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T: 01704 567 408
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Opening Hours
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
Store Address
38 Weld Road
Birkdale
Southport
PR8 2ED
United Kingdom

Store facilities

  • Fine wine available
  • Free local delivery
  • Free chiller bin loan
  • Free Wine Courses
  • Free glass loan
  • Free tasting every day
  • Free parking
Store News(132)

Wine Of The Week - Montes Malbec, Chile.Date published: 17/09/14

Malbec is the King of grapes in Argentina, but this Malbec from Montes, comes from Argentina's next door neighbours, Chile.

Dark and intense, with gorgeous blackberry and raspberry fruit, and a subtle hint of vanilla and spice.

As soft and smooth as an Andrex puppy!

Great mid-week wine, try with spicy lamb tangine.

£6.66, 2+bottle price

£9.99 single bottle price


Fine Wine of the Month - Angels' Share Shiraz.Date published: 13/09/14

The Australians have always done their utmost to be different - even changing the name of the grape varieties. The distinction between Shiraz and Syrah is not just in name, but in style, as instead of the Northern Rhône's white pepper and rose petals characteristics, the Australian style is typified by black pepper spices with black fruit and berry aromas and flavours, resulting in a more fruity style. This more 'forward and fruity' style of wine was, along with some drastic vine pulling and focus on quality grape varieties in the 1980's, responsible for the rise in popularity of Australian wines. Vines were introduced into the McLaren Vale in 1838, including the original Hardy Winery vineyards, and many of the oldest vines in the world still producing viable crops are in and around this region.

Two Hands was established in 1999, with the intention of producing wine from all the growing regions of Australia, highlighting and exemplifying the characteristics of each region. The first vintage was in 2000, and over the years the winery built up a reputation as producing beautifully crafted, expressive Shiraz. The Angel's Share wine comes from the McLaren Vale, in South Australia, where the influence of the Indian Ocean tempers the climate, producing earthy, spicy wines. Angel's Share relates to the wine 'drunk by angels' during evaporation.

Peppery nose of cassis, plums and hints of leather, leading to a full, rich and concentrated body of ripe black fruits, violets, firm tannins, good acidity and spice. This isn't for the faint hearted!

Food for thought

Steak, obviously. Although a great partner to any red meat, either grilled or in a rich sauce.

£18

(Buy 2 bottles save £10

£23

(Single bottle price)


Wine Of The Week - Barista PinotageDate published: 13/09/14

Pinotage is an indigenous grape of South Africa, and is completely unique in flavour and style.

A cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, it has complex aromas of coffee and chocolate, mixed with ripe cherry fruit.

This Pinotage has been made by the maverick wine maker, Bertus Fourie, who has concentrated on drawing out the coffee like aromas of Pinotage, hence the name “Barista”.

Best enjoyed with red meats, this would be perfect with an Indian Summer Barbeque this weekend.

£7.49 a bottle – 2+bottle price


Wine Of The WeekDate published: 05/09/14

Killka Chardonnay 2012, Bodegas Salentein

Bodegas Salentein owns what is considered to be Argentina's single largest 'cool climate' estate, stretching 22km from east to west, and taking in 5 distinct micro-climates. These micro-climates enable them to produce a variety of styles.

This wine has a lovely balance of toasty oak on the nose, which translates to butter and white pepper on the palate. It is right at the end though where the soft tropical fruit really come to life for a lively finish.

Food for thought

Would go well with creamy pasta dishes, but this one is begging for Momma White's Roast Chicken.

£8.99

(Buy 2 save 25%)

£11.99

(Single bottle Price)


Wine Of The Week - First Class Pinot NoirDate published: 23/08/14

First Class Pinot Noir 2013, Casablanca Valley

I'm not saying that I don't like to spend money, or that moths fly out of my wallet every time it is opened, but I love a bargain. This is a bargain with a capital B.

I have always thought that the sign for a good wine is one where the drinker can just sit and enjoy the aroma without even moistening their lips. This is one of those wines.

While there is plenty of red fruit to be getting on with, there is a seductive “black-forest” quality on the nose, with black cherries, chocolate, a bit of smoky and a delicate vanilla.

The red fruits really come to life on the palate, and there is a lovely palate cleansing acidity.

Food for thought

Enjoy with tender pork loin.

£5.99

(Buy two bottles save 33%)

£8.99

(Single bottle price)


New Wine of the Week!Date published: 16/08/14

Portillo Malbec, 2013

For my first wine of the week, I wanted to highlight one of Argentina's most popular grapes, Malbec. With plenty of Malbecs in store to choose from, I thought I'd help make that decision an easier one by bringing this superb wine to the tasting counter for you to try.

The Portillo Malbec is from grapes from the Uco Valley and they are grown at a high altitude. This gives a deep coloured and full flavoured wine. With its velvety texture and rich black fruit flavours, this is a brilliant wine to wake your tastebuds up!

A fantastic wine to have with a lightly spiced lamb dish or a delicious stew, or even my favourite dish of a juicy steak if you just fancy a treat.

Buy 2 save 25%

£7.87

Or

£10.49 for a single bottle


New Wine of the Week!Date published: 10/08/14

Vouvray Domaine des Aubuisières, 2013.

It's Loire tasting week, and I wanted to pick a wine which would show that Loire wine is more than Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé.

Each parcel of this wine is hand-picked and vinified separately, with fermentation taking place partly in oak barrels ans partly in old glass-lined vats.

Orchard fruit and quince are on the nose, with apples and a touch of stone-fruit and minerality on the palate. It is beautifully honeyed, offsetting

the Chenin's characteristic acidity.

Food for thought.

Perfect with a light summer's lunch such as a platter of cold cured meats and cheeses.

£9.99

(But 2 save £15)

£11.75

(Single bottle price)    


Fine Wine of the MonthDate published: 01/08/14

You love the fancy stuff as much as we do. Here at Majestic Birkdale, we have made a commitment

that we will try to open at least one bottle of fine wine every month, for you to taste on our tasting counter.

This is where we are starting:


Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011

Domaine Durieu


Domaine Durieu was established in 1976 by Paul Durieu and remains family-owned, now run by Paul's sons, Vincent and Francois. Unusually Durieu de-stem their grapes to aid fruitiness, relying on fruit from low yielding vines to provide firm tannic structure.


With typical Chateuneuf power, the wine delivers a fresh and spicy nose of red cherry, embellished with notes of sage and wild thyme. The palate is equally powerful, with sinuous tannins, and huge length.


Food for thought


Would go perfectly with a Game pie.


£20.00

(When you buy with another selected Spirit or Fine Wine)


£25.00

(Single bottle price)


New Wine of the Week!Date published: 14/07/14

Edna Valley Pinot Noir. Central Coast, 2012.

It's Rob coming at you this week and another absolute bargain! (And you know how I love a bargain). It must be good because I've chosen a Pinot Noir, and you'll know that Pinot Noir and I are not the best of friends.

The Edna Valley is one of the few valleys in California to enjoy an east-west orientation. This allows Pacific mists to drift inland and cover the whole length of the valley. These mists help to keep the vineyards cool, thereby creating a longer ripening season ideal for the temperamental Pinot Noir.

This is just a delight to get one's nose into. It's fruity, floral, and a wee bit earthy. On the palate there is plenty of backbone and a great length.

Food for thought

Just begging for some duck.

£8.66

(Buy 2 save 33%)

£12.99

(Single bottle price)


New Wine of the Week.Date published: 04/07/14

Chateau Pigoudet 'La Chapelle' Rosé 2013

I'll be the first person to tell you that I am not a Rosé kind of guy. Even though I am the most indecisive person in the world, I like things to be clear cut: Red or White. Shiraz or Torrontes. But Rosés sit right in the middle of all that. Not quite a red, but more than a white, trying to please everyone.

I can tell you now that this Rosé pleases me.

In the glass it is a wonderful pale pink. There are apples, pear drops, and a hint of red cherry on the nose. These flavours translate seamlessly to the palate, but with a body which has some backbone, and a wee bit of peach right at the death.

Food for thought

Enjoy with summer salads and fresh salmon.

£9.34

(Buy 2 save 15%)

£10.99

(Single bottle price)


New Wine of the WeekDate published: 29/06/14

Con Amigos Malbec 2013, Bio Bio

Since we displayed this wine at our Spring wine tasting, we have been selling a lot of this wine. Why?..... because it's really really good!

The Bio Bio valley, is making a name for itself as one of Chile's premium wine regions. Due to its higher degree of latitude, it has a cooler climate that the rest of Chile, akin to France's northern wine regions.

It is a lovely purple colour, and the nose is full of dark berries and tree bark. On the palate, there are plums, blueberries, and a wee bit of chocolate.

Food for thought

This one just whispered in my ear: “Please drink me with BBQ ribs”. I'd be happy to oblige.

£6.66

(Buy 2 save 33%)

£9.99

(Single bottle price)


Wine Of The Week - King's Favour Sauvignon BlancDate published: 09/06/14

Marisco Vineyards are owned by Marlborough Maverick, Brent Marris, who is the man behind our best selling, and well-loved, New Zealand Sauvignon, The Ned.

When it comes to making wonderfully ripe and elegant Sauvignon Blancs this guy is the McDaddy of them all, and The King's Favour is no exception.

Wonderfully lively and intense, with rich and well-rounded passion fruit and gooseberry notes, this is much loved by us at Majestic Birkdale.

Great with any fresh fish, but if your feeling adventurous, try with oysters or grilled Goats Cheese.

£9.99 2+ bottles

(£14.99 single bottle price)


Amazing Champagne Deal!Date published: 04/06/14

Heidsieck and Co Monopole Brut Champagne has just come on to a great deal!

£14.99!!!!  (When you buy with any other 33% off wine)

Available while stocks last!!


WOW!Date published: 04/06/14

The King's Legacy Chardonnay, 2011, Marlborough.

A welcome addition to the Favour, the Thorn, and the Sticky End, we are now please to be stocking the King's Legacy.

The story goes that the Mariscos descended from a William de Marisco (approximately AD 1100) who was said to be one of the 35 illegitimate children of the King Henry 1st – thereby making William part of the King's Legacy.

The Grapes for this wine are sourced from two vineyards, one a mature plot in the centre of the Wairau Valley, the other a plot of younger vines in Brancott valley. The Grapes have been fermented in large French oak casks using predominantly wild yeasts and allowed 10 months on lees.

A beautiful golden colour, there is subtle peaches and apricots, a delicate creaminess, and a seductive nutty character add up to a wonderfully well-balanced chardonnay.

Food for thought

This one is begging for Momma White's roast chicken 'n' all the trimmin's.

£9.99

(When you buy two or more as part of a case of 6)

£14.99

(Single bottle price)


Wine Of The WeekDate published: 30/05/14

2010 Barbera d'Alba Sucule *OPEN TO TASTE*

Wine of the week - Vega de la Reina VerdejoDate published: 27/05/14

This wine truly is one of my favourites. It's versatile, complex, and all-round good fun.

The grape variety is Verdejo, and it comes from Rueda, a small region with Castilla y Leon region.

There is a wonderful golden colour in the glass. On the nose and palate, there is citrus, melon, pineapple, a wee bit of minerality, a touch of stone fruit, and a seductive streak of green apple on the finish.

This wine represents outstanding value for money and should be bought immediately.

Food for thought.

The perfect aperitif, or match with seafood, pasta dishes, salads, and good company.

£7.49

(With any other wine in the 25% discount tier)

£9.99

(Single bottle price)


Bank Holiday Opening Times.Date published: 25/05/14

We're sure that you don't need reminding that it is a Bank-holiday weekend this weekend, but here is just a gentle reminder

of our opening hours:

Sunday 25th May - 10 - 5pm

Monday 26th May - 10 - 5pm.

Have a great weekend.

