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Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Hol 10am - 5pm
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North Road
Berwick-upon-Tweed
TD15 1QQ
United Kingdom

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  • Fine wine available
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Store News(274)

A-Z of Wine - H is for HermitageDate published: 20/04/14

Hermitage can boast a lengthy pedigree of producing world class red and white wines dating back to the 19th Century, however after a period of decline, there is a resurgence in the area, their reputation has begun to regain much of it's former lustre and prices are back up to premium levels. Hermitage compriswes a single continuous vineyard on a steep south facing slope, providing a breathtakingly scenic backdrop behind the town of Tain-l'Hermitage. Red Hermitage is the fullest bodied of the Northern Rhone Wines and age well. The greatest red wines can age for up to 50 years or more. White wine production involve the Rousanne and Marsanne grapes. These whites are full bodied and long lived, developing complex honey and hazelnut aromas with age.

A-Z of wine - G is for Gruner VeltlinerDate published: 19/04/14

Gruner Veltliner accounts for around a third of all plantings in Austria, a high quality variety that offers Austria a unique point of difference in the export markets. A grape that can offer a broad variety of flavours: green fruits, salad and white pepper in youth and then honeyed layers and toast as the wine ages. When grown in low yields and on the appropriate soils it can offer pronounced mineral flavours. Until recently it was mainly sold young but there is a trend appearing for ageing in neutral casks to allow the wine to breathe allowing the primary fruit flavours to mellow and the mineral notes to be much more expressive.

A-Z of Wine - F is for FurmintDate published: 18/04/14

Furmint is a Hungarian grape variety that make highly acidic, concentrated wines. Flavour characteristics of Furmint vary from apple flavours in youth to developing aromas of nut and honey as they age. It can make premium quality dry white wines but due to it's late ripening and susceptibility to Botryitis it is better known as the principal grape variety used for sweet Tokaji.

A-Z of wine - E is for Elqui Date published: 17/04/14

Elqui Valley is a sub-region within the Coquimbo region of Northern Chile. As well as Elqui, there is the Limari and Choapa sub regions, these were only developed in the late 90's and together they account for barely 2% of Chile's vineyard area however they have made a significant impact upon the production of premium wines in Chile because of the quality of wines produced.  All 3 have different features but they all benefit from long spells of sunshine and have a marked cooling influence from either the sea breezes or the mountain air. Irrigation here is absolutely essential as one of the major challenges that producers are faced with is the low annual rainfall. The difficulty these producers may face in the future is the expense of water rights here, which could be a limiting factor into the development of these regions, however Elqui has already developed a strong reputation for Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah, while Limari is producing top class chardonnay.

A-Z of Wine - D is for Deutscher SektDate published: 16/04/14

Germany boasts the highest sparkling wine consumption per capita in the world and the majority of this is Sekt. Virtually always made using the tank method. Quite often the base wines for Sekt will come from from France or Italy and are turned into sparkling wines in Germany using the tank method. However Deutscher Sekt must use all german-grown grapes, the best are usually made from Reislings and if all the grapes come exclusively from one of the 13 Anbaugebiete (13 specific wine regions in Germany) then the wine can bear the superior classification of Deutscher Sekt bA.

A-Z of wine - C is for Champagne . . . What Else!Date published: 15/04/14

Champagne is unique in so many ways. The only wine region in the world that focuses exclusively on sparkling wine and is intrinsically synonymous with celebration.

Champagne has a cool and challenging climate for viticulture and producers regularly have to contend with winter freeze, spring frosts and inclement weather. The soils in champagne are dominated by chalk which provide good drainage and water retention for when it's needed most. The region is dominated by 3 main grape varieties;

Chardonnay - planted mainly in Cote des Blancs and Cte de Sezanne, offering high acidity and floral, citrus flavours

Pinot Noir - planted mainly in Montagnes de Reims and Cotes des Bar. Offering body and giving wines length, this provides structure within the blends

Pinot Meunier - planted mainly in the Vallee de la Marne, giving an easy to drink fuitiness and made for wines to be drunk young

Champagne is produced using the traditional method and there are several types of styles that are produced, including Blanc de Blancs (100% chardonnay grapes), Blanc de Noirs (100% black grape varieties), Rose, Vintage and Non Vintage. 

Live for the philosophy that Champagne should only be drunk in special moments and sometimes that special moment is simply just having a bottle in the fridge!

A-Z of wine - B is for BarossaDate published: 14/04/14

In South-Eastern Austarlia, to the north of Adelaide, lies the famed Barossa Valley region. With mainly ironstone and limestone soils and with a hot, dry climate the old bush vines here produce some incredible wines, notably Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro (Mourvedre) and Cabernet Sauvignon. In the 19th Century German immigrants from Silesia settled here and still to this day the vineyard towns of the area maintain a distinctly German character. Classic Barossa shiraz are full bodied, big wines. Soft, mouthfilling and dark ripe fruits complemented by American oak. They tend to develop aromas of leather and spice with age. More recently too, some producers are preferring to use exceptionally ripe grapes to produce the wine with very high levels of alcohol, culminating in wines more prominent with oak tannins and baked fruit flavours.

Easter opening hoursDate published: 14/04/14

Friday 18th April -10am - 8pm

Saturday 19th April - 9am - 7pm

Sunday 20th April - all stores are closed

Monday 21st April - Bank holiday hours, 10am - 5pm

A-Z of Wine - A is for AlbarinoDate published: 13/04/14

Alabarino, or Alvarinho in Portugal, is primarily grown in the North West of Spain and is fast becoming a particularly fashionable grape variety. With it's thick skin, it is well equipped to resist fungal disease and is the dominant variety in the Rias Baixas area of NW Spain. An aromatic grape with typically peach and apricot flavours, balanced with a naturally high acidity with a crisp, refreshing finish. Albarino is typically best drunk in it's youth but some are made in a richer style trhrough the use of oak and often these styles benefit from some ageing.

Caixas Albarino 2012, Martin Codax, Rias Baixas

An excellent albarino, zesty, citrussy and lots of stone fruits back up this light, fresh and youthful wine. The crisp and refreshing style is topped off with a rounded finish. This wine would be perfect with Seafood dishes

Buy 2 bottles save 25% . . .£7.49 or £9.99 single bottle price

Wine of the WeekDate published: 09/04/14

Brancott Estate Pinot Noir 2012, Marlborough

The fruit in this wine comes mainly from across Marlborough, with small amounts from other regions, creating a consistent benchmark Pinot. A variety of yeast strains, and ageing in a mixture of French and American oak are also used, further enhancing complexity.

Bright red cherries and summer berries characterise the fruit, highlighted by aromas of dried herbs. The sweetness of the fruit is balanced by firm tannins and a streak of taut acidity.

Drink this in its youth, with a mushroom risotto or pasta dish.

Chosen by:

Andrew

£11.99

Buy 2+ bottles save 33% = £7.99


Producer in focusDate published: 02/04/14

Producer in Focus

Jackson Estate, New Zealand

Best wines at affordable prices.”


The Jackson family arrived in New Zealand in 1842 from England. Adam Jackson bought the first blocks of land in the heart of the Marlborough region and the gum tree that can be seen on the labels of Jackson Estate wines was planted by Adam's wife Alice. Today the tree stands at over 45 meters tall.


John Stitchbury, a fifth generation of the Jackson family planted the first vines in 1987 and the first wines were released in 1991.


Majestic Wine Berwick stocks the following wines:

Jackson Estate 'Stitch' Sauvignon Blanc Named after John Stichbury, in honour of his 20 years in winemaking. This is Jackson Estate's benchmark sauvignon Blanc

£12.99


Jackson Estate 'Grey Ghost' Sauvignon Blanc

Named after the giant gum tree planted by Alice Jackson, this unusual take on a Sauvignon Blanc has impressed lovers of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. It adds unusual subtle oak influence to lift the fresh aromatic Sauvignon into another dimension with nutty, vanilla-like notes adding huge complexity to the Sauvignon's steely, nettle and gooseberry backbone

£17.50 when you buy at least 2 bottles.


Beer of the monthDate published: 02/04/14

Beer of the Month

Peroni Nastro Azzurro 5.1%

Birra Superiore”

Peroni was born as the first premium Italian lager in 1963. The idea to create Peroni came to the family after the SS Rex boat won the 'Blue Riband' award in 1933 mixed with the feelings of optimism and creativity that were rife throughout Italy in the 1960s. The Peroni family wanted to create a brand with the vision to become a symbol of Italian excellance and superior craftmanship.

Peroni Nastro Azzuro is brewed using nothing less than the finest hops, purest Italian water, best Italian maize and malted barley and the most rigourous, quality assured brewing process.

Clean, crisp and very refreshing!

£24 for 24 bottles. That is £1 a bottle

We also stock packs of 12 at £16.99


Wine of the WeekDate published: 02/04/14

Rioja Reserva 2008 Viña Eguía


Bodegas Eguia is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa subregion, in the village of Elciego, one of the area's winemaking hotspots. The traditional reserva style is achieved through 24 months' ageing in French and American oak and 2 years' cellarage before release.

Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. The palate has weight yet an elegant profile.

Match with a mature steak, or with a board of chorizo and manchego.

Chosen by:

Andrew

£9.99

Buy 2+ bottles save 33% = £6.66


Wine of the WeekDate published: 19/03/14

Paul Mas Estate Marsanne 'La Forge Vineyard' 2013 PGI Pays d’Oc

Jean-Claude Mas has created a rich and mellow but well-balanced white from 100% Marsanne grapes, a proportion of which is barrel-aged for extra complexity.

Elegant with white flower and hazelnut aromas and delicious pear and honey flavours.

Perfectly suited to fish dishes, from delicate to full-flavoured

Chosen by:

Andrew

£9.99

Buy 2+ bottles save £4 = £7.99


A True Majestic Favourite . . . At A Truly Amazing PriceDate published: 12/03/14

NED SAUVIGNON BLANC . . . £6.99!!!

For A limited time only the Ned is just £6.99. Hugely popular with staff and customers alike at majestic, this is a classic example of Marlborough sauvignon blanc at it's very best. A powerful nose of nettles and tropical fruits lead onto an intensely fruity palate with smoky hints and mouthwatering acidity. 

With an offer as good as this, it is strictly while stocks last, so please hurry to avoid disappointment!!!

Foxen Pinot NoirDate published: 01/03/14

If like me you love a good Californian red (I do mainly as it reminds me of my days travelling in the US) then we have a fantastic fine wine in stock.  

The Foxen Pinot Noir.  Produced by a small Santa Barbara winery, they produce highly individual Pinot Noir wines, quite unlike those you get from Napa and Sonoma.  

It offers aromatic flavours of herb, black cherry and spicy new oak scents with a ripe tannic structure.

£24 a bottle as part of our buy 2 fine wines and save £10.


We will be opening this up on our tasting counter in the coming weeks so keep your eyes open.  I am looking forward to trying this so get in line!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 27/02/14

Portillo Malbec 2013 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza

Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m. This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy

An intense red-purple colour, with an equally intense nose of plum and bramble. Round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins.

Try this with a lightly spicy beef or lamb and date tagine.


Chosen by:

Andrew

£9.99

Buy 2+ bottles save 33.3% = £6.66


Six Days of Malbec MadnessDate published: 26/02/14

Six Days of Malbec Madness

The wine industry in Argentina is certainly buzzing at the moment and that's in no small part because of the thriving success of the Malbec grape. Whether you want a weighty, rich, intense number to match perfectly with steak or whether your craving a lighter, softer, fruit driven style then Argentine malbec can cater for your needs and here at Majestic we have an incredible offer for 6 days only;

33.3% OFF ARGENTINE MALBEC!!!

This is an offer you certainly don't want to miss out on, so here's my top 6 available now in Berwick:

Callia Bella 2013   £5.99

A deep and inviting purple colour offering intense flavours of dark berries and a hint of baking spice. Plush tannins and ripe fruits, this is a perfect match to a pasta dish with a tomato and herb sauce.

Septimo Dia Malbec 2011    £6.66

Bold, intense and a bright ruby purple. Generous amounts of plum and cherries, with cocoa and spicy notes. Try this with a slow cooked lamb.

Alamos Malbec 2013    £6.66

A palate full of raisin fruits and an abundance of blackberries, full bodied matched with good acidity and ripe sweet tannins. Brilliant with All manner of roast meats, try this with your Sunday dinner!

Tucumen Malbec 2012    £7.33

Very approachable with an easy going feel. Rounded tannins and a well balanced acidity complement a palate of cherry, plum and blackberry. Best enjoyed in it's youth. Try this with a Saturday night pizza in front of Match of the Day or Casualty (if that's your thing. Other TV channels are available!)

Portillo Malbec 2013    £6.66

An intense reddy purple colour with an equally intense nose of dark fruits, this is a wine with fantastic pedigree. Multi-award winning, including Decanter magazine's 'Best Argentine Malbec Under £10'. Simply perfect with a Moroccan style lamb tagine.

Benegas Malbec 2011    £12.66

Striking the perfect balance between South american power and European finesse, lots of blackberries, spice, cherries and chocolate with an astonishing finish. This is a special wine that deserves to be matched with a special dish, try this with a Beef Wellington or a fillet steak with a rich peppercorn sauce and all the trimmings!


Staff Favourite back in StockDate published: 25/02/14

Serena Pinot Grigio 2013

From one of Italy's finest producers comes a wine that debunks the myth that all Pinot Grigio is boring. Delicate and soft, yet unmistakably vibrant with stone fruit and tropical aromas, with a refreshing and harmonious acidity. A perfect aperitif, especially if the sun keeps his hat on! This will also work well with white fish or salad dishes. A true staff favourite at Majestic

£9.99 as part of a mixed case


Excellent New ArrivalDate published: 25/02/14

Stella Alpina Chardonnay 2012

Brand new to the Majestic range comes this harmonious and wonderfully rich Italian chardonnay. Golden in colour with an abundance of tropical fruit, this little gem will be perfect with Chicken breast stuffed with feta and a rich creamy sauce.

£9.33 as part of our fantastic Pick n Mix deal which is running for just one more week! 

Don't miss out!!!

Pick of the Tasting CounterDate published: 24/02/14

Alamos Malbec, Mendoza

Hailing from Argentina's biggest and most important wine region of Mendoza, this is a cracking Malbec at a cracking price for one more week only. £6.66!!!

A full bodied number with ripe tannins and an abundance of black fruits and a dried raisiny note on the palate, this is one deal you do not want to miss out on!

It's open to try now in store so why not pop in and see what the fuss is all about!

Return of an Old FavouriteDate published: 24/02/14

The McHenry Hohnen is an amazing cabernet sauvignon, merlot blend from Margaret River in Australia and it is now back in Berwick!

The reason we love this wine so much is that this classic Bordeaux-style blend offers the structure of a French wine but the concentration and fruit more typical of Australia. There are dark blackcurrant and black olive notes with plummy flavours softening the blend.  The oak and tannin characteristics also balance very well.  This is a powerful wine and would be perfect for hearty winter dishes.

£12.99 when you buy 2 as part of a mixed case.


Stick this in your trolley and you won't be disappointed!


Pick N Mix Date published: 24/02/14

Pick and Mix... Casa d'Aragona 2010/2012 Salice Salentino

The Pick 'N' Mix offer we have in store is a fantastic opportunity to discover wines that you may have overlooked, how about this gem of an Italian red...

Salice Salentino is a small town in the middle of Puglia, Italy's 'heel', and was recognised as a DOC as recently as 1976, although wine has been made in this region since Greco-Roman times. This wine is a blend of the two principal native local red grapes (Negroamaro & Malvasia Nera)

Vibrant cherry red with a garnet tint acquired through ageing. A ripe red fruit character and round texture are accented by dry spice and tobacco notes, and supported by sinewy tannins.

£8.99 Buy two bottles save 1/3 = £5.99

Producer in focusDate published: 18/02/14

Producer in Focus

Paul Mas

Domaine Paul Mas are one of the main Estates in the South of France. The Mas family have been producing wines since 1892. Current owner, Jean-Claude Mas, inherited the company from his father Paul Mas.


It is made up of 320 hectares of vineyard and Domaine Paul Mas works with more than 30 different grape varieties, both native and noble, and a large diversity of terroirs in the Languedoc.


Majestic Berwick currently stock a large range of Paul Mas wines including the following:


Paul Mas Estate Marsanne: £9.99 or £7.99*

Elegant with white flower and hazelnut aromas and delicious pear and honey flavours. Perfectly suited to fish dishes, from delicate to full-flavoured.


Paul Mas Estate Viognier: £9.99 or £7.99*

The characteristic peach and floral notes take centre stage and the oak's vanilla and honey touches adding very subtle embellishments.An interesting partner for lightly spicy dishes and blue cheeses.


Paul Mas Estate Syrah Viognier: £9.99 or £7.99*

Dark redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit, the viognier in this wine really stands out with its perfume qualities which give more elegance.Perfect with cottage pie, shepherd's pie, or Italian-style meatballs.


Paul Mas Estate Malbec: £9.99 or £6.66*

This Malbec keeps its bright, ripe plum and blackberry fruit at the centre of the frame, with the edges softened by restrained use of new oak, and subtle herbaceous notes from the blend's 10% Cab Franc. Drink at cool room temperature along with pasta, barbecued meats, or a selection of strong cheeses and gamey terrines.


*When you buy 2 or more bottles.


Beer of the monthDate published: 18/02/14

Beer of the Month

Timothy Taylor's Landlord 4.1%

A pale ale with real “Pulling Power”

Timothy Taylor started brewing in 1858 in West Yorkshire and the business continues today as a family company. Their principle is not accepting second best. This means they use the finest ingredients. Timothy Taylor also run a number of Inns around the UK where you can get a great pint of Landlord and appreciate its award winning qualities.

Landlord is a a classic pale ale. It is brewed using Pennine Water drawn from the wells at Knowle Spring, Golden promise barley malt and whole leaf hops.

A full drinking pale ale with complex and hoppy aromas. Landlord has won more major awards than any other UK ale.

£22.80 for 12 bottles when you buy 2 cases of bottled ale


Wine of the WeekDate published: 18/02/14

Paul Mas Estate Viognier 'Nicole Vineyard' 2013 PGI Pays d'Oc


The vineyards of Paul Mas account for nearly 100 hectares around the town of Pézenas near the Mediterranean coast. With only 15% of the grapes fermented and aged in oak, this Viognier places emphasis firmly on freshness of flavour

The characteristic peach and floral notes take centre stage and the oak's vanilla and honey touches adding very subtle embellishments.

An interesting partner for lightly spicy dishes and blue cheeses.

Chosen by:

Andrew

£9.99

Buy 2+ bottles save £4 = £7.99


A Sancerre for all occasionsDate published: 17/02/14

My pick of today's tasting counter is the exceptional Chateau De Sancerre 2012. Run and owned by Marnier-Lapostolle who also own Grand Marnier, this is a wonderfully vibrant Sauvignon Blanc.

Perfumed and aromatic, enticing citrus, herbaceous and peppery aromas leap out of the glass leading onto a refreshing palate enveloped by a typically racy acidity and tangy finish. 

Best enjoyed during the vibrancy of it's youth and match it with fresh seafood to elevate the wine to an even higher standard. Also worth a try with goats cheese, which really mellow and soften the acidity of the wine and accentuate the green fruits flavour on the palate.

Truly one of my favourite wines, this wine was also sat in front of me when I undertook my WSET Tasting Exam! 

Currently £16.99 a bottle but worth every penny. Pop in store to try it today, you will not be disappointed!

Valentines DayDate published: 11/02/14

Valentines Day is just a few days away.  I can feel the excitement from you all.

We are open till 8pm on Friday 14th.  So if like me you tend to forget about this important day of the year then we are here to provide you with brownie points by supplying you with some great deals on champagne.  Unfortunately we don't supply roses or cards but I tend to get those from a garage on my way home.........


Prosecco Treviso at a great price of £8.99

Laurent Perrier Rose is at an awesomely good price of £49.97.  Guaranteed Brownie points!


Weekend Drinking - Match of the Day Accompaniment!Date published: 08/02/14

The biggest decision of my weekend has once again boiled down to my choice of beverage during Match of the Day. The Curious Brew lager is always a popular choice of mine. With a fantastic crisp and refreshing taste, thanks to fermentation in champagne yeast and at £17.99 a case, it is an excellent option. 

However given the weather forecast this weekend perhaps a full bodied and warming red is a more appealing proposition, Amarone Cantina Negrar fits the bill perfectly. A real brooding wine with chocolate and fruit-cake aromas along with robust tannins and an explosive palate. This wine is a part of the range of wines available on our Fine Wine offer where you can save £10 when you mix and match between selected wines and at £18 on this deal or £23 a single bottle, and represents another excellent option.

Excellent choices they may be but if my beloved Middlesbrough get 3 points today it might have to be a late night watching the football league show accompanied by Pol Roger! 

Come on Boro!!!


Wines of ArgentinaDate published: 08/02/14

Buenas Dias Berwick. This week at Majestic we are putting the spotlight on the wines of the world's 5th largest wine producing nation, Argentina and with an ever growing international base and the resurgence in popularity of the Malbec grape, the Argentine wine industry is booming.

Here is my top 3 pick of the wines that are open to try right now in store:


Lunta Malbec - Buy 2 bottles save £4.   £10.99 or £12.99 single bottle price

A Deep, full bodied and voluptuous malbec, nurtured by one of Argentina's finest producers, this is a wine that packs a punch. Typically weighty for a malbec, with a palate driven by dark plum and bramble fruit's, it's 12 months spent in French oak brings in toasty vanilla notes on the palate too. Drinking perfectly now this will also keep for a further 4-5 years and as ever . . . Perfect steak wine!


Tucumen Malbec - £7.33 as part of our fantastic Pick n Mix range

A lighter, more youthful style of malbec. Medium bodied with a ruby red colour that consists of cherry, plum and blackcurrant flavours. A wonderful balance and approachable tannins, make this a perfect easy drinking red. Try this with a Saturday night pizza in front of the TV, (Match of the Day for me). Also part of our Pick n Mix special offer and our choice of 'Wine of the Week'.  


Vinalba Reservado Chardonnay - Buy 2 bottles save £4. £9.99 or £11.99 single bottle

A wonderfully round Chardonnay with an inviting golden colour and ripe soft fruits on the palate. A refreshing palate of tangerine and pineapple fruits and rounded and lightly nutty finish. This would be fantastic with a creamy poultry dish.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 07/02/14

Tucumen Malbec 2012 Mendoza

Over a century ago, the Budeguer family planted their agricultural; roots in Tuncumán, Argentina where they met prosperity. As their dreams were fulfilled, they began to set their sights on Mendoza, the land of Argentinian wine.

A childhood dream is now realized with Tucumen wines, a merger of two dreams and two places.

An approachable wine of medium intensity, delivering its cherry, plum and blackberry fruit in a generous and easy-going manner. Round tannins and well-balanced acidity and fruit sweetness.

Best enjoyed in its youth. Ideal on its own or with a meat-topped pizza

Buy 2+ Pick 'N' Mix wines save 33% = £7.33


The February Pick'N'Mix 33% off any 2 of these wines.Date published: 04/02/14

I'm pleased to tell you the New Years new offers have arrived...

There are some really great deals in here. One of my favourite wines Alamos Malbec is now at a cracking price. This Malbec is from Mendoza in Argentina which you could argue is the home of Malbec. It's packed full of blackberry and dried raisiny fruit characters. Beautifully balanced and not too full bodied either. If you haven't tried this before then I would seriously recommend having a glass or two. At £6.66 when you buy any two Pick'N'Mix wines you really can't go wrong. 

 

Burns NightDate published: 16/01/14

Burns Night- Saturday 25th January

Go, fetch me a pint o'wine, And fill it in a silver tassie; That I may drink before I go, A service to my bonie lassie” Rab Burns- My Bonie Mary

The obvious tipple to go with your haggis, neeps and tatties is a good single malt whisky. But for those of you who don't want to start on the hard stuff straight away then below are a few wines I would recommend to stand up to the strength of flavour from the haggis. These wines are not for the faint hearted, they are red and robust and pair very well with haggis.

For robust reds, my first stop would have to be Australia. Renowned for being hearty and full bodied red wine producers. I would pick the Jim Barry Cover Drive, Cabernet Sauvignon. The strong blackcurrant flavours that stands out from this wine match perfectly with the earthy flavour of the haggis. Succulent blackcurrant tannins mixed with the earthy haggis produces a great tasting combination. Great stuff!

My second wine of choice is something to cut through the rich taste of offal and oatmeal which haggis is stuffed with. The Santa Rita 120 Carmenere. The grape provides plenty of black fruit, pepper and wood-spice which stands up perfectly to the strength of the haggis.

My third choice would be a wine from the Rhone region, which always pair well with rustic, fatty meat dishes. The Vacqueyras Pavane, La Bastide Saint Vincent. A plush, rich wine offering concentrated black cherry and raisin fruit profile. The tannins are firm but fine which will cut through the fat and pair well with the haggis.

My fourth choice is a wine that really cuts through the strong, fatty nature of haggis. The Barbera d'Alba Succule provides a high acidity and flavours of dark fruits, liquor spices and firm tannins with a long finish. Perfect match to the earthiness of haggis and a great tasting wine.

My fifth and final choice is a little left field but one of my favourite wines and one that will pair well with haggis. It is the Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel from California. A firm staff favourite within Majestic. A robust, fruity red wine filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish. The fruit flavours mixed with the earthy haggis pair perfectly together.


Wine of the WeekDate published: 15/01/14

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

One of New Zealand's most iconic and well-known wineries, Montana is also its largest wine company. Without Montana, New Zealand wines as we know them would barely appear on the world wine map.

New Zealand in a glass...vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry. Bracing acidity is tempered by concentrated green fruits, citrus and hints of grass with a reviving fresh finish.

Drinking at its best now as either an aperitif or with lemon chicken, Thai spices, fresh fish or seafood.

Buy 2+ NZ bottles save 20% = £6.99



Burrow Hill CiderDate published: 15/01/14

We have a new cider in stock from Friday.

Burrow Hill Cider which originates from Somerset.

Burrow Hill Cider consistently rates as one of the best (and often the very best) ciders in the UK. It features on the lists of many Michelin starred restaurants, and on the shelves of Harvey Nichols and Harrods.

All the apples are home grown on 160 acres of orchards, and are then pressed and blended in a very traditional, medium/dry style.

In the world of increasingly commercial and flavoured ciders of varying quality and heritage – Burrow Hill Farm stands out for flying the flag of quality led, artisan cider and we are very pleased to offer them to our customers. 


Mother's Ruin. With less caloriesDate published: 12/01/14

Mother's Ruin

With less calories!

January is the time of year when people feel guilty about the amount they have drank over the Christmas and New Year period and plan a detox.

Fancy a nice refreshing drink but trying to avoid beer and wine?

Still haven't burnt off the dozens of helpings of turkey, mince pies, cheese and the copious amounts of beer and wine?

Why not treat yourself to a gin and slim line tonic. Very refresing, very nice and very low on calories!

Gin we currently stock:

Gordon's Gin £16

The No. 1 Gin, with a crisp, sharp, zesty taste.

Bombay Sapphire London Gin £19

Stylish gin which is a favourite of many of the world's top bartenders.

William's British Gin £25

One of the most complex gins in the world, made from organically grown cider apples and mixed with nine botanicals including: Juniper, Coriander, Angelica, Liquorice, Orrice, Orange, Lemon, Hops and Elderflower. The result is a full bodied fruity gin.

Sipsmith London Dry Gin £28

Floral summer meadow notes followed by mellow rounded juniper and zesty, citrus freshness. The gentle mouthfeel combines with a lemon tart and orange marmalade flavours, ahead of a spicy juniper finish.

Hendricks Gin £30- Staff Recommendation.

Handcrafted gin with traditional botanicals, juniper, coriander, and citrus peel but the special infusion of cucumber and rose petals creates a unique and unexpected flavour. Often served with a slice of cucumber in it, this is one of my favourite gins and one that I would highly recommend.


Slim line tonic we currently stock:

Schweppes Slim-line Tonic £5.49

for a pack of 12 150ml cans

Fever-Tree Naturally Light Tonic £2.59

for a pack of 4 200ml bottles.


Producer in focusDate published: 11/01/14

Producer in Focus

Bodegas Santa Ana


Bodegas Santa Ana has over 120 years experience in the wine producing trade and was one of the first to be founded in Argentina.

They were founded in 1891 by Luis Tirasso, an Italian immigrant and a pioneer in the development of winemaking in Argentina.

Their vineyards are located in the provinces of Mendoza, San Juan and Catamarca; the main winemaking regions of Argentina. The Andes mountain range provides the perfect climate and altitude necessary to produce the great wines of Bodegas Santa Ana.


Majestic Wine Berwick stocks the following wines:

Santa Ana Malbec £5.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles.

Plum and cherry on both nose and palate, medium-bodied with supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish

Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc £5.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles.

Fresh, crisp and citrus-led wine. Soft-edged tropical notes and herb nuances linger in the background. 


