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Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 9am - 7pm
Friday 9am - 7pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Hol 10am - 5pm
Store Address
5 Bramhall Lane
Stockport
SK2 6HT
United Kingdom

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  • Fine wine available
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Store News(344)

Loving Top end New Zealand S/BDate published: 20/10/14

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

Cloudy Bay Vineyards was established in 1985 in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand’s South Island. Possibly the most prestigious Sauvignon Blanc in the world, it definitely lives up to its reputation.

A wine full of fresh herbal aromas and layers of ripe guava and tropical fruit. Gooseberries and passionfruits on the medium-full body; the palate is succulent and crisp with a long flavoursome finish.

Currently £20.00 a bottle when you buy 2 or more save £10.00, Unit price £25.00

Some New ArrivalsDate published: 18/10/14

This week's parcel of goodies from our depot was a treasure trove of new arrivals. There's sure to be something for everybody in this selection. 

Clos St Jacques Riesling - Alsace (£9.99)
Drier than the German styles, this wine has a touch of sweetness behind a slew of steely citrus and peach character. Ideal pairing for crispy salt and pepper squid. 

Brancott Terroir Series Sauvignon Blanc (£8.99)
Brancott has been a long-time favourite at Majestic, but their new premium Sauvignon raises the bar even further. Gooseberry and guava sit behind a mountain of freshly cut herbs. Fantastic example of this popular style.

Pabiot Pouilly Fumee (£13.32)
Down from £19.99, this is the perfect time for you to try this stunning Loire Valley Sauvignon. Mineral notes of babbling brook and crushed gravel are lifted by bracing acidity and citric vibrance. A stunning wine at this price, get yours before we sell out!


Grand Old GrenacheDate published: 18/10/14

Spanish Grenache'El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa' Old Vine Garnacha 2012 Navarra

From the Valley of Valdizarbe, Vega Sindoa is fortunate in that the ancient wine trade here only just survived a real lull at the turn of the 20th Century, but has since thrived.

Navarra is a super area to get involved in. Neighbouring Rioja, the climate is similar, but the rules much less stringent, so winemakers have a lot more freedom for expression.

Garnacha, or Grenache as it’s also known, benefits more than most grape varieties from old vines. At Sindoa they have some over 70 years old which leads to superb quality juice.

So soft and velvety, flavours of raspberry and pepper and vanilla. All about the texture with this wine however, it’s a very indulgent bottle with a little kick of acidity to balance.

Price £10.99 or Mix and Match 2 bottles save 25% £8.24

La Garnacha 2012 Salvaje del Moncayo

Made by Vintae, one of the most progressive wineries in Spain. Their label designs have won a number of awards and their wines are just as innovative. They make Matsu.

From ancient vines, as suggested on the label, the vineyards for Moncayo are located high up in the mountains in the Ebro Valley. Slate in the soil which often leads to minerality.

The winemaking is all about care and restraint. They limit the alcohol to 13.5%, which is very difficult with a Grenache if looking for flavour. They succeed due to great grapes.

A little darker and more structured than the Sindoa, pepper compliments blackcurrant and strawberry. A firm but smooth texture, would age well too, maybe for 5 years. It is often compared to Burgundy and there are certain graceful similarities - Pound for pound I think this is one of the best wines we do!!

Price £10.49 or Mix and Match 2 bottles save 25% £7.86


Viognier... Think again...Date published: 17/10/14

With Viogner becoming more popular and being grown in more and more regions its good to have a look at the ancestral home of this aromatic varietal. 

Condrieu AOC is located in the Northern Rhone valley making exclusively white wines from Viognier. The grape is produced in low yields which produces highly aromatic full body wines. The flavours you would expect to get would be floral, peachy and even dried fruit. Oak adds a touch of spice but the fruit aromas are those which are sought. 

Guigal Condieu 2012 available at Majestic at £34. A special wine that is a must try for any lover of Viognier


Wine of the Week - L'instant Truffier, Malbec, 2012.Date published: 15/10/14

This is a simple wine, but in a good way. Sometimes you don't want to be seduced and enthralled by 'tertiary' characters, 'a gravelly finish' or the obvious characteristics of terroir in a wine. Sometimes you just want a middle of the road, simple, bold and fruity glugger to wash down the day's woes. L'instant Truffier Malbec is pretty much that.

No frills, decent price, and a cracker if you like black cherry, bramble fruits and a wee bit of liquorice.


£9.99 or £6.66 as part of our 33% off deals.

Guest Beer of the MonthDate published: 07/10/14

We are trying a new initiative with our ever expanding beer range. Every month we will take a beer which some stores in the locality of the brewery will sell and see if you good people who visit all our other stores like it. If they sell well there is a good chance we will stock it full time.

This month we have the Proper Job, a Cornish Pale Ale from Cornish brewer St Austell who some eagle-eyed customers will see that we do their Tribute ale.

This beer is bottle conditioned so naturally has some yeast sediment which will break down over time allowing the flavours to develop. This is a proper Indian Pale Ale and as such displays strong hop character such as citrus and grapefruits.

A beautifully crafted beer. Get it while you can! Only £24 a case!!


Stockport's Big Winter TastingDate published: 05/10/14

Join us on Friday 14th this November for our free seasonal tasting where we will try an array of quality wines from across the world. We will look at six warming reds and six whites which may find there way on to your Christmas table!

We will also have some nibbles available which we bring in especially from London Delicatessen Valabona which will match beautifully with our wines and perhaps will provide you with some inspiration.

If you are interested please ask us in store, call us on 01614741389 or email us at sto@majestic.co.uk. Places are limited so don't delay!


Wine of the WeekDate published: 05/10/14

Viña Pomal Crianza, 2011

This fantastic Rioja displays fantastic strawberry and cherry fruit with smooth oak-infused vanilla spice.

Vina Pomal is part of the famous Bodegas Bilbianas based in Haro in the Rioja Alta, home to amongst the most prestigious Rioja houses.

This wine was reputed to be a favourite of Winston Churchill, that was when he was not drinking Champagne!

Even better is this wine is part of our 33% mix & match offer and is currently priced at just £7.33 per bottle.


Party Time with Majestic's Party Service! Date published: 28/09/14

Having a Party?

At Majestic we offer the complete party service:

Free Delivery

Free Glass Loan*(Wine glass, Champagne flutes, Straight pint beer glasses, high-ball tumblers.)

Free Chiller Bin Loan**

Ice Ice Baby

Advice on how much to buy

Sale or Return Arrangements

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

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

We can do all this for you, and as long as you have bought some wine from us, we will even deliver it out for free. 


Wine of the Week - Ondine Shiraz, 2013, South Africa.Date published: 27/09/14

Ondine Shiraz, 2013, Darling, Western Cape.

The Ondine Sauvignon and Chardonnay are already Majestic favourites and we have a sneaking suspicion this one will quickly become a popular choice amongst staff and punters alike, especially for the price.

Consisting of 93% Shiraz and 7% of Cabernet Sauvignon this wine provides the spicy notes of a typical Shiraz but with a sizeable hint of plummy, juicy flavours provided by the climate of the Darling region, and the nice addition of Cabernet thrown into the mix.

Think black berries, red red fruits and soft ripe tannins. Think Bargain Shiraz.


£8.99 or £5.99 as part of our 33% off deals.



Introducing our #CellarCircleDate published: 22/09/14

Introducing CellarCircle

Majestic and Lay & Wheeler, our fine wine partner, are very happy to launch Cellar Circle, our support and advice service to help you build the wine cellar of your dreams. You decide the level of guidance that you require, and your own personal adviser will always be on hand to answer any queries. Membership starts from £100 a month, all of which will go towards your wines. A few exclusive benefits you receive are:

10% discount at Majestic Wine

Free delivery to any Majestic Wine store, for collection at your convenience

One year’s free professional wine storage for customers new to Lay & Wheeler

A free case on the first anniversary of your membership, as a thank you from the Cellar Circle team.

For more information and to sign up visit www.cellarcircle.com.

You can also give the team at Lay & Wheeler a call on 01473 313300, or to find out more, pop in and have a chat with us in store.



Monopole Heidsieck Champagne 2007 - A Vintage Champagne cheaper than a Non-Vintage!Date published: 21/09/14

The perfect addition to any celebration from one of the oldest champagne houses in the Champagne region. We're chuffed that this has come down in price because it's so hard to get a decent Vintage Champagne for around £20! This vintage Champagne is soft and rich, with hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla. Perfect with canapes. Currently at a great price @ £19.99.

Wine of the Week - Alamos Malbec, 2013.Date published: 20/09/14

Alamos Malbec, 2013, Catena, Mendoza. £5.99 when you buy at 2 bottles from 33% off promotion.

From the pioneers of Argentinian Malbec, Catena, Alamos is an excellent entry level Malbec for a decent price that'll go down with your roast meats and grilled food. This wine is stuffed full of red fruit flavours with lovely raisin notes, blackberry characters and lush, sweet tannins on the finish. It also featured in the Seth Rogan movie 'This is the End'. Perfect for your sunday roast.

If you like a good Argentinian Malbec, they're 33% off this Weekend Only!Date published: 20/09/14

While having its origins in the South West of France and Bordeaux, Malbec has become synonymous with Argentina and Argentinian wine making for some time now, and those of you who like a good meaty, highly tannic and ridiculously quaffable wine are in luck.

Until the end of Monday 22nd September all Argentinian Wines are 33% off! That's right - all of them! These are a few of the corkers I recommend:

Catena Malbec, 2012, Mendoza, was £12.99 now £8.66 when you buy at least two 33% off wines. One of the first, if not the first, to experiment with the effects of altitude in Argentinian andes on the Malbec grape and a producer of my favourite wine for under a tenner! If you want to taste a quintessential Argie Malbec, look no further. 

Callia Bella Malbec, 2013, San Juan, was £8.99 now £5.99 - a perfect every day wine, a bit lighter than most other Malbec's from this country so not too full bodied and lovely fruit bouquet.

Viñalba, Malbec-Touriga Nacional, Reservado, 2012, Mendoza, was £11.99 now £7.99 - This one's beefy! An interesting blend of the Malbec grape and Touriga Nacional, a traditional Port grape, means a far more full-bodied and heady wine.


All of our Argentinian wines are 33% this weekend so pop in if you fancy trying and buying some!

 

Wine of the Week - Vina Eguia, Gran Reserva, Rioja, 2004.Date published: 05/08/14

Rioja, Vina Eguia, Gran Reserva, 2004.

£10.12 as part of our 25% off deals or £13.99 single bottle price

Blimey O' Reilly this is a bargain.

Gran Reserva's are traditionally the Spanish wines that are at the very bottom of the wine list. This is because Rioja's Gran Reserva wines have to be aged for at least two years in oak and three years in bottle. That's a full 5 years after the harvest at least before it can be sold – hence the bump in the price. This premium makes it a real challenge to get a decent Gran Reserva for less than a tenner but we've got one that comes pretty damn close!

At £10.12 in our 25% off deals this wine offers lush ruby red notes along with very mature fruits such as raisins, prunes and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather as well as a silky mouth-feel to boot. Top-notch.


Ding-dang do! Highlights of our Late Summer deals!Date published: 05/08/14

While the days are beginning to get a wee bit shorter it's definitely worth trying to squeeze every last drop of Summer sun and drink into the next month. Here's a few bottles from our 'Last Days of Summer' deals to aid your enjoyment of the end ofthis excellent summer we've been having.

Bollinger, Special Cuvée, NV, Champagne - £33.31 if you buy 2 Summer Selection wines, £50.00 single bottle price.

Bollinger is made from first-run juice only. This might not mean much to those you who aren't wine anorak's but to us nerds this is what makes 'Bollie' one of the best readily available Champagne's on the UK market. First-run juice is the best juice pressed from grapes and Bollinger's dedication to making quality Champagne's is why it only uses what it considers the best grapes and juice. Hence the usual price on a bottle of this fine stuff being £50+. We've got it on offer for the month at £33.31 and that is a special price for such a special sparkler that shouldn't be missed this summer.

Pouilly-Fumé, Jean Vincent, 2012 - £9.99 if you buy 2 Summer Selection wines, £14.99 single bottle price.

From a father and son team from the one of the 'Homes' of Sauvignon Blanc, if you like you're aromatic, gooseberry driven wines this one's for you. The unique thing about this wine though is it's silky mouthfeel for Sauvignon, as well as it's smoky, flinty character on the finish. It might be a bit of an original this one but it still has it's feet firmly planted in traditional Sauvignon Blanc territory. This is a bit of Majestic classic and one not to missed if you're sitting in the garden on a hot day this August.

Pizarras de Otero, Bierzo, 2012 - £6.66 if you buy 2 Summer Selection wines, £9.99 single bottle price.

You can't miss this one on our shelves - just look for the bottle with the bear's footprint and you've found it. Red wine might not be the ideal choice for many on a hot summer's day but this Pizarras has all those nice summery aromas and a slightly lighter body to make it more than palatable in 25C August heat. We've got deep cherry red colour, lively scents on the nose, aromas of strawberry, plum and blackberry, and a subtle floral lift. This packs a fruit punch but it has the elegance and restrained tannins to be really enjoyable in the sun or with BBQ food. 

 

NEW WINE COURSE DATESDate published: 03/08/14

This 90 Minute appetiser sheds light on everything from tasting jargon to how to choose the perfect wine for your meal.

Our down-to-earth staff will welcome your queries, so you need never feel tongue-tied in front of a surly waiter again. There's plenty of 'practical investigation' along the way......and did we mention its absolutely 100% FREE.

Dates Sunday 14th September 2pm

Sunday 28th September 2pm


Contact the store on 0161 474 1389 or at sto@majestic.co.uk to book your place


New Craft Beer ArrivalsDate published: 28/07/14

What is craft brewery?

Craft beer is essentially a microbrewery that produces a limited amount of beer. The term is usually applied to breweries that are much smaller than large-scale corporate breweries and are independently owned.

We have a new addition to the selection of craft beer available! 

Goose Island IPA

I'm very excited this cracking beer has finally joined our range as I've been drinking it and enjoying it immensely for a few years now. It's so good it has become a staple recommendation for those friends of mine who say 'I don't like beer'. I say 'Try this'. They then say 'I love beer!' Never fails. 

Buy any two 6 packs £9.99 a pack (Single Pack £12.99)

A spicy aroma with an inviting fruit driven flavour.


Roscoe's Hop House Amber Ale 

This is another nice little addition to the Majestic craft brew shelves here in Stockport. This one is toasty, lightly honeyed and cracking for a curry. I can attest to this as it went brilliantly with my chicken Jelfrezi the other night.

£12.00 a pack.


Einstok Pale Ale

And finally a new addition from our Icelandic friends Einstok. Their White Ale really is top-notch so this is a Pale Ale is a welcome arrival. Fun fact about Icelandic Beer; It was illegal to brew beer above 2.5% abv in Iceland until 1989! Better late than never though because Einstok have given us another awesome beer. It has hints of orange, spice, and lemongrass on the nose and palate, followed by a smooth, lengthy and reasonably refreshing finish.

 Buy any two 6 packs £11.99 a pack (Single Pack £14.99)


Mix and match with our other craft beers to get the best deal!

Alternatively Choose from..

Anchor Steam Beer

Einstok White Ale

Brooklyn Lager

Brooklyn Summer Ale

Brew Dog, Punk IPA

Flying Dog, Underdog Atlantic Lager

Best enjoyed in the sun! 



Vintage Bubbly for less than a tenner?Date published: 27/07/14

Love the brioch-y goodness of Champagne? Looking for an every day fizz?

Codorníu, Reina Maria Cristina, Blanc de Noirs, 2011 Cava will do the job and fulfills both of these criteria. This sparkler is made in the traditional Champagne method, using bottle fermentation, a method that smacks of quality and leaves a cacophony of yeasty flavours.

The term Blanc de Noirs indicates that this wine is made only using Pinot Noir grapes - not a usual Cave grape but definitely a champagne grape (Are you seeing the similarities!). This Cava Brut was launched in honour of the Regent Queen María Cristina of Austria who in 1897 granted Codorníu with the title of “Official Provider of the Royal House”.

With fine bubbles and persistent beading, this deliciously dry Cava has fresh, light, floral aromas with delicately rounded, well-balanced pear and brioche flavours - it's very much a 'Champagne-style' Cava but definitely still has great grounding in the traditional flavours of the a cracking Spanish sparklers.

This wine is perfect to toast any occasion; from celebrating a birthday to celebrating the end of the week. Pop the cork and enjoy!

£9.99 when you buy any 2 33.3% off wines or £14.99 single bottle price.

Fine Wine of the MonthDate published: 05/07/14

Fine Wine of the Month

Two Hands, Angels' Share Shiraz 2012,

McLaren Vale

Two Hands was only established in 1999 but have quickly built a reputation for producing premium wines and their quirky labels give a very Australian feel.

This Shiraz from the McLaren Vale is rather 'big'. The Coastal vineyards this wine hails from give rich aromas of coffee and cocoa. The palate is plummy with a hint of mulberry and spice.

Enjoy now or over the next ten years.

£18.00*

*When bought as part of the fine wine deal, otherwise £23.00


Sparkling Saturday L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV, Cremant de LoireDate published: 05/07/14

Sparkling Saturday

L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV,

Cremant de Loire

A brand new wine with a fantastic pedigree!

A blend of Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay, this Cremant de Loire is part of the Bollinger Empire.

A rich blend with a pale lemon colour and a beautiful mousse with aromas of green apple, citrus zest and a delicate biscuity finish. Clean, dry and elegant and part of our Summer Selection giving 33% when bought with any other wine on this offer. Open this weekend to taste.

£8.99*

*when part of the summer selection, £13.49 otherwise


Syrah and Shiraz, Are they the same?Date published: 18/06/14

In a nutshell - yes.

However, it isn't quite that simple, they are the same grape but a bottle labelled as Syrah will rarely taste the same as one named Shiraz.

In France they tend to use the word Syrah and produce a very elegant wine with a real focus on the spicy and peppery edge of the grape. A fantastic example of this is the Hermitage region in the Rhone valley where there is a pronounced peppery note on the wines.

Conversely in Australia, arguably the home of Shiraz, they produce big beefy wines with much more emphasis on the fruity and meaty aromas of the variety. But in Australia, and in other New World sites, the word Syrah is used to denote a more restrained (French) style of wine.

Keep an eye out for the different styles we have and maybe try a selection next time you pop in!


Have you tried...Gavi Montiero?Date published: 17/06/14


Gavi seems to appear in many different guises, from ultra clean and zesty to fairly fat and oily. This amazing value example is a great example as it sits somewhere in the middle! Fresh and slightly herby on the nose (think fresh fennel meets basil) and on the palate it's quite zingy with an apple/melon-like core flavour. This wine needs seafood! 


Peroni vs Curious Brew!Date published: 13/06/14

Italy Spotlight

This weekend is our Italian tasting weekend. Just so happens it has coincided with England v Italy in the world cup! Coincidence?

We have a selection of Italian wines to taste in store, to get us into the world cup mood.

Unfortunately we must admit that Italy definitely have the upper hand in the wine stakes. However I am confident we have the upper hand in 2 very important areas. The first being Football (obviously) and the 2nd being beer!

Curious Brew. Made by English wine producers Chapel Down, this is a great quality English Lager. Dry and Crisp. Its my favourite “session lager” This lager is the Ross Barkley of the English beer squad. Up and coming, making a great impression.

Obviously the Italian contender is Peroni Nastro Azzuro. Italy's most famous lager has obviously been doing something right over all these years. It is a classic richer style lager. Peroni would be the Pirlo of the Italian beer squad. Obviously its getting on a bit ala Pirlo, but its a tried and tested class act.


Some new offers ending 16th June. Short term savers!Date published: 11/06/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Offers!Date published: 11/06/14

We've launched a whole new range of offers this week so I thought I'd run through some of the best deals around at the moment.

If you're a New Zealand fan there's plenty for you this month. The award winning Mud House Sauvignon Blanc really is an amazing bargain at just £6.66. Perfect for any summer get together, weddings, barbecues or just a night in front of the telly! The Ned is also on offer at £7.99 so snap up some now.

If red is more your thing it's got to be Rioja this June. Berberana Reserva is just £6.99. or if you fancy spoiling yourself, Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva is down to a staggering £9.99. I can't remember the last time this iconic wine was on such a great offer.

If you've got something to celebrate this summer, we have a truly outstanding Champagne offer for you. Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV is now just £14.99. A great Champagne for less than £15?! At that price you don't even need to save it for a special occasion!

Finally, for all you footie fans, Pilsner Urquell is just £24 for a 24x330ml pack. Perfect for when your mates are round watching the match.

Why not pop in or have a look online and see what other great offers we've got.

We also have plenty of tasting events coming up if you need inspiration (or just fancy a chat over some nice wines).


Ch PigoudetDate published: 20/05/14

Château  ‘La Chapelle’ Rosé  is back in Livingston! From Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence, its excellent southern position, embedded in a picturesque valley close to the river Durance, means it benefits from sunshine all year round. The wine has been made using the saignée method, a type of rosé production that involves bleeding off the juice after limited contact with the skins. 

A delicate, elegant pale pink wine with a fruity nose, and a soft, crisp delicious palate, now all you need is a yacht in the south of France and your summer is set!

£9.34 on offer!



BBQ WInes for this Sunny WeekendDate published: 15/05/14

Whites

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

Only £6.66 when you buy 2 or more

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


Pasqua Pinot Grigio 2013

Only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more

A fresh, fruity wine with lots of crunchy fruit. Crisp, citrussy acidity and a well balanced finish.


Reds

VideoCallia Bella Malbec 2013 San Juan

Only £5.99 when you buy 2 or more

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.


Mountain View Merlot 2013 Luis Felipe Edwards, Central Valley
Only £5.49

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

Our New Simpler Pricing!Date published: 10/05/14

One of our main complaints from our lovely customers is that the way we price our brilliant wines up can sometimes be too confusing and restrictive.


We have listened and we are pleased to present our new simpler pricing which should be less restrictive for getting the best prices on a wider range of wines and give a clear structured system to how we present our offers. There will be three main offer brackets which are 33.3% off, 25% off and 15% off. The wines within each bracket can be mixed and matched and as long as you have at least two within each bracket so you can get the best price possible.


In store we have our Summer Selection with wines on offer at 33.3% off. These wines will all have Orange price cards and to make it simpler for those looking for the best bargains we have actually grouped all these wines together at the front of our store.


We then have our 25% off wines which have Turquoise price cards and then the 15% wines with Purple price cards. These wines will be dotted around the store in their respective countries.


We also have Fine Wine around the store which will have Brown price cards and on our Fine Wine shelving. We still have a mix and match with Fine Wine where-by you can try two fine wines at their offer prices but we have also added selected spirits to this offer.


We then have wines which are on Special offers with Red price cards and our Great Value wines which have a Black price card. These wines are always at a great price and you can buy just the single bottle as part of your mixed case.


As you start to become more accustomed to this new way of pricing we hope you find it easier to navigate our wines but If you need help with this in store please don't hesitate to ask and we can explain this to you in person.

Rose season is upon usDate published: 10/05/14

When the Cherry Blossoms on the tree in my garden are in full bloom I know Rose season is full swing.

This year we have some new additions,notably in the magnum department, and some old favourites back.

When it comes to Rose I believe you should look no further than Cotes de Provence in the South of France. The delicate bone-dry style of rose made here is a perfect companion for lazy summer days. One of my Favourites is the Grande Recolte from Berne winery which is fabulously priced at just £8.92*. A juicy wine displaying raspberry and strawberry character with good acidity that will match well with a tomato salad.


The Miraval Rose comes from the Historic 17th century Miraval estate located in Provence. This winery was purchased by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (AKA Bradgelina) in 2009 and this is their first vintage since the winery received substantial investment. Pale Pink in Colour this wine is a treat with seafood such as langoustines and white fish. Floral and textured, strawberries and delicate stone fruit fill the palate. Available in normal bottle size (£17.99) or as a rather impressive magnum (£38.00). 


If you have a sweet tooth then White Zinfandel rose from California may take your fancy. Vibrant pink in colour, The Fetzer is very well priced at £6.66 at the moment on one of our 33.3% summer selection offers. A spritzy wine with cherry notes which blend well with the latent sweetness of the wine.


This looking for an entry level rose should consider Piedtanque. From  the Languedoc region of Southern France this Pale rose is superb value with hints of red berries and a slightly off-dry finish. A good match for baked Salmon fillets and only £5.49!


The Next Ned? The Mud House Sauv BlancDate published: 08/05/14

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough New Zealand,

£9.99 33% off

£6.66

Is this the next Ned?

Established in 1996, the Mud House name reflects the origin of all wine and its links to the earth. The vineyards are nurtured to ensure that the grapes reach optimum ripeness, varietal character and flavour. The winemakers then finely craft the wine to capture the essence of its origin.

Mud House has been retailed in the UK for a few years now, through smaller off-licences and wine merchants. We have managed to do a fantastic deal which means you can get this wine at £6.66 all summer! This is a great price compared to other smaller retailers of this wine and is a true bargain from New Zealand.

With the popularity and therefore market price of Kiwi Sauvignon on the rise, the Mud House is an exceptional price.

Mud House isn't as in your face as some New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and is a little softer. It is however still unmistakeably Marlborough!

I predict that Mud House could be (dare I say it) the next “The Ned” Sauvignon!

Try it for yourself!

Cheers,



Wine Of The WeekDate published: 26/04/14

Wine of the week is this excellent white Burgundy from Louis Latour.

Louis Latour have been producing wine since 1797 and every wine is produced with exquisite care and attention. The Limestone rich soils produce rich, buttery and elegant wines in the classic Macon style.

Aromas of apples and toast leads to crisp acidity, fresh citrus and a warm buttery finish.

Easily enjoyed on its own or pair with fresh seafood to really make the most of this fantastic wine at an even better price.

Matt G

£8.99 Buy 2 save 25%.


A change of SceneDate published: 18/04/14

Our old manager Jen has been promoted! She is now a regional manager for Majestic Wines Northern region. 


Jen has been at the Stockport store for the best part of 5 years and has become a well known figure here at Stockport. 


However this means that Mike who was assistant manager at the store for a year and a half will be once again gracing the great building that is Stockport Majestic.


Summer Wine EveningDate published: 09/04/14

Well its that time of year again! The Stockport summer wine evening is just around the corner.

We will have a wide selection of red and white wines open to taste on the night with a selection of meats and cheeses for nibbling!

Places are limited so please give us a ring on 01614741389 or email sto@majestic.co.uk to book your spot!

Tuesday 13th May, 6.30 pm - 9.00pm


Wine Of The Week: Vihno VerdeDate published: 07/04/14

Quinta de Azevedo, Vinho Verde, 2013


Made from the Loureiro grape, this 'green wine' is from the Minho region of Northern Portugal. A perfect Spring/ Summer wine with classic spritzy petillance. Best drank young when it is at its freshest. Historically this wine was fermented in open stone lagares before modernisation which sees the wine fermented in sealed vats. Aromas tropical fruits and crisp green apples. Light but with good concentration of flavour. A drink best served ice cold to partner seafood and green salads.

£5.99*

*when you purchase at least two bottles, single bottle price: £8.99.

Part of our Pick 'N' Mix, Save 33%!


Saturday Spotlight Tasting: Spain!Date published: 04/04/14

This Saturday at 3pm we will be trying a selection of Spanish wines as part of our series of spotlight tastings. We have tried to come up with some interesting examples so we have gone for the the lesser known white wine Rioja with two contrasting styles. two reds from the North-Western Bierzo region and two alternatives to Red Rioja from the Ribero del Duero and Navarra respectively. These tastings are a great way to compare wine styles in a good context and really home in on exactly what it is you like and what you like even more than that.The tasting should last around 30 minutes and is a great opportunity to try quality wines you may not necessarily purchase due to their unfamiliarity. Perfect timing before the Grand National at 4:15!

If you are interested please feel free to come doen to the store tomorrow.

Wine Of The Week: Clos Du Bois Pinot NoirDate published: 04/04/14

Clos Du Bois Pinot Noir, 2012, California


A silky smooth wine from Sonama County, California with a distinct Burgundy influence. Cooling Ocean breezes create the perfect conditions to cultivate Pinot Noir. Strawberry and Cherry with a hint of Lavender give this fruit-driven wine a lush character. Aging in Oak from America, France and Eastern Europe for 8 months imparts vanilla, spice, and subtle tannins for structure. Perfect for a hog roast!

£9.74*

*when you purchase at least two bottles, single bottle price: £12.99.

Save 25%


Wedding Planning?Date published: 01/04/14

At Majestic we love wine. After all, it’s what we do and it’s all we do.

For over 30 years we’ve been selling wine by the mixed case with passion, knowledge and enthusiasm.

We always have a huge range of wines available, offering superb choice and great value. We have friendly, knowledgeable and highly-trained staff, free wine tastings, plenty of free parking and a nationwide FREE delivery service fulfilled by your local store and arranged for a time that suits you.

At the end of the day what it really comes down to is what’s in the bottle. We’re driven to find the best wines at the best prices - and we’ll take the fear factor out of your planning. With years of experience organising wines and drinks for weddings, we’re able to provide you with accurate estimates on how much wine, soft drinks, beers and spirits you should order.

The team at Majestic Broadstairs are always on hand to provide expert advice on the vast selection of 800+ wines in stock and the wines that would best suit your menu. So please don’t hesitate to call us on 01614741389 or email: sto@majestic.co.uk to discuss how we can help you plan the perfect drink accompaniment to your wedding. 

Our services :

Excellent competitive prices

Expert advice

Free delivery on 6 + bottles

Free glass loan

Free chiller bin and ice bucket loan


Food and wine pairing, Meats..Date published: 31/03/14

A great pairing of wine and food is hard to beat in terms of enjoyment. Below is a few hints and tips to assist you in pairing wine and meat harmoniously. 

- A full bodied red wine with lots of tannins, like Malbec, is great with beef as the fattiness of the meat softens the tannins and intensifies the fruitiness of the wine.

- Full flavoured, fruity whites, or full bodied, tannic reds are the best wines withpork. The aromatics of a Viognier complement the texture of the meat and the fattiness softens the tannin in the reds.

- To match with lamb, select medium bodied, oaky, smooth red wines like a Rioja. The moderate tannin cuts through the fattiness of the meat to give a soft, vanilla finish.

- The best wines with chicken or turkey are a whites that are a full, fruity and oaked, like a nice oaky Chardonnay. The creaminess complements the texture of chicken. Or light savoury reds such as Pinot Noir with little tannin.

- The ideal wines with venison and game are medium bodied reds with moderate tannin, oak and spice.

Hope this helps you create a stunning meal. Be sure to check out our wine of the week reviews as they always contain a food/wine pairing. 

Enjoy!


Aix Double Magnums!!Date published: 29/03/14

Aix Rose DOUBLE Magnums...4 x the fun!

What a way to start a party, a double magnum of rose.

Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit.

A superb choice for any event, and the perfect match for canapés or seafood.

Give it a go for just £50.00!


Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel, California, 2011Date published: 13/03/14

The Ravenswood Motto is 'No Wimpy Wines', and that certainly is the case here. Dense dark fruits such as blueberry and plums with well rounded oak imparting hints of vanilla to the palate. Flavours reminiscent of a dark fruit cake.

This wine comes from Lodi County, in the Northern areas of California's Central Valley and is the Zinfandel capital of the world. Known locally as Zin, ancient vines give incredible power and concentration to the wine.

I would happily consume this on its own for the pure enjoyment it would give, but will match very well with richer meats such as breast of duck.

Chosen by Matt....

£9.49*

*when you purchase at least two bottles, single bottle price: £11.99.


Drink Like Sir Winston Churchill!Date published: 11/03/14


Viña Pomal

The flagship range of esteemed Rioja winery Bodegas Bilbaínas had a bottling plant in 1940’s London near Charring Cross and was reputed to be a favourite of Churchill. The grapes used in Viña Pomal are grown in the Rioja Alta and have stayed true to the traditional style of Rioja through a shift to fruitier, more tannic style in recent years. The Crianza 2010, aged for 12 months in American oak has deep cherry notes with liquorice, vanilla notes and supple tannins. Well priced at £7.99 when at least two bottles are purchased. The Reserva 2009 has 18 months ageing in American oak before further bottle ageing of 2 years which gives an intense and persistent wine with nuances of raspberry and blackberry. Only £9.99 when at least two bottles are purchased.


Pol Roger

The famous Champagne house, founded in 1849, is based in the town of Épernay. This was the favorite Champagne of the war time Prime Minister and is currently the Royal Warrant to provide Champagne to the Queen. After Churchill's death in 1965, Pol Roger placed a black border around the labels of Brut NV shipped to the United Kingdom. In 1984, they introduced their finest wine, the Pinot Noir-dominant Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill in homage to the great man.The Brut is rich and decidant in style and is priced at £34.98 as part of our Pick 'N' Mix offer.  

"Remember gentlemen, it's not just France we are fighting for, it's Champagne!"
Winston S. Churchill, 1918



Pick 'N' MixDate published: 10/03/14

Here at Majestic Wine Stockport our March Pick 'N' Mix is well under way. With Spring seemingly blooming I thought I'd summarise some of the extra special wines available with up to 33.3% off when at least two are purchased.

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Western Cape

Similar in style to the whites wines from Bordeaux and a great wine for those getting a little tired of New Zealand Sauvignon. Grassy herbaceous notes dominate the nose with green bell peppers and passion fruits being prevalent in the flavour of the wine. A dash of Semillion in the blend and lees ageing add structure and texture. Only £8.66.

Macon-Village 'Les Roches Blanches' 2012, Louis Jadot

A fresh crisp Chardonnay with green apple and pear preceding a nice minerally finish. The vines which produce the fruit from this wine are near a town called Loche in the Maconnais which seem to consistently produce exceptional Burgundian whites at very modest prices. Enjoy with a green salad or all manner of salmon dishes. Only £7.99.

Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Maipo Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon is truly an international grape variety and this example from Chile is incredible. Like many Chilean reds there is ripe, upfront fruit character, but oak ageing in French barrels adds tannin, toasty vanilla and length to the finish. Traditional Cabernet taste of blackcurrant and cassis is present and to be enjoyed with spicy red meats or rich venison. Only £7.99.

Majestic Wine...Pick 'N' Mix but for Adults!


On This Week's Saturday Kitchen...Date published: 09/03/14


If you managed to watch yesterdays edition of Saturday edition you may have seen the recommendation for the Paul Mas Viognier by Olly Smith.

Viognier is an incredibly aromatic wine and as such should not be served at too low a temeprature. Fragrance of stonefruits dominant the nose of this wine. On the palate rich apricot and ripe peach lead to a citrus fuelled finish. Partial fermentation in oak vats provide futher richness and texture.

Can be enjoyed with rich blue cheese or pate. If your feeling adventurous try with lightly spiced dishes.

