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Opening Hours
Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Hol 10am - 5pm
Store Address
Unit 2 Low Gates Yard
High Street
High Street
Northallerton
DL7 8EB
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(414)

Sparkling Saturday! Date published: 22/10/14

Pop in store on Saturday to have a try of the Graham Beck Brut NV. Made in the traditional-method, this wine features light yeasty aromas and a fresh lime fruit palate.

Just £9.99 as part of our 33% off offer

Saturday Kitchen & The TimesDate published: 18/10/14

Saturday Kitchen Jane Parkinson will be recommending Santa Ema Reserve Sauvignon Blanc which will be matched to a chicken and pesto dish. £9.99 or buy 2 save 25% £7.49


The Times Jane will be writing up Roaring Meg Pinot Noir as a star buy. £23 or buy any 2 save £10 £18

You say Garnacha, I say Grenache!Date published: 10/10/14

Not a Wine of the Week, but a Grape of the Week!

Grenache, or Garnacha as it's known in Spain is a grape variety you may have tasted more often than you think, but not always as a single varietal. If you've ever drunk Cotes-du-Rhone or Chateauneuf-du-Pape you have more than likely had a wine made up predominantly of Grenache. When you think Rioja you may think Tempranillo, but Garnacha is often a large part of the blend.

At it's best from older vines, Grenache/Garnacha can make an excellent wine on it's own as can be seen from the two examples currently on our Tasting Counter. Please have a try and see what you think!


Brancott Terroir Series CompetitionDate published: 01/10/14

The new Brancott Estate Terroir Series Sauvignon Blanc wines come from Awatere (pronounced Aw-wah-tree), the most southern grape-growing region in Marlborough. The climate is cooler and dryer, so fruit can hang for longer. This results in wine that is highly aromatic, and intensely flavoured. To celebrate its new arrival at Majestic we've got five cases to give away on the blog. Enter the competition here > http://blog.majestic.co.uk/brancott-estate-terroir-series-give-away

Sparkling Saturday! Date published: 27/09/14

As seen on ITV's This Morning, we have the new Soffio No.3 Prosecco available to taste! It was given a cracking review by expert Olly Smith and we can't help but agree. Come and taste for yourself, and then choose one of 3 funky labels!

New in store - Freedom Organic + Freedom PilsnerDate published: 24/09/14

New in store today, Freedom Organic + Freedom Pilsner. Making use of Staffordshire's famous brewing water these English lagers are crisp and flavoursome. A delightful after work tipple, both are available as part of our craft beer deal for £8.99 for a pack of six. 

(Sam's local does Freedom Organic on draught and he says its good)

Party Time!Date published: 21/09/14

Having a party? Spoil your guests with this great wine selection.

Reds

Chateaux de Sainte Gemme - £9.99 as part of our 33% off deal

Mister Shiraz - £6.66 as part of our 33% deal

Whites

Pasqua Pinot Grigio - £5.99 as part of our 25% deal

Luis Felipe Edwards Chardonnay Grand Reserva - £8.24 as part of our 25% deal

Fizz

Lindauer Brut Cuvee - £9.99 as part of our 33% deal

Graham Beck Brut Rose -£9.99 as part of our 33% deal


New in Parrilla MalbecDate published: 19/09/14

NEW! Parrilla Malbec 2013 Viñalba, Mendoza

This wine is made by Bodegas Fabre, makers of the original single-varietal Argentine Malbecs, and is sourced from mature vineyards in Valle de Uco. 50% of the wine has been aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, to achieve a fruity yet complex flavour profile.

A deep ruby colour, this Malbec is crammed with damson, blackberry and plum flavours, accented by touches of oak toast. Smooth, ripe tannins offer a silky finish.

Pair with juicy steaks or sausages 'a la parrilla', or straight off the grill.

£11.99 buy any 2 save 33%

£7.99


Sam's first week!Date published: 14/09/14

Having now completed his first week in store these are his first recommendations:

Majestic exclusive Chilean Sauvignon Blanc - Lady Sauvignon part of our 33% off deal at £6.66.

and

Lagunitas IPA just £10.99 when you buy 2 or more packs from our craft beer range.  

Mix spirits with our 33% offDate published: 13/09/14

Now our mix and match deals include spirits!

Why not add a bottle of Jack Daniel's Honey 70cl to the mix and get it 33% cheaper £19.99!

or 

Gordon's and Elderflower 70cl £13.32

Ciroc Vodka 70cl £23.32

Wine of the weekDate published: 09/09/14

Wine of the week

Lady Sauvignon

Meet Mr Shiraz's counterpart... Lady Sauvignon.

Made with 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes.

This wine showcases Casablanca's trademark style.

Invigorating tropical fruit aromas and herbaceous notes are set against a backdrop of tangy, refreshing citrus.

Chill well and enjoy on its own or with fresh seafood.

£9.99

or buy and 2 of our 33% off wines and get this for

£6.66

Why not pair it with Mr Shiraz, hes in the same offer!


New Wine of the WeekDate published: 30/08/14

Staff Pick!

Herringbone Hills Pinot Noir 2010 Marlborough

This delicious 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.

£12.99

Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

£8.65


Bank HolidayDate published: 24/08/14

Just to confirm we are open normal Sunday hours today and open 10am-5pm tomorrow.

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 23/08/14

Move over Sparkling Saturday, Let's call this Bank Holiday Bouvet!

Today we're opening the gorgeous rosé version of the ever-popular Bouvet Saumur Brut. 100% Cabernet Franc and an inviting delicate salmon pink colour, don't worry about the weather - this will brighten up any day!

Wine of the Week- Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Western CapeDate published: 21/08/14

Wine of the week

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Western Cape

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.

£13.99

Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

£9.32

Call in and try it 

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 13/08/14

"If you buy this wine on a summer deal, it’s the best value Rioja in the country. It’s a modern style, with vibrant fruit, spicy oak and the potential to age further – if you can keep your hands off it!"

Who said that? Respected wine critic Tim Atkin.

What was he talking about? Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard Rioja 2012.

Is it on a summer deal? Indeed it is! Only £6.66 when you buy 2 or more wines from our Summer Selection.

Can I try it before I buy? Yes, it's our Wine of the Week and will be open on our Tasting Counter until Sunday.


Roscoe's Hop House IPADate published: 11/08/14

Roscoe's Hop House IPA

Why not try this fantastic American craft ale!

The IPA is an easy drining craft beer with a spicy hop character and a smooth malt flavour at the finish. The caramel malts give this beer a rich texture down to the use of four different hops.

They also have handy screw tops!

12* 355ml Bottles for

£12


Limited stock

A Little Beaujolais KnowledgeDate published: 10/08/14

Beaujolais is sharing a spot light this week with Loire. So I thought I'd shed a little light on this relatively small region of French wine.

Firstly what we all really care about, the taste! Beaujolais produces light fruity red wines, fresh raspberry and cherry flavours with very little tannin. 

Gamay is the grape variety of Beaujolais, and loves the Granite soils in the region's North. 

Beaujolais nouveau of course needs a mention, this is a very young style of wine which can not be sold until 'Beaujolais Nouveau Day' the third Thursday in November from 00:01, so just after Midnight on the third Wednesday of November. It's basically very young wine with almost no tannin or aging potential, showing off very fresh red fruit flavours. 

They manage this by using a non-conventional fermentation process called Carbonic maceration. Simple terms instead of crushing the grapes, CO2 is pumped into a sealed container full of the grape clusters. The CO2 moves through each individual grape's skin, and stimulates the fermentation process within each separate grape.

We have three different Beaujolais wines open on the tasting counter, so why not come in, give them a taste and learn more about this unique region of France.

Sparkling Saturday! Date published: 09/08/14

Prosecco Zonin is making a triumphant return to our shelves today, and to our tasting counter!

Anyone got a Wedding or Party coming up? If so take note, the Zonin is a staff favourite and we're always recommending it for events and gatherings. 

Two main reasons; 

1. It's delicious! Light, fresh, full of citrus fruits, and very "drinkable".

2. It's in our 33.3% Summer Selection, so it's cheap! £7.99

I guess there is a third reason, it is open in store today on our tasting counter! Why not come in and give it a try.

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 06/08/14

This weeks choice for Wine of the Week was described by The Mail on Sunday and BBC Saturday Kitchen's Olly Smith as a "Stunning red for summer sipping - fragrant, peppery, intense and superb. The ultimate barbecue wine".

It's the Domaine de Montval Syrah, it's open to try on our Tasting Counter and it's only £6.66 as part of our Summer Selection!

Sparkling Saturday! Date published: 06/08/14

Join us in store to try The Prosecco Zonin NV DOC

Origin

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.

Taste

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.

Enjoy

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

£11.99 or buy 2 save 33% 

£7.99


Jen's top picksDate published: 05/08/14

Our new offers start today and I am excited to get stuck into a few.

So here are my six I will be buying....

Prosecco La Marca Cuvée NV £9.99

La Marca Prosecco is a sparkling wine made in the Treviso area of Northern Italy. This wine is made from 100% Prosecco harvested from selected vineyards, made using the Charmat method.

Delicate and elegant with a distinctive aroma of apple and apricot. Medium bodied, soft, velvety and well-balanced.

Lindauer Special Reserve NV £10.65

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

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay £7.32

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

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

Lacheteau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc £5.99

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

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

Clos du Bois Pinot Noir £9.74

Clos du Bois have almost 800 acres of vineyards throughout Sonoma County and the coastal regions of California. This Pinot Noir comes mainly from the Central and North Coast areas, and has been matured for 8 months in French, American and Eastern European oak.

A lush, fruit-driven Pinot Noir, made in California's trademark style. Strawberry and cherry fruit are accompanied by hints of lavender and forest floor, supported by silky tannins.

Argento Malbec £6.66

Malbec is Argentina's signature grape variety. This is an excellent example made from grapes grown in the foothills of the Andes, one of the most favoured areas for cultivating grapes in Argentina.

Ripe bramble and spicy blackberry notes on the nose are echoed on the richly textured palate, with hints of vanilla oak and balanced acidity on the finish.


Come see us in store and we will help you fine your top picks


Sparkling Saturday! Date published: 02/08/14

Oh yes it's Saturday, and we're celebrating by opening a bottle of J de Telmont Grande Réserve NV Champagne for you all to come and try.

Not only is it open in store, it's also in our summer selection 33.3% off, £15.99! 

With a classic Champagne soft fruity flavour, with apple pie and pastry notes, this is a great example for the price.

Come in and give it a go!

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 31/07/14

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand doesn't just come from Marlborough. Our current Wine of the Week is the Waimea Estate from Nelson, just to the west of Marlborough. This Decanter and IWC medal winner is well worth a try and will be open to taste until Monday, when our July offers come to an end. www.majestic.co.uk/Waimea-Estate-Sauvignon-Blanc-zid37140

BBQ winesDate published: 26/07/14

When your out in the sun enjoying your BBQ here's a short list of wines which will go perfectly with the food and weather.

First, Mud House Sauvignon Blanc for the weather, it's at an amazing price (£6.66) tastes great and combines perfectly with the sun and a garden chair.

Secondly, Alamos Malbec for your steak, another great price (£6.66) it's full smooth body and slight peppery touch make this an ideal choice.

Third, throw in a Rosé because the sun is shining. Pick a Provence such as Vallée Des Pins (again £6.66) close your eyes and pretend you're on holiday. Unless you are on holiday, then smile because everyone else is jealous.

Finally if you're feeling a little class and elegance, how about some bubbles? We have so many crackers under £10 my favorite today is the L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV Crémant de Loire, as it's £9.99 and open on our Tasting Counter!! Come in and give it a try.

Wine of the Week The Ned Pinot Grigio!Date published: 26/07/14

Some of you maybe familiar with The Ned Sauvignon Blanc but have you ever tried The Ned Waihopai River Pinot Grigio? No? Well now is your chance pop along and give it a try. Perfect in this summer sunshine.

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

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

£10.99

Special Offer£10.65

Buy 2 bottles save 25%

£7.98


Wine of the week The Ned sauvignon Blanc 2013 £6.99Date published: 23/07/14

Wine of the week

The Ned sauvignon Blanc 2013

Loved by staff and customers alike The Ned is perfect for summer.

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.

£10.99

Special Offer £10.49

Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

£6.99


New Offers 1 week only!Date published: 22/07/14

We have now added these amazing wines to out summer selection. 

Buy any 2 as part of your mixed case and get these wines for:

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc £6.99

Pouilly Fume Jean Vincent £9.99

Les Galets Cotes du Rhone £5.66

Vallee des Pins Provence Rose £6.66

Minimum purchase 6 bottles

Sparkling Saturday! Date published: 21/07/14

This Saturday we will be opening L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV Crémant de Loire!

Please pop in and try it. 

Grape Chardonnay, Chenin

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.

Pale lemon yellow with a fine, shimmering mousse. 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.

£14.99

Buy 2 bottles on our 33.3% deal and get this bottle for 

£9.99

Wine of the Week Mont Saint JeanDate published: 19/07/14

Mont Saint Jean 2012 Corbières

Grape Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Carignan 

Origin

Winemaker Jérôme Regues blends two different terroirs to make this wine; a typical Corbières red blend. Grapes from Ornaisons provide the rich fruit flavours, while grapes from Durban, around 25km further south, are said to add spicier notes.

Taste

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.

Perfect with your home-made shepherd's pie or a cheese board.

WAS £6.99

Special Offer £5.87 

Buy 2 bottles save 15%

£4.99

Sparkling Saturday! Date published: 19/07/14

Lets forget about the weather, come down to Northallerton and have a glass of Corte Alta Prosecco in store where it's a toasty 21C and dry!

This bargain bottle of bubbles is in our summer selection at £6.66 and is a staff favorite here (especially at this price).

Come and try it for yourself! Open on the tasting counter today.

Stunning Offers Starting TodayDate published: 16/07/14

We have 2 cracking wines on improved offers until 4th August from today.

The Mont Saint Jean Corbieres has always been a firm favourite and we're sure that at £4.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles you'll agree this is exceptional value for money.

The Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet was recently described as "a steal" by Olly Smith when it was £6.74, so at £5.99 you can't go wrong. We last had this wine at this low price at Xmas 2012!

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 14/07/14

In our constant attempt to convert the ABC's (Anything But Chardonnay) we like to throw the odd one onto the tasting counter that will hopefully surprise people. This week's choice is the DB Family Reserve Chardonnay from De Bortoli, Australia. Unlike the big heavy oaked Aussie examples of the past, this lightly-oaked wine comes in at 12.5%abv and has just soft touches of vanilla and almond alongside more refreshing peach and citrus fruit. A very versatile food wine but dangerously drinkable on it's own!

Alcoholic FermentationDate published: 11/07/14

The conversion of sugar to alcohol by yeast operating in anaerobic conditions

Abv%Date published: 10/07/14

Alcohol by volume

Wine of the week Con Amigos MalbecDate published: 09/07/14


While we know its summer and we should be drinking rose we just love this malbec too much to pass it up. Perfect for all the BBQ's happening right now.

Con Amigos Malbec 2013 Bio Bio Valley

The Bio Bio Valley is making a name for itself as one of Chile's premium wine regions. With its southern location, it has a cooler, wetter, more marginal climate than much of Chile, reflecting the typical conditions of France's northern wine regions.


With its vivid purple tinges, this is a youthful and fruity wine, with inviting aromas of ripe plums and perfumed blueberry notes. The tannins are ripe and well weighted, making for a plush mouthfeel.


Enjoy

Perfect with a char-grilled steaks or rotisserie chicken

£8.99 buy any 2 bottles save 33%

£5.99


Durham GinDate published: 08/07/14

Did you know we now stock the beautiful Durham Gin? Made with a unique recipe of botanicals including juniper, celery seed, elderflower and pink peppercorns with spring water and pure grain spirit. We even have a bottle open so you can try before you buy! 

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

We knew it was good but it's nice to see praise from elsewhere. Along with 10 other wines available from Majestic, the Caixas Godello from Martin Codax was featured in The Saturday Times 50 best white wines for summer. Jane MacQuitty praised its "punchy apple and fresh hay-scented fruit" and "sappy, steely stony pizzazz"! If that and the fact that it's now down to £6.66 as part of our Summer Selection isn't enough, then why not come and taste it for yourself in-store.

Jane MacQuitty's Top 100Date published: 28/06/14

Jane MacQuitty's Summer Top 100 starts in this Saturday's Times and we have 10 wines featured. This week she looks at white, rosé and sparkling wines. Look out next week for red, fortified and sweet wines.

Under £6.50

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Monte Schiavo

Torres Days of Summer

Under £8

As Caixas Godello

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc

Under £12

Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier

Sainte Victoire Famille Negrel Rosé

L'Extra par Langlois Brut

Under £25

Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Louis Moreau

Greywacke Riesling

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee Brut

Offers ending Monday 23rd June!Date published: 22/06/14

Come rain or shine this summer, we have great new deals which are sure to brighten your day. Starting at just £5.99, all of these deals are absolutely outrageous value! Shop today to get the best deals. Don’t miss out!

Codorníu Brut NV Cava - £9.99, Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%, £6.66.

Cava Calamino NV - £8.99, Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%, £5.99.

Brancott Estate Pinot Noir 2012 - £11.99, Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%, £7.99.

Raboso Rosato Corte Alta NV - £9.99, Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%, £6.66.

Pennautier Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 - £7.99, Buy 2 bottles save 25%, £5.99.


Fine Wine Friday Date published: 20/06/14

This week we have opened the International Wine Challenge Silver Medal winner Marqués de Vargas Rioja Reserva 2009.

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

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

Best decanted before serving. Pair with beef carpaccio.

Brooklyn Summer AleDate published: 19/06/14

Brooklyn Summer Ale is a modern rendition of the “Light Dinner Ales” brewed in England throughout the 1800's until the 1940's. They were also known as “luncheon ales” or “family ales”, because they were refreshing and flavourful without being to heavy.

Perfect for the summer!

Brooklyn brew their Summer Ale from premium English barley malt, which gives this light bodied golden beer a fresh bready flavour. German and American hops lend a light crisp bitterness and a citrus/floral aromas, resulting in a beer with a very sunny disposition.

Again perfect for summer, enjoy it outside in the sun.

The White Grapes of BordeauxDate published: 16/06/14

The wines of Bordeaux are commonly produced from a blend of grape varieties. The reason for this is simple. The region has a very variable weather pattern, particularly rainfall. It is therefore too risky to rely on a single grape variety. The different grapes flower and ripen at different times and therefore bad frosts are less likely to destroy entire crops. However, contrary to this there are only two varieties that predominate and are grown in much higher volumes than other varieties.

The Semillon grape is the most widely planted white variety in Bordeaux. It has very soft skins and has a high affinity for noble rot. It is therefore used widely in sweet wines. It gives a golden colour to wines and has plenty of body. It has an affinity for oak and its wines can age well.

In Bordeaux, Sauvignon Blanc produces wines with a distinctive herbaceous and grassy flavour as well as aromas of elderflower. This grape is the exception to the rule in Bordeaux and is increasingly used for single varietal, dry white wines. Although, when blended its high acidity acts as a counterbalance to the potential flabiness of the Semillon grape. This is particularly true of the great sweet wines of Bordeaux.

The only other grape variety I will mention is the Muscdelle. This variety has a pronounced grapey, floral flavour and plays an important role in sweet and dry white wine production. It is however grown in far smaller quantities than Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc and therefore only makes up a small percentage of any blend.


Machine HarvestingDate published: 15/06/14

The principal advantage of machine harvesting is speed. This may be essential if the vintage is threatened by bad weather, or with certain grape varieties, such as Sauvignon Blanc, that mature from ripe to over-ripe very quickly. Machines can also work through the night, which allows cool grapes to be brought to the winery. This saves money and energy that would be spent on lowering the temperature of the grapes before fermentation, and it retards the dissipation of aromas that would occur due to oxidation. Machine harvesters work by shaking the trunk of the vine and collecting the ripe berries as they fall off.

What is Terroir?Date published: 14/06/14

Some vineyards, winemakers and the like are incredibly passionate about Terroir - and for good reason.

This word refers to the ensemble of environmental influences that give a wine a sense of place. In its most narrow usage, it refers only to the effects of different soil structures within an area of unvarying climate. More usefully, it can be taken to cover the combined effects of aspect, slope, climate, weather and grape variety. These effects are usually subtle, but are sometimes dramatic and with careful winemaking, they can be transposed into recognizable flavours and other components in a wine.


A Very Approchable Fine WineDate published: 14/06/14

Le Difese 2011, Tenuta San Guido is the fine wine we are featuring this week in our Italian spotlight. Currently in the fine wine and spirits mix and match deal at £16.

It will be open on our tasting counter all week for your leisure, and this afternoon (Saturday) from 3pm we will be spending an informal 30 minutes exploring the La Difese. and many more Itailan wines. Why Not join us?

Fine wines can be a daunting purchase, but if you call into store we are happy to help, give advice, and find the perfect special wine for you.

This silky, full bodied red has dried cherry and blackcurrant flavours, along with oak and a touch of leather.

Why not call in try it and tell us what you think.


Pouilly-Fume Jean Vincent, 2012 £9.99Date published: 13/06/14

This fine french fruity favourite is a formidable feast made in the flinty fields of the Loire valley.

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

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. This wine is a mouthwatering, dry aperitif wine, also ideal with fresh shellfish dishes.

£14.99 or mix and match with all our 33% offers and get this one for £9.99

A Big Hit for a Small PriceDate published: 13/06/14

Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV is on a great deal at the moment £14.99 in our summer collection.

The Heidsieck Champagne went down so well with our Wine Course attendees last night, the bottle was left empty. However, good news! We have another bottle open on the tasting counter.

This a must try, and a must buy at the price!

Leon Perdigal CDR BlancDate published: 12/06/14

This wine is a blend of five traditional grape varieties sourced from several vineyard areas across the Southern Rhone. Fermented at low temperatures and matured without oak.

An approachable wine with medium intensity and a gentle complex nose of pear, white peach and a delicate honeysuckle scent. A rounded palate with a pleasing balance between roundness and crisp acidity.

A good all-rounder for pairing with food. Ideal with a chicken or fish in light sources.

£8.49 a bottle when you buy two or more within the 15% range


Argentinian MalbecDate published: 11/06/14

Argentinian Malbec

The Malbec grape variety was first brought over to Argentina in 1850, when it was predominantly used for blending with several different grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. It has since become the most planted grape variety in the country.

The Malbec grape will show regional differences in accordance with the changes in climactic conditions such as altitude.

Low altitude areas: these produce fuller bodied wines with greater hints of black fruit.

High altitude areas: these produce more elegant and silkier malbecs with less fruit influence and more floral aromas.

In Argentina there are 3 main growing areas for the Malbec grape. These are:

Mendoza Region: This region accounts for 70% of all wine produced in Argentina, and is one of the largest wine growing regions in the world. The climate is dry and almost desert like, and wine is influenced by both snow melting water for irrigation and high altitude due to the surrounding Andes Mountains and Argentine Pampas.

San Juan: This wine region is the second most important wine region of Argentina and is hotter and more arid than the Mendoza Region.

Rio Negro: This region is where some of the most high class wines from Argentina come from. The high winds, low rainfall and large diurnal range allow for high quality viticulture. In this region it is not dominated by altitude cooling but mostly latitudinal cooling.

Top Offers this Month:

Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2012 Mendoza  £11.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% £7.99

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

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

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

Argento Malbec 2013 Mendoza £9.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% £6.66 

Malbec is Argentina's signature grape variety. This is an excellent example made from grapes grown in the foothills of the Andes, one of the most favoured areas for cultivating grapes in Argentina.

Ripe bramble and spicy blackberry notes on the nose are echoed on the richly textured palate, with hints of vanilla oak and balanced acidity on the finish.

Ideal with grilled red meats or spicy pasta dishes.

Edna Valley Californian WinesDate published: 10/06/14

We love trying all the new wines that come into stock this time of year and these two from the Edna valley in California are excellent wines at exceptional value.

Edna Valley Pinot Noir 2012 - £12.99 Buy 2 33% -£8.66

Pinot Noir enjoys more moderate climates and much of Californian vineyard land is simply too hot to produce balanced examples. The Edna Valley runs East/West, opening out in to the Pacific. The facilitates the inflow of cooler ocean air, moderating the climate and facilitating the production of elegant wines. Full and supple, this Pinot displays ripe cherry fruit and floral hints.

Edna Valley Chardonnay 2012 - £12.99 Buy 2 33% -£8.66

Another Burgundian variety benefiting from the moderate mesoclimate of the Edna Valley, we have a Chardonnay that combines the richness typical of Napa Valley examples with a precise acidity that helps keep the wine fresh. Enjoy its butterscotch and apple pie notes with Sunday Roast Chicken!


On trade options with Majestic Wine.Date published: 09/06/14

Do you own or manage a restaurant,pub, club or other licensed premises? Well, Majestic might be just what you are looking for. We have a huge and diverse range of trade-only wines we supply to businesses!

We can offer flexible, free delivery dates and times, offer advice and will put you in contact with our Business Development Manager who will help tailor your wine list to suit you exclusively!

Supplying your restaurant with wine doesn't have to be a hassle, just pop in store for a chat and see how we can make your life easier!


New pricing structure unraveled. Date published: 08/06/14

If you haven't had the opportunity yet to come in to see us at Majestic wines you won't know about our new simpler pricing. You will still find great wines at great prices here, but we've just made it a little bit easier to pick and mix all your favourite wines. 

Our offers are now split into 5 groups: 

A simple single bottle offer

15% off, mix and match the wines in this group with the purple label and get 15% off each bottle. 

25% off, the green label wines 

33% the orange labelled wines. 

Buy 2 and save £10 when you mix and match selected fine wines and spirits

So why not make you mix of 6 even more of a mix with our pick and mix offers.



Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV £14.99Date published: 07/06/14

Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV

Grape Chardonnay

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.

We have slashed the price to sell out of this champagne. When it's gone it's gone!

Thirsk Wedding Fair Date published: 07/06/14

Planning a wedding?

Join us at Thirsk Race course on Sunday the 8th of June to talk through all you need to know for your big day, we even have a glass of bubbly for everyone. 

With FREE entry why not? 

Sparkling Saturday! Date published: 07/06/14

This week saw the start of our new offers for June and to celebrate today we'll be opening the Heidsieck & Co Monopole Brut NV, an undeniable bargain at £14.99 (when buying any 2 wines from our Summer Selection).

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

A Brief Introduction: Champagne & 'The Traditional MethodDate published: 29/05/14

Champagne the champion of sparkling wine, the only region in the world dedicated exclusively to sparkling wine. Located in a very challenging climate where winemakers often contend with winter freezes, spring frosts, and generally cold wet weather. Even in the warmest years the grapes produced are very high in acidity and basically unsuitable for still wine, however for the making of sparkling wine high acidity levels are a virtue.

The land naturally helps winemakers combat the variable weather conditions in Champagne. Frost is overcome by planting vines on slopes, and the soil is predominantly chalk which allows good drainage of water but also retains a sufficient quantity.

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Menuier are the three grape varieties of the region, 66% of Champagne wine is made from black grapes Pinot Noir and Menuier. The end result is a white wine due to the pressing process, grapes are neither destemmed or crushed, and are pressed as quickly as possible to avoid any red colouring or tannins from the skin.

Once pressed the grape varieties are fermented separately (Primary Fermentation), then blended together. Blending is important in Champagne to maintain a consistent quality of wine year by year as the climate is so challenging. The grape varieties give the wine its character, but reserve wine stored from previous years are vital in smoothing out vintage variations. Each house has its own style and these styles are achieved consistently through the blending process, the more reserve wines a house has to blend the easier this is.

Once the wine is blended the 'Traditional Method' of sparkling wine production becomes apparent, as the wine blend is bottled and mixed with sugar, yeast, yeast nutrients, and a clarifying agent. The bottle is then closed with a crown cap, and stored horizontally in the cellars for six – eight weeks (Second Fermentation). Once the fermentation is complete the yeast die, and form a sediment in the bottle, this sediment is known as the lees; the lees is what gives bread, biscuit, and toast flavours to the wine. To remove the sediment the bottle undergoes Riddling, a process which shifts the lees to the neck of the bottle. Traditionally done by a 'Remueur' who would gently shake and twist the bottle in an A-frame, raising it until the bottle is vertical. This takes up to eight weeks by hand, the modern machines however carry out this process in eight days. 

The Disgorgement process follows as the lees now in the neck of the bottle is frozen, the cap is removed the CO2 ejects the frozen lees. The wine is topped up with a mixture of wine and sugar, the level of sugar determines the level of sweetness i.e. Brut is given a lower amount of sugar than a Sec labelled wine.

Non-Vintage wines are the producers most commercially important wines, these are based on the current vintage with reserve wines blended as necessary. NV wines must be aged at least 15 months, including a minimum of 12 months on the lees, and in the most part don't benefit from further ageing.

Vintage wines are made only in the best years, however only a maximum of 80% of grapes can be used from one harvest to maintain future reserve wine levels. The Vintage is then blended with previous reserve wines to give the house style to the wine. V wines are aged a minimum of three years on the lees, and most benefit from further ageing.


External Wine eventsDate published: 24/05/14

Did you know we can come out to you and do a tailor made wine event especially for you?

Ask in store for more details. 

or call 01609 770679, Email nal@majestic.co.uk  

Nyetimber Open TomorrowDate published: 23/05/14

Sparkling Saturday!

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009 is being opened tomorrow for you all to try on the tasting counter, come and explore the best of English Sparkling wine.

£39.99 Buy 2 save 33.3% 

£23.98

Here is our own world class Sparkling wine, and the star of last years Paris Fashion Week. England's premier sparkling wine house is rivaling the big names in champagne, and rightly so.

Nyetimber use Champagne grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier all from their own vineyards. The vineyards are on soil similar to that of its French rivals, made up prodominently of chalk or sand, this helps retain water and heat.

Prior to harvest the grapes are tested to ensure the best flavour, and hand picked at the optimal time.

This attention to detail leads to the wine's Champagne like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. With a fresh vibrant palate, containing citrus elements of lime and grapefruit, accompanied by a slight minerality, and toast flavours.

Each vineyard parcel is treated uniquely, from picking to gentle pressing to vinification in stainless steel tanks. All wines are crafted according to the strict rules of the traditional method used throughout champagne. Then aged for extended periods of time on the lees giving Nyetimber its toasty, bread dough flavours.

Come in and try, regardless of the weather it will feel like summer inside Majestic Wine Northallerton!

Bring a friend to Majestic and you both get a free bottle.Date published: 23/05/14

Know a friend that likes wine? Bring them along on your next trip and when they are added to our private customer list and you both buy 6 or more you and your friend will get a free bottle each! 

It's that simple. Even better you can do this as many times as you like and you will still get your free bottle.

Italian red, it's not all Amarone and Barolo.Date published: 22/05/14

Love Italian wine? Be adventurous and try these...

Primitivo Natale Verga

Grape Primitivo

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

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

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

£8.99 Buy 2 bottles save 25% £6.74


Le Volte dell' Ornellaia

Grape Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese

Producers of one of Italy's most celebrated Bordeaux-inspired wines, Ornellaia have created Le Volte as an approachable, early-drinking 'super-Tuscan' blend, marrying Bordeaux varieties with the local Sangiovese over 10 months in old oak barriques.

A rich black fruit core is surrounded by fine-grained tannins, giving a firm structure and a sense of opulence, with concentration and weight lifted by fresh red fruit acidity.

A great match for the rich gamy flavours of a venison casserole.

£23.00 Buy 2 bottles save £10 £18.00


New pricing structure unraveled. Date published: 21/05/14

We still have a minimum purchase of 6 bottle but now you don't have to buy in pairs or more.

We now have 3 groups:

33%, 25% and 15% these groups run across a number of regions. 

Basically buy and two or more bottles from the same % group and you will get the cheaper price shown. We have even colour coded them. Buy 2 of the same colour and your on your way. 

If your still unsure grab a member of staff and we will make sure you are getting all the deal. After all that's what we are here for. 

Need advice about wine?Date published: 21/05/14

If you need any advice about wine please feel free to call or email us in store and we will do our very best to help you.

Anything from advice on wine for parties to a burning question about wine you've always wanted to know.

Call us on 01609 770679 or email nal@majestic.co.uk 

Why 6 Bottles?Date published: 20/05/14

Whether it's mix of six great value bottles for every day drinking, or a case or two of great vintages for laying down, we have a rule: a minimum purchase of 6 bottles.

This rule allows us to do things differently. We have friendly, enthusiastic and properly trained staff on hand to help and advise you in each of our 200+ stores. We have wines open on our tasting counter every day for you to try, and if you'd like to join us at one of our many Taste and Exploreevents they are of course free. Finally, we'll hand deliver your order for free* – including evenings and weekends at a time to suit you.

It's doing things this way that's made us the biggest, and we think best, wine retailer in the UK.


Some things you may not know about Majestic...Date published: 19/05/14

Here at Majestic we strive to be the best. Here are a few thing we think are great about our company....

The big difference at Majestic is our staff. We only employ people who are friendly, enthusiastic and refreshingly down-to-earth. The world of wine can be a little stuffy, but Majestic never is. We want you to feel relaxed when you explore wine with us, because that's how we like to work.

But that doesn't mean our staff don't know their stuff; everyone you meet at Majestic has been professionally accredited by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET). This ensures you get informed answers to your wine questions and some very savvy recommendations from people who enjoy drinking and learning about wine every bit as much as you do.

Delivery is now FREE for any order of six bottles or more on mainland UK from your local store. Your delivery can be at a convenient time for you, including evenings and weekends

You can add cases of beer, water and soft drinks to your wine order, and when you get to the checkout you can take advantage of our free glass loan, chiller bin loan and order cubed ice (although we can't deliver orders for just these products).

To make sure you're choosing wines that we have in stock, you can tailor the website to browse the wines available locally:

All our stores have a tasting counter with open bottles ready to sample. We're always on hand to guide you to something that is right for your palate and your pocket. 

Free wine courses. A 90-minute introduction to wine. Learn about the basics of wine - how it's made, how to taste it and how to find what you like, all with a few food matches.

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

Free seasonal tastings. At least 12 wines open for you to try. Twice a year, we open late for large, informal evenings tasting the most exciting new wines we have in store.

Call, email, tweet or the good old fashioned pop in to our store and we will do our best to help you. 

Call: 01609 770679

E-mail: nal@majestic.co.uk

Tweet:@MajesticNthall

Or we are located next to Pets at home on the high street, DL78EB


Jen's New wine pickDate published: 18/05/14

Of the brand new wines we have in stock I am so happy we have The King's Legacy Chardonnay in. 

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.

Try this with sea food.

£14.99

Buy 2 bottles save 15%

£12.74


Tasting notes for all your wines!Date published: 17/05/14

We can provide the tasting notes for all your wines at the till. Whether you want to impress your friends, run a tasting or learn a little bit more about each wine you try then our concise notes offer a few details about where the wine comes from and what it should taste like. Come and explore!

Sparkling Saturday! Date published: 17/05/14

With this Summer sunshine we're enjoying and with our very own Jen currently making her way back from Italy, we only really have one choice for Sparkling Saturday today... Prosecco!!!

The Prosecco Corte Alta has joined our Summer Selection with 33% off for a limited time only. Now at £6.66 per bottle this fun, frothy, refreshing wine is perfect for all parties, barbecues and generally sipping in the garden. 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.

Don't just take our word for it though, pop into the store today and try it yourself!

Killka Chardonnay Date published: 16/05/14

Killka Chardonnay 2012 Bodegas Salentein

Bodegas Salentein owns what is considered to be Argentina's single largest 'cool climate' estate, stretching 22km from east to west, and taking in 5 distinct microclimates, enabling them to make a variety of styles, including this lightly-oaked Chardonnay.

Bright greenish yellow, this is a youthful and vibrant wine, displaying a nose of ripe citrus fruit and gentle hints of vanilla and soft tropical notes. Mild-mannered with a round palate feel.

£11.99 or buy any 2 or more bottles in the 33% £7.99

Mud House Sauvignon BlancDate published: 15/05/14

The next big thing!

Do you like The Ned Sauvignon Blanc? Well we think you will like this.

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

Mud House Wines was started in 1996, and is a producer focused on sustainable viticulture. Just over half the fruit for this wine is sourced from their own Woolshed vineyard in the Upper Wairau Valley, with the remainder sourced from partner growers.

Pale straw yellow, with heady aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and hints of nettles. Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrius and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones.

Chill well and enjoy on its own or with light summery rice or pasta dishes.

£6.66 as part of our 33% deal

Minimum purchase 6.

Bargain Wine £4.99 Robertson Winery Chenin BlancDate published: 14/05/14

Robertson Winery Chenin Blanc

Grape - Chenin Blanc

The warm and dry Robertson Valley, home to this winery of the same name, is further inland than most vineyards in South Africa, but the Breede River, running through it, provides a cooling influence and provides Chenin Blanc of excellent character and consistency.

Crammed full with pineapple, melon and green apple fruits complemented by a firm structure and balancing acidity. Enjoy with seafood or roast chicken.

Now just £4.99


New Chilean Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 13/05/14

New In...

Wave Series Sauvignon Blanc 2013 

Grape - Sauvignon Blanc

An avid surfer since childhood, winemaker Sebastian Labbe grew up in Chile and went on to hone both his winemaking and surfing skills in New Zealand. The Wave Series was inspired both by this passion for the waves, and the Pacific Coast's influence on Chile's terroir.

A clean, crisp Sauvignon typical of Chile, offering intense aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry and refreshing lime. Light in weight yet persistent and concentrated in flavour.

Chill well and enjoy with fresh king prawns.

Open to taste and just £6.66 when you buy any 2 from our 33% off offer as part of your mixed case

Free Delivery!Date published: 12/05/14

Did you know we offer free delivery on 6 or more bottles of wine?


FREE wine events! Book yours today.Date published: 11/05/14

Free wine courses. A 90-minute introduction to wine. Learn about the basics of wine - how it's made, how to taste it and how to find what you like, all with a few food matches.

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

Free seasonal tastings. At least 12 wines open for you to try. Twice a year, we open late for large, informal evenings tasting the most exciting new wines we have in store.

Interested? Ask a member of staff for the next dates available. 

Call 01609 770679

E-mail nal@majestic.co.uk

Planning a Wedding?Date published: 11/05/14

We know how stressful planning your big day can be, but we're here to help you every step of the way! From matching our wines with your menu to delivering them to the venue (for free!) let us take the stress out of organising everything and get another job ticked off your never ending list!

Here are just some of the services we offer:

- Sale or return; make sure you don't run out on the big day by bringing back any unused wines

-Free glass, chiller bin and ice bucket hire (refundable deposit taken) and we sell ice

- Free flexible delivery to your chosen venue

-Expert staff to recommend wines matching your menu and budget and a guide to amounts to buy

- Wines open to taste all day every day

With wines starting at just £4.99, Prosecco starting at £7.99 and Champagne starting at £15.99 you're sure to be able to pick some fantastic little gems, whatever your budget

For more information pop in and see us in store, call us on 01609 770679, tweet us @majesticnthall, or email us on nal@majestic.co.uk

Saturday Kitchen 10th MayDate published: 10/05/14

Paul Mas Vermentino 2013 PGI Pays d'Oc 

Grape Vermentino

Origin

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

Taste

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

Serve moderately chilled, with seafood, poached fish or cold salads.

£8.99 

Buy any 2 or more bottles in the save 15% range and get this bottle for 

 £7.64


As part of a mixed case 


Sparkling Saturday! Date published: 10/05/14

Bouvet Saumur Rose Brut NV

£13.49 Buy any 2 wines from the Summer Selection and save 33% - £8.99

As a big fan of the Bouvet I was delighted to see a pink version hit the shelves this month, and I wasn't disappointed when I tasted it! Made from 100% Cabernet Franc with a minimum of nine months on its lees before disgorgement, this is a light and immediately welcoming sparkling rose. Clean, fruity and refreshing with floral hints, a great summery aperitif for weddings, parties or just when the mood takes you.


Wine of the week...Date published: 07/05/14

Wine of the week

Reales Viñedos Vendimia Seleccionada 2008 Castilla


Made from Tempranillo grapes sourced from the Manchuela region in Castilla, to the east of La Mancha, this wine offers plenty of style and finesse at a great price. Similar to a Rioja Joven, this is superb for early drinking freshness.

This wine displays an intense aroma of cranberries and raspberries, with hints of vanilla and spice. A smooth and well-balanced palate leads on to a long, savoury finish.

Drink now to appreciate fully this wine's fresh, fruity style. Try matching with tapas, pork loin or smoked ham.

Come and try a sample on our tasting counter

For some one who doesn't like wine, she has expensive taste!Date published: 06/05/14

After working for Majestic for over 2 years I have never come across a wine my mum actually likes, until now. 

I have exhausted every red, white and rose we stock to but, no joy. This bank holiday I made one last attempt and bought the new fizz in our 33% off Summer Selection,  L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV Crémant de Loire which is £9.99 a bottle when you buy any 2 bottles from the range. Plus I wanted to try it and like the rest of the wine I've given her, if she didn't like it I would drink it.

I got home, stuck the fizz in the fridge and waited for my mum to arrive. 

BBQ in full swing I brought out the L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV, poured mum a glass and waited for the face. The face that says 'This taste like vinegar' but it didn't happen and the words that I never thought I would ever hear came out of her mouth 'This is nice' 

That was enough for me, I had done it, I had found a wine my mum liked. 

There is a style out there for everyone. Its just finding it!

Summer Tasting EveningDate published: 04/05/14

We've just finalised our line-up (or should I say wine-up!) for this years Summer Tasting Evening on Thursday 15th May. If you didn't already know it's FREE to come along, open to all, and begins at 6.30pm. At the latest count we're expecting to show off 16 different wines and have 6kg of cheese on the way to help you through it! So if you like all things white, pink, red or fizzy, make sure you pay us a visit. Please just let us know if you plan to attend either by email nal@majestic.co.uk or phone 01609 770679.

Keep up to date with all our special offers!Date published: 03/05/14

Never miss out on our special offers. 

Some of our amazing offers are only on for one week or we get special parcels in that sell out in a matter of days.  

Keep up to date with whats going on and add your email to our private customer list, never miss a bargain again!

All you have to do is email nal@majestic.co.uk with your surname and post code asking us to add your email to our list. 

We promise it is a private list so we wont share your information and that you wont get bombarded with email after email. 

Introduce a friend to MajesticDate published: 03/05/14

Do you know a friend or a family member who likes wine?

Bring them along to Majestic next time you visit and when they sign up to our private customer list we will give them and you a free bottle of wine each, up to the value of £10 when you both purchase your 6 bottles or more. 

You can introduce as many friends as you like and receive your FREE bottle each time.  

Ask a member of staff for more detail.

Saturday Kitchen 19th AprilDate published: 19/04/14

Susy Atkins has selected Lindauer Special Reserve NV £14.99 or as part of the Pick 'N' Mix £9.99 as the wine match for the Heaven and Hell dish.  The dish is cooked for actor and musician Gary Kemp.

Sparkling Saturday - Prosecco La Marca Treviso Date published: 19/04/14

Open on the tasting counter today is the Prosecco La Marca Treviso Extra Dry NV from 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.

