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T: 020 8444 6888
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E: mus@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
107 Fortis Green
London
N2 9HR
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(664)

Offers for this weekend only - 33% off all Argentina!Date published: 19/09/14

Offers for this weekend only - 33% off all Argentina!

Don't miss your chance to stock up on some great Argentinian wines at extra special prices. We've also got a few of our favourites open in the tasting counter if you want to pop in and try them!

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

New Champagne Offer: Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2006Date published: 18/09/14

Web exclusive - just £30 a bottle!!!

Grand Vintage 2006 is the perfect embodiment of the Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage spirit. It is superbly structured and refined. Blending 42% Chardonnay with 39% Pinot Noir and 19% Pinot Meunier, the character leans towards elegance, with subtle richness.

Expressing the singular qualities of 2006's grapes, this Champagne is creamy and mature.

Open when you want to create a sense of occasion.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Moet-Chandon-Grand-Vintage-zid22127x6


Staff Selection - VIÑALBA SELECCIÓN TORRONTÉSDate published: 12/09/14

Our New Staff Selection is the Vinalba Selection Torrontes 2013 from Argentina

Origin - The aromatic Torrontes grape is a distant relation of Muscat, and has become Argentina's signature white variety, as it produces bright and perfumed white wines in the sunny yet cool high altitude vineyards of Argentina

Taste - Bursting with ripeness, the nose is a cascade of tropical fruit and blossom aromas. Lively flavours of white peach, melon, pear and pineapple provide a refreshing and involving palate sensation.

Enjoy - Best served with mild Thai curries or dressed prawn salads.

Only £8.24 per bottle when brought as part of the 25% multi-buy deal!

Come in this weekend and tell us what you think!


BEER OF THE WEEK - ROSCOE'S AMBER ALEDate published: 12/09/14

New Beer of The Week!

ROSCOE'S AMBER ALE

Roscoe's Amber Ale is a Red Ale style beer brewed by Roscoe's Hop House in Rochester. It won the Gold Medal "Exceptional" - World Beer Championship 2009, It has a silky smooth feel on the tongue, with caramel notes making it very palatable.

Pop In for a taste this week!

Only £12.00 per case



Wine of the Week - De Morgenzon Chenin BlancDate published: 12/09/14

Our New Wine of the week is the De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc 2013 from Stellenbosch, South Africa

Origin - Situated on slopes stretching from around 200-400 metres above sea level,The Morning Sun' vineyards are so named as they are the first parts of the Stellenbosch valley to receive the sun's light each day.


Taste - This Chenin is gloriously rich, with fermentation in barrel and lees ageingadding notes of honey on top of the rich oak and dazzling tropical fruit

Enjoy -A powerful and full-bodied white like this really needs food, and would reallysuit a hearty roasted pork belly dish.

£21.00 per bottle or £16.00 when you buy any 2 or more Fine Wines

Pop in for a taste this weekend!


Staff Selection - Catena Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 06/09/14

Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Mendoza

Origin - Catena’s Agrelo vineyards possess ideal soil and micro-climatic conditions for growing classic varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, and are renowned for producing wines of great finesse and elegance.

Taste - Full bodied, with rich, dark, supremely concentrated cassis-scented black fruit and a warm, spicy finish.

Enjoy - Excellent with steaks, roast beef or, if you are feeling adventurous, haggis.

£9.74 per bottle*

*when brought as part of the 25% multi-buy deal!


Sparkling Saturday - Bouvet Saumur Rose Brut NVDate published: 06/09/14

Sparkling Saturday - Bouvet Saumur Rose Brut NV

£13.49 buy 2 save 33.3% = £8.99

The house of Bouvet-Ladubay was founded in 1851 by Etienne Bouvet and his wife, Celestine Ladubay, and is now one of the Loire's foremost sparkling wine producers. They source their Cabernet Franc grapes from several local producers and vinify using the traditional method.

A delicate and inviting salmon pink, this is a light and immediately welcoming sparkling rosé, with a raspberry and peach fruit character, a fine mousse and a clean and uplifting floral nose. A fine summery aperitif, perfect with gravadlax blinis.

And open in store to taste today!!


Wine of the Week - Vinalba Malbec-Touriga Nacional Reservado 2012Date published: 05/09/14

Wine of the Week Viñalba Malbec-Touriga Nacional Reservado 2012, Mendoza Grape

Malbex, Touriga Nacional

Origin

Grown in the Douro Valley among the Andean foothills, this wine brings an innovative twist to the Argentinian speciality wine, the Malbec. The mature-vine Malbec grapes are blended with Touriga Nacional, traditionally a port grape, to lend the wine an intriguing and moreish taste.

Taste

Intense and fruit-driven like most Malbecs, brimming with glowing black cherry flavours, the Touriga Nacional provides some tannic structure and a rich, long-lasting finish.

Enjoy

The full-bodied and dense style of this wine would go well with a large array of red meat dishes, especially those featuring spices and rich flavours. Try it with a hearty beef casserole.




£11.75 or

£9.99

when you buy any 2 from our 15% off range


New online parcel - Mosel RieslingDate published: 05/09/14

New online parcel - Mosel Riesling

Straight from Germany, our latest special parcel is a delicious bunch of mature Mosel Riesling from two historic producers.

We can’t resist the focused, pure, peach fruit and floral nature of Mosel Riesling plus the perfectly poised balance between ripe natural sweetness and mouthwatering acidity. 

http://www.majestic.co.uk/mosel-riesling-parcel 

Don’t miss out – shop by 3pm, 
10 September or until stocks last.

New to Majestic - Herringbone Pinot Noir 2010, MarlboroughDate published: 03/09/14

New to Majestic - Herringbone Pinot Noir 2010, Marlborough

£12.99 Buy 2 save 33.3% = £8.66

This Pinot Noir hails from Marlborough's Southern Valleys. The estate was named after the interesting geological formation that borders its vineyards, which has a herringbone-like pattern created by streams of water running down either side of a central ridge.

A ripe and intensely fruity Pinot, displaying Marlborough's trademark strawberry and red cherry characters in abundance, with subtle savoury notes contributed by the more mature vine parcels.Try alongside a selection of hard cheeses or mixed antipasti.

New to Majestic - Plage de Sud Alicante 2013, PGI Pays D'OcDate published: 03/09/14

New to Majestic - Plage de Sud Alicante 2013, PGI Pays D'Oc

£9.99 Buy 2 save 33.3% = £6.66

Alicante Bouchet, to give it its full French name, is notable for being one of the few red grapes that has red flesh as well as red skin. It produces richly coloured yet soft wines, and this example has been blended with Syrah for added complexity and structure.

Deep, dense cherry red wine offering a lush, juicy palate of ripe red berry flavours with a rounded, mouth-filling texture. Subtle aromas of violets, vanilla and pepper. Great partner for pizza and roasted vegetables

Sparkling Saturday - Chapel Down Brut NVDate published: 30/08/14

Chapel Down are one of the biggest and best producers of wine insouthern England. This blend of classic grape varieties from their Kent vineyards, vinified in the traditional method, is capable of giving Grand Marque Champagnes a run for their money.

Maybe not possessing quite as much yeast character as Champagne, this refreshing, zesty and balanced sparkling wine has fine bubbles that wrap around all corners of the mouth.

£15.99 when you buy 2 or more 33% off wines

Pop in for a taste today!

Wine of the Week - Trebuchet Chardonnay 2013Date published: 30/08/14

Trebuchet Chardonnay 2013, Western Cape 

**New Product**Open to try on the tasting counter**


Grape - Chardonnay

Origin - This Chardonnay is made by Journey's End winery – a small vineyard estate renovated, expanded and extensively replanted under the ownership of wine impresario Roger Gabb. In 2013 a 60ft working medieval trebuchet was erected on the estate as a focal point for events.

Taste - A pale lemon yellow with youthfully green flashes, this wine has characteristic aromas of lime and tropical fruits. Gently crisp on the palate, providing plenty of refreshment.

Enjoy - Enjoy chilled on its own or with white meats.


Was £9.99 now £6.66 when you buy any 2 from our 33% off range!

Beer of the Week - Camden Hells LagerDate published: 30/08/14

CAMDEN HELLS LAGER

6X330ML CANS

Combining two of our favourite beer styles into one - we take the crisp, dry body of a German-style Pilsner and give it the gentle hopping of a Helles to create the beer we really want to drink. Made in an American style it includes Perle and Hallertauer traditional hops.

£10.99

when you buy two or more craft beers

Sparkling Saturday - Chapel Down English Rose NVDate published: 23/08/14

Sparkling Saturday - Chapel Down English Rose NV

£26.99 single bottle or

£17.99 multibuy discount

The temperate climate in Chapel Down's Kentish vineyards around Tenterden and Aylesford allows the growth of the delicate thin-skinned Pinot Noir grape, along with varieties more typical of Northern Europe, which are then blended and fermented in the traditional method to produce this suave English sparkling wine.

Dry and refreshing, brimming with fine rose petal flavours and the softness of summer strawberries, supported by a crisp acidity and fine bubbles, this wine is great to drink around a sizzling barbecue, or as an accompaniment to lighter crab or smoked salmon dishes. The perfect way to enjoy the end of the summer! Why not try it when you're in town today?

Wine of the Week - Chianti Classico San LeoninoDate published: 22/08/14

Wine of the Week 

Chianti Classico, San Leonino 


Grape

Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon


Origin

San Leonino can be found in the heart of the Chianti region of Tuscany, south of Florence. Grown on south-easterly slopes near Siena, and bottled in Castellina, this wine is Italian through and through.


Taste

A very traditional Chianti in style, this wine is bursting with red cherry flavours with a slight sour twist and a vibrant acidity, hints of sweet spices, all topped off with a smooth, mouth-watering finish.


Enjoy

Delicious now, but it can also be aged another 3-4 years to allow the fruit flavours and tannins to develop in complexity. A perfect match for most Italian food, in particular tomato-led pasta dishes and hearty Tuscan red meats like wild boar.


£11.99 or

£8.99

when you buy any 2 from our 25% off range


Needing a wine list for your business?Date published: 22/08/14

Are you looking for a new drinks supplier for your business? For any restaurant, pub, hotel, golf club or all other business owners looking for a fantastic new wine list stocked with award winning wines delivered free, look no further than Majestic Wine Muswell Hill.

Both our commercial and Muswell Hill store teams are on hand if you want a chat about any requirements and to let you know what we can offer you to help improve your business!

We offer:

- Large selection of wines which are EXCLUSIVE TO YOU!

- Competitive prices

- Well informed staff

- Free and flexible delivery

- Your own personal account manager

- Free wine tastings

- and much, much more......

Call us on 0208 444 6888 or e-mail us on mus@majestic.co.uk if you would like any more information and leave the rest up to us!


Giesen Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99!!Date published: 22/08/14

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

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

A richly tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. Fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus, with a zesty acidity.

Enjoy with paella.

£10.49 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%  - £6.99


The Chocolate Block 2012, Boekenhoutskloof, Western CapeDate published: 21/08/14

The unboxing of the new Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block bottles aroused a soft chorus of "oohs" from the team here at Muswell Hill. Not only do the bottles look lovely, including some Magnums and even a Jeroboam (a three litre double-Magnum), but the wine is well-known to be delicious and very popular here among the team. An exciting blend of five grape varieties from innovative South African winemaker Marc Kent, which are fermented and aged in French oak barrels for up to eighteen months after fermentation, the taste is earthy and leathery, a heady mix of spices dancing over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. It's a wonderful balance of strong flavours and complexity.

Many Boekenhoutskloof wines are only limited to special distribution, but they've proven so popular and our customers have been so overwhelmingly positive about them, we thought we'd better get some into the main store! This particular wine goes well with big red meat flavours, like a well-spiced steak, a roast rib of beef, or chunky game dishes.

New Beer OF The Week!Date published: 19/08/14

New Beer of the week!

Roscoe's Indian pale ale

Roscoe's Hop House Original India Pale Ale is a American IPA style beer brewed by World Brews in Novato. Spicy hop character blended with smooth malt flavour for a balanced rich finish. With 6.3% abv Roscoe's Hop House is a nostalgic brewery, celebrating the unique styles of the post prohibition era.

£12.00 per case

Open to taste this all this week


Fine Wine of the Week: Beaune 1er Cru Rouge 2011, Louis JadotDate published: 17/08/14

Open on the tasting counter now!

Grape - Pinot Noir

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

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

Enjoy - Drinking now or cellar for 5 years.

Price - £27.50 down to £22.50* 

*when brought as part of the mix and match Fine Wine and spirits deal

Sparkling Saturday - Chapel Down Rose Brut NVDate published: 16/08/14

Sparkling Saturday - Chapel Down Rose Brut NV

£31.99 buy 2 save 33.3% = £21.32

Chapel Down grow their Pinot Noir at the Kits Coty vineyard near Aylesford in Kent. The vineyard's south-facing slope creates a great environment for growing sparkling wine varieties in the cool climate of the south of England.

The colour of lightly smoked salmon. Classic Pinot Noir nose ofstrawberry and raspberry with a splash of creaminess. Ripe berry and rhubarb flavours and clean finish with perfectly balanced acidity.An ideal partner for smoked salmon and other delicately flavoured canapés.

Wine of the Week - L'instant Truffier Malbec 2012 Rigal, Comté TolosanDate published: 15/08/14

Wine of the Week - L'instant Truffier Malbec 2012 Rigal, Comté Tolosan

One of the premier producers of Cahors, the Rigal family have extended their operation to include vineyards throughout the Lot Valley. The region has many alluvial terraces that are free-draining and have great sun exposure, and are perfect for growing Malbec.

Dense, blackish purple. Aromas of black cherry and bramble fruit, along with hints of anise and prune. The palate is bold and robust, framing juicy fruit with peppery tannins.

Drink over the next 2-3 years, with chargrilled pork ribs.

£9.99 or £6.66 when you buy any 2 from our 33.3% off range

Beer of the week - EINSTÖK OLGERÐ, Icelandic pale aleDate published: 15/08/14

Beer of the week

EINSTÖK OLGERÐ, Icelandic pale ale

£13.99 Buy 2 craft beers and save £6 = £10.99

The Einstök brewery can be found just 60 miles south of the Artic circle, in the fishing port of Akuueyri, Iceland. They craft their beer using some of the purest water on earth, drawn from the rain and prehistoric glaciers which flow down to the coast over ancient lava fields.

While made in the American 'pale ale' style, which gives the Einstök a robust flavour and smooth malt, three different kinds of hops combined with this clear Icelandic water give this Scandinavian beer a distinctive character. With a hint of bitterness, the beer is flavourful yet refreshing, a great way to enjoy the cross-over from summer to autumn.


Summer Selection PicksDate published: 11/08/14

Summer Selection Picks

Our Summer Selection wines are all 33.3% off and there are some great wines included.

Our favourites are:

Medalla Real Chardonnay - £11.99 buy 2 save 33.3% = £7.99
Bright golden in colour, with a faint green tint. The nose offers good ripeness, with citrus aromas turning to a softer, more apple and stone fruit character. Weighty and creamy on the palate.

Paul Mas Grenache Blanc - £9.99 buy 2 save 33.3% = £6.66
A lightly aromatic nose offers white flower and tangerine notes. Bright green apple and citrus fruit dominate the palate, and an intriguing liquorice note lingers on the finish.

Amalaya Malbec - £11.99 buy 2 save 33.3% = £7.99
Deep ruby with purple tinges, red cherries and cassis are key components to this wine, as well as the usual dark fruit characteristics of Malbec. Careful use of oak adds vanilla and spice.

Mud House Pinot Noir £14.99 Buy 2 save 33.3% = £9.99
An intense and powerful Pinot, full of bright red cherry and darker bramble fruit, layered with gentle notes of mocha and spice. Finely balanced tannin and acidity provide great grip and length.

For more information on these and all the other wines included in the offer, check out our website:

http://www.majestic.co.uk/33-percent-off-wine

Saturday Kitchen BBC1 Recommends our wines!Date published: 09/08/14

Jane Parkinson has recommended two of our wines today on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen.

Firstly - our Symbiose Piquepoul Sauvignon Blanc Cuvee Florence 2013 to accompany lobster. Currently £7.64!*

Secondly - Boschendal Rachel's Chenin Blanc 2013 to accompany pork chops and apple. A brilliant matching! Currently £6.74!*

Both a must try.


*when brought as part of our multi-buy offers.

Sparkling Saturday - Chapel Down Brut NVDate published: 09/08/14

Sparkling Saturday - Chapel Down Brut NV

£23.99 Buy 2 save 33.33% = £15.99

Chapel Down are one of the biggest and best producers of wine in southern England. This blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier from their Kent vineyards, vinified in the traditional method, is capable of giving Grand Marque Champagnes a run for their money. 

Maybe not possessing quite as much yeast character as Champagne, this refreshing, zesty and balanced sparkling wine has fine bubbles that wrap around all corners of the mouth.The ultimate drinks party sparkling wine, this stunning effort is the next best thing to a big-name Champagne.

Currently part of our Summer Selection and on an excellent offer, now is a great time to pick up a bottle!

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

Wine of the weel - Brouilly Maison NeuvesDate published: 08/08/14

Grape

Gamay

Origin

Brouilly is the southernmost and largest of the Beaujolais crus and as such is often described as "typical" in regards to Beaujolais. Domaine des Maison Neuves are a quality-conscious grower that eschews the use of herbicides to give healthier vines.

Taste

A deep coloured wine, showing great finesse and fruit intensity. The nose gives powerful aromas of ripe berry and currant notes. The palate shows soft tannins and a balanced acidity on the finish.

Enjoy

Enjoy with white meat dishes.


Buy for £11.75 or £9.98 when you buy any 2 from our 15% off range!


Now in stock: LFE 900 Single VineyardDate published: 08/08/14

Now in stock: LFE 900 Single Vineyard

£20 but 2 save £10 = £15

This wine is a blend of 36% Syrah, 22% Petite Syrah, 20% CabernetSauvignon, 18% Mouvedre, 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. All are sourced from the same high-altitude vineyard in Colchagua Valley,which enjoys average temperatures 3ºC lower than in the valley floor, producing intensely flavoured, slow-ripened grapes. As a result the wine is a symphony of ripe, dense black fruit flavour, structured by muscular yet velvety tannins.

A real bargain, get it before the staff do!

New online exclusive parcel - South African Special DeliveryDate published: 08/08/14

New online exclusive parcel - South African Special Delivery

From three of the most important producers, Kanonkop, Boekenhoutskloof and Beyerskloof in South Africa; this once in a lifetime parcel is packed full of unmissable gems including 'library' releases and some of the most exclusive, limited production fine wines. Snap up Boekenhoutskloof's most iconic wine 'The Chocolate Block' - we don’t expect these to last long - Shop NOW!

http://www.majestic.co.uk/south-african-wine-parcel

Staff Selection - Hunawihr RieslingDate published: 06/08/14

This weeks 'Staff Selection' is the Kuhlmann-Platz Riesling , Cave de Hunawihr

Origin -This cooperative was started by a group of small producers in Hunawihr in 1954, but today has member growers throughout the Alsace heartland. Winemaking is headed by Nicolas Garde, an Alsace-born winemaker, schooled in Burgundy and New Zealand.

Taste -A pale straw yellow, this wine is a classic Alsace Riesling, showing ripe pear and peach fruit, braced by a steely acidity. Clean and pure on the palate, finishing with a citrussy freshness.


Enjoy - Drink now or within the next 5 years, with seafood or creamy fish dishes.

Only £8.99 per bottle!



Beer of the Week - Goose Island IPADate published: 05/08/14

Beer of the Week

Goose Island IPA

£12.99 Buy 2 craft beers save £6 = £9.99

Goose Island Brewery is a brewery located in Chicago, Illinois, that began as a single brewpub known as Clybourn, which was opened in May 1988 by John Hall in Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois. The larger brewery (as we know it today) was opened in 1995, while the second brewpub, Wrigleyville, was opened in 1999.

From this craft brewery, comes the India Pale Ale. It recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result is a hop lovers dream with a fruity aroma, off set by a dry malt middle and long hop finish.


New to Majestic: Chandon Rose NV, ArgentinaDate published: 05/08/14

New to Majestic: Chandon Rose NV, Argentina

£20.99 Buy 2 save £33.3% = £13.99

Moët & Chandon have created this complex sparkling rosé by combining the fruit of several vineyards of varying altitude, using a traditional method of blending the juice with a controlled portion of Pinot Noir base wines, and 18 months' lees aging in bottle. 

Rose pink with a sunny, peachy hue. Aromas a predominantly of citrus and stone fruit, accented by hints of cherry and fresh pie crust. The strawberries-and-cream palate is carried by a voluminous mousse.

A wonderful aperitif-style rosé for any special occasion.

New Summer Selection!Date published: 04/08/14

Our new Summer Selection starts tomorrow in store but check out our website for offers live now!

33% off selected Wines, Champagnes and Sparklings

http://www.majestic.co.uk/33-percent-off-wine

Wine Fact!Date published: 04/08/14

Wine Fact!

When Tutankhamun’s tomb was opened in 1922, wine jars buried alongside him were labeled with the year, the name of the winemaker and descriptions about the quality of the wine. The labels could actually comply with modern wine label laws of several countries today. In ancient Egypt, the ability to craft wine that improved with age was considered alchemy and was a privilege reserved for the pharaohs.


On the tasting counter - Codorniu Raventos CavaDate published: 02/08/14

Grape - Chardonnay, Macabeo, Xarel-lo

Origin - A modern example of Cava from the Catalan region of Spain. The Codorníu family have been pioneers in the region since first producing Cava in 1872, and in 1985 incorporated Chardonnay into the blend of traditional grape varieties in order to make a more aromatic style.

Taste - Pale lemon golden coloured, with many streams of fine bubbles. Citrus aromas with peachy and lemon aromas and a full bodied, vibrant and fruit flavours and crisp mineral acidity.

Enjoy - Enjoy with a selection of canapés.

Now £8.99 down from £11.99 when you buy any 2 of our 25% off range!

Fine Wine open this weekend!Date published: 02/08/14

Fine Wine Weekend!

We have decided to open the Amarone Classico by Cantina Negrar for you to taste this weekend...

Origin

From the Veneto region of northwestern Italy, Amarone della Valpolicella is a blend of the Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grape varieties. Grapes for the wine were dried on straw mats, increasing the sugar concentration, before being fermented and aged in oak barrels.

Taste

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.

Enjoy

A wine that can age for up to 5 years or be enjoyed right now, particularly with game, rich pasta, tomato flavoured sauces and cheeses.

Pop in and tell us what you think!


Wine of the Week - Cote-du-Rhone 2012, Leon PerdigalDate published: 01/08/14

Grape

Grenache, Shiraz, Carignan, Mourvedre

Origin

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

Taste

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

Enjoy

Enjoy with all spiced Mediterranean lamb dishes or barbecued meats such as pork.


Buy at £9.99 or £7.49 when you buy any 2 from our 25% off range.


Champagne!Date published: 01/08/14

Champagne...

The word “champagne” is named after a province in France, meaning “open country. Due to the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) law in Europe, sparkling wine made outside the Champagne region of France can no longer be called “champagne.”


Bollinger - £25.50 on Multibuy Date published: 29/07/14

Bollinger!

''I only drink champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not in a hurry and drink it when I am, otherwise I never touch the stuff unless I am thirsty'' -  Lily Bollinger

...now only £25.50 when you buy 2 or more 15% off wines!

Nyetimber Demi-Sec open to taste!Date published: 26/07/14

It's Sparkling Saturday.....

Nyetimber Demi-Sec

This superb sparkling wine is the first of its kind: a truly English interpretation of the classic off-dry Champagne style. Made in small quantities from Nyetimber's 100% estate-grown Chardonnay, bottled with extra dosage.

Treading a fine tightrope between sweetness and freshness, this wine is at once crisp, citric, elegant, refreshing and satisfyingly rich, with heady brioche aromas perfectly complementing the palate.

A great aperitif or accompaniment for light desserts, this is perfect for either end of a fine dining experience.

Don't miss this SPECIAL OFFER.......was £38.99 now just £25.98


BEER OF THE WEEK! - LONDON MEANTIME LAGER Date published: 25/07/14


LONDON MEANTIME LAGER

6X330ML BOTTLES

Meantime Brew Master, Alastair Hook, has spent 20 years planning the quintessential English lager. His reasoning is simple.The great European lager brewers use very soft water and neutral yeasts to ensure that only the flavours of their locally grown malt and hops come to the fore. East Anglia is home to the world’s finest malting barley and Kent is home to some of the world’s best hops. Midway between the two, London is ideally placed to bring them together in a straightforward, clean, long-matured, unpasteurised lager, where all you can taste is malt and hop.

£9.99

when you buy two or more craft beers


Tastings in August and SeptemberDate published: 24/07/14

Taste & Explore

Join us in store for FREE tastings

The Spotlight Tasting

6 wines in 30 minutes! Comparing different wines from the same region.

Thursday 4th September 18:30 – Argentina

Thursday 11th September 18:30 – South Africa


The Wine Course

Thursday 8th August 18:30 – 20:00

Thursday 25th September 18:30 – 20:00

A 90 minute introduction to wine, going through how to taste, how wine is made and some great food and wine matching tips! And of course a great selection of wines to taste along the way!

To book a place contact us on 020 8444 6888 or drop us an email at mus@majestic.co.uk

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New Wine of the Week!Date published: 23/07/14

We have chosen to open the EVC Chardonnay by Peter Lehmann as our wine of the week!


Origin

To make this premium Chardonnay, the juice was drained directly into French oak hogsheads allowing the natural yeasts on the grapes to initiate fermentation. Following fermentation the barrels were stirred regularly for 8 months before stabilisation and bottling.

Taste

A delicate Chardonnay showing fine green/gold tinges and a lovely balance of fresh green apple and citrus fruit flavours, supported by stylish barrel fermentation characteristics.

Enjoy

Perfect with seafood dishes or roast chicken. A wine that will continue to develop complexity over the next 4-5 years..

£12.49 or £10.61, when you buy any 2 from our 15% range

Pop in  for a taste this week!


New in store! Hardy's HRB Cabernet Sauvignon and ChardonnayDate published: 21/07/14

New in store... Australian Fine Wine from Hardy's

Hardy's HRB Chardonnay 2011,Pemberton & Yarra Valley

£25.00 Buy 2 save £10 =  £20.00 

This Chardonnay is a continuation of Thomas Hardy's philosophy of blending between regions, in order to create wines with a broader spectrum of flavours and enhanced balance. It displays the typicallyvibrant characters of Pemberton combined with wonderfully zesty,citrus flavours from the Yarra Valley to produce a fully flavoured yetrestrained and elegant cool climate Chardonnay

Hardy's HRB Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Coonawarra & Margaret River

25.00 Buy 2 save £10 =  £20.00

'Hardy's Reserve Bin' Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from premium vineyards in Coonawarra and Margaret River, two regions which are synonymous with outstanding Cabernet in Australia. The powerful structure and chocolate-mint fruit characters from Coonawarra blend beautifully with the Bordeaux-like, cassis, graphite complexity of Margaret River, whilst persistent tannins backed by minerally acid lengthen the palate.

Did you know...?Date published: 20/07/14

Did you know?

When Tutankhamun’s tomb was opened in 1922, wine jars buried alongside him were labeled with the year, the name of the winemaker and descriptions about the quality of the wine. The labels could actually comply with modern wine label laws of several countries today. In ancient Egypt, the ability to craft wine that improved with age was considered alchemy and was a privilege reserved for the pharaohs


Phylloxera Date published: 19/07/14


Phylloxera

A few vine cuttings from the New World brought to Europe spread a tiny insect called Phylloxera vastatrix, which feeds on the roots of vines. The only way to save all of the European grape vines was to graft native American vines to the European rootstocks. While some European vines are justifiably hallowed, none of them are pristine and without an American element after the mid 1800s.


Sparkling Saturday- Nyetimber Classic CuveeDate published: 19/07/14

Sparkling Saturday!

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009

Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings of classic varieties in 1988, have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house, making world class wines to rival (and often beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne.

A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised.

The ultimate home-grown alternative to Champagne, for all special occasions.

Was £35.99 now

£23.98

when you buy any 2 wines from our Summer Selection saving 33% 


Save the Date!Date published: 19/07/14


This September we have a number of Spotlight Tastings that we would love you to join us on:

Spotlight Tasting – Argentina – Thursday 4th September 6.30pm

Spotlight Tasting – South Africa – Thursday 11th September 6.30pm

A half hour focus on wines from a specific country, just ask a member of staff to sign you up!


WOTW - Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2013 Western CapeDate published: 17/07/14

Grape

Chenin Blanc

Origin

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

Taste

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

Enjoy

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

Was £12.99 now

£9.74

when you buy any 2 from our 25% range


Medal Winning Wines!Date published: 17/07/14

As you may know, every year there are many wine awards and medals that are given to the top wines out there. Decanter magazine is one of the prestigious awards that are very trustworthy and we have a great selection of wines that were awarded gold medals:

Vina Mayu Malbec -

Underdogs to neighbouring Argentina, Chile's wineries are still weighing into South America's battle of the Malbecs, with increasingly impressive results. This top-quality hand-picked, cool-fermented example from Viña Mayu is a real contender.

A vividly coloured, muscular yet sophisticated wine, offering layers of nutmeg and clove amid a swathe of lush bramble fruit. Full-bodied with a long, silky finish. £9.74 when you buy 2+

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV- 

Produced in the Epernay region of Champagne, and dating back to 1811, Perrier Jouët consistently produces excellent Champagnes. The style is friendly and open, with a refreshing ripeness to the soft, appley fruit and a zesty mousse. Perfect with canapes.£26.95 when you buy 2+ 

The King’s Legacy Chardonnay 2011- 


This Chardonnay is sourced from two vineyards, one a mature plot in the centre of the Wairau Valley, the other a plot of younger vines in Brancott Valley. The grapes were fermented in large French oak casks using predominantly wild yeasts and allowed 10 months' on lees

An easily enjoyable Chardonnay that combines fresh apple, nectarine and tangerine flavours with subtle creaminess, hints of toasted almonds and a gently spicy complexity.£9.99 when you buy 2+ 


Great Sparkling Offers!Date published: 16/07/14

We've had some great Sparkling Wine offers start this week, check them out!

Codorniu Rosado NV £9.99 Buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

Codorníu are one of the oldest wine producers in Spain and also one of the pioneers of Cava, making their first bottle of sparkling in 1872, and soon afterward deciding to concentrate solely on Cava. Monastrell is the red grape which adds colour to this rosé. Light and pure, with citrus fruit and hints of strawberry and raspberry fruit, this wine is light and refreshing on the palate with a clean and refreshing finish. Enjoy with tomato salads, seafood or by itself as a summer sparkling wine.

Codorníu Selección Raventós NV  £11.99 Buy 2 save 33% = £7.99

A modern example of Cava from the Catalan region of Spain. The Codorníu family have been pioneers in the region since first producing Cava in 1872, and in 1985 incorporated Chardonnay into the blend of traditional grape varieties in order to make a more aromatic style. Pale lemon golden coloured, with many streams of fine bubbles. Citrus aromas with peachy and lemon aromas and a full bodied, vibrant and fruit flavours and crisp mineral acidity. Enjoy with a selection of canapés.

Prosecco Corte Alta NV £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

Prosecco is really driving the sparkling wine market at present and this value example really shows why. A fresh, frothy wine with medium acidity and lots of accessible pear and peach fruit, without being too heavy or alcoholic. Delicate and aromatic with a light body and fine bubbles, this wine carries lots of fresh peach, pear, apricot and apple with a revitalising finish. Enjoy on its own as an apéritif or as an accompaniment to canapés.


Exclusive bargains starting tomorrow!Date published: 15/07/14

Starting from tomorrow we will have two very popular products reduced to bargain prices. 

Mont Saint Jean Corbieres 2012 - £4.99 (buy any 2 save 15%)

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet - £5.99 (buy any 2 save 15%)

Make sure you pop in soon to get your hands on these bargain offers.

We look forward to seeing you :)

New addition to the Craft Beer offer!Date published: 14/07/14

New addition to the Craft Beer offer!

Meantime Pale Ale 6 x 330ml Bottles

£9.99 when you buy any 2 packs in the offer

Mix and match with.... Brooklyn, Camden Pale, Camden Hells, Anchor Steam, Einstok, Punk IPA, Underdog 

So much craft beer choice - Happy tasting!

Beer of the week - Camden Pale AleDate published: 13/07/14

Originating from our very own Camden, Camden Pale Ale is our beer of the week.

You can pick it up and try it from us today at a steal for £10.99 for 6x330ml bottles (when you buy two or more craft ale packs).

Did you know?
America invented Pale Ale during the prohibition. According to Camden Pale Ale it was made in bathtubs by gangsters who traded illicit liquors for secret new hop varieties!

Lead with wine?Date published: 10/07/14

Lead and Wine?

Romans discovered that mixing lead with wine not only helped preserve wine, but also gave it a sweet taste and succulent texture. Chronic lead poisoning has often been cited as one of the causes of the decline of Rome


Did you know...?Date published: 09/07/14

Did you know...?

Traditionally, wine was never stored standing up. Keeping the wine on its side kept the wine in contact with the cork, thereby preventing the cork from drying, shrinking, and letting in air. However, wine can be stored vertically if the bottle has an artificial cork


New Beer in Stock!Date published: 08/07/14

Football tonight! Don't get me wrong, we love love love wine here at Majestic, however we can't resist a chilled bottle of beer, especially when watching the football. Here is a selection of some of our new products that you should try:

Camden Hells lager, £10.99 when you buy any 2+: 

Inspired by Germany, delivered for London. Combining two of our favourite beer styles into one, we take the crisp, dry body of a German-style Pilsner and give it the gentle hopping of a Helles to create the beer we really want to drink – wanting this beer is the reason we decided to start a brewery.

A classic lager that’s exactly what it should be: easy-drinking, crisp and dry with beautiful bubbles. Clean and refreshing with a dry hop finish, you can taste the great depth of flavour which comes from the long, slow maturation in tank. This is how a great lager should taste.

Pilsner Urquell Limited edition cans £5.99: These are not vintage cans, but rather a series of cans designed with elements from Pilsner Urquell‘s past. Each can references specific instances in the brewery’s long history.

Camden Pale Ale £10.99 when you buy 2+: 

We crash together the easy-drinking tradition of British brews with the bold hop flavour of American pale ales for beer made here in London.

Like the Queen wearing dirty sneakers, it’s traditionally British with a rock star twist of American hops, giving citrus and tropical fruit, a round body and a drink-me-faster bitterness.



Gen's Celebration Bubbly - Berlucchi FranciacortaDate published: 07/07/14

In celebration of Gen passing her WSET exam she will be drinking Berlucchi Cuvee Imperial Franciacorta DOCG.

A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and made in the tradition style it is just like your typical Champagne - except much better value at £14.98 (when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of the 33% off offer).

Why not join her in celebration this week and pop into the store and buy yourself a bottle. 

Don't forget to say congratulations!!

The favourite from the Saturday Rose Spotlight TastingDate published: 07/07/14

We are now doing regular tasting on a Saturday at 3pm called Spotlight tastings. These are short tastings where we try 6 wines in 30 minutes with a focus on a particular region or style. 

Last Saturday was the turn of Provence Rose. We had a great turnout of people to the tasting and Marc shared some great facts and information with everyone.

The favourite on the day was the Commanderie de Peyrassol Rose - a lovely peachy colour with flavours and stone fruit and delicious smokey and spicy notes and creamy texture.

If you are interested in attending any of our tastings in the future please get in touch or keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

One of the most quoted legends about the discovery of wine...Date published: 04/07/14

The discovery of wine?

One of the most quoted legends about the discovery of wine is the story of Jamsheed a semi-mythical Persian king (who may have been Noah). A woman of his harem tried to take her life with fermented grapes, which were thought to be poisonous. Wine was discovered when she found herself rejuvenated and lively.


Bring a Friend to Majestic WineDate published: 03/07/14

Bring a Friend to Majestic Wine!

For the next few months we are running a promotion where if you bring a friend to Majestic and they are new and you both buy six bottles. You get two free bottles of handpicked wine up to the value of £10, yes two bottles! 

The first evidence of wine? Date published: 03/07/14

The first evidence of wine? 

...Archaeologists found grape pips (seeds), usually considered evidence of wine making, dating from 8000 B.C. in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. The oldest pips of cultivated vines were found in (then Soviet) Georgia from 7000-5000 B.C.g!


Outstanding Value Fine Wines! Mix and MatchDate published: 03/07/14

Here are some amazing fine wines we have at outstanding prices!

Vina Ardanza Reserva 2005 -  £19.00*

Domaine De La Gaffeliere 1996 - £15.00*

Chablis 1er Fourchaume, Bordet - £20.00*

Sancerre, Vincent Pinard - £19.00*

Amarone Negrar - £19.00*

Jackson Estaste Grey Ghost Sauvignon  - £16.50*

*when you buy any 2 or more selected fine wines or spirits, Mix and Match!

New online exclusive- Cillar de Silos Torresilo 2009 Ribera del DueroDate published: 02/07/14

New online exclusive- Cillar de Silos Torresilo 2009 Ribera del Duero

£168 for 6x75cl Bottles

Family run, Torresilo is a powerful old-vine Tempranillo from Ribera's finest vineyard plots, from cult producer Cillar de Silos. The superb 2009 vintage in Ribera del Duero is comparable to the best Rioja vintages.

Fantastically rich, ripe dark berries with damson plums with subtle notes of spice, nutmeg and mocha. Stunning balance and ripe tannins give a long, smooth, finish.

A real gutsy wine that would love being paired with roast suckling pig, braised lamb shank or venison.

This wine is available online only until 3pm Monday 7th July and will take a little longer than usual to deliver.


New Magnum! Picpoul Ormarine 2013Date published: 02/07/14

New Magnum! Picpoul Ormarine 2013

£19.99

Cave de l'Ormarine is one of the Languedoc's most successful cooperatives, and is responsible for vinifying 50% of the wine produced by the entire Picpoul de Pinet appellation, itself the largest white wine appellation of the south of France.

A brilliant pale yellow with youthful green hints, this is a light yet intensely citrussy wine, with characteristic aromas of grass, green bell pepper and blossom notes, and a crisp, refreshing palate.

This impressive magnum will make a wonderful addition to summer parties, pairing with grilled fish, seafood or freshly prepared salads.

New to Majestic - Pilsner Urquell Limited Edition CansDate published: 01/07/14

New to Majestic!

Pilsner Urquell Cans 4x500ml Cans

The original Pilsner from the Czech Republic is still the classic expression of the style.

In a handy 4 pack at only £5.99 it's definitely worth picking some up with your next wine purchase! You can find them in a new display stand next to the till!

New Summer Selection Date published: 01/07/14

If you missed out on our last Summer deals then fear not, we have plenty more on offer to wet your appetite:

Minuty Rose was £14.99 now £9.99 

Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.

Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.

Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010, was £13.99 now £9.32 

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

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

Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc was £12.99 now £8.66 

Grown in Nelson, to the west of Marlborough, on stony loam soils with high sunshine hours and a moderating maritime influence. The winemaking philosophy blends Old World techniques with pioneering methods now becoming commonplace in the new world.

Aromas of ripe gooseberry and tropical fruit, delicate floral notes and mineral characters. An elegant, crisp palate of citrus and gooseberry with a zingy, refreshing finish.

All of the above wines are on our new 33% offer! Make sure you head into store today and find some great deals 

Sipsmith Summer Cup!Date published: 28/06/14

Sipsmith Summer Cup!

The taste of Summer has arrived! Move over Pimms, there's a new kid on the block and this one is packing a real punch:

Based on our award winning London Dry Gin, Summer Cup is the perfect summer sip for gin lovers. A host of carefully selected summery ingredients, including infusions of Earl Grey tea, lemon verbena (grown in Jared's garden) cucumber, vermouth and a touch of bitters are blended together to create a deliciously refreshing and sophisticated summer gin sip.

£20 when you buy 1 or £15

when you buy any 2 bottles of spirit or fine wine in the mix and match selection


July TastingsDate published: 25/06/14

Join us this Summer to try some of our fantastic wines!
PROVENCE ROSE SPOTLIGHT TASTING Saturday 5th July at 15:00pm 
 This is a great and informal way to try 6 different Roses, a 30 minute chat and discussion on the wines whilst you decide which one is your favourite!
FREE WINE COURSE 16th July 17:30-19:00pm
 Ever fancied learning a little more about wine? Our wine courses are informative and free for everyone, we offer a 90 minute introduction to wine, how to taste wine and how it is made followed by food and wine pairings. 

We do ask you RSVP to the above events by calling 010 8444 6888 or email mus@majestic.co.uk

BBQ Season Date published: 24/06/14

It is the perfect weather for a BBQ! And we have all the essentials to make it a cracking one. You sort out the food and the booze is in safe hands.

Having a chargrilled steak? A rich and full bodied red is a winner. We reckon Cline Zinfandel for £15 when you buy 2+ is absolutely delicious and perfect to match up to a meaty steak:

Heady and bold on the nose, which is full of ripe strawberry notes, and hints of coffee bean and cocoa. Wonderfully plump and juicy on the palate, with a satisfying warmth and subtle touches of vanilla.

Fancy a bit of fish? Fresh fish with a simple marinade is great accompanied by a fresh and zingy white, why not try a well chilled Jean Vincent Pouilly Fume for £9.99 when you buy any 2+ in our 33% range:

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

Lastly, I always love a good BBQ'd banana served with lashings of ice cream! For something a bit different why not pour a shot of Baileys Chocolate Luxe over the top, making it a truly indulgent dessert. Now down to £9.99 a bottle, it is also great served with a cube of ice. 

Favourite Picnic WinesDate published: 22/06/14

With summer now in full swing we've picked out some of our favourite picnic wines, perfect for sipping outdoors in the sunshine!

King's Thorn Pinot Gris - £14.99 Buy 2 save 33% = £9.99. A slightly floral and tropical wine, with a hint of sweetness, delicious!

Langlois Cremant de Loire - £14.99 Buy 2 save 33% = £9.99. A lovely sparkling wine from the Loire valley, crisp citrus, apple and stone fruit flavours with a creamy texture.

Ayler Kupp Kabinett - £10.99 Buy 2 save 15% = £9.34. A delicate style of Riesling, dry and light with lovely fruit and floral character.

All you need now is some nibble and you're ready to go!

Sparkling Saturday- Codorniu BrutDate published: 21/06/14

The sun's out and we've popped open a bottle of bubbles to celebrate! A simple yet elegant cava from Codorniu 

From the Penedès region in Catalonia, in northeastern Spain. This Cava has been produced with the expertise of Codorníu, whose wine producing story dates back to the 16th century.

A dry light bodied Cava displaying green apple, citrus, almond and brioche characters.

This easy drinking Cava is great on its own or as an accompaniment to seafood or light salads.

Buy 2 save 33%, now £6.66 a bottle!

New Arrival: Brooklyn Summer Ale!Date published: 21/06/14

This new beer Brooklyn Summer Ale is now in stock and available to try! 

Brooklyn Summer Ale is a modern rendition of the "Light Dinner Ales" brewed in England throughout the 1800's right up until the 1940's. They were also called "luncheon ales" or even "family ales", because they were refreshing and flavorful without being too heavy.The Brooklyn Summer Ale is brewed from premium English barley malt, which gives this light-bodied golden beer a fresh bready flavor. German and American hops lend a light crisp bitterness and a citrus/floral aroma, resulting in a beer with a very sunny disposition.

You can mix and match it with any of our other craft ales in the buy 2 for £9.99 each, including Punk IPA and Brooklyn Lager

Wine Fact!Date published: 16/06/14

Archaeologists found grape pips (seeds), usually considered evidence of winemaking, dating from 8000 B.C. in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. The oldest pips of cultivated vines were found in (then Soviet) Georgia from 7000-5000 


Plato argued...Date published: 14/06/14

Plato argued that the minimum drinking age should be 18, and then wine in moderation may be tasted until 31. When a man reaches 40, he may drink as much as he wants to cure the “crabbedness of old age


Wine of the Week - Vino Nobile 'La Ciarliana' Date published: 13/06/14

Wine of the Week

Vino Nobile 'La Ciarliana'

2010

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano hails from vineyards in and around Montepulciano in Tuscany. Made exclusively from Sangiovese and aged for at least two years, La Ciarliana has been made for three generations by the Frangiosa family in the hills surrounding Montepulciano

Juxtaposition of delicate violet, raspberry, and spice aromas on the nose. The palate however exhibits powerful fruit yet fine tannic structure and fresh acidity, leading to a conclusion of savoury spice.

This wine is perfect with roast meat, full-flavoured pasta or cheese. Decanting of the wine several hours prior to drinking is advised.

Was £19.99 now:

£14.99!

save 25% when you buy any 2 from our 25% range


On the tasting counter - Craggy Range Pinot NoirDate published: 11/06/14

Grape: Pinot Noir

Origin: Although a single vineyard site, the Te Muna Road vineyard is planted with eight different Pinot Noir clones, across 40 individual parcels of vines. Combined with over a year's ageing in small oak barrels, this produces a wine with enhanced complexity and depth.

Taste: Deep red, with an almost blackish tint. The aromas are brooding yet inviting, characterised by black cherry, with hints of flowers and tarry notes. Silky on the palate, flowing to a long, spicy finish.

Body: Medium

Enjoy: Drink with lamb, game and wild mushroom dishes, either now or following up to 7 years' cellarage.

Price: £23.00 down to £18.00 when you buy as part of the 'Mix and Match any 2 selected Spirits and Fine Wines and save £10'


Pop in and try it now before it goes!!

New offers - for the next two weeks!Date published: 10/06/14

New offers - for the next two weeks!

And we have yet more offers, these ones last until the 23rd of June, but are just as good!

Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 PGI Pays d'Oc
£7.99 Buy 2 save 25%= £5.99

Members of the same family have owned the historic Château de Pennautier since 1620. Since the 1980s it has become one of the most significant producers in the Carcassonne area, making wines both from Languedoc grapes, and Bordeaux varieties such as this Cabernet. Cool fermented and matured only in stainless steel, this is a youthful and fruit-focused Cabernet, emphasising its ripe bramble fruit with lively acidity and supple tannins.

Codorníu Brut NV
£8.99 Buy 2 save 33% = £5.99

From the Penedès region in Catalonia, in northeastern Spain. This Cava has been produced with the expertise of Codorníu, whose wine producing story dates back to the 16th century.A dry light bodied Cava displaying green apple, citrus, almond and brioche characters.

Raboso Rosato Corte Alta NV
£9.99 Buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

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




New offers - for one week only!Date published: 10/06/14

New offers - for one week only!

Starting today we've got some new offers that will last until next Monday 16th June, so get in there quick!

Marquis de Belleville 2012 Bordeaux Supérieur
 £6.99 buy 2 save 15% £5.94

Bordeaux Supérieur can be made anywhere within the AOC Bordeaux appellation, but must be matured for at least 12 months prior to release. The blend was made by negociant house Sovex-Woltner, who sourced the grapes from several Petits Châteaux. A middleweight claret with a good balance of ripe plum and berry flavours, with plenty of concentration. Tannins are fine-grained and provide a smooth yet ample feel.

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012/2013 Grifone
£6.65 Buy 2 save 25% = £4.99

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, not to be confused with the Tuscan village of the same name, is made from the Montepulciano grape variety from the Abruzzi region. This is the signature wine from the area, with coastal plantings at the foot of the Apennines mountains. Whilst standards in this region can vary, this is a reliable, medium-bodied wine with lots of red cherry fruit and soft supple tannins.

Torres Viña Sol 2013 Catalunya
 £7.99 Buy 2 save 25% = £5.99

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



Did you know...?Date published: 09/06/14

Did you know...?

Global warming may redefine wine growing in the future. Even tiny temperature changes can dramatically change the quality of wine


New to Majestic - La Sauvageonne Grand Vin 2011, Terasses du LarzacDate published: 09/06/14

New to Majestic - La Sauvageonne Grand Vin 2011, Terasses du Larzac

£22 buy 2 save £10 = £17

Terrasses du Larzac is a modern appellation created in 2005, covering red wines grown within a specific area on the slopes of the Causse du Larzac. Including some of the northern Languedoc's highest vineyards, the area is noted for its hot days and cool nights. A robust, fleshy wine with plenty of fine-grained tannins giving weight, volume and an enduring texture. Heady aromas of garrigue herbs and fruit compote complete the picture. Drink now or allow to mature for another 3-5 years. Serve with steak orstrong cheeses.

The world’s oldest bottle of wine...Date published: 08/06/14

The world’s oldest bottle of wine dates back to A.D. 325 and was found near the town of Speyer, Germany, inside one of two Roman sarcophaguses. It is on display at the town's Historisches Museum der Pfalz!

Sparkling Saturday - Heidsieck & Co Monopole NVDate published: 07/06/14

Sparkling Saturday - Heidsieck & Co Monopole NV

 On a fantastic deal at the moment from £22.49 Buy 2 save 33% £14.98 - While stocks last!!

Representing Heidsieck's Pinot-dominant, rich yet approachable house style, this cuvée offers a harmonious balance between crisp golden fruit, satisfying brioche notes and an abundant mousse.

Last Day of Current offers!Date published: 02/06/14

If you love a bargain and you also love wine then make sure you pop into store today to get those last minute deals before we all our products change price. 

Here are some of our current great offers: 

Minuty Rose now £9.99

Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.

Taste

Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.

Vega de la Reina Sauvignon Blanc only £6.66 

Vega de la Reina has its own 100ha vineyard in Valdestillas in the province of Valladolid, on the banks of the rivers Douro and Adaja. The wines of Rueda have been noted as an alternative to Sauvignon, so growing this international grape was a natural step for the region.

Taste

A lively nose of grapefruit accented with hints of fresh herbs and petals. Crisply acidic, the wine is mouth-watering, refreshing and persistent on the finish.

Montes Twins £7.99 

The Twins in question are this wine's two constituent grape varieties which are more often seen as single-varietals in South America. A 50/50 blend of the two grapes, matured over 10 months, with 60% of the blend spending this period in new French oak.

Taste

This wine combines the smooth texture and raisin-like notes of Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon's firm structure, intense bramble fruit and subtle minty nuances.


New to Majestic: Mud House Pinot NoirDate published: 30/05/14

New to Majestic: Mud House Pinot Noir 2013 Central Otago

£14.99 Buy 2 save 33% = £9.99

We've heard all the fuss about the Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, but they guys there are also now supplying us with a Pinot Noir!

Central Otago is the central part of New Zealand's south island, and with its free-draining loam and gravel soils and wide diurnal temperature variation, it has become known for superb Pinot Noir. This is a single-vineyard wine from Otago's sub-region of Bendigo.

An intense and powerful Pinot, full of bright red cherry and darker bramble fruit, layered with gentle notes of mocha and spice. Finely balanced tannin and acidity provide great grip and length.Enjoy with duck or lamb


Cocktail Hour!Date published: 29/05/14


Cocktail Hour

As the evenings get lighter and the feeling of Summer is in the air, we think a refreshing cocktail is a great start to your evening!

You can't go wrong with a classic Gin and Tonic, and we have the perfect combinations available in store today!

Fever Tree Tonic - only the best will do, and currently on special offer - £2.59 for a pack of 4

Fancy something local to home? Sipsmith Gin for £27.50 when you buy any 2 sprits or fine wineis a great option.

If you prefer your drinks a little more fruity, why not go for Pimm's No 1 for £11.99. Just top up with lemonade and an array of fruit including strawberries, cucumber and a sprig of mint, delicious!

For more ideas why not head into store and ask one us for recommendations?


New arrival: Montes FollyDate published: 20/05/14

If you love a fantastic Chilean wine then we think the Montes Folly for £45 is a real show stopper! Brand new into Majestic it has seriously got our taste buds tingling, just the amazing bottle itself designed by Ralph Steadman draws your attention to the wine, and 100% premium Syrah this will definitely be one for those who love a full bodied red. 

Chile's first super-premium Syrah, Folly is grown in the Finca de Apalta vineyard, which lies on a slope exceeding 45º. The difficult terrain and mature vines keep yields low, while the altitude and sun exposure produce a quality of fruit rarely achievable elsewhere, further boosted by intensive hand-sorting. Showing a deep and vivid purple colour, the wine offers a velvety backdrop of dense black fruit, overlayed with chocolate, toast, vanilla and tobacco leaf.

Majestic Magnums!Date published: 19/05/14

We think it's only fitting to grace the party table with a magnum (or two!) to really impress your guests. Thankfully we have a fantastic array of wines including rose, red, white and sparkling! Here is a list of some of the great range that we have:

AIX Magnum: An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum! Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit.

£19.99 single price.

Cloudy Bay Pelorus 2002 Magnum: From Cloudy Bay Vineyards in Marlborough's Wairau Valley, Pelorus 2002, is made in the style of Champagne, by the same production method, from the free-run juice of hand-picked grapes. With a minimum of 3 years of lees-ageing, this really is a match for any Champagne.

£45 single price

Marques Riscal Rioja Reserva: In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines, widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja. A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours.

£30.00 single price 

Please make sure to check out our range next time your in store!  

On the tasting counter - Pedro's Almacenista Selection Fino SherryDate published: 18/05/14

This Fino is selected from 2 different Bodegas in the centre of Jerez; the first, provides fresh youthful stock. The second, Almacenista provides the older wine which ensures the wines complexity and secondary characters. Bone dry, the Intense flor character is complemented by almond and fresh apple notes giving a fresh finish. An excellent match for all types of tapas, especially olives, nuts, smoked hams and shellfish, as well as Asian or Indian cuisine. Serve at 6-8ºc and consume within 2 weeks of opening.

Make sure you come in and try it whilst you still can - it's been very popular so far!

Rose weatherDate published: 18/05/14

It's finally the weather for rose! Here's a little taster of what we have to offer:

Vallée Des Pins Rosé 2013 Côteaux d'Aix en Provence - lots of red fruit and peach flavours. **Open on the tasting counter**
 - £7.49 when you buy 2 bottles from the 25% off selection

Fetzer White Zinfandel Rosé 2013 - hint of sweetness. Lots of raspberry and cherry.
- £6.66 when you buy 2 bottles from the 33% off selection

Miraval Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence - strawberry and stone fruit. Brangelina's new project!
- £17.99

AIX Rosé 2013 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 150cl Magnum - treat yourself with double the bottle! Crisp acidity and lots of summer fruits.
- £19.99

All perfect for a  nice glass of wine in the garden on a sunny afternoon. Pop in and get yours now!

Tasting evening favourites! Date published: 17/05/14

Hopefully many of you reading this will have attended our big Summer Wine Tasting on Thursday! We had some fantastic wines open and a real array of opinions! As always at Majestic we like to know what you think, and after plenty of discussion we came up with a list of our favourites: 

Number one wine of the evening:

BOUVET ROSE was the stand out winner! For £8.99 it is the perfect summer sparkling, pretty much everyone agreed. A delicate and inviting salmon pink, this is a light and immediately welcoming sparkling rosé, with a raspberry and peach fruit character, a fine mousse and a clean and uplifting floral nose.

The award for most controversial wine goes to: 

SCHLUMBERGER PINOT GRIS. For £14.99 this had a lot of love but also some strong feelings against it! We as the staff loved the unusual flavours and off dry style, but some of you found it just too sweet and vicious. A wine of great texture and depth of flavour, this Pinot Gris is at once youthfully vibrant, harmonious and mature. The palate is full of ripe white fruit, with finely balanced sweetness and acidity. This is certainly a wine you need to try for yourself before making any rash decisions!

The unexpected surprise:

GILLES GELIN FLEURIE. On a special introductory offer of £10.99 this was a real crowd pleaser. Even those that don't like fleurie enjoyed this one. A perfect summer red, not too heavy but still with enough complexity and well balanced. An inviting nose of crushed red berries is accented with subtle notes of rose petals, graphite and wet stone. Full bodied for a wine of this ilk, with a real sense of mass and plenty of lush tannins. 

If you agree (or disagree) with this list then please let us know. Any other thoughts on the wine are more than welcome, just send us a tweet! 

Sparkling Saturday - Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV FranciacortaDate published: 17/05/14

Sparkling Saturday - Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV Franciacorta

£22.49 buy 2 save 33% = £14.98

Franciacorta is a region in Lombardy which gives the local sparkling wines their name, having been made a DOC in 1967. Ten years earlier, Guido Berlucchi was the first to produce this style commercially, and went on to become the region's largest sparkling wine producer.

With its Chardonnay-biased blend, this is a supremely elegant wine, with a light-footed feel on the palate. Generously fragranced with pear, golden apple and citrus character. Serve with mixed antipasti or fresh cheeses.

And open to taste today in Majestic Muswell Hill!

Upcoming tastings at Majestic Muswell HillDate published: 14/05/14

We've always having free tasting events in store, so check out the dates below and see if you can join us for any!

If you would like to attend the Wine Course or Spotlight Tasting you will need to book your place in advance.

NEW ZEALAND SPOTLIGHT WEEK 6 June - 12 June
If you're a fan (as so many are) of the wines of New Zealand you'll definitely want to call in from 6-12 June because our tasting counter will be heaving with fantastic kiwi wines. Everyone welcome.

FREE WINE COURSE 12 June 18:30-20:00
A free 90 minute introduction to wine, including how to taste, how wine is made and some great food and wine matching tips! Please RSVP to confirm your place.

ITALY SPOTLIGHT WEEK 13 June - 19 June
Call in and join us to experience la dolce vita from 13-19 June, as we'll have a range of Italian wines open on the tasting counter all week. Everyone welcome.

ITALY SPOTLIGHT TASTING 14 June 15:00-15:30
For a more in-depth exploration of Italian wines, join us for a FREE 30-minute tutored Spotlight Tasting. It's just a few hours before England play Italy in theWorld Cup, but football colours are welcome! Please RSVP to confirm your place.


New to Majestic - Custoza 2013 Cantina di CustozaDate published: 14/05/14

New to Majestic - Custoza 2013 Cantina di Custoza

£8.99 Buy 2 save 25% = £6.74

Cantina di Custoza was started by a group of local winemakers in 1968. Today the Cantina has well over 200 members, who contribute grapes from over 1000 hectares of vineyards, from the south and west of Lake Garda all the way to the outskirts of Verona.

A light and easy-going white, with a gentle citrus fruit backbone accompanied by soft flavours of melon and subtle tropical fruit. Delicately aromatic, dry and refreshing. Serve chilled with prawn linguine or a herb salad.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Custoza-zid13386?tracking=|searchterm:13386


Sam Adams offer!Date published: 13/05/14

If you like a bit of American craft beer then you won't want to miss out on our great Sam Adams offer...

A 24 bottle case is now just £24... that's right, £1 per bottle!!!

This beer is a recreation of a 19th century American recipe - rich and satisfying. So make sure you add a case to your next order!

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Samuel-Adams-Boston-Lager-zid28472?tracking=|searchterm:adams

New Short Term Offers!Date published: 13/05/14

There are some sizzling new offers for you to take advantage of, but hurry, they're only available online until 3pm May 26.

Torres Viña Sol 2013 Catalunya £7.99 Buy 2 save 35% = £5.99

Fourth generation grower Miguel Torres uses his experience well in the production of this dry white. Now also holding vineyards in Chile and California, Torres have made wine in their winery in Vilafranca del Penedès since 1870. Fresh and fruity on the nose, a smooth, crisp palate, with plenty of apples and pineapple fruit. A refreshingly crisp wine. A wine suitable for drinking anytime - pre or post siesta! Superb with rice, fish and shellfish.

Brancott Estate Pinot Noir 2012 Marlborough £11.99 Buy2 save 33% = £7.99

The fruit in this wine comes mainly from across Marlborough, with small amounts from other regions, creating a consistent benchmark Pinot. A variety of yeast strains, and ageing in a mixture of French and American oak are also used, further enhancing complexity. Bright red cherries and summer berries characterise the fruit, highlighted by aromas of dried herbs. The sweetness of the fruit is balanced by firm tannins and a streak of taut acidity. Drink this in its youth, with a mushroom risotto, pasta dish or lamb.

Fleurie 2013 Labouré-Roi Was £10.99, Now £7.99

The House of Labouré-Roi dates back to 1832, when it was founded in the town of Nuits-Saint-Georges by Monsieur Labouré and Monsieur Roi. The Beaujolais Cru of Fleurie produces some of the most consistent wine, which is why it is the only Cru made by Labouré-Roi. Ruby in colour with an aromatic, red fruit and perfume nose. The palate follows into a rounded and soft finish with supple tannins and a lovely concentration of strawberry, raspberry and loganberry. With a rounded and silky finish and lots of fresh fruit, this wine is enjoyable by itself or when served with cured meats.

Codorníu Selección Raventós NV Spain £11.99 Buy 2 save 33% = £7.99

A modern example of Cava from the Catalan region of Spain. The Codorníu family have been pioneers in the region since first producing Cava in 1872, and in 1985 incorporated Chardonnay into the blend of traditional grape varieties in order to make a more aromatic style. Pale lemon golden coloured, with many streams of fine bubbles. Citrus aromas with peachy and lemon aromas and a full bodied, vibrant and fruit flavours and crisp mineral acidity. Enjoy with a selection of canapés.

Order now and take advantage of these great prices!



Bring a friend to Majestic!Date published: 11/05/14

We have just introduced a new voucher scheme called 'Bring a friend to Majestic'.

If you have a friend or family member that hasn't shopped with us before simply bring them into your local store with you next time you fancy picking up some bottles. When you and your friend both buy 6 bottles each you will each get a seventh bottle of your choice free up to the value of £10. 

In order to get your hands on a voucher you must first make a purchase with us. However, the voucher is valid indefinitely.

We look forward to seeing you and your friends soon!


Terms and Conditions apply.

On the tasting counter - L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV Crémant de LoireDate published: 10/05/14

Grape: Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc

Origin: This is the Loire equivalent of a 'blanc de blancs' Champagne, having been made from a blend of only the region's white grapes. Made in the traditional method, including 12 months' maturation on lees, this is a fine example of the region's sparkling wines.

Taste: Pale lemon yellow with a fine, shimmering mouse. The nose is an invigorating symphony of golden apple, citrus zest and subtle biscuit aromas. Clean, dry and elegant on the tongue.

Enjoy
 at any celebration. Will develop for a further 3 years with careful cellaring.

Pop in and see us to have a taste!

Currently £9.99 (33.3% off) when you buy 2 or more bottles from our 'Summer Selection' range.

Wine of the Week - The King's LegacyDate published: 09/05/14

Wine of the Week!

The King's Legacy Chardonnay

2011, Marlborough

£12.74 Buy 2 save 15% = £7.99

Origin

This Chardonnay is sourced from two vineyards, one a mature plot in the centre of the Wairau Valley, the other a plot of younger vines in Brancott Valley. The grapes were fermented in large French oak casks using predominantly wild yeasts and allowed 10 months' on lees

Taste

An easily enjoyable Chardonnay that combines fresh apple, nectarine and tangerine flavours with subtle creaminess, hints of toasted almonds and a gently spicy complexity.

Enjoy

Try this with seared scallops served with black pudding.

 ,...Pop in for a taste this weekend at Majestic Wine Muswell Hill!




The Summer Selection!Date published: 09/05/14

The Summer Selection has arrived!

...and here are a few of our favorites 

'Gavi di Gavi' Toledana - £7.99*

Errazuriz Chardonnay -  £6.99*

Prosecco Conegliano - £9.99*

Minuty Rose,  Provence - £9.99*

Portillo Malbec - £6.99*

*when you buy 2 or more Summer Selection wines as part of a mixed case

WINE FACTDate published: 09/05/14

In ancient Greece, the dinner host would take the first sip of wine to ensure it was safe to drink, giving us the phrase to “drink to one’s health.”


Vintage Champagne?Date published: 09/05/14

Vintage Champagne

Vintage Champagne is only made in the very best years and is a champagne house best quality champagne. Unlike non-vintage Champagne vintage Champagne is made from the best parcels of grapes of that year and not a blend of grapes from different years.

Vintage Champagnes have to spend a minimum of three years on the lees. This gives the champagne the benefit of developing a more pronounced yeasty quality with aromas and flavours of brioche and toast.

As part of Pick 'N' Mix we currently have Heidsieck Gold Top 2004 Vintage at £19.99 when you buy any two bottles within the Pick 'N' Mix.


Sparkling SeasonDate published: 09/05/14

With Summer just around the corner it's the best time to crack open the bubbles and share a glass with your nearest and dearest! However, we realise that Champagne is often a special treat and can sometimes be seen as too expensive.

BUT for a fantastic offer the Nicolas Feuillatte NV Champagne is only £16.66: A light, fresh and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruits. Has undergone a total of 4 years' ageing prior to release.

If you fancy something a little different our new Chandon Brut Argentina which is produced by the champagne house Moet and Chandon for £12.98 is fantastic: Following two years of exploration, Moët & Chandon identified a fine vineyard location in Mendoza's Uco Valley, planting it in 1959. They have gone on to use their abundance of Champagne expertise to create this traditional-method sparkling wine. A fresh and elegant style of sparkling wine, with a nose centring on citrus, pineapple and white peach aroma with subtle brioche hints, and a palate with great accuracy and length.

AND best of all we will be having a number open to taste over the coming weeks including:

Langlois L’Extra Crémant de Loire

Chandon Brut Argentina 

This Saturday 10th May Langlois L’Extra Crémant de Loire will be open to taste so make sure you're here to check it out! 

Mud House Sauvignon!Date published: 08/05/14

News for you all you Ned fans out there..... we have a new contender! MUDHOUSE SAUVIGNON BLANC is now part of our Summer Selection, £6.66 when you buy any 2 from our 33% offer. 

Established in 1996, the Mud House name reflects the origin of all wine and its links to the earth. The vineyards are nurtured to ensure that the grapes reach optimum ripeness, varietal character and flavour. Packed full of guava and passion fruit, with a steely fresh finish, this is a great Kiwi Sauvignon and perfect for a summer BBQ. 

Don't forget, you heard it here first!

Chilean Tasting WeekDate published: 04/05/14

Chilean Tasting Week

The first vines were planted in Chile by Missionaries in the sixteenth century in order to produce Communion wine, shortly after the Spanish Conquistadors arrived. It is thought that these vines came from earlier plantings in Peru, and were of the variety that came to be known as Pais, which was Chiles most commonly planted variety up until the 21st century.

 Don Maximiano Errazuriz was one of the first people to develop the industry when, in 1870, he began producing wine from imported French varieties, founding Vina Errazuriz, which today stands as one of Chile's oldest brands and one of the world's largest wine estates. 

Chile is a long, thin strip of land and bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean and to the east by the longest and second highest mountain range on earth. The variety of wines made can be attributed to varying altitudes, localised climates and soil types. 

Many of Chile's vineyards lie along river valleys, where meltwater from the Andean snows flow westwards towards the sea. The northerly vineyards, bordering the Atacama desert, are hot and arid. However cool Pacific Ocean currents allow cool air to flow up these valleys, moderating the temperature to such an extent that areas such as the Limari and Elqui Valleys, situated around 300 miles north of Santiago, are some of Chile's coolest vineyard areas, due to the proximity of the vineyards to the sea.


New to Majestic: Miravel Rose 2013, Cotes de ProvenceDate published: 26/04/14

New to Majestic: Miravel Rose 2013, Cotes de Provence

£17.99

The 17th-century Miraval estate is located in the Var region of Provence, and was bought by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009 and extensively renovated. With winemaking expertise from Perrin, the first modern vintage was released in 2012, and was met with wide acclaim.A beautifully pale pink colour, with a nose of wild strawberry and stonefruit, with delicate floral touches. Great palate texture, with soft tangerine and peach notes joining layers of berry fruit. Enjoy on its own or with fine seafood.

And open to taste this weekend!

Also available in magnum format for £38!

Brand new - Fleurie Gilles GelinDate published: 22/04/14

Fleurie Gilles Gelin

The wine maker Gilles Gelin is located in the heart of Beaujolais region.  Gilles Gelin has a profound respect of the value of the environment, the soil and the rhythm of the seasons. The grapes are picked by hand at the optimum maturity. Produced and bottled by Gilles Gelin the wine bear a small deposit or natural crystallisation due to the light filtration and which in no way alters their quality, 

Gilles is the fourth generation of talented winemakers in the Gelin family, owners of Domaine des Nugues, whose humble 15 acres of vineyards in Fleurie are responsible for some of the best quality wines this classic cru has to offer. An inviting nose of crushed red berries is accented with subtle notes of rose petals, graphite and wet stone. Full bodied for a wine of this ilk, with a real sense of mass and plenty of lush tannins. Pair this supple red with pork chops or coarse pâtés.

£13.49 a bottle or buy 2 save £5 = £10.99


2013 Provence Date published: 22/04/14

2013 Provence 

As we all know, last summer was a scorcher here.  It was pretty hot in France too and as the 2013 rosés arrive we're noticing much pinker wines than last year, even in those from Provence which are usually very pale.  However, they are still lovely and delicate, still dry and still beautifully subtle on the palate.  So don't be alarmed by the colour, the rosé inside is delicious!  Here are my picks:

Domaine Chautarde Provence Rosé £6.66*

M de Minutey Provence Rosé £9.99*

Aix Provence Rosé magnum £19.99

* when you buy 2 or more wines from the Easter Pick n Mix


Sangiovese?Date published: 22/04/14

Sangiovese

One of the original Tuscan grapes, Sangiovese is seldom seen outside of Italy, bar a few experimental growths in Argentina and Australia.

