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T: 01326 311 372
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E: fal@majestic.co.uk
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
53 Dracaena Avenue
Falmouth
TR11 2EL
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(274)

Argentina flash saleDate published: 19/09/14

For four days only (ending Monday 22nd), enjoy a whopping 33% off the WHOLE of our Argentinian range! From the excellently priced Callia Bella at £5.99 to the Benegas at £12.65 you will be sure to find a fantastic wine at an incredible price. Pop in store to try what we have on our tasting counter or if you cant get to us we can come to you with our FREE delivery service. Give us a call on 01326 311 372 or place an order online. 

New beer of the WeekDate published: 18/09/14

Beer of the Week

Welcoming the Roscoe Hop House to the Majestic Range!

This is a wonderfully crafted beer and totally unique.

Harkening back to old world brewing styles, Roscoe's uses the

highest quality malts and hops to bring forth this smooth, bright

flavoured Amber Ale.

It is a real bargain at £12.00

Please feel free to come into store and try some :)


New Wine of the Week, Gieson Sauvignon BlancDate published: 13/08/14

New Wine of the Week Gieson Sauvignon Blanc

The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards covering the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley. This wine is blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim.

A true to form Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc bursting with zesty gooseberry fruit flavours, limes and lemons this is a great value wine for any occasion.


Extremely pleasant easy to drink wine. Wonderful on its own or with food.  , Paul Majestic Online Customer.

£6.99 when you buy any 2 33% off wines =

£10.49 full price


Mid Month New DealsDate published: 16/07/14

Mid Month New Deals

It's the middle of the month...are your wine stocks getting low? We currently have the following wines on extra offer prices.

Fizz with 33% off

Prosecco Corte Alta at £6.66

Codorniu Rosado at £6.66

Codorniu Raventos at £7.99

Wines with 25 % off

Torres Vina Sol £5.99

Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon £5.99

Wines with 15% off

Mont St Jean Corbieres £4.99

All of these wines perfect for those summer parties and barbeques that I hope you are all having and enjoying.  

A selection of these wines will be open on the tasting counter over the next week so please call in or call us as soon as you can. 


Paul Mas VermentinoDate published: 12/07/14


Paul Mas Vermentino

Native to Italy and featuring in many white wines from Sicily to Piedmont, Vermentino is now being increasingly planted in the South of France. Permitted in a number of blends, it has here been produced as a varietal wine.

Very bright gold with youthful green tints. The nose is predominantly citrus, with berry and slightly smoky notes. Remarkably rich on the palate, with good acidity, and a satisfying length.

I must say I bought this wine not expecting it to blow my mind at £5.99, but it is stonking value and is packed full of citrus flavours and makes a cracking change to sauvignon blanc. I will be stocking up on it at the current price as I found it really drinkable, and the perfect accompaniment to the Cornish Summer!

Was £8.99 now reduced to

£5.99


New Wine of the week - Lacheteau Reserve Sauvignon blancDate published: 21/06/14

New Wine of the week - Lacheteau Reserve Sauvignon blanc

Founded in 1987 By Andre Lacheteau in Anjou, this estate comprises mainly Loire vineyards, but today encompasses a number of vineyard sites across a wider area. The wine is still made in the Loire style, with cool fermentation and early bottling for maximum purity.

Unmistakable aromas of freshly cut grass, ripe gooseberries and subtle white flower notes on the nose. Fresh citrus fruit and mouthwatering acidity bathe the palate, leading to a clean, dry finish.

This is one of the best value sauvignons under £10.00 and is perfect for every day drinking especially during this beautiful Cornish summer we are having! 

It is open to taste on the counter and to be honest at £5.99 per bottle this is a no brainer and worth every penny ! Normally about £7.99 a bottle this is a great saving.


Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de VargasDate published: 21/06/14

Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de Vargas

Although its modern winery and hacienda were built in 1989, this vineyard estate dates back to 1840, when the first vines were planted near Logroño by Felipe de Mata, the eighth Marqués de Vargas. This traditional blend is aged in American, French and Russian oak.

A rich, dense and deeply coloured Reserva, combining aromas of bramble and wild strawberries with hints of liquorice and savoury-sweet spice. Velvety, full and well balanced.

This will be opened on the tasting counter for the nxt few days folks so come in and explore and try something different. 

It is currently on the fine wine mechanic, of by any tow fine wines or spirits as part of your mixed case and save £10.00

Currently priced at £14.99 on multibuy or £19.99 per single unit


Wine of the Week - Minini Valpolicella RipassoDate published: 13/06/14

Wine of the Week

MININI

VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO 2012

Do not 'pass' this wine by!

Ripasso wine literally means 're-passed', a technique that adds extra flavour and alcohol by re-fermenting the young wine on unpressed skins of Amarone wines after the dried grapes have finished their fermentation in the spring.

Minini Ripasso is enriched by 10 days in contact with Amarone pressings.

This vibrant ruby red wine has a dense core of bright cherry and bramble fruit and lifted violet aromas.

Medium-bodied, good balanced acidity and harmonious yet muscular and well-structured.

This wine will match well with tomato based dishes but is delicious on its own.

A beautiful quaffer and a great start on route to its bigger brother Amarone but at a far more friendly price!

£9.74

Buy 2 save 25%

£12.99 single bottle price


New Wine of the Week - Matua Sauvignon BlancDate published: 06/06/14

WINE OF THE WEEK

MATUA SAUVIGNON BLANC

Matua, being translated to 'head of the family', is an appropriate name for a wine that was born from the first wave of pioneering wine growers in the 1970's. It is a classic Kiwi Sauvignon, bursting with gooseberry and passionfruit flavours combined with a racing acidity.

For those of you who enjoy this styler of wine this should definitely be in your shopping basket. For me I enjoyed this on the weekend with fresh Cornish Mackerel (caught by yours truly), and BBQ'd.

But don't just take my word for it, try it for yourself, its open right now!

£9.99 single bottle price or buy two save 25% = £7.49


Wine of the Week - Gavi MontieroDate published: 05/06/14

Wine of the Week

GAVI MONTIERO

Gavi is produced from the Cortese grape, light and fresh with a whiff of candied fruit, great herbal notes and good acidity. Gavi is a small town in the southern region of the Piedmonte of Italy, close to the border of Liguria.

A pale golden colour, with characteristic aromas of lime zest and grapefruit, along with subtle hints of fresh fennel.

Bone dry and with moderate acidity, it provides a clean and refreshing finish.

This delicious and crisp wine has a natural affinity for matching with seafood.

We recommend serving this wine with any fresh white fish, served simply herb butter to match the herb notes in the wine.

£5.99

Buy 2 save 33.3%

£8.99 single bottle price


New Wine of the Week - Calima Garnacha Rosado 2013Date published: 21/05/14

CALIMA

GARNACHA ROSADO 2013

Calima means 'haze or mist' which commonly occurs in the vineyards of Catalunya, Spain. Garnacha is the grape variety – (the Spanish name for grenache) and provides red berry character and low tannins.

An inviting wine made by the 'Maestro of Monistrol' Antonio Olive, pioneer of rose cava.

With aromas of fresh strawberries, hints of apple and peach on the palate and a very refreshing finish,

this is a fruity, crisp and dry rose and a great match with salads, chicken dishes and tapas.

No need to get misty eyed over this wine...

enjoy come hazy days, rain or shine.

£5.99

Buy 2 bottles save 25%

£7.99 single bottle price


New Wine of the Week - MudhouseDate published: 12/05/14

MUD HOUSE

MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC

Please welcome this stonker of an NZ Sav to the Majestic paddock.

Mud House was established in 1996, the name reflects the origin and link to the earth, where the wine begins. The vineyards are nurtured to ensure that the grapes reach optimum ripeness, varietal character and flavour.

It is classic Marlborough in style with lifted and refreshing aromas of guava, melon and grapefruit with underlying herbal notes of nettle. Classic green bean and tropical fruits on the front palate with zesty grapefruit acidity gives this wine a juicy refreshing finish. There is certainly nothing 'muddy' about this wine.

For Ned fans, this is a great alternative both in style and price.

£9.99 single bottle price or Buy 2 save 33.3% = £6.66





Serena Pinot GrigioDate published: 08/05/14

Serena Pinot Grigio


From one of Italy's greatest producers comes this Pinot Grigio, grown in the hills around Montalcino, and made in the unmistakabe delicate Italian style. Using only free-run juice means minimal skin contact for delicate colour and lightness of body.

The warm Tuscan climate gives the delicate Pinot Grigio grape the ripeness and softness that really brings out the pear, melon and banana aromas, and softens the acidity on the palate.

You will not find another Pinot Grigio in store that represents this much value. It is the perfect wine for the summer. I can honestly say this is one of my favourite whites from our Italian range. Not to be missed!!

£9.99 or buy 2 and save 33.3% =

£6.66


Remember We cater for Parties!Date published: 04/05/14

Having a Party?

At Majestic we offer the complete party service. Pick up one of our Party Planners for full details.

Free Delivery

Free Glass Loan*

Free Chiller Bin Loan**

Ice

Advice on how much to buy

Sale or Return Arrangements

* £1 deposit per glass. Fully refundable when returned clean and undamaged.

** £10 deposit for ice bucket, £15 deposit for chiller bin. Fully refundable when returned clean and undamaged. 


Chilean Tasting WeekDate published: 03/05/14

Discover the Wines of Chile

Today marks the start of our Chilean Tasting Week

This weekend we will have open several exciting wines on the tasting counter for you to try from all over the Chilean winemaking region with focus tastings taking place throughout the weekend.

A land of diversity, take some time to find out about Chile's varied and diverse regions to get the very most out of the nation's wines. A long and narrow country bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean and to the east by the snow-capped Andes mountains. Diverse geography and different climates that exist up and down this strip of give Chile a vast, rich tapestry of vines, creating contrasting and deeply distinctive styles at every turn.

Crisp Sauvignon Blanc, ripe Chardonnay, fruity Pinot Noir, robust Syrah/Shiraz, intense Cabernet Sauvignon, plummy Merlot, Chile's 'own' Carmenere and even Malbecs, the wines of Chile vary enormously in style. There's something to suit every taste.

My Top 4:

Con Amigos Cool Climate Malbec 2013 Valle de Bio Bio - buy 2 save 33% £6.66 (£9.99 single bottle) – hailing from one of the most southern winemaking regions of Chile, this wine is packed with plummy and blueberry notes and made from a grape that is normally associated with neighbouring Argentina.

Mister Shiraz 2012 Rapel Valley – buy 2 bottles save 25% £7.49 (single bottle price £9.99) - this wine is exclusively available at Majestic and produced for us by Nic Bizarri. Made in a style similar to Australian Shiraz, it is peppery and robust and great for the barbie.

Yali Wetland Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Lolol Valley – a Sauvignon with a difference, aged on its 'lees' in tank for 4 months, this process adds a creamier texture to this crisp wine loaded with tropical fruit flavours with a lime zing on the finish. - buy 2 bottles save 33% £5.99 (£8.99 single bottle price)

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2013 Casablanca Valley - The Casablanca Valley's climate is largely governed by winds that alternate between those from the Pacific and the Andes serving to moderate the climate of the vineyard. This wine has been aged in oak for 3 months and has aromas of peach, apricot and vanilla with a creamy finish. - buy 2 bottles save 25% £8.24 (£10.99 single bottle price)

Please take a look at our online tasting counter to see what we are sampling on the day.  


New Wine of the Week: 'First Class' Pinot NoirDate published: 28/04/14

'FIRST CLASS' PINOT NOIR

A subtle and complex Pinot at an outstanding price, could this be the new 'Sam's-under-£6-favourite'? This wine is sourced from the Casablanca Valley and is vinified in a state fo the art winery in the neighbouring Maipo Valley. Following a cold soak, the grapes are fermented with selected yeasts, and matured without oak.

The resulting care from vine to glass is certainly apparent. Expect a powerful fruit driven nose of red-currents and fig which develops on the palate into a smooth light bodied mouth feel which is bursting with flavour. For the price I doubt you would find a better Pinot Noir, top marks!

Food pairing? It would be great with a light summer salad or a medium fish dish like tuna or swordfish but it would also be right at home with pork or an out-doorsy hog roast if you are feeling adventurous!

£8.99 SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE

OR BUY TWO SAVE 33% = £5.99


Free Spotlight Tasting: ChileDate published: 26/04/14


Free Spotlight Tasting: Chile

We'd like to invite you to explore a range of Chilean wines at your local Majestic store here in Falmouth from 2nd-8th of May. Or if you'd like a real in depth, relaxed and focused tasting then why not pop in over the weekend (2nd-4th May), where we will be running our FREE Spotlight tastings. It's a great opportunity to try a whole range of wines in just half an hour and with a great deal of these wines at an impressive 33% off there is nothing to lose.

To sign up either give us a call on 01326 311 372, send us an email at fal@majestic.co.uk or pop in store.

We hope to see you there!


New Wine of the Week - Oyster Bay Sauvignon BlancDate published: 22/04/14

New Wine of the Week - Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc

This wine represents great value and is the perfect accompaniment to the great Cornish Summer we are about to see.

New Zealand Sauvignon is certainly our best seller at Majestic and at this price The Oyster Bay really should not be missed.

Oyster Bay is one of the regions most dynamic wineries in Marlborough. Cool fermentation in stainless steal vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes.

Showing pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing.

Save 33% when you buy and 2 Pick n Mix wines.

normally £11.99 

Offer price £7.99

Are you a fan of the Ned?Date published: 21/04/14

Are you a Fan of the Ned??

Unfortunately we have sold through all of our available stock. This may be the last time it is available at

£6.99

We can however take orders at the current offer price and arrange delivery for the stock when it arrives in mid May.

Just give us a call on 01326311372

or email us fal@majestic.co.uk


Pass the Parcel !!!Date published: 19/04/14

We have just taken delivery of a few fantastic parcels from South Africa. They represent great value and excellent quality parcels of wine. Currently in store we have the;

Parcel Series Merlot

This is a special parcel bought from a prominent and well-established Stellenbosch winery, and represents excellent value. The grapes come from several vineyard sites in the Western Cape, and the wine has been matured for 8 months in French oak.

A nose of plum and raspberry fruit, with inviting dark chocolate notes. A smooth and supple palate, bursting with berry flavours, and tinged with subtle, sweet spice.

Currently price at £6.99 on multibuy deal !

Parcel series Shiraz

n exclusive bottling for Majestic, made by one of South Africa's most well-established producers. Hand harvested from vineyards in Paarl, Darling and Stellenbosch, the grapes are cool fermented before maturation in second-fill French and American oak barrels.

Currently priced at £5.99 on Multibuy deal !

Parcel Series Cabernet Merlot Reserve 

This is an exclusive special parcel of wine obtained at a remarkably low price from a well-known, multi-award-winning organically farmed estate in South Africa. Hand-harvested, fermented in traditional open tanks, and matured for 18 months in French and American oak.
Currently priced at £9.99

Local Goodness ! Date published: 18/04/14

Local Goodness ! 

The St Austell Brewery needs no real introduction especially down ere'!

Before I left Bristol I had the opportunity to try too of there fantastic ales that we have started to stoke in Majestic. 

One of my favorites is the Proper Job - a Pale Indian Ale brewed with Cornish spring water. It has a massive amount of character but has a lovely smooth finish. Definitely one to have kicking around the fridge in this beautiful Cornish weather.

The next one is the big Job, Golden in colour with malt and caramel flavours with a citrus hint. This will put hairs on your chest but it is fantastic and very easy drinking.


Great beers from a great brewery ! 

Easter Pick 'n' MixDate published: 18/04/14

Head down to the Falmouth store on Saturday 19th April to sample some of the Easter Pick 'n' Mix wine currently on offer.  Buy any 2 wines from the selection and save 33%. 

Tastings available all day with Pete and Lucy on hand to help and talk you through the vino. 

So come on down with your supping head on...you'll hopefully find something to take home and enjoy on this long Easter weekend.

Focus on ArgentinaDate published: 17/04/14

Focus on Argentine Wine

Argentina has a winemaking history stretching back some 450 years: vine cuttings brought from Chile to the north of Argentina were taken to the Mendoza Provence in 1557. It is from here that the history of Argentine wine begins. Currently, it is the fifth largest wine-producing country in the world, with a very strong domestic market, and growing in popularity internationally. There is an array of different grape varieties cultivated in Argentina, undoubtedly their most popular is Malbec, brought over by the French in 1850. Along with other Bordeaux varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot it was initially used as a blending grape, but is now mostly made as a single varietal.

Torrontés is another typically Argentine grape, grown in the northern province of Salta. Recent investment in the region and more modern winemaking techniques has transformed this grape into a delicious, intensely fruity and floral white wine, well worth picking up a few bottles of Viñalba Selección Torrontés 2012 at £8.99 when you're next in!

Climate, weather and viticulture

Most of Argentina's vineyards lie close to the Andes, with a desert-like climate, they rely heavily on irrigation from water drawn from the rivers flowing down the mountains or from subterranean aquifers, as rainfall is extremely low (typically 150 to 220 mm per year). Because of the dry climate, there are few problems with rot or mildew. Spring frosts are occasional problems, but summer hail is a regular hazard and has the potential to destroy 10 per cent of the crop in an average year.

Vinification

A combination of high-yielding vineyards, low labour costs and dry sunny conditions makes it possible to select large quantities of fully ripe, healthy fruit at low costs. Modern wineries have invested in up-to-date equipment, enabling temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Only a handful of estates still use oak barrels or ageing.



Easter EggstravaganzaDate published: 16/04/14

Easter Eggstravaganza

The sun is out

We're all sizzling

Time to brush off the barby

And get some fizz in

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Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOC

£11.99

Buy 2 save 33% = £7.99

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Peroni 24 x bottles

£24 = £1 per bottle

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Try our Wine of the Week

Domaine la Chautarde Rosé 2013

£9.99

Buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

Veritable barbeque bargains!


New Wine of the Week - Domaine La ChautardeDate published: 16/04/14

Wine of the Week 

Domaine La Chautarde Rosé 2013

With Easter just around the corner and the sun with it's hat on,

why not reach for the rosé?

Domaine La Chautarde is located near the city of Brignoles in Provence and is a vast 245ha estate of pine and oak forests surrounded by olive groves. The vineyards cover 32ha and grow on 'argilo-calcaire'- limestone-rich clay, with the grapes soaking up the Mediterranean sun.

Raspberries, red apple with a bite of grapefruit to taste.

Crisp, very refreshing and dry with a touch of Provence herbs on the finish.

Drink joyfully on it's own or match with salads

and an Easter barbeque to accompany.

£9.99 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% = £6.66


Lets Get Crafty!Date published: 13/04/14

Did you know we currently stock a great range of Mix and Match craft beers?

There is plenty to choose from that work on great mechanic of Buy 2 save £6 !!

There is 3 fantastic American Brands to choose from,

Brooklyn Beer - A amber-gold lager that displays a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. This American original uses the British technique of Dry-hopping in a Viennese-style beer, resulting in a smooth lager that's versatile with food.

Anchor Steam - A deep amber colour with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavour.

And my Personal favourite..................

Underdog Atlantic Beer - A light and refreshing lager brewed with rye and wheat.

Others to choose from are the ever popular Brew Dog and the fantastic Einstock  !

This is a really exciting range to choose from and for just under £20.00 you can have a fantastic evening of some amazingly, carefully brewed and Ultimately unique beers !

Come and explore folks !

Pete Has ArrivedDate published: 13/04/14

Hello lovely people of Falmouth,

Just a quick message to introduce myself and say hello......Hello ! I moved to England just over a year ago to pursue my Majestic career and what a year it has been. I worked the last year as Trainee Manger in two of the Bristol Branches and had a great time learning about the trade and developing my wine knowledge. I have always had a secret desire to Live in "Kernow " and I am excited to be here. 

We are a fairly new but passionate team in Falmouth and I am really excited to get cracking on with things!

Sam says that I have to do the stereotypical Irish thing and Say TOP O THE MORNING TO YA !

Hope to see you all soon. 

Cheers 

Pete ! 


Easter opening hoursDate published: 13/04/14

The opening hours for the Easter weekend are as follows:


Friday 18th April - usual opening hours 10am - 8pm

Saturday 19th April - usual opening hours (for most stores 9am - 7pm

Sunday 20th April - closed

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


Top EguiaDate published: 11/04/14

Majestic Falmouth's...

Wine of the Week

Rioja Reserva 2008 Viña Eguía

For our in-store Spanish tasting week, what could be better than a vibrant, juicy Rioja at a cracking price?

Bodegas Eguia is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa subregion, in the village of Elciego, one of the area's winemaking hotspots.

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

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

£9.99

Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3%

£6.66


Pizarras de Otero 2012 BierzoDate published: 07/04/14

Pizarras de Otero 2012 Bierzo

This wine comes from an 18th century estate which lay dormant for many years before being bought and revived by Bodegas Martín Códax in 2003. 'Pizarra' is the Spanish for slate, and here refers to the slate that characterises the rocky, mineral-rich soils of Bierzo.

A deep cherry red with violet reflections. Lively on the nose, with aromas of strawberry, plum and blackberry, and subtle floral lift. The fruit-filled palate has elegant and restrained tannins.

'We were introduced to the Mencia grape and the Bierzo region by our local tapas bar in London. This is delicious drinking, smooth and full of flavour with no harsh notes as you sometimes get from the more inexpensive Riojas. A winner!' Online Customer Feedback

£9.99 single bottle price or buy two save 1/3 = £6.66.


Beat the budgetDate published: 29/03/14

With the increase in alcohol duty for wine and beer soon to hit and inevitably drive up prices be sure to stock up on your favourite wines before the end of the month, get in before the budget hits!

New Wine of the Week: Grand HeronDate published: 28/03/14

Grand Héron Marc Ducournau 2013 PGI Côtes de Gascogne


The Gascony region is perhaps France’s best value white wine region, producing whites with refreshingly grassy and fruity aromatics, mainly from the local Colombard and Ugni Blanc grape varieties.

A fruity nose with cut grass aromas, ripe grapefruit on the crisp palate and a fresh finish. The acidity is good making it a natural choice for any seafood dish. If you're feeling lucky with the weather this would also be perfect for sipping in the sun this spring.

'I have been buying this for years and it's aromatic fruitiness never fails to delight.' - Online Customer Feedback

£7.99 single bottle price or buy two save 25% = £5.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Grand-Heron-Marc-Ducournau-zid10246?tracking=|searchterm:grand|heron


OUR BEST SHORT TERM RED AND WHITE DEALSDate published: 28/03/14

OUR BEST SHORT TERM RED AND WHITE DEALS

Lodi Ravenswood Zinfandel £9.99 single bottle price or buy two save 1/3 = £6.66

The cheapest it has been since way back in 2007 the Lodi Ravenswood Zinfandel is now at an absolutely staggering offer. Big, bold and incredibly juicy with bags of flavour and quality, you cannot be disappointed with this Californian red. Expect intense dark berry fruits on the palate with a smooth chocolate and figgy finish. If you're looking to stock up on a case then I seriously recommend including a couple of these (if not a whole case) before we sell out. Hurry though as the offer ends April 1st.

Giesen Sauvignon blanc £9.99 single bottle price or buy two save 1/3 = £6.66

As we well know New Zealand Sauvignon is our most popular seller and at £6.66 this is a great example of what Marlborough can offer. Typically Sauvignon with an intense gooseberry and passion fruit palate, a racing acidity and a surprisingly long finish this would make a great choice for sipping in the sun this spring.

Remember we offer FREE delivery right across Cornwall so if you can't get to us then we can get to you. Either place your order online, give us a call on 01326 311 372, or if you're nearby why not pop in and say hi?

Hurry because we will sell out!

Free Spotlight tastingDate published: 27/03/14

Looking to learn a little more about Spanish wine?

Have you considered coming along to one of our FREE spotlight tastings that take place in store? It lasts about half an hour and we get to try at least 6 different Spanish wines that differ drastically. We will learn the difference between Riojas, try a couple of tasty refreshing whites (just in time for spring), and perhaps a couple that you didn't know existed.

In the past these have been enjoyed by a great deal of customers and this spring we intend to run even more!

We are running them throughout the weekend starting Friday the 4th of April, so if you're interested please sign up. They start at either 12:00 or 15:00 so whenever is good for you feel free to pop in and try some great wines for free.

You can sign up in store, over the phone (01326 311 372) or by email (fal@majestic.co.uk). 


Additions to The March Pick 'N' MixDate published: 25/03/14

We have added some new lines to our March Pick 'N' Mix offer, the following lines are all a third off!

The Ravenswoood Lodi Zinfandel is down to £6.66

The Giesen Sauvignon Blanc is down to £6.66

The Prosecco Corte Alta is also down to £6.66

All our March Pick 'N' Mix offers end on the 31st of March!

http://www.majestic.co.uk/offers-ending-soon



New Releases: OrnellaiaDate published: 22/03/14

New Releases: Ornellaia

Tenuta dell'Ornellaia may be a relatively young estate in Italy but over the past 30 years it has risen to be a significant presence in the fine wine world. Set in the Tuscan hills near Bolgheri looking down towards the Mediterranean coastline, the 76 hectares include a range of varieties and soil types which allow winemaker Axel Heinz to create wines of superlative quality. 

Le Serre Nuove is the second wine of the estate, which came into being following stricter grape selection for Ornellaia. Mostly grapes from the younger vineyards go into it, creating a wine which bears all the hallmarks of the flagship cuvée and 2011 was an outstanding vintage for the winery. The third wine, Le Volte, is a specially selected blend which demonstrates the estate style using the three main varieties while showcasing the region's terroir. 

Both wines would be a welcome addition to your cellar – or wine rack. Order now to ensure you get a taste of this Tuscan great.

2011 Le Serre Nuove, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, Bolgheri, Tuscany 
"The 2011 Le Serre Nuove is striking for its beauty and symmetry. Some vintages of Le Serre Nuove are open and radiant, others are more structured. The 2011 seems to bring together elements of both in a wine of superb pedigree and pure class. Mocha, dark raspberries, tobacco and grilled herbs all flesh out on the inviting, vivid finish. Today, the 2011 is absolutely singing and points to a spectacular vintage at Tenuta dell'Ornellaia. This is impressive juice. In 2011 the blend is 57% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot and 12% Cabernet Franc. The relatively high amounts of both Petit Verdot and Franc are very much felt."
94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous 

2012 Le Volte, Tenuta dell'Ornellaia, Tuscany 
This wonderfully balanced wine is the ideal introduction to the estate. A blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, Le Volte spends 10 months in barrique. With smooth tannins providing a framework for the fresh vibrant fruit characteristics of plum and red cherry, this is truly elegant. 


Wine of The Week: Montagny Vieilles Vignes 2010 BuxyDate published: 21/03/14

Our new Wine of the Week is something classic from Burgundy.

The Cave des Vignerons de Buxy is the result of collective enterprise and the work of 120 wine-growers and 40 employees. It was founded in 1931 with the collective aim of finding a solution to their problems relating to making, storing and selling wines.

This Montagny offers ripe lemon aromas, accompanied by subtle hints of white blossom. More refreshing citrus flavours on the palate, and an elegant, steely dry finish.

Drink now and accompany with salad or fish.

The Montagny Vieilles Vignes is £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles.

Wine Of The Week: Rustenberg RM NicholsonDate published: 17/03/14

We have a new wine of the week and this time it's an exciting blend from South Africa.

This wine was named in honour of one of the estate's former owners, Reg Merriman Nicholson, who lived and worked as winemaker at Rustenberg for 30 years. Small batches of each variety are vinified separately, blended, then aged in oak for 7 months for good integration.

Blackcurrant aroma complemented by notes of dried herbs and black pepper. The palate is fleshy and firmly structured, with weighty red fruit flavours and bold tannins.

Correctly cellared, this wine will continue to improve, and keep for 8-10 years.

The Rustenberg RM Nicholson is currently a third off at £9.33.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Rustenberg-RM-Nicholson-zid20259?tracking=|searchterm:rustenberg

Wine in Focus : Vina Eguia Gran ReservaDate published: 15/03/14

Currently on offer is the Vina Eguia Gran Reserva which is £8.99, when you buy two or more Pick 'N' Mix wines. This is a wonderful wine that represents terrific value for its price.

Bodegas Eguía are located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion, where they have 50 hectares of estate vineyards as well as several partner growers, with vines averaging 40 years of age. This wine receives 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release.

Ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length.

Drink with all slow-cooked lamb dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses.

One week onlyDate published: 11/03/14


As of today, and for one week only, 9 additional wines have been added including the ever popular Ned Sauvignon which is at an outstanding price of just £6.99 a bottle and the Vina Eguia Gran Reserva at £8.99! Below I have posted the latest wines added to the deal but for a full product list of what we offer please visit our website (click the link below), email us at fal@majestic.co.uk, call us on 01326 311 372 or pop in.

Chateau Meaume £9.99 down to £6.66

 Gavi Montiero 8.99 down to £5.99

Vina Eguia Reserva £9.99 down to £6.66

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva £13.49 down to £8.99

Nicolas Feuillatte NV £25.00 down to £16.66

Veuve Clicquot NV £45.00 down to £29.98

Prosecco Corte Alta £9.99 down to £6.66

The Ned Black Label Sauvignon Blanc £10.49 down to £6.99

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc - £12.49 down to £8.33


Remember we offer FREE delivery across the whole of Cornwall so if you can't get to us we will come to you.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/wine-offers



WINE DEAL OF THE WEEKDate published: 11/03/14

WINE DEAL OF THE WEEK

THE NED SAUVIGNON BLANC

£10.99 single bottle price or buy two save 33% = £6.99

What can I say to get my point across? The best price I've seen this wine at since I started my career? The best deal in-store? The most popular wine in Cornwall? All of these things and more is the only way I can describe this wine to you.

New Zealand Sauvignon is certainly our best seller and at this price The Ned smashes its competitors easily. If you like the big brand names like Brancott Estate, Oyster Bay or Villa Maria then this is a must try.

Typically New Zealand with a punchy zesty nose, a passion-fruit, mineral and grassy palate and a rigid acidity makes this the perfect wine for stocking up for the dinner table. Honestly I would pick up a couple of cases because at this price it will sell out fast! But don't just take my word for it, it's open to taste so please give it a go, thank me later.  


First BBQ of the year?Date published: 09/03/14

First BBQ of the year?

With this weeks forecasted brilliant sun down here in Cornwall is anyone else tempted to have their first BBQ of the year? Maybe I'm mad but nothing compares to sitting down with friends and family, the coals cooking away and the plonk flowing. Assuming I manage to round up a few other BBQ enthusiasts, I'll also have to rustle up some BBQ wines and what could be better than taking advantage of our South African Tasting Week and stock up on some real winners.

Whilst the food is cooking away and people are nibbling and chatting I think a glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc is well in order and for this I would chose the Ondine a steal at £5.99! Highly aromatic, with intense asparagus, grass and guava notes providing a captivating bouquet. The palate is a delicate mix of citrus fruit and mineral texture.

For the red I think I will have to go for the Barista Pinotage, with its smokey black fruit flavour profile its perfect. Not bad for £7.49. Intense on the nose, with a bouquet of coffee, chocolate and cherry, with meaty, savoury hints. The tannins are ripe, perfectly suiting the round and mouth-filling plum and mulberry fruit.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Barista-Pinotage-zid20252?tracking=|searchterm:barista


Explaining PinotageDate published: 08/03/14

It is currently South African tasting week so we thought it would be a good idea to focus on what has become South Africa's signature grape variety.

Firstly I don't know of any grape variety that arouses such fierce disagreement as Pinotage, it was become a marmite grape variety because it seems you either love it, or hate it.

Pinotage was created in 1925 at Stellenbosch University by crossing Pinot Noir and Cinsaut and is now planted across South Africa and small plantings in New Zealand, Germany and the USA. Pinotage is trimuphantly different from any other grape variety capable of flavours no European vine posseses.

The quality of Pinotage's has risen dramatically over the last 10 years as growers have been more focused on viticulture and wine making techniques have improved. At its best Pinotage can display aroams of mulberry, damsen, blackberry, toasted marshmellow, chocolate and coffee. However Pinotage is an exceedingly difficult vine to manage, and needs careful handling in the cellar to avoid unsavoury flavours, such as gloss paint, candyfloss, raspberry vinegar and burnt rubber.

A great example of a top quality Pinotage at a great price would be the:

Barista Pinotage £9.99 single bottle price or buy two save £5 = £7.49.

Intense on the nose, with a bouquet of coffee, chocolate and cherry, with meaty, savoury hints. The tannins are ripe, perfectly suiting the round and mouth-filling plum and mulberry fruit.

 'It is gorgeously spicy, with none of the perceived inherent 'faults' isually associated with the grape. This is a cracking wine, and definitely deserves a try'. - Online Customer Feedback.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Barista-Pinotage-zid20252?tracking=|searchterm:



SAMS TOP THREE CHILEAN WINES.Date published: 07/03/14

SAMS TOP THREE CHILEAN WINES.

As it is our Chilean tasting week it makes sense to point out my favourite three wines that we currently have open on our tasting counter. But don't just take my word for it, pop I and try them yourself for FREE... Remember you can have any two Chilean wines and still save 20% so mix and match and come and explore with us today.

Mountain View Carmenere £6.99 single bottle price or buy two save 20% = £5.59.

Carmenere is always fun to write about because, as Chiles signature grape, it is rarely found elsewhere as a single varietal wine. The Santa Rita 120 range is always a pleasant surprise in terms of value, for an inexpensive wine you really do get bags of flavour and quality which is continuously improving year on year. From this Carmenere expect a full bodied wine with smooth tannins, bramble fruit flavours and a smokey tobacco finish.

'This is a wonderful red wine for so little money. Truly a welcome surprise when you first taste it, smooth, warm and full flavoured. If I had room I would order a case full.'- Online Customer Feedback.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Mountain-View-Carmenere-zid39278?tracking=|searchterm:mountain|view

Panamericana Sauvignon Blanc £7.99 single bottle price or buy two save £2 = £6.99.

