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- Wine Of The Week 07/12/13
- Saturday Tasting! 07/12/13
- Vintage Guide - Rhone 02/12/13
- Vintage Guide - Burgundy 02/12/13
- Vintage Guide - Bordeaux 02/12/13
- Last week of November Pick'n'mix offers!! 24/11/13
- To celebrate our 200th store... 22/11/13
- Festive Tasting Events 22/11/13
- Winter Wine Evening in Ayr!! 22/10/13
- October offers available until the 28th 16/10/13
- Top 3 Blockbuster Shiraz from the New World for Autumn 29/09/13
- Like Rioja? 27/09/13
- Suavignon Blanc & interesting alternatives! 19/09/13
- 3 of the best Spanish wines for your Autumn 16/09/13
- We’re running the Marathon du Médoc for our charity of the year Children with Cancer UK 03/09/13
- Full range back in stock - Two Hands 11/08/13
- Grape spotlight - Pecorino 11/08/13
- Perfect Food Match for NZ Sauvingon Blanc! 05/08/13
- Loire Valley 29/07/13
- Wine of the Week: Le Clos du Chateau Valencay 23/07/13
- Majestic Quick Guides: Australia 03/07/13
- St. Georges Day Sherry Trifle 23/04/13
- What you need to know about Malbec World Day 2013 17/04/13
- Awards News: We’re Retail Week Winners! 05/04/13
- New Opening Hours 02/04/13
- Portillo Malbec 2011 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza, Argentina 18/03/13
- Spring Recipe & Wine Pairing 27/02/13
- Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough 17/02/13
- Top 5 Ways to Match Food & Wine 13/01/13
- Delivery Information 24/01/12
Wine Of The WeekDate published: 07/12/13
Wine Of The Week!
Vinalba Reservado Malbec, Mendoza 2011
This Malbec Reservado, from the Vinalba Estate in the Mendoza, has a fragrant nose of dark fruits, and a complex palate of plums and strawberries, which reflects the high altitudes to which it is grown. Perfect with peppered steak or lamb.
£7.99 Reduced from £11.99
Saturday Tasting!Date published: 07/12/13
Today we will be opening a selection of our best wines between £10 - £20 to help you pick the perfect wine for your festvities! At 3pm we will be running a short 30 minute tutorial, sampling and rating these wines out of 10. We also have a selection of out best buys from Bordeax open as part of or 'Wine Of Bordeaux Tasting Week'.
Wine 1 - Sancerre Chavignol 'Les Comtesses' 2012 Paul Thomas - £14.99 (reduced from £16.99)
The top cuvée from this excellent producer, Paul Thomas. The Sauvignon grapes are sourced from older vines from the best slopes around the village of Chavignol, the village producing perhaps the finest Sancerre. With vibrant aromas of gooseberries, grass and minerals, this is a rich tasting wine with ripe fruit, a lively citrussy finish and complex mineral characters.
Wine 2 - Jermann Pinot Grigio 2012 Friuli - £18.00 (reduced from £23.00)
Founded by Anton Jermann in 1881, the estate has been family-run ever since, with present winemaker Silvio Jermann taking over the winemaking in the 1970s, and beginning to make wine with grapes atypical of the region. This Pinot Grigio is a world away from the Italian norm, with intense and persistent aromas, and a velvety, full-bodied feel on the palate. A stunning match for grilled seafood, wild mushrooms and rich, creamy pasta dishes.
Wine 3 - Meursault 2011, Nicolas Potel Burgundy - £22.00
The commune of Meursault is located in the southern part of the Côte deBeaune, on an area of clay and limestone slopes, with a predominantly south-easterly aspect. The appellation is known for making a generousand approachable style of Chardonnay.An inviting shade of pale gold, offering a rich nose of apple and peach,with hints of flowers, vanilla and pepper. The palate is fresh and ripe,with soft-edged acidity and a nutty minerality. Drink with roast chicken or fleshy white fish dishes.
Wine 4 - Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2004 La Rioja Alta - £18.50 (reduced from £23.50)
One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas. Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour.
Wine 5 - Chateau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vignoble Abeille 2009 Mont Redon
Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault, Counoise.
