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New in stock: Pied Tanqué Wines!Date published: 18/04/14

Pied Tanqué Blanc 2013, Vin de France

A blend of Grenache Blanc, Terret, Ugni Blanc.This wine is sourced from several vineyards throughout south-west France and the Languedoc, and is made from a blend of three traditional grape varieties that are rarely seen as single-varietal wines, but which commonly feature in the typical whites of southern France.An easy-going, lightweight white wine with moderate alcohol and a pleasing mixture of citrus and white fruit character, and soft-edged acidity.A great all-rounder for pairing with simple everyday cuisine. Try with cod or similar white fish.

Only £5.49 a bottle! 

Pied Tanqué Rouge 2013, Vin de France

A blend of Carignan and Merlot. This easy-drinking red comes from vineyards in and around the Hérault Valley departement of the Languedoc, and is typical of the fruity,approachable reds that are so integral to the food culture of southern France.Light-bodied with a supple tannic structure, this is an eminentlydrinkable red, delivering ripe blackcurrant and raspberry flavours withsubtle herbaceous notes, leading to a clean finish.A great lunchtime red. Great with ravioli in a fresh tomato sauce.

Only £5.49 a bottle! 

Pied Tanqué Rosé 2013, Vin de France

A blend of Cinsault and Carignan. This rosé is made from grapes sourced from the Hérault region of the Languedoc. It is similar in style to many of the light and delicate rosés from the more famous, premium regions across the south of France and as such, represents amazing value. A pale and delicate rosé, offering a straightforward nose of ripe red berry aromas and a light, gently off-dry palate that is rounded and soft in texture. Great with salmon steaks or any barbecued fish.

Only £5.49 a bottle! 

Wine of the Week: The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2011, Jim Barry, Clare ValleyDate published: 18/04/14

If you are a lover of good Shiraz this is perfect for you.

The first qualified winemaker to move to the Clare Valley, the late Jim Barry's estate now totals over 200 hectares in this superb wine-growing region. The Lodge Hill site was originally meant for Riesling, but instead was chosen to make this premium, reserved Shiraz.The inky blackcurrant and boysenberry fruit is lifted by violet and menthol notes, with smooth tannins still providing plenty of grip. The finish is long and rich. Drink this wine now, or over the next 5 years to soften the dense fruit, matching it to grilled meats, lasagne and casseroles.

£14.99 single bottle price or £11.24 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

New Primitivo into MajesticDate published: 17/04/14

New this week into Majestic is the Primitivo 2013, Natale Verga. At £6.99 when you buy 2 (£8.99 single bottle price), this wine represents fantastic value for money. 

The southern part of Italy is home to Primitivo, a grape now more commonly known elsewhere as Zinfandel. Primitivo is estimated to be the 12th biggest grape variety in Italy This example is from vineyards in the provinces of Brindisi and Taranto, in the south-eastern part of Puglia, the 'heel' of Italy's 'boot'.

An approachable, medium-bodied wine full of sunny red berry flavour and subtle hints of prune and violet on the nose. Smooth, drying tannins mingle with the rounded, juicy fruit. 

Drink with pasta cooked with your favourite tomato-based sauces.

Great combinationsDate published: 17/04/14

On of my favourite wines for everyday drinking has been over the last few years the delicious Dr L Riesling.

The Mosel valley is famous for its very steep slatey vineyards along the Mosel river. Dr L is a non-estate wine, but brothers Ernst and Thomas Loosen work closely with the growers, and in this way are able to ensure excellent quality year after year.

 It made in a kabinett style so just off dry with a slight prickle. So easy to drink but match's Asian food perfectly.A Hurd staple is frying pork mince over a high heat and then add, lots of chopped garlic, lemongrass, chilli, garlic and ginger. Keep going until turning golden then add a good hot of soy, lime juice, a splash of sesame oil and a tsp of palm sugar. Now stir fry some rice noodles, shallots, garlic, ginger and beansprouts. Add you pork and finish with coriander, chopped chilli and crispy shallots. Pour yourself a glass of Dr L and you have a great supper.

Yali Wetlands Cabernet Carmenère 2013 Rapel ValleyDate published: 16/04/14

Currently on our Easter Pick 'n' Mix we have the Yali Wetlands Cabernet Carmenère 2013 Rapel Valley. At £5.99 (£8.99 single bottle price) when you buy any 2 from our pick 'n' mix range this wine is an absolute bargain.

Viña Ventisquero harvested bunches by hand and then sorted them to select only the best fruit. After a gentle fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel, a proportion is then aged for 10 months in French oak. After bottling it is aged for another six months.

Red berry flavours from the Cabernet with spicy notes from the Carmenère intermingle with hints of vanilla, chocolate and coffee. A well structured, medium-bodied wine with a soft, pleasant finish.

A wine to enjoy with mature cheeses, grilled meats or rich foods seasoned with herbs and spices.

Hurry Offer ends 28th April....

Wine course: Top White: Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2012Date published: 14/04/14

Yesterday we held one of our ever popular Wine Courses,  where we introduce novices to the world of wine in just 90 minutes, for FREE! We taste 6 still wines, a Champagne and a dessert wine and also go through a spot of food and wine matching.

The favourite white wine open to taste was the Australian Vasse Felix Chardonnay. 

Located in Margaret River, in the South Western corner of Australia, Vasse Felix have a state-of-the-art winery where this Chardonnay is produced using premium parcels of fruit and partial wild yeas tfermentation in French oak barriques. 

A toasty, nutty nose, with peach and tropical fruits on the palate,complemented by nutty hints and a touch of vanilla toast, a full flavoured wine, yet reserved and well integrated. A fabulous choice for white-meat dishes.

Only £12.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case! Come and explore!

Château de Berne Rosé is back in stock! Date published: 14/04/14

It's back, and in it's famous square bottles!!

A stunning property and landmark of Provence, Château de Berne is a luxurious hotel and spa resort, located on an 18th-century wine estate and its historic cellars. This is their 'prestige cuvée' rosé in its iconic square bottle.

An attractive and delicate honeysuckle pink wine with a lifted nose of summer fruits and tropical suggestions of mango. Intense, crisp, well balanced and refreshing on the palate.

Drink as a summery apéritif, or with classic Provençale fish dishes, either lightly spiced or simply grilled.

Only £11.99 when you buy or more as part of your mixed case. 

The Ned Pinot GrigioDate published: 13/04/14

The Ned, Pinot Grigio

The Karearea is the only falcon found in New Zealand and is a threatened species. Ned have a breeding pair, resident at the property, named Maggie and Astin. They take great delight in scaring away other birds thereby reducing the need for man-made pest control.

A nose of pear drop, blossom and nectarine leading to a palate that is softer, richer and more tropical in flavour than its European counterpart. Lovely purity of fruit with a smooth finish.

This will taste great alongside all manner of fresh salads and creamy pastas. 

£7.99 on multibuy 

Pick n Mix Offer: Pouilly-Fumé 2011 Jean VincentDate published: 12/04/14

Pouilly-Fume is a famous appellation located in the Loire valley on the right bank of the Loire river. It is similar to Sancerre in that it has chalky, well drained stony soil, the main difference is that in Pouilly-Fume the soil has more flint and generally gentler slopes. Pouilly-Fume is also very small, around half the size of Sancerre at 1200ha. Only white wines are made in Pouilly- Fume, and these are made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape. 

Father-and-son team Jean and Vincent Chatelain are the 11th and 12th generations of an illustrious winemaking family, based in the heart of Pouilly-sur-Loire. Each parcel of their 30ha estate is vinified individually to maintain the character of each plot.

An intensely aromatic wine, with a nose that centres on gooseberry fruit, enhanced by a smoky, flinty character. This mineral theme continues all the way to the long, steely finish.

A mouthwatering, dry aperitif wine, also ideal with fresh shellfish dishes.

£9.99 in the Pick N Mix!

Open to taste: El Cometa Del Sur, Garnatxa Blanca, 2013Date published: 12/04/14

The Comet of the South from Terra Alta is a classic Mediterranean wine made with hand picked old vine grapes. Located 200km south west of Barcelona, Terra Alta are just at the start of their wine making potential. 

Terra Alta is a small appellation in the south-western corner of Catalunya, close to Aragón and Valencia. Garnatxa Blanca, or Grenache Blanc is the principal white grape variety here, having originated in the north of Spain before spreading into France. A light straw colour with hints of green, this is a youthful and delicate wine, offering white pear and apricot flavours and gentle floral aromas. Soft acidity and remarkable body.

Only £6.79 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. 

Spring LambDate published: 12/04/14

The perfect Easter roasted Spring lamb or as I like to butterfly a leg and pop it on the BBQ.

Take a leg of lamb and remove the bone or get the butcher to do it so you end up with a single piece of meat usually about 5/6 cms thick. 

Now choose your marinade. I sometimes go the Asian route but also a nice one is thyme,chopped garlic, lemon zest, course ground black pepper and a touch of chilli. Add a good splash of olive oil and leave overnight.

Remove from fridge a hour before grilling. Pop on BBQ and grill until done to your liking. Med rare for me so between 20-25 mins usually. Leave to rest for 10 minutes then serve.

To drink I would either have a good Rioja, say Vina Ardanza or some Bordeaux with a little age, maybe Senejac from 2005.

Bring on Easter.

Easter SundayDate published: 12/04/14

Our Easter opening hours are 10-8 Good Friday, 9-7 Easter Saturday, Closed Easter Sunday but open 10-5 Easter Monday.

Panamericana Sauv: Perfic' for a Picnic!Date published: 12/04/14

The last of the daffodils are clinging on to life, the tulips are glorious and the leafy foliage is starting to bring to life the oaken canopies. Time is ripe for a spring picnic of fresh salads and a crisp white wine. When it comes to a quick picnic in a daffodil valley of a Saturday afternoon it may be assumed that the wine is a small part of the affair. A simple, dry and refreshing tipple will do, and you don't have to push the boat out.

At £5.99 for two or more the Panamericana Sauvignon Blanc is an ideal partner to a sunny afternoon. IT is a great example of the cool climate style of Sauvignon Blanc from central Chile, which offers superb value. The grapes are pressed immediately on arrival at the winery and fermented at low temperatures, ensuring excellent freshness and purity of fruit character. A well balanced and refreshing wine, with a predominant citrus character accompanied by softer flavours of pear, melon and a streak of flinty minerality.

The outdoors is great, get out there and enjoy it... just don't forget the wine and a couple of glasses.

Champagne Offers Date published: 12/04/14

If you are after a fizz for a big party now is a great time to pop in. We have what is effectively Majestic's house Champagne De Telmont on offer at a cracking £14.99. This isn't one of those naff supermarket fizz you have never heard of but a well established house that make surprisingly rich Champagne for this price point.  

One of the few remaining, family owned Champagne houses, De Telmont produces this excellent non-vintage in a medium bodied, soft and fruity, classically yeasty style. Stock up before the 28th April to take advantage of its £14.99 deal price.

Wine of the week: Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012Date published: 11/04/14

This Cabernet is a typical example of Coonawarra's famous medium-bodied, intensely fruity and fragrant style. It comes from one of Leconfield's three mature vineyard blocks in Coonawarra, first planted in 1974, and has been matured with minimal oak contact.
Made in a deliberately fruit-forward style, offering inky blackcurrant and plum fruit, accented with hints of cedar and fresh leaves. Ripe and elegant, with long, soft tannins. Great match with mature cheddar or beef this wine will reward drinking now or Enjoy immediately or cellar for 4-6 years to allow greater aromatic maturation.

£12.99 down from £8.66 when you buy 2 or more. 

New in stock: Bouvet Saumur Rose Brut!Date published: 11/04/14

The historic town is located between the Loire and Thouet rivers, and is surrounded by the vineyards of Saumur itself, Chinon, Bourgueil, Coteaux du Layon, etc. which produce some of France's finest wines. 

The house of Bouvet-Ladubay was founded in 1851 by Etienne Bouvetand his wife, Celestine Ladubay, and is now one of the Loire's foremost sparkling wine producers. They source their grapes from several local producers and vinfy using the traditional method. A delicate and inviting salmon pink, this is a light and immediately welcoming sparkling rosé, with a raspberry and peach fruit character, a fine mousse and a clean and uplifting floral nose. A fine summery aperitif, perfect with gravadlax blinis. 

Only £8.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. 

new to rangeDate published: 10/04/14

If you are looking for a good Aussie red for the bbq this Hamilton Block cabernet could be just the ticket.

This Cabernet is a typical example of Coonawarra's famous medium-bodied, intensely fruity and fragrant style. It comes from one of Leconfield's three mature vineyard blocks in Coonawarra, first planted in 1974, and has been matured with minimal oak contact.

Made in a deliberately fruit-forward style, offering inky blackcurrant and plum fruit, accented with hints of cedar and fresh leaves. Ripe and elegant, with long, soft tannins.

Perfect for some bbq fare!

Light the barbie and grab a cold one! Peroni, £1Date published: 09/04/14

As the weather gets warmer we can't help but think forward to those lazy afternoons in the sun.

I have to admit though, most of the time my tipple of choice is wine. And a further confession dear readers, when beer is involved I would go for real ale or Belgian abbey beers. However when the coals are burning, the grill is heating up and the meat is marinading I get the urge to grab a lager. Indeed at times such as that I feel that nothing else will do. And what better beer than Peroni? In my humble opinion it has to be one of the best; Nastro Azzurro. A single bottle (as rare as just one may be) of that golden nectar sends me back to a Sicilian piazza, the din of Mediterranean streets echo in my ears. And with the sun hitting my face I could imagine no better beer to accompany me through beautiful summer days.

Craft Beers available at Majestic!Date published: 09/04/14

Brooklyn Lager 6 x 330ml - £12.99 buy 2 packs save £6 - £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.

Einstock White Ale 6 x 330ml - £12.99 buy 2 packs save £6 - £9.99

A craft beer from the north of Iceland modelled on the traditional Belgian witbier. Made with pure spring water and infused with coriander and orange peel, it's full textured yet light on the palate, with a refreshing citrus zing.

Brewdog Punk IPA 6 x 330ml - £12.99 buy packs save £6 - £9.99

Light golden in colour with tropical fruits and light caramel on the nose.

Anchor Steam 6 x 355ml - £12.99 buy 2 packs save £6 - £9.99

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

Underdog Flying Dog Atlantic Lager 6 x 330ml - £12.99 buy 2 packs save £6 - £9.99

A light and refreshing lager brewed with rye and wheat.

Caixas Albarino, Majestically special!Date published: 08/04/14

Albarinio is Galicia's signature white wine. This particular one comes from the region's most famous producer, Martin Codax, exclusively for Majestic! 

Majestic's own staff have selected which grapes are consumed by our customers as picked by as each year a small number are given the opportunity to go to Galicia. Whilst there they will help with the harvest of the grapes. 

The wine is 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 sardines 'a la placha'.

So, light the fires of summer grill some beautiful British fish in that quintessentially Mediterranean way, pour yourself a glass of Caixas Albarino and be transported. Enjoy...

Yes it is really £6.99Date published: 08/04/14

One of our best selling wines has to be Ned Sauvignon and at present its only £6.99. £4 cheaper than Waitrose!!! Only until the 28th of April though so hurry.

The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil.

A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity.

Perfect with a good goats cheese.

A Portuguese White?Date published: 07/04/14

Currently on our Easter Pick 'n' Mix we have the Quinta de Azevedo 2013, Vinho Verde. At £5.99 (when you buy 2 or more) this wine is a fantastic buy for the upcoming spring and summer months.

Literally 'green wine' from the Minho region of Northern Portugal. Historically fermented in open stone lagares before being run off into cask and undergoing malolactic fermentation. Fermentation now occurs in vat, retaining the classic spritz or CO2 bubble in the wine.

Complex aromas of white and tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers. A lively and stimulating wine, with good acidity and well balanced, hints of spritz and bubble, with a concentrated and fresh finish.

At its best now, as a partner to seafood, green salads and pasta.

Hurry Offer ends 28th April...

Brancott Estate Pinot Noir 2012, MarlboroughDate published: 06/04/14

Currently on our Easter Pick 'n' Mix we have the Brancott Estate Pinot Noir 2012,Marlborough. Currently at £7.99 when you buy any two from our pick 'n' mix, saving 33%. 

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

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

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

Hurry Offer ends 28th April!

One of my favouritesDate published: 06/04/14

I've long been an admirer on the wines from the Bierzo region in northern Spain. Its reds are made from the mencia grape which is a dark and moody varitel. 

One of 9 children of the owner of Rioja house Bodegas Palacios Remondo, Alvaro Palacio has broken away from Rioja to pursue an independent winemaking philosophy. His holdings in Bierzo total only 30ha, spread across some 200 tiny, steeply-sloped vineyard sites.

The Petalos has a  broad spectrum of aromas gradually emanate from the glass, with blackcurrant and cherry being joined by savoury clove and liquorice notes. Smooth yet muscular tannins and a long, drying finish. Still a baby and would age but delicious now. On offer at £15.99. 

We also stock the lighter but no less drinkable Pizarras de Otero (on offer at only £6.66!)

I'm happy to drink these wines sat at home in front of the fire but they would match food that has come off the barbecue really well. 

Bargain FizzDate published: 05/04/14

What's more more perfect for the early summer is a glass of rose champagne and at the moment Oeil de Perdrix rose champs is down at £16.66. At this price it is a purchase that should be made by the case not the bottle.

Meaning 'eye of the partridge', this pale salmon pink rosé Champagne exhibits enticing complexity. Delicate in style, but with a perfect weight of fruit. A fantastic apéritif. 

Buy Buy Buy!!!

Open to taste Caixas Albariño, Martin Códax Date published: 05/04/14

Caixas Albariño 2012 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.

£7.49 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. 

Côtes-du-Rhône 2012, Léon PerdigalDate published: 05/04/14

Currently on our Easter Pick 'n' Mix we have the Côtes-du-Rhône 2012, Léon Perdigal. This wine is on sale at £6.66 when you buy any two from our Easter Pick 'n' Mix and is fantastic value for an everyday drinking Rhone!

This staff favourite is a classic blend sourced from several sites in the southern Rhône. It has been named in honour of Léon Perdigal, the first cellarmaster at Ogier's now famous cellars, when they were founded in 1859 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

The nose has intense aromas of red fruits and spice, with subtle pepper and garrigue notes. The spice-tinged red fruits continue on the palate, which is medium-bodied and has a pleasing length.

Enjoy with all spiced Mediterranean dishes or barbecued meats, or on its own in these last few cold days before the summer hopefully hits us. 

Hurry offer ends 28th April...

Open this weekendDate published: 04/04/14

This particular wine has long been a favourite of mine. I either take it as an interesting wine to begin or it drinks really well with Asian flavours .

Typically innovative and different, this is an intriguing blend from fourth-generation grower Miguel Torres. Founded in 1870, Torres have a rich history of innovation. Although mainly Moscatel, Viña Esmeralda is dominated by the fragrance and spice of the Gewürztraminer

Aromas of honeysuckle, ripe pear and custard apple intermingle with sweet vanilla spice. Fresh and lively on the palate with an aromatic richness that finishes with nuances of cinnamon and cloves.

A great wine and a great price.

Open to taste: Alamos Malbec!Date published: 04/04/14

The Alamos phiolosophy is to make wines that are flavoursome, drinkable and preserve each varietal's distinctive aroma, flavour and textures. Alamos wines recieve moderate oak aging of a mixture of French and American oak which varies according to the vintage. 

Mendoza is by far the biggest and most important region in Argentina.Classically hailing from the Cahors vineyards to the east of Bordeaux,Argentina is now arguably the home of Malbec. This Malbec oozes dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins. Simply perfect with roast meats. Ready to drink now and over the next 2-5 years.

Only £6.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case.

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva: only £8.99? Now that's what i call value!Date published: 02/04/14

It's spring at last and lamb is on the menu. I can think of nothing better than a beautifully slow-roasted joint, perfectly viscous gravy, crispy roasties and vibrant red cabbage to liven up the plate! Well, actually, I can think of something better; a perfect wine match. And do you know what? I think I've found it. 

The wine makers at Bodegas Eguía offer up this 2005 Rioja Gran Reserva for our pleasure. In the glass it is brilliant ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruity notes are mostly mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. All flavours are a result of the time spent in oak. However, made in 2005 the wine still has reminiscent fresh fruit flavours that combine wonderfully with the resounding maturity to provide a silky mouth-feel that lingers to a pleasantly lengthy finish. 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.

As well as being the partner for your Easter Sunday lunch, this gran reserva will equally match wonderfully nutty cheese for afters. Give it a go I  implore you. A perfect introduction to Rioja Gran Reserva!

Incredible value at £8.99 when you buy two or more bottles from our Easter Pick 'n Mix!

Pouilly-Fumé 2011, Jean VincentDate published: 02/04/14

Currently on our April Pick 'n' Mix we have the Pouilly-Fumé 2011, Jean Vincent. This fantastic wine from the Loire region of France is onlu £9.99 when you buy any two of our Pick 'n' Mix wines. (Single bottle price £14.99)

Father-and-son team Jean and Vincent Chatelain are the 11th and 12th generations of an illustrious wine making family, based in the heart of Pouilly-sur-Loire. Each parcel of their 30ha estate is vinified individually to maintain the character of each plot.

An intensely aromatic wine, with a nose that centres on gooseberry fruit, enhanced by a smoky, flinty character. This mineral theme continues all the way to the long, steely finish.

A mouthwatering, dry aperitif wine, also ideal with fresh shellfish dishes.

Hurry offer ends 28th April....

Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2012, MendozaDate published: 01/04/14

Currently on our NEW APRIL PICK 'N' MIX we have the Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2012, Mendoza. When you buy any two from our Pick 'n' Mix selection this wine retails at £7.99 from a single bottle price of £11.99.

The Malbec Reserva from the Vinalba estate has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. Sourced from vineyards at the foot of the Andes, grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity.

This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha. Flavours linger for a long time.

A full-bodied wine, yet with juicy tannins, this wine is best enjoyed with food. Peppered steak or lamb are ideal companions.

Hurry offer ends 28th April

Amazing offers starting today!Date published: 01/04/14

Vina Eguia, Rioja, Reserva - £6.66  (when you buy any 2 Pick 'N' Mix wines)

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.

The Ned, Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99 (when you buy any 2 Pick 'N' Mix wines)

A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity.

Vinalba Reservado, Malbec - £7.99  (when you buy any 2 Pick 'N' Mix wines)

This wine displays ripe dark plum fruit flavours and hints of dark chocolate and mocha. A full-bodied wine, yet with juicy tannins, this wine is best enjoyed with food. Peppered steak, venison or lamb are ideal companions.

Cracking Offer: Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel Date published: 30/03/14

Zinfandel is a relatively vigorous vine that produces relatively large clustered grapes with moderately large berries that are tightly packed in the cluster. Its distinctive character is that it is uneven ripening. Each berry within the cluster, when that cluster is ripe, will range in ripeness from slightly under ripe to somewhat desiccated and over ripe.

Ravenswood's motto 'No Wimpy Wines' is a perfect expression of the wines that they represent - big, gusty, no-nonsense wines. 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.

Currently only £6.66 a bottle!! Bargain!

Perfect value for the sunshine! Date published: 29/03/14

When the sun finally starts to shine we brits love to take full advantage. And why not eh? Weather nice enough to enjoy comes around so rarely! It stands to reason then, that such an event requires an ideal tipple to toast the health of our sun!

When it comes to value for sunny Saturday shlurping I would recommend a crisp, cool rose or white! Open to try this week on our tasting counter are Briganze Pinot Grigio rose and Viña Sol by Torres. Pop in, have a try and grab a few to enjoy this weekend!

Viña Sol
Fourth generation grower Miguel Torres uses his experience well in the production of this dry white. Now also holding vineyards in Chile and California, Torres have made wine in their winery in Vilafranca del Penedès since 1870. 
Made from the Parellada grape this wine is fresh and fruity on the nose, a smooth, crisp palate, with plenty of apples and pineapple fruit. A refreshingly crisp wine. 

A zesty bargain at only £5.99 when you buy two or more

Breganze Pinot Grigio Rosé
Although thought of as a white grape, the Pinot Grigio grape's skins naturally develop a pink tinge when the berries are fully ripe, and it is these colour pigments that make this wine lightly rosé in colour. Fresh fruit, such as apricot and peach on the nose; soft floral flavours on the palate and a refreshing, pleasantly smooth finish. Excellent with appetizers, fish dishes, soups and white meat.This easy drinking rosé makes a great a apéritif for lazy summer afternoons!

Incredibly well priced at only £6.99 when you buy two or more

Both of these wines are open to taste at our tasting counter.

Come and Explore...

New to MajesticDate published: 29/03/14

If you can get past the slightly lively label this new Italian red is a gem. 

The name of this wine is derived from 'appassimento', the traditional Valpolicella method of partially drying grapes before fermentation. In one month the grapes lose around 30% of their water content, concentrating the juice and intensifying the wine's flavour.

A dense and deeply coloured wine, full of concentrated black and red cherry flavour, and hints of leather and spice. The palate has a layered texture, with muscular tannins providing a long finish.

This would brink really well with some slowly braised ox cheeks.

Open to taste: Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2013Date published: 29/03/14

With focus on the smallest of detail these grapes are hand picked, hand selected and only the best of the best grapes are allowed to form part of this Viognier. Celebrating the legendary maverick founder of Bellingham, Bernard Podlashuk, 'The Bernard Series' is an homage to his efforts in placing South Africa on the winemaking map. Hand picked grapes are fermented and aged in one year old French oak with 4% lees contact. 

Perfumed aromas of peaches, lychees, rose petal and spice are complemented by rich layers of fruit with spicy undertones of white pepper and cinnamon on the palate with a lingering and inviting finish. Will partner well with delicately flavoured, creamy seafood and poultry dishes. Enjoy over the next two years.

Only £9.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case, and open to taste this weekend!

Rosé!Date published: 28/03/14

rosé is a type of wine that incorporates some of the colour from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify it as a red wine. It may be the oldest known type of wine, as it is the most straightforward to make with the skin contact method. The pink colour can range from a pale "onion"-skin orange to a vivid purple colour, depending on the grape varieties used and winemaking techniques. There are three major ways to produce rosé wine: skin contact, saignée and blending. Rosé wines can be made still, semi-sparkling or sparkling and with a wide range of sweetness levels from bone-dry Provençal rosé to sweet White Zinfandels and blushes. Rosé wines are made from a wide variety of grapes and can be found all across the globe.

Here are a few of our favourite Rosé's we have in stock at Majestic:

Minuty Rosé:

Chateau Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually looking over the Meditterranean. Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel. 

£10.99 when you buy 2 or more.

Pasqua Rosato: 

A rosé from northern Italy's Veneto region. The growers are located in the provinces of Verona and Treviso, and cultivate mainly indigenous varieties, but increasingly employ classic noble varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon to give their blends an international twist.Pale rose pink in colour, with core aromas of red cherry, rose hip and dessert apple. Similar fruits on the palate are delivered with a nice crisp acidity, medium body, and a clean and refreshing finish.

£5.99 when you buy 2 or more. 

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV-Only £24.99!! Date published: 27/03/14

For all your Champagne lovers out there, Perrier Jouet NV is only £24.99!! Just in time for Mother's Day this weekend!!

Since 1811, the house of Perrier Jouet has created wines with a unique signature, both floral and stylish. Since it was founded it has concentrated on small-scale production.

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.

Open this weekendDate published: 27/03/14

Come and join us to taste the fantastic Senejac from the epic vintage which was 2010. Mr Parker rated this 89 points and notes this chateaux as an overachiever.

Located on deep gravelly soils in the village of Le Pian, Sénéjac is a 39-hectare property with vines averaging 35 years of age. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vessels, then aged for 12-15 months in 30%-new oak barrels.

With a black fruit backbone and hints of graphite and mocha, this wine offers a sense of pedigree and opulence. Polished tannins and good balance make it immediately approachable but would be great if tucked away for a few years.

Think roasted spring lamb and this..................perfect!

Offer ending soonDate published: 26/03/14

One of my favourite mid week wines has to be the Lagunilla reserva which at present is a cracking price of only £6.66.

This famous Rioja bodega was founded in 1885 by Don Felipe Lagunilla San Martín, who is credited with rescuing Rioja's vineyards from the phylloxera epidemic, through his pioneering work in grafting vines onto American rootstocks.

A classic Reserva wine, striking a balance between meatiness and elegance. 24 months in oak casks has endowed it with an enjoyable smoothness and mellow, spicy aromatics.

It has that lovely soft vanilla that I look for in a Rioja and that coupled with the fantastic price means another case will be purchased before the offer finish's on Monday.

Party approachingDate published: 25/03/14

We have had today one of our Prosecco today come down to a fantastic £6.66 but only until this Monday.

Prosecco is really driving the sparkling wine market at present and this value example really shows why. A fresh, frothy wine with medium acidity and lots of accessible pear and peach fruit, without being too heavy or alcoholic.

Delicate and aromatic with a light body and fine bubbles, this wine carries lots of fresh peach, pear, apricot and apple with a revitalising finish.

Enjoy on its own as an apéritif or as an accompaniment to canapés. This is a real party fizz!

Jordan Cabernet Merlot, and a look at StellenboschDate published: 24/03/14

South Africa has been producing wine for over 350 years, equaling some of the European wine producing regions. Through its diverse history South Africa has been known for producing quality wines but suffered somewhat over the end of Apartheid in 1991. However producers have been working fervently to restore the reputation of South African wines on the world stage. Two such producers are Ted and Sheelagh Jordan. The couple  took over their spectacular 146-hectare Stellenbosch estate in 1982, and set about replanting it with international grape varieties. 

Stellenbosch is largely becoming known for being the hub of fine wines in South Africa. The area has an ideal vine-growing climate. Enough rain falls in the winter to sustain healthy vines and afford a good quality grapes. Similarly the summers tend not to get too hot to risk the development of the grapes due to cool winds that channel through the valleys from False Bay at the continents extreme south-west. Stellenbosch has developed a fine reputation for blends of grapes in the Bordeaux style, specifically Cabernet/Merlot wines, such as the Jordan's estate example.

Jordan Estate is currently being run by the original owners' son Gary. Along with his wife, Kathy, the estate has added a new winery and are committed to the development of the modern Jordan range. A key figure in this development is the Cabernet/Merlot blend, a no-nonsense number full of great flavours. The wine is bright, juicy and straightforward, 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 on the palate.

This wine would match spectacularly with a rich and meaty lasagna.

Mother's Day Treats!!Date published: 23/03/14

If your mum is anything like mine then she will love a few bubbles on Mother's day. Whether it's Champagne or Prosecco, we have you covered here!!

Here are a few of my top picks that Mums will love!

Taittinger Brut NV £27.99*

From Champagne's oldest cellars, this Champagne has peach and acacia notes on the nose, a citrus-fresh yet delicately honeyed palate,and a beautiful, elegant finish.

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut NV £24.99*

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. 

Prosecco Conegliano di Valdobbiadene  £9.99*

La Marca winery is located in Oderzo, in the Veneto region. Its membersown about 8,000 hectares of vineyards on the hills and the plain.Advanced technologies are used in the vineyards and the cellar to aid the continual improvement of wine quality. A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples.Ideal as an apéritif or to accompany a light lunch.

Lindauer Rose £8.99*

Produced and owned by Montana, and first released in 1981, Lindauer holds the title of New Zealand's most exported wine. Produced from grapes grown on Hawkes Bay and Gisborne's silt and clay soils, it undergoes primary and secondary fermentation in tank prior to bottling.Vibrant pink in colour, with a large number of beads of fast rising bubbles and aromas of red fruits, spice, currants and peach. A fullbodied and refreshing wine with ripe red fruit and citrus flavours.Enjoy chilled on its own or with lightly spiced mediterranean foods and seafood.

*(All prices shown are multi-buy on the pick 'n' mix deal)

If you think your Mum would love any of these for Mother's day, or if you have any other questions regarding our range. Contact us via the website www.majestic.co.uk

Raats Granite Blocks Chenin Blanc 2013, Coastal RegionDate published: 22/03/14

Currently on the tasting counter at Majestic we have the Raats Granite Blocks Chenin Blanc 2013, Coastal Region. This bottle has a single bottle price of £10.99 and when you buy two or more the price drops to £8.99.

Made from the produce of a Fairtrade-accredited farm in the Western Cape, by Bruwer Raats, one of South Africa's most celebrated Chenin specialists. Only 0.5% of the wine is barrel-aged for 3 months, adding subtle complexity and texture.

Bursting with melon, lychee and pear notes, against a backbone of citrus fruits. Incisive and taut acidity, tinged with a distinct minerality, provides great refreshment and length. 

Great with shellfish, tempura squid, or grilled fresh mackerel.

Hurry offer ends 31st March

Back in stock: Côtes de Provence Rose Sainte Victoire 2013 Famille NegrelDate published: 21/03/14

The days are becoming longer, the weather is improving; Summer really is on its way and that can only mean one thing.. It is time to crack out the Rose!! 

The Negrel family settled at the domaine Mas de Cadenet in 1813, and has now been there for 7 generations. Sainte Victoire is a sub-region within the Côtes de Provence, situated on the upper parts of the slopes, and is known for producing particularly high quality wines. Bright salmon pink; typical of the fresh but warm Provence style. Refinedand complex on the nose, with summer fruit and floral notes. Dry and crisp, with a delicate flavour and full texture. 

Enjoy with poultry in delicately flavoured sauces, or with lightly spicy dishes. £9.99 when you buy 2+ bottles (£10.99 single bottle price)

Fan of NZ Sauvignon?Date published: 20/03/14

We currently have two fantastic offers (along side many more!) running at present. 

The Brancott Sauvignon is down at only £6.66 and the Villa Maria Sauvignon is at £7.99. The represent a significant saving and can only be classed as bargains. These offers however do come to an end on the 31st March so if you would like to take of them please just give a call or pop into the store. Beat those budget increases! 

Fine Wine offer highlights 20Date published: 19/03/14

The last selection of my favourite is this fantastic wine from Toro in Spain.

The Old One of the Matsu range, made from the fruit of selected Tinta de Toro vines, averaging 110 years of age. Matsu is the Japanese word for 'wait', and the winery's philosophy is one of patience and environmental harmony. 

The wine is immensely powerful and complex, offering cigar box, lavender and graphite nuances against a backdrop of dense cherry and bramble fruit.

This is a complex wine and would benefit from extra aging in the right conditions, however if you did decide to drink now decant a couple of hours ahead of time and serve with a slowly roasted shoulder of wild boar. 

Champagne Offers Date published: 19/03/14

Until the 31st March we have some brilliant offers on Champagne in store on our Pick 'n' Mix selection. To qualify for the offer, you will need to pick any two bottles from our Pick 'n' Mix selection regardless of their price. 

Taittinger Brut Réserve NV - From £42 to £27.98

From Champagne's oldest cellars, this Champagne has peach and acacia notes on the nose, a citrus-fresh yet delicately honeyed palate, and a beautiful, elegant finish.

Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV £43.50 to £28.98 

Perhaps the best known Champagne, the Brut Imperial from Moët embodies their house style: crisp and clean, this classic Champagne shows citrus aromas and hints of biscuity flavours. An excellent apéritif.

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV £42 to £27.98

A lighter house style. Subtle citrus, toast and spice predominate this perfectly balanced Champagne, with a strong structure giving the wine good food compatibility.

Back in stock: Peter Lehman Shiraz, £7.99Date published: 18/03/14

Peter Lehman 2011, Barossa Valley

(When you buy 2 or more bottles a part of a mixed case, saving £4)

This Shiraz from the Lehman estate has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. It's sourced from the best vineyards in the region, and has been aged in a combination of American and French oak, which contributes to its complexity of flavors.

This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth, full of that classic Aussie Shiraz taste. Plum, dark chocolate, mocha and a deep blackcurrant core are wrapped in a smooth, warming wine. Make the most of the cold nights we are expecting with this great wine!

Would partner peppery meat dishes perfectly.

£7.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. 

New in: Vinalba Fifty 50Date published: 17/03/14

Just £8.99 a bottle!

Fifty 50 refers to the split between malbec and cabernet sauvignon, Argentina's two great French imports, which both find themselves in this bottle. The structure and depth of the Cabernet Sauvignon are complemented by the Malbec's damson and plum influence. The concentrated fruit flavours are rounded off with an oaked vanilla spiciness, which leaves a very smooth finish for such a flavour some wine. 

A corked bottle?Date published: 17/03/14

Unfortunately it is inevitable to come across a corked bottle of wine from time to time. Cork taint is an problem that comes across when sealing wine under natural cork, however here at Majestic we endeavor to cause as little hassle as possible. 

The easiest thing to do is for us to credit the value of the bottle against your next order. If ordering online, simply put a note in the delivery instructions space to say that you have a bottle you'd like to return due to it being corked; if you shop by telephone just mention it when ordering. We will then arrange this credit and collect the offending bottle when delivering.

If you prefer, we can arrange the replacement or refund sooner; you can either return the bottle to the store in person, or you can contact us to arrange an exchange the next time the van is in your area.

We ask that you keep the bottle, and preferably some of the contents so that our store staff can record the nature of the fault, helping us to assist our suppliers in their quality control.

See its very easy and we aim to not dissapoint! 

Lindauer Special Reserve NVDate published: 15/03/14

Currently we have the fantastic Lindauer Special Reserve NV from New Zealand. Currently at £12.99 from £14.99 when you buy 2 or more

Lindauer released this wine in 1996 to reflect the up and coming elegance of New Zealand sparkling wine making. Their special reserve is one of their top cuvees and contains 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. This sparkling wine is made in the same way as champagne is made, with the exception that the first fermentation happens in a stainless steel tank as opposed to the individual bottle.

There is a very pleasant pink tinge to this wine, which is complemented by small finite bubbles. This wine contains aromas of peach, nectarine and hints of black fruit. On the palate there is a creamy texture, with a clean toasty finish.

Enjoy chilled, as an aperitif or with seafood, fish or pork and chicken. 

Vina Eguia Reserva: only £6.66 (until Tuesday 18th!!!)Date published: 15/03/14

Rioja Reserva 2008, Viña Eguía

This wine is fantastic value for money and a great example of a Rioja Reserva. This wine is made of predominantly the Tempranillo grape, the main grape variety used in Rioja. Rioja is a region in northern Spain, famed as being the most recognisable name in Spanish wine. Rioja is split into three subregions, Vina Eguia is placed in the Alavesa subregion on the upper banks created by the Ebro River. It is west of Rioja's regional capital city, Logroño; and grapes are grown at up to 800m on chalky soils that results in some of the lightest wines of Rioja whilst also being known for having the most finesse.

To be categorised as a 'reserva' a wine must be aged for a minimum of 12 months in cask and aged for a total minimum of 36 months. Vina Eguia is achieved through 24 months' ageing in French and American oak and 2 years' cellarage before release. Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas.The palate has weight yet an elegant profile. Match with a mature steak, or with a board of chorizo and manchego cheese.

Amazing Champagne deals ending this Tuesday 18th March! Date published: 15/03/14

Spring is definitely here, and why not celebrate in the sun by cracking out the barbecue and popping a few bottles of Champagne! Until this Tuesday 18th March, selected Champagnes have been reduced in price to join our March Pick 'n' Mix! 

Veuve Clicquot NV - £29.98

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.

Nicolas Feuillatte NV - £16.66

A light, fresh and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruits. Has undergone a total of 4 years' ageing prior to release.

Hurry! Offer ends this Tuesday. 

FLASH SALE: NED SAUVIGNON BLANC ONLY £6.99!!Date published: 14/03/14

The ever popular Ned Sauvignon Blanc is only £6.99 a bottle!! However it is for a limited time only, ending this Tuesday 18th March. 

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. The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil.A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gun flint minerality which delivers extra complexity.

Call us here in store on 01252 711988 to order yours today!! 

Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2012, Louis JadotDate published: 14/03/14

On our tasting counter this week is the Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2012, Louis Jadot

This wine comes from the region of Maconnais. The region was historically used to produce the red grapes of the region (Pinot Noir or Gamay), but in more recent years Chardonnay has come into its own. With the limestone rich soils perfect for the white grapes growth.

The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the superior

quality vineyards from around the village of Loché, southwest of Mâcon in southern Burgundy. Made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish.

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

£7.99 when you buy any two from our March Pick 'n' Mix 

Ondine Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 13/03/14

These days most people tend to head towards New Zealand for their Sauvignon Blanc. However South Africa are catching up!

One such alternative that springs immediately to mind is Ondine Sauvignon from South Africa's Western Cape. The cooler growing conditions in Darling give this wine an oft sought after crispness and delicacy and a complexity which belies its bargain price. Tending towards the herbacious rather than the tropical, Ondine Sauvignon still has enough refreshing fruitiness to satisfy the most ardent of Marlborough fans.

1 bottle = £8.99

2+ bottles = £5.99 each

Cracking March Pick n Mix DealsDate published: 13/03/14

Cloudy Bay Pelorus 2008 - Was £26.99, Now £17.99

Famous for it's Sauvignon Blanc, Cloudy Bay has been expanding its portfolio of wines for some time now, with the Pelorus range of Champagne-style sparkling wines being one of several stalwart additions. Made to the same ageing requirements as vintage champagne and from the same blend of grapes, the 2008 Pelorus is a remarkably effective facsimile for France's most prestigious sparkling wines. Zingy acidity, fresh orchard fruit flavours and a creamy mousse are complimented by a lingering brioche note on the finish. A champagne of similar quality would fetch north of £30, so this is undeniably a real bargain!

Chateau La Vielle Croix 2009, Fronsac - Was £18.99, Now £12.66

Fronsac, the oft overlooked commune on Bordeaux's Right Bank has long been lost in the shadows cast by its more famous neighbours Pomerol and St Emilion. This obscurity has meant that many Fronsac wines represent the best value proposition in Bordeaux. A merlot dominated wine from an outstanding vintage, there is an ample quantity of red fruit, balanced by fruitcake-esque richness and a hint of wild herbs. Close your eyes and you could easily believe you were enjoying a Grand Cru St Emilion at a fraction of the price. Snap it up and enjoy with roast lamb.

Are you a potential Commercial Customer? Date published: 12/03/14

Choose Majestic Commercial and you get so much more than a wine supplier. Yes we will bring you a range of wines to rival any in the industry. But more than that, you can look forward to an array of services designed to help you maximise sales and help achieve the individual goals you have set for your business.

It all starts with a member of the Commercial sales team, a single point of contact, who is on hand to offer the support, guidance and information you need, when you need it. We can boast extensive commercial experience and the infrastructure to be incredibly flexible regarding deliveries. We are all qualified to a minimum of Level 3 Advanced Certificate in the internationally renowned Wine and Spirit Education Trust award.

•  We have an ever expanding and evolving list of Commercial Exclusives- wines only available to our on-trade customers

• We can help you produce your own wine list, complete with prices and detailed tasting notes, quickly and professionally. 

• We provide staff training through our Confidence in Wine course, which explores grape varieties and the winemaking process, whilst our Perfect Partners course specifically tackles food matching.

 • On-trade accounts are serviced from a local Majestic store, with your orders personally picked, processed and delivered by our knowledgeable staff. Stores are open seven days a week, so deliveries can be made swiftly at a time that suits you!

The AIX Rose Magnums are back!Date published: 11/03/14

The AIX Rose Magnums are back! 

It looks like winter is behind us, the sun is making an appearance and its getting warmer, the perfect time to start stocking up on Rosé. 

I'm a firm believer that it's never too early for a glass of Rosé, especially when it comes to the AIX magnums! This ever popular Provence Rosé is 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. 

The wine is unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum this Rosé is a great match for canapés or seafood. 

A fantastic wine at the bargain price of £19.99! 

Dry Furmint 2011, Royal TokajiDate published: 11/03/14

Coming on offer today is the Dry Furmint 2011, Royal Tokaji. It comes in at £7.99 from £9.99. Royal Tokaji are one of the oldest wine making companies in Hungary, with the Essencia being their flagship wine. 

The name Furmint is derived from 'froment', the Hungarian word for the wheaten colour of its wines. More commonly associated with the super-sweet dessert wines of Hungary, the Furmint grape is employed here in a dry white, to stunning effect.

Well-defined aromatics comprising rich honey notes and stone fruits on the nose. Plenty of acidity gives the palate crispness and bite, with mineral tinges accenting the fruit-laden, exotic feel.

Partner with strong creamy cheeses or rich poultry dishes.

March Pick 'n Mix highlightDate published: 10/03/14

Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2009

Vergelegen, and outspoken winemaker Andre Van Rensburg, are widely recognised for producing some of South Africa’s finest wines. The Stellenbosch region produces excellent wines due to the Mediterranean climate and soils from at the foothills of the Cape Fold mountains. Aromas of ripe berries and plums beautifully enhanced by silky chocolateand coffee, with finely grained tannins, berry flavours and a complexspicy finish.Ideal served with pasta, pizza or stews.

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NVDate published: 10/03/14

Currently on our March Pick 'n' Mix, we have the Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV, New Zealand at £9.99 from £14.99 when you buy any 2 from our Pick 'n' Mix selection. 

The Lindauer Special Reserve range is a step up from the standard range, spending 24 months on its lees rather than the usual 15 months. The Blanc de Blanc label means that 100% of the grapes are chardonnay, which also give Champagne their elegance. The grapes from this wine coming from Gisbourne. In addition, Blanc de Noir means that all the grapes must be red (usually Pinot Noir and Pinot Muenier).

Elegant citrus fruit, a slight creaminess and fine, soft bubbles make this balanced sparkling wine a real bargain and a fantastic, if slightly lighter alternative, to Champagne.

Brilliant as an apéritif due to its subtle elegance, it's also a superb partner to shellfish.

This current offer ends on the 31st March...

Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay 2013, Central ValleyDate published: 08/03/14

Currently on the March Pick 'n' Mix, we have the Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay 2013,Central Valley. Currently at £5.99 when you buy any two from our Pick 'n' Mix range.

Santa Rita have extensive vineyards throughout Chile's Central Valley, spanning a wide variety of locations and terrain. This Chardonnay benefits from both the fresh acidity of the coastal vineyard fruit, and the more tropical flavours found in vineyards nearer the Andes. 

A youthfully green-tinged lemon yellow wine, with an inviting nose of yellow apple, tangerine zest and ripe melon. Refreshing and zippy on the palate, with a soft, clean finish.

Enjoyable on its own, or with a chicken Caesar salad.

Offer ends 31st March...

Fine Wine offer highlights 19Date published: 08/03/14

I'm not normally a huge fan of South African red's there is the odd exception winery wise. One of these is the famous producer Kanonkop.

Paul Sauer is Kanonkop’s flagship wine - a Bordeaux blend comprising a majority Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In the best Bordeaux tradition this wine is unfiltered.

Deep, ruby red colour - concentration of blackcurrant, cassis and tea leaf aromas. Good body with a combination of power and elegance. Silky sweet tannin that leads to a dry finish.

This really is a baby and cries out to be cellered for a few years but if you cannot wait that long decant to waken this wine up and serve with some red meat or would be perfect with some slowly braised oxtail.

On offer at £25 when buying two or more bottles from our fine wine promotion.

Bellingham Mocha Java Merlot 2013 Date published: 08/03/14

Currently on the March Pick 'n' Mix we have the Bellingham Mocha Java Merlot 2013, this wine comes in at £5.99 (from £8.99) when you buy any two from our Pick 'n' Mix range.

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

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

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

Offer ends 31st March...

Fine Wine offer highlights 18Date published: 07/03/14

One for the cellar next and this wine is one of my all time favourite Bordeaux without paying too much. 2010 was a absolute cracker of a vintage and this would easily age gracefully if kept in the right conditions. Saying that it is already showing really well if decanted and served with a rib of beef.

Located on deep gravelly soils in the village of Le Pian, Sénéjac is a 39-hectare property with vines averaging 35 years of age. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vessels, then aged for 12-15 months in 30%-new oak barrels. With a black fruit backbone and hints of graphite and mocha, this wine offers a sense of pedigree and opulence.

£23 but down to £18 on the fine wine deal.

Bellingham Bush Vine PinotageDate published: 07/03/14

Pinotage is South Africa's signature grape. It is a crossing between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. It is called a crossing because both original seeds were Vitis Vinifera. As a fairly new crossing, different variations of this grape are being explored.

A bold and classy take on South Africa's signature red grape. Hand-picked from a single vineyard site of mature vines and fermented and aged in French oak for 18 months.

Full-bodied, with a deep purple colour. Intense damson and black cherry fruit, accented with hints of smoked meat and truffle notes, and a spicy toastiness from the oak.

Drink with barbecued ribs or other flame grilled meats.

£11.99 when you buy 2 or more (single bottle price £14.99)

Château La Vieille Croix 2009, Fronsac; King of the Hill.Date published: 06/03/14

Château La Vieille Croix in Fronsac has produced this great wine, now down 33% to £12.66 when bought as part of our March Pick 'n Mix offer!  

Laying claim to high the high ground to the west of Libourne on Bordeaux's right bank, the Château claims that its position dominates both Pomerol and Saint-Émilion. Fronsac's proximity to the other two appellations gives the wines a similar style and grape domination. However the wines from this region offer great value in comparison to the two other, arguably more famous, appellations. 

The wine itself, typically of Fronsac, is Merlot dominated. Whilst also containing 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc the remaining 80% is Merlot. The Merlot offers the wine moderate tannins and softness. It is  also the driving force behind the richness and body of the wine, the fruity aromas and more complex tannins and depth of colour come from blending the Merlot with both Cabernets. The blend is then aged in French oak to finish off this lovely Bordeaux. Generous raspberry fruit and a noticeable herbal quality result in a complex yet delicious wine. Excellent Sunday roast companion. 

Pinot Noir Under £6Date published: 06/03/14

Currently at Majestic we have the Robertson Winery Pinot Noir 2013 at £5.99 when you buy any 2 as part of our March Pick 'n' Mix offer. 

A fantastic offer on a South African Pinot Noir, a grape the South Africans are famous for blending with Cinsault to create Pinotage, their signature grape variety. 

Established in 1941, Robertson have grown to become South Africa's third largest wine brand. This Pinot Noir is sourced from the east-facing vineyards of Prospect Farm, an established vineyard located in a fairly cool part of the Robertson Valley.

An unoaked Pinot Noir, with an emphasis on fresh fruit flavours. The aromas are predominantly of youthful cherry and strawberry. Light and supple on the palate.

An ideal partner for light pasta dishes, mildly spiced couscous or grilled chicken, or on its own now it is starting to get warmer in the last of the winter days.

Offer ends 31st March 

Great wines for under £6. Date published: 06/03/14

Unbelievable value to be had by all at Majestic Wine!

Looking for quality every day "quaffing" wines can sometimes seem rather a hard task, but have no fear: they can be found! This month we have some great numbers in our Bargain Blooms deal, all for under £6. More importantly the deal is on single bottle price and a great way to explore with us; why not add one on to your usual shop? Maybe you'll find a hidden 'every day' gem! 

Some of my personal favourites include some incredibly good value southern French tipples. Mas des Montagnes Côtes du Roussillon is a great all rounder. The estate is owned by Nicolas and Miren Lorgeril, renowned Langue doc vignerons, and direct descendants of Cabardès' Pennautier family. The region has terraced slopes of schist, limestone and granite, and is hencean exceptional terroir, sought after by many winemakers.Vivid crimson in colour, with a nose dominated by the Grenache's jammy raspberry aromas. On the palate, the Syrah and Carignan add some spice and tannin, resulting in a well structured and racy wine. An absolute favourite in our house with some lamb chops, well seasoned and sprinkled with thyme. Perfic'!!!!

Another weekend visitor to my glass is Esprit Soleil Sauvignon Blanc. A superb value Sauvignon Blanc, made by a major cooperative in the south of France. Grapes are sourced from several quality growers, and blended to create a consistently elegant and clean style.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. Serve very cold alongside all manner of seafood dishes or as a late-afternoon refresher. Ahhhhh, that's better!

Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 05/03/14

Currently on our Pick 'n' Mix we have the Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Maipo Valley. This wine retails at £11.99 when you buy 1 or £7.99 when you mix it as part of our March Pick 'n' Mix offer.

Santa Rita was founded in 1880, by Mr. Domingo Fernández Concha. Created in Maipo Valley in Central Chile, the area closest to the capital, Santiago. Each lot is individually vinified at its peak of ripeness and aged in french oak barrels. 

Deep, ripe ruby red in colour with a nose of blackcurrant, menthol and toasty vanilla notes. Rich, ripe almost sweet tannins and a long length.

Enjoy with spicy red meats, venison and goose, or on its own watching the sun set from your armchair in the evening.

Age, it's more than a number!Date published: 04/03/14

Ageing a wine develops its flavour and character, we know this. However, what can be hazy is how to assess whether a wine you have is suitable for aging, or will keeping a bottle have no direct benefit to the taste? After all, the proof is undoubtedly in the tasting!

Firstly we have to decide if the wine-type will react well to ageing in the first place! For this it has been said that the best way to decide this is by using a 'readiness for drinking' scale; let us review the WSET level 3 specifications.

Wines that are high in fruitiness with only slight acidity or tannins usually will not take well to ageing. These wines would be classified as, "Drink now: not intended for ageing." Similarly, if you try a wine that seems that it should have had a fruity taste but have dampened slightly, or indeed has lost freshness in acidity or subtlety in its tannins, it can be seen that they are simply "too old"

If your wine has very firm structural tannins or good levels if acidity it may well benefit from ageing. typically the ageing of such wines will have the affect of developing the fruity flavours with earthy or spice notes. Although tannins will soften with age, acidity and sugar levels will change very little, as will the alcohol content. With that in mind one can determine whether or not a wine has the potential for ageing and the effect of any time it may have in a bottle. On the WSET level 3 specification such a wine would be scaled thusly, "can drink now but has potential for ageing."

If you believe the tannins or acidity are a little too harsh and are in need of development the wine would be classed as "too old." Contrarily, it may happen that we open a bottle and decide that in fact the wine would have tasted better if it had more fruity notes.  If this happens it may be the case that ageing has caused developed into more savoury notes and therefore may have been aged for too long. This would be classed, again, as "too old".

Fine Wine offer highlights 17Date published: 03/03/14

Now this has tpo be sent from our St John's Wood branch due to the small quantities that we get. If you like toasty Chards you will love this.

Majestic ships these wines direct from this quality-driven producer. Productions are tiny, philosophies Burgundian and the results are spectacular. Despite being a former second hand car salesman Stephen Hansel prices his wines fairly. There is huge complexity and depth, the estate chardonnay has bags fruit, a popcorny richness and intelligently used expensive French oak. Remarkable value for money.

This currently is only £18 on the fine wine deal but stock is disappearing fast so do delay. We will sell out!

French Regional Red For Under £5Date published: 02/03/14

Currently at Majestic we have the Cuvée Geneviève Rouge 2012, Vin de France at the single bottle price of £4.99. It is part of Majestic's commitment to deliver a fantastic range of wines under £6, so there are plenty others in store for you to try. 

This wine is made from grapes sourced from a number of growers, and vinified at Caves de Landiras, a state-of-the-art winery at the heart of the wine making scene for many small vineyards in the south and south west corners of 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. Light-to medium-bodied.

This wine will partner with anything from coldcuts to flavoursome pasta dishes, or served on its own

Why not pop down and try the Cuvée Geneviève Rouge 2012, Vinde France as it is currently on our tasting counter.

Fine Wine offer highlights 16Date published: 02/03/14

Everybody has heard of the famed Cloudy Bay sauvignon blanc and I'm sure many have drunk it but to my mind the best wine they produce it the fabulous Te Koko.

This is an iconic wine from New Zealand's most iconic winery. Atypical for Kiwi Sauvignon, the Te Koko is fermented using indigenous 'wild' yeasts, and subjected to batonnage as it ages in oak. Released as a three year old wine, this is unlike anything else from New Zealand!

Lychees and almonds with classic gooseberry notes and a hint of wood smoke. A full bodied palate of citrus fruits with the richer flavours of caramel and nougat, leading to a crisp yet spicy finish.

If you have never tried this fantastic wine I urge you to. I would serve this as an interesting aperitif or try matching with a cheese souffle made with an aged comte or beaufort. 

Priced at £37.50 but on the mix/match fine wine offer £32.50.

Fine Wine offer highlights 15Date published: 01/03/14

Something a bit richer now and from the Two Hand's stable comes the sumptuous 'Angels Share' Shiraz.

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.

Not really a wine for drinking without food. Think a thick T-Bone steak grilled to med rare. A great supper!

£23 down to £18 when you buy 2 or more bottles from the fine wine offer.

El Rescatado Albarin 2013, Tierra de LeonDate published: 01/03/14

Another Albarino I hear you say? The El Rescatado Albarin 2013, Tierrade Leon is actually made from the far rarer grape variety of Albarin.  This rare light skinned grape is genetically somewhere in between Albarino and Gewurtztraminer. The typical flavours are those of mint, fig and lime. The top Albarins also undergo malolactic fermentation.

Albarin is native to the valleys of the Picos de Europe in northern Spain and is extremely rare: only around 100 hectares of vineyards are planted with this variety. 20 of those are owned by Pedro Gonzalez Mittelbrun, who makes this wine.

Extremely fresh and aromatic, combining gooseberry, citrus fruit and hints of fresh green herbs, with a gently tropical edge. Crisp and refreshing acidity. 

Enjoy on its own, with smoked oysters or with those more adventurous then a Wasabi chicken salad.

This wine is currently at £9.99 when you buy 2 or more (£12.99 single bottle price) 

and on the tasting counter right now!!!

Fine Wine offer highlights 14Date published: 28/02/14

I have to admit I haven't tasted this vintage of this wine but remember when we last stocked the wines from Foxen probably over 5 years ago now so I'm going going by memory of the last time we had it here.

Foxen is a small Santa Barbara winery produces highly individual Pinot Noir wines quite unlike those from Napa and Sonoma. It offers aromatic flavours of herb, black cherry and spicy new oak scents with a ripe tannic structure. 

As I remember this really needs food to excell and something like a simply roasted duck would be just perfect.

£29 but down to £24 when you buy two or more from our fine wine promotion.

Portillo Malbec Date published: 28/02/14

Currently on our Pick 'n' Mix offer we have the Portillo Malbec 2012/2013 from Mendoza. The wine was a recent addition to our Pick 'n' Mix offer as part of Majestic's fantastic idea to include more, ever popular Malbecs. This wine retails at £9.99 but when you buy any two this wine comes down to £6.66

This Malbec comes from the Mendoza region. This region is the figurehead for Argentinian wine making, with the region producing over 70% of the country's wines. The biggest vineyards are planted in almost desert conditions, protected from the rain by the Andes and from the Pampas. However, snow-melt and the high altitude allow incredible wines to be produced. 

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 won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy in 2011.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 slighty spicy dishes, medium strength cheeses or lamb. 

Wine of the Week: Torres Days of SummerDate published: 28/02/14

Miguel Torres's winery was founded in 1979 by the famous Torres family of Spain. The family is now earning a reputation as being Chile's most sustainable viticulturists. Sourced from Itata Valley, one of Chile's southernmost wine regions Days of Summer has a unique flavour. As the name suggests, this is a summery wine full of bright and juicy white grape, floral and gently tropical aromas. A background sweetness gives the wine a round, easy-going feel. This summery wine is sure to bring a hint of early Spring to your table despite the dreary weather of late! Perfect with Thai Fishcakes

£6.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles, £9.99 single bottle price

Exciting Malbec offers: Callia Bella Malbec, now only £5.99!!Date published: 27/02/14

Callia Bella Malbec 2013 San Juan - 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. 

Great value at £5.99 when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines. 

Fantastic Malbec Offer: Luigi Bosca Malbec, 2011.Date published: 26/02/14

Bodega Luigi Bosca was started in 1901, when the original wave ofItalian winemakers had settled in Argentina, and is now in its fourthgeneration of family ownership. Vistalba is an important sub-region ofLujan de Cuyo, located at 990m above sea level.Deeply fruity, with a dark and voluptuous feel, this is a fine example of Argentina's trademark style. Tightly structured, it brings together subtle vanilla hints, firm tannins and well-judged acidity.Try this with seared venison loin. 

Only £10.66 a bottle when you buy 2 or more selected malbecs. 

Open to taste in store from Friday 28th February in store! 

My top Fine Wine deals: Buy any 2 selected Fine Wines and SAVE £10!Date published: 25/02/14

Buy any 2 selected Fine Wines and SAVE £10!

We have a variety of Fine Wines on this offer at the moment. Come in and try something new!

Some of the wines on this offer are...

Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru 2011 - There is quite a bit of tension and acidity on the finish to frame layers of rich, highly expressive fruit in the 2011 Chablis Vaillons. This explosive Chablis captures an attractive middle ground between the cooler and riper styles of the year, with both plenty of detail and depth. Since 2006, this parcel has been farmed biodynamically. £25.00 when purchased with the offer.

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc - A wine full of fresh herbal aromas and layers of ripe guava and tropical fruit. Gooseberries and passion fruits on the medium-full body; the palate is succulent and crisp with a long flavoursome finish. It is superbly refreshing served chilled on a sunny day, this is also a great match for meat or vegetarian stuffed peppers.£22.00 when purchased on the offer. 

Rioja Gran Reserva Imperial 2005 - Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, commonly known as CVNE, produces some of Spain's greatest wines. Made from 20 year old vines and aged in French and American oak, the Imperial range originated in the 1920s, named for its imperial pint bottles exported to the UK. Full garnet in colour expressing elegant autumn berry fruits, coffee, caramel and cinnamon. The palate is finely structured with dried fruit, plums and damsons combined with toasty vanilla undertones.This is a wine that will evolve well in bottle and last many years, or be enjoyed now. Fantastic with roasted meats and game birds. £20.00 when purchased on the offer. 

The Two Hands RangeDate published: 24/02/14

The Two Hands Range 

The Two Hands winery was founded in 1999 by two friends and all the wines are handmade, hence the name: Two Hands. Their view was to showcase the best Shiraz Australia has to offer, and they source grapes from different regions to show the diversity and regional characteristics. 

Here are a few of the Two Hands wines that are available here at Majestic. 

Gnarly Dudes Shiraz, Barossa Valley: 

Sourced from mature gnarly shiraz vines in the Barossa valley. The wine is aged in mixture of old and new french oak hogsheads for 12 months.

Full bodied and intense. Complex with black  fruit flavors combined with notes of toffee, burnt chestnut and subtle hints of lavender. Well structured with a long finish, this wine is fantastic now but will continue to develop for up to five years.

£18.00 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines. 

Angels Share Shiraz, McLaren Vale: 

This wine comes from the McLaren Vale, a slightly cooler region than Barossa. It is very rich and aromatic, displaying coffee notes and flavors of plum fruit. With its intense flavors it is deliciously mouth coating with soft rounded tannins. Enjoy now or cellar for up to ten years. 

£18.00 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines. 

Sexy Beast Cabernet, McLaren Vale:  

Sourced from sites across the McLaren Vale, the wine is then matured for 14 months in french oak hogsheads. Deep in colour this wine displays an inviting nose of rich fruit combined with notes of violet, smoke and herbs. The wine is elegantly full bodied and well structured with smooth tannins. 

Can be drunk now or cellared for up to ten years. 

£18.00 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines. 

Free Delivery on ANY 6 Bottles!Date published: 23/02/14

Free Delivery on ANY 6 Bottles

We are now offering all customers free delivery on ANY 6 bottles of wine! This means you are no longer restricted by a minimum spend, increasing the choices of wines you can buy for delivery.

We love to see you in store, and we love to see you when we're out in the van! Come and explore!

Buy Any 2 Craft Beers, Save £6!Date published: 23/02/14

Buy Any Craft Beers, Save £6

Mix and match your craft beers and save £6! 

Anchor Steam 6x355ml Bottles - A deep amber colour with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavour.

Brooklyn Lager 6x355ml Bottles - 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.

UnderDog Atlantic Lager, Flying Dog 6x330ml Can - A light and refreshing lager brewed with rye and wheat.

All £9.99 when you buy 2 or more packs. 

Open to taste: Masciarelli Montepulciano Date published: 22/02/14

Since its founding in 1978, the successful family-run Masciarelli winery has grown from its original 2.5 hectares in the town of San Martino to a total of 320 hectares today, spread across 14 different towns and villages throughout Abruzzo's provinces. Bright ruby in colour, with an attractive nose of red cherry, with subtle violet and tobacco notes. The palate frames blackcurrant and damson fruit with taut tannins and notes of liquorice and spice. Medium weight and a streak of acidity make this a great all-round food wine. Best served with tomato-based pasta dishes. 

Only £9.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. 

Deals ending this Monday, 24th February! Date published: 22/02/14

Côtes du Rhône 2010 E. Guigal

£7.99 (single bottle price £11.99)

Guigal is arguably the most famous producer in the Rhône Valley. Founded by Étienne Guigal in 1946, his son Marcel is almost single-handedly responsible for the regions resurgence over the last few decades. This full-bodied wine offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savoury white pepper notes that make it a superb food wine.

Offer ends Monday 24th February

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta NV Italy
£6.99 (single bottle price £10.49)

The little-known Raboso grape is essentially the sister grape of the white Prosecco, and is here used to make a similarly delicate sparkling wine. Grapes have been picked from the vineyard areas around the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene. An elegant and intense bouquet, dry and soft and with fresh peach and red berry flavours on the palate and a round and full-bodied structure.

Offer ends Monday 24th February

Fine Wine offer highlights 13Date published: 21/02/14

Sticking to Spain but moving to Ribera region.

A project by Bodegas Roda, one of Rioja's leading wineries, to make a top quality modern Tempranillo in Ribera del Duero. Following four years of research, the La Horra vineyards were identified as Roda's chosen Duero site, and Corimbo was first produced here in 2008. The wine is a dense and multi-layered wine, crammed with black fruit and accented with notes of sweet spice, toast and floral aromas.

Although really quite young at present it is already drinking really well and would be a great wine to drink with a gently braised hare ragout and a buttery pomme puree.

£25 but on offer at only £20 when buying two plus wines from the promoted fine wine offers.

Stella Alpina Chardonnay Date published: 20/02/14

BRAND NEW into Majestic is the Stella Alpina Chardonnay. This wine goes straight into our February Pick 'n' Mix at £9.33 when you buy any two. 

Alto Adige, also known as South Tyrol, is Italy's northernmost wine region, bordering  Switzerland and Austria. The climate offers superb conditions for ripening top-quality grapes, combining 1800 annual sunshine hours with moderate temperatures due to the high altitude. Due to the location of the region only 15% of the region is able to be cultivated. Generally, the fertile valley floor is used for fruit crops, with the vines situated on terraces on the lower slopes of the valley wall.

The freshness of this Chardonnay is countered by a rich peach flavour and flinty texture from the limestone soil, possessing a fine balance between firm acidic backbone and rounded opulence. Bright golden yellow colour and hints of tropical fruit.

Perfect with feta-stuffed breast of chicken.

Fine Wine offer highlights 12Date published: 20/02/14

To one of my favourites now for number 12. The fantastic Vina Ardanza from 2004. This is probably the wine rioja that really got me hooked on Spanish wines some 20 years ago now. 

This is 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. Lovely silky vanilla also is here in abundance which is always a sign of a cracking Rioja.

If you ever get the chance to taste their 904 or 890  I urge you to. They are truly world class.

Food wise it has to Lamb and some little cutlets that have been marinated in a little garlic, rosemary and chilli then char grilled. Perfect!!

£23.50 but comes down to £18.50 when you buy two or more from the fine wine offer.

Paul Mas ChardonnayDate published: 19/02/14

Currently on our February Pick 'n' Mix, we have the Paul Mas Chardonnay 2013. This wine sells at £8.99 or £5.99 when you buy any 2 wines from our Pick 'n' Mix selection.

This is a very good everyday drinking Chardonnay from Paul Mas, one of the greatest modern domaines in the Languedoc. 20% of this wine is fermented in American oak barrels and the remainder in stainless steel,for a great balance of flavour and textural characteristics.

A bright golden wine, offering aromas of pineapple, quince, hazelnuts and an interesting toastiness. Soft on the palate, with good acidity in the background and a strong, persistent finish. 

A very good everyday drinking wine, it will partner fish and seafood, light cheeses and rich terrines.

Offer ends 2nd March...

Fine Wine offer highlights 11Date published: 19/02/14

Staying in the USA but a little lighter and it is the soft and supple ABC Pinot Noir.

Winemaker Jim Clendenen is the multi-award-winning creator of Au Bon Climat's superb Pinot Noirs, made in a classic but easy-drinking style. This example is sourced from several vineyards including Le Bon Climat and the legendary Bien Nacido in Santa Barbara.

A delicate and pretty nose of ripe strawberry, cherry and plum fruit, with a very subtle earthiness. Soft and supple on the palate, with great fruit focus and smooth tannins.

This is easily soft enough to drink without food but would also match a roasted duck really well.

£25 but on the fine wine promotion £20 a bottle.

Macon Lugny Louis LatourDate published: 18/02/14

Currently on offer this month we have the Macon Lugny Louis Latour at £8.99 from £11.99 when you buy two or more. We also have it in the ever appealing magnum for £33 a bottle. 

Since 1796, the family run wine making house of Maison Louis Latour has been producing and selling wines. From the Southern part of Maconnais in Burgundy, this wine, from the Lugny village, have a rich and buttery feel, due to the rich limestone soil. 

Pale gold in colour, with aromas of fresh apples, lemon and citric fruit, together with a palate of fresh and crisp green-apple acidity, buttery and peachy fruit and a long, warming finish.

Perfect on its own or with poultry,pork and or with fresh seafood.

Fine Wine offer highlights 10Date published: 18/02/14

Oh dear. I was wrong about the weather improving so after a long weekend off I delved back into red mode. My 10th recommendation is the stonking Ramey Cab Sauv fom Napa. This was one of my new year eves wines and what a fantastic wine it is. Below is what Wine Advocate has to say about it.

"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a big, dramatic wine endowed with tremendous richness and power. A large-scaled, dramatic wine, the 2009 Cabernet sweeps across the palate with generous, deeply resonant fruit. This is shaping up to be another beauty from David Ramey. The 2009 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Lamoreaux, DeSantis, J. Davies and Somerston. Drink: 2014-2021". 93-95 points. 

Some Californian wines can be somewhat over the top but this is perfectly balanced and would suit a roasted leg of lamb brilliantly or I served it with some fantastic comte cheese.

£45 a bottle or £40 on the current fine wine offer. 

Grand VendemaDate published: 17/02/14

Currently on our February Pick 'n' Mix, we have the Gran Vendema Crianza 2010. This wine sells at £8.99 or £5.99 when you buy any 2 wines from our Pick 'n' Mix selection.

The grapes (100% Tempranillo) for this wine are picked from 10-15-year- old vines around Cenicero in the heart of Rioja. Under aging laws this wine is 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.

This can be drunk on its own or paired with Italian cured meats and medium cheeses

Offer ends 2nd March.......

New in stock: Ciroc VodkaDate published: 17/02/14

Ciroc is different to most vodkas because it is distilled from fine French grapes rather than rye, wheat or potatoes. This innovation in French craftmanship uses a cold fermentation process, unique in the world of vodka, that preserves the grape's distinct freshness. It is distilled five times and finished in a copper pot-still in the legendary Cognac region in France. This makes Ciroc a taste experience that is refreshingly different and elegantly smooth.

Give this a go if you're after a high quality vodka! £35 a bottle. 

Williams Chase Single Estate English Apple GinDate published: 16/02/14

Williams Chase pride their gin on being, "the most complicated gin in the world." With each bottle comes a small leaflet that explains their reasons for making such a claim. 

The booklet explains the fact that gin is actually distilled from vodka and to make the perfect gin, they must first start with a great vodka. 

The process of creating this gin starts by turning Williams Chase's own apples into cider. The cider is then transformed into vodka, the vodka is then distilled into the gin we know today. The bottle claims that each bottle is 100 times distilled. The liquid passes twice through the distillery's 70 foot column and copper pot.

The result of this production method, they claim, produces a gin with tears and a perfect pedigree. Indeed, William Chase himself is quoted as saying, "when you are proud of making something put your name on." William Chase must have been exceedingly proud of this lovely little number.

On sale now for £40.00

Santa Ana Malbec 2013Date published: 16/02/14

Currently on our February Pick 'n' Mix offer we have the Santa Ana Malbec 2013. This fantastic everyday drinking Malbec comes in at £8.99 or £5.99 when you buy 2 or more!

Bodegas Santa Ana is one of Argentina's oldest wineries, founded in 1891 By Italian wine pioneer Luis Tirasso. Created in the province of Mendoza, traditionally the most popular wine making region for Malbec. 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.

This light and fruity Malbec goes perfectly with med-strength cheeses or on its own in your armchair, watching the rain outside. 

James' wine course: a commentary of sortsDate published: 15/02/14

Manager James hosts Farnham's first Majestic Wine Course of the year!

The evening was set; a selection of whites were chilling in the fridge, food was ready for tasting and a seven foot map of France stood at the ready. James was ready with his best professor's voice in tow, all we needed from that point were the students. 

(Almost) exactly on time the lovely ladies arrived bright-eyed and bushy tailed, ready to learn something new about wines they loved and others they thought they didn't! The evening started with a introductions and a brief spell of everyone's preferences; likes and dislikes. Then the fun part began. Each 'student' had 6 still wines, three white, three red, in front of them ready for the tasting. After initial impressions they were then tasked to try and guess the grape variety and region/country of origin of the wines. The guesses were all well informed but unfortunately none were accurate. It was then that James explained certain characteristics of the grapes, regions and style of the wines.

After the whites came a glass of Champagne to wet the whistle and, unsurprisingly it went down a treat! Following the Champagne came the reds, tasted in much the same fashion as the whites.

The most exciting part of the course was yet to come; the food pairing. A veritable Smörgåsbord was presented to see which wines tasted best with certain foods. This proved the most enjoyable, and surprising, part of the evening as the ladies found wines they weren't so keen on in the first instance found the food really changed their perception.

In all the evening was a resounding success. 

...more follows

Timothy Taylor's LandlordDate published: 15/02/14

Timothy Taylor's Landlord

Just £22.80 a case, when you buy at least 2 cases of bottled Ales!

Timothy Taylor started brewing in Keighley, West Yorkshire in 1958 and the business continues today as a family company maintaining the tradition of excellence he established.