Bargain Hunt WinesDate published: 11/01/14

The Bargain Hunt is upon us once again and if you fancy yourself as a bit of David Dickinson then pop in and pick up some "cheap as chips" bargains.  Below is a list of the Bargain Hunt wines we have in stock:

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc £4.66

La Plata Merlot £4.66

McGuigan 'The Shortlist' Chardonnay £9.99

Umbral de Los Tiempos Malbec £8.66

Danie de Wet Saivignon Blanc £6

Vina Nayu 'Vinas Altas' Syrah £7.33

Viu Manent Reserva Viognier £7.33

KC Cabernet Merlot £7.33

Torre di Monte Pinot Grigio £4.66

Vega Sindoa Cabernet Reserva £5.33

Kaiken Malbec Bonarda Petit Verdot Limited Selection £6.66

Conde Calatrava Crianza £4.66

Chenas 2011, Jean-Francois Trichard £7.99

Casabel Vinho Tinto £5.33

Argento Chardonnay £6

Senorio Don Pedro de la Vega Gran Reserva £5


Get your bargains now.  Once they are gone, there is no more.  My recommendation would be the La Plata Sauvignon Blanc.  A very pleasant, refreshing white and at £4.66, a steal!

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc Deal!Date published: 11/01/14

The Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc is now on a very good deal.

£6.99 when you buy 2 or more New Zealand wines.

Bargain!


Get yours today!

Beer of the monthDate published: 09/01/14

Beer of the Month

Curious Brew IPA 5.6%

A beautifully balanced, thirst quenching IPA

Curious IPA is produced by Chapel Down. They mix the techniques of brewing and wine-making to produce a beer that what they call a “unique experience in beer drinking”.

Curious IPA is well balanced with a powerful hoppy. The use of three different grape varieties in the making of the likes of champagne and Bordeaux to provide better balance and depth led the Chapel Down team to do the same with hops. They use traditional English Goldings which provides the fresh, sweet hops, Bramling Cross for the forestry fruits taste and Chinook which offers a punchy, spicy and aromatic taste.

As they put it, they have “created a very drinkable beer of great power and harmony.”

£17.99 for 12 bottles


Wine of the WeekDate published: 08/01/14

L'instant Truffier Malbec 2012, Rigal, PGI Côtes du Lot

One of the premier producers of Cahors, the Rigal family have extended their operation to include vineyards throughout the Lot Valley. The region has many alluvial terraces that are free-draining and have great sun exposure, and are perfect for growing Malbec

Aromas of black cherry and bramble fruit. Palate is bold and robust with juicy fruit and peppery tannins

Drink over the next 2-3 years, with chargrilled pork ribs

Chosen by:

Clare

£8.99

Buy 2+ bottles save £4 = £6.99*

*when you buy 2+bottles.


Taylor's ten year Tawny PortDate published: 14/12/13

This is the perfect port to accompany your Christmas day celebrations. Made form Tinta Barocca, Touriga Francesa and Touriga Nacional it has been aged for almost all its life in large wood casks. It is also made from a blend of some of the best wines from several vintages. 

I love its rich, silky taste. There's figs, dates, nuts, and ripe berry fruits on the palate. It's smooth with a long finish. 

This would be a great partner to rich cheeses or Christmas pudding/cake. I'd have it with both. 

We have a bottle on our tasting counter at the moment. Come and have a try. Not sure how long it will last.  At £20 its worth every Christmas penny.   

The Saturday Times Winter Top 100 - Featured WinesDate published: 05/12/13

Under £6

Cuvée de Richard Blanc 2012 = £5.49

Paul Mas Vermentino 2012 = £8.99, Buy 2 bottles save £6 = £5.99

Cava Calamino NV = £8.99, Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% = £5.99


Under £8

Kuhlmann Platz Gewurztraminer 2012 Hunawihr = £9.99, Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £7.99


Under £12

Dr Hermann Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett 2007 = £9.99

Gruner Veltliner Weingarten Weissenkirchen 2012 = £9.99, Buy 2 bottles save £2 = £8.99


Under £25

Meursault Narvaux Louis Jadot 2010 = £30.00, Buy 2 bottles save £10 = £25.00

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007 = £30.00, Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% = £19.99

Pic 'N' Mix Offers Ending Soon!Date published: 30/11/13

Our current Pic 'N' Mix promotion, with 33% off wines when you buy any 2, is coming to an end on Monday the 2nd of December. Here are a selection of deals not to miss if you're stocking up for Christmas! 


Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, Marlborough, £10.49, Buy any 2+ Pic 'N' Mix = £6.99

Macon Villages Les Roches Blanches, 2012, Burgundy, £11.99, Buy any 2+ Pic 'N' Mix = £7.99

Alamos Malbec, 2012, Argentina, £9.99, Buy any 2+ Pic 'N' Mix = £6.66

Rioja Reserva CVNE, 2008, Spain, £13.99, Buy any 2+ Pic 'N' Mix = £9.33

Prosecco La Marca Treviso, NV, Italy, £13.49, Buy any 2+ Pic 'N' Mix = £8.99

Veuve Clicquot Brut, NV, Champagne, £45, Buy any 2+ Pic 'N' Mix = £29.99 

The Saturday Times Winter Top 100 - Featured WinesDate published: 30/11/13

We have a number of wines featured in Jane MacQuitty's Saturday Times Winter Top 100 reds. Here's a selection:

Mister Shiraz 2012, Chile, £8.11, Buy 2 Chilean wines save 20% = £6.49

Chateau Recougne 2010, Bordeaux Superior, £9.99, Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £7.99

Chateau Coufran 2004, Haut Medoc, £19.99, Buy 2 bottles save £10 = £14.99


Wine of the WeekDate published: 30/11/13

Rioja Reserva 2008 Berberana

Founded in 1877 by Don Miguel Martínez Berberana, this is one of our best selling Riojas. Made in a classic Reserva style, the wine is matured for a minimum 2 years in American oak cask and only released when it is ready to drink.

Deep ruby red, with delicious vanilla overtones courtesy of the oak-ageing, backed up by juicy soft strawberry and morello cherry flavours. Round and full, well balanced, long and elegant.

A classic style of Rioja such as this deserves a classic food match to display it at it's best. Roasted red meats, whether it's lamb, or with stews and casseroles would be perfect. 

£6.99 when you buy 2+ (single bottle price = £10.99)


Xmas Food & Wine PairingsDate published: 19/11/13

We are at that time of year again where copious amounts of food and drink are consumed, the awful Christmas jumpers come out for their annual appearance and the infamous Xmas parties are being prepared. The question is what wine will you be drinking with your Xmas food? To make it a little easier I will be recommending some wines for you to have with various Xmas foods.

Turkey

The obvious food is Turkey. What goes well with Turkey? Not brussel sprouts thats for sure! You don't want a wine that will overpower your Xmas lunch, especially as you only get a turkey dinner once a year. So in terms of red wine you need something like a Pinot Noir. They tend not to have much in the way of tannins and make it a perfect match for turkey. In terms of white wine I would recommend a Chardonnay. Most white wines work with turkey but the creaminess of a chardonnay pairs perfectly with turkey.

Côte de Beaune-Villages, Louis Jadot £15.99 or £13.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Chablis 2012, Domain Servin £14.99 or £12.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Goose

Gordon Ramsay's preferred Xmas day bird is Goose. Produces a stronger flavour than turkey but is a lot more fatty and thus a wine with more acidity would be better suited. Chardonnays from California that can retain their acidity in the grapes due to cold nights in the vineyard are a great match for the fattiness of the goose. Pinot Noir would again be my choice of red due to the fruity flavours it provides to match up to the fattiness of the goose.

Beringer Founders' Estate Chardonnay £9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 Californian wines

De Bortoli Windy Peak Pinot Noir £11.24 or £8.99 when you buy 2 Australian wines

Glazed Ham

The Boxing Day hangover cure has always been the glazed ham. For some reason appetites extend massively at this time of year to the point where most people can manage their large turkey dinner on Xmas Day and then do it all over again the next day with the glazed ham. The glaze on the ham tends to differ and this can also affect the flavour of a dry white wine. The salt in the ham tends to partner well with chardonnays but with the glaze I would recommend a Riesling or even a beer along the lines of an IPA. If its red wine you want then Pinot Noir, with its very little tannins is a good choice but I would recommend a Beaujolais. Nice and light but full of concentrated fruit flavours they are a great partner to ham or pork.

Fleurie, Claudius Morand £12.49 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett 2007, Dr Hermann £9.99

Christmas Pudding

You either love it or you hate it but Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the good old Christmas Pud with lashings of brandy butter! If like me you don't have time to drink anything whilst demolishing your pud then thats fine but if you like to have a tipple with your pud then I'd recommend a dessert wine or a port. If you love brandy butter on your Christmas pud then I would suggest a tawny port due to the fact that the already alcohol filled brandy butter may overpower your dessert wine. Dessert wines that have an orange flavour work very well with Christmas pudding without the added brandy butter.

Taylor's 10-year-old Tawny Port £20.00

Brown Brothers Orange Muscat and Flora £8.49 or £6.79 when you buy 2 Australian wines

Mince Pies

The majority of my Christmas weight gain most definitely comes from my love of mince pies. Soft, buttery pastry with the sweet mince filling with a nice coating of brandy butter. Whats not to like! Like the Christmas pud, I rarely have time in between mouthfuls to drink anything but for those of you who like to savour their mince pies and enjoy a tipple alongside then port would be my recommendation. Mulled wine alongside a mince pie works perfectly as well and this match, in my opinion, should not just be for Christmas but for life!

Taylor's First Estate NV Port £8.99

Gourmet Mulling Syrup, Selsley Herb & Spice Co £5.99 or £5.49 when you buy 2 bottles (Just add red wine! Sounds like my diet!)

Hopefully this will give you an idea of what to buy and make it a lot easier for you. If you have any queries feel free to give us a call or E-mail or pop into the store for a chat.


The Ashes. The ultimate battle between England & AustraliaDate published: 19/11/13

Amazingly The Ashes are upon us again! Only 3 months after the end of the 2013 Ashes tour comes the 2013/2014 Ashes tour in Australia. The reason behind The Ashes returning so quickly is that tours of Australia tend to happen just before the cricket World Cup and thus it was decided to keep the players fresh that they would alter the dates of The Ashes in a world cup year.

Why not take part in the battle between Australia and England with our large array of Australian wines and English beers.

Would you put Black Sheep Ale in to bat first against the spin bowling of William Hardy Signature Chardonnay 2012?

A few key players for you to consider beginning with Australia, where we have 20% off all Aussie wines:

William Hardy Signature Chardonnay 2012- Offers a citrusy, tropical fruit element to the team. £6.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles of Australian wine

Peter Lehmann Shiraz 2010- Enjoys a BBQ, especially a burger. Full bodied like Ian Botham. £8.79 when you buy at least 2 bottles of Australian wine

BVC Cabernet Sauvignon 2010- Juicy fruit and dark chocolate. Brings experience to the team. £9.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles of Australian wine


And now for England:

Spitfire: The old guard of the team. Very experienced. Full of flavour and packs a punch. Great batsman! £19.800 when you buy 2 cases of bottled ale

Marston's Pedigree- Very reliable player. This bitter is most definitely the captain of the team. £15.00 when you buy 2 cases of bottled ale

Old Golden Hen- The The younger brother of former player Old Speckled Hen. Very strong player and likely to be key as wicket keeper. £19.80 when you buy 2 cased of bottled ale


And a wild card for each team:

Australia: Coopers Pale Ale- Crisp, fruity and refreshing. Key Australian spin bowler. £15.00


England: Chapel Down Bacchus 2011- This wine demonstrates the considerable potential of English wines. £10.99

The ultimate battle of the beers and our special Ashes offer:

Marston's Pedigree:- £15 per case when you buy 2 cases of bottled ale

VS

Coopers Pale Ale:- £15 for 12 bottles

To Celebrate we have English and Australian fizz.

For and English win why not celebrate with a bottle of Chapel Down Brut £15.99

To celebrate an Australian win why not go for a bottle of Trilogy Cuvee Brut £6.66 when you buy 2 bottles.


New Short-Term Offers!Date published: 15/11/13

We've got some fantastic short-term deals starting from today, and in even better news, they overlap with our previous deals - so now is a fantastic time to pop in to the store and organise your Christmas wines! 

Here are our top picks of the new deals:

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - Our top selling wine (need we say more?) and a total steal at just £6.99 a bottle when you buy 2+ (£8.74 single bottle price)

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007 - Fantastic value for a vintage Champange, with all the toasty, brioche flavours you'd expect from something much more expensive. Great for celebrating this festive season! Just £19.99 a bottle for 2+ (£30 single bottle price)

Vinalba Malbec Reservado 2011 - Juicy, full-bodied with bags of deep, plum and chocolatey flavours. Currently £7.99 a bottle for 2+ (£11.99 single bottle price) 

Grape in Focus:- TempranilloDate published: 12/11/13

Tempranillo is a variety of black grape known for making full-bodied red wines in its native Spain.

-It is the main grape used in Rioja and is often referred to as Spain's noble grape.

-It is bottled either very young or after several years of barrel aging and is grown best at high altitudes. It is often blended with Grenache and Carignan.

-The two major regions that grow Tempranillo are Rioja, in northern Spain, and Ribera del Duero, which is a little further south

-Tempranillo is a diminutive of the Spanish work Temprano, meaning early, which describes the grape well as it it tends to ripen several week earlier than most Spanish grapes.

-The grape tends to produce wines that are ruby in colour and with aromas and flavours of berries, plums, tobacco, vanilla, leather and herbs.

-It is often blended with others in Portugal to produce Port.


Read it? Try it!

Rioja Crianza 2009, Viña Eguia

The aromas show off the wine's oak ageing, with vanilla, coconut and balsamic notes. An elegant palate of ripe fruit framed by soft, polished tannins. The definitive accompaniment to tapas, especially those of red meat or cured cheeses.

£5.99 when you buy 2 bottles of our Pick and Mix range

Rioja Reserva 2008, CVNE

A Grenache/Tempranillo blend, this soft luxurious wine provides a lovely brambly nose and a hint of spice. Nuances of warm leather, caramel and coffee over rich autumn fruit. Excellent balance and a lingering finish. Try with grilled lamb, duck and most rich meats.

£9.33 when you buy 2 bottles of our Pick and Mix range

OR

Why not be the star of the Christmas party with a magnum!

Rioja Crianza 2008, Marqués de Cáceres, Magnum

Cherry and blackberry aromas accompanied by Mediterranean herb aromatics on the nose, with luscious red cherry and strawberry fruits, cinnamon and silky tannins with a long, silky and spicy finish. Try with grilled vegetables, paella, ham, chorizo and cheese.

£25.00


Producer in focus- Wirra WirraDate published: 11/11/13

Producer in Focus

Wirra Wirra


“Wirra Wirra” is an aboriginal name meaning “amongst the gum trees”. The vineyards were originally established back in 1894 by Australian eccentric and cricketer Robert Strangeways Wigley. It ran into disrepair and was abandoned until 1969 when Greg Trott took it upon himself to rebuild the winery from the remnants of two walls and some slate fermenting tanks.


It is a rather unique winery. It has a ¾ tonne bell, The Angleus Bell, that rings to mark the start and finish of each vintage as well as for random fun. It also has a ginat outdoor “bush” sculpture of a cricket bat, ball and stumps.


They also celebrate in crazy ways. To celebrate their late “second founders” birthday they hurl watermelons into the vineyard from a giant medieval siege machine, a trebuchet. They also acknowledge Australia's most famous equestrian race by running around the grounds astride a broomstick topped with a cut-out horse head


Majestic Berwick currently stock the following Wirra Wirra wines:


Wirra Wirra Church Block: £12.49 or £9.99*

Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot.

Plum, bramble and cherry fruit, enjoy with steak

Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise: £9.99 or £7.99*

Shiraz, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Youthful, vibrant wine offering raspberry, cherry and blackberry fruit. Enjoy with red meat dishes.

*When you buy 2 bottles or more of Australian wine


Beer of the monthDate published: 11/11/13

Beer of the Month

Einstök Icelandic White Ale

The term Einstök comes from the Icelandic word for “unique”. A very good description of this beer.

The Einstök Brewery is located just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle in the port of Akureyri, Iceland. The water here flows from prehistoric glaziers down the mountain and through ancient lava fields. This process delivers the purest water on Earth and makes this beer so refreshing.

The brew master for the Einstök Brewery is Baldur Karason, or Baldur the Brew master as he is known. He went to Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh to study the prestigious brewing program and was the first Icelander to complete the course.

Brewed in the centuries-old Belgian tradition, it features the complex flavours of the classic witbier, including orange peel and coriander- all brewed with pure Icelandic water that delivers a cool smoothness that is flavourful and refreshingly drinkable.

£12.99 for 6

or buy 4 cases of select craft beer and save £12

£9.99


Wine of the WeekDate published: 09/11/13

Cousino-Macul Antiguas Cabernet Sauvignon

A new addition to our range, this wine is from producer Cousino-Macul - the only Chilean winery from the 19th century still in the hands of its founding family today. 

From the Maipo valley, a region often referred to as the Bordeaux of Chile due to the gravel soils, similar climate and ability for Cabernet and Merlot grape varieties to thrive there. This wine is also produced from vines descended from the earliest plantings of Bordeaux-sourced Cabernet Sauvignon, so has some great history with it!

With an intense nose of brambles, dark cherries and plums, accompanied by well-integrated spices and leather on the palate, this is what Cabernet should be all about. 

Fantastic value at just £7.99 when you buy any 2+ Chilean wines (£9.99 single bottle price).... Grab some before the staff buy it all!

Part Time Driver Position AvailableDate published: 06/11/13

We have part time driver hours for December available. It will be for three days a week over the four weeks running up to Christmas. It involves delivering wine orders on a set routes throughout the Borders area. Knowledge of the local area would be ideal. We are looking for good customer service too. If your interested please give the store a call on 01289 303224 to discuss or alternatively send us an email at but@majestic.co.uk. Thank you. 

Great Offers on Beers! Date published: 03/11/13

We've currently got some fantastic deals on our range of lagers, ales and craft beers. Here are a few of our highlights:


Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Pilsner Urquell and Sam Adams Boston Lager - All currently just £1 a bottle as part of 24 x 330ml cases! 


Mix and match any 4 packs of craft beers and save £12! - Includes Flying Dog Underdog, Anchor Steam Beer, Brooklyn Lager, Einstok Icelandic White Ale and Brewdog Punk IPA. (Single pack prices all normally £12.99, just £9.99 each as part of deal!) 

Winter Warming WinesDate published: 02/11/13

Now that November has hit and the cold is starting to bite, you might be looking to get some nice hearty, warming reds in soon. Here are our top picks for sitting and slurping in front of the fire (or telly!) that won't break the bank: 


Alamos Malbec 2012 - Malbec is a classic winter warmer, and this offering is no exception. The "second wine" of renowned producer Catena, this wine is full of dark berry fruit flavours and ripe, sweet tannins. Just £6.66 a bottle when included in our Pic 'N' Mix promotion (£9.99 single bottle price). 

Mister Shiraz 2012 - Shiraz from Chile is usually known as a very fruit-centric style. While this is still the case with this wine, it also has a more traditional feel, with hints of spice and vanilla courtesy of spending time in both French and American oak. Great value at £6.66 as part of our Pic 'N' Mix promotion (£9.99 single bottle price).  

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2011 - Ravenswood's motto is "No Wimpy Wines", so this robust example of a Californian Zinfandel is perfect for a cold winters evening. Lots of blueberry and plummy fruit mingles with hints of spice and vanilla. Currently £7.33 when included in our Pic 'N' Mix promotion (£10.99 single bottle price). 



Wine of the WeekDate published: 30/10/13

Cotes du Rhone Vidal-Fleury

Vidal Fleury is the Rhone Valley's oldest continuously-operating winery, established in 1781. This wine is a classic Rhone blend of Grenache, Mouvedre, Syrah and Carignan grape varieties. This produces a brilliant garnet colour with aromas of brambly fruit and peppery spice, followed on the palate by red fruit flavours and robust tannins. Perfect for hearty dishes such as casseroles. 

Currently fantastic value as part of our Pic 'N' Mix promotion, just £6.66 a bottle when you buy any 2 included in the offer (£9.99 single bottle price).  

Wine Label Facts- Mister ShirazDate published: 19/10/13

Mister Shiraz was created by Nic Bizzarri.  He Studied wine making in Australia at Adelaide University.  He loved the Aussie style of Shiraz and decided to create his own, with the twist being he made it in Chile.  The wine is an Aussie style Shiraz but at a Chilean price.  Big, bold, rich and peppery.  Like the best Shiraz should be!

The label really stands out.  It appears as though there is a piece of modern art attached to the bottle.  The story behind this wild looking label is that after drinking a bottle of Mister Shiraz together, Nic asked his artist nephew, Marco, to come up with an expression of the fine art of wine making.  The label is the result, titled "Mister Shiraz".  

I'm not sure if the label is an expression of the art of wine making or an expression of how one feels after finishing a bottle of wine. Either way the label is unique and really stands out.

Mister Shiraz is created exclusively for Majestic wine and is currently priced at £7.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

Beer of the monthDate published: 16/10/13

Beer of the Month

Under Dog Atlantic Lager

Don't be put off by the fact this great example of craft beer is in a can, in fact the future of craft beers appears to be in can form.

Flying Dog began as bar in Aspen, Colorado in 1990. It was started by George Stranahan, an astrophysicist who liked beer. He named the company after a painting he saw in a hotel of a flying dog halfway up a failed descent of K2. In a sense, Flying Dog invented the craft revolution. The company was endorsed by the “outlaw journalist” Hunter S Thompson. His influence was to set up the company staunchley in the face of dominant commercial brewers.

Under Dog Atlantic lager is a light golden coloured lager with a sweet caramel, citric hop aroma and a malty, slightly piney hop flavour

£12.99 for 6

or buy 4 cases of select craft beer and save £12

£9.99


Wine of the WeekDate published: 13/10/13


Alamos Malbec 2012

Mendoza is by far the biggest and most important wine making region in Argentina. In my opinion this country is the best place to buy your Malbec.

This wine displays dark cherry and blackberry flavours with a hint of cloves. Not too full bodied and packed full of intense fruits. Perfect for the cooler weather starting to descend.

Enjoy on its own or with roast red meats. Ready to drink now and over the next 2-4 years.

Only £6.99* when you buy 2 or more bottles


Producer in focusDate published: 13/10/13

Producer in Focus

Alamos wines of Catena

The Catena family began to make Alamos in 1993 as a second lable to Catena. The vineyards are located in Mendoza, Argentina in the foothills of the Andes mountains. Mendoza's vineyards are among the highest in the world.

Alamos is sourced from some of the younger vineyards in the best areas of Mendoza's high altitude wine country. Yields are kept low and grapes are hand harvested. The goal being to stay true to the 'house' style of rich concentrated wines that have distinct varietal character.

Malbec was brought to Mendoza in 1852 by French viticulturalist Miguel Pouget. It became the most widely planted red wine varietal, reaching 120,000 acres in 1968. Consumption changed and caused Malbec to loose favor and the surface area dropped to 25,000 in 1990. The Catena family helped to resurrect Malbec showing it's potential for quality. Today again it is the most widely planted varietal, with 136,000 arces planted throughout the country.

We stock: Alamos Malbec.£6.99 when you buy 2+

Alamos Cabernet £6.99 buy 2+

Alamos Viognier £6.99 Buy 2+

Alamos Chardonnay  £6.99 2+


Wine of the WeekDate published: 02/10/13

Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2012 Louis Jadot


From the well known producer and negociant, Louis Jadot. The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the superior quality vineyards from around the village of Loché, southwest of Mâcon in southern Burgundy.

Made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours there is a lovely creaminess to this wine, and a minerally finish.

A nice apéritif, this will also partner shellfish dishes well.


Part of our 2 week limited offers £11.99, buy 2+ save £8 = £7.99!


New Short-Term Offers!Date published: 01/10/13

We've got some fantastic new offers for the beginning of October, here are some of our top picks:

Macon-Villages "Les Roches Blanches" Louis Jadot - A lovely unoaked Chardonnay from Burgundy, this wine is packed full of apple and pear fruit flavours in addition to a streak of minerality and long finish. £11.99 or £7.99 (Buy 2+ save £8)

Portillo Malbec, Bodegas Salentein - Argentinian Malbec at it's best. This wine won Decanter's "Best Argentinian Malbec under £10" trophy earlier in the year, along with a wide range of other awards. Plum and bramble fruit combined with smooth tannins make this full-bodied wine a great partner to lamb or steak dishes. £9.99 or £6.99 (Buy 2+ save £6)

Prosecco Corte Alta NV - Prosecco is everyone's favourite sparkling at the moment, and this is a classic light example. With fine bubbles, ripe peach and pear fruit flavours and a bargain price tag, this is a great buy. Why not try mixing it with some peach purée to make a truly refreshing Bellini cocktail? £10.49 or £6.99 (Buy 2+ save 1/3)

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV - From the maker of Cristal, this Champagne has long been one of my favourite Non-Vintages, and at this price is a complete steal! With NV Champagnes often regarded as a better indicator of the house style than their bigger vintage or Grand Cru brothers, this wine is packed with lovely toasty, nutty and brioche flavours followed by a long, satisfying finish. £42 or £28 (Buy 2+ save 1/3)

Wine of the WeekDate published: 25/09/13

Papa Luna, 2011, Calatayud

The name Papa Luna is a tribute to Pedro Martinez de Luna, the famous Aragonese cardinal and anti-pope. High altitude vineyards, low yielding vines and collaboration with local growers in the Calatayud region, results in this quality Garnacha, Syrah and Monastrell blend.

Lifted aromas of raspberry and black cherry are enhanced on the palate by complex notes of pepper, herbs and vanilla.

Drink this wine with fairly full dishes, such as coq au vin or barbecued dark meat.


£9.99 a bottle, or £7.49 when you buy 2+ Spanish wines


New Wine of the WeekDate published: 18/09/13


Marqués de Riscal Tempranillo 2010 Castilla y León

Marqués de Riscal, pioneer in the production of top quality wines in Rioja, embarked on a venture to produce a high quality red outside the Rioja D.O. Produced from grapes grown in the Toro and and San Román de Hornija sub-region's gritty, alluvial soils.

Aromas of ripe red fruit, chocolate, pepper and smoke. Crisp and fruity, exhibiting red berries and earthen characters with well-rounded tannins, moderate acidity and a long, pleasant finish.

Enjoy over the next two years with cheeses, casseroles, grilled and roasted meats.

£8.74

or

Buy 2+ Spanish Wines save 20%

£6.99

(*Minimum Purchase 6 bottles of wine, Champagne or spirits)


Wine of the WeekDate published: 16/09/13

Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 Vina Eguia

Bought over by Bodegas Muriel, Vina Eguía have fast become one of our most popular Rioja producers. Located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion, where they have 50 hectares of estate vineyards as well as several partner growers, they have vines averaging 40 years of age. This wine receives 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release.

The extensive ageing common of a Gran Reserva wine results in a complex wine with lovely mature raisin, fig and prune flavours combined with hints of caramel, vanilla and leather. With a smooth, lengthy finish, this wine is an ideal partner for slow-cooked lamb dishes.

Currently just £8.99 when you buy any 2 Spanish wines - a fantastic price for a Gran Reserva Rioja!


The Wine CourseDate published: 16/09/13

Ever wanted to learn more about wine? Do you always find yourself picking the same things and fancy expanding your horizons and trying something new?... We're here to help!

We regularly run The Wine Course right here in-store, a 90 minute, informal introductory session in to the world of wine... And the best part is, it's completely FREE to attend, with no obligation to buy!

In it we cover various grape varieties, wine-growing regions and processes as well as how to taste wine and match it with food. Never be confused by wine-jargon or feel intimidated by a surly waitor in a restaurant ever again!

Places are limited, so keep your eye on our page here for upcoming dates or give us a ring at the store on 01289 303 224.

Dates that we have don't suit you? Think you've got a group of friends, family or work colleagues that would be interested in the course? Please do get in touch and we can often arrange private tastings, either at the store or in another location if it is more convenient for you!


Louis Jadot Beaune 1er CruDate published: 13/09/13

Louis Jadot Beaune Premier Cru

We're opening a bottle of fine wine each weekend between now and the end of October as part of our 'Magic of Fine Wine' tasting season.

This weeks is an offering from Louis Jadot, a well known wine producer and negociant in Burgundy and Beaujolais. This particular wine is produced from Pinot Noir grapes and, as the name suggests, is sourced from a variety of premier cru vineyard sites throughout the Beaune region within Burgundy.

Pinot Noir is a thin-skinned grape and as such produces wines lighter in colour, body and tannins than those from thicker grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. It is also notoriously difficult to cultivate however, often commanding a premium price as a result, and is well known for being a great reflection of the 'terroir' of the region in which it is grown. As such, Louis Jadot attempt to do as little as possible to the wine in the winery in order to retain the character of the vineyards and purity of the fruit displayed.

With abundant cherry and red berry fruit flavours, mixed with hints of spice and leather, this is a classic partner to roasted duck or poultry dishes. Don't take our word for it though, why not pop in and try it for yourself over the weekend?

This wine is also currently on a great deal - just £20 when you buy 2 or more bottles (Save £10!)

An amazing 33% off selected wines! Date published: 12/09/13

We've had some fantastic offers start today, discounting a further 33% on top of our existing prices!


Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - £5.99  (Was £8.99)
Grifone Montepulciano d'Abruzzo - £4.99  (Was £5.99)

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV - £6.66  (Was £9.99)

Nicholas Feuillatte Brut NV - £15.99  (Was £20)

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007 - £17.99  (Was £20)

Piper Heidsieck Brut NV - £19.99  (Was £30)


Hurry - these offers won't last long, and are for a limited time only!


Monkey Shoulder WhiskyDate published: 11/09/13

We've got some funky new Monkey Shoulder packs in stock. A fantastic blend of Speyside single malts and currently a steal at just £25 a bottle, I've already bought myself a bottle... Don't miss out before the rest disappear too!


New Arrivals - RedsDate published: 11/09/13

It's getting towards that time of year when most of us start to think of big, hearty reds when we're reaching for our corkscrews. Fortunately we've got some fantastic new examples of these for you to explore throughout the coming winter months. Here are a selection of some of our current favourites.


Tucumen Malbec 2012 - It's not only the extremely bright and colourful label that grabbed our attention about this wine. With a soft and fruit driven palate of blackberries and cherries, this is a very approachable, versatile wine and doesn't feel too heavy to drink on it's own as other Malbecs can do. Currently £7.99 when you buy 2 or more (Save £6!)

Rioja Crianza Arienzo 2010 - Marques de Riscal are one of my favourite wine producers, reknowned for their quality Riojas. They have never traditionally made a Crianza wine, but in recent years have bought over the Arienzo brand in order to access this market. The 2010 vintage is the first one made exclusively by them, in the same state of the art winery as their superb Reserva. Youthful raspberry flavours are complemented wonderfully by vanilla, coconut and spice courtesy of 18 months in American oak. Just £8.79 a bottle as part of our 20% off Spanish wines offer (Was £10.99).

Montes Twins 2012 - A relatively unusual blend for a South American wine of 50% Malbec and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, where these grapes are usually seen in wines as single varietals. If this example is anything to go by, then long may they be blended together! The smooth texture and blackcurrant/cassis fruit from the Malbec combined with the structure and complexity of the Cabernet is a delight on the palate and a perfect partner for a big, juicy steak. Currently just £8.99 when you buy 2 or more (Save £6!)


New Arrivals - WhitesDate published: 10/09/13

It's an exciting time in the store at the moment, with loads of new additions to our range to explore. Here's my top selection of the new white wines we've had come in so far...



Giesen Chardonnay 2012 - This maker's Sauvignon has been one of our top-selling wines for a while now, and their Chardonnay doesn't disappoint either with juicy stone fruit flavours, hints of almonds and a touch of creaminess. A steal at just £7.99 when you buy 2 or more (Save £4!)


Jose Pariente Sauvignon Blanc 2012 - We're seeing more and more quality Sauvignons coming from the Rueda region in Spain as alternatives to the traditional local grape, Verdejo. This is a great example of one of these, with exotic fruit and herbaceous characteristics and a refreshing acidity typical of the grape. Currently £9.99 as part of our 20% off Spanish wines (Was £12.49).


Chardonnay Saint Roch 2011 - The Loire Valley in France is typically more reknowned for it's Sauvignon Blanc (think Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumes) so this is something a little bit different. Being an unoaked Chardonnay this will still please most palates with citrus fruit flavours and a fantastic nutty complexity courtesy of 15 months maturation on it's lees. A great wine to pair with all manner of white fish! Just £8.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more (Save £6!)  

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 05/09/13

Wine of the Week!

Danie de Wet Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Robertson

This wine comes from the De Wetshof Estate which is 10 miles south-east of Robertson where lime-rich soils, coupled with the cooling effect of coastal breezes creates a great environment for slow and measured grape development.

This is an elegant white with aromas of gooseberries and a hint of capers on the nose, a crisp herbaceous palate with zesty fruit and a fresh finish.

Goes well with sushi or sashimi

Only £7.19 when you buy 2 or more bottles of South African wine


Beer of the Month- Anchor Steam BeerDate published: 29/08/13

Beer of the Month

Anchor Steam Beer

The Anchor Brewing Company is an American brewery based in San Francisco. It was founded in 1896 and is one of the last remaining breweries to produce California common beer, also known as Steam Beer, a trademark owned by the company

It is unknown why beer was called Steam, but it is thought it may be linked to the pressure of natural carbonation developing in the beer.

As well as beer the company produce their own whiskey, Old Potrero (named after the hill the brewery stands on) and gin, Junipero

Anchor Steam beer is a deep amber colour with a thick creamy head and a rich flavour. It is virtually hand made with an exceptional respect for the ancient art of brewing

£12.99 for 6

or buy 4 cases

£9.99


Producer in Focus- BoschendalDate published: 29/08/13

BOSCHENDAL

Boschendal is located in South Africa's Western Cape and is one of the oldest estates in South Africa.

The Boschendal vineyards cover 2.54 km² and include Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc with the recent plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz. Boschendal is well known for its white wine.

The company was taken over by Anglo American in 1969 with their main aim to re-establish wines under the Boschendal brand. 1978 saw Achim van Arnim become cellarmaster, vowing to restore pre-eminence for the Estate's produce. This was when “Blanc de Noir” was created, a “blush” white wine made with red grapes. It is this that makes Boschendal stand out.


Majestic Berwick currently stock the following Boschendal wines:

Boschendal Sauvignon Blanc: £8.99

Boschendal Chenin Blanc: £8.49

Boschendal Cabernet Merlot: £8.99

Boschendal Rose: £8.49


New Wine of the WeekDate published: 28/08/13

Domaine Les Yeuses 'Les Epices' Syrah 2010/11, PGI Pays d'Oc

Not far from the Mediterranean, Domaine Les Yeuses is near Mèze in the
Languedoc region. Jean-Paul and Michel Dardé work together with
winemaking consultants to ensure the best results from the soil, vines,
grapes and climate.


It has wonderfully spicy, perfumed Syrah fruit and an elegant softness
and roundness which mark it out as a wine of quality. The finish is long,
with an intriguing bitter-sweet pepper note.


Superb complexity for the money, this award-winning wine will age for 2
-3 years but is fantastic now with all manner of meat dishes

£8.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

Wines of Italy offer now 25% off.Date published: 20/08/13

Italy is the country with the largest amount of vine varieties with over one thousand to choose from. The diversity of Italy's wines is largely down to geography. Grapes are grown from the Mountains right down to the coastal 'Heel'. Here at Majestic we a have great range exploring some of the best Italy has to offer.
As we all know the Italian people have a love for food. With that in mind it's no surprise that the wines are made for food and the food for wine! In both acidity is a key factor. Tomatoe-based pasta has a good acidity which lends itself well to an Italian red. A good wine match would be the Mandrielle Sangiovese. It is crammed full of red fruit and black cherry flavours and its acidity compliments the acidity in the tomatoes. Its a perfect pastine!! match.     

Producer in Focus: de ForvilleDate published: 14/08/13

Producer in Focus- De Forville Wines

This interview was taken from the Majestic Blog and asks for the insights of all things viticultural from one of our favourite producers in Italy. Paulo Anfosso runs de Forville wines in Italy, and make some great examples of Italian classics at an affordable price,


Q. How did you get into wine producing?

A. My brother Valter and I were born into it. We are the fifth generation of the family that started making wine in 1860. We received a beautiful legacy!

Q. What are the most enjoyable and hardest things about the job?

A. A lot of people think it is a lovely and easy job, but being a wine producer in not a simple thing. Bad weather conditions – like hail –can destroy in a few seconds the work of the year. On the opposite side you get a lot of satisfaction knowing people from the other side of the world ask for your products.

Q. What is your favourite grape variety?

A. Nebbiolo. It is the most difficult to make but also the most satisfying in the final results, giving the best expression of fine wines.

Q. What are you drinking at the moment? What foods does it go best with?

A. I taste wines from everywhere, but recently I have been drinking a lot of Dolcetto – a wine that goes with every meal from a simple panino al prosciutto to a pasta or dish of meat.

Q. What’s your top tip for selecting a great wine?

A. Being a winemaker I look to the quality-price ratio of the wine; you know not always the most expensive wine is the best.

Q. If you were told you could only drink one more glass of wine, ever, what would you choose?

A. Hard to answer, in this case I am partisan, I probably would choose a Barbaresco.

Q. What is the most you have ever paid for a bottle of wine?

A. Maybe 100 Euros for a bottle of Sassicaia.

Q. Finally, music to drink wine to?

A. Classical music for the fine wines. Pop music for the others!


For many more articles like this , head to → http://blog.majestic.co.uk/


New Wine of the Week!Date published: 14/08/13

Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire, Famille Negrel




The Negrel family settled at the domaine Mas de Cadenet in 1813, and has now been there for 7 generations.

Sainte Victoire is a sub-region within the Côtes de Provence, situated on the upper parts of the slopes, and is known for producing particularly high quality wines.


Bright salmon pink; typical of the fresh but warm Provence style. Refined and complex on the nose, with summer fruit and floral notes. Dry and crisp, with a delicate flavour and full texture.

Try with chicken in a light sauce, or with delicately spiced Asian cuisine.

£9.99

Buy 2+ bottles save £2 = £8.99*


Giesen Offer ends today!! Date published: 12/08/13

Giesen at £5.99 end today. Its such a cracking wine for the price.Typical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc flavours, tropical, gooseberry and citrus with a zesty acidity. Such a great deal not to be missed. The last day of the offer is 12/08. Hurry.

Berwick Beer FestivalDate published: 11/08/13

From the 6-8th of September the town comes alive with beer lovers and big bears! It is a chance to celebrate the best of North England and Scottish real ales. It is also a chance to come into Majestic Berwick to have a look the local ales we stock plus a few from down South too!  

From the Hadrian and Border Brewery theres 'Tyneside Blonde'. This is traditionally brewed, pale coloured, a great thirst quencher. We also stock there 'Farne Island' too. This smells amazing! Its an amber coloured bitter, brewed in a traditional manner. Perfectly blended and dead refreshing.

We also have a selection of Innis & Gunn beers. The Original oak aged beer is matured over the finest American Oak heartwood to unlock natural flavours from within the oak grain. There are flavours of toffee, vanilla and a light hop fruitiness. Innis & Gunn Blond is best served chilled and a fruity vanilla edge.

Delavals ales are also here at the moment. We have Lindisfarne Castle Dark Ale. It has a real roasted smoky taste and is quite sweet. There is also Souter Lighthouse Best Bitter which is fruity and floral. So whilst you're visiting Berwick for the Beer festival why not come and see us on the North road. Bears welcome too.


Grape In Focus - ViognierDate published: 05/08/13

A grape variety that many have heard of, many may not have heard of, and that many may struggle to pronounce:

- Pronounced vee-ohn-yay - and is the only white grape permitted in the making of the very famous Condrieu from Rhone.

- Legend has it that Emperor Probus brought it to the Rhone region in 281AD

- Once very common, plantations dwindled until 1965, when there was only 8acres producing around 2000 litres of wine a year. Since then the popularity has increased.

-In terms of taste, wines made from the Viognier grape vary greatly depending on the region and country they are from. Natually low in acidity, with floral scented, apricot, peach and honeysuckle notes.

Read it? Try it!

McManis Viognier, California

#7wordwinereview - Rich, fruit driven, perfect with roast chicken!

£8.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

Santa Rita 120 Viognier, Chile

#7wordwinereview Lively, crisp, notes of pineapple and apricot!

£6.39 when you buy 2+ Chilean wines

Gerard Bertrand Viognier, Pays d'Oc

#7wordwinereview Tropical fruits, dried apricots, hazelnuts and honey

£7.99 when you buy 2+


Staff ChoiceDate published: 03/08/13

I highly recommends The new 2013 vintage Ned Sauvignon Blanc. Apart from it's juicy tropical fruit taste it has a real pleasing streak of minerality. Only £7.99 on offer {2+New Zealand}

Top Offer Alert!! Giesen Sauvingon Blanc - £5.99Date published: 02/08/13

Happy weekend everyone

I could go on about how great the offer is on the wonderful Giesen Sauvignon Blanc, but I think it's best summed up in  a few words

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - £5.99 (when you buy 2+ NZ wines)

7WordWineReview - Fruity, Zesty, Summery wine, with refreshing finish.

Not convinced?

Come in and try it - will be open all weekend.





Producer in Focus: La GrilleDate published: 31/07/13

Based at La Grille in Chinon, Charles and Philippa Sydney have spent many years working with the leading wine makers within then Loire to create a unique range of wines that offer choice, quality and consistency : La Grille- The Classic Loire


The idea of La Grille is to make the Loire wines easy. The Loire has over 100 appellations and several thousand producers, making it a rather complicated region. La Grille have created 'The Classic' range to make it easy and affordable to discover the regions classics.


To make it nice and easy they have focused on whether the appellation (Vouvray, Muscadet, Sancerre) or the grape (Sauvignon, Chenin, Pinot Noir) is well known and made that quite big on the label to it is easy to see.


Majestic Berwick currently stock the following La Grille wines:


La Grille Pinot Noir: £7.99 or £6.99*

La Grille Chenin Blanc: £7.99 or £6.99*

La Grille Vouvray: £8.99 or £7.99*

La Grille Touraine Sauvignon Blanc: £7.99 or £6.99*

La Grille Pinot Noir Rose: £7.99 or £6.99*

La Grille Rose D'Anjou: £7.99 or £6.99*


*When you buy 2 or more bottles

New Wine of the Week!Date published: 31/07/13

Churchill Estates 2010 Douro

The Douro region of northern Portugal is better known for the production of Port. However Churchill Estates use the Douro grape variety to produce table (non-fortified) wines.

Churchill Estates purchased new vineyards in 1999 and have since been developing and mastering dry wines. These wines are made using the native Douro grape varieties. The wine is fermented in stainless steel before being aged for 8 months in new and old French oak.


The wine provides ripe cherry and strawberry aromas with a rich, velvety palate. Well integrated tannins lead to a long well-balanced finish.

A great accompaniment to all types of hearty red meat dishes, particularly spicy sausage dishes.

£11.49

Buy 2+ bottles save £3 = £9.99*


Grape in Focus- Pinot GrisDate published: 23/07/13

A grape variety that causes much confusion, here are a few facts for you:

-Pinot Gris is a white grape. It is often seen as a mutant clone of the Pinot Noir grape. The Italian style, Pinot Grigio will be a lot more familiar to most.

-It originated in Burgundy before spreading across Europe to Switzerland and Germany.

-The word 'Pinot' comes from the French word for 'pine cone'. It is suggested that it got this name due to the small pine cone-shaped clusters that it grows in.

-In terms of taste, wines made from the Pinot Gris grape vary greatly depending on the region and country they are from. For example, in California, the Pinot Gris are more light bodied with a crisp, refreshing taste with some pepper and arugula notes. The Pinot Grigio style of Italy is a light-bodied, often lean wine that is light in color with sometimes spritzy flavors that can be crisp and acidic.

Read it? Try it!

Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Gris, Alsace

A straightforward wine offering fresh pair, apricot fruit and a lifted smokiness.

£8.49 when you buy 2+ bottles

King's Thorn Pinto Gris, New Zealand OPEN TO TRY

Honeysuckle and peach aromas. A lightly unctuous and off-dry palate lifted by acidity and a hint of natural spritz. Try with grilled prawns, white meats or creamy cheeses

£9.99 when you buy 2+ NZ wines

St Clair Pioneer Block Pinot Gris, New Zealand

Aromas of ripe pears, almonds and fresh bread. A mouth-filling palate, with a rich, oily texture and layers of ripe melon flavours. Brilliant with lightly spiced Oriental dishes.

£13.99 when you buy 2+ NZ Wines


Producer in focus:- Vintae Matsu rangeDate published: 23/07/13

When you think of Spanish wines, your instant thoughts turn to Rioja with its Crianza, Reserva and Grand Reserva variations. Spain is awash nowadays with talented, ambitious young wine makers ready to explore other regions and varieties.

Spain has a wealth of fantastic vineyards with some vines up to 100 years old. Over the years the potential of these vines has been wasted but are now receiving the recognition they deserve from young companies such as Vintae.


WINEMAKER FACTS

Vintae produce 3 Matsu wines, from Toro in the far west of Spain. They unite the oriental culture of caring for nature (matsu is Japanese for wait) with advanced biodynamic techniques. The 3 Matsu wines are all made from Tinta de Toro which is the local variation of Tempranillo.


Wine Selection

Matsu 'El Picaro'- From circa 50-year-old vines and with just three months in oak, El Picaro (The Rogue) is all about fruit, with lush blackberries to the fore and a fresh, mineral finish .£9.99 or £7.99*

Matsu 'El Recio'- 14 months in oak and fruit from 90 to 100-year-old vines make El Recio (The Tough One) a serious wine whose intense chocolate, deep black fruit and vanilla aromas give way to a subtle mineral core offset by a silky, unctuous character. £15.99 or £12.99*

Matsu 'El Viejo'- From 110-year-old vines, the superb, full-bodied El Viejo (The Old One) delivers a powerful aromatic array of pencil lead, spice box, lavender and black cherry. £25.00 or £20.00*


*(when you buy 2 or more bottles)


New Wine of the WeekDate published: 23/07/13

Our new Wine of the Week comes all the way from the Marlborough region of New Zealand: The King's Thorn Pinot Gris.

An apt name for a complicated grape. Pinot Gris requires a very measured approach in order to achieve a balance of texture, sweetness, acidity and fruit character. This excellent example from the Marisco Vineyards treads the fine line between the Alsatian and Italian styles..

Delicately pink in colour, indicating natural sun ripening. Aromas of honeysuckle and peach, a light unctuous and off-dry palate are lifted by acidity and a hint of natural spritz.

The King's Thorn is delicious on its own but a brilliantly versatile food wine. Try with grilled prawns, white meats or creamy cheeses

Producer in focus: Santa Rita 120 rangeDate published: 16/07/13

According to legend, 120 patriots, exhausted after a long hard battle during the fight for Chile's independence, reached the lands belonging to Santa Rita.  On that fateful night in 1814, these forces of liberty found refuge in the estate cellars.

Today, within those same cellars, the award winning 120 wines are crafted to honor  their heroic character.

The 120 range are young, elegant and fruity wines, perfectly balanced with soft tannins in their reds and good acidity in their whites. Exceptional value makes “120” an outstanding line of wines for everyday drinking.

In Majestic Berwick we currently stock: Santa Rita 120 Viognier, Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay, Santa Rita 120 Merlot, Santa Rita 120 Carmenere, Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc.

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 16/07/13

To celebrate a very good Ashes 1st test and in time for the start of the 2nd test, our new wine of the week is the Jim Barry Cover Drive, Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.

Jim Barry purchased the old Penola cricket ground situated on the famous Terra Rossa soil in the Coonawarra and planted thirty acres of Cabernet Sauvignon.  This unique site was the inspiration for the Cover Drive.

The wine produces a fragrant aroma and a generous palate with the succulent tannins bringing together the blackcurrant, liquorice and cherry flavours.

Can be enjoyed immediately, but will reward cellaring for 5 years or more.

Pub, Restaurant or Business Customer?Date published: 16/07/13

Do you own or manage your own business? Are you looking to change supplier? Do you want more flxibility?

If the answer is YES then you might want to consider a Majestic Wine account facility.

Majestic Wine opened a year ago in Berwick-upon-Tweed and we are looking for independent restaurants, hotels, pubs & bars in the surrounding areas. Majestic have years of experience looking after our business customers and understand meeting their needs is paramount.

Benefits include:

Unrivaled expertise and competitive pricing

An extensive range

Exclusive labels for the on-trade

Staff training

Food and wine matching advice

Wine list production service

Flexible delivery 7 days a week

Friendly and helpful staff

Are you interested or need more information?

TEL: 01289 303 224

Email: but@majestic.co.uk

Or pop into our branch and a member of the team will be happy to help:

North Road, Berwick, TD15 1QQ


Grape in Focus - Sauvignon BlancDate published: 16/07/13

One of our best sellers in Majestic, but here is a few little factoids about a grape that has become so popular in recent years!

- Originates from the Bordeaux and Loire regions of France

- France, New Zealand, Chile, California, Australia and South Africa are the main producers of this great grape

- Main Flavour characteristics are Gooseberries. grass, minerality, flint, tropical fruit, passion fruit (depending on climate)

- Grapes grow best where there is a lot of sunshine, but not too much heat, where the grapes will lose acidity and have a dull flavour.

Read it? Try it!

Santa Carolina Sauvignon Blanc, Chile OPEN TO TRY

7wordwinereview - ripe grapefruit  mango and pineapple, crisp + refreshing

£5.99 when you buy 2+ Chilean Wines

Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

7wordwinereview - Gooseberry, lychee with leafy complexity, summer time!

£8.99 when you buy 2+ NZ wines

FINEWINE CHOICE

Greywacke Sauvignon, New Zealand

Founded in 2009, and is the brainchild of Kevin Judd, former winemaker of Cloudy Bay for 25 years.

Lots of melon, peach and papaya are accompanied by hints of tomato leaf. The palate is crisp but remarkably mouth-filling

£15.99 when you buy 2+ NZ Wines





Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 12/07/13

This Saturday (Sat 13th) We'll have open the Prosecco Treviso from Pasqua.

This Fizz has a mixture of peach, pear and tropical fruit notes. Lightly off-dry, for a refreshing, easy-going flavour.

Anyway, you don't want to read about a wine when you can taste it!!

Sparkiling Saturday at Majestic Berwick


Grape in Focus - CarmenèreDate published: 12/07/13

Carmenère - pronounced "car-min-YEHR" (thanks unnamed search engine!) - and the name originates from the French Carmin (Crimson to you and me. It is a grape that originated in the Medoc region of Bordeaux around the 18th Century, although is no longer associated with that area.

It is however most famous in Chile, where it was discovered in 1994 on a vineyard they previously thought was Merlot grapes, due to their similar properties - and possible due to being imported from Bordeaux in previous generations. It's a late ripening grape, which produces Merlot-like smoothness, with Cabernet Sauvignon-like structure and earthiness. Carménère wine has a deep red colour and aromas found in red fruits, spices and berries - sounds great!

We have a load of great Carmenère from Chile in stock at the moment with 20% off.

Here are a few of my favourites

Errazuriz Carmenère 2011 Aconcagua Valley

7wordwinereview - Spicy, dark fruit with chocolate and coffee 

£7.99 when you buy 2+ Chilean Open to try

Santa Rita 120 Carmenère 2012 Rapel Valley

7wordwinereview - bright brambly fruit and subtle notes spicy notes

£6.39 when you buy 2+ Chilean

Purple Angel Carmenère 2009 Montes - Hurry 1 left!

7wordwinereview - full bodied, dark chocolate, cigar, plum, amazing.

£26 when you buy 2+ Chilean

Chilean Tasting WeekDate published: 11/07/13

The Chilean tasting week starts tomorrow and here are the first wines we'll have open to try over the weekend!

Click on the link for a bit more information about each

Whites

Santa Carolina Sauvignon Blanc £5.99 http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-39292

Errazuriz Chardonnay £7.99 http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-39179

Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc £6.39 http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-39231

Rosé

Yali Wetlands Merlot Rosé £5.99  http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-08162

Reds

Mister Shiraz £6.99 http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-39319

Errazuriz Carmenere £7.99 http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-39192

Casa Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Merlot £13.99 http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-39111




New Local BeersDate published: 11/07/13

We've just had a delivery of a couple of cases of local ales from Delaval Brewery.

Named after Seaton Delaval Hall, as when the house Hall was undergoing restoration, they found a 200 year old out of work brewery in the cellars. This brewery was set up in conjunction with the national trust, and currently produce 4 beers named after local landmarks in the North-East

Seaton Delaval Hall Pale Ale
Lindisfarne Castle Dark Ale
Souter Lighthouse Best Bitter
Washington Old Hall Honey Beer

In stock at the moment we are trialling the Lindisfarne Castle and the Souter Lighthouse, but be quick, we only have a couple of cases of each.

If you're interested in local beers - come on down!



Wine of the Week!Date published: 09/07/13

M de Minuty Rosé 2012 Côtes de Provence



Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.

Extremely pale pink, with light and crisp flavours that on a warm summer's day will take you to the mediterranean if you close your eyes.

Enjoy with a Tricoloré salad or fresh shellfish

Chosen by:Michael

£12.99

Buy 2+ bottles save £6 = £9.99*


Bit of Beaujolais?Date published: 05/07/13

1) It's a region of three parts. In the North are the Beaujolais Crus making famous wines such as Moulin a vent, Broully and Fleurie. Beaujolais-Villages is in the centre and Beaujolais lays to the south.

2) Beaujolais is made from the Gamay grape, which produces fruity red wines generally made to be drunk young.

3) Only manual harvesting is allowed in Beaujolais. Whole bunches can be therefore thoroughly checked for quality control. The grapes are then vatted in uncrushed bunches and undergo carbonic maceration, which is a very traditional method for this region.

4) Beaujolais' richer, more powerful Crus wines aren't as well-known as the wines form the neighboring Burgundy, which means bargains for savvy shoppers. 5) Beaujolais is perfect with Camembert; as the cheese melts away the smoothness of the wine creates a great balance. Also duck, chicken or turkey are suitable for these wines.


Champagne - Why it's so Great!Date published: 04/07/13

Champagne The Traditional Method


Champagne is often regarded as a drink of prestige and class. It is often reserved for special occasions, usually demanding a higher price. Hopefully this article can shed some light on what makes this drink so special....


Although Champagne is predominately white, 66% of the grapes used are red. Champagne is made using Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Menuier grapes. When picking the grapes mechanical harvesting is forbidden, thus ensuring the grapes are not damaged. They also want to ensure that the grapes are pressed as gently as possible as the harder the pressing the greater the risk of extracting the colour and tannin. Traditionally all grapes are pressed in a shallow vertical press. From the best quality grapes 120 litres of juice can be taken from 160kg of grapes. The first 82 litres is called the cuvee and the remaining 20 the taille. The best champagne is made solely from the cuvee.


The first step is primary fermentation. The best producers store and ferment the cuvee and taille from each grape variety and from each village separately. Fermentations tend to take place in stainless steel vats, but oak is also used. Prior to the start of fermentation the juice is clarified by sedimentation to ensure little development of savoury non-fruit flavours. The resulting wine is dry, with neutral flavour character, high acidity and moderate alcohol.


Blending then occurs. The champagne region is dependent on this process as the best way to achieve the necessary volume and quality is to blend wines from different villages, varieties and vintages. Once the blend is made it is then subject to tartrate stabilisation prior to secondary fermentation.


A liquid called liqueur de tirage is then added to the blend. This is a mixture of wine, sugar, yeast nutrients and a clarifying agent. The bottle is then closed with a crown cap with a plastic cup-shaped insert. Bottles are then staked horizontally in the producers at a temperature of around 10-12 degrees. At this temperature the secondary takes 6-8 weeks to complete. The slow fermentation encourages greater flavour development. The alcohol is raised by 1.5-2 per cent abv and the carbon dioxide generated by the yeast dissolves into the wine creating the sparkle. This creates pressure in the bottle equivalent to six atmospheres.
Once the fermentation is complete the yeast dies and forms a sediment of lees in the bottle over a period of months or years. These yeast cells break down releasing proteins and other chemical compounds into the wine, known as yeast autolysis. These compounds create flavours such as bread, biscuit and toast.


The next step is to remove the lees sediment. This is done by a process of riddling and disgorgement. Riddling involves moving the bottle very slowly from a horizontal position to an inverted vertical position. The yeast sediment is dislodged and slides en masse down the side of the bottle collecting in the plastic insert under the grown cap. This process is labour intensive and expensive. Traditionally it was done by a remueur however some producers now use a machine called a gyropalette which can hold 500 bottles and is regularly rotated and inclined.


Next the neck of the bottle is submerged into a very cold brine solution, which freezes the wine in the neck. The crown cap seal is then removed and the pressure created by the dissolved carbon dioxide ejects the frozen wine taking the sediment and plastic cup insert with it.


Finally the wine is topped up with a mixture of wine and sugar cane solution called liqueur d'expedition. This is used to balance the acidity of the wine but it also adds to the flavour. The sugar in this solution, usually referred to as dosage, determines the final level of sweetness. The bottle is then sealed with a cork held secure by a wire cage. Champagne is then aged. 15 months for Non-Vintage and 36 months for Vintage.


People often get confused by labeling terms such as Brut, Extra Brut and Sec so here is a quick break down, from dry to sweet.


Brut Nature – dry (No dosage)
Extra Brut – dry
Brut – dry to off-dry
Extra-Sec – off-dry to medium dry
Sec- medium dry
Demi-Sec- Sweet
Doux- Luscious


Finally why vintage over non-vintage, whats the difference?


People often query what makes a vintage champagne that bit more expensive than the non-vintage. Firstly a Vintage is produced only in declared outstanding vintages. It will be from the best vineyards where the grapes are more expensive. As it is made from the better vineyards it will be of superior quality. A vintage champagne also requires longer ageing before release. It will be in limited supply. Taking all of this into consideration, vintage champagne is considered a luxury and often demands a premium price.

These are a few of my personal favourites.....

Heidsieck Gold Top 2007, £20
http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-22386

Moet 2002/04, £42
http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-22127

Bollinger Special Cuvée, £32 or buy 6 save £12 - £30p/b
http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-22050

Fancy some Champagne? We've got some smashing deals on at the moment so get in touch and we will be happy to provide some suggestions...