Sangiovese is a thick-skinned grape, and is often noted for its full-body and flavours of blackcurrant and smoky characteristics when aged in oak. It is also a key component of the famed 'Super-Tuscan' blend, where it is used with Cabernet Sauvignon to produce full-bodied, tannic wines with fine ageing ability.

Try our La Volte dell'Ornellaia 2011, part of our Fine Wine at House Wine Prices offer. At £18 when you buy 2 or more wines in the same deal, it is an excellent wine with years ahead of it, yet still drinking beautifully now.



Planning a Party?Date published: 22/04/14

Planning a Party

Are you having a party but don't know where to start? At Majestic, not only are our staff enthusiastic and very knowledgeable, we can advise on wine to suit every budget and can offer advice through personal recommendations (one of the perks of this job is trying lots of different wine!) 

Not only this, we have a great range of soft drinks, beers and spirits, so we really are your one-stop-shop for party drinks. On top of this, we stock ice, and offer a free glass hire service, as well as chiller bin & ice bucket hire. 

We can even deliver your goods to you for free too. For the best, unrivaled advice pop in to the store or call us on 020 7485 0478 to have a chat with one of our friendly team members, who can help you choose and fulfill all your drinks requirements!


Oyster bay Sauvignon now £7.99!Date published: 22/04/14

Oyster bay Sauvignon blanc is now on out Pick and Mix deal for a limited time only,  purchase it today for only £7.99 when you buy 2 or more Pick and Mix wines! 

(as part of a mixed case)

Monks were The Best Winemakers...Date published: 22/04/14

Monks were The Best Winemakers

Amazingly, the art of making wine was preserved and innovated in the Middle Ages, in the monastic orders. Thanks to the Cistercians and Benedictines we have such an elaborated and perfected winemaking technology today because they actually tasted the earth to discover how the soil changed from place to place. Thanks to Dom Pierre Perignon (1638-1715) we now enjoy the tastiest champagnes due to his share in founding many principles and processes in its production that are still used today.


Monopole Madness!Date published: 19/04/14

It's sparkling Saturday here today, and we've gone for a fantastic and extremely well priced Vintage Champagne. 

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top Vintage for only £19.99 when you buy any 2 from our pick'n'mix range. 

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay. 

Heidsieck & C° Monopole, now owned by Vranken and Pommery is one of the oldest champagne firms in the Champagne region. This vintage Champagne is soft and rich, with hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla. Perfect with canapes.

So why not join us in store for a taste and see what you think!

Wine of the Week - Select Blocks Pinot NoirDate published: 18/04/14

Wine of the Week - Select Blocks Pinot Noir

£14.66 Buy 2 save 25% = £10.99

The Ara estate is located at the elevated end of Marlborough's Wairau Valley, an area providing a unique combination of altitude, free-draining alluvial soils, immense sun exposure, and the cooling influences of the region's proximity to the ocean.

A fruit-driven, lively and supple Pinot, majoring on juicy boysenberry and plum flavours. Good ripeness and fruit purity from cool fermentation, enhanced by subtle toasted oak influence.

Ara recommends serving with pork in a hoisin glaze.

Open to taste this weekend!


Nicolas Feuillatte NV, Hurry!Date published: 18/04/14

Nicolas Feuillatte NV

Fancy some fizz but don't want to break the bank? We're offering this light, easy-drinking Champagne for just £16.66 as part of our Pick'n'Mix offer.

This Champagne is fresh and fruity with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruits. It has undergone a total of 4 years' ageing prior to release, which adds complexity.

Enjoy as an aperitif, or an accompaniment to fish dishes....dare we even suggest fish and chips?!



Phylloxera Date published: 16/04/14

A few vine cuttings from the New World brought to Europe spread a tiny insect called Phylloxera vastatrix, which feeds on the roots of vines. The only way to save all of the European grape vines was to graft native American vines to the European rootstocks. While some European vines are justifiably hallowed, none of them are pristine and without an American element after the mid 1800s.


WINE FACTDate published: 16/04/14

The alcohol bill for a celebration party for the 55 drafters of the Constitution was 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of Bordeaux, eight bottles of whiskey, 22 bottles of port, eight bottles of hard cider, 12 beers and seven bowls of alcohol punch large enough that “ducks could swim in them.”


Cocktail time...Date published: 13/04/14

As the evenings get lighter and the feeling of Spring is in the air, we think a refreshing cocktail is a great start to your evening!

You can't go wrong with a classic Gin and Tonic, and we have the perfect combinations available in store today!

Fever Tree Tonic - only the best will do! £3.25 for a pack of 4

Fancy something a little different? Gordon's with a spot of Elderflower for £20.00 is a great option.

If you prefer your drinks a little more fruity, why not go for Pimm's No 1 for £11.99. Just top up with lemonade and an array of fruit including strawberries, cucumber and a sprig of mint, delicious!

For more ideas why not head into store and ask one us for recommendations?

Perfect Provence Parcel!Date published: 12/04/14

This parcel makes it easy to add the glamour of the south of France to all your summer celebrations – from Miraval Rosé, from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, to Majestic favourite M de Minuty newly available in stunning magnums – this parcel is not to be missed! Be quick though – most of these wines aren't all easy to find in the UK, especially the party perfect magnums. And you certainly won't find them anywhere else with FREE delivery or click–and–collect.

Here are a selection of what we have on offer:

Miraval Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence

The 17th-century Miraval estate is located in the Var region of Provence, and was bought by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009 and extensively renovated. With winemaking expertise from Perrin, the first modern vintage was released in 2012, and was met with wide acclaim.

A beautifully pale pink colour, with a nose of wild strawberry and stone fruit, with delicate floral touches. Great palate complexity, with herb, citrus and wet stone notes joining layers of berry fruit.

£107.69 when you buy a case of 6 

Château de Berne Rosé 2012 Côtes de Provence

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

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

£11.99 when you buy 2+


Wine of the Week - Esprit de Pennautier Date published: 11/04/14

Esprit de Pennautier 2011 Cabardes

£19.99 Buy 2 save £10 = £14.99

This premium cuvée from the Lorgeril family estate is a blend of fantastic old-vine Syrah with Bordeaux varieties, grown on the south-facing slopes of La Montagne Noir close to Carcassonne, and as such is one of the finest examples of the robust Cabardès style.

A powerful nose of black fruits infused with hints of truffle, pepper and coriander. Full-bodied and rich, with firm yet approachable tannins and mellow, toasty wood influence.


New to Majestic - Pizarras de Otero RoseDate published: 11/04/14

New to Majestic - Pizarras de Otero Rose

£9.99 buy 2 save £5 = £7.49

Pizarras de Otero is 100% Mencia made in the Bierzo region.

Bierzo is a region located in the León province, in north-western Spain with a very peculiar geography.  From big plains to mountainous areas of great height, all full of vegetation. The Sil River, a tributary of the Miño, crosses the region all the way to Galicia. But it is the production of wine for more than ten centuries that most characterizes the region and in 1989 a Denomination of Origin was created for wines from the Bierzo region.

Soils in Bierzo area are principally composed of slate and clay. Many of the vineyards are terraced up from the river, where cool breezes keep the grapes fresh. Others are steep and high in the mountains.

Mencía is the grape that is principally cultivated in the Bierzo. Wines from this variety are generally deep, well-structured and with intense aromas of red fruits, as you will see in the Pizarras de Otero rosé

The wine has a bright raspberry red appearance with hints of red fruit and floral aromas on the nose. The palate is pretty and powerful with nice structure and depth of fruit, a result of its long maceration. The good acidity is typical of the Mencía grape, and provides a pleasing finish that is vivacious and crisp.

And now open to taste in store!


Easter Opening HoursDate published: 11/04/14

Easter Opening Hours

The opening hours for the Easter Weekend are:

Friday 18th April- 10-8
Saturday 18th April- 9-7
Sunday 20th April- Closed
Monday 21st April- 10-5

Apart from the Sunday we will be operating a normal delivery service across the weekend.

If you have any queries feel free to get in touch with us in store!

One Bunch of grapes?Date published: 07/04/14

One glass of wine consists of juice from one cluster of grapes. Seventy-five grapes comprise one cluster. One grape vine produces 10 bottles. One acre can contain 400 vines, resulting in five tons of grapes. On average, five tons of grapes can be made in to 300 cases or 3,600 bottles of finished wine


Wine Names Usually Indicate Location or Grape Varieties...Date published: 07/04/14

Wine Names Usually Indicate Location or Grape Varieties

Most European wines are named after their geographic locations and some of the best known are Bordeaux wines that come from Bordeaux region of France. However, most non-European wines such as Pinot Noir and Merlot are named after different grape varieties. Now you know!


£16.66 Oeil De PerdrixDate published: 06/04/14

This is definitely one of my favourite value champagnes, the Oeil de Perdrix is currently on offer at £16.66 as part of the Pick and Mix 33% off deal. You don't need to buy two, you can buy one with another wine included in the offer - but at that price, why wouldn't you want to treat yourself?!

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

Wine of the Week - Pizzaras de Otero, BierzoDate published: 06/04/14

This week's "Wine of the Week" is the Pizarras de Otero 2012, Bierzo!

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

This wine is deep cherry red with violet reflections. It's lively on the nose, with aromas of strawberry, plum and blackberry, and subtle floral lift. The fruit-filled palate has elegant and restrained tannins.

Partner with herbaceous lamb cutlets, or pasta dishes with fresh tomato sauces.

£6.66 as part of the pick and mix

£9.99 single bottle price


WINE FACTDate published: 30/03/14

The tradition of a celebratory “toast” began with the ancient Romans, who would drop a piece of toasted bread in their wine to buffer unpleasant tastes and excessive acidity. The Romans also boiled wine in lead pots and mixed lead with wine to help preserve it and impart a sweet flavor. There is much debate among historians about how much lead poisoning contributed to the decline of the empire. 


New on the block- Passimento 2011 Pasqua!Date published: 29/03/14

Passimento 2011 Pasqua 

Grape Merlot, Corvina, Croatina

Origin

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

Taste

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

Enjoy

A fine match for osso bucco or other slow-cooked red meat dishes.

Colour Red Wine Style Plummy Reds ABV14.0Units10.5 

 £11.99 down to £8.99 when you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case of six


The Fine Wine PlanDate published: 29/03/14

The simple route to an expert fine wine collection

The Fine Wine Plan is a simple and effective way to build a personally tailored fine wine collection - join now from £50 per month.

 

With access to a vast range of fine wines from some of the greatest producers in the world, Lay & Wheeler’s Fine Wine Plan is designed to be completely flexible. Whatever your tastes and budget, your personal wine consultant will be able to select and advise upon the best wines to suit your requirements.

You don’t even have to worry about the best place to keep your wines, as they can be stored at Vinothèque, a specialist wine-dedicated bonded warehouse, which is designed to provide the perfect conditions for the maturation of fine wines.

All you need to do is decide where and when you would like to enjoy your next delicious bottle of fine wine.

*Your FREE case will be added to your reserves in bond after your first subscription payment has been received. Free case when you subscribe £100 or more per month. Free wine is available for withdrawal after 12 months of continued membership and will be subject to delivery, UK duty and VAT. Free Cases also attract cellarage at your normal rate.


WINE FACTDate published: 29/03/14

A few vine cuttings from the New World brought to Europe spread a tiny insect called Phylloxera vastatrix, which feeds on the roots of vines. The only way to save all of the European grape vines was to graft native American vines to the European rootstocks. While some European vines are justifiably hallowed, none of them are pristine and without an American element after the mid 1800s.


WINE FACTDate published: 29/03/14

Despite its golden colour, Champagne is made primarily from red grapes: the Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier varieties. They’re often blended with Chardonnay for a dash of elegance.


WINE FACTDate published: 29/03/14

The musty smell of corked wine is caused by trichloroanisole, or TCA, a compound that is formed when a cork comes into contact with both chlorine and mould.


Wine of the Week - 120 MerlotDate published: 28/03/14

This week's Wine of the Week is a Majestic favourite - 120 Merlot!

The 120 Series wines are named in honour of the 120 patriot soldiers who found refuge in Santa Rita's hacienda during the war for Chile's independence. The cellars where they were hidden are still used for maturation of Santa Rita's wines to this day. This Merlot has intense aromas of red fruits, accompanied by floral, vanilla and tobacco notes. It has a great feeling of volume in the mouth, with plentiful but super-soft tannins, and typically Chilean ripeness of fruit. This wine is an obvious choice for light red meat dishes and pasta, or even weightier fish such as salmon. 

£6.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case 

How is Wine made?Date published: 27/03/14

The following is a synopsis of the basic steps to make wine:

Grapes are crushed to release the sugar in their juice.  The juice naturally ferments when yeast comes in contact with the sugar in the grape juice.  The result is alcohol and carbon dioxide. 

Red wine is made with dark-skinned grapes and fermented with the grape skins.  White wines are made with grapes, or if made with some dark-skinned grapes the grape skins are removed prior to fermentation.  Rose’ wines have contact with the skins of dark-skinned grapes just long enough to impart a pink color. 

The fermented wine is then separated from the grape solids and transferred into a vat or casks where it is clarified, stabilized, and may be taken through optional processes.  Finally, the wine is bottled. 


What does it mean when a wine is “tannic?”Date published: 27/03/14

A tannic wine has an astringency and bitterness that is caused by a high level of tannins.  Tannins are a group of chemical compounds found in grape skins, seeds, and stems, and sometimes in the wood barrels wine is fermented in.  Tannins are important to the aging of wine.  Wines most likely to be described as tannic are red wines. 


Perrier Jouet £24.99!Date published: 27/03/14

On the nose you are greeted with floral and fruity fragrances, with the palate revealing hints of honeysuckle, lemon and grapefruit, which evolve into subtle notes of vanilla and butter.

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut, also has a elegant finish of lingering notes of grapefruit, white peaches, apple and green pears which really round off this spectacular tipple. This wine is perfect for all party occasions or perhaps to complement a light lunch in the sun.

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut, is included in this months Pick 'n' Mix, priced at only £24.99 when you purchase any 2 bottles - making this a truly great offer just in time for the good weather to hopefully continue!



Deals of the week! Date published: 26/03/14

If, like us, you love a good bargain, then let me tell you about our new deals that have just arrived in store! Only for a short time, there are some great wines for both red and white lovers alike:

Ravenswood Zinfandel, was £9.99 now £6.66! 

Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is known as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, produce powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto.

Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc, was £9.99 now £6.66!

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

A richly tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs. Fruit on the palate leans more toward gooseberry and citrus, with a zesty acidity.

These offers end 31st March so make sure to grab yours whilst you can... 


WINE FACTDate published: 22/03/14

The Whistler Tree is the most productive cork oak tree on record. It grows in the Alentejo region of Portugal and is more than 230 years old. Harvested on a 9-year cycle, in 2009, it yielded enough cork for 100,000 bottles. As a comparison, the average cork oak produces material for 4,000 bottles. Named for the countless songbirds that occupy its dense canopy, the Whistler Tree is in excellent condition and is well on its way to produce a total lifetime production of more than one million corks.

Monks were The Best WinemakersDate published: 22/03/14

Amazingly, the art of making wine was preserved and innovated in the Middle Ages, in the monastic orders. Thanks to the Cistercians and Benedictines we have such an elaborated and perfected winemaking technology today because they actually tasted the earth to discover how the soil changed from place to place. Thanks to Dom Pierre Perignon (1638-1715) we now enjoy the tastiest champagnes due to his share in founding many principles and processes in its production that are still used today


World’s Biggest Wine ConsumersDate published: 22/03/14

World’s Biggest Wine Consumers

Can you guess who the biggest wine consumers in the world are? Well, while Italy is world’s biggest wine producer, Italian are only #3 on our wine consumers list surpassed by France with 8.14 L per capita and Portugal with 6.65. Surprisingly, Croatia and Andorra are #4 and 5 on the list with 5.80 respectively 5.69 L per capita. When it comes to the biggest US wine consumers the leaders are: California, New York followed by Florida.


New member of the team! Date published: 16/03/14

So, seeing as my first weekend of work at Muswell Hill is nearly over, I thought it only polite to introduce myself to our customers! I'm Jess and this is my second store as a trainee manager with Majestic wine, I previously worked at Finchley. This store has an even bigger range than at Finchley, and I look forward to trying a few, especially the extended fine wine section. To let you know a little more about me and my taste in wine here are a few of my favs from our current range:

Turkey Flat Butcher' Block, Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier blend. 

Something a little different:

This interesting white blend has been created by taking the three major classic white varieties of the Rhône, fermenting them individually with moderate oak contact and lees stirring during maturation, before blending to create a multi-layered style.
An involving and diverse wine, with bright aromatics and subtle texture. Stone fruit and floral aromas give way to tropical nuances and refreshing acidity, delivered with a satisfying roundness
.

£11.99 when you buy 2+ 

Amarone Classico Costasera, 

For when I'm celebrating/feeling extravagant!:

Masi has been run by the Boscaini family for the past six generations, and their wines are rooted in tradition, representing the classic Venetian styles. This Amarone is made by drying the grapes on bamboo racks throughout winter, after which the dried berries undergo a very long fermentation period of around 80 days in total, in a mixture of steel vats and Slavonian oak barrels. Immensely full-bodied and complex, with intense and mature dry fruit aromas. Drink with game, mature cheese, or as a digestif.

£30.00

Codorniu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs

A great champagne alternative and bargain buy:

This Cava Brut was launched in honour of the Regent Queen María Cristina of Austria who in 1897 granted Codorníu with the title of “Official Provider of the Royal House. With fine bubbles and persistent beading, this deliciously dry Cava has fresh, light, floral aromas with delicately rounded, well-balanced pear and brioche flavours.

£9.99 when you buy 2+

I look forward to meeting you all and hopefully recommending some great wines along the way! Feel free to ask me any questions, I will do my best to answer, and if not Julia our manager will be able to help. See you soon! 

Wine of the Week - M de Minuty RoseDate published: 16/03/14

Wine of the Week

M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence

£14.99 Buy 2 save £8 = £10.99

When the sun shining it's definitely time to get the Rose out!

Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape alongside Grenache and Cinsault, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.

Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.

Partner with the delicate flavours of fresh shellfish, or with a mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato salad.


New Web Exclusive offer: The Laurent Miquel Signature CaseDate published: 15/03/14

New Web Exclusive offer: The Laurent Miquel Signature Case

An exclusive mixed case of two single vineyard wines from one of the best wine makers in the Languedoc - Laurent Miquel. The Bardou Syrah has an intense, generous bouquet of complex red fruit and spices - superb with grilled meats. The Vérité Viognier is opulent and rich with well integrated oak. It has a lingering finish, pairing well with fine French cuisine such as grilled sea bass. We will be shipping direct from the winery to fulfil confirmed online orders only. The wines will be delivered to us direct from the winery at the beginning of April, so you can expect them to arrive with you mid-April.

Laurent Miquel Bardou Syrah 2008 AOP Saint Chinian

An intense and generous bouquet of complex red fruit and spices. The palate is floral with vanilla hints and a toasted edge.

Laurent Miquel Vérité Viognier 2012 PGI Pays d'Oc

Vérité is full of delicate white peach and foral aromas with a lingering opulent finish.

The case contains 3 bottles of each of these wines for a fantastic £90.

As this is a web exclusive, it will take a little longer to reach the store, and therefor delivery time will also be a little longer than our usual delivery. But it will be worth the wait!


Spring is in the air!Date published: 13/03/14

With such beautiful weather we've been having recently, it's not a surprise that rose has suddenly become a little more popular...

Thankfully, we have plenty in stock to keep you happy! Here are a few of our favs:

M de Minuty Rosé 2013 

Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.

Taste:

Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.

£10.99 when you buy 2+ 

Rioja Rosado 2013 Marqués de Cáceres

A blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Grenache this wine is macerated for several hours before the skins are removed and then fermented in stainless steel tanks.

Taste

An attractive, pale pink colour with a pleasant bouquet of strawberries and raspberries mingling with fresh, floral notes. The palate is fresh and lively with mineral nuances and long-lasting fruit.

£8.99 when you buy 2+ 

Also, as if you need further persuading, we will be opening the Minuty Rose this weekend from Provence! Make sure to come and have a taste and get some great deals whilst your at it. 

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc - now £6.99 on offer!!Date published: 12/03/14

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

Grape - Sauvignon Blanc

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

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

Now £6.99* as part of the Pick 'n' Mix


Champagne Deals!Date published: 12/03/14

We've got champagne deals worth celebrating! 

Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV - The style is friendly and open, with a refreshing ripeness to the soft, appley fruit and a zesty mousse. Perfect with canapes and ideal as an apéritif. Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £24.98

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV - Veuve Clicquot ages their non-vintage for almost twice the required time, resulting in a superb marriage of freshness and power, with rich fruit and a mouth-filling mousse. Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £29.98

Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV - Representing Heidsieck's Pinot-dominant, rich yet approachable house style, this cuvée offers a harmonious balance between crisp golden fruit, satisfying brioche notes and an abundant mousse. Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3%£16.66

Taittinger Brut Réserve NV - From Champagne's oldest cellars, this Champagne has peach and acacia notes on the nose, a citrus-fresh yet delicately honeyed palate, and a beautiful, elegant finish. Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £27.98

Nicolas Feuillatte 2006 - Nicolas Feuillatte's vintage cuvée combines freshness with a subtle yeastiness from extended ageing on the lees. Great as a party wine, or as a match with antipasti. Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £19.99

Nicolas Feuillatte NV - A light, fresh and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruits. Has undergone a total of 4 years' ageing. Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £16.66

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV - A lighter house style. Subtle citrus, toast and spice predominate this perfectly balanced Champagne, with a strong structure giving the wine good food compatibility. Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £27.98

More tasting events - Dates for your diaryDate published: 08/03/14

Join us in store for FREE tastings

The Wine Course

Thursday 20th March 18:30 – 20:00

Thursday 10th April 18:30 – 20:00

A 90 minute introduction to wine, going through how to taste, how wine is made and some great food and wine matching tips. And, of course, a great selection of wines to taste along the way!

The Spotlight Tasting

6 wines in 30 minutes! Comparing different wines from the same region.

Saturday 5th April 15:00 – Spanish Wines

Saturday 3rd May 15:00 – Chilean Wines

The Summer Tasting

Thursday 15th May From 18:30 – 20:00

An opportunity to come and try some of our new and favourite wines, less formal than the wine course, just come in at any point over the evening, pick up a glass and taste away!

To book a place contact us on 020 8444 6888 or drop us an email at mus@majestic.co.uk

Don't forget to follow us on twitter and facebook for updates on other social events and exciting news happening at Majestic Wine Muswell Hill.


Fine Wine of the Month - Foxen Pinot NoirDate published: 08/03/14

Fine Wine of the Month

Foxen Pinot Noir 2012, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara

£29 Buy 2 bottles save £10 = £24

The Santa Maria Valley in Santa Barbara is at the southern end of California' wine producing region. Situated near the coast the warm Californian sunshine is tempered by cool ocean breezes, and so there is a long growing season which in turn means greater complexity in the grapes.

Foxen was founded in 1985 by Bill Wathen and Dick Dore at the Rancho Tinaquaic, and named after Dick's great great grandfather who was sea captain in the 1800s. He adopted the anchor symbol as his cattle brand for the ranch, and this has been adopted by the wine makers several generations later!

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

An excellent accompaniment to game or white meat, this wine is ready to drink now but will develop over the next few years.

New to Majestic - El Cometa del SurDate published: 07/03/14

New to Majestic - El Cometa del Sur

We've just got in stock a great pair of Spanish wines...

El Cometa del Sur Tinto 2013,Terra Alta

£8.99 Buy 2 save 25% = £6.74

This spicy Spanish red is produced by Bodegas Abanico, who source their grapes from several partner growers in and around the towns of Batea and Corbera. Garnacha, known as Garnatxa in the local Catelan is the principal grape, grown on traditionally trained bush vines. Intense and fruity, this wine is crammed with black cherry, bramble and plum-like flavours, along with warm spicy aromatics. Supple, ripe tannins and a juicy fruit sweetness fill the palate. A robust wine for robust meats, such as wild boar or other game.

El Cometa del Sur Blanco 2013,Terra Alta

£8.99 Buy 2 save 25% = £6.74

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

Something for the Weekend?Date published: 07/03/14

Something for the Weekend?

According to most reports it looks like we're finally getting some decent weather this weekend!

What better way to celebrate than getting a few people together and having a friendly drink??

We've got loads of great spring time wines on offer at great prices, but here are my picks...

Rustenberg Sauvignon - £12.99 Buy 2 save 33% = £8.65. A lovely Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa, fresh fruity flavours give some added structure and complexity by the addition on some Semillon. Delish!

M de Mintuty Rose - £14.99 Buy 2 save £8 = £10.99. Nothing says drinking in the sun like Provence Rose! This delightful wine is light, and fruity, just the thing!

Prosecco di Conegliano - £14.99 Buy 2 save 33% = £9.99. Our favourite Prosecco, back in stock and on a cracking offer. Light apple, pear and elderflower flavours balanced by a refreshing acidity.

And if you're in the area, we are running our South African tasting week starting today! So pop in to taste some great South African wines.


Did you know...?Date published: 06/03/14

Did you know...?

That in our new Passimento Italian wine a portion of the grapes are partially dried before fermentation. This means the flavours and sugars in the grape are concentrated, to give a richer more complex style. This is known as Passito, and could be used in both sweet and dry winemaking.

South African Tasting Week: Starts tomorrowDate published: 06/03/14

Tomorrow sees the start of our South African tasting week!

Throughout the week we will have a great selection of wines open on our tasting counter. Check our store web page for up to date information on what's open.

And look out for some great deals on South African wines in our Pic 'n' Mix offer!

New to Majestic: Days of Summer 2013, Miguel TorresDate published: 02/03/14

New to Majestic: Days of Summer 2013, Miguel Torres

£9.99 Buy 2 save £6 = £6.99

Miguel Torres's winery was founded in 1979 by the famous Torres family of Spain, and is among those leading the sustainable viticulture movement in Chile. This unusual wine is sourced from Itata Valley, one of Chile's southernmost wine regions. The grape variety here is Muscat and as the name suggests, this is a summery wine full of bright and juicy white grape, floral and gently tropical aromas. A tiny hint of residual sweetness gives it a round, easy-going feel. The perfect accompaniment for ceviche and other flavoursome seafood salads.

Also recommended yesterday in the Times by Jane MacQuitty and open in store to taste this weekend!

Wine of the Week - Passimento 2011, PasquaDate published: 28/02/14

It's that time again! This week's wine of the week is a new one to us here at Muswell Hill, Passimento 2011, Pasqua.

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

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

A fine match for osso bucco or other slow-cooked red meat dishes.

£8.99 on multibuy

£11.99 single bottle price


Argentian Malbec Six Day Promotion Date published: 25/02/14

If you like Malbec you'll love our new offer, starting tomorrow (26th February), the majority of our Malbecs from Argentina join the Pick ‘n’ Mix 33% off deal. 

Some Malbecs to look out for included in the deal are- 
Callia Bella - £5.99
Portillo - £6.66 
Santa Ana - £5.99 
Alamos - £6.66 


Wine of the Week - Grand Ardèche Chardonnay 2012Date published: 23/02/14

Wine of the Week

Grand Ardèche Chardonnay 2012 Louis Latour

£10.99 Buy 2 save £2 = £9.99

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

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

Try with roast chicken or turkey with dauphinoise potatoes.


EventsDate published: 23/02/14

Got an event coming up? We can help!

Give us a call on 0208 444 6888 or pop in store and we'll help you get all your drinks (alcoholic and soft!) sorted. We even hire out glasses, chiller bins and ice buckets, and with free delivery what more could you ask for?!

A to Z of Grape Varieties: ODate published: 22/02/14

A to Z of Grape Varieties: O

O is for Olasz Rizling!

Another Hungarian variety, Olasz Rizling also known as Welschriesling gives crisp, light dry wines, with an aftertaste of bitter almonds.

A to Z of Grape Varieties: NDate published: 21/02/14

A to Z of Grape Varieties: N

N is for Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo is a red Italian wine grape variety grown in the Piedmont region where it makes the Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) wines of Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara and Ghemme. Nebbiolo produces lightly colored red wines which can be highly tannic in youth with scents of tar and roses. As they age, the wines take on a brick-orange hue at the rim of the glass and mature to reveal other aromas and flavors such as violets, tar, wild herbs, cherries, raspberries, truffles, tobacco, and prunes. Nebbiolo wines can require years of aging to balance the tannins with other characteristics.

A to Z of Grape Varieties: MDate published: 20/02/14

A to Z of Grape Varieties: M

M is for Muscat!

Muscat is not one variety, there are three main types of Muscat used to produce wines that we know and love. They all need warm, dry conditions to ripen well.

Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains - used for Asti, certain Vins Doux Naturels and a version of this is used for Rutherglen Muscats. Complex and aromatic.

Muscat of Alexandria - used for a few French Vins Doux Naturels, Spanish Moscatels and as a component in some medium-dry wines in California, Australia and South Africa. Wines tend to smell of grapes.

Muscat Ottonel- used for attractively perfumed dry white wines in Alsace and Central Europe. Best drunk young, fruity and fresh.

A to Z of Grape Varieties: LDate published: 19/02/14

A to Z of Grape Varieties: L

L is for Lambrusco

"Lambrusco, a red grape variety widely planted in Emilia, Italy, between Parma and Bologna. Unfortunately, due to lax regulations during the 70s and 80s, a sweet, frothy version carried the name "Lambrusco" consequently damaging the reputation of one of Italy's most imaginative wines. Today, there are five DOPs in which the sparkle must come from a natural second fermentation. Almost all DOP examples are made using the tank method and are increasingly dry, deeply pigmented and with the characteristically firm acidity that makes Lambrusco an ideal partner for Prosciutto and Parmesan." - p. 215, Other Sparkling Wines of the World, Wines and Spirits Understanding Style and Quality.

 

New Web Exclusive: 2 Kiwi BeltersDate published: 18/02/14

New Web Exclusive: 2 Kiwi Belters

We've sourced a special parcel of two Delegat's wines from New Zealand just for you. Inspired by the wines of Bordeaux, these Kiwi belters are produced using the same grape varieties - Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. A New World kick of fruit and a big vibrancy make them unique in their own right.

One of New Zealand's best known family owned wine estates

60 years at the centre of New Zealand wine

From the same family as Oyster Bay

Unique Hawke's Bay vineyards – the Heretaunga Plains

2009 – a great vintage in New Zealand

FREE delivery from your local Majestic store or click–and–collect

The Merlot - This Merlot from the Delegat's Web Exclusive is made from the very best fruit in Hawkes Bay. Packed with ripe, juicy, dark fruit flavours and a full bodied richness; this wine is great with tomato pasta dishes and red meats.

The Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot - Made from the classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot this Delegat's Web Exclusive wine is a New World winner! Bursting with lush black fruits, it's vibrancy really shines through. Have this soft and velvety wine with steak or your weekend roast.

At the equivalent of just £6.99 per bottle these wines are unbeatable value. Like all Majestic web exclusive parcels once the wines are gone, they're gone! Don't miss out – order on your mobile, tablet or desktop today.


A to Z of Grape Varieties: KDate published: 18/02/14

A to Z of Grape Varieties: K

K is for Kekfrankos and Kadarka!

Two black Hungarian grape varieties, Kekfrankos gives light, peppery, purple-coloured wine with high acidity. Kadarka, a premium grape, but one that is unfortunately prone to grey rot, requires low yields to produce wines with varietal character and needs the bests sites to achieve full ripeness. Kadarka has now largely been replaced by Cabernet Sauvignon.

Reminder: Still spaces available on our up coming Wine Courses!Date published: 17/02/14

Reminder: Still spaces available on our up coming Wine Courses!

We've got 2 Wine Courses coming up that still have spaces free. These are:

Thursday 27th February 18:30 - 20:00

Thursday 20th March 18:30 - 20:00

These courses are a great introduction to wine, led by your friendly and knowledgeable team at Majestic Muswell Hill!

So if you have ever been interested in learning more about wine and tasting some great wines at the same time, then book your place now.

Also, we hold tasting events throughout the year, so keep your eyes peeled for new events!

Did you know...?Date published: 17/02/14

Did you know...?

"Did you know that by law juniper must be the dominant flavour of Gin? This is nearly always supported by coriander, citrus peel, angelica and orris root. A whole range of other botanicals are used and the mix of botanicals is the key to the flavour profile of the final spirit." p. 257, Gin and Anise Flavoured Spirits, Wines and Spirits: Understanding Style and Quality

We currently have a number of gins in stock ranging from £15 - £32.50 - can we help? Call us 0208 8444 6888

A to Z of Grape Varieties: JDate published: 17/02/14

A to Z of Grape Varieties: J

J is for Juniper!

Not quite a grape variety but I couldn't think of a grape variety beginning with J (can you?!) Juniper is used to flavour one of our favourite tipples here at Majestic Muswell Hill, Gin! 

We've got plenty of Gins in stock including one of my favourites, Hendricks at £30.00 on multibuy

New additions to the Fine Wine offer!Date published: 16/02/14

New additions to the Fine Wine offer!

In case you haven't checked out our Fine Wines recently, we've been running a fantastic offer where you can save £10 on any 2 bottles within the selected range. The offer has been incredibly successful, so we've added some more wines to it!

Here are some of the new wines, definitely worth checking out!

Tiefenbrunner Castel Turmhof Gewürztraminer 2012, Alto Adige. £23 Buy any 2 save £10 = £18. This superb Gewürztraminer comes from the sloped vineyards of a 12th century castle in Kurtatsch, Alto Adige. Now more commonly found in Alsace, Gewürztraminer actually has its origins in this mountainous region, where Italy meets Austria and Switzerland.  Complex aromas of honey, ginger, tropical fruit and cake spices fill the nose. The palate is just as diverse, with apricot and lychee fruit, delicate viscosity and a brooding peppery note on the finish. A stunning partner for a the fresh tang of a ripe gorgonzola, or spiced seafood.

Château La Vieille Croix 2009,Fronsac. £19.99 Buy any 2 save £10 = £14.99 One of the top players currently operating in Fronsac. Solid tannins with generous raspberry fruit and a noticeable herbal quality resultin a complex yet delicious wine. Excellent Sunday roast companion.

Chateauneuf du Pape Signature 2009, Domaine La Barroche, Rhone £35 Buy any 2 save £10 = £30 Inky and concentrated in the glass with liquorice and bramble fruit on the nose. Extremely pure on the palate with stunning definitionand finesse. A magnificent village Châteauneuf from one of the region's rising stars, Julien Barrot.

E.Guigal Date published: 16/02/14

E.Guigal 2010

Cotes du Rhone

“2010 is one of the best Vintages in 40 years” (Robert Parker)

Winemakers :-

Guigal was established in 1946 by Étienne Guigal, who had worked for Vidal Fleury for 15 years before setting up his own business. It has been managed by his son Marcel Guigal since 1961. In 1984, Guigal bought Vidal Fleury but continues to operate it as a separate business. In 2000, Guigal bought and absorbed two other wineries: the estate Jean-Louis Grippat in Saint-Joseph and the Domaine de Vallouit, with vineyard holdings in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage, which added some high-end vineyards in other appellations to the Guigal range. In 2006 the Domaine de Bonserine was purchased by Guigal. In recent years, Marcel's son Philippe Guigal has been active as a winemaker at Guigal.


The Wine :-

This full-bodied wine offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savoury white

pepper notes that make it a superb food wine. This is one of the staff's favorite wines at the current price a real bargain.


£11.99

Buy 2 Save 33% “Pic N Mix”

£7.99 each!


A to Z of Grape Varieties: IDate published: 16/02/14

A to Z of Grape Varieties: I

I is for Irsai Oliver!

You've probably never heard of this one but continuing on with the Hungarian theme this grape variety is a native crossing that produces intensely aromatic, spicy wines akin to Muscat or Gewurtztraminer.


Saturday Kitchen - Leyda Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013Date published: 15/02/14

This week's wine featured on Saturday Kitchen is the Leyda Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Viña Leyda's vineyards are located only 12km from the Pacific Ocean, where the Humboldt Current brings cooling breezes. Sauvignon is grown in the coolest of their plots, which has a south-west aspect and porous, well-drained soils. Intense and lifted on the nose, offering an abundance of herbal aromas, amid notes of lime and grapefruit. Crisp and juicy on the palate, with a touch of mineral texture, giving a persistent finish. Drink with fresh oysters, or a crab salad with a citrus dressing.

£9.99 multibuy
£11.99 single bottle price

Wine of the Week - Rustenberg Sauvignon BlancDate published: 15/02/14

Our Wine of the Week this week is the Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa. 

This Sauvignon Blanc has echoes of white Bordeaux, with its 5% Semillon adding a streak of complexity and additional body to the blend. Free-run and gently pressed juice is used to minimise the presence of bitter tannins, and 2-3 months' lees ageing adds to the texture. Aromas of green peppers, asparagus and gooseberry fill the nose, while the palate displays a riper character, with underlying pineapple and passionfruit notes providing a layered feel. Equally adept as a partner for shellfish or lobster as it is for roasted sea bass.

£8.66 on multibuy
£12.99 single bottle price

A to Z of Grape Varieties: HDate published: 15/02/14

A to Z of Grape Varieties: H

H is for Harslevelu!

This Hungarian grape variety is late ripening and prone to botrytis (a kind of noble rot which makes great sweet wines) and is also blended with Furmint and used for Tokaji.

A to Z of Grape Varieties: GDate published: 14/02/14

A to Z of Grape Varieties: G

G is for Garganega

As it's our Italian themed tasting week it seems appropriate to draw attention to this Italian speciality. Most widely used in wines from the Soave region in North East Italy, Garganega has suffered from a reputation as poor wine, as it has a tendency to overproduce if not carefully controlled, which will make fairly bland wines. But when grown by quality conscious producers who control and restrict the amount it produces it can make fantastically complex and long lived whites, to rival top Chardonnays from around the world. The best examples will show flavours of peach, apricot and pear, with a hint of hazelnut and a herbaceous character. As they age they will continue to develop in bottle giving more savoury notes.

We have a couple of great examples in store at the moment, including the moderately priced Fattori Soave, on offer down to £6.99, or for a real treat try the Pierpan La Rocca Soave at £20 on offer.

Bargain Bouquets - Wines under £6Date published: 13/02/14

Bargain Bouquets - Single bottles under £6

Here are our top 6 for under £6...

Whites
Torres Vina Sol 2012, Catalunya, Spain, 11.5% £5.99
Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Central Valley, Chile, 13.5% £5.99
San Marco Frascati Secco 2012, Italy, 12.5% £5.99

Reds
Alain Grignon Carignan Vielles Vignes 2012, PGI Pays de L'Herault, France, 12.5% £5.99
Mont Saint Jean 2012, Corbieres, France, 13% £5.99
La Serrana Tempranillo 2012, Spain, 13% £4.99

The February Pick 'n' Mix 33% Off!Date published: 12/02/14

The February Pick 'n' Mix Range - 33% off!

Here are our picks of the best Pick 'n' Mix wines..

Reds
Montes Reserva Malbec 2012, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 14% £6.66 when you buy 2 as part of the Pick 'n' Mix - Blueberry and raspberry fruit is layered with vanilla, butterscotch and pudding spice notes.
Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 14.5% £9.33 when you buy 2 as part of the Pick 'n' Mix - A firmly structured blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, where blackcurrant aromas meet dried herbs and black pepper.
Errazuriz Carmenere 2012/13, Aconcagua Valley, Chile, £6.66 when you buy 2 as part of the Pick 'n' Mix - Aged in French and American oak barrels, spicy notes linger on the palate, with hints of dark chocolate and coffee on the finish.

Whites
Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2012, Leyda Valley, Chile, 14% £7.99 when you buy 2 as part of the Pick 'n' Mix - Citrus aromas turn to softer apple and stone fruit characters. Weighty and creamy on the palate, this is unbelievably good value.
Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012/13, Marlborough, New Zealand, 12.5% £6.66 when you buy 2 as part of the Pick 'n' Mix - A Sauvignon that needs no introduction, one of our best sellers here at Majestic, fresh, herbaceous and great with salads, a perfect party wine.
Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Western Cape, South Africa, 14% £8.66 when you buy 2 as part of the Pick 'n' Mix - This Sauvignon echoes white Bordeaux with it's 5% Semillon adding a streak of pineapple and passionfruit intensity.

Sparkles
Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rose NV, New Zealand, 12.5% - £17.99 when you buy two as part of the Pick 'n' Mix
Graham Beck Brut NV, South Africa, 12% - £9.99 when you buy two as part of the Pick 'n' Mix
Undurraga Rose NV, Chile, 12.5% - £6.99 when you buy two as part of the Pick 'n' Mix

Champers
Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007, 12% - £19.99 when you buy two as part of the Pick 'n' Mix
Perrier-Jouet Blason Rose NV, 12% - £29.98 when you buy two as part of the Pick 'n' Mix

These are our favourites, what are yours?


A to Z of Grape Varieties: FDate published: 12/02/14

A to Z of Grape Varieties: F

F is for Furmint

Furmint is an indegenous Hungarian variety. Its has grown there for centuries, and is most famous for it's use as the main component in the sweet Tokaji dessert wines. These wine found fame in France and then the rest of Europe in the 16th Century, as the level of sugar in them made them travel well. Since then the fame has somewhat declined, but lovers of sweet wines will be familiar with it! Made from grapes that have been infected by botrytis it can produce a lusciously sweet, concetrated wine with aromas of apricot jam, peach, necatrine, floral notes, nuts and a savoury complexity. The other grapes often used in a Tokaji blend are Harslevelu and Muscat. Furmint can also make rich, fiery dry wines with a similar concentration and power.

We have a couple of these available in store: a dry Furmint at £8.49 on offer and a sweet one at £9.99.

A to Z of Grape Varieties: EDate published: 10/02/14

A to Z of Grape Varieties: E

E is for Esgana Cao

This a Portuguese variety that is most famous for its role as a blending component in Vinho Verde. The name actually translates to 'Dog Strangler'!  The grape is the same as the Sercial grown in Madeira, which produces highly acidic and astringent wines in hot climates.Not often found on it's own, it will usually be part of a blend with other varieties to balance the acidity.

Simon's Favourite WineDate published: 08/02/14

Britain's links with Portugal go back centuries after we developed strong trade agreements in the 18th century and a real taste for their wine (French wine fell out of favour at this time for one reason or another...).  We still enjoy the country, travelling in our millions to the Algarve every year and rounding off an evening in the winter with some port, but we still very much under-appreciate their fantastic table wines.


Whilst not a huge country, it is one with dramatically contrasting terrain and climate which, coupled with a host of grapes you won't be familiar with,


The verdant Minho in the extreme North of the country produces the distinctive Vinho Verde.  With crisp acidity, light body, low alcohol and a pleasing spritz this is ideal for the long hot days of summer.  It has real vigour and vibrancy with surprising intensity of flavour which all contribute to making this a great partner to seafood.  Indeed, I will soon be trying to recreate thedelicious octopus cerviche I enjoyed recently and can't think of a better accompaniment. 


Travelling a relatively short distance south brings us to the famous Douro region, home to a dramatic and dangerously precipitous valley.  Intense temperatures regularly reach 45C and above (deadly for most quality wine grapes) but,by using robust indigenous grapes, contribute to the production of the famed, rich and heady wines of Port.  Increasingly though, winemakers are finding ways to produce table wines of the highest quality in this extreme environment and in a variety of styles. 


Another fantastic and rapidly developing wine region is the sprawling Alentejo which stretches from the top of the Algarve in the South, hundreds of miles North.  Famous traditionally for cork trees and black footed pigs, wine makers are relishing the challenge of seeking out new terroirs and finding the ideal grapes.  Wines here can be full, chocolatey and packed with forest fruits but the best examples still retain a keen balancing acidity making them ideal with traditional pork stews, roasts or barbecues. 


We have a small, but well-formed, selection which we'll be keen to show you and that all offer genuinely excellent value and an intriguing glimpse of a varied andexciting wine culture. 


Great WinesDate published: 08/02/14

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009,

Clos Saint Jean

£27


This week we have chosen something a little bit special but, even at £27, I would make a case for this being money very well spent.


This is a wine bursting with fruit and spice whose character continually changes in the glass and demands a special meal to accompany it. The beauty of a wine like this is that it already has much to offer and enjoy, but will steadily improve and evolve over the coming decade(s?).


Clos Saint Jean is a top Châteauneuf producer that has improved vastly in the last decade and is now lauded by Robert Parker (notably achieving three perfect 100 point scores in 2007). This success has been achieved through investment in high quality wine-making facilities a renowed oenologist and, not least, from having 70-year-old vines in excellent vineyards such as La Crau.


The 2009 was awarded an impressive 93 points and, being much less expensive than some other top cuvees, was described as a “noteworthy buy” by Parker. The 2009 vintage was notable for incredibly low yields which resulted in full and opulent wines such as this one, which still retain balance and focus.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009,

Clos Saint Jean


A to Z of Grape Varieties: DDate published: 08/02/14

A to Z of Grape Varieties : D

D is for Dolcetto

Dolcetto is an Italian grape, the name translates as 'little sweet one.' It doesn't have the fame of some other Italian red varieties, but can often be found as part of a blend, where it adds colour and acidity, particularly in the North West region of Piedmont. As it does not have the same reputation for quality growers may not pay as much attention to it as their Nebbiolos or Barberas so it may have more potential to produce great wines. Hopefully we will find out one day! And with a small amount of planting found in other countries such as Australia there is potential for it develop a different new world style.


A to Z of Grape Varieties: CDate published: 06/02/14

A to Z of Grape Varieties: C

C is for Chardonnay

One of the most well known white grape varieties in the world, and perhaps one of the most divisive! For every Chardonnay lover there will be someone who will ask for 'anything but'. But with such a wide range of styles there surely is something for everyone in Chardonnay. From it's spiritual home in Burgundy in France you can get the mineral driven Chablis, or a rich Meursault. From Australia or California you get examples with tropical fruit, butter, nuts, toffee. The spectrum of flavours this one grape can produce is truly diverse, meaning that it has always been valued for being able to display 'terroir' or a sense of place. Not only that but it takes to oak very well, from a subtle toastiness to a full on oaky bombshell. And let's not forget it's role in Champagne, being one of the three grape varieties used across the region. So let's raise a glass to Chardonnay, a truly international superstar of a grape variety!

And if you do feel like picking up some up, we currently have the Montes Alpha from Chile at £9.99 on offer, the Meursualt Battualt from Brugundy at £33 or the Heggies Chardonnay form Australia at £14.99 on offer, as well as many others!


A to Z of Grape Varieties: BDate published: 04/02/14

A to Z of grape varieties: B

B is for Barbera

Barbera is a native Italian variety found predominantly in Piedmont in North West Italy, perhaps somewhat overlooked compared to it's more prestigious neighbour Nebbiolo, the grape of Barolo. But Barbera can make great wines in it's own right. Production centres mainly on the towns of Alba and Asti, and wines there have a strong red fruit character, reminiscent of cherries, raspberries and plums, which can develop a savoury herbaceous note. It has low tannins but lots of colour and a high acidity that makes it very refreshing.

We have a couple of examples in store currently, the Bellero Barbera at £6.99 on offer and the Barbera Sucule Lanata at £8.99 on offer.


A to Z of Grape Varieties: ADate published: 02/02/14

A to Z of Grape Varieties: A

There are many hundreds, if not thousands of grape varieties that exist around the world. Some are well known with international renown, others may not be known outside the town in which they are produced. Over the next few weeks I'm going to write about a range of grape varieties through the alphabet, and hopefully introduce some unknown as well as some popular grapes along the way.

A is for Albarino

This is a grape variety that has become much more popular in recent years. It's home is in Galacia in North West Spain, where it makes white wines with crisp citrus fruit character, minerality and refreshing acidity. The grape has an affinity with the mountainous soils there to produce this specific style. For a white variety it is thick skinned meaning that it can withstand the wide variances in temperature and weather throughout the growing season, meaning it has a remarkable complexity when it comes to harvest.

We have a few Albarino's in store, I would recommend the Caixas Albarino at £7.99 on offer as a start, and the Deusa Nai Albarino at £9.99 as an example with more mineral complexity.


Fine Wine of the Month - Catena Alta MalbecDate published: 01/02/14

Fine Wine of the Month 

Catena Alta Malbec, Mendoza

£28 Buy 2 save £10 = £23

If you are looking to treat yourself to something hearty, warming but stunningly elegant and smooth this month, look no further!

In 1994 Catena Alta became one of the fist premium Malbecs to be exported from Argentina. The grapes are selected from some of the Catena Zapata fanily's finest Andean vineyards, and blended together to create a wine of great balance and intensity. According to the producer "the blend of these historic rows, like the marriage of sounds that create a symphony, yields an exuberant wine that speaks for the earth and the vines that have been tended by the Catenas for four generations". Rigorously sorted and aged in French oak, 70% of which is new. Quintessential Malbec, displaying the power and ageing potential of Argentina.

Deep purple in colour, with intense aromas of blackberry with hints of violets, sweet spices, vanilla and tobacco. Full bodied with integrated ripe tannins, black pepper spice and a lingering finish. 

Decant well in advance and enjoy over the next decade. 

It may beclichéd, but steak, meat and more meat provide for a fantastic match.

This has been one of my favourite wines for years, I hope you will enjoy it too!

Wine of the Week - Paul Mas CarignanDate published: 31/01/14

Wine of the Week - Paul Mas Carignan 'Savignac Vineyard' 2011, PGI Pays de l'Hérault

£9.99 Buy 2 save £5 = £7.49

For this week's wine of the week we've gone for something full bodied and warming from the South of France, just the thing for these cold winter evenings!

The limestone, clay and gravel soils offer a perfect balance in the Savignac Vineyard for the vine to flourish, and the grapes are taken from the highest altitude Paul Mas vineyard with a southeast facing slope to catch maximum sunlight which encourages the development of fruit flavours, sugars and tannins. 

Carignan is a variety often used in blends in this part of France but not frequently found as a single varietal, although when it can make wines like this it is hard to see why!

The wines is all spice and blackberry on the nose with subtle background notes of cocoa and tasty oak. The palate is lush and full with dark fruit and liquorice intermingled with velvety tannins. This dark and meaty Carignan offers real complexity and will reward drinkers over the following couple of years.

Introducing - Arrowfield Wines - New to Majestic!Date published: 31/01/14

New and now in stock! 

Arrowfield has been one of the Hunter Valley's largest and most well respected producers for many years. Recently however they have suffered financial difficulty and the winery has been sold. Therefore, we have been able to purchase a large quantity of excellent wines, with some bottle age, at bargain prices.  

The unwooded Chardonnay is a fine example of this style, with a little bottle age adding some nice complexity. On offer at £5.99. 

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

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

Last Weekend of Current offers!Date published: 30/01/14

It is now coming up to the last weekend of our current offers... we've been running these great prices since before Christmas, so now is the time to stock up if there is anything you have particularly enjoyed over the past few months!

This includes:

All the Christmas Collection wines

20% off New Zealand, Australia, Chile, California, Rhone

33% off selected Champagne and Sparkling

What better way to finish January than treat yourself with some nice wine!

Now in stock - Cloudy Bay Pelorus RoseDate published: 28/01/14

We've got an exciting new addition to our sparkling range here at Majestic Muswell Hill - Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rose!

Made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this is an excellent rosé from New Zealand's masters of top quality sparkling wine. Vinified in the traditional method, from 80% Pinot Noir, selected from a number of parcels in the Wairau Valley, and then blended to create a defined yet delicate style.The aromas are of strawberry and cranberry, with subtle pot pourri and flint, it has fine bubbles and is pale pink in colour. The palate is explosive and abundant, with lashings of cherry fruit and sweet spice. A wonderful match with smoked salmon or charcuterie canapés, sashimi or Peking duck. Yum!

£17.99 on multibuy
£26.99 single bottle price

A date for your diaryDate published: 27/01/14

Due to popular demand we have penciled in another wine course for you on February 27th 2014 at 18.30 - 20.00.

The Wine Course is a 90 minute introduction to wine, going through how to taste, how wine is made and some great food and wine matching tips - and of course, you'll get to taste some great wines over the course of the evening!

To reserve your place please contact us on 02084446888 or drop us an email at mus@majestic.co.uk

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Wine TriviaDate published: 27/01/14

Which varieties are present in Chateauneuf-du-Pape?

Did you know that since 2009 up to 18 different grape varieties can go into Chateauneuf-du-Pape? This is because the white, rose and black versions of some grapes are now listed as separate varieties. The main varieties are Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault.  Other red varieties allowed include Counoise, Muscardin, Piquepoul noir, Terret noir, and Vaccarèse (Brun Argenté). 

Wine of the Week - Main Divide RieslingDate published: 26/01/14

This week's wine of the week is Main Divide Riesling!

The Waipara valley is 30 minutes drive from Christchurch in the Canterbury region and this wine is named in honour of New Zealand's Southern Alps, known locally as the Main Divide, which lies to the west. Some botrytized grapes were added to provide a honeyed richness. Slightly off-dry in style, the palate is attacked with wave after wave of honeysuckle, ripe apricot and lime, with a minerally undercurrent and zippy acidity. Rich and viscous, this wine can be enjoyed by itself but will also harmonise with prawn curry or chinese duck.

£10.99 on multibuy
£13.74 single bottle price

PinotageDate published: 25/01/14

Pinotage is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault and is the only cross to have any significant plantings. It was developed in South Africa and is held as a national grape variety. Pinotage comes in many different styles, it can often be made in a Beaujolais- style with a red berry fruit character - whereas old bush vine Pinotages can be full bodied, with rich fruit that make it a great accompaniment to BBQs.  

Top Fizz Offers!Date published: 25/01/14

We've still got loads of great offers on bubbly from Christmas. So if you're celebrating this weekend or just fancy treating yourself here are my favourites:

Louis Roederer NV - £42 Buy 2 save 1/3 = £27.89. A great non-vintage champagne from the house that makes the famous Cristal, the favourite Champagne of Russian Tsars and rappers alike. The Roederer NV is a rich style, with biscuit and brioche notes along side a fresh citrus character.

Chapel Down Pinot Reserve - Special offer at £19.99. The English wine producer is based in Tenterden in Kent, and have developed a great reputation for their sparkling wines. This one in particular is made from a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Auxerrois. The wine is full flavoured, with a slight floral note and some toast flavours, a great alternative to Champagne.

Codorniu Cristina Vintage - £14.99 Buy 2 save 1/3 = £9.99. This wine comes from the Cava region in Spain, but unlike most Cava is made entirely from Pinot Noir, one of the main grape varieties used in Champagne. 

Fun Wine FactDate published: 25/01/14

Some of the oldest wines in the world are German Rieslings!

The Grape Varieties of GermanyDate published: 24/01/14

A great deal (around 60%) of the grape varieties planted in Germany are of the white variety. Riesling and Muller-Thurgau count for approximately half of these plantings. Black varieties now account for nearly 40% of plantings- mainly due to an increased demand for red German wines.

The main grape varieties found in Germany are as follows-

Riesling - I say Germany you say Riesling! This variety counts for 20% of all plantings in Germany. It is a late ripening grape, generally ripening around October and November. Because of its hardiness and naturally high acidity levels it is ideal for late-harvest wines. Flavours can vary and the variety expresses itself differently from region to region. Flavours can range from floral, to steely minerals, to richer peachy fruit. 

Silvaner - The third most widely planted grape variety. It is mainly found in Rheinhessen and Franken. Ripens in early October, moderate acidity and neutral fruit - a great table wine. 

Muller-Thurgau - This grape is in steady decline despite having dominated the plantings in the twentieth century. It ripens early, but doesn't have the same acidity or flavour intensity as Riesling does. This variety is a crossing of Riesling and Madeleine Royale.

Spatburgunder - Pinot Noir is the third most planted grape variety in Germany. It thrives in warmer regions. It produces lighter bodied fruity styles of wine although some producers are finding success in producing fuller bodied barrel-aged Pinot Noirs.

Dornfelder - Produces wines that are deep in colour and because of this, and its ability to produce high yields, it is perceived to be a grape with great potential.


Bargain Hunt UpdateDate published: 23/01/14

The Bargain Hunt is still going, with 33.3% of any mix of wines in the offer there are some great deals to be had! Including KC Cabernet Merlot at £7.33, Mandrielle Sangiovese at £6.66 and Argento Chardonnay at £6.00.

All offers will end on 3rd February so make sure to get yours now!

Wine of the Week - Domaine Saint Ferreol ViognierDate published: 17/01/14

Domaine Saint Ferréol Viognier 2011, PGI Pays d'Oc 

£12.49 Buy 2 save £3 = £10.99

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, modelled 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.

Drink now or keep for 3-5 years. Try with teriyaki-glazed chicken

The Wine CourseDate published: 17/01/14

We run loads of free wine tastings across the year here at Majestic Wine, they're free, fun and informative! 

The next tasting we have coming up are for our free Wine Course. 

This is a 90 minute introduction to wine, where we will teach you how to taste, how to match food and wine and a bit about how wine is made, while tasting some great wines along the way.

Spaces are limited so you do need to sign up in advance, but you are more than welcome to bring friends or family with!

The next dates are:

Thursday 20th February at 18:30

Thursday 20th March at 18:30

If you can't make either of these dates we will of course have more to come so watch this space!

New to Majestic: Burrow Hill Cider!Date published: 16/01/14

New to Majestic: Burrow Hill Cider!

Burrow Hill Cider consistently rates as one of the best (and often the very best) cider in the UK. It features on the lists of many Michelin starred restaurants, and on the shelves of Harvey Nichols and Harrods. Owner, Julian Temperley, (who has featured on River Cottage and Rick Stein shows) is an out-spoken traditionalist 

All the apples are home grown on 160 acres of orchards, and are then pressed and blended in a very traditional, medium/dry style.In the world of increasingly commercial and flavoured ciders of varying quality and heritage – Burrow Hill Farm stands out for flying the flag of quality led, artisan cider.

Available now in packs of 8 for £18

The Fine Wine PlanDate published: 12/01/14

Enjoy fine wine? Fancy starting your own personal collection? Thanks to Lay and Wheeler, the fine wine arm of Majestic, this is now possible.

The Fine Wine Plan assists you in building a personally tailored fine wine collection but at your own financial pace.

Q. How do I go about setting up a Fine Wine Plan (FWP)?
A. To join the Fine Wine Plan you'll need to first register on the Lay & Wheeler website, and then the simple online application form. You can choose the level of subscription that's right for you, from a minimum of £50 per month. You'll need to specify £100 or more to qualify for your free case of Croix de Beaucaillou 2009. When applying you'll be given options to indicate your main wine preferences, providing your personal consultant with a starting point. Complete the Direct Debit mandate, post it to us, and we will do the rest.

Q. What are the benefits?
A. When you sign up to the £100 per month FWP you will receive a number of benefits including a 10% Discount at Majestic Wine and a free joining case which will consist of six fine wines to add to your collection. You will also receive exclusive quarterly offers featuring fantastic wines especially selected for the fine wine plan. 

To join please visit www.laywheeler.com or call 01473 313 330

Wine of the Week - Yalumba Y Series Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 11/01/14

New to Majestic!

Wine of the Week

Yalumba Y-Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, South Australia 

£9.99 Buy 2 save 20% = £7.99

Yalumba have sourced this Cabernet Sauvignon from several quality vineyards in South Australia, primarily Wrattonbully and the warmer Barossa, and aged around a third of the blend in old oak, to produce a well-rounded yet authentically Australian style. 

A deep crimson red colour with bright, lively aromas of violets and ripe red fruits supported by subtle leafy notes. Supple and approachable on the palate, with a generous texture. 

Drink now or enjoy over the next 3-5 years. Perfect with minted lamb.

Pop in and try it for yourself, now open on the tasting counter

Click and Collect!Date published: 10/01/14

Click and Collect

Know what you want to buy but don't have the time to search the store for it? With our online click and collect service you can order what you want and we will have it ready for your collection on the date of your choice. Simple! All the wine you could want and not a minute wasted!


New Year Wine ResolutionsDate published: 09/01/14

New Year is a time for making resolutions for the year ahead, we've put a wine themed twist on ours, as always! Check them out:

1. Only drink the good stuff - or at least treat yourself to a nice bottle every now and then.

2. Try something new - a region or grape variety you've never heard of, there are loads to choose from!

3. If you're giving up wine for January, sparkling doesn't count (apparently!)

4. Make some time to learn something new - we're running tastings throughout the year, which are free and fun!

5. Make sure you treat yourself to an extra glass of wine for every other successful health/diet/exercise related resolution you adhere to!

That'll get you started!

Team Mus

Wine of the Week - Beringer Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 09/01/14

Wine of the Week - Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Central California

£11.24 Buy 2 save 20% = £8.99

This wine is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Franc.Beringer source their grapes mainly from Central California, with a small percentage coming from selected vineyards in the cooler North Coast region, to achieve a more elegant and balanced style. The wine is aged inseasoned French and American oak barrels for 8 months.A lush and deeply coloured wine, which is also soft and easy-drinking. Abackbone of intense cassis-like fruit is complemented by notes of bakingspice and cedar, held together by polished tannins.Pair with anything from duck breast to barbecued pork ribs.

New Year Bargains!Date published: 08/01/14

Happy New Year to all!

While some January is a month for giving up alcohol, we don't quite go that far, but we do have some great offers for those feeling more financially restrained this month!

The Majestic Bargain Hunt is back, and you can save 33.3% when you mix and match any of the products in the offer which include:

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc, Argentina - £6.99 down to £4.66. A fresh, citrussy and herbaceous style of Sauvignon.

Thelema Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa - £17.49 down to £11.66. A crisp and fruity wine, with flavours of melon and grapefruit.

KC Cabernet Merlot, South Africa - £10.99 down to £7.33. Rich and fruity, with structured tannins and a hint of spice.

Mandrielle Sangiovese, Italy - £9.99 down to £6.66. Soft and fruity, with flavours of cherries, smooth tannins.

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.

Wine of the Week - Martinborough Te Tera Pinot NoirDate published: 11/12/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Martinborough Vineyard ‘Te Tera’ Pinot Noir 2012


£17.49 Buy 2 save 30% = £13.99

Grape

Pinot Noir

Origin

Martinborough Vineyard is one of the pioneers that put New Zealand Pinot Noir on the map, back in the mid 1980’s. A cool, maritime climate results in a natural low vigour site and ensures high quality, consistent, ripe fruit.

Taste

The nose displays succulent ripe cherry, berry and plum fruits combined with savoury notes and a hint of mocha. Fine tannins complement the fruit giving further texture and a generous lingering finish

Enjoy

An elegant Pinot Noir that is approachable in style and whilst drinking well, will reward further cellaring. Partner with roast lamb.


Christmas DinnerDate published: 11/12/13

Christmas, as we all know to our cost, is the perfect time for a little healthy excess. So you've bought a gigantic turkey/goose/ hefty lump of cow fit for 20 people, for your 6 guests and now you need a wine that will adequately show off your labours and help relax in you to an afternoon of board games and squabbling.


I present the perfect white for such an occasion:


Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru 'Clos de la Garenne' 2008,

Duc de Magenta, Jadot

£45


http://www.majestic.co.uk/Puligny-Montrachet-1er-Cru-Clos-de-la-Garenne--zid04218


A superb Puligny boasting perfumed aromas of lemon, apple, peach, Seville oranges, roasted almonds, minerals and just a touch of oak. Rich and textured in the mouth, there is a seamless transition between the aromas and the flavours on the palate.


A magnificent racy acidity that helps to give the wine real grip and focus, and provides a wonderfully dry finish. Delicious in its youth, but will drink for 10+ years.



Christmas Spotlight Tasting on Saturday!Date published: 05/12/13

It's our first Christmas Spotlight tasting on this Saturday, we will be opening for the following wines to taste and talk about:

Jermann Pinot Grigio £18 when you buy 2 or more

Paul Thomas Comtesses Sancerre £14.99 when you buy 2 or more

Nicolas Potel Meursault £22

Vina Ardanza £17.50 when you buy 2 or more

Bertrand Chateau l’Hospitalet £16.99 when you buy 2 or more

Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling (half bottle) £15.99 when you buy 2 or more

This is a fantastic selection of wines, including things we don't get to try very often!

The tasting will be at 12:00 in store, and will last half an hour.

If you would like to attend please get in touch!

Chocolate Block 2012 now in stock!Date published: 27/11/13

One of South Africa's most popular red wines is not back in stock!

The wine is made from an exciting blend of 5 grape varieties - Syrah, Grenache, Cab. Sauvignon, Cinsault, Viognier - from innovative winemaker Marc Kent. Dominated by around 67% Syrah, the grapes come from several specially selected blocks of vines on Boukenhoutskoloof's estate,fermented and aged for up to 18 months in old French oak. An earthy, rustic nose gives up aromas of leather, earth and spices over a backdrop of blackcurrant and ripe raspberry fruit. Harmonious and powerful on the palate, with a cocoa and pepper complexity. Most at home with spice-rubbed steaks, roast rib of beef, or game dishes.

It is currently part of our Fine Wine offer, so goes from £27 down to £22 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

Order yours now before it sells out again!

Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2012 - £7.99!Date published: 23/11/13

Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2012 M.Chapoutier

£9.99 Buy 2 save 20% = £7.99


Grapes

Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz

Origin

The Chapoutier family have produced wines in the Rhône Valley since 1808. Michel Chapoutier, currently in charge, has combined tradition with a dynamic, creative approach and makes some of the best wines of the region.

Taste

A superb wine with rich aromas of dark fruit, earthy minerals and spice. Soft and round on the palate with smooth tannins, rich blackberry and cherry fruit, hints of liquorice and a substantial finish.

Enjoy

This wine can be enjoyed over the next several years and will superbly partner most rich meat dishes especially roasted leg of lamb.




Le Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 est arrive!Date published: 22/11/13

Le Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 est arrive!

We now have in stock this year's brand new Beaujolais Nouveau!

Every year the Beaujolais Nouveau is released on the third Thursday of November, it is the first wine to produced from the harvest that year, and traditionally a competition would ensue to see who would be the first to bring it across to the UK. Noe we've done the hard work for you, all you have to do is come in store or order over the phone to get your first taste of this year's wine!

The Beaujolais Nouveau Georges Duboeuf is £8.49 when you buy 2 or more, limited stocks available!

Majestic Wine opens it's 200th store!Date published: 22/11/13

Today is the opening of our 200th store in Petersfield!

And to celebrate, we're donating £1 from every bottle of Champagne sold on 23rd and 24th November to our charity of the year, Children with Cancer UK.

As well as this we're giving all our customers the chance to win one of 200 bottles of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2004 when you fill out a form in store!

So come in and join the celebrations!

Matsu Gift Pack MagnumsDate published: 17/11/13

Matsu Gift Pack Magnums

This great winter offer has just arrived and is in limited supply !!

This gift pack of three delicious Spanish magnums are brimming with rich ripe fruit and deep vanilla flavours.

It's perfect for the X-mas dinner table and would be loved by all. A great match with red meats or even on it's own.

Just £80 for three Magnums!

(Minimum purchase 6 bottles, any mix of Wine, Spirits or Champagne – magnum counts as 2, double magnum as 4)


Sparkling Saturday - Lindauer Special ReserveDate published: 16/11/13

Following on from last week's successful Lindauer Rose, we have opened up the Special Reserve today!

Made from Pinot Noir and  Chardonnay grapes, the wine was released in 1996, Special Reserve was created to reflect the style and elegance of New Zealand winemaking. This premium cuvée of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay undergoes secondary fermentation in bottle.

A subtle pink colour with copious beads of small bubbles bursting with aromas of ripe peach, nectarine skin and flesh and hints of black-fruit. Very creamy on the palate, a toasty, fruity and clean finish

Enjoy chilled as an apéritif or with seafood, fish or pork and chicken. This Christmas try with goose.


Fine Wine of the Week: Puligny-Montrachet 2011 Domaine Jomain - £25.00Date published: 15/11/13

Fine Wine of the Week:

Puligny-Montrachet 2011 Domaine Jomain

£30.00 Buy 2 save £10 = £25.00


Grapes

Chardonnay

Origin


From a family-run estate that follows in the principles of ‘lutte raisonnée’, ensuring that the use of chemicals in the vineyard is kept to a minimum. Hand-harvested grapes are aged in oak barrels for 15 months.

Taste

A lean, smooth wine showing notes of citrus, pear and hazelnut on the nose, and hints of vanilla and spice on the palate. Crisp, elegant and refreshing with a long elegant length.

Enjoy

Try this delicious wine with herb marinated Langoustines, crayfish or tuna carpaccio.  


Wine of the Week: Montes Twins 2012 Colchagua Valley - £7.99Date published: 15/11/13

Wine of the Week:


Montes Twins 2012 Colchagua Valley

£11.99 Buy 2 save 33.3% = £7.99


Grapes

Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec

Origin

The Twins in question are this wine's two constituent grape varieties which are more often seen as single-varietals in South America. A 50/50 blend of the two grapes, matured over 10 months, with 60% of the blend spending this period in new French oak.