Mud HouseDate published: 21/05/14

Mud House Pinot Noir is now in stock & on the tasting counter! For just £9.99 a bottle it's unbeatable..

New Arrival.Date published: 11/05/14

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc will be hitting our shelves VERY soon. A superb New Zealand Sauvignon for just £6.66 a bottle. Join us on Facebook or Twitter to keep posted. Cheers! @majesticbrk 

Grape Of The Week Award.Date published: 11/05/14

This weeks Grape of choice is Merlot. 

We were all very impressed with the New In 'Panamericana Chilean Merlot'. 

Displaying ample amounts of Blackcurrant, Cherry and Plum flavours along with a smooth, velvety finish this wine displays amazing value for just £6.74 a bottle. (Saving 25% when you buy 2).

SAM ADAMS LAGER!Date published: 11/05/14

Only £1 a bottle. Currently cheaper than anyone else.

Easter Opening TimesDate published: 19/04/14

We will be closed on Easter Sunday, but will re-open on Monday, when we will be open from 10am - 5pm

Happy Easter

Wine Of The Week..Date published: 16/04/14

Alamos Malbec Rose - Open to taste!

Peroni @ £1 a bottle!Date published: 09/04/14

Cheaper than any of the supermarkets..

Wine Of The Week Date published: 09/04/14

Jim Barry's Lodge Hill Shiraz. 

Open to taste today! 

Wine Of The Week - El Rescatado AlabarinDate published: 07/04/14

Albarin is a very rare grape variety grown in the far North of Spain and to be honest with you, even we had never heard of it before. But once we tasted it we were amazed at just how good this wine is!!

A delicious conundrum, this wine seems all at once fresh, rich,fruity and clean, with minerality and zesty tropical fruit, but above all else, supreme balance.

Quite frankly, one of THE most impressive wines we have tried. An absolute peach of a wine!!

£9.99 2+ bottle price

£12.99 single bottle price


Wine of the Week - 2up Shiraz, Mclaren Vale.Date published: 24/03/14

This wine comes from one of our favourite wineries in the Barossa Valley, Kangarilla Road. Sourced from Shiraz grapes grown in the acclaimed McLaren Vale, this wine is everything you could possible want in a sub-£10 Aussie Shiraz.

Bags of spicy blueberry and plum fruit with a subtle hint of chocolate and soft, silky tannins.

Best with rich meat dishes, such as beef goulash or venison casserole, or good old Bangers and Mash.

£8.99, 2+ bottle price

£10.99 single bottle price


Wine of the weekDate published: 17/03/14

El Cometa del Sur Tinto 2013, Terra Alta.

This new arrival is produced by Bodegas Abanico, who source their grapes from several partner growers in and around the towns of Batea and Corbera. Garnacha, known as Garnatxa in the local Catelan is the principal grape here.

It is intense and fruity, and crammed with black cherry, bramble and plummy flavours. There is also some sneaky spice in there too.

Food for thought

Enjoy with a robust meat, like game.

£6.74

(Buy two bottles save 25%)

£8.99

(Single bottle price)


Additional Pick 'n' Mix OffersDate published: 13/03/14

For those of you who haven't seen, there have been some great additions to our pick 'n' mix range. These additions are on only until close of play on Monday 17th March, so be quick!

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc - £10.49 down to £6.99

Vina Eguia Reserva - £9.99 down to £6.66 

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva - £13.49 down to £8.99

Gavi Montiero - £8.99 down to £5.99

Chateau Meaume - 9.99 down to £6.66

Nicolas Feuillatte NV £25.00 down to £16.66

Veuve Clicquot NV £45.00 down to £29.98


"WOW" I hear you cry! "There are so many deals here, something must be wrong". This isn't wrong. It's so so right.

Wine of the weekDate published: 05/03/14

Rioja Crianza 2009, Vina Eguia

In a fresh batch of pick 'n' mix we have this old friend, and I thought it deserved a little bit of recognition.

The wine comes from a bodega run by the illustrious Muriel group, after having undergone the traditional crianza maturation process of 12 months in American oak barrels, and a further 12 months in bottle before its release.

The beauty of this wine is the fantastic balance between those lovely vanilla aromas, and delicious fresh cherry.

Food for thought

Amazing with tapas as you might expect.

£6.33

(When you buy any two pick 'n' mix as part of a mixed case)

£9.49

(Single bottle price)


Wine of the Week - El Patito Feo, 2012, NavarraDate published: 24/02/14

The name of this wine translates as 'the Ugly Duckling' and is a reference to the fact that it comes from the Navarra region, which often gets overlooked by its more famous and celebrated neighbour, Rioja.

Delicate mocha and spice flavours mingle beautifully with bright, fresh fruit notes on the palate, and a refreshing ripeness on the finish.

This is a great mid-week wine, that is the easy drinking equivalent of an episode of Inspector George Gently.

£6.74, 2+bottle price

£8.99 single bottle price


Level crossing closed.Date published: 15/02/14

Good Morning.

Please take note that the level crossing adjacent to Majestic Wine Birkdale will be closed until 4am on Monday 17th February.

Diversions are in place, and we are still open for your wine needs.

Have a lovely weekend, and we hope to see you.

Majestic Birkdale.


New Wine of the Week!Date published: 14/02/14

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc, 2012.

We haven't had this little beauty for a few years now, but it's back in this one-off parcel.

Wither Hills is blended from a range of parcels from across the Marlborough region, giving a great snapshot of the Marlborough region as a whole.

Bags of gooseberry and asparagus on the nose and the palate, this one has a delicious bit of nectarine right at the finish. There is still some of that characteristic mouth-watering acidity, without the harsh cheek-drawing quality one may be expecting. A terrific example of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Food for Thought

Smoked salmon, Goat's cheese salads, or a great aperitif.

£6.66

(Mix and Match with any of our Pick 'n' Mix deals)

£9.99

(Single bottle price)


New Wine of the Week!Date published: 02/02/14

Los Boldos Chardonnay 2013, Cachapoal

This wines deserves everyone's attention. It represents outstanding value for money, and might just convert some of you Chardonnay haters out there.

Chateau Los Boldos was set up in 1991, with a clear aim of making quality wines by applying traditional French wine-making techniques to grapes grown in Chile's high-altitude terroirs.

The nose is alive with varietal fruit characters and some white flower. These flavour translate nicely to the palate, where there are accompanied by some attractive peach flavours. There is no oak here, but the body is voluptuous and rounded. A real joy to drink, and outstanding value for money.

Food for thought

Would be awesome with some Welsh Chicken pie.

£6.99

(When you buy two or more Chilean wine as part of a mixed case)

£8.74

(Single bottle price)


Wine of The Week - Wirra Wirra Scribby RiseDate published: 27/01/14

This wine is a blend of 3 grape varieties, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.

Shiraz/Cabernet blends are fairly common in Australia, the spiceness of Shiraz works well with the gorgeous blackcurrant fruit of Cabernet, but the addition of a touch of Petit Verdot gives this wine a hint of raspberry fruit and a delightful lightness.

Enjoy best with a lamb roast.

£7.99 2+ bottle price.

£9.99 single bottle price.


New Wine of the Week.Date published: 23/01/14

Pietrariccia Fiano 2012, Surani

This may be a new grape to some of you. It's found almost exclusively in Southern Italy, and Scilily. The Surani estate is located 6km from the Ionian coast in Apulglia, Italy's 'heel'

The nose is a real cocktail of citrus, subtle tropical fruit, and a seductive honeyed marmalade character.

It's bright and refreshing on the palate where the citrus makes the transition from nose to palate with force, and the stone fruit brings up the rear. The acidity is present but not overpowering.

Food for thought

A wonderful aperitif, but would go well with salads, and would marry up nicely with my trademark stir fry chilli pork. B. E. A. Utiful!

£7.49

(when you buy 2 bottle as part of a mixed case)

£9.49

(Single bottle price)


New Wine of the Week!Date published: 13/01/14

Yalumba Y-Series Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, South Australia.

Yalumba have produced a distinctive Cabernet from several quality vineyards in South Australia.

The nose bursts with blackcurrants and a little menthol. These flavours make the transition to the palate effortlessly, where that are met by violets, and a very pleasing woody flavour right at the finish.

With some grippy tannins, and some good acidity, this will drink well now, but if you put it on your rack and forget about it for the next 3-5 years, it will not do it any harm.

Food for thought

For a pleasant change from Rioja, this would go hand-in-hand with some minted lamb.

£7.99

(When you buy any two Australian Wine as part of a mixed case)

£9.99

(Single bottle price)


Bargain Hunt Now On!!Date published: 03/01/14

This January we've got a real bargain hunt going on. And the only reason we've reduced these wines is to make room for next season's selection.

With a delicious 33.3% off when you buy any 2 from the range of selected wines, you're bound to find some unbelievable bargains. The perfect way to perk up your January. But hurry - stocks will sell out quickly!


On the twelfth day of Christmas...Date published: 24/12/13

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

Twelve Tasters tasting
Eleven Crisps-a-piping
Ten Stags-a-leaping
Nine Peroni chilling
Eight Neds are nedding
Seven Swan necks distilling 
Six Angels sharing
Five Heidsieck Golds Tops
Four Bolly birds
Three French Pinots
Two Montes Twins
And an Oeil de Perdrix in a pear tree.

Have a merry Christmas everybody!

On the eleventh day of Christmas...Date published: 23/12/13

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Eleven Crisps-a-piping
Ten Stags-a-leaping
Nine Peroni chilling
Eight Neds are nedding
Seven Swan necks distilling 
Six Angels sharing
Five Heidsieck Golds Tops
Four Bolly birds
Three French Pinots
Two Montes Twins
And an Oeil de Perdrix in a pear tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas...Date published: 22/12/13

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Ten Stags-a-leaping
Nine Peroni chilling
Eight Neds are nedding
Seven Swan necks distilling 
Six Angels sharing
Five Heidsieck Golds Tops
Four Bolly birds
Three French Pinots
Two Montes Twins
And an Oeil de Perdrix in a pear tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas...Date published: 21/12/13

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Nine Peroni Chilling
Eight Neds are Nedding
Seven Swan Necks distilling 
Six Angels Sharing
Five Heidsieck Golds Tops
Four Bolly Birds
Three French Pinots
Two Montes Twins
And an Oeil de Perdrix in a pear tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas...Date published: 20/12/13

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Eight Neds are nedding
Seven Swan necks distilling 
Six Angels Sharing
Five Heidsieck Golds Tops
Four Bolly birds
Three French Pinots
Two Montes Twins
And an Oeil de Perdrix in a pear tree.

Wine of the week - Yalumba bush vine GrenacheDate published: 20/12/13

Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2012, Barossa Valley

Here we are, staring down the barrels of Christmas, and we are going to throw you a cheeky curve-ball for your Christmas dinner wine.

The traditional match for the turkey is Pinot Noir, (a topic of hot debate between the team here at Majestic Birkdale), but this is a great alternative.

Lovely, juicy, red berries on the nose, with a smidge (technical wine term) of Christmas spice.

The body is a little bigger than that of a Pinot Noir, overflowing with fresh red berries again, a pleasing acidity, which is always good to help cut through any fattiness. The length is long and merry.

Food for thought

Roast turkey with all the trimmin's. Simple.

£10.99

(When you buy two or more Australian)

£13.74

(Single bottle price)


On the seventh day of Christmas...Date published: 19/12/13

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Seven Swan-necks distilling 
Six Angels Sharing
Five Heidsieck Golds Tops
Four Bolly birds
Three French Pinots
Two Montes Twins
And an Oeil de Perdrix in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas..Date published: 18/12/13

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me

Six Angels Sharing
Five Heidsieck Golds Tops
Four Bolly birds
Three French Pinots
Two Montes Twins
And an Oeil de Perdrix in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas...Date published: 17/12/13

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

Five Heidsieck Golds Tops

Four Bolly birds,
Three French Pinots,
Two Montes Twins,
And an Oeil de Perdrix in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas...Date published: 16/12/13

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me....