The best part? This wine is only £6.66 whenbought as part of our 'Pick 'n' Mix Deal'


My Visit to the Brookdale ClubDate published: 08/03/14

Last night the people of Bramhall were treated to a wine and food matching session conducted by myself at the Brookdale club. We tried a variety of interesting wines selected by myself to match up with some nibbles.

For the whites tried a nice steely Italian Gavi Araldici with Baked Salmon, the Torres Esmerelda, a medium-dry Spanish wine from Torres with a Chicken Tikka bite and a Southern French Viognier from Paul Mas which worked a treat with an Ardennes pate and toast.

For the red we tried a youthful Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere blend from Yali Wetlands with a delicately spiced meatball and a mature Cotes du Bourg Right-Bank Bordeaux with a mature cheddar cheese.

What turned out to be the majority's favourite was an Australian desert wine from Brown Brothers, their Orange Muscat and Flora. The wine is very sweet but when we tried it with a chocolate mousse the sweetness is somewhat neutralised and the Orange flavours came to the fore.

If you are interested in having a wine tasting provided by Majestic Wine at a venue of your choosing please feel free to contact us. The time we give up is free and we can be flexible to your budget. You can either call the store on 0161 474 1389 or email the store at sto@majestic.co.uk if you wish to discuss the possibility of having a wine tasting provided by one of our friendly and knowledgeable colleagues.


Wine of the Week - The Ned Pinot GrigioDate published: 06/03/14

'The Ned' Pinot Grigio

Marlborough, 2013

Pinot Grigio is a relation of Pinot Noir and when the grapes begin to ripen the skin goes a slight pink colour. This is reflected in this wine which has a slight pink tinge and is therefore perfect for Sunny Spring days. This is due to head wine-maker Brent Marris allowing contact with the skins to impart this colour. This also contributes to the flavouring which is more tropical and richer than European examples with pear drop, blossom and nectarine.

Many of you may have enjoyed the Sauvignon Blanc from the Ned. However they make a rather smashing Pinot Grigio which is unlike any other I have tasted. This makes a fine match for a leafy salad or creamy pasta dishes.

£8.99

When you purchase at least 2 bottles. Single bottle £10.99.  


Fine Wine of the Month - Meerlust MerlotDate published: 05/03/14

Over march our Fine Wine of the Month is this outstanding Merlot from one of South Africa's most historic estates.

South Africa has been a producer of quality fine wine for a long time, especially for its red wines produced in Stellenbosch.

Stellenbosch is home to South Africa's most prestigious wineries. The climate is ideal for viticulture with cool sea breezes ensuring the summers are never to hot. Variety of aspect, soil and altitude mean grapes such as Cabernet and Merlot flourish and produce excellent wines.

Wine making has been part of the Myburgh family for 8 generations beginning in 1756 ensuring knowledge and skill which showcases some of the best examples of South African red wine.

Made predominantly of Merlot with 11% Cabernet Franc in the 'right bank' tradition. Its is a deep rich purple colour with plum, chocolate, rich spice and ripe black berry.

Can be cellared for 10 years to really show its best or can be enjoyed now with fine food and fine company.

Matt


Malbec Madness!Date published: 01/03/14

Here at Majestic Wine Stockport we are offering a selection of are top-rated Argentinian Malbecs until the 3rd March. ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT!! Simply buy any Malbecs as part of our pick and mix offers and you can get 33% off!!

Best Offer: Viñalba Gran Reservado Malbec, 2011, Mendoza. On offer at £10.66, normal price £15.99.

Best Value: Portillo Malbec, 2013, Mendoza. On offer at £6.66, normal price £9.99.

Dont just want Malbec? Not a problem! As part of our pick 'n' mix you can choose other wines to make up ypur mixed case and they will also be 33% off.


Wine of the week Surani PrimitivoDate published: 27/02/14

Surani Costarossa Primitivo

Italy

This wine is the proof that zinfandel doesnt mean sweet rose wine! Back by popular (staff) demand!

Primitivo is a grape indigenous to Italy and the eastern Mediterranean, now more commonly known as Zinfandel. This wine is made by over-ripening the grapes on the vine, then harvesting and fermenting them over a lengthy 20 days, then oak-ageing to create a rich style.

Deep, dense ruby in colour, with a nose of warm prunes, dates and figs, with hints of sweet spice. Full and voluptuous with lashings of jammy fruit, the mouth-feel is soft and plush, with toasty notes that linger on the finish.

Try with venison, or pan-fried calves' liver .

Cheers


Marvellous MalbecDate published: 26/02/14

A fantastic limited offer has started today bringing loads of extra Malbecs into the Pick n Mix...meaning they're 33% off too!  Have a look on the website to see what is included...I can't decide whether my favourite is Portillo at £6.66 or Vinalba Reservado at £7.99!!!  The offer ends on Monday 3rd March, so don't delay.

The Wine Alphabet - Z is for ZeusDate published: 24/02/14

Zues is a white grape variety from Hungry.

It's mostly used for late harvest wines.

Matt

The Wine Alphabet - Y is for Yara ValleyDate published: 23/02/14

The Yara Valley is a wine region in Australia. 

It is Australia's oldest commercial wine region and lies North of Melbourne.

Quality has incresed in recent years resulting in excellent sparkling wines, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Matt

The Wine Alphabet - X is for Xarel-loDate published: 21/02/14

Xarel-Lo is a white grape planted in Catalunya and is an important grape in the production of Cava.

Matt

The Wine Alphabet - W is for White ZinfandelDate published: 16/02/14

Most commonly associated with America.

A white Zinfandel is a rose wine made from the Zinfandel grape.

Often the wines are low in alcohol, fresh and fruity with some residual sweetness.

Matt

Wine of the Week - Surani Pietrariccia, Fiano 2012Date published: 15/02/14

Wine of the Week - Surani Pietrariccia, Fiano 2012

Surani's estate is situated a few miles from the coast in Apuglia on Italy's 'heel'. The wine has a colour that suggests citrus and it does not disappoint with delicate lemon on the palate. A crisp acicdity adds structure which leads to a tropical fruit finish.

Fiano is a grape variety believed to have ancient Greek origins and is found almost exclusively in Southern Italy and Sicily. The grape itself is particularily thick-skinned which means less wine is produced when compared to other commercially successful Italian white grape varieites. This means wine-makers that choose to use Fiano do so out of 'love of their craft'.

Enjoy this with a green salad with plenty of olive oil drizzled on top.

Chosen by Matt W....

£7.99*

*when you purchase at least two bottles, single bottle price: £9.99.


The Wine Alphabet - V is for Vitis ViniferaDate published: 12/02/14

Vitis Vinifera is the main Eurasian species of grape vine that produces nearly all the grapes used in wine making.

There are thought to be between 5000-10,000 varities.

Matt

The Wine Alphabet - U is for Ugni BlancDate published: 10/02/14

Ugni Blanc is a grape that is most important in the production of Base wines for Cognac, Armagnac and other fruit brandies made in the world.

Matt 

The Wine Alphabet - T is for Tequila Date published: 09/02/14

The most famous export from Mexico.

Tequila is a spirit distilled from the heart of the Blue Agave which is a member of the Lily family.

The vast majority is unaged and colourless with very pungent aromas of pepper.

It can be aged but these Tequilas reach very high prices levels and they are call Anejo.

Matt

The Wine Alphabet - S is for Sauvignon Date published: 08/02/14

Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape which is planted widely across the world.

This grape produces wines with ripe citrus and topical fruits with high acidity. These wines don't really benefit form extended oak aging and are best drunk when young.

The best examples are from the Loire valley and of course the mighty Marlbourough in New Zealand.

Matt

The Wine Alphabet - R is for Riesling Date published: 07/02/14

Riesling is a white grape variety widely planted across the world and it is beginning to become popular again.

It is aromatic and retains high acidity. It ripens late so is well suited to cooler climates such as those in Germany.

It makes dry wines, sparkling and some of the finest sweet wines in the world.

Classic regions inlcude the Mosel in Germany, Alsace in France and the Clare and Eden Valley in Australia.


Matt

The Wine Alphabet - Q is for QuintaDate published: 05/02/14

Quinta is the Portuguese word for estate or it can refer to a vineyard.

Quinta apperars on bottles of port. These Single Quinta ports are often the product of that single estate and are very often vintage products.

Matt

The Wine Alphabet - P is for Passito Date published: 04/02/14

Passisto refers to the technique of drying grapes after picking. This has a long tradition in Italy.

This technique avoids noble rot, grapes are either placed on straw mats in the sun or placed on racks in well ventilated rooms.

Both red and white wines are made in this fasion but the best known is Amarone.

Matt

The Wine Alphabet - O is for OxygenDate published: 03/02/14

Oxygen plays quite an important role in wine making both bad and good.

It can be a wine makers worst nightmare. A maker of a New Zealand Sauvignon will do everything to keep their wine away form oxygen. If exposed the delicate aromas would be lost and the wine ruined.

Yet oxygen is key to aging wines such as sherry and tawny ports. It creates very interesting armomas making many of these wines very complex and interesting. Things like toffee, leather, nuts and silky tannins emerge form these wines.

Matt


The Wine Alphabet - N is for NapaDate published: 02/02/14

On the East Californian Coast lies Napa where the best wineries in California can be found.

Napa Cabernet Sauvignon has achieved critical claim across the world and can certainly hold its own against the great estates of Bordeaux.

The wine is deep and tannic with exellent black fruit, cedar notes and ageing potential.

Several boutique winereis have considerable waiting lists to purchase their wines.

Matt  

The Wine Alphabet - M is for MedocDate published: 01/02/14

Some of the best quality reds in Bordeaux come from the region of the Medoc.

These wines are dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and can age for decades. These wines sell for very high prices and are famous all over the world. 

The Chateaux's with the best reputations are Saint-Estephe, Pauillac, Saint Julien and Margaux.

Matt

 

The Wine Alphabet - L is for LoireDate published: 31/01/14

Loire is a wine producing Region in France and is one of the most varied wine regions in the world.

Producing dry whites, sparkling, sweet wines, rose and red wines it really does have a lot to offer.

The Loire is most famous however for its dry whites made from Sauvignon.

Sancerre and Pouilly Fume both lie opposite each other and benefit from the well drained chalky soils.

These wines are very elegant with high acidity and an excellent flinty finish. A bit more refined than their new world counter parts.


Matt

The Wine Alphabet - K is for KahluaDate published: 31/01/14

Kahlua is a rum based liqueur flavored with coffee hailing form the country of Mexico.

For and treat and certainly after 5 its good in coffee instead of milk mmmmm.

Matt

The Wine Alphabet - J is JovenDate published: 30/01/14

Joven is the Spanish word meaning young.

Wines with this label attached may or may not see any oak and are released ready for consumption.

Very fruity and easy going wines.

Matt

Wine Of The Week *NEW PRODUCT*Date published: 29/01/14

Luigi Bosca Malbec £15.99 single bottle price OR £12.99 when you buy 2.

Luigi Bosca is becoming quite a popular producer, first off with their 'Testimonio' (Cab Sauv, Shiraz & Tannat) blend now with this beauty the Malbec. Bodegas Luigi Bosca was established in 1901 by Leoncio Arizu, and the Arizu family still own and run the estate today, three generations down the line.

This Malbec starts by offering lashings of dark chocolate and a velvety mouth feel followed by black cherry and plenty of chewy tannins to get your palate moving like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever.

Enjoy over the next few years OR if you cant wait try this now with Fillet Steak or a simple Spag bol!


Final Week of Bargain HuntDate published: 29/01/14

As we enter our final week of the January Bargain Hunt, we do still have a few gems left, all at 33.3% off when you buy 2 or more bottles. Give us a call if you would like to snap up our final bottles on 0161 474 1389

Torre di Monte Pinot Grigio, Italy - now £4.66 - 11 left

La Plata Sauvignon Blanc, Argentina - now £4.66 - 27 left

Poda Sauvignon Blanc, Spain - now £4.66 - 6 left

Alcayata Pinot Grigio, Argentina - now £6.66 - 4 left

Thelema Sauvignon Blanc - now £11.66 - 6 left

Beaujolais Villages, Domaine des Crais - now £7.99 - 3 left

Rioja Reserva 1994, Vina Pomal  now £8.33 - 10 left

Wine CoursesDate published: 27/01/14

After another smashing wine course yesterday everyone left with their taste buds tingling and their bellies warmed up for Sunday dinner.  If you want to fill your afternoon/evening with something different why not try our future courses. 

Sunday 16th Feburary 2pm - 3:30pm 

Thursday 13th March  6:30 - 8pm 

The 16th Feb is filling up quickly so book your place ASAP if your interested. 0161 474 1389 or e-mail sto@majestic.co.uk with the number of attendees. Look forward to seeing you. 


The Wine Alphabet - K is for KabinettDate published: 26/01/14

K is for Kabinett, a definition of a special quality wine from Germany amongst the 6 Pradikatswein categories.

Kabinett wines are the most delicate and make ideal aperitifs.

Very light in body with high acidity. Some can be sweet but the dry wines display excellent green apple and citrus fruit flavours.  

Matt



The Wine Alphabet - J is for Jack DanielsDate published: 25/01/14

J is for Jack Daniels, the global brand largely responsible for the re-insurgence of Tennessee Whiskey.

It is made exactly the same as Bourbon apart from the process of dripping the spirit through maple wood charcoal before maturation. This is known as the Lincoln County process.

This gives the spirit a sweet smoky flavour and sets it apart from Bourbon.


The Wine Alphabet - I is for Ice WineDate published: 24/01/14

A speciality of Canada, Ice wine is made by freezing the grapes on the vine. The ice remains when the grapes are pressed which concentrates the sugars in the must.

Low in alcohol they have very pure varietal aromas and flavours. The best ones are made from Riesling. The red grape Vidal also makes Ice Wine but they are less favoured than those made by Riesling.

The great lakes of Canada make viticulture possible even at the most Northern limit of viticulture. The lakes circulate air to minimise frost damage and extend the growing season into spring whilst creating some of the most unique terroirs in the world.


Wine of the Week - Vina Mayu MalbecDate published: 23/01/14

Introducing a new Chilean wine to our range, our wine of the week is Viña Mayu Malbec 2012 Elqui Valley, Chile

GrapeMalbec

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

TasteA vividly coloured, muscular yet sophisticated wine, offering layers of nutmeg and clove amid a swathe of lush bramble fruit. Full-bodied with a long, silky finish.

Enjoy with: Perfect accompaniment for a rare roasted fillet of beef.

£13.99 or £11.19 when you buy 2 or more Chilean wines


The Wine Alphabet - H is for HailDate published: 23/01/14

H in out alphabet is for hail - so frozen raindrops!  Not only can the precipitation in this form harm the vines by giving too much water, it can also cause physical damage to the vine and fruit.  If hail breaks the grapes as they are ripening, they become very prone to rot, and they may ferment on the vine.  This means that whole bunches will become unusable.  The strange thing with hail is how localised it is - only certain parts of particular vineyards may be affected.  Producers are so worried by hail that they try many strange techniques to reduce the chance of it falling - for example firing explosive rockets into thunderclouds!

The Wine Alphabet - G is for GamayDate published: 22/01/14

Gamay is a French red grape variety responsible for the wines of Beaujolais.  The wines are low in tannins, with aromas of freshly picked red fruits...you can sometimes pick up flavours of banana and even bubble gum!  Most Gamay is drunk when the wine is young, within a couple of years.  However some wines from Morgon, Moulin-a-Vent, CHenas and Julienas can improve in bottle for up to ten years!

Exciting Web Exclusive!Date published: 21/01/14

We have an exciting web exculsive for Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon 2008 Hunter Valley

6 bottles for £41.94 - inlcuding delivery!

"A superb value example of the unique style that is Hunter Valley Semillon, from old, low-cropping vines on the Arrowfield Estate. This wine is remarkably age-worthy.

Delicate yet well-defined aromas of lime and lemon are joined by subtle floral hints. The palate is soft textured yet lightly crisp, with a long, lemony finish.

Enjoy immediately or cellar carefully for up to 5 years to allow the wine to develop a richer, more honeyed profile."

The Wine Alphabet - F is for FinoDate published: 20/01/14

Fino is a style of sherry which is made form the Palimino grape in Jerez, Spain.

Pale in color with aromas of herbs, dough and almonds. Many describe them as tangy.

Perfect with Tapas in the hot Spanish sun.

Matt


The Wine Alphabet - E is EszenciaDate published: 19/01/14

Meaning essence or nectar these are extremely rare wines produced in Tokaji, located in Hungry from the Furmint grape.

It is made only using the free run juice of grapes of the finest Azu berries.

The resulting must is so sweet it can take years to ferment. With a minimum residual sugar content of 450 g/l this wine will remain fresh for over a century. 

Matt

The Wine Alphabet - D is for DouroDate published: 18/01/14

The Douro is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world and is found in Portugal.

The vineyards are planted on the steep sides of the Douro River Valley on the slate soil which is perfect for reflecting the sun and helping to ripen the grapes, most notably the red grape Touriga Nacional which achieves good colour, rich tannins and powerful flavors.

The Douro's greatest export is Port but it is unfair to overlook the table wines produced. Intense fruit is paired with excellent structure creating high quality and approachable red wines.

New Event - Southern France TastingDate published: 17/01/14

Good News

This weekend we are running a 'Wines of Southern France' tasting weekend.

We have a range of wines from this diverse region open to try, both red and whites.

Pop in this weekend and discover something very tasty.

Matt

The Wine Alphabet - C is for ChampagneDate published: 17/01/14

Champage is the most prestigious sparkling wine in the world and is unique in so many ways.

Made from the 3 grapes Pinot Noir, Meunier and Chardonnay in the only place in the only wine region that is completely devoted to sparkling wine.

It is made in the traditional method which although is time consuming it ensures all Champagnes are of the highest quality.

Made in a variety of styles from Non Vintage, Vintage, Rose, Blancs de Blancs and Blanc de Noirs so there is plenty of choice.

I find it often hard to beat a glass of Champage and a good party.


Matt

Snazzy New Cider in Stock!Date published: 17/01/14

We have a new cider in stock called Burrow Hill Cider which originates from Somerset. The outer pack looks quite basic – an 8x500ml tray and shrink case with a sticker on.  However that is very deceptive!!!  It is rustic because that is the nature of buying direct from the farm.

Burrow Hill Cider consistently rates as one of the best (and often the very best) cider in the UK. It features on the lists of many Michelin starred restaurants, and on the shelves of Harvey Nichols and Harrods.  Owner, Julian Temperley, (who has featured on River Cottage and Rick Stein shows) is an out-spoken traditionalist with no interest in selling his cider through major supermarkets.

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

We will be tasting Burrow Hill this weekend, so pop down!

£18 per case

The Wine Alphabet - B is Botrytis Date published: 16/01/14

Botrytis Cinerea is a Fungus which plays a key role for many wine makers in the production of their wine.

With cool misty mornings and long sunny afternoons the Bortrytis forms on the grapes, it punctures the grapes which removes the water and concentrates the flavors which is known as Noble Rot. However if the fungus spreads in wet conditions it can cause Grey Rot which damages the grapes and vine

These Bortrytis infected grapes create the famous wines of Sauternes in France and the finest Trockenbeerenauslese wines of Germany.

These wines are lusciously sweet but balanced with high acidity. Flavors of marmalade, honey and peaches make these wines a fantastic indulgence.


Matt

Wine Course DatesDate published: 16/01/14

I am pleased to say we have a wine course a month to start the year!  

Join us for a free introduction to the world of wine! Whilst tasting 3 whites, 3 reds, a Champagne and a sparkling wine, you will learn a little bit about how wine is made, what makes it taste the way it does, and a few tricks for food and wine matching.  Just call the store on 0161 474 1389 to book your place...why not make a social event of it and bring a friend?

The dates we have are:

Sunday 26th January 2pm - 3.30pm

Sunday 16th February 2pm - 3.30pm

Thursday 13th March 6.30pm - 8pm

The Wine Alphabet - A is for AmaroneDate published: 15/01/14

Over the coming 26 days I will go through each letter of the alphabet and match it with something in the wine world.

It can be anything in the wine world so hopefully it will inspire you to try something new.

We begin with the letter A.

A is for Amarone.

This deeply colored, rich red wine comes from North West Italy from the region of Veneto.

Made with the red grapes Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara a proportion of the grapes are dried on bamboo in the sun to enhance their flavors.

Rum, chocolate and sweet spice make this a fantastic wine and my favorite by a long way.

Matt


A new way to open a bottle of wine?Date published: 12/01/14

I didn’t think this was possible but here you go. 


1. Remove the protective foil 

2. Place the bottom of the wine bottle inside a shoe, preferably a rubber sole to absorb the shock.

3. Gripping the bottle and shoe, bang the sole against a wall or tree several times until the cork eases out of the bottle. 

4. Unscrew with your hand then all you have to do is pour.


If you don’t believe me watch the video link.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2537593/Now-thats-drink-The-secret-opening-bottle-wine-without-corkscrew.html

German Riesling Global Prices Expected To RiseDate published: 11/01/14

Sourced from Decanter.com


The price of German Riesling is set to rise thanks to yields declining as much as 30% on a typical year.

Regions dominated by Riesling, such as the Mosel or Rheingau, have been particularly hard-hit, with yields down 30% and 21% respectively on the long-term average.

Meanwhile, the harvest in the Pfalz – Germany’s largest Riesling production area – was about 11% down on 2012.

Prices for Riesling are already rising as a result of the small crop, a Wines of Germany spokesperson told Decanter.com.

Read more at http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-news/584658/german-riesling-prices-expected-to-rise-in-2014#PjkulImh3z3SqCIf.99

Champers!Date published: 10/01/14

Although all champagne is white nearly 66% of the grapes used to make it are in fact black. Chosen grapes are pressed very gently to avoid any colour or tannin being extracted and in order to maintain quality only 102 litres of wine can be extracted from 160 kilograms of grapes. 

The wine will then undergo a primary fermentation. This generally happens in a temperature controlled stainless steel vat, though some producers use oak vats or barrels. 

Typically, Champagne is blended from a variety of grapes. This is done in order to maintain quality from year to year. Once a blend has been made a secondary fermentation will take place. A small amount of yeast is added to the wine inside the bottle before it is sealed. The bottles are then stacked horizontally in cellars to allow fermentation to take place. Once this fermentation is completed the yeast die and leave a sediment of lees in the bottle. After a period of ageing the lees will be removed from the bottle via riddling. This involves moving the bottle very slowly into an inverted position so that the lees fall into the neck of the bottle. The neck of the bottle is then submerged in a very cold brine solution which freezes the lees in the neck, allowing them to be removed. The bottle will then be resealed and - viola! The champagne is ready for drinking!


Its quite a lot of work! But well worth it!

Wedding bells in 2014?Date published: 09/01/14

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

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

For more information visit www.majestic.co.uk/services/weddings.

Happy planning,



China to be the largest producer in the world?Date published: 08/01/14

While China is currently the world’s fifth-largest producer of wine it is estimated it will soon have the most land under vine and produce more wine than any other country.

China will double its vineyard land over the next five years. In comparison, in 2012, Spain had 1m hectares under vine, followed by France with 800,000 hectares, according to figures from the Organization of Vine and Wine. While China's vineyard has increased by 90 percent since 2011, the 2012 figures put its total at 570,000 hectares and a large proportion of these vines are dedicated to table grapes. 

Similarly, China produced 14.8m hectoliters of wine in 2012, while France and Italy each turned out 40 million hl.

China’s strategy for growing vines is not down to a national love of wine. It is for political reasons, in order to help poor regions that are struggling economically. It also assists desert regions, where the vines help to fix the sand and prevent sandstorms in cities.”

The region of Ningxia, for example, is fighting desertification and relies on ancient irrigation systems from the Yellow River to grow crops.

While foreign wine giants such as LVMH and Pernod Ricard are investing in Chinese vineyards, major Chinese groups are buying up vineyards around the world. Food giant Cofco, which accounts for around 17 percent of China's domestic wine market, has already purchased vineyards in Bordeaux and Chile to ensure a competitive advantage against foreign brands. 

There are also many wealthy individuals who are looking to protect their money by acquiring assets beyond Chinese borders.

In China, wine is seen as a luxury item. The culture of gifting is very important in China and wine is often bought for show. Sales figures and actual consumption were two very different numbers. However the  number of wine enthusiasts and wine bars is gradually increasing. 


Wine Of The WeekDate published: 07/01/14

Torre Di Monte Pinot Grigio £6.99 OR £4.66 when yuo buy any two in the Bargain Hunt Deal!

Pavia is a district within Lombardy surrounding the city of Pavia, to the south of Milan, and is one of Italy's major winemaking hubs, particularly for Pinot Grigio. This wine is made by the Pizzolo family winery, which was started by four brothers in 1986.

If your looking for easy drinking, fresh pear & citrus like qualities this is perfect. A gently fruity and light-bodied white, clean, crisp and easy-going. 

Try with Salmon fishcakes OR at the start of an evening as an aperitif. 


Bargain HuntDate published: 04/01/14

Here are some of the wines we have been able to reduce so that you can find some awesome deals from all over the world this January.

Alcayata Pinot Grigio (Argentina) WAS £9.99 NOW £6.66. Floral aromas such as elder flower lift up from the glass followed by a crisp citrus finish.  

Cape Mentelle Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc (Australia) WAS £18.74 NOW £12.49. A nice heady, lemon blossom and a clean racy acidity. 

Rayuela Cabernet Sauvignon (Chile) WAS £7.99 NOW £5.33. Fresh strawberry & plum fruit with a blackcurrant cassis aroma

Valdivieso Sauvignon Blanc (Chile) WAS £7.99 NOW £5.33. Subtly oaked Sauvignon with a focus of green apples and lime. 

Beaujolais Domaine des Nuges (France) WAS £10.99 NOW £7.33. Light fruits such as cherry, raspberry and strawberries with low tannin. 

Torro Di Monte Pinot Grigio (Italy) WAS £6.99 NOW £4.66. Fresh mouthwatering citrus fruit, with a crisp clean finish.

Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand) WAS £18.74 NOW £12.49. Pronounced gooseberry and passion fruit with an oaked aroma. 

Thelema Sauvignon Blanc (South Africa) WAS £17.49 NOW £11.66. Grassy characteristics with hints of green fruit and green peppers.


Hope there's something here for you. Once they're gone they are GONE!



What's Partying On The Palate For New Year?Date published: 30/12/13

As we draw ever closer to the new year there seems to be a lot more curiosity and planning as to what to drink for the special occasion. We have selected our top wine for the value, quality and style for the occasion. We hope you find this helps in your selection.

1. Taittinger 04/05 WAS £45 NOW £40!

Perfect to "ppffffttt" open for NYE. This champagne is highly reputable having some of the oldest champagne cellars in the world. With it being a vintage the grape quality in comparison with the NV is much better giving a magnificent golden yellow colour with a nose that is also first flinty, and followed by aromas of toast and white,floral fruit notes. The palate is intense, with plum and greengage fruits leading to a long, creamy finish.

Try with Smoked Salmon OR (if your feeling classy) Fish  & Chips! The acidity works a treat with the oilyness of the fish.

Sparkling Short Term OffersDate published: 29/12/13

Get your party off to a bang with these Sparkling Short Term Offers!  But hurry they end at 5pm on Tuesday 31st December....or when we've run out....whichever is sooner!

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV, France. £37.50 now £25

Pol Roger Reserve NV, France. £45 now £30

Codorniu Selection Raventos, Spain. £11.99 now £6.99

Lindauer Brut Cuvee, New Zealand £13.99 now £8.99

NYE Party WinesDate published: 29/12/13

Remember, with Majestic Wine you can party in style without breaking the bank...we have plenty of great party wines all under £6.  Here are some we will be drinking at my party on NYE.

Panamericana Range - £5.99 when you buy 2 or more Chilean wines

The Merlot has ample red berry fruit combining fresh acidity with ripeness and warmth. Offers good concentration and depth, a soft and plummy texture, and hints of vanilla and spice.  The matching Sauvignon Blanc is a well balanced and refreshing wine, with a predominant citrus character accompanied by softer flavours of pear, melon and a streak of flinty minerality.

Pasqua Pinot Grigio - £5.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

A fresh, fruity wine with lots of crunchy fruit. Crisp, citrussy acidity and a well balanced finish. A real crowd pleaser.

Rioja Crianza, Gran Vendema - £5.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

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

Wine of the Week - Kangarilla Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 29/12/13

Kangarilla Road was established by Helen and Kevin O'Brien in 1997. Kangarilla Road is the main road running past the vineyard towards the small village of Kangarilla, the name comes from a derivation of the Australian Aboriginal language and refers to the abundance of resources locally.

Nose

Classic Cabernet characters of blackberry and black currant conserve on the nose with lovely nuances of peppermint leaf. Its like Blackberry Jam in a glass!

Palate:

The palate is intense with intense black fruits, earth and sweet chalky tannins. Seamless integrated oak marries wonderfully with the palate which finishes with extraordinary length of flavour.

Pairing: It may be a boring choice, but a beautiful steak would partner this wine brilliantly. A great T bone Fiorentina, with a fresh salsa. 

Perfect!


Marcus's Christmas PicksDate published: 21/12/13

Amarone Classico ‘Vigneti di Roccolo’ 2010 Cantina Negrar £23 single bottle price OR £18 when you buy 2!

The last pick in the ultimate series that is 'Marcus's Christmas Picks' is this stunning Amarone for those of you that refuse to pay Amarone prices! 

This wine is made using the Ripasso method which involves drying its grapes off the vine, often on bamboo shoots or straw. The drying concentrates the sugar in the grapes which make this method unique. As a result the high acidity in the grapes combine with the sugar & high alcohol content helping the wine ferment beautifully. This and a combination oak ageing give this wine its unique flavour. 

On the nose this wine brings a warming bouquet of oak, fig, raisin & chocolate followed by similar flavours and a silky mouthfeel on the palate. All this is combined by an enduring finish that would last through all 3 Lord Of The Rings
Films...... Back to Back!! 

Enjoy with Italian cuisines or gamey meats

Delivery before Christmas?Date published: 20/12/13

We are still able to offer delivery slots before Christmas to some areas.  Please give us a ring on 0161 474 1389 to see if we can get to you!  Or feel free to place an order online and we can get it ready for you to collect.

Our opening hours for collection are:

Friday 20th and Saturday 21st December 9am - 8pm

Sunday 22nd December 10am - 5pm

Monday 23rd December 9am - 8pm

Tuesday 24th December 9am - 5pm



Don't fancy Champagne this Christmas?Date published: 20/12/13

If you fancy something a bit different to Champagne this Christmas, why not try a bottle of the world renowned Nyetimber Classic Cuvee?

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

It has a beguiling nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent.

This really is the home-grown alternative to Champagne, so make sure you experience it for Christmas.

£35.99 or £23.98 when you buy 2 or more bottles


Wine of the Week - Yalumba Bush Vine GrenacheDate published: 20/12/13

Wine of the Week - Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache

Grape: Grenache

Origin: The Barossa Valley has some of the oldest vines in the world, most of these planted as bush vines in the traditional free-standing style. Yalumba was founded in 1849, long before most 'Old World' wineries and their expertise in wine making shows in this wine!

Taste: 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.

Enjoy with: The wine makes a great alternative to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, pairing well with meaty dishes such as spare ribs. Both myself and Dan have chosen this wine as our red for Christmas day.

Press review:Soft and gentle. Tugs at your sleeve rather than shouts at you. Interestingly dry on the end but the tannins have been well managed. Clearly old vines” Jancis Robinson


Marcus's Weekly Christmas Picks 2Date published: 14/12/13

THIS WEEK I HAVE GONE FOR:


BVS Shiraz 2010 Peter Lehmann, Barossa ValleySourced from selected premium Shiraz vineyards located throughout the Barossa. 

The wine has been  fermented on skins for 10 days to maximise colour and flavour and then aged for 12 months in French oak hogsheads.As a result a bold, spicy yet straightforward Shiraz comes through, offering a core of dense plum and bramble fruit, accented by notes of black pepper and dark chocolate, all mellowed and smoothed by 12 months in oak

.The Australian wine writer James Halliday gave it 94 points commenting "The bouquet on this wine is highly fragrant and expressive, showing mulberry, blackberry, clove and violet; the palate is juicy and forward on entry, yet reveals a backbone of tannin and acid that freshens things up, and provides a long and harmonious finish”.


Enjoy with spicy beef stir fry's or warming beef stews.

£12.49 single bottle price or £9.99 when you buy 2 from Australia. 

Wine of the Week: Saint-Veran "Les Crais" Domaine des CraisDate published: 11/12/13

Saint-Véran 'Les Crais' Domaine des Crais, Burgundy, France

Grape: Chardonnay

Origin: Domaine des Crais is a 9.5ha estate owned by Jean-Luc and Martine Tissier, with 40-year old vines grown on characteristically stony, limestone and clay soils. Located in the village of Leynes, it straddles the border between Mâconnais and Beaujolais.

Taste: This tank-fermented Burgundy is clean, crisp and shows good concentration of citrus and apple fruit. 9 weeks' lees ageing has added a lovely depth, refinement, and mineral touches on the long finish.

Enjoy: Partner with roasted chicken or turkey, or with moules marinières...perfect for Christmas dinner!

£12.99 or £11.49 when you buy 2 or more bottles


Port is our Forte!Date published: 10/12/13

We have picked a few ports to suit everyone this Christmas whether it be your simple ruby ports to single vineyard vintage ports we have a nice selection on at the moment. Here’s a little bit about the taste of each style. 


Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage 2007 £11.99. Late Bottled Vintage is aged for 4 - 6 years in cask and released ready to drink. It has dark fruit and beetroot notes with spicy undertones and hints of violets on the nose, with powerful tannins, firm acidity and rich, concentrated red and black fruits. A long finish of spice and fruit.

Delaforce Quinta da Corte 1995 £18.99.This superb port has a powerful, intense bouquet of blackcurrant, cherry and cedar. The palate is beautifully balanced and structured, with plenty of spice and evolved fruit are present too.

Taylor's Quinta de Vargellas 2001 £27.00. Concentrated spicy aromas of raisin, spices, and currant. Exceptionally rich, with layer upon layer of fruit, a chewy, unctuous texture, firm structure and tannin and a finish lasting in over a minute.

Barolo by BicesterDate published: 09/12/13

Team Bicester introduce the wonderful Italian red wine, Barolo:


With the dark winter nights now well and truly upon us, there is no better time for promoting our range of Barolo's. Barolo is located in the Northwest corner of Italy, the only grape that is permitted to be grown in Barolo production is Nebbiolo.

Nebbiolo has one of the longest growing periods. It is one of the first varieties to bud and ripens mid to late October. This means that growers are in danger of hail storms in late summer and early spring frosts.

The grape itself is a dark blue, greyish colour covered with an abundant level of wax. The grapes produce a light coloured wine that is usually ruby or garnet in its youth and then gathers a brick hue in later life. However as with Pinot Noir production Nebbiolo never makes opaque wine.