Landlord is a classic Pale Ale brewed in the traditional way using Pennine water drawn from the wells at Knowle Spring, the finest Golden Promise barley malt and only the best quality whole leaf hops.

Refreshingly reliable and nationally renowned, this full drinking Pale Ale has a complex and hoppy aroma.

Landlord has won more major awards than any other UK Ale, including four times as Supreme Champion at the Brewers' International Awards and 4 times as CAMRA's Champion Beer of the Year.

Recent Vintages - Amarone, Veneto and Friuli Date published: 14/02/14

The areas of Amarone, Veneto and Fruili are located in North Eastern Italy. 

Fruili is based in North Eastern Italy and shares a border with Slovenia. The vineyards benefit from the cool airflow which comes from the Alps. Pinot Grigio is one of the more popular grape styles grown here and is depicted well in the Jermann Pinot Grigio (£23.00 -  £18.00 when you buy 2 or more fine wine).

The region of Veneto is Italy's largest wine producing region. To the south there is the region of Valpolicella, just north of Verona. Corvina is the principle grape of this region. The Amarone Negar (£23.00 -  £18.00 when you buy 2 or more fine wine) is a fantastic example of a wine from this region. 

Here is just a short vintage review of recent years.

2012 - Long periods of heat created a drought in September. Lead to unbalanced grapes. Amarone should be good however.

2011 - A fantastic year for Amarone, very healthy grapes because of the well-watered spring and summer heat. The white wines are well balanced and concentrated.

2010- A very cool vintage. Very good for light white wines, not so much for the reds. The white wines should be drunk soon.

2009 - Idea end of summer/autumn conditions lead to a very good vintage for Amarone. A very good vintage also for Prosecco and Pinot Grigio

2008 - An overall very high standard of grapes were produced in this vintage. 

2006 - Outstanding year for Amarone, large quantities were created and will drink very well now. 

33% off Champagne!Date published: 14/02/14

We are currently running a cracking offer on selected Champagnes within our range. Take a look below! 

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007 - Heidsieck & C° Monopole, now owned by Vranken and Pommery is one of the oldest champagne firms in the Champagne region. This vintage Champagne is soft and rich, with hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla. Perfect with canapes. £19.99 when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines

Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV - Intentionally made in a forward and approachable style, with a good balance of rich fruit and refreshing citrussy edge, this is a Champagne for drinking now at any celebratory occasion. £23.32 when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines.

Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé NV - An intense, luminous colour of salmon pink, with coppery highlights. Elegant aromas of raspberries, wild strawberries and rose petals are in abundance. This superb rosé can be enjoyed with fresh fruit desserts or on its own as an apéritif. £29.98 when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines.

Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé NV - A delicate salmon pink rosé, made in Feuillatte's soft, welcoming style. The mousse is fine and the nose is one of intense blueberry and raspberry notes. Perfect with turkey. £19.99 when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines.

A bit about BordeauxDate published: 13/02/14

In regards to both volume and value, Bordeaux is the largest AC region in France. Although famous for being home to some of the biggest names in fine wine, the region struggles to produce less valuable wines that can remain competitive on the international wine market. The region of Bordeaux is split, metaphorically speaking, into two halves. There are a minority of producers who manage to take advantage of the region's ability to produce some of the most expensive wines available. However it should not be forgotten that there are the vast majority of growers and producers who may struggle to keep up with the burgeoning world market and remain successful.

The climate of Bordeaux is a moderate maritime climate that benefits from the warming affects brought with the gulf stream. The gulf stream brings warm water from the Caribean islands in the western Atlantic all the way to northern Europe, this in turn results in a longer growing season and a generally easier environment for the vines. The region also benefits from the Landes forest which, with the help of coastal sand dunes, protects from any vicious Atlantic storms. Despite the many benefits it cannot be denied that the situation does cause some problems with the large amount of rainfall the region is subject to. The heavy rain may cause havoc in the vines' growing cycle as well with the ripening and harvest of the fruit.

Although the AC allows the use of thirteen grape varieties, the key black grape varieties to take note of in Bordeaux are: Cabernet Sauvignon,  Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The red wines of Bordeaux are almost entirely blends of these, among other, varieties. The use of such a technique is used due to the risk that is involved with different grapes. the different varieties all flower, bud and ripen at different stages. Any nonseasonal weather may result in the whole crop being destroyed. Over decades of wine production the methods of blending have been perfected.

Fine Wine offer highlights 9Date published: 13/02/14

The suns peeking out so a white for no 9 and its the delicious Pouilly Fume from Ladoucette. 

At Château du Nozet, Baron Ladoucette follows a family tradition producing some of the best Loire wines available. Superb Pouilly-Fumé with pungent elder-tinged fruit and a smoky, steely finish.

This is a classic Pouilly Fume that would grace any table with aplomb. Lovely as an aperitif or when matched with a little fresh goats cheese. Also a great combination for a whole roasted line caught sea bass.

£30 but down to £25 on the fine wine offer.

Which glass, I hear you ask!Date published: 12/02/14

As a nation Britain can be seen as placing rather a high value on etiquette and form. Nowhere else is this true of us Brits than at the dinner table and from dozens of knives and forks to bread plates; the way we enjoy our food has many a convention we're expected to know. However it may also be said that this is not necessarily true of wine glasses. Indeed in my university days I was once presented with Winnie-the-Pooh mug, filled to the brim with a pretty decent Shiraz, at a friend's dinner party. At first I thought, "I'd rather have any other drinks receptacle than this," (there was even a hair in it) but then it got me thinking; what glass is the right glass to truly enjoy this?

Etiquette aside, the right glass for your tipple can really make a difference in one's impression of a wine. Most wine glasses out there are specifically designed to emphasise a certain wine's characteristic, so it's a benefit to have some idea which to use.

Red Wine
Best served in a larger glass. The added surface area will result in greater exposure to the air which, in turn, will allow proper development of a wine's flavours and aromas.

White Wine and Rosé Wine
In order to enjoy these wines at their best it would be beneficial to make use of a medium sized wine glass. This will have the effect of gathering the fresh, fruity aromas and then channeling them toward the rim of the glass.

Sparkling Wines
To ensure that the bubbles and aromas that we so love in a good bottle of sparkling use of a flute must be employed. The shape of the flute glass will enhance the bubbles' effect on the drink, this will help to release the full potential of aromas within it. The length of the flute allows the bubble to rise through a greater volume of liquid before finally popping on the surface. 

Finally, it is worth adding that ultimately the cleanliness of the glass you're using could prove to be highly influential in your enjoyment of a wine. Even the slightest hint-of-a-tint of a taint can spoil the true characteristics of a wine. This being said, I don't expect anybody to start buffing their glass cupboards out before the next bottle is opened. Let me merely suggest restraint from using age inappropriate, hairy mugs when your friends pop over with a bottle of wine.

Fine Wine offer highlights 8Date published: 12/02/14

Whilst it's still appalling weather out there I'm going to stick to full bodied red wines and the next one comes from California.

It is Qupé's Syrah which is a blend of fruit from up to eight vineyard sites across the Central Coast region, primarily cool-climate sites in Santa Barbara and Edna Valley. The wine is made in a style that mimics the elegance of classic northern-Rhône Syrah.

This Syrah displays both power and poise, marrying deep black and red fruit with taut acidity and a lithe, fine-grained tannic structure. Mild white pepper notes add savoury complexity.

Very much for lovers of Rhone wines this has long been a favourite of mine and at only £18 on the fine wine offer is a real alternative to St Joseph or Crozes. 

The last time I drank it was with a hare pappardelle which seemed to be a fine match.

Pétalos, a wine of BierzoDate published: 11/02/14

The producer of this wine is Alvaro Palacio, son of the owner of Rioja house Bodegas Palacios Remondo. He has broken away from Rioja to pursue an independent wine making philosophy. His holdings in Bierzo total only 30 hectares , spread across some 200 tiny, steeply-sloped vineyard sites. Bierzo, north-west Spain, is situated in the mountainous area between Galicia and the Meseta region. Whilst warmer that Galicia, Bierzo still benfits from cooling influences from the ocean.   

The Pétalos wine is made from the Mencia grape, the key variety of Bierzo. This local grape variety is traditionally suited to cooler conditions. The grapes offer wines with fresh fruit flavours and medium to high acidity and sometimes a hint of herbaceousnous.

Traditionally the Mencia grape was thought to produce thin, dilute wines. However over recent years many producers have worked at improving both the vinyard practises and the way the wine is made to produce a Mencia of higher quality. This comes back to the independant wine making philosiphies that Alvaro Palacio is trying to pioneer. 

The result is an aromatic and interesting wine with blackcurrant and cherry being joined by savoury clove and liquorice notes. Smooth yet muscular tannins and a long, drying finish. A perfect alternative to more traditional middle-bodied wines.

I would try this with a rustic Spanish hare stew. Perfection.

Fine Wine offer highlights 7Date published: 11/02/14

When you think of famous Italian wines Brunello di Montalcino is one that often springs to mind. 

Castello Banfi is a family owned vineyard estate and winery in the Brunello region of Tuscany. The grapes for this paticluar wine are sourced from hillside sites with calcareous sandy topsoil and rounded stones.

A full bodied wine with hints of liquorice and chocolate complements the concentrated, velvety cherry fruits on the palate. Very well integrated tannins and long finish. If drinking now decant a couple of times to get it woken up and serve with something quite fully flavoured. Maybe a slow roast leg of wild boar for instance.

Priced at £30 but on offer at only £25 when buying two or more from the fine wine promotion.

Lagunilla Reserva 33% offDate published: 10/02/14

Currently on our Pick 'n' Mix promotion we have the Rioja Reserva, Lagunilla 2008. Currently at £6.66 from £9.99 when you buy any 2 of our Pick 'n' Mix wines.

The vineyards for this wine are located in Rioja in Northern Spain. Formed in 1885 by Don Pelipe Lagunilla San Martin, the same man who was credited with rescuing Rioja's vineyards during the phylloxera epidemic, an epidemic which swept across Europe. His pioneering work in grafting the Spanish vines onto American root stocks was crucial to the survival of Rioja. 

A classic Reserva wine, striking a balance between meatiness and elegance. Spending 24 months in oak casks it portrays an enjoyable smoothness, with pleasant vanilla and spicy aromas. On the palate the well structured tannins are complemented by black fruit.

Enjoy with roast shoulder of lamb, any number of game dishes or on its own during a cold February. 

Fine Wine offer highlights 6Date published: 10/02/14

Whilst in Italy my 6th recommendation is the sumptous Guidalberto from Tenuta San Guido who produce the amazing Sassicaia (a truly world class wine)

This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and is the 'little brother' to the winery's celebrated Sassicaia, from three vineyard sites surrounding Bolgheri. The varieties are vinified separately before blending and maturation in French and American oak. The wine has an intense violet colour and a soft and rounded fruit profile, and can be enjoyed immediately or over the next 3-4 years.

I drank this recently with some simply roasted Pigeon and sauteed porcini. What a great combination it was!

Whilst Sassicaia retails at well over £100 Guidalberto comes in at only £30 coming down to £25 when you buy 2+ from the promoted range of fine wines.

Classic Sunday night food/wine matchesDate published: 09/02/14

We tend to always have a Sunday roast in the winter and vary the protein week to week. I don't really have an overall favourite so look forward to the variety each week. This Sunday I picked up a whole lamb shoulder from the butcher which is a steal at under £10.

So this morning I studded it with sprigs of rosemary, slivers of garlic and small pieces of salted anchovy. Chopped a couple of onions and put in the roasting tray with the lamb sitting on top. Season the lamb well and add a pint of water to the tin before covering tightly with foil. Put in a low oven say 150 for about 4 hrs. Have a peek every hour to make sure onions aren't burning. Uncover for the last hour to brown. Remove and rest the meat. Skim of the lamb fat and make a lovely gravy with the melting onions. Serve with cavelo nero or kale and roasted potatoes. Wine wise because shoulder is a little more fatty I'm going for a Rioja from Muga. The always have ripe acidity which will cut through the richness. The left over meat makes a great curry or shepherds pie.

Fine Wine offer highlights 5Date published: 09/02/14

We are zipping across to Italy briefly because I tasted this vintage of Promis last night and was bowled over by it.   

Below is what Mr Parker says about it. He scored it 93 points.

'The 2011 Promis (55% Merlot, 35% Syrah and 10% Sangiovese) is darkly concentrated with thick tones of black tar, espresso, candied cherry, clove, rum cake and bitter chocolate. Although it feels broad and large in the mouth, the wine also shows enormous elegance and focus. That inner opulence is channeled into tight, sharp pulses that impact the palate with grace and poise. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2024'

Yes I probably drank it a little young but with my char grilled rib-eye that had been marinated in rosemary, garlic and a little chilli is was perfect. I'm buying a case to lay down for a year or two. £30 per bottle but £25 when you buy 2+ from the promoted range of fine wines.

Cork or Screwcap?Date published: 09/02/14

There has always been a debate between the Cork and the Screw cap, as to which is the correct method of closure for wine. The purpose of the closure is to firstly, protect the wine from harm and secondly where the wine need maturation, the closure must enable the wine to do so. 

Traditionally the Cork used to the be the only option, and to this day is still the most widely used. However, the main issue with using a cork is the unwanted effect that is cork-taint (thought to be around 5% of bottles). Cork-taint is caused by the chemical Trichloranisole (TCA), which gives the wine a moldy and cardboard aroma. Cork producers have invested considerable sums into eradicating the effects of TCA with different levels of success. The main benefit of the cork is that it allows some oxygen to pass into the wine, helping the wine to mature. 

On the other side we have the Screw cap. Favored by New World Countries such as Australia and New Zealand for use in their white wine production. Trails have shown that the screw cap will preserve the fruit flavor better than the cork. Furthermore, where the producer wants to preserve the fresh fruit flavor he will use a screw cap. Screw caps do not let oxygen in, therefore there is a debate as to how well wines are able to mature, and because of this research is being carried out into screw caps that will slowly allow oxygen in penetrate the wine. 

Puy de Dome Chardonnay Date published: 08/02/14

Currently on our Bargain Hunt we have the Chardonnay Saint Roch 2012, Puy de Dome at £7.99 from £11.99 when you buy 2 or more. A fantastic saving of 33%. 

This Chardonnay will strike you immediately with its unique label, designed especially for Majestic. The wine itself comes from a specific parcel of vines located 570m above sea level, to the south of Clermont-Ferrand. The Chardonnay is fermented in a single tank, which the wine remains for a total of 15 months. 

A well structured unoaked Chardonnay, this wine displays a soft-edged acidity and citrus fruit character. This wine displays characteristics of a slightly fatter Chablis which makes it a fantastic alternative to traditional Chablis and at a cheaper price. 

An interesting fact about Puy de Dome is that is on the same latitude as Côte Rôtie and St-Émilion but altitude prevents the region from managing to ripen their signature grape varieties such as Syrah, Merlot or Cabernet.

Fine Wine offer highlights 4Date published: 08/02/14

My first recommendation on the white front is the delicious Louis Jadot Meursault Narvaux.

Les Narvaux is a vineyard area adjacent to Genevrières and Poruzots, and has very shallow soils and a southerly aspect, which promote both low yields and excellent ripening. This wine exhibits the typical Meursault roundness and approachability, with a pleasing crispness and nutty accents.

Not a blockbuster of a white burgundy but just perfectly balanced with and very elegant. Would suit a piece a simply roasted piece of turbot or brill brilliantly. £30 but down to £25 when you buy 2 or more from the promoted range.

Fine Wine offer highlights 3Date published: 07/02/14

Staying with Bordeaux for the moment and into the Margaux region with Segla 2006. 

Ségla is the second wine of the famous Margaux second growth Château Rauzan-Ségla. More accessible than the first wine, this is does not receive as much new oak, so tannins are riper and smoother making the Ségla ripe and ready for drinking.

It is a wine with excellent concentration and poise. Showing fragrant notes of ripe fruits, violets and cedar with beautiful length and delicate tannins. With great structure and balance and a long finish.

Try it with some char-grilled lamp chops.  £30 down the £25 when you buy 2+ bottles from the selected range.

Torrontés a unique grape variety of the Spanish speaking worldDate published: 07/02/14

This distinctive variety of grape is growing in popularity and recognition in the Spanish speaking world. Indigenous to Galicia, North-West Spain, the variety is commonly found being used in the Ribeiro region. 

Outside of Spain the most important use of Torrontés varieties is in Argentina. Grapes known as Torrontés have been grown there since the 1990s. Despite the fact that there has been considerable emigration from Galicia to the wine producing regions of Argentina, there is no known link to the original Torrontés grapes.

In terms of style, when carefully vinified, the Torrontés wines can be light bodied, aromatic and high in acidity. The aromatic nature of Torrontés is similar, but by no means identical, to muscat. The acidity harbours tropical fruit and citrus notes such as pineapple and clean peach flavours.

If you're after something unique and different this is a great style to start with. In store this week we are offering the Viñalba Torrontés, from Mendoza, Argentina, on the tasting counter. At only £9.99 this wine is definitely worth exploring with. Your taste buds won't know what's hit them!

Fine Wine offer highlights 2Date published: 07/02/14

Staying with Bordeaux but moving to the right bank and to Pomerol for the second great deal. Chateau Bourgneuf from 1999.

An intense and fleshy Pomerol, now fully mature and mellowed with age, yet still displaying plenty of power and muscularity. A core of ripe bramble fruit, shaped by well-integrated tannins, and topped off with aromas of dried scrubland herbs, cocoa and earth. 

Not really one for the cellar as now 15 years old but still holding up well and drinking really well currently. 

I'd drink this with something like roasted pheasant. £25 down to £20 when you buy 2+ bottles. Down to our last 6 bottles in store.

Deal of the week: Alamos Malbec, Mendoza, £6.66 a bottle! Date published: 06/02/14

A wine made by the Catena family. They began making Alamos in 1993 as the second wine of Catena. Alamos is sourced from some of the younger vineyards in the best areas of Mendoza's high altitude country. The yields from these vines are kept low, and are all hand harvested. Their goal is to be true to their 'house' style of a rich concentrated wines that have distinct varietal flavour. 

Mendoza is by far the biggest and most important region in Argentina. Classically hailing from the Cahors vineyards to the east of Bordeaux, Argentina is now arguably the home of Malbec. This Malbec oozes dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins. Simply perfect with roast meats. Ready to drink now and over the next 2-5 years.

Buy two Pick 'N' Mix wines save 33%: £6.66 per bottle!! 

Fine Wine offer highlights 1Date published: 06/02/14

We have as a company over the last few months been running a great promtion where you can mix/match a number of fine wines and as long as you buy 2 or more from the promated range you save £5 a bottle so over the next few weeks I am going to highlight a few of these to you.

Located just a few hundred metres from the village of St-Emilion,  Chateau Berliquet is one of the area's oldest estates. After years in the doldrums, the Château underwent a revival in the mid-1980s gaining it Grand Cru Classé status, and now produces wines of enviable quality.

A classic St-Emilion, offering a dense core of blackberry and cherry fruit, overlaid with notes of earth and underbrush. It still has some soft tannin which will soften over time but at present drinks really well with a classic roast lamb or beef.

Priced at £25 but with the offer is £20 when buying 2+ bottles from the range.  

February Pick n Mix!Date published: 05/02/14

We are excited to introduce our new Pick n Mix! A fantastic range of Old and New world reds and whites, along with sparkling wines and Champagnes on our 33.3% off February Pick 'n' Mix offer.

So how does it work? 

Simple! Choose two products for our selected Pick 'n' Mix range at the front of the store and save 33.3%. As the name suggests, the best thing about this is you have the chance to try two or more different wines ,still or sparkling, and still save money. 

Some of my favourites in the mix this month are: 

Ondine Sauvignon: The Western Cape's sub-region of Darling is characterised by ancient granite soils, coupled with a maritime climate, with vineyards located as little as 5km from the coast. This enables the vines to be grown without irrigation, and naturally promotes a cool climate style. Highly aromatic, with intense asparagus, grass and guava notes providing a captivating bouquet. The palate is a delicate mix of citrus fruit andmineral texture.Try with a starter of creamy camembert served with green fig preserve.

Only: £5.99 when you buy 2 or more wines from our selected Pick n Mix.

Alamos Malbec: 

Mendoza is by far the biggest and most important region in Argentina. Classically hailing from the Cahors vineyards to the east of Bordeaux,Argentina is now arguably the home of Malbec. This Malbec oozes dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins. Simply perfect with roast meats. Ready to drink now and over the next 2-5 years.

Only: £6.66 when you buy 2 or more wines from our selected Pick n Mix.

Vavasour SauvignonDate published: 04/02/14

I have confess to not being the biggest fan of Kiwi SB and there are only a couple of producers I enjoy drinking. When we opened this particular example over the weekend I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. 

The fruit for the Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc was harvested at night to preserve flavour and freshness. Careful winemaking has allowed the wine to retain the vibrant fruit flavours obtained in the vineyard.

It displays an expressive nose of tropical fruit, melon and citrus, with mineral notes on the palate. Crisp and dry, this refreshing wine exhibits all the hallmarks of great Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. It has well balanced acidity and would be perfect for sipping outside in the warm sunshine. If only !!!!!!!!!!!!

Muscadet!Date published: 03/02/14

Muscadet wines are often light bodied and almost always dry with very little, if any residual sugar. Left over carbon dioxide from the bottling process can leave the wines with a slight "prickly" sensation. Master of Wine Mary Ewing-Mulligan describes Muscadets as fresh and crisp, at their peak drinking ability from release up to three of years of age. Muscadet that have been aged sur lie can have very subtle "yeasty" aromas. The acidity keeps the wines light and refreshing. Some examples can have a slight "saltiness" about them.

The classic food and wine pairings in the Pays Nantais region is of Muscadet with the local seafood-particularly oysters. Other seafood dishes with which Muscadet pairs well include lobster, shrimp and mullet.

All you need to know about Rioja. Date published: 03/02/14

Rioja is a wine region, with Denominación de Origen Calificada (D.O.Ca. Qualified designation of origin) named after La Rioja, in Spain. Rioja is made from grapes grown not only in the Autonomous Community of La Rioja, but also in parts of Navarre and theBasque province of Álava. Rioja is further subdivided into three zones: Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa. Many wines have traditionally blended fruit from all three regions though there is a slow growth in single-zone wines.

Rioja wines are normally a blend of various grape varieties, and can be either red (tinto), white (blanco) or rosé (rosado). La Rioja has a total of 57,000 hectares cultivated, yielding 250 million litres of wine annually, of which 85% is red. The harvest time for most Rioja vineyards is September–October with the northern Rioja Alta having the latest harvest in late October. The soil in Rioja is clay based with a high concentration of chalk and iron. There is also significant concentration of limestone, sandstone and alluvial silt.

Rioja red wines are classified into four categories. The first, simply labeled Rioja, is the youngest, spending less than a year in an oak aging barrel. A crianza is wine aged for at least two years, at least one of which was in oak. Rioja Reserva is aged for at least three years, of which at least one year is in oak. Finally, Rioja Gran Reserva wines have been aged at least two years in oak and three years in bottle. Reserva and Gran Reserva wines are not necessarily produced each year. 

New in stock: Passimento 2011, PasquaDate published: 02/02/14

The Pasqua family began as wine merchants in the early 20th century, selling wine in bulk and by the glass in the town of Trani on the Puglian coast. But in the 1920's, the eldest son, Nicola, went north to Verona in the Veneto to expand the business by importing the wines of his home region. Soon his younger brothers followed and a new business was born. 

A new wine in stock for us and an unusual blend of merlot, corvina and croatina. The name of this wine is derived from 'appassimento', the traditional Valpolicella method of partially drying grapes before fermentation. In one month the grapes lose around 30% of their water content, concentrating the juice and intensifying the wine's flavour. A dense and deeply coloured wine, full of concentrated black and red cherry flavour, and hints of leather and spice. The palate has a layered texture, with muscular tannins providing a long finish. A fine match for osso bucco or other slow-cooked red meat dishes.

Only £8.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. 

Great value RiojaDate published: 01/02/14

I f you are looking for a wine to match with Lamb well look no further than this cracking red from Rioja.

Marqués de la Concordia is named after one of Spain’s most eminent historical figures. Don Jose Abascal was granted this prestigious title in 1812 after his work unifying the New World with the Old in the Americas, during his position of viceroy of Peru.

A dark ruby-coloured wine brimming with ripe blackberry and strawberry fruit flavours. The palate shows lashings of vanilla and spicy oak, giving a rich, lingering finish.

Just perfect with a leg of slowly roasted lamb.

All you need to know about Semillon.Date published: 31/01/14

The origin of the Sémillon grape is hard to determine. It is known that it first arrived in Australia in the early 19th century and by the 1820s the grape covered over 90 percent of South Africa's vineyards, where it was known as Wyndruif, meaning "wine grape". It was once considered to be the most planted grape in the world, although this is no longer the case. In the 1950s, Chile's vineyards were made up of over 75% Sémillon. Today, it accounts for just 1% of South African Cape vines.

Sémillon, which is relatively easy to cultivate, consistently produces six to eight tons of grapes per acre from its vigorous vines. It is fairly resistant to disease, except for rot. The grape ripens early, when, in warmer climates, it acquires a pinkish hue. Since the grape has a thin skin, there is also a risk of sunburn in hotter climates; it is best suited to areas with sunny days and cool nights. long with Sauvignon blanc and Muscadelle, Sémillon is one of only three approved white wine varieties in the Bordeaux region. The grape is also key to the production of sweet wines such as Sauternes.

In France, the Sémillon grape is grown mostly in Bordeaux where it is blended with Sauvignon blanc and Muscadelle. When dry, it is referred to as Bordeaux blanc and is permitted to be made in the appellations of Pessac-Léognan, Graves, Entre-deux-mers and other less-renowned regions. In this form, Sémillon is generally a minor constituent in the blend. However, when used to make the sweet white wines of Bordeaux (such as those from Sauternes, Barsac and Cérons) it is often the dominant variety. In such wines the vine is exposed to the "noble rot" of Botrytis cinerea which consumes the water content of the fruit, concentrating the sugar present in its pulp. When attacked by Botrytis cinerea, the grapes shrivel and the acid and sugar levels are intensified.

Sémillon is widely grown in Australia, particularly in the Hunter Valley north of Sydney, where for a long time it was known as "Hunter River Riesling". Four styles of Sémillon-based wines made there: a commercial style, often blended with Chardonnay or Sauvignon blanc; a sweet style, after that of Sauternes; a complex, minerally, early picked style which has great longevity; and an equally high quality dry style, which can be released soon after vintage as a vat- or bottle-aged example. 

Why not come in and try the Semillon we have open to taste? Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon, 2008, Hunter Valley. Only £6.99 when you buy 2 or more Australian wines!! 

Wine of the Week: Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc, Awatere Valley, New ZealandDate published: 31/01/14

Vavasour Wines, established in 1985, pioneered viticulture in the Awatere Valley. The winery is located thirty minutes south of Blenheim on the stony river terraces of the Awatere Valley. It is an area of stark and majestic beauty. Scorching sun and dry winds result in ripe and concentrated fruit that winemaker Glenn Thomas turns into some of New Zealand's best wine.

Bold and intensely tropical, with an immense bouquet of guava, passion fruit and lime. Crisp and crunchy on the palate, this complex wine is a mix between sweet fruits and savoury herbal notes. The zesty acidity prevails to give a dry lingering finish. Chill well and enjoy with a noodle and fresh vegetable stir fry or an Asian spiced fish dish. 

£9.99 down from £12.49 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

Ch Musar 2001Date published: 30/01/14

We have just received a case of museum release Musar 2001 so I thought I'd see what Mr Parker says about it and .....

  'The 2001 CHATEAU MUSAR, bottled in 2004, is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan, aged for one year in French oak. Nuanced by cherries and spice, it is quite delicious'

On the merits of that alone I feel I have to buy some. I have always enjoyed Musar and still have bottles from the 80's at home. It is a wine that does age really well but does really need food. The most successful combinations I have had it with is with a good piece of aged venison or last year we had it as part of a tasting menu with roasted grouse in Portugal of all places. 

Cheats ConfitDate published: 30/01/14

When I found I had no duck fat for doing some duck legs the other day I used some olive oil and the results were I admit not as good but still pretty convincing. Marinate some duck legs in a good amount of salt, thyme, garlic and pepper for at least 24 hours. Remove and wipe of excess salt, place in dish/pan and cover with olive oil (I add a few garlic cloves as well) and put in a low oven or stove top on a low flame for a couple of hours. They should be very tender when you remove them. Put in roasting tin and increase the oven temperature and cook until skin crisp. Serve with pomme puree and red cabbage. 

Keep the oil as it does make great duck flavour enhanced saute potaoes. 

To drink go rustic. Something like a Cahor or St Chinan from southern France.

Veuve CliquotDate published: 29/01/14

In 1772, Philippe Clicquot-Muiron established the house which is now known as Veuve Cliquot. Veuve Cliquot played a huge role in making champagne the well sought-after sparkling wine it is today. Veuve were also the first house to use the traditional method that is replicated throughout champagne today. 

We currently have there Brut NV at £29.98 when you buy 2 or more. Veuve Clicquot ages their non-vintage for almost twice the required time (30 months instead of the legal requirement of 15), resulting in a superb marriage of freshness and power, with rich fruit and a mouth-filling mousse.

Further to this, we have their Vintage Champagne '04 at £39.99 when you buy 2 or more. Made only in exceptional years. Due to two-thirds of black grapes, the wine is balanced by the finesse and elegance of the remaining third of Chardonnay. An excellent companion to fish or white meat.

Hurry these offers end on Tuesday!!!

Jean de la vigne from CordierDate published: 29/01/14

This wine has long been a favourite of mine. To be honest I had never heard of this vineyard before we started stocking it a few years ago. Its a wine that you don't really pick up unless you have tasted it, probably favouring the more well known labels but if you are a fan of good white burgundy this is a great sub £13 example.

Cordier's Bourgogne Blanc 'Jean de La Vigne' is entitled to display the Mâcon-Villages appellation on the label, but Cordier prefers not to, as this wine is far from the style of normal Mâcon-Villages. Much more ripeness and fruit are typical of this producer.

Plenty of zesty, citrus fruit here, but with some tropical melon and peach too. Medium bodied with a rounded finish, this is Mâcon wine at its best.

This would be perfect with a good roast chicken or some grilled salmon.

Villa Maria Private Bin Gewurztraminer 2013Date published: 28/01/14

Currently on taste we have the Villa Maria Private Bin Gewurztraminer 2013. Currently at £8.79, as part of the 20% off New Zealand offer. 

Produced by the ever prominent producer, Villa Maria, the fruit for this wine is sourced in the regions of Marlborough, Gisbourne and Hawkes Bay. This wine is one of many European grapes that is coming to force outside of New Zealand. 

The nose is full of classic lychees and spice aromas, which produces a full bodied palate. The low acidity levels give the wine a rich and soft, almost off dry finish

Drinking well now, but will develop well over the next 2 years. This wine will form a great partner for aromatically spiced Asian dishes.

Villa Sandi Prosecco, only £6.99!Date published: 28/01/14

Prosecco takes its name from the grape that is used to make it. Thehome of this wine is the Veneto region of Northeast Italy. Given that we have quite a few people come up to the counter buying Frizzante, I thought that now would be an opportune time to explain what it is. Frizzante is an Italian wine term for partially sparkling wine, as opposed to Spumante which is used for full-fizz wines. Frizzante wines have this gentle fizz after a partial second fermentation in a tank, a kind of half-finished Charmat method of production. Prosecco Frizzante is delicious on a warm summer's day in the garden as an aperitif!

This is a gently sparkling and off-dry style. Very pale in colour, with floraland citrus fragrances. It is crisp and clean with small bubbles and aromas of pear and honeydew melon.

Currently on offer at £6.99 (if you buy two or more bottles - otherwise £8.99)

Arrowfield WinesDate published: 27/01/14

After an extremely relaxing couple of weeks of Caribbean sun I have had my fill of rum punch and until summer arrives Minuty rose which seems to be a staple of Antiguan restaurants. What's new since I've been away ? The internet only parcel of Arrowfield wines has to be worth a punt. I have drank this wineries whites before and remember them to be excellent. It wasn't these vintages but at these giveaway prices I have gone for a six pack of each. Just waiting for them to be sent down to me now!

New in Stock: Gavi Araldica, 2013. Date published: 27/01/14

Gavi is becoming increasingly popular amongst those looking for an alternative to the favourites such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio.

Gavi is a small town and wine making sub-region in the far south-east corner of Piedmont, around 50km inland of the Med, famed for the Cortese grape which is indigenous to the north of Italy, and a popular feature in the restaurants of the Ligurian coast. Zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus-flavoured wine, with a racy lime zest and nettle aroma. Refreshingly clean on the palate, with enduring, mouthwatering acidity. Drink with spaghetti genovese, or any fresh seafood dish.

Only £7.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. 

Offers ending February 3rd Date published: 27/01/14

Why not take advantage of some of these fantastic offers that are ending soon!!!
If you are unable to get to us, then we can always come to you. Our telephone number is 01252711988 and our email address is Far@majestic.co.uk

Veuve Cliquot NV £29.98 when you buy 2 or more

Moet & Chandon NV £27.99 when you buy 2 or more

Bollinger NV £30 a bottle when you buy 6 or more

Portillo Malbec £6.99 when you buy 2 or more

Berberana Rioja £6.99 when you buy 2 or more 

New Zealand 20% the entire range when you buy 2 or more 

Chile 20% the entire range when you buy 2 or more 

Australia 20% the entire range when you buy 2 or more 

USA 20% the entire range when you buy 2 or more 

Rhone 20% the entire range when you buy 2 or more 

Plus plenty more products at fantastic prices...

Key Grape Varieties 6: Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 26/01/14

This grape variety, often shortened to 'Cab-Sav', is used in the production of red wine. Cabernet Sauvignon is the quintessential grape of the Haut-Médoc in Bordeaux but also features heavily around the world. 

Cab-Sav produces buds relatively late which reduces the chances of being caught in damaging spring frosts.  The grapes grow in loose bunches with thick skins. Thick skins gives a high skin-to-pulp ratio and aid the grapes' resistance to rot and insect attack.

Whilst offering a relatively low yield, the grape offers full bodied wines high in acidity and tannins. These characteristics make the wine perfect for aging in oak and allow for further development in the bottle.

Wines from different growing regions tend to have distinct typical aromas and flavours. For example grapes grown in a moderate climate will exhibit flavours of freshly-picked black currents where Cab-Sav from a warmer climate will offer darker fruit notes such as black cherry or even black current jam. Many Australian Cabernet Sauvignons may also develop distinctive flavours such as menthol, eucalyptus or mint. When grown in cooler climates the wines tend to have aspects of green pepper, mint or cedar wood that will accompany the typical black current flavour. These other flavours will become more pronounced with aging. 

Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic match for lamb dishes.

The Sipsmith RangeDate published: 26/01/14

Sipsmith was established in London in 2009, and is one of only four gin distilleries located within the city. Sipsmith was launched by Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall, both who had worked within the drinks industry for many years. 

The most important member of the Sipsmith team is undoubtedly Prudence, a one of a kind copper pot still. Prudence is the first copper distill in London for 200 years. A bespoke design combining a pot with a carter head and a column still makes her versatile allowing her to distill boththeir signature Barley Vodka and London Dry Gin from the same still. 

The spirits are hand made in small batches, just a few hundred bottles at a time. They are made following traditional recipes combined with modern technology.

The following gins are perfect for Christmas: 

London Dry Gin (£32.00 per bottle):

Made with 10 different botanicals including juniper and the more unusual spanish liquorice root, this gin is a real classic, smooth and full of character and exploding with flavour. 

Barley Vodka (£26.00 per bottle):

Distilled in copper for purity, and made from the best spirit from the heart of the run. Engish barley spirit is distilled in Prudence the copper still and is then blended with the pure water of Lydwell Spring. The result is a hand-made vodka with an exceptional soft mouth feel.

Now in Stock: Crittenden Estate Chardonnay, 2011, Mornington PeninsulaDate published: 25/01/14

In 1982 Gary Crittenden was one of the first to plant vines in the Mornington Peninsula. 

Crittenden's first five acres were planted in 1982, a time when Mornington Peninsula had little association with wine, having only around 10 acres of vines. Garry Crittenden and his family have since developed the estate into one of the region's definitive wineries.Plush, generous Chardonnay, full of ripe melon and citrus with a rounded, buttery mouth-feel. 10 months in French oak has given this wine remarkable depth, harmony and nutty lees-derived nuances.Superb with homemade pasta garnished liberally with herb butter and freshly shaved parmigiano.

Only £17.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more of our selected fine wines. 

Thelema - Bargain Hunt Date published: 25/01/14

Currently at Majestic we are running a "Bargain Hunt" promotion, where you can buy any 2 wines in the offer and will save 33%. One such wine is the Thelema Sauvignon Blanc 2012. This wine has a single bottle price of £17.49 but comes down to £11.66 when included as part of the "Bargain Hunt".

The Thelema estate is located on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains in Stellenbosch, in between Cape Town and Franschoek. The estate of Thelema was purchased by Gyles Webb in 1983, and was purchased as a fruit farm, but Gyles saw the potential of this great site and turned it into a vineyard. Wine was first created here in 1988 and because some of the most sought after wine in South Africa. 

On the palate this wine is uplifting and refreshing, full of powerful fresh melon and grapefruit aromas, with secondary herbaceous characteristics. The level of crisp acidity gives this wine a fantastic balance. 

This wine will serve brilliantly as an aperitif, or with salads, oysters, scallops and chicken.

Open to taste: R M Nicholson, Rustenberg, 2010, StellenboschDate published: 24/01/14

Rustenberg has a wine growing history dating back to 1682, when Roelof Pasman from Meurs, near the Rhine, recognised its wine growing potential. Rustenberg nestled in the valley of Simonsberg in South Africa's premium wine region, Stellenbosch. 

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc. 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 vinifiedseparately, 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 fruitflavours and bold tannins.Correctly cellared, this wine will continue to improve, and keep for 8-10 years.

Only £9.99 when you by 2 or more as part of your mixed case! That's a saving of £8.00 on a pair! 

Wine of the Week: Bourgogne Blanc 'Jean de La Vigne' 2011/12, Domaine CordierDate published: 24/01/14

From one of the hottest winemakers in Burgundy, this Domaine is renowned for making first class wines from fruit grown in only the best terriors or sites. All of his wines are fermented in wood giving impeccably balanced and rich wines with long flavours that take over the mouth.

Plenty of zesty, citrus fruit here, but with some tropical melon and peach too. Medium bodied with a rounded finish, this is Mâcon wine at its best. With plenty of fresh fruit and a mouth-filling finish, this cracking Burgundy has the qualities required to complement seafood dishes.

Only £12.99 a bottle, come in for a taste this weekend!! 

Key Grape Varieties 5: Pinot NoirDate published: 23/01/14

Pinot Noir is originally from the Burgundy region of France and is the key variety responsible for the great reputation of its red wines.

The moderate climate in Burgundy is perfect for the grapes' needs and they ripen early in the season. The grapes grow tightly packed in the bunch and stay rather small whilst offering a very sweet juice. Growing in such close proximity to one another does mean that they are more likely to rot.  However, systematic spraying and improvements in canopy management means that this is less problematic that it proved in the past.

The younger grapes characteristically have a fruity perfume of raspberries, red cherries or strawberries. Pinot Noir is soft and light in tannins and retains a light-red colour due to the grape's thin skins.

Aging of Pinot Noirs is often unpredictable. As a result many experts will reccommend that the wines are at their best for a short amount of time. However this is taking for granted that there is only one style of Pinot Noir, when in fact they may be enjoyed at many stages in their development without either heavy, bitter tannins or high levels of acidity. Depending on taste, one may enjoy the vegetal or farmyard aromas that develop from aging a Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noir vines are now common world-wide.  The vines need a moderate, cool environment to stop the flavours becoming overripe or too jammy. The grapes can now be found growing successfully in California, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. And lets not forget that Pinot Noir is a key grape variety in the production of Champagne and other sparkling wines. 

So next time you're sipping a soft Burgundy, schlurping Champagne or other bubbly beverage give a thought to this great little grape! Cheers!   

The Sleepless Night: Domaine Sainte Rose ‘La Nuit Blanche’ RoussanneDate published: 21/01/14

This time of year often finds pork dishes on the menu at our house. A versatile meat that takes creamy sauces and fruity side dishes in its stride but a perfect wine partner to pork leads to a variety of options.  

When it comes to a hearty pork and apple stew, such as Normandy Pork, a perfect match has to be this rich and full-bodied Roussanne from the Côtes de Thongue.

For this wine the the Roussanne grapes were picked overnight as it is the coolest time of day and protects the pure fruit flavours. As obscure as it sounds this is where the name, ‘La Nuit Blanche’ originates. The direct translation comes to ‘The White Night’, but literally translated becomes, ‘The Sleepless Night’. 

The protection of these flavours comes across in the wine and mixes well with fermentation and ageing in oak. The oak has led to a rich, full-bodied style which intensifies the fruit. Exotic fruit aromas are followed by fresh mandarin and a nutty warmth on the palate with a lingering finish. 

Vina Pomal Date published: 21/01/14

Currently on our "Bargain Hunt" promotion we have the Vina Pomal 1994 Reserva. This Rioja is on at just £8.33 from £12.49, when you buy any two wines from our Bargain Hunt selection. 

This wine was created by the infamous Bodegas Bilbanias. Made purely from Tempanillo from the Pomal Estate this wine is matured in Bordeaux-style American oak barrels. The 1994 vintage is well known for wines of great body and depth, hence the wine has been able to age fantastically over the last 20 years. 

The wine has a strong mahogany tint, dried prune and raisin fruit, on par with a younger Gran Reserva, The tannins are smooth and refined giving the wine a very fresh finish. 

After a long aging period this wine is perfect for drinking now. Or even as a present for those who have a 21st birthday coming up. 

Key Grape Varieties 4: ChardonnayDate published: 20/01/14

Chardonnay takes its name from the village in the Maconnais, but has since expanded from its Burgundian roots around the world. It can produce quality wines in a range of climates, although the style can vary considerably. Cool climates such as Champagne and Chablis give very steely wines, medium to light in body with high acidity and notes of apple, pear and green plum flavours. In warm and hot climates the fruit characteristics tend to be banana, mango and fig. 

Chardonnay takes very well to oak, and many are fermented or aged in french or american oak. This gives some tannin and rich toasty and nutty flavours to the wine. Lees stirring is also used to give complexity and body to chardonnay wines.  Classic regions include Burgundy and Champange in France, Marlborough in New Zealand and Carneros in Californina. However, Chardonnay is now widely planted all over the world. 

Key Grape Varieties 3: ViognierDate published: 20/01/14

Viognier is a grape variety that is slowly increasing in fashion. It is said that it offers the soft full bodied texture of chardonnay, with a more aromatic fruit character. It needs warm to hot conditions to ripen, and the great difficulty with Viognier other than its low yields is that it can rapidly build up very high sugar levels, often before its delicate peach pear and violet aromas have developed. 

Careful handling is essential and sometimes barrel fermentation is used. The finest Viogniers come from Condrieu and Chateau Grillet in northern Rhone, however it is increasingly popular in the new world such as Chile and Argentina. They express delicate perfume with a silky texture combined with mineral flavours. Generally made to drink young, though a small number can be aged. 

Key Grape Varieties 2: Pinot Gris/Pinot GrigioDate published: 19/01/14

Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio have the same grape DNA and fingerprint but have contrasting styles when created in different regions and climates.

Pinot Gris is typically produced in the Alsace, although its style has been replicated in other regions such as Marlborough and Oregon. There wines tend to be rich textured, rather high in alcohol with moderate to low levels of acidity. They can contain such fruit as ripe melon, banana and mango, as well as possible botrytsis flavours, giving the potential for desert wines

Pinot Grigio is typically created in North-eastern Italy. The Italians harvest the grapes earlier than normal to keep the acidity levels high and therefore keeping the fruit level basic, not allowing them to develop. The resulting wines are light and fresh in style and very easy drinking. The style has started to be replicated in parts of Germany and New Zealand. 

Key Grape Varieties 1: Sauvignon BlancDate published: 19/01/14

The ever popular Sauvignon Blanc is planted widely in Bordeaux, the Loire Valley and in the New World, particularly in Marlborough, New Zealand.If planted in cool to moderate climates on poorer soils it can have high acidity combined with the classic herbaceous flavours such as nettles, green pepper and fresh peas. These flavours are usually joined with fruity flavours, typically passion fruit and elderflower. In hotter regions it can develop a much more aromatic characteristics with hints of peach and grapefruit. Oak is sometimes used to give the wines more body and flavour. 

Service temperatures of wineDate published: 18/01/14

This is just a quick guide as to the service temperatures, that different types and styles of wine, should be served at for optimum drinking. 

Medium/full-bodied Oaked white - Such as White Burgundy and Fume Blanc - Serve lightly chilled (10-13c)

Lightly/medium bodied white - Muscadet, Pinot Grigio, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Fino Sherry - Serve Chilled (7-10c)

Sweet Wines - Sauternes and Sweet Muscat - Serve Well Chilled (6-8c)

Sparkling Wines - Champagne, Cava, Asti - Serve Well Chilled (6-10c)

Light bodied reds - Beaujolais, Bardolino, Valpolicella - Lightly Chilled (13c)

Medium/Full bodied red - Claret, Red Burgundy, Rioja, Australian Shiraz, Barolo, CNDP and Vintage Port - Room temperature  (15-18c)

New In Stock: Burrow Hill Cider!Date published: 18/01/14

I have tried this delicious cider before at Glastonbury festival, where they bring their 'Cider Bus' where they sell their draught cider, mulled ciders and cider brandy. At Burrow Hill apples have been grown and cider has been pressed for at least 150 years. It is the soil, climate and apple varieties which give their cider its unique quality. 

Apples are the starting point for Burrow Hill ciders, and all the apples they ferment are from Somerset, and most from their own orchards which extend to some 150 acres. Burrow Hill grow more than 100 varieties of apples, and they blend these varieties to make their cider. The blending of the fruit is the key to such excellent cider.

Traditionally dry in style, and only £18.00 for 8 500ml bottles!! 

Crianza? Reserva? Gran Reserva?Date published: 17/01/14

Customers often ask what the difference between Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva, when comparing Spanish wine. So here will be a little guide to whats what. 

Due to Spanish Law, there are certain age categories specified for their wine, which require minimum aging periods. 

Crianza - To qualify as such, the red wine must be aged for a minimum of 24 months, with at least 6 months being in small oak barrels. White and rose to be ages for a minimum of 18 months.

Reserva - Generally only created in better vintages. To qualify as such, the red wine must be aged for a total of 36 months with a total of 12 months in small oak barrels. White and rose to be aged for a total of 18 months with 6 months of this being in small oak barrels

Gran Reserva - These wines are only produced in exceptional vintages. To qualify, these wines must be aged for a minimum period of 60 months with 18 of these being in small oak barrels. The white and rose wines must be ages for 48 months with 6 months in small oak barrels. 

We have a fantastic selection of reds in these ages categories. In particular the Eguia series. When you buy 2 or more the Crianza comes in at £6.49, the Reserva at £6.99 and the Gran Reserva at £8.99

Bargain Hunt: Argento Chardonnay 2012, MendozaDate published: 17/01/14

Deeply rooted in the soils of Mendoza, crafted with the spirit of Argentina, and shared with the world, Argento embodies the essence of modern Argentina. Our story is simple – Argento is intrinsically entwined with its country of origin. When you drink our wines, you experience the real Argentina.

Argento means silver in Latin and is often used in Argentina to refer to a thing or a person that is quintessentially Argentine, like this Chardonnay.Produced in the high vineyards of Tupungato and Agrelo, it has enjoyed optimum sunshine and excellent terroir.A light gold in colour exuding apples, peach and pineapple fruits with enticing hints of vanilla and spice. A bright crisp acidity lends a clean and refreshing finish.Enjoy chilled on its own or with lightly spiced Mediterranean foods.

Now only £6.00 a bottle, and open to taste this weekend! 

Wine of the Week: La Vieille Capitelle 2011, LanguedocDate published: 17/01/14

Looking for a fruity, youthful Languedoc blend....?

From the stable of renowned winemaking former rugby player Gerard

Bertrand, this is a classically-styled Languedoc red, hailing from the clay

and limestone terraces around Narbonne. Hand-picked, destemmed and

fermented at controlled temperatures for great fruit purity.

A well-structured middleweight red, offering a supple blend of cassis and

mulberry fruit, nuanced on the nose by notes of wild thyme and leathery

spice, and softened by a hint of French oak.

Serve at room temperature, and is the perfect accompaniment to Lamb dishes.

£6.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

Californian Zinfandel Date published: 17/01/14

Zinfandel is well renowned for being California's signature red grape, and furthermore is the most harvested red grape in California. 

The DNA of the Zinfandel grape is equivalent to that of two other European grape varieties (Crljenak Kastelanski of Croatia and more famously Primitivo from Italy)

This grape variety has a tendency to ripen unevenly, thereby leaving some of the grapes to rasinate and concentrate, whereas others will have achieved the desired ripeness.  This results in the wine having strong, powerful and concentrated red berry flavours with high levels of alcohol, and occasionally small amounts of residual sugar. 

These wines are typically great with Barbecued meats in the summer or with a well seasoned steak all year round. Alternatively it is great on its own, sitting in your armchair in front of the fire. 

Currently in store we have all Californian Wines at 20% off until the 2nd of February. 

What is Botrytis?Date published: 16/01/14

Botrytis bunch rot is a vine disease which of all the fungal diseases, has the greatest potential to have an effect on the wine. the disease can have a disastrous affect on both yield and quality when the fungus affects almost ripe or damaged grapes, typically in humid weather. However, when it affects healthy grapes and the weather conditions are favourable, it develops into the benevolent form of Botrytis called Noble Rot, which is responsible for some of the world's finest sweet wines. 

Here are a few of my favourite sweet wines used with botrytis affected grapes:

A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, Marlborough(£12.79 when you buy 2 or more New Zealand wines):

This dessert wine from Marisco Vinyeards' King's Series is made fromSauvignon Blanc grapes that have been allowed extra hang-time on thevine, giving them extra ripeness and promoting the onset of botrytis,creating intense sweetness and complex flavours.Enticing and expressive on the nose, which offers ripe peach and lycheeand fig, alongside subtle nutty notes. Intensely concentrated flavours of honey and ripe nectarine with a citrus lift.

The Ned Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (£9.99 when you buy 2 or more New Zealand wines):

Botrytised grapes have been specially selected from amongst the vines of the Waihopai River vineyard to make this wine. The fermentation process takes a lengthy 6 months and extracts huge flavours from the shrivelled berries.Intensely sweet, yet balanced with a mixture of crisp citrus and freshmelon flavours, and as such, never cloys. Lingers long on the palate.

New Australian Wines now in stock! Date published: 16/01/14

We spend January recovering from a manic Christmas and New Year, we have a big tidy, and look forward to what we will include in our ever popular Bargain Hunt. It is also an exciting time for us as we see the arrival of new wines. Here are a few new Australian wines now on offer: 

Yalumba Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, South Australia (£7.99 when you buy 2 or more Australian wines):

Yalumba have sourced this Cabernet Sauvignon from several quality vineyards in South Australia, primarily Wratton bully and the warmer Barossa, and aged around a third of the blend in old oak, to produce a well-rounded yet authentically Australian style.A deep crimson red colour with bright, lively aromas of violets and ripered fruits supported by subtle leafy notes. Supple and approachable onthe palate, with a generous texture. Drink now or enjoy over the next 3-5 years. Perfect with minted lamb.

Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (£10.39 when you buy 2 or more Australian wines):

This Cabernet is a typical example of Coonawarra's famous medium bodied, intensely fruity and fragrant style. It comes from one of Leconfield's three mature vineyard blocks in Coonawarra, first planted in 1974, and has been matured with minimal oak contact.Made in a deliberately fruit-forward style, offering inky blackcurrant andplum fruit, accented with hints of cedar and fresh leaves. Ripe and elegant, with long, soft tannins. Enjoy immediately or cellar for 4-6 years to allow greater aromatic maturation.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more new arrivals and we will let you know when they come in! 

Now in stock: Black Cottage Pinot Gris!Date published: 15/01/14

Dedicated to producing a range of wines full of 'gusto'. Black Cottage selecting parcels of fruit with modern and alternative winemaking techniques. 

Winemaker David Clouston spent a number of years working at wineries in the USA, France, Spain and Chile before returning to his native Marlborough, and now lives in a black-painted wooden cottage in the Wairau Valley after which the winery is named.

Bright, pale yellow, with lime green tinges. Offers aromas of gooseberries with a hint of lychee and a leafy complexity. Tropical and herbaceous characters continue on the crisply acidic palate.

Only £9.99 when you buy 2 or more New Zealand wines! 

Mixed CasesDate published: 15/01/14

Here in Farnham we still have a a selection of 12 bottle mixed gift boxes for sale, including....

The Discovery Case: a great mix of old world and new world, red and white.  From Italian Pinot Grigio to Chilean Merlot. £65.68

The Discovery Reds: a red wine only case, perfect for this winter weather! Four different wines from Australia, France and Chile. £67.08

Festive Favourites: From Bordeaux to Australia, a mix of red and white, perfect for a party! £72.68

Seasonal Selection: 6 red, 6 white.  A great selection including Rioja, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay - something for everyone! £83.88

Order online or call us here in Farnham.  

Kanonkop wines are back in stock!! Date published: 14/01/14

The ever popular Kanonkop wines are back in stock!! 

Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Stellenbosch - Deep ruby colour, a full bodied wine with spicy mocha, chocolate and tea leaf flavours, with well-defined, chewy blackcurrant fruit and a balanced tannic structure leading to a long and dry finish.This wine favours rich meat dishes and cheeses and will reward a further 5 years of bottle maturation. £27.00 or buy any 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £22.00

Kanonkop Pinotage 2011,Stellenbosch - Full-bodied and concentrated with lashings of spicy oak integrated seamlessly in with the ripe fruits, red and black berries, raspberry, plum and hints of banana. Whilst drinking well now, this wine will benefit from a few years of bottleage. Pinotage is a good match for stews or barbecued meat. £25.00 or buy any 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £20

Kanonkop 'Paul Sauer' 2010,Stellenbosch - This is Kanonkop’s flagship wine - a Bordeaux blend comprising a majority Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In the best Bordeaux tradition this wine is unfiltered. Deep, ruby red colour - concentration of blackcurrant, cassis and tea leaf aromas. Good body with a combination of power and elegance. Silky sweet tannin that leads to a dry finish. £30 or buy any 2 selected Fine Wines save £10 = £25

Bargain Hunt: La Plata Sauvignon Blanc, only £4.66 a bottle!Date published: 14/01/14

Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world, and most are likely to link it to Malbec. They are able to produce stunning wines at competitive prices. 

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.

This wine is included in our current Bargain Hunt offer. Usually £6.99 a bottle, it is now only £4.66 a bottle! However you need to act fast, once this wine has gone its gone!! 

Oyster Bay Brut Date published: 12/01/14

Currently on our "Bargain Hunt", we have the Oyster Bay Brut NV at £8.99 when you buy two or more. A fantastic saving as the one bottle price is £13.49

Made in Hawke's Bay (New Zealand), which is more famous for its Sauvignon Blanc production, this sparkling wine is created entirely from Chardonnay. This gives it a certain similarities to the Blanc de Blanc's of Champagne, however, they New Zealand Climate gives a more fruit driven spin.  

This is a very elegant Sparkling Wine, yet is intense with dominant zesty lime characteristics and seconded by a backdrop of white peach. The crisp clean acidity and delicate minerality gives this wine a well balanced complexity.

Can be served at any dinner party toast, or with fresh seafood dishes.

As it is on our Bargain Hunt, once its gone, its gone!!!!!! 

'On veut du Merlot!' We want Merlot say Striking FrenchDate published: 12/01/14

That's right folks, the French are striking again. This time in search of the ideal Merlot! Take arms citizens! Let us storm the Bastille and block the highways with our tractors! 

What do we want? A hearty Merlot!

When do we want it? NOW! 

Luckily we have in stock the 'Striking French' Merlot. Known for his tongue-in-cheek references to French stereotypes, producer Jean claude Mas has been hard at work behind the picket lines, creating another southern French varietal wine, in this case a full-bodied Merlot from the Côteaux du Limousin.

Deep purplish ruby red, this Merlot is typical of the plush, ripe style of southern France. Rich and smooth on the palate, which is crammed with blackberry and sweet spice. Big strong flavours from the gutsy French revolutionaries.

Striking French Merlot would perfectly match a rich sausage casserole such as the iconic Cassoulet or bœuf braisé

Wine of the Week: Oh Carolina!Date published: 10/01/14

Santa Carolina Reserva Merlot, 2011, Colchagua Valley

This week's Wine of the Week is one of the wines in our range of 'Bargain Hunt' deal. At £6.00 down from £8.99, this Chilean Merlot is amazing value for money.  

Colchagua Valley, and specifically the vineyards of Miraflores and Los Lingues, have been specially chosen by Santa Carolina as the location for growing this Merlot due to their stony, clay-based soils, commonly associated with the classic expression of the variety.

In the glass the wine is bright and exuberant. The nose is full of cassis, ripe blackberry and notes of vanilla. These follow through on the palate, delivered with a soft, plummy fullness. Up to 15% Syrah andCarmenere have been added to the wine resulting in a little extra complexity and depth of flavour.

Perfect for drinking on its own or complimenting a rich pasta sauces or classic red meat dishes.

New in stock: Yalumba Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012Date published: 10/01/14

Yalumba, situated in the heart of the Barossa, is Australia's oldest family owned winery. Yalumba wines have a style all of their own and each have been influenced by a diverse range of elements. These are fresh and flavoursome fruit-driven wine styles of quality and consistency, highlighting the true regional character of South Australia's most renowned viticultural areas and confirming Yalumba's reputation as Australia's finest independent winemaker.

Yalumba have sourced this Cabernet Sauvignon from several quality vineyards in South Australia, primarily Wratton bully and the warmer Barossa, and aged around a third of the blend in old oak, to produce a well-rounded yet authentically Australian style. A deep crimson red colour with bright, lively aromas of violets and ripened fruits supported by subtle leafy notes. The wine is deep and dense cherry red in colour with a nose of brooding Cabernet fruit, berries and plum, with toasty oak. The palate is of vibrant, sweet berry fruit finishing with a firm tannin structure. Supple and approachable on the palate, with a generous texture. Drink now or enjoy over the next 3-5 years. Perfect with minted lamb.

Only £7.99 when you buy 2 or more Australian wines!!

Bargain Hunt 2014- More wines in stock!Date published: 09/01/14

Last week we introduced our annual 'Bargain Hunt' with a range of wines reduced by 33.3% to clear through the lines and make room for some new wines in Spring.  We now have in stock: 

Oyster Bay Brut, £8.99 a bottle:

Made from 100% Chardonnay, this sparkling wine is made in the image of a 'blanc de blancs' Champagne, albeit with a more fruit-driven New World edge, owing to the long ripening of the specially selected Chardonnay clones on Hawke's Bay's alluvial river terraces.Elegantly styled yet intensely fruity, showing zesty lime notes over a backdrop of white peach flavour. Crisp acidity and delicate minerality provide a complex and enduring mouth feel.Toast any special occasion, or serve as a foil for fresh seafood dishes.

Gouguenheim Malbec, 2011, £6.66 a bottle:

Situated in Tupungato in the Andean foothills south of Mendoza, the Gougenheim winery enjoys over 300 days of sunshine per year, allowing the grapes a lengthy period of ripening. Mineral-rich soils and dripirrigationprovide the ideal conditions for viticulture.Mulberry and plum dominate the palate, but sweet-spice aromaticssuggest a touch of sophistication. The finish is rounded with ripe fruitthat lingers in the mouth.Accompany this wine with grilled meats, cassoulet or barbecued food for maximum pleasure.

Be sure to hurry though, limited stock!! 

Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc Clos de L'OratoireDate published: 08/01/14

We don't often get this wine so if you have never been lucky enough to taste it and you enjoy slightly different grape varieties then this could be just up your street.  

Clos de L'Oratoire is a rare white wine from the southern Rhône. This wine is dominated by oak-fermented Roussanne blended with other unoaked varietals, for a wine that is at once richly powerful and youthfully fresh. An expressive nose of ripe pear, elderflower and vanilla leads into a palate of ripe plum and and tangerine, finishing with a long refreshing zing. 

I would serve this a an interesting aperitif or I have had it before with sashimi which it seemed to be a fine match for.

On offer for £24 abottle when buying 2 or more.

Piper's Crisps!Date published: 08/01/14

Always made in their own factories, Pipers are dedicated to producing the best potato crisps possible. They cook locally sourced potatoes which flavoured with the finest seasoning. At Pipers they search for passionate people who make great food and ingredients to make the seasoning. 

Their new flavour is Kirkby Malham Chorizo. Chris Wildman is the man behind this new flavour. He blends pork with smoked paprika and spices to make a sausage which is dry cured for three weeks to make this interesting flavour. 

Do not expect to find Pipers crisps in the supermarkets. Pipers sell to a diverse outlets, such as hotels, museums, farm shops, and of course us, Majestic. Their philosophy is only to sell to outlets that care about what they sell as much as they do. 

Only £1.33 a bag when you buy 2 or more! We stock lots of lovely flavours, from unsalted to Wissington Spicy Tomato. 

Brancott Sauvignon Blanc, now only £6.99!!Date published: 08/01/14

One of New Zealand's most iconic and well-known wineries, Montana isalso 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.

A fantastic offer on the Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough in New Zealand.  This classic New Zealand Sauvignon really typifies the Marlborough style offering zesty notes of lemon and gooseberry coupled with typical elderflower and tropical fruit. Drinking at its best now as either as an apéritif or with lemon chicken,Thai spices, fresh fish or seafood

Now on offer at £6.99 - Don't miss out!!

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc: it's lekker, bru!Date published: 07/01/14

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc

A refined and utterly 'lekker' Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa. Rustenberg Wines is based in the valley of the Simonsberg, Stellenbosch, one of South Africa's best wine regions.

The nose of the wine offers hints of aromas of green peppers, asparagus and gooseberry. The real pleasure in the wine (of course!) is on the palate. The flavours immediately ripen into tropical fruits such as with underlying pineapple and passionfruit notes providing a layered feel that lasts with a satisfying finish.

This quality wine has been made using only free-run and gently pressed juice, thus minimising the presence of tannins that may otherwise produce bitter notes to the wine. It would pair easily to any seafood dish, delicate enough to compliment a roasted white fish yet flavoursome enough to stand up to any shellfish.

Tucuman MalbecDate published: 06/01/14

Picture the scene. You have a big group of mates coming round and you are having STEAK. You need a wine that not only is great with beef but also good value due to the quantities that would be consumed.

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

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

On offer at only £7.99 this wine fits the bill on both accounts.

Great ChardonnayDate published: 05/01/14

Ask any of our team here and we all love a good 'Chard' and we are often asked to recommend rich, complex example's of the it but without paying too much. One such wine is the cracking Grande Ardeche Chardonnay from Louis Latour. It has long been a favourite of mine and at around the £10 mark is somewhat of a bargain.

The climate in the Ardèche, to the west of Rhône, certainly suits Chardonnay. Couple this terroir with Louis Latour's Burgundian expertise and the result is in the style of Meursault. It is treated as if it were grown in one of the Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte-d’Or.

Yellow-green in colour, with a subtle nose of vanilla. On the palate there are ripe apple and peach fruits with a nutty, buttery creamy texture and notes of vanilla and spice. A powerful and complex wine.

Tasted blind this can easily be mistaken for a much more expensive wine. Great when match with opulent fish dishes or lobster.

We also have a few magnums left at £22 which make great dinner party wines. 

Don't Cry for me Argentina! La Plata Sauvignon Blanc only £4.66Date published: 04/01/14

David Dickinson stand aside, the hunt for the bargain of the year is over! As part of the January 'Bargain Hunt' sale at Majestic we have on offer La Plata Sauvignon Blanc at the fantastic price of £4.66 which is, in my opinion, unbelievable value for money. The wine when served well-chilled will be a treat for many pallets and could surely be deemed quaffable.

The grapes are grown in Central Argentina's Mendoza region. A combination of 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.

In the glass the wine offers a pale green-tinged lemon yellow colour. Notes of melon, lime and mango greet the nose. The wine comes across as dry and crisp, the palate is awash with ripe citrus, grapefruit flavour, providing a long, refreshing finish.

When you buy two or more bottles from the 'Bargain Hunt' range as part of your mixed case this wine comes down to £4.66. Only available while stocks La Plata is great value for money.

Thelema Sauvignon Blanc - What a bargain!Date published: 04/01/14

Currently at Majestic we are running a "Bargain Hunt" promotion, where you can buy any 2 wines in the offer and will save 33%. One such wine is the Thelema Sauvignon Blanc 2012. This wine has a single bottle price of £17.49 but comes down to £11.66 when included as part of the "Bargain Hunt".

The Thelema estate is located on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains in Stellenbosch, in between Cape Town and Franschoek. The estate of Thelema was purchased by Gyles Webb in 1983, and was purchased as a fruit farm, but Gyles saw the potential of this great site and turned it into a vineyard. Wine was first created here in 1988 and because some of the most sought after wine in South Africa. 

On the palate this wine is uplifting and refreshing, full of powerful fresh melon and grapefruit aromas, with secondary herbaceous characteristics. The level of crisp acidity gives this wine a fantastic balance. 

This wine will serve brilliantly as an aperitif, or with salads, oysters, scallops and chicken.

A winter supperDate published: 04/01/14

Last week with supplies very low in the house I had to resort to the freezer and found some pork mince knocking around at the back that probably had been here a little while. My with challenged me to make something with just our store cupboard ingredients so I rose to the challenge.

I finely chopped a couple of cloves of garlic, a stick of lemongrass, a inch of ginger and a couple of bird's eye chillies. In a very hot wok I quickly cooked those until lightly coloured and then added the pork and cooked that until going light brown and crisp. Be patient as this takes a little time. Then season with light soy sauce and a little palm sugar. I served that on top of some plain jasmine rice and some steamed pak choi dressed in a little sesame oil. My wife declared it a delicious and it was perfect with some of Zind Humbrecht's Gewurztraminer.  

What's in a name? Chateauneuf-de-Pape, Cuvée Des AntiquesDate published: 03/01/14

What's in a name? Chateauneuf-de-Pape, Cuvée Des Antiques

This blend from one of the Rhône valley's most famous wine-producing villages. At £11.99 (when you buy two or more selected Rhône valley wines) This wine from Chateauneuf-de-Pape is certainly fantastic value for money.

In the glass the wine is a brilliantly clear ruby colour. On the nose, spicy notes rise up with overtones of white pepper. Though smooth on the way down, it has a lingering finish and is robust enough to be a perfect accompaniment to a chunky winter stew of beef or venison.

Tucking in to a hearty game stew on a winters night with a glass of Cuvée Des Antiques is a recipe for a great night, and with the wet and cold weather that has been commonplace of late that sounds like quite a plan.

Ataraxia ChardonnayDate published: 03/01/14

We drank over Christmas this wine and I have to admit knowing little about it. What a surprise it was. Not a heavy Chardonnay but like an elegant Puligny. See  below for Neal Martin's comments. 

The 2012 Chardonnay sees 10 months in 225-litre French oak barrel and has wonderful definition on the nose with subtle peach skin and nectarine scent, a little jasmine developing with time. The palate is well-balanced with a citrus-fresh entry, light apricot and peach notes that lead to a harmonious, spice-tinged finish. This is a great Ataraxia Chardonnay that has so much to offer now, one wonders whether it is worth cellaring? Drink now-2017". 91 points. Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate.

We all thought was just so nicely balanced and elegant and just perfect with a simple piece of Brill and a beurre blanc sauce. 

However very limited supply and on offer at £25 down from £30.

Bargain Hunt 2014Date published: 02/01/14

This ears bargain hunt starts on the 3rd January. We have around 30 or so wines in the offer but quite a few only the odd bottle or two so below are the wines that we have 6 or 12 of. Be warned though these wines do sell out very quickly so it really is first come first served. I have listed the bargain hunt price next to the wine.

La Plata Sauvignon £4.66   (201 bottles)

Umbral Malbec £8.66  (10 bottles)

Thelema Sauvignon Blanc  £11.66  (14 bottles)

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon/Semillon  £12.49  (12 bottles)

Caceres Crianza Magnums  £16.66  (6 mags)

Macon-Cruzille 'Le Charnay'  £7.33 (28 bottles)

Macon Village Gentilles £6.66  (10 bottles)

Good Cab SauvDate published: 02/01/14

When you think of top Cabernet wines produced in the world Napa will often crop up as one the countries that excel in production. However some can be fruit and oak bombs that cost an arm and a leg but there are still great winemakers over there that can jostle with good Bordeaux château.For New Years Eve this year we had the Ramey Cabernet with some char grilled beef. What a cracking wine. Deep cassis fruit with nicely integrated oak make this a fantastic bottle. Such an elegance but with a strong backbone and just perfectly balanced. Still a baby really but drank really well after bring decanted a couple of hours before. Not cheap at £45 but I consider great value nonetheless. I have already purchased a couple more for the cellar.

Fizz for NYEDate published: 31/12/13

Its not too late to stock up on some fizz for this evening and we still have some great offers in store.
Laurent Perrier at a cracking £25. Veuve Clicquot under £30 and Perrier Jouet at £25.
Sparkling wine wise we have the great value Unduragga brut and rose, lots of choice of Prosecco  from £6.99 and Lindauer brut and special reserve blanc de blanc from New Zealand.
Of course you could treat yourselves to a bottle or two of something special. My choice would either by the always sublime Krug or Bollinger's Grande Annee 2004 on offer at only £60 has to be the bargain of the store. Some of these offers do end this evening and stock of a couple of these fizz are limited so no time to delay.

Wine of the Week - Kangarilla Road Shiraz, 2011Date published: 30/12/13

Open to taste today is our wine of the week, Kangarilla Road Shiraz. If you love a bold Shiraz 

100% Shiraz, this wine is made at Kangarilla Road, a tiny boutique winery in the up and coming McLaren Vale region. From vineyards located at the northern part of the foothills,the grapes ripen later than other sub-regions resulting in a cooler climate style. 

On the nose this wine shows the typical warm spice characters of Shiraz,with a lovely complexity of berry fruits on the palate. Superbly balanced and long with an almost European elegance.

Drink this wine now, or over the next 5 years to soften the dense fruit. Think a slab of good beef char-grilled to medium rare. 

£14.99 or £11.99 when you buy 2 or more Australian wines. 

New Years EveDate published: 29/12/13

OK, the main event is over and now we have New Year to contend with. Christmas is generally large family events where you need a good supply where's my New Year tends to be a smaller affair so the quality of wines increase.
This year this is what I'm considering.
A good dry Martini to start with made with Martin Millers gin and just a suggestion of Noilly Prat.
You need a good fizz so it has to be Bolly Grande Annee from 2004. An absolute bargain at £60.
For me it has to be a rich white so Chassagne Montrachet La Maltroie 2011 which is drinking beautifully now.
We are having beef for the main course so I'm plumping for Ramey's fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon which is well worthy of its 93-95 Parker points.
We are going to have some of Nyetimber's demi sec with dessert and finish with Delamain's pale and dry XO cognac. Should be a good night and I wish you all a happy new year whatever you are doing or drinking!

Bollinger Grande Annee 2004, only £60.00!Date published: 28/12/13

Bollinger's prestige champagne is produced only when the harvest reaches a perfect balance. It is Bollinger's version of an exceltonal vintage. A blend of 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay coming from both the Grand cru and Premier cru vineyards. Aged entirely in barrels at Bollinger, where only very high harvests become vintage. 2004 was quite a delicate year in Champagne, with a relatively dry winter and spring, but a cold wet end to the summer. The grapes were picked in an excellent state of health, where all the weather conditions were favourable to give the grapes the special qualities necessary for the best vintages. 

A delicate blush and old gold colour showing a sign of maturity. Its aromas are a testimony to the barrels the wine is aged in, giving off toasted bread and brandied fruit. There are also notes of exotic spices, rhubarb and stone fruits. Excellent on its own or the perfect partner for roast lamb or grilled fish dishes. 

Or better yet, bring in the New Year in style, for only £60.00 a bottle!! 

Premade Mixed Cases at MajesticDate published: 24/12/13

Struggling to find a last minute gift for a loved one? Or has that estranged neighbour who felt bad and invited you to the party last minute and left you in need of something to take? Then look no further!

We stock a selection of great boxes offering a variety of wines already packed up for you. Some favourites include Festive Favourites and Seasonal Selection. A great gift and all ready and waiting for you here in store.

Festive Favourites:

2x Lacheteau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Fresh citrus fruit and mouthwatering acidity bathe the palate, leading to a clean, dry finish. Perfect with canapes, chicken or tomato dishes.

2x Pasqua Pinot Grigio 

A fresh, fruity wine with lots of crunchy fruit. Crisp, citrussy acidity and a well balanced finish. The ideal apéritif or partner to oriental food.

2x Ondine Sauvignon Blanc 

Highly aromatic, with intense asparagus, grass and guava notes providing a captivating bouquet.

2x Marquis de Belleville 2011 Bordeaux Supérieur

A middleweight claret with a good balance of ripe plum and berry flavours, with plenty of concentration. Tannins are fine-grained and provide a smooth yet ample feel.

2x Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 

This perfect example is a fresh and fruity wine with lots of red cherry fruit and soft supple tannins. The perfect party wine or for drinking with light pork dishes, venison or goose.

2x Oxford Landing Estates Cabernet Shiraz 2012 Yalumba, South Australia

Easy drinking, with spicy dark-fruit aromas and lashings of plum and blackberry fruit with hints of cedar on the palate, leading on to a smooth finish. Perfect for Sunday roasts or a summer barbecue.

The Seasonal Selection:

2x La Grille Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

Loire trademarks of gooseberry and blackcurrant leaf characterise the nose. The palate is nicely balanced, with a soft-edged acidity, yet a snappy citrussy zing.

2x Verdicchio di Matelica 

A pale lemon colour, suggesting lightness and youth. The nose offers hints of acacia honey against a backdrop of citrus fruit. Dry and crisp, with a persistent finish.

