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Wines on Tasting in East Molesey 16.09.17

Friday, 15 September 2017 13:29:49 Europe/London

Last nights Wine School knocked up some interesting conversations; centred as we were on the great wines from South America it was natural that after several hours on Cabernet, Malbec, Tannat and Carmenere our thoughts should naturally turn to Georgian natural wines.

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Not the phrase one hears most of in the world but maybe it should be! To be fair, this was stimulated by a radio four programme that some had listened to  - No Compromise – featuring discussions of ‘wild vineyards’ (which are not pruned or weeded at all) amphorae set into the basements of apartment blocks (because it’s assumed that everyone makes their own vintage, and so your own amphorae is listed under white goods for rentals) and unique collections of drinking vessels – “because a unique wine demands a unique vessel.” So apart from the weird and whacky (roof tiles etc) were some which are truly impressive and regularly used – despite being 4 thousand years old wine bowels. The archaeologist in me quails at the thought. The drinker relishes the idea.

So I have to pose a question to you all – what is the most unusual thing you’ve ever drunk wine from? Ever supped champagne from a shoe? Glugging straight from the bottle is a little passé in anyone out of university; but possibly rosé via a straw? Having a cavalry helmet instore raises interesting possibilities… Anyway. Suggestions on a postcard to em@thevineking.com – all entries entitle you to a free glass at the bar!

 

Which brings me squarely to the Vinebar:

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It’s Galician Night tonight! The Vineking is proud to host Jaime Quiroga from Just Galicia along with a host of his excellent Iberians. Come and enjoy, learn a little and drink as much as you choose. Jaime has bought some stunning sparkling albarino which makes a real change and I am delighted to see where it should be – chilled in an ice bucket. The Alodio is an old friend; the Trico majestic in it’s clarity of honeyed flavour. I look forward with immense interest to the Leira…..but reckon I will end the night on a glass of the Casal del Paula. Yum.!

Jaime is with us from about six onwards, and we will be serving this menu till next Wednesday.

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wine on tasting in West Road 16.09.17

Friday, 15 September 2017 11:42:03 Europe/London

 
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Two very different wines for your drinking pleasure this weekend.  Now you may or may not know I have  a particular soft spot for the wines of Marques de Murrieta,  I find their Riojas sublime.  However they have an out post in Rias Baixas in North West Spain, the home of Albarino where the 2016 Pazo Barrantes Albarino is produced. This 12 hectare estate goes back to the 16th Century and provides the perfect atlantic influenced conditions for producing exquisite and complex Albarino.
94 Pts Robert Parker
 
£21.99p/b, £110 per six pack
 
We then head to one of the most dynamic wine producing countries; South Africa.  More importantly the Wester Cape.  It is from here that Trizanne Barnard finds the fruit for the delightful 2014 Bonfire Hill Extreme Vineyards Blend. She has a passion for making wines sourced from the most extreme vineyards and blending them to perfection. Trizanne seeks out grapes from wind-ravaged vineyards in Elim and the Overberg, from dryland bush vines in the warm Swartland, and from the cold, high slopes of the Piekernierskloof.
A decadent blend of Shiraz, Malbec, Pinot Noir, Barbera and Cinsault.
Come and taste for yourself how this concoction works so well as a blend.
 
£12.99 or £6 for £65
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Wines on Tasting in Church Street 16.09.17

Friday, 15 September 2017 11:27:39 Europe/London

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2012 Thomas Goss, Maclaren Vale, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the original McLaren Vale pioneers, Thomas Goss (1810-1890), his wife Mary Ann (1813-1891) and their children arrived in South Australia from Devonshire in 1849. After success in the Victorian gold fields, Goss established an iconic farming property, 'Ingleburne' in McLaren Vale, which is now home to some of the region's leading vineyards.
Various vineyard parcels were vinified separately, fermented, pressed and matured in French oak for approximately 16 months prior to blending and bottling.
This wine displays the trademark Cabernet Sauvignon characters; rich and generously loaded with dark berry fruit, cassis and spicy oak on the palate, the finish is long lasting, delicious, dense and fruit-packed. This wine will compliment a wide variety of meal choices, especially red meat or pasta dishes.
 