Four Bolly Birds

Three French Pinot's

Two Montes' Twins

And an Oeil de Perdrix in a pear tree.


On the third day of Christmas...Date published: 15/12/13

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me....

Three French Pinot's

Two Montes' Twins

And an Oeil de Perdrix in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas...Date published: 14/12/13

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, two Montes Twins,

And an Oeil de Perdrix in a Pear tree

A Majestic 12 Days of ChristmasDate published: 13/12/13

Over the next 12 days we will be publishing our version the 12 days of Christmas. We appreciate the next 12 days are not the exact 12 days to which the original song refers, but as you will see, a fair amount of poetic licence is in use here.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin:

One the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, an Oeil de Perdrix in a pear tree.


Christmas Delivery Schedule.Date published: 10/12/13

It is that (most wonderful) time of the year again. Our delivery slots are filling up fast. So to help you, here is where we will be going and on what days.

Monday - Ormskirk, Burscough, Skelmersdale, PR9 , PR8

Tuesday - Liverpool, Bootle, Crosby, Aintree, Maghull, PR8

Wednesday - Formby and PR8

Thursday - Ormskirk, Burscough, Skelmersdale, PR9 , PR8

Friday - Liverpool, Bootle, Crosby, Aintree, Maghull, PR8

Saturday - 

Sunday - No deliveries

If you are unsure if your order will be delivered in-time for Christmas, then please give the store a call on

01704 567 408. We deliver as many as we can.


Please note there will be no delivery slots available on Monday 23rd December and Tuesday 24th December

Deals coming to an end!Date published: 30/11/13

This weekend is the last to take advantage of our great Pick 'n' Mix offers.

It is also the last weekend of Peroni an £1 a bottle. That is a steal, and the perfect Christmas beverage.

Any questions give us a call on 01704 567408

Offers end on Monday. Don't delay.

Wine of the week - Montes TwinsDate published: 20/11/13

Montes Twins, Cabernet/Malbec.

Do you love big full-bodied wines but also have a soft spot for deliciously fruity reds? If so this wine is right up your street.

Made by the fantastically talented and well-regarded Montes Winery in Chile this wine is a 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, hence Montes Twins.

This wine has all the smooth texture and raisin notes of Malbec coupled with the intense bramble fruit and subtle minty nuances of Cabernet.

Perfect with Roast Lamb!!

£7.99, 2+bottle price

£11.99 single bottle price


Wine of the Week - Striking French Merlot.Date published: 10/11/13

Striking French Merlot, 2012, Pays d'Oc

This week I have gone for a new arrival, but there should be nothing new to you about the name Jean-claude Mas.

Known for his tongue-in-cheek references to French stereotypes, Jean-claude Mas has been hard at work behind the picket lines, creating another southern French varietal wine.

Distinctively French on the nose, it's quite savoury with a delicious woody character to it. The palate however is subtle and elegant with notes of blackberry, a touch of sweet spice. It's really quite classy.

Food for thought

This one would go well with most no-frills roasted meats.

£7.99

(when you buy two or more bottles as part of a mixed case)

£9.99

(Single bottle price)


XMAS DRIVER REQUIREDDate published: 05/11/13

Now that the Festive period is nearly upon us, we need to recruit a Part-Time driver for December to help us out delivering Christmas wines to our customers. If you are over 21 and have a clean driving licence then maybe you could be Our Man in the Van. If you are interested give us a call on 01704 567408 or drop us a email on brk@majestic.co.uk.


Winter Spotlight Tastings are back!!Date published: 04/11/13

Spotlight Tastings Are Back!!

Just in-time for the festive period, we will be seeing the return of our Spotlight Tastings.

Saturday 9th November – 12pm & 3pm - New arrivals

We will be show-casing to some of the brand new arrivals we have to our range.

Saturday 23rd November – 12pm & 3pm - Wines of Rhone and Burgundy

We're here to guide you through a couple of regions that can be tricky to navigate.

Saturday 7th December – 12pm & 3pm -Christmas Wines

This one will be special. That is all I'm going to say.

Remember the golden Rules:

6 Wines in 30 Minutes

They're FREE

Speak to a member of staff to book your place


New & Exclusive Sherry Range - Pedro'sDate published: 25/10/13



All of these sherries come from small, boutique, family-owned cellars (called Almacenista's in Jerez) and carry a greater degree of weight and complexity than you will find in more mainstream sherry at similar prices.20% of the fino blend is from an aged fino solera (average age around 15-20 years), which gives it impressive extra depth. It is a different proposition from the clean but lean styles of fino such as Tio Pepe, and that should be explained to customers (though it should still be served cool). They are all authentic and traditional in style.Pedro Dauthieu is a local man who helped us bring the whole concept together. He proved such an invaluable asset we decided to name the range after him.Pedro knows everyone in Jerez. He is a one-man sherry institution with contacts in every bodega, bar and restaurant in the city. Critically, he understood what we were after and knew exactly where to find it. He opened doors on family bodegas that could have easily remained closed.

The labels are a selection of vintage posters from the September Jerez festival, taken from the 50's and 60's; they are as authentic as the wine inside. Their colour and vibrancy have fantastic stand out value. It was not straightforward getting permission to use the labels from the Consejo di Regulador, but as usual our man Pedro knew the right man who was able to make it happen!

The wines and labels are absolutely exclusive to Majestic.

Wine of the week - Cousino-Macul Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 20/10/13

Cousino-Macul Antiguas. Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009.

If there is one thing I love, it's good value for money. It's no coincidence that I have landed on Chilean soil for this week's winner of our coveted Wine of the Week award.

Cousino-Macul was founded in 1856, and is the only Chilean winery from the 19th Century that remains in the hands of the founding family today. The wine comes from vines descended from Chile's earliest plantings of Bordeaux-sourced Cabernet Sauvignon vines.

This is an intense and fruit-focused red, full of black cherry and ripe plum flavours, with ample tannins which a nicely softened by a delicious sweet spice which has been developed by maturation in small French oak barrels.

Food for thought

Enjoy this one with most red meats.

£7.99

(When you buy at least two bottles as part of a mixed case)

£9.99

(Single bottle price)


Wine of the Week - Tucumen Malbec, 2012.Date published: 14/10/13

Tucumen Malbec 2012, Mendoza

This Malbec has been made in a deliberately youthful style, with only minimal oak contact ensuring a soft texture, yet keeping the fruit character of the grape as the main feature. Winemaker is Juan Manuel Mallea formerly of several Ribera Del Duero wineries.

This is an approachable wine of medium intensity, delivering its cherry, plum, and blackberry fruit in a generous and easy going manner. It has rounded tannins, and well-balanced acidity with some delicious fruit sweetness

Food for thought

This one is best enjoyed young. It's quite versatile, but the pro's recommend a meat-topped pizza.

£7.99

(Buy 2 bottles save £6)

£10.99

(Single bottle price)


Autumn Magic of Fine Wine - Angel's ShareDate published: 11/10/13

Two Hands, Angel's Share

The Australians have always done their utmost to be different - even changing the name of the grape varieties. The distinction between Shiraz and Syrah is not just in name, but in style, as instead of the Northern Rhône's white pepper and rose petals characteristics, the

Australian style is typified by black pepper spices with black fruit and berry aromas and flavours, resulting in a more fruity style. This more 'forward and fruity' style of wine was, along with some drastic vine pulling and focus on quality grape varieties in the 1980's, responsible for the rise in popularity of Australian wines. Vines were introduced into the McLaren Vale in 1838, including the original Hardy Winery vineyards, and many of the oldest vines in the world still producing viable crops are in and around this region.

Two Hands was established in 1999, with the intention of producing wine from all the growing regions of Australia, highlighting and exemplifying the characteristics of each region. The first vintage was in 2000, and over the years the winery built up a reputation as producing beautifully crafted, expressive Shiraz. The Angel's Share wine comes from the McLaren Vale, in South Australia, where the influence of the Indian Ocean tempers the climate, producing earthy, spicy wines. All the wines in the Two Hands range have playful names; the Garden series named after the proprietors' children and the Picture series, with names such as Angel's Share, Gnarly Dudes and Fly By Nighters. Angel's Share relates to the wine 'drunk by angels' during evaporation, and Fly By Nighters is a tongue in cheek reference to the criticisms aired when the winery opened.

Peppery nose of cassis, plums and hints of leather, leading to a full, rich and concentrated body of ripe black fruits, soft tannins and spice.

Food for thought.

Steak is an obvious choice, although a great partner to any red meat, either grilled or in a rich sauce.

£18.00

(Buy two save £10, as part of a mixed case)

£23.00 – Single bottle price 


Wine of the week - LFE Signature Syrah, 2012, ChileDate published: 08/10/13

Not only are the seasons changing as we fall in to Autumn, but so to are our drinking habits. No longer are we craving for a chilled glass of White or Rose, but are dreaming of curling up on the sofa with a silky glass of smooth Red.

This Chilean Syrah from those clever chaps at Luis Felipe Edwards gives us all those gorgeous dark fruit flavours with a subtle hint of spice that is so comforting as the temperature starts to fall and we deliberate whether to put the central heating on!!

£5.99 a bottle

2+ bottle price

£8.99 single bottle price


Autumn Magic of Fine Wine - Saint Clair Pioneers Block.Date published: 27/09/13

Saint Clair Pioneer Block, Sauvignon Blanc, 2012.


Although Kiwi Pinot Noir is making headlines, and Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah based wines are gaining a reputation for quality; Sauvignon Blanc is still the first wine that comes to mind when talking of New Zealand.

Saint Clair began growing grapes in 1978 to supply local wine companies before establishing their own winery in 1994. Over time their understanding of the different vineyard sites led to the Pioneer Block series; wines that represent the individual terrior of the many vineyards owned and managed around Marlborough. Vintner Matt Thomson's aim it to showcase the variety of flavours that each of the carefully selected vineyards exhibit by vinifying the wines in individual stainless steel tanks before bottling them under block numbers, often with historic or descriptive names. Block 18 "Snap Block" is named after the variety of apples grown before the orchard was replanted with grapes and Block 3 "43 Degree" is named after the vineyard's 43 degree North angle of planting.

Incredibly intense and powerful aromas of limes, gooseberries, capsicums and a hint of green herbs. Very vibrant, fresh and invigorating, the citrus flavours are augmented by hints of Tropicana, with a very long, zesty finish.

Food for Thought

The vibrancy of the wine is the perfect match for seafood, especially oysters, or spicy Asian cuisine.


£15.99

(When you buy two as part of a mixed case)

£19.99

(Single bottle price)


25% off Spanish Wine!Date published: 24/09/13

Following hot the heels of South Africa, we are proud to be taking an extra 5% off Spain. Just for a week mind you.

Some great deals to be had, so don't miss out. You know where we are.

Wine of the week - Arienzo CrianzaDate published: 19/09/13

Marques de Riscal have been making wine since 1858 and are regarded as one of the best Rioja producers around. Made in the traditional style, this Crianza comes from the best vineyards that Riscal own, Elciego and Laguardia. It is aged for 18 months in cask and several more months in bottle before it is released for sale.

Intense yet mellow aromas of ripe raspberry and fig, mingle with subtle vanilla and spice notes. Soft and supple on the palate with plenty of youthful vigour to the fruit.

£8.79 a bottle when you buy 2 or more Spanish wines

£10.99 single bottle price



25% OFF SOUTH AFRICADate published: 18/09/13

Yes, you read that correctly. We have a lovely additional 5% off South African wine for one week only.  Don't miss out on this fantastic deal.