Pale and elegant, with a subtly perfumed bouquet, and youthful pear, melon and citrus fruit characters. Retains a little hint of sweetness which balances the crisp acidity and persistent fizz.

Drink with appetizers and fish dishes, or mix with a dash of peach purée for a refreshing bellini.

£8.99 as part of the April Pick n Mix

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 13/04/14

We've just popped the cork on a new wine of the week - the Montagny Vieilles Vignes Buxy 2010. When this beautiful wine was featured on the BBC's Saturday Kitchen recently we were delighted to see the experts rated it as highly as we do! Refreshing, elegant and great with fish - If you thought you didn't like Chardonnay then think again.

Hurry! The Ned is Selling Fast.Date published: 13/04/14

Hurry - The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is selling fast! If current demand continues we expect to sell out soon. If you need a top up at the great price of £6.99, we recommend shopping online as soon as possible.

Easter dinner partnersDate published: 12/04/14

Roast leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic Perfect Partner is : 

Vina Eguia Reserva £9.99 or Pick 'N' mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £6.66                                                                                                             Beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. The bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. The palate has weight yet an elegant profile.

Roast pork with crackling Perfect Partner is :

'Les Galets' Côtes du Rhône £8.49 Buy 2 bottles save £3 £6.49                                                                                                              Showing gorgeous, succulent notes of red and black berry fruit flavours and a warming hint of spiciness. Soft and supple tannins contribute to a long and rounded finish.

Leek risotto with parmesan crisps Perfect Partner is :

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay  £10.99 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £7.32                                                     Aromas of peach, apricot, dessert apples and vanilla open the show for a palate with more round, ripe stone fruits and citrus. 3 months in oak barrels has added a touch of creaminess on the finish.


Sparkling Saturday Lindauer Special Reserve NV New ZealandDate published: 12/04/14

Sparkling Saturday

Lindauer Special Reserve NV New Zealand

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

Chilled as an apéritif or with seafood, fish or pork and chicken.

£14.99

Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3%

£9.99


Jen's Party PicksDate published: 11/04/14

Planning a party is stressful no matter what the number of guests. So i have put together a few wines I would recommend and that will go down a treat with your guests. 

Fizz

Nicholas Feuillatte  is a fantastic Champagne at £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

Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NV at £8.99

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

Red 

Viña Eguía Rioja Reserva at £6.66 

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

Santa Rita 120 Merlot at £5.99

Intense aromas of red fruits, accompanied by floral, vanilla and tobacco notes. Has a great feeling of volume in the mouth, with plentiful but super-soft tannins, and typically Chilean ripeness of fruit.

White

Yali Wetland Sauvignon Blanc at £5.99

Grapefruit, lime and peach aromas leap from the glass, followed with crisp, citrus flavours on the palate. A refreshing acidity is matched by a zingy finish.

and of course no party would be complete with out a bottle or two of The Ned Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99

This is a favorite of staff and customers. 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.

All are in our pick and mix.


Screw cap or cork? Does it make a difference?Date published: 10/04/14

One of the major ongoing debates in the wine world concerns what to use to seal bottles of wine - cork or screwcap. Many people have a strong preference in favour of one or the other, but as yet not that much is known about the choice of closure affects the wines's evolution.

The main purpose of a closure are to:

Protect the wine and allow the wine to mature, if this is desired. 

Producers essentially have 3 options available to them: corks, synthetic corks or screwcaps. all have some advantages and disadvantages.

Corks are the traditional form of closure and are still the most widely used, especially for premium wines. They allow a small amount of oxygen to enter the wine, which aids maturation. The main disadvantages of corks are cork-taint and cork failure. We say that a wine is 'corked' when the wine reacts with a chemical that is present in some corks. This results in mouldy, wet cardboard aromas. Thanks to research and investment, the incidence of cork-taint is declining. It is important to note that cork-taint is very different to cork failure. Cork failure occurs when the cork does not seal adequately, with the result that too much air enters the bottle leading the wine to oxidise. Many consumers and producers, especially in the Old World, prefer wines with corks.

Synthetic corks are mostly made from plastic and are totally inert. While this may be suitable for wines that are not intended to age, they can cause reductive aromas when used for longer ageing. The closures also sometimes affect the flavour of the wine.

Screwcaps are used extensively in the New World and are ideal for wines where the key attraction is fresh, fruity flavours, for example New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Screwcaps are impermeable and do not taint the wine. They also offer convenience. A lot of research is being done into screwcaps and some have been developed specifically to allow  a small amount of oxygen to transfer in to assist ageing.

Easter Opening HoursDate published: 07/04/14

The opening hours for the Easter weekend are as follows:

Good Friday:  10-8

Easter Saturday:  9-7

Easter Sunday: CLOSED

Bank Holiday Monday:  10-5 

All returning to normal opening hours after


Tom's Party PicksDate published: 06/04/14

Having a Party? 

Here are some wine tips which will go down nicely.

Sparkling first (as what party is complete without a little bubbly!) 

For the occasional wine drinkers Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV A delicate, fruity, pale salmon pink rosé Champagne which all will love. Currently on special offer in our Easter Pick 'n' Mix at £16.66 (£25 Single Bottle). 

Codorníu Selección Raventós NV is a great modern Spanish Cava, pale lemon golden in colour, 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. £7.99 in our Pick 'n' Mix (£11.99 single bottle).

Whites

Pinot Grigio Breganze, this pinot grigio is really easy to drink, and is always a firm favourite with party guests. £6.99 2 or more (£8.99 single bottle).

Second white, how can you not invite Ned? Or any Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough; Brancott, Villa Maria...etc etc all will be well received! Oh and Ned is on the Pick 'n' Mix at £6.99!!!

Reds

Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2012 Mendoza is a well balanced red, fruity plum and red cherry flavours along with a touch of pepper to keep you interested. £7.99 in our Pick 'n' Mix.

Errazuriz Estate Series Pinot Noir 2012 Valle de Aconcagua another easy to drink red, which will accommodate for both keen red wine fans and the occasional supporter with it's fresh fruity flavours and medium light body. £7.99 in our Pick 'n' Mix.





Make an entrance with a magnum Date published: 06/04/14

What would look better on a dining table than a magnum? 

Here in Northallerton we have a range of magnums to suit all tastes. 

Champagne:

Veuve Cliquot NV £80

Nicholas Feuillatte NV £42.50

Moet and Chandon NV £80 

Wine: 

Marques de Riscal Reserva Rioja £22

Matsu El Picaro £16

Lagunilla Reserva Rioja £17.49

and a special parcel

Vendima Seleccionada 1998 Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva Rioja £19.99

AIX rose coteaux d'Aix en Provence £19.99 or the double magnum for £50 

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc £6.99Date published: 05/04/14

The Ned is back on Offer at £6.99! It's by far our biggest selling wine so stock up now before it's gone.

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, seafood or oriental food.

Now only £6.99 as part of our Pick N' Mix April offer.


Sparkling Saturday - Codorniu Raventos NVDate published: 05/04/14

Codorníu Selección Raventós NV

This wonderful sparkling wine from Spain is made with Chardonnay, Macabeo and  Xarel-lo grapes.

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.

A Brut with a brilliant straw yellow colour and fine, delicate and persistent bubbles. Intense aromas of pineapple and stone fruit together with more classic aromas such as citrus and apple from the traditional varieties. Also prominent are aromas from ageing on yeast lees (dried fruit, honey, toast, etc).

On the palate, Selección Raventós has a creamy texture and good body, with a refreshing and persistent mouthfeel.

Thanks to its body and freshness, Selección Raventós is ideal for drinking as an apéritif, or to accompany such classics as shellfish, caviar, smoked salmon, etc. It also goes well with rice dishes, poultry and baked

fish.Enjoy with a selection of canapés.

£11.99

Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3%

£7.99

As seen on Saturday Kitchen

New wine of the WeekDate published: 03/04/14

To celebrate our new Easter Pick 'n' Mix deals we've made old favourite Vinalba Reservado Malbec our Wine of the Week. The last time this wine was featured on BBC's Saturday Kitchen as the ideal partner to steak it literally flew out of the door, and at it's current offer price of £7.99 we expect it to do the same again! Come and taste for yourself as it's open on our tasting counter.

Saturday KitchenDate published: 29/03/14

This week, Saturday Kitchen filmed in our Cirencester store. 

Susy Atkins was filmed recommending Muriel Rioja Reserva 2008 

This wine is matched with a salt marsh lamb dish.

Wine of the Week Pasqua Rosato perfect food match- Wild rice saladDate published: 27/03/14

This delicious wild rice salad recipe is perfect for picnics, barbecues with a refreshing glass of Pasqua Rosato.

Ingredients

100g/3½oz broad beans, podded

3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 lemon, juice only

1 garlic clove, crushed

pinch chilli flakes

175g/6oz wild rice, cooked according to packet instructions

1 ripe avocado, peeled, stone removed, sliced

3 spring onions, sliced

4 radishes, sliced

2-3 handfuls micro cress

Preparation method

Cook the broad beans in a pan of boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Drain and refresh in cold water. When cool enough to handle, remove the skin from each bean, use your nail to slit the skin, then pop out the bright green bean.

Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and chilli flakes together in a bowl and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Mix the wild rice, broad beans, avocado, spring onions and radishes together in a bowl, add the dressing and toss gently. Add the micro cress, give the salad one further toss and serve.

Top recipe tip

Add some chicken or chargrilled slices of haloumi.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/wild_rice_salad_89972


Wine of the Week Pasqua RosatoDate published: 27/03/14

Wine of the Week

Pasqua Rosato

A rosé from northern Italy's Veneto region. The growers are located in the provinces of Verona and Treviso, and cultivate mainly indigenous varieties, but increasingly employ classic noble varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon to give their blends an international twist. The grapes used to make thi fantastic wine are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot andCorvina

Pale rose pink in colour, with core aromas of red cherry, rosehip and dessert apple. Similar fruits on the palate are delivered with a nice crisp acidity, medium body, and a clean and refreshing finish.

Chill well and serve as an aperitif or refresher at any 'al fresco' summer party.

£7.49

Buy 2 bottles save £3

£5.99


Where's my catalogue?Date published: 24/03/14

We now produce 2 magazines a year, Summer and Winter. At any other time why not download our most up-to-date price list from the website? www.majestic.co.uk/information/catalogue This will include any short-term offers and monthly Pick 'n' Mix deals so you're always kept in the loop.

Majestic BlogDate published: 23/03/14

Check out the Majestic Blog http://blog.majestic.co.uk for all things interesting and wine related!

Sparkling Saturday: Prosecco Pasqua TrevisoDate published: 22/03/14

Sparkling Saturday

Prosecco Pasqua Treviso

£13.49 or buy 2 or more from the Pick n Mix selection and save a third!

£8.99

Today we have been enjoying this lovely light and refreshing Prosecco from Italy. It is open to try on the tasting counter!

Made using the Charmat method – the wine undergoes its second fermentation in stainless steel tanks which helps to retain the fruity freshness.

To taste...

Lightly off-dry, for a refreshing, easy-going flavour. A mixture of peach, pear and tropical fruit notes.

Perfect in the garden now the sun is starting to shine again!


Free Delivery!Date published: 21/03/14

Did you know we now offer FREE delivery on a purchase of 6 or more bottles of wine, no minimum spend?! No other wine retailer offers this. Even better, we don't use a courier to deliver, your wine will be delivered directly from our store by one of our friendly members of staff at a time to suite you. What are you waiting for? Order now and we may even be able to drop it off in time for Sunday lunch!

Bigger is better!Date published: 19/03/14

Did you know we stock a range of wines in 1.5l "Magnums", perfect for any dinner party or celebration? From Champagne to Chateauneuf-du-Pape and even a Provence Rosé, these impressive bottles look great and taste even better. www.majestic.co.uk/magnums

Web Exclusive Vintage Champagne Sale!Date published: 18/03/14

Go to www.majestic.co.uk/champagne-web-parcel and check out our latest Web Exclusive Parcel! In cases of 6 we have Laurent Perrier 2004 at £180 (£30 per bottle), Veuve Clicquot 2004 at £199.86 (£33.31 per bottle) and Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque 2006 at £399.96 (£66.66 per bottle). Grab these stunning Vintage Champagnes while you can!

Offers Ending TomorrowDate published: 16/03/14

Don't worry, we've still got plenty of great offers for the rest of March, but if you're a big fan of The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, Chateau Meaume and Nicolas Feuillatte to name just a few, we'd recommend stocking up before this week's specials end tomorrow! (Offers end 3pm online and 7pm in store)

Saturday KitchenDate published: 15/03/14

This week, Saturday Kitchen filmed in our Poole store. 

Peter Richards was filmed recommending

 Montagny Vieilles Vignes Buxy 2010. £9.99 or buy 2 save £2 £8.99

This wine will be matched to a cod recipe by Paul Rankin

One Week only! Amazing dealsDate published: 12/03/14

Chateau Meaume £9.99 down to £6.66

Gavi Montiero 8.99 down to £5.99

Vina Eguia Reserva £9.99 down to £6.66

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva £13.49 down to £8.99

Nicolas Feuillatte NV £25.00 down to £16.66

Veuve Clicquot NV £45.00 down to £29.98

Prosecco Corte Alta £9.99 down to £6.66

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

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

Pick 'N' mix buy any 2 or more as part of you case,

Ends 16th March 


Sparkling Saturday Graham Beck Brut NVDate published: 08/03/14

Sparkling Saturday

Graham Beck Brut NV

The grapes used in this sparkling wine are the same as used in Champagne. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, made from a blend of new and reserve wines from grapes sourced from Robertson and Stellenbosch, this is a traditional-method sparkling wine (just how champagne is made) that has undergone secondary fermentation and maturation on its lees in bottle for 15-18 months.

An inviting nose full of lightly yeasty aromas. The palate offers fresh, gentle lime fruit delivered with a fine mousse, giving the wine a creamy texture on the finish.

Graham Beck recommend pairing this with warm butternut and gorgonzola bruschetta.

£14.99

I'm in the Pick 'n' Mix

any 2 bottles save 33.3%

£9.99


Taste & ExploreDate published: 06/03/14

If you're anything like me you've only just got used to it being 2014, but we're now putting events into the diary well into summer. All of our events are totally FREE and run by our (we like to think) down to earth staff, we don't do "wine snob" here. If you like the look of any of them just call (01609 770679), e-mail (nal@majestic.co.uk) or pop into the store (Low Gates Yard, High Street, Northallerton, DL7 8EB) to sign yourself up. Why not invite a friend or two?!

The Wine Course - A 90 minute introduction to wine.

Thursday 20th March 6pm.

Thursday 10th April 6pm.

Thursday 12th June 6pm.

Spotlight Tastings - Six wines in thirty minutes.

Saturday 5th April 3pm, Spain.

Saturday 3rd May 3pm, Chile.

Summer Tasting Evening - At least a dozen wines open for you to try.

Thursday 15th May 6.30pm.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 04/03/14

Wine of the Week

Portillo Malbec 2013 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza

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

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

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

£9.99

I'm on the Pick 'n' Mix!

Buy any 2 bottles save 33.3%

£6.66


Award WinnersDate published: 03/03/14

It's the last day of our Malbec special offers and following this year's Argentinian Wine Awards (AWA) the following two wines are well worth a look:-

GOLD MEDAL: Vinalba Malbec Reservado - £11.99 - Buy 2 save 33% - £7.99

SILVER MEDAL: Malbec Luigi Bosca - £15.99 - Buy 2 save 33% - £10.65

Even more malbec. Vinalba Gran Reservado Malbec Date published: 28/02/14

Viñalba Gran Reservado Malbec 2011, Mendoza

Grape Malbec 

Origin

This fine Malbec comes from Mendoza's Lujan de Cuyo region, and is the flagship wine in the Viñalba range. Created by Hervé Fabre, one of the first Bordeaux-schooled winemakers to come in to Argentina, and to recognise Malbec's potential in its high-altitude terroirs.

Taste

A generous nose of warm plum-pudding-like fruit, lifted by soft vanilla and flower petal notes. The tannins are muscular, yet smooth and  Enjoy

Decant first for maximum effect. Enjoy with steak or venison.

 Was £15.99 

Now £10.66!

More Pick 'N' Mix MalbecDate published: 26/02/14

Catena Malbec 2011 Mendoza

Grape: Malbec

Origin

Nicolás and Laura Catena have worked tirelessly in the discovery, identification and development of key microclimates in the high altitude wine country of Mendoza. Their Malbec uses this work and combines grapes from various altitudes to create a unique profile of aromas.

Taste

Elegantly structured, and showing ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours, subtle vanilla and plenty of peppery spice. Balanced by firm tannins and crisp, refreshing acidity on the finish.

Enjoy

The complex character, tannins and acidity help suit this wine to further ageing and it will comfortably last five years.

£13.99 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £9.32

Portillo Malbec 2013 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza

Grape: Malbec

Origin

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

Taste

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

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

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

Callia Bella Malbec 2013 San Juan

Grape: Malbec

Origin

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

Taste

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

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

£8.99 Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% £5.99

Even more in store and online

Taking the stress out of your wedding, well at least the alcohol part.Date published: 25/02/14

We know how stressful planning your big day can be, but we're here to help you every step of the way! From matching our wines with your menu to delivering them to the venue (for free!) let us take the stress out of organising everything and get another job ticked off your never ending list!

Here are just some of the services we offer:

- Sale or return; make sure you don't run out on the big day by bringing back any unused wines

-Free glass, chiller bin and ice bucket hire (refundable deposit taken) and we sell ice

- Free flexible delivery to your chosen venue

-Expert staff to recommend wines matching your menu and budget and a guide to amounts to buy

- Wines open to taste all day every day

With wines starting at just £4.99, Prosecco starting at £7.99 and Champagne starting at £18 you're sure to be able to pick some fantastic little gems, whatever your budget

For more information pop in and see us in store, call us on 01609 770679, tweet us @majesticnthall, or email us on nal@majestic.co.uk


Wine of the WeekDate published: 25/02/14

Wine of the Week

Days of Summer 2013 Miguel Torres, Itata Valley Chile

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 in this wine 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.

£9.99

Buy 2 bottles save £6

£6.99


Free Delivery now available on just 6 bottles!Date published: 23/02/14

Our minimum order for delivery has been reduced to just 6 bottles (any mix of wine, champagne or spirits).

Orders over £40 will qualify for free delivery.

There will be a £5 delivery charge for orders under £40.

Who are Majestic Wine?Date published: 22/02/14

First things first.. pop in and see us! James, Jen and soon Thomas will always be around for help and guidance or even just for a chat! We like to get to know you and your favourite wines so that we can recommend things for you when you fancy a change or winemakers that you may not have heard of before. We understand the world of wine can be overwhelming at times so feel free to come and chat- we're not wine snobs or high-pressure salesmen!

We will always have a good range of wines open for you to try on our tasting counter- reflecting a variety of styles and price ranges to suite any budget. Feel free to help yourself to a sample of any of these, and keep an eye out for tasting weeks where we sometimes showcase wines from particular countries or new wines to the range.

We're a case merchant, so we do have a minimum purchase of just 6 bottles in store (and 6 online for FREE delivery) however you can mix this any way you like to include champagne, spirits and wine (plus port, sherry etc) so don't let this put you off! You'll soon find you're putting 7,8,9 bottles in your trolley when you experience our fantastic range, and with wines from £4.99 per bottle- getting to your first 6 doesn't have to break the bank!

For a limited time you will also get a free bottle of fantastic Prosecco with your first purchase of a mixed case from us- perfect to enjoy when the sun makes a re-appearance!

Remembering all the new wines you have tried and whether you liked them or not can be a tall order- so every time you shop with us we will ask you whether you are on our 'Customer List' when you check out at the tills. If its your first time, don't panic! We aren't going to bombard you with junk mail and sell your details to any third parties. All it means is that the till will remember what you buy so we can find that lovely New Zealand sauvignon you tried last time. We can also print you some handy tasting notes if you want to impress friends at dinner parties or even just to improve your knowledge. Your name and postcode is all we will usually ask for and once you are on, you can use your details in any of our 200 stores across the country. You don't have to be on the list to shop with us, but we like it when you are; it makes us feel like you're part of the family- and with 90-95% of our customers been on it, you don't want to miss out!

Another benefit of being on the 'customer list' is that you can choose whether or not to receive the latest editions of our 'Grape to Glass' magazine and offer flyers. Its completely free and has a full price listing as well as lots of fun and interesting articles written by our staff. We can also send you the offers my email if you prefer, just give us your email address at the till.

If you are interested in getting to know your Chardonnay from your Sauvignon in a little more depth why not attend one of our free wine events? We hold different types of events- of which details can be found here: www.majestic.co.uk/wineevents. We post the latest dates on our web page so if you can't make one date just keep an eye out for the next one when you are free and give us a call or email to reserve your space. Again- there is no pressure to buy and events such as 'The Wine Course' are aimed at people simply looking to learn a little more about the world of wine, so don't be put off if you don't feel you are an expert (yet!).

For parties/weddings etc we are a one stop shop! We can give you help and guidance on the right quantities and which wines will work best with your menu. We also provide free delivery on 12+ bottles, free glass hire and chiller bins/ice if you need it. All you need to do is choose your beers, wine, spirits and champagne and your ready to party!

If you have a group or society that would appreciate a wine tasting evening then come and talk to us- we love getting out into the community and one us would be happy to host a tasting evening at your venue. We don't charge for this- you just need to buy the wine from us!

We also have a fantastic award winning commercial department- so if you own a pub/restaurant/bar feel free to ask for a commercial brochure or speak to one of us for more details.

If you have any questions you can call us on 01609 770679 or email us at NAL@Majestic.co.uk. We are also on Twitter and Facebook @MajesticNthall

We look forward to seeing you all soon!!


Fine WineDate published: 21/02/14

Here at Majestic, we class any wine priced at £19.99 or above as a Fine Wine. There are a number of different ways you can order Fine Wine from us so read on and find out more!

You can pop down to the store and see what we have available with stocks ranging from top Claret, fine Burgundy and a selection from all over the New World including Austarlia, New Zealand and California. On the first Friday of every month we will be opening one of these for you (and us) to try. Check out our web page or follow us on Twitter to find out more details.

If what you are looking for is not available here in store then we also have access to the fantastic range of Fine Wines in our St. John's Wood store in London. The full list of wines is available on the website and stock can be ordered either online or instore. The stock is then sent to us usually in three working days and we can drop it off to your door free of charge.

In addition, last year Majestic, in collaboration with Lay & Wheeler launched the Fine Wine Plan. The Fine Wine Plan is designed specifically for customers who appreciate drinking great wine, and who aspire to build a fine wine collection for future enjoyment. We recognise that time is a precious commodity for many of our customers and not everyone can spend hours carefully researching the world of fine wine. We also understand that often it's the hassle and administration involved with owning fine wine which can put off otherwise enthusiastic potential collectors.

So in partnership with our en primeur specialist Lay & Wheeler, we've introduced the Majestic Wine Fine Wine Plan - the simplest and most affordable way to gradually build your own fine wine cellar. At a financial pace that suits you - starting from as little as £50 per month - you get access to the expertise and in depth knowledge of our small, dedicated team of Fine Wine specialists.

You will benefit from Lay & Wheeler's ability to access great, high demand wines en primeur, plus you gain full use of the perfect storage conditions found in our industry leading facility Vinothèque.

For more information and for how to join please follow this link or visit the Fine Wine pages on the Majestic website.

http://www.majesticfinewineplan.co.uk/index.html


Looking for a wine supplier?Date published: 19/02/14

We not only sell wine to the public, we also offer exclusive labels to the on-trade, along with dedicated account management through Majestic Commercial. Whether you’re running a restaurant, hotel, pub, bar or any other venue with drink and catering requirements we have a range of products and services which we can tailor to your needs.  

Majestic Commercial is the corporate division of Majestic Wine, who specialise in the supply of wine to a range of commercial businesses. It began in the basement of our store in Notting Hill Gate in 1994, when we spotted an opportunity to sell wines directly to advertising agencies and media companies in London’s West End.

Two years later, we placed Key Account Managers in our City of London store with a brief to service the capital’s business sector, opening opportunities with contract caterers, event organisers and the business gifts and sales promotion sectors.

Naturally the next step was to establish a relevant on-trade proposition. It’s perhaps no surprise then that the core Majestic strength of supplying the wines the public wants at competitive prices proved every bit as appealing to restaurateurs, bar owners and pub landlords. Twenty years on, the Majestic Commercial team numbers over 45 and covers all of mainland UK.

Wine is at the heart of our offer, but our people are undoubtedly our greatest asset. We approach your account with your unique demands in mind, using our experience to build a package that’s perfectly tailored to your specific needs and goals. That way, your wine proposition is always exciting, innovative and relevant for your customers.

We pride ourselves on the quality, reliability and consistency of our service, delivered with enthusiasm and creativity as well as detailed product and market knowledge.

On trade

Around half of our 2,000 Commercial accounts are with on-trade customers, and we recognize the real interdependence in all these relationships. In order for us to develop our sales, we need to help and support you to develop yours.

Whether you’re running a restaurant, hotel, pub, bar or any other venue with drink and catering requirements, our sales ethos remains the same: it all revolves around you. We start by listening to your plans, priorities and goals. Then we’ll draw on our unrivalled expertise and commercial acumen to develop a bespoke package of products and services to help you meet your objectives.

However, in order for us to be able to viably offer you the full commercial on-trade package, you must spend at least £1,000 per site on wine every month to become a Majestic Commercial customer.

If your average spend is below £1,000 per site per month, please contact your local Majestic store Northallerton on 016090770679 or nal@majestic.co.uk  who will be happy to help meet your requirements.

If you would like to know more you can visit our website www.majesticcommercial.co.uk/.


Wine of the Week Yali Wetlands Cabernet Carmenère 2011 Rapel ValleyDate published: 19/02/14

Wine of the Week

Yali Wetlands Cabernet Carmenère 2011 Rapel Valley

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

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

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

£7.49

Special Offer£5.99


Grapegrowing Key FactsDate published: 17/02/14

There are two types of vine species,                                                                                                                                                                        Vitis vinifera- for fruit                                                                                                                                                                                                Vitis rupestris, riparia and berlandieri- for rootstocks

Vines can only be reproduced by taking cuttings from existing plants, they cannot be reproduced by planting the pips (seeds) of the grape. If these pips were to be planted from a Chardonnay grape for example the vine that grew would not produce Chardonnay grapes. 

Rootstocks from the Vitis rupestris, riparia and berlandieri are grafted onto the Vitis vinifera vine as a solution to the vine pest Phylloxera which is fatal to the Vitis vinifera vine species. 

The Environment and Growing Wine GrapesDate published: 16/02/14

In order to grow any plant needs to photosynthesise, the wine vine is no different. In order to do this the vine needs to access the most efficient amount of Carbon Dioxide, water, sunlight, heat and nutrients. How much of each of these depends on several things. 

The climate and weather.                                                                                                                                                                                       Climate is the annual weather pattern that is averaged over several years, weather is the variation that happens with in these patterns on an annual basis. 

Temperature.                                                                                                                                                                                                          A vine needs the average temperature in the growing season to be between 16°C and 22  °C to grow and photosynthesise. Different grape varieties require different amounts of heat.                                                                                                                                                             Factors that effect temperature are, latitude, altitude, ocean currents, fog, soil, aspect and diurnal range. Hazards linked to temperature are winter freezing, frost, mild winters, excessive summer heat. 

Sunlight.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   In order for a vine to photosynthesise it must convert water and carbon dioxide into glucose for growth and to ripen grapes. Therefore more sunlight creates more sugar which in turn is converted into alcohol in the wine making process.                                                                        Factors associated with sunlight are seas and lakes, latitude and aspect. The hazards are too little sunlight can give the under ripe grapes a tart taste, too much can cause sunburn which will give the grapes a bitter taste. 

Water.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A vine needs water to support photosynthesis and a mild water stress to to promote ripening. The amount of water depends on the specific vine needs which will rise with the temperature. Hazards include too little water and the grapes wont ripen enough of the vine will die, too much and the vine may grow excessive foliage, poor ripening and fungal disease. 

Soil                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Soil is made up of different partials which include stones and rocks, humus and plant nutrients. Water is held in the soil and underlying rocks, the amount of water available to the vine depends on the soil and its water retention capabilities. The vine will only use a very small amount of nutrients as too much will cause the vine to grow wildly and too little will hinder the vines growth. 

Jen's 6 Pick N MixDate published: 15/02/14

Here are my favorite 6 from our pick and mix selection. 

Lindauer Special Reserve NV New Zealand £9.99

The grapes in this sparkling wine are 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay which undergoes secondary fermentation in bottle.           Released in 1996, Special Reserve was created to reflect the style and elegance of New Zealand winemaking. 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. Perfect with seafood or on its own. 

Errazuriz Chardonnay 2013 Casablanca Valley £6.66

La Escultura Estate is a vineyard that receives the benefits from a coastal influence that moderates temperatures throughout the year. Cool maritime breezes allow a long and gentle ripening period that encourages the development of grape aromas and flavours.                      Good aromatic intensity with fresh pineapple, mandarin orange, and papaya, along with stewed pears, and toasted notes that add complexity to the wine. Superb with creamy chicken dishes.

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Western Cape £8.65

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 passion fruit notes providing a layered feel. Partners shellfish, lobster or roasted sea bass.

Errazuriz Carmenère 2012 Aconcagua Valley £6.66

Sourced from our vineyards in the Valle de Aconcagua. This region features a Mediterranean climate. From hand picked grapes, fermented in stainless steel and aged in French and American oak barrels. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine is structured by big, mouth-filling tannins. Spicy notes linger on the palate, with hints of dark chocolate and coffee, through the long, pleasant finish. Enjoy with a perfectly grilled rib eye steak.

Tucumen Malbec 2012 Mendoza £7.32

This Malbec has been made in a deliberately youthful style, with only minimal oak contact ensuring a soft texture, yet keeping the fruit character of the grape as the main feature. Winemaker is Juan Manuel Mallea, formerly of several Ribera del Duero wineries. An approachable wine of medium intensity. delivering its cherry, plum and blackberry fruit in a generous and easy-going manner. Round tannins and well-balanced acidity and fruit sweetness. Best enjoyed in its youth. Ideal on its own or with a meat-topped pizza.

Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010 Stellenbosch £9.32

This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah-Shiraz. This wine was named in honour of one of the estate's former owners, Reg Merriman Nicholson, who lived and worked as winemaker at Rustenberg for 30 years. Small batches of each variety are vinified separately, blended, then aged in oak for 7 months for good integration. Blackcurrant aroma complemented by notes of dried herbs and black pepper. The palate is fleshy and firmly structured, with weighty red fruit flavours and bold tannins. Correctly cellared, this wine will continue to improve, and keep for 8-10 years.

6 of your favourites now delivered free of charge!Date published: 15/02/14

Our current 33% off deal sees popular wines such as Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc, Alamos Malbec and Lagunilla Reserva Rioja reduced from £9.99 to £6.66. At £39.96 for a case of 6 that just misses out on our £40 threshold for free delivery, but rather than make you buy another bottle we're pleased to say that we've lowered the threshold by 10p to £39.90.

New Wine - El Parador Crianza 2009Date published: 14/02/14

NEW WINE

El Parador Crianza 2009 has been produced by the winemaking team of the Chivite Group with Tempranillo, Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes aged for at least 12 months in American oak barrels.

"El Parador" was a coaching inn, built in 1842 by the Chivite family. Since the 16th century until well into the 19th century, the fastest way to travel in Spain and in most of Europe was through roadhouses, located on the main roads, so that travelers could change horses and mail and continue on their way. In this old house meals were also served, together with the wines produced in the family cellar at that time.

Why 6 Bottles?Date published: 13/02/14

Whether it's a mix of six great value bottles for every day drinking, or a case or two of great vintages for laying down, we have a rule: a minimum purchase of 6 bottles.

This rule allows us to do things differently. We have friendly, enthusiastic and properly trained staff on hand to help and advise you in each of our 200+ stores. We have wines open on our tasting counter every day for you to try, and if you'd like to join us at one of our many Taste and Explore events they are of course free. Finally, if your order is over £40, we deliver for free – including evenings and weekends at a time to suit you.

It's doing things this way that's made us the biggest, and we think best, wine retailer in the UK.


Fine Wine of the MonthDate published: 13/02/14

Fine Wine Feature - Decanter World Wine Awards 2013 Gold Medal Winner!

Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough, New Zealand.

£35 (or buy two selected Fine Wines and save £10) - £30.00

GRAPE – Pinot Noir

ORIGIN – New Zealand is one of the few places in the world where this grape variety achieves elusive perfection, and the highly esteemed Cloudy Bay Estate have surpassed themselves in the production of this innovative Pinot Noir.

TASTE – Delicate confected nose, with vanilla and hints of spice. A seductive palate, where dark cherries and strawberries are complemented by toasty characters and silky tannins. A complex and textured finish.

ENJOY – Try this with slow-cooked pork belly or wild mushroom risotto.



Bargain BouquetsDate published: 12/02/14

In addition to our February Pick 'n' Mix offer, we also have a selection of great-value wines which are all under £6 for a single bottle.

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

My favourites would have to be the Grand Héron Côtes de Gascogne (refreshing, grassy, crisp white) and the Alain Grignon Carignan Vieilles Vignes (deep, bold, meaty red) but at these prices I'd say try them all and find your favourite!

Whatever happened to Pink Prosecco?Date published: 12/02/14

For a while now we haven't sold a wine labelled as Prosecco Rosé, but where did it go? Well Prosecco is actually a white grape variety and has always been used to make the Italian sparkling wine we know as Prosecco. Previously, pink wines made in the same area were labelled as Prosecco Rosado without actually containing any Prosecco and the law now doesn't allow this to happen. The little-known red Raboso grape is essentially the sister grape of the white Prosecco and is used to make a similarly delicate sparkling wine, such as our Raboso Rosado Corte Alta NV, currently down to £6.99 as part of our February Pick 'n' Mix offer. 

For this wine the grapes have been picked from the vineyard areas around the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, in the heart of top quality Prosecco producing country. It has an elegant and intense bouquet, dry and soft with fresh peach and red berry flavours on the palate and a round and full-bodied structure. Great served on a warm summer's day as an aperitif prior to a barbecue, or more likely at the moment, with a steaming bowl of pasta in front of the TV!

Wine of the Week - Catena ChardonnayDate published: 11/02/14

WINE OF THE WEEK - Catena Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2012, Mendoza, Argentina.

£12.99 (or buy two and save £6) £9.99

GRAPE – Chardonnay

ORIGIN – A blend of grapes from three high altitude vineyard sites, La Piramide, Domingo and Adrianna, creating a wine of unique character that has balance, concentration and a strong varietal identity.

TASTE – Showing notes of mango, banana and apple, with a hint of sweet spice and wet stone minerality. Full yet clean on the palate, with pear and fig fruit flavours rounded off with fresh, crisp acidity.

ENJOY – Excellent with roast chicken or gammon dishes.

THEY SAY – For over four generations, the Catena family has grown vines in the foothills of the Andes mountains. Catena Chardonnay is sourced from the family's historic high-altitude vineyards in Mendoza, Argentina. From the marriage of these historic parcels emerges a wine of unique character that has natural balance, concentration and a distinct varietal identity.

WE SAY – Great value alternative to White Burgundy.


Valentine's Day... Date published: 10/02/14

Well when it comes to Valentine's Day, there is really no other option than a bit of pink fizz. 

Here are my top three picks for this Friday coming: 

Extra de Codorniu Rosada NV, Spain 

Currently in our Pick'n'Mix offer at £7.33 when you buy two or more selected wines, you really can't go wrong with this delightful sparkling rose. It is a no-nonsense, inexpensive wine that everyone can enjoy. Light and pure, with hints of citrus and strawberry, it is clean and refreshing. Perfect for those on the hunt for a bargain. 

Perrier-Jouet Blason Rose NV

A step up from my first option, but still a brilliant price in our Pick'n'Mix at £29.98, this pink champagne is not one to be missing out on at this price. Perrier-Jouet's Rose is a rich, full-bodied wine with a harmony of red berries, pomegranate and orange aromas with a variety of floral notes. And with it's pretty pink label, what's not to like? 

Laurent-Perrier Rose NV

My final choice is a tad more expensive, but dedicated LP Rose fans will be excited to know it is also part of our February Pick'n'Mix collection, with a massive 33% saving. Currently at £49.97, (instead of £75), this would be a wonderful present for that special someone. Presented in a late 16th century style bottle and gift box, this rose champagne is memorable for its exceptional freshness and unique aromas of red berries. If you are feeling particularly generous this year, then Laurent-Perrier is the perfect choice. 


If pink fizz isn't quite your thing, don't panic. We have a fantastic selection of wines, sparkling wines and champagnes in our Pick'n'Mix collection at the moment. Check out our website or give us a call on 01609 770 679 for more details. There's still time to stock up for this Friday! 

Sparkling Saturday Prosecco ZoninDate published: 08/02/14

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOC

Grape Prosecco

Origin

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.

Taste

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.

Enjoy

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

£11.99

Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3%

£7.99

Argentina is not just Malbec and ChardonnayDate published: 07/02/14

Argentina is famous for its smooth juicy Malbecs and its Chardonnays that are full of stone fruits and toasty oak characters but they have some unsung heros waiting to be discovered.

Producers Viñalba have some superb blends which include their Cabernet Malbec Petit Verdot, which blends 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 40% Malbec. A dark and powerful Bordeaux-inspired blend, offering aromas of cassis, spice and mint. A rounded and juicy palate, full of forest fruits, with a long, toasty and spicy finish.

Another Vinalba blend is Viñalba Malbec-Touriga Nacional Reservado which has both Malbec, Touriga Nacional. Heady violet and mulberry aromas fill the nose, and the rich black fruit from both Malbec and Touriga Nacional combine on the palate to dominate and leave a rich, long finish.

Testimonio Luigi Bosca is another example of a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah-Shiraz, Tannat from Argentina. 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.

Finca Las Moras is a full-bodied red wine with enticing notes of chocolate, mint and blackberries which are complemented on the palate by spicy oak and hints of vanilla. The grape variety is Tannat

The Benegas-Lynch Meritage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot Meritage is a Bordeaux-inspired blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, from an old vineyard site in Mendoza's Maipo sub-region. The wine has immense depth, and a complex and savoury structure, reminiscent of a cru classé Bordeaux. Drinking now or cellar for 10-15 years.

Alamos Viognier. This unoaked Viognier offers ripe apricot and delicate blossom notes. Light and crisp on the palate, with concentrated peach flavours. The finish is clean and refreshing with excellent natural acidity.

Santa Ana Sauvignon Blanc. Bright lemon yellow with the greenish tint of youth, this is a fresh, crisp and citrus-led wine. Soft-edged tropical notes and herb nuances linger in the background.

Viñalba Selección Torrontés. 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.


Fine WineDate published: 06/02/14

'Fine Wine' isn't scary, at Majestic it simply means a wine with an RRP of £19.99 or above. With our current special offers that means Fine Wines from as little as £14.99, with most priced £18-£25, and I know I've spent that much on pretty average wines in restaurants. Our range is now better than ever, but with so much to choose from where do you begin? Here are our 3 best-selling Fine Wines:-

THE BLOCKBUSTER - Amarone Classico 'Vigneti di Roccolo' 2010, Cantina Negrar - £18 when you buy any 2 selected Fine Wines. 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.

THE CLASS ACT - Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza 2004, La Rioja Alta - £18.50 when you buy any 2 selected Fine Wines. 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.

THE POP STAR - Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough - £22 when you buy any 2 selected Fine Wines. Full of fresh herbal aromas and layers of ripe guava and passionfruit. Medium bodied, the palate is succulent and crisp with a long flavoursome finish. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc at its most intense.

We Love MalbecDate published: 05/02/14

With its deep bramble notes and smooth, rounded texture, Malbec is as popular as ever. These eight corkers are all in our 'Pick 'n' Mix' promotion, so you get even more bang for your buck.

Luis Felipe Edwards Seleccion Especial Malbec 2012, Colchagua Valley, Chile - This Chilean example shows blackberries and blueberries with soft vanilla undertones.

Santa Ana Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina - Great value Malbec with plums and cherries to the fore. Plush and scintillatingly smooth.

L'Instant Truffier Malbec 2012, Rigal, PGI Cotes du Lot, France - Black cherry and bramble fruit meet hints of anise and prune. Bold with peppery tannins.

Montes Reserva Malbec 2012, Colchagua Valley, Chile - Blueberry and raspberry fruit is layered with vanilla, butterscotch and pudding spice notes.

Paul Mas Estate 'Gardemiel Vineyard' Malbec 2012, PGI Pays D'Oc, France - Old World rusticity joins inky New World fruit in this modern plum-and-blackberry-laden offering.

Tucumen Malbec 2012, Mendoza, Argentina - This delivers cherry, plum and blackberry fruit in a generous, well-balanced manner.

Vina Mayu Malbec 2012, Elqui Valley, Chile - Dark, ripe bramble fruits intermingle with sweet spices such as vanilla, nutmeg and cloves.

Benegas Malbec 2011, Libertad Vineyards, Mendoza, Argentina - Pure and powerful with black cherry. blackberry and oaky spice building to a very, very long finish.


Check the website for prices www.majestic.co.uk/latest-wine-offers and order with free delivery*

*Steak not included!

New this Spring: Days of Summer!Date published: 04/02/14

You may have heard of Miguel Torres from the famous family winery in Spain, producer of Majestic best-seller Torres Vina Sol. But did you know he founded a winery in Chile in 1979, and is among those leading the sustainable viticulture movement over in South America?

New to our range this Spring is the 'Days of Summer' Reserva 2013, an unusual wine made from 100% Muscat grown in the Itata Valley, one of Chile's southernmost wine regions. 

We say - 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.

They say - The Pacific Ocean's soft and fresh breeze that mingles in our face with magnificent sun rays, typical of the summer season, remind us of happy past experiences, which accompanied by the Muscatel grape variety, millenary grapes that were brought to the Itata Valley by the Spaniards during the conquest, allow us to relive special and unforgettable moments that can only be experienced with Summer Days.

The February Pick 'n' MixDate published: 04/02/14

The February Pick 'n' Mix.

Get a whopping 33% off when you buy ANY 2 bottles from the bunch. With so many wines, Champagnes and sparklers you’re spoilt for choice! www.majestic.co.uk/latest-wine-offers

PhylloxeraDate published: 02/02/14

Phylloxera 

Vine pest that came from America in the 19th Century and spread to virtually every viticultural region in the world. The pest attacks the roots of the vine, eventually causing the death of the vine. It was responsible for destroying much of Europe's vineyards, and then eventually most in the New World. However there are still places where vines have remained Phylloxera free, such as parts of Australia and Chile and there are tight regulations to make sure it doesn't spread to these areas. The way the problem has been solved is to graft the chosen vine onto a resistant American rootstock. These days, virtually all plantings have been grafted onto a resistant rootstock.

Wine of the Week - PassimentoDate published: 02/02/14

New Wine of the Week:

Passimento 2011, Pasqua.

£11.99 - buy two save £6 - £8.99

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.

THEY SAY - 3000 love messages a day from every corner of the world, any religion, any culture trapped for ever in one single frame: Romeo and Juliet's wall. This unique spot in our city, Verona, inspired Passimento. An elegant and velvety red wine made in the style of one of the most iconic techniques of the region: the 'Appassimento'.

