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Stow-on-the-Wold

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T: 01451 833790
F: 01451 833790
E: stw@majestic.co.uk
Opening Hours
Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Hol 10am - 5pm
Store Address
Station Road
Stow-on-the-Wold
GL54 1JU
United Kingdom

Store facilities

  • Fine wine available
  • Free local delivery
  • Free chiller bin loan
  • Free Wine Courses
  • Free glass loan
  • Free tasting every day
  • Free parking
Store News(574)

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 22/11/14

All day today we will be serving samples of Nicholas Feuillate Champagne - on offer at only £14.99 a bottle!!

Wine of the Week - Viñalba Reservado MalbecDate published: 20/11/14

 Wine of the Week - Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2012 Mendoza


Viñalba is an exciting new range of wines which showcases the depth and elegance which Argentina can offer.  It encompasses an eclectic range of grape varieties and wines from both Mendoza and Patagonia.  Launched in 2008, it has already won 117 medals, including 11 trophies in the industry’s top competitions.


The wines are made by Bordeaux-born pioneer Hervé J. Fabre who was the first to make  single varietal Argentine Malbec after recognising the true potential of the grape.  Viñalba offers a range of beautifully crafted wines, combining Argentina’s purity of fruit and clear varietal expression with the elegance and complexity which are the hallmarks of Hervé’s classical background.  Underpinning all of this is the unshakeable belief in the local terroirs, and determination that all their wines should express these terroirs as elegantly as possible.


Their Malbec Reservado is a true Majestic staple, wrapping itself around every corner of your mouth with its ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha. This is a major mouthful, and pairs perfectly with any red meat.

Just £8.65 per bottle*!

*When you mix and match at least 2 bottles from the 33% off promotion

Wine of the WeekDate published: 15/11/14

The King's Legacy Chardonnay, 2011, Marlborough

The King's legacy chardonnay comes from the highly regarded Marisco vineyards who are responsible for the well loved Ned series.

The vineyards were founded by the Brent Marris family in 1978.

The Kings range are considered by many to be the step up from The Ned series, offering more depth and complexity across the board, and the Legacy chardonnay is no exception.

During production, the wine makers predominantly use the wild yeasts naturally found on the grapes and the wine is also left on its lees for up to 10 months giving the end wine more depth and better integrated flavours.

The Legacy is fresh and full of citrus on the nose with soft yet inviting brioche undertones hinting at the lees aging.

On the palate those citrus flavours carry through giving beautiful freshness and crisp acidity.

Much like on the nose, the buttery flavours, given from the lees aging, aren't at the forefront of the palate or are they over powering like in some New World chardonnays. However these flavours are defiantly there rounding of the palate in a rich yet elegant way.

The rich buttery finish make this a great white wine for those cold dark winter evenings. It's an amazing wine to partner with rich seafood dishes or roast chicken.

Currently at £9.99 as part of the 33% of multi buy deal!

Single bottle price £14.99


New Spirits Range!Date published: 11/11/14

NEW!!

Spirits of the Week!

Sipsmith Sloe Gin

£24.00

Already in reasonable distribution across the company the Sipsmith Sloe Gin is now a core line for all stores. Sipsmith use their copper pot still, named Prudence, to make genuinely small batches - just a few hundred bottles at a time - giving their spirits real depth and complexity. Based on the Sipsmith London Dry Gin, left to rest on hand-picked wild sloe berries, this is a truly handmade sloe gin and is packed full of flavour. The nose delivers lots of ripe redcurrant and winter fruits, with cassis and soft cherry on the palate.


Broker’s Gin

£19.99

Produced near Birmingham for over 200 years, Broker's has won more top awards over the past 10 years in International competitions than any other Gin. They have used the image of a bowler-hatted man on their bottle to underline the fact that England is the home of Gin. Ten traditional botanicals are used and quadruple distillation in a copper pot still results in a smooth palate. It delivers rich and creamy candied citrus fruit peel aromas and the finish gives the perfect balance of fresh botanicals with spicy juniper and sweet ripe citrus fruits.


Try them for yourself! These two spirits will be open to taste all week so please take a small glass and sip away!


Planning a wedding for next Summer? Take advantage of our Champagne deals!Date published: 04/11/14

If you are in the process of planning a wedding for Summer 2015, now is the perfect time to take advantage of some stunning deals on Champagne! 

With Nicolas Feuillatte NV (a true Majestic staple) currently priced at £14.99, and big name brands such as Veuve Clicquot at £29.98, you can secure your fizz at some unbeatably low prices.

Even if you're not getting married for another year, we are more than happy to store your bottles, and then deliver them free to your venue! 

Pop-up Cellar Fine Wine TastingDate published: 01/11/14

Pop-up Cellar Fine Wine Tasting

Over 160 years Lay&Wheeler have built strong relationships with some of the greatest and most sought-after wine producers in the World.

We've hand-picked the very best examples from Lay&Wheeler's own cellars to bring you an exclusive and strictly limited pop-up cellar to Majestic. You simply can't find some of these rare wines anywhere else and we're confident that our prices are the best around.

Due to the limited nature of this cellar it is only available for a short period and when it's gone, it's gone!

Stop by the store on Weds 12th November from 6pm to hear all about each of the wines we have here and taste a couple of our favourites.

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 31/10/14

Sparkling Saturday

Tomorrow we will have the delightful Pelorus Vintage sparkling wine from Cloudy Bay open to taste! Do feel free to stop by for a sip and a chat :)

Mel and Joel

Closed Thursday 24th OctoberDate published: 21/10/14

We will be closed on Thursday 23rd October all day.

Normal trading hours will resume from Friday 24th.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Other local Majestic stores will however be open for business all day for any wine emergencies! 

New Arrival - Beefsteak Club MalbecDate published: 18/10/14

Another new arrival to Majestic has just moo-ved into our Argentina section. Don't be cowed by the bovine themed packaging, as this new Mendoza Malbec is not one to miss!

This wine is made by Andean Vineyards, under Australian-born winemaker Stephen McEwan, and in true Argentinian tradition it is intentionally beefy! The Malbec grapes are harvested late for ultimate ripeness, fermented over 20 days then aged in oak for 6 months.

Deep and vibrant Malbec with an intense nose of plum, damson and dark chocolate aromas. Lush and layered on the palate, with well-integrated oak and plenty of fine tannins.

Drink with beef in all its guises, from steaks to stews.

(We apologise for milking every available pun opportunity)


Wine of the Week - Château Beau-Site, 2007 Saint-EstèpheDate published: 15/10/14

I've chosen this as our wine of the week, partially because it's new, but largely due to the fact it's truly fantastic and show cases the great Bordeaux characteristics we all know and love, for a great price.

Saint-Estèphe is a beautiful area located toward the northern part of Bordeaux on the left side of the River Gironde, more commonly referred to as the left bank. Just north of Pauillac and Saint-Julien, it's neighbors with some of the most prestigious appellations within Bordeaux.

Like most Bordeaux reds, this is a blend. The Cabernet Sauvignon at it's core supplies the wine with dark fruit, bold tannins and structure. Whereas the Merlot provides the softer, fleshy fruit characters. There's also a hint of Petit Verdot to the blend which gives yet more structure and spice on the palate

All of the characteristic's each grape give to this wine are wonderfully pronounced. The bold dark cherries and blackberries leap out of the glass with vigor, followed swiftly by the softer, very welcoming presence of juicy purple plumbs.

All the flavours present on the nose transfer perfectly on to the palate with the warming addition of some spice, namely, cinnamon and white pepper.

The bold tannins from this wine would make it the perfect match for any red meat driven meal or would be equally outstanding with an evening cheese board stacked with big strong cheeses.

As part of our fine wines deal this is currently £14.99 a bottle which is an amazing price for such a well made wine from a small, prestigious area in one of the worlds top wine making regions.

I hope you love it as much as I do...                                


NEW Wine! Silver GhostDate published: 14/10/14

If great value wine is what you're looking for then look no further than two of our newest products in store right now from Chilean wine producer Silver Ghost!  Silver Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon and Silver Ghost Sauvignon Blanc can be found in store today!

The grapes of these new two wines are sourced from well-known regions of Chile’s Central Valley, which provide ideal conditions for viticulture. Long summers lead to optimum ripeness whilst also promoting the development of more complex fruit characters. The £4.99 price represents excellent value for these two popular and classic varietals.

And if you're still unsure why not pop into store, where we currently have them both on the tasting counter for you all to try

Beer of the Week: Proper Job IPADate published: 11/10/14

Beer of the Week: Proper Job IPA


Bottled conditioned, this is a powerfully authentic IPA with a modern twist. Proper Job is brewed with a blend of imported hops, Cascade, Chinook and Willamette for a punch of citrus, pine resin and a hint of spice for a classic IPA. Stylistically this is somewhere between a traditional English IPA, and the new wave American IPAs. Voted Champion Bottled Beer by CAMRA in 2011 and second place in 2013.


£27.00 per case of 12

Buy 2 cases save £6

Just £24.00 on the bottled ales deal

This Month's Guest Ale: St Austell Proper JobDate published: 08/10/14

We're introducing a new concept here at Majestic: Guest Ales! Once a month, our buyer will select a beer from a local brewery, and we'll stock it nationally until we run out of stock. First up is.....St Austell's Proper Job!


Bottled conditioned, this is a powerfully authentic IPA with a modern twist. Proper Job is brewed with a blend of imported hops, Cascade, Chinook and Willamette for a punch of citrus, pine resin and a hint of spice for a classic IPA. Stylistically this is somewhere between a traditional English IPA, and the new wave American IPAs. Voted Champion Bottled Beer by CAMRA in 2011 and second place in 2013.


Priced at £27 per case of 12x500ml bottles, or £24 if you buy any 2+ cases of selected bottled ales.

Wine of the Week - Falkensteiner Hofberg RieslingDate published: 08/10/14

Wine of the Week - Falkensteiner Hofberg Riesling 2008 


Since 1561, viticulture has been practiced with the highest quality standards at Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium in Trier. Along 25 hectares of impressive steep slope sites in the Mosel and Saar valleys, Riesling grapes ripen to internationally recognised top quality.

Light on the nose with lime zest and lanolin aromas. This wine is easy drinking with ripe citrus notes and a mouth-watering acidity.
This limited parcel is an unmissable opportunity to introduce yourself to the magic of Mosel at an irresistible price!

Just £6.99 per bottle!

Brancott Terroir Series CompetitionDate published: 04/10/14

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

Wine of the Week - Herringbone Hills Pinot NoirDate published: 27/09/14

Wine of the Week

Herringbone Hills Pinot Noir 2010 Marlborough, New Zealand

Herringbone is a geological formation of hills bordering Ara's vineyard. Their profile of undulating patterns either side of a central ridge line was caused by water flowing down the slopes and carving through the earth over thousands of years. These hills lie to the west of the vineyard and run parallel to the Waihopai River in Marlborough, one of New Zealand’s most respected wine regions.

This ripe and intensely fruity Pinot, displays Marlborough's trademark strawberry and red cherry characters in abundance, with subtle savoury notes contributed by the more mature vine parcels.

Mix and Match 2 bottles save 33% = £8.65
£12.99 single bottle

New Prosecco!!Date published: 18/09/14

We have a new Prosecco to add to our sparkling  family. The Soffio No. 3 is new in this week and at £6.66 it's a great price!

This fantastic wine is is made by the Pizzolo family. The vineyard is in north Italy close to Lake Garda.

It's palate is dominated by crisp fresh apple and pear flavours, and the nose has wonderful, lifting notes of fresh cut flowers.

At £6.66 it's a real bargin. It looks pretty jazzy too!

New Prosecco!!Date published: 18/09/14

We have a new Prosecco to add to our sparkling  family. The Soffio No. 3 is new in this week and at £6.66 it's a great price!

This fantastic wine is is made by the Pizzolo family. The vineyard is in north Italy close to Lake Garda.

It's palate is dominated by crisp fresh apple and pear flavours, and the nose has wonderful, lifting notes of fresh cut flowers.

At £6.66 it's a real bargin. It looks pretty jazzy too!

Wine of the Week Date published: 06/09/14

Chateau La Vieille CureFronsac 2007


Fronsac is a beautiful, but often overlooked, area of Bordeaux. Making traditional style Bordeaux blends usually with a high proportion of Merlot. This newcomer to our range is no different! A classic nose of blackcurrant, plum and cedar wood that delivers a full palate of bramble,soft spices and grippy tannins.
Certainly a 'foody' wine – have with steak, or a hearty autumnal Cassoulet.  


£20.00 single bottle price or Buy any 2 wines on this offer..33% off  - £13.32    

Wine of the WeekDate published: 27/08/14

Argento Malbec 2013 Mendoza

Having very much secured it's self in the hearts of our very meat hungry nation, Malbec has a real following as a wine to go with food and something to sip on those cold nights, which over the last 3 weeks have seemed to come all to quickly.

This is a great example of Argentina's signature grape variety, nestling in the foot hills of the Andes and a wine that portrays the terroir of the famous Mendoza region.

Showing lots of big bramble fruits, hints of vanilla with a lovely hawthorn hedge complexity. On the finish the length lasts a life time, a subtle raisin tannin holds the structure making this a dream with any seasoned meat.

Buy now as it's going up in price as of Tuesday 2nd September.

£6.66

When you buy any 2 from our summer selection. 


Fine Wine - Two Hands Lilly's GardenDate published: 14/08/14

The Two Hands winery was started by Michael Twelftree and Richard Mintz in 1999. In 2000 they had just 17 tonnes of fruit from the McLaren Vale and Padthaway regions.In 2004, after a successful few years, they were able to open a winery in Marananga, which is used specifically for small batches.

The Garden Series is Two Hands' premium range of Shiraz wines. The Garden Series consists of 6 wines and is intended to showcase the very best of the Shiraz regions across Australia. The wines in this eclectic series come from vineyards in the Barossa Vally, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Heathcote, The Clare Vally and Padthaway.

Lilly's Garden showcases the very best of Shiraz from the McLaren Vale.

Lilly's Garden is a beautifully balanced wine with cascading notes of blue fruits, African Spices and a nice leathery hint. it also has a generous long finish.

Lilly's Garden is perfect if you are looking for something special but away from the normal options. At £30 it really is a bargin for a wine of this caliber. This is definitly a wine worth trying at least once.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 02/08/14

Medalla Real Gran Reserva Carmenere 2011


Until recently Carmenere was relatively unheard of, for no real reason other than its one of the lesser grape varieties used in Bordeaux.

However sine It's become more and more popular it has established itself as the one of the main grape varieties of Chile.

The vineyards for the Carmenere are located in the Colchagua Vally, referred to by some as the Napa Vally of Chile. The grapes benefit from hot dry summers with the cooling coastal breeze and warm but wet winters.

This is a rich and full bodied wine, but is still very accessible like a Merlot. However it's still quite complex, with loads of lovely stong flavors coming through.

The nose is very warm and inviting, with strong dark fruit aromas.

The palate is well rounded, soft notes of oak and a hint of dark chocolate and vanilla.

For a well rounded and complex wine thats easy to drink, look no further. For this price, it's a steal.

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

£11.99 single bottle price 


Beer of the Week: Goose Island IPADate published: 02/08/14

Beer of the Week

Goose Island IPA 5.9%

Our craft beer range has taken off over the last 6 months, with some really interesting beers that offer the complexity and depth of a wine. We are stocking craft beer from all over the states, ranging from Anchor Steam in San Fransisco to Brooklyn Lager from New York. These beers offer distinct flavour and character, they are made in small batches to create a beer that stands out from the rest. This little number we are showing today is from the island of Geese in Chicago Illinois. It is said that Geese have flocked here since the late 1500s to breed and live for the summer months of the year. They have become somewhat of a tourist attraction along with this beautiful brewery.

Goose IPA on the nose is opulent with orange peel, touch of spiced ginger, floral with a slice of grapefruit. A complex nose for a beer if I have ever smelt one. As soon as you taste this beer it's thick in the mouth, coating every part with it's rich texture. Again it's fruity but serious, citrus and refreshing with a long hoppy finish.

A definitive food beer if I have ever tasted one, think rack of ribs with American style coleslaw.

£12.99

Buy any 2 packs of Craft Beers and save £6

£9.99


BRAND NEW CRAFT BEERSDate published: 26/07/14

Three new craft beers have arrived in store this week:

Goose Island IPA – Chicago

Roscoe's Amber Ale – Rochester, NY

Roscoe's IPA – Rochester, NY

The really great news is they are nicely chilled and ready for you to taste...so why not grab a member of staff and we'll happily pop one open for you!

The nitty gritty:

Roscoe's Amber Ale and IPA are £12.99 each for a 12pk.

Goose Island IPA is £9.99 for a 6pk on the craft beer mix and match deal – buy any 2 and save £6.

The other products on the craft beers mix and match are:

Brooklyn lager

Anchor Steam

Punk IPA

Einstok White Ale

Aspall Cider Mixed case

Underdog Atlantic Lager

Einstok Pale Ale


Vallée Des Pins Rose Provence wine of the weekDate published: 23/07/14

Vallée Des Pins Rosé 2013 Côteaux d'Aix en Provence

Provence rosé has really found it's place in the market over the past 5 years. People are edging away from the sweeter style Zindfandels with there ruby red colour and heavier body, and moving onto a lighter, more refreshing style. This is where Provence style rosé takes first place, showing the salmon pink colour in the glass, it's summer fruit nose and light refreshing palate, you couldn't find a better fit for the sunshine.

The vineyards of Vallée des Pins are located just to the north of Aix en Provence. The wine is made by traditionnal 'assemblage', in which the constituent grape varieties are vinified separately, before being carefully blended to achieve the desired style.