Is there any more to be said?  Not really.

See you soon.

Sensational Spain Date published: 13/09/13

When you think of Spanish wine, you immediately think Rioja. Rioja comes in all different guises from easily gluggable every day reds to amazingly powerful and complex wines that can last for decades. But if we delve a little bit deeper into Spanish wine, we can discover a whole plethora of wines from sparkling Cava, to light and fragrant whites, to deep, luscious reds and even the odd dessert wine, so here is a quick guide to the magic and diversity of Spanish wine.

Sparkling wine - Cava is Spain's traditional-method sparkling wine, with most being  made in or around San Sadurni d'Anoia, just outside Barcelona. Keep an eye out  for Codorniu Cristina Vintage Cava which is made from Pinot Noir, rather than the traditional Spanish grape variety Xarel-lo.

White Wine - White Rioja was pretty much all we used to see in the way of Spanish white wine, but that is no longer the case. Grape varieties such as Albarino and Verdejo offer us wines with amazing complexity and gorgeous stone fruit flavours. A recent addition to Majestic's list is the grape, Godello, with 2 listings now, one from the highly regarded wine producer Martin Codax.

Red Wine - Rioja  will always be the bench mark wine to show off the amazing grape vaiety Tempranillo, but Ribera Del Duero is now giving Rioja a real run for its money. Historically an expensive red wine made from Tempranillo, or Tinto Fino, Ribera del Duero offers a whole range of styles now, from the glamorous and expensive, e.g Vega Sicilia, to the more modest and affordable, Lamatum Crianza is a cracker at only £7.99. Up-and-coming red wine regions such as Toro are also ones to watch out for, made from,Tinta de Toro, again another name for Tempranillo, they are likely to be the next big thing in Spanish wine. The Matsu range with there eye-catching labels offer a range of styles and prices.

So there is our Rough Guide to Spanish wine, Viva Espana!!


Autumn Magic of Fine WineDate published: 13/09/13

Beaune 1er Bru, 2010, Louis Jadot.

Made from a blend of wines from a range of Premier Cru vineyards, this is an excellent quality Pinot Noir, and a great all-round representation of Beaune. Matured in French barriques for 16 months, the wine displays a fine balance between tight structure and softness.

Hints of violets on the nose are followed by delicious savoury, fleshy redcurrant fruit on the palate, held together with remarkably approachable tannins.

£20 a bottle

when you buy 2 selected Fine Wines



Spice up SeptemberDate published: 12/09/13

September is often regarded as the month of change, those warm long nights of Summer are fading, the kids have finally gone back to school, and the shops are stocking Winter Woolies rather than Flip-Flops. But here at Majestic we are determined to keep spirits up and from the 12th until the 23rd of September, we have 6 extra special deals to add a little spice and sparkle to September.

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc £5.99 a bottle(2+bottles) - Fabulous Sauvignon Blanc from those clever Kiwis at Giesen, bags of tropical fruit and just what you need a glass of after you have put the kids to bed and all is calm.

Prosecco Zonin, £6.66 (2+bottles) - Amazing value Prosecco that will liven up any party.

Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, £4.99 (2+bottles) - perfect with Spaghetti Bologonese or Friday night Pizza night.

We also have 3 ridiculously good deals on Champagne. Why? Because we think you're worth it!!

Piper Heidseick NV £19.99 (2+bottles)

Heidseick Gold Top £17.99 (2+bottles)

Nicolas Feuillatte NV £15.99 (2+bottles)


Wine of the week - Wirra Wirra Scrubby RiseDate published: 09/09/13

Wirra Wirra Scubby Rise, 2012, South Australia.

The Wirra Wirra cellars were constructed in the early 20th century by Robert Strangways, who also studied law and architecture, and played cricket for South Australia. Wirra Wirra is an aboriginal expression meaning 'amongst the gums. Scrubby Rise is a blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot.

A vibrant purple colour, on the nose this wine has elements of Beaujolais, with plenty of youthful raspberry and cherry. This translates nicely to the palate accompanied with some welcoming violet notes, a pleasing length, and a palate cleansing acidity

Food for Thought

Red meat. Simple.

£7.99

(When you buy two as part of a mixed case)

£9.99

(Single bottle price)

Weekend MadnessDate published: 05/09/13

It's all going off this month at Majestic Wine, and it starts this weekend with the start of our Autumn Magic of Fine wine; On Friday and Saturday will have a bottle of something a little special open for you to taste. Friday also sees the start of our Chardonnay tasting week; all week long we will have a great range of Chardonnay open on the tasting counter for you to compare and contrast. Finally, On Saturday we have two of our FREE Spotlight tastings. This week the spotlight will be focused on Chardonnay. Six wines in thirty minutes. 12pm and 3pm. Even if you think you don't like the Chardonnay grape, come along, and let us see if we can change your mind. Call us on 01704 567408 if your are interested.

Oh, and just incase you didn't realise..... IT'S FREE!

Autumn Magic of Fine WineDate published: 02/09/13

Hello wine lovers!

We love indulging in fine wine just as much as you do. Whether it be for a truly special occassion or simply a well deserved end of the week treat. 

It may be more a tad more expensive than your everyday tipple but with our fine wine at restaurant house wine prices it really is tremendous value. Plus we have an extensive range of fine wines, Old World and New, with a glut of wallet friendly offers.

Here at Majestic we like to make life easier for you. So, to take the guesswork out of choosing your next bottle of fine wine, we will be opening a different fine wine every week this month. These will be opened every Friday or Saturday and details of which day and wine will be communicated via our store page, Facebook and Twitter. 

So do check back and come on in to try a fine wine for free.

Our knowledgable and friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions you have and assist you with any other queries/requirements you may have. 




Wine of the Week.Date published: 29/08/13

Chianti Classico, San Leonino,

Italy.

Chianti is one of the more familiar Italian wines that we know, but often gets slightly over-shadowed by its neighbouring Super Tuscan reds, but if you choose wisely you can find gold in them Tuscany hills.

Chianti Classico is often regarded as the best of the Chianti's as it has to have minimum of 80% Sangiovese, giving the wine that distinctive cherry fruit.

Soft and juicy on the palate this really is a true all-rounder, great on its own or with great Italian classics like Bolognese or Lasagne.

£7.95 when you buy 2 or more Italian wines

£10.61 single bottle price


Wine of the Week - Barbera d'Alba SuculeDate published: 21/08/13

Barbera d'Alba Sucule 2010, Lo Zoccolaio

The gamblers amongst you would have bet against us choosing an Italian as our wine of the week, given that the country is now 25% off!

Barbera is at its best in Piedmont, Northern Italy. Producing wines with high acidity, low tannin, and luscious cherry fruit.

Not as savoury as some, but still distinctively Italian on the nose, the palate brings with it all the things one can hope for. Fresh cherries, a touch of liquorice. A wine that is really quite simple, and effortless to enjoy.

£7.87

(When you buy any two Italian wines as part of a mixed case)

£10.49

(Single bottle price)


25% OFF ITALIAN WINE.Date published: 20/08/13

For two weeks only, starting Tuesday 20th August, there is an improved deal on Italian wine!

If you like Pinot grigio, or Greco; Sangiovese, or Barbera; It will be 25% off!

We'll also have some lovely Italians open for you to taste for the duration of the offer.

Don't delay and come instore, or fill up your virtual trolleys and take advantage of this amazing deal.

Any questions, please give us a call.

Fine Wine of the Month ~ Luca MalbecDate published: 10/08/13

We haven't done one for a while, but back with a bang is our Fine wine of the Month

This month we have gone for this amazing Malbec. It comes from a classy winery owned by Nicolas Catena's daughter, Laura. This wine is named after her son, Luca. The quality comes after grape growers were persuaded to improve their vineyard management techniques to improve the yields from some old vines.

The result is a superb balance of fresh fruit, and beautiful savoury notes. There is also just a ping of sweetness in there to keep you guessing. The acidity is refreshing without being sharp, and keeps in check a potentially huge body so that it is very accessible on the palate. The tannins are there too, just providing a small amount of grip.

This Month we have chosen wisely.

£17.99

(When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case)

£22.99

(Single bottle price)


Wine of The Week ~ Hunawihr Gewurztraminer.Date published: 09/08/13

They say we eat with our eyes first, and this is also true when it comes to choosing wines based on their bottle shape or label. So when we see a bottle shaped like this Gewurztraminer, what 3 words come to mind first... German, sweet, bland, maybe?

As well as seeing is believing, tasting is everything, and from just one sip of this wine from Alsace we can say it is anything but bland, sweet or German.

Beautifully fresh, with aromas of apricot and lychees and a gentle sweet ginger spice on the finish. It is quite simply Summer in a glass.

Gewurztraminer is THE wine to go with anything spicy or hot, so why not try it with a Thai Green Curry, you we will be amazed!!

£8.99 ~ 2+ bottle price

£9.99 ~ single bottle price


Wine of the Week - Sassaiolo Rosso PicenoDate published: 06/08/13

Sassaiolo’ Rosso Piceno, 2010, Monte Schiavo,

ITALY.

This hearty Italian red hails from the Marche region, just north of Rome. It is a small, mountainous area of incredible beauty. The undulating mountain sides are carpeted with a beguiling jigsaw of vines.

In Rosso Piceno they have blended the supple softness and acidity of Sangiovese with the fruitiness and tannin of Montepulciano. What a winning combination.

You could sip this wine all evening. On its own or with a hunter's feast of homemade pasta, chargrilled vegetables and rabbit ragu. If that sounds a tad decadent, it'll be perfect with your favourite spag bol too!

£6.99 a bottle when you buy any 2 or more Italian wines.

(£8.74 single bottle price)


Tasting Weeks and Saturday TutorialsDate published: 02/08/13

Tasting Weeks and Saturday Tasting Tutorials

Chances are you already know that Majestic do things differently. We love wine and we love hearing what you have to say about it. With this in mind we have a treat in store for you.

Over the coming months we have a series of themed tasting weeks for you to enjoy. During each of these tasting weeks we will be hosting a FREE tasting tutorial every single Saturday at 12am and 3pm.

These are informal, relaxed sessions. We will taste, compare and discuss the wines, answering any questions along the way and hopefully get to know you better too.


Chardonnay– Explore Chardonnay in all its different guises. Discover what makes it one of the greatest white grapes in existence. We’ll also look at the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of how this one grape can make wines of such varying styles.

Tasting Week: 6th- 12th September

Tutorial: Saturday 7th (12pm & 3pm)


Spain– You hear Spain, you think Rioja. Rioja can be a great everyday glugger or a dinner-party show stopper. The rest of Spain, however, is all too often overlooked – especially its wonderful whites which are superb value for money.

Tasting Week: 13th- 19th September

Tutorial: Saturday 14th (12pm & 3pm)


Sauvignon Blanc– Probably the most popular wine in the world, its influence stretches from France to New Zealand. We will pitch some familiar wines against cracking alternatives from all over the wine-growing world.

Tasting Week: 20th- 26th September

Tutorial: Saturday 21st (12pm & 3pm)


Shiraz vs. Syrah– Australia makes Shiraz. The French make Syrah. Confusing wine labelling snobbery? Or, a logical differentiation between the varying styles this wonderful grape can produce? You decide. Either way we love it!

Tasting Week: 27th- 3rd September

Tutorial: Saturday 28th (12pm & 3pm)


To secure your place on one of our FREE Saturday tasting tutorials please contact the store on:

01704 567 408 or email us at brk@majestic.co.uk


New OfferDate published: 01/08/13

Our ever popular Giesen Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand has just gone on offer. It is quite an offer too. It is only £5.99.

At that price it's going to be more popular than ever. So why not come and pick some up today. Whether it's a cheeky glass with lunch, a well deserved bottle at the end of a long working day or a few bottles at the weekend with friends - you deserve it. For £5.99 you can enjoy it anytime!