WE SAY - Great value alternative to Amarone.


Introduction to Wine MakingDate published: 01/02/14

Wine making

Ever wanted to know what wine making involves? Well you are in luck, below are some of the key steps involved in making all your favourite wines...

Grape processing - This involves grape reception, where grapes are checked on a sorting table to eliminate unripe or rotten grapes

Destemming and crushing – The stem of the grape is removed and crushing breaks the skin of the grapes and liberates free run juices.

Pressing – This separates the liquid and the solid constitutes of the grapes. For white wines pressing occurs before fermentation while for red and rose wines it will be after. The juice created by pressing is know as must.

Sugar and alcohol adjustment - In cooler climates there may be insufficient natural sugar to give the wine a satisfactory level of alcohol. In which case must enrichment may be carried out.

Acid adjustment - Acid levels may be increased, if during grape ripening acidity has fallen too far. Equally they may be neutralised by the addition of potassium bicarbonate.

Tannin adjustment -insufficient tannin's in the grapes can be raised by adding tannin power.

Fermentation - fermentation is a chemical reaction brought about by the action of yeast or bacteria. The principle role of yeast is to produce alcohol. There are two methods of fermentation, alcohol and malolactic. Alcohol fermentation is the conversion of sugar into alcohol.

After fermentation there are a number of options on the maturation of the wine. This can be done via the use of casts, stainless steel tanks, or simply matured in the bottle depending on the producer.

This is a brief insight into the methods of wine making. If you fancy learning a bit more, or equally want to learn more about wine in general then pop in store or sign up to one of free wine courses.


OEI L DE PERDRIX - Eye of the Partridge. Date published: 31/01/14

OEI L DE PERDRIX - 75 cl 

Grape variety Pinot Noir 100 % (including 15 % of skin contact rosé juice from selected vineyardsbefore second fermentation) - first pressing juice only.

Pinot Noir from the Côte des Bar Reserve wines 20 % *.

VINIFICATION Fermentation Alcoholic fermentation in stainless-steel vats followed by malolactic fermentation.

Bottle ageing 2 years minimum on lees and extra ageing of 3 to 6 months after dosage.

Dosage +/- 9 g/l (liquor of old wines aged in large oak casks) – 

BRUTCHARACTERA selection of very ripe Pinots Noirs with fruity character and slightly“ tachés” which will give to this special Cuvée “Oeil de Perdrix” a naturallight and pink colour .A good balance of freshness and fruits on the nose with small redberries and a touch of citrus.The Pinot Noir shows its structure in the mouth dominated by wildstrawberries. The finish is very elegant with hints of liquorice.The addition of a small quantity of Pinot Noir vinified in rosé (saignée), before thefermentation called « prise de mousse » gives softness and roundness to thischampagne.A delicate rosé champagne to be enjoyed on many occasions.

Key aromas: raspberry and violet.

* The % can vary depending on the harvest year.

New Ales available to tasteDate published: 31/01/14

We have a new mixed case of beers from Badger called 'The Countryside Sett', all available to taste here in store.

First Gold - A clean, fresh, distinctive ale with hints of orange and spice from the hop, perfect with traditional English roasts.

Tanglefoot - A golden ale with hints of melon and pear developed from fermentation. Ideal for steak and ale pies.

Hopping Hare - A refreshing ale with a unique hoppy aroma and well-balanced bitterness that is bound to satisfy! It is a terrific match with roast lamb and spicy Thai dishes.

Blandford Flyer - A medium-bodied brew with warm ginger notes and a rounded sweetness; it makes a refreshing accompaniment to a hot lamb biryani or spicy crispy chilli beef.

New in from SpainDate published: 30/01/14

Feel like you always choose the same old wines? Take a closer look at these two new arrivals from Spain:-

El Rescatado Albarin, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon, 2013.

El Rescatado or 'the rescued' is a fine example of the rare and precious grape Albarin. Saved from the brink of extinction and indigenous to the valleys of the Picos de Europa Mountains around Leon, there are only 100 hectares planted in the whole world. One man, Professor Pedro Gonzalez Mittelbrun, has dedicated his life to saving and popularising this hitherto unknown but bewitching variety and in 2010 founded the winery - Leyanda del Paramo - with that express mission. El Rescatado is richly flavoured with intense aromatics, pears and spice.

El Patito Feo Graciano Garnacha, Navarra, 2012.

Always the bridesmaid but never the bride... or should that be always the ugly duckling to its neighbour's beautiful swan, Navarra is a region with quality and style all of its own. El Patito Feo (the ugly duckling) celebrates the indigenous varieties of this historic region. This fascinating blend comprising of two of Spain's most intriguing varieties, Graciano and Garnacha, captures the vibrancy and delicious nature of the succulent, concentrated grapes. Saturated with dark, intense blueberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours this wine is perfect drunk young.

New Australian Fine Wines hit the shelves!Date published: 30/01/14

Two days off work and back I come to a couple of stunning new wines from our friends down under, both priced at £17 when you buy 2 selected wines on our popular Fine Wine multi-buy deal.

Crittenden Estate Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula, 2011.

Increased vine maturity and low cropping levels on the Crittenden family's original Chardonnay plantings have contributed immeasurably to the quality of this 100% estate grown wine. Whole bunch pressing and barrel ferment in a mixture of new and recently used barriques has also added a richness and depth of palate weight. In addition the wine has undergone partial malolactic fermentation, building complexity without compromising that delicious acidity for which Mornington Peninsula Chardonnays are known.

Chapel Hill Bush Vine Grenache, McLaren Vale, 2011.

Chapel Hill's winery, vineyard and historic chapel (circa 1865) are nestled in an evocative patchwork of vineyards, olive groves and native bush which overlook the rolling hills of McLaren Vale. This invigorating landscape is caressed by the soothing sea breezes that drift in from the nearby Gulf of St Vincent, gently moderating the region's unique climate. McLaren Vale's timeless winemaking heritage is perfectly captured in these old gnarly bush vines that result in wines of savoury elegance and dignified poise.

Chocolate & BaileysDate published: 30/01/14

Chocolate & Baileys

This is your invitation to the multi-sensory experience of chocolate in a glass – real liquid Belgian chocolate fused with the spirit of Baileys.

Taste. Luxurious ingredients bring intensity and intrigue. Belgian chocolate, Madagascan vanilla pods and Irish whiskey.

The sensation is as indulgent as it is delicious. First arrives the smooth, cooling sensation of the swirling liquid, followed by the sweetness of the dark, rich, Belgian chocolate, tempered with the compelling emergence of the Baileys spirit. 

A sensuous journey Baileys Chocolat Luxe is the perfect balance of its elements. To find this perfection, three continents were explored to gather 200 varieties of chocolate for 800 trial formulations.Though you could say the journey began much earlier – Baileys Chocolat Luxe was developed by the son of the creator of Original Baileys. 

How to serve most luxuriously To reveal every intricacy, pour 50ml of Baileys Chocolat Luxe over heaped ice cubes in an elegantly tall stemmed glass. Then finish witha fresh raspberry. Let the liquid swirl through the ice to spark the enchanting marbling. Sip and savour.

Bargain Hunt: What's leftDate published: 29/01/14

It is the last week of our Bargain Hunt bin-end offers and it's fair to say that they've been selling well.

If you are still after a last minute bargain, here is what we still have available:

Only one left- Conde Calatrava Crianza 2007, La Mancha £4.66

Only two left- Rioja Reserva 1994, Vina Pomal £8.33

Only five left- Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011, Lisboa £5.33

Only two left- Beaujolais-Villages 'Les Esservies' 2012, Domaine des Crais £7.99

Only one left- Anakena Indo Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Cachapoal Valley £5.83

13 still available- Giesen Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough £9.16

Only five left- Rioja Crianza 2008, Marques de Caceres Magnum £16.66

Only three left- Serena Pinot Grigio Rosato 2012, Banfi £6.00

All of the above prices are when you buy two or more of the selected Bargain Hunt wines. So don't miss out, come and grab your bargains before the offers end! 


Torres wine turns 50Date published: 29/01/14

The acclaimed Torres wineturns 50 

The new design celebrates half a century of one of Bodegas Torres' most iconic brands. Viña Sol was born a fresh and lively wine in a historically fascinating year: 1963. And like many other icons of the 1960s, Viña Sol has become a timeless classic celebrated throughout the world.

Thinking back on the many trips he took from Vilafranca to Pontons, Miguel A. Torres, the president of Bodegas Torres,explains how it all began:

“During the early 1960s, aer completing my studies inviticulture, I wanted to put into practice what I had learnedin Dijon. In a small garage not far from our winery in Vilafrancadel Penedès, I rst tried fermenting grapes at a low temperature to obtain a fresher and more aromatic white wine. is fortunate discovery provided the basis for whatwould eventually become Viña Sol, which we continue making with the utmost care to this day, half a century later.”e wine's name and label now feature a symbol closely linkedto Bodegas Torres since its earliest days: the Mediterranean sunonce emblazoned on the barrels Bodegas Torres shipped to Cuba and Puerto Rico.

The wine is made from typically Mediterranean varieties, the source of its fruity aromas. Amongst its most distinguishing characteristics is a smooth, balanced palate with a delicately acidic edge. Over the years, Viña Sol has kept up with the tastes of thousands of consumers in the more than 80 countries where it is sold. Born fifty years ago as a symbol of modernity, the wine can now be considered a timeless classic that has won wide spread acclaim. The latest honor: the Silver Medal at the 2012 Decanter Wine Awards in the United Kingdom (2011 vintage). At Bodegas Torres we guarantee the freshness of Viña Sol by bottling it every week and only upon request, making it the freshest and liveliest white wine on the market. This is how we achieve the hallmark of Viña Sol: freshness beyond compare. The redesigned Viña Sol will be available this coming summer as a tribute to its 50th anniversary. In addition to a commemorative label, the new design features fifty suns on the bottle capsule, a nod to the wine's fifty years of existence. A fresh, new look so that Viña Sol keeps shining whenever it marks the highlight of an occasion.

Wine of the Week Date published: 28/01/14

Wine of the Week

Portillo Malbec 2011, Mendoza

£9.99 (or buy two and save £6)

£6.99

Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m. This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy. The goal of Salentein is to make high quality Argentine wines, while respecting and supporting the people, nature and community from which the wines are created.

As an example of how much care is taken over these wines, Salentein irrigate their vineyards with mineral water. They consider it to be less acidic than normal water and thus better for the vines.

The wine an intense red-purple colour in the glass and has a nose packed full of brambles and plum. The palate is full of ripe balck fruits and a hint of spice making it the perfect match for a fruity lamb tagine.

Don't miss out, pop in and give it a try! 

Chapel Down Flint DryDate published: 28/01/14

Chapel Down Flint Dry

A medley of different varieties are blended and fermented together to create this well balanced wine. Extended lees contact adds body, flavour and complexity to the blend. 

Principle grapes are Huxelrebe, Bacchus and Schonburger.

Alcohol 11.5% 

Winemaking and Viticulture Good winemaking starts in the vineyard and highest quality standards on growers to deliver. With its grapes sourced from Kent and Essex, this white is England’s answer to Sauvignon Blanc. Only the very best fruit will be selected to go into Chapel Down Wines. The range and variety of grapes (from Bacchus to Pinot Noir), grown on the chalk downs or Essex clays, produce unique and exciting wines that you won’t taste anywhere else. These varieties have a potential that is now truly being realised in England. Most of the wine we produce is fermented in stainless steel which best suits the delicate aromas and flavours of the still and sparkling English white wines.

In-store TastingsDate published: 27/01/14

Look out for our new Spring offers starting next week. To complement these deals we will be holding the following themed tasting weeks in store:-

Wines of Argentina: Friday 7th - Thursday 13th February

Wines of South Africa: Friday 7th - Thursday 13th March

Wines of Spain: Friday 4th - Thursday 10th April

Easter Tasting Selection: Friday 18th - Thursday 24th April

End Of Christmas offers approachingDate published: 27/01/14

Don't forget to stock up on all New Zealand, Chilean, Australian, Rhone and Californian wines whilst they are still 20% off!!

Offers end 3rd Feb!!


Sulphites. What is in my wine?Date published: 27/01/14

What are sulphites?

‘Sulphites’ is essentially a blanket term for a range of common sulphur compounds, several of which are found in food and drink. The one most commonly found in wine is sulphur dioxide (SO2) which has been used in winemaking for several hundred years.

Why are there sulphites in wine?

Tiny amounts of sulphites occur in all wines as a natural result of the winemaking process, but most of the sulphites present in wine are those which have been added intentionally. Sulphites are commonly used for sterilising winemaking equipment such as barrels and tanks, which can lead to trace amounts being transferred to the wine. Later, SO2 is often added to the juice to control the fermentation process. For example, once the desired alcohol level has been reached, SO2 can be used to kill the yeast and thereby stop fermentation. It also kills other microbes, preventing the wine from spoiling due to bacterial activity. Sulphites are also highly effective at preventing oxidation, and the majority of winemakers (even those who have made the wine using natural processes with little or no SO2 throughout) will add sulphites at the bottling stage to help prevent oxidation and therefore improve the wine’s shelf-life.

Do they affect the taste?

Sulphites are most easily detectable on the nose. Most people can identify sulphurous odours (often referred to as a ‘struck match’ smell) at SO2 concentrations as low as 50ppm (parts per million), especially in wines sealed by screwcap, which tends to preserve aromatics very effectively. The aromas are usually present for a very short time after the wine has been opened, and fade once the wine has received exposure to the air.

Are sulphites harmful? 

At the low concentrations found in wine, sulphites cause no harmful effects in the vast majority of people. A very small number of people have a high sensitivity to sulphites, and may suffer symptoms such as chest tightening or wheezing (particularly in asthmatics), headaches or skin rash. Sulphite sensitivity is thought to affect only around 1% of the population, and the above symptoms are likely to require much higher doses than those typically found in wines or foodstuffs. Other foods which may contain sulphites in various amounts are beer/cider, fruit juice, tinned foods, processed vegetables, dried fruit, jams/preserves, biscuits and cakes, cured meats and many others.

What are the legal limits on the amount of sulphites in wine? 

You will find that the vast majority of wines now have ‘contains sulphites’ printed on the back label. EU regulations require that all wines with more than 10mg/lt (or only 10ppm) of sulphites display this warning, and wines with concentrations lower than this are extremely rare. The maximum levels of sulphites permitted in wines sold within the EU are 160mg/lt for red wine, 200mg/lt for white/rosé wine, and 400mg/lt for sweet wine.

How can I find a wine that’s low in sulphites?

Producers do not have to specify the actual level of sulphites in their wine on their labels, meaning they are of little help in finding which wines are the lowest in sulphites. For example, two white wines both labelled as containing sulphites could legally have sulphite concentrations of 10mg/lt and 200mg/lt respectively; a difference of 20 times the minimum amount. There are no hard and fast rules, but there are some general pointers which you may find helpful. Red wines, especially those rich in tannins, contain high levels of antioxidants and are therefore naturally more resistant to oxidation, requiring little or no added sulphites at bottling. Most producers will still add a small amount anyway, to ensure that the wine maintains its condition. White wines do not contain these antioxidants, and easily suffer discolouration or loss of freshness due to oxidation, and therefore require higher sulphite doses to keep them fresh. Sweet wines generally have much higher sulphite levels because their high sugar content makes them prone to bacterial spoilage or secondary fermentation. Sparkling wines may also have higher sulphite levels because they are often bottled with some yeast residue still present.As a general rule, wines produced in large volumes will have more added sulphites. Air exposure and yeast/microbes are harder to manage in volume production, and therefore the amounts of sulphites cannot be managed as finely. Many mass-market wines are also made with primary fruit flavours and fixed alcohol levels in mind, both of which may be managed using sulphites Also, wines packaged in bag-in-box format, or shipped in bulk are more susceptible to air ingress and therefore benefit greatly from added sulphites to inhibit oxidation. This obviously suggests that cheaper wines will tend to have higher sulphite levels than premium or boutique wines, which is true to an extent. However, the mere fact that a wine is expensive is not a guarantee that it is low in sulphites.

What about organic wine?

There are various different interpretations of the term ‘organic’ depending on which part of the world you are in, but in most cases the term is applied to wines made from organically grown grapes. It does not necessarily mean that no sulphites have been used during the rest of the winemaking process or added before bottling. This also holds for wines which are referred to as biodynamic. In the EU there is currently no differentiation between organic and traditional wines as far as permitted sulphite content is concerned, although from the 2012 vintage onwards, lower limits on sulphite content will be introduced for wines labelled as ‘organic wine’.

For more information on sulphites in wine and food, contact the Food Standards Agency via their website at www.food.gov.uk.

Bollinger, why has the bottle changed?Date published: 26/01/14

1846 - A NEW BOTTLE FOR CHAMPAGNE BOLLINGER 

1846 is a bottle specific to Champagne Bollinger. It will be used for all products in the range and will come in the following 4 sizes :- Half bottle- Bottle- Magnum- Jeroboam (eventually)They will be launched on the market sometime in June 2012 starting withSpecial Cuvée in bottle size.

BACKGROUND The historic bottle that inspired this project was found in the Champagne Bollinger cellars. The shape of the bottle was used in the 19th century and this one had the date 1846 written on it. Champagne Bollinger has taken it as inspiration to create a shape that is at present unique in Champagne. To hold the future vintages of Champagne Bollinger, we have thought up a dual-purpose bottle (the neck has both a square rim for a cork and a rounded crown rim for a capsule). Bottleneck diameter: 26 mm.

The ratio of the 1846 bottle is closer to the standard magnum than that of the standard bottle.1846 is a particular bottle shape that will identify a whole range, which is still quite a rarity in Champagne, even if a few of our colleagues have also chosen this type of bottle range.

IN SEARCH OF THE “SMALL MAGNUM”

“The idea in using the curved shape of this old bottle was to aim for the perfect balance of a “small magnum” with curves more pleasing to the eye than those on the standard bottle. In addition to aesthetic reasons, using the shape of this new bottle, which is more like a magnum with a narrower neck and a wider base, should very slightly slow down the oxygen exchange and therefore give a better quality wine.”Mathieu Kauffmann, Cellar Master

Vinalba Reserva ChardonnayDate published: 25/01/14

VINALBA CHARDONNAY RESERVA 2012, MENDOZA 

Mendoza has become one of the most dynamic wine producing regions in the world with an enviable array of grape varieties, many of which are planted at high altitudes. The long summers mean the wines havewonderfully pure tasting fruit, and this Viñalba Chardonnay Reserva is anexceptional example of this. The wine is made to capture the beautiful purity of the grapes and get as much of that flavour as possible into the bottle. 

This Chardonnay has great aromas of tropical and citrus fruits,complex in the mouth with a long and fresh finish.

VINTAGE SUMMARY 2012 was generally a very hot vintage with temperatures surpassing the norm which led to an early harvest for many wineries as the grapes ripened a couple of weeks sooner than usual. In general, the wines are aromatic, fresh and full of ripe tannins for reds and naturally controlled acidity.

VINEYARDS The soils in our vineyards are ideal for grape growing with clay loam and have very good permeability. The vines grown in the foothills of mountainranges, more than 950m above sea level. The vines are 20 years old onaverage with yields of 45hl/ha

.VITICULTURE Our Viñalba Chardonnay Reserva vines come from high-quality selected vineyards. Our vineyards use low frequency irrigation forcontrolling vigour and sun exposure to produce high-quality grapes.

WINEMAKING The grapes are harvested in the second half of February by hand into small trays of 20kg to prevent damage and then meticulously sorted in order to select the best grapes for this wine. Skin maceration takes placefor 8 hours followed by fermentation in temperature controlled tanks at14-16°C.

REGION: Mendoza

VINTAGE: 2012

BLEND: 100% Chardonnay

OAK: None

ALCOHOL: 14.5% vol 

RESIDUAL SUGAR: 4.5g/l

FINING AGENT: Bentonite

CLOSURE: Cork (DIAM)

SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS: Yes

SUITABLE FOR VEGANS: No

Planning a Wedding or party?Date published: 24/01/14

We have put together a few wines that we would recommend for any event.

Under £8

White

Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Central Valley

Grape Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillion

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

Taste

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

A great party wine or great alongside seafood

£7.99 Buy 2 Chilean wines save 20% £6.39

Red


Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc 2012 Central Valley

Grape Cabernet Franc 

As well as being a constituent of many Bordeaux blends, Cabernet Franc is the classic red variety of much of the Loire region, particularly Saumur and Chinon. This Chilean example offers a rare glimpse of Cabernet Franc a single varietal wine from outside of France.

Taste

A medium-bodied, ruby red wine, offering aromas of ripe red berries, wild herbs and tomato leaf. The palate delivers ripe cherry and raspberry fruit, with both fresh acidity and rounded tannin.

A great partner for soft cheeses and fresh tomato pasta dishes.

£7.99 Buy 2 Chilean wines save 20% £6.39

Sparkling 

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOC

Grape Prosecco

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.

Taste

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.

Enjoy

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

£11.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% £7.99

Under £10

White

Pouilly-Fumé 2011 Jean Vincent

Grape Sauvignon Blanc

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

Taste

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

A mouthwatering, dry aperitif wine, also ideal with fresh seafood and tomato based dishes.

£11.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 £9.99

Red

Rioja Reserva 2008 Marqués de Riscal

Grape Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo

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.

Taste

A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours.

This wine goes well with ham, cheeses, and spicy casseroles. Will age for a further 5+ years.

£14.99 Buy 2 bottles save £10 £9.99

Sparkling 

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV DOCG, Italy

Grape Prosecco 

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.

Taste

A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples.

Enjoy

Ideal as an apéritif or to accompany a light lunch.

£14.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% £9.99


Wines of the Rhône ValleyDate published: 23/01/14

Domaine Grosset Cairanne 2012 Côtes du Rhône Villages £11.99

An intense ruby colour and an expressive nose of red berries and sweet spices, with hints of cigar box and undergrowthFleshy and warming on the palate, further lifted by spicy red peppercorn notes. Each grape variety is fermented individually in old oak, then carefully blended to create a vintage-specific wine.

Côtes du Rhône Belleruche 2012 M.Chapoutier £7.99

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. 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.

Gigondas 2011 La Bastide Saint Vincent £15.98

big and powerful wine typical of the appellation, with a backbone of dense black fruit, finely balanced with complex and savoury accents suggesting charcuterie and forest floor.  The grapes are fully hand-harvested and vinified without oak, the wine maturing for 12 months in tank before bottling.

Food match - These bold, powerful, warming wines work well with hearty cold-weather dishes. Sausage and mash, honey-glazed gammon steaks and rich winter casseroles come alive with juicy Rhône reds.


Spanish wine, what does it all mean?Date published: 23/01/14

Ageing

These are the age categories for Spanish wine. 

Joven 

May or may not have spent time in oak before being bottled the year following the vintage. For immediate release. 

Crianza

Red- Must be aged for a minimum of 24 months, 6 of which are spent in small oak barrels. 

White and rose- Aged for at least 18 months no legal minimum requirement for oak aging. 

Reserva

Wines selected from vats from better vintages. 

Red- Aged for minimum of 36 months of which 12 months small oak barrels and rested in bottles.

White and rose- Aged for 18 months including 6 months in oak barrels then rested in bottles. 

Gran Reserva

Only produced in exceptional years.

Red- Aged for minimum of 60 months of which 18 must be spent in small oak barrels and the rested in the bottle. 

White and rose- Aged for 48 months including 6 months in oak barrels and rested in the bottle.

  

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

Wine of the Week

The King's Thorn Pinot Gris 2012 Marlborough

£13.99

Special Offer £12.49

(Buy 2 New Zealand wines save 20%)

£9.99

It's time for a new wine of the week in store. Are you a fan of Italian Pinot Grigio, and looking for something a bit different? Well this time we have chosen a New Zealand Pinot Gris for you to come and enjoy. Slightly off dry with a richer mouth feel, this is definitely worth a try. 


Grape: Pinot Grigio/Gris


Origin: Something of a thorn in the side for some winemakers, Pinot Gris requires a very measured approach in order to achieve a balance of texture, sweetness, acidity and fruit character. This excellent example treads the fine line between the Alsatian and Italian styles.


Taste: Delicately pink, indicating natural sun ripening. The nose is lifted and perfumed with honeysuckle and peach. A lightly unctuous and off-dry palate are lifted by acidity and a hint of natural spritz.


Enjoy: Delicious on its own but a brilliantly versatile food wine to boot. Try with grilled prawns, white meats or creamy cheeses.


New World Wine Varieties V Old World. Date published: 22/01/14

Sauvignon Blanc 

New World 

Gooseberry, Lemon, lime Grapefruit.

Eg 

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc. Errazuriz single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. 

Old World 

Sancerre, Pouilly- Fume, Chablis

Lemon, Lime, apple, mineral

Eg

Pouilly- Fume 'Les Cascadelles', Sancerres 'Clos de Bouffants'

Chardonnay

New World 

Peach, pineapple, buttery, creamy, oak.

Eg

Montes Alpha Chardonnay

Beringer Foundation Chardonnay

Old World 

Lemon, green apple, creamy, buttery,

Eg 

Macon Lugny Louis Latour

Pinot Noir

New World 

Jammy, red cherries, red currents, strawberries

Eg

Clos  du Bois Pinot Noir 

Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 

Old World

Vanilla, oak, red berries, smokey

Eg

Puy Du Dome Pinot Noir

Lois Latour Bourgogne 

Grenache

New World 

Light, strawberries, raspberries, hint of spice

Eg

Yalumba Grenache 

Old World

Blended with shiraz/syrah 

Jammy, fuller flavour, Spice, peppercorn.

Eg 

Plan de Dieu

Chapoutier Croze- Hermitage


Web Exclusive! Arrowfield Estate Date published: 21/01/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How should I store my wine?Date published: 21/01/14

If a wine is stored incorrectly it can affect the flavour or may become faulty. 

For long term storage 

All temperatures should be cool and consistent between 10 and 15 °C

The worst place to store your wine would be in the kitchen due to the high fluctuating temperatures. Also long periods of refrigeration can cause damage to the corks and cause sparkling wine to lose their fizz.

Wines with corks should be stored on their sides to keep the wine inside the bottle in contact with the cork, this will stop the cork from drying out and letting air into the bottle causing the wine to oxidise.  Wines with screw caps can be kept up right. 

Keep wine away from direct sunlight as this will cause the wine to discolour, it will also heat the wine and it will become stale and old before its time. 

Keep wine away from vibrations in order for it to lie undisturbed.  

Burrow Hill CiderDate published: 20/01/14

Our latest cider to add to Majestic's collection is the Burrow Hill Cider from Somerset.

Consistently rates as one of the best ciders in the UK. 

This is a Majestic Exclusive and wont be found in any supermarkets but can be spotted on the lists of many Michelin starred restaurant, in Harrods and Harvey Nichols.

All the apples are home grown on 160 acres of orchards, then pressed and blended in a very traditional, medium/dry style. 

Why not pop in store and try a sample today?

8* 500ml £18


A-Z of WineDate published: 20/01/14

A- ABV- Alcohol by volume.

B- Barrique- Cask with  a capacity of 225 liters. Traditionally found in Bordeaux.

C- Cru-  A single growth of quality, it may be a village or vineyard.

D- Dosage- adjustment method of sugar levels in sparkling wine.  

E- eiswein- Sweet wine made from grapes frozen on the vine.

F- Flor- Yeast growth on the surface of fino sherry production.

G- Grub up- Digging up and removing a vine.

H- Halbtrocken- German for medium-dry. 

I- Invecchiato- Italian for aged.

J- Jerez- Town in Spain most famous for the production of Sherry.

K- Kabinett- German wine made without chaptalisation from grapes that fall within a specific range of must weight. 

L- Lees- sediment of dried yeast cells. 

M- Must- Unfermented grape juice, destined to become wine. 

N- Noble rot- A for of botrytis that concentrates sugars in the grape. 

O- Oechsle- German scale for measuring must weight.  

P- Puttonyos- Hungarian measurement of sweet wine.  

Q- Quinta- Portuges for farm or estate.

R- Racking- Drawing off clear wine from a cask or vat.

S- Sur lie- A wine aged on its lees. 

T- Trocken- German term for dry. 

U- Uvaggio- Italian for blending grapes. 

V- Vinification- Wine making process. 

W- Wash- Any alcoholic liquid resulting from the fermentation of wort.

X- XO- Brandy where the age of the youngest spirit is 6 years old.

Y- Yield- Weight of grapes harvested per hectare.

Z- Zweight- Austrian black grape variety.

Wine of the Week: Domaine Sainte Rose ‘La Nuit Blanche’ Date published: 20/01/14

The Roussanne grapes were picked overnight as it is the coolest time of day and protects the pure fruit flavours, hence the name ‘La Nuit Blanche’. The direct translation means ‘The White Night’, but literally means ‘The Sleepless Night’.

Fermentation and ageing in oak has led to a rich, full-bodied style. A striking golden yellow colour with exotic fruit aromas followed by fresh mandarin and nuts on the palate.

Enjoy

An award-winning wine that will partner well with roast pork with apple sauce.

£11.99

Buy 2 bottles save £4

£9.99


Wine serving TemperatureDate published: 19/01/14

Style of wine                                     Example of wine                                                      Serving Temperature

Med/full bodied oaked white              White Burgundy, Fume Blanc                                    10-13 °C

Light/med bodied white                     Pinot Grigio, New Zearland Sauvignon Blanc              7-10 °C

Sweet Wines                                     Sauternes                                                                    6-8 °C

Sparkling Wine                                  Champagne, Cava                                                       6-10 °C

Light bodied Red                               Beaujolais                                                                     13 °C

Med/Full bodied Red                         Claret, Rioja, Shiraz, CNDP                                         15-18°C

                                                         

What does Vegetarian and Organic mean? Date published: 18/01/14

Vegetarian Wine 

After the wine is made it may still have small amounts of grape skin or yeast left, so to make it look like the wine we all drink these tiny partials have to be removed. They do this through a process called fining and it is the fining agents that may be animal products such as: 

Historically Egg white, milk and blood were used but are very rarely used now.

More likely to be used are 

Chitosan (Contains Chitin which is the exoskeleton of crabs and prawns)

Gelatine such as Bentonite which is animal protein

Diatomaceous earth which is a naturally occurring soft rock that consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae.

Animal based finings: either gelatin, casein, albumen, or isinglass.


Organic Wine 

Synthetic chemical treatments are avoided entirely with organic wines. However the wine producing vine is highly susceptible to numerous fungal infections, so in the regions where there is a high risk of this organic farming if highly unlikely to be widely adopted.

Fine Wine Plan with Lay and WheelerDate published: 17/01/14

How The Fine Wine Plan Works

The Fine Wine Plan assists you in building a personally tailored fine wine collection but at your own financial pace. Subscribe to the Fine Wine Plan and leave everything else to us, guaranteeing a growing collection of quality wines.

A wine cellar from as little as £50 a month 

Your personal consultant will offer guidance on purchases, recommending the best wines to suit your objectives, tastes and budget. Whether it is fine Bordeaux for drinking in fifteen years, or White Burgundy for drinking next summer, they will be able to suggest the right wines for you. No purchases will be made without consultation or consent, unless that is what you prefer.Your consultant will also be able to advise you on when your wines are ready to drink and should be delivered to you.We are proud to offer this enjoyable way for wine enthusiasts the world over to create a wine collection of distinction, with all-encompassing advice, purchase, storage, re-sale and delivery expertise.

Setting up a Fine Wine Plan 

To join the Fine Wine Plan simply complete the online application form at www.laywheeler.com and indicate your main wine preferences, providing your personal consultant with a starting point. Then complete the Direct Debit form online. Once we receive your application, we will set the direct debit up with your bank and your account will be under way.

What level of subscription?

This is entirely up to you. The more you 'invest', the faster your collection will grow or the higher the value of the wines purchased. The minimum subscription is £50. If you intend to use the Fine Wine Plan for investment purposes, we recommend a level of at least £300 per month. Your funds are devoted entirely to wine purchases and storage.

10% discount at Majestic Wine when you invest £100 or more a month.

Free joining case of fine wine will be added to your wine collection. 

Kick-start your cellar

Many Fine Wine Plan members kick-start their cellar with a one-off payment to allow for a larger initial wine purchase, either in value or quantity terms. You can elect to do this on the online application form or directly through your personal consultant.


Mixed Cases Date published: 16/01/14

Looking for a gift, supplies for party, or just a bit of variety? We still have a selection of pre-made cases available in store:

The Discovery Case 12x75cl Bottles - £65.68

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

Discovery Reds 12x75cl Bottles - £67.08

Featuring some of our most popular wines this case is as pleasing on the palate as it is on the purse strings. Whether you are new to wine or a seasoned connoisseur, the Discovery Red case is a perfect way to top up your rack, or start a fresh collection. 

The Seasonal Selection 12x75cl Bottles - £83.88

We pride ourselves on the party services we offer and this unique mix of top quality wines is a great place to start your preparations. There is a good mix of wine styles from traditional Rioja to Sauvignon Blanc. As well as great quality, this case is terrific value, with a combined saving of £30! 

For the full list of contents see our website: http://www.majestic.co.uk/mixed-wine-cases?fh_view_size=40

Pop in to store to grab these whilst stocks last! 


Wine of the Week: Black Cottage Pinot GrisDate published: 14/01/14

Wine of the Week

BRAND NEW: Black Cottage Pinot Gris 2013, Marlborough

£12.49 (Buy 2 Save 20%)

£9.99

We have just received our first ever shipment Black Cottage's Pinot Gris in store, and we are so excited by this new arrival that we've made it our wine of the week. If you like the sound of what you read below, then pop in to store and give it a try for yourself. 

Grape: Pinot Gris

Origin: Winemaker David Clouston sources this Pinot Gris from several selected plots in Marlborough's Wairau and Awatere Valleys. The grapes are night harvested to preserve acidity and purity of fruit characters, further supported by a long, cool fermentation.

Taste: This rich and succulent Pinot Gris is filled with vibrant aromas of roses, pear and exotic spices. The palate is awash with flavours of stone fruit, ginger and a hint of natural sweetness.

Enjoy: The perfect match for spicy Asian cuisine. 


Bargain Hunt UpdateDate published: 13/01/14

2 weeks into our Bargain Hunt Sale and we're starting to sell out of the wines included. As of 12pm Monday 13th Jan here's what we still have left with 1/3 off, grab it while you can!

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc, Argentina.

Anakena Indo Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile.

Vina Mayu Syrah, Chile.

Rayuela Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile.

Beaujolais-Villages Domaine des Crais, France.

Beaujolais-Villages Domaine des Nugues, France.

Serena Pinot Grigio Rose, Italy.

Casabel Tinto, Portugal.

Vina Pomal Reserva 1994, Spain.

Conde Calatrava Tempranillo, Spain.

Marques de Caceres Crianza Magnum, Spain.


Regional Offers Ending Soon... Date published: 11/01/14

January is a quiet month where we like to tighten our purse strings after an expensive Christmas. If you are looking for a good deal, our current regional offers will all be ending on the 3rd of February so we can make way for some new ones. If you are a fan of wines from New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Rhone and California, now is the time to stock up while they are still 20% off. 

If you are looking for some inspiration, here is my favourite from each section: 

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough, New Zealand 

A firm favourite with all our customers, The Ned is currently £7.99 when you buy two or more. 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. A right corker for the price. 

Kangarilla Road Chardonnay 2012 McLaren Vale, Australia

Gorgeous and creamy but not heavily oaked, this chardonnay is £10.99 (when you buy two or more). Lively citrus and zest flavours together with light tropical fruits and white peach, it displays tight acidity on the superbly balanced palate and a great length of flavour. An excellent partner to creamy chicken dishes, it will keep for another 3-5 years.

Santa Rita 120 Carménère 2012 Central Valley, Chile 

Santa Rita's 120 range has been named in tribute to 120 freedom fighters who sheltered at the Santa Rita winery during Chile's war of independence in 1814. Carménère is one of Chile's flagship varieties and is definitely worth a try if you've never had it before. A lively and juicy representation of this variety, with a soft and supple texture, bright brambly fruit and subtle notes of spice and tobacco leaf, and a hint of vanilla from 6 months in French oak. At just £6.39 when you buy two or more, give this one a go. 

Côtes du Rhône 2010 E. Guigal 

Guigal is arguably the most famous producer in the Rhône Valley. Founded by Étienne Guigal in 1946, his son Marcel is almost single-handedly responsible for the regions resurgence over the last few decades. This full-bodied wine offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savoury white pepper notes that make it a superb food wine if you are looking for an accompaniment to your peppered steak. And to top it all off, it's only £9.59 when you buy two or more. 

Clos du Bois Pinot Noir 2011/2012, California

Clos du Bois have almost 800 acres of vineyards throughout Sonoma County and the coastal regions of California. For those of you who like a lighter red, this Pinot Noir comes mainly from the Central and North Coast areas, and has been matured for 8 months in French, American and Eastern European oak. A lush, fruit-driven Pinot Noir, made in California's trademark style. Strawberry and cherry fruit are accompanied by hints of lavender and forest floor, supported by silky tannins. Perfect at £9.99 when you buy two or more. 

These are only one of my favourites from each section, there are plenty more! So don't miss out on these fab regional offers, pop into store, order online or just give us a call on 01609 770 679 to place an order for free delivery (when you spend over £40). 


We also supply trade wine to businesses!Date published: 09/01/14

Are you looking for a new drinks supplier for your business? Bar, club or restaurant we supply to everyone!

What we offer:

~ A wide range of commercial only wines 

~ Competitive prices

~ Knowledgeable staff

~ Free and flexible delivery 7 days a week

~ You personal account manager

~ Staff training with food and wine advice

and much much more...

Contact us on 01609 770679 or nal@majestic.co.uk for more detail!


Winter is over!Date published: 09/01/14

Ok, maybe winter isn't quite over yet but a glimpse of sunshine today has got me dreaming of picnics, parties and weddings! At Majestic we've been helping our customers plan successful parties for years and all this knowledge has been distilled into our Party Planning Guide which you can find at www.majestic.co.uk/parties or pick up our handy booklet in store. You'll find all the ingredients you need to throw a fantastic party - whether it's a casual drinks bash or a full-scale wedding. So look no further than Majestic for:-

Expert advice on food and wine matching.

Free tasting.

Great deals on wines, fizz, beers, spirits and soft drinks.

Free glass, chiller bin and ice bucket hire.

Free delivery at a time to suit you.

Sale-or-return on leftover drinks.

Wine of the Week- Rioja Gran Reserva BerberanaDate published: 09/01/14

Rioja Gran Reserva Berberana

Founded in 1877 the Bodega in Cenicero in the Rioja Alta is now a modern winery, with cellaring facilities housing over 50,000 barrels, and this is where Berberana Gran Reserva is matured for a minimum 3 years in American oak cask and a further 3 years in bottle.

The grapes used in this wine are Grenache and Tempranillo. Ruby red colour with tawny hues. Subtle aromas of ripe dark cherries and strawberries. Smooth and full-bodied palate, with luscious fruit laced with vanilla, cloves and dried fruits.

Enjoy with roast meats, pastas, tomato dishes, barbecued lamb and game.

£14.99

Special Offer

£8.99


January Money Saving OffersDate published: 04/01/14

Christmas is over, and if you're one of those people who spent too much in December then we have some wallet-friendly deals for you. In addition to our Bargain Hunt Bin-End deals, these are our top 10 special offers to start off your year. 

Marquis de Belleville 2011 Bordeaux Supérieur

A middleweight claret with a good balance of ripe plum and berry flavours, with plenty of concentration. 

£7.99 (Buy 2 bottles save £4)

£5.99

Pasqua Pinot Grigio 2012/2013 IGT Pavia


A fresh, fruity wine with lots of crunchy fruit. Crisp, citrussy acidity and a well balanced finish. The ideal apéritif or partner to oriental food.

£7.99 (Buy 2 bottles save £4)

£5.99

Mâcon-Villages Blanc 'Les Pierres Blanches' 2012 Cave de Lugny

Apple and citrus predominate on the palate along with a hint of pear, finishing on a lovely mineral streak. Great with seafood, whole salmon or chicken.

£8.99(Buy 2 bottles save £4)

£6.99

Rioja Reserva 2008 Berberana

Deep ruby red, with delicious vanilla overtones backed up by juicy soft strawberry and morello cherry flavours.

 £10.99 (Buy 2 bottles save £8)

£6.99

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

Aromas of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with a smoky herbal twist on the palate. Drink now with fresh summer salads and seafood. 

£9.99 (Special Offer £8.74 Buy 2 New Zealand wines save 20%) 

£6.99

Portillo Malbec 2012 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza

Round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins. Try this with a lightly spicy beef or lamb and date tagine. 

£9.99 (Buy 2 bottles save £6)

£6.99

Prosecco Treviso Extra Dry NV Pasqua

A bright straw yellow colour, with faint greenish tinges. The nose is gently floral, with a mixture of peach, pear and tropical fruit notes. Lightly off-dry, for a refreshing aperitif. 

£13.49 (Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%) 

£8.99

Rioja Reserva 2008 Marqués de Riscal

A classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak.

 £14.99 (Buy 2 bottles save £10)

£9.99

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007

Soft and rich with subtle vanilla hints. Ideal as an apéritif.

£30.00 (Buy 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. 

£25.00 (Buy 2 bottles save £10)

£20.00

Alamos MalbecDate published: 04/01/14

The Alamos Malbec has a dark purple color with violet highlights. The nose offers bright black cherry aromas with light floral notes and a touch of toast. The mouthfeel is full and rich, with ripe, concentrated cassis and black raspberry fruit interwoven with a touch of chocolate and sweet spice from light oak aging. The finish shows ripe, silky tannins.
VARIETAL:100% Malbec
VINEYARDS:Uco Valley
ALTITUDE:3,660’ elevation
FERMENTATION:2 day cold maceration, 9-15 day fermentation, 2-4 day post fermentation maceration. Average fermentacion temperature: 28º C
AGING:6-9 months in French and American oak
ALCOHOL:13,5% vol
TOTAL ACIDITY/PH:5,6/3.78
RESIDUAL SUGAR:2,4 g/l

Wine of the WeekDate published: 03/01/14

Wine of the Week

Villa Maria Private Bin Gewürztraminer 2012 East Coast

£10.99

Buy 2 New Zealand wines save 20%

£8.79

Grape: Gewurtztraminer

Origin: Produced by New Zealand’s most awarded winery, from fruit sourced in Marlborough, Gisborne and the Hawkes Bay. New Zealand Gewürztraminer forms part of the triumvirate of aromatic varietals taking the wine world by storm.

Taste: The nose is brimming with classic aromas of lychees and spice, which follow through to the full bodied, fruity palate. Low acidity levels give the wine a rich and soft, almost off dry finish.

Enjoy: Drinking well now or over the next 2 years. This wine will partner well with aromatically spiced Asian dishes.



Bargain HuntDate published: 02/01/14

It's that time of the year again when we look to sell through some end-of-line wines to make room for exciting new arrivals to the range. From tomorrow we have 33.3% off selected 'Bargain Hunt' wines when you buy 2 or more as part of your case. We don't have them all in large quantities so when they're gone, they're gone! Here are some of the highlights in our opinion:-

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc and Malbec - £6.99 down to £4.66.

Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc - £7.99 down to £5.33.

Serena Pinot Grigio Rose - £8.99 down to £6.00.

Argento Chardonnay - £8.99 down to £6.00.

Umbral Malbec - £12.99 down to £8.66

Marques de Caceres Crianza MAGNUM - £25.00 down to £16.66

Don't just take our word for it though. Come and Explore!

Happy New YearDate published: 01/01/14

Happy New Year from the team here in Northallerton James, Jen and Emily

New Year Deals Date published: 27/12/13

Add some sparkle to your new year with out top offers

Pol Roger Réserve NV was £45.00 now £30.00 

Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV was £37.50 now £25.00 

Lindauer Brut Cuvée NV, New Zealand was £13.99 now £8.99 

Codorníu Selección Raventós NV, Spain was £11.99 now £6.99 

Cava Calamino NV, Spain was £9.99 then £8.99 now £5.99 

All part of your mixed case 6 bottle minimum

Wine of the Week Date published: 27/12/13

Wine of the Week


Cuvée de Richard Rouge 2012 PGI Pays d’Aude


£5.49


We are back open after our Christmas break and we've made Cuvée de Richard Rouge our Wine of the Week. Cheap and cheerful at £5.49, this is a perfect red for those who are all spent up after Christmas. Pop in and see what other bargains we have on offer. 


Grape: MerlotGrenacheCarignan


Origin: From the Pays de l’Aude, to the west of the Languedoc region on France's Mediterranean coast, Cuvée de Richard Rouge offers remarkable value for money.


Taste: Amazingly smooth with dense, ripe blackberry and plum fruit, leading to a rounded finish.


Enjoy: Extremely versatile, this wine can go with most meat dishes, vegetarian food and is eminently drinkable on its own.


ITS CHRISTMAS!Date published: 25/12/13

Merry Christmas from James, Jen and Emily!

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.

Christmas Countdown: Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 22/12/13

Sauvignon Blanc

Not long to go until the big day! Here is the low-down of our most popular grape: 

Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region of France.  Sauvignon Blanc is grown all around the world, but is most famous in Malborough and the Loire Valley regions of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé.


In cooler climates, the grape has a tendency to produce wines with noticeable acidity and "green flavours" of grass, green bell peppers and nettles with some tropical fruit (such as passion fruit) and floral (such as elderflower) notes. In warmer climates, it can develop more tropical fruit notes but risk losing a lot of aromatics from over-ripeness, leaving only slight grapefruit and tree fruit (such as peach) notes.

This Christmas, Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect accompaniment to your seafood starter, or a goat's cheese tart. Here are a few of our best sellers that we recommend: 


 The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough
Was £9.99

On Special Offer at £8.74 

Buy 2 New Zealand wines save 20%

£6.99

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.TasteA 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.


Enjoy: Drink now with fresh summer salads, seafood or oriental food.

Pouilly-Fumé 2011 Jean Vincent

£11.99

Buy 2 bottles save £4

£9.99

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

Taste: 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.


Enjoy: A mouthwatering, dry aperitif wine, also ideal with fresh seafood and tomato based dishes.

Ondine Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Darling, Western Cape

£8.99

Buy 2 bottles save £6

£5.99
Origin: The Western Cape's sub-region of Darling is characterised by ancient granite soils, coupled with a maritime climate, with vineyards located as little as 5km from the coast. This enables the vines to be grown without irrigation, and naturally promotes a cool climate style.

Taste: Highly aromatic, with intense asparagus, grass and guava notes providing a captivating bouquet. The palate is a delicate mix of citrus fruit and mineral texture.


Enjoy: Try with a starter of creamy camembert served with green fig preserve.

Sparkling Saturday: RuinartDate published: 21/12/13

Ruinart NV

Was £45.00 

On Special Offer at £35.00

Well its the final Saturday before Christmas and we've saved the best till last. Today we have opened the Ruinart Brut NV for our customers to try. 

One of the oldest Champagne houses, founded in 1729, Ruinart was the first house to export Champagne. A classic Champagne that was sought-after and hard to come by. Elegant and subtle; one of the jewels in Champagne's crown. Made with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this prestigious fizz really is a treat. It has hints of pear, apple and lemon, as well as the characteristic yeasty taste that comes with Champagne.

So don't miss out, come and have a try before its all gone! 

Christmas Countdown: MalbecDate published: 20/12/13

Malbec

Malbec is very popular at Majestic Northallerton at the moment. Here is some information about our favourite grape.. 

Malbec is a purple grape variety used in making red wine. The grapes tend to have an inky dark color and robust tannins, and are known as one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine.

The French plantations of Malbec are now found primarily in Cahors in South West France. It is increasingly celebrated as an Argentine varietal wine and is being grown around the world. The Appellation Controlée regulations for Cahors require a minimum content of 70%. 

Introduced to Argentina by French agricultural engineer Michel Pouget in 1868, Malbec is widely planted in Argentina producing a softer, less tannic-driven variety than the wines of Cahors. There were once 50,000 hectares planted with Malbec in Argentina; now there are 25,000 hectares in Mendoza.

Vinalba Reservado Malbec (£7.99 when you buy 2 or more)

The Vinalba Reservado Malbec is part of our Christmas Collection this year, and we think it would go beautifully with goose, steak or lamb. It has ripe dark fruit with hints of mocha and chocolate which linger long on the palate. Perfect for those who like their big, fruity, full-bodied reds.

Vinalba Gran Reservado Malbec (£13.99 when you buy 2 or more)

We currently have the flagship wine of Vinalba's range, the Gran Reservado, open on our tasting counter. A step above the rest, this wines is a must try. It has a generous nose of plum, vanilla and flower notes, with muscular tannins and a long finish. Decant first for maximum effect, and enjoy with roast beef or venison.


Fine Wine Friday Date published: 20/12/13

Fine Wine Friday

Barolo 2009 Natale Verga Grape Nebbiolo

Its the last Fine Wine Friday before Christmas and we've opened Natale Verga's Barolo. 

Origin: Natale Verga is the fourth-generation owner of the Verga family estate which was founded in 1895. This wine comes from grapes sourced from an 11-hectare estate owned by the Gomba family, and has been matured for 24 months in French oak casks.

Taste: An inviting garnet colour, this wine offers a blackberry bouquet, accented with persistent notes of rose petal and subtle wood smoke. A warming palate with undertones of spice and graphite.

Enjoy: A classic match for osso bucco or other slow-cooked beef dishes.


Wine of the Week Date published: 20/12/13

Wine of the Week

Viñalba Gran Reservado Malbec 2011 Mendoza


£15.99

Buy 2 bottles save £4

£13.99


Grape: Malbec


Origin: This fine Malbec comes from Mendoza's Lujan de Cuyo region, and is the flagship wine in the Viñalba range. Created by Hervé Fabre, one of the first Bordeaux-schooled winemakers to come in to Argentina, and to recognise Malbec's potential in its high-altitude terroirs.

Taste: A generous nose of warm plum-pudding-like fruit, lifted by soft vanilla and flower petal notes. The tannins are muscular, yet smooth and voluptuous, providing a blockbusting mouthfeel and long finish.

Enjoy: Decant first for maximum effect. Enjoy with steak or venison.

Merry Christmas! 


Sweet Wines for XmasDate published: 19/12/13

For our second article on food and drink this Christmas we will be focusing on the sweeter side of wine.

Bringing festivity and slight sweetness the cranberry Presse

CRANBERRY PRESSÉ £2.45 or buy any 2 save 20% £1.96

A beautiful, deep red pressé that's packed with lots and lots of real cranberries, pressed and blended with bubbling Belvoir spring water. Available in 25cl and 75cl.

Belvoir's Cranberry Pressé is made with masses of real pressed cranberry juice, so it tastes amazingly rich yet dry and fruity, and seriously refreshing. As with the entire Belvoir Fruit Farms range, you won't find any artificial flavours, colours, sweeteners or preservatives in this Pressé. Its delicious, real taste comes from real ingredients – we don't think you'd want it any other way. Chill Cranberry Pressé in the fridge and serve over ice to refresh your friends and family, or be a little creative and mix it with gin or vodka to create some splendidly fruity cocktails and long drinks.

Sticky cranberry sausages

Ingredients

2 red onions, sliced

2 tbsp olive oil

400g/14oz uncooked cocktail sausages

1 heaped tbsp cranberry jelly

200g/7oz fresh or frozen cranberries

1 clementine, zest only

Preparation method

Fry the sliced red onions in a pan with the oil for five minutes or so until softened. Add the sausages to the pan.

As the sausages start to brown, add the jelly and cranberries

Cook on a low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until caramelised and sticky.

Grate over the clementine zest and serve.

The Ned Noble Sauvgnon Blanc

£12.49 buy 2 save 20% £9.99

Botrytised grapes have been specially selected from amongst the vines of the Waihopai River vineyard to make this wine. The fermentation process takes a lengthy 6 months and extracts huge flavours from the shrivelled berries.

Intensely sweet, yet balanced with a mixture of crisp citrus and fresh melon flavours, and as such, never cloys. Lingers long on the palate.

Chicken liver pâté with madeira jelly

Ingredients

For the pâté

butter, for greasing

450g/1lb chicken livers (soaked overnight in milk to remove any bitterness)

1 garlic clove, grated

2 tbsp redcurrant jelly, melted in a pan over a low heat

150ml/¼ pint chicken stock, warmed

salt and freshly ground black pepper

pinch freshly grated nutmeg

2 free-range eggs, beaten

570ml/1 pint double cream

For the madeira jelly

¼ pint madeira

1 tbsp chicken stock

2 gelatine leaves, softened in cold water for 10 minutes

For the madeira jelly

¼ pint madeira

1 tbsp chicken stock

2 gelatine leaves, softened in cold water for 10 minutes

Preparation method

Pre-heat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2. Grease a 25x25x7.5cm/10x10x3in terrine mould or loaf tin with butter and line with good-quality greaseproof paper.

Drain the chicken livers and place them in the bowl of a food processor, along with the garlic and redcurrant jelly. Pour in the stock, salt, pepper and nutmeg then blend until smooth.

When the mixture is really smooth, add the beaten eggs and the double cream. Season with a little grated nutmeg and plenty of salt and pepper.

Push the mixture through a fine sieve into a jug and then pour into the greased and lined terrine mould. Cover the top with greaseproof paper. Place the terrine in a roasting tray half filled with boiling water. Place in the centre of the oven and cook for about an hour, or until the pâté looks just set. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool before placing it in the fridge until ready to serve.

Meanwhile, for the madeira jelly, put the madeira in a saucepan and heat to reduce in volume by two thirds. Add the chicken stock and the softened gelatine leaves to the warm madeira liquid and then set aside to cool.

Christmas pudding

Ingredients

350g/12oz mixed dried fruit (raisins, currants, sultanas)

100g/3½oz pitted ready-to-eat prunes, chopped or left whole

100g/3½oz dark muscovado sugar

4 tbsp dark rum

100ml/3½fl oz stout

100g/3½oz chopped walnuts

100g/3½oz blanched almonds

100g/3½oz ground almonds

100g/3½oz fresh white breadcrumbs

50g/1¾oz plain flour

100g/3½oz frozen butter, grated, plus a little extra for greasing

½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tsp mixed spice

100g/3½oz chopped glacé cherries (or left whole if you prefer)

3 large free-range eggs, beaten

Preparation method

Combine the mixed fruit, prunes, muscovado sugar, rum and stout in a mixing bowl. Stir well to mix, cover and leave for 24 hours to soak.

After 24 hours, mix the walnuts, almonds, ground almonds, breadcrumbs, flour, butter, spices, cherries and eggs along with the soaked fruit mixture in a large mixing bowl, making sure you include all the soaking liquor from the soaked fruit. Mix well until completely combined (let all the members of the family have a stir and make a wish).

Cover with cling film and leave to stand in a cool place for 24 hours.

After 24 hours, grease a 1.2 litre/2 pint pudding basin with butter. Cut a circle of baking paper and place into the bottom of the pudding basin and then grease it with a little more butter. Pack the pudding mixture into the pudding basin, pressing as you add it. Fold a pleat into the middle of a large piece of baking paper and place over the pudding. Cover with a large piece of pleated foil, ensuring the pleats are on top of one another. Secure tightly with kitchen string tied under the lip of the pudding basin.

Place an upturned saucer into a large saucepan one-quarter full of water. Fold a long piece of foil into quarters lengthways to create a long strip and place the pudding basin in the middle of the strip. Bring the sides of the strip up the sides of the pudding basin and lower into the saucepan. Ensure the water in the saucepan comes one-third of the way up the side of the pudding basin, but nowhere near the top of the basin. Leave the ends of the foil strip hanging over the side to make it easy to remove the pudding later.

Bring the water to the boil and then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Simmer gently for 5-6 hours, topping up the water level as necessary throughout cooking (do not allow the pan to dry out).

Once the pudding is cooked, remove from the pan and set aside to cool. The pudding can be stored for up to two years in a cool, dry place. To serve, reheat the pudding by steaming again (in the same way) for two hours, or until hot all the way through. Alternatively, remove the foil and reheat in the microwave.

Pedro Ximenez 1985 Bodegas Toro Abala 37.5cl £15.99

Bodegas Toro Abala were the first producer in Montilla to make this dessert-style Pedro Ximenez commercially available in 1970, and have since made a name for themselves as the leading producer of 100%-vintage Pedro Ximenez wines.

Luscious and deep in both aroma and flavour, offering an indulgent array of dried date, mocha, sultana and pudding spice characters, with a remarkably clean, drying finish.


Wines for the Vegetarian at ChristmasDate published: 18/12/13

In the run up to the big day we would like to make it easier on you and recommend a few wines each day to match the very many different combinations of Christmas dinners that will be enjoyed on the 25th of December.

Our first article we will be matching a few vegetarian foods to our wines because its Christmas its not always all about the turkey.

Starter:

Red onion and Brie tartlets

Ingredients

250g/8oz ready-made shortcrust pastry

2 tbsp olive oil

2 medium red onions, peeled, sliced

1 garlic clove, peeled, thinly sliced

1tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves

1 tsp white wine vinegar

1 tsp dark soft brown sugar

salt and freshly ground black pepper

125g/4oz Brie, cut into 24 small pieces

Preparation method

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

Roll the pastry out until 0.25cm/⅛in thickness and cut 24 circles from it, using a 5cm/2in pastry cutter.

Place the circles onto a baking tray and prick all over with a fork.

Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through and golden-brown. Remove the pastry from the oven and set aside to cool.

Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the onions over a low heat for 15 minutes, stirring regularly.

Increase the heat, add the garlic and thyme and cook for a further five minutes.

Add the vinegar and brown sugar and cook, stirring well, until the onions have caramelised. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

To assemble the tartlets, spoon some of the red onion mixture into each pastry circle and top with a piece of brie.

Wine Suggestions

We suggest the perfect partner to these tartlets would be

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV Was £38.00 Special Offer £25.00 or

Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs £14.99 or buy 2 bottles save 1/3 £9.99

Main Course:

Stilton, spinach and new potato quiche with walnut pastry

Ingredients

For the pastry

200g/7oz plain flour, sifted

100g/3½oz cold unsalted butter

50g/2oz walnuts, finely ground

1 tsp paprika

2 free-range eggs, beaten

For the filling

250g/9oz baby spinach

7 new potatoes

4 free-range eggs

250ml/9oz double cream

1 lemon, zest only

pinch freshly grated nutmeg

pinch cayenne pepper

25g/1oz parmesan, finely grated (or alternative vegetarian hard cheese)

handful fresh thyme, chopped

150g/5½oz Stilton, crumbled

salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation method

For the pastry, tip the flour and butter into a bowl with a pinch of salt. Rub the mixture together with your fingertips until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Stir in the walnuts and paprika.

Slowly add enough of the beaten egg to bind the mixture (you may not need all of it). Knead the pastry briefly until smooth, flatten into a disc, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

Roll the pastry out between two sheets of cling film, remove the cling film and use the pastry to line a 25cm/10in tart tin.

Line the pastry with greaseproof paper, fill with baking beans and bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove the baking beans and greaseproof paper and bake for a further five minutes, or until pale golden-brown.

Meanwhile, for the filling, wilt the spinach in a saucepan with a little water. Set aside to cool, then squeeze out the excess water and chop finely.

Cook the potatoes in boiling water for 10 minutes, or until just cooked, then cool and slice into 0.5cm/¼in slices.

Whisk the eggs in a bowl, then whisk in the cream, lemon zest, nutmeg, cayenne and parmesan. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then stir in the spinach and half of the thyme.

Arrange the potato slices in the bottom of the pastry case and sprinkle over the Stilton. Spoon in the spinach mixture and sprinkle over the remaining thyme.

Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until golden-brown and just set. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

Wine Suggestions

The Loire Valley wines come into their own with this dish.

Puy De Dome Pinot Noir £11.99 or buy 2 save £6 £8.99 or

Château du Cléray Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie£9.99Buy 2 bottles save £2

£8.99

Christmas pudding vodka

Ingredients

300g/10½oz mixed dried fruit (sultanas, currants, raisins)

75g/3oz caster sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

2 tsp ground mixed spice

6 cloves

½ whole nutmeg, finely grated

1 orange, zest only, finely grated

1 unwaxed lemon, zest only, finely grated

750ml/1 pint 5fl oz bottle good quality vodka

Preparation method

Mix the dried fruit with the sugar, cinnamon sticks, mixed spice, cloves, grated nutmeg and citrus zest in a large bowl.

Pour over the vodka, and cover tightly with cling film.

Place in the fridge and leave for 3 days, stirring once each day.

Line a sieve with a double layer of fine muslin and place over a large, clean jug.

Pour the dried fruit and vodka mixture into the sieve and allow to drip through into the jug.

Pour into a sterilized bottle.

We recommend using Grey Goose Vodka.£42.50


Not just majestic wine, good beer too!Date published: 17/12/13

Whether you're looking for something to drink over the festive period or for gift ideas, we have a wine range that's second to none. But did you know about our selection of beers that could also do the job? If you're after something a bit different to the mainstream masses then we have a range of specialist lagers, ales and craft beers that will definitely come in handy this Christmas. Here are just a couple of our favourites:-

From the Copper Dragon Brewery in Skipton we now stock the Best Bitter, IPA and local crowd pleaser Golden Pippin in handy 8-packs, a bottle for each day of the week(!) All included in our bottled ale multibuy deal.

From England's leading winemaker Chapel Down come the award winning Curious Brew Lager, re-fermented using Champagne yeasts, and the Curious IPA, a beautiful triple-hopped beer. Both currently great value at £14.99 for 12 bottles.

Our American craft beer selection now includes Brooklyn Lager, Anchor Steam and UnderDog Atlantic Lager, great beers being given a run for their money by the BrewDog Punk IPA from Scotland. Buy any 2 6-packs and save £6.

So if you thought we just sold wine, come and have a look at our "wall of beer". You might just find a new favourite.

Christmas Countdown: ProseccoDate published: 16/12/13

Only nine more days until Christmas! 

We have already talked you through the other fizzes that aren't Champagne, and another that deserves an article all of its own is Prosecco. 

Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine; generally a Dry or Extra Dry wine; normally made from Glera ("Prosecco") grapes.

Although the name is derived from that of the Italian village of Prosecco near Trieste, where the grape may have originated, Prosecco is produced in the regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, traditionally mainly around Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, in the hills north of Treviso. 

Unlike Champagne, its main commercial competitor, Prosecco usually is produced using the Charmat method, in which the secondary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks, making the wine less expensive to produce. Also unlike Champagne, Prosecco does not ferment in the bottle, and it grows stale with time. It should be drunk as young as possible, preferably within three years of its vintage, although high-quality Prosecco may be aged for up to seven years.

So if you are looking for a lovely fizz to pop open this Christmas, these are our top three Prosecco recommendations:

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV, DOC 

£7.99 when you buy 2 or more

The Zonin is our perfect party wine. It is light and refreshing in style, with apple and pear on the palate and subtle floral aromas. It is delicately off dry, and if you are looking for something a bit cheaper that will please your guests then this is the one to go for. 

Prosecco Treviso Extra Dry NV, Pasqua

£8.99 when you buy 2 or more

The Pasqua is a step up from the Zonin, and is perfect for a celebration toast. It is a bright straw-yellow colour, with a floral nose and peach, pear and tropical fruit notes. With an easy going, refreshing flavour, this would go very nicely with canapes or even with your Christmas breakfast. 

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV, DOCG 

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more 

Finally, the Conegliano is just that little bit more special. It is a pale straw colour with a fine mousse, and flavours of apple and pineapple. It would be the perfect match for a seafood starter at your dinner party or ideal as an aperitif. 


If you are looking for more advice on what wines and fizzes to buy this Christmas and New Year, then pop in to store and we would be more than happy to give you some recommendations. 

Merry Christmas! 

Christmas DeliveriesDate published: 16/12/13

We can still guarantee delivery before Christmas to the areas covered by the Northallerton store, so don't panic if you've seen the cut-off on the main Majestic website. Just call us here on 01609 770679 to place your order.

Christmas Countdown: Spirits Date published: 15/12/13

Christmas Countdown: Spirits

Ten more sleeps until Christmas! Have you done all your shopping yet? If you are running out of ideas and need some inspiration, we can help you out.

Majestic sell hundreds of different wines, but we also sell a selection of main brand and premium spirits.

Hendrick's Gin

£35.00 Special Offer at £30.00

Hendrick's is a brand of gin produced by William Grant & Son in Scotland. In addition to the traditional juniper infusion, Hendrick's use Bulgarian Rose and Cucumber to add flavour. Sold in an 'Alice in Wonderland' style gift box, complete with tea cup, this would make a perfect gift for the gin enthusiast.

Grey Goose Vodka

£42.50

Grey Goose is a premium vodka produced in Cognac, France. Owned by Bacardi, the water used to produce the vodka comes from natural springs in France filtered through Champagne limestone, and it is made with locally produced French wheat. Also presented in a gift box, Grey Goose was named the besting tasting vodka in the world by the Beverage Tasting Institute in 1998. A premium product for a premium person!

Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year Old

£35.00 Special Offer at £30.00

Dufftown Distillery is a distiller of Scotch whisky, founded in 1895. The sweet and fruity notes in this fine malt are the product of traditional, slow distilling using pure water from Highlandman John's Well. The balance of European and American Oak in its long maturation gives The Singleton its smooth taste. Currently on special offer, The Singleton comes in a gift box with two original Singleton glasses.

We have a selection of Malts, Gin, Vodka, Cognac, Bourbons, and other branded spirits. So if you are looking to top up your own spirits selection or are looking for a Christmas gift, pop in and see us.  


The Ned Noble Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 15/12/13

The Ned Noble Sauvignon Blanc

Botrytis affects the Sauvignon Blanc grapes that have been specially selected from amongst the vines of the Waihopai River vineyard to make this wine.
The fermentation process takes a lengthy 6 months and 6 months and extracts huge flavours from the shriveled berries.

Intensely sweet, yet balanced with a mixture of crisp citrus and fresh melon flavours and as such never cloys. Lingering long on the palate.

Perfect partner to a fruity desert.

£12.99

Special Offer

£12.49

Buy 2 New Zealand wines save 20%

£9.99


Wine of the WeekDate published: 15/12/13

Wine of the Week

Mâcon-Lugny 2011 Louis Latour

£11.99

Buy 2 bottles save £6

£8.99


Grape: Chardonnay


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

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

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

A match made in heaven for your Christmas Turkey


Sweet Saturday The Ned Noble Sauvignon BlancDate published: 14/12/13

Sweet Saturday

The Ned Noble Sauvignon Blanc 37.5cl Half bottle

Botrytis affects the Sauvignon Blanc grapes that have been specially selected from amongst the vines of the Waihopai River vineyard to make this wine.

The fermentation process takes a lengthy 6 months and extracts huge flavours from the shrivelled berries.

Intensely sweet, yet balanced with a mixture of crisp citrus and fresh melon flavours, and as such, never cloys. Lingers long on the palate.

Perfect partner to a fruity desert.

Was £12.99

Special Offer £12.49

Buy 2 New Zealand wines save 20%

£9.99


Sparkling Saturday! Date published: 14/12/13

Laurent Perrier Brut NV

Special Offer at £25.00

Christmas is drawing ever closer, and we have stepped up another level with our Sparkling Saturday.

This week we have opened the Laurent-Perrier Brut NV for our customers to try. 

This blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is a lighter house style. Subtle citrus, toast and spice predominate this perfectly balanced Champagne, with a strong structure giving the wine good food compatibility: particularly your turkey on Christmas day! Presented in a lovely gift box, this will make a lovely present for your nearest and dearest. 

Founded in 1812, Laurent-Perrier are particularly famous for their world renowned Rose champagne, which we also have on special offer at £50.00. If you are wanting to complete the set, then the LP vintage 2004 is £35.00. 

So pop in today and enjoy a glass of fizz on us. 

Stay tuned for next week, when we will be opening something even more exciting... 

Christmas Countdown: Jen's Festive PicksDate published: 14/12/13

Saving the best for last, here are the wines I will be enjoying with my family.

As soon as I get woken up by my younger brother we will gather in the kitchen for a cup of tea and a sausage butty, but after the mayhem of ripping open the Christmas presents we will be enjoying a glass of Lindauer Special Reserve £14.99 Buy 2 bottles save 1/3 £9.99

For dinner the whole family will settle around the table (wearing our cracker hats) to feast on the traditional turkey Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. The Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay £9.36 Buy any 2Chilean wines save 20% £7.48 is my top choice for white and will sit perfectly with the turkey. Sticking with the traditional pairings The Escarpment Pinot Noir £22 or buy any 2 New Zealand wines save 20% £17.59 with its full and fruity jammy flavours is my red choice.

After our stomach's have settled and dad has woken up from his nap we will have desert. Home made chocolate log with Elysium Black Muscat £12.49 or buy 2 Californian wines save 20% £9.99.

Followed by a glass or two of Tattinger Prelude Gran Cru at £40 which I got hooked on when I visited the vineyard in February of this year. This Champagne is 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir and is made exclusively from the first pressings of fruit belonging to the Grands Crus which is then aged for 5 years.

Merry Christmas!


Christmas Countdown: James' Festive PicksDate published: 13/12/13

James' alternative Christmas tipples

For many years I've been fairly standard with my Christmas Day choices. Champagne breakfast, Sauvignon Blanc with seafood starter, Chardonnay or Pinot Noir with Turkey, Port with desert/cheese. But is there another way? Here are my alternatives for those who want to try something a bit different:-

I can't go too far away from the indulgence of Champagne on Christmas morning, but this year I'll be going English! The Nyetimber Classic Cuvee at £23.99 is as good as any Champagne at that price, just ask the Queen.

Bored of Sauvignon Blanc? Time to ignore that fear of tall Germanic bottles and try a dry Riesling. For me the Domaine Schlumberger Riesling from Alsace is the perfect choice at £11.99. The ultimate zesty white to wake up your taste buds for the task ahead!

So why do we recommend Chardonnay with poultry? It's that extra bit of body and creaminess that matches perfectly with white meat while still refreshing the palate. Dare to be different and try a barrel-fermented white Rioja like the Muga at £9.99, delicious.

You won't find a bigger advocate of Pinot Noir than me, but it's time for a change. The Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache at £10.99 has the warming berry fruit and silky tannins I crave without overpowering Turkey with all the trimmings.

Sorry, but I'm not a big pudding fan personally, I'd rather fill up on savoury! Maybe I could just about manage a bowl of good quality ice-cream with Hidalgo Pedro Ximenez (12.99) poured over. Give it a try!

So we're nearly there, just the cheese for those who have space left (that would be me because I didn't fill up on Christmas pudding!). I've got a bottle of Guidalberto in the rack, Sassicaia's 'little brother', that I've had my eye on for a while. This intense, deep super-Tuscan is a great alternative to Claret at £25 and will go great with the cheese.

So that's Christmas day done in my house. What about Boxing Day you ask? BrewDog Punk IPA, Barnsley Vs Bolton Wanderers. I wouldn't recommend it.

Christmas Countdown: Emily's Festive PicksDate published: 12/12/13

Emily's Christmas Tipples

Christmas Day has many important aspects, and the food we eat is one of them. So it only makes sense that the drinks we pair with our festive feast is just as important. As part of our Christmas Countdown here at Majestic Northallerton, we will be letting you know what each of us will be having to drink on Christmas Day this year.

You can't beat a bubbly glass of Prosecco with your Christmas Breakfast. This year I shall be popping open a bottle of Prosecco di Conegliano (£9.99 when you buy 2) to have with my toast and croissants. If you aren't so keen on fizz for breakfast, its fine mousse and typical fruity characters of apple and pineapple will go beautifully with your seafood starter later in the day.

This winter I am a massive fan of big, full-bodied, fruity reds and with my roast beef this year that's exactly what I shall be having. One of my favourites at the moment is the Valpolicella Classico La Casetta (£13.99 when you buy 2). This fine and well rounded red with rich berry flavours and hints of vanilla goes well with most meats and cheeses. It has had a portion of the fermented, dried skins from Amarone added; therefore combining the power and class of Amarone with the bright fruits of a classic Valpolicella. So at only £13.99, this is a great value alternative.

And finally, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without Sherry. I shall be having a small glass of Pedro Ximenez Triana (£12.99) with my Christmas pudding. Made using grapes that have been dried out on straw mats, this sweet sherry is about as sweet as you can get. Thick and dense, with aromas of raisins, fig and toffee, this is just as good poured over vanilla ice cream.. Mmmm.

Tune in tomorrow for James' installment! 


Port - Fortified with Christmas spirit!Date published: 11/12/13

It's that time of the year when we all put a bottle of Port in the trolley, but what is Port and why are there so many different types? Here are the im-Port-ant facts:-

Port is a fortified wine made by adding spirit to arrest fermenting grape must which results in a wine that is both sweet and high in alcohol.

There are two broad categories of Port, with their style being shaped by either cask ageing or bottle ageing.

Ruby Port is the least expensive, a blend of vintages aged in bulk for 2-3 years and bottled young to give a wine with a deep ruby colour and a strong, fiery personality.

Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) Port is a wine from a single year, bottled after 4-6 years ageing to give more concentration and intensity than a Ruby. If unfiltered this may need decanting before serving.

Vintage Port is made from a single 'declared' outstanding year and aged for 2-3 years in wood before bottling. These wines throw a heavy sediment while maturing and can be kept for decades before opening.

Single-Quinta Vintage Port is made much in the same way as a Vintage Port, from good but not necessarily outstanding years. These wines are often kept back by shippers and only sold when considered ready to drink.

Tawny Port has been left to age in wooden casks for 6 or more years, slowly oxidising and taking on a Tawny colour. With a delicate nutty character, this is often served chilled.

If you need any more inspiration pop into the store, where we currently have the Taylors LBV 2007 (£11.99) and the Graham's Quinta dos Malvedos 2001 (£28.00) open to taste!


Sparkling Wine its not just Champagne and Prosecco.Date published: 10/12/13

Sparkling Wine its not just Champagne and Prosecco.

Sparkling wine is a wine with significant levels of carbon dioxide in it making it fizzy. The carbon dioxide may result from natural fermentation, either in a bottle, in a large tank designed to withstand the pressures involved, or as a result of carbon dioxide injection. The sweetness of sparkling wine can range from very dry "brut" styles to sweeter "doux" varieties. The French terms "Mousseux" or "Crémant" are used to refer to sparkling wine not made in the Champagne region. German, Austrian, and Czech sparkling wines are called Sekt. The United States is a significant producer of sparkling wine with producers in numerous states. Recently the United Kingdom, which produced some of the earliest examples of sparkling wine, has started producing sparkling wines again.

Dom Pérignon was originally charged by his superiors at the Abbey of Hautvillers to get rid of the bubbles since the pressure in the bottles caused many of them to burst in the cellar. Later, when deliberate sparkling wine production increased in the early 18th century, cellar workers would still have to wear a heavy iron mask that resembled a baseball catcher's mask to prevent injury from spontaneously bursting bottles.

The British were the first to see the tendency of wines from Champagne to sparkle as a desirable trait and tried to understand why it produced bubbles. Wine was often transported to England in wooden wine barrels where merchant houses would then bottle the wine for sale. During the 17th century, English glass production used coal-fueled ovens and produced stronger, more durable glass bottles than the wood-fired French glass. The English also rediscovered the use of cork stoppers, once used by the Romans but forgotten for centuries after the fall of the Roman empire.

There are four main methods of sparkling wine production.

The first is simple injection of carbon dioxide (CO2), the process used in soft drinks.

The second is the Metodo Martinotti created and patented by Italian Federico Martinotti (1860-1924) in 1895 and adapted by Eugène Charmat in 1907, a French vine grower in Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule, in which the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in bulk tanks, and is bottled under pressure. This method is used for Prosecco and Asti in particular.

The third method is the traditional method or méthode champenoise. With this method the effervescence is produced by secondary fermentation in the bottle. As the name suggests, this is used for the production of Champagne, but is slightly more expensive than the Charmat process.

The fourth method is the "transfer method". This method will take the cuvée to bottle for secondary fermentation, which allows for the additional complexity, but then will transfer the wine out of the individual bottles into a larger tank after it has spent the desired amount of time on yeast.

Cava

Main article: Cava (Spanish wine)

Cava is the name of a type of Spanish white or pink sparkling wine produced mainly in the Penedès region in Catalonia, with the méthode champenoise but grape varieties different from grapes used in Champagne making. Cava is a Greek term that was used to refer to a "high end" table wine or wine cellar. Caves were used in the early days of Cava production for the preservation or aging of wine. Today Cavas have become integrated with Catalan and also Spanish family traditions and is often consumed at any kind of celebrations. The sparkling wine of Cava was created in 1872 by Josep Raventós. The vineyards of Penedès were devastated by the phylloxera plague, and the predominantly red vines were being replaced by large numbers of vines producing white grapes. After seeing the success of the Champagne region, Raventós decided to create the dry sparkling wine that has become the reason for the region's continued success.

English sparklers

Commercial production of bottle fermented sparkling wines from grapes grown in England started in the 1960s, although there has been a longer history of sparkling wines made in the UK from imported grapes. In the 1980s, some English winemakers started to grow the grape varieties as used in Champagne – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier – and in the ensuing decades availability of English sparkling wines made from these varieties increased. Today, there are over 100 vineyards in England producing sparkling wines with Nyetimber, Ridgeview and Chapel Down being some of the largest producers. English wine averages to around 2 million bottles annually.

American sparkling wines

Sparkling wines produced in the United States can be made in both the méthode champenoise and the charmat method. Lower cost sparklers, such as André, Cook's, andTott's, often employ the latter method with more premium sparkling wines utilizing the former. The history of producing quality sparkling wine in California can be traced to the Sonoma Valley where, in 1892, the Korbel brothers (emigrated from Bohemia in 1852) began producing sparkling wine according to the méthode champenoise. The first wines produced were made from Riesling, Muscatel, Traminer and Chasselas grapes. Partly aided by the foreign influence, the overall quality of Californian sparklers increased with the introduction of the more traditional sparkling wine grapes of Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Pinot Meunier and Pinot blanc into the production. US AVA requirements and wine laws do not regulate the sugar levels and sweetness of wine though most producers tend to follow European standards with Brut wine having less than 1.5% sugar up to Doux having more than 5%. As the sparkling wine industry in California grew, foreign investments from some of the Champagne region's most noted Champagne houses came to set up wineries in the area.

Australian sparkling wine production has come a long way in a very short period of time with several notable French Champagne houses investing in production. Tasmania is the current hot bed of Australian Sparkling wine with both the traditional grape varieties and method of secondary fermentation being employed. Names like Jansz, Clover Hill, Ed Carr at Arras and Heemskerk all producing top flight Australian sparklers. Whilst most sparkling wine is produced from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and possibly Pinot Meuniere, an Australian speciality is sparkling Shiraz, a red sparkling wine produced from Shiraz grapes.


The Perfect Christmas Dinner PartnersDate published: 09/12/13

Christmas Dinner Drinks

De-mystifying food matches at the most important time of year. What we at Majestic Northallerton would recommend with your Christmas dinner.

Aperitif -Prosecco

- Champagne

Starters

Seafood -Sauvignon Blanc

Pate -Pinot Noir

Salad -Loire Valley

Main

Turkey – White Burgundy

Beef – Cote Du Rhone

- Rioja

Chicken - Chardonnay

Goose – Sauvignon Blanc

Vegi nutloaf – Pinot Grigio

Desert

Christmas pudding – PX Sherry

Chocolate – Desert wine Elysium

Trifle – Desert wine The Ned 


Wine of the WeekDate published: 09/12/13

Wine of the Week

Leyda Riesling Reserva 2011, Leyda Valley


£9.99 (Buy 2 Save 20%)


£7.99

Grape: Riesling

Origin: From vineyard to bottle, all aspects of this Riesling's production are geared towards creating a fresh and incisive New World style. Grapes are picked in the cool of the early morning, hand-sorted and whole-bunch pressed, before cool-fermenting to dryness.

Taste: Pure and clean on the nose, with well-defined aromas of mandarin orange, green apples and touches of stone and florals. Precise and slim on the palate, with a refreshing acidity and mouthwatering finish.

Enjoy: At its best with simply-prepared, fresh seafood such as oysters, lobster or seared scallops.


Fine wine Christmas giftsDate published: 09/12/13

Fine wine Christmas gifts

The Christmas Countdown Clock is ticking! 

No idea what to get friends and relatives for Christmas?

You will be in the good books if you get them fine wine, here are a few of our favourites...

Vina Ardanza

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.

£23.50

Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10

£18.50

Amarone Negar

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.

£23.00

Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10

£18.00

Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 

Intense and complex on the nose, which offers an array of fruit accented by notes of chestnuts, burnt toffee, chocolate and lavender. Full and lush on the palate, with a supple texture and good length.

£23.00

Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10

£18.00

Au Bon Climat Chardonnay 

An immensely complex nose of ripe apple, orange zest, toast and roasted hazelnut. The palate offers bright fruit and a lush feel, with an enduring nuttiness that provides a long and involving finish.

£24.00

Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10

£19.00


What can we do to help you?Date published: 08/12/13

At majestic we offer a range of different services to make your life easier.

Here is a list of some of them, if you need anything else don't hesitate to ask.

Our expert, friendly staff are armed with all the wine knowledge you will ever need to make the right decision when it comes to your wine needs. Describe the flavors you like, a price range or even a grape and we will point you to several we think you like. 

We have a ranger of different white and red wines open everyday for you to try before you buy. 

We offer FREE delivery when you spend £40+ on your 6 bottles or more.

Our party service includes hire of wine glasses, hi- balls, pint glasses and flutes, Big ice bin for your bulky items such as bottled beers and ice buckets that sit on the table to put white wine and fizz in.

We also have gift boxes in 1's, 2's, 3's 4's 6's and 12's so how ever many bottles you would like to give as a gift they will always be nicely packaged. We will even box them up for you. 

Open to taste this weekend.. Date published: 07/12/13

This weekend in store we have some fabulous fine wines open to try, as well as a selection of sherries and spirits that we are recommending for your Christmas dinner. Christmas is a special time of year and the dinner that we put so much hard work in to deserves some delicious wine to accompany it! 

We are the perfect place to come this December, with our expertise and tasting counter we can help you pick which wines would be the best match for what you are planning to eat on Christmas day. 

The wines listed below are just some of what we have open this weekend, and give an insight into the variety of things we have open for you to try. 

Jermann Pinot Grigio – a world away from the Italian norm.

Paul Thomas Comtesses Sancerre – from the village of Chavignol, said to produce the finest Sancerres.

Nicolas Potel Meursault – From the heart of Burgundy, Maison Nicolas Potel has an in international reputation.

Vina Ardanza – One of the very best Riojas produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard. Also available as a magnum!

Bertrand Chateau l'Hospitalet – The flagship wine of Gerard Bertrand's broad range.

Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos – Possibly Hungary's most famous dessert wine. 

With all these on offer don't miss out, pop in and give them a go! 


Sparkling Saturday! Date published: 07/12/13

Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV

£24.00 (or buy two and save 1/3)

£16.00

Guess What? Its Sparkling Saturday again!! 

This week we're upping our game and we have opened Hiedsieck's Monopole Brut, the perfect celebration fizz. Pinot-dominant, this fizz is rich but approachable. It offers a harmonious balance between crisp golden fruit and toasty brioche notes. 

As it's part of our 'Save 1/3 off Selected Fizz' deal, you can mix and match it with any of our other selected Champagnes, Cavas and Proseccos. What a bargain.

So come on down to Majestic today and give it a try, we have plenty of other things open too so it's worth the trip. 

Fine Wine Friday Chateau Coufran 2004Date published: 06/12/13

Château Coufran 2004 Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois SupérieurGrapeCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet FrancOrigin

Located in the Haut-Médoc part of Pauillac, Coufran is notable for its unusually high proportion of Merlot, which forms around 85% of the blend. Being a more typical feature of right-bank wines, this has earned Coufran the nickname 'Pomerol of Haut-Médoc'.

Taste

This wine has a soft, fleshy and ample feel, combining soft bramble and ripe plum flavours with smooth tannins. Subtle cedar and leaf aromas complete the picture.


Ready to drink now, with firm cheeses.

£19.99

Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10

£14.99

Open now to taste!

BordeauxDate published: 06/12/13

Bordeaux is a region In France and is split into two according to the wine world. The left bank and the right bank. These two produce some of the finest wines in the world. The climate in Bordeaux is that of a Moderate maritime and benefits from the warming effect of the Gulf Stream. Soil varieties are very varied all over the region. Several different grape varieties include: Red- Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. White- Semillion, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. 

Left bank:

Planted largely to Cabernet Sauvignon, with some Cab Franc, Merlot, Petite Verdot, and Malbec.Gravelly top soil with a limestone bedrock. The stony top soil makes the vines reach down deep for their nutrients, creating a more desirable environment for old vines that create age-able wines.
Generally flatMost famous regions: Medoc, Graves, Sauternes, St. Estephe, Paulliac, Margaux, St. JulienAll the original chateaux from the original 1855 classification are on the Left Bank.


Right Bank:

Planted largely to Merlot, with a lot of Cab Franc, some Cab Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, and Malbec.Limestone emerges at the surface here (rather than being buried, as it is on the Left Bank). Gravel is less predominant. The only exception is the Pomerol (called by some a mini-Medoc), where a tributary of the Dordogne has dumped millions of tons of gravel and created a bed rock of sandy clay deposits and a layer of iron rich sands.
Generally flat as well, with the exception of St. Emilion and Cotes de Castillon, which make a dramatic slope toward the river.
Most famous regions are St. Emilion, Pomerol, and Fronsac.

Sweet wines

The best sweet wines of Bordeaux  come from Sauternes and are made from grapes affected by noble rot. They are high in alcohol and the best are fermented and matured in new oak barrels for up to 3 years. 

Perfect match to a mature cheese this Christmas or a gift for the wine lover in your life.  

Getting to know Sherry and MadeiraDate published: 05/12/13

Sherry

Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near the town of Jerez in Spain.

Grape

Palomino: the dominant grape used for the dry sherries.

Pedro Ximénez: used to produce sweet wines. When harvested these grapes are typically dried in the sun for two days to concentrate their sugars.

Moscatel: used similarly to Pedro Ximénez

Soil types

Albariza, Barros and Arenas.