Staff Favourite!Date published: 04/07/13

Prosecco di Conegliano, Valdobbiadene


Why it is a favourite of mine?:  I'm a big fan of sparkling wine, Champagne, anything with bubbles in really, and on my hunt for an affordable sparkler to impress my friends and family alike, I plumped for this (a few years ago now). Light in body with fresh pear, apple and pineapple notes, it is very difficult to dislike, but very easy to love. I always try and snap up a bottle or two to keep in the rack for that odd day when the sun is out!

How I came across it: I was looking for a lighter alternative to Champagne, and it's quite hard to miss in its big yellow box,

What I like to drink it with: Perfect on it's own when the sun is out, or you've got a few friends over!

£9.99 special offer

Beer of the Month - Brooklyn Brewery LagerDate published: 04/07/13

Beer of the Month

Brooklyn Brewery Lager

Brooklyn Brewery was founded in 1987, by journalist Steve Hindy and banker Tom Potter, and have gone on to make some of the best craft beers and lagers around.

Master brewer Garrett Oliver arrived in 1994, and has helped Brooklyn Brewery to become one of the most sought after beers around today. Compared to some mass produced beers and lagers, theirs have a distinctive taste. He's a big fan of food and beer matching and published the book “The Brewmaster's Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food” in 2003.

Brooklyn lager is amber-gold in colour and uses the British technique of Dry-hopping in a Viennese-style beer, resulting in a smooth lager that's versatile with food. It has a refreshing bitterness that makes you want to take one more sip, rounded of with a pleasant floral aroma

£12.99 for 6

or buy 4 cases

£9.99


Producer in Focus - Georges DuboeufDate published: 03/07/13

Georges Duboeuf, nicknamed le roi du Beaujolais (the king of Beaujolais) or sometimes pape du Beaujolais (Pope of Beaujolais), is the founder of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf.  It is one of the largest and best-known wine merchants in France and is especially known for its popularization and production of Beaujolais wines.

Duboeuf helped on the family vineyard growing up, cranking the manual grape crusher when he was just six.  At the age of 18 he began delivering wine on his bike from producers to local restaurants. 

Les Vins Georges Duboeuf produces more than 2.5 million cases of wine annually.  His wine labels are easily recognizable by their use of colourful flower images and the distinctive Duboeuf inisgnia.

Georges Duboeuf still heads the company with his son Franck.


Majestic Wine Berwick stocks the following wines: Julienas Flower Label, Fleurie Duboeuf and Beaujolais Villages Duboeuf.

In November we will also stock the Beaujolais Nouveau, which is the earliest release of Beaujolais on the 3rd Thursday of November.

New Wine of the Week!Date published: 03/07/13

NO WIMPY WINES!

That is the motto for Ravenswood, the producer of our wine of the week.  Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2010.

Lodi, situated in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World.  Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, they produce powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's motto.

Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas.  This wine is bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.

Having a cheese platter or a flavourful duck dish?  Then this wine is perfect.  Also a pleasure to drink by itslelf, enjoy this lovely red wine over the next four years.

AIX Rose 2012, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence. A party ready magnum!Date published: 29/06/13

We have an unashamedly vibrant and summery magnum of AIX Rose for £19.99. 


Perfect for summer parties and BBQs (no more sun this summer now i've mentioed BBQs!)


The AIX Rose is an award winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Seouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rose.


The AIX Rose, with its birght pink colour and delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit is a must buy rose.


Why not indulge yourself this summer!

Wine of the Week!!Date published: 25/06/13

Mâcon Villages Blanc 'Les Roches Blanches' Louis Jadot



The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the superior quality vineyards from around the village of Loché, southwest of Mâcon in southern Burgundy.

Made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish.

A nice apéritif, this will also partner white fish dishes well.

Chosen by:

Mike


£10.99

Buy 2+ bottles save £6 = £7.99*

*when you buy 2+bottles.


Need a Wine List?Date published: 24/06/13

Do you own or manage your own business? Are you looking to change supplier? Do you want more flxibility?

If the answer is YES then you might want to consider a Majestic Wine account facility.

Majestic Wine opened a year ago in Berwick-upon-Tweed and we are looking for independent restaurants, hotels, pubs & bars in the surrounding areas. Majestic have years of experience looking after our business customers and understand meeting their needs is paramount.

Benefits include:

Unrivaled expertise and competitive pricing

An extensive range

Exclusive labels for the on-trade

Staff training

Food and wine matching advice

Wine list production service

Flexible delivery 7 days a week

Friendly and helpful staff

Are you interested or need more information?

TEL: 01289 303 224

Email: but@majestic.co.uk

Or pop into our branch and a member of the team will be happy to help:

North Road, Berwick, TD15 1QQ


Fine Wine at House Wine PricesDate published: 24/06/13

How much would you pay for a bottle of house wine in your local gastro pub? I would say somewhere in the region of £15- £25 depending on the pub in question. So why not spend that on a bottle of something super special at Majestic and enjoy it in the comfort of your own home. We have a fantastic range of fine wines from Blockbuster Aussie Shiraz to classically sophisticated Meursault and we are currently offering a Buy 2 save £8 on all selected fine wines. That way you can choose any 2 from the range and enjoy a saving that allows you to drink fine wine at house wine prices...brilliant! Here is my pick of the bunch;

Au Bon Climat Chardonnay 2010, Santa Barbara - from the warm Southern area of California with ripe apple, acacia, buttered toast and hazelnut characteristics. Bold and powerful yet focused and elegant with a long and involving finish. Bringing the Californian sunshine to Devon, excellent with fragrant Thai chicken dishes. £22.00 each or buy any 2 selected Fine wines save £8 = £18.00

Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010, Domaine Durieu - Established in 1976 by Paul Durieu this estate remains family owned and is now run by Vincent and Francois, Paul's sons. From low yielding old vines which provide deep concentrated fruit and firm yet silky tannins - a classic example of the typical Chateuneuf power, with fresh cherry, bramble fruit with a hint of thyme and sage. The perfect partner to a classic beef wellington. £23.00 each or buy and 2 selected Fine wine save £8 = £19.00

Chateau Grand Faurie la Rose 2007, St-Emilion Grand Cru - This wine come from a small family owned winery (who also own neighboring Chateau Larmande) the area has St-Emilions trademark lime and sand soils. A great example of a medium bodied claret with a mature nose of sweet spice, leather and clove along side blackberry and prune, all brought together on the pallet with super fine tannins. Match this classic Claret with a classic Sunday roast lamb. £19.99 each or buy any 2 selected Fine wine save £8 = £15.99

Staff Favourite!Date published: 23/06/13

Pouilly-Fumé Jean Vincent 2010

Why it is a favourite of mine?: I've always been a lover of New Zealand Sauvignon, and because of this I thought I'd broaden my horizons and have recently been working my way through our selection of Sauvignon's from the Loire Valley, from Touraine Sauvignon, through to Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé (and thoroughly enjoyed myself!). Now while I pretty much give them all the thumbs up, one of them stuck out due to the fact it is just great value. Coming in at £9.99 when on offer, this is the cheapest Pouilly-Fumé we stock at the moment, but what it lacks in price it more than makes up for in flavour. A palate packed full of fresh gooseberry, but with that unmistakeable smoky, gun-flint characteristic you only get with super wines from in and around the Loire!

How I came across it: It's a fairly new arrival into Majestic, and I always try to sample the newbies as soon as possible

What I like to drink it with: Perfect on it's own or with a fresh shellfish dish!


£11.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2+


New Sparkling Wine OffersDate published: 23/06/13

New Sparkling Wine Offers

Oyster Bay Brut NV £9.99

New Zealand

Made from 100% chardonnay. This is a lovely fruit driven style. White peach flavours, with zesty lime notes. The perfect match to fresh seafood.

Trilogy Cuvee Brut NV £8.99

Australia

Jacob's Creek premium sparkling wine. Made from the 3 classic champagne grapes, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Citrus on the nose, following onto breadcrust and yeasty notes. Creamy and elegant on the palate, a great alternative to champagne for any celebration.

Trilogy Cuvee Rose NV £8.99

Australia

Again made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Fresh raspberries and strawberries on the nose with a hint of biscuity lift. Beautiful ripe fruit on the palate with a rounded creamy texture. Match with Salmon and horseradish blinis as a real treat.


Now for some Fine Wine Burgundian style....Date published: 20/06/13

Oh yes its that time of the month to sample a fine wine at a house wine price. Visit us at Majestic Berwick to tuck into a taster. 

The star of the show on the tasting counter is Beaune 1er Cru Rouge 2008, Louis Jadot. Made from a blend of wines from a range of Premier Cru vineyards, this is an excellent quality Pinot Noir. Matured in French barrigues for 16 months, the wine displays a fine balance between tight structure and softness.

Hints of violets on the nose are followed by delicious savory, fleshy redcurrant fruit on the palate.

Can be enjoyed with roasted red meats and mild creamy cheeses.

A must try wine perfect for all the summer BBQ's. £19 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines.

New Wine of the Week!Date published: 19/06/13

New wine of the week is the L'instant Truffier Malbec 2012, Rigal, PGI Cotes du Lot.


The Rigal family are one of the premier producers of Cahors and have extended their operation to include vineyards throughout the Lot Valley which provides the perfect conditions for growing Malbec.


It is dense, blackish purple, with aromas of black cherry and bramble fruit, along with hints of anise and prune.  The palate is bold and robust, framing juicy fruit with peppery tannins.


Enjoy with chargrilled pork ribs fresh off the barbie this summer!

Rose Tasting Week!Date published: 18/06/13

Here at Majestic Berwick we love Rosé, so we're really excited for the Rosé tasting week we've got coming up.


We'll have a selection of our best offers and best pink wines open to try


FRIDAY 28TH JUNE - THURSDAY 4TH JUNE


With a dedicated tasting tutorial at 12pm and 3pm on Saturday 29th June - call 01289303224 to book you place!

The Brilliant Chateau MusarDate published: 18/06/13


Lebanese wine might seem obscure but the wines of Chateau Musar are unique expressions of a country with an ancient wine-making culture, as vines have been cultivated from Lebanon's high altitude Bekaa Valley for over 6,000 years.

Concentrated plum and blackberry fruit, hints of fig, prune, distinct liquorice and spice.

Can be enjoyed with everything from French-style roast lamb, to North-African cuisine.

This is a must try wine and perfect for the BBQ season as well as the cold wintery months.

£19.99


Producer in Focus - St. ClairDate published: 17/06/13

The Saint Clair name comes from the vineyard property. James Sinclair built one of the first homes in Blenheim and had a lot to do with the initial development of the town.

The Saint Clair Family Estate was founded by the Ibbotson family. They have over 30 years viticulture knowledge of the Marlborough region. It is very much a family business with their son Tony and daughters Sarina and Julie all heavily involved in the running of the business.

The company's mission is to create world-class wines that exceed their customers every expectation.

The Saint Clair range of wines are regularly winning awards and the brand is synonymous with quality.

Currently in Majestic Berwick we stock the Estate Selection Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir along with the Pioneer Block Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Gruner Veltliner and Gewurztraminer.


Buying for a business, pub or restaurant?Date published: 16/06/13

Do you run a bar, pub or restaurant? Have you been let down by your supplier or do you fancy changing your wine list?

We have a dedicated commercial team who can help! Trade only wines, flexible delivery tiimes and all the expertise you need.

Contact us in store on 01289303224.

The Ashes- The Ultimate Battle between England and AustraliaDate published: 13/06/13

Are you going to be watching The Ashes this summer?

Then why not take part in the battle between Australia and England with our large array of Australian wines and English beers.

Would you put Black Sheep Ale in to bat first against the spin bowling of William Hardy Signature Chardonnay 2012?

A few key players for you to consider beginning with Australia:

William Hardy Signature Chardonnay 2012- Offers a citrusy, tropical fruit element to the team. £6.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles

Peter Lehmann Shiraz 2010- Enjoys a BBQ, especially a burger.  Full bodied like Ian Botham. £8.79 when you buy at least 2 bottles

BVC Cabernet Sauvignon 2010- Juicy fruit and dark chocolate.  Brings experience to the team. £9.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles


And now for England:

Black Sheep Ale: The not so well known brother of Black Sheep Bitter. Full of flavour and packs a punch.  Great batsman! £20.40 when you buy 2 cases of bottled ale

Marstons's Pedigree- Very reliable player.  This bitter is most definately the captain of the team. £18.00 when you buy 2 cases of bottled ale

Old Speckled Hen- The experienced old guard of the team.  Very strong player and likely to be key as wicket keeper. £23.40 when you buy 2 cased of bottled ale


And a wildcard for each team:

Australia: Coopers Pale Ale- Crisp, fruity and refreshing.  Key Australian spin bowler. £17.99

England: Chapel Down Bacchus 2011- This wine demonstrates the considerable potential of English wines. £10.99


Beer of the Month - St. Stefanus, Belgian BlondeDate published: 07/06/13

A new arrival to us in Berwick, and one I've throughly enjoyed sampling.

Originating from Sint Stefanus, the Augustinian order in Ghent, this is a Blonde Belgian beer brewed using 3 different yeasts, and is refermented in the bottle. At 7% this packs a punch, and comes in classy 750ml bottles. Each batch is matured for 3months before release, and changes character the longer you leave it. Open it up early, and you'll get a fresh and fruity character - give it 12 months and you'll have something much more complex and aromatic!


£5.99 p/bottle

£35.94 per case of 6!

Majestic Flash Sale!Date published: 06/06/13

Majestic Flash Sale!

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc £5.99 http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-37010

Rioja Reserva 2006, Vina Eguia £5.99  http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-14474

*when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case


The Parcel SeriesDate published: 05/06/13

The Parcel Series

On occasion Majestic manages to get hold of special parcels of wine from premium wineries around the world.

These are our current batch of parcels which are extremely good value and if bottled under the producer's label would command a much higher price, snap them up before they're gone!

The Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

An Impressively fruity Cabernet from Chile's Maipo Valley, which has been hand-picked from Mature vines in the foothills of the Andes. Matured in French oak for 18 months until release. Packed full of ripe red berries, vanilla and soft dark spice – not to be missed!

£7.99

when bought with another Chilean wine (£9.99 single bottle)

The Parcel Series Sémillon Sauvignon 2011

From the Margaret River area of Australia, the fruit is sourced from the cooler areas in the southern half of the region, giving it more freshness. A fruity palate including peaches and passion fruit!

£5.99

when bought with another Australian wine (£7.49 single bottle)

Parcel Series Shiraz 2011

From the Western Cape in South Africa comes the first of our two South African Parcels, this is the ultimate BBQ wine. Dark spice, with mulberry and plum fruit, with nuances of liquorice.

£5.99

when you buy 2 bottles (£7.99 single bottle)

Parcel Series Merlot 2012


Also from the Western Cape in South Africa comes the second of our two South African Parcels. This has smooth plum, raspberry and inviting dark chocolate!

£5.99

when you buy 2 bottles (£7.99 single bottle)


Wine of the Week!Date published: 05/06/13

Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough



One of my personal favourites and has been for years, the Goldwater is classic Sauvignon Blanc in character. Goldwater estates practice sustainable viticulture and strict fruit picking, and also age part of their wine on the lees to add depth and complexity.

Gooseberry, elderflower and hints of minerality notes often found in wines from Sancerre.

Perfect with seafood or salads,

Chosen by:

Mike

£9.99

Buy 2+ bottles save %20 = £7.99*

*when you buy 2+bottles of NZ wine, excludes sparkling.


£12 for champagneDate published: 04/06/13

We have 9x bottles of Comte de Lamotte n/v at !!! £12!!! call us to reserve yours. Once they are gone they are gone.

Today's Customer ChoiceDate published: 03/06/13

David Thwaites who was born and bred in Alnwick and is back from Australia for his summer holidays has chosen to drink:

Vina Eguia Reserva. Why? I hear you ask. For its undoubted quality, value for money and its rich dark fruit and weighty yet elegant body. 

£9.99 Buy2+ bottles =£5.99.


Tuscan delightDate published: 03/06/13

If you're tempted to treat yourself and try one of our new Italian reds then this Tuscan wine promises to be amazing. Le Volte dell'Ornellaia 2011 marries Bordeaux varieties with the local Sangiovese. It also has over ten months in old oak barriques. Ornellaia are the producers and Le Volte is a wine that is approachable and can be drunk young. It has a rich black fruit core and is surrounded by fine-grained tannins, giving a firm structure and a sense of opulence. Instead of paying over the odds for a bottle in a restaurant why not indulge and buy yourself a great quality wine to savour at home.

£18.00 when you buy any 2 selected Fine Wines save £8. Fine wine at house wine prices....

#7wordwinereview. Early-drinking, rich black fruit, firm structure. 

New Wine of the Week!Date published: 29/05/13

We have a very nice wine of the week for you all to try this week!  Matsu El Picaro 2012.

Picaro means 'rogue' or 'rascal', and this rapscallion of a wine is a youthful interpretation of the Toro region's style. The grapes come from mature vines of over 50 years of age, but the wine spends only three months in oak, preserving their natural fruit profile.

Vivid crimson-purple in the glass. Aromas are of ripe blackberries and raspberries, with subtle hints of fresh cocoa. The palate is bold yet supple, with ripe tannins and a mineral grip.

Enjoy on its own or with boldly flavoured pasta dishes or spicy meat skewers.

£9.99 single bottle price. £7.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles, Save £4 when you buy 2 bottles.

Pop in and have a try and stock up in time for the return of the BBQ weather and something called summer?!


Dom Pérignon 2004Date published: 25/05/13

Only released this week, we have an online exclusive for you Prestige Cuvée fans.

Described as a return to a highly elegant and refined style, this is the perfect Champagne to toast those special occasions!

I won't go on too much,

Here it is

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-dom/product-is-22026x6

Great short term dealsDate published: 21/05/13

Up until Monday the 3rd we have some deals worth mentioning. If champagne is your drink of choice why not splash out on Taittinger at only £25! 

Macon-Lugny, Louis Latour is down to £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

Beaujolais-villages, Georges Duboeuf down to £5.99 when you buy any 2 plus Beaujolais wines.

Belleruche, Chapoutier is down at £7.99 when you buy 2+ bottles.

Minimum purchase six bottles any mix. I'm certainly going to be treating myself to the of champers. 


Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de BlancsDate published: 21/05/13

The lindauer Special Reserve range is a step up from the standard range, spending 24 months on its lees rather than the usual 15 months. In my book its a real find at only £8.99 until the 3rd of June. It is a sparkling with depth and elegance and is great to drink any night but especially with friends for a party.

Tasting EveningDate published: 15/05/13

Its coming closer. Our amazing tasting evening. There's some places left. This Friday the 17th evening starting at 6.30pm. About fifteen different wines to try and lots of beautiful cheeses from Vallebona.

New Wine of the Week!Date published: 15/05/13

Domaine la Chautarde Rose, 2012.

The Vineyard is situated just near the city of Brignoles in Provence. The wine is made from a blend of grapes: grenache, cinsault, syrah and carignan-making it a well balanced refreshing Rose.

The aroma is pure red fruits such as red cherry and strawberry. Hints of delicate nectarine and watermelon bring a softness to the wine. The palate is refreshing and a soft acidity brings balance to the wine. 

One of my favourites, should not be missed.

Buy 2+ bottles =£6.99

Summer Wine EveningDate published: 12/05/13

Wine Tasting Evening

Friday 17th May

6.30pm-8.30pm

The summer tasting is an opportunity for you to come and join us in store and taste some fantastic wines. We will have some old favourites and some exciting new things to try. We will also have some excellent cheeses available from the artisan Vallebonna delicatessan!

Spaces available.

See below for the wines we are sampling.

Oyster Bay Brut N/V - £13.99 or buy 2 or more bottles save £6 £10.99

The Parcel Series, Sauvignon Semillon, Margaret River - £7.49 or buy any 2 Australian wines save 20% £5.99

The Ned, Pinot Grigio, Marlborough - £9.99 or buy 2 New Zealand wines save 20% £7.99

Chateau Pigoudet, Rose, Aix-en-Provence - £9.99 or buy 2 or more bottles save £2 £8.99 

Chablis Domaine de Chantemerle, Boudin, Burgundy - £13.99 or buy 2 or more bottles save £2 £12.99

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough - £27.50 or buy 2 or more New Zealand wines save 20% £21.99

Yali Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchaqua Valley - £8.74 or buy 2 or more Chilean wines save 20% £6.99

La Garnacha, Salvaje del Moncayo, Ebro Valley, Spain - £9.99 or buy 2 or more bottles save £4 £7.99

Julienas Flower label, Georges Duboeuf - £11.24 or buy 2 or more Beaujolais wines save 20% £8.99

The Lodge Hill Shiraz, Jim Barry, Clare Valley - £13.74 or buy any two Australian wines save 20% £10.99

Angelique de Monbousquet, St-Emilion Grand Cru - £19.99 or buy 2 bottles save £2 £18.99

New Wine! Wine of the Week!Date published: 01/05/13

Pouilly-Fumé 2010 Jean Vincent


A family owned vineyard situated in the heart of Pouilly-sur-Loire. The vineyard is made up of a variety of different plots. Grapes from each site are vinified separately to ensure each parcel retains individual characteristics.

Intensely aromatic on the nose, concentrating on gooseberry fruit and flinty minerality. The wine has a long steely finish.

Drink on its own as an aperitif or with simple seafood.

£11.99

Buy 2+ bottles save £4 = £9.99*


Sophie's Top Food and Wine Matching TipsDate published: 25/04/13

Sophie's Top Food and Wine Matching Tips

Weight

Match the weight of the food with the weight of the wine
Rich, meaty dishes need full-bodied wines
For lighter food like poultry and fish opt for a more delicate wine

I suggest...

A full bodied Australian Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz with roast beef or hearty stews. With roast duck or lighter meat dishes try a Pinot Noir, New Zealand and Chilean are very nice! Try Gavi with delicate poached white fish


Flavour Intensity

Match full flavours together.

Sometimes the flavour characteristics of food and wine are similar therefore it can be easier to match these,

My suggestions..

Muscat with light fruit based desserts Gewurztraminer (literally means "Spice Traminer") goes well with spicy dishes. This is because the wine often has flavours of white pepper, ginger and all spice. Try a wine that has been aged in new oak barrels to go with creamy or buttery dishes. Oak tends to impart buttery, vanilla flavours to wine. For seafood and shellfish, stick to more delicate whites such as Pinot Grigio, Soave and Muscadet as this will compliment the lighter flavours in the food.

Acidity

When having fatty foods a high acidity wine will cut through the greasiness and when oily it will help clean the palate.

A classic combination is Champagne with salmon. They go perfectly together as the high acidity in the Champagne cuts through the natural oiliness of the fish Try a high acidic Italian red such as Chianti, Valpolicella or Montepulciano to go with those dishes full of tomato. Both have natural high acidity so work well when paired.


Tannin

Food with lots of texture, like steak or duck needs a wine that has more tannin.
Tannin is what makes your mouth seem dry when you drink a wine. It comes from red grape skins and the stalks used in the wine-making process. The wines tannins are basically attracted to fatty proteins. They attract themselves to the protein molecules and effectively strip them from your mouth.

High tannin varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Tannat as they all have thick skins.

I think..

Rioja Gran Reserva Rioja would go excellently with Lamb dishes.

Or

Try an a full-bodied Argentinian Malbec with a meaty steak.


Sweetness

The main rule is the wine should always be as sweet or sweeter than the food.
Sweetness in the wine also goes well with rich foods.

Sauternes & Barsac are a great match with rich foods like pate or foie gras. Try Port with your stilton as the sweetness balances the salt in the cheese.


If your stuck for ideas please ask one of the team to make some suggestions!


Buying for a business, pub or restaurant?Date published: 24/04/13

Do you run a bar, club or restaurant? Have you been let down by your supplier or do you fancy changing your wine list?

We have a dedicated commercial team who can help! Trade only wines, flexible delivery tiimes and all the expertise you need.

Contact us in store on 01289303224.

Improved Deal on Louis Roederer NVDate published: 24/04/13

Improved Deal on Louis Roederer NV

At £29 I thought this was an absolutely splendid buy, but coming into work this morning to the news that this excellent Champagne has been reduced to £25, I felt like I was still asleep and dreaming!

From the Champagne House that gives you the Prestige Cuvée 'Cristal', comes this brillian non-vintage Champagne, which is deliciously rich, fruity and has a wonderful nutty yeastiness to it.

Check out some of the other customers reviews here;

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-22090

Available until Monday 29th April

Wine of the Week!Date published: 24/04/13

Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 Viña Eguía


Located in the Rioja Alavesa subregion, Bodegas Eguia have 50 hectares of vineyards as well as many partner growers. Aged for 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release.

Ruby red body in colour leading to a brick red like rim. With mature fruit such as raisin, fig and warm stewed plum accompanied by warming spices such as cloves, this wine is a great bargain at under £8.

Drink with a slow cooked lamb, or nutty cheeses

£9.99

Buy 2+ Spanish wines = £7.99*

*Wines between £5-£25, Sparkling wines not included


Offers Ending SoonDate published: 23/04/13

Today starts the last week of our spring promotion and here are the key offers that are ending

Spain 20% off

South Africa 20% off

 

Ned Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99

Rioja Reserva Berberana at £5.99

Robertson Winery Sauvignon Blanc £4.99

 

Plus many more follow this link ->  http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-Offers+Ending

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 20/04/13

My favourite day of the week has arrived!

For this Sparkling Saturday we have chosen to open the ever popular Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene - currently a fantastic bargain at £8.99.

Weddings, parties, light lunches, this is the perfect match for them all.

And it's open all day to try!!

Portuguese Tasting WeekendDate published: 18/04/13

Portuguese Tasting Weekend

Over the next few days we'll have the following wines open to try on the tasting counter. Here's a few words about each.

Key Grape Varieties

White: Loureiro, Malvasia Fina, Viosinho, Gouveio, Codega Red: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinto Barroca Planalto Douro White Reserva 2011

A blend of grapes indigenous to the Douro area, this cracking white is cold fermented to preserve freshness in the fruit character. Aromoas of blossom and citrus lead to a palate of melon and soft pear. Great with summer salads and fresh seafood!

£6.49 when you buy 2+ Portuguese Wines*

Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2011

Literally translated as “Green Wine” this is a light white from the Minho region in Northern Portugal. Fermented in a stainless steel vat to retain freshness and the classic light “spritz” that you should expect from good Vinho Verde. It is well balanced with a palate of tropical and citrus fruits and a fresh finish. Try me with chicken and pesto pasta!

£6.49 when you buy 2+ Portuguese Wines*

Tuella Douro Tinto 2010

This cracking red comes from the upper Douro valley and is made predominantly using the main grape variety used in production of Port. This is essentially a lighter dryer wine in a Port style and has a lot of the same characteristics of its fortified cousin. Ripe red and black fruit backed up by ample tannins and a herby finish. Try me with a hearty beef casserole

£6.49 when you buy 2+ Portuguese Wines*

Crasto Douro Red 2011 Quinta do Crasto

The winery is located on the right bank of the river Douro and is traditionally styled blend of four of Portugal's indigenous red grape varieties. Dense blackberries and rich, ripe raspberries on the palate are backed up with firm tannins and a spicy finish. Great with hard cheeses or a meaty Paella

£8.49 when you buy 2+ Portuguese Wines*

Churchill Estates 2010 Douro

Another red made using the traditional Douro varieties and is fermented in stainless steel before being aged for 8 months in new and old French oak. Ripe cherry and strawberry aromas combine with subtle vanilla oak on the nose and follow through to the rich, velvety palate Perfect with red meat dishes or even simple bangers and mash!

£9.99 when you buy 2+ Portuguese Wines*

Quinta da Bacalhôa 2008 Península de Setúbal

The Quinta de Bacalhôa estate dates back to the 15th Century and was formerly owned by the Portuguese Royal family and only turned to commercial wine production in the 1970s. This is an unusual take on the classic Bordeauc blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and has warming bramble fruit on the palate and fresh herby notes on the nose. Perfect with a Sunday roast

£11.99 when you buy 2+ Portuguese Wines*

*Offer doesn't apply to Port.

New Wine!!Date published: 16/04/13

Wine of the Week is the brand new Californian Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon.The Paso Creek Ranch is situated just outiside of the Paso Robles village. The area is full of vineyards and cattle ranches. The wine processes are carried out on small batches of wine before the final product is blended together and bottled.  

The wine is a dark ruby colour with a ton of dark cherry and herbacous notes on the nose. Some notes of black pepper and vanilla add complexity to the nose. The wine has a dense flavour full of deep tannins and supple fruit.

Drink with a simple roast beef.  

Malbec World Day!!Date published: 13/04/13

The 17th of April is Malbec World Day, why not come down to the store and see what special offers we have. We will hopefully have something to try on our tasting counter too!

Wine of the Week - Kanonkop KadetteDate published: 12/04/13

Kanonkop Kadette 2010, Stellenbosch.

This is the 'second wine' of Kanonkop, meaning it is lighter and more approachable than their top blends. The blend is primarily made up of Pinotage. The wine is aged for around 12 months in New French Oak – giving lots of character to the wine.

Deep ruby red appearance. Full of ripe raspberry, blackcurrant and a hint of mocha. The palate is full of rich dark chocolate and dark fruit flavours.

Perfect match to BBQ meat.