£14.99 p/b or only £10 in a mixed case
 
2015 Harewood Estate Denmark Chardonnay

This wine has been made from Chardonnay grapes grown in the cool maritime climate of Denmark in the Great Southern wine region of Western Australia. The juice is barrel fermented in a mixture of new and second use French oak 225 litre barriques and larger 500 litre puncheons. Half of the barrels are lees stirred weekly, and allowed to undergo secondary malolactic fermentation, introducing a savoury, rich textural complexity to the finished wine. The wine matures for 11 months on oak before minimal fining and bottling.

 

A complex, perfumed nose of citrus and fresh nectarines balanced by toasty french oak and a savoury cashew barrel ferment character. A full-bodied, complex palate with stone fruits and honeydew melon leading to a creamier rounded mid palate of peach, vanilla and roasted nuts with a lingering crisp finish of grapefruit and spicy French oak.

£23.99 p/b or £20.39 in a mixed six, £19.19 in a mixed case. 

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Wine on tasting in Weybridge 16.09.17

Thursday, 14 September 2017 18:44:26 Europe/London

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2014 Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Les Six Boutinot £16.99/Btl  £5.00/glass

In an appellation often dominated by just two varieties, ‘Les Six’ is a new style of Cairanne which, due to the ancient varieties of Carignan Noir (10%), Cinsault (10%) and Counoise (10%) included in the assemblage, is also a Cairanne whose heart holds dear the traditions of yesteryear. Les Six is all about elegance and the expression of six different grape varieties; soft red fruits gently seasoned with a touch of oak.
 
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2014 Anderson Valley Chardonnay Handley Cellars £29.99/Btl £6.50/glass
  Blending three clones gives the Chardonnay a wonderful flavor, structure, and beautiful acidity. This vintage is softer and riper than many previous vintages of Handley Estate Chardonnay, yet remains true to house style with low alcohol and good structure. This wine shows flavors of Granny Smith apple, guava, lime and pineapple finishing with coconut and spice imparted from the barrels.
 
 
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Wine on tasting in Weybridge 09.09.17

Friday, 8 September 2017 14:25:45 Europe/London

Let open 2 beauties this weekend that you can also enjoy by the glass if you fancy.
 
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2014 Vuurberg Reserve Red, Stellenbosch 
 
Blend: Petit Verdot 46% (Banghoek & Bottelary) Cabernet Sauvignon 40% (Banghoek & Bottelary) Merlot 14% (Elgin).
 
The grapes are picked as early as possible and rushed to the cellar where it is not crushed only destemmed, hand sorted and transferred to tank. Fermentation occurs naturally without the addition of any yeasts after a cold soak of about 3 to 5 days. As soon as fermentation starts the grapes are given soft pigeage twice daily during the first week and then once every few days just to keep the cap wet. When the desired extraction is achieved the wine gets drained and pressed in a tiny hand operated basket press and transferred into 225l french oak barrels of which 50% is new for 22 months before bottling unfined and without heavy filtration.
 
Still young but huge and muscular and surprisingly elegant given its depth of dark brooding fruit. An intriguing nose of wild berries, graphite and other crunchy stuff which follows through onto a palate with layers of graphite, rosemary, rocks and countless other things! The Petit Verdot complements the characteristics of the other varietals creating a wine that has lots of cassis and spicy, leather notes and a firm tannin structure with the potential to evolve beautifully over the next 10 years. After decanting the wine evolves beautifully showing notes of crushed-rock minerality amongst the restrained layered and complex fruit.