The Solera System

The Solera system allows wines from different years are aged and blended before bottling, so that bottles of Sherry will not usually carry a specific vintage year and can contain a small proportion of very old wine. The wine is never fully drained from each butt (barrel) so that the blending process can continue.

Styles

Fino ('fine' in Spanish) is the driest and palest of the traditional varieties of Sherry. The wine is aged in barrels under a cap of flor yeast to prevent contact with the air.

Manzanilla is an especially light variety of Fino Sherry made around the port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda.

Amontillado is a variety of Sherry that is first aged under flor but which is then exposed to oxygen, producing a sherry that is darker than a Fino but lighter than an Oloroso. Naturally dry, they are sometimes sold lightly to medium sweetened but these can no longer be labelled as Amontillado.

Oloroso ('scented' in Spanish) is a variety of Sherry aged oxidatively for a longer time than a Fino or Amontillado, producing a darker and richer wine. Olorosos are the most alcoholic Sherries. Like Amontillado, naturally dry, they are often also sold in sweetened versions called Cream Sherry. As with Amontillado "Sweet Oloroso", "Rich Oloroso" and "Oloroso Dulce" are prohibited terms.

Palo Cortado is a variety of Sherry that is initially aged like an Amontillado, typically for three or four years, but which subsequently develops a character closer to an Oloroso. This either happens by accident when the flor dies, or commonly the flor is killed by fortification or filtration.

Pedro Ximenez (Sweet Sherries) are made either by fermenting dried Pedro Ximénez(PX) or Moscatel grapes, which produces an intensely sweet dark brown or black wine, or by blending sweeter wines or grape must with a drier variety.

Madeira

Madeira is a fortified Portuguese wine made in the Madeira Islands.

Madeira is noted for its unique winemaking process which involves heating the wine up to temperatures as high as 60 °C (140 °F) for an extended period of time and deliberately exposing the wine to some levels of oxidation. Because of this unique process, Madeira is a very robust wine that can be quite long lived even after being opened

Grape varieties

Malvasia (also known as Malmsey or Malvazia)

The four major grape varieties used for Madeira production are (from sweetest to driest) Malvasia,Bual, Verdelho and Sercial.

"Estufagem" process

What makes Madeira wine production unique is the estufagem aging process, meant to duplicate the effect of a long sea voyage on the aging barrels through tropical climates. Three main methods are used to heat age the wine, used according to the quality and cost of the finished wine:

Cuba de Calor: The most common, used for low cost Madeira, is bulk aging in low stainless steel or concrete tanks surrounded by either heat coils or piping that allow hot water to circulate around the container. The wine is heated to temperatures as high as 130 °F (55 °C) for a minimum of 90 days as regulated by the Madeira Wine Institute.

Armazém de Calor: Only used by the Madeira Wine Company, this method involves storing the wine in large wooden casks in a specially designed room outfitted with steam-producing tanks or pipes that heat the room, creating a type of sauna. This process more gently exposes the wine to heat, and can last from six months to over a year.

Canteiro: Used for the highest quality Madeiras, these wines are aged without the use of any artificial heat, being stored by the winery in warm rooms left to age by the heat of the sun. In cases such as vintage Madeira, this heating process can last from 20 years to 100 years.


Spotlight Tasting: Christmas Special Date published: 04/12/13

As some of you may be aware, Majestic Wine are holding their FREE Christmas Special Spotlight Tastings this Saturday at 12pm and 3pm. 

Need some help with what to drink with the lunch this year? Come to us!

Fancy trying six different Fine Wines in thirty minutes? We have a really exciting collection to show off, specifically chosen with Christmas lunch in mind. An opportunity not to be missed, and it's free! This is the selection we will have on offer in Northallerton this Saturday: 

Jermann Pinot Grigio – a world away from the Italian norm.

Paul Thomas Comtesses Sancerre – from the village of Chavignol, said to produce the finest Sancerres.

Nicolas Potel Meursault – From the heart of Burgundy, Maison Nicolas Potel has an in international reputation.

Vina Ardanza – One of the very best Riojas produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard. Also available as a magnum!

Bertrand Chateau l'Hospitalet – The flagship wine of Gerard Bertrand's broad range.

Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos – Possibly Hungary's most famous dessert wine.

Pop into store and speak to a member of staff or give us a call on 01609 770 679 to RSVP



Perfect Christmas Drink Mulled wine Gourmet Mulling SyrupDate published: 04/12/13

Perfect Christmas Drink Mulled wine Gourmet Mulling Syrup


Mulled wine can be made well ahead of time and kept warm on a stove top – just remember not to let it boil or you'll burn off the alcohol!

Any red wine will do and you don't have to spend much money – after all, you're going to change the taste considerably. Try a wine from Portugal or the South of France which is full in flavour with lots of rustic charm.

Making mulled wine couldn't be easier with Majestic's Gourmet Mulling Syrup. There's no need for additional fruit or spices – just mix 1 part syrup to 8 parts red wine and heat gently. So for 100 guests to have 2 glasses each, you'll need 30 bottles of wine and 4-5 bottles of Gourmet Mulling Syrup.


Christmas Countdown: Magnums! Date published: 03/12/13

We are on day three of our Christmas countdown, and today we want to tell you why magnums are brilliant for this time of year. A magnum holds 1.5 litres, or two standard sized bottles of wine. There are three main reasons why magnums are a star buy this Christmas:

1. Firstly, you get twice as much wine! Whether its as a wow factor for your party or a brilliant centre piece for your table on Christmas day, just the size of a magnum is eye catching and impressive. Everyone knows bigger is better. 

2. If you are stuck for what to buy someone this year, a magnum is a novelty gift. A single bottle of wine can be just as nice as a present, but a magnum is extra special if you're looking to impress. 

3. Finally, a magnum ages more elegantly. A magnum is not just a bottle of wine that's twice as big. There is a lower proportion of wine touching the glass of the bottle, which means the wine ages more slowly. If you are looking to lay down a wine for future enjoyment, a magnum is an attractive proposition. 

We have a selection of magnums in store at the moment, a few of which are listed below. So pop in to have a browse, we can get your wines sorted this Christmas.


Matsu El Picaro 2012, Toro                                    £16.00

Rioja Reserva 2007, Marques de Riscal                £22.00

Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza 2004, La Rioja Alta    £37.00

Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010, Clos de L'Oratoire    £48.00



Wine to start every party off with a bang!Date published: 02/12/13

We all like a glass of fizz to start the party with what better than Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007. With its soft rich texture this luxurious Vintage Champagne is a bargain at £19.99 when you buy two or more.

Fizz – A favourite of mine is the Lindauer Special Reserva Non Vintage from New Zealand. This premium cuvee is made from 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay and undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle (just like champagne). As the wine has a higher percentage of pinot noir the colour is a slight pink with lots of small delicate bubbles, aromas of peach and hints of blackberry. On the palate it is very creamy with a toasty and fresh finish. Down to £9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles it is sure to be a hit.

Red

Jane Mcquitty recommends the Mr Shiraz from Chile. Its distinct and exclusively labeled for Majestic, this one stands out from the crowed. With a deep crimson colour and a complex nose this is a must at £7.99. Plums, strawberry and vanilla on the nose carrying onto the pallet with lots of structure, a medium body that lingers on the pallet far after it has been drunk.

If you are set out to impress but don't want to break the bank we have the perfect wine for you. Chateaueuf-du-Pape Cuvee des Antiques. Was £17.99 now £11.99 when you buy two or more.

The dark ruby is complemented by the complex nose of dark fruits and spice, with a smooth lingering finish.

White

Every ones favourite The Ned Sauvignon Blanc and at only £6.99 it would be ashame not to stock up on this beauty. An abundance of tropical flavours such as gooseberry and pink grapefruit the Ned is a crowed pleaser.

Jean Vincent Pouilly-Fume is a fantastic treat for your friends and family. It is an intensely aromatic wine with a nose of gooseberry which is enhanced by a smoky, flinty character that continues all the way to a long finish. £9.99

We also offer a party service.

Because you always run out of glasses hire them from us!

We have wine glasses, Hi- balls, flutes and pint glasses. All dishwasher friendly

£1 deposit per glass which is refunded when you bring them back to us.  


Countdown to Christmas: 24 Days to go... Date published: 01/12/13

It's the first day of December and the Majestic Team in Northallerton are going to write an article a day in the run up to Christmas. We have some tips for which wine you need for your Turkey and your Christmas pud, which wines will go down a treat at your festive parties, all you need to know about Sherry, Port, Champagne and Spirits, and even which beers we will be drinking this winter. 

So tune in each day with us for all you need for a fab Festive Season!

So for our first Christmas article, we are discussing the best wines to serve with your canapés. 

They say the best things come in small packages, and canapés are no exception. These bite-sized morsels, perfect at your party, need a light, easy going wine that will impress.  Here are some delicious canapé and wine suggestions, matches made in heaven. 

Smoked salmon blini canapés

Smoked salmon is a favourite in my house, and these tasty little blinis are perfect with a light citrussy Pinot Grigio such as the Superiore Breganze from Italy. Dry and very fresh with hints of blossom and green apple, this was made for smoked salmon. And at £6.99 when you buy two bottles, this wine will please your wallet as well as your guests. 

Red onion and Brie tartlets

Creamy brie and tangy red onion, all in one scrummy bite. For those who prefer red wine, a slightly lighter red such as Mont Saint Jean Corbieres (£5.99 when you buy two) would be perfect with these. Elegant spice with black fruits and a smooth finish, this is a perfect pairing with your cheese board too. 

Mini Yorkshire puddings with roast beef and horseradish cream

This traditional roast dinner has been shrunk down, but is still just as tasty. What could be better to accompany them than the Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rose (£17.99 when you buy two), from one of New Zealand's most prestigious producers? Made from 80% Pinot Noir, this pink fizz has fine bubbles with aromas of strawberry. The sweet spice and cherry on the palate will marry with tender roast beef for a delightful combination. 

Christmas Wines Spotlight TastingDate published: 01/12/13

Ever wanted to know what wine goes with Christmas dinner?

Pop along to our FREE spotlight tasting and pick our brains, we are hear to answer all your questions. 

On the 7th of December we will be opening 6 wines and talking through the ins and outs of wine at Christmas.

We have 2 sessions one at Midday and one at 3pm. Come and explore the possibilities.  

Contact the store to book a place. 

nal@majestic.co.uk

01609770679

or tweet us @MajesticNthall

Grey Goose VodkaDate published: 30/11/13

Grey Goose Vodka is manufactured by Bacardi, this premium brand is produced in France originally founded by Sidney Frank before it was then sold to Bacardi.  Sidney Made his Vodka using water from natural springs in France filtered through Champagne limestone and with locally produced French wheat from Picardy. The same practice is used to this day. The company also developed its distinctive smoked glass bottle featuring French geese in flight and delivered its product in wooden cases similar to wine. 

In 1998 Grey Goose was named the best tasting vodka by the Beverage Testing Institute. 

Alcohol Volume of 40% and is 80 proof

Sparkling Saturday! Date published: 30/11/13

Codorniu Seleccion Raventos NV, Spain

£11.99 or £7.99 when you buy two bottles

It's that day of the week again! 

This Saturday in store we are opening the Codorniu Raventos, a modern example of Cava from the Catalan region of Spain. Full bodied, vibrant and fruity, this sparkling wine is a real show stopper and is part of our 'Save 1/3 Off Selected Fizz' offer. 

In 1985, Codorniu introduced Chardonnay into the blend to make this more aromatic Cava style. Its vibrant lemon characters and crisp mineral acidity provide the perfect counter to your Christmas Day Full English breakfast, or as a wonderful aperitif for your guests. 

So pop on down to Majestic today and have a try.. only 25 more days until Christmas! 

Jen's Christmas Fizz - Monopole Gold Top VintageDate published: 30/11/13

At Christmas I will be opening a bottle or two of the Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top Vintage with my family. 

The grapes involved in making this elegant Champagne are Pinot Noir and 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, rich and creamy, with hints of citrus, biscuit and subtle vanilla. 

Perfect with nibbles or complements your roast turkey perfectly.


£30.00 

Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3% 

£19.99

BrewDog Punk IPADate published: 29/11/13

With a craft beer you get a lot more beer for just a little bit more money. Take the Punk IPA from BrewDog. They use over twice as much malted barley and over 40 times more hops than the average mainstream lager. Of course that makes the beer more expensive to brew but they think its worth it, and we agree! This fresh, full-flavoured, natural pale ale is brewed using three kinds of Kiwi hops, giving tropical fruits, light caramel, a bitter-sweet streak and attitude in abundance. A real tribute to the classic IPA's of yesteryear, for the rebellious rocker in you!

Come and see for yourself our ever increasing range of craft beers:-

BrewDog Punk IPA, UnderDog Atlantic Lager, Anchor Steam, Brooklyn Lager, Einstok White Ale, Curious Brew Lager, Curious Brew IPA.


Wine of the WeekDate published: 29/11/13

Select Blocks Sauvignon Blanc, Ara

Ara's head winemaker Jeff Clarke was among the first wave of producers in Marlborough, establishing an early understanding of the local terroir alongside the Marlborough Research Institute. He has twice been named International White Winemaker of the Year.

This wine's single-estate source is evident in its purity of fruit, with defined gooseberry and grapefruit flavours delivered with vigour and ripeness, and a refined, dry finish.

Enjoy on its own or with a fish or seafood starter at Christmas.

Was £11.99

Special Offer £11.24

Buy 2 save 20%

£8.99


Wine of the WeekDate published: 25/11/13

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012 Casablanca Valley


Special Offer at £9.36 (Buy 2 Save 20%)


£7.49


Its exactly one month until Christmas now, so if you haven't already started planning your Christmas Wines you better start now! 

We have another Christmas Cracker as our Wine of the Week in store. The LFE Chardonnay is part of our Christmas Collection, and is one of our top recommendations for your cheese board this year. It's rich fruity flavours would also go beautifully with your roast turkey or salmon, and currently at 20% off when you buy two or more, this wine is a right corker.

Grape: Chardonnay

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

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

Enjoy: Best served with turkey or salmon, or will go perfectly with your cheese board this Christmas: pair with a smooth creamy blue such as Cambozola.


Sparkling Saturday! Date published: 23/11/13


Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV DOCG, Italy

£14.99

Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 33.3%

£9.99

It's Sparkling Saturday again here in Store, and this week we are opening the Prosecco di Conegliano for your enjoyment! Currently on our Pick'n'Mix deal at £9.99, this is a right steal and today is the perfect opportunity to try before you buy. 

The 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. This Prosecco, with its pale straw colour and a fine mousse, is one of our favourites: and with typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples, what's not to like? 

Christmas is creeping ever closer, and this Prosecco would be perfect for your Christmas brunch, a mid-afternoon aperitif, or even a Boxing Day treat. 

Come into Store today and give it a try: we can guarantee you won't be disappointed! 



Majestic opens it's 200th store!Date published: 22/11/13

James and Emily celebrating the opening of our 200th store in Petersfield this week. Wonder how much that "200" vintage Moet costs?

We're opening our 200th store!Date published: 21/11/13

This Friday we will open our 200th store in Petersfield, Hampshire.

To celebrate we're offering the chance to:-

WIN A YEAR'S SUPPLY OF WINE - Enter our competition to win £100 of Majestic gift vouchers every month for a year! Visit http://blog.majestic.co.uk/win-a-years-supply-of-wine.

WIN ONE OF 200 BOTTLES OF NYETIMBER - Each store has a bottle of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2004 to give away! Just come and visit us this Friday, Saturday or Sunday and fill in an entry slip.


Plus, for every bottle of Champagne we sell on Saturday and Sunday we will be donating £1 to our Charity of the Year, Children with Cancer UK. What better time to stock up for Christmas?!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 17/11/13

Vermentino 2012 Poggioargentiera


£9.99 (Buy 2 save £4)


£7.99


The Vermentino Poggioargentiera is one of our Top 10 Christmas Whites this year. Perfect for any fish dish or to go with your canapes, even its green label has a slight Christmassy vibe. This wine, with pear and peach flavours, is something a bit different for you to try. Pop into store this week and see what you think! 


Grape: Vermentino


Origin: Poggioargentiera are based in Maremma, in the southernmost part of Tuscany, where estate owner Gianpaolo Paglia was born. Italy's native Vermentino thrives in the warm, sunny Mediterranean climate, producing generously fruity white wines.


Taste: Clean and fresh on the nose, the wine is full of ripe peach and citrus aromas. The palate offers a swathe of soft pear and stone fruit character, cut through with a refreshing limey streak.


Enjoy:  Great with your smoked salmon or prawn cocktail starter.



A Majestic recommendation for Christmas!


Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 16/11/13

After the success of the Prosecco Salatin at last night's Seasonal Tasting Evening, we'll be opening another Prosecco from Treviso for your enjoyment today. The Prosecco La Marca Treviso is currently on offer down to £8.99 as part of our November Pick 'n' Mix deal and is well worth a try. Pale and elegant, with a subtly perfumed bouquet and youthful pear, melon and citrus fruit characters. Retains a little sweetness which balances the crisp acidity and persistent fizz.

Christmas Gifts for your staff made easyDate published: 15/11/13

Do you want to thank your employees for all their hard work this year?

Say it with wine ....
All you have to do is pick the wine (We can give you helping hand with that too)
We will package the wine in lovely gift boxes and deliver them to your work place in time for the Christmas break.
We will even print of tasting notes and write a message for each one. What could be simpler?

Pop in and see us or give us a call on 01609 770679

Wine of the WeekDate published: 06/11/13

Wine of the Week

Vieux Remparts Lussac St-Emilion

Lussac is one of five villages to the northeast of St-Emilion with the right to add that name to their own. Lussac makes excellent 'satellite' wines, slightly more rustic than its big brother, but rounded and with great charm.

A blend of Merlot and Cabernet franc gives this wine a rich and full body. Highly concentrated black fruit juices and a Smokey character


Perfect with hard cheese or a rich beef stew

£10.99

Buy 2 bottles save £8

£6.99


New Offers Hurry they end on the 18th of NovemberDate published: 06/11/13

Amazing offers now in store!

Vieux Remparts, Lussac St Emillion £10.99 buy 2 save £8 now £6.99

Bourgogne Chardonnay 'Les Chenaudieres' Cave de Lugny £8.99 buy 2 save £4 now £6.99

Cote du Rhone E. Guigal £9.99 buy 2 save 20% now £7.99

Pinot Grigio Breganze £8.99 buy 2 save £6 now £5.99

Prosecco Corte Alta £10.49 buy 2 save 1/3 now £6.99

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta £10.49 buy 2 save 1/3 now £6.99

Heidsieck Gold Top NV £25.50 buy 2 save 33.3% now £16.99

Hurry ends 18th of November

Getting to know your Sherries.. Date published: 25/10/13

Pedro's “Almacenista Selection”

We have open Pedro's four Sherries here in Northallerton for you lovely customers to come and try. All with their own qualities and flavours, they are well worth a trip in to store. Here is a bit of information about how Sherry is made, and how the different Sherries vary. 

Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near the town of Jerez in Spain. Sherry has a warm Mediterranean and very sunny climate, and being a coastal region, the annual rainfall is high.

There are three grape varieties permitted in Jerez. Palomino used to make dry sherry. The other two varieties are Pedro Ximenez (PX) and Muscat of Alexandria, used to make sweet sherry.

The fortification and maturation of dry sherry is a complex process. Nowadays, most producers ferment their wine in large stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 20-25°C. The yeast converts most of the sugars to alcohol in the first 7 days, and it is left to ferment slowly for up to 12 weeks. The resulting wine is 11-12% abv and is very dry. The wine is then racked of its lees and left in large unsealed tanks in order to allow flor to form. Several different strains of yeast form a thick layer on the surface of the wine and feed off the alcohol to produce Carbon dioxide and acetaldehyde, and it is this that gives Sherries their unique flavour. The wines are then fortified and transferred to oak barrels, where they are allowed to rest for a few months. The final stage is that of maturation, and Sherry is famous for its solera system. This system is made up of a number of groups of butts, which hold wines of different ages.

Wine for bottling or blending is taken out of the bottom level. It is not fully emptied, and each level is replenished with a younger wine. All this blending means it is only possible to talk about the average age of a wine in a solera system, and it ensures that the end product is the same style and quality every time.

There are several different styles of dry Sherry, Finos are pale lemon wines that have a pronounced aroma of almond and herbs. The flavours are sometimes referred to as tangy or salty. Olorosos are deep brown wines dominated by oxidative aromas such as toffee and leather. They can develop very intense savoury notes that is balanced by a small amount of sweetness from added PX. Amontillados are amber or brown wines that are yeasty and oxidative. They can be matured for as long as Oloroso. Palo Cortados are especially rare and are considered to be among the finest Sherries made: they are highest quality and sell for premium prices. They are described as having the finesse and character of an Amontillado and the weight of an Oloroso.

Pedro's Selection are a fine example of each type described above.

The Fino is bone dry, with yeasty components and almond & fresh apple notes, which leave a fresh and pleasant aftertaste. An excellent match for all types of tapas.

The Oloroso is a traditionally aged Sherry, with warm, rounded aromas and complexity. It has intense aromas of toasted walnuts and toffee, with a profound palate. The perfect accompaniment to red meat and game.

The Amontillado has a subtle and delicate bouquet, with hazelnut and yeast on the nose. It has a smooth palate and would go really well with hard cheeses such as Manchego or Cheddar.

And finally, the Palo Cortado is most sought after by the wine connoisseur. It is pungent on the nose, yet soft and round on the finish. Will go very well with smoked meat, hard cheese, nuts and dried fruits.

We have all four open to try from this weekend, so come on in and try them all for yourselves! 


The Autumn Magic of Fine Wine... Amarone NegrarDate published: 25/10/13

Amarone Negrar

£23 (Buy 2 save £10)

£18

Amarone is one of the iconic red wines from Italy, from the Veneto region in the North-West. It is a blend of three grapes: Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. The grapes are harvested and dried for around 120 days on straw mats, where they lose around third of their weight through evaporation: this concentrates all the flavours.

This wine is very rich, with aromas of chocolate, cinnamon, cooking spices and sweet fruits. It is thickly textured with soft tannins and a powerful finish.

It can be enjoyed now or aged for up to 5 years.

An excellent match for game, tomato based sauces, or even better with your Christmas pudding! 


Wine of the Week Date published: 23/10/13

Caixas Godello 2012, Martin Codax

£9.99 (Buy two Spanish wines and save 20%)

£7.99

Godello is grown throughout the North West of Spain and was traditionally used in blends. However, it is gaining increasing recognition as a quality varietal in its own right and with this example, you can see why! All the grapes are hand picked and carefully managed at the winery and the wine undergoes a small amount of lees ageing.

The nose is subtle but has pears and melon coming through. On the pallet, pears and melon are joined by zesty lemon and a floral hint. The body is slightly fuller than you might expect but with nicely balanced acidity.

It is the ideal partner to sardines from the barbecue or most types of seafood. If they are not to hand then simply enjoy it as an aperitif.


Autumn Magic of Fine Wine Château Senejac, Cru BourgeoisDate published: 18/10/13

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Autumn Magic of Fine Wine

Château Senejac, Cru Bourgeois

The wines from the Médoc, on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon based, with Cabernet Franc and Merlot in lesser quantities, giving the wines a perfume and structure.

Senejac was granted 'Cru Bourgeois' status in the 1933 classification. The Château dates to 1860 and is situated in a large woodland in the commune of Le Pain Médoc, where only 39 of the 150 hectares are dedicated to vines.

The 2010 was an ideal vintage; the wines have ripe fruit and soft tannins for immediate enjoyment along with intensity and concentration for prolonged ageing. Perfumed black currant, cigar box, blueberry and plum skin aromas, medium bodied with vibrant dark fruit flavours, a rich texture and long finish.

Roast lamb with rosemary and mint sauce.

£23 buy 2 save £10

£18 


Wine of the Week Callia MalbecDate published: 11/10/13

Callia Bella Malbec 2012 San Juan



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



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



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

£8.99

Buy 2 bottles save £6

£5.99

Come instore and try it today

Autumn Magic of Fine Wine 'Angels' Share' Shiraz 2012 Two Hands, McLaren ValeDate published: 10/10/13

Australian Shiraz style is typified by black pepper spices with black fruit and berry aromas and flavours, resulting in a more fruity style.

Two Hands was established in 1999.The first vintage was in 2000, and over the years the winery built up a reputation as producing beautifully crafted, expressive Shiraz.

All the wines in the Two Hands range have playful names such as Angel's Share and Gnarly Dudes. Angel's Share relates to the wine 'drunk by angels' during evaporation.

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

Enjoy now or keep for up to 10years.

£23.00

Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10

£18.00

Open to Taste Friday the 11th of October to Saturday 12th of October

New Sherry Range!Date published: 07/10/13

New - Pedro’s Almacenista Selection.

Exclusive to Majestic!

Our new sherry range has arrived this week and is well worth a look. The range consists of Pedro’s Fino £8.99, Pedro’s Amontillado £9.99, Pedro’s Olorosso £11.99 and Pedro’s Palo Cortado £14.99. The sherries come from small, boutique, family-owned cellars (called Almacenista's in Jerez) and carry a greater degree of weight and complexity than you will find in more mainstream sherry at similar prices. 20% of the Fino blend is from an aged Fino Solera (average age around 15-20 years), which gives it impressive extra depth. It is a different proposition from the clean and lean styles of Fino such as Tio Pepe, though it should still be served cool. Pedro Dauthieu is a local man who helped us bring the whole concept together and he proved such an invaluable asset we decided to name the range after him. Pedro knows everyone in Jerez. He is a one-man sherry institution with contacts in every bodega, bar and restaurant in the city. He opened doors on family bodegas that could have easily remained closed. The labels are a selection of vintage posters from the September Jerez festival, taken from the 50's and 60's; they are as authentic as the wine inside. It was not straightforward getting permission to use the labels from the Consejo di Regulador, but as usual our man Pedro knew the right man who was able to make it happen!

Wine of the Week Date published: 05/10/13

Duiker Shiraz Cinsault 2011 Swartland

£9.99

(Buy 2 South African wines save 20%)

£7.99

It's South African Tasting Week this week, and we've chosen this Duiker red as our wine of the week. Described in the press as "A dark-hearted Cape meets Côtes du Rhône blend with fine fresh acidity." (Anthony Rose, The Independent, 16th March 2013), this wine is unusual and interesting: pop in this week and give it a try if you're looking for something different. 

GRAPES: Mourvedre, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault, Viogner

ORIGIN: This wine comes from a farm called Kalmoesfontein, located in the Paardberg, owned by winemaker Adi Badenhorst.

TASTE: The Shiraz component forms the wine's backbone, providing red berry fruits and hints of white pepper. The rest of the blend provides complex floral and herbal aromatics, and deep tannins.

ENJOY WITH: Spicy BBQ pork ribs.


The Autumn Magic of Fine WineDate published: 04/10/13

Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaume 2012 Seguinot-Bordet

£24.00

(Buy 2 selected fine wines and save £10)

£19.00

It's Fine Wine Friday here in Northallerton and we've just opened a bottle of Fourchaume. 

INTRODUCTION: All over the New World wines have been made and labelled as Chablis, but very few ever come close to the original. The concept of Terrior, or specific attributes of geography, topography soil and climate have a significant impact on the character and style of the wines of Chablis. After Champagne and Alsace, Chablis is the most northerly wine making region in France, the cooler temperatures results in fresher and lighter bodied wines than the regions further south. The cooler climate and Kimmeridge clay soils and chalk sub-soils extend through Chablis and the Loire Valley to the White Cliffs of Dover results in a unique expression of Chardonnay. The Romans introduced vines to the region in the first century AD, but the fame and desirability of Chablis stems from the 15th and 16th Century; the proximity to Paris and ease of transporting barrels via the Yonne River led to sales of Chablis flourishing. Amongst the longest lived of White Burgundies, Chablis can age for decades in the case of the Grand Cru wines. The Chablis style of Chardonnay is characterised by vibrant green apple acidity, flinty and mineral aromas with floral undertones.

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

TASTING NOTE: Powerful aromas of white florals, wet river stones, gun flint, and green apple leads to a body of fresh and racy vibrancy, minerality and ripe citrus fruits.

FOOD MATCH: Oysters in the half shell, seared scallops or king prawns in a chili sauce.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 30/09/13

Wine of the Week!

DMZ Chardonnay 2012 De Morgenzon, Stellenbosch

£10.99

Buy any 2 South African wines save 20%

£8.79

From a mix of De Morgenzon's estate-grown grapes and grapes sourced from several other local vineyards, this Chardonnay is made using only the free-run juice, partially fermented in French oak, and aged in barrel for 10 months on its lees.

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

Drink now, or keep for 2-3 years to see further development in bottle.

We are still open!Date published: 28/09/13

We have heard through the grapevine that some people think we are moving out. 

We are having the floor resealed and are still open to all.

Pop in and see our shiny new floor and taste some delicious wines.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

nal@majestic.co.uk

01609 770679

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon BlancDate published: 27/09/13

 2012 Marlborough
 
Saint Clair Family Estate is rapidly becoming one of the most reputed wineries in Marlborough, despite producing their first wines as recently as 1994. The Pioneer Block wines are sourced from outstanding parcels of fruit, identified by chief winemaker Matt Thomson.
Intensity of fruit, with pungent aromas of gooseberry, lychee  and passion fruit, with  herbaceous characters, underlying minerality and a long, lingering finish.

£19.99Buy 2 bottles save £8

£15.99

AVAILABLE TO TASTE TODAY!

If you like Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc we think you will like this.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 24/09/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Rioja Reserva 2008 Lagunilla

£10.99

Special offer at £8.74

(Buy 2 Spanish Wines save 25%)

£6.55

Grapes: Grenache, Tempranillo

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

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

Partner with roast shoulder of lamb, or any number of game dishes.


The Autumn Magic of Fine WineDate published: 21/09/13

Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2010, Martinborough

£23 (Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £10)

£18

Grape: Pinot Noir

We've cracked open Coney's Pinot Noir here in Northallerton and we really recommend that you pop in to try it! Some lovely flavours and very approachable, this wine can be enjoyed in its youth, or over the next five years.

Facts: Martinborough was formally a service town for the sheep farms in the Wairarapa, before being identified by studies in the 1970s as ideal for quality grape growing.

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.

Taste: A fruity aroma of predominantly black cherries with sweet spice, vanilla and smoky overtones, this Pinot has a vibrant body, soft tannins and a long savoury finish.

Food Match: Pinot Noir is a great match for many varied foods, but is at its best when matched with roasted game, or wild mushroom risotto. 


Wine of the Week: Conde de San Cristobal Date published: 19/09/13


The 80-hectare Conde de San Cristobal estate is the 'daughter bodega' of Marques de Vargas. Its wines are made using traditional techniques, but combine native and international grape varieties, in the modern signature style of Ribera del Duero.


A rich, generous yet elegant wine, displaying intense flavours of ripe blackcurrant and summer fruits, accented with hints of exotic spice. Plush and silky, with a long, involving finish.


Enjoy with roasted lamb shanks.

£17.49 

buy 2 save 20%

£13.99

25% off South Africa!Date published: 18/09/13

We now have an extra 5% off South African wines taking the total discount up to 25% off any mix of the country. 

Here are a few

ROBERTSON WINERY SAUVIGNON was £6.99 now £5.24
ROBERTSON CABERNET SAUVIGNON was £7.49 now  £5.61
ROBERTSON CHENIN was £6.99 now £5.24
ONDINE SAUVIGNON was £7.49 now £5.61
BOSCHENDAL SAUVIGNON was £8.74 now £6.55
BARISTA PINOTAGE was £9.49 now £7.11
PARCEL SERIES MERLOT was £7.49 now £5.61


Sauvignon Blanc spot light tasting 21st September 12pm and 3pmDate published: 14/09/13

By far one of our most popular tasting events. 


One at 12pm and another at 3pm. Gives you a chance to taste a different range of Sauvignon Blancs from around the world.

Book now to avoid disapointment!

Email: nal@majestic.co.uk

Call: 01609 770679

The Autumn Magic of Fine WineDate published: 12/09/13

This weekend we are opening:-

Beaune Premier Cru Rouge 2008, Louis Jadot
£25.00 (Buy 2 Save £10) £20.00


Pinot Noir is one of the hardest grape varieties to grow, but this Beaune was well worth the effort.

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

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.

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

FOOD MATCH: Pinot Noir is a great match for many varied foods, but is at its best when matched with either roasted game or duck.

In Store Spring CleanDate published: 10/09/13

Here in store we are getting the place ship shape for Christmas. The builders are in making a bit of noise, but we are still open for all you wine, beer and spirit needs.

Why not avoid the noise and place your order on line or over the phone and we will deliver it FREE of charge or if you would prefer you can collect it from us.

Please don't hesitate to contact us we will do our best to help you where ever we can.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

New beers to tryDate published: 08/09/13

If you come into the store this week you'll see it isn't just wines we do well. If you like your Craft Beers I'd strongly recommend you try two new arrivals we have available to taste.

First up from across the pond we have Underdog Atlantic Lager from The Flying Dog Brewery in Maryland, a light premium IPA brewed with rye and wheat.

After that why not move closer to home with the Curious Brew IPA from Chapel Down in Kent, a powerful but hoppy Indian Pale Ale.

Saturday Kitchen 07/09 Alamos ChardonnayDate published: 07/09/13

Today's Saturday Kitchen Alamos Chardonnay 2012 was chosen by Olly Smith to go with the Heaven and Hell dish (Chicken Chasseur or Broccoli and Cheese Gratin)

The Heaven and Hell dish is for celebrity guest Antonio Banderas.

Need wine for your business??Date published: 07/09/13

Are you looking for a new drinks supplier for your business? Bar, club or resturant we supply to everyone!

What we offer:

~ A wide range of commercial only wines

~ Competative prices

~ Knowegable staff

~ Free and flexible delivery 7 days a week

~ You personal account manager

~ Staff training with food and wine advice

and much much more...


Contact us on 01609 770679 or nal@majestic.co.uk for more detail


Saturday sparkling Lindauer Blanc de BlancDate published: 07/09/13

As Its Chardonnay tasting week we thought we would open the Lindauer Blanc de Blanc.

Yes you guessed it the grapes used to make this amazing fizz is Chardonnay!

Pop in and enjoy a glass!

Wine of the Week Paul Mas Chardonnay Date published: 07/09/13

Paul Mas Chardonnay

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

A bright golden wine, offering aromas of pineapple, quince, hazelnuts and subtle toasted bread notes. Soft and smooth on the palate.

A great all-rounder, partnering anything from fish and seafood, to light blue cheeses and rich terrine's.

£7.99

Buy 2 bottles save £4

£5.99

Shattering the flavourless Pinot Grigio Myth! Jermann Pinot GrigioDate published: 05/09/13

Fine wine

Jermann Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio has a reputation for being a light or even a tasteless wine. Why not try the Fine Wine Jermann Pinot Grigio and shatter the stereo type.

Silvio Jermann has reinvented the Pinot Grigio and brought it back to life. With over 150 hectares in his estate Silvio has 130 dedicated to grapes and the remaining 20 dedicated to seed and horticultural crops, the vineyards have organ pipes installed that 'play' a haunting music when the wind blows.

A new cellar was inaugurated on 07/07/07, marrying technical innovation and tradition, with oak barrels providing a link to the past.

The Jermann has intense citrus flavors with a peachy nose. Hints of spice lead to a fuller body and rich fruit texture. A far cry from the traditional Italian Pinot Grigio.

Ideal partner with seafood and creamy pasta dishes.

Buy any 2 of our selected fine wines and save £10

£23.00

Buy any 2 selected Fine Wines save £10

£18.00


Chardonnay Spot light tasting Saturday 7th September.Date published: 05/09/13

We still have spaces on our 12pm and 3pm Chardonnay tasting.

Try 6 different Chardonnay's from all over the world.

Call on 01609 770679 or email nal@majestic.co.uk to reserve your place.

Wine of the Week: Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 Viña EguíaDate published: 27/08/13

Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 Viña Eguía

£12.99 (or buy 2 save £6)

£9.99



This Gran Reserva Rioja is produced by the Viña Eguía vineyards from Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion. Their company motto is La Verdad y nada más que la verdad, the truth and nothing but the truth. They aim to create elegant wines with traditional Rioja character.


As a Gran Reserva this wine is aged 24 months in American and French oak barrels and a minimum of 3 years in bottle before it is released.


To taste...

A cherry red colour with an orange rim. There are complex aromas and flavours of ripe red fruit and candied fruit like raisin and prune. These are complemented by leather, spice and vanilla. And a long velvety finish.


A good match for lamb stew or manchego cheese.

Planning a Party?Date published: 23/08/13


Here at Majestic Northallerton we know how stressful planning an event can be, whether it be a christening, a birthday, a wedding or just a get-together we are here to help.

We can advise on which wines to choose to suit your budget, champagne or sparkling?, how many bottles you may need as well as provide free glass and chiller bin loans (deposit required).

We always have wines open to taste, so you may be able to sample before buying. Also, we can offer sale or return to ensure you have enough for your guests.

And finally - we can deliver it for FREE at a suitable time to yourself.

So, please don't hesitate to phone 01609 770679, email on nal@majestic.co.uk or come into the store and ask any of the team, we would be happy to help!


Moet & Chandon NVDate published: 22/08/13

We have a great short-term deal on Moet & Chandon Brut NV at £27.50 until Monday 2nd September... Get it while it lasts!

If you would like to reserve any just give us a call on 01609 770679 or email us at nal@majestic.co.uk

Wine of the Week: Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2010 La CasettaDate published: 21/08/13

Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2010 La Casetta

£16.99 or buy 2 Italian and save 25%

£12.73


The Casetta is produced in the small villages surrounding Lake Garda in North East Italy. It is made specifically from grapes grown within the traditional classico vineyard area of the Valpolicella, the 'Valley of Many Cellars'.The blend includes Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara, which are indigenous red-wine grape varieties grown in the Veneto region.


Ripasso wines have the fermented, dried-skins from Amarone added to them, which adds greater complexity and structure than regular Valpolicella. It therefore combines the power and class of the Amarone with the bright fruit of the classic Valpolicella.



To taste...

The Casetta is rich, intense and velvety with a deep purple colour. Jammy and dried fruit flavours of plum and cherry are accompanied by hints of vanilla.

A great partner to rich meat and game dishes or mature cheese.

wine of the Week: Torres Viña Esmeralda 2012Date published: 14/08/13

Torres Viña Esmeralda 2012

£8.99 or buy 2 save £4

£6.99

The Esmeralda is a medium-dry white made from an unusual and interesting blend of Moscatel and Gewürztraminer. It takes its name from the emerald colour of the Mediterranean sea. Produced by the popular and well established Torres family estate, which was founded in 1870. The Torres vineyards are situated in Catalunya in North East Spain.

To taste...

Aromas of pear, honeysuckle and sweet spice. A rich and surprising palate with tropical fruit flavours such as passion fruit and banana accompanied by an aromatic spiciness of cinnamon, cloves and vanilla.

The Esmeralda is a refreshing alternative to very dry wines like Sauvignon Blanc which also contain plenty of powerful fruit flavour.

An ideal partner to seafood dishes.

Vina Ardanza Magnums!Date published: 10/08/13

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


Lay and WheelerDate published: 09/08/13

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With a wealth of experience in the industry, an impressive array of qualifications and a huge amount of passion for fine wine. Every member of staff oozes enthusiasm and passion and this shows through their large portfolio of customers and wine selections.

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Their expert buying team sources fine wines from the very best producers in France, Spain, Italy, Germany and the new world. Tasting wines from around the world they ensure that they not only have some of the top wines, but also some of the most interesting.

Buying fine wine & storing in bond

Buying wine when it is young and cellaring it correctly brings many benefits to the appreciation of the fine wine. While most wines can be enjoyed in their youth, many fine wines benefit from being aged in bottle, developing additional levels of depth, complexity and interest.

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Buying for Business?Date published: 09/08/13

Here at Majestic we are not satisfied with being an award winning retailer, we supply award winning wines to the trade as well. Whether you’re running a restaurant, hotel, pub, bar or any other venue with drink and catering requirements we can help you. Our wines are exclusive to our trade customers.

If your spend is in excess of £12k we offer dedicated account management who not only put together a competitive package of wines across all price points, they will offer help and guidance throughout the year. This includes our confidence in wine training for your staff to help with sales success. We also offer a bespoke wine list production service.

On top of this, your supply of wines will be carried out by your local Majestic store which gives you both a local and more personalised point of contact. It also means we can get deliveries to you at short notice and and at times and days to suit you. Account facilities are available.

If you would like to find out more contact us at the store.


Find out first!Date published: 08/08/13


Want to know when your favourite wine is on offer? Want to be the first to know about FREE wine tastings? Email us at nal@majestic.co.uk and we'll keep you up to date!


Upcoming tasting eventsDate published: 07/08/13

Free Spotlight Tastings – 6 wines in 30 minutes. Spotlight on Spain… or Sauvignon… or Chardonnay – we hold regular focused tastings where we compare and contrast different wines from the same area or grape. Check out our events page to see what we have coming up this September.

Free Wine Course – A 90 minute introduction to wine. Learn about the basics of wine - how it’s made, what it goes with, how to taste it and how to find what you like. There is a course on 22nd August and plenty more dates will be announced this autumn.


Free Seasonal Tasting – At least a dozen wines open for you to try. Twice a year, we stay open for large, informal evenings, tasting the most exciting new wines we have in store. Look out in early November for our pre Chritmas tasting.

And don't forget, we have wines open all day every day for you to try in store. Come and explore!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 07/08/13

Campofiorin

2009

Masi

£12.49 or buy any two Italian wines and save 20%

£9.99

The Boscaini family have owned and run Masi for six generations, and are one of Veneto's most well established producers. This wine is made by fermenting fresh grapes, then re-fermenting the wine along with some partially dried grapes, to create rich and complex flavours. The grapes are dried in 14 attics around the vineyard before being added to the wines in a technique dating back to the Romans.

The benefit of this is clear to see with dark ruby red and subtle violet tinges. The aromas are predominantly of ripe cherries, with nuances of vanilla and cinnamon. The taste is rich and mouth-filling, with soft tannins and a velvety, savoury finish.

Drink with a selection of matured cheeses, black olives and Parma ham. Or try it with grilled lamb chops.


Saturday Kitchen - 03/08Date published: 03/08/13


For this weekend's show, Saturday Kitchen filmed in our Weston-super-Mare store.  Susy Atkins was filmed recommending Yali Reserva Viognier 2012, £8.74 or buy any two Chilean save 20% = £6.99

Fine Wine of the Month: Château Guillot 2002 PomerolDate published: 02/08/13

Fine Wine of the Month

Château Guillot 2002 Pomerol

£24.00

Buy 2 selected Fine Wines save £8

£20.00

A classic Merlot led blend with Cabernet Franc.


Located on the upper part of the Pomerol terrace, Château Guillot is a near neighbour of the more prestigious estates of Le Pin and Trotanoy, and shares a similar climate and soil type. The estate has been owned and managed by generations of the same family since 1937.

To taste...

soft and plummy with subtle tannins and hints of toasty oak and spice. The ideal match for braised beef.