Its hard these days to find a good Sauvignon for under £6 but this Panamericana pulls it off nicely. New to our range but already very popular in store with customers as well as staff, expect a predominantly citrus based fruit profile with soft melon and ripe pear on the finish with a crisp lasting acidity. If you are on a budget or are just looking for table wine, this should be perfect.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Panamericana-Sauvignon-Blanc-zid39327?tracking=|searchterm:panamericana

Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon £11.99 single bottle price or buy two save 33% = £7.39.

Renowned throughout the company as a traditional staff favourite the Santa Rita Medalla Real range is truly exceptional for an under £10 wine. Deep dark cheery flavours start off on the palate followed closely by blackcurrant and menthol. On the finish the wine mellows out into dark chocolate and toasty vanilla. One of my all time personal favourites.

'The nose is as described - more there if anything. Moves with a pleasing viscosity. On the palate , just the thing for a dour November day, long finish too.' - Online Customer Feedback.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Santa-Rita-Medalla-Real-Cabernet-Sauvignon-zid39188?tracking=|searchterm:real


South African Tasting Week.Date published: 07/03/14

South African Tasting Week.

With the start of our South African Tasting Week kicking off this weekend now would be a great time to share with you what we have opened on out counter in celebration. Feel free to pop in at any time to try them for yourself. Remember we also do FREE delivery for those of you who may not be able to get to us in Falmouth!

Jordan Cabernet Merlot £9.99 single bottle price or buy two save £3.00 = £8.49.

A bright, juicy and straightforward wine, offering a mixture of jammy red and black berry fruit, with subtle notes of menthol and cocoa. Soft, middleweight tannins make for an easy-going feel.

Vergelegen Cabernet Merlot £10.99 single bottle price or buy two save 33% = £7.32

Aromas of ripe berries and plums beautifully enhanced by silky chocolate and coffee, with finely grained tannins, berry flavours and a complex spicy finish.

Bellingham Mocha Java Merlot £8.99 single bottle price or buy two save 33% = £5.99

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

DMZ Chardonnay £10.99 single bottle price or buy two save £4 = £8.99

Bright golden colour, with a nose of clean tropical fruit, almonds and sweet vanilla. Peachy fruit on the palate is supported by delicate oak and subtle spice.

Boschendal 'Rachel's' Chenin Blanc £8.99 single bottle price or buy two save 33% = £5.99

Fruity, well-balanced and full bodied wine, distinguishable by its exotic mango and honey aromas. The palate has a core of tropical fruit flavours with hints of nuts and honey.

Robertson Winery Sauvignon Blanc £6.99 or buy two save £2 = £5.99

With a fresh aromatic nose, this is a crisp, dry wine with plenty of zesty gooseberry and green apple flavours.


Pick of the FizzDate published: 05/03/14

With so many great wines on our Pick and Mix 33% off, here's a quick look at some of the top sparkles!


Prosecco Treviso Extra Dry NV Pasqua

The classic sparkling wine of northern Italy, made with grapes from the hillside vineyards in the Treviso region, using the Charmat method, whereby the wine is allowed to ferment in a steel autoclave, achieving its spritz while maintaining a youthful fruit profile.

Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3%

£8.99


Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV

Produced in the Epernay region of Champagne, and dating back to 1811, Perrier Jouët consistently produces excellent Champagnes. The style is friendly and open, with a refreshing ripeness to the soft, appley fruit and a zesty mousse. Perfect with canapes.

Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3%

£24.98

Wine of The Week: Boschendal Rachel's Chenin BlancDate published: 04/03/14

Along with our new set of March offers comes a new wine of the week.

From one of South Africa's original wine farms, this wine is named after Rachel's fountein, the estate's water spring. This wine's fullness of flavour is a result of weekly lees stirring in a process called 'battonage', which produces a wine of greater depth and texture.

Fruity, well-balanced and full bodied wine, distinguishable by its exotic mango and honey aromas. The palate has a core of tropical fruit flavours with hints of nuts and honey.

Try this wine with fish stew and fresh herbs or other sea food based dishes.

The Boschendal Rachel's Fountain Chenin Blanc is only £5.99 when bought with one other Pick 'N' Mix wine.

Wine Focus Vinalba ReservadoDate published: 02/03/14

Due to selling out of our Portillo Malbec and the arrival in-stock of the Vinalba Reservado our wine focus for this week has shifted! Vinalba is a renowned producer of a great range of wines and consistently delivers in both quality and value. For £7.99 a bottle the Vinalba Reservado is an extraordinary price for a wine which is bursting with flavour and prowess. Expect ripe plums, figs and bramble on the palate and drink with a big hearty meal, stews, steaks and pie! Hurry though, this wine is likely to sell out too!

Wine Focus: Portillo MalbecDate published: 27/02/14

Wine Focus: Portillo Malbec

In keeping with our current short term offer on Argentine Malbecs, I have decided that todays wine focus should be the all star winning Portillo Malbec. Swinging well above its modest price tag this is a wine which consistently delivers in both style and quality. For a sub £7 red you really cant go far wrong with its blueberry and plum fruit flavours and a ripe black berry richness. Perfect with steak, simple as.

£9.99 single bottle price or buy two save 1/3 = £6.66.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Portillo-Malbec-zid40117?tracking=|searchterm:portillo


A Third Off Argentinian MalbecDate published: 26/02/14

Until the 3rd of March Argentinian Malbecs are a third off. This wonderful grape has made a resurgence since Argentina adopted it as their own to produce some deep purple, full bodied, fruity wines. Below are a few examples of some great deals on offer.


Santa Ana Malbec at £5.99

Great value Malbec from Bodegas Santa Ana, one of Argentina's oldest wineries, founded in 1891 By Italian wine pioneer Luis Tirasso. This is their benchmark Malbec, which offers great value and has previously been the recipient of several IWSC awards.

Lively ruby colour with the violet hues that typify this grape. Plum and cherry characters predominate on both nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish.

Ideal red for any barbecue, or for pairing with medium-strength firm cheeses. 


Portillo Malbec at £6.66

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

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

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


Callia Bella Malbec at £5.99

Bodegas Callia are based in the Valle de Tulum, wherein lies the town of San Juan, and have become one of the foremost wineries of this area. Their estate here comprises 241 hectares of vines, at 630m above sea level, surrounded on almost all sides by the Andes.

An attractively deep purple wine, with an up-front and straightforward wild berry character, with hints of baking spices. Intense and generous on the palate, with plush tannins and good ripeness.

Drink with pasta and meatballs in your favourite tomato and herb sauce.

New Wine of the Week: Bacaro SangioveseDate published: 25/02/14

Bacaro Sangiovese

Sangiovese is the key component of many of Italy's greatest wines. Apart from being the dominant grape in Chianti, it is grown widely across the country and if grown outside of Tuscany can produce some great value, lighter reds like this effort from Bacaro.

Possessing a refreshing bouquet of red cherry and plum, this soft, supple red has light tannins and a rounded finish.

Whilst being an ideal match with pizza or pasta, if you are looking for a light party or lunchtime red this wine ticks all the boxes.

'Looks not too dense in the glass, the flavour is surprisingly deep. I was drinking it with a (very) hot curry and the flavour came through the spice very well'. - Online custoemr feedback.

£5.99


Gran Vendema Crianza: Wine in FocusDate published: 24/02/14

The Gran Vendema Crianza is a terrific value, fruity Rioja.

A youthful Crianza wine made from 100% Tempranillo, from 10-15-year-old vines around Cenicero in the heart of Rioja. Aged for 12 months in American oak barrels and a further 12 months in bottle before release.

Vibrant cherry red, with a nose dominated by raspberry and strawberry fruit and lashings of lifted oaky vanilla notes. The palate is supple and soft, with moderate tannins and an easy-going feel.

Supremely versatile, this can be drunk on its own or paired with cured meats, pork chops, and all Mediterranean cuisine.

The Gran Vendema Crianza is currently only £5.99 when you buy it with another of our Pick 'N' Mix wines. But hurry, the offer ends on the 3rd of March! 

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Rioja-Crianza-zid14483?tracking=|searchterm:vendema


New Wine of the Week: 120 Sauvignon BlancDate published: 21/02/14

Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Central Valley


Santa Rita's 120 range places the emphasis firmly on lively, up-front fruit flavours, and great value. Maximum fruit character is obtained by hand-harvesting and cold fermentation of the Sauvignon grapes, and the addition of 2% Semillon helps keep the blend well-rounded.

Crisp and refreshing, this wine offers an abundance of grapefruit and lemon fruit flavours, delivered in a softer, more tropical fruit texture.

A great party wine, endlessly gluggable on its own, or alongside seafood

Special Offer Price = £5.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Santa-Rita-120-Sauvignon-Blanc-zid39258?tracking=|searchterm:120&tracking=|searchterm:120&tracking=|searchterm:120

Q is for: QuincyDate published: 16/02/14

The Quincy appellation in the Loire Valley produces dry, aromatic Sauvignon Blanc wines very much in the same mould as Sancerre. 

Did you know: The Quincy appellation is one of the oldest in France, second only to Chateauneuf du Pape! 

Quincy 2012 Jean-Charles Borgnat - £10.99 Buy 2 bottles save £2 = £9.99

Jean-Charles Borgnat is a young and dynamic producer, and this wine is a match for many a Sancerre. Aromatic nose with spring flowers, racy and rich gooseberry and citrus fruits, hints of greengage, textured palate and a long, fresh and pleasing finish.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Quincy-zid05273


Paul Mas: Stalwart of the LanguedocDate published: 15/02/14

The Domaines of Paul Mas cover a group of four family estates on the hills bordering the Hérault Valley in the South of France. Close to the Mediterranean, the climate allows for a fantastic array of grapes to ripen and form the basis of a wide variety of wines. Here at Majestic, we are lucky to stock many great wines from one of the top producers of the Languedoc.

The history of the Paul Mas family winery can be traced back to 1892. With ancestry steeped in the farming traditions of nearby Saint-Pargoire and Saint-Pons-de-Mauchiens, Auguste Mas farmed 22 acres of vineyard on the Mas de Bicq. Subsequent expansions followed in 1934 and 1954, which helped expand the area under vine to almost 300 acres. From 1987 onwards, Paul Mas and his sons, Michel and Jean Claude, have run the winery as we know it today.

Whilst local climate, viticulture and other variables may affect the quality of the grapes harvested, and consequently the wine produced, it is at the winery where the artistry of the winemaker is expressed. This is where all the commitment and attention to detail comes to fruition. In the case of Paul Mas, it is the blending of the traditional and the modern which has resulted in such a successful venture. Hand picked grapes rest alongside those harvested by mechanical means, maximising the amount of high quality fruit for production, whilst de-stalkers and pneumatic presses help prep the raw ingredients for maturation and ageing in 100 year old oak barrels.

Ultimately the success of any winery is in the hands of those who purchase its wines. With such an incredible array of wines on offer Paul Mas is proving to be one of the most dependable and successful producers in Languedoc.

We currently have 3 Paul Mas wines on the 33% off Pick n mix;

Cabernet de Cabernet - Offer Price £5.99

Chardonnay - Offer Price £5.99

Single Vineyard Malbec - Offer Price £6.66

For a full list of Paul Mas wines visit www.majestic.co.uk and search 'Mas' or pop in to see us and explore the range.


P is for: Papa Luna 2011 CalatayudDate published: 13/02/14

'Flying Scotsman' Norrel Robertson is a well-travelled and studied Master of Wine, who has sourced blocks of old, low yielding vines and collaborated with local growers in the Calatayud region, to produce this quality Garnacha, Syrah and Monastrell blend. Lifted aromas of raspberry and black cherry are enhanced on the palate by complex notes of pepper, herbs and vanilla. Drink this wine with fairly full dishes, such as coq au vin or barbecued dark meat. Enjoy over the next couple of years.

'Purchased a case for Christmas consumption. Went down a bomb with the family. Will be purchasing this wine again.' - Online Customer Feedback.

£9.99 or buy 2 bottles save £3 = £8.49

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Papa-Luna-zid14442?tracking=|searchterm:papa

O is for: Oak agingDate published: 12/02/14

Oak aging, as the name suggests, is the process by which a wine is aged for a period of time in barrel. The effect of oak varies considerably throughout the world and is responsible for developing the flavours of a wine. The type of oak, the length of time it is aged, the size of the barrel and the grape thats chosen all effect how the finished product will look, feel and taste. American oak tends to provide smokey and woody flavours whereas French oak leans more towards vanillia and cloves. If you like aged reds then you should love the Vina Eguia Gran Reserva, £13.49 single bottle price or buy 2 bottles save £7 = £9.99.


http://www.majestic.co.uk/Rioja-Gran-Reserva-zid14007?tracking=|searchterm:eguia

Wine courses in MarchDate published: 12/02/14

Due to popular demand we will running two more FREE wine courses this March

Our Wine Course is a 90 Minute introduction into the wonderful World of Wine. The Course is a light hearted and informal exploration focusing on how to taste wine like the professionals, the factors that influence wine style and (everyone's favourite part) how to match food and wine – all done with the aide of practical investigation. And what's more all this is absolutely FREE! So why not come along, it would be great if you could!

The next Wine course dates are:

Thursday 20th February 6pm.

Thursday 6th March 6pm.

Thursday 20th March 6pm.

Give us a call on 01326 311372 or email us fal@majestic.co.uk if you would like to come along. Or for more details visit www.majestic.co.uk/falmouth


3 Extra Wines on Pick n Mix 33% off!Date published: 11/02/14

Our 33% off February Pick n Mix just got even better with the addition of these three fantastic wines;

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc - £9.99 Buy any 2 pick n mix wines save 33% = £6.66!

Cotes du Rhone, E Guigal - £11.99 Buy any 2 pick n mix wines save 33% = £7.99!

Raboso Rosado, Corte Alta - £10.49 Buy any 2 pick n mix wines save 33% = £6.99!

For a full list of the pick n mix selection visit;

www.majestic.co.uk/latest-wine-offers

New wine of the Week: Cote Mas RougeDate published: 11/02/14

Cote Mas Rouge


Genuinely surprisingly good for the price, this modest red is a full bodied flavoursome wine which is a great choice for an easy drinking table wine.

A versatile, supple and youthful middleweight red, with a ruby-purple colour and a nose of cassis, blackberry jam and grenadine. Tannins are ripe and soft, framing a juicy core of fresh berry fruit.

'Wonderful southern France red; full of flavour and an absolute snip at £5.99. I will be ordering more.' - Online Customer Feedback

£7.99 single bottle price or buy two save £4 = £5.99


N is for: Napa ValleyDate published: 10/02/14

Not only is the Napa valley probably one of the most famous wine producing area of the world it is also responsible for making some of the most iconic. The soil composition allows for a wide range of grapes to be grown here although some of the most popular are Chardonnays, Merlots and Zinfandels. 

Zinfandel is a grape that many people have not yet tried as it isnt so mainstream. It is however and extraordinary grape which produces dark, chocolaty reds with deep plum and vanilla flavours. A great example is the Lodi Ravenswood Zinfandel which lives up to its mottoe of 'No Whimpy Wines'. The link is below so maybe you should give it a try? 

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Ravenswood-Lodi-Zinfandel-zid18641?tracking=|searchterm:lodi


M is for: MarsanneDate published: 09/02/14

Marsanne is becoming an increasingly popular grape which makes full bodied, scented white wines. With the help of modern wine making practice the risk that the wine becomes to 'flabby' (low in acidity), has diminished drastically allowing for greater reliability and ability to meet demand.

If you're looking for a great example of this wine and are curious about its flavour spectrum then I recommend you try the Paul Mas (web link below). Elegant with white flower and hazelnut aromas and delicious pear and honey flavours .it really is something worth trying, and at a modest price of £7.99 you really cant go far wrong.


http://www.majestic.co.uk/Paul-Mas-Estate-Marsanne-La-Forge-Vineyard--zid10312?tracking=|searchterm:paul|mas

L is for: LeesDate published: 08/02/14

An old English word meaning the dregs and sediment which settles in a container (in this example a fermentation vessel). Wine Lees are made up of dead yeast cells, grape seeds, pulp and skin fragments deposited during the making and aging of wine. This contact with the Lees (known as Lees contact), is an effective way to encourage the secondary and tertiary flavours you find in finer still wines and Vintage Champagnes. Typically this provide a harmonious flavour profile, in the case of Champagne it leads to a richer, creamier style with nuances of brioche and butter. 

An excellent example from our range would be the Heidsieck Monopole Gold Label, £30.00 single bottle price or buy two and save 1/3 = £19.99.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Heidsieck-Monopole-Gold-Top-zid22386

K is for: KentDate published: 07/02/14

When people think of wine they don't often think of England, however in recent years English wine, most notably Sparkling, has become increasingly more popular as the quality level now begins to rival some of the most famous wine producers in the world!

In Kent, Chapel Down winery have become one of the most recognised pioneers of quality, award winning English wines and their Chapel Down Brut is capable of giving Grande Marque Champagnes a run for their money. Fruit driven with a zesty, refreshing palate with fine bubbles this is a real party winner!

Chapel Down Brut NV £23.99 single bottle price or buy 2 bottles save £10 = £18.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Chapel-Down-Brut-zid23289?tracking=|searchterm:chappel|down

Weekend focus: ArgentinaDate published: 06/02/14

Weekend focus: Argentina

This weekend, to work alongside our promotional week, we invite you to take part in a FREE tasting here in-store. Our focus will be the up and coming Argentina and we will be showcasing some of our favourites as well as some newer little numbers, Below you will find a list of what we will be offering so if any of these strike your fancy then by all means pop in and give them a go whilst enjoying an informal but informative tutorial/introduction to the range. 

Argento Chardonnay, £8.99 single bottle price or buy two save £6 = £6.00.

Alamos Malbec, £9.99 single bottle price or buy two save 1/3 = £6.66.

Alamos Chardonnay, £8.99 single bottle price or buy two save 1/3 = £6.99.

Catena Malbec, £13.99 single bottle price or buy two save £8 = £9.99.

Catena Chardonnay, £12.99 single bottle price or buy two save £6 = £9.99.

Luigi Bosca Testimonio, £12.99 single bottle price or buy two save £4 = £10.99

Luigi Bosca Malbec, £15.99 single bottle price or buy two save £6 = £12.99

Santa Ana Malbec, £8.99 single bottle price or buy two save 1/3 = £5.99.

Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc, £8.99 single bottle price or buy two save 1/3 = £5.99.


We look forward to seeing you there!

Bargain BouquetDate published: 05/02/14

This February we also have a selection of great value wines that are all under £6 for a single bottle!

Our new Muscadet from Jean Sablenay is clean, crisp and refreshing with a backbone of lemon and lime, a slight hint of minerality and fresh acidity. Absolutely perfect for simple white fish and seafood dishes and it's only £5.99.

The Mont Saint Jean Corbieres is a lovely southern French blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. It displays notes of damson and blackberries. It's full and fruity and very well rounded. At only £5.99, it's terrific value too.

An old Majestic favourite now, the Cuvee de Richard Blanc. It's a light and easy drinking southern French blend with ripe fruits and a fresh citrussy finish. Outstanding value at £5.49.

Take a look at the rest of our Bargain Bouquet in store or online.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/single-bottles-under-six

Pick 'N' MixDate published: 05/02/14

This February we have an excellent selection of Pick 'N' Mix wines that are a third off when you buy any two from the selection! Here are some of our highlights.

The Alamos Malbec is down to £6.66. This full bodied example of the grape that Argentina has become famous for is full of raisin fruit and blackberries with ripe, sweet tannins. An excellent partner to roast meats and is ready to drink now.

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc is also down to £6.66. Displaying characteristic grassy notes with tropical fruits and gooseberry, it is a typical wine from the famous and distinctive Marlborough region.

For those wanting a little something pink for Valentines day, the Undurraga Rose is £6.99. Made from Pinot Noir, it has a delicate watermelon pink colour and exibits subtle aromas of cherry, strawberries and flower petals along with fresh acidity.

Have a browse of our range in store or if you'd rather avoid some of this terrible weather take a look online.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/latest-wine-offers


Wine of The Week: DB Reserve ChardonnayDate published: 04/02/14

Our new wine of the week comes straight from our February Pick 'N' Mix offer. Buy this with any other Pick 'N' Mix wine and save a third!

Now in its third generation of family ownership, De Bortoli was established in 1928 by Italian immigrants Vittorio and Guiseppina De Bortoli. Today, they make a wide range of wines from their extensive vineyards throughout Yarra, Hunter Valley and Riverina.

A lightly oaked Chardonnay, this wine is well rounded and approachable. Aromas are of fresh peach and citrus, with soft touches of vanilla and almond. A middleweight palate with a lush texture.

Drink immediately or over the next 2-3 years, with poultry or white fish.

The DB Reserve Chardonnay is £6.66 when you buy it with another one of our Pick 'N' Mix wines.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/DB-Reserve-Chardonnay-zid19112?tracking=|searchterm:db

J is for: JeroboamDate published: 03/02/14

A Jeroboam is a size of wine bottle. It is also known as a double magnum. The size of a Jeroboam differs depending on where it is produced. Most commonly however, it holds 4 bottles of wine or 3 litres. As with many names of bottle size, the Jeroboam is named after a biblical king or character. In this case, Jeroboam was the first king of the Northern Kingdom of Israel who reigned almost 3000 years ago.

Other biblical characters who have lent their names to bottle sizes include; the Oldest man in the bible, Methuselah (8 bottles); Balthazar, one of the wise men who visited Jesus when he was born (16 bottles) and Nebuchadnezzer, the biblical king of Babylon (20 bottles).

I is for: ItalyDate published: 01/02/14

As we come to the letter 'I' in our wine alphabet, Italy may seem quite a broad choice of topic, that being the case we couldn't possibly cover all of Italian wine into a short we article. Below are some great Italian related wine facts.

1) Italy has a vast amount of grape varieties. 350 authorised varieties have been documented by Italy's Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and there are a further 500 varieties currently in circulation. This allows Italy to produce a wide range of interesting and different wines. The Fremondo Greco (£7.99*) is made from the little known grape Greco, to produce a wine with a delicate nose and a full textured palate, bursting with apricots and stone fruits.

2) There are twenty wine regions in Italy, the wines produced from these regions tend to reflect the local cuisine and vice-versa. Italian reds have a characteristic streak of acidity. These wines match perfectly for the acidic tomato based dishes that Italy is famous for. The Dogajolo Carpineto (£8.99*) from Tuscany is a delicious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese and is a perfect match for Tuscan Stew. 

3) The most widely planted grape variety in Italy is Trebbiano and not Pinot Grigio as most people think. Trebbiano produces easy drinking white wines. In France Trebbiano is known as Ugni Blanc and is the main grape variety used in the production of Cognac. The San Marco Frascati Secco (£5.99*) is an excellent example and displays floral hints and soft fruits.


*When you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case

Weddings and PartiesDate published: 01/02/14

Organising the wine is an important part of the day to get right, and not many people have much experience buying wine in such large quantities. We're here to help make your wedding buying experience simple and rewarding.

You can plan everything you need for your Wedding drinks from this page, and if you need more help or would like to organise a free wedding wine tasting at your local Majestic store we can connect you with your local Majestic expert.

Wedding Wine Advice

Choosing the perfect wedding wines isn't as hard as you may think. The most important thing is to choose wines you and your partner both really enjoy and are good value.

It's often worth considering the corkage option when hiring a venue for a wedding – with Majestic's great range and prices you can often improve on the venue's house wines and save money. For example, if a house wine costs £17 a bottle but corkage would be £10 a bottle, you can spend up to £7 a bottle at Majestic – and almost certainly improve the quality of the wine you offer.

The team in your local Majestic are experienced at advising couples on wines to suit their tastes, their menu and their budget. We'd be happy to help point you in the direction of a few different whites, reds and sparkling to choose from.

The Arrival and Toast

At Majestic we're real sparkling specialists and always include a wide range of fantastic fizzes on amazing offers.

A standard sized bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine (75cl) will provide 6 flutes. For a wedding reception or toast you'll need 2-3 glasses per person. So for 100 guests you'll need at least 100 x 2 glasses = 200 flutes, or 34 bottles.

Consider using a big-name Champagne for toasts and a more cost-effective, great tasting sparkling wine for welcome drinks or further drinking.

The Meal and Party

Here you are ideally looking for versatile wines that broadly match the food and are good crowd pleasers. This way you will steer clear of obvious food and wine clashes and appeal to a wider audience at the same time.

As a general rule, allow half a bottle per person then add a margin for safety.

A standard sized bottle of wine (75cl) will provide 6 small wine glasses (125ml). So one case of wine (12 bottles) will provide 72 glasses. So for 100 guests you'll need 100 x 3 glasses = 300 glasses, or 50 bottles.

Preferences for red and white wines are usually evenly split, but be aware of seasonal variations (in warmer weather allow for more white than red, and vice versa in the winter) and don't forget about rosé!

Organise a Tasting

Make sure you are ordering the right wine by organising a tasting before you order. As well as giving advice, at Majestic we have an extensive range of wines open to taste on our tasting counters, and can often open specific bottles on request.

Another idea that's increasingly popular is to gather a few friends and family together one evening for a pre-wedding tasting. Open a few "shortlisted" wines and see what you and your trusted advisors think. (Remember, we can deliver the wines to your home and lend you glasses if you need them.) We'd recommend trying no more than three different whites, reds and fizzes in one sitting though or you risk being overwhelmed - and use small tasting samples rather than full glasses or you won't be in the best state for decision making by the end!

Free Glass Loan

You'll always get through more glasses than you expect! The Majestic Free Glass Loan service includes wine glasses, flutes, hi-ball tumblers and pint glasses.

All we ask for is a £1-a-glass deposit, payable in advance, and that the glasses are returned to us clean and ready for re-use. The deposit is fully refundable – all you pay for is breakages. And since you have paid a deposit, there's no time limit in which you have to return them.

Arranging glass loan with online orders

You can request glasses when you order online, by choosing the 'I would like free glass loan' option and entering how many multiples of 12 wine glasses, flutes or hi-ball tumblers you'd like. The £1 per glass deposit is added to your online order.

When you're done with the glasses, you'll need to take them to the Majestic store that delivered them (or that you collected from) - unfortunately we are not able to offer a collection service for glasses. If paying the deposit by debit or credit card you will need to bring the card with you when returning the glasses. All we ask is that the glasses are returned to us clean and ready to re-use - the good news is they are dishwasher-safe so there's no need to wash them all by hand! A deduction of £1 per glass will be made to cover any breakages or losses.

Ice, Chiller Bins & Ice Buckets

It's important to plan how you're going to keep your drinks chilled. Majestic chiller bins hold 18-24 bottles of wine or Champagne or 2-3 cases (48-72 bottles) of lager when filled with ice and water. Filled with 3-4 bags of ice, drinks will be well chilled in 30-45 minutes and will be kept cold for several hours especially if kept in the shade. These are available on a £15-a-bin deposit basis, refunded in full on return.

Alternatively, for a more formal affair try our table-top ice buckets which are available to purchase or hire for £10 – these hold 4-5 bottles of Champagne, wine or water with 1 bag of ice.

Don't forget that we also sell bags of ice that we can deliver with the rest of your drinks.

Arranging ice and chiller bins with online orders

You can request chiller bins and order ice when you order online, by choosing the 'I would like chiller bins and/or ice' option and entering how many bins and how much ice you'd like. The £15 per bin deposit is added to your online order. Ice prices vary across the country, but the website calculates the most you'll ever need to pay - if the ice is cheaper locally, your local Majestic store will adjust accordingly before you are charged.

When you're done with the bins, you'll need to take them to the Majestic store that delivered them (or that you collected from) - unfortunately we are not able to offer a collection service for chiller bins. If paying the deposit by debit or credit card you will need to bring the card with you when returning the bins. All we ask is that the bins are returned to us clean and unbroken.

Free Delivery

The last thing you want to be worrying about on your wedding day is how to get the wine to the venue. We can deliver the wine to your venue, or wherever else you want it to go, on a date and time prescribed by you so you don't have to worry

Our delivery is FREE, 7 days a week. Deliveries are fulfilled by your local store (or by the store nearest your venue) so you're always dealing with the same store team you placed your order with.

Free delivery applies to orders of 6 bottles of wine or more anywhere in mainland UK. Delivery to the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland attract a delivery charge. Unfortunately we cannot offer delivery to the Channel Islands or destinations outside the UK.

Sale or Return

It's always difficult to know exactly how much to provide for a wedding and you certainly don't want to run out. Our people will be happy to offer advice on quantities 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 when you are placing your order and that everything comes back in a saleable condition – we cannot refund bottles with labels peeled off by chilling, or beer in opened or incomplete cases.

We do not collect leftovers or hire glasses so you will be responsible for returning them to your local store.

Sale-or-return is at your local store managers' discretion, and enquiries about sale-or-return on larger orders should be made to your local store.


Argentinian Tasting Week and Spotlight TastingsDate published: 01/02/14

On Friday 7th February our Argentinian tasting week begins in-store. We will have a range of wines open from Argentina whose wines are growing ever popular, especially their Malbecs. 

In addition to the tasting week we will be running 3 Spotlight Tastings over the weekend of the 8th and 9th February. These are free half hour tutorials which will give you a little more insight to a selection of Argentinian wines. The Spotlight Tastings will be;

Saturday 8th February - 12 midday

Saturday 8th Ferbruary - 3pm

Sunday 9th February - 12 midday

If you would like to come along to one of the Spotlight Tastings please book a place by contacting us on 01326 311372 or fal@majestic.co.uk

Bargain Hunt! 33.3% off Selected Wines - Last Few WinesDate published: 31/01/14

Our January Bargain Hunt comes to an end on Monday 3rd February. We only have a handful of wines left which are well worth getting your hands on at these prices!

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! 

http://www.majestic.co.uk/bargain-hunt-wines

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012, Margaret River £18.74 £12.49 ONLY 2 BOTTLES LEFT

Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley £7.49 £5.00 ONLY 2 BOTTLES LEFT

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Mendoza £8.99 £6.00 ONLY 16 BOTTLES LEFT


Offers Ending - WhitesDate published: 31/01/14

Our winter offers end on Monday 3rd February. Don't miss out on these fantastic deals including;

Ned Sauvignon Blanc - £9.99 Buy 2 NZ wines save 20% = £7.99

Macon Villages Cave de Lugny - £8.99 Buy 2 save £4 = £6.99

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc - £25.00 Buy 2 NZ wines save 20% = £19.99

Plus many more....

visit www.majestic.co.uk/offers-ending-soon for a complete list.


H is for: Hunter Valley, AustraliaDate published: 31/01/14

Hunter Valley is located in New South Wales, Australia, about 80 miles North of Sydney and is famous for it's dry Semillons and Chardonnays. Wines from this area have great ageing potential, showing more complexity and development after 8-10 years. At Majestic we have managed to get our hands on a limited parcel from Arrowfield winery.

Arrowfield has been one of the Hunter Valley's largest and most well respected producers for many years and we have been able to purchase a parcel of excellent wines, with some bottle age, at bargain prices.

The Unwooded Chardonnay is a fine example of this style, with a little bottle age adding some nice complexity. Intended to be sold at £10, we're offering it at £5.99 (multibuy price).

The real gems however are the Show Reserve wines. These were the best wines that Arrowfield produced, and were aimed at £20 retail pricing. 

The Show Reserve Chardonnay comes from the original plantings on the Arrowfield Estate Vineyard in the Hunter Valley. These old low cropping vines produce an intensely flavoured Chardonnay, the best parcels of which were fermented wild in new and one year old French barriques and given extended lees contact prior to blending and bottling. With added bottle ageing, these are now drinking beautifully and are incredible value at £7.99 (multibuy price).

The Show Reserve Semillon fruit again comes from old low cropping vines on the Arrowfield Estate vineyard in the Hunter Valley. The grapes were harvested in the coolness of night and gently pressed. The juice was given a long cool ferment in stainless steel tanks prior to an early bottling. Hunter Valley Semillon is a unique and iconic style of wine, especially when it has had bottle age. These wines have now put on weight and exhibit toasty, limey notes and great length and balance. Again, incredible value at only £6.99 (multibuy price)!

Stocks are limited so pop in to see us in Falmouth or call 01326 311372 to order.

New Wine of the Week- Portillo MalbecDate published: 30/01/14

Our new wine of the week is Portillo Malbec from Argentina.

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

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

This is a great all round drinking wine but goes particularly well with a lightly spicy beef or lamb and date tagine.

Offers Ending - RedsDate published: 30/01/14

Our winter offers end on Monday 3rd February. Don't miss out on these fantastic deals including;

Portillo Malbec - £9.99 Buy 2 save £6 = £6.99

Marques de Riscal Reserva - £14.99 Buy 2 save £10 = £9.99

Nicolas Potel Bourgogne Pinot Noir - £12.99 Buy 2 save £8 = £8.99

Plus many more....

visit www.majestic.co.uk/offers-ending-soon for a complete list.