A Barolo must have at least two years age in oak. For wines that are labelled Barolo Riserva five years total ageing is required. In recent history this length of time (and more) used to be the norm. Traditionally Barolo's used to be aged for minimum 10 years in the Botte whereas now Barolo's are more often aged in French barriques and the grapes are given a much shorter maceration time. In the 1970s and 1980s the trend changed in favour of younger more fruit driven wines this period of time was hailed as the 'Barolo wars'.

Our Barolo's

Barolo 2009 Natale Verga £23.00 down to £18.00

The Verga company is one that has been past down from generation to generation for decades and is currently run by Enrico Verga. At Verga they champion 'elegance, enthusiasm and passion'. The wine is aged for 24 months in French Barriques giving a classic example of the new trend in Barolo. This bottle has a blackberry bouquet, accented with persistent notes of rose petal and subtle wood smoke. A warming palate with undertones of spice and graphite.

Barolo 2008 Ciabot Berton £28.00 down to £23.00

This small estate cultivates about 12 ha around the Roggeri vineyard. After a traditionally long period of maceration, their Barolo is then aged for two years in Slavonian oak barrels. Showing a splendid ruby red colour this wine is characteristic of Barolo with its high acidity and fleshy tannins. With classic aromas of rose petals and tar and high levels of plummy fruit.


Focus on De ForvilleDate published: 07/12/13

We have a great mix and match deal on the De Forville wines from Italy.  The De Forvilles have been producing wines in the Piedmont in Northern Italy since the 1860s. Their domaine covers ten hectares across two villages. Almost all the wines are estate bottled and represent great value for any fan of Northern Italian classics.

Dolcetto d'Alba 2012, De Forville £8.99*

Dolcetto is one of the Piedmont's less famous grape varieties. This wine offers soft cherry and liquorice. A fantastic, fresh earlier drinking wine.

Langhe Nebbiolo 2011, De Forville £8.99*

A great value example of Nebboilo, the grape variety used in Barolo. Plenty of ripe forest fruits and spice, combined with zippy acidity and soft tannins, making this a great combination for soft cheeses.

Barbera d'Asti 2011, De Forville £10.99*

Planted on the lower slopes; Barbera d'Asti is a fresh, crisp expression of Barbera. A palate of cherries and vanilla combine with soft tannin and fresh acidity to create a wine to be enjoyed now or aged for a few years

Barbera d'Alba Villa De Forville 2012, De Forville £10.99*

Using grapes taken from 40 year old vines, the Barbera d'Alba displays more rounded, deep flavour than its counterpart from Asti. Cherry, cloves and vanilla flavours create a rich, well balance wine.

Barbaresco 2009, De Forville £13.99*

This wine is made with Nebbiolo grown in the village of Barbaresco, just to the North East of Barolo. Full bodied and complex the Barbaresco shows hints of leather and spices. Perfect with steak.

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


Marcus’s Weekly Christmas PicksDate published: 06/12/13

THIS WEEK I HAVE GONE FOR:


Matsu ‘El Viejo’ - This wine has a quirky design on the bottle which shows an old man staring back at you on the bottle representing the gran reserva style. They also do a Crianza, picturing a young man and a Reserva which shows a middle aged man. These wines are of the best quality money can buy at their pricing points. The ‘El Viejo’ displays lashings of dark chocolate, fine integrated tannins, oak and vanilla followed by a finish longer than the Great Wall Of China! Keep your eyes peeled for the old man on the bottle!  
£25 Single bottle price OR £20 when you buy 2. 

Premium VodkaDate published: 05/12/13

Majestic Wine has a growing range of premium Vodkas in store today. Representing many different countries, with many different styles; from English Potato Vodka, to Polish Bison Grass Vodka, we have a great range of enticing Vodkas.

Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka £20.00 (reduced from £25.00)

Chase English Potato Vodka £25.00 (reduced from £35.00)

Chase Marmalade Vodka £35

Ciroc Vodka £30.00

Belvedere Vodka £30.00 (reduced from £35.00)


Final Spotlight Tasting of the Year!Date published: 04/12/13

Majestic Stockport is pleased to invite you to our final spotlight tasting of the year, covering a range of wines which are perfect for Christmas and the festive season. The spotlight tastings will be half hour presentations focusing on 6 fine wines, with free tastings. These will be running at 12pm and 3pm on Saturday the 7th of December.

Why not come and visit us and try some great wines?


Festive FizzDate published: 02/12/13

Festive Fizz

There's nothing better to celebrate a special occasion than enjoying a lovely glass of fizz amongst friends and family. No matter what your taste there's something for everyone so why not use the following guide to help select the bottle that is perfect for you....

Prosecco

Prosecco is an Italian grape and is extremely popular at the minute. It commonly has flavours of peach, apricot, pear, honey and even floral notes and is a fantastic light, delicate and fruity option for a refreshing drinking. 

Cava

Cava is a Spanish sparkling wine combining the three grapes Parallada, Xarel-lo and Macabeo. The common flavours here are a variety of citrus fruits, baked apples and occasional nutty or brioche notes. There are plenty of fantastic high quality Cava's about at the minute so why not ignore the common misperception that Cava is a lower quality sparkling wine and give a bottle a go?

Champagne

When the budget is allowing a bottle of Champagne is a fantastic way to really celebrate in style. A non vintage Champagne generally tends to be slightly lighter and fruitier with plenty of citrus fruit and acidity where as vintage champagnes tend to be richer in style with more complex flavours of toast and brioche. The style of a Champagne does vary dramatically between different Champagne houses so if you're wanting to spend that extra cash I would always recommend getting advice based on personal taste to make sure you get the right bottle for your palate.

For more information pop into store where we are more than happy to help.

What is Sherry?Date published: 30/11/13

Sherry is a fortified wine made from grapes grown in vineyards around Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia in the far south of Spain where extreme heat—summer temperatures regularly exceed 40 ºC—is countered by cooling breezes from the Atlantic. Table wines made from here wouldn’t be terribly exciting, but the complex process of Sherry production, including the addition of spirit once fermentation is complete (fortification), results in complex, stable wines. Sherry’s popularity peaked in the late 1970s, when roughly twice as much was exported from the region than is shipped today. The region has since been through a painful contraction, but is now bouncing back, largely because of the consistently high quality of the wines that are now made here, and the fact that they offer great value for money.

There are three grape varieties authorized for the production of Sherry: Palomino, Muscat of Alexandria (also known as Moscatel) and Pedro Ximénez. The latter two grapes are mainly used for sweetening purposes, and Palomino is by far the dominant grape in the region.

Styles of Sherry

Fino
Crisp, dry, yeasty, nutty and tangy, fino is the freshest and most delicate of sherry styles, weighing in at around 15% alcohol. Protected from oxygen during its development by the flor, fino needs to be treated like white wine once it has been opened. It’s a versatile food companion, and should be drunk chilled.

Manzanilla
This is a fino-style sherry from the coastal town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Because the more humid environment in the bodegas here encourages a thicker flor layer, these wines are typically lighter and even fresher than fino, often with a distinctive salty tang.

Amontillado
Aged fino that has lost its flor and then gone on to develop oxidatively, amontillado is an amber-coloured sherry that is nutty and complex, with a long finish. It is fortified to around 17.5 ° alcohol to protect it during its development, and because it has been aged oxidatively it will last for longer once opened.

Palo Cortado
A sort of half way house between a fino and an amontillado, Palo Cortado is the result of a fino sherry losing its flor. Nutty, fresh and complex, this is now a popular style.

Oloroso
Complex brown-coloured sherries, Olorosos develop in barrel without the protective flor layer, often for many years. The result is a complex, rich, nutty style of sherry with aromas of old furniture and raisins. These wines are dry. Because they’ve seen so much oxidation during development, they are pretty stable and stay in good condition for a while once the bottle is opened.

Pedro Ximénez
Made from air-dried grapes, with fermentation stopped early by the addition of spirit, Pedro Ximénez is a remarkable wine. Viscous and amazingly sweet, it tastes like liquid Christmas cake.

Cream
Cream sherries are more commercial products that have been sweetened by the addition of Moscatel or Pedro Ximénez.

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 29/11/13


Matua Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand£9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2+ New Zealand wines


It’s hard to separate New Zealand and Sauvignon Blanc these days, but Matua were the first to put them together, planting the first Sauvignon Blanc in 1969 and producing the first bottle in 1974.  In fact you could say they changed the way the world drinks wine!  They don't think this has gone to their heads...they say it has fired them up to do more.
Matua began with a vision shared by Bill and Ross Spence - to revolutionise the New Zealand wine industry by making wines with the best fruit from the best vineyards. A philosophy that still stands today and has earned them international recognition for their pioneering work.
If you like a good occasion to celebrate (and if you’re anything like us then we’re pretty sure you do), look no further than this very bottle of wine. 
Zesty, tropical, citrus fruits are complemented by those famous bitey herbaceous undertones. Crisp, fresh Marlborough acidity balances with great structure and length – a real New Zealand classic. Now if that isn’t something to celebrate – we’ll bite our tongue!

Corked WineDate published: 28/11/13

Team Cirencester help us to understand what a corked wine really is...

"Corked is a word that is commonly thrown around when it comes to a wine that 'just isn't right'.

A corked wine is often characterised by distinctive smells and tastes. The aromas you would typically expect to get from a corked wine are musty, wet cardboard types of smells. These aromas and flavours are on a scale, and you can have an ever so slightly corked wine that is very difficult to smell or taste, to the other end of the spectrum when you can smell the musty aromas along way from the glass or open bottle.

Cork taint is a chemical known as TCA or trichloroanisole. Cork Taint is a fault that originates in the cork itself, it is only when the wine comes into contact with the cork that wine then becomes affected. Recent studies have shown a 7% chance of having a bottle of wine that is affected by cork taint. This percentage is for all wines with a cork closure, regardless of the quality or origin of the wine.

The chance of getting corked wine is eliminated by the Winemakers use of synthetic closures or screwcaps, however these closures are still vulnerable to oxidsation.

Receiving a corked wine is completely by chance, if for any reason you are unlucky and do happen to stumble across a corked bottle from Majestic, please keep the contents in the bottle and return it your local Majestic and we'll happily swap it over for you. It's a fault that inevitably will happen to some wines but we always do our best to make sure you leave with a bottle your happy with."

Gift VouchersDate published: 26/11/13

Gift Vouchers

Treat your friends or family to the ultimate gift. At Majestic we do gift vouchers that come in £10, £20 and £50 denominations. They can be redeemed at any Majestic store throughout the UK.

Our minimum purchase of 6 bottles, mixed by any style or price, applies to all purchases using vouchers. Get the perfect gift from your local Majestic store.

Wine QuotesDate published: 24/11/13

"In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it." ― Napoleon Bonaparte

"Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle." ― Paulo Coelho

"Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized." ― Andre Simon

"A bottle of wine begs to be shared; I have never met a miserly wine lover" ― Clifton Fadiman

"Men are like wine-some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age." ― Pope John XXIII

"A person with increasing knowledge and sensory education may derive infinite enjoyment from wine." - Ernest Hemingway

"Wine to me is passion. It's family and friends. It's warmth of heart and generosity of spirit. Wine is art. It's culture. It's the essence of civilization and the art of living." - Robert Mondavi, Autobiography, "Harvests of Joy"

Bordeaux Vintage GuideDate published: 22/11/13

Here's our fine wine manager's guide to recent vintages in this classic wine region

Bordeaux Vintage Guide:

1995 A fantastic vintage, often overlooked in comparison to the 1996. Uniform quality and consistency across the appellations. Wines have potential to continue to develop into their third decade.

1996 Fantastic vintage, especially on the Left Bank, as Cabernet Sauvignon dominant wines excelled. Often described as 'Backward' due to success and propensity of intensely concentrated and tannic Cabernet Sauvignon based wines. Many wines have potential to age for another decade, but lesser wines drinking now.

1997 A 'Light' and 'Forward Drinking' vintage, blighted at en primeur due to excessive prices charged by Châteaux. Most wines past their best, but still offer enjoyment but not a powerful experience.

1998 One of the great vintages for Right bank wines and excellent Graves. Often overlooked in comparison to 2000, but many St. Emilion wines are superior. On the Left bank comparisons were made to the 1988, with hard tannins early on before the wines put on weight and fleshed out over time.

1999 Sandwiched between one of the greatest right bank years and an excellent vintage all over, when many things that could go wrong went right, 1999 was the converse. Almost every commune produced both wines of great quality as well as dilute and thin wines. Vineyard management, wine making skill and luck were paramount! Many comparisons with 1988 as a ‘sleeper’ vintage requiring 10+ years cellaring to ‘wake up’.

2000 Feted as the millennium vintage, described as 'one in a lifetime' and heaped with superlatives, 2000 produced wines of spectacular quality on both banks of the Gironde. Hindsight has not diluted the enthusiasm for the vintage, but the press and trade have lost some of the restraint shown when initially describing the 2000, so almost every subsequent appears to be superior! Wines of power, elegance and concentration abound. Long ageing potential.

2001 A vintage of quality that was under-hyped following the millennium vintage, best described as Classic Bordeaux. Superior to 1999, akin to the 1988 vintage. Elegant and aromatic wines at a fraction of 2000's price. Wines have potential for ageing, most however will never attain sweetness and weight of warmer vintages.

2002 Another year of 'Classic' Bordeaux, with Cabernet based wins on the Left Bank providing many of the highlights. Left Bank wines had potential for extended aging, whereas Right Bank wines provided early drinking highlights. Many wines of interest and quality from this often overlooked vintage. Wines are much lighter than previous 3 years, more perfumed, providing for medium term ageing (up to about 15 years for most wines).

2003 There is only word needed to describe 2003; Hot. Extremely concentrated wines, high alcohol levels and reduced acidity levels prevailed across Bordeaux. Initially thought of as superior to 2000, lack of acidity andover-concentration has led to diminishing interest. Many wines enjoyable after 5 years in bottle, questions abound about long term ageing potential.

2004 A return to a 'Classic' vintage after the over-ripe and somewhat Port-like wines of 2003, 2004 was a somewhat dark vintage of high tannin levels and perfumed Cabernet. The 2004s have somewhat been forgotten compared to its predecessor and successive vintage, but many charming and elegant wines are available. Comparisons to 1988 abound, due to leafy Cabernet Sauvignon aromas and flavours. Great wines have long ageing potential.

2005 Compared to outstanding and legendary vintages such as 1990, 1982 and 1959, the first 'Vintage of the Century' after 2000 and 2003, wines were initially very high in tannin and extract, yet still sweet and elegant on release. Many of the Left Bank wines require prodigious aging before realising their full potential. Most wines are enjoyable now due to sweetness of fruit and tannin but have further development in bottle over 10+ years.

2006 A very good quality vintage, similar in style yet slightly superior to 2004. Described as another 'Classic' vintage of leafy Cabernet, more approachable and elegant when young than previous 'Classics'. Left bank produced powerful wines, very dark fruit flavours and slightly sour tannins.

2007 The curse of seven struck again, following on from 1987 and 1997 as the lesser vintages of the decade. An early drinking vintage, many 2007’s are at their best now and provide easy drinking medium weight wines.

2008 A vintage that was slated before it was even harvested, both because of a poor spring and early summer, and the onset of the world's financial difficulties. Robert Parker awarded higher scores to the 2008 wines than to many of the 2005s (although these ratings have subsequently softened). Right Bank wines were generally superior to the Left.

2009 Excellent vintage, the greatest vintage of the decade, and in comparisons with other outstanding and exceptional vintages, 2009 is now the only year from the 'naughties' that gets a mention next to '59, '61, '82 and '90. Platitudes that were first espoused in 2000, refined in 2003 and honed in 2005 were brought forth with gusto to describe the quality of 2009 that the wines are living up to, showing seductive and opulent fruit characteristics.

2010 Another fantastic vintage, as good as 2009 for different reasons; where 2009 produced wines gorgeous in their youth, 2010 produced more powerful, intense and concentrated wines.

Bordeaux for BeginnersDate published: 21/11/13

A Quick Bordeaux Fact Sheet.

Bordeaux can be an overwhelming, confusing and unapproachable region given its grandeur and history. It can also be overlooked in contemporary circles, with new world wines now taking centre stage.  But here are the basics...


The Grapes:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Cabernet Franc
Malbec
Petit Verdot

Climate:
Continental – The effect of the gulf stream on the Atlantic coast provides lengthy, hot summers and mild, wet winters.

'The Left Bank' (Of the river Gironde)
Dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The wines have more tannin and have fantastic potential for ageing. Think Medoc and Haut-Medoc.

'The Right Bank' (Of the river Gironde)
Usually made up of Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes, these are smoother, less tannic and more approachable. Saint-Emillon and Pomerol are classic examples of these.

Wine of the Week: Yali GewurztraminerDate published: 20/11/13

Yali Gewurztraminer, 2011

£8.74 or £6.99 when you buy 2+ Chilean wines

Yali's Peralillo estate in Colchagua valley provides the grapes for this New World take on a classic European style. Night-harvested, the cool grapes are pressed without air contact and fermented at cold temperatures, to maximise primary fruit character.

Colour: Pale yellow.

Aroma: A lively perfume with nice white flower notes, such as jasmine and rose, mingled with soft lychee and ginger hints.

Taste: Vibrant balanced acidity that gives freshness and length. Medium bodied, this wine is soft and persistent. Nice lychee and orange peel flavours fill the palate and are complemented by soft ginger hints that linger in the mouth. Recommended drinking temperature is between 8 and 10° C. Ideal to match to fish, shellfish and pasta, as well with Asian food. Or, enjoy on its own as an aperitif.

Interesting Fact: Once the alcoholic fermentation was complete, the wine was left on its lees, and “bâtonnage” was carried out to maximise contact between the wine and the lees to increase the aromatic complexity. Malolactic fermentation and oak were not used in case they masked the true fruit character!


Tasting NotesDate published: 20/11/13

Did you know we can give you FREE tasting notes for the wines you purchase?

Just a brief introduction to the wine, with information on the origin, taste and what we recommend you enjoy it with!

Just let us know and we can happily include the tasting notes in your delivery, or can give them to you when you call in.

Cloudy Bay Late Harvest RieslingDate published: 18/11/13

Ooh, who knew Cloudy Bay made a dessert wine!!! And having tried this for the first time the other night, I thought I would share my opinion with you! It's quite simple - yum yum yum.

Described as an 8 on our scale of sweetness, this will complete your pudding like few other new-world wines will! Though to be honest I think I would forgo the pudding and just have a glass of this instead!

Cloudy Bay make this wine in very small quantities from two vineyard sites late in the growing season, when many of the bunches are botrytised (although some non-botrytised grapes are included for added freshness). 8 months maturation in oak ensures harmony and richness.

Richly aromatic, offering notes of honey, nougat, orange blossom and peach. Indulgently sweet, the palate glows with luscious flavours of ripefig and apricot, all the way through a long finish.

Superb with crème brulée or a poached pears.

Supplies of this wine are limited, so take advantage whilst we have some!

Currently £15.99 when you buy 2+ New Zealand wines

Christmas GiftsDate published: 16/11/13

Christmas Gifts

With the Christmas season approaching, may we take this opportunity to let you know about the various gift options we have in store. Giving wine as a gift is sure to put a smile on many people's faces, and we have an unrivaled selection here in store, catering for every taste.

We do have a minimum purchase of six bottles, but we offer free delivery on orders over £40.

If you are looking to give a bottle of wine to your staff, or even a mixed case, we can advise you on the best products to suit your needs. You can mix the wine however you want to, or we also sell a range of pre-mixed cases. To make your present that extra bit special we sell gift boxes for 1- 12 bottles of wine and would be more than happy to box your order and deliver it out for free to your workplace.

The store team are on hand to help you anyway we can so please contact us either by visiting us in store, call us on 0161 474 1389 or online at www.majestic.co.uk. You can also see what exciting wines we have available to taste www.majestic.co.uk/stockport

We look forward to hearing from you.

Wine Of The Week :Domaine Grosset Cairanne 2012 Cote Du Rhone VillagesDate published: 14/11/13

Domaine Grosset Cairanne 2012 Cote Du Rhone Villages

£14.99 single bottle price OR £11.99 when you buy 2 from Rhone

Within the Cote du Rhone there are a number of villages which are entitled to call their red Cote du Rhone Villages AC , Cairanne being one of them. These are the cream of the crop outside of the cru's.

Domaine Grosset is a 10 hectare domaine owned by Brotte-Grosset family which lies just outside the Cairanne. Each grape variety is fermented individually in old oak then carefully blended to creater a unique vintage wine.

This displays an expression of red berries on the nose and sweet plum spices with hints of a Bordeaux-like cigar box aroma. The palate brings a meaty mouth-feel with spicy peppercorn and a long finish.

Enjoy with 'gamey' dishes such as pheasant or a hearty mushroom risotto!


To decant....or not to decant?Date published: 14/11/13

Our team in Stirling help us get to the bottom of the decanting conundrum...

"Who actually decants wine any more? It was traditionally a ritual carried out in prestigious homes amongst the company of others high up in society. But it still happens a lot more often than you may realise.

What does the act of decanting wine actually do? Firstly as wine ages and develops in the bottle over years, a sediment may be produced in red wines, which can often be unpleasant if it makes its way into a glass. By decanting the wine carefully, you can exchange the wine into a different container without allowing the sediment to follow.

This is not necessarily to say that you should only decant old wines...young wines can also benefit from decanting. More so in that the wine can react with a larger surface area of air. The wine is aerated allowing it to soften and breathe in the decanter half an hour or so before serving. This is the similar concept to serving different styles of wines in different shaped glasses – but thats for a whole other day!

So, the act of decanting wine has benefits to the consumer in improving the experience when drinking the bottle, rather than an unneccessary ritual of status amongst peers! Someone who decants their wine merely understands and appreciates the difference it has on improving their wine.

So if you're new to this decanting malarkey why not dust off your decanter and give it a try - after a few goes you'll really start to notice the difference."

(Shhh - I may have been known to simply pour a bottle of wine into a plastic jug...and then back into the bottle again...no decanter needed!)

New Beer ArrivalsDate published: 12/11/13

New Beer Arrivals

Einstök Icelandic White Ale £12.99 or £9.99 when you buy 4+ packs

Made from the purest water on earth just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle, Einstök Icelandic Craft Ales deliver "...a flavorful, easy-to-drink adventure". Now available to you right here. Brewed in the centuries- old Belgian tradition, their White Ale features the complex flavours of a classic wheat beer, including orange peel and coriander.

Punk IPA, BrewDog £12.99 or £9.99 when you buy 4+ packs

Located in Ellon, BrewDog claims to be Scotland's largest independently owned brewery. Punk IPA is their flagship brand. Behind the hype and noise, it is a very, very cultured beer. Heavily but stylishly hopped (twice) with an intense and tropical palate. It has a lovely bitterness on the finish that adds an intriguing fresh dimension, and it works very well with food.

FREE glass hire! Date published: 11/11/13

FREE glass hire! 

Organising a party, planning a wedding or just preparing for a dinner party, You'll always get through more glasses than you expect! Our Free Glass Loan service includes wine glasses, flutes, hi-ball tumblers and pint glasses. 

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

In addition to the glass hire we also hire out chiller bins and ice buckets. The chiller bins hold 18-24 bottles of wine or Champagne or 2-3 cases (48-72 bottles) of lager when filled with ice and water. Filled with 3-4 bags of ice, drinks will be well chilled in 30-45 minutes and will be kept cold for several hours. These are available on a £15-a-bin deposit basis, refunded in full on return. 

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

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

Chateau Coufran 2004Date published: 10/11/13

Hansi Baumann, our Fine Wine Manager, introduces one of our new Bordeaux arrivals for winter…

Château Coufran 2004

£19.99 Buy 2 save £10 = £14.99

We have purchased a large parcel of Château Coufran 2004 Ex-Château at significantly below the market price enabling us to include it in the current fine wine offer.  Often described as the 'Pomerol of the Médoc' due to the unusually high percentage of Merlot in the blend, Château Coufran is one of the most esteemed and highly regarded Cru Bourgeois Châteaux. Situated in the town of Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne on the Northern border of St. Estéphe, the vineyard was replanted in the 1920s following a series of crises where Cabernet Sauvignon based wines became very difficult to sell.

The wine is an archetypal mature Claret; the antithesis of jammy and overtly sweet young wines with very elegant, perfume and restrained aromas of black berries, wood smoke, plum and Cassis. The perfume and structure of the 2004 vintage comes to the fore in the palate, with ripe and soft tannin, earthy and spicy dark berry flavours and lingering finish.

Paulaner Oktoberfest - £40 (20 x 500ml)Date published: 09/11/13

Paulaner Oktoberfest - £40 (20 x 500ml)

Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival celebrating beer held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Running from late September to the first weekend in October, it is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world's largest fair, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year . To the locals, it is not called Oktoberfest, but "die Wiesn", after the colloquial name of the fairgrounds themselves. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event. The Munich Oktoberfest originally took place during the sixteen days up to, and including, the first Sunday in October. In 1994, the schedule was modified in response to German reunification so that if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or 2nd, then the festival would go on until October 3 which is German Unity Day.

Its estimated that up to 7 million litres of beer are consumed at Octoberfest, not bad going for 6 million people!

We had sold out once, but have another batch of Paulaner Oktoberfest back in stock! Paulaner produce this beer especially for the festival, and it is a firm favorite with customers and staff alike! If you are interested give us a call on 0161 474 1389 or e-mail us at sto@majestic.co.uk.

Winter Tasting EveningDate published: 08/11/13

Don't forget our free Winter Tasting Evening on Tuesday 12th November. Pop down to store between 6.30pm and 9pm. We will have 13 different wines open to taste, alongside a great selection of cheese! Give us a call to secure your place 0161 474 1389.

Pick 'n' MixDate published: 07/11/13

When was the last time you treated yourself to a Pick 'n' Mix? The new November offers at Majestic mean you're spoilt for choice! You can mix and match any products from a selected bunch saving 33%. The offer includes reds, whites, fine wines, sparkling wines and Champagnes! A few of our favourites..

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc..now £6.99
Vina Eguia Reserva...now £6.66
Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry...now £9.99
Veuve Clicquot Brut NV...now £29.98
Chateau Berliquet 2006...now £19.99

Wine of the Week: Giesen Sauvignon BlancDate published: 06/11/13

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc

£9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more wines from New Zealand

This winery started in the 1980s and now has 13 vineyards from which to pick the very best grapes from.

What more could you want from a white wine than a nicely chilled glass of classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to refresh your palate.

This wine is superb! A richly tropical nose dominated by an intense gooseberry and herbaceous character. Overall it produces a zesty acidity that leaves your mouth tingling.

This would be ideal with a seafood risotto or paella.



Wine Of The WeekDate published: 30/10/13

Ravenswood Zinfandel 2010 Lodi County £10.99 OR £7.33 when you buy any two from the 'pick n mix' offer


Zinfandel has become California's 'own' grape variety and is the most harvested grape in the whole area!  The Lodi AVA sits next to Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties and is home to some of the oldest and best vineyards in the state. 


 This wine is a great example of the varietal character bursting with a sweet blueberry fruit on the nose followed by luscious plum and spicey notes on the palate.


This would be perfect with gamey dishes such as duck with a rich sauce or game pie to soak up the rich flavours. 

Fine Wine Of The WeekDate published: 27/10/13

Amarone Negrar  £23 buy 2 save £10 = £18

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

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

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

FOOD MATCH: Slow cooked lamb or beef casserole, as well as blue cheese.Come and exploreAutumn Magic of Fine Wine Back to

New Sherry!Date published: 26/10/13

We have our new range of sherry's in stock now! And they are on our tasting counter! So come and try them out!

Pedro’s Fino £8.99

Pedro’s Amontillado £9.99

Pedro’s Olorosso £11.99

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 but 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. 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. Critically, he understood what we were after and knew exactly where to find it. He opened doors on family bodegas that could have easily remained closed

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is ApproachingDate published: 22/10/13

Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2013 – Thursday 21st November

From the famous house of Duboeuf comes this Beaujolais Nouveau; a style of wine released only weeks after harvest. Traditionally the maturation would happen in barrel during transportation to the market. It is released on the third Thursday in November each year.

Beaujolais Nouveau day began in the early 1960s, springing out of chic Paris cafe society.  Traditionally, the Beaujolais region of France produces the best early drinking wine of the new vintage.  As soon as the wine had been fermented it was bottled and sold in Paris and the occasion led to large celebrations.  Since then the quality of the wine has increased markedly as manufacturing techniques have improved.

As soon as more details become available we shall let you know! 


Wine of the WeekDate published: 21/10/13

Our wine of the week, introduced by Dan, is Invivo Sauvignon Blanc:

"This is unmistakably one of the best Sauvignon Blancs I have tasted from New Zealand. From the vineyards in the Westhaven Estate of the Awatere Valley two School friends have produced a superb expression of a Kiwi wine. They even popped into Majestics stores last year!  A flourish of intense tropical fruit hits the nose with guava, lime and passion fruit being most prominent. The palate continues with the tropical fruit and a zesty freshness. You can also detect herbal notes adding to the complexity of the wine leading to a lingering finish.  If you normally try Villa Maria or Giesen or Ned, then give this a whirl! Treat yourself!"

£12.49 or £9.99 when you buy 2 or more


Autumn of Wine Fine!Date published: 18/10/13

Today we will be opening another fine wine to celebrate our autumn of fine wine!

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


Feel free to pop in over the next few days to have a taste of this great value Claret, showing Medoc 2010 vintage just as it should be!

Be quick! It may all have gone!


Cheers!

Mendoza, Argentina!Date published: 17/10/13

The Mendoza Province is one of Argentina's most important wine regions, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the country's entire wine production. Located in the eastern foothills of the Andes, in the shadow of Mount Aconcagua, vineyards are planted at the some of the highest altitudes in the world with the average site located 1,970–3,610 feet above sea level. Mendoza is considered the heart of the winemaking industry in Argentina with the vast majority of large wineries located in the provincial capital of Mendoza.

Mendoza has a continental climate and semi-arid desert conditions. The region experiences 4 distinct seasons with no extremes in temperatures that provides a relatively uneventful annual growth cycle for grapevines--especially winter dormancy. Rainfall in the region averages around 8 inches a year, making irrigation a necessity. Spring time frost is a rare occurrence with the main viticultural concern being summertime hail known locally as La Piedra.

The pink-skinned varieties of Cereza and Criolla Grande have historically formed the backbone of the Mendoza wine industry and today still account for around a quarter of all vineyard plantings. Used primarily for inexpensive jug wines and grape concentrate, their importance has steadily declined as the Mendoza region focuses more on the export of premium wine varietals. Malbec has emerged as the most important variety followed, in planted acreage, by Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

Malbec is beocming more and more popular due to its fruity yet dense character. Forming a perfect partner to a Steak, this wine is perfect for winter


Giesen Chardonnay on Saturday KitchenDate published: 12/10/13

You will probably be familiar with Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - one of the favourites here at Stockport!

However, you may not realise how much the Giesen range has expanded!  We now have a more prestige Sauvignon, a Pinot Noir, a Merlot and a Chardonnay.

This morning, Olly Smith recommended the Chardonnay on Saturday Kitchen, filmed in our store in Norwich!  Currently £9.99 reduced down to £7.99 for 2+ bottles, this wine is ripe and richly aromatic, offering notes of stone fruits accented by brioche, toasted almond and subtle ginger and spice hints. Fresh, fruity and lightly creamy palate texture.


Don't Miss Out...Date published: 11/10/13

The first set of great October Special Offers come to an end on Monday 14th. Be sure to not miss out on some great deals.

Beaujolais Villages Duboeuf £8.99 £5.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

Packed with juicy strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit flavours. A bright and youthful wine with a fresh finish. Easy drinking, soft sublte wine. Brilliant value for money. Try it slightly chilled on its own - fantastic!

Serena Pinot Grigip Banfi £9.99 £5.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

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

Portillo Malbec £9.99 £6.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

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.

Macon Blanc Roches Blanches £11.99 £7.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

Made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish. Has great reviews all over our website!

Nicolas Feuillatte NV £25 £16.67 (when you buy 2 or more)

A light, fresh and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruits. One of our most popular Champagnes and a bargain too!

Louis Roederer Brut Premier £42 £27.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

From the maker of Cristal, a deliciously rich Champagne, with an overt fruitiness and nutty, yeasty notes. A long, complex and rewarding finish is a hallmark of the house style.

Moet & Chandon Brut £42 £27.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

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


Wine Of The WeekDate published: 09/10/13

Tucumen Malbec 2012

£10.99 OR £7.99 when you buy two.

This wine hails from the Mendoza region which accounts for over 70% of all wine produced in this country. The area is almost desert conditions, protected from rain by the Andes mountains and from the east by the Pampas. Snow melt and high altitude make it possible for the grapes here to thrive making it one of the 9 greatest areas for grape growing.

Tucumen comes from the Budeguer family who planted their roots in Tucuman. As time moved on they re-located to Mendoza to set their sights higher.

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.

This is an everyday wine and would be great with a meaty pizza or spaghetti bogognese!


Food and Wine Matching TipsDate published: 07/10/13

From the Majestic team in Wakefield, here are 5 top tips for matching food and wine.

1. Wines should complement, not dominate food. A delicate fish such as Sea Bass will be overpowered by heavy red wines.

2. Match to the most dominant flavour in a dish rather than the main ingredient as a full-flavoured sauce may well be a bigger influence. Chicken in a mushroom sauce is different to chicken in a tomoato sauce and will need different wine.

3. Complex wines for simple dishes; simple wines for complex dishes. For example paella with all those rich, flavour-packed ingredients requires a crisp, simple white wine.

4. Cooking method affects the weight of a dish. Poaching and steaming presents meat or fish at its most delicate. Grilling, frying or roasting adds texture and caramelised flavours. Match the wine to the body, texture and flavour profile of the dish.

5. Do as the locals do and match dishes with their home grown wines. For instance, the high acidity found in many Italian reds marries well with the high acidity in tomato sauces used in pasta dishes. so when in Rome....


Date for your DiaryDate published: 06/10/13

We have now fixed the date for our free Winter Tasting Evening - it is Tuesday 12th November from 6.30pm until about 9pm.  We haven't decided which wines we will be tasting yet, but this is always such a popular event that I thought we'd should let you know the date as soon as we had it!

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 05/10/13

Conde De San Cristobal 2010

£17.49 single bottle price £13.99 when you buy at least 2 from Spain

Ribera Del Duero wines are quickly becoming just as renowned for their Tempranillo as Rioja has done over the years. The area is cut off from any maritime influence by a circle of mountains making it naturally hot. On the other hand the area is on the highest part of the Meseta moderating that intense continental heat.

The combination of high sunlight and a wide diurnal range means that the Tempranillo grape in this wine ripen with their acidity, pigment and fruit flavours all still in tact.