Staff FavouritesDate published: 02/08/13

Here are a few of our favourites from around the store that we have tried recently. Check out the staff favourites section behind the counter when you're next in. We keep it up to date with our favourites and some of the more intesting wines we stock. Come and explore!

Benegas Malbec 2011 , Mendoza - This wine balances the powerful style typical of Mendoza Malbec with the finesse of a European wine. Lots of dark cherry, blackberry and oaky spice, with a long and pure finish.The complexity, purity and power of this wine deserve a special dish, so drink with fillet steak with pepper sauce, or beef Wellington. £17.99 or buy 2 save £8, £13.99


Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2012 Barossa Valley - Spicy dark berried fruits and a savoury, meaty plum fragrance. A juicy core of impressive density on the palate, showing savoury and earthy texture and a long, smooth, fine-grained finish. A good alternative to Châteauneuf-du-Pape and a brilliant partner to spare ribs. £13.74 or buy 2 save 20%, £10.99

Chablis 'La Collégiale' 2011 Laroche - Pale golden colour and a youthful citrus nose with spring blossom nuances. The palate is fresh and harmonious, with nicely focused fruit character and a lingering stony texture on the finish. Enjoy with freshly prepared sushi, or a salad of prawns and watercress. £13.99 or buy 2 save £4, £11.99

Fairbourne Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough - Intense yet with a slightly reserved character, this well-balanced Sauvignon possesses an elegance and minerality normally only achieved by the top Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé estates. Drink early to preserve the beautiful freshness of the wine, and match with smoked salmon, melon or cured hams. £17.49 or buy 2 save 20%, £13.99

Château Barthès Rosé 2012 Bandol - A classic Provence rosé, exhibiting aromas of fresh red berries, pears and hints of floral perfume. Lithe and supple on the palate, finishing with a subtle hint of liquorice and surprising grip. Try with a seared tuna steak served with fresh green vegetables.  £11.99 or buy 2 save £4, £9.99

Château Sainte Marguerite 2012 Côtes de Provence Rosé - This organic Grande Resérve displays fresh red berry fruits and delightful floral aromas. A slight floral character is also present on the palate. Light and refreshing, this wine is ideal served with appetizers or dessert. Serve chilled. £12.99 or buy 2 save £2, £11.99



Copper Dragon Bottled AlesDate published: 01/08/13

Golden Pippin is a light refreshing blond ale made using a new variety of hop creating a citrus fruit flavour. Originally a seasonal ale, it is so popular the beer is brewed all year round. 4.2%

Best Bitter is a refreshing amber coloured best bitter with a well balanced malty, hoppy aroma. An excellent mid-gravity session ale brewed to suit the discerning palate. 4.0%

Brewers Choice is a premium ale brewed to revivie flavours enjoyed by our Victorian ancesters. Full bodied and fruity with a subtle hoppy undertone. 4.8%

Black Gold is created from restored brewing records from the 1800's. The use of traditional coloured and roasted malts give a unique rich and lucious flavour. 4.0%

IPA is brewed using only the best English malt and hops. It is an incredibly full bodied beer packed with flavour and has the all year round appeal of a classic IPA.

8 packs are available for £18 or reduced to £16 per case when you buy any two packs of ale. (Brewers choice £18.80 and £16.80)


Subject to availability, prices correct on 31/07/13



Fine Wine WeekendDate published: 31/07/13

Pop in to the store on Saturday 3rd or Sunday 4th and try the Chateau Guillot Pomerol '02. It is part of our fine wine offer of buy any two selected fine wines and save £8 so there is plenty more to choose from to go with it. Fine wine at House wine prices!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 31/07/13

Vernaccia di San Gimignano

2012

A. Passoni

£11.99 or buy any two Italian and save 20%

£9.59

With over 1,000 different grape varieties, vineyards stretching from the Alps to the Sicilian Med and and a quality tiering system it is no wonder Italian wine can be daunting. It is easy to stick to the famous names but if you look beyond the crowd a new wave of wines are coming. Quality focused wine makers are improving techniques and raising standards to bring us wines made from Pecorino, Greco and Falanghina. This Vernaccia is from Tuscany, the San Gimignano DOCG, a more familiar name but well worth revisiting.

Plenty of fruit on the nose, citrus, apples and a nutty element. The palate has vibrant acidity with green fruit and a nice balance of lemony acidity. A rich almond finish gives a great contrast. Classic, well structured Vernaccia.

This is a wine to match with light summer salads with poultry. Try it with barbecued or grilled white fish or simply kick back in the sunshine and enjoy!


It's not just Wine you Know!Date published: 29/07/13

Whilst we are passionate about our wines here at Majestic we also have a few other bits and pieces to offer. We have a wide range of beers and lagers from all over the world. This includes Copper Dragon brewed just down the road in Skipton and Black Sheep from Masham.

We also have a number of spirits from top Scottish malts to English, Russian and Polish vodka. There is a wide range of Gins and Fever Tree tonic makes the perfect partner.

Soft drinks are covered too with San Pelegrino water, Strathmore available in glass and plastic bottles plus Belvoir Presses in various flavours and San Pelegrino Aranciata and Limonata cans.

Come and Explore!

Majestic WeddingsDate published: 27/07/13

We know how stressful planning your big day can be, but we're here to help you every step of the way! From matching our wines with your menu to delivering them to the venue (for free!) let us take the stress out of organising everything and get another job ticked off your never ending list!

Here are just some of the services we offer:

- Sale or return; make sure you don't run out on the big day by bringing back any unused wines

-Free glass, chiller bin and ice bucket hire (refundable deposit taken) and we sell ice

- Free flexible delivery to your chosen venue

-Expert staff to recommend wines matching your menu and budget and a guide to amounts to buy

- Wines open to taste all day every day

With wines starting at just £4.99, Prosecco starting at £6.99 and Champagne starting at £16 you're sure to be able to pick some fantastic little gems, whatever your budget

For more information pop in and see us in store, call us on 01609 770679, tweet us @majesticnthall, or email us on nal@majestic.co.uk

majestic.co.uk/weddings


Get tasting notes with all your wines!Date published: 26/07/13

We can provide the tasting notes for all your wines at the till. Whether you want to impress your friends, run a tasting or learn a little bit more about each wine you try then our concise notes offer a few details about where the wine comes from and what it should taste like. Come and explore!

Sparkling Saturday: Codorníu Rosado NVDate published: 20/07/13

Sparkling Saturday

Codorníu Rosado NV

£8.99 or buy 2 save £4

£6.99

A light and refreshing summer sparkling. From the pioneer of Cava Codorniu.

It has a delicate pink hue from the red Monastrell grape which is blended with the traditional Cava varieties of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo.

To taste...

Refreshing citrus flavours with hints of strawberry.

The ideal aperitif for a summer party!

The Third and Final Part of My Trip to PennautierDate published: 19/07/13

Day 3:

Our final day in the Languedoc was spent touring the Medieval Cite de Carcassonne, which is located on a hill top across the river from downtown Carcassonne. This imposing fortress is still home to a small community and there are shops, cafes, restaurants, a hotel, a church and even a school. The views of Carcasonne and the surrounding landscape are spectacular. Not only is the Cite one of the biggest tourist attractions in France and a UNESCO world heritage site it is also home to Carcassonnes' annual music festival. This festival seems to cater for all musical tastes with artists ranging from Elton John to the Arctic Monkeys to classical composers. With the main events taking place in the amphitheater in the castle's grounds.

We stop to have a coffee in the main square of the Cite, which is filled with cafes, restaurants and tourists snapping away with their cameras. We then tour the castle within the castle. Our resident history buff Tom informs us of the Castle's past battles including how during the 100 Years War Edward the Black Prince failed to take the Cite. This is no surprise due to the Cite's imposing position and invincible structure, it seems a fairly unbeatable stronghold.

After our tour there is just enough time for a quick sandwich before we leave for the airport. We are all now more confident with remembering our GCSE French and can comfortable ask for jambon and fromage! Success!

So we arrive back in England to rain. Typical! At least we'd have the wine to cheer us up and remind us what the sunshine is like.

Wine of the Week: Septimo Dia 2011, Mendoza, MalbecDate published: 17/07/13

Septimo Dia

2011, Mendoza

Malbec

£9.99 or buy two and save £4

£7.99

Septimo Dia means seventh day and is a collection of hand picked parcels of fruit from some of the top vineyards in the Gualtayary district of Uco Valley. Uco Valley is one of the finest sub regions in Mendoza and lies to the North. The vineyards are all sloped but have varied soils of rock and sand formed with sediment from the Las Tunas river basin and other streams in the foothills. The vineyards are also spread across various altitudes ranging from 1,200m to 1,500m allowing the winemakers to blend to their desired style.

The Septimo Dia is a rich and full bodied deep purple Malbec. Full of powerful and intense fruit flavours of cherry and plum with hints of chocolate and spice.

It would be the perfect accompaniment to slow roasted lamb. If you like this then look out for the Septimo chardonnay on the same offer.

Enjoy!

Trip to Chateau Pennautier: Part 2Date published: 12/07/13

In the morning we visited the estate of Borie Blanche in Minervois and toured the winery here. It's an old sight which once was home to a small community of people who worked on the vineyards. This was common at the turn of the last century when there was huge wine production in the region. In some of the larger vineyards these communities even had their own schools. In the winery we got to see how individual varietals were fermented and matured in both oak and steal containers with a range of modern techniques used in production.

We then traveled to the remote estate of Chateau de Ciffre which straddles both the Faugeres and Saint Chinian appellations. This was a really beautiful estate surrounding the Moulin de Ciffre, an old windmill which had been converted into a house. We had a BBQ for lunch of local produce and of course some Lorgeril wine. This was followed by a couple of rounds of ping-pong, a tour of the windmill and its breathtaking views, and then on to the vineyards. It was really interesting to see the stark contrast between the appellations which are directly next to each other and yet have completely different terroirs. This was described by Lorgeril as a 'unique geological crossroads' as the schist of Saint Chinian transforms into the clay and limestone of Faugeres almost instantly. In the afternoon we cooled down back at the windmill and tasted the Chateau de Ciffre range with some local cheese. The Ciffre wines were quite full bodied, with plenty of fruit and savoury almost rustic qualities, which were perfectly balanced with the cheeses.

Later that afternoon we toured the nearby city of Narbonne. The city is famous for its canal and indoor market and is currently undergoing a renovation. We walked along the bank of the canal and into the center to visit the town hall and an excavated Roman road. In the evening we went to Carcassonne for dinner to a small restaurant in the downtown part of the city. Again the food was classic French and delicious. I had foie gras (when in Rome) followed by salmon and creamy rice and accompanied by a light Rose. We then went for a quite drink in one of the bars in a nearby square, which Frank reliably informed us would be transformed in a matter of weeks when the busy summer season starts and the nightlife in Carcassonne really kicks off. Sitting in the cool night air drinking a refreshing beer was the perfect way to end a perfect day!


The final addition of my trip still to come...

Wine of the WeekDate published: 11/07/13

Septimo Dia

2011, Mendoza

Chardonnay

£9.99 or buy two and save £4

£7.99

Septimo Dia means seventh day and is a collection of hand picked parcels of fruit from some of the top vineyards in the Gualtayary district of Uco Valley. Uco Valley is one of the finest sub regions in Mendoza and lies to the North. The vineyards are all sloped but have varied soils of rock and sand formed with sediment from the Las Tunas river basin and other streams in the foothills. The vineyards are also spread across various altitudes ranging from 1,200m to 1,500m allowing the winemakers to blend to their desired style.

The Septimo Dia is lightly oaked giving a nice balance of green apple and tropical fruit flavours along with delicate toast and vanilla. This is supported by youthful, fresh acidity.

This is an ideal match to creamy pasta or chicken dishes. It will be equally at home with homemade fish pie. If you like this then look out for the Septimo Malbec on the same offer.

Enjoy!

Fine Wine of the Month: Jermann Pinot Grigio 2012 FriuliDate published: 06/07/13

Fine Wine of the Month

Jermann Pinot Grigio 2012 Friuli
£22 or buy any two fine wines and save £8

£18


A superior and elegant expression of the well known and popular Pinot Grigio varietal. Produced by the Jermann family run estate, which was founded in 1881. Silvio Jermann took over the wine-making in the 1970s and has endeavored to make premium wines from the most typical grape varieties of the region of Friuli in the North Eastern corner of Italy. Due to the slightly cooler climate in the north wines produced in this area often have a fresh style with an intensity of fruit.


To taste...

A bold straw-yellow in colour. Intense aromas of citrus and stone fruit with floral hints. Rich flavours of melon, apricot and honey with a nutty finish. Elegant and well balanced with a velvety texture. The Jermann would be the perfect accompaniment to a creamy seafood risotto.

Trip to Chateau Pennautier with Vignoble Lorgeril Date published: 05/07/13

I have just returned from a fantastic trip to the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southern France visiting the Lorgeril vineyards. I can't think of a better way to spend three days than touring vineyards in glorious sunshine, tasting some of Lorgeril's beautiful wines, and experiencing the delights of the region and its rich history and culture.

Here is a travel diary of my trip:

Day 1:

We arrived at the airport in Carcassone at Lunchtime and met our friendly host Frank. We then went to Pennautier's restaurant for lunch, which was delicious. It was duck and melon salads with Pennautier rosé all round for starters, followed by more meaty mains and a light red the La Galine Minervois. We then traveled to the Chateau de Pennautier located in the village of Pennautier close to Carcassonne. This magnificent chateau was built in 1620 under the reign of Louis XIII who stayed in the chateau as a young boy and left behind his travel furniture, which is now a historic monument. The building and grounds were also remodeled by the architect and the landscaper who designed Versailles. As you can imagine it was an impressive building with luxurious furnishings, paintings, artifacts and gardens. None of us could believe our luck staying in such a grand place. The chateau is also used for weddings and other events as well as being a popular tourist attraction.

In the afternoon we toured the Pennautier vineyards which are located in the Cabardes region of the Languedoc. Here both Mediterranean and traditional Bordeaux varieties are grown and blended together in their wines. The Cabardes region is on the western side of the Languedoc and is also close to the Mediterranean sea and the Pyrenees mountains where the climate and terroir suits both types. The area benefits from the Mediterranean heat (and it was gorgeous and sunny whilst we were there) and cooling mountain air and Atlantic wind (which was certainly refreshing for us Brits not used to 'summer' temperatures). Mediterranean varieties like Grenache are grown at the top of the vineyard's hills to make the most of the heat and sunshine. Grape varieties which require cooler air such as Viognier are grown on the slopes where they can benefit from the valley's breeze. The aim of Lorgeril is to grow grapes which produce wines with distinct fresh and ripe fruit flavours, particularly in their single varietal wines, such as the Viognier and Cabernet Sauvignon.

In the evening we had a tasting of the full Lorgeril range that Majestic stock with Frank our host and Bernard the chief wine-maker. This was a great opportunity to gain some insight about the production of the wines and how they achieve the finish products. For instance, the slightly unusual way the Borie Blanche is made with 20% of the Syrah (70% of total) undergoing carbonic maceration, which is primarily used in the production of Beaujolais. It then has a fairly long vilification of 20-35 days, is regularly pumped over, and undergoes maloactic fermentation, which is more common in white wine than red. This gives the Borie Blanche great levels of complexity whilst remaining fairly light bodied. It combines both elegant and rustic qualities with dried fruit and cherry flavours, hints of pepper and chocolate with velvety tannins and a long finish.

We end the evening with a meal in the Chateau of scallops in pesto sauce with the Pennautier Viognier and the Marquis Chardonnay. Followed by roast lamb and pollenta cakes with L'Espirit de Pennautier (which unfortunately we don't stock but was excellent). Finally, a fruity dessert with the Chateau's dessert wine, Le Reve, made with Chardonnay grapes and only in years with the correct weather conditions, it was simply delicious!


Part 2 coming soon...


Wine of the WeekDate published: 05/07/13

Chateau Sainte Marguerite

2012

Cotes de Provence

£12.99 or buy two and save £2

£11.99

This south eastern corner of France has been much fought over across the centuries and around 2,500 years ago wine was first produced. It is this history which not only created a heritage sought out by tourists but also introduced a vast number of grape varieties. 13 are permitted but Carignan, Syrah and Grenache are the most common. When you combine the culture, 3,000 hours a year of sunshine and southern French cuisine it is no wonder Provence rose is so popular. It produces 150 million bottles a year-8% of world production!

Chateau Sainte Marguerite started in 1929 and was taken over by the Fayard in 1977. The vineyard is situated near a little seaside village and has an excellent climate and good growing conditions to make serious wines. It is a blend of Grenache and Syrah which are grown organically.

As the warmer weather arrives a rose is perfect not only to kick back and relax with but also a fine match for foods. This wine has a nose of red berries and floral hints. It is light and delicate on the palate with summer fruits but remains dry with structure acidity. It is perfect at a barbecue where it acts as a delicious aperitif and then matches well to pork seasoned with herbs or chili and lime chicken kebabs.

The Top Serves for Tennis!Date published: 03/07/13

This is the two weeks of the year when it seems everybody is mad about Tennis and I am no exception! Aside from the sporting spectacle one of my favourite elements of Wimbledon fortnight is selecting (and drinking) my beverages to accompany watching it on TV.

My first choice would be a nice refreshing lager, preferably British to go with the wave of patriotism which usually goes hand in hand with popular sporting events, this year it has to be Curious Brew which is £17.99 for a case of twelve 330ml bottles. If I feel like a bit of a change from beer however, it has to be Pimm's, an absolute classic, and currently only £13.50 a bottle when you buy two or more.

As the tension creaks up a notch and the matches start to mean more, with only the very best surviving this is when I crack out the Champagne. We have Bollinger Special Cuvee NV (only £30 a bottle when you buy 6) which tends to see me through the smaller celebrations in the quarter and semi finals. However, whilst watching the Final its has to be fizz of class and elegence, out comes the Veuve Clicquot Magnum, at only £70 this is a great way to celebrate whatever the occasion and result!

Enjoy :) ! (Come on Murray)

Summer Stunners, Make an Impression!Date published: 02/07/13

Does Size really matter?

It Does when you are hosting a party or attending one, nothing shows class and says WOW like a Magnum! Be the talking point of your party and leave memories, whilst setting the standard of the evening by having a magnum on your table! We have a great selection of Magnums, ranging from Champagne to Rose! Heres a few to tempt you with:


Champagne Magnums

- Moet Chandon Brut NV = £80

- Veuve Clicquot NV, was £80 NOW = £70

- Canard Duchene NV = £45

or why not try an English Sparkling Wine

- Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2005, was £59.99 NOW = £49.99


Red Magnums

- Rioja Reserva 2007, Marques de Riscal Was £30 NOW = £22

- Rioja Crianza 2008, Marques de Caceres, was £25 NOW = £19.99

- Rioja Reserva 2002, Casa del Comendador, Lagunilla = £17.49

- Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010, Clos de L'Oratoire = £46

- Vinalba Reservado Malbec 2010, Mendoza = £18.99


Rose Magnum

- Aix Rose, 2012 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence = £19.99



Remember: Magnums Count as 2 in your mixed case!!!


(Minimum of 6 bottles with Free Delivery over £40)!






Wines from Loire and Beaujolais TastingDate published: 01/07/13

The elegant, crisp whites of the Loire and the gentle, fruity reds of Beaujolais are terrific summer wines - come and explore from 26th July to 1st August

Wine of the WeekDate published: 27/06/13

The Ned

Pinot Grigio

2012

£9.99 or buy any two New Zealand and save 20%

£7.99


The Ned vineyards were founded in 2003 by former Wither Hills winemaker and creator Brent Marris and has become one of the most sought after of wines from New Zealand. It has numerous awards for their wines. They also have a breeding pair of Karearea Falcons, the only Falcon in New Zealand and are extremely rare. The pair help keep pests at bay, reducing the need for intervention.

This is the Pinot Grigio and has a nose of pear drops, blossom and nectarine. The palate is softer, richer and more tropical in flavour than its European counterpart. Lovely purity of fruit with a smooth finish.


This will taste great alongside all manner of fresh salads and creamy pastas or try with Peking duck rolled pancakes with plum sauce.

In the Pink - Our top 5!Date published: 26/06/13

It's summer so it should be sunny and we should all be sitting out enjoying the evening warmth with a glass of something cool. Ok, so it doesn't always work out like that but there are some delicious roses around that can be enjoyed in all weather all year round. But if the sun does put his hat on be ready!

M de Minuty Provence Rose, Cotes de Provence £9.99 when you buy 2.

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.

AIX Rosé 2012 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 1.5l Magnum £19.99.

Unashamedly vibrant and summery, this Provence rosé is a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit.

Commanderie de Peyrassol Rosé 2012 Côtes de Provence £8.99 when you buy 2.

This dry rosé has a spicy warmth to the fruit, lifted by refreshing acidity and a peachy edge. Notes of strawberry predominate, with background notes of white pepper.

Poggioargentiera Rosato 2012 IGT Toscana £7.99 when you buy 2.

A light and dry rosé, with a delicate mouthfeel and fresh acidity, carrying lush flavours of candied cherry and strawberry.

Alamos Rosé 2012 Mendoza £6.99 when you buy 2

Vibrantly pink, this is a lush and generous rosé, offering gluggable raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, with an added quince-like note. Well balanced acidity provides mouthwatering refreshment.

A selection to suit all palates, but there are plenty more to choose from this summer. Come and explore.



Wine of the Week: Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon BlancDate published: 21/06/13

Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc

2011, Hawke's Bay

£21.25  buy any two New Zealand save 20%

£16.99

The Cape Crest is an unusual and unique blend of New Zealand's signature grape Sauvignon Blanc with Semillon and Sauvignon Gris to add complexity. It is vastly different from the unoaked Sauvignons New Zealand is renowned for and has more interesting layers of concentrated flavour and texture.

Te Mata is a family owned vineyard established in 1896 in Hawke's bay on the North Island. The Cape Crest was developed in 1984 and has gained an international following ever since. The winery's skills and knowledge have gone in to producing this unique style of Sauvignon with handpicked grapes from their sustainable vineyards and barrel fermentation to add the rich toasty flavours.

To taste...

The are aromas of blossom with classic citrus and herbaceous notes. It is slightly more full bodied than you may expect due to the addition of Semillon. On the palate there are vibrant tropical fruit flavours complete with a creamy finish and hints of delicate oak and vanilla. The Cape Crest will age in bottle for a further 2 years. Or, enjoy it now as the perfect accompaniment to a creamy seafood or chicken Risotto.


New Wine of the WeekDate published: 16/06/13

Pietrariccia Fiano

2012

Surani

£9.49, or buy any two Italian and save 20%

£7.59

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.

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.

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. It has the weight of body to match well with a meaty fish like monkfish or bass.


Exploring Barbecue Wines - Tutorial notesDate published: 15/06/13

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.

Chicken is a classic choice for a BBQ. Whether marinated in advance, or simply grilled on its own, it needs a wine with a bit of body, a good full flavour, and ideally not too much tannin, as tannin can overpower. So either a full bodied white or a light red should do the trick. These two wines are a bit different, but would work very well. The peachy Viognier and the chilled, summery Beaujolais.

Anakena Single Vineyard 'Tama' Viognier 2011 - £9.99, or £7.99 x 2 Chile

Fact: In the late 1990s, Felipe Ibáñez and Jorge Gutiérrez, who had been friends since childhood, founded Vina Anakena in the foothills of the Andes Mountains with the goal of crafting elegant, innovative, and distinctly New World wines that reflected their origin. In order to succeed they visited the world’s most renowned wine regions to learn the latest viticultural and oenological techniques and bring them home to Chile.
Winemaking: While Anakena wish to promote the quality of their new world terroir, they make their wines in a restrained European fashion. A quarter of this wine is aged in French oak for 8 months, which gives the wine seasoning and body, but doesn’t overpower. This is similar to how wines are handled in Condrieu, where the most famous Viognier in the world is produced.
Tasting Note: Quite floral on the nose, with violets, spicy peach and pear. The palate is full and mouth-filling without being cloying. Like the smell, it tastes peachy and floral with a little spice.
Why Chicken: It has body and lots of flavour which is certainly required with chicken off the grill.

Beaujolais-Villages 2011 Domaine des Nugues (Chilled) - £10.99, or £8.79 x 2 Beaujolais

Fact: Beaujolais has suffered from an identity crisis in recent years due to the phenomenon of Beaujolais Nouveau. Started as a marketing ploy, the release of wines immediately after harvest became a cult festival for many people. Parties were held to celebrate the new vintage and there was a lot of kudos to be had from being the first person in London with the wine after Beaujolais Nouveau day (the 3rd Thursday in November). The wines taste very confected and odd on release, and as such a lot of perceptions have been formed about the wines. There has been a concerted effort recently to showcase the quality available and to make Beaujolais serious again.
Winemaking: From vines over 45 years old, Domaine des Nugues are very quality focused, with their aim being to produce concentrated, serious Beaujolais. To make the wine they put the grapes through Carbonic Maceration, a fermentation technique whereby whole bunches of grapes are left to ferment under a blanket of carbon dioxide. This produces a lighter, less tannic style of wine and will typically last from 4 – 12 days.
Tasting note: A sweet fruity nose of cranberry, cherry and raspberry. There is also a hint of pepper. In the mouth it sloshes about and refreshes the taste buds. Bright red fruit and surprising structure.
Why Chicken: Beaujolais has had 3 incredible vintages in a row, all of which could tackle a chicken.

Burgers are another staple of the British BBQ season, but are notoriously difficult to pair with wine. If it’s just a case of bap and pattie then most cheap reds would suffice. However once relish, cheese, salad and mayo are thrown into the mix it becomes an altogether more taxing proposition. What’s needed is a fruity wine with lots of sweet flavour to match the sugar in bottled sauces and burger buns.

Parcel Series Merlot 2012 - £7.99, or £5.99 x 2

Fact: Majestic own label, the Parcel Series wines are sourced from some of the best wineries in the world. They are designed to showcase the quality their specific regions can produce. This wine is from Stellenbosch in South Africa, one of the most scenic areas around Cape Town. It is a very popular destination for wine tourists, with the Stellenbosch Wine Route an extremely popular attraction for many visitors. The tour, which incorporates over 40 of the regions finest wineries, was set up in 1971 to promote the area.
Winemaking: The grapes for this wine are chosen from vineyard sites across Stellenbosch. The benefit of selecting grapes in this way is that there will be a variation in the grapes used to make the wine, and therefore a lot of complexity. If, like for this wine, these grapes are selected based on their quality, it can lead to really interesting bottles. Compare this to a Single Vineyard offering, where all the grapes are from one site. The advantage here is that the wine will be a true expression of terroir.
Tasting Note: Plum, raspberry and mocha notes on the nose with a little bit of traditional South African smokiness. The wine is warm and comforting with chocolate covered fruit and bonfire.
Why Burgers: It’s open and voluptuous, fruity and smooth. Exactly what a burger calls for.

Peter Lehmann Shiraz 2010 - £10.99, or £8.79 x 2 Australia

Fact: Peter Lehmann has a fantastic story to tell. Having worked in wineries across the Barossa, he took a massive risk in setting up a winery. When the estate he was working at decided to reign in production in 1978, Peter refused to renege on contracts with their growers, as livelihoods were at stake. He raised the capital to make the wines himself and got a lucky break when a local estate was put up for sale. This dedication to the ‘circle of wine’ led to Peter Lehmann wines and to his nickname, the Baron of Barossa.
Winemaking: The Barossa valley is home to some of the oldest vines in the world, some well over 100 years old. This wine is made from over 60 growers in the Barossa, some of whom have vines this old. When vines get to this age they produce less and less fruit, but the little they do produce is far more concentrated and turns out more complex wines.
Tasting Note: Barrel loads of sweet black fruit, a rich milk chocolate note, sweet wood smoke and vanilla on the nose. Mirrored on the palate, it’s heady, rich and velvety with soft supple tannins.
Why Burgers: It has the power and fruity taste to stand up to the mishmash of burger flavour.

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

Fine Wine of the MonthDate published: 14/06/13

Angels' Share Shiraz

Two Hands

2011

£22 or buy any selected fine wine and save £8

£18

Two Hands was established in 1999 with a view to showcasing the very best of Aussie wines. Originally from Barossa, this blockbuster comes from the cooler, more coastal McLaren Vale which is situated 35km south of Adelaide. Grapes were first planted here by Thomas Hardy in 1839 and the first winery set up in 1850. There are now over 80 cellar doors in McLaren Vale.

Angels' share refers to the small amount of liquid which evaporates from oak barrels during fermentation. Medieval wine makers believed angels watched over their wines and that they took their share.

This wine is made in the true Australian style and is unapologetic for being big and heavy. Laden with dark fruits with notes of coffee and cocoa with hints of peppery spice. The balance of sweeter fruit and rich spices come with lashings of soft tannins and a luscious mouth feel. Drink now or cellar for up to 10 years.

Home Grown Food Festival - 23rd JuneDate published: 12/06/13

Celebrate local food and local food producers on Sunday 23rd June at The Applegarth in Northallerton from 10am til 4pm. Car parking and addmission is free. There will be plenty to see and do including a Food Theatre, Live music and Childrens activities. For more info check out www.homegrownfoodfest.co.uk.

Wine of the Week: AmalayaDate published: 12/06/13

Amalaya

2011

Malbec Blend

£10.99 or buy two and save £4

£8.99

Amalaya means 'hope for a miracle' in the indigenous language of the north west of Argentina where Amalaya is situated. Amalaya is on of the oldest producers in Argentina, founded in 1831. This wine is an interesting blend made up mainly of Malbec - 70% with Cabernet, Tannat and Syrah. They are all grown in the Calchaqui Valley.

In the glass, the wine is deep ruby in colour with tinges of purple and the nose is packed full of cassis and red cherries. The palate is again brimmed with cassis but a careful addition of oak gives subtle vanilla and spice.

This is a perfect partner with a barbecue, not to heavy for a warm summers evening but enough about it to match with burgers and sausages cooked to perfection (or burnt to a crisp)!

Saturday Kitchen - 8th JuneDate published: 08/06/13

Peter Richards has recommended Bourgogne Chardonnay Nicolas Potel 2011 on this weeks show. If anybody out there saw this a couple of years ago, you will need to order fast! It was to go with Guinea fowl, brioche crumbs, gooseberries, asparagus, St George mushrooms and wild sorrel so get cooking.

Holiday in North Yorkshire this Summer?Date published: 07/06/13

If your heading to North Yorkshire for a summer break or to catch up with friends and reletives, let us take the strain of your refreshments. If you are a regular to Majestic then you will know all about our award winning wines, but we also deliver free of charge on orders over £40. Place your order on the phone or online and we can drop it off at your destination at a time to suit you. Leaves you a bit more space to fit in the rain coat!!

Wine of the Week: Jean Vincent, Pouilly-Fumé 2010 Date published: 06/06/13

Jean Vincent, Pouilly-Fumé 2010

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

This wine is made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes, and represents a mixture of old and new world styles. The new world style and flavours that are embedded within this wine are the notes of gooseberry and herbaceous characters. These flavours are supported by the old world style of a 'smoky and flinty' edge. These two different styles put together allows for fresh and fruity wine with a long refreshing finish.

Why not try this wine as a dry aperitif? However, It is equally good with Fresh Seafood.

Enjoy :)

£.11.99 or Buy 2 Bottles and Save £4 = £.9.99

Saturday Kitchen 01/06Date published: 01/06/13

Tim Atkin has chosen Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012 for the show.  It was matched to a chicken and pesto dish cooked by James Martin.  The offer ends on 10th June so hurry!

St James Wealth management tasting notesDate published: 31/05/13


Prosecco La Marca Treviso, Italy
Origin : 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.
Taste : Pale and elegant, with a subtly perfumed bouquet, and youthful pear, melon and citrus fruit characters. Retains a little hint of sweetness which balances the crisp acidity and persistent fizz.
Enjoy : Drink with appetizers and fish dishes, or mix with a dash of peach purée for a refreshing bellini.

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough Origin : 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.
Taste : 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 : Drink with a seafood risotto or paella.

Fremondo Greco, Italy Origin : As the name suggests, the Greco grape is of Greek origin and was first brought to Italy in around 700BC. This example comes from the Fremondo cooperative based close to Naples
Taste : Pale in colour and delicate in aroma with hints of honeysuckle and peach on the nose. The pallet is surprisingly full of texture and has a long mineral finish of apricot, peach and floral notes.
Enjoy : Great with rich seafood or try with monk fish in a creamy herb sauce.

Montenovo Godello, Valdesil, Spain Origin : 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.
Taste : 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.
Enjoy : Perfect with Spain's simple fish tapas dishes, such as grilled sardines, octopus or calamares.

Luis Felipe Edwards Seleccion Especial Malbec, Chile

Origin : Although Argentina claims much of the Malbec-related limelight, neighbouring Chile's unique climate and terrain allows it to grow great Malbec of its own. Persistent sea breezes moderate temperatures, meaning Chile is less reliant on altitude for cool growing conditions.
Taste : Intense violet colour, with a nose of blackberries, plums and blueberries, accompanied by a subtle tough of vanilla. Juicy and smooth, the palate is satisfyingly weighty and long.
Enjoy : A great match for many white or red meat dishes, especially sweetly spiced Mexican or Cajun recipes.

Barbera D'Alba Sucule, Villa Lanata, Italy
Origin : The Piedmont region of Northern Italy, surrounded by the Alps, is home to Italy's third most planted grape variety. Alba is one of the few areas in which Barbera is planted on the best sites and producing wines capable of challenging Barolo and Barabaresco's crown.
Taste : Intense and concentrated nose of black cherries, plums, spice and liquor cherry. A palate with high acidity, exhibiting flavours of brooding dark fruits, liquor spices and firm tannins with a long finish.
Enjoy : Excels when paired with strongly flavoured food such as red meat, tomato based sauces or strong cheeses. Enjoy over the next five years.

Chateau Laville Bertrou, Gerard Bertrand, France
Origin : Only recognised as an Appellation Controlée in 1998, La Livinière occupies around 200 hectares in the north-west of Minervois. The region has been a centre of wine production since Roman times, deriving its name from the latin 'cella vinaria', or wine cellar.
Taste : An immensely robust and concentrated wine, with a firm backbone of red and black fruits, and heady wafts of heathland shrubs and pepper on the nose. Muscular tannins provide weight and length.
Enjoy : Partner with the rustic flavours of Merguez sausages or strong cheese.

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New Zealand - Not Just Sauvignon!Date published: 31/05/13

New Zealand is renowned for producing some of the worlds most consistently quality Sauvignon Blancs. They are the most popular style around with crisp acidity, and signature flavours of citrus, gooseberry and occasional leafy complexity.

However, there is more to New Zealand wine than just Sauvignon. They also produce some superb Pinot Noirs of great finesse in varying styles. From a light and youthful fresh fruit style of ripe cherries and summer fruits, such as, the Brancott, to a more complex style suitable for aging, which often includes hints of spice, black fruits, forest floor and has more supple tannins, such as, the Roaring Meg.

New Zealand also produces some interesting and quality aromatic varieties. The cooling affect of the islands' maritime climate is ideal for cultivating such varieties, which traditionally have been grown in other cooler climates like Germany, Austria, and the Alsace region of France. Good examples of these are the Waimea Pinot Gris, which is an off-dry style with classic pear and honey flavours and a hint of spice, and the St Clair Pioneer Block Riesling, which is again an off-dry style with citrus, apricot and honeysuckle flavours.


*If you're a New Zealand fan then come down to our Tasting Tutorials this Saturday (02/06/13) @12pm and 3pm

Wine of the Week!Date published: 29/05/13

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc

£14.99 when you buy two or more

Roughly half of New Zealand's vineyards lie in Marlborough and by 2007 over 27000 acres were under vine. The Saint Clair Family Estate has become a highly reputable producer despite producing their first wines as recently as 1994.

This particular wine is sourced from parcels of fruit of outstanding quality, chosen by chief winemaker Matt Thomson as expressing flavours derived from its unique terroir.

With a high intensity of fruit, coupled with the scent of gooseberry and passionfruit, the wine benefits from a steely dryness. It is also complex, with herbacious characters and in underlying minerality.

The flavours blend to give a long finish with lasting taste. Perfect with Asian-inspired cuisine, Pioneer Block complements the tastes of lemongrass and coriander often associated with these dishes.


Bank Holiday Deals! Date published: 22/05/13

Planning a Bank Holiday party? Need Some Fizz and Pimm's? Then Check these Offers Out!


Sparkling and Fizz Offers

Tattinger Brut Reserve Was £40, Now £25

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta Was £9.99, Now £6.99

Prosecco Corte Alta Was £9.99, Now £6.99

Lindauer Brut Was £11.99, Now£7.99

Lindauer Blanc De Blancs Was £14.99, Now £8.99


Red, White and Spirit Offers

Chapoutier Belleruche £9.99 or Buy 2 and Save £4 = £7.99

Beaujolais Village, Georges Duboeuf £7.49 or Buy Any 2 Beaujolais Wines Save 20% = £5.99

Brancott Estate, Pinot Noir £9.99 or Buy Any 2 New Zealand Wines Save 20% = £7.99

Macon Lugny Louis Latour £10.99 or Buy 2 and Save £6 = £7.99

Pimm's No 1 Cup Was £18.00, Now £13.00


These Offers are only valid until Monday 3rd June, So stock up while you can!

Store open as normal!Date published: 17/05/13

After a couple of issues this week we are back open as normal and will be operating standard hours. Thank you for your understanding and patience and we look forward to seeing you.

Wine of the Week!Date published: 08/05/13

Chapel Down

Chardonnay Reserve

2010

Chapel Down has become an extremely popular brand of late, and has created a reputation for producing the finest English Sparkling Wines that are now competing with Champagne. With this brand awareness, more produce has come to market from the Kent based vineyards, hence this English Chardonnay Reserve.

This Chardonnay is produced in an un-oaked style allowing for fresh, crisp fruits to be showcased throughout. The main notes that this wine expresses are fresh green apples, with a softening aroma of pineapples and apricots. This allows for a fresh and fruity feel, with a long smooth velvety finish. Furthermore, the body and acidity of this wine are provident and pleasant leaving you wanting more.

If you are looking for an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, and don't want the oaky characters of a traditional Chardonnay, then this wine could be your summer tipple. On the whole this wine is Flying the flag for England, and doing an excellent job!

Enjoy this wine on a summers evening, or with a fillet of grilled salmon on a bed of mashed potato with a side of roasted vegetables.


A Wine Evening - what to expectDate published: 07/05/13

On Wednesday 15th of May we will be hosting our Summer Wine Evening from 6PM at Majestic Northallerton.

It's going to take the form of a seasonal tasting for the Summer to come with welcome fizz from our friends at Codorniu, a variety of whites, rose and reds to try along with a specially selected Fine Wine which I myself am very excited about tasting! At this point I'd be thinking 'what about some nibbles?' Well, we've got that covered too with a supreme selection of wonderful cheeses from our dedicated fine foods delicatessen. 

As well as enjoying the great wines with you, we're happy to answer any questions you have about the world of wine. Its a great opportunity to learn about the great product range we have and for us to learn about you the customer and what it is you like about our wines. 

With spaces filling up fast drop in to the store, or give us a call and we'll put your name down for a fantastic evening of great wine, great food and (though I say it myself) great company!


Web Exclusive-German Riesling!Date published: 07/05/13

If you are interested in mature German Riesling then have a look at this. Stock is limited so hurry!                                                   http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/category-is-Wine/category-is-Germany

Wine of the Week!Date published: 06/05/13

Clos du Bois

2011

Pinot Noir

£12.49 or buy 2 and save £5

£9.99

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.

During production of this wine de-stemming is followed by a three day cold soak prior to fermentation. The wine undergoes full malolactic before beginning nine months ageing in barrel, a mixture of French and Eastern European (25% new).

This is 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 or with duck breast.


Wine of the Week!Date published: 30/04/13

Caixas Godello

2012

Martin Codax

£9.99 or buy two and save £4

£7.99

Godello is grown throughout the North West of Spain and was traditionally used in blends. However, it is gaining increasing recognition as a quality varietal in its own right and with this example, you can see why! All the grapes are hand picked and carefully managed at the winery and the wine undergoes a small amount of lees ageing.

The nose is subtle but has pears and melon coming through. On the pallet, pears and melon are joined by zesty lemon and a floral hint. The body is slightly fuller than you might expect but with nicely balanced acidity.

It is the ideal partner to sardines from the barbecue or most types of seafood. If they are not to hand then simply enjoy it as an aperitif.


Majestic WeddingsDate published: 25/04/13

Need to get your wine, beer, spirits, sparkle and soft drinks for your wedding? But dont know where to start?

Feel free to come in store and speak to a member of staff. They will be happy  to give guidance on:

- The best wines to please your guests

- Help you choose the best wines that will compliment your food choices

- Quanities of wine that you will need

- The best 'sparkling' deals: Champagne, Prosecco, Cava

 

Other services we provide to make planning your day hassle and care free:

- Free Delivery (on orders over £40)

- Free Glass Hire, Chiller Bins and Ice Buckets are also avaliable (deposits are required)

- Sale and Return

 

We look forward to seeing you soon

 

Team Northallerton

 

Wine of the Week- QuincyDate published: 24/04/13

Quincy

Jean Charles Borgnat

2010

£9.99 or buy two and save £2

£8.99

Like Sancerre? But not a lover of the price that they hold? Then this Quincy could be your ideal wine. This wine is produced by Jean- Charles Borgnat a young, dynamic fresh producer. The Quincy appellation and vineyards are situated just south of the Loire, and produce small yields of high quality grapes.

This Quincy takes on the style of a Sancerre, embracing the dry but aromatic notes that has become extremely well sort after.

On the nose this wine demonstrates floral characters, such as spring flowers and ripe crisp apples. In comparison, on the palate this wine echoes citrus fruit, with gooseberry being extremely provident. The acidity and alcohol levels within this wine are smooth and well balanced, giving a long lasting finish with a refreshing outcome.

Why not try this wine on a summers evening, or with a Thai green curry.

Planning a Party?Date published: 22/04/13

Take all the hassle out of planning a party by letting us help you, services we offer:

 

- Guidance on the wines and the quantity you require

- Free delivery on orders over £40

- Free Glass Hire, Chiller Bins and Ice buckets (deposits required)

 

Pop in store today to get your summer party sorted, or if you already know what you want why not place an order online or check majestic.co.uk/parties for further information.

Saturday Kitchen 20/4Date published: 20/04/13

This week, Saturday Kitchen filmed at our Southampton store.

Peter Richards was filmed recommending Errazuriz Pinot Noir 2011. In the studio, this wine will be matched to a delicious Goosnargh Duck Breast dish.

Don Maximiano Errázuriz founded Viña Errázuriz in 1870 in the Valle de Aconcagua, 100 kms north of the capital city, Santiago. He realised that the cool, rainy winters and hot, dry summers combined with Pacific breezes to make it an ideal area to grow grapes.

An attractive colour with an aromatic nose of cherries, floral notes and a touch of mint. The fresh palate displays fruit that is well-balanced by smoky nuances from the oak ageing.

A smooth, silky mouthfeel make this also an excellent partner to roast pork or fillet of salmon.