2x William Hardy Signature Chardonnay 

The palate has a creamy texture and crisp acidity, balanced perfectly with ripeness of fruit.

2x Côtes-du-Rhône 2012 Léon Perdigal

The spice-tinged red fruits continue on the palate, which is medium-bodied and has a pleasing length. Enjoy with Mediterranean lamb dishes or barbecued meats such as pork.

2x Rioja Reserva 2008 Berberana

Deep ruby red, with delicious vanilla overtones backed up by juicy soft strawberry and morello cherry flavours.

2x Portillo Malbec 2012 

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.

These boxes make great gifts and couldn't be more convenient. Christmas eve makes no never mind, we're open 'til 5 so pop in and see us! Oh... and Merry Christmas!

Perfect Dessert wines for Christmas!Date published: 23/12/13

Dessert wines are a must at all Christmas events, and it is the perfect time of year for us to test them out. We have a fantastic range in store, but here are a few of our favourites. 

A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough, 350ml £12.79

World class Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc comes in the sweet variety too – such as this bold expressive dessert wine with crisp citrus notes mingling with sweet honey and peach. Perfect with a pear and Walnut Tarte Tartin.

Vouvray Molleux La Levriere 2011, Bourillon d'Orleans, 350ml £9.99*

This is a dessert style Vouvray using the Chenin Blanc. This a rich glossy gold coloured wine. The aromas are of ripe pineapple and quince with a palate awash with sweet flavours of figs and crystallised lemon. Perfect with caramel puddings or even strong cheeses. It can also be cellared for up to 30 years. 

Pedro Ximenez Triana, Hidalgo, Spain, £11.99

Not a dessert wine but a worthy of a place in our favourites, this is a beautiful sweet sherry. Made using grapes dried on straw mats it has aromas of raisins, molasses, figs and caramel. Best described as Sticky Toffee Pudding in a glass, this is my favourite. Perfect drizzled over vanilla ice cream.

*when you buy 2 bottles or more.

Opening Hours Over ChristmasDate published: 23/12/13

Our opening hours over the Christmas period are:

  • Monday 23 December: 9am - 8pm
  • Tuesday 24 December: 9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 25 December: CLOSED
  • Thursday 26 December: CLOSED
  • Friday 27 December: 10am - 8pm
  • Saturday 28 December: 9am - 7pm
  • Sunday 29 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Monday 30 December: 10am - 7pm
  • Tuesday 31 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 1 January: CLOSED

We're open our normal opening hours from Thursday 2 January onwards.

Go on, treat yourself!Date published: 22/12/13

If you fancy a treating yourself this Christmas why not add one of these gems to your shopping trolley. Nyetimber demi sec. Rich but very soft and utterly delicious £25.99. 

Moet vintage 2004.  Ok, not my favourite nv but their vintage is just gorgeous £42 

Bollinger grande annee 2004. A world class champagne that can compete with top shelf examples. My NYE choice. A steal at £60.

Grand Siecle. LP's famous luxury cuvee as served on BA first class. A blend of several old vintages. £75

Now, Krug, Dom or Comte ? I be happy with any but if I had choose one the 04 Dom. A truly outstanding year that is drinking beautifully now. £120 or £130 for the limited edition Jeff Koons.All in stock at present but selling quickly!

Lamb and RiojaDate published: 21/12/13

One of my favourite food and wine combinations has always been lamb and rioja. Usually leg, shoulder or belly accompanied with a bottle or two of vina ardanza, cune imperial or pesquera. These are fairly expensive wines but in my mind still great value when you compare say Bordeaux or Burgundy. If you are looking to cater for larger numbers then there are still some great sub £10 rioja out there. Take the vina eguia reserva. On offer at only £6.99 this is a cracking proper tasting rioja. Now the lamb. Choose a shoulder that you have studed with slivers of garlic, rosemary and a few pieces of salted anchovy. Put a couple of sliced onions and crushed garlic cloves in a roasting pan and place lamb on them. Season well and cover tightly with foil and put in a low (150c) oven for 3 or 4 hours. Uncover,skim off fat, add a splash  then cook for another hour at 190c to get a beautiful crisp finish. Remove then make your gravy from juices in pan. Some roasted potatoes and braised red cabbage to accompany. A few bottles of the eguia and you have a great value but incredibly tasty supper.

Christmas Special: Marques de Riscal 2008 – Magnum, £22.00!!Date published: 20/12/13

One of the most popular Christmas wines is now available in Magnums.

In 1858, the Marques de Riscal transformed the face of Rioja by introducing wine making techniques from Bordeaux.

This very classic Rioja, muscular and full bodied, yet embodies smooth tannins with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak.

A perfect compliment for your Christmas cheese board or with a spicy casserole. Will age for 5+ years.

Fantastic White BurgundyDate published: 20/12/13

If you are looking for a fine white white look no further than this cracking Chassagne Montrachet that is gracing our tasting counter at present.

This estate is run by Richard Fontaine, the brother-in-law of Jean-Marc Blain from Domaine Blain-Gagnard. Using 20-25% new oak for this top-notch Premier Cru wine, it is then aged for 16-18 months before release.

A staggeringly pure finish, with hints of cream, vanilla and fresh citrus fruit paving the way for a long length. Slight touches of buttered toast on the rich, full palate.

Hurry though as we only have one bottle to open. Perfect for really good fish, say Turbot or Brill and would be a fine match for Lobster.

New in stock: Dom Perignon Vintage 2004, Jeff KoonsDate published: 19/12/13

We have 6 bottles of Dom Perignon's collaboration with Jeff Koons. Jeffrey "Jeff" Koons is an American artist known for his reproductions of banal object, such as balloon animals produced in stainless steel with mirror finish surfaces.

Dom Perignon is always a vintage wine. Each vintage is both a contemporary creation that characterises the present and a testimony to the unchanged style that stands the test of time. 

In the same manner, Jeff Koons' Balloon Venus symbolises the continuity of life's energy, rebirth and sensuality. the artist chose to reinterpret this piece for Dom Perignon by creating an exclusive bottle and gift box set that celebrates the human experience of creation in its full glory. 

The 2004 vintage gives aromas of almond and powered cocoa on the nose which develops into white fruit with hints of dried flowers. Classic toasted notes give a rounded finish. On the palate the wine instantly traces an astoundingly fine line between weightlessness and density. the taste lingers and it is elegant with spicy notes. 

Only £130 per bottle! The perfect Christmas gift! 

Chateau Barde-Haut St Emilion 2001Date published: 19/12/13

I have to confess I had never heard of this Saint Emilion grand cru before but after having a taste of it I certainly will remember it. I did a little research and back in 2002 Decanter magazine gave it their top marks and declared it outstanding. Drinking window 2010-2015 so at peak drinking now. Also it had a list price of £31.24 so £35 eleven years later seems somewhat of a steal.Lovely fruit still evident but obvious signs of ageing. Soft tannins with a beautifully balanced finished make this a great wine to accompany roasted goose or I think it would be good for the turkey especially the dark meat.

Port!Date published: 13/12/13

The region of Port stretches up the valley of the river Douro and its tributaries, from just below the capital of the lower duero, Peso da Regua. Porto is known for being very wet,with an annual rainfall of 1200mm. However, temperatures can reach up to 40oc and can remain as high as 30oc into the harvest period. There are a host of grape varieties that are permitted in the production of Port, the most known being Touriga Nacional and Touriga Francesa.

The following two ports are stocked here at majestic, the first is currently open for tasting.

Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage, 2007, £11.99 (usually £14.99):

The 300 year old Port House of Taylor's, based in Oporto on the Atlantic coast, one of the greatest names of Port. Produced from one vintage,from the same constituent wines as the Vintage, Late Bottled Vintage is aged for 4 - 6 years in cask and released ready to drink.Dark fruits and beetroot notes with spicy undertones and hints of violets on the nose, with powerful tannins, firm acidity and rich, concentrated red and black fruits. A long finish of spice and fruit.Drinking well now but will be fine with another couple of years' ageing.Partner with cheese or as an after dinner treat.

Taylor's 10 year old Tawny, £20.00 (usually £25.00):

Made from a blend of some of the best wines from several vintages, Tawny Port is aged in large wood casks for almost all their life and takes on a brick-red, tawny colour. Taylor's 10 year old Tawny is an average of 10 years old.Aromas of ripe berry fruit with a delicate nuttiness and notes of chocolate. Smooth and silky on the palate and full of ripe figs, jammy and nutty flavours and a long finish.Partners most desserts, particularly those with berry fruit or dark chocolate. It is also a good partner to rich, blue veined cheeses.

Stunning Southern French redDate published: 13/12/13

If you have never spent £20 on a bottle of Languedoc wine I urge you to taste this absolute gem from Gerard Bertrand.

The flagship wine of Gérard Bertrand's broad range, created from prime vineyard sites on the steep, rocky slopes surrounding La Clape, where the estate stands overlooking its 1000 hectares of vineyards, pine forests and heathland.

This muscular wine displays an intense blend of firm tannins, inky black fruit and lifted spice and floral aromas, smoothed and integrated by the influence of over a year in French oak barriques.

I drank this with some slowly cooked ox cheeks and have to it was a heavenly combination.

Open this weekend!Date published: 13/12/13

I have over the last ten years or so have moved back to drinking more old world wines than new. I'm not sure the main reason but raising alcohol levels in those new world wines properly has something to do with.
So I have this week have decided to open a great value Paulliac for all those  roasted ribs of beef being cooked on Sunday.
Chateau Lynch Moussas 2006 which is right in its drinking window now. Robert Parkers comments below.

"A classic Pauillac, this is an obvious major improvement from the proprietors, the Casteja family. Sweet vanilla, tobacco leaf, black currant, licorice, and camphor are all present in this full-bodied, rich, moderately tannic wine, which is still under the radar and fairly priced. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025

Think of roasted leg of lamb or rib of beef to bring the best out of this wine and make sure you have some good Comte to finish the bottle off with.

Rustenberg ChardonnayDate published: 12/12/13

If you are a fan of rich and oaky whites why not pop down to taste this particularly fine example from South Africa .

Rustenberg has a wine-growing history dating back to 1682, when Roelof Pasman from Meurs, near the Rhine, recognised its wine-growing potential. Warm daytime temperatures give ripe, tropical flavours and 40% of the wine spends 12 months in new French oak.

A beautifully balanced Chardonnay with rich fruit flavours enhanced by minerality and well integrated oak. The palate shows apricot and orange peel aromas with ripe citrus and stone fruit flavours.

Perfect for dishes that have a cream sauce, pork fillet or grilled salmon.

Pig out this this Christmas with the help of the Hogs Back Brewery.Date published: 10/12/13

As the holiday season approaches and people stock up their festive stores I implore everyone to add a case of award winning T.E.A. to their trolley. Traditional English Ale truly is an great example of how English ale can, and indeed should, be done. Brewed a stone's throw from Farnham the ale is made with meticulously selected hops that leave a perfectly rounded and delicious taste of proper ale.

Undoubtedly a fantastic addition to any shopping list this Christmas and an even better grown up stocking filler! Enjoy the taste of real ale this winter.

The Sipsmith Spirits Range!! Date published: 10/12/13

Sipsmith was established in London in 2009, and is one of only four gin distilleries located within the city. Sipsmith was launched by Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall, both who had worked within the drinks industry for many years. 

The most important member of the Sipsmith team is undoubtedly Prudence, a one of a kind copper pot still. Prudence is the first copper distill in London for 200 years. A bespoke design combining a pot with a carter head and a column still makes her versatile allowing her to distill boththeir signature Barley Vodka and London Dry Gin from the same still. 

The spirits are hand made in small batches, just a few hundred bottles at a time. They are made following traditional recipes combined with modern technology.

The following gins are perfect for Christmas: 

London Dry Gin (£32.00 per bottle):

Made with 10 different botanicals including juniper and the more unusual spanish liquorice root, this gin is a real classic, smooth and full of character and exploding with flavour. 

Barley Vodka (£26.00 per bottle):

Distilled in copper for purity, and made from the best spirit from the heart of the run. Engish barley spirit is distilled in Prudence the copper still and is then blended with the pure water of Lydwell Spring. The result is a hand-made vodka with an exceptional soft mouth feel.

Sloe Gin (26.00 per bottle):

A blend of Sipsmith London Dry Gin and Dartmoor sloe berrie. After the gin is distilled, it is left to rest on wild sloe berries hand picked in the autumn. The result is a subtle and complex gin bursting with flavour. Perfect for a winter evening.

Damson Vodka (23.00 per bottle):

The award winning barley vodka is left to steep with fresh English damsons. The warm plummy notes of the fruit combine wonderfully with the soft mouth feel provides an exceptionally full bodied flavour. 

Jim Barry ShirazDate published: 09/12/13

If you are hosting a gathering this Christmas and are a fan of aussie reds well this might well be just the ticket for you. 

The first qualified winemaker to move to the Clare Valley, the late Jim Barry's estate now totals over 200 hectares in this superb wine-growing region. The Lodge Hill site was originally meant for Riesling, but instead was chosen to make this premium, reserved Shiraz.

The inky blackcurrant and boysenberry fruit is lifted by violet and menthol notes, with smooth tannins still providing plenty of grip. The finish is long and rich.

Perfect for a char-grilled rib eye steak.

Barista Pinotage Date published: 08/12/13

Currently on offer we have the Barista Pinotage 2012, Western Cape. 

Pinotage is a very interesting grape variety. Created in South Africa in 1925, where plantings of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut were combined to create the new signature blend of South Africa. 

Created in the Val de Vie wine estate in the Cape winelands, wine production on this estate dates back to 1825. The current wine maker for Barista, Bertus Fourie, is attempting to deliver a very modern wine by drawing out the coffee aromas. 

Intense on the nose, with powerful and unique flavors of coffee, chocolate and cherry. With ripe and well structured tannins this wine is very well balanced. 

This wine is perfect on its own or with red meat dishes. The wine maker himself recommends a blue-cheese filled brandy snap with chocolate and roasted coffee beans. 

Currently on offer at 7.49 when you buy two or more, this wine would make an excellent addition to the Christmas menu to keep your guests on their toes. 

Ruinart ChampagneDate published: 07/12/13

One of the oldest Champagne house in France (est 1729) continues to be one of my favourite houses. They have a very consistent style that is very elegant rather than a rich fat style. It is a little deeper than Pol Roger in style and shares some of the same baked apple characteristics with a touch of brioche. I do not know anyone who does not like Ruinart and at Majestic we do their NV in bottle and magnum , blanc de blancs again in bottle and magnum, rose and a very limited supply of Dom Ruinart (their luxury cuvee) which possibly  is the finest Champagne I have ever had. The perfect start to Christmas day!

Christmas Specials Part 2Date published: 07/12/13

Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza 2004 - £23.50 or £18.50 when you buy 2 or more:

This is their most famous wine, and it is only made from the most exceptional vines in the town of Haro. Haro is a wine lovers dream. The secret to theis wine is the racking process. Racking is the process of moving wine from one barrel to another to remove sediment built up in the ageing process. The 2004 vintage had 6 rackings during its 36 months in 4 year old american oak., which has led to a traditional, slightly oxidised character. Strawberry jam combined with vanilla, cranberry and leather on the nose. Very intense on the palate th an excellent complexity. Perfect for a turkey feast.

Chateau L'Hospitalet 2011 Grand Vin- £19.99 or £16.99 when you buy 2 or more:

One of the top wines from Gerard Bertrand, a top producer who won over 48 awards at the IWC awards in 2012. The grapes are tasted up to six times a day,  even at night, to make sure grapes are picked at optimum times. All grapes are hand picked and transferred to the winery within an hour to keep them in good condition. Dark fruit flavours along with a perfumed edge. A perfect accompaniment to hard cheeses. 

Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling 2007- £19.00 or £15.99 when you buy 2 or more New Zealand wines: 

The grapes for the late harvest Riesling came from two sites in the Fairhall and Brancott sub regions. The fruit was hand picked very late according to flavour profile on the 17th and 31st of May. During each pick two passes through the vineyard were carried out to separate botrytised bunches. Pale and gold in appearance, this wine has aromas of honey, ripe peach and orange blossom. On the palate flavours of rig and apricot are present and it has an excellent long finish.

Christmas Specials Part 1Date published: 07/12/13

This weekend we have a selected group of wines open to taste on our tasting counter, which are all an excellent addition to any Christmas meal. They are as follows:

Jermann Pinot Grigio- £23.00 or £18.00 when you buy 2 or more selected fine wines:

Very similar on flavour to that of an Alsatian Pinot Gris, it is macerated on the skin for a long period time, rested on its lees with no oak aging lead to a complex wine. Pear, quince and honeysuckle on the nose, with a rich flavour on the palate. A brilliant Aperitif for before Christmas lunch. 

Sancerre 'Les Comtesses' Paul Thomas - £16.99 or £14.99 when you buy 2 or more:

A small producer in the village of Chavignol, with only 10 hectares which is small due to modern day standards. the vineyards are on south facing slopes on chalky clay soils. Extreme thinning in the vineyards results in the grapes left on the vines having intense flavours. A powerful wine with passion fruit, gooseberry and lime on the palate. 2012 was a good vintage and would be excellent with fish or goats cheese, a Loire specialty. 

Nicolas Potel Meursault- Special Offer- £22.00:

Potel is a very famous producer in Burgundy, although it is now a cooperative owed by Laboure- Roi. Meursault is aruably one of the biggest names in Burgundy, alongside Puligny and Chassagne Montrachet. Always a lot of oak used in the making of Meursault. This wine is cold settled after pressing for 24 hours, which allows the juice to oxidise slightly. It is then fermented in oak, before being put through malolactic fermentation in oak. 10 months later it is then put into stainless steel which retains some of its freshness. Typical chardonnay, buttery but tangy on the palate. Toasty and butterscotch on the finish. Perfect white wine for the turkey. 

Classic Majestic WinesDate published: 06/12/13

There a few wines that have been the backbone of the Majestic range for years. Chateau Guiot is one such wine. I can remember buying Guiot before joining Majestic and it always featured in my shop. Yes it has changed bottle wise and now there is also a rose and white but it still continues to be a great value all round excellent wine.

Costières de Nîmes has more in common with the Rhône across the river than it does with the wines of Languedoc immediately neighbouring it. Château Guiot lies just outside the city of Nîmes, in the heart of this appellation.

Deep purple hue, a beautifully scented nose with herby aromas, lashings of juicy forest fruits and spicy, rich berry flavours on the palate and a good, smooth finish.

Soft enough to drink by itself but still has enough weight to match hearty casseroles.

"Eye of the PartridgeDate published: 06/12/13

One of the many best kept secrets at Majestic Wine Farnham is the Oeil de Perdrix Rose NV; which translates to "the eye of the partridge". 

This Champagne is an elegant salmon-pink in style. The liquid itself is very delicate with finite bubbles, with a definitive strawberry and raspberry note, which provide a perfect weight to the wine. 

This Champagne would be a great match for a light seafood dish or as an aperitif.

There is currently a fantastic offer on this champagne. When you mix and match any two Champagnes you will save a 1/3. Oeil de Perdrix currently sells at £19.99 from £30.00. 

Wine of the week: Chateau Griviere 2006, Medoc, Cru BourgeoisDate published: 06/12/13

This wine is prodominantly Merlot dominated, which is rare as it comes from the

Medoc, which is usually Cabernet Sauvignon based. It results in a fresh,

supple more everyday wine.

Soft with jammy fruit characteristics, with subtle notes of damp earth and

orange peel on the nose and a supple palate.

This wine is a great match for hearty winter stews, and perfect for these colder months!

£11.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case.

Nyetimber Demi-SecDate published: 04/12/13

Nyetimber are the first English sparkling wine producer to release a demi-sec style sparkling wine. This wine is made from 100% estate grown Chardonnay with a dosage of 45 grams per litre of residual sugar, four times the amount that would go into the brut style of the sparking wine. 

This off dry sparkling has been designed to go with dessert dishes. Pale straw yellow with lots of little bubbles opening up to fruity yeasty characteristics on the nose. Flavours of sweet toffee apples with a slight nuttiness and bread dough. the palate offers medium sweetness that is mostly fruity with peach and creme de cassis at the forefront. 

Only £25.99 a bottle!!!

Callia Bella Malbec is back!! Date published: 03/12/13

Earlier this year Callia Bella Malbec arrived in store at Majestic, and has proved to be a firm favourite amongst customers ever since. 

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.

Behind Mendoza, San Juan is the second biggest wine producer in Argentina. It is home to many varietals such as Malbec, Bonarda. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah for the reds, and Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay Torrontes and Viognier for the whites. Like Mendoza, San Juan is at high alitude, 600-1200m, semi-desert like and has very little rainfall. The vineyards have to rely on irrigation from the regions rivers and water that melts from the Andes. 

An attractively deep purple wine, with an up-front and straightforward Pepper, clove and sweet spice with damson and raspberry on the nose. 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.

Only £5.99 (usually £8.99), when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. Stock up for Christmas now! 

Chinese tonight?Date published: 30/11/13

I have just been informed that Chinese is our choice of supper tonight so not only do I have to pick it up I also find some wine to accompany.

I usually go Gewurztraminer but tonight I going to go for the German angle.


The Mosel valley is famous for its very steep slatey vineyards along the Mosel river. Dr L is a non-estate wine, but brothers Ernst and Thomas Loosen work closely with the growers, and in this way are able to ensure excellent quality year after year.

The fragrant nose of honey, apricot and stone fruit carries through to the off dry palate. Refreshingly juicy, a touch of spritz and lively acidity add finesse and balance. It has a slight prickle to it and is the perfect foil for oriental food or when served as an aperitif.

Esprit Soleil Sauvignon Blanc 2012Date published: 30/11/13

Currently on the tasting counter we have the Esprit Soleil Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Vin de France. 

This wine is produced by a major cooperative in the Languedoc region of Southern France. The producers wanted to replicate the ever popular New Zealand Sauvignon style in Southern France. And in my opinion they have created a fantastic wine. 

This wine has an powerful nose with tropical fruit and aromas peach. These flavours are combined by a zesty refreshing acidity.

At £5.49 (£6.99 when you buy two or more), this wine is an absolute steal. Perfect for everyday drinking or a fantastic accompaniment to a light fish dish or a green rocket salad. 

Wine of the Week: 2 Up Shiraz 2012Date published: 29/11/13

2up” Shiraz, Kangarilla Road

This wine is a blend of Shiraz grapes from the mature vines of the Mclaren Vale, Australia. The name “2up” is homage to a game of chance played by the ANZAC troops of World War I.

A classic example of Australian Shiraz on the nose with vibrant notes of blackberry, black cherry and a hint of spice. On the palate hints of plum, blackberry and cherry intensify with a background of subtle chocolate flavours.

Enjoy on its own, with lamb or with a beef and stout stew.

£8.79 or £10.99 when you buy 2 or more

Taittinger Brut Reserve NVDate published: 29/11/13

Francois Taittinger chose Chardonnay very early on as a dominant variety in the wines of his blend, sensing that the modern consumer would increasingly appreciate lightness, finesse and elegance. The high proportion of Chardonnay, unique among the fine non-vintage champagnes and a minimum aging of three years in the cellar where it reaches full aromatic maturity makes this Champagne delicately balanced. 

the art of blending is to marry wines of different varieties, crus and years to create a wine that is superior to the sum of the wines that compose it. Once the blending is completed the resulting wine is bottled with a liqueur composed of yeasts and sugar and then undergoes bottle fermentation. 

A Champagne for any occasion, and is a symbol of festivity. From Champagne's oldest cellars, this Champagne has peach and acacia notes on the nose, a citrus-fresh yet delicately honeyed palate,and a beautiful, elegant finish.

Taittinger Brut Reserve NV is currently in our Christmas Collection, and is only £27.99 instead of £42.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more from our selected fizz! 

A brief introduction to Germany Date published: 28/11/13

A brief introduction to German Wine

Germany as a country is one which I used to avoid because of the intimidating labelling system. I hope this brief introduction will help you to understand some of the terms used in Germans wine and will enable yourselves like me to widen your pallet. 
First of all there are four different sizes of land where wine is grown. The smallest is the Einzellage (a vineyard), a group of which are called a Grosslage. Several of these create a Bereich ( a district) and a small number of Bereich's create an Anbaugebiet ( a region) for which there are thirteen. 

German wines have to be made by law from grapes from the same Anbaugebiet. If the grapes are taken from different Bereichs then the wine is classified as Qualitatswein bestimmter Anbaugebiete whereby the region has to be displayed on the bottle. However, there is a six stage rating in order of weight of must (sugar in the grape juice) for wines made from the same Bereich classified as a Pradikatswein. I will explain these terms briefly as they are very common and puts you in the best place for choosing your preferred wine. 

The driest stage is Kabinett, these typically have a light style with high acidity with green fruit flavours. Next is the Spatlese,  this means that the grapes were picked in the late harvest style, making for a slightly heavier style of wine with the typical flavours changing to a more citric note. Moreover, we have Auslese,  this is the sweetest wine which can still be classified as dry. The wine here is made from extra-ripe grapes which provides for a richer and more concentrated flavour. 

The next two stages are those of Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese. According to law these both have to be harvested by hand. These are both aided by noble rot, which helps in concentration of the sugars. The main difference between the two is that Trockenbeerenauslese is of higher quality, therefore is only made in tiny quantities and only in the best vintages. 

Finally, there is Eiswein. This wine is created whereby the grapes are left on the vine until they have frozen, requiring a temperature of below minus eight. When the grapes are pressed, the frozen water remains leaving a highly concentrated must.

One of my favourite wines in store at the moment is the Ayler Kupp Riesling Kabinett (currently £8.99 when you buy two or more), this wine combines concentrated honeyed ripe fruit with intense citric fruits and a fresh crisp acidity. It's only slightly off dry so perfect on it's own to be drunk in the garden overlooking the sun, or with any slightly spicy Thai dish. 

Cracking Christmas Offers!Date published: 27/11/13

There are some cracking new offers just in time for Christmas!

Here's just some of our favourites...

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is now just £6.99 when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines to save 20%!

The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil.A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gun flint minerality which delivers extra complexity.

Marques de Riscal Reserva is down to £9.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more, with magnums at £22, from £30!

In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines,widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja. A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours. 

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV is reduced to £30 a bottle when you buy a case of 6!

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.

Vinalba Reservado Malbec is only £7.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more!

The Malbec Reserva from the Vinalba estate has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. Sourced from vineyards at the foot of the Andes, grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity.This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha. Flavours linger for a long time.

Plus there's loads of other great offers - contact us for the latest prices!

Ch TayacDate published: 26/11/13

When you have a Sunday lunch that features beef as the centre piece you need a good wine. Seeing you have spent alot of money on the meat you have to have a bottle or two of a great wine. You will find that most countries produce a red that would be a fine match but call me old school, I always come back to Bordeaux. A current favourite is Château Tayac.

Château Tayac's 37 hectares of vineyards are located on some of the best gravelly soils on the hilltops of Soussans. The château has remained under the ownership of the same family for four generations. The wine is matured in 35% new French oak for 10-12 months.

Deep and rich red in colour, with an open, complex nose of liquorice and cinnamon touches to the fine blackcurrant core. Plenty of concentration on the palate.

A great wine for roasrted Beef. Roll on next Sunday.

Yalumba the Scribbler Date published: 25/11/13

Currently on the tasting counter we have the "Yalumba the Scribbler" 2010. Single bottle price £14.99 - £11.99 when you buy 2 or more Australian wines. 

Named as an alternative to its own 'Signature' blend, The Scribbler is Yalumba's more youthful take on Australia's classic Cabernet-Shiraz combination, made with a view to early enjoyment. 

Dense and vibrant purple in colour, with a nose of concentrated blackfruit and liquorice. The palate is lush and full, with a generous sweetness of fruit and plump, rounded tannins.

This wine matched a game pie exceptionally or alternatively to be enjoyed on its own round the fire over Christmas.

Sunday EveningsDate published: 25/11/13

The perfect start to a Sunday evening for me starts with a gin based drink. G&T is of a staple and when made with the fantastic Martin Millers gin and Fever Tree tonic is just one of the best long drinks out there.Alternatively I often have a dry martini. Again start with Millers gin and a splash of Noilly Prat. I generally use about 5 gin to 1 vermouth. I always use to shake but now I stir with plenty of ice for a couple of minutes. A little of olive brine makes it 'dirty' which is how I take it. Make some homemade parmesan biscuits and you have a great start to the evening. Millers Gin is on offer at only £25 a bottle!

November tasting a 'resounding success!Date published: 23/11/13

If you had have walked into the store Thursday night you would have witnessed a hive of activity. Manager James dubbed the evening a, 'resounding success' and said that he enjoyed the opportunity to give something back to the customers. Over 80 Farnhamians came to sample some great cheese and a fantastic array of whites, reds and of course a couple of bubblies! At four stations around the store were tasting stations offering a selection of wines to get the taste buds tingling. Don't worry if you missed out though, here's a little bit about some of the night's favourites:


Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

A fantastic example of a great value New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, the classic aromas of gooseberry and passion fruit are ever present in this wine whilst not over powering. Delicate floral notes come through to top off an utterly delicious nose. Very well rounded citrus flavours linger on the palate and compliment the gooseberry notes in this extremely well balanced number. Great on its own or with a platter of oysters.

£9.99 when you buy at least two bottles as part of a mixed case or £12.99 as a single bottle


Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, New Zealand

This red fruit driven wine is great to drink now or alternatively it could be kept for a couple more years to let some of that red fruit mature into darker more complex flavours. On the nose the wine gives off cranberry and redcurrant notes with a subtle hint of white pepper and other dried herbs. On the palate the slight acidity lends itself brilliantly to those cranberry flavours.

£17.59 when you buy at least two bottles as part of a mixed case or £22.00 as a single bottle

Sparkling Wine

Nyetimber Classic Cuveé 2004, England

Beautifully bubbly ready to stand up against any Champagne! This proved a real favourite at the November tasting as guests were greeted with a glass of brioche and citrus scented loveliness. The bubbles themselves gave a wonderfully refreshing feel to the wine without being too gaseous as to unsettle the palate. Extremely well balanced flavours were a treat for the taste buds with the brioche flavour permeating a baked apples base. I would recommend toasting any occasion with this superb English take on the French classic, the wine stands out with its fantastic flavour and unique appeal. Well and truly worth it.

£23.98 when you buy at least two bottles as part of a mixed case or £35.99 as a single bottle

Cotes du Rhone BellerucheDate published: 23/11/13

Currently open on the tasting counter we have the Cotes du Rhone Belleruche 2012. 

This wine has been created continuously since 1808 by the Chapoutier family, with Michel Chapoutier currently the head wine maker.  He uses a mixture of traditional and creative new techniques to produce one of the standout wines of the region.

Typically as this wine is from the Rhone Valley it is made from a blend of Grenache and Syrah. The Belleruche combines rich aromas of dark fruit with earthy minerals and spice. The smooth tannins gives the wine a soft taste on the pallet, allowing you to enjoy the rich blackberry and cherry notes, with secondary flavorings of white pepper. 

This wine can be ages for several years, and will partner most rich meat dishes.

Why not take advantage of our great deal of 20% off Rhone wines, where the Belleruche comes down from £9.99 to £7.99 when you mix 2 or more Rhone wines. 

Barbara and PastaDate published: 23/11/13

When returning from work to find your wife has been delayed at work and that lamb casserole that was promised is still in the fridge so a quick rustle in fridge and freezer resulted in some tiger prawns and some over ripe tomatoes. Pop prawns in a bowl of water and 10 mins later they are defrosted. Put some spaghetti on and cook al dente. Heat a good splash of olive oil in a hot wok and when smoking add 2 finely sliced cloves of garlic, one chopped birds eye chilli and 3 chopped salted anchovy fillets. After a couple of minutes add a couple of chopped tomatoes and then another couple of minutes add prawns until they turn pink. All in all around 15 mins so a very speedy supper. To drink what better than a glass of that very tomato friendly grape Barbara.

The Piedmont region of Northern Italy, surrounded by the Alps, is home to Italy's third most planted grape variety - Barbera. 

 Barbera d'Asti has the most vines, with many of the vineyards planted on the lower slopes and in sheltered areas resulting in fresher styles.

This example from de Forville  has intense aromas of red cherries, vanilla, rose petals and spice leap from the glass, with the intense, powerful palate exhibiting an elegant balance of fruit and tannin to a long, smooth and crisp finish. 

It is a perfect match for the ever difficult tomato based dishes.

Perfect Turkey WineDate published: 22/11/13

Have you got your Turkey wine yet ? If not pop down tomorrow and have a taste of this perfect bird wine.

Mount Difficulty is a boutique winery located in Bannockburn in Central Otago. The Bannockburn area is internationally recognized as one of the few places in the world where the petulant Pinot Noir variety has found a home outside Burgundy.

This wine exhibits a lovely mix of red and black berry fruits with further complexity gained from oak spice. These characters are balanced by soft tannins, balanced acidity and a fruit-driven finish.

Would be a fine match for Turkey but will stand up to Pheasant or Partridge simply roasted.

L'Aigle Pinot NoirDate published: 22/11/13

One of the stars of our tasting last night is this cracking sub £10 Pinot Noir. It has to be my favourite Pinot especially when at this price.

Originally owned by Burgundian négoçe Antonin Rodet, this estate was bought by Gerard Bertrand in 2007. One of the Languedoc's highest vineyards, possessing the finely-balanced climate necessary for growing Pinot Noir, and has been the recipient of many awards.

A distinctive Pinot Noir nose of wild strawberries, with cinnamon and clove-like notes. The light fruit is backed up by tight and bracing tannins, leading to a long, mineral finish.

Perfect with a simply roasted duck.

Great food/wine matchDate published: 19/11/13

When having guest's round for supper I often pop to the butcher to see what is good and in seasonal and at present who can argue about 4 partridges for £10!

Remove breasts and legs and pop into a homemade tandoori marinade overnight.

 Roast some cubed butternut squash in a hot oven and for the last 10 minutes add some Indian spices, garlic, ginger and chilli. 

Make a tomato and onion salad (the type you get with your pompadooms) and add chopped coriander.

 Blend some blanched mint with a little garlic, lemon juice and plain yogurt. Then stir in some grated cucumber (no seeds) and season. This is your dressing. 

Get your char grill pan uber hot and cook the partridge for 4-5 mins a side. Arrange on a rectangular plate in a line interspersing the squash, partridge and tomato salad. Spoon over a spoon or two of the yogurt dressing. A very elegant start to a meal and very seasonal.

Perfect with a glass of the prevouisly  mentioned Croix Saint Adel

Croix Adel Blanc Date published: 19/11/13

When looking for a wine to match along side a starter of tandoori partridge salad (recipe in second article) this new white jumped out at me and it was a great match.

It's a intriguing  blend of Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc.

The 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. 

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.

It just seemed a perfect weight and richness to match my starter.

Favourite wines from Friday's wine course..Date published: 18/11/13

On Friday we had one of our ever popular wine courses for 6 of our customers. Bill, our new trainee, also sat in to experience his first course!

The Wine Course is an introduction to wine tasting, styles of wine and wine and food matching. It is designed to give the customer a base knowledge from which they can begin their exploration of wine and all it can offer.

We look at the following topics:

- How to taste wine like a professional

- How wine is made

- How to identify a good wine

- How to isolate different features of a wine i.e. acidity, body, length, intensity, alcohol

- How to match wine with food

The favourite wines from this wine course were as follows: 

Ned Pinot Noir: Perfect match for Pate. This Pinot Noir has been sourced from the Ben Morven vineyard in Marlborough's Southern Valleys, known for their deep clay. Hand-picked and aged for 9 months in French oak, this is a classic, rounded Marlborough Pinot. Subtle smoky character and rounded red berry fruit aromas, on the palate. £9.99 when you buy 2 or more New Zealand wines.

Medalla Real Chardonnay: Sourced mainly from the Limarí Valley, the northernmost vineyard districtin Chile. Although closer to the equator, the valley is efficiently cooled bysea breezes, due to its east-west orientation. This Chardonnay is barrelfermented and undergoes regular lees stirring. £8.99 when you buy 2 or more Chilean wines.

A Sticky End Sauvignon Blanc Dessert Wine: This dessert wine from Marisco Vinyeards' King's Series is made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes that have been allowed extra hang-time on the vine, giving them extra ripeness and promoting the onset of botrytis, creating intense sweetness and complex flavours. £12.79 when you buy 2 or more New Zealand wines. 

Cognac! Date published: 18/11/13

The Cognac region lies in the two departements of Charente and Charente-Maritime just north of the vineyards of Bordeaux, and is one of the largest vineyard areas in France. The distillation season in Cognac runs from the November following the vintage to the end of March of the following year. Cognac is a double distilled spirit, and the only still used is the copper Charentais pot still. 

Cognac, like Champagne, can only come from its eponymous region in France. The main grape variety is Ugni Blanc, with Colombard and Folle Blanche also used.

There are three age distinctions that are marked on the label. The first, VS ('Very Special') is a blend where the youngest component is stored for at least 2 years in cask. These tend to be the entry level Cognacs that focus on a fruity character.

VSOP ("Very Special Old Pale") is a more complex blend with the youngest component spending 4 years in cask.

XO ("Extra Old") is the top of the tree apart from vintage specific bottles, and although the youngest component must be 4 years old they are usually a lot older. From 2016 the minimum age of the youngest component must be 10 years. 

Our range of Cognacs is growing due to seasonal demand around Christmas, be sure to pop in and take a look! 

Who likes Gin?Date published: 17/11/13

Theres nothing better than a refreshing gin and tonic! Here at Majestic we have a great selection of gins and we are going to talk about two of my favourites. 

Hendricks Gin £30.00 (Special Offer): 

Hendricks Gin is produced by William Grant and sons, in Girvan, Scotland. It was first launched in 1999. In addition to the traditional infusion of juniper, Hendricks also uses Bulgarian rose and cucumber to add flavour. Bottled in a unique dark glass, with an apothecary style shape, and a cork stopper, this gin certainly stands out from the crowd. Its suggested serving is with tonic water over ice, garnished with a slice of cucumber instead of the traditional citrus fruit. It is a delciously smooth style of gin with floral hints. 

Martin Millers £25.00:

Martin Millers gin is centre batch distilled like a good malt whisky using only the heart of the spirit and ten hand picked botanicals. This classic dry gin is distilled in England but is blended using 100% Icelandic water, which gives the gin a creamy finish. The Icelandic water is pure and soft which helps to show off the beautiful flavours from the botanicals. Best served with Fever Tree tonic over ice and with a grapefruit peel garnish. 

A Brief Introduction to Chile...Date published: 17/11/13

From a wine perspective Chile is a country that has always fascinated me. Chile isolated on the western side of South America at 900 kilometers from north to south and only 100 kilometers from east to west. To the east lies Argentina with the Andes to separate them, and with the Pacific Ocean to the west, Chile's vineyards are in perfect locations.

Chile's Central and Northern vineyards have a very good Mediterranean climate. This provides for warm dry summers and cold rainy winters which is perfect for vine growth. These vineyards are typically located on the foothills of the major rivers of Chile such as the Maipo and the Rapel.  The location on the foothills means that during the days the vines are subjected to high temperatures followed by the very cool evenings ( a temperature range of up to 20'C), which is ideal for the crisp acidity and fresh fruit amongst white wines and the fine tannins and darker fruit amongst reds. 

The most popular white grapes are those of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, whereas the most frequently planted red grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Syrah and Pinot Noir.

Did you know that Carmenere was mistaken in some parts of Chile until 1994 as Merlot, and has since become one of Chile's stand-out grapes.

Why not take advantage of our fantastic 20% off Chilean wines today. 

My personal favourite is the Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012 from the Casablanca Valley. This wine is a fantastic example of a New World Chardonnay, primary characteristics of peach and apricot are benefited from the 3 months spent in French Oak to give it a great vanilla and buttery finish.

Pick n Mix offer: Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel Date published: 16/11/13

One of the wines on the new Pick 'n' Mix offer is the Ravenswood Zinfandel from California.  This wine is made from grapes grown on old vines in Lodi, an area of California known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World.  The well drained sandy soils, combined with the age of the vines produces a wine that is full of body and character, holding up to the motto of Ravenswood 'No Wimpy Wines' motto

One of my absolute favourite wines that we stock,  bursting with black cherries, currents and cloves, along with plum and spice aromas. Full tannins with balanced acidity on the palate, with a long finish. A pleasure to drink alone or with game pie!

Starting at £10.99 on its own, when bought as part of the Pick 'n' Mix offer the Ravenswood is an absolute bargain at just £7.32.  

Montes Alpha Chardonnay: best served Chile'dDate published: 15/11/13

This week's wine of the week is a buttery chardonnay from Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray. The two began their work in the pursuit of creating premium wine in Chile. This particular Chardonnay is fermented with a combination of Burgundian and native yeasts and matured for a year in French oak. The wine is lemon-gold in colour and a delight on the nose with notes of banana and ripe mango. Passion fruit comes through on the palate and the creamy, buttery character leaves a host of sweeter flavours for the taste buds to explore.

Perfect accompaniment to creamy chicken dishes such as good old chicken and mushroom pie.

Rioja Reserva 2008, Marques de Riscal Date published: 15/11/13

Rioja Reserva 2008, Marques de Riscal 

This fantastic wine is a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo. Using wine making techniques from Bordeaux they tried to single handedly tried to transform the face of Rioja. Nowadays, this wine is regarded as a great example of a traditional Rioja. 

This is a full-bodied wine with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer and red fruit flavours.

This multi-functional wine will complement ham, cheeses and casseroles, or on its own sitting in front of the fire. But will also age very for a further 5 years. 

Available in single bottle sizes at £14.99 for one of £9.99 when you buy 2 or more, or available in Magnum size at £22!

Bargain SauvignonDate published: 14/11/13

Yes we all love Kiwi Sauvignon but when you are having a party or going round to neighbours and don't want to take anything too flash but still good this new wine from Argentina is just the ticket.

This is an award winning Sauvignon Blanc from one of Argentina's best-known wineries, located in the high-altitude vineyard area of the Mendoza River. Hand-harvested, the grapes are destemmed and crushed before they are fermented at a cool 15ºC for a pure Sauvignon experience.

Bright lemon yellow with the greenish tint of youth, this is a fresh, crisp and citrus-led wine. Soft-edged tropical notes and herb nuances linger in the background.

It really is a very pretty little wine with a tiny price tag and just perfect as a get home from work tipple.

Cline ZinfandelDate published: 12/11/13

If you after a rich, fruit driven with lush oak then look no further than this fantastic bottle. Cline Cellars have created this wine by sourcing grapes from a selection of parcels of old vines in several regions, the majority coming from their oldest and lowest-yeilding vines in Oakley, and the remainder from Lodi and Mendocino. Heady and bold on the nose, which is full of ripe strawberry notes, and hints of coffee bean and cocoa. Wonderfully plump and juicy on the palate, with a satisfying warmth and subtle touches of vanilla. A great maqtch for Venison.

Our Californian Offers!Date published: 12/11/13

I have always been a fan of Californian wines, and since working for Majestic I have been lucky enough to try some top wines! Here are some of my current favourites:

Clos du Bois Chardonnay, North Coast: £9.99 when you buy at least 2 Californian wines (£12.49 single bottle price): a rich, fruity chardonnay, full of ripe pear, apple blossom and lemon notes, complemented by subtle oak and creamy texture from oak ageing around one-third of the blend. Best alongside lobster or creamy seafood pasta dishes.

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel, Lodi County: £7.33 when you buy at least 2 bottles in our 33% pick 'n' mix offers (£10.99 single bottle price). One of my absolute favourite wines that we stock,  bursting with black cherries, currents and cloves, along with plum and spice aromas. Full tannins with balanced acidity on the palate, with a long finish. A pleasure to drink alone or with game pie!

Saintsbury Pinot Noir, Carneros: £20 when you buy at least 2 fine wines (£25 single bottle price): ripe red fruit aromas dominate this wine, with bitter black cherry, spice, cigar tobacco, mocha and vanilla flavours.  A perfect partner for duck, lamb or game.

It is currently California tasting weekend so we have plenty of delicious wines open on the tasting counter, so make sure you come and try a few of these gems!  With 20% off wines of California at the moment it would be a shame to miss some of these bargains!

A fantastic Fine Wine offer!Date published: 11/11/13

Here at Majestic we are still running our Fine Wine offer which enables you to save £10 when you buy any 2 or more selected fine wines. This is a fantastic offer as in allows you to choose wines from a huge variety of regions and grape styles. These wines make great presents to friends at a dinner party, as gifts or just to be enjoyed on their own when the time calls. 

A selection of wines on this list include:

Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza 2004 - Was £23.50 Now £18.50* - A fantastic Rioja with flavours of earth, spice and red fruits, with well structured spicy tannins giving this wine a great complexity, medium body and plenty of flavour. Perfect with Casserole or wild duck.

Jermann Pinot Grigio 2012 - Was £23.00 Now £18.00* - A family run company since 1881, the current winemaker , Silvio Jermann, has created a Pinot Grigio far from the usual. This wine portrays a more full-bodied style with more intense flavours and velvety style. Works very well with grilled seafood or creamy pasta dishes. 

Kanonkop Pinotage 2011 - Was £25.00 now £20.00* - Pinotage is one of the most successful blends ever created (a blending of Cinsault and Pinot Noir). Kanonkop is at the top amongst one of the top estates in South Africa and their Pinotage does not disappoint. Full bodied and concentrated with flavours of red and black berries and lashings of oak. Perfect when matched with barbecued meats or a hearty stew. 

Au Bon Climat Chardonnay 2010/11 Santa Barbara - Was £24.00 Now £19.00* - Santa Barbara is well known for being the warmer southern part of California, which can create big powerful and ripe Chardonnays. This immensely complex wine, has on the nose, flavourings of ripe apple, orange zest, toast and roasted hazelnut. The ripe fruit and nuttiness of the wine helped to give this wine a long and interesting finish. This wine goes very well with roasted poultry.

* When you buy a mixture of two or more.

Au Bon Climat Pinot NoirDate published: 11/11/13

On our fantastic offer on lots of special wines is this fine example of Pinot Noir. You can pay a great deal of money for Pinot's from across the pond but at only £20 (multibuy price) this is a great starting point. 

Winemaker Jim Clendenen is the multi-award-winning creator of Au Bon Climat's superb Pinot Noirs, made in a classic but easy-drinking style. This example is sourced from several vineyards including Le Bon Climat and the legendary Bien Nacido in Santa Barbara.A delicate and pretty nose of ripe strawberry, cherry and plum fruit, with a very subtle earthiness. Soft and supple on the palate, with great fruit focus and smooth tannins.

Its by no means a full bodied wine but would really match dare I say 'the turkey' or be the perfect match for roasted duck. 

Pick 'n' Mix - Perrier Jouët Date published: 09/11/13

Currently on our Pick 'n' Mix deal at Majestic we have the infamous Perrier Jouët Grand Brut NV at £24.99!

This wine is produced in the Épernay region of Champagne. It has been produced since 1811, making it one of the oldest champagne houses in the world. 

Perrier Jouet take their chardonnay from their Grand Cru vineyards which helps to give the champagne a really light style with very finite bubbles. 

It is a very open, refreshing style of champagne, with flavours of apple and white flowers at the forefront.

This champagne is perfect on its own or served with a variety of canapes 

Au Bon Climat Chardonnay, Santa Barbara, 2010.Date published: 09/11/13

Founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat, which means a well exposed vineyard, produces internationally recognised Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc wine from grapes grown in California's Santa Barbara County. The winery is located on the world famous Bien Nacido Vineyard and is owned by winemaker Jim Clendenen. ABC was listed on Robert Parker's best wineries in the world in both 1989 and 1990. 

Santa Barbara County is in the warmer southern part of California, which can make for Chardonnays that are extremely ripe and powerful. ABC sources its fruit from several of the most highly regarded vineyards in the Central Coast. 

Golden in colour complex nose of ripe apple, range zest and roasted hazelnuts. On the palate a buttery brioche with tropical fruits, with a long finish. 

Only £19.00 when you buy 2 or more of our selected fine wines. 

Paso Creek Cabernet SauvingnonDate published: 09/11/13

Lets face it, you can pay alot of money for wines from Calfornian and still be disapointed. They all too often hanker after Robert Parker points so make rich and oaky wines that sometimes are just too over the top. This cheeky little Cab is on offer at only £11.99 and is a cracker. 

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. Very much a food wine this would be perfect with a fat steak char grilled to med rare. 

Chablis and MusselsDate published: 08/11/13

We had a few people round for supper last week and as promised for Bella here is my recipe for spaghetti with mussels. It was suppose to be with the classic vongole but fishmonger had no clams left so I had to adapt. Clean your mussels as usual. Sweat a couple of shallots, 2 cloves of finely chopped garlic, a red chilli and a couple sprigs of thyme until soft but not browned. Add mussels with a good splash of white wine and cook until just opened. Pick from shells and keep to one side. Reduce liquid until only left with a couple of tablespoons then either strain through a fine sieve if you think you might have a little grit or just keep all the bits in the sauce as I usually do. Add the mussels, a spoonful  of creme fraiche and some chopped parsley. Add your al dente spaghetti and serve.I served this with the William Fevre Chablis which was just the perfect accompaniment. Classic in oaked Chablis from one of the finest producers in Burgundy.

Matsu Magnums!!Date published: 08/11/13

We are excited to announce that the Matsu range are now in magnum form, however with in limited stock available! Here is a little about the winery and the wines. 

Matsu, the Japanese word for 'wait', pays homage to the generations of devoted wine makers. The images of the real-life wine-producers decorate the bottle and represent the essence of each of the wines. Matsu winery, based in Toro, Spain is no ordinary winery. It is a contemporary project of sustainable viticulture that brings together an exclusive collection of high expression wines. All the Matsu wines are organic and are made from natural vines. 

Picaro means 'rogue' or 'rascal', and this rapscallion of a wine is a youthful interpretation of the Toro region's style. El Recio translates as 'the tough guy', and is a more serious, mature wine, made from the product of some of Toro's oldest vines. 'The Old One' of the Matsu range, made from the fruit of selected Tinta de Toro vines, averaging 110 years of age.

The three wines are as follows: 

Matsu el Picaro Magnum 2012(£16.00 each):

Aromas are of ripe blackberries and raspberries, with subtle hints of fresh cocoa. The palate is bold yet supple, with ripe tannins and a mineral grip.

Matsu el Recio Magnum 2010(£26.00 each):

Intense and opaque, this wine is a mass of deep black fruit, chocolate, roasted coffee bean and vanilla pod aromas. Voluptuous and weighty, with a firm structure, held together by silky tannins.

Matsu el Viejo Magnum 2010 (£40.00 each):

The Old One' of the Matsu range, the wine is immensely powerful and complex, offering cigar box, lavender and graphite nuances against a backdrop of dense cherry and bramble fruit.

Jess and Coreen's review of Saint Michel Blanc Perlé 2012 PDO Gaillac Date published: 08/11/13

A blend of Loin de L'Oiel, Muscadelle and Mauzac. 'Perle' is the french term for young white wines bottled with natural pearls, or tiny bubbles preserved in the wine by bottling shortly after fermentation. A youthful pale yellow colour with slight green tinges. 

Our trainee Jess has since moved to our Chester store, but before she left Jess and one of our loyal customers Coreen both bought a bottle of this wine. Below are their reviews. 

Jess: This is clean, fresh and youthful wine perfect as an aperitif or with pan fried trout. My palate particularly enjoys the medium levels of acidity, which occur whilst still supporting a crisp and fresh style of wine. The nose is delicate and slightly floral, whilst the flavours are simple with pear and soft citrus.The grapes are mainly grown in South West France and offer something different to Sauvignon Blanc or perhaps Torrontes. 

Coreen: Youthful and fresh wine with an almost sherbet like spritz, paired with hints of minerality and citrus. Nice to quaff on a sunny afternoon with good conversation. 

Only £6.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. 

One of my favourite ChampagneDate published: 07/11/13

One of my favourite all time Champagne houses has always been the family owned estate of Pol Roger. Famously consumed by Winston Churchill in copious amounts (allegedly) so much so their luxury cuvee is named after him.The non vintage is a mid weight fizz with soft apple flavours mingled with brioche  overtones and a fine mousse. It is extremely elegant Champagne and makes the perfect aperitif or with a plate of native oysters is just the ticket.It also happens to be on a excellent offer at present of only £34 a bottle.

Saintsbury Chardonnay 2010, CarnerosDate published: 06/11/13

Currently open on the tasting counter we have the Saintsbury Chardonnay 2010. This wine is part of our pick 'n' mix deal at comes in at £13.32 from £19.99, when you buy another wine in the offer.

This wine hails from Carneros in the Sonoma County in California. Carneros is located to the north of San Pablo bay, and because of its proximity to the bay the vineyards benefit from cool fog and breezes. 

The wine itself on the nose brings flavours of pear and melon with pleasant hints of butter. Upon the palate, the butteryness of the wine comes to the forefront, but does not overpower the fruit, making the wine full bodied yet very well balanced. 

This wine would work very well with chargrilled chicken and light fish dishes, or on its own as we enter the cold winter months. 

Hurry as the offer ends on the 2nd December!

Veuve Clicquot Date published: 05/11/13

Veuve Clicquot NV is currently only £29.99 when you buy 2 wines from our current Pick n Mix range. To celebrate the offer I thought I would tell you a little bit about the Veuve Clicquot range, which I was lucky enough to try at a recent tasting. 

We started off with Veuve Cliquot Brut NV, which is toasty with hints of honey and apricot. This is a great non-vintage champagne, perfect as an aperitif.  We then went on to try the NV rose, this again would be a great aperitif. It has red fruit flavours of strawberry and red cherry with a toasty note of brioche.  Next up was the 2004 Vintage champagne. This was richer and more complex than the NV with subtle mineral and spicy notes coming through and a longer finish. It can be drunk on its own but would also pair well with fish or seafood starters. The 2004 Vintage rose was rich and fruity, with similar red fruit flavours to the NV and slight hints of blackfruit and spice, again this would go great with food. Both these vintage champagnes are drinking well now but will continue to develop for the next 5 years.

Last but not least was the fantastic La Grande Dame 2004, my personal favourite from the evening. Rich and smooth, with a fine mousse and great complexity. Flavours of toast and brioche combined with notes of spices, honey and dried fruits, this champagne has a fantastic finish, and a great ageing potential of up to 20 years.

New arrivals now in stock!Date published: 05/11/13

The Scribbler - Yalumba 2010

The world famous and well respected winemaker from Australia, Yalumba have provided us with a big bold red wine. The Scribbler is a Cabernet Sauvignon - Shiraz blend which is a popular blend amongst Australian winemakers. The wine has a nose of concentrated dark fruits and licquorice with a full palate and rounded tannins. All in all a perfect wine to go with a lovely piece of lamb or beef.

Panamericana Sauvignon Blanc 2013: 

The cool climate area of Central Valley gives us this fresh and fruity Sauvignon Blanc which has citrus and pear flavours with a streak of flinty minerality on the finish. Great with all manner or fish dishes or perfect to drink on its own.

Panamericana Merlot 2013   

A very well priced Merlot from the Central Valley area of Chile. The wine has been cool fermented and combined with only a small amount of the wine having oak contact this gives the wine a very fresh and fruit focused taste. This wine is excellent a large variety of different foods.

Keep checking back for even more new arrivals!!

New in stock: Pedro's Almacenista Selection Oloroso £11.99Date published: 04/11/13

Pedro's Almacenista Selection Oloroso £11.99

Grape: Palomino

This wine has an average age of 20 years, and is fortified to around 17% alcohol during the early stages of its life. This is to prevent the layer of flor forming. The must selected for an Oloroso is always a more fragrant one but also a more robust one. It is highly pure Oloroso that is completely one wine as it has not been blended with anything other than the same style from near identical butts. 

Old gold in colour. Full- bodied and with great intensity on the nose due to the long ageing. This wine combines softness and great complexity, giving enormous length on the palate. Rich stews and red meats would be a very good food pairing for this wine. It is also an excellent digestif.

Upcoming tasting events at Majestic FarnhamDate published: 03/11/13

We have plenty of tasting events coming up until the end of this year, make sure you don't miss out on your favourites! Our upcoming events are as follows:

Tasting Weeks

Wines of California = Friday 8th - Monday 11th November

Wines of Chile = Friday 15th - Thursday 21st November 

Wines of Rhone & Burgundy = Friday 22nd - Thursday 28th November

Wines of New Zealand and Australia = Friday 29th - Thursday 5th December

Wines of Bordeaux = Friday 6th December - Monday 16th December

Wines of Southern France =Tuesday 17th December - Friday 20th December  

Spotlight Tastings = '6 wines in 30 minutes'

New Arrivals = Saturday 9th November 12 & 3pm

Rhone & Bordeaux = Saturday 23rd November 12 & 3pm

Christmas Wines = Saturday 7th December 12 & 3pm

If you would like to attend our Spotlight tastings give us a call in store on 01252 711988 or tweet us @majesticfarnham!

The King's Favour Sauvignon BlancDate published: 02/11/13

This wine comes from the De Marisco family of New Zealand as homage to their rich family heritage. Sauvignon Blanc is considered New Zealand's flagship wine and this wine adds to the reason they are so popular. The producers chose the grape, Marlborough's most popular, to represent the favour of King John I to the De Marisco family. On the nose The King's Favour is refreshing, full of ripe citrus notes with a hint of tropical-fruit sweetness. On the palate the wine is stoney whilst remaining light and rounded. A perfect accompniement to a delicate white fish dish such as Dover sole and blanched spinach.

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough

Only £9.33 When you buy two from the Pick 'n mix range!

New in stock: Pedro's Fino Sherry, £8.99.Date published: 02/11/13

Selected from two different Bodegas in the centre of Jerez, allowing then to benefit from the cool western Atlantic winds, which is so important for flor growth. The first Bodega provides the younger wine which needs to be selected from a Bodega that not only ages vinifies its Finos as it ensures the fresh youthful stock. 

This Fino has an average age of 5 years and is a dual solera blend with 70% of the wine is drawn from butts from a solera of about 3 and a half years age. The remaining 30% coming from another solera of about 8 years of age. Both solera's were blended together and left for a couple of weeks in stainless steel tanks, prior to being chilled down to 2 degrees then bottled. 

This is a bone dry wine, which is aged under flor to protect itself from oxidation. The intense flor character brings the yeasty components, complemented by almond  and fresh apple flavours. 

Pick and MixDate published: 31/10/13

What a better way to celebrate the start of November than indulging in our current pick n mix promotion. We have a selection of nearly 50 wines, champagne and sparkling wines  included in the deal. There are some truly great deals to be had. My personal favourites are the excellent Villa Maria Sauvignon at only £6.99,  LPR at under £45, Nicolas Feuillatte vintage a steal at 19.99, Saintsbury Chardonnay only £13.32, Cune Reserva at £9.33 and Montes Twins down at £7.99. Our  tasting counter has 10 of the pick n mix wines on for the weekend so why not pop down to taste those and see what else is included in this great offer.

Wine of the Week!Date published: 30/10/13

Our wine of the Week this week is the Cune Rioja Reserve...

The company was formed in 1879, and is still to this day family owned. Their wines are still made in the original Haro winery.

This wine is a very soft and smooth wine. There is a fantastic bramble nose with a hint of spices. Upon the taste there are flavours of more rich fruit with hints of leather, coffee and vanilla. Finished with smooth tannins. 

This wine is perfect with with roast lamb or duck or simply on it is own. 

You can enjoy this wine today as part of our pick and mix deal, where when you buy 2 or more of certain products there is 33% off. The Cune reserve when included in this deal is sold at £9.33. 

Ned Pinot GrigioDate published: 30/10/13

So many great new wines are arriving at present its difficult to know which to recommend first, so I won't! Instead a wine that we currently have a decent amount of stock of but does fly out. The Ned sauvignon is probably our biggest selling kiwi wine but my preference is for the pinot grigio. PG is usually not my tipple but the Ned version of this ever popular Italian grape is a cracker.A nose of pear drop, blossom and nectarine leading to a palate that is softer, richer and more tropical in flavour than its European counterpart. Lovely purity of fruit with a smooth finish. I drink this as a  perfect aperitif or in the summer with a classic Nicose salad.

I can't Nedding believe it!Date published: 29/10/13

It is the time we have all been waiting for! The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013 is on offer from today from £7.99 when you buy 2 or more.

The creater, Brent Marris, named the wine after the mountain located next to the Vineyard.The vineyard itself is located on the banks of the Waihopia River.

Upon taste there are intense flavours of nettles and gooseberry, with secondary flavourings that include a smokey herbal twist and subtle mineralty, which makes it a very easy drinking wine.

This wine is great with salads, white fish dishes or on its own.

Magnums!!Date published: 28/10/13

Magnums are bottles that hold 1.5 litres of wine - twice the size of a normal bottle! They are great for dinner parties and special occasions as something a bit special. And also great for keeping and aging, a magnum being the optimum size bottle to lay down, as it has the same ullage size as a normal bottle, but more wine so the ratio of air to liquid is better.

My pick of our magnum selection are:

Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza 2004 La Rioja Alta £36 - A new addition to our magnum collection, this is one of our best selling wines in 75cl format, and will age superbly as a magnum. Complex, with flavours of fruits, spice and earth, well balanced and elegant.

Clos de L'Oratoire des Papes, Chateau Neuf du Pape, 2011, £46.00. A complex and aromatic wine with a spicy nose of leather and ginger. Powerful yet silky on the palate, with the freshness of fruit and minerality. Drink now or cellar for 6-8 years. 

New Craft Beers now in stock..Date published: 27/10/13

Here at Majestic we like to introduce new products that excite us. We will be stocking some great new craft beers for the remainder of the year. Here is the pick of the bunch:

Punk IPA, Brewdog, Aberdeen;

This IPA has been hopped twice during its production which entitles it to a cool complexity. It is sweet with tropical fruit but offers a bitterness to finish. What a fantastic home-grown IPA which will sell really well as it can be matched with food as well as enjoyed alone. 

I would reccomend a spicy snack or street-food style gourmet with this as it helps you wind-down and relax. 

If you have not been, check out their pub just at Kelvingrove in Glasgow's west end. They have plenty of brew to try.

Curious Bew IPA, Kent;

This IPA is the next addition from Curious Brew (who introduced us to their champagne yeast beer).

With a blend of three different hops it is very well balanced and naturally has a good weight and a fruity edge. Chapel Down aim to craft beers that are extremely hard to replicate and have originality. We think that they have nailed this ethos in their first two beers as Majestic customers cannot get enough of them!

An outstanding beer which can be enjoyed on its own or with hearty meal!!

From the CellarDate published: 26/10/13

When I was decorating last week we had to move some of my racks which meant unearthing some bottles long forgotten. Yes there is some very tired bottles(2003 muscadet anyone!) but also a couple of gems. The 2005 Grand Ardeche was drinking more like a aged 1er cru St Aubin and a 2006 fairly basic corvina from Cal de Pipa that I drank last night with some roasted pigeon and was the perfect accompaniment. Still full of fruit but all those tannins have softened with age and I would say at its best now. It just shows you that you don't need a cellar for medium ageing. I keep mine under the stairs so little fluctuation in temperature and out of the bright daylight.

New in stock: Pedro's Amontillado, £9.99Date published: 26/10/13

Pedro's sherries are made in over 400 year old butts ranging from 15-20 year old soleras to single butts with over 80 years of age. 

All sherries are made using the Solera process. It involves blending different vintages giving the liquid a varied composition. This continuous blending feeds the microbiological surface which imparts its flavour into the final wine.

This wine has an average age of 15 years, and has spent at least half of its life as a Fino, therefore being protected under the flor. Flor is a layer of yeast which forms on the surface of the sherry, providing a protective guard from oxygen. When the flor begins to die off due to the lack of residual sugar and protein, the wine is fortified to 18%, therefore killing off the flor completely. 

Subtle and delicate bouquet, with hazelnut on the nose, combined with a smooth palate, complete with a fresh and pleasant aftertaste. Delicious!

Like an oaky Chardonnay? Date published: 26/10/13

On the tasting counter this week we have the Clos du Bois Chardonnay. Currently at £9.99 when you buy 2 more with a single bottle price of £12.49 until Tuesday 28th October.

Clos du Bois is a partnership of local growers in Sonoma Valley and the coastal regions of California. There goal is to recreate the classic styles of France.

On the nose this wine shows promanent flavours of pear and butter, with secondary characteristics of lemon. When tasting, the flavours of toast come to the forefront showing off the creamy texture which comes from the oak barrel aging.

This wine would go well with lobster or a creamy seafood dish, or alternatively on its own now we are entering these colder months.

Amarone Classico ‘Vigneti di Roccolo’ 2010 Date published: 25/10/13

From the Veneto region of northwestern Italy, Amarone della Valpolicella is a blend of the Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grape varieties. Grapes for the wine were dried on straw mats, increasing the sugar concentration, before being fermented and aged in oak barrels.

Brooding, deep, intense aromas of Christmas cake, chocolate, cinnamon, sweet fruits and spice. The concentrated palate offers a thick texture and soft velvety tannins, very rich fruit characteristics. A wine that can age for up to 5 years or be enjoyed right now, particularly with game, rich pasta, tomato flavoured sauces and cheeses. Try with Christmas pudding.

Open to taste this weekend and on our fantastic 'fine wine at house prices' price of £18!

Sipsmith Sloe Gin, only £23.00 a bottle!Date published: 25/10/13

Sipsmith's handmade Sloe Gin.

A lovely cold weather warmer perfect for filling any hip flask! The nights are getting considerably cooler and fireworks season is fast approaching. The fruity warmth that Sipsmith's Sloe Gin offers is three fold; in its smell, in its taste and finally as it goes down. It is sumptuously sticky, fruity, fragrant drink perfect for the ensuing cold nights out in the elements.

A Wednesday night treat!Date published: 24/10/13

A Wednesday night treat!

I grant you not a usual midweek supper but seeing it was Ellies birthday yesterday and we both had to work I  thought the least we could do is drink rather well. We started with Simon Hopkinsons perfect cheese biscuits along a 5 year old bottle of Pol Roger Rich which was just gorgeous (insider tip, non vintage champagne can age gracefully so tuck a couple of cases away!) We then had had a couple of old school style Coquille st Jacques with the rest of the fizz. A fat slab of dry aged rib-eye followed with a bottle of Les Forts de Latour 85. Oh how I wish had bought more 15 years ago when only £18 a bottle! A little Comte cheese with the last of the red followed by a couple of glasses of a rare old Grand Mariner as a digestif. A pretty good Wednesday night dinner all in all!

A short review on InvivoDate published: 23/10/13

Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Awatere Valley, Malborough

Don't miss out on the fantastic offer on Invivo Sauvignon Blanc ending Monday 28th!

This wine is the brainchild of Rob Cameron and Tim Lightbourne aiming to produce a fantastic Kiwi wine. On first tasting the wine gives a powerful passionfruit punch with secondary citrus notes.

Perfect with a big green salad, or own its own on those few precious warm days we have left!

Currently £12.49 on its own or £9.99 when you buy two or more! So don't let this offer pass you by!

De Telmomt ChampagneDate published: 23/10/13

As a company we have stocked De Telmont champagne for many years now. I always have found it to be one of the most consistent of our great value fizz range. It is medium bodied fizz with soft apple and yeasty overtones. I have been drinking it well before joining the company and have never failed to be impressed.
It is also happens to be on offer at the bargain price of £15 a bottle but only until this Monday. Top up for all those pre Christmas parties!

Planning a Christmas party?Date published: 20/10/13

At Majestic Wines we deliver 7 days a week, providing that you purchase 6 bottles or more, and your order comes to more than £40. This service is completely free of charge, and we offer flexible delivery hours too for your convenience! We guarantee delivery within 7 days, or placing your order, although it is usually much quicker than that. Trusty Trev our driver is always on hand to deliver your favourite wines, straight to your front door. 

We known how difficult it is to know exactly what quantities you need for a party or event, and you definitely don't want to run out. We are on hand to offer advice on quantities, and we also offer sale and return. We ask that anything you return comes back in a saleable condition- we cannot refund bottles with labels peeled off by chilling, or beer in opened or incomplete cases. 

When it comes to glasses, we've got it covered. Our free glass hire includes wine glasses, flutes, hi-balls and pint glasses. These are available on a £1 a glass deposit basis, which is fully refundable when the glasses are returned. We also offer chiller bins, ideal for chilling beers and wines when your fridges are full. Also, we have ice buckets, ideal for keeping a few bottles chilled. They require a £15 and £10 deposit respectively, which is fully refundable when returned. There is no time limit on returning hired items, we just ask they come back clean and intact. 

Fine Wine - Château Sénéjac 2010 Cru Bourgeois, Haut-MédocDate published: 19/10/13

Fine Wine Château Sénéjac 2010 Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc

Here we have a Cru Bourgeois wine from the very southern part of the Haut-Médoc region in Bordeaux, France. 'Cru Bourgeois' wines fall just under the Classified Growth wines, and can be excellent value for money. The 2010 vintage for Medoc/Graves scores between 7-10 and could benefit from further ageing. This wine certainly has the components for bottle ageing, already displaying concentrated blackcurrant fruit flavours and decent tannin. There is a hint of 'cigar box' (or as I like to describe this as a smokey) flavour coming through which can be attributed to the Cabernet Franc. 

The wine is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and blended with Merlot (25%) and Cabernet Franc (15%) 

Come and try the wine on our tasting counter today!! 

£18 when you buy any two selected fine wines 

Klein ConstaniaVin de Constance Sweet WineDate published: 19/10/13

Once preferred to the best Tokjai's, Yquem's and Sauternes Europe could muster. Constance was also sought after by Napoleon, was seen by Jane Austin as the best way to mend a broken heart and regularly delivered to Royal Courts across Europe, Constance had a remarkable reputation in the 18th and 19th centuries. In 1861, however, the Gladstone government removed empire preferential tariffs, and as a result exports nearly dried up, and the golden era was brought to an end when the vineyards were decimated by phyloxerra and powdery mildew. In 1980 Duggie Jooste bought Klein Constantia, redeveloped the farm, and with the help of of Stellenbosch University created and began selling a new recreated version of Vin de Constance made from Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains.

Thankfully, one of the great new World sweet wines, if not the greatest was revived and has again begun to flourish along with the rest of the South African wine industry. The first new vintage from Klein Constania was released in 1986 and has become a regular sight as a highly sought after sweet wine across the world in the last 3 decades.

A light gold in colour with a green tinge indicating freshness. The wine shows off orange peel, peach and hints of sandlewood. The fine acidity in the wine shows off pears and a nutty savouriness.

A wonderful wine to savour over Christmas or on a special occasion, or even to cellar away for several years. As a mark of its increasing importance in the wine world, the 2007 vintage was recently awarded 97 points by Neal Martin from the Wine Advocate which is the highest award any South African sweet wine has ever received!

A steal at £35 on our South African deal, especially if you are looking for something special but do not want to pay over the odds for a vintage Sauternes!

Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling 2007Date published: 19/10/13

We recently had this fantastic wine open to taste on your wine course and quickly became the firm favourite!

The grapes for the late harvest Riesling came from two sites in the Fairhall and Brancott sub regions. The fruit was hand picked very late according to flavour profile on the 17th and 31st of May. During each pick two passes through the vineyard were carried out to separate botrytised bunches. After pressing, each batch was fermented slowly over two months in small stainless steel tanks until achieving the desired balance of sugar and acidity. It is then racked off to old French oak barrels for an eight month maturation on yeast lees prior to being bottled in February 2007. 

Pale and gold in appearance, this wine has aromas of honey, ripe peach and orange blossom. On the palate flavours of rig and apricot are present and it has an excellent long finish. This golden wine is frequently a dessert all my itself, but is also wonderful served with strong cheeses such as Roquefort, fruit based desserts and creme brulee. 

Only £15.99 when you buy 2 or more!

A quick guide to wine lingo! Date published: 18/10/13

Ever wondered what wine buffs are talking about? Here is a quick guide to wine terminology commonly used in the wine industry: 

Corked: Caused by a chemical known as TCA in faulty corks, this causes a wine to smell musty or mouldy, like wet cardboard. Small bits of cork in the wine do NOT mean the wine is corked, but that more care should be taken when opening!

Dosage: Adjustment of the sugar level in sparkling wines by the addition of liqueur d'expedition after disgorgement. 

Estate: a producer who makes wine from the grapes grown on their property only. 

Lees: The sediment of dead yeast cells that gathers at the bottom of the tank or cask once fermentation is completed. 

Phylloxera: The most serious insect pest of the vine. It feeds on the roots which in the case of vitis vinifera results in death of the vine. there is no known way of eradicating the pest, but its effect can be stopped by grafting the v.vinifera scion on to rootstock, bred from American vine species. 

Sweetness: Many people confuse sweetness with fruitiness. Sweetness refers to the amount of residual sugar present in a wine, which can be detected by dipping the very tip of the tongue in (not elegant – but effective!)

Acidity: This can be detected with the inside of the cheeks after swilling the wine around your mouth. The more acidic the wine the more the cheeks will “weep” and more saliva will be produced.

Tannin: Tannin is extracted from grape skins, stems and seeds and causes your mouth to dry and feel rough. It can most easily be detected by a “furry” sensation on the teeth and gums.

Body: Body refers to the weight of the wine – how heavy it feels in your mouth compared to other wines.

Length: How long the flavours remain after spitting or swallowing. This is also an excellent indication of quality – the longer the length, the better the wine. 

Mountain View Chardonnay 2012 Luis Felipe Edwards, Central ValleyDate published: 18/10/13

Mountain View Chardonnay 2012 Luis Felipe Edwards, Central Valley

£5.99 when you buy 2 or more. 

Luis Felipe Edwards is a respected and celebrated wine producer in Chile and has won awards such as IWSC Chilean Producer of the year 2012. The estate includes some of the highest altitude sites in the Colchagua, Maule and Leyda valleys, providing them with a sound base for creating crisp white wines.

On the nose you will find crisp and clean lemon aromas. When you let the wine open up for a minute or two you will discover a little dash of honeysuckle. 

The wine has medium levels of acidty and body with delicate flavours of citrus and pineapple. The has spent some time of its lees rather than in the barrel, therefore imparting gentle secondary flavour characteristics and a round texture. Perfect for parties and suitable for a variety of foods.

Open to try on our tasting counter today. 