As a result this producer (blended with Tempranillo Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon) makes a deeply coloured, thick skinned tannic wine that lingers on the palate for some time. Intense flavours of exotic spice come throught with a plush, silky, long finish.

Enjoy with Roasted Lamb Shanks OR Steak!


Autumn Magic of Fine Wine TastingDate published: 04/10/13

This Friday and Saturday, the "Autumn Magic of Fine Wine Tastings" continues with Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume, Seguinot-Bordet.

Once again, our Fine Wine Manager Hansi has provided us with some excellent information and a tasting note.  However, if you come into store on Friday or Saturday, you'll be able to taste it for yourself!

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.

£24 o£19 when you buy 2+ selected fine wines 


Exciting New Sherry Range!Date published: 03/10/13

We seem to have been waiting for ever for our new sherry range to arrive...and it is finally here!  The sherries come from a small, boutique, family-owned cellar and carry a greater degree of weight and complexity that you will find in a more mainstream sherry at a similar price.

The range, Pedro's, is named after Pedro Dauthieu who is a local man in who knows everyone who is anyone in Jerez!  He proved to be such an invaluable asset whilst bringing this range together that we decided to name it after him!

The labels are a selection of vintage posters from the September Jerez festival, taken from the 50s and 60s; they are as authentic as the wine inside the bottle.  With Pedro's help, and permission from the Consejo di Regulador, we were able to use them for our labels.

The range is absolutely exclusive to Majestic.  We currently have in stock the Fino (£8.99), Amontillado (£9.99), Olorosso (£11.99) and Palo Cortado (£14.99).

Wine Education... Top of the pops!Date published: 28/09/13

Customers are often impressed at our ability to talk about wine until the cows come home; this being because we know about both the range of wines and the background behind them all. All Majestic staff work towards attaining the Level 3 award in WSET - the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Some even go on to study for a long two years to earn a diploma - a routine of digging deep into the world of oenology, viticulture, wine marketing and regulations, as well as many blind tastings! 

However, there is a level of education in wine which is currently held by only 300 people in the world - and none of these in China or India, the majority being, surprisingly, from the USA! 
An 'MW' (Master of Wine) is the product of years of research and dedication to the wine cause. With a success rate of 10% and costs of around £8000, this is a vaunted qualification which is attainable only by the most passionate and knowledgeable of students. Developed in 1953 as a method of identifying those with superior knowledge of, among other things, wine transportation processes, it yielded a modest 6 graduates. 


Since then, the world of wine has developed tremendously and so too have the requirements to learn about the production, marketing, selling and consumer practices, as well as the culture and traditions of tens of incredibly unique wine-producing areas. Unlike in the past where graduates of the course would practice a certain air of authority and a tendency not to keep up with developments, today it is essential for successful MW's to be constantly learning and researching as the world of wine follows the changes in consumer preference to influence the style of wine in the global marketplace. 
For our Majestic customers who are interested, we supply wines from a few producers who have as their Chief winemaker a holder of the MW award - now that's a pedigree that you cannot simply buy! The producers are: Villa Maria, Craggy Range and Zind-Humbrecht


New Fine Wine of the WeekDate published: 27/09/13

This weeks Fine Wine is Saint Clair Pioneer. A fantastic example of what Savignon Blanc. Intense fruit and sharp acidity. 

Here is a write up from our fine wine manager, Hansi Baumann

St. Clair Pioneer's Block Sauvignon (37.159)£19.99 Buy 2 save £8 = £15.99

INTRODUCTION: Although Kiwi Pinot Noir is making headlines, and Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah based wines are gaining a reputation for quality; Sauvignon Blanc is still the first wine that comes to mind when talking of New Zealand. Cloudy Bay put New Zealand on the map in the late 1980's with success in international competitions and the vibrant, powerful flavours fruit forward flavours that introduced people to a new style of Sauvignon. Before the arrival of the wineries, the Marlborough region, and Cloudy Bay in particular, was historically one of the most significant areas of New Zealand, having been the site of early settlement by both the Maori and Europeans. One of Montana's earliest vintages of Sauvignon Blanc was so much better than most of the white wine being produced in New Zealand at the time that within a decade many of the existing Riesling and Müller Thurgau vineyards were grubbed up and replanted with Sauvignon Blanc.

FACTS: Saint Clair began growing grapes in 1978 to supply local wine companies before establishing their own winery in 1994. Over time their understanding of the different vineyard sites led to the Pioneer Block series; wines that represent the individual terrior of the many vineyards owned and managed around Marlborough. Vintner Matt Thomson's aim it to showcase the variety of flavours that each of the carefully selected vineyards exhibit by vinifying the wines in individual stainless steel tanks before bottling them under block numbers, often with historic or descriptive names. Block 18 "Snap Block" is named after the variety of apples grown before the orchard was replanted with grapes and Block 3 "43 Degree" is named after the vineyard's 43 degree North angle of planting.

TASTING NOTE: Incredibly intense and powerful aromas of limes, gooseberries, capsicums and a hint of green herbs. Very vibrant, fresh and invigorating, the citrus flavours are augmented by hints of Tropicana, with a very long, zesty finish.

FOOD MATCH: The vibrancy of the wine is the perfect match for seafood, especially oysters, or spicy Asian cuisine.

Mighty MatuaDate published: 26/09/13

After going to a tasting last night involving our latest wines from the New Zealand range 'Matua' (meaning leader) I can safely say that they are up there with the best for value for money Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Noir. They began as a small shed based operation near Auckland and branched out into Marlborough becoming one of New Zealand's most renowned wine brands. 

Their white wine produces all that you want from a New World Sauvignon, passion fruit, gooseberry, a long, mouthwatering finish and a mouth feel to die for.  For reds the Pinot Noir is equally good, producing a rich black and red fruit character followed by an enduring after taste.  They are both planted in the Marlborough region where they can achieve their consistent high standards.

Matua Sauvignon £9.99 single bottle price £7.99.

Matua Pinot Noir £12.49 single bottle price £8.99.

Wine of the weekDate published: 25/09/13

Rioja has a long history and association with quality Spanish red wine production and this Ramon Bilbao is no exception.

Produced from a Single Vineyard at Haro in Rioja Alta which lies South of the River Elbro. The Cantabrian Mountains ensure protection from the worse of the Atlantic weather meaning a warm and dry growing environment creating a paradise for the Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes.

With an average vine age of 40 years this is a concentrated and intense example of what these grapes can achieve.

Notes of red cherry and black fruit give way to subtle vanilla and a medium bodied palate.

Ideal with a good hearty beef stew.

£7.49 when you buy 2 or more.


Sauvignon Blanc & Interesting Alternatives Tasting Date published: 21/09/13

After trying our selection for the Sauvignon Blanc & Interesting Alternatives tasting we have come to the conclusion That the Austalian Zesty Peter Lehmann Riesling won our vote.  It was a close competition but we thought that the "Peachy-ness", Lime like acidity  and hints of smoke came through over any other flavours from the other wines, making it an ideal alternative to the popular Sauvignon Blanc.


Peter Lehmann, named the 'Baron of Barossa' was an astonishing man. Sadly he past a few months back at the age of 82. He was re-nowned forr taking a huge risk on his own winery to save the livelihood of 140 growers in the area.


Made like Champagne it uses over 30 parcels of Riesling that are vinified separately to create a more accurate blend in the final process. 


Very aromatic on the nose with hints of peach, lime and smoke lead to a crisp clean mouth-tingling finish that resonates with side of you palate, leaving your taste buds drenched with flavour & satisfaction.


Enjoy with shellfish dishes & Oily fish for that acidity to really balance the dish out. 

External Tastings. What Are They All About?Date published: 20/09/13

Last week I conducted an external tasting which went down a treat with our customers The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013 being the pick for whites and Beronia Reserva Rioja 2008 for the reds. I wanted to let you know what these tastings are all about. The tastings are events put on by the Majestic staff designed outside of our venue to tailor for your specific tastes & preferences.  

We are more than happy to select the wines or, if you have a particular theme in mind, we can make recommendations.

There are no extra costs for us to staff the event and you ONLY have to pay for the wines that you want. We can also provide glasses and chilling buckets to make your evening as hassle free as possible.

All you need to do is take a seat and enjoy the wines that you want to know about.

If you would like any further information you can call our store on 0161 474 1389 or drop us an e-mail sto@majestic.co.uk


Veuve Cliquot 2004 - Amazing Offer!Date published: 19/09/13

At 10am on Thursday 19th September, we will be releasing an online exclusive of 6 x Veuve Cliquot 2004 for £180.

Our team in Ripon have given us 5 good reasons why this offer is sure to sell out:

1. On offer the Veuve Vintage is £5 a bottle CHEAPER than the price we are currently selling Veuve Clicquot NV at

2. The last time Majestic had it at £30 a bottle was 2008 (scarily I've been around long enough to remember that!)

3. 2004 was a very good vintage, eclipsed in the noughties by only the cracking 2002 vintage!

4. Veuve Clicquot is the biggest champagne brand in the UK after Moet, making the vintage a great and impressive looking gift idea (calling all early Christmas shoppers!)

5. It tastes absolutely brilliant! Fresh and powerful, rich and biscuity, you can't help but LOVE this champagne.

Wine of the Week: Rustenberg Sauvignon BlancDate published: 18/09/13

The history of Rustenberg as a wine-producing estate goes back as far as 1681, when German settler Roelof Pasman recognised the area's potential and planted the first vines. In the ensuing 100 years, Rustenberg grew into one of the region's major wine estates, producing 3000 cases per year.

Ownership of the estate has changed a good many times over the centuries until 1941, when it was bought by Peter and Pamela Barlow. Rustenberg remains in the Barlow family's ownership today, with their son Simon having run the estate since 1987.

Somewhat atypical of New World Sauvignon Blanc, this example follows a more traditional style, similar to a white Bordeaux, with 5% Semillon added to the blend. This contributes a little extra complexity and texture, boosting the wine's ageing potential, and tempering the Sauvignon's otherwise intense aromatics.

Freshness and fruit character are retained by cold fermentation, with each parcel of grapes fermented separately with carefully selected yeast strains. The wines are matured on their lees for 2-3 months before blending and bottling.

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.

ONLY £8.42

when you buy 2+ South African wines

(Short term offer 25% off South African wines valid until Monday 23rd September)


Short Term Offer...25% Off South African WinesDate published: 18/09/13

From today until Monday 23rd September, we have strengthened our South African offer, so we can now give you 25% off!

Some absolute bargains under £6 a bottle...

Roberston Chenin Blanc - £5.24 - pineapple, melon and green apple

Ondine Sauvignon Blanc - £5.62 - asparagus, guava, grass, citrus fruits with minerality

Roberston Merlot - £5.62 - juicy ripe plums with sweet black cherry

Welmoed Cabernet Sauvignon - £4.68 - blackberry, cassis and mint leaf

Or why not try some of our favourites...

Kanonkop Kadette - £8.99 - raspberries, black currant, mocha, dark chocolate, funky!

Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc - £8.43 - green peppers, asparagus, goosberry, pineapple and passion fruit, yum!



September Saturday Spotlight TastingsDate published: 16/09/13

We're tasting 6 wines in 30 minutes at our "September Saturday Spotlight Tastings"!

If you've not popped down, I'm afraid you've already missed Chardonnay and Spain.  The Spanish tasting at 3pm was great fun...18 people relaxing around the counter tasting and learning about Spanish reds from Rioja and beyond!

There are still two more tastings to go so feel free to come along at either 12 noon or 3pm.

Saturday 21st September - Sauvignon Blanc and interesting alternatives!

Saturday 28th September - Syrah / Shiraz

Saturday KitchenDate published: 14/09/13

This weekend on Saturday Kitchen, Susie Barrie filmed in our store in Alton.  She was recommending Rustenberg Straw Wine...a yummy South African dessert wine made from Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Crouchen Blanc.  The wine is called straw wine as it is made in the "passito" method, where the harvested grapes are laid out on straw mats and allowed to dry for around four weeks, concentrating the sugars.  They are then pressed for 4-5 hours and racked to barrel for fermentation.

Concentrated aromas of honey, marmalade and ripe peach.  Intensely sweet yet vibrantly fruity and involvingly complex.  A voluptuously textured palate with plenty of length.

£11.24 or £8.99 when you buy 2 or more South African wines



Wine of the WeekDate published: 13/09/13

Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010 Stellenbosch

Named in honour of one of the estates former owners Reg Merriman Nicholson.

The Stellenbosch district stretches just inland off the coast of Somerset West right up into the mountains and is regarded as being the hub of fine wine in South Africa. The climate is ideal as temperatures are kept cool by the wind from the False Bay however its success is based very much on the area's altitude.

If you like Bordeaux with extra punch then this big South African will do just the trick. This wine has all the typical Bordeaux grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Cabernet Franc with a little added from Syrah to provide that extra spice and red currant influence.

The wine is made in small batches of each variety and vinified separately, blended and then aged for 7 months to tie the wine together.

You could easily cellar this wine in good conditions and it will keep for a good 8-10 years but if you can't wait try this wine today with a huge fillet steak!

£12.49 OR £9.99 when you buy 2 from South Africa

Fine Wine TastingDate published: 13/09/13

This weekend, we are trying Beaune 1er Cru by Louis Jadot.  This is part of our "Buy Any 2 Selected Fine Wines Save £10" offer so is currently £25 reduced to £20 per bottle.

Once again, thanks to Hansi, Majestic's Fine Wine Manager, for the following information and tasting note:

"One of the hardest grape varieties to grow, as anything that can go wrong usually does for Pinot Noir. The rewards of great Pinot though are well worth the effort on behalf of the winemaker. The thin skin of Pinot results in lighter wines than most Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, reflecting the terrior of the region it was grown in and the style of the vintner more than any other variety.

The spiritual home of Pinot Noir is in Burgundy, where vintners have been producing wines from ever decreasing vineyard holdings for many centuries. The Louis Jadot estate was built up around the ownership of the Clos de Ursules vineyard in Beaune, which has been in the family since 1826. This was before the Domaine was founded and Maison Louis Jadot started acting as a négociant in 1859. Over time Jadot have built substantial holdings in both the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune.

There are no Grand Cru sites in the 450ha appellation of Beaune, but 28 Premier Cru which account for 322ha. The wine is a blend of grapes grown across many of the Premier Crus sites, combining the more powerful and darker flavours from the northern part of the appellation and the softer, more silky characters from the southern end. The wine making philosophy endeavours to be as simple and true to the region as possible, so that the wines are able to express the terrior of the vineyards. Very little is done in the winery as winemaker Jacques Lardière, who has been making the wines since 1970, believes this removes the vineyard's character and shrouds the purity of the fruit.

The wine!

Red and black cherries, hints of savoury spices and leather, leads to a warm and vibrant body of sweet fruits, and soft tannins.

Pinot Noir is a great match for many varied foods, but is at its best when matched with either roasted game or duck."

Short term OffersDate published: 12/09/13

Short Term Offers!


We have some great offers for the following week, but be quick! This time next week they will have gone, so pick them up while you can!

Champagne and Fizz


Heidsieck Gold Top 27.00 Buy 2 save 33% £17.99

Nicholas Feuillate NV £24.00 Buy 2 save 33% £15.99

Piper Heidiesck Brut £30.00 Buy 2 save 33% £19.99



Prosecco Zonin £9.99 Buy 2 save 33% £6.66


Reds and White



Grifone Montepulciano £7.49 Buy 2 save 33% £4.99



Giesen Sauvignon Blanc £8.99 Buy 2 save 33% £5.99



Saturday KitchenDate published: 09/09/13

Did you welcome the return of Saturday Kitchen over the weekend?  Unfortunately I was working so didn't get to see it.  However, I am told Olly Smith was recommending Alamos Chardonnay from Argentina.

The Alamos wines are made by Nicolas Catena, Decanter Man of the Year 2009!  This is a super Chardonnay, and is great value at the moment at £6.99 when you buy 2+ bottles. Displaying a stunning array of ripe peach, pear and apple flavours which marry harmoniously with toasty oak.


Autumn Magic of Fine WineDate published: 08/09/13

You may have noticed some Fine Wine Tastings in our "Events" section - these are so we all get to try some of the excellent wines included in the "Buy Any 2 Selected Fine Wines Save £10".

This weekend we were lucky enough to taste Jermann Pinot Grigio.  (£23 or £18 when you buy 2+)

Our Fine Wine Manager, Hansi, provided us with some excellent information:

"Pinot Grigio's reputation as an easy drinking, very light or often flavourless white wine that is refreshing but not much more is debunked by Silvio Jermann's wine.

The wine heralds from the Friuli region in the North Eastern corner of Italy, bordering Slovenia, in the mountainous inland part of the region, from vineyards founded by Silvio's Great-grandfather in the 1900s. In the early 1970s Jermann participated in the profound change in Italian wine making, as he was one of the first winemakers to use stainless steel fermentation vats, adopting the practice of blending 'native' grape varieties with grapes from outside the region.

Silvio Jermann has been considered an artist, as he has elevated Pinot Grigio into a serious wine that demands respect, which requires the touch and inspiration that comes from thinking and acting outside the traditional norms!

The estate extends over 150 hectares, 130 dedicated to grapes and the remaining 20 dedicated to seed and horticultural crops.

The winery and vineyards are not exactly what one would expect; the winery contains quotes from Dante, translations of Rudyard Kipling and the Japanese author Masaru Emoto, the vineyards have organ pipes installed that 'play' a haunting music when the wind blows.

One of the iconic wines of the estate, now called W....Dreams, was first named in homage to the U2 song 'Where the Streets have no name' as 'Where the Dreams Have No End'. A new cellar was inaugurated on 07/07/07, marrying technical innovation and tradition, with oak barrels providing a link to the past.

TASTING NOTE: Un-oaked, with an intense and powerful nose of peaches, cream, hints of spice leads to a weighty, yet vibrant body fruit flavours and a rich texture.

FOOD MATCH: Char grilled seafood, pan fried mushrooms or creamy soups.


Dan's wines for a weekend awayDate published: 07/09/13

So this weekend I am not at work, and am instead enjoying the slightly rainy weather in Anglesey with my family. As always for a member of staff at Majestic the wine took much deliberation, and I thought I would share my choices with you.

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon

A truly classy Sauvignon. Not as punchy as some NZ Sauv Blancs. At £20 when you buy 2 bottles its a real steal at the moment.

Mcguigan handmade shiraz

Mcguigan are a renowned winery who frankly are massive. This handmade Shiraz is one of their flagship wines. A real burst of Pepper and blueberries. £25 buy 2 save £10.

Dogajolo

This baby Tuscan from the middle of chianti has Cabernet Sauvignon added to the tradition Sangiovese. Its a real bargain at 8.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles. Super Tuscans sell for upwards of £20 so this is a great everyday alternative to a blockbuster wine. (Also Jen had it on her hols so its a winner with all the staff)

Septimo dia Chardonnay

This full bodied oaky chardonnay is made by the spanish company Codonriu. Famous for Cava they are also producing some great quality wines in Argentina. A bit like drinking Lemon Curd on toast! 7.99 when you buy 2 or more!


Holiday Wines - Days 6 and 7Date published: 06/09/13

We travelled across Edinburgh to stay with some friends, both of who have also worked for Majestic.  This always makes for an exciting and varied tasting session!

On the first evening, we enjoyed home made pizzas and a bottle of Aussie Shiraz.  The tiny boutique winery, Kangarilla Road, is based in McLaren Vale region.  On the nose, this wine shows the typical warm spice characters of Shiraz, with a lovely complexity of berry fruits on the palate.  Superbly balanced and long with an almost European elegance.  This wine has long been a favourite of mine, and it was great to enjoy it with some Majestic friends.  £14.99 or £11.99 for 2+ bottles at the moment.

On Saturday, we visited the Royal Yacht Britannia.  This was a really interesting tour...strange to see where the Queen has slept!  After a massive lunch, we decided that dinner was probably going to be a step too far, so we just bought a selection of cheese from a couple of delis in Stockbridge.  And of course cheese would be a great food match for the red wine we were going to try!

First up was Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vignoble Abeille "superbly balanced between youthful fruit and warm, oaky complexity.  Nose and palate are replete with notes of cinnamon and clove amid the dense bramble fruit."  This is currently included in our Fine Wine offer, so is now £22 when you buy 2 or more selected fine wines.

Unfortunately, we had forgotten to decant the CNDP - it seemed a shame to drink it too soon - so we thought we had better leave it a while to air - and open something else in the mean time!!!

We splashed out on another wine included in the Fine Wine offer - Le Volte dell' Ornellaia from Italy.  This is an easy drinking, approachable 'super-Tuscan' blend, marrying Bordeaux varieties with the local Sangiovese over 10 months in old oak barrels.  A rich black fruit core is surrounded by fine grained tannins, giving a firm structure and a sense of oppulence, with concentration and weight lifted by fresh red fruit acidity.  £23 or down to £18 for 2+ bottles.

Holiday Wines - Day 5Date published: 05/09/13

The next leg of our journey took us up to Edinburgh to visit some more family.  We spent the afternoon on the Royal Mile taking in the atmosphere of the Fringe Festival - there are so many flyers being handed out it's crazy. My favourite line was "please can you put that in the bin for me?"...someone was having a bad day!!!

In the evening, it was wine time again!  My cousin was providing the wine this time...and she made a very good choice indeed...Cloudy Bay Chardonnay.  Sometimes, I think that Cloudy Bay wines are a bit over rated and a bit over priced.  However, the Chardonnay has really changed my mind.  "A cool climate location and lots of sunshine means long, slow ripening.  A complex nose that ranges from figs and lemon butter to more savoury elements of fresh hay with hints of butterscotch.  The palate is substantial and rounded with toasty complexity and a rounded finish".  Absolutely delicious, and currently on a fantastic price of £27.50 reduced to £20 when you buy 2+ bottles.


Holiday Wines - Day 4Date published: 31/08/13

We headed north to the Lake District.  We were staying at Rampsbeck Country House Hotel on Ullswater.  It is a beautiful location, and the food and service were excellent.  I even got cucumber in my Hendirck's G&T which is a definite tick in the box from me!

Our wine choice this evening was Dogajolo Carpineto from Tuscany, Italy, currently £8.24 for 2+.

The traditional red wine from Tuscany would of course be Chianti made predominently from the Sangiovese grape.  In order to acheive the Chianti DOCG status for a wine, itmust be at least 80% Sangiovese.  There are other stipulations too, such as the wine must be sealed under cork. 

Carpineto however have decided to go against tradition and have made a wine from a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, sealed with a screwcap.  The Cabernet adds more oomph and body to the wine, but does mean that the legal status of the wine in fact lower, only achieving an IGT classification.  "Soft and intensely fruity, this wine combines the elegance and complexity given by oak-ageing with the fragrant, fresh fruit of a young wine.  Soft on the palate with a smooth finish".

(We stock another wine from Carpineto too - it is called Spolverino (£9.36 for 2+) and features a black rooster sweeping up corks on the label.  This is a bit cheeky as bottles of Chianti Classico are distinguished by a black rooster seal on the bottle neck!!!)


Holiday Wines - Days 2 & 3Date published: 30/08/13

We headed off into the Welsh countryside!  I can't imagine living in the country - I'm too used to being able to pop to a 24 hour supermarket if I want anything!  The drive of the hotel was a mile long - that sums up how remote the place was!  We spent the time looking around local towns, visiting Rosie's Cider Farm, the steam train in Llangollen...and eventually drove up to Rhyll!  It was very exciting as Paul gave me £6 to play on the arcades!!!  I won a keyring and a soft toy!

Anyway, the wines we enjoyed over Monday and Tuesday were Torres Vina Sol Rose and Saintbury Pinot Noir.

Vina Sol Rose is a great easy drinking Spanish rose, currently at £7.99 or £5.99 for 2+.  Slightly off dry, with flavours of strawberry, raspberry and cranberry.  I love it as an aperitif - sitting out on a sunny evening enjoying the fresh air!

The second evening, we had Saintsbury Pinot Noir - this was a bit of a treat at £20 but it is delicious.  "Ripe red fruit aromas with bitter black cherry, spice, cigar tobacco, mocha and vanilla.  A ripe and textured palate of integrated tannins, red fruit and spice with a fresh weighty finish."  This was the perfect accompaniment to the Knockout Whist Tournament!  (If you're wondering, Paul won - he always does!)

Holiday Wines - Day 1Date published: 29/08/13

During my recent holiday, my husband and I travelled around the country visiting friends and family, and staying in some lovely hotels.  At each destination, we of course had a glass or two of wine!  I'll tell you what we had where!

Day One

We went to visit my cousin Sarah with her husband and 2 month old baby Kate.  We had a great afternoon, the highlights being a delicious pub lunch at The Fox in Newport, and digging potatoes on their farm.  The whole time Sarah was pregnant, she had been desperate to try a wine I had been telling her about - so we had a glass in the afternoon!  The Ned Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough in New Zealand.  This is one of the most popular wines here in Stockport, so I'm sure most of you will have already tried it.  Just in case though, think gooseberries, grass, nettles, minerality and tropical notes.  Currently £9.99 or £7.99 for 2+ bottles.

In the evening, we headed back to Manchester for a family meal - you may have read my article a few months ago about Shadowfax Chardonnay - well this is what we were drinking - as a special treat of course as my mum was cooking the meal I had suggested as the perfect food match - chicken in a creamy sauce with sun dried tomatoes and tarragon.  Yum.  Shadowfax is delicious - ripe pinaeapple, nectarine and peach, lemon sherbet, hazlenuts and ice cream.  I love it!  And it's still on the crazy offer of £25 or £17.50 for 2+.

Eye Catching New ArrivalsDate published: 28/08/13

I have just returned from a lovely week off...it must have been a month off with all the new products that have arrived during that time!  I thought I'd introduce you to a few of the more "eye catching" examples...you'll know what I mean when you see them!

First up is Tucumen Malbec from Mendoza in Argentina (£10.99 or £7.99 for 2+).  Having travelled to Mendoza earlier this year, I am always excited to see new arrivals from this area.  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.  Cherries, plums and blackberries.

Second up is another Spainsh wine with a man on the label - this time Montecastrillo from Ribera del Duero (£9.99 or £7.99 for 2+).  A fruit focused and easy drinking wine, with medium weight tannins framing a core of ripe blackcurrant and raspberry flavour, accented with hints of cocoa.

Finally, Orchard Pig Reveller Cider (12 x 500ml £21.60).  Rooted in Somerset, this medium sparkling cider is a "riotous celebration of apples".  I love a good cider and can't wait to try this new one!

Marlborough. The King of Sauv Blanc!Date published: 27/08/13

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is extremely popular. Out of all the white wine people ask for in Stockport Kiwi Sauv blanc by far out preforms anything else. We have many different vineyards on offer but what many people ask for rather than producer is “Where's your Marlborough wine?”

Marlborough as a region began when the first vines were planted in 1873 but it was not until 1973 when a commercial vineyard was established by Montana. The region wasn't familiar to many people in the UK until Cloudy Bay, which was launched in 1985 became the benchmark to which all other Sauvignon Blanc's aspire to.

What makes Marlborough the ideal place to grow wine is the unusual combination of long days with bright sunshine and cool nights. Not all the soil is ideal for growing grapes but many of the larger produces blend their wines from different vineyards to get the best results. This can result in high sugars in the grape but without sacrificing the acidity which defines New Zealand's Sauvignon Blanc.

Spanish Ageing!Date published: 26/08/13

If you love Riojas and have a preference on the style you would usually look out for then here is a little guide of oak and bottle ageing.

If you love Spanish reds that are vibrant, full of plum fruit flavours and have a hint of vanilla then a Crianza is the one for you.

The minimum time in oak is anything between 6-12 months and in bottle it's another 12 months giving it a grand total of 24 months before it's realised.

Reservas are great as they have a bit of both worlds (Crianza and Gran Reserva) as you still get the youthful fruit flavours, but you will get a slightly more oaky flavour also. This is because Reservas minimum in oak is 12-18 months with an extra 24 months in bottle.

Gran Reservas are for the Rioja lovers who enjoy heavily oaked, dried fruit characters with the more softer approach on the finished product. Gran Reserva will have a minimum of 18+ months in oak and an extra 3 and a half years in bottle.

Now it's time to venture out to your closest Majestic and pick up a couple of bottles of different aged Riojas to choose your favourite.

We have -

The Eguia Crianza @ £5.99 when you buy 2 or more

The Eguia Reserva @ £6.99 when you buy 2 or more

The Eguia Gran Reserva @ £9.99 when you buy 2 or more

All worth trying!

Italian Wines Now 25% Off!Date published: 23/08/13

Never in my Majestic career have I seen such value for money!  All our Italian wines with 25% off. The wines of Italy fuelled the excesses of generations of Roman emperors and the vine husbandry that they carried out is still relevant more than 2 millenia later! Here's what we thought were the best of the bunch!

 Value for money wines:

San Marco Frascati, 2012 £7.49 OR £5.62 when you buy 2 from Italy.

Montepulcian d'Abruzzo, Grifone, 2012 £7.49 OR £5.62 when you buy 2 from Italy.

Paqua Pinot Grigio, 2012 £7.49 OR £5.62 when you buy 2 from Italy.

Bardolino 'Naiano', 2012 £8.74 OR £6.56  when you buy 2 from Italy.

Mandrielle Sangiovese, 2011 £9.49 OR £7.12 when you buy 2 from Italy.


Sheer class wines:

Barbera d'Alba Villa de Forville, 2012 £13.74 OR £10.30 when you buy 2 from Italy.

Valpolicella Classico Ripasso La Casetta, 2010 £16.99 OR £12.74 when you buy 2 from Italy.

Barolo Milani , Rocca  2009 £17.49 OR £13.11 when you buy 2 from Italy.

Rosso di Montalcino £18.74 OR £14.05 when you buy 2 from Italy.

Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva £18.74 OR £14.05 when you buy 2 from Italy.


Decanting! Date published: 23/08/13

Cardiff Bay put this article up!

I thought the wonderful customers of Stockport may appreciate it! Very interesting!


Understanding: Decanting

Who actually decants wine any more? Well a lot more people than you think. Decanting wine was traditionally a ritual carried out in prestigious homes amongst the company of others high up in society. But nowadays being particular about wines is down the similar line of home barista, and coffee fanatics which has become quite popular in recent years.

What does the act of decanting wine actually do? Firstly as wine ages and develops in the bottle over years a sediment can often be produced in red wines, which can often be unpleasant if it makes its way into a glass. By decanting the wine carefully you can exchange the wine into a different container without allowing the sediment to follow.

This is not necessarily to say that you should only need to decant old wines, young wines can also benefit from decanting. More so in that the wine can react with the large surface area and aerates the wine allowing it to soften and breathe in the decanter half an hour or so before serving. This is the similar concept to serving different styles of wines in different shaped glasses – but thats for a whole other day!

The act of decanting wine has its benefits to the consumer in improving the experience when drinking the bottle, rather than an unneccessary ritual of status amongst peers. Someone who decants their wine merely understands and appreciates the difference it has on improving their wine.

So if you're new to this decanting malarkey why not pick yourself up a decanter, they don't have to be expensive, and give it a try, after a few goes you'll really start to notice the difference.

Montes New offeringDate published: 22/08/13

So I got back from a week off and noticed that Majestic had been inundated with new exciting wines.

The chilean producer Montes has graced us with another cracker.

Montes Twins 2011, Colchagua Valley priced at £9.59 when you buy ANY 2 Chilean wines*, reduced down from £11.99

The twins is a 50/50 blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Both varieties are renowned for being pretty beefy so I was interested to see what a blend of them both is like.

The answer is cracking. Its definately Bold  Big and Beefy. Ripe fruit and tannins complement a surprisingly smooth mouth feel!

If you are a fan of big reds don't let the semi naked cherubs on the label put you off! Pop a few in the trolley next time!


Producers in the SpotlightDate published: 20/08/13

This time the producer I will be looking at today is Cloudy Bay.


Located in New Zealand in the world famous Marlborough Cloudy bay was founded in 1985 and now arguably produces one of the worlds most famous Savignon Blancs. Cloudy bay was amongst the first wineries to set up and then lead the mass charge of New Zealand Savignon to become one of the most popular styles of wines enjoyed around the world.


However Cloudy Bay's Savignon is not the wine of choice for me. It is instead their Chardonnay which is my favorite.


Grown in a cool maritime climate this Chardonnay has notes of peaches and honey. On the palate toast and butterscotch end with a long and complex finish.


Although there is some what of a cult following behind Cloudy Bay there is no denying the world class quality of the wines that come out of Cloudy Bay.


Long may it continue.

Producers in the spotlightDate published: 19/08/13

Producers in the spotlight – Two Hands


Over the next few days im going to be talking about my favorite producers and why I love their wines. This week it is Two Hands.


From the South of Australia Two Hands is located in the fine wine center of Australia, The Barossa valley. Famed for its rich and Full bodied Shiraz


Two Hands was founded in 1999 and set out to showcase the best of Australian Shiraz, focusing on the Barossa Valley.


Here at Majestic we do a range of several Two Hands wine but the one that shines for me is the Angels' Share Shiraz. From the slightly cooler region of the McLaren Vale this Shiraz is rich and complex with a nose of coffee and rich spice. This is followed by plum and soft finely balanced tannins.


This wine certainly packs a punch but its worth every penny. It has to be one of the best reds i have had in a long time.


Matt

Free September Spotlight TastingsDate published: 18/08/13

Saturday September Spotlight Tastings

"6 Wines in 30 Minutes"

We will be hosting FREE tasting tutorials every Saturday in September at 12 noon and 3pm.

These are informal, relaxed sessions. We will taste, compare and discuss the wines, answering any questions along the way.

Saturday 7th September: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a really versatile grape variety - some people suffer from ABC (anything but chardonnay) but it can produce such a wide variety of styles that I'm sure there is something for everyone!

Saturday 14th September: Spain

Spanish wines come not only from Rioja, but many other regions as well such as Ribera del Duero.  Come and explore Rioja and beyond.

Saturday 21st September: Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is by far the most popular grape variety here at Majestic in Stockport!  Come to try some of our favourites...and also see if we can tempt you away with some interesting alternatives.

Saturday 28th September: Shiraz vs. Syrah

Shiraz and Syrah are actually the same grape variety.  Producers choose to label one way or the other to give us more of an idea of the style of wine inside the bottle.  Come and see if you can taste the difference.

To secure your place on one of our FREE Saturday September spotlight tastings please contact the store on:

0161 474 1389 or email: sto@majestic.co.uk

Drinks Falling From The Sky????Date published: 16/08/13

So, you know what it's like when you've got yourself into a great position at a concert (or even just particularly comfy on the sofa!!!) and you realise that your drink needs topping up?  Well check this out - attendees at a music festival in South Africa will be able to order beer to be delivered by an octocopter drone.  #crazy
For some reason the link won't work, but go on to www.cbsnews.com and search for "beer drone" if you don't believe me!
 