Part of the famous Mont-Redon estate, Jean Abeille's vineyard occupies a total of 100 hectares of land with classic Châteauneuf characteristics: mature bush vines sit on a plateau with great sun exposure, and a topsoil covered with heat-retaining pebbles. Superbly balanced between youthful fruit and warm, oaky complexity. Nose and palate are replete with notes of cinnamon and clove amid the the dense bramble fruit.
Wine 6 - Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling - £15.99 (reduced from £19.99)
Cloudy Bay make this wine in very small quantities from two vineyard sites late in the growing season, when many of the bunches are botrytised, although some non-botrytised grapes are included for added freshness. 8 months maturation in oak ensures harmony and richness. Richly aromatic, offering notes of honey, nougat, orange blossom andpeach. Indulgently sweet, the palate glows with luscious flavours of ripefig and apricot, all the way through a long finish.Superb with crème brulée.
Vintage Guide - RhoneDate published: 02/12/13
2011: Variable weather but a good year overall,with higher than average yields giving approachable reds from both the North and South.Whites very good.
2010: Another great vintage in both northern and southern areas. Yields extremely low, but wines are generally rich and intense.
2009: Superb throughout the region. Earlyharvesters made supple, youthful wines. A late heatwave meant late pickers made some blockbuster wines too.
2008: A solid vintage despite some poor weather early in the season. Yields very low. Wines tend towards balance and elegance rather than power.
2007: Best vintage in recent years, especially in the Southern Rhone. Wines show good purity of fruit and fine structure.
2006: A healthy year producing rich, balanced wines with generous fruit. Some age-worthy Northern reds, and good acidity in the whites.
Vintage Guide - BurgundyDate published: 02/12/13
2010: A challenging vintage with much rain in midsummer. Top estates managed yields well and harvested late, making ripe, well-balanced wines.
2009: Superb weather and lengthy ripening produced reds that are expressive in their youth yet capable of ageing well.
2008: A difficult growing season was rescued by good weather before the harvest. Good producers made good wines from reduced yields.
2007: Fairly dry and warm in early summer,cooling in autumn, resulting in an early harvest.Wines show good ripeness and purity and are forward drinking.
2006: Patchy with a few problems with rot in the Côte de Beaune. But some fruity yet forward reds from the Côte de Nuits.
2005: One of the best vintages in years, producing rich and concentrated wines. Those from the Côte de Nuits are particularly good.
2004: A fine September helped growers who had controlled yields and avoided rot. In general the Côte de Nuits performed better than the Côte de Beaune.
2011: Mixed weather produced wines that are generally early-drinking, ranging from light and straightforward Villages wines to aromatic elegant Cru wines.
2010: Excellent vintage. Yields were down but good overall conditions produced wines with both weight and acidity.
2009: Cool and mild throughout summer, with a late pre-harvest mini-heatwave. Wines are fresh,well balanced and cellar well in the short term.
2008: Yields were low but very good quality overall, and the wines are generally intense and firmly structured, with good acidity and ageing potential.
2007: A late improvement in the weather led to some ripe, pure and rich whites by patient producers who picked later.
2006: A very good year for rich, ripe and relatively forward wines. Chablis is also excellent with particularly refreshing acidity.
2005: One of the best vintages of recent years, with low yields of outstanding wines across the board.
Vintage Guide - BordeauxDate published: 02/12/13
2010: Widely acknowledged to be one of the best vintages of modern times, with quality generally outstanding from all communes.
2009: Warm, clear days and cool nights produced one of the finest vintages ever. Top wines have immense cellar potential and first-growths hit record prices.
2008: A very highly regarded vintage, producing wines with excellent ripeness and elegance,enjoyable in the medium term.
2007: A cool and damp vintage, rescued by warm temperatures late in the season. Some underripe and early-drinking wines, especially from the Left Bank. Later-picked Right-bank wines better. Sweet whites superb.
2006: Not as good as 2005, particularly for Cabernet based reds which didn't ripen fully.However, whites are delicious and sweet whites very good.
2005: An outstanding vintage across the board thanks to perfect weather conditions. Reds are balanced and elegant with ripe fruit and beautiful aromatics. Sauternes is also exceptional.
2004: A large vintage of variable quality. Where yields were kept in check some very good wines have been produced from Merlot and both the Cabernets.