Offers Ending - ChampagneDate published: 29/01/14

Our winter offers come to an end on Monday 3rd February so don't miss out on these fantastic deals:

Veuve Cliquot NV - £45 - Buy 2 save 33.3% = £29.98 

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV - £45 - Buy 6 save 33% = £30

De Telmont Grande Reserve NV - Special offer £24 - Buy 2 save 33.3% = £15.99

Plus many more Champagne and Sparkling wine offers coming to an end:

http://www.majestic.co.uk/offers-ending-soon

Bargain Hunt! 33.3% off Selected Wines - The ListDate published: 29/01/14

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! 

http://www.majestic.co.uk/bargain-hunt-wines

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012, Margaret River £18.74 £12.49 LAST FEW

Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley £7.49 £5.00 LAST FEW

La Plata Malbec 2012, Mendoza £6.99 £4.66 LAST FEW

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Mendoza £8.99 £6.00 LAST FEW


G is for: GewurztraminerDate published: 28/01/14

Gewurztraminer is a pink skinned grape which produces a powerfully fragrant and full bodied wine. Gewurztraminer may not be easy to spell (even by winos), but it is perhaps the most easily recognisable from just using the nose with pungent aromas of lychees and rose petals. Most interestingly, it is perhaps one of the only whites that can be matched with wines biggest match adversary, spicy food. If you think youd like to give it a go then perhaps you should try:

 Yali Reserva Gewürztraminer 2013 Colchagua Valley, £8.74 or £6.99 when you buy two.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Yali-Reserva-Gewuerztraminer-zid39269?tracking=|searchterm:

COMMONLY ASKED FOOD AND WINE MATCHESDate published: 28/01/14

COMMONLY ASKED FOOD AND WINE MATCHES

SCRAMBLED EGGS AND SMOKED SALMON goes great with Pol Roger Champagne at £34.00.

CRAB goes great with Reuilly Cuvee Nathalieat£9.99 when you buy two.

CURRY goes great with Beaujolais Villages George Duboeuf at £7.49 when you buy two.

FISH AND CHIPS goes great with Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99 when you buy two.

CHOCOLATE CAKE goes great with A Sticky End at £12.79 when you buy two.


A very quick food guide: ProteinDate published: 27/01/14

FOODS THAT ARE: HIGH IN PROTEIN

HARD CHEESES go great with Chateau Vivier at £7.99 when you buy two.

BEEF goes great with The Twins Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon at £8.99 when you buy two.

LAMB goes great with Berberana Gran Reservaat£8.99 when you buy two.

VENISON goes great withCotes du Rhone Villages Cecile Desvignes at £6.99 when you buy two.

PORK goes great with Robertson Winery Chenin Blanc at £5.99 when you buy two.

SOFT CREAMY CHEESES go great with Vouvray Aubuisieres at £8.99 when you buy two.


F is for: FurmintDate published: 26/01/14

Furmint is a wonderful grape which is most commonly known for producing the rich sumptuous desert wines from Hungary. Rather interestingly, the grapes themselves do not have a massive amount of natural sugar. Instead, in order to achieve a high enough sugar content to make such an iconic wine, the producer actively encourages the grape to rot. Strange but true. This rot however is a very special type called 'Botrytis' or 'Noble Rot'; like blue cheese the fungus that attacks the grape extends tendrils into the grape which drains it of its water; in essence it dehydrates or raisins the grapes on the vine meaning that the relative amount of sugar increases. This Noble Rot is hard to encourage needing misty mornings and warm humid conditions later in the day.  

E is for: Egg WhitesDate published: 25/01/14

Egg whites are becoming an increasingly popular tool for 'fining' wines, especially in the premium bracket as they remove the harsher tough tannnins leaving behind the softer more appropriate tannins which ages the wine better. Another interesting reason for its increased use is due to a rising demand for vegetarian wines. Traditionally many agents of stabilising and or fining a wine would be derived from animals and so by using egg whites many wine producers are able to appeal to a much broader customer base, Chili is one of the most prominent countries that advertise this in their labels and at the moment we have 20% off our entire Chili range, whats more you can also mix any two of these wines to get the cheaper price meaning you can really mix up an interesting range. 

New Wine of the Week - La Plata MalbecDate published: 25/01/14

La Plata Malbec


From a winery originally established in 1914 in the heart of the Argentine Andes, this Malbec is hand-picked from high-altitude vineyards in Mendoza. The grapes are destemmed, cool-fermented,and undergo slow malolactic fermentation to maximise the soft fruit flavours.

Jam-packed with flavours of ripe blackcurrants, supported by notes of fresh raspberries and a lifted hint of vanilla. Tannins are sweetly supple and easy-drinking.

'Malbec is a favourite of mine whilst accepting that there are better ones on the market this is perfectly drinkable and at the price good value' Majestic Online Customer.

£6.99 or buy 2 and save 33.3% = £4.66


D is for: DecanterDate published: 24/01/14

Decanting is one of those things you hear about and you think 'why?' or at least it was for me when I first started with Majestic. Now though I understand its importance, not for every wine but for those occasions where you want to really enjoy the wine you are tasting, perhaps at a dinner party, a birthday or even during our FREE wine courses right here in store.

So what is decanting? Well its the process by which you pour, or 'decant', a wine from bottle into a separate container which we call a 'decanter'.  This process allows the wine to make as much contact with the air as possible, releasing extra flavours by exciting the liquid. This really is at its most effective with red wines, especially aged or tannic reds, a typical example being a Bordeaux although practically any red wine will benefit to some degree. The easiest way to see whether this works for you is to try a small glass of wine straight after opening the bottle, then leave it to 'breath' for an hour or so before trying it again. You should taste a marked difference! 

If you would like to take part in one of our FREE wine courses where you can learn all sorts of interesting facts about wine, as well as trying a great selection then we have two courses coming up in February on Tuesday the 11th and Thursday the 20th at 18:00. Sign up for free by calling us in-store on 01326 311 372 or emailing us at fal@majestic.co.uk. 

C is for Claret Date published: 23/01/14

Claret is an English term used to describe red wines from the Bordeaux region of France. The term comes from Medieval France where red wine was subject to a very short fermentation of 1 or 2 days. This resulted in very pale red wines. The wine which was exported from Bordeaux was known as 'vinum clarum,' 'vin clar' (which translates as 'famous wine') or 'Clairet' The latter is where our English word 'Claret' most likely came from.

Since then, Claret has undergone much improvement. The Claret's we have now undergo much longer fermentation processes as well as maturation in oak and are subject to much improved vinification process in general. Bordeaux produces some of the finest red wines in the world using blends of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot as well as several other permitted grape varieties. 

 

Beef Brisket in Red WineDate published: 22/01/14

Beef Brisket in Red Wine

Another week and another joint of meat to be slow cooked. This time, a nice piece of beef brisket which I browned quickly with salt, pepper and olive oil to give some colour and seal in the flavour. I then slow cooked the meat with about half a bottle of full bodied, fruity red wine. I used and Australian Shiraz, in this instance I used the Mcguigan Shiraz (£6.39*). After cooking for 8 hours the meat could be torn away with a spoon and the Shiraz had imparted lots of fruity flavour with hints of spice and pepper.

The Santa Ana Malbec (£5.99**) would work very nicely too, full of fruit also but with more plum and cherry characteristics. For something a little more complex, The Tucumen Malbec (£7.99*) is lovely, slightly lighter than your usual Malbec it drinks very well on its own.

*When you buy two Australian wines as part of a mixed case.

**When you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case.


Bargain Hunt! 33.3% off Selected Wines - The ListDate published: 22/01/14

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! 

http://www.majestic.co.uk/bargain-hunt-wines

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010, Serabel £17.99 £11.99 LAST FEW

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012, Margaret River £18.74 £12.49 LAST FEW

Cape Mentelle Shiraz 2010, Margaret River £24.99 £16.66 LAST FEW

Viu Manent Reserva Viognier 2011, Colchagua £10.99 £7.33 LAST FEW

Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley £7.49 £5.00 LAST FEW

La Plata Malbec 2012, Mendoza £6.99 £4.66

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Mendoza £8.99 £6.00

Catalpa Chardonnay 2011, Atamisque, Mendoza £12.99 £8.66 LAST FEW

Green Point Rosé NV, Australia £14.99 £9.99 LAST FEW


New Web Exclusive - Arrowfield EstateDate published: 21/01/14

Our first web exclusive parcel of 2014 has landed and it's a real beaut!

Arrowfield Estate is one of the best known wineries in the Hunter Valley and known for their restrained style of winemaking. These three perfectly aged examples showcase the qualities the region is rightly famous for: delicious purity, intensity of fruit and huge longevity, particularly in the case of Semillon which develops immense complexity with age. With prices starting at the equivalent of £5.99 you'll be very hard pressed to find a better value Aussie white anywhere else.

Don't miss out! Available exclusively online at majestic.co.uk, you won't find these wines anywhere else in the country. This is a one off parcel which means once it's gone, it's really gone. Buy your case online today!

Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon6 x 75cl bottles = £41.94 A superb value example of the unique style that is Hunter Valley Semillon, from old, low-cropping vines on the Arrowfield Estate. Delicate yet well-defined aromas of lime and lemon are joined by subtle floral hints and complexity from years of careful bottle ageing.

Arrowfield Unwooded Chardonnay6 x 75cl bottles = £35.94 A blend of old vine fruit off the Arrowfield vineyard in the Hunter Valley and cool climate fruit from Orange. Unoaked, with the fresh palate of melon, ripe stonefruit and citrus flavours combining with the savoury character of aged Hunter Valley wine.

Arrowfield Show Reserve Chardonnay 6 x 75cl bottles = £47.94 Aromas of melon and ripe stone fruit combine with toasty, spicy oak. The palate has exceptional fruit intensity supported by a long clean finish. This a beautifully balanced wine with irresistible texture, integrated perfectly by it’s time ageing in the bottle.

*Because we're distributing this Web Exclusive to stores specifically to cover web orders, delivery may take a few days longer than normal and in some cases may be outside our normal 7–day guarantee. For collections the wine may not be available for up to 7 days. 


Febuary Wine CoursesDate published: 21/01/14

Due to popular demand we will running two more FREE wine courses this February

Our Wine Course is a 90 Minute introduction into the wonderful World of Wine. The Course is a light hearted and informal exploration focusing on how to taste wine like the professionals, the factors that influence wine style and (everyone's favourite part) how to match food and wine – all done with the aide of practical investigation. And what's more all this is absolutely FREE! So why not come along, it would be great if you could!

The next Wine course dates are:

Tuesday 11th February

Thursday 20th February

Give us a call on 01326 311372 or email us fal@majestic.co.uk if you would like to come along. Or for more details visit www.majestic.co.uk/falmouth


Bargain Hunt! 33.3% off Selected Wines - The ListDate published: 21/01/14

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! 

http://www.majestic.co.uk/bargain-hunt-wines

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010, Serabel £17.99 £11.99 LAST FEW

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012, Margaret River £18.74 £12.49 LAST FEW

Cape Mentelle Shiraz 2010, Margaret River £24.99 £16.66 LAST FEW

Thelema Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Stellenbosch £17.49 £11.66 LAST FEW

Viu Manent Reserva Viognier 2011, Colchagua £10.99 £7.33 LAST FEW

Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley £7.49 £5.00 LAST FEW

La Plata Malbec 2012, Mendoza £6.99 £4.66

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Mendoza £8.99 £6.00 LAST FEW

Catalpa Chardonnay 2011, Atamisque, Mendoza £12.99 £8.66 LAST FEW

Green Point Rosé NV, Australia £14.99 £9.99 LAST FEW



B is for BeauneDate published: 21/01/14

B is for Beaune

The vine capital of Burgandy, giving its name to the Cote De Beaune sections of the vineyard. Founded by Julius Ceasar it became the seat of the Dukes of Burgundy. These days it is reknowed for creating some of the finest and most delicate wines in the world.  

Grape focus- Syrah/ShirazDate published: 19/01/14

Syrah is one of the oldest grape varieties known and is found in many wines in Northern Rhone. It is also widely used in Australia where it is sometimes blended with Cabernet Sauvignon. 

This grape needs hot climates to be able to ripen and has different qualities depending on the temperature. In mild to warm climates the grape produces wines with blackberry fruit flavours and high tannins. In hot climates the wines are more full bodied with soft tannins and earthy leathery flavours. 

The names Syrah and Shiraz are used depending on the personality of the wine. Syrah is used for more elegant wines, whilst Shiraz is the term for fruitier and full bodied wines.

How about trying an Australian Shiraz at 20% such as the Mcguigan Shiraz at £6.39


Bargain Hunt! 33.3% off Selected Wines - The ListDate published: 19/01/14

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! 

http://www.majestic.co.uk/bargain-hunt-wines

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010, Serabel £17.99 £11.99 LAST FEW

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012, Margaret River £18.74 £12.49 LAST FEW

Cape Mentelle Shiraz 2010, Margaret River £24.99 £16.66 LAST FEW

Thelema Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Stellenbosch £17.49 £11.66 LAST FEW

Viu Manent Reserva Viognier 2011, Colchagua £10.99 £7.33

Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley £7.49 £5.00 LAST FEW

La Plata Malbec 2012, Mendoza £6.99 £4.66

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Mendoza £8.99 £6.00

Catalpa Chardonnay 2011, Atamisque, Mendoza £12.99 £8.66 LAST FEW

Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2007, Columbia Valley £12.49 £8.33

Green Point Rosé NV, Australia £14.99 £9.99 LAST FEW



A is for: AltitudeDate published: 18/01/14

A is for: Altitude

Altitude, the height above sea level of a vineyard, can have very important effects on its climate and therefore on its viticulture potential. The lower temperatures at a higher altitude hinders both vine bud breaking as well as ripening. As altitude is also linked with temperature this can affect the final product drastically.

Our Gestos Malbec for example is made using grapes from two distinct vineyards at differing altitudes. The higher altitude grapes struggle to ripen and survive meaning yield are low and quality is high as more nutrients go into each individual fruit. However sugar levels are low due to a low temperature, therefore the high quality but low sugar grapes are blended together with the lower quality but higher sugar grapes to produce enough alcohol in the wine.

If you would like to give it a go Gestos Malbec is available at £7.99 when you buy two bottles.


New Wine of the Week - ‘Le Vent du Nord’ Roussanne ChardonnayDate published: 18/01/14

Dom. Sainte Rose ‘Le Vent du Nord’ Roussanne Chardonnay


This unique blend of Chardonnay and Roussanne depends on the north wind to ensure gentle aeration of the berries and thus humidity-free maturation. The berries were carefully picked at night so as not to be exposed to the heat of the day.

A pale yellow colour leads to an intense and elegant nose. Notes of honeysuckle, peach, melon and caramel are backed-up on the palate and contribute to a well-balanced persuasive finish.

Open over the next year or two with seafood and chicken dishes or as an interesting partner to Asian fusion cuisine.

This wine exceeded my expectations, even with the glowing review. Its an interesting blend of roussanne and Chardonnay. Roussanne can sometime be a bit heavy, but the Chardonnay really lifts it. Top class wine for the price. Bill Boyd, Majestic Wine customer.

£7.99 or buy 2 save £2.00 = £6.99


Southern France Tasting Week!Date published: 17/01/14

Southern France Tasting Week!

Today sees the start of our Southern France tasting week which means we have opened a broad selection of wines from this up and coming part of the world. Southern France is home to many varieties of grapes and is an area of much experimentation as well as traditional techniques. Without having to pay for the label, like many places in France, the South allows the consumer to enjoy some real bargains and is why I always seem to find something I really enjoy. From wine buff to first time taster you'l be sure to find something to tickle your fancy, so why not pop in and see what we have to offer?

You can keep track of what we have open on our tasting counter at: http://www.majestic.co.uk/falmouth?RegionID=South+and+West&SearchTerm=


Bargain Hunt! 33.3% off Selected Wines - The ListDate published: 16/01/14

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! 

http://www.majestic.co.uk/bargain-hunt-wines

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010, Serabel £17.99 £11.99 LAST FEW

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012, Margaret River £18.74 £12.49 LAST FEW

Cape Mentelle Shiraz 2010, Margaret River £24.99 £16.66 LAST FEW

Thelema Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Stellenbosch £17.49 £11.66 LAST FEW

Viu Manent Reserva Viognier 2011, Colchagua £10.99 £7.33

Anakena Indo Sauvignon Blanc 2011, San Antonio Valley £8.99 £6.00 LAST FEW

Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley £7.49 £5.00 LAST FEW

La Plata Malbec 2012, Mendoza £6.99 £4.66

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Mendoza £8.99 £6.00

Catalpa Chardonnay 2011, Atamisque, Mendoza £12.99 £8.66 LAST FEW

Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2007, Columbia Valley £12.49 £8.33

Green Point Rosé NV, Australia £14.99 £9.99 LAST FEW



Slow cooked Beef StewDate published: 16/01/14

Slow cooked Beef Stew


Last night I made beef stew using a slow cooker. I made a rub using flour, salt, pepper, smoked paprika and a dash of cayenne pepper and rubbed it all over chunks of braising steak. I fried this with some olive oil on a high heat to seal in the flavour and to give the beef some colour before putting it into the slow cooker. I then quickly fried some garlic and onions which I then added to the beef along with carrots, parsnips and new potatoes as well as beef stock, some balsamic vinegar and a generous helping of red wine. I left this to cook on low overnight.

When cooking with wine there isn't much point using something too expensive, but I quite like to have a glass whilst cooking so I always use something of reasonable quality. Big, fruity and busting with flavour, Mountain View Cabernet Sauvignon is fantastic at £5.59* and would do the trick nicely. Feeling slightly extravagant however, I chose to use the Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot (£7.49*). This is another deliciously fruity Chilean red but with some extra complexity provided through ageing the wine for 12 months in oak barrels. I would also recommend using the Belleruche, Côtes du Rhône (£7.99**), it partners most rich meat dishes very well with its aromas of dark fruits and spice.

The result was a deliciously warming beef stew, perfect for these cold, windy and wet winter evenings.


*When at least two Chilean wines are bought as part of a mixed case.

**When at least two Rhône wines are bought as part of a mixed case.


Matching Food & WineDate published: 15/01/14

Matching wine with food doesn't need to be an endless hunt for the perfect pairing. Remember these four rules and you'll be able to pick out a wine that compliments your meal.

1 - Big Wine for Big Flavours
Boldly flavoured dishes like rich stews, fragrant curries and strong cheese are best paired with an equally powerful wine. New World Sauvignons and Cabernets both have intense flavours that can stand up to any challenge.

2 - Salt and Acid Soften Wine
Battered cod smothered in salt and vinegar can overload your tongue. Suddenly, a wine without enough acidity or tannin of its own will taste flaccid by comparison.

3 - Sweet and Chilli Need Soothing
A sweet and spicy Chinese meal can be tough to pair with a wine. A good match will have enough sweetness to balance these challenging flavours. An off-dry Riesling or Gewurztraminer matches spicy food beautifully.

4 - Cut the Fat
Oily fish and fatty pork are often paired with a squeeze of lemon or a sharp sauce. Your wine should do the same, using a high acidity to cut through the rich flavour. Albarino and Dry Riesling are ideal.



Bargain Hunt Focus - Viu Manent ViognierDate published: 14/01/14

Viu Manent Reserva Viognier 2011 Colchagua

£10.99 Buy any 2 Bargain Hunt wines save 33.3% = £7.32


A Majestic exclusive, harvested from Viu Manent's San Carlo vineyard in Cunaco, Colchagua Valley. Made without oak and cold-fermented, this Viognier has been made with fresh primary fruit characters in mind, with 2 month's lees ageing adding a dash of depth and texture.

Bright, Vibrant yellow in colour, displaying aromas of quince, pineapple and apricot. The palate is a cascade of tropical fruit, peach and pear flavours, soft acidity and light texture.

Matches well with fruity savoury dishes: try with a mild chicken tagine with ginger, chilli and apricots.

Customer Reviews:

"Slaty, dry but full bodied and fruity. Excellent, will buy more."

"We used to buy alot of chillean wine, but recently moved to typical New Zealand offerings. This was a welcome change. Will buy more in future."

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Viu-Manent-Reserva-Viognier-zid39252

New Wine of the Week - Duc de BelmontDate published: 14/01/14

Duc de Belmont Côteaux Bourguignons 2011 Loron et Fils

A fairly new wine to us here at Majestic, this Red Burgandy is made from only the Gamay grape, something a little different from what we are used to expecting from this area of the world.

A light-to-medium-bodied red wine, crammed with vivid flavours of ripe redcurrant, blackberry and raspberry, all framed by rounded tannins and gentle perfumed notes.

For those that enjoy a lightweight, low tannin red with plenty of fruit flavours this would be great for any grilled meat dish, I would say a BBQ but in this weather you would have to be brave!

'A lovely smooth and fruity red.' - Lee, Majestic Online customer.

£9.99 or buy 2 save £4 = £7.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Duc-de-Belmont-Coteaux-Bourguignons-zid03254?tracking=|searchterm:belmont


Mocha Java MerlotDate published: 14/01/14

Mocha Java Merlot


As the name suggests this is a wine purposefully designed by the winemaker to display rich coffee bnean flavours on the palate which when combined with the smooth richness of the Merlot grape create an intriguing blend of flavours.

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

An easy drinking wine for sipping next to a roaring fire, or equally fantastic with Lamb dishes and stews.

'Great wine with that dark chocolate and black cherry taste, combined with the coffee aroma, its a real winner for me at a competitive price. I shall be recommending this wine to all.' - Micky Majestic Online Customer.

£8.99 or buy 2 save £3 = £7.49


Bargain Hunt Focus – Argento ChardonnayDate published: 13/01/14

Bargain Hunt Focus – Argento Chardonnay

Argento is the Latin for 'silver' and is used in Argentina to highlight what is quintessentially Argentine. This Chardonnay is produced in the high vineyards of Tupungato and Agrelo, it has enjoyed optimum sunshine and excellent terroir resulting in an enticing flavour spectrum of apples, peach and pineapple fruits with hints of vanilla and spice. For those looking to try something a little different then this could be for you, and since its on the bargain hunt it wont cost you the earth!

£8.99 or buy any two bargain hunt wines and save 1/3 = £5.99.


The Wine CourseDate published: 12/01/14

Our Wine Course is a 90 Minute introduction into the wonderful World of Wine. The Course is a light hearted and informal exploration focusing on how to taste wine like the professionals, the factors that influence wine style and (everyone's favourite part) how to match food and wine – all done with the aide of practical investigation. And what's more all this is absolutely FREE! So why not come along? But hurry, places get filled very quickly. 

Our next wine courses are:

Thu 16th Jan 6pm - NOW FULLY BOOKED

Thu 30th Jan 6pm

Call 01326 311372 or email fal@majestic.co.uk to book your place.

Bargain Hunt Focus - Green Point Rose NVDate published: 11/01/14

Bargain Hunt Focus - Green Point Rose NV

A scrumptious Australian rose fizz at a remarkable price, sit back and relax or party in style with this perfect aperitif. Established by the world famous Moet and Chandon Champagne producer in 1986 in order to produce an excellent quality Sparkling wine without the champagne price tag this is a high quality, richly flavoured wine which has been desgined to impress.

Pretty pink with elegant red fruit flavours. Small persistent bubbles which complement smooth creamy flavours of white peach and citrus. Would be spot on at a dinner party alongside shellfish, salmon or duck!

£14.99 or buy any two bargain hunt wines save 1/3 = £9.99


Bargain Hunt Focus - Chateauneuf du Pape SerabelDate published: 11/01/14

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010 Serabel

£17.99 Buy any 2 Bargain Hunt wines save 33.3% = £11.99

A cracking entry-level Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this wine blends Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre and Syrah to produce an early-drinking wine at a superb price. This most prestigious of Southern Rhône villages really comes into its own when matched with spicy dishes.

This wine's medium acidity and soft, precocious style, make it an unusually early-drinking Châteauneuf-du-Pape. An intriguing palate of smoke, coffee, olives, dark fruits, and spicy herbs.

This spicy, fruit driven wine is ideal served with a Provençale-style lamb stew, and drink over the next couple of years.

"Excellent flavours and very smooth. Truly excellent value and a wine to enjoy with venison. I highly recommend it." James - Majestic Customer



Bargain Hunt Focus- Chateauneuf-du-Pape Serabel 2010.Date published: 09/01/14

Bargain Hunt Focus- Chateauneuf-du-Pape Serabel 2010.

An amazing value Chateaneuf-du-Pape, this wine blends Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre and Syrah to produce a great early drinking and yet complex wine at a bargain price. With a medium acidity and soift tannings its certainly a 'drinking now' red with a palate of smoke, cofee, olives and dark dried fruits; would be amazing with a warming January stew.

£17.99 single bottle price or buy any two bargain hunt wines and save 1/3 = £11.99


http://www.majestic.co.uk/bargain-hunt-wines


Bargain Hunt Focus- Casabel Vinho Tinto 2010.Date published: 09/01/14

Bargain Hunt Focus- Casabel Vinho Tinto 2010.

A blend of the traditional Portuguese grapes Castelao, Argonez and Tinta Miuda which are de-stemmed and lightly crushed before fermentation. The gentle 6-8 months in oak that ensues ensures a fragrant and uplifting nose of cherry and raspberry with touches of violet and pudding spice. This would be delicious with almost any red meat but I would want to try it with venison sausages.

£7.99 single bottle price or buy any two bargain hunt wines and save 1/3 = £5.33


http://www.majestic.co.uk/bargain-hunt-wines


Bargain Hunt Focus- Anakena ChardonnayDate published: 08/01/14

Our Bargain Hunt Focus today is the Anakena Chardonnay which has been reduced from £7.49 to £5.00!*

A great success story of Chile's modern wine scene, Viña Anakena was started by school friends Felipe Ibañez and Jorge Gutiérrez in 1999, and now has over 400 hectares of vineyards in some of the best locations throughout Chile's wine valleys.

An unoaked Chardonnay made with partial wild fermentation, displaying firm but refreshing acidity and a range of lightly confected tropical fruit flavours, completed by a touch of nutty complexity.

Enjoy on its own or with delicately flavoured tuna, swordfish steaks or whole salmon.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Anakena-Chardonnay-zid39264?tracking=|searchterm:anakena

*When at least two Bargain Hunt wines are purchased as part of a mixed case


Wine Of The Week: Brancott Estate Sauvignon BlancDate published: 08/01/14

The Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc is our new wine of the week. It's a terrific example of a Marlborough Sauvignon and at £6.99*, It's at a fantastic price.

One of New Zealand's most iconic and well-known wineries, Montana is also its largest wine company. Without Montana, New Zealand wines as we know them would barely appear on the world wine map. Producing wines that typify the Kiwi style and showcase their place of origin.

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

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

*When at least 2 New Zealand wines are bought as part of a mixed case.

Bargain Hunt Focus - St Michelle MerlotDate published: 07/01/14

Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2007 Columbia Valley

Special Offer £12.49 Buy any 2 Bargain Hunt wines save 33.3% = £8.32


Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest winery in Washington state. The Cascade Mountains shelter the estate's Columbia Valley vineyards from much of the harsh weather of the coast, allowing good ripening in an otherwise marginal, northern climate.

A round and approachable Merlot with an abundance of black cherry and bramble fruit, and nuances of leather, baking spices and aromatic shrubs. 8% Syrah adds a rich, jammy dimension.

The winery recommends pairing with mushroom dishes, such as wild mushroom risotto, or pork loin with a morel sauce.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Chateau-Ste.-Michelle-Merlot-zid18008

Bargain Hunt! 33.3% off Selected Wines - The ListDate published: 07/01/14

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! 

http://www.majestic.co.uk/bargain-hunt-wines

Côtes du Rhône 'Font de Blanche' 2009, Clos de Mont-Olivet £9.49 £6.33 LAST FEW

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010, Serabel £17.99 £11.99

Beaujolais-Villages 2011, Domaine des Nugues £10.99 £7.33 LAST FEW

Mandrielle Sangiovese 2011, Banfi £9.99 £6.66

Camins del Priorat 2010, Alvaro Palacios £18.74 £12.49 LAST FEW

Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011, Lisboa £7.99 £5.33

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012, Margaret River £18.74 £12.49 LAST FEW

Cape Mentelle Shiraz 2010, Margaret River £24.99 £16.66 LAST FEW

The Shortlist Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, McGuigan, Coonawarra £14.99 £9.99 LAST FEW

The Shortlist Chardonnay 2011, McGuigan, Adelaide Hills £14.99 £9.99 LAST FEW

The Shortlist Riesling 2005, McGuigan, Eden Valley £14.99 £9.99 LAST FEW

Thelema Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Stellenbosch £17.49 £11.66 LAST FEW

Giesen Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough  £13.74 £9.16 LAST FEW

Valdivieso Winemaker Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Central Valley £7.99 £5.33 LAST FEW

Viu Manent Reserva Viognier 2011, Colchagua £10.99 £7.33

Anakena Indo Sauvignon Blanc 2011, San Antonio Valley £8.99 £6.00 LAST FEW

Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley £7.49 £5.00

La Plata Malbec 2012, Mendoza £6.99 £4.66

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Mendoza £8.99 £6.00

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Mendoza £6.99 £4.66

Catalpa Chardonnay 2011, Atamisque, Mendoza £12.99 £8.66 LAST FEW

Kaiken Malbec Bonarda Petit Verdot Limited Selection 2009, Mendoza £9.99 £6.66 LAST FEW

Umbral de Los Tiempos Malbec 2010, Familia Alonso, Mendoza £12.99 £8.66

La Plata Merlot 2012, Mendoza £6.99 £4.66 LAST FEW

Rioja Reserva 2007, Finca Emperatriz £16.99 £11.33 LAST FEW

Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2007, Columbia Valley £12.49 £8.33

Yarra Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Yarra Valley £7.49 £5.00 LAST FEW

Green Point Rosé NV, Australia £14.99 £9.99



January Wine EventsDate published: 07/01/14

This January we will be running a number of FREE tasting events in-store. Learn the wine basics on our 90 minute Wine Course, Just let us know if you want to pop your name down. We will also be having a Wines of Southern France Tasting Weekend. If you like your Southern French wines, pop in at any time during the 17th till the 20th January for a taste! For more information check out our 'Events' section on our web page. The events we are running are;

Thu Jan 16th - Wine course (6pm)

Thu Jan 30th – Wine course – (6pm)

Fri 17th – Mon 20th Jan – Wines of Southern France tasting weekend

It would be great if you could come along!

Give us a call on 01326 311372 or email us fal@majestic.co.uk if you would like to come along. Or for more details visit www.majestic.co.uk/falmouth


This Week's Delivery ScheduleDate published: 06/01/14

We have a slight alteration to our delivery schedule this week. We are unable to do deliveries on Friday 10th January due to van maintenance so will be going to Newquay, Padstow, Rock and Wadebridge on Wednesday 8th January along with our usual Wednesday run. 

Bargain Hunt Focus - La Plata Sauvignon BlancDate published: 05/01/14

Bargain Hunt Focus - La Plata Sauvignon Blanc

£6.99 Buy any 2 Bargain Hunt wines save 33.3% = £4.66

The cool mountainous climate, lengthy sunshine hours and rocky, well-drained soils of the Andes endow Mendoza with a sound basis for growing vibrant and intensely flavoured whites such as this Sauvignon. Flavours are maximised by cool fermentation in steel vats.

A pale green-tinged lemon yellow, with a nose of melon, lime and mango. Dry and crisp, the palate is awash with ripe grapefruit flavour, providing a long, refreshing finish.

Chill well and enjoy in its youth. Pair with some light salmon fishcakes.


January at Majestic FalmouthDate published: 04/01/14

Now that the festive season is behind us here is a quick round up of the best offers Majestic Falmouth has this January;


NED SAUVIGNON BLANC

The £6.99 extra offer price on the Ned Sauvignon Blanc comes to an end on Monday 6th January. After this it will revert to an offer price of £7.99.

BARGAIN HUNT

We have a selection of wines that are 33% off during January. many of these are parcel wines and bin-ends which once gone, will no longer be in stock. These wines represent excellent value for money. Pop in-store or go to www.majestic.co.uk/falmouth to see the full range of products we have on offer. Here are a few examples;
£5 and under bargains;

La Plata Sauvignon & La Plata Malbec - Offer price £4.66

Anakena Unoaked Chardonnay - Offer price £5.00

£8 and under bargains;

Valdavieso Sauvignon Blanc - Offer Price £5.33

Anakena Syrah - Offer Price £6.66

Banfi Mandrielle Sangiovese - Offer Price £6.66

Over £8 bargains;

Umbral Malbec - Offer price £8.33

St. Michelle Merlot - Offer price £8.33

CNDP Serebel - Offer Price £11.99

Green Point NV Sparkling Rose - £9.99

As well as these offers we continue with 20% off wines from New Zealand, Chile, Australia and Rhone, 1/3 off selected Champagnes & sparkling wines and £10 off when you buy any 2 selected fine wines. 

WINE COURSES

We are running our free 90 minute wine courses on Wednesday 16th January 6pm and Thursday 30th January at 6pm. If you would like to attend please email or call us to book your space.

WINES OF SOUTHERN FRANCE TASTING

Between the 17th and 20th January we will have a selection of wines from the South of France open to taste.

Bargain Hunt! 33.3% off Selected WinesDate 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! 

http://www.majestic.co.uk/bargain-hunt-wines

Côtes du Rhône 'Font de Blanche' 2009, Clos de Mont-Olivet £9.49 £6.33 LAST FEW

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010, Serabel £17.99 £11.99

Beaujolais-Villages 'Les Esservies' 2012, Domaine des Crais £11.99 £7.99 LAST FEW

Beaujolais-Villages 2011, Domaine des Nugues £10.99 £7.33

Mandrielle Sangiovese 2011, Banfi £9.99 £6.66

Camins del Priorat 2010, Alvaro Palacios £18.74 £12.49 LAST FEW

Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011, Lisboa £7.99 £5.33

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012, Margaret River £18.74 £12.49 LAST FEW

Cape Mentelle Shiraz 2010, Margaret River £24.99 £16.66 LAST FEW

The Shortlist Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, McGuigan, Coonawarra £14.99 £9.99 LAST FEW

The Shortlist Chardonnay 2011, McGuigan, Adelaide Hills £14.99 £9.99 LAST FEW

The Shortlist Riesling 2005, McGuigan, Eden Valley £14.99 £9.99 LAST FEW

Thelema Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Stellenbosch £17.49 £11.66 LAST FEW

Giesen Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough  £13.74 £9.16 LAST FEW

Valdivieso Winemaker Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Central Valley £7.99 £5.33

Viu Manent Reserva Viognier 2011, Colchagua £10.99 £7.33

Anakena Indo Sauvignon Blanc 2011, San Antonio Valley £8.99 £6.00

Anakena Chardonnay 2011, Central Valley £7.49 £5.00

La Plata Malbec 2012, Mendoza £6.99 £4.66

Argento Chardonnay 2012, Mendoza £8.99 £6.00

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Mendoza £6.99 £4.66

Catalpa Chardonnay 2011, Atamisque, Mendoza £12.99 £8.66 LAST FEW

Kaiken Malbec Bonarda Petit Verdot Limited Selection 2009, Mendoza £9.99 £6.66 LAST FEW

Umbral de Los Tiempos Malbec 2010, Familia Alonso, Mendoza £12.99 £8.66

La Plata Merlot 2012, Mendoza £6.99 £4.66

Rioja Reserva 2007, Finca Emperatriz £16.99 £11.33 LAST FEW

Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2007, Columbia Valley £12.49 £8.33

Yarra Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Yarra Valley £7.49 £5.00 LAST FEW

Neil Ellis Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Groenekloof £12.49 £8.33 LAST FEW

Green Point Rosé NV, Australia £14.99 £9.99


New Wine of the Week La Plata MalbecDate published: 02/01/14

La Plata Malbec


From a winery originally established in 1914 in the heart of the Argentine Andes, this Malbec is hand-picked from high-altitude vineyards in Mendoza. The grapes are destemmed, cool-fermented,and undergo slow malolactic fermentation to maximise the soft fruit flavours.