£11.24

or

£8.99 when you buy 2+ bottles of South African Wine as part of a mixed case  

Spanish RiojaDate published: 05/04/13

20 % off Spanish Wines

Are you a fan of full bodied Rioja? Or do prefer something a little lighter? Here is my guide to picking the right Spanish Rioja for you.

Rioja-

Made up of three key winemaking areas, Rioja was the first region to gain a Protective Designation of Origin Status. This Status means that only wine produced in this area can be called Rioja. The main grape varieties used in Red Rioja are Tempranillo and Garnacha. Red wine production accounts for 75% of wine produced in the region.

The region developed a tradition of wines aged in oak barriques. There are laws which stipulate the minimum amount of time the wine is aged in oak and then further ageing in the bottle. The three most common are as follows;

Crianza- 6 months in oak, 24 months in total. Reserva-12 months in oak, 36 months in total. Gran Reserva- 18 months in oak, 60 months in total.

The winemakers often choose to age their wines for longer than the minumum requirements. Oak ageing adds body to the wine along with oaky spicy characteristics which come from the wood barrel itself.

Here's my pick of Rioja we have to offer:

Rioja Crianza 2008, Marqués de Cáceres - £8.49 when you buy 2+ Spanish wines. Aged for 12 months in oak and a further 14 months in bottle. The nose is full of red cherry and a slight herby note. Again, lots of red fruit on the palate with some sweet spice and a long finish. Great match to cheese.

Rioja Reserva 2007, Marqués de Riscal - £10.99 when you buy 2+ Spanish wines. A classic example of Rioja Reserva. Oak and vanilla aromas with red fruit characters on the palate. Full bodied with a smooth finish. Perfect with Tapas style dishes. Can age further.

Rioja Gran Reserca 2004, Viña Eguía - £7.99 when you buy 2+ Spanish wines. - 30 months ageing in oak and a futher 3 in bottle. Raisin, prune and caramel notes with sweet vanilla spice and clove. The wine is well rounded with a good finish. Perfect match with lamb.

Store Birthday Party!Date published: 02/04/13

Come in this weekend for an extra special weekend of celebration as we're now 1 year old!

Come in between Friday 5th Sunday 7th April to join in the fun - a free glass of fizz, a selection of cheeses and a piece of birthday cake for everyone!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 02/04/13

Bellingham Mocha Java Merlot 2011 Coastal Region

 

This wine owes its coffee-house name to the savoury coffee bean aromas that the winemakers have actively sought to bring out of the wine. The grapes are sourced from several parcels, many of which are of low-yielding bush vines, producing intensely flavoured fruit.

 

Pronounced aromas of coffee, cocoa and black cherry characterise the intense nose. Smooth and full-textured on the palate, with harmonious oak, and a long finish.  

Will partner a range of barbecued meats, grilled lamb chops or meaty pasta sauces

£8.49

or

£6.79 when you buy 2+ bottles of South African Wine as part of a mixed case

Wine of the Week!Date published: 26/03/13

Wine of the Week

 

Ara's head winemaker Jeff Clarke was among the first wave of producers in Marlborough. He has twice been named International White Winemaker of the Year.  

This wine's single-estate source is evident in its purity of fruit, with defined gooseberry and grapefruit flavours delivered with vigour and ripeness  

Enjoy on its own or with fresh haddock or monkfish

£11.99

or

£8.99 when you buy 2+ bottles as part of a mixed case

Easter bargainsDate published: 23/03/13

I'm happy to announce we have some great deals over this easter period. Here's just a few be excited about.

My favourite Prosecco is the Prosecco Conegliano with the yellow lable which is on a fab offer at £8.99. Its light with a fine mousse and has lots of apple and pinapple fruit flavours.

There is also of course the Ned Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99 when you buy 2+. Full your N.Z boots.

Then the lovely Rioja Berberana at £5.99 - Packed full of lots of red fruit flavours with overtones of vanilla and spice. Perfect for this wintery weather we are having!

Wine of the Week!!Date published: 19/03/13

Berberana Vina Alande Reserva 2007

Origin Founded in 1877 by Don Miguel Martínez Berberana, this is now one of the best selling Riojas. The Reserva is matured for a minimum 2 years in American oak cask and only released when it is ready to drink.

Taste Made with Grenache and Tempranillo. Deep ruby red, with delicious vanilla overtones backed up by juicy soft strawberry and morello cherry flavours. Round and full, well balanced, long and elegant.

Enjoy A good choice for roasted red meats such as lamb, or with stews and casseroles. £5.99 when you buy 2+ bottles.

Wine of the Week!!Date published: 12/03/13

Porcupine Ridge Merlot 2011 Coastal Region  

 

 

This wine is made by Boekenhoutskloof, a modern winery in the Franschoek Valley, which planted its first vines in 1993.

The area has quite a cool climate, and plenty of water making it excellent growing conditions for a number of grape varieties.  

Extremely smooth and fruit driven, with notes of plum, red berry and cherry. These are complemented by smooth tannins and touches of smoky oak.  

Try with a tasty homemade burgers!

£8.74

or

£6.99 when you buy 2+ bottles of South African Wine as part of a mixed case

Easter Opening HoursDate published: 11/03/13

We have some revised opening hours over Easter - they are as follows:

Good Friday 29th March - 10am-8pm as usual

Easter Saturday 30th March - 9am-7pm as usual

Easter Sunday 31st March - CLOSED!

Easter Monday 1st April- 10am-5pm

Tuesday 2nd April - 10am-8pm as usual

 

Happy Shopping

Tasting Notes!Date published: 11/03/13

We can provide the tasting notes for all your wines at the till. Whether you want to impress your friends, run a tasting or learn a little bit more about each wine you try then our concise notes offer a few details about where the wine comes from and what it should taste like. Come and explore!

Support Comic Relief - by drinking wine!Date published: 11/03/13

Comic Relief is just around the corner and we have the perfect way to support the cause.

We have a special selection of Wine Relief wines dotted around the shop. If you purchase any of these wines Majestic will donate 10% of the retail price to Comic Relief!

We have the following wines in our Berwick store:

Pouilly Vinzelles 'En Paradis' Louis Latour 2011 £12.99

Lirac Domaine des Garrigues 2011 £8.99

Domaine de l'Aigle Pinot Noir 2010 £9.99

Dr L Riesling Loosen 2011 £7.99

Bardolino 'Naiano' Allegrini 2011 £8.49

Beringer Founders Chardonnay 2010 £10.99

BVC Cabernet Sauvignon Peter Lehman 2010 £9.99

Cape Mentelle Cabernet Merlot 2010 £14.99

Testimonio Luigi Bosca 2010 £10.99

Lets all raise a glass and support Comic Relief! Don't forget - Red Nose Day is on Friday 15th March!

Come and Explore!

Confused about Carmènere?Date published: 09/03/13

Carmenère was originally cultivated in Bordeaux, France, and used as a blending variety. After the 18th century, the use of Carmenère diminished as the vine was susceptible to coulure (a form of poor fruit set in grapes) which resulted in poor grape yield during harvest.

Nowadays Carmenère is said to be the grape variety of Chile. Carmenère was found amongst vines which were believed to be Merlot. It is presumed that the vines were imported from Bordeaux in the 19th century.

The variety produces Chilean wines which are full of dark fruit, herbaceous notes and spice. The tannin is always present giving body and structure to wines made from Carmenère.

Santa Rita 120 Carmènere 2011, Central Valley- £5.99 for 2+ bottles. - Bramble fruit and notes of spice dominate the palate. A very juicy and supple wine. Oak-ageing gives a hint of vanilla. Wonderful on its own or as an accompaniment to simple pasta dishes.

Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmènere 2009- £8.99 for 2+ bottles. Fruity nose full of blueberry, black fruits and sweet spice. Sweet with flavours of cassis and vanilla on the palate. Very full bodied. Perfect to drink with spicy duck.

Koyle Reserva Carmenère, 2011, Alto Colchagua- £7.99 for 2+ bottles. -The nose is packed with dark blackberry, herbaceous mint and coastal minerality. A strong palate full of black fruits and structured tannins. A great match to burger and chips!

Calicanto 2010, Viña el Principal, Maipo- £12.49 - A rich wine full of cassis and spice on the nose. The wine has been aged in French oak for 14 months giving lots of vanilla aromas. The palate is weighty and full of ripe black fruits. A great wine to age over the next 5 years. Great partner to duck or beef.

 

We have lots of great wines open to try as part of our South American tasting week - come and give Carmenere a go!

Come and Explore

Like Rare Vintage Rioja?Date published: 09/03/13

I'm going to keep this short and sweet

Like Rioja?

Love a Bargain?

Then we think you'll like this

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-Rioja+Parcel

Limited availability and online only

Wine of the Week!Date published: 06/03/13

Wine of the Week! Koyle Reserva Carmenere 2011 Alto Colchagua

 

 

A blend of 85% Carmenere, which has been complimented by small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah which have been hand harvested. 60% of the wine is aged in Franch oak for 12 months before being re-blended.  

Smooth, supple and rich in young fruit flavours such as blackberry. This wine has aging potential of up to 5 years.  

Try with a tasty Sirloin steak!

£10.99

or

£7.99 when you buy 2+ bottles as part of a mix case

Wines of South AmericaDate published: 04/03/13

Wine production in South America is second only in importance to Europe. The continent's wine industry was and still is heavily influenced by immigrants and there descendants. At first it was the Spanish and Portuguese and much more recently the Italians, French and Germans. The first European vines to be grown were in Peru as far back at 1531.

It is also interesting to know that Brazil is the continents third most important producer in terms of quantity but much of the wine produced is consumed within the country and little is exported, but there are indications that this may change.

Chilean wine has become extremely popular in recent years producing grape varieties such and Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere and Sauvignon Blanc. These grape varieties produce wines are normally more fruity than their European counterparts which makes for wines which are good value for money. Grapes are grown all over the country, from the Andes to the east, the Pacific ocean to the west and the Atacama desert to the north. This has meant that the Chilean vines have lived in isolation of the phylloxera louse. Unlike other countries the vines can safely grow on their own roots, no grafting of resistant rootstock is needed which is time consuming and expensive. Planting is as easy as sticking cuttings straight into the ground.

Its hard to believe that Argentina has little or no exports before the mid 1990's. Incredibly it is now the world's fifth biggest wine producer and fills a large space in our Store! The revamp of cellars, planting at higher altitudes and production of full flavoured reds all helped to increase the popularity of Argentinian wine. The average elevation of Argentine vineyards is over 900m above sea level. The overnight temperature is cool which is a good thing for the grapes as it makes them deeply couloured and well flavoured. The north of Argentina is also cool enough to produce beautiful aromatic wines.

This week in store we are having a South American tasting where you can sample some of the best value wines Majestic has chosen from Chile and Argentina. There are also notes to accompany  the wines and a tutorial at 11am and 3pm to run through them.  

Curious about Curious Brew?Date published: 02/03/13

An award winning* lager beer made by the English wine producer, Chapel Down, Curious Brew is a larger beer made with an interesting twist!

The beer is re-fermented using Champagne yeast - giving it a unique flavour. It is light bodied with a very clean and fresh flavour. Perfect for a summers afternoon!

Drink something English this summer! Only £17.99 for 12.

Come and Explore.

 

*Gold Medal Winner at the International Beer Challenge 2012.

Wine Relief - Testimonio Date published: 02/03/13

Testimonio Luigi Bosca, 2011

One of the fantastic wines selected for this years Wine Relief!  

In 1901 Leoncio Arizu founded the Bodega under the name of Luigi Bosca. Three decades later and the Estate remains to be run by the Arizu family. Testimonio is a blended wine which uses a range of fruits from the estate. The wine is said to be an expression of the Luigi Bosca house style.

 

 

 

T h  e wine is made using Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Tannat. Each grape variety used in the blend contribute s flavour and structure to the wine. 

The wine is deep and dark in colour - with a flavour to match. Spicy on the nose, thanks to the shiraz with a slight vanilla sweetness.  Cassis and dark fruit form the backbone of the wine whilst silky tannins add to the mouthfeel. The palate is quite full bodied made up of perfectly balanced fruit and spice. 

Perfect pair for strong cheeses or rare steak.

Only £10.99 and supports Wine Relief.

Come and Explore

Support Comic Relief - by drinking wine!Date published: 02/03/13

Comic Relief is just around the corner and we have the perfect way to support the cause.

We have a special selection of Wine Relief wines dotted around the shop. If you purchase any of these wines Majestic will donate 10% of the retail price to Comic Relief!

 

We have the following wines in our Berwick store:

Pouilly Vinzelles 'En Paradis' Louis Latour 2011 £12.99

Lirac Domaine des Garrigues 2011 £8.99

Domaine de l'Aigle Pinot Noir 2010 £9.99

Dr L Riesling Loosen 2011 £7.99

Bardolino 'Naiano' Allegrini 2011 £8.49

Beringer Founders Chardonnay 2010  £10.99

BVC Cabernet Sauvignon Peter Lehman 2010 £9.99

Cape Mentelle Cabernet Merlot 2010 £14.99

Testimonio Luigi Bosca 2010 £10.99

 

Lets all raise a glass and support Comic Relief! Don't forget - Red Nose Day is on Friday 15th March!

 

Come and Explore!

 

Wine course 15th of MarchDate published: 27/02/13

Able to join us for a free informal wine course?

Relaxed 2 hour course covering how to taste like a professional, the wine making process and food and wine matching. We go through three whites, three reds and champagne to give you examples of different grape varieties and how climate and soil affect the final style of wine.  If your interested please let us know in store. 01289 303224.

 

 

South Africa - 20 % offDate published: 27/02/13

South Africa has been producing wine for over 350 years. In the 18th Century sweet wines of Constantia were highly regarded throughout Europe. In recent years, South African vineyards have drastically changed, which has seen an increase in black grape varieties.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted variety throughout the nation's vineyards. It is used for both single varietal and blended wines. Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with Merlot to produce wines similar to those of Bordeaux.

Try our Boschendal Cabernet Merlot 2011, Costal Region, only £6.99 when you buy at least 2 South African wines as part of a mixed case. - Deep crimson in colour with an equally intense berry character. Hints of mint and tobacco leaf accent the wine. A very well rounded, medium bodied wine. Perfect with steak and ale pie!

Pinotage, a Pinot Noir and Cinsault cross, is the other key variety in South Africa. It is rarely used outside of the area and is in some ways a national grape variety. New Pinotage vines produce Beaujolais style wines – lighter in style and full of red berry flavours. Old vine Pinotage produces a full bodied wine which is rich and spicy. They can also have hints of rubber and meat, this produces a complex and interesting wine.

Give Welmoed Pinotage 2011, Sellenbosch a go. A steal at only £5.99 if you buy 2 or more SA wines. Long ripening allows for a purer fruit finish. 8 months' ageing with some oak influence. A very fruit focussed wine with tons of raspberry, cherry and mulberry. Subtle earthy aromas add complexity to the wine. Soft tannins and some acidity give very well balanced finish. Great match for all chargrilled meats.

White varieties dominate the Cape vineyards. Chenin Blanc, or Steen as it is locally known, is the most widely planted variety of both red and white. The producers make both sweet and dry wines, just like the Loire Valley. The area also uses barrel fermentation and barrel ageing giving body and toasty flavours to some of the wines.

Robertson Winery Chenin Blanc 2012, Robertson. Just £5.29 for 2 + SA wines. - From the warm Robertson Valley in South Africa. A cooling influence from the Breede River running through the valley results in excellent Chenin Blanc. Full of tropical fruit and green apple. A firm structure with well balanced acidity. Enjoy with seafood.

South Africa has 20% off when you buy 2 or more wines from our range.

Come and Explore!

Montaudon Brut NVDate published: 26/02/13

Montaudon Brut NV now sold out in Berwick!

Have a look at the Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV at £15 instead!

Wine of the Week! Date published: 26/02/13

Bourgogne Chardonnay Côtes d'Auxerre 2011 Pascal Bouchard

 

 

From a just 15km West of Chablis comes this cracking Chardonnay that bears all the hallmarks of it's more famous neighbour. It Originates in the appellation of Côtes d'Auxerre based near the town of Auxerre.  

Like a Chablis this Chardonnay is crisp, refreshing and steely with fresh Citrus and hints of flower.  

Enjoyable now on it's own, or why not try with fresh white fish or a lemony chicken dish!

£9.99

or

£7.99 when you buy 2+ bottles as part of a mix case

Available to try 26th Feb onwards!

Planning a Wedding? Date published: 25/02/13

At Majestic Wine Berwick we are experts at helping you plan your big day. Come in and talk to one of us about reds, whites, rosé and sparkling and quantities of each.

We can pick out the best wines for your budget and you can always take advantage of our tasting counter if you're unsure.

And with free delivery, glass hire and chiller bins*, all you'll need to worry about is the weather!

We've delivered to the following destinations in the past year:-

Wedderburn Castle, Lennoxlove House, Chillingham Castle, Duns Castle and many more!

Happy planning!

Fine Wine Friday - 1st MarchDate published: 25/02/13

Fine Wine Friday

Angelique de Monbousquet 2009 St-Emilion Grand Cru

This Friday comes the return of Fine Wine Friday, and as it's classic French tasting week, what better time to try some top notch St. Emilion.

From the excellent 2009 vintage comes the second wine from Château Monbousquet and is made in a younger, more approachable style designed to require less aging, so you needn't worry whether it's too young!

Being a St. Emilion, this is a medium bodied Merlot dominated wine and comes packed with bags of red and black fruit, supported by notes of cocoa and herbs all wrapped up in strong yet supple tannins.

Enjoyable now, or in 5 years with a range of red meats!

 

Price £19.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 £17.99

 

Available to taste Friday 1st March

A Trip to ReimsDate published: 20/02/13

Last week, I was fortunate enough to be the guest of Vranken-Pommery and visit their great winery and taste some of their Champagnes. Vranken-Pommery is a Champagne house based in the French city of Reims, also known as the 'City of Champagne'. Owned by Belgian businessman Mr. Vranken, it bought control of Pommery in 2002 and then became Vranken-Pommery. Pommery was founded in 1858 by Alexandre Louis Pommery and Narcisse Greno, so there is great history behind the name. You may be wondering what this has to do with Majestic, as we don't currently stock the Pommery's Champagne. Mr Vranken also acquired the Heidsieck & Co Monopole brand in 1996, of which we stock their Gold Top Vintage (currently at £25 on Champagne multi-buy).

First stop was a tour of the cellars with tour guide Silas, who showed us round the deepest darkest parts of Pommery's cellars. Some of which are named after great cities around the world, unfortunately they didn't have one named after Berwick-upon-Tweed, but I did find a Newcastle and an Edinburgh! Some of these cellars contain more than 60'000 bottles and there are over 120 of these underground pits! We then met up with our excellent host Bene, and we were able to see the wine-making process, and some of Vranken-Pommery's huge stainless steel vats used to ferment their grapes and we also got taken into the vineyard to get a first hand look at the vines.

We were then lucky enough to try the whole of the Heidsieck & Co range, these included the Non-Vintage Blue top, with it's refreshing green apple notes, the '05 and '07 vintages of the Gold Top, the wonderfully sweet demi-sec Green Top, the delicately salmon pink Rosé Top and the absolutely word- can't-describe-glorious longer bottle aged Imperatrice! An extremely educational trip set in extremly beautiful surroundings, and if you're ever in France, I urge you to catch a train to Reims, just to take in a cellar tour or have a glass or two of Heidsieck!

Buying for a business, pub or restaurant?Date published: 20/02/13

Do you run a bar, club or restaurant? Have you been let down by your supplier or do you fancy changing your wine list?

We have a dedicated commercial team who can help! Trade only wines, flexible delivery tiimes and all the expertise you need.

Contact us in store on 01289303224.

Berwick's Best Buys - RedsDate published: 20/02/13

Over the weeks and months our tastes change but one thing is for sure, we have a few wines here that will be popular all year round. Here are few of my favourite wines currently on offer here in Berwick.

Reds -

Rioja Reserva Casa del Comendador 2007, Lagunilla

The Lagunilla winery was founded in 1885 by Don Felipe Lagunilla San Martín (phew!) who is credited with rescuing Rioja's vineyards from the pesky Phylloxera epidemic by helping pioneer grafting vines onto American rootstock. Aged for 24 months in oak casks, this classic reserva is smooth, mellow and fruity. Enjoyable with roast shoulder of lamb.

£5.99 when you buy 2+bottles

Les Hautes Roches 2009, Médoc

A special parcel acquired from an un-named supermarket who no longer required it (their loss!)£6.99 is an amazing price for this appellation, especially in the great 2009 vintage - it is full of black fruit, supple and concentrated with ripe tannin

£6.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

Raats Granite Block Cabernet Franc 2010

Cabernet Franc is more well known in it's homeland of France, and more specifically the Loire and Bordeaux regions. Here it's used to make a richer, fruitier wine. Has a strong backbone of bright red fruits lifted with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Another one that is great with lamb!

£7.99 when you buy 2+ SA wines

Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2010, La Casetta

Ripasso wines are ones that have had a portion of the fermented dried skins from Amarone added to them. herefore Valpolicella Ripasso posseses the power and class of Amarone with the brighter fruit characteristics more common in Valpolicella. Confected Cherry, plum and berry fruits are complimented by vanilla hints. Good with all types of red meat and Italian cheeses.

£12.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

Angelique de Monbousquet 2009, St-Emilion Gr Cru

A new addition to our fine wine shelves and what a beauty it is too. The 2nd wine from Châtea Monbousquet, Angelique is a more youthful and approachable version of the grand vin, designed to be drunk younger. Aromas of cocoa, incense and herbs are backed up with a palate of concentrated jammy black and red fruit, with supple tannins. Enjoy with a hearty beefy casserole.

£17.99 when you buy 2+ bottles.

Berwick's Best Buys - WhitesDate published: 20/02/13

Over the weeks and months our tastes change but one thing is for sure, we have a few wines here that will be popular all year round. Here are few of my favourite wines currently on offer here in Berwick.

The Parcel Series Sauvignon Semillon 2011, Margaret River

Here is the latest instalment of Majestic's own label Parcel Series wines. Bought from a premium producer in the Margaret River area, this wine is a superb quality blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Plenty of tropical fruit on the palate with a refreshing pechiness and subtle creaminess too. Perfect to drink on its own or try with roasted seabass

£5.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

Boschendal Sauvignon Blanc, 2011

This super South African Sauvignon is cool fermented in stainless steel to retain the fresh and delicate fruit flavours of the grape. Tropical notes of pineapple and passionfruit, with hints of herbs and minerality. Smashing with smoked salmon

£6.99 when you buy 2+ SA wines

Caixas Albariño 2011, Martin Codax

Made exclusivley for Majestic, and possibly contains some grapes picked by Majestic's very own staff, as some go to Galicia each year to help with the harvest. Refeshing notes of peach and apricot are joined by zesty lime to create a wonderfully light and crisp wine. Perfect with simple fish tapas.

£6.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

Bellingham 'Bernard Series' Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2011, Western Cape

This is a fantastic wine from winemaker Niël Groenewald's excellent pocket of low-yielding Chenin bush vines. Named after Bernard Podlashuk, the founder and original winemaker. Tropical and citrus fruit dominate, with deilcate spices and honeysuckle too. Try with Pork chops

£9.59 when you buy 2+ SA wines

Chablis Premier Cru 'Vaillons' 2011, Vocoret

Produced from the Premier Cru vineyard Vaillons  a combination of cool weather, limestone soils and a layer of Kimmeridgian clay produce this quite frankly excellent Chablis. Clean and fresh on the palate, with layers of citrus fruit, minerality and pineapple all bound together with a racy acidity. Enjoyover the next 4 years with all manner of seafood.

£13.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Named after the grey sedimentary rock that characterises the soil in this estate, former Cloudy Bay winemaker Kevin Judd founded Greywacke in 2009 and has created an excellent NZ Sauvignon. A small portion of the wine has been oak fermented which adds a layer of creaminess to the blend, while also being extremely crisp and mouthfilling. Classic NZ Sauvignon characteristics of goosberries and passion fruit are here with notes of tomato leaf, melon and peach. Excellent on it's own as an aperitif or with a selection of canapes!

£15.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

Exciting New Rioja ParcelDate published: 20/02/13

If you're a fan of one-off parcels and love great Rioja, then check out

 

www.majestic.co.uk/riojaparcel

From Tuesday 5th March for some exciting news!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 19/02/13

Waimea Estate Pinot Gris

Grown in Nelson, to the west of Marlborough, on stoney loam soils with high sunshine hours and a moderating Maritime influence. The winemaking philosophy blends Old World techniques with pioneering methods now becoming commonplace in the New World.  

Bursting with aromas of pear, honey, apple, spice and even a hint of cream. Hints of sweetness partner the pure fruit flavours and are complemented by clean acidity, good length and soft texture.  

Gorgeous on its own as a fuller bodied apéritif or with Thai and Asian foods. At its best when enjoyed over the next eighteen months.

£12.49

£9.99 when you buy 2+ bottles as part of a mix case  

Pink, Sparkly & Perfect for Valentine's Day!Date published: 14/02/13

What better way to celebrate today with a loved one than with a glass of something pink and sparkly!

We have lots to offer when it comes to champagne and sparkling wines; here's my pick for Valentine's Day!

Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV - £15.00

Salmon-pink in colour, with delicate bubbles. Fantastic fruit flavour and an elegant finish. Great match for seafood or light chicken dishes - or even on its own.

Canard-Duchêne Rosé NV- £20.00

Red fruit on the nose. Elegant in style. Perfect match for slightly sweet desserts or as an aperitif.

Veuve Cliquot Rosé NV - £40.00

A perfect blend of freshness and fruit flavour. Moussey mouthfeel & persisting bubbles. Great with chocolate flavoured desserts.

Trilogy Cuvée Rosé NV Jacobs Creek - £9.99

Made with traditional champagne grape varieties. Fresh red fruit on the nose finished with a biscuity twist. Ripe fruit flavours on the palate with a delicious creamy texture. Great with cheesecake.

Lindauer Rosé NV - £9.99 2+ bottles

Vibrant pink, lively bubbles and fruity aroma. Full of fruit with a hint of spice and citrus. Perfect with lightly spiced foods.

Undurraga Rosé NV Chile - £7.99 2+ bottles

Light in colour but full of fruit flavours and flower petals. A great stream of persistent bubbles. Overall zesty fresh finish. Great with spicy chicken.

We've got plenty to choose from - so head to Majestic and lets all raise a pink bubbling glass to St Valentine!

Come and Explore.

 

Wines of New ZealandDate published: 11/02/13

Tomorrow is the start of New Zealand tasting week!  

The tasting counter is fully stocked, the wines chilling and ready to open tomorrow! Here's a sneak preview of some of the wines we have to offer :

Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc- Buy 2 + save £5 = £7.49

Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc- Buy 2 + save £4 = £8.99

Brancott Estate Pinot Noir- Buy 2+ save £6 = £ 7.99

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir- Buy 2+ save £7 = £10.99

... and many more!! We also have two tasting tutorials this Saturday in store at 11:00 and 15:00 - a brief guided tasting of specially selected wines. Just give us a call or drop us an email or tweet and we we will see you then!

Come and Explore!

Wine of the Week!!Date published: 11/02/13

BRANCOTT ESTATE SAUVIGNON BLANC, 2012 MARLBOROUGH  

Montana is not only one of New Zealand's most iconic wineries but also one of the largest wine companies. They produce wines in the typical kiwi style, showcasing their country of origin.

A vibrant and lively white wine. Lots of tropical fruit and gooseberry on the and nose. Palate concentrates on green fruit, citrus and a hint of grass. Very fresh finish.

Drinks very well on its own or as an accompaniment to Thai spices or seafood.

£9.99

£6.99 when you buy 2+ bottles as part of a mix case  

Buying for a business, pub or restaurant?Date published: 09/02/13

Do you run a bar, club or restaurant? Have you been let down by your supplier or do you fancy changing your wine list?

We have a dedicated commercial team who can help! Trade only wines, flexible delivery tiimes and all the expertise you need.

Contact us in store on 01289303224.

Wines of Spain & ItalyDate published: 05/02/13

Today marks the start of our new promotions and offers, kicking off with Spain and Italy.

We've some fantastic offers in store and have a fully stocked tasting counter to help you find something each week to suit your needs!

On Saturday we will have two tasting tutorials, a short guided session taking you through specially selected Spanish and Italian wines. Find out more on our webpage - hope you can join us!  

#Comeandexplore

Bargain Hunt - The Final Few!Date published: 03/02/13

Our Bargain Hunt has been very successful here in Berwick!

We have seen some great wines with some even better prices flying off the shelves for the past couple of weeks, but now we are coming to the end of our Bargain Hunt!

If you haven't picked any up yet, don't dispair! We still have a selection of wines from the Bargain Hunt in store - so make sure you come in before Tuesday 5th Feb to grab yourself a bargain!

Fantastic wines still available-

Calapa Chardonnay - only £8.49 when you buy 2+ bottles

Catalpa Pinot Noir - only £8.49 when you buy 2+ bottles

Crios Torrontes - only £6.66 when you buy 2+ bottles

Cres Ricards Marsanne Roussanne - only £6.66 when you buy 2+ bottles

Vista Sur Sauvignon Blanc - only £4.99 when you buy 2+ bottles.

... and many more!