 
2016 Pazo Barrantes Albarino
 
 From the iconic "Marques de Murrieta", this is a superb Albrino.
The wine is straw yellow in color, with greenish nuances, bright and well-defined. It is a voluptuous white wine with surprising bottle longevity preserving its citrus, fruity and floral fragrances of grapefruits, pears and white flowers. On the palate it reveals its elegant personality, freshness and varietal character with a pleasant and well-defined texture. All through the mouth it displays a succulent feeling, adding a certain muscular structure balanced by a smooth-as-silk acidity with a persistent and lengthy finish.
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Wine on tasting in East Molesey 09.09.17

Friday, 8 September 2017 13:13:56 Europe/London

Well, looking out the window definitely tells us that Autumn has well and truly started. Brilliant – rock on decent booze – Pinots, stunning wines, mesmerising pools of deep red oblivion , heavy with yesterday’s fruit and tomorrow’s promise. Or possibly tomorrow – mostly it has trouble getting past today if I am around! Anyway – we have a huge number of events lined up and ready to go – here are the details!

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Thursday 14/09/2017 – Argentina and Chile – the Wine School continues along it’s Around the World journey – are you game for climbing the Andes?!

Friday 15/09/2017 Galician Wine Bar – hosted by the excellent Jaime Quiroga, a specialist in wines from this region. We will be tasting some of his superb wines along with a regional menu. No booking required, but we would love to know you are coming!

Wednesday 20/09/2017 Popup Restaurant – 6 tickets remaining. Our stunning, magnificent Popup - What a great way to ignore the end of summer…..

Friday 22/09/2017 Butchery Demonstration – PJ Dales, brilliant butchers that they are, will be demonstrating the art of preparing meat for the table. A really interesting evening – with great wines!

Wednesday 27/09/2017 Venison – the King of Game – I was tempted to call this a Stag Night but Erik vetoed it, muttering something about a bad idea. Either way – four courses, seven wines – what a great way to get ideas about this least-understood of meats. Come along and enjoy!

Thursday 28/09/2017 De Bortoli Winemakers Evening – With the winemaker herself here to lead you all through her glorious Australian stars, this should be a sellout evening! Sitting down with charcuterie and cheese to kick off the palettes, this

 

For information on all of these please email em@thevineking.com or call 0208 979 5889.

 

On the Vinebar this Week

2015 Chocolate Block – On offer as we speak, this most superlatively overladen & mythologistically burdened of wine has become a SA icon. Like it? In this weather, it’s nectar. £26.99/bottle, £7.50/glass £130.00/six pack!

2016 Pinot Noir, Villebois – Light, delicate Pinot with a touch of seriousness to it. This is a classic story of someone returning to their ancestral roots. Joost de Willebois returned to the Loire valley where his family once lived for generations, with the aim of producing top quality wines. Using sustainable techniques Joost and his wine maker Thierry Merlet have produce a velvety, juicy pinot noir, full of ripe cherry flavours and fresh plums. This is the perfect BBQ red for drinking in the sunshine or, knowing the British summer, the rain! Made very much for drinking now. £11.99/bottle, £4.00/glass

2016 Rimauresq - Named for the river which flows through the vineyards at the foot of the Massif des Maures. 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. £16.99/bottle, £5/glass

NV Nani Rizzi Ergi - Honestly, if this stuff gets any better... It's one of those that every time I taste it I am reminded how brilliant it is and why it's big bubble (hah) won the Confraternita. Creamy, with a beautifully smooth mousse and a clean long silky texture. Stunning.

2015 Lettre de Eloise Chardonnay – I was there when the first vintage of this wine was released back in 2009, and the Eloise in question was a four year old getting under everyone’s feet; dragging her stuffed rabbit with her. As Bertrand’s first grandchild, this wine is absolutely intended to be a loveletter to the future – in this case, making the domaine more than just the beautiful burgundy it’s known for – but for great wine, wherever the vines are planted. This is just outside of the border of Burgundy, but exhibits the same stunning richness and depth of his straight wines – delicious. £20.99/bottle, £6.50/glass

2015 Luis Canas Barrel Fermented White Rioja One of the best white rioja’s being produced today for under twenty quid. At £14.99, this rich, beautifully balanced style of malvasia has a added creaminess from the barrel-fermentation, but hasn’t lost it’s fresh fruit characteristics. Lovely. £14.99/bottle, £5/glass

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wine on tasting in West Road 09.09.17

Friday, 8 September 2017 12:21:47 Europe/London

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Nanni Rizzi Ergi Gran Cuvee – Extra Dry, DOCG Valdobbiadene

 This sparkling wine is dedicated to the hard work and determination of Ergi Spagnol, the son of Founder and Owner Denis Spagnol. 

