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Wine on tasting in Weybridge 18.03.17

Friday, 17 March 2017 15:23:23 Europe/London

With couple of sunny warm days this week, I am hoping for a glorious sun over the weekend (yes, I am aware that forecast is not looking bright) Anyway, sun is out and while we waiting for Whispering Angel to arrive- mid April we hope,  NEW Provence Rose is in stock !!! 
 
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On tasting delicious 2016 Cru Classé Rimauresq Côtes de Provence Rosé
Ultra pale in colour, clean and fresh on the nose and the palate. This is pure finesse - a really fine and very classy wine, worthy of it`s Cru Classé status. The palate is fine yet flavoursome and the finish is exquisite!
£17.99/btl, Mix6 £15.29, Mix12 £14.39
 
So why is French Provence rosé so popular? Maybe it’s the colour, the pale salmon pink, maybe it’s the style; the dry minerality with a lively and fresh palate coupled with notes of red berry fruit. Most rosé wines from Provence are made from two grape varieties; Cinsaut and Grenache. There are actually 13 grape varieties allowed to be grown in Côtes de Provence including Carignan, Grenache, Ugni Blanc, Cinsaut, Clairette, Mourvedre, Tibouren, Barbaroux, Calitor, Rolle and Semillon. The region stretches from Arles, south of Avignon and just east of the Rhône Valley to Cannes in the east and on the Mediterranean coast. It’s a wonderful Mediterranean climate, so much sunshine; 3000 hours- take me away now.....
And with already one pallet sold,  another arrived this wee, and we have stock in the shop, so don't miss this great deal! 2013 Eddystone Point Pinot Noir, Tasmania,Australia 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. £12.99/btl or 6 for £60 (Only 10 a bottle!!)
See you over the weekend!
Marta xx
Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Church Street wine on tasting 18.03.17

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. 

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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. 

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wines on Tasting in East Molesey 18.03.17

Friday, 17 March 2017 14:10:13 Europe/London

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2016 Rimauresq Rosé  - £17.99/bottle, £6.50/glass – just arrived, straight from the south of France having stopped off at Marseilles for some sunshine. Named for the river which flows through the vineyards at the foot of the Massif des Maures, Rimauresq-arrival-time is something I always look forward to. Fine frolicsome flavours of red currents and wild red berries complete the bottle, laced with a minerality which pays tribute to the longer growing season engendered by the cool Mistral winds and the shade of the mountains.
2013 Eddystone Point Pinot Noir, £12.99/bottle, £60/six-pack, £5.00/glass
Glugging Pinot from a vineyard at the extreme end of Tasmania. Rich, warm and fruity in the glass, perfect for those who need that bit of added warmth to turn early spring into sunshine. Delicious – grab a case deal while they are here!
2014 Sables & Galets Pinot Gris - £16.99/bottle, £6.50/glass
Fat Pinot Gris from the boys and girls at Cave de Turckheim. Rich spicy apple and pear, and a kiss of sweetness away from dry. This superb wine is a poster boy for why everyone should embrace Alsace as a brilliant place for decent drinking!
 
Event Availability – tickets for April are at the last gasp, but never fear – May will soon be here, and there is the Bordeaux Evening – fancy some serious wine? Come along!
12th April 2017
Lamb & Rioja
£80pp 4 tickets left!
26th April 2017
Popup Restaurant
£65pp 2 tickets left!
10th May 2017
Bordeaux Evening
£80pp Fine
24th May 2017
Popup Restaurant
£65pp - Fine
Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wine on tasting in West Road 18.03.17

Friday, 17 March 2017 13:48:10 Europe/London

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When Erik said he had picked up a parcel of Tasmanian Pinot I thought at this price it would be New World jammy and not my cup of tea.  How wrong can one be?  This is an absolute belter!!!!. The 2013 Eddystone Pinot Noir has a lush core of fruit with a hint of spice and some nice length. Made by the Bay of Fires winery right on the climatic extremes of Pinot production this is a steal at 6 for £60 
 
The white on offer this week is also very special -The 2012 Rijk's Touch of Oak Chenin Blanc.
Phenomenal benchmark Chenin from the Cape from one of the most awarded wineries in the Cape with regular 5 star ratings in the Platter Guide.  This all comes from planting on virgin soils back in the 90's with virus free vines.
 