2003: Unusually hot weather tested many winemakers. As a result quality varies wildly.Some wines are exceptional, others are unbalanced.
2002: A poor summer saved by a sunny September.Patchy quality though some very good in Médoc.
Older top vintages: 2000, 1998, 1996, and 1995
Last week of November Pick'n'mix offers!!Date published: 24/11/13
It's the last week of our November Pick'n'mix offers so don't forget to drop in and pick up a bargain or two!
To celebrate our 200th store...Date published: 22/11/13
Majestic have just opened our 200th store, so to celebrate we will be donating £1 to charity from every bottle of champagne sold on the 23rd and 24th or November. Our dedicated charity of the year is Children with Cancer.
Festive Tasting EventsDate published: 22/11/13
Throughout the run up to Christmas and New Year we will be holding in-store tasting weeks where a selection of wines will be open to sample at our tasting counter. At 3pm on Saturday of each week we will run free 30 minute tutorials.
Wines of Rhone & Burgundy Tasting Week
22 November 2013 - 28 November 2013
A selection of French classics from Rhone and Burgundy open to taste all week. Join us in discovering why these world famous regions produce some of the most exciting wines in the world.
Sat 23rd November @ 3pm - Free 30 minute spotlight tasting
A tour of 6 wines in 30 minutes! Come and explore some of our Rhone and Bordeaux bargains in our free short tutorial!
Wines of New Zealand & Australia Tasting Week
29 November 2013 - 5 December 2013
A selection of wines from New Zealand & Australia open to taste all week. From Sauvignon Blanc to Chardonnay, from Pinot Noir to Shiraz, find out why these two countries produce some of the most popular wines in the world.
Sat 30th November @ 3pm - Free 30 minute spotlight tasting
A tour of 6 wines in 30 minutes! Come and explore some of our Trans-Tasman bargains in our free short tutorial!
Wines of Bordeaux Tasting Week
6 December 2013 - 16 December 2013
Bordeaux is not only home to some of the most iconic Chateaux, but also produces some affordable wines of exceptional quality.
Sat 7th December @ 3pm - Free 30 minute spotlight tasting
Over 30 minutes we will be exploring the most iconic areas of Bordeaux from Pomerol to Paullac, from St-Emilion to St Julien, celebrating these traditional Old World classics.
If you would like to book a place on our Saturday Tutorials or simply find out more please give us a call on 01292 880 886
Winter Wine Evening in Ayr!!Date published: 22/10/13
Wednesday 20th November - keep this date free in you diaries because we are holding our Winter wine evening. We will have a whole range of wines open for you to try, and best of all it's totally free!! All you need to do is phone us on 01292 880 886 to book your place!!
October offers available until the 28thDate published: 16/10/13
Some fantastic short term deals started yesterday...
Laurent Perrier Rose, was £62.50, now £50!
De Telmont, was £20, now £15!
Prosecco Zonin, was £9.99, now £6.99!
Wakefield Estate wines, (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Chardonnay) were £10.99, now £8.99!
Belleruche Chapoutier CDR, was £8.99, now £7.99!
Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde, was £7.49, now £5.99!
Top 3 Blockbuster Shiraz from the New World for AutumnDate published: 29/09/13
Shorter days, colder nights, thicker clothes, orange leaves, and big reds. Shiraz is the perfect red wine for the autumnal transition. Like no other wine it wraps round you with its inky flavour giving you a warming sense of fulfilment. Here are our top 3 Shiraz from the New World, the perfect transitional wines we think you should know about…
BVS Shiraz Peter Lehmann, Barossa Valley
To fans of Australian wine, Shiraz is synonymous with Barossa Valley, whose warm climate has developed its own trademark fleshy, spicy style of Shiraz. A bold, spicy yet straightforward Shiraz, this wine is the perfect accompaniment to you first Autumn roast lunch.
Mister Shiraz, Colchagua Valley
An exclusive bottling for Majestic, this wine represents a deliberate departure from the ultra-modern, fruit-centric Chilean style of Shiraz, and showcases Chile’s ability to produce a more traditional, robust, spicy, yet unmistakably New World style.