Taste

This wine combines the smooth texture and raisin-like notes of Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon's firm structure, intense bramble fruit and subtle minty nuances.

Enjoy

Decant at least 30 minutes before serving. At its best with rare sirloin steak.



The Ned Sauvignon Blanc - now £6.99 on offer!!Date published: 15/11/13

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is probably the most popular white wine we sell in the company and it is now down to just £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles!

A classic example of a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, the vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil.

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

This is bound to fly out the door at this price so make sure you get  your orders in now!

Web Exclusive: Laurent Perrier Vintage 2004 Date published: 14/11/13

From today we have a new online only offer for Laurent Perrier Vintage 2004 - down to just £30 a bottle when you buy 6!

This offer is only available at http://www.majestic.co.uk/Laurent-Perrier-zid22247x6

We would advise you to get your orders in quick, because once it's gone its gone!

Origin

Founded in 1812, Laurent-Perrier remains in family hands to this day. This superb Brut Millèsime is a 50-50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, all from grand cru vineyards.

Taste

A medium straw yellow in colour with an open and well developed nose. A well sustained palate with a slight biscuity character and a long honeyed finish.

Enjoy

Serve just above fridge temperature as an apéritif or with seafood.

As this is a web exclusive distribution will take a little longer than normal, but we will keep you updated.


Fortis Green Road ClosedDate published: 14/11/13

Fortis Green Road Closed

From 14th November until 22nd November Fortis Green road will be closed for resurfacing.

Different parts of the road will be closed for different parts of the week as follows:

Thursday 14th - From Queens Avenue down to the junction at Leaside Avenue.

Friday 15th, Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th - From the junction at Leaside Avenue to the junction at Eastern Road. This means the there will be no access to the car park during daytime hours on these days. Access at evenings and the weekend will still be fine. Customers wishing to park near by will still be able to, and we will bring your wine to your car for you.

Wednesday 20th, Thursday 21st - From junction at Eastern Road down to the High Road.

We will still be running a normal delivery service throughout, so if you would like to place an order for delivery instead of coming to the store then that will be fine.

Or if you have any other questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us on 0208 444 6888.

Pétalos Bierzo 2011Date published: 14/11/13

For those of you looking for an interesting alternative to your usual favourites - Bordeaux, Rioja, Argentinian malbec etc - I'd like to point you toward the reds of Bierzo in Northern Spain, just east of Galicia. 


The main grape here is mencia which produces refreshing, medium bodied wines of real verve and excitement. Think fresh, silky fruits with a touch of licorice and spice.  We have a couple in our range - the Pizarras de Otero (currently £8.99), which is a great easy-drinking, every-day kind of affair, great with pizza or by itself - but the real star is the Pétalos Bierzo 2011,Descendientes de J. Palacios which, at £15.99 is not the cheapest, but I think offers fantastic value for such a quality wine.  

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Petalos-Bierzo-zid14468


This is a great, versatile wine that can be enjoyed with a wide variety of foods, from roast to slow cooked meats and much more.  However, with Christmas just around the corner, it would be remiss not to offer it up as a suggested partner for Turkey, or cold cuts the day after. 

If you're still not convinced, then below are the words of a real professional, Luis Gutiérrez in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.

At the end of the day, if I really have to recommend a wine from this collection, the one I'd buy for my cellar, it will be the 2011 Petalos del Bierzo...The wine is very aromatic and flowery (violets), almost heady, with clear notes of blueberries and licorice. The oak is perfectly integrated, almost imperceptible, save for a touch of spices and a lactic hint denoting a very young wine. It has a medium body, with a thick silky texture, is very tasty, with some acidic strawberry flavors. This is one of my go-to wines at restaurant lists, as it offers very good value for money...This could very well be the best Petalos produced to date. Drink now through 2019. 92 Points.

The DomDate published: 11/11/13

We get asked quite often here about whether particular wines will improve with age, or how long they will last, or will they make an appropriate present for a young niece/nephew to be consumed when they turn 18/21.  

In many instances our answer cannot be truly definitive, it will be an educated guess based on a combination of factors - certain high quality wines over the decades/centuries have proven their age-worthiness and this can be coupled with a consideration of the vintage.

Their is always an element of doubt though - as a wine maker from Chateau Musar once explained, wines are natural products and as such their life span is, to an extent, an unknown quantity.  In addition, I would always point out that a wine's ability to improve can be considered somewhat subjective as well.  Whilst they mature their youthful, fresh fruitiness will be replaced by tertiary aromas which may include leather, nuts, earthiness and gaminess, amongst others, which to some will be divine and others repellant.

Champagne is a wine with a long-proven ability to improve with time.  It's high quality, pure fruit and searing acicdity mean that current releases for many houses are at least 2004-2006 and for many, this is still very youthful.  With time these iconic wines will lose a little fizz but gain a real sparkle as their flavours develop and the citrus and gree apple characters mellow and are supported by nuttiness, caramel, truffles and even hints of bitter chocolate and coffee whilst crucially retaining a refreshing lick of acidity. 

In a region packed with iconic, world famous houses, Dom Perignon manages to stand out for it's exceptional quality, elegance and aging potential.  Indeed it was Dom Perignon himself who first really perfected the art of Champagne (following our very own Christopher Merritt's discovery of the process of creating sparkling wine).

So it is with great confidence that I can say that the Dom Perignon 2004 (a wonderful, classic vintage) will have a great life span and will be bringing immense pleasure for generations to come.  This is not a cheap wine but, it is a wine that will last a lifetime and afford memories that will last almost as long.



Pic 'n' Mix favouritesDate published: 10/11/13

Some of our best wines for November are included in the new Pic 'n' Mix offer on selected wines, where you save 33% off each bottle from the range when you buy at least 2 as part of your mixed case.

There are loads of wines to choose from, but here are 3 of my favourites:

Louis Roederer NV - £42 Buy 2 save 33% = £27.99. A great non-vintage style of champagne from the house the produces the famous Cristal. With a creamy mousse, flavours of lemon meringue and biscuit this a lovely and elegant wine, and a bargain at this price!

King's Favour Sauvignon - £13.99 Buy 2 save 33% = £9.33. From the Marlborough region of New Zealand this wine has all the tropical fruit flavours that you would  want, with a refreshing acidity to match!

Gestos Malbec £9.99 Buy 2 save 33% = £6.66. A lovely, rich and fruit Malbec, the grapes are grown at different altitudes from the Mendoza region of Argentina, giving the wine greater complexity. A perfect warming red for a winter evening!

Up Coming Tasting Events!Date published: 09/11/13

Taste & Explore

Join us in store for FREE tastings

The Wine Course – Tuesday 12th November 19:00

A 90 minute introduction to wine, going through how to taste, how wine is made and some great food and wine matching tips!

The Winter Tasting Evening -
Wednesday 20th November 18:30 – 20:30

A fun and informal evening, we will be opening 10 great wines in a variety of styles for you taste. We will also have a tasty selection of cheese and nibbles available!

Spotlight Tutorials

6 wines in 30 minutes. Great fun and very informative.

Saturday 23rd November – Wine of Rhone and Burgundy

Saturday 7th December – Christmas Wines

Times for our spotlight classes are 12pm and again at 3pm

If this is something you would be interested in, then please speak to a member of staff to be added to our attendees list.

You can also contact us on 0208 444 6888 or drop us an email at mus@majestic.co.uk

Don't forget to follow us on twitter and facebook for updates on other social events and exciting news happening at
Majestic Wine Muswell Hill.


Sparkling Saturday - Lindauer RoseDate published: 09/11/13

Lindauer Rosé NV New Zealand

£13.99 Buy 2 save £4 = £11.99

Grape
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinotage

Origin

Produced and owned by Montana, and first released in 1981, Lindauer holds the title of New Zealand's most exported wine. Produced from grapes grown on Hawkes Bay and Gisborne's silt and clay soils, it undergoes primary and secondary fermentation in tank prior to bottling.

Taste

Vibrant pink in colour, with a large number of beads of fast rising bubbles and aromas of red fruits, spice, currants and peach. A full bodied and refreshing wine with ripe red fruit and citrus flavours.

Enjoy

Enjoy chilled on its own or with lightly spiced mediterranean foods and seafood.


Wine of the Week!Date published: 09/11/13

Wine of the Week!

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2011 Lodi County


£10.99 Buy 2 save 33.3% = £7.33


Origin

Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is know as the Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings in well-drained sandy soils, produce powerful and extractive wines that underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto.

Taste

Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.

Enjoy

A pleasure to drink by itself or with flavourful duck dishes. lamb or a cheese platter. Enjoy over the next four years.


Pedro's Fino - £8.99Date published: 24/10/13

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Fino


Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Fino is selected from 2 different Bodegas in the centre of Jerez (both situated in the western part of Jerez, benefiting from the cool western Atlantic winds, so beneficial for flor growth). The first bodega provides the younger wine (Bodegas Sanchez Romate) which needs to be selected from a Bodega that not only ages but also vinifies its Finos as that will ensure the fresh youthful stock. The second being an Almacenista (stock holder) which provides the older wine of the two (Almacenista Garcia Jarana) which will ensure the wines complexity and secondary characters.


Winemaker and winemaking process, including fermentation, ageing and vintage conditions:


Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Fino is selected by Pedro Dauthieu. The wine is an average age of about 5 years and is a dual solera blend with 70% of the wine is drawn from butts from a solera of about 3 and a half years of age & the remaining 30% coming from another solera of about 8 years of age. Both solera's where blended together and left for a couple of weeks in a stainless steel tank, prior to being cold stabilized at 2ºC and then bottled.


Tasting note:This Fino is a bone dry wine, which is aged under flor to protect itself from oxidation. The Intense flor character brings the yeasty components, complemented by almond and fresh apple notes, which leaves a fresh and pleasant aftertaste. It is an excellent match for all types of tapas, especially olives, nuts, smoked hams, shellfish, oysters, mackerel pate, salads, artichokes, asparagus as well as Asian or Indian cuisine.


Additional info:


The poster shown on the label was commissioned for the Festival de la Vendimia (Sherry Vintage Festival) of 1967.

Pedro's Amontillado - £9.99Date published: 24/10/13

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Amontillado 


Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Amontillado is selected from the family Almacenista Garcia Jarana, who has dedicated his spare time to his hobby, that of ageing and treasuring over 400 butts of old Sherry, ranging from 15 to 20 year old soleras to single butts of over 80 years of age. The Almacenista (Stock holder) belonging to the Garcia Jarana family is located in the heart of the flamenco birth place and only a few meters away from his original and main business, that being the distribution of motorcycles (another of Jerez's claim to fame, as the racing track of Jerez de la Frontera is known as the mecca of motorbike GP) imported mainly from Japan and sold all around Spain. 

Winemaker and winemaking process, including fermentation, ageing and vintage conditions:


Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Amontillado is selected by Pedro Dauthieu. The wine has an average age of about 15 + years and has spent at least half of its life as a Fino and therefore protected under a veil of flor. Once the flor starts to die off due to the lack of residual sugar and protein, the wine is then fortified to 18% alcohol (therefore killing the flor completely) to ensure its strength allows it to go down the new road of its life as it slowly ages as a complex but fresh Amontillado. It is a highly pure amontillado that is completely one wine as it has not been blended with anything other than the same style of Amontillado's from near identical butts.


Tasting note:


This Amontillado is one of the true wines of Jerez. Subtle and delicate bouquet, suggests notes of hazelnut on the nose, yet with light reminders of yeast but smooth on the palate which leaves a fresh and pleasant aftertaste. This is an excellent match for soups and consommés, Tuna, wild mushrooms, hard cheeses like Manchego or Cheddar, as well as Japanese/Asian influenced dishes.


Additional Info:


The poster shown on the label was commissioned for the Festival de la Vendimia (Sherry Vintage Festival) of 1955.

Pedro's Oloroso - £11.99Date published: 24/10/13

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Olorosso


Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Oloroso is selected from the family Almacenista Garcia Jarana,who has dedicated his spare time to his hobby, that of ageing and treasuring over 400 butts of old Sherry, ranging from 15 to 20 year old soleras to single butts of over 80 years of age. The Almacenista (Stock holder) belonging to the Garcia Jarana family is located in the heart of the flamenco birth place and only a few meters away from his original and main business, that being the distribution of motorcycles (another of Jerez's claim to fame, as the racing track of Jerez de la Frontera is known as the mecca of motorbike GP) imported mainly from Japan and sold all around Spain.


Winemaker and winemaking process, including fermentation, ageing and vintage conditions:


Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Oloroso is selected by Pedro Dauthieu. The wine has an average age of about 20 years. Oloroso (meaning fragrant) is a wine that is fortified to about 17% alcohol,during the very early stages of the wines life and therefore prior to having any chance of flor life.The must selected for an Oloroso is always a more fragrant one but also a more robust or as we say in Jerez; basto. It is a highly pure Oloroso that is completely one wine as it has not been blended with anything other than the same style of Oloroso's from near identical butts.


Tasting note:


Oloroso is the traditionally aged sherry that is most popular amongst Jerezanos. This is warm,with rounded aromas and full of complexity. Exquisite, intense aromas of toasted walnuts and autumn leaves, with a profound and expansive palate.This Oloroso is an excellent match for red meats, game such as partridges or pigeon, casseroles and chicken and Vegetable paellas.


Additional info:


The poster shown on the label was commissioned for the Festival de la Vendimia (Vintage Festival) of 1956. This wine has undergone minimal filtration to obtain the maximum expression in the bottle. There is a chance that it may form a haze or precipitate tartrate crystals, which is completely natural and harmless.



Pedro's Palo Cortado - £14.99Date published: 24/10/13

Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Palo Cortado (24.009)Pedro's "Almacenista Selection" Palo Cortado is selected from the family Almacenista Cayetano Del Pino y Cia. This old established Almacenista (stock holder) belongs to the Del Pino family and is located in the centre of Jerez de la Frontera on the western side (thus benefiting from the cool western Atlantic winds, so beneficial for flor growth) and is housed at one of the old Domecq cellars, precisely at one of the cellars that once stored the famous La Ina soleras. This Almacenista dates back to 1886 and was once official supplier to H.R.M. King Alfonso XIII. Today they have transformed themselves into a true specialist of Palo Cortado with butts ranging from15/20 year old soleras to a dozen 30yr old butts and half a dozen 40yr old butts. The main business of this family is agriculture, looking after more than 2,000 hectares of land around Jerez (the three main businesses of Jerez have always been; Sherry, agriculture and horse breeding).


Winemaker and winemaking process, including fermentation, ageing and vintage conditions:


Selected by Pedro Dauthieu, the wine has an average age of about 15 years. Palo Cortado (meaning broken stick) derives from a wine that initially started its life as a vintage Fino (fortified to 15%), that in its 2nd classification (a year later) in butts, has changed its character and obtained a special complexity without the flor yeast, but keeping a very clean and expressive body. This wine is then fortified again to 17% as a vintage Palo Cortado prior to entering its own solera system. It is a highly pure Palo Cortado that is completely one wine as it has not been blended with anything other than the same style of Palo Cortado from near identical butts.


Tasting note:


Palo Cortado is the traditionally aged sherry that is most sought after by the wine connoisseur. Palo Cortado is a very rare style of Sherry which falls between Amontillado and Oloroso. Pungent on the nose, yet soft and round on the finish. This Palo Cortado is an excellent match for hard cheeses like Manchego or Cheddar, smoked hams or even as a main course with game, roasts or pot roasts.

Additional info:


The poster shown on the label was commissioned for the Festival de la Vendimia (Sherry Vintage Festival) of 1951.This wine has undergone minimal filtration to obtain the maximum expression in the bottle. There is a chance that it may form a haze or precipitate tartrate crystals, which is completely natural and harmless.


New Sherries!!!Date published: 24/10/13

We've recently, and very excitingly, taken delivery of a new range of sherries.  Now, if your instinctive reaction is overwhelmingly negative, imagining that sherry is that sweet raisiny tipple which sends your grandmother to sleep at Christmas, then read on because sherry is a very different beast.


Most sherry is in fact dry, very dry in fact, and offers a combination of wonderfully complex flavours and a food matching ability rarely bettered. There are a variety of styles as well:


Pale, delicate fino and manzanilla offers hints of green apples with a savoury, saliney edge and pairs amazingly well with seafood and a variety of tapas.  


Amontillado has a deeper, darker colour and recalls fresh hazlenuts which makes it a wonderful partner to cold meats and firm cheeses. 


Oloroso is deeper, fuller and nuttier still, with a toasted walnut character which partners perfectly with Iberico ham, aged hard cheeses and even game.  


Palo Cortado is, for many, the best expression of sherry combining the elegance of amontillado and the fullness and depth of Oloroso.  


There is a fascinating and unique process (the solera system) which helps produce all these wonderful flavours, which is too complicated to go in to here, and helps to make these fabulous wines some of the best value on the planet.


So try some, soon.  It may prove an acquired taste, but it's one well worth acquiring. 







Under Dog Atlantic LagerDate published: 19/10/13

Under Dog Atlantic Lager, Flying Dog, Denver USA

 6x330ml cans £12.99

 Buy 4 cases of selected craft beer save £12 = £9.99

Yes, it’s in a can, but premium cans are probably the future of craft beer. The beers taste extremely fresh and are cheaper to transport and recycle; cans also fit with the rebelliousness of the craft beer movement. In a sense, Flying Dog invented the craft revolution. They are one of the most important craft brewers of all, not just because of their great beers; without them, the craft beer industry would look and feel a lot different. Their style and rhetoric has inspired a generation of craft-brewers, not least Brewdog from Scotland. Flying Dog began as brewbar in Aspen, Colorado, in 1990. The Rockies back then were a destination for people who found California too mainstream and thought a bit differently. George Stranahan, an astrophysicist with a passion for beer, started the business. The name came from a painting of a flying dog he saw in a hotel in Pakistan, halfway up a failed ascent of K2. George’s close friend was the ‘outlaw journalist’ Hunter S Thompson who famously endorsed the brewery; he was a former Hells Angel who became a biting political journalist and highly-rated sports writer. Author of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, he was outspoken, brilliant and strongly anti-establishment. His influence on Flying Dog and the burgeoning craft beer movement was to set it out staunchly in the face of the dominant commercial brewers. The artwork was created by British artist, Ralph Steadman. The colour and scratchy, confrontational designs are embedded in the culture of the brewery.

“There is an ancient Celtic axiom that says "Good People Drink Good Beer." Which is true, then as now. Just look around you in any public bar-room and you will quickly see: Bad People Drink Bad Beer. Think about it.” Hunter S Thompson

Magic of Fine Wine tasting seasonDate published: 12/10/13

Angel's Share Shiraz

 £23 buy 2 save £10 = £18


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


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


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


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

Marques De Caceres GaudiumDate published: 21/09/13

Technically a Rioja Reserva, in order to achieve the best possible wine that they can produce Marqués de Cáceres play outside of the regulations that apply to Rioja when making Guadium. The wine is only made in vintages classified as very good or excellent by the Rioja Control Board, from fruit sourced from the oldest vineyards in the estate and with very limited yields. A ‘modern’ style Rioja; aged for 18 months in French oak barriques, with a dark and dense body of black fruits and ripe, spicy tannins. The 2005 vintage was officially rated as excellent, with the potential to age for over ten years.

£40

Cline Ancient Vines ZinfandelDate published: 21/09/13

Cline have been family owned and operated since 1982. The cellars have created this wine by sourcing grapes from a selection of parcels of old vines in several regions. The majority coming from their oldest and lowest-yielding vines in Oakley, and the remainder from Lodi and Mendocino.

This wine is heady and bold on the nose, full of ripe strawberry notes with hints of coffee bean and cocoa. Wonderfully plump and juicy on the palate, with a satisfying warmth and subtle touches of vanilla.

Great with barbecued steaks, well seasoned pork chops, or venison.

£18.74 - Buy 2 Bottles Save £8 - £15.99

I had this wine for the first time the other night and was literally blown away. Definitely not for those of you who love light styles, the Cline is big and boisterous, an absolute powerhouse of a wine. My 3 Word Wine Review. Fantastic. Amazing. Immense.


Wine QuoteDate published: 21/09/13

"I have enjoyed great health and a great age because everyday since I can remember, I have consumed a bottle of wine except when I have not felt well. Then I have consumed two bottles."

A fomer Bishop Of Seville


Mr Klein...A Poetic TaleDate published: 21/09/13

Mr Klein was out for a stroll one sunny Saturday
He stumbled upon a Majestic Wine and he heard himself say
“Why dont I pop in and have a look around..?”
And this is the story of what Mr Klein found.

Walking up to the door, Mr Klein spotted a windmaster
25% off South African Wines, he thought “thats not a disaster”
Upon entering the store, he was greeted with a smile and hello
The man in green certainly seemed a nice fellow

The sight that faced him was something to adore
An enormous Aladdin's cave, with wine wonders galore
“Would you like some help Sir?” proclaimed the man in green
Mr Klein was surprised, unlike many shops this employee wasn't mean

“How does it work, Ive never been here before?”
“I saw your advert on TV so Ive come to explore.”
“What do you offer, whats your package,your grand master plan?”
“Whats different to supermarkets, explain if you can?”

“I'm glad you ask Sir, you want to know our proposition.”
“exceptional customer service is our goal, its our ongoing mission.”
“The way we trade is by the case, so in store we must sell six”
“ But fear not, you can choose Wine, Champagne or spirits, as it is any mix.”

“We have offers a plenty, wines open to taste everyday”
“We offer expert advice, which is more than most can say.”
“Friendly, knowledgeable staff, it is a guarantee.”
“And if you buy 6 bottles over £40, we can deliver, and its free.”

“Our range is extensive, we have over 300 bottles of wine”
“We have something for everyone, and the quality is much better than fine”
“Prices vary too, they go from £4.49 to £20 plus
“So we can meet the needs of your wallet with the minimum of fuss.”

“We also offer a party service with glasses, bins and ice,”
“The only thing we cant control is if the weather is nice.”
“We offer Sale or Return, you can order more than enough,”
“Afterall no-one wants to run out leaving guests in the huff.”

“We have many stores spread across our great nation,”
“So we can get wine to you no matter your location.”
“Our database is helpful, it records everything you buy,”
“So we remember all the wines that you've taken to try.”

Mr Klein replied “Wow, that is certainly quite an M.O.”
“Im going to have a browse now, and probably buy before I go.”
“However, I dont know much about wine, except that its an old friend”
“ Can you help me out, is there something you can recommend?”

“Why certainly Sir, I have a Kiwi Sauvignon, which is open to try,”
“It is from the Marlborough region, and it is very dry.”
“Gooseberry flavours on the palate, with an underlying mineral tone.”
“A perfect match with seafood, or very good on its own.”

“That's delicious, it's superb!” exclaimed Mr Klein
“So much flavour, intensity, thats an extremely good wine.”
“But how much does it cost, must I pay the Earth.”
“Is it over £10, thats what Id say it is worth.”

“Its £5.99 at the moment, down from ten pound.”
“Really, that cheap, what a marvel I've found.”
“Ill take 3 of those please, but what about red.”
“With not too much alcohol, or it will go straight to my head.”

“Try this Rioja, from the heartland of Spain.”
“Give it a taste, its certainly anything but plain.”
“Have it with dinner or when you just put up your feet,”
“Perfect with lamb casserole or with other red meat.”

“Morello Cherry, red and black currants, with vanilla and oak.”
“Tastes buds in overdrive, and this wine won't leave you broke.”
“We have a vast selection from Spain, many wines with a reasonable fee”
“This one is £5.99, superb value, I'm sure you'll agree”

“That's great, perfect, I'll take 3 of too those if I may,”
“Certainly Sir, can I grab anything else for you today.”
“We also sell soft drinks, spirits and a range of beer”
“You could always stock up with things while you are here.”

“No thank you, thats it, just the red and the white.”
“But next time I pop in, buy some beer I just might.”
“Not a problem, thats ok,, Ill just pop this through the till”
“Ill add you to our system and I'll print off your bill.”

“Ill also give you the tasting notes for the bottles of wine .”
“Something to read through and show off to your friends when you dine”
“And heres a Recommend a Friend voucher for you to fill in”
“It entitles you and a friend to a free bottle so don't lose it in the bin”

“Thank you for shopping with us, Ill help you to your car.”
“Oh I'm just walking, but I haven't got to go far.”
“You have been brilliant, I'm over the moon.”
“You guys are great, Ill definitely be back soon.”

So this is the story of a man called Mr Klein
Who popped in one day and learned a little about wine
This is a taster of what Majestic offer, but there is so much more
So why not pop down yourselves, please come and explore.


Five Things You Didn't Know About.......Lebanon.Date published: 21/09/13

One of the less well know producing countries today; Lebanon.

1) Wine has been produced in the Bekka Valley for thousands of years and is still produced there today.  In the early 20th century a large temple dedicated to the God of Wine Bacchus was excavated in the ancient Greek city of Baalbek in the Bekaa valley.

2) In the Middle Ages the rich wine from Lebanon were highly prized throughout Europe and were traded by Venetian merchants who controlled the ports of Tyre and Sidon during the 13th century.

3) Between the First and Second World Wars Lebanon was under French Control and the demand for wine  understandably increased dramatically.  This helps to explain the profusion of French variaties still grown in Lebanon today.

4) During the Civil war in Lebanon, which started in 1975 and lasted for 15 years, only two harvest were lost. Lebanon's most famous wine producer, Chateau Musar, continued to produce wine right through the war and actually prospered during this period.

5) Lebanon's wine production is increasing consistantly wtih producers such as Chateau Kefraya joining Musar on the international stage.  There are even plans to create a Appelation Controlee system similar to those used on France for the Bekaa Valley



Crisp and wine matchingDate published: 19/09/13

We get asked for suggestions of wines to enjoy with special dishes quite often but not enough people are considering the potential for matching wine with that humblest of tasty snack - the crisp.


We've a couple of especially tasty limited edition Tyrrell's crisp flavours in at the moment - Cotswold brie & bacon and Lobster, chilli & garlic - so tasty in fact, that they come with suggestions from Tyrrell's for an accompanying glass of wine.  The savouriness of the former will apparently be perfect with the juicy red fruits in a pinot noir, whilst the strong flavours and hint of chilli in the latter will be rather good with a  zesty riesling with a touch of sweetness.


I think that both of these are inspired matches and make me wonder what other potential undiscovered combinations are out there.  Popcorn works surprisingly well with a variety of wines but surely cries out for a buttery chardonnay.  Pinot noir, again, I'm imagining would work a treat with pork scratchings whilst scampi fries could only be improved with a chilled muscadet or fino sherry.





Available to taste this weekend.Date published: 18/09/13

Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir £23 Buy 2 save £10 = £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 as possible.
Martinborough was formally a service town for the sheep farms in the Wairarapa before the 'Martinborough Terrace' was identified by studies in the 1970's as ideal for quality grape growing. This lead to wineries becoming established in the town and people such as Tim Coney, the elder brother of former New Zealand cricket Captain Jeremy Coney, making the hour long drive from Wellington over a treacherous and narrow mountain road. The Tararua mountain range shelters Martinborough from the winds and weather that buffets nearby Wellington; on days where the rain is horizontal in Wellington it is often balmy and sunny in Martinborough. Although young in comparison with France, Martinborough boasts the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in the country and due to this vine age, Martinborough wines have a distinct style; more structure and subtle earthy undertones than the fruit driven styles of Marlborough and Central Otago.
A fruity aroma of predominantly black cherries, with sweet spice, vanilla and a hint of savoury, leads to a vibrant body of juicy sweet fruits, soft tannins and vibrancy
Pinot Noir is a great match for many varied foods, but is at its best when matched with either roasted game or duck, or wild mushroom risotto.

Beaune 1er Cru, Louis JadotDate published: 17/09/13

One of the hardest grape varieties to grow, as anything that can go wrong usually does for Pinot Noir, the rewards of great Pinot are well worth the effort on behalf of the winemaker. The thin skin of Pinot results in lighter wines than most Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, reflecting the terrior of the region it was grown in and the style of the vintner more than any other variety. The spiritual home of Pinot Noir is in Burgundy, where vintners have been producing wines from ever decreasing vineyard holdings for many centuries. The Louis Jadot estate was built up around the ownership of the Clos de Ursules vineyard in Beaune, which has been in the family since 1826. This was before the Domaine was founded and Maison Louis Jadot started acting as a négociant in 1859. Over time Jadot have built substantial holdings in both the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune.
There are no Grand Cru sites in the 450ha appellation of Beaune, but 28 Premier Cru which account for 322ha. The wine is a blend of grapes grown across many of the Premier Crus sites, combining the more powerful and darker flavours from the northern part of the appellation and the softer, more silky characters from the southern end. The wine making philosophy endeavours to be as simple and true to the region as possible, so that the wines are able to express the terrior of the vineyards. Very little done in the winery as winemaker Jacques Lardière, who has been making the wines since 1970, believes this removes the vineyard's character and shrouds the purity of the fruit.
 Red and black cherries, hints of savoury spices and leather, leads to a warm and vibrant body of sweet fruits, and soft tannins.
 Pinot Noir is a great match for many varied foods, but is at its best when matched with either roasted game or duck.

El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa' Old Vine Garnacha 2011Date published: 05/09/13

Whilst we do have some of the 2010 still in stock, the majority is now the 2011. 2010 is a great example of this wine, but we are highlighting the 2011 as it's recently been giving the following glowing review from Robert Parker himself.

"From the Bodegas Nekeas vineyards planted between 1890 and 1930, the El Chaparral Old Vines is always my favorite wine from this producer. Made from 100% Grenache, or Garnacha, as the winery calls it, the 2011 El Chaparral Old Vines, produced from yields of 1.25 tons per acre, possesses the classic notes of licorice, black raspberries and black cherry liqueur in a full-bodied, sexy, pure and ripe style. This is another amazing value from this winery, which any consumer attempting to maximize his or her purchase power should know by name. 90 points"
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #203, October 2012.

Cillar de Silos Crianza 2009, Ribera del DueroDate published: 05/09/13

One of our favourite Ribera producers, Cillar de Silos is a family owned winery making outstanding wines using 100% Tinto Fino and French Oak. Whilst so many Ribera wines are massively extracted, rustic monsters, these wines always show real purity and elegance, with fresh acidity and a silky texture. 

Montecastrillo Tinto, 2011, Ribera Del DueroDate published: 05/09/13

The chap on the label of this strikingly packaged Ribera is Calixto Seijas, who founded Finca Torremilanos in 1903 and is credited with being the first modern day wine pioneer in Ribera del Duero (which only became a DO as recently as 1982).
The winery is now owned by the Peñalba family, and run by Ricardo Peñalba who is a firm believer in organic and bio-dynamic practices. The 200 Hectares of vineyards is split into 140 different parcels, and is all farmed organically. Made from Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) vines of between 10 - 20 years old, alcoholic fermentation is in stainless steel for 9 days, subsequent malolactic 80% in steel and 20% in barrique, and the wine then spends 7 months in used French oak. We think this is great value this autumn.

NEW IN - Arienzo Rioja CrianzaDate published: 05/09/13

In 2010, a consortium comprising Marques de Riscal and Bodegas Muriel purchased a winery and two brands from Pernod Ricard, located in the village of Elciego where these two Bodegas are based. The two brands in question were Viña Eguia (bought by Muriel, who also bought the winery itself), and Marques de Arienzo (bought by Riscal). Whilst Muriel were looking for a new winery and brand to allow rapid expansion (which we have helped them to achieve by selling loads of Eguia!), Riscal were looking for the right brand to allow them access to the Crianza market. The idea was to maintain the brand Arienzo, but to improve the wine and link it with the image and quality of Riscal.
2010 is the first vintage to be fully produced by Marques de Riscal, in the same state of the art winery where the Reserva is made. The grapes are all sourced from the villages of Elciego and Laguardia in the heart of Rioja Alavesa. The wine is a blend of Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano, and spends 18 months in American Oak. 2010 has been designated as a 5 star outstanding vintage in Rioja by the Consejo Regulador; a hot and dry vintage producing wines with great fruit structure and power.

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 30/08/13


Chardonnay Saint Roch 2011,

Puy de Dome, Auvergne


£8.99

(when buying two or more)


It’s rare to find white grapes planted in the Auvergne. This Chardonnay comes from the best single parcel of wines that the co-operative has access to. It is also the highest, planted at 570metres. Fermentation is long and slow, with 100% malolactic. The wine is rested on its lees for 9 months before bottling.


All these factors make for an exciting and unique wine which offers a refreshing alternative both to classic, buttery Burgundy and steely, herbaceous sancerre.


Offering a subtle, sweet, fragrant nose hinting at honey dew melon, citrus and an underlying cool minerality this has classic French restraint. Extended lees ageing contributes to a pleasing weight on the palate and the absence of oak allows the freshness, poise and delicacy to really shine through.


This is a real bargain and is really worth trying if you've been put off Chardonnay in the past by tropical, over-oaked, clumsy wines. It's a charmingly understated, unimposing wine that will happily serve as an aperitif but will really show off it's charm when accompanied by simple fish dishes or perhaps good quality, young cheeses.

Award WinnersDate published: 26/08/13

You will often come across bottles within our store emblazoned with medals from various vinous competitions around the globe, proclaiming their triumph over the lesser bottles which surround them.  These medals are definite achievements and offer security to the consumer, proving that these wines have been approved for consumption by presumed experts.  

However, I would point out that awards are not the be all and end all. 

Competitions can be a peculiar environment for tasting wine - judges will be expected to try an awful lot of wine in a relatively short space of time which can result in certain wines or styles standing out from the crowd, not necessarily for being the 'best'.  It must also result in a degree of palate fatigue, trying dozens if not hundreds of glasses in a day will surely take it's toll on a taster. 

There is also an argument that many wines, including some of the best, really benefit from being enjoyed over the course of an evening accompanied by some appropriate food.  Therefore, in a tasting that assesses the stand-alone merits of a wine (and I would include our own tasting counters here) it is arguably not the best forum for assessment.  I've enjoyed a glass of many wines that haven't then quite cut it when enjoyed it with a meal, and vice versa. 

Furthermore, there are many wines that will simply not compete in competitions or choose not to trumpet their achievements if they do have success.  There are various reasons for this - costs involved, fear of risks to reputation, not being invited etc.

Having said all that, if a wine has won a medal at prestigious competition such as the International Wine Challenge (IWC) then you are pretty much guaranteed a good bottle of wine.  I'm not trying to knock the these awards, just pointing out that there are a number of excellent non-award winning wines.  The key is, come in to the store and ask one of your friendly knowledgable Majestic staff.

Vintage Info - ChampagneDate published: 26/08/13

2007 saw difficult growing conditions but overall quality was good and yields plentiful.

2006 was good for Chardonnay, but not so good for both Pinots.

2005 was not a true or great vintage, although quality is probably only just below the bumper 2004 vintage.

2004 was a bumper vintage which also boasted excellent acids and purity.

2003  was a superhot year and the best wines are rich and generous but are not for longterm ageing.

2002 produced a superb vintage; the best since the fabled 1996, many of whose wines
are still in fine drinking condition.

Autumn Tasting TutorialsDate published: 26/08/13

AUTUMN TASTING

TUTORIALS

Want to learn a bit more about wine?

Then why not sign up for our FREE tasting tutorials.

This september we will be holding 4 free tasting tutorials to give you a chance to taste a range of wines from all around the world. These 30 minute sessions are a great way to try something new and learn a little bit about the wines as you go.

Chardonnay Tutorial:

Saturday 7th September (12pm & 3pm)


Wines of Spain Tutorial:

Saturday 14th September (12pm & 3pm)

Sauvignon Blanc Tutorial:

Saturday 21st September (12pm & 3pm)

Shiraz/Syrah Tutorial:

Saturday 28th September (12pm & 3pm)


For more details and to sign up, please contact us in store and talk to a member of staff.

Five Things You Didn't Know About GaviDate published: 26/08/13

One of our most popular white wines the rise of Gavi seems unstoppable.  From a narrow strip of land in Piemonte this elegant and food friendly wine has spread across the globe.

1) Gavi is made from the Cortese grape, which was first mentioned in this region as producing quality wine in 1659

2) The wine produced are fruity and aromatic with mineral notes and a tangy finish

3) The climate has a maritime influence from the Ligurian Coast less than 40 miles away giving the wines a freshness.

4) In the 19th Century the area was also noted for red wine made from the Dolcetto grape,  but the vines were destroyed by Phylloxera.

5) The best wines by reputation come from vineyards close to the town of Gavi itself and can be labelled as Gavi di Gavi.

Why not try:

Gavi Montiero £6.55 (when purchased alongside another Italian wine)

Wine and English LiteratureDate published: 26/08/13

In a departure from our previous looks at wine regions and grape varieties today we are going to look at the drinking habits of the English through references to wine in the literature through the ages.

Geoffrey Chaucer, whose Father and Grandfather were both vintners, was the first giant of English Literature to mention wines in the 12th century. In 'The Merchant's Tale' the 60 year old knight drinks wine mixed with spice called 'ypocras, claree and vernage' (Hypocras, Claret and Vernaccia) to give courage in the bedroom and in 'The Pardonner's Tale' he specifically mentions the wines from the town of Lepe, which was notorious as a producer of wines for blending and is part of the modern Spanish DO of Condaldo de Huelva near Jerez.

Historically as the English ruled Aquitaine Bordeaux was the main supplier of wine and this continued long after the end of The Hundred Years War although many other wines are mentioned in the literature of the 15th and 16th centuries.

In Henry IV Shakespear's character Falstaff favours 'Sherris Sack' , which was fortified wine imported from Spain or the Canary Islands. The wines of 'Canary' were also called for by Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night  suggesting that Bordeaux's hegemony was being challenged by Spain in the 16th century. This is further evidenced by Shakespear's less well known contemporary Robert Burton's mention of 'Alicant' (Alicante).

The 17th Century diarist Samuel Peyps makes numerous mentions of wine, including Canary and English Wine from vineyards around London, but is perhaps most notable for his mention of New French Claret particularly 'Ho Bryan' (Haut Brion).  The revival of French Claret was in a due in a large part to the marketing efforts of the Pontac family, owners of Haut Brion, who opened London's first fashionable restaurant The Sign of the Pontac's Head.

Peyps also mentions Champagne as does the playwright Sir George Etheredge who notes that it is sparkling. This has been used as evidence that the first sparkling Champagnes were actually created in England.  In addition to this records from the Royal Society show sparkling wine being produced in England in 1662; 6 years before Dom Perignon entered the Abbey at Hautvilliers.

In the 18th century the same wines still hold promenance.  Claret is mentioned by Sheridan as is Champagne.  Burgundy is mentioned and praised by David Garrick but roundly abused by Tobais Smollett as 'weak and thin'.

Burgundy's reputation grows significantly in the 19th century with Thackerey praising Beaune and Chambertin along with Claret, Sherry and Madeira.  Robert Louis Stevenson and Henry James also both praise Burgundy in the latter half of the 19th century.

By the 20th century you can see the formulation of what today is still considered the core of any wine cellar today.  Evelyn Waugh's 'Brideshead Revisited' mentions Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy (specifically Chambertin Clos de Beze), Sauternes (specifically Peyraguey) and Port.

Our Tasting EventsDate published: 26/08/13

One of the great things about Majestic wines is that you can try wines before you buy!

You can do this at our regular wine course events. These courses include a 90 minute introduction to wine, wine and food matching, friendly chit chat and the chance to try a variety of delicious wines. To find out the dates for these fabulous events, pop onto our website for more details or give us a ring if you have any questions! We are always happy to help!

We also have a great flow of wines on our tasting counter to try every week, throughout the week! On certain weeks there may be a theme to our wines, such as wines of Loire, at other times staff tend to pick their favorites or interesting wines we wish to taste. If you wanted to know more about a particular wine we don't have on tasting, one of our friendly members of staff will no doubt be able to give you a full description. You can check online the wines we have on tasting then come, visit and explore.

Wine QuoteDate published: 26/08/13

"Compromises are for relationships, not wine." ---Sir Robert Scott Caywood

Vintage Info - ItaltyDate published: 26/08/13

With Italian wines being on a 25% off deal at the moment there has never been a better time to get up to date Italian vintage variations.

2010: Plentiful rain everywhere meant tricky growing conditions, but the wines are good quality, showing more restraint and acidity than usual.

2009: Piedmont fared very well, producing, rich, well structured wines. Southern Italy more variable, although Sangiovese was generally sound.

2008: A wet summer was salvaged by a warm harvest season. Many wines tend towards elegance rather than body or power.

2007: Some hail problems, but overall a warm vintage, producing powerful reds in both Tuscany and Piedmont.

2006: A good to very good year throughout most of the country, with Chianti, Veneto and Piedmont particularly successful.

2005: A difficult vintage. Heavy rain and even hail covered the country throughout the harvest. Decent quality is available from conscientious producers.

Italian Food and Wine MatchingDate published: 26/08/13

Italian wines are great with food, have a look at some of our suggestions!

Gavi Montiero - Gavi is a light, fresh style of wine.  The town of Gavi is situated in Piedmont.  We would recommend a nice piece of white fish, such as cod, baked in the oven with a herb butter sauce.  Served with seasoned new potatoes and fresh garden peas.  With a squeeze of lemon!

Barbera D'Asti - De Forville - The Barbera grape variety is often found in the Northern region of Italy, surrounded by the Alps.  We would recommend a nice traditional meaty Spaghetti Bolognese dish!  The wine will benefit from being decanted before drinking.

Salice Salentino - Casa D'Aragona - Salice Salentino is a small town in the middle  of Puglia, in Italy's heel.  We would recommend taking this on a picnic.  It's a fantastic accompaniment to rustic salami, smoked ham and game.  Or simply with some fresh bread and cheese!

Verdicchio di Matelica - Poggio Alle Ondini - Verdicchio di Matelica is from a small commune in Italy's Marche region.  We would recommend a spiced fish dish such as a Cajun salmon.  Serve with wild rice with a hint of rosemary.

Waimea Estate Sauvignon BlancDate published: 26/08/13

The Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc is in my opinion one of the best Sauvignon Blancs in Majestic for under £10!

Grown in Nelson, to the west of it's famous cousin Marlborough, on stony loam soils with high sunshine hours and a moderating maritime influence. The winemaking philosophy blends Old World techniques with pioneering methods now becoming commonplace in the New World.

Aromas of ripe gooseberry and tropical fruit, delicate floral notes and mineral characters. An elegant, crisp palate of citrus and gooseberry with a zingy, refreshing finish.

The Waimea is best enjoyed on a warm summer afternoon, or even to bring some sunshine to a wet afternoon. Fantastic with oysters and scallops.

On offer at the moment for £8.99 when you buy any 2 wines from New Zealand.

Italian Party White WineDate published: 26/08/13

If you're looking to have a party, especially on a budget you can't go wrong with the Pasqua Pinot Grigio for the white wine. 

At a fantastic £5.62 per bottle when you buy two or more Italian wines it offers great value for money.

The wine comes from a family owned winery which began in 1925. The Pasqua brothers are a formidable team and are actually the last winery operating within Verona City in the middle of the Veneto region, where the Pasqua comes from.

The Pasqua is a fresh fruity wine with lots of crunchy fruit. Crisp citrusy acidity and a well balanced finish.

This wine really is an ideal aperitif and a really party crowd pleaser!


Italian Wine of the DayDate published: 26/08/13

The Stella Alpina Pinot Grigio is one fantastic wine, offering a lot more than the stereotypical apple and pear characteristics often associated with this grape variety.

The wine originates from Alto Adige in the far North of Italy. The vineyards line both sides of the valley formed by the River Adige. The reputation of the area for quality wines, especially aromatic whites is typified by this high end Pinot Girgio from one of the regions outstanding producers.

The Stella Aplina truly is in a different league to entry-level Italian Pinot Grigio, balancing a rich, pure palate of peach, melon and pear fruit with the crispest of finishes.

This wine will marry well with fresh tomato salads and seafood dishes such as grilled sea bass or barbecued king prawns.

Getting Married?Date published: 26/08/13

Are you or is anyone you know getting married in 2013?  Did you know that here at Majestic we have many years experience in organising weddings for a wide range of clients?  Our bespoke service includes:

Advice on the best wines to suit your food choices and perhaps most importantly, your budget
Advice on quantities required
Free wine tasting
Full sale-or-return
Free glass loan
Free chiller bin/ice bucket loan
Ice
Free Delivery

If you wish to find out more about our wedding service or about any of our party services please come and see us instore.

#ComeAndExplore

Five Things You Didn't Know About KrugDate published: 26/08/13

Today we are going to look at the most luxurious of wines, Champagne, and perhaps the most luxurious of all Champagne houses, Krug.

1) Champagne is perhaps the most famous of all French wines, however, founder of the House of Krug, Johann-Joseph Krug was actually from Mainz in Germany.

2) Each parcel of grapes used in the making of Krug is individually vinified in old small oak barrels (205 litres).  Krug are the only Champagne House to do this.

3) Each bottle of Krug Grande Cuvee (non-vintage) contains wine from between six and nine different vintages and upon release the oldest wine contained in any bottle will be approximately twenty years old.

4) Krug produces two single vineyard vintage Champagnes in tiny quantities and only in exceptional years. The Blanc de Blanc Clos du Mesnil and the one hundred percent Pinot Noir Clos d'Ambonnay.

5) Although now owned by the Luxury goods company LVMH Krug is still run by the fixth and sixth generation of Krug wine makers.

Why not try:

Krug Grand Cuvee - £140 or £126 when you buy 6 or more

10 Things you didn't know about Chianti.Date published: 26/08/13

Now on the third of our series about classic wine regions we are leaving France and heading accross the Alps to the stunningly beautiful Tuscany and in particular to Chianti located between Florence and Sienna.

1) Chianti was one of the first wine areas to be given a fundamental geographical delimitation in an edict issued by Grand Duke Cosimo di Medici in 1716 and included the townships of Radda, Gaiole and Castellina, which forms the heart of Chianti Classico today.

2) Since this time the area has expanded to include eight distinct districts Chianti Classico, Chianti Rufina, Chianti Montalbano, Chianti Colli Florentini, Chianti Montespertoli, Colli Senesi, Colline Pisane and Colli Aretini plus a large swathe of land on the outskirts whose wines are simply labelled Chianti.

3) Chianti Classico is by far the largest of the eight regions and it has been suggested that it could be subdivided along the lines of the communes of the Medoc.  The wines from the South around Castelnuovo Berardegna are powerful, intense and long lived, those from Panzano are fine and elegant. San Casciano in the North West makes wines that are plump and mature early while the wines from Radda and Castellina are lighter and aromatic.

4) The grapes used to produce Chianti historically are Sangiovese, Canaiolo and two white grapes Trebbiano and Malavasia.  Today there is no longer a requirement to add white grapes to the blend of Chianti Classico and up to 15% of non traditional grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah can be used.

5) Chianti Rufina was also included in Duke Cosimo's edict of 1716 under the name of Pomino and is now mostly under the ownership of the Frescobaldi family who have been prominent  in Tuscany since the 13th century.

6) In 1975 the Antinori family, who have been involved in the Tuscan wine trade since 1385, launched Tignanello; a wine produced in Chianti but not under the rules governing Chianti production.  While Sangiovese makes up the majority of the blend the remainder was made up of Cabernet Sauvignon which was not allowed at the time. The wine has gone on to become world famous and the Supertuscans were born.

7) Many estates in Tuscany in addition to producing Chianti will produce a Supertuscan, Olive Oil and Vin Santo.

8) Vin Santo is a sweet wine produced from Trebbiano, Malvasia and Sangiovese grapes that were traditionally dried in the rafters of the house. The grapes would be crushed after between two to six months drying depending on the desired sweetness of the final wine.

9) Vin Santo is aged oxidatively which gives the wine a dark amber colour.  Due to the differences in drying time, ageing time and grape varierty used Vin Santo comes in a bewildering range of styles from ultra sweet to bone dry.

10) The symbol of the Chianti producers association is the Gallo Nero or Black Rooster and appears on many bottles of Chianti Classico.

Why not try:

San Leonino Chianti Classico £7.96 when you buy along with another Italian wine


Wine QuoteDate published: 26/08/13

"Life is too short to drink bad wine." Anonymous

Wine of the DayDate published: 26/08/13

Contesa Pecorino 2012, IGT
Colline Pescaresi
ITALY
Pecorino - VEGETARIAN
Pecorino is an early ripening, thin-skinned grape, native to central parts of Italy. The bunches tend to be very triangular in shape, reminiscent of a sheep's head, said to be the reason for the grape's name. This great example is 30% oak fermented. Pale yellow, with a remarkably intense nose of citrus fruits, hints of hawthorn and orange blossom. Soft, clean, but persistent palate texture, with a pleasing mineral complexity. Try with nutty cheeses, such as the wine's sheep's milk cheese namesake, or with simple cod dishes.

£9.99 Buy 2 Save 24% - £7,49

Last Week of Offers.Date published: 26/08/13

Get into store or online before Tuesday 3rd September to make the most of the summer deals:

25% off Italian wines

20% off Chilean wines

20% off New Zealand wines

20% off Beaujolais wines

20% off Australian wines

Tuesday 3rd sees the start of a new offer period within Majestic so watch out for more treats to follow.  If you and a fan of wines from any of the above we advise you to make the most off the current offers as once they change they change! If you do wish us to alert you to any particular region or wine when its on a good offer we are able to do this, just email us in store with your name, contact details and what you wish to know and the team will help you buy your favourite wines at they best prices! mus@majestic.co.uk

Italian Wine of The DayDate published: 25/08/13

The Valpolicella La Casetta is one of my personal favourite Italian reds and now with 25% off our Italian wines, there has never been a better time to try it.

Made from the Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella grapes and from the hilly villages east of Lake Garda, Ripasso wines have had a portion of the fermented, dried skins from Amarone added to them. This combines the power and the class of the Amarone with the bright fruit of the classic Valpolicella.

The wine is a deep ruby hue and lots of almost connected cherry, plum and berry fruits and hints of vanilla. Fine and rounded, a velvety smooth palate bursting with intense and complex flavours.

This wine is the perfect companion to all types of meats and seasoned cheeses. Especially Italian foods!


Wine QuoteDate published: 25/08/13

"I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food." ---W.C. Fields

Moet and Chandon NV OfferDate published: 25/08/13

Perhaps the best known Champagne (for their mention in the music of Queen...or is that just me?), the Brut Imperial from Moët embodies their house style: crisp and clean, this classic Champagne shows citrus aromas and hints of biscuity flavours. An excellent apéritif.

It is currently on offer for just £27.50 per bottle. Down from £42! An excellent saving and perfect for any special occasion. This is a time limited offer so don't miss out!

25% off Italian FavouritesDate published: 25/08/13

Thats right, our Italian Wines are now reduced to 25% off when you buy two or more. There has never been a better time to stock up on old favourites or to try something new! Hurry as this offer is on for a limited time only.

Louis Roederer NVDate published: 25/08/13

The Louis Roederer NV is at a fantastic price of just £29 per bottle!

From the maker of Cristal, a deliciously rich Champagne, with an overt fruitiness and nutty, yeasty notes. A long, complex and rewarding finish is a hallmark of the house style.

Make sure to grab a bargain before our prices change on the 2nd of September!

Wine QuoteDate published: 18/08/13

"I have enjoyed great health and a great age because everyday since I can remember, I have consumed a bottle of wine except when I have not felt well. Then I have consumed two bottles." ---Attributed to a Bishop Of Seville

The TwinsDate published: 18/08/13

Wine of the Week

AIX Rosé 2010 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence


The Origin

An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum!

The Wine

Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit. A superb choice for any event, and the perfect match for canapés or seafood.

£19.99

Exciting New Spanish Wine!Date published: 18/08/13

On seeing the wines on our delivery this week I was really excited to see the Marques de Vargas Reserva 2008. Last year we had the 2001 vintage so I'm really excited to see how this compares!

Although the modern winery was built in 1989 the Vargas vineyard estate dates back to 1840. The first vines were planted near Logrono by Felipe de Mata, the eighth Marques de Vargas. This traditional blend is aged in American, French and Russian oak.

The Marques de Vargas is is a rich. dense and deeply coloured Reserva, combining aromas of bramble and wild strawberries with hints of liqourice abnd savouy-sweet spice. Velvety, full and well balanced.

This wine is best decanted before serving. Pair with beef carpaccio.

New Wines From The LoireDate published: 16/08/13

The Loire valley in France is home to some fantastic wines, most notably sauvignon blancs such as Sancerre and Pouilly Fume.  However, there are many other brilliant offerings and we're delighted to welcome a new new pair to the range.  Buyer Chris Hardy introduces a pinot noir and a chardonnay both form Auvergne:


The Auvergne may be referred to as the belly of France or its green lung, but it also sits at the very heart of the country. The topography of the region combined with its turbulent volcanic past ensures that there are a complex array of soils and sub-soils, even within the same commune. With the majority of the vineyards situated on slopes, they are generally dry and well drained, to the point that water stress is more likely to be a problem than water-logging.

The Auvergne region is known for its capital Clermont-Ferrand, the home of tyre manufacturer Michelin, and for the town of Volvic, which sits on a bed of andesite, a hard form of black lava. Volvic stone is impermeable to the point that it was used by Michelin to create their iconic Plaques Michelin, which once dominated the highways of France and provided the inspiration for the labels of these two new wines.


Cave Saint-Verny, founded in 1950, is the sole cooperative in the Auvergne’s Puy-de Dôme region. Almost going into liquidation in the late 1980’s, it now has a new cellar with 37 temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and was the first in the region to install a de-stemming machine.

Le Grand Turluron Pinot Noir 2011 IGP Puy de Dôme (05.006)
£11.99 Buy 2 save £6 = £8.99

Both Pinot Noir and Gamay have been planted in the region for many centuries and it is traditional for the two varieties to be blended together to produce the equivalent of a Passetoutgrains. This, however, is sourced from a single parcel of Pinot Noir from the riper and more concentrated 2011 vintage.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Puy-de-Dome-Pinot-Noir-zid05006


St Roch de Chadeleuf Chardonnay 2011 IGP Puy de Dôme (05.007)
£11.99 Buy 2 save £6 = £8.99

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Chardonnay-Saint-Roch-zid05007



It’s rare to find white grapes planted in the Auvergne. This Chardonnay comes from the best single parcel of wines that the co-operative has access to. It is also the highest, planted at 570metres. Fermentation is long and slow, with 100% malolactic. The wine rested on its lees for 9 months before bottling.

Vintage Information - SpainDate published: 14/08/13

With the influx of new Spanish wines that have just arrived in our store we thought that it was perhaps time that we reflected on our vintage knowledge!

2009: Hot and dry throughout most of Spain, the vintage produced many powerful, intense wines, with plenty of body and ripe tannins.

2008: A long, cool summer in Rioja produced many bright and supple reds, and whites with good acidity. A particularly good vintage for the Duero.

2007: Very difficult weather with rain and hail, especially in Rioja, hence quality variable. Top producers made some elegant, forward drinking wines.

2006: Not as dry as 2005, but an early September heatwave caused generalised problems. Results vary from dull to excellent but overall not as good a vintage as the two previous ones.

2005: Drier than 2003, with drought in many places during the ripening season leading to an early harvest and low yields. Quality from northern regions (Rioja, Navarra, Aragon and Catalunya) ranges from good to excellent.

2004: Good quality in La Mancha and the North West. Other areas suffering a variety of problems from drought in Andalucia to hail in Ribera del Duero. Top Riojas very good.

Rioja: The best recent vintages for Gran Reserva
and Reserva are 2004, 2001, 1998, and 1996.

NEW WINE!!Date published: 13/08/13

Montecastrillo 2011, Ribera del Duero

This wine is made by Finca Torremilanos, a family-run estate located at the eastern end of Ribera del Duero. Its 200 hectares of vineyards are spread across some 140 organically-farmed plots, including some which are over 100 years old.

A fruit-focused and easy-drinking wine, with medium weight tannins framing a core of ripe blackcurrant and raspberry flavour, accented with hints of cocoa. Best enjoyed with barbecued chops.

£7.99 when you buy 2 or more

We can't wait to open this and have a taste!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 09/08/13

Leon Perdigal Côtes-du-Rhône

2012


Grape Varieties: Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Mourvedre



A new addition to the Majestic range. This is a classic blend sourced from several sites in the southern Rhone. Named after Leon Perdigal the first cellar master at Ogier's now famous cellars, when they were founded in 1859 in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.


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


The Leon Perdigal will perfectly compliment spiced Mediterranean dishes and barbecued meats, making it the perfect time of year to give this fantastic Côtes-du-Rhône a try.




£9.99

Buy 2 save £6


£6.99

Vintage Info: ChileDate published: 08/08/13

A little insight into some recent vintages from Chile.
2010: A solid vintage, marred only by the tragic March earthquake, which destroyed large quantities of wine and infrastructure, affecting availability worldwide.
2009: Mild conditions favoured white wines, as well as Syrah and Pinot Noir, which tend towards elegant structure rather than outright power.
2008: Widely considered one of Chile’s best vintages, especially for reds, which have good concentration and ripe tannins.
2007: An unusual year weather-wise resulting in lower yields but particularly good quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
2006: A dry summer with lower than average temperatures delaying ripening. Whites are better than ’05 whilst reds are slightly less good.
2005: High summer temperatures and a late harvest have given crisp, fresh whites and deeply coloured, balanced reds.

Tomas PostigoDate published: 08/08/13

In the last few decades the Ribera del Duero has emerged as a serious contender to Rioja as the top fine wine producing region in Spain. This is in part due to its rare shistous soils, high altitude and the fluctuation between day and night-time temperatures that encourages complexity in the wines. There are few people who have done more than Tomás Postigo to put the Ribera del Duero on the map and to establish the style of the region as Winemaker at Pago de Carraovejas. Although not the first to plant Cabernet Sauvignon, during his time working for a major co-operative he encouraged growers to plant Cabernet and harvest it when fully ripe. Postigo was one of the first in Spain to conduct whole berry fermentation and gravity based winemaking, practices he uses to this day. The first wine released under his own label was in 2009, the 2010 is a blend of around 85% Tinta Fino (Tempranillo), 10% Cabernet and 5% Merlot, sourced from around the village of Peñafiel.


£26

What I drank last night...Date published: 07/08/13

San Leonino Chianti Classico,

2009

£8.49 (when buying two or more Italian wines)

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Chianti-Classico-San-Leonino-zid13746?tracking=|searchterm:13746

For many of us, 'Chianti' conjures up memories, good and bad, of a cheap table wine presented in a traditional straw basket. These wines still exist and whilst simple, they do have more than a little charm.

Chianti, however, is produced in a range of styles from light and elegant to full and robust with the best brimming with tart red fruit and hints of savoury, spicy notes with even relatively modest examples capable of improving over the course of a decade.

From it's bright ruby colour, through it's complex, savoury redcurrant and cherry inflected aromas to it's lean, lingering, tart mouthful, this fantastic Chianti Classico (Classico wines being superior examples from specific areas within Chianti) exhibits all the typical hallmarks.

This is a really complex, interesting wine to find at this price, it's only 'shortcoming' is one familiar to many Italian wines – it doesn't work terribly well when tasted by itself. You will notice a certain astringency from the generous acidity and tannins making it appear slightly drying and bitter. However, this is in fact something to welcome. This is a wine that demands food.

Enjoy this wine with some classic Tuscan style food – Salami, Florentine steak, tomatoes etc. and you will notice the acidity and tannins soften and support the flavours in the wine and food making for a perfect, harmonious whole. Trust me!

Laurent-Perrier NVDate published: 06/08/13

That's right, the Laurent-Perrier non vintage is on a fantastic summer offer at the moment! 

Just £25 per bottle reduced from £38! Don't say we don't spoil you!

The Laurent-Perrier is a lighter house style. With subtle citrus, toast and spice predominating this perfectly balanced champagne. It has a strong structure giving the wine good food compatibility. Perfect for a sunny outdoor celebration.

Go on, treat yourself.

Vina Ardanza Magnums!Date published: 06/08/13

 We've just taken a delivery of some 2004 Vina Ardanza Reserva magnums! As one of my first choice Rioja's anyway the arrival of the magnum form is very exciting, BBQ anyone? 

Named after one of the region's founding families. The Vina Ardanza is one of the very best Rioja's produced from fruit grown exclusively in the bodagas' vineyard holding in the Rioja Alta region.Remaining under family ownership this is one of the most sort after bodegas.

The wine is complex and perfumed with primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits. Elegantly structured this wine is medium bodied and has spicy tannins and layers of flavour.

Able to be enjoyed over the next decade we recommend serving with a game casserole or wild duck.

At just £36 per bottle this magnum is a clear bargain


Jose Pizarro Cooks For CodorniuDate published: 04/08/13

I've included, in the articles below, a series of recipes from the excellent chef Jose Pizzaro which offer a Spanish twist on some Great British classics.  

As well as being delicious in their own right, these recipes have been paired up with a selection of cavas from Codorniu.  This is an interesting point because we tend not to think of sparkling wines being paired with foods - in spite of the amount of sparkling wine we consume in this country, we only really use cava, prosecco or champagne as a celebratory aperitif.  However, as seen by these tempting matches, the acidity, freshness, clean flavours and subtle weight of these wines can make them great matches with many dishes.

It's also easy to forget, because of the high price of Champagne, that sparkling wine can be really good value and need not be saved for special occasions.  The Codorniu range this summer is available for £6.99 for the basic NV up to only £9.99 for their vintage blanc de noirs.  These prices put them very much in the every day bracket and with quality to match this value, we should all be buying more sparkling wine. 


Apple Crumble Crema CatalanaDate published: 04/08/13

Makes 16 small glasses


For the apples


500g cox's apples peeles

50g caster sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon


For the crumble


90g plain flour

50g butter cold and cubed

40g soft brown sugar

50g slivered almonds


For the custard


1 litre whole milk

1 lemon peel, pith removed

1 orange peel, pith removed

5cm cinnamon stick

6 large free range egg yolks

50g caster sugar

40g cornflour


Preheat the oven to 200C. Place the flour, butter and sugar in a bowl and rub with your fingers until you have crumbs, stir in the almonds and scatter on a baking sheet. Place in the oven to toast for 15 minutes until golden and crisp, tuning over frequently with a spoon.


Peel and cube the apples, place in a small pan with the sugar and cinnamon, just cover with water and place over a medium heat to cook with a lid on gently for 5 minutes until softened. Remove the apple cubes from the liquid and set aside whilst you reduce the liquid remaining over a medium heat for a further 2 minutes until syrupy, Pour over the apple cubes and allow to cool.


Heat the milk, lemon and orange peel and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan over a medium heat until just about to boil. Remove from the heat and set aside to allow the flavours to infuse. Once cool remove the zest and cinnamon stick and discard. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until thick and pale, add the cornflour and then continue to whisk in the milk. Return the custard to a clean pan and cook, stirring continuously, for approx 10 minutes until the mixture is thick and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Cool slightly before straining through a fine sieve into a jug. Spoon the apple mixture into the base of 16 small glasses and pour over the custard.


Scatter the custards with the almond crumble and serve immediately.



A perfect match with Codorniu Brut or Codorniu Roasdo Brut NV

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Codorniu-Brut-zid23008

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Codorniu-Rosado-zid23009

Full English SourdoughsDate published: 04/08/13

For the soaked beans


4tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves chopped

1 onion finely diced

300g chorizo cubed

300ml chicken stock

300g ripe tomatoes chopped

2tbsp flat leaf parsley chopped


For the beans


300g dried arrocina or haricot beans soaked overnight

1 onion halved

1 garlic bulb

4 bay leaves

4 cloves


For the rest


3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

8 slices serrano ham

4 slices sourdough bread griddled and cut into 3cm pieces

16 quails eggs


Drain the beans and put them in a pan with a litre of water, bring them to a boil, skim off the scum, add the garlic head, onion halves, cloves and bay. Cover and leave to simmer gently for 1 hour 30 minutes until tender. Drain and discard the onion, garlic, bay and cloves.


Heat the oil in a medium sauté pan, add the garlic and the onion and fry gently until golden and soft. Add the chorizo and continue to cook for 3 minutes until the chorizo starts to release its oil and starts to crisp. Stir in the beans followed by the stock. Simmer gently for 20 minutes until the beans are softened and flavoured with the chorizo then stir in the tomatoes. Set aside to keep warm.


In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil and fry the serrano ham in batches until crisp and set aside to keep warm. In the same pan (adding more oil if needed) fry the eggs, so they are crisp and lacy.


Place the toasted bread on a serving plate, spoon over some of the beans, top woth a fried qualis egg and the crispy ham broken into shards.


A perfect match with Codorniu seleccion Raventos £7.49

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Fish and Chips TostadosDate published: 04/08/13

Makes approx 16


For the fish


3 x 100g cod fillet skinned

50g plain flour

1 litre olive oil to fry


For the chips


200g maris piper potatoes

500ml extra virgin olive oil

For the peas

200g jamon diced

2 shallots finely diced

300g fresh peas

150ml fresh chicken stock

3tbsp fresh mint

16 slices thin baguette toasted in oven


For the fish:


Heat the olive oil in a large deep pan to 180C (use a cooking thermometer). Dust the cod fillets in the flour and dip the floured fish into the hot oil. Fry for 5 minutes until golden and crisp. Drain on kitchen paper and flake.


For the chips:


Pour the oil into a deep frying pan and heat to 180C (use a cooking thermometer). Cut the potatoes lengthways into 3mm slices, then cut the slices into matchsticks. Add the chips, stir well and leave them to fry for 3 minutes until they are crisp and golden. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon, drain on kitchen paper, season with sea salt and cracked black pepper.


For the peas:


heat 1tbsp olive oil in a saute pan, add the diced jamon, cook until crisp. Remove from the pan then add the shallots, fry until golden. Add the peas, followed by the stock and cook for a further 10 minutes until the stock has reduced, crush the peas slightly, stir in the chopped mint.

Spoon a little of the peas onto the baguette slices, top with a large flake of the fish and finish with a few of the thin chips.

A perfect match with Codorniu Brut NV

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Shepherd's Pie CroquetasDate published: 03/08/13

Makes 10

For the filling


1 onion finely chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
250g minced lamb
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/s tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp tsp sweet pimenton
Freshly grated nutmeg
3 tbsp flat leaf parsley finely chopped

For the potato


1 kilo floury maris piper potatoes
100g fresh white bread crumbs
1 egg
Olive oil for frying

For the filling, fry the onion in the olive oil for 10 minutes until golden and soft.  Add the minced lamb and fry for 3 minutes, breaking up any lumps as it browns.  Grind the cumin seeds and the coriander seeds in a spice grinder to a fine powder.  Add to the minced lamb along with the cinnamon, allspice and pimenton.  Season with sea salt and cracked black pepper, add 200ml water and continue to cook stirring occasionally until the liquid has evaporated and the lamb is tender.  Stir in the parsley and a good grate of nutmeg, check for seasoning and set aside to cool.

Cut the potatoes into chunks and boil in a large pan of water for 20 minutes until tender, drain well and leave to dry in the colander for a few minutes until the steam dies down, return to the pan and mash until smooth.  Stir in the beatten egg, season with salt and pepper and set aside until cool.

Lightly oil your hands and shape the potato into balls approx 60g, flatten each into a disc approx 10cm diameter.  Put a tbsp of the meat filling into the middle of the discs and wrap the potato round it to form a ball.  Seal any gaps then flatten gently into a 7cm pattie.

Heat 1cm of olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat 170C, coat half the fritters in the breadcrumbs, add them to the pan and cook gently for 5 minutes on each side until golden and crisp.  Lift out of the pan and place on a plate lined with kitchen paper.  Repeat with the remaining fritters.  Serve cut in half with some pea shoots.


A perfect match with Codorniu Reina Maria Cristina - £9.99

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Beef and Pimenton Yorkshire mini pudsDate published: 03/08/13

For the Beef

1kg beef sirloin

1tsp hot pimenton

1tbsp olive oil


For the pudding

140g plain flour

4 medium eggs beaten

200ml milk

2tsp sweet pimenton


For the peppers

4 large red peppers

1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

4 thyme sprigs

2tbsp sherry vinegar

1 garlic clove crushed


Preheat oven to 220C.  Place the peppers in a small baking tray and pop in the oven to roast for 30 mins, turning occasionally until the skins have blackened.  Remove from the oven and place straight into a ziplock bag to sweat and allow the skins to loosen.  Once cool, slit the peppers in half, remove the stalks, seeds and skin.  Tear the flesh into 1cm strips and toss into a bowl with the olive oil, thyme leaves, vinegar and garlic.


Lower the oven to 200C.  Season the beef with the pimenton and rub with the olive oil,  Sear in a hot pan on all sides before placing in the oven to roast for 20 minutes (rare) 25 minutes (medium).  Remove from the oven and leave to rest before carving.


Tip the flour into a large bowl, make a well in the middle, pour in the eggs and slowly add the milk, whisking continuously until a smooth batter is reached.  Stir in the sweet pimenton and season with sea salt and black pepper.


Drizzle a little sunflower oil in the bottoms of a 12 hole non stick patty tin.  Place the tin in the oven for the oil to preheat and get very hot.


Remove the tin from the oven, divide the batter between the holes and place back in the oven to cook for 15 minutes until golden and puffed.  Repeat using all the batter.