Looking for more body, oak and flavour intensity?

We recommend the LFE Gran Reserva Chardonnay from the Casablanca Valley. 

Wine of the Week Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 PGI Pays d'OcDate published: 18/10/13

Wine of the Week: Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 PGI Pays d'Oc

Looking for a fruity, youthful Cabernet Sauvignon....?

This week we are showcasing a great value red from the western part of the Languedoc region. The nose displays straightforward aromas of deep blackcurrant with a hint of oak. The wine is medium bodied and is fermented in stainless steel which retains the simple fruit flavours. The tannin is soft and ripe making the wine very approachable.

What food would you pair this with?

£6.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

Cardela Crianza 2009, Ribera del Duero Date published: 17/10/13

This is one of my favourite wines that we stock, recently returning to store this week. 

Ribera del Duero is an important wine producing area in the Castilla y Leon region of Spain. Its reputation is largely thanks to the high quality of their red wines, the best of which are renowned throughout the world. Despite a long history of extraordinary wine making, Ribera del Duero was not awarded DO status until 1982. 

Bodegas Bohorquez has become acknowledged for its high quality wines, made from carefully selected range of vineyard sites both on the low lying plains and the steep, rocky slopes surrounding the river Duero. The name Cardela comes from a wooden grassland with trees located in the south of Spain which has been in the Bohorquez family for centuries. 

2009 was a very good year. The hot and dry weather has produced a high quality fruit with an even and slow ripening, with high sugar levels. During harvest, the weather was perfect which helped produce perfectly mature grapes. 

The 2009 vintage is ruby in colour with medium intensity. an expressive nose with ripe red fruits and a hint of pepper. On the palate it is fresh with a nice balance between intensity, fruit and soft tannins with a lovely long finish. 

The perfect accompaniment to lamb cutlets or a juicy homemade burger. 

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more Spanish wines. 

Planning your wedding? All you need to know on what we can offer. Date published: 17/10/13

Here at Majestic we have years of experience in helping you organise the drinks for your special day. Not only do we have a huge range of wines, we are also here to help with advice on food and wine matching, styles and the quantities that you will need. Don't forget we also have in store tasting 7 days a weeks to help you make your decision.

With the wine covered, now it's time for the other drinks you may be needing and we can help with these too. We stock beers, soft drinks, water and spirits at Majestic and we can advise on quantities of these too.

If you are needing to hire glasses we've got that covered as well. We have available a range of glasses including wine glasses, flutes, highball tumblers and pint glasses. These are all free to hire, all we require is a £1 per glass deposit which is fully refundable when you return them to us clean and unbroken. We can also supply chiller bins for a £15 deposit and table top ice buckets for a £10 deposit. Ice comes in 4 bags and these are £3.99 per bag.

Adding to all this the fact that we offer free delivery* and sale or return means that we really can offer you a full party service.

Contact us in store today to speak to us further about your special day.

* When you order 6 bottles coming to a total of £40 or over

Sipsmith - Independent Spirit ProducerDate published: 16/10/13

Sipsmith was established in London in 2009, and is one of only four gin distilleries located within the city. Sipsmith was launched by Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall, both who had worked within the drinks industry for many years. 

The most important member of the Sipsmith team is undoubtedly Prudence, a one of a kind copper pot still. Prudence is the first copper distill in London for 200 years. A bespoke design combining a pot with a carter head and a column still makes her versatile allowing her to distill boththeir signature Barley Vodka and London Dry Gin from the same still. 

The spirits are hand made in small batches, just a few hundred bottles at a time. They are made following traditional recipes combined with modern technology.

We stock all of the Sipsmith range:

London Dry Gin (£26.00 per bottle):

Made with 10 different botanicals including juniper and the more unusual spanish liquorice root, this gin is a real classic, smooth and full of character and exploding with flavour. 

Barley Vodka (£30.00 per bottle):

Distilled in copper for purity, and made from the best spirit from the heart of the run. Engish barley spirit is distilled in Prudence the copper still and is then blended with the pure water of Lydwell Spring. The result is a hand-made vodka with an exceptional soft mouth feel.

Sloe Gin (23.00 per bottle):

A blend of Sipsmith London Dry Gin and Dartmoor sloe berrie. After the gin is distilled, it is left to rest on wild sloe berries hand picked in the autumn. The result is a subtle and complex gin bursting with flavour. Perfect for a winter evening.

Damson Vodka (26.00 per bottle):

The award winning barley vodka is left to steep with fresh English damsons. The warm plummy notes of the fruit combine wonderfully with the softmouth feel provides an exceptionally full bodied flavour. 

Summer Cup (£15.00 per bottle):

Based on the London Dry Gin, it is then blended with a host of carefully selected summery ingredients. including Earl Grey tea, Lemon Verbena and Cucumber. Aromatic but dry, it is perfect served with lemonade and fruit.

Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose Champagne.Date published: 15/10/13

Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose Champagne.

One of LP's most iconic and best well known Champagne's. Known uniquely as one of the first vintage rose Champagnes. It uses Rose wine making techniques of drawing off the colour and grape juice's to produce a sophisticated and stylish Rose which is well known throughout the world as one of the best.

A multi-faceted champagne which can be drunk on it's own, enjoyed as an accompliment with canape's, guinea-fowl, braised fish. Or even with a fresh fruit salad. For a more daring partnership, a dish of asian cusine definitely brings out the best in the Champagne.

Even the bottle is unique, being specifically designed by Bernard de Nonancourt to be in keeping with the more different bottles produced in the time of King Henri VI.

With a nose of red berry fruits, the wine exhibits fantastic freshness and style.

Perfect as a gift, or as something special to open at Christmas. A great price at £50, down from £67.50.

On our Counter: Catena Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2012 MendozaDate published: 14/10/13

Catena Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2012 Mendoza

The Catena Zapata family are renowned for producing excellent Argentinian wines, and most famously for Malbecs. Here we have an oaked Chardonnay with plenty of character and flavour. We can describe this wine as 'toasty' due to the barrel fermentation- exactly how I like my Chardonnays!!

On the nose I instantly smell a blend of banana and mango; it is tropical but not overly intense like some oaked chardonnays I have tried from Argentina and Chile. You can see from the 'tears' or 'legs' that the body is likely to be medium at the very least and is likely to have a higher alcohol level than some other Chardonnays from places like Chablis. The beauty of this wine is that the grapes have been sourced from different areas in Mendoza and make use of the different altitudes. The results in a harmonious, well balanced wine that has good acidity with a crisp dry finish. 

Try if you like Septimo Dia Chardonnay. 

On-Trade Customer? Date published: 12/10/13

 You would be right in thinking of Majestic as an off-trade specialist. What you might not know is that we offer a wide range of wines that we sell exclusively to the on-trade. We aim to deliver same day, and also deliver 7 days a week to suit your business needs. We also offer some very competitive pricing on a wide range of champagne, wines, beers, spirits and not forgetting water and soft drinks.

 Majestic offers a unique range of services to suit all types of businesses, offices, restaurants, bars and contract caterers to name a few. Businesses can benefit from our credit account facilities which can take the hassle out of payment. Credit can be arranged to cover any size of business, any type of order, and your account will be handled by your local store team, so any requests or queries are easily dealt with. 

 If you'd like to learn more about our proposition, call us on 01252 711988 or email far@majestic.co.uk and we can arrange for you to talk with someone from our Majestic Commercial team.

New in stock: Santa Ana Wines, Argentina. Date published: 12/10/13

The Santa Ana wines are wines that truly reflect the essence of Argentina. Rodolfo Sadler has made wines at Bodegas Santa Ana since 1985. He is one of the most renowned winemakers in Argentina and his passion and dedication is shown through the wines. He obtains the best and most expressive wines from each region and vineyard. The Santa Ana winery is sheltered by the Andes Mountains, the highest peaks in the American continent, where pure melt waters provide irrigation to the vineyards. 

The Santa Ana wines that we stock at Majestic are:

Santa Ana Malbec, 2013:

Red with violet tinges, fruity and well balanced on the palate. There is a real presence of red fruit such as cherries and plums. This would be ideally paired with roast beef. 

Only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles, a real great value Malbec. 

Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc, 2013:

Yellow and bright in colour with a slight green tinge. Well balanced, with delicate citrus flavours. A great alternative Sauvignon to that made in New Zealand. Soft edge tropical notes with the classic herb notes in the background, also fresh on the finish. 

Again only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles, bargain!!

Wine of the Week! Testimonio 2011 Luigi BoscaDate published: 11/10/13

Testimonio 2011 Luigi Bosca

This weeks WOTW is a hearty Argentinian red to help fend off those chilly October winds. Bodegas Luigi Bosca was established in 1901 by Leoncio Arizu, and the Arizu family still own and run the estate today, three generations down the line. Testimonio is a blend of fruit from selected estate vineyards, designed as a benchmark expression of the 'house style'.

On the nose you find lush black fruits, blueberry and hints of violet.

A deep, dark and dense blend, with a backbone of inky cassis fruit surrounded by plush, silky tannins. The weighty palate has hints of sweet spice and vanilla oak. A fantastic big Argentinian red.

Try it with strong firm cheeses or a rare sirloin.

£9.99 when you buy two or more, usually £12.99

An interesting label! Date published: 10/10/13

An interesting label! 

Peñalolen Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo Valley- £11.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 £9.99

This interesting bottle of wine stands out on website because of the unusual face on the front! So whilst stocking this product in our store today I thought I'd research into it a little bit more. It has been produced in the Maipo Valley region of Chile, which has a Mediterranean climate. The soils are sandy and gravel to the east, more clay to the west. The region displays terrific results for Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, and Syrah grapes, with Cab Sauv being the largest area of production. 

The wine is made purely from Cabernet Sauvignon and as one would expect a deep purple pigment. It is medium to full bodied and would pair well with red meats- intensifying the juicy flavours of beef fillet or venison. The wine has a core of blackcurrant with aromatic herbs and flowers. 

The image is of stoneware created by Benjamin Lira: www.blira.com 

Catena WinesDate published: 10/10/13

Catena Wines

One of the most respected of producers in Argentina is the Catena winery. Founded back in 1902 they produce quite a few different labels starting with the ever reliable and great value range of Argento. One step above that we have the Alamos range. Again great value especially at present where the malbec and chardonnay are only £6.99. These are excellent wines for mid week drinking or large parties. Further up the scale quality wise you then have the straight Catena wines which we do in the chardonnay, malbec and cabernet varietals. These are very elegant and balanced with lots of complexity, your dinner guests would be very impressed if you served these. Moving further on you come to the Alta range. These are super complex with structure to age well. My favourite in that range has to be the chardonnay. An uber rich, fat wine that could be easily mistaken for a expensive Californian wine. We then also on occasion stock the Nicolas Zapata wines.  

I have copied what Mr Parker says about the 2008 vintage of the Argentino which he awarded 97 points.

The 2008 Argentino Malbec is a blend of 65% Adrianna and 35% Nicasia fruit. It, too, spent 24 months in 100% new French oak. The Argentino offers a similar aromatic and flavor profile but with just a bit of extra nuance, presumably because of the blending. Dense, rich, and voluptuous, this lengthy effort should easily achieve its 20th birthday in peak form. It will be most enjoyable to taste these three wines side-by-side in another 10-15 years.

This are mind blowing wines. Not cheap at £60 a bottle but I was so impressed  I bought a six pack after tasting it for the first time!

We only get these wines very, very occasionally so if you fancy trying them let me know and I can let you know when the next vintage is released to us. 

This WeekendDate published: 09/10/13

Wines from Argentina. 
Why not pop down and taste some cracking Argentinian wines this weekend. We will by opening amongst other wines the sumptuous Catena chardonnay and also their fantastic malbec. Both wines are on cracking offers at present at only £9.99 from £12.99. Also a new £5.99 sauvignon from the Santa Ana winery and the always excellent Portillo malbec which is on offer at only £6.99 (but only until Monday!). We will also we have a fine wine open, details of which will be posted over the next day or two on our news page.

Californian WinesDate published: 08/10/13

Great selection of Californian wines in store now !

 We have just received wines from Duckhorn, Cline, Au Bon Climant, Paso Creek, Qupe, Clois du Bois, Ramey, Ridge and Stag's Leap which brings our in store offering to the largest since I have started in Majestic. This coupled with the wines stored at St John's Wood which are only sent to us when ordered and include producers like Caymus, Flowers, Thackery, Silver Oak, Rudd, Dominus, Viader and Togni we know have a list of some truly outstanding wines. 

My personal favorites are the sublime Ridge Monte Bello Chardonnay and the deep and dark reds from Sean Thackery. 

Please bare in mind some of these wines we only get in tiny allocations in particular the ones kept at the fine wine centre in St John's Wood.  

Rustenberg RM Nicholson on our Tasting Counter!!!Date published: 07/10/13

Rustenberg RM Nicholson 

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.

This wine is blended with several grape varieties which gives depth and layers of complex flavours. Upon swirling the wine in the glass you can see how powerful this wine is as it shows strong 'tears' or 'legs'. The colour is a deep ruby red- very inviting indeed!!

On the nose you get lots of baked fruits with a touch of dessert spice. The 'mouth-feel'  of the wine is silky smooth with grippy tannin on the finish. The flavours lean more towards stewed fruits with a very pleasant oak influence. Suitable for drinking now or for further ageing if you can wait!!

Currently priced at £12.49 down to £9.99 with any other South African wine

Staff Pick!! Barista Pinotage 2012 Western Cape Date published: 07/10/13

Barista Pinotage 2012 Western Cape £7.59 when you buy any 2 South African Wines

'From the Val de Vie wine estate in the heart of the cape winelands, where wine production dates back to 1825. This is a deliberately modern offering by winemaker Bertus Fourie, who has concentrated on drawing out the coffee-like aromas of South Africa's signature grape'

This wine is brooding with a gorgeous mixture of deep fruit . Think plum, black cherries, chocolate and stewed mulberries. 

This medium bodied red is has flavours of warm black fruit which continues onto a 'coffee bean' finish. The tannin is smooth and very delicious. This spicy red is perfect as the weather starts to get colder and the nights draw in. 

This is an excellent example of Pinotage which should be celebrated! 

Make the most of our 20% off South African Deal now !! 

Giesen ChardonnayDate published: 06/10/13

We are always on the hunt for great value Chardonnay at Majestic and I have to say for only £7.99 (2+bottle price) this is a little cracker.

The Giesen Estate is made up of 13 separate vineyards, most of which are in the Wairau Valley, plus a small proportion in the Awatere Valley. Portions of this wine have been fermented and aged in French oak before blending, followed by several months' lees contact.

Ripe and richly aromatic, offering notes of stone fruits accented by brioche, toasted almond and subtle ginger and spice hints. Fresh, fruity and lightly creamy palate texture.

Not as full as some of the other new world examples so great as a 'get home from work' tipple or try with a simply roasted chicken.

Antony’s Yard 2009 Graham Beck, Western CapeDate published: 05/10/13

Antony’s Yard 2009 Graham Beck, Western Cape

This Bordeaux blended wine has a nose of concentrated red fruits with a touch of woody oak. Graham Beck has been producing in the Western Cape since 1983, with this particular example using wine from two separate cellars.  

This medium bodied red is fruity and simple with supple tannin.The Cabernet Franc adds a little bit of smoke and depth to the wine, whereas the merlot gives lots of pleasant fruits. The grapes work in great harmony together and make this wine suitable for drinking with all manner of foods, like beef, lamb or just a bit of cheese! 

Online Review: 'Tired of buying boring Bordeaux blends? Anthony's Yard, keeps true to Graham Beck name. Good robust wines made with exceptional fruit in perfect Robertson conditions.'  September 2012

DMZ SauvignonDate published: 05/10/13

I have to confess my South Africa wines are not my first choice of countries but I do enjoy some producers and in particular the whites.

This Sauvignon is made by DeMorgenzon, and comes from some of the cooler slopes of the Stellenbosch area. The grapes are whole-bunch pressed for more delicate flavour, and a small percentage of the wine is fermented in two- or three-year-old French barriques.

Pale, bright gold with green reflections. Extremely youthful and exuberant, with a grassy, citrus bouquet. Acidity is is well balanced and over all it is a lot more subtle than the Kiwi sauvignons.

Try with a nice piece of grilled sea bass.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 04/10/13

Wine of the Week

Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2012 Séguinot-Bordet: Was £24.00, Now £19

Mix and Match with other selected fine wines to get this fantastic deal

Domaine Séguinot-Bordet has been producing wines since 1590, is one of the most renowned families in the Chablis region in Burgundy. The Kimmeridgian clay soils in this area contain high levels of marine fossils, said to be responsible for the local wines' subtle iodine-like character. The wine is beautifully smooth and silky with lots of flavour intensity and well balanced acidity. Green apple and lemon predominate on the palate. The oak influence is very subtle, with slightly more texture and body than some other Chablis that we stock. 
Its open to taste so why not have a try? 

Enjoy with fresh oysters or other fruits de mer

Deal of the WeekDate published: 03/10/13

Deal of the Week

This week's deal of the week is the Serena Pinot Grigio, which is just £5.99 a bottle when you buy two or more bottles. That is an £8 saving on the retail price. 

The Serena is produced by one of Italy's greatest producers, Banfi and is grown in the hills around Montalcino. Only free run juice is used in the making of this wine which means minimal skin contact giving the wine a delicate colour and a lightness of body. It is a sublime Pinot Grigio made in the unmistakable Italian style.

The warm climate in Tuscany gives the grape ripeness and softness in the growing season that really brings out the pear flavours, with melon and banana aromas and a softened acidity on the palate.

This is a fantastic wine at an unbeatable price right now! However the deal comes to an end next week so don't hesitate otherwise it'll be too late. 

One of my favorite new Pinot Noir's Date published: 02/10/13

I'm covering here in Farnham today, but I usually work in the Guildford store. I was pleased to see one of my favorite new Pinot Noir's open on the tasting counter! Here's a bit more information about it. 

Puy de Dôme is a commune within the Auvergene region to the south of Loire, and is named after the large volcanic dome that is the local landmark. The granitic soils and 350-550 metres of vineyard elevation are ideal for production of this cool-climate-style Pinot.

This Pinot Noir is characterised by its superb purity of fruit, exhibiting ripe redcurrant, raspberry and cherry flavours, with a softness and harmony from a year's maturation without oak.

Best enjoyed within the next 1-2 years, with chicken liver pâté or cold cuts.

£11.99 or buy 2 bottles and save £6 = £8.99


The Perfect Rioja Reserva !!Date published: 30/09/13

The Perfect Rioja Reserva !!

Rioja Reserva  Marques de Riscal 2008

Grapes: Graciano (or Grenache), Tempranillo and Mazuelo (or Carignan)

So why is this the perfect Rioja Reserva? In my eyes it has the perfect balance between fruit, tannin and body. 

Many Rioja's are made from Tempranillo and or Grenache, however this example is blended in the classic way with Carignan, which gives the wine a beautiful deep colour. Carignan is particular hard to mechanically harvest due to its thick stalks around the grape clusters, therefore great care is needed during the wine making process. Furthermore the grape is naturally high in acidity and tannin and requires great skill of the winemaker to produce a wine with finesse and elegance. 

The nose is slightly smokey with lots of red fruit. The texture on the palate is super smooth- absolutely delicious and would make a great partner with lamb chops. 

 Please come down and check out this wine on our Tasting Counter. 

All you need to know about our Wine CourseDate published: 29/09/13

 We have been running free wine courses for the last few years with great success. Lasting no more than two hours with small groups of about 6- 8 people, we take you through various useful topics such as how to taste wine, differences between key grape varieties and how to match food with wine.

We usually run our wine courses on Sundays from 3pm onwards and are happy to accomodate those who would prefer mid week courses, which would start between 5pm and 6pm. So if this suits your requirements then do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a wine course on a specific date if you can bring a group of interested friends. We try to be flexible wherever possible so if you have another time/date in mind please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Perfect PartnersDate published: 29/09/13

When you think of wine from Argentina you automatically think Malbec but they also make world class wines from the other famous varietals. One of the finest producers has to be Bodega Catena Zapata in Mendoza. The produce wines under the Argento, Alamos, Catena, Catena Alta and topping out with the Nicolas Catena Zapata range(that particular wine in my top ten best wines ever drunk) 

Last night I had a bottle of the Catena Cabernet Sauvignon and I had forgotten how good it is especially when under £10 as it is now. Deep blackcurrant fruit mingles with well judged oak and soft tannins. 

Food wise think red meat. I took an inch thick piece of dry aged rib eye seasoned well and char-grilled until medium rare (about 3-4 mins each side) and rest for 5 mins. By choosing a nice thick piece of steak you can get great colour but still keep nice and pink. A few sauté potatoes and a salad of John Hurds Organic Watercress (the best watercress out there!) 

 A perfect supper.

Pouilly-Fumé 2010 Jean Vincent- WAS £11.99 now £9.99 when you buy 2 or more. Date published: 28/09/13

Pouilly-Fumé 2010 Jean Vincent- WAS £11.99 now £9.99 when you buy 2 or more. 

Region: Pouilly-Fumé is a prestigious wine growing region. In close proximity to Sancerre, the wines are similar in style with good minerality and clean fruit flavours. They tend to be characterized by 'flinty notes'. Geographically and climatically Pouilly-Fumé is nearer to Burgundy. 

Producer: The Jean Vincent winery decide to pick their grapes at the end of September when they are at optimum maturity and ferment the wine at low temperatures. This helps retain the fresh fruit flavours. 

The nose is elegant which leans more towards citrus fruits rather than tropical aromas which you tend to find with New Zealand wines. Think tarte au citron!!

 What I personally enjoy about this wine is the smooth texture and the fuller body of the wine. 

What you need to know about Malt Whisky!Date published: 28/09/13

Whisky is made from a host of different grains which are full of insoluble starch rather than fermentable sugars. Before fermentation can take place the starches need to be converted to a liquid sugar solution. This is achieved through malting. Malting modifies the insoluble starch into soluble starch. This is done by steeping the grain in water and placing them in a humid environment to encourage germination. As the grains begin to grow they release enzymes that modify the starch. After this, the grains are kilned, which heats the grain to a temperature that halts the germination process but preserves the enzymes. 

However when it comes to malt whisky there are three key factors which influence the style and flavour. First is the use of peat. If peat is used as the fuel during the kilning process then it gives the final spirit a smoky flavour. The intensity of the peat can range from light to pronounced depending on the amount used. 

Secondly, the distillation process affects the final style of the finished product. The cut points and the size and shape of the still which vary considerably from one distillery to the next have a marked influence on the weight and intensity of the whisky. Most malt whiskies are doubled distilled and some even three times distilled. 

Lastly, the barrels used to age the whisky contribute up to 70% of the final flavour of the spirit. Producers place a lot of importance on the quality of the wood that is used. In Scottish distilleries, new wood is never used as it dominates the flavour, and it is often that barrels are reused. The majority of the barrels used are ex-bourbon which gives flavours of vanilla, coconut and spice. The impact on the final spirit as a result of using these barrels is that the whisky tends to be light in colour, more aromatic on the nose and more subtle on the palate than the rich dried fruit flavours that come from European Oak, previously used to age Sherry. The cool humid climate of Scotland means that the whiskies mature evenly and slowly. There are few malt whiskies under 10 years old. 

Paulaner Oktoberfest BierDate published: 27/09/13

Paulaner have once again paid tribute to the world famous beer fair, by releasing this seasonal brew. This beer is somewhat of an institution, both full bodied with a pleasant taste. 

A German brewer is only permitted to use four ingredients. According to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, the four ingredients are hops, malt, water and now yeast. The Paulaner master brewers only use the regions best ingredients, with the approved hops coming from the Hallertau region of Bavaria, and the yeast comes from its own pure culture. The water used is the purest and softest from Paulaner's deep wells on the Nockherberg. Paulaner's philosophy is the better the ingredients the better the beer. The Paulaner experts therefore check everything thoroughly using their considerable experience and good noses. 

The brewing process starts with milling the malt, this is followed by mashing- mixing the malt with the brewing water. The mash is then refined, simply meaning the mash is filtered to remove the remaining malt solid. The rest is then referred to as 'wort'. The wort is then boiled for 1 to 2 hours in the brewing kettle, and the hops are added in at this time. This helps determine the taste of the beer. The hops give the beer an aroma and adds to its elegance and fresh hoppy taste. They also are responsible for maintaining the shelf life of the beer. 

The finished brew is now cooled and the remaining hops and protein are removed from the work by being spun at high speed in a centrifuge. The last ingredient to be added is the yeast, this is what starts the fermentation. The sugars of the wort is what transforms into alcohol and carbon dioxide. After being stored for a suitable amount of time, the beer is then filtered and it is then ready to be enjoyed. 

A case of Paulaner Oktoberfest beer is £40 (20 bottles). 

Staff Pick: Peter Lehmann Riesling 2012 Eden ValleyDate published: 27/09/13

My pick of the tasting counter: Peter Lehmann Riesling 2012 Eden Valley WAS £10.99 NOW £8.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

So why did I pick this one? When I poured it into the glass I was intrigued by the aromas, and having not tried that many Rieslings before I thought it was about time I spent a little time tasting one. The majority of Rieslings I have enjoyed have been off-dry, but this example is completely bone dry and light-weight. On the nose you find the classic petrol type aromas- almost artificial and rubbery- in the most deliteful way possible! After smelling again you start to get some citrus fruits, which then follow through onto the palate. This youthful, zesty white will develop with age and display more mellow, honeyed flavours with age.

Food Match: The superbly crisp finish makes this the perfect match for oily fish and shellfish, with the acidity really cutting through.

Please check out their website at : peterlehmannwines.com

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough Date published: 26/09/13

Wine of the Week

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough

Saint Clair Family Estate began growing grapes back in the 1970's, around the time when producers like Cloudy Bay and Matua began producing their wines. They sold their grapes to supply local wineries, but in 1994 they decided to start making their own. The 'Pioneer Block' range represents excellent quality wines that express unique characteristics of a particular bit of land. This is known as 'terroir'. Pete and Kate Campbell own this vineyard which is situated on the Wairau Valley floor. As I recently learnt from a winemaker at a Matua tasting evening, these wines tend to be dominated by tropical fruits on the palate, and I would definitely agree with him on that. The wine is bursting with flavours of mango, pineapple, guava and passionfruit. This tropical mix is very fruity and juicy with a twist of citrus at the end. Delicous, with lots of aroma intestity and flavour intesity.

Now open on the tasting counter so please come and try ! 

£15.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles £19.99

in phone line STILL down !Date published: 25/09/13

Our main phone is down at present. BT are working on it. Please email me with your phone number if you would like me to give you a call.

A great deal in SpainDate published: 25/09/13

One of the best offers on at present has to be 25% off deal on Spanish wines. I promised myself I couldn't buy any more wine this month but when will I ever see the Vina Ardanza on sale at £16.87 but only until this Monday!

Ardanza is 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.

Serve with a slow roasted leg of lamb or char grilled cutlets.

25% off Spanish wines for one week only!!Date published: 24/09/13

Today marks the start of most recent promotion, 25% off Spanish wines, when you buy 2 or more bottles of Spanish wines as part of your mixed case. 

Here is one of my favourite Spanish wines which is now at cracking prices:

Emilio Moro, Ribera Del Duero, 2009: 

The Emilio Moro winery is manually ploughed and harvested by hand,  coming from a selection of vineyards between 15 and 25 years of age this wine spends 50% French and 50% American oak for 12 months prior to bottling. Real intensity on the palate, with layers of concentrated blackberry, toasted herbs, smoke and vanilla. Full-bodied and a long length, there markably integrated, ripe tannins give a firm structure. Enjoy now if you like modern interpretations of Tempranillo, or age over the following 6-8 years to soften the fruit and spices.

£14.05 when you buy 2 or more spanish wines as part of your mized case. 

Escarpment Pinot NoirDate published: 23/09/13

One of my favourite Pinot Noir from New Zealand has to be the sumptuous Escapement from Martinbourgh. Located 5km east of Martinborough village, Escarpment own 24 hectares of alluvial gravel, terraced land that stretches along the banks of the  Huangarua River. Plantings are weighted towards Pinot Noir (70%) but also include Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling.

A perfumed, delicate Pinot Noir, with elegantly textured tannins and soft and supple fruit.

I served it last night with a roasted rolled spare rib joint of pork with great success. When it comes to achieving the perfect cracking I have used many methods over the years but now know a lot comes down to the quality of the pork you buy. Pork is still great value so you can afford to use the rare breed and outdoor reared animals. I always leave the joint uncovered in the fridge for a day or two. Score well, kettle of boiling water over, rub salt, a touch of oil and vinegar into skin and pop in a fierce oven for 20 minutes then lower to 190 to cook through. Red cabbage, roasted potatoes, apple sauce and a bottle of Escapement. Perfect! 

McGuigan Handmade Longhorne Creek Shiraz, 2008. Date published: 22/09/13

The McGuigan family have been making great wine for generations. It all started when Owen McGuigan made his home in Hunter Valley in 1880, working in the vineyards to supplement his dairy farm. His son Perc worked his way up from tending the vines to managing a major Hunter Valley winery where the cellar doors were always open to friends and family. Perc's son, Brian also went into wine making, and brought a fresh approach to wine-making and running a winery. First he ran a successful Hunter Valley winery and then building his own major wine business with he help of his wife Fay and his younger brother Neil. Brian wasn't your classic stand offish wine maker and was keen to find out what wines and styles customers enjoyed. 

Due to Brian, Fay and Neil's hard work and determination McGuigan Wines has broken into 20 different export markets. Their love of good wine, passion, dedication and commitment to the quality of the wine shows through the McGuigan wines. As a result they have won multiple awards over the years and in 2002 they partnered with Simeon Wines, making it the 4th largest wine producer in Australia. 

Today we are going to look at the McGuigan Handmade Longhorne Creek Shiraz, 2008. This deep crimson coloured wine has an initial burst of pepper spice on the nose, followed by wild fruits and vanilla. A rich and full bodied wine with a mix of dark cherries and plums. A limited release of hand crafted wine sourced form the outstanding soils and climate of Langhorne Creek. Perfect partner for a rich lasagne or a hearty stew. Could be aged for up to 10 years. 

£20.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more selected fine wines on our buy 2 save £10 deal!

Food and Wine PairingDate published: 21/09/13

Food Wine Pairing

A lot of you wine enthusiasts out there have no doubt heard a lot on this subject, but like myself, are still none the wiser. Worry you not fellow enthusiasts, you are not alone for the experts themselves unashamedly admit to the complexity of the subject.

The confounding factor in all this is subjectivity. The processes that bring about the changes in flavour intensity from wine and food combinations is called sensory adaptation and is a largely neurological process which is highly subjective. A good example of this subjectivity is the difference in sensory perseption between a hyper-sensitive indivdual and one with typical levels of sensitivity. It's quite obvious that the two are not going to have similar experiences of the same food and wine combination.

Further factors also play a large role in confounding the art of wine and food pairing. Regional tradition is one such factor. Winemaking and culinary traditions of a region will have evolved together over the years, so don't be alarmed when you hear that in a certain region they have wine and food pairings which completely go against the grain of what you have been taught to be set in stone. For example, we hear a lot about how light wine should be served with light food,therefore, an intense red wine should be unpleasant with a delicate piece of fish. In the French region of Cahors, famous for its Malbec-based wines, don't be alarmed to find people enjoying a piece of trout sauteed in butter with lemon juice and parsley with a glass of Malbec.

Having said this, for simplicity's sack there are a few generally agreed maximes that are followed when matching wine with food and I know most of you have heard them at some point. Most experts belive that the most basic element in wine and food pairing is understanding the balance between the weight of the food and the weight or body of the wine. A heavy and robust wine like a Cab-Sauv can overwhelm a light and delicate fish like lemon sole, while light bodied wines like Pinot Grigio would similarly be overwhelmed by a hearty stew. Flavour and texture of a wine can also inform the choice of food to be paired with it. Sweetness, acidity, alcohol, and tannins can be minimised or heightened when paired with certain foods. The classic example is pairing a fatty piece of salmon with an acidic wine like a Sauvignon Blanc. The acidity of the wine will cut through the fattiness of the wine while the fattiness reduces the acidity of the wine. So these two are a perfect combination because they complement each other well. Sweet wines like Tokaji go well with salty foods like a salty stilton. Alcohol in wine accentuates the heat of spice so highly alcoholic wines should be avoided with spicy food like curry.

Folks like I said earlier, this is a complex subject and I could go on and on, so when in doubt use the anecdote white wine with white meat and red wine with red meat. Sweet and salty go hand in hand but this rule changes with sweet puddings which should be served with sweet wines.

I will leave it hear today folks so till next time, so long.

Jose Pariente Sauvignon BlancDate published: 21/09/13

An exciting new wine has just arrived here at Farnham Majestic. The Jose Pariente Sauvignon.

In the early 1980's, wineries in Rueda began to grow Sauvignon Blanc as an experimental alternative to their traditional local grape, Verdejo. This wine comes from some of the earliest plantings, now firmly established as the region's chosen international variety.Pale lemon yellow with greenish tints, with an expressive nose of exoticfruits and vegetal, cut grass and herb notes. Fresh and clean on the palate, with a tight structure.

This makes a lovely elegant wine to serve as your guests arrive or match with a platter of oysters as a fantastic start to a meal. 

Rustenberg John X Merriman 2010Date published: 20/09/13

Rustenberg has a wine making history that dates back to 1682, when Roelof Pasman from Meurs, near the Rhine recognised its potential. By 1781 some 3000 cases of wine were produced on the farm, and production doubled by the end of the century. After this a new cellar was built and wine has been bottled every year since 1892. 

In the early 1800s Rustenberg was divided by the owner Jacob Eksteen and a section was given to his son in law, who named it Schoongezicht and sold it soon after. Rustenberg and Schoongezicht were at their peak around 1812, with beautiful flourishing vineyards. But by the middle of the century recession coupled with disease in the vines led to bankruptcy and dispossession. 

Schoongezicht was rescued in 1892 by John X Merriman, who was due to become prime minister of the Cape, and by Rustenberg. Together they revitalised the farms. In 1941 Peter and Pamela Barlow bought Rustenberg and later acquired Schoongezicht, reuniting the properties. Their son took over the running of the farm in 1987 and the Barlows have been at Rustenberg for over 60 years, the longest period any one family has owned the farm. 

This wine is a blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot, and is named after the former owner of Rustenberg, John X Merriman. He bought the farm in 1892 in sympathy with the farmers suffering from phylloxera, and played a major role in revitalising the farms. This particular vintage of this wine plays a big part; a cold wet winter in 2009 allowed for a lovely even budding of the vineyards during spring. This was followed by by a warm, sunny summer which resulted in great flavour and colour development. Full fruit flavours and soft tannins together with great acidity makes this wine well balanced. 

Save 25% on South African wines until 23rd September 2013, making this wine £9.37 per bottle when you buy 2 or more South African wines. Bargain!!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 19/09/13

Part of our current  'buy 2 and £10' fine wine offer includes this cracking Pinot Noir from New Zealand. You traditionally associate Pinot with Burgundy but there are other countries that produce great Pinot all be it in a different style. New Zealand has been making soft and sumptuous Pinot's for many years now and this one from Coney is particularly good. Grown on the Martinborough terrace north of Wellington, by winemakers Debbie Christensen and Emma Easthorpe. Complex fruit aromas of Martinborough wines shine through in this  particularly expressive wine. Ripe cherry, black fruits and smoky, savoury overtones with plum fruits combined with spicy, toasty, complex flavours.

Why not pop down from tomorrow and have a taste yourself!

This would be great with a simply roasted duck.

Looking to change from Gavi? Montenovo Godello may be the thing !Date published: 18/09/13

Montenovo Godello 2012 Valdesil, Valdeorras- WAS £11.99, NOW £9.59 when you buy any 2 Spanish Wines

So myself and a regular customer decided to give this wine a try. We both bought a bottle and went home to review the wine, and later came together to discuss our findings!

Where is from? 

Valdeorras (meaning 'Valley of Gold' is an appellation in an inland area of Galicia in northern Spain. It has become known for its quality white wines from the little-known Godello grape, which does very well in the region's moderate maritime climate and rocky slate soils.

Customer Review:

' I smell ground almonds or a nice baked lemon tart. Crisp and fresh on the palate. We would be happy to open mid week after a long day at work. It's a lovely little gem of a grape if you fancy a change from Italian Gavi. I think we'll be seeing more of this grape in 2013/2014 and I'll definitely be looking out for it. Would price it between £8-£10. Love & Devotion, Coreen. :-)'  September 2013

I agree with Coreen on this wine, its dry, fresh and crisp with lots of 'wet-stone', almost metallic minerality on the finish.It is far more elegant than a Sauvignon with more subtle citrus flavours.  

Currently well priced so why not grab a bottle today? 

Wines beginning to drinkDate published: 18/09/13

I have been over the last few months been approaching the 2009 Bordeaux wines that I purchased en primeur together with some that I've picked up when returning from holidays taken in France. When first tasted by the wine critics 2009 was sighted as one of the best vintages of our lifetime and that is what convinced me to buy a few cases and what a great decision that is proving to be. Of all the wines I purchased I have not tasted anything that isn't already drinking brilliantly. They are so supple and seductive now it is really difficult not consuming them all now but they really deserve a bit more ageing so I have already ordered more! The pricing actually is still quite reasonable especially when you look at 2011 and 2012 prices (good but by no means great vintages) so my advice is hoover up the 2009's whilst still around. nb 2010 also fantasic!

A new found destinationDate published: 17/09/13

What a difference a week makes! Last week we spent  a week in Portugal staying in a few places prominently overlooking the Douro. The weather was fantastic and averaged out around 32 degrees each day but dropped by the time you went to bed to a very comfortable sleeping temperature. This was our first trip to Portugal and after this trip it won't be our last. I confess to not  knowing a great deal about Portuguese wine but my eyes have been well and truly opened. I always associated the whites as being very green in style and there are still plenty of vinho verde style whites and rose to refresh in the warm lunchtime sun. But we also found beautifully rich and complex whites that would give a fine white burgundy a run for its money (Esporao in paticular). I often went with the sommelier's choice so drank plenty of Douro reds. Such depth can be found in these wines. I was astonished by the quality of the Touriga Nacional  based wines. A lot of these wines are not shipped but some are. Some of my favourite wines came from Quinta do Vallado which also has a cracking small but luxurious hotel. They also do the most fantastic 10, 20 and 30 yr old tawney port as well. We ate mainly in the new wave restaurants for dinner but stuck to the traditional ones for lunch. Who could resist salt cod fritters, roasted rabbit with lemon and thyme with homegrown salads and and a bottle of local wine for under 25 euros ! (Including generous tip). If heading that way just ask me for where we thougnt was worth a detour to eat!

Two Hands- Australian wine makers. Date published: 17/09/13

I was lucky enough to attend a Two Hands tasting through Majestic last week in London, where we were able to taste their range, and speak to the head wine maker, Michael Twelftree. 

Two Hands Wines was founded in early 1999 by Michael and also Richard Mintz. The two had the concept to make the best possible shiraz-based wines from prized Shiraz growing regions throughout Australia. They sought out to show the diversity of Shiraz by highlighting regional characteristics and allowing the fruit to be the primary feature of the wines. Two Hands first vintage was in 2000, and in 2004 a state of the art winery was built in the Barossa Valley, designed for small batch handling. To maximise the individual and varietal characteristics and allow greater quality control, every parcel of fruit however small is handled seperately from crushing through to fermentation and oak maturation. This is very unique in wine making and their approach is reflected in everything from the names of the wines through to the packaging and of course the wines themselves. Two Hands is currently the market leader and now exports their wines to over 24 countries around the world.

Here at Majestic we stock many of the Two Hands wines, my favourite two from the tasting were as follows:

Bella's Garden Shiraz, 2010:

This wine is a blend of the finest Shiraz barrels from across the Barossa Valley region. Matured for 20 months in French oak, 15% new and 25% in one to two hear old ask and the rest in three to four year old oak. Dark in colour with notes of cherries plums and chocolate on the nose followed by an explosion of spice on the palate with fine tannins and subtle oak.

£35 a bottle.

Lily's Garden Shiraz, 2010:

This wine is made from the best grapes from the McLaren Vale region. 18 months in 8% American oak, 8% in one year old American oak and the balance in seasoned two, three and four year old oak. Deep magenta in colour, with rich dark fruits followed by underlying spice and pepper on the nose. These characteristics are carried through to the palate, and provide a long finish.

Also £35.00 a bottle, but worth every penny!

Vegetarian WineDate published: 16/09/13

Vegeterian Wine

Howdie Folks! Today I have chosen to talk about vegeterian wines.Ye ye, I know, many of you are wondering whether such a thing exists since all wines are made from a vegetarian raw material. It is a real thing, vegeterian wines do exist. It will all become apparent at the end of this article, I hope.

So why have I chosen this topic? Well, it is thanks to a huge chunk of serendipity. About a week ago I eavesdropped on colleagues discussing the topic and I listened intenly because I had also wondered what on earth a vegetarian wine was. This morning while wondering what to write to you guys about a customer walked towards me and asked me why some wines are classified as vegetarian? So I explained using the information that I had heard my colleagues discussing. However, I did not have absolute confidence that the “knowledge” that I had disseminated to the customer was 100% acurate because there was some degree of doubt expressed by the source of the information. So I decided to consult a few wine volumes to enlighten myself, and your lovely selves on the subject. There you go, I was wondering what to write about and I just stambled upon it while doing some merchandising on the shopfloor.

Enough of this, back to the subject. Wine lovers out there love their wines crystal clear so producers go the extra mile to ensure that the paying customers get exactly what they want. They clarify the wine using three main processes which are sedimentation, filtration and fining. The latter process involves the removal of microscopic particles suspended in the wine with the aid of fining agents which have an affinity for these particles. These particles can include heat unstable proteins, and tannins. These particles are charged, for example, tannins are negatively charged while proteins have a positive charge. Therefore, the removal of a negatively charged impurity is achieved by using an agent with a positive charge. An array of fining agents have been employed in the industry including fish bladder, dried powdered blood, egg white, and gelatine. Many of you wine drinkers out there will be pleased to know that scientific advances have consigned most of these agents to the dump where they belong! So it's simple, vegetarian wines either do not go through this process or use materials that are not animal derived to carry out this process.

Some of you are dying to know whether I misinformed the customer or not. Well, to my relief, I did not. So there you have it folks, you are up to date on this particular subject. Well, on the very basics at least. Until next time, its bye for now.

This wine's corked!Date published: 14/09/13

This wine's corked!

Howdie folks! I bet you've heard this said countless times and if you are interested in wine and are an unashamed novice like myself, no doubt you have wondered what it means. Further, I also know that several of you out there have returned a perfectly good bottle of wine in a restaurant because it was supposedly corked in order to appear knowledgeable in front of that beautiful girl that you have been chasing for eternity. Busted! No, just teasing.

Sorry, got a bit sidetracked there, back to business. Cork taint, as it is known as in the industry, is a rear occurrence which only happens to about 5% of bottles sealed with cork. It occures when a chemical called Trichloroanisole (TCA) which is present in some cork reacts with the wine giving it a musty, mould aroma and taste. This is quite apparent if you are lucky enough to try a corked sample and a goood sample of the same wine side by side.

It used to be common practice to bleach cork in a strong Chlorine solution prior to use. Research in the 80s demonstrated that this treatment could produce Chloroanisoles (which TCA is one) which can be smelt at minute concentrations. The Chlorine reacts with Phenolics in the cork to form Trichlorophenol which is converted to Chloroanisols by mould growing in the cork. I know, sorry guys. This has seen bleaching being replaced by other processes like ozone treatement. However, these substitute treatments do not provide an absolute antidote to the problem as mould growing on unbleached cork can still generate a corked aroma and taste which may be due to compounds other than Chloroanisoles.

Corks can also pick up off flavours from the environment which then adulterate the wine.Corks can also fail to provide a hermetic seal thus causing contact between the wine and the external environment resulting in unwanted oxidation or abnormal ageing.

Then why not use synthetic corks I hear you clamour. I have asked the same question myself. The answer is most producers know how their wine behaves under cork and their customers prefer it, so they decide to stick with what they know. Plastic corks have also been known to harm the flavour of the wine and they offer insufficient protection against oxygen and wines papidly oxidise thus rendering plastic corks insufficient for wines needing longer periods to mature.

So there you are folks, a dummy's guide to corked wines. Hope it will set the ball rolling for you to enquire further about the subject. Till next time, it's bye for now.

NB: This is a very controversial subject, I hasten to add, and there is little consesus in the field. So maybe a few years down the line this information will be rendered obsolete and I will appear a fool for preaching a wrong gospel.

Wine of the Week: Beaune 1er Cru Rouge 2010 Louis Jadot £20Date published: 14/09/13

Wine of the Week: Beaune 1er Cru Rouge 2010 Louis Jadot £20* When you buy any 2 selected fine wines. 

A delicate ruby colour in the glass, this red is a fine example of wine from the Beaune area in Burgundy. Beaune is at the center of the Côte-d'Or region and is responsible for producing some of the most finest white wines in the world. In this area the reds are generally lighter in style that those in Côte de Nuits. This wine has a really interesting nose- like strawberry jelly or sweets with a hint of violets. These candied fruits are elegant, with no smell of volatile alcohol which you may get with cheaper less refinded wines.

  Louis Jadot makes this wine with 100% Pinot Noir grapes. On the palate the wine has excellent concentration of red frutis with a slight savoury twist. The tannin is good and gives this wine ageing potential. In good cellaring positions this wine could age between 5-15 years.

Come and taste this wine on our counter today.

Champagne..Date published: 13/09/13

Champagne is more tightly controlled than any other appellation because of the popularity of the sparkling wines that are produced there. Champagne is thought of as a general term for sparkling wine but it is infact the Apellation Controlee only applies to the sparkling wines that are made there. These wines have gained their bubbles by undergoing secondary fermentation in the bottle from which they will eventually be served. 

There are three main grape varieties used in the production of champagne, chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. Chardonnay, one of main grape varieties grown in Champagne produces lovely fragrant sparkling which becomes creamy with maturity. Pinot noir and Pinot Meunier are both high quality grape varieties that when pressed they do not release much colour due to their skins never developing much colour.

Some Champagnes are made as single varieties, such as Blanc de Blancs which are only made from chardonnay. There is also Blanc de Noir, which is made purely from Pinot Noir. However, most champagnes are made from blending the three together. Blending between the villages is also crucial and most champagnes will be a blend of grapes from as many as 12 villages throughout the village. There are 17 Grand Cru villages, followed by 41 Premier Cru villages.

Rioja for the novice.Date published: 13/09/13

Rioja for the novice.

Having recently joined Majestic as a complete wine novice, I have just began my enlightenment on the subject. Just like any other form of education, I am starting with the elementary and I have decided to write my articles on the basics to aid fellow novices out there who have an interest in wine. Therefore, you will be seeing the word novice in a lot of my headings. Today's article is on Rioja (since its Rioja tasting week in our store) so, if you have ever wondered like I have what on earth Rioja is, this article will set the ball rolling for you on the subject.

Any wine you see on the shelf labelled Rioja comes from the La Rioja province in the north east of Spain towards the country's boarder with France. Three main varieties you are bound to here about in any discussion about Rioja are Crianza, Reserva, and Gran Reserva. These three classes of Rioja are determined by maturation regulations. That is, Crianza and Reserva should spend at least a year in oak (usually new American oak). Crianza should spend a further year matuaring in a tank or bottle while Reserva should spend two further years in tank or bottle. On the other hand, the rules stipulate that Gran Reserva should spend at least two years maturing in oak and and a further three in bottle. Gran Reservas are usually specially selected wines from the best vintages so they are usually the most expensive and supposedly good Riojas you see on the shelves.

For whites, they shoud spend at least six months maturing in oak. Whites labelled Crianza should spend a further year, while Reservas spend an extra two years maturing in bottle before being released onto the market. White Gran Reservas need an extra for years of bottle maturation.

So there you are folks, a quickfire basic guide to Rioja. Well, I say quickfire but it took me ages to research and write this short article. Till next time.

Stainless Steel or Oak? Date published: 12/09/13

The reasons for using stainless steel or oak containers for fermentation and maturation are the opposite of eachother, and depend on many factors such as cost and what kind of character the wine maker wants to add to the final product. 

A stainless steel vat is a long lasting vessel that is usually made from an inert material that is ideally suited to all forms of temperature control, and has the capacity to produce the freshest of wines with the purest varietal character. An oak cask has a comparitively limited life, and is not as easy to clean and can make temperature control particularly difficult. It allows access to the air, which encourages a faster rate of oxidation, but also causes evaporation which concentrates the flavour.

Both American and European oaks are used in winemaking. The difference in preperation and barrel manufacturing technique between the two are the most fundemental factors affecting the characteristics they impart. The aromas of the American oak are more pungent whiile the tannin content of European oaks is higher. The size of the cask is critical to its influence because the smaller it is the the larger the oak to wine ratio is.

A huge factor is also the cost as I mentioned earlier. Two hundred 49 gallon oak casks will cost between four and ten times the cost of a single 9,900 gallon stainless steel vat. After just two years of substantially higer labour costs to operate and maintain the large number of small units, the volume of wine produced in the oak casks is 10% less because of evaporation, and the winemaker faces the prospect of purchasing another two hundred casks.

Tokaji and Sauternes for the novice.Date published: 11/09/13

Tokaji and Sauternes for the novice

I have been tasked to research about two of the great sweet wines out there, Tokaji and Sauternes in preparation of an upcoming training day at head office. Being the generouse person that I am, I have decided to share the little knowledge that I have managed to gather with fellow wine novices out there.

These two wines are steeped in history and are named after the respective regions from which they hail. Tokaji is from the Tokaj-Hegyalja region in the far north-east of Hungary. Wines from the village of Tokaj itself may be called Tokaj, while all others from the region must be called Tokaji with the 'i' denoting 'from the region of'. The principal grape variety used in the making of this wine is the Furmint and it is usually blended with the indeginous variety Harslevelu.

Just like its Hungarian counterpart, Sauternes also hails from a similarly named region located in the Graves district south of Bordeaux. This French wine is made from three principal grape varieties : Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle.

These two regions are able to produce such good quality sweet wines thanks to a friendly fungal infection called 'noble rot'. The regions enjoy a warm climate and are located near major rivers. The warm climate coupled with a constent supply of humidity from the rivers encourage the growth of the 'noble rot' which lays domant in the soil and on vine bark until favourable conditions prevail. The fungus grows on the skin of the grape and feeds on the moisture from the grape. They also feast on over 80% of the grape's acidity and about 30% of its sugar. The removal of water has an effect of concentrating the juice into a sticky, sugar-rich pulp. It also significantly increases the alcohol potential of the grape. The fungus also imparts the legendary complexity these wines are renowned for.

So there you are, it is largely thanks to this unlikely hero that we have these great wines today to enjoy and brighten our lives.

Looking for a toasty champagne on a budget?Date published: 11/09/13

Looking for a  toasty champagne on a budget?

We have Tattinger Brut Réserve NV available to buy on a cracking deal at just £28 down from £42. 

We also stock this champagne in a magnum priced at £70

Tattinger is one of the last family run Champagne houses in the region and uses lots of Chardonnay in their blend (40%), which adds depth and richness to the flavour. The nose is delicate with hints of brioche. On the palate you will find citrus fruits which are fresh and contrasting to the gorgeous honey flavours. The length is long and satisfying. The bubbles are fine, while the foam is disreet yet lingering.

Online Review:

'Full of flavour, unconmplicated, not too dry at all, really delicious, a taste of privelege, croissant and marmalade Very Very Fine. Perfect Champagne.'

Part of our Save 1/3 off Selected Fizz offer

Want a Light Fruity Rioja?Date published: 10/09/13

Want a Light Fruity Rioja?

The Rioja Crianza 2009 Gran Vendema is your answer!

On the nose you will find stewed red fruits like raspberry and strawberry, with a dash of balsamic. If you tilt the wine in the glass you can see that it is pale and you can almost see straight through it. This is a good indication that the wine may be light bodied in the mouth. Crianza's often look this way as they are the lightest, most youthful and fruitiest style of Rioja. 

On the palate you have a continuation of red cherry and strawberry which is accentuated by soft vanilla.The oak ageing is not overbearing and is well intergrated into the flavour of the wine. The tannin is moderate and approachable.

Try with Ratatouille

Domaines Paul Mas 'Vignes de Nicole' Chardonnay Viognier 2012 PGI Pays d’OcDate published: 10/09/13

Domaines Paul Mas 'Vignes de Nicole' Chardonnay Viognier 2012 PGI Pays d’Oc WAS £9.99 NOW £8.99

The Chardonnay and Viognier grapes for this blend were fermented separately, with the intention of maximizing the characteristics of each in the final wine. The Chardonnay spent 4 months in oak prior to blending which gives the wine extra depth and complexity.

The wine has an interesting nose of apricots and melted butter as well as some honeysuckle aromas. The viognier in the blend is responsbile for the floral notes in the bouquet. On the palate the wine is dry with a beautiful silky smooth texture that glides down the throat!!

Dry, delicious, fuller bodied with mango, pineapple and vanilla characters, fresh acidity and a long finish.

Try this fabulous wine now, its on our tasting counter!!

Celebrate Chardonnay at FarnhamDate published: 09/09/13

We are in full flow with our Chardonnay Tasting Week at Farnham so we thought it would be the right time to enlighten you on some interesting information about this wonderful grape variety.

- Chardonnay originated in Burgundy and it was only until the late 20th Century that its name came to fruition. 

- The grape has affinity to oak and can be made in a sweet, highly alcohol style which was made popular in the 80's and 90's by Australia.

- It can grow in a wide range of climates around the world.

- The viticulturalist can choose to use oak or stainless steel during the wine making process which results in very different styles and can often make the wine ageworthy or suitable for drinking young.

- Chardonnay is used to make Champagne, along side Pinot Noir and Meunier. 100% chardonnay champagne is called 'Blanc de Blanc', and a famouns example is Ruinart.

- In the cooler sites like Chablis and Champagne, the vineyards are at risk of spring frost.

- Chardonnay is a successful candidate for malolactic fermentaion, where harsh malic acid is turned into softer, richer lactic acid.

- The grape can thrive in relitavely hot conditions and ripens early, therefore it is the responsibility of the viticulturist to ensure the grapes are picked at the right time and do not loose too much of their acidty.

Cloudy Sunday Deserves Cloudy Bay Chardonnay.. !! Date published: 08/09/13

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2011 Marlborough, WAS £27.50 NOW £20 when you buy 2 or more. 

Cloudy Bay has gained reputation for top quality Sauvignon Blanc, but here we have the Chardonnay 2011 vintage open to taste- and what a treat this is!

I think this wine is right up their with their sauvignon blanc- it is obviously different in style yet still identifyable through its fresh, fruity invigorating flavours.

  This wine is exactly what it says on the bottle 'full bodied... ripe fruit... and subtle smoky oak'

On the nose you find classic new world chardonnay aromas. You can tell the grapes have seen sunshine with tropical smells like grilled bananas, dried mango and a touch of honey.

  When you taste the wine you are hit with refreshing acidity, bursting with a mixture of citrus and tropical fruits. An intensly flavoured, juicy palate. The length is stunning and develops into buttered popcorn.

Although chardonnays can be served between 10-13 degrees, I recommend staying on the cooler side of the scale to enjoy at its optimum. 

Curious about Curious Brew Part Two: Curious Brew IPADate published: 08/09/13

You may have read my previous article about the Curious Brew Lager, but I am now excited to write that we are now stocking Curious Brew IPA at Majestic!

Chapel Down produce a range of three 'Curious' beers that are a fusion of brewing and wine-making techniques. These techniques offer any beer drinker a unique experience. Like a great wine, great beer cannot be rushed and you cant compromise on the ingredients, time or techniques.

This balanced hoppy India Pale Ale is brewed using the finest pale ale malt and three complimentary hops. The hops used are Goldings, a traditional fresh and sweet hop, often referred to as the king of English hops. Also used are Bramling Cross, a spicy and blackcurranty, and to finish the Citra Hop which provides an excellent zestiness. All together this creates a really fresh balanced ale. 

This ale may be slightly more expensive than your average ale, but I assure you it is worth every penny! Chapel Down once said, 'We don't know if they are the ebst beers in the world, but they are certainly beers that no-one else could create.'

£17.99 a case (12x330ml bottles).

Staff Pick- Bourgogne Chardonnay 2010 Château des Jacques, Louis Jadot Date published: 07/09/13

Staff Pick

Bourgogne Chardonnay 2010 Château des Jacques, Louis Jadot £11.99 when you buy 2 bottles save £4

Louis Jadot's philosophy is to create wines that show the terroir of Burgundy whether they are Grand Cru or regional wines, and this white made with grapes from the old vines of Château des Jacques is of top quality and are situated near Cru- Moulin- A Vent (an area in that produces premium Beajolais reds)

Nose: Reminisent of a decent meursault, this wine has a complex nose that offers tropical fruits like mango, pineapple and banana, with more interesting aspects like baked beans (yes this seems odd but you may agree!) and salted peanuts.

Palates: On the palate you will find more refreshing citrussy fruits like lemon. The body is medium with a dryness felt on the tip of the tongue. The finish is lingering with a final taste of butterscotch.
The texture is very smooth and has perfect balanced acidty- all the characteristics of a good quality wine. 

Online Customer Review:

'Smooth, with even a touch of sweetness, but not bland. Real class, and lots of presence. It would be interesting to drink with the dreaded vegetarian goats' cheese! That acidity would complement it well. Or you could just drink it by itself and enjoy.'

Open to Taste: Minuty Rose 2012Date published: 07/09/13

Located on the St Tropez Peninsular, the Chateau Minuty vineyards overlook the Mediterranean. Chateau Minuty is one of the leading estates of Provence, and is also one of the most popular roses that we stock here at Majestic. The grapes used to make this rose are Grenache, Tibouren, Cinsault and Syrah. The freshness of this wine is expressed through the Grenache and Tibouren fruit, and also displays the exceptional terroir on which they grow. The percentages of each grape per bottle are as follows:

40% Grenache: This grape is raw and fruity with high levels of sugar which contributes to the alcohol content of the wine and allows for the combined flavours of the wine to be preserved.

25% Tibouren: This ancient Roman grape is very aromatic with a spicy taste and gives of the aroma of a typical Provence Rose.

25% Cinsault: Light skinned this grape often tastes of ripe blue fruits, nuts and spices. It is usually used to blend and soften a wine.

10% Syrah: These grapes are tannic without being harsh. The syrah gives aromas of blackberries, currents and a little black pepper. 

Perfect partner to delicate flavours such as shellfish and light salads.

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case.

Exploring Chardonnay- Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2011Date published: 06/09/13

Tomorrow at 12pm and 3pm we are holding our first Spotlight tasting, and one of the wines we will have open to taste is the Cloudy Bay Chardonnay. 

Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay Vineyards is situated in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island. The unique and cool climate of this region enjoys a maritime climate with the longest hours of sunshine compared to anywhere else in New Zealand. Cloudy Bay has estate vineyards located in prime sites within the Wairau Valley, and longterm supply agreements with five top Wairau Valley Growers.

Cloudy Baywines are exported to over 30 markets, the principal ones being Australia, United Kingdom , USA and Japan. Cloudy Bay place emphasis on individual fruit character and the development of a recognisable wine.

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay is an intriguing wine, with excellent texture. Its pure fruit flavours of citrus and stone fruits are balanced with a savoury nuttiness and subtle new oak. Drinking now but can be aged for up to 4 years or more.

£27.50 or £20.00 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case.

Pop in from tomorrow and have a taste with us!!

Orchard Pig Cider now only £1 a bottleDate published: 05/09/13

Orchard Pig Cider from Glastonbury in Somerset is now only £1 a bottle. I gave this little piggy a try today, it's deliciously appley, and bursting with fruitness. Perfect for those who prefer a slightly sweeter tipple...oink oink!

Only £12 for 12x500ml bottles 

Wine of the Week Kanarilla ShirazDate published: 05/09/13

This weeks wine of the week is an unlikely one considering the lovely weather we have enjoyed over the past few weeks. Actually with all the outdoor cooking we have been doing perhaps this is a good choice.

From a tiny boutique winery in the up-and-coming McLaren Vale region.
This area has a climate similar to Bordeaux except, in the words of one
winemaker, it never rains and it’s never frosty. This full-bodied Shiraz
is aged for 18 months in both French and American oak.
blackcurrant and blackberry fruit flavours, enhanced by hints of mint and
plenty of toasty oak and cedar notes on the palate. Smooth and velvety,
revealing sweet tannins on the finish. Fantastic with some red meat from the BBQ.

Vacheron SancerreDate published: 04/09/13

I was asked this week if I was in the position of a certain Mr Bale and earning the 300k a week that he is reportedly earning what would I drink day to day. Of course after over indulging on Hill of Grace, Petrus, La Tache, Unico, Cheval Blanc 47, Screaming Eagle and Montrachet to name a few I would then have to decide on a house wine. All those previous are truly amazing but too complex for everyday consumption. As a white wine I love fat chardonnay but I would have to pick a sauvignon for my everyday glass.
Known for its racy, mineral and pungent
expression of Sauvignon Blanc, this is textbook Sancerre from probably
the best producer in the region.
Fabulously aromatic nose, concentrated gooseberry fruit flavours, all
carefully balanced by a rich smokiness and steely dry palate. A mineral,
elegant and long finish.
Great with grilled bass, goats cheese or a lovley chilled white when after a long days work.

new offersDate published: 03/09/13

Great new offers have just landed at Farnham Majestic. Country offer wise we have a 20% off Spanish and South African wines sub £20. Selected sparkling and champagne with a 1/3 off. A new deal on a great selection of fine wines where you can mix and match to save £5 a bottle when you buy two or more from the promoted range plus of course loads of individual offers scattered around the store. We also have some spotlight tastings happening on every Saturday in September starting with Chardonnay this week. Look forward to seeing you at the tasting counter!

Pinot Grigio JermannDate published: 02/09/13

Founded by Anton Jermann in 1881, the estate has been family-run
ever since, with present winemaker Silvio Jermann taking over the
winemaking in the 1970s, and beginning to make wine with grapes
atypical of the region. This Pinot Grigio is a world away from the
Italian norm, with intense and persistent aromas, and a velvety, fullbodied
feel on the palate. If you ever get the chance to try either their Vintage Tunia or Capo Martino
whites you will not be disappointed. Try this Pinot Grigio with a grilled piece of veal, polenta
and wild mushrooms. Come down and try this wine this weekend. (very limited stock)

My Review of Orchard Pig Reveller Date published: 02/09/13

Orchard Pig Reveller 12x500ml Bottles

We are pleased to present a great cider making company who have come on board our Majestical Ship of Fantastic Beverages!!

Today is the first time we've tried this cider and we can definately say its pretty darn delicious.

It says on the bottle 'a Ritous Celebrations of Apples' and it definately is! The flavour intesity is excellent and very apple-y, just like traditional Somerset cider should be; almost like stewed dessert apples. The taste reminds me of some still cider that I tried some years ago but with great fizz. There is also a fint of what I would say is medicinal- like cloves.

Visit there website for more information on this quirky brand.


!Follow the Pig!

Quail and WineDate published: 02/09/13

A great little food and wine match is pinot noir and quail. Last night we had a couple of good friends over for supper and as an first course I butterflied the quail removing the back bone and rib cage then put in a marinate flavoured with thyme, lemon zest, garlic and a little chilli. I then gave them about 10 minutes on a really hot BBQ to get that lovely charred flavour. I served with leaves from the garden and a little roasted squash. Wine wise I served the excellent Savigny les Beaune from Morot. Those lovely soft cherry flavours dominate with definite gamey overtones and ripe acidity made this a great match for the quail. Would equally drink well with a simply roasted duck.



Today is the last day that you will be able to buy some of our most popular and best selling products at cracking summer discount prices, before our big promotional changes take place tomorrow.

Here are 2 of my red and white picks:

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc: £7.99 when you buy any 2 NZ wines.

So this is one of our most popular New Zealand sauvignon blanc's, and if youve not tried it then you definitely should!! At first hit the wine is packed full of gooseberry and tangy tropical fruits which then mellows into a gunflinty finish. It is a great expression of the varietial produced in Marlborough and represents excellent value for money. Suitable for any party!!

Rioja Crianza 2009 Viña Eguía: £5.99 when you buy 2 or more.

Again this wine represents excellent value for money for a good quality Rioja. I am a big fan of 'Vina Eguia' who also make 'Bodegas Muriel'. Crianza's spend the least time in oak (in comparison to Reserva's and Gran Reserva's) and are generally fruitier and lighter in style. The 2009 vintage is light in body yet it carries lots of red fruit flavours as well as a twist of balsamic. By balsamic I mean a pleasant acidity that would particulary well with cured cheeses.

Falanghina 2012 Terredora, only £7.49 when you buy any two Italian Wines Date published: 01/09/13

Falanghina 2012 Terredora, only £7.49 when you buy any two Italian Wines

Falanghina is an ancient white grape variety found in Italy, mainly in the Campania region in southern Italy. The vines thrive in the volcanic soil and the grape produces unique aromas of tropical fruits and even pine nuts. Check out my Tasting Note for this Wine:

Nose: Tropical fruits with hints of herbs/nuttiness. 

Palate: A burst of lemon and apple with a subtle taste of herbs. The wine has adequate body and good length. There is a little bit of 'toastiness' to the wine which adds depth whilst remaining fresh and quaffable. 

Check out their website at terredora.com

Food matches: Pasta and Pine nut salad or Roasted vegetable bake.

Online Customer Review:

'aromatic, fresh flavoured, tropical fruits but with a crisp acidity; went well with fish and chips; would definitely buy again'

Courgettes for everyone!Date published: 01/09/13

Readers of our web page know that I am passionate about food and occasionally will share a recipe or two. Presently in the garden we have a real glut of courgettes and keeping up with using them is a struggle. Sauté, grilled, tempura and shaved thinly then marinated in lemon juice, we have had all over the the last month. Earlier this week I made a cracking risotto with them. I made a really intense purée with the courgettes, garlic, thyme and a little chilli. Pass through a fine sieve and set aside. Make a risotto in your usual way then add the purée for then last couple of minutes followed by your parmesan and a spoon full creme fraiche. Season well and garnish with tempura of courgette flower's if you have got them. Perfect for a vegetarian and a meat free supper. Drink a nice bottle of Loire white for example Reuilly

Montagny Vieilles Vignes 2010 Buxy:WAS £9.99 NOW £8.99Date published: 31/08/13

Montagny Vieilles Vignes 2010 Buxy:WAS £9.99 NOW £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more. 

This wine featured at our Wine Evening at the beginning of summer in May, so we decided to celebrate the end of summer by cracking it open again this weekend. We think it is a fantastic buy at just £8.99 and is perfect for a garden party when you need something to suit all tastebuds! Its light, fruity and simple whilst remaining elegant and stylish.

On the nose you will find lemon and green apple with a twist of lime. On the palate you will experience a light bodied clean wine. Unoaked, the finish is crisp and pleasant.

Montagny is a commune in the south of the Cote Chalonnaise sub-region of Burgundy,

and is usually identified by higher acidity that the typical Cote Chalonnaise style.

The Cave des Vignerons de Buxy is the result of collective enterprise and the work of 120 wine-growers and 40 employees.

Enjoy with mussels in a white wine and lemon sauce.

Fancy a free bottle of wine with your dinner ?Date published: 31/08/13

I am pleased to launch a great offer in conjunction with one of the best restaurants in the local area.

The Grapevine in Bistro in Odiham* has been serving great food for many years now and for a limited time only when you spend £50 or more in store (Majestic Farnham) we in turn will give you a voucher for a free bottle of wine up to the value of £20.  Alternatively you can use it against a more expensive bottle of wine and receive £20 off (terms and conditions apply)

Do hurry though as we only have a certain number of these to give away!

Full Address: 121 High Street, Odiham, RG29 1L.

Wine of the Week Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Awatere Valley, Marlborough £9.99 when you buy any 2 NZ wines Date published: 29/08/13

Wine of the Week

Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Awatere Valley, Marlborough

£9.99 when you buy any 2 NZ wines

Okay, so we've all got the chance to try this stunning sauvignon earlier on in the summer at our Wine Evening, and now we are celebrating the end of the season by giving you a chance to see what your missing out on! It has won a silver award at the International Wine Challenge and we think it definitely deserves it. Forget your Cloudy Bay's or Oyster Bay's- give INVIVO a whurl!

Established in 2007, Invivos style is gaining global popularity. On the nose you will find your typical bright tropical and green bell pepper aromas. On the palate the wine is smooth and elegant with lots of green fruit and citrussy flavours; like lime juice, gooseberry and granny smith. What makes this wine so special is the balance of acidity and alcohol. The wine packs lots of flavour intesity but feels silky and smooth in your mouth.

Check out their website www.invivowines.com

New in and open to taste: Tucumen Date published: 29/08/13

Introducing our new Argentinian Malbec - Tucumen 2012. 

Over a century ago, the Budeguer family planted their agricultural roots in Tucuman, Argentina. They are a third generation farming family and the largest sugar cane producer in Argentina. After a century in Northern Argentina, the family moved south to start their own winery. This delicious wine combines the Argentinian regions of Tucuman and Mendoza. 

Made in a deliberately youthful style with only minimmal oak contact. This ensures that the wine has a soft texture, yet keeps its fruit character of the grape. Typical bright blackberry and plum fruit flavours with a peppery spice and medium intensity. A slight sweetness with round tannins. An excellent companion to any grilled meats, poultry or oily fish.

Now £7.99 when you buy two or more as part of your mixed case.

Italian offer: Gavi 2012 - La ToledanaDate published: 28/08/13

Gavi 2012, La Toledana

Made from the cortese grape, which creates crisp citrus scented wines which are complimented with fresh acidity. This wine is an ideal aperitif, although it will happily complement white fish dishes served with a tomato and watercress salad.

The white wines of the southern village of Gavi in Piedmont in north west Italy have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. Wines from vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi, and this one is made from late-harvested grapes.

Ripe peach and pear flavours, with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge. Stock up now our 25% off Italian wines ends soon!

£7.49 when you buy at least 2 bottles of Italian wine. (£9.99 single bottle price)

Château Caronne Ste-Gemme 2007 Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc £12.99 when you buy 2 or moreDate published: 27/08/13

Château Caronne Ste-Gemme 2007 Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc £12.99 when you buy 2 or more

Available to try on our Tasting Counter:

I think this has to be one of my favourite Bordeaux wines that Majestic Wine Stock. It has a wonderful warm spicey nose and each time you smell it you notice something else; like liquorice, stewed black cherries, tar and cinnamon. What can you smell??

The vineyard of Caronne Ste-Gemme is made up of 45 hectares planted on a mound of gravel with a base of iron-rich sandstone. I actually think you can taste the irony soil when you sip the wine- which is interesting and gives the wine depth. The fruits have become rich and complex, backed by pepper as well as sweet spice. The finish is smooth and silky with no harsh tannin or nasty acidity- a perfectly balanced example of a cabernet sauvignon dominated 'left- bank' blend.

Plantings consist of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot and the average vine age is 25 years.

Tip: This 2007 Medoc vintage scores 5-7 out of ten and would benefit from further ageing, so make sure you keep a bottle aside in your cellar/cupboard for enjoyment in later years.

Spotlight Tastings - All you need to know on our upcoming tastingsDate published: 26/08/13

Here at Majestic we cant help but get excited about tasting wines with you our customers, and we are excited to introduce our 'Spotlight tastings'. These tastings have a simple concept, 6 wines in 30 minutes. Carrying on from our successful summer wine tastings, throughout September every Saturday at 12pm and 3pm we will focus on a grape variety or region, choosing 6 wines of different styles and price points. The tastings are informal and take place in store at our tasting counter. We will teach you a little about the chosen area or grape variety and answer any questions you have. 

The dates are as follows:

Chardonnay: Its influence on International Styles Saturday 7th September
Spain: Rioja and Beyond Saturday 14th September
Sauvignon Blanc: and Interesting Alternatives Saturday 21st September
Syrah/Shiraz: Its influence on International Styles Saturday 28th September

If you wish to sign up give us a call on 01252 711988 or check out our events page. We hope that you are as excited about the tastings as we are!

The favourite wine from our wine course yesterday..Date published: 26/08/13

Peter Lehman Shiraz 2011

This wine was the clear favourite wine amongst our wine course guests.

Peter Lehman is known as the 'Baron of Barossa Valley', who helped shape the wine industry for over 7 decades before his death earlier this year.  This shiraz is made from grapes from some of the best vineyards in the region, where the vines remain ungrafted due to the absence of Phylloxera, an aphid which feeds on the roots and leaves of the grapevines. This shiraz is aged in french oak for twelve months before bottling. 

On the nose there are hints of bramble and blackcurrants which is carried over to the palate with the addition of spice and dark chocolate. This wine is a classic example of an Australian shiraz, both full and rich.

An excellent partner to spicy meat dishes, and richly flavoured beef dishes. 

£8.79 when you buy two or more Australian wines.

A cracking Pinot NoirDate published: 25/08/13

I recently had my team around for supper and the first red we tried was this fantastic wine.
Rather than making this wine from a single vineyard's grapes as one
might expect from Au Bon Climat, Isabelle is created by blending
selected barrels from several sites, including Bien Nacido, Sanford &
Benedict, Talley Rincon and Mount Carmel. A superbly structured,
deep, complex and involving Pinot, and a great benchmarker of the
vintage. Try with something like wild duck or even pigeon.
Only kept at our St Johns Wood store so sent when ordered.

EVS ChardonnayDate published: 25/08/13

New to our range is this fantastic new wine. To make this premium Chardonnay, the juice was drained directly into
French oak hogsheads allowing the natural yeasts on the grapes to
initiate fermentation. Following fermentation the barrels were stirred
regularly for 8 months before stabilisation and bottling.
A medium bodied  Chardonnay showing fine green/gold tinges and a lovely
balance of fresh green apple and citrus fruit flavours, supported by
stylish barrel fermentation characteristics.
Would be perfect with roasted chicken

A good VerdicchioDate published: 23/08/13

Poggio alle Rondini

Poggio alle Rondini

Although this wine comes from Matelica, a small commune in Italy's Marche region, there is nothing small about this wine! It trows a citrusy aroma on the nose while having a dry and crisp palate. It also has a lingering and quite agreable spritz reminiscant of a sparkling wine and gives the illusion that one is drinking some bubbly. To be tried with lightly spiced fish. It is ready to try on our tasting counter and at £8.74 for a single bottle or £6.56 when you buy any two or more Italian wines it is a pretty safe bet.