 

Come and explore

Wine Relief 2013!Date published: 03/02/13

 It is that time of year again when we all sign up to crazy activites, challenges or just wear something silly for a day! Comic Relief is just around the corner and what better way to support an excellent cause than to buy some lovely wine!

Wine Relief has been going since 1999 and has raised £4 million, which has helped change the lives of less fortunate people across the UK and Africa.

If you purchase one of the 12 selected wines, Majestic will donate 10% of the price to Comic Relief! You can find the wines in store from the 5th of February.

Come and exlpore for Comic Relief!

 

*Don't forget Red Nose day is Friday 15th March

Pick of the bunch - my favourite bargain hunt wines.Date published: 27/01/13

A quick guide to my pick of the bargain hunt bunch!

Whites-

Calapa Chardonnay, 2010/11 Atamisque - £8.49 for 2+ bottles, saving £9

A rich and creamy oaked Chardonnay with hints of tropical fruit and subtle smoke. Just the accompaniment to the left over Christmas turkey thats floating around the freezer!

Crés Richards Marsanne Roussanne 2011 PGI Pays d'OC - £6.66 for 2+ bottles, saving £6.66

Soft fruits on the palate including melon, apple and pear. Hints of herb and honeysuckle on the nose. Citrus driven palate with a long finish. Perfect match for herb-seasoned meats.

Reds-

Mas des Mas 2011 Languedoc - £6.66 for 2+ bottles, saving £6.66

The nose is bursting with berries and a herbaceous finish. Lighter tannins and fruit on the palate. Finishes with a twist of liquorice. An excellent match to hearty stews – just what you need at this time of year!

Catalpa Pinot Noir 2010/11 Atamisque - £8.49 for 2+ bottles, saving £9

Red berries and a touch of jammy fruit on the nose. Lighter tannins and a ton of fruit on the palate. A great match for all types of game.

Come and Explore!

Saturday Tasting Counter TutorialsDate published: 27/01/13

Our Saturday Tasting Counter Tutorials are back!

Throughout February and March we will be having tasting tutorials in store. The wines will be specially selected to highlight the best offers which are coming soon!

More details to come!

Come and Explore!

Bargain Hunt- Catalpa ChardonnayDate published: 27/01/13

We're right into the middle of our bargain hunt now and along the way we have discovered some new favourites and re-discovered some old classics!

New to the tasting counter this week is Catalpa Chardonnay 2010/11 Atamisque - from the first taste this wine has been a hit!

The wine is grown in the Atamisque estate situated in Mendoza, Argentina. The estate is full of Catalpa trees, giving the name of this smooth Chardonnay.  The grapes are hand selected, then undergo  fermentation in new French oak. Around a third of the wine is then aged for 10 months in the oak. This wine is then re-blended to produce the final product.

On the nose, this wine boasts charred pineapple and delicate apple. Subtle notes of honey and cream follow, this comes from the oak ageing. The palate is smooth and well rounded, again the flavours are influenced by the oak ageing. A slight citrus edge of pineapple and ripe fruits, rounded by rich cream, vanilla and a hint of smoke. The Catalpa Chardonnay would be a perfect match for turkey or stronger flavoured fish dishes.

An absolute steal at only £8.49 when you buy 2+ bottles*

Come and Explore!

 

*while stocks last.

Wine of the Week!!Date published: 24/01/13

Barbera D'Alba 'Mommiano' 2011 Marco Porello

The Piedmont region of Northern Italy, surrounded by the Alps, is home to Italy's third most planted grape variety - Barbera. Alba is one of the few areas where Barbera is planted on the best sites, producing wines capable of challenging for Barolo and Barabaresco crown.  

First sniff of the glass brings cherry, raspberry and a nice herbaceous complexity. With fine ripe tannins, bold juicy fruits and an excellent long finish you can see why “the Wine Gang” scored this 88/100.  

This is one you can lay down for a few years or enjoy it now with a nice Sunday roast!

£11.99

£8.99 when you buy 2+ bottles as part of a mix case

Wine of the Weekend!Date published: 18/01/13

 

Wine of the Weekend!

 

Domaine Sainte Rose 'Le Vent du Nord' Roussanne Chardonnay 2010/2011 PGI Pays d'Oc

 

 

 

The grapes rely on a north wind (hence the name) to give gentle aeration, this ensures that they have humidity free maturation, and are picked at night so they aren't exposed to the heat of the day!  

Ripe and fresh flavours of honeysuckle, peach, melon and caramel are backed-up on the palate and contribute to a well-balanced more-ish finish.  

Perfect with seafood, chicken or tasty Asian dishes!

£7.99

£6.99 when you buy 2+ bottles as part of a mix case  

Heavy Snow AlertDate published: 18/01/13

Please be aware that due to heavy snow we may not be able to deliver as quickly as we would like - please phone the store in advance to check.

 

If you are coming into Berwick please be careful!

 

Wines of the South of France: 18/01 - 21/01Date published: 16/01/13

From the Longuedoc to the Côtes de Provence regions, and lots in between!

This Friday, 18th January, sees the start of our Wines of the South of France tasting weekend. We will have a variety of reds and whites open to taste all weekend.

There is a whole host of fantastic wines from the South of France, so pop in store any time over the weekend and we're sure that there will be something to suit everybodies tastes.

Stay tuned to find out which wines we've chosen!

Come and Explore!

The Wine Course- 24th JanuaryDate published: 15/01/13

Come and explore the world of wine at our Berwick store!

On the 24th January we will be hosting a Wine Course from 18:30-20:00.

The course is a brief introduction to the how's and whys of wine. We'll run through how to taste wine the professional way and the production of still and sparkling. We will also have a spot of food and wine matching at the end of the course too. To help us along the way, we will carry out a practical investigation throughout the evening too!

Call us on 01289 303224 to book your place now!

Wine of the Week!!Date published: 14/01/13

Wine of the Week

McHenry Hohnen Cabernet Merlot 2011 Margaret River  

This superb offering from Australia's Margaret River has all the attributes of a classic Bordeaux blend but with the more concentrated fruit characteristics typical of the New World.  

There are dark blackcurrant and black olive notes from the Cabernet with the plummy, brambly Merlot flavours softening the blend. The palate is tight and firm and the oak and tannins balance admirably.  

Perfect with hearty winter dishes!

 

£13.74 £11.24 Per Bottle

OR

£8.99 when you buy 2+ bottles as part of a mix case  

Buying for a business, pub or restaurant?Date published: 11/01/13

Buying for a business, pub or restaurant? We have a wide range of on trade only products to serve all your business needs. Please call us on 01289 303224 and we shall put you in touch with a member of our dedicated Commercial team.

 

Key Benefits

- Award winning on-trade exclusive wines

- Staff Training

- 7 day delivery

- Credit account facilities (t&c's apply)

 

For full details check out

http://www.majesticcommercial.co.uk/

Or

- Visit us in-store (TD15 1QQ SatNavvers)

- Email - but@majestic.co.uk

- Phone 01289303224

 

Look forward to hearing from you!

Planning a Wedding?Date published: 11/01/13

At Majestic Wine Berwick we are experts at helping you plan your big day. Come in and talk to one of us about reds, whites, rosé and sparkling and quantities of each.

We can pick out the best wines for your budget and you can always take advantage of our tasting counter if you're unsure.

And with free delivery, glass hire and chiller bins*, all you'll need to worry about is the weather!

Happy planning!

Wines of California Date published: 10/01/13

California is the most renowned wine producer in the United States with over 90% of the overall US total. The industry has been growing in quantity and quality since the 1960's. There is a large variety of house styles ranging from enormous commercial wineries to smaller 'boutique' style houses, which produce more unique styles of wine. California has something for everyone!

Although most grape varieties can be grown in California, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted. Here are a few of my favorites from our California range in Berwick:

Chardonnay- A typical Californian chardonnay is full bodied, oaky wine with a fresh fruit finish. Bonterra Vineyards Chardonnay 2011, Mendocino County- £7.99 when you buy 2+ Californian wines.

Made with organically grown grapes and aged in neutral oak to produce a great fruit focused wine. A rich buttery aroma with subtle notes of toasted almonds and honey. Rich peach flavours on the palate, with layers of vanilla and crisp mineralty. A very well rounded finish. Perfectly matched with poultry dishes such as chicken risotto.

Beringer Founders' Estate Chardonnay 2010, Central and N. Central California- £8.99 when you buy 2+ Californian wines.

Only a small amount of oak ageing.A fruit- driven chardonnay. Ripe apple and pear dominate with subtle mango and citrus fruit flavours. Again, a very well rounded wine. A perfect match for rich and creamy pasta dishes.

Zinfandel- The grape of California, used to produce both rich hearty reds or light and fruity roses.

McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2011- £8.79 when you buy 2+ Californian wines.

A medium bodied, purple Zinfandel. Bursting with strawberry and raspberry aromas. Blackcurrant and bramble on the palate. A round and smooth wine. Finishes with slight vanilla and caramel notes. A great wine to match hearty stews, perfect to beat the January blues.

Cabernet Sauvignon- The most widely planted grape in California. A key variety of the Napa Valley.

Beringer Founders' Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Central California- £8.99 when you buy 2+ Californian wines.

Aged in French and American oak for 8 months. An intensely deep wine in colour, but surprisingly easy-drinking. Cassis and black fruit dominate this wine finished with a slight spice. Well rounded with smooth tannins, a great wine! Goes great with rich meat and duck.

Come and Explore!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 08/01/13

Mount Pleasant 'Elizabeth' Semillon 2005, Hunter Valley.

 

Australia's Hunter Valley, North of Sydney, is renowned for its unblended Semillon wine. Semillon is one of the most historic grape varieties in the New World. In the Hunter Valley, Semillon is used to produce low-alcohol wines.

 

A nose of passion fruit, lime and hints of straw. Full of citrus fruit with classic honeysuckle notes. If allowed to age the wine will develop mellow honey tones.

 

This wine is included in our Bargain Hunt!

 

Only £7.99 when you buy 2+ Australian wines

Bargain Hunt- Starts Today!Date published: 08/01/13

Our Janurary Bargain Hunt has begun!

 

We have the following wines available in store - all with great discounts!

 

Saumur Champigny 2010, Château de Targé - £10.99  Buy 2 bottles save £7.50 = £7.24

Valençay 'Le Clos du Château' 2011, Claude Lafond - £8.99  Buy 2 bottles save £6.00 = £5.99

Vouvray Moelleux La Levrière 2011, Bourillon d'Orleans, Half Bottle - £12.99 Buy 2 bottles save £10.00 = £7.99

Chénas 2009, Cave de Château de Chénas - £9.99  Buy 2 bottles save £6.66 = £6.66

Mas des Mas 2011, Languedoc - £9.99  Buy 2 bottles save £6.66 = £6.66

Château La Dournie 2010, St Chinian - £8.99  Buy 2 bottle save £6.00 = £5.99

Mas des Mas Corbières 2011, Jean-Claude Mas - £9.99  Buy 2 bottles save £6.66 = £6.66

Saint Michel Rouge 2009/10, PDO Gaillac - £7.99  Buy 2 bottles save £5.50 = £5.24

Crès Richards Marsanne Roussanne 2011, PGI Pays d'Oc - £9.99  Buy 2 bottles save £6.66 = £6.66

Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay 'Terroirs d'Altitude' 2010, PGI Pays d'Oc - £9.99  Buy 2 bottles save £6.66 = £6.66

Paul Mas Vermentino 2011, PGI Pays d'Oc - £7.99  Buy 2 bottles save £5.50 = £5.24

Rioja Reserva 2007, Finca Emperatriz - £16.99  Buy 2 bottles save £12.00 = £10.99

McHenry Hohnon Cabernet Merlot 2011, Margaret River - £11.24  Buy any 2 Australian wines = £8.99

The Galvo Garage 2007, d'Arenberg, McLaren Vale - £13.74  Buy any 2 Australian wines = £10.99

Mount Pleasant 'Elizabeth' Semillon 2005, Mc Williams, Hunter Valley - £9.99  Buy 2 Australian wines = £7.99

Composite Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Winegrowers of Ara, Marlborough - £7.49  Buy 2 NZ wines = £5.99

Te Mata Chardonnay, Woodthorpe Vineyard, 2010, Hawke's Bay - £13.74  Buy 2 NZ wines = £10.99

Vistasur Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Central Valley - £6.24  Buy 2 Chilean wines = £ 4.99

Anakena Indo Sauvignon Blanc 2011, San Antonio Valley - £7.49  Buy 2 Chilean wines = £5.99

Tabali Reserva Especial 'Caliza Vineyard' Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Limari Valley - £9.99  Buy 2 Chilean wines = £7.99

Tabali Reserva Especial Chardonnay 2011, Limari Valley - £9.99  Buy 2 Chilean wines = £7.99

Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontés, Cafayate - £9.99  Buy 2 bottles save £6.66 = £6.66

Catalpa Chardonnay 2011, Atamisque - £12.99  Buy 2 bottles save £9.00 = £8.49

Catalpa Pinot Noir 2011, Atamisque - £12.99  Buy 2 bottles save £9.00 = £8.49

 

Offers available while stocks last.

BARGAIN HUNTDate published: 07/01/13

GREAT DEALS AND AMAZING OFFERS!

 

Bargain Hunt is back and starts tomorrow,  pop in store and find some treasures.

 

We're open from 10.00-20.00, giving you plenty of time to come and have a good hunt in our store. There are some fantastic wines on offer, so be sure to come in before they are all snapped up. The offers will be on for 4 weeks, starting tomorrow.

 

Come and Explore!

 

 

Post Christmas Detox?Date published: 05/01/13

The new year is here and many of you are detoxing and having a health kick to start the new year (which is great and I really should too) so I thought about how you could cut back on the alcohol without cutting out completely. We have some fantastic lower alcohol wines that are just as enjoyable as some of the more booze-laden tipples!

Here's just a few of my favourites

Dr L Riesling

This has a fragrant nose of honey and peach and an enjoyable off-dry palate. Also bottled with a refreshing spritz this would go well with tasty smoked fish - Only 9% and £7.99

Villa Sandi Prosecco Frizzante DOC NV

Frizzante means slightly sparkling, so if you've had enough of popping corks and flutes, then this is a great one that keeps in the flavour without the fizz! Delicately floral and full of pear and citrus - one not to miss. Only 10% and £6.99 (when you buy 2+ bottles)

St. Hallett Poachers Blend

A favourite amongst the customers here in Berwick, this an easy drinking bargain of a wine - a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and small amount of Riesling, this fruity little number goes great with your healthy chicken salad! Only 11% and £4.99 (when you buy 2+ Australian wines)

Peter Lehmann Riesling

Australia is renowned for making excellent dry Riesling and this is no different. With it's mouth-watering acidity and limestone minerality leave the mouth feeling refreshed and revitalised. 11% and £8.39 (when you buy 2+ Australian wines)

Château Méaume 2008 Bordeaux Supérieur

A nose of fruitcake, spice and ripe, plummy fruit. Soft and rich on the palate, with blackcurrants, plum, and smoky cedarwood. Only 12% and £7.99 (when you buy 2+ bottles)

 

We have plenty more to choose from, just ask next time you're instore and we'd be more than happy to guide you through!

NB actual ABV of current stock may differ between vintages, please ask instore if you have any queries

Bargain HuntDate published: 05/01/13

David Dickinson and Tim Wannacott can take a back seat - the best bargain hunt in the land is back!

 

Last year Majestic ran some improved offers in the early part of the year and this time it is even bigger and even better - running for 4 weeks from Tuesday 8th Jan - Monday 4th Feb with some great deals on 36 lines!

Fine Wine Friday - Au Bon Climat Chardonnay 2010 Santa Barbara Date published: 04/01/13

Fine Wine Friday

 

Our first Fine Wine Friday of the year with a theme of New Year - New Wine, this may not be new to Majestic, but it is new to us in Berwick!

 

Santa Barbara County is in the warmer southern part of California, which can make for Chardonnays that are extremely ripe and powerful. Winemaker Jim Clendenen has harnessed this power and focused it into an intense, yet well defined and tightly structured style.

An immensely complex nose of ripe apple, orange zest, toast and roasted hazelnut.

The palate offers bright fruit and a lush feel, with an enduring nuttiness that provides a long and involving finish.

 

Price £22.00 Buy 2 bottles save £8 £18.00

Wine of the Week!!Date published: 02/01/13

Wine Of The Week

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough

This fanatstic wine hails from the famed Marlborough region of New Zealand.

Set on the banks of the Waihiopai River in the stoney soils of the Wairau vally the natural herbaceouisness of the grapes is further boosted by an unmistakable gun-flint minerality emanating from the surrounding terrior. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks helps retain the purity and freshness of flavours contributing to an intense varietal expression. The screw cap enclosure ensures the freshness of a wine which is at its best enjoyed young.

A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smokey herbal twist on the palate. A wine full of freshness and complexity.

Drink now or enjoy with fresh summer salads and seafood.

 

£6.99

when you buy 2+ bottles of NZ wine as part of a mixed case  

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 15/12/12

Remarkable for its red fruit aromas and its elegance, this wine can be drunk as an aperitif, with red meats or slightly sweet desserts, the Canard Duchêne Rosé is a great bargain at only £20! 

 

Open to try all day!!

Wine of the Week!!Date published: 12/12/12

Viñalba Malbec Reserva 2011 Mendoza

 

 

 

The Malbec Reserva from the Vinalba estate has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. Sourced from vineyards at the foot of the Andes, grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity.  

This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha. Flavours linger for a long time.  

A full-bodied wine, yet with juicy tannins, this wine is best enjoyed with food. Peppered steak or lamb are ideal companions.

 

 

£10.99 Per Bottle

OR

£7.99 when you buy 2+ bottles as part of a mix case  

Fine Wine Friday - The Winner Is...Date published: 07/12/12

 

And the winner is...

Cloudy Bay Te Koko, Sauvignon Blanc, 2009 Cloudy bay is situated on New Zealand's South Island, south of the Marlborough Sounds. Cloudy Bay, formerly know as Te Koko, was renamed by Captain Cook in 1770.

The winery, Cloudy Bay, has sites in around Marlborough with vineyards close to the bay itself. Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are the predominant white grapes of New Zealand. Cloudy Bay winery is noted for its high-quality Sauvignon Blanc.

Te Koko is an iconic wine produced by one of New Zealand's most iconic producers. The 3 year old wine is fermented with wild yeast and then aged in oak. A very unique and special wine to come from New Zealand.

 

£32.50 or buy any two NZ wines

 

£25.99

Wine Of The Week - Rioja Reserva 2007 BerberanaDate published: 05/12/12

Rioja Reserva, 2007 Berbarana

 

 

 

The Perfect Party Wine and one of the best selling Riojas around. Matured for at least 2 years in American oak and only released when it is ready to drink.  

The vineyard was founded by Don Miguel Martinez Berbarana in 1877. His one aim was to produce wines of excellent quality.  

Deep ruby red colour. Delicious vanilla notes with juicy strawberry and morello cherry. Well balanced and full bodied with a long and elegant finish.

Perfect match for roasted red meats or drinks well on its own.

 

£10.99 Per Bottle

OR

£5.99 when you buy 2+ bottles as part of a mix case  

Fine Wine Friday - Your ChoiceDate published: 26/11/12

Fine Wine Friday

It's our last Fine Wine Friday of the year on December 7th and the last before Christmas so we thought we'd pass the decision over to you – our wonderful customers!

So please vote for which one you would like to sample on Friday 7th December

The Contenders

Cloudy Bay 'Te Koko' Sauvignon Blanc 2009

“Atypical for Kiwi Sauvignon, the Te Koko is fermented using indigenous 'wild' yeasts, and subjected to batonnage as it ages in oak. Released as a three year old wine, this is unlike anything else from New Zealand!”

Sancerre Comte Lafond 2010, Ladoucette “Ladoucette is one of the top Pouilly-Fumé producers and this is his marvellous Sancerre. Refined and elegantly balanced it boasts an aromatic complexity of ripe gooseberries and rhubarb.”

BriO de Cantanec Brown 2007 “The second wine of Château Cantenac Brown, made from pre-selected lots of the Château's younger vines, which are cultivated specifically for this earlier-drinking blend.”

Turkey Flat Shiraz 2006 “This iconic Shiraz is one of the finest produced in the Barossa Valley. The 'Turkey Flat' property has been in the hand of the Schulz family since 1865. Grapes for this wine come from ancient, incredibly low yielding vines.”

Bubbles Anyone? Part 2Date published: 21/11/12

The second part in my 3 part series on my favourite festive sparklers is all about the non-vintage greats. Although vintage Champagnes are thought of to be the best of the best, don't let NV written on the side of a bottle detract from what could possible be an absolute cracker at a fraction of the price.

Codorníu NV – Like the rosado from part 1 this is a great little fizz at only £6.99. It's dry and light in style displaying green apple, citrus, almond and brioche characters.

Lindauer Brut NV – Again just like it's Rosé cousin, the Lindauer Brut NV is a great party sparkling which won't break the bank at only £8.99. It displays aromas of toast and black fruit on the nose and fresh crisp citrus fruit on the palate.

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene NV- An absolute favourite amongst friends, family and Majestic staff. The perfect go-to fizz for any occasion. Need I say anymore? Ok, it's also less than a tenner at £9.99

Nicolas Feuillatte NV Champagne – This is such a great bargain at under £15 (until Dec 3rd) it's not surprising that it has been flying off the shelves in recent weeks. Has had 4 years cellar aging leading to a fine Champagne dominated with apple and pear notes. Hurry!

Perrier Jouët Grand Brut NV Champagne – An absolute steal at only £25. A delicately balanced NV Champagne which displays soft pear and apple fruit characteristics and is easy-drinking and ever so popular.

Veuve Clicquot NV Champagne – Quite possibly my favourite NV Champagne and at £30, I'm finding it hard not to spend every last penny I have on it. Slightly biased due to a fantastic trip to the cellars earlier in the year, but still a great easy drinking style, married with freshness and power.

Krug Grand Cuvée NV – Saving the best till last. Krug is very unusual among Champagne houses as it regards it's non-vintage Grand Cuvée as their best wine. Aged for much longer than most houses Vintages. Very rich in style, with mountains of flavours, mainly toast, nuts and dried fruits which is finished with un-rivalled finesse and complexity. £112.50 (when you buy 6 or more) Stay tuned for some more of my favourite fizzes next week!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 20/11/12

 

Wine of the Week!

Bourgogne Pinot Noir Vieilles Vignes 2010 Nicolas Potel

 

Nicolas Potel is one of the most respected names in Burgundy and this wine is great value at under £8. This little gem is made with grapes sourced across the Burgundy region and primarily from old Cote d'Or vines  

Made in a light and restrained style, the palate is dominated by fresh raspberry and blackcurrant. Silky smooth tannins and a fresh acidity all contribute to a very well balanced wine  

This will taste great with cold cuts of meat or if you're planning for Christmas, then this would be a great old-world turkey match.

 

 

 

£11.99 Per Bottle

OR

£7.99 when you buy 2+ as part of a mix case  

Bubbles Anyone? Part 1Date published: 06/11/12

Bubbles Anyone?

Part 1

Champagne or sparkling wine can brighten any occasion and with a few reasons to celebrate coming up round the corner I'm going to run through some of my favourite festive fizzes and why they will be great in this upcoming party season.

In this first part I'm going to show off my favourite Rosé fizz from our range. There's something in there to suit every budget and make sure everyone has a good time, whether it's a quick glass to toast or with canapés or a full blown Champagne party.

Codorníu Rosado NV - At only £6.99 this super Cava represents smashing value for money. It's light and fresh style in style with lashings of red berry fruit on the palate. Super with seafood! 

Lindauer Rosé NV - Another excellent bargain, this time from New Zealand, the Lindauer Rosé manages to pack in mountains of flavour for only £8.99 dominated by strawberries and redcurrants. Best enjoyed on its own with friends!

Trilogy Cuvée Rosé NV Jacob's Creek- New into the Majestic range for the winter period, this is Jacob's Creek's premium sparkling wine, made with the traditional 3 Champagne grapes (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier). This has a creamy texture that would go superbly with a strawberry cheesecake and is fantastic at £9.99.

Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV Champagne - Possibly one of every Majestic staff's favourite Rosé Champagne, and at only £20 it is not hard to see why. Very delicate in style which is matched perfectly with the amount of fruit showing on the palate. Perfect bottle for Christmas morning.

Canard-Duchêne Rosé NV Champagne - Another new one into Majestic and is full of red fruits and has a remarkable elegance. Again only £20 and will suit light red-meat dishes or desserts.

Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé NV Champagne - Now this is the grand master of all non-vintage rosé Champagnes. Benefits gracefully for a year or two in bottle or drink now to enjoy the easy drinking strawberry flavours and fresh lively bubbles. £47

Stay tuned for some more of my favourite fizzes next week!

 

 

Wine of the Week!Date published: 06/11/12

Wine of the Week!

Beringer Founders' Estate Chardonnay 2010 Central and North California

 

 

 

This Chardonnay comes from selected vineyards in central and northern California, where the vines are bathed in sunlight during the day, and cooled by marine breezes in the evenings, ensuring steady ripening. Only a small percentage of the blend is oak aged. .  

With aromas and flavours characterised by ripe apple and pear, with hints of citrus and mango, this is a fruit-driven Chardonnay. The mouthfeel is round and soft, with a hint of spicy complexity. A perfect match for a rich and creamy risotto.

 

 

£11.24 Per Bottle

OR

£8.99 when you buy 2 as part of a mix case  

Wine of the Week!Date published: 19/10/12

Wine of the Week!

VIÑALBA RESERVA CHARDONNAY 2012, MENDOZA

Mendoza is a province in Argentina and is one of the nine cities worldwide in the network of Great Capitals of Wine. The high-altitude vineyards provide a cool climate and long hours of vivid sunshine, which promotes a vibrant wine.

The Chardonnay has no oak contact which means it is fresher in style. Bursting with ripe apple, pineapple and tangerine.

A super match to creamy chicken dishes.

£8.99* when you buy any 2 bottles £10.99 for 1

minimum purchase 6 bottles, any mix.

New Special OffersDate published: 16/10/12

If like me you were woken by the rain instead of an alarm clock you will have realised it isn't the most pleasant of days outside. So how about coming to see us at Majestic Berwick and we can show off our new 2 week special offer deals that I'm sure you will be happy about!

 

Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2011, Louis Jadot - £9.99 buy 2+ bottles save £4 £7.99

The Lodge Hill Shiraz, 2010, Jim Barry - £12.49 buy 2+ save £5 £9.99

BARGAIN CHAMPAGNE -  Jacquart Brut Mosaique NV - £25 Special Offer £15

BARGAIN BUBBLES - Prosecco Corte Alta - £9.99 Special Offer £6.66

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2011£9.99 buy 2+ save £6 £6.99

Gestos Shiraz, 2011 FInca Filchman £8.99 Special Offer £5.99

 

Order online, over the phone or in-store and free delivery on any 6 bottles over £40

Puzzled by Pinotage?Date published: 13/10/12

Pinotage is a grape variety which has been cross-bred from the Pinot Noir and Cinsault varieties and was first developed in 1925. Pinotage has found it's home in South Africa and in recent years it has became one of South Africa's most increasingly popular grape varieties. It is to South Africa what Zinfandel is to California and Malbec to Argentina. The flavours in SA Pinotages can range from big, baked and earthy to deep, inky with ultra rich fruit. Try for yourself with one of these fantastic examples from the Majestic range.

Zalze Pinotage 2010 Western Cape This is a subtle and stylish wine with intense plum, mulberry and black fruit flavours. Maturation in French oak has added a soft complexity and well integrated tannins. £6.99 Buy any 2 South African wines save 20% = £5.59 Barista Pinotage 2010 Western Cape This is a deliberately modern offering by winemaker Bertus Fourie, who has concentrated on drawing out the coffee-like aromas of South Africa's signature grape. Intense on the nose, with a bouquet of coffee, chocolate and cherry, with meaty, savoury hints. £8.74 Buy any 2 South African wines save 20% = £6.99 Beyerskloof Pinotage 2010 Stellenbosch Showing a delicious spiciness that perfectly complements the berry and fig fruit flavours. If you’re a Pinotage fan, this one is a classic. Ideal with red meats, curries and spicy foods. £7.99 Buy any 2 South African wines save 20% = £6.39 Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Bush Vine Pinotage 2009 Stellenbosch A bold and classy take on South Africa's signature red grape, this is somewhat removed from the medium-bodied, cherry-scented quaffers normally made from Pinotage. Hand-picked from a single vineyard site of mature vines and fermented and aged in French oak for 14 months. £14.99 Buy any 2 South African wines save 20% = £11.99 Kanonkop Pinotage 2010 Stellenbosch Full-bodied and concentrated, this powerful wine, showing lashings of spicy oak flavours integrated with ripe berry fruit, is best left alone for a couple of years before drinking £25.00 Buy any 2 South African wines save 20% = £19.99

Wines of South AfricaDate published: 12/10/12

From Friday the 12th until Thursday the 18th of October we will have a large selection of South African wines available to try on our tasting counter, here is a selection of some of my personal favourites...

Barista Pinotage 2010/2011 Western Cape

Intense on the nose, with a bouquet of coffee, chocolate and cherry, with meaty, savoury hints. The tannins are ripe, perfectly suiting the round and mouth-filling plum and mulberry fruit.

