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Welcome to Majestic

Harrogate

Contact Information
T: 01423 566 866
F: 01423 566 866
E: har@majestic.co.uk
Opening Hours
Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Hol 10am - 5pm
Store Address
159 Skipton Road
Harrogate
HG1 3EX
United Kingdom

Store facilities

  • Fine wine available
  • Free local delivery
  • Free chiller bin loan
  • Free Wine Courses
  • Free glass loan
  • Free tasting every day
  • Free parking
Store News(200)

Wine tasting at Majestic Harrogate this winterDate published: 13/10/14

Wine tasting at Majestic Harrogate this winter

At Majestic we always have wines open to taste, and from time to time we have special tasting events. Whether they be one off evenings or whole weeks dedicated to wines of a certain region you'll be sure of tasting some great wines. All our tastings are free but we do recommend booking in advance – they are usually very popular, and spaces go quick.

Wines of Italy tasting week, Friday 31st October - Thursday 6th November: Our pick of our range of the Italian wines will be open to try all week, no need to book, just pop in!

Winter tasting evening Thursday 20th November. We will have our favorites from the winter offers open, its quite informal with wines open to taste at every corner of the store. Ring us to book your place.

California Spotlight tasting, 6:30 Thursday 27th November. A whistle stop tour through our pick of our Californian wines. Ring us to book your place.

Wines of California tasting week, Friday 28th November - Monday 1st December: More Californian wines open to taste all week. No need to book, just pop in!

Bordeaux and fine wine spotlight tasting Saturday 6th December. A 3o minute sojourn into our pick of our finest Clarets. Ring us to book your place.

Wines of Bordeaux tasting week, Friday 5th - Thursday 11th December. Super Claret open all week, no need to book, just pop in!

Rhone spotlight tasting, 6:30 Thursday 11th December Spicy Shiraz and bounteous blends, find your favorite winter warmer on this 30 minute tasting. Call us to book your place.

Rhone and Burgundy tasting week Friday 12th - Thursday 18th December Classic French wines open all week. No need to book, pop in and escape the Xmas shopping madness! 


New Wines in Stock!Date published: 06/09/14

We've got some fabulous new wines in store at Maejstic Wine Harrogate! 

Here are our top new picks: 

Fish Hoek Malbec 2014, South Africa Only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more '33% off' wines

Fans of Malbec need to try this South African one! Fruit driven with plenty of black cherry and plum, this wine is made a bit more interesting with the addition of 10% Pinotage. This adds a bit of smoky spice and would be perfect with steak or a rich casserole. Open to try on the tasting counter at the minute, pop in this weekend before it's all gone! 

Mas La Chevaliere Vignoble Peyroli Chardonnay 2012, Laroche £9.74 when you buy 2 or more '25% off' wines

Located in the western Languedoc, this single vineyard site of Peyroli enjoys ripening conditions similar to those in Chablis. It offers white fruit and blossom characters, su[pported by delicate oak spice and fine acidity. 

Chateau les Tonnelles 2011 £6.66 when you buy 2 or more '33% off' wines

An excellent value claret with plenty of ripe berry flavours and smooth tannins. Perfect for the current autumnal weather, this bottle will go wonderfully with lamb cutlets or coq au vin. 


Trebuchet Chardonnay, Western Cape, South Africa £6.66 when you buy 2 or more '33% off' wines 

This other new Chardonnay to our range boasts fresh lime and tropical fruit flavours backed with a complex, dry and crisp finish. Look out for the Trebuchet Red too, both are fantastic value for money and we're sure they'll become firm favourites.


You can place your order online by heading to www.majestic.co.uk or just give us a call on 01423 566 866 and we can organise FREE home delivery for you.




Tasting Counter WinesDate published: 05/09/14

Ben Marco Malbec 2012, Dominio Del Plata, Mendoza 

(£12.74 when you mix and match at least 2 bottles from the 25% off promotion, £16.99 single bottle price)

A complex red with red ripe fruit notes such as cherry, currants and blackberries. This expressive wine has firm, sweet tannin's with hints of vanilla and coffee, giving it a warm lengthy finish. This rich full bodied wine would be the perfect accompaniment for rich casseroles and red meat dishes.

Trebuchet Red 2012, Western Cape

(£6.66 when you mix and match at least 2 bottles from the 33% off promotion)

This red displays a deep garnet-purple colour and offers flavours of ripe blackberries and plums, accompanied by earthy undertones. A great red to be enjoyed with barbecued red meats. 

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 29/08/14

Herringbone Hills Pinot Noir

2010, Marlborough

£8.66 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

(£12.99 single bottle price)

This ripe and intensely fruity Pinot Noir has the distinctive Marlborough trademark of strawberry and red cherry on the palate, with subtle savory notes to match the red fruit flavours.

This Pinot Noir comes from the southern valleys of Marlborough and was named after the geological formation that borders its vineyards, which has a herringbone-bone like pattern created by streams of water running down either side of a central ridge.


Tasting Counter WinesDate published: 21/08/14

Chardonnay Saint Roch 2012, Puy de Dome

(£8.99, buy 2 bottles save 25%, single bottle price £11.99)

An extremely well-structured unoaked Chardonnay that displays subtle acidity and light citrus fruit characters. A very well-rounded and profound chardonnay. The perfect white to accompany white fish such as monkfish or halibut.

Fremondo Greco 2013, Sannio

(£8.49, Buy 2 bottles save 15%, single bottle price £9.99)

Though pale in colour and delicate in aroma, this wine has a well rounded texture and structure, with dense apricot and peach flavour and prominent honeysuckle notes on the nose. Enjoy with hearty seafood dishes such as meaty cod or haddock.                             


Wine Of The Week - Parcel series Shiraz, Clare ValleyDate published: 21/08/14

Parcel Series Shiraz

2012, Clare Valley

£6.66 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

(£9.99 single bottle price)

This bright and vibrantly fruity Shiraz has a distinctly spicy aroma that is lifted by a subtle smokiness. Made by a dynamic collective of young wine-makers based in the outskirts of Adelaide, several vineyard plots are harvested and fermented individually before the blending and maturation process for 10 months in French and American oak.

This Shiraz can be drunk now or can be stored another 2-3 years. Best served with charred lamb kebabs or barbecued pork. 


Sparkling Saturday Date published: 16/08/14

Ruinart NV is open and ready to taste this Saturday!  One of the oldest Champagne houses, founded in 1729, Ruinart was the first house to export Champagne. A classic Champagne that was sought-after and hard to come by. Elegant and subtle; one of the jewels in Champagne's crown.

£33.33 per bottle

Craft beers from around the worldDate published: 15/08/14

Brooklyn Lager (6x355ml, 5.2%)

£9.99 (When you buy 2 or more packs of craft beers, single pack price £12.99)

A robust, amber-gold lager that displays a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. The perfect BBQ lager to be enjoyed with any grilled meats such as pork and or steak. Enjoy it now while the weather lasts!!

Einstok Pale Ale (6x330ml, 5.65)

£10.99 (When you buy 2 or more packs of craft beers, single pack price £13.99)

A smooth malty ale with well balanced hops that displays peach flavors on the palate. A unique beer for those wanting some slightly different. 

Goose Island IPA (6x355ml, 5.9%)

£9.99 (When you buy 2 or more packs of craft beers, single pack price £12.99)

A hop lovers dream with a fruity aroma, off set by a dry malt middle and long hop finish


Wine course selectionDate published: 15/08/14

Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay 2012, Adelaide Hills

(£25.00 fixed price)

This chardonnay proved popular on the wine course due to its subtle oak flavor and hints of citrus. The perfect wine for those that enjoy white wine with a bit body and richness on the palate. A great wine to be enjoyed with meaty white fish such as halibut or roasted pork.

Benegas Malbec 2011, Libertad Vineyards, Mendoza

(£14.24 Buy 2 bottles save 25%, single bottle price £18.99)

This deep dark red displays and abundance of cherry, blackberry and oaky spice on the palate, with a lengthy warm finish. A complex powerful wine for those that enjoy heavy reds. To be drunk with rich casseroles or a big juicy fillet steak.

Tasting Counter WinesDate published: 14/08/14

The Lodge Hill Riesling 2013, Jim Barry, Clare valley 

(£10.62, Buy 2 bottles save 15%, single bottle price £12.49)

A fantastic Riesling that has rich and lifted aromas of citrus fruit and nectarine, with firm natural acidity on the palate supported by flavors of peach and mandarin orange. The perfect wine to accompany shellfish such as scallops or oysters.

Sancerre Vieilles Vignes 2013, Domaine Paul Cherrier et Fils

(£12.74, Buy 2 bottles save 15%, single bottle price £14.99)

An excellent wine that displays classic passionfruit and mineral characters, matched with well-balanced acidity and structure. 

Wine Of The Week - Fitou Date published: 13/08/14

Mademoiselle Jones Fitou,

2012 Domaine Jones

£13.59 Buy2 bottles save 15%

(£15.99 single bottle price)

Lincolnshire-born Katie Jones bought a small hillside vineyard near the village of Maury and began producing a small range of wine with help from Australian wine consultant David Morrison

This concentrated, full bodied red has a myriad of different characteristics on the palate, with raspberry being the dominant fruit flavor. With its smooth lengthy finish and supple tannins this wine would be perfectly matched with a rare steak or matured cheese.


Short term offers!!Date published: 13/08/14

Calling all bargain hunters! come and explore our short term deals on selected wines from various regions! Chosen specifically to suit all palates and preferences. 

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough (£6.99, buy 2 bottles save %33.3, single bottle price £10.49)

Richly tropical on the nose with aromas of lime and lemongrass with distinctive flavors of gooseberry and citrus on the palate. To be drunk with light seafood dishes and canapes.

Montepulciano d' Abruzzo 2013, Grifone (£4.99  buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case, single bottle price £7.49)

A medium bodied wine with plenty of red cherry fruit and soft supple tannins.A perfect easy-drinking wine to paired with paired light pork dishes.

Focus on...Date published: 07/08/14

Gavi Toledana

Made using the Cortese grape, this Gavi was traditionally referred to as 'Gavi de Gavi'. Slightly late harvested, the wine is rich and opulent with the classic freshness that a good Gavi should display. Try it now in store!

Wine of the day- FridayDate published: 25/07/14

Charlotte's Wine of the day.

It's Friday so I'm pushing the boat out and going for one of my all time favourite fine wines.

Amarone Della Valpolicella, Negrar 2010- £19.00 (when you buy 2 or more fine wines or spirits, £24.00 single bottle price). For under £20 this is fantastic value!

This fantastic Amarone is another wine from the Vento region in the northwest of Italy. This wine is a blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes, all native to Italy. To increase the sugar concentration the grapes were dried on straw mats before being fermented and then aged in oak barrels.

Tis wine is an intense garnet colour with complex notes of ripe red fruits and spice. It has intense characteristics of Christmas cake, chocolate and cinnamon, along qwith sweet fruits and spice. The wine is as thick texture and offer soft velvety tannins, wonderfully balanced.

Go on treat yourself or your friends if you are having them round for the evening it won't break the bank but it will give you a fantastic taste. Top tip, if you are having this this evening open it an hour before drinking to let the wine breathe and bring out the full flavours.

Treat yourself! 


Wine of the day- ThursdayDate published: 24/07/14

Charlotte's Wine of the day.

Everybody love's a glass of Rose and I am no exception, I love a light Provence rose. And the Minuty 2013- £9.99 (when you buy 2 or more, £14.99 single bottle price) is brilliant, it is a blend of grenache, cinsault and tibouren. Little is known about the tibouren grape world wide as it is a variety grown almost exclusively in the Provence.

Located on the St Tropez peninsular the Chateau de Minuty vineyard virtually overlooks the Mediterranean. This rose is quintessential of the local style and is hugely popular, and even more so at the offer price it is a must to try this.

This wine is extremely pale in colour almost honeysuckle pink, on the nose it has hints of citrus fruits offset with a few floral characteristics. The fresh acidity and the fruit flavours give it a well rounded finish.

Again this is another perfect party wine for the great weather we are supposed to be expecting. Or partner with fresh shellfish, or my personal favourite a mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato salad whilst sat in the garden watching the sun.

For those who aren't so keen on rose, give this a try and it will try and convert you to another side of wine you need to discover! 


Wine of the day- Wednesday Date published: 23/07/14

Charlotte's Wine of the day.

Argentinean malbec, a perfect easy drinking red. The Mendoza region in Argentina is the perfect terrain for grwoing full-bodied fruity reds due to the steep terrain.

Ben Marco malbec 2012- £12.74 (when you buy 2 two or more, £16.99 single bottle price).

It is slightly more than the previous wines I have chosen for you but with 25% its a bargain in my eyes.

This is made by Susana and Pedro of Dominio del Plata who started their own project together after finding in 1999 that they needed to express their love and dedication to viticulture and wine making. All the grapes are handpicked in the foothills of the Andes.

This wine is a brillaint dep reep with complex ripe red fruits. The most obvious coming through are cherry, blackberry and currants with a hint of vanilla and coffee. Mixed with the fruit and sweet tannins its gives a delightful finish.

Being such a full-bodied wine this would go perfectly with lots of red meats and especially rib-eye steack for all you meat lovers out there.

Enjoy! 


Wine of the day- TuesdayDate published: 22/07/14

Charlotte's Wine of the day.

This wine has become one of my go to wines after going to the Domaine Sainte Rose tasting with fellow members of staff where we got the chance to try this amongst some other fantastic wines. This really stood out as all three grapes in this wine are in my top 3 whites.

Le Marin Blanc 2012- Marsanne, Roussanne and Viogner- £8.49 (when you busy at least two bottles, £9.99 single bottle price).

This winery is situated in the Languedoc and is owned by a lovely couple who put all their effort into ensuring that they make the best wines possible and give us the best quality to keep their customers happy.

A little knowledge, the 'Marin' is a southern wind that blows into the region from the med, it normally brings the rain along too. However, this wine is suitably named after the 'Marin Blanc' which is far more desirable as it is the same wind just without the rain and far more favorable growing conditions for the grapes.

This wine has great balance between the acidity and the freshness of the fruit, it gives melon, pear and pineapple aromas on the nose and also o the palate. This is a wonderfully, well balanced crisp wine.

This can either be drunk on it's own or with some lovely smoked cheese (perfect!). 


Celebrate With Us!Date published: 22/07/14

To celebrate the 1st Birthday of our new website we have some cracking offers on some great wines for one week only!

Ned Sauvignon Blanc £6.99

Pouilly-Fume Jean Vincent £9.99

Les Galets Cotes Du Rhone £5.66

Vallee Des Pind Provence Rose £6.66

And remember, these are on offer for 1 week only so pop in store, give us a call or go online now to order some of your favourites at celebratory prices!

Wine of the day- Monday Date published: 21/07/14

Charlotte's Wine of the day.

Over the next week you will see my favourite wines of the day which will hopefully appeal to you and get you to try something new! They are also on really great offers at the moment.

It's Monday and everyone needs cheering up, so I'll start with one of my favourites. Everyone knows I can't resist a good sparkling, so I have chosen La Marca Conegliano NV. £9.99 (when you buy at least 2 bottles, £14.99 single bottle price).

Prosseco is becoming more and more popular amongst wine drinkers and the weather we are having at the moment only improves on that.

The La Marc winery is located in the well known region of Veneto in Oderzo. This members of this co-operative own about 8,00 hectares both on the hills and the plains giving great choice. Furthermore with the use of advanced technologies it has enabled the wine makers to have a consistent flavour wine and continually improve the quality.

This wine is made using the tank method which has given it a pale straw-like colour with a fine mousse but with the great fruit flavours of apples and pineapples.

This is a perfect party wine, to celebrate all those graduations that are happening at the moment or to be more elegant a light lunch would compliment this perfectly.  


Wine Of The Week - Picpoul VillemarinDate published: 17/07/14

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2013 Côteaux du Languedoc

Only £5.99 When You Buy 2 Bottles & Save 15%!

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.

Drink with fresh oysters, whitebait or grilled sardines.


French OffersDate published: 16/07/14

We like to treat our customers to some great deals but this time we have gone one step further!

Mont Saint Jean Corbieres is now £4.99 and Villemarin PicPoul de Pinet £5.99

These wines are a real favourite and great value. Both would be perfect for those summer parties we know you love to have. Or equally just having a glass in the garden on these wonderful summer nights we seem to be having. 

These are on offer until 4th August. 

Enjoy!  

Free Wine courseDate published: 15/07/14

Always wanted to learn more about wine but worried about the people you may meet?

Then why not come to our free wine course, a beginners guide to the world of wine. We will take you through a brilliant selection of whites and reds and even throw in a sparkling! There will also be a bit of food and wine matching.This is a perfect opportunity for anyone wanting to get into wine in a really friendly open environment (no question is a wrong question). You can take as much or a little information from the evening. but we will do our best to teach everyone something new! 

Say yes now and come and join us in the world of wine. 

To book your place visit us in store, send us an email or give us a call. 

Har@majestic.co.uk or 01423 566866


Tour de France comes to Harrogate!Date published: 20/06/14

We're really excited that the Tour de France is coming to our area of the world! 

On Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July the tour will be coming through Harrogate and this will affect how easy it is to pop into our store. 


Saturday 5th July

We will be open all day, however, at times it will be difficult to drive to us and we will be unable to offer our usual delivery service. If you don't want to drive, feel free to walk in and explore our great wines or just give us a call.

Sunday 6th July - Store closed

The tour goes directly past the store this day and our road is closed. We have therefore taken the decision to close the store this day. We'll be open as usual from Monday 7th July. If you need to get hold of someone at Majestic on Sunday 6th the nearest store, unaffected by tour road closures, is Ripon - majestic.co.uk/ripon.

Wine Of The Week: Kings Legacy 2011 ChardonnayDate published: 03/06/14

The King's Legacy 2011

Price: £9.99 buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

(£14.99 single bottle price)

Grape: Chardonnay

Origin: Sourced from two vineyards in the Malborough region. One from a mature plot in the Wairau valley and the second from much younger vines in Brancott valley.

Grapes have been fermented in large French oak casks with wild yeasts and then allowed 10 months on lees.

Taste: On the nose this wine has nectarine and lemon notes with a hint of butter and creaminess. This follows on to the palate giving a balanced and complex wine.