DMZ Syrah De Morgenzon, Stellenbosch
This youthful and expressive wine comes from young vines in De Morgenzon’s own estate, grown on its weathered granite soils. An abundance of bright and youthful plum and berry fruit give this wine a lively appeal. Share with friends this Autumn but make sure to keep a few bottles back for yourself.
Like Rioja?Date published: 27/09/13
All our Spanish wines have been reduced further for one week only! Offers end Monday 30th 7pm.
Suavignon Blanc & interesting alternatives!Date published: 19/09/13
We're holding our Sauvignon Blanc (and interesting alternatives) spotlight tasting this Saturday 21st September! It's completely free so bring yourself, your family and your friends down to try some good wine! Sessions running at 12pm & 3pm
3 of the best Spanish wines for your AutumnDate published: 16/09/13Discover Spain! Spain isn’t just Rioja, there’s so much more to discover. Here are 3 of the best to look our for this Autumn at Majestic…
Montenovo Godello Valdesil, Valdeorras
Early morning. The ground is wet with dew. You’ve gone out for a brisk morning walk. The sky is clear. Red, orange, golden leaves curled up on the ground. The smell is so fresh. Friends are coming round for a long lazy weekend lunch later. A couple of bottles of white you put in the fridge last night are perfect for the boquerones tapas.
‘El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa’ Old Vine Garnacha, Navarra
It’s been raining all weekend and you haven’t left the house once. The loaf of fresh bread you baked this morning is cooling on the side. You choose your favourite book from the bookshelf in the lounge, pour a generous glass of red and sit by the bay window. The smell of fresh bread, rain tapping on the glass and the earthy lingering warmth of the wine all in harmony.
Montecastrillo, Ribera del Duero
You’ve taken the car out of the city for the weekend. The hamper’s packed full with cheeses, charcuterie, quiche, baguettes, home made cakes and lemonade, and good wine – more than plenty to feed and water your gluttonous weekend getaway in the English countryside.
We’re running the Marathon du Médoc for our charity of the year Children with Cancer UKDate published: 03/09/13This Saturday a Majestic team of 10 are running the Marathon du Médoc 2013! They will be amongst 8000 runners from around the world tackling the 26.3 miles through some of Bordeaux’s most famous vineyards. The brave runners are…
Aimee Knight, Cirencester @majesticcir
James Fenton, Abingdon @majesticabi
Thomas Watson, Wakefield @majesticwkfld
George Randall, Chiswick @majesticchswick
Oliver Carr, High Wycombe @majesticwyc
Joe Arthur, Bath @majesticbath
Dave Price, Cobham @majesticcobham
Karl Simmonds, Sheffield @majesticshe
Rob Woodhead, Sheffield @majesticshe
Jason Davies, Covent Garden @majesticcovgdn
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Full range back in stock - Two HandsDate published: 11/08/13
Sexy Beast Cabernet 2011, Two Hands, McLaren Vale - £18.00
Matured for 14 months in French oak, this Cabernet is a beast as the name suggests. Lip-stainingly deep colour with lush, ripe fruit and a layer of smoke and sage. Very full but elegant and smooth. Drinking well now but could be put down for at least a thousand years.
Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2011, Two Hands, Barossa Valley - £18.00
The fruit for this wine comes from very mature plots of Shiraz from all over the Barossa. The gnarled vines produce less fruit but of very high quality and complexity due to the increased amount of old wood.
Aged in a mix of old and new French oak, the nose is heavy with burnt toffee and chestnuts, with ripe fruit, chocolate and lavender on the palate.
Angels Share Shiraz 2011, Two Hands, McLaren Vale - £18.00
A cooler climate Shiraz compared to the Gnarly Dudes, much more aromatic and complex with notes of coffee and cocoa on the nose and intense plum on the palate. The tannins are round and soft with an incredible length.
Grape spotlight - PecorinoDate published: 11/08/13Contesa Pecorino, IGT Colline Pescaresi
This stands out in our Italian Wine section due to the hand drawn sheep on the label! A lovely crisp and very floral aperitif wine. Perfect fun summer wine.
Only £7.99 - well worth a try!
Perfect Food Match for NZ Sauvingon Blanc!Date published: 05/08/13
Goat cheese and NZ sauvignon blanc is a match made in heaven! Why not try it by itself, or even in a summer salad with some grilled asparagus, fresh BBQ'd beetroot and some pickled red peppers!