Pale and delicate in appearance, this rosé offers remarkable depth of flavour and aroma. Strawberry, raspberry and white peach fruit combine with more exotic guava-like characters.

£9.99

Buy 2 from our summer selection and save 33%

£6.66


Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2013 £5.99Date published: 23/07/14

Nestling in amongst the warm and red-biased appellations of the Languedoc, just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline, Picpoul de Pinet is something of an unexpected find, offering a crisp and zesty white wine made from the rare Picpoul grape.  Youthfully pale lemon yellow, with a nose of lemon and lime fruit, and an intriguing blend of white blossom and green herb notes. Vibrant green apple fruit with a refreshingly dry and acidic finish. A great wine for £5.99.

Offers that will make your summer complete!!Date published: 16/07/14

Mont Saint Jean 2012 Corbières

£4.99 (down from £6.99)

Showing notes of damsons and blackberries on the nose, with subtle hints of garrigue herbs, which carry through on the palate. Full and fruity, with rounded tannins adding a supporting structure.

Torres Viña Sol 2013 Catalunya

£5.99 (down from £7.99)

Fresh and fruity on the nose, a smooth, crisp palate, with plenty of apples and pineapple fruit. A refreshingly crisp wine.

Prosecco Corte Alta NV DOC, Italy

£6.66 down from £9.99

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

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2013 Côteaux du Languedoc

£5.99 down from £7.04

Great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, it oozes freshness, great acidity, lots of citrus, highly aromatic, with a lovely delicate finish. Low alcohol content makes this a dream of a wine. 


Offers run until August 4th


WINE OF THE WEEK: EVC CHARDONNAY Date published: 16/07/14

EVC Chardonnay 2012 Peter Lehmann, Eden Valley

Eden Valley sits next door to the famous Barossa Valley, a region known for its rich and spicy new world Shiraz. Eden Valley however still producing great Shiraz, it's better know for its Rieslings and Chardonnays to which Clare Valley rivals. Eden Valley benefits from the addition of vineyards at altitude, ranging from 380m-500m above sea level. This gives a cooler climate and ability for grapes that are slightly more delicate to flourish and take on the freshness and aromatic edge a wine maker wants

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

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

Perfect with seafood dishes, creamy risottos and all manor of chicken dishes, or of course just on it;s own in the sun.

£15.99

Buy 2 save 15%

£13.59


Something for the gardenDate published: 13/07/14

Gavi 2013 Araldica - £9.99 buy any 2 save 33% - £6.66

Gavi is often referred to as the Chablis of Italy on account of the wines being mineral, having a rich understated complexity and being particularly food friendly. Despite being more closely linked in style with its neighboring region's wines, Gavi is still considered Piedmont's white jewel in the crown. It gained DOCG status in 1998.

Totally different in style and wine-making, the grapes are pressed very gently and free-run juice is used predominantly to capture the floral and elegance for which Gavi is famed. Lemon and citrus pith on the nose and palate, there's something very clean about this wine, tangy, bitter perhaps, it's searingly refreshing. Perfect for the garden.



Wine in focuss Date published: 13/07/14

The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2010 d'Arenberg, McLaren Vale

Grape: Syrah-Shiraz, Viognier

Origin

The Laughing Magpie is so named because of the blend of black and white grapes, much like the colours of a magpie. The blend is 90% Syrah and 10% Viognier which are co-fermented to achieve a soft perfumed edge to a concentrated dark fruit wine.

Taste

The wine has a backbone of dark cherry fruit, firm tannins and peppery spice, with a slight twist of vanilla and jasmine courtesy of the Viognier.

Enjoy

This is a rich and powerful wine, a modern take on the claissic Côte Rôtie style, so be sure to match with a dark meat dish like goulash.

£14.86 Offer Price 

Single Unit Price £17.49 



Baileys Chocolate and it's 5 very wonderful uses. Date published: 08/07/14

5 Ways to Enjoy Chocolate Baileys Now only £9.99

1- Neat over ice

The classic way to enjoy. Simples.

2- Poured over Ice Cream

Delicious drizzled over creamy vanilla ice-cream. Perfect to make an exciting desert in no time.

3- In Coffee

With or without cream. Perfect as an end of dinner pick me up.

4- Chocolate Baileys cupcakes

Add a large dash to your sponge mix to create a tasty treat.

5- Chocolate Baileys Cheesecake

Biscuity base essential! Add a twist to your usual cheesecake recipe. 



I would marry this Champagne if I could: Perrier-Jouët Grand BrutDate published: 08/07/14

Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV Champagne

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

Currently on offer at £26.65 a bottle* and part of our 33.33% summer collection offers. Don't miss out on this great bargain, call us now on 01451 833790


Wine of the week: Chapoutier BellerucheDate published: 05/07/14

The Chapoutier name has been prominent in the French wine world since they began in 1808. Sitting comfortably in the Rhone Valley M. Chapoutier who is currently in charge, mixes tradition with dynamic and creative wine making techniques, leading to some of the best wine in this region.

The Belleruche is a classic blend of Grenache and Syrah. A lovely classic nose of dark fruit, earthy minerals and spice. Leading to a soft roundness on the palate, smooth tannins, blackberries, cherries galore, as well as a liquorish undercurrent, with the finish long and harmonious.

I find Rhone wines best with food, the bigger the meat the better the accompaniment. The Belleruche loves game slow roasted with seasonal veg. On the other hand a cheese board, including a selection of French artisan Cheddars and Bries takes this wine to a whole new level.

£10.65

Buy any 2 bottles from our 33.3% off range

£7.99


Offer alert...M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence 02/07/14Date published: 02/07/14


Offer alert...M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence

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

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

Currently £9.99 when you buy any 2 ore more from our 33.3% off summer selection*, unit price £14.99



Every One Loves a MagnumDate published: 29/06/14

Here at majestic stow we love a magnum. They're the perfect party piece and great for a BBQ.

We have a nice big range, from Veuve Clicquot to Chateau de Berne rose and Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva. We also have a few jeroboam's in too for twice the fun!

So why don't you pop in and see why we love them so much

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 28/06/14

Just for you lovely people we have the wonderful Salatin Prosecco open for you to taste this weekend.

Grape - Prosecco

Origin

Azienda Vinicola Salatin are based in Cordignano, just 13km north-east of Conegliano. This Prosecco is made from grapes sourced entirely from the DOC vineyards of Treviso, and is made in the typically fruit-focussed, off-dry style.

Taste

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

Enjoy

An approachable aperitif style, which pairs very well with seafood starters.



Wine of The Week - Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso, 2011, La CasettaDate published: 28/06/14

This outstanding wine comes from the vineyards in the Valpolicella region of Italy. Set up on the hills, amongst the villages to the east of the beautiful Lake Garda, Valpolicella ranks just after Chianti for the production of DOC wines.

Ripasso, meaning “repassed”, is a relatively new process starting in the late 20th century. In this technique left over skins and seeds from the fermentation of amarone is added to the batch of Valpolicella for a period of extended maceration. This basically acts as an extra food source for the remaining yeast, which boosts the alcohol level and gives the wine more body as well as adding tannins. This whole process, although time consuming, improves the flavour and colour of the wine and add whole new levels of complexity to the wine.

This Valpolicella has a deep ruby colour with lots of plum and berry fruit with slightly confected cherries, all beautifully complimented by soft vanilla.

This is a great wine that definitely stands up well on its own, however like all good Italian wines it comes into a world of its own when paired with food. Enjoy with well seasoned red meets or big, rich tomato based Italian dishes.

£13.49 when you buy 2 or more as part of the 25% off deal. £17.99 single bottle

Marques Riscal Reserva 2009 return of a great Rioja vintageDate published: 27/06/14

In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the Marqués de Riscal brought groundbreaking winemaking techniques from Bordeaux and transformed the face of Rioja. The Reserva is one of their iconic wines, widely regarded as one of the top examples of traditional Rioja.

Made from Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo grape varieties. This is a classic Rioja Reserva. Full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak, combined with summer fruit flavours.

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

Now on an excellent deal of £9.99 per bottle when you buy 2 more of our 33% summer collection range


Matsu El Picaro 2012 Toro It's Spanish but not as we know itDate published: 25/06/14

Matsu El Picaro 2012 Toro 

£9.99, Buy 2 save 15%, £8.49

This wine, produced by Matsu, is a youthful interpretation of the Spanish region of Toro's style. The vines it was grown on are over 50 years old but the wine itself only spend three months in oak.

The name 'El Picaro' means rogue or rascal and this is translated into its playful fruity style. Ripe tannins frame the bold palate of blackberry and raspberry, ending on a subtle hint of cocoa.

Matches excellently to bold pasta dishes or spicy meat dishes, yet can be enjoyed, maybe even at its best, on its own.


Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2011Date published: 25/06/14

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

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

On offer down form £35.00 to £30.00 as part of the buy 2 save £10.00  Fine wine mix and match deal



Provence Rosé Tasting Event Saturday 5th July 3pmDate published: 21/06/14

The summer is here, the sun is shining and the BBQ is getting warmed up which means it is the perfect opportunity to crack open a light refreshing bottle of Rosé. Now because we all love a light pink tipple or two, we at Majestic Stow would like to invite you to our very own Provence Tasting. We shall be opening the new vintages of some of our favourites and trying new ones too! So come along, bring some friends and enjoy a bit of light hearted tasting on us!

If you are interested please just give us a call on 01451 833790 or email us at stw@majestic.co.uk to secure your place!

Wine of the Week: Marqués de Vargas 2009 Rioja ~ Fine Wine ~Date published: 20/06/14

The Marqués De Vargas comes from the Rioja region of Spain which is just a short drive from Pamplona in the north of the country.

The Rioja region is divided into 3 sub regions Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa. Traditionally, Rioja's are made with grapes from all 3 regions, although single-zone wines are slowly becoming more popular.

Although the winery and hacienda are fairly modern, having been built in 1989, the estate and vineyard date back to 1840 when the first vines were planted at the estate near Logrono, La Rioja's capitol, by Felipe de Mata the 8th Marqués De Vargas.

This traditional Rioja has a blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Mazuelo and is aged in a mix of American, French and Russian oak.

The Rioja has a deep full colour with great aromas of brambles and strawberries with hints of liquorice and sweet spice.

It's velvety smooth on the palate with the fruit coming through beautifully. Great body, great length and extremely well balanced. This is an outstanding wine that pays testament to a truly great vintage. And at this price it's an absolute steal.

£14.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles on the fine wine deal.

Single bottle price £19.99


Craft Beer CornerDate published: 19/06/14

We have a great selection of craft beers for you and the great thing is you can mix and match any two cases and they are £9.99 each!!

We also have a NEW ARRIVAL......Brooklyn Summer Ale! The perfect beer for a summers day, a BBQ with friends or maybe even a football match or two!! If you fancy trying a Brooklyn Summer Ale just grab a member of the team....we have a few chilled in the fridge waiting for you!!

Choose from Anchor Steam, Underdog lager, Einstok White Ale, Punk IPA or Brooklyn Summer Ale, £14.99 if you buy one, or £9.99 each when you buy two or more!!


Rioja fact no. 1Date published: 18/06/14

The wire around a bottle of Rioja was introduced to stop unscrupulous merchants opening the bottle, drinking the wine and then re-filling and re-corking the bottle with inferior wine. Its just tradition these days so not to worry.

 

Wine TastingDate published: 16/06/14

Earlier this week we had a Italian wine tasting in Oxford show casing the best of our Italian range. My top wine from the evening was the Inama Vin Soave Classico. Come in and find out why it's so good!

Free bottle for you and a friendDate published: 15/06/14

A free bottle for you, and one for your friend!

Yes, it's true! Don't miss the chance for both yourself and a friend to receive a free both worth up to £10. All you have to do is bring them with you on your next shop, add them onto the customer list and as long as you each get 6 bottles you get a free bottle of your choice.


A summer of FizzDate published: 15/06/14

Here at Majestic we've got a huge range of sparkling wines. We've got Cava, Champagne, Prosecco, English shaprkling, NZ Sparkling, Italian Champagne-style sparkling, Chilean Prosecco-style sparkling etc.

But what, and how, can you pick from such a large range? My top tip is to a) ask us what's good and b) follow the offers.

2 wines in particular are in fantastic short-term deals, so if you're looking for two contrasting styles, look no further than our Prosecco La Marca Conegliano (£9.99) and our Heidsieck Cuvée Prestige Champagne (£14.99).

If you're looking for a great value, light, fruity fizz, our Prosecco La Marca  is the one for you. A lovely, delicate style of Prosecco, it has hints of pear, apple and peach, with a crisp acidity making it great on a warm summer's day.

For something with a touch more richness, finesse and body, the Heidsieck Cuvée Prestige Champagne has the classic toasty notes you'd expect from a classy Champagne. Slightly lighter than big, bold Champagne style from houses such as Bollinger, it represents excellent value from one of the leading co-operative growers in the Champagne region. Crunchy green apple notes are joined by yeasty and toasty hints for a well-balanced mouthful.

So *pop* by and have a browse and ask for our recommendations, we're always more than happy to help.


Yesterday was world Gin Day Date published: 15/06/14

Today is World Gin Day!

Come and get your Gin here! We have:

Gordons @ £15

Gordons & Elderflower @ £15

Bombay Sapphire @ £20

Blackwoods Vintage @ £22.50

Tanqueray @ £22.50

Sipsmith @ £27.50 - all of which are included in the Buy any 2+ selected Fine Wines and Spirits offer!

and...

Williams Chase Elegant Crisp Gin @ £40

GIN!


Wine of the MomentDate published: 11/06/14

Mud House Pinot Noir 2013 Central Otago

The Mud House Pinot Noir comes from a gorgeous sub region of Central Otago in New Zealand called Bendigo.

Central Otago is relativly a large region located on the south islands south eastern tip.

Although the Pinot Noir grape is native to Burgundy, the grape's notorious love for cooler climates means it has well and truly found a home away from home in the worlds most southern wine producing region of Central Otago, New Zealand.

As well as the crisp snowy winters, the region also has very warm, dry summers. This combined with the heavy mineral deposits in the soil is the reason the Pinot Noir has thrived so well in New Zealand.

Like so many Pinot Noir's from New Zealand, Mud House have beautifully blended the old world structure and elegance with the new world fruit driven intensity that so many have come to know and love!

This is a bright and powerful Pinot Noir full of fresh red cherries and darker bramble fruits, like blackberries and a gentle spice running all the way through. With fine tannins and soft acidity it has a wonderfully well balanced finish with good length.

Great with any red meats slow cooked or char grilled.

At £9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of the summer 33.3% off deal, it's an absolute steal!


Wine of the Week : The King's Legacy ChardonnayDate published: 09/06/14

*New Arrival*

The King's Legacy Chardonnay 2011 Marlborough


We love it when we receive new and exciting wines in store, even more so when we can share our first tasting with our customers!


The King's Legacy comes from the Marisco Vineyards in Marlborough, New Zealand. Founded by the family of Brent Marris, the winemaker behind the success of The Ned, The King's Legacy could be seen as a 'big chardonnay brother' to The Ned. The wine is produced using predominantly wild yeasts and is left on its lees for up to 10 months really enabling all the flavours to mature and mingle.


This Chardonnay is fresh on the nose, with lovely citrus fruit and a soft buttery edge to it. It definitely packs a punch, providing great balance between a creamy finish and crisp sharp acidity. Green apples, juicy nectarine and a soft almondy finish makes this a superb summer BBQ wine.

We hope you enjoy it too!!

£9.99 a bottle when you buy any two wines on the 33.3% deal


A road closed rhyme just for you.....Date published: 09/06/14

The road may be closed at Stow,

A big annoyance, we know!

Let us take the strain,

so buying wine doesn't need to be a pain.

Order online or by phone,

And we will deliver for free to your home!!

Jump online www.majestic.co.uk or call us in Stow on 01451 833790

Bolli anybody??????Date published: 08/06/14

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV (£33.31 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%)

Bollinger is made from the first-run juice only, with the majority of the vineyards used are of Premier and Grand-Cru status, resulting in a full bodied Champagne of class and elegance. A delightful golden colour and a light and persistent mousse.


Heidsieck & Co Cuvee Prestige Champagne, just £14.99!Date published: 08/06/14

Heidsieck & Co Cuvee Prestige Champagne is on a fantastic deal at £14.99 bottle when you buy any 2 summer selection wines.

This is a fantastic deal so make sure you do not miss out as once its gone, its gone!


Pilsner at £1 a bottleDate published: 08/06/14

Pilsner Urquell is just £24! (24*330ml)

Stock up while you can!


Save 10% on every purchase at Majestic Date published: 01/06/14

Yes it's true, there is a way that you can get a 10% invoice discount on all Majestic Purchases. It applies to the saver investor or avid wine enthusiast. 

Lay and Wheeler - Majestic's sister company is a long established fine wine broker. They offer temperature controlled cellerage, the ability to buy wine en-primeur (direct from the Chateau on release), expert personal wine advisors and a large selection of superb fine wines from many different vintages. How it works, is when you join their plan and deposit £100 a month, you build up a wine 'bank' with which to invest or divulge. You can sell the wines when you or like or get them delivered to your residence.

With this £100 (or more) you get a 3 month's rolling credit (3 times your monthly debit), a free case of Bordeaux worth £120 and a card which entitles you to 10% off all Majestic Wine Purchases. Not a bad set of bonuses?! If this is of interest to you please visit their website www.laywheeler.com or call us on 01451 833790 to discuss what would best work for you. Happy drinking! :)


Jolie/Pitt Rose Please Date published: 01/06/14

Ocean's 11, Tomb Raider and Provence Rose are not often heard in the same sentence, but a new addition to the Majestic range has just turned this statement on its head. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie made news last year when they took over production of rose wine at the Chateau Miraval in Correns. 