£9.99 or buy 2 save £4 = £7.99

Sparkling Saturday: Oyster Bay BrutDate published: 20/04/13

A brand new sparkling wine from one of New Zealands finest wineries. Oyster Bay has been a front runner in the wine making revolution and 'boom'' within New Zealand, whilst sticking to the traditional ways of production. This sparkling wine embraces the style of a 'blanc de blanc' Champagne, due to it been produced from 100% Chardonnay grapes. These grapes come from the region of Hawke's Bay where the climate allows for a fruiter new world style to sparkling wine. The cool fermentation in steel vats enhances the optimum flavour's to be embedded and presented in a smooth well balanced wine.

This sparkling wine has an intense fruitiness, with notes of white peach and zesty lime being extremely provident. Furthermore, the crisp acidity levels and delicate minerality allows for a fresh, smooth finish with a creamy well textured mousse. This sparkling wine ouzes class, and would be ideal for any special occasion or aperitif. However, being more specific why not try with a fillet of pan fried seabass with a bed of roasted vegetables. The oiliness of the fish and acidity of the wine are a match made in heaven.

Single bottle price = £13.99

Or

buy 2 (as part of your mixed case) save £6

= £10.99

A deal not to be missed!

Wine of the Week- Umbral MalbecDate published: 17/04/13

Umbral de los Tiempos

Malbec

2010, Mendoza

£12.99 or buy two and save £6!

£9.99

We are opening the delicious Malbec from the Cruz de Piedra estate in honour of Malbec World Day on 17th April. It commemorates the day when President Sarmiento asked a French soil expert to transform the fortunes of the wine trade and bring across some vines. One of the vines was Malbec which went on to become the red grape variety of Argentina.

This is a second generation winery, established in 1973, sits at an altitude of 1000m. It produces excellent quality fruit which benefits from irrigation from snow melt. The colour is deep ruby and has aromas of bramble and red fruits with a hint of spice. On the palate, the balance of tannin, acidity and alcohol all work harmoniously around plump red fruit and a hint of black pepper.

It is, of course, the ideal partner to steak but also works well with other cuts of beef and a rare lamb steak.

Think Pink This Spring!Date published: 16/04/13

With summer just around the corner (hopefully!) we have several exciting new additions to our Rose range to put a spring in your step!

 

Alamos Rose 2012, Mendoza  £6.99 when you buy 2+

Vibrantly pink, this is a lush and generous rosé, offering gluggable raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, with an added quince-like note. Well balanced acidity provides mouthwatering refreshment.

 

L'Instant Safran Malbec Rosé 2012 PGI Côtes du Lot - £6.99 when you buy 2+

This rosé is vivid in flavour, offering a luscious palate of soft summer berries, accented with hints of spice, while remaining clean and crisp.

 

Poggioargentiera Rosato 2012 IGT Toscana - £7.99 when you buy 2+

A light and dry rosé, with a delicate mouthfeel and fresh acidity, carrying lush flavours of candied cherry and strawberry.

 

Château Barthès Rosé 2011/2012 Bandol - £9.99 when you buy 2+

A classic Provence rosé, exhibiting aromas of fresh red berries, pears and hints of floral perfume. Lithe and supple on the palate, finishing with a subtle hint of liquorice.

 

Come and Explore!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 10/04/13

DMZ Syrah

2009

£10.99 or buy any two South African wines save 20%

£8.79

This is one of my favourite wines from our South African range and well worth a try this Spring. It comes from De Morgonzen's own estate from their younger vines which are hand picked and fermented in stainless steel. It is then aged in oak for 11 months before bottling. What attracts me to this wine is that it is not another fruit bomb from a hot climate, it is very much in line with a well made Rhone for quite a bit less cash!

The wine is bright and vibrant in the glass and has lots of plum and berry fruit on the nose. This is the same with the palate with a touch of vanilla from the oak. It is well balanced and a delight to drink now or over the next few years.

An ideal partner to slow meats and would be a perfect partner to roast lamb. If not try it with pasta in a marinara sauce or even venison sausage with extra mash and gravy!

Enjoy!  

Champagne Deals!Date published: 10/04/13

We have a great new offer on Moet NV at the moment - buy 6 and save £90, working out at just £27 per bottle. As if that isn't enough, here are a few more of the stand out deals;

Feuillate NV    £16

Heidsiek Gold Top  £20

Taitinger NV   £26

Veuve 2004    £40

So if it is a special bottle for a celebration or a larger order for a big party, all the bases are covered!

Malbec World Day!Date published: 09/04/13

Once popular in the Old World, Malbec fell into relative obscurity until Argentina rescued this great variety and made it its own. On 17th April, the world celebrates its rediscovery so raise a glass to this divine grape with one of these fantastic Malbecs!

Lunta Malbec 2011 Mendel Wines, Mendoza - £9.99 when you buy 2+

Deep and inky, the wine exhibits ripe raspberry, plum and bramble on the nose, followed by vanilla and toast from 12 months in French oak. Voluptuous tannin and lush forest fruits fill the palate.

Alamos Malbec 2012 - £5.99 when you buy 2+

This Malbec oozes dried raisiny fruit character and has ripe sweet tannins, resulting in an incredibly approachable wine.

Viñalba Malbec Reservado 2011 Mendoza - £7.99 when you buy 2+

Brimming with ripe dark plum fruit flavours, a perfect smoothness and balanced structure gives an incredibly long lingering finish that just rolls on and on. Also available in a Magnum! - £17.99

Alamos Rosé 2012 Mendoza - £6.99 when you buy 2+

Vibrantly pink, this is a lush and generous rosé, offering gluggable raspberry and blackcurrant fruit, with an added quince-like note. Well balanced acidity provides mouthwatering refreshment.

Gougenheim Malbec 2011 Mendoza - £7.99 when you buy 2+

This Malbec has the classic dark mulberry colour, a weighty body of plum and cherry fruit, and notes of dark chocolate and violet.

NEW! Zonin Prosecco Date published: 08/04/13

We'd like to introduce the newest addition to our increasingly popular Prosecco range!

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 or buy 2 save £4 = £8.99

Recent Press MentionsDate published: 06/04/13

Saturday Kitchen

This week, Saturday Kitchen filmed at our City store. Peter Richards was filmed recommending Montagny Vieilles Vignes 2009 Buxy. £9.99 or buy 2 save £4 = £7.99

Saturday Times

Jane MacQuitty has written up the following two wines as Star Buys.

Finca los Altos Gran Reserva 2005- £7.49 or buy any 2 Spanish wines and save 20% = £5.99

and Les Hautes Roches 2009- £9.99 or buy 2 save £6 = £6.99

Sunday Brunch

Their drinks expert Rebecca Seal has selected Domaine Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer 2011, which they reviewed on the show. £14.99 or buy 2 save £6 = £11.99

Happy Birthday to us!Date published: 03/04/13

So it's one year on from the grand opening. Come and explore this weekend as we have somthing special to help us celebrate our first birthday!

Come in between Friday 5th and Sunday 7th April to join in the fun - a free glass of fizz, a selection of cheeses and a piece of birthday cake for everyone. Oh and a sample of Ladoucette Pouilly Fume too!

 

Come and Explore!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 03/04/13

Muga

Rioja Reserva

2008

The bodegas was founded by Isaac Muga Martinez and his wife in 1932 at the Western end of Rioja Alta. The blend is made up of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and the rest is Manzuelo (Carignan) and Graciano which is aged in French and American oak for two years. It then spends another year in bottles before release.

This from the 2008 vintage where a long cool summer produced softer, more supple wines. This example is complex yet enticing, a nose full of blackberry and pencil lead. The palate is layered with flavours of dark fruit, cherries and sweet spice all well balanced tannins and acidity.

There is still potential to age for a few more years yet but you can enjoy this now with a traditional roast leg of lamb flavoured with rosemary and garlic. Or try gently spiced lamb or even soft cheese for that perfect partner!

Change to Opening HoursDate published: 30/03/13

Please note from 1st April we will now close at 7pm Monday-Wednesday.

 

We are still open 10am-8pm Thursday and Friday, 9am-7pm Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday.

Saturday Kitchen 23/3Date published: 23/03/13

This week, Saturday Kitchen filmed at our Yeovil store. Susy Atkins was filmed recommending Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012 to go with a delicious Prawn, Scallop and Pineapple Curry.

£9.99 or buy 2 save £6 = £6.99!

Wine of the Week - Select Blocks Sauvignon BlancDate published: 23/03/13

Select Blocks Sauvignon Blanc 2011/2012 Winegrowers of Ara, Marlborough

£8.99 when you buy 2 or more.

Ara's head winemaker Jeff Clarke was among the first wave of producers in Marlborough, establishing an early understanding of the local terrain and potential for success. He has twice been named International White Winemaker of the Year, which correlates to high quality of wine he is producing. In addition to this, the wine's single-estate source is evident throughout, and is represented in the purity of fruit characters within this wine. This Sauvignon Blanc is bursting with gooseberry and grapefruit notes. The flavors are delivered with vigour and ripeness, and have a refined dry finish. This wine has a pleasant and refreshing impact on your palate, with an in balanced body, leaving you wanting more. To summarise, if you are looking for a high quality wine without paying top quality prices, this wine could be your easter treat! Why not enjoy this Sauvignon Blanc with a fillet of Haddock, on a bed of crispy rosti potato with a splashing of seasoned roasted vegetables. I can guarantee you wont be disappointed.

Amazing Offers Ending Monday 18/3!Date published: 17/03/13

Don't miss your last chance to take advantage of some of the excellent current offers ending on Monday!

Oeil de Perdrix  £18   £15

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut  £30  £25

Lagunilla Reserva 2007 £10.99  £5.99 (when you buy 2+)

Order online by 3pm Monday 18th or call us by 8pm on 01609 770679

South American Tutorial notesDate published: 15/03/13

Compare Chardonnay: Argentina vs Chile Chardonnay is being planted a lot in both Argentina and Chile. It has always struggled a little for identity in both countries, mainly because there is so much scope for different styles. Because it is relatively easy to grow in both Chile and Argentina, winemakers use it as a bit of a ‘blank canvas’ to show off their skill and ethos, which clearly differs from winery to winery. However there are a number of brilliant wines being produced, such as these two. The classic balance of Alamos and the tropical intensity of Santa Rita.

Alamos Chardonnay 2011, Catena, Mendoza Produced by Nicolas Catena, former Decanter Man of the Year. For Alamos Chardonnay the vineyards are 4100 ft above sea level, and as such the grapes take on a lot of flavour and intensity without the body and weight that would usually accompany such power. Alamos put a lot of investment into new oak barrels and production methods including handpicking of bunches. Such quality practice would normally be reserved for wines double the price or more, so it is a real bargain. Tasting Note – Butter, biscuit and vanilla from the oak provide complexity to a fresh apple and lemon disposition. Not complex but isn’t trying to be, exceedingly well made and assured.

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2010/2011 Today, the Santa Rita vineyards are located in the finest and most diverse Chilean terroirs in order to ensure the best growth and development of each and every variety. The grapes for this wine are exclusively selected and hand-picked at the ideal stage of ripeness from their best and oldest Chardonnay vineyards. The recent discovery of winemaking potential in the Limari Valley has led to a new breed of Chilean Chardonnay such as this. The wines are generally receiving rave reviews and producers are setting up there in order to take advantage of these northerly vineyards, cooled by the sea breezes coming off the pacific. Tasting Note – A waft of banoffee pie on the nose, it’s a very rich and very tropical smell that hints at the concentration, extraction and lusciousness that follows on the palate.

Try Decanter Award Winners Every year Decanter Magazine host a week of awards. Over 10,000 wines are entered into the competition, so to win one of the few trophies is a sign of genuine quality. Both these wines are trophy winners, and it is easy to see why when tasted. Both have real complexity and character and are excellent value for money.

Leyda Reserva Syrah 2011 Leyda Valley

Leyda is a pioneering producer from the Leyda Valley in Chile. Their interest in micro-terroirs is fascinating. Basically they have split their land into areas of differing soil and topography. This has allowed them to experiment with grape varieties, and they think they have found the ideal grape for each of their plots. This simple idea gives them a strong mission when making wine. They want to express the terroir and the fruit they have chosen to plant on said terroir. The harmony between these two aspects leads to well-balanced wine representative of the land…..very Burgundian. The vineyard in which their Syrah is grown is called Canelo. It is named after the Canelo tree, which resides in the vineyard. It is believed to be sacred and in possession of magical properties. Tasting Note – A very European, and more specifically Rhone-ish nose of smoke, pepper and black fruit. Restrained yet powerful on the palate, excellent fresh blackcurrant and much complexity. Portillo Malbec 2011 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m. This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy. The goal of Salentein is to make high quality Argentine wines, while respecting and supporting the people, nature and community from which the wines are created. The company’s lasting commitment to the people of Argentina combines investments, employment opportunities, and training. As an example of how much care is taken over these wines, Salentein irrigate their vineyards with mineral water. They consider it to be less acidic than normal water and thus better for the vines. Tasting Note – A brooding nose of blackberry and chocolate raisins and dates. In the mouth it’s rounded and very deep but neither jammy nor overtly alcoholic. Pinpoint balance and accuracy.

 

Compare Chilean Bordeaux Varieties: Cabernet vs Merlot Bordeaux is always thought of as the original home of Cabernet and Merlot. But such is the demand for these varieties that Bordeaux style blends are now vinified the world over, and in few places is it more successful than in Chile. Wines such as Sena, Chadwick and Don Melchor are spearheading a revelation of quality and ageing potential coming out of the country. Both Merlot and Cabernet thrive in the Chilean climate, and these two plush, concentrated wines show that. The rustic, funky Penalolen and the deep, plummy Errazuriz.

Peñalolen Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo Valley Peñalolén winery was founded by vineyard owner Ricardo Peña and his wife Isabel with the objective to produce unique Chilean wines, full of personality and verve. All grapes are grown and hand harvested with meticulous care to guarantee the integrity of the fruit, and picked early in the morning when the weather is coolest. The image on the bottle is a ceramic sculpture by Benjamin Lira, a Chilean artist who is becoming famous. He makes these ceramic heads, which are generally about 3 feet tall. They’re more impressive if you see them in real life - they’re quite beautiful. Tasting Note – A note of blackcurrant lozenges on the nose, as in medicinal and minty. There is also an earthiness and structure which identifies the wine as Cabernet. Huge, powerful and age-worthy. Errazuriz Max Reserva Merlot 2009/2010 Aconcagua Valley The story of the Errazuriz Family in Chile is an extraordinary one. While many members have been Presidents or at the top of Chilean industry, it is Don Maximo Errazuriz who got the wine business going, and who made a success of it through immense personal strife. He was a politician, a business man, a socialite and a philanthropist before buying a vineyard and eventually settling into a life of wine having previously lost 2 wives and many family members. He died prematurely at 58, but had crammed so much in, and his descendants 5 generations later are still running the wine business. The Max Reserva range is designed to showcase the excellent wine Chile can produce. They are fermented with specially cultivated yeasts which add character. Tasting Note – Plums, a hint of tobacco, vanilla and cloves on the nose. Its plush, heavy, leathery and velvety, like a recently bottled Pomerol. A good blast of oak manifests in a deep caramel tone.  

Wine of the Week - Marques de Caceres BlancoDate published: 14/03/13

Marqués de Cáceres

2011 Rioja

£8.99 or buy two and save £4

£6.99

We know how much you all love a good Sauvignon Blanc, but when it's time to try something a little different without straying too far from the Sauvignon characteristics then why not try a cracking white Rioja to tantalise your taste buds?!

Marqués de Cáceres have been releasing wine since 1975 and are well known throughout Spain, Brazil and Latin America. They have a huge cellar holding over 10 million bottles; meaning they only need to release wine from the best vintages keeping standards consistently high.

The Viura grape (also called Macabeo) proffers intense apple and pear aromatics with light floral notes and a nice streak of minerality coming through on the palate.

The lavish fruit and fresh acidity lead to a good length, making this lovely Rioja a perfect match for rich creamy dishes. Try with a fragrant wild mushroom risotto or even a classic seafood paella served with patatas bravas.

Get tasting notes for all your wines!Date published: 07/03/13

We can provide the tasting notes for all your wines at the till. Whether you want to impress your friends, run a tasting or learn a little bit more about each wine you try then our concise notes offer a few details about where the wine comes from and what it should taste like. Come and explore!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 06/03/13

Portillo

2011 Mendoza Malbec

Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m. This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy. The goal of Salentein is to make high quality Argentine wines, while respecting and supporting the people, nature and community from which the wines are created.

As an example of how much care is taken over these wines, Salentein irrigate their vineyards with mineral water. They consider it to be less acidic than normal water and thus better for the vines.

The wine an intense red-purple colour in the glass and has a nose packed full of brambles and plum. The palate is full of ripe balck fruits and a hint of spice making it the perfect match for a fruity lamb tagine.

Fine Wine Friday!Date published: 01/03/13

Greywacke

2012 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Greywacke (pronounced 'grey-wacky') is the name given to the grey sedimentary rock that characterises much of the soil in this estate's vineyard. The winery was founded in 2009, and is the brainchild of Kevin Judd, former winemaker of Cloudy Bay for 25 years.

Intense aromatics of melon, peach and papaya are accompanied by hints of tomato leaf and capsicum. The palate is crisp but remarkably mouth-filling, a small portion of the wine having been oak fermented.

Focus on CodorniuDate published: 28/02/13

The sun is out today and there is almost a feel of Spring in the air (I guess it will be raining by the time you are reading this) so thoughts turn to fizz for parties and barbeques! The Codorniu Brut and its Rosado cousin make an ideal sparkling to choose. Codorniu have been making wine since 1551 and first began using the traditional method for fizz in the 1870's. Today they are one of the worlds leading producors of traditional method sparkling wine in the world.

Codorniu Brut

A blend of the traditional grapes of Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parrallada which are sourced from mainly DO Cava sights. The grapes are carefully handled from vineyard to winery before undergoing at least nine months aging on lees. This gives a finished wine of fresh citrus and apple character with a subtle hint of almond. It is a great aperitif or works with canapes.

Codorniu Brut Rosado

Rosado is blended from Monastrell (Mouvedre), Granacha and Trepat which have 3-4 hours of maceration to inpart the delicate colour and flavours onto the wine. This wine also spends nine months in the cellars which were built at the end of the 19th century. These cellars were declared 'National monument of Historic and Artistic interest' in 1976. The wine is a delicate pink but full of red berries and a lift of yeast on the finish. Again, an ideal aperitif.

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

Domaines Schlumberger 2009

Riesling 'Les Princes Abbes

Domaines Schlumberger was founded in 1810 and is one of the largest and most respect wineries in Alsace. It is made up of 140 hectares on the steep hillside of the Vogues mountains and makes wine from estate grown fruit only. It does not act as a negociant.

This wine is made from one of the four noble grapes of Alsace -Riesling. Traditionally bone dry and higher in alcohol than it's feather light rivals across the Rhine, this is no exception. Aromas of grapefruit and lemon on the nose are backed up with vibrant acidity and a fresh, clean palate. There is a subtle hint honey just on the finish to give a structure and depth to the wine.

It is an ideal match to most seafood or light white fish. A lot of Alsace Riesling is enjoyed on the long summers evenings in the region, so here's hoping!

Coming soon - Exiting new Rioja parcel!Date published: 22/02/13

If you're a fan of one-off parcels and love great Rioja, then check out

www.majestic.co.uk/riojaparcel

From Tuesday 5th March for some exciting news!

Fine Wine at NorthallertonDate published: 22/02/13

Here at Majestic, we class any wine priced at £19.99 or above as a Fine Wine. There are a number of different ways you can order Fine Wine from us so read on and find out more!

You can pop down to the store and see what we have available with stocks ranging from top Claret, fine Burgundy and a selection from all over the New World including Austarlia, New Zealand and California. On the first Friday of every month we will be opening one of these for you (and us) to try. Check out our web page or follow us on Twitter to find out more details.

If what you are looking for is not available here in store then we also have access to the fantastic range of Fine Wines in our St. John's Wood store in London. The full list of wines is available on the website and stock can be ordered either online or instore. The stock is then sent to us usually in three working days and we can drop it off to your door free of charge.

In addition, last year Majestic, in collaboration with Lay & Wheeler launched the Fine Wine Plan. The Fine Wine Plan is designed specifically for customers who appreciate drinking great wine, and who aspire to build a fine wine collection for future enjoyment. We recognise that time is a precious commodity for many of our customers and not everyone can spend hours carefully researching the world of fine wine. We also understand that often it's the hassle and administration involved with owning fine wine which can put off otherwise enthusiastic potential collectors.

So in partnership with our en primeur specialist Lay & Wheeler, we've introduced the Majestic Wine Fine Wine Plan - the simplest and most affordable way to gradually build your own fine wine cellar. At a financial pace that suits you - starting from as little as £50 per month - you get access to the expertise and in depth knowledge of our small, dedicated team of Fine Wine specialists.

You will benefit from Lay & Wheeler's ability to access great, high demand wines en primeur, plus you gain full use of the perfect storage conditions found in our industry leading facility Vinothèque.

For more information and for how to join please follow this link or visit the Fine Wine pages on the Majestic website.

http://www.majesticfinewineplan.co.uk/index.html

Wine of the Week!Date published: 21/02/13

Deusa Nai Albarino

2011 Marques de Caceres, Rias Biaxas

£12.99 or buy two and save £6 £9.99

To answer your first question, Deusa Nai means 'mother goddess' and is the name given to the fertility of earth in Galician folklore, from where this wine comes. It is made with the increasingly popular Albarino grape which accounts for 90% of the white wine coming from Rias Baixas region in Galicia. The wine is made by the much esteemed Marques de la Concordia.

In answer to your second question, yes it very nice! As with many Albarino's, it has a well balanced nose of citrus, stone fruit and floral hints. This is backed up on the palate by apricot and lime but with a fuller body than you might expect. It really is a great alternative if you are stuck in a white wine rut and need inspiration.

The Majestic website suggests baby octopus ceviche, which is hard to argue with, but if you don't have access to young cephalopod or a mallet then go with simple grilled white fish. It will work on it's own or with light chicken dishes.  

Majestic WeddingsDate published: 16/02/13

We know how stressful planning your big day can be, but we're here to help you every step of the way! From matching our wines with your menu to delivering them to the venue (for free!) let us take the stress out of organising everything and get another job ticked off your never ending list!

Here are just some of the services we offer:

- Sale or return; make sure you don't run out on the big day by bringing back any unused wines

-Free glass, chiller bin and ice bucket hire (refundable deposit taken) and we sell ice

- Free flexible delivery to your chosen venue

-Expert staff to recommend wines matching your menu and budget and a guide to amounts to buy

- Wines open to taste all day every day

With wines starting at just £4.99, Prosecco starting at £6.99 and Champagne starting at £15 you're sure to be able to pick some fantastic little gems, whatever your budget

For more information pop in and see us in store, call us on 01609 770679, tweet us @majesticnthall, or email us on nal@majestic.co.uk

majestic.co.uk/weddings

Wine of the Week!Date published: 12/02/13

Waimea Estate

Pinot Gris 2011

£12.49 or buy 2 save £5 £9.99

Hailing from the sunny and temperate Nelson- on the tip of NZ's South Island, Waimea started as an orchard; replacing their apple trees for more lucrative vines in 1993. They consider themselves a boutique winery- producing small quantities in a careful and passionate manner utilising traditional methods, meaning, unlike other Kiwi wineries, you won't find hi-tech gadgets and gizmo's here.

This delicious Pinot Gris with its pear, spice and honeysuckle aromas and off-dry style make it great for drinking on its own or a perfect fuller bodied aperitif. The gentle acidity and hint of cream would also partner well with spicy Thai style crab cakes or try with beef sautéed with ginger and spring onions- perfect to shake off the winter blues!

Enjoy!

Find out more about New Zealand wines by attending our tasting tutorial this Saturday. See our main page for details.

Majestic Wine - CommercialDate published: 08/02/13

Here at Majestic we are not satisfied with being an award winning retailer, we supply award winning wines to the trade as well. Whether you’re running a restaurant, hotel, pub, bar or any other venue with drink and catering requirements we can help you. Our wines are exclusive to our trade customers.

If your spend is in excess of £12k we offer dedicated account management who not only put together a competitive package of wines across all price points, they will offer help and guidance throughout the year. This includes our confidence in wine training for your staff to help with sales success. We also offer a bespoke wine list production service.

On top of this, your supply of wines will be carried out by your local Majestic store which gives you both a local and more personalised point of contact. It also means we can get deliveries to you at short notice and and at times and days to suit you. Account facilities are available.

If you would like to find out more contact us at the store

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

Montonovo Godello

2011 Valdesil, Valdeorras

Valdeorras is an appellation in the inland area of Galicia in northern Spain which has become known for it's whites from the little known Godello grape. The grape enjoys the moderate climate and rocky slate soils of the region and, along with Alborino, it is an up and coming wine style for those Sauvignon lovers ready for a change.

It is youthful, clean and has a grassy and herbaceous nose with pear and apple. It is light in body but with a mouth filling texture and nicely balanced alcohol. It tastes of pears, apricots and pineapple but has a light and refined style.

It is, of course, the perfect match for the lighter parts of tapas but most grilled white fish or seafood would be equally at home here. It is also a great easy going white to drink alone or keep it until the sunshine reappears and enjoy it as a aperitif on the sun lounger!

Find out more about our wines by attending one of our Spring tutorials! Ask staff for details.  

Saturday Kitchen 2/3Date published: 02/02/13

This week Olly Smith has recommended Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc.

A medium-bodied, ruby red wine, offering aromas of ripe red berries, wild herbs and tomato leaf. The palate delivers ripe cherry and raspberry fruit, with both fresh acidity and rounded tannin.

 

£7.49 or buy any 2 Chilean wines save 20% = £5.99 - hurry offer ends Monday 4th Feb!

Fine Wine Friday!Date published: 01/02/13

Purple Angel by Montes

2010 Carmenere

£30

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.

The wine shows touches of spice, with ripe, gentle and soft tannins. This is a full bodied, concentrated wine that combines red berries and dark chocolate on the palate with alluring cigar, blackberries and plum aromas on the nose. Try it with roast lamb cutlets encrusted in rosemary, black pepper and salt flakes or cannelloni.  

Wine of the Week!Date published: 30/01/13

Vinalba Torrontes

2011

Vinalba are a multi award winning producer of whites and reds in the Mendoza region of Argentina. Their wines are made by the talented Herve J Fabre and for those of you who have not yet discovered these wines, here is a cracking white.

The aromatic Torrontes grape is a distant cousin of Muscat and has become Argentina's signature white variety. This is a classic example from the sunny but high altitude vineyards of Mendoza giving bright and perfumed wines.

Vinalba Torrontes is bursting tropical fruit and blossom aromas. On the palate it is lively with peach, melon and pear all bundled together with ripe acidity. It is light and refreshing and makes a great alternative for those who feel they always drink the same whites.

Try it with light curries or on it's own as an aperitif . If not that, then how about with a dressed prawn salad.

Enjoy!  

End of Christmas Offers!Date published: 25/01/13

Don't forget to stock up on all New Zealand, Chilean, Australian, Rhone and Californian wines whilst they are still 20% off!!

Offers end 4th Feb!!

Tastings in store!Date published: 24/01/13

We will be running some themed tasting tutorials on the following dates;

 

Saturday 9th February - Italy and Spain

Saturday 16th February - New Zealand

Saturday 2nd March - Classic France

Saturday 9th March – South America

If you would like to pop in and try some wine and learn a little bit about each one then sign up for which ever theme takes your fancy!

SnowDate published: 18/01/13

We're generally pretty good at getting your wine to you whatever the weather. If we start getting really serious snow, we will assess the weather conditions as appropriate and in the unlikely event of us not being able to get to you, will give you as much notice as possible. Please bear in mind that if you can't get your car out, we are unlikely to be able to get in. Any queries, or if you have any useful guidance to conditions around your house, get in touch:

01609 770679

nal@majestic.co.uk

Twitter: @majesticnthall

Wine of the Week!Date published: 16/01/13

 

Tautavel Arago 21

Cotes du Roussillon

2010

This is another outstanding wine from former French rugby player Gerard Bertrand. He has recently been awarded 'Red wine maker of the year' by the International Wine Challenge. He represents 90% of production from this sub-appelation of Roussillon where yields are strictly limited.

Not only is Tautavel famous for wine, it is also famous for the discovery of fossilised remains of prehistoric mankind. Arago 21 is the code given to a skull found in the Tautavel caves believed to be 400,000 years old which is enough to get any archaeologist excited.

We're more interested in the wine, however, and this is a Grenache dominated blend with Syrah and Carignan giving a lovely nose of dark fruit and spice. The palate is combination of blackberry, spice and a hint of garrigue in the background, all held together with firm tannins.

This is an ideal partner to most slow cooked red meats on a cold winters day! Try it with your roast beef and Yorkshire puddings for a change.

Saturday Kitchen 12/1Date published: 12/01/13

This morning Peter Richards has selected Peter Lehmann Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 to go with beef pie and Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2011 to go with lamb tagine.

Both these dishes are being cooked for cricketer and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star Michael Vaughan.

Peter Lehmann Cabernet is £7.99 when you buy 2+

Yalumba Grenache is £7.99 when you buy 2+ (however we have very limited stocks of this wine.)  

Wine of the Week!Date published: 11/01/13

Cres Ricards Marsanne Roussanne 2011

Tired of the same old wines? Want to try something new, fresh and fruity? Then this could be your new wine of 2013.

This wine consists a variety of notes, ranging from the fruitiness of melon and pear, from the two Mediterranean grapes Marsanne and Roussanne, with the main focus surrounding rich floral passion fruit.

These characteristics coinciding with the smooth, buttery elements from the grape viognier results in a well balanced wine with a long dry finish.

Why not try alongside any white meat or fish The world is your oyster... just given you one for free there!

From a personal recommendation this wine is superb with, Salmon in a creamy lemon sauce on a bed on Tagliatelle.  

Bargain Hunt returns!Date published: 08/01/13

The Majestic Bargain Hunt is back! After so many of you got fantastic bargains in last year's hunt, we've reduced the price on a whole range of wines by up to 33%. Don't miss out!

Keep your eyes peeled for some fantastic savings around the store including some of the following;

Composite Sauvignon Blanc £7.4 £5.99

Vistasur Sauvignon Blanc £6.24  £4.99

Tabali Reserva Especial Sauvignon Blanc £9.99  £7.99

Cres Ricards Marsanne Roussanne £9.99 £6.66

Marquis de Peannautier Chardonnay £9.99 £6.66

Catalpa Pinot Noir £12.99 £8.49

Vouvray Moelleux Half Bottle £12.99 £7.99

 

Prices listed are valid when you buy 2 or more of each product and have limited availability so don't miss out! Offers end 4th Feb.

 

Saturday Kitchen 5/1Date published: 05/01/13

Today Olly Smith has selected the Waimea Estate Pinot Gris 2011 to go with a salmon and coriander dish and Viñalba Chardonnay 2012 to go with chicken in tarragon sauce.

Waimea Pinot Gris £11.24 or buy any 2 NZ wines and save 20% = £8.99

Vinalba Chardonnay £10.99 or buy 2 save £4 = £8.99

Limited stock available so don't miss out!

Fine Wine Friday!Date published: 04/01/13

Fine Wine Friday

Bader-Mimeur Chateau de Chassagne-Montrachet

Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc

2008

£19.99

Hailing from one of the most prestigious appellations in Burgundy, (and there are over 100 appellations!)- this village produced more red wines than white until the 1980's when considerable Chardonnay plantings led to the increased production and quality of the more famous whites we see today.

This stunning Chardonnay is bursting with exotic fruits, vanilla and lime, following on with vanilla and floral notes on the palate. Whilst drinking well now you could also keep it to develop over the next 5-8 years.

The well balanced acidity makes this delicious wine a perfect match for pate or foie gras on toast, or try with poached salmon in a creamy dill sauce- perfect for a New Year dinner party!  

Wine of the Week! Majestic Peaks Pinot NoirDate published: 03/01/13

 

Majestic Peaks

Pinot Noir 2010

£10.99 or buy any 2 New Zealand wines and save 20% £8.79

Now that the heavy feasting festive period is over we figured you would be looking for something a little lighter after the heavy clarets and rich meals we generally gorge ourselves on at Christmas! This excellent value, award winning, limited edition Pinot Noir is produced exclusively for Majestic and whilst maintaining a lovely velvety texture for the cold January ahead shows all the hallmarks a great Kiwi Pinot should. Its wild berry perfume coupled with cherry, cassis and raspberry spice make it ideal for any leftover duck or even turkey you may have; try stir-frying with chinese five spice and crunchy vegetables for a healthy option!

Christmas Fine Wine WeekendDate published: 20/12/12

 

Christmas Fine Wine

Domaine Chevalier Pere et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin

2009 Burgundy

£30

Situated 13km south of Dijon, the small town of Gevrey-Chambertin is the largest village apellation of the Côte de Nuits and produces some of the richest, most muscular wines in Burgundy. Domaine Chevalier has bottled Gevrey-Chambertin every year since George Chevalier first bottled an entire harvest back in 1959.

Having grouse for Christmas dinner? No? Me either, however this lovely Pinot Noir will suit a roast turkey along with mushroom and chestnuts just as well as heavier game birds with its firm structure and long finish accentuated with cherry, strawberry and other red fruits.

The subtle spice and concentrated fruits are drinking well now, however like all good GC will reward you even further with a few more years in the bottle.. if you can wait that long!

Spirits!Date published: 18/12/12

We have a full selection of spirits for your Christmas requirements. Be it Whisky, gin or Cognac we have a fine selection for you to choose from. Also, look out for our spirits in gift packs with complimentary glassware which make an ideal present for that person who already has everything!

Tanquery £20

Remy Martin VSOP £35

Singleton of Dufftown £32

Wine of the Week!Date published: 13/12/12

Chateau Lanessan

1998

Haut-Medoc

If you are looking for a claret for the festive period then look no further than this one. Chateau Lanessan is situated in Cussac-Fort- Medoc, close to the border with St Julien and is under new management after a couple of centuries in the hands of the Boutelier family. It is a 45ha plot of the classic varieties of Bordeaux.

A medium weight, well structure claret from the excellent (but often forgotten) 1998 vintage. It has retained its blackcurrent fruit and developed notes of roasted herbs and cedar. The tannins are graceful and the finish is long. Enjoy now or cellar for a few more years.

This would be a perfect partner to roast beef or even the Christmas turkey if you prefer a slightly heavier style. It will certainly impress the guests!  

Fine Wine Friday!Date published: 07/12/12

Cloudy Bay Riesling

Marlborough

The cult wine from New Zealand's south island. Perhaps more famous for their Sauvignon Blanc, this Riesling is made from an exceptionally small harvest from two parcels of vines, this is Cloudy Bay's stunning and exclusive take on the classic grape.

Echoing the fresh, off-dry Alsatian style of Riesling, this wine delivers a lush and delicately unctuous palate of tropical and citrus fruits, all the time accompanied by a restrained yet potent nose tinged with aromas of beeswax.

This wine is drinking very well now or would cellar for the next few years making it an ideal Christmas gift. Enjoy with mild curries, roasted vegetables or smoked salmon.

Check out what is available our tasting counter online at www.majestic.co.uk/northallerton

Canard Duchene ChampagneDate published: 06/12/12

Canard Duchene has been located in Ludes, in the Montagne de Reims National Park, since 1868. Its founders, Victor Canard and Léonie Duchêne, both well-known characters in Champagne, were granted the right by the Russian Imperial Family to adopt its coat of arms as the family emblem. The crowned two-headed eagle has thus appeared on every Canard-Duchêne label since the end of the 19th century. It is a Champagne house to cover every occasion, from aperitif to party.

Canard Duchene Brut - £15

This epitomises the Canard-Duchêne style, where freshness and intensity bring together nobility and nature. Its secrets lie in the subtle blend of Pinot and Chardonnay and careful ageing in the long galleries of the underground cellars in Ludes. Characterised by fresh fruit aromas jostling with brioche notes, perfect for every occasion.

Canard Duchene Brut Magnum - £40

Canard Duchene Rose - £20

With its delicate, pinkish hue and magnificent, pearlised ribbon, Rosé stands apart for its intense, fresh fruit aromas of strawberries, with a subtle hint of grenadine, against a backdrop of mineral notes for enhanced freshness. This summery, seductive cuvée is delightful as an aperitif, enjoyed throughout the evening or to accompany delicately sweet desserts.

Canard Duchene Charles VII - £25

Canard Charles VII is a complex, refined and elegant Champagne, characterised by overriding white fruit aromas and mineral notes. It is the perfect balance of maturity and freshness, of the Chardonnay dominated bouquet and the Pinot Noir dominated palate.“Charles VII le Victorieux” is ideal served as an aperitif or to start a meal.

Farewell Cave De Turckheim, Hello Cave De Hunawihr!!Date published: 03/12/12

The sad news is that we will no longer be stocking our Cave de Turckheim range of wines, which we know some of you will miss, but fear not! We have an excellent (maybe even superior) replacement joining the ranks!

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 welcoming four classic Alsace varieties from them, all of which demonstrate lovely varietal purity, interest and concentration.

Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Blanc 2011

One of the more delicate expressions of Alsatian winemaking, this Pinot Blanc is a restrained and subtle mix of apricot and yellow plum fruit, with a hint of citrus and floral notes.

Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Gris 2011

An open, generous and straightforward wine, offering fresh pear and apricot fruit and a lifted smokiness. Gently off-dry, emphasising the soft, ripe fruit- the palate has a pleasing length.

Kuhlmann-Platz Riesling 2011

A pale straw yellow, thie 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.

Kuhlmann-Platz Gewurtztraminer 2011

Fresh and open, with a pale straw colour and light body. Aromas of apricot and yellow plum, with hints of white rose. A gently sweet palate with firm acidity that dries and lengthens the finish.

All 4 new products are priced at only £7.99 (when you buy 2 or more) so Come and Explore!

A Very English ChristmasDate published: 01/12/12

Tradition may dictate we turn to stereotypical Burgundy and Bordeaux wines for the festive period, however if you are looking for something a bit different to the usual suspects- Chapel Down have a wine for every occasion, and best of all its all grown right on your doorstep! (Almost)

Chapel Down Pinot Reserve 2006   £23.99 £19.99

A real rival to Champagne in a more balanced and reserved style, with mineral and brioche elements. Perfect for a pre-Christmas dinner toast.

Chapel Down Bacchus 2010/2011 £10.99

With complex aromas of rose petals, herbs and lychee on the nose; the palate shows apple, pear and white pepper- perfect for the seafood salad starter or traditional prawn cocktail!

Chapel Down The Union Red 2011 £11.99

A great alternative to Beaujolais or other light red Burgundies, this is a soft and youthful red wine, with notes of plum, cherry and liquorice, and supple tannins. Ideal with traditional roast turkey, goose or even duck.

Chapel Down Nectar Late Harvest 2009 £11.99

With accents of marmalade, dried stone fruit, clementine and floral characters, this sweet yet light dessert wine is perfect for the cheeseboard or sponge puddings for the non Christmas pudding fans.

Chapel Down Rose Brut NV £24.99  £20.99

The colour of lightly smoked salmon. Classic Pinot Noir nose of strawberry and raspberry with a splash of creaminess. Ripe berry and rhubarb flavours and clean finish with perfectly balanced acidity. Perfect as an alternative to dessert wine with winter berry pudding or even a festive sherry trifle.

Wine of the Week!Date published: 29/11/12

Saint Clair Pioneer Block

2012 Marlborough

Sauvignon Blanc

The first vintage of Saint Clair was produced as recently as 1994 but the winery has rapidly become one of the most reputed in Marlborough. The Pioneer Block range is sourced from outstanding parcels of friut identified by winemaker Matt Thompson.

This Marlborough Sauvignon is bursting with aromas of gooseberry and passionfriut. It's palate is a mouthful of herbaceous character, gooseberry and underlying minerality. It has fresh acidity and a well balanced alcohol level of 13%. It is a challenger to the very best New Zealand has to offer.

As part of our Christmas Collection, Saint Clair is the perfect match to Salmon or seafood this December. However, it will also match to goats cheese or make a good aperitif if the fizz gets a bit too much this Christmas!

The Majestic Christmas Collection!Date published: 27/11/12

Enjoy at least 20% off the perfect wines this Christmas

We've chosen a selection of incredible wines for the party season and they all come at wonderfully low prices. So whether it's to go with a traditional feast or to add extra sparkle to a party, we've got the bottle to make your festivities extra special.

Look out for our recommendation cards and flyers in store to ensure whether you're having goose, salmon, turkey or lots more, everything will be perfect on the big day!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 22/11/12

This Gran Reserva Rioja has been aged in American and French oak for a minimum of 3 years giving the wine a well balanced elegant finish.

In addition to the oak character, this Rioja has deep elements of cherry and red fruits with a touch of spice.

With these two different characteristics it results in a well established smooth and velvety taste. Ready for drinking now or over the next few years.

I would highly recommend this wine to be drunk with any roast meats. Why not try it for yourself?  

Dom Perignon 2003 David Lynch Special EditionDate published: 18/11/12

Dom Perignon and David Lynch is an encounter between two worlds that have total faith in the power or creation.

As the cellarer and procurator of the Abbey of Hautvillers, Dom Pierre Perignon devoted his life to an unwavering quest: to create the best wine in the world.

Inspired by this power of creation. David Lynch, working in a California studio, created sets and cobbled together strange theatrical machinery to reinterpret the timeless bottle. From his experiments, an exclusive bottle and gift box were born, revealing the intensity, the light and the mystery of Dom Perignon Vintage 2003.

On the nose; the bouquet spirals through a light-filled, floral softness to the gritty minerality that epitomises Dom Perignon, evocative of candied fruit, plant life and exquisite camphor leaf freshness, and finally plunges into darkness, spices and liquorice root.

On the palate; the wine still has a physical presence. It is striking and demanding, tactile and vibrant rather than aromatic. It is built on rhythm and rupture more than harmony. After an initial cloud of softness, we hit a mineralised verticality that gradually opens out to suggest a bitter, iodised and saline nobility

 

This is the perfect Christmas gift for that special loved one to be part of history. Now in store in very limited supply- £120 or buy 6 bottles save 10% = £108

Wine of the Week!Date published: 13/11/12

Anakena

Single Vineyard Syrah

2011

Sergio Cuadra is a native of Santiago but developed his wine making skills in California, France and Australia before returning to his homeland and Anakana. Anakena's single vineyard wines are produced from specific plots chosen to produce wines with exceptional varietal character. Grown on the plains of Colchagua, this Syrah has a classic blend of black currents and raspberry with hints of smoke and violets. It has moderate tannins but ripe, juicy fruit. Unmistakably a new world style Syrah.

This is an ideal partner to most things meaty. A good match to stews or casseroles but I would match it the Chilean classic- steak!

Anakena have been declared carbon neutral through their careful efforts in bottling, labeling and transport.  

Sherry and Port Grotto!Date published: 10/11/12

We're busy getting ready for the Christmas rush! You'll now find Bordeaux, Sherry, Port and Fine Wine all in our cosy Christmas Grotto!

Exclusive Rioja ParcelDate published: 10/11/12

1994 offered up one of the best vintages of the previous century, widely compared to 1964. This is a rare chance to buy some fantastic, aged Rioja at great prices! Beware they won't hang around for long!