Wne of The Week - The Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 31/07/13

It's back!! New  2013 Vintage but it is still an absolute classic.

Summer SangriaDate published: 26/07/13

Too hot for red wine? Why not try our Summer Sangria recipe, for the red wine anything that is medium bodied would be ideal for this Summertime Treat

SUMMER SANGRIA.

Ingredients

3 parts red wine

2 parts Lemonade

1 part orange juice

Ice

Fresh mint

Sliced fruit – oranges, nectarines, lemon etc

Preparation

Mix all the ingredients together in a large jug and add more red wine, orange juice or lemonade according to taste and desired strength.

Pour into glasses, garnish with mint sprigs and fruit.

Sit back, drink and enjoy!!


Wine of the Week - Chenas Trichard, 2011Date published: 26/07/13

Chenas may be the smallest of the Cru-Villages in Beaujolais, but it is one of the fullest in body and flavour. Made entirely from the Gamay grape, it has all those classic Gamay characteristics of raspberries and red cherries with a slight burst of acidity. The beauty of Beaujolais is that it can be drank slightly chilled, making it THE perfect summer red.

Try this with Spicy Barbequed Spare Ribs and if there is any left it would be great with cheese as an after dinner tipple.

£11.99 a bottle or Buy 2 Beaujolais wines save 20%

= £9.59 a bottle


Taste & Explore - The Next Chapter!!Date published: 25/07/13

There is only one way to discover your next favourite wine and that is to taste it, and at Majestic we love to give you the opprtunity to do just that. We now have four different  ways you can enjoy our Tasting Counter Events, they are :-

Free Spotlight Tastings - 6 wines in 30 minutes. Spotlight on Bordeaux... or New Zealand... or Chardonnay - we hold regular focused tastings where we compare and contrast different wines the same area or grape.

Free Wine Course -  A 90 minute introduction to wine. Learn about the basics of wine - how it is made, what it goes with, how to taste it and how to find out what you like.

Free Seasonal Tasting- At least a dozen wines open for you to try. Twice a year, we stay open for large, informal evenings, tasting the most exciting new wines we have in store.

What's on the Tasting Counter - There is always wines open to taste in store. Every day is a potential tasting event with the tasting counter.

If you want to keep up-to date with what's going on at Majestic Birkdale just  check out our Store Page on our Website and pop in to taste and explore!!

See you soon!!


 

Wine of the Week - Rigal L'Instant Truffier MalbecDate published: 25/07/13

Rigal, L'Instant Truffier Malbec, 2012

Argentina may have made Malbec its own, but this beauty is from Gascogne in the South of France and is a wonderful demonstration that even the oldest of old world wine countries can still throw out some surprises!

Lighter in colour and body than its Argentinian counterparts, this Malbec showcases a lovely blend of cherries and brambles, underscored by lively pepperiness.

Grill up some pork on the barbecue and pair it with this for a mouth-wateringly winning combination!

£8.99

or

Buy 2 save £4

= £6.99


Wine of the Week - Le Hauts de Bergelle BlancDate published: 18/07/13

We are all familiar with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio, but would you know your Vermentino from your Torrontes or even Ugni Blanc? When we were choosing our Wine Of The Week this week we thought that we would try and find a wine that even challenged our wine knowledge, and boy did we come up with not one unusual grape variety but three. This is a blend of Gros Manseng, Petit Courbu and Arrufiac, the last two we had to look up in The Concise Atlas of The World!! They may not be the most well known triology of white grape varieties but they certainly deliver a harmonious blend of fruit and subtle herbaceous flavours. We just loved the ripe pineapple and peach notes combined with a slight hazelnut finish.

£7.99 a bottle or Buy 2 Save £2 = £6.99 a bottle


Chilean Wine: Doing the Basics Brilliantly.Date published: 12/07/13

I'm going to put my neck on the block a bit straight away and say that if one country underlines the statement that the New World routinely produces wine that matches, for value, anything that the old world can show, it is Chile. Yes, New Zealand set the world alight with its Sauvignon Blanc, yes Australian Shiraz, at its best, stands shoulder to shoulder with any Rhone Syrah, yes from California to Argentina to South Africa the list of New World areas with serious wine clout is considerable, but in this critic's humble opinion it is Chile that may really be considered jack-of-all-trades, and master of more than a few. From Merlots bursting with purple fruit to immaculately balanced Chardonnays, this is a country that does the key grape varietals seriously well.

Chile has, of course, certain considerable advantages when it comes to wine production. Geographically speaking it is immensely lucky; the Andes to the West provide it with ample water supply, whilst also granting limitless sunshine by means of its rain-shadow. To the immediate East is the Pacific, cooling the grapes via the Humboldt Current, and regulating the continentality. It was largely the geography of Chile that saved its vineyards from being decimated along with the rest of the wine-growing world when Phylloxera struck in the Nineteenth Century.

But this is neither a geography nor a history lesson, and what interests us is what all this adds up to. Well, the buzzword for Chilean wine is 'fruit'. Bags and bags of it bursting out of the glass in heady aromas and succulent flavours. Not for Chile the sombre austerity of Bordeaux-style Merlot, nor the layers of minerality that might be found in a Chablis. These are wines to be drunk young (though many of the bigger reds have serious ageing potential), they are wines to be drunk at any time of the year, and to be drunk in any company, from dinner with the most discerning of Wine Masters, to celebrations where easy-drinking crowd-pleasers are the order of the day.

Quite aside from their Merlots, which are frequently phenomenal, Chile has Cabernet Sauvignon from the simple and fruity to full-bodied premium specimens, Syrah that was only planted in the 1990s but which is already a major international player, Carmenere which has only recently been differentiated from Merlot, but which offers its own rich black fruit and touches of spice, and increasingly good Pinot Noir from the cooler regions such as San Antonio.

Not forgetting the whites of course; Chardonnay thrives in Chile; beautiful balances of oak and tropical fruit. And the Sauvignon Blanc – well, thanks to cool vineyard sites, unique soils and a number of fantastic producers such as Errazuriz they have examples that match up to and can surpass their well renowned cousins from New Zealand, whilst varietals such as Viognier, Gewurztraminer and Riesling are on the fast track upwards.

So try Chilean wine. Try it for the range of famous varietals done properly well. Try it for the incredible fresh fruit flavour that characterises every bottle. Try it to remind yourself that wine is so much more than simply the suit-and-tie gravity of confusingly-labelled French terroir in liquid form. Try it, above all, because to snub it would be to snub something truly remarkable. And then, when you have tried it, try it again.


Wine of the Week - Laurent Miquel LanguedocDate published: 08/07/13

We're really impressed by the Laurent Miquel range here at Majestic Birkdale. This, though, is my personal favourite.

It marries the characteristic peppery spice of Syrah with the more playful lighter red fruits of Grenache. A winning combination. The inviting savoury aroma leads onto the palate revealing a weighty silkiness and a long herb-laden finish.

This will drink well with anything from hearty stews, a cheese platter or some lamb skewers fresh off the barbecue.

£8.99

or

Buy 2 save £2

= £7.99


Wine of the Week - Dogajolo ToscanoDate published: 03/07/13

Its plethora of indigenous, highly tannic

grapes can make Italian wine an uncompromising prospect, so it's great to

find one mellowed and rounded by our familiar friend Cabernet Sauvignon.

With spices on the nose and bags of black

fruit on the palate, this wine would bring

both freshness and elegance to your next

indulgent Italian meal.

Who says Chianti's the only Tuscan in town?

£8.79

(When you buy any two or more as part

of any mixed case.)

£10.99

(Single Bottle Price)


Jane MacQuittys' Best Whites for SummerDate published: 30/06/13

Every year Times wine critic, Jane MacQuitty, hunts out her Top 100 wines for Summer and here are the White Wines amd Roses that Jane recommends that we stock here at Majestic.....

WHITES

2012 Grand Heron, Cotes de Gascogne, France, £7.99 or Buy 2 save £4 = £5.99 (until July 11th).  A fruity nose with cut grass aromas, ripe grapefruit on the palate and a crisp lively finish. An invigorating aperitif, perfect with canapes,

2012 Domiane des Aubisieres, Cuvee de Peruches, Vouvray, France. £9.99 or Buy 2 save £4 = £7.99 (until July 11th) This wine has pure, well developed nose of fresh pears and quince. the palate is swathe of ripe apple fruit with a honeyed sweetness. Great with a classic Salmon en Croute or cold cures meats.

2012 Pouilly-Fume, les Cascadelles, France. £11.99 or Buy 2 Save £4 = £9.99 (until July 11th) Packed with classic Sauvignon Blanc flavours of gooseberries, orange blossom and citrus fruit, backed by a crisp, elegant mineral character on the finish.


ROSE

2012 Yali Merlot Rose, Colchagua Valley, Chile. £7.49 or Buy 2 save 20% = £5.99 (until Sept 2nd) A light fruity rose with a soft watermelon backbone, embellished with hints of strawberry and cherry on the palate. A crisp refreshing aperitif.

2012 Muga Rioja Rose, Spain. £10.99 or Buy 2 save £4 = £8.99 (until Sept 2nd) Deep salmon in colour, with intensely fres, strawberry, raspeberry and orange peel aromas. An ideal aperitif, this wine can be enjoyed on its own or pair with sweet chilli prawns fresh off the barbie.

Watch out for Part 2 next week, which will feature Red Wines. Enjoy.



Wine of The Week - La Grille Chenin BlancDate published: 29/06/13

When it comes to food/wine matching one of the hardest pairings is spicy food with wine, the heat and warmth of chillies and spices can be overpowering for most wines. But never fear, we have found a wine that is superb with most spicy Asian or Chilli infused dishes.

La Grille Chenin Blanc comes from Anjou in the Loire and is packed with white flower and peach flavours whilst retaining a fruity slightly off-dry freshness that compliments well with those dominant flavours of heat and spice.

£7.99 a bottle or Buy 2 Save £2

=£6.99 a bottle


Party/wedding planning - Decisions, decisions!!Date published: 28/06/13

Wondering whether to order red or white wine, how much Champagne you will need for a toast, or how many glasses you may need?? Look no further than your local Majestic to help take the stress out planning for your Big Day!!

At Majestic, we've been helping our customers plan the perfect wedding/party for years and by following our simple step-by-step guide you to can become the perfect Wedding/Party Planner.

1. First up - You need to work out how many guests are attending your event and what sort of budget you are working to. Then you should work out what type or food you are going to be serving, whether you are serving nibbles, canapes or a full sit-down dinner, the drinks should always compliment to drinks you are serving.

2. Bubbles - If it's a special occassion or you want to get your party started with a bang, you can't beat a cold glass of fizz, whether that's Champagne or Sparkling wine is your (difficult) choice. A standard bottle (75cl) of Champagne or Sparkling Wine will provide you with 6 flutes, and for a wedding reception or toast you will need 2-3 glasses per person. So for 100 guests you will need 100 x 2 glasses = 200 flutes or approximatley 200 glasses or 34 bottles.

3. Wine - Whether you're having a garden party for friends and neighbours or a wedding for 100 guests, getting the right quantity of wine is crucial. As a general rule, we would allow half a bottle of wine for every adult attending and a standard (75cl) bottle will provide 6 small glasses of wine, so for 100 people you'll need 100 x 3 glasses = 300 glasses or 50 bottles of wine. Preference for red and white are usually evenly split but be aware of seasonal variations, warmer weather = more white than red, and vice versa.

4. Glasses - We have FREE Glass Loan service that includes wine glasses, flutes, hi-ball tumblers and pint glasses, all are avaiable on a £1-per-glass deposit basis - refundable in full on returning the glasses clean and unbroken.