Wine of the week.Date published: 14/08/13

Wine of the week


This week I'm very excited to bring you a brand new wine to Majestic as our wine of the week.


From a region famed for it's whites this red should not be overlooked


Puy De Dome Pinot Noir is a commune in the Auvergene region located to the South of the Loire. The volcanic granite soils and raised elevation create an excellent cool climate Pinot Noir at a great price.


What really stands out about this wine is the purity of it's fruit due to a years aging without the presence of oak


On the nose is a generous helping of red berries and red cherries leading to a palate packed with lively strawberry notes and well balanced, soft tannins.


To maintain this excellent fresh fruit its best to drink this wine whilst it is young and enjoy with a light red meet dish or chicken liver pate.


£8.99

when you buy two or more.


Decanter's Top 50 Wines Under £20Date published: 14/08/13

You will be glad to know that some of "Decanter's Top 50 Wines Under £20" are available to buy from Majestic.

Commanderie de Peyrassol, Côtes de Provence, France 2012 - Scored 92/100
This dry rose 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.
£10.99 £9.99 for 2+ bottles

Salvaje del Moncayo, La Garnacha, Spain 2011 - Scored 89/100
Powerful aromas of wild berries and tobacco leaf are tempered by a sense of freshness and floral edge.  The middleweight palate has ripe red fruit and Burgundian minerality, with subtle French oak.
£9.99 £7.99 for 2+ bottles

Jim Barry, The Lodge Hill Dry Riesling, Clare Valley, South Australia 2012 - Scored 94/100
Straw coloured with green hues.  Rich and lifted aromas of citrus fruit, nectarine and kumquat.  FIrm zingy natural acidity on the palate supporting flavours of white peach and mandarin orange.
£12.49 £9.99 for 2+ bottles

Luigi Bosca, Testimonio, Mendoza, Argentina 2010 - Scored 90/100
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 vanilla and spice.
£12.99 £8.99 for 2+ bottles

Wine O'Clock?Date published: 12/08/13

I was reading some research last night carried out by Cobevcco who are a Cheshire based specialist contract bottling firm.

It turns out that "Wine O'Clock" is Wednesday at 7pm!

Long working weeks and stress are said to be causing people to have a midweek treat of some wine!  Men succumb first at 6.40pm, whilst ladies hold out a little longer until 7.07pm.  Men prefer to drink alone, whilst the girls prefer to drink with their partner!

I wonder if I'll last until Wednesday this week!

Vina Ardanza 2004 in Magnums!Date published: 10/08/13

NEW! Rioja Reserva Vina Ardanza 2004, La Rioja Alta, 150cl Magnum £36

If you came along to our Summer Tasting back in May, you will have been lucky enough to try this fantastic Rioja.  It really was the star wine of the evening with nearly everyone commenting on how delicious it was.  

For me, it is a real stand out wine...you only need to take the cork out of the bottle and the room is filled with glorious scents of strawberries, cherries, blackberries and vanilla.  Leave it to breath for an hour or so, or decant if possible, and you really are in for a treat.

And now to make things even better, this wine has arrived in store in a magnum format!  If you know me, you will understand why I am so excited by this!  We often have family dinners, and one bottle never seems to be enough...well now I can take a magnum round to enjoy with my Dad's fantastic slow cooked roast lamb.


Fine Wine Of The Month (Guidalberto 2010) Date published: 09/08/13

Guidalberto Tenuta San Guido 2010

£30 single bottle price OR £26 when you buy 2

Stop! Its 'Super Tuscan' time! These wines were always small in production but high in profile and re-established Italy's reputation for excellence. Guidalberto does just this! It's a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and is considered the younger of the winery's Sassicaia.


The grape varieties are vinified individually before blending and maturing in French & American oak which help contribute to it's character.  As a result this gives a wine that has a soft and rounded fruit profile, rich in blackcurrant, cloves, plum and a spicy cedar wood.

Enjoy with gamey dishes, or fillet steak and creamy mash potatoes.  This wine is ready for drinking now although would also benefit from a further 3-4 years ageing.

Monteno Godello Wine of the WeekDate published: 08/08/13



Godello is a grape rapidly growing in stature. It is native to Spain and is experiencing a real boom in the region of Galicia.

Galicia is situated at Spains Northwestern most corner. The Atlantic, the hills, the wind and a great deal of rain are the main physical factors of the resgion. The whites produced here are mainly light dry and aromatic. Godello is replacing Palomino in the whites and Mencia replacing the red fleshed Alicante Bouschet.

Montenovo Godello is a pale grassy colour with a nose of fresh pears mingling with leafy herbs. The palate is crisp and clean, with a surprising fleshy weight to the wine. Zippy acidity brings the fruit together, and creates a refreshing length. It finishes with a slightest hint of elderflowers.

This is one of my favourite Spanish whites which we offer. It's great value for money and is perfect for this time of year. Fresh enough for an aperitif in the garden, but with enough weight on the palate to pair it with chicken ceasar salad or seafoods.

If you fancy a bit of a Galician wine evening why not pick up a few bottles of Pizzarras de Otero from Neighbouring Bierzo at £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles. Montenovo as an apertif followed by Pizarras de Otero with some BBQ'd lamb cutlets sounds like a great idea to me!


Cheers!

Sipsmith Summer CupDate published: 08/08/13

Sipsmith Summer Cup
Crying out for lemonade and fruit

"Move over Pimm's; we have a new favourite..." The Independent

1. Marry 1 measure Summer Cup with 3 measures lemonade in a glass or pitcher
2. Serve over lots of ice and seasonal fruit
3. Sit back and enjoy!


Offer Price £15

Opening HoursDate published: 06/08/13

Weve just spotted that our opening hours listed above are wrong!  Whilst we wait for them to be fixed.....

Monday - Wednesday 10am - 7pm

Thursday - Saturday 9am - 7pm

Sunday and Bank Holidays 10am - 5pm

Thanks!

Wines in the press!Date published: 04/08/13

Always good to have Majestics offerings in the press and here are a few from this weekends papers!

The Times
Jane MacQuitty enjoyed the Jackson Estate 'Stich' Sauvignon Blanc 2012 ( £12.49 Buy 2 New Zealand wines save 20% £9.99)  and Main Divide Riesling 2011 ( £13.74 Buy 2 New Zealand wines save 20% £10.99)  both of which were Star Buys. Two of Tom' favourite wines and both on fantastic prices at the moment.


Saturday Kitchen
For this weekend's show, Saturday Kitchen filmed in our Weston-super-Mare store.  Susy Atkins was filmed recommending Yali Reserva Viognier 2012 (Special Offer£8.74 Buy 2 Chilean wines save 20% £6.99). With stone fruits and tropical characters. Melon, apricot and tangerine notes abound, this an excellent wine.

Im having the food pairing of Spatchcocked chicken with Yali Viognier tonight!


Giesen Sauvignon Blanc Only £5.99Date published: 01/08/13

Good news!  Giesen Sauvignon Blanc is down to £5.99 until Monday 12th August.  We thought it was a bargain when it was £1 more....so now it's an absolute steal!  Stock up whilst you can.

New offers, New bargains!Date published: 29/07/13

Thought it a good idea to showcase some of my favourite wines that have just come down in price!

Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Viognier Reserva £7.99 £7.49 buy 2 Chilean wines save 20% £5.99

Peachy fruit with pears and melons. Fresh, dry, fruity – enjoy on its own or with spicy prawns.

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc £9.99 £8.74 buy 2 New Zealand wines save 20%, £6.99

Already a popular wine, if your wine rack is not complete without a tasty New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc then you ought to pick this one. Full of citrus and gooseberry fruit, this is a refreshing white for when the sun comes out.

L'Instant Truffier Malbec £8.99 buy 2 save £4, £6.99

Black cherry, blueberry and a hint of liquorice spice and black pepper, this red would be perfect with all manner of barbecued food.

Berberana Rioja Reserva £10.99, buy 2 save £8, £6.99

Vanilla, strawberry and cherry fruit, this Rioja has been a firm staff favourite for years. Great value red at a great price.

Laurent Perrier champagne NV £38 £25

Classy champagne with citrus fruits and hints of toast and brioche. A bargain price for a well-known champagne house..


Majestic scoops IWC award!Date published: 27/07/13

At the International Wine Challenge Awards last week, Majestic picked up
High Street Chain of the Year and Wine Educator of the Year.

This is the ninth year in a row that we have won High Street Chain of the
Year! The judges said 'Majestic Wine continues to pull off the great double
achievement of making money while providing great training for its staff'
and said they were 'particularly impressed by how its staff are involved in
direct communication with customers through social media'.

Regarding the Wine Educator of the Year award, which encompassed both staff
and customer education, the judges said 'Majestic Wine continues to be
motivated by passion in its execution and dedication to education. Single
minded and continuous in its strategy to inform the consumer to drink
better wine.  Its in-store wine courses have been a great success'.


Wine Of The WeekDate published: 26/07/13

Pouilly-Fume 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Jean Vincent

Great value Loire Sauvignon Blanc produced by father & son team Jean & Vincent Chatelain. Loire is internationally recognised for this variety and Jean & Vincent own a 30ha estate with each parcel vinified individually to retain the plots character.

Their wines stick to traditional wine-making techniques similar to Germany. They try to avoid malolactic fermentation (MLF) and new oak ageing. Instead they keep things crisp and refreshing through the use of inert containers, reducing oxidation.

As a result this gives an intensely aromatic wine style, laced with gooseberry, flint or wet stones and a minerality to die for. All this rounded off by a long mouthwatering steely finish that shows Pouilly-Fume's character beautifully.

Enjoy with light summer dishes, particularly fresh shellfish!

£11.99 single bottle price

OR

£9.99 when you buy 2

Prosecco Magnums!Date published: 20/07/13

They have finally arrived...Prosecco Zonin Magnums!  The perfect addition to any party!  And only £17.99

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, firther lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas.  Delicately off dry, with a clean finish.

I'll certainly be taking a bottle with me to Tatton Park on Sunday afternoon to enjoy whilst listening to the music and watching the fireworks!

The Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 19/07/13

So...you may have noticed a distinct lack of Ned Sauvignon Blanc on our website.  Yes, it is true and the unthinkable has happened - we've run out!  And to make matter worse the £6.99 offer price ends on Monday!!!!

Fear not!  If you would like to, you can either call us (0161 474 1389) or pop into store.  Pay for as many bottles as you like (at £6.99 of course) and then when it arrives back in stock early August, we can give you a ring, and arrange delivery!  And delivery is free when you order 6 bottles or more!

Cheers!

Planning a Party?Date published: 18/07/13

If you're planning a party and need a little help with the details, then don't fret, pop into Stockport today and we can help make life a lot easier!

We are on hand to help with all questions (big and small). When you come in we can chat about what type of party you are having, how many guests there will be, what you like to drink yourself! From there we can help you decide on types of wine, food and quantities needed. If you order a little bit too much we also do sale or return, you can hire glasses for free and we will even deliver it for free at a convenient time for yourselves!

We have helped to organise many special occasions, and look forward to seeing what the plans are for yours!


Chile's Central Valley.....Whats it all about?Date published: 16/07/13

Wines from the Central valley can produce a decent variety of grapes even though it is all roughly in the same area. This is chiefly due to the different climates the region can produce.  It is divided into 3 contrasting sub regions. 

Aconcagua Valley - Warm valley, tempered by regular winds from the cool mountain air in the early afternoons and westerly winds from ocean currents to add to cooling in the evening. Notably this area can be as cool as the Marlborough region in New Zealand.

Casablanca Valley - between Santiago & the ocean Chilean white wine has become reputable. This is generally moderated by the oceans influences and is too far away from the Andes for them to have any real influence. A lot of viticulture practice also use 'bore-holes' to achieve irrigation as this area finds it difficult to reach melt-water ice from the mountains.

San Antonio Valleys - More so influenced by the cool, damp ocean influences than the Casablanca. This climate has made it suitable for grape varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir to flourish.

ChardonnayDate published: 15/07/13

What started out in white Burgundy and Champagne has spread rapidly throughout the world producing varied and interesting wine.

Chardonnay is almost a brand in itself, some people love it some hate it. Some ask for Chardonnay, some ask for Anything But......(ABC syndrome!)

Chardonnay has developed in many styles throughout the world, and nowadays has thrown off the reputation it had for producing cheaper confected oak styles.

There is something for everyone now, from fizz to big oaky buttery wines, to wonderful citrussy and intense ones.

Come and explore what this wonderful grape has to offer!

Santa Rita 120Date published: 14/07/13

According to legend, 120 patriots, exhausted after a long, hard battle during the fight for Chile’s independence, reached the land belonging to Santa Rita. On that fateful night in 1814, these forces of liberty found refuge in the estate cellars. Today, within these same cellars, our award-winning 120 wines are crafted to honor their heroic character. These are young, elegant and fruity wines, perfectly balanced with soft tannins and good acidity. Exceptional value makes “120” an outstanding line of wines for everyday drinking. Available in Merlot, Carmenere, Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc....all at £6.39 when you buy 2 or more Chilean wines...bargain!!!

England v AustraliaDate published: 13/07/13

To celebrate The Ashes, we've improved the price of a couple of beers...it's England v Australia!!!

For Australia, it's Cooper's Pale Ale - now £15 for 12 x 375ml

For England, it's Marston's Pedigree - now £18 for 12 x 500ml...or £15 if you buy 2+ cases of ale!

Let the battle commence!!!

Celebrate British Sporting Success!Date published: 12/07/13

Feeling pretty good about British sport at the moment!  We've got Andy Murray, Chris Froome, The Lions and The Ashes!  Only one way to celebrate...with a bottle of British Fizz...a just in the nick of time we have reduced the price of Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2004.

Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings of classic varieties in 1988, have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house, making world class wines to rival (and often beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne. A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised. The ultimate home-grown alternative to Champagne, for all special occasions.

Now £23.99 per bottle.

Wine of the Week - Santa Ema Sauvignon BlancDate published: 11/07/13

Our choice of wine this week is Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc form Chile.

Although based in Maipo, Santa Ema works with a number of partner growers in Leyda Valley to produce this hand-picked cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc. Leyda has a semi-arid climate and granite and clay soils, producing wines with excellent acidity and minerality.

An inviting and complex nose of grapefruit and passion fruit, framed by subtle herb and mineral notes. The equally expressive palate has well-balanced fruit character and acidity. At its best with freshly made citrussy ceviche.

For me, this is a really full bodied Sauvignon Blanc – quite different in style to those from New Zealand which are so fashionable at the moment. Certainly worth a try at £6.99 – or if you don't want to take the risk, pop down over the weekend as it will be available to taste!!!

£8.74 or £6.99 when you buy 2 or more Chilean wines

RekorderligDate published: 10/07/13

Rekorderlig cider is made from the purest spring water that runs through the family brewery in Sweden.  The Rekorderlig Strawberry & LIme is bursting with fresh summer strawberry  flavours.

Try adding a hand full of mint leaves over ice for an intense refreshing experience.

£12 for 6x500ml

Cork or Screwcap?Date published: 09/07/13

Here is Andrew from Cambridge discussing the use of different closures:

"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 functions of a closure are to 1) protect the wine and 2) 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.

Whilst the issue of closures is an interesting one, ultimately, the type of closure used for a wine is less important than how the grapes have been grown and how the wine has been made. It is also no longer a reliable indicator of quality. In choosing wines it should thus not be a major consideration."

Great Value from ChileDate published: 08/07/13

In our range of Chilean wines one name stands out; Luis Felipe Edwards. Edwards owns the largest family run vineyard in Chile and here at Majestic we stock his Mountain View range which are all great value and great tasting wines. At only £5.59 a bottle, his Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Carmenere, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon all have their distinct taste and can easily be drunk by themselves without breaking the bank! To help you pick which one of these great value wines would best suit you, here is a short tasting note for each one.

Mountain View Sauvignon Blanc- A typical citrus dominated Sauvignon Blanc, this wine has aromas of zesty lemon and lime on both the nose and palate. Added to this are tastes of more exotic fruit like pineapple on the palate due to the warmer Chilean climate. It is a perfect partner for some fresh fish.

Mountain View Chardonnay- A popular easy drinking Chardonnay, it has green apple and citrus flavours on the nose as expected of a Chardonnay but gives itself away as a New World wine on the palate with more tropical fruit such as peach. The wine is refreshing and would be perfect for a party.

Mountain View Carmenere – A grape variety only found in South America due to disease to the grape in Europe, the Carmenere is full of juicy fruit including blackberry and also damson both on the palate and nose. Added to the fruit is earthy flavours on the palate which make this a well rounded and easy drinking red.

Mountain View Merlot- A light wine which goes well with most food, it has aromas of plums, raspberry and strawberry on the nose which carry on to the palate. The Merlot is a jammy wine with soft tannins which make you think of a pot of homemade preserve.

Mountain View Cabernet Sauvignon – Slightly heavier than the Merlot but still not too heavy, the Cabernet Sauvignon is really fruity with blackcurrant and plum on both the nose and palate. A slight peppery taste on the palate but it does not dominate the ripe fruit flavours, it would go well with most red meat or even a curry.

Rose.........the "Middle Man" of wine. Differences in Style & Quality Date published: 07/07/13

Rose is a different style all together from red and white yet it uses the same grapes in most. It comes from all over the world in all sorts of varietals and has picked up different names in different counties along the way (Rosata in Italy, Rosado in Spain and 'pink wine' in California) . You may ask why is it different if it uses the same grapes? Well alot of it is to do with the method of production used. There are 4 main types:

Direct Pressing:  This is the same as white wine production in that they crush & press the grapes firstly then ferment afterwards only black grapes are used in this process to extract some colour & tannin. This is common in making some of the more delicate rose's of the world such as Provence.

Drawing Off: Here red grapes are processed as in red wine making (so crushed then fermented before pressing). This allows the skin to have contact with the juice imparting colour & tannin. The amount of time the skins spend with the juice will have an effect on the colour. usually this is around 6 - 48 hours. The darker the wine the longer the juice has spent with the skins. Once 'drawn off' the wine is fermented at a cooler temperature to retain those fruity flavours.

Bleeding: (Or as the French say Saignee method) This is the same as drawing off however the process it self is more of a by-product rather than a main focus. The wine is literally the run off juice from the main red wine. As a result this is generally considered to be a lesser quality wine due to the grape characteristics are intended for red wine production and not solely rose.

Last but not least Blending: This is literally blending red wine and white wine together and is not permitted in the EU apart from Champagne where it is used to produce sparkling roses. This is more common in new world styles and can bring a lot to the table depending on the quality of the blender and quality of the grapes.

There is also the method of assemblege which is the same as drawing off except they have a different fermentation for each single grape used. This is then blended togeter to form a wines style. 

All of these methods contribute significantly to the overall style and quality. In France they often make it from Grenache, Syrah or lesser known varietals like Mourvedre & Carignan. In the Loire Valley Cabernet Franc

Jane MacQuitty's Top 100 - Reds, Fizz and FortifiedDate published: 06/07/13

UNDER £6

Lacroix Bordeaux Superieur £7.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £5.99

Paul Mas Merlot £7.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £5.99 - available to taste today

UNDER £8

Pizarras de Otero Bierzo £8.99 Buy 2 bottles save £4 = £6.99

UNDER £12

Chateau de Sainte Gemme £13.99 Buy 2 save £8 = £9.99

Fitou by Mlle Jones £14.99 Buy 2 save £6 = £11.99 - available to taste today

UNDER £25

Laurent Perrier Brut NV £24.99

Sacristia Antonio Barbadillo Sherry - available from Lay & Wheeler (01473 313 300 / sales@laywheeler.com) £21.70 half bottle

Jane MacQuitty's Top 100 - Whites and RosesDate published: 06/07/13

Last weekend Jane MacQuitty's Summer Top 100 featured various white wines and roses that we sell at various price points!

UNDER £6

Yali Merlot Rose 2012 £7.49 Buy 2 Chilean wines save 20% = £5.99 - open to taste today

Grand Heron Marc Ducournau 2012 £7.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £4 = £5.99

UNDER £8

Vouvray Domaine des Aubuiseres 2012 £9.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £4 = £7.99 - open to taste today

UNDER £12

Sancerre "Clos des Bouffants" Neveu 2012 £14.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £6 = £11.99

Pouilly Fume "Les Cascadelles" 2012 £11.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £4 = £9.99

Muga Rioja Rosado 2012 £10.99 Buy 2 Bottles Save £4 = £8.99 - I had this last night - delicious!

Mademoiselle Jones FitouDate published: 06/07/13

As featured in The Times Top Reds today, why not try Mademoiselle Jones Fitou 2011, Domaine Jones?

Fitou was granted the Languedoc's first appellation in 1948. For much of the 1980s and 1990s Fitou lagged behind its northern neighbours but today has vastly improved and gives any fine French red a run for its money.

After 17 years working in sales for a cooperative in Tuchan, Lincolnshire born Katie Jones bought a small hillside vineyard near the village of Maury and struck out on her own, making a small range of wines with help from Australian winemaking consultant David Morrison.

Mademioselle Jones' Fitou is a blend of Carignan, Grenache, and Syrah. It exhibits a concentrated, voluptuous wine with a multi-layered feel, combining blackcurrant, liquorice and vanilla notes with hints of wild garrigue herbs in a satisfyingly well-integrated palate.

Drink now or cellar for up to 10 years. Enjoy with fillet steak or mature cheeses.

£14.99 or buy 2 save £6 = £11.99

The Wonders of Prosecco.Date published: 05/07/13

Although Champagne has a world renowned reputation for sparkling wine production for obvious reasons it's certainly not the only place you should be looking for good quality sparkling wines.

Italy has produced a fantastic alternative to Champagne in the form of Prosecco.  

There are two limited regions that produce Prosecco, these are Prosecco DOC which covers the wide areas of the Veneto and Friuli in the North- East of Italy. The second region is Conegliano-Valdobbiadene noted for prodcuing higher quality wines located in Veneto. Fruit for the previous has to be grown between these two towns. The name of the grape variety has also changed in order to protect the prestige and integrity of these two regions. The grape once known as Prosecco is now called Glera.

Many sparkling wines produced throughout the world follow the traditional Champagne method of production however for Prosseco a different method is used.

This is called the Tank Method also known as the Charmant method. This is where second fermentation takes place in a sealed tank rather than the bottle. Following the fermentation the sediment is removed via filtration. This method reduces production costs and is far less time consuming. This method is perfect for maintaining the fruityness of Prosecco as the wine spends less time on its lees.

Prosecco has had a recent surge in popularity for a number of reasons. It's good fruit qualities of apples and melons work very well with its freshness to produce an exellent everyday drinking sparkling wine. Many can be put off by the high prices of Champagne and sometimes it can be a bit heavy at times.

Nothing says summer to me like a glass of cold Prosecco in the wonderful evening sun.

Cheers

Matt




Italian RoseDate published: 04/07/13

Inspired by Jack's article yesterday, I thought we'd look at rose wine from Italy.... 

Italy has a long history with rosé, or rosato, particularly in the warm southern part of the country. The wines stem from difficulties in the early days of winemaking where the production of dark, fully coloured dry red wines was very difficult without temperature controlled fermentation vessels. As the must macerated with the skins, the intense heat of the process would often kill the yeast, resulting in a stuck fermentation and high residual sugar in the remaining wine. Eventually Italian winemakers realised that if they pressed the wines early in the process, they could complete the fermentation albeit with a lightly coloured wine.

A couple of Italian rose wines we currently have in stock which may tickle your taste buds are:

Pinot Grigio Rose, Cantina Breganze (£6.99 for 2+)
Light and breezy on the nose with crisp lemon, tangy redcurrant and a touch of apricot.  The palate is fresh too, great acidity, citrus and tropical fruits lead the way.

Poggioargentiera Rosato (£7.99 for 2+)
Vivid, juicy and confected on the nose, tart cherry of Sangiovese and strawberry laces.  The palate is similarly alive with tangy fruit, a note of nettle and soft acidity.

Pasqua Rosato (£5.99 for 2+)
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 refreshing finish.

Serena Pinot Grigion Rosato (£6.99 for 2+)
A nose of ripe summer fruits, mingling yellow apple with soft pear, banana and white peach.  The acidity is soft edged, for a palate that is easy drinking and refreshing.

The Joy of Italian WineDate published: 03/07/13

I was reading a great article about Italian wines written by Jack from our store in Westbury-on-Trym.  I enjoyed it so much I thought I'd share it with you on our page:

"What makes Italian wine so good? There's been a great resurgence in the Italian wine industry, and with very good reason. Big investment in new wine making techniques has helped to bring out the very best from this region. The real joy of Italian wine is in the variety of different grapes the country boasts – as well as the vast multitude of different landscapes that are ideally suited to grow them. Here's a couple to look out for that perhaps you haven't come across before which are enjoying something of a renaissance in recent years. All currently with 20% when you mix and match with any other Italian wine!

Cortese

A white grape harvested predominantly in and around Gavi (dubbed the Chablis of Italy). Cortese creates wines of steely minerality, fresh acidity and notes of ripe peach and pear. These fantastic wines demand a high reputation internationally – and with good reason! Look out for the Gavi La Toledana for a really fantastic example of this grape, currently at only £7.99.

Fiano

A grape with a really ancient pedigree. Originally thought to be of Greek origin, this grape has had thousands of years to adapt to the south of Italy, doing particularly well here and in Sicily. This grape produces a wine of ripe green apple flavours, with a slightly fuller body and a slight almond undertone. Check out the Surani Fiano at only £7.59 to see how an ancient grape can be brought bang up to date!

Greco

Another Greek immigrant (as the name suggests). This grape is also being brought into the 21st century by some clever winemaking techniques, helping to create a vibrant, fresh wine. Though pale in colour and delicate in aroma, this wine has a full texture, dense with apricot and peach flavour, and heady honeysuckle notes on the nose, and a long mineral finish. Try the Fremondo Greco, a new wine into Majestic, at only £7.99

Primitivo

Primitivo is a grape indigenous to Italy and the eastern Mediterranean, now more commonly known as Zinfandel. Rich ripe fruit flavours with a nice bit of spice to the wines, they tend to be a bit less brash and full bodied than their American cousins. Generally grown at the southern tip of Italy, and gaining more and more recognition as a realy stand 'Old World' grape. Try the Costarosso Primitivo for a real bargain at £7.99

Negroamaro

A thick skinned grape which produces luscious, full reds that ripen incredibly well in the intense heat of Southern Italy. The result is a really intrigueing wine ; plummy fruits and hints of almonds and spice box. Well balanced and soft on the palate. Generally these are of excellent value and the Copertino at £6.79 is an ideal example"

What is Cava?Date published: 02/07/13

Cava is a Spanish sparkling wine hailing predominantly from Penedes in Catalunya, Spain.  The main grapes used are Macabeo, Parallado and Xerel-Lo.  Chardonnay however constitutes about 5% of all plantings, and Pinot Noir is permitted for rose Cava.  The total production is about half of that of Champagne.

Cava is made by the Champagne method, where the secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle.  The legislation surrounding productions methods is slightly less stringent, for example the wine only needs to spend a minimum of 9 months on its less (15 months for a non vintage Champagne).

The two largest producers of Cava are Codorniu and Freixenet.  They are bitter rivals!  In the 1990s there were viscous court battles - for example Codorniu said that Freixenet were not meeting the minimum time period of lees contact with all of their wines.  Freixenet claimed that Codorniu were using illegal grape varieties.

They differ in their attitude towards the use of Chardonnay too.  Freixenet are against the invasion of Spanish Cava vineyards by foreign grape varieties. They feel it will erode the specific unique characteristics of Cava.  Codorniu on the other hand feel that Chardonnay can add a richness, fullness and depth of flavour to Cava not possible without Chardonnay.

They are both still family owned producers and are now two of the largest sparkling wine producers in the world!!!

Crianza...Reserva....Gran Reserva....WHAT!?!?!Date published: 01/07/13

Red wines from the Rioja region of Spain are often aged in oak barrels.  The amount of time spent in the commonly used 225l barrica will affect the final flavour of the wine.

You may have noticed the terms "Crianza", "Reserva", and "Gran Reserva" on the labels of red Rioja.  In order to use this term, the winemakers will have to meet certain criteria - the criteria of most interest to the wine drinker are the rules specifying oak ageing.

Crianza - the wine must be at least two years old, and have spent a minimum of 12 months in oak.

Reserva - the wine must be at least three years old, and have spent a minimum of 12 months in oak.

Gran Reserva - the wine must must be at least five years old, with at least 24 months in oak.

You can use this knowledge to predict what a particular wine will taste like.  Take for example, our Vina Eguia Range.  The Crianza (currently £5.99 for 2+) is fresh, vibrant and fruity.  Red cherries and strawberries dominate the palate, with hints of vanilla.  The Reserva (£6.99 for 2+) has less red fruit flavour.  Instead, you get darker fruit like black cherries and much more of the smooth toasty oak.   The Gran Reserva (£8.99 for 2+) exhibits raisins, prunes, and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather.

The price tends to increase as you work through a range of wines, as the cost involved in producing a Gran Reserva is obviously higher than the cost of producing a Crianza.  It doesn't necessarily follow though that you will prefer the most expensive!  Out of the Eguia range, the Reserva is definitely my favourite.  Such a satisfying glass of red...great with slow cooked lamb.

The Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 30/06/13

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is selling fast at £6.99 a bottle! The offer finishes mid July and we are fast running out of stock already!

As always, we offer free delivery for orders over £40.

Order online or call us on 0161 474 1389.


Tour De France of wine Stages 1 2 and 3Date published: 29/06/13

So I thought we would be topical and sporty at Majestic Stockport during the coming Tour de France. As its the first time since 2003 that the whole tour has taken place on French soil, I am going to attempt to find some wine produced on each stage  of the tour.

So we can kick it all off with stage 1 2 and 3 All set in Corsica, so I am lumping them all together
Saturday, 29 June - stage 1Porto-Vecchio - Bastia, 213km
Sunday, 30 June - stage 2: Bastia - Ajaccio, 156km
Monday, 1 July - stage 3: Ajaccio - Calvi, 145.5km

Well Corsica isn't the first place people think of when it comes to wine. There is probably a reason for this, and i appear to have fallen at the first hurdle in my challenge. At Majestic we carry no Corsican wine! However Corsica is geographically closer to Italy than it is France. Although the Islands Viticultural exploration has been dominated by the french.

Corsica used to make large amounts of cheap wine which flooded the European market. However thankfully thanks to EU subsidies the quality of wine has increased and the quantity decreased.

The main wines produced now are a rich muscat dessert wine known as "Malvoisie de Corse" and the more widely produced Vermentino. This is produced throughout Corsica and ranges from  aromatic to steely citrus.

Vermentino is traditionally an Italian grape, but as its the Tour I thought a french version might be the way to go! Check out Paul Mas Vermentino www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-vermentino/product-is-10344. Its French but corsican at the same time (sort of)

Balade Du VigneronDate published: 29/06/13

Last summer I attended Vaud's Balade de Vigneron in Switzerland. A uniquely Swiss affair!A variety of small vineyards and larger co ops open up their vineyards to visitors. You then meander through high alpine vineyards by foot, jump on Motorcycle side cars, tractors or trains which transport you round a circuit of producers. This gives you a real insight into the variety of wine and producers which occupy quite a small portion of Switzerland. The large cooperative producers rub shoulders with the smaller vineyards , in a way rarely seen outside of Switzerland. Each vineyard puts on a selection of food, from Raclette and fondue to wood fired pizzas. 

I went from impressive tasting rooms in the cooperative winery to sitting on a plastic garden chair in someones back garden with their dog running around, whilst I tried the wine produced from the vines surrounding the house. As well as the normal swiss grapes of Chasselas Pinot Noir and Dole, producers are experimenting with Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Marsanne, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Merlot in some areas. Far from being bombarded with a hundred and one ways to make Chasselas I was surprised to be tasting Sweet Pinot Gris, as well as tropical Sauvignon Blanc which sits somewhere between Loire and New Zealand in style.

One Vineyard i visited was run by a farmer who produced Tobacco on the flat valley floors and wine on the higher slopes of his land. At least thats what i gathered, It turned out my french wasnt up to discussing farming methods!

The high alpine sun coupled with an almost endless supply of tasting samples took its toll towards the end of the day, and after sampling all the wines this area of Vaud had to offer, coupled with more than my fair amount of swiss cheese and bread, made me thankful for the post bus back up the mountain, and the ability to sit on a balcony in the evening looking out over the alps.


If ever you are around Aigle and Villars in September look out for the Fete du Vigneron! Its quite an experience!


Peter Lehmann's passingDate published: 28/06/13

Australian winemaker Peter Lehmann has died at 82.  Lehmann suffered from kidney disease and reportedly died in hospital in Adelaide after surgery this week.

He began working in the wine industry in 1947, and has contributed hugely to the business, recognised by his International Wine Challenge Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.

"I think wine's interesting and it's cause for a lot of comment, but there is a lot of snobbery and bull talked about it," he once said.

Read more on their website

http://www.peterlehmannwines.com/news-views/latest-news/the-passing-of-a-barossa-legend

Switzerland, Sun, Snow Skiing, Fondue and WINE?Date published: 28/06/13

I have been skiing in switzerland for many years. They are famous for watches, having a lot of money, fondue (cracking with a good chardonnay) yodelling and skiing. Although over the last few years, mainly since working for Majestic I have noticed the number of vineyards around Geneva and across Switzerland.

The Swiss are major wine drinkers. Around 98% of their total wine production is consumed within the country, with only 2% being exported. Obviously with the country pricing structure and the lack of any quantity being exported they are never going to produce wine for the mass market. Nor is it cheap, but it is very interesting.

The wines are produced on a very small scale with a number of Cooperatives set up to bottle wines from surrounding vineyards. Many households have small and spectacular plots of vines. These are viewed more as gardens so the vines are tentatively gardened rather than commercially farmed. This leads to wines with great character.

Most wine made in Switzerland is now red, although white used to be the predominant wine over the last few decades. They grow a variety of grapes with the white grape Chasselas and the red gamay (famous from Beaujolais) being most prevalent.

Chasselas thrives in the canton of Vaud where high altitude vineyards and mild temperatures from nearby lake geneva produce interesting characterful wines from this lightweight grape. Quite an achievement when Chasselas is quite often seen in the fruit bowl rather than in a wine glass. Reds produced are vibrant light reds in Vaud, where Dole a blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir is popular. Although hybrid vines such as Gamaret and Gamanoir are also produced.

Further up the Rhone Valley is the canton of Valais, Switzerlands largest wine producing region. Dole is again produced in Valais although here the amount of Gamay used in the blend is small. At its very best Dole has just a splash of Gamay to give a touch of Fruitiness to great quality high altitude Pinot Noir. Almost at the source of the Rhone is the highest vineyard in Europe, Visperterminen, at 1100 m above sea level. These parts of Switzerland receive about 1/3 the amount of rain of Bourdeaux with high altitude conditions. Brilliant Sun and summer droughts can produce concentrated super ripe grapes. This is where swiss wine is beginning to show real quality. The large Co operative bottlers are still widespread but many small producers are making wine from low yielding vines and bottled on a small scale.