Match: This wine can be drunk on its own or for a food match why not try with a creamy pasta dish or a chicken dish.


Last Chance SaloonDate published: 28/05/14

This is your final week to grab our selection of 33% off wines, including Oyster Bay @ £7.99, Gavi Toledana @ £7.99 and Minute Rose @ £9.99! Don't miss out, call or pop in before Tuesday 3rd!

Mud HouseDate published: 27/05/14

We have just received a very small allocation of Mud House Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand! priced at £6.66 it is by far the most popular wine we are stocking at the moment. If you miss out, good news, there is plenty more on it's way to us! Reserve yours now by calling 01423 566866!

Tasting CounterDate published: 27/05/14

Tomorrow see's us open up a fresh selection of wines for the week. Rose's, red's and white's will all be available to taste at any time! Just pop in and see what we have to offer!

Tasting News!Date published: 27/05/14

Don't forget that on Saturday 7th June we have our New Zealand themed tasting at 3pm. Call us now to sign up on 01423 566866!

Wine Of The Week - Mud House Sauvignon BlancDate published: 17/05/14

Pop in store today to try this great value for money sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. This is a steal for £6.66!!

25% off- offers. Date published: 12/05/14

25% Off - Offers

Here are just a few of the great wines we have with 25% off. Here are a selection of fantastic deals and a few staff favorites in there that we just couldn't resist. With a choice of red, white and rose you won't be short of things to try over the summer!

Ben Marco Malbec 2012-  £12.74 (£16.99 single bottle price) 

Passimento 2011- £8.99 (£11.99 single bottle price) 

Oxford Landing Chardonnay 2013- £5.99 (£7.99 single bottle price) 

Symbiose Piquepoul Sauvignon Blanc 2013- £6.74 (£8.99 single bottle price) 

Etoile de Mer Rose 2013- £8.99 (£11.99 single bottle price) 


Mix and match 2 or more of any of these and get the great 25% off!! 

 

Don't forget to book your FREE place at our Summer wine evening Thursday 22nd May 6.30pm to try a fantastic array of wines!

Speak to a member of our friendly staff to confirm your place!


Wine of the Week - Wave Series Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 11/05/14

Wave Series

£6.66 (buy two bottles save 33.3%)

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage: 2013

History: This comes from the wine maker and avid surfer Sebastian Labbe, who originally from Chile moved to New Zealand to make the most of both of these skills. The wave series was inspired not only by his love for the waves but also by the Pacific Coast's influence on the Chilean terrior.

Taste: This is a very typical Chilean Sauvignon. A crisp and clean wine, on the nose intense aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry and a hint of refreshing lime. Light and easy drinking, well balanced this is perfect for a glass in the afternoon.

Drink with: This is perfectly suitable for drinking on its own or great with seafood, green salad or goats cheese.  


Upcoming events Date published: 05/05/14

Wine Tastings at Majestic Harrogate

Summer Wine Evening

Thursday 22nd May 6.30pm

Join us for our annual summer party! With an extensive range of reds and whites to taste, this is a great opportunity to try something new and exciting!

Wine Course

Thursday 12th June 6pm

Join us for an exciting evening of wine! You will get opportunity to try a variety of wine; 3 reds, 3 whites and a sparkling. The course gives you the chance to learn about the wines and the opportunity to ask question as well as having a fun evening.

All tastings are FREE but spaces are limited so please sign up for a place to avoid disappointment!


Wine Of The WeekDate published: 22/04/14

Miraval Rose 2013

£17.99


Most famous for being the flagship wine produced at the estate Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie purchased in 2009, the inaugrial 2012 vintage was the first rose to make it into the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines. 

Delitcate strawberry and raspberry flavours give was to a long, lingering finish that only the very top wines of Provence can produce. Strictly limited in quantity, this wine will not be around for long, so please, don't be disappointed! 

Last Chance SaloonDate published: 22/04/14

Currently 33% off our Pick n Mix until 7pm Monday 28th April!


Plus, love the Minuty? Well grab one of the limited edition magnums in store now! £25 each whilst stocks last!

Easter Opening HoursDate published: 10/04/14

Friday 18th April - usual opening hours 

Saturday 19th April - usual opening hours

Sunday 20th April - closed

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

Spring Wine Evening- 22nd May 6.30pmDate published: 08/04/14

Al;ways wanted a chance to try a range of the fantastic wines we have to offer?

Then why not come and join us for an evening of tasting, food and great company.There will be a selection of reds, whites and sparkling for you to taste along with a few nibbles to compliment the wines. 

It is completely free we just ask that you book to avoid disappointment as places are filling up fast. 

*** 22nd May 6.30pm or 7.30pm*** 

In our Harrogate store. 

To book your place call us on 01423 566866 or email us at Har@majestic.co.uk




Just AddedDate published: 08/04/14


4 fantastic new wines added to the Pick n Mix 33% off! Plus a great parcel of rose wine to get your teeth stuck into...

LFE Gran Reserva Chandonnay @ £7.33

LFE Gran Reserva Merlot @ £7.33

Cune Reserva @ £9.33

Prosecco Corte Alta @ £6.66


All with 33% off, but only whilst stocks last!


Focus On Fine WineDate published: 03/04/14

Focus On Fine Wine

Cune Imperial Reserva 2007

Only £17.00 when you buy any 2 selected Fine Wines

Grape: Tempranillo, Graciano, Muzuelo

Vintage: 2007

Origin: 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 around.

Taste: Fine garnet colour with terracotta tinge. Vanilla notes on the nose, with sloes, mulberries and spice. Stewed currant fruit on the palate, dry and elegant with great richness and a fine long finish.

Wines of SpainDate published: 03/04/14

With the Spanish tasting week between 4th and 10th April, there has never been a better time to explore the wines of this diverse country. 

Whilst Spain is well known for it's Tempranillo based wines from famous regions such as Rioja, more up and coming regions such as Toro and Ribera del Deuro are not to be missed out on. Spanish whites are in fact more commonly planted than red varieties, with a range of native varieties such as Macabeo, Verdejo and Albariňo now also growing in popularity with the international market.

With wines ranging in style from easy drinking inexpensive styles to more expensive age worthy wines, there is something to suite all palates and occasions!

Wine of the week: Vinalba Malbec ReservadoDate published: 02/04/14

Vinalba Reservado

£7.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case (£11.99 single bottle price)

Grape: Malbec

Vintage: 2012

Region: Mendoza

Taste: With its ripe dark plum fruits, dark chocolate and mocha with soft tannins. The flavours in this wine linger for a long time.

Food match: Try with peppered steak or lamb for an ideal match.


Wine Tastings at HarrogateDate published: 01/04/14

Pop in store from Friday 4th April until Thursday 10th April for our Spanish themed tasting week, where the wines on display here, plus many more, will be open for you to taste!


Plus, always wanted to know a little bit more about the wines we have open to taste? Well why not come along to our FREE tasting counter tutorial being held this Saturday at 3pm here in store. One of the expert staff will guide you through all that is open to taste and answer any of those questions you've always wanted to ask.


Sign up in store today and don't miss out!

Party PlanningDate published: 22/03/14

Don't forget, we offer a full party service for all your gatherings! Free glass hire, free chiller bin hire, ice and free delivery to your doorstep or location of party! Call us now on 01423 566866 to take the strain off your party planning. 

Fine Wine FocusDate published: 21/03/14

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a fine wine tasting by Lay and Wheeler, an area of Majestic that deal primarily with en primeur and classic fine wine. The tasting consisted of a vertical of Ch Langoa Barton (96, 98, 00, 05 and 08 vintages) along with a horizontal of Domaine Montille, consisting of Beaune 1er Cru, two Volnay 1er Cru's, a Pommard 1er Cru and a Corton Grand Cru, all taken from the much underrated 2006 vintage. 


An eye opener to say the least, the tasting really showed off what you can experience in your glass with the right advice and a little patience. 


Here in Harrogate we aim to deliver on this everytime, whether your looking at wine for drinking now or laying down.


Pop in store to experience what we have on offer and what we have on our tasgting counter, which is always stocked with wines for your pleasure. 

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 19/03/14

Peter Lehmann Shiraz

2012


£7.99

(as part of the 33% off Pick n' Mix)

Known as the 'Baron of Barossa', Peter Lehmann is one of Australia's most well loved winemakers. A man that has tried his hand at all grapes, it's his Shiraz that still shows off why he is so well regarded.

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. 


Ned @ £6.99Date published: 14/03/14

Until Tuesday 18th March you can get hold of everyone's favourite New Zealand Sauv Blanc at the bargain price of £6.99! Call us now on 01423 566866 or pop in store to avoid disappointment! 

Focus on...Date published: 10/03/14

Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Grifone 2012

£4.99

Grape: Montepulciano

Country: Italy

Taste: Fresh cherry and blackcurrant with a soft finish and very smooth tannin

  

Short Term Offer!Date published: 28/02/14

Portillo Malbec 2011Only £6.66 Per Bottle, When You Buy 2 Or More

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

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

Try this with a lightly spicy lamb and date tagine.

*Available 33% off on ALL Malbec until 03/03/14

Wine of the week: LFE Seleccion Especial Malbec Date published: 25/02/14

Luis Felipe Edwards Seleccion Especial Malbec 2012

£5.99

When you buy at least two bottles

(£8.99 single bottle price)

This Chilean Malbec due to its unique climate and terrain allows it to rival its neighbouring region of Argentina which usually takes the limelight for Malbecs. Chile is less reliant on a altitude for it's cool growing conditions for the grapes, due to the persistent sea breezes to moderate temperatures.

With its intense violet colour and its strong aromas of blackberries and plum, with some subtle undertones of vanilla. The palate is smooth and juicy, again with blackberries, plum and blueberries. Giving it a weighty and satisfyingly long finish.

This would be a great match with many red and white meats., or for something a little different match with sweetly spiced Mexican or Cajun dishes.


Special Parcel!Date published: 22/02/14

A great new parcel from New Zealand. The Delegat wines come from the fantastic 2009 vintage and is offered in a traditional Bordeaux blend of Cab Sauv and Merlot and also as a straight Merlot. Order online to get this one off wine now, before it runs out!

Getting Married?Date published: 19/02/14

We here in Harrogate Majestic know how stressful planning your big day can be! Trust me, we've been through it ourselves! That's why we're on hand to make sure things can go as smooth as possible when it comes to your drinks reception. We all know that everyone loves a glass or two, but what do they like, how much should you get and when's best to get it? Well, we have the answers to all your questions. Just pop in at any point to speak to us or you can give us a call on 01423 566866 and tick another job off that big list! 

Focus on...Date published: 17/02/14

Producer: Rustenberg Winery

Country: South Africa

Vintage: 2011 (Good growers got the best results, with careful production methods yielding the best results)

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Price: £8.99 (under the 33% Pick n Mix offer)

Open to taste from tomorrow until, well, until it's gone!

Wine Of The Week- Wither HillsDate published: 11/02/14


Wither Hills

Sauvignon Blanc 2012

£6.66 when you buy 2 or more

(£9.99 single bottle price)

Wither hills winery has only been established for 20 years but has fast become one of Marlborough's best known wineries. Owning vineyards right across the the region it gives them a chance, especially in this Sauvignon to give us a snapshot of the whole region, being blended from a range of parcels.

On the nose it gives the typical intense aromas of gooseberry, guava and passion fruit. The palate gives a well-balanced feel and elegance with a mouth watering acidity with some some lovely grapefruit notes leading to a long finish with great intensity.

Match with goats cheese or fresh oysters for a fantastic combination.


Wine Regions of ArgentinaDate published: 07/02/14

Wine Regions of Argentina

Mendoza

By far the most famous and important region in Argentina in terms of wine production. The total area under vine exceeds that of Australia and New Zealand combined. The most famous wines coming from Argentina are those made using the Malbec Grape variety, Famous examples from this region being Vinalba and Catena. Mendoza being situated in the West of the country is amongst the foothills of the Andes. This allows many of the vineyards to be planted at high altitudes enabling a high amount of sunshine whilst still maintaining a cool temperature.

Example: Tucumen Malbec £10.99 (buy 2 save 33%) £7.32

Uco Valley

A sub-region of Mendoza it shares many of the similar characteristics as Mendoza, The high altitude along with A large variation in day and night temperature. These climate and geographical elements come together to provide excellent fruit ripening and concentration, developing colors, aromas, flavors and textures resulting in wines that are deep in color, intense in aromas and rich in flavours.

Example: Rusta 40 £20 buy 2 save £10 = £15

Lujan de Cuyo

Another sub-region of Mendoza situated to the west of Mendoza. It was the first delineated appellation in Argentina for the purposes of wine production in 1993. famed for it's Malbec there are also some other great wines coming out of the region such as wines produced from the Torrontes grape. producing fresh, aromatic wines with moderate acidity, smooth texture and mouthfeel as well as distinctive peach and apricot aromas on the nose.

Example: Vinalba Torrontes £9.99

San Juan

The second largest production area in Argentina. The climate in San Juan is semi-desert so relies heavily on irrigation. Some of the best wines from this region are the Viognier's that display a rich stone fruit character and a strong floral edge.

Example: Las Moras Viognier £7.99


Wine CourseDate published: 06/02/14

Interested in wine? Want to learn a bit more?

Then why not come and join us on one of our free wine courses. You will get to try a great mix of reds, whites and sparkling wines and hopefully learn something you didn't know whilst in great company. 

**Thursday 13th February** 

Places are filling up quickly, so give us a call on 01423 566866 to avoid disappointment.

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

Come in store and take a look at our February Pick'N'Mix wines. Get 33% off two or more of the wines in our selection. 

We have a great choice, ranging from Argtentinian Malbecs, Regional French reds, Rioja's, to Chardonnay's from around the world. Also we have great offers on sparkling wines and champagne. So we have something for everyone!

The Pick'N'Mix wines start from £5.99, so why don't you come and take a look at what we have to offer you. Either visit us in store, order online or give us a call. 

Offers ends 3rd March.

Tasting News!Date published: 05/02/14

This Friday see's the start of our Argentinian tasting week. On Saturday at 3pm we'll be running a 'Spotlight Tasting' for 30 mins in store, details of which can be found in our events section. Feel free to pop along though anytime to sample what Argentina has to offer!

This Year's Fashion...Date published: 03/02/14

Long has Sauvignon Blanc been the fashionable grape of the white wine world, but all the time the red side of the vineyard has struggled to match it's popularity with one grape. Merlot has always been popular, shiraz the same, but at last there seems to be a new kid on the block. Malbec has been around for a long, long time. Only in the last few years have the South American Malbec's become popular. But it seems that their popularity is to reach a whole new level this year. More and more consumers are turning towards the grape for reliability, taste and, of course, value for money. Want to know why? Well pop in store now as we have a huge selection of Malbec's from around the world with 33% off! And I'm sure we'll have a few open to taste as well... 

Great Alternatives!Date published: 01/02/14

Lots of supermarkets and grocers are pushing the 'Money Save Idea' at the moment. How to make your roast go further etc have got the country thinking...how can you have meals just a good but at less cost? Well, why can't the same be adapted to wine? It got us thinking, if we had to have an alternative to our favorite's, what would they be?...

Chablis: Why not try a Gavi? Currently starting at £6.99 a bottle, this 'Chablis of Italy' will give you those great characteristics of Chablis but a a fraction of the price!

Champagne: A well documented alternative is Prosecco, which, with it's fresh fruit and light body, can be a fantastic fizz. But, if it's those champagne characteristics you desire, why not try the Lindauer range from New Zealand? Starting at £9.33, they come in pretty much half the price!


Stay tuned for more of our recommendations of how to drink like a king on a jesters budget!

Last Chance SaloonDate published: 31/01/14

Until 7pm on Monday you can still get your hands on this years Bargain Hunt wines! After that it's bye bye until next year I'm afraid! Pop in or give us a call on  01423 566866 to secure your stock!

Bargain of the Year?Date published: 31/01/14

We've just opened the Arrowfield Chardonnay and Semillon. Talk about a real steal! They both drink like wines far beyond their price tag (£7.99 and £6.99 respectively). Not convinced? Pop in and try them over the weekend!

Ned Price Increase!Date published: 30/01/14

This is your last chance to get Ned Sauv Blanc on offer at £7.99. From next Tuesday Ned will go up in price and no longer be on offer. Order yours today b y calling us on 01423 566866.

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 23/01/14

Berberana Gran Reserva 2006£8.99 Special Offer!


Founded in 1877 the Bodega in Cenicero in the Rioja Alta is now a modern winery, with cellaring facilities housing over 50,000 barrels, and this is where Berberana Gran Reserva is matured for a minimum 3 years in American oak cask and a further 3 years in bottle.
Ruby red colour with tawny hues. Subtle aromas of ripe dark cherries and strawberries. Smooth and full-bodied palate, with luscious fruit laced with vanilla, cloves and dried fruits.
Enjoy with roast meats, pastas, tomato dishes, barbecues and game.

Wine Of The Week - Black Cottage Pinto GrisDate published: 15/01/14

Black Cottage Pinot Gris 2013, New Zealand.

£12.49 or buy any 2 New Zealand wines and get 20% off, £9.99

Winemake David Clouston sources this Pinot Gris from several selected plots in Marlborough's Wairau and Awatere Valleys. The grapes are harvested at night, this preserves the wine's freshness and pure fruit characteristics. This fresh fruity style is further supported by a long, cool fermentation.

This is an off dry style of wine, with a delicious honeyed aftertaste. The nose displays aromas of grapefruit and a crisp minerality, with a fruitier edge of melon and pear on the palate. The honeyed sweetness makes this an ideal wine to partner spicy Asian dishes or soft ripe cheeses.


Wine Of The WeekDate published: 08/01/14

WINE OF THE WEEK

Berberana Reserva 2008£6.99 Special Offer - Down From £10.99

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

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

A good choice for roasted red meats such as lamb, or with stews and casseroles.

Majestic Bargain Hunt!Date published: 02/01/14

From tomorrow the Majestic Bargain hunt starts, its like our January sale, with a third off selected lines. 

These lines our our 'bin ends' and we have to clear them before the new lines come in for spring. With a third off when you buy any two (or more) of the selected bottles, perk up your January with some of these great wines. 