Place a crispy Yorkshire pudding on each plate, top with a thin slice of beef, a few of the peppers and serve immediately, drizzled in a little of the pepper dressing.


A perfect match with Codorniu Rosado Brut - £6.99:

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Wine of the WeekDate published: 01/08/13

Peter Lehmann, BVC

2010

Peter Lehman wines was founded in 1979, when a group of struggling wineries banded together under the leadership of Peter Lehman. Today the company sources grapes from 140 independent growers in and around the Barossa region.

This benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon uses the grapes from northern plantings, which are higher in altitude and cooled by the breeze. This captures the perfumed blackberry characters. Grapes from the southern vineyards are richer and add the complex aromas of chocolate and juicy dark fruit.

Enjoy with a roast fillet of beef for the perfect Sunday dinner.

£12.49

Buy 2 Australian wines save 20%

£9.99

Bargain New Zealand Sauvignon!Date published: 01/08/13

We've got a fantastic improved offer on our Giesen Sauvignon Blanc,

Now £5.99 when you buy two or more bottles of wine from NZ.

The wine has a richly tropical nose, that is dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs.

On the palate you are treated to gooseberry and citrus, with a zesty acidity.

The Giesen is best enjoyed with a seafood risotto or paella.

Tyrrells CrispsDate published: 31/07/13

Are now on an improved offer:

£1.49 per bag when you buy 2 or more!

BACK IN STOCKDate published: 31/07/13

Aix Double Mangnums, great for summer BBQ's and parties!

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 26/07/13

Wine Of The Week


San Leonino Chianti Classico,

2009

£8.49 (when buying two or more Italian wines)

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For many of us, 'Chianti' conjures up memories, good and bad, of a cheap table wine presented in a traditional straw basket. These wines still exist and whilst simple, they do have more than a little charm.

Chianti, however, is produced in a range of styles from light and elegant to full and robust with the best brimming with tart red fruit and hints of savoury, spicy notes with even relatively modest examples capable of improving over the course of a decade.

From it's bright ruby colour, through it's complex, savoury redcurrant and cherry inflected aromas to it's lean, lingering, tart mouthful, this fantastic Chianti Classico (Classico wines being superior examples from specific areas within Chianti) exhibits all the typical hallmarks.

This is a really complex, interesting wine to find at this price, it's only 'shortcoming' is one familiar to many Italian wines – it doesn't work terribly well when tasted by itself. You will notice a certain astringency from the generous acidity and tannins making it appear slightly drying and bitter. However, this is in fact something to welcome. This is a wine that demands food.

Enjoy this wine with some classic Tuscan style food – Salami, Florentine steak, tomatoes etc. and you will notice the acidity and tannins soften and support the flavours in the wine and food making for a perfect, harmonious whole. Trust me!

Chateau Bourgneuf, Pomerol, BordeauxDate published: 18/07/13

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

A lovely, ready-to-drink, intense Pomerol. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon roast lamb or beef.

This cracker is only £19.99 per bottle; representing fantastic value for money.

Back in stockDate published: 18/07/13

Dry Furmint £9.99 or buy 2 - £8.49

The Royal Tokaji Wine company was set up by English wine writer (of a fairly ledgendary status) Hugh Johnson.  Set up in 1990 his goal was to get Tokaji to the top of the sweet wine production ladder.  This has been successful, the beautifully sweet wines are iconic and sought after.

As the sweet wines are doing so well, some dry wines are also being produced.  This wine is 100% Furmint grape, a Hungarian variety believed to be related to Italys Vermentino.  It is a very versatile grape which loves a little time in oak.

Clean and citrussy, plenty of minerality and a crisp acidity.  A great palate cleanser!

NOW IN STOCKDate published: 18/07/13

Prosecco Zonin Magnums

£17.99

Double the price....double the fun.

Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2010Date published: 18/07/13

Lovely Bubbly ... Codorniu Reina Maria Cristina Blan de Noirs 2010

This a smashing Cava, it has fine bubbles and persistent beading with fresh, light, floral aromas. It is rounded, with well-balanced pear and brioche flavours.

Perfect as an apéritif.

Was £14.99 NOW £9.99

DID YOU KNOW?Date published: 18/07/13

...Aloxe-Corton boasts the oldest cellars in Burgundy...and some outstanding Grand Cru reds!!

Sale or Return.Date published: 18/07/13

Don't forget free sale or return

Are you having a party coming up in the next couple of months? Not sure of how much to order? Well fear not, not only do we offer free delivery and glass hire, but we offer sale or return. So for the wine you do not use and are still in a saleable condition, you are welcome to bring back for a full refund!

Morellino Di ScansanoDate published: 18/07/13

In Scansano, in the southern part of Tuscany, Morellino is the local name for Sangiovese. In this case blended with 15% Ciliegiolo, another indigenous local grape, this is a slim and youthful style of red, with only a third of the blend spending 6-8 months in new oak.

Ripe cherry and strawberry fruit forms the backbone of this wine, which is medium-bodied and approachable. A subtly rustic streak gives a touch of complexity and food friendliness.

Partner with anything from lamb chops to game, either immediately or within the next 5 years.

£9.59 when you buy two or more bottles.

Something a little different....!Date published: 18/07/13

Vermentino 2012 Poggioargentiera

Currently £7.99 (Buy 2 still Italian wines between save 20%,  Original Price of £9.99)

  Poggioargentiera Originally based in Maremma, in the southernmost part of Tuscany, where estate owner Gianpaolo Paglia was born. Italy's native Vermentino thrives in the warm, sunny Mediterranean climate, producing generously fruity white wines.
  Grape is the Vermentino. It's clean and fresh on the nose, this wine is full of ripe peach and citrus aroma. The palate offers a swathe of soft pear and stone fruit character, cut through with a refreshing limey streak. Serve with pan-seared salmon or trout, with a herby fresh tomato salsa.

Autumn Tasting TutorialsDate published: 18/07/13

AUTUMN TASTING

TUTORIALS

Want to learn a bit more about wine?

Then why not sign up for our FREE tasting tutorials.

This september we will be holding 4 free tasting tutorials to give you a chance to taste a range of wines from all around the world. These 30 minute sessions are a great way to try something new and learn a little bit about the wines as you go.

Chardonnay Tutorial:

Saturday 7th September (12pm & 3pm)


Wines of Spain Tutorial:

Saturday 14th September (12pm & 3pm)

Sauvignon Blanc Tutorial:

Saturday 21st September (12pm & 3pm)

Shiraz/Syrah Tutorial:

Saturday 28th September (12pm & 3pm)


For more details and to sign up, please contact us in store and talk to a member of staff.

OPEN TO TASTEDate published: 13/07/13

Purple Angel, Montes, Chile.

A blend of 92% Carmenère and 8% Petit Verdot. Of this, half of the Carmenère comes from Montes’ La Finca de Apalta estate, bringing
sophistication and elegance. The other half of the Carmenère comes from Montes’ Archangel estate in Marchigüe, adding potency and
strength. The grapes are hand picked, normally early in the morning to make sure that cold temperature is achieved to crush the fruit.
The clusters go through a berry selection, in which only good fruit is allowed into the tank. During the 18 months of barrel aging in new
French (50%) and American (50%) oak, the wine is racked 3 times to get rid of lees, then bottled unfiltered.

£32.50 - Buy 2 Save 20% - £25.99

English ChardonnayDate published: 13/07/13

Chapel Down Kit's Coty Estate Chardonnay 2011 ENGLAND

This is a single-vineyard Chardonnay from Chapel Down's vineyard in Aylesford named after Kit's Coty, a nearby neolithic monument. The
grapes were whole-bunch pressed, wild fermented in old barriques, and the wine matured on its lees. A fresh and appealing nose of fresh white peach and floral notes, with hints of butterscotch and subtle spice. A complex and richly textured palate full of citrus and stone fruit character. Match with all seafood or white fish dishes.
£13.99

Tasting? Drinking? What's the difference?Date published: 13/07/13

When you taste wine, as we often explain to customers, friends, family anyone who will listen, it is not the same as drinking it.  It does not logically fall that a fantastic wine in tasting is automatically a favourite wine for drinking - and vice versa.  Tasting is analysing, thinking about all the components in the wine starting with the appearance in the glass and ending with the length of time you can still taste the wine after a sip.  Is the wine balanced, think about each factor; acidity, sweetness, alcohol, tannin, flavour, body, length.  A great wine will make it hard for one of these to scream out at you, the wine is well made and well balanced.  Drinking is enjoying.  You can simply say 'I like this wine' or 'I don't like this wine'. Tasting determines the quality of the wine but drinking shows us the reality, how much enjoyment you get out of each mouthful. Does is make you wish you had bought that second bottle, make you get our your smart phone and take a photo of the label, if so you have found a winner! The beauty of wine tasting and wine drinking for that matter, is that everybody is different.  We all taste, smell and enjoy slightly different things.  Don't let anyone tell you what you like, decide for yourself, trial and error, its all part of the fun!  (Unless its Chardonnay, in which case, controversially, I won't hear a word against it - you just haven't tried an amazing one yet!)

Taittinger now only £28!Date published: 13/07/13

...Yes the elegant and citrus fresh Taittinger NV Brut is now down to £28.00 per bottle!

5 things you didn't know about......Madeira.Date published: 13/07/13

Madeira is Portuguese island situated in the Atlantic Ocean, 75km from the coast of North Africa. Despite the volcanic beauty of the place, the island is more famous for its world know fortified wine named after its home town: Madeira.

Like Port, Madeira seems to have started as an unfortified wine. Rumour has it that Madeira was the result of a fortunate accident; Funchal (the capital of the island) was, in the 16th century, a natural port for ships on their route to Africa, Asia and South America. In order to survive the long voyage without deteriorating, wines were fortified. In addition it was also discovered that wines travelling across the tropics tasted better than those matured on the island. To simulate those conditions and replicate the results, estufas and canteiros are used nowadays to heath up the wine artificially and provide the typical Madeira flavour.

With the colonisation of North America, Madeira established an important export market on the east coast of the US. Madeira held such a high reputation that it was used to toast the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Madeira Club Savannah was the only one surviving prohibition and continue its production at full gear.

Due to pests and systemic diseases such as Powdery Mildew and Phylloxera that destroyed the vast majority of vineyards, vines were replaced by sugar cane to sustain the economy of the island. The unfortunate consequence was the immediate decline of Madeira. The wine industry returned to normal levels of production at the beginning of the 20th century.

Viticulture in Madeira is very difficult and, at this latitude, only possible because of the altitude. Here the mountains are constantly covered with clouds, which provide moisture in the warm oceanic air, which is forced to condensate.

The quality of the even more basic Madeira has improved dramatically since the 90s. Inexpensive whites with a distinctive cork smell are now fresher and cleaner and finer wines are distinguished by their high- toned rancio aromas and searing acidity.

TyrrellsDate published: 13/07/13

Tyrrells have been making crisps for as long as we can remember, but what's so special about these handcooked delights?

Tyrrells grow their poatoes on their farm in Hertfordshire, using only the finest English potatoes. They are handpicked, then hand cooked with their jackets left on for added flavour.

Apart from being homegrown, there's something else about these crisps that have got peoples attention, and that is their original and unique flavour combinations. All the classic flavours such as Naked, Lightly Salted, Salt and Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt and Cider Vinegar are delicious, but it's the original ideas such as Ludlow Sausage and Mustard, Summer Barbeque, Mixed Root Vegetable and limited editions such as Salt Marsh Lamb and Mint and Stilton and Grape that have really got people talking.

As if that wasn't enough, they also make the most addictive Popcorn, and were not just talking Sweet and Salted, which is an unusual but tasty combination when put together, but also Sour Cream and Jalapeno Chilli which has the delicate Sour Cream flavour with an added hit of fiery Jalapeno. These wonderful snacks are popped in small batches using the finest English corn, with no artificial extras (and they're gluten free), grab yours for just £1.99 a bag while stocks last

It is rare for a bag of crisps to really get people excited but here at Majestic Wine in Muswell Hill we cannot get enough of them, if you haven't tasted them, what are you waiting for? They are just £1.50 a bag if you buy 3 or more (and trust us you'll want more than 3)!!

Did you know?Date published: 13/07/13

Godello  is a fine white grape variety native to North West Spain and Northern Portugal.

Why not try:

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Arguably the best Pinot Grigio I have ever had....Date published: 13/07/13

Jermann Pinot Grigio 2012 Friuli

Buy 2 selected fine wines save £8

£22 - £18

Founded by Anton Jermann in 1881, the estate has been family-run ever since, with present winemaker Silvio Jermann taking over the winemaking in the 1970s, and beginning to make wine with grapes atypical of the region. This Pinot Grigio is a world away from the Italian norm, with intense and persistent aromas, and a velvety, full-bodied feel on the palate. A stunning match for grilled seafood, wild mushrooms and rich, creamy pasta dishes.

Sancerre NeveuDate published: 13/07/13

The Roger Neveu Sancerre is a really terrific wine from the Clos des Bouffants vineyard. Complex but effortlessly fresh, expect lively citrus and mown grass flavours with a long steely finish. £11.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles - it is open on our tasting counter now so come in a have a taste!

As recommended by Jane MacQuitty in The Times (29th June)

Jim Barry WinesDate published: 13/07/13

Wine Producer of the Month - Jim Barry Wines

Located in Clare Valley in South Australia, Jim Barry Wines has been producing award-winning wines since its establishment. The late great Jim Barry was a pioneer of the Australian wine industry. Started with a small vineyard just outside the Clare and added a prime vineyard in the Armagh area later on (purchased from Duncan McRae Wood). This property would go on to be the foundation of their red wine production – including the world renowned Shiraz ‘The Armagh’ and McRae Wood Shiraz. Soon after the old Penola cricket ground in Coonawarra closed in 1996, Jim Barry purchased the property and planted it with Cabernet Sauvignon. The original pavilion and pitch have been retained, thus preserving an important sporting history.

Jim's son Peter runs the show now with over 200 ha of vineyards in Clare Valley and 14 ha of premium site in Coonawarra.

The Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon

The Cover Drive is made with selected parcels of fruit from family owned Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in the Clare Valley and Coonawarra to produce a wine that is rich, soft and approachable.

The palate is rich and full-bodied, with ripe blackcurrant fruit, eucalyptus and roasted coffee flavours and a lingering finish supported by velvety fine tannin. The wine displays harmonious balance and can be enjoyed now or will reward cellaring for up to 5 years.

Up your game when you host a dinner party and match this generous wine with a rack of lamb or roast beef.

£10.99 if you buy 2 bottles or more

The Lodge Hill Shiraz

When Jim Barry first purchased the Lodge Hill property back in 1977, he intended it as Riesling-only vineyard. However, there was a small area which had a gentle slope facing north, capturing the warmer conditions and he decided that it was an ideal place to grow a premium Shiraz.

This deep and intense Shiraz is as dark as night. Blackberry, dark cherry lead the bouquet with a touch of white pepper, menthol and roasted coffee.

Easy drinking, yet full of flavour, this is an excellent partner to all your BBQ meat.

£10.99 if you buy 2 bottles or more

'The McRae Wood' Shiraz

The wine's name and label pay homage to Duncan McRae Wood, a sheep farmer from whom Jim Barry purchased the land in 1964 and planted it with his first Shiraz. This is classic South Australian stuff, showing massive ripeness, vanilla and spices.

A big, full-bodied Shiraz, displaying ripe black fruit aromas, floral notes, and black pepper on the nose. The palate is rich and concentrated, with layers of plums, liquorice, black cherry, blackberry and some toasty oak. Best decanted to allow the flavours to open.

This wine is made using the ‘Jim Barry’ method, meaning that it can be enjoyed upon release but would equally benefit from a rest in the cellar to allow the wine to show some mature characteristics that come with age.

If you have a special occasion coming or just want to cheer yourself up with a nice glass of wine, then try this. It's an iconic multi-award winning wine which will never fail to put a smile on your face! Simply put, it's excellent.

£30

The Armagh

The name of ‘Armagh’ was bestowed by the original Irish settlers who arrived in 1849 and named the lush rolling hill after their homeland.

Sourced from a vineyard planted in 1964, this is a 100% Shiraz that spent 17 months in oak before bottling (no fining or filtration).

This wonderful, voluptuous monster boasts notes of chocolate, leather, black cherries, blackberries, mulberries, cassis and truffles. It is bright, fresh and balanced with intense yet reserved characters of sage, cinnamon, cedar and black pepper.

Wine with exceptional depth, richness, and structure, this exceptionally well balanced Shiraz can be cellared for another 10 years.

£100

The Lodge Hill Riesling

The Lodge Hill vineyard is one of the highest in the Clare Valley. This wine is produced from vines planted back in 1979.

It is made in the dry, elegant 'Clare' style with rich aromas of pink grapefruit, kaffir lime and spices; showing its Lodge Hill vineyard heritage. The palate is enhanced by a zingy, fresh acid backbone and flavours of mandarin, white peach and citrus. The wine has immense length and intensity of flavours with a crisp and zesty finish. £9.99 if you buy 2 bottles or more

£9.99 if you buy 2 bottles or more

Something a little different for the summerDate published: 13/07/13

If you enjoy a classic Pimm's how about you try something different? Sipsmith Summer Cup is what we in store suggest.  Fruity, infused with Earl Grey tea for a real English feel and delicious with lemonade this is a must try for the sunshine.  

I like mine with fruit in the sun with the tennis on in the back ground.

£15 a bottle

What I drank last night....Date published: 13/07/13

Quinta de Azevedo 2012, Vinho Verde

Literally 'green wine' from the Minho region of Northern Portugal. Historically fermented in open stone lagares before being run off into cask and undergoing malolactic fermentation. Fermentation now occurs in vat, retaining the classic spritz or CO2 bubble in the wine. Complex aromas of white and tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers. A lively and stimulating wine, with good acidity and well balanced, hints of spritz and bubble, with a concentrated and fresh finish.

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

Buy 2 bottles save £4

£5.99 (single bottle price £7.99)

VermentinoDate published: 13/07/13

Vermentino 2012 Poggioargentiera

Currently £7.99 (Buy 2 still Italian wines between save 20%,  Original Price of £9.99)

  Poggioargentiera Originally based in Maremma, in the southernmost part of Tuscany, where estate owner Gianpaolo Paglia was born. Italy's native Vermentino thrives in the warm, sunny Mediterranean climate, producing generously fruity white wines.
  Grape is the Vermentino. It's clean and fresh on the nose, this wine is full of ripe peach and citrus aroma. The palate offers a swathe of soft pear and stone fruit character, cut through with a refreshing limey streak. Serve with pan-seared salmon or trout, with a herby fresh tomato salsa.

Spanish WineDate published: 13/07/13

Know your Spanish Wine Ageing Terms

As one of Europe's most important wine producers, Spain has held its own against the big-hitting French and Italians. It has developed a system guaranteeing the classification and quality of its wines. There are minimum requirements for each of the categories which generally apply nationally.

Crianza - Must be at least 2 years old and aged for a minimum 6 months in oak casks before release.

Reserva -  Must have been aged for a minimum of 3 years, of which a minimum of one year must be in oak. Reservas are generally wines from selected vats of the better vintages.Gran Reserva - Must be at least 5 years old, having spent at least 2 years in oak. Gran Reservas should only be made in exceptional vintages.

Wine QuoteDate published: 13/07/13

"A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover." Clifton Fadiman

Fantastic Summer RoseDate published: 12/07/13

Now it looks as though the sun is here to stay (at least for the weekend anyway) its definitely time to try our Rose selection! 

My personal favourite is the Château Pigoudet chapelle Rose, from Aix-en-Provence. Due to the southern position of the valley Château Pigoudet benefits from sunshine all year round.

It is a light colour reminiscent of pink petals. The nose boasts red apples, ripe cherries and a hint of strawberry.

Enjoy by itself on a sunny summer day, or it will make the perfect accompaniment to a light salad.

England vs AustraliaDate published: 11/07/13

England vs Australia


Now the Ashes is finally upon us it seemed fitting to highlight some of the excellent wines we offer from these great nations.


As with some of the Ashes contests in the past, this is something of a David and Goliath style contest:


Australia's vinicultural pedigree is well known and stretches back almost 200 years. These days they produce about 750 million litres of wine a year from 160,000 hectares of vineyards generally embracing their warmer climate to create big, bold, gutsy reds and whites. Amongst these vast numbers are some of the finest wines in the world such as Penfolds Grange, but with the prices to match.


Over here in England, we are only just starting to get used to the idea of being a wine producing country, in spite of the fact there have been vineyards since Roman times. We are now producing about 2,500,000 litres of wine from 1500 hectares but with increasing interest in the quality potential of English terroir, coupled with a warming climate, these numbers are steadily increasing. The cool climate and chalky soils are helping to produce some world class sparkling wines whilst still wines are surely next to be fully appreciated.


Clearly we can't be too partisan and slate the Australian wines, not least because they're very nice, but as proud English men, and women, we would certainly like to support the underdog in this battle. English wines have come a very long way and any of these fine examples would be more than fit to toast an Ashes triumph.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 11/07/13

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2010

Lodi, in the Northern part of California's Central Valley, is know as the
Zinfandel Capital of the World. Home to mature vine Zinfandel plantings
in well-drained sandy soils, produce powerful and extractive wines that
underline Ravenswood's 'No Wimpy Wines' motto.

Bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry, plums and spice aromas.
Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity,
filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.
A pleasure to drink by itself or with flavourful duck dishes or a cheese
platter. Enjoy over the next four years.

An absolute bargin at £7.99 when you buy two or more bottles

Fine Wine Offer - Buy 2 Save £8Date published: 06/07/13

If you're spending 15 to 20 pounds per bottle on something new, you may not want to buy it in bulk, as even the most objectively delectable wines won't suit every palate. With that in mind, we've selected a range of superb Fine Wines from impeccable producers in the world's most prestigious regions, allowing you to pick any two or more and giving you £4 off the price of each bottle.  That means you can enjoy some truly excellent wines for the cost of the house wine at your local restaurant, and have something different every night.  I can't think of a way we could make that any better.

Stay in and treat yourself.

White Wine Of The WeekDate published: 06/07/13

Gavi 2012, La Toledana, ITALY
Cortese
The white wines of the village of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. Wines from the
vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi, and this one is made from late-harvested grapes. Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity. An ideal apéritif, this wine will also complement poached white fish with a rocket and cherry tomato salad.

£9.99 Buy 2 Save 20% - £7.99

Fine Wine Of The WeekDate published: 06/07/13

Clos St Jean Châteauneuf-du-Pape £27

Made from fruit sourced from 70 year old vines in the La Crau vineyard; the most famous and highly regarded vineyard within the appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The estate was founded around 1900, and is run by two brothers who have continued the traditional style with a modern take. Predominantly Grenache, the wine is full of vibrant, juicy fruits that will develop over time.

New In - Châteauneuf-du-PapeDate published: 06/07/13

The area around the ruins of the 13th century Papal Château is home to some of the greatest vineyards in the world, producing wines from a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre amongst others from the large 'pudding stone' or Galet atop a layer of ancient clay soils. The high number of sunshine hours in the region results in very ripe grapes that produce wines with both immediate drinking appeal and aging potential.

Domaine la Barroche cuvée Signature £35
Records show that the Barrot family, who own the vineyards, have been in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape area since the 17th century. As befits an estate with such heritage, many of the vineyards are over 60 years old; several old vine parcels of Grenache are over 100 years old! In 2003 the winery began to bottle its own wines. The Cuvée Signature is dominated by old vine Grenache, producing a wine that consistently receives high praise (and scores) from critics.





Château de Berne Rosé 2012, Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 29/06/13

Château de Berne Rosé 2012, Côtes de Provence
GRAPES: Grenache, Cinsault
A stunning property and landmark of Provence, Château de Berne is a luxurious hotel and spa resort, located on an 18th-century wine estate and its historic cellars. This is their 'prestige cuvée' rosé in its iconic square bottle.  This wine is the top wine from this Chateau which we stock and we believe lives up to its 'prestige' status.
An attractive and delicate honeysuckle pink wine with a lifted nose of summer fruits and tropical suggestions of mango. Intense, crisp, well
balanced and refreshing on the palate.  In its classical Provence style this wine is dry and perfect for a sunny afternoon. Drink as a summery apéritif, or with classic Provençale fish dishes, either lightly spiced or simply grilled.

£14.99 Single bottle price
or
BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £6
£11.99

Food and Wine Matching Monk fish Wellington with Heggies ChardonnayDate published: 28/06/13

Food and Wine Matching Monk fish Wellington with Heggies Chardonnay

This weekend I fancied treating myself so cooked Monk fish fillet Wellington. I wrapped the fish fillet with sun-dried tomato in Parma Ham. Then I wrapped the parcel in a puff pastry and baked for 35 minutes. This was served with spinach. steamed vegetables and grilled asparagus.

To accompany the baked Monk fish Wellington I chose The Heggies Chardonnay from the Eden Valley. The careful handling of oak gives this Chardonnay the body to match the meaty fish and the creamy roundness compliments the buttery pastry perfectly. There was also enough acidity to cut through the dried tomatoes.

This wine is a brilliant choice if you're a fan of well balanced, creamy Chardonnays and fancy spoiling yourself.

Heggies Chardonnay 2010, Eden Valley - £18.74 Buy 2 Bottles Save 20% £14.99

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If you have a food an wine matching query don't hesitate to ask on of members of staff

10 things you didn't know about......AlsaceDate published: 28/06/13

Today we are going to look at one of the lesser appreciated classic wine regions of France. As a lesser known region the wines can represent some of the best value drinking available.

1) Alsace is seperated from France by the Vosges Mountains to the West and from Germany by the River Rhine to the East giving the region a long cool growing season and low rainfall.

2) The vineyards are planted on the South facing slopes of the Vosges Mountains to ensure the grapes receive the maximum amount of sunlight and acheive full ripeness.

3) There are over 20 different soil types in Alsace including Granite, Schist, Sandstone, Volcanic Sediment, Clay, Marl, Limestone, Flint, Shale and Slate.

  As a rule of thumb wines from Clay or Marl soils are fuller bodied with broader flavours, wines from lighter limestone or sandy soils give are lighter and more elegant while wine from Flint, Schist or Shale are more oily with mineral aromas.

4) The majority of wines produced are from a single variery and over 90% are white.  The wines are cool fermented to preserve the primary fruit flavours of each variety and new oak is rarely used.

5) Eight different grape varieties are used to produce varietal wines.  These are Riesling, Gewurtstraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Muscat, Chasselas and Sylvaner.

6) Chardonnay is also planted and tolerated when labelled as Pinot Blanc or in the sparkling wine Cremant d'Alsace, which can rival Cremant de Bourgogne and Cremant de Loire in quality.

7) Some vineyards in Alsace have been designated as Grand Cru since 1983 and only four varierties are permitted to be grown in them being Riesling, Muscat, Gewurtztraminer and Pinot Gris.

8) Some producers such as Trimbach own Grand Cru vineyard sites but don't use the term upon the label prefering to continue using the historical names for their wines.

9) Most Alsace wines are fermented dry although some producers prefer to leave 3 to 4 grams of sugar per litre to give a softer flavour. Be warned you cannot tell from the lable which producers leave residual sugar in their wines.

10) Two styles of fully sweet wines are produces, Vendage Tardive (Late Harvest) and the even sweeter Selection de Grains Nobles.  These wines must be produced from the same four varieties allowed in Grand Cru Sites.

Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2010Date published: 28/06/13

Lovely Bubbly ... Codorniu Reina Maria Cristina Blan de Noirs 2010

This a smashing Cava, it has fine bubbles and persistent beading with fresh, light, floral aromas. It is rounded, with well-balanced pear and brioche flavours.

Perfect as an apéritif.

Was £14.99 NOW £9.99

Kanonkop...a little info.Date published: 28/06/13

Producer in Focus

Kanonkop – Where a community roars!

The Kanonkop Estate is different. Its people make it what it is. They are not just workers or employees - they are the Estate. The majority of the 54 men and women working its vineyards and winery live within the Estate with their families. Unusually the Estate's management is based on a bottom-up decision-making style with a profit sharing incentive scheme encouraging and rewarding their demographically-diverse staff.

Kanonkop Estate is also proud to provide many amenities for its residents and has created a sustainable community infrastructure that includes modern housing, a children's day-care centre, sporting facilities and school that serve not only all its employees but those in the hinterlands of Simonsberg.

The estates benevolence is only made possible through its pedigree of wine making excellence. Considered the South African equivalent of a Premier Cru or First growth but without the price tag, Kanonkop gives drinkers of its fine wines bang for their buck that is hard to match.

Majestic is delighted to stock the full range of its highly internationally awarded fine wines. Our portfolio includes:

Kanonkop Paul Sauer – the flagship Bordeaux-style blend (£25).

Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon – the classic robust red made in only tiny quantities (Now £22)

Kanonkop Pinotage – the benchmark wine for South Africa's unique red variety (£20).


Bollinger OfferDate published: 28/06/13

If you're anything like me, you prefer bigger richer styles of champagne and you'll be pleased to hear that Bollinger NV is back down to its bargain price of £32 (£30 if you buy six of these.)

The famous house of Mme Lily Bollinger produces a mighty, full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightfully pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent. Densely packed apple and pear fruits give way to a noticeably creamy, caramel-like finish. An 'Absolutely Fabulous' Champagne!

Château Bourgneuf 1999 Pomerol Date published: 28/06/13

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

A lovely, ready-to-drink, intense Pomerol. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon roast lamb or beef.

This cracker is only £19.99 per bottle; representing fantastic value for money.

Provence.Date published: 28/06/13

Provence has eight major wine regions with AOC designations. The Côtes de Provence is the largest followed by Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence. Other significant wine regions include Les Baux-de-Provence, Coteaux Varois en Provence, Coteaux de Pierrevert, Bandol, Cassis, Bellet and Palette. Sub-appellations include the Fréjus, La Londe and Montagne Sainte-Victoire regions. The Côtes du Luberon AOC in the nearby Vaucluse département is occasionally cited by some sources with Provence due to some similarities in wine style; the appellation is however officially part of the Rhône wine region and its typicity more closely approaches that of its neighbour on its northern border, Côtes de Ventoux AOC, also a Rhône wine. The region has several vin de pays designations, with Bouches-du-Rhône, near Aix-en-Provence, being one of the most common designations seen abroad.

The Bellet AOC is in southeastern Provence, near Nice has a significant Italian influence with its major white wine being made from the Italian wine grape Vermentino, known in France as Rolle. Other grape varieties include Chardonnay, Clairette, Mayorquin, Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, Pignerol, Braquet and Roussanne. Though the white wines receive more international attention, production in Bellet is about equal in white, red and rosé wine with most being consumed by tourists to the French Riviera.

The Palette AOC is the smallest major wine area in Provence with most of the vineyards being owned by Château Simone. The region is situated on predominantly calcareous limestone soil and produces wines that are similar in style to the southern Rhône region. The main grapes of the region include Cinsaut, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Ugni blanc.

The Coteaux de Pierrevert AOC is a minor wine area located around the village of Pierrevert in the northeastern section of Provence. Its red, white and rosé wines are mainly made from Grenache, Syrah, Cinsaut, Clairette and Rolle. The climate here is cooler than in other areas of Provence and the wines are thus lighter in body than those of other areas of the region.

Domaine Sainte RoseDate published: 28/06/13

One of my favourite wine producers that I continually find myself recommending to our kind folk is #domainesainterose. Based on the River Thongue, English couple Charles & Ruth Simpson purchased Domaine Sainte Rose in 2002. After major investment in the winery to implement 'new world' focus on production & hygiene, the fans & medals started rolling in. The fans including myself, Jancis & Tim. The wine itself is so pleasing, so well priced it guarantees satisfaction everytime. The whites are fresh, rich and well balanced. Clearly the modernisation in the winery has paid off as the fruit is clean, bright & expressive. The reds are dense and ripe with distinct Languedoc personality. 

For me the Vent du Nord Roussane/Chardonnay blend is outstanding. An unusual blend indeed however it works beautifully. It's crisp enough to drink on it's own but equally weighty enough to compliment roasted herbed chicken. There's a creamy softness on the palate with flavours of melon, stonefruit & caramel maybe some honey notes, with a subtle floral touch. The La Nuit Blanche is a single varietal Roussane.The grapes are picked at night to retain acidity and freshness then fermented in oak. The result is an exquisitely rich yet lively wine that is absolutely delicious. If you're thinking about having roast pork or even a very extravagant fish pie, this wine is perfect. A significant factor of both these wines is length of flavour on the finish. Always a sign of quality. All the Domaine Sainte Rose wines unbelievably are under £10 (well the La Nuit Blanche is currently £9.99) so if you're looking for a gem the search is over.

WimbledonDate published: 28/06/13

The Wimbledon Championships is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and widely considered the most prestigious. It's around this time of year the British public become engulfed by the prospect of the first British Champion in a woeful 77 years.

However, after last years fantastic Olympics and an early upset for Nadal in this years opening round, I can feel a sneaky win for us plucky Brits, which means one thing, Champagne and strawberries! Or maybe even a nice cool glass of Pimms to watch the finals in style.

At Majestic we can satisfy all of your sparkling needs this summer and through out the course of Wimbledon. We have Pimms on offer at £13.50 when you purchase 2 bottles, and some great Champagne and sparkling wine offers. Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top vintage is a steal at just £20, as well as Perrier Jouet at £25 and Moet at £29. If Champagne isn't your tipple this year, don't forget to take a look at our other sparkling wines. We have a great offer on the Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiandene at only £9.99 as part of a mixed case.

So if you're heading down to Murray Mound (or Henman Hill), or just enjoying from the comfort of your own home, then don't forget to stop by at Majestic Muswell Hill when you're passing to stock up for another summer of Great British Sport

Wine QuoteDate published: 28/06/13

"My only regret in life is that I did not drink more champagne."  John Maynard Keynes

It's time for Chile....!Date published: 28/06/13

The wines of Chile are some of the most popular and best value in the UK and indeed the world.  Consumers can be sure when they buy a Chilean wine - whatever the price point - they will be getting a consistent level of quality and flavour.  As we still have 20% off all Chilean wine here at Majestic Finchley, we thought we'd give you a brief wine history of the region:

Chile has a long viticultural history for a New World Wine dating back to the 16th century when the Spanish conquistadors brought Vitis vinifera vines with them as they colonised the region.  In the mid-19th century, French wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were introduced.  In the early 1980s, a rennaisance began with the introduction of stainless steel fermentation tanks and the use of oak barrels for aging.  Wine exports grew very quickly as quality wine production increased.  The number of wineries has grown from 12 in 1995 to over 70 in 2005.  Chile is now the fifth largest exporter of wines in the world, and the ninth largest producer.  The climate has been described as midway between that of California and France.  The most common grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenere.  So far Chile has remained free of phylloxera louse which means that the country's grapevines do not need to be grafted.

Top Picks

Waiki Cabernet - £7.99 when you buy ANY 2 wines of Chile

Errazuriz Carmenere 2011 - £7.99 when you buy ANY 2 wines of Chile

LFE Mountain View Merlot - £5.59 when you buy ANY 2 wines of Chile

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Rose wins...!Date published: 28/06/13

Its Rose time, no matter what the weather, i'm writing this whilst the sun is in hiding, but I can live in hope that by the time its being read thew sun has found its way into our lives!  

Whilst Wimbledon is in full swing and the nation holds its breath for a chance of victory we in Majestic are saying, #drinkpink!  Here are the top Rose suggestions:

A manly rose- AIX magnum 19.99 (yes they do exist, gentlemen it is perfectly fine to enjoy a glass of Rose, object as much as you like, we know you secretly enjoy it!)

Delicate pink in colour this wine is dry and swimming with strawberries and white pepper.  This is the perfect bottle for a garden party!

A smart one - Chateau de Berne £11.99 when you buy 2+, £14.99 single

In an iconic square bottle this prestige wine is simply beautiful.  Summer fruits mixed with tropical aromas of mango dance around the glass - perfect with fish.

One for everyday - Chateau Chautarde £6.99 when you buy 2+, £8.99 single

A great value wine from Provence, a classic style, fruity and fresh.  Great in the garden on a lazy summer afternoon!

Remember we have FREE 30 minute tasting tutorials in store this Saturday 29th June at 12pm and 3pm - the focus is Provence Rose - if you love your rose don't miss out!

Getting married..?Date published: 28/06/13

Are you or is anyone you know getting married in 2013?  Did you know that here at Majestic we have many years experience in organising weddings for a wide range of clients?  Our bespoke service includes:

Advice on the best wines to suit your food choices and perhaps most importantly, your budget
Advice on quantities required
Free wine tasting
Full sale-or-return
Free glass loan
Free chiller bin/ice bucket loan
Ice
Free Delivery

If you wish to find out more about our wedding service or about any of our party services please come and see us instore.

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Red Wine of the WeekDate published: 28/06/13

Château Saint Georges 2007, St-Georges-St-Emilion BORDEAUX
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Located just to the north of St-Emilion, the satellite appellation around the hamlet of St-Georges produces wines in a similar style. This château is the leading local producer, with a 50-hectare estate on the area's south-facing slopes. This wine's pedigree is immediately apparent on the nose, which offers up ripe blackberry, cigar box and graphite aromas in abundance. The palate is satisfyingly dense and well structured. Best served with traditional French casseroles such as coq au vin.

£17.99 - Buy 2 Save £8 - £13.99

White Wine of the WeekDate published: 28/06/13

Falanghina 2012, Terredora ITALY

One of Italy's great unsung white wines. 3 months' lees ageing before bottling imbues the wine with added depth and texture, but no oak is
used, so the wine retains a light and fruit-driven character. A brilliant all-rounder, with plenty of citrussy fruit and faint notes of
apple and quince, with the merest hint of nutty complexity. The balance of crispness and texture means this accompanies a huge range of foods, from roasted vegetables to fish and poultry.
£10.99 - Buy 2 Save 20% - £8.79

Vintage Info - ChileDate published: 28/06/13

A little insight into some recent vintages from Chile.
2010: A solid vintage, marred only by the tragic March earthquake, which destroyed large quantities of wine and infrastructure, affecting availability worldwide.
2009: Mild conditions favoured white wines, as well as Syrah and Pinot Noir, which tend towards elegant structure rather than outright power.
2008: Widely considered one of Chile’s best vintages, especially for reds, which have good concentration and ripe tannins.
2007: An unusual year weather-wise resulting in lower yields but particularly good quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
2006: A dry summer with lower than average temperatures delaying ripening. Whites are better than ’05 whilst reds are slightly less good.
2005: High summer temperatures and a late harvest have given crisp, fresh whites and deeply coloured, balanced reds.

Marqués de Cáceres Gaudium, 2005, RiojaDate published: 28/06/13

Technically a Rioja Reserva, in order to achieve the best possible wine that they can produce Marqués de Cáceres play outside of the regulations that apply to Rioja when making Guadium. The wine is only made in vintages classified as very good or excellent by the Rioja Control Board, from fruit sourced from the oldest vineyards in the estate and with very limited yields. A ‘modern’ style Rioja; aged for 18 months in French oak barriques, with a dark and dense body of black fruits and ripe, spicy tannins. The 2005 vintage was officially rated as excellent, with the potential to age for over ten years.

£40

Tomas Postigo CrianzaDate published: 28/06/13

In the last few decades the Ribera del Duero has emerged as a serious contender to Rioja as the top fine wine producing region in Spain. This is in part due to its rare shistous soils, high altitude and the fluctuation between day and night-time temperatures that encourages complexity in the wines. There are few people who have done more than Tomás Postigo to put the Ribera del Duero on the map and to establish the style of the region as Winemaker at Pago de Carraovejas. Although not the first to plant Cabernet Sauvignon, during his time working for a major co-operative he encouraged growers to plant Cabernet and harvest it when fully ripe. Postigo was one of the first in Spain to conduct whole berry fermentation and gravity based winemaking, practices he uses to this day. The first wine released under his own label was in 2009, the 2010 is a blend of around 85% Tinta Fino (Tempranillo), 10% Cabernet and 5% Merlot, sourced from around the village of Peñafiel.


£26

Vins d'AlsaceDate published: 21/06/13



Drink More Alsatian Wine!


I am recently returned from a tour of North-Eastern France which took in the stunningly beautiful Alsace region and, with born-again conviction, I now intend to encourage others to enjoy these fabulous wines.


In the past we have had a healthy relationship with Germanic wines - sweet rieslings and Liebfraumilch were many peoples' first vinous experiences. But as our tastes have developed a preference for drier styles - Sancerre, New Zealand Sauvignon etc. - we now frequently shun the tall pointy bottles of Germany and Alsace.


Whilst I can make a case for sweeter styles of wine, it's important to acknowledge the difference between France's, admittedly very Germanic, Alsace region and Germany itself. Alsace has passed back and forth between Germany and France over the centuries and retains very Germanic architectural styles, cuisine and also wine grapes. However, at it's core it is still very French and the wines reflect this by being drier and slightly fuller-bodied than their German counterparts.

Alsace Wine - RieslingDate published: 21/06/13

Some of the very best Riesling in the world hails from Alsace and, with it's light body, intense citrussy acidity and supreme elegance this is perfect for summer. Light, dry and refreshing it still has enough intensity to make it a great food wine as well.


Trimbach Riesling 
£11.99


http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-11039/product-is-11039

Alsace Wine - Pinot GrisDate published: 21/06/13

Also called 'Pinot Grigio' in Italy, this couldn't be more different from those light, neutral, simple wines found at the top of pub wine lists. With a dazzling golden shimmer and rich, mouth-filling flavours of quince, honey and almonds this is great with rich fish dishes, Thai food and all manner of cheeses. 


Domaine Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris
£12.99 (when buying two or more)


http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-humbrecht/product-is-11171

Alsace Wine - GewürztraminerDate published: 21/06/13

One of the most distinctive grapes you will find, Gewürztraminer is wonderfully aromatic and packed with exotic aromas and flavours of rose water, lychee, stone fruits and spice. These wines often retain a little sugar but this makes them ideal with spicy food or pungent cheeses.


Gewürztraminer 'Les Princes Abbés' 2009/2011 Domaines Schlumberger
£13.99 (when buying two or more)

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-11134/product-is-11134


Pimms O'Clock.Date published: 17/06/13

Summer has finally arrived!

So get the BBQ set out or dust off that picnic blanket and enjoy the sunshine with a cool glass of Pimms!

We've got an exciting new limited edition Pimms for the summer – Blackberry & Elderflower!

As always we also stock The Original No. 1 Cup.

So grab a jug fill it with fruit, lemonade and Pimms and celebrate Pimms O'clock! They're £15 a bottle or buy 2 and save 10% = £13.50, why not try one of each you still get the 10% off!

Or why not try something different like Sipsmith's Summer Cup it has infusions of Earl Grey tea, Lemon Verbena and Cucumber! Delicious and on offer at £15!

Email Newsletter.Date published: 17/06/13

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Fine Wine of the Week: Chapel Hill Vicar ShirazDate published: 17/06/13

Regularly featuring among Australia's top-rated wines, The Vicar is blended from several parcels of prime Shiraz vineyards in McLaren Vale, selected each vintage for the quality of their output. The blend is then aged for 20 months in new and old French and American oak hogsheads. Layers of opulent mulberry, roasted fennel seeds and liquorice flavours, which are seamlessly interlinked by a sublime savoury texture. The synergistic balance of varietal flavour, palate weight, tannin and acidity will ensure that the wine will develop further complexity over the next 15 to 20 years.

£30

Aussie Shiraz at its best.Date published: 17/06/13

The Lodge Hill Shiraz, Jim Barry

The late Jim Barry was the first qualified winemaker to move to the Clare Valley. His estate now covers over 200 hectares of premium wine growing country.

Originally intended for Riesling, the Lodge Hill site proved perfect for making outstanding Shiraz.

Inky black in colour and packed with a punjent aroma of dark berries and a hint of menthol. This wine is a real mouthful with a long and rich finish, perfect for any BBQ'd meat.

All this for only £10.99 when you buy 2 or more

Fizz of the Week.Date published: 17/06/13

Codorniu Reina Christina Blanc de Noirs £9.99

Codorniu are one of the oldest Cava producers in Spain and produce Cava of exceptional quality.  This Cava is 100% Pinot Noir, all red grapes.  To maintain the white colour of the wine grapes need to be treated with care and kept at low temperatures when being transported from the vineyard to the winery and pressed very gently to the colour from the grapes skin doesn't get released into the wine.

Lemons cranberries and apples wizz around the glass, tangy and bubbly; a perfect aperitif!

Back In Stock - Dry FurmintDate published: 17/06/13

Dry Furmint ££9.99 or buy 2 - £8.49

The Royal Tokaji Wine company was set up by English wine writer (of a fairly ledgendary status) Hugh Johnson.  Set up in 1990 his goal was to get Tokaji to the top of the sweet wine production ladder.  This has been successful, the beautifully sweet wines are iconic and sought after.

As the sweet wines are doing so well, some dry wines are also being produced.  This wine is 100% Furmint grape, a Hungarian variety believed to be related to Italys Vermentino.  It is a very versatile grape which loves a little time in oak.

Clean and citrussy, plenty of minerality and a crisp acidity.  A great palate cleanser!

The NedDate published: 17/06/13

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough, NEW ZEALAND
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

The Ned is easily Majestic customers favourite wine, its fresh, fruity and most importantly great value for money!  The quality on New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is generally high, The Ned is no exception.

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

Drink now with fresh summer salads and seafood.  A great wine for a sunny afternoon with friends or a party!

£8.74 Single bottle price
OR
20% OFF NEW ZEALAND WINES
£6.99

BBQ tasting Sat 15th June SteakDate published: 14/06/13

Steak
Steak is not always seen on UK grills, but what a treat when it is. In the steak capital of the world, Argentina, flame grilled is the only way to do it, and the Argentinians know a thing or two about wine as well. If you invest in a really nice piece of meat for the Barbie, it is only fair to choose an equally impressive wine, and these two are both exceptional at their price point and perfectly constructed to complement the cow.

Amalaya de Colomé Malbec Blend 2011 - £10.99, or £8.99 x 2

Fact: Amalaya, meaning ‘hope for a miracle’ was started as a joint venture between Hess Family Estates and Bodega Colome, one of Argentina’s most famous biodynamic wineries. They planted vines in the desert region of Cafayate, nearly 6000 feet above sea level. Never knowing if the project would work, it was a risky venture, but has since paid off in superb fashion with their unique wines gaining prominence in many markets around the world.
Winemaking: No expense is spared in the production of these wines, with hand sorting of berries, new oak barrels (12 months for 20% of the wine) and bottle ageing at the winery. Further, while vineyards are traditionally at high altitudes in Argentina, the Amalaya land is a step higher altogether, almost 6000ft above sea level, compared to 3000-4000 normally.
Tasting Note: A very interesting nose of blueberries, juniper and raspberry. The palate is very luscious, it feels velvety, with rich fruit, a bit of pepper and vanilla.
Why Steak: It’s a polished wine that tastes more expensive than it is. Suitable for the occasion.

Chateau Musar 2005 - £19.99

Fact: Chateau Musar is a cult icon in the wine world. Set up in the cellar of an old 17th century castle by 20 year old Gaston Hochar in 1930 after he was inspired by his travels in Bordeaux, the winery is still owned and run by the Hochar family. Their unique and lauded style has been developed over the decades and has been made with a dedication to quality through civil war and domestic unrest. Even in 1984, when it took each truck of grapes 6 days to make the 35 mile trip to the winery, they still pressed the grapes and made wine.
Winemaking: A blend of Cabernet, Cinsault and Carignan, Chateau Musar tends to change from year to year, which is part of the charm. Unusually high levels of volatile acidity help the wine age for decades, to the point where wines from the mid 50’s are still extremely drinkable and in fact brilliant in certain vintages. It takes seven years to make a bottle, during which time they ferment the wine in cement for 6 months, age in French oak for a year and then age in bottle until release.
Tasting Note: So much texture and tannin and flavour of damson, baked figs, medicine, violets, pepper, tea and aniseed. It’s silky and plush like a pomerol, and vibrant and acidic like red Burgundy.
Why Steak: It has the structure to hold its own, and for the price of a house red is an utter bargain.

BBQ tasting Sat 15th June SausageDate published: 14/06/13

Sausage
In these days of endless sausage flavours and combinations, it can be difficult to find the perfect wine match. However as a general rule any pork sausage with a slightly cremated exterior will require a deep smoky wine, something with a bit of tannin, but not too much as pork doesn’t really need it. Smooth with lots of flavour and herbaceous if possible. These two bottles are from the South of France and are both suitably rustic.

Domaine Haut-Lirou 2010 Pic Saint-Loup - £8.99, or £7.99 x 2
Fact: Pic St Loup is a commune in the Languedoc that surrounds a mountain of the same name. It is a very rugged area, yet is considered one of the finest appellations in the Languedoc. Wine production here goes back to ancient times with evidence of wine being made by Neolithic villagers, the Romans, the monks and subsequently modern day inhabitants. The only wines permitted under the appellation are red and rose.
Winemaking: The climate of Pic Saint Loup is very similar to that of the northern Rhone Valley. Not as hot as other areas in the Languedoc, it is cooled and dried out by strong winds, which is great for viticulture. The red wines are made from Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre, the classic staple of southern Rhone blends. The similarities to the Rhone don’t end there. A distinct diurnal range leads to elegance in the wines, and there is a surprising amount of rain, which means the vines are rarely influenced by drought, as can happen in a lot of Languedoc regions.
Tasting Note: Very smoky on the nose, and rich, with liquorice and deep black fruit. It’s savoury and strong on the palate with an underlying florality and dark fruit. Great length and a sweet, soft tannin.
Why Sausage: For lovers of Crozes Hermitage, a classic sausage wine, this is an absolute bargain.

Corbières La Combe des Oliviers 2011 - £7.99

Fact: Corbieres is by far and away the largest wine producing region in the Languedoc, with over 46% of their bottles produced here. While much of it is bulk table wine, there are a number of quality conscious producers making top quality wine. There are 87 villages from which Corbières can be produced. The villages make up a total of 38,000 acres of vineyards which yield over 70 million bottles per year, 95% red.
Winemaking: Corbieres is a very hot area of France with very little to shade the grapes from the hot sun. As such it is quite difficult to make wine on the flat plains (even though a lot of producers do so). The problem though is that once you go too far up the hillsides there is a lot of viciously unfertile ‘garrigue’ or scrub land that doesn’t lend itself to viticulture. So finding suitable terrain for quality wine production is difficult.
Tasting Note: A beguiling nose of blackcurrant, herbs and olives, it smells of the Med. On the palate there is real concentration, again olives, the blackest of fruit, possibly a sunblush tomato and tannin.
Why Sausage: It tastes like it comes from somewhere hot, which would suit a blackened sausage.

BBQ tasting Sat 15th June FishDate published: 14/06/13

In the article below you will find a selection on wines that we will have open for our tasting Sat 15th of June at 12pm and 3pm. 

Fish
As a generalisation, white wine and fish are always considered perfect partners. However with such a wide range of fish available it is not always so simple. Take into further account the different cooking styles available and it becomes a lot more complicated. We often talk about lemony wine accentuating a piece of fish in the same way as a wedge of lemon would, but flaming it on the Barbie adds a different dimension that needs to be considered.

Pietrariccia Fiano 2012 Surani - £9.49, or £7.59 x 2 Italian
Fact: Surani is a winery that was set up by the Pasqua family in Salento, an area in Puglia on Italy’s heel. It is a very interesting area. Due to many different cultures inhabiting the region through the years, there is a real mix of western and oriental tradition, with an eastern influence visible in the architecture and even the language. The winery itself takes the family back to their roots and the vineyards are 80 acres of prime estate dedicated to quality.
Winemaking: Fiano is a really good quality grape variety when grown well. It produces concentrated, waxy wines and the grapes are particularly loved by bees, hence its traditional name vitus apiana, or ‘wine beloved of bees’. Because Fiano has thick skins and small berries, it doesn’t produce a lot of juice and is therefore not particularly profitable. As such, producers making a Fiano tend to do so out of passion and love of the vine and the wines are usually very high quality.
Tasting Note: An intense nose of peach, pear and something floral, herbaceous and aromatic - thyme perhaps. On the palate it’s surprisingly viscous and rich, yet retains a typical Italian freshness.
Why Fish: It has the weight of body to match well with a meaty fish like monkfish or bass.


Picpoul de Pinet 2012 Villemarin - £7.99, or £6.99 x 2
Fact: The Picpoul de Pinet appellation stretches the whole way along the Thau Lagoon in the Languedoc, and is the region’s largest white wine producer. The Thau Lagoon is widely regarded as one of the best places to see Flamingos. The excessively salty waters are perfect for the crustaceans upon which the lanky pink birds like to feed.
Winemaking: Picpoul is one of the few vine varieties in Europe that does not require grafting to American rootstocks. The reason for this is that Phylloxera, the nasty little louse that kills European vines, is unable to survive in the sandy soils around the banks of the Thau in which the Picpoul plants are grown.
Tasting Note: Very clean and fresh on the nose, with lemons and a little smoky, saline minerality. On the palate it has a vivid searing acidity, clean flavour of citrus fruit and an evident saltiness.
Why Fish: The lemony acidity would perfectly accent any fish, highlighting the flavour of the sea.



Chateau Musar 2005Date published: 14/06/13

Chateau Musar is a cult icon in the wine world. Set up in the cellar of an old 17th Century castle by 20 year old Gaston Hochar in 1930 after he was inspired by his travels in Bordeaux, the winery is still owned and run by the Hochar family. Their unique and lauded style has been developed over the decades and has been made with a dedication to quality through civil war and domestic unrest. Even in 1984, when it took each truck of grapes 6 days to make the 35 mile trip to the winery, they still pressed the grapes and made wine.

A blend of Cabernet, Cinsault and Carignan, Chateau Musar tends to change from year to year, which is part of the charm. Unusually high levels of volatile acidity help the wine age for decades, to the point where wines from the mid-50's are still extremely drinkable and in fact brilliant in certain vintages. It takes 7 years to make a bottle, during which time they ferment the wine in cement for 6 months, age in French oak for a year and then age in bottle until release.

So much texture and tannin and flavour of damson, baked figs, medicine, violets, pepper, tea and aniseed. Its silky and plusk like a Pomerol, and vibrant and acidic like Red Burgundy.

It has structure to hold its own, and for the price of a house red is an utter bargain.

£19.99

Available to taste on Saturday 15th June.

Tasting? Drinking? Whats the difference?Date published: 12/06/13

When you taste wine, as we often explain to customers, friends, family anyone who will listen, it is not the same as drinking it.  It does not logically fall that a fantastic wine in tasting is automatically a favourite wine for drinking - and vice versa.  Tasting is analysing, thinking about all the components in the wine starting with the appearance in the glass and ending with the length of time you can still taste the wine after a sip.  Is the wine balanced, think about each factor; acidity, sweetness, alcohol, tannin, flavour, body, length.  A great wine will make it hard for one of these to scream out at you, the wine is well made and well balanced.  Drinking is enjoying.  You can simply say 'I like this wine' or 'I don't like this wine'. Tasting determines the quality of the wine but drinking shows us the reality, how much enjoyment you get out of each mouthful. Does is make you wish you had bought that second bottle, make you get our your smart phone and take a photo of the label, if so you have found a winner! The beauty of wine tasting and wine drinking for that matter, is that everybody is different.  We all taste, smell and enjoy slightly different things.  Don't let anyone tell you what you like, decide for yourself, trial and error, its all part of the fun!  (Unless its Chardonnay, in which case, controversially, I won't hear a word against it - you just haven't tried an amazing one yet!)

Majestic CommercialDate published: 12/06/13

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If any of the above ring true, then Majestic Wine Muswell Hill are here to help! Whatever your requirements, we are experienced in looking after on-trade and off-trade customers alike. We provide a dedicated service to business customers with exclusive trade-only wines at extremely competitive prices. We are able to help you select a wine list that is right for your customer base and we can provide FREE delivery 7 days a week so you'll never run out of your bestselling bottles!

Interested? Simply contact us using any of the following methods:

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Argentina & Malbec = A Winning CombinationDate published: 12/06/13

For many, Argentina may not be a country associated with quality wine. In actual fact the country is the 5th largest producer of wine in the world. Unsuprisingly the Argentinian wine industry has its roots in Spain. During the Spanish colonization of the Americas, vine cuttings were brought to Santiago del Estero in 1557, and the cultivation of the grape and wine production stretched first to neighboring regions, and then to other parts of the country.

Historically Argentine wine makers were more interested in quantity than quality, however this attitude is changing and we are seeing more and more quality and fine wines from Argentina hitting the UK market.

The most important wine regions of the country are located in the provinces of Mendoza, San Juan and La Rioja. Salta. The Mendoza province produces more than 60% of the Argentine wine.

Due to the high altitude and low humidity of the main wine producing regions, Argentine vineyards rarely face the problems of insects, fungi, molds and other grape diseases that affect vineyards in other countries.

The 'Malbec' grape variety has become synonomous with Argentinian wine production. Malbec has it's roots in France, most notably Cahors and it is also a permitted grape variety in Bordeaux. Due to the terrior of Argentina the malbec grape has a totally different style to that of a French Malbec. Expect a wine deep purple in colour, full bodied, smooth and rich with flavours of blackberies, blackcurrant, vanilla. The wines can be quite tanic but this makes them ideal for Argentina's national dish of steak.

Steak and malbec really is a match made in heaven and I encourage you to try it at your earliest possible convienience.

WHY NOT TRY.

Alamos Malbec - £9.99

Vinalba Malbec - £11.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £6 - £8.99

Gestos Malbec - £9.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £4 - £7.99

Isabel and her dog Point...A Short Story.Date published: 12/06/13

Isabel lived with her husband Ned in their quaint Black Cottage in the mesmerising New Zealand countryside. Their estate was nothing if not picturesque, nestled quietly in Spy Valley, with the awe-inspiring Mount Difficulty rising to the East, and the equally Majestic Peak, the Lawson Hill to the West. The cottage itself was situated on the banks of the Blind River, a meandering snake of water that flowed from the Craggy Ranges in the mountains to the ocean only a few kilometres away, where the River met the Bay of Oysters - named so due to the fact it had a lot of Oysters. It was a beautiful monday morning in July, the Cloudy outlook over the Bay that had been ever present the previous few days had vanished leaving nothing but endless blue skies and a burning bright sun. The sun bounced off the River; glistening in the heat.  Every year the River would take on an almost Gold-like appearance.  It was this amazing River of Gold that had been stumbled upon Centuries ago by the first inhabitants, The Ata Rangi Tribe, who had then adoringly named the phenomenon 'Goldwater', as it was still known to this day. Isabel, who was half Italian on her father's side, awoke to a somewhat unusual sound that day - the sound of silence. Normally she was rudely awakened by her loving dog, the hilariously-named Point, due to his long, endearing pointy nose. But today there was no sound.  No barking, no yapping, no tail wagging, no begging, which both Ned and Isabel had grown accustomed to since they had saved Point from a local shelter a year earlier. "Ned, wake up!" exclaimed Isabel, as she rocked Ned from his slumber. "What is it my love?" came the voice from below the duvet. "Ned, Ned, where is Point? I can't hear him," cried Isabel as she threw the duvet off herself and ran to the living room. She hoped Point was still asleep in his homemade basket made from special dried cereal, the Bran Cott. Arriving at the living room Isabel stopped and looked around, the silence bellowing from the room was deafening. Isabel struggled to think. Trying to come to terms with what was going on, Isabel noticed that a window had been left ajar overnight, and realising that Point must have jumped through the window she shrieked: "Why Mea....?!" Isabel's Italian accent always came out when she raised her voice; "Why has this happened to me? I Dont understand, my beloved Dog, Point has run away!" she screeched. Isabel and Ned dressed as quick as they could and ran to the spare room to wake up Isabel's cousin Maria, who was visiting from the States, where she owned a Villa in Montana. Ready for the hunt, the triumvirate raced out the door. There was no immediate sign of Point, but they hoped he hadn't gone too far. Knowing that Point was always happiest when he was swimming in the nearby River, they thought it best to go there first. Their Run down the Riverlands was cut short by one of their neighbours. A handsome young man named Jackson, who had been out on his morning run. Jackson was walking back to his home, after his exertions had given him a Stitch - and he needed some recovery time. "Jackson, have you seen Point?" shouted Ned, as the 3 of them ran towards him, like a herd of escaped bulls - something you would more likely see in the streets of Pamplona than out in the New Zealand wilderness! "No sorry." was his reply. Not stopping for any further correspondence, Isabel, Ned, and Maria kept on running. A Peregrine flew over. The trio became anxious.  A little further down the River they came came across another local, Clair, who was out walking her dog, ironically named Roaring Meg, due to her quiet, sheepish demeanour. Seeing the herd running towards her she called out, "is something wrong Ned? Isabel what is it?" "Point has gone, ran away, please you must help us, maybe Meg could help sniff her down," Isabel responded speedily. Clair joined the group and the search continued. "Lets check the palace" said Clair, "Im sure I saw a dog in the distance over there earlier, and the King owes me a Favour, maybe I could get him to send out a few search teams?" It wasn't common for the King to hand out Favours, but Clair had taught the young monarch how to dance Salsa for the Jubilee event just weeks away; in the local tongue the event was affectionately known as the 'Pelorus Brut NV (Priced £14.99) Dance,' although nobody really knew why.  Nevertheless, the King was eternally grateful to Clair. "Great idea Clair, lets go." the three said almost simultaneously. The heat was almost unbearable now and it had began to slow the search.  Tired and upset, Isabel was starting to Wither in the Hills leading to the Palace. Despite this, Ned was Fairleigh confident that they were on the right track and encouraged the group onward towards the King's Palace.  Finally they had arrived. Entering the Palace garden they became surrounded by the King's Thorns and other flowering delights.  Approaching the door, the mob rang the door buzzer and spoke to Lin Dauer (the King's secretary). "Hello Lin Dauer, it's Clair here - we must ask the King for a Favour immediately. My friend Isabel has lost her Dog, Point - can the King assist us in anyway whatsoever? She's terribly upset and is beginning to wonder Wither or not he's still alive. She loves that dog." The King's secretary Lin Dauer failed to respond - there was an awkward, eery silence. The group began to wonder if they were welcome or not - was the King unwilling to help? At times, the King could be unpredictable. Then suddenly, the huge door to the Palace swung open and there was the King in all his glory - and right beside him, wagging his tail and twitching his huge, pointy nose, was Isabel's Dog, Point. "Point! You're alive! You're safe!" Isabel cried. Ned was relieved.  Now he could go back to work on his boat, The Nautilus. "You really are a Saint, Clair for spotting Point in the Palace grounds." Clair blushed. "How can we ever repay you your Highness? We must send you the most Prestigious of Parcels immediately," Isabel proclaimed. The King smirked and replied regally: "Not a problem subjects, why you must pop in and have a glass of Argento Malbec." How lovely the gang thought.  But Isabel had other ideas.  "Before that, I must call my Italian father, Coney Pizzicato, and tell him of the events here in New Zealand."  They all laughed out loud and strolled into the King's Palace. Point the Dog yelped and wagged his tail.  What a day it had been. The above story is a fictional text, with the intention of highlighting our diverse New Zealand range!  How many of our wines can you spot?! Watch out for the red herring! Why not come and explore our range for yourselves down at Majestic Muswell Hill. Thanks for reading!

Five Things You Didn't Know About GaviDate published: 12/06/13

One of our most popular white wines the rise of Gavi seems unstoppable.  From a narrow strip of land in Piemonte this elegant and food friendly wine has spread across the globe.

1) Gavi is made from the Cortese grape, which was first mentioned in this region as producing quality wine in 1659

2) The wine produced are fruity and aromatic with mineral notes and a tangy finish

3) The climate has a maritime influence from the Ligurian Coast less than 40 miles away giving the wines a freshness.

4) In the 19th Century the area was also noted for red wine made from the Dolcetto grape,  but the vines were destroyed by Phylloxera.

5) The best wines by reputation come from vineyards close to the town of Gavi itself and can be labelled as Gavi di Gavi.

Why not try:

Gavi di Gavi La Toledana £7.99 (when purchased alongside another Italian wine)

Wine and English LiteratureDate published: 12/06/13

In a departure from our previous looks at wine regions and grape varieties today we are going to look at the drinking habits of the English through references to wine in the literature through the ages.

Geoffrey Chaucer, whose Father and Grandfather were both vintners, was the first giant of English Literature to mention wines in the 12th century. In 'The Merchant's Tale' the 60 year old knight drinks wine mixed with spice called 'ypocras, claree and vernage' (Hypocras, Claret and Vernaccia) to give courage in the bedroom and in 'The Pardonner's Tale' he specifically mentions the wines from the town of Lepe, which was notorious as a producer of wines for blending and is part of the modern Spanish DO of Condaldo de Huelva near Jerez.

Historically as the English ruled Aquitaine Bordeaux was the main supplier of wine and this continued long after the end of The Hundred Years War although many other wines are mentioned in the literature of the 15th and 16th centuries.

In Henry IV Shakespear's character Falstaff favours 'Sherris Sack' , which was fortified wine imported from Spain or the Canary Islands. The wines of 'Canary' were also called for by Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night  suggesting that Bordeaux's hegemony was being challenged by Spain in the 16th century. This is further evidenced by Shakespear's less well known contemporary Robert Burton's mention of 'Alicant' (Alicante).

The 17th Century diarist Samuel Peyps makes numerous mentions of wine, including Canary and English Wine from vineyards around London, but is perhaps most notable for his mention of New French Claret particularly 'Ho Bryan' (Haut Brion).  The revival of French Claret was in a due in a large part to the marketing efforts of the Pontac family, owners of Haut Brion, who opened London's first fashionable restaurant The Sign of the Pontac's Head.

Peyps also mentions Champagne as does the playwright Sir George Etheredge who notes that it is sparkling. This has been used as evidence that the first sparkling Champagnes were actually created in England.  In addition to this records from the Royal Society show sparkling wine being produced in England in 1662; 6 years before Dom Perignon entered the Abbey at Hautvilliers.

In the 18th century the same wines still hold promenance.  Claret is mentioned by Sheridan as is Champagne.  Burgundy is mentioned and praised by David Garrick but roundly abused by Tobais Smollett as 'weak and thin'.

Burgundy's reputation grows significantly in the 19th century with Thackerey praising Beaune and Chambertin along with Claret, Sherry and Madeira.  Robert Louis Stevenson and Henry James also both praise Burgundy in the latter half of the 19th century.

By the 20th century you can see the formulation of what today is still considered the core of any wine cellar today.  Evelyn Waugh's 'Brideshead Revisited' mentions Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy (specifically Chambertin Clos de Beze), Sauternes (specifically Peyraguey) and Port.

DID YOU KNOW...?Date published: 12/06/13

Godello  is a fine white grape variety native to North West Spain and Northern Portugal.

Why not try:

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-godello/product-is-14519




Wine QuoteDate published: 12/06/13

Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, makes weariness forget his toil." ---Lord Byron

Wine of the Week - Jim Barry, The Cover DriveDate published: 12/06/13

The Origin

The cover drive is named in commemoration of the Penola cricket ground, which used to lie on the site where Jim Barry now grows the Cabernet grapes for use in this wine.

The Wine

The wine is blended in small parcels from the family's Claire Valley estate. It is then aged in both French and American oak. The nose of this wine is particularly intense. It is dominated by cassis and cedar characteristics, with hints of fennel and damson. The palate is full bodied, with succulent tannins and flavours of blackcurrant, cherry and liquorice.

This wine can be enjoyed immediately or cellared for up to five years more.

£13.74

Buy 2 bottles save 20% on Australia.

£10.99

Vintage Info - New ZealandDate published: 12/06/13

With New Zealand wines being so popular at the moment here is a bit of vintage information for those of you looking to purchase some of the older examples.

2011: Wetter weather and a short growing season
produced wines with good precision and elegance,
and often an atypically firm structure.

2010: Excellent vintage all round, with a long,
moderate summer producing ripe, tropical
Sauvignons and deep, intense Pinots.

2009: A great vintage in all regions, with quality
boosted by much crop thinning following 2008’s
bumper harvest.

2008: Generally good everywhere, although rain
affected the harvest in parts of Marlborough. Very
high yields pushed prices down.

Tomatoes, Tomatoes, TomatoesDate published: 05/06/13

In this globalised age tomatoes are a year-long staple, but with summer threatening to break out any day now the sunshine will only make them taste sweeter.  

Their versatility is a great asset - simply sliced and dressed in a salad, cooked down in to a sauce for pasta or pizza or slowly roasted and served on toast - but can also cause us to overlook them as mere supporting acts.  Admittedly, this is often exacerbated by the poor quality of tomato we are offered and choose to buy in this country, but if you don't skimp there are tasty examples out there with their heady, savoury perfume and sweet, acidic flesh. 

One way to celebrate these wonderful fruit is choosing a wine to help support and emphasise their flavours.  With tomatoes appearing so fundamental to many iconic dishes (pasta, pizza, parmigiano etc.), Italy unsurprisingly offers a wide array of ideal partners.  The key to finding wines to match is appreciating the key elements of the tomato - savoury, sweet, acidic. 