Jam-packed with flavours of ripe blackcurrants, supported by notes of fresh raspberries and a lifted hint of vanilla. Tannins are sweetly supple and easy-drinking.

'Malbec is a favourite of mine whilst accepting that there are better ones on the market this is perfectly drinkable and at the price good value' Majestic Online Customer.

£6.99 or buy 2 and save £2 = £5.99


New Wine of the Week - Giesen SauvignonDate published: 28/12/13

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013


The Giesen brothers Theo, Alex and Marcel started the winery in the 1980s and today have 13 vineyards covering the length and breadth of the Wairau Valley. This wine is blended from 32 separate vineyard parcels, vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim.

A true to form Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc bursting with zesty gooseberry fruit flavours, limes and lemons this is a great value wine for any occasion.

Perfect with sea food, try with Cornish Sardines or Mackerel and thank me later.

Extremely pleasant easy to drink wine. Wonderful on its own or with food.  , Paul Majestic Online Customer.

£9.99 or buy 2 New Zealand Wines save 20% = £7.99


New Year Fizz DealsDate published: 27/12/13

Prepare for New Year celebrations by taking advantage of some improved deals on Champagne and Sparkling Wine:

Perrier Jouet NV £37.50 Now £25

Pol Roger NV £45 Now £30

Cava Calamino £8.99 Buy 2+ selected sparkling wines save 1/3 = £5.99

Lindauer Brut NV £13.99 Now £8.99

Codorniu Raventos £11.99 Now £6.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/new-year-champagne-deals

New Year's Opening HoursDate published: 27/12/13

We are open the following hours during the next week:

Fri 27th Dec - 10am - 8pm

Sat 28th Dec - 9am - 7pm

Sun 29th Dec - 10am - 5pm

Mon 30th Dec - 10am - 7pm

Tue 31st Dec - 10am - 5pm

Wed 1st Jan - CLOSED

Thu 2nd Jan onwards - regular opening hours

Advent Window #21 - Angel's Share ShirazDate published: 21/12/13

Advent Window #21 - 'Angels' Share' Shiraz 2012 Two Hands, McLaren Vale

£23.00 or Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £18.00!

(open to taste Saturday 21 - Tuesday 24th December)

Two Hands was established in 1999, with a view toward showcasing the best Shiraz that Australia, and particularly Barossa, could offer. This blockbusting example comes from vineyards in the slightly cooler coastal climes of McLaren Vale.

Aromatically rich and complex, with notes of coffee, cocoa and cola against a backdrop of mulberry and plum fruit. Immense and mouth-coating, with lashings of soft, rounded tannins.

Drink now or cellar for up to 10 years.

"Very special Shiraz. My first impressions on the nose were chocolate/mocha and deep black fruit. On the palate all that fruit again, with some subtle spice and vanilla. A long finish to be savoured. Fair value at £22, worth every penny at £18." - Peche, Majestic Customer


http://www.majestic.co.uk/-Angels-Share-Shiraz-zid19016

Sparkling Saturday - Veuve Cliquot NVDate published: 21/12/13

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV

£45.00 or Buy 2 bottles save 1/3 = £29.98

(open to try in-store Saturday 21st December)

Veuve Clicquot ages their non-vintage for almost twice the required time, resulting in a superb marriage of freshness and power, with rich fruit and a mouth-filling mousse.

Customer review "The best non-vintage champagne you can buy in my opinion". - Robin, Majestic customer

Staff review "A good friend of mine has remarked that when he orders a glass of Veuve, he has to stop himself from sending it back when he sees the size of the bubbles, half-convinced that they've poured him the house fizz. True enough, Veuve has a rather fulsome mousse, but a quick sniff shows that baked bramley apple character that is to me the hallmark of Veuve Cliquot. The widow Cliquot is a classy lady, elegant and deceptively complex, she has a lovely yeasty character and perfectly balanced acidity which keeps her fresh and lively, with apple, citrus and toast abound". Ruari, Dundee Store

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Veuve-Clicquot-Brut-zid22055

ADVENT WINDOW #17Date published: 17/12/13

Viñalba Reservado Cabernet Malbec Petit Verdot 2010 Mendoza

£11.99 or Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £9.99

A blend of 50% Cabernet with 40% Malbec and 10% Petit Verdot, all of which are grown in Lujan de Cuyo, both on the estate's vines and other local vineyards. 60% of the wine undergoes 12 months in French oak barrels, before reblending with the unoaked wine.

A dark and powerful Bordeaux-inspired blend, offering aromas of cassis, spice and mint. A rounded and juicy palate, full of forest fruits, with a long, toasty and spicy finish.

Serve with the classic roasted leg of lamb.

"I'm always keen to find Reds you can drink straight out of the bottle as most of the good ones need to breathe for a while before reaching their peak. Really enjoyed this and as an added plus so did the wife. I can imagine some will find it a bit "big" but it definitely has lots of flavour and depth. Obviousy great with red meat and strong cheese but I could easily tuck into this on it's own after a hard day at work." JK - Majestic customer

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Vinalba-Reservado-Cabernet-Malbec-Petit-Verdot-zid40107

ADVENT WINDOW #16Date published: 16/12/13

Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NV


Azienda Vinicola Salatin are based in Cordignano, just 13km north-east of Conegliano. This Prosecco is made from grapes sourced entirely from the DOC vineyards of Treviso, and is made in the typically fruit-focussed, off-dry style.

Wonderfully aromatic and zesty, with a nose bursting with green apple fruit, accented with hints of jasmine. The persistent mousse lifts and refreshes the palate.

An approachable aperitif style, which pairs very well with seafood starters.

£14.99 Buy 2 bottles save 1/3 = £9.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Prosecco-Salatin-Extra-Dry-zid23027


ADVENT WINDOW #15Date published: 16/12/13

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 'Cuvée des Antiques' 2012


13 different white and red grape varieties are permitted for the making of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This wine has been aged in the famous cellars of Ogier Caves des Papes in the heart of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

This wine is dark ruby with a complex nose of spices and hints of pear. A smooth and lingering finish.

Enjoy this with rich, rustic flavoured dishes, especially meat and game.

"I have been a fan of Rioja's for a long time now, as i live in Spain, but thought i would give Châteneuf-du-Pape a go. I have tried more expensive types of this wine, but must say this wine is very pleasant with no nasty undertones.... Would recommend it as a value for money alternative to a Rioja like Marques De Riscal given to your guests on a diner night, or just to enjoy while having a night in." - Garry - Majestic customer.

£17.99 Special Offer £14.99 Buy 2 Rhône wines save 20% = £11.99


http://www.majestic.co.uk/Chateauneuf-du-Pape-Cuvee-des-Antiques--zid06521


Christmas Delivery AreasDate published: 15/12/13

We cover quite a large area for delivery at Majestic Falmouth (pretty much the whole of Cornwall!) so as you can imagine, our delivery schedule is pretty tight. To make deliveries more manageable we have a set route on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please take a look at which days we deliver where to avoid disappointment. We can fit deliveries in on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday but where we go on these days will change on a weekly basis depending on volume of orders. Saturday and Sunday we do aim to stay quite local to Falmouth.

WEDNESDAY DELIVERIES: South Coast - East of Falmouth

St. Austell, Looe, Bodmin, Lostwithiel, Par, Mevagissey, Porthscatho, Truro, St. Mawes and nearby areas.

THURSDAY DELIVERIES: West of Falmouth

Helston, St. Ives, St. Keverne, The Lizard, Penzance, Newlyn, Sennen, Redruth, Camborne, Hayle and nearby areas.

FRIDAY DELIVERIES; North Coast - East of Falmouth

Truro, Newquay, Padstow, Rock, Wadebridge, New Polzeath, Port Isaac, St. Agnes and nearby areas.

If you have specific delivery requirements please speak to one of the team in-store on 01326 311372.

ADVENT WINDOW #14Date published: 14/12/13

Behind window 14

Glenmorangie Original Highland 70cl Bottle

£36.00 Special Offer £26.00

In the far north of Scotland lies the Glenmorangie distillery, in the 'Glen of Tranquility', where this fine Malt has been distilled since 1843. Matured in American mountain oak, Glenmorangie's distinctive and delicate aroma has an elegance all of its own.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Glenmorangie-Original-zid50309

Wine of the Week: Andy's Pick - Macon Lugny Louis LatourDate published: 14/12/13

Mâcon-Lugny 2011 Louis Latour


Perfect Christmas Wine


The family run négociant house of Maison Louis Latour has been producing and selling wines since 1797. The limestone-rich soils of the Lugny village produce rich, buttery yet still Burgundian styles of Chardonnay with the typicity and style of the Mâcon.

Pale gold in colour, with a beguiling aroma of fresh apples, lemon curd and toasted citrus fruits atop a palate of fresh and crisp green-apple acidity, buttery and peachy fruit and a long, warming finish.

Perfectly acceptable on its own as an afternoon apéritif or with poultry, pork and or with fresh seafood.

“The best macon "village" style I have found, love the honeyed dry flavour at good price” - Richard, Majestic Customer

£11.99 or buy 2 save £6 = £8.99


Sparkling Saturday - Pol Roger NV and Prosecco La Marca CuveeDate published: 14/12/13

We have a treat in-store today (14th December) with 2 bottles of fizz open to try on our tasting counter - Pol Roger NV Champagne and Prosecco La Marca Cuvee NV. 

Pol Roger Réserve NV - £45.00 Special Offer £34.00

Pol Roger's historic underground cellars are 33m deep and average particularly low temperatures. They thus provide an environment uniquely suited to slow fermentation, and are responsible for this Champagne's famously super-fine mousse.

"Hubby wanted to treat us to a bottle for our anniversary. The best champagne I have tried, and I have tried quite a few ;-)" - Leanne, Majestic Customer

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Pol-Roger-Reserve-zid22276


Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV DOCG, Italy - £14.99 Special Offer £10.99

La Marca Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in the Trevisio area of Northern Italy. This wine is made from 100% Prosecco harvested from selected vineyards, made using the Charmat method. Delicate and elegant with a distinctive aroma of apple and apricot. Medium bodied, soft, velvety and well-balanced. An excellent apéritif, served with light starters or fruit salads.

"This won't disappoint, ideal for a celebration and as good as many champagnes and at a very reasonable price"

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Prosecco-La-Marca-Cuvee-zid23287

ADVENT WINDOW #13Date published: 13/12/13

Mâcon-Lugny 2011 Louis Latour

£11.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6 = £8.99

The family run négociant house of Maison Louis Latour has been producing and selling wines since 1797. The limestone-rich soils of the Lugny village produce rich, buttery yet still Burgundian styles of Chardonnay with the typicity and style of the Mâcon.


Pale gold in colour, with a beguiling aroma of fresh apples, lemon curd and toasted citrus fruits atop a palate of fresh and crisp green-apple acidity, buttery and peachy fruit and a long, warming finish.

Perfectly acceptable on its own as an afternoon apéritif or with poultry, pork and or with fresh seafood.

"The best macon 'village' style I have found. Love the honeyed dry flavour at good price" - Richard, Majestic Customer

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Macon-Lugny-zid04303

ADVENT WINDOW #12Date published: 12/12/13

Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2004 La Rioja Alta

£23.50 or Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £18.50


One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas.

Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour.

Enjoy now with lamb or over the next decade as the richness and power will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck.


ADVENT WINDOW #11Date published: 11/12/13

BEHIND WINDOW #11

Château Méaume 2009 Bordeaux Supérieur

£9.99 single bottle price or buy two save £4 = £7.99.

A small British-owned estate close to St-Emilion and Pomerol, Château Méaume has been a Majestic favourite for many years, gaining a reputation for excellent value. 2009 was an exceptional vintage in Bordeaux, and has undoubtedly produced Méaume's best vintage ever. Fantastic with a cheeseboard, nuts or a Sunday roast.


ADVENT WINDOW #10Date published: 10/12/13

The Discovery Case 12x75cl Bottles

£74.48 Special Offer £65.68

Discover what the world of wine has to offer with this fantastic value case. Featuring a diverse range of wines from New and Old World, there's something in there for everyone. If you're sending this case as a gift don't forget to select a stylish gift carton for just £6.

What's included?

2 x Esprit Soleil Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Vin de France

An astonishing nose with tropical fruit aromas followed by notes of peach. Intense flavours are held together in the mouth by a zesty refreshing acidity.

2 x Garganega Pinot Grigio 2012 Albinoni

A fresh crisp white wine with aromas of flowers and almonds and an elegant light palate which is refreshing and smooth.

2 x Cuvée de Richard Blanc 2012 PGI Comté Tolosan

A light, crisp blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Ugni Blanc and Colombard. Excellent value for money.

2 x Cuvée Geneviève Rouge 2012 Vin de France

Supple and inviting, this wine blends the soft and jammy raspberry fruit of ripe Grenache with the firming influences of Carignan's blackberry flavours and robust tannin.

2 x Cuvée de Richard Rouge 2012 PGI Pays d’Aude

Amazingly smooth with dense, ripe blackberry and plum fruit, leading to a rounded finish. Extremely versatile, this wine can go with most meat dishes and is eminently drinkable on its own.

2 x Mountain View Merlot 2012 Luis Felipe Edwards, Central Valley

Aromas of ripe plums and strawberries, with faint notes of tomato leaf and sage. The palate has a thick and jammy feel, with soft, mature tannins and a rounded, easy style.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/The-Discovery-Case-zid77012


ADVENT WINDOW #9Date published: 10/12/13

Curious Brew Lager, Chapel Down NV 12x330ml Bottles

GOLD MEDAL WINNER AT THE INTERNATIONAL BEER CHALLENGE 2012. Curious Brew is a truly premium lager beer. Brewed in England with precision and passion to create a uniquely satisfying, drier, cleaner, fresher, lager beer.

£17.99 Special Offer£14.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Curious-Brew-Lager-Chapel-Down-zid28072

Wine of the Week: LFE Gran Reserva ChardonnayDate published: 09/12/13

Wine of the Week : Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012 Casablanca Valley


The Casablanca Valley's climate is largely governed by winds that alternate between those from the Pacific and the Andes. These serve to moderate the climate, and promote a sharp drop in night temperatures, aiding the preservation of primary fruit during ripening.

Aromas of peach, apricot, dessert apples and vanilla open the show for a palate with more round, ripe stone fruits and citrus. 3 months in oak barrels has added a touch of creaminess on the finish.

Food Match - Best served with turkey or whole salmon.

Full–bodied indeed. This chardonnay has more trouser than any other white wine I've had for a long time.” - Majestic Customer

£9.36 or buy 2 Chilean wines save 20% = £7.49

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Luis-Felipe-Edwards-Gran-Reserva-Chardonnay-zid39265


Advent Window #8Date published: 08/12/13

Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2008 Hungary 50cl Bottle

£19.99

Grapes - Furmint, Harslevelu

Acknowledged as one of the region’s top winemakers, Karoly Ats combines traditional techniques with modern technology to create the award-winning Royal Tokaji range. Tokaji is produced by blending hand-picked shrivelled or 'aszu' berries with top quality base wines.

A medium amber colour with a nose of orange peel, figs and cinnamon. The sugar on the palate is well-balanced by the fine acidity, leading to a clean, refreshing finish.

Will continue to improve over several years but drink now, slightly chilled, with blue cheeses or fruit desserts.

"I can't believe people don't drink more of this stuff! The Royal Tokaji Company make fantastic wines with great quality across their whole range and this certainly doesn't disappoint. It's lighter than Sauternes with luscious honey, orange and apricot flavours. Furmint, which I believe it is mainly made of, contributes wonderful acidity which balances against the sugar preventing any heavy stickiness which is great if you are having it with dessert after a large meal." James- Majestic customer

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Royal-Tokaji-5-Puttonyos-zid21062

Advent Window #7Date published: 08/12/13

Sancerre 'Les Comtesses' 2012 Paul Thomas

£16.99, or Buy 2 save £4 = £14.99

Paul Thomas are a small producer in the vil-lage of Chavignol, one of the most famous wine villages in the area. They only have 10 hectares, which is tiny by modern standards. Chavignol is home to a large percentage of the finest Sancerre. With a lot of south facing slopes, and excellent chalky, clay soils, the wines can develop very intense flavours. Chavignol is also a very famous region in the world of goats cheese, a Loire speciality.

The trick to this wine, aside from the excellent terroir, is the care and attention taken in the vineyard, and the winery. Extreme thinning out means the grapes left on the vine are intense and powerful. Further, they are harvested as late as possible and then go through vigorous hand selection, so only the best berries make it.

The first thing to note on the nose is the sheer power. Passion fruit, gooseberry and lime all assert their authority and wrestle for domination. 2012 was a good quality vintage and you can see it on the palate. Where a poor vintage would lead to watery wines, the body and creaminess of this are remarkable. A searing acidity means it would be brilliant with fish.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Sancerre-Chavignol-Les-Comtesses--zid05278

Christmas Delivery AreasDate published: 08/12/13

We cover quite a large area for delivery at Majestic Falmouth (pretty much the whole of Cornwall!) so as you can imagine, our delivery schedule is pretty tight. To make deliveries more manageable we have a set route on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please take a look at which days we deliver where to avoid disappointment. We can fit deliveries in on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday but where we go on these days will change on a weekly basis depending on volume of orders. Saturday and Sunday we do aim to stay quite local to Falmouth.

WEDNESDAY DELIVERIES: South Coast - East of Falmouth

St. Austell, Looe, Bodmin, Lostwithiel, Par, Mevagissey, Porthscatho, Truro, St. Mawes and nearby areas.

THURSDAY DELIVERIES: West of Falmouth

Helston, St. Ives, St. Keverne, The Lizard, Penzance, Newlyn, Sennen, Redruth, Camborne, Hayle and nearby areas.

FRIDAY DELIVERIES; North Coast - East of Falmouth

Truro, Newquay, Padstow, Rock, Wadebridge, New Polzeath, Port Isaac, St. Agnes and nearby areas.

If you have specific delivery requirements please speak to one of the team in-store on 01326 311372.

ADVENT WINDOW #6Date published: 06/12/13

BEHIND WINDOW #6

J De Telmont Grande reserve NV £24.00 single bottle price or buy two save 1/3 = £16.00.

As we are a quarter of the way towards the big day I thought it would be appropriate to recommend a Champagne of great value. Used often by staff as a budget Champers which never fails to impress expect a slightly yeasty flavour, similar to that of a vintage, but for a fraction of the price. A real Bargain at £16!

http://www.majestic.co.uk/J-de-Telmont-Grande-Reserve-zid22021?tracking=|searchterm:telmont


Focus on PortDate published: 05/12/13

FOCUS ON PORT

Background

Port was created in the eighteenth century by British merchants. The method they pioneered of halting the fermenting by adding grape brandy to created a sweet alcoholic wine that could better survive long voyages has been widely copied throughout the world.

The trade in Port is dominated by a number of large producers or shippers. It is centred on the twin cities of Porto and Vila Nova da Gaia, which lie on opposite sides of the mouth of the River Douro. These towns lie 70 kilometers downstream from the nearest Port vineyards.

Unlike the production, vineyard ownership remains very fragmented even though many producers have acquired considerable vineyard holdings. The vineyards themselves are divided into three subzones. The Baixo Corgo produces the lightest wines, the Cima Corgo is where the greatest number of the top vineyards are found and the Douro Superior, which despite being sparsely planted, is also a source of top quality wine.


Grape Varieties

Over 29 grape varieties are recommended and over 80 are authorised for the production of Port, however with modernisation of the vineyards larger producers have planted blocks of individual varieties which are most suited to the climate and soil. Extensive research has produced a list of the top five black varieties which are:

Tinta Roriz.

Touriga Nacional.

Touriga Franca.

Tinta Cão.

Tinta Barroca.

The comparatively small quantities of white Port that are made use white grape varieties including two of the noble Madeira varieties; Sercial and Malvasia, plus numerous others.

Styles of Port

White Port – Made from white grapes, it is generally golden in colour, low in acidity, with some honey and nut aromas. They can range from off-dry to sweet, are non-vintage and generally sold at around 2 to three years old.

Ruby Port – Deeply coloured and fruity, bottled ready to drink, very few benefit from further maturation. Basic Ruby Port is and inexpensive, young, non-vintage, full bodied, deep coloured wine generally sold at 2 to 3 years old.
Reserve Ruby Ports - These are a blend of higher quality wine from one or more vintages, that are cask-matured for up to five years before bottling. They are full-bodied with richer fruit and better integrated alcohol.

Late Bottled Vintage Port – This is Ruby Port from a specific year that has been aged for between four and six years. There are two styles of LBV Port, the Modern LBV style which is most common are matured in cask and are fined and filtered before bottling, after which they are ready for consumption. Bottle Matured LBV Ports on the other hand are less common. These continue to improve in bottle as they are unfined and unfiltered.

Tawny Port – Tawny Ports appear paler and browner in colour than Ruby Ports. The best show complex aromas developed through oxidative ageing. They are bottled ready to drink and fully matured.

Vintage Ports – These are intended for ageing within bottle and receive only a short maturation period before bottling. They are typically a blend of the finest wines from the producers best vineyards only. Full, rich and tannic when young, Vintage Ports mature slowly and may not reach their peak until they are 20 or more years old.

Single Quinta Vintage Ports – These are made in the same way as Vintage Ports but they are the product of a single estate, or 'quinta' which will sometimes be the producers flagship vineyard. Producers often age their 'single quinta' wines in Porto once they have been bottled and release them when they are ready to drink.

We have a great selection of Ports in-store and will be opening a range of different styles for customers to try throughout the Christmas period, so make sure you drop in!

We currently have Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage 2007 open on our tasting counter, so come and give it a try and grab yourself a bargain at only £11.99 per bottle! (down from £14.99)

For our full range of Ports and Sherries visit http://www.majestic.co.uk/fortified


ADVENT WINDOW #5Date published: 05/12/13

BEHIND WINDOW #5

Santa Ana Malbec £8.99 single bottle price or buy two save 1/3 = £5.99.

A great value Malbec from the famous Mendoza region of Argentina it has previously been recipient of several IWSC awards.A simple wine framed mostly by soft ripe plum and black cherry, enjoy this wine on its own in front of the fire or with soft cheeses and red meats.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Santa-Ana-Malbec-zid40138?tracking=|searchterm:santa|ana


Christmas Delivery AreasDate published: 04/12/13

We cover quite a large area for delivery at Majestic Falmouth (pretty much the whole of Cornwall!) so as you can imagine, our delivery schedule is pretty tight. To make deliveries more manageable we have a set route on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please take a look at which days we deliver where to avoid disappointment. We can fit deliveries in on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday but where we go on these days will change on a weekly basis depending on volume of orders. Saturday and Sunday we do aim to stay quite local to Falmouth.

WEDNESDAY DELIVERIES: South Coast - East of Falmouth

St. Austell, Looe, Bodmin, Lostwithiel, Par, Mevagissey, Porthscatho, Truro, St. Mawes and nearby areas.

THURSDAY DELIVERIES: West of Falmouth

Helston, St. Ives, St. Keverne, The Lizard, Penzance, Newlyn, Sennen, Redruth, Camborne, Hayle and nearby areas.

FRIDAY DELIVERIES; North Coast - East of Falmouth

Truro, Newquay, Padstow, Rock, Wadebridge, New Polzeath, Port Isaac, St. Agnes and nearby areas.

If you have specific delivery requirements please speak to one of the team in-store on 01326 311372.

Wine of the Week : Portillo MalbecDate published: 04/12/13

Wine of the Week: Portillo Malbec 2012 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza

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

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

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

“Argentinian Malbec is definitely the most consistently good wine around and this is a very good example. Full, flavoursome and deep in colour.” - Bill -Majestic Customer

£9.99 or buy 2 save £6 = £6.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Portillo-Malbec-zid40117

ADVENT WINDOW #4Date published: 04/12/13

BEHIND WINDOW #4

Lacheteau Reserve Sauvignon £7.99 single bottle price or buy two save £4 = £5.99.

Possibly one of my favourite 'starter' winesit has everything you need to make your first course a success. Great with Salmon, white fish, soups and goats cheese, let this wine act as a squeeze of lemon and refresh your palate after each sip. Unmistakable aromas of freshly cut grass, ripe gooseberries and subtle white flower notes on the nose. Fresh citrus fruit and mouthwatering acidity bathe the palate, leading to a clean, dry finish.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Lacheteau-Reserve-Sauvignon-Blanc-zid10051?tracking=|searchterm:lache


ADVENT WINDOW #3Date published: 03/12/13

BEHIND WINDOW #3

Gran Vendema Crianza £9.99 single bottle price or buy two save 1/3 = £5.99.

Described as an 'all round super surprise' in a customer review this is a serious contender for the title of one of our best value wines, for those on a budget prepared to be impressed. Vibrant cherry red, with a nose dominated by raspberry and strawberry fruit and lashings of lifted oaky vanilla notes. The palate is supple and soft, with moderate tannins and an easy-going feel.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Rioja-Crianza-zid14483?tracking=|searchterm:vendema

A Very Majestic ChristmasDate published: 03/12/13

A Very Majestic Christmas

With the Christmas Season in full swing we here at Majestic Falmouth aim to make your Christmas shopping that little bit easier and as stress free as possible. After all you cant enjoy good wine in a bad mood.

So what to go for? Well for starters, below are three crackers which I think make great sit down-and-relax wines which you can enjoy with friends and family this festive season.

Don't Forget we also offer FREE delivery on any case of 6 or more that's over £40. Order online or give us a call on 01326 311 372.

Vinalba Malbec £11.99 single bottle price or buy two save £8 = £7.99

Swinging well above its price tag this wine will certainly impress the in-laws this season. Packed full of bramble fruits and fig flavours, with a ripe plum and vanilla on the finish. Also at 14.5% it would certainly warm you up during these increasingly cold nights! Enjoy to its full potential with either a generous cheeseboard or a hearty steak/stew/pasty.

The Ned Black Label Sauvignon Blanc £8.74 single bottle price or buy two save 20% £6.99

Probably our most popular white wine sold, if you have not tried this yet then you definitely should. Very much a New Zealand Sauvignon bursting with intense tropical fruits, gooseberry, passion-fruit and a slight mineral streak; this is a perfect aperitif wine four you to keep friends and family entertained as you 'meet and greet' this year.

Marquis de Riscal Rioja Reserva £14.99 single bottle price or buy twp save £10 = £9.99

With wine making experience and expertise dating back to 1858 this is as an incredible example of a classic Rioja for an amazing price, for your Christmas treat you cannot go far wrong. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours this wine goes well with ham, cheeses, and spicy casseroles. Will age for a further 5+ years.


ADVENT WINDOW #2Date published: 02/12/13

BEHIND WINDOW #2

Panamericana £7.49 single bottle price or buy two save 20% = £5.99.

A wine that really swings above its rather modest price tag this is a splendid example of a great Sauvignon under £6. Well balanced and refreshing, the grapes used to make this wine are pressed the moment they arrive in the winery allowing the cooler temperatures to lock in those beautiful citrussy flavours and crisp acidity. Great with Salmon, what more can I say? Bargain.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Panamericana-Sauvignon-Blanc-zid39327?tracking=|searchterm:panam

ADVENT WINDOW #1Date published: 01/12/13

BEHIND WINDOW #1

Grifone Montepulciano £7.49 single bottle price or buy two save £3 = £5.99.

I had this wine last night with a rich tomato based pasta dish and it was spot on. Table wine at its best, the Grifone can be enjoyed as a winter evening tipple as well as with a range of foods. Fresh and fruity with lots of red cherry flavours and soft supple tannins. 

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Montepulciano-d-Abruzzo-zid13776?tracking=|searchterm:grifone

Sparkling Saturday - Heidseick Monopole NVDate published: 30/11/13

It really feels like Christmas is approaching fast now so we thought we'd open the Heidseick Monopole NV on our tasting counter to whet the appetite and give you some fizz ideas for the festive period. 

Representing Heidsieck's Pinot-dominant, rich yet approachable house style, this cuvée offers a harmonious balance between crisp golden fruit, satisfying brioche notes and an abundant mousse.

£25.50  £24.00 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% = £15.99

Customer Review - "Bought this on spec when staying with friends who were delighted with it's light touch and brioche finish and the offer price! Have bought blue top for years as a standard buy but will definitely add this to my shopping list in future." 


http://www.majestic.co.uk/Heidsieck-Co.-Monopole-Brut-zid22284

FREE CHRISTMAS WINE TASTING 7th DECEMBER.Date published: 29/11/13

FREE CHRISTMAS WINE TASTING 7th DECEMBER.

Not sure what to try this Christmas? Overwhelmed by the sheer number of different products we offer? Or perhaps you just fancy trying a wide selection of wines before you buy? If this is you then perhaps you'd be interested in our FREE spotlight tasting coming up on December the 7th. In a relaxed and chilled environment we go through about 6 of our wines in approx 30 minutes which gives you a great opportunity to learn a little about each one and maybe select a couple for your Christmas meal.

Tastings start at 12:00 and 15:00 so if you'd like to book a place then please give us a call on 01326 311 372 or send us an email fal@majestic.co.uk. We look forward to seeing you!


Chocolate Block 2013 now in stock!Date published: 29/11/13

One of South Africa's most popular red wines is now back in stock!

The wine is made from an exciting blend of 5 grape varieties - Syrah, Grenache, Cab. Sauvignon, Cinsault, Viognier - from innovative winemaker Marc Kent. Dominated by around 67% Syrah, the grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on Boukenhoutskoloof's estate,fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak. An earthy, rustic nose gives up aromas of leather, earth and spices over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. Harmonious and powerful on the palate, with a cocoa and pepper complexity. Most at home with spice-rubbed steaks, roast rib of beef, or game dishes.

It is currently part of our Fine Wine offer, so goes from £27 down to £22 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

Order yours now before it sells out again!


New Wine Of The Week- Vina Eguia CrianzaDate published: 28/11/13

Rioja Crianza 2009 Viña Eguía


Recently I've been lucky enough to travel to Bodegas Eguía which is located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion As well as stunning views they have 50 hectares of estate vineyards as well as several partner growers, with vines averaging 40 years of age. This Crianza spends 12 months in American oak and a further 12 months in bottle before release, this means it is much fruitier than its Reserva and Gran Reserva cousins making it a great all round tipple.

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

Great on its own in front of the fire, or match it with grilled chorizo or Manchego cheese.

'Everything you would expect from a classy Rioja and an excellent price!!'- Online Customer Feedback 

£9.99 or buy 2 save 33.3% = £5.99


New! Beers from Skinner's BreweryDate published: 26/11/13

We are glad to be stocking a few beers from one of Cornwall's favourite breweries, Skinner's. We now have in stock;

Betty Stogs 12x500ml 4%ABV

The Queen of Cornish ales. Classic pale amber mid-strength bitter with distinct hoppy overtones.  

Cornish Knocker 12x500ml 4.5%ABV

A strong, clean tasting golden ale with fresh flowery aroma.

Cornish  Blonde 12x500ml 5%ABV

A combination of the highest quality wheat malt and hops makes this light coloured wheat beer easy to drink with a superb citrus finish.

These beers are £28.80 or buy any 2 cases of ale save £6 = £25.80


LAST WEEK OF PICK N MIX DEALS!Date published: 25/11/13

LAST WEEK OF PICK N MIX DEALS!

With just about a week left until the November Pick N Mix ends (2nd December), now is the perfect time to stock up on some truly mixed cases featuring wines and grapes from all across the world. Below is a quick list of 6 ideal wines that would make a great gift for any wine enthusiast (if that enthusiast just happens to be you then presents to yourself are also valid!).

All prices work as part of the Pick and Mix offer, you buy any two (in this example 6), and you get a 33.3% off, the price listed is the offer price.

Vina Eguia Reserva £6.66

The Twins Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon £7.99

Lodi Ravenswood Zinfandel £7.33

The Kings Favour Sauvignon Blanc £9.33

Nicolas Potel Chardonnay £8.66

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc £6.99

Total Case Price = £46.94 saving you £23.50!

If you cant get to us then remember we offer FREE delivery on all orders over £40. So if you're interested please either pop in, place an order online, or give us a call on 01326 311 372.  


SPARKLING SATURDAY!Date published: 23/11/13

SPARKLING SATURDAY!

Its that time of the year again, manic and fun at the same time whilst we frantically balance our work lives, Christmas shopping and of course our wine choices! Well to help you along the way this Saturday we have decided to open a bottle of a real steal of a Prosecco, the ever popular La Marca Treviso.