Their 2013 vintage is now in Majestic stores across the country and we have some of the wonderfully designed bottles on sale here in Stow! Hollywood stars producing wine might raise a few eyebrows as to its quality, but the couple's partnership with the vintner Marc Perrin have put those fears to rest. The rose has a nose full of strawberry and stoned fruit whilst the palate is well balanced with notes of berry fruit, tangerine and peaches. A bottle of this rose would certainly be a talking point this summer as well as being fantastic to drink. Come in and check them out!


Big names aside this is a great producer. Date published: 01/06/14

Cloudy Bay

Cloudy Bay Vineyards was established in 1985 by Cape Mentelle Vineyards in Western Australia, and is today part of Estates & Wines, The Moët Hennessy Wine Division. Innovation, meticulous attention to detail and regional expression are the guiding principles of Cloudy Bay. The Cloudy Bay team is committed to producing ‘wines of region’ and strives to enhance the pure, bracing flavours and stunning vibrancy, naturally afforded by the climate and soils of Marlborough.

The winery and vineyards are situated in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island. This unique and cool wine region enjoys a maritime climate with the longest hours of sunshine of any place in New Zealand. Cloudy Bay has 250 hectares over four estate vineyards, and long-term supply agreements with nine Wairau Valley growers. The main varieties grown are sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir with lesser quantities of gewurztraminer, riesling, and pinot gris.

Cloudy Bay wines are exported to over 30 markets, the principal ones being Australia, United Kingdom, USA, Europe and Japan. Cloudy Bay believes that the future success of specialist wineries lies in the production of high quality wines from varieties best suited to specific regions. At Cloudy Bay, emphasis is placed on individual fruit character and the development of a recognisable estate wine style.

Cloudy Bay Vineyards was a founding member of the New Zealand Integrated Winegrape Production scheme, set up to develop a programme for sustainable vineyard management, which is now monitored by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand. Cloudy Bay’s impeccable scorecard reflects the company’s commitment to environmentally friendly winery and vineyard management practices.

The winery takes its name from the bay at the eastern extremity of the Wairau Valley, which was named Cloudy Bay by Captain Cook on his voyage to New Zealand in 1770. At the time of Cook’s discovery, Marlborough was in flood and the Wairau River running into the bay was full of silt creating cloudy waters.



Wine of the weekDate published: 27/05/14

Verdicchio di Matelica 2013 Poggio alle Rondini

Grape

Verdicchio Origin

Founded in 1971, the cooperative who make this wine are today the largest producer of Verdicchio in Matelica, a small commune in Italy's Marche region. Located inland of Jesi, its more famous neighbour, Matelica lies at higher altitudes yet experiences a warmer climate.

Taste

A pale lemon colour, suggesting lightness and youth. The nose offers hints of acacia honey against a backdrop of citrus fruit. Dry and crisp, with a persistent finish.


£8.99

Buy 2 save 15%


£7.64


One of Italy's greatestDate published: 25/05/14

The Valpolicella disctrict covers around 7000 hectares to the north of Verona. There are two subzones: Classico and Valpantena. The Classico is the hilly area centered on the valleys of Fumane, Marano and Negrar towards the western edge. Valpantena lies between the Classico and the so-called extended zone, which abuts Soave to the east.

Two additional terms can be added to these denominations. Superiore and Ripasso. The former means that the wine must contain at least one degree more alcohol that the normal legal requirement.

Amarone refers to wines made from grapes left to dry for 100-120 days, with a minimum of 14% abv and aged for at least two years. Recioto is the sweet version of Amarone.

Although current legislation does not recognise this, there are many differences between wines produced on the plains, cheap and cheerful, and the higher level of quality achieved in the hillside in most of Classico, parts of Valpantena sub-zone and the broad Valpolicella district.

The Ripasso technique involves the pumping of Valpolicella on to lees of a wine made from semi-dried grapes (appassiti), that is on to Amarone or Recioto lees, to induce a secondary fermentation

lasting between a week and a month. The result is a wine with less acidity, more alcohol, greater structure and more round and rich due to extra extraction. Is Ripasso a supercharged Valpolicella or a mini Amarone? The difficulty lies in timing the length of the second maceration period. If too short, the wine barely offer more that a regular Valpolicella, if too long, the alcohol serves to extract mainly bitter flavours from the grape seeds in particular.

Source: Decanter, Italy 2013.


Something Italian for the rest of this Bank Holiday weekend. Date published: 25/05/14

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2013 Monte Schiavo 

£6.74 (when you buy 2, save 25%)

This Italian white is made from the grape Verdicchio.

It originates from Monte Schiavo which are a large cooperative group. The fruit used to produce this wine is sourced from over 35 growers and therefore is of a superb quality. Verdicchio is the signature wine from the Marche region on the Adriatic Coast and is the perfect example of a fresh summery white wine from Italy.

This is an invigorating wine with great diversity of fruit it bursts with lemon and lime as well as pineapple and apricot.

On the finish it has a taste of almonds.

A good party wine to be enjoyed on a hot Summers day.



Plant Foot in the groundDate published: 25/05/14

The striking modern label on this wine is a pun on the original name for Petanque or boules - Pied Tanque meaning "planted foot".
Made froma blend of Carignan with a little bit of Cinsault, this wine is a fresh, easy-drinking rose bursting with red summer fruits.
£5.49 - perfect quaffing wine for the hot summer months!

I feel the need for £6.66 NZ Sauvignon BlancDate published: 20/05/14

It's another week and the Mud House is still here, but the piles are getting smaller. This award winning Sauvignon has captured the imagination and is starting to replace the Ned in some of our most loyal customer's hearts. Let's take a closer look and see why!

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc - £9.99 or £6.66 when you buy 2 or more 33.3% wines - This sustainability orientated wine company has given us a fantastic wine; pale straw coloured with typical fresh grapefruit and tropical guava. It has unusual Old world, vegetal undertones, which make it truly unique, a wonderful example and a great price. 

Come quick before it's gone!!  


New Primitivo on the blockDate published: 20/05/14

That is right, we have a new Primitivo now in By Natale Verga. The southern part of Italy is home to Primitivo, a grape now more commonly known elsewhere as Zinfandel. This example is from vineyards in the provinces of Brindisi and Taranto, in the south-eastern part of Puglia, the 'heel' of Italy's 'boot'. An approachable, medium-bodied wine full of sunny red berry flavour and subtle hints of prune and violet on the nose. Smooth, drying tannins mingle with the rounded, juicy fruit. Drink with pasta cooked with your favourite tomato-based sauces.

Great value at £6.99 when you buy 2+


My favourite at the momentDate published: 20/05/14

A very clean and refreshing wine. The piquepoul brings crisp mineral notes to the palate, whilst the sauvignon offers some more tropical flavours, making an excellently balanced wine.

This is a real favourite in store at the moment.

An absolute bargain at just £6.74 when you buy 2 or more. 


"My heart is with Provence but this is just as good". (Quote by Sam Lawson-King 98points)Date published: 17/05/14

Etoile de Mer Rosé 2013 Lubéron

GrapeGrenache, Syrah-Shiraz

Origin

Luberon is a mountainous area in the northern part of Provence, between the Mediterranean and the southern Rhône, whose high altitudes create a milder climate. The location is evident in this wine's style, which has obvious influences from both its neighbours.

Taste

A Provence rosé with a little extra fruit density. The nose is full of pronounced aromas of ripe strawberry with subtle herbal hints, and the palate is lush and round, with a clean, dry finish.

Enjoy

Serve chilled on its own, or pair with grilled fish and salads.

£11.99

Buy 2 bottles save 25%

£8.99

Malbec- Somewhat of a buzz wordDate published: 17/05/14

Argentinian Malbec

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top Offers this Month:

Portillo Malbec 2013 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza. £6.99 buy 2 save 33%

Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m. This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy. An intense red-purple colour, with an equally intense nose of plum and bramble. Round and fulsome on the palate, delivering a swathe of ripe, fresh black fruit held together by lush tannins.

Alamos Malbec 2013 Catena, Mendoza. £6.66 buy 2 save 33%

Mendoza is by far the biggest and most important region in Argentina. Classically hailing from the Cahors vineyards to the east of Bordeaux, Argentina is now arguably the home of Malbec. This Malbec oozes dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins.



Wine of the Week: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2013, Monte SchiavoDate published: 11/05/14

Verdicchio is a white grape variety that hails from the Marche region of central Italy. The Verdicchio is the primary grape in the region and has a rather lengthy history extending right back to the 14th century.

Monte Schiavo are a large cooperative group and source the best quality grapes possible from over 35 different growers across the region.

A lively, ripe, citrus driven Verdicchio with a great diverse range of fruits, with the likes of lemons, limes hints of pineapple and ripe apricots, with a slight bitter finish leaving you wanting more.

This is a perfect wine for the summer months and will be a definite winner at BBQ's and sunny garden parties.

At £6.49 when you buy 2 or more bottles this is an offer too good to refuse

£8.99 single bottle price


Supplier In Focus: Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Part 1Date published: 07/05/14

It all started in 1970 for Stag's Leap, now considered Napa Valleys First Growth and highly sort after. Their best know for their estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons—CASK 23, S.L.V., and FAY. Incorporating sustainable farming and a green approach to wine making, they are a winery fro the present and the future. 

On May 24, 1976, a wine tasting took place in Paris that changed the world’s view of California wines forever. The tasting was the brainchild of Steven Spurrier, an English wine merchant who owned an innovative wine shop and adjacent wine school in the center of Paris. Located near the offices of IBM, many of the students at L’Academie du Vin were Americans who worked in France and were anxious to learn more about wine. Spurrier was intrigued by some of the California Cabernets and Chardonnays his students brought by the shop. Curious to see how these newcomers would fare against French wines made from the same kind of grapes, he arranged a blind wine tasting in celebration of the American Bicentennial activities in Paris. The French tasters chosen for the event had impeccable professional credentials. The French wines were First and other classified-growth red Bordeaux and white Burgundies. They were matched against California Cabernet Sauvignons and Chardonnays. The tasting was blind, with the identities of the wines concealed and the labels revealed only after the jury of nine tasters had voted its order of preference.The unthinkable happened. The 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon - the first vintage produced with grapes from vines a mere three years old - was judged the best. The Cabernet had bested four top-ranked Bordeaux, including first-growths Château Mouton-Rothschild and Château Haut-Brion. The 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay from California bested its French counterparts.This event really did change the face of Californian Wine and excel California into the wine world limelight. 

More on the wines next time. 

New Member of StaffDate published: 05/05/14

Joe is officially in the building, Joe has come to us from Yeovil in Somerset. He is ready for the world of wine to take over his mind, body and soul just like cider has done in his past. Pop up and take a look at him. 

Have a lovely rest of your bank holiday weekend. 

Stow Horse Fair ClosureDate published: 05/05/14

We will be closed on Thursday 8th May for Stow Horse Fair

Sorry for any inconvenience

Become a member of our Fine Wine PlanDate published: 04/05/14

The Majestic Fine Wine Plan.

Ever thought about buying wine Fine Wine En Primeur?  Many fine wines are offered "En Primeur" (before they have been bottled by the producer and are still resting in barrel) and "In Bond" (exclusive of duty and VAT). 

Majestic's partner company Lay & Wheeler offer a fine wine plan which is a simple and effective way to gradually build your own fine wine collection for as little as £50 per month.  Some of the benefits of buying En Primeur with Lay & Wheeler include:

•  Storage at Vinotéque, a specialist wine-dedicated bonded warehouse.

•  Expert advice from knowledgeable and passionate staff.

•  An exciting and ever-evolving range.

•  Bordeaux and Burgundy En Primeur and fine wines from Champagne , Rioja, Tuscany and Piedmont in good vintages.

AND a discount card that can be used against future purchases from Majestic stores

For more information please visit http://www.layandwheeler.com


P.S  Invest enough each month and you also get 10% discount off your order in all Majestic stores.

A taste of Brad and AngelinaDate published: 03/05/14

Miraval Rose 2013

£17.99

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

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

New Bordeaux open to taste. Date published: 03/05/14

Château Tour du Haut Moulin 2007 Cru Bourgeois

Haut-Médoc

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot

Origin

Tour du Haut Moulin is situated in Cussac Fort, between Margaux and St-Julien, in the heart of Haut-Médoc. It has been owned by the Poitou family since 1870 and is now in the 6-generation of family ownership. It has 28 hectares of vines on Garonne gravel soils.

Taste

Now showing a good degree of maturity with its deep garnet colour, mellow bramble fruit and gentle notes of cedar and dark spice. Ripe tannins and soft fruit flavour provide a harmonious mouthfeel.


Vintage matters.................Date published: 27/04/14

Bordeaux - St Julien, Pauillac, St Estephe2010, 2009, 2000

                   Margaux 2009, 2005

                   Graves 2010, 2009, 2005

                   Pomerol 2009, 2008

                   St Emilion 2005, 2000

                   Barsac, Sauternes 2009, 2005, 2001

Red Burgundy - 2005

White Burgundy - 2008, 2002

Beaujolais - 2009

Champagne - 2002, 1996

Loire Valley - 2002

Rhone - 2010, 2009, 2007, 2003

Italy - Barolo, Barbaresco 2007, 2006, 2004

          Tuscany 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006

California - North Coast 2012

Argentina - 2006

South Australia - 2005

Chile - 2008, 2005

New Zealand - 2010, 2007

South Africa - 2009, 2006


Be the Bell of the BBQDate published: 27/04/14

ow in store.. a selection of rose magnums. Perfect to take to a BBQ!

Château de Berne Rosé 2012 Côtes de Provence 

£27.50

Grape: Grenache, Cinsault

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

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

M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence

£19.99

Grape: Grenache, Cinsault, TibourenOrigin

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

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

AIX Rosé 2013 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 

Magnum £19.99, Double Magnum £50

Grape: Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, CinsaultOrigin

An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum!

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


Limited Supply:

Miraval Rose, Cotes de Prevence 2013

£38

Grape: Cinsault, Grenache, Rolle, Syrah

The 17th Century Miraval estate is located in the Var region of Provence, and was bought by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2009 and extensively renovated.

A beautifully pale pink colour with a nose of wild strawberry and stone fruit, with delicate floral touches. Great palate texture, with soft tangerine and peach notes joining layers of berry fruit.


New Arrival which is pretty much all goneDate published: 27/04/14

Fleurie 2011, Gilles Gelin

Buy 2 save £5, £10.99 (Single Bottle £13.49)

Gilles is the fourth generation of talented winemakers in the Gelin family, owners of Domaine des Nugues, whose humble 15 acres of vineyards in Fleurie are responsible for some of the best quality wines this classic cru has to offer.

An inviting nose of crushed red berries is accented with subtle notes of rose petals, graphite and wet stone. Full bodied for a wine of this ilk, with a real sense of mass and plenty of lush tannins.

Pair this supple red with pork chops or coarse pâtés.

wine of the weekDate published: 25/04/14

Clos du Bois Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir originates from Burgundy in France, where it's know as a stroppy grape variety. It's thin skins make it prone to rot and and thing that can go wrong with this superstar grape variety will. Now a variety being grown all over the world, it's found a real place in California and this wine show cases that. Clos du Bois have almost 800 acres of vineyards throughout Sonoma County and the coastal regions of California. This Pinot Noir comes mainly from the Central and North Coast areas, and has been matured for 8 months in French, American and Eastern European oak.

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

£12.99

Buy 2 save £25%

£9.74


Wine of the Week: Berne Grande Recolte Date published: 17/04/14

Berne Grande Récolte Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence

Last year I had the chance to vist the Cotes de Provcence region in the South of France and stayed at the lovely Château de Berne for 2 nights. It's a Château steeped in history dating back to 1750 and producing wine since that date, has 110ha of vines set amongst the rolling hills and the picturesque surroundings. Today it is both a winery specialising mainly in rosé, and a rural leisure resort, promoting wine tourism and sustainable viticulture in the Côtes de Provence. As well as Grenache and Cinsault the are experimenting with oaked Vermentino, growing Syrah, Viognier but yet to blend the two for that classic Northern Rhone Cote-Rotie blend.

This cool-fermented rosé has a vibrant rosy colour, and a nose of spring flowers, raspberry and strawberry. Juicy and fresh in the mouth, with a hint of peachy exotic fruit.

Perfect with anti-pasti or Rustic Provence inspired dishes, think Nicoise Salad out in the garden.

£9.99

Buy 2 Save £2

£8.99


Chateau de Bern is back and the bottle is as square as everDate published: 14/04/14

Last year, we introduced another wine from Chateau de Berne Provence rose to our range. This wine had you all crying out for more!! This beautifully elegant, crisp and fruity dry number is back. It's bottle is again square and really eye catching. Speaking from experience having been to the Chateau and tasted this wine sat in the grounds while enjoying a delightful lunch this wine is a real sun lover. 

Grape

Grenache, Cinsault

Taste

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

Enjoy

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

£14.99

Buy 2 save 

£11.99

Culinary Treats!Date published: 13/04/14

 What goes better with a glass of wine than a yummy bit of food? Here at Stow we have decided to share some of our favourite recipes with you...our lovely customers. If you are intrigued to see what our debut recipe is, why not pop in and see? I'll give you a clue...its an explosion of some of South East Asia's best ingredients! We even have recipe cards you can take with you!!


Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Easter opening hoursDate published: 12/04/14

The opening hours for the Easter weekend are as follows:

Friday 18th April - usual opening hours 10am - 8pm

Saturday 19th April - usual opening hours 9am - 7pm

Easter Sunday 20th April - Closed

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

Pop in and stock up on our Easter treats


Wine of the Week Date published: 09/04/14

Mlle Jones Fitou 2012 Domaine Jones

We love supporting one of our own, whether it's at the winter Olympics, a child at sports day or in this case a fellow English lady. Lincolnshire born Katie Jones left a 17 year career in sales at a Cooperative based in Tuchan to follow her dream of making wine under her own name. She acquired a few small plots on the hillsides in the town of Fitou in the South of France, and with the help of Austrailian wine maker David Morrison Miss Jones has developed a small range of wines.

Both myself and Giles (manager) have been excited to taste this latest offering from Miss Jones after both having a certain respect, and a connection with the area of Fitou its self. Still taking that out of consideration this wine really doesn't disappoint. A classic Southern French blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan. On the nose the red fruit hits you first with hints of vanilla and clove, the appearance is a lovely ruby red, a colour you could only associate with the passion the land. The palate lingers for an eternity, the eucalyptus from the Syrah makes is way liner across the palate, juicy and wonderful on many levels. If you like Grenache or Rhone blends this wine is for you.

Mademoiselle Jones, Très bien

£14.99

Buy 2 save £4

£12.99


One hell of a Champagne Rose and one hell of a price. Date published: 06/04/14

Oeil de Perdrix Rosé Champagne

Made by the fantastic team at the esteemed house of Devaux, Oeil de Pedrix is named after is distinctively pale pink colour. The name, which in English means literally 'eye of patridge' is a reference to the pale pink colour of a Partridge in death throes. Much like the rare still wines of Switzerland which share the name, this Champagne is made by drawing the wine off the grape skins to achieve a delicate colour and flavour that can vary slightly from year to year, but always remains a delicate shade of pink.

Very gentle bubbles ensure the strawberry flavours work perfectly.

A majestic £16.66/ bottle as part of the Easter Pick N Mix


Top draw CAVA anybody???Date published: 06/04/14

Codorniu Seleccion Raventos NV -  £7.99*

Our good friend Olly Smith was on Saturday Kitchen this morning singing the praises of the excellent, and ever-reliable Codorniu Raventos as a food match alongside fish and chips!

As a huge Cava enthusiast, I was glad to see this wine getting some praise in the press and TV. Made in exactly the same way as Champagne (but with different grapes allowed), Cava offers outstanding value for money and in my opinion has bags more character than Prosecco at a similar price point.

The Seleccion Raventos has a classical nose and palate full of citrussy notes with fantastic fine-streamed bubbles providing the perfect foil for canapes.

*when you buy any 2 pick and mix wines as part of a mixed case


Summer is here and the Provence rose is open to taste. Date published: 05/04/14

Lets start with the AIX Magnums there back at £19.99:

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

A bargain Rose at £6.66:

Domaine La Chautarde is located near the city of Brignoles in Provence, and is a vast 245ha estate of pine and oak forests, olive groves, and vineyards covering 32ha. The soil type here is known as 'argilo-calcaire', which is a limestone-rich clay.A light, dry and fruity rosé, with strawberry, red cherry flavours accompanying more subtle flavours of watermelon and nectarine. Soft acidity and delicate juiciness make for a refreshed palate.

M de Minuty the one in the tall bottle £9.99:

Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel.

Sams taking home this eveningDate published: 04/04/14

Pinot Gris Grand Cru Spiegel 2007,Domaines Schlumberger

Pinot Gris Spiegel is known as one of the best sites in Alsace for Pinot Gris, andlies on an east-facing slope of sandy clay. Winemaking is subject toSchlumberger's legendary attention to detail, including hand-selection ofthe grapes, whole-bunch pressing and careful lees ageing.A wine of great texture and depth of flavour, this Pinot Gris is at onceyouthfully vibrant, harmonious and mature. The palate is full of ripewhite fruit, with finely balanced sweetness and acidity.


Drink with ripe soft cheeses or rich, creamy duck liver pâte.

£19.99Single bottle price £14.99BUY 2 BOTTLES SAVE £10When you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case

Wine of the Week: Quinta de Azevedo 2012, Vinho VerdeDate published: 04/04/14

Dare I say it but the winter seems to be behind us now, there are inklings of sunshine and warmer times ahead. It is the perfect time to dust off your garden furniture, stock up on some summer wines and get ready for the sunshine.......

A wine that many may overlook is this little white from Portugal, the Vinho Verde.

A great white wine, with a lovely combination of tropical fruits and a refreshing citrus finish.

For that extra touch of something special this Vinho Verde gets all the tastbuds tingling with a lovely spritz, ideal for sitting in the garden and enjoying the sunshine!!

A great tipple to enjoy with some over roasted seabass or a big chicken caesar salad...Enjoy!!

£8.99 or buy 2 and save 33%

£5.99


Wine of the week Date published: 29/03/14

Plaisir de Merle

Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Paarl, South Africa

The fruit for this wine comes from the slopes of Mount Simonsberg. Carefully selected and matured in small French oak Barriques, this wine blends the skills of Paul Pontallier from Chateau Margaux with the climate and modern winemaking techniques of South africa

A powerful nose with mixed red berries, vanilla and a hint of savouryness. The palate is rich full and bodied with weighty red fruit flavours and silky tannins.

This wine can be matured for a few years, or enjoyed now with red meats or casseroles.

Single bottle price - £18.74

Buy any 2 selected fine wines and save £10.00

Offer price - £13.74 per bottle


Champagnes 3 grape varietiesDate published: 23/03/14

Champagne Grapes

There are three main grape varieties used in the making of Champagne. These are:

Chardonnay - is most widely planted in the Cote des Blancs and Cote de Sezanne. It gives much lighter bodied wine than in Burgundy and has high acidity with floral and citrus fruit character.

Pinot Noir - dominates in Montagne de Reims and Cote des Bar. This variety produces wines of greater body and length, and provides the structural backbone to most blends. It can also give blends a red fruit character.

Meunier - predominates in the Vallee de la Marne because it buds late, protecting it from the spring frosts that occur more frequently in this area. It gives an east-to-drink fruitiness, and is especially important for wines that are made to be enjoyed while young.


Regions Explored: Rioja Date published: 23/03/14

Rioja

Taking its name from the Ria Oja, a tribute of the River Ebro, this region produces some of Spain's finest wines. The production of wine was first established by Bordeaux merchants, grape growers and wine merchants who moved to the area.

Wines from this region must be aged for longer periods than would normally be required and are are often aged past the minimum stipulation. For example a crianza red wine must spend a minimum of 12 months in cask, rather than six months required for other Dos.

Three-quarters of the production of Rioja is red wine, with 15 per cent rose and 10 per cent white.

The grape varieties permitted to be grown are Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo (used for more expensive reds), and Garnache (used for less expensive vino joven wines and rosados). Viura and Malvasia are used to produce white wines.

The red wines now range widely in style. Traditional Reserva and Gran Reserva reds saw long periods of oak-aging giving them savoury aromas of meat and caramel. The more modern are subject to less oxidative ageing, preserving the fruit flavours of tinned strawberry and plum fruit of the Tempranillo.

Traditional white wines were aged for extended periods in American oak and developed a deep golden colour with savoury, nutty flavours. Modern white wines are often fermented at low temperatures and bottled when young to preserve the maximum amount of fruit.


Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 22/03/14

Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NVGrapeProseccoOrigin

Azienda Vinicola Salatin are based in Cordignano, just 13km north-east of Conegliano. This Prosecco is made from grapes sourced entirely from the DOC vineyards of Treviso, and is made in the typically fruit-focussed, off-dry style.

Taste

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

Enjoy

An approachable aperitif style, which pairs very well with seafood starters.


WINE OF THE WEEK: Viñalba 50/50 2012, Tupungato, Domaine VistalbaDate published: 16/03/14

WINE OF THE WEEK

NEW IN!

Viñalba 50/50 2012, Tupungato, Domaine Vistalba

Viñalba are one of our favourite producers, so we were very excited to try this new arrival – and it doesn't disappoint!

A straight 'half-and-half' blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, this encapsulates all that's great about Argentinian wines – fantastic flavours and great value!

It's deep and inky in the glass with an inviting violet hue. The nose entices you with aromas of juicy dark fruits and a subtle herbal edge, while the palate is rich and plush with wave after wave of blackcurrant and damson flavours. The influence of the Cabernet and a sympathetic use of oak can be felt in the smooth tannins, which contribute to a long and lasting finish.

This fuller style of wine is a versatile match for food, lending itself well to rich and hearty stews, roast dinners and of course our favourite, steak and chips!

£11.99/bottle

or

buy 2 save £6

£8.99


Wine of the Week: Rustenberg RM NicholsonDate published: 14/03/14

Wine of the Week

Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010, Stellenbosch


Named for Rustenberg's charismatic former owner Reg Merriman Nicholson, who lived and worked as winemaker at Rustenberg for 30 years, the RM Nicholson is produced by vinifying small batches of each variety separately, blending, then ageing in oak for 7 months.
This full bodied blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Franc offers a blackcurrant aroma complemented by notes of dried herbs and black pepper. The palate is fleshy and firmly structured, with weighty red fruit flavours and bold tannins.
This wine can be matured for a few years, or enjoyed now with red meats or casseroles.


Single bottle price - £13.99

Buy any 2 or more wines from the March Pick 'N' Mix, and save 33%

Offer price - just £9.32 per bottleThat's £55.92 per case of 6 (£28 saving!)

Summer Tasting Evening Date published: 14/03/14

We know have our date for this year's Summer Tasting. Its Wednesday 14th May from 6.30pm

Please phone us or e-mail to book your place as it is always popular and numbers are limited


See you there

Wine of the Week: Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Bush Vine Pinotage 2010, StellenboschDate published: 11/03/14

Hand-picked from a single vineyard site in Stellenbosch, South Africa, this Pinotage is fermented and aged in French oak for 18 months.

Full bodied and juicy on the palate, this Pinotage is a bold and classy take on South Africa's signature red grape. A deep plum purple colour, this wine features intense damson and black cherry fruit, accented with hints of smoked meat and truffle notes, and the oak offers a spicy toastiness.

This wine will be perfect with barbecued ribs and flame grilled meats as the warmer weather approaches...

As part of South African tasting week, this Pinotage is on a multi buy offer not to be missed!

Usually £14.99/bottle, you save £6 when you buy two or more

That makes it £11.99/bottle,

or 71.94/case of 6. (£18 saving!)


WINE OF THE WEEK: Château Clos Fontaine 2007, Côtes de FrancsDate published: 06/03/14

WINE OF THE WEEK

Château Clos Fontaine 2007,

Côtes de Francs

This new arrival hails from Bordeaux's smallest appellation, located to the east of St-Emilion. Owned by the famous Thienpont family, Clos Fontaine is probably the area's best known property.

Medium bodied and juicy on the palate, this Merlot dominated blend is remarkably well balanced and relatively easy drinking for a Claret. It has a good concentration of dark fruits and but has started to mellow and take on gentle hints of spice. The tannins are well integrated and help provide a lasting length.

Just the ticket to enjoy alongside the Sunday roast!

And to make it even more attractive, the Clos Fontaine is part of our March Pick 'n' Mix!

Usually £9.99/bottle, you save 1/3 when you buy any two from the selection (look for the little tags!)

That makes it just £6.66/bottle,

or £39.96/case of 6.


Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NV is open to try!Date published: 01/03/14

This weekend (1st/2nd March) we'll have the Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NV available to taste!

From grapes sourced from the vineyards of Treviso, this is a classic example of a fruit-focused off-dry style of Prosecco.

Bursting with green apple, this zesty and aromatic Prosecco is a refreshing alternative to Champagne.

Currently part of our Pick 'n' Mix deal, this has a single bottle price of £14.99 - but when you buy any 2 wines on the P 'n' M offer you save 33%! At £9.99 a bottle, it's a great way to celebrate the arrival of spring!

Aix Rose Magnums back in stock!Date published: 28/02/14

Spring musty be approaching - our ever-popular Aix Rose Magnums are back in stock!

£19.99 per magnum, these are a HUGE favourite with staff and customers alike!

Be sure to buy yours soon - they have a habit of disappearing fast!

WINE OF THE WEEK Brand New: Stella Alpina Chardonnay 2012, DOC Alto AdigeDate published: 25/02/14

We're proud to introduce one of our latest new arrivals! You may already be familiar with the Stella Alpina Pinot Grigio and here's its sister wine, the Stella Alpina Chardonnay.

Tucked away in Italy's northernmost wine region the Alto Adige is nestled between the Alps and the Dolomites, providing excellent growing conditions for the grapes. Moderate temperatures due to the high altitude combined with 1800 annual sunshine hours produces flavoursome fruit with a good acidity content, perfect for making this fresh style Chardonnay.

If you enjoy a lighter Chardonnay then this is the one for you, crisp and fruity on the palate you can almost transport yourself to the mountains it originates from.

This would be great with a roasted red pepper and chilli pesto pasta or perhaps a nice roast chicken stuffed with olives, feta, roasted tomatoes and herbs. Enjoy!

£13.99 or buy and 2 'Pick 'N' Mix wines and save 33%

£9.33


Magnums of Margaux!Date published: 22/02/14

We've just received a delivery of Chateau Labegorce 2002, Margaux Cru Bourgeois in magnums!

Labegorce always offers fantastic value for money and now you can have twice the fun of a standard size bottle!

Magnums are the ideal size of bottle to mature wine, and the way the Labegorce has integrated is clear evidence of this.

Fresh redcurrant and plum notes are accompanied by the unmistakable cassis and pencil case aromas of Bordeaux. This is a super wine for the vintage, and one which provide much enjoyment in the future.

£55 each.

Quantities are limited, so please act fast to avoid disappointment!

Wine of the Week: Chateau Moulin Eyquem 2002.Date published: 22/02/14

Wine of the Week: Chateau Moulin Eyquem 2002, Cotes de Bourg.

Here's a fantastic value wine for those of you who love your mature Clarets!

From vineyards which overlook the Dordogne, this wine is drinking superbly at the moment.

Having mellowed with age, there is a complex nose of stewed blackcurrants, plums and raisins. The palate is mid-weight, with hints of sweet spice and vanilla.

Gorgeous served alongside rabbit and other lighter game dishes.

£9.99 single bottle, or £7.49 each when you buy 2 or more.

Healthy wine!Date published: 14/02/14

There has recently been a study into the health benefits of wine for your heart and the results show that wines high in Flavanols have a positive effect. Flavanols are present in the skins and pips of grapes with some grape varieties having a higher concentration than others. 25 high street wines were tested and the wine which contained the highest levels was one in our range. It is the Langhe Nebbiolo from the De Forville Estate in Piedmont in Northern Italy on offer at the moment down from £11.99 to £8.99

Its a cracking wine with rich red berry fruit and a touch of spice. It should be enjoyed with creamy cheeses or richer meats and benefits from decanting some time in advance . A wine a good as this and healthy. Can't be bad!

All in moderation of course 

New Additions to our 33% off Pick 'n' Mix offerDate published: 13/02/14

This week we have added 2 great wines to our February Pick 'n' Mix offer.

Firstly an old favourite has returned for a one off Swansong. Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2012 is available at a one off price of £6.66. Hurry up though as we only have a few bottles left and once they are gone, we wont be seeing them again.

Secondly a fantastic February warmer in the Cotes du Rhone Guigal is now available, 1/3 off at £7.99. This is again one of our best selling wines and is flying out the door at £7.99.

Remember we offer free delivery and you can order on the internet or over the phone on 01451833790.




Callum's Fine Wine PickDate published: 13/02/14

Last but no means least in our series of staff Fine Wine Picks, it's Trainee Manager Callum...

Château Barde-Haut 2001, St-Emilion

'We were lucky enough to try this recently and all the staff were impressed!

'This is right at it's optimum drinking window, with a beautiful balance between fruit, tannin, acidity and secondary characteristics. The Barde-Haut is silky and seductive, a real dream of a claret!

'At £35, this makes for a real treat - but it's worth it! I've been disappointed by other wines at this price, but this is well-worth every penny - I've even bought some myself!'

Catriona's Fine Wine PickDate published: 12/02/14

Next up in our series of staff Fine Wine recommendations is Trainee Manager Catriona...

Vigneto du Lot Soave Classico 2011, Inama

'Here's proof that there's more to Italian white wine than Pinot Grigio!

'This is such a complex wine, a world away from cheaper imitations. Subtle herb flavours are supported by stone fruit and vanilla notes, with a refreshing acidity. It really is one of those wines where the more you sip, the more you get from it!

'It's a versatile food wine and is perfect for this time of year.

'And to top it all, it's part of our Fine Wine deal - £25/bottle, you save £10 when you buy any 2 selected Fine Wines making the Inama £20/bottle.'

James' Fine Wine PickDate published: 11/02/14

Continuing our series of staff Fine Wine selections, here's Assistant Manager James' pick...

Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2012

'If you like richer reds like Shiraz and Malbec, then this is a great wine to try!

'This Californian beauty is full and ripe, bursting with red fruits and subtle spice. It's a delight to drink, especially when partnered to a rare rib-eye steak!

'It's ridiculously moreish, especially when it's on such a great offer - £19.99/bottle, it's part of our Fine Wine Deal, so when you buy any 2 selected Fine Wines you save £10. At just £14.99/bottle it's very hard to resist coming back for more!'

Gile's Fine Wine PickDate published: 10/02/14

In a new series of articles, we'll be picking our favourite Fine Wines. First up, it's Manager Giles...

St-Véran 'Les Crais' 2011, Domaine Cordier

'Cordier is one of my favourite producers in our excellent range of White Burgundies – always consistent and excellent value.