Ridge Monte Bello ChardonnayDate published: 23/08/13

'One of the most balanced and sumptuous Chardonnays I ever drank' was the feeling around the whole table. I have drank many top end Californian wines and generally they ate never cheap but at £55 a bottle I reckon its a extremely good value. Only available in tiny amounts so all kept at the our fine wine centre in St Johns Wood all sent down when orderd.

Taken from selected parcels of vines within several acres of Ridge's
'Middle Vineyard', whose first Chardonnay vines were planted in
1949. With the most recent plantings dating from around 25 years
ago. Low yields of berries from these mature vines are whole-buinch
pressed and juice transferred to new and old American and French
oak for fermentation and a total of 16 months' ageing, giving intense
flavours of pear, apple and fig with a deep, rich and oily texture.

Think top end food! Turbot, Lobster or a Bresse Chicken.

Wild Mushroom RisottoDate published: 22/08/13

After recommending wild mushroom risotto with this weeks wine of the week I thought I would share my recipe with you. Soak a good handful of dried morals, ceps or porcini in hot water for 20 mins. Remove but keep water. Quickly saute some good normal mushrooms and fresh wild ones (if you can get) with a little garlic and chilli. Reserve half of those and put other half in a blender with the soaked ones and blend with some of the reserved water (watch for grit from the dried ones) until you have a smooth, intense purée. Make your risotto in the regular way using any remaining soaking water and a good chicken stock. Towards the end of cooking add purée and fried mushrooms. Finish with butter and parmesan (some add a little cream but I don't). Add truffle if you wish but if using oil be careful as very powerful. Treat yourself to fresh white truffle when available to take your risotto to the next level!

Wine of the Week Barbara d'Albla VVDate published: 21/08/13

This wine from the de Forville is an abosoulte belter. It has been a favourite of mine for a couple of years now.
Barbera is a prolific Italian grape variety grown in Piedmont and
particularly around the towns of Alba and Asti.
Very concentrated dark fruits on the nose, with well integrated spices.
This exhibits confected dark cherry fruits with hints of chocolate, cloves
and vanilla. Well integrated and silky smooth finish.
It really deserves a good plate of food and I have great sucess serving along side grilled quail and wild mushroom risotto.

25% off Italian winesDate published: 21/08/13

What better time to try out a couple of new wines from Italy and enjoy them at 25% off until the end of August (wines under £20 only). This weekend we will have a great selection open to taste so why not pop down and sample for yourself. Particular highlights are the heady red Campofiorin from Masi which is a perfect BBQ red and the Gavi Toledana which is a late harvested wine so has lots of lush rich peach notes (a snip at only £7.49!)

Monetecastrillo 2011, Ribera del Duero £7.99* NEW Date published: 18/08/13

Monetecastrillo 2011, Ribera del Duero £7.99*

We are proud to present a new wine to our range...

Since the 1980's the Ribera del Duero has challenged the traditional wine of Rioja, by using similar grapes such as Tempranillo (which is locally known as 'Tinto Fino') to create some excellent wines. This wine, however has a different style than a what you may associate with a classic Rioja. If anything we can relate the taste and style to that of a Crianza. Made using organic grapes, this wine has spent 6 months in oak, which accounts for its fruity and straightforward style. Enjoy this youthful, easy drinking red wine whilst its on a great offer.

Nose: Baked Cherries

Palate: Upon tasting the wine feels smooth, which follows on to a tannic bite. The flavours lean more towards red fruits- a hint of sour cherry and raspberry with a little bit of bitter chocolate towards the end.

*when you buy two or more

Pimm's Date published: 17/08/13

Pimm's is a brand of fruit cups but is also considered a liqueur, and is hugely popular in England. It was first produced in 1823 by James Pimm. Pimm, orginally from Kent became the owner of an oyster bar in London, close to the Bank of England. A signature drink of his was called 'The Tonic', a gin based drink containing a secret mixture of herbs and liqueurs which claimed to aid digestion. It was served in a small tankard known as a 'No. 1 Cup' hence the subsequent name. 

The two Pimm's products available at Majestic are:

Pimm's No. 1 Cup: 

Gin based and can be served over ice or in cocktails. It has a dark tea colour with a reddish tint, with spice and citrus fruits on the palate. Often served with lemonade and various fresh chopped ingredients such as apples, cucumber, oranges, lemons, strawberries and mint.

Peter Lehman Cabernet Sauvignon 2010.Date published: 16/08/13

Peter Lehman Cabernet Sauvignon 2010.

This oak aged cabernet hails from the Barossa Valley South Australia, the country's most illustrious wine-producing region. Although the region is largely famed for its shiraz, it also produces far better than average cabernet of which this is one. It is a typical Barossa cabernet being very savoury and fruity. The warmth of the region results in a very ripe harvest which concequently means very concentrated and deep flavours. This characteristic is very evident in this wine even to the uneducated palate. It is flavourful, full bodied, and has a deep and rich colour which is quite pleasing to the eye and gets the taste buds going. This combination of characteristics makes it a great food wine which can be enjoyed with venison, a simple roast joint, or with barbeque. It can, however, be simply enjoyed on its own. At £10.99 for a single bottle or £8.79 for two or more bottles, this is a good value cabernet so come in and grab your share while stocks last. It is open to try on our counter so you can try before you commit yourself. See you then!

Wine of the Week Famille Abeille Rosé 2012, Côtes de Provence Date published: 15/08/13

Wine of the Week

Famille Abeille Rosé 2012, Côtes de Provence

Okay, so we've already had this wine as 'Wine of the Week' this summer, but we really think that this would THE Rose to buy for the last few summer weeks. (Lets hope and pray for the sun to come out this week!!) Please have a read and try on our Tasting Counter.

After just opening this wine this at Farnham we are all delighted at how beautiful and delicate this Provence Rose is. The grapes are a mixture of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and Rolle- which brings complex characteristics to what is a fairly straightforward and easy drinking wine. Aromas of peach and apricot gently come through; stunning for quaffing on your veranda on a spring day. You could easily take this on a picnic and enjoy with some strawberries and cream. The sweetness of a good British strawberry and the thickness of the cream will complement the acidity and freshness of the wine. The colour is delicate and slightly blushed; typical of the Provence style.

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more or £10.99 single bottle price

Champagne Offers: Pol Roger NV, £32.00 per bottleDate published: 14/08/13

Pol Roger was founded in 1849 and now owns 87 hectares of vineyards on prime sites in the Vallee d'Epernay and on the Cote des Blancs. Their cellars run for 7km and are on three levels, the deepest known as the 'cave de prise de mousse' at 33 metres below sea level. Due to the deep cellars, the temperature 3 degrees lower than the normal used for fermenting champagne, which prolongs the fermentation. This plays a big contributing factor to the quailty and style of the Pol Roger wines, creating their famous fine bubbles. 

The Pol Roger range starts with three non vintage champages, Brut Reserve NV, Pure NV and Rich NV. The Rich NV is the brut reserve with a slightly higher dosage and the Pure is at the other end of the scale with no dosage. The rest of the Pol Roger range are vintage dated, the Brut Vinage, Brut Rose and Blanc de Blancs as well as the Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill.

Pol Roger NV is a blend from 30 still base wines from different vineyards, different vintages and the three main grape varieties which dominate the champagne region, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. On the nose it exhibits white flowers, green apple and brioche with a hint of minerality. On the palate there are hints of stone fruits and a slight nuttiness supported with fresh acidity.

£32.00 a bottle down from £42.00. My favourite non vintage champagne and at a bargain price too!

Fever-Tree Fever!Date published: 13/08/13

Did you know that we stocked the exciting Fever- Tree range? Here is a look at the story behind the brand..

Following a 'tonic tasting' in 2000 to find the best on the US market, Charles Rolls, who previous ran Plymouth Gin joined forces with Tim Warrillow who had previously worked in luxury food marketing to analyse the competition of mixers. The pair found that the majority of mixers on the market were produced using artificial sweetners and cheap flavourings. Therefore in 2004 the pair set out to create mixers using natural and fresh ingredients.

Fever-Tree Premium Indian Tonic Water launched in the UK in early 2005. The name Fever-Tree was chosen as it is the colloquial name for the Chinona Tree in which quinine, a key ingredient for tonic is grown. The highly carbonated tonic, consisting of small champagne bubbles for a smoother taste is bottled in 200ml bottles, the perfect size for a double measure gin and tonic. 

Editorial exposure led to and instant positive response, and sales began to flourish. Internationally it can be found in 7 of the 10 top restaurants in the world.

At Majestic we stock different varities of their award winning mixers, including the bitter lemon, ginger ale and lemonade. The tonic is my personal favourite, and is made with a blend of botanical oils, spring water and the highest quality quinine. Clean fresh aromas with citrus and aromatic hint. On the palate it is very soft with none of the cloying mouth feel of other tonics.

£3.05 per single pack (4 bottles) buy 6 packs save 15% making each pack £2.59.

After all, if the tonic is 3/4 of your gin and tonic, then you had better choose the best!

Now in stock: Vina Ardanza 2004 MagnumsDate published: 12/08/13

We are excited to introduce the very popular Vina Ardanza in Magnums.

A blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha. The Tempranillo grapes come from 30 year old vines planted in the Vina Ardanza vineyards in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. The garnacha grapes come from old vines placed at altitude 660 metres above sea level in Tudelilla. 

The grapes were harvested and refirgerated in transport. After both fermentations, the wine was barrelled in April 2005. The Tempranillo wine spent 36 months in american oak barrels with an average age of 4 years. The garnacha wine is aged for only 30 months in 2-3 year old American oak barrels, therefore an element of freshness and authenticity are maintained. The wine was then bottled in 2008.

Clean and dark cherry in colour, there are notes of spice with a hint of coffee and vanilla. It is a well structured wine with spicy tannins and ripe dark fruit on the palate.

An excellent addition to a barbeque or with a hearty casserole.

Well priced at £36.00

Natural Sweet Wine- Vin de Constance, Klein Constantia 2005Date published: 11/08/13

Simon Van der Stel was given the permission to start his own farm in 1684, and immediately ventured off to uncover the best growing areas in the Western Cape. After testing soils from various locations, he settled on a sheltered valley facing False Bay. He favoured this location due to its granite soil, so claimed the area and called in Constantia.

This delicious sweet wine is made from hand selected shrivelled grapes which are harvested and left to soften on their skins for several days. The grapes are then pressed and the juice is then fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks and 500 litre oak barrels. The wine is then left to maturate in a cellar before bottling after 5 years. 

The combination of high residual sugar and moderate alcohol levels preserves the bottled wine, and with the correct cellaring conditions it can be aged for at least 20 years, possibly longer. 

This wine has floral hints on the nose, followed by a hint of spice. On the palate there are stone fruits with a hint of nuts and vanilla, followed by a honey finish. An excellent companion to a tarte tatin or even a creme brulee.

£35.00 per bottle when you buy two or more as part of your mixed case.

Open to Taste: Portillo Malbec 2012 - £7.99 when you buy two or more. Date published: 10/08/13

Portillo Malbec is produced at the Salentein winery, which lies in the province of Mendoza. Mendoza is regarded as one of the most popular and important wine growing regions in Argentina, with over 150,000 vineyard hectares and more than 900 wineries. Mendoza dominates winemaking in Argentina and accounts for over 70% of all wine produced in the country. 

Made with 100% Malbec grapes, this wine is red ruby in colour but also displays purple hints. On the nose it is particularly fruity with hints of plums, black berries and also has a touch of vanilla which gives the wine a slight sweetness. Fresh fruit flavours are supported on the palate and there are also round tannis which adds to the body of the wine. This wine would be excellent with grilled meats, spicy dishes and cheese. 

A bargain at £7.99 when you buy two or more as part of your mixed case.

Mister Shiraz on the Tasting CounterDate published: 10/08/13

Mister Shiraz- Colchagua Valley £6.99 Buy any 2 Chilean Wines Save 20%

Style: Bold Flavoursome Red, Medium Bodied.

Grape Variety: Shiraz 

Location: The Rapel-Sub Region on the Central Valley

This Chilean Shiraz has a deep brooding nose of dark fruits like blackcurrant and stewed cherry. Swirl the wine around in the glass to open up secondary aromas of toasty oak. The wine shines a deep crimson colour in the glass and tastes lovely on the palate.

Palate: You will find concenrtrated blackcurrant with a hint of pepper.

Food Match: The wine has decent acidity which would match excellently with bbq meats. If your brave try with hot curries!!

This would be a perfect BBQ Wine this summer.

Wine of the Week- Reuilly Henri Beurdin £9.99 when you buy 2 or moreDate published: 09/08/13

Wine of the Week £9.99 when you buy 2 or more

Looking for a quality sophisticated white

thats great for summer quaffing?

Reuilly is situated in the upper region of Loire (close to Sancerre, near Menetou-Salon).

The vines are planted on very chalky, well drained soil, which contributes to the clean, crisp flavours in the wine.

Aromas: Citrus Fruits

Palate: Zesty lemon and lime as well as gooseberry and a hint of herby-grass. Naturally high in acidity, this sauvignon blanc is lively, fresh and young whilst remaining elegant.

Finish: Fruity and lingering

- clean and elegant

- beautiful length

-Drink alone or with dressed crab or prawn cocktail!!

If your bored of New Zealand Sauvignon then why not give this a try?

Nyetimber Sparkling Wines- A Product of EnglandDate published: 07/08/13

The Nyetimber estate counts three major landmarks in its history. It was first recorded in the Doomsday Book in 1086, followed by the planting of its first vines almost exactly 900 years later. Finally in 2006, Nyetimber made the decision to make their wines available to the public. 

Nyetimber are fortunate to own one hundred percent of their vineyards and all of their wines are produced from the 152 hectares planted at the best sites in West Sussex and Hampshire. Southern England is perfect for the production of sparkling wine. The climate allows for slow ripening of the grapes, allowing for optimum level of acidity and adds complexity and finesse to the overall product. The grapes grown in the Nyetimber vineyards are the same grapes used to make Champagne; chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier.

What is unique to Nyetimber is that they are the only house to only use grapes from their own vineyards. Prior to harvest the grapes are tasted to ensure the best flavour development before picking. If they are not up to standard, they are simply not used. Each and every vineyard os assessed, which means choosing an optimal time to harvest the grapes. All Nyetimber wines are crafted using the traditional method.

Here at Majestic we stock three different Nyetimber products:

Nyetimber Rose Vintage 2007 (£42.99 when you buy 2 or more):

Red rose colour with hints of red cherry and currents followed by honey on the nose. Round and full with a soft texture.

Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2003 (£32.99 when you buy 2 or more):

Pale straw coloured with a rich nose of granny smith and citrus fruits.

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2004 (£23.99 per bottle):

Pale gold in colour with fresh apricot and melon on the nose. A long finish on the palate with a lovely bubble texture. This is a real bargain!

Low Alcohol WinesDate published: 07/08/13

Many of our customers often ask if we stock low alcohol wines. We realise for many of our customers having a low alcoholic content is important either from a health perspective or personal preference. So here is our pick of low alcohol wines we stock: 

Dr. Loosen Riesling Beerenauslese, Mosel, £8.49 :

This fantastic German dessert wine is only 7% abv. It has rich honeyed fruit flavours and has a great finish.

Ayler Kupp Riesling Kabinett, Margarethenhof, £8.99 (multibuy):

Aromatic with flavours of honey and fresh ripe fruit, this is virbrant wine and only 8% abv.  

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Riesling, Marlborough, £13.99 (multibuy):

Elegant and off dry this wine exhibits aromas of lime and grapefruit with subtle hints of apricot. Only 9% abv.

Aspen Estate Merlot, South Eastern Australia, £5.59 (multibuy):

This Merlot has an inviting nose of plum, earth and eucalyptus. Medium bodied and fruity it is only 12% abv.


Pol RogerDate published: 05/08/13

One of my absolute favourite champagnes comes from the house of Pol Roger. Established in 1849 it has a ever consistent style that is so very elegant and perfectly balanced. Their NV brut is currently on offer with us at the bargain price of £32. Made up from from virtually equal parts of pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay it has notes of green fruits, brioche and floral aromas. It has such a lovely mouthful I know of no one that once tasted isn't smitten. Perfect for an aperitif or I have served very successfully along side sea bass ceviche that has a spicy edge to it.

Curious about Curious Brew?Date published: 04/08/13

Chapel Down is home to largest producer of English Wines. Based in Tenterden, they produce a large range of wines and beers. 

Today I am going to introduce you to Curious Brew beer:

Brewed in England using three different types of hops: East Anglian malt, saaz and cascade. It is then refermented using Champagne yeast before adding a 'dosage' of the rare Nelson Sauvin hop.  The unpasturised beer then undergoes cold filtering, and is then bottled. 

In July 2012 this beer was awarded a gold medal at the International Beer Challenge which has judged the worlds beers for the past 16 years. Curious Brew was entered along side 400 other beers and only 29 other entries made the gold grade. 

Only £17.99 for 12 bottles, £1.50 a bottle (330ml). Worth every penny!

Open to Taste: Chateau Guiot Rose 2012- £6.99 when you buy 2 or more Date published: 03/08/13


Chateau Guiot Rose 2012- £6.99 when you buy 2 or more.

Grape Variety: Grenach, syrah, cinsault.

Wine growing region: Nimes is an area that produces top quality wines at excellent prices. It lies between the Rhone Valley and Langedoc, meaning it struggles for identity but ensure good prices.

Tasting Notes:

Nose: Summer berries and spice. Maybe some floral elements like violets? 

Palate: Redcurrant, strawberries.

Method: This wine was most likely produced using the saignée method which involves drawing off some of the wine during fermentation when making a red wine. 

Jane McQuitty describes this wine asalmost a pale red rather than a rose’.

Robert Parker describes the estate as being ‘splendid’. Round pepples on the ground act as little radiators and stop the vines from freezing and stop the earth from becoming scorched in summer.

Food Match: Shellfish Salad

A bargain White BurgundyDate published: 03/08/13

Sometimes there is a wine that comes into us that really punches obove its weight and this Montagny Vielle Vignes is one of them.
It is produced by the excellent 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. It has just a lttle more weight than a Chablis.
I have been lucky enough to visit them a couple of times and across the board they make great wines at very affordable prices.
I would drink this by itself or maybe with a delicate piece of poached sea trout.

WINE OF THE WEEK- Dogajolo Carpineto £8.79Date published: 02/08/13

Wine of the Week

Dogajolo Carpineto 2011/2012 Toscana

Was £10.99 now £8.79*

This beautifully adorned bottle looks fantastic on the outside as well as tasting amazing.

Style: Rounded, approachable and moorish!

You can smell aromas of morello cherry and black fruits with just a touch of wood. On the palate you will find rounded soft tannins and fruity flavours. This sangiovese is a great all rounder that you could enjoy alone or with pizza or heartier stews during the winter.

This young wine is a blend of sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon- which means this wine falls uner the IGT classification (which was set up to allow winemakers to blend non-native grapes. Known as a 'Super Tuscan', this wine represents excellent value for money.

*when you buy 2 or more Italian Wines.

Short term Giesen deal! £5.99 a bottle 2 weeks onlyDate published: 01/08/13

Our Giesen Sauvignon Blanc has been massively popular since joining our range last year and this crisp, zesty Sauvignon from Marlborough has just come down to a great price for the next fortnight. At only £5.99 when you buy two or more it is real value for a Kiwi sauvignon. Pop in this weekend and sample the Giesen brothers staple!

Changes at Majestic Farnham...Date published: 31/07/13

...there comes a time in every Majestic staff members career when they move along to another store and that is happening right here at Farnham this week. Alan our trainee since November is heading East to Sevenoaks this weekend and tomorrow I'm leaving the good people of Farnham to manage the Alton store. We wish Alan all the best in his new store. 

Every cloud has a silver lining though and I hope you all enjoy meeting our new assistant manager Steph and our new trainee Tapiwa when they join the team next week. It has been a pleasure being a part of team Farnham and I hope to see you all again, no doubt as a Wrecclesham resident I will be here to help out at our winter tasting in November at the very least!

Brooklyn Lager - Something a bit differentDate published: 30/07/13

If you're tired of the same old lagers (Fosters, Carlsberg, Becks, and the list goes on) then why not try a fantastic craft beer called Brooklyn Lager. We've all been enjoying it here at Majestic Farnham!

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.

£9.99 each when you buy 4 packs

Classic Food and Wine pairingsDate published: 29/07/13

In my occasional articles on classic food and wine combinations there is one that is particularly applicable for a Sunday. Roast beef and a really good bottle of red wine. When faced with probably waht has been a straight month of bbq's my wife suggested have a roast dinner instead. Seeing it was pouring with rain I conceded it was appropriate to roast the rib of beef I was planning to throw on the grill. I rubbed beef in mustard powder, pepper and salt then sealed until really well coloured and popped in a low oven until the core temperature reached mid thirties. Remove and cover tightly. It will continue to cook so for a lovely medium rare aim for mid forties. Whilst this is resting crank the oven and roast your potatoes and Yorkshire's. Most red will go with beef but when I'm eating classic roast beef it has to be claret. Last night I had a bottle of château langoa barton 2001 which with its deep core of blackcurrant fruit and soft tannins was a fantastic match. I have enjoyed cooking outside these last few weeks but I have missed our Sunday roasts!

End of an EraDate published: 28/07/13

Forgive me today as this isn't an article about wine at all. This is an acknowledgement and thanks for one of the most respected of the Majestic managers there has ever been. Ginny has been at the Haslemere branch for many years now and responsible for training so many of us over the last decade. She has a very loyal list of regular customers and I'm sure will be missed by many of them. Internal wise there is an endless list of current Majestic managers/assistant managers and trainee managers that will be ever grateful for her knowledge and wisdom she has imparted to us all. From a personal point of view I was Ginny's assistant manager for over a year and I loved every minute of it. In fact I was, in a way disappointed when I got promoted to a managers position as I didn't want to leave the nest. So many of us have so much to thank Ginny for. She is responsible for getting so many people promoted to a manager over her career I have lost count. She will be a real loss in our region and we all will miss her enormously. I am lucky to cite Ginny as one of my closest friends and can only thank her for all the past years of wisdom and friendship we have shared. Hope all goes well with the impending birth and from all our region much love. XX

Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013 now in stock!Date published: 27/07/13

The wait is over, the Ned is back and it doesn't disappoint, full on citrus, plenty of gooseberry and a perfect streak of acidity to give it the lovely refreshing finish that is wonderful in this hot weather! It's young and fruity but drinking nicely now, pop in and stock up! Down to £7.99 with any other NZ wine.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 26/07/13

To me the essence of an elegant summer white has to be a wine from the classic region of the Loire valley. Mainly they tend to be either sauvignon blanc or chenin blanc. For this weeks wine of the week we have chosen the delicious Chateau de Sancerre. Made solely from sauvignon you get green fruits with a touch of gooseberry that mingle with finely balanced acidity. I often will serve Sancerre as a welcome drink or alongside a simple tomato and goats cheese tart. I also matched it recently with wild sea bass that had been roasted with thyme, garlic and a touch of chilli. Everyone agreed it was a delicious combination. Why not pop down this weekend to taste this wine £15.99 when you buy two or more.

Tips on Storing wineDate published: 25/07/13

Short Term Storage Solutions 

It may be that you don't want to consume a whole bottle in an evening or you need to save some for later, but fear not! You can Vacuum pump the wine and it will last for days. Le Creuset do a good range.

Long Term Storage Solutions

The wine should be kept a constant temperature between 10-15° degrees and not exposed to direct sunlight. 

- WHY LAY BOTTLES DOWN? It keeps the cork wet and in contact with the wine and stops air getting in.

When oxygen attacks the wine it can create unwanted aromas and flavours- like wet cardboard. Oxygenation is often avoided during the wine making process, which preserves the fresh fruit flavours and delicate aromas in the wine. However, fortified wine like Oloroso Sherry can be ageing oxidatively; which gives flavours and toffee, walnut, leather and spice.

Sometimes winemakers want to 

TIP: Many cellar racks are made in grids, and you can number each hole. You can write down which wine is in which hole and this way keep track of where they are without having to move things around all the time.

Don't park your wine near any vibrating equipment like a washing machine!! This disturbs the wine in the bottle; which is especially important if you have an old Rioja or Bordeaux that contains sediment and would need decanting.

Weekend BBQDate published: 24/07/13

I unearthed a bottle of Penfolds bin 389 from the year 1998 over the weekend to take along to a get together with some of my old Majestic friends. We were having a BBQ so I thought something new world would fit the bill and this wine often called 'baby grange' (due to its time spent in ex Grange barrels) could be just the ticket. I was a little nervous as I probably have had it for over 10 years but it looked in perfect condition. I should not of been worried as it turned out to be a lovely, soft, complex bottle that is right in its drinking window. A blend of Cabernet and Shiraz it had real depth but the age had softened all those tannins out. It does prove that some of those well structured, mid priced, new world wines have the ability to age gracefully. It matched the steaks from the grill perfectly but I also think that a really good Comte or Beaufort would be a great combination. Look out for this wine at auction houses.

Calafornian Wine Information Date published: 24/07/13

Since the 1960's winemaking has really taken off, with many premium wineries making top quality Bordeaux blended wines as well as Chardonnay and Zinfandel (which is pretty much exclusive to the region). 

Climate: Varied from North to South. During the ripening season temperatures can reach 40º in the Central Valley, therefore drip irrigation is needed. Luckily there are moderating factors that help cool the vines and preserve the flavours of in the grapes.

Davis Zone: This is climate classification system I is the coolest and V is the hottest. Zones I-III are suitable for premium vineyards.

Napa County: The Mayacamas & Vaca Mountains brings cooling fog down into the valley. The climate is cooler in the South(II) and a warmer Mediterranean climate (II) in the North.

Rutherford and Oakville are notable areas.

Central Valley Region: 80% of Calafornian Wine is produced here- where it is mostly hot and dry (levels IV and V)

Lodi: Benefits from the cooling influences of San Francisco Bay and is home to some of the oldest & best Zinfandel Vineyards.

One of my favourite Calafornian Wines that Majestic Wine currently stock is produced in the warm 'Santa Barbara County'. It is part of our fine wine deal where you can buy any 2 selected fine wines and save £8

Au Bon Climat Chardonnay 2010 Santa Barbara

An immensely complex nose of ripe apple, orange zest, toast and roasted hazelnut. The palate offers bright fruit and a lush feel, with an enduring nuttiness that provides a long and involving finish. I love an oaked chardonnay!!

Château Beaulieu 2006 Lalande de Pomerol - £9.99 when you buy two or moreDate published: 23/07/13

Château Beaulieu 2006 Lalande de Pomerol- £9.99 when you buy 2 or more

Region: Lalande de Pomerol.

Lalande de Pomerol is immediately to the north of the Pomerol appellation itself (on the right bank of the Garonne and Dorgogne rivers). It is an area of similar terrain and gravelly clay and limestone soils and produces wines that are stylistically similar to Pomerol. Here you can find excellent value for money. The wines tend to have a spicy characterstic like white pepper, and deep fruits.

Château Beaulieu

This château, which has been in family hands since 1892 is located near the village of Néac , in the centre of Lalande de Pomerol. Just to the north of the Pomerol appellation itself, it is an area of similar terrain and gravelly clay and limestone soils. 2006 was a good vintage in Pomerol/St Emilion with 7-9 out of ten. The wines are drinking well at the moment, however you can cellar these years to come.

Tasting Note:

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot

Aromas: Deep redfruits with a smokey-oakey wood background.

Tannin: Juicy and not too over bearing.

Flavours: Deep stewed plum with white pepper accent.

Finsh: Long and warming

Food Ideas: Mustard & Thyme Crusted Rib Eye of Beef.

A good cheese board- the protein in the cheese will break down the tannin in the wine and make the experience much softer and richer.

Extremely Good Value PomerolDate published: 22/07/13

If you were wondering what the great wines of Pomerol were like, but didn't want to fork out for a bottle with a more hefty price tag, then why not buy a bottle from the lesser-known vineyards of Lalande de Pomerol. These are wines made from just outside the more prestigous vinyards of the actual Pomerol appelation, but are cheaper and very similar in style.

We have recently been enjoying Château Beaulieu, 2006. Classy on the nose, which offers ripe black fruit and a sense of maturity. Nicely ripe on the palate, with flavours of plum and bramble, framed by supple tannins.

£9.99 when you buy to or more (saving £10 as it is usually £14.99 for one)

Favourite wine from today's wine course...Date published: 21/07/13

The Coteaux de Giennois is a delicious Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire. Just outside the more familiar name of Pouilly-Fume the village benefits from many of the same cliamte and soil conditions that have established its more famous neighbour. Classic gooseberry fruit on the nose is intense yet restrained, and leads into a palate bursting with flavours of lime and nettle, delivered with a clean and crisp feel. Offering fantastic value for money at just £8.99 when you buy two or more it is a steal when compared to similar qualitiy Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume.

Great summer offers ending on Monday 22nd July. Date published: 20/07/13

Last few days at these prices!!

Heidsieck Gold Top Vintage 2007 Special Offer £20.00 

This richer style of champagne has a biscuity nose and beautiful soft hints of vanilla and dough on the palate. The 'mouse' is very lively and the bubbles are persistent. 

Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV Champagne Special Offer £25.00

The palate displays lots of soft apple- carrying some yeasty notes but not as rich as Heidsieck Gold Top or Bollinger. A great all round champagne that would suit anyones taste buds!

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Montana, Marlborough £6.99 when you buy any two New Zealand Still Wines.

A dry and fruiy sauvignon with lots of green apple and gooseberry on the nose. Tropical flavours of mango and passionfruit follow on the palate with a elegant finish. Excellent value for money!!

Dont miss out on these fantastic offers. Ring now to make a delivery- free of charge when you spend £40 or more.

Wine of the Week: Thibert St VeranDate published: 20/07/13

Looking for soft buttery white with good acidity and length ?

On the nose you will find a harmonious melody of crisp fresh apple and baked apple,

as well as a touch of lemon curd. You can smell the oak influence on the nose, however

it is well intergrated into the fruit bouquet. My mouth is watering already! The grapes

are handpicked to ensure the best quality grapes are used to make the wine which are

then fermented and matured in oak barrels. My favourite thing about this wine is the elegant balance between acidity and body. The wine coats the mouth and leaves a

creamy finish, as well as a citrus bite and mouthwatering acidty.

Serve between 12º-14º to enjoy the full experience of the wine.

£12.99 when you buy two or more.

Macon Lugny LatourDate published: 18/07/13

Often overlooked in our offering of white burgundy is a wine that has been the backbone of range since the early days of Majestic, Louis Latour's Macon Lugny.
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. Perfect for a pre dinner drink or poached chicken breast with summer vegetables
We now have some magnums of it also which would grace any dinner table.

Yali Sauvignon - a wine to remember at a price you won't forget!Date published: 17/07/13

If you are feeling the post Ned 2012 blues then fear not as we have a wonderful option for you to explore in the meantime...Yali sauvignon is a greawt example of the quality Chile can offer at a real bargain price (£5.99 with any other Chilean wine) Fermentation was carried out gradually in a temperature-controlled environment that allowed extraction of a large quantity of fruit and mineral fragrances. After fermentation the wine was allowed to rest on its lees for 4 months and subjected to bâtonnage. Grapefruit, lime and peach aromas leap from the glass, followed with crisp, citrus flavours on the palate. A refreshing acidity is matched by a zingy finish. Perfect for drinking either on its own or with light seafood dishes.

Wine Course August 25th - Spaces available...Date published: 16/07/13

If you would like a free introduction to the world of wine then sign up to our wine course. The next date is 25th August and we hold one a month. If you have a group of 8-10 people who would like an exclusive course please get in touch and we will do our best to accomodate you.

The course is a great chance to learn a bit more about wine. We sample 3 whites, 3 reds a champagne and a dessert wine, talking about how they are made and why they taste the way they do. We also do a bit of food matching to try the wines with foods they do (and do not!) work with. It really is a superb opportunity to jump in at the beginning of a journey into the joys of wine.

My name is LucaDate published: 15/07/13

I'm happy to see the fantastic Luca Malbec from Mendoza in Argentina back in stock at Majestic.
I got a feeling the last vintage we saw was the 2009 so I was slightly apprehensive to to open the new vintage which is 2011. I shouldn't of been.
 Rather than create new vineyards from scratch, Laura Catena persuaded
several established growers in the Uco Valley to improve their vineyard
management and reduce their yields, providing her with top quality
grapes from much sought-after old vines.
Immensely fragrant, offering a nose of black cherry and bramble, with
hints of cigar box , smoke and lavender. Smooth and approachable in
texture, with a generous helping of palate fruit.
I know it will only get better with s bit more age but it is utterly irresistible now. I drank it with a grilled Boerewors from our local farm shop the always excellent Laverstoke Park. A great combination.

CVNE WinesDate published: 14/07/13

Some of my favourite wines from Spain come from CVNE. They are all on great deals at the moment but my pick of all the deals is the Imperial reserva which is down from £22 to £17 when buying two or more.
Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, CVNE, was founded in 1879 in
Haro, Rioja. Named Imperial because it was originally exported to the UK
in imperial pint sized bottles, this is one of the best Rioja Reservas
The Imperial range all always full of lush dark fruits on lots of spicey vanilla. All the sorts of things I expect to find in my Rioja. I would ideally drink this some char grilled lamb cutlets or some piccante chorizo treated in the same way. Heaven!

Septimo Día Chardonnay 2011 Mendoza, Price £9.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 £7.99 *Date published: 13/07/13

Septimo Día Chardonnay 2011 Mendoza,  Price £9.99  Buy 2 bottles save £4 £7.99 *

This Chardonnay comes from the Gualtayary district of the Uco Valley, an area with dual soil types of rock and sand, and notable sloped vineyards. The varied soils and altitudes provide grapes of varied characteristics, allowing winemakers to blend their desired style. 

Aromas: Tropical fruits such as mango and banana. The oak adds a slight sweetness. Think bananabread!!

Palate: The tropical fruits continue on the palate, as well as honey and pineapple. This is offset by a twist of green apple and citrus.

This youthful chardonnay is delicious and excellent value for money. The oak influence is pleasant and not overbearing. 

Food Match: Fish Pie would work well with the buttery potato mash lending itself to the butteryness of the wine, and the acidity matching well with the fish. 

Why not give it a try, its on our tasting counter!

Wine of the Week: Château de Sainte Gemme 2002 Haut-Médoc, £9.99 when you buy 2 or more, otherwise £13.99Date published: 12/07/13

Press Mention and Wine of the Week

Château de Sainte Gemme 2002 Haut-Médoc, Recommended by Jane MacQuitty on the 6th July in The Times 

Looking for an approachable, top quality Bordeaux ?

This wine is drinking absolutely brilliantly right now and we hope you agree. Made from 20 year old vines, the blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is beautifully balanced. You will find complex flavours of red cherry, raspberry and vanilla pod, as well as nuances of chocolate and charred wood. The texture is smooth and the finish lingers. The taste is very moorish and just feels like a quality wine! Try for yourself! 

The 2002 vintage in Medoc is rated between 6-8 and can be drank over the next few years. We give it 10 out of 10! You could pair this wine with a variety of red meats such as beef or even game.

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more, otherwise £13.99

Press Mention- Jane MacQuitty 6th July. Paul Mas Merlot 2012 PGI Pays d'Oc Date published: 11/07/13

Paul Mas Merlot 2012 PGI Pays d'Oc Now only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more.


Producer: Domaines Paul Mas are one of the largest and most successful wineries in the Languedoc, having 230ha of estate-owned vineyards, as well as access to over 800ha of vineyards owned by contract growers, making a range of great value wines with traditional varieties.

The vines are planted on the best hillside plots which produce from low yields, in an area called 'Pezenas' The climate is mediterranean with long hot summers and relitavely mild winters. The wine is kept in stainless steel vats which retains fruity flavours of the wine. Part of the wine is oaked which accetuates the fruit and adds a little bit of rustic character to the blend.

Aromas: On the nose you will find the typical stewed plummy jammi-ness which you associate with the Merlot grape variety.

Palate: Fruity with subtle hints of bitter chocolate/mocha.

Body: Meduim bodies in style and not too over powering.

Overall conclusion: A nicely balanced wine which I would definately be happy to have in just incase friends pop round and are looking for something easy and straightforward to drink. There are no 'volatile' alcohol flavours or nasty astringent tannin- just flavour and quite a good finish.

Ridge GeyservilleDate published: 10/07/13

I'm delighted to see the Geyserville back in stock at Majestic. I have enjoyed many different vintages in the past. Made from.The blend is mainly made up of Zinfandel with added Carignane and Petite Sirah. This is a very dark fruited wine with generous amounts of sweet vanilla oak. Ridge are an excellent producer that produce fantastic Cabernet, rich Chardonnay and well known for their 'Zins'. They are big wines across the board and they all need food. The Geyserville I would match with slowly braised ox cheeks (see my recipe 5th june in news) or maybe a sweet but spicy lamb tagine. We do have stock of the other Ridge wines (see website fine wine listings) which when ordered get sent from our temperature controled fine wine centre in London. If you have never tried any of these wines I can only say you are missing out on some of the best Californian wines out there and in relation to some producers over there great value to boot.

Parcel Series, Maipo Valley, Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 09/07/13

Like most of us last weekend, i was delighted to attend a BBQ under the glorious summer sun. After dithering for a while, trying to decide which wine to take, i settled for the Parcel Serious Cabernet Sauvignon. Made exclusively for Majestic and sold under our 'Parcel Series' range, these wines are usually made by top producers but have a reasonable price. At £7.99 (When you buy 2 or more Chilean wines) this really is a cracking bottle of wine and was unaminously the favourite on the day and went well with my burger!

A classic cassis-like aroma overlayed with ripe red berries, vanilla and soft dark spice. Impressively pure fruit on the palate, with sense of real richness and weight conveyed by dense, smooth tannins.

Rioja and LambDate published: 08/07/13

Some combinations are just meant to be and Lamb and Rioja is a tried and tasted perfect example. The way I like to do Lamb chops is on the BBQ ideally. Start by buying the best Lamb you can trimmed of excess fat but ensuring you leave thin layer on the chop. Marinade overnight in olive oil, thyme, rosemary, garlic and chilli. Bring out of the fridge an hour before cooking. Remove from them oil and season well then place over coals, grab a glass of wine and monitor the grilling. It will create flames because of the fat so just turn and move to s different part of the grill. Cook to your liking (med rare for me) and serve with your preferred bottle of Rioja. For instance Lagunilla 2005 gran reserva which we had open recently. Lovely mature fruit with a generous lick of vanilla make this the perfect wine for those delicious chops.

Champagne offers Date published: 07/07/13

What a great month thus far GB sport and what better way to celebrate than a bottle or two of Champagne. We currently have some great deals including Canard Duchene @ £19 and the always fantastic Heidsieck Gold Top vintage @£20. We then have three of the great champagne houses all at £30. Veuve Clicquot, Louis Roederer and when you buy six or more and my personal favourite Bollinger. So pop in today and stock up in preparation for Andy and Lewis today, Justin, Luke and Lee in a couple of weeks and for the great prospect of what should be a great Ashes series. Let's hope the sun keeps shining!

Veuve Clicquot NV - Only £30! Until 15th of JulyDate published: 06/07/13

Until the 15th of July you can get your hands on one of Champagne's finest - Veuve Clicquot NV - for only £30 (down from £37). So make sure you get down to Majestic Farnham, or alternatively order online or by telephone, and pick up a few whilst they are on at this stunning price. With the BBQ and summer party/festival season well under way there aren't too many other champagnes that impress quite like Veuve Clicquot. 

Probably my favourite Champagne, it strikes a perfect balance between freshness and power. The iconic yellow label on the bottle represents the paleness in colour of the wine, which contains lots of lovely, fine persistent bubbles. on the palate a richness of fruit and mouthfilling mousse that lingers long.

Beaujolais-Villages 2011 Georges Duboeuf - Open on our Tasting Counter!Date published: 06/07/13

Beaujolais-Villages 2011 Georges Duboeuf - £6.99 when you buy at least two bottles of Beaujolais Wine

This is one of our best selling wines, and no wonder because its such a great summer wine and at a top price!! The bottle would look beautiful at any BBQ or garden party, and with pretty pictures of flowers on the front who could say no to this wine?! Heres my tasting note:


Upon pouring into the glass the viscosity is quite thin and the colour is ruby with a hint of purple at the rim. Just from looking at the wine we get an idea that this is a youthful example from the region. This tends to be the case in Beaujolais as the style of wine is intended to be drunk young.

Nose: A real bubblegum and candied fruit aroma coming through. Think raspberry candyfloss!

Palate: Fresher fruit flavours dominate, like red cherry and raspberry. The alchol level feels low and the flavour intesity is not too overbearing.

Tannin: Low tannin with a juicy finish 

Food Match: Salmon Fillet with Jersey Royals and Peas à la français

Serve Lightly Chilled 

A classic food and wine match, Bellero Barbera 2012 Piemont, £6.99Date published: 06/07/13

When you think of those cherry fruit dominated Italian reds there are a few dishes that I automatically think of and inspire me to cook. 'Spaghetti with a meat ragu' being one of them.This is how I do mine:

Spaghetti with a meat Ragu 
Soften a couple of onions in olive oil then add a couple chopped cloves of garlic and a crumbled dried chilli. Remove then seal your choice of meat. I use 3/4s beef and 1/4 veal. When lightly browned add your onions, a tin of really good tinned tomatoes, 3 or 4 minced raw chicken livers, a bundle of thyme and bay and a whole bottle of good full red wine. Bring to the boil then summer for a couple of hours. Slow and gentle is key here. Cook your pasta and add a little of the ragu. The Italian way of doing this recipe would be to ensure that the pasta is the key component of this dish. With any remaining ragu you could make a lovely cottage pie.

Wine Match: Bellero Barbera 2012 Piemont, £8.74

Buy 2 still Italian wines between £5 - £20 save 20% £6.99 *

Lagunilla Reserva (2007/2008) and Gran Reserva (2005) Comparison. Date published: 05/07/13

You may be a wine novice or an expert, or maybe somewhere in the middle, but eitherway you will hopefully find this article interesting. 

We are going to take a look at the differences between two Spanish wines that Majestic Wine stock. They are both produced from the same winery and the main differences lie in the ageing process.

Rioja Reserva 2007/2008 Lagunilla

Price £10.99

Buy 2 bottles save £8 £6.99 *

Ageing: Requires 36 months by law in total. The wine has spent 24 months in oak and the rest is aged in the bottle.

Palate: Red cherry, oak influence gives the wine a taste of vanilla pods and charred wood. The fruit is backed by a slight sweet spice.

Tannin: Supple

Finish: Smooth with a bitter sweet aftertaste

Food Match: Roasted Shoulder of Lamb

Rioja Gran Reserva 2005 Lagunilla

Price £14.99

Buy 2 bottles save £8 £10.99 *

Ageing: Requires 60 months by law in total. The wine has spent 24 months in oak followed by 3 years in bottle. 

Aromas: Mature aromas like tobacco, game and leather.

Palate: Dried fruits such a fig, raison and prune backed by smokey oak.

Tannin: Soft and well intergrated into the wine

Finish: Smooth and lingering. Excellent flavour intensity.

Food Match: Steak with black peppercorn sauce, or slow roasted lamb with thyme. Manchego cheese would also match well with the strong flavours in the wine.

We hope that one of these wines takes your fancy! 

The Gran Reserva is open to try on our tasting counter so why not give it a go?

Provence tasting week may be ending but...Date published: 04/07/13

...never fear! We will still have a couple of Provence wines open this weekend including my favourite, the Ch. Sainte Marguerite Organic Rose. The Château was created in 1929 and was acquired by the Fayard family in 1977. Situated between Toulon and Saint Tropez, this little seaside village is gifted with exceptional climatic conditions and earth with great soil, to produce top quality wines.  This organic Grande Resérve displays fresh red berry fruits and delightful floral aromas. A slight floral character is also present on the palate. Light and refreshing, this wine is ideal served with appetizers or dessert. Serve well chilled. A perfect summer wine available for £11.99 when you buy two or more.

Famille Abeille Rosé, Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 03/07/13

Having previously prefered some of the more fuller-bodied Rose over the more delicate and light Provencial styles, i have to say i would make an exception for this one. This wine comes from a family-owned estate which is part of Château Riotor, located in the heart of Provence in the commune of Cannet des Maures. The vineyards are only 30km from the Med, and enjoy a warm, maritime, Mistral-influenced climate.

 For me, the key factor that distinguishes this Provence Rose from the others i have tried is the vibrant and fruity nose, which follows through on the palate. fresh peach, clementine, pear and raspberry. Yummy!

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

The Ned Waihopai River Pinot Noir 2012 and a look at the Marlborough regionDate published: 03/07/13

Marlborough, New Zealand

Marlborough in New Zealand is capable of producing excellent wines and is regarded as the largest and best wine growing region in the country. It is home to the renowned powerhouse winery 'Cloudy Bay'.

The region has grown from strength to strength since the 70's, with sauvignon blanc being the dominant grape variety, with many examples displaying aromas of tropical fruits as well as green herbs and minerality. These fruits are mirrored on the palate and are usually backed by high acidity and great intesity.

Pinot Noir had a slow start, with high yields being planted which resulted in pale wines that lacked flavour and quality. But fear not, Majestic Wine stock excellent examples including The Ned.

The Ned Waihopai River Pinot Noir 2012 

£12.49 Buy 2 still New Zealand wines save 20% £9.99 *

With vines growing at a high altitude of 909 metres above sea level, they benefit from cool nights which help to preserve the fruit flavours and acidity. Now to the interesting part, the flavours!

The palate is dominated by lush, vibrant fruits like strawberry and red cherry, as well as plum and ripe blackberry. I would describe the acidity as well balanced and juicy. The oak is very subtle giving a slight sweet spice flavour. The tannin is low making it an easy drinking wine which could be enjoyed with or without food. How about five spiced duck breast?

Please try this wine while it is on our Tasting Counter; you will not be dissapointed !

Restaurant or pub? Find out about our commercial team...Date published: 02/07/13

If you run a pub or restaurant and would like to learn a bit more about what the Majestic Commercial team can offer here is your answer:

 - Trade only commercial wines - on trade exclusives with a superb rangeincluding many award winning wine.

 - Fast efficient delivery, often same day

 - Dedicated account manager to help you choose the right wines for your list

 - Wine list production

These are just a few of the advantages of buying the wine for your establishment from us, if you would like to know more please get in touch on 01252 711988 or e-mail far@majestic.co.uk and we will put you in toucvh with an account manager.

Boillot PulignyDate published: 02/07/13

After starting our evening with the sumptuous Ruinart Blanc de Blanc's we swiftly moved on to a couple of bottles of Boillot's Puligny Montrachet. From one of Burgundy's most famous communes in
the heart of the Côte-de-Beaune département. Jean Marc Boillot's
limestone-rich soils and old vines, along with non-interventionist
winemaking allow for the expression of terroir.
Pale lemon in colour, the wine exhibits nutty and peach aromas with
hints of minerality. Rich, opulent white fruit with hints of floral and
hazlenut adorn the palate with fantastic acidity and balance..A delightful and very elegant white burgundy which would grace any dinner table with aplomb. Think a tranche of Turbot with a light hollandaise as a perfect combination.This wine is very limited so stored in our St John's Wood branch and sent by courier when ordered.

CorimboDate published: 01/07/13

Following on the Alion (see previous article) we then moved to this new to range Spanish stunner.
A project by Bodegas Roda, one of Rioja's leading wineries, to make
a top quality modern Tempranillo in Ribera del Duero. Following four
years of research, the La Horra vineyards were identified as Roda's
chosen Duero site, and Corimbo was first produced here in 2008.
Mostly aged in french oak this is more subtle than some Ribera but none the worse for that.
The wine is a dense and multi-layered wine, crammed with black fruit
and accented with notes of sweet spice, toast and floral aromas.
I was bowled over by how balanced and downright drinkable it was.
Try with a slow roasted shoulder of wild boar. Perfect!

AlionDate published: 30/06/13

When I accepted a dinner invitation from good friends Rich and Treeze I had high expetations of drinking well and we did. It has been a while since I have had this wine but was amazed by its quality.
Bodegas Alion is a sister winery of Vega Sicilia, that focuses on
producing this single cuvée, one of the purest expressions of Duero
Tempranillo. Aged in 100% new French oak for up to 20 months, and
a further 15 or more in bottle, the wine has tremendous power,
delivered with great finesse. The nose is a symphony of exotic spice,
incense, wood smoke and lavender, while the palate offers an equally
impressive multi-layered structure and immense weight.
This is a wine that is best served alongside with roasted lamb.
Not cheap but worth every penny.

Vina Eguia Gran ReservaDate published: 29/06/13

Gran Reserva 2004 for only  £8.99 has to be one of the best buys in our current offers we all think here in the  Farnham store.
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.
This is a perfect wine to pair with grilled lamb cutlets that have sat in a marinade of rosemary, thyme, garlic and a touch of chilli then grilled to medium rare over charcoal.

PRESS MENTION: Rioja Rosado 2012 Muga, Price £10.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 £8.99 *Date published: 29/06/13

PRESS MENTION - The Saturday Times Jane Macquitty 29th June 

Rioja Rosado 2012 Muga,  Price £10.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 £8.99 *


Muga produce amazing wines and take great care in the winemaking process. This is an oaked example of a Rose wine, from the Rioja Alta subregion of Rioja. The Winery is at the most westerly area of the region in a place called Haro, which is considered the wine capital of Rioja. 

Winemaking: Maceration takes place for 12 hours, which involves leaving the skins and 'mushed' grapes to extract flavour and tannin into the juice. The wine ferments for 25 days in 1000 litre wooden before being bottled. The fining process is quite something at Muga. It involves using egg whites and leads to a cleaner liquid. The egg whites absorb a lot of the harsh, bitter tannin that can lead to astringent wines.

We think this wine is excellent value for money considering the outstanding winery, and meticulous vinification process. 

Tasting Notes:

Nose:Ripe fruit – sweet cooking apples, little hint of oak,

Palate: Fresh fruit, tangier than provence. Grenache gives a slightly warm spicesness to the blend. Long finish.

Food Match:

Shrimps sautéed in oil and garlic with smoked paprika.

Wine of the Week Château Pigoudet 'La Chapelle' Rosé 2012 Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence - £8.99*Date published: 28/06/13

Wine of the Week

Château Pigoudet 'La Chapelle' Rosé 2012 Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence - £8.99*

To kick off the rosé week on our Tasting Counter we've selected a delightful and affordable Provence style wine. The light salmon pink colour is beautifully delicate with aromas of peach, pear and red apple. The blend consists of Grenache, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz and is made using a method called 'Saignee' (Prounounced 'Son-yay') and involves 'bleeding off' some of the juice used in the red wine making process. On the palate you find a fresh acidity with riper fruit flavours like strawberry and cherry juice. This dry style has the acidity to complement fish dishes such Salad Niçoise.

£8.99 when you buy 2 or more (usually £9.99)

Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2012 - sold out, but do not fear...Date published: 28/06/13

Whilst we experience a brief gap between the 2012 and 2013 Ned Sauvignon why not take the opportunity to sample something a bit different. Our alternative recommendation this weekend is the Brancott Estate Sauvignon. On offer at the same price as the Ned (£6.99 when you buy two or more) and from one of the most renowned producers in Marlborough this grassy herabaceous wine really hits the spot. Open to try this weekend why not come and see if it matches up to the Waihopei Rivers finest!

Sneaky Peek at Provence Rose Tasting week...Date published: 27/06/13

To give you a preview of our upcoming Provence tasting week we've got the Famille Abeille Rose open to taste. Here is a bit of info about the wine. This wine comes from a family-owned estate which is part of Château Riotor, located in the heart of Provence in the commune of Cannet des Maures. The vineyards are only 30km from the Med, and enjoy a warm, maritime, Mistral-influenced climate. A delicate and refreshing rosé typical of Provence, with a pale dahlia pink colour, and gentle flavours reminiscent of fresh peach, clementine, pear and raspberry. Enjoy as a refreshing picnic wine, or with soft pink fish such as poached trout. £9.99 when you buy two or more.

LFE Gran Reserva MerlotDate published: 26/06/13

I'm glad to see this fantastic wine back in stock with us.

Chile is an excellent hunting ground for 100% varietals and this Merlot is no exception.

A great example of Chile's most celebrated red grape, mainly from
vineyards in Colchagua Valley, with 15% Casablanca Valley fruit added for
extra freshness of flavour. Aged for 12 months in 30% new French and
American oak barrels.
Plush red and black fruit flavours of strawberry, cherry and blackberry
form the backbone, overlaid with notes of vanilla and green tobacco leaf.
Soft, ripe tannins provide a great sense of volume.

Perfect with red meats grilled on your bbq!

Guidalberto - Sassicaia's little brotherDate published: 25/06/13

Tenuto San Guido are famous for Sassicaia, the legendary super Tuscan available for around £180 a bottle. Super Tuscans are typically Bordeaux style blends that fall outside of Italian DOC status but represent some of the very finest wines the country has to offer. I had the pleasure of trying Tenuto's second wine last week. Guidalberto is 60% Cabernet and 40% Merlot and made to be drunk younger than the Sassicaia. This doesn't mean it hasn't got ageing potential though as the 2009 I tried was delicious but only at the beginning of its development. Full of dark berries and plums with a touch of tobacco and liquorice. Plenty of tannin but so so soft and silky every sip is a treat. Well worth decanting 2-3 hours before drinking to make the most of this wine. Guidalberto is available on our But 2 save £8 Fine Wine mix and match deal and comes down to £26 from £30 when bought with another fine wine from the offer. Try it this weekend, you won't regret it!

BVS Shiraz 2010 Peter Lehmann, Barossa Valley - now £9.99* from £12.49 Date published: 24/06/13

BVS Shiraz 2010 Peter Lehmann, Barossa Valley - now £9.99* from £12.49

*Buy 2 still Australian wines between £5 - £20 save 20%

This is still one of my favourite sub £10 Aussie reds- its robust, quite full bodied and packed full of flavour. Peter Lehman is a fantastic producer, and the BVS Shiraz is a great example of the wines they make. The grapes have been sourced from over 140 local growers which, gives depth to the wine as well as giving the smaller vineyards in the Barossa Valley a chance to shine.

Nose: Baked cherries, plum with a hint of stewed strawberry. All lifted by a touch of sweet pudding spice. There is a slight smell of charred wood which suggests barrel ageing has taken place in the production of this wine.

Palate: The flavours lean towards blackfruit as well as toasty wood and cocoa beans.

Tannin: Well intergrated into the flavours and acidity of the wine. Would mellow when eaten with strong cheese such as parmesan.

Food Match: James' Rib Recipe (see earlier post 16/06/13) would work really well, with the spiciness accentuating the star anise, cinnamon and chillies in the rib sauce.


Open on our tasting counter right now!!

Lirac, Domaine des Garrigues Date published: 22/06/13

Lirac, in the Southern Rhone, is one of seven crus appelations and its wines share similar characteristics to the more prestigous Chateanuf-du-Pape appelation located on the opposite side of the Rhone river. The benefit of Lirac being, you can pay a fraction of the price for that of premium priced Chateanuf's.

 This wine has a fesher, primary fruits feel about it. Made entirely without oak, this wine is vibrant and youthful in both colour and aroma, with great freshness to the dense red fruit. Ample tannins provide a long, blackcurrant and liquorice-tinged finish.

£8.49 when you buy 2 or more

Villa Maria Chardonnay Cellar SelectionDate published: 22/06/13

On our tasting this weekend is this cracking Chardonnay.

Villa Maria takes both free-run and lightly pressed juice and uses a
mixture of natural and controlled fermentation, creating a mixture of
primary and secondary fruit characters from different length
fermentations. The wine then spends 10 months in barrel on its lees.
Dry and freshly acidic, but with soft and lifted tropical notes on nose and
palate, combined seamlessly with delicate oak spiciness.

Its been a while since we had this wine open and I had forgotten
how good this sub £10 wine is. Pair with some grilled Brill with a light
beurre blanc.

Caixas Godello 2012 Martín Codax £9.99 (Buy 2 Save £4)Date published: 21/06/13

Caixas Godello 2012 Martín Codax £9.99

Buy 2 Bottles Save £4

This is an interesting pick to feature on our Wine Tasting counter in Farnham and having not tried Godello wines before, I thought it would be a good chance to experience something different.

Grape: Godello: Grown throughout the north-west of Spain, in the past Godello has most often been used as a constituent for blends, but has gained increasing recognition as a quality varietal in its own right. Native to Galicia, new planting has been encouraged in the last few years, especially in Valdeorras DO. It is considered a main variety in Valdeorras and Bierzo DOs.

Aromas: Pear and melon hit you on the nose, with gentle floral nuances that follow.

Palate: There is mild acidity on the palate, complemented by green herbs and some soft citrus. The citrus is noticable on the tip of the tongue, which contrasts a slight honeyed taste that coats the sides of your mouth. The round texture is a result of lees contact- a process where the wine sits on its 'lees' (yeast deposits) in the vat.

Food Match: Drink with grilled sardines or salted cod.

Press Review:

"First came Albariño, now the Godello variety is doing its bit to confirm Galicia as the source of Spain's most arresting whites, produced here in aromatic style with subtle white flower notes amid the lemon curd, white peach and pear, while the palate is fleet of foot with a zesty zip. (The Wine Gang, www.thewinegang.com, June 2013)"

Wine Of The Week - Rioja Reserva 2008 CVNE Date published: 20/06/13

This weeks wine of the week is a lush Rioja Reserva by the high quality producer CNVE (The Northern Spanish Wine Company)

A soft luxurious wine, mid garnet in colour with a lovely brambly nose and a hint of spice. Nuances of warm leather, caramel and coffee over rich fruit. Excellent balance and a lingering finish

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more

M de MinutyDate published: 19/06/13

With the weather finally turning for the better how about a glass of one of my favourite rose.

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 littleknown
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 a fruits de mer or a lighty seared piece of ultra fresh tuna.
We also will have it open from friday onwards so come on down and have a taste.

Pesquera Crianza, Alejandro Fernandéz, Ribero del DueroDate published: 18/06/13

After previously buying two outstanding wines from Rioja (Muga Reserva Especial and Vina Ardanza) i was eager to explore more of Spains prestigous wines. Ribera Del Duero, the only other DOCa region (top classification) in Spain, also offer some outstanding wines and the decision to purcahse the Pesquera Crianza (£19.99) by the small boutique producer Alejandro Fernandez, was one i didn't regret. Full-bodied and weighty on the palate with plenty of dark rich fruit, it could be compared to some of the top notch Pomerol's. It is made exclusively from the Tempronillo grape and is a great example of how expressive the variety can be on its own. We have a limited stock available so i would urge any lovers of quality Spanish reds to give this one a try.

Ch. Musar - Lebanese legend!Date published: 17/06/13

The famed Ch. Musar produces a stunning Bordeaux style wine that can really holds its own. This cabernet sauvignon dominated wine has a wonderfully textured palate offering a fantastic array of flavour from the dark fruits to a lovely leathery finish that works wondefully with a nice rib of beef. Lebanese wine might seem obscure, but viticultural roots in Lebanon go back over 6000 years. Château Musar is a uniquely different wine from in the Beeka Valley, produced by master winemaker Serge Hochar.  Château Musar will last for decades! Currently £19.99 at Majestic and open to taste for the next few days!

rib recipeDate published: 16/06/13

Following on from our bbq wines tasting yesterday I thought I would share my ribs recipe with you grilling fans out there. 

First get your butcher to cut your ribs for you (taking the belly for a Sunday roast). Put them in a large pan of water and add, 3 chopped cloves of garlic, 2 tsp of chopped ginger, 2 chopped birds eye chillies, 2 star anise, a cinnimon stick, 2 tsp of dark sugar, 3 tsp of ketchup, 2 tsp lea and perrins, 3 tsp vinegar and 3 tsp soy sauce (this is just a guide but when adding things think hot, salty, sweet and sour. Bring to boil and simmer for 90 mins or until tender. Remove ribs then reduce the liquid until thick enough to coat ribs. This all can be done well in advance. When ready to cook brush the sauce over and start grilling. You just want to take them to the almost burnt edge for the best flavour or rehaet in the oven in the sauce for a more Chinese style. To drink I always take a beer as eating tem is a messy business !

Wakefield Shiraz - Perfect with A Nice Juicy BurgerDate published: 15/06/13

Matching wine with a good BBQ grilled burger has always prooved challenging for some due to extra layers of salad dressing, sources and of course the bun. It makes the process of attempting to match each flavour to the flavours in a wine quite difficult. The general rule is to choose a wine, speccificaly a red with a bit of tannin, that has a bit of a sweet component to it. For example, the Wakefield Shiraz has a lovely streak of vanilla and sweet spice to it and combined with its stewed plum and blackberry fruits, this makes it a great match.

£9.59 when you buy this with any other aussie wine.

Picpoul de Pinet - storming into fashion!Date published: 15/06/13

We have a couple of Picpouls here at Majestic, the Cabrol and Villemarin and they are both perfect examples of what this underappreciated grape can offer.  Nestling in amongst the warm and red-biased appellations of the Languedoc, just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline, Picpoul de Pinet is something of an unexpected find, offering a crisp and zesty white wine made from the rare Picpoul grape. Youthfully pale lemon yellow, with a nose of lemon and lime fruit, and an intriguing blend of white blossom and green herb notes. Vibrant green apple fruit with a refreshingly dry and acidic finish. Perfect with most seafood, expecially with fresh oysters, whitebait or grilled sardines. Try it and you'll be converted! The Villemarin is open to try this weekend as part of our BBQ wine tasting and is £6.99 when you buy two or more.

Yalumba Y Series ViognierDate published: 14/06/13

A stunning example of what can be done with this grape Down Under this wine exudes all the stone fruit qualities you would expect from a Viognier with a beautifully luscious finish. Fantastic value at £7.99 with any other Aussie wine it really is worth a try! Open to sample on our tasting counter this weekend.

A Very Special Wine - Muga, Rioja Reserva 2008Date published: 13/06/13

If you're looking for a top class Rioja then look no further. This one's to die for! By the ever impressing Muga winery.

An enticing and complex nose of pain grille, pencil lead, and blackberry leads into an elegant wine with layers of flavour, fruit and sweet-spice with ripe and integrated tannins and a lengthy finish.

This wine can age for up to seven years but is eminently drinkable now. Enjoy with roasted meats, Moroccan lamb ot soft cheese.

£14.99 when you buy 2 or more

English Extravaganza - Curious Brew Lager and Nyetimer Classic Cuvée 2004Date published: 12/06/13

We thought it would be a good time to write up about our English produce. The current weather isn't exactly celebratory, but we shouldn't let that hold us back from enjoying some excellent wines and beers from our Green and Pleasant Land.

Curious Brew Lager, Chapel Down 4.7% 12x 330ml bottles £17.99

Gold Medal International Beer Challenge London 2012

Made by experienced and award winning wine makers Chapel Down, this lager is dry, fresh, aromatic brewed using the finest pale malt and Saaz and Cascade hops. It is then re-pitched with Champagne yeast and finally given a 'dosage' of rare and fragrant Nelson Sauvin hop.Proving to be very popular this summer so grab a case while you can.

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004 £27.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

Established in 1988 this wine house has often won in blind taste testings against big Champagne houses. Made using Champagne grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, this sparkling wine has aromas of citrus fruit and shortbread. This rich style fizz is perfect for a special occasion.

Internet Review:

'This wine is hard to beat by anything. Could not recommend it more highly'

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Now lets hope theres some sunny days left to crack open a bottle!

Mid Summer Flyer launches tomorrow! Read this for a sneak peek!Date published: 10/06/13

Our mid summer flyer launches tomorrow with some great new products alongside some Majestic staples to keep those wonderful outdoor summer parties in full swing. For full details of our new offers check out our website but for now...

Ned Sauvignon, down to £6.99

Brancott Sauvignon down to £6.99

Ravenswood Zinfandel down to £7.99

Callia Bella Malbec and Ondine Sauvignon new in at £5.99

Don't miss out, get that order in now as these products are all selling fast!

Ned Noble Sauvignon Dessert Wine - back in stock!Date published: 09/06/13

This deliciously light and surprisingly refreshing dessert wine is back on our shelves. Still packed with the sweetness you want from a sticky wine the Ned has a wonderful citrus streak running through it preventing it from being too cloying and syrupy, a great intro to dessert wine for you doubters out there! Perfect with chocolate orange fondants.

Hurry Offers Ending on Monday!!Date published: 08/06/13

Hurry Offers Ending on Monday!!


Summery, Light and Fresh

Fleurie Flower Label 2011, Georges Duboeuf, currently £7.99 until Monday 10th June. 

From the iconic area of Beaujolias this wine should be lightly chilled to enjoy at its best. Made from the Gamay grape, the skin is thin and thus producing low tannin. 

Sparkling Wine

Undurraga Rosé NV, Chile, currently £6.66 until Monday 10th June.

A fruit driven refreshing fizz, perfect for parties and celebrations in the garden. A fun cheerful wine.


Delicate Pink for the Sophisticated Palate

Oeil De Pedrix Rosé NV, currently £19.00 until Monday 10th June

Beautiful gentle aromas of raspberry, roses and strawberry. A pretty bottle for a gift or a special occasion

Make the most of these offers!

BBQ wine from the LebanonDate published: 08/06/13

On Saturday the 15th of June (this time next week) we will be opening up a really interesting red from Lebanese winemaker, Gaston Hochar, which we think will make a great addition to your next BBQ. The wine contains a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan and has a palate of concentrated plum and blackberry fruit, hints of fig, prune, distinct liquorice and spice. Firm but fine tannins, good acidity and body.

£19.99 a bottle

This wine and more will be open on the tasting counter on Saturday the 15th of june as part of our BBQ wines tutorial. Please ask a member of staff for details.

Grand Ardeche Chardonnay by Louis LatourDate published: 07/06/13

This rather nifty wine by Latour is a southern French delight that really delivers. Perfectly oaked, not too heavy but not too subtle either it ticks all the boxes for you Burgundy lovers out there looking to find a wine at a slightly cheaper price. Here is a bit more info: the climate in the Ardèche, to the west of Rhône, certainly suits Chardonnay. Couple this terroir with Louis Latour's Burgundian expertise and the result is in the style of Meursault. It is treated as if it were grown in one of the Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte-d'Or. Yellow-green in colour, with a subtle nose of vanilla. On the palate there are ripe apple and peach fruits with a nutty, buttery creamy texture and notes of vanilla and spice. A powerful and complex wine. Try with roast chicken and dauphinoise potatoes. £9.99 when you buy two or more.

Château Guiot = Perfect Red For SummerDate published: 07/06/13

If you're looking for a more quaffable red this summer to enjoy under the scorching British sun, then i would suggest trying this fruity, soft red by Château Guiot. Haling from the South of France it is made from the classic blend of Grenache and Syrah. 

Deep purple hue, a beautifully scented nose with herby aromas, lashings of juicy forest fruits and spicy, rich berry flavours on the palate and a good, smooth finish.

£6.99 when you buy 2 or more

Bin end bargain: Champagne £12 a bottle!Date published: 06/06/13

You read it right, our Comte de Lamotte Champagne is down to £12 a bottle whilst stocks last! Whilst not one of the better known champagne brands outside France this light and fruity house style is a perfect party champagne at a great price and will suit almost any occasion. Stocks really are limited so please get in quick to secure this one off deal or call 01252 711988 to place your order.

Celebrating in the sun? Don't forget our great range of party services!Date published: 06/06/13

If like us more than two days in a row of sunshine has got you in the party mood then don't forget us! Alongside a fantastic selection of party wines and fizz we offer full sale or return for your party orders, free glass hire (refundable deposit payable), free delivery at a date to suit you and chiller bins and ice buckets to keep your whites and beers down to that refreshingly cool temperature. Our expert staff can advise you on the right wines for your event as well as the right volumes with a little bit extra to ensure you don't worry about running out.

Please get in touch on 01252 711988 or pop in to the store to find out more.

BBQ Wines Part 2- The Vegetarian Food OptionsDate published: 05/06/13

Well the weather is still nice so we thought it would be nice to continue our feature on BBQ wines and food matching. 

For all those vegetarians out there and vege lovers theres still plenty of options for BBQ food and wine.

Grilled Red Peppers and Tomato Salsa accompaniment:

Vina Eguia Crianza, Currently £5.99 when you buy two or more.

This wine is fruity and youthful in comparison to its older brothers Reserva and Gran Reserva. The acidity and tannin will balance perfectly with tomato based salads. Any tempranillo wines would work well.

Asparagus and Rocket Salad

Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2010/2012, £8.79 with our 20% off Chilean Deal

With aromas of cut grass and green apple, the crisp acidity will match well with the flavour of the asparagus.

Halloumi with olives

Kuhlmann-Platz Riesling 2011, Cave de Hunawihr £7.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

I love halloumi because of the texture and salty taste- its a great alternative to meat that can work well on a BBQ. A riesling would contrast the salt perfectly.

The cheese is quity high in fat and needs a high acidty wine to contrast it, so alternatively you could go for a sauvignon blanc.

Errazuriz, CarmenereDate published: 04/06/13

Like Merlot? Like Syrah? Then we think you'll like this Carmenere by the Chilean producer Errazuriz. This deeply coulored red has the juicy fruit element of a typical Merlot aswell as providing that spicy kick you get from a good Syrah.

Spicy notes linger on the palate, with hints of dark chocolate and cofee, through the long, pleasant finish. The big, mouth-filling tannins means it could go well with a grilled rib eye steak.

£7.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

BBQ Wines will soon be on our Tasting Counter + Food Matching Date published: 03/06/13

We like having themed tasting weeks on our counter because it means we all get to try different wines that we may not have had or tried in a while. Running along side this will be a Saturday Tasting Tutorial on the 15th June at 12pm and 3pm, presented by Alan. 

This is an informal session which usually lasts around 20 minutes to half an hour.

We look forward to finding out what wines will be featured, in the meantime we have given you a few ideas incase your having a BBQ over the next week.

Sausages and Hamburgers:

Australian Shiraz:

Budget Option: William Hardy Signature Shiraz 2012 £6.99*

Splash Out: BVS Shiraz 2010 £9.99*

* when you buy 2 or more from Australia

Chicken Drumsticks/ wings:

Refreshing Option: Picpoul de Pinet 2012 Côteaux du Languedoc, Villemarin £6.99*

*when you buy 2 or more

Splash Out: Clos du Bois Chardonnay 2011 North Coast £9.99*

*when you buy 2 or more bottles

Saint Clair Wairau Reserve 2011, Marlborough - £25 or £19.99 when you buy 2 NZ wines. Date published: 02/06/13

We are continuing to enjoy New Zealand Tasting Week at Majestic Wine Farnham, so I thought I'd give Saint Clair Wairau reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2011 a try.

When smelling the wine you instantly realise this is a restrained elegant example of a Marlborough Sauvignon. A clean nose with delicate aromas - think kiwi and soft citrus fruits as well as a hint of mango. There is less of the green grassiness you find in some sauvignons. During the wine making process the yeasts are carefully selected in order to get perfect luscious flavours. The texture is harmonious and beautifully balanced- with just the right about of acidity and fruit flavours. The finish is smooth and slightly creamy making it very quaffable!

Fine Wine deserves Fine Food so why not match this wine with Seared Scallops with spring onion and tarragon cream.

Nick's favourite NZ wine from the tastingDate published: 02/06/13

Whilst Alan's choice is pretty tasty personally I preferred the Craggy Range Te  Muna Road Sauvignon. A more subtle wine with less intensity on the palate there is a depth to this wine that is unusual for Kiwi sauvignon. Still plenty of gooseberry and cut grass to go around but it is a touch more delicate and a richer finish takes the refreshing acidity down a notch. A real bargain at £11.99 as this wine reminds me of some top Loire valley wines at double the price. A real winner!

My Favourite NZ Sauvignon BlancDate published: 01/06/13

We've had some great wines open on the tastintg counter lately, all in aid of our New Zealand tasting week. Out of the array of lovely Suavignon Blanc's we've had open i'd have to say that i enjoyed Villa Maria Reserve Sauvignon Blanc from Wairau Valley.

Pungent aromas of ripe gooseberry, tropical passion fruit and herbaceous hints before an intense, concentrated and zesty palate of fresh citrus fruits and nectarine with a crisp and lingering finish.

£10.99 when you buy any other New Zealand wine

Louis Latour Macon Lugny - last chance for £7.99 star buy!Date published: 01/06/13

This great wine from a great producer is usually £9.99 here at Majestic but we about once a year we manage to get a short term deal from the nice people at Latour to sell it at this amazing price. Offering citrus fruits with green apple on the nose with the lightest hint of oak this is a really well put together wine. The offer ends on Monday and this will be you last chance for a long time to get this wine at such good value, don't miss out!

New Pimms Blackberry and Elderflower!Date published: 31/05/13

We're delighted to be stocking the new and exciting Blackberry and Elderflower Pimms here at Majestic, a real summery, fruity treat,perfect as an alternative to the No.1 Cup on a nice summers day. We're so sure you'll like it we've opened a bottle so you can try before you buy! Only £13 a bottle this summer.

Oyster Bay Merlot £8.79 when you buy any 2 New Zealand Wines in our 20% offer deal. Date published: 31/05/13

Oyster Bay Merlot £8.79 when you buy any 2 New Zealand Wines in our 20% offer deal.

Fed up of Chilean Merlot? Fancy something fruity?

This medium bodied style Merlot wine is full of juicy tannins, and would make a nice alternative to Pinot Noir. This is mainly due to the texture and viscosity of the wine, which is relivately light in style. There are aromas of plum and delicate spice which is typical of the Merlot grape. The palate differs, with the flavours leaning towards fruits like cranberry, red cherry and redcurrant. The style is fresh and easy to drink, which figures due to Hawkes Bay's cool climate. 

Drink on its own or with a variety of dishes such as spaghetti bolognese or pork.

Its on our tasting counter so why not give it a try?