Consistently a favourite amongst both staff and customers it is pale and elegant with citrus flavours on the front and a mellow pear and melon finish. For those looking for a fun bit of fizz this Christmas but do not want to break the bank this could be just what you're looking for! And since its open on our tasting counter today why not pop in and try it for yourself for free? Hurry though, once its gone its gone!

'Try this and you wont go back.'- Online Customer Feedback

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Prosecco-La-Marca-Treviso-Extra-Dry-zid23305?tracking=|searchterm:La|Marca

Don't forget its FREE delivery on any mixed case of 6 above £40 so you can always place your order online or give us a call on 01326 311 372.

£13.49 single bottle price or buy two, or any other wine from our Pick n Mix selection, and save 1/3 =  £8.99



Wine of the WeekDate published: 22/11/13

Montagny Vieilles Vignes 2010 Buxy


As it is Rhone and Bergundy tasting week we have chosen a fantastic Burgundian Chardonnay as our new wine of the week.

The Cave des Vignerons de Buxy is the result of collective enterprise and the work of 120 wine-growers and 40 employees. It was founded in 1931 with the collective aim of finding a solution to their problems relating to making, storing and selling wines.

This Montagny (£8.99*) offers ripe lemon aromas, accompanied by subtle hints of white blossom. More refreshing citrus flavours on the palate, and an elegant, steely dry finish.

It's ready to be drunk now and is a wonderful match for salad or fish.

*When you buy two as part of a mixed case


Majestic Celebrates 200th StoreDate published: 21/11/13

It's a proud moment for every Majestic member of staff as tomorrow we see the opening of our 200th store in Petersfield, Hampshire. Every member of Majestic will be celebrating this outstanding achievement, will you be celebrating something this weekend? If so, we've got the perfect sparkles to choose from with a few of our best offers listed below;

Veuve Clicquot- just £29.99 when you buy any 2 November Pick 'n' Mix wines

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV£9.99 when you buy any 2 November Pick 'n' Mix wines

Prosecco La Marca Treviso, NV- just £8.99 when you buy any 2 November Pick 'n' mix wines

Codorniu Rosado NV- for those of you that love a pink fizz, this is an absolute steal. A great party pleaser for just £6.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

For a full list of offers visit us online at www.majestic.co.uk and while you're there check out our store page at Majestic Falmouth.



Happy Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2013!Date published: 21/11/13

Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 Georges Duboeuf

£9.99 Buy 2 bottles save £3 = £8.49

From the famous house of Duboeuf comes this Beaujolais Nouveau; a style of wine released only weeks after harvest. Traditionally the maturation would happen in barrel during transportation to the market. It is released on the third Thursday in November each year.

Bright ruby in colour, with youthful raspberry and red cherry fruit on the palate and a refreshing acidity, this is a classic Nouveau

Serve slightly chilled and enjoy whilst still young and fresh.

This wine is in very limited supply so please call the store on 01326 311372 to reserve yours

SAM'S BARGAIN WINE #6Date published: 21/11/13

SAM'S BARGAIN WINE #6

Tucumen Malbec

£10.99 single bottle price or buy two save 33.3% = £7.33.

Offer ends 2nd December!

Made in a deliberately youthful style this wine is designed to be enjoyed young. An approachable wine with red cherry, blackcurrent and ripe plum fruit flavours, minimal oak ageing allows a soft, well rounded and easy going red which, alongside its hefty alcohol content, makes this a perfect stand alone wine for these cold November nights in.


SAM'S BARGAIN WINE #5Date published: 20/11/13

SAM'S BARGAIN WINE #5

Nicolas Potel Chardonnay

£12.99 single bottle price or buy two save 33.3% = £8.66.

Offer ends 2nd December!

A white Burgundy thats seems to go from strength to strength, you cant go far wrong this Christmas having this as your turkey wine. Soft and fruity with a mellow oakyness which beautifully infuses vanilla and toast characteristics alongside lemon and melon fruit flavours. Full bodied and acidic enough to enjoy with slightly heavier meats do not be afraid to have this with pork or creamy cheeses.


IMPROVED BEER OFFER!Date published: 19/11/13

IMPROVED BEER OFFER!

Coopers Pale Ale £15 

In the spirit of the Ashes why not stock up on our latest improved beer offer, a case of 12 Coopers pale ale for only £15.00? A cracking beer on a single case price enjoy the Ashes this season without breaking the beer budget!

Other great beer offers include:

Peroni a case of 24 for £24.

Pilsner Urquell a case of 24 for £24.

San Miguel Fresca a case of 12 for £12.

Bitburger a case of 12 for £11.99.


SAM'S BARGAIN WINE #4Date published: 19/11/13

SAM'S BARGAIN WINE #4

Vina Eguia Reserva

£9.99 single bottle price or buy two save 33.3% = £6.66.

Offer ends 2nd December!

Having recently returned from a visit to this very vineyard I may be reviewing this wine with my mind still in the setting of the beautiful Rioja region. Fortunately my bias is not necessary because the wine speaks for itself. Aged well in oak barrels to impart subtle clove and vanilla nuances alongside those fruity strawberry and raspberry flavours I think this is a cracking wine for £6.66. Enjoy on its own or with the all important cheeseboard.


2 Weeks Left of November Pick 'n' Mix Offer!Date published: 18/11/13

Our November Pick n mix offer of buy any 2 selected wines and save 33.3% is in full swing and proving extremely popular. Not only does this include some classic old favourites but also some new additions to the Majestic range and some Champagne also. The offers end on 2nd December so pick up a bargain while you can. Here are a few of the offers we are currently running.

Veuve Clicquot NV- £29.99 when you buy any 2 selected November Pick and Mix wines (an amazing price, I'm sure you'll agree)

Nicolas Feuillate NV Champagne- £16.00 when you buy any 2 selected November Pick and Mix wines

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 - £6.99 when you buy any 2 selected November Pick and Mix wines

Serena Pinot Grigio, 2012 -£6.66 when you buy any 2 selected November Pick and Mix wines

Gavi Montiero, 2012- £5.99 when you buy any 2 selected November Pick and Mix wines

Vina Eguia Reserva, 2008-£6.66 when you buy any 2 selected November Pick and Mix wines

Vina Eguia Crianza, 2009- £5.99 when you buy any 2 selected November Pick and Mix wines

Alamos Malbec, 2012- £6.66 when you buy any 2 selected November Pick and Mix wines

Cune Rioja Reserva, 2009-£9.33 when you buy any 2 selected November Pick and Mix wines

Macon Roches Rouge, Louis Jadot, 2012- £7.99 when you buy any 2 selected November Pick and Mix wines

Don't miss out on these fantastic offers. It is a great chance to stock up the cellar for the festive period or sort out those Christmas gifts in plenty of time.

To see the full range of wines and Champagnes included in the November Pick and Mix offer,you can always go to our website http://www.majestic.co.uk/latest-wine-offers or pop into store to pick up a new leaflet with all of our best offers.


SAM'S BARGAIN WINE #3Date published: 18/11/13

SAM'S BARGAIN WINE #3

The Kings Favour Sauvignon Blanc.

£13.99 single bottle price or buy two save 33.3% = £9.33.

Offer ends 2nd December!

New Zealand Sauvignon is perhaps the most popular style of wine that we sell with the quality exported increasing year on year. Interesting the Kings Favour draws its name from the winemakers descended family who in the 12th and 13th Century fell out of favour with the English Monarchy.

Complex and intense on the nose with a palate of fresh gooseberry, lime, lemon and passionfruit, with an added layer of stone fruits and a fine mineral streak this is an excellent quality wine for just shy of £10. Enjoy with Cornish seafood, try with Mackerel and you will certainly not be disappointed!


SAM'S BARGAIN WINE #2Date published: 17/11/13

SAM'S BARGAIN WINE #2

Montes Alpha Twins Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon

£11.99 single bottle price or buy two save 33.3% = £7.99.

Offer ends 2nd December!

Montes is one of my personal favourite producers and their commitment to quality and their enthusiasm for creating new and exciting wines is why I wish to bring your attention to their Twins, Malbec/Cabernet.

Fairly new to us in store I have not yet met a customer or staff member who enjoys Malbec that does not enjoy this. Made from two very different grapes it is a brilliant blend of the soft, fruity, ripe plum and raisin flavours you get from a good Malbec which is highlighted and lifted by an added layer of complexity, tannins and bramble fruit nuances from the Cabernet. For the price you really get a lot for your money especially as its currently on such an incredible offer. If you like a big loud Malbec or Cabernet, try this!


SAM'S BARGAIN WINE #1Date published: 16/11/13

SAM'S BARGAIN WINE #1

Leyda Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

The first wine I tried when I started my career at Majestic was the Leyda Single Vineyard Chardonnay, I remember being so impressed with the quality and the flavour that I eagerly awaited trying the Sauvignon Blanc. Now that the latter is on such an incredible offer (33.3% off when you buy two making it £7.99!), I urge anyone who enjoys Sauvignon to take advantage before it ends on 2nd December.

Intense and lifted on the nose, offering an abundance of herbal aromas, amid notes of lime and grapefruit. Crisp and juicy on the palate, with a touch of mineral texture, giving a persistent finish, this is a wine for easy drinking on its own or a perfect partner for all manner of seafood.


SAMS TOP THREE CHILEAN WINES.Date published: 16/11/13

SAMS TOP THREE CHILEAN WINES.

As it is our Chilean tasting week it makes sense to point out my favourite three wines that we currently have open on our tasting counter. But don't just take my word for it, pop I and try them yourself for FREE... Remember you can have any two Chilean wines and still save 20% so mix and match and come and explore with us today.

Santa Rita 120 Carmenere £7.99 single bottle price or buy two save 20% = £6.39.

Carmenere is always fun to write about because, as Chiles signature grape, it is rarely found elsewhere as a single varietal wine. The Santa Rita 120 range is always a pleasant surprise in terms of value, for an inexpensive wine you really do get bags of flavour and quality which is continuously improving year on year. From this Carmenere expect a full bodied wine with smooth tannins, bramble fruit flavours and a smokey tobacco finish.

'This is a wonderful red wine for so little money. Truly a welcome surprise when you first taste it, smooth, warm and full flavoured. If I had room I would order a case full.'- Online Customer Feedback.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Santa-Rita-120-Carmenere-zid39248?tracking=|searchterm:120

Panamericana Sauvignon Blanc £7.49 single bottle price or buy two save 20% = £5.99.

Its hard these days to find a good Sauvignon for under £6 but this Panamericana pulls it off nicely. New to our range but already very popular in store with customers as well as staff, expect a predominantly citrus based fruit profile with soft melon and ripe pear on the finish with a crisp lasting acidity. If you are on a budget or are just looking for table wine, this should be perfect.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Panamericana-Sauvignon-Blanc-zid39327?tracking=|searchterm:panamericana

Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon £11.24 single bottle price or buy two save 20% = £8.99.

Renowned throughout the company as a traditional staff favourite the Santa Rita Medalla Real range is truly exceptional for an under £10 wine. Deep dark cheery flavours start off on the palate followed closely by blackcurrant and menthol. On the finish the wine mellows out into dark chocolate and toasty vanilla. One of my all time personal favourites.

'The nose is as described - more there if anything. Moves with a pleasing viscosity. On the palate , just the thing for a dour November day, long finish too.' - Online Customer Feedback.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Santa-Rita-Medalla-Real-Cabernet-Sauvignon-zid39188?tracking=|searchterm:real


New Craft Beers in StockDate published: 12/11/13

We have some fantastic new craft beers in stock to sit alongside our already impressive craft beer offering. Take a look at our new arrivals;

Einstok White Ale, Akureyri, Iceland 6x330ml £12.99 buy 4 cases of selected craft beer save £12 = £9.99

This beer is increasingly well-known due to its interesting style and unusual providence. It is a Witbier. Literally, witbier translates as white beer, not wheat beer. However it is part of the wheat beer family. Witbier is most often brewed in Belgium and Holland and differs by including coriander and orange peel in the brewing process. Continental Witbiers can be quite intense and heavy making them difficult to drink more than a glass. Einstok White Ale is not like that at all due to the water used. The brewery is in Akureyri, an extremely remote port in northern Iceland, facing north. The water comes from prehistoric glaciers on mainland Iceland and Arctic rainwater, filtered through untouched lava rock formations; they call it the purest water on earth. It transforms the profile of this white ale into something entirely different. It is an exceptionally elegant ale, carrying a lovely hint of the citric and coriander notes, and a softly weighted palate with a long finish.

Punk IPA, Brewdog, Aberdeen 6x330ml cans £12.99 buy 4 cases of selected craft beer save £12 = £9.99

Heavily but stylishly hopped (twice) with an intense and tropical palate. It has a lovely bitterness on the finish that adds an intriguing dimension, and it works very well with food. It is complex but accessible, an interesting cross-sell from wine. You may have visited one of BrewDogs bars which are popping up over the UK. Punk IPA is their flagship beer.

Under Dog Atlantic Lager, Flying Dog, Denver USA 6x330ml cans £12.99 buy 4 cases of selected craft beer save £12 = £9.99

Yes, it’s in a can, but premium cans are probably the future of craft beer. In a sense, Flying Dog invented the craft revolution. They are one of the most important craft brewers of all, not just because of their great beers; without them, the craft beer industry would look and feel a lot different. Their style and rhetoric has inspired a generation of craft-brewers, not least Brewdog from Scotland. Flying Dog began as brewbar in Aspen, Colorado, in 1990. The Rockies back then were a destination for people who found California too mainstream and thought a bit differently. George Stranahan, an astrophysicist with a passion for beer, started the business. The name came from a painting of a flying dog he saw in a hotel in Pakistan, halfway up a failed ascent of K2. George’s close friend was the ‘outlaw journalist’ Hunter S Thompson who famously endorsed the brewery; he was a former Hells Angel who became a biting political journalist and highly-rated sports writer. Author of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, he was outspoken, brilliant and strongly anti-establishment. His influence on Flying Dog and the burgeoning craft beer movement was to set it out staunchly in the face of the dominant commercial brewers. The artwork was created by British artist, Ralph Steadman. The colour and scratchy, confrontational designs are embedded in the culture of the brewery.“There is an ancient Celtic axiom that says "Good People Drink Good Beer." Which is true, then as now. Just look around you in any public bar-room and you will quickly see: Bad People Drink Bad Beer. Think about it.” Hunter S Thompson

Curious Brew IPA, Kent, 12x330ml  £17.99

Our success with Curious Brew Lager in the last year has been remarkable. It has quickly established itself as the mainstay of our craft beer range. A fantastic beer with a champagne connection from an English producer – what’s not to like. Curious Brew IPA is the next step. It does not have the champagne yeast addition, but it does have the same commitment to balance and originality. Chapel Down aim to craft beers that are extremely hard to replicate; that have genuine originality like wine. This IPA is a very rich but harmonious style, a blend of 3 hops (Goldings, Bramling and Citra) and yet is extremely well balanced. For customers who like Curious Brew but want to try something different and with extra weight and complexity, this is the natural progression.


For a full list of beers visit http://www.majestic.co.uk/beer

Fine Wine OffersDate published: 11/11/13

Fine Wine Offers

Fine Wine shouldn't be limited to extravagant nights out, and it doesn't have to break the bank. Buy any 2 of these Fine Wines and save £10;

http://www.majestic.co.uk/fine-wine-offers

2 Week Treats - 1 Week Left!Date published: 11/11/13

As if the November Pick 'n' Mix doesn't include enough choice, we've got some more fantastic deals so you can definitely find something for everyone. Our '2 week treats' offer is valid until Monday 18th November with a great selection of wines at great prices, including some fizz as well as red and white. Here's a list of the 2 week treats available in store;

Pinot Grigio Superiore 2012 Cantina Beato Bartolomeo da Breganze - Only £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles, Save £6 

Vieux Remparts 2011 Lussac St-Emilion – Only £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles, Save £8 

Côtes du Rhône 2010 E. Guigal - Only £7.99 when you buy any 2 Rhone wines, Save 20% 

Prosecco Corte Alta NV DOC, Italy – Only £6.99 when you buy any 2 November Pick and Mix wines, Save 33% 

Bourgogne Chardonnay 'Les Chenaudières' 2012 Cave de Lugny – Only £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles, Save £6 

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta NV Italy – Only £6.99 when you buy any 2 November Pick and Mix Wines, Save 33%


You can find more information on these wines here: http://www.majestic.co.uk/two-week-special-offers


Wine of the weekDate published: 10/11/13

We have a new wine of the week! 

The Croix Saint Adel Blanc is new in store and we have it open for you to taste.

This wine comes from a winemaking collective in Cers-Portiragnes, a locale between Béziers and the Mediterranean coast. The wines here are typified by bold varietal characters, and are often created by blending unusual combinations of grapes. In this instance a blend of Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc is used.

A fruit-filled and eminently gluggable white wine, offering a lively mixture of white apple, grapefruit, peach and orange zest flavours with a soft and friendly acidity.

A great partner for gammon steaks or roast ham.


Saturday Spotlight Tasting - 9th NovemberDate published: 09/11/13

Saturday Spotlight Tasting - 9th November

We have our 'New Arrivals Spotlight Tastings' taking place at 12 and 3. It would be great if you could come along. The half hour session will showcase some of the wines which are new in this winter. Tell your friends and bring them along!


A Taste of CaliforniaDate published: 08/11/13

A Taste of California

It may be cold wet and windy outside but in store this weekend we are offering a taste of California. Friday the 8th till Monday the 11th of November, is our Californian tasting weekend. We have a lovely choice of Californian wines open on our tasting counter for you to try.

Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (£11.99*):

Just a short drive outside the small town of Paso Robles, the Paso Creek ranch lies in a picturesque area full of vineyards, cattle ranches and art studios. Their production is very hands-on, with vinification and barrel ageing carried out in small lots before blending. Dark garnet red with cherry hues. The nose is multifaceted, offering glimpses of caramel, vanilla, black pepper and ripe black cherry. A dense yet supple palate with cocoa-like tannins. Great with braised shin of beef.

Clos du Bois Pinot Noir (£9.99*):

Clos du Bois have almost 800 acres of vineyards throughout Sonoma County and the coastal regions of California. This Pinot Noir comes mainly from the Central and North Coast areas, and has been matured for 8 months in French, American and Eastern European oak. A lush, fruit-driven Pinot Noir, made in California's trademark style. Strawberry and cherry fruit are accompanied by hints of lavender and forest floor, supported by silky tannins. Drink with slow-roasted pork shoulder.

McManis Viognier (£8.99*):

The majority of the fruit for this wine comes from McManis's own estate vineyard at River Junction, south of Lodi where the winery is based. Nestled between the Stanislaus and San Joaquin rivers, the area benefits from cooler temperatures than the surrounding farmlands. Immensely ripe and aromatic, presenting the classic peach, apricot and honeysuckle character of Viognier in abundance. The wine has a real weight and viscosity that keeps the finish lingering. Best served with roasted pork belly glazed with honey and ginger.

Geyser Peak Chardonnay (£6.99*):

Geyser Peak was founded in 1880, and sits in a picturesque location in the Alexander Valley, overlooking Geyserville and the Russian River. They have around 100 acres of estate-owned vineyards, as well as access to those of several partner growers in Sonoma and Mendocino. A bright and vibrant style of Chardonnay, with a soft, tropical fruit character typical of Californian examples. Medium palate weight, with a pleasing mix of racy acidity and buttery softness. Drink with a chicken or beef stroganoff.

*when two Californian wines are bought as part of a mixed case


Spotlight TastingsDate published: 07/11/13

This winter we will be running informal themed tutorials on Saturdays focusing on some of the key wine producing regions around the world. The half hour tutorials are FREE to come along to and give you the chance to explore different grape varieties and styles of wine. The tutorials are about 30 minutes long and will run at Midday and 3pm. Just let us know if you want to pop your name down. For more information check out our 'Events' section on our web page. The tutorials we are running are;

November 9th - New Arrivals

November 23rd - Wines of Rhône and Bordeaux

December 9th -Christmas Wines

It would be great if you could come along!

Give us a call on 01326 311372 or email us fal@majestic.co.uk if you would like to come along. Or for more details visit www.majestic.co.uk/falmouth


2 week treats!Date published: 05/11/13

As if the November Pick 'n' Mix doesn't include enough choice, we've got some more fantastic deals starting today so you can definitely find something for everyone. Our '2 week treats' offer is valid until Monday 18th November with a great selection of wines at great prices, including some fizz as well as red and white. Here's a list of the 2 week treats available in store;

Pinot Grigio Superiore 2012 Cantina Beato Bartolomeo da Breganze - Only £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles, Save £6 

Vieux Remparts 2011 Lussac St-Emilion – Only £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles, Save £8 

Côtes du Rhône 2010 E. Guigal - Only £7.99 when you buy any 2 Rhone wines, Save 20% 

Prosecco Corte Alta NV DOC, Italy – Only £6.99 when you buy any 2 November Pick and Mix wines, Save 33% 

Bourgogne Chardonnay 'Les Chenaudières' 2012 Cave de Lugny – Only £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles, Save £6 

 Raboso Rosado Corte Alta NV Italy – Only £6.99 when you buy any 2 November Pick and Mix Wines, Save 33%


New Wine of the Week- Vieux Remparts 2011Date published: 05/11/13

Wine of the Week- Vieux Remparts 2011 Lussac St-Emilion

Lussac is one of five villages to the northeast of St-Emilion with the right to add that name to their own. Lussac makes excellent 'satellite' wines, slightly more rustic than its big brother, but rounded and with great charm.

This is a rich, full bodied wine showing great concentration of flavour. With juicy black fruit on the nose and palate backed up by a smoky sandalwood character.

'This is an exceptional wine for the price; a perfect early buy for Christmas that would match well with both meats and cheeses. This blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot is relatively light in style for a Bordeaux and could also be enjoyed by itself on a cosy evening in front of the fire.'- Sarah, Assistant Manager at Majestic Falmouth

£6.99 when you buy 2 bottles. Save £6


Mulled WineDate published: 02/11/13

Mulled Wine

As the winds pick up, the temperature drops and the Christmas decorations start to appear, a glass of chilled white wine doesn't feel as appealing as it did all that time ago, when we were all having barbecues and spending evenings outdoors during the distant memory that was Summer. A glass of full bodied red can often remedy this, but for those particularly cold, dark and windy nights a mug of something warm is what's really needed.

Mulled wine doesn't have to be reserved for trips to German markets, nor does it have to be a sub standard sugary concoction bought from the supermarket in a bottle ready to just be heated up in a pan. It can be something you make in your own home, with your own personal touches.

We have just received stock of the Selsey Gourmet Mulling Syrup (£5.49*). It's a concentrated spiced syrup which you can add to a wine of your choice to make some truly excellent mulled wines. Add it to La Serrana Tempranillo (£4.99) for a great value Mulled wine, to Gestos Malbec (£6.66**) for a more full bodied style or add it to the Eguia Reserva (£6.66**) for something a little more complex, adding subtle notes of cedar and cloves.

Alternatively, you could add it to a dry cider such as Henney's (£19.92 for a case of 12) to make a delicious mulled cider, perfect for a pre Christmas celebration with friends.

*When you buy two as part of a mixed case

** When bought with any other pick 'n' mix wine


Fine Wine at House Wine pricesDate published: 01/11/13

Fine Wine at House Wine Prices

With Christmas coming up and family gatherings on the horizon why not take advantage of our Fine Wine Offer; 'Fine Wine at House Wine prices'- Buy any 2 selected Fine Wines and Save yourself £10. With a new price change running from now until December 2nd and an extended Fine Wine range, there's got to be something in there to tickle your fancy. From a silky, smooth Rioja to a Tannic Bordeaux there's something for everyone. Here are a few I think you should try;

Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza 2004 - From one of the very best Rioja producers, this 2004 vintage is a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha grown exclusively in the Rioja Alta region of Rioja. Encompassing strong red fruit flavours and a slight spice, this wine has great complexity in flavour and style and is an outstanding buy at just £18.50 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines.

Guidalberto 2011, IGT Toscana- A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this wine is the little brother to the winery's celebrated Sassicaia. Both grape varieties are vinified seperately before blending and maturation in French and American oak, giving the wine slightly more complexity. Just £25 a bottle when you buy any 2 selected Fine Wines, this wine could be enjoyed immediately or over the next 3-4 years.

For a full list of the Fine Wines included in this offer, head to our website at http://www.majestic.co.uk/fine-wine-offers


New Country OffersDate published: 31/10/13

For those of you that enjoy a fruity Marlborough Sauvignon or a hearty Chilean red then I've got some good news for you. We now have 20% of our New Zealand, Chilean, Australian, Californian and Rhone ranges in store and online. That means you can mix any two wines from the country and get 20% off the full retail price on each bottle. What's not to like about that?

So whether your thinking ahead towards Christmas festivities or just stocking up those racks, pop in to your local Falmouth branch to grab yourself a bargain!

* Whilst stocks last

November Pick and Mix OffersDate published: 30/10/13

To kick start the Autumn season here at Majestic we've got some fantastic offers not to be missed! We have a shiny new display in store with a BRAND NEW November Pick and Mix theme; buy any 2 selected wines and save 33.3%. Not only does this include some classic old favourites but also some new additions to the Majestic range and some Champagne also. Here are a few of the offers we are currently running.

Veuve Clicquot NV- £29.99 when you buy any 2 selected November Pick and Mix wines (an amazing price, I'm sure you'll agree)

Nicolas Feuillate NV Champagne- £16.00 when you buy any 2 selected November Pick and Mix wines

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 - £6.99 when you buy any 2 selected November Pick and Mix wines

Serena Pinot Grigio, 2012 -£6.66 when you buy any 2 selected November Pick and Mix wines

Gavi Montiero, 2012- £5.99 when you buy any 2 selected November Pick and Mix wines

Vina Eguia Reserva, 2008-£6.66 when you buy any 2 selected November Pick and Mix wines

Vina Eguia Crianza, 2009- £5.99 when you buy any 2 selected November Pick and Mix wines

Alamos Malbec, 2012- £6.66 when you buy any 2 selected November Pick and Mix wines

Cune Rioja Reserva, 2009-£9.33 when you buy any 2 selected November Pick and Mix wines

Macon Roches Rouge, Louis Jadot, 2012- £7.99 when you buy any 2 selected November Pick and Mix wines

To see the full range of wines and Champagnes included in the November Pick and Mix offer,you can always go to our website www.majestic.co.uk or pop into store to pick up a new leaflet with all of our best offers.


Wine of the Week- Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, 2013Date published: 30/10/13

Wine of the Week

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

Marlborough's long sunny days and cool climate leads to a long ripening season and a unique combination of very ripe fruit alongside fresh acidity. Villa Maria is an acclaimed family owned producer with an unwavering dedication to excellence.

A medley of intense, ripe herbaceous characters on the nose, followed by rich gooseberry, lime and tropical fruit characteristics on the palate

Only £6.99 when you buy 2+ Bottles


Up and coming Spotlight tastingsDate published: 25/10/13

Free In-store Spotlight Tastings

If your eager to learn more about your favourite wines or to try something different, then why not pop along to one of our in-store spotlight tastings. Lasting approximately 30 minutes long and at either 12pm or 3pm, it's a great taster session to be enjoyed at your convenience. Each session will be conducted by an experienced Majestic member of staff, who will be happy to advise and recommend alternatives for your classic go-to wines. To sign up to these tastings give us a call in store on 01326 311372 or alternatively pop us an email at our address: fal@majestic.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!


Open to taste: Amarone Negrar, 2009Date published: 25/10/13

Open to taste: AMARONE NEGRAR, 2009

WOW, have we got a treat for all of you lovely people this weekend. Open to taste is the magnificent Amarone Negrar, 2009. At just £18.00 a bottle when you mix it with any other selected Fine Wine, you save yourself £10. So if your looking for that perfect Christmas gethering, crowd pleaser, then this is the perfect choice.

Amarone is one of the iconic red wines from Italy, from the Veneto region in the north-west. It is a blend of three grape varieties, Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. The grapes are harvested and dried for around 120 days on straw mats, where they lose around one third of their weight due to evaporation, concentrating the flavours. The wine's name was used to distinguish between the sweeter Recitio styled wines from the same region, and translates as the great bitter.

Cantina Negrar is a co-operative based in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico region which was formed in 1933 when a group of 6 winemakers banded together to fight off speculators who wished to buy up land and make Valpolicella using imported grapes. The group realised that by joining forces they were able to afford new facilities and therefore produce better wines.

This wine is very rich, with aromas of Christmas cake, cooking spices and sweet fruits, leading to a thickly textured wine with soft tannin and a powerful fruit driven finish. 


Delivery AreasDate published: 22/10/13

We cover quite a large area for delivery at Majestic Falmouth (pretty much the whole of Cornwall!) so as you can imagine, our delivery schedule is pretty tight. To make deliveries more manageable we have a set route on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please take a look at which days we deliver where to avoid disappointment. We can fit deliveries in on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday but where we go on these days will change on a weekly basis depending on volume of orders. Saturday and Sunday we do aim to stay quite local to Falmouth.

WEDNESDAY DELIVERIES: South Coast - East of Falmouth

St. Austell, Looe, Bodmin, Lostwithiel, Par, Mevagissey, Porthscatho, Truro, St. Mawes and nearby areas.

THURSDAY DELIVERIES: West of Falmouth

Helston, St. Ives, St. Keverne, The Lizard, Penzance, Newlyn, Sennen, Redruth, Camborne, Hayle and nearby areas.

FRIDAY DELIVERIES; North Coast - East of Falmouth

Truro, Newquay, Padstow, Rock, Wadebridge, New Polzeath, Port Isaac, St. Agnes and nearby areas.

If you have specific delivery requirements please speak to one of the team in-store on 01326 311372.

Autumn Offers Ending SoonDate published: 22/10/13

Hurry! These offers end online at 3pm on Monday 28 October!

20% off Spain

20% off South Africa

Brancott Sauvignon - offer price £6.99

Bollinger - Buy 6 Save 33% = £30 a bottle

Callia Bella Malbec - offer price £5.99

and many many more....

http://www.majestic.co.uk/offers-ending-soon

Wine of the Week: Andy's Pick - Mister ShirazDate published: 22/10/13

Mister Shiraz 2011 Colchagua Valley


An exclusive bottling for Majestic, this wine represents a deliberate departure from the ultra-modern, fruit-centric Chilean style of Shiraz, and showcases Chile's ability to produce a more traditional, robust, spicy, yet unmistakably New World style.

Deep crimson colour with hints of violet. The nose is a complex mixture of plum and strawberry, with vanilla and cedar scents from French and American oak. A voluminous, muscular palate with great length.

At its best with rare, well-seasoned rib steak.

"A really approchable Shiraz marrying subtle hints of of old world spicy Syrah with classic new world body, texture and fruit. A bargain at £7.99” Andy – Store Manager.

£9.99 or buy 2 save £4 = £7.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Mister-Shiraz-zid39319

Early Christmas Bargains!Date published: 19/10/13

Want to grab an early bargain ready for Christmas or the New Year?

We've got some fantastic deals on our bubbles but only for a short period of time, so get them now whilst stocks last. Here are a few of our favourites;

Laurent Perrier Rose NV- Just £50 a bottle down from £67.50. If your a lover of all things pink, this classic style from a really reputable Champagne House will definitely hit the spot. And on a single bottle deal you can add it to that case of six without feeling guilty!

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV- Just £30 when you buy 6 bottles! Save 33%. This is a fantastic price for this well known Champagne. A perfect present for a loved one or as a ' bring your own bottle' to a party.

Louis Roederer Brut NV Champagne- Just £27.98 when you buy any 2 selected Fizz and save 33%!Normally priced at £42 a bottle, this is most definitely one offer to take advantage of. A fuller style Champagne encompassing a rich, creamier style with elegant bubbles and a soft fruity finish.

J de Telmont Grande Reserve NV Champagne- a REMARKABLE £15 ONLY when you buy 2 bottles. This is a great value Champagne with medium body and a light, yet yeasty brioche style.

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry, NV- Just £8.99 when you buy 2+ bottles. A more creamier style Prosecco with a rich but fine mousse and flavours of the more tropical fruits; pineapple and melon. Even though this does mention the words 'Extra Dry' in the label don't let this put you off. For sparkling wines, this actually signifies that a wine is slightly sweeter than a dry wine, almost in the same way that something can be described as extraordinary. This one is a perfect Christmas morning aperitif that would match quite nicely with smoked salmon.

Prosecco Zonin NV- Just £6.99 when you buy 2+ bottles. This is most definitely one that will always be in my rack for those unexpected family visits. Great as an aperitif or perfect for a light, refreshing toast. More fruity than most Champagnes and not so rich in flavour and body, this easy-drinking Prosecco has notes of pear, peach and crisp green apple. With light, elegant bubbles this is a great price for a great value fizz!

Undurraga Brut, NV- Just £6.99 (on a single bottle deal). If your wanting something that's quite light in style, easy drinking and refreshing all at the same time then this is one that will fit the bill but won't make quite a dent in those pockets.

If your looking for some perfect bubbles, but not quite sure what to go for, pop into the store where we can recommend different styles and point you in the right direction of something we know you'll love.


Fine Wine-Chateau Senejac 2012, Cru BourgeoisDate published: 19/10/13

To kick start this weekend we have opened another Fine Wine for all you lovely people. This week is the much anticipated Château Senejac, Cru Bourgeois.

Priced at just £18 when you buy any 2 selected Fine Wines, this is one chance not to be missed.

A brief introduction to the wine:Great Claret should be more than just a good drink, but should reflect and represent the flavours and style of the appellation from which the wine comes, and the vintage characteristics. The wines from the Médoc, on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon based, with Cabernet Franc and Merlot in lesser quantities, giving the wines a perfume and structure. The 2010 was an ideal vintage; the wines have ripe fruit and soft tannins for immediate enjoyment along with intensity and concentration for prolonged ageing.