Vina Pomal Reserva 1994                     £9.99

Beronia Reserva 1994                           £11.99

Urbina Gran Reserva 1994                   £14.99

Marques de Murrieta Reserva 1994    £17.99

If that isn't enough we have some of our Marques de Vargas 2001 Reserva £14.99!

Pop in or call us at the store!

Fantastic, Award Winning New Beers!Date published: 01/11/12

We are very excited to welcome several new members to our beer range this winter including;

Harvest Pale Ale, 12x500ml, 3.8%, £21 when you buy any two cases of bottled ale. This the flagship beer of the Castle Rock Brewery in Nottingham. It is a lighter strength pale beer that has twice won Champion Beer of Britain in the last 5 years!

The Krombacher brand is a benchmark for quality beer in Germany, which is probably the toughest and best lager market in the World!

Krombacher Wheat Beer 12x500ml, 5.3%, £25.99 or buy 2 cases save £8 = £21.99

Krombacher Pils 12x500ml, 4.8%, £23.99 or buy 2 cases save £8 =£19.99

Please note the Krombacher multi-buy deal can be mixed with pils/wheat and also both Paulaner beers too!

Curious Brew Lager 12x330ml, 4.7%, £17.99  A craft lager made by our friends at Chapel Down Winery in Kent, which caused a stir by winning Gold Medal at the International Beer Challenge 2012! It is made using champagne yeast during secondary fermentation which gives a very distinctive flavour, and creates a very dry, crisp refreshing style.

Quilmes 12x355ml, 4.9%, £15.99 The best selling beer brand of Argentina!

For a limited time we also have some samples of all these new beers for you to try, just ask one of the team when you next pop in- come and explore!  

Wine of The Week - Barolo Milani!Date published: 30/10/12

Barolo Milani

2008, Rocca

£15.99 or buy 2 save £12 = £9.99

 

The first thing that struck me about this Barolo was its incredible garnet colour with burnt orange tinges, and even a hint of spiced orange on the nose too along with violet and pencil lead.

If you're looking for a light and subtle Italian red then this is ideal. Smooth enough to drink alone but with enough tannin and spice to pair perfectly with roast lamb with sage infused roast potatoes or even some pecorino with a lemon marmalade dip.

Enjoy!

Wine of the Week - Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz!Date published: 26/10/12

Jim Barry: The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2010, Clare Valley

 

£12.49 Single Bottle Price or Buy 2 Bottles save £5

= £9.99

 

 

This wine is superb value at only £9.99! I recently enjoyed this smooth, fruity and well balanced wine with a mixed grill, it was the perfect companion.

However, this wine can be drank without food as it has plenty of character ranging from the light violet and menthol edges, to the dark fruits of blackcurrant and cherry.

Why not try this wine to accompany you with your Sunday Roast? And show off to friends by picking out all the different flavors in this well bodied Australian Shiraz.

Team Northallerton

Beer of the Month!Date published: 16/10/12

Abbot Ale

12 x 500ml, 5%

£19.20 when you buy any 2 cases of ale.

Abbott Ale is a premium bitter which dates back to the 1950's. It is brewed longer from a unique recipe to create a full and smooth mature beer. It is a delightful balance of fruit character and malty richness with an excellent hop finish.

Whilst Greene King have been expanding rapidly, their ales have remained true to their origins and date back to 1089. They are still brewed in Bury St Edmunds.

Available to try today!  

Wine of the Week - Parcel Series Riesling!Date published: 05/10/12

The Parcel Series
Riesling, 2006

£6.99 when you buy 2 or more.

The latest addition to our popular 'Parcel Series' range hails from the Eden Valley in the form of this nicely mature yet zesty riesling.

If you aren't a big fan of the sweeter style Riesling's often found in Alsace/Germany; the citrus fruit and slately minerality gently softened with honey hints provides a new perspective for you to try.

Try with a king prawn linguine in creamy tomato sauce or make a delicious Fisherman's pie!

Enjoy!

Fine Wine Friday!Date published: 05/10/12

Fine Wine Friday!

Boekenhoutskloof
The Chocolate Block
2011


£25 or buy any two South African wines, save 20%;

£19.99

This month team Northallerton have selected the much anticipated return of the ever-popular Chocolate Block for you (and us!) to try- back in stock at last with the latest vintage to be released; 2011.

This rich and full bodied beauty is a big blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon dominated by 67% syrah adding spice and an earthy depth.

As the owner of Boekenhoutskloof told me, “This wine is not Coca-Cola, I can't just turn on the tap!” testament to the limited release of only 1432 barrels this year- it soon flies off the shelves!

The spicy blackcurrant and raspberry nose tinged with leather leads to a powerful yet harmonious palate of pepper and chocolate making this wine an ideal match for a good old roast beef Sunday lunch (don't forget the Yorkshire puddings!)

Want to try something different? Get into the South African spirit and try a slow roasted Springbok or a rich Boerewors casserole.
 

New Beers!Date published: 29/09/12

We have a few new beers in stock this month for those of you interested in trying different ales. Along with the return of Abbot Ale ,£19.20 a case, we have;

Old Golden Hen, Morland £19.20 per case

Tribute, St Austell Brewery £22.80 per case

Oxfordshire Ales mixed Case £19.20

Plus a full selection Copper Dragon (£25.80) and current staff favourite Marston's Classic Ales of England at just £15 per case. All of these prices are when you buy any two cases of ale, so pop down and see what else we have to offer!

 

 

Farewell Riverlands Run... Hello Ragged Point!Date published: 23/09/12

We know many of you were big fans of the exceptionally good value Riverlands Run Sauvignon Blanc, which we are now completely sold out of here in Northallerton and, alas, the most recent shipment was the last.

The vintage in Marlborough was down by around 25% in 2012, thanks to poor weather at flowering and a very cool summer. The quality of the vintage was saved by a warm and dry last month, and the wines are actually lovely and concentrated, but there is much less to go around. The price of grapes and bulk wine has more than doubled since the start of the year therefore had we continued with Riverlands Run the wine would be on sale at £7.49 as the best price which obviously would have lost its repuation for excellent value!

"So now what?!" I hear you cry... step forth Ragged Point!

Due to some very thrifty deals by our Buyer, we are pleased to welcome the new Ragged Point Sauvignon Blanc 2012. Although it is the replacement for Riverlands Run, it is actually superior not only in taste but in the looks department too! It displays typical Marlborough characteristics of gooseberry, nettle and hints of tomato leaf on the nose leading to green apple, citrus and hints of melon on the palate.

Look out for our new friend on the tasting counter soon to see what you think.. and the best part is its only £5.99! (When you buy 2 or more, but you guessed that already.)

Fine Wine Friday!Date published: 07/09/12

Fine Wine Friday!

Vina Ardanza
Rioja Reserva, 2001

£22 or buy any two Spanish wines, save 20%

£17.59

Selected by your team here at Northallerton as one of the best selling fine wines so far, we think it is excellent value for an outstanding vintage!

This wine is made exclusively from fruit grown on the 360 hectare site in the Rioja Alta region and is named after one of the regions founding families. The winery remains under family ownership to this day. This is one of only three vintages of Ardanza deemed good enough to carry the Reserva Especial tag ('64 and '73 the others) where vintage conditions were perfect.

The wine is a complex balance of perfumed fruit and a subtle spice character. Plum and red currents give way to earth and pepper on the mid palate with well balanced acidity and soft tannins. Over the coming years the layers of flavour will become more complex.

This an ideal match to your roast lamb or try with a game casserole as the weather begins to turn towards autumnal and the leaves start to fall.


On the first Friday of each month we open one of our fine wines for you to taste. Check out the details at www.majestic.co.uk/northallerton or find us on twitter!

Fine Wine Friday!Date published: 07/09/12

Vina Ardanza
Rioja Reserva, 2001

£22 or buy any two Spanish wines, save 20%

£17.59

Selected by your team here at Northallerton as one of the best selling fine wines so far, we think it is excellent value for an outstanding vintage!

This wine is made exclusively from fruit grown on the 360 hectare site in the Rioja Alta region and is named after one of the regions founding families. The winery remains under family ownership to this day. This is one of only three vintages of Ardanza deemed good enough to carry the Reserva Especial tag ('64 and '73 the others) where vintage conditions were perfect.

The wine is a complex balance of perfumed fruit and a subtle spice character. Plum and red currents give way to earth and pepper on the mid palate with well balanced acidity and soft tannins. Over the coming years the layers of flavour will become more complex.

This an ideal match to your roast lamb or try with a game casserole as the weather begins to turn towards autumnal and the leaves start to fall.


On the first Friday of each month we open one of our fine wines for you to taste. Check out the details at www.majestic.co.uk/northallerton or find us on twitter!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 04/09/12

DMZ

Chardonnay
2011

Not a lover of all things Chardonnay, this was an unexpected surprise to me. Made by De Morgenzon in Stellenbosch, the vineyards are referred to as gardens as flowers are grown between vines. As well as being quirky, this also allows vines to grow in a biodiverse environment. Slightly less easy to explain is the decision to play baroque music to the vines all year round! The theory is that vibrations from mathematically arranged music pieces align the anatomical particles of the vine and this is passed on to create a more balanced wine. Apparently the Brandenburg concertos help to create a delicious wine!

Either way, the cool climate vineyards and careful bunch selection creates a crisp, well balanced Chardonnay with finesse and elegance. An ideal match to pan fried scallops or a simple chicken dish.

The wine would also benefit from 2-3 years in the cellar. If you like this wine, push the boat out and try Jean-Louis Chavy Puligny- Montrachet.
 

Wine of the Week - Vinalba Chardonnay!Date published: 29/08/12

Viñalba Reserva
Chardonnay

2012, Mendoza

£8.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

 

A number of you recently have been asking for un-oaked Chardonnays, so with this in mind I thought it would be a perfect time to explore the new Vinalba Chardonnay which is vinified without the use of oak leaving a lovely fresh and crisper style.

Bursting with pear drops, banana, pineapple and tangerine on the nose leading to a refreshing white peach and citrus palate makes it ideal with poached salmon in a creamy dill sauce or even a butter chicken curry for an Asian inspired match.


To learn more about Chardonnay- come and explore our free 30 minute Chardonnay Tutorial on Saturday 8th September at 11am or 3pm
RSVP required- ask one of us for details.

Wine of the Week!Date published: 22/08/12

Jim Barry
Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon

2010
Coonawarra

 

On the southern boundary of Coonawarra is the old Penola cricket ground, which first saw a ball bowled in anger and the flashing cover drives of the local champions in 1950. This wine is named in commemoration of this ground where Jim Barry now grows this premium Cabernet. The small parcels of grapes are aged in French and American oak.

Now, I like Coonawarra Cabernet and I like cricket but it isn't very often the two come together aside from batting with a glass of rosé in Gosforth. This wine has all the hallmarks of Coonawarra Cab with damson and black current fruit, liquorice and a herbaceous undertone all married together with ceder.

This is an ideal partner to fillet steak with a horseradish sauce, a beef hotpot or hearty chargrilled sausages off the barbeque. You could also shove this in the cellar for a couple of years and allow the liquorice and cedar character to develop more.

Wine of the Week - St Clair Pioneer Block!Date published: 15/08/12

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc

£13.99 when you buy two or more

 

Intense exotic fruit, coupled with the powerful
scent of gooseberry and passion fruit give this
excellent expression of top quality Sauvignon
Blanc a refreshing, steely dryness. It also
displays great complexity, with herbaceous,
zesty characters and a steely underlying
minerality.

 

If you enjoy Asian cuisine then give this racy
and pungent Sauvignon Blanc a whirl with a
Teriyaki and lemon grass pork stir fry or even
a classic Thai Green Curry to emphasise its
terrific herbaceous qualities.

 

Enjoy!
 

Wine of the Week!Date published: 09/08/12

Ponte del Diavolo
2010

Pinot Bianco

This wine is named after the legendary 'Devil's Bridge', a 15th century stone bridge in the town of Cividale in Friuli. It is said that the Devil would construct the bridge in return for the soul of the first living creature to cross it after its construction. The cheeky folks of the town sent a cat across and saved themselves from the curse. They have crossed the bridge free from worry ever since. The cat was not so lucky.....!


The wine is unoaked and a fresh, clean example of Pinot Bianco made by Kiwi winemaker Matt Thompson, you may remember him from wineries in Bordeaux, Italy or New Zealand. It is lightly fragrant with hints of apple and peach and well judged acidity. An excellent alternative to those stuck in a rut of Pinto Grigio or Sauv Blanc.

A perfect match to light salads or seafood. Try it with the barbeque next time and enjoy it as an aperitif, with grilled white fish or chicken and then enjoy the last glass as the sun goes down!

Fine Wine Friday!Date published: 03/08/12

Fine Wine Friday!!!

Chablis 1er Cru 'Mont de Melieu' 2010, Domaine Pinson

£19.99


Yes, an expensive wine but well worth the money for a classic white Burgundy!

If, like I used to be, you're not a Chardonnay lover then let this wine change your mind...you'll be naming your first born after it.

A fresh minerality coupled with a softer lime fruit character lends this wine towards a match with seafood. If you're not a fan of Oysters try it with some Mussels in a creamy sauce with chips. Simple!

 

The first Friday of each month we will be opening a bottle from our fine wine selection.

Wine of the Week - Vavasour!Date published: 02/08/12

About three years ago Vavasour arrived in our ever growing range of New Zealand whites and was an instant hit with both customers and staff alike quickly becoming the most popular white on the shelf. It is still as popular now as it was then.

What makes this wine so popular? It is packed full of tropical fruits and citrus but is balanced with mineral notes which restrain the wine in a way some Kiwi Sauvignons lack. It is dry and crisp without teeth clenching acidity and well judged 13% alcohol.

This wine works as a great aperitif or on a lazy evening in front of the Olympics. However, try it with light salads or seafood. For me though, it's perfect partner would have to be herbaceous Thai foods which can be a difficult thing to match but the Vavasour is right at home.
 

Buying for Business?Date published: 26/07/12

Do you own or manage a business in the North Yorkshire area? Are you fed up of the long labour intensive journey to the cash n' carry every week? Perhaps you're not entirely satisfied with your current supplier? Or if you just want some advice on wine lists and pricing to suit your customers then we can 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 in opening an account with us? Simply contact us using any of the following methods:

Telephone: 01609 770679

Email: nal@majestic.co.uk

Write to us:

Majestic Wine Warehouse

Unit2 Low Gates Yard

High Street

Northallerton

DL68EB

Or you can always tweet us: @MajesticNthall

And one of our friendly team will be happy to give you further information.

Majestic Northallerton - a stress free service!

Wine of the Week!Date published: 26/07/12

The Shortlist

Shiraz

So Summer lasted about 48 hours and you are tired of sipping chilled rose in your coat under an umbrella in the garden. Well help is on hand from McGuigan.

The Shortlist range is made from grapes of the highest quality sourced from Barossa Valley. It is a deep ruby colour with a nose of cherry and black fruit. On the palate the fruit is followed by subtle hints of vanilla, earth and that classic Barossa character, black pepper.

It's firm and robust and was a perfect match for my beef casserole at the weekend. However, it would be equally at home with grilled steak or venison. If the sun does put his hat on between now and Christmas this wine would be good with chargrilled sausages or hearty beef burgers. If you are feeling a bit restrained, pop this in the cellar for a year or two and you will be well rewarded.
 

Wine of the Week - Gavi La LancelottaDate published: 17/07/12

Gavi La Lancelotta
2011

£6.99 when you buy any 2 Italian Wines

If you can pry yourself away from some heart warming reds this 'summer' then the versatility of this lovely crisp and refreshing Gavi from the Piedmont could be the star of your next BBQ.

The steely minerality and peach flavours would match well to a hint of spice- perfect with your jerk chicken, rice and peas.
Meanwhile, the refreshing lime and grapefruit characters are ideal with grilled chicken salad or enjoy with red snapper and crushed new potatoes.
Not hungry? Then simply enjoy a glass on its own on a lazy summer afternoon- the definition of versatile!

Enjoy!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 13/07/12

Fleurie 2010 Domaine Des Nugues

£12.99 or £10.39 when you buy any 2 Beaujolais

A superb Fleurie put together with Gamay grapes from 60 year old vines, capable of ageing for 3 years and more.

Medium bodied, the wine displays a nose of raspberry and violets coupled with a minerality that brings structure and balance. The fruit flavours on the palate are exquisitely pure and complemented by a hint of smokiness. The tannins are well integrated with potential to soften over the next few years.

The perfect partner to white meats, I'd enjoy it with veal on a bed of sweet potatoes...magnifique!!

Fine Wine Friday!Date published: 06/07/12


La Reserve de Leoville Barton

2006
St. Julien


This is the second wine of the prestigious Leoville Barton and is an earlier drinking, value for money version of the grand vin. St Julien is the smallest of the famous four communes but has the highest proportion of classed growths. Leoville Barton sits in the heart of the region. The once vast Leoville estate was separated in 1836 but most remains under the control of the Barton family. Leoville Barton is now a 46ha estate sitting on gravel covering a sub-soil of clay looking out towards the Gironde.

Made from 30 year old vines, the wines not quite ready for the first wine find its way to the second. Following on from the 'vintage of the century', 2006 turned out to be a classic year with wines more rustic and traditional in style. Many, like the Reserve de Leoville Barton, are softening nicely and are ready to drink over the next decade if you like a younger claret.

This example has 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. It is a classic example of all that claret is meant to be; a dry, appetizing red for the dining table after several years of cellaring. An ideal match to roasted red meats making it the perfect wine for any Sunday Lunch.

Wine of the Week!Date published: 27/06/12

Chateau Sainte Marguerite
2010
Cotes de Provence

This south eastern corner of France has been much fought over across the centuries and around 2,500 years ago wine was first produced. It is this history which not only created a heritage sought out by tourists but also introduced a vast number of grape varieties. 13 are permitted but Carignan, Syrah and Grenache are the most common. When you combine the culture, 3,000 hours a year of sunshine and southern French cuisine it is no wonder Provence rose is so popular. It produces 150 million bottles a year-8% of world production!

Chateau Sainte Marguerite started in 1929 and was taken over by the Fayard in 1977. The vineyard is situated near a little seaside village and has an excellent climate and good growing conditions to make serious wines. It is a blend of Grenache and Syrah which are grown organically.

As the warmer weather arrives a rose is perfect not only to kick back and relax with but also a fine match for foods. This wine has a nose of red berries and floral hints. It is light and delicate on the palate with summer fruits but remains dry with structure acidity. It is perfect at a barbecue where it acts as a delicious aperitif and then matches well to pork seasoned with herbs or chili and lime chicken kebabs.

Tasting EventsDate published: 20/06/12

On top of offering tasting notes with all of our wines we offer a range of other services. Our free, informal Wine Course events are aimed at those interested in learning a little bit more about the things they drink. We run Wine Evenings which are essentially an open door event where people can mill around tasting interesting wines and eating a few nibbles. Of course, we will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Finally, if you would like a talk at an external venue we are more than willing to run it for you. All we ask is you buy the wine and organise a venue and we will come along and talk about the wines. It can be as formal or informal as you like and can be a great way of learning more. Many of our tastings form part of fundraising events.

Find out more by contacting us at the store.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 20/06/12

Marsannay

2007
Louis Latour

The family-run company of Maison Louis Latour is one of the most highly respected producers in Burgundy. Renowned throughout the world for the quality of its red and white wines, the company has built a reputation for tradition and innovation. The Latour family themselves have been in viticulture since the 17th century.


Marsannay was only given appellation controlee status in 1987 but is now unique in having that status for red, white and rose. It sits at the northern end of the Cotes de Nuits and produces Pinot Noirs which are light and elegant in style. This example comes from the Clos Chameroy winery and only 20% of the wine has been oak aged to protect the freshness of fruit.


There is a hint of menthol on the nose with fresh red current and strawberry fruit character. The fruit character lingers on the palate with soft tannins and well rounded acidity. The wine is light and refreshing but with enough character to keep coming back for another taste.

An ideal partner to duck or a seared tuna steak. It will keep for another few years but is drinking very nicely at the moment.
 

A trip to Chile - Part 2Date published: 19/06/12

After an overnight stay in Santiago, there was a short drive to Maipo Valley in the foothills of the Andes. Whilst the weather is hot and sunny, the altitude tempers this with cooler nights. The soils are poor and the vines really have to work hard giving some of the best wines Chile has to offer. Having tasted some of the top wines of the region we were then treated to a tasting of different styles and whilst Carmenere showed well, Cabernet proved to be king. Stunning examples from Santa Rita Medalla Real, Penalolen and Waiki were all popular and the Calicanto went very nicely indeed with a steak later that day!

We moved further south to Colchagua for a barbecue which consisted of vast quantities of red meat cooked over what we would normally consider to be a bonfire. Kicking off with a bottle of cheap fizz, it turned out to be a rather pleasant aperitif from Undurraga. This was followed by a selection of heavier reds from the area and Carmenere really came into it's own. Introduced from Bordeaux, it has become popular in Chile and fares very well on the fertile plains of Colchagua offering ripe, full bodied fruit.

The final stop on the tour was a trip south, away from the wine making regions but we were still able to enjoy the full selection from all that Chile has to offer. A country that can produce tropical, oaked Chardonnay from Rapel Valley or Burgundian minerality from Limari. It has ripe Sauvignon from warmer climates of Central Valley or the Loire-like freshness of Leyda. Reds from cool climate Pinot, full fruity Colchagua Carmenere, world class Maipo Cabernet or Syrah from the north which in a few years will offer a genuine alternative to the northern Rhone.

A wonderful trip was over but the differences and subtly of Chile live long in the memory. If you would like to explore all that the country has to offer pop in to the store from 6th July and try some for yourself, just don't forget the barbecued steaks!
 

Wine of the Week Date published: 15/06/12

Cave de Turckheim Gewurtztraminer
2011, Alsace

£9.49 when you two bottles

 

The Voges Mountains are the secret to the success of vineyards in Alsace, offering protection from moist west winds and keeping the sky clear. Cave de Turckheim has been a collective of 180 growers running over 109 hectares since 1955, to the west of Colmar.
Following the character of the region, this Gewurztraminer is a Germanic wine made in the French way; low acidity combined with high alcohol and glycerol gives an impression of sweetness.
Blossom, turkish delight and rose on the nose are accompanied by a warming spice with a touch of honey. Even with all this going on the flavours strike a wonderful balance and a dry finish.

A superb partner to Asian cuisine, or Alsatian cheese.
 

Free Delivery now available on just 6 bottles!Date published: 12/06/12

Our minimum order for delivery has been reduced to just 6 bottles (any mix of wine, champagne or spirits).

Orders over £40 will qualify for free delivery.

There will be a £5 delivery charge for orders under £40.

Spoilt for choice? Why not try one of our new 6 bottle 'Explorer Cases' selected by country or grape variety and find yourself a new favourite tipple!

A trip to Chile - Part 1Date published: 12/06/12

It is just over a year since I was lucky enough to travel to Chile and experience this unique country and it's wine and food first hand. It was not only a memorable experience but offered a really good insight into the wine and it's regions. The country is 2,700 miles long and despite averaging just 109 miles across, the land slopes sharply down from the heights of the Andes straight into the sea. This provides vast changes in climate, from the cool altitude in the foothills through the warm and fertile central plains and down to the coast where sea breezes again keep temperatures lower. With water running off the mountain tops and many diseases kept out, this really is a fine place to make wine.

Embarking on a journey to a country I knew little about on a continent I had never visited was reasonably nerve racking but an hour into the 13 hour flight from Paris it was reassuring to be served a glass of La Vielle Ferme (or two) and settle down to watch a film. A nice enough way to pass any long haul flight! Bleary eyed and grubby we touched down, took a dip in a pool and off for lunch at a market in Santiago.

It was a fish market so we settled down to some ceviche and a Pisco Sour, a popular cocktail made of Pisco (grape brandy), lemon juice, sugar and an egg white mixed well. Not my favourte drink but when in Rome and all! Next a course of a Chilean classic, deep fried Conga eel which need something to match. A cool climate Sauv Blanc was called for and we settled on a coastal Leyda Valley wine which had nice high levels of acidity and citrus character which worked well with the eel. A perfect way to start. Kicking back to enjoy a glass of Pinot Noir from the same region which was light and elegant, more Burgundian than anything else we realised Chile was so much more than cheap and cheerful Carmenere.

A trip north away from the hustle and bustle of Santiago was next on the agenda and a brief four hour bus trip to Limari was well worth the time. Away from the Central plains the nights are cool and the lack of summer rain has been overcome by a system of canals and dams. Some of the highlights here are the more European styles of cooler more delicate Chardonnay and a subtle Pinot Noir from Tabali grown on the alluvial soils usually reserved for olives and grapes for Pisco. I'd passed on the fish this time and took lamb so needed something more robust. From further north in Elqui, Mayu produce a wonderful Syrah, ripe from 300 days of sunshine but not overdone as it is controlled by evening temperature, the perfect match.

A trip back to the Central Valley followed as we discovered what the core winemaking regions had to offer and the delights of a Chilean barbeque.

Fine Wine of the Month!Date published: 10/06/12

Saintsbury Brown Ranch Chardonnay
2008, Carneros

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-saintsbury/product-is-18111

Caneros is situated across both Napa and Sonoma but has little in common with either regions. Literally meaning 'the rams', it is dairy country and was only colonized by winemakers in the early 1980's. Cooling winds from the coast keep the temperature down and the region provides some of the slowest ripening vines. The wines produced here carry crisp acidity and stone fruit flavours which mean they can be some of the longest lived in all of California.

The “Brown Ranch” vineyard in northeast Carneros is the culmination of the knowledge Saintsbury have gathered about Carneros grape growing since they set out to showcase this region in 1981. Whilst working with Pinot Noir in the vineyard in 1992 they realised that there was a portion of the land that seemed very suited to Chardonnay. Saintsbury planted eight acres here.

This is the top wine of Dick Ward from Saintsbury which Majestic buy and import believing them to be of burgundy-like character. The wine spends nine months in French oak and is then racked into stainless steel along with the fine lees for a further six months to further enhance the terroir driven style of the wine.

A palate of apple, pear and stone fruit are support by the Burgundy style minerality and fresh acidity. Despite higher alcohol levels the wine is well balanced and would be the perfect white accompaniment to a hog roast.

Wine of the Week - Eguia Gran ReservaDate published: 06/06/12

Rioja Gran Revesrva 2003 Vina Eguia

£12.99 or buy two bottles for £8.99 each!

 

Few great wine regions span such a wide variety of terrains and unite them with wines of such recognisable character as Rioja. Bodegas Eguia are located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion, north of the River Ebro which falls into the Basque province of Alava.
The vines from which the Tempranillo grapes are picked for this wine are of 40 years age on average. The wine then spends 30 months in oak before a further 3 years in bottle.
Ruby red with a brick rim, this Gran Reserva exhibits raisin and caramel notes with classic vanilla, clove and a hint of leather. A finely textured wine coupled with a good length makes it perfect for slow cooked lamb dishes.
Imagine tucking into a lamb shoulder with a glass of Eguia Gran Revesrva to wash it down!

Wine of the Week - Fleurie Flower LabelDate published: 30/05/12

Fleurie Flower Label 2010 Georges Duboeuf

£7.99 when you buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case!


The Beaujolais region in east central France is famous for producing a light red wine of a unique fruity style exclusively from the grape variety Gamay. Fleurie is one of the most sought after of the ten crus of Beaujolais and was given a distinct appellation for the strength of it's wines.

Georges Duboeuf has been nicknamed 'the King of Beaujolais' and is known for his approach of keeping true to terroir.

This particular wine is a classic Fleurie with fresh cherry fruits and a fragrant floral nose. Great intensity of fruit flavour is coupled with a light tannic presence which results in a superb wine with a silky texture on the palate.

The ideal companion to a light summer lunch!

Wine of the Week - Los VascosDate published: 16/05/12

Chile is one of the planets more unusual countries. It is 2,700 miles long and on average only 109 miles wide. It runs from the driest of deserts, the Atacama, to the icy waters of the Antarctic. Within this lies a Mediterranean climate offering consistent sunlight with snow melt from the Andes offering a reliable water supply. Add in a largely unpolluted environment away from Santiago, where half the nation's population live, and the potential for wine making is unparalleled. Initially Chile was the home to cheap, fruity wines grown in the fertile lands of the Central planes but have since stretched north, south and towards the coast in search of more challenging cooler climates, giving a sense of individuality to the wines.

Los Vascos is one of the countries oldest wineries and has been owned by Domaines Baron de Rothchild since 1988. As with many Chilean wineries, it has undergone large investment to modernise and improve quality. It is located on a 560ha plot in Colchagua, quickly becoming a region recognised for its excellent Cabernet and Merlot. Los Vascos has an ideal micro climate for producing Cabernet from vines aged up to 70 years old. Whilst 2011 was an excellent vintage in Chile, each year brings further modernisation, lower yields and improved quality.

Los Vascos Cabernet is a vibrant purple colour in the glass with well defined plum and cherry on the nose. A palate of ripe blueberry, plum and cherry combine with hints of clove and bay leaf providing a subtle depth. A well structured wine with soft tannins and well balanced acidity make it the perfect match to beef casseroles or a tasty burger cooked on the barbecue. Drinking well now but will be happy sitting in the cellar waiting to be called upon!

Fine Wine at MajesticDate published: 15/05/12

Here at Majestic, we class any wine priced at £19.99 or above as a Fine Wine. There are a number of different ways you can order Fine Wine from us so read on and find out more!

You can pop down to the store and see what we have available with stocks ranging from top Claret, fine Burgundy and a selection from all over the New World including Austarlia, New Zealand and California. On the first Friday of every month we will be opening one of these for you (and us) to try. Check out our web page or follow us on Twitter to find out more details.

If what you are looking for is not available here in store then we also have access to the fantastic range of Fine Wines in our St. John's Wood store in London. The full list of wines is available on the website and stock can be ordered either online or instore. The stock is then sent to us usually in three working days and we can drop it off to your door free of charge.

In addition, last year Majestic, in collaboration with Lay & Wheeler launched the Fine Wine Plan. The Fine Wine Plan is designed specifically for customers who appreciate drinking great wine, and who aspire to build a fine wine collection for future enjoyment. We recognise that time is a precious commodity for many of our customers and not everyone can spend hours carefully researching the world of fine wine. We also understand that often it's the hassle and administration involved with owning fine wine which can put off otherwise enthusiastic potential collectors.

So in partnership with our en primeur specialist Lay & Wheeler, we've introduced the Majestic Wine Fine Wine Plan - the simplest and most affordable way to gradually build your own fine wine cellar. At a financial pace that suits you - starting from as little as £50 per month - you get access to the expertise and in depth knowledge of our small, dedicated team of Fine Wine specialists.

You will benefit from Lay & Wheeler's ability to access great, high demand wines en primeur, plus you gain full use of the perfect storage conditions found in our industry leading facility Vinothèque.

For more information and for how to join please follow this link or visit the Fine Wine pages on the Majestic website.

http://www.majesticfinewineplan.co.uk/index.html

Wine Evenings; what to expect...Date published: 07/05/12

On Wednesday 23rd of May we will be hosting our first Wine Evening from 6PM at Majestic Northallerton.

It's going to take the form of a seasonal tasting for the Summer to come and, in keeping with Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, you can expect to be treated like royalty with welcome Champagne, a variety of whites, rose and reds to try along with a specially selected Fine Wine which I myself am very excited about tasting! At this point I'd be thinking 'what about some nibbles?' Well, we've got that covered too with a supreme selection of wonderful cured meats, salami and cheeses from our dedicated fine foods delicatessen. 

As well as enjoying the great wines with you, we're happy to answer any questions you have about the world of wine. Its a great opportunity to learn about the great product range we have and for us to learn about you the customer and what it is you like about our wines. 

With spaces filling up fast drop in to the store, or give us a call and we'll put your name down for a fantastic evening of great wine, great food and (though I say it myself) great company!

Louis Jadot Meursault 2008 - open to taste!Date published: 04/05/12

This is a quality Mersault from one of the top producers in the region. Meursault is in the heart of the Cote de Beaune, itself in the heart of one of the wine producing worlds most prestigious regions. Puligny Montrachet vineyards flow into Meursault which flows through to Volnay. Wines of Meursault are somewhat less delicate than Puligny but offer a high standard across a large area.

Maison Louis Jadot was founded in 1859 by Louis Henry Denis Jadot and now covers vineyards scattered across 154 ha of Burgundy. The aim is to capture the individuality of each vineyard. It's climate, aspect and soil are all important giving Burgundy its unique character and complexity.

The Chardonnay grapes suit the chalky soil perfectly and use the maximum sunlight provided by the easterly aspect. Grapes are selected from vineyards from across the region. The wine is matured in oak for 15 months giving a nose soft hazelnut and citrus with spicy undertones. On the palate it is rich and mouth-filling with a fine balance of nutty oak, pear, lemon and acidity. Drink over the next 3 years.

Meursault is the perfect match for chicken in creamy sauce or most richer fish dishes.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 28/04/12

Matsu El Recio
2009, Toro

£12.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

Vintae are an ambitious and exciting new winery utilising advanced biodynamic techniques combined with oriental culture of caring for nature (Matsu is Japanese for 'wait').

Lesser known than the more famous Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions of Spain, Toro has enjoyed renewed interest recently with established bodegas rising from 8 in 1998 to 40 in 2006. This is largely thanks to the exuberance of the local strain of Tempranillo, Tinto de Toro, and the high altitude and desert- like conditions keeping yields low.

El Recio (The Tough One) is made from 100 year old vines and has spent 14 months in oak leading to intense black fruit, vanilla and chocolate flavours with silky, polished tannins.

Ideal with grilled lamb cutlets or a juicy rare sirloin you could also keep it for 2-3 years to soften even more.

Salud!

It's not just wine you know.Date published: 16/04/12

Whilst we are passionate about our wines here at Majestic we also have a few other bits and pieces to offer. We have a wide range of beers and lagers from all over the world. This includes Copper Dragon brewed just down the road in Skipton priced at £24.60 per case when you buy two or more ales.

We also have a number of spirits, from top Scottish malts to Marmalade vodka made by Chase and a selection of 10 gins! Don't miss out on our fruit liqueurs from Chase this summer too, the raspberry is perfect on a summers evening!

Pop in or give us a call for more information.

A fine way to celebrate!Date published: 12/04/12

Vinalba Gran Reserva Malbec


Until the mid 1990's Argentina had no aspirations to export wine, it was content with mass produced mediocre stuff which was often oxidized. It was then that quality wine making started, drawing on the traditions of the past, but using modern grape varieties and modern techniques. All of this was possible due to the altitude at which the vineyards lie. Unlimited water from snow melting off the Andes and nearly no disease due to high altitude, conditions are set for some superb wines.

The most planted grape variety in Mendoza is Malbec, imported to the country in the mid 19th century, it has become the regions trademark. This example is Vinalba's top wine and is made from hand picked grapes in low yielding vineyards which average 60 years of age. The wine is then aged in French oak for 12 months to provide a balance to the power of the Malbec grape.

A nose of red fruit and plum lifts from the inky colour in the glass. On the palate the wine is full bodied with firm tannins and ripe red fruits which balance well with the vanilla provided by the oak influence. This is very much a food wine and will partner a well seasoned steak, a venison casserole or toad-in-the-hole with a rich gravy.

Malbec World Day is celebrated on April 17th to commemorate the day in 1853 when Argentinian presidential candidate, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, officially made it his mission to transform Argentina's wine industry. Amongst his selection, was Malbec. Sarmiento went on to become president and Malbec has become Argentina's most known varietal.
 

Who are Majestic Wine?Date published: 08/04/12

As we are the new kids in town, we thought we would just give you an introduction to Majestic and your new store here in Northallerton!

First things first.. pop in and see us! Paul, Andy and Joe will always be around for help and guidance or even just for a chat! We like to get to know you and your favourite wines so that we can recommend things for you when you fancy a change or winemakers that you may not have heard of before. We understand the world of wine can be overwhelming at times so feel free to come and chat- we're not wine snobs or high-pressure salesmen!

We will always have a good range of wines open for you to try on our tasting counter- reflecting a variety of styles and price ranges to suite any budget. Feel free to help yourself to a sample of any of these, and keep an eye out for tasting weeks where we sometimes showcase wines from particular countries or new wines to the range.

We're a case merchant, so we do have a minimum purchase of just 6 bottles in store (and 12 online for FREE delivery) however you can mix this any way you like to include champagne, spirits and wine (plus port, sherry etc) so don't let this put you off! You'll soon find you're putting 7,8,9 bottles in your trolley when you experience our fantastic range, and with wines from £3.99 per bottle- getting to your first 6 doesn't have to break the bank!

For a limited time you will also get a free bottle of fantastic Prosecco with your first purchase of a mixed case from us- perfect to enjoy when the sun makes a re-appearance!

Remembering all the new wines you have tried and whether you liked them or not can be a tall order- so everytime you shop with us we will ask you whether you are on our 'Customer List' when you check out at the tills. If its your first time, don't panic! We aren't going to bombard you with junk mail and sell your details to any third parties. All it means is that the till will remember what you buy so we can find that lovely New Zealand sauvignon you tried last time. We can also print you some handy tasting notes if you want to impress friends at dinner parties or even just to improve your knowledge. Your name and postcode is all we will usually ask for and once you are on, you can use your details in any of our 180 stores across the country. You don't have to be on the list to shop with us, but we like it when you are; it makes us feel like you're part of the family- and with 90-95% of our customers been on it, you don't want to miss out!

Another benefit of being on the 'customer list' is that you can choose whether or not to receive the latest editions of our 'Grape to Glass' magazine and offer flyers. Its completely free and has a full price listing as well as lots of fun and interesting articles written by our staff. We can also send you the offers my email if you prefer, just give us your email address at the till.

If you are interested in getting to know your Chardonnay from your Sauvignon in a little more depth why not attend one of our free wine events? We hold different types of events- of which details can be found here: www.majestic.co.uk/wineevents. We post the latest dates on our web page so if you can't make one date just keep an eye out for the next one when you are free and give us a call or email to reserve your space. Again- there is no pressure to buy and events such as 'The Wine Course' are aimed at people simply looking to learn a little more about the world of wine, so don't be put off if you don't feel you are an expert (yet!).

For parties/weddings etc we are a one stop shop! We can give you help and guidance on the right quantities and which wines will work best with your menu. We also provide free delivery on 12+ bottles, free glass hire and chiller bins/ice if you need it. All you need to do is choose your beers, wine, spirits and champagne and your ready to party!

If you have a group or society that would appreciate a wine tasting evening then come and talk to us- we love getting out into the community and one us would be happy to host a tasting evening at your venue. We don't charge for this- you just need to buy the wine from us!

We also have a fantastic award winning commercial department- so if you own a pub/restaurant/bar feel free to ask for a commercial brochure or speak to one of us for more details.

 

If you have any questions you can call us on 01609 770679 or email us at NAL@Majestic.co.uk. We are also on Twitter and Facebook @MajesticNthall

 

We look forward to seeing you all soon!!

Fine Wine FridayDate published: 06/04/12

Turkey Flat Shiraz
Barossa Valley

£25

Barossa Valley is Australia's biggest quality wine producing region, stretching 20 miles north to south and spreads east towards Eden Valley. It is hot and dry and vines need to be irrigated to compensate for the fierce evaporation rates in the area. Vines in the area are old, these dating to 1847, as the region has not suffered from the phylloxera virus and such vines produce a famous and distinctive style-Barossa Shiraz. The heat causes acidity to fall and the wines contain a rich velvety fruit character.

This iconic Shiraz is selected from low yielding vines at the Stonewall Vineyard and are some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. The wine benefits from 10 months aging in French oak and under goes minimum filtration. There is potential for this wine to age for up to 15 years and can be enjoyed with all manner of red meats. It is the perfect match for your Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding.
This is not a monster of a wine, careful and intelligent use of oak provide a fabulous texture to go with ripe and concentrated red fruits and hints of violets.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 05/04/12

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc

£13.99 when you buy two or more

Roughly half of New Zealand's vineyards lie in Marlborough and by 2007 over 27000 acres were under vine. The Saint Clair Family Estate has become a highly reputable producer despite producing their first wines as recently as 1994.

This particular wine is sourced from parcels of fruit of outstanding quality, chosen by chief winemaker Matt Thomson as expressing flavours derived from its unique terroir.

With a high intensity of fruit, coupled with the scent of gooseberry and passionfruit, the wine benefits from a steely dryness. It is also complex, with herbacious characters and in underlying minerality.

The flavours blend to give a long finish with lasting taste. Perfect with Asian-inspired cuisine, Pioneer Block complements the tastes of lemongrass and coriander often associated with these dishes.

Busy Busy Busy!!Date published: 28/03/12

We're all hard at work here in Northallerton preparing your brand new Majestic Wine Warehouse ready for the grand opening on Thursday 5th April! Lots and lots of stock flying around (literally!)- We've had 72 pallets in so far and its really taking shape nicely!! - think I will have to bake some brownies tonight to keep the team full of energy!!

We realise how agonising the wait is, so if you really can't wait until next week, pop down and we will give you a copy of our magazine to browse through before the opening day! :)

 

Can't wait to see you all!

Store Events(8)

Rhone & Burgundy Spotlight Week

12 December 2014 - 18 December 2014

All week we will have a selection of wines from Rhone & Burgundy available to taste on our Tasting Counter.

Open to all

Free Spotlight Tasting

11 December 2014

Rhone Spotlight Tasting! 6 wines in 30 minutes!

Open to all

Free Spotlight Tasting

6 December 2014 (15:00 - 15:30)

Fine Wine Spotlight Tasting! 6 wines in 30 minutes!

Open to all

Bordeaux Spotlight Week

5 December 2014 - 11 December 2014

All week we will have a selection of wines from Bordeaux available to taste on our Tasting Counter.

Open to all

California Spotlight Weekend

28 November 2014 - 1 December 2014

All weekend we will have a selection of wines from California available to taste on our Tasting Counter.

Open to all

Free Spotlight Tasting

27 November 2014 (18:30 - 19:00)

Learn more about the wines of California. 6 wines in 30 minutes, FREE!

RSVP

Free Seasonal Tasting

20 November 2014 (18:00 - 20:00)

Our Winter Tasting Evening. At least a dozen wines open for you to try! Some new arrivals, some old favourites, all with Christmas in mind.

RSVP

Italy Spotlight Week

31 October 2014 - 6 November 2014

All week we will have a selection of wines from Italy available to taste on our Tasting Counter.

Open to all

Store Tasting(10)

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Meet the team...

  • James Manager

    Approaching 9 years with Majestic now having previously worked in stores across the North West. Currently enjoying all things fizzy from cheap and cheerful to those times when only Champagne will do. If you made me choose I'd say Pinot Noir for reds and Riesling for whites, but please don't make me choose!
  • Jen Assistant Manager

    I started my Majestic career in Chesterfield, moved to Leeds North and now I am settled in Northallerton. If stranded on a desert island I would drink nothing but Champagne, but failing that I love drinking creamy chardonnays and rich velvety smooth malbecs.
  • Sam Trainee Manager

    I am brand new to Majestic and loving getting stuck in here at Northallerton. Until now my preferences have tended towards bold Riojas (and the occasional craft beer), but I'm excited to expand my horizons during my time as a Trainee Manager.

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