Winning summer combination!
Loire ValleyDate published: 29/07/13
As we're currently running our Loire (& Beaujolais) Tasting Week, here's some information on the region for those less familiar with it.The Loire Valley region includes the French wine regions situated along the Loire River from the Muscadet region near the city of Nantes on the Atlantic coast to the region of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé just southeast of the city of Orléans in north central France. In between are the regions of Anjou, Saumur, Bourgueil, Chinon, and Vouvray. The Loire Valley itself follows the river through the Loire province to the river's origins in the Cévennes but the majority of the wine production takes place in the regions noted above. The area includes 87 appellations under the Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC), Vin Délimité de Qualité Superieure (VDQS) and Vin de pays systems.
While the majority of production is white wine from the Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Melon de Bourgogne grapes, there are red wines made (especially around the Chinon region) from Cabernet Franc. In addition to still wines, rosé, sparkling and dessert wines are also produced. With Crémant production throughout the Loire, it is the second largest sparkling wine producer in France after Champagne. Among these different wine styles, Loire wines tend to exhibit characteristic fruitiness with fresh, crisp flavors-especially in their youth. The villages of Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire are known for their crisp and herbaceous Sauvignon Blancs. Some producers in the area are experimenting with oak aging their Sauvignon Blancs to give them more rounder and softer appeal. The villages of Bourgueil, Chinon and Saumur are known for their Cabernet Franc based wines that range from light and fruity in Saumur to rich and velvety in Chinon. The Muscadet wines from the Pays de la Loire are made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape and are known for their citrus and mineral notes. A characteristic of many Loire wines (both red and white) is the high acidity which highlights the fresh, crisp flavours of their youth only to go through a "dumb phase" between 2 to 5 years of age when the flavours are drastically toned down. Many of the better made examples come out of this period with their full palate of flavours and can continue to age well into 20 years. Some of the Sauvignon Blanc based wines like Sancerre buck this trend and instead stay more low key till their third year, when they mature and develop their full assortment of flavours before they eventually fade around their 7-10th year. However the best made examples in top vintages can often live much longer. Some classic examples of Vouvray can even reach the levels of longevity commonly associated with Port.
The Loire Valley has a long history of winemaking dating back to the 1st century, with the first vineyards being planted by the Romans during their settlement of Gaul. In the High Middle Ages, the wines of the Loire Valley were the most esteemed wines in England and France, even more prized than those from Bordeaux.
We have a range of examples from the Loire Valley open until the end of Thursday, so pop along and try some !
Wine of the Week: Le Clos du Chateau ValencayDate published: 23/07/13
In preperation for our Loire & Beaujolais tasting week, we're opening a bottle of Le Close du Chateau Valencay; a region famous for it's triangular shaped goats cheese. This is a great crisp, fresh wine with slight spritz on the tongue. Come and try some with us this week in store!
Majestic Quick Guides: AustraliaDate published: 03/07/13
Despite the age old rivalry with our antipodean friends, Australian wine is one of our favourites! Here’s the Majestic quick guide to the land down under… FAST FACTS
Australia has been making wine since the early 1800s and exporting since 1822. The Barossa Valley is home to some of the world’s oldest Shiraz vines, dating back to 1847.
2. REGIONAL DIVERSITY
With over 70 designated wine regions, Oz has all manner of climates, terroirs and wine styles, from rich and powerful to delicate and complex.
Shiraz and Chardonnay made Oz famous and they’re now better than ever, responding to our demands for greater freshness, complexity and lightness of touch.
First produced in 1951 to rival the finest Bordeaux, Australia’s own ‘first growth’, Penfold’s Grange, is the country’s most iconic wine.
5. FLYING WINEMAKERS
The name first given to Australian winemakers who left Australia in their off-season to work on the wine harvests in the Northern Hemisphere. Due to the different seasons they could work all year round, bringing their highly trained skills and expertise across the world.
6. FOOD MATCHExplore our range of Australian wines at majestic.co.uk
It’s summer, it’s Australia, it has to be the BBQ. Bold juicy Shiraz and Cabernet are perfect partners for a slightly singed steak or ‘snag’; while seared rare tuna or fresh crayfish are made for gently buttery but zesty Chardonnay. Time to throw another shrimp on the barbie mate….