We love the Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc and the Banfi Sangiovese, but at these prices we suggest you try them all!  

Stocks are limited so get in quick and make the most of these bargains.

Twelve wines of Christmas: Wine 12 - Merry Xmas Everyone from Majestic HarrogateDate published: 23/12/13

To totally spoil yourself this Christmas we recommend Krug, Martel XO and the Jim Barry Armagh, super-prime examples of fantastic wines!

In this festive season, as always, we have fantastic wines to wow every palate and please every pocket. 

The team here in Harrogate would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy new year, and we hope to see you very soon.

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.

Twelve wines of Christmas Wine 11 - a digestif!Date published: 21/12/13

When the melee of christmas day ebbs and all is left is your favorite family members and a stack of pressies its time to reach for something comforting and contemplate 2013. For quiet fireside drinking we love the Masi Amarone, deep, complex and raisiny it is the perfect antidote to a busy Christmas morning and the perfect settler after dinner. It would be great at fighting off the January chills and fantastic as a gift. 

Twelve wines of Christmas: Wine 10 a sweet treatDate published: 20/12/13

The best drink to compliment dessert has a sweetness to match the pudding. For a well balanced wine this sweetness should be matched by a good level of acidity which will keep the wine crisp and complex. We have a range of sweet wines to match all manner of different desserts.

Classic dessert wine match is Sauternes with Tarte tatin, but here's some more festive suggestions...

With chocolate log, we love the Elysium Black Muscat

and with Christmas Pudding we love the Triana PX; super sweet, with delicious raisin notes.  

Twelve wines of Christmas: Wine 9 - A red for TurkeyDate published: 18/12/13

To match turkey and all the trimmings I would recommend a fruity  Pinot Noir. For the fruitiest try one from New Zealand or Chile but for a true classic red wines from Burgundy would be the best, and if you find them to austere we have a few with Gamay in the blend, which brings fruitiness.

Try the Ned Pinot Noir or for a real treat we love the Beaune Premier Cru.


Twelve wines of Christmas: Wine 8 - Super with a Salmon Starter Date published: 17/12/13

If you are having smoked salmon (or any of oily fish) as your starter on Christmas day we recommend pairing it with a zingy, fresh and fruity New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Why? Because the fresh flavour will work well with the smoked flavour and the zingy acidity of the wine will cut through the oily fish - just like a squeeze of lemon would!

We love the Vavasour Sauvignon or for a real treat the St Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon. 

Twelve wines of Christmas: Wine 7 - Start the big day in styleDate published: 14/12/13

Start the big day in style with Champagne

We love the Pol Roger Reserve £34. A rich style of champagne with a soft mousse.

Ruinart Rose, £45, if you love rose this is delicious.

We have  a wide range of styles, branded champagne and we should be able to fine you the perfect bottle for seasonal celebrations! Pop instore or visit our website majestic.co.uk  

Twelve wines of Christmas: Wine 6 - The dinner party starDate published: 13/12/13

Wine number six is perfect to delight your guests at a dinner party, or great if your having beef for Christmas dinner. 

The Angel's Share Shiraz not only has an extremely festive name but would be delicious with a rare beef wellington. It's a true Aussie shiraz; it is full of flavour and packs a real punch. Great for sharing with friends. 

DeliveriesDate published: 10/12/13

We're still running our normal schedule at the moment. To remind everyone below is a list of the postcodes we cover and the days we deliver there. Any further queries give us a call on 01423 566866.


HG1, HG2, HG3 - Daily basis

Any BD postcode and LS21, LS17, LS29 - Tuesday and Thursday

Any YO postcode and HG5, LS22, LS23 - Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Twelve wines of Christmas: Wine 5 - The hangover cure!Date published: 06/12/13

So not actually a wine, but you can pick up most of the ingredients here at Majestic. Worth keeping the ingredients to hand to bring you round after partying hard the night before!

The perfect Bloody Mary is a hotly debated topic. Tweak ingredients to taste and add your own garnish -whether its a retro celery stick or a basil leaf. 

It's great as a hangover cure because tomato juice is packed full of vitamin C and the spice of the Tabasco sauce encourages the brain to release endorphin for instant feel good!

To make the perfect Bloody Mary stir together 2 ice cubes, a good measure of Vodka, the juice of half a lemon, 6 dashes Worcestershire sauce, 3 dashes Tabasco sauce (or more to taste) and 150ml tomato juice. To finish add your garnish of choice, a god grind of Black pepper and - to make it extra special - a small tot of dry sherry.

We stock the Big Tom tomato Juice, a rich and spicy tomato juice, £2.99 a bottle

As for a Vodka, we love the Sipsmith Barley Vodka, super smooth to offset the sharp cocktail, £27 per bottle

We also love the La Gitana Manzanilla, super dry with a slight saltiness, it would really make your Bloody Mary special! £7.99



Twelve wines of Christmas: Wine 4 - Perfect Party ProseccoDate published: 05/12/13

Planning a party over the festive period? Whether its a midweek gathering  or a massive party for many friends. We've got some excellent fruity prosecco to bring the bubbles to any gathering.

We love the La Marca Conegliano Valdobbiadene, which is £9.99 in our save 1/3 on selected fizz offer. Dry but still bursting with peachy fruit. 

Fancy something with a little sweetness? The Prosecco Zonin, £7.99 in our save 1/3 on selected fizz offer. 

For a really special occasion we also have a great selection of Champagnes (see later in our Twelve wines of Christmas for more details of these)    

Wine of the Week - Vina Eguia Gran ReservaDate published: 04/12/13

This is a fine example of Spain's flagship red wine. Made from the Tempranillo grape and aged in French Oak for 24 months, being left for a further 36 months in bottle prior to release.
This wine is ruby red with a brick rim. Mature fruit flavours of raisin, prune and caramel complimented by sweet spice flavours of vanilla, clove and leather. A sumptuous silky mouth feel and a good length make it a very pleasant wine indeed.  
Ideal with slow-roast lamb

Twelve wines of Christmas: Wine 3 - Gifts for far away friendsDate published: 02/12/13

Are you missing friends who are far away this Christmas? Our stores offer free delivery to any UK mainland address, you can order online, call into your local store or phone their local store to arrange gift box delivery. 

We provide pre-mixed cases like our Festive Favorites which includes a great mix of 12 bottles of old world classics or our Winter Classics 12 bottle case which its brimming with our favorites and top sellers at this time of year. Our friendly, knowledgeable teams can also suggest wines based on what you know your friends love and help to put together a unique, hand-picked case just for them. 

So whoever you might be missing, share the seasonal spirit with a Majestic Christmas gift! 

Wine of the Week - Yalumba Y series ViognierDate published: 28/11/13


Yalumba Y Series Viognier is a pale gold with green hues. The aroma offers intense white flowers and honeysuckle, with hints of apricot nectar. The palate is rich and very long and ripe, with citrus and tropical fruit flavours. Typical of this grape variety it has a delicious complexity but is still finely balanced with fruity flavours and a creamy texture from lees aging.

The Barossa Valley has some of the oldest vines in the world and is home to Yalumba, founded in 1849. Yalumba has had considerable success with the rare and aromatic Viognier grape.

This would match slightly spicy food, Moroccan Tagine or a creamy curry.

£9.99 or £7.99 when you buy with any other Aussie wine


Twelve wines of Christmas: Wine 2 - Celebrate your decked halls!Date published: 28/11/13

What better to welcome Christmas into your house than with tinsel, lights and a large glass of Viognier. We love this grape, its peachy soft and delicious, with just enough acidity to give it freshness.

The Laurent Miquel Nord Sud Viognier is a real treat, a good slice of South of France sunshine in a glass. It's great as an aperitif and also great with grilled chicken dishes.  


Twelve wines of Christmas: Wine 1 - To revive the tired Xmas shopperDate published: 25/11/13

After a hard day battling through the packed city center, nothing is better than putting one's feet up with a delicious glass of wine. 

We recommend the Tucumen Malbec, it is fruity and delicious with warming notes of aniseed. Perfect to melt away those winter chills.

Lots of malbec is at its best when paired with beef, but this one sings quite happily on its own.

Christmas opening hours!Date published: 22/11/13

With only four Fridays left til the big day we thought we'd give you the nod as to when we will be open over the Christmas period.

From the 9th of December through to Christmas Eve we will be opening at 9am -except on Sundays when we will open at 10am 

On weekdays we will shut at 8pm, Saturdays we shut at 7 and Sundays we shut at 5pm.

Do be sure to get your Christmas shop in early on Christmas Eve; we will be shutting at 5pm.

We will be closed on Christmas day and Boxing Day, reopening on the 27th from 10am -8pm.

From the 28th until New Years Eve we resume normal hours.

On New Years Eve we will open at 10am shutting at 5pm. 

We are closed on New Years Day.

Normal opening hours will resume on 2nd January - ready to restock your cellars for 2014.


Don't be confused! You can call and leave us a message when we are closed or order online anytime of day or night at www.majestic.co.uk

Hope you have a super run up to Christmas and we look forward to seeing you at our store soon. 

Wine of the week : LFE Gran Reserva MerlotDate published: 15/11/13

LFE Grand Reserva Merlot 2011

Chile

£7.99

When you buy two Chilean wines

Single bottle price £9.99

Originating from vineyards in Colchagua Valley, this red varietal is a great example from one of Chile's most celebrated vineyards. Made with only the best hand picked Merlot grapes, this wine has been aged for 12 months in 30% new French and American oak barrels contributing to a soft and rounded, long lasting finish.

Plush red and black fruit flavours of strawberry, cherry and blackberry form the backbone of its taste, whilst subtle notes of vanilla and green tobacco leaf overlay its soft ripe tannins.

Do try and utilise this wines great sense of volume and food match with a rich aubergine lasagna.....we do it all the time!


Cool Californian winesDate published: 08/11/13

It's Californian Tasting Week instore and we've got some great wines open to taste. 

Californian wines are as diverse as the state itself. Cool climate grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir suit the northern regions of the state like Carneros and Sonoma; while the hotter regions like Paso Robles have the heat to make super ripe and fruity Cabernet Sauvignon.

We love the McManis Viognier, their vineyards are east of San Francisco - from a town called Ripon - surely worth a visit if only to compare to our fine Yorkshire city! This Viognier is bursting full of fruit with a great oaky smoky kick and a subtle hazelnut note on the aftertaste. 

For a red we love the super smooth Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel, typical for a Zinfandel this is bursting with blueberry, plum and black cherry flavours with a touch of sweet spice and vanilla flavours. A super wine for enjoying as these autumn nights roll in.   

We've got these two and others open to taste right now*! So pop in if you fancy trying them!


*they'll be open to taste til the 12th Nov - or while the bottle lasts!

Xmas shoppingDate published: 07/11/13

With the festive season fast approaching, it's worth remembering a few things that can make your shopping a little easier at Majestic!

We offer free delivery on orders over £40 should you be short on time. We also provide free glass hire for all your festive parties as well as wine, beer, soft drinks, water and ice! What more could you need (apart from a few guests)?

Just drop in or give us a call on 01423 566866 to add that touch of magic to this years festivities! 

Thirsty Thursday: An Autumnal RedDate published: 07/11/13

With Halloween and Bonfire night out of the way we can officially say it's autumn! Whether its delightfully crisp, blowing a gale or pouring down with rain here's a wine to enjoy while cozying up by the fire. It's the Cune Reserva 2008.  

From the family owned Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España or CVNE this wine has a lovely brambly nose and a hint of spice. It's oak aging gives caramel and coffee flavours over the rich autumn fruit flavours. 

Wine of the Week: Oxford Landing ChardonnayDate published: 07/11/13

This week's wine is a full flavoured Chardonnay bursting with tropical fruit with a delicious oaky complexity, bringing a nutty honeyed flavour. It features on our 33% off November Pick and Mix offer and is only £5.33 when bought with any other bottle from the selected lines. Despite it's low price tag its a great example of an Aussie Chardonnay, great for weekday drinking it would match well with a wide range of creamy or slightly spicy dishes, we suggest a wild mushroom and sage risotto. 

Fine Wine of the weekDate published: 01/11/13

Chateau Berliquet 2006, St-Emilion Grand Cru Classe

£19.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case

£30.00 (Single bottle price)


Located just a few hundred metres from the old village of St.Emilion, Berliquet is situated on the magnificent limestone plateau and is one of the area's oldest estates. A blend of Merlot and Cabernet-Franc this wine manages to encompass a delicacy and finesse synonymous with the producers heritage and terroir.
This is a classic St-Emillion, offering a dense core of blackberry and cherry fruit, overlaid with notes of earth and underbush. Grippy minerality and firm tannins provide texture and length. This wine could be joyfully consumed now or over the next 3-4 years. Why not indulge this winter and try with varying game dishes fresh from our stock full countryside! We here are rather found of its accompaniment with game pie.



November Pick n MixDate published: 01/11/13

Now it's hit the beginning of the 'silly season', why not try something a little different! To shake things up a bit, on top of our 20% off New Zealand, Chile, Australia, California and Rhone, we have a selection of wines with 33.3% off. Best still, you don't have to buy 2 of the same, you can literally, Pick n Mix! So whether it's a Gavi at £5.99, Villa Maria at £6.99 or a Brunello at £19.99, your sure to find something that wkill get you through the cold dark winter! 

wine of the Week: Caixas AlbarinoDate published: 30/10/13

Caixas Albarino £9.99 or £6.66 as part of our November Pick and Mix deal

This light, fresh and youthful offering is bursting with zingy citrus flavours, coupled with aromas of stone fruits and nectar. it is crisp and refreshing, whilst still being well rounded and enduring on the finish. It will match well with shellfish or other light fish dishes, but would be delicious on its own too. Try some today and find out why it is Galicia's signature white wine.

Magic of Fine Wine!! Amarone NegraDate published: 25/10/13

£23 buy 2 save £10 = £18

Amarone is one of the iconic red wines from Italy, from the Veneto region in the north-west. It is a blend of three grape varieties, Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. The grapes are harvested and dried for around 120 days on straw mats, where they lose around one third of their weight due to evaporation, concentrating the flavours. The wine's name was used to distinguish between the sweeter Recitio styled wines from the same region, and translates as the great bitter.

Cantina Negrar is a co-operative based in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico region which was formed in 1933 when a group of 6 winemakers banded together to fight off speculators who wished to buy up land and make Valpolicella using imported grapes. The group realised that by joining forces they were able to afford new facilities and therefore produce better wines.

TASTE: Very rich, with aromas of Christmas cake, cooking spices and sweet fruits, leading to a thickly textured wine with soft tannin and a powerful fruit driven finish.

FOOD MATCH: Slow cooked lamb or beef casserole, as well as blue cheese. 


Magic of Fine Wine!! Ch SenejacDate published: 19/10/13

Château Senejac, Cru Bourgeois  £23 buy 2 save £10 = £18


Great Claret should be more than just a good drink, but should reflect and represent the flavours and style of the appellation from which the wine comes, and the vintage characteristics. The wines from the Médoc, on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon based, with Cabernet Franc and Merlot in lesser quantities, giving the wines a perfume and structure. The 2010 was an ideal vintage; the wines have ripe fruit and soft tannins for immediate enjoyment along with intensity and concentration for prolonged ageing.

FACTS: Senejac was granted 'Cru Bourgeois' status in the 1933 classification. Since the acquisition of the estate by the family who own the 4th Growth St. Julien Château Talbot, and the wine making team of Pontet Canet began making the wines, Château Senejac's quality has improved year on year. The Château dates to 1860 and is situated in a large woodland in the commune of Le Pain Médoc, where only 39 of the 150 hectares are dedicated to vines.

TASTING NOTE: Perfumed black currant, cigar box, blueberry and plum skin aromas, medium bodied with vibrant dark fruit flavours, a rich texture and long finish.

FOOT MATCH: Roast lamb with rosemary and mint sauce.

Wine Of The Week: TestimonioDate published: 13/10/13

Testimonio 2011 Luigi Bosca

Only £9.99 Per Bottle, When You Buy 2 Or More!

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.

Drink with strong, firm cheeses, or rare sirloin steak.


Wine Region: ArgentinaDate published: 13/10/13

Argentina's wine making history stretches back over 450 years and is now currently the 5th largest wine producing region in the world. With an ever-growing international market, we are always seeing new wines coming from Argentina and if you pop in store until Thursday the 17th October there will be a varied selection of whites and reds open to taste so you can explore the magic of Argentinian wine. 

The Malbec grape variety has made a name for itself but actually originates from Cahors in France, with Bonarda being the second most grown varietal. Torrontes can be considered the traditional white varietal but its history is not fully understood. Varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are now widely planted. Here at Majestic Harrogate we have a good selection of Argentinian wines for all discerning tastes and budgets, ranging from £4.99 upwards. 

Fine Wine of the weekDate published: 07/10/13

Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Seguinot-Bordet

£19 when you buy with any other selected fine wine

Close to beign one of the best Chablis I have tasted. The family Domaine of Seguinot-Bordet can be traced to the 1590's from the Maligny commune on the outskirts of Chablis. The wine making philosophy is exemplified by the work in the vineyard, with a rigorous program of de-budding, pruning, harvesting and selecting the best quality fruit in order to allow the terrior to express itself. The vines are very densely planted, with the vines aged between 45 and 60 years old (in contrast to 'old' vines in New Zealand, where many have not even made it to 30 years old). The wine is fermented and aged in temperature controlled tanks to maintain freshness and vibrancy. A fantastic length and clean minerality really does boost this Chablis into a league of it's own! 

Winery Focus - RustenbergDate published: 07/10/13

Rustenberg Winery, South Africa

Rustenberg has a wine-growing history dating back to 1682, when Roelof Pasman from the Rhine, Germany recognised the superb growing potential. They have been growing ever since, producing powerful reds and beauiful elegant whites.The vineyards producing the grapes for Rustenberg wines climb the rich red slopes of Simonsberg and Helderberg, in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa. 

Our Reds.

Rustenberg Stellenbosch John X Merriman £13.99Tasting Note: Plum and Cigar box aromatics prelude a multi-layered palate with an elegant tannin structure. A bordeaux blend that typifies Rustenberg terroir with good ageing potential. 10-15 years

Rustenberg Stellenbosch Syrah 2008 £14.39Tasting Note: Deep purple, inky hues characterise the wine. The aromas are initially savoury and meaty, developing into a very concentrated and complex perfume with prominent spicy notes of cloves, cinammon and violets. The palate is really concentrated with a gratifying length. It can be enjoyed for the next 10 years.

Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2009  £9.99Tasting note: Blackcurrant aromas are complemented by scents of dried herbs and notes of black pepper and spice, followed by a palate with serious structure from the Bordeaux blend with a soft finish from the Syrah. Named after the former charismatic owner-winemaker, Reg Merriman Nicholson. 

Our Whites.

Rustenberg Stellenbosch Chardonnay  £11.99Tasting Note: A well balanced Chardonnay with hints of flint, beautiful mineral notes and excellent oak integration. Apricot & orange peel aromas are followed by flavours of almond and marzipan.

Rustenberg Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc £8.99Tasting Note: The hallmark flavours of Sauvignon, green pepper, asparagus and gooseberry, wikth underlying tones of pineapple and passionfruit, are sustained on fresh, crispy and well balanced palate.

Rustenberg Stellenbosch Roussane 2010  £11.99Tasting note: Fragrant flinty minerals, peach & apricot fruit characters with complex flavours of green apple and sweet pineapple, classy wine, elegant finish.

Rustenberg winery consistently produce a fantastic range of wines which are hugely popular with both Majestic customers and staff alike. Make the most of these fabulous wines at 20% off until the 28th October.
Prices shown include discount

New wine offersDate published: 01/10/13

New Wine OffersWe have some cracking new wine offers for two weeks only (until 14/10/13)

Whites;
Macon Blanc Roches Blanch – Buy 2 save £8 ~ £7.99 each
Serena Pinot Grigio – Buy 2 save £8 ~ £5.99 each

Reds;
Beaujolais-Villages Georges Duboeuf – Buy 2 save £8 ~ £5.99 each
Portillo Malbec – Buy 2 save £6 ~ £6.99 each

Sparkling;
Prosecco Corte Alta – Buy any 2 and save 33.3% - £16.66
Moet & Chandon Brut - Buy any 2 and save 33.3% - £27.99
Louis Roederer Burt - Buy any 2 and save 33.3% - £27.99


External tastingsDate published: 27/09/13

External Tasting Myself and Brendon hosted a wine tasting last night for Arkendale Wine Society were we featured some lesser known, more unusual grape varieties. The tasting was a roaring success and below is a list of the wines we tasted so why not try a few yourself.

Whites;
Viñalba Selección Torrontés 2012, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina - £9.99
An aromatic, dry white wine with lots of stone fruit and tropical fruit flavours. Great with slightly spicy food such as Thai curry.

Valençay 'Le Clos du Château' 2012 Claude Lafond, Loire - £8.99 (For 2/more)
From the heart of the Loire Valley, comes this Sauvignon/Chardonnay blend which has been lee aged to create a wine with an intriguing complexity. 

Montenovo Godello 2012 Valdesil, Valdeorras, Spain - £8.99 (For 2/more)
Galicia in northern Spain is becoming known for it's quality white wine production yet the Godello grape is barely known. Full of grassy, pear and tropical notes this wine is well worth as try.


Reds;
Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenère 2009, Leyda Valley, Chile - £8.99 (For 2/more)
Full of lots of dark fruit alongside the classic coffee and chocolate notes, this Carmenère is a real beauty of a wine.

Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel 2010 Mendocino County, California - £13.99
Organically grown, this Zinfandel is a powerful mix of red and black fruit flavours and toasty oak notes. Soft, sweet tannins make it the perfect match with grilled meats.

Finca Las Moras Tannat 2012 San Juan, Argentina - £7.99 (For 2/more)
The perfect wine to enjoy with steak, full bodied with luscious tannins and notes of blackberries, mint and vanilla. 


 If anyone is interested in holding an external tasting, please get in touch with us on the below details.

01423 566866
har@majestic.co.uk


St. Clair Pioneer's Block Sauvignon 2012, MarlboroughDate published: 27/09/13

St. Clair Pioneer's Block Sauvignon 2012, Marlborough

Buy 2 save £8 ~ £15.99 each
or £19.99 single bottle price

Sauvignon Blanc is one of the first wines that comes to mind when thinking of New Zealand and Marlborough is one of the most significant areas for producing this vibrant wine. Saint Clair began growing grapes in 1978 yet they didn't open their own winery until 1994 when they begun to produce wines that represent the terrior of their many vineyards.

This Pioneer's Block Sauvignon is incredibly intense and powerful on the nose with notes of limes, gooseberries, capsicums and green herbs. The intense fruit backbone continues in the palate where a steely minerality and lingering finish lead to an exceptional, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc.

Enjoy with Seafood or spicy Asian cuisine.


25% off Spanish WinesDate published: 24/09/13

From 24th September - 1st October there will be 25% off Spanish Wines. Pop along to store or go online to grab yourselves some bargains!!

25% off Spanish Wines for a limited timeDate published: 24/09/13

With 25% off Spanish wines for one week only, there has never been a better time to explore the wines of this diverse country.

Whilst Spain is well known for it's Tempranillo based wines from famous regions such as Rioja, more up and coming regions such as Toro and Ribera del Deuro are not to be missed out on. Spanish whites are in fact more commonly planted than red varieties, with a range of native varieties such as Macabeo, Verdejo and Albariňo now also growing in popularity with the international market.

With wines ranging in style from easy drinking inexpensive styles to more expensive age worthy wines, there is something to suite all palates and occasions!


Magic of Fine Wine!!Date published: 19/09/13

Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir

2009

Buy 2 save £10! Now £18

Of all grape varieties, Pinot Noir tells the most stories; the story of the vineyard and the terrior in which the grapes were grown, the story of the vintage and the signature of the vintner. The label and name of Coney's Pinot Noir also tells a story; the treble clef logo on the label (and the names of all the wines Coney produce) heralds from the Coney's love of music and harks back to Tim Coney's days gigging with a band, whilst his wife Margaret danced and helped carry all the gear after the event. The wine making philosophy is one of minimal intervention, in order for the fruit and terroir to express as much character!

Open all weekend, so pop in and give it a try!

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 19/09/13

Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2012 Western CapeOnly £8.99 Per Bottle, When You Any 2 South African Wines!

 Winemaker Niël Groenewald's exceptional pocket of old, low-yielding Chenin bush vines produces a wine deserving its own unique identity. 

The Bernard Series celebrates the legend of Bernard Podlashuk, the founder and the original winemaker, and is matured in French oak.

Tropical fruit and citrus, limestone and oak aromas give way to a refreshing, powerful and rounded palate. Vanillin spices with honeysuckle, layers of fruit and a lingering finish.

Enjoy over the next two years with pan fried fish, pork chops or scallops.

South Africa 25% OffDate published: 19/09/13

If you want to try the various wines from Robertson Winery or Rustenberg, then make the most of the fantastic 25% off offer on all South African Wines.

Well known for Cabernet based Bordeaux blends, and single varietal Chenin Blanc locally known as 'Steen', the varied climate, soils and moderating factors such as the Cape Doctor make South Africa an exceptionally diverse wine region to explore.

Withe a great many top producers, styles and grape varieties there is a wine to please everyone, so grab yours now while the offer and stocks last

Curious BrewDate published: 16/09/13

Love a good lager? Curious for something different? Why not try Curious Brew, created by England's leading winemaker, this dry, fresh, aromatic beer is brewed using the finest pale malt and Soaz and Cascade hops. It's then re-pitched with champagne yeast and finally given a 'dosage' of rare fragrant Nelson sauvin hop. No taste of corporate cardboard. No whiff of market research. Just modern lager beer made to refresh and delight.

For something of this quality $17.99 for 12 bottle is a real bargain! So what are you waiting for?

Love a good lager? Curious for something different? Why not try Curious Brew, created by England's leading winemaker, this dry, fresh, aromatic beer is brewed using the finest pale malt and Soaz and Cascade hops. It's then re-pitched with champagne yeast and finally given a 'dosage' of rare fragrant Nelson sauvin hop. No taste of corporate cardboard. No whiff of market research. Just modern lager beer made to refresh and delight.

For something of this quality $17.99 for 12 bottle is a real bargain! So what are you waiting for?

Love a good lager? Curious for something different? Why not try Curious Brew, created by England's leading winemaker, this dry, fresh, aromatic beer is brewed using the finest pale malt and Soaz and Cascade hops. It's then re-pitched with champagne yeast and finally given a 'dosage' of rare fragrant Nelson sauvin hop. No taste of corporate cardboard. No whiff of market research. Just modern lager beer made to refresh and delight.

For something of this quality $17.99 for 12 bottle is a real bargain! So what are you waiting for?

Love a good lager? Curious for something different? Why not try Curious Brew, created by England's leading winemaker, this dry, fresh, aromatic beer is brewed using the finest pale malt and Soaz and Cascade hops. It's then re-pitched with champagne yeast and finally given a 'dosage' of rare fragrant Nelson sauvin hop. No taste of corporate cardboard. No whiff of market research. Just modern lager beer made to refresh and delight.


For something of this quality $17.99 for 12 bottle is a real bargain! So what are you waiting for?


Fine Wine FridaysDate published: 16/09/13

You may have heard that Majestic have started doing Fine Wine Fridays where each week we open a bottle of Fine Wine throughout September and October. So far we've enjoyed Jermann Pinot Grigrio, crisp refreshing and well rounded. We've also tried Pasquera Crianza from the up and coming Ribera del Duero in Spain. Made from 100% Tempranillo, spending 24-30 months in oak this wine displayed rich dark fruits and fantastic length at a great price. Next week we'll be looking at Quartz Reef Pinot Noir an incredible example of what the mineral rich New Zealand soils can do to a wine. Don't miss out!


Why buy fine wine? I hear you say! Did you know that when you buy wine in a restaurant you're probably paying three times the price you should so why not spend the same amount in Majestic and get something that little bit special?


It's Fine Wine at House Wine Prices!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 16/09/13

Pesquera Crianza

Ribero Del Duero

2010

From one of the most up and coming areas in the wine world, Alejandro Fernandez has produced a sublime crianza from the Ribero Del Duero. Situated more southerly than Rioja, these wines certainly pack a punch! Made from 100% tempranillo, this has seen around 24-30 months in oak, much more than you would get in a crianza from Rioja. Rich dark fruit and a fantastic length set the Pesquera apart from anything else this region has to offer!

In order to get the most out of this wine, open with a well aged piece of red meat and just enjoy!

Short Term Deals!!Date published: 16/09/13

Pop in and grab a bargain! New short term deals just announced! Call in or give us a ring on 01423 566866 to place your order today!

Giesen Sauv Blanc @ £5.99

Montepulciano D'Abruzzo @ £4.99

Nicolas Feuillatte NV @ £15.99

Heidsieck Gold Top 2007 @ £17.99

Piper Heidsieck NV @ £19.99

All when you buy any two bottles!

New wines for AutumnDate published: 03/09/13

Here at Majestic, we're always looking to bring you great value, new and exciting wines and this season is no exception.

Here's some of the new wines that we think deserve a special mention;

Fizz;
Heidsick & Co Monopole Brut NV - £17 each
(save 1/3 off selected fizz or £25.50 single bottle price)

Heidsick's Brut is a Pinot-dominant blend which results in a crisp fruit backbone with a satisfying brioche note. This harmoniously balanced wine had an abundant mousse and at £17 a bottle (offer price) is the perfect autumn fizz.


Reds;
Montes Twins 2011, Chile - £8.99
(Buy 2/more and save £6 or £11.99 single bottle price)

The 'twins' in this wine are the two constituent grape varieties: Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Using a 50:50 blend of the two grape varieties, maturing the wine for 10 months and oak ageing 60% of the blend creates a big, bold wine that matches perfectly with prime cuts of beef. A smooth texture and raisin-like notes has been gained from the Malbec, whilst intense bramble fruit and a firm structure from the Cabernet Sauvignon balances the wine out.

Tucumen Malbec 2012, Argentina - £7.99
(Buy 2/more and save £6 or £10.99 single bottle price)

A deliberately youthful Malbec with minimal oak contact which has produced a soft textured, fruity Malbec. Approachable in style with lots of cherry, plum and blackberry fruits. A well-balanced acidity alongside round tannins result in an easy-drinking Malbec that will pair well with a meaty pizza.

Giesen The Brothers Pinot Noir, 2012, New Zealand - £14.99
(Buy 2/more and save £8 or £14.99 single bottle price)

The Giesen brothers started making wine in Marlborough in 1981 and there range is now one of Marlborough most recognised brands. This Pinot Noir has an intense nose of cherry, bramble, cassis and spice with an earthy undertone. The palate is perfectly balanced with elegant tannins and a taut structure. Cellar for up to 5 years to allow the wine to further develop and enjoy with duck or game dishes.

Montecastrillo 2011, Spain - £7.99
(20% off Spanish Wines when you buy 2/more or £9.99 single bottle price)

Made organically by a family-run estate in Ribera del Duero, this wine is a firm favourite of the newcomers amongst the Majestic Harrogate staff. Very fruit-focused with a blackcurrant and raspberry core a hint of cocoa. Easy-drinking despite the medium-weighted tannins, this is the perfect autumn red.

Côtes-du-Rhône, 2012, Rhône - £6.99
(Buy 2/more and save £6 or £9.99 single bottle price)

A classic southern Rhône blend with an intense nose of red fruits, spice, pepper and garrigue. Medium bodied on the palate with a pleasing length, perfect with Mediterranean dishes.


Whites;
Chardonnay Saint Roch 2011, Loire - £8.99
(Buy 2/more and save £6 or £11.99 single bottle price)

From a specific parcel of vines, located to the south of Clermont-Ferrand, this Chardonnay is tank fermented and lee aged for 15 months. Unoaked yet with an intriguing nutty complexity and a profound minerality, soft acidity and a citrus fruit character. Enjoy with white fish dishes.

Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2012, New Zealand - £7.99
(Buy 2/more and save £4 or £9.99 single bottle price)

Matua translates to 'head of the family' and is appropriate for this winery which was one of the first wineries to start making great Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc back in the mid-1970's. Full of tangy grapefruit, gooseberry and passion fruit with an explosion of refreshing acidity. A good all round kiwi Sauvignon at a great price.

Los Boldos Chardonnay 2012, Chile - £8.99
(Buy 2/more and save £6 or £11.99 single bottle price)

Established in 1991 with the aim of producing quality wines using traditional French wine-making methods, Los Boldos are a well established and reputable winery. This is a very fruit driven Chardonnay, with lots of citrus, green apple and pear notes along with an added honeyed edge and a delicate buttery finish. Perfect with creamy fish dishes.




New Offers!!Date published: 03/09/13

We now have 20% off both Spanish and South African wines. Both offers have prices starting at £4.99 upwards and there will be plenty open to taste over the coming months. Come And Explore!!

Wine of the Week: Campofiorin, MasiDate published: 30/08/13

Campofiorin, 2009, Masi

Buy 2 still Italian wines and save 25% ~ £9.37 each
or £12.49 single bottle price

I bring to you another Italian gem for this weeks wine of the week.


Made by fermenting fresh grapes, then re-fermenting the wine with a portion of dried grapes, this wine is rich and complex in style. Dark ruby with a violet tinge and aromas of ripe cherries, vanilla, cinnamon with a medicinal hit, this wine is ever so inviting. The palate is full of cherries and sweet spice with a savoury edge and a velvety finish.


Enjoy with a selection of matured cheeses and Italian cured meats.

A Taste of ItalyDate published: 21/08/13

Amarone della Valpolicella

From £18 a bottle


This is a wine I fell in love with at a very early age (not too young to be drinking of course!). It was the nose that first hooked me in! How could a wine smell so rich, vibrant and powerful I thought? It's true, even though I was new to the wine industry, you could tell that this wine was special. If ever the term fine wine was to be used, it was when describing Amarone. To help I'll give you a little history of it...

Made in the Valpolicella region of north east Italy, Amarone is made a little bit different. The garpes (Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella) are harvested as usual, but then left through winter on straw mats to dry out. Like any grape that dries. it becomes more like a raisen. Now the above mentioned grapes are not left long enough for that to happen, but, nevertheless, the do shrink in size and concentrate all those sugars, juices and flavours ready for the next step. The wines are then pressed and left to ferment, over a long period of time (around 80 days), with the skins intact. The wine is then aged in oak barrels before being bottled.

The result is a wine that diplays characteristics of christmas cake, dried fruits, chocolate and spice. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a wine that deserves your full attention. Not one of your midweek sippers, or something to open because you fancy a glass, Amarone should have the full treatment. So, visit the local butcher and deli, treat yourself to either a beautiful cut of beef or the finest mature cheeses you can find, and just enjoy, as it's not often that a wine is this magnificant! 

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 17/08/13

Zonin- Italian Sparkle at

a great price!!

Only £7.99 when you buy

2 or more!!

Who are they?

One of our more recent arrivals, this Prosecco is surely not to be missed. Established in 1821, Zonin has become Italy's largest privately-owned winery, and are owners of Italy's largest Prosecco vineyards. This example is made from grapes grown only in the DOC region within Veneto and as such is entitled to use the Prosecco name on the bottle.

What is it like?

Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas.

What shall I drink it with?

Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts.

Hot Off the Press!!Date published: 16/08/13

Decanter Sept 2013

2012 Callia Bella Malbec £5.99* - Fantastic value red. The ever increasing popularity of Malbec makes this a must try!
2011 Caixas Albarino £6.99* - Made by Martin Codax just for Majestic, this fantastic Spanish white will please all wine lovers

The Guardian

2012 Ned Pinot Noir £9.99* - We all know about the sauvignon, but why not try their red! Soft subtle and bursting with fruit, this represents real value for money when it comes to NZ Pinot Noir!

The Observer

Paulett's Polish Hill River Riesling £10.99* - Direct from the Clare Valley, this dry riesling is clean and crisp and begging to be drunk with your next spiced dish!

Sunday Express

Laurent Perrier NV £25* - What weekend would be complete without a few bubbles to help you on your way. From on eof the finest champagne producers, this NV displays a fresh richness only found in the best champagnes!

*when you buy 2 or more

Free TastingsDate published: 16/08/13


Tastings at Majestic Harrogate


The Wine Course;

Thursday 22nd August, 6pm Start

The Wine course is a free introduction to wine for all those wanting to learn a little more about it. We'll guide you through a selection of white and red wines, including a Fizz. There will also be a demonstration on food and wine matching. Sign up today as places are limited.