For whites, to maybe match a salad or light, fresh pasta dish, I'd suggest something like this Vernaccia:

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-vernaccia/product-is-13678

It has a lively, citrussy acidity which will be able to match the surprising acidity found in a tomato, but also a slightly almond finish which will complement it's rich umami nature.

With similarly high acidity and frequently showing a savoury, almost bitter backbone, Italian reds are often similarly well suited to tomato dishes.

Amongst my favourites are this Salice Salentino:

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-rufin/product-is-13427

It's medium body, cherry aromas and bright acidity will work brilliantly with a classic margherita pizza.

Whilst for something a bit richer such and more savoury such as Lasagne or sausage and tomato pasta, a Chianti like this brilliant example from Rufina would be ideal:

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-rufin/product-is-13366

Did you know...?Date published: 31/05/13

Did you know that under federal law, at least 51% of the grains used to make Bourbon must be corn (maize). The remainder is made up of rye, malted barley and occaisonally wheat. It cannot be distilled to a strength of higher than 80% abv. and must be matured in new, charred oak barrels.


Why not try:
- Makers Mark, Kentucky Bourbon £25

- Jim Bean, Kentucky Bourbon £20

Wine QuoteDate published: 31/05/13

"When it comes to wine, I tell people to throw away the vintage charts and invest in a corkscrew. The best way to learn about wine is the drinking." Alexis Lichine

New ZealandDate published: 31/05/13

Quick Introduction

New Zealand doubled it's production between 2003-2010, Sauvignon blanc now accounts for more than 50% of the countries grape production. New Zealand's first vineyards appeared in the early 19th century with the arrival of European settlers. Despite the country's enormous reputation today it is still only ranked as the world's 18th largest producer.

Grape Varieties

Sauvignon is by far the post popular variety followed by Chardonnay and Riesling. These varieties are extremely well adapted the island's climates. Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are also produced but only in smaller quantities.

Terroir:North Island

Aukland

This region is wettest in NZ with a warm year round climate, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are grown here.

Gisborne

The vineyards are located on the north west tip of NZ. Half the vines planted here are Chardonnay. Rainfall is high here but so are the temperature's in the summer, this contributes to creating a rich tropical wine in flavour.

Hawke's Bay

The location of Hawke's bay is situated between Aukland and Gisbourne. The exposition to the sun is some of the highest in NZ, this region offer's great variety in soils and altitude offering many different style's of wine.

Wairarapa

This region also goes under the name of Martinborough it is the furthest south wine region of the northern island. Martinborough has built a reputation for Pinot Noir over the years. A cooler climate and low soil fertility has contributed towards a late ripening season allowing the grapes to achieve their full potential.

Terroir: South Island

Marlborugh

This is NZ largest and most notorious region of production. Nearly 60% of Marlborough is planted within two adjacent valley's, Wairu and Awatere. Over 75% of the wine produced is Sauvignon Blanc.

Cantebury

This region surrounds the city of Christchurch many wineries are situated in the valley's surrounding the city. Waipara valley is a famous region, cooling winds from the south pacific and a real crispness too the wines.

Having a party....?Date published: 31/05/13

Then look no further than your local Majestic Wine.  We spend much of our time advising people on their wine choices, quantities and sale/return options.  Remember we also offer free delivery!  If you are having a party soon and are in need of a little friendly guidance then pop in and speak to one of the team.  We always have a tasting counter full of wines to taste, which can help the decision making process.  Ensuring getting the most out of your wines and not having to worry about the delivery or quantites on the day is a weight we can take off your mind.  Plus, if needed, we also hire out wine glasses, Champagne flutes, hi-ball glasses and chiller bins. (£1 per glass/£15 chiller bin refundable deposit).  

Matt's Weekend ChoiceDate published: 31/05/13

With the sunshine starting to pop through the clouds, the wine I shall be mostly enjoying this weekend will be Cloudy Bay Pelorus Vintage.

Cloudy Bay Pelorus 2007, New Zealand

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
From Cloudy Bay Vineyards in Marlborough's Wairau Valley, Pelorus Vintage is made in the style of Champagne, by the same production
method, from the free-run juice of hand-picked grapes. With 3 years of lees-ageing, this really is a match for any Champagne. Aromas of apple and citrus fruit, with baked bread, brioche and nutty characters. A full, creamy mid palate that leads in to an elegant long
finish. As with Champagne, this is a classic match with caviar or smoked salmon. But being slightly fruitier, this could partner Asian cuisine.

£23.99 Buy 2 Save £4 - £21.99

The Wine I Tried Last Night...Date published: 31/05/13

Last night I tried the Gavi Toldendana, which is currently on the buy 2 get 20% off Italian wines. A great little wine which went amazingly well with the Salmon I had for tea. 

Made from the Cortese grape, the white wines of the village of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. Wines from the vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi, and this one is made from late-harvested grapes.

Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity.

An ideal apéritif, this wine will also complement poached white fish with a rocket and cherry tomato salad.

At just £7.99 on offer the Gavi Tolendana is well worth a try!

Vintage Info. ItalyDate published: 30/05/13

Just a little insight into a few previous vintages from Italy
2010: Plentiful rain everywhere meant tricky growing conditions, but the wines are good quality, showing more restraint and acidity than usual.
2009: Piedmont fared very well, producing, rich, well structured wines. Southern Italy more variable, although Sangiovese was generally sound.
2008: A wet summer was salvaged by a warm harvest season. Many wines tend towards elegance rather than body or power.
2007: Some hail problems, but overall a warm vintage, producing powerful reds in both Tuscany and Piedmont.
2006: A good to very good year throughout most of the country, with Chianti, Veneto and Piedmont particularly successful.
2005: A difficult vintage. Heavy rain and even hail covered the country throughout the harvest. Decent quality is available from conscientious producers.

Wine QuoteDate published: 30/05/13

"Life is too short to drink bad wine."  Anonymous

Back in stock...Date published: 30/05/13

Pietrariccia Fiano 2012, Surani ITALY
Fiano - VEGETARIAN
Masseria Surani is an estate dating back to the early 1900's, and is located just 6km from the Ionian coast in Apuglia, Italy's 'heel'. The
Fiano grape is found almost exclusively in southern Italy and Sicily, and is thought to have it origins in ancient Greece. A bright lemon colour with a golden tinge. The nose offers an inviting mixture of citrus and tropical fruit with floral hints. Crisp acidity and good palate texture make for a refreshing, satisfying feel. Drink with a salad, generously dressed with olive oil, anchovies and pine kernels.
£9.49 Buy 2 Save 20% - £7.59

Wine of the WeekDate published: 30/05/13

Les Hauts de Castelmaure 2010, Corbieres

£9.99 (when buying two or more)

Grape:

Grenache, Syrah, Carignan - VEGETARIAN

Origin:

Embres-et-Castelmaure is a tiny village to the south of Corbières, with around 150 residents, all of whom are families of grape growers. The

village's local cooperative makes this wine from grapes hand-picked from 760 local plots, with vines aged up to 80 years old.

Taste:

An expressive and open nose, full of damson jam and cassis notes, and that unmistakable 'garrigue' aroma of heather and wild thyme. Plenty of body and soft, ripe tannins.

Enjoy:

A great all-round wine for drinking on its own or with food. Ideal with beef daube, casseroles and other tender red meats.

Dom Perignon 2004Date published: 27/05/13

We get asked quite often here about whether particular wines will improve with age, or how long they will last, or will they make an appropriate present for a young niece/nephew to be consumed when they turn 18/21.  

In many instances our answer cannot be truly definitive, it will be an educated guess based on a combination of factors - certain high quality wines over the decades/centuries have proven their age-worthiness and this can be coupled with a consideration of the vintage.

Their is always an element of doubt though - as a wine maker from Chateau Musar once explained, wines are natural products and as such their life span is, to an extent, an unknown quantity.  In addition, I would always point out that a wine's ability to improve can be considered somewhat subjective as well.  Whilst they mature their youthful, fresh fruitiness will be replaced by tertiary aromas which may include leather, nuts, earthiness and gaminess, amongst others, which to some will be divine and others repellant.

Champagne is a wine with a long-proven ability to improve with time.  It's high quality, pure fruit and searing acicdity mean that current releases for many houses are at least 2004-2006 and for many, this is still very youthful.  With time these iconic wines will lose a little fizz but gain a real sparkle as their flavours develop and the citrus and gree apple characters mellow and are supported by nuttiness, caramel, truffles and even hints of bitter chocolate and coffee whilst crucially retaining a refreshing lick of acidity. 

In a region packed with iconic, world famous houses, Dom Perignon manages to stand out for it's exceptional quality, elegance and aging potential.  Indeed it was Dom Perignon himself who first really perfected the art of Champagne (following our very own Christopher Merritt's discovery of the process of creating sparkling wine).

So it is with great confidence that I can say that the Dom Perignon 2004 (a wonderful, classic vintage) will have a great life span and will be bringing immense pleasure for generations to come.  This is not a cheap wine but, it is a wine that will last a lifetime and afford memories that will last almost as long.

Buy yours now:


http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-dom+perignon/product-is-22026x6

Bronze medal winnersDate published: 25/05/13

You will find below a selection of bronze medal award winners from the 2013 International Wine Challenge.  Call us at the store on 020 8444 6888, check our website at www.majestic.co.uk,  or pop in to find out more about any of these cracking wines.

Bronze

Cote de Nuits Villages Nicolas Potel 2011

Meursault 2011 Nicolas Potel

Chateau du Cleray Muscadet Sur Lie 2012

Pouilly Fume Les Cerisottes 2012

Cotes du Rhone E Guigal 2010

Chateau Aigues Vives 2011 Gerard Bertrand

Paul Mas Cabernet de Cabernet 2012

Paul Mas Estate Carignan 2012

Paul Mas Estate Marsanne 2012

Paul Mas Valmont Grenache Blanc 2012

Domaine de l'Aigle Chardonnay 2012

Paul Mas Vermentino 2012

Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Weissenkirchen 2012

Pietrariccia Fiano 2012

Inama Soave Classico 2011

Surani Costarossa 2010, Primitivo di Manduria Most of our stock is now 2011

Casale di Valle Chianti 2011 DOCG

Gavi Montiero 2012

Cepparello 2009 Isole e Olena

Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore La Casetta 2010

Masi Campofiorin 2009

Lamatum Crianza 2009, Ribera del Duero

Rioja Gran Reserva Torre Aldea 2006

Gaudium 2005 Marques de Caceres

Vinas del Vero Gewurztraminer 2012

Finca La Emperatriz Rioja Reserva 2007

Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva 2008

Torres Sangre de Toro 2011

Montenovo Godello 2012

Muriel Rioja Reserva 2008

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva 2004

Vina Eguia Reserva 2008

Vina Pomal Reserva 2008

Churchill Estate Douro 2010

Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2012

Ramos Reserva 2011

Taylor's First Estate NV

10 Year Old Malmsey Henriques & Henriques

BVC Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Peter Lehmann

Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Riesling 2012

Jim Barry The Mcrae Wood Shiraz 2009

Brown Brothers Orange Muscat & Flora 2012

Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay 2012

The Coppermine Road D'Arenberg 2009

The Dead Arm D'arenberg 2009

The Galvo Garage D'arenberg 2008

The Ironstone Pressings D'arenberg 2009

The Laughing Magpie D'arenberg 2009

Rustenberg Five Soldiers 2011

Rustenberg John X Merriman 2011

Vergelegen Chardonnay 2012

Royal Tokaji Dry Furmint 2011

Mumm Cordon Rouge NV

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007

Lanson Black Label NV

Moet & Chandon NV

Moet & Chandon Rose NV

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV

Taittinger Brut Reserve NV

Taittinger Prelude Grand Cru NV

Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004

Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2007

Chapel Down Rose Brut NV

Jacob's Creek Trilogy NV

Jacob's Creek Trilogy Rose NV

Oyster Bay Sparkling Cuvee Brut NV

Hidalgo Amontillado Seco Napoleon NV

Tio Pepe NV

The King's Thorn Pinot Gris 2012

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012

St Clair Estate Selection Pinot Noir 2012

Villa Maria Wairau Valley Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2011

Waimea Pinot Gris 2011

Waimea Pinot Noir 2011

Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Jackson Estate Vintage Widow Pinot Noir 2011

St Clair Pioneer Block 14 Doctors Creek Pinot Noir 2011

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Ara Select Blocks Pinot Noir 2011

Ara Select Blocks Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Waiki Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Leyda Single Vineyard 'Falaris' Chardonnay 2012

Leyda Single Vineyard 'Las Brisas' Pinot Noir 2011

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot 2012

Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2011

Errazuriz Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Errazuriz Max Reserva Merlot 2011

Portillo Malbec 2012

Vinalba Gran Reservado Malbec 2011

Vinalba Reservado Malbec 2012

Vinalba Reservado Cabernet Malbec Petit Verdot 2012

Argento Malbec 2012

Callia Bella Malbec 2012

Silver Award WinnersDate published: 25/05/13

You will find below a selection of silver award winners from the 2013 International Wine Challenge.  Call us at the store on 020 8444 6888, check our website at www.majestic.co.uk,  or pop in to find out more about any of these cracking wines.

Pouilly Fuisse 2011 Laboure Roi
Beaujolais Villages Georges Duboeuf 2011
La Grange des Combes 2011
La Grange des Combes 2012
Paul Mas Estate Mourvedre 2012
Domaine de Villemajou Gerard Bertrand 2011
Saint Michel Blanc Perlé 2011
Etoile de Begude 2010, Domaine de Begude
Les Hauts de Bergelle 2011

Kuhlmann-Platz Gewurztraminer 2011, Cave de Hunawihr

Rosso di Montalcino 2011 Il Poggione

Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Il Poggione We're currently on 2006

Caixas Albarino 2012 Martin Codax

Albarino Martin Codax 2012

Taylor's 10 Year Old Tawny

Fonseca Bin 27 NV

Warres Quinta da Cavadinha Vintage Port 1998

Clos du Bois North Coast Chardonnay 2011

Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Jim Barry The Armagh 2007

De Bortoli Noble One 2009

Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2011

BVS Shiraz 2010 Peter Lehmann

Antony's Yard Graham Beck 2009

Rustenberg Chardonnay 2011

Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Rustenberg Peter Barlow 2008

De Morgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012

Rustenberg John X Merriman 2010

Royal Tokaji Late Harvest 2011

Royal Tokaji Szt Tamas 6 Puttonyos 2007

Taittinger 2005

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV

Piper Heidsieck Brut NV

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV

Codorniu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2010

Codorniu Seleccion Raventos Brut NV

Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling 2012

Lawsons Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2012

A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2011

The Ned Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Waimea Estate Gewurztraminer 2011

Chateau Musar Red 2005

Vinalba Malbec Touriga Nacional 2012

Golden award winnersDate published: 25/05/13

You will find below a selection of gold award winners from the 2013 International Wine Challenge.  Call us at the store on 020 8444 6888, check our website at www.majestic.co.uk,  or pop in to find out more about any of these cracking wines.


Petalos Bierzo 2011  -  Bierzo Trophy
Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2012  -  Eden Valley Viognier Trophy
De Bortoli Show Liqueur Muscat NV  -  Riverina Fortified Trophy
Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2010  -  Martinborough Pinot Noir Trophy
Condrieu E Guigal 2011
Pieropan La Rocca Soave 2010
Pizarras de Otero Bierzo 2012
Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage 2008
Taylor's Quinta de Vargellas 2001
Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2012
Rustenberg Straw Wine 2011
Royal Tokaji 6 Puttonyos 2008
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2004
Veuve Clicquot Rose 2004
Nyetimber Rose 2008
Hidalgo Pedro Ximenez Triana NV
Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Villa Maria Private Bin Syrah 2010
The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2012

In celebration of good, honest Côtes-du-RhôneDate published: 25/05/13

Wine Of The Week


Côtes-du-Rhône Saint-Esprit 2011,

Delas-Frères

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-delas/product-is-06541

£7.99

(when buying two or more)


This is a really good example of a classic Côtes-du-Rhône.


By 'classic' I mean that this is an uncomplicated, medium-bodied red at home being drunk by itself or with simple rustic dishes like a pot roast. This could sound like an underwhelming endorsment, but that would be to miss the point that wine can provide all manner of styles and experiences and there is absolutely a reason to celebrate a wine that does the simple things this well.


Expect brambly, pummy fruit with a good dose of peppery spice backed up by sweet, gentle tannins and a generous, velvety mouth feel. This is a great all-rounder at home accompanying barbecues, braised pork, roasted vegetables or an evening on the sofa.


Arguably, the greatest asset of a decent Côtes-du-Rhône like this, but often overlooked in wine appreciation, is it's 'drinkability'. It will provide a very satisfying mouthful of fruit and spice which, backed up by an undelying freshness and hint of tartness, will draw you back in again and again for another taste.

Vintage Info...AustraliaDate published: 17/05/13

A run down of a few vintages from Australia.

2011: Record rainfall in eastern areas meant a tricky vintage for many. Western areas by contrast were very hot; Margaret River reds are superb.
2010: Further yield reduction coupled with good weather meant an excellent vintage overall, with heavy rain causing only a few headaches in South Australia and Adelaide Hills.
2009: Yields reduced deliberately in many places, and by bushfires in Victoria. Otherwise relatively cool conditions, giving balanced wines.
2008: Above average vintage. Quality very good everywhere, with only a few heatwave-hit areas of South Australia experiencing problems.
2007: Yields are considerably down thanks to drought and frosts. However quality is excellent, with reds particularly impressive. Perhaps the best vintage ever in Western Australia.
2006: Overall a good to very good year in the east of the country, but the west had mixed results with good whites but varied reds.

Cross your fingers....Date published: 17/05/13

for some sunshine, and open up that Rose!

M de Minuty Rosé 2012, Côtes de Provence, SOUTH OF FRANCE

Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is
quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.
Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for a an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel. Partner with the delicate flavours of fresh shellfish, or with a mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato salad.
£12.99 Buy 2 Save £6 - £9.99

Puglia.Date published: 17/05/13

I've recently become fascinated by one of Italy's lesser-known regions, Puglia. Known to English-speakers as Apulia, all 210 miles of Puglia stretches down the south east coast of Italy and runs along the Adriatic Sea, giving the region a Mediterranean climate ideal for grape-growing. Along with sprawling, sun-exposed, flat land and the vast majority of soil being ideal for grapevines, Puglia should be near perfect. However, a number of factors hinder wine production in the region. For example, up to three-quarters of the region's wine is blended for the north and France, or used for vermouth. Furthermore, only 5.5% earns PDO (Protected Designation of Origin – a wine made in the EU that has the higher grade of Geographical Indication), despite there being a number of DOCs. The Oxford Companion to Wine states that DOC wine production lies at around 2% of Puglia's total wine production and less than a quarter of wine produced there actually makes it into the bottle and onto the shelf! Essentially, annual wine production has decreased rapidly, with some arguing that it's the low-yielding, concentrated and interesting wines that have suffered as a consequence. Depressing stuff I'm sure you'll agree. Yet despite all the boring gloominess , for me, the Negroamaro grape is something Puglia should be proud of. Grown almost exclusively in the region, Negroamaro produces wines of almost port-like colour and baffling complexity. Plummy, smokey, earthy, rustic, bitter. One word consistently springs to mind when I sample something from Puglia – or even just read about the place – 'intriguing.' Here in Muswell Hill we have two spectacular examples of the Negroamaro grape variety. Both located in the heel of the Italy's boot, the Copertino DOC sits just to the south of its counterpart Salice Salentino. We have one from each village. See what our resident wine boffins said about them:

Copertino 2007, Masseria Monaci (£6.79 when purchasing two or more) “Thick and luscious with dark, plummy fruits and hints of almonds and spice box. Well balanced and soft on the palate.”

Casa D'Aragona Salice 2010, Candido (£6.99 when purchasing two or more) “This robust wine displays real complexity from several years' bottle ageing, including dried fig and smokey notes. However, a backbone of dark plum and bramble still dominate.”


Isabel and her dog Point....A Short Story.Date published: 17/05/13

Isabel lived with her husband Ned in their quaint Black Cottage in the mesmerising New Zealand countryside. Their estate was nothing if not picturesque, nestled quietly in Spy Valley, with the awe-inspiring Mount Difficulty rising to the East, and the equally Majestic Peak, the Lawson Hill to the West. The cottage itself was situated on the banks of the Blind River, a meandering snake of water that flowed from the Craggy Ranges in the mountains to the ocean only a few kilometres away, where the River met the Bay of Oysters - named so due to the fact it had a lot of Oysters. It was a beautiful monday morning in July, the Cloudy outlook over the Bay that had been ever present the previous few days had vanished leaving nothing but endless blue skies and a burning bright sun. The sun bounced off the River; glistening in the heat.  Every year the River would take on an almost Gold-like appearance.  It was this amazing River of Gold that had been stumbled upon Centuries ago by the first inhabitants, The Ata Rangi Tribe, who had then adoringly named the phenomenon 'Goldwater', as it was still known to this day. Isabel, who was half Italian on her father's side, awoke to a somewhat unusual sound that day - the sound of silence. Normally she was rudely awakened by her loving dog, the hilariously-named Point, due to his long, endearing pointy nose. But today there was no sound.  No barking, no yapping, no tail wagging, no begging, which both Ned and Isabel had grown accustomed to since they had saved Point from a local shelter a year earlier. "Ned, wake up!" exclaimed Isabel, as she rocked Ned from his slumber. "What is it my love?" came the voice from below the duvet. "Ned, Ned, where is Point? I can't hear him," cried Isabel as she threw the duvet off herself and ran to the living room. She hoped Point was still asleep in his homemade basket made from special dried cereal, the Bran Cott. Arriving at the living room Isabel stopped and looked around, the silence bellowing from the room was deafening. Isabel struggled to think. Trying to come to terms with what was going on, Isabel noticed that a window had been left ajar overnight, and realising that Point must have jumped through the window she shrieked: "Why Mea....?!" Isabel's Italian accent always came out when she raised her voice; "Why has this happened to me? I Dont understand, my beloved Dog, Point has run away!" she screeched. Isabel and Ned dressed as quick as they could and ran to the spare room to wake up Isabel's cousin Maria, who was visiting from the States, where she owned a Villa in Montana. Ready for the hunt, the triumvirate raced out the door. There was no immediate sign of Point, but they hoped he hadn't gone too far. Knowing that Point was always happiest when he was swimming in the nearby River, they thought it best to go there first. Their Run down the Riverlands was cut short by one of their neighbours. A handsome young man named Jackson, who had been out on his morning run. Jackson was walking back to his home, after his exertions had given him a Stitch - and he needed some recovery time. "Jackson, have you seen Point?" shouted Ned, as the 3 of them ran towards him, like a herd of escaped bulls - something you would more likely see in the streets of Pamplona than out in the New Zealand wilderness! "No sorry." was his reply. Not stopping for any further correspondence, Isabel, Ned, and Maria kept on running. A Peregrine flew over. The trio became anxious.  A little further down the River they came came across another local, Clair, who was out walking her dog, ironically named Roaring Meg, due to her quiet, sheepish demeanour. Seeing the herd running towards her she called out, "is something wrong Ned? Isabel what is it?" "Point has gone, ran away, please you must help us, maybe Meg could help sniff her down," Isabel responded speedily. Clair joined the group and the search continued. "Lets check the palace" said Clair, "Im sure I saw a dog in the distance over there earlier, and the King owes me a Favour, maybe I could get him to send out a few search teams?" It wasn't common for the King to hand out Favours, but Clair had taught the young monarch how to dance Salsa for the Jubilee event just weeks away; in the local tongue the event was affectionately known as the 'Pelorus Brut NV (Priced £14.99) Dance,' although nobody really knew why.  Nevertheless, the King was eternally grateful to Clair. "Great idea Clair, lets go." the three said almost simultaneously. The heat was almost unbearable now and it had began to slow the search.  Tired and upset, Isabel was starting to Wither in the Hills leading to the Palace. Despite this, Ned was Fairleigh confident that they were on the right track and encouraged the group onward towards the King's Palace.  Finally they had arrived. Entering the Palace garden they became surrounded by the King's Thorns and other flowering delights.  Approaching the door, the mob rang the door buzzer and spoke to Lin Dauer (the King's secretary). "Hello Lin Dauer, it's Clair here - we must ask the King for a Favour immediately. My friend Isabel has lost her Dog, Point - can the King assist us in anyway whatsoever? She's terribly upset and is beginning to wonder Wither or not he's still alive. She loves that dog." The King's secretary Lin Dauer failed to respond - there was an awkward, eery silence. The group began to wonder if they were welcome or not - was the King unwilling to help? At times, the King could be unpredictable. Then suddenly, the huge door to the Palace swung open and there was the King in all his glory - and right beside him, wagging his tail and twitching his huge, pointy nose, was Isabel's Dog, Point. "Point! You're alive! You're safe!" Isabel cried. Ned was relieved.  Now he could go back to work on his boat, The Nautilus. "You really are a Saint, Clair for spotting Point in the Palace grounds." Clair blushed. "How can we ever repay you your Highness? We must send you the most Prestigious of Parcels immediately," Isabel proclaimed. The King smirked and replied regally: "Not a problem subjects, why you must pop in and have a glass of Argento Malbec." How lovely the gang thought.  But Isabel had other ideas.  "Before that, I must call my Italian father, Coney Pizzicato, and tell him of the events here in New Zealand."  They all laughed out loud and strolled into the King's Palace. Point the Dog yelped and wagged his tail.  What a day it had been. The above story is a fictional text, with the intention of highlighting our diverse New Zealand range!  How many of our wines can you spot?! Watch out for the red herring! Why not come and explore our range for yourselves down at Majestic Muswell Hill. Thanks for reading!

5 (wine related) things you didn't know about Thomas JeffersonDate published: 17/05/13

Our first look at a wine related person and an historical person at that.  Today it is five facts about, perhaps, the first modern wine connoisseur Thomas Jefferson.

1) While ambassador to France between 1784 and 1789 Thomas visited all the major wine regions of not only France but also Italy and Germany.

2) During Thomas'  Presidency of the United States between 1801 and 1809 the White House cellar became famous for the abundance of wines from Bordeaux, Chambertin, Hermitage, Sauternes and Tokay.

3) Thomas was desperate to produce wine in the U.S. and as such planted both Vinefera grapes (used to make wine in Europe) and native species at his Virginian estate Monticello.  Unfortunately, in 50 years of trying Thomas didn't manage to produce a single bottle of wine.

4) He wasn't deterred by his own lack of success and actively supported other people in their attempts to make wine in America often providing land for other growers to plant vines.

5) Wine related quotes attributed to Thomas include 'Good wine is a daily neccessity for me' and 'No nation is drunken where wine is cheap'.

New BordeauxDate published: 17/05/13

Châteaux de Saint Gemme 2002
£13.99, buy two save £8 = £9.99
Châteaux St Gemme was classified as Cru Bourgeois in the 2002 vintage, this thirteen hectare estate is wonderfully located on the border of St Julien close to Gruaud-Larose. Now fully mature it has an earthy, herby nose and a core of fresh black fruit and soft tannins, quintessential left bank claret bought direct from the cellars to hit a key price point in our Bordeaux range.

MugronDate published: 17/05/13

Châteaux Mugron 2010
£8.99, buy two save £4 = £6.99
From the almost perfect 2010 vintage this 'petit chateau' is produced from forty year old vines on the edge of the Dordogne in the communes of Prignac and Marcamps. We snapped up this parcel from a large negociant, with concentrated and peppery cassis fruit it shows what value there is at this level in Bordeaux.

Wine QuoteDate published: 17/05/13

"My only regret in life is that I did not drink more champagne."  John Maynard Keynes

Barons De Rothschild ChampagneDate published: 17/05/13

Now only £20, an absolute bargain. Order yours before its all gone.

Italian TastingDate published: 17/05/13

Remember this Satuday 18th May is the day to pop in at 12pm or 3pm for a mini masterclass focussing on Italy.  Ever sat in and Italian restaurant unsure which wine to pick? Which wine will compliment your bubbling lasagne or grilled fish? Join me on Saturday to find out the answers to these questions and ask more of your own! This is your chance to taste six wines plus enjoy a guided tour through the Italian vineyards all on your doorstep in Muswell Hill.

If you would like to join in the fun email us at mus@majestic.co.uk or call on 02084446888 to reserve your place - Ciao!

England & Chardonnay = A fine match.Date published: 16/05/13

Chapel Down Kit's Coty Estate Chardonnay 2011 ENGLAND

This is a single-vineyard Chardonnay from Chapel Down's vineyard in Aylesford named after Kit's Coty, a nearby neolithic monument. The
grapes were whole-bunch pressed, wild fermented in old barriques, and the wine matured on its lees. A fresh and appealing nose of fresh white peach and floral notes, with hints of butterscotch and subtle spice. A complex and richly textured palate full of citrus and stone fruit character. Match with all seafood or white fish dishes.
£13.99 Buy 2 Save £6 - £10.99

NEW IN.Date published: 16/05/13

Ondine Sauvignon Blanc
£7.99, buy 2 save £4 = £5.99
With the pricing of New Zealand Sauvignons having increased markedly over the last few months, we have been looking for wines of a similar style and quality to fill the gap at £5.99. This South African Sauvignon, comes from Ormonde Cellars based in Darling on the Cape's Western Atlantic coast. The region’s altitude and the effect of the cold Atlantic ocean allow for a cool climate, aromatic style of Sauvignon to be produced. This is a great alternative for those of you who enjoy New Zealand Sauvignon.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 16/05/13

Wine of the Week

Masi, Campofiorin.

2009

Grape Varieties: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara.


Masi has been run by the Boscaini family for the past six generations, their wines are some of the most consistent in Veneto. Representing the classic style of the region, the grapes once picked are left to dry on racks throughout the winter, after which they undergo a long fermentation of around 80 days in steel vats and Slavonian oak barrels.

This is Masi's original Supervenetian from 1964 - recognised internationally as the creator of a new category for wines from the Veneto inspired by the technique of making Amarone.


Exceptionally versatile. Good with pasta dishes dressed with rich sauces (meat or mushrooms); full-blooded grilled or roast red meat, and game. Ideal with well-aged cheese.


A wonderful alternative to a Bordeaux to be enjoyed with your Summer Barbecue.


£12.49

Buy 2 save 20%

£9.99

WINE QUOTEDate published: 08/05/13

"A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover." - Clifton Fadiman

SUMMER WINE EVENING...Date published: 08/05/13

Our summer wine evening is nearly upon us, tomorrow 9th May with arrival from 6.30pm, but fear not, we still have spaces left. Call us now on 020 8444 6888 to book and avoid disappointment.

Wine of the Week.Date published: 08/05/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Barbers Sucule Lanata, 2009

Piemonte, Italy

The region

The region of Piemonte, or Piedmont, is located in North West Italy, surrounded by the Alps and yet only two hours away from the Mediterranean Sea. It is home to some of Italy's top end wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco but is also represents great value for money.

The town of Alba and its surrounding in particular, is one of the few areas in which Barbera is planted on the best sites and produces wines capable of challenging Barolo and Barbaresco's crown!

The producer

The 'Cascina Lo Zoccolaio' is a fairly small family estate based in Barolo who focuses its wine production on Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Pinot Noir and also a more modern take with regards to Langhe D.O.C. (blend of indigenous grapes with Cabernet Sauvignon at 30%).

The Martini family has recently refurbished the old estate and barns and turned it into a modern and highly technological cellar which however is still deeply respectful of ancient and traditional ageing techniques.

The wine

Intense and concentrated nose of black cherries, plums, spices and liquor cherries. A palate with high acidity, exhibiting flavours of brooding dark fruits, liquor spices and firm tannins with a long finish.

As all big Italian reds, this wine is the perfect partner for strongly flavoured food such as red meat, tomato based sauces – to match the acidity – or strong cheeses – to soften the tannins. Enjoy over the next five years.

Did you know...

The name 'Zoccolaio' in Italian literally means ' the craftsman who makes clogs'. It is highly probable that such estate name derives from the profession of the very first head of the family of previous generations.

£ 8.39

20% off when you buy 2 or more Italians

£10.49 single bottle price

Vintage Info.Date published: 07/05/13

Here's a liitle info on recent vintages from Spain.

2009: Hot and dry throughout most of Spain, the vintage produced many powerful, intense wines, with plenty of body and ripe tannins.
2008: A long, cool summer in Rioja produced many bright and supple reds, and whites with good acidity. A particularly good vintage for the Duero.
2007: Very difficult weather with rain and hail, especially in Rioja, hence quality variable. Top producers made some elegant, forward-drinking wines.
2006: Not as dry as 2005, but an early September heatwave caused generalised problems. Results vary from dull to excellent but overall not as good a vintage as the two previous ones.
2005: Drier than 2003, with drought in many places during the ripening season leading to an early harvest and low yields. Quality from northern regions (Rioja, Navarra, Aragon and Catalunya) ranges from good to excellent.
2004: Good quality in La Mancha and the North West. Other areas suffering a variety of problems from drought in Andalucia to hail in Ribera del Duero. Top Riojas very good.
Rioja: The best recent vintages for Gran Reserva and Reserva are 2004, 2001, 1998, and 1996.

Fizz of the WeeKDate published: 07/05/13

Codorníu Selección Raventós NV, Spain

Chardonnay, Macabeo, Xarel-lo
A modern example of Cava from the Catalan region of Spain. TheCodorníu family have been pioneers in the region since first producing
Cava in 1872, and in 1985 incorporated Chardonnay into the blend oftraditional grape varieties in order to make a more aromatic style.
Pale lemon golden coloured, with many streams of fine bubbles. Citrusaromas with peachy and lemon aromas and a full bodied, vibrant and
fruit flavours and crisp mineral acidity.Enjoy with a selection of canapés. £9.99 - Buy 2 Bottles Save £4 - £7.99

Did you know...?Date published: 06/05/13

A Magnum = 2 regular bottles                                                                                                                                                                                    A Jeroboam = 4 regular bottles                                                                                                                                                                                A Rehoboam = 6 regular bottles                                                                                                                                                                              A Methuselah = 8 regular bottles                                                                                                                                                                              A Salmanazar = 12 regular bottles                                                                                                                                                                          A Balthazar = 16 bottles                                                                                                                                                                                          A Nebuchadnezzar = 20 bottles                                                                                                                                                                               Happy Drinking!

FINE WINE...Date published: 06/05/13

......at house prices. Buy any 2 selected Fine Wines Save £8. Stay in and treat yourself. Pop in and check out our range. Come and Explore.

Nyetimber Classic CuveeDate published: 06/05/13

NOW ONLY £23.99

Bellero Barbera 2012 Piemonte 7 Word Wine ReviewDate published: 06/05/13

Bellero Barbera 2012 Piemonte at £6.99 when you buy any other wine from Italy                                                                                                #7WordWineReview A beautiful Barbera perfect with pasta dishes

A Monster Bottle...!Date published: 06/05/13

Rioja Gran Reserva 'Vend. Seleccionada'1996, Conde de Valdemar, 5-litre, £75

A limited edition wine which is no longer made, composed of 50% Tempranillo and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, creating a style that will
appeal to lovers of mature claret and Rioja fans alike, having been aged in oak and cellared in optimum conditions at the bodega. Very claret-like in style - blackcurrant and cedarwood are most noticable on the palate, with a hint of mint. Quite a blockbuster. This wine has been cellared under perfect conditions, but as with all fully mature wines, uncork and serve with care to show the wine at its best.

Bank Holiday TreatsDate published: 06/05/13

Tio Pepe Fino En Rama. £13.99
This is a special limited bottling of Tio Pepe Fino, which has been drawn from cask during the spring, when the presence of live yeast in the wine is at its highest. Following a brief settling period, it is then bottled without fining and is hence naturally cloudy.
An immensely intense and complex nose offers aromas of toasted almonds, soda bread and preserved lemons. The palate is crisp and dry,
yet layered with intriguing texture.
Drink within 3 months to catch En Rama at its best. Enjoy with a selection of olives, roasted nuts and savoury tapas.

WINE QUOTEDate published: 06/05/13

"Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, makes weariness forget his toil."      Lord Byron

VINTAGE INFO - BORDEAUXDate published: 06/05/13

A quick run down of the vintages in Bordeaux over the last decade.                                                                                                              2010: Widely acknowledged to be one of the best vintages of modern times, with quality generally outstanding from all communes.
2009: Warm, clear days and cool nights produced one of the finest vintages ever. Top wines have immense cellar potential and first-growths hit record prices.
2008: A very highly regarded vintage, producing wines with excellent ripeness and elegance, enjoyable in the medium term.
2007: A cool and damp vintage, rescued by warm temperatures late in the season. Some underripe and early-drinking wines, especially from the Left Bank. Later-picked Right-bank wines better. Sweet whites superb.
2006: Not as good as 2005, particularly for Cabernet based reds which didn't ripen fully. However, whites are delicious and sweet whites
very good.
2005: An outstanding vintage across the board thanks to perfect weather conditions. Reds are balanced and elegant with ripe fruit and beautiful aromatics. Sauternes is also exceptional.
2004: A large vintage of variable quality. Where yields were kept in check some very good wines have been produced from Merlot and both the Cabernets.
2003: Unusually hot weather tested many winemakers. As a result quality varies wildly. Some wines are exceptional, others are unbalanced.
2002: A poor summer saved by a sunny September. Patchy quality though some very good in Médoc.

OPEN TO TASTEDate published: 05/05/13

Clos du Bois Alexander Valley Merlot, 2009

Clos du Bois farm almost 800 acres in Sonoma County and coastal California, working closely with trusted local growers. The winery was founded 35 years ago by Frank Woods who previously spent much time travelling and working in France, hence their mantra:

Made in California, fluent in French.

The fruit used to craft this wine come from premium vineyard sites in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley. The region’s proximity to the Russian River causes regular morning fogs that cover lower vineyards areas, encouraging a longer ripening season and added complexity. Classic wine making followed by 18 months in a mixture of French and American oak barrels. This lush, round Merlot has lovely dense fruit and mocha tones, super silky tannins and a concentrated finish.

Best enjoyed with lamb or beef, slow-cooked with wild herbs and mushrooms.

Buy 2 save £8 = £14.99

£18.99

Matt's Red Wine of the WeekDate published: 04/05/13

£11.99 Buy 2 Save 20% - £9.59                                                                                                                                                                 Morellino di Scansano 2011, Poggioargentiera, ITALY

In Scansano, in the southern part of Tuscany, Morellino is the local name for Sangiovese. In this case blended with 15% Ciliegiolo, another
indigenous local grape, this is a slim and youthful style of red, with only a third of the blend spending 6-8 months in new oak. Ripe cherry and strawberry fruit forms the backbone of this wine, which is medium-bodied and approachable, and fresh in feel. A subtly rustic
streak gives a touch of complexity and food friendliness. Partner with anything from lamb chops to game, either immediately or within the next 5 years.

Matsu El Viejo 2010 ToroDate published: 04/05/13

£25, buy 2 bottles save £10 = £20
The label of the 2010 El Viejo depicts an elderly gentleman with consternation on his face. One assumes he is not quite as old as the century-old vines that compose this wine, which is aged in French oak for 16 months. It does have a beautifully defined bouquet, the oak assimilated into the pure dark berry fruit with style and class. The palate is smooth and caressing on the entry, building succinctly in the mouth towards a cashmere finish of licorice-tinged dark berries, spices and cloves. This is undoubtedly a sophisticated Toro red to which I am sure the elderly gentleman on the label would approve. Drink now-2025. 94 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parkers Wine Advocate

Matsu El Recio 2010 ToroDate published: 04/05/13


£15.99, buy 2 bottles save £6 = £12.99
The 2010 El Recio sports a more mature gentleman on the label: same cap, stare just as intense as El Picaro, but with a little smugness. The wine comes from 90- to 100-year-old vines that are treated biodynamically and is aged in used French oak barrels for 14 months. It has an attractive, understated bouquet of earthy dark berry fruits, briary and wild hedgerow that is natural and well-defined. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe dark berries, mulberry and a saline note that is very generous. It needs a little more delineation towards the mocha-tinged finish, although it has impressive volume and weight in the mouth. 89 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parkers Wine Advocate

Prosecco Zonin - Only £7.99Date published: 01/05/13

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.
Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas.
Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish. Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts.

NEW ARRIVAL - GODELLODate published: 01/05/13

Godello Caixas - £9.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £4 - £7.99                                                                                                                                           In a valley the Romans named, "Excellent Valley" lays the Monterrei appellation within the southeast Ourense province which includes Monterrei, Oimbra and Verin. The Tamega River divides the region into north and south creating two distinct areas known as the "valley" and "Monterrei slope”. The valley has deeper fertile lands inducing great vigor. The Monterrei slope has altitude and mild temperatures which are favorable for varietals that ripen earlier.
The Monterrei area climate is characterized by having a mild Mediterranean climate with a continental trend enhanced by the influence of the Atlantic Ocean. Hot, dry summers and cold winters making the average temperature decrease approximately 12.6 degrees celsius. The thermal oscillations of 30 degrees Celsius plus during the period of ripen influences directly on the vineyards producing aromatic, fresh full bodied white wines.
Godello is the undisputed protagonist of the appellation. It presents a very complex, diverse aromatic profile, full of minerality, white fruit with a herbaceous touch and slight floral notes. In the mouth they are more powerful, intense presence than other Galicians, but rich with intense fresh acidity, well balanced and well structured.

AIX ROSEDate published: 30/04/13

Everyone's favourite Summer Rosé is back in store and now not only in Magnums but in Double Magnums!!

This delicious Rosé is brimming with soft, ripe summer fruits, with a bright pink colour and fresh acidity.

It's perfect for a BBQ or Summer get together and there's plenty to go around, match it with canapés or simple seafood.

Just £50.00 for a Double Magnum

Just £19.99 for a Magnum

The wine I had last night......Date published: 29/04/13

BriO de Cantenac Brown 2007, Margaux

The second wine of Château Cantenac Brown, made from pre-selected lots of the Château's younger vines, which are cultivated specifically for this earlier-drinking blend. Otherwise traditionally made, with 25%-new oak maturation for 13 months, followed by egg-white fining. Elegantly structured claret, with aromas of pencil lead and sandalwood, and a bramble backbone. A good level of ripeness, medium body, and tannins of a firm, taut character. Drinking well now, preferably with braised lamb.

Having a party...?Date published: 29/04/13

Then look no further than your local Majestic Wine.  We spend much of our time advising people on their wine choices, quantities and sale/return options.  Remember we also offer free delivery!  If you are having a party soon and are in need of a little friendly guidance then pop in and speak to one of the team.  We always have a tasting counter full of wines to taste, which can help the decision making process.  Ensuring getting the most out of your wines and not having to worry about the delivery or quantites on the day is a weight we can take off your mind.  Plus, if needed, we also hire out wine glasses, Champagne flutes, hi-ball glasses and chiller bins. (£1 per glass/£15 chiller bin refundable deposit).  

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 27/04/13


Wine Of The Week


Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009,

Clos Saint Jean

£27


This week we have chosen something a little bit special but, even at £27, I would make a case for this being money very well spent.


This is a wine bursting with fruit and spice whose character continually changes in the glass and demands a special meal to accompany it. The beauty of a wine like this is that it already has much to offer and enjoy, but will steadily improve and evolve over the coming decade(s?).


Clos Saint Jean is a top Châteauneuf producer that has improved vastly in the last decade and is now lauded by Robert Parker (notably achieving three perfect 100 point scores in 2007). This success has been achieved through investment in high quality wine-making facilities a renowed oenologist and, not least, from having 70-year-old vines in excellent vineyards such as La Crau.


The 2009 was awarded an impressive 93 points and, being much less expensive than some other top cuvees, was described as a “noteworthy buy” by Parker. The 2009 vintage was notable for incredibly low yields which resulted in full and opulent wines such as this one, which still retain balance and focus.

New Bordeaux for Summer Date published: 24/04/13

£7.99
Lacroix, Bordeaux Supérieur 2007- This parcel was bought directly from Englishman Jonathan Maltus who produces a range of wines in and around St Emilion; the most famous of which is Château Le Dome, one of ten properties awarded 100 points from Robert Parker for their 2010 vintage. Thankfully this happened after we agreed to buy this parcel of his entry level Bordeaux supérieur at less than half his usual list price!

NEW ARRIVAL FOR SUMMERDate published: 23/04/13

Mister Shiraz 2011, Colchagua Valley CHILE 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.

£8.99

Sparkling Saturday - Codorniu RaventosDate published: 20/04/13

For all those of you who are craving refreshing bubbles on a sunny day, we have the solution!

Open for you to try is Codorniu Seleccion Especial Raventos, a modern example of Cava with a twist of Chardonnay to uplift the citrus and mineral notes and an aromatic backbone of Spanish indigenous grape varieties to add texture, peach aromans and a distinctive vibrant charachter.

Perfect partner for canapes. Better enjoyed in the sun

 

£7.99 whe you buy two or more

(£9.99 single bottle price)

Wines Of Portugal, AlentejoDate published: 19/04/13

Another fantastic and rapidly developing wine region is the sprawling Alentejo which stretches from the top of the Algarve in the South hundreds of miles North.  Famous traditionally for cork trees and black footed pigs, wine makers are relishing the challenge of seeking out new terroirs and finding the ideal grapes. 

 

Wines here can be full, chocolatey and packed with forest fruits but the best examples still retain a keen balancing acidity making them ideal with traditional pork stews, roasts or barbecues. 

 

Ramos Reserva 2010/11, Alentejo

£6.99

João Portugal Ramos started planting his own vines in Alentejo in 1990, gradually increasing the vineyard area and developing the winery.  Traditional foot-treading in marble lagares is still practised on the estate, alongside modern temperature-controlled fermentation.

 

A robust ruby red wine, with dense aromas of red berries and pudding spice. Flavours on the palate are bright, thick and jammy, with finegrained, well integrated tannins and good length.

 

Enjoy with a roasted pork loin marinated in Mediterranean spices.  

Wines Of Portugal, DouroDate published: 19/04/13

Travelling a relatively short distance south from the Minho brings us to the famous Douro region, home to a dramatic and dangerously precipitous valley. 

 

Intense temperatures regularly reach 45C and above (deadly for most quality wine grapes) but, by using robust indigenous grapes, contribute to the production of the famed, rich and heady wines of Port.  Increasingly though, winemakers are finding ways to produce table wines of the highest quality in this extreme environment and in a variety of styles. 

 

Churchill Estates 2010, Douro

£9.99

Since the purchase of new vineyards in 1999, Churchill Estates have been developing and mastering dry wines. Made using native Duoro grape varieties this wine is fermented in stainless steel before being aged for 8 months in new and old French oak.

 

Ripe cherry and strawberry aromas combine with subtle vanilla oak on the nose and follow through to the rich, velvety palate. Elegant, well integrated tannins lead to a long well-balanced finish.

 

A great accompaniment to all types of hearty red meat dishes, particularly spicy sausage dishes.

Wines Of Portugal, MinhoDate published: 19/04/13

The verdant Minho in the extreme North of the country produces the distinctive Vinho Verde.  With crisp acidity, light body, low alcohol and a pleasing spritz this is ideal for the long hot days of summer. 

 

It has real vigour and vibrancy with surprising intensity of flavour which all contribute to making this a great partner to seafood.  Indeed, I will soon be trying to recreate the delicious octopus cerviche I enjoyed recently and can't think of a better accompaniment. 

 

Quinta de Azevedo 2011, Vinho Verde

£6.49

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

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

WINES OF PORTUGALDate published: 19/04/13

We currently have an offer on our Portuguese wines - buy any two, save £3 - so I thought I'd give you the background:

Britain's links with Portugal go back centuries after we developed strong trade agreements in the 18th century and a taste for their wine (French wine fell out of favour at this time for one reason or another...).  We still enjoy strong connections with the country, travelling in our millions to the Algarve every year and often rounding off an evening in the winter with some port, but we still very much under-appreciate their fantastic table wines.

 

Whilst not a huge country, it is one with dramatically contrasting terrains and climate which, coupled with a host of unfamiliar grapes, produce exceptional wines in a multitude of styles.

 

We have a small, but well-formed, selection which we're keen to show you which offer genuinely excellent value and an intriguing glimpse of a varied and exciting wine culture.   

BACK IN STOCKDate published: 18/04/13

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vignoble Abeille 2009, Mont Redon, Rhone

Part of the famous Mont-Redon estate, Jean Abeille's vineyard occupies a total of 100 hectares of land with classic Châteauneuf characteristics: mature bush vines sit on a plateau with great sun exposure, and a topsoil covered with heat-retaining pebbles. Superbly balanced between youthful fruit and warm, oaky complexity. Nose and palate are replete with notes of cinnamon and clove amid the the dense bramble fruit. Enjoyable immediately, but will improve with 5 years' cellaring. Drink with red meats or game.

£25 Buy 2 Bottles Save £10 - £20

Wine Quote.Date published: 17/04/13

'if we sip the wine, we find dreams coming upon us out of the imminent night' 

D.H. Lawrence

Wine Of The Week.Date published: 17/04/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

PASO CREEK, CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 2011, CALIFORNIA

Paso Creek is a 350 acre ranch in the heart of the Paso Robles AVA, a region noted for its dramatic temperature swings. This climate variation results in wines of high quality and concentration. Small lot wine making and patient barrel aging complete the wine making picture here. Wine maker Kris Kato sticks by two simple precepts: “First” he says “respect the fruit” then, “represent the region".

Just a short drive outside the small town of Paso Robles, the Paso Creek ranch lies in a picturesque area full of vineyards, cattle ranches and art studios. Their production is very hands-on, with vinification and barrel ageing carried out in small lots before blending.

Actually a blend of 78% Cabernet, 10% Petite Syrah, 8% Syrah and 4% Petite Verdot which gets 18 months oak aging (35% new). The result is a wine big on personality - not for those with a passive palate. Dense black cherry, vanilla and black pepper, it’s well balanced despite its power and concentration. Dark garnet red with cherry hues. The nose is multifaceted, offering glimpses of caramel, vanilla, black pepper and ripe black cherry. A dense yet supple palate with cocoa-like tannins. Drink with braised shin of beef.

£14.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £6

£11.99  

A magnificent dessert......Date published: 17/04/13

Now in stock.

Château Suduiraut 1989, Sauternes

"The nose offers caramelized pear, frangipane, yellow flowers and a touch of quince, moderate vigour at first, but opening nicely with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of bitter orange rind on the entry, marmalade, quince and a mandarin and dried apricot on the finish".

90 points. Neal Martin, Wine Journal, Sept. 2011.

£60 - Full size bottle

But hurry, the staff have eyes on these little beauties.

New Wines From CaliforniaDate published: 17/04/13

Majestic Muswell Hill introduces four new interesting Californian wines which are fantastic quality at great prices.

Clos du Bois farm almost 800 acres in Sonoma County and coastal California, working closely with trusted local growers. The winery was founded 35 years ago by Frank Woods who previously spent much time travelling and working in France, hence their mantra Made in California, fluent in French.

Clos du Bois North Coast Chardonnay, 2011 (£12.49 buy 2 save £5 = £9.99) Cool harvested with only gentle pressing, this Chardonnay is 65% barrel fermented in a combination of French and American oak with the balance undergoing fermentation in stainless steel. Six months barrel aging sur lie ensures maximum flavour development. The result is a wine with brilliant, intense fruit overlaid by lovely toasty notes and great texture.

Clos du Bois Pinot Noir, 2011 (£12.49 buy 2 save £5 = £9.99) De-stemming is followed by a three day cold soak prior to fermentation. The wine undergoes full malolactic before beginning nine months aging in barrel, a mixture of French and Eastern European (25% new). Deep ruby red with great aromatic intensity. Bright and fruity with a plush, silky texture and lovely varietal purity.

Clos du Bois Alexander Valley Merlot, 2009 (£18.99 buy 2 save £8 = £14.99) The fruit used to craft this wine come from premium vineyard sites in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley. The region’s proximity to the Russian River causes regular morning fogs that cover lower vineyards areas, encouraging a longer ripening season and added complexity. Classic wine making followed by 18 months in a mixture of French and American oak barrels. This lush, round Merlot has lovely dense fruit and mocha tones, super silky tannins and a concentrated finish.

Paso Creek is a 350 acre ranch in the heart of the Paso Robles AVA, a region noted for its dramatic temperature swings. This climate variation results in wines of high quality and concentration. Small lot wine making and patient barrel aging complete the wine making picture here. Wine maker Kris Kato sticks by two simple precepts: “First” he says “respect the fruit” then, “represent the region".

Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 (£14.99 buy 2 save £6 = £11.99) Actually a blend of 78% Cabernet, 10% Petite Syrah, 8% Syrah and 4% Petite Verdot which gets 18 months oak aging (35% new). The result is a wine big on personality - not for those with a passive palate. Dense black cherry, vanilla and black pepper, it’s well balanced despite its power and concentration.

Something a little different.....Date published: 16/04/13

Our new wine of the week comes from Central Italy and is sure to become a new favourite here at Muswell Hill. The lesser known grape variety, Pecorino is a thin-skinned grape and grows in a very triangular shape, apparently reminiscent of a sheep's head which is said to be the inspiration for the somewhat quirky label.

It is starting to gain popularity because of it's crisp, dry and refreshing style. 30% of this wine has been oak fermented, giving this interesting wine a more luscious and creamy body. Pale yellow, with an intense nose of citrus fruits and interesting hints of blossom makes this a complex yet intriguing wine.

Whilst deliciously drinkable on its own, the Contesa Pecorino would compliment something like grilled tuna on a hot sunny day wonderfully! Or perhaps try it with some goats cheese or brie.

£9.99 - Buy 2 Bottles Save £4 - £7.99  

New Arrival - Salice SalentinoDate published: 16/04/13

Casa d'Aragona 2010, Salice Salentino, ITALY Salice Salentino is a small town in the middle of Puglia, Italy's 'heel', and was recognised as a DOC as recently as 1976, although wine has been made in this region since Greco-Roman times. This wine is a blend of the two principal native local red grapes. Vibrant cherry red with a garnet tint acquired through ageing. A ripe red fruit character and round texture are accented by dry spice and tobacco notes, and supported by sinewy tannins. A great accompaniment for rustic salami, smoked ham or game dishes.

£8.99 - Buy 2 Bottles Save £4 - £6.99

Malbec World Day - 17th AprilDate published: 16/04/13

Malbec World Day is celebrated across the world every year on the 17th April; the same day Domingo Faustino Sarmiento vowed to transform Argentina’s wine industry in 1853.

Domingo brought Malbec to Argentine shores with the help of French soil expert Michel A. Pouget. They experimented with a number of different vines from France, but it was Malbec from Cahors in the South West that proved it’s worth. In fact, it took to the Argentine climate so well it is now Argentina’s flagship grape variety – cause for us all to celebrate!

Producing deep inky purple wine with dominant full bodied plum like flavours, it goes with nothing better than the famous Argentine cuisine – steak! Yum.

You can choose from a number of great Malbecs at Majestic either in store or at majestic.co.uk

The best way to see the Malbec hype and it’s cult following is on twitter, look for the hashtag #malbecworldday

Veuve Clicquot Staff TastingDate published: 16/04/13

Last night a number of Majestic Staff had the good fortune of attending a Veuve tasting and meal hosted by winemaker Cyril Brun. It was a fantastic opportunity to taste the range and learn a great deal about production, it truly was a superb night.

The wines involved were -

Veuve Clicquot N/V

Veuve Clicquot Rose

Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2004

Veuve Clicquot Rose Vintage 2004

Veuve La Grande Dame

The Menu was -

Main.

Grilled Lemon Sole, Caper, Parsley and Devonshire Chorizo Butter

or

Poached Ballotine of Rabbit Loin with Crayfish and Tarragon Mousse on Spring Green, Tomato and New Potato Broth.

Dessert.

Rhubarb Custard Crumble Parfait with Madagascan Vanilla

or Mixed Berry Tart, Hot White Chocolate Sauce.

My personal favourite of the night was the Veuve Vintage 2004, closely followed by the berry tart. Delicious.

BACK IN STOCKDate published: 15/04/13

Montenovo Godello 2012, Valdesil, Valdeorras, SPAIN Valdeorras is an appellation in an inland area of Galicia in northern Spain, which has become known for its quality white wines from the little-known Godello grape, which does very well in the region's moderate maritime climate and rocky slate soils. A youthful, green-tinged straw yellow wine, with a clean nose of grassy herbaceousness, and pear and pineapple fruit. Light in weight, yet with a palate-coating sense of texture. Perfect with Spain's simple fish tapas dishes, such as grilled sardines, octopus or calamares.

£10.99 Buy Any 2 Spanish Wines Save 20% - £8.79

Did you know...?Date published: 14/04/13

Here at Majestic Muswell Hill we offer an excellent customer service that goes beyond your shopping expereince in store.

We like to inform you even when you are at home. Not only our team of experts will assist you and advise you about what you are about to purchase, we also provide complete tasting notes for you to take home, including grape varieties, origin, and food matching.

So come in store and explore our fantastic range of wines, Champagnes, fortified and spirits, and take some "knowledge" away with you so you can enjoy your drinks with a notch of professional expertise, just like us!

Wine Quote.Date published: 14/04/13

"Drinking wine with good food in good company is one of life's most civilized pleasures."

Michael Broadbent, Wine Writer.

Fine Wine.....Yes please.Date published: 13/04/13

CHATEAU LA CROIX DE GAY POMEROL 2003

Pomerol is situated in a small rural area on the western extremity of the St. Emilion district, just northeast of Libourne. Over the years, this district has prospered and gained a reputation for their quality wines, with leading growths such as Pétrus reaching prices even higher than those of Mouton Rothschild and Margaux.

Château La Croix de Gay is situated in the very northern section of Pomerol's plateau, just above the famed Château Pétrus. Their property is situated on the sandy gravel soils of the Pomerol-Figeac graves, where the best properties are located. The density of their plantations are 5000 vines per hectare, with an average age of 30 years. Yields are relatively low at 35 hectoliters per hectare. A blend of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the proprietor Dr. Raynaud has increasingly upgraded the quality of his wines, and now produces one of the most attractive and easy to drink Pomerols.

All in all, an exceptional wine bursting with a rich opulent fruitiness. Coming from what was a much underrated vintage, this wine is excellent to drink now and is the perfect accompaniment for a grilled steak and a warming winter roast! Great value at only:-

£30.00  

Bruichladdich 16 yr Old - Bordeaux 1st Growth Series. Cuvee D - Pessac Leognan.Date published: 13/04/13

"A collection of 6 individual Bruicladdich 16yr old cuvees, each benefitting from aditional cask evolution in the best French oak, from one of the greatest Bordeaux Chateaux. Each cuvee sharing the same Bruichladdich 16 heritage, but each then subtly influenced by a distinct French oak and First Growth wine."

£50

Confused about Prosecco...?Date published: 13/04/13

Here at Majestic Muswell Hill we have a wide range of Proseccos; from DOCGs to Millesimato, but in reality it can often be slightly overwhelming and confusing to identfy the right one.

Here is a brief and simple explanation for you all, to help you understand and appreciate the subtle differences of the world of Prosecco.

Very simply, Prosecco is a white grape variety native to the Veneto region (North East Italy). Its main characteristics are fruitiness, tropical flavours, zesty and refreshing notes. The wine is then turned into sparkling using the Tank Method, which implies that the bubbles appear through second fermentation in a pressure tank.

Stylistic and Geographical Variations

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV, DOCG, Italy La Marca winery is located in Oderzo, in the Veneto region. Its members own about 8,000 hectares of vineyards on the hills and the plain. Advanced technologies are used in the vineyards and the cellar to aid the continual improvement of wine quality.

Prosecco La Marca Superiore 2011, DOCG Valdobbiadene, Italy This Prosecco comes from the very centre of classic Prosecco-making territory, the vineyards in the hills surrounding the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, and is thus one of an elite club permitted to call themselves 'superiore', the real deal. You may have alrady noticed the uniqueness of this product: the vintage (2011) is stated on the lable. T^his is because only grapes form the specified vintage are used. The wine will consequently result into a richer and yeasty  version of non-vintage Prosecco.

Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV, DOCG Valdobbiadene, Italy This Prosecco comes from the same DOGC area as the previouse one. In this case, the wine is made from 100% Prosecco harvested from selected vineyards, made using the Charmat method (similar to tank method).

Prosecco La Marca Treviso Extra Dry NV, DOC, Italy Made from Prosecco grapes grown by a number of growers on the hills and plains around Treviso, close to Venice in northern Italy. Soft pressing is followed by cool fermentation in stainless steel, for delicate and fresh fruit flavours. Differently from the Proseccos from Conegliano Valdobbiadene, the ones from Treviso tend to have mof of an off-dry style.

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV, DOC 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.

Prosecco Treviso Spumante Extra Dry NV, Pasqua The classic sparkling wine of northern Italy, made with grapes from the hillside vineyards in the Treviso region, using the Charmat method, whereby the wine is allowed to ferment in a steel autoclave, achieving its spritz while maintaining a youthful and off-dry fruit profile.

Villa Sandi Prosecco Frizzante NV, DOC Diffrently from the previous Proseccos, this wine is defined as 'frizzante'. This indicates that this wine is only lightly sparkling. This is a gently sparkling and definitely off-dry style.

 

Hopefully ideas are clearer and mouths are watering...

Come and explore or fantastic range of Proseccos!!

Wine Quote,Date published: 13/04/13

“Come, come, good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used; exclaim no more against it.”

William Shakespeare - Othello, Act II, Sc. 3, line 293  

Meantime BeersDate published: 13/04/13

What a perfect day to spend with family and friends, outside in the garden. And what companion could be better than 100% London ale or lager? And not just any ale or lager; Meantime brewery committs to creating the best beers in London since 1930's. They've built a state of the art brewery in Greenwich dedicated to giving their beer the time it needs to create the best possible flavour, however long it may be.

In store for you:

LONDON LAGER £17.99

The finest East Anglian malting barley and Kentish hops to create this long-matured, unpasturised beer. Stands up to strong flavours such as mature cheeses, hams and smoked meats or oily fish.

 

LONDON PALE ALE £17.99

Natural light carbonation from a kagged and bottled pale ale beer that is a true reflection of the heritage of the beer style. Goes best with foods that have a little bite such as mature cheeses, hot cannelloni or lasagne, steak and kidney pie and curry.

 

In line with the whole Meaantime's philosophy, I conclude with saying 'beer is an art, not a science'.

 

www.meantimebrewing.com

Matt's Weekend WineDate published: 12/04/13

Kanonkop Pinotage 2010, Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA Kanonkop is undoubtedly one of the top estates in South Africa and their highly sought after Pinotage shows this South African variety, a crossing between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, at its best. Full-bodied and concentrated with lashings of spicy oak integrated seamlessly in with the ripe fruits, red and black berries, raspberry, plum and hints of banana. Whilst drinking well now, this wine will benefit from a few years of bottle age. Pinotage is a good match for stews or barbecued meat.

£25 - Buy 2 South African Wines Save 20% - £19.99

Brand new inDate published: 12/04/13

It is time to find out more of our new arrivals. For this week we present to you a great selection of intense whites and reds form California as well as some full bodied and fruity Australian wines:

 

Paso Creek Cabernet

Dark garnet red with cherry hues. The nose is multifaceted, offering glimpses of caramel, vanilla, black pepper and ripe black cherry. A dense yet supple palate with cocoa-like tannins. Drink with braised shin of beef.

 

William Hardy Signature Shiraz

Deep plum with purple hues, this is a ripe and vibrant wine offering a dense blueberry and cherry fruit backbone, with chewy tannins tempered by soft, delicately spicy oak influence. Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years. Great with a mixed grill.

 

William Hardy Signatutre Chardonnay

Intensely fruit-driven aromatics, centring on white peach, melon and citrus, with very subtle hints of oak. The palate has a creamy texture and crisp acidity, balanced perfectly with ripeness of fruit. Drink over the next 3 years. Pair with chicken and mushroom risotto.

 

Clos du Bois Pinot Noir

A lush, fruit-driven Pinot Noir, made in California's trademark style. Strawberry and cherry fruit are accompanied by hints of lavender and forest floor, supported by silky tannins. Drink with slow-roasted pork shoulder.

 

Clos du Bois Chardonnay

A richly fruity Chardonnay, full of ripe pear, apple blossom and lemon notes, complemented by subtle oak toast and a creamy texture from oak ageing around one-third of the blend. Best enjoyed with lobster or creamy seafood pasta dishes.

 

Wanna know more about these wines? Just ask our friendly and expert staff in store or over the phone

.......I am sure we shall hear from you soon.

Come and explore

South African hidden treasuresDate published: 12/04/13

Feeling curious? Adventurous? Or are you just a big fan of South African wines?

Whatever your situation we are here, ready to fulfil your wine craves!

From full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon to fruity Merlot for the reds. From refreshing Chenin to herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc for the whites. From today until the 18th of April we can pleas all palates with our wide range of well established and brand new products form South Africa.

Check our online tasting counter to find out what is available to try.

Do not miss out on this fantastic chance; come and discover these indulging pearls of South Africa.

Come and Explore!  

New Italian WinesDate published: 10/04/13

Theres an interesting selection of new Italian whites that have come in to store, here's my pick of a couple that look interesting

Falabella Bianco 2012, Tenuta Ulisse, Terre di Chieti - An exciting blend of three of Abruzzo's principal white grapes, combining citrus and tropical stone fruit flavours with a lifted spiciness and a touch of mineral grip.

Buy 2 bottles save £4 - £7.99

Verdicchio di Matelica 2012, Poggio alle Rondini -  A pale lemon colour, suggesting lightness and youth. The nose offers hints of acacia honey against a backdrop of citrus fruit. Dry and crisp, with a persistent finish.

Buy 2 bottles save £4 - £6.99

Wine of The WeekDate published: 10/04/13

Masi 'Masianco' Pinot Grigio & Verduzzo

The Producer

Masi have grown to be at the forefront of wine production around Verona and produce an exciting range of attractive, modern wines from local grapes.

The Wine

Pinot Grigio has been blended with 25% Verduzzo, which has been barrel-aged for 3 months, to create a unique white. A bright and inviting golden colour, this wine is alive with notes of peach, apricot, pear and pineapple. A lush, generous palate offering good ripeness and a dry, citrussy finish.

Why not try with fresh linguine served with mussels and clams?

£12.49 Buy 2 save £5

£9.99  

RED WINE OF THE WEEK.Date published: 09/04/13

Château de Sainte Gemme 2002, Haut-Médoc, BORDEAUX

Until 1962, Château Sainte Gemme was effectively part of Lachesnaye, but it was bought by the eminent Jean Boutellier who began to bottle the estate's wine as a brand in its own right. It is a 13ha estate on the border of St-Julien, close to Gruaud-Larose and Beychevelle. An approachable, accessible, medium-bodied wine, with a ruby core of ripe red berry fruit, accented with plenty of black pepper, toast and vanilla notes, providing satisfying complexity and length. Mature and ready to drink. Pair with red meat.

 

£13.99 - Buy 2 Save £6 - £10.99

NEW ARRIVAL - PROSECCO ZONINDate published: 09/04/13

Prosecco Zonin NV, DOC, ITALY,

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. Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish. Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts.

£10.99 Buy 2 Save £4 - £8.99

Five BBQ Essentials.....Date published: 07/04/13

Now that Spring has FINALLY arrived, we hope you are all getting those BBQ's out and inviting over family and friends for a good old fashioned English BBQ (without the usual downpour), so relax and let us do all the planning with our list of BBQ essentials and did we mention we offer a complete party service??

1) Pimms - No British shindig would be complete without a good old fashioned pitcher of Pimms, mixed with lemonade, mint and seasonal fruit. Get your Pimms for just £16.00 if you buy 2 or more bottles (£18 single bottle price)

2) Salad - No BBQ would be complete without your parents bugging you to eat those greens, but with this simple, yet delicious recipe you will even want seconds.....

Wild Rice and Halloumi Salad (serves 4)

Ingredients

200g Cooked Wild Rice

Juice of 1 Lemon

2 Cloves of Garlic (crushed)

1 Avocado (peeled and sliced)

4 Spring Onions (chopped)

3 Radishes (sliced)

1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes

150g Broad Beans (pods removed)

5 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3 Handfuls of Cress

Method

* Cook the Broad Beans in boiling water for 5 minutes, then blanch in cold water, when cool remove the skins and set aside * Whisk the Olive Oil, Lemon juice, Chilli Flakesa and Garlic and season to taste * Use a griddle pan to fry the Halloumi in a touch of Olive Oil until browned * Mix the Broad Beans, Wild Rice, Radishes, Avocado, Spring Onions and Cress together, pour over the dressing and top with the griddled Halloumi

Why not match this delicious Salad with Inama Soave, 2011, packed with apricots, almonds and honey and just £11.99 when you buy to or more (£13.99 single bottle price)

3) Strawberries - No BBQ would be complete without the English Strawberry and we have a perfect Strawberry Daiquiri recipe to really make your party

Ingredients

5 Strawberries

2 tsp White Sugar

35ml Bacardi Rum (£22.00 a bottle)

25ml Fresh Lime Juice

1 tbsp Strawberry Liqueur

Method

* Put all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker (except 1 strawberry) and mash down with the end of a rolling pin * Put the lid on and shake very well * Pour into a Martini glass and garnish with the remaining strawberry cut in half

4) Rosé wine - No BBQ would be complete without a crisp, refreshing Rosé and we have the perfect one for sharing. The AIX Rosé is a delicious blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Shiraz, grab a glass of summer for just £19.99

5) Champagne - Nothing screams celebration more than Champagne and we have the perfect Champagne to get your BBQs started; Nicholas Feuillatte at ONLY £16.00 is fruity, rich and delicious (not to mention the price has been slashed from £25.00)

With our complete party service, including glass hire, chiller bin loan, ice and FREE delivery, Majestic Wine has all you need to celebrate all that Spring has to offer!!