St. Georges Day Sherry TrifleDate published: 23/04/13
St. Georges Day Sherry Trifle
Love rhubarb. Love sherry. Love this l’atelier des chefs recipe and wine match.
Rhubarb and sherry trifle, a twist on the English classic trifle dessert with refreshing seasonal rhubarb.
For the sherry, use Hidalgo Pedro Ximenez Viejo ‘Napoleon’ – the ultimate sweet wine!
* For the fruit: Rhubarb : 750g Oranges : 2 whole Caster sugar : 200g
* For the base: Sponge fingers : 18 whole Sherry : 20cl of Pedro Ximenez sherry
* For the custard: Semi-skimmed milk : 25cl Double cream : 25cl Egg yolks : 6 whole Plain flour : 60g Caster sugar : 60g
*For the chantilly cream: Double cream : 12cl Icing sugar : 60g Vanilla pods : 1 whole
1. For the rhubarb: * Preheat the oven to 180′C. * Wash and cut the rhubarb into small pieces. * Juice and zest the oranges and mix with the sugar and the rhubarb. * Bake in the oven for around 10 to 15 minutes until tender.
2. For the base: * Break the sponge fingers in half and drizzle on the sherry.
3. For the custard: * Separate the eggs. * Whisk the egg yolks, flour and sugar together in a bowl. * Bring the milk and cream to the boil in a heavy bottomed pan. * Pour the boiling liquid onto the egg mixture, return to the pan cook over a medium heat until the custard is thick. * Allow to cool, transfer to a piping bag and refrigerate.
4. For the chantilly cream: * De-seed the vanilla pod, combine with the sugar and cream and whisk until thick. * Spoon the cream into a piping bag.
5. To plate: * Place the sponge fingers in the bottom of a glass. * Top with the rhubarb, add a layer of the cold custard before finishing by piping on the vanilla cream.
Use different liquor such as Drambuie or Cointreau to add a different taste to the dish depending on the occasion.
Hidalgo Pedro Ximenez Viejo ‘Napoleon’. Produced by the Hidalgo Family bodega, established in 1792 in Sanlúcar. Made using grapes dried on straw mats, fermented and fortified, then aged under the solera system. One of the sweetest wines in the world, PX is about as sweet as things can get – perfect drizzled on ice cream with your rhubarb trifle.
What you need to know about Malbec World Day 2013Date published: 17/04/13
Malbec World Day is celebrated across the world every year on the 17th April; the same day Domingo Faustino Sarmiento vowed to transform Argentina’s wine industry in 1853.
Domingo brought Malbec to Argentine shores with the help of French soil expert Michel A. Pouget. They experimented with a number of different vines from France, but it was Malbec from Cahors in the South West that proved it’s worth. In fact, it took to the Argentine climate so well it is now Argentina’s flagship grape variety – cause for us all to celebrate!
Producing deep inky purple wine with dominant full bodied plum like flavours, it goes with nothing better than the famous Argentine cuisine – steak! Yum.
You can choose from a number of great Malbecs at Majestic either in store or at majestic.co.uk
The best way to see the Malbec hype and it’s cult following is on twitter, look for the hashtag #malbecworldday
Awards News: We’re Retail Week Winners!Date published: 05/04/13
We’re delighted that our store-based social media programme picked up ‘Customer Service Initiative of the Year’ at the 2013 Oracle Retail Week Awards.
We’ve long seen social media as a great way to keep in touch with our customers. Every store has its own Facebook page and Twitter account, making it easier for you to connect with your local Majestic team and stay up to date with what’s in store. It’s fantastic that the hard work and creativity of all our teams has been recognised with such a high-profile award. Even better that it came in such a competitive category against the likes of ASDA , Boots, B&Q, Pets at Home and Hotel Chocolat. Steve Lewis
Chris Brook-Carter, Editor in Chief of Retail Week commented:
It is fantastic to see an employer empowering its staff in this way. Majestic takes on bright graduates who can communicate with customers and wine lovers on a local basis via the effective use of social media. In this way, they show they have understood what today’s market expects of retailers and taken the key steps to provide the customer with what they require.