FACTS: Senejac was granted 'Cru Bourgeois' status in the 1933 classification. Since the acquisition of the estate by the family who own the 4th Growth St. Julien Château Talbot, and the wine making team of Pontet Canet began making the wines, Château Senejac's quality has improved year on year. The Château dates to 1860 and is situated in a large woodland in the commune of Le Pain Médoc, where only 39 of the 150 hectares are dedicated to vines.

TASTING NOTE: Perfumed black currant, cigar box, blueberry and plum skin aromas, medium bodied with vibrant dark fruit flavours, a rich texture and long finish.

FOOT MATCH: Roast lamb with rosemary and mint sauce

New Short Term OffersDate published: 15/10/13

Today marks the start of some new Autumn short term offers in-store. These offers run until Monday 28th October and are not to be missed! Here are a few of our favourties;

Quinta de Azevedo, Vinho Verde 2012- Only £5.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

Prosecco Zonin,NV- just £6.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

J de Telmont NV Champagne- just £15.00 when you buy 2+ bottles-Save 40%

One of the most exciting offers starting today is the 'Pick and Mix' on Wakefield wines. With this including the Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Chardonnay all priced at £8.99 when you buy any two Wakefield wines, there's something for everyone!

Pop into store to grab yourself a bargain today!


New Wine of the Week- La Plata Sauvignon BlancDate published: 15/10/13

Wine of the Week

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Mendoza

Only £4.99 when buy 2+ bottles. Save £4.Unit Price £6.99

The cool mountainous climate, lengthy sunshine hours and rocky, well-drained soils of the Andes endow Mendoza with a sound basis for growing vibrant and intensely flavoured whites such as this Sauvignon. Flavours are maximised by cool fermentation in steel vats.

A pale green-tinged lemon yellow, with a nose of melon, lime and mango. Dry and crisp, the palate is awash with ripe grapefruit flavour, providing a long, refreshing finish.

Chill well and enjoy in its youth. Pair with some light salmon fishcakes.

'I was really surprised by this wine, in particular the fact that it is great value for money. A crisp and refreshing, easy-drinking wine perfectly enjoyable on it's own with friends and family. One that most definitely has a place in my fridge door!-Jack, Trainee Manager, Falmouth'


Champagne: A brief IntroductionDate published: 14/10/13

Champagne: A brief Introduction

Champagne is the glamorous cousin of the wine family, it is a fascinating part of the world of wine. This is a brief introduction to one of the most iconic drinks in history.

Grown is the cooler regions of Northern France, Champagne is made from 3 grapes, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier.

Grapes are first hand picked before being pressed very gently. The juice is then fermented to make a highly acidic but very neutral base wine. The wine is then blended, bottled and subjected to a second fermentation which takes place in the Champagne bottle .Yeast and nutrients are added to start the second fermentation . The yeast feed on the nutrients and give off carbon dioxide, which is dissolved into the wine and gives the Champagne it's signature bubbles.

The yeast eventually dies and is broken down. This is what gives Champagne it's famous yeasty character, this process known as yeast autolysis gives the Champagne bread-like, doughy and sometimes brioche aromas.

The champagne is then slowly rotated, this process is known as riddling. When complete, the wine bottle should be upside down with the sediment trapped in the neck of the bottle, this is frozen and shot out of the bottle due to the build up of pressure in the Champagne bottle. The bottle is topped up and sealed with a cork.

Non-vintage (NV) champagnes are the most well known champagnes, they are made to a specific house style and are consistent year after year. They are made to be drunk young. The Veuve Cliquot that someone has on their wedding day should taste the same as the Veuve Cliquot they have on the 50th wedding anniversary.

Vintage Champagnes are more expensive and are only made during the best years, these can be aged for up to 20 years and sometimes even longer. They will always have the the vintage year on the label.

Prestige cuvées are only made during the best vintages from the best grapes and command the highest prices. A few famous Prestige cuvées are Cristal (Louis Roederer), Dom Pérignon (Moët & Chandon ) and Grand Siècle (Laurent-Perrier).


Trained Staff In-storeDate published: 10/10/13

We only recruit motivated people with a genuine passion for wines and we're proud that our staff are the best-trained in the business. All take the WSET Level 3 Certificate soon after joining so they can give you the best advice.


We are pleased to announce that Sarah, Assistant Manager here in Falmouth has just received her WSET Level 3 certificate after being awarded a merit!

Well done Sarah!! Enjoy the fizz!

Argentinian Tasting WeekDate published: 10/10/13

Argentinian Tasting week

Friday 11th till Thursday 17th October

This week marks the start of Argentinian tasting week in store with many delights open for you to taste! With a variety of reds and whites to try, incorporating different grape varieties and styles is something we always aim to do so that you can get the best experience during these tasting weeks.

As always, and probably very predictably, we will have various Malbec styles open to taste which all differ in style from some of the more youthful, lighter styles to some of the more aged, fuller-bodied styles. We will also have a blend from the reputable producer Luigi Bosca as well as a Cabernet Sauvignon from Alamos, so if you like their Malbec then this is one to try as an alternative.

For the whites we have incorporated not only different grape varieties but different styles also. From you light, crisp and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc to the more rich and complex, barrel fermented Chardonnays, there's something for everyone. There's even a Viognier open to taste; also a good alternative to some of those Chilean ones if your a fan of those.

So if your interested in trying something different that offers good value for money then pop along during this week to taste 'til your hearts content.


Angel's Share Shiraz,2011-Open on the Tasting Counter Friday 11th OctoberDate published: 10/10/13

Angel's Share Shiraz, 2011

£18 when you buy 2+ selected Fine Wines. Save £10(Unit Price £25)

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.

Tasting Note: 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.

This wine is a perfect match for steak even though an obvious choice, although a great partner to any red meat, either grilled or in a rich sauce would be suffice.

This fantastic example of a classic Aussie Shiraz will be open on the tasting counter tomorrow; Friday 11th October so come in and sample a Fine Wine at a house wine price!  


Jack's Pick: Santa Ana MalbecDate published: 09/10/13

Santa Ana Malbec 2013 Mendoza

£8.99 Buy 2 bottles save £6 = £5.99

Great value Malbec from Bodegas Santa Ana, one of Argentina's oldest wineries, founded in 1891 By Italian wine pioneer Luis Tirasso. This is their benchmark Malbec, which offers great value and has previously been the recipient of several IWSC awards.

Lively ruby colour with the violet hues that typify this grape. Plum and cherry characters predominate on both nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with supple tannins and a pleasantly soft finish.

Ideal red for any barbecue, or for pairing with medium-strength firm cheeses.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Santa-Ana-Malbec-zid40138

South Africa Tasting WeekDate published: 05/10/13

South Africa Tasting week.

Friday the 4th till thursday 10th October is our South Africa tasting week and throughout the week we will be opening a selection of South African wines. Currently we have the following open, but we will be opening more throughout the week so make sure you check our Twitter (@majesticfalmth), website or Facebook for updates.

Robertson's winery Chenin Blanc (£5.59*)

Chenin Blanc is such a versatile grape, in this instance it is dry and packed with tropical fruits and green apple, it makes a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc and can be drunk on it's own or with seafood or Roast Chicken.

Duiker White (£7.99*)

This is a blend of Chardonnay, Chenic Blanc and Grenache Blanc. The blend provides a more complex wine which displays predominantly citrus and white fruit flavours but also layers of tropical fruits, apricot and even ginger. I would drink this with chicken served in a white wine and cream sauce.

Graham Beck Anthony's yard (£6.99*)

If you're looking for a great value Bordeaux style wine then this is perfect. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc Graham Beck has produced a well structured and complex wine. It displays both red and black fruits on the palate as well as fruitcake and a subtle hint of cigar box. Pair with beef, lamb or strong cheeses.

Barista Pinotage (£7.59*)

A lighter style of wine which as the name suggests contains aromas of coffee. It also displays chocolate and cherry. It is a very well balanced wine which manages to fill the mouth regardless of it's lighter body. The wine maker, Bertus Fourie, reccomends you drink this with blue-cheese-filled brandy snaps with chocolate and roasted coffee beans!


*When at least 2 South African wines are bought as part of a mixed case


Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Seguinot-BordetDate published: 04/10/13

Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Seguinot-Bordet  £24 buy 2 save £10 = £19

As a treat for the weekend we have opened a bottle of Fine wine, please feel free to come in and have a taste.

All over the New World wines have been made and labelled as Chablis, but very few ever come close to the original. The concept of Terrior, or specific attributes of geography, topography soil and climate have a significant impact on the character and style of the wines of Chablis. After Champagne and Alsace, Chablis is the most northerly wine making region in France, the cooler temperatures results in fresher and lighter bodied wines than the regions further south. The cooler climate and Kimmeridge clay soils and chalk sub-soils extend through Chablis and the Loire Valley to the White Cliffs of Dover results in a unique expression of Chardonnay. The Romans introduced vines to the region in the first century AD, but the fame and desirability of Chablis stems from the 15th and 16th Century; the proximity to Paris and ease of transporting barrels via the Yonne River led to sales of Chablis flourishing. Amongst the longest lived of White Burgundies, Chablis can age for decades in the case of the Grand Cru wines. The Chablis style of Chardonnay is characterised by vibrant green apple acidity, flinty and mineral aromas with floral undertones.

The family Domaine of Seguinot-Bordet can be traced to the 1590's from the Maligny commune on the outskirts of Chablis. The wine making philosophy is exemplified by the work in the vineyard, with a rigorous program of de-budding, pruning, harvesting and selecting the best quality fruit in order to allow the terrior to express itself. The vines are very densely planted, with the vines aged between 45 and 60 years old (in contrast to 'old' vines in New Zealand, where many have not even made it to 30 years old). The wine is fermented and aged in temperature controlled tanks to maintain freshness and vibrancy.

Powerful aromas of white florals, wet river stones, gun flint, and green apple leads to a body of fresh and racy vibrancy, minerality and ripe citrus fruits.

Match with oysters in the half shell, seared scallops or king prawns in a chili sauce.

Let's Discover PortugalDate published: 03/10/13

Let's Discover Portugal

Last weekend it was the Syrah/Shiraz tasting in-store here in Falmouth and with plenty of choice open to try it was difficult to not find one wine that you really liked. For me it was the Ramos Reserva 2012; a wine from our Portuguese range.

I've always had a love for Portuguese reds ever since I joined the company. Trying the Churchill's Estate 2011 on a head office course really opened my eyes up to not only the quality of Portuguese wines but also the value for money. If like me you love a heavy red, with strong fruit flavours and just enough tannin to give it some extra structure then Portguese reds are the ones to try! We've a great selection on offer to try but my top three and the ones I think you should try and listed below:

Ramos Reserva,2012, Alentejo-£6.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

Made in Alentejo; the most important cork growing region in the world, Ramos are a leading Portuguese estate who winery is located in the Royal castle built by King Afonso III in 1258. Still produced using the traditional method of foot treading, this is a blend of Syrah, Trincadeira and Aragonez. Foot treading is used to extract colour and tannin from the wine creating full, tannic and age-able wines.

Churchill's Estates 2012, Duoro-£9.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

Since the purchase of new vineyards in 1999, Churchill Estates have been developing and mastering dry wines using native Duoro grape varieties. This wine uses classic Port grapes; Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca and is fermented in stainless steel casks before being aged for 8 months in new and old French oak. It's a full bodied beauty encompassing characteristics of ripe cherry and strawberry with subtle hints of vanilla from the oak.

Quinta da Bacalhoa 2010, Peninsula de Setubal-£12.49 when you buy 2+ bottles

The Quinta da Bacalhoa estate is a 15th century estate, formerly owned by the Portguese royal family and known as Villa Fresca. The estate only turned to commercial wine production in the 1970s and is now one of Portuguese's largest producers. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is a a good alternative to a Bordeaux; encompassing bramble fruit flavours with a woody nose and nutty tannin.

If your not quite sure about which ones to try then why not mix and match them; Portuguese is on offer at the moment which means you can buy any 2 or more Portuguese wines as part of a mixed case and save yourself £3.


Sherry: an undervalued commodityDate published: 02/10/13

With Jack's WSET exam coming up, training is in full swing in store. Not only is there the tasting part of the exam but also the theoretical section, so getting to grips with the ins and outs of not only wines but also spirits and fortified wines is of high importance at the moment.

Going through various sections yesterday, including Sherry and Port not only got me excited for Christmas festivities with friends and family but also reminded me how Sherry offers fantastic value for money considering the process it undergoes.

In my opinion Sherry is a massively undervalued product, but one that is slowly regaining popularity as a drink to be consumed outside of the Christmas period. Great Britain holds one of the most important markets for Sherry outside that of Spain and the Netherlands, with labelling on bottles reflecting this. Jerez, the English word for Sherry and Xérès, the French word for Sherry appear as 'Jerez-Xérès' not only on the labels of the bottles but also on the seals; a system granted by the 'Consejo di Regulador' to guarantee the origin of the wine.

With sherries being reclassified from two original types, the fino and the oloroso (with the palo cortado as an exception ofcourse),each Sherry becomes its own as a result of different factors. The solera system- the idea of fractional blending is the main force behind the way in which Sherry is produced. The solera system comprises of a tower of butts, that form layers also know as criaderas with the youngest Sherries being at the top and the oldest Sherries being at the bottom, almost like a pyramid shape. The idea behind this method is to incorporate Sherries from different vintages into the blend in order to add various characteristics from each year and thus give the Sherry more complexity.

In the case of the Fino Sherry each butt is filled to around five-sixths of it's capacity to enable the Flor to develop on top of the Sherry avoiding oxidisation. In all Sherry cases the room left at the top of the butt enables the fractional blending to occur. As the Sherry on the bottom layer is released from the butt, the Sherry that replaces this will be from a younger criadera higher up in the solera system, and so the process continues with every butt getting new Sherry and the highest criadera getting Sherry produced from the most recent harvest.

The legal amount that can be released from a butt within one year is 33%; a strict regulation that has given Sherry such a remarkable reputation for it's quality and great value for money.

We have a new Sherry range that is due in later on this week, with an Authentic brand image and an Authentic product to match. These are exclusive to Majestic and feature some 1950's and 1960's vintage posters from the Jerez festival in September on the labels. The prices for these are as follows:

Pedro's Fino £8.99

Pedro's Amontillado £9.99

Pedro's Oloroso £11.99

Pedro's Palo Cortado £14.99

We're all very excited for this new range in store so all I can say is watch this space!

Winter Blues?Date published: 01/10/13

Winter blues?

If your feeling glum that Summer is most definitely over and Winter is setting in, then fear not! Here at Majestic we've got some cracking offers on to keep those winter blues at bay. So whether your hibernating away until spring or counting down the days until Christmas we've got something for everyone!

The offers are valid from 1st October until 14th October so for this short period of time only, grab yourself a bargain before it's all gone!

Here are a few our of best;

Louis Roederer Champagne Brut NV- just £28.00 when you buy 2 bottles

Moet & Chandon Brut NV- just £27.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Corte Alta Prosecco- just £6.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

Macon Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' Louis Jadot 2012- Just £7.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

Portillo Malbec, 2012- just £6.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

Serena Pinot Grigio, Bnafi, 2012- just £5.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

Beaujolais Villages, Georges Dubeouf 2011- just £5.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

With an abundance of offers on at the moment, now is the time to snap up those Christmas wines, although we all secretly know they won't last that long even with the best of intentions.


New Wine of the Week- Ramos ReservaDate published: 29/09/13

Wine of the Week 

Ramos Reserva 2012 Alentejo

A blend of Syrah, Trincadeira and Aragonez, this wine is all you would expect and want from a Portuguese red.

João Portugal Ramos started planting his own vines in Alentejo in 1990, gradually increasing the vineyard area and developing the winery. Traditional foot-treading in marble lagares is still practised on the estate, alongside modern temperature-controlled fermentation.

A robust ruby red wine, with dense aromas of red berries and pudding spice. Flavours on the palate are bright, thick and jammy, with fine-grained, well integrated tannins and good length.

Enjoy with a roasted pork loin marinated in Mediterranean spices.

£6.99 when you buy 2+ bottles (Unit price £8.49)


Delivery AreasDate published: 25/09/13

We cover quite a large area for delivery at Majestic Falmouth (pretty much the whole of Cornwall!) so as you can imagine, our delivery schedule is pretty tight. To make deliveries more manageable we have a set route on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please take a look at which days we deliver where to avoid disappointment. We can fit deliveries in on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday but where we go on these days will change on a weekly basis depending on volume of orders. Saturday and Sunday we do aim to stay quite local to Falmouth.

WEDNESDAY DELIVERIES: South Coast - East of Falmouth

St. Austell, Looe, Bodmin, Lostwithiel, Par, Mevagissey, Porthscatho, Truro, St. Mawes and nearby areas.

THURSDAY DELIVERIES: West of Falmouth

Helston, St. Ives, St. Keverne, The Lizard, Penzance, Newlyn, Sennen, Redruth, Camborne, Hayle and nearby areas.

FRIDAY DELIVERIES; North Coast - East of Falmouth

Truro, Newquay, Padstow, Rock, Wadebridge, New Polzeath, Port Isaac, St. Agnes and nearby areas.

If you have specific delivery requirements please speak to one of the team in-store on 01326 311372.

Free Cooler Sleeve with Vina SolDate published: 25/09/13

Our latest shipment of Torres Vina Sol has arrived and not only is it 25% off along with the rest of our Spanish range, but with each bottle comes a free cooler sleeve! Stocks are limited.

Vina Sol is £5.61 offer price until Mon 30th September.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Torres-Vina-Sol-zid14173

Wine of the Week: Jack's PickDate published: 24/09/13

Caixas Albariño 2011 Martín Códax, Rías Baixas

Galicia's signature white wine, from the region's most famous producer. Made exclusively for Majestic, with some of the grapes having been picked by Majestic's own staff, as a small number go to Galicia each year to help with the harvest.

A light, fresh and youthful wine, with a zesty and well defined citrus backbone, overlayed with subtle hints of stone fruits and nectar. Crisp and refreshing, yet rounded and enduring on the finish.

Drink with mussels and other shellfish, or all simple fish dishes such as grilled sardines.

"Here’s a lovely Spanish white bursting with zippy citrus and pear fruit and some zesty grapefruit bite. It’s lively enough to pair with chilli crab" (Jamie Goode, Sunday Express)

£9.99 or Buy 2 Spanish wines Save 25% = £7.49


Improved Offer: 25% off Spain - 1 Week Only!Date published: 24/09/13

Spanish wine has undergone a wine revolution over the last twenty years and is now producing a diverse range of brilliant red, white and rosé wines.

For one week only we have 25% off our Spanish range when you buy 2+ bottles as part of your mixed case. Here are a couple of highlights;

White

Torres Vina Sol - Offer Price £5.62 (Plus a free wine cooler with each bottle - limited stocks)

Albarino Caixas - Offer Price £7.49 - Wine of the Week!

Red

Gran Vendema Crianza - Offer Price £5.62

Arienzo Crianza - Marques de Riscal - NEW - Offer Price £8.24

Marques de Riscal Reserva - Offer Price £10.30

Vina Ardanza Reserva 04 - Offer Price £16.87

Rose

Cune Rosado - Offer Price £6.56

For a complete listing of our Spanish wines on offer visit here: http://www.majestic.co.uk/spanish-wine

Offer runs until 30th September

Focus on Sauvignon BlancDate published: 20/09/13

It is currently Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Week  (20th - 27th September) so we thought it would be high time to delve a little deeper into the world of this highly fashionable grape variety. One of the reasons Sauvignon Blanc has become so popular is that it is crisp, clean, fruity and clearly demonstrates the fruit characteristics.

Both south-west France and the Loire Valley (under the name of Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume) claim Sauvignon Blanc as an indigenous grape variety and at sometime in the 18th century, probably in Bordeaux, it crossed with Cabernet Franc to produce Cabernet Sauvignon. If this was all Sauvignon Blanc was to give us then I would be happy enough, but there was much more to come.

Sauvignon Blanc is now planted all over the world, most notably France, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, California and South Africa but is also planted across Eastern Europe, Italy, Spain, and Argentina. In 1973 Sauvignon Blanc was planted for the first time in the Marlborough region of New Zealand, within a few years they had produced a wine of such shocking, tongue-tingling pungency that the world of wine has never been the same.

If planted in cool regions, it has the classic green, herbaceous flavours often reminiscent of gooseberries, green pepper, grass, passion fruit or elderflower, whereas in warmer regions it can fail to develop much aromatic character and just have hints of peach. Generally speaking Sauvignon Blanc is not a wine thats intended to age, as the attraction is its youthful freshness, vitality and the fact that it can be drunk immediately, however some can age exceptionally, developing flavours of honey and toast.

Sauvignon Blanc is not just limited to dry, crisp, aromatic wines as many of the best sweet wines of the world are made from either a blend of Semillon and Sauvignon such as Sauternes, or from pure Sauvignon in California and New Zealand. The grapes for these wines are either harvested later so they produce more sugar, or allowed to go through a process called Botrytis (or noble rot) which consumes water from the grapes, concentrating the sugars and reducing the grape to a shrivelled raisin.

Sauvignon's are generally great thirst-quenching aperitif wines, however this grape makes wines with enough bite to accompany rich fish dishes or Thai dishes. The grapes high acidity also makes it a surprising accompaniment to dishes made with tomato.

Andy's favourite Sauvignon's;

Pouilly Fume les Griottes - £14.99 or buy 2 save £4 = £12.99

Jose Pariente Sauvignon Blanc - £12.49 or buy 2 Spanish save 20% = £9.99

Errazuriz Single Vineyard 2011 - £10.99 or buy save £4 = £8.99

Giesen 'The Brothers' Sauvignon  - £14.99 or buy 2 save £6 = £11.99  ***Star Buy***

Robertson Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99 or buy 2 South African Wines save 25% = £5.24


For a full range of Sauvignons visit http://www.majestic.co.uk/sauvignon-blanc


Fine Wine of the Week - Coney Pizzicato Pinot NoirDate published: 19/09/13

We will be opening the Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir on Friday the 20th September as part of our Autumn Magic of Fine Wine season.

£23 Buy 2 save £10 = £18

INTRODUCTION: Of all grape varieties, Pinot Noir tells the most stories;the story of the vineyard and the terrior in which the grapes were grown,the story of the vintage and the signature of the vintner. The label and name of Coney's Pinot Noir also tells a story; the treble clef logo on the label (and the names of all the wines Coney produce) heralds from the Coney's love of music and harks back to Tim Coney's days gigging with a band, whilst his wife Margaret danced and helped carry all the gear after the event. The wine making philosophy is one of minimal intervention, in order for the fruit and terroir to express as much character as possible.

FACTS: Martinborough was formally a service town for the sheep farms inthe Wairarapa before the 'Martinborough Terrace' was identified by studiesin the 1970's as ideal for quality grape growing. This lead to wineriesbecoming established in the town and people such as Tim Coney, the elderbrother of former New Zealand cricket Captain Jeremy Coney, making the hour long drive from Wellington over a treacherous and narrow mountain road. The Tararua mountain range shelters Martinborough from the winds and weather that buffets nearby Wellington; on days where the rain is horizontal in Wellington it is often balmy and sunny in Martinborough. Although young in comparison with France, Martinborough boasts the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in the country and due to this vine age, Martinborough wines have a distinct style; more structure and subtle earthy undertones than the fruit driven styles of Marlborough and Central Otago.

TASTING NOTE: A fruity aroma of predominantly black cherries, with sweetspice, vanilla and a hint of savoury, leads to a vibrant body of juicy sweet fruits, soft tannins and vibrancy

FOOD MATCH: Pinot Noir is a great match for many varied foods, but is at its best when matched with either roasted game or duck, or wild mushroom risotto.

Fine Wine shouldn't be limited to extravagant nights out, and it doesn't have to break the bank. Buy any 2 of these Fine Wines and save £10 - http://www.majestic.co.uk/fine-wine-offers

New wine of the Week- Montecastrillo, 2011 Ribera del DueroDate published: 14/09/13

Montecastrillo 2011 Ribera del Duero

Only £7.99 when you buy any 2 Spanish Wines

This wine is made by Finca Torremilanos, a family-run estate located at the eastern end of Ribera del Duero. Its 200 hectares of vineyards are spread across some 140 organically-farmed plots, including some which are over 100 years old.

A fruit-focused and easy-drinking wine, with medium weight tannins framing a core of ripe blackcurrant and raspberry flavour, accented with hints of cocoa.

Best enjoyed with barbecued chops.

'We opened this on the tasting counter for our Spanish Tasting Week and the first thing I thought of from the nose was Black Forest Gateaux. The smell of chocolate immediately hits you and the taste of red and black cherries on the palate create a great combination. Both of these paired with a subtle tannic structure make this a perfect wine to enjoy either with food or by itself. And all at a very reasonable price of £7.99; what's not to love'

Sarah, Assistant Manager, Majestic Wine Falmouth


Another Fine Wine Open! Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru, 2010Date published: 14/09/13

Another Fine Wine Open! Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru, 2010

To embrace the changing of the seasons, this Autumn Majestic are opening up some fine wines for you to try. With a buy 2 save £10 offer on selected Fine Wines, it's most definitely your chance to make the most of enjoying fine wines at house wine prices.

This week we've got you a special treat to try; the Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru, so if your looking for that special gift or wanting something to go with your turkey dinner at Christmas then come in and try it out for yourself.

From one of the most prestigious wine growers in Burgundy, this wine is a Pinot Noir that incorporates grapes grown across multiple premier cru sties thus giving the wine varying characteristics; powerful, darker fruit flavours from the Northern vineyards and softer, silkier characteristics from the south.

This is a fantastic example of a well balanced Pinot Noir; a grape that can often be very difficult to perfect, but Louis Jadot has proven that the impossible is possible.

An abundance of red and black cherries, hints of savoury spice and leather with subtle tannin giving the wine extra structure and body.

This wine is currently on offer at £20 when you buy 2 bottles; Unit Price £25. Save £10


Spanish Tasting Week: TutorialsDate published: 13/09/13

This week marks the start of Spanish tasting week in store. We had a fabulous array of wines open for you to taste on the counter but if that's not enough, why not come along to one of our tutored tastings on Saturday afternoon at either 12pm or 3pm.

If your tantalised by Tempranillo or love the range that Ribera del Duero wines can offer then why not pop along. It's FREE to attend and will give you a chance to try some wines you may never have tried before. If you would like to come along, just give us a ring in store on 01326 311372 and we can pop your name down.

We look forward to seeing you!


New Wine of the Week-Parcel Series Merlot 2012Date published: 10/09/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Parcel Series Merlot, 2012, Western Cape

Only £5.99 when you buy any 2 South African wines, Save 20%. Unit Price £7.49

This is a special parcel bought from a prominent and well-established Stellenbosch winery, and represents excellent value. The grapes come from several vineyard sites in the Western Cape, and the wine has been matured for 8 months in French oak.

A nose of plum and raspberry fruit, with inviting dark chocolate notes. A smooth and supple palate, bursting with berry flavours, and tinged with subtle, sweet spice.

A wine especially made for Majestic, this is definitely one to snap up at just £5.99 when you buy any 2 SA wines. Enjoy with roast duck!




Autumn Magic of Fine Wine Tasting: Jermann Pinot GrigioDate published: 06/09/13

Jermann Pinot Grigio

Open in store to taste Fri 6th/Sat 7th September

The Jermann estate (pronounced Yer-Man) was founded by Anton Jermann in 1881. He came to Fruili in Italy from Slovenia to find work. It has been a family run estate ever since, producing quality wines from low yields.

Silvio Jermann is the current owner, he took over in the 1970's and has an eccentric air about him. He cites Dante, Kipling and U2 has some of the inspirations behind the wines that he produces.

The Jermann Pinot Grigio is a Pinot Grigio like no other, where as a typical wine from this variety is delicate, light bodied, and subtle in flavour this one is velvety, fuller bodied and bursting with intense and persistent fruit driven flavours.

It really is remarkably atypical of the Pinot Grigio's commonly found in this area and is most certainly well worth a try at £18* a bottle.

*when bought with another selected fine wine from the buy 2 save £10 range.

Andy's Pick for SeptemberDate published: 05/09/13

Andy's Pick for September

Boschendal Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Coastal Region

The Boschendal vineyards cover an area of 254 hectares, extending for 6 kilometres along the slopes of the Groot Drakenstein Mountain to the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain. A large proportion of the estate is planted with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Cool fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the delicate fruit flavours, this Sauvignon shows tropical fruit, citrus and herbs on the nose, crisp acidity and a clean, lingering finish.

Superb as an apéritif or enjoyed with smoked fish or seafood.

I have bought this wine before and just love it. Wonderful with fish (I've just had it with fork beard) but equally good on it's own .” Jacky – Majestic Customer

£8.74 or 20% off 2+ South African wines = £6.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Boschendal-Sauvignon-Blanc-zid20197

Free Spotlight TastingsDate published: 05/09/13

Fancy comparing and contrasting wines? Then make sure you sign up to our FREE spotlight tastings every weekend in September!!

On Saturday 7th September we are 'Exploring Chardonnay', where you will get to taste Chardonnays from all over the world!

On Saturday 14th September we are 'Exploring Rioja', perfect for fans of Spanish wine, as you will get to taste a variety of red and white Riojas. Plus our Spanish wines are 20% off!

On Saturday 21st September comes the ever popular Sauvignon Blanc tasting.  If you love New Zealand Sauvignon, why not broaden your palate and try Sauvignon Blancs from both new world AND old world.  What a treat!

Finally, like big, heavy, full-bodied reds? Then our Shiraz/Syrah tutorial on Saturday 28th September is perfect for you!

Make sure you sign up in store today, or alternatively telephone us on 01326 311 372

Part Time Driver VacancyDate published: 05/09/13


We currently have a vacancy for a part-time driver. The role will be working 10-6 Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (24 hours per week) working with the team in Falmouth.

As a Driver, the job primarily involves making deliveries to our private and business customers in our company vans and in-store customer service and merchandising. You must be 20 or over (for insurance purposes) and have held a driving licence for over a year. You should be aware the role involves a lot of manual handling, lifting cases of wine in and out of the van. Benefits include a staff discount and paid holiday based on the period of time worked.

Please pop in to see us for an application form.


Pick of the SeasonDate published: 04/09/13

We have some fantastic new offers running between now and the 28th October. Here are a few of the Highlights;

20% off Spanish Wines including Lagunilla Reserva at £6.99.

20% off South African Wine including Boschendal Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99

Buy any 2 Portuguese wines and save £3

Buy any 2 selected fizz and save 1/3 including Prosecco di Conegliano at £8.99 and Heidseick Gold Top 2007 at £20

Plus many many more offers.

Check out www.majestic.co.uk or pop in-store.

Delivery AreasDate published: 04/09/13

We cover quite a large area for delivery at Majestic Falmouth (pretty much the whole of Cornwall!) so as you can imagine, our delivery schedule is pretty tight. To make deliveries more manageable we have a set route on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please take a look at which days we deliver where to avoid disappointment. We can fit deliveries in on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday but where we go on these days will change on a weekly basis depending on volume of orders. Saturday and Sunday we do aim to stay quite local to Falmouth.

WEDNESDAY DELIVERIES: South Coast - East of Falmouth

St. Austell, Looe, Bodmin, Lostwithiel, Par, Mevagissey, Porthscatho, Truro, St. Mawes and nearby areas.

THURSDAY DELIVERIES: West of Falmouth

Helston, St. Ives, St. Keverne, The Lizard, Penzance, Newlyn, Sennen, Redruth, Camborne, Hayle and nearby areas.

FRIDAY DELIVERIES; North Coast - East of Falmouth

Truro, Newquay, Padstow, Rock, Wadebridge, New Polzeath, Port Isaac, St. Agnes and nearby areas.

If you have specific delivery requirements please speak to one of the team in-store on 01326 311372.

NEW Wine of the Week: Tucumen Malbec 2012, MendozaDate published: 28/08/13

NEW Wine of the Week: Tucumen Malbec 2012, Mendoza

Only £7.99 when you buy 2+ bottles as part of a mixed case; unit price £10.99

Save £6!

For Majestic staff here in Falmouth this Malbec has been one of the most anticipated wines from our selection in a while. If it's not the label that immediately attracts you, it will most definitely be the price.

This great value wine produced by the famous winemaker, Juan Manuel, is deliberately youthful and fruity in style with minimal oak contact ensuring a softer, lighter style of Malbec with subtle tannins.

Encompassing characteristics of red cherry, plum and blackberry fruits, this wine is best enjoyed in it's youth, either by itself or with a light red meat dish.

It's open to taste now so why not come in and try it!

Wine of the Week: Jack's PickDate published: 20/08/13

Pop in to sample Jack's wine choice of the month!

This month it is the amazing Valpolicella Classico Casetta which is made in the 'ripasso' style. On our 25% off italian wines it is £12.74 which is a bargain considering this wine is very similar to Amarone which fetches £20+ !

From the beautiful hilly villages east of Lake Garda, Ripasso wines have had a portion of the fermented, dried-skins from Amarone added to them. Valpolicella Ripasso therefore combines the power and class of the Amarone with the bright fruit of the classic Valpolicella.

A beautiful deep ruby hue and lots of almost confected cherry, plum and berry fruits complemented by vanilla hints. Fine and rounded, a velvety smooth palate bursting with intense and complex flavours.

The perfect companion for all types of meat and seasoned cheeses.



http://www.majestic.co.uk/Valpolicella-Classico-Superiore-Ripasso-zid13050

25% off Italian WinesDate published: 20/08/13

With the summer holidays drawing to a close we thought we'd give you something to celebrate the August bank holiday with, so we have cut the price of our Italian wines by 25% when you buy 2+ bottles as part of your mixed case.

From summer favourites such as Pinot Grigio, Gavi and Pinot Grigio Rose to the perfect pizza and pasta accompniments such as Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Chianti and Valpolicella, there is something for every occasion.

Pop in-store today where we will have some Italian wines open to taste, or go online to http://www.majestic.co.uk/italian-wine . 

