year round, but a spot of sunshine is the perfect excuse to reacquaint yourself with this delicious summery drop.
We've had a whole selction of rosé come into the shops this weekend and as lovers of interesting shaped bottles we've decided to crack open the 2015 Rimo from Domaine de Rimauresq. A classic provençal blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah this is a light fresh wine with gentle aromas and flavours of red berries perfect on it's own as an aperatif or with fish, white meats and grilled vegetables. £14.99 per bottle or £11.99 as part of a mixed 12
Continuing the summery theme we've also got the 2013 Eddystone Pinot Noir from Tasmania back on tasting by popular demand. We smashed through it last weekend and so begged the warehouse to send us more! It's an unbelievably good drop of wine for the price, with classic cooler climate pinot noir flavours of fresh cherry and raspberry and hints of savoury notes. Stock up because you'll want to be quaffing this with friends all summer long. £12.99 per bottle or 6 for £60!
And finally....for those of you who rather enjoy a beer once the sunshine's out we've got a great weekend deal on the limited edition Big Love Raspberry Wheat Beer from the Arundel Brewery. Wanting to keep the pink theme we thought this would be an ideal fruity option to drink all weekend long. A steal at 2 cans for £5.
Friday, 17 March 2017 14:10:13 Europe/London
12th April 2017
Lamb & Rioja
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2013 Eddystone Point Pinot Noir, Tasmania,Australia
Thursday, 9 March 2017 17:02:31 Europe/London
My Monday evening was ticking along nicely, regulars popping in for a nice bottle to kick off the week, or a selection of beers to go with their pizza, nothing unusual. Then suddenly a highly enthused Erik Laan appears wielding a bottle of Tasmanian Pinot Noir and everything got a bit exciting!
Now I'm not one who usually gets all starry eyed when it comes to Pinot Noir, I'm still learning to love this grape and as our customers will know I'm much more likely to splash out on a Nebbiolo. However, it's just possible that I've find the one to change my mind, and my palate. Fortunately it's on an epic case deal so I can fill my wine rack with it and quaff to my heart's content!
2013 Eddystone Point Pinot Noir, Tasmania, Australia £12.99/Bt or 6 for £60 (Only 10 a bottle!!)
A cracking lifted Pinot Noir nose with dark red fruits. On the palate this is a delightfully medium bodied, elegant wine with lovely persistent Pinot Noir aromas of summer berries and a hint of autumnal notes. A truly lovely quaffable wine that you'll want to be drinking every night. Stock up, I know I am!
Meanwhile the white we have on tasting is back to my Italian comfort zone. A lovely zippy fresh new wine from Borgo Paglianetto.
2016 Verdicchio Di Matelica Terravignata Borgo Paglianetto, Italy £14.99/Bt. Only 11.99 in a mixed case.
This is the ideal aperatif wine filled with fresh white stone fruit and blossom with a hint of almond and nice juicy palate. Freshness is achieved due to the vineyards being on the hills around the town of Matelica and give this wine a perfect refreshing finish.
See you over the weekend for a taste of these delicious wines,
Thursday, 9 March 2017 16:11:18 Europe/London
- Be like Mainwaring: Don’t Panic. TCA doesn’t hurt, so even if you’ve drunk half the bottle you shouldn’t feel ill effects. While decidely unpleasant to taste, cork taint is not harmful. Corked wines smell and taste of damp, soggy, wet or rotten cardboard while the fruit is dulled and the finish wrecked. This isn’t time to hit the water – simply open another bottle and carry on as planned.
- Shove a cork back in the opened (but not finished) bottle and….
- Bring it back to us. Remember, our primary worry will be that you haven’t enjoyed the wine. we want everyone who buys our product to have as much fun drinking it as we did when we decided to stock it. We have an absolute no-quibble policy over any bottle and will happily exchange or simply leave it as credit on your account. We also know how people tick – if you’ve had a bad bottle from a case and would rather exchange the lot, no worries. In either case – let us know what happened!
Friday, 3 March 2017 16:05:32 Europe/London
One of the most frequent requests we get at weekends is for a white wine pairing for the Sunday roast, and so we thought we’d share with you our top pick. An ideal food wine that has a bit of weight and packs a punch of flavour making it perfect for the indulgence of a long lazy Sunday afternoon.
2013 Mas De La Rime Blanc
The 2013 vintage is simply delicious and really shows off why biodynamic production methods are worth taking seriously.
Fermented in barrique, the wine is then removed after 4 months, ensuring no over-dominance of wood. Long, and wonderfully seductive with rich, pure fruit and a lovely touch of minerality, this has the weight of a serious white burgundy but the Rousanne gives it a unique touch of quince, white flowers, light spice tones and the finish is sublime.
£16.99/btl Mixed 6: £14.44 Mixed 12: £13.59
Then if you’re just looking for a great new wine just for drinking we’ve got just the thing. A new wine to us, but an almost immediate favourite that will completely change your perception of South African reds.
2014 Bonfire Hill, Extreme Vineyards.
This is an example of the innovative and exciting winemaking that’s emerging in South Africa. A blend of Shiraz, Malbec, Pinot Noir, Barbera and Cinsault that provides the perfect mix of spice, fruit and freshness. The complex nose has warming nutmeg, cinnamon and a hit of leather, followed by rich aromas of red and black fruit. The palate is a rush of red and black cherry, soft ripe tannins and a refreshing acidity that balances the wine beautifully.
£12.99, Mixed 6: £11.04 Mixed 12: £10.39
Friday, 3 March 2017 14:53:16 Europe/London
To the weekend and beyond……
This weekend we’re definitely heading to Europe. In particular, the Loire Valley in France and Puglia, right down in the heel of Italy.
From the Loire we are showing a fantastic Sancerre made by Emile Balland using a small parcel of vines (less than a hectare, or slightly smaller than a rugby pitch) he has produced a wine that over delivers on quality and taste!
Emile Balland has captured the essence of Sancerre here, classic flinty minerality, crisp zesty citrus and grassy notes.
£24.99 btl or 6 for £120 (£20 btl)
Feeling wonderfully refreshed. we head off in a southerly direction to the very south of Italy. Here we come across a vineyard surrounded by olive trees in a small village called Salice Salentino. The vineyard has been there since 1665.
Here amongst a number of indigenous grape varieties we’ve chosen their Negroamaro to taste. This is a deep red wine with an intense nose of blackberry and plum. In the mouth it is warm, velvety and balanced. Goes wonderfully with most Italian cuisine, ragus, roast meats and of course some of their great cheeses. Buon appetito!
This Tuesday (March 7th) we are looking forward to a very special Pop Up entitled ‘The Battle of the Rhones’ where we are exploring the North/South divide in the Rhone Valley.
This is not going to be any ordinary Pop Up as we are privileged to be welcoming two great winemakers from the Rhone valley.
Epic wines from Hermitage in the North presented by the Incredible Yann Chave (worth coming just meet this megastar of the wine world!) and from the southern Rhone, specifically Châteauneuf-du-Pape, wines being represented by the equally brilliant Lafond Roc-Epine.
On top of all this there will be an opportunity to taste some of the 2015 releases before they are available anywhere!
This will be a phenomenal night not to be missed! There are only a few places left so don’t delay in contacting us at the shop to book your place. Of course, all these great wines will be accompanied by some equally great food prepare by our Chef Max McKenzie.