Steve Lewis, Chief Executive of Majestic Wine said:
I am delighted with this achievement; these are highly regarded awards in the industry and this was a very competitive category. I would like to thank our staff for the enthusiasm and creativity they show whilst engaging with customers in-store and online and congratulate them for winning this award.
New Opening HoursDate published: 02/04/13
New Opening Hours:
Monday - Wednesday - 10am-7pm
Thursday & Friday - 10am-8pm
Saturday - 10am-7pm
Sundays & Bank Holidays - 10am-5pm
Portillo Malbec 2011 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza, ArgentinaDate published: 18/03/13
Portillo Malbec 2011 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza, Argentina
Bodeags Salentein is located within the region of Mendoza - a region that accounts for over 70 per cent of wine production in Argentina. The high atiltude, diurnal range and intense sunshine are defining features of Mendoza's wines.
Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina with 2000ha of vines up to 1700m above sea level - this particular Malbec is grown at around 1050m above sea level.
The goal of Salentein is to create high quality Argentinian wines, while respecting and supporting the people, nature and community from which the wines are created. The long term commitment to the people of Argentina involves investments, employment opportunities and training.
Salentein take great care over their wines, for example they irrigate the vineyards using mineral water, as they believe this is less acidic than normal water and therefore better for the vines.
This multi-award-winning wine has recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' award.
Portillo Malbec 2011 has a nose of blackberry, chocolate, raisins and dates. In the mouth its rounded and very deep but neither jammy nor overtly alcoholic. This wine is perfect with Lamb Tagine and cous cous.
Spring Recipe & Wine PairingDate published: 27/02/13
Spring Recipe & Wine Pairing
Celebrate the holidays of spring with recipes from L’atelier des chefs cookery school and the perfect wine pairings.
Our first spring holiday is St David’s Day. Try the deliciously cheesy leek and emmental quiche on a home made pastry base with the silky and buttery Jordan Chardonnay.
Leek & Emmental Quiche:
Recipe stats Ingredients
* For the pastry o Egg yolk : 1 o Plain flour : 200 g o Unsalted butter : 100 g o Fine salt : 6 pinches o Water : 2 cl * For the filling o Leeks : 4 whole o Unsalted butter : 40 g o Grated nutmeg : 1 pinch o Fine salt : 6 pinches o Freshly ground black pepper : 6 turns o Double cream : 20 cl o Grated emmental : 40 g o Egg yolk : 1 o Whole egg : 1
1. Soften the butter to room temperature. Mix together the flour and the butter and then add the egg yolk, a pinch of salt and then water. Mix well but be careful not to overwork the pastry. Roll out into a disc and chill in the fridge for 1 hour. 2. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Butter a 10 inch quiche dish. 3. Roll out the pastry to 3mm thick and a circle 4cm bigger than your quiche dish. Press the pastry into your buttered quiche dish. Cover with a sheet of baking parchment and then cover with baking beans. Blind bake the pastry for 20 minutes. Remove the pastry base from the oven and lower the oven temperature to 180°C. 4. Peel and finely slice the leeks then rinse in cold water. Melt the butter in a frying pan and add the leeks. Cook over a low heat for 10 minutes, making sure that the leeks do not burn then add another knob of butter. Season with salt and pepper. 5. Mix together the cream, whole eggs and the egg yolks. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. 6. Place the leeks on to the cooked pastry base, sprinkle with gruyere or emmental cheese and then pour in the cream and egg mixture. Cook for 25 minutes at 180°C. 7. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for a few minutes before serving.
Feel free to use ready made pastry but make sure to blind bake before adding the filling.
Jordan Chardonnay, Stellenbosch. Although there isn’t too much Welsh wine out there for St David’s day, there are plenty of great wines to match with our quiche. If you like your wines big and creamy this South African chardonnay pairs up superbly. Silky, buttery, toasty – it adds an ooomph of extra flavour to the quiche it’ll be sure to make you cut another slice and pour another glass.
Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2012, MarlboroughDate published: 17/02/13
Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough:
Villa Maria are a pioneering winery from New Zealand and have been winning awards for 50 years since they're set up in 1961. They were started by Sir George Fistonic, a Croatian man with a passion for wine who has been knighted for his pioneering ways. Villa Maria were the first cork-free winery in New Zealand - since he got the ball rolling it has hasnt stoppped!