Spotlight Tastings;6 wines in 30 minutes - Focused tastings where we compare and contrast different wines from the same area or grape.

Saturday 7th September,12pm and 3pm Start;
Chardonnay:
It's influence on international styles

Saturday 14
th September,12pm and 3pm Start;
Spain:
Rioja and beyond

Saturday 21
st September,12pm and 3pm Start;
Sauvignon Blanc:
Exploring styles and interesting alternatives

Saturday 28th September,12pm and 3pm Start;
Syrah/Shiraz:
It's influence on international styles


Sign up for a place today

Wine of the Week: Montecastrillo, Ribera Del DueroDate published: 14/08/13

Montecastrillo 2011, Ribera Del Duero

Buy 2 save £4

£7.99 (£9.99 Single Bottle)

Something a little different this week, hailing from Ribera Del Duero, this beauty is everything you lovers of big reds will enjoy! Bursting with blackcurrent and cherry, the finish is rounded and a smooth as it comes! With Ripe rich tannins to match I know what some will be asking...why pay this amount when you can get a fantastic Reserva Rioja for the same price? Well, bearing in mind that is Organically produced on a small vineyard with some of the vines reaching 100yrs old, I can't see this wine staying at this price for long. It's a safe bet that this wine will reach the high standards expected from Spanish lovers all over the world!

Wine of the Week: Caixas Albariňo 2011, Martín CódaxDate published: 07/08/13

Caixas Albariňo 2011, Martín Códax, Raís Baixas

Buy 2/more and save £6 ~ £6.99 each
or £9.99 single bottle price

Martín Códax is one of the most famous producer's in the Galicia region of Spain and this Albariňo is made exclusively for Majestic by Códax.

Light, fresh and youthful in style, this Albariňo is a zesty dry white that is well worth a try by those who have yet to come across it. The nose is full of citrus fruits with added stone fruit and nectar aromas. A crisp, refreshing acidity adds to the fruit backbone on the palate which lasts for an enduring finish.

The perfect accompaniment to fish and shellfish dishes.

Wine of the Week: Royal Tokaji Dry FurmintDate published: 31/07/13

The Royal Tokaji Wine Company was set up by the legendary wine writer Hugh Johnson in 1990. His aim was to bring Tokaji to the forefront of sweet wine production and he succeeded in a massive way. Royal Tokaji are now one of the most world renowned Dessert Wine producers in the world the most iconic being the Essencia which can take 6-8 years to complete it's fermentation and requires 100kg of grapes to produce just one 50cl bottle.

Less well known is the Dry Furmint produced by Royal Tokaji made from the same Furmint grapes but a million miles away style wise. It is an early budding, late ripening variety and is particularly susceptible to noble rot. Its high acidity gives the wine longevity. Furmint's characteristics are clear, apricot and a hint of honey on the nose. The depth of fruit is balanced by its mineral backbone. Furmint is becoming one of the most demanded new exotic white grape varieties. Enjoy within 4 years of production.

Sauvignon's of the World join hands start a wine train!!Date published: 30/07/13

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc

From the same area as Ned this wine offers up a delightful palate

of Gooseberry, passion fruit and a hint of citrus. Displaying similar fruit characteristics and balance as this Ned with perhaps a little acidity and only £6.99 a bottle!

Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc

This wine takes us completely away from New Zealand all the way to Chile and this family owned vineyard dating back to 1870. Their experience shines through this bottle where the cool breeze and abundant sunshine help create fresh, crisp wines. Familiar tropical fruits are clearly present but added to this apple and herby tomato leaf give a little more complexity than many of the Marlborough Sauvignon's.

Domaine de Villargeau Sauvignon Blanc

Our last offering comes from very near Sancerre, the home of Sauvignon Blanc itself. A Quality wine displaying the familiar tropical

notes of a New Zealand Sauvignon aswell as tomato, grassy and herbal characteristics, balanced with the unique minerality found only in these soils. A very special wine at a great price and a brilliant introduction to the confusing wines of France.

Fine Wine of the Weekend: Château de Tracy 2011, Pouilly-Fumé Date published: 26/07/13

Château de Tracy 2011, Pouilly-Fumé

Buy 2 any two selected Fine Wines and save £8 ~ £18.00 each

or £22.00 single bottle price

Château de Tracy have been crafting wines since 1396 and is still run as a family business today. Overlooking the Loire river, the Château lies near the village of Pouilly-sur-Loire and produces an elegant and complex Pouilly-Fumé

Pale gold in colour with an open and intense nose of citrus, blackcurrant and a slightly vegetal hint. The fruit continues into the palate where the citrussy attack meets a seductive minerality.

Treat yourself to a bottle or two for the weekend, the weather like this its the perfect choice! Team with a goat's cheese salad or some fresh seafood.

Wine of the week: Invivo Sauvignon BlancDate published: 24/07/13

Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Awatere Valley, Marlborough

Buy 2 still New Zealand wines and save 20% ~ £9.99 each
or £12.49 single bottle price

Invivo wines are produced in both the Marlborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand by two Kiwi school friends, Tim Lightbourne and Rob Cameron. With an extensive experience in winemaking, the school friends released Invivo wines back in 2008 and they have since gone on to win various awards for their wines including twice being named NZ producer of the year.

The nose of this Sauvignon Blanc is very expressive and richly scented with aromas of tropical fruits, bell peppers and a floral lime zest. The vibrant fruit bouquet continues into the palate where evidence of lees contact adds a textural dimension and complexity to the wine.

Invivo Sauvignon Blanc is the official wine of the Graham Norton show, why not enjoy this wine yourself in a similar fashion, chatting with friends.

Domaine Saint Ferréol Viognier 2011 PGI Pays d'Oc Date published: 19/07/13

We English may not be used to this sort of weather but Southern France is certainly well accustomed to it so we've turned to their wines for drinking inspiration this week. This incredibly aromatic and full flavor Viognier has a long well established history.


Château St Ferréol is based in a medieval priory, where wines are known to have been made since records began in 1146. Today, although they grow several varieties, the jewel in their crown is this barrel-fermented Viognier, modeled on the fine wines of Condrieu.

Intensely aromatic, the wine overflows with ripe nectarine and honeysuckle notes. The palate carries on the stone fruit theme, combining glassy freshness with a mature, dried apricot complexity. Enjoy Drink now or keep for 3-5 years. Try with teriyaki-glazed chicken.


Get Yourself Booked in for the Next Harrogate Wine Course new date added due to popular demand!!Date published: 14/07/13



Love Wine but ashamed of how little you know? Then Majestic are here to help!


If you are looking to broaden your knowledge of wine, try some new food and wine matching or simply want to have to bit of fun, then the wine course is perfect for you.


Our next course will be held on Thursday the 22 of August at 6pm, interested?

A Week in ChileDate published: 14/07/13

This week we're exploring the incredible wines of Chile from the full bodied and fruity to the grassy and complex, this region has a whole lot to offer and this small article will hopefully give you a taste of what is to come this week.

First off it's worth talking about the unique Geography; the vineyards are protected on all sides by oceans, desserts and mountains making the wine growing area one of the most protected in the world. It still remains one of the only places free from the root infecting Phylloxera that affects so many of the worlds vines today and almost destroyed Bordeaux in the 1920's.

It's not your typical New World region either, Chile is well known to produce wines that offer both the fruitiness of the New World and the complexity of many of the best Old World wines. It's Sauvignon Blanc's for example express many of the gooseberry notes found in a typical Marlborough Sauvignon but all bring in the grassy and mineral characteristics found in places like Pouilly Fume and Sancerre in France.

Lastly this region produces some of the world's best Carmenere, a grape previously used in the Bordeaux blend but which now dominates Chile. Expressing dark chocolate notes and smooth tannins this grape is certainly unique. Costing anywhere between £6.39 for the 120 or £30 for the outstanding Purple Angel this one is certainly worth a try.

On the tasting counter this week we have some of the best Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs, Pinot Noirs and Cabernet Sauvignons this region has to offer so why not pop in and try and few!? You know where to find us!

The Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 11/07/13

If you've been in store recently, or tried to order this product online, you may have found it missing from our otherwise well-stocked shelves.This is because we have sold out of the current vintage and are awaiting our next shipment. It is due back in our store week commencing 22nd July; however our current offer ends before then. If you would like to reserve some at the current special offer price of £6.99, do not hesitate to ring us on 01423 566866 or email us har@majestic.co.uk, and we will deliver the new vintage to you FREE as soon as it arrives.

Wine of the week: Halcon ReservaDate published: 11/07/13

Halcon Reserva 2010, Tamaya, Limari Valley

Buy 2 Chilean Stil
l Wines and save 20% ~ £9.59 each
or £11.99 single bottle price

It's Chilean tasting week this week and this expressive red is a great wine of the week to show how diverse Chilean wines are.

Using a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this wine undergoes just 50% barrel maturation which helps maintain a youthful, fruity profile.

Vibrant purple in colour, this wine is bursting with lots of cassis, strawberry and plum both on the nose and following through to the palate. Earthy and meaty undertones add to the fruity palate where fine tannins provide weight and depth.

Enjoy with BBQ'd food this weekend!!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 06/07/13

Chablis 2011 Boudin

Summer is here so why wouldn't you want to crack open a bottle of fine Chablis, the home of Chardonnay. We've chosen for you something a bit special for a great price.

The Boudin family own some of the oldest vines in the appellation of Chablis, resulting in wines that are much richer than typical Chablis. The older vines focus the kaleidescope of flavours into fewer grapes so you're only drinking the best they can offer.

Hints of green apple, lime and citrus as well as warm ripe stone fruits, almost moving into tropical aromas. A weightier palate than usual as the same flavours carry through with a hint of minerality from the famous Chablis soils.

Enjoy on a warm sunny eve as a an aperitif or with seafood

Chose by Chris jnr `

A Few of Our Favorites From the Top 100Date published: 06/07/13




Not only does this wine appear in the top 100 but Decanter have given it a bronze award. From a high-quality cooperative this classy Pouilly-Fumé provides a benchmark performance, with plenty of mineral characters and a crisp gooseberry zestiness. Accompanied by a hint of smoky gunflint that defines this fine region.



Mlle Jones Fitou 2011 Domaine Jones


This incredible value one off parcel is certainly not to be missed. Langeudoc is certainly well know to produce some of the best wines and this one demonstrates what ca be done. This wine is elegant and sophisticated (a little like Miss Jones), red fruits dominate with a pleasing oaky balance, Perfect with roasts, steak and mature cheeses.



An interesting blend of Ugni Blanc and Colombard at a brilliant price. The Gascony region is perhaps France's best value white wine region, fruity on the nose with a hint of cut grass aromas, ripe grapefruit on the crisp palate and a fresh finish.



Love the Ned Sauvignon Blanc then we know you'll love these...Date published: 01/07/13

Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Made exclusively for Majestic in the Marlborough region of New Zealand are the fantastic Fairleigh Estate wines. Expressive of their varietal character and extremely elegant in style, these wines are definitely not to be missed.

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc

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

La Grille Sauvignon Blanc

Lastly for something equally as brilliantly priced with a French style why not try this? 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.

Garb any of these wines for a stonking £6.99

Fine Wine of the Weekend: Domaines Ott RoséDate published: 28/06/13

Château Romassan Rosé 2012 Bandol, Domaines Ott

£27


Bandol have been producing wine of the highest order from the Provence region and this Rose from Domaines Ott lives up to that reputation. This is a Rosé of the highest standard, produced from the 'Coeur de Grain', a very fine and light pressing that releases the finest and richest elements of the grape. The Coeur de Grain then goes through fermentation without the addition of any chemicals ensuring the balance and subtlety are preserved.

This wine exudes elegance with every drop. It dances on the palate with the cheek of a naked nymph filled with the joy of summer. You could add an extra zero on the end of this price and it would still be an absolute steal, so grab some now before the Police catch you!! I'm calling them now! 9..9...

Wine of the Week!Date published: 27/06/13

Commanderie de Peyrassol
Cotes de Provence

2012

Buy 2 save £2

£9.99


Seen as we're having what some may call a 'summer', I thought I may as well bring you a rose for this week. In my (well respected some may say) opinion, if your going to
drink rose, go for Provence! The original home of rose, they generally blend a selection of different red grape varieties together (Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Cinsault to name a few) to produce a pale coloured, delicate and subtle wine. Peyrassol has beena personal favourite of mine since we started stocking it a couple of years ago, and it has never disappointed! A fantastic palate of strawberry gives way to a long, lingeing finish that goes on and on and on and...!

Normally I would suggest the perfect food for this, but given the time of year, put your feet up, pop the latest match from Wimbledon on and substitute your strawberries and cream for this ace! 

A guide to Rosé wine makingDate published: 25/06/13

Rosé wines

Summer is finally here and there hasn't been a better time to enjoy a glass of chilled Rosé.

But how is this classic summer tipple made?

There are four different ways to make Rosé;
1) Direct Pressing – To produce the most delicately coloured Rosé wines, a technique called drawing off is used. Black grapes are gently crushed and pressed in order to extract as little colour and tannins as possible and the juice is run off.

2) Drawing off – Red grapes are processed as to make red wine, then juice is drawn off while fermentation occurs. The longer the wine remains in contact with the skins, the deeper the colour of the final Rosé.

3) Bleeding (Saignée) – A similar technique to drawing off, except that only a proportion of the juice is drawn off and the rest remains in contact with the skins to produce a red wine. This produces an intensely concentrated red wine and the Rosé is essentially a by-product.

4) Blending – When a small proportion of Red wine is added to White wine, producing a Rosé. This method is not permitted in the EU except in Champagne, other than that it is mainly used to produce inexpensive New World Rosés.


Want to learn more about Rosé wines and more importantly, try some? Well, we have a tasting tutorial on the 29th of June in store at either 12 or 3pm. To book a place, call 01423 566866 or email har@majestic.co.uk




Open as Usual!Date published: 25/06/13

You may have noticed that we're in the process of bringing you a fantastic new car park! Whilst this is ongoing there is a little disruption outside the store, but, nevertheless, we are still open 7 days a week! If you do find it difficult to get in to see us, don't forget that we offer FREE delivery on all orders over £40 (6 or more bottles) so give us a call on 01423 566866 where one of the team will be more than happy to provide that in store service in the comfort of your own home!

Looking for a New Wine Supplier?Date published: 21/06/13

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 the Harrogate Majestic store. Having this local base will give 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. We will produce this list through extensive consultation to make sure this is the perfect list for your venue.

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 Partner', 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.

 

Fine Wine of the Weekend: Rioja Gran Reserva Imperial 2004, CVNEDate published: 21/06/13

Rioja Gran Reserva Imperial 2004, CVNE

Buy 2 bottles and save £16 ~ £20.00 each

or £28.00 single bottle price

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, CVNE produces some of the greatest wines in Spain.

This Rioja Gran Reserva is made from 20 year old vines and aged in both French and American oak.

Displaying an array of aromas including berries, caramel and sweet spices this Gran Reserva has a complex and expressive nose. The palate is finely structured with plenty of berries, plums and dried fruit flavours along with a toasty vanilla undertone.

Drink now or cellar for a few years to allow the flavours to further evolve.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 20/06/13

Petit Chablis
Domaine Seguinot-Bordet
2012


Buy 2 save £2


£10.99



Now, I realise that for years Majestic have been warning people off Petit Chablis. I know I have! But then we started stocking it. Well, my heart just sank. How could we do that! What was the point! And how on earth can we charge £10.99 for it! But then I tasted it. My conclusion...how could I be so wrong! A fantastic producer of all Chablis, this wine is what the very best can do with maybe the very average. A wine with fantastic minerality, subtle citrus fruits and a cracking length, I defy any Chablis lovers to try this and find a better wine at that price.

Now, I'm off to sit in a corner and think about what I've done...

Austrailia- What you need to knowDate published: 15/06/13

In just 30 years this region has arguably become as renowned as France. Many ask why it took so little time to become this popular (now the fourth biggest wine exporter in world) when the French took a few hundred years. Certainly new technology like refrigeration have helped to refine these wines in such a hot climate, ask an Australian and they'll say its because they work harder than the rest of the world, but it probably has more to do with the sheer amount of competition, only the best survive. Producers have been forced to innovate and be the best at what they do in order to keep up.

One of the reasons why people love Australia is the fruit driven style created by the baking heat. The king grape is most definitely the Shiraz, my personal favourite being the old bush vines used in the creation of wines like 'Two Hands'. Other popular Vineyards include Wakefield and Peter Lehman and for something extra special why not try the Armagh by Jim Barry? Only 200 bottles of this are released in Britain every year and you could be the proud owner of one of these for just £90 a bottle.

There are plenty more wines on the tasting counter and many more our friendly staff can suggest so why not 'Come and Explore' in store and learn a whole lot more about this incredible region and many others.

Wine of the week matsu el recio 2010 ToroDate published: 13/06/13

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, which are cultivated using advanced biodynamic techniques. 14 months in new French oak provide opulence and polish.


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.


A personal favourite of mine when accompanied with fillet steak marinated for a day in olive oil mixed with rosemary leaves, lemon skin and garlic ground together in a pestle and mortar and mixed together with mashed potato and mushroom sauce.



Chosen by Chris jnr

Summer Rosé OffersDate published: 13/06/13

Summer Rosé Offers;

We have some great Summer Rosé offers in store including AIX Rosé Double Magnum (£50), Lauren Perrier Rosé NV (£45), Oyster Bay Sparkling Rosé (£11.99 for 2/more), Château Pigoudet Rosé (£8.99 for 2/more) and Domaine La Chautarde Rosé (£6.99 for 2/more).

Father's Day giftsDate published: 13/06/13

Father's Day is this Sunday (16th June) and Majestic have some cracking gifts to make your Father's day!