So next time you are skiing or walking in the swiss alps, try the local tipples. Whilst not well known in england (or anywhere outside of Switzerland for the that matter) They produce great quality interesting wines which are perfectly suited to a glass after a hard days skiing or whilst lounging in the sun! I personally would love to see them exported more but seeing as the Swiss are so passionate about their wine both making it and drinking it, It may have to remain a rarity outside the country of chocolate, banks and cheese.


Wine Of the Week Date published: 27/06/13

It is currently raining...but let's pretend we're in the south of France, the sun is out, and we're relaxing on a terrace overlooking the ocean....struggling to capture that feeling...then this is the wine you need!

This superb wine comes from vineyards on the St Tropez Peninsular overlooking the Mediterranean. It is typical of the local style offering a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Tibouren.

The nose gives you fresh citrus fruit with subtle floral and candied notes. Melon and pear can be found on the palate ending with a refreshing mouth feel.

Try with a light shellfish dish or a Mediterranean salad.

£12.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

Doom BarDate published: 27/06/13

According to data from CGA Strategy, Doom Bar beer from Sharp's Brewery has become the number one cask beer in the UK in both volume and value!

Emma Bebbington, general manager at Sharp's Brewery said "Doom Bar's consistent growth has allowed us to invest in the brewery, expanding and improving our brewing operations through our recent success.  We unveiled a new temperature controlled warehouse at the end of April which will help us to ensure that our beers arrive in the trade and reach the customer in optimum condition."

Available in cases of 12 x 500ml from Majestic priced at £24 for one case, or £21 per case when you buy 2 or more.  "Doom Bar is an exceptional beer with a fine balance of spicy resinous hop, inviting sweet malt and delicate roasted notes.

The Wonders of Prosecco.Date published: 26/06/13

Although Champagne has a world renowned reputation for sparkling wine production for obvious reasons it's certainly not the only place you should be looking for good quality sparkling wines.

Italy has produced a fantastic alternative to Champagne in the form of Prosecco.  

There are two limited regions that produce Prosecco, these are Prosecco DOC which covers the wide areas of the Veneto and Friuli in the North- East of Italy. The second region is Conegliano-Valdobbiadene noted for prodcuing higher quality wines located in Veneto. Fruit for the previous has to be grown between these two towns. The name of the grape variety has also changed in order to protect the prestige and integrity of these two regions. The grape once known as Prosecco is now called Glera.

Many sparkling wines produced throughout the world follow the traditional Champagne method of production however for Prosseco a different method is used.

This is called the Tank Method also known as the Charmant method. This is where second fermentation takes place in a sealed tank rather than the bottle. Following the fermentation the sediment is removed via filtration. This method reduces production costs and is far less time consuming. This method is perfect for maintaining the fruityness of Prosecco as the wine spends less time on its lees.

Prosecco has had a recent surge in popularity for a number of reasons. It's good fruit qualities of apples and melons work very well with its freshness to produce an exellent everyday drinking sparkling wine. Many can be put off by the high prices of Champagne and sometimes it can be a bit heavy at times.

Nothing says summer to me like a glass of cold Prosecco in the wonderful evening sun.

Cheers

Matt




The Best Wine Films!Date published: 25/06/13

I saw some exciting news online yesterday. The release of a new film titled "Somm The Documentary". Its a film about a group of 4 sommeliers attempting to pass the Master Sommelier exam. This is a notoriously difficult tasks. The exam has one of the lowest pass rates of any exam in the world. Requiring Fanatical knowledge of Terroir, regions, solid understanding of 4 languages, and pretty much knowing every wine on the planet, its not surprising! The trailer piqued my interest and had me searching for showtimes. 

This made me think of other great films based around wine.

Obviously the first that sprang to mind is Sideways. 2 chaps go on a pre wedding trip around the vineyards of Napa, drinking lots of wine and eating lots of steak! Topped off with a classic moment when meeting 2 ladies for dinner in a restaurant, Miles the central character states that he is leaving the restaurant if ANYONE ORDERS MERLOT. This gave Merlot such a bad rap which it is still getting over. So many people still pop into the store, and consider merlot the most dull and uninspiring wine on the planet. Pretty much all of them quote sideways as their reason for thinking this. Poor Merlot!

Another of my favourites is "A Good Year" Starring Russel Crowe as an arrogant London Banker who inherits his Uncles old Chateau in Provence. A real feel good film! Whenever I open a good bottle of wine by myself this film always transports me to sunny vineyards in provence and reminds me of the romance and pasion which goes into the glass you hold in your hand!

I will top this off with "Bottleshock" Starring Alan Rickman

In 1976, Steven Spurrier, a sommelier in Paris, comes to the Napa Valley to take the best he can find to Paris for a tasting against French wine. He meets Jim Barrett, whose Chateau Montelena is mortgaged to the hilt as Jim perfects his chardonnay. The film ends with the famous Judgement of Paris, where the "hicks from the sticks" of Napa actually beat the finest Bourdeaux and White Burgundy wines. The tasting was Blind with a french judging panel. The results of the tasting were in Time Magazine. This is the beginning of the Californian wine boom.

Interestingly, although not featured in the film, The Californian wine which won the reds category, was by Stags Leap Wine Cellars. The Famous Cask 23 Cabernet! We dont have that wine in store and costing well upwards of £100 is a little out of reach of most people. We do However carry 2 reds from Stags Leap Wine cellars, Artemis Cabernet at £40 and Stags Leap Merlot at £35. So at your next special occasion why not treat yourself to a californian wine with a history! Both are well worth the money for a special occasion!


If any of you have favourite wine based films, Please let me know! Heres to the big screen, and a big glass of wine to go with it! Cheers!


Oak Or No Oak?Date published: 24/06/13

We get asked alot what 'Oak' or 'Inert' vessels do to a wine's style so we thought we would write this article to explain the differences it can give to a wine. 

Oak ageing can contribute tannin (with reds) & flavour to a wines character chiefly due to contact with the wood & oxygen seeping into the barrel.  For different wines this can have different effects. For example a white chardonnay would respond well to oak ageing and would help soften any high acidity, rounding off the wine. Some may say it becomes buttery & well integrated after this happens.  With reds again it can help soften any astringent acidity and also helps tannin and savoury notes integrate with the wine (ideal for ageing). 

In further detail to there are two types of oak that can be used that give unique differences. European oak gives more of a spice and charred flavour to the wine whereas American oak can give more of a vanilla spice to with a new oak character.

On the other hand inert vessels can give a very different appeal. Due to no oxygen being allowed in contact with the wine there is no chance of oxidation which helps soften characteristics such as the acidity & colour of the wine. As a result grapes which are intended for a refreshing taste will benefit from this type of maturation, for example Sauvignon Blanc or Verdejo. These wines are marked for their mouthwatering appeal therefore keeping that much needed acidity is all the better! If you ever try chardonnay which is fresh and reminicent of the fruit charactreristics it is likely to have been matured in stainless steel inert vessels thus giving a totally different style of chardonnay whereas those big buttery smooth chardonnay's that are reputable in Burgundy are likely to have had the oak treatment in one way or another!





Wines in the PressDate published: 23/06/13

Two great choices by Olly Smith in the Mail on Sunday today.

The first is the Spanish La Garnacha Salvaje del Moncayo which came back in stock on Thursday...just in the nick of time!  Known affectionately in this store as "tree wine" (you'll know what I mean if you see the label) it is made from grapes harvested from ancient 'wild' bush vines in the mountainous Moncayo end of the Ebro Valley.  Powerful aromas of wild berries and tobacco leaf are tempered by a sense of freshness and floral edges.  The middlewieght palate has ripe red fruit and a Burgundian minerality, with subtle French oak.  (£9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.)


Second up is Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viogner from South Africa.  96% of the red grape Syrah and 4% of the white grape Viognier.  Producer Boekenhoustskloof say that this range of wines have been crafted to offer new flavours and new discoveries to curious, adventurous wine lovers.  It is slightly perfumed with aromas of ripe juicy plum and black berries, rich and smooth on the palate with rich plum flavours, some spice and floral notes.  (£8.99 or £6.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles)

Ever wondered how Champagne is made?Date published: 23/06/13

Champagne can be made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meurnier grapes - sometimes a blend of all three!  Still wines made from these grapes are blended to make one still wine.  This may not be as simple as it sounds - Krug produce 150 individual still wines, and then chose the best to go into the blend! 

The wine is put into bottles, sugar and yeast is added, and then the bottles are sealed with crown caps (like beer bottles).  This is when the magic happens!  Fermentation occurs - this is the process where yeast converts sugar into alcohol.  A by-product of this process is Carbon Dioxide.  Because the bottle is sealed, the CO2 has nowhere to go, so dissolves into the wine creating bubbles.  The yeast dies, and "yeast autolysis" takes place - this is what can give Champagne toasty flavours.  The wine is aged in the cellar for a minimum of 15 months for a non-vintage Champagne, and 3 years for a vintage Champage (For a vintage Champagne, all the grapes must have come from the same year.)

Then, the tricky part - you need to get the dead yeast out of the bottle!  Put as simply as I can, the wine bottle is slowly moved from a horizontal position into an upsidedown position.  All of the yeast is therefore in the neck of the bottle.  This is frozen, so it is like a little ice cube full of yeast.  When the crown cap is removed, because of the pressure built up in the bottle during the fermentation, this little ice cube is forced out.  The bottle is then topped up with a "liquer d'expedition" which is a blend of old wine and some sugar - the amount of sugar depends on the taste wanted (brut, demi-sec etc).

The bottle is then corked, wired, labelled and is ready to go!



Staff Recommendations / FavouritesDate published: 22/06/13

As we are right in the middle of summer we thought it would be a good time to pick some of our favourite wines that are highly enjoyable in the sun whether it be with a BBQ or as an aperitif on your sun lounger! We hope you agree with what we have found.

The Ned Waihopai River Pinot Noir 2012 £12.49 single bottle price OR £9.99 when you buy 2 from New Zealand as part of a mixed case.

If you like fruit driven reds then you're likely to enjoy this.  Red berries, cranberries & raspberry comes to mind. All this is tied together by a rich warm, long, smooth finish. Great with duck!

Mister Shiraz Colchagua Valley £8.74 single bottle price OR £6.99 when you buy 2 from Chile as part of a mixed case.

If you like Australian Shiraz then this is a great alternative from the tropical climate regions in Chile. This is packed full of big, red, juicy currant flavours with plenty of spices known from the Shiraz grape.   Fermented in French & American oak to soften its acidity and add extra spice such as vanilla & cedar. Try with rib eye steak.

Matsu El Picaro £9.99 single bottle price OR £7.99 when you buy 2 as part of a mixed case.

If your looking for a BBQ wine this summer this would work well. Engorged with blackberry fruits and layers of dark chocolate followed by a long, fine, tannic finish. This would work well with BBQ'd spare ribs or flame grilled red meats........ mmmm!

Vinalba Seleccion Torrontes 2012 Lujan de Cuyo £9.99 single bottle price OR £7.99 when you buy 2 as part of a mixed case.

"Lighter than an angels whisper" (to put into context the softness of this wine) Elements of floral peach like aromas followed by hints of melon, pear & pineapple which truly show the unique capability of the Torrentes grape.

M de Minuty Rose 2012 £12.99 single bottle price OR £9.99 when you buy 2 as part of a mixed case.

This is a very seductive bottle with a very seductive taste to follow. Lashings of citrus fruit, red berries and sublte floral notes show this wine off perfectly. A staff & customer favourite, great for those lazy sun lounging days!

Chablis Jean Bourguignon 2012 single bottle price £11.99 OR £9.99 when you buy 2 as part of a mixed case.

This wine would be ideal if you like steely's Chardonnay's that display refreshing acidity with a fuller body. This wine in particular is crisp, fruity & has a long lean finish.  Great as an aperitif or with light seafood salads.








New Sparkling Wine Offers!Date published: 21/06/13

To make space for new stock, we've reduced the following sparkling wines!  Snap them up whilst you can:

Trilogy Brut -was £14.99 now £8.99 - a nose of citrus fruit and redcurrant accented with notes of fresh breadcrust and yeasty development.  Fine and elegant mousse provides a creamy persistence on the palate.

Trilogy Rose - was £14.99 now £8.99 - a lively and aromatic nose of fresh strawberry and raspberry with a yeasty, biscuity lift.  The palate is awash with ripe yet delicate fruit flavour, held together by a creamy texture.

Oyster Bay Brut - was £13.99 now £9.99 - elegantly styled yet intensely fruity, showing zesty lime notes over a backdrop of white peach flavour.  Crisp acidity and delicate minerality provide a complex and enduring mouthfeel.

Oyster Bay Rose Brut - was£13.99 now £9.99 - exhibits a typically Kiwi intensity of flavour, with cherry and strawberry fragrances taking centre stage.  The bubbles are fine and persistent, providing a long crisp and refreshing finish.

WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 19/06/13

 The Lodge Hill Riesling 2012, Jim Barry, Clare Valley

Jim Barry purchased this vineyard in 1977 making him a pioneer of his time in the Clare Valley. The area itself is a series of narrow mainly north-south valleys on elevated plateaus with very different soil types. 'The Lodge Hill Riesling' is planted on the higher sites in this area helping moderate the temperatures ideal for Riesling.  In addition to this the area is also cooled by the Spencer Gulf (north) and Gulf St. Vincent (south) to help give the grape it's distinctive character in the area.

In appearance the wine is straw coloured with green tints. The nose brings rich grapefruit and citrus aromas followed by secondary notes of nectarine & kumquat. On the palate there is a natural acidity that brings a zingy pazazz to the glass. All this is supported by flavours of white peach and mandarin oranges.

A typical dish this would pair up with would be any shellfish, in particular Oysters or seared scallops would work very well.


BBQ Wine PairingDate published: 16/06/13

If you couldn't make it to our BBQ Wine Pairing this weekend, don't worry!  Here's a run down of what you missed (you'll just have to imagine what it all tasted like!)

Fish - As a generalisation, white wine and fish are always considered perfect partners. However with such a wide range of fish available it is not always so simple. Take into further account the different cooking styles available and it becomes a lot more complicated. We often talk about lemony wine accentuating a piece of fish in the same way as a wedge of lemon would, but flaming it on the Barbie adds a different dimension that needs to be considered.
For meaty fish like monkfish or bass, try Pietrariccia Fiano, Surani (£9.49 or £7.59 for 2+) An intense nose of peach, pear and something floral, herbaceous and aromatic.  On the palate, it's surprisingly viscous and rich, yet retains a typical Italian freshness.
Or why not try Picpoul de Pinet, Villemarin (£7.99 or £6.99 for 2+).  Very clean and fresh on the nose with lemons and a little smoky, minerality.  On the palate, it has vivid searing acidity and a clean flavour of lemons and citrus fruit, making if perfect to accent any fish, hilighting 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 white should do the trick.  A suggestion for a white would be Anakena Single Vineyard Viognier from Chile (£9.99 or £7.99 for 2+).  It is quite floral with violets, spicy peach and pear.  The palate is full and mouth-filling without being cloying.  It has body and lots of flavour - perfect partner to chicken.
Or, you could try a chilled Beaujolais Villages Domaines des Nugues (£10.99 or £8.79 for 2+).  A sweet fruity nose of cranberry, cherry and raspberry.  There is also a hint of pepper!  In the mouth, it really refreshes the taste buds and has surprising structure.

Sausage - In these days of endless sausage flavours and combinations, it can be difficult to find the perfect wine match.  However, as a general rule any pork sausage with a slightly cremated exterior (!) will require a deep smoky wine - something with a bit of tannin, but not too much as the pork won't really need it.
One option would be Domaine Haut -Lirou Pic Saint-Loup (£8.99 or £7.99 for 2+).  Very smoky and rich on the nose with liquorice and deep black fruit.  It is savoury and strong on the palate with an under lying florality and dark fruit.  Great length and a sweet soft tannin.
Another would be Corbieres La Combe des Oliviers (£7.99).  A beguiling nose of blackcurrant, herbs and olives!  On the palate, there is real concentration, again olives, the blackest of fruits, possibly a sunblush tomato and tannin!

Burgers are another staple of the British BBQ season, but are notoriously difficult to pair with wine.  It is's just a case of a bap and pattie then most 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.
You could try Parcel Series Merlot from South Africa (£7.99 or £5.99 for 2+).  Plum, raspberry and mocha notes on the nose with a bit of traditional South African smokiness.  The wine is warm and comforting with chocolate covered fruit and bonfire!
Alternatively (and this was probably the most popular wine yesterday) Peter Lehmann Shiraz (£10.00 or £8.799 for 2+).  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.

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!  If you invest in a really nice peice 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.
First up, Amalaya de Colome Malbec Blend (£10.99 or £8.99 for 2+).  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.  It's a polished wine that tastes more expensive than it is!
Or you could go for Chateau Musar 2005 at £19.99.  So much texture and tannin and flavours of damson, baked figs, medicine, violets, pepper, tea and aniseed.  It's silky and plush like a Pomerol, but vibrant and acidic like red Burgundy.  It has the structure to hold its own, and for the price of a bottle of house wine in a restaurant, it is an utter bargain!

Chateau d'YquemDate published: 16/06/13

Chateau d'Yquem is the only Sauternes to boast Premier Cru Classé Supérieur status.  Made from approximately 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc, some would argue this is the best wine in the world!  Rich, complex, peach, pineapple, coconut, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, caramel...yum!  I am lucky enough to have a half bottle of this wine at home - I've no idea when to drink it though!

Sad news this week that  thieves have broken into the Chateau's warehouse, and stolen 380 half bottles of the 2010 vintage.  This is estimated to be worth £85k!  Wow!

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 13/06/13

Yalumba Bush Grenache 2011 Barossa Valley 

£13.74 single bottle price or £10.99 when you buy 2 from Australia

Winner of the Decanter Bronze Award

This Yalumba is a 'Bush Vine Wine' that is very fine!  The Barossa Valley holds some of the oldest vines in the world, allowing for the roots to dig deep and collect those much needed rich nutrients. Most of the vines are set up in the traditional free standing bush vine style allowing for heat retention and maximum sunlight.

As a result this produces ripe fruits thjat are concentrated with dark berries and a savoury meatiness of plum to add.  this is a fairly dense wine with a juicey backbone showing earthy notes and a long, smooth, finely grained finish similar to Chateau Neuf du Pape

Enjoy with BBQ meats or in particular spare ribs!


Fine Wine Of The MonthDate published: 12/06/13

McGuigan Handmade Shiraz 2008 Langhorne Creek

£25.00 OR £20.00 when you buy 2

McGuigan produce wines at all different levels of quality to meet consumers tastes and budgets. However with this wine they hold nothing back!

It's based in the region of South Australia on the Fleurieu Peninsula where the river Murray flows into the sea. Here the soils are rich & fertile perfect for the thirst of the Shiraz variety.

Massively deep in colour this isn't for the faint hearted. On the nose this presents an intense ripe berry characteristic with a spiced nose we know so well with Shiraz. In addition to this the palate brings a rich concentrated black fruit characteristic followed by a vanilla infused velvety finish.

This would be perfect to keep for the next 5 years which will allow all those flavours to develop and mature.

Enjoy this with fillet steak, lamb ragu pasta or braised oxtail stew.

Are you out there Janine?!?!Date published: 06/06/13

Yesterday, we had a message from someone called Janine asking us to call her back regarding some wines for a wedding.  Unfortunately the phone number you left did not work...so I can't call you back!  Please get in contact with the store again.  Thank you!


International Wine Challenge & Decanter World Wine Awards 2013 Date published: 03/06/13

International Wine Challenge & Decanter World Wine Awards 2013

The IWC and DWWA results have been announced. These competitions each attract around 14,000 entries, which are tasted by a line-up of masters of wine, sommeliers, critics and buyers over several weeks. After vigorous rounds of judging, the top wines are awarded gold, silver and bronze medals. Majestic entered a number of wines into the competitions, as did some of our suppliers. Look out for these great wines in store or find them online!

Below is a selection of some of our gold medals:

IWC

Pizarras de Otero Bierzo 2012 £8.99 or £6.99 for 2+

Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2012 £9.99 or £7.99 for 2+

Villa Maria Private Bin Syrah 2010 £12.49 or £9.99 for 2+

Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2010 £22 or £17.59 for 2+

The King’s Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2012£12.49 or £9.99 for 2+

Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2012 £12.49 or £9.99 for 2+

DWWA

Commanderie de Peyrassol Rosé 2012 £10.00 or £9.99 for 2+

Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2011 £35 or £27.99 for 2+

Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012 £11.24 or £8.99 for 2+ (Our Wine of the Week)

Ara Select Blocks Sauvignon Blanc 2012 £11.99 or £9.59 for 2+

Leyda Reserva Syrah 2011 £9.99 or £7.99 for 2+

More than just Sauvignon Blanc...Date published: 03/06/13

Although famed for the lip-smacking, gooseberry ridden, intense Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand offers brilliant examples of other varieties. Here's the low down:

Chardonnay - produced all over both islands, at best replicates the sophisticated style of Burgundy. Producers are now managing the oak with more precision, creating wines with elegant fruit, crisp, floral acidity and deep, rich oak.

Syrah - best examples coming from the North island, in particular Hawkes bay. They mirror those of the Northern Rhone in their silky, spicy blackcurrent charm.

Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurtztraminer- these Alsasian grapes do brilliantly in NZ, keeping all the freshness and sumptuousness of their illustrious French cousins.

Pinot Noir- the second largest producer of Pinot Noir in the world behind France, NZ produces wines that match the sublime finesse of Burgundy, but with more of an alcoholic kick.

These are just some of the things to look out for next time you are in store!

Final Weekend of Bank Holiday OffersDate published: 31/05/13

Well, the Bank Holiday may seem like a distant memory, but the sun has come out again, and the Bank Holday Specials are still on, so let's make the most of it!

WHITE

Macon Lugny, Louis Latour £10.99 £7.99 for 2+ bottles

REDS

Cotes du Rhone Belleruche, M Chapoutier £9.99 £7.99 for 2+ bottles
Beaujolais Villages, Georges Duboeuf £7.49 £5.99 for 2+ bottles
Brancott Estate Pinot Noir £9.99 £7.99 for 2+ bottles

FIZZ

Prosecco Corte Alta £9.99 £6.99
Raboso Rosado £9.99 £6.99
Lindauer Brut Cuvee £11.99 ££7.99
Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs £14.99 £8.99
Trilogy Brut Cuvee £14.99 £9.99
Taittinger Brut Reserve NV £40 £25


Flash Sale!!!Date published: 30/05/13

Arrived at work this morning to discover two cracking deals have been released...both now £5.99 when you buy two or more bottles.

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - New Zealand - a richly tropical nose, dominated by youthful aromas of lime, lemongrass and green herbs.  Fruit on the palate leans more towards gooseberry and citrus, with a zesty acidity.

Rioja Reserva, Vina Eguia, Spain - Beautifully rich 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.

£5.99!!!!!

Matthew Jukes - 100 Best Australian WinesDate published: 30/05/13

Matthew Jukes, wine writer for the Daily Mail since 1999, is one of the world's leading experts on Australain wine.  Over the last decade, he estimates he has tasted 345,000 Australian wines and last year he was made Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK.  Every year, Matthew compiles a list of his 100 Best Australian Wines...and some of those featured are available from us!

Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier - he awarded 19/20 for this wine!  £11.99 for 2+
The Lodge Hill Riesling, Jim Barry - "It will change you life"  £9.99 for 2+
Vasse Felix Chardonnay - "...is dragging the whole of Margaret River's street cred with it around the world" £11.99 for 2+
Trilogy Cuvee Rose - "fill the boot of you car with this stunning wine" £9.99
Jim Barry The McRae Wood Shiraz - "everyone I know will fall at its knees" £30


Wine of the Week: Waimea Sauvignon BlancDate published: 29/05/13

Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2012, New Zealand

These days, New Zealand is associated with such good quality wines that it is easy to forget that Muller-Thurgau was the most planted grape variety by far until the early 1990s. It is only since then that the New Zealand wine industry's transformation to quality production has happened.

In the UK, we love New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. In fact, given the amount we drink, it often surprises to learn that New Zealand is only the 18th largest wine producing country in the world, behind both Serbia and Greece! However, while most countries volumes are dominated by cheap table wine, the quality produced in New Zealand is very high.

This wine is from Nelson, one of the most scenic areas in New Zealand. It is the South Island's most northerly wine region and is slightly cooler and wetter than Marlborough, so produces wines with slightly less piercing fruit flavours.

Waimea is one of the top producers in Nelson. Originally apple growers, Trevor and Robyn Bolitho turned their hands to wine in 1993 and quickly became experts picking up their first award in 1997.

2012 was an extremely stressful vintage in Nelson due to record rainfall and a lot of cloud cover. Winemakers sat around praying for sun until it finally happened in April just in time for the grapes to fully ripen. Waimea are very focused on quality, and go as far as picking only from the finest rows of vines each year.

This Sauvignon is not for the faint hearted! It has a pungent nose, of grilled asparagus, apple and lime. A funky palate, slightly saline with an abundance of passion fruit, limes, apples, nectarines with subtle floral hints.

£11.24 or £8.99 when you buy 2 or more New Zealand wines

Wine of the Week: Spolverino Toscano 2010/2011 CarpinetoDate published: 23/05/13

This is one of my favourite Tuscan wines and for good reason! Due to the wine having a screw cap, the producers couldn't apply for the wine to be classed as a Chianti Classico, meaning your getting great value for money!

Spolverino means 'feather duster' in Italian, and is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Black Rooster; the emblem of Chianti Classico.

The nose gives you intense red cherry fruit with hints of violets and tobacco. The palate provides an abundance of rich, juicy fruit with smooth tannins. The youthful and lively acidity adds to the structure helping to create a well balanced wine.

This is one for the BBQ, especially pork or lamb chops.

Only £9.99

(when you buy 2 or more Italian wines)

£12.49 per bottle.

Wine of the Week: Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2011/2012 A Passoni Date published: 17/05/13

As part of our 'Italian Tasting Week' I felt obliged to choose an excellent white and this expression of the Vernaccia grape will not disappoint. This is my absolute favourite and if your looking for something other than pinot grigio but enjoy the Italian style then this is for you.

It has intense array of green fruits with lively acidity. It holds the classic Vernaccia characteristics of almonds and has a zingy edge.

A great outdoors wine, which would go great with barbecued fish or a fresh summer salad.

Only £9.59

(when you buy 2 or more Italian wines)

Summer Tasting Evening - Tuesday 21st MayDate published: 13/05/13

The line up for our Summer Tasting Evening has now been decided!  I don't want to spoil the surprise entirely, but we'll be having one sparkling, four whites, five reds and a dessert wine.  Prices ranging from £6.99 up to £18.  Hopefully a bit of something for everyone!  We still have spaces available so contact us if you'd like to come along.  It is totally free, from 6.30pm until 8.30pm on Tuesday 21st May.

sto@majestic.co.uk

0161 474 1389

@majesticsto

Wine of the Week: Fleurie Georges DuboeufDate published: 11/05/13

Oops...we forgot to post this on Wednesday...but here is Marcus' choice for "Wine of the Week" this week!

This wine is one of the 10 crus of Beaujolais and highlights some of the region's finest qualities. Due to its unique method of pressing it gives reduced tannins on the palate & a fruit driven style brought together by a refreshing acidity that lingers on the taste buds.

This wine is ideal for the spring/summer weather we have experienced of late & can also be drunk at a chilled temperature (cellar temperature 12C).

Enjoy with a variety of light summer lunches.

£9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

Summer Fine Wine PromotionDate published: 06/05/13

When I go to a restaurant, spending £20+ on a bottle of wine isn't at all unusual, and doesn't seem like a big deal.  However, spending £20 on a bottle of wine from a shop to take home used to seem like a massive splurge!!!  Why though (especially when we all know that the wine you've bought from the restaurant isn't actually worth £20!)  Nowadays, we don't go out as often as we used to.  My husband cooks up a storm in a kitchen, and I do the important bit....selecting the wine of course!  We spend the same as we would on a bottle of wine in a restaurant, but get miles better value for money.  The current Fine Wine Promotion we have in store is great for this.  You can choose 2 fine wines from a selected range, and save £8.  We've got "Majestic friends" coming round for dinner on Wednesday - I'm not sure what we're eating yet so I haven't chosen the wine but it'll be sure to involve something from the promotion!  In the running are Jermann Pinot Grigio, ABC Santa Barbara Chardonnay, Sexy Beast Canernet and Vina Ardanza.  Come on Paul - get the menu sorted so I can get the wine in the fridge!!

Summer Tasting EveningDate published: 06/05/13

Our free Summer Tasting Evening is on Tuesday 21st May from 6.30pm until 8.30pm (ish!).  We've not chosen which wines we'll be tasting yet, so free free to email us with any requests!!!  If you've been to one of our tastings before, you'll know how much fun they are.  If you've not been before, think "wine, cheese, chatting, exploring the world of wine" and you've got the idea!  Please reserve your spot (0161 474 1389 or sto@majestic.co.uk or @majesticsto) and feel free to bring your friends and family.

Fine Wine of the Month - Shadowfax ChardonnayDate published: 04/05/13

£25 or £17.50 when you buy 2 or more                                                                                                                                                             This wine has been catching my eye for some time now, and when I saw the fantastic offer, I couldn't resist any longer! After a tough day at work, we treated ourselves to a taste of this superb wine!

Shadowfax winery is located in Werribee Park in the state of Victoria, a short drive from Melbourne. The winery is co-managed by Kiwi winemaker Matt Harrop, whose career has included spells at wineries in Italy, Moldova, New Zealand and Australia's Hunter Valley. The Chardonnay here is grown in cool regions across southern Victoria. It has been blended to make a highly flavoured and complex wine. Maturation on the lees has added texture and weight to the palate. It is a big and weighty Chardonnay, yet is somehow elegant at the same time. I think it would appeal to people who love both new world wines, due to the high levels of fruit, and old world wines, because of the complexity and minerally hints. Ripe pineapple, nectarine and peach dominate the palate, followed by secondary flavours of lemon sherbet and vanilla ice cream...but then hazelnuts and minerality come through! The length of this wine is phenomenal – it just goes on and on – and really makes me hungry to eat chicken in a creamy sauce with sun dried tomatoes and tarragon – my Mum's specialty!

Wine of the Week: Gavi La ToledanaDate published: 01/05/13

This wine has been one of my favourites ever since I started working for Majestic. Flavours of ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge are held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity. But rather than take it from me, here are some customer reviews from our website:

As perfect an execution of the subtle, light, but satisfying Gavi style as you will find. A really elegant wine.

Rich and dry with excellent flavour. Delicious and satisfying, I keep coming back for more!

Gavi is certainly gaining in popularity and not without cause. Less tart than a Sauvignon and not as bland as a Pinot, this has to be my all time favourite white variety. But that's just my opinion!

£9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more Italian wines


Wine of the Week: Montenovo Godello 2011, ValdeorrasDate published: 24/04/13

This little-known Godello grape has grown in reputation and has high praise from Majestic staff. It comes from an inland area of northern Spain called Galicia which has the perfect maritime climate and rocky slate soils for producing top quality white wines.

The wine is youthful, green-tinged and straw yellow in colour. The nose gives you pear and pineapple with grassy and herbaceouse notes. It is a light wine, however it provides a full mouth feel, giving texture and a sense of structure.

Perfect with grilled sardines or calamares.

Only £8.79

(when you buy 2 or more Spanish wines)

£10.99 per bottle.

#3wordwinereview for Portugal!Date published: 19/04/13

We're seeing more and more variety and quality in Portuguese wines. Of particular note are the indigenous grapes from the region traditionally associated with Port, the Douro, which are now being used to make some superb table wines.

It is Portugese Tasting Weekend and we have 7 different wines open on the tasting counter.  If you can't get down to try them yourself, we've done a #3wordwinereview for each!

Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde - spritzy, vibrant, refreshing

Planalto Douro White Reserva - peachy, smooth, elegant (Jen's favourite)

Ramos Reserva - raspberry, cherry, spicy (Marcus' favourite)

Casabel Vinho Tinto - strawberry, jammy, mighty

Tuella Douro Tinto - subtle, cranberry, cherry

Vinha do Monte - mellow, blackcurrant, coffee

Churchill Estates - blackcherry, vanilla, multi-layered (Dan's favourite)

Moorhouse's BreweryDate published: 19/04/13

We've got a couple of new beers from the Burnley based Moorhouse's Brewery, both in 8 x 500ml pack sizes.

Blond Witch

A pale coloured ale with a rich, delicate fruit flavour, dry and refreshing with a smooth hop finish.

Try with fresh fish, garlic prawns, tarragon chicken, Nicoise salad, or apple pie!

£15.60 when you buy 2 or more cases of ale

Black Cat

Dark refreshing beer with a distinct chocolate malt flavour, and smooth hoppy finish.

Try with kippers, smoked mackerel pate, steak and kidney pie, black pudding or black forest gateaux!

£14.80 when you buy 2 or more cases of ale

Wine of the Week: Masi MasiancoDate published: 18/04/13

NEW ARRIVAL - Masi Masianco!

Masi are at the forefront of winemaking around Verona, and this Masianco shows off how attractive and modern they can be! This unique white is a blend of Pinot Grigio and Verduzzo which has been barrel aged for 3 months.

This white is bursting with an array of flavours! The nose gives you pear, pineapple and apricot. The palate offers a generous amount of ripe fruit with a citrussy finish.

Perfect with a fresh salad or shell fish pasta dish.

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

Jen's Adventures in Argentina - Part 4Date published: 17/04/13

After a tour of the winery...the blending competition! We had a bottle of Malbec, a Merlot, a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Cabernet Franc and a Syrah. We were challenged to blend these wines together in whatever proportions we liked, and they would be judged by the Vinalba team. It was such good fun, and an amazing experience. It is crazy how altering the blend only a small amount can change the taste of the wine so dramatically! I really don't know how winemakers do it! I am afraid to tell you that the girls team didn't win – oh well!

Then (you've guessed it) it was time for more food! We were honoured to be invited to the harvest lunch at the winery. The setting was absolutely amazing. There were about 50 or 60 people there for the lunch, hosted by Diane and Hervé. We had live music, tango dancers, a raffle and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting some more of the Vinalba team, their colleagues and friends. Not to mention the wine...Vinalba Reservado in magnum.

That evening, we broke the steak eating tradition, and went to a fish restaurant! Again, beautiful food matching perfectly with Vinalba Reservado Chardonnay.