Have you seen ?Date published: 30/05/13

After a absence from the Majestic range I am pleased to say the fantastic
Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay is back in stock.
The Lorgeril family have been making wine at the historic Château de
Pennautier, a National Historic Monument designed by the same
architect as the Palace of Versailles, since the Château was founded by
the first Marquis de Pennautier in 1620.
Aromas of peach, passionfruit and pineapple mingle with spicy notes
such as vanilla, nutmeg and even a hint of clove. The palate displays
hints of dried apricots and puffed wheat.
This is a complex wine that if tasted blind could be mistaken for something
a great deal more expensive. One of Mrs Hurds go to wines!

Wine of the Week: Mâcon-Lugny 2011, Louis Latour £7.99*Date published: 30/05/13

Looking for a quality white at a good price?


If you want a cracking chardonnay then Mâcon-Lugny 2011, Louis Latour is just the wine.

This family run négociant has been selling wines since 1797. This wine is a winner because it offers rich flavours and good flavour intesity and length as well as remaining true to the style of the Mâcon. Four and a half star rating on our website!!

Rich yet refreshing

Versitile and Elegant

Drink alone or with poultry, pork or even seafood.

This is an absolute steal so why not give it a try? Offer runs until Monday 3rd June so hurry!

*when you buy two or more

NEW TO RANGEDate published: 29/05/13

We now stock at Majestic Oyster Bay's sparkling wines. We list both the brut which is made from solely chardonnay so very much like a blanc de blanc Champagne in style and also the rose version which is a blend of chardonnay and pinot noir.

The brut is quite fruit driven with a note of white peach with under lying citrus flavours and makes the perfect aperitif. The rose is a relative light bodied wine with soft red fruits that when the sun shines is perfect for lunch parties in the garden. We were all very impressed by both and reckon them to be a great addition to the range.

New Malbec!! Cournon Lafleur Malbec 2012, PGI Pays d'Oc £6.49*Date published: 29/05/13

Looking for something fruity? Or maybe your having a BBQ?

We've got the perfect Malbec for the occassion- a simple yet delicious offering from producers Cournon Lafleur. You will find this in our French Regional section of the store, wheras the majority of Malbecs tend to be found in Argentina. This example shows that France is still capable of making quality Malbec at decent prices.

The style is unoaked which makes the wine fruity and very pleasant.

Nose: On the nose there are aromas of blueberry, violet and blackberry.

Palate: Fruity, juicy tannins with jammy fruits. It sort of reminds me of a blackberry pie filling with a slightly sweet tang.

Food Match: Savoury foods would offset the fruit flavours. Why not try barbeque pork chops with Bavarian smoked cheese.

ox cheeks recipeDate published: 28/05/13

With the present weather why not pop into the local butcher and buy a couple of ox cheeks. They are, when cooked well the most flavoursome of braised cuts and a steal at only a couple of pounds per cheek.

The way I cook them is to cut each cheek in 4 large chunks, season and brown well. Remove and add finely diced celery, carrot,  3 finely sliced and 8 whole shallot's. Sweat until soft then add a couple cloves of chopped garlic, a touch of chilli and a garni of thyme, rosemary and bay. Then add 3 ripe, chopped tomatos and a teaspoon of tomato paste. Then pour in a half a pint of stock, a tablespoon of lea and perrins followed by a whole bottle of robust red wine. Cook in a low oven (160) for 3-4 hours checking and stirring every hour. What you end up with a fantastic rich casserole. Serve with a pomme purree and some kale. Perfect with a bottle of two of right bank claret.

Last week for bank holiday dealsDate published: 28/05/13

Just a reminder that our great bank holiday deals including Lindauer Blanc de Blancs at £8.99, Louis Latour Macon-Lugny at £7.99 and Chapoutier Belleruche at £7.99 must end next weekend. There are many more products on our bank holiday deals that are pn the best prices you will see them on all year. Don't miss out, pop in store and make the most of some of these great deals while they last.

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Tasting!Date published: 27/05/13

Just to remind you guys that this coming Saturday (1st June) is our in-store tasting tutorial on New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc's. If these wines are a regular staple of your diet, if you are interested in exploring our range or just appreciate great wine, then please pop in to Majestic Farnham. This informal and enjoyable event will last approximately 20 to 30 minutes, in which one of our friendly staff will speak about 6 different Sauvignon's whilst you sample them all. With the range of New Zealand Saugvinon's we stock at Majestic this really is an unmissable opportunity for you to try some for absolutely free!

If you're interested then ring us right now, or pop in to the store, so we can book you in. The first tutorial starts at 12 p.m. with another session again at 3 p.m.

See you there!

Refreshing - M de Minuty Rosé Date published: 26/05/13

I couldn't think of much better to do on a bank holiday than to dust the old deck chair from out of the shed, recline in the garden, holding a refreshing drink. Most days i would probably opt for a nice larger, but these days with the increasing trend in light-dry Rose's, i think this would also fit the bill. In particular,Château de Minuty's M de Minuty's Rose.

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.

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more!

Wine of the Week - Amalaya de ColomeDate published: 25/05/13

To kick off this bank holiday weekend in style we've selected this classy Malbec blend from Argentina. It really is a perfect wine to go with summer BBQs. Consisting of 70% Malbec, spice and cassis fruit come to the blend with the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and the dark-skinned Tannat. Amalaya de Colomé are one of the oldest producers in Argentina, formed in 1831. Deep ruby with purple tinges, red cherries and cassis are key components to this wine, as well as the usual dark fruit characteristics of Malbec. Careful use of oak adds vanilla and spice.

£7.99 when you buy 2 or more (usually £9.99)

Pennautier Chardonnay Terroirs d'AltitudeDate published: 24/05/13

A real staff favourite at Majestic Farnham is this delicious and elegant Southern French Chardonnay. The Lorgeril family have been making wine at the historic Château de Pennautier, a National Historic Monument designed by the same architect as the Palace of Versailles, since the Château was founded by the first Marquis de Pennautier in 1620. Aromas of peach, passionfruit and pineapple mingle with spicy notes such as vanilla, nutmeg and even a hint of clove. The palate displays hints of dried apricots and puffed wheat. It's unusual to find a wine that we all adore but this really is worth trying, don't take our word for it though, it's open to taste! Punching well above it's price tag of £8.49 (when you buy two or more as part of your minimum purchase of six) you'd be mad to miss out!

On the Counter: Poggioargentiera Morellino di Scansano £9.59 with 20% Italy DealDate published: 23/05/13

We haved thoroughly enjoyed Italian Tasting week here at Farnham, and have discovered some amazing grapes such as Greco, Pecorino and Vermentino. We love the theme so much that we are showcasing two more reds. Id like to talk about Poggioargentiera Morellino di Scansano which is £9.59 with the 20% off deal.

The wine maker Gianpaolo Paglia married an English Marketing Manager and started Poggioargentiera in 1997. It is located in The Maremma, an area of Tuscany on the coast that use to be wild and typically Etruscan up until the late 1970’s. This area is rugged and hilly with areas that have been modernised for tourism; gold and fishing are firmly on the agenda. 

Grapes: Sangiovese 85%, 15/% Cillegiolo (Italian for 'little cherry')

Nose: Ripe black cherries

Palate: Quite a fruity and approachable; a melody of red cherries and jammy strawberries.

Is It Pimm's O'clock! £13 No.1 Cup and Special Edition Available NowDate published: 22/05/13

We are super excited to promote our Pimms Offers - 

Pimm's NO 1 Cup: £!3

Since 1840 from a closely guarded, secret recipe. 

Classically served 3 parts lemonade to 1 part Pimm's- or try Soda Water and Lemonade for a less sweet version.

Alternatively you could mix with Ginger Beer or a dash of Grand Marnier!!

Pimm's Blackberry and Elderflower Special Edition: £13

This delcious special edition comes in a stunning bottle decorated with butterflies, blackberries and elderflowers. Serve over Lemonade and garnish with a few blackberries. Again try with lemonade or soda water.

Perfect for summer picnics or garden parties so why not make the most of this fantastic offer?


favourite wines of the tasting part 2Date published: 21/05/13

I have already purchased a case of this and have drunk a half of it all be it with some friends and a slow roasted leg of lamb! Chateau St Gemme 2002 (not to be confused with Carrone St Gemme)  is a very much different in style to the wines in produced in 2009 and 2010 and when you look at some of the prices of those current vintages £9.99 for a wine that is now 11 years old really is stunning value.

Until 1962, Château Sainte Gemme was effectively part of Lachesnaye, but it was bought by the eminent Jean Boutellier who began to bottle the estate's wine as a brand in its own right. It is a 13ha estate on the border of St-Julien, close to Gruaud-Larose and Beychevelle.An approachable, accessible, medium-bodied wine, with a ruby core ofripe red berry fruit, accented with plenty of black pepper, toast andvanilla notes, providing satisfying complexity and length.

A perfect wine for sunday lunch.

Party-Sized Rose Magnums!Date published: 20/05/13

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. 

Currently at the fantastic value price of £19.99!

Rekorderlig Strawberry and Lime Cider - Back in Stock!Date published: 20/05/13

This lovely light and summery cider is back in stock. Hailing from Sweden it is a light (4%) fresh and fruity cider with a lovely hint of sweetness. Perfect for those summer picnics and drinking chilled on a hot day. Only £12 for a 6 bottle case, try it now!

Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon BlancDate published: 19/05/13

One of my personal favourite wines in the shop is this gorgeous Sauvignon Blanc from Errazuriz. Only £8.79 with any other Chilean wine this represents fantastic value for money, for a similar quality wine from the Loire of Marlborough you'd probably be talking around the £12 mark. Here's a bit more info about it: the single Vineyard blend is sourced from a specific block at the Escultura Estate, which was planted in 1992. This site benefits from sandy-loam soil and cool sea breezes. Freshly cut grass aromas complement those of green apple and pineapple, crisp acidity lends freshness to the intense and invigorating palate. The finish is dry and refreshing. A fantastic choice with oily fish or on its own this is a perfect summer wine.

New Zealand Tasting Tutorials - sign up now!Date published: 19/05/13

NZ Sauvignon Blanc is ever popular here at Majestic and we've decided to kick off June with a tasting week celebrating everything great about NZ wine. But the real treat is on Saturday 1st June when at 12 and 3pm we'll be hosting an informal tasting tutorial based around 6 Sauvignon Blancs, showcasing the styles on offer in Marlborough, the Awatere Valley and Wairau to name just 3. The tutorial is completely free and will last around 20 mins, if you would like to book a spot simply drop us an email far@majestic.co.uk or call 01252 711988. We look forward to seeing you there.

WOTW - Turkey Flat 'Butcher's Block', 2010Date published: 18/05/13

Looking for that perfect red to match your next BBQ? Then look no further! This Aussie Shiraz blend, with hints of spice, plum, cherry and blackcurrant, will compliment any array of red meats. The palate is generous, displaying juicy fruit with a firm palate structure. Elegant and restrained, with a velvety finish.

£11.99 when you buy 2 or more

Septimo Dia, MalbecDate published: 17/05/13

This wine proved a real hit during our summer tasting evening the other day. Priced at £7.99 (when you buy 2 or more) it really does give all the other Argentinian Malbecs we do stiff competition.

Made by Bodega Septima, who are located in Agrelo, in Mendoza's Luján de Cuyo sub-region. Half the grapes for this wine come from this area, and half from the even higher altitude San Carlos district of the Uco Valley, around 1300m above sea level. A bright ruby purple, this is a bold, impactful and sweetly fruited wine, offering a generous swathe of plum and cherry flavour, accented with cocoa and spice notes. Drink now or over the next 3-4 years, ideally with slow-cooked lamb.

Masi Campofiorin - preview of Italian Tasting TutorialDate published: 17/05/13

One of the reds we are showcasing for tomorrows 30 minute tutorialon Italian wines is the Campfiorin by Masi. A blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara this meaty red works really well with classic Italian tomato based dishes. /here's a little bit more info sbout Masi and the wine itself: the Boscaini family have owned and run Masi for six generations, and are one of Veneto's most well established producers. This wine is made by fermenting fresh grapes, then re-fermenting the wine along with some partially dried grapes, to create rich and complex flavours. Dark ruby red with subtle violet tinges. Aromas are predominantly of ripe cherries, with nuances of vanilla and cinnamon. Rich and mouth-filling, with soft tannins and a velvety, savoury finish. £9.99 when you buy any other Italian wine (usually £12.49)

Vermentino PoggioargentieraDate published: 16/05/13

Another real success at our Summer tasting and a particular favourite of mine is this delicious, light and crisp Italian white. Poggioargentiera are based in Maremma, in the southernmost part of Tuscany, where estate owner Gianpaolo Paglia was born. Italy's native Vermentino thrives in the warm, sunny Mediterranean climate, producing generously fruity white wines. Clean and fresh on the nose, the wine is full of ripe peach and citrus aroma. The palate offers a swathe of soft pear and stone fruit character, cut through with a refreshing limey streak. Great with pan-seared salmon or trout, with a herby fresh tomato salsa. A great value £7.99 when bought with any other Italian wine on our 20% off Italy deal and available to try this weekend on our Italian Tasting Tutorials at 12 and 3.

favourite wines of the tasting no 1Date published: 15/05/13

Our customer invite tasting took place last night and there were a couple of wines that stood out for me personally. I have to admit its been a while since I have tasted the Codorniu brut but for a bargain price of only £6.99 it offers alot for very little. I'm not saying I prefer it to Pol Roger but for a party fizz or inexpensive welcome drink its perfect. Light in style with overtones of green apple and citrus it really is a cracking bottle of. The rose by the way is on the same deal and even though quite deep in colour it has a light flavours that are best enjoyed al fresco.

Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Banfi £26 (buy 2 bottles save £8)Date published: 14/05/13

Brunello di Montalcino is famed for producing 100% Sangiovese based wines of top quality. Brunello di Montalcino has DOCG status; the top dog of the classification system. 

Typically Sangiovese produces wines with prounced acidity and tannins with a core flavour of cherry on the palate. Aside from fruit this wine has developed some interesting secondary characteristics such as liquorice.

The position of the Banfi estate is perfectly situated on hillside sites which allows temperatures to be moderated successfully and grapes to ripen slowly.Brunello di Montalcino cannot be released for sale until five years after the harvest and should be aged for at least 2 years in oak and at least four months in the bottle. 

This 2008 vintage is perfect for drinking now and will stand up to big flavours in your cooking such as garlic and herbs like sage and thyme.


Masi Campofiorin 2009- £9.99 (when you buy 2 or more Italian still wines)Date published: 13/05/13

Masi Campofiorin 2009


(when you buy any 2 Italian wines between

£5-£20 save 20%)

Background: Masi is a renowned and Established

wine business in Italy. Set in Valpolicella, this winery

is a leader of Amarone wine, and has perfected the

traditional method of Appassimento (a process of

partially drying grapes to produce more concentrated

flavours.) The winery has moved with the times

whilst staying true to their family values.

Ran by the Boscani family, the sixth generation wine

makers are continuing to produce an excellent range.

Today we are showcasing a red which packs a punch.

Style: Powerful Reds

Grapes: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara

Aromas: Upon pouring the wine the fruit aromas

jump out of the glass. The aromas are complex in the

sense that both fresh fruit (cranberry and

cherry) can be found as well as undertones of the

dried raisony grapes.

Palate: Red cherries continue to follow through on

tongue with spice that is not too overbearing. There is

a bitter-sweet, moorishness taste to this wine which

would accentuate any mature cheeses. Even some

good old cheddar!

Try it on our Summer Tasting Evening- 14/05/13

Jermann, Pinot Grigio, Friuli Date published: 12/05/13

This Italian wine from the producer Silvio Jermann is a change from the normal light-bodied, gentle Italian whites that are so widely available. Based in Fruili, in the North-East of Italy, the famous Jermann estate was established in1881 and have been making wine with grapes that are atypical of the region. However this style of Pinot Grigio is full-bodied with intense and persistent aromas, and a velvety feel on the palate. If you're interested in trying an Italian white with a difference then grab this one, a bargain at £18, down from £22 (when you buy 2 of our selected fine wines)

Domaine Seguinot-Borndet, Chablis Premier Cru 2011 - Buy 2 save £8Date published: 11/05/13

Domaine Seguinot-Bordet has been producing wines since 1590 with the aim of producing top quality ageworthy chardonnays. This winemaker has certainly moved with the times by utilising revolutionary horizontal fermentation tanks to ensure maximum contact between the grape skins and the wine; imparting beautiful rich flavours whilst maintaing the classic flinty characteristics of a white Burgundy.

The location of 'Chablis' is relitavely isolated from the rest of Burgundy, with Champagne being its nearest neighbours. This appelation shares the same 'Kimmeridge' soil that is found in Dorset England, Sancerre and Champagne. The location presents challenging conditions year on year with long hot summers and cold winters.

2011 is a good vintage that will drink now and has lots of potential for ageing.

This Chablis Premier Cru is currently part of our Fine Wine offer so why not treat yourself today.

£18 when you buy any 2 of our selected Fine Wines.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vignoble Abeille, Mont Redon, 2009Date published: 11/05/13

Yet another great wine on offer as part of the 'buy 2, save £8' fine wine multibuy deal. This Chateauneuf, produced on Jean Abeille's vineyard and part of the famous Mont-Redon estate, is from a vintage that is driniking very well now and will reward further ageing. 2009, in the Southern Rhone, produced wines from very ripe fruits due to intense heat and even drought. Hence the fruit profile in this classic chateauneuf is youthful with dense bramble fruit joined by lovely, warm oak complexities.

Enjoyable immediately, but will improve with 5 years' cellaring. Drink with red meats or game.

£22 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010 Domaine Durieu Date published: 10/05/13

Here's another fabulous fine wine currently on our multibuy deal, where you can buy 2 on any selected fine wines and save £8. This powerful red, typical of wines from the Southern Rhone and in particular Chateaneuf-du-Pape, is from a lovely vintage (2010) where small crops across the region produced greatly balanced reds. The maker, Domaine durieu, was established in 1976 and is a family-owned business, now in the hands of two brothers Vincent and FrancoisThe wine delivers a fresh and spicy nose of red cherry embellished with notes of sage and wild thyme. The palate is equally powerful, with sinuous tannins and huge length. Down to £19 when you buy 2 or more on any of our selected fine wines!

Chilean SyrahDate published: 10/05/13

Our choice of wine of the week this the excellent Anakena single vineyard Syrah from Chile. Lovers of the wines from Australia and the Rhone will find this wine a great alternative to their usual wines. It is very dark in colour with a spicy nose and subtle vanilla from the oak. On the palate it has a silky texture with a complex and lengthy finish. Food wise something hearty like a Lamb casserole would be a great match. The price for this little gem is only £7.99 when you buy two or more in your shop. Come on down this weekend and have a taste for yourself.

Two Hands - Fine Wine Mulitibuy DealDate published: 09/05/13

If you haven't yet taken advantage of the fine wine multibuy deal that Majestic Wines are currently offering, what are you waiting for!? Its your chance to take home some extrordinary quality wines at affordable prices. When you buy 2 of any selected fine wines you will save £8. Some of those wines on offer include the iconinc 'Two Hands' range. Two Hands is a cult winery based in the heart of Australia's wine producing regions and are known for thier rather excentric way of branding and labelling. Hugh Johnson (MW) describes their wines as "stuffed full of alcohol, rich fruit and the kitchen sink" and i couldn't agree more. Fans of full-bodied reds should definately try Two Hands 'Angle Share' Shiraz as well as the 'Gnarly Dudes' shiraz. We also stock the 'Sexy Beast' Cabernet Sauvignon. £18 each when you buy 2 or more of any of these selected fine wines, so you can mix, match and save money.

summer winesDate published: 08/05/13

An often unsung hero in the wine world are the wines from Beaujolais region in France. Made solely the gamay grape which the softest of all the red grape varietals these wines come into their own in the warmer months. You start with the village wines and then move to the slightly fuller 10 cru village with the most famous being Fleurie and Brouilly. All these wines share bright cherry fruits and ripe acidity making them perfect to drink without food and even better when served at cellar temperature for a lazy lunch in the garden. Two of the other cru wines are Morgon and Moulin a Vent which are the two fullest of all Beaujolais cru's and actually will age in the right conditions. I have tasted 25 year old Chateau de Jacques and it was fantastic, slightly spoilt as we were lunching in the gardens of St Jacques! With 20% off all our Beaujolais range what better time to come and explore.

saturday night dinnerDate published: 08/05/13

After leaving Ellie the task of getting something from the butcher for saturday supper I was very impressed that she had come home with a 2 inch slab of dry aged ribeye, a bunch of John Hurds organic watercress and some king edwards for chips. Pretty old school but still a favourite of household. With such a great looking bit of beef it really deseved a cracking wine so I opened a Pesquera crianza 2007. Wow, what a brilliant wine it has become. If you like right bank claret this is a wine for you to try. Deep rich dark fruits that mingle with that sweet vanilla oak that you so often get from fine Spanish wines. How I wished I had bought more than only one case. We currently are not stocking the wine but hopefully it will at some stage make it back into our range. The combination of wine and beef made for an excellent Saturday night supper!

Veuve Clicquot NV ChampagneDate published: 07/05/13

Another stand out wine for me during a Veuve Clicquot  tasting evening i went to recently, was their Non-Vintage Brut Champagne. Blended using several different vintages, in order to keep the 'house style' consistent, it is a fantastic example of a Champagne that is full-bodied yet still retains its fresh fruit characteristics. It has a deceptively pale colour with fine, persistent bubbles -a poised, delicately bready nose - and on the palate a richness of fruit and mouthfilling mousse that lingers long. Currently on a 'buy 6 bottles and save £12 deal' (£30 each down from £32) i coudln't think of a better Non-Vintage Champagne that really impresses.

Poggioargentiera Rosato 2012, IGT Toscana- Open on our Tasting Counter! £7.99*Date published: 06/05/13

This Bank Holiday Monday we are celebrating this summery day with a Rose that is brand new to Majestic Wine this summer.
This Italian offering is made in Tuscany- the most popular wine growing region in Italy.
Grape Varieties: Sangiovese (meaning the blood of Jove, [Jove is the 'king of gods' in Roman Mythology]) and Cabernet Franc (principally found in Bordeaux blended wine)
In the glass this wine is a beautiful peachy colour and has aromas of fresh berries- with raspberries particulaly coming through from the Cabernet Franc.
The palate is fresh and juicy and has a crisp finish. Lush!!

*when you buy two as part of your mixed case 

Farnham Summer Tasting - wrong phone number advertisedDate published: 06/05/13

Please accept our apologies but a printing error has led to the number for our Sanderstead store being printed on customer invitations to our upcoming Summer Tasting. To confirm, our tasting is Tuesday 14th May from 6.30pm and the correct number to call to book your spot is 01252 711988. Once again apologies for any inconvenience, we hope to see you there.

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir- 2010/2010 £15.99 (when you buy 2 or more)Date published: 04/05/13

Want a good quality red that would be suitable for drinking now or ageing? Fancy a lighter style for the summer months?   

We have a lovely suggestion if you want to treat yourself. Grown in sunny vineyards in the Bendino Vineyard in Central Otago. This Pinot Noir is packed full of mixed red berries on the nose, with red cherries and stewed strawberries coming through. There is a subtle smokiness which gives the wine a character and demonstrates its potential for ageing. The texture is silky smooth and quaffable to drink alone or with food.

We suggest Honey Glazed Pork or even a lamb dish with feta and olives.

Pop in to try on our Tasting Counter today.

Fleurie Georges Duboeuf - a perfect Summer wineDate published: 03/05/13

With the weather having hopefully turned a corner it's a great time to be sampling our lovely Beaujolais range. On offer at 20% off when you buy two or more it's a lovely lighter style red to fit in with those long summer evenings. We've even got one open to try, Georges Duboeuf's Fleurie, here is a little bit about it...Fleurie is one of the ten crus of Beaujolais and one of the most sought after. Georges Duboeuf is one of the best known winemakers in this region to the south of Burgundy, and has been nicknamed the King of Beaujolais. Classic Fleurie with fresh cherry fruits and a fragrant, floral perfume. Concentrated fruit and light tannic presence are testament to the cru status of this wine. An attractive wine with a silky texture. Served at cellar temperature (approximately 12oC) this is a refreshing companion to a light summer lunch. Only £7.99 with any other BoJo wine.

WOW- Famille Abeille Rose 2012 £9.99*Date published: 02/05/13

After just opening this wine this at Farnham we are all delighted at how beautiful and delicate this Provence Rose is. The grapes are a mixture of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and Rolle- which brings complex characterstics to what is a fairly straightforward and easy drinking wine. Aromas of peach and apriot gently come through; stunning for quaffing on your veranda on a spring day. You could easily take this on a picnic and enjoy with some strawberries and cream. The sweetness of a good British strawberry and the thickness of the cream will complement the acidity and freshness of the wine. The colour is delicate and slightly blushed; typical of the Provence style.

Make it a real party - try a BIG bottle!Date published: 02/05/13

We all know a magnum is  agreat way to get people in the party spirit and here at Majestic we are proud to have a great range including AIX  Provence Rose, Chateau Musar and Marques de Riscal Reserva alongside some of our great Conde de Valdemar '98 parcel. But if you are looking for something truly special to set your party or summer BBQ apart then why not try one of our supersize bottles? We are delighted to have a limited stock of AIX Jeroboams and Conde de Valdemar 5lt bottles (that's 6 and a bit bottles - they don't even make that size anymore!) With the AIX offering 4 regular size bottles and the Valdemar more than 6 your party will certainly go off in style! The AIX is £50 and the Valdemar £75.

Suave Soave Wines Date published: 01/05/13

It seems like Soave wines are definitely having a moment, and have completely been reinvented in recent years- with the Italian region producing some top quality offerings. At Majestic Farnham we have the Fattori Soave 2012, which is featured on our Tasting Counter. At £6.99 this is an absolute steal (with any other Italian wine). This is a clean, dry, youthful white wine thats would cater for many occasions that you may be having over summer- whether its a light lunch or a large event this wine is a crowd pleaser and pairs perfectly with fish and salad.

Grape: Garganega

Nose: The aromas reminded me of a fresh Viognier with some stone fruit coming through- like peach and apricot. This is all backed by light floral nuances. Quite an interesting nose for quite a simple but appealing wine.

Palate: The flavours coming through really contrast the aromas that you are first hit with- with predominately juicy citrus fruits coming through. Lime and lemon are obvious flavours, which would cut through any oily fish dish. A honey and mustard dressed salad would be my personal suggestion.

Bank holiday weekend hoursDate published: 01/05/13

We are open every day this bank holiday weekend but operating on shorter hours Monday 6th May. Fri 10-8, Sat 9-7, Sun 10-5, Mon 10-5, Tues 10-7. Any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch on 01252 711988

Fine Wine at House Wine Prices!Date published: 30/04/13

Why not make the most of dining in? Instead of spending £18 on a bottle of house wine in a restaurant why not cook up a storm in the kitchen and treat your loved one to a bottle of fine wine from our shelves? We are running a promotion for the summer where you can mix and match any 2 fine wines and save £8. The wines come from all over the world and our friendly staff can recommend a perfect match to your meal. Here are just some of the wines on offer this summer...Vina Ardanza Rioja 2004 (£18), Guidalberto (£26), Meaursault (£20), Chateauneauf-du-Pape (£19).

Great Value Sparkling Wine!Date published: 29/04/13

If you're after a nice bottle of bubbly for that special celebration, or even just to treat yourself, you don't have to break the bank. Prosecco offers the spectacle of bubbles and fizz whilst retaining its delicous fresh fruit flavours and some find it more approachable than a full-bodied and rich Champagne. The La Marca Treviso (£9.99 when you buy 2 or more) could be the ideal option for your next event. It has the ability to be a real crowd pleaser with its subtly perfumed bouquet, pear and citrus fruit flavour profile and crisp acidity. It has fairly persistent bubbles too which makes it a good choice for serving at parties. Good with apitizers or for making that all important toast.

Cracking RiojaDate published: 28/04/13

You know you have had a bad day and you cannot wait to get home and have a glass of wine. Nothing too complex just something to take the edge of. Lagunilla reserva is one such wine that I go to. Priced at only £6.99 this is a soft and supple wine that has that lovely lick of vanilla that good Rioja should have. It sits in oak for 24 months before bottling that is evident when you taste the wine and is a brilliant bottle to have with lamb, be it little chops on the bbq or a slow roasted leg. It is such great value I suggest a couple of cases whilst on such a great deal.

Aix-en-ProvenceDate published: 27/04/13

i wanted to tell you about my recent travels to Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. I was curious to see myself the scale of wine production over there, in particular Rose. The region is said to retain around 60% of its wine production for local restaurantes, bars and the tourism industry and you can pick them up from the supermarket and specialist shops for a modest price. On a little road trip through the heart of the region i was astonished at how many vineyards we passed, all starting their growing season, it was a wonderful sight. To think that a lot of it will end up in the U.K. and here at Majestic, where there are a few to choose from. My favourite at the moment would have to be 'La Chapelle' by Chateau Pigoudet (£8.99 when you buy 2 or more). It has a pleasant confected nose of red cherries with a lovely texture. Even better when the sun is shinning!

Offers ending on Monday...some great summer deals starting TuesdayDate published: 27/04/13

Some great deals are ending this week including our 20% off Spain and South Africa wines so if these are your favourites pop in before 7pm Tuesday!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fear not though because we've got some great deals lined up to get the summer season going with a bang. 20% off deals will feature on New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Beaujolais and Italy along with some great deals on Fine Wine to treat yourselves at home. Keep your eyes peeled as further details are on the way to a doormat near you soon! (If you aren't on our customer liost give us a call on 01252 711988 and we'll pop our new Grape to Glass magazine in the post for you).

Parcel Series Shiraz - grab a top wine at a bargain price!Date published: 26/04/13

Occasionally at Majestic we are able to source some top notch wines at knockdown prices, and this is a great example, similar in quality to this top secret producers wine at around £15 this Shiraz ia only £5.99! An exclusive bottling for Majestic, hand harvested from vineyards in Paarl, Darling and Stellenbosch, the grapes are cool fermented before maturation in second-fill French and American oak barrels. A nose predominantly of mulberry and plum, with nuances of coriander and savoury spice. The rich fruit on the palate is framed by muscular tannins and an enduring liquorice character. Best served with a barbecue; try this with chargrilled venison burgers.

Chateau Pigoudet Rose 2012 now back in stockDate published: 26/04/13

In my wisdom I thought it would be a good idea to grace our tasting counter with one of my favorite rose that has just returned to Majestic. Chateau Pidgoudet is a beautifully balanced Provence rose that is perfect summer drinkng. Having just tasted the 2012 I can confirm it is just as good as ever. Of course I am not taking the blame for the weather turning in his weekend but surely it has to warm up at some stage and when it does make sure you have a few bottles of this for those lazy lunches in the garden. Only £8.99 multi buy. .

Veuve Clicquot 'La Grande Dame' 2004Date published: 25/04/13

The other day i was priviledged enough to enjoy Veuve Clicquot's wonderful prestige cuvee, the 'La Grande Dame'. Only made from exceptional vintages that have the potential for ageing maybe 20 years or so. The 2004 vintage is considered by some, including the makers themselves, to be even better than 2002. This luxurious wine shows dominant floral  notes mingles with hints of fresh fruits and riper notes of vanilla. A great balance between freshness, richness and a lengthly finish. Priced at £130 you are buying a very impressive Champagne with potential to age for years, growing in complexity and new flavours.

Chateau GriviereDate published: 25/04/13

I have always been fond of Bordeaux and Griviere is one of my staples at home. This  cru bourgeois is unusual in that it is a Merlot-based blend
from the Médoc, where Cabernet normally dominates the proceedings.
The result is a supple wine with more everyday appeal than most.
Offering a soft and jammy fruit character, with subtle notes of damp
earth and orange peel on the nose and a supple palate.
Utterly approachable and drinkable by itself it comes into own when partnered with roasted lamb. A snip at only £9.99 multibuy price.

Cracking ChardonnayDate published: 23/04/13

If you are a Chardonnay fan you must try this fantastic example.

St. Clair have gone for maximum impact and expression with this Chardonnay, fermenting 100% of the grapes in a mixture of new and old French oak, before ageing the wine on for 9 months, with regular stirring to draw full character from the lees. The New Zealand trademarks of fresh and snappy peach and tropical fruits are finished with a wonderfully soft, generous texture and a biscuity edge.

This is a wine that deserves top draw food and I would go the whole hog and cook a couple of Lobster for a most indulgent supper!



Paso Creek Cabernet from CaliforniaDate published: 22/04/13

We opened a real treat on our wine course yesterday, a Cabernet Sauvignon just in this week called Paso Creek. 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. Drink with braised shin of beef. It really does represent everything you should be looking for in your Cali wines.

Only £11.99 when you buy two or more.

Today's Wine Course - Personal Favourite!Date published: 21/04/13

Today's Wine Course - Personal Favourite!

A personal favourite of one of the wines on our Wine Course today is the Saint Clair Pioneer Block Chardonnay from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. Here's a bit of background to this wonderful white.

St. Clair have gone for maximum impact and expression with this Chardonnay, fermenting 100% of the grapes in a mixture of new and old French oak, before ageing the wine on for 9 months, with regular stirring to draw full character from the lees.

This wine oozes the tradmark characteristics of New Zealand whites, fresh and snappy peach and tropical fruits are finished with a wonderfully soft, generous texture and a biscuity edge. Rich, with plentiful amounts of pure, tropical fruit, this wine is fantastic with grilled asparagus or fish with parsley sauce.

£17.99 or but 2 and save £6 = £14.99

Casa Real from ChileDate published: 20/04/13

I remember drinking this 10 or so years ago and was stuck by its quality. We opened the 2007 today on the tasting counter. What an absoulte awsome wine. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon this is a dense almost opaque wine that has such a enticing nose you just cannot wait to taste. Real depth of fruit here and some obvious oak ageing. It reminds me of a mini Nicolas Zapata but costs only a third of the price. Not really one for drinking by itself but with a thick slab of char-grilled ribeye a perfect combo!

Saturday Kitchen Wine Choice - Errazuriz Pinot NoirDate published: 20/04/13

One of our best value Pinot Noirs is the Errazuriz from Chile and it's just been picked by Peter Richards for Saturday Kitchen. Only £7.99 when you buy two or more this wine is grerat quality for a great price from a notoriously tough grape to grow. Here are some more details about Errazuriz and their wines:

Don Maximiano Errázuriz founded Viña Errázuriz in 1870 in the Valle de Aconcagua, 100 kms north of the capital city, Santiago. He realised that the cool, rainy winters and hot, dry summers combined with Pacific breezes to make it an ideal area to grow grapes.

Their Pinot Noir is an attractive colour with an aromatic nose of cherries, floral notes and a touch of mint. The fresh palate displays fruit that is well-balanced by smoky nuances from the oak ageing.

A smooth, silky mouthfeel make this an excellent partner to roast pork or fillet of salmon.

First Tasting Counter Rose! Chautarde from Provence Date published: 19/04/13

We're thrilled to announce that due to the rather sunny weather today we've popped open a Provence Rose to try! It makes a sunny day even better, if you don't believe us (or if you already know we're right) pop in and sample the elegant and light but fruity Domaine La Chautarde today! Only £6.99 when you buy two or more bottles.

Domaine La Chautarde is located near the city of Brignoles in Provence, and is a vast 245ha estate of pine and oak forests, olive groves, and vineyards covering 32ha. The soil type here is known as 'argilo-calcaire', which is a limestone-rich clay.

A light, dry and fruity rosé, with strawberry, red cherry flavours accompanying more subtle flavours of watermelon and nectarine. Soft acidity and delicate juiciness make for a refreshed palate.

Great on its own, or as a refreshing foil for 'pissaladière' (Provençale onion and anchovy tart).

Royal Tokaji Dessert WinesDate published: 18/04/13

I was lucky enough last night to sample a range of Royal Tokaji's finest wines right the way up to the absolutely divine Essencia (more on that in an upcoming article!).

This article is going to focus on the wines that we actually stock here at Majestic as despite having a relatively small area the range of wines produced by the Royal Takaji company really quite fantastic.

Our first wine was the Dry Furmint, the classic still wine. The 2011 vintage has a real refreshing feel to it, far more light and zesty than the previous vintages which had seen a greater proportion of oak and had a real butterscotch feel to them (still lovely wines but for my palate the 2011 really hit the spot). Available for only £8.49 when you buy two or more this really is a great introduction to Hungarian wine for those of you looking for something off the beaten track.

We moved on to the Late Harvest. The famous Tokaji grapes Furmint, Yellow Muscat and Harslevelu are combined to make a delightfully light bodied and surprisingly fresh dessert wine that many Hungarians would even have chilled with a lightly spiced main course. Only £9.99 and a nice starter dessert wine due to it's refreshing style, a trait of many Toakji wines despite their sweetness.

We also tried the Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos a wonderfully syrupy, viscous wine with marmalade and orange peel characters, sumptuous on the palate and great with a wide range of puddings. The wine would actually qualify for 6 puttonyops for its sugar levels but again it is surpringly light when compared to wines with similar sugar levels from Sauternes.

Upcoming articles will include a bit more on the history of the Tokaji region and the Royal Tokaji Wine Company along with a review of the ethereal Essencia. Keep your eyes peeled!

Minuty back in stockDate published: 18/04/13

Welcome back to an old friend!

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 littleknown 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. This has long been a favourite of mine and have drank it on many trips over the channel so i was very happy to find that we now are a stockist for it. Of course you need some sun on your back and ideally sat in the the garden with a light summer salad or a large bowl of poached crayfish to enjoy to the full. Bring on the summer!

Wines Of Portugal WeekendDate published: 17/04/13

Tomorrow signifies the start of our Wines of Portugal weekend. We have been blessed recently with Wines of Spain week, Wines of South Africa week, and World Malbec Day 2013. Now is the turn of the glorious Vinho Tinto and Verde to take Majestic by storm!


Most would think Port synonymous with Portugal but they also produce some marvellous still wines.


For example the Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2011 is a magnificent white wine that comes into its own during the increasingly warm Summer months. With its complex aromas of white and tropical fruits, good acidity and concentrated, fresh finish, it is the perfect partner for seafood, green salads and pasta.


We will have a number of red and white wines from the Douro and elsewhere open to taste. Currently, Majestic are running a buy any two Portugese wines, save £3 offer so there has never been a better time to 'Come and Explore'!

WMD 2013: Vinalba Reservado 2011Date published: 17/04/13

To celebrate World Malbec Day 2013 we have cracked open a bottle of Vinalba Reservado 2011 on our Tasting Counter!


The majestic.co.uk says "This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha. Flavours linger for a long time."


We say that it is an untterly delicious, sumptuous and moreish Argentinian red that smacks your palate, begs to be wined & dined and crys out to be paired with a big juicy steak!


Pretty unanimous acclaim one would say and at £7.99 when you buy two or more, it is an absolute steal this WMD 2013! Come and explore!

Malbec World Day 2013Date published: 16/04/13

Malbec World Day is celebrated across the world every year on the 17th April; the same day Domingo Faustino Sarmiento vowed to transform Argentina’s wine industry in 1853.

Domingo brought Malbec to Argentine shores with the help of French soil expert Michel A. Pouget. They experimented with a number of different vines from France, but it was Malbec from Cahors in the South West that proved it’s worth. In fact, it took to the Argentine climate so well it is now Argentina’s flagship grape variety – cause for us all to celebrate!

Producing deep inky purple wine with dominant full bodied plum like flavours, it goes with nothing better than the famous Argentine cuisine – steak! Yum.

You can choose from a number of great Malbecs at Majestic either in store or at majestic.co.uk

The best way to see the Malbec hype and it’s cult following is on twitter, look for the hashtag #malbecworldday

Wine Review: Eikendal ChardonnayDate published: 15/04/13

This is currently open to taste!

£11.99 buy 2 South African wines save 20% £9.59

From sites of both alluvial sand and red granite, this wine shows a wide variety of flavours combined with mineral bite and lengthy acidity. It was matured in French oak barrels for 7 months before bottling.

This is a classic, well balanced Chardonnay packed with fresh lemon, vanilla and well intergrated toasty oak flavours. Hints of minerality are followed by fresh, ripe pears, honeysuckle, orange peel, apples and honey. Full and rounded on the palate, with a fresh finish.The aim was to create a wine of freshness and elegance, without any overripe or overbearing flavours. The oak provides the perfect structure for the fruit components of the wine.

This wine is drinking well now but could be tucked away for a couple of years. Enjoy with fish pie, eggs benedict or a creamy curry.

Moet and Chandon Offer! Woop WoopDate published: 14/04/13

Moet & Chandon NV is on offer people! We this week launched a fandabbydozzy offer on Moet & Chandon NV Champagne...

Crisp and clean, this classic champagne shows citrus aromas and hints of biscuity flavours. It is a truly fabolous aperitif.

At only £27 a bottle when you buy 6 bottles, it is an absolute steal. Normally it's £42 a bottle so that's a saving of £90; what's not to like? Come and explore!

Rose season?Date published: 14/04/13

Is the weather turning a corner? Or is it just that my Lemsip dosage has left me hallucinating? Let's be positive and go with the former, it's going to be a lovely Spring and Summer from here on and what better wines to celebrate with than our exciting Rose range. From the classic AIX magnums to the new Malbec Roses we have in we have something pink to tickle every palate, we'll be having them open on the tasting counter soon if the weather decides to stick with us so if Rose is your thing or you want to find out if it is keep youe eyes peeled on our online tasting counter and pop in when we've cracked some open to celebrate the Sun having his hat on!

Heart Health- Marvellous MalbecDate published: 13/04/13

As an avid reader of Men's Health (I have bought one issue this year), I was interested to see in last months issue that they were spouting about the health benefits of wine. In particular, the red stuff.


You may have heard it all before (in fact, I have professed once before). In Men's Health there was a fascinating article on steak and red wine. Apparently, the American Journal of Pyshsiology recently found that whilst steak contains creatine (good for muscle growth), it also contains bad cholesterol-inducing compounds (red meat leading to heart disease, etc,etc). However, they found that when eaten with a glass of Malbec, which contained high levels of reservatol, this negated the impact of cholesterol and in fact was shown to decrease chances of contracting heart disease.


Before you go drinking the whole bottle, it must be said that consumption must be in moderation. Little and often is the prescribed amount. As well as Malbec it is worth trying Tannat, Bonarda and Syrah. All of these contain high levels of reservatol and heart-boosting compounds.  Furthermore, they contain good levels of antoxidants; great for soaking up those skin-damaging free radicals.


So what better time to grab some of our great deals on Malbec and other health promoting Argentinian wines? Vinalba Reservado is £7.99 when you buy two or more. The multi-award winning Portillo Malbec is £6.99 when you buy two or more. And the 96 point winning Leyda Syrah is £7.99 when you buy two or more. Come and explore.....and take care of your ticker!

Portillo Malbec - Saturday Kitchen'dDate published: 13/04/13

When a wine is given a Decanter International Trophy you know it is going to be good,  but when it is the wine of choice for the good folk at Saturday Kitchen you really know it is time to sit up and listen.

Portillo Malbec doesn't disappoint, an intense, dark fruity wine with a lovely long finish delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit with supple tannins. Delicious with a range of hearty meat dishes but particularly at home wityh steak or a lamb tagine.

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.

Currently on a great deal at £6.99 when you buy 2 or more (usually £9.99) this deal ends on Monday so get it now!

Cardela CrianzaDate published: 12/04/13

One of my current favourite wines is the sumptuous Cardela crianza from the often outrageously priced area of Ribera del Duero. This wine however does fall into that catergory as it is on offer for the next couple of weeks at only £9.59! Its a blend of tempranillo, cab and merlot which is typical of the region and is a perfect alternative to Rioja. You still get that lovely nose of vanilla but a richer, more dense aroma of dark brambly fruit  as well. Yes, is has more tannin than some but this means it is a great match for the fattier cuts of lamb. Take a shoulder of lamb and stud with rosemary, garlic and a couple of salted anchovies, roast low for a good few hours turning up heat for the last 20mins or so to crisp skin (skim of fat in roasting pan and de-glaze for an amazing gravy). Roast some maris pipers, parsnips, steam some kale and open a bottle or two of this and you have a great sunday lunch.

Meerlust Merlot, 2008Date published: 12/04/13

This superb, full-bodied Merlot comes from the prestigious Meerlust estate, known for producing some of South Africa's best reds.

The wine is made in the traditional 'right bank' Bordeaux style using predominantly Merlot grapes, balanced with a little Cabernet Franc, which makes for a juicy plum-filled palate, silky tannins and good length.

Try with a rich meal like beef bourguignon.

Think Pomerol but cheaper!

£15.99 with any other South African wine

Super Scallops vs Stunning Sur-LieDate published: 11/04/13

This past Monday I had the great honour and pleasure of a big family meal at the wondrous Bugle Inn in Twyford (for anybody who has not been they do a marvellous Monday night menu). I would like to begin this article by expressing my deepest gratitude to my partner's father for treating us all to a lovely evening.


My pick of the courses had to be the starter (suprising as I am definitely more of a dessert man). After much deliberation I plucked for the seared king scallops on black pudding, with fresh Hampshire watercress and a chilli truffle oil. It was majestic! Unfortunately, being the designated driver, I was unable to have the requisite wine match. However, it would most certainly have been perfection with a Tourmaline Sur-Lie.


The term 'sur lie' sorts the wheat from the chaff in the world of Muscadet. An extended period of lees contact after fermentation leads to a greater complexity of flavour and character.


The restaurant has a Muscadet Sur-Lie of their own but if you are having a fancy dinner party or cooking an aphrodisiac-inducing menu for your loved one then our Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie 2011 Domaine de la Tourmaline, at £6.99 when you buy two or more, is the pièce de résistance to this delicious dish.


Catena - Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 10/04/13

Bodega Catena Zapata is one of the most famous Argentinian producers and has been making wine in Mendoza for over 100 years. Having already tasted thier range of Malbecs on offer i was eager to give the Cabernet Sauvignon a go. It did not dissapoint and for the price (£9.99 when you buy 2 or more) i think it's unbelievable value for money.

It is full bodied, with rich, dark and supremely concentrated cassis-scented black fruit, with a warm, spicy finish. I can see this wine being enjoyed by a broad range of red wine lovers, especially for those with a palate for something full-bodied, yet with out a harsh amount of tannin.

Will go well with steaks, roast beef and even on its own.

The ease of online ordering...Date published: 10/04/13

Here at Majestic it couldn't be simpler to order your wine online. Simply register on our website then add your wines to your trolley, onced you've ordered at least 6 bottles delivery is completely free* anywhere in the mainland UK!

We'll call you within a day of your order (often same day) and arrangea convenient delivery date and time. Guaranteed within 7 days but most often within 2-3 days of ordering our friendly driver Jeff will be knocking on your door to drop off your wine complete with our detailed tasting notes to give you just a bit more info on the wines you are trying.

It's that easy! If you have any problems using our site at all please do contact us in store on 01252 711988 or far@majestic.co.uk and we'll only be too happy to help!

*subject to a £40 minimum purchase, otherwise delivery incurs a £5 surcharge.

Fairbourne Marlborough Sauvignon BlancDate published: 09/04/13

A small producer set near Blenheim in Marlborough Russell and Sarah Hooper own and produce Fairbourne Sauvignon Blanc. We had the pleasure of meeting Russell in store today (his wife Sarah is back in New Zealand looking after the vines) and tried their flagship wine, Fairbourne Estate which Majestic is the sole UK stockist for.

Unusually for a Kiwi Sauvignon it is harvested by hand and made with a tiny hint of oak ageing to a minimal percentage of the blend for a richer, fuller taste. The wine is also made from only free run juice, (much like prestige cuvee champagne) and not pressed grapes.

The wine offers a distinct minerality on the nose as opposed to the classic intense gooseberry and citrus often associated with Marlborough. The palate confirms this, with a subtle hint of fruitiness with gooseberry backed up with a wonderful minerality, think wet pebbles Russell says and we agree. Reminiscent of some of the great wines of the Loire and a touch cheaper! Overall we were really impressed witht he wine and would thoroughly recommend popping in to pick up a couple of bottles on your next visit. Only £14.99 a bottle when you buy two or more.

Wine Of The Week - Nicolas Potel ChardonnayDate published: 08/04/13

From the ever popular Burgundian producer, Nicolas Potel, this Chardonnay is made from a blend of grapes grown on mature vines in a number of different vineyard sites in the Mâcon, Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte d'Or. No oak is used in the production, maintaining the wine's elegance and minerality.

The classically citrus-led nose also offers notes of marzipan and acacia flowers. Initially straightforward and nicely rounded on the palate, with an almondy complexity on the finish.

Try with roasted pork fillet rapped in pancetta or miso glazed salmon

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more

Chicken Liver ParfaitDate published: 07/04/13

As promised here is how I make my parfait.

Buy the best livers you can. Support the local butcher and buy them there as tend to be better quality. Saute a shallot in butter until soft then add a chopped clove of garlic and some fresh thyme. When garlic soft add the trimmed livers and cook until lightly browned. When they are browned but still fairly soft to touch de-glaze the pan with a good splash of cognac (do not use cheap brandy!) After the flames have almost gone tip into a blender with a little double cream and blend until smooth ( I pass through the finest sieve I have a couple of times). Adjust the seasoning then fill pots/ramekins, cover with melted butter and chill overnight. Perfect with some toasted sourdough and a glass of Sauternes.

FREE Wine EventsDate published: 06/04/13

You may have noticed over the past week that we have discussed some of the fantastic perks of shopping with Majestic. Another one of the amazing things we offer are our free wine events that we run throughout the year.


Approximately once a month we run our Wine Course. This 90 minute session incorporates tasting 3 red wines, 3 white wines, a champagne and a dessert wine. It is suitable for those who want to bolster their wine knowledge or just for those who want to try something new or ascertain their style.


Additionally, we sporadically run tasting weeks and sometimes tasting tutorials (Saturdays 12pm and 3pm). This week is our Wines of Spain week and we have some fabolous wines open to try on our Tasting Counter. Furthermore, our friendly and knowledgeable staff would be happy to advise and give you information on the wines that are open.


Finally, we run our Summer and Winter Tasting Evening events. This is a bi-annual event and is a fantastic way of trying plenty of gorgeous wine. The Summer 2013 event is soon to be announced and we are pleased to announce that we will have a wine representative attending. For more details please ask in store.


All of these events are free to attend. Why not come and explore what Majestic has to offer?!

One from the cellarDate published: 06/04/13

A couple of weeks ago I hosted a few of the guys around for dinner and after many diffrent wines we ended on a bottle of Barsac. It has been gentle ageing at my house for the last twelve years so I was a little concerned of it's quality so had a back up. It was a bottle of Doisy-Daene 1995 which had a deep golden colour but still full to the brim. I uncorked it and had a sneak preview in the kitchen. Wow, what a perfectly balanced glass of wine. I have to admit to thinking of opening up the back up and keeping the Doisy to myself ! I don't have a cellar but a wall underneath the stairs that keeps a fairly constant temperature and just shows that in the right conditions how sweet wine can develop. It had a lovely balance of maturity to level of sweetness and matched the white chocolate pannacotta really well. I think a better match would of been a slab of foie grais terrine or a very good chicken liver parfait which I make at home (see next article for recipe). I now look forward to the other bottles of Sauternes that have been gentle ageing under the stairs!

Jordan, Cabernet Merlot, 2010Date published: 05/04/13

 Having previously not been a massive fan of Cabernet dominated blends, normally preffering a more softer, merlot driven wine, i have to say i was left impressed after trying Jordan's well balanced and juicy Cabernet/Merlot. For only £7.99 (when you buy 2 or more) i think you're getting great value for money.

 A bright, juicy and straightforward wine, offering a mixture of jammy red and black berry fruit, with blackberry's really coming through on the nose. Soft, middleweight tannins make for an easy-going feel.

Ideal partner for a meaty lasagne.

Conde de Valdemar Rioja- SPECIAL PARCELDate published: 05/04/13

Some of you may have noticed our recent web exclusive parcel of fine Spanish wines by Conde de Valdemar. Well, we were lucky enough to receive some of it for store sale (I snapped up one of the 5 litre bottles- We still have a couple left!).


For our Wines of Spain tasting week, which started TODAY, we have opened up one of these very rare, mature Riojas. If you pop in over the weekend you wioll be able to sample the delight of the 1995 Gran Reserva Conde de Valdemar.


Five generations of the Martinez Bujanda family have made wine since the foundation of their first winery in 1889. Conde de Valdemar is their flagship Rioja brand and is widely regarded as a benchmark for the top wines of the region.


The 1995 is clean with intense cherry fruits meeting spicy aromas of pepper, and vanilla. The freshness of this wine at 18 years of age is simply astounding and I love it! At £16.99 when you buy two or more, this is a bargain for a wine of such outstanding, natural beauty.


At this moment in time we still have the 1986,1991,1992,1995,1996 and 1998 vintages left in stock. Excitingly, we have these in 75cl, 1.5L (i.e. Magnums) and 5L (6.7 bottles) size. So come and explore; grab one of these great Spanish wines!

Veuve Clicquot- Offer ends this MONDAY!Date published: 04/04/13

Taking America by storm and now loved by the Kardashian masses, this cracking offer on the famous orange labelled champagne house must come to an end this Monday 8th April at 3pm!


For the past couple of weeks some of you will have noticed that it has been on a buy 6 SAVE £90! offer where each bottle per half dozen works out at £30! (That is as cheap as it was at Christmas and we are still 8 months away!)


So for those of you who like to dine with fine champagne, or want something special for your Summer wedding day, it really is a must have!


It has been aged for twice the required time of a non-vintage champagne and is absolutely gorgeous and moth-filling. Don't miss out. Get yours before Monday!

The Benefits of Joining Our Customer ListDate published: 04/04/13

If you are not already on the Majestic customer list, here are a few reasons why you should be. By joining the customer list you will gain access to several perks we can offer, including:

- Free Delivery - Free delivery for purchases over £40 and 6 bottles or more!

- Free Glass Hire Service - If you're needing wine, flute, hi-ball or pint glasses with your wine purchase make sure you ask about our free glass hire service. A £1 deposit is required per glass which is refunded to you once they are brought back.

- Purchase History - We've all been there before. Tried the most fantastic wine but then can't remember what it was called! Once on the customer list, our database will automatically keep a record of what you have purchased so that you will never have to worry about remembering it again.

- Web Exclusive Offers - We are able to e-mail all our customers on the list to let them know about some of our truely exclusive online deals. This includes any wine parcels the company recieves which are always sold on to you at unbelievable prices. Just give us your e-mail address so that you won't miss out.

- Free Bottle Voucher - In addition, recieve a voucher for a free bottle of wine worth up to the value of £10!

So go on, be sure to sign up to the Majestic customer list next time you come in and explore!

Fine Wine Friday: Riscal Gran Reserva 2001Date published: 03/04/13

This Friday, being the first Friday of the month, signifies Fine Wine Friday! And as the bearer of bad news....it will be our LAST ever one (alas, do not worry as we will be featuring fine wines in our upcoming tasting tutorials).


With it being the last one I feel compelled and duty bound to make it a good choice for the good people of Farnham. Therefore, I have plucked for the Riscal Gran Reserva 2001.


From a great producer in a brilliant vintage year this is the perfect wine for this time of year. It has enough body and spice to warm you up on these very cold evenings, but the complexity and flavour to pair perfectly with that Spring lamb at your Sunday roast.


Furthermore, this Friday marks the start of our Spanish tasting week. As well as having this 93 Parker Point winning wine, we will have many other beautiful Spanish wines open.


This wine is a phenomenal wine that displays Spain at its very best. It is currently £25 when you buy two or more. So make that trip to us this Friday for the last Fine Wine Friday. I promise you that it will be worthwhile!

WOTW - Nicolas Potel Vielles Vignes Pinot NoirDate published: 03/04/13

This weeks WOTW comes from Burgundy and the respected Nicolas Potel's vineyards. Mainly produced from old Cote d'Or vines this is a lovely light red, suited to te slightly warmer temperatures we're hoping will be winding our way soon!

A restrained nose of berry fruit, principally strawberry and blackcurrant, is followed by a soft-edged palate with lithe and supple tannins.

Drink with all charcuterie and cold cuts, pasta dishes and tangy cheeses.

Down to £9.99 when you buy two or more this is a gorgeous example of fine red Burgundy at a great price.

Sam Adams £1 a bottleDate published: 02/04/13

Our Peroni deal may have ended but fear not, the fantastic Sam Adams Boston Lager is still on a great £1 a bottle deal, Shepherd Neame are the only brewery in the world who have the licence to brew Sam Adams outside of the US and Sam Adams ensure the quality of the beer is exactly the same as if you were drinking in tghe Cheers bar in Boston yourself! Pop in and pick up a case and you'll see what we mean!

Wine pairing: Perfect with PorkDate published: 01/04/13

Yesterday was, of course, Easter Sunday. I was at the in-laws and through manner of courtesy and gratitude I tasked myself with finding the perfect bottle to pair with the roast pork.


You have no idea how hard it can be to pair pork with something other than the traditional oaked Chardonnay. You may be wondering why I didn't go for this obvious choice. The simple reason being that my partner is not a big fan and it is essential to keep her content.


Therefore, I looked to the wine gods for inspiration. Mersault, Marsanne-Rousanne (the 'baby Mersault'), Aussie oaked Chardonnay. All the obvious.


So I got my thinking cap on. What do you have with roast pork? Apple sauce! What wine has enough body to it to stand up to pork, whilst enough acidity to cut through the fats, plus the delicate florality to pair with apples.......Gruner Veltliner!


I don't wish to blow my own trumpet but it was an inspired choice and goes perfectly with pork! I plucked for the St Clair Pioneer Block from New Zealand currently at £13.99 when you buy two or more. It has been matured on lees to give it that body, whilst retaining delicate balance and finesse. Furthermore, it enhanced the flavour of the apple sauce whilst harmoniously promoting the tender and juicy pork.


I see no reason why a simple Austrian Gruner Veltliner such as our Weingärten Weissenkirchen 2011 at £8.99 when you buy two or more cannot similarly pair up very nicely.


So next time you are thinking what to pair with pork don't scoff or snort at the suggestion of Gruner Veltliner!

NEW Green InitiativeDate published: 01/04/13

Here at Majestic Farnham we are very conscious of our carbon footprint. In recent times we have cut out the complete use of plastic bags and we re-use all our boxes that are opened in order to box up loose bottles.


From today, on a one-day only trial, we are introducing a new green initiative: for deliveries within a 2 mile radius we will be delivering by rickshaw*.


We hope this new initiative will cut down on emissions massively. Considering 70% of car journies completed are under 2 miles, this could have a huge impact!


Majestic Farnham: doing our bit for the environment.



*N.B. Unfortunately we are unable to do any deliveries on April 1st 2013

Clocks Go FORWARD One Hour this Sunday 31st MarchDate published: 30/03/13

Some may find this somewhat of a dubious news article, but on the off-chance that you have not remembered, the clocks go forward this Sunday by 1 hour for BST (British Summer Time).


I hear you say "Summer!!!!??". Well it may still be chilly but we are optimisitic for warmer weather on the horizon.


In addition, please note we are not open this Sunday due to Easter. On Monday we will be open 10-5pm and from Tuesday we will be reverting to our NEW opening hours (please see our store page for the new hours).


So this Sunday. 1am. Move that clock forward one hour. And enjoy the extra hour of Vitamin D providing sunshine!

Pilsner Urquell and Peroni Nastro Azzuro- £1 per bottle!Date published: 30/03/13

You read it right! Pilsner Urquell and Peroni Nastro Azzuro currently work out at £1 per bottle! Now that's a bargain for the Easter holiday break!


Pilsner Urquell is the original Pilsner from the Czech Republic is still the classic expression of the style. It is much loved and highly rated.


Peroni Nastro Azzuro is the leading Italian lager and is clean, crisp and refreshing. It is perhaps the most recognisable lager in Europe.


Offers end soon so pop in and grab some lovely lager before time runs out.

Welcome to Majestic CommercialDate published: 29/03/13

Majestic Commercial

With us, you get so much more than a company that just sells wines. We also have a range of services carefully designed to help you maximise sales and achieve your individual business goals. Whether you’re running a restaurant, hotel, pub, bar or any other venue with drink and catering requirements, our sales ethos remains the same: it all revolves around you.

We start by listening to your plans, priorities and goals. Then we’ll draw on our unrivalled expertise and commercial acumen to develop a bespoke package of products and services to help you meet your objectives. However, in order for us to be able to viably offer you the full commercial on-trade package, you must spend at least £1,000 per site on wine every month to become a Majestic Commercial customer. If your average spend is below £1,000 per site per month, we will be happy to help meet your requirements at a store level.

Dedicated Account Manager:

Strong customer relationships are at the heart of our business. That’s why we give you a key point of contact, based in your region, who’s on hand to offer the support, advice and information you need, when you need it. Our people combine commercial experience with industry-leading Wine and Spirit Education Trust qualifications, giving them the knowledge to guide you through the world of wine and everything in it.

Local delivery, local support:

Your account will be serviced from a local Majestic store within our 196 strong nationwide network. This gives you the reassurance of knowing the people picking, processing and delivering your wines, at the same time as keeping costs to a minimum. What’s more, being open seven days a week makes it quicker and easier to arrange deliveries, even at weekends.

Bespoke wine list design & production:

A well-presented wine list with informative tasting notes is a vital tool in promoting and selling wines right across your range.

Commercial Exclusives range:

We pride ourselves on offering quality and interest throughout the Majestic range. However, as a Commercial customer you also have access to a hand-selected range of key wines which are not available for retail sale to the public.

Sharing our knowledge:

Our customers tell us that the most valuable support we can give them is via training of their staff. We offer training ranging from our really successful Confidence in Wine course that cultivates an understanding of the winemaking process and key grape varieties as well as basic food and wine matching principles. Another recent development is 'Perfect Partners' a bespoke food matching course designed to take wine knowledge to the next level which uses both the food and the wines from each customers menus. On top of all of this, your account manager can help you prepare your own customer events, such as Gastro Evenings and quiz nights. They may even be able to assist on the night by introducing the wines accompanying the courses you serve.

Call us at your local Farnham store to discuss your needs 01252 711 988

WOTW - Vina Ardanza 2004Date published: 29/03/13

One of the few wines that almost every Majestic member of staff has sampled and loved is the Vina Ardanza. The 2001 was given 94 points by Robert Parker. This one is just as good as that esteemed vintage.


It is 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.


Posessing complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits it also has long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour.


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


WineReviewer described this wine as "Exceptional" and I am inclined to agree. At £17.99 when you buy two or more this is an absolute steal!

Sparkling Saturday...on Friday!Date published: 29/03/13

We've got a lovely bottle of La Marca Conegliano Prosecco open on our tasting counter today and tomorrow. It's on a fantastic deal at only £8.99 for Easter and is absolutely perfect for any celebration! Light, fruity and delicate with plenty of bubbles to go round on any occasion!

Inexpensive, easy-drinking wines..Date published: 28/03/13

With Easter coming up this weekend you might be expecting family and friends round and will need to stock up on some extra beverages. Don't worry, you don't have to break the bank as Majestic currently have some very good value for money deals and I would like to reccomend a couple that I think reflect this.

For red why not try Aspen's single varietel Merlot. This Aussie option has an inviting nose of plum which leads into a palate of blackberry and raspberry, with a supple texture and a satisfying fruit sweetness. An enjoyable, medium-bodied red for the modest price of £5.49 (when you buy 2 or more).

Then if you were looking for a light-bodied white at a very reasonable price, you should go for The Parcel Series. Again it hails from Australia and is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Bottled exclusively for Majestic, it explodes with citrus and tropical notes on the nose, with nuances of passionfruit and jasmine. Peachy on the palate, backed up by refreshing guava and grapefruit flavours and a subtle creaminess. £5.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

So there we have it. You can pick these up for a bargain price, which will then leave you with a little extra to spend on those 'special' wines you've been wanting all for yourself!

ABC Hildegard 2008- Perfect 10Date published: 28/03/13

To follow on from Alan's stunning article yesterday, I shall compose my best prose. Picture the scene: six friends, great food, awesome wine. All pre-disposed and looking forward to different things (for Alan it was the Catena Zapata....which was delicious by the way!).


However, I was quenching, salivating and desiring a fabulous and voluptuous white. I need look no further than Au Bon Climat's Hildegard 2008 from the Santa Maria Valley! What an absolute stunner!


She was sumptuous, velvety and almost peachy! There was a tickling of the tongue with finesse and delicacy but a flirting of the senses with seductive power and grip. With these cold winter nights I am a big fan of apple tarte tartin. This is a bottled version of that delicious  delicacy!


Often when you take a bottle like this out to dinner, you would expect her to cost a lot more. Wine of this quality and ability to woo could cost you the earth. In reality, it was a relatively inexpensive £26. Needless to say, it shall not be the last night that we dine together. I look forward to seeing her again!

Catena Zapata Malbec, 'Argentino', 2008 Date published: 27/03/13

Recently, I had the great pleasure of tasting one of Catena Zapata's top wines, the 'Argentino'. The scene was as follows: Six friends, dinner party, plenty of conversation and banter, delicous food, with a general relaxed atmosphere in the air. After the meal was done and the plates were cleared it was time for the moment we had all been waiting for. I patiently waited my turn for a glass of this much anticipated wine. The previous week i had been told by colleagues and customers at the store of its magnificance so it had a lot to live up to. I'm happy to say that it did and I was not left dissapointed. Far from it. If you were looking for a wine to really impress your guests then this is it.

It has a lush, wholesome, round body and the intensity of its colour matches the dense dark fruit profile. Perfectly balanced, the finish on this Malbec leaves you wanting more. The other brilliant thing about it is its 2008 vintage, which means it's only going to get better! That's why it recieved 97+ points from Robert Parker's 'The Wine Advocate'.

Next time you're in and you wanted to spend that much more for a quality fine wine then i would strongly reccomend the 'Argentino'. Guaranteed satisfaction!

Cracking Champagne Deals!Date published: 27/03/13

On the 19th March we changed our prices for Spring- and there are now some amazing, awe-inspiring, awesome Champagne bargains to be had!


The Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top is now £20! (down from £30!)- This a beautiful vintage champers with a delicate finesse and fine taste. One to consider for your wedding perhaps?


Taittinger NV is now £26! (down from £36). I had to rub my eyes when I saw this bargain. It almost seems too good to be true but I can confirm it is as beautiful as ever.


Louis Roederer NV is now £29! (Down from £40). This toasty and buttery brute is my favourite non-vintage champagne and will knock anybodys socks off. I suggest replacing the Easter chocolate splurge for this bubbly one!


Finally, Veuve Clicquot NV is £30 when you buy 6 or more! (down from £45). This is a sexy champagne. There is a superb marriage of richness and power, with a truly mouth-filling mousse!


One would be forgiven for thinking with these bargains that the jingle bells were playing. It would indeed appear as though Christmas has come early. So why not come in today and grab some of these very merry offers!?

Changes to Store Opening HoursDate published: 26/03/13

From April 1st (no joke) our early week opening hours are changing.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we'll be closing an hour earlier (7pm) so we're fully rested up for the busier weekend period.

So from April 1st our regular opening hours will be...

Monday 10-7

Tuesday 10-7

Wednesday 10-7

Thursday 10-8

Friday 10-8

Saturday 9-7

Sunday 10-5

Easter Opening Hours Date published: 26/03/13

Here in Farnham we're joining you all and enjoying Easter Sunday with our feet up. We're also working bank holiday hours on Easter Monday. Fear no though, we're open as usual on Good Friday and Saturday.

In full...

Good Friday 10-8

Saturday 9-7

Easter Sunday CLOSED

Easter Monday 10-5

Wine review - Vina Eguia Gran Reserva 2004Date published: 25/03/13

Having been underwhelmed with the 2003 Eguia Gran Reserva we weren't sure what to expect with this wine. 2004 was a pretty great vintage in Rioja so we were hoping for better things and weren't disappointed. 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.

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.

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

A real steal at only 50 pence more than the Reserva, get your hands on this wine for only £7.99 when you buy two or more as part of a mixed case.

My Trip to Taittinger - finDate published: 25/03/13

The final part of our educational visit to Reims included a trip to the cathedral and a guided tour with Jean Pierre who is very knowledgeable. It was great to drive through the town hearing Jean Pierre describe the town, especially when it came to the 400 or so castles that were bombed in the World War. It was amazing to think the beautiful Chateau we ate in on the first night was just one of hundreds.

After our tour we stopped for lunch at Murigny, a converted press house set in amongst around 10% of Taittingers vineyards (Taittinger is quite unusual in that it owns a good proportion of the vines from which it gets its grapes, more on that in an upcoming champagne facts article!)

After being spoilt with another glass of Comtes we were served a starter of King prawns on an aubergine, tomato and ginger base that tasted great. The main course was another expertly cooked fillet of turbot with a simple white wine sauce and Ceps. Alongside the 2005 Vintage Taittinger it was divine, the '05 is also drinking very nicely but is worth holding onto for a year or two as it develops in bottle.

After a selection of delightfully pungent cheeses accompanied by a Chivite 125 we were served a dessert of what seemed to be a caramel topped cheescake (my French sadly doesn't stretch to translating that part of the menu!) it was an exceptional way to finish the meal and we had that alongside the delicate Taittinger Rose.

After that we had time to stop for a few pictures outside the vineyard and were then on the long drive home with full stomachs and some fantastic memories, not to mention having learned an awful lot!

Once again huge thanks are due to our hosts Jean Pierre and Philip.

WOTW Château St Georges, St Georges St Emilion 2007Date published: 24/03/13

After the success of last weeks wine of the week we've popped open another Claret to tempt you. Located just to the north of St-Emilion, the satellite appellation around the hamlet of St-Georges produces wines in a similar style. This château is the leading local producer, with a 50-hectare estate on the area's south-facing slopes.

This wine's pedigree is immediately apparent on the nose, which offers up ripe blackberry, cigar box and graphite aromas in abundance. The palate is satisfyingly dense and swell structured.

Best served with traditional French casseroles such as coq au vin.

£17.99 buy 2 save £10 = £12.99 when you buy 2 or more

New Champagne deal - Louis RoedererDate published: 23/03/13

Perhaps most famous for its prestige cuvée 'Cristal', Roederer Brut Premier is a serious non-vintage Champagne. Deliciously rich, with an overt fruitiness and nutty, yeasty notes, the finish is long, complex and rewarding.

Simply put it's a gorgeous wine that represents fantastic value at £29 until the end of our Easter promotion!

My trip to Taittinger Pt 3Date published: 22/03/13

Our tour of the caves was the most fascinating part of the trip, at 3 levels ranging from 12-20 metres below underground is a chalk cave system with 3million bottles of Comtes Champagne, 3 million! The chalk walled caves hqave a 90% humidity and are perfect conditions for ageing champagne. Various vintages of Comtes are put in each and every avenue of the cave, and left for 7 years. Think about that for a minute, what were you doing 7 years ago, how much has changed, those bottles have been sitting there side by side all that time doing nothing except ageing gracefully.

Eventually it is time to remove the dead yeast cells from the wine and far from the modern autmated world of gyropallettes that do this in a matter of days Comtes is old school and riddled by hand, skilled remeuers turn up to 6000 bottles an hour 90 degrees to edge the yeast cells down to the neck of the bottle, the process take 4 weeks. After the 4 weeks the bottles are taken out of the caves ready to be disgorged and given their final dosage before being labelled and ready to face the world.

It really is fascinating to see the process, I will bring some photos in shrotly and attach them to the article for your perusal!

Short Term Peroni Deal...£1 a bottle!Date published: 22/03/13

We've managed to secure a short term deal on our stocks of Peroni, it's £1 a bottle for either the 12 or 24 bottle packs until April 1st (no joke!) so if you've got a party or event coming up or simply love the stuff then it's the perfect time to stock up. This offer must end on the 1st!

In excelsius deo! Château Gloria 2007Date published: 21/03/13

We recently received a consignment of Château Gloria 2007, St Julien. This brilliant Bordeuax wine is new to Majestic!


Château Gloria was created by Henri Martin over a number of years, by purchasing vineyard plots exclusively from grand cru properties, and the cellars from Château Saint-Pierre, creating a new estate possessing all the characteristics of an established Bordeaux property.


It is smoky, evolved and possesses a savoury nose with suggestions of forest mushrooms and charcuterie against a background of red berry fruit. Nicely balanced tannins, medium body and a silky finish.


Furthermore, it is fully mature and ready to drink NOW! Therefore, to celebrate its arrival we have decided to open it on our tasting counter. At a remarkable price of £25 why not come and explore this beautiful wine!

Valdemar Rioja Parcel Date published: 20/03/13

A couple of weeks ago we had a small parcel of mature rioja from the producer Conde de Valdemar. Most sold out online but we have received a small amount to put on sale. We have a couple of  monster five litre bottles which look fantastic some magnums along with a few regular sized bottles. They won't be around long so pop on down to see what we have here. Perfect for your Easter celebrations.

New Champagne Deals for EasterDate published: 19/03/13

We've got some great new champagne deals for Easter and overthe next week or two we'll be reviewing some of them to let you know which celebratory fizz to pick!

Today it is Bollinger's turn...

The famous house of Mme Lily Bollinger produces a mighty, full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightfully pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent. Densely packed apple and pear fruits give way to a noticeably creamy, caramel-like finish.

A fantastic champagne with a fantastic price tag, only £30 a bottle when you buy 6 or more!

Future champagne reviews on Taittinger, Nicolas Feuillate and Louis Roederer, don't miss them!

Spring LambDate published: 19/03/13

In life there are some things that are just meant to be together. With Easter just around the corner what better way of celebrating than with spring lamb and a couple bottles of good bordeaux. From the classic vineyards in Paulliac comes the fith growth Lynch Moussas from 2006 vintage which would be one such wine that would fit the brief perfectly. Right in its drinking window this is a deep dark fruited wine with soft tannins that will match a slow roasted leg of lamb brilliantly.

Why not pop down and treat yourself to a couple of bottles for Easter lunch.

My Trip to Taittinger Pt 2Date published: 18/03/13

We were treated to a wonderful dinner on the first night in Reims at Ch de la Marquetterie the Chateau bought by Pierre Taittinger himself. First up was a glass of the Comtes 2004 with our canapes and the lighter than air cheese pastry puffs were delicious with the fabulous wine. A little tight and will benefit from another 3-4 years in bottle but a real treat to start the meal.