Why not treat your Dad to James Bond's tipple of choice; Bollinger Grande Année. Rich and fruity with bold yeasty notes, this is the perfect treat. Buy two bottles and save £40 ~ £60 each (or £80 single bottle price)

Or maybe your Father would appreciate a bold Red wine? The McGuigan Handmade Shiraz is bursting with black fruits and vanilla, perfect with a BBQ! Buy 2 bottles and save £10 ~ £20 each (or £25 single bottle price)

For a White wine, try the Au Bon Climat 'Bein Nacido' Chardonnay. With apple, lemon, toast and oak notes, this is a sophisticated and classy Chardonnay at £23.00

For a Whisky loving Father, the Singleton Single Malt Scotch Whiskey at £35 comes gift packed with two glasses. With sweet and fruity notes, this fine Whisky is perfectly balanced, rich and smooth.

Lastly, for a the perfect Port, Taylor's LBV at £9.99 is rich and fruity and ready for drinking now.

Fine Wine of the Weekend: Peregrine Pinot GrisDate published: 07/06/13

Peregrine Pinot Gris 2012,
Central Otago, New Zealand


Buy 2 New Zealand Still Wines and save 20% ~ £17.59 each
or £22.00 single bottle price

Peregrine is a modern Central Otago winery and this Pinot Gris is a great example of the intense varietal character produced by the warm days and cool nights of this region.

Pinot Gris is in fact the same grape variety as Pinot Grigo yet this Pinot Gris shows just how different in style this variety can be. Slightly off-dry, this Pinot Gris is bursting with an array of tropical fruit characteristics, very different from an Italian style Pinot Grigio.

Mango, peach, pear and grapefruit are in abundance both on the nose and on the palate where a hint of sweetness and a firm minerality add to the complexity.

Drink now or cellar for 2-3 years.
Try with chili BBQ prawns this weekend!

Last of the current offersDate published: 06/06/13

Last of the current offers

It's your last chance to grab some cracking deals this week before a mini price-change on the 10th June. Heres a few wines we think are worth stocking up on;

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough
Buy 2 New Zealand Wines and save 20% ~ £5.99 a bottle
Or £7.49 Single bottle price

A fantastic value Marlborough, full of zesty lime and lemongrass along with the characteristic gooseberry. Perfect on its own but also great with seafood.

Serena Pinot Grigio Rosato 2012, Italy
Buy 2 Italian Wines and save 20% ~ £6.39 a bottle
Or £7.99 Single bottle price

Full of ripe summer fruits, with a soft-edged acidity, this Rosé is refreshing and very easy-drinking. Perfect for a hot summer's day!


Vina Eguia Rioja Reserva 2006, Spain
Buy 2 and save £8 ~ £5.99 a bottle
Or £9.99 Single bottle price

Amazing value for a fantastic Rioja Reserva and sure to sell out. Bursting with dark fruit, toasty oak and sweet spice, this Rioja will partner well with some Summer Tapas.

Prosecco La Marca Treviso, Italy
£8.99 a bottle

The perfect summer fizz, a steal at only £8.99. The light, elegant style with a citrusy backbone makes this Prosecco the ultimate party fizz. Try adding a touch of peach puree for a refreshing bellini.

Undurrage Rosé, Chile
£6.99 a bottle

The best value Rosé fizz out there! With a delicate watermelon pink colour, this fizz is full of strawberries, cherries and floral aromas. Party perfect!

Lauren-Perrier Brut NV
£25.00 a bottle

An elegant styled Champagne with subtle citrus, toast and spice. Try it on a hots summer day with a fish and chip picnic!

Tastings @ Majestic Harrogate - JuneDate published: 06/06/13

Tastings at Majestic Harrogate

Fancy coming along? Sign up today...it's FREE!

June 2013;
Saturday 15th June - BBQ Tasting Counter Tutorial 12pm and 3pm
A 30 minute tutorial on wines that are great BBQ accompaniments. From the classic full bodied Shiraz to a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, come along and explore which wines are great to have with a summer's BBQ and lets all hope that it's actually BBQ weather!

Thursday 27th June – The Wine Course 6pm Start
A free introduction to wine for all those wanting to learn a little more! We'll guide you through a selection of whites, reds and fizz plus a demonstration on food and wine matching! Whats best about it? It's totally FREE! Sign up today as places are limited!

Saturday 29th June - Rosé Tasting Counter Tutorial 12pm and 3pm
Summer wouldn't be complete without fruity, refreshing Rosés. Come along to this tutorial and explore the diverse range of Rosé wines that Majestic have to offer. Whether your preference is fresh and fruity, light and refreshing or a slightly sweeter style, were sure to have something to suit everyone.

Get in touch by calling 01423 566866 or emailing har@majestic.co.uk

Draw a Blank on your Sauvignon Blanc knowledge? This article should help!!Date published: 31/05/13

This particular white grape has exploded in popularity in recent years with New Zealand being by far the favourite. You could spend many a late summer evening sampling the wide variety of vineyards in New Zealand alone, from Cloudy Bay to the Ned but for something a bit different why not try a new country?

Like many other grape varieties the Sauvignon varies depending on soil content and weather. So a French Pouilly-Fume will contain more herbaceous notes as the tropical flavours struggle to develop in cooler conditions as-well as a flinty minerality from the unique soil content found in this region.

Many love Marlborough because the warmer conditions bring out the tropical characteristics but tend to hide the complexity found in many of the French ones. For those who are put off by the grassy French notes or the over fruity Marlborough, both Chile and South Africa produce wines which balance these two characteristics. Why not try the Errazuriz Sauvignon from Chile or the Boschendal Sauvignon from South Africa?

Summer is definitely the perfect time to further explore this variety so pop into store for even more recommendations.

Wine of the Week: Martinborough Vineyards Te Tera Pinot NoirDate published: 31/05/13

Martinborough Vineyards Te Tera Pinot Noir 2011

Buy 2 New Zealand Still Wines and save 20% ~ £13.99 each
or £17.49 single bottle price

Martinborough Vineyard was one of the pioneers that put New Zealand Pinot Noir on the map back in the mid 1980's and is still producing exceptional Pinot Noir to date.

The nose is enticing with plenty of ripe cherries, red berries and plums along with a hint of savoriness and a subtle mocha note. The fruit continues on the palate where fine grained tannins add to the wines complexity.

All in all, this is an elegant and approachable Pinot Noir that could be enjoyed alone or would suit well with a Roast Lamb dish.

Fine Wine of the Weekend: McGuigan Handmade ShirazDate published: 24/05/13

McGuigan Handmade Shiraz, 2008
Langhorne Creek, Australia


Buy 2 bottles and save £10 ~ £20.00 each
or £25.00 single bottle price

This exceptional Shiraz comes from the premium Langhorne Creek region of South Australia, near Adelaide. The vineyard is located on the rich, fertile banks of Lake Alexandrina which makes for an outstanding wine.

Deep crimson in colour with intense ripe berry characteristics and a hint on vanilla on the nose. The palate is a concentrated, yet balanced array of rich black fruit flavours along with a velvety smooth finish.

Treat yourself to a bottle or two of this fantastic Shiraz to enjoy over the Bank Holiday weekend, we're sure it won't disappoint.

Wine of the Week: Domaine La Chautarde RoséDate published: 23/05/13

Domaine La Chautarde Rosé 2012,
Côteaux Varois en Provence

Buy 2 bottles and save £4 ~ £6.99 each
or £8.99 single bottle price

Located near the city of Brignoles in Provence, this Rosé is a classic South of France blend made with Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Carignan.

This Rosé has a fruity bouquet of cherries, strawberries, watermelon and nectarines. Light and dry in style, with a soft acidity and a delicate juiciness, this is a perfect Summer's day wine.

Enjoy at a Bank Holiday BBQ or party this weekend. Hopefully the weather will be bright and sunny!!

Bank Holiday SpecialsDate published: 21/05/13

We have some amazing offers on some old favorites and new for the bank holiday weekend so why not pop in store and stock up. With wines such as Louis Latour Macon Lugny & Chapoutier Belleruche on offer at £7.99, and George Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages at £5.99 there is something for everyone.

For something a bit different, we are tasting the new Pimm's Blackberry & Elderflower which is a little treat at £13.00.

Italian Tasting week 17th- 23rd MayDate published: 16/05/13

Italy, not only famous for its leaning towers, Ferrari's and great food but also its incredible selection of wines, producing around 5 billion litres a year.

The break-up of Rome left many scattered regions with vastly different varieties, ranging from crisp and fruity Pinot Grigio and Soave to full bodied and tannic wines like Valpolicello.

Confused!?

We're here to help you make sense of this incredible region by opening some of the many wines they have to offer and delving deeper into them on Saturday during our tasting tutorials, register today for these 30 minute sessions at 12pm and 3pm.

Wine of the Week: Dry Furmint, Royal FurmintDate published: 16/05/13

Dry Furmint 2010/2011, Royal Tokaji, Hungary

Buy 2 bottles and save £3 - £8.49
Or single bottle - £9.99

This week I've decided to open something a little different for Wine of the Week with this Hungarian gem.

The name 'Furmint' describes the wheaten colour of the wine and straight as you pour a glass you know there's something special about this wine. An aroma of honey, peaches and apricots with an aromatic twist leaps out from the glass and follows on in the palate.

The crisp acidity gives this fruit-laden palate some added bite and the tinge of minerality gives this wine an exotic feel. The finish is well-defined with a honeyed fruitiness that lingers on.

Enjoy this wine on its own, at a party or with rich poultry dishes.

Ready to drink Date published: 14/05/13

Wondering which wines to open and drink? Well wonder no more! This fine Amarone is perfect has reached a point of readiness that will excite and inspire the palate.                         

This month we have chosen the Costasera, Amorone classico made from Grapes selected from Vineyards with slopes facing the sunset in the Classica area that benefit from the reflecting of light from Lake Garda and its temperate Cli-mate. Using ancient grape varieties and traditional methods, this is where Ama-rone, a unique modern wine with an ancient heart, has its origins.

Grapes destined to become Masi’s “Costasera” were air-dried (“appssimento” style) in the Masi winery’s state of the art drying rooms, prior to undergoing fermentation in a mix of Slavonian oak and stainless steel tanks. With alcoholic and malolactic fermentation taking the best part of 3 months, this 2008 Masi “Costasera” Amarone was then matured for a further two years in primarily large oak barrels and for around a year in bottle prior to commercial release.

This wine demonstrates impressively intense mixed cherry and damson flavours, layered with prune, raisin and a hint of candied peels and sweet spice all adding complexity.

At only £30 per bottle this stunning Amarone is perfect for now but will also age another 5 years or so.

Party WinesDate published: 12/05/13

Having a Wedding or Party this Summer?

Here at Majestic, we are experienced party planners and with wines starting at just £4.99 we can work to all budgets.

Heres a selection of our great value party wines for under £6.50;

White Wines;
Cuvee de Richard Blanc - £5.49

From Southwest France, this crisp wine is easy drinking with ripe fruit and citrus notes. Remarkable value for money and an excellent party wine!

Torre di Monte Pinot Grigio - £5.59
(when you buy 2/more Italian wines)
From the South of Milan comes this fruity and light-bodied wine that has hints of elderflower, pear and citrus. A very easy-going wine that will go down a treat at any party.

Mountain View Chardonnay - £5.59
(when you buy 2/more Chilean wines)
A very fruit-focused Chardonnay from the Chilean Luis Felipe Edwards vineyards where passion to produce great value wines is key. With plenty of apple, citrus and tropical notes this white is a great all-rounder.

The Parcel Series Sauvignon Semillon - £5.99
(when you buy 2/more Australian wines)
A great quality blend from Margaret river and bottled exclusively for Majestic. Bursting with citrus, passionfruit and tropical flavours along with a subtle creaminess, this wine is perfectly drinkable on its own.

Ragged Point Sauvignon Blanc - £6.39
(when you buy 2/more NZ wines)
This classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is excellent value for money and will be a hit at any party. With a crisp acidity and plenty of gooseberry, elderflower and nettle notes this wine is ultimately refreshing.


Red Wines;
Cuvee de Richard Rouge - £5.49

From the Languedoc region in France comes this incredibly versatile red. Blackberry and plum make up the fruit backbone of this smooth and dense wine where subtle tannins add structure.

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Grifone - £5.99
(when you buy 2/more Italian wines)
Made with Montepulciano grapes from the Abruzzi region in Italy, this red is a great reliable, medium-bodied wine with plenty of cherry fruit and supple tannins. The soft structure of this wine makes it a perfect party red.

Rioja Crianza Vina Eguia - £5.99

(when you buy 2/more bottles)
A traditional Crianza that has been aged 12 months in American oak followed by 12 months in bottle. Vivid cherry coloured with notes of ripe fruit, vanilla and coconut, this red has an elegant palate and polished tannins.

Santa Rita 120 Merlot - £6.39
(when you buy 2/more Chilean wines)
One of my favourite easy-drinking reds, this Chilean Merlot is medium-bodied with super-soft tannins. Full of ripe red fruit along with vanilla and tobacco notes, this light red is party perfect.

Callia Bella Malbec - £5.99
(when you buy 2/more bottles)
New to Majestic, this Argentinian Malbec is a great value wine. With plenty of berry fruits, baking spices and plush tannins, this Malbec is sure to go down a treat at any party.

Along with a fantastic range of wines, we also offer the following party services;

- Glass hire (Wine glasses, Flutes, Hi-Balls and Beer glasses) - £1 deposit per glass
- Ice Bucket hire - £10 deposit
- Chiller Bin hire - £15 deposit

Any of course, delivery is always free over £40!
(Minimum 6 bottle purchase)

Get in touch on 01423 566866, har@majestic.co.uk or pop into store!



Wine of the Week: King's Thorn Pinot GrisDate published: 12/05/13

The Kings Thorn Pinot Gris, 2012, Marlborough

Buy 2 still New Zealand wines save 20% - £9.99  Or single bottle - £12.49

Pinot Gris can be somewhat of a thorn in the side for winemakers but this example is exceptionally made by the master that is Brent Marris. You may have come across Brents fantastic wines which include The Ned Sauvignon Blanc already, but don't let this one slip by you.

With a delicate pink tinge, along with a nose of peach, apricot and honeysuckle, this Pinot Gris is ever-so inviting. The fruity bouquet continues on the palate where added acidity and a natural spritz lift the wine.

Try this refreshing Pinot Gris on a hot summers day alone or match with grilled BBQ prawns.

Cellar selectionDate published: 08/05/13

           Looking for something extra special that will age into something spectacular? We’re here to help! Ideal as a gift or for that extra special an-niversary in a few years.

           This superb wine represents a whole new dimension for Carmenère, the long-lost grape variety that recently resurfaced in Chile after being pre-sumed extinct in Bordeaux, its original home. Now considered by many wine-makers in Chile as their ‘signature’ variety calling it the ‘Jurassic Park’ grape that returned from the past.

           Montes were pioneers on the Chilean wine scene when they created their super-premium wines: the Montes Alpha range, and icons Montes Al-pha M and Montes Folly. Montes also led the way to quality by planting vine-yards on steep hillsides.

           Full bodied and concentrated this wine is certainly not for the faint hearted but it has the tannins and acidity that will only enhance in 5 or so years.

           Can also be drunk now but needs to be decantered for a few hours at-least with red berries and dark choco-late on the palate and alluring cigar, blackberries and plum aromas on the nose.

The Highly Palatable Express Issue 2Date published: 07/05/13

Sneak Peak at Tastings

From Friday the 3rd May to Thurs-day 9th May we’ll be looking at new arrivals to majestic with some great ex-amples for you to try, we’ll also be tasting our superb range of Craft beers from the UK and America. Make sure you come along to the tasting on the 9th from 6:30pm.

Then from the 17th - 23 May we will be

looking at wines of Italy with tasting tu-torials happening on the 18th May ask in store for de-tails

Future dates to look forward to: For those who love New Zealand the 31st-6th May is an important date for the diary. Guaran-teed to open your eyes to something a bit different from New Zealand in-stead of your usual choice. Come into the store and give

them a try!


Beer of the Month

As we’re celebrat-ing the world of craft beer, we have chosen Chapel Down this month, made partly from the yeast of Cham-pagne this is cer-tainly a treat!


Fact of the Month

Cold maceration” refers to placing the grapes in a refriger-ated environment for several days be-fore starting fer-

mentation to en-courage color ex-traction. This is be-ing done more and more frequently with Pinot Noir as the skins of this va-rietal don’t have as much pigmentation as other reds.


Quotation of the Month

Beer is made by men, wine by God.”

Martin Luther, circa 1500s


Buy 2 save £8 on selected Fine Wines


Starting this month we have dis-counted some of the best Fine Wines from around the world just for you. Whether it’s a fine Red Burgunday or deep fruity and exciting Australian Shiraz we have something for every pallet.

For the same price as you pay for a bottle of standard house wine in a restaurant, Majestic can offer you some-thing of outstanding quality, you’d be a fool to miss out!

See you soon!

A New and Improved selection of Fine Wine #comeandexploreDate published: 05/05/13

I've spent hours choosing some perfect wines at great prices just for you, including some of the new buy 2 save £8 offer wines and some other wines we've never seen before in Majestic, you really would be a fool to miss out on some of these incredible Fine Wine's at House Wine prices!

Something new for the summerDate published: 05/05/13

There are plenty of new wines rolling in and we've opened just a few for you to try! All below £8

Poggioargentiera Rose 2012

This wine comes from young vineyards in Maremma, in the far south-western corner of Tuscany's Mediterranean coast. Made entirely from red grapes, the wine is vinified like a white wine, with very short skin contact and cool fermentation in stainless steel. A light and dry rosé, with ripe and invigorating aromatics, a soft and delicate mouthfeel and fresh acidity, carrying lush flavours of candied cherry and strawberry. Chill well and enjoy on its own, or with grilled tiger prawns.


Mister Shiraz 2011

An exclusive bottling for Majestic, this wine represents a deliberate departure from the ultra-modern, fruit-centric Chilean style of Shiraz, and showcases Chile's ability to produce a more traditional, robust, spicy, yet unmistakably New World style. Deep crimson colour with hints of violet. The nose is a complex mixture of plum and strawberry, with vanilla and cedar scents from French and American oak. A voluminous, muscular palate with great length. At its best with rare, well-seasoned rib steak.

Callia Bella Malbec

Bodegas Callia are based in the Valle de Tulum, wherein lies the town of San Juan, and have become one of the foremost wineries of this area. Their estate here comprises 241 hectares of vines, at 630m above sea level, surrounded on almost all sides by the Andes. An attractively deep purple wine, with an up-front and straightforward wild berry character, with hints of baking spices. Intense and generous on the palate, with plush tannins and good ripeness. Drink with pasta and meatballs in your favourite tomato and herb sauce.

Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc

Although based in Maipo, Santa Ema works with a number of partner growers in Leyda Valley to produce this hand-picked cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc. Leyda has a semi-arid climate and granite and clay soils, producing wines with excellent acidity and minerality. An inviting and complex nose of grapefruit and passion fruit, framed by subtle herb and mineral notes. The equally expressive palate has well-balanced fruit character and acidity. At its best with freshly made citrussy ceviche.

Buy any 2 selected Fine Wines and save £8 Date published: 04/05/13

Fine Wine at house prices... there's never been a greater reason to stay in and treat yourself!

Buy any 2 selected Fine Wines and save £8

Prices stated below are at the offer price.

Bordeaux;

- Ch. Guillot Pomerol (£20.00)
- Ch. Grand Faire Larose (15.99)


Red Burgundy;
- Santenay Gatsulards (£20.00)
- Jadot 1er Beaune (19.00)

White Burgundy;
- Chablis 1er Fourchaume (£18.00)
- Meursault le Meurger VV (£20.00)

Rhone;
- CNDP Domaine Durieu (£19.00)
- CNDP Vignoble Abeille (£22.00)

Italy;
- Guidalberto (£26.00)
- Banfi Brunello (£26.00)
- Le Volte dell’Ornellaia (£18.00)
- Amarone Negrar (£18.00)
- Jermann Pinot Grigio (£18.00)
- Cepazzane Carmignano (£20.00)

Spain;
- Vina Ardanza (£18.00)

California;
- ABC Santa Barbara Chardonnay (£18.00)
- Mondavi Napa Cabernet (£18.00)

Australia;
- Angels Share Shiraz (£18.00)
- Sexy Beast Cabernet (£18.00)
- Gnarly Dudes (£18.00)
- Petaluma Shed Block (£18.00)

South Africa;
- Meerlust Merlot (£15.99)
- Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon (£22.00)
- Thelema Shiraz (£18.00)
- Mendel Malbec (£15.99)

Amarone Classico 'Vigneti di Roccolo' 2009Date published: 04/05/13

This week we're treating you to an Amarone Valpolicello situated near the beautiful Lake Garda and of course Venice. Years of experience go into making these wines in the traditional home of quality.

The Amorone Valpolicello is made by first drying the grapes in straw huts to bring out the raisin flavours then they are pressed as normal resulting in a unique traditional blend of characteristics.

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. Can age for up to 5 years or enjoy now with wild game, rich tomato pasta or various cheeses.


Best left open with the cork in overnight to really bring out the depth of flavours this certainly is a big wine at a small price!`


Buy 2 bottles save £8 only £18


By Chris jnr

Sparkling Saturday: Prosecco Zonin Brut NVDate published: 04/05/13

For Sparkling Saturday this week we have the brand new Prosecco Zonin open to try.

Zonin has become one of Italy's largest privately-owned winery since its establishment in 1821. This example is light and refreshing making in wonderfully versatile. A palate of pear, dessert apple and floral notes lead to an ultimately delicate Prosecco that would make an ideal aperitif or would partner well with fish courses.

At only £7.99 a bottle, this Italian fizz is a prefect weekend treat to yourself.

Come down into store today and start your weekend off with some fizz!!

Three Kings of Craft BeerDate published: 03/05/13

Brooklyn This American original displays a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. Brooklyn lager is a revival of Brooklyn's pre-prohibition all malt beers and this is the brewery's first and best selling beer brewed only in Brooklyn.

Only £9.99 for 6 bottles when you buy 4 or more cases.

Anchor Steam A deep amber color with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavour. Anchor Steam brand beer derives its unusual name from the 19th century when 'steam' seems to have been a nickname for beer brewed on the West Coast of America under primitive conditions and without ice. Today Anchor Steam is one of the smallest and most traditional breweries in the world.

Only £9.99 for 6 bottles when you buy 4 or more cases.

Curious Brew Gold medal winner at the international beer challenge 2012. Brewed by England's leading winemaker with precision and passion to create a uniquely satisfying, drier, cleaner, fresher, lager beer, using the finest pale malt, Saaz and Cascade hops. It's then re-pitched with Champagne yeast and finally given a 'dosage' of rare and fragrant Nelson Sauvin hop.

Only £17.99 for 12 bottles.

Wine of the Week!Date published: 02/05/13

Gavi La Toledana

£7.99

(when you buy any 2 Italian wines)

These days if you mention Italian white wine, chances are your first thoughts will be Pinot Grigio. One of the first white wines from Italy to really gain an international following though was Cortese di Gavi usually known simply as Gavi. It shares many of the same qualities that make Pinot Grigio so popular, paired with a firm, ripe and steely dry character that makes it reminiscent of fine , so much so that it has earned the moniker ‘Chablis of Italy’.

Wine of the week: The Parcel Series ShirazDate published: 25/04/13

Parcel Series Shiraz 2011, Western Cape

£5.99 when you buy 2/more South African Wines

This month sees the 20% off South Africa deal come to an end. We wouldn't want you to miss out on some of the best wines this region has to offer, so we've opened this just for you.

This Shiraz is bottled exclusively for Majestic by one of South Africa's most established producers. Grapes from vineyards in Paarl, Darling and Stellenbosch are hand harvested before being cool fermented and matured in French and American Oak barrels.

With lashings of berry fruits along with notes of plums and mulberry, this Shiraz has a rich fruit palate. Savoury spice along with hints of pepper and an earthy minerality add to the fruit, increasing the wines complexity. Muscular tannins and a liquorice character, finish this wine off to an excellent standard.

Drink with barbecued meats such as chargrilled venison sausages and spicy ribs.

Majestic Wine Parcel Series and Prestige ParcelsDate published: 25/04/13

Exclusively bottled for Majestic, these wines are full flavored, great value and well worth a try.

The range currently includes two New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, an Australian Sauvignon-Semillon blend and both a South African Shiraz and Merlot.

Starting at just £5.99 why not give some of our exclusive wines a try today!

Tastings @ Majestic HarrogateDate published: 20/04/13

Fancy coming along? Sign up today...it's absolutly FREE!

May 2013

Thursday 9th May - Summer Wine Evening 6.30 till 8.30

Come along to our biggest tasting of the summer! Joining us this year are representatives from Nyetimber, who will be showcasing their Classic Cuvee and thier Rose, and representatives from PLB wines. Sign up today as places are limited.

Saturday 18th May - Tasting Counter Tutorial 12pm and 3pm

Back by popular demand, these 30 min guide through some magnificant wines open to taste for the weekend. This Saturday we will focus on Italy's unique grapes and regions, so grab the opportunity to try something a little different!

June 2013

Saturday 1st June - Tasting Counter Tutorial 12pm and 3pm

The second of our Summer tutorials sees us showcase New Zealands diverse sauvignon's. So all you lovers of NZ sauv (and I know there are plenty of you!) come down and let us guide you through a few you may not know all that well!

Thursday 20th June - The Wine Course 6pm start

A free introduction to wine for all those wanting to learn a little more! We'll guide you through a selection of whites, reds and fizz plus a demonstration on food and wine matching! Whats best about it? It's totally FREE! Sign up today as places are limited!

Portugal Tasting WeekendDate published: 18/04/13

Portugal and Britain have had an amicable relationship since the 12th Century, with wines being shipped to England from Minho in the north of Portugal. Over the years politics, revolutions and phyloxera seriously hindered the production of wine. Over the last 20 years EU policies and legislations have meant Portugal's wine industry has been undergoing transformation to produce better quality wine from the unique array of grape varieties available.

For such a small country the climate and terrain varies very dramatically. Wines produced on the coastal plains are strongly influenced by the Atlantic breezes. The temperate maritime climate means warm summers and cool, wet winters.

The Portuguese whites tend to be dry and crisp, whereas Portuguese reds tend to offer blends of many lesser known varieties.

The Portuguese red we have chosen for you this weekend offers a very interesting blend of Aragones (Portuguese term for Tempranillo), Syrah and Trincadira collected from the region of Alentejo, one of the hottest and most arid wine regions in Europe, producing full bodied wines with rich fruits.  

Wine Of The Week!Date published: 18/04/13

To coincide with the Portugese tasting week, we have decided to highlight the Ramos Reserva 2011. Pop in over the weekend to try this robust ruby red wine, with dense aromas of red berries and pudding spice. An excelent match for roast pork loin with a mediterranean herb crust.

Lets Give It a Try!Date published: 15/04/13

This Wednesday see's us celebrate 'Malbec World Day'. So, whether your new to it or you've had it before, why not give this fantastic wine a try. Born in the south west of France, Malbec took on a whole new meaning when it was taken to Argentina and, with their high altitude vineyards, transformed into a full bodied, smooth rich red. Bursting with blackcurrent and licqorice, this is one not to be missed!

Here at Majestic Harrogate we recommend that you give the Joffre Malbec 2011 a try...go on.

£9.99 a bottle or £8.49 if you buy 2 or more (new customers returning for a second time, you can get this as part of your free bottle voucher!)  

Ready to drinkDate published: 13/04/13

Ready to Drink Wondering which wines to open and drink now? Well wonder no more! This fine Margaux has reached a point of readiness that will excite and inspire the palate.

Chateau Lebegorce 2000

Chateau Labegorce is an historic house in Margaux, with its roots in a 14th-century estate named after noble house of La Bégorce. The estate has 30 hectares of vines on a sand, gravel and silt-based vineyard, with an average vine age of around 25 years.

The 2000 Bordeaux is a ripe and fruity claret, with aromas of tobacco, smoke and stewed plum, with soft vanilla influence. Silky and smooth on the pal-ate and beautifully balanced this wine will go down a treat with any well matured cheese.

At only £27 per bottle this stunning Bordeaux is perfect for now but will also age another 5-10 years.  

Cellar selectionDate published: 13/04/13

Looking for something extra special that will age into something spectacular? We’re here to help! Ideal as a gift or for that extra special anniversary in a few years.

Jim Barry Shiraz 'The Armagh' 2006

Jim Barry Wines is one of the leading producers in Australia’s Clare Valley. Jim was only the 17th winemaker to graduate from Adelaide’s Roseworthy College back in 1946 and his sons have continued his pursuit for quality, “Sometimes it takes longer than a lifetime to do a lifetime's work… it's now up to my children." - Jim Barry 1925 – 2004."

Only 1000 cases of Armagh are produced annually; the exact volume is not disclosed. Just 200 bottles reach the UK.

The 2006 Armagh is dense and purple in colour, a rich tapestry of enjoyment and fulfillment, a kaleidoscope of aromas, an abundance of fruit flavours; blackberry, mulberry and blueberry with supporting complexity of mint, eucalyptus and rhubarb. So dense this wine can easily be appreciated alone but is a perfect match with fillet of beef.

Calling all South African wine sessionersDate published: 13/04/13

South Africa's unique topography and range of micro-climates allow for vast differences in their wines, ranging from dense, rich, complex examples to crisp, light and fruity session wines.It is this varied range which has attracted a loyal fanbase across the globe. South Africa is the eighth leading wine producing country on this planet.

Their reds are characterised by concentrated fruit backed up by a smoky, rubbery complexity, whereas their whites generally show an abundance of fresh, ripe fruit, mingling with acidity and minerality. The value of these wines has helped South African wine remain at the forefront of both the economical and top end of the domestic wine market.

Get yourself down and fill your boots whilst we're offering a spine-tingling 20% off.

The Majestic Fine Wine PlanDate published: 13/04/13

Tired of gazing at the stars, counting your abacus beads or digging for precious gemstones? If you are interested in investing your pleasure resources in something a little different, how about fine wine? Lay and Wheeler have been dealing in en primeur, in bond and fine wine sales since 1854 (the year of the Eureka Rebellion) are are now part of the Majestic Wine family. On top of this we now offer the 'Fine Wine Plan', plus a 10% discount card for Majestic when you pay in £100+ a month. What's not to like, we ask you?

Key Benefits

- Being experts in fine wine storage, you can store all the wine you buy from Lay and Wheeler in their own vinotheque at a cost of only £8.40 per case per year (in bond).

- 10% discount at any Majestic (excluding Scotland and France) when you pay in £100 or more a month.

- Expert staff on hand to guide you towards buying the right wine for the right occasion.

- Join for as little as £50 a month.

- Access to a vast array of fine wines from the best producers in the world.

- Free 6 bottle case added to your collection upon joining.

This highlights just some of the benefits of joining the Majestic Wine Fine Wine Plan. To find out more just ask one of us here in store and we'll be happy to discuss any queries you might have and pass on more information for you to take away.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 10/04/13

Vergelegen 'The White' South Africa

Buy 2 save 20%

£20.79

Something a little different this week. To tie in to our South African tasting week, we thought we'd bring you one of their best. Vergelegen (when properly pronounced it sounds like you have something stuck in your throat) produces some of South Africa's best wines, and this is no exception. Made using a blend of 23% Sauvignon Blanc and 77% Semillion, the wines are matured and fermented in new French oak to give a new world style on a classic Bordeaux blend. The nose gives aromas of fresh herbs, lime and that unmistakable new world toastiness.

Normally now we'd tell you the perfect food match for this wine, but as the forcast is so good for this weekend, I would say match with a chair, a garden and some well earned sunshine!

The Highly Palatable Express Issue 1Date published: 09/04/13

The first issue of our new monthly newsletter has hit the counter today! 'The Highly Palatable Express' gives you an insight into what's going on in Majestic Harrogate this month and what we have to look forward to. There's some great articles on Food and Wine matching, what wines to keep and what's best to enjy whilst relaxing. Pick your's up for free instore today!

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

The Caracal

20% Off!

£11.99

 

This month sees the 20% off South Africa deal come t to an end. We wouldn't want you to miss out on some of the best wines this region has to offer, so we've opened this just for you.

This Bordeaux blend comes from one of the oldest vineyards in the Cape, named after the Caracal, a wild lynx- like cat indigenous to SouthAfrica, which has recently been introduced to the Neethlingshof vineyards as a natural 'Darwinian' form of pest control. So you can be sure these grapes are well protected from vine to bottle, some say the Caracal must approve the wine before it is sold!

12 months maturation in new and old French oak barrels has lent this wine lovely toasty and cedary aromas, and smoothed the ample tannins which envelope the core of juicy blackberry and mulberry fruit.

Drink with slow-braised meats such as oxtail or pork belly.  

 

 

Pick Of The Press 02/04/13Date published: 03/04/13

Jordan Chardonnay 2011 - Scotland On Sunday

Try this delicate and lightly oaked chardonnay full of vanilla & apricot notes and refreshing acidity.

Vinalba Reserva Chardonnay 2012 - Sunday Express

Soft in texture and abundant in peach & pear fruit, this chardonnay is a perfect match with any white poultry dish.

Pouilly Fuisse Vignes blanches 2009 Cordier - The Scotsman

For those who like their chardonnays rich, honeyed, spicy, nutty and intense, Cordier’s Pouilly Fuissés are a revelation.

Domaine De l'Aigle Pinot Noir 2011 - The Times

Produced by Gerard Bertrand, this Pinot Noir is authentic yet still very fruit driven. Excellent with duck and lamb alike.

Vinha Do Monte 2010 - Mail On Sunday

Fragrant, enticing, gloriously characterful wine with some dark intense fruit flavours and enough structure to match a hearty game pie.

L'Instant Truffier Malbec 2011 - Scotland On Sunday

Malbec’s spiritual home is south-western France. This soft, juicy example from its French homeland has long, plum and bramble fruit, refined tannins and a spicy chocolate finish.

We are closed on Easter SundayDate published: 28/03/13

Please note that we will be closed on Easter Sunday, 31 March 2013. We are open our normal Friday hours on Good Friday and our bank holiday hours on Easter Monday.

Pick of the Press 27/03/13Date published: 27/03/13

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2012

One of our best sellers at Majestic, this Kiwi sauv will not disappoint! I dare you to find be a better buy at £6.99...

Picpoul de Pinet Villemarin 2011

Even though this wine has been around for years, it's just starting to gain popularity. Fresh, crisp, a real must for spring!

Vinalba Reservado Malbec 2011

Second week in a row this has come up! Need I say more!

Chateauneuf-du-Pape Clos de l’Oratoire 2007

A fantastic example of CNDP! Rich, full of black fruit. A real treat for Easter Sunday!

Kanonkop Pinotage 2011

The marmite of the wine world. Pinotage prodcues wine full bodied, rustic and a little more savoury than usual. If you want to try the best, look no further!

Domaine de Villargeau, Coteaux du Giennois 2011

If you find NZ Sauvignon a little over the top but arn't a fan of the Fench, try this little beauty. Traditional Loire style with a touch of the new world about it!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 27/03/13

Talinay Pinot Noir 2010 Chile

Buy 2 save £8

£12.99

Following a recent visit to Chile I cannot think of a country with a more diverse climate for wine growing. Chile, a country where a 2 hour drive can result in a change in temperature by around 15 degrees. It goes from being the driest place in the world to areas where the ground is covered in snow all year round. Which brings me to my point. Pinot Noir is notoriously difficult to grow. To much sun, it becomes flabby and flat, to little and there is a lack for real fruit. But those climates in between can see it blossom from an elegant, soft wine to a big fruit driven beast! Now, I do enjoy the latter, but tasting the Talinay, I realised that you can achieve the best of both worlds. Soft, subtle minerality is joined by ripe red fruit. It also displays a fantastic savoury edge, something normally reserved for the finest Burgundian reds.

So rather than travel 11 hours round the world, have your own taste of Chile here (minus the sun).

Wine of the Week!Date published: 20/03/13

Camins Del Priorat

Buy 2 save 20%

£13.99

 

Something a little different this week, hailing from an area just south of Barcelona, this beauty is everythig you lovers of big reds will enjoy! Bursting with blackcurrent and cherry, the finish is rounded and a smooth as it comes! I know what some will be asking...why pay this amount when you can get a fantastic Reserva Rioja for the same price? Well, bearing in mind that the winemaker learn't his trade working for Chateau Petrus, it's a safe bet that this wine will reach the high standards expected from Spanish lovers all over the world!