 

Sunday Breakfast MartiniDate published: 07/04/13

Here at Majestic Muswell Hill we stock an extensive range of spirits and our resident cocktail expert Dan is going to share some of his favourite recipes starting with Breakfast Martini:

What you need:

50ml Chase Marmalade Vodka

5ml Cointreau (rinse)

A teaspoon of marmalade or jam

A dash of blood orange juice

A twist of orange peel to garnish

Ice cubes

How to make:

1) Rinse your chilled martini glass with the Cointreau and discard (or drink!)

2) In your cocktail shaker add the ice, vodka, blood orange juice and marmalade or jam.

3) Shake well and pour into your martini glass through a fine strainer.

4) Garnish with the twist of orange peel.

5) Drink and enjoy!

Top tip:

Why not try adding egg white to the shaker to give extra body and fluff to the martini.

Fine Wine Friday - Cloudy Bay RieslingDate published: 05/04/13

Cloudy bay have taken a classic grape and turned it into one of their iconic wines. This off-dry Alsacian style of Riesling really is a treat. Although Cloudy Bay is arguably most famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, it really should not be forgotten that the winery also produce some fantastic quality wines from other grape varieties.

Riesling in this style is aromatic and bursting with lush tropical fruit and a twist of citrus, whilst a layer of minerality adds elegance to this wine. Floral characteristics including honeysuckle dance playfully around the glass proving why Cloudy Bay deserves its cult-like status.

Riesling grapes require a lot of attention in the growing stage. Perfect grapes are needed to create a wine such as this with complexity and fruit, Cloudy Bay tend to their Riesling vines by hand to ensure a good crop. The 2007 was an exceptionally small harvest due to only the best grapes being used and very little is ever exported out of New Zealand!

Cloudy Bay Riesling is a versatile wine when it comes to food. Aromatic wines make a great match with a little spice.

Food match:

Fry up garlic and red chilli in a little oil. Add fresh prawns and a splash of white wine and fry until cooked. Mix together with fresh pasta and rocket. Enjoy with someone special and a bottle of Cloudy Bay Riesling - perfect!

£22.50 when you buy 2 or more, £27.50 single as part of your mixed case of 6 bottles or more.  

Wine of the week - Domaine Durieu, Plan de DieuDate published: 04/04/13

Domaine Durieu, Plan de Dieu, 2010, Rhone, France

The region Plan de Dieu is a small appellation in the centre of Southern Rohne, between the more famous Chateauneuf-de-Pape and Gigondas, originally cultivated in the middle ages. This appellation is increasingly growing in reputation, and given the proximity with the other more renowned wine producing regions, it is now a synonym for excellent value-for-money.

The producer Domaine Durieu exists since 1976 and some of the vine have been planted way before the Second World War. Up until few years ago the winery was producing few bottles to sell to the public and was mainly concentrating on grape production to sell out to other domains. It was only few years ago when the newest generation took over the family business and with a brand new attitude towards wine production the Durieu brothers (both less than 35 years of age) are doing a splendid job with the family heritage!

The wine The mentality behind the Durieu brothers' wine production is to combine tradition with modern research in order to produce clean and elegant wines with great personality. Plan de Dieu is more than a simple Cotes-du-Rhone. It is in fact complex, intense and spicy. The 70% Grenache provides a structural backbone of warm bright red, jammy and fruity uplift to the tannic and spicy character of the other grapes in the blend (Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan).

Drink now or within the next 3 to 5 years, with rustic French or British cuisine.

Did you know... Plan de Dieu is a relatively young appellation. It was in fact created just in 2005 form an area previously classified as Cotes-du-Rhone-Villages.

 

Save £ 4 when you buy 2 or more bottles: ONLY £8.99 (normally £ 10.99)  

WINE QUOTEDate published: 04/04/13

'Wine is one of the most civilaised things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing'

 

Ernest Hemingway

NEW for this SPRINGDate published: 04/04/13

Even though it does not seem like Spring is knocking at our doors yet, we want to introduce to you our special picks for the upcoming season.

Available in store and online we have a plethora of fresh and fruity Sauvignon Blancs, Pito Grigios and all sort of styles of Chardonnais. Alongside the whites we also present our revamped red wines Spring selection, including lushouse blends, poweful Malbecs, soft Merlots, volouptuose Riojas and much much more!

Several other importatnt dates to write down are:

5th - 11th April Wines of Spain

12th - 18th April Wines of South Africa

17th April Wordl Malbec Day

19th - 22nd April Wines of Portugal

During the above dates plenty of extraordinary wines will be open and available to try dayly on our tasting counter. Do not miss the chance to discover some precious enology jewels and our friendly and expert staff will talk you through the beauty of these treasures in a bottle!

Fine wine Friday - 6th AprilDate published: 30/03/13

Fine Wine Friday 6th April

Cloudy Bay Riesling, 2007, Marlborough, New Zealand

Cloudy bay have taken a classic grape and turned it into one of their iconic wines. This off-dry Alsacian style of Riesling really is a treat. Although Cloudy Bay is arguably most famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, it really should not be forgotten that the winery also produce some fantastic quality wines from other grape varieties.

Riesling in this style is aromatic and bursting with lush tropical fruit and a twist of citrus, whilst a layer of minerality adds elegance to this wine. Floral characteristics including honeysuckle dance playfully around the glass proving why Cloudy Bay deserves its cult-like status.

Riesling grapes require a lot of attention in the growing stage. Perfect grapes are needed to create a wine such as this with complexity and fruit, Cloudy Bay tend to their Riesling vines by hand to ensure a good crop. The 2007 was an exceptionally small harvest due to only the best grapes being used and very little is ever exported out of New Zealand!

Cloudy Bay Riesling is a versatile wine when it comes to food. Aromatic wines make a great match with a little spice.

Food match:

Fry up garlic and red chilli in a little oil. Add fresh prawns and a splash of white wine and fry until cooked. Mix together with fresh pasta and rocket. Enjoy with someone special and a bottle of Cloudy Bay Riesling - perfect!

£22.50 when you buy 2 or more, £27.50 single as part of your mixed case of 6 bottles or more.

Pop in on Friday 6th April to taste this classic wine!  

Wine Forecasts - New Zealand, excellence for 2013Date published: 30/03/13

After a disappointing 2012 with 18% decrease in crops in comparison to the year before and massive overall challenges aimed to maintain a premium price point, there is still hope.

A very hot summer has offered the perfect environment for grape production and consequently a very succesful 2013 vintage. In addition autumn's warm days and cooler nights will be also extremely beneficial throughout all New Zealand regions, the cherry on the cake.

The harvest is already under way in the northern regions, it will shortly end in early May and the resulting wines will absolutely deliver all the characteristics flavours of their region.

It shouldn't be too long then before we can taste these memorable wines.

I am very much looking forward to it ... and you?

White Wine of the WeekDate published: 30/03/13

Rueda Blanco 2011, Marqués de Riscal, SPAIN From the eminent Rioja producer Marqués de Riscal, this is an intriguing white from the Verdejo grape. For a long time the sleeping beauty of the Rueda region, Verdejo is now increasingly popular in Spain. A light, delicate white wine with an intensely aromatic bouquet and bursting with fruit on the palate. Well balanced with crisp acidity and a fresh finish. Perfect with seafood or salads.

£8.11 - Buy Any 2 Spanish Wines Save 20% - £6.49

Red Wine of the Week.Date published: 30/03/13

Jordan Cabernet Merlot 2010, Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA

Ted and Sheelagh Jordan took over their spectacular 146-hectare Stellenbosch estate in 1982, and set about replanting it with international grape varieties. Now run by their son Gary and his wife, Kathy, who built the new winery, developing the modern Jordan range. A bright, juicy and straightforward wine, offering a mixture of jammy red and black berry fruit, with subtle notes of menthol and cocoa. Soft, middleweight tannins make for an easy-going feel. Ideal partner for a meaty lasagne.

£9.99 - Buy 2 South African Wines Save 20% - £7.99

WIne QuoteDate published: 29/03/13

Robert Louis Stevenson

“Wine is bottled poetry.”  

Matt's Easter PickDate published: 29/03/13

Kanonkop Pinotage 2010, Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA Kanonkop is undoubtedly one of the top estates in South Africa and their highly sought after Pinotage shows this South African variety, a crossing between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, at its best. Full-bodied and concentrated with lashings of spicy oak integrated seamlessly in with the ripe fruits, red and black berries, raspberry, plum and hints of banana. Whilst drinking well now, this wine will benefit from a few years of bottle age. Pinotage is a good match for stews or barbecued meat.

£25 - Buy 2 South African Wines Save 20% - £19.99

Valdemar 1998 - 5 Litre BottleDate published: 29/03/13

This bottle is enormous.......

A limited edition wine which is no longer made, composed of 50% Tempranillo and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, creating a style that will appeal to lovers of mature claret and Rioja fans alike, having been aged in oak and cellared in optimum conditions at the bodega. Tight-knit, dense black fruit meets powerful tannin and toasty oak notes. Aged in a large format bottle, this wine is evolving slowly and has many, many years of life ahead of it. This wine has been cellared under perfect conditions, but as with all fully mature wines, uncork and serve with care to show the wine at its best.

£75

BACK IN STOCK - Elysium Black MuscatDate published: 29/03/13

The turn of the new year inevitably sees our dessert wine section go off the radar, people pay very little attention to this small jewel tucked in the corner, and it's a real shame. There are some superb wines to be had, and these can be enjoyed at anytime during the year.

Here at Majestic Muswell Hill we are delighted to see the return of a staff favourite, the Elysium Black Muscat, guaranteed to brighten your day.

Elysium Black Muscat, Andrew Quady, Half bottle, CALIFORNIA Black Muscat, an under-appreciated Muscat variety, one of the very few black-skinned Muscats. Elysium is Greek for Heaven, a fitting association for this excellent wine made by Andrew Quady. Virtually black in colour, with a rose-like aroma, very intense on the palate and full of fantastic rich velvety fruit. One of the few wines that can stand up to chocolate puddings. Or try it poured over ice cream for the ultimate after-dinner treat!

£12.49 - Buy 2 bottles Save £5 - £9.99

Montes Folly.Date published: 29/03/13

I had the good fortune to try this delicious wine at a tasting recently and I have to admit it truly is fantastic.

Chile's first super-premium Syrah, Folly is grown in the Finca de Apalta vineyard, which lies on a slope exceeding 45º. The difficult terrain and mature vines keep yields low, while the altitude and sun exposure produce a quality of fruit rarely achievable elsewhere, further boosted by intensive hand-sorting. Showing a deep and vivid purple colour, the wine offers a velvety backdrop of dense black fruit,  overlayed with chocolate, toast, vanilla and tobacco leaf.

£40 a bottle

Isabel and her dog....Point. A fictional tale.Date published: 29/03/13

Isabel lived with her husband Ned in their quaint Black Cottage in the mesmerising New Zealand countryside. Their estate was nothing if not picturesque, nestled quietly in Spy Valley, with the awe-inspiring Mount Difficulty rising to the East, and the equally Majestic Peak, the Lawson Hill to the West. The cottage itself was situated on the banks of the Blind River, a meandering snake of water that flowed from the Craggy Ranges in the mountains to the ocean only a few kilometres away, where the River met the Bay of Oysters - named so due to the fact it had a lot of Oysters.

It was a beautiful monday morning in July, the Cloudy outlook over the Bay that had been ever present the previous few days had vanished leaving nothing but endless blue skies and a burning bright sun. The sun bounced off the River; glistening in the heat. Every year the River would take on an almost Gold-like appearance. It was this amazing River of Gold that had been stumbled upon Centuries ago by the first inhabitants, The Ata Rangi Tribe, who had then adoringly named the phenomenon 'Goldwater', as it was still known to this day.

Isabel, who was half Italian on her father's side, awoke to a somewhat unusual sound that day - the sound of silence. Normally she was rudely awakened by her loving dog, the hilariously-named Point, due to his long, endearing pointy nose. But today there was no sound. No barking, no yapping, no tail wagging, no begging, which both Ned and Isabel had grown accustomed to since they had saved Point from a local shelter a year earlier.

"Ned, wake up!" exclaimed Isabel, as she rocked Ned from his slumber.

"What is it my love?" came the voice from below the duvet.

"Ned, Ned, where is Point? I can't hear him," cried Isabel as she threw the duvet off herself and ran to the living room. She hoped Point was still asleep in his homemade basket made from special dried cereal, the Bran Cott. Arriving at the living room Isabel stopped and looked around, the silence bellowing from the room was deafening. Isabel struggled to think. Trying to come to terms with what was going on, Isabel noticed that a window had been left ajar overnight, and realising that Point must have jumped through the window she shrieked:

"Why Mea....?!" Isabel's Italian accent always came out when she raised her voice; "Why has this happened to me? I Dont understand, my beloved Dog, Point has run away!" she screeched.

Isabel and Ned dressed as quick as they could and ran to the spare room to wake up Isabel's cousin Maria, who was visiting from the States, where she owned a Villa in Montana.

Ready for the hunt, the triumvirate raced out the door.

There was no immediate sign of Point, but they hoped he hadn't gone too far. Knowing that Point was always happiest when he was swimming in the nearby River, they thought it best to go there first. Their Run down the Riverlands was cut short by one of their neighbours. A handsome young man named Jackson, who had been out on his morning run. Jackson was walking back to his home, after his exertions had given him a Stitch - and he needed some recovery time.

"Jackson, have you seen Point?" shouted Ned, as the 3 of them ran towards him, like a herd of escaped bulls - something you would more likely see in the streets of Pamplona than out in the New Zealand wilderness!

"No sorry." was his reply.

Not stopping for any further correspondence, Isabel, Ned, and Maria kept on running.

A Peregrine flew over.

The trio became anxious. A little further down the River they came came across another local, Clair, who was out walking her dog, ironically named Roaring Meg, due to her quiet, sheepish demeanour.

Seeing the herd running towards her she called out, "is something wrong Ned? Isabel what is it?"

"Point has gone, ran away, please you must help us, maybe Meg could help sniff her down," Isabel responded speedily.

Clair joined the group and the search continued.

"Lets check the palace" said Clair, "Im sure I saw a dog in the distance over there earlier, and the King owes me a Favour, maybe I could get him to send out a few search teams?"

It wasn't common for the King to hand out Favours, but Clair had taught the young monarch how to dance Salsa for the Jubilee event just weeks away; in the local tongue the event was affectionately known as the 'Pelorus Brut NV (Priced £14.99) Dance,' although nobody really knew why. Nevertheless, the King was eternally grateful to Clair.

"Great idea Clair, lets go." the three said almost simultaneously.

The heat was almost unbearable now and it had began to slow the search. Tired and upset, Isabel was starting to Wither in the Hills leading to the Palace.

Despite this, Ned was Fairleigh confident that they were on the right track and encouraged the group onward towards the King's Palace. Finally they had arrived.

Entering the Palace garden they became surrounded by the King's Thorns and other flowering delights. Approaching the door, the mob rang the door buzzer and spoke to Lin Dauer (the King's secretary).

"Hello Lin Dauer, it's Clair here - we must ask the King for a Favour immediately. My friend Isabel has lost her Dog, Point - can the King assist us in anyway whatsoever? She's terribly upset and is beginning to wonder Wither or not he's still alive. She loves that dog."

The King's secretary Lin Dauer failed to respond - there was an awkward, eery silence. The group began to wonder if they were welcome or not - was the King unwilling to help? At times, the King could be unpredictable. Then suddenly, the huge door to the Palace swung open and there was the King in all his glory - and right beside him, wagging his tail and twitching his huge, pointy nose, was Isabel's Dog, Point.

"Point! You're alive! You're safe!" Isabel cried.

Ned was relieved. Now he could go back to work on his boat, The Nautilus. "You really are a Saint, Clair for spotting Point in the Palace grounds." Clair blushed.

"How can we ever repay you your Highness? We must send you the most Prestigious of Parcels immediately," Isabel proclaimed.

The King smirked and replied regally: "Not a problem subjects, why you must pop in and have a glass of Argento Malbec."

How lovely the gang thought. But Isabel had other ideas. "Before that, I must call my Italian father, Coney Pizzicato, and tell him of the events here in New Zealand." They all laughed out loud and strolled into the King's Palace. Point the Dog yelped and wagged his tail. What a day it had been.

The above story is a fictional text, with the intention of highlighting our diverse New Zealand range! How many of our wines can you spot?!

Watch out for the red herring!

Why not come and explore our range for yourselves down at Majestic Muswell Hill.

Thanks for reading!

WINE QUOTEDate published: 29/03/13

"My only regret in life is that I did not drink more champagne."

John Maynard Keynes

NEW - Chateau Saint Georges, 2007Date published: 29/03/13

Château Saint Georges 2007, St-Emilion, BORDEAUX A Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc blend. Located just to the north of St-Emilion, the satellite appellation around the hamlet of St-Georges produces wines in a similar style. This château is the leading local producer, with a 50-hectare estate on the area's south-facing slopes. This wine's pedigree is immediately apparent on the nose, which offers up ripe blackberry, cigar box and graphite aromas in abundance. The palate is satisfyingly dense and well structured. Best served with traditional French casseroles such as coq au vin.

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.

Good Spanish OffersDate published: 27/03/13

At the moment our Spanish wine is 20% off when you buy 2 or more, so a good time to suggest a couple of good wines to pick up whilst they're on offer.

Muga Blanco - White Rioja might not be the first thing you think of when talking about Spanish wine, but this is a cracking wine, with plenty of complexity from a top class spanish producer. £8.99 on offer

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva - A great value Gran Reserva, lots of dark fruit with a smooth finish full of the classic Rioja notes of vanilla and sweet spice. £7.99 on offer

Caixas Albarino, Martin Codax - A wonderfully refreshing white wine from a really good producer, this Albarino has crisp fruit flavours and a clean, enjoyable finish. £6.99 on offer

Vina Ardanza Reserva 2004 - A top quality Rioja. Intense dark fruit flavours are perfectly balanced with sweet, oaky notes with a lengthy, pleasing finish. One of our personal favourites here at Muswell Hill, and good value on the deal at £17.99.

#comeandexplore

 

 

Wine of the WeekDate published: 23/03/13

Peter Lehman Shiraz,

Peter Lehmann, known as the 'Baron of Barossa' selects this classic Shiraz from some of the best vineyards in the region. The wine is aged in French and American oak for 12 months before bottling.

Made from the Shiraz and Viognier grape creating a robust and generous wine, with flavours of plum, dark chocolate, blackcurrant and bramble fruit which makes it full bodied and rich. A classic Australia Shiraz.

A great partner for beef and richly flavoured, peppery meat dishes. Drink this over the next couple of years for maximum pleasure.

£7.99 Multibuy price

£10.49  Single bottle price

Minimum purchase 6 bottles or wine, Champagne and/or spirits, any mix  

AMAZING CHAMPAGNE DEALDate published: 21/03/13

Like partying?

Like Champagne?

LIke to impress friends and family without spending a fortune?

Then we have got the perfect bubbles for you!

Only for a limited period Canard Duchene Champagne is at only £ 18.00 (normally £28.00). An incredible chance to get excellent value for this fabulose and well-respected Champagne. Clean and fruity in style, with baked-bread and bruised-apple notes, fresh and easy drinking, this wine is the ideal companion for your early spring barbecue (for those who dare) and obviously the perfect drink for your upcoming Easter celebrations.

So do not miss this opportunity. Jump in your cars, rush to the phones or run to your computers so you can get this great Champagne at an awesome price in store, via telephone order and online.

We will be waiting for you with plenty of stock available at your Majestic Muswell HIll!

Cheese on a stick?Date published: 20/03/13

Seemingly unrelated to wine, but if you come along to our wine course on Sunday 24th March at 3.30pm here in store, you will get a great introduction to wine, how its made, some varying styles and why they differ, and food and wine matching (hence the cheese!) If you're planning a dinner party or just curious to learn more about the wonderful world of wine and basic principles of food and wine matching, its an interesting, fun way to learn.

You better hurry though, there's only a couple of spaces left!

If you're interested give us a call on 02084446888, or email us at mus@majestic.co.uk

Chateau Gloria, 2007, St. JulienDate published: 17/03/13

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

Château Gloria was created by Henri Martin over a number of years, by purchasing vineyard plots exclusively from grand cru properties, and the cellars from Château Saint-Pierre, creating a new estate possessing all the characteristics of an established Bordeaux property. A smoky, evolved and savoury nose with suggestions of forest mushrooms and charcuterie against a background of red berry fruit. Nicely balanced tannins, medium body and a silky finish. Fully mature and ready to drink.

£27

Try some Pinotage....!Date published: 16/03/13

Barista Pinotage- NOW £6.99 when buying any two South African wines

This a modern offering by winemaker Bertus Fourie, who has concentrated on drawing out the coffee-like aromas from this South African grape.

It has an intense nose of coffee, chocolate and cherry. The tannis are ripe and have a full bodied flavour of plum and mulberry fruit.

Kanonkop Pinotage - NOW £19.99 when buying any two South African wines

Kanonkop is one of South Africa's top estates. This wine is full bodied and concentrated with lashings of spicy oak which is integrated immensely well with the ripe fruit flavours of red and black berries.

A great match for barbecued meat.

Fancy learning more about wine?Date published: 16/03/13

Impress your friends and relatives this easter by attending one of our wine courses in store!  We offer FREE 1.5/2 hour courses covering the basics in wine tasting, wine production and food and wine matches. 

If you always look at people swirling and sniffing wine in restaurants and wonder why, or when handed a little to try are unsure what you are looking for perhaps this course is just what you need.  Equally perhaps you are just interesting in learning something new.  The team at Majestic are all fully trained and are passionate about sharing our wine knowledge and experience with you.

The course consists of a sparkling wine aperitif, 3 whites, a Champagne, 3 reds finishing with the food and wine matches. 

If you fancy coming along, feel free to bring a friend or 2, send us an email to mus@majestic.co.uk or call us on 02084446888.  We ask for a £5 deposit per person (which we refund on the night) which can be taken over the phone.

Dates and times:

Wed 20th March @ 19.00

Sun 24th March @ 15.30

Sun 28th April @ 16.00

Sun 28th May @ 16.00

Oeil de Perdrix - JUST £15Date published: 15/03/13

Oeil de Perdrix Rose Champagne

Only £15.00 a bottle

A lovely soft pink, deliciously fruity and delicate Champagne.

But hurry offer ends soon.

NEW - In StockDate published: 15/03/13

Château Haut-Vignoble Seguin, 1999, St-Estèphe At only 3 hectares, this is a very small property whose wines are made at the neighbouring Château Beau Site, which is owned by the same family. The blend is around 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, and comes from various parcels of established vines, many aged over 25 years. A deep ruby core, embellished with hints of mahogany. Mature aromas of black fruit, leather, spices and hints of undergrowth. An intense palate, structured by firm tannins and youthful acidity. Try this alongside a game pie.

£14.99 Buy 2 Save £4 - £12.99

Food and WineDate published: 15/03/13

For this week's food and wine match, I've been exploring a classic combination- roast lamb and Rioja! Having chosen a delicious looking leg of lamb, I needed a similarly impressive wine to match, and feel the Vina Ardanza 2001 is a perfect choice.

From a very popular and well known producer, the Vina Ardanza wines have an excellent reputation, which this one definitely lives up to. 2004 was a good vintage in Spain, and the Ardanza is a perfect example of this. This wine has both primary and secondary characteristics, with the black fruit flavours combining with leather and spice to a produce very enjoyably long finish. This well structured wine is drinking excellently now, but can also be enjoyed over the next decade.

This is an excellent example of a Rioja Reserva from a good vintage. For me, it has everything- the fruit flavours, toasty aromas, and a delicious finish! This wine is a perfect match for a roast dinner, and worked brillianty with my roast lamb. The flavours from the Rioja and the lamb really compliment each other.

The Vina Ardanza 2004 is a fantastic wine, excellent both by itself and with food- especially roast lamb!

Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2004 - £18.00 if you buy 2 or more bottles

Argentina + Malbec = A winning combinationDate published: 15/03/13

For many, Argentina may not be a country associated with quality wine. In actual fact the country is the 5th largest producer of wine in the world. Unsuprisingly the Argentinian wine industry has its roots in Spain. During the Spanish colonization of the Americas, vine cuttings were brought to Santiago del Estero in 1557, and the cultivation of the grape and wine production stretched first to neighboring regions, and then to other parts of the country.

Historically Argentine wine makers were more interested in quantity than quality, however this attitude is changing and we are seeing more and more quality and fine wines from Argentina hitting the UK market.

The most important wine regions of the country are located in the provinces of Mendoza, San Juan and La Rioja. Salta. The Mendoza province produces more than 60% of the Argentine wine.

Due to the high altitude and low humidity of the main wine producing regions, Argentine vineyards rarely face the problems of insects, fungi, molds and other grape diseases that affect vineyards in other countries.

The 'Malbec' grape variety has become synonomous with Argentinian wine production. Malbec has it's roots in France, most notably Cahors and it is also a permitted grape variety in Bordeaux. Due to the terrior of Argentina the malbec grape has a totally different style to that of a French Malbec. Expect a wine deep purple in colour, full bodied, smooth and rich with flavours of blackberies, blackcurrant, vanilla. The wines can be quite tanic but this makes them ideal for Argentina's national dish of steak.

Steak and malbec really is a match made in heaven and I encourage you to try it at your earliest possible convienience.

WHY NOT TRY.

Alamos Malbec - £8.99 Buy 2 Save £4 - £6.99

Vinalba Malbec - £11.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £2 - £9.99

Lunta Malbec - £12.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £6 - £9.99

Majestic Wine - CommercialDate published: 15/03/13

Do you own or manage a business in the North London area? Are you fed up with the long labour intensive journey to the Cash N' Carry every week? Perhaps you're not entirely sure what wines you should be selling to your customers?

If any of the above ring true, then Majestic Wine Muswell Hill are here to help! Whatever your requirements, we are experienced in looking after on-trade and off-trade customers alike. We provide a dedicated service to business customers with exclusive trade-only wines at extremely competitive prices. We are able to help you select a wine list that is right for your customer base and we can provide FREE delivery 7 days a week so you'll never run out of your bestselling bottles!

Interested? Simply contact us using any of the following methods:

Telephone: 020 8444 6888

WIne Quote of the DayDate published: 15/03/13

"Wine is the most civilized thing in the world."

Ernest Hemmingway

Wine of the week - Muga reservaDate published: 13/03/13

Wine of the Week

Muga Reserva 2008

Muga is one of the most traditional Rioja producing families in Spain. Founded in 1932 in Haro, Rioja Alta, Muga is still family run and now run by three brothers. Jorge Muga is the winemaker of the trio, his attention to detail and passion produce a range of Riojas which the team in Muswell Hill agree are some of our favourite Spanish reds.

After tricky harvest conditions in 2008, Muga made the decision not to make any Gran Reserva Rioja that year. This hugely benefitted our chosen wine of the week because the decision meant that all the best fruit went straight into their Reserva wines.

Blackberry fruit, pencil lead and a sweet spice combine with well integrated tannins and a lengthy finish creating a beautiful wine begging to be enjoyed. Best decanted and served with roast lamb.

£13.99 when you buy two or more. £17.49 when bought as just one in your mixed case.

 

Mothers day 11th MarchDate published: 06/03/13

So its that time again to say a big I LOVE YOU to our lovely mothers, grandmothers, mothers to be... 

Here is a little inspiration for that all important present, or just for a morning glass of bubbly with breakfast before a day of relaxation!

For a Champagne breakfast: Oeil de Perdrix Champagne, a little treasure, a touch of pink and ever so elegant.  Filled with red berry fruits and delicate bubbles this is a bargain for £15 a bottle - get some whilst stocks last!

Remember we offer free delivery, a case of wine delivered to your Mum on 6 bottles over £40.  Perhaps this little mix would go down a treat:

2 bottles of Treviso Prosecco £7.99 each (A light Italian sparkling, full of pear drops and zestiness, perfect aperitif)

2 bottles of Ned Sauvignon Blanc £7.49 a bottle when you buy 2+ (Fruit forward and mouth wateringly good.  Bursting with gooseberry and elderflower)

2 bottles of Belleruche Cotes Du Rhone £8.99 a bottle when you buy 2+ (rich and spicy, full bramble fruits with a hint of pepper)

Total = £48.94

Add a 6 bottle gift box for £4!

Remember if you pop into store or give us a call a member of the team can tailor make your gift so its perfect.  Cheers!

 

YalumbaDate published: 03/03/13

Last week a few lucky Majestic staff attended a tasting with the lovely Jane Ferrari of Yalumba.  Jane is a wine maker by trade but has the exciting job of travelling around the world and speading the word on Yalumba wines.  She stopped off in London with a facinating historical backgroud to the winery, and the Barossa valley, Australia. 

Yalumba was founded in 1849 by an Englishman named Samuel Smith who struck gold in a gold rush and decided to start up his own winery producing a range of products and eventually became focussed on wine.  Yalumba is still family owned to this day and are proud to say are the oldest family owned winery in Australia.

We tried several wines in our range and though it would be nice to share our thoughts:

Heggies Chardonnay, Eden Valley.

Heggies is made in a more Burgundian style than most Australian Chardonnay.  Ripe apple and pear characteristics are teamed with delicate oak producing a toasy characteristic allowing the wine to finish with a creamy deliciousness. £15.99 when you buy 2 +

Yalumba Y series Viogner, South Australia

Viogner is an aromatic grape is is fairly rare.  It came across to Australia from the Rhone valley in France.  Ripe peach and apricot dance across you're senses as you sip this elegant Viogner.  £9.99 when you buy 2+

Yalumba Eden Valley Viogner,

Honeysuckle and orange oil add complexity to this Viogner.  The typical peach and apricot characteristics are evident too but enhanced by the use of 60% barrel fermented fruit. £14.99

Yalumba Virgilius Viogner, Eden Valley

A beautifully complex and aromatic nectar.  A wonderful arrangement of fruit and honeysuckle lingering on long after the last sip.  Well worth a try. £25.00

Yalumba bush vine Grenache, Barossa valley

With a hint of spice, dark bramble berries and rich juicy plums.  Fairly heavy bodied yet smooth and scrumptious.  Try with BBQ ribs or steak. £13.99

Follow Jane for Yalumba exclusives on twitter: @Barossasaint

Fine Wine Weekend!Date published: 02/03/13

Ridge Lytton Springs, 2009, Dry Creek Valley

The first Zinfandel was produced in 1964, as time passed the founding families inceased their vineyard sizes and working every minute of the day to create a wine, in their own words, of 'regional character and unprecedented intensity'.

Lytton Springs in Sonoma country became part of the Ridge estate in 1991. Although born in the early 60s, in the post-prohibition world of modern California, tradition and nature rule over technology in their approach to wine making. Keeping everything straightforward and concentrating on the quality of the grapes, the distinctive intensity and delicious flavour proving the approach worthwhile. It has received preaie from critics – perhaps the most well know is Robert Parker:

"The 2009 Lytton Springs is the biggest and most structured of these 2009 Zinfandel-based reds, largely owing to the earthier soils and the presence 23% Petite Sirah. Black fruit, plums, tar, licorice and smoke are some of the notes that flow from this generous, inviting red. The Lytton Springs is fairly structured, and can definitely benefit from another year or two (perhaps more) in bottle. The blend is 74% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah and 5% Carignane. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2029". 95 points. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.

£30  

Hello and welcome to Majestic spring ’13.Date published: 25/02/13

With January out of the way we want spring ’13 to be the season that you decide to try anything and everything new. Our motto is ‘come and explore’ and our aim is to help you do just that.

Over the next few months you’ll discover our best spring yet. There’s a lot of new and exciting wines to experience and we can help you find the best out there.

As always we have new tasting weeks for your diary and special tasting tutorials on four Saturdays in February and April. iF YOU WANT TO BOOK A PLACE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US VIA PHONE (0208 4446888) OR EMAIL US (mus@majestic.co.uk).

Other new features to watch out for in spring ’13 on Majestic social: my secret city, an Easter treasure hunt, new competitions, wine relief and guest posts from Majestic stores, all of which can be found on our amazing Majestic Blog (find the link on our website www.majestic.co.uk).

Our new look for spring ’13 is a fresh and natural pastel green, summing up the new beginnings of spring perfectly. Discover all that’s new across our social pages, on our updated official website and the Muswell Hill store web page .

........COME AND EXPLORE.......  

Red Nose Day is coming! Mark your calendar – Friday 15th March.Date published: 25/02/13

This year is extra special. Not only is it the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day but 2013 sees the return of Wine Relief.

Set up by Jancis Robinson and her husband, Wine Relief is part of Comic Relief and takes place every two years. Since its launch in 1999 over £4 million has been raised, helping change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa.

At Majestic we have selected twelve wines which make up our Wine Relief case. Between Tuesday 5th February and Monday 18th March we’re donating 10% of the retail price of each bottle sold to Comic Relief.

Mix a few favourites as part of your mixed case in-store or online or pick up the full Wine Relief case here.

So, join in the fun, enjoy a glass of wine and help raise money for Comic Relief!

All the Wine Relief wines can be found on our website:

Pouilly Vinzelles ‘En Paradis’ Louis Latour Domaine de l’Aigle Chardonnay Dr L Riesling Loosen Beringer Founders Chardonnay Chateau Caronne Ste-Gemme Lirac Domaine des Garrigues Chateau de Pennautier ‘Terroirs d’Altitude’ Domaine de l’Aigle Pinot Noir Bardolino ‘Naiano’ Allegrini BVC Cabernet Sauvignon Peter Lehmann Cape Mentelle Cabernet Merlot Testimonio Luigi Bosca 2010

Our Top 10 OffersDate published: 25/02/13

(10)

Côtes du Rhône 2009 E Guigal

This full-bodied wine offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savoury white pepper notes that make it a superb food wine.

(9)

Mont St Jean 2011 Corbières

Showing notes of damsons and blackberries on the nose, with subtle hints of garrigue herbs, which carry through on the palate. Full and fruity, with rounded tannins adding a supporting structure.

(8)

Rioja Reserva Casa del Comendador 2007 Lagunilla

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

(7)

Mâcon Villages 'Les Pierres Blanches' 2011 Cave de Lugny

This is a great value white Burgundy from one of the regions most reliable and well-reputed producers.

(6)

Ragged Point Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough

Typical Marlborough characters of gooseberry, nettle and hints of tomato leaf on the nose. Palate fruit is predominantly green apple and citrus with suggestions of melon, framed by tense acidity. Enjoy on its own or with fresh fruits de mer.

(5)

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough

A medley of intense ripe herbaceous characters on the nose, followed by rich gooseberry, lime and tropical fruit characteristics on the palate.

(4)

The Ned Black Label Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough

A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate reminiscent of a well crafted Sancerre.

(3)

Prosecco La Marca Treviso Extra Dry NV

Pale and elegant, with a subtly perfumed bouquet, and youthful pear, melon and citrus fruit characters.

(2)

Montaudon Brut NV Champagne

From a Champagne house established in 1891, named after the family who owned and ran the house for four consecutive generations until 2008. This is a blend of 45% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier, blended with 20% reserve wines.

(1)

Nicolas Feuillatte NV Champagne

A light and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples and pears. Has undergone 4 years cellar ageing.

 

 

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ENGLISH WINE INNOVATIONDate published: 24/02/13

Sussex vineyards have announced the planning of what they claim to be the 'new concept' of English wine making in 2016.

The Multi-Vintage concept would be, quite logically, a blend of the best wines over different vintages. Each wine will be selected according to several criterias, including aging potential, and then cellared in bottle at parial pressure on the lees untily t hey are ready to be blended and released on the markiet.

The general feeling is that of a pioneering project and a visionary and passionate step forward for the crafting of still wines and the very finest sparklings.

What is the result and what happens next? We need to be patient and wait a little bit longer...

WINE QUOTE OF THE DAYDate published: 24/02/13

Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup.

All wines should be tasted

 

- Paulo Coelho -

5 Things you didn't know about...PALEOETHNOBOTANYDate published: 24/02/13

Paleoethnobotany referes to the study of the botanical remains of grapes and wine residues found in archeological excavations. They are part of all those pieces of evidence that, put together, will build up a picture of the development of mankind's use and domestication of grapes. In simpler termes it is the archaeology of wine.

1) The botanical evidence consists of the ramains of vine leaves, berries, stems, seeds and sometimes roots. The most commonly found are pips because they easily become charred at the time of deposition. They may be preserved in damp conditions and wet soils. Sometimes they may even mineralise or fossilise if they are burried in a souil with a high concentration of calcium.

2) Occasionally, complete fruits survive in charred form, as for when grapes were thrown on to a funeral pyre as part of the religous ruitual (like in Athens and Salamis).

3) Finds of roots and burnt fruit stalks can indicate domestication of vines (Sitagroi and Myrtos, Greece). Domestic vine leaves were not only baked in pots and used as a nutritive resource, in the Bronze Age they were also used on clay sealings for pots (like in Sparta).

4) Officially the domestication of grapes seem to have first taken place around 4000 b.C. in the region between the Black and Caspian seas. These grapevines provided fresh fruits, dry raisins, sultanas and currents according to the vine variety. The were also the souce of grape juice, vinegar, wine and light salad oils obtained by crushing the pips.

5) In 2003 scientists at the Botanical Garden of Geneva, Switzerland, were able to analyse for the first time by DNA profiling a tiny amount of DNA from waterlogged and charred grape pips, found in archaeological sites in France and Hungary. These results could not be matched to any modern cultivar, but they could be assigned to their most likely geographic origin and design an historical map of the distribution of VitisVinifera.

5 you didn't know about...OXYGENDate published: 23/02/13

Oxygen is colourless, odourless and tasteless and yet it makes up nearly 21% of the atmosphere and its role is crucial for winemaking. Let's find out a bit more.

 

1) When the wine is deliberately exposed to oxygen during maturation and at different stages of wine making, it is known oxidative-wine-making. It encourages certain reactions and achieve a particular style of wine, such Oloroso Sherries.

2) A small amount is required during the crushing of the grapes for the multiplication of yeasts that will conduct alcoholic fermentation.

3) Carbon dioxide is frequently used to prevent the action of oxygen and its effect on the resulting wine; it is therefore commonly used as antioxidant and also antispetic

4) The interaction betweer red wine and oxygen is often beneficial. It stabilises colour, softens tannins and intensifies flavours, secondary flavours in particular.

5) Once a bottle has been opened it is recommended to re-seal it as efficiently as possible to prevent oxygen getting in touch with the wine. Some of the most common ways of doing so are vacuum seal and stoppers (available in store)

Calories and Labels...Date published: 22/02/13

The drinks industry and several ministers are now discussing the possibility of including 'calorie-count' on labels of beers, wines and spirits as a response and a remedy to the rise of obesity levels in the Uk.

Health minister Anna Soubury states 'The governament is committed to improving the labeling of alcoholic drinks, which would help make people more aware of how much alcohol they are drinking, what the risks and guidelines are'.

There might also be a chance the European Commission could suggest mandatory calorie information on alcoholic drink labels, starting from two years from now.

As consumers, what is your take on the issue?

Tyrrels Tortillas & Chips - New Flavours In!Date published: 22/02/13

Behold snakers andb crisps lovers...

Awesome new Tyrrels flavours have arrived in store:

Naked (no salt)

Sour Cream and Roasted Garlic

Sea Salt and Cider Vinegar

Honey roast Ham and Cranberry

Furrows Sea Salt and Vinegar

Furrows Mature Cheddar Cheese and Pickled Onion

Not only do Tyrrells make fantastic crisps they also make wonderful tortilla chips, available in store.

Thay are available in three flavours:

Rather Hot English Chillies

Glastonbury Chedder and Caramalised Onion

Somerset Sour Cream

They taste great so why not come and give them a try for only £1.99 a pack and it counts for one of your five-a-day!

5 Things you didn't know about...NUMBERS AND WINEDate published: 22/02/13

Numbers and wine, a combination that has been gaining increasing importance as wine making is becoming more scientifc. If until the 70s the only numbers appearing on a bottle were those of the vintage and the alcoholic percentage, nowadays wine related numbers are a symbol of identification and consumer informations.

1) The evaluation process starts in the vineyard where scoring is used to assess the suitability for producing good quality wine grapes. The most famous system is the one used in the Portuguese Duoro valley. Vineyards are allocated points (1.680 maximun and 3.340 minimum) taking into account yelds, soil type, mesoclimate, vineyard maitenance, grape composition and vine age.

2) Wine scoring on the other hand is the increasing tendency of wine writers to award scores, and eventually prizes, to individual wines. The system has consequelty improved the market, especially for the fine wine trade, collectors and investments overall, but most importantly empowerd consumers.

3) There are two main reasons why scoring is applied: the first one is because a number is precise, for instance number 3 will have the same meaning for everyone whereas words can be interpreted differently. Second, numbers combine easily; for example we can obtain an average numerical measure by combinig all the values given by different tasters.

4) One of the main problems of scoring however is the subjective character of wiens. The difficulty in reproducing the exact same wine every vintage does not undermine the usefulness of such numerical measures, it only means one has to be more careful in using them.

5) Only a careful design of tasting, accompanied by a rigorous analysis of the results, can produce judgments of real value. Nevertheless much of the joy of wine comes form its enormous variety combined with personal taste. Numbers will never destroy the endulging pleasure of a well deserved glass of wine!

Fine Wine of the weekendDate published: 16/02/13

Happy weekend everyone!  To celebrate the fact you aren't at work and that we are in the middle of a New Zealand tasting week it was only right that we should open a bottle of the most famous Sauvignon Blanc - thats right - its time to bring out the Cloudy Bay!

Cloudy Bay is the original benchmark for NZ Sauvignons to aim for, it still oozes with quality and class.  Its been suggested that it is the 'quintessential expression'  of the Marlborough wine region.

The grapes are sourced from high quality vineyards i in the Rapaura, Fairhall, Renwick and Brancott sub-regios of the Wairau valley.  A small amount of the wine goes through a quick barrel fermentation which adds depth and body to the wine balancing the fresh, crisp acidity which is natural in Sauvignon Blanc.

 

£25 or £20 when you buy any 2 Cloudy bay wines.

Tasting? Drinking? Whats the difference?Date published: 15/02/13

When you taste wine, as we often explain to customers, friends, family anyone who will listen, it is not the same as drinking it.  It does not logically fall that a fantastic wine in tasting is automatically a favourite wine for drinking - and vice versa.  Tasting is analysing, thinking about all the components in the wine starting with the appearance in the glass and ending with the length of time you can still taste the wine after a sip.  Is the wine balanced, think about each factor; acidity, sweetness, alcohol, tannin, flavour, body, length.  A great wine will make it hard for one of these to scream out at you, the wine is well made and well balanced.  Drinking is enjoying.  You can simply say 'I like this wine' or 'I don't like this wine'. Tasting determines the quality of the wine but drinking shows us the reality, how much enjoyment you get out of each mouthful. Does is make you wish you had bought that second bottle, make you get our your smart phone and take a photo of the label, if so you have found a winner! The beauty of wine tasting and wine drinking for that matter, is that everybody is different.  We all taste, smell and enjoy slightly different things.  Don't let anyone tell you what you like, decide for yourself, trial and error, its all part of the fun!  (Unless its Chardonnay, in which case, controversially, I won't hear a word against it - you just haven't tried an amazing one yet!)

TESTIMONIO BY LUIGI BOSCADate published: 14/02/13

This effort from Luigi Bosca is made from Cabernet, Shiraz and Tannat (50/35/15%) and offers up something stylish, different and interesting from Argentina.

Luigi Bosca are one of the oldest producers in Argentina. They are noted specialists in making high quality blends that go particularly well with food.

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.

At £10.99 this wine looks very good value.

NEW - HUNAWIHR WINESDate published: 14/02/13

Cave de Hunawihr is a cooperative comprising 110 members covering just 200ha of vines. La Revue du Vin de France have ranked them as the best cooperative in Alsace and the third best in all France. They describe themselves as "a human size company" with an unswerving focus on quality. They make wines only from their own grapes using responsible, sustainable methods. We're taking four classic Alsace varieties from them, all of which demonstrate lovely varietal purity, interest and concentration.

Available in Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Riesling varieties.

All priced £9.99 - Buy 2 Bottles (of the same wine) Save £4 - £7.99

VenetoDate published: 13/02/13

The Veneto region is based in North-East Italy around the city of Venice. It is both Italy's largest wine-producing region, and the country's biggest producer of DOC wines. (A classification system which defines the geographical area, permitted grape varieties and minimum alcohol level) As a region it produces 2 of Italy's best-known exports, Soave and Valpolicella, with the majority of its vineyards situated amongst the foothills of the Dolomites from Lake Garda in the west to the River Piave in the North-East.

Valpolicella - The principal grape in this wine is Corvina. Basic Valpolicella's tend to be light and fruity and match light game and charcuterie well. Some of the better quality producers use Italy's passito tradition which involves using a portion of dried grapes to add intensity to the wines, such as in Amarone della Valpolicella.

Now why not try:

Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2010, La Casetta - A beautiful deep ruby hue and lots of almost confected cherry, plum and berry fruits complemented by vanilla hints. Fine and rounded, a velvety smooth palate bursting with intense and complex flavours.

£12.99 when you buy 2 (£15.99 single bottle price)

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-13050

Soave - This is Italy's most important white wine as far as quantity is concerned. Consequently it has had a tradition of neutral flavours. In recent years however, producers have upped their game and there are now some exciting and vibrant examples coming out of this region to help improve its reputation.

One of these is:

Fattori Soave 2012 - A light, fresh wine dominated by citrus and crisp apple aromas. On the palate it has pleasing peach flavours and a good minerality. Perfect to enjoy on its own or with pasta alle vongole, whilst you try to forget the horrible weather outside!

£6.99 when you buy 2 (£8.99 single bottle price)

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-13361

5 Things You Didn't Know About.......Madeira.Date published: 13/02/13

Madeira is Portuguese island situated in the Atlantic Ocean, 75km from the coast of North Africa. Despite the volcanic beauty of the place, the island is more famous for its world know fortified wine named after its home town: Madeira.

 

  1. Like Port, Madeira seems to have started as an unfortified wine. Rumour has it that Madeira was the result of a fortunate accident; Funchal (the capital of the island) was, in the 16th century, a natural port for ships on their route to Africa, Asia and South America. In order to survive the long voyage without deteriorating, wines were fortified. In addition it was also discovered that wines travelling across the tropics tasted better than those matured on the island. To simulate those conditions and replicate the results, estufas and canteiros are used nowadays to heath up the wine artificially and provide the typical Madeira flavour.

  2. With the colonisation of North America, Madeira established an important export market on the east coast of the US. Madeira held such a high reputation that it was used to toast the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Madeira Club Savannah was the only one surviving prohibition and continue its production at full gear.

  3. Due to pests and systemic diseases such as Powdery Mildew and Phylloxera that destroyed the vast majority of vineyards, vines were replaced by sugar cane to sustain the economy of the island. The unfortunate consequence was the immediate decline of Madeira. The wine industry returned to normal levels of production at the beginning of the 20th century.

  4. Viticulture in Madeira is very difficult and, at this latitude, only possible because of the altitude. Here the mountains are constantly covered with clouds, which provide moisture in the warm oceanic air, which is forced to condensate.

  5. The quality of the even more basic Madeira has improved dramatically since the 90s. Inexpensive whites with a distinctive cork smell are now fresher and cleaner and finer wines are distinguished by their high- toned rancio aromas and searing acidity.

Wine Relief 2013Date published: 13/02/13

Wine Relief 2013

Wine Relief, set up by Jancis Robinson and her husband Nick Lander, is part of Comic Relief and takes place every two years. Since its launch in 1999, over £4 million has been raised – this money helps change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa.

Majestic will be supporting the campaign with twelve Wine Relief wines. Between Tuesday 5th February and Monday 18th March, on the wines below, Majestic will donate 10% of the retail price of each bottle sold to Comic Relief:

Caronne Ste-Gemme 2007 Pouilly Vinzelles ‘En Paradis’ Louis Latour 2011 Lirac Domaine des Garrigues 2011 Ch de Pennautier ‘Terroirs d’Altitude’ 2009 Domaine de l’Aigle Pinot Noir 2010 Domaine de l’Aigle Chardonnay 2011 Dr L Riesling Loosen 2011 Bardolino ‘Naiano’ Allegrini 2011 Beringer Founders Chardonnay 2010 BVC Cabernet Sauvignon Peter Lehmann 2010 Cape Mentelle Cabernet Merlot 2010 Testimonio Luigi Bosca 2010 Red Nose Day is Friday 15th March.

WINE QUOTE.Date published: 13/02/13

"When it comes to wine, I tell people to throw away the vintage charts and invest in a corkscrew. The best way to learn about wine is the drinking." ---Alexis Lichine

Valentines DayDate published: 09/02/13

The day both loved and hated by so many is near!  Valentines day, the 14h Feb, this coming thursday........

Don't rush around this year in a frantic hurry to find the perfect bubbles - pop into Majestic and buy our Oeil de Perdrix Rose Champagne. 

Beautifully elegant Champagne at an awesome price of £15 for a limited time.  With a delicate pink colour, bursting with fresh red fruits this Champagne will be both a perfect aperitif and a lovely choice with the main course, (I suggest oven roasted salmon, cooked with lemon juice and black pepper, served with salad and cous cous. hint hint.). 

We love this deal, and we hope you do too!

Shrove tuesday - 12th FebDate published: 08/02/13

For those of you who love any excuse to eat pancakes for dinner the day is almost upon us - shrove Tuesday is this coming Tuesday 12th Feb!  Here is a little wine and pancake inspiration to get you started!!

For a savoury treat:

A classic oozy cheese and ham pancake topped with chopped up sundried tomatos and black pepper calls out for a creamy chardonnay.  I suggest, since South Africa is currently on a rather attractive (if I do say so myself) 20% off deal, the Jordan Chardonnay at £11.99 a bottle when you buy at least 2 SA wines.  This Chardonnay is lovely and toasty, well rounded and creamy enough to stand up to the cheese and ham combo. 

For those with a sweet tooth:

Classic lemon and sugar, im open to suggestion, but i've yet to find something I enjoy more in a pancake (unless they are thick american style in which case bacon and maple syurp all the way..but for crepes..).  For the wine, this I think something a little off dry Riesling will match perfectly. Dr Loosen is a German wine with citrussy notes which will tingle the taste buds and enhance the flavours of the pancake and at £7.99 a great deal.  Dr Loosen is also part of our wine relief efforts, 10% of the retail price goes to Comic relief.

Feel free to share your pancake and wine matches with us in store on our twitter feed: @majesticmus

 

 

 

Fine Wine Friday!Date published: 01/02/13

Fine Wine Friday

Au Bon Climat 'Hildegard' 2008, Santa Maria Valley, California £26

This month the team in Muswell Hill decided to open something a little different, Au Bon Climat's 'hildegard' is certainly that. Produced by experienced and respected wine maker Jim Clendenen with all the elegance of the old world and creative flair of California. As big fans of his Chardonnay in Muswell Hill, this wine is a treat to try and share as our Fine Wine Friday choice.

Au Bon Climat means 'well exposed vineyard' and mainly produced Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in classical Burgundian styles. 'Hildegard' is an exception to this, although still using lesser known grapes, which do appear in Burgundy although relativly rarely used. This blend is made up of 55% Pinot Gris, 40% Pinot Blanc and 5% Aligote. On the nose apple and almonds mingle appealingly, reminding us of freshly baked cake. Having spent a little time maturing in French oak Hildegard has a creamy finish to match its smooth, melt in the mouth, texture. The team here agree, this is a complex wine with plenty of flavour and body produced from unusual grape varieties, but we are impressed and hope you are too!

If ever there was a time for our tag line its now;

#comeandexplore  

New arrivals for FeburaryDate published: 31/01/13

As the 1st Feb approaches swiftly and the end of your January detox is in sight perhaps its time to look and see what we have been up to in Majestic!  There have been plenty of new arrivals topping up our stock levels after the festive period, there is something for everyone!  Here are a couple of options to get you started...

If like me you love a good Chardonnay then the Jordan 'The Lemon Grove' Chardonnay is a great buy!  Produced in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa it if full, rounded and buttery.  Aged in a Burgundian style in French oak its bursting with toastiness with a fresh citrus zing caused by the oaked wine being blended with unoaked Chardonnay creating a beautifully balanced wine.  Try with roast chicken on sunday or fish pie mid week. A big hit with the Muswell Hill team.  £11.99 when you buy 2+ or £14.99 single bottle.

If you prefer a red then try Zorita Tempranillo, Spain.  Red berry fruits and a melt in the mouth vanillary oak combine to create a mellow red bursting with freshness.  Produced in a historic monastry vineyard estate which once boasted Columbus as a visitor this winery is laced in history.  Try for £7.99 when you buy 2+ or £9.99 single bottle.

Neither of these your cup of tea? Pop in and ask for a recommendation based on your likes and dislikes....try something new today

#comeandexplore

Bargain Hunt - Wine of the DayDate published: 27/01/13

Mount Pleasant 'Elizabeth' Semillon 2005, McWilliams, Hunter Valley AUSTRALIA One of the founders of winemaking in Hunter Valley, McWilliams are integral to the region and a specialist in the local unoaked Semillon. Winemaker Phil Ryan has made this wine since 1978, and is only the third McWilliams estate winemaker since its founding in 1921. Sherbety lemon, lime, passionfruit and hints of straw on the nose. Citrus-led on the palate too, with the classic honeysuckle note and waxy texture, adding roundness and body. Enjoy in its citrussy youth, or cellar for a couple of years to allow mellow, honeyed notes to develop.

£9.99 Buy 2 Bottles - £7.99

Bargain Hunt - Wine of the DayDate published: 25/01/13

Tabalí Reserva Especial Chardonnay 2011, Limarí Valley CHILE From one of Chile's most unique vineyard sites, located on a chalky river terrace just 12km from the Pacific coast, ideal for creation of coolclimate styles. This premium Chardonnay comes from the best parts of the vineyard and is oak-aged for 10 months. A lifted and complex nose of hazelnut and orange peel. Exhibits a creamy texture and distinct mineral grip on the palate, which overflows with fresh apple and citrus fruit. Match with creamy fish dish, such as monkfish in a butter and herb sauce.

£9.99 Buy 2 Bottles - £7.99

Bargain Hunt - Wine of the DayDate published: 24/01/13

Catalpa Chardonnay 2011, Atamisque, Mendoza ARGENTINA This wine has been named after the Catalpa tree which grows in the Atamisque estate. The grapes here are hand-harvested and the juice fermented in new French oak barrels. 30% of the wine is allowed to age in the oak for 10 months before reblending with the remainder. Delicate aromas of white apples and pineapple, with the oak ageing exerting a faint honey and vanilla influence. Smooth on the palate, with a fine balance between fresh citrus fruit and woody toast. Equally at home with turkey or trout.

£12.99 Buy 2 Bottles - £8.49

Bargain Hunt - Wine of the DayDate published: 23/01/13

McHenry Hohnen Cabernet Merlot 2011, Margaret River AUSTRALIA Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot The McHenrys and the Hohnens have been cultivating vines in Margaret River since the 1970s, and this classic Bordeaux-style blend offers the structure of a French wine but the concentration and fruit more typical of Australia. There are dark blackcurrant and black olive notes from the Cabernet with the plummy, brambly Merlot flavours softening the blend. The palate is tight and firm and the oak and tannins balance admirably. This a powerful wine, perfect for hearty winter dishes yet equally adept at complementing summer barbecues.

£11.24 Buy 2 Bottles - £8.99

10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT CHIANTIDate published: 22/01/13

Now on the third of our series about classic wine regions we are leaving France and heading accross the Alps to the stunningly beautiful Tuscany and in particular to Chianti located between Florence and Sienna.

1) Chianti was one of the first wine areas to be given a fundamental geographical delimitation in an edict issued by Grand Duke Cosimo di Medici in 1716 and included the townships of Radda, Gaiole and Castellina, which forms the heart of Chianti Classico today.

2) Since this time the area has expanded to include eight distinct districts Chianti Classico, Chianti Rufina, Chianti Montalbano, Chianti Colli Florentini, Chianti Montespertoli, Colli Senesi, Colline Pisane and Colli Aretini plus a large swathe of land on the outskirts whose wines are simply labelled Chianti.

3) Chianti Classico is by far the largest of the eight regions and it has been suggested that it could be subdivided along the lines of the communes of the Medoc. The wines from the South around Castelnuovo Berardegna are powerful, intense and long lived, those from Panzano are fine and elegant. San Casciano in the North West makes wines that are plump and mature early while the wines from Radda and Castellina are lighter and aromatic.

4) The grapes used to produce Chianti historically are Sangiovese, Canaiolo and two white grapes Trebbiano and Malavasia. Today there is no longer a requirement to add white grapes to the blend of Chianti Classico and up to 15% of non traditional grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah can be used.

5) Chianti Rufina was also included in Duke Cosimo's edict of 1716 under the name of Pomino and is now mostly under the ownership of the Frescobaldi family who have been prominent in Tuscany since the 13th century.

6) In 1975 the Antinori family, who have been involved in the Tuscan wine trade since 1385, launched Tignanello; a wine produced in Chianti but not under the rules governing Chianti production. While Sangiovese makes up the majority of the blend the remainder was made up of Cabernet Sauvignon which was not allowed at the time. The wine has gone on to become world famous and the Supertuscans were born.

7) Many estates in Tuscany in addition to producing Chianti will produce a Supertuscan, Olive Oil and Vin Santo.

8) Vin Santo is a sweet wine produced from Trebbiano, Malvasia and Sangiovese grapes that were traditionally dried in the rafters of the house. The grapes would be crushed after between two to six months drying depending on the desired sweetness of the final wine.

9) Vin Santo is aged oxidatively which gives the wine a dark amber colour. Due to the differences in drying time, ageing time and grape varierty used Vin Santo comes in a bewildering range of styles from ultra sweet to bone dry.

10) The symbol of the Chianti producers association is the Gallo Nero or Black Rooster and appears on many bottles of Chianti Classico.

Why not try:

San Leonino Chianti Classico £8.99 when you buy 2 or more

Chianti Rufina Nipozzano £13.99 when you buy 2 or more

Tignanello £70

Wine and English LiteratureDate published: 22/01/13

In a departure from our previous looks at wine regions and grape varieties today we are going to look at the drinking habits of the English through references to wine in the literature through the ages.

Geoffrey Chaucer, whose Father and Grandfather were both vintners, was the first giant of English Literature to mention wines in the 12th century. In 'The Merchant's Tale' the 60 year old knight drinks wine mixed with spice called 'ypocras, claree and vernage' (Hypocras, Claret and Vernaccia) to give courage in the bedroom and in 'The Pardonner's Tale' he specifically mentions the wines from the town of Lepe, which was notorious as a producer of wines for blending and is part of the modern Spanish DO of Condaldo de Huelva near Jerez.

Historically as the English ruled Aquitaine Bordeaux was the main supplier of wine and this continued long after the end of The Hundred Years War although many other wines are mentioned in the literature of the 15th and 16th centuries.

In Henry IV Shakespear's character Falstaff favours 'Sherris Sack' , which was fortified wine imported from Spain or the Canary Islands. The wines of 'Canary' were also called for by Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night suggesting that Bordeaux's hegemony was being challenged by Spain in the 16th century. This is further evidenced by Shakespear's less well known contemporary Robert Burton's mention of 'Alicant' (Alicante).

The 17th Century diarist Samuel Peyps makes numerous mentions of wine, including Canary and English Wine from vineyards around London, but is perhaps most notable for his mention of New French Claret particularly 'Ho Bryan' (Haut Brion). The revival of French Claret was in a due in a large part to the marketing efforts of the Pontac family, owners of Haut Brion, who opened London's first fashionable restaurant The Sign of the Pontac's Head.

Peyps also mentions Champagne as does the playwright Sir George Etheredge who notes that it is sparkling. This has been used as evidence that the first sparkling Champagnes were actually created in England. In addition to this records from the Royal Society show sparkling wine being produced in England in 1662; 6 years before Dom Perignon entered the Abbey at Hautvilliers.

In the 18th century the same wines still hold promenance. Claret is mentioned by Sheridan as is Champagne. Burgundy is mentioned and praised by David Garrick but roundly abused by Tobais Smollett as 'weak and thin'.

Burgundy's reputation grows significantly in the 19th century with Thackerey praising Beaune and Chambertin along with Claret, Sherry and Madeira. Robert Louis Stevenson and Henry James also both praise Burgundy in the latter half of the 19th century.

By the 20th century you can see the formulation of what today is still considered the core of any wine cellar today. Evelyn Waugh's 'Brideshead Revisited' mentions Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy (specifically Chambertin Clos de Beze), Sauternes (specifically Peyraguey) and Port.

Bargain Hunt - Wine of the DayDate published: 22/01/13

Crès Ricards Marsanne Roussanne 2011, PGI Pays d'Oc

The well-established Crès Ricards estate was acquired by Jean-Claude Mas in 2009, and has since become a centre for the creation of some of his premium cuvées. This wine is a Rhône-inspired white blend from vineyards in the Languedoc. An interesting wine with a blend of melon, pear, apple and citrus fruit, and nuances of honeysuckle and tarragon on the nose. Amply textured, with firm acidity and a long, dry finish. Great with a range of foods. Try with baked salmon or a generously herbseasoned pork loin.

6.66 multi-buy deal

(normally £9.99)

Bargain Hunt - Wine of the DayDate published: 22/01/13

Catalpa Chardonnay 2011, Atamisque

This wine has been named after the Catalpa tree which grows in the Atamisque estate. The grapes here are hand-harvested and the juice fermented in new French oak barrels. 30% of the wine is allowed to age in the oak for 10 months before reblending with the remainder. Delicate aromas of white apples and pineapple, with the oak ageing exerting a faint honey and vanilla influence. Smooth on the palate, with a fine balance between fresh citrus fruit and woody toast. Equally at home with turkey or trout.

£ 8.49 multi-buy deal

(normally £12.99)

Bargain Hunt - Wine of the DayDate published: 22/01/13

Mas des Mas Corbières 2011, Jean-Claude Mas

A classic Languedoc blend vinified with a view to preservation of the grapes' most youthful fruit characters. Only 25% of this wine is aged in oak, which lends a little complexity and structure, without over-softening the fruit. Dark purple in colour, with a rounded middleweight core of juicy fruitiness, and subtle notes of garrigue herbs. Has the potential to age for 5 or more years in bottle. At its best with herb-rich Mediterranean dishes, from a simple beef casserole to a fragrant lamb tagine.

£6.66 multy-buy deal

(normally £9.99)

10 Things you didn't know about BeaujolaisDate published: 21/01/13

Continuing our look at some of the classic regions of the world we are today looking at the often underappreciated, misunderstood and sometimes vilified region of Beaujolais.

1) The grape variety used is Gamay, which is barely grown anywhere else although there are some attempts to use Gamay in the New World most notably by the famous Australian producer Bass Phillip.

2) The wines are produced using Carbonic or Semi-Carbonic Maceration where fermantation begins turing the sugar in the grapes into alcohol before the grapes are crushed. Beaujolais is the most famous region using this type of winemaking but it is used elswhere notably for some high quality Carmenere in Chile.

3) The wines produced using this method are light, fruity with a refreshing zing of acidity.

4) The basic wines are labelled as Beaujolais and can be too light and flavourless; although very pleasent examples can be found. Better quality wines are labelled Beaujolais Villages. Wines at both these levels can improved by serving chilled, which emphasizes the fruit flavours.

5) The best wines of Beaujolais come from the 10 Crus which are from North to South St-Amour, Julienas, Chenas, Moulin a Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnie, Brouilly and Cote de Brouilly.

6) The soil in the Cru Villages is Granite and Schist and some limestone.

7) Each Cru has a distinct style and taste. Brouilly has a cleansing minerality, Morgon and Moulin a vent are more savoury and Burgundian in style, Regnie, Chiroubles and Fleurie are the prettiest and fruitiest wines.

8) Beaujolais Blanc is made from Chardonnay and tastes similar to the wines from around Macon in Burgundy to the North but can be fruitier and better value.

9) Georges Duboeuf controlls over 10% of the total production of Beaujolais wine and also loves trains. He has a huge model railway at his wine theme park Le Hameau Du Vin

10) The overall quality of Beaujolais is improving year on year with producers focusing on denser more characterful wines some of which, especially from Morgon and Moulint a Vent, are capable of improving with bottle age.

Why not try:

Beaujolais Villages Duboeuf chilled with charcuterie - £6.99 multi-buy deal

Ch Jacques Moulin a Vent with cheese - 311.99 multy-buy deal

Morgon Descombes with slow cooked lamb - £9.99 multi-buy deal

Bargain Hunt - Wine fo the DayDate published: 21/01/13

The Galvo Garage 2007, d'Arenberg, McLaren Vale

Named in honour of the galvanised shed where d'Arenberg's reds are vinified, this wine doffs its cap to Bordeaux's 'garagists', or small independent winemakers.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and a little Cabernet Franc. Combines New World fruit and power with Old World structure and complexity, with plum and cherry overlayed with notes of cedar and mint. Long length.

Full bodied and ripe with firm and rounded tannin, this wine offers a real burst of fruit, so match with robust meaty dishes.

£ 10.99 when you buy two or more

(normally £13.74)

Bargain Hunt - Wine of the DayDate published: 21/01/13

La Grille Pinot Noir 2010, Vin de France

Made by Sylvain Miniot, director of the celebrated local Cave, this Pinot Noir comes from the stony foothills of the Massif Central. From the small VDQS St-Pourçain in the Allier département.

The intensity of fresh redcurrant and spice flavours show just what good value and quality the Pinot Noir grape is capable of when grown in the Loire.

Ideally served slightly chilled, it is delicious on its own or with white meat dishes, salads and fresh pasta.

£5.99 when you buy two or more

(normally £8.99)

Bargain Hunt - Wine fo the DayDate published: 21/01/13

Saumur Champigny 2010, Château

Cabernet Franc is responsible for the best reds made in the Loire valley. They can be light and fruity; not dissimilar to Beaujolais and often chilled in the summer. If you want to drink some red wine with fish, they are a very viable option.

A ruby colour with a nose revealing aromas of crushed raspberries and strawberries. A good structure and backbone on the palate is fleshed out with red fruits and undertones of herbs and spice.

Drinking well now but will gain complexity and further elegance with ageing. Serve chilled as an apéritif or partner with cold salads.

£7.24 when you buy two or more

(normally £10.99)

Bargain Hunt - Wine of the DayDate published: 20/01/13

Te Mata Chardonnay, Woodthorpe Vineyard 2010, Hawke's Bay NEW ZEALAND Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate is New Zealand’s oldest winery and remains family owned. It has, over nearly thirty years, produced a stunning array of red and white wines. They have also developed a unique single vineyard from which it produces its Woodthorpe wines. This Chardonnay has ripe stone fruit and citrus characters subtly enhanced by fermentation in seasoned oak barrels, lees contact and a creamy malolactic influence, to create a rich and elegant wine. An elegant finish promises continued development over the next couple of years. Partner with lobster or veal in a rich, creamy sauce.

£13.74 Buy 2 Bottles - £10.99

Wine Quote of the DayDate published: 19/01/13

"I have enjoyed great health and a great age because everyday since I can remember, I have consumed a bottle of wine except when I have not felt well. Then I have consumed two bottles."

A fomer Bishop Of Seville

Five Things you didn't know about...FurmintDate published: 19/01/13

As the great sweet wines of Hungary are becoming ever more widely available today we are going to look at one of the principal grape varieties, Furmint.

1) Is a white grape variety that produces fine wines with rich fiery flavours that can be delicous even when very young.

2) It is highly suceptible to Noble Rot and as such is one of the main ingredients in Tokay, which has enormous ageing potential.

3) It is likely that the grape was brought into Hungary in the 13th Century by wine making immigrants from Austria.

4) The variety had spread throughout the world notably to the Crimea due to the Tsar's love of Tokay.

5) Other pockets exist in South Africa and there is a current revival in its original home around the town of Rust in Austria.

Why not try:

Royal Tokaji Gold Label 2006 - £28

Tokaji Szt Tamas 2003 - £55

Tokaji Mezes Maly 2005 - £95

Bargain Hunt - Wine Of The DayDate published: 19/01/13

Saint Michel Rouge 2009/10, PDO, Gaillac, SOUTHWEST FRANCE Braucol, Syrah, Merlot - VEGETARIAN

The historic town of Gaillac is located just north of Toulouse, and is in the centre of one of France's earliest known viticultural hotspots. The red varieties are grown predominantly on the River Tarn's left bank, favoured for its deep gravel soils. A middlewieght wine typical of Southwest France, with intense red fruit aromas, tinged with liquorice notes. Nicely structured on the palate, with a pleasing balance of roundness and power. Perfect with simple and tasty French inspired cuisine, such as grilled Toulouse sausages.