£11.99p/b  or 6 for £60
Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wine on tasting in Weybridge 10.03.17

Friday, 10 March 2017 07:15:37 Europe/London

Another week, another Pop Up, if you haven't been yet, well you should!
Great wines, Great Food, Great place (our shops, of course:) We get booked up fast, all dates are on the website.
 
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This week we had phenomenal night with two Rhone winemakers hosting the dinner!
 
Epic wines from Hermitage in the North presented by the Incredible Yann Chave (it was worth coming just to 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 we tasted some of the 2015 releases before they are available anywhere, and YES, I have saved some!!!
So this weekend Pop in to taste epic 2015 Crozes HermitageDomaine Yann Chave, 2015 Lirac Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine and 
2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine. 
 
And if that is not good enough, we have 

2013 Eddystone Point Pinot Noir, Tasmania,Australia 

 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.
 
 
£12.99/Bt or 6 for £60 (Only 10 a bottle!!)
 
See you over the weekend!
Marta xx
Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wines on Tasting in Church Street 10.03.17

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! 

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 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. 

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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, 

Rebecca

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wine on tasting in East Molesey 10.03.17

Thursday, 9 March 2017 16:11:18 Europe/London

 
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Bibi Graetz and Eddystone PN ready to go. And what is that in the back? I hear you ask; - Well that row of deliciousness is for our Silver Oak Dinner…
 
On the Vinebar this week:
2013 Eddystone Point Pinot Noir, Tasmania - £4.50/glass, £12.99 or 6 for £60
….Well, we couldn’t not put this on the bar, could we? Big, ripe delicious Pinot at a price built for glugging!
2015 Casamatta, Bibi Graetz – Tuscany - £5.00/glass, £14.99
Light, crisp and fresh – this spring wine is from the upstart winemaker Bibi Graetz. Annoying everyone in Tuscany through being brilliant without being a member of the club; Bibi’s Casamatta is full of fresh nectarine, apple and lemon with a slightly herbaceous note. Sit outside, enjoy the sunshine and a glass of this!
 
Right, the important notes about drinking out the way, I wanted to talk to you about something which occurred last week. No, no need to sit down suddenly. The guinea pig isn’t dead and Western civilisation hasn’t crashed (well, not yet) but just a bad smell in the wine trade: Cork Taint.
Last week was a case in point: I had a customer come in, having bought a case of the most delicious wine a couple of months before – and gently told me that several bottles in the case hadn’t been quite right. I had expected a cheery “that was fantastic – ten more cases please” but that was not to be. What could I do? I explained he could bring have brought them back, which he was mildly surprised at.
Why? Because it matters to us that you enjoy our wine. We do the best we can to ensure that it arrives  to you in perfect nick…and when this doesn’t quite work we replace it – great wine, no nonsense.
 
The Numbers and the Science
Cork taint is, usually, the unwanted presence of  2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA) or 2,4,6-tribromoanisole in a bottle of the good stuff. This usually occurs because of funghi present in a cork react with an antimicrobial agent used in the processing of wood. In the mid 90’s it was worked out that an average of 5% of all wine was actually corked. Of this however, only a tiny proportion of it will ruin your dinner party because while technically the human nose is capable of sniffing out TCA in a concentration of less than 9 parts per trillion, most noses don’t notice it until it is several magnitudes stronger.
There is hope however – since discovering the tricksy funghi responsible for taint, the industry has worked out many better ways of ensuring it doesn’t occur: better treatment of corks, less use of chlorine as a cleaning agent… I won’t go into the list – but just be aware that we mind as much as you do! In short, nowadays a bad bottle is a rarity rather than a common complaint – in fact, a recent analysis run in New York suggests that less than 1% of all wine which is corked (a falling percentage of our usual drinking tipples as well) is actually effected by TCA or TBA.
What to Do
  1. 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.
  2. Shove a cork back in the opened (but not finished) bottle and….
  3. 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!
 