Our starter was a seafood Veloute, silky smooth with lovely prawns and a creamy chive topping supported by Taittinger Prelude, a rich champagne with a higher proportion of Pinot Noir than Taittinger's typical blend. Prelude is sourced only from Grand Cru sites and the quality of the wine is real testament to that.

Our main course was fillet of Turbot grilled witha mild curry sauce and a potato and pomme puree. Paired with Taittinger Folies de le Marquetterie made only from grapes sourced solely from the Chateau's own vineyards. A touch lighter than the Prelude but no lesser in quality it really is a pleasure drinking a wine when you can see the terroir it comes from outside the window.

After a cheese course accompanied naturally by a 2003 St Estephe, with silky soft tannins we had Taittinger Nocturne, which has a higher level of sugar in its dosage than any other Taittinger wine maing it a touch sweeter, not quite demi sec but on the way. The Nocturne was paired with a blood orange and nectarine fruit tart with marmalade mielleuse.

A wonderful evening shared with some great people, great wine and great food.

Ch. la Rame with salted caramel topped cupcakes...Date published: 18/03/13

As you may have read in Alan's recent article Ch. la Rame is a typical Bordeaux style sweet wine, a combination of Semillon and Sauvignon with a nice hint of acidity to balance the sweetness. Dessert wines are a classic match with salty flavours, for example we try it with Roquefort on our wines courses with great success.

With the Ch. la Rame being open for our wine course James and myself are always looking for tasty treats to pair with this underappreciated wine. This is where our cupcakes come in...freshly prepared by one of our distinguished wine course attendees (not so subtle hint for you future guests!) the delicious sponge topped with soft ,sweet icing and salty caramel chunks was a perfect match with the sweetness of the wine. A perfect end to our lunch today!

The wine is available for £10.99 but unfortunately we are out of stock of the cupcakes, not a crumb left!

A takeaway cooked at homeDate published: 17/03/13

When at the butchers earlier in the week I bought a slab of feather steak which I've had before and treated it how I would a sirloin steak. This time I had a craving for crispy chilli beef that you usually get in Chinese restaurants that is often so disappointing (a thread of beef surrounded by batter) so I thought I woul have a go at doing myself.

I cut the beef into 3/4cm batons then into a marinate of garlic, ginger, chilli, five spice, soy and a little mirin. After a couple of hours coated in cornflour mixed with a couple of eggs to give a light batter and then deep fried for two minutes. The results were fantastic. Real depth of flavour but still nice and pink inside this is a supper that will be revisited.

I decided upon a Kiwi pinot (Coney) which seemed a perfect match for the dish.

My trip to Taittinger Pt 1Date published: 17/03/13

On Thursday and Friday last week I was lucky enough to visit the Taittinger Champagne house in Reims as part of my studies (it's a tough job but somebody has to do it!). It was a fantastic experience and I would like to thank Philip Buck MW for taking a group of us around as well as our host at Taittinger Jean Pierre. It was hugely beneficial to be able to talk to someone with Philips knowledge about Champagne and a whole range of other wine related topics.

Over the next few days I will let you know what I've learned along with a few other highlights like a visit to the gothic cathedral in Reims where all the French monarchs were crowned to the delights of the cuisine at Taittinger!

Dessert Wine IdeaDate published: 16/03/13

 If you're struggling for ideas on which dessert wine to get, or looking to impress at your next dinner party, then i suggest getting a bottle or two of Château La Rame, Ste-Croix-du-Mont. Situated to the right of the river Gironde in Bordeaux, the appellation of Saint-Croix-du-Mont strays not too far from the famous location of Sauternes which produce stunning and but expensive dessert wines. Due to its close proximity this alternative by Château La Rame means that you are getting a wine very similar in style to Sauternes but for the fraction of the price.

The golden hued wine exudes aromas of ripe stone fruits, candied summer fruits and honey. Luxurious sweetness and spicy vanilla characters layer and coat the palate before a clean and fresh finish.

Perfrect when matched with foie gras or try with Roquefort cheese.


Contesa Pecorino 2011/12Date published: 15/03/13

The Pecorino is an alluring dry white from a recently near extinct variety. The bunches tend to be very triangular in shape, reminiscent of a sheep's head, said to be the reason for the grape's name. It is a typically light-bodied Italian white, however if you wanted something a bit more interesting than your usual Pinot Grigio, you should definately try this one out.

It has a a remarkably intense nose of citrus fruits, hints of hawthorn and orange blossom, Soft, clean, but persistent palate texture, with a pleasing mineral complexity.

£7.99 when you buy 2 or more

Bordeaux Alternative...Date published: 14/03/13

Looking for an alternative to a Bordeaux  that's under a tenner? Anthony's Yard by Graham Beck contains the classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc but you can pick it up here at Majestic for a fraction of the price that you would pay for the wines of a more prestigous chateaux.

At £6.99 (when you buy 2 or more) your'e getting a well intergrated wine, aged for 12 months in French oak to help impart extra complexities and texture. Aromas of fruitcake and spice, with red and black fruits on the textured palate and the oak-ageing lending hints of cigar box. A balanced structure and good length.

A great wine for a dinner party and macthes extremely well with beef, lamb and strong cheeses.

Wine of the Week - Invivo Sauvignon Blanc, NZDate published: 13/03/13

The Awater Valley in Marlborough produces some of the very best examples of NZ Sauvignon Blanc and this beautifully herbaceous wine is no exception.

Invivo is the brainchild of winemaker Rob Cameron, and his old school friend and marketing expert, Tim Lightbourne. Together they have created the Invivo range of unmistakably Kiwi wines. This Sauvignon comes from their vineyards in the Westhaven Estate in the Awatere Valley.

Bold and intensely tropical, with an immense bouquet of guava, passionfruit and lime. Crisp and crunchy on the palate, this complex wine is a mix between sweet fruits and savoury herbal notes. The zesty acidity prevails to give a dry lingering finish.

Chill well and enjoy with a noodle and fresh vegetable stir fry or an Asian spiced fish dish.

£9.99 down from £12.49 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

Exciting Tasting Weeks coming up...Date published: 12/03/13

We've got some great themed tasting weeks coming up soon at Majestic Farnham:

Easter Offers 22nd-28th March

Wines of Spain 5th-11th April

Wines of South Africa 12th-18th April

Wine of Portugal 19th-22nd April

Check out our events page for more details or follow us on twitter @majesticfarnham for news of whats open that week.

Return of the AIX!Date published: 11/03/13

AIX magnums are back in stock! In a cunning attempt to scare off this freezing weather we've just taken delivery of our first batch of this stunning Provence Rose. 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.

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.

At  £19.99 tper magnum this is a great wine for any occasion and is good value at the equivalent of £10 a bottle.

Majestic Farnham's Tasting Counter - come and explore!Date published: 10/03/13

Our themed tasting weeks may be at an end but fear not, here at Majestic we have a range of wines from around the world open to taste every day. A selection of reds and whites are always available to try so you can see how that Chilean Chardonnay matches up against the Macon-Villages you've been drinking or how the Pomerol compares to the South African Bordeaux blend you've been taking home.

We're always trying to open new and interesting wines to showcase grape varieties you may not have heard of. Two increasingly popular grapes open at the moment are a South African Viognier with lovely stone fruit flavours and a Chilean Carmenere, a spicier Merlot. But don't take my word for it, pop in and try them!

To keep up to date with what's open to try just check out our store webpage which shows you all the wines open today with a brief review.

Decanter International Trophy Winner: Portillo MalbecDate published: 09/03/13

A great introduction to the world of Argentinian Malbec this wine is simply stunning. Produced at Bodegas Salentein which is 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.

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 lamb and date tagine.

An epic wine for a pretty epic price, this fantastic Malbec is only £6.99 when you buy two or more as part of your mixed case.

Santa Rita, Medalla Real, Chardonnay, 2010/2011Date published: 08/03/13

Sourced mainly from the Limarí Valley, the northernmost vineyard district in Chile. Although closer to the equator, the valley is efficiently cooled by sea breezes, due to its east-west orientation. This Chardonnay is barrel fermented and undergoes regular lees stirring. The end result is a chardonnay of the oaked variety, however only ever so slightly and it still has a light and fresh feel to it. The nose offers good ripeness, with citrus aromas turning to a softer, more apple and stone fruit character. Weighty and creamy on the palate. Match roasted guinea fowl with a creamy wild mushroom sauce.

£8.99 when you buy 2 or more

Mothers Day Gift IdeasDate published: 07/03/13

So its that time again where we all say thanks to mum for all she's had to put up with over the years. In the past i could of been accused of being stingy with my choice of presents but this year i want to get her something just that little bit more special. If, like me, you are in the market for a nice bottle of wine or two, the selection of fine wines (any wine priced £20 or above) here at Majestic Farnham would fit the bill perfectly. Here are some ideas:

- Pouilly Fume Ladoucette - Superb Pouilly-Fumé with pungent elder-tinged fruit and a smoky, steely finish. It exsudes elegance, just like mother :-). £25

- Château La Croix de Gay, Pomerol, 2003 - A high calibre wine drinking beautifully now. An excellent Bordeaux at £30

- Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, Gagnard Delagrange, 2009/10 - A truly outstanding wine displaying a complex bouquet, infused with cherry fruits, raspberries and strawberries on the palate, supported by subtle oak and well structured tannins. £23

So there we have it. Spoil her this mother's day and choose a fine wine as part of your mixed case.

Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier, 2011Date published: 06/03/13

Originally known as 'Bellinchamp' (pretty fields), Bellingham originated in 1693 with the planting of 1000 vines. Under Bernard Podlashuk's reign Bellingham were the first to produce a South African Rosé, bottle an extra dry white wine (1951) and single varietal Shiraz (1956) in SA. Today Bellingham are still producing fabulous wines and The Bernard Series is a big seller at Majestic.

The grapes used for their 'Bernard Series' Viognier have been hand picked and fermented in old french oak for a year, with addition of 4% lees contact. The result is a more complex white wine with Perfumed aromas of peaches, lychees, rose petal and spice, complemented by rich layers of fruit and spicy undertones of white pepper and cinnamon on the palate. The finish is lingering and inviting.

Pick it up for only £9.59, when you buy two or more of any South African wines.

South America tasting week- Vino siempreDate published: 05/03/13

This week heralds the South America tasting week. We have some delightful wines, both red and white, from Chile and Argentina.


Amongst the selection of red and whites we shall have an Argentinian Pinot Grigio, a Chilean Merlot and some big, brutish Argentinian reds open.


All of this shall culminate in the tasting tutorial this Saturday 9th March at 11am and 3pm. These 20 minute wine snippets are completely free. So, please feel free to pop along and enjoy! Remember: come and explore!

New ArrivalDate published: 04/03/13

Coming from the same owners of Ch Pavie the new to Majestic Chateau  Angelique de Monbousquet 2009 this is all the sorts of things that you expect to come out of that stable.The second wine of Château Monbousquet, Angelique is a more youthful and approachable version of the grand vin, designed to require less cellarage. Made from the same 32ha vineyards, which lie on St-Emilion's characteristically sandy, iron-rich clay soils. This ripe and fleshy St-Emilion has an up-front, convivial character, offering lashings of jammy black and red fruit, supported by muscular yet supple tannins, and aromas of cocoa, incense and herbs. Drink over the next 5 years and perfect with slow braised beef cheeks and horse radish mash.

Beer or Champagne? The Indian Dilemma!Date published: 04/03/13

Beer or Champagne? The Indian Dilemma!

You must be thinking this extended cold season we are having has finally made me snap, but that is the question I put to you...when you are ordering in an Indian takeaway do you want a pack of beer or a bottle of champagne?

Indian food can be a hard meal to food and wine match. Which is why so often people tend to just match it with beer. The more exotic beers are slightly sweet like tiger beer, only £11.99. Champagne has residual sugar which compliments the spice but also enough acidity to cut through the dish.

So when you are ordering in a takeaway, why not make it special with a bottle of bubbly....from your local Majestic store!!!

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut. - The perfect Mother's day present!!!Date published: 04/03/13

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut. - The perfect Mother's day present!!!

Perrier Jouet is renowned for its Art Nouveau routes and the floral style of its cuvee. It is produced in the Epernay region of Champagne and dates back 1811.

The style of the champagne is extremely elegant and subtle, it is incredibly friendly and open with a refreshing ripeness to the soft, appley fruit and a zesty mousse.

As it is not as heavy or toasty as some of the other house name champagnes, the light and soft Grand Brut style from this House excellent as an aperitif.

Down to on £25 per bottle it is fabulous value and the perfect way of saying thank you on Mothering Sunday.


Koyle CarmenereDate published: 03/03/13

One grape varsity that Chile excels in is Carmenere. It was thought that this grape variety is derived from the Merlot varietal and you can seem some similarities. The Koyle is a blend of 85% Carmenere, complemented by small amounts of Cabernet and Syrah, from hand-harvested vineyards in Colchagua. The wine undergoes temperature-controlled fermentation, then 60% is aged in French oak for 12 months before reblending. Achieving a happy balance between youthful fruit and savoury undertones, this wine is at once lively, supple, smooth and rich, with notes of blackberry, red peppers and spice on the finish. Drink now or keep for up to 5 years. This is a wine that cries out for a fat steak. This coupled with the fact it is only £7.99 it has to be one of the bargains of the current promotions.  

Are you free?Date published: 27/02/13

If you are free this weekend why not pop down and join us for a small tasting of Classic French wines. A couple of whites and four reds which will last 20-30mins only. Very informal. Just let us know if you would lioke to attend. Tastings begin at either 11.00am or 3.00pm.

Why Not...Date published: 27/02/13

Show you support for Comic Relief  by choosing this excellent Chateau de Pennautier 'Terroirs d'altitude' from the deep south of France. It is made up of of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc .If this blend looks like a kind of Bordeaux/Languedoc hybrid, that's because it is: Cabardès is the only AC permitted to use such a blend of Mediterranean and Atlantic grapes. Each variety is vinified separately before blending, integrating over 14 months in French oak. This is a classy and well structured wine: deep garnet red in colour, with a power and harmony to the flavours and aromas of blackcurrant, with spice and chocolate notes. Partner with hearty stews, cassoulet or duck confit. All for a bargain price of £6.99.

And The Winner Is...Date published: 26/02/13

This month's Fine Wine Friday choice has been made and it's going to be the sumptuous Planeta Chardonnay.

From the most pioneering of Sicilian producers, this modern style of Chardonnay is a real expression of the uniqueness of wine from this Island. Aged in 50% new 225 -litre barriques, this wine also undergoes malolactic fermentation to gain a creamier character. This is a supremely balanced wine, with soft butterscotch and ripe banana fruit over subtle oak characters and a precise, linear finish that lingers in the mouth. Well-integrated oak which does not dominate suggests that it will match favourably the best of fish. Think Brill or Turbot with a cream based sauce.

I'm not here Friday so make sure you save some for me!

Classic CombinationsDate published: 25/02/13

Sunday night dinner always has to be a roast In our household and invariably I stick to the classic wine matches. Yesterday it ws a roasted rib of Beef so I went for one of our Bordeaux that we stock here at Majestic. Sénéjac is one of the better known Crus Bourgeois of the Haut-Médoc and has long been one of my favourites. The wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc and is aged in oak barriques for 18 months. It represents great value for fans of mature claret as it ages so gracefully. A great middleweight claret, offering a restrained nose of blackcurrant fruit tinged with hints of clove and cigar tobacco. The palate is nicely ripe, with a liquorice complexity and a smooth texture. This is drinking really well and was perfect with the Beef and its only £12.99 !

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2009/2010 Date published: 24/02/13

This is one of my favourite Pinot Noirs

This wine is made by blending grapes of selected vineyards in the Awatere and Wairau Valleys of Marlborough. The vineyards are managed to the highest standard to ensure quality.

It is medium bodied with beautifully poised red fruit and very well integrated oak flavours. The crisp acidity and fine grained tannins provide a delightfully clean long finish of considerable finesse.

A nice antidote to this extended winter we are experiencing. Have it with Roast Duck then pop your feet up by the fire.

£10.99 when you buy at least two as part of your mixed case.


Looking for a good Ausie wine for under £10?Date published: 24/02/13

If you were after a typically full-bodied, powerfull Ausie red, but didn't want to spend more than £10 on a bottle, you would be hard pressed to find a better candidate than the Peter Lehmann single varietal Shiraz. It has everything you want  from a wine hailing from the Barosa Valley region of Australia. Plenty of flesh and spice on the palate, with concentrated blackcurrant and bramble fruit as well as hints of mocha and dark chocolate. Full bodied and rich, a classic Aussie Shiraz.

Particularly great with peppery meat dishes that really higlight the wines spicy notes.

£8.49 when you buy two or more

A bargain from down underDate published: 23/02/13

If you are planning a party or a large gathering this is a perfect choice for you. Forget Pinot Grigio and dare to be different  with this Savignon/Semillon blend from Australia. It is a white blend from Margaret River, bottled exclusively for Majestic, and available at a staggeringly low price. From fruit sourced mainly from the cooler southern half of the region, fermented at cool temperatures and blended following three months on lees. Explodes with citrus and tropical notes on the nose, with nuances of passionfruit and jasmine. Peachy on the palate, backed up by refreshing guava and grapefruit flavours and a subtle creaminess. Perfectly drinkable on its own but enough weight to stand up to food. At only £5.99 I think a real steal!

Like Sancerre ?Date published: 22/02/13

If you are a lover of Sancerre or Pouilly Fume this could be a great new world alternative for you.The Constantia Valley, home to Klein Constantia Estate, is the oldest vineyard region in the Cape, having produced wine since 1689. Klein Constantia is family-owned with a focus on quality rather than quantity. A light green appearance with ripe tropical aromas of pineapple and passionfruit. The palate is classically Sauvignon with its racy acidity and the finish is clean and refreshing. Given an extra richness and dimension by the addition of 4% Semillon, it makes an excellent partner to fresh seafood. Why not pop down this weekend and have a taste for yourself.

WOTW - Castelmaure CorbieresDate published: 21/02/13

This is a stunning example of southern French red at its very best. A wonderfully fruity Corbieres with an unmistakeable rustic style that works fantastically with casseroles and other hearty dishes.

Embres-et-Castelmaure is a tiny village to the south of Corbières, with around 150 residents, all of whom are families of grape growers. The village's local cooperative makes this wine from grapes hand-picked from 760 local plots, with vines aged up to 80 years old.

An expressive and open nose, full of damson jam and cassis notes, and that unmistakable 'garrigue' aroma of heather and wild thyme. Plenty of body and soft, ripe tannins. A great all-round wine.

£11.99 buy 2 save £4 = £9.99

Montagny Vielle Vignes - only £7.99Date published: 21/02/13

This delicious Burgundy is opne on our tasting counter and is a real treat for the money.

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.

The Montagny appellation offers a healthy production of value-for-money white Burgundy. This Chardonnay offers ripe lemons on the palate, with an elegant, steely dry finish.

Drink now and accompany with salad or shellfish.

£9.99 buy 2 save £4 = £7.99

Come and ExploreDate published: 20/02/13

How often have you been in a supermarket browsing wine. Several questions come into your mind. What does that taste like, what grape varieties are in that bottle, what style do I need for specific food, will it age, is it suitable for a party, how much do I need for a party to name a few. If only there was a team of enthusiastic and helpful to help! Here at Majestic we can help you with all the above and more. We all are passionate about wine and enjoy talking about it. A designated tasting counter with a minimum of 8 wines on every day awaits you so what better time to pop down and meet us or have browse our huge range at Majestic.co.uk.  

Fine Wine Review - Guidalberto Date published: 19/02/13

This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with around 10% Sangiovese, and is the 'little brother' to the winery's celebrated Sassicaia, from three vineyard sites surrounding Bolgheri. The varieties are vinified separately before belnding and maturation in French and American oak. The wine has an intense violet colour and a soft and rounded fruit profile, and can be enjoyed immediately or over the next 3-4 years.

Probably my favourite red in store under £30 this is an absolutely stunning forward drinking super Tuscan blend that really does taste fantastic right now. Not to be missed on our buy 2 save £10 deal Guidalberto is £20 down to £25.

Fine Wine Friday Vote - UPDATEDate published: 18/02/13

It's a close run thing between two of our Chardonnays around the world as we near decision time! To register your vote for which one you'd like to try please e-mail (far@majestic.co.uk) tweet (@majesticfar)or call us (01252 711988)!

A: Jean Louis Chavy Puligny Montrachet

B: ABC Bien Nacido Chardonnay

C: Planeta Chardonnay

For more info about each of the wines check out our article from the beginning of the month.

Don't forget to let us know your favourite style/varietal of wine when you vote, it might be the theme for next month!

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc - open to try!Date published: 17/02/13

The legendary Cloudy  Bay Sauvignon Blanc is world famous for representing the very highest standards of NZ winemaking and for good reason. It's fantastic! Cloudy Bay Vineyards was established in 1985 in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island.

A wine full of fresh herbal aromas and layers of ripe guava and tropical fruit. Gooseberries and passionfruits on the medium-full body; the palate is succulent and crisp with a long flavoursome finish.

Superbly refreshing served chilled on a sunny day, this is also a great match for meat or vegetarian stuffed peppers.

It's on our tasting counter for a good tme not for a long time so get in quick!

If you like Cloudy Bay why not try Greywacke, made by an ex Cloudy Bay winemaker it rocks our world here in Farnham!


Cloudy Bay £20 when you buy 2 or more, Greywacke £15.99 when you buy 2 or more.

Heart Health! Red WineDate published: 16/02/13

Now, I shall not suddenly start advocating the principles of unsocial responsibility. However, those avid readers of the London Evening Standard may have noticed the article published this week, from a Californian study, about the potential positive effects of drinking wine.


Supposedly, some red wines contain high levels of reservatol, which in case studies led to a reduction in fat levels and the desire to eat less sugary foods. Furthermore, it seemed that cortisol levels were reduced from drinking red wine. Cortisol is linked with heart disease and those in high stress jobs seem to posess higher levls of cortisol in their bloodstream.


Before you rush to drink a bottle a night, it must be noted that the studies revealed that red wine must be drunk in moderation, over a consistent period.


The wines that seemed to contain the highest level of reservatol were those made from black, thick-skinned grapes. For example, Syrah, Shiraz and Tannat. Therefore, you will be pleased to know that the delcious chocolatey-nuaned Las Moras Tannat from Argentina is currently on offer at £7.49 when you buy two or more.


For any more scientific, wine related knowledge or other matters why not pop in today?!

Quartz Reef Pinot Noir 2010/2011Date published: 15/02/13

The most southerly wine producing region in the world, Central Otago is home to some of New Zealand's most perfumed and delicate red wines. Vintner Rudi Bauer produces elegant, bright, vibrant wines of almost Chambolle-Musigny style and elegance.

Elegantly perfumed with aromas of red cherry, raspberry, violet, plumb and spice. Layers of vibrant fruit and bright acidity wash over a rounded palate of richness and spice. This fuller-bodied Pinot Noir contains plenty of oak characteristics and plentiful tannins on the palate.

Seductive and succulent now, with the potential to age for a further seven years. Best enjoyed with venison, duck breast or lamb.

50 Shades of Grey! Vin de ConstanceDate published: 15/02/13

Never fear....I am not about to splurge a raunchy/inappropriate wine review. Nevertheless, I am sure many of you will know of the infamous novel taking the literary world by storm: 50 Shades of Grey.


Well it seems that the authoress, E L James, has a rather Flemwellian wine aurora about her. In her best-selling novel a number of fantastic and sexy wines are mentioned, including a personal favourite of mine: Bollinger Grande Anee (which we are currently stocking at £72 on champagne multibuy!).


However, the wine that seems to be capturing a lot of peoples imaginations is the Klein Constantia Vin de Constance sweet wine. This South African wine is made with hand harvested grapes that is allowed to mature and is then released after four years. It posesses fresh, floral muscat aromas with a hint of spice,and a rich, opulent palate of stone-fruits, nuts, vanilla, wood spices and honey. Furthermore, it screams of well-balanced, crisp acidity and a long, succulent finish.


Try this wine and you shall develop a lustful desire for it. And at £31.95 whilst South African wines are on 20% off it is time to grab the Mr Grey of the wine world before it is snapped up by its adoring fans!


It's Valentines Day!Date published: 14/02/13

I couldn't think of much more that would impress your girlfriend/wife/mistress more than a classic bottle of rose champagne. Of course, by now you should really have your gifts prepared! For those of you that need a bit of help, do not fret, here are some fantastic ideas for him or her.

- Oeil de Perdrix NV Champagne - Named as its light, delicate colour matches that of the eye of the Partridge, this is a subtly delicious Champagne from Devaux. Although certainly delicate in style, there is a perfect weight of fruit, developing fine biscuity characteristics as the wine matures. Special offer price of £15!

- Veuve Clicquot Rose NV Champagne - Showing all the chararcteristics of the Yellow Label blend, complimented by delicate red fruit aromas from Pinot Noir grapes. On at £40!

- Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose - A classic pink Champagne, with plenty of stylish strawberry fruit and full of vivacity and easy-drinking charm. Unlike many rosés, though, this wine has its serious side, and can grow in depth and complexity with a year or two in bottle. Special offer of £47!

So there we have it. Why not add these great gift ideas as part of your mixed case here at Majestic.

The Luis Felipe Edwards Tasting EveningDate published: 13/02/13

Recently i was fortunate enough to catch the Luis Felipe Edwards tasting tour and attended a very interesting and enjoyable evening down at Guilford. The family owned chilean winery have produced some great wines over the years for astonishing value and even won the category of best Chilean producer at the 2012 IWSC awards.

 For me, the highlight of the night was getting to try some of their top wines, including a 2001 vintage Cabernet based blend, charmingly named after Mrs. Edwards herself - Doña  Bernarda. It went down a storm with everyone there and showed that Chile can produce some corking, aged wines with great potential.

 The evening also gave me a chance to remind myself of some of the wines in thier range, like the fantastically fruity Gran Reserva Merlot and their suprisingly refreshing, oaked Gran Reserva Chardonnay.

For those of you who have a particular inclination towards Malbecs (of the  Argentinian variety) be sure to check out LFE's version of this increasingly popular grape variety. I can assure you, you will not be dissapointed!

Vive La France! Heidsieck MonopoleDate published: 13/02/13

On my recent travels I was lucky enough to frequent the beautiful French city of Reims (I am reliably informed it is pronounced ‘Rance’ with an enunciated ‘r’). It is cosmopolitan and fashionable whilst steeped in glorious history. Famous as being the city where many of the French kings were coronated, it is arguably more notorious for being known as the 'City of Champagne'.

I was fortunate enough to visit the Vranken-Pommery house and what a fantastic visit it was! Owned by the Belgian businessman Mr Vranken, it adopted the Pommery part when Pommery was bought in 2002. The Heidsieck Monopole range, added to the portfolio in 1996, is also part of the house.

Some of you will be aware that we stock the very popular Heidsieck Monople Gold Top Vintage Champagne here at Majestic (currently being sold at £25 on the Champagne multi-buy offer). As well as sampling this fantastic Champagne I was delighted by the Blue Top Non-Vinatge Brut; the Green Top Demi-sec, perfect as an aperitif or dessert pairing; the Rose, with its attractive salmon pink radiance; and finally, the longer bottle matured and oxidative Heidsieck Monopole Interestique, in its glorious crystal decanter-like bottle.

Trying the range of Heidsieck Monopole was a fantastic opportunity and really displayed the fabulous diversity of Heidsieck’s Champagne and some of the wonderful things that is done with it. If you are interested in my favourite Champagnes out of the range I marvelled at the Interestique, which had a mystical and earthy edge that would pair wonderfully with a porcini mushroom risotto or a pancetta, mushroom and mascarpone pizza! However, the real winner was of course the Gold Top Vintage 2007. Time and time again I am amazed when I try this fantastically priced and amazingly scrumptious bubbly. With its malo-lactic edge, persistent fine bubbling and golden glow, it is a wondrous Champagne which pairs remarkably well with red meat such as lamb. Furthermore, the best part was being comforted by the fact that when I get home I could source more at Majestic Wine.

In conclusion, my trip to Vranken-Pommery was but one word: perfect! It is in a beautiful city with beautiful people and beautiful wine. La belle vie ! If one has not gone, make it a must do this year! Wander around the city, sip on one of worlds finest luxuries and proclaim: Vive la France!

Trailblazer- Leyda Syrah- 96 points! Date published: 12/02/13

For those avid readers of Decanter magazine you will have noticed in last months edition (February 2013) that the Leyda Reserva Syrah from Chile received a massive score of 96/100. We are not talking about Robert Parker but rather an avery of masters of wine and fully fledged wine afficionados who adjudged this lovely wine.

Again in this months edition (March 2013) it made its way on to the front cover of Decanter. This accolade is usually reserved for the very best of wines (of which this is up there). Therefore, you will be hugely suprised to see that we are currently stocking this mesmeric red at £6.99 when you buy two or more! This is not a typo- it is indeed £6.99. For a 96 point wine, one would normally expect to pay £15-25 per bottle.


With people snapping up fabolous wines from this emerging wine superstar nation its time to come and grab yours whilst stocks last!

New Zealand Tasting Week - starts tomorrow (12/2)Date published: 11/02/13

We've got some great Kiwi wines open for you this week, including the legendary Cloudy Bay Sauvignon and The phenomenal Quartz Reef Pinot Noir from Central Otago. Both will be open for our tasting tutorial on Saturday as we dazzle your tastebuds with some delightful wines. The other wines available at the FREE tasting on Saturday are Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc, Waimea Pinot Gris, Villa Maria Pinot Grigio (a comparison of two wines from the same grape and showing its versatility) and Brancott Pinot Noir (Marlborough vs Central Otago PN).

Amongst the other goodies to try during the week are the Awatere Valley's Blind River and Wairau's Goldwater.

If you would like to attend the tasting on Saturday it is completely free and runs at 11am and 3pm. Please just drop us an e-mail (far@majestic.co.uk) or call 01252 711988 to sign up.

KC Cabernet Merlot, 2009/10Date published: 10/02/13

The Klein Constantia Estate lies within the Constantia Valley in South Africa. This particular region is home to South Africa's original fine wine growing area and has been revitalised somewhat in recent years.

Typically South African in style, with a deep ruby core of ripe fruit and spicy aromas from 20 months barrel ageing, this Cab Merlot blend is weighty and richly textured, with plenty of fine tannins providing a lasting finish.

Try with roast beef or any hearty red meat dishes.

£8.79 with any other South African wine (usually £10.99).

Wine Review: Valpolicella La CasettaDate published: 09/02/13

One of my very favourite wines, is this gorgeous Valpolicella, 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.

Absolutely stunning wine and open to taste today on our Spanish and Italian wine tutorial at 11 and 3 so why not pop in!

Spain and Italy Tasting Tutorial- TWO days to goDate published: 07/02/13

This weekend is the first weekend of this months tasting tutorials; Spain and Italy.


At 11am and 3pm this Saturday we shall be showcasing some of our delicious Spanish and Italian wines and shall give you a brief run down on their oenomology!


To avoid the disappointment of missing this fantastic opportunity sign up today! Come and explore!

News Flash: Lindauer- Hurry While Stocks Last!Date published: 07/02/13

Sad news in Majesticville today that the New Zealand producer of fine sparkling wine, Lindauer, will no longer be being stocked by Majestic Wine.


That means the ever-popular and very reasonably priced Blanc de Blanc, Special Reserve and Brut Non-Vintage is at the beginning of the end and stock levels shall soon be dwindling.


With the Lindauer Brut at £9.99 on multi-buy, the Lindauer Special Reserve at £8.99 (WOW! Yes you read it right: £8.99!) and the Blanc de Blanc at £12.99 on multi-buy pop on in today and grab these bargains before they disappear!


Support Wine Relief at MajesticDate published: 06/02/13

In support of Comic Relief 2013 Majestic are supporting Wine Relief. From 5th February until 18th March we are donating 10% of every bottle purchased from a selection of 12 of out most popular wines.

Wines include Luigi Boscas fantastic Testimonio blend at only £10.99, a lovely Bordeaux in Caronne St Gemme (£13.99) or classic Rhone in our Lirac Garrigues (£8.99). Amongst our whites are Gerard Bertrand's silky l'Aigle chardonnay at £9.99 and Louis Latour's famous Pouilly Vinzelles for £12.99.

So why not pop into store, pick up a mixed case of our Wine Relief wines and enjoy some lovely wines whilst supporting a great cause.

Wine of the Week: Black Cottage, Sauvignon Blanc, 2012Date published: 05/02/13

Named after winemaker David Clouston's black-painted wooden cottage, where he now resides in the Wairau Valley, this distinctively New Zealand Sauvignon from the Marlborough region offers a refreshing crispness along with plenty of fruit on the palate. Displays aromas of gooseberries with a hint of lychee and a leafy complexity.

Try with mild cheeses, a salad or simply on its own.  

£8.99 down from £10.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

20% Off South AfricaDate published: 04/02/13

Out with old, in with the new. Tuesday the 5th of Feburary sees the end of our current winter deals but also signals the start of our promotion on all South African wines. You will now see some amazing deals on some of your favourites so don't miss out on a great opportunity to stock up. Alternatively, if you are unfamiliar with the region why not come and explore what South Africa has to offer at a relatively lower cost!

*excludes fine wines

Vamos! Spanish and Italian Tasting Week BeginsDate published: 04/02/13

Tuesday the 5th of Feburary sees the start of our new Spanish and Italian tasting week where we shall have a selection of top wines from these two colosal old world countries available to try on our tasting counter.


Not only will you have the chance to taste a good range of different wines, there will also be a member of our friendly staff present to share with you their expertise and knowledge on the subject on Saturday the 9th of Feburary.


Why not phone in advance to ensure yourself a space round the tasting counter this weekend? The first of two tutorials commences promptly at 11 a.m. with the second following later on at 3 p.m. Of course, as always, it's all free!

The Team TippleDate published: 02/02/13

Some people are often intrigued about what wines tickle our fancy. With so many choices here at Majestic Wine it is hard to confine your preference to just one wine. However, we shall do our best.


At the moment Nick admires the Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (currently £8.79 on multibuy until 4th February). "You would easily have to spend £12-15 from New Zealand for a wine of similar quality".


Alan adores the Lodi Ravenswood Zinfandel (currently £7.99 on multibuy until 4th February). He had it last night, found it glorious and proclaimed "it had a lovely hint of vanilla".


My (Sam) vino selecto at the moment is the Masciarelli Montepulciano (currently £8.99 on multibuy until 4th February). I am in love with this wine and would definitely take it to dinner. At this time of year with gamey dishes, it is the perfect pairing with its smoky streak.


So what is your favourite wine? Or are you yet to find it? Why not come and explore and discover it today!

Rayuela Cabernet Sauvignon, Viu Manent, 2011 Date published: 01/02/13

Viu Manent is an emerging winery based in the Colchagua region of Chilie. This Cabernet Saugvingon from their 'Rayuela' range represents the fabulous fruit-forward character that typifies Chilean wines. Soft for a Cabernet, it offers an array of vibrant red fruits with Strawberrys and raspberrys filling the nose. A hint of spices, plums and a moderate amount of tannin finish off this very reasonably priced Cabernet Sauvignon. Fantastic value!

Its gluggability makes this wine the perfect match for gatherings or dinner partys and will pair with meaty dishes well.


£6.39 with any other Chilean wine

Fine Wine Friday - 1st March - YOU DECIDE!Date published: 01/02/13

For our inaugural Fine Wine Friday vote we've got a Chardonnay from around the world theme. Simply pick which of the three wines below you'd rather sample and we'll open the most popular on Friday 1st March.

Register your vote in store or via e-mail/twitter and we'll announce your winner on Thursday 28th Feb.

It's completely free to sample so feel free to pop in anytime on Friday though we'll be doing a staff tutorial about the wine at around 6pm.

The choices are:

Jean Louis Chavy Puligny Montrachet 2010 (Burgundy)

Blended from 8 different parcels across the appellation, this wine gives an excellent representation of the 'terroir' of Puligny-Montrachet. The domaine was inherited from father Gerard Chavy 2004 and was split with brother Alain, who makes wine under his father's name. Neither overtly fruity nor over-oaked, Jean-Louis Chavy's wines are extremely well balanced, emphasising the classic minerality of Puligny-Montrachet. A model of finesse and elegance, drink with simply flavoured grilled white fish. Alternatively, drink this pure wine by itself.

ABC Bien Nacido Chardonnay 2009 (California)

If you're familiar with Jim Clendenon wines you'll know they're packed full of big, bold varietal flavour, this Chardonnay is no exception. From one of the Central Coast's best vineyard sites, this has a sensational nose of apples, toast, lemon curd, roasted nuts, cinnamon and a delicate whiff of oak. It's wonderfully textured, fresh and long in the mouth: a Chardonnay that exudes class and sophistication.

Planeta Chardonnay 2009 (Italy)

If you liked the Cometa Fiano from Planeta last month you'll love this Italian Chardonnay. From the most pioneering of Sicilian producers, this modern style of Chardonnay is a real expression of the uniqueness of wine from this Island. Aged in 50% new 225 -litre barriques, this wine also undergoes malolactic fermentation to gain a creamier character. This is a supremely balanced wine, with soft butterscotch and ripe banana fruit over subtle oak characters and a precise, linear finish that lingers in the mouth. Well-integrated oak which does not dominate suggests that it will match favourably with lighter dishes as well as creamy chicken dishes.

NZ Sauvignon Blanc - make the most of the deals!Date published: 31/01/13

If you're a fan of NZ Sauvignon Blanc then now is the best time to buy. The vintage in 2012 was down by around 30% in Marlborough which has pushed the prices of grapes up massively since last year and as a consequence we are unlikely to see NZ Sauvignon on such strong deals as they are now in the rest of 2013.

If you're planning a party or are just a fan of Marlborough wines in general buying your wine before the end of our Christmas promotions on Monday 4th Feb will save you a lot of money. Our Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon at £5.99 is especially good value at present and the perfect choice for any large event.

If you have any queries or would like to place an order please don't hesitate to visit us in store or call us on 01252 711988.


Wine Relief 2013!Date published: 30/01/13

Many of you may know that Red Nose Day is on Friday 15th March this year. As part of this Majestic will be partaking in Wine Relief 2013.  Wine Relief, set up by Jancis Robinson MW and her husband Nick Lander, is part of Comic Relief and takes place every two years. Since its launch in 1999, over £4 million has been raised – this money helps change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa.


Therefore, between Tuesday 5th February and Monday 18th March, Majestic will donate 10% of the retail price per bottle of a selected set of wines when purchased by customers.


So why not come in store and find our Wine Relief wines that will be conveniently stickered with the Wine Relief logo. Not only will you be able to buy some great wines but you will also be helping a fantastic cause!

Getting Married ?Date published: 30/01/13

This is the time of year where one might be thinking of wine and fizz for your upcoming wedding. Well, this is the last week of our current promotions so this is an excellent time to buy your fizz at our Christmas prices!

Of course, we always have great offers on through the year but at the moment we do have a lot of sparkling wines and Champagne on fantasic deals! For instance Veuve Cliquot ,Louis Roederer and Bollinger (when you buy 6 or more) are all at £30. These are great prices for fantastic Champagne houses.

One of my favourites is Ruinart NV, which is at the cracking deal of only £35! Sparkling wine wise our Prosecco di Conegliano is our longest serving Prosecco and still one of the best at £8.99. At the same price is Lindauer Blanc de Blancs; a great alternative to Champagne. Hurry though as these offers end at 8.00pm Monday 4th Feb!

Fine Wine Friday - Planeta CometaDate published: 27/01/13

Our choice for this month is going to be the fantastic Planeta Cometa which comes from the Italian island of Sicily. It is the fullest of all the wines I have tried that is made with the southern Italian grape Fiano. I first tried this wine a couple of years ago and had forgotten what a distinctive and unique flavour this wine has. I was in Rome last year and we ate at Oliver Glowig's restaurant that served this to me blind. The head sommelier had somewhat dismissed us as just a couple of tourists so when I not only guessed the grape variety but also producer I was treated like a long lost family member. He matched it with some pasta with sea urchin with great success. It has a voluptuous, weighty, exotic fruit character about it and is quite unlike any other wine I have tasted. Why not pop in on Friday to taste for yourself.

Bollinger ChampagneDate published: 26/01/13

Out of all the famous Champagne houses Bollinger has long been a favourite of mine, year after year their NV is in my view the most consistent of all houses. It is without a doubt a full bodied Champagne and I guess thats why I'm so drawn to it ! I was lucky enough to drink a magnum of the aforementioned on New Years Eve (not by myself I might add !) which was a great match for Simon Hopkinson's latest version of cheese biscuits. I also served it with the first amuse of tempura of oyster with great success. It also happens to be on a great offer until the 4th Feb (£30 a bottle when buying 6 or more).

Free Themed Tutorials in February and MarchDate published: 25/01/13

In February and March we are running a series of themed tutorials to allow our customers to experience and learn about a range of wines that they might not ordinarily try. If you would like to pop along to any of the dates below please just e-mail or call us to book yourself a spot.

The tutorials are completely free, will run for about 30 minutes and give you an opportunity to sample 6 different wines each Saturday as well as learning some interesting facts about the way the wine is produced, where it is produced or perhaps a little information about the taste profile of each wine and how and why it is different to other wines we will try.

The themes and dates are as follows:

Saturday 9th Feb 11am and 3pm: Wines of Spain and Italy

Saturday 16th Feb 11am and 3pm: Wines of New Zealand

Saturday 2nd March 11am and 3pm: Classic French Wines

Saturday 9th March 11am and 3pm: Wines of South America

You are welcome to attend one or all of the tastings, please just get in touch to book a spot. Why not come and explore?

Wine of The Week - McHenry Hohnen Cabernet Merlot 2010/2011 Date published: 24/01/13

Situated in the Margaret River region of Australia, which tends to produce powerful yet elegant and structured wines, the McHenry's and the Hohnens have been cultivating vines here since the 1970's. Their Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, offers the structure of a French wine but the concentration and fruit more typical of Australia. There are dark blackcurrant and black olive notes from the Cabernet with the plummy, brambly Merlot flavours softening the blend. The palate is tight and firm and the oak and tannins balance admirably.

A powerful wine that would suit a hearty winter dish

£8.99 down from £11.24 when you buy two or more

New Fine Wine Arrival: Marques de Caceres Gaudium 2005Date published: 23/01/13

Made from old vines with very restricted yields, this is the top wine from the Marqués de Cáceres stable. A blend of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Graciano, it is aged in the best French oak barrels for 18 months, then for a further 2 years in bottle before release. Deep and  intense, this powerful yet fresh wine combines notes of blackberries and blackcurrants with a delicious touch of cream and spice. At its best now and over the next decade this is a stunning wine froma top Spanish producer.

Available from in store at £40, we only have a limited supply so if you'd like to get your hands on some get in quick!

Delivery Service UpdateDate published: 22/01/13

We are pleased to announce that despite the rather hazardous (and quite frankly freezing!) weather our delivery schedule is running as normal thanks to our super driver Jeff. Most orders are available on a next working day delivery and all orders are guaranteed within our seven day window.

If you have any queries please don't hesitate to get in touch on 01252 711988

Viognier Réserve Spéciale 2011 Gérard BertrandDate published: 21/01/13

Viognier became one of the world's most fasionable white grape varieties in the early 90's, due to the infomous 'Condrieu' wine from the French region of Rhone.  Its relative scarecity means that Condrieu is now one of the few highly priced white wines today that is best enjoyed in its youth.

Prefering warmer climates Viognier can be seen as a single varietal in places such as Chile, Australia and in Southern France with Gerard Bertrand's excellent example of this rare and unique grape. Pale yellow in colour, with a lovely aroma of peach, pear and a hint of orange blossom compliments the wine's lush and smooth texture.

Why not try as an interesting aperetif.

£7.49 when you buy 2 bottles or more

BEER REVIEW! Sharps DoombarDate published: 19/01/13

Now, when you think of Majestic WINE you wouldn't normally think of BEER. So too, we don't normally write about it.....until now!


Sharps Doombar started off as a micro-brewery down in the far West country of Rock in Cornwall. At first just a small set up, this has risen to become an Englisg beer powerhouse.


It is absolutely delicious! Pale golden in colour, it is light, refreshing and its versatility is astounding! You can have it warm or cold (preferably cold), winter or summer (or all year round) and on its own or with curry (madras for me). It will even impress the father-in-law!


So if you thought we just did wine why not pop in and discover some of our great selection of beers,ales,lagers,spirits, et cetera? Doombar may have been bought out by Molson Coors but the juggernaut continues its unrelentless path of glory!

Snow ReportDate published: 19/01/13

Just an update for anyone coming in to see us today. At present no snow falling and temperatures are rising, any fallen snow is gradually melting. Lots of grit has been put down in our entrance but parts of the car park are still a bit slippery but rest assured all wine will be taken out to your car by one of the farnham majestic boys!

Wine Review: The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2012Date published: 18/01/13

Right now we have a delicious selection of wines on the Tasting Counter, one of which includes the delicious Ned Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.


The Ned is the brainchild of Marisco Vineyards owner, Brent Marris. Former Kiwi sheep farmer, Marris made Wither Hills world famous. When he left in 2006 to form his own Marisco Vineyards it was a real test of Marris' character. However, just one year later The Ned was born and it rose to take on the wine world.


In 2011 The Ned won the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world for under £10 from Decanter. And rightly so; it is well balanced, zippy and fresh, with a long, lingering gooseberry streak.


With it being at £6.99 when you buy two or more it is an absolute bargain! If you havn't tried it before why not 'come and explore' and see what you think for yourself.

Winter Warmer: Tautavel Arago 21, Côtes du Roussillon Villages, Gérard Bertrand, 2009 Date published: 18/01/13

Another fantastic wine to warm you up this winter is this offering by Gérard Bertrand, a well respected wine maker in the South West of France. Tautavel is famous for its wine, but it is also famous for the discovery of fossilised remains of prehistoric mankind, excavated in the Arago Caves. 'Arago 21' was the reference code given to a skull belonging to Tautavel Man, believed to be at least 400,000 years old.

 Containing a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan in roughly the same proportions, this rustic wine exhibits a blend of vibrant fruit, spicy undertones and firm tannins, with characteristic of wild herb nuances. Great on its own or acompanied by strong meats.

Wine of the Week: Catalpa Pinot Noir 2011Date published: 17/01/13

This medium bodied, fruity red derives from a picturesque estate lined with fruit trees, cacti and the local Atamisque shrub. This vintage is the birthchild of winemaker Philippe Caraguel, formerly of Moët & Chandon.

Packed with aromas of raspberries and currant jam, with a touch of caramel from brief ageing in new French oak, it is the perfect match for rabbit, game birds or cured meats.

This wine is currently part of our BARGAIN HUNT  and so comes out at £8.49 down from £12.99 when you buy two or more!

Lay and Wheeler - Majestic Wines Fine Wine SpecialistDate published: 16/01/13

If you're interested in starting a fine wine collection there really isn't a better place to start than Lay and Wheeler. From as little as £50 a month you can build up your online cellar, stored in perfect maturation conditions at our specialist bonded warehouse Vinotheque. The plan is flexible and gives you as much as 3 months advance on your subscription to get the wines you really want.

Not only that but when you have been a member of the fine wine plan for a year you'll be rewarded with a free 6 bottle case of fine wine. And the best benefit of all? As long as you contribute £100 a month to your plan you'll receive a privilege card enabling you to save 10% on all of your Majestic wine purchases in store!

For further details please ask a member of staff or visit the Lay and Wheeler website.

Dessert wine review: Chapel Down Nectar Date published: 15/01/13

Chapel Down's dessert offering is a lighter style of sticky wine, far away from the Tokayi and Sauternes of the world with a refreshing citrus streak running through it to balance the rich marmalade notes. Less viscous than most dessert wines this would be a perfect match with a lighter dessert such as sponge cake and is a superb wine with which to introduce people to the sticky world of dessert wines (Sauternes can wait ...for now!)

Great value at £11.99.

Majestic Farnham Wedding Wine ServiceDate published: 14/01/13

Here at Majestic Wine we are delighted to be able to offer one of the best wedding services around. From the wines for the meal and the champagne for the toast right through to spirits, soft drinks and mixers with a bit of beer in between we are able to provide a one stop shop to cater for all your needs for the big day.


Our staff are trained to be able to recommend the right wines and quantities for your wedding, we will recommend some samples for you to take home and try or you can simply try some of the wines on our tasting counter for free. We can also produce a quotation to help you fit the wine into your budget.


We offer a full sale or return service so you don't need to worry about being stuck with any excess wine though our experienced team will be able to provide you with an accurate assessment of how much wine you are likely to need.


Our free delivery service ensures you need not worry about stockpiling wine in your garage and lugging it to your venue. Once you've purchased your wine we pop it all into our stockroom and will deliver it direct to your venue on the day or the day before. Simple!


We are also able to provide a free (fully refundable deposit required) glass hire service if required.

If you have any questions at all or would like more information please do not hesitate to get in touch with us here at Majestic Farnham on 01252 711988, far@majestic.co.uk or simply pop into the store. Appointments are not necessary.

Wine CoursesDate published: 12/01/13

A lot of people like to start their new year with a radical or interesting goal for the year. Was one of your New Years Resolutions to begin to learn about wine? Well, Majestic Wine offer fantastic events throughout the year. We do wine walks, wine evenings, tasting counter tutorials and wine courses.


The wine course is an introduction to wine tasting, styles of wine and wine & food matching. It is designed to give you a base knowledge in which you can begin your exploration of wine and all it has to offer.


You will try three reds, three whites, a sparkling, a Champagne and a sweet wine. We will go through how to taste wine like a professional, how to identify a good wine, how to match wine with food and several other interesting things.


Our wine courses are on Sunday 17th February 3pm and Sunday 17th March 3pm. If these dates are not convenient but you are still interested we can make a note of your interest and perhaps arrange an alternative time and date.


The best thing about the wine course....it is absolutely FREE*! So why not sign up today? Go on; come and explore!




*A £5 pp returnable deposit will be taken upon signing up and will be returned upon attendance at the wine course

Bargain Hunt Wine Review: Composite Sauvignon BlancDate published: 11/01/13

Majestic Wine's Bargain Hunt is now in full swing, the shelves are stocked and there are some cracking offers to grab!


One of those superb wines at a fantastic price is the New Zealand Composite Sauvignon Blanc. With its zesty streak of mineraility and delicious hint of grapefruit it is the perfect pairing for seafood dishes, canapes or for quaffing on a Friday night.


With a pleasant finish and a character reflecting a Loire white, one would be suprised by its remarkably inexpensive price of £5.99 when you buy two or more.


So if you are on the hunt for a bargain why not start with this cracking Kiwi white?!

Domaine de Cres RicardsDate published: 10/01/13

One of the stand out wines from the 2013 bargain hunt for me is the Cres Ricard red 'Alexaume'. Made up with cabernet, merlot, syrah and carignan this is an interesting  southern French red. Deep black fruits dominate here with well balanced tannins and a note of pepper make this an excellent winter red. Perfect with a slow cooked casserole of beef shin or ox cheek and a great price of only £6.66 per bottle when buying two or more. Hurry though as less than 40 bottles left !

WOTW - Peter Lehmann Signature Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 10/01/13

This week we've picked a classic Aussie variety by a legendary Aussie producer.

By sourcing grapes from a large number of growers throughout the Barossa region, Peter Lehmann are able to make a well rounded and consistent Cabernet, benefitting from multiple vineyard characteristics. The wine is harmonised by ageing in oak hogsheads for 12 months.

A weighty, ripe Cabernet that is nonetheless easy-drinking and soft. Dense blackcurrant fruit, tinged with a leafy spiciness, all framed by fine-grained tannins.

Great match with mature cheddar or beef this wine will reward drinking now or over the next three years

£7.99 down from £9.99 when you buy any other Australian wine

Majestic Bargain Hunt 2013...Date published: 08/01/13

Our annual bargain hunt has just begun! A range of some lovely wines that have hefty discounts so we can make space for some nice additions to the Majestic range later in the year.

Some of the highlights include:

Composite Wines Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (NZ) down to £5.99

A classic NZ Sauvignon but aged a year longer than most of our range this has softened the racy acidity to offer an easier drinking but still intensely fruity and zesty example of Marlborough at its best.

Château La Dournie 2010, St Chinian (S. France) £5.99

A southern French staple this blend makes the most of the warm climate and is a lovely blend of Syrah, Carignan and Grenache offering black cherry with a hint of mocha.

McHenrey Hohnen Cabernet Merlot (Aus) £8.99

A luscious, full Aussie red with plummy flavours and nicely rounded tannins, perfect with wintry stews.

Catalpa Chardonnay (Arg) £8.49

A beautifully creamy full Chardonnay with plenty of fruit blending in wonderfully with the soft oak.

These wines all represent some stunning quality at genuine knock down prices, and they are just the tip of the iceberg! Make the most of our limited stocks by popping in sooner rather than later and we'll gladly help you hunt out those bargains!


Alternative to Chardonnay or Sauvignon?Date published: 06/01/13

Pinot Blanc is becoming increasingly popular, with Alsace and Germany traditionally serving as strongholds for this white grape variety. However, Jean-Claude Mas's experimental plantings in the Languedoc region of Southern France offers a drier more focused alternative, with a blend of citrus and tropical fruit aromatics, supported by crisp acidity and minerality on the palate. The 2010 vintage is the very first release from the Zucco vineyard. On its own its style can be compared to a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc but partner with lovely tender white fish, such as Bream, Bass or Monkfish, and you got yourself a match made in heaven!

Mas des Mas 'Zucco Vineyard' Pinot Blanc 2010/2011 Vin de France - £9.99

2 x Aussie Cabernet Sauvignon you should try...Date published: 06/01/13

Christmas and New Year have been and gone, kids are back to school and your back to work. Its arguably a better time then ever to pop down to Majestic and try some of fantastic wines on some stonking deals. The grey, damp and cold character of January lends itself nicely to trying some of our Aussie reds. In recent times Aussie wines raised their bar for quality and style.

One such is the Peter Lehman winery, founded in 1979 when a group of 140 independent smaller wineries in Barossa banded together under Peter's leadership. One to try is the BVC Cabernet Sauvignon- trademark leafy blackcurrent notes leading to a palate of juicy fruit and dark chocolate flavours all wrapped up with soft tannins.

Another such legend in the Australian world of wine is Jim Barry. The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon of Coonawarra is a premium Cabernet Sauvignon- this wine is made up of selected parcels grown on the Penola cricket ground to which this wine commemorates. Intense cassis and cedar on the nose and a generous palate of succulent tannin with liqourice and cherry flavours.

Either of these wines would partner a juicy steak, antipasti or just on their own to mull away the January blues.

The BVC Cabernet Sauvignon Peter Lehman- £9.99* The Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra £10.99*

Both with the 20% discount applied when you buy any two Australian Wines as part of your mixed case.

Shortened Opening Hours Sunday 8th - Monday 9th JanDate published: 04/01/13

We will be closing early on Sunday at 4.45pm and re-opening late on Monday at 1pm. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Fine Wine Friday Date published: 03/01/13

2013 is here and to kick our first FWF off we will be opening up one of the iconic Barossa Shiraz from the fantasic producer Turkey Flat. Established back in 1865 this property has long had a reputation of producing dense, concentrated and ageworthy wines. It has a complex, rich dark fruit nose with overtones of sweet vanilla. This bottle really requires a slab of rare beef. Maybe a good old fashioned t-bone chargrilled to perfection, triple cooked chips and a watercress salad.Come on in and try for yourself!

Wine of the Week - Vinalba Seleccion, Torrontes, 2012Date published: 03/01/13

The aromatic Torrontes is Argentina's signature grape. Torrontes can produce wines that are light in body, have good acidity and intriguingly perfumed in a way reminiscent to the Muscat grape.

A definite must try for any lovers of Alsatian wines or those looking to experience a white wine variety with a difference.

Makes an interesting match for Thai food.  

£7.99 down from £9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

How was your NYE ?Date published: 02/01/13

Mine consisted of a couple of close friends coming over for supper. We started with a glass or two of Bolly which has to be my favourite nv out here. We had a few cheese biscuits ( Simon Hopkinson's recipe), goose rillette and tempura of oyster with the fizz which was a fine way to start. I then did a small chilled beetroot soup with a dice of apple and a little crumbled goats cheese which turned out to be a great combo. We drank a bottle of 06 Mercurey Clos Barrault which drinking really well at present. Next up was a bit of a cop out, a big board of antipasti. We both had to work on the day so this was perfect. To drink we stuck to white burgundy and had the Jomain Puligny Montrachet Les Perrieres 08 which was fantastic. Beef next. Fillet roasted and cheek braised for 5hrs. To drink Troplong Mondot 01 was just the perfect match. We drank that rather quickly so moved on to Campillo 95 gran reserva which again if you can find any left for sale a brilliant bottle of mature rioja. It also matched the Comte and Beaufort perfectly. We didn't get to the Bottgeyl Pinot gris which was a shame. I'm sure they would of matched Ellie's Chestnut, Salted Caramel and Chocolate choux buns to a tee. All over for another year !

New Years Eve Party? Free delivery still available!Date published: 29/12/12

Planning an NYE party? Why not take advantage of our free delivery service alongisde our glass and chiller bin loan? Order online or instore and we can get your order out to you on New Years Eve!

We have a great range of party wines available from inexpensive yet tasty fizz to fine Taittinger at only £26 a bottle.

We also offer a wide selection of crowd pleasing reds and whites from all over the world stating at £4.99 a bottle.

Call us on 01252 711988 for more details.

Wine of the Week - Guigal Cotes du RhoneDate published: 28/12/12

Guigal is arguably the most famous producer in the Rhône Valley. Founded by Étienne Guigal in 1946, his son Marcel is almost single-handedly responsible for the regions resurgence over the last few decades.

This full-bodied wine offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savoury white pepper notes that make it a superb food wine.

Try with any red meat dishes or with rich vegetarian dishes like moussaka.

£10.99 down to £8.79 with any other Rhone wine as part of our 20% off Rhone wines deal.

Opening HoursDate published: 24/12/12

Wedsnesday 2nd January: Return to normal opening hours.

However we do close at 4.45pm on Sunday 6th January and do not re open until 1.00pm on Monday 7th January.

The Majestic Farnham Team

TOP NZ WINE!!! Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon BlancDate published: 22/12/12

Unlike any NZ Sauvignon Blanc you've ever tasted this is legendary producer Cloudy Bay's finest Sauvignon Blanc. Aged for 3 years before release this wine is lightly oaked - two things that traditionally never happen with Sauvignon which is traditionally best drunk young and unoaked.

However, this wine is a revelation, without the intense gooseberry and citrus aromas often associated with NZ Sauv this wine is delightfully complex on the palate with a depth and richness that you won't find every day. A far more restrained wine with a lovely rounded finish this wine will match well with a range of fish dishes and is a perfect accompaniment to a Christmas Day appetiser.

A real treat for the Sauvignon fan in your home and open to taste today!

£32 down to £25.99 with our 20% off NZ deal.

Wine of the Week - Croix le Gay Pomerol 2003Date published: 21/12/12

Wine of the Week

Chateau La Croix Le Gay, Pomerol 2003

This small estate of 13 hectares only produces around 3000 cases a year and Majestic has snapped up a direct parcel at cracking prices. Comprising 80% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, these wines are usually dark and direct.

Lovely and smooth on the palate the tannins have softened out nicely and there is still plenty of bright red fruit with a nice hit of cedar and smoke. A great wine for that special occasion and will go nicely with rib of beef on Boxing Day or your Christmas cheese board.

Drinking well now, this vintage ripened Merlot better than Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy over the next 4-5 years; decant before drinking.

£30 down from £32 for Christmas

Pre-packed Christmas Selection Boxes available in storeDate published: 19/12/12

In a rush? If you've got some Christmas shopping to do or just fancy a nice selection for yourself for Christmas we have some pre-packed selection gift boxes available in store.

The gift boxes we have are:

The Discovery Case

Dicsovery Reds

Festive Favourites

Seasonal Selection

New Zealand Explorer Case

Rioja Explorer

Follow the link to find out what's in each case.


Supply is limited of some of these selection boxes and if the box you want is not in stock any member of staff will be happy to help select a box of your choice from our extensive range.

Wine of the weekDate published: 15/12/12

Wine of the Week

Amarone della Valpolicella Masi

Masi has been by the Boscanini family for the past six generations and produce wine in the classic method of drying their grapes to achieve the intensitity found within this bottle. This is about as full bodied as wine gets and really needs food. I would pair with either raosted grouse or slowly braised ox cheeks. £27.00 when you buy 2+ bottles.

Christmas AperitifsDate published: 14/12/12

Five options for Christmas drinks that will get any gathering off to a flying start. 1. The classic choice would be a glass of champagne. My choice has to be the very elegant Pol Roger. 2. Lindauer special reserve which has a beautiful pink hue. This is one bottle that people come back and back for. 3. Prosecco is all the rage at the moment and we stock no less than 7! My first pick would be La Marca Cuvee. 4. What about knocking up a few dry martinis made with the best gin in the world Marrtin Millers and a mere suggestion of Noilly Prat. 5. Lastly and my absolute favourite would be a classic champagne cocktail. A brown sugar cube with a splash of Delamain pale and dry cognac topped up with Bollinger. A truly fine start to any evening..

Christmas Day luxury part 2Date published: 11/12/12

It wouldn't be turkey in our house but could well be a goose. Before that we have some fish. Perhaps a nice tranche of turbot served with a rich cream sauce and a little lightly steamed samphire. To drink a great white burgundy would be just the ticket but I would go for a savennieres  from Bamard who I reckon to be one of the best producers of chenin blanc out there. Now with the goose I would go for traditional and pick a bordeaux with some age on it. Still in the rack are a couple of bottles of Forts de Latour 1985 which would be a great match and if some left over it would also pair well with some wonderful comte or beaufort cheese.

Finally it would be Mont Blanc rather the christmas pudding. I would have a glass of a really old sweet Malmsey which would work well with the chestnut. If only I could escape the family this would be my ideal Christmas day!

Wine of the Week - Testimonio (Cab/Syrah/Tannat) Date published: 11/12/12

This weeks WOTW is a hearty Argentinian red to help fend off those December frosts and keep you warm! Bodegas Luigi Bosca was established in 1901 by Leoncio Arizu, and the Arizu family still own and run the estate today, three generations down the line. Testimonio is a blend of fruit from selected estate vineyards, designed as a benchmark expression of the 'house style'.

A deep, dark and dense blend, with a backbone of inky cassis fruit surrounded by plush, silky tannins. The weighty palate carries with it hints of spice and vanilla. A fantastic big Argentinian red. On a great deal down from £12.99 a bottle to £7.99 when you buy two or more. That's a £5 a bottle saving!

Try it with strong firm cheeses or a rare sirloin.

Vouvray Moelleux La Levrière- A Dessert Wine from LoireDate published: 09/12/12

This is a dessert-style Vouvray from one of the region's finest producers, now in its 4th generation of family ownership. A mixture of super-ripe and botrytised grapes, from 30-year-old vines, vinified in both stainless steel and old oak. A rich and glossy gold in the glass. Aromas are of ripe pineapple and quince, followed by sweet spices, clove and cinnamon. The palate is awash with flavours of sweet figs and crystallised lemon.

Enjoy this Christmas with strong creamy cheese or as a little xmas stocking filler... available to taste for a limited time here @majesticfarnham- Only £9.99 each when you buy as a pair (Normally £12.99)

The Giesen Duo- Introducing the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot NoirDate published: 08/12/12

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.

The Sauvignon is vinified in the winery in the town of Blenheim. A richly tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. Fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus, with a zesty acidity. This wine would be a perfect partner to some festive canapes or a crowd pleasing white wine at a work social.

Secondly we have Pinot Noir. Produced naturally in much smaller quantities this wine is sourced from six vineyards in the diverse locations of Rapaura, Kaituna, Brancott, Waihopai and Riverlands. All are within Marlborough, but with up to a month's difference in ripening season between the various plots, each brings its characteristic to the wine. This is a high quality new world Pinot Noir with vibrant red fruit characteristics and subtle hints of vanilla. A perfect wine to partner with New Zealand Lamb leg of lamb with friends and family this Christmas.

The Sauvignon Blanc is £6.79 when you buy two and £10.99 for the Pinot Noir (Don't forget either that our NZ wines are on 20% off deal)... @majesticfarnham

Christmas Day luxury part 1Date published: 08/12/12

Let's imagine you have managed to dodge the hoards of family and you have got your closest friends coming for Christmas supper this is how it would probably play out at our house. Present opening would be accompanied still with champagne but this time a bottle of the delectable Bollinger La Grande Annee . My all time favourite fizz without going to too OTT! A more gentle day would ensue but definitely would involve a good walk that would include feeding our local ducks. Well it is their Christmas as well you know! A bit of prep in the afternoon and ready to greet guests early evening. It would have to be a magnum of the sumpteous Ruinart Blanc de Blancs. A awesome bottle of fizz. A few fishy treats would accompany including oysters both natural and in tempura guises. Also I'm am partial of a spot of good caviar so a blinis weighed down with beluga is always a great match for fine Champagne. Part 2 to follow.

Christmas Day Reality part 2Date published: 05/12/12

After a busy afternoon of prep and now waiting the impending arrival of numerous nieces and nephews I will need a little pick me up so a Martin Millers dry martini which just a suggestion of Noilly Prat should be just the ticket. Lots of thirsty guests means lots of bottles of fizz so no Champagne but Pelorus vintage is just perfect and such a bargain with Majestic at present. After a few canape which include Simon Hopkinson's brilliant cheese biscuits (great with fizz) we are finally seated to enjoy some form of salmon. Usually a side of Foreman's London cure which will match really well with Boudin's Fourchaune Chablis. Bring on the bird next. We have dabbled with goose in the past but with a lot of children here it has to be Turkey. We started stocking Gieson Pinot Noir earlier this year and it has long been a favourite since. Soft pinot flavours dominate here and mingle with gentle oak which will match the bird brilliantly. After all that food and Christmas pud next I always want something a little lighter so last year matched with a Moscato d'Asti which was a great success. Definitely starting to feel the effects of the day now but still usually manage to force some cheese down accompanied by Delaforce 1991. Ah, the cleaning up next, well what are children for! I'll retire to the lounge with an indulgent glass of Delamain pale and dry and that's me done until tomorrow when we see Ellie's family! Fantasy Christmas to follow.  

New WOTW Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee des AntiquesDate published: 04/12/12

Here at Majestic we've managed to source a rather superb Chateauneuf-du-Pape for under a tenner! As part of our 20% off Rhone wines deal in the run up to Christmas this wine represents great value for one of the most famous names in the wine world. It's open to taste and we promise you won't be disappointed!

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.

 Particularly good with hearty casseroles on a cold winters night.

CNDP Cuvee des Antuques is £9.99 when bought with any other Rhone wine (minimum purchase applies).

Christmas Day reality part 1Date published: 04/12/12

With lots of family this year so this is how it might well break down. Present opening always means the first drink of the day. Something with a little age with nice toasty notes so Moet 2002 should fit the bill nicely. We always get the animals fed/walked after that and then come back for a late breakfast/brunch and start the prep for Christmas supper. This is always aided by the odd glass of a nice sherry. Perhaps the gorgeous Matusalem which is a 30 year old Oloroso from Gonzalez Byass. Part 2 to follow.

Christmas Delivery Information - all delivery slots before Christmas are now fullDate published: 03/12/12

December is a very busy time for deliveries, and we will be keeping this page updated on a regular basis with our current turnaround times and schedule.

We can no longer deliver any online orders before Christmas, you can make your selection online and select collect from store where we will pick your order so it is ready to go when you arrive.

If you have any queries, please call us on 01252 711988.

Christmas Opening hours at Majestic FarnhamDate published: 01/12/12

Here at Majestic we're opening even longer in December to fulfil all your festive drinking needs!

From Monday 10th December we'll be open from 9am until 8pm every weekday.

Saturdays will remain at 9am to 7pm apart from Saturday 22nd when we'll be open until 8pm.

Sundays, Monday 24th and Monday 31st are all 10am until 5pm

We are closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, December 27th and New years Day to enjoy the festivities!

See you soon!

Vina Ardanza 2001Date published: 01/12/12

Ardanza has long been a favourite of mine and the 2001 is a fantastic example of this wine. Only produced in the very best vintages this 'reserva especial' was last produced in 1964 and then again in 1973.

 Lovely earthy, red fruits mingle with that lick of vanilla that one gets from a top Rioja. It is so well balenced with great structure and will cellar extremly well. It is however delicious now and the perfect match to roasted leg of lamb or some char grilled rosemary infused lamb cutlets.

At £18 wen you buy 2 or more his also is represents fantastic value for money !

Martin Miller's London Dry Gin... Looking for the perfect G&T this Xmas?Date published: 01/12/12

So after all the effort of selecting the best botanicals from around the world, using a copper pot still that is over 100 years old to ensure a symphony of flavour and then a 1,500 mile journey to Iceland to source some of the purest, softest water in the world, how does it taste?

Smooth and delicate, with long lasting citrus notes that are neither too bitter nor sweet, coupled with Juniper notes punching through whilst not overpowering, climaxing in a soft, clean finish. One of the most awarded gins in the world, distilled in England.

So if your looking for a purer Gin and fed up of the usual suspects... Give this Martin Miller's a go with Fever Tree Tonic- which we also stocked here @majesticfarnham ... this Gin is available to taste in store so why not give it a try?

Wither Hills Pinot Noir... match made in heaven for Festive Goose?Date published: 28/11/12

This New Zeland Pinot Noir is from the Wither Hills Winery in the Wairau Valley-heart of the evocative Marlborough region.

If your not used to drinking Pinot Noir- this is a great introduction. Enticing aromas of ripe black cherry and plumb. Silky and smooth to taste, whilst retaining vibrant fruit characteristics.

A perfect wine to partner Roast Goose this Christmas or whatever else you indulge yourself with!

Just £9.99 (20% discount applied) when you buy any two NZ wines together. Available to taste @majesticfarnham  

Online ordering with Majestic FarnhamDate published: 24/11/12

If you're pushed for time with Christmas coming up and can't make it in store then let us do the work for you!

Placing your wine order online couldn't be simpler and once you've made and paid for your selection an e-mail pops up in our inbox and your local Majestic team process your order instore. Once we've printed off your tasting notes to give you a bit more info on your choices we'll give you a call to arrange a convenient delivery date for your wine and we'll pop it out to you.

That's it! As long as you meet Majestic's minimum 6 bottle purchase and your order is over £40 delivery is completely free and our friendly driver Jeff will be there in a flash!

Why not give it a try!

Wine of the Week: Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 2011- Marlborough Date published: 23/11/12

The fruit for the Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc was harvested at night to preserve flavour and freshness. Careful winemaking has allowed the wine to retain the vibrant fruit flavours obtained in the vineyard.

It displays an expressive nose of tropical fruit, melon and citrus, with mineral notes on the palate. Crisp and dry, this refreshing wine exhibits all the hallmarks of great Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

This refreshing wine with a clean crisp finish would partner a Salmon Caeasar Salad- or on its own with friends!

Just £8.99 when you buy two or more bottles- Available to taste on our tasting counter now.

Plan de Dieu 'Le Mistral' 2010- A Winter Warmer...Date published: 22/11/12

Dark nights and gloomy weather are upon us so its time to check out some of our warming Rhones in store (20% off Rhone Wines*). To kick off our Rhone (and Burgandy) week we have the Plan de Dieu 'le mistral' open on our tasting counter.

The village of Plan de Dieu is situated just to the north of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, in amongst some of the best appellations of the southern Rhône. This wine is named after the Mistral wind, responsible for much of the region's climatic characteristics. This wine has a perfumed nose of wild herbs leads into a palate that is dense and firm, with layers of ripe red fruit, smooth yet sinewy tannins, and a warming, expansive finish.This wine is made from a blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre grapes

Why not try this wine with a winter favourite such as Shepherds Pie or a Chicken Stew. £7.99* (20% discount applied)  

Glenfarclas 10 year old Whisky Date published: 21/11/12

Some interesting facts about our new 10 year old single malt, Glenfarclas


  • Glenfarclas remains under the same family ownership, as it has done for 175 years
  • It is not part of a large group but 100% independent and is not even a limited company
  • The distillery is based on Speyside, at Ballindalloch and at the foot of Ben Rinnes, from whence its pure water comes
  • Glenfarclas means “Glen of the green grassland”
  • Glenfarclas is not a boutique distillery by any means and has the biggest stills on Speyside
  • The hallmark of Glenfarclas is the skilful use of sherry cask maturation. Each year John Grant visits Spain to select Oloroso and Fino sherry casks for their use
  • Maturation is carried out in traditional dunnages with earth floors and very thick granite walls
  • Glenfarclas has an extensive range of Single Malts running from the 105 Cask Strength to the 10 Year Old and then right through to the 40 Year Old.
  • And most interesting fact...it's open to try on our tasting counter! Pop in!
  • INVIVO Sauvignon Blanc- New to MajesticDate published: 19/11/12

    Invivo is a young energetic wine producer set up by two old school friends with an ever developing expertise in wine making. Invivo have a growing range of unmistakably Kiwi wines. This Sauvignon comes from their vineyards in the Dashwood and Awatere valleys. To taste it has a typically flamboyant kiwi wine characteristics with an immense bouquet of guava, passionfruit and lime. It has a zesty citrus finish with pleasing minerality.

    Enjoy this wine with fresh red snapper or with the classic goats cheese tart. An exciting new wine to Majestic- £9.99

    Great British Food RevivalDate published: 18/11/12

    Inspired by John Torode talking about duck last week that is what we are roasting tonight for supper.

    I'm trying his method so hoping for a cracking result. We have peaches that are going to be roasted at the same time which should be a good match. The potatoes are being popped in the duck pan with a hour to go.

    Wine wise we're  going to have Giesen Pinot Noir which will cut through the richness of the bird really well.

    Great to have this Giesen back in stock and at only £10.99 it's a real steal!