Unfortunately, the next morning it was time to head back to England. Argentina really was fantastic and although I would have never thought of going there myself, I would highly recommend it. Great scenery, great food and great wine! I must say a huge thanks to Diane and Hervé for their hospitality and their time spent sharing their knowledge and experience.  

Jen's Adventures in Argentina - Part 3Date published: 15/04/13

We headed up to the Tupungato Valley in the minibus. Here, Vinalba have an estate of 4500 hectares. Of this, 200 hectares is currently under vine, and their long term goal is to have 600 hectares.

The area is approximately 1400m above sea level. It has cold nights and long warm days. 75% of the vines that Vinalba grow here are Malbec. Not many people grow grapes this high in Argentina as you get problems with frost, there is more wind and the soils are stonier so there is not as much organic matter. However, this means the vines are under a lot of stress, so are low yielding and thus produce higher quality wines. It is an extreme plantation and project "it is nice to be a bit crazy!" said Diane, one of the directors.

Any land on the estate which is not currently under vine is just barren land. It takes 2 years to convert from this dry dead land to vineyard. First you have to build some roads so you can access the area! Then you have to plant grass on the land to encourage the production of organic matter. The next year you can plant the vine. Then the third year you get a small harvest, then the fourth year a "proper" harvest. This is a huge investment of time and money...hence why 600 hectares is a long term goal!

We had lunch in the middle of the vineyards – there was just a small building with some bunkbeds, a toilet and a mini kitchen. I had managed to avoid breakfast in the morning, and dinner the previous night so I was ready for a massive lunch! I was not disappointed. We started this time with Vinalba Seleccion Torrontes – I can't tell you how good this tasted in the sunshine. Definitely one I'd recommend for a BBQ if we ever see the sun this summer! We had a selection of canapes including empanadas of course! Then we sat down to a lot of meat and some yummy salads. This time it was a piglet and the compulsory steaks! For the reds, we were trying Vinalba's blended Malbecs, so Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec Cabernet Franc, and Malbec Cabernet Petit Verdot.

After the delicious lunch, we drove back towards Mendoza and stopped off at a local craft shop. We had a bit of free time to freshen up at the hotel, and then we headed out for dinner. People in Argentina tend to finish work at 8, go for dinner at 10, then go to bars at midnight and stay out until 5am!!! We didn't quite keep up with them!

We had an excellent cocktail on arriving at the restaurant – Vinalba Malbec rose, Martini and cranberry juice over crushed ice. Yet again, the food was epic! We started with chips and garlic mayo. Then we had a platter of cheese, meats and olives etc! I thought that was it...but then they brought pizzas out! So full yet again! We managed to stay up until about 3am, but then decided it was bed time – we needed to be on the ball for the competition the next day!  

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

The Fine Wine Plan from Majestic Wine 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.

As a thank you for joining us, we would like to get your new wine collection off to a good start with a fantastic free six bottle case of Croix de Beaucaillou 2009, the second wine of top St-Julien property Ducru-Beaucaillou from the heavily sought-after 2009 vintage. Your free case will be added immediately to your fine wine cellar when you subscribe to a monthly direct debit of £100 or more.

In addition to this, you will receive a Fine Wine Plan Privilege Card entitling you to 10% discount at Majestic Wine when you subscribe £100 or more per month.

For more information, see http://www.majesticfinewineplan.co.uk/index.html  

Jen's Adventures in Argentina - Part 2Date published: 13/04/13

The next morning, we were collected by minibus and headed up into the Andes. The mountains were spectacular – I have never seen such height and steep slopes. We were on one of only 3 roads from Argentina to Chile and up to 2000 trucks per day drive over. Sometimes due to bad weather, the road may have to be closed for three or four days. This means that trucks may be stranded causing a backlog of traffic, which then all have to pass through customs. If our Vinalba wine is on one of these lorries, it explains why we sometimes get unfortunate delays with stock!

We reached 2400m above sea level, and set off across the foothills of the Andes...on horses! The horses were a lot bigger than I expected, and with me not being able to ride a horse, well it was all a bit scary! However, I was soon distracted by the fantastic scenery and the smell of wild mint which was amazing - it smelt just like a mojito!

A few hours later we stopped in the middle of nowhere for lunch – such a tranquil environment. Vinalba Seleccion Torrontes and Vinalba Malbec Syrah were our wines of choice on this occasion! Empanadas to start, then sausages, baby lamb, ribs and steak with lettuce, tomatoes and bread, finishing with mixed fresh fruit salad. So very full again! Just about made it back on to my horse, where it was only a short ride back to the bus. Most of us promptly fell asleep for the 2 hour journey back to Mendoza.

A couple of Quilmes quenched the evening thirst!

Jen's Adventures in Argentina - Part 1Date published: 11/04/13

In March, I was lucky enough to be invited on an educational visit to Argentina with Vinalba. There were seven of us from Majestic, and two from Buckingham Schenk, our importers.

The first thing I would say about Argentina......is that it is miles away! I know this sounds obvious, but it took me 35 hours from leaving my house in Manchester to reach the hotel in Mendoza. I can now say I have visited Brazil, Chile and Argentina (even though I didn't leave the airport in two of them!!!) Despite the long journey, the trip was worth every minute of it!

On the first evening, we had a delicious three course meal at the renowned Argentine chef Francis Mallman's Restaurant. There was a beautiful outdoor courtyard with a massive BBQ in it! For starter, we all had empanadas – the best way I can describe these is that they're like posh mini Cornish pasties! Apparently it is "correct manners" to eat them with your fingers! After seeing what was cooking on the BBQ, there was only one choice for my dinner...the biggest steak I have ever eaten in my life! Disappointingly, I couldn't even finish it! And what else to drink with steak apart from Vinalba Gran Reservado Malbec! Yum yum! And then if you had any room left, the pudding was five mini desserts.

I'm not sure whether to blame it on jet lag, the long journey, or maybe just over eating, but after dinner we all went straight to bed!

Copper Dragon Ales in Stock!Date published: 11/04/13

We have decided to trial a few Copper Dragon ales - if they go well we may expand the range!  They are in 8 x 500ml packs, and are currently priced at £16 per case when you buy  2 or more cases.

Best Bitter - a refreshing abmber coloured Best Bitter with a well-balanced malty and hoppy flavour.  An excellent mid-gravity session ale brewed to suit the discerning palate.

IPA - brewed using only the best English malts and hops.  It's an incredibly full bodies beer, is pack with falvour and has classic all year round appeal.

Golden Pippin - a light refreshing blond ale brewed using a new variety of hop creating a citurs fruit flavour.  Originlly a seasonal ale, it proved so popular it's now brewed all year round.

Sherry is not just for ChristmasDate published: 10/04/13

Many people have a fraught view of Sherry, believing that it's dated and is only drunk every Christmas to please our Grandparents. However, I'm a strong believer in the quality and characteristics this drink has to offer. The amount of time and effort that goes into producing a bottle makes it one of the best valued drinks on the market today.

Following my trip to Hidalgo, a family run firm in Sanlucar de Barrameda, I've decided to promote the idea that Sherry is a perfect drink all year round and not just for Christmas!

I decided to visit the Bodega as I was on a well earned holiday in the city of Seville. Seville is an excellent place to visit as it seems untouched by tourists. There's an endless supply of Tapas bars from gastro to the more traditional, and the wine and local beer are very cheap, for example Cruzcampo which I found at the cheapest, 40 cents a glass (sorry they don't come as pints).

For one of our days we decided to drive down to the town of Sanlucar de Barrameda to visit Hidalgo Sherry firm which lies on the coast, North East of Jerez. It was established in 1792 and is widely regarded as the definitive Manzanilla house. This is due to its position on the coast as the salty breezes that flow from the Atlantic are said to have an affect on the final flavour. It's an hour and a half drive away with great views of rolling hills and olive groves.

On our arrival we were met by one of the Hidalgo team who was very friendly and we were immediately welcomed as part of the Hidalgo family. They treated us to a tour around the Bodega where we learned an insight into the production and different styles of Sherry they produce. We then had the privilege of sampling some of their aged Manzanilla and Olorosso (46 years being the oldest). These had an exceptional mouth feel to them with a complex array of flavours, such as almonds and a yeasty tang. We started with the eldest just to make sure we could We then made our way down to the younger ones which had their own unique characteristics. All the ones we tried were dry which I absolutely loved and would highly recommend. It was a great experience and it gave me a deeper insight into the production of Sherry. I will briefly explained the process below to give you a better idea why I think Sherry is such good value for money.

Sherry is produced on a long time scale which involves a long aging process called 'The Solera System'. This is the process of blending old sherries with younger ones in barrels on a ladder system. The barrels are only filled about 2 thirds full to allow oxygen interaction and a layer of Flor (dead yeast) accumulates on top of the sherry. The final product is taken from the oldest barreled sherry after a number of years. Hidalgo is famous for producing high quality Manzanilla and Amontillado using natural Flor. This produces dry, salty styles that are proving particularly popular in the ever evolving tapas-style culinary culture. The ability for them to match such a diversity of ingredients is unrivaled and increasingly fashionable.

After my experiences I'm now a huge believer in Sherry and that it can be enjoyed throughout the year, in the sun as well as the comfort of your own home. It's an absolute bargain so grab it while its still cheap and you won't be disappointed.

Wine of the Week: Rioja Reserva 2008 Viña PomalDate published: 10/04/13

Vina Pomal released their first wine over 100 years ago, producing high quality, classic 100% Tempranillo Riojas and being a favourite of Winston Churchills, this wine is a must try!

This wine is bursting with fresh blackberry and red berries. It has an intense and persistant finish backed up by smooth velvety tannins helping to balance a perfect Rioja.

An ideal choice for cured meats or a slow roasted leg of lamb.

Only £9.99 (when you buy 2 or more spanish wines)

£12.49 per bottle

Wine of the Week: M de Minuty Rosé 2011 Côtes de ProvenceDate published: 04/04/13

Easter has passed, the clocks have gone forward and it looks like the bad weather is set to change.......it must be time for some Rose!

This superb wine comes from vineyards on the St Tropez Peninsular overlooking the Mediterranean. It is typical of the local style offering a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Tibouren.

The nose gives you fresh citrus fruit with subtle floral and candied notes. Melon and pear can be found on the palate ending with a refreshing mouth feel.

Try with a light shellfish dish or a Mediterranean salad.

Only £9.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

£12.99 per bottle

Change of Opening HoursDate published: 01/04/13

NEW STORE OPENING HOURS

From Tuesday 2nd April, our opening hours will be:

Monday: 10am-7pm

Tuesday: 10am-7pm

Wednesday: 10am-7pm

Thursday: 9am-7pm

Friday: 9am-7pm

Saturday: 9am-7pm

Sunday/Bank holiday: 10am-5pm

Wine of the WeekDate published: 28/03/13

Rioja Reserva 2007, Marqués de Riscal, Magnum £22

Have you got friends or family coming round over the Easter weekend? Why not treat yourselves to a magnum of this fantastic Rioja, the perfect pairing for roast lamb!

Marqués de Riscal Reserva wines are made from Tempranillo grapes grown on the best clay-limestone soils of the Rioja Alavesa. Riscal Reservas spend around two years in American oak casks, producing the classic Rioja: fresh, fine and elegant. Before release for sale they spend a minimum of one year rounding off in the bottle.

Cherry-red in colour. Spicy, balsamic aromas of great complexity, with notes of ripe dark berries and light toasted nuances. On the palate it is full and tasty, with good structure and rounded, elegant tannins. The finish is long and fresh, and has been described by Dan as chopping down a fine oak tree with a vanilla pod. Yum.

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

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

Wine of the WeekDate published: 20/03/13

Domaine de Villargeau, Coteaux du Giennois

£9.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

In 1991, the Thibault family decided to create Domaine de Villargeau in the Loire Valley, just north of Sancerre. The family have a real passion for winemaking and for the earth. The values they adhere to are the preservation of the environment, respect for winemaking traditions and promotion of their image through word of mouth.

The area this wine is from is called Coteaux du Giennois, and it enjoys the greatest amount of sunshine in the Loire. The grape used is Sauvignon Blanc – a combination of the flinty soils that characterise Loire vineyards, coupled with the heat and intensity of sunlight make for really fruity wines, yet they retain the savoury minerality of their more illustrious brothers, Sancerre and Pouilly Fume.

Tasting Note The classic gooseberry fruit on the nose is intense yet restrained, and leads into a palate bursting with flavours of passionfruit, lime and nettle, delivered with a clean and crisp feel. Enjoy with all fish, seafood and white meat dishes.

Customer Review “Crikey, this wine is good. Opened it prior to dinner but we had finished it before lifting a fork. Definitely buying more. Amazing value when purchasing two or more.” Clarissa from the Majestic Website

Wine of the Week: Invivio Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2012 MarlboroughDate published: 13/03/13

This is unmistakably the best Sauvignon Blanc I have every tasted from New Zealand. All the way from the vineyards in the Westhaven Estate in the Awatere Valley two School friends have produced a superb expression of a Kiwi wine.

A flourish of intense tropical fruit hits the nose with guava, lime and passion fruit being the most prominent. The palate continues with the tropical fruit and a zesty freshness. You can also detect herbal notes adding to the complexity of the wine leading to a lingering finish.

Ideal with a fresh Vegetable and noodle stir fry.

Only £9.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

£12.49 per bottle.

Wine of the Week: Errazuriz Max Reserva Merlot 2010 - Aconcagua ValleyDate published: 06/03/13

Remember it's Mother's Day this Sunday and what better way to spend it than planning a special meal with a superb fruity red.

Errazuriz have given the 'Max' designation to a number of their vineyard plots showcasing the best of their premium reserva wines. This wine is also blended with 3% Carmenere, giving depth and complexity.

The nose gives a rich dense mix of black fruits along with sweet spice and caramel. The smooth and weighty tannins give body to the wine with a lasting finish.

Enjoy on a Sunday evening with a leg of lamb.

Only £9.99 (when you but 2 or more)

£12.99 per bottle.

Masi Amarone, Fine wine of the month!Date published: 01/03/13

Fine Wine of the month

MASI Costasera Amarone 2008

Amarone della Valpolicella is one of Italy's most renowned fine red wines. It is produced from Corvina Rondinella and Molinara grapes which are native to this part of Italy. The fruit is then dried in large bamboo racks, a technique known as Appassimento. This produces raisened grapes and intense flavours in the resulting wine.

MASI are arguably the most famous producer of Amarone. They are a family run winery and have found an interesting balance between history, tradition and innovation. The Appasimento lofts are actually climate controlled by NASA technology!

The Costasera is a bit of a gentle giant at heart.

This is a wine that jumps out of the glass! Orange peel plums and rich dark fruits jostle together. Cloves and sweet spice also stand up to be counted.

The palate is wonderfully smooth and well balanced. Intense dark fruit combines with fresh coffee and dark chocolate. This is all wrapped up by supple tannins and a lasting mouth feel!

This wine will pair red meat dishes wonderfully or aged cheeses such as parmesan or pecorino. However if you can resist, it will age gracefully for more than 20 years!

It is a firm majestic favourite and one of our best selling fine wines.

£30.00 single bottle £27.00 when you buy 2 or more

Cheers  

Wine of the Week: Pietrariccia Fiano 2012, SuraniDate published: 21/02/13

Are you looking for something new and exciting? Well this Italian white is a new staff favourite and with the sun starting to come out of the shadows, we decided to go with this refreshing, vibrant white as our Wine of the Week!

The nose gives a mixture of tropical and citrus fruit with floral notes. It provides great balance and texture on the palate leaving a satisfying and fresh finish.

Suitable to enjoy on its own or with a dressed salad and anchovies.

Only £7.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

£8.99 per bottle

New Zealand Wine Of The Week (St Clair Estate Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2011)Date published: 15/02/13

St.Clair Sauvignon Blanc Estate Selection Marlborough 2011

£13.99

Winner of the 'Decanter Bronze Award' this wine displays finesse and an intense passionfruit experience. St Clair is one of the most reputable family owned wineries in Marlborough and this one is exclusive to us.

It displays layers of passionfruit, blackcurrant leaf and gooseberry on the palate with a subtle mouthwatering finish. Its crisp acidity is tied together by a distinct minerality due to the fresh climate and weather conditions.

This can be enjoyed as an aperitif or with a selection of seafoods and salads. Great for this upcoming spring.

NEW ZEALAND TASTING WEEK STARTEDDate published: 12/02/13

Our NZ wines our now up on the tasting counter for you to try including:

Villa Maria Pinot Grigio

Goldwater Sauvingon

Waimea Sauvignon

Villa Maria Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon

Brancott Pinot Noir

Ara Select Blocks Pinot Noir.

Wine of the Week: Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2009/10 Ripasso La CasettaDate published: 08/02/13

Are you looking for that perfect Valentines bottle of wine or are just in the mood for something special?

From the beautiful hilly villages east of Lake Garda, this ripasso wine has had a portion of the fermented, dried skins of the Amarone added to it. This combines the power and class of the well renowned Amarone with the fruitful Valpoicella.

The wine is big in character with cherries, plums and vanilla being the centerpiece. It's velvety smooth with an intense array of flavours leaving a lasting finish.

Perfect with all types of meats or cheeses.

£12.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

£15.99 per bottle

Wine of the WeekDate published: 02/02/13

Marques de Caceres 'Deusa Nai' Albarino

£12.99

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

This wine is the latest addition to one of the most exported Spanish wine producers in the world (Marques de Caceres) and they are competing with the best. Think Spanish Sauvignon.

They grow this wine in the north west of Spain which gives a cooler maritime climate than the majority of the country. In turn this retains the much desired acidity in this wine which helps keep it sharp & fresh

On the palate this wine gives an oily texture, with hints of citrus, peach and other stone fruits followed by its renowned crisp aftertaste.

Try this with most seafoods or in particular Octopus Ceviche!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 26/01/13

Tabali Sauvignon Blanc, Limari Valley, Chile

As part of our Bargain Hunt, this wine is a real steal!  Now only £7.99 when you buy 2 or more Chilean wines.

Origin Following extensive research throughout Chile, Viña Tabali have established a 180ha vineyard in Limarí, with chalky clay soils that allow them to cultivate clasically European-influenced wines, enhanced with the trademark Chilean ripeness of fruit.

Taste A firm and tightly structured Sauvignon, reminiscent of the finest examples of the Loire. A fresh lemon and grapefruit backbone, sprinkled with cut grass notes and a smoky, stony minerality.

Enjoy Drink with fine seafood, fish dishes, or with Greek salad.

Christmas Offers End on Monday 4th FebruaryDate published: 26/01/13

Don't forget to stock up on the winter offers.  New Zealand, Chile, California, Rhone and Australia are still 20% off.....offers end Monday 4th February.

Wine of the Week: Les Hauts Castelmaure Corbieres, 2010Date published: 18/01/13

This blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan is my favourite wine from Corbieres and its unique and distinctive label is a representation of the wine itself.

It has an expressive nose of damson jam, herbs and hints of cassis. This full bodied wine coats the mouth with smooth ripe tannins leaving a lasting finish.

An ideal choice for a casserole or a tender steak.

£9.99 (when you buy 2 or more)

£11.99 per bottle

BARGAIN HUNT!!Date published: 08/01/13

Blown your budget over the festive season?

Don't worry – we've got a great selection of wines at a discounted price.

Here are a few of our favourites...

 

Composite Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough - Was £9.99, Now £5.99 (when you buy 2 or more).

Anakena Indo Sauvignon Blanc 2011, San Antonio Valley - Was £8.99, Now £5.99 (when you buy 2 or more).

McHenry Honnen Cabernet Merlot 2011, Margaret River - Was £13.74, Now £8.99 (when you buy 2 or more).

Vallee Blanche Sauvignon Blanc 2010, PGI Pays d'Oc - Now £4.99 (when you 2 or more).

Domaine Tranquillite 2009, Vin de Pays d'Oc - Now £5.24 (when you buy 2 or more).

 

For more information and the full range of BARGAIN wines, please visit our website.

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 02/01/13

Côtes-du-Rhône Belleruche 2010/2011 M.Chapoutier

£9.99 Single bottle or £7.99 when you buy 2 from Rhone.

As we are still in the depths of a cold season, this wine stands out as a nice winter warmer to keep your palate happy.

This is a rich wine full of brambley fruits, blackcurrant and hints of spice. It has soft ripe tannins that balance out the structure superbly accompanied by a long finish that grips your taste buds.

Overall a great wine for your money, worth a try.

Opening HoursDate published: 24/12/12

Monday 24th December 9am - 5pm

Tuesday 25th December CLOSED

Wednesday 26th December CLOSED

Thursday 27th December CLOSED

Friday 28th December 9am - 7pm

Saturday 29th December 9am - 7pm

Sunday 30th December 10am - 5pm

Monday 31st December 10am - 5pm

Tuesday 1st January CLOSED

Wednesday 2nd January 9am - 7pm

Wine of the Week: Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2010, MartinboroughDate published: 21/12/12

If you've been looking long and hard for that perfect Turkey wine but just can't make your decision, then why not turn your attentions to a light yet flavoursome red!

This outstanding Pinot Noir has complex aroma's of herbs and truffle with bags of dark fruit. It is highly concentrated yet light and has a silky smooth texture.

A perfect choice for your Christmas meal or as a gift.

£17.59 (when you buy 2 or more)

£22.00 per bottle

#Epic Tasting CounterDate published: 07/12/12

You can tell that Christmas is approaching when the Tasting Counter looks as good as it does this weekend!  Bordeaux Tasing Week meets Fine Wine Friday meets 1985 PX meets a yummy selection of whites!  We'll also be popping some fizz tomorrow.  You've got to love December!

Christmas MatchmakingDate published: 05/12/12

As we close in on Christmas and the food and drink starts flowing, you begin to wounder what small additions can you bring to those fantastic feasts we prepare during this party season. Between our team at Stockport we have gathered a selection of incedible wines to help you match with the perfect feast!

 

Seafood Starters:

Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Nelson - Was £10.99, Now £9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles.

Pouilly-Fume 'Les Cascadelles' 2010/11, Caves de Pouilly-sur-Loire - Now £11.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles.

 

Perfect with Goose:

Macon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2011, Louis Jadot - £8.99 or £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles.

Saintsbury Pinot Noir 2008, Carneros - £18.74 or £14.99 when you buy 2 bottles.

 

Perfect with Turkey:

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2011, Casablanca Valley - £8.74 or £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles.

Macon Rouge 'Les Roches Rouges' 2010, Louis Jadot - £9.99 or £7.99 - when you buy 2 bottles.

 

Perfect with Salmon:

Chablis 2011, Domaine Servin - £12.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles.

Macon-Villages Blanc 'Les Pierres Blanches'  2011, Cave de Lugny - £7.99 or £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles.

 

These are just a few of our suggestions and if you require any advise on what we can bring to your dinner table don't hesitate to ask. We also encourage you to pop down the store and sample some of our fabulous wines ready for Christmas.

Wine Of The WeekDate published: 04/12/12

Marques de Carceres Crianza 2008 £8.49 when you buy 2 or £10.99 single bottle price

This wine demonstrated a fruity medium bodied red at the Marques de Carceres tasting last week. It is packed with rich strawberries and red berries suitable as an aperitif or to match with Mediteranean foods.

The wine has spent a minimum of 12 months in cask and 14 months in bottle allowing all the flavours & complexity to mature nicely into a great wine worth trying. Hence our wine of the week!

Enjoy with Mediteranean foods such as paella, fish in tomato sauce dishes or tapas.  

Christmas Opening HoursDate published: 04/12/12

Here are our opening hours over the Chrismas period:

Monday 10th December - Friday 14th December 9am - 8pm

Saturday 15th December 9am - 7pm

Sunday 16th December 10am - 5pm

Monday 17th December - Saturday 22nd December 9am - 8pm

Sunday 23rd December 10am - 5pm

Monday 24th December 10am - 5pm

Tuesday 25th December - Thursday 27th December CLOSED

Friday 28th December 9am - 7pm

Saturday 29th December 9am - 7pm

Sunday 30th December - Monday 31st December 10am - 5pm

Tuesday 1st January CLOSED

Wednesday 2nd January onwards  - back to normal opening hours

Christmas Delivery InformationDate published: 03/12/12

We are nearly full for deliveries before Christmas - please call us on 0161 474 1389 to find out if we can still get to you.

You are of course more than welcome to come and collect your order from store.  We are open:

Friday 21st December 9am - 8pm

Saturday 22nd December 9am - 8pm

Sunday 23rd December 10am - 5pm

Monday 24th December 9am - 5pm

My Pick of The FizzDate published: 15/11/12

After The Killers cancelled their concert in Manchester last night, I thought I'd cheer myself up with a bottle of Bollinger Grand Annee.  I thoroughly enjoyed it...but not really something I can afford every week!!!  Which fizz would I drink instead you might ask.......

Lindauer Special Reserve - 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. £8.99 per bottle.

Nicolas Feuillatte NV - a light and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples and pears...and only £15 per bottle!!!

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV - Perhaps most famous for its prestige cuvée 'Cristal', Roederer Brut Premier is a serious non-vintage Champagne. Deliciously rich, with an overt fruitiness and nutty, yeasty notes, the finish is long, complex and rewarding. £30 per bottle.

SipsmithDate published: 15/11/12

Yum yum yum!  We have got Sipsmith Vintage Sloe Gin and Vintage Damson Vodka to try on the tasting counter.  They are both priced at £24 a bottle (50cl).

Sloe Gin - this wonderfully balanced sloe gin is rich, complex and bursting with sweet winter fruit flavours, offset by a delicate tartness.

Damson Vodka - the warm, plummy notes of the fruit combine beautifully with the soft mouth feel of the vodka for an extraordinarily full-bodied flavour.

Wines of Rhone and Burgundy TastingDate published: 15/11/12

As soon as the Chilean tasting week is over, we head back to The Old World with a selection of wines from Rhone and Burgundy.  We've not decided what we're opening yet so let us know if you have any requests!  We'll see what we can do!  This tasting runs from Tuesday 20th until Monday 26th November.

Wines of Chile TastingDate published: 15/11/12

Come down over the weekend to try a selection of Chilean wines on the tasting counter.  Try to taste the difference between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc!  And see the variey of white grapes available...from Sauvignon to Chardonnay or something a little different like Gewurtzraminer!

Beaujolais Nouveau DayDate published: 15/11/12

Today is Beaujolais Nouveau Day - it's been quite popular in Stockport so we don't have very many bottles left.  GIve us a call if you would like to reserve some!  Multibuy price £7.99.

Fine Wine Friday: Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010 Domaine Durieu Date published: 02/11/12

As part of our 'NEW Arrivals Tasting Week' we have a superb Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a Christmas present I would be very proud of.

This wine delivers the typical power you get from Chateauneuf with fresh fruit and spice on the nose. The power continues onto the palate providing huge length. With subtle notes of wild herbs and soft tannins this is a classic match for a gamey-pie or roast beef.

Only £18.00 (when you buy 2 or more)

£22.00 per bottle

Final Weekend For Current OffersDate published: 25/10/12

A reminder that the current prices come to an end on Monday 29th October.  So if you're a fan of Vina Sol at £4.99 or Giesen Sauvignon Blanc at £5.99, place an order before they go up.

Fine Wine Friday: Boukenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block 2011 Western CapeDate published: 06/10/12

If your looking for that new and exciting wine that will blow you away then this unique blend of five different grapes will certainly do the trick.

Each grape holds its own, contributing to an endless display of flavours. The palate gives you fresh berries, blackberry, white pepper, coffee and of course chocolate.

The smooth tannins and complex flavours provide a lasting finish leaving you wanting more.

An excellent choice to show off to your friends.

£20.00 (when you buy 2 or more) or £25 per bottle.

Tutored Tasting - SauvignonDate published: 18/09/12

Join us this Saturday 22nd September at 11am or 3pm for a tutored tasting through various styles of Sauvignon Blanc.

We will be tasting:

  • Sparkling Sauvignon!
  • Argentinian v Chilean examples
  • Regional variation within New Zealand
  • 3 different appellations from the Loire Valley

The tasting lasts about half an hour, and is totally free!

Tutored Tasting - SpainDate published: 12/09/12

Join us this Saturday 15th September at either 11am or 3pm for a tutored tasting of a selection of wines from Spain.

We will be comparing:

  • Gran Reservas - Regional vs Rioja
  • One producer - Crianza vs Reserva
  • 3 wines from Western Spain

This is a fantastic opportunity to see what Spain has to offer, both inside and outside of Rioja!

The Many Varied Guises of ChardonnayDate published: 07/09/12

Chardonnay is almost a brand in itself - some people absolutely love it.  However, there are those who fall into the ABC group, which in our world means 'Anything But Chardonnay' !!

What started out in Burgundy and Champagne has spread throughout the world producing varied and interesting wines.  There is something for everyone, from fizz, to big oaky buttery wines, to wondeful citrussy and intense ones.  Hopefully it has thrown off the reputation it had for producing cheaper confected oak styles!

Whether you are already a Chardonnay lover, or you fall into the ABC group, this weekend if the perfect time to Come and Explore.  On Saturday 8th September at 11am and 3pm we will have a tutored tasting guiding you through the varying styles that this grape can produce.

  • Different styes, same producer (Alamos vs Catena Barrel Fermented)
  • Unoaked, Old World vs New Wolrd (Macon Cruzille 'Le Chanay' vs Vinalba Reserva)
  • New World Styles (DMZ vs Leyda Single Vineyard)

Not for you?  We have more tasting coming up during September.

  • Wines of Spain Saturday 15th September 11am and 3pm
  • Sauvignon Blanc Saturday 22nd September 11am and 3pm
  • Pinot Noir Saturday 29th September 11am and 3pm

If you would like to come to one of these events, please email us sto@majestic.co.uk or call us 0161 474 1389 just so we know how many people to expect!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 14/08/12

Planalto Douro White Reserva

£7.49 or £6.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

Origin
A blend of white grape varieties indigenous to the Douro area. At once traditional and modern, the wine is vinified very much in a contemporary style, with de-stalking and cold fermentation helping to preserve freshness of fruit and maximum aromatic impact.


Taste
Dry and delicate, but possessing an interesting aromatic intensity and complexity, with overtones of blossom. The fruit is predominantly citrus, with soft pear and melon flavours completing the picture.


Enjoy
Great with seafood or herbaceous pasta and rice dishes

Customer Reviews

We really loved this wine - similar to a Sav Blanc, but with more fruit. Really easy to drink and have already bought more!

Discovered this wine on holiday in Portugal and was so good we immediately tried to find it when we got home. Majestic were the only people to do this and at a great price. It tastes just as good here, dry and fruity and plenty of body.

A cracker. A real sit up and take notice wine, with bags of character and interest. Very approachable, excellent with food. Such diverse views as to what it resembles! Personally I think it's a bit like a dry example of a decent Alsace Riesling, but with a bit of Southern European flamboyance thrown in.
 

Wine of the WeekDate published: 07/08/12

Tabali Reserva Especial Chardonnay, Limari Valley, Chile

£12.49 or £9.99 when you buy 2 or more Chilean wines

Origin
From one of Chile's most unique vineyard sites, located on a chalky river terrace just 12km from the Pacific coast, ideal for creation of cool-climate styles. This premium Chardonnay comes from the best parts of the vineyard and is oak-aged for 10 months.

Taste
A lifted and complex nose of hazelnut and orange peel. Exhibits a creamy texture and distinct mineral grip on the palate, which overflows with fresh apple and citrus fruit.

Enjoy
Match with a creamy fish dish, such as monkfish in a butter and herb sauce.

Press Review
"Cool climate Chilean chardonnay with ripe fruit quality, a pineappley edge and a dry finish.   Imagine a white Burgundy, only in slightly more opulent vein. (Anthony Rose, The Independent, 21st January 2012)"

Celebrate Sauvignon Blanc!Date published: 07/08/12

Sauvignon Blanc is the most popular grape variety here at Majestic in Stockport. In fact, it features 5 times in our Top 10 Sellers!

It is grown all over the world, as this selection below shows! From the Loire Valley in France, where famous villages such as Sancerre and Pouilly Fume are producing top quality wines with a more minerally edge, to Marlborough in New Zealand where more tropical, punchy versions are being produced.

It is even used to make sparkling wines and dessert wines, as these two examples from New Zealand show.

Even if you are a Sauvignon fan already, I'm sure you'll agree there is still much more to explore!

Esperanza Sauvignon Blanc, Argentina - £5.79

Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc, Chile - £7.49 or £5.99 when you buy 2+ Chilean wines

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand - £8.74 or £6.99 when you buy 2+ New Zealand wines

Sancerre Baronnieres, France - £10.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2+ bottles

Lindauer Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand - £7.99

A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon, New Zealand - £15.99 or £12.79 when you buy 2+ New Zealand wines

#MajestivalDate published: 16/07/12

With the gulf stream finally on the move we may finally be in for some weather fit for the season! Why not make the most of it by joining in with #Majestival.

We're asking the public to come up with suggestions for what makes the ultimate British party. This month the theme is picnics, simply suggest your top picnic ideas and each month we'll pick a winner at random from all the submissions, to win a hamper full of Majestic goodies, as well as a selection of other top picnic ideas as voted for by YOU! Share your entry now at facebook.com/majesticwine, get inspiration from our party planner, or browse and vote for your favourites.

Jane MacQuitty's write ups in today's Saturday TimesDate published: 14/07/12

2009 Prinz von Hessen Riesling Kabinett Trocken
...Or spend half that on another racy, grapey riesling: the smashing 2009 Prinz von Hessen Riesling Kabinett Trocken.

2011 Dr L Riesling
More medium dry is Ernst Loosen's keenly priced 2011 Dr L Riesling with its pleasing ripe, grapey, floral, aniseed-spiked taste.

2010 Bourgogne Pinot Noir Vieilles Vignes Nicolas Potel
Nicolas Potel's 2010 Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir is great value for money and bursts with terrific, elegant, ripe, smoky, gamey,
strawberry-laden fruit.

Wine of The WeekDate published: 13/07/12

Domaine l'Aigle Limoux Chardonnay, Gérard Bertrand

£10.99 or £8.99 when you buy two or more bottles

Origin One of the Languedoc's highest altitude sites, Domaine l'Aigle sits at 450m above sea level. The cool temperatures here afford the grapes up to an extra month on the vine than in low-lying areas, developing ripeness while maintaining acidity for wines with great finesse.

Taste Oak fermented and aged on its lees, this wine closely resembles quality oaked white Burgundy from the Côte d'Or. White fruit and lemon flavours, nuanced with hints of flowers, hazelnut and almond.

Enjoy Serve lightly chilled with fish, roasted poultry, or soft goat's and sheep's cheeses.