Anyway – Enjoy your week guys – and hope to see you in the bar….
Cheers
Joe.
Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wines on Tasting in Church Street 04.03.17

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.

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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

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wine on tasting in Weybridge 04.03.17

Friday, 3 March 2017 14:53:16 Europe/London

To the weekend and beyond……

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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!

£12.99 btl

And Beyond…

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.

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wines on Tasting in East Molesey 04.03.17

Friday, 3 March 2017 11:10:07 Europe/London

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2015 Holm Oak Pinot Noir, Tasmania - £24.99/bottle, 2 for £45, £7.50/glass.
A full-bodied and bodacious Pinot from the island of sheer crazy down Australia way. “Nunc est Bibendum” as the label says, and I definitely think it is about time to have a drink!
I’m definitely a fan of vintages where the fruit shows more clearly, and this beautiful Pinot with it’s lifted perfume really sings. This wine has beautiful lifted strawberry and cherry characters on the nose with a touch of spice adding complexity. The palate has fine, chalky tannins, lovely fruit concentration and a silky texture. I’m fed up with winter, cold, drizzly rain – I’m up for larking about with something lighter and a little more Spring. This came around just at the right time.
Perfect to celebrate it being March, and great to escape March Hares without having to become a Tasmanian devil. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
 
2015 Harewood Estate Chardonnay, Western Australia - £23.99/bottle, 2 for £42, £7.00/glass
….which sentence launches me by freakish chance into the next wine. Harewood Estate Chardonnay is a new kid on the block for me, looking for a little bit more style and sensitivity than the archetypical Australian Chardonnay. It’s a fineliner rather than a sharpie pen, a rapier to a broadsword. This being said, it’s still a wine with body and richness developed by eleven months in 50% new oak. Don’t be alarmed – this is a good thing. The oaking definitely supports and maintains the palette of stone fruits and honeydew melon leading to a creamier rounded mid palate of peach, vanilla and roasted nuts. Enjoy lingering over in the early afternoon wan sun, the remains of a roast chicken on your plate and the warm glow of the fire spreading within. Super stuff.
 
So. If I kept a diary, an entry back last month would have been “this week I sat down and wrote a wine course.” Apart from patently and shamelessly untrue – I’d barely begun to put pen to paper in a week – it would also make for the worlds more boring of diary entries.
For example, Byron: ‘To-day I have boxed one hour - written an ode to Napoleon Buonaparte - copied it - eaten six biscuits - drunk four bottles of soda water.'
How does one compete with that?
On the surface – alright, it’s not the world’s best line. However, having written the course we thought it best to set it into motion – so last night went charging ahead. Lesson One.
And, between a few bottles to loosen our minds and turn our thoughts against phlegmacicity, we looked at…
 
What is wine? Three definitions given by the class got increasingly more precise – “Stuff you drink” became “alcohol made from fruit” to “alcoholic drinks between strengths of 5.5% and 15%, produced from the grape vine.” Which I accepted, deducting marks for spelling punctuation and grammar.
 
How much does it cost and why? A slightly more taxing question for those who enjoyed the Sottano Cab Sauv, a slightly easier one for those still on the French Rosé! No, one part in being fluent in a subject is knowing what you are talking about. And so at the beginning of this course I wanted to make sure that people understood why some bottles cost more than others, and what their hard-earned dosh is going on – and why buying more expensive bottles means better wine.
 
Where does wine come from? We glanced at a map, argued why China produced so much of the good stuff – and why don’t we see it – a billion thirsty Chinese seemed an obvious answer – and got back to the nitty-gritty of what fermented grape juice we had available, and what different sorts were like.
 
The next session is on the 23rd of March here in East Molesey – come and join us! We are going to turn our attention to the keenly thought and fought question of terroir – what is this strange Froggy expression gesticulated so forcefully – and why does it rule the wine world?
Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan
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