'This is a rich and decadent style of St-Véran, with a rounded texture full of creamy peach and apricot flavours which last forever. It's extremely moreish, so it's hard to resist drinking now – but if you can keep your hands off it, it will age beautifully for another 5-8 years.

'At £19.99 a bottle it just sneaks into our Fine Wine category – but it knocks the spots off many of its more expensive rivals!

'And we stock a whole range of Cordier wines, from £12 up to £30. You won't be disappointed by any of them!'

Wine of the Week: Vinalba Reservado Cabernet Malbec Petit Verdot 2010! Date published: 09/02/14

With a blend of 50% Cabernet, 40% Malbec and 10% Petit Verdot, this wine undergoes 12 months in French Oak, before re-blending with the other wine. This dark and powerful Bordeaux inspired blend offers aromas of cassis, mint and spice.With its well rounded body and juicy palate full of forest fruits, matches perfectly with the classic roasted leg of lamb!

At £8.99, when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case, this great wine is well worth a try!



Bargain Bouquet Top PicksDate published: 09/02/14

As well as the fabulous deals on our Pick 'n' Mix offer, we have a fantastic selection of wines all priced below £6 - they're our Bargain Bouquets!

Here are my Top Picks!

Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Franc 2012, Central Valley, Chile. £5.99, was £7.99. All the gorgeous Cabernet aromas of pencil case and dark fruits with the soft tannins and accessibility of a Merlot. Great value!

Cuvee de Richard Blanc 2012, PGI Comte Tolosan, France. £5.49. Lovely and fresh, a great alternative to straight Sauvignon Blanc.

Torres Vina Sol 2012, Catalunya, Spain. £5.99, was £7.99. Bring some sunshine to the wet and windy Cotswolds with this beauty! So refreshing and moreish!

La Serrana Tempranillo 2012, Carinena, Spain. £4.99. It might not have a fancy label but it's what's in the bottle that counts! Soft, fruity and oh-so-easy to drink. Awesome value!

New Fine Wine ArrivalsDate published: 08/02/14

We've just received some cracking new Fine Wines!

So if you're looking for a treat or something to lay down for the future, then we suggest these latest arrivals...

Chateau Chasse-Spleen 2010, Cru Bourgeois, Moulis: 2010 was a fantastic year for classic clarets, and the big names have big prices to match! Give this highly-regarded Chateau a try if you're after something more affordable. One for the cellar. £30/bottle, £360/case of 12

Puligny-Montrachet 2002, Jean-Marc Boillot: It's rare to find mature quality white Burgundy at a reasonable price, but this has been sourced through our sister company Lay and Wheeler. Concentrated and rich with a heavenly length, this is what mature white Burgundy is all about! £60/bottle, £720/case of 12.

Chambolle-Musigny 2009, Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux: This red Burgundy from a highly-rated producer carries one of the lesser-known village names, but it's what's in the bottle that counts! A cracking vintage has produced wines which are very age worthy - enjoyable now, this will only improve with age! £35/bottle, £420/case of 12.

Crittenden Estate Chardonnay 2011, Mornington Peninsula: A plush and generous Aussie Chardonnay with the hallmark freshness of the Mornington Peninsula. Gorgeous now, given a couple of extra years in bottle this will be delectable! And it's part of our Fine Wine Deal - £22/bottle, or buy any 2 selected Fine Wines and save £10 = £17/bottle, £102/case of 6.

Quantities are limited, so please contact us quickly if you would like to order any of the above wines.

Region in focus: BordeauxDate published: 04/02/14

Region in Focus – Bordeaux

Bordeaux, the world-renowned region of two halves, situated in South East France it has a reputation for some of the world’s finest reds and sweet wines.

The region can be split into 3 key areas: Left Bank, Right Bank and Between the Dordogne and Garonne. On the left bank is Medoc: Saint Estephe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Haut Medoc: Margaux, Graves: Pessac Leognan, Cerons, Barsac and Sauternes. On the other side of the Gironde, on the right bank is Saint-Emilion, Saint-Emilion Satellites, Pomerol, Fronsac, Cotes de Bourg,and Premieres Cotes de Blaye. Finally, between the Dordogne and Garonne is Entre-Deux-Mers and Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux.

The region has a moderate maritime climate, which benefits from the warming effect of the Gulf Stream. The Atlantic brings high levels of rainfall and humidity, however the vineyards are protected from the worst of the Atlantic storms by the Landes Forest. The soils are varied, for example Gravel and Clay will be found in Medoc, Haut Medoc and Graves. And in St-Emilion and Pomerol Alongside Gravel and Clay, Limestone subsoil will also be present.

The variable weather conditions tend to make it too risky to rely on one grape variety. For this reason the majority of red Bordeaux wines and most whites are produced from a blend. Although 13 grape varieties are permitted under AC regulations, most wines are dominated by the following 3 black grapes and 2 white: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion.

Here in Stow we have a vast selection of Bordeaux from ever-day drinking to some of the finest the region has to offer. So why not pop in to find the perfect bottle for you!

Here are some of our favourites you may wish to try!

Château Mugron 2010: At £6.99 this is a great value Bordeaux, and has proven very popular here in Stow!

Château Peyrabon 2003, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc: This is a wonderful mid priced Bordeaux that is perfect to drink now and a great food wine! At £12.99 it's most definitely one to watch!

Château Barde-Haut 2001, St-Emilion: At it's peak of maturity this fine wine is a real treat at £35.00! With 2001 being a brilliant vintage this is most definitely something you Bordeaux lovers have to try!  


Wine of the Week: BRAND NEW Gavi 2013 AraldicaDate published: 31/01/14

The start of a new year also means NEW wines for Majestic, so here is the first one we can showcase for you! Gavi has proved to be an ever popular grape variety, easy drinking, nice zesty citrus fruits and not too acidic.

Our new Gavi Araldica embodies all of these qualities. It is fresh, fruity and mouth wateringly good with fish, salads or perhaps even a lovely cajun pork loin and roasted vegetables.

The small town of Gavi is really building a reputation for excellent quality, reasonable priced white wines and this is no different. Give it a try, hopefully you will love it too!!

£9.99 or buy 2 and save £4

£7.99


Chinese New Year: January 31st 2014Date published: 28/01/14

Chinese New Year is upon us and the usual question is being asked what should you drink with good Chinese food?

Well, as recently discussed in the latest edition of Decanter magazine, many young and wealthy Chinese are enjoying a Bordeaux style wine with their tradition cuisine. I'm not sure a Bordeaux would be the first thing I would pick, but I will give anything a try once! Perhaps some other options would be a light fruity Pinot Gris from New Zealand? If you are having something particularly spicey then a great Chilean or Alsace Gewurtztraminer could do the trick. If none of those ideas take your fancy then I would say pick something you enjoy and don't worry too much about whether it is the right wine or not....as long as you enjoy it, that is all that counts!

We hope the Year of the Horse is a happy, healthy and lucky one for you!

Wine of the Week: Rioja Muriel, Reserva Vendimia Seleccionada, 2008Date published: 25/01/14

This great value wine comes from the little village of Elciego in the chalky soils of the Rioja-Alavesa. Spending two years in French and American oak, then two years in bottle before release this wine has the chance to develop all the lovely tones you would expect from a Rioja.

On the nose this wine is full of lovely cherries, cassis with a touch of vanilla. There are also traces of leather and a slight herby character on the palate. With smooth tannins and a good body, this wine is most certainly a food wine.

If you are planning a lovely winter stew, a tapas feast or perhaps a nice rump steak then this wine would be the ideal thing to accompany it.

£9.99 or buy 2 and save £5

£7.49


Winter WarmersDate published: 24/01/14

It's that time of the year when we want to do nothing other than snug-up in front of the fire with a glass of warming red!

So here's some of our favourites to get you in the mood...

Cotes du Rhone Belleruche 2012, M. Chapoutier. Middleweight and packed with rich blackberry and cherry fruit, supported by subtle spice flavours. Cracking value at £7.99 when you buy any 2 selected Rhone wines (was £9.99).

Vinalba Malbec-Touriga Nacional Reservado 2010, Mendoza. This is Argentina meets Portugal - rich and hearty, loaded with mulberry and violet aromas with a long-lasting finish. £8.99 when you buy 2 or more (was £11.99).

Kangarilla Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, McLaren Vale. Softer than alternatives from Barossa, this is nonetheless a rounded and velvety Cabernet, with plenty of blackcurrant flavours alongside the cedar notes. £11.99 when you buy any 2 selected Australian wines (was £14.99).

Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2012, California. Bold and heady, with layers of ripe raspberry and blackberry with a warming spice. Delicious and plump! £15.99 when you buy any 2 selected Californian wines (was £19.99).

Amarone Classico 'Vigneti di Roccolo' 2010, Cantina Negrar. Everyone's favourite winter warmer! Concentrated flavours of raisins, Christmas cake, spice and chocolate abound in this complex and brooding wine. Soft, velvet-like tannins add to the gorgeous texture. £18 when you buy any 2 selected Fine Wines (was £23).

Do you own or manage a holiday let?Date published: 24/01/14

Do you own or manage a holiday let?

Well what better way to greet your guests than with a bottle or two from our range?

It's such a simple thing but something which can make a real difference.

Make those romantic Valentine's Day getaways all the more special for your guests with a bottle of sparkling wine – or for a real treat, how about a bottle of rosé Champagne?

With prices and styles to suit all budgets and tastes, why not pop in and see us today?


Stay in the know with our Customer Preference File!Date published: 23/01/14

Stay in the know with our Customer Preference File!

Whether you crave Chilean Chardonnay, rave about Rieslings, go bonkers for Bordeaux, or are seduced by Shiraz - ask to be added to our Customer Preference File!

We can then keep you informed about price changes on your favourite wines, as well as any new additions to our range which we think you'll enjoy.

As always, we won't share your details with anyone else and we'll only contact you when we think it'll be of benefit to you.

Contact us today to find out more!

Just arrived: New Australian winesDate published: 20/01/14

A couple of new Australian wines have joined our Majestic selection over the last week...and with 20% off all of them, this is a deal not to be missed!

Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon, £10.39 usually £12.99

From the famous Coonawarra region of Australia, this Cabernet is everything you would expect, big bold fruit characters, medium body with a little oak tint. Deliberately made to be a fruit driven wine, this has very soft tannins, giving you a nice long fruity finish! 

Otterbrook MIll Shiraz, £6.39 usually £7.99 - 

This is a blend of Shiraz grapes from many famous areas of Australia including Barossa Valley, The Hunter Valley and Coonawarra. Because of this the result is a complex, elegant wine. Lots of dark berry and plum flavours exude from the glass with a hint of toasted oak that gives Shiraz its wonderful spice.

Old favourites have returned....we also now have the McGuigan Chardonnay and Shiraz back in stock...a favourite of many these are great easy going wines and both at the very reasonable price of £6.39 a bottle

Why not stop buy and check out the rest of our exciting Australian range we have to offer, or take a look at our website?

Bargain Hunt UpdateDate published: 19/01/14

Bargain Hunt Update

We have now SOLD OUT of our Bargain Hunt wines here at Majestic Stow.

However, please don't hesitate to contact us if there was a particular wine that you were looking for - we may still be able to source it from another store.

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2005Date published: 19/01/14

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2005

We have just received a small quantity of this fantastic wine - so make sure you reserve yours today!

You may remember this from Web-Exclusive a few months back - but such was the demand for this fabulous wine that we've managed to secure another allocation!

If you're looking for something with the real WOW factor, then look no further! It's so rare to find mature vintages, especially from such sought after producers as Cloudy Bay. Rich and toasty on the palate, this has matured beautifully. A real 'occasion' wine - but accessibly priced.

£31.25 or save 20% when you buy any other New Zealand wine = £25. Why not compare this to the current vintage?

Quantities are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. So contact us soon to avoid disappointment!

Book your spot on our Wine Course!Date published: 19/01/14

We've added a couple of Wine Courses to our diary - have you?

On Thursday 6th of February and Thursday 6th of March we will be running a Wine Course in-store. Both start at 18.30 and last for roughly an hour and a half.

If you want to learn more about how wine is made, why different wines taste like they do, and the basics of food and wine matching, then this is the event for you!

The event is FREE, but each course is limited to 10 people - so contact us soon to reserve your space!

LAST CHANCE BARGAINS....Date published: 18/01/14

The Bargain hunt is rapidly coming to a close and we just have a few great wines left for you....

Chilean Pinot Noir, £6.66, Beaujolais-Village, £7.99 and New Zealand Pinot Noir, £7.33.

If any of these tickle you taste buds then make sure you stop by....once they are gone, they're gone!

WINE OF THE WEEK: Paul Mas Estate 'Gardemiel Vineyard' Malbec 2012 PGI Pays d'OcDate published: 18/01/14

This Malbec is a great example of a reliable, fruit driven Southern French red wine. Produced by the well known and well respected wine maker, Paul Mas. The vineyard is located near Pézenas in the Languedoc region of southern France. The area experiences cool winters and hot summers providing the perfect growing conditions for a luscious, full bodied Malbec.

This wine echoes the old rusticity of a Cahors Malbec but embraces the rich fruitiness of an Argentinian Malbec, some might say you get the best of both worlds.

On the nose you have lots of dark fruit loveliness, plums, cherries and blackberries oozing from the glass. The influence of the 10% Cabernet Franc just lightens it up, adding a slight herbaceous tint.

To taste this Malbec is bright and vibrant. All the fruit characters you expect provide a smooth flavoursome mouth feel, whilst the use of new oak just rounds off the tannins nicely.

This is the kind of wine which would go ideally with steak, a lovely winter casserole or even slow roasted lamb shank.

£9.99 or buy 2 and save £2

£8.99


Burrow Hill Cider available to try!Date published: 18/01/14

Thought our tasting counter was just for wines? Well think again!

We have our fantastic new cider, Burrow Hill from Somerset, available to try!

So pop down and see us soon!

NEW ARRIVAL: Burrow Hill CiderDate published: 16/01/14

A Majestic exclusive has just arrived....Burrow Hill Cider!

A new addition to the Majestic range, this cider comes straight from the homegrown apples from the farm in Somerset . Pressed and blended in a traditional style this is a classic medium dry sparkling cider. Artisan is its production, style and origin, this cider is guaranteed to tickle those taste buds!!

Pack of eight bottles for £18.00

Burns Night Bonanza.....Date published: 16/01/14

Burns night; a fantastic excuse to gather some friends and family, perhaps go and catch you very own haggis (you know they can be lively little creatures) and make a toast to the great Robert Burns.

Its all very well tucking in to a delicious feast of haggis, tatties and neeps, but what to drink with it? Here is our guide for the perfect tipple for your Scottish feast...

Now traditionally one has to drink a wee dram of whisky with ones haggis, these are the ones that tempt us....

Auchentoshan Classic – Single Malt Scotch Whisky, £26.00

This is a classic lowland whisky, with all the vanilla and coconut characteristics you would expect. A really smooth, delicate whisky ideal with supper or afterwards.

Bowmore – Single Malt Scotch Whisky, £30.00

From the lovely island of Islay comes this 12 yr old whisky. A well balanced tipple, with all the classic undertones of peaty smokiness you expect from Bowmore. The gentle influence of heather and honey just smooths it off, giving a lovely finish.

Ardmore – Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, £30.00

In the Highlands above Aberdeen you can find the little distillery of Ardmore. A consistent style of Highland whisky, combining heather with peaty smokiness. It has a very full, rich flavour ideal with haggis!

Auchentoshan Three Wood – Single Malt Scotch Whisky, £40.00

On the outskirts of Glasgow you will find the Auchentoshan distillery. Their Three Wood whisky is a richer style. Ageing starts in the classic American Bourbon casks before being transferred to Spanish Olorosso and then finally Pedro Ximenez sherry casks to finish off. The result is a smooth, complex whisky full of rich fruit, hazelnut and even chocolate characters. A real treat if you fancy something a little different.

Last but not least don't forget to toast the Haggis!! Enjoy!!


New Fine Wine ArrivalsDate published: 16/01/14

We've just taken delivery of some exciting new Fine Wines here at Majestic Stow!

First up are some Left-Bank Bordeauxs from the outstanding 2010 vintage...

Chateau Haut-Batailley, Pauillac - £45/bottle

Chateau d'Armailhac, Pauillac - £50/bottle

Chateau Langoa-Barton, St-Julien - £65/bottle

For our lovers of red Burgundy, we have the Chambolle-Musigny 2009 from Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux. Another excellent vintage, this is accessibly priced at £35/bottle.

And for a couple of winter-warmers, we have a couple of Ports from two of the best vintages of the 1980s. Reaching full maturity, these are drinking beautifully now...

Warre's 1983 - £70/bottle

Fonseca 1985 - £85/bottle

Stock is limited, so please act fast if you'd like to secure some of these fantastic wines.

Wine of the Week: Kangarilla Road Chardonnay 2012 McLaren ValeDate published: 15/01/14

This lively, well balanced Chardonnay is from a small winery in the up and coming McLaren Vale area in South Australia. Down the coast from Adelaide, this maritime climate encourages the perfect conditions for a crisp, fruity Chardonnay.


It's wonderful citrus and zest flavours partner perfectly with its lighter white peach characteristics. With such a tight acidity this wine is superbly balanced, with a great length of flavour.


This will work perfectly with homemade fish pie, a succulent chicken pasta dish or even a lovely goats cheese and red onion tart.           

  £13.74 or  £10.99  When you buy at least 2 Bottles as part of a mixed case.              
 

Wine of the Week: Giesen Chardonnay 2012, MarlboroughDate published: 08/01/14

Wine of the Week:  Giesen Chardonnay 2012, Marlborough

Here's a wine which shows Marlborough has more to offer than just Sauvignon Blanc!