    ERRAZURIZ ESTATE RESERVA- PINOT NOIRDate published: 18/11/12

    Don Maximiano Errazuriz founded Vina Errazuriz in 1870. His descendents continue to seek out innovations to express the fullest of Chile's favourable growing conditions 

    Aromas of strawberries and cherry on the nose, this Pinot Noir is cool femented and lightly oaked for a touch of vanilla. Light bodied and crisp with soft tanins, this is a lovely Pinot with a well rounded finish.

    Enjoy this wine with Roasted Duck or Partridge.

    Just £7.99- with any other Chile wine (usually £9.99). Available to taste on our tasting counter...

    Matching Wine to Spicy Food? It's not Impossible!Date published: 17/11/12

    Matching wine to spicy food can be a challenge as the food can often make the wine seem dull and boring. However, a few wines can stand up to it and the best choice would be a slightly off-dry wine such as Riesling of Gewurztraminer.

    My personal choice would be the Villa Maria Gewurztraminer (£7.99 if you buy 2 or more). The nose is brimming with classic aromas of lychees and spice, which follows through to the full bodied, fruity palate. Low acidity levels give the wine a rich and soft, almost off dry finish. Perfect for an aromatically spiced Asian dish.

    The Ned Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Marlborough (Half-bottle)- Give a sweet wine a try...Date published: 16/11/12

    Botrytised grapes have been specially selected from amongst the vines of the Waihopai River vineyard to make this wine. The fermentation process takes a lengthy 6 months and extracts huge flavours from the shrivelled berries.

    To taste it is intensely sweet, yet balanced with a mixture of crisp citrus and fresh melon flavours, and as such, never cloys. Lingers long on the palate. If your a novice to sweet wines, this would be a good place to start. If you like Ned S.Blanc- then give this a try. Have it with some strong, salty cheeses or a chicken parfait for a bit of extra indulgence. Only £9.99- stock up now for Christmas

    Rioja Reserva 2007 Marqués de Riscal 1.5l Magnum - SPECIAL OFFERDate published: 16/11/12

    In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines, widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja.

    To taste this is a classic Rioja Reserva. 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.

    Furthermore this magnum has just been knocked down from £30.00 to just £22.00. This is a fantastic deal- a cracking christmas present for someone who loves Rioja.

    Wine of the Week - Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz (Australia)Date published: 13/11/12

    Due to the popularity of last weeks WOTW we've had to choose a new one early! Without further ado here is this weeks wine of choice...

    Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz

    The first qualified winemaker to move to the Clare Valley, the late Jim Barry's estate now totals over 200 hectares in this superb wine-growing region. The Lodge Hill site was originally meant for Riesling, but instead was chosen to make this premium, reserved Shiraz.  

    The inky blackcurrant and boysenberry fruit is lifted by violet and menthol notes, with smooth tannins still providing plenty of grip. The finish is long and rich.

    This really is a top notch Shiraz and on our 20% off Australian wines deal it's under a tenner with any other Aussie wine! Come in and try it today!

    Fantastic Lagers and Ales open to try...Date published: 12/11/12

    We've got some great new additions to the Majestic ale and lager range and we've opened a few for you to try!

    Curious Brew

    Made by one of England's finest sparkling wine producers this is a delightful lager made with champagne yeast, an enticingly aromatic nose that doesn't disappoint!

    Krombacher Pilsner

    A classic German pilsner beer, everything you want from a German lager and a little bit more.

    Harvest Pale Ale

    Made by the Castle Rock Brewery in Nottingham this lovely blonde beer has a great citrus flavour with a refreshing bitter finish.

    Quilmes Lager

    Imported from Argentina this is their most popular lager! Come in and find out why!

    Bargain Sunday RoastDate published: 12/11/12

    What a was to me just a simple add on purchase at our local butchers turned out to be a fantastic Sunday night supper. Lamb breast. I have eaten it before but not cooked it. So first I seasoned it with a little garlic, thyme, sea salt and black pepper then rolled it. Browned it well all over then popped it in a casserole pan with onions, more garlic and thyme. Added some water so to come halfway up the meat and cooked for 3 hrs in a low oven. What you are left with is the most tender,flavoursome lamb going. We drank Çhateau Greysac 07 which cut through the richness of the meat perfectly. The price by the way of a lamb breast 99p! A true bargain. The Greysac 10.99 which is also a great price.  

    Wine of the Week: Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon BlancDate published: 10/11/12

    This weeks Wine of the Week is the Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc. With vineyard plots across most of Marlborough's range of soils, Lawson's Dry Hills Winery is superbly positioned to make balanced and complex wines. The winery is also leading the field in promoting screwcaps to eliminate cork taint. Crisp, dry and bursting with fruit, gooseberries, ripe citrus with a herbaceous character on the structured palate. Try with Caesar salad or as an eminently refreshing apéritif. £7.99 when you buy two or more bottles

    Californian Tasting Week ... Starting NOW!Date published: 08/11/12

    Time to honour our cousins in America for their contribtions to the world of wine. We have the following wines open on our tasting counter for you to try...

    McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2011

    A middle weight Zin with a purple colour, offering an abundance of raspberry and strawberry on the nose, and dark fruit on the palate. Round and smooth, with hints of caramel and vanilla on the finish. £8.79

    Beringer Founders' Estate Chardonnay 2010 Central and North California

    With aromas and flavours characterised by ripe apple and pear, with hints of citrus and mango, this is a fruit-driven Chardonnay. The mouthfeel is round and soft, with a hint of spicy complexity. £8.99

    Saintsbury Chardonnay 2008/2009 Carneros

    An excellent example of Carneros Chardonnay, notes of pears, apricots and melon are complemented on the palate by richer flavours of vanilla and hazelnuts. £13.99

    Saintsbury Pinot Noir 2008 Carneros

    Wild complex aromas exude fabulous redcurrant, red cherry, mocha and sandalwood characters alongside a perfectly balanced and seamless palate. £14.99

    Beringer Founders' Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Central California

    A lush and deeply coloured wine, which is also soft and easy-drinking. A backbone of intense cassis-like fruit is complemented by notes of baking spice and cedar, held together by polished tannins. £8.99

    Elysium Black Muscat 2009/2010 Andrew Quady 375ml Half-bottle

    Fantastic rich velvety fruit. A fabulous after dinner alternative to port. £9.99

    All of these fantastic Californian Wines are available to taste and all fall under our 20% off Californian Wine Deal (Prices shown with discount applied) ... @farnhammajestic

    Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru ... Christmas Present IdeasDate published: 08/11/12

    Looking for an extra special Chardonnay this Christmas? Look no further than this Chassagne- Montrachet 1er Cru.

    This wine is from the estate run by Richard Fontaine, the brother-in-law of Jean-Marc Blain from Domaine Blain-Gagnard. Using 20-25% new oak for this top-notch Premier Cru wine, it is then aged for 16-18 months before release.

    This wine is staggeringly pure, with hints of cream, vanilla and fresh citrus fruit paving the way for a long length. Slight touches of buttered toast on the rich, full palate.

    This wine improve over the next 5-7 years, especially if you like nutty, toasty styles of white Burgundy. Drink with fresh Lobster and Frites- match made in heaven...

    We have a limted supply of this wine just in at Farnham Majestic, you can even add one of these wines in with your regular shop at Majestic. Special offer price £32.00  

    Pedro Ximenez 1985 Bodegas Toro Abala 37.5cl Bottle - don't miss this one...Date published: 07/11/12

    This is a real treat- a super sweet vintage sherry.Perfect for Christmas- a lovely stocking filler. Made with the grape variety Pedro Ximenez. This new addition to our range originates in deepest Andalucía.

    To taste it is crammed with coffee notes and cinnamon flavours, complemented by luxurious dark cacao cream and vanilla. An elegant wine and a fantastic finale on a cold wintry evening.

    Enjoy- with your very best friends or by yourself with a homebaked warm chocolate brownie... probably best by yourself as its too good to share!

    We have a limited supply here at Farnham Majestic and its available to taste. Pop down ASAP - only £14.99 for a very special sherry.  

    McManis Viognier- from California Date published: 06/11/12

    Looking for a good white wine that is not a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc?... why not try this fantastic Viognier from California

    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.

    Partner with Indian nibbles such as lamb samosas, dry chicken tikka or tandori king prawns

    This wine is only £8.79 when you buy two as part of a mixed case.

    Sunday DinnerDate published: 04/11/12

    Looking forward to supper tonight.

    I set it off this morning by popping a whole shoulder of lamb that I studded with garlic, rosemary, anchovy and a little chilli in a low oven.

    I then have come to work.

    At 7.00pm uncover and turn up temperature to brown the lamb and roast your potatoes.

    I like some cavelo nero as a side.

    By 8.00pm tonight there will be the most tender flavoursome joint waiting to be devouring. (great pan juices will be created)

    Pour out Ardanza 2001.

    Roll on tonight!

    Wine of the Week- Prestige Parcels Sauvignon BlancDate published: 04/11/12

    This Malborough Sauvignon Blanc is a prime example of how good New Zealand Wines have become. Majestic occasionally get offered opportunities to purchase exlcusive parcels of wine from the best vineyards at affordable prices.

    Vibrant aromas of freshly cut grass, green herbs and classic gooseberries. To taste this wine good balance and a clean crisp finish.

    Have this Sauvignon Blanc with a classic Goat's Cheese tartlet and tomato salad

    £8.99 when you buy two or more bottles

    A Rioja I'm very keen to tryDate published: 02/11/12

    Urbina 1994 Rioja Gran Reserva

    Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo

    Bodegas Urbina are now in their fourth generation of family ownership and have 75 hectares of vineyards across the region. Their Gran Reserva comes from Cuzcurrita in the west of Rioja, where the grapes have been found to provide wines with the most ageing potential.

    A complex, poised and multi-layered wine, showing notes of earth, spice box and old leather on a canvas of mature cherry and plum fruit. Great balance and fruit concentration on the palate.

    Enjoy this superb vintage now, or cellar for a further 5-10 years



    Fine Wine of the Month Purple Angel-By MontesDate published: 01/11/12

    Carmenere resurfaced in Chile only about 15 years after it was believed to be extinct when phyloxera hit Bordeux, its original home, in 1880. Chile remains the sole home of Carmenere- a bit of a 'Jurrasic Park' grape... a return from extinction!

    Purple Angel shows touches of spice, typical of Carmenere, with beautifully soft tanins. On the nose it has ripe plum and blackberries, to taste it has redberries, dark chocolate and accents of cigar box. Blended with a small amount of Petit Verdot, this gives the wine a supreme structure- drinking now- or can be cellared for upto 10 years.

    Partner this lush wine with Lamb Cutlets seasoned with Rosemary and cracked sea salt.

    A wine 'touched' by angels (from the hills of Chile)... this fantastic wine is open to try on our tasting counter- it won't hang around for long though... get down to Majestic in Farnham to have a try...


    Winter Wine TastingDate published: 30/10/12

    Reserve your place now for our fantstic winter tasting. A great selection of wines will be open together with the excellent hams and cheese from Valbona. Starting at 18.30 and finishing around 20.30.

    A visit to Vintae's wineries in La RiojaDate published: 29/10/12

    The journey to Rioja began with a flight over to Bilbao, followed by a scenic drive through the mountains on Spain's seamless roads. Our first stop was Bodegas Classica, Vintae's Riojan winery which overlooks acres of vineyards. We had a great tutored tasting from one of Vintae's winemakers and export manager Jon, we sampled many wines from the tank, barrel, and finally from the bottle, in their bespoke tasting room. I think Vintae's extensive range would come as a surprise to most, they produce some great Riojan wines, red, white, and rose. After, we devoured a classic combo lunch of bread, ham, and cheese, then we headed into Logrono. We had an authentic evening in Logrono, strolling along Calle Laurel sampling a different tapas dish, and Vintae wine in each bar. Libalis, a fresh white is one I particularly remember.

    Our second day started with a visit to a Riojan micro-brewery. Now if you like your beer, than you should try Mateo & Bernabe, as they produce some of the nicest beers I've ever tried, the quality and attention to detail is a true reflection of their, and Vintae's, mission. Another new and exciting experience lay around the corner as we left Logrono to visit Maetierra winery, Vintae's white Riojan winery, the only one in the region that is dedicated to making only white wine. We sampled an amazing range of top quality whites from the steel tanks, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Albarino, and Gewurztraminer, and a lovely barrel fermented viognier. A quick stroll across the road led us to Vintae's castle, built in the 1970s, it has a very colourful history. A classic Riojan lunch followed, cooked by the Vintae team with fresh veg from their plot in front of the castle. The beans were awesome!

    That evening we walked through Logrono to find, in a very unsuspecting location, Vintae's family owned wine cellar. We sampled the Matsu range, and five fantastic Garnachas, one being an extremely rare icewine which I fear I'll never taste again!

    Vintae have one of the best cultures I've experienced. They are young, innovative, and have an excellent partnership between the owner and head winemaker, who is so dedicated to making wine of the highest quality with the oldest vines he can get his hands on. You can experience their wines safe in this knowledge. Keep your eyes peeled for their next exciting project!  

    Fine Wine Friday 2nd Nov - Purple AngelDate published: 28/10/12

    For our next Fine Wine Friday we will be opening the Montes Purple Angel, something I've been desperate to try for ages!

    A blend of 92% Carmenère and 8% Petit Verdot. Of this, half of the Carmenère comes from Montes’ La Finca de Apalta estate, bringing sophistication and elegance. The other half of the Carmenère comes from Montes’ Archangel estate in Marchigüe, adding potency and strength. The grapes are hand picked, normally early in the morning to make sure that cold temperature is achieved to crush the fruit. The clusters go through a berry selection, in which only good fruit is allowed into the tank. During the 18 months of barrel aging in new French (50%) and American (50%) oak, the wine is racked 3 times to get rid of lees, then bottled unfiltered.

    Spicey touches typical of Carmenère, with ripe, gentle and soft tannins. This is a full bodies, concentrated wine that combines red berries and dark chocolate on the palate with alluring cigar, blackberries and plum aromas on the nose.

    Pink roast lamb cutlets encrusted in rosemary, black pepper and salt falkes. Pork ribs or cannelloni.



    Fantastic Offers Ending SoonDate published: 26/10/12

    With winter quickly approaching, and some of our fantastic deals ending soon, now is the perfect time to stock up in time for Christmas. Heres my pick of the bunch:

    Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc (£6.99 if you buy 2 or more) A medley of intense, ripe herbaceous characters on the nose, followed by rich gooseberry, lime and tropical fruit characteristics on the palate. A fantastic apéritif which will equally match all manner of seafood.

    Marques de Riscal Reserva (£10.99 if you buy 2 or more) A classic Rioja Reserva. 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.

    Bollinger Special Cuvee (£32 but goes to £30 if you buy 6 or more) Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent.

    Remember, these deals end Monday night so take advantage of these deals soon!

    Battle of the Unoaked ChardonnaysDate published: 26/10/12

    Battle of the Unoaked Chardonnays New World VS Old World

    We have two unoaked Chardonnays on the tasting counter this weekend, one old world, one new world, which is better... you decide! Here are the two contenders:

    Vinalba Chardonnay (£8.99 when you buy 2 or more) An inviting golden colour, this Chardonnay is ripe and soft, with  yellow apple, tangerine and pineapple fruit. The palate is refreshing and  mellow, with a round, lightly nutty finish.

    Louis Jadot Macon-Villages (£7.99 when you buy 2 or more) Made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and  pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish. A nice apéritif, this will also partner white fish dishes well.

    Pop in today and see which one you perfer!

    Vinabla Reserva Chardonnay- Argentina Week- un-oaked ChardonnayDate published: 24/10/12

    It's Argentina tasting week this week at Majestic in Farnham. Many of you know Argentina for its fruity Malbecs, but thats not all they can do. I've chosen the Vinabla Reserva Chardonnay today to talk about. Its a 2012 vintage- full of fresher tropical fruit notes. The wine is made without any oak contact, for a fresher style.

    This wine is produced at high-altitude vineyards of the Lujan de Cuyo area of Mendoza provide low average temperatures and long hours of vivid sunshine, promoting a vibrant and pure fruit character. An inviting golden colour, this Chardonnay is ripe and soft, with yellow apple, tangerine and pineapple fruit. The palate is refreshing and mellow, with a round, lightly nutty finish.

    At £8.99 when you buy at least two as part of a mixed case- its a good value  new world alternative to a Chablis. Have it with Poached Salmon in a Creamy Watercress Sauce... Yummy!!!  

    VINA SOL ... £4.99 ... A great everyday Spanish White WineDate published: 23/10/12

    Fourth generation grower Miguel Torres uses his experience well in the production of this dry white. Now also holding vineyards in Chile and California, Torres have made wine in their winery in Vilafranca del Penedès since 1870. Fresh and fruity on the nose, a smooth, crisp palate, with plenty of apples and pineapple fruit. A refreshingly crisp wine.

    It's a perfect anytime white wine, its got loads of accolades from the decanter wine buffs ... AND its part of our Spanish wine deal at 20% off so ONLY £4.99 Go on... pair this little cracker with some good ole fish 'n' chips... hurry as this deal ends on the 29/10/12


    Champagne of the moment at Majestic FarnhamDate published: 23/10/12

    Champagne has long had an association with luxury and special celebrations. Champagne is produced exclusively in the Champagne region of France- which has had a heritage in making wine as far back as the roman times. Champagne has long been considered the 'nectar of kings'- Napoleon once said he drunk it in celebratory moods of victory or in consolation for when he lost a battle. Louis Roederer is most famed with his Cristal Champagne which became synonymous with trying to please monarchs of yesteryear. in 1876 the Tsar Alexandre the Second of Russia requested the Champagne presented in a Crystal decanter.

    For more everyday, Champagne Roederer Brut Premier is a serious non-vintage Champagne. Deliciously rich, with an overt fruitiness and nutty, yeasty notes, the finish is long, complex and rewarding. You can impress your friends when you whip it out the fridge onto the dinner table. Better still its on a cracking deal down here at majestic- down to just £30 a bottle- hurry though this offer ends on 29th October. We have many other great deals too... come down and we will be happy to advise.   

    Chilled Red Wine?Date published: 20/10/12

    It may sound like a crime, but there are actually exceptions to the rule of not serving red wine chilled. In some cases, light and fruity wines such as Beaujolais and some unoaked Pinot Noirs become very interesting when lightly chilled and make a great choice for a picnic (even though this isn't really the weather). By chilling the wine it emphasises the red fruit notes of the wine. If you still unsure pop into store today our try our Alamos Pinot Noir (£8.49 if you buy 2 or more) which is pre chilled. The Alamos has a beautiful light ruby and an elegant nose, this is a great take on the enigmatic Pinot Noir. Attractive cherry and fig fruit flavours, finely combined with a silky texture and a long supple finish. Whats more, this is a perfect match for fish dishes!

    Wine of the WeekDate published: 19/10/12

    Catena Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2011

    All the way from Mendoza in Argentina, this wine is a blend of grapes from three high altitude vineyard sites, La Pirámide, Domingo and Adrianna, creating a wine of unique character that has balance, concentration and a strong varietal identity.

    A real staff favourite, it never disappoints vintage after vintage, and this one is no exception.

    Showing notes of mango, banana and apple, with a hint of sweet spice and wet stone minerality. Full yet clean on the palate, with pear and fig fruit flavours rounded off with fresh, crisp acidity.

    Excellent with roast chicken or gammon dishes.

    £9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles from South Africa, otherwise £12.99

    James' Southern French Wonders Part DeuxDate published: 18/10/12

    Welcome to the second part of my Southern French Wonders. This week I'm going to explore the Corbieres region, using mainly Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Mouvedre the wine are quite similar to that of the Rhone Valley. The obvious wine of choice from this region is our Ch Mont Milan which is fantastic value for money at £4.99, however, that would be far to obvious.

    Instead, I'm going to pick the Castelmaure Corbieres (£9.99 if you buy 2 or more), a little bit pricier but with Christmas coming up and the fact it's fantastic value for money I think its definitely worth it. An expressive and open nose, full of damson jam and cassis notes, and that unmistakable 'garrigue' aroma of heather and wild thyme. Plenty of body and soft, ripe tannins. A great all-round wine for drinking on its own or with food. Ideal with beef daube, casseroles and other tender red meats.

    Villa Maria- Sauvignon Blancs ... Great Deals, Great WinesDate published: 17/10/12

    Calling all New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc lovers... Villa Maria is in town

    We have a fantastic array of Sauvignon Blancs at the moment. The Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc has just come down to £6.99 when you buy at least two bottles as part of a mixed case. It has all the rich tropical fruits and pronounced gooseberries you would expect from this producer. Looking for a bit more complexity from your Sauvignon? The Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon in its distinctive gold label. Its rested on the lees for a short period before fermentation... so it has a creamier, richer and classier finish. At £8.99 when you buy at least two - both of these wines mentioned are selling fast so come grab some while its here- you won't be disappointed.

    The Wine Course FavouritesDate published: 15/10/12

    After successfully running my first wine course yesterday, I thought I would reflect on the favourite wines of the afternoon. These wines seemed to get a big nod of approval... so, what were these fantastic wines?

    On the red front, the hands down favourite was the Peter Lehman BVS (£9.99 if you buy 2 or more). A bold, spicy yet straightforward Shiraz, offering a core of dense plum and bramble fruit, accented by notes of black pepper and dark chocolate, all mellowed and smoothed by 12 months in oak.

    The other suprising favourite was the Vouvray Moelleux La Levrière (also £9.99 if you buy 2 or more). A stunning desert wine. Rich and glossy gold in the glass. Aromas are of ripe pineapple and quince, followed by sweet spices, clove and cinnamon. The palate is awash with flavours of sweet figs and crystallised lemon. We found this went fantastically with Roquefort and chocolate brownie.

    If your interested in our free wine course then give us a call on 01252 711 988 to find out more details and when our next course is.

    Cider Lover?Date published: 13/10/12

    Do you love cider? Well we have a brand new one in stock from The Garden Cider Company. They make their cider using spare apples from gardens in Surrey and then share some of the cider back with those people who provided the fruit. Currently at £29.40 for 12x500ml. Pop in today and have a taste!

    James' Southern French WondersDate published: 13/10/12

    After my recent trip to the South of France, I managed to discover many fantastic wines and concluded that they are great value for money! Whats more, there is a great diversity of styles as well so you can never get bored!

    The highlight from my trip was the Château de Pennautier 'Terroirs d'Altitude'. A real gem at £7.99 (£10.99 for a single bottle). This is a classy and well structured wine: deep garnet red in colour, with a power and harmony to the flavours and aromas of blackcurrant, with spice and chocolate notes. Partner with hearty stews, cassoulet, or magret de canard and other grilled or roasted meats.

    Wine of the Week- Lirac GarriguesDate published: 12/10/12

    Majestic Farnham are welcoming Autumn this week with our Wine of the Week It has been a wet and windy start to October- the Lirac Garrigues is the antidote!

    This wine from the Rhone region of France is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. The same family have been producing this wine since 1961- and planted 250 vine parcels in an area surrounded by woodland on one side and 'garrigue' which is french for heathland. This wine is made without oak and is a vibrant, youthful wine with ample tanin and fruity notes of blackcurrants.

    Give it a go on its own or partnered with a hearty roast dinner- £8.99 when you buy at least two bottles as part of a mixed case- available to taste on our tasting counter NOW!

    Welcome back an old friendDate published: 10/10/12

    I'm pleased to say we have just received one of my favourite Medoc here at Majestic. Ch Senejac from the excellent value 2007 vintage. I have been buying wine from this chateau for over 10 years now. To me I feel it is one of the best value cru bourgeois out there. I also have to admit I have indulged in a few cases of hopefully what will but a brilliant wine the 2009 Senejac. Looking forward to that arriving! Classic blackcurrent from the cabernet dominate on the nose with gentle cedar in the background. A perfect sunday roast wine.

    Adding the perfect sparkle to a party...Date published: 09/10/12

    I often think, what is the perfect sparkling wine for a party, and after much testing I have come to the conclusion that it is the Codorniu Raventos (fantastic at £7.99 if you buy 2 or more). Pale lemon golden coloured, with many streams of fine bubbles. Citrus aromas with peachy and lemon aromas and a full bodied, vibrant and fruit flavours and crisp mineral acidity. The pefect way to addding sparkle to a party!

    It has got to be my champagne choice...Date published: 07/10/12

    Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne

    Produced from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, the famous house of Mme Lily Bollinger produces a mighty, full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightfully pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent. Densely packed apple and pear fruits give way to a noticeably creamy, caramel-like finish. An 'Absolutely Fabulous' Champagne!

    Trade Customer?Date published: 06/10/12

    If you're shopping for a business please contact us on 01252 711 988 and we can
    put you in touch with our dedicated Commercial team. We offer exclusive
    wines, free delivery and credit terms.

    Need wine in a hurry? Call us now and to discuss your needs.

    Fancy learning more about the wines you enjoy....Date published: 06/10/12

    ...well ask us for the tasting notes, available after your purchase completely free of charge.

    A great way to gain some background info on your favourite wines, and have a some extra fun whilst tasting.

    One of my favourite Dessert WinesDate published: 05/10/12

    A brief note on one of my favourite dessert wines. The Royal Tokaji Late Harvest, produced from Furmint, Yellow Muscat, and Harslevelu.

    Royal Tokaji was founded in 1990, when a small group of investors brought together 62 small growers in Huingary, and created a high quality range of traditional style wines. This wine's sweetness is achieved by allowing the grapes extended ripening time on the vine.

    Pale green-gold colour. The nose is more delicate than many a Tokaji, with aromas of ripe peach, exotic fruit and blossom. Moderate palate weight, with a fine balance of intense sweetness and acidic lift.

    Pair with sweet fruit tarts, baklava, or ripe blue cheese.


    Great value at £9.99

    #MakeAutumnRed Suggestions - JeffDate published: 04/10/12

    My choice is the Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot. It's a deep wine, but still offers a nice degree of fruit and toasty oak. Best served with a nice meaty dish or a rustic pasta dish.

    £7.49 when you buy 2 or more bottles, otherwise £9.99

    All Ale Saturday Part DeuxDate published: 04/10/12

    We will have a selection of Ales open on our tasting counter this Saturday, so pop in for a sample.

    Fine Wine Friday will be ??Date published: 30/09/12

    This friday we will be tasting the excellent Tourelles de Longville 2007 the second wine from famous second growth Chateau Pichon-Baron in Pauillac.

    2007 was a good but not great vintage but in the right hands some fantastic wines were made. This will age really well but already forward enough to be drunk now but decant a couple of hours in advance. Deep blackcurrent, with mocha overtones and finely balanced oak. This would grace any table as a perfect dinner party red and would be a great match for roasted rib of beef or a slow roasted leg of lamb.

    Also was the star buy in the Times 30th June by Jane MacQuitty.

    #MakeAutumnRed Suggestions - WillDate published: 29/09/12

    My suggestion for an Autumn Red is the Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenere. It's exceptionally smooth and will hit you with lush plum, dark-chocolate, and oak softened blueberry and cassis fruit. One of my personal favourites and a bargain at £8.99 when you buy 2.


    More staff choices will follow......

    MAJOR NEWS - The Chocolate Block will be opened on the Farnham tasting counter tomorrow!Date published: 28/09/12

    Well this is a first for Majestic Farnham, we're going to open the elusive Chocolate Block, from the Western Cape region of South Africa, tomorrow. This wine is made in very small quantities and demand always outstrips supply. Therefore your friends at Majestic Farnham have pulled it out of the bag by allowing this wine to be sampled at no cost on their illustrious tasting counter.

    An exciting blend of 5 grape varieties (Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault), 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.

    REMEMBER To Check Out Our WINE EVENTSDate published: 27/09/12

    They're a great way to learn about wine, and provide a great opportunity to taste lots of great wines at zero cost.

    They're all taught by the us, the Majestic Farnham team, in an informal setting so don't be afraid to sign yourself up.

    Just contact us in-store, by telephone, or email.

    Wine of the Week - Louis Latour Macon LugnyDate published: 26/09/12

    This is certainly a worthy Wine of Week, having had a team tasting of this wine you can have have it on good authority that this is excellent value for money. I didn't think we would ever see this price below £8.99, but its happened so snap it up quickly.

    It shows aromas of a apples, lemon curd, and peach on the nose, followed by a long and slightly creamy finish. If you open this wine chilled and taste it as its warms you'll be able to see how much it develops in the glass.

    Certainly a lot of bang for your buck.


    *when you buy 2 or more bottles.

    Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir Date published: 25/09/12

    Most of you might be more familiar with Villa Maria as the producer of your favourite S.Blanc. Established in 1961 by a enterprising Croatian named George Fistonic- he has since been knighted in New Zealand for his contribution to the good reputation built up surrounding Marlborough Wines. This particular wine is made from a blend of different vineyards so that all qualities shine through in balance. This wine sees grapes 'cold soaked' for upto 10 days. Cold soak is performed just after the grapes are harvested before fermentation takes place. Cold soak brings out more flavour and aromas.

    A lovely slightly fuller bodied Pinot Noir from Marlborough. It has lots of red berries and slight oaky nuances- a really well integrated wine. Available to taste on our tasting counter for a limited time only.Don't forget its our tasting week of Pinot Noirs- come and sample the surpising variety on offer.

    Pinot Noir Week- Saintsbury Pinot Noir 2008, CarnerosDate published: 24/09/12

    Saintbury are amongst the pioneers for Pinot Noir in Carneros, California. In the 1980's they got a strong following for their Estate Pinot Noir. This has slowly pushed up demand which has increased production and supply. Saintbury have Burgundy in their heart, and while typically a Californian Wine- they also show restraint which adds elegance. The grapes are handled gently and there is a sublte oaking- with essence of vanilla and sweet spice.

    Saintbury have also invested a lot of time and energy into scientific research in their quest to produce better wines. This wine has a beautiful blend of ripe red fruit aromas, cigar box and vanilla spice. It has well integrated tanins and a fresh weighty finish. It is drinking well now, so you could happily partner duck, lamb or game.

    Even better at £14.99 (when you buy at least two as part of a mixed case) you could keep the other bottle for upto 4 years. So why not treat yourself to something a bit special!

    recent travelsDate published: 22/09/12

    I have just returned from our annual pilgrimage to Il de Re. Whilst not really renowned for their wine they do produce fantastic Cognac and also very good Pineau des Charentes which is a blend of garpe juice and cognac. Usually taken as an aperitif but highly enjoyable as a digestif or as a splash in the pot when cooking mussels. I even have added it to a glass to Champagne to make an impressive cocktail.

    If you have never visited this part of France before I can highly recommend it. Take the 10.30 flight from Southampton and you are having lunch on the island before 1.00. If you want some good restaurants to visit  just pop in to Farnham and ask to speak to me !

    Wine of the Week - Composite Pinot Noir New ZealandDate published: 19/09/12

    This is a real steal for the money. Never a
    cheap grape to grow this wine just proves what
    can be found under £10.

    Soft red fruits with gentle oak dominate here.
    Perfect for roast duck or wild mushroom risotto

    £8.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

    Plata Sauvignon Blanc- ArgentinaDate published: 18/09/12

    The Plata Sauvignon Blanc is an exclusive to Majestic- it comes from the same stable as Michel Torino and Finca Las Moras. Mendoza, while famed for other grape varieties, makes a very good Sauvignon Blanc. While the these wines don't achieve the same concentration of Marlborough, the wines are easy drinking and elegant. The climate of Mendoza is on the mountain slopes, perfect for stressing the vines (leading to good quality grapes), coupled with the cooler climate- this leads to well structured wine. Cool nights are especially important for Sauvignon Blanc- and there are few places with as great a diurnal range (difference between night and day) as Mendoza.

    This wine is available at £5.99 (when you buy at least two as part of a mixed case). Its available to try on our tasting counter- a great value everyday wine. It is now Sauvignon Blanc tasting week at Farnham Majestic... pop down and sample some!

    Pizarras de Otero 2011, Bierzo- A Spanish Red with a differenceDate published: 17/09/12

    Bierzo DO is an area north west Spain that covers around 3000km2 of Vineyards. These Vineyards were planted prodominantly by Cistercian Order Monasteries in the middle ages. Bierzo is an attractive part of Spain featuring castles, ancient pine forests and mountain backdrops. The focal point for wine is the market town of Caebelos. The ancient Mencia grape is used here as in all Bierzo wines, grown on steep nutrient deprieved soil- perfect for stressing the vines. Interestingly the climate is warm but not hot- with an average of just 12 celcius- not much warmer than Chablis. There is still plenty of sunlight which gives the grapes a concentrated flavour with a big dose of elegance.

    This particular wine is designed to be drunk young while the fruit is still pure and vibrant. Made by Martin Codax, you can also be assured of a good quality wine. This wine is available at £6.99 under our 20% off Spanish Wine (when you buy at least two Spainsh Wines as part of a mixed case)- also for a limited time available to taste at our wine tasting counter here in Farnham Majestic.

    Caixas Albarino 2011- Martin Codax, Rias Baixas Date published: 16/09/12

    Albarino is the most famous wine from Galacia. It is an area north west Spain, quite far removed from the other wine regions of Spain. It is an area by the sea- giving it the nickname ' wine of the Seas'. The sea has an impact on the structure of the wine giving it some subtle salinity. Albarino is thought to be the perfect accompaniement to sea food from Galacia. Rias Baixas is the place where this wine comes from and 90% of the wine made here is Albarino- the locals are so proud of their quality wine that local authorities inspect the wine before it is accepted into the winery.

    This particular wine is is known for its purity of fruit and clean minerality. Every autumn a handful of Majestic staff even go to the winery to help pick the grapes. The winery itself is names after the poet Martin Codax- his inspirational Poems and musical lyrics are printed on the bottle lables and corks.

    The Caixas Albarino, 2011 is available under our 20% off Spanish Wine deal. Only £6.99

    CVNE Wines- Spanish Wine WeekDate published: 15/09/12

    CVNE was founded in 1879 and is on the same site today. Situated in Haro. Rioja Alta, it is a state of the art winery devoted to quality and advancement, all the while keeping the ideals that have made them so successful. Their cellar was designed by Gustave Eiffel- i.e. Eiffel Tower in Paris designer- the familiar beams can be seen in the roof design.

    As with many other Rioja producers CVNE believe wines should only be realised when there ready for drinking. As such they test each vintage for specific properties before deciding how long the wines should be aged for.

    The CVNE Rioja Reserva 2007 is a great example of a Rioja Reserva. Its a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 5% Carigan, 5% Graciano and 5% Garnacha. Its aged for two years in French and American oak and racked every 6 months. It has beautiful smooth tannins, well integrated oak with the subtle red berries.

    For the last of the warm weather this month (fingers crossed) they also produce a fruity Rose- well worth trying.

    Pop in to try something special this SaturdayDate published: 14/09/12

    We are currently amidst a Spanish tasting, and in honour of this I will be opening two very special spanish wines this Saturday. They are the Vina Ardanza Reserva 2001 and the Cune Imperial Gran Reserva 2001. What a comparison!

    Can't be missed so pop in this Saturday 15th of Sept, there are still spaces for the morning tutorial by the way...

    Wine of the WeekDate published: 13/09/12

    Cune Reserva Rioja

    Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, CVNE, was founded in 1879 in and is still family owned. Their wines are made in the original Haro winery and hail back to the first wines produced here, then sold as 'Cuné Clairette'- a Bordeaux lookalike.

    A soft luxurious wine, mid garnet in colour with a lovely brambly nose and a hint of spice. Nuances of warm leather, caramel and coffee over rich autumn fruit. Excellent balance and a lingering finish.

    Try served with grilled lamb, duck and most rich meats.

    £9.99 multibuy
    single bottle price £12.49

    All Ale Saturday!Date published: 04/09/12

    Guess what we'll be opening a select few ales to sample on our tasting counter this Saturday!

    Fine Wine Friday 7th SeptemberDate published: 02/09/12

    Puligny-Montrachet 2010, Jean-Louis Chavy

    Well here we are, a Puligny-Montrachet, one of the most recognisable French appleations in the world. Jean-Louis inherited this domain from his father Gerard Chavy in 2004, and has made an extremely well balanced wine which exhibits Pulginy terrior to the tee.

    "Impressive village-level...Puligny. Grilled hazelnuts and candied citrus peel on the nose and a rich but steely palate with crème fraîche, wheatmeal, honey and lemon peel flavours. Benchmark burgundian Chardonnay. Drink over the next four years. 92/100 " The Wine Gang (thewinegang.com cited from majesticwine.co.uk 02/09/12)

    Be sure to drop by and try this one, I don't expect the bottle will last till Saturday


    Current Offers end on MONDAY!!Date published: 01/09/12

    Calling all fans of Chilean, New Zealand, Australian, Beaujolais and Italian wines. The 20% offer on these will end on MONDAY 3rd September!

    This includes some of the favourites:

    Ned, Fairleigh Estate, and Brancott. Even though we may not have these products in stock you can still order and pay for them now to secure the offer price.

    You can't say I didn't warn you.....

    Wine of the Week- El Chaparral De Vega Sindoa- Old Vines GarnachaDate published: 30/08/12

    Garnacha which is the alias of the French Grenache has grown in popularity in recent times. This wine is a particularly good example of this- grown on vines that are upto 100 years old and yield low numbers but of high quality grapes. This particular Garnacha is grown down near the Atlantic coast which gives this wine a higher acidity and a excellent balance.

    To taste, it has a displays of fleshy blackberry and raspberry fruit, ample tannins and finishes with a sublte streak of bitter chocolate. Perfect for this time of year- the summer is all but over some say, but if you partner this wine with a medium rare ribeye steak- it won't trouble you too much. This wine is also suitable for vegetarians* so could happily partner a spanish bean stew. 

    Better still- its only £7.99 when you buy at least two bottles as part of a mixed case. Don't just take my word for it, pop down to Majestic Farnham to sample on our tasting counter.

    A great bottle of fizzDate published: 27/08/12

    Its been a while since I have drunk Lindauer Special Reserve but we had a couple of bottles last night with some friends. The delicate pink colour is the first thing that strikes you then on the palate lovely creamy notes mingle with a touch of black fruit. What is best is the price, £8.99! But only for this week. Offer ends on Septmber 3rd so stock up now.

    A new discoveryDate published: 27/08/12

    A couple of months ago my wife and I traveled to Umbria for a week away. I've been to quite a few areas in Italy but never before Umbria. What struck me most was how well you can eat and drink for so little. We drunk Tignanello for only 60 euros, which is a steal. In some London restaurants think of 3 times that price !

    However, we do try to drink the local wines when away, and found some real gems. Even the local Grechetto which started from only 6 euros a bottle was highly enjoyable. One of the estates to look out for is Caprai, not only for whites but for their reds as well, in particular Montefalco Sagrantino which was a new one for me. Often written that is a super tanic wine this is a bottle that really benefits from some age. But when drunk with some of the local beef, WOW. In particular in the town of Montefalco, at the oldest restaurant there, try the rib of beef cooked over the wood in the open fire and a bottle of the 2006 Collepiano. What a meal.

    I wish I had got some wine shipped, as only £50 to get to England, the same wines here are at least twice the price if you can find them !

    Wine Of The WeekDate published: 23/08/12

    St Clair Estate Sauvignon Blanc

    This Sauvignon comes from one of our favourite producers. It is a classic example, if not more subtle than most. It shows aromas of gooseberry and elderflower with a pleasurably long finish.

    A wine to snap-up whilst New Zealand wines are 20% off.

    £10.99 when you buy 2+ N.Z. wines

    Fine Wine of the MonthDate published: 19/08/12

    Chateau Rouget 2001

    This Pomerol comes from a great vintage, it's drinking very well now, but still has potential for further ageing.

    I tasted this wine approx a year ago and it was showing all the classic signs of a great right bank Bordeaux. Lush, showing lovely cherry and mocha aromas.

    A great wine to try if you want to experiment with Fine Wine for the first time!


    Don't forget this summer....Date published: 18/08/12

    Now Pimm's is a must have for any summer get together, a english sangria perhaps.

    But, you may not have heard about Sipsmiths (the small Hammersmith distillery) Summer Cup. If you are fond of Pimm's I would highly recommend that you try this....its pretty special.

    G & TDate published: 18/08/12

    Gin and Tonic anyone?

    There does seem to be a resurgence in my favourite spirits based drink, so here are a few of my favourite Gins:

    >Hendrick's, a splendid gin which shows coriander and citrus aromas in particular.

    >Martin Millers, a clean and classy gin, and our managers wife's choice.

    >Bombay Sapphire, what do I need I need to say, I great Gin with plenty of botanicals.

    Now when it comes to tonic, I haven't gone back from Fever-Tree enough said.

    Wine of the WeekDate published: 18/08/12

    We've just selected a new Wine of the Week, the Gavi di Gavi La Toledana.

    A really nice unusual wine, cortese is the grape is you wondering.

    Serve chilled, and it will go down very well on a summers weekend.

    Fine Wine EveningDate published: 16/08/12

    At Majestic we do like to have the occasional fine wine evening where we all bring a bottle of something interesting and indulge!

    Last weekend we attended James' house and we had some cracking wines (and food). First up was the ever impressive Jacquart champagne 1996 Vintage. We were all pretty impressed with this as Jacquart is an entry level champagne and the vintage was still drinking well after 16 years of ageing.

    Next up was a bottle of Brooks Ara Riesling which Barack Obama chose for his inaugiration dinner. This indulgent wine was incredibly complex offering strong petrol aromas, peaches, dried raisins along with incredible beautifully balanced acidity. This went down a treat with the Pea and Pancetta Soup that Mr Hurd cooked!

    After the excellent US offering we moved onto the Pillot Bourgogne Blanc. This was paired with a pan fried fillet of Sea Bream on an oriental salad. We were all expecting quite a heavy Chardonnay but this was completely the opposite it was light, fresh, with hints of nectarine and lemon and a perfect match for a delicate fish such as sea bream.

    For the next course we moved onto one of the stars of the night. I am a huge fan of white Chateauneuf de Pape and the key grape variety is Roussane. This wine was the Qupe Roussane from California. This rich, buttery, herbaceous and rather hot wine was divine and is a must try for any white Rhone lovers or simply for people who just want a change from Chardonnay or Viognier.

    For the main course we has a rack of lamb with a wine reduction and caramelised vegetables. With this we had a bottle of Kangarilla Road Primitivo. This is on the face of it an unusual wine for Australia. It was really poweful with hints of burnt rubber and the farmyard from its 8 years of bottle ageing. In all honesty it slightly overpowered the dish.

    Desert was Chocolate Garnache served with one of my favorite tipples... Cuarenta y Tres. This is a Spanish liquer that tastes of caramel and has hints of tangerine to it too. A stunning combination with the dessert.

    There were of course more wines on the night but my memory is somewhat hazy for obvious reasons!

    Wine of the WeekDate published: 10/08/12

    Inama Vin Soave Classico, 2010

    Wow is all I can say about this wine. Aromas of green apple
    and jasmine jump out of the glass along with freshly baked
    croissant. On the palate flavours of apples, brioche, honey
    and peach are abundant and the finish is longer than the olympic
    marathon. This wine is a bargain.

    £10.99 per bottle (when you buy 2 + Italian wines)

    Fine Wine FridayDate published: 01/08/12

    Friday 3rd August, we are opening.....

    Peregrine Pinot Noir 2010, Central Otago

    This excellent wine is silky smooth, beautifully rich and a real show stopper. An expressive nose of Cherry, Raspberry and Mocha, a refined palate of silky smooth Black Cherry and nuanced with a hint of spice

    Highly recommended by Jane Macquitty in the Times
    Great partnered with roasted Guinea Fowl or Quail

    £19.99 for 2 more bottles as part of a mixed case
    £25.00 for a single bottle as part of a mixed case

    Wine of the WeekDate published: 20/07/12

    Wine of the Week

    Sancerre Blanc, Domaine Vacheron 2011

    This stunning Sancerre comes from one of the Loire's most
    renowned producers. This deeply mineral and complex
    sauvingon blanc has restrained trademark hints of green
    apples and gooseberries with a subtle smoky finish thats very long.
    This wine is perfect with pan seared scallops
    cooked in butter, garlic, lemon and saffron.

    Just £17.99 per bottle

    Perrier Jouet MusingsDate published: 14/07/12

    After a recent trip over to champagne, I thought I would share my Perrier Jouet (PJ) experiences with you, the people of Farnham (and surrounding areas). Perrier Jouet are very much focused on quality rather than quantity, one of the main reasons why you won't find their wines in large supermarkets.

    Their range consists of Grand Brut, Belle Epoque (you should all recognise this bottle!), Blason Rose, Belle Epoque Rose, and Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs.

    The Grand Brut is a very elegant non-vintage champagne with aromas of apple and pineapple, if you're looking for finesse this is the champagne for you. Also, strangely if you sample PJ rose after, and then go back to Grand Brut it takes on a interesting nutty aroma, the quirkiness of wine! This is also fantastic value at £25 by the way, just until Monday 16th though, so you can't say I didn't give you your 2 days warning.

    Belle Epoque, what can I say, it typifies PJ, a great vintage champagne. Its shows the toasty brioche characters married with PJ's trademark finesse. The art nouveau bottle is again a PJ special, anyone who has been lucky enough to visit Maison Belle Epoque will know what I mean!

    The Blason rose is a great accompaniment to any hot summers day, I know good luck finding one at the moment. It has aromas of delicate red fruits, just think of strawberries and cream. The Belle Epoque Vintage Rose is one of the most complex and exquisite roses I've tried. The delicate fruit flavours are again matched with toasty vintage characters.

    Now the Blanc de Blancs, one sentence will do here; the best champagne I've been lucky enough to try. Oh, and good luck finding a bottle.

    Our New Wine of the Week!!!Date published: 13/07/12

    Wine of the Week

    Peter Lehmann Eden Valley Shiraz , 2010

    This stunning Shiraz is one of our all time favourites
    Aromas of Cloves, Nutmeg, Eucalyptus, Tar and baked fruit
    jump out of the glass.

    On the palate dense flavours of brambles
    and blackcurrant's are predominant with silky smooth
    tannins and beautifully balanced acidity with a long finish.

    This is perfect with a herb crusted rack of Lamb!

    £9.99 per bottle (when you buy 2 + OZ wines)

    fine wine fridayDate published: 05/07/12

    With the weather a little warmer than it has been recently we have chosen the fantastic St Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc. This is one of the New Zealands best whites and gives the iconic Cloudy Bay a real run for it's money. Food wise think Asian style food. Try with some steamed sea bass with ginger, spring onions, garlic and a touch of soy.

    Anyone for a Sipsmith ? Date published: 04/07/12

    Despite all the rain the British summer season is finally upon us which can only mean one thing - Wimbledon ! It is one of my favourite sporting events of the year and I enjoy nothing more than relaxing watching Mr Murray with a glass of Pimms.

    However this year I have made a new discovery in the form of Sipsmith Summer Cup , a beautifully refreshing alternative to Pimms . Infused with summer fruits , lemon and cucumber combined with lemonade it makes the perfect summer beverage for a warm and sunny day ( we can live in hope ! ) Marry one part Summer Cup and three parts lemonade and your Sipsmith will be complete !

    So when you are enjoying the delights of Roger Federer , Serena Williams and our own Andy Murray this summer , why not accompany your strawberries and cream with a glass of the very English Sipsmith Summer Cup .

    £18 per 50cl bottle

    Wine of the weekDate published: 28/06/12

    Blind River Sauvignon Blanc

    This in my opinion is the best sauvignon blanc we sell for under a tenner.

    The thing that sets this wine aside is the fact that a small proportion of wine is fermented in oak to give an incredible richness you don't get in ordinary NZ sauvignons.

    This method is usually only found in top kiwi wines like Cloudy Bay's 'Te Koko'. This is a must try and a must buy!!!

    £9.99 when you buy 2 or more NZ wines

    single bottle price £12.49

    Wine of the WeekDate published: 20/06/12

    Waimea Pinot Noir

    Grown in Nelson, to the west of Marlborough, on stony loam soils with high sunshine hours and a moderating Maritime influence. The winemaking philosophy blends Old World techniques with pioneering methods now becoming commonplace in the New World.

    An elegant nose of black cherry, rose petal, cranberry and subtle oak with hints of spice. A medium bodied wine with luscious dark cherry, blossom fruits, silky soft tannins, and a generous mouthfeel. An excellent partner to red meat and game dishes or mushroom flavoured sauces. A wine to be enjoyed over the next four years


    (When you buy 2+ N.Z. wines)

    The Sixth SenseDate published: 15/06/12

    Well this is certainly newsworthy, Majestic Wine are now delivering 6 bottles for free on orders over £40. So place your orders now, in-store, over the phone, or on the internet, and you'll soon see Jeff's smiling face, accompanied with your wine of course

    How easy is that!


    Mollydooker.... the king of Shiraz!Date published: 09/06/12

    One of my favourite wines is an outrageous little number called Mollydooker 'The Boxer'. This 100% Shiraz Australian wine is about as big and over the top as a wine can get. With flavours of cassis, jam, eucalyptus, cigar & pepper this wine will appease all shiraz lovers. At 16.5% this is a hot wine however, the alcohol content is not out of balance with rest of the wine. Despite the 16.5% volume and boldness of Mollydooker the only words that can be used to describe drinking it is it's like drinking velvet.

    This is fantastic with a griddled Rib-eye steak or home made burgers on the bbq. The power of this wine even mean you can pair it with spicy foods.

    This wine may seem to some of you as a bit of a novelty wine with all its outrageous traits, however this is a serious wine and Robert Parker scored it 91 points (a score many Bordeaux's would love to be granted)

    We have limited availability of this wine so be quick to avoid disapointment

    Wine of the WeekDate published: 07/06/12

    Muga Rioja Rosado

    This fantastic rose is made by one of Spain's top producers. With hints of fruits of the forest, strawberries and clementines, this rose is incredibly complex and benefits from well-balanced acidity.

    This is a perfect match with Gambas Pil-Pil, or Serrano ham and melon.

    £8.49 when you buy two or more bottles

    What to enjoy on a summer day at the races..Date published: 05/06/12

    If you're looking for something to accompany you for a day at the races then Sipsmith Summer Cup is the beverage for you. Made from natural ingredients such as Earl Grey, Lemon Verbena, and Cucumber, this is an extremely refreshing Summer drink.

    Its a little more concentrated than other known summer cups, which is a bonus because you don't need to use as much. Now, you can add fruit if you like, but it still tastes great with just lemonade and ice.

    All in all a splendid summer tipple from a boutique London distillery.

    Oh and it would be perfect for Glorious Goodwood in just over a months time..


    Fine Wine of the WeekDate published: 01/06/12

    Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2010, Two Hands , Barossa Valley

    Two Hands showcase the wide range of styles available from the Barossa Valley. Intense and complex on the nose with an array of fruit accented by notes of chesnut , chocolate and lavender
    this is Australian Shiraz at it's best.
    Full on the palate and with good texture and length, this wine can be enjoyed immediately or bottle aged for up to 5 years.

    Would compliment grilled meats and peppered steaks very well.

    £18.00 when 2 or more bottles are purchased.
    £22.00 single bottle price when purchased as part of a mixed case.

    Fantastic Offers for the Jubilee WeekendDate published: 30/05/12

    With the Bank Holiday fast approaching we have some tempting offers availlable in store to keep you stocked up this bank holiday weekend!

    Why not crack open a bottle of bubbly to toast her majesty , we still have some wonderful offers on Champagne :

    Nicholas Feuillate N.V - Only £15 !

    Heidsieck Gold Top Vintage 2005 - Only £18 !

    Veuve Cliquot N.V - Only £30 !

    Bollinger Special Cuvee N.V - Only £30 when 6 or more bottles are bought !

    When your tucking into your Coronation Chicken, its only fair you have the perfect wine to accompany it :

    The Giesen Sauvignon Blanc is still on the great offer price of £5.99 !

    However if you'll be enjoying the sunshing (fingers crossed !) and barbecuing some succulent sausages and steak, why not try :

    The Vina Eguia Rioja Reserva at only £5.99 !

    Dont forget if you need a helping hand organising the drinks for the special day Majestic offers a free Party service to all customers. Just pop along into the store or give us a call and we'll be happy to offer you a helping hand.

    We hope you have a wonderful bank holiday weekend just dont forget your all important bubbly !

    fine wine fridayDate published: 29/05/12

    Come down to see us this Friday to taste the fantastic Gnarley Dudes Shiraz from the highly regarded Two Hands Winery. To say this is a great match for grilled meats off the BBQ would be an under statement !

    Wine of the WeekDate published: 25/05/12

    Black Cottage Rose 2011

    Here is a great new Rose from New Zealand producer, Black Cottage, made from a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.

    Estate owner and winemaker David Clouston took his inspiration for this rosé from his time spent making wines in France and Corsica. The delicate style owes more to Sancerre or Provence rosé than it does to the bolder, more vibrant rosés typical of the New World.
    Pale salmon pink, this wine has a gentle and attractive nose of ripe red berries and subtle spice. Light and refreshing, the delicate fruit and crisp acidity fade to a clean, dry finish.
    Chill well and enjoy on its own or with salads or prawn dishes.

    £9.99 when you buy 2 or more New Zealand wines.
    £12.49 single bottle price when purchased as part of a mixed case of six.

    Rose Recommendations...Date published: 23/05/12

    Well, seeing as it feels like we're in the south of France at the moment, I though I'd put forward my Rose picks...

    >From Provence the M de Minuty 2011, we had this on our summer tasting and I think its a great, well-balanced example of Provence rose. £9.99*

    >An alternative to Provence, I would try the Serena Pinot Grigio Rosato from Banfi, light salmon colour, dry, accompanied with lovely subtle summer fruits. £5.99*

    >For the English entry, Chapel Down Rose, slightly more fruit and body than the provence style roses, but a superb summer BBQ wine. £9.99

    >Finally from New Zealand, the Black Cottage Pinot Rose, and by Pinot they mean a blend of Pinot Gris & Pinot Noir. Ripe Red fruit, a hint of spice, another refreshing and actually quite unique Rose from a great NZ producer. £9.99*

    *when you buy 2 or more bottles.

    My Favourite Wines from the Summer Tasting... Date published: 17/05/12

    So my top 3 wines from the Summer Tasting last night, and you can trust me they are all tres bon..

    >Nicolas Feuillatte 2004, and absolute steal at £19, a lovely rich champagne.
    >Chablis 1er Fourchaume, Seguinot-Bordet, if you like your chablis more rounded, like myself, then this is the one for you.
    >Petaluma Coonawarra Red 2008, mature, deep, and hugely complex, a fantastic red that has everything.

    I will admit that these do all fall in the Fine Wine Bracket, but they're worth it!

    Free Wine TastingsDate published: 16/05/12

    If you haven't managed to sign yourself up for our summer tasting this evening, don't worry. We have another Wine Evening in the winter, and we do of course run our wine courses every month, and also have the wine walks to showcase new wines to our range. All are accompanied by food, and are completely free.

    We have also got our wines of New Zealand tasting starting on Friday 25th May, running till Thursday 31st.

    So keep your eye on our web-page as we post all our dates on their, and places to get filled quickly....and we have got a couple days left on our current Italian tasting, so pop in a try a stella Pinot Grigio and lovely rustic Rosso Di Montepulciano.

    Our New Wine of the Week!Date published: 14/05/12

    Wine of the Week

    Gavi La Toledana 2011

    Gavi is one of Italy's best known wines and is ever growing
    in popularity. Produced in the village of Gavi in Italy's
    most famous wine producing region (Piedmont). This wine is
    commonly dubbed as the Chablis of Italy due to its steely
    minerality and hints of pears and honey on the palate
    as well as crisp acidity. This is the perfect match for fruits de la mer!

    £7.99 per bottle (when you buy 2 Italian wines)

    Fine Wine of the WeekDate published: 11/05/12

    MASI Amarone Costasera 2007

    Masi has been run by the Boscaini family for the past six generations, and their wines are rooted in tradition, representing the classic Venetian styles. This Amarone is made by drying the grapes on bamboo racks throughout winter, after which the dried berries undergo a very long fermentation period of around 80 days in total, in a mixture of steel vats and Slavonian oak barrels. Immensely complex, with intense and mature dry fruit aromas. Drink with game, mature cheese, or as a digestif.

    ….and in case you are wondering the grapes used in this classic wine are Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara

    £27.00 when 2 or more bottles are purchased.
    £30.00 single bottle price when purchased as part of a mixed case.

    Avoid red wine because it gives you headaches? There's a solution! Date published: 09/05/12

    Big red wines are my favourite.....in fact the bigger the better, however many people avoid these wines or reds as a whole as they give them headaches from hell. If this sounds like you I have some very good news.

    I grew up in Spain and throughout my early life my choice of wine was anything you want as long as its Rioja (and quite rightly so). Rioja in the nineties and noughties has had a bit of a reputation as being a harbringer of headaches and this is mainly due to the amounts of sulphites found in Spanish wines. Times are now changing though.

    Matsu is a top new producer we have started embracing at Majestic. Their wines are produced in a bio-dynamic way. Bio-dynamic vintification is an alternative way of looking at wine production and focuses on the vineyard as being self-sustainble and how everything done within it affects other areas of wine production and the enviroment in which its producred. So primarily the whole vineyard should act as one organism with everything in balance. This therefore reduces the need to add external substances such as sulphites and pesticides and the only sulphites in the wine are ones that are naturally occuring within the grape and are present in much smaller quantities thus meaning you are less likely to get a headache from the wine!

    Matsu currently produce 3 reds each in a very distinct bottle with a face of a person on the bottle too depict which is the young wine, which is the middle aged one and which is the old one. 'El Picaro' (The Rogue) is a fruity well rounded wine with tonnes of vanilla on the palate and a bargain at £7.99 when you buy 2 or more.

    The mid range wine is called 'El Recio' (The tough one) and is essentially the same wine as 'El Picaro' however has been aged for 18 months in new American oak rather than 3 months like its younger sibling. The result of this is a deep, powerful, finely blanced wine thats silky smooth and the toastiness and vanilla is amplified over 'El Picaro'.

    Matsu do also produce a fine wine and is available in limited quantities (we have a few bottles kicking about if you are quick) it is called 'El Viejo' (The journey) and this will give many top Rioja's a run for their money. With the powerful flavours and nose of cigar box, lavender, deep black cherry and fruits of the forest and Matsu's trademark silkiness and vanilla this is one all fans of big wines have to try!

    I would strongly recommend that any wine lovers that like Shiraz, Rioja, Valpolicella or even Bordeaux give these a try.

    What Makes a Wine....FineDate published: 05/05/12

    We often get asked this question in-store, so here are a few quick pointers:

    If the wine comes from a strict appellation, or wine growing area. The specific regulations imposed can add extra costs such as increased storage costs for longer aging, and the use of certain pruning methods.

    The old standard, scarcity, which can be linked to the point above.

    Hand-picking grapes rather than the using machinery makes a huge difference to quality.

    Grapes grown on old vines, which usually give lower yield, more concentration, and complexity.

    Selecting grapes from the finest vineyards, or the finest single vineyard. Again if the grapes are grown in the best weather and soil conditions they will be far better for it. Good drainage is essential, and often these vineyards aren't easily accessible.

    The care taken by the winery, for example Banfi produce their own oak barrels in order to guarantee the best quality.

    Possibly one of the harder to explain, but put simply finesse. Wine should stir your emotions, especially a fine wine, this doesn't mean it has to be absolutely perfect, but it should give you an experience beyond basic utility.

    If I've missed any, let us know @majesticfarnham

    A Tuscan TreatDate published: 03/05/12

    Tuscany is one of the most famed wine growing regions in the world with many, truly international, visitors. My favourite experience of Tuscany, whilst on my hols last weekend, was a classic food and wine match shared with friends. The wine came from a fairly central part of Tuscany, Montalcino. The most revered wine being, if nobody has already guessed it, Brunello di Montalcino. Fortunately the match we chose came from a town which isn't much more than a stones throw away, Pienza. The drive between the two towns is a real beauty, as are the views from Pienza, which is best know for its Pecorino cheese. This town is a must visit for any cheese lover as there are far to many combinations of pecorino to mention, some with truffles, some peppers, all incarnations. Their olive oil isn't bad either.

    So why not try this match for yourself, a glass of Brunello di Montalcino with pecorino cheese, and maybe some bread and decent olive oil for good measure. Our Brunello from Banfi is great, and their vineyards are beautiful by the way.

    Fine Wine Friday Date published: 30/04/12

    Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir

    We have some wonderful news to bring in the start of May - It's Fine Wine Friday time in Farnham again and we really do have a treat in store for you this month .

    As a great fan of New Zealand Pinot Noir , I have amassed myself quite a selection that I hope I will be enjoying for a long time to come ! The Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir however is a truly outstanding example of New Zealand wine making at it's best, it demonstrates why The Cloudy Bay Estate have such a sought after reputation within the wine industry.

    With an inviting nose of mixed spices and vanilla and a refreshing palate of black cherry and strawberry , the beautifully silky finish makes it very difficult to fault this wine. By matching with a delicious slow roasted pork casserole or a mushroom risotto , this will be food and wine matching at it's best!

    Come down to Majestic Wine Farnham this weekend to sample for yourself this outstanding Pinot Noir , with all this awful weather we have been having this will be the perfect way to banish away those April showers.

    Only £21.99 if 2 or more bottles are bought as part of a mixed case.

    £27.50 if sold as a single bottle as part of a mixed case.

    Highlights from our new set of offers Date published: 29/04/12

    New grape to glass means a brand new set of offers to tempt. Below are a few highlights that I think are particularly great drinking/value.

    Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay 'Terriors d'Altitude'. If there is a better sub £10 Chardonnay I'd like to know about it. Perfectly balanced with a little age this is an absolute steal at £6.99. Hurry though as my wife is sailing through it. Food wise try with some great fish like roasted brill or turbot. I served last week with some guinea fowl that had been scented with thyme, garlic and lemon. A great match enjoyed by all.

    Going up the scale a bit the Cape Crest Sauvignon from New Zealand is one of my favourites, especially when on a deal. I am not a massive Sauvignon fan but the added Semillon and Sauvignon Gris make this a different beast. There is a definite note of grapefruit here which makes for a lovely aperitif or great when served with tuna sashimi which is a Hurd household favourite.

    At long last we have started selling one of the nicest rose produced. We first tried Minuty when down in St Tropez where the winery is based. Delicate light fruits with a floral edge make this the perfect garden wine or try with some home prepared fruits de mer for the perfect lunch.

    On the red front we recently had the Gieson Pinot Noir open. What a cracking bottle for under £11.00 a bottle. Pinot is very difficult to get right but this just sings at you from the glass. The perfect foil for roasted duck.

    When visiting friends a few weeks ago for supper we were served the Ch Bel Air 2007 Pomerol along side a leg of new season lamb. I hadn't actually tasted the wine before then as a recent addition to our range. Perfect marriage I would say. Pomerol is never cheap but at only £14.99 this is a very good bottle. It just shows that even in what was classed as one of the least sucessful vintages of recent years with a little digging what great wine can be found.

    Over to Spain now and in particular Ribera del Douro. Cardela Crianza is a new find for me. We have had it in stock for a little while now but I was away when first opened so I bought a couple of bottles last month. Wow ! This is soft, supple, vanilla scented with some nice dark fruits and a touch of spice. I purchased 24 on the back of tasting it. My wife also has developed a taste for it which means I will have to be sourcing more shortly ! Try grilling some lamb cutlets over the bbq that have been marinated with rosemary, a touch of chilli and garlic. This is a great combo.

    Lastly 2 fizz recomendations for you. The Nicolas Feuillatte 2004 at £19.00 has to be the bargain buy at the moment. Tasted blind one could mistake this for a far more expensive Champagne ! Another current fav is the Moet 2002 vintage at £40. A truly great glass of Champagne from the outstanding vintage that was 2002.

    Staff Picks below £6Date published: 12/04/12

    To make the best of the current offers which finish on the 23rd of this month, we're going to post some staff picks that you shouldn't miss...

    To start things off I've chosen two which are sub £6:

    No doubt the Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc, a fantastic fresh white wine. At £5.99 this is an absolute bargain, its well-balanced, shows citrus and gooseberry aromas, with a crisp clean finish.

    Secondly, the Muriel Reserva Rioja, again at £5.99 this is a great all-rounder. Enjoy on its own or with food, especially if you fancy cooking up a nice Spanish Gabanzo stew.

    Keep checking the web-page, as we'll add more recommendations above £6

    Three great wine choices from our new offers! Date published: 13/03/12

    We have some improved offers effective today including 20% off Spanish Wines! 

    But three of the best have to be:

    Louis Roederer Brut NV Champagne


    Really elegant, complex and tasty champagne! Notes of brioche from lees ageing and honey and toast lead to stone fruit, citrus and nutty yeasty flavours. A long and rewarding finish!


    Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

    £5.99 when you buy two or more bottles.

    A Majestic customer favourite for its easy-drinking, crisp and fresh style. But its notes of elderflower and gooseberry flavours lead to a persistent finish so if you have never had this wine you will realise what great value it is! 


    Muriel Rioja Vendimmia Reserva 2006

    £5.99  when you buy any two Spanish wines.


    This is smooth, medium-bodied and never disappoints. All the hallmarks of good Rioja really... Strawberry fruit, toast, sweet spice and vanilla with well-integrated oak. Can be drunk on it's own, or I like a little Manchego cheese with mine! If you are not already drinking this wine you will be soon! I suggest stocking up at this price!


    So there you go recommendations from your friendly Farnham team! The advice is always on hand.....


    Minimum purchase in store 6 bottles, any mix.

    Tom's aromatic Saturday food and wine choice!Date published: 25/02/12


    So I am already chilling down my white wine for this evening's culinary adventure. I am cooking green thai chicken curry with kaffir lime leaves, sweet thai basil and aubergine. This dish can be fiery if you get generous with the chillies, but it is worth holding back a bit so as not to overpower the wine. The fresher the ingredients the better, and I enjoy a good handful of fresh coriander in there before serving. As it is such an aromatic dish the wine should also be an aromatic one. So I have chosen a wine from Marlborough made by flying winemaker Matt Thomson:

    St Clair Pioneer' Block 21 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2011

    £17.49 or £13.99 when you buy two or more.

    I can't recommend this wine enough.

    The racy acidity cuts through the richness, and creaminess of the curry. The passionfruit, gooseberry, lime and mineral complexity perfectly compliments the citrus and lime in the curry. And a long finish to such a tasty complex wine will have your palate watering for another glass!


    I can't wait to get home and get started! Let's hope my other half indoors has defrosted the chicken and more importantly... not drunk the wine while watching the rugby!

    Something for the weekend by James C.Date published: 24/02/12

    My grandmother is an incredibly stubborn lady and can be seriously hard work in her old age. However she does cook some great German food. (Her taste in wine is not so good with Liebraumilch being her favorite tipple) Most people tend to think of Goulash as a Hungarian dish and they would be right however there are a few continental alternative versions. This recipe is my grandmother's interpretation:

    Fry 2 large onions with around 25 grams of butter. (It is really important to brown them well as this will provide the dish with its sweetness)

    Take around 500g of lean stewing or braising steak and coat them in corn flour and add too the onions in the saucepan. Add 3 cloves of garlic and fry for a further 5 minutes then add 500 ml of beef stock and another 500 ml of water.

    The dish now needs to be cooked over a low heat for around 3 hours and stirred every 20 minutes or so. Towards the end of cooking season with black pepper and salt.

    The dish will become a very rich beef goulash and the beef will melt in your mouth. This dish is simple yet absolutely delicious. I tend to serve mine with Penne like true Hamburger's would.

    To accompany this rich dish I would serve it with a Cabernet Sauvignon such as Thelema or Vergelegen. These will compliment the richness of the dish without overpowering it and vice versa.

    Next week I will be telling you how too cook Selfridge's signature stir fry and what too drink with it!


    Wine of the Week! Vergelegen Reserve Cabernet 2006.. A real gem Date published: 23/02/12


    Vergelegen Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Stellenbosch

    £16.99 or £13.59 when you buy any two South Africa wines.

    We are rarely disappointed by the quality of Vergelegen wines and this Reserve Cabernet 2007 is every bit as good as the previous 2006 vintage. The first impressions of this wine is that it is reminiscent of the right bank Bordeaux wines with its cedar and cassis notes. But this has the ripeness of black fruit to suggest a new world offering.

    The palate is middle-weight and tannins are bold but not overpowering and have a ripe feel. You get a wonderful balance of fruit, vegetal quality, cedar, and smoke and toast on the finish which is long and complex.

    This wine will drink now but would also cellar well over the next 10 years.

    Food match? It's crying out for a joint of beef or if you want a lighter option some cold charcuterie to compliment the tannins and medium weight body.

    This wine is worth every penny!

    It is just one of the versatile South African wines of great quality that we have at Majestic. So come down and explore!


    Minimum purchase in store 6 bottles, 12 for free delivery.



    Team Farnham

    Bargain Hunt updateDate published: 10/02/12

    We have sold out of almost all of our Bargain Hunt wines but here is a updated list of wines that we have left!

    Heritage Road Moonstone Sauvignon Blanc. £3.32

    Domaine Py Merlot £4.66

    All the above are in very limited quanties so first come first served.

    Catena Alta Malbec 2008Date published: 03/02/12

    This weekend we have opened up the fantastic Catena Alta Malbec from Mendoza. This wine was one of the first premium Malbecs to be exported from Argentina, aged in French oak barrels and grapes sourced from the best vines this is a stunning example of a top quality Argentine wine.

    On the nose intense aromas of dark fruits, violet and subtle spices dominate. On the pallet vanilla and tobbaco are married with ripe fruit and black pepper, resulting in a long finish with soft tannins. This wine deserves a char-grilled steak and good company. We think this wine will reward the patient and improve for another 5-10 years but is already drinking extremely well. 

    The Majestic Bargain HuntDate published: 31/01/12

    Our new spring promotion is the perfect time for a bit of a clear-out to make way for 2012's exciting new wines, so we have just knocked a third off the price of loads of bin ends in the first ever Majestic Bargain Hunt!

    We have displayed some of these wines prominently in store and others are dotted around for you to hunt out! Here is a list of some of the wines included in our Bargain Hunt at Farnham, we're sure you'll find some real crackers!

    The Reds

    Chateau La Vicomtesse 2007 Bordeaux


    Cote Rotie Garon 2003


    Clos D'yvigne Le Rouge et Le Noir 2008


    Domaine Py Merlot 2010


    De Martino Carmenere Reserva, Chile


    Domaine Les Yeuses La Soure


    Domaine Pech Rome Tempranillo France


    The Whites

    Weissenkirchen Riesling Austria


    Heritage Road Moonstone Sauvignon Blanc


    Clos D'yvigne Le Prince 2008


    Costero Sauvignon Blanc Chile 2009


    Domaine Les Yeuses Muscat Sec



    Once these stocks are gone they are gone! So take advantage and perhaps throw in a few with your normal case.


    Minimum purchase in store 6 bottles, minimum for free delivery 12 bottles any mix.


    Happy hunting


    Team Farnham


    Fun Wine Facts from the Staff @ Majestic Farnham: No 2Date published: 21/09/11

    This one is from our Assistant Manager Tom:

    Did you know? Baboons are the largest, in both senses of the word, pest to South African vineyards, as they can destroy hectares of vines in one fail swoop. In an attempt to combat this pest, vineyards are known to spread lion dung around their estates, no doubt to give the baboons pause for thought before entering.

    Fun Wine Facts from the Staff @ Majestic Farnham: No 1Date published: 14/09/11

    To get the ball rolling....Will eats chilli con carne for lunch at work almost every day, good wines to match would be young reds, Rioja, Malbec, and Beaujolais.

    You're welcome fellow con carne lovers, and fyi I have it every day, no almost!

    Twitter? We're on it!Date published: 02/08/11

    Just a quick reminder for all you Majestic Farnham fans and customers, we are on twitter. We know that you are all desperate to know what's happening here in store, which interesting wines we are opening on our tasting counter, and hear a range of great witticisms from our team. So keep your finger on the on the pulse and follow @majesticfarnham. Feel free to fire us questions via Twitter as well.

    Farnham Delivery AreasDate published: 05/12/10

    We deliver to Basingstoke,Hartley Witney, Farnborough, Ash,Church Crookham, Thursley, Lower Bourne,Churt, Bordon, Selbourne, Four Marks, Medstead, Bentworth, Upton Grey and all areas within. If you aren't included here just give us a call and we can let you know if we can deliver, or which store would be best for you.

    Here at Majestic Farnham we pride ourselves on our rapid delivery times. We usually deliver within a couple of days, pending stock availability, and can often deliver sooner. If you need a specific delivery time then just ask and we will be happy to provide a 2 hour delivery slot on the day of your choice if it is available.

    Jeff is our regular driver whose has worked at Farnham for over 3 years now and his ability to find the most tucked away of houses is second to none !

    If you are in any doubt about when or where we can deliver, or if you have any questions just call us in store on 01252 711 988!

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    Meet the team...

    • 1. James Hurd Manager

      After spending 15 years working for the family watercress business I decided I wanted to learn more about wine so worked in the restaurant business for 5 years before joining Majestic in 2005. I have been the manager of Woking and Haslemere over the last couple of years and became manager of Farnham in August 2010. The wines we are currently enjoying at home are the fantastic Ramey Chardonnay and Pesquera wines from Spain.
    • 2. Steph Paterson Assistant Manager

      I have been with Majestic for just over a year now with stints in Fleet and Sunningdale and I am thrilled to be joining the Farnham team! I am looking forward to getting to know the customers. I am currently enjoying buttery chardonnays and californian reds and I will never turn down a glass of Champagne!
    • 3. Craig Anderson Trainee Manager

      I started in the company in February in our Weybridge Branch. I am looking forward to meeting you all in Farnham. I am a big fan of Pinot Noir and Loire Sauvignon. Although I have a great love for sweet wines.
    • 4. Bill Thorniley Trainee Manager

      I am fresh out of the University of Surrey and a Surrey boy born and bred. I am excited to join the team and get to know the fine folks of Farnham! I enjoy tasting different wines and I have not been disappointed by the variety of choice here at Majestic! I am looking forward to learning about the wine business.
    • 5. Jeff Fisher Sales Assistant

      Well, where to start - this has to be the best job I've ever had! Driving around wonderful countryside delivering wine and working with some great Majestic people. As an ex-auditor it's rather nice that all customers are very pleased to see me! After 20 odd years of commuting to the City and working in an office, this has to be very near heaven! I must confess to being a real ale fan, but after that anything red or white will do, although very partial to red Californian and a good chablis.

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