Pick of the PressDate published: 20/03/13

Each week we here at Majestic Wine Harrogate we bring you our 'six of the best' press recommendations from the weekend...

The Parcel Series Sem Sauv Australia 2011

Fresh, fruit driven white from Margaret River, this represents fantastic value considering the supplier. Come try it out and we may even drop a few hints...

Lirac Garrigues Lirac 2011

As far as sub £10 red's from France go, you'll struggle to find anything better than this! Bursting at the seams with blackberry and cherry, all it needs is a chunk of red meat.

Vergelegen Cab Merlot South Africa 2009

A traditional French blend with a new world approach, this wine displays all the fruit expected with a hint of tabacco leaf and spice to compliment.

The Kings Thorn Pinot Gris New Zealand 2012

Traditionally known as Pinot Grigio, this is a million miles away. Rich tropical fruit with a hint of sweetness gives a full rounded white like no other!

Vinalba Malbec Rservado Argentina 2011

If there ever was a wine to go with steak, this is it! Lashings of black fruit, a kick of alcohol and a finish to die for! Just add cow.

William Fevre Chablis Chablis 2011

A top quality chablis from a top producer. Fantastic minerality and fresh citrus fruit show you exactly what can be achieved with Chardonnay minus the oak

The Spanish and Portuguese ComparisonDate published: 15/03/13

Spain has a long wine history dating back to the time of the Romans when Iberia was a major supplier for Rome itself, whereas Portugal is relatively new to the table wine market, better known for the beaches in the Algarve, golf and Port. But in recent years many of the small vineyards producing high quality wine have come together to form Quintas and estates big enough to supply more sustainable quantities of wine.

We have chosen a typical selection of both Spanish and Portuguese wines for you to compare. Both countries have similar hot and dry climates but both see differing conditions depending on the sub-regions and the effects of oceans, rivers and altitude.

The Portuguese whites tend to be dry and crisp, whereas as the Spanish ones tend to incorporate more Oak aging. For the reds one of the most common varieties in Spain is the Tempranillo, whereas Portuguese reds tend to offer blends of many lesser known varieties.

The Portuguese red we have chosen for you today offers a very interesting blend of Alicante Bouchet, Aragones (Portuguese term for Tempranillo), Alfrocheiro, Syrah and Trincadira collected from the region of Alentejano, one of the hottest and most arid wine regions in Europe, producing full bodied wines with rich fruits.

So why not come in and give them a try?  

Wine of the Week: Domaine Vacheron Sancerre Blanc 2011Date published: 19/12/12

Domaine Vacheron Sancerre 2011

Sancerre is one of France's most iconic wines it carries all the hallmarks of top quality Sauvignon Blanc at it's best with piercing acidity and pungent fruit. Sancerre is a hilltop town in the Central Vineyards of the Loire Valley that has a mineral rich clay/limestone soil that provides the wine with characteristic purity and precision.

Domaine Vacheron is arguably the finest producer of Sancerre and this textbook example demonstrates why it is held in such high esteem. With a fabulously aromatic nose, concentrated gooseberry fruit flavours and a carefully balanced palate between rich smokiness and a steely dry finish. This Sancerre is pure class with a tingling minerality and a delightfully long and elegant finish.

This is the classic partner for creamy, soft cheese (particularly goat's) but is also superb with smoked salmon and baked fish. Not a cheap wine but excellent value for a top Sancerre from such a highly reputed Domaine.

£17.99

Wine of the Week: Luigi Bosca TestimoniaDate published: 12/12/12

Established in 1901 by Leoncio Arizu, Bodega Luigi Bosca has a long-standing track record in the winemaking industry. Currently managed by the third and fourth generations of the Arizu family, it is one of the few winemaking firms still owned by its founders. Its reputation, built over the years, has become the paradigm of Argentine wine.

The global expansion of Bodega Luigi Bosca has consolidated its more than a hundred years’ reputation on the basis of the expertise gained and transferred over the years, the sustainable and homogeneous quality of its wines, and the perpetual search for excellence through innovation and state-of-the-art technology. Today, the Arizu family is proud of a tradition of more than a hundred years old, over which the family has worked hard to improve winemaking techniques, while observing and understanding Nature to give birth to its vision of wine. Hence, they made a commitment to grow with each harvest, and to understand those who choose their wines.  

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.

This wine will drink well with strong, firm cheeses, or rare sirloin steak.

£7.99 (for two or more bottles) Usually £12.99  

Fine Wine Friday: Promis Gaja 2009 Date published: 06/12/12

Promis is a super-Tuscan blend produced in Bolgheri (the Tuscan coast) by Angelo Gaja, perhaps the most famous Italian winemaker alive. Gaja's home territory is Piedmont where he produces some of the world's finest Barolos and Barbarescos. As a side note we have a very small number of bottles of his Dagromis Barolo available over Christmas. This is one of the finest Barolos around and we have a very small allocation so ring for availability or pop in-store.

Promis is a blend of Merlot, Sangiovese and Syrah following the pattern of the first Super Tuscan, Sassicaia, to partner Bordeaux varieties with the classic Tuscan varieties. It marries the silkiness and power of the French varietals with the characteristic structure and cherry fruit of Sangiovese wines. It is a versatile food wine that would be well matched with roast meats and cold cuts, a perfect wine for the versatile food eaten during Christmas.

This wine is a great introduction to Italian Fine Wines and particularly the normally premium priced Super Tuscans. Pop in-store on Friday and have a taste of this cracking Tuscan beauty.

Single bottle price: £25

Buy 2 save £6

£22

California Tasting WeekendDate published: 06/11/12

From Friday 9th- Monday 12th November we are opening a number of wines from California and would love you to join us in trying what this diverse State has to offer. From big, fruit-laden Zinfandels to precise and subtle Pinot Noirs California has something to offer to all wine drinkers.

The following wines will be open all weekend from Friday 9th:

  • Beringers Founders Chardonnay 2010
  • McManis Viognier 2011
  • Au Bon Climat Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
  • Beringers Founders Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
  • McManis Zinfandel 2011
  • Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir 2008
  • Sipsmith Sloe GinDate published: 05/11/12

    Sipsmith are a boutique distillery in Hammersmith producing some of the best homegrown spirits in the UK. Since their establishment in 2009 Sipsmith have gained a deserved following amongst bartenders and spirit enthusiasts for their high quality product and appealing branding.

    This Sloe Gin is a great example of this winter tipple. Wonderfully balanced between sweet cassis, tart sloe and warming alcohol. This is a must for long walks, shoots or a pre/post dinner drink!

    £24 per bottle  

    This Winter in Majestic Wine HarrogateDate published: 05/11/12

    As winter gets into full swing and the festive period approaches Majestic Wine Harrogate has a number of exciting wine tastings and events to soothe the winter blues and get your creative jucies flowing for Christmas. We look forward to seeing you in store soon!

    Wine Courses: An opportunity to try a range of wines and get introduced to different methods of wine production around the world. Thursday 11th November Thursday 18th November

    Tasting Weeks: New Arrivals for Winter 2nd- 8th November Wines of California 9th- 12th November Wines of Chile 13th-19th November Wines of Rhône and Burgundy 20th-26th November Wines of Bordeaux 7th- 17th December Wines of the South of France 18th- 21st January

    Tasting Events: Winter Wine Evening on the 15th November. Join us in store for an evening of free wine tasting and nibbles. Phone us on 01423 566866 to RSVP for the event.

    Recommendations for Winter: As the winter draws in these are our staff recommendations to help you through the winter months: Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2010- a cracking Chianti from one of the best producers in Tuscany. Not cheap but great value at £14.99 for a top wine. Singleton of Dufftown Single Malt- a warming and sweetly satisfying Scotch that warms the cockles. Sipsmith Sloe Gin- the perfect winter tipple made by a boutique distillery. Great as an aperitif or digestif.

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    Fine Wine FridayDate published: 02/11/12

    Clos de L'Oratoire Châteauneuf du Pape

    £25 per bottle or buy 2, save £4, £23!

    Châteauneuf du Pape is the oldest and one of the most famous appellations within France, whilst it can sometimes disappoint this example really excels. 2007 was a superb vintage in the Rhône producing ripe grapes with excellent levels of acidity and tannin.

    The nose is youthful and ripe, a world away from musty and over-oaked CNDP's. Sweet, ripe red berries dominate the nose which is suprisingly perfumed. The palate is full of black berries and sweet spice with an earthy complexity adding layers of flavour. The youthfulness of this wine means that it is enjoyable now but will also age gracefully over the next 10 years.

    Enjoy this wine with roast red meats, a filets mignon would be perfect.  

    Wine of the Week: Catalpa Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2009Date published: 21/10/12

    Catalpa Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2009

    Single bottle price: £12.99 buy 2 bottles save £5 £10.49

    This is a superb barrel fermented Chardonnay which demonstrates the quality of Chardonnay coming out of Argentina these days. The wine is fermented in new French oak barrels which imparts a toasty richness and creates a full-bodied and flavoursome palate. This complexity is enhanced by 30% of the wine being aged in oak for 10 months prior to the final blending.

    A light golden colour with flecks of lemon. It has an enticing nose of pineapple, red apple and sweet vanilla. The palate is more refreshing than the nose would have you think and a bracing acidity lifts the richness of the wine. Apple, pineapple and a hint of banana dominate the flavours on the the palate, although the background is laden with honeyed vanilla. This is a sumptuous and delicious wine that perfectly balances sweet, ripe fruit with refreshing acidity.

    This wine is great on its own or will partner fish or chicken in creamy sauces. For a more unusual pairing it's worth trying with roast pork.  

    Winter Wine Evening- 15/11/12Date published: 16/10/12

    Join us from 6pm to 8.30pm for a free tasting of wines from across our range. Try some old favourites, some new gems and start getting some ideas for all your festive needs.

    We will be joined by Nyetimber, producers of top quality English sparkling wine, as well as PLB wines.

    Artisan cheese and charcuterie platters will be supplied by Vallebona. Whilst The Dusty Miller caterers will be providing a local touch with various platters of delicious food.

    Our tasting evenings are always great fun and are an excellent opportunity to try a whole range of new wines. Places are limited so please speak to a member of staff to reserve a spot.

    RSVP is required so call us on 01423 566 866, email har@majestic.co.uk or speak to a member of staff to reserve a place.  

    Wine of the Week: Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2010Date published: 11/10/12

    Jordan Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

    Single bottle price: £9.99 buy 2 South African wines save 20% £7.99

    It being South African tasting week we thought we'd better try out some of our new range from the country. This wine is brand new in (hence the lack of a picture) and really stands out. Jordan are one of the top producers in Stellenbosch and this Bordeaux imitation offers real quality at a very reasonable price. The perfect balance of juicy fruit, grippy tannin and a toasty finish. The choice wine for the autumn!

    An inviting nose full of blackcurrant, blackberry and ripe plum with an underlying spiciness from some oak ageing. The palate brims with ripe red and black fruit but also has a complex graphite minerality to it. The acidity and tannin are well balanced but noticeable and add a very impressive structure to the wine that stop it being a straightforward New World fruit bomb!

    The fruitiness of this wine makes it eminently drinkable on it's own but it's structure also means that it will partner hearty, meaty dishes well. For £7.99 this wine is a real cracker and incredibly versatile. Enjoy!  

    Wine of the week: Clos de Danzay Chinon 2000Date published: 05/10/12

    Chinon Clos de Danzay 2000
    Pierre-Jacques Druet

    Single bottle price: £11.99
    buy 2 save £4
    £9.99

    Chinon is a relatively unknown French appellation in the Loire Valley that focuses solely on Cabernet Franc and produces wine of elegance and longevity at very reasonable prices. Clos de Danzay is one of the finest plots within Chinon and this example from Pierre-Jacques Druet demonstrates mature Chinon at its best.

    This a superb quality Chinon that is comparable to a mature Bordeaux at a fraction of the price. For lovers of characterful and unusual wines this is a must try. I can think of few other wines at around £10 that give such an expressive representation of their terroir.

    This wine has a light ruby colour with a developing garnet coloured edge that hints at its age. The nose is full of stewed bramble fruit, particularly blackberry, with a spicy, mineral background. The wine is light yet hugely flavourful with a still fresh and zesty palate dominated by strong flavours of blackberry, black cherry and blueberry. This gives way to developed flavours of tobacco, vanilla and slatey minerality. This wine carries its age seamlessly as straightforward fruitness has given way to florality and minerality.

    This wine is crying out for robust game dishes, hard cheese or rich pâté.

    Pinot Noir Tasting Saturday 29th SeptemberDate published: 27/09/12

    Join us this Saturday for an informal, tutored tasting of Pinot Noirs from around the globe. Highlights include:

    • Saintsbury Carneros Pinot
    • Villa Maria Cellar Selection
    • Composite Winegrowers of Marlborough
    • Domaine L'Aigle
    • Louis Jadot Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru

    We look forward to seeing you on Saturday and taking you through the wonderful world of Pinot Noir.

    The Harrogate Team

    New Short Term OffersDate published: 26/09/12

    New offers starting today that will run until Monday 15th October:

    • Louis Latour Macon Lugny Buy 2 SAVE £4  £7.99!
    • Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Buy 2 save £6  £6.99!
    • Serena Pinot Grigio Buy 2 save £6  £5.99!
    • Laurent Perrier Rose £62 down to £45!
    • Nicolas Feuillatte NV £25 down to £15!
    • Greenpoint Sparkling NV £16.99 down to £9.99!

    Wine of the Week: Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir 2008Date published: 25/09/12

    Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir 2008

    £14.99
    when you buy 2 bottles save £10

    £19.99 single bottle price

    Saintsbury are one of California's premium producers of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They strive for elegance and purity in their wines rather than over-enthusiastic use of oak and over-extraction of fruit and tannin. The philosophy of Saintsbury is to allow vineyard expression in their wines rather than demonstrating the influence of the producer.

    This classy Pinot Noir exhibits a nose of ripe red fruit, cigar tobacco and spicy vanilla. The palate is ripe yet fresh and full of flavours of cherry, strawberry and raspberry. The finish is long and weighty yet has an underpinning acidity that lends elegance to the wine.

    Enjoyable now or over the next 4-5 years this wine is perfect for autumn and will partner both roast duck or game birds.
     

    Wine of the week: Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2011Date published: 19/09/12

    Wine of the Week

    Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2011

    £13.99
    when you buy 2 bottles saving £7
    £17.49 single bottle price

    Saint Clair is rapidly becoming one of the most reputed wineries in Marlborough. They produce some of my favourite NZ wines, in particular their Pinot Noirs and Sauvignons. The Pioneer Block wines are some of the estates premium and are sourced from outstanding vineyards with only carefully selected grapes being used. The result is wines of superb precision and expression.

    A remarkable intensity of fruit, with pungent aromas of gooseberry and passionfruit, with a steely dryness, herbaceous characters, underlying minerality and a long, lingering finish.

    Asian-inspired cuisine is ideal, as the wine echoes the lemongrass and fresh coriander often used in these dishes.

    Parcel of mature RiojaDate published: 13/09/12

    At an auction in Spain Majestic managed to get its hands on a parcel of mature and rare Rioja from some exceptional vintages and outstanding bodegas . 'Fernando', a caterer to Spain's high society, had amassed these wines over the past two decades and then decided to auction them to a single buyer upon his retirement meaning that Majestic was lucky enough to secure the whole lot.

    This parcel contains wines from such prestigious names as Contino, CVNE Imperial, Vina Ardanza and Marques de Riscal with the majority of the wines coming from the lauded 1994, 1995 and 2001 vintages. An equivalent parcel from Burgundy or Bordeaux would be near impossible to find, particularly at these prices! None of the wines are over £25 when bought in pairs and they represent an opportunity to try mature fine wine at an unbeatable price.

    Majestic Wine Harrogate has been chosen as one of the hub stores for the North of England and as a result we have direct access to all of the wines in the parcel so do drop in for a browse of them. If your lucky enough we may even have some open, last weekend the CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva 1994 and the Vina Ardanza Reserva 1994 were both opened and proved hugely popular.

    For information on what's available feel free to give us a call on 01423 566 866 or drop us an email at har@majestic.co.uk.

    We look forward to seeing you in store.

    The Harrogate Team

     

     

    Cobra Beer Half Price!Date published: 13/09/12

    Due to a need to clear out stocks of short-dated Cobra Beer it will now be half price at £6.98 per 12. Only 59p per bottle!

    Stock levels are low so come and make the most of it before we run out!

    The Harrogate Team

    Autumn Tasting EventsDate published: 13/09/12

    This autumn sees the start of several tasting tutorials every Saturday in September. The tastings are informal with wines being opened on the tasting counter and staff  explaining each of the wines.

    Last Saturday saw a very successful Chardonnay tasting with the Leyda Single Vineyard Chardonnay and the Seguinot-Bordet Chablis Premier Cru being the standout wines.

    The tastings for the rest of September are as follows:

    15th September- Spanish tasting

    22nd September- Sauvignon Blanc tasting

    29th September- Pinot Noir tasting

    Come by any Saturday this month and try some old favourites alongside some new and exciting wines.

    We look forward to welcoming you in with a glass of wine.

    The Harrogate Team

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    Free Wine Course

    23 October 2014 (18:00 - 19:30)

    A free introduction to wine with our friendly in store team!

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    Meet the team...

    • Alex Trainee Manager

      G'Day. Originally from Australia, now enjoying Yorkshire life. Happy to talk big reds and cricket to anyone who pops in. See you all soon!
    • Chris Senior Manager

      Back for my 3rd term in Harrogate, I've spent the last few years travelling to the far reaches of West Yorkshire and back again, but still come to the conclusion that the German's produce the best beer and all chardonnay can benefit from a touch of oak. Also an avid fan of Doctor Who, Bon Jovi and Aston Villa. Don't judge me until you meet me!!
    • Gerry Senior Assistant Manager

      I'm back for my second sitting of Christmas in Harrogate! Cake baker, wine lover, horserider - I'm always up for a chat about cake, horses or wine. My favorite wines are Martin Codax Albarino and anything that sparkles, come in and ask me about my favorite cakes, and horses!!
    • Patrick Jones Trainee Manager

      Enjoy big oaky chardonnays amd ripasso style Italian reds! looking forward to meeting all the friendly locals soon.
    • Paul Sales Assistant

      Friendly driver and wine enthusiast.

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