Grapes from a dozen different vineyards contribute to this wine, with portions of the blend having undergone fermentation and ageing in French oak barrels. With several months of lees contact, the Giesen has added weight and creaminess, without losing any freshness or fruit character. Lovers of Mâcon-Villages will find this very appealing!

Ripe stone fruits are complemented by a subtle toastiness on the crisp palate. The oak adds to the lightly creamy texture, and contributes to the long finish.

An ideal party wine to serve alongside all manner of food, including poultry and fish. Or simply enjoy it on its own!

£9.99

or

buy any 2 New Zealand wines, save 20%

£7.99


New Year's RevelationsDate published: 07/01/14

The New Year is a great time to make a resolution or two! And we at Majestic Stow don't believe in giving things up - instead we're all in favour of trying something new!

Here's a selection of wines to help you step out of your comfort zone and to explore the world of wine!

Kangarilla Road Chardonnay 2012, McLaren Vale - £10.99 when you buy any 2 Aussie wines

A lot of people still have nightmares about Aussie Chardonnays – big oak, big alcohol, big everything. But this stereotype is unjust, as things have changed drastically over the past decade or so.

Try this lively, fresh and crisp Chardonnay from the cooler McLaren Vale district. It only has a kiss of French oak and concentrates on the zesty citrus flavours. And at only 12.5%, it's more Mâcon than mammoth!

Dry Furmint 2011, Royal Tokaji - £8.49 when you buy 2 or more

Royal Tokaji are best known for their exceptional dessert wines, but here they use their skills to produce an excellent dry wine. Hungary may not be on most people's wine radars, but efforts like this show what potential there is!

Rich yet crisp on the palate, this is a remarkably complex wine for the money. If you enjoy varieties like Viognier and Chardonnay, it's well worth trying!

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

It's always tempting to 'trade-up' and try something more expensive, but the world of fine wine can be daunting – and disappointing. That's why we've selected this Amarone as a potential treat!

A name that's known even to people outside the world of wine, Amarone is a rich, fruit driven style of wine which is hugely popular. Made from grapes which have been dried, this has swathes of raisined fruit flavours, alongside warming clove and spice aromas. The perfect winter warmer and a great introduction to fine wine!

Striking French Merlot 2012, PGI Pays d'Oc - £7.99 when you buy 2 or more

Many people find French wines off-putting – it can be hard to decipher labels which use place names for wines! But if you prefer the New World and are looking to explore French wine, the South of France is a great place to start.

The warmer climate gives the reds extra body and fruit, making them more accessible if you're familiar with Chilean Merlot. Plus producers like Jean-Claude Mas make it easy for consumers to know what's in the bottle, while having a little fun with their labels! This plush Merlot is packed with delicious dark fruit flavours which'll restore your faith in French wine!

La Garnacha 2011, Salvaje del Moncayo - £7.99 when you buy 2 or more

It's easy to forget, but Spain offers more than just Rioja! Salvaje del Moncayo is just one of many up-and-coming regions that have often sat in Rioja's shadow, but which are now carving reputations for themselves.

More fruit-driven than many Riojas, this Garnacha is fresh and medium bodied, brimming with vibrant red fruit. With subtle oak influences, this is a world away from traditional style Riojas. It's also a food-friendly wine – try with a selection of tapas and see for yourself!

Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2010 - £9.99 when you buy 2 or more

In the world of sparkling wines, Cava has been overtaken by Prosecco in recent years and has gained something of a mixed reputation. Codorníu is at the head of a renaissance in Cava though, and produces Cavas which surpass the equivalent priced Proseccos.

This 100% Pinot Noir Cava has similar flavours to Prosecco, with fresh pear complemented by subtle brioche notes. The palate is bone dry though and has Cava's hallmark freshness, making it very moreish and the ideal partner to smoked salmon!


Fizz Offers for the New Year!Date published: 28/12/13

Make your New Year's Eve go with a bang with these cracking new offers!

Pol Roger NV is on an improved deal, down to just £30 a bottle.

Perrier-Jouet NV is now just £25 a bottle.

Our fantastic Codorníu Selección Raventós NV Cava is just £6.99!

Cava Calamino NV is reduced to £5.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles.

Lindauer Brut Cuvée NV is now £8.99!

There really is something to suit all tastes and budgets!

Wine of the Week - Surani Costarossa 2011 Primitivo di ManduriaDate published: 27/12/13

If you enjoy wines with great dark fruit characters and equal body to match it then this is the wine for you. Packed with plums, prunes and a hint of spiciness this is a great wine to accompany food or just to enjoy as it is.

Originating from Italy, Primitivo is now more commonly known as Zinfandel, a grape made famous by Californian producers. With all the classic features of good fruit, nice body and a velvety mouth feel, this would go perfectly with rich meats, or a more classical spaghetti bolognese.

£8.99 when you buy 2 or more

or £9.99 for a single bottle


FOCUS ON FINE WINE: Guidalberto 2011, Tenuta San Guido and Meursault Narvaux 2010, Louis JadotDate published: 20/12/13

FOCUS ON FINE WINE

Here at Stow we've cracked open a couple of gems for you to try! And both are part of our Fine Wine Deal – when you buy any 2 from our wide selection, you save £10. So if you enjoy them, why not take a bottle of each?

Guidalberto 2011, Tenuta San Guido,

IGT Toscana.

First up is the 'little brother' to the world famous Sassicaia – arguably Italy's finest wine. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this will appeal to fans of Bordeaux, with its classic structure, fruit-driven core and layers of complexity. When you consider Sassicaia sells for upwards of £100, this is remarkably good value and beats a lot of its French competitors in the same bracket.

£30

or

£25 on the Fine Wine Deal

Meursault Narvaux 2010, Louis Jadot

Then we have a white Burgundy from one of the most loved areas, Meursault, made by one of the most reliable and popular producers, Louis Jadot. This single-vineyard wine exhibits all the hallmarks of a typical Meursault, with a rounded body, a pleasing nutty crispness and a long fresh finish.

£30

or

£25 on the Fine Wine Deal


Wine of the Week: Lirac Vignobles Abeille 2011, Mont RedonDate published: 17/12/13

Wine of the Week

Lirac Vignobles Abeille 2011, Mont Redon

Love Châteauneuf-du-Pape? Well try this wine from the neighbouring region of Lirac, produced from a similar blend of hearty varieties, including Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.

The Mont Redon has an inviting nose of raspberry and blackberry, with a hint of warming spice. The robust palate has a great core of dark fruits supported by smooth tannins. A true winter warmer, this is a deep and brooding wine, ideal for the festive period.

Match this with full-flavoured meat dishes such as venison stew or a simple sirloin steak.

Remarkably good value when compared to its more illustrious neighbour.

£15.99

or

buy any 2 Rhône wines save 20%

(why not compare it to one of our Châteauneufs?)

£12.79


Majestic Stow is still able to deliver before Christmas...Date published: 16/12/13

Majestic Stow is still able to deliver before Christmas...

But please order soon to avoid disappointment!

The best way to check our schedule is to call us in-store - 01451 833 790.

Christmas Opening Hours..Date published: 14/12/13

Our opening hours have changed for Christmas and New Year!!

We are now open:

Saturday 14th December - 9am-7pm

Sunday 15th December - 10am-5pm

Monday 16th - Satruday 21st - 9am-8pm

Sunday 22nd - 10am-5pm

Monday 23rd - 9am-8pm

Christmas Eve - 9am-5pm

Christmas Day - Closed

Boxing Day - Closed

Friday 27th - 10am-8pm

Saturday 28th - 9am-7pm

Sunday 29th - 10am-5pm

Monday 30th - 10am-7pm

New Years Eve - 10am-5pm

New Years Day - Closed

From the 2nd of January we are back to our usual trading hours.

Christmas DeliveryDate published: 14/12/13

Still need some wines for Christmas? Why not order online and we will deliver them out to you as soon as we can. Or if you would rather just give us a call in store and order over the phone. There is still time!



Pre-mixed wine cases.....the perfect present!Date published: 13/12/13

Pre-mixed and ready to go!!

Need a 12 bottle case of wine already mixed and boxed for you?

Here at Majestic we have a put few together for you...

The Discovery Case for £65.68 :

2 x Esprit Soleil Sauvignon

2 x Garganega Albinoni

2 x Cuvee de Richard Blanc

2 x Cuvee Genevieve Rouge

2 x Cuvee de Richard Rouge

2 x Mountain View Merlot

Discovery Reds for £67.08 :

3 x Cuvee Genevieve Rouge

3 x Aspen Shiraz

3 x Cuvee de Richard Rouge

3 x Mountain View Merlot

The Seasonal Selection for £83.88 :

2 x La Grille Sauvignon Blanc

2 x Rondini Verdicchio

2 x William Hardy Signature Chardonnay

2 x Leon Perdigal Cotes du Rhone

2 x Rioja Tinto Reserva Berberana

2 x Portillo Malbec

Just ask a member of the team if you have any questions or want us to grab one for you!


Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2011, Martinborough open to try!Date published: 11/12/13

STOW'S SPOTLIGHT ON FINE WINE

Craggy Range Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2011, Martinborough

Still looking for that special wine for Christmas lunch? Well this is the answer!

Pinot Noir is the classic match for turkey and goose, and this is a fine example from New Zealand's Martinborough region.

Light and bright in the glass, the Te Muna exhibits inviting aromas of black cherry and a subtle florality. Considering how light the wine is in the glass, the rich palate comes as a surprise – over a year spent maturing in small oak barrels has added layers of complexity and depth to the Te Muna. Integrated tannins contribute to a silky mouthfeel, and there's an abundance of cherry flavours which seem to last an eternity.

This is surely a must for Christmas Day – imagine the Te Muna partnered with turkey and all the trimmings! Alternatively, why not try it alongside roast game?

And to make this even more tempting, we have

20% off when you buy any 2 wines from New Zealand!

£22.50

or

£17.99

on offer

And have you tried Craggy Range's Sauvignon Blanc? Also from Martinborough, it has a more fruit-driven core than most Marlborough Sauvignons. Well worth a go if you're after something a little different.

£11.99 on the New Zealand offer.


Wine of the Week: Dourthe Réserve Sauvignon BlancDate published: 09/12/13

A surprise to some and often missed by many, Sauvignon Blancs from Bordeaux are definitely one not to miss.

The Dourthe is a great example of a more classical, restrained Sauvignon Blanc with a superb balance between citrus fruits and floral tones. It is subtle and refreshing on the nose, with plenty of lemons and limes. On the palate it is a well balanced combination of fresh fruit, light floral characters and refreshing acidity.

This is a great wine to try if you are a fan of New Zealand Sauvignons or the more classical Sancerre. An ideal accompaniment to some smoked salmon canapés or even Christmas lunch!

£7.99

or buy 2 and save £2

£6.99


Superb Super-Tuscans!Date published: 09/12/13

Are you looking to impress this Christmas? Well why not try some of these baby 'Super-Tuscans'?

These wines take some of the finest wine making traditions of Italy and pair them with Bordeaux grape varieties - with often stunning results!

All are part of our Fine Wine pick and mix deal - buy any 2 and save £10! Why not treat yourself to a mixed case and explore Tuscany?

Take our Guidalberto 2011, Tenuta San Guido, IGT Toscana. This is the 'Little Brother' to the celebrated Sassicaia (which sells for upwards of £100), and combines Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to produce a more accessible (and affordable) alternative to the flagship wine. Soft and rounded with a great core of dark fruit. £30 or £25 on the FW deal.

Then we have two wines from Ornellaia, which along with Sassicaia rates as one of the most famous of all Italian wines.

Le Volte dell'Ornellaia 2011 is an early drinking wine made from Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich and opulent, simply gorgeous with venison casserole. £23 or £18 on the FW deal.

La Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia 2010, Bolgheri is the second wine of Ornellaia, and it's unfair to call it a 'Baby Super-Tuscan'! With a structured palate and a great intensity and diversity of flavours, this is a superb introduction to the world of Super-Tuscans. Fabulous value when you consider that it's big brother sells for £100+. £40 or £35 on the FW deal.

If you are interested in other wines in our Super Tuscan range, please don't hesitate to contact us for further advice. 


Wonderful Wakefield WinesDate published: 09/12/13

Are you looking for great value from Australia? Then give our range of Wakefield Estate wines from the Clare Valley a try!

All are currently £9.59, down from £11.99, when you buy any 2 Aussie wines and save 20% - why not enjoy a Wakefield mixed case?

Chardonnay - A really well balanced white, not the stereotype Aussie Chardy! Elegant, but with still with a pleasing creamy richness to it.

Merlot - Very fruit forward and deliciously smooth! Richer than many other Merlots, it has the body to stand up to a hearty steak!

Shiraz - A fantastic example of a classic Aussie Shiraz, rich with a lovely core of blueberry, blackberry and plum, with supporting hints of clove and vanilla. Delicious! Why not try with chocolate brownies on a Friday night in front of the TV?

Cabernet Sauvignon - Fresh and intense, this is loaded with cassis flavours, supported by cedar notes. This really doesn't disappoint!

Ask a member of staff for more information!

Cracking Craggy Range!Date published: 08/12/13

Do you adore your Kiwi wines? Or are you looking to try something new?

Well, I can heartily recommended our Craggy Range wines!

Their Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc 2012 comes from Martinborough, rather than Marlborough. The result is a more fruit-focused wine, with great intensity and a more refreshing finish. A really classy wine! £14.99, or £11.99 when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines and save 20%.

From the same vineyard comes the Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2011. This has all the hallmarks of a Kiwi Pinot Noir, with concentrated aromas of black cherry, but there's an added complexity from time ageing in oak. This is my recommendation to go with the Christmas turkey! £22.50, or £17.99.

And their Bordeaux-inspired Te Kahu 2010 from Gimblett Gravels is well worth a try. A blend of Merlot, Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, and Malbec, it's more fruit forward and rich than the french equivalent, but is still elegant and restrained compared to other New World styles. £18.74, or £14.99.

If you're looking for a real treat, the try the Le Sol Syrah from Gimblett Gravels. This 100% Syrah is intensely flavoured with layers of fine ripe tannin. The flavours just go on and on. A remarkable vintage that can be cellared for up to 20 years! Probably the greatest red to come from New Zealand! £62.50, or £49.97.

Ask in-store about the whole range!

Brilliant BordeauxDate published: 08/12/13

Here's a quick run-down of some of our favourite Bordeaux wines at the moment...

Chateau de Saint Gemme 2002 is proving very popular with staff and customers alike - and it's easy to see why. To find quality mature claret at just £9.99 a bottle (when you buy 2 or more) is something of a coup! Nicely mellowed, it has lovely secondary characteristics of cedar and leather to complement the dark fruits. Great with the cheese board.

For a step-up, try the Chateau Gloria 2007, St-Julien. This comes from an accessible vintage, with a great structure and density of fruit. Recent investments have done wonders for the wines, and the Chateau really is on the rise. Just the match for roast beef. £30 or £25 on our Fine Wine deal - buy any 2 selected wines and save £10.

And for lovers of quality Pomerol, there's the Chateau La Croix de Gay 2007. This has long been a hit with our customers - the seductive aromas of cherries, raspberries and spice lead to a rich an plush palate with a great length and finish. Simply magical with richer dishes like game stew. £30.

Ask a member of staff for more recommendations.

Free Delivery!!Date published: 07/12/13

With roadworks popping up left right and centre in the Stow area I thought I'd tell all our lovely customers not to panic! 

Either pop online or give us a call in store and we can sort out all your Christmas orders for you and deliver them out to you for FREE! So there is no need to waste valuable time sitting in queues and you will still get all your favourite Christmas tipples delivered straight to you door! 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Magnificent Champagne MagnumsDate published: 07/12/13

There is nothing better for the party season than to pop open a champagne magnum to share you your family and friends.

We have a great selection to choose from just waiting for you here in store. To give you a quick update on our current prices, here is what we have to offer:

Nicolas Feuillatte NV, £40.00

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV, reduced from £70.00 to £60.00

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV, reduced from £70.00 to £60.00

Taittinger NV, £70.00

Bollinger NV, reduced from £90.00 to £75.00

Ruinart Blanc de Blanc NV, reduced from £100 to £90.00

Veuve Clicquot 2004, £100

Laurent-Perrier Rosé, reduced from £130 to £100

Krug NV, reduced from £375 to £300

We also have in stock a Veuve Clicquot Jeroboam for £275


20% OFF New Zealand AND AustraliaDate published: 07/12/13

Do you love wines from 'Down Under'? We certainly do and we have a great deal on at the moment with 20% off ALL our New Zealand and Australian wines when you buy two or more wines from the same country.

This is a great opportunity to stock up on the old favourites or try a few bottles of something new. We have all the usual suspects in stock:

For the white wine lovers we have...

Matua at £7.99

The Ned at £6.99

Oyster Bay at £7.99

...just to name a few!!

But we also have some newer ones you might like to try.....

St Clair Pioneer Block Grüner Veltliner, Marlborough at £13.99

From a famed vineyard, this wine adds a fresh New Zealand flare to a classic varietal. A great flavour combination of luscious peach and mouth tingling citrus fruit. This would be an excellent wine to try if you enjoy the classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc's, but just fancy something a little bit different!

The King's Thorn Pinot Gris, Marlborough at £9.99

From the creator of The Ned comes a new initiative from Brent Harris under the name of 'Marisco Vineyards'. This Pinot Gris is an excellent food wine. With a natural spritz, a slight pink hue and mouth watering flavour this would be ideal with grilled fish, white meat or some lovely soft creamy cheese.