5. Chill out - There is nothing worse than a warm glass of white wine or fizz!! We have chiller bins available to hire and each bin will easily hold 18 bottles of wine when filled with water and ice. Each bin will take 3-4 bags of ice and will keep your drinks chilled for several hours. the bins are available on a £15-a-bin deposit basis - again refundable in full when returned.

6. Delivery - We offer a FREE home delivery service, so we can deliver all your wines and glasses at one time and save you the hassle of unloading it all yourself.

7. Sale-or-Return - It is always difficult to know exactly how much wine you are going to need and you certainly don't want to run out!! We can advise you on approximately how many bottles you are going to need for your event, but to put your mind at ease we also provide a sale-or-return policy. All we ask is that you arrange sale-or-return in advance and that everything comes back in a saleable condition - we cannot refund bottles with labels missing or screwcaps opened. We unfortunately do not collect any wine leftover or hire glasses so you will be responsible for getting them back to us.

And, that's about it, if you would like any more info about how we can help your party be more about enjoying yourself and less about stressing out, pop in and discuss your requirements with us here. We're happy help!!


Wine of The Week - Verdicchio RondiniDate published: 25/06/13

Here at Majestic we always love to experiment and try new things. This lesser known grape has lots to offer. If you like your whites fruity then give this a try. It subdued nose belies its fruit forward style wrapped up with a brilliant streak of zesty mineralic acidity.

Verdicchio's fame may not be widespread but its influence extends to the most unlikely of places. It was so loved by a bunch of young aspiring rockers that they named their band after the region this wine is produced, Matelica.

The Italians have a glut of indigenous grape varieties that are rarely found elsewhere. When they taste as good as this why would anyone try to replicate it? Italian wines love food just as much as the Italians. Pair this with lightly spiced seafood or salads.

£6.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more Italian wines.

(£8.74 single bottle price)


Wine of the Week - BVS Shiraz, Barossa ValleyDate published: 21/06/13

BVS SHIRAZ, Barossa Valley.

For lovers of Aussie Shiraz there is only one place you would want your wine to come from and that is Barossa Valley. With its warm climate and long sunny days it has gained a reputation for producing superb robust spicy styles of Shiraz.

This wine is bursting with dark red plum and bramble fruit and has generous notes of chocolate and black pepper. It would be absolutely amazing with any barbequed meats.

£12.49 a bottle or Buy 2 Australian wines save 20%

= £9.99 a bottle.


Wine of the Week, Windy Peak ChardonnayDate published: 15/06/13

Over the past few years Chardonnay has definitely fell out of favour with many wine lovers, mainly due to overly oaky, over-powering New World versions, but as Bob Dylan sang, “the times they are a' changing”.

Chardonnay can be grown in most climates, but when cultivated in cooler climates, such as the Yarra Valley in Australia it produces wines with finesse and elegance.

This wine is made by the De Bortoli family who have been making wines in the Yarra Valley for generations and their philosophy has always been to make wines that have a 'sense of place', and this beautiful Chardonnay has classic Yarra Valley nuances of soft citrus fruit and floral flavours, with a subtle oak influence.

When Chardonnay is made like this, we get to enjoy one of THE great grape varieties in all its glory. Simply delicious!!

£8.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more Australian wines.

(£11.24 single bottle price)

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Wine of the week - Parcel Series Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 08/06/13

Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Maipo Valley.

This wine is brilliant. There, how about that for an opening line? This limited parcel made exclusively for Majestic by one of Maipo Valley's best producers. The grapes are hand-picked from mature vines in the cool Andean foothills, fermented with selected yeasts, then transferred to French oak barrels for 18 months' maturation.

Layers of flavour here with classic cassis and ripe red berries, with vanilla and soft spice. A lovely length with muscular tannins.

Food for thought

This one just begs for red meat.

£7.99

(When you buy two or more Chilean wines)

£9.99

(Single bottle price)


Wine of the Week - Callia BellaDate published: 28/05/13

Callia Bella, 2012, Malbec.

Due to this grape's growing popularity we have a glut of Malbecs in store at the moment. I have made it my personal mission to try as many as possible. A tough task but I will stop at nothing to help find the perfect wine for you, hic!

This little gem is one of the most recent to have made the journey from Argentina to Birkdale. The effort was certainly worth it. This wine has brought some of its native San Juan sun to our shores. It is overflowing with juicy berries, hints of warming spice and firm but silky tannins.

If you think this all sounds too good to be true for a sub six pound wine then think again. It won Bronze at the prestigious International Wine Challenge 2013.

This will drink well with anything from rustic meat stews with roasted veg to more indulgent dishes such as veal rib roast with a herb crust.

£8.99

or

Buy 2 save £6

= £5.99


Wine of the week - King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc.Date published: 25/05/13

At Majestic we know that the quality of the wines we stock is second to none, so when one of these wines win an award, we simply have to shout it from the rooftop.

Made by those clever chaps who brought us The Ned, the Kings Favour is everything you would want from a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Big, bold tropical fruit, great acidity and a lingering finish, it thoroughly deserves its Gold Medal Award.

£12.49 a bottle or £9.99

when you buy 2 or more New Zealand wines


Italian Tasting TutorialDate published: 17/05/13

There are still spaces available for our Italian tasting tutorial on Saturday 18th May.

A FREE 30 minute tasting session of all things Italian. At your choice of 12pm or 3pm.

Please give the store a call on 01704 567408 if you are interested.

Wine of the Week - SpolverinoDate published: 16/05/13

Spolverino Toscano, Carpineto, 2011

To kick off our Italian Tasting Week in style I have opted for this Tuscan beauty. Rich, juicy red cherries abound, and settle into a tangy finish.

Despite the predominance of Sangiovese this wine is not typically Tuscan. So for those of you who love Chianti but want something different this is a must try.

Whether you have this with an indulgent piece of pork belly or a light summer picnic of salami and cheeses you won't be disappointed.

Viva l'Italia!

£12.49

or

Buy any 2 Italian wines

save 20% = £9.99


Wine of the week - Falabella.Date published: 08/05/13

Falabella Bianco 2012, Tenuta Ulisse, Terre di Chieti

With all the new arrivals we have in-store at the minute, I felt it was right to raise a glass to one of them. This week I have chosen the Falabella Bianco, as an acknowledgement to the fact that not all Italian white wines are Pinot Grigio.

In the early 1900s, Antonio Ulisse started a small vineyard close to the town of Crecchio in Abruzzo, but it was not until 2006 when his grandsons transformed it into the commercial winery it is today, making wines from the fruit of three family-owned estates.

An exciting blend of three of Abruzzo's principal white grape varieties: Trebbiano, Cococciola, and Pecorino.

This combines citrus and tropical stone fruit flavours, with a lifted spiciness and a touch of mineral grip.

Food for thought

A very versatile wine. Works very well with most things Italian.

£7.99

(When you buy two or more as part of a mixed case)

£9.99

(Single bottle price)

Wine of the Week : Bellero BarberaDate published: 01/05/13

Piedmont is famous for Nebbiolo which makes Barolo, but if you look a little further and you also discover the brilliance of Barbera. This example from Bellero is deliciously smooth with loads of blackberry aromas and delicate cherry fruit. It has soft tannins, moderate alcohol and has a little touch of acidity, making it a perfect partner to barbecued meat.

Food for thought - Italian wine loves Italian food. Try with any rich pasta dish or a rustic Italian Sausage casserole.

All our Italian wines have 20% off at the moment so this little beauty comes down to a rather appealing £6.99 a bottle when you buy 2 Italian wines.

Wine of the Week!Date published: 08/04/13

Rigal l'instant Passion. Sauvignon Blanc.

In the last week, we've had some great new arrivals in-store, and I think this is my pick of the bunch. With honesty, I'm not a massive Sauvignon Blanc kind of guy, but with a name like “l'instant passion”, I had to have a try.

Rigal have vinified grapes from several selected vineyard sites from around the Côtes de Gascogne. The name, just in-case you were wondering, refers to the passion fruit, one of the noted aroma and taste characteristics of the Sauvignon Blanc grape.

This has an inviting nose of grapefruit and subtle grassy aromas, which mix well with softer tropical fruit characters. The palate awash with refreshing citrus.

Food for thought.

Best enjoyed with simple seafood dishes or poultry.

£6.99 (When you buy at least two bottles as past of a mixed case)

£8.99 (Single bottle price)

Fine Wine of the MonthDate published: 05/04/13

Rioja Reserva 2004, Vina Ardanza, La Rioja Alta

There was only one choice for this month's Fine Wine of the Month. With a Spanish tasting week, and 20% off Spanish wine at the minute, it has to be the outstanding Vina Ardanza, 2004. It is one of the best from Rioja, produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region.

“It won't be as good as the 2001!” I hear you cry, but this complex wine has layers of earth, spice, and red fruits. Coupled with an elegantly structured medium-weight body of spicy tannins and a delicious length, it is certainly worthy of your attention.

This is ready to drink now, but as much time as ten years will only soften the powerful earth and spice. Enjoy with roast meats.

£17.99

(when you buy two or more Spanish as part of a mixed case)

£22.50 (Single bottle price)

Wine of the Week.Date published: 28/03/13

Rioja Gran Reserva, 1990,

Conde de Valdemar - SPAIN .

 

Secured exclusively from the Bodega's own cellars, exclusively for majestic, this is Valdemar's flagship Rioja. Having been stored in perfect conditions it is drinking fantastically well now belying its age. ~ This wine has integrated flavours of tabacco, sweet spice and confit fruit with a dense, smooth structure. A hint of fig on the finish? A showcase of everything that makes aged Rioja great. Banish the cold and treat yourself by drinking this wine with roast lamb. Perfect. ~ £17.49 a bottle or buy 2 or buy any other Spanish wine and SAVE £6.99 =£13.99 a bottle

Wine of the week - Rioja Reserva 2007, BerberanaDate published: 19/03/13

Rioja Reserva 2007, Berberana.

I was sat down planning my summer over the weekend and talk inevitably turned to thoughts of last year's majestic summer (no pun intended), and the great times that were had by all. I was lucky enough to have spent a little time in Spain last summer and to inspire me, I thought I'd have a cheeky glass or two of this.

This particular Rioja is a classic! Leather belts and cedar forests lie in wait here to please the nose, with a brooding smoky aroma and a smudge of vanilla.

These flavours translate deliciously to the palate, along with proud cloves and extremely seductive cooked raspberry and strawberries. Full, well-balanced, long, and elegant.

Food for thought

Pair this one with roasted lamb-shanks for a perfect partnership.

£5.99 (When you buy two or more as part of a mixed case)

£7.49 (Single bottle price)

EASTER OPENING TIMESDate published: 17/03/13

Over the Easter Weekend we will be open :-

Good Friday ~ 10am - 8pm

Easter Saturday ~  9am - 7pm

Easter Sunday ~ CLOSED

Easter Monday ~ 10am - 5pm

Wine of the Week!Date published: 10/03/13

The star of our South American tasting week this intriguing blend of mature-vine Malbec with the traditional Port grape, Touriga Nacional, has a wonderfully honest fruit-driven style. Heady violet and mulberry aromas fill the nose, and the rich black fruit from both Malbec and Touriga Nacional combine on the palate to dominate and leave a rich, long finish overflowing with dark fruits. The dense, full nature of this interesting blend make it open to a large array of dishes. I recommend trying it with a spicy casserole to blow what's left of winter away and welcome in the Spring.

£11.99 a bottle or Buy 2 Save £6

= just £8.99 a bottle!  

FINE WINE FRIDAYDate published: 01/03/13

This month to coincide with our Classic France Tasting Week we have chosen a Bordeaux as our Fine Wine for March. La Sirene de Giscours is the second wine of Chateau Giscours in Margaux. Sirene is made from fruits of the estate's younger vines, those from 5-15 years of age. A more supple, early-drinking expression of the estate's style, the Sirene offers a fleshy core of fruit accented with notes of smoke and spice. The excellent 2006 vintage is drinking superbly now, and will continue to develop for another 5- 10 years.