Enjoy Drink on its own or with red meat dishes. Bertus' recommends a blue-cheese-filled brandy snap with chocolate and roasted coffee beans!

Robertson Winery Chenin Blanc 2012

Taste Crammed full with pineapple, melon and green apple fruits complemented by a firm structure and balancing acidity.

Enjoy Enjoy with seafood or roast chicken.

Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2011 Western Cape

Taste Perfumed aromas of peaches, lychees, rose petal and spice are complemented by rich layers of fruit with spicy undertones of white pepper and cinnamon on the palate with a lingering and inviting finish.

Enjoy Will partner well with delicately flavoured, creamy seafood and poultry dishes. Enjoy over the next two years.

Plenty others to try in store!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 11/10/12

Vinha do Monte 2010, Alentejano Tinto

Alentejano in southern Portugal is one of the hottest and most arid wine regions in Europe. This wine comes from the Herdade do Peso estate, which has its own dam providing much-needed water for vineyard irrigation.

The wine uses a blend of five different grapes including Syrah and Alicante Bouchet and is a traditional Portuguese blend. A floral bouquet with a backdrop of plum and mulberry fruit.

A lovely wine ripe and warm on the palate perfect for Autumn! It can be enjoyed with any hot and spicy meat.

£6.99 *when you buy two bottles Single bottle price £8.49

Allys Food And Wine Matching Top TipsDate published: 07/10/12

Weight

Match the weight of the food with the weight of the wine
Rich, meaty dishes need full-bodied wines
For lighter food like poultry and fish opt for a more delicate wine

I suggest...

  • A full bodied Australian Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz with roast beef or hearty stews.
  • With roast duck or lighter meat dishes try a Pinot Noir, New Zealand and Chilean are very nice!
  • Try Gavi with delicate poached white fish


Flavour Intensity

Match full flavours together.

Sometimes the flavour characteristics of food and wine are similar therefore it can be easier to match these,

My suggestions..

  • Muscat with light fruit based desserts
  • Gewurztraminer (literally means "Spice Traminer") goes well with spicy dishes. This is because the wine often has flavours of white pepper, ginger and all spice.
  • Try a wine that has been aged in new oak barrels to go with creamy or buttery dishes. Oak tends to impart buttery, vanilla flavours to wine.
  • For seafood and shellfish, stick to more delicate whites such as Pinot Grigio, Soave and Muscadet as this will compliment the lighter flavours in the food.

Acidity

When having fatty foods a high acidity wine will cut through the greasiness and when oily it will help clean the palate.

  • A classic combination is Champagne with salmon. They go perfectly together as the high acidity in the Champagne cuts through the natural oiliness of the fish
  • Try a high acidic Italian red such as Chianti, Valpolicella or Montepulciano to go with those dishes full of tomato. Both have natural high acidity so work well when paired.


Tannin

Food with lots of texture, like steak or duck needs a wine that has more tannin.
Tannin is what makes your mouth seem dry when you drink a wine. It comes from red grape skins and the stalks used in the wine-making process. The wines tannins are basically attracted to fatty proteins. They attract themselves to the protein molecules and effectively strip them from your mouth.

High tannin varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Tannat as they all have thick skins.

I think..

  • Rioja Gran Reserva Rioja would go excellently with Lamb dishes.

 

Or

 

  • Try an a full-bodied Argentinian Malbec with a meaty steak.


Sweetness

The main rule is the wine should always be as sweet or sweeter than the food.
Sweetness in the wine also goes well with rich foods.

  • Sauternes & Barsac are a great match with rich foods like pate or foie gras.
  • Try Port with your stilton as the sweetness balances the salt in the cheese.


If your stuck for ideas please ask one of the team to make some suggestions!

Front counter display...Date published: 07/10/12

Do you like our front counter display...wheres the puffin!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 07/10/12

My Dad's beautiful willow wine basket! holding our wine of the week Composit Pinot Noir. mmmm

What makes Champagne so special?Date published: 03/10/12

Champagne The Traditional Method


Champagne is often regarded as a drink of prestige and class. It is often reserved for special occasions, usually demanding a higher price. Hopefully this article can shed some light on what makes this drink so special....


Although Champagne is predominately white, 66% of the grapes used are red. Champagne is made using Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Menuier grapes. When picking the grapes mechanical harvesting is forbidden, thus ensuring the grapes are not damaged. They also want to ensure that the grapes are pressed as gently as possible as the harder the pressing the greater the risk of extracting the colour and tannin. Traditionally all grapes are pressed in a shallow vertical press. From the best quality grapes 120 liters of juice can be taken from 160kg of grapes. The first 82 liters is called the cuvee and the remaining 20 the taille. The best champagne is made solely from the cuvee.


The first step is primary fermentation. The best producers store and ferment the cuvee and taille from each grape variety and from each village separately. Fermentations tend to take place in stainless steel vats, but oak is also used. Prior to the start of fermentation the juice is clarified by sedimentation to ensure little development of savoury non-fruit flavours. The resulting wine is dry, with neutral flavour character, high acidity and moderate alcohol.


Blending then occurs. The champagne region is dependent on this process as the best way to achieve the necessary volume and quality is to blend wines from different villages, varieties and vintages. Once the blend is made it is then subject to tartrate stabilisation prior to secondary fermentation.


A liquid called liqueur de tirage is then added to the blend. This is a mixture of wine, sugar, yeast nutrients and a clarifying agent. The bottle is then closed with a crown cap with a plastic cup-shaped insert. Bottles are then staked horizontally in the producers at a temperature of around 10-12 degrees. At this temperature the secondary takes 6-8 weeks to complete. The slow fermentation encourages greater flavour development. The alcohol is raised by 1.5-2 per cent abv and the carbon dioxide generated by the yeast dissolves into the wine creating the sparkle. This creates pressure in the bottle equivalent to six atmospheres.
Once the fermentation is complete the yeast dies and forms a sediment of lees in the bottle over a period of months or years. These yeast cells break down releasing proteins and other chemical compounds into the wine, known as yeast autolysis. These compounds create flavours such as bread, biscuit and toast.


The next step is to remove the lees sediment. This is done by a process of riddling and disgorgement. Riddling involves moving the bottle very slowly from a horizontal position to an inverted vertical position. The yeast sediment is dislodged and slides en masse down the side of the bottle collecting in the plastic insert under the grown cap. This process is labour intensive and expensive. Traditionally it was done by a remueur however some producers now use a machine called a gyropalette which can hold 500 bottles and is regularly rotated and inclined.


Next the neck of the bottle is submerged into a very cold brine solution, which freezes the wine in the neck. The crown cap seal is then removed and the pressure created by the dissolved carbon dioxide ejects the frozen wine taking the sediment and plastic cup insert with it.


Finally the wine is topped up with a mixture of wine and sugar cane solution called liqueur d'expedition. This is used to balance the acidity of the wine but it also adds to the flavour. The sugar in this solution, usually referred to as dosage, determines the final level of sweetness. The bottle is then sealed with a cork held secure by a wire cage. Champagne is then aged. 15 months for Non-Vintage and 36 months for Vintage.


People often get confused by labeling terms such as Brut, Extra Brut and Sec so here is a quick break down, from dry to sweet.


Brut Nature dry (No dosage)
Extra Brutdry
Brut dry to off-dry
Extra-Secoff-dry to medium dry
Sec- medium dry
Demi-Sec- Sweet
Doux- Luscious


Finally why vintage over non-vintage, whats the difference?


People often query what makes a vintage champagne that bit more expensive than the non-vintage. Firstly a Vintage is produced only in declared outstanding vintages. It will be from the best vineyards where the grapes are more expensive. As it is made from the better vineyards it will be of superior quality. A vintage champagne also requires longer ageing before release. It will be in limited supply. Taking all of this into consideration, vintage champagne is considered a luxury and often demands a premium price.

These are a few of my personal favourites.....

Nicolas Feuillatte 2004, £25 when you buy 2+
http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-22454

Moet 2002, £45 when you buy 2+
http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-22127

Bollinger Grand Année, £80 or buy 6 save 10%
http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-22134

Fancy some Champagne? We've got some smashing deals on at the moment so get in touch and we will be happy to provide some suggestions...
 

Composite Pinot Noir 2007 Winegrowers of Ara, MarlboroughDate published: 03/10/12


Composite Pinot Noir 2007 Winegrowers of Ara, Marlborough
 

 

Pinot Noir is a thin skinned grape which is most famous in the Burgundy region of France. As well as Burgundy, excellent examples of Pinot Noir can come from California, Chile, Alsace, Australia and in this case New Zealand. It is a fairly difficult grape to grow as it is much less tolerant of hard, windy, hot and dry, harsh vineyard conditions.
 

The 2007 vintage in New Zealand was a vintage of quality not quantity. With yields down this has positively affected the ripening on the fruit. Juicy cherries, raspberries and peppery nose which follows through onto the palate integrated with smooth and fine tannins leads to a super bargain of a wine
 

A nice light entry into Autumn, which can be enjoyed with roasted duck and other light meats

Super!

 

 

£13.99 Per Bottle

OR

Buy 2 bottles Save £10
£8.99

What are the different types of Sherry?Date published: 02/10/12

Confused about the different types of sherry, hopefully this can make things easier to understand....


Fino- Very dry, light-bodied Sherry that is straw-like in colour. Has aroma characteristics of Almonds. Typically around 15-17%. Good with almonds, olives and ham.

Manzanilla- A dry and pale coloured sherry. Made in Sanlucar and best enjoyed with seafood or tapas.

Amontillado- This sherry is in the middle of Fino and Oloros in terms of its colour and body. A slightly off dry sherry which loses its flor during the ageing process, as a result it has a deeper colour and tastes more nutty. Aroma characteristics of hazelnuts. Excellent match to oily fish.

Oloroso- Much richer in flavour and body. It is also darker in colour. Goes well with rich meats and strong flavoured cheese.

Pedro Ximenez- This sherry is a very sweet sherry and is almost like syrup. The Pedro Ximenez grapes have naturally high residual sugar as they are almost dried to raisins, this concentrates the sugars. Has characteristics of toffee, figs and dates.

Majestic Account FacilitiesDate published: 26/09/12

Do you own or manage your own business?  Are you looking to change your supplier? Do you want more flexibility?

Majestic Wine opened 6 months ago in Berwick-Upon-Tweed and we are looking for independent Restaurants, Hotels, Pubs & Bars in the surrounding areas. Majestic have years of experience looking after our business customers and understand meeting their needs is paramount.

 

Benefits Include:

  • Unrivaled expertise and competitive pricing  
  • An extensive range  
  • Exclusive labels for the on-trade  
  • Staff training  
  • Food and wine matching advice  
  • Wine list production service  
  • Flexible delivery 7 days a week  
  • Friendly and helpful staff

     

    Are you interested or need more information?

    TEL: 01289303224 Email: BUT@majestic.co.uk Or Pop into our branch and a member of the team will be happy to help: North Road, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, TD151QQ  

  • Having a dinner party or friends over?Date published: 26/09/12

     Are you having a dinner party or some friends over? we have just the thing.

    A magnum is 1.5 litres therefore 2 standard size 750 ml bottles, so will certainly make an impression. They are also great for sharing!

    Laurent -Perrier Magnum NV £70.00

    Laurent-Perrier maintain the quality of their non-vintage wines by limiting the release of vintage products to give their cuvées a high proportion of top-quality juice. Leaning towards a lighter house style, Chardonnay flavours predominate - crisp green apples and citrus flavours - giving the wine good food compatibility.

    Canard Duchene Brut NV Magnum £45.00

    Offering excellent value, this Champagne offers its pleasures in a clean, easily accessible style. Pure fruit flavours dominate both the nose and palate, with just a hint of yeastiness and a fine mousse.

    Laurent- Perrier Rose NV Magnum £120

    A classic pink Champagne, with plenty of stylish strawberry fruit and full of vivacity and easy-drinking charm. Unlike many rosés, though, this wine has its serious side, and can grow in depth and complexity with a year or two in bottle. Unusually made by the saignée method, leaving the juice on its skins for three days to extract colour, rather than simply adding a dose of red wine to the blend.

    Marques de Riscal Reserva 2007 Magnum £22 when you buy at least 2 or single bottle £30

    A classic Rioja with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak combined with summer fruit flavours. A wonderful wine to have with roast meats and cheeses.

    AIX Rose 2011, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Magnum £19.99


    An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum!


    Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit.


    A superb choice for any event, and the perfect match for canapés or seafood.

     

    Vinalba Reserav Malbec, 2010 Magnum £17.99

    The Malbec Reserva from the Vinalba estate has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. Sourced from vineyards at the foot of the Andes, grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity.


    This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha. Flavours linger for a long time.


    A full-bodied wine, yet with juicy tannins, this wine is best enjoyed with food. Peppered steak or lamb are ideal companions.

     

     

    We can also get other Magnums in, so if you need any help please don't hesitate to ask one of the team.

    Wine of the Week!Date published: 25/09/12


    Why not try the Poliziano Chianti DOCG 2010, predominately made from the Sangiovese grape this wine is bursting with flavours of red cherry.

    Chianti is excellent with food as the firm acidity matches many popular Italian ingredients and goes especially well with tomato sauce dishes and also lighter meat dishes.

    Only £8.99* when you buy 2 or more bottles

    *minimum purchase 6 bottles any mix of wines, spirits or Champagnes

    Champagne Price Drop Date published: 23/09/12

    We have some exciting new offers on our champagnes!

    Moet NV    £40.00 now £25.00

    Moet Vintage    £50.00 now £38.00

    Veuve Rose NV    £50.00 now £38.00

    Veuve Vintage   £52.00 now £38.00

    Ruinart Rose NV   £55.00 now £45.00

    Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV   £55.00 now £45.00

    Subject to availability and prices to changeMonday 1st of October at 8pm, hope to see you in store soon!

    New ArrivalsDate published: 22/09/12

    New In store

    Ragged Point Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough

    Bursting with green apple and citrus fruits, excellent on it's own or with fruits de mer. £5.99 (When you buy 2 as part of a mixed case)

    La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2011

    New Argentinian Sauvignon from Mendoza. Dry and crisp, with refreshing ripe grapefruit and citrus fruits. Why not enjoy with some salmon fishcakes.  £5.99 (When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case)

    La Plata Malbec

    Jam-packed with ripe blackcurrants with subtle hints of vanilla, best with red meat, enjoy now or over the next two years. £5.99 (When you buy 2 as part of a mixed case)

    Real Compania de Vinos Tempranillo 2011

    Currently on our tasting counter. This wine represents excellent value. It has interesting flavours of red cherry, strawberry and liquorice. £4.99 ( when you buy 2 as part of mixed case)

    Chateau Labegorce 2002, Margaux, Half bottle

    An excellent medium-full bodied claret, with all the classic Margaux hallmarks. Consists of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Cabernet helps give the wine it's firm structure and blackcurrant flavour, the Merlot adds a softness to the blend and finally the Cabernet Franc adds a small amount of spice. Certainly drinking well now or try with roast lamb or beef. £8.99 per bottle

    Prosecco Treviso Spumante Extra Nv, Pasqua

    This prosecco has a plesant floral nose followed by flavours of tropical fruits, peach and pear. Lightly off-dry and refreshing. Or if your feeling a bit  adventurous would go down a treat with some monkfish. £7.99 was £11.99

    As always there is plenty to try in store and hopefully we make some suggestions to suit your tastes

    Some Spanish Sun!Date published: 15/09/12

    Summer may be coming to a close but keep the sunshine flowing with 20% off our great range of Spanish Wines

     

    Including-

     

    NEW!! Real Compania de Vinos Tempranillo 2011 - £4.99

    Light, fruity, easy  drinking red with supple tannins and good body

    NEW!! Real Compania de Vinos Verdejo 2011 - £4.99

    Fresh, crisp and herbaceous white  - delicious on it's own or with a green salad.

    Vega de la Reina Verdejo 2010, Marques de la Concordia,  £5.99

    Similar to a Sauvignon Blanc, but with influences of tropical fruits like melon and pineapple - super!

    Rioja Reserva 2007, Berberana £5.99

    Strawberries, cherries, vanilla - all you could ever want in a Rioja for under £6!

    Señorio del Aguila Gran Reserva 2001. Cariñena - £5.99

    91 Parker Points!! Unbelievable stuff. A remarkable wine which has some savoury notes and baked fruit characteristics.

    Rioja Crianza 2008, Marques de Caceres - £7.99

    Cherry, blackberry, strawberry and vanilla - bursting to the seams with fruit and spice. A real delight.

     

    And many many more!

    http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/category-is-Wine/category-is-Spain

     

    All prices shown are valid when bought with any other Spanish Wines between £5-£25 (Excludes Sparkling and Sherry)

     

    Enjoy

     

    VINA SOL TORRES, 2011, CATALUNYADate published: 13/09/12

    Made from the Spanish grape Parellada
     

    Fresh and fruity on the nose, almost smells of lemon cheescake. This wine has flavours of apples, pineapple and lemon.

    Crisp and refreshing, making this an easy drinking wine.
     

    Best enjoyed with chicken or fresh seafood dishes

     


    £6.24 Per Bottle

    OR

    £4.99 when you buy 2 as part of a mix case

    One-Off Web ExclusivesDate published: 13/09/12

    One-Off Web Exclusives

    From time to time we have special one-off parcels - like the recent mature Rioja, and Begude Chardonnay - that are only available online (to ease fair distribution) and sometimes these sell out very very fast, sometimes within hours.

     

    To guarantee you don't miss out make sure you sign up for our e-mail service, it's quick and easy!

     

    but@majestic.co.uk or 01289303224 and we'll get you sorted.

     

    Michael

    Saturday Tasting Counter TutorialsDate published: 12/09/12

    Saturday Tasting Counter Tutorials

    Come down and find out a little bit more about your favourite wines in our relaxed, informal tasting tutorials.

    Wines of Spain: Saturday 15th September, 11am and 3pm

    Exploring Sauvignon Blanc: Saturday 22nd September, 11am and 3pm

    Exploring Pinot Noir: Saturday 29th September, 11am and 3pm

     

    See you there!

    Michael

    Like Rare Vintage Rioja?Date published: 11/09/12

    Like Rare Vintage Rioja?
    Love our one-off-never-again-super-duper online exclusive

    Marqués de Arienzo 1994 Rioja Crianza 12 x 75cl bottles -
    Out of Stock
    La Vicalanda de Viña Pomal 1994 Rioja Reserva Bodegas Bilbainas 6 x 75 cl bottles
    £77.94
    Rioja Through the Decades Mixed Case 6 x 75cl
    Out of Stock
    Amezola de la Mora 1994 Rioja Crianza 12 x 75cl bottles -
    £95.88
    Conde de Valdemar 1994 Rioja Crianza 12 x 75cl bottles -
    £95.88
    Roda II 2001 Rioja Reserva Bodegas Roda 6 x 75cl
    Out of Stock
    Viña Tondonia 1973 Rioja Reserva R. Lopez de Heredia 12 x 75cl bottles
    Out of Stock
    Faustino I 1994 Rioja Gran Reserva 12 x 75cl bottles
    Out of Stock
    Baron de Chirel 1995 Rioja Reserva Marqués de Riscal  6 x 75cl bottles
    Out of Stock
    Contino 1995 Rioja Reserva 12 x 75cl bottles
    Out of Stock
    Viña Tondonia 1994 Rioja Reserva R. Lopez de Heredia 12 x 75cl bottles
    Out of Stock
    You won't find these anywhere else but here -


    www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-Rioja+Parcel


    Hurry! These will sell out very fast!!

    WIne of the Week! - Alamos ChardonnayDate published: 07/09/12

    Wine of the Week!

    Chardonnay is the wine that everyone wants to produce and the Argentines are no exception. Alamos is produced by Nicolás Catena, Decanter Man of the Year 2009, and focuses on ripe, varietal fruit.

    This wine displays a stunning array of ripe peach, pear and apple flavours which marry harmoniously with toasty oak.

    Try this with creamy pasta dishes, poultry or fish.

    Only £6.49* when you buy 2 or more bottles
     

    Fine Wine Friday - Rioja Reserva 2001 Vina ArdanzaDate published: 07/09/12

    Fine Wine Friday - Rioja Reserva 2001 Vina Ardanza

    From one of the most sought after vineyards in the prestigious D.O.C region of Rioja in northern Spain comes this complex and intriguing wine which is named after one of the regions founding fathers.

    The Rioja Alta lies west of the city of Logroño and just south of the River Ebro. The predominant red grape variety here is Tempranillo which lends itself well to the distinctive, iron rich reddish tinted clay soils. With only superior quality grapes being sourced, Reservas must spend a minimum of three years in cask and bottle, at least one of which must be in oak. The 2001 vintage ranks up there as one of the very best in recent years. This pedigree shines through in a wine that is complex and elegant with an abundance of multi-layered flavours.

    Fresh red fruits greet the palate which then develop seamlessly into more complex and perfumed secondary notes of earthy spices and vanilla. Silky smooth tannins help endow this wine with an elegant structure and an impressive length.

    Food Match: Whilst lamb is often the classic match for a Rioja, try pairing this with roasted duck for an indulgent and luxurious treat.

     

    £22.00 or Buy 2 Save 20%, £17.60

    Offers Ending Soon!!Date published: 02/09/12

    Offers Ending Soon!!

    Love NZ, Chile, Australia, Italy and Beaujolais?

     

    Then you won't want to miss out on our massive 20% off deals that end Monday 3rd Sept at 8pm!

     

    I'll be here manning the web orders/phone orders all day - and remember free delivery on every 6 bottle order over £40 no matter wherever you are!

     

    http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-Offers+Ending

    Wine of the Week! La Grille Touraine Sauvignon 2011 Paul BuisseDate published: 18/08/12

    Wine of the Week!
    La Grille Touraine Sauvignon 2011 Paul Buisse


    The Sauvignon Blanc grapes are sourced from vineyards in the central Loire valley, and are cool-fermented to preserve the delicate aromatics.

    Notes of gooseberry and blackcurrant leaf characterise the nose. The palate has flavour characteristics of citrus fruits, softed edged acidity and a delicate minerality.

    Best enjoyed with seafood


    Only £6.49* when you buy 2 or more bottles

    *minimum purchase 6 bottles any mix of wines, spirits or Champagnes

    Get Involved!Date published: 07/08/12

    Don't want to miss out on anything happening in store?

    Send us a quick email with your name + postcode in, and we'll keep you up to date on

    - One off special offers

    - Instore Tastings

    - Wine Events

     

    and much more!

     

    but@majestic.co.uk

    Sparkling Saturday - Codorníu Rosado NV Date published: 04/08/12

    Origin
    Codorníu are one of the oldest wine producers in Spain and also one of the pioneers of Cava, making their first bottle of sparkling in 1872, and soon afterward deciding to concentrate solely on Cava. Monastrell is the red grape which adds colour to this rosé.

    Taste
    Light and pure, with citrus fruit and hints of strawberry and raspberry fruit, this wine is light and refreshing on the palate with a clean and refreshing finish.

    Enjoy
    Enjoy with tomato salads, seafood or by itself as a summer sparkling wine.

     

    £9.99 or buy 2 bottles save £4  £7.99 each


    Wine of the Week - Caixas Albarino 2011, Martin Codazx, Rias BaixasDate published: 04/08/12


    Made exclusively for Majestic, with some of the grapes possible having being picked by Majestic's own staff, as a small number go to Galicia each year to help with the harvest.

    Light, fresh and youthful with characteristics of stone fruits and nectar.

    Enjoy with mussels, shellfish or other simple fish dishes such as grilled sardines

    Only £7.99* when you buy 2 or more bottles

    Veuve Clicquot and KrugDate published: 25/07/12


    Last week, I was fortunate enough to be the guest of 2 of the oldest and most prestigious Champagne Houses, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin and Krug.


    Starting early on the Wednesday morning at St. Pancras train station we met up with our hosts Simon and Lauren from parent company LVMH. A few introductions to our fellow guests and a quick coffee, we boarded the train to Paris. A continental breakfast accompanied by a glass of Veuve Clicquot NV started the day off in style. A brisk walk in the morning heat from Gare du Nord to Gare de l'Est, we hopped on the TGV to Reims.

    Once bags were dropped off we went straight to the house of Veuve Clicquot. The house was founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron and was passed onto his son François Clicquot who married Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin in 1798. After François died at a fairly young age in 1805, the business passed over to MMe Clicquot who gave the Champagne house the name Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin (Widow Clicquot Ponsardin). After the brief history we were taken to the smelling garden, which contains plants of a whole manner of different smell and textures which are typical to the wines of Veuve Clicquot.

    After a brief sniff around the garden we were led down into the cellars. The cellars were very cold (in comparison to the heat above the surface) and had 80% humidity which is as close to the perfect conditions for storing Champagne as you can get. After touring around 3 of the 500 caves, we got the chance to see some of the older bottles, including a bottle found on the floor of the Baltic sea, which has been dated between 1840-1850. After the tour we were taken into the brains of Veuve Clicquot, where they ferment all of their grapes and blend their final cuvée. Each single vineyard and grape variety and vintage is placed into a separate stainless steel tank which keeps the style of each vineyard/grape variety/year without harming the flavours. We were then shown the Big Daddy of all tanks which is the largest in the Champagne Region at 8000hl or 1million bottles, and it was huge!


    We then tasted the base wines for a Champagne (base wines are the still wines that are blended before 2nd fermentation (where the bubbles come from)) and tried Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir ans Chardonnay bases. The first thing that struck me was the bracing acidity in each one and also how different in style each grape showed. Getting the chance to do this means that you can really taste the structure once you've tried the finished product.

     


    In the evening, we were taken to the 'Hotel du Marc,' a stunning property owned by Veuve since 1812. A quick introduction to our host Olivier we were treated to the most recent vintage of 'La Grande Dame' 2004, which is made in an earlier drinking style, but also still has massive aging potential - a definite winner amongst the guests. A four course meal matched with many of the Veuve Clicquot range followed, but my highlight has to be the starter of Crab Tortellini, Foie Gras, Quinoa, Miso and Grapefruit - matched with Veuve Vintage 2004. Such rich flavours might be a bit too much for some, but the addition of the grapefruit cleaning the palate and the clean freshness of the Champagne made this dish a delight! Please Sir, can I have some more? My favourite wine of the night had to be 'La Grande Dame' 1996, perfect.

     

    The next morning we visited the house of 'Krug'. I was particularly looking forward to trying Krug as it's always been a bit out of my price range. Luckily for me we were presented with a glass of Krug Grande Cuvée on arrival to be enjoyed along with a brief lesson on the history of Krug. After this we were whisked down into the Krug Cellars, which were much smaller than those of Veuve Clicquot, but also had that high humidity. Krug ages their base wines in old oak barrels rather than stainless steel, as this is their tradition, but the oak doesn't add any flavour to the wines. We then got to try some more Krug Grande Cuvée, Krug 2000 and Krug 1998. These were very differing in style and goes by Krug's ethos of only making a vintage when a year has 'something to say' and take it from me the '98 and '00 had plenty to chat about. We then had a quick lunch and we were then back on the train to Paris.


    A wonderful experience and so much to fit in over 36 hours. I truly recommend it and if you get a chance to visit any of the Champagne houses (I'm biased from now on) please do so. If you don't fancy it, make sure you try Krug and Veuve La Grande Dame - truly stunning Champagnes and definitely worth the few extra pounds.


    Now, how to make a few extra pounds I wonder...

     


     

    Help I'm Stuck!Date published: 23/07/12

    Stuck for Ideas?

    We can all get in a “wine-rut” where we just choose the same bottles out of habit. You may scoff and think “If it ain't broke don't fix it!”, but below are a few recommendations to expand your wine-rack range.

    Like?
    Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc £5.99*
    “lots of gooseberries, passion fruit and a fresh, citrus finish”

    Love!
    The Ned Black Label Sauvignon Blanc, £6.99*
    Awarded Decanter Regional Trophy 2012 for Best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Under £10


    Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc, £6.99*
    New Zealand in a glass...vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry


    Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc, £7.99*
    Offers masses of elderberry fruit and raspberry leaf aromas and exhibits an excellent minerally finish along the lines of Sancerre (Michael's Choice)

    *(When you buy 2 bottles of NZ wine as part of a mixed case)

    Like?
    Vina Eguia Rioja Reserva 2006 £6.99**
    Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim.

    Love!
    Rioja Reserva, Berberana 2006 £7.99**
    Deep ruby red, with delicious vanilla overtones backed up by juicy soft strawberry and morello cherry flavours (Michael's Choice)

    Rioja Reserva, Vina Pomal 2006 £9.99**
    Bursting with red fruit characters of blackberry and raspberries the palate is clean, intense and persistent. Perfectly balanced with soft velvety tannins it is delicious from start to the long finish.

    **(when you buy 2 or more bottles of the same wine as part of a mixed case)

    Jane MacQuitty's Summer RecomendationsDate published: 21/07/12


    Here are Jane MacQuitty's write ups in The Saturday Times. This is the
    first part of her Summer Top 100 - the best white wines and sparkling
    wines.

    2011 Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc £7.49 Buy 2 Chilean wines save 20% £5.99
    Squeaky clean and proud of it, this stainless steel fermented and aged
    sauvignon is the wine to serve to Loire devotees who feel New World
    sauvignon somehow fails to hit the spot. Named in honour of the 120
    soldiers who hid in Santa Rita's cellars during Chile's war for
    independence, this grassy, punchy, 13.5 per cent alcohol, lime and green
    pepper-scented sauvignon is the wine to serve at all those mixed buffet
    summer parties.