It all begins with the precious wine grapes called “Glera”, grown on the renowned and picturesque Valdobbiadene hills.  Thanks to the union between traditional techniques and technological innovation, the grapes are transformed into excellent and high quality wines.

made with the same great care as all of Nani Rizzi’s wines the Ergi contains 10% Perera which adds some lovely fruit notes to the wine which was voted as the best Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco by their peers last year for this vintage.  This wine is fully dry and  is  ideal as either an Apertif, or paired with a seafood dish.  

 £15.99 or 6 Pack - £85.00

 

 

 

2012 Holden Manz Visionaire, Franschoek 

 Holden Manz wines are shaped by the towering Franschoek mountains, in which shadow the vines force themselves against radical day & night temperatures, cooling yet harrowing south easterly winds, and lean and well-drained soils- producing concentrated berries from naturally low yields.  Visionaire is a delicious blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, shiraz, petit Verdot, Malbec and cabernet franc- presenting a bright fruit forward wine with elegance, depth and length.  An excellent wine to have alongside heavier dishes.   

 

£15.99 p/b or 6 pack – £95.00 / 12 Pack - £150.00

 

 

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Wines on Tasting in Church Street 09.09.17

Friday, 8 September 2017 11:37:21 Europe/London

Let's get serious. It's the end of the summer holidays, we're all dusting off the cobwebs and hitting the routine again. Gone are the long lazy days in the park, the trips to the beach and hearding of family members! But that's no reason to be downhearted. September is one of the best months of the year! The sun still shines, but there's that lovely nip in the air that means a return to delicious red wines in the evenings, but fresh whites can still hold their own.

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We're bringing you one of each for tasting this weekend to get you in the mood, and on top of that we've got a brand new gin to introduce (and sip on!) made by one of our Weybridge customers! 

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So there's no excuse, get yourself down to the shop and settle in for tipple! 

2012 Barolo San Carlo Dezzani Piedmont - £29.99 p/b or 2 for £55

We love a classic Italian in this shop, and when it comes at a bargain they're no stopping us. This is a wonderful tradtional Barolo from a warm year making it easy to drink already. It has an intense nose of black pepper, black cherries and spices. Well balanced and expressive with young, ripe tannins and an intense, medium finish.

 

2016 Albarino Pazo Barrantes - £21.99 p/b. £18.69 in a mixed six, £17.59 in a mixed case. 

A deliciously fresh albarino that comes from their Galician winery. This is a perfect wine to accompany seafood with its delicate floral touches, notes of pear and apple, even a touch of greengage. On the palate this has a delightful clean crisp style but possess a sense of mineral depth and white peach stone. Clean, cool, elegant and silky, this is a very good example of Albarino.

 

Far Reaches London Dry Gin - £39.99

It's been a long time coming, but Far Reaches is finally on our shelves and we couldn't be happier! Andrew first approached us back in March with this impressively complex citrusy gin. The concept behind their blend of botanicals is to take key fruits and spices from each of the main continents and blend them together to make a truly global, yet local, gin! It's lively and citrusy thanks to kumquat, but with a nice hit of spice due to the grains of paradise. It makes an excellent gin and tonic, but also shows off it's character beautifully in a martini with a twist. 

 

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Wines on Tasting in East Molesey 01.09.17

Friday, 1 September 2017 17:43:12 Europe/London

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Right - Autumn is here and we have a whole host of events for you to enjoy. Find the full list below - but highlights are definitely September's Venison Evening - a chance to try this most toothsome of Autumnal treats in four different ways, no less - with, of course, the perfect wines to match. October rolls around with Barolo and truffles (what could be better!?) And then November? Well that's the Christmas tasting. Same as the summer one - 100+ wines, at the Mitre Hotel, 10th November.