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

This week on the tasting counter we have a corker for you! The second wine of Chateau Monbousquet, Angelique. This fantastic wine from St-Emillion has lashings of jammy black and red fruits, supported by muscular yet supple tannins, and aromas of cocoa, incense and herbs. It would be the perfect partner for full flavoured dishes. Fancy a hearty beef stew to warm you up? Then pair it with a bottle of Angelique.

Wine of the Week!Date published: 23/02/13

Marquis de la Concordia - Vega de la Reina Rueda Verdejo.

If you usually enjoy a drop or two of Sauvignon Blanc why not try this Verdejo. It has all the similar green fruit and citrus aromas of Sauvignon with some wonderfully delicate sceondary scents of melon and flowers too. ~ Celebrate this crisp and refreshing wine with fragrant fish dishes, white meats or simply as an appertif. When I tried it I went for the authentic Spanish choice - a seafood paella. Simply delicious. ~ £8.99 a bottle or Buy 2 Save £5 =£6.49 a bottle  

The Wine Course is Back at Birkdale!Date published: 21/02/13

A new year brings with it many things. At your local Majestic it means the hugely popular Wine Course is back and it's FREE.

Come into store for an hour and a half of fun. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will help to show you how to taste like a professional, identify the quality of a wine, discuss how wine is made and share some handy tips on how to pair wine with food. Any other wine related queries you have will be gratefully met and you'll have a member of our staff all to yourself.

To secure a place pop into store or give us a call (01704 567 408).

The next course is on the evening of 14th March. Book now to avoid missing out. See you soon.

Variety is the spice of life.Date published: 29/01/13

Many of you may have read in the press recently that of the 4,000 grape varieties used to make wine, we only really drink 4 on a regular basis, mainly Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. We are all guilty of sticking to our favourite 'default' wine that we enjoy and can rely on time after time, but wine is so wonderfully varied, and we may never know what potential new great wine is out there if we never try new ones. So we thought that we would recommend some different wines to help you discover some of the 3,996 that are out there!!

So if you like.....

Sauvignon Blanc try Gruner Veltliner - Sauvignon Blanc makes really distinctive crisp refreshing wines, from the tropical fruitness of New Zeaalnd Sauvignons to the more mineral style of Sancerre, and Gruner Veltliner also offers remarkably diverse styles of wine, from simple racy everyday wines to those of great complexity and finesse.

Merlot try Carmenere - Merlot is the grape behind the great wines of Pomerol and St Emillion, and offers us wines with great plummy fruit, Carmenere too has lashings of jammy dark fruit flavours but with a liitle more body and complexity.

White Burgundy try Australian Chardonnay - Aussie Chardonnay has changed so much in the last few years and is no longer all oak and butter. They have more of the  finesse and elegance that we associate with great White Burgundies, especially if you chose Chardonnay from cooler climates such as Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula.

Cabenet Sauvignon try Portuguese Reds - Cabernet makes wine of great character, herby and tannic with fantastic blackcurrant fruit, reds from Portugal also have fantastic ripe fruit flavours with full-bodied richness.

So why not give some of these wines a try and keep a keep a look out as to what 's on our Tasting Counter, and try something different, you never know you just might like it!!

Free Themed Tutorials.Date published: 24/01/13

In February and March we will be holding four informal themed tutorials on Saturdays at 11am and 3pm. Focusing on some of the key wine regions of the world these free half hour tutorials are designed to give you the chance to explore different grape varieties and styles of wine. Let us know if want to pop your name down, or go to the 'Events' section of our Store Page and fill out the RSVP eform.

Tutorial dates are as follows:-

February 9th - Italy and Spain

February 16th - New Zealand

March 2nd - Classic France

March 9th - South America.

It would be great to see you.

Bargain Hunt Week 2Date published: 23/01/13

Pick of the week is McHenry Hohnen Cabernet Merlot blend from Western Australia.

They have been making wines at McHenry Hohnen since the 1970's and this is a classic Bordeaux blend of Caberent Sauvignon and Melot but with an Aussie emphasis on the pure fruit flavours that these two grapes provide.

The blend is fruit driven, with Cabernet in the lead and the mid-palate sweetness derived from the Merlot. The tannins are ripe and evolved, giving a delicious and substantial wine.

Only £8.99 a part of our Bargain Hunt special offer

Free bottle voucher for every new customer!!Date published: 17/01/13

Your next bottle is on us!!

Receive a free bottle of wine up to the value of £10 when you buy 6 or more bottles.

*only 1 voucher redeemable per transcation

Bargain Hunt Pick of The WeekDate published: 17/01/13

Te Mata Chardonnay, 2010. Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Te Mata Estate has been established since 1896, and remains one of the few family owned wineries in New Zealand, making wine exclusively in Hawkes Bay on New Zealands North Island.

This Chardonnay has ripe stonefruit and citrus characters subtly enhanced by fermentation in seasoned oak barrels to create a rich and elegant wine.

Only £10.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more bottles.

WINE OF THE WEEK. Date published: 17/01/13

We love a good bargain here at Majestic Birkdale and this Malbec from Argentina is an absolute stunner.

Made with Malbec grapes form 2 different altitudes this wine has been  crafted to show the the unique varietal expressions of these two different terroirs in Mendoza.

The wine  has ripe developed fruit and a gorgeous subtle finish that would be the perfect partner for a rich Winter Casserole.

And at only £5.99 a bottle is it an absolute bargain!!

The Wine Course is Back for 2013!!Date published: 16/01/13

Want to know more about the fascinating world of wine but don't know where to start? Then look no further than Majestic Wines' very own Wine Course.

This FREE, 2 hour course will help you tell the difference between Chablis and Sancerre  and spot a  Merlot from a Malbec, and how to get that perfect Food/Wine match for your Dinner Party.

All you need to give is give us a call or email to reserve yourself a space. Simples!!

Bargain Hunt - January 8th - February 4thDate published: 08/01/13

With Christmas and New Year over we thought we would keep the party going by offering over 30 wines in our range at discounted rates. But hurry because stocks of these wines are limited and will not be available thereafter.

Come in store and explore.

Cheers Birkdale Team.

Fabulous Fizz DealsDate published: 28/09/12

We love our bubbles here at Majestic Birkdale, and are always on the look-out for a bargain, so we put the two together and came up with two crazy deals on two of our best selling fizzes.

First up from our Antipodean friends Down Under comes Green Point NV a fantastic sparkling wine made in the Champagne style and crammed full of beautiful fruit fizziness and only £9.99 a bottle, yes that's not a typo, £9.99 a bottle. What can you buy for a tenner these days? Normally, not a lot but at this price you can live like a King!!

And we couldn't have a fab deal on Sparkling Wine without including the Real McCoy, Champagne, so to keep the Champenoise happy we have got  a cracking deal on Nicolas Feuillate NV Champagne, at the frankly ridiculous price of £15 a bottle.

Hurry up though they are only on offer until the 15th October!!

Wine & Cheese Matching Today!Date published: 11/08/12

Today we have three lovely cheese's from our local Birkdale Cheese Centre for you to indulge in and sample with some of our range.

Wensleydale (Yorkshire)  - with it's supple, crumbly moist texture great with fruit white, or even off dry Loire

Coverdale (Yorkshire) - Smoother than Wensleydale but with a slightly sharper flavour. For the creamy cheese lovers. Try with one our Argentinian Torrontes.

Ribblesdale Goat Cheese (Preston)  - A waxed goats cheese with a very smooth rubbery texture great with Kiwi Sauvignon or with some Provence Rose

Fine Wine Friday - Promis Gaja 2009Date published: 03/08/12

A superbly rich and silky smooth super tuscan from the world renowned Gaja estate. This wine is made in the Ca'Marcanda vineyards and consists of 55% Merlot with a blend of 35% Syrah and just 10% Sangiovese. Therefore, this is no ordinary Toscano wine as the noble grape varities of Merlot & Syrah are used. This part of the world has proven to be exceptional for these grape varities and the ripeness achieved consistently is there for everyone to see.

The nose and palate consist of dark plum fruits with a cassis finish. The length and balance of this makes it a real gem. Enjoy over the next 4-8 years. Try with some authentic Italian spicy meatballs covered in rich tomato based recipe.

Bon Apetito!

A Consumer Guide to the Wine Buying ProcessDate published: 19/06/12

Choosing good quality wine at a budget to suit can be a difficult and ambiguous task, especially when planning a wedding or special event. In everyday circumstances we consumers often use recognised brands i.e. Sony/TV, Nike/Trainers or Chateauneuf du Pape for wine. Furthermore, if brands are not readily available then we often use the price=quality rule of thumb in order to reduce perceived risk in the buying process.

However if your really keen to try great wines then try not to follow the maxim that "price and brand = quality" because this does not always hold true.

For instance, if a Bordeaux A.C. is £6.99 and a similar unknown red in Vin D' Pays is the same price then I would be tempted by the lesser known Vin d'pays. This theory would also go for choosing perhaps an Italian red from Piemonte for instance. A Barolo DOCG is £30 and a similar piemontese wine under the Vino Tavola classification is priced at a similar price then I would have to choose again the less prestigious Vino D'Tavola. Some of the basic reasons classifications such as DOCG or A.o.C offer less value is because bureaucratic restrictions prevent flexibility for wine makers especially in poor vintages. In addition to this, the prestigiousness of such classifications inevitably brings greater costs in marketing, labour, land amongst others.  

Packaging of wine is an equally important marketing tool that is the first stimuli to catch individuals attention. Faced with a vast choice of products that are invisibly disguised by cleverly packaged bottles can be just as challenging for the consumer. The more conspicuous, and the more eye catching then the more likely you are to spend time glazing at the product. However, if you use the old cliche of looking behind the bottle i.e. producer, grapes, alcohol, synopsis then chances of choosing a wine that suits your preference is greatly improved.

In any case, if you ever feel confused and need some guidance on wines we are always here to help you.

Thanks for reeading.

Birkdale Team.

I'll have Bollinger please.Date published: 19/06/12

I was lucky enough to visit Champagne Bollinger recently to get to grips with the mystique based around this small but exceptional Champagne House. 

Officially established in 1829 by three wise men, this House has been creating some of the finest non-vintage Champagne ever since. The Chateau is situated in a small picturesque village called Ay which is is about 10 miles away from Epernay. 

During my visit, I indulged in some of the great wines that Bollinger has to offer as well as learning a great deal about the unique processes the house uses in order to create the Bollinger house style. Here's a look at the two main wines:

The Bollinger Special Cuvee Non-Vintage

The word cuvee (blend) when seen on a label of Champagne is both ambiguous and unambigious. The term seen on nearly all Champagne bottles tells you it's a mix but nothing else.   Cuvee encompasses grape varieties used E.g. Chardonnay, the plots of land the grapes were selected from E.g. Premier Cru & the years or reserves that go into the blend E.g. 50% 2004. Bollinger's N/V uses predominantly red grape varieties in it's blend. It consists of 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier & 15% Chardonnay. In addition to this, the house cultivates approximately 65% of it's own grapes whilst buying in the remainder from small grower affiliates, allowing for greater control. Within Champagne, different vineyard plots come under different classifications. The blend at Bollinger comprises of 85% Grand Cru & Premier Cru. After the blend is assembled and the bottles are left to age, the standard requirement for ageing N/V is 15 months, however Bollinger use at least 36months and sometimes upto 60 months depending on the blend.

With all this attention to detail, Bollinger has created a consistent non-vintage that can challenge any top sparkling wine in the world.

The Result?