Waimea Estate Gewürztraminer, Nelson at £11.99

At the very northern tip of the South Island you will find Nelson. Nestled between mountains and ocean this area is blessed with all the right conditions to produce some fantastically intense wines. Their Sauvignon Blanc is superb however branch away and try this Gewürztraminer with a spicy Thai curry and your perception of New Zealand wines will be changed forever. A fresh take from the New World on a classic Alsace and German variety not to be missed!


Want a REALLY special bottle this Christmas...Date published: 06/12/13

Want a REALLY special bottle this Christmas...

We can order in any of these bottles especially for you this Christmas...

Krug Clos du Mesnil £600 per bottle (2nd wine of Krug)

Krug Clos D'Ambonnay £1700 per bottle (1st wine of Krug)

Hennessy Paradis Imperial £1430 per bottle

These extra special bottles are available this Christmas for us to order in specially for you...ask a member of staff for more details.


Château Chauvin 2006, St-Emilion Grand Cru Classé open to try!Date published: 06/12/13

Stow's Spotlight on Fine Wine

Château Chauvin 2006,

St-Emilion Grand Cru Classé

Located close to the famous Cheval-Blanc, Château Chauvin has undergone a transformation in the past two or three decades. Now established as source of fairly-priced quality wines, the estate continues to go from strength to strength.

The 2006 is often overlooked, having followed the outstanding 2005 vintage, but for those in the know it's a source of great value wines which are just coming into their optimum drinking window.

The Chauvin is a very approachable wine, with concentrated dark fruit aromas lifting from the glass. On the palate there's more bramble fruit, complemented by mature notes of leather and spice. Supple tannins add grip and aid the long-lasting finish.

Medium-bodied, it has the concentration to stand-up to richer meat dishes, such as slow-cooked lamb shanks.

£35

or

buy any 2 selected fine wines, save £10

£30


Wines of Bordeaux Tasting Week has begun!Date published: 06/12/13

Our Wines of Bordeaux Tasting Week has begun!

Pop down any time this week and we'll have a range of fabulous wines open to try!

Maybe you prefer the Right Bank over the Left, or perhaps you're looking for a Christmas Day treat - whatever it is you're after, we have something to suit all tastes and budgets!

Keep an eye on our virtual tasting counter to see what's open when.

Great New Offers!Date published: 06/12/13

We've just launched some great new offers!

Laurent Perrier NV Champagne is now just £25 a bottle! (Offer ends 31/12/13)

Then the following deals end on the 19th December...

Kuhlmann-Platz Gewurztraminer 2012, Cave de Hunawihr, £7.99 from £9.99 when you buy 2 or more.

Paul Mas Vermentino 2012, PGI Pays d'Oc, £5.99 from £8.99 when you buy 2 or more.

Cava Calamino NV, Spain, £5.99 from £8.99 when you buy 2 or more.

WINE OF THE WEEK: Château Patarabet 2007 St-EmilionDate published: 04/12/13

This is a great example of an excellent value Bordeaux. Château Patarabet sits on the outskirts of St-Emillion in what might be considered quite a small estate of 9 hectares. Over the years it has developed itself as a quality château, able to produce excellent wines for all tastes.

On the nose this wine is full of blackberries, blackcurrants, with an undertone of leather and spice. To taste this wine is well structured with a nice balance between fruit content and tannin structure.

This is the perfect wine to go with strong flavoured meats, such as venison or lamb. It would also be an excellent tipple to have alongside a yummy cheese board, enjoyed in front of a log fire!

An excellent all round wine perfect for the wintry and festive season! Enjoy!

£13.99

or buy 2 and save £8

£9.99


Spotlight on Ruinart ChampagneDate published: 03/12/13

Spotlight on Ruinart Champagne

Ruinart isn't one of the most well known Champagne house, but it is the oldest – something which is reflected in the distinctive shape of the bottle, which harks back to the 18th Century.

Having produced Champagne since 1729, it's fair to say they know a thing or two about crafting some of the finest wines available!

It's certainly something of a staff favourite at Majestic. Because it isn't as well known as other brands, it seems you get a lot better value – you aren't simply paying for a name.

We have the Ruinart NV, which is a pleasing blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and which treads the line between elegance and richness very nicely. £35 down from £45.

Also in stock is their Rosé NV, which with its core of fresh strawberries and red berries is a real treat! Really indulge yourself by pairing with smoked salmon. £45 down from £55.

For something a little different, try their Blanc de Blancs NV. Made exclusively from Chardonnay, this is a supremely elegant Champagne, with great balance. £45 down from £55.

If you're looking to really impress, we have limited quantities of their flagship Dom Ruinart 1998. Again this is a Blanc de Blancs, but only made in outstanding vintages. Amazing! £125 down from £140.

We also have a range of Ruinart magnums available. These are ideal if you're catering for a group of people over the festive period, or if you're looking to cellar the Champagne for a few years – magnums are the perfect sized vessel to allow wines to age gracefully. Ruinart NV is £75 (was £90), Rosé NV is £90 (was £110) and the Blanc de Blancs is also £90 (was £110).  


Find the perfect gift at Majestic!Date published: 01/12/13

It's always hard to find the perfect gift at Christmas - that's why we're here to help!

Majestic offers a range of gift ideas. Whether you require a mixed case, a few bottles of bubbly, or need multiple orders to go to different addresses across the country, we've got it covered!

Our mixed cases of 6 or 12 are available to view online and offer great value and cover all bases - there's something to suit all tastes and budgets! And don't forget, we can completely tailor the cases to your needs. All you have to do is ask and we'll gladly recommend the best wines on the greatest offers.

We also stock a range of gift packaging, from single bottle size up to 12 bottle - all at very competitive prices!

As we're case merchants, we always have to sell a minimum of 6 bottles. So if you only need a couple of bottles as a gift, why not treat yourself as well? Take our Fine Wine offer - if you buy any 2 wines from the selection you save £10, so what better incentive to buy yourself an early Christmas present?!

We offer free delivery in the local area on orders of 6 bottles (of £40 worth). But if you need single bottles delivered, contact our Gift Solutions team via our website. A courier service operates across the country and there's a great range of packaging to choose from.

Contact us in store for more details.

Final Weekend of Pick 'n' Mix Offers!Date published: 30/11/13

Monday the 2nd December marks the end of our Pick 'n' Mix offers!

So be sure to place orders before 7pm Monday to ensure you make the most of the fantastic deals!

Whether you're after Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99 or Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone at £6.66, you'll have to act fast!

Contact us today to avoid disappointment!

Château Grand Faurie La Rose 2009, St-Emilion Grand Cru open to try!Date published: 29/11/13

Stow's Spotlight on Fine Wine...

Château Grand Faurie La Rose 2009, St-Emilion Grand Cru

We currently have this cracking wine open to try instore!

Hailing from just north of St-Emilion, this small château is located on the famous sand and limestone soils of the area. From one of the most outstanding vintages of the past 50 years, this is a fantastic wine at a very accessible price.

Bramble and dried prune is evident on the nose, with hints of leather and clove. Medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins which provide structure, the palate is concentrated with dark fruits and a pleasing savouriness.

Perfect with roast beef or lamb. The Grand Faurie is certainly appealing now, but it will continue to gain complexity with another 7-10 years of bottle age.

£23

or

buy 2 selected Fine Wines, save £10

£18

*We also have the 2007 vintage available at the same price*

Enjoyed this? Why not try the following which are also on the FW deal?

Angelique de Monbousquet 2009, St-Emilion Grand Cru: £18.

Château Chantalouette 2007, Pomerol: £14.99.


The Chocolate Block is now in stock!Date published: 29/11/13

One of our favourite cult South African wines is back in stock - The Chocolate Block 2011, Boukenhoutskloof, Western Cape!

This blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Viognier is powerful yet seductive. With a great core of fruit and deep complexity, it's easy to see why this is so popular!

Stocks are limited, so please contact us if you would like to reserve some of this wine - demand always out-strips supply!

Currently part of our Fine Wine deal - £27 per bottle, or save £10 when buying any 2 selected FWs = £22.

WINE OF THE WEEK: Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2013, MarlboroughDate published: 29/11/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough

We all love a great Marlborough Sauvignon, so here's one to really tickle your taste buds!

Goldwater practices sustainable viticulture and has a strict selection policy when it comes to grape quality – and the extra effort is clear to see in the finished wine!

This has all the hallmarks of a Marlborough Sauvignon, with aromas of fresh green elderberry leaf and gooseberry exuding from the glass. Some lees aging has added richness to the palate and helps to make this wine a little more subtle than a lot of the others in our range. A fresh and zingy finish is helped along by a lovely minerality, which is reminiscent of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé.

Ideal with seafood or as a refreshing aperitif.

£10.99

or

buy any 2 New Zealand wines, save 20%

£8.79


Stow's Weekend Fine Wine Selection: Beaune 1er Cru 'Les Cents Vignes' 2007, Albert MorotDate published: 23/11/13

Stow's Weekend Fine Wine Selection

Beaune 1er Cru

'Les Cents Vignes' 2007, Albert Morot

It's becoming more and more difficult to source good value Burgundy, especially wines like this which have some bottle age. So imagine our joy when we tried this little beauty!

The Morot family's domaine consists solely of premier cru sites. This particular wine is sourced from vines of up to 40 years old and was made using 50% new oak, adding depth and structure.

Aromas of fresh cherries rise from the glass, inviting you to enjoy a palate which is concentrated with flavour and nicely structured. Ripe red berry fruit is supported by some toasty oak and a subtle minerality. The finish is pleasingly long and fresh.

Coming from a decent vintage, this Beaune has the ability to age for a further 5 years, but you'll be lucky if you can resist it that long!

The Morot is the ideal wine to have with Christmas lunch – the fruit and weight match perfectly with turkey and all the trimmings! Decant before serving to really get the most from this wine.

£19.99

Wine of the Week: Vacqueyras Pavane 2011, La Bastide Saint VincentDate published: 22/11/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Vacqueyras Pavane 2011, La Bastide Saint Vincent

Nothing says 'winter's here' quite like a hearty wine from the Rhône valley!

Vacqueyras has often sat in the shadow of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but it has now established itself as a source of some of the southern Rhône's most characterful and best-value wines. Wines like this certainly prove that point!

Aromas of dark fruits mingle with undertones of herbs. The palate is full, rich and concentrated, with a core of dark fruits. The plush tannins provide structure and a rounded mouthfeel, while the finish is long lasting.

Drink with strongly flavoured red meats such as venison, or hearty stews.

£17.49

or buy any 2 Rhône wines save 20%

£13.99

Burgundy and Rhone Tasting WeekDate published: 22/11/13

Our Burgundy and Rhone Tasting Week has begun!

Check out our virtual tasting counter to see what's open when!

We'll have some old favourites as well as some new arrivals for you to try, at a range of prices to suit all budgets!

Come and Explore!

Pedro's SherriesDate published: 18/11/13

Have you tried our new range of sherries yet?

The Pedro's Almacenista Selection are exclusive to us - handpicked from boutique family-owned wineries in Jerez.

These really are fantastic quality and are so much more authentic than your average tipple - they're just the type of sherry you'd expect to experience in Jerez itself!

Labelled with images taken from the festivals of Jerez, these are as eye-catching as they are delicious!

We have the Fino (£8.99), Amontillado (£9.99), Oloroso (£11.99) and Palo Cortrado (£14.99).

Why not give them a try today?

New deals are now active!Date published: 18/11/13

We've just launched some even more great offers!

Here's just some of our favourites...

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is now just £6.99 when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines to save 20%!

Marques de Riscal Reserva is down to £9.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more, with magnums at £22, from £30!

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV is reduced to £30 a bottle when you buy a case of 6!

Vinalba Reservado Malbec is only £7.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more!

Plus there's loads of other great offers - contact us for the latest prices!

Wine of the Week: Geyser Peak Chardonnay Date published: 13/11/13

Geyser Peak Chardonnay 2012 Sonoma County



Origin:

Geyser Peak was founded in 1880, and sits in a picturesque location in the Alexander Valley, overlooking Geyserville and the Russian River. They have around 100 acres of estate-owned vineyards, as well as access to those of several partner growers in Sonoma and Mendocino.


Taste:

A bright and vibrant style of Chardonnay, with a soft, tropical fruit character typical of Californian examples. Medium palate weight, with a pleasing mix of racy acidity and buttery softness.

£8.74

Buy any 2 wines from the USA save 20%

£6.99


Part time delivery driver required Date published: 08/11/13

Seasonal contract 3 days per week 8 hours per day for immediate start. Please contact the store for further details. 

See contact details on our store web-page

To delivery wine orders to our customers within the area of Stow-on-the-Wold and the Cotswolds over the Christmas period.

Fantastic new limited-time offers!Date published: 05/11/13

We've just launched some great new offers - for 2 weeks only!

You'll have to hurry, because the deals end on Monday 18th November - and demand is likely to be very high!

From Bordeaux we have the Vieux Remparts Lussac St- Emilion, down to just £6.99 when you buy 2 or more - that's an £8 saving!

Our Bourgogne Chardonnay ‘Les Chenaudieres’ by Cave de Lugny is on offer from £8.99 - buy 2 save £4 = £6.99!

Côtes du Rhône E. Guigal is at the silly price of just £7.99 when you buy any 2 Rhône wines and save 20%! This was selling well at £9.99, so at this price we recommend stocking up - especially as it's the excellent 2010 vintage!

Our Pinot Grigio Breganze is down to a bargain £5.99, when you buy 2 and save £6!

And if it's sparkling wine you're after, there's our Raboso Rosado Corte Alta and our Prosecco Corte Alta - both go to just £6.99 when you buy 2 and save 33%!

WINE OF THE WEEK: The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2012, MarlboroughDate published: 05/11/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough

Love the Ned? Well here's its big brother!

Brent Marris is the characterful winemaker behind our best-selling Kiwi Sauvignon, and we're sure that this one will also find favour with our customers!

Lively and intense on the nose, there's an abundance of fresh citrus fruit on the palate, accompanied by Sauvignon's trademark herbaceousness. The King's Favour is more restrained than its little brother, edging towards the Sancerre style of rounded minerally freshness. The clean finish is long-lasting and refreshing.

Gorgeous on its own, this wine really comes alive when served alongside delicate white fish dishes or soft, creamy goat's cheese.

This cracking wine is part of our November 'Pick 'n' Mix' deal, meaning you save 33% when you buy any 2 wines from the offer!

£13.99

£9.33


Wine Magnums Galore!Date published: 04/11/13

Ready for the festive season which is rapidly creeping up on us, we at Majestic Stow thought we would give you a quick update on some of our great magnum offers:


White Wine:

Louis Latour Chablis 2012 for £33.99

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012 with 20% off at £51.97


Red Wine:

Marqués de Riscal, Rioja Reserva 2008 for £30.00

Vina Ardanza, Rioja Reserva 2004 for £37.00

Conde de Valdemar, Rioja Gran Reserva 1998 for £19.99

Clos de L'Oratoire, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2011 for £48.00

D'Arenberg the Dead Arm Shiraz, McLaren Vale 2008 for £60.00

If you fancy something even bigger we also have Jeroboam's of the Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2008 for £75.00!


Some great bargains not to be missed, drop by or call us for more details!


It's not just 'Pick n Mix'!Date published: 04/11/13

Our new 'Pick n Mix and save 33%' deal is fantastic - but there's also a lot of other great offers throughout the store!

We currently have 20% off our wines from the Rhone, New Zealand, Chile, Australia and California!

And we've extended our Fine Wine offer so that there's now even more wines available on our 'buy any 2 save £10' deal. Whether you're crazy for Claret, barmy about Burgundy or silly for Spain, there's bound to be something to tempt you!

So pop-by today and 'Come and Explore'!

Yet more Champagne offers!Date published: 03/11/13

As well as the Champagne deals which are part of the November 'Pick n Mix', we also have some fantastic stand alone deals!

Bollinger Grande Annee 2004 is now just £60 a bottle - reduced from £90!

Pol Roger Reserve NV is reduced to £34, from £45!

Laurent Perrier Brut NV is only £28, was £38! Or why not try a magnum? Now just £60 from £70!

And many of our 'prestige cuvees' are also on offer - what a great way to treat yourself this Christmas!

Krug Grande Cuvee NV is down to £120, from £140. Or splash out on a magnum - £300, was £375!

Dom Perignon 2003 is reduced to £120, from £130!

Belle Epoque 2004, Perrier Jouet is now £90, from £110!

These are just some of our offers - please contact us if there's something in particular you're after! Just about all our Champagnes are on some kind of deal at the moment!


Champagne deals to toast!Date published: 03/11/13

We've currently got some fantastic deals on our Champagnes! So whether you're looking for a bottle or two as gifts, or if you need to stock up for Christmas, there's something to suit all tastes and budgets! Here's a few of our favourites...

As part of the November 'Pick n Mix and save 33%' offer, we have...

Laurent Perrier Rose NV at just £44.98 (from £67.50)

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV now only £29.99 (was £45)

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV reduced to £27.99 (from £42)

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV for just £24.99 (down from £37.50)

Lanson Black Label NV for only £19.99 (was £30)

Nicolas Feuilatte Brut NV at only £16 (from £24)

And don't forget - if you're already buying other wines from the 'Pick n Mix' deal, you can add just one bottle of these Champers and still make the saving! Or why not try a mixed case of Champagnes so you can find your favourite?

Offers end 2/12/13

Peroni on deal!Date published: 02/11/13

As well as some cracking deals on our wines, we also have a great offer on our Peroni!

A 24x330ml pack of our favourite Italian beer is just £24! A pound a bottle!

Be sure to stock up!