The Full List - of what has places available!

20th Sept – Pop Up Restaurant £65pp.

27th Sept – Venison, The King of Game £80pp.

28th Sept – De Bortoli Winemaker Tasing Evening £25pp

18th Oct – Barolo & Truffle Night £100pp. Only 6 places left.

10th Nov – Winter Portfolio Wine Tasting. Details TBC

15th Nov – The Five Year Signature Celebration £125pp

 

Remember, if you want a more bespoke evening - just give us a shout at em@thevineking.com.

 

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Right, all that aside - here's what is on the Vinebar:

Thomas Goss Shiraz £4.00/glass

Pretty much the best Shiraz at this price. Gloriously fruity, showing blackcurrant, bramble and shedloads of pepper. Delicious and disturbingly easy to drink!

Nemea Argiogitiko £7.50/glass

From the top of the appellation. A Pomerol in all but name, the Nemea is a tense, thrillingly controlled red which knocks the stuffing out of any Bordeaux at the same price. Layers of cassis, quinine bark, powerful blackcurrant and an endnote with a refreshing, silky ending.

Hawksdrift Sauvignon Blanc £5.00/glass

Clean, classic Sauvignon with a crisp citrus/grass nose. Lots of gooseberry backs up the initial clean minerality - refreshing, definitely the wine for this late summer sun.

Signos de Origin Blanc £4.00/glass

This has just won some big points from critics recently so we thought we should see what people think! Winemakers Tasting Notes: "Golden in colour and fruity on the nose with peach and apricot aromas, a bit of white fruit, and notes of freshly crushed walnuts. Smooth, fresh, and creamy on the palate with great depth and persistence."

 

Domaine Haut Gleon 'Vallee De Paradis' Rose £5/glass

Clean and fresh with a silky texture and loads of fruit. Finishes creamy, yet with a balanced acidity. Slurp.

Nani Rizzi Ergi Prosecco £5/glass

Honestly, if this stuff gets any better... It's one of those that every time I taste it I am reminded how brilliant it is and why it's big bubble (hah) won the Confraternita. Creamy, with a beautifully smooth mousse and a clean long silky texture. Stunning.

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Wines on tasting in Weybridge 01.09.17

Friday, 1 September 2017 17:36:19 Europe/London

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Nani Rizzi Gran Cuvee Ergi Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Extra Dry   £15.99 btl
Nani Rizzi, a Family-run Azienda Agricola in Valdobbiadene, has been cultivating and producing high quality Prosecco since 1887, using grapes from the hills of Guia (Valdobbiadene).  Denis Spagnol continues the work which had been started by his grandfather Giovanni, known as “Nani Rizzi”, and then continued by his father Ergi.
Straw yellow in colour.  The nose starts with notes of lemon and fresh ripe fruits and then leads into acacia honey and elderflower notes.  The palate is dry and refreshing, the ripe white fruits come through but at the back comes notes of honey and a little tone of white bread.  Fresh acidity on the finish.
 This is the best Prosecco of 2016, as voted for by the brotherhood of Prosecco growers at their annual taste off and charity auction. Forget the mass produced stuff, this is what made Prosecco famous in the first place!
 
 
Idylle d' Achinos 2016 - La Tour Melas Rosé  £25.99 btl
Just outside the village Achinos in Fthiotida, Kyros Melas created a winery that has nothing to envy from renowned wineries of France. Sacrificing production for the sake of quality, he and his team make the 100 years old vines reach their limits by limiting their productivity to a minimum. Biodynamic, organic farming and dense planting harden plants to unprecedented concentration levels with their energy taking care of just a few bunches per vine.
Pale, almost transparent, salmon-pink in the glass it has a smooth, elegant nose with dominant notes of juicy, ripe cherries and strawberries.
There is well balanced crisp acidity which, on the palate, gives you pomegranate, strawberry, cherries, peach, pink grapefruit, citron and candied apple that all come together in a beautifully long and slightly citrusy finish.
 A moreish wine which tastes of summer and instantly transports you to the shores of your favourite Mediterranean beach.

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