Offer runs until 2nd September

Online Exclusive! Mature German RieslingDate published: 17/08/13

Weingut C.H. Berres - Online Exclusive.
Tradition since 1510: The Berres family have been making wine in the Mosel for over 500 years. Don't miss out on this parcel of their sought after Rieslings.

We have the following Rieslings available to order online in 6x75cl bottle cases;

Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spätlese 2001 - £59.94
Kinheimer Hubertuslay Riesling Auslese 2003 - £65.94
Erdener Herrenberg Riesling Spätlese 1995 - £59.94
Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese 2002 - £59.94

Zeltinger Deutschherrenberg Riesling Spätlese 1999 - £59.94

or enjoy a mixed case of the above wines with our C.H Berres Riesling Selection Case - £62.94

These cases are limited availability so order quickly to avoid disappointment

http://www.majestic.co.uk/search?SearchTerm=CH+Berres+Riesling

Try Something DifferentDate published: 14/08/13

Try Something Different-Chilean Carmenere in the spotlight

One preconception that comes from working in the wine industry and being surrounded by wine all day, every day, is that you've tried almost every grape variety known to man. You'd think that after working at Majestic for just over a year that this would be the case. In reality, this could not be further from the truth.

I'm always being surprised daily by new wines; the different styles you can get from the same grape variety in different countries and how the 'Terroir' can change a wines characteristics so profoundly and unlike anything else. It was only the other day that I properly indulged in a bottle of Chilean Carmenere. Though this may be a surprise to you, it is still a wine that I am quite unfamiliar with. I do think that Chilean wines are some of the best value for money wines out there at the moment with great variation in both style and price. I am already a huge fan of Chilean Syrah and some of those more hearty reds but a Carmenere was an exciting change to my everyday choice.

It's one of those wines that I think a Malbec lover would enjoy. It's got those distinctly peppery notes on the nose and the palate that you get with a good Malbec, but encompasses both black and red fruits leading to a slightly smoky, elegant finish. Here are a few choices I think you should try.

Luis Felipe Edwards, Mountain View Carmenere, 2011 @ just £5.59 when you buy 2+ Chilean wines, unit price £6.99

For a good quality, every day drinking wine try this out for style. This is one of those great value for money wines encompassing blackcurrant and cherry characteristics, with a slightly smoky nose, smooth tannins and a perfect food match with Spaghetti Bolognese or alternative rich, tomato based pasta dishes.

Santa Rita 120, Carmenere 2012 @ just £6.39 when you buy 2+ Chilean wines, unit price £7.99

The Santa Rita range, named after the 120 freedom fighters who sheltered in the Santa Rita winery in 1814, is sourced from various vineyard sites across the Central Valley and as such has slightly more complexity than the previous recommendation. With black and bramble fruit characteristics, subtle notes of spice and hints of tobacco leaf, this ones is a more fuller style and would be a good accompaniment to a large plate of grilled lamb chops.

Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenere, 2009 @ just £8.79 when you buy 2+ Chilean wines, unit price £10.99

Unlike most of the wines we are seeing being the new vintages, this one is relatively older. From the 2009 vintage, this corker of a wine is a traditional style that is full bodied and rich on the palate. With 10 months in French Oak Barrels, it encompasses a peppery kick, firmer tannins and a chocolately, velvety smooothness. Perfect for those cosy nights in in front of the fire.


Wine of the weekDate published: 12/08/13

Wine of the week

We currently have the Kuhlmann-Platz Gewurtztraminer open as our wine of the week. It is an off dry Alsacian wine which has that characteristic sweetness that the wines from this region typically display but still manages to feel fresh as the crisp acidity kicks in.

Cave Vinicole de Hunawihr was the first cooperative in Alsace and the third in France as a whole. The winery was built in the 1950s by the founding vignerons, who tended their vines by day and worked on the building by night, creating a winery that is still in use today.

Fresh and open, with a pale straw colour and light body. Aromas of apricot and yellow plum, with hints of white rose. It's best enjoyed with pungent soft cheeses such as Munster, or its slight sweetness will compliment spiced oriental cuisine wonderfully.

Yours SancerrelyDate published: 10/08/13

Yours Sancerrely

Sancerre is a region known all over the world for it's excellent wines made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape. It's characteriesd by its light, delicate and crisp flavours of elderflower, gooseberry and herbaceousness and leaves its signature steely minerality in your mouth after every sip. Grown on the eastern tip of the Loire Valley, it is frequently argued that Sancerre produces the best expression of the Sauvignon Blanc grape in the world.. Below are some particularly good examples of Sancerres that we have in store.

Sancerre 'Les Barronieres' (£11.99*) is a great introduction into the world of Sancerre, a classic example of the style of wine from the region with crisp, citrus flavours with a streak of cheeky minerality. It is well suited to seafood but can be easily drunk on its own as an apertif.

Sancerre 'Clos de Bouffants' (£12.99*) is a fantastic value for money wine. It's been aged on its lees for 6 months which gives it an added complexity and flavour. It displays notes of rhubarb and gooseberry and goes particularly well with a wedge of decents goats cheese.

For something a little bit special The Sancerre Blanc Vacheron (£17.99*) is perfect, a textbook Sancerre from one of the best producers in the region. Its wonderfully aromatic with notes of concentrated gooseberry and has a slight hint of smokiness and of course, a signature streak of minerality. Wonderful on its own but MADE to go with smoked Salmon.

*When purchasing 2 as part of a mixed case.


In-store tasting eventsDate published: 10/08/13

During the Summer and Autumn period we will be running a number of FREE tasting events in-store. Learn the wine basics on our 90 minute WINE COURSE or enjoy focussed 30 minute tastings at our THEMED TUTORIALS. Just let us know if you want to pop your name down. For more information check out our 'Events' section on our web page. The events we are running are;

-Thursday 29th August @ 6pm (wine course)

-Saturday 7th September- Chardonnay- 12pm and 3pm (Tutorial)

-Saturday 14th September-Spain-12pm and 3pm (Tutorial)

-Saturday 21st September-Sauvignon Blanc-12pm and 3pm (Tutorial)

-Saturday 28th September-Syrah/Shiraz-12pm and 3pm (Tutorial)

It would be great if you could come along!

Give us a call on 01326 311372 or email us fal@majestic.co.uk if you would like to come along. Or for more details visit www.majestic.co.uk/falmouth



Andy's Pick for AugustDate published: 05/08/13

Andy's Pick for August
M de Minuty Rosé 2012 Côtes de Provence -
£12.99 or buy 2 save £6
= £9.99

This month I've chosen a wine that is perfect for summer drinking in the sunshine. Provence rose has really taken off in recent years and by tasting this wine it's easy to see why.

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

Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for a an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.

Partner with the delicate flavours of fresh shellfish, or with a mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato salad.

We are huge fans of Minuty, simply the best rose, bar none. Not sweet, beautifully pale and totally delicious. Delighted to find stocked at Majestic, buy while you can! ,” JE, Majestic Customer.

POP IN-STORE BETWEEN TUESDAY 6th and SATURDAY 10TH AUGUST TO GIVE THIS WINE A TRY!

http://www.majestic.co.uk/M-de-Minuty-Rose-zid08008

Yali Viognier on Saturday KitchenDate published: 03/08/13

On this morning's Saturday Kitchen Susy Atkins visited my old store in Weston-Super-Mare and chose the Yali Viognier which is on offer at £6.99 when you buy 2+ bottles of Chilean wine.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Yali-Reserva-Viognier-zid39242?tracking=|searchterm:

Wine of the Week: Gestos Malbec 2012Date published: 29/07/13

Gestos Malbec 2012 Finca Flichman, Mendoza


Only £6.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case

One of Flichman's top wines, combining the unique characteristics of two terroirs in a single grape variety. Tupungato at 1,100m altitude gives freshness and structure while Barrancas, at 700m, adds colour and density. Aged for over 6 months in American and French oak.

An intense red colour leads to aromas of plums combined with delicate oak, spices and chocolate. Red berry fruit continues on the palate where it is met with a hint of herbal spice.

A complex wine and a perfect match with steak or rich sausages. Alternatively, at the end of a meal with a chocolate filled pudding.


External TastingsDate published: 28/07/13

External Tastings

Are you interested in learning about wines; how to taste them, what characteristics to look out for when buying wines or what to pair with food at a dinner party?

Why not ask us about external tastings. Here at Majestic Wine Falmouth we can provide external tasting sessions free of charge,* so all you need to worry about is the wines you want to taste and who to invite!

*staff provide this service free of charge however, the wines for the tasting will need to be paid for


One year Birthday Party!Date published: 25/07/13

They grow up so fast!

To celebrate our store's one year birthday we are having a party, and you are all invited!

From Friday 2nd till Sunday 4th of August we are having a celebration to thank you all for making our first year such a triumphant success.

There will be plenty of complimentary fizz, some delicious deli treats and of course a lot of birthday cake. So please join us at any point over the weekend in celebrating this joyous occasion.


Wine of the Week, Oyster Bay Sauvignon BlancDate published: 24/07/13

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough
£10.99  Special Offer £9.99 Buy 2 New Zealand wines save 20% = £7.99

Marlborough has been at the heart of a winemaking revolution without modern precedent, and Oyster Bay is one of the region's most dynamic wineries. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes.

Showing pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Oyster-Bay-Sauvignon-Blanc-zid37047?tracking=|searchterm:

Great New OffersDate published: 23/07/13

Our latest flyer is packed with new special offers for the rest of summer. Here are my picks....

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc is now on special offer at £7.99. Superb Marlborough Sauvignon which never disappoints. Also from the same region we have the Giesen Sauvignon Blanc on offer at £6.99, a must for any summer party. Our entire New Zealand range remains on 20% off!

For reds look no further than Gestos Malbec on offer at £6.99 from £9.99. This full, fruity Argentinian is the perfect partner for summer barbeques.

For fizz lovers we have two real treats, Veuve Cliquot NV £30 and Laurent Perrier NV £25! That's reason to celebrate alone!

http://www.majestic.co.uk/latest-wine-offers for the full list of new offers.

Wine of the week and Staff choiceDate published: 20/07/13

Wine of the week:

Château du Cléray Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie (£8.99*), is made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape which exhibits notes of lime and apple The 'sur lie' refers to the fact that the must has been fermented with its lees giving it a bit more complexity. It is delicious on its own but partners very well with most fish dishes, it goes particularly well with haddock.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-cleray/product-is-05001


Staff Choice:

Our staff choice is heavily influenced by The Ashes being in full swing this week. It only made sense to select Jim Barry's 'The Cover drive,' (£10.99*) an Australian Cabernet Sauvignon which only ever bats for 6. It's a delicious medium bodied, powerful wine with a nose of blackcurrant and cedar with hints of liquorice and Morello cherry.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-cover/product-is-19026

*Offer Price

Wine of The Week: Yali Wetlands Merlot Rosé 2013 Date published: 15/07/13

Wine of the Week: Yali Wetlands Merlot Rosé 2013

Yali is the name of the Valley where the Ventisquero winery is located and is the main area of Mediterranean climate marshland in Chile. El Humedal El Yali is an area recognised for its significance to conservation, with 25% of Chile's bird population concentrating here.

A light and fruity rosé with a soft watermelon backbone, embellished with hints of strawberry and cherry on the palate.

A refreshing apéritif, it can also be enjoyed with salads, fish and light pasta dishes.

I must say I took a chance on this one; I am in no way a 'connoisseur' but I know what I like. I have never bought a rose wine in my life, preferring the 'red' varieties, and in particular, Merlot. Nobody told me that after the first glass you would want another one!! Or that after that you would finish the bottle!! Seriously, if you drink wine for pleasure in a sociable setting you can't go wrong with this one. Excellent.” Brian – Majestic Customer

£7.49 or buy 2 Chilean Wines save 20% = £5.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-yali/product-is-08162

Andy's Sunshine PicksDate published: 13/07/13

With this lovely sunny spell we are having at the moment I thought I'd give you my wine recommendations for the heatwave. These choices are all at great prices too!

Party White: Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde

This Portuguese white wine is dry, light and has a very slight spritz. Perfect for drinking on its own in the sunshine, or with light salads and seafood. A bargain on offer at £5.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-verde/product-is-15103

Party Red: Paul Mas Merlot

Recently recommended in Jane MacQuitty's top 100 wines, this soft and smooth Merlot is great for party time! On special offer at £5.99.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-mas/product-is-09494

BBQ White: Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Classic New Zealand Sauvignon at a great price (£6.99 offer price), this will go fantastically well with grlled mackrel or vegetable kebabs.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-brancott/product-is-37083

BBQ Red: Portillo Malbec

For BBQ Steak, burgers or sausages, this Argentinian Malbec is the perfect partner. Full and fruity, just what is required for BBQ red meats. A snip at £6.99 offer price too!!

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-portillo/product-is-40117

Summer Rose: Domaine Chautarde Rose

A light, dry and fruity rosé, with strawberry and red cherry flavours perfect for sipping in the sunshine. Offer Price £6.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-08009/product-is-08009

Wine of the Week-Anakena Single Vineyard 'Tama' Viognier 2011 Requínoa ValleyDate published: 11/07/13

Wine of the Week- Anakena Single Vineyard 'Tama' Viognier 2011 Requínoa Valley

The Lilén vineyard is a plot of Viognier vines located in Requínoa, tucked away in the southern part of the Rapel Valley. Only a quarter of the blend is fermented in French oak barrels, before being reblended and matured with regular lees stirring.

A subtle nose for this variety, with restrained apricot fruit, accented with a savoury pancetta-like smoky note. Soft, peachy flavours, a hint of fruit sweetness, plus a citrus lift and a full texture.

Great with mild chicken curry, steamed mussels or scallops.

A great value Viognier from the marvellous Anakena, lovely mellow stone fruits such as apricot and peach jump onto the nose with a slight tickle of white pepper.” Jack, Trainee Manager at Majestic in falmouth.

£7.99 when you buy any two Chilean wines


Fantastic Beer OffersDate published: 10/07/13

Fantastic Beer Offers

With these almost Mediterranean sunny days here in Falmouth what better way to cool off than with an ice cold Beer. Here at Majestic we've got a fantastic range of beers all at bargain prices, so whether you're after lager, cider or ale we've got it covered. Here are a few of the best deals.

Perfect choices for those family BBQ's or spontaneous gatherings

San Miguel Fresca 330ml- Just £1 a bottle available in both 12 and 24 packs

Pilsner Urquell 330ml- Also available at just £1 per bottle in both 12 and 24 packs

Doombar 500ml- Currently on a bottled ales deal- Save £6 when you buy any selected packs of ale

£24 per pack, or £21 when brought with another box of ale

Something New?

'On-trend Beers', also know as Craft Beer has become hugely popular as of recent and luckily we have a few of these in stock at great prices!

Anchor Steam 6* 355ml- £12.99 when you buy 1 pack or £9.99 when you buy 4 packs

Brooklyn Lager 6* 355ml- £12.99 when you buy 1 pack or £9.99 when you buy 4 packs

Curious Brew 12*330ml- This award winning beer is at just £17.99 a case

Cornish Delights

Polgoon Cider 6* 500ml- From the local Orchard in Penzance this Cornish Apple Cider is perfect on a hot sunny day. At just £16.50 a case this is a true hidden gem!



The Toast of British Summer: Special Offer English Fizz.Date published: 09/07/13

Special Offer: Nyetimber Classic Cuvee English Sprkling 2004

We are doing a limited offer on Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2004 to celebrate the summer and the many sporting achievements from this great nation. Priced at £23.99 down from £29.99, we couldn't recommend a better fizz!

If you have never tried a top flight English Sparkling, now is good a time. This multi-award winning winery goes from strength to strength, often beating the more expensive wines of Champagne.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-Sparkling+Wine/product-is-23260

Ashes Beer DealsDate published: 09/07/13

With the Ashes just around the corner we have brought 2 classic beers from the competing countries down on extra special offers:

England - Marston's Pedigree 12x568ml - £18, buy any 2 cases of ale save £6 = £15

Australia - Cooper's Pale Ale 12x375ml - £15*

*stocks arriving shortly.

Andy's Midweek Trip to Rhone, Burgundy and Beaujolais.Date published: 07/07/13

Andy's Midweek Trip to Rhone, Burgundy and Beaujolais.

Last week I was lucky enough to visit some of the classic wine regions of France along with some Majestic colleagues.

Our first stop was Rhone, famous for it's Syrah based red wines. We visited the Vidal-Fleury winery situated in the Cote-Rotie appellation. Cote-Rotie's South facing slopes are so steep that terracing is often used in the vineyards and machine harvesting is impossible so everything in the vineyards is done by hand. We were hanging on to our seats on our drive back down to the winery, the roads were that steep!

At the winery we tried a range of Vidal-Fleury wines including the classic Cote-Rotie, a white Cotes-du-Rhone and a Beaumes de Venise dessert wine. If you are new to wines from the Rhone valley, why not try their Cotes-du-Rhone which is made from a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre and Carignan and has the typical characteristics of deep red fruit and spice.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-vidal/product-is-06275

Next stop was Burgundy, and Maison Louis Latour. Based in the historic town of Beaune, Louis Latour is a family run winery which is highly respected around the world. As well as the popular favourites Macon Lugny and Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Louis Latour produce some classic Burgundies (Chateau Corton Grancey is an extremely interesting Grand Cru Pinot and for those wanting to try something really special the Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Chardonnay is exquisite!) but also produce some excellent wines from outside Burgundy (try the Grand Ardeche Chardonnay or Valmoisinne Pinot Noir).

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-louis+latour 

We visited the modern winery and bottle plant just outside Beaune where most of the wines are produced. Unique to Louis Latour is that they have their own on-site cooperage so we witnessed the coopers making barrels for the wines to be stored in which was a very interesting process. All in all it was a very impressive operation, but it isn't all ultra modern at Louis Latour - as we found out when we visited Aloxe-Corton and the original winery which is largely unchanged since it was built nearly 200 years ago. This was like going back in time, especially when we went down into the dark cellars where back stocks of Corton Grancey as far back as 1870 can be found!

Of course no trip to Burgundy would be complete without experiencing the gastronomic delights of the region and we tried the range of wines alongside typical Burgundian fayre such as escargot (snail), rabbit, pork with mushroom and of course a plethora of cheeses.

Our final visit on our trip was down to Beaujolais. Probably still more well known for it's Beaujolais Nouveau, the region actually produces some serious wines, perfect for the sunny weather we were experiencing in France that day. We visited the Henry Fessey winery in the Brouilly cru of Beaujolais. The scenery in this area of France is breathtaking in the sunshine. Beaujolais is a fairly unique wine region in that the principal grape grown is Gamay. This produces lighter more fruit forward wines which are sometimes chilled down. We had the Claudius Morond Fleurie (Fleurie is the area regarded as the 'Queen of Beaujolais') which had a little more body and was a fantastic lunchtime wine with pork. We also tried a white Beaujolais made from Chardonnay - though production of this is so limited it is hard to find outside the region.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-morond/product-is-07035

So three days of experiencing some fabulous wines from these classic wine regions has certainly re-ignited my passion for French wines - not that it needed re-igniting!! Give some of these a try yourself. You won't be disappointed.


Wimbledon drinksDate published: 05/07/13

With Wimbledon reaching its climax this weekend, we thought we'd match some wonderful drinks with the most exciting of Grand Slams.

First of all, Wimbledon is famous for it's grass courts and what 's grassier than the nose on a Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc? We suggest the Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc (£6.99*), a crisp and fresh wine that'll have you believing you were smelling the freshly cut grass of centre court.

Sales of strawberries go wild during the Wimbledon fortnight and although most people like to match strawberries with cream, I like to pair them with a Prosecco, the sweetness of the strawberries goes really well with the slight sweetness found in Prosecco. The Prosseco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene (£9.99) would go perfectly.

Finally a bit of a wild card, when the sun is out over SW19, out comes the Pimm's. But rather than the traditional No. 1 cup why not try something a little different. The Pimm's Blackberry and Elderflower special edition (£13.50*) is delightful or how about Sipsmith Summer Cup? (£15.00) A Pimm's alternative from the amazing people at Sipsmith which is a slightly more complex drink with notes of bergamot and cucumber. It's something definitely worth trying.


*When at least 2 are purchased as part of a mixed case


Wine of the Week-AIX Magnum, Coteaux d'Aix en ProvenceDate published: 01/07/13

Wine of the week

AIX Rosé 2012 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 1.5l Magnum

An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum!

Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit.

A superb choice for any event, and the perfect match for canapés or seafood.

Only £19.99


Which Rose to Choose?Date published: 27/06/13

So summer is here, and the chance to enjoy a nice glass of rosé whilst basking in the British sunshine! Although it seems the obligatory tipple to enjoy this time of year, it can be difficult to decide which one to buy, and more importantly which one you will actually enjoy. Unlike reds and whites, we tend to buy rosé only in the summer months and so don't have time to try the different varieties and regional variations avaliable to us.

So here is a brief list of some styles of rosé we have on offer, to help you choose from our extensive range and make the right choice for you to have in your glass this summer.

Light, Dry and glugable!

If you're looking for an easy drinking, low alcohol rosé look no further than the Pinot Grigio Braganze. A floral nose is followed by a palate infused with soft notes of apricot and peach. A fresh acidity makes this a perfect tipple on a warm summers afternoon.

Offer Price £6.99  http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/category-is-Wine/Colour-is-Ros%C3%A9+Wine/product-is-08139

Elegant, Soft and Refined!

Trying to find a rosé with style and finesse? Then get your hands on a bottle of our provence rosé! Often a blend of Grenache and Cinsault, these wines are elegently fruity with a unique floral character. There delightfully subtle charm allows them to be paired easily with summer picnic food and light barbequed meats and fish. The pick of the range for us here would be the Chateau Pigoudet - Classically provence in style, with a lingering finish that encourages you to top up your glass!

Offer Price £8.99 http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/category-is-Wine/Colour-is-Ros%C3%A9+Wine/product-is-08142

Rich, Ripe and Valuptuous!

Wanting a rose with a more robust finish? How about a Rioja rosé? A region famed for its reds also produces some fantastically lengthy and rich rosés. Tempranillo and Garnacha dominate, creating bright coloured wines which lead to strawberry and raspberry flavours on the palate. The Marques Caceres is a brilliant rosé, with enough backbone to stand up to lightly spiced dishes.

Offer Price £7.99 http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/category-is-Wine/Colour-is-Ros%C3%A9+Wine/product-is-08133

Bold, Brash and Beautiful!

So you like your rosé to have a bit of ooomph?! Head to the New World! The warmer climate of Chile produces rosé wine that will leave a warming, spicy finish on your tongue and a fruity kick that will have you pouring until the bottle runs dry! Pick of the bunch has to be the Santa Rita 120- Juicy red fruits, hints of sweet spice and a crisp, clean finish makes this the wine for those who want a fun, powerful rosé this summer!

Offer Price £6.39 http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/category-is-Wine/Colour-is-Ros%C3%A9+Wine/product-is-08094

So there we have it! Which one sounds like the rosé for you then? Come in soon and stock up ready for that sunny day we're all praying for!

PROVENCE ROSE TASTING WEEK: FRI 28th JUNE - THU 4th JULY IN-STORE

ROSE TASTING TUTORIAL; SAT 29th JUNE (Midday & 3PM) IN-STORE

The Perfect Party Wines!Date published: 23/06/13

The Perfect Party Wines

So according to the British calendar we are currently at the beginning of the summer season here in the UK. Even though the weather might not be up to scratch it is after all party season; weddings, graduation celebrations and family gatherings take precedent at this time of year. Here at Majestic Wine Falmouth we've got the wine covered so all you have to worry about is what your going to wear!

We've got some fantastic deals on both still wines and Champagnes, so why not take advantage of our money-saving summer offers with wines that will WOW your friends and family at that special occasion. Here are a few of my favourites;

Champagne

Champagne; for those of you that like to indulge in a little luxury from time to time. It's a perfect aperitif or toasting wine, that sometimes commands a higher price than your alternative Prosecco or Cava. This is predominantly due to the labour intensive production methods used at the winery whilst the Champagne is lovingly crafted.

For an easy-drinking Champagne that encompasses both floral notes and green apple fruits, try the Comte de Lamotte Champagne currently on offer at just £12 a bottle down from £20. This will most certainly be a crowd pleaser at any gathering!

White Wine

With a party of people and so many palates to think about it's always a struggle deciding which grape variety to go for. For most, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand tends to be the go to wine! Refreshing, crisp and bursting with fruit flavours-why on earth wouldn't it be? With the price tag increasing due to a recent bad harvest, it's always good to find an alternative, especially if your looking to save some money along the way!

Lachetau Sauvignon Blanc-If you want a NZ Sauvignon Blanc but not prepaid to pay the higher price tag, try this one! A slighter softer style encompassing those classic gooseberry flavours of a Marlborough Sauvignon with less acidity. At just £5.99 when you buy 2+ bottles, this is a wine that I'm sure will satisfy everyone!

Red Wine

For an easy-drinking gluggable party wine,a soft and fruity Merlot tends to be the predominant choice as it's very versatile matching well with various foods. For me however, being a strong lover of a good Rioja I'd recommend trying the Lagunilla Reserva at just £6.99 a bottle when you buy 2+ bottles. Bursting with red cherry flavours and subtle hints of vanilla this wine is an easy-drinking, moorish red that can be enjoyed by it's self or with food.

Rosé Wine

If your looking for that WOW factor along with a crisp, dry and light Rosé then the AIX Magnum is the one for you. At just £19.99 and two bottles in one, it's a bargain!This wine from Provence encompasses all of those red summer fruits with a crisp , refreshing acidity; it's the perfect pink for your party!

If your hosting a summer party of your own and want the perfect wines for the occasion why not pop into your local Falmouth store to see what we think you should have!


Wine of the week-Ravenswood Lodi ZinfandelDate published: 23/06/13

Wine of the Week-Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel

Only £7.99 when you buy two bottles (£10.99 unit price)

Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is know as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, produce powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto.

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

A pleasure to drink by itself or with flavourful duck dishes or a cheese platter. Enjoy over the next four years.


My trip to head officeDate published: 19/06/13

Recently I made the journey up north to our head office in Watford for product knowledge training. It consisted of a day of wine tasting with a group of other trainees where we learnt a bit more about the wines that we have in our store.

One particular highlight was the blind tasting of a fine wine and a lower priced wine of the same region and grape. We were given two Bordeaux wines, Lacroix (£5.99*) and Segla (£25.00). Although the Lacroix is very nice, the complexity in the Segla was evident and was a much more interesting and enjoyable wine. Fortunately most of us were able to identify which sample was the fine wine.

Another thing that I found interesting was my first taste of Sherry. We tried the La Gitana Manzanilla (£7.99), a dry sherry. The process involved in making Sherry is astoundingly complex and intricate and I was surprised that all the work that went into only amounted to a fairly modest price tag. I wasn't a huge fan of it but I've been told several times that it is an acquired taste. It is a taste I hope to, one day, acquire.


*when purchasing 2 or more bottles


Wine of the Week: The King's Thorn Pinot Gris 2012 MarlboroughDate published: 31/05/13

The King's Thorn Pinot Gris 2012 Marlborough

Something of a thorn in the side for some winemakers, Pinot Gris requires a very measured approach in order to achieve a balance of texture, sweetness, acidity and fruit character. This excellent example treads the fine line between the Alsatian and Italian styles.

Delicately pink, indicating natural sun ripening. The nose is lifted and perfumed with honeysuckle and peach. A lightly unctuous and off-dry palate are lifted by acidity and a hint of natural spritz.

Delicious on its own but a brilliantly versatile food wine to boot. Try with grilled prawns, white meats or creamy cheeses.

"Despite being named in honour of a 12th-century dispute between Henry II and the British ancestors of the owners of this vineyard, this is a very New World wine, from a Kiwi area most associated with brilliant Sauvignon Blanc. This is very different: aromatic, dry, with touches of both honey and woodsmoke and a savouriness on the finish, it's a good wine for those who find some Viognier too assertive. Excellent with poached or roasted salmon or runny cheeses. (Terry Kirby, The Independent, 17th March 2013)"

£12.49 or buy 2 NZ wines save 20% = £9.99


http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-thorn/product-is-37274

Award WinnersDate published: 23/05/13

This week the International Wine Challenge and Decanter World Wine Awards results were announced.

These competitions each attract around 14,000 entries, which are tasted by a line-up of masters of wine, sommeliers, critics and buyers over several weeks. The top wines are awarded gold, silver and bronze medals, with trophies awarded in specific groups. Look out online for the IWC or DWWA logos for award winners. Here are 3 trophy winners which I think you may enjoy!

YALUMBA Y SERIES VIOGNIER  - Eden Valley Viognier Trophy + Gold Medal IWC

Price £9.99 - Buy 2 still Australian wines between £5 - £20 save 20% = £7.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-yalumba/product-is-19536

CONEY PIZZICATO PINOT NOIR - Martinborough Pinot Noir Trophy + Gold Medal IWC

Price £22.00  - Buy 2 still New Zealand wines save 20%  = £17.60 

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-37158

COMMANDERIE DE PEYRASSOL ROSE - Provence Rose under £15 Trophy + Gold Medal DWWA

Price £10.99 - Buy 2 bottles save £2  =  £9.99 

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-peyrassol/product-is-08166

Wine of the Week- Inama Soave ClassicoDate published: 20/05/13

Inama Soave Classico, 2012

Only £11.99 when you buy any two Italian wines. Unit Price £14.99

The Inama estate was founded in 1960. Their Classico wine is made from Garganega grown on 17 hectares of basaltic lava. The vines are up to 30 years old and are hand-harvested. Stainless steel fermentation is followed by up to eight months maturation before bottling.

From lower yields and the best slopes in the region this wine is generous, revealing apricots, honey, flowers and almonds. Generous acidity and a rich texture enforce the elegant finish this wine has.

Drinking now but will be fine with another couple of years' ageing. The creamy finish lends itself perfectly to a match with fish pie.


Italian Tasting Week: Soave ComparisonDate published: 19/05/13

Italian Tasting Week: Soave Comparison

Following on from the Italian Tasting theme this week, it was interesting to see how different one grape variety can be in two different wines. Conducting the Italian Tasting Tutorial in store yesterday really opened my eyes up to the fact that wines really are a true representation of the wine maker; Soave being the perfect example in this case.

Firstly, we tried the Fattori Soave (£6.99 when you buy any two Italian wines); crisp and fresh with kicking acidity, notes of citrus fruits and green apple flavours. A perfect alternative to a Pinot Grigio, this wine is a perfect drink now, summer wine!

As a comparison wine we then opened up the Inama Soave Classico (£11.99 when you buy any two Italian wines). This wine was in complete contrast to the first Soave tasted. It was creamy and buttery encompassing flavours of roasted almonds, floral notes and citrus fruits. The lemon and lime characteristics were no where near as harsh as the Fattori Soave resulting in a nicely integrated wine. This is as a result of using a production method known as malolactic fermentation; the conversion of harsh malic acids as found in apples to lactic acids. This softens the fruity characteristics in the wine and appears to make the wine more creamy in both texture and style.

This process and the choice to utilise this in the wine is truly down to the preference of the wine maker. For me, it is clear that the Inama producers wanted to create a smoother wine, with better integration and a creamier, more full bodied white. As a result a representation of the wine maker is in the bottle produced.


Italian food for Italian wineDate published: 18/05/13

As it's Italian tasting week, naturally I became obsessed with Italian food. Italian wines are made for Italian foods and vice versa so I bought myself an Italian cookbook and a bottle of decent olive oil and decided to take the concept of Italian tasting week to my kitchen.

Italian food relies on the premise that good quality ingredients produce good quality food. The dishes themselves are very simple and most of them only require a few ingredients. I went to the greengrocer and bought the best tomatoes I could find, some pancetta from a local butcher, some pecorino and parmesan from a deli.

I spent a while making it but I ended up with tomato and pancetta spaghetti. It doesn't sound too exciting but it was probably the best tomato and pancetta spaghetti I've ever made.

Unfortunately Italian wines are no way near as simple as Italian food, the 100 different vine varieties gives some indication to that. When pairing wine with food, as a rule of thumb I try and match wine characteristics with the dish. A tomato based dish like the one I had requires a wine with a lot of acidity, I had the Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (£9.59*). Something creamy or cheesy like a Carbonara or macaroni and cheese would require something like the Inama Soave Classico (£11.99*) which is rich and creamy in texture.

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

Pancetta and Tomato Spaghetti (serves 4)

In a pan sauté 350g of pancetta and after 10 minutes add one finely diced onion, continue cooking until pancetta is golden brown.

Add a generous splash of dry white wine, allow to reduce by half and then add 1 tbsp of dried chilli and a chopped clove of garlic.

Whilst the pancetta is cooking, in a separate pan add 900g of peeled, ripe tomatoes (two tins of good Italian tomatoes will suffice) with 3 bruised garlic cloves, 12 fresh basil leaves and about 5 tbsp of good extra virgin olive oil. Add a pinch of salt and lots of freshly ground pepper.

After 5 minutes remove the garlic and take the sauce of the heat and add to the pancetta. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes.

Boil some slightly salted water and add 400g of spaghetti, cook until al dente.

Take the sauce of the heat and add the spaghetti to it mix and serve with plenty of freshly grated pecorino.


Wine of the Week- Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc, 2011Date published: 17/05/13

Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Hawke's Bay

A wonderfully bold departure from intense single-varietal unoaked Sauvignons, Te Mata barrel-ferment their Cape Crest with the addition of small amounts of Semillon and Sauvignon Gris, for a more interesting texture and complex aromatics.

Straddling the divide between typical New Zealand Sauvignon and classic white Bordeaux, this wine is creamy, with blossom and toast notes embellishing the backdrop of citrus and guava-like fruit.

Superb with seafood and poultry dishes or as an apéritif, this wine will drink well over the next 2 years.