The winery is state of the art and has recently invested in a range of fermentation devices for each different grape variety. Sauvignon Blanc is what Villa Maria - and now New Zealand - are famed for and they are pioneers in technological advances in the vineyard, especially canopy management.
Villa Maria aim to show the quality that can be produced in New Zealand and the Private Bin range is all about showing the varietal quality and character of the grapes. To make this wine they vinify each plot separately before blending - this is because each plot gives different characteristics and as they want to keep the consistency of the product, the blend is very important.
Try Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc with seafood or as an aperitif.
Available in-store now at £7.49 until 18th March 2013.
Top 5 Ways to Match Food & WineDate published: 13/01/13
Top 5 ways to match food and wine.
Let’s kick off the New Year with some basic help when food and wine matching. I thought it’d be a good idea to share this top 5 with you as it’ll give those New Year healthy dishes an added flavour dimension…
Top 5 Matching Maxims
1. Wines should complement, not dominate food. A delicate fish such as steamed sea bream will be overpowered by red wines.
2. Choose a wine that matches the most dominant flavour in a dish A full-flavoured sauce may well be a bigger influence than the main ingredient itself.
3. Complex wines for simple dishes; simple wines for complex dishes See this rule of thumb in action with paella. All those rich, flavour-packed ingredients require is a crisp, simple white wine.
4. Match the wine to the body, texture and flavour profile of the dish Cooking method affects the weight of a dish. Poaching and steaming presents meat or fish at its most delicate. Grilling, frying or roasting adds texture and caramelised flavours.
5. Always look out for local food specialities from a particular winemaking region This is especially true in Europe. For instance, the high acidity found in many Italian reds marries well with the high acidity in tomato sauces used in pasta dishes.
I’ll be trying to cut down on the indulgence and eat out a lot less this month too, so if the mood takes me I’ll spend more on wine for home than I usually would. Better food, better wine. Win win!
Delivery InformationDate published: 24/01/12
We offer a free delivery service for purchases of six or more bottles (minimum spend of £40) arranged at a time to suit you, including evenings.
For local deliveries, we offer free delivery seven days a week, subject to stock availability. For addresses slightly further afield, we operate the following schedule:
Thursdays: Girvan, Ballantrae, Stranraer, Portpatrick, Port Logan, Castle Kennedy, Newton Stewart, Wigtown, Whithorn and surrounds
Fridays: New Cumnock, Sanquhar, Thornhill, Dumfries, Kirkcudbright, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Doughlas, Dalbeattie and surrounds
Saturdays: Saltcoats, Ardrossan, Largs, Fairlie, West Kilbride, Dalry, Kilwinning, Kilmarnock, Irvine.
If you have more specific requirements, if we can be of any assistance or if you just need a bit of advice, give us a call on 01292 880886.
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31 December 2013 - 1 January 2014
We're open until 5pm on New Year's Eve, when we'll be off to paint the town red. We re-open at 10am on 2 January 2014. Happy New Year!
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6 December 2013 - 16 December 2013
Whether you're looking for a classic claret this Christmas, or just discovering the wines of Bordeaux, join us in-store between 6-16 December for a free Bordeaux-themed tasting.
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Jamie Trainee ManagerI'm the new trainee manager at Ayr, having just recently returned from travelling in Australia and New Zealand. Lover of wine and food, which make a great combination. I am looking forward to meeting our customers and exchanging knowledge.
Martin ManagerThe large one with the beard. Lover of French classics and new world block busters in equal measures. Can often be found loitering around cheese counters.
Ryan Assistant ManagerI've worked for Majestic for over a decade, during which time my favourite wine has changed a great deal, but I do love good left bank Bordeaux, although my usual budget doesn't stretch that far, so I'm also a fan of New World wines with enough alcoholic content to floor a horse (No animals were hurt in the testing of this theory. Although a few had a really good night).
Wesley DriverA partnership made in heaven, Wes and Delilah II (our Citroen Berlingo van) are the driving force in Ayr and can be found meandering down the many roads of Ayrshire and Galloway bringing joy to the local area in a timely manner.