£7.99 Buy 2 Bottles - £5.49

10 Things You Didn't Know About....Chianti.Date published: 18/01/13

Now on the third of our series about classic wine regions we are leaving France and heading accross the Alps to the stunningly beautiful Tuscany and in particular to Chianti located between Florence and Sienna.

1) Chianti was one of the first wine areas to be given a fundamental geographical delimitation in an edict issued by Grand Duke Cosimo di Medici in 1716 and included the townships of Radda, Gaiole and Castellina, which forms the heart of Chianti Classico today.

2) Since this time the area has expanded to include eight distinct districts Chianti Classico, Chianti Rufina, Chianti Montalbano, Chianti Colli Florentini, Chianti Montespertoli, Colli Senesi, Colline Pisane and Colli Aretini plus a large swathe of land on the outskirts whose wines are simply labelled Chianti.

3) Chianti Classico is by far the largest of the eight regions and it has been suggested that it could be subdivided along the lines of the communes of the Medoc.  The wines from the South around Castelnuovo Berardegna are powerful, intense and long lived, those from Panzano are fine and elegant. San Casciano in the North West makes wines that are plump and mature early while the wines from Radda and Castellina are lighter and aromatic.

4) The grapes used to produce Chianti historically are Sangiovese, Canaiolo and two white grapes Trebbiano and Malavasia.  Today there is no longer a requirement to add white grapes to the blend of Chianti Classico and up to 15% of non traditional grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah can be used.

5) Chianti Rufina was also included in Duke Cosimo's edict of 1716 under the name of Pomino and is now mostly under the ownership of the Frescobaldi family who have been prominent  in Tuscany since the 13th century.

6) In 1975 the Antinori family, who have been involved in the Tuscan wine trade since 1385, launched Tignanello; a wine produced in Chianti but not under the rules governing Chianti production.  While Sangiovese makes up the majority of the blend the remainder was made up of Cabernet Sauvignon which was not allowed at the time. The wine has gone on to become world famous and the Supertuscans were born.

7) Many estates in Tuscany in addition to producing Chianti will produce a Supertuscan, Olive Oil and Vin Santo.

8) Vin Santo is a sweet wine produced from Trebbiano, Malvasia and Sangiovese grapes that were traditionally dried in the rafters of the house. The grapes would be crushed after between two to six months drying depending on the desired sweetness of the final wine.

9) Vin Santo is aged oxidatively which gives the wine a dark amber colour.  Due to the differences in drying time, ageing time and grape varierty used Vin Santo comes in a bewildering range of styles from ultra sweet to bone dry.

10) The symbol of the Chianti producers association is the Gallo Nero or Black Rooster and appears on many bottles of Chianti Classico.

Bargain Hunt - Wine Of The Day.Date published: 18/01/13

Vouvray Moelleux La Levrière 2011, Bourillon d'Orleans, Half bottle, LOIRE Chenin Blanc - VEGETARIAN

This is a dessert-style Vouvray from one of the region's finest producers, now in its 4th generation of family ownership. A mixture of super-ripe and botrytised grapes, from 30-year-old vines, vinified in both stainless steel and old oak. A rich and glossy gold in the glass. Aromas are of ripe pineapple and quince, followed by sweet spices, clove and cinnamon. The palate is awash with flavours of sweet figs and crystallised lemon. A superb partner for sweet caramel puddings or strong, creamy cheeses. Can also be cellared for anything up to 30 years.

£12.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £10 - £7.99

Majestic Commercial.Date published: 17/01/13

Do you own or manage a business in the North London area? Are you fed up with the long labour intensive journey to the Cash N' Carry every week? Perhaps you're not entirely sure what wines you should be selling to your customers?

If any of the above ring true, then Majestic Wine Muswell Hill are here to help! Whatever your requirements, we are experienced in looking after on-trade and off-trade customers alike. We provide a dedicated service to business customers with exclusive trade-only wines at extremely competitive prices. We are able to help you select a wine list that is right for your customer base and we can provide FREE delivery 7 days a week so you'll never run out of your bestselling bottles!

Interested? Simply contact us using any of the following methods:

Telephone: 020 8444 6888

Email: mus@majestic.co.uk

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Majestic Wine Warehouses Ltd.

107, Fortis Green

Muswell Hill

N2 9HR

Argentina + Malbec = A Winning CombinationDate published: 17/01/13

For many, Argentina may not be a country associated with quality wine. In actual fact the country is the 5th largest producer of wine in the world. Unsuprisingly the Argentinian wine industry has its roots in Spain. During the Spanish colonization of the Americas, vine cuttings were brought to Santiago del Estero in 1557, and the cultivation of the grape and wine production stretched first to neighboring regions, and then to other parts of the country.

Historically Argentine wine makers were more interested in quantity than quality, however this attitude is changing and we are seeing more and more quality and fine wines from Argentina hitting the UK market.

The most important wine regions of the country are located in the provinces of Mendoza, San Juan and La Rioja. Salta. The Mendoza province produces more than 60% of the Argentine wine.

Due to the high altitude and low humidity of the main wine producing regions, Argentine vineyards rarely face the problems of insects, fungi, molds and other grape diseases that affect vineyards in other countries.

The 'Malbec' grape variety has become synonomous with Argentinian wine production. Malbec has it's roots in France, most notably Cahors and it is also a permitted grape variety in Bordeaux. Due to the terrior of Argentina the malbec grape has a totally different style to that of a French Malbec. Expect a wine deep purple in colour, full bodied, smooth and rich with flavours of blackberies, blackcurrant, vanilla. The wines can be quite tanic but this makes them ideal for Argentina's national dish of steak.

Steak and malbec really is a match made in heaven and I encourage you to try it at your earliest possible convienience.

WHY NOT TRY.

Alamos Malbec - £8.99

Vinalba Malbec - £10.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £6 - £7.99

Gestos Malbec - £5.99

Lunta Malbec - £12.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £4 - £10.99

Tyrrells - Original, Delicious and HomegrownDate published: 17/01/13

Tyrrells have been making crisps for as long as we can remember, but what's so special about these handcooked delights?

Tyrrells grow their poatoes on their farm in Hertfordshire, using only the finest English potatoes. They are handpicked, then hand cooked with their jackets left on for added flavour.

Apart from being homegrown, there's something else about these crisps that have got peoples attention, and that is their original and unique flavour combinations. All the classic flavours such as Naked, Lightly Salted, Salt and Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt and Cider Vinegar are delicious, but it's the original ideas such as Ludlow Sausage and Mustard, Summer Barbeque, Mixed Root Vegetable and limited editions such as Salt Marsh Lamb and Mint and Stilton and Grape that have really got people talking.

As if that wasn't enough, they also make the most addictive Popcorn, and were not just talking Sweet and Salted, which is an unusual but tasty combination when put together, but also Sour Cream and Jalapeno Chilli which has the delicate Sour Cream flavour with an added hit of fiery Jalapeno. These wonderful snacks are popped in small batches using the finest English corn, with no artificial extras (and they're gluten free), grab yours for just £1.99 a bag while stocks last

It is rare for a bag of crisps to really get people excited but here at Majestic Wine in Muswell Hill we cannot get enough of them, if you haven't tasted them, what are you waiting for? They are just £1.50 a bag if you buy 3 or more (and trust us you'll want more than 3)!!

Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel.Date published: 17/01/13

Cline have been family owned and operated since 1982. The cellars have created this wine by sourcing grapes from a selection of parcels of old vines in several regions. The majority coming from their oldest and lowest-yielding vines in Oakley, and the remainder from Lodi and Mendocino.

This wine is heady and bold on the nose, full of ripe strawberry notes with hints of coffee bean and cocoa. Wonderfully plump and juicy on the palate, with a satisfying warmth and subtle touches of vanilla.

Great with barbecued steaks, well seasoned pork chops, or venison.

£18.74 - Buy 2 Bottles Save 20% - £14.99

I had this wine for the first time the other night and was literally blown away. Definitely not for those of you who love light styles, the Cline is big and boisterous, an absolute powerhouse of a wine. My 3 Word Wine Review. Fantastic. Amazing. Immense.

10 Things You Didn't Know About....Alsace.Date published: 17/01/13

Today we are going to look at one of the lesser appreciated classic wine regions of France. As a lesser known region the wines can represent some of the best value drinking available.

1) Alsace is seperated from France by the Vosges Mountains to the West and from Germany by the River Rhine to the East giving the region a long cool growing season and low rainfall.

2) The vineyards are planted on the South facing slopes of the Vosges Mountains to ensure the grapes receive the maximum amount of sunlight and acheive full ripeness.

3) There are over 20 different soil types in Alsace including Granite, Schist, Sandstone, Volcanic Sediment, Clay, Marl, Limestone, Flint, Shale and Slate.

As a rule of thumb wines from Clay or Marl soils are fuller bodied with broader flavours, wines from lighter limestone or sandy soils give are lighter and more elegant while wine from Flint, Schist or Shale are more oily with mineral aromas.

4) The majority of wines produced are from a single variery and over 90% are white.  The wines are cool fermented to preserve the primary fruit flavours of each variety and new oak is rarely used.

5) Eight different grape varieties are used to produce varietal wines.  These are Riesling, Gewurtstraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Muscat, Chasselas and Sylvaner.

6) Chardonnay is also planted and tolerated when labelled as Pinot Blanc or in the sparkling wine Cremant d'Alsace, which can rival Cremant de Bourgogne and Cremant de Loire in quality.

7) Some vineyards in Alsace have been designated as Grand Cru since 1983 and only four varierties are permitted to be grown in them being Riesling, Muscat, Gewurtztraminer and Pinot Gris.

8) Some producers such as Trimbach own Grand Cru vineyard sites but don't use the term upon the label prefering to continue using the historical names for their wines.

9) Most Alsace wines are fermented dry although some producers prefer to leave 3 to 4 grams of sugar per litre to give a softer flavour. Be warned you cannot tell from the lable which producers leave residual sugar in their wines.

10) Two styles of fully sweet wines are produces, Vendage Tardive (Late Harvest) and the even sweeter Selection de Grains Nobles.  These wines must be produced from the same four varieties allowed in Grand Cru Sites.

Introduction to Wine.Date published: 17/01/13

Want to know the difference between Shiraz and Pinot Noir?

Want to know what wine to serve with your smoked salmon?

Here at Majestic we offer free in-store wine courses that answer these questions and more. An informal 90 minute session that will provide you , we hope, with some invaluable tips on wine!

The course is all about helping you understand a little more about the often confusing world of wine!

If you are interested come and see us in store or give us a call to reserve your place on the next course and keep checking the Muswell Hill store page for upcoming dates.

Taittinger Only £26Date published: 17/01/13

...Yes the elegant and citrus fresh Taittinger NV Brut is now down to £26.00 per bottle!

Bargain Hunt - Wine of the DayDate published: 17/01/13

Catalpa Pinot Noir 2011, Atamisque, ARGENTINA

A picturesque estate lined with fruit trees, cacti and the local Atamisque shrub. Now owned and run by French couple John and Chantal Du Monceau, along with winemaker Philippe Caraguel, formerly of Moët & Chandon. Aromas of raspberries and currant jam, with a touch of caramel from brief ageing in new French oak. Elegant on the palate, with more red fruit and well-judged tannins. Excellent with rabbit, game birds or cured meats.

£12.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £9 - £8.49

Bargain Hunt - Wine of the DayDate published: 14/01/13

Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay, Terroirs d'Altitude' 2010, PGI Pays d'Oc The Lorgeril family have been making wine at the historic Château dePennautier, a National Historic Monument designed by the same architect as the Palace of Versailles, since the Château was founded bythe first Marquis de Pennautier in 1620. Aromas of peach, passionfruit and pineapple mingle with spicy notes such as vanilla, nutmeg and even a hint of clove. The palate displays hints of dried apricots and puffed wheat. It makes a great apéritif,

£9.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £6.66 - £6.66

Wine Quote Sunday.Date published: 13/01/13

"Wine is the most civilized thing in the world." --- Ernest Hemmingway

Bargain Hunt - Wine of the DayDate published: 13/01/13

Anakena Indo Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, San Antonio Valley, CHILE Anakena have around 127ha of vines in Leyda, in the San Antonio valley. Being located only a few short miles from the Pacific ocean, the area provides a moderate maritime climate, ideal for white aromatic grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc. Pale lemon green in colour, with a nose of lime zest, asparagus and nettle. The flavours are predominantly citrus, with savoury, leafy notes and an almost saline minerality on the finish. Best paired with fresh oysters, or with herb salads.

£7.49 Buy 2 Bottles Save 20% - £5.99

Fine Wine. Pick of the Week.Date published: 12/01/13

CHATEAU LA CROIX DE GAY POMEROL 2003

Pomerol is situated in a small rural area on the western extremity of the St. Emilion district, just northeast of Libourne. Over the years, this district has prospered and gained a reputation for their quality wines, with leading growths such as Pétrus reaching prices even higher than those of Mouton Rothschild and Margaux.

Château La Croix de Gay is situated in the very northern section of Pomerol's plateau, just above the famed Château Pétrus. Their property is situated on the sandy gravel soils of the Pomerol-Figeac graves, where the best properties are located. The density of their plantations are 5000 vines per hectare, with an average age of 30 years. Yields are relatively low at 35 hectoliters per hectare. A blend of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the proprietor Dr. Raynaud has increasingly upgraded the quality of his wines, and now produces one of the most attractive and easy to drink Pomerols.

All in all, an exceptional wine bursting with a rich opulent fruitiness. Coming from what was a much underrated vintage, this wine is excellent to drink now and is the perfect accompaniment for a grilled steak and a warming winter roast! Great value at only:- £30.00  

Bargain Hunt - Wine of the Day.Date published: 12/01/13

Mount Pleasant 'Elizabeth' Semillon 2005, McWilliams, Hunter Valley , AUSTRALIA One of the founders of winemaking in Hunter Valley, McWilliams are integral to the region and a specialist in the local unoaked Semillon. Winemaker Phil Ryan has made this wine since 1978, and is only the third McWilliams estate winemaker since its founding in 1921. Sherbety lemon, lime, passionfruit and hints of straw on the nose. Citrus-led on the palate too, with the classic honeysuckle note and waxy texture, adding roundness and body. Enjoy in its citrussy youth, or cellar for a couple of years to allow mellow, honeyed notes to develop.

£9.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save 20% - £9.99

Food and Wine Matching - Monk fish Wellington with Heggies ChardonnayDate published: 11/01/13

Food and Wine Matching Monk fish Wellington with Heggies Chardonnay

This weekend I fancied treating myself so cooked Monk fish fillet Wellington. I wrapped the fish fillet with sun-dried tomato in Parma Ham. Then I wrapped the parcel in a puff pastry and baked for 35 minutes. This was served with spinach. steamed vegetables and grilled asparagus.

To accompany the baked Monk fish Wellington I chose The Heggies Chardonnay from the Eden Valley. The careful handling of oak gives this Chardonnay the body to match the meaty fish and the creamy roundness compliments the buttery pastry perfectly. There was also enough acidity to cut through the dried tomatoes.

This wine is a brilliant choice if you're a fan of well balanced, creamy Chardonnays and fancy spoiling yourself.

Heggies Chardonnay 2010, Eden Valley - £18.74 Buy 2 Bottles Save 20% £14.99

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If you have a food an wine matching query don't hesitate to ask on of members of staff

New Charity of the YearDate published: 11/01/13

We're pleased to announce that our new Charity of the Year at Majestic is "Children with Cancer UK"

Children with Cancer is the UK's leading charity dedicated to helping fight against childhood cancer, funding life-saving research into casue and prevention, and also treament.

There will be a donation box in each Majestic store, and as always, free Chuba Chups in return for a small donation to charity.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 11/01/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Mas des Mas 2011, Languedoc, France

The Region

The Languedoc region is situated in the of the South of France; the dramatic landscape consists of mountains and valleys reaching 40km from the sea and the hot climate, coupled with the influence of the Mediterranean enables many well concentrated and full-bodied red wines, often producing complexity and quality that represent outstanding value for money.

The Producer

The renowned Jean-Claude Mas is one of the leading figures in Languedoc. He is an embodiment of the natural fusion between winemaking tradition, and a modern, vibrant approach to wine. His Mas des Mas range shows the quality of each major appellation in the region with the aim of matching each of their individual geologies with the perfect maturity of the grapes and meticulous winemaking.

The Wine

The wine is blended from Syrah, Grenache and Mouvedre grapes and aged partially in oak to add some structure and complexity. The resulting wine shows attractive floral, berry fruit and spicy aroma with a smooth and intensely juicy finish.

The wine is drinking superbly now owing to its lovely balance of fruit concentration, attractive spices and floral notes. It has the potential to age for another five years. Best enjoyed with Duck, especially confit de canard.

£9.99 £6.66 When You Buy 2 Bottles  

Bargain Hunt - Pick of the Day.Date published: 11/01/13

Domaine des Crès Ricards 'Alexaume', 2011, PGI Mont Baudile SOUTH OF FRANCE

A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, and Syrah.

Owned today by Jean-Claude Mas, this well established domaine has 25 hectares of vines in the Terrasses du Larzac area. Here in the foothills of the Montagne Noir, the soils are of limestone, clay and large pebbles, and are reminiscent of those of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. An intense shade of purplish red with ruby hints. The nose offers notes of mocha and liquorice amidst the dark berry fruits. The palate is silky, with pleasant fruit sweetness and a peppery finish. Serve with typical southern French cuisine, such as the local Brousse cheese and roasted tomatoes.

£9.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £6.66 - £6.66

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Fine Wine FridayDate published: 05/01/13

Puligny-Montrachet 2010, Jean-Louis Chavy

Maison Jean-Louis Chavy

Blended form 8 different parcels across the appellation, this wine gives an excellent representation of 'terroir' of Puligny-Montrachet.

The domain was inherited from father Gerard Chavy in 2004 and split with brother Alain, who now makes wines under his father's name.

The Wine

Puligny-Montrachet is the 226 hectare geographical middleman of the white wine villages, bordered by Meursault to the north and by Chassagne-Montrachet to the south.

Neither overly fruity nor over-oaked, Jean-Louis Chavy's wines are extremely well balanced, emphasising the classic minerality of Puoligny Montrachet.

Deep yellow in colour, with a delicate bouquet of mango, tea and pepper, this is a generous and mellow wine which is famous for its fine structure and balance, while still displaying richness of fruit a hint of buttery fleshiness.

Can be kept for 6-8years. Serve with pan-fried Perch with shallot and chanterelle.

£25  

Wine of the Week - Halcon Reserva 2010, Limari Valley, ChileDate published: 04/01/13

The producer Sourced from the award winning estate in the Limari Valley some 400 kilometres north of Santiago del Chile, this wine is certainly a fine illustration of Tamaya's wine making philosophy. Not only the Tamaya estate is one of the pioneers in the Limari Valley with vineyards planted in 1997, but also the owner, Pablo Martin has studied the landscape very carefully and structured his vineyards accordingly: with orientation following the hills slopes and solar exposure, and canopy management allowing ventilation and 'parasol' effect.

The wine This blend of classic Chilean varieties undergoes only 50% French barrel maturation for 12 months, to achieve a notably youthful and fruity profile and yet elegance and complexity. This excellent wine shows a vibrant shade of garnet-purple, with expressive bouquet of cassis, strawberry and plum carrying through the palate, alongside with juicy fruit, spice and pepper characteristics. Meaty earthy undertones and fine tannins provide depth and weight.

Drink now or keep for up to further five years. Perfect partner for confit duck, roast beef and succulent red meats.

Did you know... 'Tamya' means 'high lookout point' in the region's native language. It is also the name of a prominent hill that forms part of the winery's estate.

£8.79  when you buy 2 or more bottles normally £ 10.99  

Christmas Eve Advent Calendar!!Date published: 24/12/12

So close, as Majestic staff count down to 5pm when our Chrstms starts - we still have some treats in store for you!  One last Veuve Clicquot Jeroboam at £225 is up for grabs!  A Jeroboam is 4 bottles and makes a statement on your Chrsitmas day table!!

 

Merry Christmas from the Team in Muswell Hill, we hope you have enjoyed our advent calendar updates and have a fantastic day tomorrow!

Christmas Eve, eve! Advent calendar door number 23Date published: 23/12/12

Meerlust Merlot 2008/2009 Stellenbosch

Made in the 'right-bank' tradition, this is a blend of 89% Merlot with 11% Cabernet Franc. Juicy plum and mulberry fruit abound on the nose, with lifted spiciness and hints of dark chocolate and inkiness.  

£19.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £6 - £16.99

Muswell Hills advent Calendar - day 22Date published: 23/12/12

Day number 22 brings a glass (or 2..or 3...it is Chrsitmas!) of Laurent Perrier NV Champagne!

Laurent-Perrier maintain the quality of their non-vintage wines by limiting the release of vintage products to give their cuvées a high proportion of top-quality juice. Leaning towards a lighter house style, Chardonnay flavours predominate - crisp green apples and citrus flavours - giving the wine good food compatibility. A steal at £24.99

Muswell Hills Advent CalendarDate published: 21/12/12

Fancy someting a little bit special - Hendrick's Gin is something something of a Scottish luxury.  Perfect poured over ice, mixed with tonic and finished off with a slice of cucumber.  Whilst stocks last its also in a pretty little gift set with a teacup fit to drink the perfect G&T out off whilst enjoying afternoon tea in style!

 

Hendrick's Gin is £30 as one of your mixed case.

Muswell Hills magical advent calendar! - day 20Date published: 20/12/12

Behind todays door is a special treat for you all!  Bollinger Grande Annee, £60 from £80! 

Vintage Champagne is a Champagne which is produced only using grapes from the same year.  Vintages are not made every year, only in the years deemed a high enough quality.  This ensures that when you buy a vintage Champagne its to the highest possible standard and full of rich brioche notes and teamed with the classic citrus aromas adding depth of flavour and an elegant style.  Bollinger Grande Annee is the top shelf Champgane of the Bollinger house and does not disappoint.  If you are a fan of Bollinger NV then treat yourself this Christmas to something a little bit special....

Majestic Muswell Hill's Advent CalendarDate published: 19/12/12

Everyday in the run up to Xmas we shall be naming a wine/beer or spirit perfect for the festive season in true 'advent calendar' style.  

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc. From the gravelly dunes of Léoville-Barton's vineyards, leading down to the bank of the Gironde, La Réserve is the second wine of this famous property. As an earlier drinking version of the grand vin, this is real value for money. With a classic 'left bank' nose of smoky blackberry fruit and pencil lead, the palate is rich and rounded with assertive tannins, ample fruit and well integrated oak. Serve with shoulder of lamb braised in wine. Drinking well at the moment, but will keep for another 5 or so years.

 

£20

Advent calendar - day 18Date published: 18/12/12

As promised, door number two of the day....

 

How about a magnum of red Burgundy to make the Christmas table look even more exciting?  Louis Latour Marsannay Rouge, £30, is a Pinot Noir which will match turkey perfectly.  Its smooth and bursting with juicy redcurrants which linger on the palate and add a new dimention to your Christmas feast!  Pinot Noir and turkey is a classic food and wine match, pop into store to claim yours today! #comeandexplore

Advent calendar - day 17Date published: 18/12/12

Remeber that great feeling when you realised you missed a chocolate in your advent calendar and you can open not just one, but TWO doors? Well todays that day!!

Behind door 17 there is the ever so warming Sipsmith Sloe gin.  Sipsmith is based in Hammersmith and produce premium spirits in their copper still.  Handpicked sloe berries and their gin is blended to create an excitingly smooth, juicy treat!  An old classic with a new twist.  Simply delicious. £24 a bottle as part of your mixed case of 6.

Muswell Hill advent Calandar - day 16Date published: 16/12/12

Can't believe its day 16 already......

 

Today we bring you the absolute delight which is Ramos Pinto 20 year old Tawny port.  Its delicious delicacy teases your taste buds and would be the perfect end to Christmas dinner.  A glass of port to leave for Santa perhaps.....or just to enjoy with a plate of mature cheddar and a slice of Christmas cake.

Ramos Pinto is £30 a bottle and is currently (Sun 16th) open on our tasting counter - so you know the phrase, #comeandexplore

Advent Calendar - Day 15Date published: 15/12/12

Today its the turn of Louis Roederer Champagne, £30.  Fresh a fruity teamed with biscuity notes to create an elegant and layered Champagne.  Perfect to toast the Christmas season!  Open to taste in store today!

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 15/12/12

Its that time of the week again - and only 9 days left til the big day so time to stock up!  This week we will be tempting you with Louis Roederer NV Premier brut £30 (down from £40).

Roederer brut is a fantastic example of freshness blended perfectly with a toasty biscuity maturity.  Premier brut is aged between 2 and 6 years.  Pinot Noir makes up the majority of the blend, consequently there are red fruit characteristics intertwined with the fresh pear flavours.  Layers of flavours overlap to produce a Champagne with elegance and quality.

Pop into store today to have a taste!

Muswell Hills advent calandar - day 14Date published: 14/12/12

Its time to bring out the sugar!  Royal Tokaji 5 puttonyos is deliciously, lusiously, incredibly sweet and yummy.  Perfect with salty blue cheese after dinner.  Pop into store over the weekend to have a taste and discover something new today #comeandexplore

 

£19.99 when you buy one as part of your mixed case of 6.

Majestic Muswell Hill's Advent CalendarDate published: 13/12/12

Everyday in the run up to Xmas we shall be naming a wine/beer or spirit perfect for the festive season in true 'advent calendar' style.

Day 13 -  Veuve Clicquot Brut, NV

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

£30 a bottle*

*minimum purchase applies, 6 bottles any mix, wine, spirits or Champagne.

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 13/12/12

Wine of the Week

Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Cuvee des Antiques'

As Christmas draws closer the old world becomes centre stage throughout Majestic. A traditional Rhone valley red, an attractive name and, most importantly, a wine bursting with quality. Chateauneuf-du-Pape is the most important appellation in Southern Rhone. It's name derived from the 14th Century and means 'Pope's new castle' due to the Pope relocating to nearby Avignon.

This Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a blend of Cinsault,Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah. There are 13 grape varieties which are officially allowed to be blended to produce Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Grenache is the star of CNDP creating full bodied, rich and spicy wines. Cuvee des Antiques is a big ruby wine with spicy fruits and a lovely finish at a bargain price.

Enjoy with game or beef.

£9.99 Multibuy Price                    £12.49 Single Bottle Price  

Minimum purchase 6 bottles or wine, Champagne and/or spirits, any mix  

Muswell Hill's advent calendar - day 12Date published: 12/12/12

As Christmas draws ever so quickly closer todays door opens to reveal Pedro ximenez Sherry.  A sweet sticky Sherry perfect with Christmas pudding!  Full of rich nutty dried fruit its a real treat! PX £11.99

Majestic Muswell Hill's Advent CalendarDate published: 11/12/12

Everyday in the run up to Xmas we shall be naming a wine/beer or spirit perfect for the festive season in true 'advent calendar' style.  

Day 11 -  Paul Mas Estate Marsanne 'La Forge Vineyard' 2011, PGI Pays d’Oc SOUTH OF FRANCE

Jean-Claude Mas has created a rich and mellow but well-balanced white from 100% Marsanne grapes, a proportion of which is barrel-aged for extra complexity. Elegant with white flower and hazelnut aromas and delicious pear and honey flavours. Perfectly suited to fish dishes, from delicate to full-flavoured. £8.99

Majestic Muswell Hill's Advent CalendarDate published: 10/12/12

Everyday in the run up to Xmas we shall be naming a wine/beer or spirit perfect for the festive season in true 'advent calendar' style.

Day 10 -

Rioja Reserva 2008, CVNE, Spain. Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, CVNE, was founded in 1879 inand is still family owned. Their wines are made in the original Haro winery and hail back to the first wines produced here, then sold as 'Cun Clairette'- a Bordeaux lookalike. A soft luxurious wine, mid garnet in colour with a lovely brambly nose and a hint of spice. Nuances of warm leather, caramel and coffee over rich autumn fruit. Excellent balance and a lingering finish. Try served with grilled lamb, duck and most rich meats. £13.99 - Buy 2 Bottles Save £8 - £9.99

Majestic Muswell Hill's Advent CalendarDate published: 09/12/12

Everyday in the run up to Xmas we shall be naming a wine/beer or spirit perfect for the festive season in true 'advent calendar' style.

Day 9 - Heidsieck Gold Top, 2007, Champagne, France.  Heidsieck & C° Monopole, now owned by Vranken and Pommery is one of the oldest champagne firms in the Champagne region. This vintage Champagne is soft and rich, with hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla. An absolute steal at £19 a bottle.

Sparkling Saturday 8th DecDate published: 08/12/12

"my tastes are simple; I am easily satisfied with the best" Sir Winston Churchill

Famously the favourite tipple of Winston Churchill (a bottle a day so the story goes!), so much so Pol Roger named their prestige curvee after him. This delicate Champagne filled with white flowers, stone fruit and a hint of nuttiness oozes quality and style.

Pol Roger established his Champagne house in Epernay in 1849 and has since been run by five direct decendents. The company is family owned and are very independent unlike many other houses in Champagne. Today we will be opening the signature Champagne from Pol Roger - a blend of 30 base wines including vintages and matured for at least 3 years. This style is designed for the UK market, additional maturation time post-disgorging(the process of removing sediment from the bottle) is done to suit UK taste.  

Pop into store to have a taste yourself!

Majestic Muswell Hill's Advent CalendarDate published: 08/12/12

Everyday in the run up to Xmas we shall be naming a wine/beer or spirit perfect for the festive season in true 'advent calendar' style.

Day 8 - Montes Alpha Merlot, Colchagua Valley, 2010

The Conquistadors of Spain brought wine to Chile, but France has dominated the vinous influences. A premium wine from the Aurelio Montes has matured this Merlot in French oak for 12 months to impart extra complexities and structure. Deep ruby. Aromas of black cherry and strawberries on the nose, with floral hints. Black fruits and plums, with coffee and tobacco notes on the palate. A full-bodied wine of with a long, smooth finish. Decant for an hour before serving. Drink with rich meat casseroles. £11.24 Buy 2 Bottles Save 20% £8.99

Planning the perfect Christmas Party....?Date published: 07/12/12

Planning the perfect party is easier said than done. Demanding guests, great expectations and 'unexpected surprises' can put a great deal of pressure on the host. At Majestic we are more than happy to help you throughout all the difficult organisational stages of the perfect party.

Stage 1 - INSPIRATION As a regular majestic customer you will receive our brochure just in time to check out the best deals. As a non existing customer you are more then welcome to come in store and explore our wide range of products and discover all the wonders of our free tasting counter

Stage 2 - CONFUSION Once having taken in a massive amount of names, vintages and grape varieties - all potential candidates for your party - you might feel a bit overwhelmed and indecisive. Here it comes our turn to help clearing up your mind and make your choice much easier! Our team of wines and spirits experts will guide you and provide you with all the information you need to make the right choice.

Stage 3 - PANIC Oh no!! Just realised you forgot something?!?! Not a problem at all!! Just give us a call in store on 0208 444 6888 and we can add to your existing order and deliver it all out to you for free! Also do not worry about glasses, our free glasses hiring service - medium wine glasses, flutes and tumblers - will solve all your problems!

Stage 4 - EXCITEMENT It is the day of the party. Guests are flowing through the door and everyone is having a great time! Perfect aperitifs, great food and wine matches, fantastic sherries and ports, and luscious spirits. It is a success!

Stage 5 - SATISFACTION Yes, the house is a mess but everyone left with a beautiful smile on their faces. Last night's party was a great success! The only thing left to do is bring back the glasses to Majestic and remember you can always count on us!

Good luck for the next few weeks, we will be by your side :)

Ataraxia is Back!!Date published: 07/12/12

Just in time for your Christmas Turkey, the amazing South African Chardonnay 'Ataraxia' is back in stock.

"An Outstanding 2009 Chardonnay that is sourced from Hemel-en-Aarde and Elgin and aged for 10 months in 225-liter French oak with 34% new (the rest 2nd fill). The nose is beautifully defined with scents of melon, honeysuckle and white peach with just a hint of creme patissiere. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry with subtle almond and hazelnut. It has wonderfully integrated vanillatinged oak and a tense, mineral-rich finish that is Corton-Charlemagne in all but name and price. This is one of South Africa’s benchmark Chardonnays. Drink now-2018+". 93 points. Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate.

If that doesn't make you rush in and buy some, then if you don't hurry you might have to fight some staff members for the bottles we have left!!

The Wonders of Musar...!Date published: 07/12/12

The majority of Majestic staff would agree that there are few wines in our store as interesting or as unique as the wines from Chateau Musar. They offer something different, which in the current trend, of Seas of Sauvignon Blanc and Oceans of Merlot, is something many of us are looking for, something to peak our interest, to enlighten our taste buds, something to get the old grey cells working again with terms like vibrant, charasmatic and concentration, an abundance of descriptors awaiting your every glass.

Below we have given a brief overview of these amazing wines.

Lebanon is among the oldest sites of wine production in the world. The Israelite prophet Hosea (780–725 B.C.) is said to have urged his followers to return to Yahweh so that "they will blossom as the vine, [and] their fragrance will be like the wine of Lebanon". The Phoenicians of its coastal strip were instrumental in spreading wine and viticulture throughout the Mediterranean in ancient times. Despite the many conflicts of the region, the country has an annual production of about 600,000 cases of wine. The number of wineries went from 5 in 1998, to over 30 today.

The Beqaa Valley is home to Lebanon's famous vineyards. With an average altitude of 1000 m above sea level, the valley's climate is very suitable to vineyards. Abundant winter rain and much sunshine in the summer helps the grapes ripen easily. There are more than a dozen wineries in the Beqaa Valley, producing over six million bottles a year. Château Musar, located at the heart of the picturesque valley, has had to contend with the consequences of wartime volatility, most notably shelling and troop movement.

Château Musar White 2004, Gaston Hochar - £16.99 - Deep golden hues from a glass that exudes baked apple, almond, apricot and vanilla aromas. A buttery, rich, honey textured and wine with vanilla, butterscotch, roasted stone fruit and spice. Intentionally oxidised, this is an incredibly difficult wine to match with food, due to its intensity, complexity and rich characteristics – but give it a go with soft and rich cheeses! (Grapes – Merwah, Obaideh).

Château Musar 2005, Gaston Hochar - £17.99 when buying two bottles (£18.99 single bottle price) – Concentrated plum and blackberry fruit, hints of fig, prune, distinct liquorice and spice. Firm but fine tannins, good acidity and body, vibrant and fresh with streaks of cedar and cinnamon. Long finish. This wine will last for decades and be enjoyed with everything from French-style roast lamb, to North-African cuisine. (Grapes – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan).

Hochar Pere et Fils 2007, Château Musar - £10.49 when buying two bottles (£11,99 single bottle price) – An intense burgundy colour with a complex nose of black fruits backed up by figs, dates and spices. The palate is well integrated with good acidity, fine tannins and a good length. The wine's great structure bestows it with excellent ageing potential. Partner with saddle of lamb or Moroccan cuisine. (Grapes – Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault).

So the next time you pop in why not add an extra bottle? This extra bottle will certainly make you glad that you did.

Come and explore.

Christmas Shopping listDate published: 07/12/12

As Christmas is fast approaching, 17 days, i've been reliably informed as I write this, maybe its time to start thinking about Christmas shopping.  This weekend is set to be one of the busiest weekends of the year as the date sinks in - so how ready are you? 

At Majestic Muswell Hill we will make it as easy and enjoyable as possible to stock up on your Wines, Champagne, beer and spirits.  This could be from the comfort of your sofa curled up on the sofa watching the fire flicker as the dark draws in - www.majestic.co.uk or over the phone 0208 4446888 where we offer free delivery on 6 bottles or more (over £40 or a £5 deivery charge applies).  We deliver 7 days a week so can pop your order out to you swiftly and at a time which suits you!

Alternativly come and say hello to the team in store, Matt, Lindsay, Francesca, Dan, Misi and Sarah will all be pleased to help you pick out the perfect wines to match your Christmas Turkey and help you celebrate the festive period in style - plus there is always something exciting on our tasting counter to entice you to try something new!

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Muswell Hill's advent Calandar - Day 7Date published: 07/12/12

Day 7 - The Glenlivet 12 year old Malt Whisky Speyside 70cl, a sweet, smoky, perfumed malt from Speyside. You will not be disappointed. £28  

Majestic Muswell Hill's Advent CalendarDate published: 06/12/12

Everyday in the run up to Xmas we shall be naming a wine/beer or spirit perfect for the festive season in true 'advent calendar' style.  

Day 6 - Sam Adams Boston Lager 24 x 355ml Bottles, this is a recreation of a 19th century American recipe - rich and satisfying, what all good beers should be. £30.96  

Wine of the week!Date published: 05/12/12

Wine of the Week ______________________________________

Mâcon-Fuissé 2011, Domaine Thibert Père et Fils ___________________________________

This Domaine only began commercial production in 1967, although it had been owned for 6 generations by the same family of winemakers. Now headed by 7th generation winemaker Christophe Thibert and his sister, Sandrine, who have produced estate-bottled wines since 1991.Macon Fuisse wines are those produced under the Macon appellation within the commune of Fuisse, made entirely from Chardonnay grapes.

A fruity and fresh white burgundy, dominated by citrus flavours and a nice minerality. With only 10% of the wine aged in oak, this wine maintains its liveliness with an added bit of texture and complexity.

At its best with delicate white fish dishes, such as poached salmon or baked cod.

£10.99 Multibuy price

£11.99 Single bottle price

Minimum purchase 6 bottles or wine, Champagne and/or spirits, any mix  

Fine Wine Friday - Château La Croix de Gay, 2003, Date published: 05/12/12

Château La Croix de Gay, 2003, Pomerol £30

An old world beauty will be open to taste as our Fine Wine Friday choice for December, getting everyone in the Christmas spirit!

Château La Croix de Gay is a classic Bordeaux from the Pomerol region. Pomerol is located on the right bank of the River in Bordeaux. Its geographical landscape is not made up of historical landscapes or places of note, although this is not to say the area does not lack beauty. The most sought after wines in Bordeaux, emerging from Pomerol have gained their reputations from exceptional quality and hard work. Vines have been grown in Pomerol on and off since Roman times and were not properly established until the 15th and 16th centuries. Despite this however the quality of the wines were not truly recognised until the turn of the 19th century, supported by Belgium and much later was 'discovered' by us over in the UK.

Merlot grows particularly well in Pomerol due to a mixture of gravel and clay soils. Planting of Merlot in Pomerol make up 80% of the land. The balance in favour of Merlot is evident in Château Le Croix de Gay where Merlot makes up 80% of the blend, whilst Cabernet Franc adds structure making up the last 20%. In 2003 Merlot ripened much better than the Cabernet Sauvignon producing more fruit forward wines and drinking well now.

Château la Croix de Gay is rich and intense bursting with red fruit and a hint of smokiness. It is produced in a small estate of only 13ha and only in small quantities. Putting quality over quantity is, in this case certainly, has proved well worth it. Aromatic fruit and a blast of espresso excite the senses in this opulent red.

Try with roast beef and we would recommend decanting before drinking.

Come and explore  

Muswell Hill's advent calendar - day 5Date published: 05/12/12

Day 5 - Up pops our first New World red, and what a red it is. Viñalba Malbec Reserva 2011 from Mendoza, Argentina. The Malbec Reserva from the Vinalba estate has previously won a Decanter award for its quality. Sourced from vineyards at the foot of the Andes, grown at different altitudes to achieve the perfect balance between tannin and acidity.This wine literally wraps itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha. Flavours linger for a long time. A full-bodied wine, yet with juicy tannins, this wine is best enjoyed with food. Peppered steak or lamb are ideal companions. £10.99 Buy 2 Save £6 £7.99. *minimum purchase applies  

Francesca's top 5 Christmas presentsDate published: 04/12/12

Dear all, the time has come! The jolly Christmas season has arrived and with it all the hustle, doubts and indecision about what to get for your beloved. Do not panic, this article will hopefully help you make the right choice.

First thing first at number 5, the perfect present for those we should always put on top of our list, mum and dad! For our parents a delicious plethora of wines of the world, including Chablis, Albarino, Sauvignon Blanc, classic Bordeaux, rich Italian and Australian Shiraz. Twelve bottles for only £119.88, less than £10.00 per bottle! What a nice way to say thanks for all they do for us all year round!

Moving on with our chart it is time to think about colleagues. At number 4 we have a great selection of rich and opulent Bordeaux. Whether from Margaux or Pomerol, St-Julien or Pauillac, we can help you find the perfect relaxation or foody wine for those who work hard with you during the year. And guess what, they all come in elegant wooden boxes!

At number 3 we have that special friend, who is always there when we need. And to show our appreciation why not buy a long lasting present; our Riedel O Decanter (£135.00) is the ideal gift for those wine lovers who are always seeking perfection inside their glass; or even the Riedel Cabernet Decanter (£40.00), so our friends will always think of us and our friendship when enjoying their wines!

Moving closer to the top at number 2 we find the worm indulging spirits. Perfect present for uncles, grandparents and distant cousins. Elegant and precious bottles of Bowmore 15 years old whiskey (£47.50), Auchentoshan 18 years old whiskey (£60.00), Remi Martin VSOP Cognac (£35.00) or Armagnac 1990 (£29.00). Any of these will surely stand out under the Christmas tree!

And finally, at the very top our list is our partners! Boyfriends and girlfriends, husbands and wives only deserve the best for Christmas! So this year impress your half with one of our exclusive Prestiges Couvees. Either Krug (£125.00) Dom Perignon (£120.00) or Roedere Cristal (£166.66) your present will be a gem! And to show your love twice as much, why not get a magnum!!

To conclude our chart here is a final advise, celebrate with style and remember we are always here to help you!

Have a Merry and Majestic Christmas!  

A 'wee dram' for Xmas!Date published: 04/12/12

At this time of year I like nothing better than sitting at home in the evening with a good single malt to keep the winter chill off. At Majestic we have a whole range of single malts to suit every taste; from the light, floral Lowland whiskys to the smoky, peaty malts of Islay. If you're looking for a gift for someone, or just wanting a bottle for yourself, here are my top selections from each of the main scotch production areas.

First, the Lowlands. If you're after an easy way into single malts, these lighter styles will be perfect for you. For my money it's difficult to beat the Auchentoshan 12 year old, currently marked down from at £27. This single malt has been triple distilled then aged in oak casks with the result being a soft, delicate whisky with aromas of toasted almonds and caramelised toffee. With its smooth, delicate taste, this is bound to bring a smile to any whisky lovers face.

Next, to the Highlands. These whiskys are renowned for their rich, fruity flavours and smoky aromas. My pick this year has got to be the Glenmorangie 10 year old, on offer at £25 this Christmas. Opulant with rich honey sweetness imparted by the sherry casks used for the 10 year maturation. The natural richness of the malt comes through with subtle flavours of pineapple and pear, resulting in a smooth, rich whisky with bags of character.

Though situated in the Highlands, the whiskys from the sub-region of Speyside have a distinctive character all of their own. The Glenlivet 12 year old at £28 is a classic example of the speyside region with a sweet, smoky, perfumed flavour and Autumnal notes.

Finally to the last of the big four regions - Islay. These whiskys with their rich smokiness and full flavoured peat are not for the faint-hearted; The Bowmore 12 year old at £25 is a good example. This single malt exudes pungent, earthy aromas of peaty smoke, concealing a softer nuttiness on the finish and a delicate heathery perfume. This whisky may take time to get accustomed to, but make the effort and you will never look back.

Majestic Muswell Hill's Advent Calendar Date published: 04/12/12

Everyday in the run up to Xmas we shall be naming a wine/beer or spirit perfect for the festive season in true 'advent calendar' style.  

Day 4 - Our first Fine Wine of the calendar, Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2001 La Rioja Alta is truly a wine for Christmas. One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas. Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour. Enjoy over the next decade as the richness and power of the will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck. £22 -Buy 2 Save £8- £18 *minimum purchase applies  

Majestic Muswell Hill's Advent CalendarDate published: 03/12/12

Everyday in the run up to Xmas we shall be naming a wine/beer or spirit perfect for the festive season in true 'advent calendar' style.

Day 3 - The Ned Black Label Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2012 from the Marlborough region of New Zealand carries us into our 3rd day. The vineyards of The Ned are located on the banks of the Waihopai River and on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. The river runs the length of the 268ha vineyard and is the origin of the shingle-based soil. A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine a subtle gun flint minerality which delivers extra complexity. Drink now with fresh summer salads and seafood. Special offer £8.74 Buy Any 2 Still New Zealand Wines Save 20% £6.99.

Chateau Batailley, Pauillac, 2004Date published: 02/12/12

We have just received our latest shipment of Fine Wine, and this is a particular highlight, and the perfect wine for Christmas.

Château Batailley 2004, Pauillac, 5ème Cru Classé

The Château

Batailley has a reputation for being very traditional and producing wines that are big and bold in style. It is a blend of of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Vinification is carried out in a mixture of oak, stainless steel and cement vats followed by 18 months of aging in 50% new oak barriques. Wines from this château represent excellent value for money as they are not freely traded and so are often under-valued.

Vintage

2004 was an good vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon, especially in Pauillac where it shows a wonderful richness and complexity. The main characteristics of this vintage are freshness and purity, producing wines of amazing grace and finesse.

The Wine

Château Batailley has a reputation for producing benchmark Pauillac wines and this 2004 is no exception. Cassis and velvety red fruits show beautifully on the nose which are supported by notes of cigar box and a subtle hints of sweet spice. The palate really excites the mind following through from the nose with silky tannins and excellent length. Parker gives this wine 87-88 points, and Decanter Magazine awards it 4 out of 5 stars. It's drinking gorgeously well now, but Pauillacs are known for their longevity so this vintage could last and possible even benefit from up to another decade in bottle.

£32.00 a bottle  

Majestic Muswell Hill's Advent CalendarDate published: 02/12/12

Everyday in the run up to Xmas we shall be naming a wine/beer or spirit perfect for the festive season in true 'advent calendar' style.  

Day 2 - Our first (but surely not our last) sight of a fizz this Xmas, Canard-Duchêne Brut NV Champagne. Offering excellent value, this Champagne offers its pleasures in a clean, easily accessible style. Pure fruit flavours dominate both the nose and palate, with just a hint of yeastiness and a fine mousse. Special Offer £15. *minimum purchase applies  

Isabel and her dog Point...A Short Story.Date published: 01/12/12

Isabel lived with her husband Ned in their quaint Black Cottage in the mesmerising New Zealand countryside. Their estate was nothing if not picturesque, nestled quietly in Spy Valley, with the awe-inspiring Mount Difficulty rising to the East, and the equally Majestic Peak, the Lawson Hill to the West. The cottage itself was situated on the banks of the Blind River, a meandering snake of water that flowed from the Craggy Ranges in the mountains to the ocean only a few kilometres away, where the River met the Bay of Oysters - named so due to the fact it had a lot of Oysters. It was a beautiful monday morning in July, the Cloudy outlook over the Bay that had been ever present the previous few days had vanished leaving nothing but endless blue skies and a burning bright sun. The sun bounced off the River; glistening in the heat.  Every year the River would take on an almost Gold-like appearance.  It was this amazing River of Gold that had been stumbled upon Centuries ago by the first inhabitants, The Ata Rangi Tribe, who had then adoringly named the phenomenon 'Goldwater', as it was still known to this day. Isabel, who was half Italian on her father's side, awoke to a somewhat unusual sound that day - the sound of silence. Normally she was rudely awakened by her loving dog, the hilariously-named Point, due to his long, endearing pointy nose. But today there was no sound.  No barking, no yapping, no tail wagging, no begging, which both Ned and Isabel had grown accustomed to since they had saved Point from a local shelter a year earlier. "Ned, wake up!" exclaimed Isabel, as she rocked Ned from his slumber. "What is it my love?" came the voice from below the duvet. "Ned, Ned, where is Point? I can't hear him," cried Isabel as she threw the duvet off herself and ran to the living room. She hoped Point was still asleep in his homemade basket made from special dried cereal, the Bran Cott. Arriving at the living room Isabel stopped and looked around, the silence bellowing from the room was deafening. Isabel struggled to think. Trying to come to terms with what was going on, Isabel noticed that a window had been left ajar overnight, and realising that Point must have jumped through the window she shrieked: "Why Mea....?!" Isabel's Italian accent always came out when she raised her voice; "Why has this happened to me? I Dont understand, my beloved Dog, Point has run away!" she screeched. Isabel and Ned dressed as quick as they could and ran to the spare room to wake up Isabel's cousin Maria, who was visiting from the States, where she owned a Villa in Montana. Ready for the hunt, the triumvirate raced out the door. There was no immediate sign of Point, but they hoped he hadn't gone too far. Knowing that Point was always happiest when he was swimming in the nearby River, they thought it best to go there first. Their Run down the Riverlands was cut short by one of their neighbours. A handsome young man named Jackson, who had been out on his morning run. Jackson was walking back to his home, after his exertions had given him a Stitch - and he needed some recovery time. "Jackson, have you seen Point?" shouted Ned, as the 3 of them ran towards him, like a herd of escaped bulls - something you would more likely see in the streets of Pamplona than out in the New Zealand wilderness! "No sorry." was his reply. Not stopping for any further correspondence, Isabel, Ned, and Maria kept on running. A Peregrine flew over. The trio became anxious.  A little further down the River they came came across another local, Clair, who was out walking her dog, ironically named Roaring Meg, due to her quiet, sheepish demeanour. Seeing the herd running towards her she called out, "is something wrong Ned? Isabel what is it?" "Point has gone, ran away, please you must help us, maybe Meg could help sniff her down," Isabel responded speedily. Clair joined the group and the search continued. "Lets check the palace" said Clair, "Im sure I saw a dog in the distance over there earlier, and the King owes me a Favour, maybe I could get him to send out a few search teams?" It wasn't common for the King to hand out Favours, but Clair had taught the young monarch how to dance Salsa for the Jubilee event just weeks away; in the local tongue the event was affectionately known as the 'Pelorus Brut NV (Priced £14.99) Dance,' although nobody really knew why.  Nevertheless, the King was eternally grateful to Clair. "Great idea Clair, lets go." the three said almost simultaneously. The heat was almost unbearable now and it had began to slow the search.  Tired and upset, Isabel was starting to Wither in the Hills leading to the Palace. Despite this, Ned was Fairleigh confident that they were on the right track and encouraged the group onward towards the King's Palace.  Finally they had arrived. Entering the Palace garden they became surrounded by the King's Thorns and other flowering delights.  Approaching the door, the mob rang the door buzzer and spoke to Lin Dauer (the King's secretary). "Hello Lin Dauer, it's Clair here - we must ask the King for a Favour immediately. My friend Isabel has lost her Dog, Point - can the King assist us in anyway whatsoever? She's terribly upset and is beginning to wonder Wither or not he's still alive. She loves that dog." The King's secretary Lin Dauer failed to respond - there was an awkward, eery silence. The group began to wonder if they were welcome or not - was the King unwilling to help? At times, the King could be unpredictable. Then suddenly, the huge door to the Palace swung open and there was the King in all his glory - and right beside him, wagging his tail and twitching his huge, pointy nose, was Isabel's Dog, Point. "Point! You're alive! You're safe!" Isabel cried. Ned was relieved.  Now he could go back to work on his boat, The Nautilus. "You really are a Saint, Clair for spotting Point in the Palace grounds." Clair blushed. "How can we ever repay you your Highness? We must send you the most Prestigious of Parcels immediately," Isabel proclaimed. The King smirked and replied regally: "Not a problem subjects, why you must pop in and have a glass of Argento Malbec." How lovely the gang thought.  But Isabel had other ideas.  "Before that, I must call my Italian father, Coney Pizzicato, and tell him of the events here in New Zealand."  They all laughed out loud and strolled into the King's Palace. Point the Dog yelped and wagged his tail.  What a day it had been. The above story is a fictional text, with the intention of highlighting our diverse New Zealand range!  How many of our wines can you spot?! Watch out for the red herring! Why not come and explore our range for yourselves down at Majestic Muswell Hill. Thanks for reading!

Muswell Hill's Advent calendarDate published: 01/12/12

Everyday in the run up to Xmas we shall be naming a wine/beer or spirit perfect for the festive season in true 'advent calendar' style.

Day 1 - What better way to start off the precedings than with Château Greysac, the fantastic Cru Bourgeois from the Médoc in Bordeaux, France. Situated in a gravel estuary in the hamlet of By in the Médoc, Château Greysac produces elegant, seductive clarets at excellent prices. The Cru Bourgeois classification represent the only classification of the Médoc since the famous 1855. Aromas of classic cassic, black cherry, plum, vanilla and spice. A medium body consisting of ripe currants, tobacco and juicy plums, fine tannins, elegantly balanced fruits, and a lingering finish. This is a young claret that, despite a long future ahead of it, can be drunk now with steak, beef Wellington, filet mignons or gamebirds. £12.99 Buy 2 Save £6 £9.99. *minimum purchase applies  

COME ON, IT'S CHRISTMAS!Date published: 30/11/12

A Christmas without Sherries, like a cake without its berries! Fino, Oloroso or Amontillado we have got a match for every aficionado.

And for all that needed in-the-kitchen support, make sure you don't forget your Port! Whether Vintage or Late Bottled it would be a Christmas well plotted.

Last but not least it's Dessert Wines, for all those fun and jolly times. Sweet like the nectar of the Gods Only a sip will make you smile even when against all odds.

And for the Christmas magic to reveal, get some spirits to end your meal. Whiskeys, Vodkas and Gins, of all the spirits the kings!

And now that all the shopping list has been laid out, if you need any further help just give us a shout and for us all that is left to do is to wish a Merry Christmas to all of you!

Puglia....!Date published: 30/11/12

I've recently become fascinated by one of Italy's lesser-known regions, Puglia. Known to English-speakers as Apulia, all 210 miles of Puglia stretches down the south east coast of Italy and runs along the Adriatic Sea, giving the region a Mediterranean climate ideal for grape-growing. Along with sprawling, sun-exposed, flat land and the vast majority of soil being ideal for grapevines, Puglia should be near perfect. However, a number of factors hinder wine production in the region. For example, up to three-quarters of the region's wine is blended for the north and France, or used for vermouth. Furthermore, only 5.5% earns PDO (Protected Designation of Origin – a wine made in the EU that has the higher grade of Geographical Indication), despite there being a number of DOCs. The Oxford Companion to Wine states that DOC wine production lies at around 2% of Puglia's total wine production and less than a quarter of wine produced there actually makes it into the bottle and onto the shelf! Essentially, annual wine production has decreased rapidly, with some arguing that it's the low-yielding, concentrated and interesting wines that have suffered as a consequence. Depressing stuff I'm sure you'll agree. Yet despite all the boring gloominess , for me, the Negroamaro grape is something Puglia should be proud of. Grown almost exclusively in the region, Negroamaro produces wines of almost port-like colour and baffling complexity. Plummy, smokey, earthy, rustic, bitter. One word consistently springs to mind when I sample something from Puglia – or even just read about the place – 'intriguing.' Here in Muswell Hill we have two spectacular examples of the Negroamaro grape variety. Both located in the heel of the Italy's boot, the Copertino DOC sits just to the south of its counterpart Salice Salentino. We have one from each village. See what our resident wine boffins said about them:

Copertino 2007, Masseria Monaci (£6.99 when purchasing two or more) “Thick and luscious with dark, plummy fruits and hints of almonds and spice box. Well balanced and soft on the palate.”

'I Satiri' Salice Salentino Riserva 2006, Candido (£6.99 when purchasing two or more) “This robust wine displays real complexity from several years' bottle ageing, including dried fig and smokey notes. However, a backbone of dark plum and bramble still dominate.”

Sources/Further Reading: Jancis Robinson – The Oxford Companion to Wine, Third Edition Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson – The World Atlas of Wine Wine & Spirits – Produced and published by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust  

Sherry at Christmas!Date published: 30/11/12

We seem to have had a lot of enquiries in store recently regarding our range of sherries and also a few misconceptions about the different styles. So therefore, I have attempted to explain the term "sherry" in a bit more detail!

The name Sherry can only be used for fortified wines made around Cadiz and Jerez in the South of Spain. Sherry is a fortified wine meaning that a "base wine" is created and blended with a small percentage of high alcohol grape spirit. Unfortunately, many people in the UK associate the term solely with the sweeter styles, Christmas day and their elderly Grandmother! This is such a shame because they fail to appreciate the different styles that can be drank all year round and enjoyed with all sorts of food types. These can range from a sweet accopaniment to a dessert to a fresh dry style like a fino that matches perfectly with Tapas. The main styles associated with the region are as follows:-

Fino - This is the palest and dryest style and should always be served chilled. Displaying nutty, floral and green apple flavours, a fino is a perfect partner for fish, cheese, white meats and tapas. Try the Tio Pepe from Gonzalez Byass at £9.99 Manzanilla - Another dry style, Manzanilla sherries such as the Manzanilla Pasada. Pastrana at £9.99 display a distinctive salty tang. It is therefore ideal as an aperitif or accompanied with seafood, smoked salmon or olives.

Amontillado - Amontillado sherries such as the Seco Napoleon from Hidalgo at £11.99 combine features of both Fino and Oloroso styles. They tend to be dark amber in colour and much more full-flavoured than a fino. Ideal with hams, pates and cheeses.

Oloroso - Oloroso sherries and matured with no "flor" which means they often display more oxidised characteristics of Coffee, brown sugar, spice and walnut. Usually sweeter in style than an Amontillado. Try the Romate Oloroso at £6.99.

Cream - Cream Sherries (perhaps those we associate most with Christmas and laying dormant at the back of drinks cabinets for 11 months of the year) have the addition of sweet grape juice with gives them their sweeter finish. Pale Creams can be blends of other styles but are usually sweetened finos. A classic example sold by Majestic is the Romate Cream at £6.99.

Finally, we have my favourite. The Pedro Ximinez, or PX as its also known. The PX grape gives a much sweeter style. Very dark, rich and opulently sweet with dried plum flavours and raisins on the nose. In order to concentrate sweetness the grapes can be raisined. PX makes a superb dessert wine that goes perfectly with vanilla ice cream. It can be served at cellar temperature, although in Jerez they often enjoy it chilled or on ice. Why not splash out on the PX "Triana" from Hidalgo at £11.99 this winter!

Hope that makes some sense! Look out for sherries appearing on the Muswell Hill tasting counter this Winter!

Let the festivities begin...!Date published: 30/11/12

What better way to get in the mood for Christmas than trying some of our Royal Tokaji range, whether you like your wine dry or lusciously sweet, there is an offering for you.

Tokaji Dry Furmint - The name Furmint is derived from 'froment', the Hungarian word for the wheaten colour of its wines. More commonly associated with the supersweet dessert wines of Hungary, the Furmint grape is employed here in a dry white, to stunning effect. Well-defined aromatics comprising rich honey notes and stone fruits onthe nose. Plenty of acidity gives the palate crispness and bite, withmineral tinges accenting the fruit-laden, exotic feel. Partner with strong creamy cheeses or rich poultry dishes.

£9.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £4 - £7.99

 

Tokaji Late Harvest - Royal Tokaji was founded in 1990, when a small group of investors brought together 62 small growers in Hungary, and created a high quality range of traditional style wines. This wine's sweetness is achieved by allowing the grapes extended ripening time on the vine. Pale green-gold colour. The nose is more delicate than many a Tokaji, with aromas of ripe peach, exotic fruit and blossom. Moderate palate weight, with a fine balance of intense sweetness and acidic lift. Pair with sweet fruit tarts, baklava, or ripe blue cheese.

£9.99

 

Tokaji '5Puttonyos' Blue Label - Acknowledged as one of the region’s top winemakers, Karoly Ats combines traditional techniques with modern technology to create the award-winning Royal Tokaji range. Tokaji is produced by blending handpicked shrivelled or 'aszu' berries with top quality base wines. A medium amber colour with a nose of orange peel, figs and cinnamon. The sugar on the palate is well-balanced by the fine acidity, leading to a clean, refreshing finish. Will continue to improve over several years but drink now, slightly chilled, with blue cheeses or fruit desserts.

£19.99

 

Royal Tokaji - Szt Tamas - 2005  Rich and sweet, showing orange marmalade characters, this wine nevertheless shows a crisp, refreshing acidity on the finish. A fantastic dessert wine that will age for years to come.

£55

 

Royal Tokaji - Mezes Maly - 2003 - The name Mézes Mály translates from Latin as honeycomb. It is one of the two great First Growth Tokaji wines and will only be made in exceptional vintages and perfect climatic conditions for botrytis. It is clear that 1999 is a great Aszú year, and the Royal Tokaji Wine Company believe that it is on a par with the famous 1993 vintage. Whereas the 1993 vintage had impressive concentration and structured richness, the hallmark of the 1999 vintage is one of unbelievable acidity wrapped in perfectly balanced fruit. Peppermint, quince, peach and honey with a wonderful structure and great balance. A full-bodied wine with fresh acidity, ethereal texture and a long lasting quince aftertaste. Nothing compares. Gold Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards, UK, May 2007 Silver Medal - International Wine & Spirit Competition, UK, May 2007

£95

Wine of the WeekDate published: 30/11/12

WINE OF THE WEEK

Les Hauts Castelmaure 2010 Corbieres, Languedoc, France

The region Corbieres is one of the most significant appellations of Languedoc (south of France). In such a sunny region as Corbieres, good wine becomes an issue of altitude. It is here in fact that on the Corbieres mountain slopes, the freshness of the wind temperates the hardness of a Mediterranean climate. In such a way the wines gain a very interesting balance and equilibrium between sugar levels and extravagant fruit ripeness.

The producer Embres-et-Castelmaure is a tiny village to the south of Corbieres, with around 500 residents, all of whom are families of grape growers. The village's local co-operative makes this gorgeous wine from the grapes hand-picked (vendages manuelles, as stated on the label) . The fruit comes form 760 local plots, some of them with vines aged up to 80 years old.

The wine An expressive open nose, full of damson jam and cassis notes, and that unmistakable natural 'garrigue' aroma of heather and wild thyme. Plenty of body and soft ripe tannins. This classic blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan is better served at around 15-16^ and can be enjoyed up to 4 years down the line.

Perfect partner for food but also ideal for drinking on its own. Great with beef daube, casserole, other tender soft meats or grilled lamb.

Did you know... Languedoc literally means 'language of oc', from the word 'yes' in the local Occitane language ('oc', as opposed to 'oil', later 'oui' in the North of France).

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles 11.99 single bottle price  

Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 17/11/12

Sunday 9th December 10am -5pm

Monday 10th - Friday 14th December 9am-8pm

Saturday 15th December 9am-7pm

Monday 17th - Saturday 22nd December 9am-8pm

Sunday 23rd December 10am-5pm

Monday 24th December 9am-5pm

Tuesday 25th - Thursday 27th December CLOSED

Friday 28th December 10am-8pm

Saturday 29th December 9am-7pm

Sunday 30th - Monday 31st December 10am-5pm

Tuesday 1st January CLOSED

Wednesday 2nd - Friday 4th January 10am-8pm

Saturday 5th January 9am-7pm

Wine of the WeekDate published: 16/11/12

Château Greysac 2007 Medoc, France

The region

This fantastic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc comes straight from the most famous red wine district in Bordeaux and possibly in the world. This area is situated in the so called 'Left Bank' of the river Gironde, that splits the Bordeaux region in two. The distinctive climatic characteristics of the Left Bank area are a distinctive Mediterranean climate moderated by wind currents from the ocean. The vines from the region will therefore enjoy long sunny summers and thus their fruit will be able to reach full ripeness and represent some of the best examples of big earthy reds in the world.

The wine

This is certainly one of the most appropriate wines for the cold winter nights and opulent Christmas meals waiting just around the corner. Be warmed up and overwhelmed by its medium body consistency and classic aromas of cassis, black cherry, plum, vanilla and spice alongside with hints of tobacco. All accompanied by a long lingering finish.

A young Claret that, despite its long future ahead can be drunk now and be the perfect partner for steak, beef Wellington, filet mignons or game birds.

Did you know...

The city of Bordeaux was once under English rule from 1154 to 1435 and was the seat of the French government in 1914 and again in 1940.

£10.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles £ 12.99 single bottle price  

COME & EXPLORE...Wines from ChileDate published: 12/11/12

To stimulate, surprise and challenge your taste buds this week we will present you with a great selection of some of the best reds and whites from Chile, to try on the tasting counter!

What to expect? The main grape varieties you will discover and or get to know better will be some of the most popular throughout the country; among others in Chile we can find many examples of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Carmenere, Syrah, some new attempts of Malbec, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viogner, and others.

The wine you will be tasting will not only show exceptional varietal characteristics but will also outline the typical extremely fruity, clean and well structured character of Chilean wines of modern production. Some wines will have undergone barrel maturation and or bottle aging adding therefore extra dimensions and aroma characteristics to the wines.

Feeling curios yet? Well, you are more than welcome to come and explore our incredible range of Chilean wines from Tuesday the 13th until Monday the 19th of November.

We will be waiting you by the tasting counter :)

WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 07/11/12

'Testimonio' 2010, Luigi Bosco

This is an exciting new addition to our selection of Argentinian wines, from an excellent family producer now in their third generation of winemaking, the Arizu family have been making top notch wines since 1901. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Tannat has been designed to represent the house style of their wines, with the grapes being selected from selected estate vineyards.

Intense dark fruit flavours, particularly cassis, dominate this wine, but with hints of spice and vanilla. A good, strong structure and silky tannins make this a big, beautiful mouthful with a nice length.

A wine that can be enjoyed on its own (if you like them big and heavy!) is also a perfect match for rare sirloin steak.

£8.99 when you buy 2 or more.

Single bottle price £12.99.

Wine Walks Are Starting Again This AutumnDate published: 22/09/12

Here at Majestic in Muswell Hill we will be hosting two wine walks this Autumn focusing on Spanish Wine.

The walks are happening on Wednesday 17th of October and Sunday 21st of October.

Places are limited so if you interested in coming along and trying some interesting Spanish wines please call us here in store on 02084446888.

Sauvignon Blanc Tasting TutorialDate published: 20/09/12

We are holding 2 tasting tutorials this Saturday (22nd September) on Sauvignon Blanc. One in the morning at 11am and the other at 3pm.

Why not pop in for a taste......!

WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 20/09/12

WINE OF THE WEEK

Vergelegen Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2006
South Africa

The region
The fruit for this amazing Cabernet is sourced from Vergelegen's premium North to North-east Stonepine, Rondekop, Rooiland and Kopland vineyards planted on granite.

The producer
Vergelegen, meaning 'situated away' was granted to the Governor of the Cape in 1700. In the making of their wine the basic philosophy that is followed dictates that there must be harmony between the old and the new. Simplicity is therefore combined with rigorous selection, infinite attention to details, new technologies and yet traditions and craftsmanship.

The wine
Intensely aromatic spicy blackcurrants, ripe plum and vanilla. A fine and yet well structured palate bursts with juicy blackberry characters and hints of soft vanilla; ripe tannins and a balanced finish with excellent wood integration.

After being decanted, this wine becomes the perfect partner for steaks, cassoulet, smoked cheese and roast vegetables.

Did you know...
Very much like Madeira – and yet with a completely different taste - this wine has been fermented in open tanks at high temperature and matured in 225 litre barrels for two years.
Furthermore this Cabernet Sauvignon is a so called 'vegetarian' wine as no animal-based stabilisers (gelatine, egg whites) have been used.

 

£ 13.58
down from £16.99 when you buy 2
or more bottles
 

Spanish Tasting TutorialDate published: 14/09/12

Why not come along to Majestic at Muswell Hill tomorrow and experience the variety of wines from Spain?

We are hosting two Spanish tasting tutorials starting at 11am and 3pm

FINE WINE FRIDAY.Date published: 07/09/12

FINE WINE FRIDAY
VINA ARDANZA RESERVA 1995
From an exclusive parcel of Spanish wines secured by our buyers this mature Rioja has been stored impeccably and is now at is peak.

The 1995 vintage in Rioja was rated as 'Excelente' and awarded five stars by the D.O.Ca. Rioja Control Board, one of only 9 vintages in the last century to achieve such a rating.

Wines of this quality and maturity rarely become available.

Single bottle £30

2 or more bottles

£25 each
 

Chardonnay Tasting TutorialDate published: 07/09/12

Why not pop into store this weekend for the opportunity to discover Chardonnay at one of two free tutored tastings?

The tastings start at 11am and 3pm and last for about 30 minutes.

Come and explore the Chardonnay grape in its many incarnations from around the globe.

WINE OF THE WEEK - HOCHAR 2007Date published: 07/09/12

WINE OF THE WEEK

Chateau Musar,

Hochar Pere et Fils,
2007

Background

This is the second wine of the famed Musar estate. It is aged in oak vats for 6-9 months, and then cellared for a further 2 years before bottling. Made in the Bekka Valley, which is home to Lebanon's famous vineyards. Wine making is a tradition that goes back 6000 years in Lebanon, with an average altitude of 1000 m above sea level, the valley's climate is very suitable to vineyards. Abundant winter rain and much sunshine in the summer helps the grapes ripen easily.