Only £16.99 when you buy any 2 New Zealand Wines

Unit Price £21.25


Wine of the Week- Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard RiojaDate published: 14/05/13

Bodegas Ramón Bilbao is situated in a privileged location: Haro, in Rioja Alta, a paradise where Rioja's emblematic grape variety, Tempranillo, grows best. From vines with an average age of 40 years, this concentrated, intense Rioja is a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha.

This soft and supple wine is vibrant ruby in colour with aromas of red cherry and blackberry fruit and slight hints of vanilla on the medium bodied palate.

Well structured with a long and pleasant finish which would be ideal with red meat stews and cheeses.

Dessert wine with blue cheeseDate published: 12/05/13

As a new member to the Majestic team, I am constantly being surprised by wines that I previously thought I didn't like. It turns out I do enjoy Merlot, although my initial distaste for it was most likely informed by Paul Giamatti's character in the film 'Sideways.'

I had never enjoyed a dessert wine before, therefore I assumed I didn't like dessert wines. It turns out I had never had one in the right context. At a recent in store tasting, my Manager Andy, surprised us all by pulling out a dessert wine, a Castlenau Sauternes (£11.99). The customer's reactions were similar to my own, a bit of curiosity but a general indifference towards it.

The nose was the first thing that surprised me, a lot crisper and fresher than I expected. We first tasted it alongside a piece of chocolate and It was nice, a lot nicer than I anticipated. It had notes of orange, spices and fudge and I enjoyed it but it didn't convert me. I wasn't prepared to buy a bottle. Then came the blue cheese...

The blue cheese transformed the wine for me, it was a Roquefort, but a Saint Agur or a Docelatte would be just as good. The combination of sweetness from the wine and salty, creaminess from the cheese worked so well together and really amplified the flavours of both the cheese and the wine. I would now happily include a dessert wine or two in my mixed case.

Grape in focus: Sauvignon BlancDate published: 11/05/13

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand has, for many, become the go to drink all year round. The crisp, refreshing acidity, ripe citrus fruit flavours and those mouthwatering gooseberry characteristics are enough to draw people in. For others, however, the almost pungent aspects can be slightly off putting. As such I have put together a collection of alternative Sauvignon Blanc wines from various countries that are currently on cracking deals, in order to give you a variation on the well known Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Parcel Series Sauvignon Semillon 2011, Margaret River

This wine is a superb example of a well integrated wine bringing together those classic citrus fruit flavours of a Sauvignon Blanc with more rounded notes of peach, tropical fruits and floral notes. The Semillon in the blend takes away the biting characteristics that can sometimes be overwhelming and draws them in to result in a smooth, easy drinking Australian white. Perfectly drinkable on its own or as a match with oily fish, this wine is a steal at just £5.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more Australian wines.

Mountain View Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, Central Valley

This wine is a slightly crisper style to the one mentioned above as it is not a blend . As a straight Sauvignon Blanc, this wine encompasses those citrus fruit flavours as typical with a Marlborough Sauvignon however, it has a lot more minerality due to it being grown in a cooler climate. When using this term, this signifies the presence of characteristics typical to that of wet stone, which in turn gives a wine like this mouthwatering acidity. With notes of pineapple and tropical fruits this again is a nice alternative. At just £5.59 a bottle it's one of those easy-drinking, gluggable wines perfect for those summer BBQ's.

Lacheteau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Vin de France

This wine, again grown in a cool climate has a crisp and clean finish as a result of the acidity but encompasses more of those lovely gooseberry flavours and citrus fruits with notes of freshly cut grass. This wine to me, is the closest to a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc out of the alternatives suggested but is somehow softer, loosing those biting characteristics. This French Sauvignon Blanc is a fantastic alternative and at just £5.99 a bottle it's a new wine, not to be missed.

As you can see from the various wines suggested the climate can have a very influential impact on the wines and can result in different characteristics. Not all Sauvignon Blanc's are like Marlborough New Zealand wines.



Craft BeersDate published: 04/05/13

Craft Beers

We have some fantastic craft beers in stock currently and between 3rd and 9th May these beers will be available to try in-store.*

Curious Brew Lager, Chapel Down – 12x330ml - £17.99

GOLD MEDAL WINNER AT THE INTERNATIONAL BEER CHALLENGE 2012. Curious Brew is a truly premium lager beer. Brewed in England with precision and passion to create a uniquely satisfying, drier, cleaner, fresher, lager beer.

No wonder this beer won such a prestigious award it is truly deserved. The hops and wine makers twist make this beer truly stand out. I dont feel happy unless I have a case or two always on hand.” Vevey – Majestic Customer

Anchor Steam Bitter - 6x355ml - £12.99, buy 4 cases save £12 = £9.99

A deep amber colour with a thick, creamy head and rich, disticntive flavour. Brewed in San Francisco.

Brooklyn Lager – 6x355ml - £12.99, buy 4 cases save £12 = £9.99

A amber-gold that lager displays a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. This American original uses the British technique of Dry-hopping in a Viennese-style beer, resulting in a smooth lager that's versatile with food.

*subject to availability

New Wine of the Week - Clos du Bois Pinot NoirDate published: 04/05/13

Clos du Bois Pinot Noir 2011- New Wine of the Week

Clos du Bois have almost 800 acres of vineyards throughout Sonoma County and the coastal regions of California. This Pinot Noir comes mainly from the Central and North Coast areas, and has been matured for 8 months in French, American and Eastern European oak.

A lush, fruit-driven Pinot Noir, made in California's trademark style. Strawberry and cherry fruit are accompanied by hints of lavender and forest floor, supported by silky tannins.

Drink with slow-roasted pork shoulder.

At £9.99 this wine really shows off what quality Californian Pinot can offer, but at fantastic value. This is a great addition to our range and well worth snapping up” - Andy, Manager of Majestic Falmouth.

£12.49 or buy 2 save £5 =

£9.99

Cornish Sparkling Rose from Polgoon VineyardDate published: 23/04/13

Cornish Sparkling Rose from Polgoon Vineyard

We now have in stock Polgoon's Sparkling Rose 2010 vintage.

This wine is made from Seyval Rondo and Pinot grape varieties grown on the south facing slopes of Polgoon's Cornish vineyards.

A quality sparkling wine made using the traditional method of fermenting the wine in the bottle on the lees. This enables the wine to produce a natural mousse, enhancing the fruit and bouquet.

This Cornish sparkling rose is £25 a bottle and is a great alternative to Champagne.

 

We also stock Polgoon's Cider, £2.75 a bottle!!

Portugal: Famous for it's Port....and also it's Ugal!!Date published: 19/04/13

Portugal: Famous for it's Port....and also it's Ugal!!

Apologies for the cheesy line from Men Behaving Badly but it's not often you get the chance to use it!

When we think of wines from Portugal we often think of it's famous fortified wine, Port. But Portugal has plenty of great quality red and white still wines to offer, and whats more, they are available to try on our tasting counter from the 19th to 22nd April!

Buy any 2 Portuguese wines and save £3!

Here are my picks of the bunch:

Planalto Vinho Branco Seco

Offer Price - £6.49

Planalto is a high quality, light, dry and elegant white wine from the Douro region of Portugal. The altitude at which the grapes are grown means that this wine retains its freshness. Lovely with light seafood dishes and salads.

Crasto Vinho Tinto

Offer Price - £8.49

Quinta do Crasto are one of the Douro's most famous wine producers and this wine represents excellent value while showcasing Portugal's local grape varieties (this one includes Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional). A modern, fresh and fruity red, this will pair well with spicy Iberian cured meats.

Andy's Trip to McLaren Vale, Australia.Date published: 08/04/13

Andy's Trip to McLaren Vale, Australia.

During March I was lucky enough to visit McLaren Vale in South Australia with my colleague where we spent the week at Kangarilla Road Winery.

McClaren Vale

McLaren Vale is located about 45 minutes drive south of the city of Adelaide in South Australia. It is an up and coming wine region which is best known for it's red wines. The area has a similar climate to the Mediterranian,, almost perfect conditions for vines. Long warm summers with plenty of sunshine and mild winters combined with a cooling coastal breeze means that the grapes have concentrated flavour and retain acidity. The vines are also not subjected to frost due to these conditions.

As well as the classic red varieties Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot which all grow well here, Italian varieties such as Primitivo and Sangiovese are also being grown with good results.

The geology of McLaren vale is complex as it is situated on an ancient faultline. With many different soil types and underlying rock, the wines from different vineyard sites in the region express subtle differences.

Because of McLaren Vale's proximity to the coast, the wines have more of a 'cool climate' characteristic to them than South Australia's other prominent wine regions (Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and Eden Valley), giving the white wines a fresher style, and the reds more subtlety and savoury notes.

If you ever visit McLaren Vale, I strongly suggest you visit some of the many eateries in the area, it is a gastronomical paradise and with such great wines on offer too you can't go wrong. Many people travel down from Adelaide especially to visit the area's restaurants.

The beaches are also superb and I did take a surfing lesson....and after many attempts and a lot of swallowed seawater I finally got the hang of it!

Kangarilla Road

Kangarilla Road is a family owned, small boutique winery situated on the East side of the McLaren Vale. Kevin O'Brien has over 20 years winemaking experience and his wife Helen has experience in public relations and the fashion industry. They took over the winery in 1997, creating a state of the art winery and employing forward thinking winemaking techniques to create wines which stamp their own mark on the McLaren Vale style. Biodynamic techniques are widely used in Kangarilla Road and they are beginning to use organic fruit also.

We arrived towards the tail end of the 2013 harvest, a harvest which was earlier than usual due to sustained spells of warm weather. Temperatures reached as high as 41 degrees in the vineyards as we took samples of the last vines of Shiraz to be harvested.....it was easy to forget the cold snap you were all experiencing back in the UK!!

In the vineyards I was watching my step - it is not uncommon to encounter brown snakes, the second most deadly snake in the world. Despite seeing lizards, giant ants and hunter spiders, the snakes stayed away. Being rural Australia the vineyards at Kangarilla Road are frequently visited by a family of Kangaroos - alas I didn't get a glimpse of them but could see they had visited recently!

As well as tasting samples of the fermenting and fermented juices from this harvest, we tried barrel samples of the previous vintage to see how the wines were developing before their bottling and release.

We were lucky enough to sample the entire catalogue of Kangarilla Rd wines including an Italian blend of Sangiovese, Primitivo & Nebiollo called 'Terzetto' and their 'Scarce Earth Shiraz' - part of a project involving McLaren Vale producers to celebrate and understand some of the region's best Shiraz vineyards and the influence that  the complicated geological makeup of McLaren Vale has on specific vineyards.

We also sampled the Majestic range of Kangarilla Road wines and I have listed them below:

The Wines We Stock

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KANGARILLA RD CHARDONNAY - offer price £9.99

With fruit taken from both McLaren Vale and nearby Adelaide Hills, this Chardonnay has tropical fruit and citrus flavours, a well balanced acidity and a long creamy finish. Lovely with chicken in a creamy sauce.

2 UP SHIRAZ - offer price £7.99

A vibrant, easy-drinking Shiraz which is packed with blackberry fruit with smooth tannins. This is a great wine to take to a summer BBQ as it goes well with all manner of barbequed meats.

KANGARILLA RD CABERNET SAUVIGNON - offer price £11.99

This wine has the classic Cabernet flavour of blackcurrent, mingled in with toasty oak and a hint of mint and cedar which add to the wine's complexity. Velvety sweet tannins and full bodied robustness give this wine a warming finish. Would pair well with fillet steak and has ageing potential.

KANGARILLA RD SHIRAZ - offer price £11.99

This wine has the typical warm spice character of Shiraz on the nose with a complex palate of dark berry fruit with a savoury edge. The elegance of this superbly balanced wine gives it a more 'European' feel than other Aussie Shirazes due to McLaren Vale's proximity to the coast. This is a wine I highly recommend trying, especially with a traditional roast beef dinner!

New Local Cider - Polgoon OriginalDate published: 03/04/13

Polgoon vineyard & orchard is located just outside Penzance and have created a range of award winning Cornish wines, ciders and fruit juices.

We are pleased to announce that we now stock their spectacularly crisp Original Cider - winner in the Great Taste Awards.

A pack of 6 500ml bottles is £16.50 (£2.75 a bottle), and is well worth giving a try.

Fine Wine Focus: Condrieu La Petite CoteDate published: 14/03/13

FINE WINE FOCUS

Condrieu La Petite Côte 2011 Yves Cuilleron      £35.00

Condrieu is a distinctive and fashionable white wine made in minuscule quantities in the northern Rhone. It is made exclusively from the Viognier grape, whose succesful wines manage the unusual combination of a pronounced yet elusive perfume with substantial body. The recent wave of Viognier planting all over the world was originally inspired by enthusiasm for Condrieu.

Since the 1970s Condrieu's fame and price has risen steadily resulting in an increasing number of growers investing in reconstructing small patches of vineyard on the steep, granitic slopes of the northern Rhone. Average yields here are notoriously low which is another reason that Condrieu is relatively expensive for a wine that is made to be drunk young.

In the space of a decade, Yves Cuilleron has established himself as one of the leading lights of France's Northern Rhône region. He's a modernist, but not overly so: his wines straddle neatly the divide between traditionalists and the new wave. La Petite Côte is a complex wine full of peach, apricot and spring flowers. It has a wonderful fresh, crisp minerally cutting edge which brings balance to this ripe and voluptuous wine. Cuilleron's wines are among the best Viognier on the planet.

See http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-06510/product-is-06510

Smoked Bacon & Butter Bean TapasDate published: 27/01/13

SMOKED BACON & BUTTER BEAN TAPAS

I have just discovered an amazingly simple, quick and satisfying tapas dish which is perfect for lunch or an evening meal starter/accompanimen.

Ingredients (Serves 2)

4 rashers smoked streaky bacon 4 medium tomatoes 1 can 400ml butter beans rosemary thyme salt pepper

Method

Cut the bacon into cubes and fry until crispy.

Add the roughly chopped tomatoes and butter beans including the juices from the tin.

Add the herbs and season to taste. Remember you may not want to add to much salt because of the bacon.

Simmer over a medium heat until the juices have been reduced.

Serve with crusty bread and a green salad.

Wine Match

This is a tough dish to match as you need to match the saltiness of the bacon, the acidity of the tomatoes and the weight of the dish. I have to thank the staff from Majestic Wine in Exeter for these suggestions as I was completely stumped.

Dolcetto d'Alba 2011, De Forville    £9.99 or buy 2 save £4 = £7.99

Domaine Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris 2009, Alsace    £14.99 or buy 2 save £6 = £11.99

Grey Ghost Sauvignon 2011, Marlborough, New Zealand      £22.50 or buy 2 save 20% = £17.99

Enjoy!!!!

Chicken, Bacon and Leek PieDate published: 21/11/12

CHICKEN, BACON AND LEEK PIE

I love cooking really hearty food at this time of year, it rejuvinates me after a hard days work, and even saves me money on my heating bill (which means I can spend more on wine). Last night I gave this little number a go and its one that will stay in the repitoire. One key point is to make sure you use salt-reduced stock as the bacon is quite salty itself, and that way you can season it to taste.

INGREDIENTS

  • Olive oil
  • 4 chicken breast fillets
  • 250g unsmoked bacon, coarsley chopped
  • 1 leek cut into 1cm slices
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 50g plain flour
  • 500ml salt-reduced chicken stock
  • 4 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 tbs chopped parsley
  • 375g block puff pastry (or you can make your own)
  • 1 egg

    METHOD

  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan to a medium-heat, add the chicken and cook until browned. Put in separate bowl.
  • Add the bacon, leek and garlic to the pan and cook for 5 mins or until bacon is beginning to crisp.
  • Add the flour and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Remove pan from the heat and add the stock gradually until well combined.
  • Add the chicken and the thyme to the pan and cook for about 8 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper and add the parsley.
  • At this point if you have time it is best to let your pie mix cool. If you can let it cool for an hour and then in the fridge for 2 hours. If you don't have the time it doesn't matter.
  • Once the pie mix is cool, preheat the oven to 220ºC.
  • Roll out the pastry and cut 2cm wider than the top of the pie dish to be your base and cut the size of the top of your pie dish to be your lid.
  • Place your pie base in the dish and add the pie mix.
  • Place the lid on top and crimp it together with the base using a fork.
  • Brush the top of the pastry with the egg.
  • Place in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until puffed and golden.

    Serve with mashed potato and purple sprouting broccoli.

    WINE MATCHES

    Contesa Pecorino 2011 Colline Pescaresi IGT       £9.99 or buy 2 save £4 = £7.99

    Pale yellow, with a remarkably intense nose of citrus fruits, hints of hawthorn and orange blossom. Soft, clean, but persistent palate texture, with a pleasing mineral complexity.

    Domaine Saint Ferréol Viognier 2010 PGI Pays d'Oc          £12.49 or buy 2 save £5 = £9.99

    Intensely aromatic, the wine overflows with ripe nectarine and honeysuckle notes. The palate carries on the stone fruit theme, combining glassy freshness with a mature, dried apricot complexity.

    Pouilly-Vinzelles 'En Paradis' 2010/2011 Louis Latour        £12.99 or buy 2 save £2 = £11.99

    A clean, fresh wine displaying honey and stone fruit aromas. Sweet honey and floral characters are in abundance on the palate and create a fine and elegant complexity.

  • California DreamingDate published: 05/11/12

    Wines from California are on 20% off this winter and there are a few new wines in our Californian range too.

    We have a Californian tasting weekend running from the 9th-12th November where we will have these wines open to taste.

    Check out my article about my trip to California in the current edition of Grape to Glass on page 32 where I also recommend some of my favourite wines from the region. The article is also available on the Majestic blog.

    Pork in CyderDate published: 17/10/12

    I have recently discovered a fantastic way of cooking pork. Its fairly simple, relatively quick and very satisfying.

    Ingredients

  •  Pork tenderloin or pork chops
  • 1 onion
  • 2 apples
  • A few garlic cloves
  • 1 bottle of Aspall Draught Cyder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • A sprig of thyme
  • White cabbage
  • Nutmeg

    Method

  • Season the pork with salt and pepper.
  • Cut the apples in half and the onion (or shallots) into quarters.
  • Place the pork, apples, onions and garlic, bay leaves and thyme into a baking tray.
  • Pour in the cyder until it almost covers the meat.
  • Place in pre-heated oven at 220ºC.
  • Cook for 35-45 mins (if using pork chops turn halfway through cooking and cook until fat begins to crisp).
  • While the pork is cooking chop the cabbage and blanch for 5 mins.
  • Drain the cabbage and then cook on a low heat with lots of butter.
  • Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  • Serve with rice or creamy wholegrain mustard mash potato.

    Wine Match

    Well the perfect match for this dish is the Aspall Draught Cyder or the cider of your choice. 12 x Aspall Draught Cyder = £18.96

    If your not a cider fan then the following wines would be great partners.

    Paul Mas Estate Marsanne 'La Forge Vineyard' 2011 Vin de Pays d'Oc     £8.99 or buy 2 save £4 = £6.99

    Monte Vallon Chardonnay 2011 PGI Pays d'Oc       £7.99 or buy 2 save £2 = £6.99

    Anakena Single Vineyard 'Lilen' Viognier 2011 Requinoa Valley        £9.99 or buy 2 save £2 = £8.99

     

     

  • Tuscan Beef StewDate published: 21/09/12

    With the nights beginning to draw in and the temperature beginning to drop, I like to cook nice hearty meals to keep me warm in the evening. One of my favourites is this Tuscan Beef Stew which is perfect with a robust, full-bodied red.

    Ingredients

    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 kilo braising beef cut into cubes
    100 g pancetta or bacon cut into small pieces
    2 medium onions chopped
    2 large cloves of garlic crushed or chopped
    2 celery stalks chopped
    2 carrots cubed
    1 glass good red wine
    200ml beef or chicken stock (be prepared to add more if needed )
    200 ml passata or 1 can of chopped tomatoes
    Dried or chopped fresh herbs (a mix of basil , thyme, oregano ,rosemary as available )
    Salt and pepper
     

    Method

    Fry the bacon/pancetta in a large frying pan, when browned tip into the heavy bottomed lidded casserole pan you will be using for the stew.
    Add more olive oil to the pan. Turn down the heat and then gently fry the onions until they are soft but not browned . Do not rush this stage. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the chopped celery and cubed carrot fry gently for a few minutes. Tip into casserole pan.
    Turn up the heat and brown the meat. Tip into the large pan. Deglaze the frying pan by adding the wine and stock. When bubbling add to the casserole pan . Add the tomato passata, herbs and seasoning. Adjust the quantity of liquid (It should just cover the meat and vegetables) by adding more wine, or stock. Take care not to overdo the passata. The colour should be brownish red rather than bright red. Bring the stew to a gentle simmer then leave to cook on a very low heat for at least 2 hours. Check and stir every now and then, adjusting the level of the liquid if necessary.

    Serve with new potatoes, rice or pasta and either spinich or purple-sprouting brocoli.

    Wine Match

    For a rich, hearty stew like this you need a rich hearty red wine to match and there's no need to look any further than Italy.

    Morellino di Scansano 2011 Poggioargentiera    £11.99 or buy 2 save £6 = £8.99

    Campofiorin 2009 Masi      £12.49 or buy 2 save £5 = £9.99

    Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2009 Ripasso La Casetta     £15.99 or buy 2 save £6 = £12.99      ***My favourite***

    Andy's Beer Trip to MunichDate published: 17/09/12

    I was lucky enough to be part of an educational trip to Germany with some Majestic colleagues last week, visiting one of Munich's major breweries, Paulaner.

    Munich is situated in Bavaria in the South of Germany and is famous for the three B's - BMW, Bayern Munich and Beer.....could this be the best City in the world??

    Originally brewed by the City's monks, beer (or 'Liquid Bread' as the locals call it) has been part of Munich's culture for centuries. There are 6 major breweries in Munich itself;

    * Augustiner Bräu
    * Paulaner
    * Hacker-Pschorr
    * Hofbräu
    * Löwenbräu
    * Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
     

    Paulaner was created in the 1634 by the friars and is named after Francis of Paola. The monks were originally only allowed to brew beer for themselves but over time (and after the monastary closed) it became a commercial venture. They now produce 17 different beers including the ever popular 'Original' Helles Beer, the traditional Bavarian 'Weissbier' and the seasonal favourite 'Oktoberfestbier'.

    After a brief tour around the city we headed to Zum Spockmeier Restaurant for a traditional German meat feast. As we munched on our pretzels pre-dinner, we were unaware quite how substantial the meat feast was going to be! The sausages alone would have been enough for any avid eater (Bratwurst, Rindswurst, Bockwurst and of course Bierwurst) but that was small fayre compared to the pork chops, pork knuckle, pork loin.....basically a lot of pork! Add Sauerkraut (red and white), dumplings, stuffing balls and onion to the mix and you have a pretty good meal on your plate(s). We needed something to wash it down with. I went for the Oktoberfestbier, a pale beer which is brewed in March and allowed to slowly ferment until it's release in September, in time for the annual Oktoberfest in Munich.

    The Oktoberfest is a massive annual event in Munich lasting two weeks with people flocking from all over the world wearing traditional German costumes (lederhosen!) and drinking vast amounts of beer from litre, sometimes 2 litre Steins.

    Oktoberfest Beers must adhere to the following strict rules;

    * adhere to the German Purity Law (made from only hops, malt, water and yeast)
    * have an original gravity between 13.5º and 14º Plato (about 6% alc.);
    * be brewed by a Munich Company located within the city limits of Munich.
     

    We went past the venue and it looked mighty impressive but alas we were a couple of weeks too early.

    The next day we had a tour of the Paulaner brewery where we learnt about the history of the brewery and a lot about the brewing process itself. The brewery and bottling plant was really impressive and they even get the water pumped up from a resevoir of untouched glacial water 250m underneath the brewery!

    After the tour we had lunch and the option of yet another meat feast! I declined and went for the classic Schnitzel and washed it down with the 'Weissbeer', which is a cloudy wheat beer. Wheat is added to the malted barley and the beer is top-fermented (meaning the type of yeast used floats to the top rather than sinking to the bottom). This was a lovely beer which is a light style but really full flavoured.

    After lunch we had a bit more of a city tour before it was time to head home.....the football and BMWs will have to wait for next time!!

     

    The beers we stock are;

    Paulaner Oktoberfest: A case of 20 x 500ml is £40

    Paulaner Wheat Beer: A case of 12 x 500ml is £22

    Paulaner Original Beer: A case of 12 x 500ml is £19.60

    They are all well worth a try!

     

    Local Beers at Majestic FalmouthDate published: 05/08/12

    Here at Majaestic Falmouth we have a fantastic range of local ales. All ales come on a multi-buy deal that if you buy any 2 cases you save £6.

    Sharps

    Sharp's Brewery is a modern brewer of cask conditioned beer. Since its foundation in 1994 at Rock in Cornwall the Brewery has grown rapidly to become the largest brewer of cask beer in the South West and brewer of Doom Bar, one of the UK's fastest growing beer brands.

    Doombar - 12 x 500ml = £20.40

    “The aroma of Doom Bar combines an accomplished balance of spicy resinous hop, inviting sweet malt and delicate roasted notes. The mouth feel is a perfectly balanced and complex blend of succulent dried fruit, lightly roasted malty notes and a subtle yet assertive bitterness. The bitterness remains into the finish with dry fruity notes which implore the drinker to go back for more,” Stuart Howe, Head Brewer.

    Chalky's Bark - 12 x 500ml = £22.20

    "Spicy lemon-fruit and ginger predominate the nose with some delicate lychee notes. The heat of ginger lifts the gently-sweet body and contrasts beautifully with citrus fruitiness in the mouth. The finish is light and dry with a prickle of ginger and a subtle, fruity bitterness. Chalky’s Bark is a complex and refreshing beer with tons of character,"  Stuart Howe, Head Brewer.

    Chalky's Bite - 12 x 500ml = £24.00

    "The idea for Chalky's Bite came about as a challenge from Rick Stein to Sharp's Head Brewer Stuart Howe. The task was to create a distinctly English beer with the character, individuality and quality to stand alongside the Belgian greats. The beer created is exceptional with a delicate flavour balance of three different hop varieties and wild Cornish fennel. With a totally natural process and a maturation period of over three months the beer is allowed ample time to develop a high level of carbonation, its own distinctive flavour and a beautiful light golden colour,"  Stuart Howe, Head Brewer.

    St Austell

    St Austell Brewery has been brewing beer and real ale in Cornwall since 1851 and run over 170 pubs across the South West.

    Tribute - 12 x 500ml = £24.00

    "A supreme champion ale of Cornwall as voted by CAMRA, and the South West's favourite cask beer. It is brewed using specially grown Cornish Gold Malt and is a perfect accompaniment to chicken, gammon or fish. The ideal alternative to a fine white wine,"  St Austell Brewery.

    HSD - 12 x 500ml = £24.00

    "HSD is fullbodied strong and Cornish, brimming with a kaleidoscope of flavours. Brewed with plenty of malt and lashings of English Fuggles and Golding hops. TRhe real ale alternative to a well rounded premium red wine and simply superb with steaks and other red meat dishes.", St Austell Brewery.

    Proper Job - 12 x 500ml = £24.00

    "Proper Job is an authentic IPA brewed with Cornish spring water and malt made from a blend of malts including Cornish grown Maris Otter barley. A powerfully hopped golden bitter that explodes with citrus grapefruit flavours," St Austell Brewery.

    Clouded Yellow - 12 x 500ml = £24.00

    "Pale yellow in colour and naturally bottle conditioned, the beer may be poured cloudy by gentley swirling the last few inches to rouse the natural yeast sediment. Alternatively clear beer can be decanted carefully leaving the yeast behind. Citrus overtones which have been delicately flavoured with whole spices and vanilla," St Austell Brewery.

    Admiral's Ale - 12 x 500ml = £24.00

    "This premium bottle-conditioned ale has been uniquely brewed using our own Cornish Gold malt. Locally grown barley is traditionally malted using kilning process which devcelops a deeper intensity of colour and flavour than ordinary barley malt producing a delicious rich biscuit flavour with a wonderful spicy aroma," St Austell Brewery.

    Exmoor Ales

    Exmoor Ales typically would be categorised as a small regional brewer. Founded in 1980, it was then amongst the first wave of "Micro Breweries". The business has invested and expanded progressively becoming the leading cask ale supplier in the immediate region.

    Exmoor Gold - 12 x 500ml = £22.80

    "In the glass, Exmoor Gold is an appetising and enticing gold in colour. The nose is an interplay between a fresh bouquet of grassy and floral hop and a subtly soft, fluffy caramel-tinged maltiness. The palate sees more balance between gentle grainy maltiness and sprightly floral, citrusy fresh hop fruitiness. The finish is bittersweet with hints of citrus fruit weaving in and out. Try this with a Thai seafood stir-fry, where the delicate hop fruitiness and soft maltiness would add colour to the various spices, or also try with barbequed chicken marinated in honey," Exmoor Ales.

    Exmoor Beast - 12 x 500ml = £24.60

    "Brewed with a mix of pale ale, chocolate and crystal malts, and hopped with Goldings, Challenger and Brewers Gold, it is dark mahogany-brown in colour, with the merest hint of crimson tints at its edge. Lush rich aromas of toffee, treacle. Mocha coffee, vinous fruit and chocolate swirl above the glass. There’s more complexity on the palate with rich fruitcake, a hint of rum, more Mocha coffee, an herbal hoppiness, vinous fruit, while the bittersweet finish is smooth yet complex, rich but not cloying. Try it with ice cream where the vanilla flavours would work well with the bittersweet richness of the porter; it is also ideal for a ripe Stilton or even as part of the mix for a rich winter stew. Try it also in cake mix, with one local Exmoor favourite being an Exmoor Beast fruitcake with whisky icing," Exmoor Ales

    Majestic's Come to CornwallDate published: 04/08/12

    We had a fantastic welcome to Cornwall from all the customers who came in to say hello on our opening day. We have also received this marvellous poem which we will share with you;

    MAJESTIC’S COME TO CORNWALL

    Majestic’s come to Cornwall,
    We’ve been waiting here for years,
    Crack open the Pol Roger,
    Sip, sip, hurrah, three cheers.

    Majestic’s come to Cornwall
    With South American wine,
    Great Chardonnay from Chile,
    Malbec from the Argentine.

    Majestic’s come to Cornwall,
    The varietals make you sing and dance,
    Red Zinfandel from California,
    Viognier from Southern France.

    Majestic’s come to Cornwall
    With New World wines of beauty,
    Australian Shiraz, NZ Sauv Blanc,
    South African Chenin so fruity.

    Majestic’s come to Cornwall
    With desert wines soft and sweet,
    Golden Muscat, fine Sauternes,
    A rare botrytic treat.

    Majestic’s come to Cornwall,
    They’re really thinking pink,
    Those Provencals and Languedocs
    Are the best that you can drink.

    Majestic’s come to Cornwall,
    So call them on the phone,
    Go down to Falmouth right away
    For a stunning Cotes du Rhone.

    Majestic’s come to Cornwall,
    So put away your troubles
    With Cava, Prosecco, Champagne
    Or fine Sparkling English bubbles.

    F B Clough © August 2012

    Paul Mas: Stalwart of the LanguedocDate published: 31/07/12

    The Domaines of Paul Mas cover a group of four family estates on the hills bordering the Hérault Valley in the South of France. Close to the Mediterranean, the climate allows for a fantastic array of grapes to ripen and form the basis of a wide variety of wines. Here at Majestic, we are lucky to stock many great wines from one of the top producers of the Languedoc.

    The history of the Paul Mas family winery can be traced back to 1892. With ancestry steeped in the farming traditions of nearby Saint-Pargoire and Saint-Pons-de-Mauchiens, Auguste Mas farmed 22 acres of vineyard on the Mas de Bicq. Subsequent expansions followed in 1934 and 1954, which helped expand the area under vine to almost 300 acres. From 1987 onwards, Paul Mas and his sons, Michel and Jean Claude, have run the winery as we know it today.

    Whilst local climate, viticulture and other variables may affect the quality of the grapes harvested, and consequently the wine produced, it is at the winery where the artistry of the winemaker is expressed. This is where all the commitment and attention to detail comes to fruition. In the case of Paul Mas, it is the blending of the traditional and the modern which has resulted in such a successful venture. Hand picked grapes rest alongside those harvested by mechanical means, maximising the amount of high quality fruit for production, whilst de-stalkers and pneumatic presses help prep the raw ingredients for maturation and ageing in 100 year old oak barrels.

    Ultimately the success of any winery is in the hands of those who purchase its wines. With such an incredible array of wines on offer Paul Mas is proving to be one of the most dependable and successful producers in Languedoc.

    Follow this link to see our range of Paul Mas wines;

    http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-paul+mas

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    • Greg Trainee Manager

      As the newest member of the team, and in my first role with Majestic, I've been made to feel very welcome; both by the team here at Majestic Falmouth and by our customers. Wine wise, I'm very green and looking forward to exploring the wonderfully diverse range on offer and expanding my knowledge in the process. Currently I'm anyone's for a Pinot Noir that's a decent foil to a good bit of venison!
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    • Pete Assistant Manager

      Hello Falmouth!! I have found myself on the sunny shores of Cornwall. I moved over last year from Belfast to take on the role of Trainee manager in Bristol where I worked in the Filton and Westbury On Trym stores. Now I have taken on the role of Assistant Manager in Falmouth. I have a great passion for Chilean reds, but Rose season is approaching fast and Provence is calling my name! Pete! So do call in and say hello. Look forward to introducing myself to everyone! Cheers!
    • Sam Manager

      After moving away to the big smoke of Bristol I am delighted to announce my return to the homeland as Manager of our Falmouth store. Since beginning my career I have developed a great appreciation for all things grape related and there's nothing I enjoy than bringing this passion to our customers in the form of our FREE in-store tastings. My favourite wine? It changes weekly but right now I wont say no to a big Shiraz from the Borossa Valley.

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