Press Review - "Time to snap up this delicious, bold, nutty, smoky-toasty, 14 per cent alcohol, winter-suiting chardonnay from one of the top higher, cooler spots in southern France, Limoux. (Jane MacQuitty, SATURDAY TIMES, 28th January 2012)"

Staff Review - "This is a really classy Chardonnay. On the nose there are notes of citrus and tropical fruits mixed in with butter and nuts. On the palate it's more of the same, wonderful fresh fruit flavours with creamy oak and a very fresh zesty finish. A perfect match for roast chicken or fish pie." (Chris – Manager of Majestic Windsor)

Customer Review - This wine has incredible balance. You can taste the fruit but also get a big buttery back splash. It is probably as close to a big red taste as you can get in a white wine, making it the perfect winter white alternative to a red. Particularly yummy with creamy pasta sauces.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 06/06/12

Peter Lehmann Eden Valley Shiraz 2010

The high country of Eden Valley is one of Australia's premier cool climate wine regions, characterised by its rugged beauty and varied topography, with vineyards scattered across rolling hills, sharing the terrain with grazing land, rocky outcrops and ancient gum trees.

Defined by high elevation, ancient soils and later ripening, Eden Valley wines are distinctive in their character, displaying wonderful aromatics, elegance, complexity and finesse.

The great 2010 vintage has produced a wonderful example of Eden Valley Shiraz - deep in colour, with aromatic black cherry and a touch of Chinese five spice showing through.  The palate shows rich fruit, soft texture and finishes with gentle tannins.  While drinking beautifully now, this wine will continue to develop well in the bottle over the next five years or so.

A perfect accompaniment to a spicy beef stir fry, barbecued chorizo sausage or a great parmesan.

£12.49 or £9.99 when you buy 2 or more Australian wines

Fine Wine Friday...and Saturday!Date published: 02/06/12

We'll have to call this Fine Wine Saturday as I forgot to post an article yesterday!  Less catchy than Fine WIne Friday, but I promise you the wine is still as delicious!

This month we have chosen Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (£25 or £19.99 when you buy 2 or more NZ wines) and it is available to taste today.

A full and rich wine with firm well-balanced acidity, powerful passionfruit, blackcurrant and grapefruit notes with a minerality that adds complexity...yum!

Jubilee Opening HoursDate published: 02/06/12

We are open 10am - 5pm on Sunday 3rd, Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th June.

Back to normal on Wednesday!!!

Amazing Jubilee Offers!Date published: 17/05/12

As you begin to prepare for your Jubilee Celebrations we have introduced a set of additional great value offers to run alongside our current deals.  These are only valid until Monday 28th May...or until  we run out of stock!!!

Rioja Crianza, Vina Eguia £4.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

Riverlands Run Sauvignon Blanc £4.99 when you buy 2 or more NZ wines

Vinalba Reserva Malbec £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

Prosecco Corte Alta £6.66

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta £6.66

Heidsieck Gold Top 2005 £18

Nicolas Feuillatte NV £15

Peroni Nastro Azzurro 12x330ml £12

Peroni Nastro Azzurro 24x330ml £24

Aussie Shiraz...... Angels' ShareDate published: 03/05/12


Two Hands 'Angels' Share' Shiraz
2010
Mclaren Vale
Australia


Two hands winery was established in 1999 with a passion for showing what Australia's favourite grape, Shiraz, has to offer. Two Hands has released many successful wines all based around Shiraz. Lilys Garden and Two Hands are both blockbusters.

Shiraz can come in two forms. The Welterweight form of Syrah in the Northern Rhone. Sleek and supple with delicate peppery notes. Or Shiraz made famous in Australia. If Syrah is the marathon runner then Shiraz must be the heavyweight boxer. Intense and muscular good Aussie Shiraz is not overly overwhelming, but brilliantly Boisterous.

Two Hands “Angels' share” is named after the small amount of wine that evaporates from oak barrels used during maturation. In the medieval period wine makers believed there were angels watching over their wines during maturation. This “angels share” was what the angels took from the barrel as payment.

“Angels share” is made from selected parcels of exceptional fruit from the slightly cooler coastal regions of Mclaren Vale. This coolness gives an awesomely aromatic edge to the wine.

On the nose notes of Coffee and cocoa are prevalent, with Blueberry and mulberry fruits. Its a beguilingly brilliant nose. The palate coats the the mouth wonderfully, with lots of soft rounded tannins.

Drinking well now this wine would reward some Cellar estial care and attention for up to 10years.

In my eyes this new Aussie wonder at Majestic is brilliant value at £18.00 when you buy 2. You will definitely want to buy 2, as after 1 is gone you will be glad of the second bottle! Although your head might not be the following day....
 

Wine of the Week - Gouguenheim MalbecDate published: 13/04/12

The Gouguenheim winery is a relatively small, unassuming property set close to the foothills of the Andes mountains in Tupungato in the Uco Valley, south of Mendoza. Thanks to this unique microclimate, there is very little need for spraying or pest control as such treatments are simply not necessary. In fact the biggest threat to the vines is hail.

A slow and cool fermentation process lasting between 3 and 4 weeks is occurs in order to extract optimum flavour and concentration in the gentlest manner possible. The wine is then racked off into small stainless steel tanks into which high quality inner French oak staves are placed; here it will remain for between 2 and 3 months. The wine is then aged for a further 6 months in bottle prior to release.

The end result is dark mulberry red in colour with a classic nose of dark fruits like plums and cherries, along with subtle notes of chocolate and violets. On the palate the wine is medium-to-full bodied, extremely soft and well rounded with fine-grained tannins and a very long finish. Malbec is famously the ultimate partner to beef, especially char-grilled steaks, and Gouguenheim Malbec is no exception. This wine is very versatile however, and is soft and approachable enough to partner many types of cuisine really well.

Majestic Trip to Moet & Chandon and RuinartDate published: 04/04/12

Ruinart production – 1.7 million bottles per year

 vs

Moet & Chandon production – 24 million bottle per year

 

We met at St Pancras at the very respectable time of 11am...good news for those of us who had to travel “down south” that morning! We caught the Eurostar to Paris and enjoyed free flowing Moet NV throughout our journey. The Eurostar staff were asking what we were celebrating – we answered in true Majestic fashion that we were simply celebrating it being a Tuesday – what further reason would be needed? When disembarking the train, the staff were wishing all of us a ‘Happy Tuesday’, although of course they didn’t know who was in our party, so I’m sure some travellers thought they had been introduced to a new French greeting!

We then caught the TGV to Reims, and quickly checked into the Grand Hotel Continental, only a five minute walk from the station. We squashed in to a couple of vehicles for a short journey to Ruinart...I say squashed as there was 7 people in each vehicle – no room for legs in the back seat!

We were met by Isabelle, who gave us a tour of the cellars. Ruinart was the first established Champagne house in 1729, and the 8km of cellars were acquired in 1768 solely for the purpose of storing the Champagne. The individual ‘rooms’, which go down as far as 38m under Reims, are pyramid in shape, as they were actually the chalk quarries from which the city of Reims was built. The constant temperature, humidity and absence of vibration provides the ideal conditions for the fermentation and maturation of champagne.

We then moved on to a fantastic tasting. We were lucky enough to try “R” de Ruinart, Blanc de Blancs, Dom Ruinart 2002, Ruinart Rose and Dom Ruinart Rose 1998. Chardonnay is the most important grape for Ruinart, coming mainly from the Cote des Blancs and Montagne des Reims terroirs, and is at the heart of all their cuvees. They aim to showcase freshness in all of their wines, and this is shown by the young blends used for their non vintages – 75% 2008, 20% 2007 and 5% of 2006.

After sampling their cuvees, we were then treated to a five course dinner complemented by the various champagnes. For me the stand out course was the ‘subtle harmony of large prawn, crab, caviar and pad-choi’. And when they say large...that really is what they mean!!!

After finishing our meal, we returned to the centre of Reims and went to L’Apostrophe for a couple of magnums of Veuve...as you do!!! Followed by the obligatory visit to the infamous karaoke bar!

The following morning, we checked out and waited for a minibus to take us to Epernay to visit Moet & Chandon. After a slight delay (due to our bus being detained by the police!!!) we were on our way. The cellars at Moet are somewhat different to those at Ruinart, as these were built for purpose, so are much more ‘organised’ and tunnel like. Obviously with Moet being a much larger producer, they also have an awful lot more cellars, 28km in fact. As we were late arriving, our cellar tour was somewhat whistle stop, and we moved quite quickly over the road for the best bit...the tasting!

We enjoyed a reception of magnums of Moet Imperial NV, before moving through to the dining room for a spectacular four course lunch. The service we received was out of this world, a true testament to the service industry being seen as a true career in France. Again, we had different cuvees with the courses, sampling their 2002, 2002 Rose and the 1999 from magnums. We then retired to the music room, but after coffee, we unfortunately had to say our goodbyes.

I think most of us enjoyed a snooze on the way back to Paris, before heading to the bar at the Eurostar terminal. For some reason, the time printed on our tickets, and the actual train time differed by twenty minutes. Oh dear! We raced through passport control and security, but not all of us made the train! Unfortunately, five were left behind in France (including our two reps). I am assured they made the next train, and are not still sipping Champagne somewhere without me!

Overall, this was a fabulously educational trip, bringing the whole Champagne process to life, and really helping me to appreciate and understand how much work goes into just one bottle. I would recommend a trip to Champagne to anyone – if you don’t love it already, you will come back converted!

Wine of the Week - Errazuriz Max Reserva CabernetDate published: 11/03/12

Maximum value from Don Maximiano Errazuriz! Heralding from one of Chile's best established, high quality wine regions - the Aconcagua Valley, comes the Errazuriz Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon.

Why not treat yourself this week with a big juicy steak and an equally big and juicy red to match! With a warm inviting nose of red fruit, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg thanks to its 12 month ageing in French and American oak barrels, you'll forget all about those cold and drizzly days of spring. Relax and saviour the friendly and pleasurable palate of mouth watering dark fruit and plentiful tannins to leave that rounded mouth feel. At £9.99 when you buy two or more it would be rude not to!

The Majestic Bargain HuntDate published: 31/01/12

Our new spring promotion is the perfect time for a bit of a clear-out to make way for 2012's exciting new wines, so we have just knocked a third off the price of loads of bin ends in the first ever Majestic Bargain Hunt!

The selection is available in-store now - if you can't visit us in person to hunt out your bargain, please call us or email for more details of what's available...sto@majestic.co.uk / 0161 474 1389
 

Here are just a few of the bargains we have here at Stockport:

Cuvee des Amandiers Blanc & Rouge £3.32 (France)

Heritage Road Sauvignon Blanc £3.32 (Australia)

Syrah Cave de Saint Desirat £4.66 (France)

Costero Riesling £6.32 (Chile)

La Vicomtesse St Estephe £6.66 (France)

Winemaker's Lot Cabernet Sauvignon Blend £7.49 (Chile)

 

 

Majestic Wine Courses Are BackDate published: 17/01/12

We have new dates for our very popular Introduction to wine course.

Wednesday 7th March from 7pm till 9pm

Sunday 18th March from 3pm till 5pm

Numbers on the courses are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

To book a place or for more information please call us on 0161 474 1389 or email sto@majestic.co.uk

Domaine Sainte RoseDate published: 17/09/11

Producer In Focus – Domaine Sainte Rose

Domaine Sainte Rose is an exceptional viticultural estate. The 16th century domaine is owned and run by Charles and Ruth Simpson, a British couple who left their respective international careers to pursue their mutual dream of establishing a boutique vineyard and winery of their own. Since purchasing the domaine in 2002 the Simpson's have created a successful range of high quality wines that are marketed around the world. Their improvements in the farming of the vineyards combined with significant investment in state-of-the-art winemaking equipment and strict hygiene standards in the winery have enabled them to achieve their goal of creating small quantities of authentic, affordable, hand-crafted, family-made wines of distinction.

Les Derniers Cepages
Meaning the last/latest varieties, Les Derniers Cepage is a blend of two late ripening grape varieties, Petit Verdot and Mouvedre. Deep opaque purple in colour, this wine is packed with jammy, wild raspberry and spicy black fruit flavours. Good structure with soft tannins and a long generous finish.

Le Marin Blanc
Le Marin is one of the southern winds that blows into the Languedoc from the Mediterranean, usually bringing rain. However, if the Marin blows and there is no rain it is known as a Marin Blanc: a great relief to winemakers, as the white Rhône varieties can be particularly susceptible to diseases such as mildew and oidium, which develop in humid conditions. This wine treads a brilliantly fine line between freshness of acidity and richness of fruit, with punchy melon, pear and pineapple flavours delivered in a crisp, clean package.

Sud de France FestivalDate published: 17/09/11

Unlike some of the better-known French regions, the Languedoc-Roussillon is one of the most dynamic places to be making wine today. Thanks to fewer stringent appellation laws and less red tape, producers are embracing modern winemaking techniques and experimenting with grape varieties.

Try some of our range from Friday 16th to Thursday 22nd September at the Sud de France Festival.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 09/09/11

To tie in with Spanish Tasting Week, here is our Wine of the Week!

"El Chaparral de Vega Sindoa" Old Vine Garnacha, Navarra

£9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more Spanish wines as part of your mixed case

El Chaparral is named after the chaparros which are small oak trees. The forests of chaparros surround the vineyards in the Nekeas Valley near Anorbe. Bodegas Nikeas consists of old bush vine grenacha . The average age of these vineyards is around 70 years and create this outstanding el Chapparal wine.

On the nose a powerful combination of jammy blackberries and raspberries combines with a hint of cocoa. The palate is very well structured and balanced with well integrated tannins creating a silky satisfying palate. Lively acidity balances the ample red and black fruits creating a very well balanced garnacha.

Spanish Tasting WeekDate published: 09/09/11

It's Spanish Tasting Week in store - look at our  "Online Tasting Counter" to see what you'll be able to try if you pop down!

Exciting New Product!Date published: 08/08/11

Lillet (pronounced lee-lay) is a brand of French aperitif wine. It is a blend of 85% Bordeaux wines (Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle) and 15% macerated liqueurs, mostly citrus liqueurs, from the peels of sweet oranges from Spain and Morocco and the peels of bitter green oranges from Haiti.

It belongs in a family of aperitif known as tonic wines because of the addition of Cinchona bark from Peru which contains quinine.

Lillet Blanc has a golden colour with candied orange, honey, pine resin, lime and fresh mint aromas.

In France, Lillet is generally served over ice with a slice of orange, lemon or lime. Here in the UK, it is more often used as a cocktail ingredient or as a long drink.  As seen in the recent Casino Royal Movie and Quantum of Solace, try James Bond's custom blend named the VESPER after his beautiful double agent girlfriend.

  • 3 measures gin
  • 1 measure vodka
  • 1 half measure of Lillet

Shake over ice until well chilled then strain into a deep goblet and garnish with a thin slice of lemon peel.

It is also the preferred drink of serial killer Hannibal Lecter in the series of books written by Thomas Harris!

£17.99 per bottle

Anyone for G & T???Date published: 27/07/11

Our friends at Martin Miller's have very kindly provided us with a sample bottle of  Gin. In the words of Martin Miller himself, this Gin is  'Born out  of love, obsession and some degree of madness'. 

This fabulous Gin is now available for you to enjoy on our tasting counter.

Dont forget to sign up for our FREE 'Introduction to Wine Course' !!Date published: 21/07/11

We are offering  FREE 90 minute introductions into tasting wine. We will be telling you all about how wine is made and  how to match food with wine! So if you fancy learning how to taste wine like a professional call us on 0161 474 1389 and get yourself a place!
It's really good fun! You will learn some interesting facts about wine, find a new favourite tipple and meet like minded people!

Check out the dates in our events section OR Give us a call on 0161 474 1389 to reserve your place now! Booking required.

Summer sparkle guaranteed!!Date published: 19/07/11

No need to hold out for a special occasion this summer, why not pop down to Majestic Stockport and take advantage of our improved offers on Champagne to add a touch of class to any Summers day.

Pol Roger Reserve N.V.  Was £33.00    Now £28.00

Taittinger Brut Reserve N.V.  Was £30.00     Now £25.00

Nicolas Feuillatte 2004 & Rose N.V.     Now £19.00

Oeil de Perdrix Rose N.V.        Now £20.00

 

Minimum instore purchase 6 bottles any mix

WOW! Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Now £6.99!!Date published: 19/07/11

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc,2010 Marlborough, is now only £6.99

(when you buy any two bottles of New Zealand wine, single bottle price £8.74)

TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THIS AMAZING OFFER BY POPPING DOWN TO MAJESTIC STOCKPORT OR ALTERNATIVELY YOU CAN PLACE AN ORDER VIA TELEPHONE (0161 474 1389) OR ONLINE.

(Minimum purchase in stores 6 bottles of wine, champagne or spirits, any mix, minimum 12 bottle purchase for  free delivery)
 

New Addition to the Stockport team!!!!Date published: 16/07/11

We have a new member of staff here at stockport. Scott Champion joined us on Friday 15th July as Trainee Manager. 

Summer BBQ FavouritesDate published: 16/07/11

Having a BBQ this Summer?

Well so are we! Here are our top choices for wine to go with everything from simple salads to belting burgers!

Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc
From New Zealand, this fantastically priced Sauvignon is light, fresh and has a lovely citrus taste on the tongue. Ok, it may get a bit lost with all the meaty dishes, but try it with a fresh salad and it will work beautifully!
Was £7.49, but buy it with any other New Zealand wine save 20% = £5.99!

Yali Cabernet/Carmenere
A brilliant Chilean wine, the Cabernet brings in loads of red berry flavours and the Carmenere adds a little bit if spiciness to the whole affair. Will handle anything from ribs to chicken wings!
Was £6.86, but buy it with any other Chilean wine save 20% = £5.49!

Chateau Saint Roch-les-Vignes
A dry rose with crisp, light red berry fruit and a hint of soft spices. Try some and you'll dream of being in Provence, sipping this superb wine on a sunny balcony.
Was £7.49, or buy 2 save £2 = £6.49!

Extra de Condorniu Brut NV
If, like me you think any occasion can be made better with a bit of bubbly then this is the one for you, displaying typical Cava characteristics of green apple, citrus and brioche. Pop open a bottle in appreciation of the glorious weather!
Was £9.99, now only £6.99!

If none of these take your fancy why not come down and speak to us and we can recommend something to your liking!

THE NED Sauvignon Blanc £5.99 - Offer ends Monday 18th JulyDate published: 14/07/11

THE NED £5.99 - Offer ends this Monday!!

(when you buy any two bottles of New Zealand wine, single bottle price £7.49)

TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THIS AMAZING OFFER BEFORE IT ENDS ON MONDAY!!! (18th July)
 

Great value Australian Parcel Wines still available in store. Hurry while stocks last!!!!!!Date published: 14/07/11

In store, we still have supplies of the Australian parcel wines available. These won't last forever, and as a parcel, we are able to offer them at great prices! A small selection of what's on offer is:

* Crocodile Rock Chardonnay £3.99
* Heritage Road Moonstone Sauvignon £4.99
* Heritage Road Brut Sparkling £5.49
* Acacia Hill Chardonnay/Sauvignon £4.49
* Mcguigan Sauvignon Blanc £4.99
* Somerton Semillon/Sauvignon £4.49

 Delivery is free on 12 bottles or more, and these wines above can be mixed with your usual order!

Wines of the Week... The Parcel Series Shiraz and Sauvignon Semillon BlancDate published: 14/07/11

The Parcel Series Shiraz

A parcel of Margaret River Shiraz (blended with 7% Grenache), bottled exclusively for Majestic, from one of the region's top producers. Made in a bright and modern style, with 14 months maturation in a mixture of new and old French and American oak. Dark crimson in colour, with a nose of vivid cherry and blueberry, with hints of earth and violet. The palate is crammed with dark brambly fruit, with subtle pepper notes and muscular tannins. The producer recommends drinking with braised pork belly with seared scallops and a white bean mousse.

The Parcel Series Sauvignon Semillon

A superb quality white blend from Margaret River, bottled exclusively for Majestic, and available at a staggeringly low price. From fruit sourced mainly from the cooler southern half of the region, fermented at cool temperatures and blended following three months on lees. Explodes with citrus and tropical notes on the nose, with nuances of passionfruit and jasmine. Peachy on the palate, backed up by refreshing guava and grapefruit flavours and a subtle creaminess. Perfectly drinkable on its own, but will easily stand up alongside oily fish like roasted seabass or salmon steaks.

£7.49 or £5.99
when you buy 2 or more
Australian wines

Planning a party this Summer ??? We can help!Date published: 14/07/11

If you're planning a party and need a little help with the details, then don't fret, pop into Stockport today and we can help make life a lot easier!

Myself, Jennie, Mike and Scott are on hand to help with all questions (big and small). When you come in we can chat about what type of party you are having, find out a little bit about you, and how many guests there will be. From there we can help you decide on types of wine, food and quantities needed. If you order a little bit too much we also do sale or return, you can hire glasses for free and we will even deliver it for free at a convenient time for yourselves!

We have organised many parties and look forward to seeing what the plans are for yours. Feel free to ring us on 0161 474 1389 to let us know your coming in and we can make sure we have appropriate things open on the tasting counter for you.

We look forward to seeing you!

Wine of the Week: Cotes de Provence Sainte Victoire, Famille NegrelDate published: 17/06/11

Ok, so it feels like the sun has not come out in June yet, but that's no reason not to indulge in a bottle of rose! This weekend is our Provence Rose Tasting, so you can pop down and try a selection.

A new addition to our range this year is from Famille Negral. The family settled at the Domaine Mas de Cadenet in 1813, and has now been there for seven generations. Sainte Victoire AOC is located near Aix in Provence, situated on the upper parts of the slopes, and is known for producing particularly high quality wines. If the winemakers do not think the wine is of a high enough quality, they downgrade it to the generic AOC Cotes de Provence.

This wine is bright salmon pink, typical of the Provence style. The blend here is 50% Grenache, 40% Cinsault and 10% Syrah. Refined and complex on the nose, with summer fruit and floral notes. Dry and crisp with a delicate flavour and full texture. Enjoy with poultry in delicately flavoured sauces or with lightly spicy dishes. See our current edition of Grape to Glass to find other food matches for Provence rose from Jacques Chibois, chef at La Bastide Saint-Antoine in Grasse.

£9.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

The Tasting Counter's Turned Pink!Date published: 17/06/11

Pop down this weekend to try a selection of rose wines from Provence...see our online Tasting Counter to find out what is available.  (We've also got d'Arenberg's Laughing Magpie open - hardly pink but delicious none the less!!!)

Wine Of The Week: De Bortoli Pinot NoirDate published: 09/06/11

It's rare to find good Pinot Noir at a reasonable price these days but this is a real winner from one of Australia's most famous and reputable producers. Produced from grapes grown in Victoria, this is ripe Pinot Noir that is concentrated and fleshy without being flabby or over-alchoholic.

This wine jumps out of the glass with lively red cherry and warming spice. On the palate this is a medium to light bodied wine with jammy red fruit, complexity and an outstanding finish. Perfect with rabbit or duck and should ideally be served with a patio and some sunshine!

Buy Any 2 Australian Wines And Save 20%
£6.99

The Majestic Summer Australian Parcel Date published: 08/06/11

 The Dilemma... it's the day before the relatives arrive and they have only two, just two, gastronomical requirements. A) Wine and B) a lot of it. Fortunately for you, you have options. Why, there's that bottle of Dom you got for your birthday or perhaps that little case of fine Bordeaux you've been ageing for decades. Or you can make like a Kangaroo and hop down to Majestic Wine Stockport to stock up on these delicious, exceptionally priced Aussie wines available for a limited time only!

 Crocodile Rock Chardonnay - Now I don't know about you but I have a hard time disliking any wine with an animal on the bottle and this is no exception. Sweet, vanilla laced fruit and a crisp clean finish. What's not to like? A snap at £3.99!

 Somerton Semillon Sauvignon Blanc - You'll be back like a boomerang after trying this wine mate. Boomerangs are Australian right? Fresh gooseberry, lemon and limes in the style of classic white Bordeaux. An absolute bargain, only £4.49!

 McGuigan Sauvignon Blanc - This may just be the best buy of the lot. Ideal for sharing with the neighbours, home or away! Majestic has a great selection of wines from this producer and what makes this Sauvignon great is the purity of it's fruit and its clean minerally finish. £4.49!

 Tempus Two Merlot - One for the barbie! You'll be thunderstruck by this red from the land down' under. Plum, chocolate and black fruit. A perfect wine for any occasion. £4.99!

 Nepenthe Tryst Red -  You'll be clinging to this wine like a Koala! An exciting blend of Cabernet, Tempranillo and Zinfandel, this ripe full bodied wine is loaded with black fruit, spice and just a touch of mint. £4.99!

  Heritage Road Brut - You really can't find a better bit of bubbly at this price. A rich creamy texture with a delightful lemony zest. The perfect way to kick off your evening as you explore these exciting Australian wines! £5.49!

Exciting New Australian Wine ParcelsDate published: 01/06/11

We are very pleased to tell you that we have managed to get a one-off drop  of exciting Australian wines all at unbelievable prices. Here is a quick run down of what we have:

 

Acacia Hill Chardonnay Sauvignon 2008.            £4.49

This crisp dry white wine offers tropical and stone fruits on the nose and palate with a little complexity thanks to some time in oak.

 

Heritage Road Brut NV                           £5.49

This sparkling wine offers fantastic value for money,  it's light and delicate with lovely citrus flavours.

 

Crocodile Rock Chardonnay 2007        £3.99

A fruity wine with plenty of soft peach and apple characteristics. A perfect partner for all white meats.

 

Tempus Two Merlot 2008                      £4.99

Plummy aromas are accented by subtle chocolate notes. Soft round tannins and a hint of spicy oak make this wine perfect for barbecued meats.

 

These wines are a one off parcel and are only available while stocks last.

 

Wine of The WeekDate published: 01/06/11

Prestige Parcels Sauvignon Blanc, 2009

With the weather about to improve as we hit June, why not try this fantastic Marlborough Sauvignon from the Wairau Valley. This Majestic exclusive series is a one-off lot bought from a top producer for us to sell at a fantastic price.


Taste: Well rounded, with vibrant citrus flavours, with hints of gooseberry and some tropical fruits.

Enjoy: As an aperitif, with fresh sea-food, salads, and in the sun.

£10.99 a bottle, save 20% when you buy 2 New Zealand Wines.
£8.79

Revolutionising RoseDate published: 09/05/11

 What comes to mind when you think of Rose wine? For many Rose is and will always be the sickly sweet stuff your daughter chose for her 18th birthday, lots of sugar and not much else. We at Majestic Stockport however are on a mission to bring you the good stuff; Pink wine that is refreshing, unique, and full of life.

 Rose wine itself is not some trendy modern incarnation but a classic style of wine produced for hundreds of years in trademark regions such as Tavel, France and Somontano, Spain. Europe is the source of some of very complex and delicious Rose wine. The first example comes from an unlikely source, a wine region synonymous with outstanding red wines, Bordeaux. The Chateau de Sours Rose 2010 displays rich plum and red fruit while being refreshingly dry and minerally. Chateau de Sours has been producing high quality rose for over 200 years and their commitment to Bordeaux Rose shows in this stunning wine £9.99.

 Another remarkable offering from France is the Pinot Rose from Domaine Begude in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Pinot Noir, long used in the production of Champagne makes for particularly sophisticated, and complex Rose. This wine is alive with plump and creamy raspberries. A clean, dry style perfect for an aperitif or salad. Buy 2 and save £2, £7.99. My favourite of them all may just be Muga's Rioja Rosado 2010. This wine has a cocktail of fruit and spice flavours that will convert the most stubborn sceptic! Buy 2 and save £4, £7.99.  Italy is as proud as any of their Rose and new to Majestic is the Allegrini Bardolino Chiaretto 2010 from Naiano a lovely light, delicate style from the same grapes used to make the big bold Amarone and perfect with a prawn salad. Buy any 2 Italian wines and save 20% £6.39.

 The new world is not to be forgotten and New Zealand in particular is proving that they have lots to offer with the Fairleigh 2010 Pinot Noir Rose that exceeds expectations with tangy cranberry, redcurrant and cherries that announce the start of summer. Buy 2 bottles and save 20%. £5.99. I wouldn't be doing Rose justice if I didn't mention their fantastic sparkling wines. Rose Champagne has long been regarded as elite (with the prices to prove it) and New Zealand producer Lindaur replicates this style at a fantastic price. Peach, spice and a touch of citrus, £7.99, try it tonight and celebrate the summer.

Wine Of The Week : St Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand 2010Date published: 09/05/11

 Probably one of my favourite Sauvignons in the world. This wine leaps out of the glass with wonderful passionfruit and guava aromas. The palate is otherworldly with big rich tropical fruit and a minerality that will change the way you think of Malborough Sauvignon. All New Zealand wines are 20% off if you buy two or more bottles. This gem is £12.79.

Wine Of The Week: Viu Manent Viognier, ChileDate published: 28/04/11

 Viognier has undergone an amazing transformation in the last decade. From its classic yet still lesser known origins in Condrieu, France to becoming a unique and renowned grape produced almost everywhere in the new world. This is classic Viognier charm, with big rich fruit flavours of pineapple, apricot and peaches. Refreshingly crisp this is the perfect wine to celebrate the beautiful weather. Bring this to the BBQ and wash down that smoky chicken kebab.

Buy 2 And Save £4!
£7.99

Wine Of The Week: Martin Codax 2009 AlbarinoDate published: 20/04/11

 My first experience with this wine was a visit to their vineyard in 2009. In this rainy corner of Northwest Spain there are churches and there is wine, both of which are captivating. The main grape variety in this region of Rias Baixas is the charmingly refreshing Albarino and Martin Codax is their superstar. Their 2009 is a fantastic balance of sleek minerality and delicious peach and apricot flavours. This is the perfect wine to kick off the sunny weather with. Why not try it with grilled salmon and fresh garlic asparagus.

Malbec World Day - Sun 17th AprilDate published: 12/04/11

In honour of Malbec World Day on Sun 17th April join us in-store for a weekend of free tasting, and sample a selection of great wines from Argentina's signature red grape.

On the Mosel RiverDate published: 02/04/11

A short drive away from the eyesore that is Frankfurt, Germany, lie some of the most beautiful vineyards in the world. Last year I made my first visit to Germany's famous wine regions of the Mosel, Rheingau and Nahe and was deeply impressed by the dynamic landscape, warm people, delicious food and most importantly wonderful, unique wines.

My first visit was to the Rheingau's Prinz Von Hessen winery. A good tasting featuring a range of their Rieslings from Kabinett (avaliable at Majestic £9.99) to Auslese (very sweet). Wines from the Rheingau tend to be richer in fruit and with less bite than their more famous neighbour the Mosel and Prinz Von Hessen is a great example of that with peachy stonefruit driven wines that maintain their finesse.

The winery I was most impressed with throughout my journey was definitely the prestigious Donnhoff. Located in the admittidly less picturesque and more obscure Nahe (prounounced "Na"). A remarkable tasting featuring a dazzling selection of Rieslings. Majestic carries their Riesling Kabinett (£14.99) which is an absolute gem. A beautiful wine of purity, minerality and elegance layered with honey and pear.

The highlight for any wine-tourist visiting Germany must be Mosel. Lined with steep, death defying hillsides and stunning villages (including the famous Bernkastel) the Mosel is home to Germany's most famous wines and for good reason. German wines, often misunderstood, are wonderfully diverse and offer many great discoveries.

Wines of Portugal Tasting WeekendDate published: 18/03/11

We have a Wines of Portugal Tasting Weekend starting in-store today, so pop on in to try some cracking Reds and Whites, including our Wine Of The Week, Crasto Douro Red 2008.

2 Amazing short term deals started today!Date published: 08/03/11

Perrier-Jouët Champagne just £20.00 a bottle and Brancott Estate Montana Sauvignon Blanc now just £5.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more!

The Perrier Jouet Brut NV Champagne deal is whilst stocks last and we currently have just 26 bottles in stock, so get in touch quickly if you'd like some!

Wines of Argentina Tasting WeekDate published: 03/03/11

From Friday 4th March until Thursday 10th March we will be showcasing a selection of wines from our fabulous Argentinian range, with some exciting whites and big, juicy reds for your delectation!

Wines of South Africa Tasting Date published: 17/02/11

From Friday 18th Feb until Thursday 24th feb we will be showcasing a selection of wines from our South African range, with many open to try on our tasting counter. Please pop in to try for yourself these quality wines!

4th - 10th February... New Wines from France tasting!Date published: 26/01/11

Pop into store and try out some of the new french wines we will have available!

Regular delivery scheduleDate published: 26/01/11

*For local deliveries and all other areas we can usually arrange for within a few days*

 

Delivery scedule;

Tuesday- Didsbury

Wednesdays- early am Glossop and High Peak pm

Friday- Didsbury (pm)

 

The Wine Course now up and running for 2011Date published: 05/01/11

This relaxed 2 hour introduction and tasting session will provide you with a great understanding of wine, from grape to glass.

After a hectic Xmas we have now booked in the following dates for The Wine Course :

Sun 30th Jan 1-3pm
Sun 13th Feb 1-3pm
Wed 23rd Feb 7-9pm

If you would like to attend one of these dates please get in touch via email or phone. Cheers.

 

Team Stockport
 

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Free Seasonal Tasting

14 November 2014 (18:30 - 20:00)

Stockport's Big Winter Tasting! Our signature tasting of the Winter. Join us as we explore some of the wines we in store think represent the best value and quality. Food provided from eminent London Delicatessen Valabona. The best part? All completely free!

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What we're tasting today...

Meet the team...

  • Luke Trainee Manager

    A local lad, born and bred it's been great moving to the Stockport store as I was brought up just round the corner. I started my Majestic career on the other side of the Pennines in Huddersfield which was great but it feels even better to come back to my roots and flog wines to fellow Stopfordian's! I love a Beaujolais so ask me about some of the Cru's and I'll talk for hours!
  • Matt Trainee Manager

    My Majestic career so far has taken me far and wide from Bangor in North Wales to the two stores in Northern France. I'm now back in my homeland of Northern England here in Stockport. For whites I go for Fine white Burgundy from the Maconnais and for the reds its a tie between a fruity new Cabernet Sauvignon and a super-dense Californian Zinfandel.
  • Mike Senior Manager

    After 16 months as Warrington manager I have returned to Stockport and I'm glad to be back and seeing some familiar faces!! My favourite wines change all the time and with our new simplified pricing there's always something different to try. Look forward to seeing you all!
  • Rob Driver

    I'm the delivery driver here at Stockport. My most interesting fact is that I was a world record holder! My record was being the youngest person to walk from Lands End to John O'Groats.
  • Tom Senior Assistant Manager

    As a massive Hartlepool United fan, its great to be over this side of the country with a few more away games to get to... Holding out for a favourable cup run!! Having previously worked over the Pennines in Wakefield, Huddersfield, Sheffield and Leeds, I'm really looking forward to getting settled over here in the west, and learning all the best spots for a tipple or two! Wine wise, big bold reds are my thing, or anything interesting, weird or a little left field, red or white - I'm ambidextrous!!

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