Golden in colour (a result of 85% black grapes), with very fine bubbles that last for a good period.Complex aromas of ripe spicy fruits, roasted apple, peach and nuttiness. A rich texture tasting of fresh walnut, brioche, pear & spices. The length is incredible. Enjoy with a plethora of seafood delicacies including prawns, crayfish & grilled lobster. A parmesan salad is particular good too.

Bollinger Grand Annee 2002

A great Champagne that is made in only the best years based around Ay. 2002 was a great year with plenty of warm days and good sunlight creating ripe and swelling grapes. The cuvee here was exclusive 2002 vintage grapes that were selected from 71% grand cru & 29% premier cru sites. The grapes used for the blend are 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay which is noticeably different to the N/V. The development process uses entirely oak barrels for the 1st fermentation process adding depth and complexity. After second fermentation, the wine is then stored on its lees for a minimum of 5 years but usually between 6-8 years. In addition to this, riddling and disgorgement is done by hand.

The Result?

A lovely golden colour with a hint of blush due to maturity, on the nose there's many aromas including rhubabrd, toast & truffles. The palate is delightful and bubbles are extremely fine. Enjoy with foie gras, grilled fish or a variety of cheeses.

A perfect gift for a special occasion whether it be a wedding, dinner party or someones birthday.

Bon Apetit.

 

 

 

 

Think Pink, Think Provence.Date published: 18/06/12

There is nothing more refreshing than a chilled glass of Rose when the weather starts to hot up, and no other wine region devotes so much of its production to Rose than the beautiful area of France known as The Provence. Historically the  oldest wine-producing region in France, they have been making wine for over 2,600 years and now make over 150 million bottles, which represents a staggering 8% of global Rose production. Rose's from Provence are renown for being elegantly light with crisp summer fruit acidity, and from Friday 21st June for 7 days we will be showcasing the finest Roses' that Provence has to offer. Why not pop down to see us and and enjoy a chilled glass of Provence Rose and dream of high days and holidays.

It's Great to be British!!Date published: 13/06/12

The Diamond Jubilee may be over, but there are still plenty of reasons to wave the Union Jack, our boys are in action at Euro 2012, and who cannot forget we have Wimbledon, then the Olympics, and  the Para Olympics to look forward to. So whether its fizz from those lovely folk at Chapel Down or Nyetimber, a glass of ale from one of our fantastic regional brewers,or  a gin and tonic from those clever chaps at Sipsmith and FeverTree, there is no reason not to keep it Britsh this summer as we cheer our guys and gals on!!

6 is the magic number!!Date published: 13/06/12

Now you can order just 6 bottles and have then delivered to your door for free*. You can pick and mix your own selection from our award-winning range of wine and Champagne, or try our Summer Six Pack, specially put together by the team here at Birkdale. This cheeky 6 pack include 1 bottle of each of the following for only £43.14.

Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc; Majestic Peaks Pinot Noir; Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc; Serena Pinot Grigio Rosato; Chianti Casale di Valle and Indo Merlot.

 

* £5 delivery charge fro orders under £40 apply.

England (Chapel Down n/v) vs France (Canard Duchene n/v) Date published: 08/06/12

Euro 2012 has creeped upon us rapidly and what a game to get the ball rolling with England playing France on Monday the 11th. Therefore we thought we would pull out two brilliant sparkling wines to go head to head in conjunction with the match. Here are the contenders:

Chapel Down N/V

"New Kid" Chapel Down with its zesty original and refreshing style has emerged from the clay soils of Kent after being in the shadow of Champagne for over three centures. A new wine is born.

Canard Duchene N/V

"Old Duck" Canard-Duchene with it's light apple and brioche aromas has been flooding the merchants of the UK for many a year. Made using traditional Pinot Noir & Chardonnay grapes and with a confident swagger this is proving popular.

Will experience & consistency of the "Old Duck" overcome the ambitious and exciting but inexperienced "New Kid"?........................................Only Monday the 11th has the answer.

Enjoy the Euros!

 

 

 

Ageing and Storing Red Wine.Date published: 08/05/12

In recent years, the idea of collecting wines in order for them to develop complexities in the bottle over a given time either to improve the drinking experience or to gain monetary value has been proliferated by the hysteria that surrounds many top chateaux (especially Bordeaux 1st growths).

However, the vast majority of wines are made and designed to drink when released. Only a very few actually have the potential for longevity. Of all the wines, Bordeaux is the godfather of ageworthy reds and can potentially age for over 50 years. Particularly in the communes of Pauillac and St. Julien.

But what is it that makes these types of wines so ageworthy?  Well first of all a great vintage such as 1982, or the recent 2009 all have one thing in common & that's lots of sunshine. The ripeness achieved in these years allows for greater potential alcohol levels and more tannic wines. In addition to this, the latitude, atlantic sea breaze and well drained gravel soils allows the grapes grown here to achieve unparralleled balance.  Essentially, it is the right balance of acidity and alcohol that defines a great wine.

In addition to this, a red wine needs to display lots of fruit on the nose & palate with signs of other nuances. This is so the fruitiness can slowly disintegrate into secondary characteristics that come into their own after a period of time.

Once you've decided what wine you want to store for a little ageing then its time for the equally important storing process.

Wines that you are planning to store for a serious period i.e. 8 years+ need real care and attention and this can be costly. The following is a list of requirements;

-Store the wine either horizontally or at an angle so all or most of the wine hits the cork and can keep the cork damp reducing the potential for oxygen to get into the bottle. 

-Store in a dark room without any windows if possible as UV light is adversarial to the wine and can rapidly change the appereance.

-Store in a damp humid atmosphere if possible as a proportion of humidity is neccessary for the cork to not dry out.

-Store at a moderate temprature of 12-13 degrees celcius if possible, if not no more than about 18/19 degrees. The reason for this is that the warmer the atmosphere the quicker the bottle will age and long term nuances may be lost in the process. In addition to this, rapid temprature fluctuations are not recommended, rather this needs to be relatively constant.

-Avoid vibrations of movements e.g. under a railway as this can be detrimental to a wine.

& Finally look for recommendations from wine experts either online or in texts on when the wine should be opened.

Enjoy!

Viva Espana!!Date published: 13/03/12

Hunting for great wines this Easter? Starting today, March 13th, we are offering 20% off all Spainsh wines under £20 a bottle. From the hugely impressive Rioja Vina Ardanza at £17.59 to the great value Muriel Reserva at £5.99. So why not pop in, or check out our store page to see what we have to tempt you on our tasting counter. Spring starts here!!

Spain Uncorked: Wines and CultureDate published: 10/09/11

 

 Despite the prevalence and romanticism of Spanish culture, Spain is one of the most misunderstood countries in the world. Far from solely being the land of flamenco and bullfights Spain offers an incredible range of cultures, languages, gastronomy and geography. Their wines are equally diverse and exciting and while some such as Rioja have become, rightfully, internationally famous, there are still many beautiful wines and styles yet to be discovered.

 Lets say we flew into Barcelona and decided to go clockwise around Spain. This would indeed be an interesting trip as historically the people of Spain have lived primarily near the coast, avoiding the dry, unproductive land of the center. The proportion of people living in Spain's peripheries helps to explain the diversity of Spanish culture.

 After touring the gothic church of Sagrada Familia and touring Barcelonas famous La Rambla shopping district it's only a one hour train ride to Penedes a wine region famous for only one drink Cava. Cava is a sparkling wine made in Catalonia using the same method as Champagne but produced from Spanish grape varieties such as Macabeo. Some can be uninspring but many can challenge the best sparkling wines and represent this region perfectly such as Codorniu's Raventos (Buy 2 bottles save £4, £7.99). Suprisingly rich, this delicious cava is bursting with lime, apricots and peaches.

 Nearby Priorat is isolated, mountainous and known for succulent full bodied reds made almost entirly using the Garnacha grape variety. Heredad Solieteras Priorat 2006 (Buy any 2 Spanish wines save 20% £7.19) is a perfect example with silky strawberry, kir, tobacco and spices mingling together in a round supple palate.

 All the way to the southwest of Spain is Andulucia, the heart of Spanish romance, tapas and dance. The often underrated Sherry of this region comes in a vast range of styles and ages. Romate does a perfect Fino (£6.99), which is dry, very light, slightly nutty and tastes of fresh green apples, perfect for traditional sardines and olives. Romate also has a fantastic Amontillado (£7.49) which is slightly more complex and features pleasing hazelnut and cinnamon. I've been told that traditionally the winemakers here sprinkle Amontillado on their sleaves to smell throughout the day!

 Northwards, after travelling along the Iberian Peninsula we finally reach Rias Biaxas home of delightfully refreshing white wines. Santiago del Campostella is the regions scenic capital, home to the shrine of the Apostle James, still today associated with miracles and the destination of over one million pilgrims every year. The grape here is Albarino which is also responsible for the Vihno Verde of Portugal. Albarino here is much softer, richer, fruity and well...interesting! New with Majestic the Pazo Senorans Albarino (Buy any 2 Spanish wines save 20% £13.99 is perfect. Gifted with perfectly balanced stonefruits and a lively nose of blossom and gun powder I can't think of a better introduction to the wines of Rias Biaxas.

 The Duero River flows all the way from the Atlantic Ocean (where its known as the Douro in Portugal) to central Spain where it helps to moderate the climate of one of Spain's most famous wine regions the Ribera Del Duero. Wines of the Duero are often reminiscent of Rioja. Both employ American and French oak barrels, both use the Tempranillo grape and both have warm, continental climates. The similarities end with the winemaking process. Whereas Rioja has been less inclined to technology wines her can be almost new world in style here with voluptous full bodied red wines capable of long term ageing. The magnificent Emilio Moro 2007 (Buy any 2 Spanish wines save 20% £13.59) would be a warm welcome to Ribera. An almost otherworldly array of plum, cassis, toasted bread, herbs, smoke, vanilla, liquorice and mocha. Wow.

 Finally we've reached the charming village of Haro and the ubiquitous, justifiably famous Rioja. Rioja contrary to popular belief comes in a range of styles and features more than a few excellent white wines. The youngest Rioja is known as Joven, although it's rarely seen. More well known is the Crianza wines with their vibrant, youthful red fruit and slight touch of vanilla, Cune Crianza 2008 (Buy any 2 Spanish wines save 20% £7.99) reflects this ideal admirably. Next in the pecking order come the Reserva and Gran Reserva wines which see comparitively more oak ageing and therefore are usually  higher quality wines. Two of my favourite wines in the shop are the Riscal Reserva 2005 (Buy any 2 Spanish wines save 20% £10.99) which is a simply gorgeous combination of toasty coconut and rich blackberry fruit and the Lagunilla Gran Reserva (Buy any 2 Spanish wines save 20% £8.99) with its luscious tobacco, liqourice and fig.

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  • Cassie Trainee Manager

    I have recently joined the Majestic store in Birkdale and so far i'm enjoying the experience. The tasting counter is a great aspect of the store and has enabled me to try a variety of different wines which I wouldn't have necessarily tried beforehand. My favourite wine at the moment has to be a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, particularly Oyster Bay. It's a fresh and fruity wine which is great chilled on a summer's afternoon/evening...when the weather permits!
  • Marion Manager

    I have been Manager here since 2011, moving from Bath back to my homeland. Lover of all things sparkling, Champagne preferably, with a particular weakness for Louis Roederer NV. Big fan of Chardonnay, and an even bigger fan of Gin!! I also love Tea.
  • Rob Assistant Manager

    Hi there everybody. After having worked in Warrington and Newcastle I am now very much part of the furniture here in Birkdale. I am a huge fan of the Torrontes grape, and I am making it a personal mission to open the world's eyes to this amazing grape. I like all things fruity and floral. Also, you can offer me a something sweet like the Rustenberg Staw wine, accompanied with a Tom Hanks film.

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