    2011 Giesen Sauvignon Blanc £7.49 Buy 2 NZ wines save 20% £5.99 (until Monday 23rd £6.99 thereafter)
    Star Buy - Best Value
    This bowled me over with its mouthwatering blast of zesty, verdant, nettle,
    grass cuttings and flowering currant pisazz. All that, and closing on the
    zingy, tropical fruit note that has made Marlborough sauvignon so famous,
    effortlessly put Giesen ahead of the pack. Made with grapes from 32 plots
    in the Wairau valley, Giesen is just the job served with asparagus, or an
    Asian-spiced salad.

    2011 Wither Hills Chardonnay £9.99 Special offer £7.99
    Star Buy - Best Buy
    Anyone tasting this 14 per cent alcohol Kiwi chardonnay will wonder why
    they bother with white burgundy - it made mincemeat of most of the sub-£8
    white burgundies it was lined up with. It oozes spiced baked apple and
    cinnamon flavours. With a fine, nutty, toasty, oak-derived finish, it was
    impossible to fault.

    2009 Les Princes Abbes Riesling Schlumberger £13.99 Special offer £10.99
    Unthinkable to go through the summer without a fine Alsace white to savour
    alongside those powerfully flavoured summer dishes. If you have
    stomach-space for just one, make it this racy riesling. Schlumberger differ
    from other Alsace producers in that every wine it produces comes from
    grapes grown in its own vineyards. Such quality control has paid off and
    this mouthwatering riesling oozes bold, vibrant, thrillingly complex musk
    peach, lime and floral fruit.


    Bouvet-Ladubay Saumur Brut NV £11.99 Special offer £7.99
    Star Buy - Bargain Fizz
    Big summer party in view? Then you and yours will need a brilliant, bargain
    bubbly to crack open for the occasion. Made exclusively from the Loire's
    classy chenin blanc grape and stored in long, cold galleries hewn out of
    the region's tuffeau stone, what you get from this fine sparkler is lots of
    zippy, zesty, waxy, floral, honey-baked apple fruit.

    WOTW, Serena Pinot Grigio Rosato 2011, BanfiDate published: 20/07/12

    Wine of the week
    Serena Pinot Grigio Rosato 2011, Banfi


    Although Pinot Grigio is a white grape, these berries turn a delicate shade of salmon pink when they encounter extended sun exposure at the end of the ripening season. Gentle pressing of the grapes then extracts this pink hue to create a delicate rose wine.

    The nose has aroma characteristics of summer fruits, apple, pear and white peach. The wines acidity is soft and therefore this combined with the fruity flavours creates a wine that is both easy-drinking and also refreshing.

    Excellent on a summers day or why not try with salmon or a light pasta dish.


    £7.49 per bottle

    or

    Buy 2+ Itialian wines save 20%

    £5.99

    (As always minimum purchase only 6 bottles)

    Nyetimber Tasting Day 11th AugustDate published: 16/07/12

    James from Nyetimber will be with us on Saturday 11th August to show the 3 products from the Nytimber range.

     

    These will be the

    Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004

    Nyetimber Vintage Rosé 2007

    Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2003

     

    Come and Explore the world of English Sparkling Wine from 11am!

     

    01289303224

     

    External Tasting EventsDate published: 14/07/12

    Are you part of a club, wine tasting group or just have a keen interest in wines.

     

    We specialise in wine events both in-store and externally. We can think of a theme, whether it be a 'Call my Bluff' type quiz or just a wines from a particular country, we have lots of ideas to suit your needs.

    We are also very flexible with dates and times.

     

    Email us at but@majestic.co.uk or phone 01289303224 for more details

     

    See you soon!

    Michael

    Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 14/07/12

    Have you ever wondered what New Zealand Sparkling Rosé tastes like?

     

    Well wonder no more!

    Lindauer Rosé open to try all day Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th.

     

    A real steal at £7.99 (until Monday 16th 8pm) and more than a match for some pink Champagnes

     

    Wine of the Week- Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Syrah Reserva 2010Date published: 14/07/12


    Although Chile has historically favoured other red varieties, the Central Valleys of Chile are becoming known as a home to some great value, high-quality Syrah

    Deep purple-tinged ruby red, and showing intense aromas of blackcurrant, with hints of black pepper and spice.

    Enjoy with seasoned lamb chops, or spaghetti and beef meatballs.

    £7.49
    or
    Buy 2+ Chilean Wines save 20%
    £5.99

    (*Minimum Purchase 6 bottles of wine, Champagne or spirits)

    Don't be the Last in the Know!!Date published: 13/07/12

     

    On occasion we have one off short term special deals or parcels and some of these are only sent out by email.


    Just ask any member of staff and we can get you signed up as we'd hate for you to miss out!

     

    Or contact us below

    Email: but@majestic.co.uk
    Phone: 01289303224

    Why not follow us on twitter? @majesticberwick for the latest store news, offers and wine events!
     

    Offers Ending Soon!!Date published: 13/07/12

    DON'T MISS OUT!

    Several of our offers are ending at close of pay on Monday 16th July, so hurry before it's too late and stock up on all your favourite wines and champagnes!

    Here is a selection of our top offers:

    - Pasqua Pinot Grigio 2011 @ £4.99*
    - Fleurie Flower Label Georges Duboeuf @ £7.99*
    - Bollinger NV Champagne @ £32 (or £30 with 6 bottles or more)
    - Pouilly Fume les Cascadelles 2010@ £8.99*
    - Reales Vinedos 2006 @ £4.99*

    *When you buy 2 or more bottles

    Don't forget you can either order online or contact the store to place your order and we now deliver 6 bottles FREE on orders £40 or over.

    01289303224

    Further information and more products on offer can be located at:
    http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-Offers+Ending

    Fine Wine Friday - Rioja Gran Reserva 2003 Marques de MurrietaDate published: 06/07/12

    Origin
    Located in Rioja Alta, this wine has been made by one of Rioja's leading producers. Hand-picked grapes from the 300 hectare Ygay estate are used for this wine.

    Taste
    A nose of subtle elegant oak, ripe red cherry and notes coffee and spices. An intense, well balanced palate expressing ripe fruit with sweet toasty notes, coffee and chocolate, and a subtle, long finish.

    Enjoy
    This is the perfect wine to take along to a dinner party to accompany a lamb or beef dish.

    Wine Of The Week '2 Up' ShirazDate published: 03/07/12

    '2 Up' Shiraz 2010,
    Kangarilla Road, South Australia

    The vineyard of Kangarilla Road offers 30 acres of mature vines, contributing rich fruit characters so typical of McLaren Vale. Sourcing grapes from three regions this wine is then matured in French and American oak for 12 months. This wine has aromas of blackcurrant, plum and spices. On the palate the wine is full bodied with fine tannins and full of rich dark cherry, blackcurrant and chocolate flavours.

    Enjoy this full, fruity style as an accompaniment to spare ribs slathered in barbecue sauce.

    £7.99*

    (*When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case, otherwise £9.99 single bottle price)

    Wine of the Week- Beaujolais Villages 2010/11Date published: 21/06/12

    Wine of the Week
    Beaujolais- Villages 2010/11, Georges Duboeuf

    £6.79*
    (when you buy 2 as part of a mixed case*)

    Beaujolais Villages comes from the superior vineyard sites in the hillier parts to the north of Beaujolais. This wine has been created using the best selection of grapes selected by master winemaker Georges Duboeuf.

    The grapes undergo a process called carbonic maceration to release the liquid from the grapes. In this, bunches of uncrushed grapes, together with their stalks are placed in a vat under carbon dioxide. The grapes naturally burst and fermentation then begins.
    This extracts the colour but not the tannins and produces light, soft, fruity wines which Beaujolais are famed for.
    Characters of juicy strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit flavours help create a bright youthful wine with a fresh finish.
    Enjoy lightly chilled on its own, otherwise a tuna steak would match this wine nicely.

    Free Delivery now available on just 6 bottles!Date published: 13/06/12

    Our minimum order for delivery has been reduced to just 6 bottles (any mix of wine, Champagne or spirits).

    Orders over £40 will qualify for free delivery.

    There will be a £5 delivery charge for orders under £40.

    Spoilt for choice? Why not try one of our new 6 bottle 'Explorer Cases' selected by country or grape variety and find yourself a new favourite tipple!

    Wine Of The Week- Rioja Gran Reserva 2003 Viña EguíaDate published: 13/06/12

     

     

    Wine of the Week!

     

    New for the summer, why not try the Rioja Gran Reserva 2003 Viña Eguía. This wine receives 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release.

    The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length.

    Drink with all slow-cooked lamb dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses

    Only £8.99* when you buy 2 or more bottles

    http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-14007

    *minimum purchase 6 bottles any mix of wines, spirits or Champagnes

    Olympic Torch - Traffic NewsDate published: 13/06/12

    You lucky folk of Berwick-upon-Tweed get to see the Olympic Torch on Thurs June 14th - and looking at the route it comes right past our shop!

     

    Unfortunately this will mean that the road will be closed while the flame goes past, but don't despair it's not all day, just between 4.30-5.15 (from the information we have been given)

     

    Happy Viewing

    Fine Wine Friday - Peregrine Pinot Griss 2011, Central OtagoDate published: 01/06/12

    Fine Wine Friday


    To finish off our New Zealand tasting week we have the splendid Peregrine Pinot Gris from Central Otago


    Peregrine is a modern winery located in Gibbston, Central Otago. This Pinot Gris comes from Otago's Cromwell Basin sub-region.

    Pinot Gris can often be overpowering with pear flavours, but this one balances those pear notes with peachy notes and subtle hints of mango and grapefruit. Quite mouth-filling with a full texture and slightly off dry.

     

    Price £22.00
    Buy 2 still New Zealand wines save 20%
    £17.60

    Wine Of The Week- Giesen Sauvignon BlancDate published: 29/05/12

    Giesen Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

    £5.99

    (When you buy at least 2 as part of a mixed case)

    Come try the Giesen Sauvignon Blanc from the classic Marlborough region. Refreshing flavours of tropical fruits, zesty citrus flavours and gooseberry.

    Excellent with a seafood dish or enjoy on its own on a warm summers day!
     

    Delicious Wines Excellent PricesDate published: 29/05/12


    St Hallett Poachers Blend White 2010/11, Barossa Valley, 11.5% £4.99*

    Pasqua Pinot Grigio 2011 £4.99

    Mountain View Rose 2011, Luis Felipe Edwards, 13% £4.99

    Riverlands Run Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough £4.99

    Mountain View Merlot 2011, Luis Felipe Edwards, 13% £4.99

    Rioja Crianza 2007, Vina Eguia £4.99


    (*When you buy at least two bottles as part of mixed case)

    New Zealand Tasting WeekDate published: 26/05/12

    Our New Zealand tasting week has started this weekend, it will finish on Thursday 31st of May, we have opened a fine selection of whites and reds available on our tasting counter.

    All New Zealand wines are currently discounted at 20% so come In, have a taste and take advantage of this great offer!

    Hope to see you!

    The Ned wins award for the ‘Best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Under £10’Date published: 24/05/12

    The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2011 by Marisco Vineyards won the Trophy for ‘Best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Under £10’ at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London overnight.  Marisco Vineyards was also awarded NZ Winery of the Year at the IWC in October 2011.
     
    Marisco Vineyards Proprietor and Chief Winemaker Brent Marris says the win is another significant endorsement of the quality of Sauvignon Blanc being grown at their Waihopai Valley property and crafted by their highly skilled team in their new-generation winery.
     
    “We stake our reputation on our Sauvignon Blanc because it’s what Marlborough is best known for internationally, and we’re thrilled that for a panel of global judges ours came out on top,” he says.
     
    The Decanter World Wine Awards receive more than14,000 entries from around the world and are judged by 200 international wine experts
     
    “Because the UK is such a traditional market, and so important to our business, this win is priceless. It will put us in a very strong position for selling the 2012vintage there, and embedding our brand as one of the top performing New Zealand labels in the UK,” says Marris.
     
    More than 50% of Marisco Vineyards’ wine is sold in the UK and import volumes are expected to rise significantly over the next 12 months.
     
    “The UK was New Zealand’s first  international wine market and there remains huge interest in our wines there and across Europe. It’s important that we keep investing in the UK because it’s a real cornerstone for New Zealand’s wine export industry,” he says.

    The Ned Sauvignon - Price Crash!!Date published: 22/05/12

    You won't 'Need Extra Dough' for this 'Nice Everyday Delight' (see what I did there?) - Check out this 'Neat Extra Deal' in our Jubilee offers (Ok, I'll stop) until close of play Monday 28th May, the Ned Sauvignon Blanc will be a stupendously super £5.99*

     

     

     

    (*when you buy at least 2 NZ wines as part of a mixed case)

    Jubilee Celebration OffersDate published: 17/05/12

    These offers will run from Thursday 17th May until Monday 28th May.

     

     Viña Equia Crianza £8.99 £8.49 Buy 2 Save £7 = £4.99


     Heidsieck Vintage £20 £18


     Nicolas Feuillatte Non Vintage £18 £15


     Prosecco Raboso Rosado Corte Alta £9.99 £6.66


     Prosecco Corte Alta £9.99 £6.66


     Peroni 12-pack £15.99 £12 a case


     Peroni 24x330ml £1.30 £1 a bottle, £24 a case


     Riverlands Run Sauvignon Blanc £7.99 £6.24 Buy any 2 New Zealand Wines Save 20% = £4.99


     Viñalba Malbec Reserva £10.99 £9.99 Buy 2 Save £4 = £7.99

    Enjoy!

    Wine Of The Week- The NedDate published: 16/05/12

    Wine Of The Week

    The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough


    This fanatstic wine hails from the famed Marlborough region of New Zealand.

    Set on the banks of the Waihiopai River in the stoney soils of the Wairau vally the natural herbaceouisness of the grapes is further boosted by an unmistakable gun-flint minerality emanating from the surrounding terrior. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks helps retain the purity and freshness of flavours contributing to an intense varietal expression. The screw cap enclosure ensures the freshness of a wine which is at its best enjoyed young.

    A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smokey herbal twist on the palate. A wine full of freshness and complexity.

    Drink now or enjoy with fresh summer salads and seafood.


    £6.49 when you buy two as part of a mixed case or single bottle price £8.11


     

    Wines of Italy Tasting Week + Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 11/05/12

    Come on down and sample some great Italian wines!

    The current favourites on the tasting counter are

    Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2009 Ripasso La Casetta di Ettore Righetti £12.79 when you buy 2+

    Gavi di Gavi 2011 La Toledana £7.99 when you buy 2+

    Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011 Grifone £4.99 when you buy 2+

     

    Also on Saturday 12th May we will have open the brilliant and bubbly

    Prosecco La Marca Treviso Extra Dry NV

    Come and Explore

    It's Not Just Wine...Date published: 10/05/12

    We also do a range of Local, National and International beers and lagers. On top of that we also have a varied range of spirits too!

     

    Come and Explore

    Wine of the Week - Gavi, La ToledanaDate published: 10/05/12

     

    Gavi, La Toledana


    Dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. Wines from the vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi.

    Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity.

    An ideal apéritif, this wine will also complement poached white fish with a rocket and cherry tomato salad.
    £9.99
    buy 2 Save 20%
    £7.99*

    *minimum purchase 6 bottles wine, spirits, Champagne, any mix. (12 online)

    Wine of the Week - Yalumba 'the Y Series' Viognier 2011, South Australia Date published: 02/05/12


    Viognier is probably most well known as the main grape variety in Condrieu, the famous white wine from Rhône. The grapes need a relatively warm climate to grow in, which is why they are popular in Southern France, Chilé and, like this example, Australia. Yalumba gets it's name from an indigenous Australian word meaning “all the land around” and is now Australia's oldest family-owned winery.
     

    A vibrant lemon in colour with a perfumed floral, blossom and apricot scent. Extremely smooth on the palate with more peachy notes too.
     


    Enjoy with light herby pasta dishes or even with seared tuna and mixed vegetables


    Enjoy!


    £9.49 Per Bottle

    OR

    £7.99

    when you buy 2 Australian wines between £5 -£25 as part of a mix case

    A Summer of Celebrations - Come and ExploreDate published: 30/04/12

    With summer being round the corner and the sunshine beginning to peek out from behind the clouds, we thought it would be best to celebrate what is best about the British summer – A Garden Party! Here are some great examples of our products that are produced right here in Britain.

    Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004 - £29.99 Special Offer! £24.99

    Using the Champagne blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, this classic cuvée displays Nyetimber's signature style. Notes of citrus, peach and apples with faint hints of butter give way to a vibrant, full-bodied mouthfeel.

    Chapel Down Brut NV - £19.99 Special Offer! £14.99

    A blend of Pinot Noir and lesser-known Rivaner and Peichsteiner, this is almost Prosecco like in style – very zesty and approachable with a lively refreshing mousse. Peach and apple aromas give way to a slightly yeasty palate with citrus and delicate tropical fruit flavours.

    Blackwood's Vintage Dry Gin 2008 £19.00

    Made with hand-harvested Shetland botanicals picked fresh each summer by local crofters, this gin is always fresh and lively but uniquely reflects each vintage.

    Why not mix with any of our “Fever Tree mixers” range only £3.00 or buy 2 save 15% £2.55


    Pimm's No.1 Cup 70cl Bottle £15.00 buy 2 save 15% £12.75

    A light and refreshing beverage. Recipe idea; take a large jug, add lemon, cucumber, apple and orange, cover with Pimm's and allow to soak. We suggest 3:1 ratio Lemonade to Pimm's. Serve with ice and garnish with mint. Ideal for the summer.

     

    Enjoy!

    Wine of the Week - Contessa Pecorino 2011 Colline Pescaresi IGTDate published: 28/04/12


    Pecorino is an early-ripening white wine grape mainly grown natively in the central regions of Italy. Pecorino is also a name for an Italian cheese made from sheep's milk, and the bunches of the Pecorino grape tend to be triangular in shape, much like a sheep's head, said to be the reason for the naming of the grape!
     

    Very pale lemon in colour with intense aromas of citrus fruits and lemon meringue pie, with perfumed hints of orange blossom. Sharp, clean and soft on the palate, with those lemon and lime characteristics coming through too. It has added complexity to it too with hints of walnut and minerality.
     

    Enjoy with nutty cheeses, or light fish dishes

    Super!

     

    £9.99 Per Bottle

    OR

    £7.99 when you buy 2 Italian wines as part of a mix case

    Vintage or Non-Vintage? That is the QuestionDate published: 20/04/12

    The majority of Champagne produced is non-vintage, meaning that no declared year will be written on the bottle, and you will see NV instead. The majority of the wine will be from the current vintage, but blended with wines from previous years (called reserve wines) to ensures a consistent style that you expect from NV Champagne.

    Canard Duchêne NV
    £26 Buy 2+ bottles  £21.00!

    Excellent value for this well-respected Champagne which is clean and fruity in style, with baked-bread and green-apple notes, ever so fresh and ever so easy drinking!

    Veuve Clicquot NV
    £42 Special offer £30.00!

    An archetypal Champagne from an historic house. Madame Clicquot's wine displays a superb marriage of freshness and power - gorgeous and deceptively pale colour with fine, persistent bubbles -a poised, delicately bready nose - and on the palate a richness of fruit and mouthfilling mousse that lingers long.


    For years where there is an excellent harvest, the producers declare a millesimé and resuling cuvée will labelled as a Vintage rather than a blended Non-Vintage. Due to Champagne rules the grapes used to produce Vintage Champagnes must be 100% from the year indicated, and aged for a minimum 3 years compared to a Non-Vintages 15 months.

    Heidsieck Gold Top 2005
    £22 Special Offer £20

    Heidsieck & Co is one of the oldest Champagne firms in the Champagne region. This vintage Champagne is soft and rich, with hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla.

     

    Moët & Chandon Grande Vintage 2002
    £50 Special Offer £40

    A full-bodied, well-structured, delightful Champagne from a classic vintage. The fruit and acidity are perfectly balanced, with secondary characteristics of toast, brioche and yeast setting up a refined finish. Drinking beautifully now, or, if you have the patience, leave to mature over the next five years or so.

     

    Minimum purchase of 6 bottles applies in store (12 online and for delivery)

    Wine of the week- Chateau Aigues VivesDate published: 20/04/12

    This delightful blend of Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah is a wine the Languedoc can really be proud of. Gerard Bertrand is a real champion of the South of France, carefully selecting vineyards, vines and grapes that will really showcase the best of what the South of France has to offer.
     

    With the cooling influence of the Mediterranean Terrior of the vineyard really is excellent, and creates the perfect environment for the growing of grapes. The Chateau Aigues Vives was built in 1817 on the ruins of an old Roman thermal baths (agua viva), hence its name.



    With a deep ruby red colour, this wine offers powerful aromas
    of cocoa, rose petal, pepper and hints of red fruit. This gives way to a palate dominated by cassis and blackberry.


    Food match: A great partner to sausages

    Wine of the week- DMZ Sauvignon BlancDate published: 13/04/12

    DMZ wines are produced by De Morgenzon winery which is situated in the upper reaches of the Stellenboschkloof in Stellenbosch, South Africa. All DMZ wines are made from select parcels of grapes. They are whole-bunch pressed for a more delicate flavour.

    This is a lovely refreshing wine for any sunny day we could have this year. It has a youthful grassy, citrussy bouquet. On the palate it is light, soft and packed full of green fruit flavours.


    Best drunk young, on its own or with fresh seafood.

    £9.99
    single bottle price

    £7.99 any two South African wines

    Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2008, MarlboroughDate published: 07/04/12

    Fine Wine Friday

    Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2008, Marlborough


    The region of Marlborough in New Zealand is located at the northern tip of the South Island and until 1973 there were very few vines. These days the area of Marlborough is home to nearly half of the country's vineyards and by 2007 had more than 27,000 acres.
     

    Marlborough is where Sauvignon Blanc is king, easily accessible, fruity and superb value. The cream of the crop amongst those historically has been Cloudy Bay. The winery was set up in 1985 by David Hohnen of Cape Mentelle in Australia and has since gone on to be one of the most famous names in the world. Captain Cook named the bay at the East of the Wairau Valley “Cloudy Bay” and this is where the winery takes its name.
     

    Aside from Sauvignon Blanc, Cloudy Bay also grow varieties such as Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir with lesser quantities of Gewurztraminer, Riesling, and Pinot Gris. And today we are excited to open up the 2008 vintage of the Cloudy Bay Chardonnay for you to sample!
     

    This excellent wine has a complex nose of figs, lemon butter and fresh stone fruits, mainly peaches and nectarines and hints of butterscotch and aromatic herbs. These peachy and buttery notes follow through onto the palate which also gives a nice long toasty finish.

    Will reward aging for 3 or 4 years, but if you can't wait drink now with creamy chicken dishes or just as enjoyable on its own!

    £26.00
    Buy any 2 Cloudy Bay wines save £10

    £21.00

    Wine of the week- Rioja Gran Reserva 2005, BerberanaDate published: 04/04/12

     

     

     

     

    RIOJA GRAN RESERVA 2005, BERBERANA

     

     

     


    Founded in 1877 the Bodega in Cenicero in the Rioja Alta is now a modern winery, with cellaring facilities housing over 50,000 barrels. Rioja Alta is at higher elevations than the rest of the regions in Rioja leading to shorter growing season, which can often lead to lighter styles of wine.
     

    Utilizes two different grape (80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha), to produce a full bodied wine with aromas of dark cherries and strawberries. Berberana Gran Reserva is matured for three years in American oak and for a further three years in the bottle.

    As a result this wine is bursting with notes of dried fruits, ripe dark cherries and vanilla.
     

    Best enjoyed with roast meats, spring lamb, game, pastas, tomato dishes and barbecues.

     

     

    £9.99 Per Bottle

    OR

    £7.99 when you buy 2 as part of a mix case

    Easter Specials TastingDate published: 03/04/12

    Pop down to Majestic Berwick to sample some excellent wines which will tingle your tastebuds in time for Easter!

    We have a great range to sample, including

     

    Robertson Winery Chenin Blanc at £4.99

    Bourgogne Chardonnay Les Chenaudieres at £6.99

    Chateau Mont Milan at £4.99

    Rioja Reserva Muriel at £5.99

     

    And many more!

    Perfect if you have family or friends coming over this weekend!

     

    Press Mentions 31/03 - 01/04Date published: 01/04/12

    Times - Jane MacQuitty - 31st March 2012

    2011 Viña Sol, Catalunya, Familia Torres, Spain

    Terrific, fresh as a daisy, slimline white, just 11.5 per cent alcohol,
    with lots of zippy, herby Granny Smith and lemon zest fruit

    £6.24 buy 2 save 20% £4.99


    Saturday Kitchen - 31st March 2012

    Peter Richards went to the Salisbury store this week and will be
    recommending Luis Felipe Edwards Mountain View Carmenère 2011 Central
    Valley to go with Shepherd's Pie.

    £6.49 buy 2 save £3 £4.99

    Sunday Telegraph - Susy Atkins - 1st April 2012

    Extra Cuvée Seleccionada Brut, Codorníu
    A rounded, fruity cava with a distinctive flavour of pears and green
    apples, and a snappy, white-pepper finish. Chill for drinking with light
    seafood canapés and starters.

    Special offer - £6.49!
     

    Telegraph - Victoria Moore - 31st March 2012

    Mendel Lunta Malbec 2009 Argentina
    No country makes malbec that is so gloriously perfumed or expressive as
    Argentina does. And there are few names I am so pleased to see on a bottle
    of it as Mendel whose winemaker, Roberto de la Mota, is one of the
    country’s most celebrated. Aged in French oak, this has old-world accents;
    a wine that feels like it has a story to tell.

    £12.99 buy 2 save £6 £9.99

    Fine Wine of the Month Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2001, La Rioja Alta Date published: 29/03/12

    From one of the most sought after vineyards in the prestigious D.O.C region of Rioja in northern Spain comes this complex and intriguing wine which is named after one of the regions founding fathers.
     

    The Rioja Alta lies west of the city of Logroño and just south of the River Ebro. The predominant red grape variety here is Tempranillo which lends itself well to the distinctive, iron rich reddish tinted clay soils. With only superior quality grapes being sourced, Reservas must spend a minimum of three years in cask and bottle, at least one of which must be in oak. The 2001 vintage ranks up there as one of the very best in recent years. This pedigree shines through in a wine that is complex and elegant with an abundance of multi-layered flavours.
     

    Fresh red fruits greet the palate which then develop seamlessly into more complex and perfumed secondary notes of earthy spices and vanilla. Silky smooth tannins help endow this wine with an elegant structure and an impressive length.
     

    Food Match: Whilst lamb is often the classic match for a Rioja, try pairing this with roasted duck for an indulgent and luxurious treat.

     

     

    £22.00 or Buy 2 Save 20%, £17.60

    Come and Explore Majestic BerwickDate published: 28/03/12

    To welcome you all to Majestic Berwick, we have a fantastic opening offer to wet your whistle and pop your cork. With your first purchase of 6 bottles or more from us here in Berwick you will receive a FREE bottle of Prosecco worth £8.99!

    This offer is for a limited time only so pop down at the weekend to make sure you don't miss out!

     

    Wine of the Week - The Ned Black Label Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2011, MarlboroughDate published: 28/03/12


    This fantastic wine hails from the famed Marlborough region of New Zealand and is a glorious example of the Sauvignon Blanc grape which has now become so synonymous with New Zealand wine making.
     

    Set on the banks of the Waihopai River in the stony soils of the Wairau valley the natural herbaceousness of the grapes is further boosted by an unmistakeable gun-flint minerality emanating from the surrounding terroir. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks helps retain the purity and freshness of flavours contributing to an intense varietal expression. A screw cap enclosure ensures the freshness of a wine which is at its best enjoyed young.
     

    An enticing nose of ripe gooseberries and citrus fruits leads to a wonderfully herbaceous palate with a streak of minerality. Well balanced with a crisp, refreshing acidity.
     

    Food Match: Will compliment a wide variety of fresh salads
    and seafood dishes. 


    £9.99 or Buy 2 Save £6, £6.99

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    • Andrew Trainee Manager

      I'm the token Geordie of the team. Massive Newcastle fan for my sins, hence the need for wine. I'm big on Californian Zinfandel and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. My favourite wines at the moment have to be the Jackson "Stitch" Sauvignon Blanc and the Ravenswood Zinfandel. Known for my blues and rock tunes blaring from the speakers, I'm a self confessed coffee addict and will always thank you for bringing me cake, its always appreciated.
    • Clare Manager

      Hello, Loving settling into Berwick and am now a fan of walks along the local beaches. Since moving here I have had chance to try some of the new wine range we have to offer. I would certainly recommend trying some of the new Australian reds.
    • Michael Assistant Manager

      Native to North East England, It's good to be back up north! I've just started here in Berwick after a year long stint working in the Dorking and Reigate stores down in Surrey, where I have left the infamous South American panpipe CD, much to the delight of my new colleagues. I enjoy trying all kinds of wine from all kinds of places so my favourite wine changes regularly however I do have a soft spot for Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo and am always in the mood for anything Bordeaux or Champagne!

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