The Wine

This wine is made in a lighter, more easy going style than the first wine from the Musar estate. It is intense burgandy in colour and a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault. It has a complex nose of black fruits, figs, dates and spices and has a well integrated palate with good acidity, soft tannins and a good length as well as subtle hints of thyme.

£11.99
Buy 2 Bottles Save £3
£10.49
 

WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 30/08/12

Torre Aldea Gran Reserva, 2005
Rioja, Spain

 

The region

Rioja lies in the North of Spain and it is named after the rio (river) Oja, a tributary of the bigger river Ebro.
The Rioja region has been transformed in recent years, with the addition of new, quality-conscious producers to the list of older, family-owned bodegas.
The wine we present you this week is a product of new management.

The wine

The Wine of the Week we would like you to discover is a Graciano, Grenacha and Tempranillo blend.
A lovely clean, fresh example with the lovely strawberry fruit of 'real' Rioja. Deep ruby in colour with interesting terracotta reflections. On the palate aromas of raisins, vanilla, leather and chocolate drifting from the glass. Solid fruit and well integrated oak make this wine a well refined Rioja example.

Perfect partner for lamb kebabs marinated in paprika and served with alioli.

Did you know...

There is archaeological evidence that shows that the Romans pioneered viticulture in the Ebro valley; wine trade was tolerated but not encouraged under the Moorish domination of Iberia; but viticulture flourished once more in the Rioja after the Christian reconquest at the end of the 15th century.

 


£ 11.99
£9.49 when you buy 2 or more bottles
 

5 Things you didn't know about...NUMBERS AND WINEDate published: 26/08/12

Numbers and wine, a combination that has been gaining increasing importance as wine making is becoming more scientifc. If until the 70s the only numbers appearing on a bottle were those of the vintage and the alcoholic percentage, nowadays wine related numbers are a symbol of identification and consumer informations.

1) The evaluation process starts in the vineyard where scoring is used to assess the suitability for producing good quality wine grapes. The most famous system is the one used in the Portuguese Duoro valley. Vineyards are allocated points (1.680 maximun and 3.340 minimum) taking into account yelds, soil type, mesoclimate, vineyard maitenance, grape composition and vine age.

2) Wine scoring on the other hand is the increasing tendency of wine writers to award scores, and eventually prizes, to individual wines. The system has consequelty improved the market, especially for the fine wine trade, collectors and investments overall, but most importantly empowerd consumers.

3) There are two main reasons why scoring is applied: the first one is because a number is precise, for instance number 3 will have the same meaning for everyone whereas words can be interpreted differently. Second, numbers combine easily; for example we can obtain an average numerical measure by combinig all the values given by different tasters.

4) One of the main problems of scoring however is the subjective character of wiens. The difficulty in reproducing the exact same wine every vintage does not undermine the usefulness of such numerical measures, it only means one has to be more careful in using them.

5) Only a careful design of tasting, accompanied by a rigorous analysis of the results, can produce judgments of real value. Nevertheless much of the joy of wine comes form its enormous variety combined with personal taste. Numbers will never destroy the endulging pleasure of a well deserved glass of wine!

Wine Quote No.1Date published: 26/08/12

Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter, sermons and soda water the day after.

 

George Gordon Byron

RAIN KILLERDate published: 26/08/12

The amazing team at Majestic Muswell Hill is constantly lookoing out for new treats for our lovely customers. To enjoy the last few weeks of sunny summer why not try this refreshing tropical cocktail invented in 1962 in Steve Crane's Kon-Tiki restaurant.

 

0.5 OZ FRESH LIME JUICE

0.5 OZ ORANGE JUICE

0.5 PINEAPPLE JUICE

1.5 OZ SUGAR SYRUP

1.5 OZ BACARDI WHITE RUM (can be substituted by vodka, gin, burbon or brandy)

1\2 CUP OF CRUSHED ICE

 

Put all the ingredients in a blender, saving crushed ice for last. Blend at high speed for no more than 5 seconds. Pour into your glass. Garnish with a mint sping and a paper parasol.

 

ENJOY :)

Wine Quote No.2Date published: 25/08/12

"I have enjoyed great health and a great age because everyday since I can remember, I have consumed a bottle of wine except when I have not felt well. Then I have consumed two bottles."

A fomer Bishop Of Seville
 

5 Things you didn't know about...MADEIRADate published: 25/08/12

 

Madeira is Portuguese island situated in the Atlantic Ocean, 75km from the coast of North Africa. Despite the volcanic beauty of the place, the island is more famous for its world know fortified wine named after its home town: Madeira.

 

  1. Like Port, Madeira seems to have started as an unfortified wine. Rumour has it that Madeira was the result of a fortunate accident; Funchal (the capital of the island) was, in the 16th century, a natural port for ships on their route to Africa, Asia and South America. In order to survive the long voyage without deteriorating, wines were fortified. In addition it was also discovered that wines travelling across the tropics tasted better than those matured on the island. To simulate those conditions and replicate the results, estufas and canteiros are used nowadays to heath up the wine artificially and provide the typical Madeira flavour.

  2. With the colonisation of North America, Madeira established an important export market on the east coast of the US. Madeira held such a high reputation that it was used to toast the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Madeira Club Savannah was the only one surviving prohibition and continue its production at full gear.

  3. Due to pests and systemic diseases such as Powdery Mildew and Phylloxera that destroyed the vast majority of vineyards, vines were replaced by sugar cane to sustain the economy of the island. The unfortunate consequence was the immediate decline of Madeira. The wine industry returned to normal levels of production at the beginning of the 20th century.

  4. Viticulture in Madeira is very difficult and, at this latitude, only possible because of the altitude. Here the mountains are constantly covered with clouds, which provide moisture in the warm oceanic air, which is forced to condensate.

  5. The quality of the even more basic Madeira has improved dramatically since the 90s. Inexpensive whites with a distinctive cork smell are now fresher and cleaner and finer wines are distinguished by their high- toned rancio aromas and searing acidity.

Tasting Counter TutorialsDate published: 25/08/12

Brand new and exciting way of knowing your wines with Majestic!

During our amazing range of autumn promotional tastings (which you surely don't want to miss) we will also be running 30 minutes long sessions to discover a bit more about the wines open on the tasing counter.

The tutorial will run on Saturday the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th of September. There will be a morning and afternoon session on each of these days.

So keep an eye out for more details being uploaded on our web page closer to the dates.

 

Majestic Muswell Hill never desappoints you!

.....Come And Explore.....

New Arrival - Tyrrells TortillasDate published: 24/08/12

Not only do Tyrrells make fantastic crisps they also make wonderful tortilla chips and these have just arrived in store.

Thay are available in three flavours:

Rather Hot English Chillies

Glastonbury Chedder and Caramalised Onion

Somerset Sour Cream

They taste great so why not come and give them a try for only £1.99 a pack or if you buy three packs you can save 50p per bag!

We Stock Tyrrells Too...!!Date published: 22/08/12

We also stock a wide array of Tyrrells Potato Chips.

Fine English crisps made on their farm in Hertfordshire, cooked by hand in small batches.

Flavours include -

Sea Salt and Black Pepper

Sweet Chilli

Naked

Ludlow Sausage and Mustard

Cheddar Cheese

Cider Vinegar

Lightly Sea Salted

and many more..........!!

Mr Klein - A Poetic Tale.Date published: 22/08/12

Mr Klein was out for a stroll one sunny Saturday
He stumbled upon a Majestic Wine and he heard himself say
“Why dont I pop in and have a look around..?”
And this is the story of what Mr Klein found.

Walking up to the door, Mr Klein spotted a windmaster
20% off Italian Wines, he thought “thats not a disaster”
Upon entering the store, he was greeted with a smile and hello
The man in green certainly seemed a nice fellow

The sight that faced him was something to adore
An enormous Aladdin's cave, with wine wonders galore
“Would you like some help Sir?” proclaimed the man in green
Mr Klein was surprised, unlike many shops this employee wasn't mean

“How does it work, Ive never been here before?”
“I saw your advert on TV so Ive come to explore.”
“What do you offer, whats your package,your grand master plan?”
“Whats different to supermarkets, explain if you can?”

“I'm glad you ask Sir, you want to know our proposition.”
“exceptional customer service is our goal, its our ongoing mission.”
“The way we trade is by the case, so in store we must sell six”
“ But fear not, you can choose Wine, Champagne or spirits, as it is any mix.”

“We have offers a plenty, wines open to taste everyday”
“We offer expert advice, which is more than most can say.”
“Friendly, knowledgeable staff, it is a guarantee.”
“And if you buy 6 bottles over £40, we can deliver, and its free.”

“Our range is extensive, we have over 300 bottles of wine”
“We have something for everyone, and the quality is much better than fine”
“Prices vary too, they go from £4.49 to £20 plus
“So we can meet the needs of your wallet with the minimum of fuss.”

“We also offer a party service with glasses, bins and ice,”
“The only thing we cant control is if the weather is nice.”
“We offer Sale or Return, you can order more than enough,”
“Afterall no-one wants to run out leaving guests in the huff.”

“We have many stores spread across our great nation,”
“So we can get wine to you no matter your location.”
“Our database is helpful, it records everything you buy,”
“So we remember all the wines that you've taken to try.”

Mr Klein replied “Wow, that is certainly quite an M.O.”
“Im going to have a browse now, and probably buy before I go.”
“However, I dont know much about wine, except that its an old friend”
“ Can you help me out, is there something you can recommend?”

“Why certainly Sir, I have a Kiwi Sauvignon, which is open to try,”
“It is from the Marlborough region, and it is very dry.”
“Gooseberry flavours on the palate, with an underlying mineral tone.”
“A perfect match with seafood, or very good on its own.”

“That's delicious, it's superb!” exclaimed Mr Klein
“So much flavour, intensity, thats an extremely good wine.”
“But how much does it cost, must I pay the Earth.”
“Is it over £10, thats what Id say it is worth.”

“Its £6.99 at the moment, down from ten pound.”
“Really, that cheap, what a marvel I've found.”
“Ill take 3 of those please, but what about red.”
“With not too much alcohol, or it will go straight to my head.”

“Try this Rioja, from the heartland of Spain.”
“Give it a taste, its certainly anything but plain.”
“Have it with dinner or when you just put up your feet,”
“Perfect with lamb casserole or with other red meat.”

“Morello Cherry, red and black currants, with vanilla and oak.”
“Tastes buds in overdrive, and this wine won't leave you broke.”
“We have a vast selection from Spain, many wines with a reasonable fee”
“This one is £5.99, superb value, I'm sure you'll agree”

“That's great, perfect, I'll take 3 of too those if I may,”
“Certainly Sir, can I grab anything else for you today.”
“We also sell soft drinks, spirits and a range of beer”
“You could always stock up with things while you are here.”

“No thank you, thats it, just the red and the white.”
“But next time I pop in, buy some beer I just might.”
“Not a problem, thats ok,, Ill just pop this through the till”
“Ill add you to our system and I'll print off your bill.”

“Ill also give you the tasting notes for the bottles of wine .”
“Something to read through and show off to your friends when you dine”
“And heres a Recommend a Friend voucher for you to fill in”
“It entitles you and a friend to a free bottle so don't lose it in the bin”

“Thank you for shopping with us, Ill help you to your car.”
“Oh I'm just walking, but I haven't got to go far.”
“You have been brilliant, I'm over the moon.”
“You guys are great, Ill definitely be back soon.”

So this is the story of a man called Mr Klein
Who popped in one day and learned a little about wine
This is a taster of what Majestic offer, but there is so much more
So why not pop down yourselves, please come and explore.
 

The Best of The Bunch.......Syrah/Shiraz!Date published: 22/08/12

Syrah/Shiraz

Estimated to be the world's fifth most planted grape, Syrah is now very popular and on-trend, rightly so. The origin of the grape has for some time been the topic of debate; what we do know is that it was used in the Rhone since Roman times, producing some fine wines. It is now a major grape in Australia and South Africa as well as the Northern Rhone, taking on slightly different characteristics from each area. Generally speaking the New World Shriaz is more full bodied, fruit-driven and punchier than the traditional European, Old World Syrah which is usually more elegant and exhibits classic notes of white pepper.


DMZ Syrah 2009, De Morgenzon Stellenbosch, South Africa
£9.99

The De Morgenzon Syrah is fantastic and has gone down well with the staff here at Greenwich. Picked from young vines in De Morgenzon's own vineyard, this is a bold wine full of delicious blackberries, plums and with a touch of spice, typical of Syrah. It is very well integrated and will keep developing over the next 5 to 6 years and comes highly recommended.


Le Cap Maritime Shiraz 2009/10 Boekenhoutskloof, Walker Bay, South Africa.
£9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles, £12.99 as a single bottle

This is a great full bodied, intense and unforgettable South African Shiraz, if you like a big wine then this is it. The use of oak can really be detected in this fantastic red giving it a rich, spicy and smooth finish expected of the popular Shiraz grape. The fact that they have labeled it Shiraz and not Syrah indicates this strong style. This has gone down really well with the residents of Greenwich.


The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2009, Jim Barry, Clare Valley, Australia
£9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles, £12.49 as a single bottle

The very popular Shiraz grape is now the main red grape planted in Australia. It saw a massive dip in popularity in the 1980's which then lead to many ancient vines being sadly destroyed, but is now enjoying it's surge in popularity. The cooler climate of the Clare Valley leads to the grapes maintaining the acidity, leading to a leaner and more peppery style. The smooth, deep blackcurrant Lodge Hill Shiraz is a brilliant accompaniment to a rich lamb casserole, as I enjoyed the other night.


Galliard Syrah 2009/10, Collines Rhodaniennes, Rhone, France
£8.49 when you buy 2 or more bottles, £9.99 as a single bottle

This big seller is a lot lighter than the wines mentioned previously, which is typical from an Old World Syrah, yet still full of black fruits and red cherry. There are very subtle hints of white and black pepper and a beautiful which is very different from the stronger new World style. A great match with grilled pork chops.


 

5 Things You Didn't Know About.......Krug.Date published: 22/08/12

1.) Krug was founded by German, Johann-Joseph Krug in 1843.


2.) Krug does not make an ordinary Non–Vintage Champagne but specialises exclusively in Prestige Cuvees, of which the multi vintage Grande Cuvee is the flagship. Anywhere between 6 and 9 different vintages make up this Grande Cuvee.


3.) Krug is the only Champagne House to persist in barrel fermentation of its entire production of base wine, in old 205-l/54-gal casks.


4.) In 1971, Krug acquired and replanted Clos de Mesnil, a walled vineyard of less than 5 acres. Its Chardonnay grapes provide one of Champagnes very few single vineyards. 1979 was the first Vintage here.


5.) Although the firm is run by members of the 5th and 6th generation of Champagne making Krugs, it has been owned by L.V.M.H since 1999.
 

Wine Of The Week......!Date published: 22/08/12

Mâcon Rouge 'Les Roches Rouge' 2010, Louis Jadot


The Producer

Louis Jadot is a renowned producer in Burgundy, which has been producing wine since 1859. They aim to make the best of the diverse terroir in Burgundy which enable different growing conditions all over the region. Louis Jadot is based in Beaune, with vineyards in the Côte d'Or, Mâconnais and Beaujolais.

The Region

This wine is made in the hilly Mâconnais sub-region of southern Burgundy. The slightly warmer climate than the Côte d'Or allows fresh, fruity and early drinking reds and often provides outstanding value.


The Wine

Although some red wines from the region are blends of Pinot Noir and Gamay, this particular wine is one hundred per cent Pinot Noir, and as such displays pure varietal fruit flavours of redcurrant and raspberry on the nose. These flavours carry through onto the palate which is fresh, medium-bodied, balanced and smooth. A delicious and easy-drinking red Burgundy offering excellent value. A superb match for white meats; the perfect partner for a roast chicken dinner.


£9.99
£7.99 When You Buy 2 Bottles
 

Wine Quote No. 1Date published: 22/08/12

"When it comes to wine, I tell people to throw away the vintage charts and invest in a corkscrew. The best way to learn about wine is the drinking."

Alexis Lichine

5 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT....BIODYNAMICS in the vineyardDate published: 21/08/12

1) Biodynamics refers to 'extreme' organic viticulture practices based on the theories of the Austrian philosopher, Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). According to his philosophical principles the earth is seen as a living organism with diurnal and seasonal rhythms dependent on, and receptive to, cosmic cycles; so are vineyards. Agriculture is therefore timed to coincide with these cyclical events.

2) Applied practices include spraying compost preparations directly on crops at certain times (some of them being specifically at midnight). The mostly widespread sprays are horn manure and  horn silica. These are sourced by burying respectively cow manure or ground quartz (silica) in a cow horn for six months in the winter or summer accordingly. The aim is to catalyse processes such as humus formation in the soil and vitalising the plant growth.

3) Most of the compost preparations are fermented inside animal organs (such as horns). The chosen animals are supposed to spend their life on the vineyard and contribute to it (with fertiliser material) so that, even when dead, their organs will be the result of former interaction with the vineyard itself, thus keep in line with the life cycle.

4) Lunar, stellar and planetary phases are also vital to biodynamics. These cosmical rhythms make the soil more receptive therefore improve and speed plants' growth. For instance during 'New Moon' it is time to graft, whilst during 'Old Moon' planting new vines and pruning should take place.

5) According to biodynamics not only the four parts of a vine (root, leaf/shoot, flower and fruit) are linked to the four elements of the earth( respectively earth, water, air and fire), but they are also closely related to the 12 signs of the Zodiac. Each plant component is favoured by a precise Zodiac constellation in respect to the position of the moon at that specific point in time. For example to improve roots growth, the (appropriate) manure has to be sprayed when the moon is in line with earth signs, such as Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn.

This controversial regime has produced some exciting results, however without the backing up of any scientific proof.
 

Fine Wine Arrival - Limited Supply!!Date published: 08/08/12

We are all excited by a new Fine Wine we have received in store today.  Unfortunately there aren't many bottles available so it won't be around for long!

Chateau Clerc Milon 2006

"From the same stable as Mouton Rothschild and d’Armailhac, Clerc Milon, despite the relatively high percentage of Merlot (44%) combined with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Cabernet Franc, is dense, rich, tannic, and backward. Surprisingly muscular for this offering, which often exhibits a more precocious side, it offers up abundant amounts of creme brulee, chocolate, cedar, and black currants. This full-bodied Pauillac displays gorgeous purity and depth as well as moderately high tannins in the finish. Because of its freshness, structure, and density, it is reminiscent of a 1996 Medoc." 91+ points erobertparker.com

Wine of the Week - Mas des Mas LanguedocDate published: 08/08/12

WINE OF THE WEEK

Mas des Mas 2011, Languedoc, France


The Region

The Languedoc region is situated in the of the South of France; the dramatic landscape consists of mountains and valleys reaching 40km from the sea and the hot climate, coupled with the influence of the Mediterranean enables many well concentrated and full-bodied red wines, often producing complexity and quality that represent outstanding value for money.


The Producer

The renowned Jean-Claude Mas is one of the leading figures in Languedoc. He is an embodiment of the natural fusion between winemaking tradition, and a modern, vibrant approach to wine. His Mas des Mas range shows the quality of each major appellation in the region with the aim of matching each of their individual geologies with the perfect maturity of the grapes and meticulous winemaking.

The Wine

The wine is blended from Syrah, Grenache and Mouvedre grapes and aged partially in oak to add some structure and complexity. The resulting wine shows attractive floral, berry fruit and spicy aroma with a smooth and intensely juicy finish.

The wine is drinking superbly now owing to its lovely balance of fruit concentration, attractive spices and floral notes. It has the potential to age for another five years. Best enjoyed with Duck, especially confit de canard.


£9.99
£8.49 When You Buy 2 Bottles
 

In Season for August...Date published: 01/08/12

There's nothing better than the apple, it's so versitile in sweet pies, by themselves and in savoury dishes, we are going for the savoury option this month with an amazing pork and apple dish, a classic comination calls for a classic wine to match...

Why not try this Trimbach, Riesling, 2009, full of white peach, grapefruit and lemon on the palate with a clean, fresh finish, and at £10.99 you can't go wrong!

Slow Cooked Pork with Butterbeans, Apple and Sage

(serves 4)

Ingredients

4 Pork Shoulder Steaks

3 Onions

Small Bunch of Fresh Sage

400ml Cider

100ml Good Quality Chicken Stock

800g Butterbeans (rinsed and drained)

1 Good Quality Apple

1 Stick of Celery

1 tsp Cornflour

1 tbsp Wholegrain Mustard

50g Butter

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

Method

1) Put a few of the sage leaves, the onion and celery in a slow cooker, add the butterbeans and season

2) Pan fry the pork steaks, seasoned to taste, until browned on both sides, and transfer to the slow cooker, add the cider and stock to the frying pan, and bring to the boil, then pour into the slow cooker, pop the lid on and cook for 7 hours

3) Cut the apple into wedges and fry gently in the butter until golden brown, then add the remaining sage leaves and fry until crisp

4) Take the Pork out of the slow cooker and keep warm, add the cornflour and mustard to the sauce remaining and stir until thickened

5) Pour over the Pork and top with the apples and sage leaves, serve with a hearty serving of creamy mash

 

Five BBQ Essentials...Date published: 26/07/12

Now that Summer has FINALLY arrived, we hope you are all getting those BBQ's out and inviting over family and friends for a good old fashioned English Summer BBQ (without the usual downpour), so relax and let us do all the planning with our list of BBQ essentials and did we mention we offer a complete party service??

1) Pimms - No British shindig would be complete without a good old fashioned pitcher of Pimms, mixed with lemonade, mint and seasonal fruit. Get your Pimms for just £12.75 if you buy 2 or more bottles (£15 single bottle price)

2) Salad - No BBQ would be complete without your parents bugging you to eat those greens, but with this simple, yet delicious recipe you will even want seconds.....

Wild Rice and Halloumi Salad (serves 4)

Ingredients

200g Cooked Wild Rice

Juice of 1 Lemon

2 Cloves of Garlic (crushed)

1 Avocado (peeled and sliced)

4 Spring Onions (chopped)

3 Radishes (sliced)

1/2 tsp Chilli Flakes

150g Broad Beans (pods removed)

5 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3 Handfuls of Cress

Method

  • Cook the Broad Beans in boiling water for 5 minutes, then blanch in cold water, when cool remove the skins and set aside
  • Whisk the Olive Oil, Lemon juice, Chilli Flakesa and Garlic and season to taste
  • Use a griddle pan to fry the Halloumi in a touch of Olive Oil until browned
  • Mix the Broad Beans, Wild Rice, Radishes, Avocado, Spring Onions and Cress together, pour over the dressing and top with the griddled Halloumi

Why not match this delicious Salad with Inama Soave, 2011, packed with apricots, almonds and honey and just £10.99 when you buy to or more (£13.74 single bottle price)

3) Strawberries - No BBQ would be complete without the English Strawberry and we have a perfect Strawberry Daiquiri recipe to really make your party

Ingredients

5 Strawberries

2 tsp White Sugar

35ml Bacardi Rum (£20.00 a bottle)

25ml Fresh Lime Juice

1 tbsp Strawberry Liqueur

Method

  • Put all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker (except 1 strawberry) and mash down with the end of a rolling pin
  • Put the lid on and shake very well
  • Pour into a Martini glass and garnish with the remaining strawberry cut in half

4) Rosé wine - No BBQ would be complete without a crisp, refreshing Rosé and we have the perfect one for sharing. The AIX Rosé is a delicious blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Shiraz, grab a glass of summer for just £19.99

5) Champagne - Nothing screams celebration more than Champagne and we have the perfect Pink Champagne to get your BBQs started, it's delicate and delicious and the price has been slashed from £27.00 to just £18.00

With our complete party service, including glass hire, chiller bin loan, ice and FREE delivery, Majestic Wine has all you need to celebrate all that summer has to offer!!


 

Did you know......Date published: 23/07/12

........we also stock Spirits!

 

From Cognac to Tequila, Rum to Whiskey and Vodka to GIn, we have it all!

Pop in store and check out our range!

Nyetimber English Sparkling Wine TastingDate published: 22/07/12

There is a lot of buzz around English Sparkling Wine at the moment with many wines winning awards in high profile competitions.

On Sunday 29th July there is a chance for you to come ad see what all the fuss is about when one of the very best producers Nyetimber will be holding a tasting for customers in our store.

The event will begin at aroung 12pm so why not come down and give them a try?

Wine of the Week - Beaujolais-Lantignié 2010, Louis JadotDate published: 21/07/12

WINE OF THE WEEK

Beaujolais-Lantignié 2010, Louis Jadot


Background

The village of Lantignié is situated just north west of Regnié in the heart of the Beaujolais-Villages region of Southern Burgundy, where the sandy soils produce soft and forward, fruit-driven wines.


The Producer

Louis Jadot is a renowned producer in Burgundy, which has been producing wine since 1859. They aim to make the best of the diverse terroir in Burgundy which enable different growing conditions all over the region.


The Wine

The wine is made exclusively from the Gamay grape using Carbonic Maceration which enables a full-flavoured, juicy red wine full of raspberry and cherry flavour that is light in body with soft tannins. It will drink very well lightly chilled throughout the summer. It is drinking very well now, but the depth of flavour will enable two or three years development in the bottle. The perfect summer picnic wine, ideal with a light lunch of cold meats and salad or with a light fish supper.

 

£9.99
£7.99 When You Buy 2 Bottles
 

Tyrrells - Original, Delicious and HomegrownDate published: 16/07/12

Tyrrells have been making crisps for as long as we can remember, but what's so special about these handcooked delights?

Tyrrells grow their poatoes on their farm in Hertfordshire, using only the finest English potatoes. They are handpicked, then hand cooked with their jackets left on for added flavour.

Apart from being homegrown, there's something else about these crisps that have got peoples attention, and that is their original and unique flavour combinations. All the classic flavours such as Naked, Lightly Salted, Salt and Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt and Cider Vinegar are delicious, but it's the original ideas such as Ludlow Sausage and Mustard, Summer Barbeque, Mixed Root Vegetable and limited editions such as Salt Marsh Lamb and Mint and Stilton and Grape that have really got people talking.

As if that wasn't enough, they also make the most addictive Popcorn, and were not just talking Sweet and Salted, which is an unusual but tasty combination when put together, but also Sour Cream and Jalapeno Chilli which has the delicate Sour Cream flavour with an added hit of fiery Jalapeno. These wonderful snacks are popped in small batches using the finest English corn, with no artificial extras (and they're gluten free), grab yours for just £1.99 a bag while stocks last

It is rare for a bag of crisps to really get people excited but here at Majestic Wine in Muswell Hill we cannot get enough of them, if you haven't tasted them, what are you waiting for? They are just £1.50 a bag if you buy 3 or more (and trust us you'll want more than 3)!!

Five Things You Didn't Know About LebanonDate published: 15/07/12

One of the less well know producing countries today; Lebanon.

1) Wine has been produced in the Bekka Valley for thousands of years and is still produced there today.  In the early 20th century a large temple dedicated to the God of Wine Bacchus was excavated in the ancient Greek city of Baalbek in the Bekaa valley.

2) In the Middle Ages the rich wine from Lebanon were highly prized throughout Europe and were traded by Venetian merchants who controlled the ports of Tyre and Sidon during the 13th century.

3) Between the First and Second World Wars Lebanon was under French Control and the demand for wine  understandably increased dramatically.  This helps to explain the profusion of French variaties still grown in Lebanon today.

4) During the Civil war in Lebanon, which started in 1975 and lasted for 15 years, only two harvest were lost. Lebanon's most famous wine producer, Chateau Musar, continued to produce wine right through the war and actually prospered during this period.

5) Lebanon's wine production is increasing consistantly wtih producers such as Chateau Kefraya joining Musar on the international stage.  There are even plans to create a Appelation Controlee system similar to those used on France for the Bekaa Valley

Why not try:

Chateau Musar £18.99 or £17.99 when you buy two or more

Hochar £11.99 or £10.49 when you buy two or more

Chateau Musar White £16.99

Five Things You Didn't Know About KrugDate published: 14/07/12

Moving back up market again as a special treat today we are going to look at the most luxurious of wines, Champagne, and perhaps the most luxurious of all Champagne houses, Krug.

1) Champagne is perhaps the most famous of all French wines, however, founder of the House of Krug, Johann-Joseph Krug was actually from Mainz in Germany.

2) Each parcel of grapes used in the making of Krug is individually vinified in old small oak barrels (205 litres).  Krug are the only Champagne House to do this.

3) Each bottle of Krug Grande Cuvee (non-vintage) contains wine from between six and nine different vintages and upon release the oldest wine contained in any bottle will be approximately twenty years old.

4) Krug produces two single vineyard vintage Champagnes in tiny quantities and only in exceptional years. The Blanc de Blanc Clos du Mesnil and the one hundred percent Pinot Noir Clos d'Ambonnay.

5) Although now owned by the Luxury goods company LVMH Krug is still run by the fixth and sixth generation of Krug wine makers.

Why not try:

Krug Grand Cuvee - £130 or £117 when you buy 6 or more

Heartwarming Beef Stew....Date published: 14/07/12

With the weather taking a turn for the worst, we have the perfect winter (in summer) warmer and wine to match!

Beef Stew with Dumplings

Ingredients

85g Shredded Suet or 55g Fresh Suet (ask your Butcher)

175g Plain Flour

1/2 tsp Baking Powder

Splash of Milk

2kg Beef Brisket

4 Onions (sliced)

2 Carrots (cut into large chunks)

400g Potatoes (peeled and cut into large chunks)

1 Bay Leaf or Bouquet Garni

Large handful of Fresh Parsley

Good Quality Beef Stock (enough to cover your meat in the pan)

Salt and Pepper

Method

1) Put the Brisket into a large pan, add the Onions, Parsley, Potatoes, Carrots and Bay Leaf or Bouquet Garni, cover with the Beef Stock and bring to the boil

2) Mix the Suet, Flour, Baking Powder and Salt and Pepper to taste, gradually add the milk until a soft dough has formed. Split the dough into small balls and leave to one side

3) Cover the Beef with a lid, reduce the heat and simmer for 2 hours, or until the meat is very tender. Add the dumplings about half an hour before the end of cooking time, cover again and do not open until the dumplings are cooked

4) Serve with a large dollop of creamy horseradish mash and enjoy

 

To match this hearty dish, we have chosen our Wine of the Week, Matsu El Recio, Toro, 2009

It's a full bodied, gutsy red with deep chocolate, black fruits, coffee and some vanilla on both the nose and palate with a firm structure and silky, lingering tannins!

 

 

24 Carat Margarita RecipeDate published: 13/07/12

Our resident Cocktail expert, Giles, is paying us a flying visit.  He has just returned from a holiday in Spain and is heading off for a weekend in Paris tomorrow, however, he has just enough time to share another of his favourite cocktail recipes; today 24 Carat Margarita:

What you need:

3 Parts Patron Tequila

1 Part Grand Marnier

10ml Fresh Lime Juice

Salt (for salt rim on the glass)

What to do:

Rim martini glass with salt and set aside

Put Tequila, Grand Marnier and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

Shake well

Fine strain into your martini glass

Garnish with a lime wheel

Drink and enjoy

Top tip:

If the Sun's out why not try putting all the ingredients in a blender with ice to create a frozen Margarita (grown up slushy)

Five (wine related) things you didn't know about Thomas JeffersonDate published: 12/07/12

Our first look at a wine related person and an historical person at that.  Today it is five facts about, perhaps, the first modern wine connoisseur Thomas Jefferson.

1) While ambassador to France between 1784 and 1789 Thomas visited all the major wine regions of not only France but also Italy and Germany.

2) During Thomas'  Presidency of the United States between 1801 and 1809 the White House cellar became famous for the abundance of wines from Bordeaux, Chambertin, Hermitage, Sauternes and Tokay.

3) Thomas was desperate to produce wine in the U.S. and as such planted both Vinefera grapes (used to make wine in Europe) and native species at his Virginian estate Monticello.  Unfortunately, in 50 years of trying Thomas didn't manage to produce a single bottle of wine.

4) He wasn't deterred by his own lack of success and actively supported other people in their attempts to make wine in America often providing land for other growers to plant vines.

5) Wine related quotes attributed to Thomas include 'Good wine is a daily neccessity for me' and 'No nation is drunken where wine is cheap'.

Wine of the Week - Matsu El RecioDate published: 12/07/12

WINE OF THE WEEK


Matsu El Recio,
Toro, 2009


Background

El Recio translates as the 'tough guy', and is certainly a more mature wine made from some of Toro's oldest vines. The wine is made from specially selected grapes from low yielding vines which are naturally cultivated using advances biodynamic techniques.

The Wine

Made from the tempranillo grape, the wine is aged for 14 months in French oak barrels to provide opulence and polish. It's a big, full bodied red with lots of finese, it's a mass of deep chocolate, black fruits, coffee and vanilla on both the nose and palate. It has a firm structure held together by silky tannis and lingering fruit.

Enjoy

This wine is drinking well now but can be cellared for between 2 and 5 years. Match this with grilled lamb cutlets, robust game dishes or the rare asado-style beef fillet or sirloin.

£15.99
Buy 2 Save £6
£12.99
 


 

Best of British.....Date published: 10/07/12

Following our Nyetimber visit today we are celebrating these excellent British Sparkler's......and trust us they are AMAZING!!

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee, 2004

A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meuiner, this Sparkling wine is made in the Traditional method with lots of Champagne like qualities. It has a nose of citrus and brioche with a full, mousse like palate and an elegant finish.

£29.99  SPECIAL OFFER just £24.99

Nyetimber Blanc de Blanc, 2003

A pure Chardonnay Sparkler with a golden colour and delicate bubbles. It offers a nose and palate of almond and sweet pastry and a citrus flavour which fills every corner of the mouth.

£34.99

Nyetimber Rose, 2007

An enticing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend which are hand picked, hand crushed and also de-stemed by hand. It's bursting with cherries and redcurrants and has a complex, creamy texture.

£39.99

So whatever you're celebrating, celebrate the Best of British with Nyetimber!!

In Season for July...Date published: 10/07/12

The summer months are well and truly upon us so get those barbeques out and jazz up your barbequed pollock with our in season ingredient this month, fennel.

This dish is perfect for your summer barbeques so why not grab this great Italian white to match, the Falanghina, 2010, is full of citrus and apple flavour, with subtle quince notes and a nutty complexity, and at just £8.79 in our Italian wine offer you can impress your guests for less (single bottle price £10.99).

Fennel and Herb Barbequed Pollock

(serves 4)

Ingredients

4 Whole Pollock (gutted and scaled)

2 Large Lemons (grated zest and remaining fruit thinly sliced)

1 Large Bulb of Fennel

1 Large Orange (grated zest and remaining fruit thinly sliced)

6 Garlic Cloves

1 Large Onion

2 tbsp Capers

2 tbsp Fresh Tarragon

2 tbsp Fresh Parsley

4 tbsp Fresh Basil

1 tbsp Dried Oregano

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

Method

1) Wash the fish thoroughly, place the fennel, zest of both the orange and lemon, onion, capers and herbs in a food processor. Add a good glug or two of extra virgin olive oil and season to taste, then blitz until finely chopped

2) Stuff the fish with the mixture and place the thinly sliced orange and lemons inside,  drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and season, then wrap each fish tightly in foil and leave at room temperature for an hour

3) Place over medium coals for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally

4) Once cooked serve immediately with a summer salad and crusty bread to mop up all the delicious juices

Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel.Date published: 03/07/12

Cline have been family owned and operated since 1982. The cellars have created this wine by sourcing grapes from a selection of parcels of old vines in several regions. The majority coming from their oldest and lowest-yielding vines in Oakley, and the remainder from Lodi and Mendocino.

This wine is heady and bold on the nose, full of ripe strawberry notes with hints of coffee bean and cocoa. Wonderfully plump and juicy on the palate, with a satisfying warmth and subtle touches of vanilla.

Great with barbecued steaks, well seasoned pork chops, or venison.

£19.99 - Buy 2 Bottles Save £10 - £14.99

I had this wine for the first time the other night and was literally blown away. Definitely not for those of you who love light styles, the Cline is big and boisterous, an absolute powerhouse of a wine. My 3 Word Wine Review. Fantastic. Amazing. Immense.

Five Things You Didn't Know About IcewineDate published: 02/07/12

In another departure we are going to look at a method of production with five interesting facts about Icewine.

1) Icewine is the Canadian name for wines made using the method of production originally pioneered in Germany where it is known as Eiswein.

2) Temperatures must reach at least minus eight degrees Celcius freezing the grapes on the vine before they are picked.

3) The water in the grapes freezes and the frozen water crystals are removed when the grapes are pressed resulting in a much higher sugar content in the remaining juice. This produces a lusciously sweet wine.

4) While a lot of Canadian Icewine is made from Reisling and other Vinifera grapes high quality wine is also produced from a hybrid variety Vidal.

5) Other countries and regions producing this style of wine include Austria, Luxembourg and Oregan and Michigan in The United States.

Five Things You Didn't Know About Haut BrionDate published: 02/07/12

Today we are moving back to France and decidedly upmarket with our first look at an individul wine producer Chateau Haut Brion.

1) Chateau Haut-Brion is actually located within the suburb of Pessac within the limits of the City of Bordeaux.

2) The property sits on a gravel bank and indeed the name Haut-Brion means high gravel bank.

3) It is the only non-Medoc Chateau to be included in the famous 1855 Bordeaux classification where it was award Premier Cru status.

4) The Chateau also makes a very expensive and rare dry white wine Haut-Brion Blanc.

5) It is also famous as the Chateau mentioned earliest in extant records. The cellar book of Charles II of England records 169 bottles in his cellar.  It is also praised by Samuel Peyps in his diaries and by Thomas Jefferson.

Five Things You Didn't Know About GaviDate published: 30/06/12

One of our most popular white wines the rise of Gavi seems unstoppable.  From a narrow strip of land in Piemonte this elegant and food friendly wine has spread across the globe.

1) Gavi is made from the Cortese grape, which was first mentioned in this region as producing quality wine in 1659

2) The wine produced are fruity and aromatic with mineral notes and a tangy finish

3) The climate has a maritime influence from the Ligurian Coast less than 40 miles away giving the wines a freshness.

4) In the 19th Century the area was also noted for red wine made from the Dolcetto grape,  but the vines were destroyed by Phylloxera.

5) The best wines by reputation come from vineyards close to the town of Gavi itself and can be labelled as Gavi di Gavi.

Why not try:

Gavi Lancelotta £7.59 (when purchased alongside another Italian wine)

Gavi di Gavi La Toledana £7.99 (when purchased alongside another Italian wine)

Five Things You Didn't Know About FurmintDate published: 29/06/12

As the great sweet wines of Hungary are becoming ever more widely available today we are going to look at one of the principal grape varieties, Furmint.

1) Is a white grape variety that produces fine wines with rich fiery flavours that can be delicous even when very young.

2) It is highly suceptible to Noble Rot and as such is one of the main ingredients in Tokay, which has enormous ageing potential.

3) It is likely that the grape was brought into Hungary in the 13th Century by wine making immigrants from Austria.

4) The variety had spread throughout the world notably to the Crimea due to the Tsar's love of Tokay.

5) Other pockets exist in South Africa and there is a current revival in its original home around the town of Rust in Austria.

Why not try:

Royal Tokaji Gold Label 2006 - £28

Tokaji Szt Tamas 2003 - £55

Tokaji Mezes Maly 2005 - £95

Wine of the Week - Chinon Clos de Danzay 2001Date published: 28/06/12

WINE OF THE WEEK

CHINON CLOS DE DANZAY 2001

One hundred years ago Chinon's wine was rated equal to that of Margaux. In charm, if not in force or structure, it can come surprisingly close today.
This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc from one of the finest vineyards in Chinon, Clos de Danzay, which contains vines that are up to 100 years old.
The wine is aged in barrel for 18-24 months and has subsequently gracefully aged in bottle until it has now been released as a top class, mature wine.
Reminiscent in flavour of a mature Bordeaux but with the lighter profile of Burgundy this intriguing wine has aromas of blueberry, vanilla and tobacco with a palate of blackcurrant and cherry.
Try with roast lamb or pheasant.

 

£11.99 Buy 2 Save £4


£9.99 each

FINE WINE ARRIVALDate published: 27/06/12

Here at Majestic Wine in Muswell Hill we are all excited about the imminent arrival of Frescobaldi's Chianti Rufina Montesodi.

"The 2008 Chianti Rufina Riserva Vigneto Montesodi (Sangiovese) is another beautiful wine from Frescobaldi. Layers of dark red cherries, flowers, tobacco and minerals are woven together in this harmonious, classy Montesodi. The French oak is present but very nicely balanced in this vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020." 91 Points www.erobertparker.com

Available for only £30 per bottle

Fine Wine Available in Half BottlesDate published: 27/06/12

If you would like to taste some truly outstanding fine wine but don't want top pay the price of a full bottle we currently have two very special wines available in half bottles at Majestic Muswell Hill.

Chateau Clerc Milon - £25

"This outstanding effort displays loads of cassis fruit interwoven with notions of espresso roast, white chocolate, and menthol. It possesses a terrific front end, good mid-section, and moderately high tannin in the finish." 90 Points www.erobertparker.com

Chataeu d'Yquem 1998 - £90

"The 1998 Chateau Yquem was released several months ago. This estate does not allow tasting from cask (where the wine spends 42 months), and it is not released until five years after the vintage. The 1998 Yquem (95 points) is a great success. Made in an elegant style, it is not a blockbuster such as 1990, 1989, and 1988. It is well-delineated, with wonderfully sweet aromas of creme brulee, pineapples, apricots, and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, it is not as sweet as the biggest/richest Yquem vintages, but it is gorgeously pure, precise, and strikingly complex. Already approachable, it should evolve for 30-50 years ... without a doubt." 95 Points www.erobertparker.com

Why not give them a try?

Wine and English LiteratureDate published: 24/06/12

In a departure from our previous looks at wine regions and grape varieties today we are going to look at the drinking habits of the English through references to wine in the literature through the ages.

Geoffrey Chaucer, whose Father and Grandfather were both vintners, was the first giant of English Literature to mention wines in the 12th century. In 'The Merchant's Tale' the 60 year old knight drinks wine mixed with spice called 'ypocras, claree and vernage' (Hypocras, Claret and Vernaccia) to give courage in the bedroom and in 'The Pardonner's Tale' he specifically mentions the wines from the town of Lepe, which was notorious as a producer of wines for blending and is part of the modern Spanish DO of Condaldo de Huelva near Jerez.

Historically as the English ruled Aquitaine Bordeaux was the main supplier of wine and this continued long after the end of The Hundred Years War although many other wines are mentioned in the literature of the 15th and 16th centuries.

In Henry IV Shakespear's character Falstaff favours 'Sherris Sack' , which was fortified wine imported from Spain or the Canary Islands. The wines of 'Canary' were also called for by Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night  suggesting that Bordeaux's hegemony was being challenged by Spain in the 16th century. This is further evidenced by Shakespear's less well known contemporary Robert Burton's mention of 'Alicant' (Alicante).

The 17th Century diarist Samuel Peyps makes numerous mentions of wine, including Canary and English Wine from vineyards around London, but is perhaps most notable for his mention of New French Claret particularly 'Ho Bryan' (Haut Brion).  The revival of French Claret was in a due in a large part to the marketing efforts of the Pontac family, owners of Haut Brion, who opened London's first fashionable restaurant The Sign of the Pontac's Head.

Peyps also mentions Champagne as does the playwright Sir George Etheredge who notes that it is sparkling. This has been used as evidence that the first sparkling Champagnes were actually created in England.  In addition to this records from the Royal Society show sparkling wine being produced in England in 1662; 6 years before Dom Perignon entered the Abbey at Hautvilliers.

In the 18th century the same wines still hold promenance.  Claret is mentioned by Sheridan as is Champagne.  Burgundy is mentioned and praised by David Garrick but roundly abused by Tobais Smollett as 'weak and thin'.

Burgundy's reputation grows significantly in the 19th century with Thackerey praising Beaune and Chambertin along with Claret, Sherry and Madeira.  Robert Louis Stevenson and Henry James also both praise Burgundy in the latter half of the 19th century.

By the 20th century you can see the formulation of what today is still considered the core of any wine cellar today.  Evelyn Waugh's 'Brideshead Revisited' mentions Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy (specifically Chambertin Clos de Beze), Sauternes (specifically Peyraguey) and Port.

 

Five Things You Didn't Know About DurifDate published: 23/06/12

For a bit of a change in our things you didn't know series we are going to have a brief look at one of the lesser known grape varieties Durif.

1) Durif is a cross between Syrah and Peloursin and is named after the man who first crossed the varieties in the 1880s Dr Durif.

2) Originally it was useful due to its resistance to downy mildew but failed to produce high quality wines in its native France and has all but died out there.

3) It is cultivated as Petite Syrah in the USA and South America where high quality wines can be produced.

4) Another area of expansion is Australia where high quality, high alcohol, inky wines are made in Rutherglen, Riverlands and Riverina.

5) The most Southerly planting of Durif producing high quality wine is reputed to be Blackwater Estate run by Rodney Norman in Metung, Gippsland Australia.

Try the Sean Thackrey Sirius Petite Syrah available in limited quantities from our Fine Wine Centre for £50 per bottle.

 

FINE WINE ARRIVALS - CONDRIEUDate published: 23/06/12

Condrieu is a tiny appellation in the Northern Rhone area of France producing perfumed and delicate yet full bodied white wines from the now universally fashionable Viognier grape.

Yields are extremely low and the total vineyard area only 100ha so the wine is desirable and expensive; yet the richness of the wines combined with the perfume of stone fruit and flowers justifies the price tag.

NEW ARRIVALS:

Yves Cuileron La Petite Cote - Spring flowers and peach with a cleansing mineral note - £35

Yves Cuileron La Chaillets Vielles Vignes - Orange blossom, peach and white musk - £45

OLD FAVOURITE:

Chapoutier Invitare - £30

If you like Viognier from the New World why not try the original and benchmark. Available to buy in store today.

PERFECT SUMMER BEERDate published: 22/06/12

We now have San Miguel Fresca, a smooth lager with a refreshing citrus kick, available in packs of 12 for only £11.99

 

Be prepared for when the Sun starts to shine and come and get some of the perfect summer drink this weekend.

SPICED DARK AND STORMY RECIPEDate published: 22/06/12

Just in time for the weekend our resident expert Giles is going to share another of his favourite cocktail recipes.  Today we are looking at the Spiced Dark and Stormy.

What you need:

50ml of Sailor Jerry spiced rum

Ginger beer (to fill glass)

Fresh lime

Ice cubes

What to do:

Put the rum in a high ball glass with ice cubes

Top up with ginger beer

Squeeze a lime segment over the glass and drop in

Stir, drink and enjoy

Giles' Top Tip:

For a real kick why not try using an old fashioned alcoholic ginger beer.

AIX Magnum and Double MagnumDate published: 20/06/12

With the summer in full swing, we are delighted to have the wonderful AIX provence rose back in stock in both Magnum and Double Magnums!

It's a delicious blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Shiraz from one of the regions most prestigious wineries. It is bursting with soft, ripe summer fruits and is vibrant pink in colour.

It would match summer picnic foods, canapes and summer salads and is the perfect size for your summer get togethers and BBQs!

The magnum is great value at £19.99 and the Double Magnum is just £50.00.......be quick, they won't be around for long!

Wine of the Week - Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2010, Louis LatourDate published: 19/06/12

Founded in 1797, Maison Louis Latour harvests, vinifies, ages and bottles some of the finest wines in Burgundy. They use age old traditions to produce around 2000 barrels a year, half of which are exported for the rest of the world to enjoy!

This Pinot noir is light in body, offering soft ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit, although a difficult grape to grow, this is an excellent example at an affordable price!

This wine is incredibly versatile and easy to drink, it goes well with all manner of foods including, terrines, grilled meats and cheeses and it's an excellent summer red!

Just £9.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case (£10.99 single bottle price)

FINE WINE ARRIVAL - FONTERUTOLI CHIANTI CLASSICO Date published: 18/06/12

Following on from my guide to Chianti published earlier today we are now really excited that a top quality Chianti Classico is going to be hitting the shelves at Muswell Hill tommorow.

Why not come down and get a bottle to try the best this famous region has to offer for only £35

10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT CHIANTIDate published: 18/06/12

Now on the third of our series about classic wine regions we are leaving France and heading accross the Alps to the stunningly beautiful Tuscany and in particular to Chianti located between Florence and Sienna.

1) Chianti was one of the first wine areas to be given a fundamental geographical delimitation in an edict issued by Grand Duke Cosimo di Medici in 1716 and included the townships of Radda, Gaiole and Castellina, which forms the heart of Chianti Classico today.

2) Since this time the area has expanded to include eight distinct districts Chianti Classico, Chianti Rufina, Chianti Montalbano, Chianti Colli Florentini, Chianti Montespertoli, Colli Senesi, Colline Pisane and Colli Aretini plus a large swathe of land on the outskirts whose wines are simply labelled Chianti.

3) Chianti Classico is by far the largest of the eight regions and it has been suggested that it could be subdivided along the lines of the communes of the Medoc.  The wines from the South around Castelnuovo Berardegna are powerful, intense and long lived, those from Panzano are fine and elegant. San Casciano in the North West makes wines that are plump and mature early while the wines from Radda and Castellina are lighter and aromatic.

4) The grapes used to produce Chianti historically are Sangiovese, Canaiolo and two white grapes Trebbiano and Malavasia.  Today there is no longer a requirement to add white grapes to the blend of Chianti Classico and up to 15% of non traditional grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah can be used.

5) Chianti Rufina was also included in Duke Cosimo's edict of 1716 under the name of Pomino and is now mostly under the ownership of the Frescobaldi family who have been prominent  in Tuscany since the 13th century.

6) In 1975 the Antinori family, who have been involved in the Tuscan wine trade since 1385, launched Tignanello; a wine produced in Chianti but not under the rules governing Chianti production.  While Sangiovese makes up the majority of the blend the remainder was made up of Cabernet Sauvignon which was not allowed at the time. The wine has gone on to become world famous and the Supertuscans were born.

7) Many estates in Tuscany in addition to producing Chianti will produce a Supertuscan, Olive Oil and Vin Santo.

8) Vin Santo is a sweet wine produced from Trebbiano, Malvasia and Sangiovese grapes that were traditionally dried in the rafters of the house. The grapes would be crushed after between two to six months drying depending on the desired sweetness of the final wine.

9) Vin Santo is aged oxidatively which gives the wine a dark amber colour.  Due to the differences in drying time, ageing time and grape varierty used Vin Santo comes in a bewildering range of styles from ultra sweet to bone dry.

10) The symbol of the Chianti producers association is the Gallo Nero or Black Rooster and appears on many bottles of Chianti Classico.

Why not try:

San Leonino Chianti Classico £7.99 when you buy along with another Italian wine

Chianti Rufina Nipozzano £14.99 when you buy along with another Italian wine.

Tignanello £70

Tuesday 19 June - The Arrival of NyetimberDate published: 18/06/12

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004 England Special Offer £24.99

Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings of classic varieties in 1988, have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house, making world class wines to rival (and often beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne. A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised. The ultimate home-grown alternative to Champagne, for all special occasions.

Nyetimber Rose 2007 England £39.99


Aroma of redcurrants and cherries, intermingled with notes of brioche,
the result of ageing on the lees. The complex flavours are echoed on the
palate, which has great texture.

Nyetimber Blanc de Blanc 2003 England £34.99

Golden colour with delicate bubbles. Classic Chardonnay aromas of
peach and citrus, along with floral notes and an almond pastry character,
followed by citrus flavours filling the palate.

Fine Wine Arrival - Guidalberto Tenuta San GuidoDate published: 17/06/12

Were all excited about the imminent arrival of the Guidalberto

This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with
around 10% Sangiovese, and is the 'little brother' to the
winery's celebrated Sassicaia, from three vineyard sites
surrounding Bolgheri. The varieties are vinified separately
before blending and maturation in French and American
oak. The wine has an intense violet colour and a soft and
rounded fruit profile, and can be enjoyed immediately or
over the next 3-4 years.

"The 2009 Guidalberto flows across the palate with layers of radiant red fruit. This is another striking, supple Guidalberto loaded with personality. Stylistically it is quite close to the 2007, but with perhaps a touch less body but equally silky, polished tannins. Freshly cut roses, spices and a burst of pure red berries add nuance on the finish. Guidalberto is no longer the stunning value it once was, but it is quite gorgeous in this vintage just the same. This is easily one of the best vintages I can recall tasting. Guidalberto is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019".
erobertparker.com

10 Things You Didn't Know About BeaujolaisDate published: 17/06/12

Continuing our look at some of the classic regions of the world we are today looking at the often underappreciated, misunderstood and sometimes vilified region of Beaujolais.

1) The grape variety used is Gamay, which is barely grown anywhere else although there are some attempts to use Gamay in the New World most notably by the famous Australian producer Bass Phillip.

2) The wines are produced using Carbonic or Semi-Carbonic Maceration where fermantation begins turing the sugar in the grapes into alcohol before the grapes are crushed.  Beaujolais is the most famous region using this type of winemaking but it is used elswhere notably for some high quality Carmenere in Chile.

3) The wines produced using this method are light, fruity with a refreshing zing of acidity.

4) The basic wines are labelled as Beaujolais and can be too light and flavourless; although very pleasent examples can be found. Better quality wines are labelled Beaujolais Villages. Wines at both these levels can improved by serving chilled, which emphasizes the fruit flavours.

5) The best wines of Beaujolais come from the 10 Crus which are from North to South St-Amour, Julienas, Chenas, Moulin a Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnie, Brouilly and Cote de Brouilly.

6) The soil in the Cru Villages is Granite and Schist and some limestone.

7) Each Cru has a distinct style and taste. Brouilly has a cleansing minerality, Morgon and Moulin a vent are more savoury and Burgundian in style, Regnie, Chiroubles and Fleurie are the prettiest and fruitiest wines.

8) Beaujolais Blanc is made from Chardonnay and tastes similar to the wines from around Macon in Burgundy to the North but can be fruitier and better value.

9) Georges Duboeuf controlls over 10% of the total production of Beaujolais wine and also loves trains.  He has a huge model railway at his wine theme park Le Hameau Du Vin

10) The overall quality of Beaujolais is improving year on year with producers focusing on denser more characterful wines some of which, especially from Morgon and Moulint a Vent, are capable of improving with bottle age.

Why not try:

Beaujolais Villages Duboeuf  chilled with charcuterie

Ch Jacques Moulin a Vent  with cheese

Morgon Descombes with slow cooked lamb

We have Chupa Chups!Date published: 16/06/12

Why not grab a Chupa Chup for yourself or a loved one next time you pop in.

They are free, all we ask for is a donation to our Charity of the year, Bowel Cancer UK.

(Did you know, the Chupa Chups logo was designed by famous artist Salvador Dali)

Our Favourite Wine Currently Available to Taste - Matsu El Picaro, ToroDate published: 16/06/12


Picaro means 'rogue' or 'rascal', and this rapscallion of a wine is a youthful interpretation of the Toro region's style. The grapes come from mature vines of over 50 years of age, but the wine spends only three months in oak, preserving their natural fruit profile.

Vivid crimson-purple in the glass. Aromas are of ripe blackberries and raspberries, with subtle hints of fresh cocoa. The palate is bold yet supple, with ripe tannins and a mineral grip.

Enjoy on its own or with boldly flavoured pasta dishes or spicy meat skewers.


 

Breakfast Martini ReceipeDate published: 16/06/12

Here at Majestic Muswell Hill we stock an extensive range of spirits and our resident cocktail expert Giles is going to share some of his favourite recipes starting with Breakfast Martini:

What you need:

50ml Chase Marmalade Vodka

5ml Cointreau (rinse)

A teaspoon of marmalade or jam

A dash of blood orange juice

A twist of orange peel to garnish

Ice cubes

How to make:

1) Rinse your chilled martini glass with the Cointreau and discard (or drink!)

2) In your cocktail shaker add the ice, vodka, blood orange juice and marmalade or jam.

3) Shake well and pour into your martini glass through a fine strainer.

4) Garnish with the twist of orange peel.

5) Drink and enjoy!

Giles' top tip:

Why not try adding egg white to the shaker to give extra body and fluff to the martini.

10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT ALSACEDate published: 14/06/12

Today we are going to look at one of the lesser appreciated classic wine regions of France. As a lesser known region the wines can represent some of the best value drinking available.

1) Alsace is seperated from France by the Vosges Mountains to the West and from Germany by the River Rhine to the East giving the region a long cool growing season and low rainfall.

2) The vineyards are planted on the South facing slopes of the Vosges Mountains to ensure the grapes receive the maximum amount of sunlight and acheive full ripeness.

3) There are over 20 different soil types in Alsace including Granite, Schist, Sandstone, Volcanic Sediment, Clay, Marl, Limestone, Flint, Shale and Slate.

     As a rule of thumb wines from Clay or Marl soils are fuller bodied with broader flavours, wines from lighter limestone or sandy soils give are lighter and more elegant while wine from Flint, Schist or Shale are more oily with mineral aromas.

4) The majority of wines produced are from a single variery and over 90% are white.  The wines are cool fermented to preserve the primary fruit flavours of each variety and new oak is rarely used.

5) Eight different grape varieties are used to produce varietal wines.  These are Riesling, Gewurtstraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Muscat, Chasselas and Sylvaner.

6) Chardonnay is also planted and tolerated when labelled as Pinot Blanc or in the sparkling wine Cremant d'Alsace, which can rival Cremant de Bourgogne and Cremant de Loire in quality.

7) Some vineyards in Alsace have been designated as Grand Cru since 1983 and only four varierties are permitted to be grown in them being Riesling, Muscat, Gewurtztraminer and Pinot Gris.

8) Some producers such as Trimbach own Grand Cru vineyard sites but don't use the term upon the label prefering to continue using the historical names for their wines.

9) Most Alsace wines are fermented dry although some producers prefer to leave 3 to 4 grams of sugar per litre to give a softer flavour. Be warned you cannot tell from the lable which producers leave residual sugar in their wines.

10) Two styles of fully sweet wines are produces, Vendage Tardive (Late Harvest) and the even sweeter Selection de Grains Nobles.  These wines must be produced from the same four varieties allowed in Grand Cru Sites.

Why not try:

Turckheim Pinot Gris for £7.99 when you buy 2 or more.

Trimbach Riesling for £10.99 per bottle.

Trimbach Gewurtztraminer for £13.99 per bottle

Schlumberger Riesling (a slightly off dry style) for £10.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

 

Wine of the Week - Available to TasteDate published: 13/06/12

Chateau Picard
2006

Chateau Picard is a renowned estate situated in the commune of St Estephe in the north of the Medoc, home to such illustrious Grand Cru Classe names as Chateau Cos d'Estournal and Chateau Montrose.

The soil here is clay rather than the gravel found further south in the Medoc, which although well drained retains water more successfully in hotter years. The vines therefore got a head start in 2006 after the exceptional warmth of 2005 had significantly lowered the water table in areas with more gravelly soils.

The wine is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot and was classified in 1932 as Cru Bourgeois, and again in the now defunct 2003 classification, ranking it as one of the best estates just below the Grand Cru Classe level.

The wine is matured in oak barrels for 15 months and displays the classic strength of St Estephe with a deep purple colour and notes of spice, graphite and wood smoke.

Enjoy now with Sunday lunch or good cheese.

£14.99

Buy 2 bottles and save £10

£9.99 each
 

Minimum Delivery is now only 6 bottles at MajesticDate published: 12/06/12

From today, 12 June, the minimum order for delivery from Majestic Wine is only 6 bottles in line with the minimum in store purchase making it simpler and more convenient than ever to have your wine delivered to your home.

All orders of 6 bottles or more over £40 can be delivered free of charge to anywhere in mainland U.K. Orders for 6 bottles or more that are under £40 will incur a £5 delivery charge.

With around 700 different wines available; from great offers on old favourites to something unusual from lesser known regions and grape varieties, why not check out www.majestic.co.uk and place your first order today.

Wine quote of the day #2Date published: 10/06/12

Wine and wenches empty men's purses

English Proverb

Wine quote of the day #1Date published: 09/06/12

What did the grape say when he was squeezed?

 

Nothing, he just wined!!

 

Ok so its a joke not a quote but I bet it made you chuckle

In Season for June...Date published: 06/06/12

With Wimbledon fast approaching this month, we are getting into the spirit of things and are using the quintessentially British Strawberry as our in season ingredient.

Match this excellent dish with Mount Difficulty Pinot Gris, 2011, the complexity and mineral creaminess of this stunning Kiwi Pinot Gris will work well with the tuna and the slight sweetness of the finish will hold its own against the star ingredient, the strawberry. Drop in for this wine while New Zealand is on 20% off and get it for an amazing £14.98 (single bottle price £18.74).

Tuna Carpaccio with Strawberry and Black Pepper Sauce

(serves 4)

Ingredients

600g Sashimi Grade Tuna

Juice of 2 1/2 Lemons

Handful of White Peppercorns (crushed)

50ml Olive Oil

300g ripe British Strawberries

1 tsp Black Peppercorns (crushed)

1 tsp Caster Sugar

Method

1) After chilling the tuna for 3 hours, slice as thinly as possible, lay in a shallow dish and cover with the the juice of 2 of the lemons, olive oil, white peppercorns and some salt, cover tightly with cling film and leave to marinade for 15 minutes

2) Blend the strawberries, black peppercorns, caster sugar and the rest of the lemon juice in a processor until pureed, then pass through a fine sieve

3) Lay the sashimi on your serving plate, cover with the strawberry sauce and serve with a dressed mixed leaf salad

Easy as 1, 2, 3!!

The Diamond JubileeDate published: 13/05/12

Whether you're planning a party or you just want to raise a glass to the Queen, we have everything you need to make it a weekend to remember....

In the spirit of the Jubilee, here's our top 5 Great British products....

1) Start off your party in style with the excellent Chapel Down Brut, NV, this is a very fruity, refreshing sparkling wine made by the biggest producer in Southern England, with fine bubbles that just keep on going. It's on special offer at just £14.99 a bottle so grab it before it's gone!

2) If you've got a sweet tooth, why not try Chase Marmadale Vodka, made with the finest seville orange marmalade with a rich bittersweet flavour and a warm velvety finish, perfect over ice or in cocktails. Get this rich, delicious treat for £30.00, but don't wait too long!

3) If you're a fan of the age old Gin and Tonic, look no further than Martin Miller's Reformed Dry Gin, blended with Icelandic water it has a creamy soft palate that's crying out for Fever Tree Tonic. Down to just £24.00 a bottle it will get your summer going!

4) Think it's Pimms o'clock?? Think again, with Sipsmith Summer Cup, a delicious blend of Sipsmith London Dry Gin, summer fruits, earl gray and cucumber it just needs lemonade and seasonal fruit to make a delicious summer beverage, down at £18.00 a bottle it's not to be missed!

5) More of a lager drinker?? We have just the thing for you, Hercules Premium English Lager, an excellent 5% lager with a unique flavour, at just £18.99 for a 12 pack, it's just what you need for your BBQ's this bank holiday weekend!

We have a full range of Chapel Down, Sipsmith, Chase, Fentimans, Belvoir, Fever Tree and even your snacks are sorted with Tyrrell's crisps and popcorn, just pop in store to make this Dimond Jubilee one to remember, and raise your glass to The Queen and Great Britain!

In Season for May...Date published: 01/05/12

With the summer fast approaching, (despite the dreadful weather) we're getting in the mood with this light fresh dish, using our in season ingredient, the potato.

Try this with Crès Ricards Marsanne Rousanne, 2011, it has an interesting blend of melon, pear and apple on the palate, with honeysuckle and tarragon on the nose, grab this stunning wine for £9.99 a bottle.

Roast Monkfish with crushed potatoes and watercress

(serves 2)

Ingredients

2 Monkfish fillets

750g baby new potatoes

75g watercress

50ml extra virgin olive oil

Balsamic vinegar and olive oil to serve

Salt and Pepper

 

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas Mark 6

2) Cook the potatoes in salted boiling water for 20-25mins, and heat half of the extra virgin olive oil in an ovenproof pan and after seasoning, gently sear the monkfish on all sides until golden

3) Transfer the pan to the oven and cook for 12 minutes so the fish is still moist in the centre, cover and set aside

4) Drain the potatoes and add them to the monkfish pan with the rest of the extra virgin olive oil, gently crush the potatoes with a fork, season and add the watercress

5) Assemble the dish and drizzle over some olive oil and balsamic vinegar

In Season for April...Date published: 19/04/12

Spring is in the air so we are sticking with tradition and going for Lamb as our 'in season' ingredient this month. This excellent recipe has a Moroccan twist and is crying out for a good wine...

Try it with Muga, Rioja Reserva, 2007, an elegant wine with notes fo blackberry and layers of spice, down to £13.99 when you buy 2 or more.

 

Lamb Steak with a Spicy Moroccan sauce (serves 2)

 

Ingredients

2 lamb steaks, cut in half

2 tsp turmeric

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 red onion, diced

1/2 red pepper, diced

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1/2 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

Juice of 2 lime

30g fresh chives, chopped into 1cm pieces

Salt and Pepper

Olive Oil

 

Method

1) Mix together the olive oil and spices and marinade the lamb for 2 hours

2) Heat a griddle pan until hot and fry the lamb for 4 minutes on each side

3) Use the same pan to fry the chilli, onion, pepper and garlic until softened

4) Next add the chives and lime juice and cook for two minutes

5) Pour over the lamb and serve with cous cous

In Season for March...Date published: 10/03/12

...Sea Bass.

A delicate flavoured fish, it's best treated simply, either roasted, grilled or, best of all, pan fried. 

Try this recipe with a Rousanne from South Africa.  The Rustenberg Roussane 2011 offers a hint of peach and flinty minerality.  Currently £17.49 down to £13.99 when purchased with any other South African wine.

Pan-fried Sea Bass with Courgette and Mussel soup


Ingredients

4 x 150g/5½oz sea bass fillets, trimmed
salt
3 tbsp olive oil
75g/2¾oz butter
1 onion, finely diced

1 clove garlic, finely diced

1 star anise
250g/9oz mussels, washed and debearded
125ml/4fl oz white wine
250ml/9fl oz fish stock
125ml/4fl oz double cream
freshly ground black pepper
2 courgettes, sliced vertically with a potato peeler


Preparation method

1.For the sea bass, cut slashes into the skin side of the sea bass then season the other side with salt.


2.Heat a frying pan until hot, then add a little of the oil and some of the butter. Place the sea bass, skin side down, into the pan and cook for two minutes then turn over, cook for another two minutes then remove from the fish the pan.


3.For the mussel soup, heat a saucepan until hot, add some more of the butter and oil, the onion, garlic and star anise and cook gently for one minute.


4.Add the mussels and white wine and cover with a lid. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the mussels have opened then remove the mussels with a slotted spoon and set them aside.


5.Add the fish stock to the pan and cook until reduced by one third then place the mixture in a food processor. Take care not to overfill the food processor, hot liquid could spurt out the top.Try filling up to a third, and test to see how far the liquid goes up the sides.


6.Remove the mussels from their shells and add blend two thirds of them in the food processor with the reduced stock. Blend the mixture to a fine purée then return it to the pan and add the cream.


7.Heat gently until it is warmed through and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Add the reserved mussels to the pan then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.


8.For the courgettes, heat a clean frying pan until hot, add the remaining butter and oil and stir-fry the courgette ribbons carefully, taking care not to break them up. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.


9.To serve, pile the courgette ribbons into the centre of four soup plates. Top with the sea bass then spoon the soup around the edge.

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Free Wine Course

16 October 2014 (18:30 - 20:00)

A 90 minute introduction to wine going through how to taste, how wine is made and some great food and wine matching tips. And of course a great selection of wines to taste along the way

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Free Wine Course

25 September 2014 (18:30 - 20:00)

A 90 minute introduction to wine going through how to taste, how wine is made and some great food and wine matching tips. And of course a great selection of wines to taste along the way

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Meet the team...

  • Alex Trainee Manager

    I just started as a Trainee Manager, Muswell Hill is my first store! I'm looking forward to experimenting with wine from across the world as I learn more, but I can never refuse a good Chianti.
  • Daryl Driver

    Two weeks in and I'm loving it! I wasn't really into wine when I first started but that soon changed! I love the flexibility my role of Driver for the Muswell Hill branch brings as I get to be out and about bringing the Majestic customer service to your doorstep.
  • Gen Trainee Manager

    I have just moved to the Muswell Hill store from Docklands and I'm still learning lots about all the varied wines of the world. My favourite wines are Argentinean but I enjoy lots of other styles too. I look forward to seeing all your lovely faces in store soon!
  • Julia Senior Manager

    Having worked in Majestics for a few years now I've developed a passion for wines and enjoy pretty much all styles! Always keen to have chat and make recommendations so if you've ever got a wine related question, just ask!
  • Marc Senior Assistant Manager

    I have just started working in the lovely Muswell Hill Branch, I like to drink Left bank Bordeaux and white Burgundy, pop in and say hello!
  • Sarah Sales Assistant

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