Sparkling Saturday - Graham Beck Brut Rose NVDate published: 02/11/13

Today (Saturday 2/11/13) we're opening a new addition to our sparkling wine range - the fabulous Graham Beck Brut Rose!

This delightful tipple is light and refreshing, with a pleasing complexity thanks to bottle ageing. Made in the same way as Champagne, this is a classy sparkling wine which offers great value for money. Aromas of raspberry and cherry lead to a fine mousse and bright acidity.

An ideal aperitif or as an accompaniment to summer fruit desserts.

£14.99

buy any 2 selected fizz, save 1/3

£9.99

Wine of the Week - Château Berliquet 2006 St-Emilion Grand Cru ClasséDate published: 02/11/13

This week its the turn of our brand new Bordeaux to take centre stage. Seeing as the clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in what better wine to have ready in your wine racks than this Bordeaux?

It has all the classic elements of a great Bordeaux from an excellent vintage. Stemming from a well established Château in the St-Emilion area which now benefits from Grand Cru Classe Status.

The wine itself is well balanced, providing excellent primary fruit characteristics of cherries and blackberries. As the wine lingers on the pallet you experience more earthy tones which is rounded off by a smooth finish created by the solid tannin structure.

A wine ideally matched with a fantastic roasted joint of meat or perhaps a full flavoured game stew. You could even enjoy it next to a roaring fire with a slab of lovely local cheese.

The best part of it all is that this wine is currently part of our 'Pick 'N' Mix' deal, meaning you can just pick up one bottle to try when you buy any other wine on the same deal!

£19.99 when you 'Pick 'N' Mix'

or £30 for a single bottle


Autumn Magic of Fine Wine Double Header!Date published: 25/10/13

Autumn Magic of Fine Wine Double Header!

This weekend we have not one but two fantastic Fine Wines for you to try!

Amarone Classico 'Vigneti di Roccolo' 2009, Cantina Negrar

Nothing says 'winter' quite like a rich hearty Amarone! This is a velvety and brooding wine, made from grapes which have been dried on straw mats to concentrate the sugars before fermentation. Aromas of Christmas cake, chocolate, dried fruits and spice rise from the glass and the palate isn't a disappointment! Concentrated and rich, with a round and soft mouthfeel and an incredibly long finish.

An ideal wine for Christmas – if you can resist it that long! Enjoy with full-flavoured dishes, particularly game, rich pasta and cheeses.

£23

or

buy any 2 selected Fine Wines save £10

£18

Heimbourg Gewürztraminer 2008,

Domaine Zind Humbrecht

This is a superb 'Gewürz' from one of the top 'lieu dit' vineyards in Alsace, made by one of the region's most respected producers. Heimbourg is known for an elegant and subtle style, offering layers of rose petal, tropical fruits and of course the signature 'Gewürz' spice. A rich palate with great freshness leads to a fantastic length.

The Heimbourg is a versatile wine which lends itself to all manner of dishes. Try with ginger and lime chicken, seafood dishes or a traditional tarte flambée topped with mushrooms.

£19.99

or

buy any 2 selected Fine Wines save £10

£14.99

Can't choose between the two? Don't forget that you can mix-and-match with our Fine Wine deal – so why not take one of each?


WINE OF THE WEEK : Chablis 'La Maladière' 2011, William FèvreDate published: 23/10/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Chablis 'La Maladière' 2011, William Fèvre

The Fèvre family have had a presence in the Chablis region for over 250 years – so it's safe to say they know a thing or two about getting the best out of the region!

This benchmark wine represents everything you should look for in a quality Chablis – it's bone-dry, has a great mineral character and is pure of fruit. Subtle fresh citrus aromas are underlined by a streak of flinty minerality. The palate has a good richness and a long, fresh finish.

The body of the wine makes it the perfect accompaniment to shellfish and light seafood dishes. It's also ideal as an aperitif. If you can resist this wine, it will continue to develop for another 2-3 years.

£15.99

or

buy 2 save £4

£13.99


Autumn Magic of Fine Wine Tasting: Château Sénéjac 2010, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-MédocDate published: 17/10/13

Tomorrow (Friday 18th Oct) sees us open our next Fine Wine as our Autumn Magic of Fine Wine continues!

Château Sénéjac 2010,

Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc

Sénéjac has been going from strength to strength, having been bought by the owners of the 4th Growth Château Talbot and seeing the arrival of the wine making team from Pontet Canet.

This is a typical 'left bank' blend, with Cabernet Sauvignon at the fore, supported by Cabernet Franc and Merlot in lesser quantities to add perfume and structure.

2010 was an ideal vintage – the wines have ripe fruit and soft tannins for immediate enjoyment along with intensity and concentration for prolonged ageing. Many critics prefer this vintage to the equally impressive 2009. The combination of quality, vintage and accessible price point makes this wine quite a find!

Aromas of cassis, cigar box, blueberry and plum skin rise from the glass. The palate is medium bodied with vibrant dark fruit flavours, a rich texture and long finish. This wine is enjoyable now, especially when paired with a roast leg of lamb and all the trimmings, but it will reward a further decade of careful cellaring.

This wine is included in our Fine Wine Offer –

mix-and-match with other selected wines to save £10!

Just look out for the tags!

£23

buy 2 save £10

£18

Enjoyed this? Why not try the following...

Ch. Coufran 2004, Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois Supérieur - £19.99

Les Tourelles de Longueville 2007, Pauillac - £26

Fantastic new limited-time offers!Date published: 17/10/13

As the nights start to draw-in we've come up with some fantastic new offers to spread some autumnal cheer!

All these offers end on Monday 28th October - so make sure you act fast!

And remember - you can buy now to secure these great prices and have the stock delivered at a later date... ideal for Christmas!

Laurent Perrier Rose NV Champagne is down from £67.50 to just £50! And we have magnums reduced to £100!

J de Telmont NV Champagne is on a massive deal - buy 2 save 40%, making it only £15 a bottle!

Prosecco Zonin NV is £11.99 a bottle - but buy 2 and save £10! That takes it to just £6.99 each!

M. Chapoutier's Belleruche Cote du Rhone 2012 is a versatile and warming red - and fantastic value at £7.99 when you buy 2 or more!

Plus we have our range of Wakefield wines from Australia - the Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz are all buy 2 save £6! That reduces them to just £8.99 a bottle!

So make sure you don't miss out! Contact us today to place your order!


WINE OF THE WEEK : Pouilly-Fumé 'Les Griottes' 2012, Jean-Pierre BaillyDate published: 16/10/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Pouilly-Fumé

'Les Griottes' 2012, Jean-Pierre Bailly

Alongside Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé is one of the most famous names in the French wine world. The region has built its reputation on wines like this – aromatic whites from the Sauvignon Blanc variety.

'Les Griottes' has a fairly restrained nose, but it doesn't lack complexity - fresh citrus and leafy aromas mingle with a smoky edge. The palate is rich and clean with a vibrant and refreshing acidity. There's an underlying minerality to the wine, adding to a long and layered finish.

This is the perfect match with a shellfish salad or asparagus in hollandaise.

£14.99

or

buy 2 bottles save £4

£12.99


Fine Wine Newsletter - October 13Date published: 16/10/13

Fine Wine Newsletter

Magic of Autmn Fine Wine Tasting

If you love your fine wine as much as we do, then you will be pleased to know that in October our Fine Wine tasting is continuing. Pop Into store to try the following wines:

Saturday 12th October – Angels Share Shiraz, Two Hands, McLaren Vale

Saturday 19th October – Château Sénéjac 2010 – Haut-Médoc

Both of these wines are on our fantastic new Fine Wine Offer – Buy any 2 selected bottles save £10!!

New Arrivals This Autumn

Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde 2006 E. Guigal - £40

"Guigal produces more Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde than any other producer of the appellation. The Brune et Blonde often spends up to three years in small oak casks and is always a blend of purchases from approximately four dozen small growers with his estate fruit. There are about 45,000 cases of this cuvee, which generally contains 8-10% co-fermented Viognier. The 2006 exhibits notes of raspberries, sweet cherries, bacon fat and roasted herbs in a medium to full-bodied, fleshy, relatively mature and delicious style. Already complex, it is best drunk over the next decade."

Meursault Narvaux 2010 Louis Jadot - £25 on our Fine Wine Offer

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

Qupé Syrah 2011 Central Coast - £18 on our Fine Wine Offer


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


New Wine of the WeekDate published: 14/10/13

Majestic Stow bring you our latest wine of the week

Finca Alcayata Pinot Grigio 2012 Mendoza




Finca Alcayata is located in the Uco Valley in Mendoza, and is owned by François Lurton, the fifth-generation of Bordeaux's famous Lurton family, who now makes wines throughout the world. This Pinot Grigio is night-harvested and cold-fermented for maximum fruit character.


A bright lemon green colour, this is a youthful and fruit-driven wine. Aromas are of ripe grapefruit, pineapple and pear. Good concentration on the palate, with soft fruit yet plenty of persistence.



Ideal with freshly made prawn or squid ceviche



£9.99 Buy Two Save £6 = £6.99


Argentinian Themed Tasting WeekDate published: 11/10/13

Starting today for 7 days we have an Argentinian themed tasting counter. From fresh Sauvignons to rich Chardonnays we have the whites covered, whilst on the red side of things there are plenty of different Malbecs to keep you on your toes...Pop in store to try some out

Magic of Autumn Fine Wine tastingDate published: 11/10/13

Magic of Autumn Fine Wine Tasting

'Angels' Share' Shiraz 2012 Two Hands, McLaren Vale



Two Hands was established in 1999, with a view toward showcasing the best Shiraz that Australia, and particularly Barossa, could offer. This blockbusting example comes from vineyards in the slightly cooler coastal climes of McLaren Vale.



Aromatically rich and complex, with notes of coffee, cocoa and cola against a backdrop of mulberry and plum fruit. Immense and mouth-coating, with lashings of soft, rounded tannins.



Drink now or cellar for up to 10 years



£23 Buy Two Selected Fine Wines Save £10 = £18


Free tasting events this autumnDate published: 11/10/13

Free Wine Tasting Events This Autumn and Winter

Wine Course - A 90 minute introduction to wine. Learn about the basics of wine - how it’s made, what it goes with, how to taste it and how to find what you like!

Thursday 14th November 18:30 – 20:00

Argentinian Themed Tastings – come and try a variety of wines from this South American country

Friday 11th October – Thursday 17th October

Winter Wine Evening

Come and join us for the biggest tasting evening of the year as we showcase some great new wines along with old customer favourties as we move towards christmas.

If you would like to book a place on any of the events or find out more information then please do not hesitate to contact a member of staff


Wine of the Week - De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc 2012, StellenboschDate published: 10/10/13

Wine of the Week - De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc  2012, Stellenbosch


Origin

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

Taste

This Chenin is gloriously rich, with fermentation in barrel and lees ageing adding notes of honey on top of the rich oak and dazzling tropical fruit.

Enjoy

A powerful and full-bodied white like this really needs food, and would really suit a rich dish, such as foie-gras or pork.

£19.99

or

£15.99

Buy 2 South African

Wines and save 20%


New Wine of the WeekDate published: 07/10/13

Majestic Stow brings you our latest Wine of the Week

Boschendal Cabernet Merlot 2011 Coastal Region



The Boschendal vineyard estate has been around since 1685, but the estate of today is the result of extensive restructuring in the 1990s, when grape varieties were matched to individual sites. The grapes in this wine have come from the cooler slopes of the Simonsberg.



Deep crimson in colour, this is a vibrant and concentrated wine, full of red berry flavours accented by hints of mint and tobacco leaf. Medium-bodied and rounded, with pliant tannins.




Ideal with homemade steak and kidney pie.


£8.74 Buy Two South African wines Save 20% = £6.99


Magic of autumn fine wine tastingDate published: 04/10/13

Magic of Autumn Fine Wine Tasting

Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2012 Séguinot-Bordet


An old and respected family winery, Séguinot-Bordet are located on the right bank of the Serein. The Kimmeridgian clay soils in this area contain high levels of marine fossils, said to be responsible for the local wines' subtle iodine-like character.



An intense and focused nose of stone and citrus fruits, with smoky, mineral notes and very subtle oak. Great purity on the palate, with the mineral streak adding texture and length.



Enjoy with fresh oysters or other fruits de mer.



£24 Buy Two Selected Fine Wines Save £10 = £19


Wine of the Week: Crozes Hermitage 2010, Domaine Les Hauts de MercurolDate published: 02/10/13

Majestic Stow's Latest Wine of the Week...

Crozes Hermitage 2010, Domaine Les Hauts de Mercurol

Crozes Hermitage is often seen as the little brother of the neighbouring Hermitage appellation in the Northern Rhône valley. But this wine from a 5 star vintage is proof that there is quality and value to be had!

The winemaker's experience in Burgundy shows through in this wine – it's still powerful, but with an elegance and expressiveness which is often missing from such wines.

Typical Syrah aromas of brooding bramble fruits exude from the glass. The middle-weight palate has a core of dark fruits but is well supported by savoury notes of black pepper, leading to an enduring finish.

Celebrate the start of the pheasant season by partnering this wine with a game casserole or other such hearty meat dishes.

£14.99

or

buy 2 save £6

£11.99


New Short-Term Offers!Date published: 01/10/13

A new month means new offers at Majestic Stow!

And we've got some cracking deals for the next 2 weeks only - ending on the 14th October 2013!

Our most popular Beaujolais Villages, the Georges Duboeuf, is now down to just £5.99 when you buy 2, from £8.99!

One of our best Pinot Grigios, the Serena by Banfi, is down from £9.99 to a bargain £5.99 when you buy 2!

For white Burgundy fans we have Louis Jadot's Macon-Village 'Les Roches Blanches' at £7.99 down from £11.99 when you buy 2!

The Portillo Malbec has been receiving rave reviews in the press recently - and it's sure to get more at just £6.99 from £9.99 when you by 2!

The Prosecco Corte Alta NV is ideal for parties - especially now there's a third off! Just £6.99 when you buy 2!

And there's some cracking Champagne offers...

Louis Roederer NV is down to just £28 when you buy 2 - that's a saving of 33% from £42!

Nicolas Feuillatte NV is reduced to £16.67 when you buy 2, again saving a third from £25!

These deals won't hang around forever - so make sure you act fast!

Remember - if you pay now for future events, you guarantee the price and the stock and we can deliver it out to you when you need it!

Contact us for more details or to place your order!

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 28/09/13

Majestic Stow brings you our latest Wine of the Week

'Angels' Share' Shiraz 2012 Two Hands, McLaren Vale



Two Hands was established in 1999, with a view toward showcasing the best Shiraz that Australia, and particularly Barossa, could offer. This blockbusting example comes from vineyards in the slightly cooler coastal climes of McLaren Vale.



Aromatically rich and complex, with notes of coffee, cocoa and cola against a backdrop of mulberry and plum fruit. Immense and mouth-coating, with lashings of soft, rounded tannins.



Drink now or cellar for up to 10 years



£23 Buy Two Selected Fine Wines Save £10 = £18


Autumn Magic of Fine Wine: Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon BlancDate published: 27/09/13

Stow's Autumn Magic of Fine Wine presents...

Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough

This is the flagship wine from one of Majestic's favourite producers – a classic Marlborough Sauvignon made using the finest grapes from New Zealand's famous Wairau Valley.

Unlike some other premium Kiwi Sauvignons, the Saint Clair avoids the use of oak, instead opting for fermentation in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures to ensure maximum varietal impact.

The nose displays powerful aromas of passion fruit and gooseberry, with subtle honeysuckle fragrances. The palate is full and rich for a Sauvignon, with a swathe of blackcurrant leaf, lime and fresh-cut grass on the palate. The finish is long and refreshing.

The ideal partner for sophisticated seafood dishes, or simply to enjoy on its own.

£25

or

buy any 2 selected Fine Wines, save £10

£20


25% OFF SPAINDate published: 24/09/13

From today for 7 days only we have 25% off our Spanish wines. Pop in store to see what we have to offer!!

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 23/09/13

Majestic Stow brings you our latest Wine of the Week

Jordan Cabernet Merlot 2011 Stellenbosch


Ted and Sheelagh Jordan took over their spectacular 146-hectare Stellenbosch estate in 1982, and set about replanting it with international grape varieties. Now run by their son Gary and his wife, Kathy, who built the new winery, developing the modern Jordan range.

A bright, juicy and straightforward wine, offering a mixture of jammy red and black berry fruit, with subtle notes of menthol and cocoa. Soft, middleweight tannins make for an easy-going feel.


Ideal partner for a meaty lasagne.


£9.99 Buy Two Save 20% = £7.99


WINE OF THE WEEK: Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2004, La Rioja AltaDate published: 20/09/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2004, La Rioja Alta

This fantastic Reserva is produced exclusively from fruit grown in the bodega's holdings in the Rioja Alta region. This is one of the most sought-after Riojas, and it's easy to see why!

There's a rich complexity to the nose, with aromas of warming red fruits combining with secondary characteristics of sweet spice and leather. The more swirls of the glass, the more the wine reveals! The palate is equally complex, with layers of different flavours coming through with each sip. The tannins are mellow but still add structure to the wine, and the medium body is smooth and elegantly poised. As you'd expect from a wine of this quality, the finish is long and fresh.

This wine will benefit from being partnered with food, from a mixed tapas of cold cuts and cheeses through to heartier meat dishes such as slow roasted lamb. If you can resist temptation, the Ardanza has a long life ahead of it. With age the more leathery and earthy flavours will develop.

The Ardanza really does show what fantastic value for money Rioja offers.

£22.50

or

buy ANY 2 Spanish wines, save 20%

£17.99

*REMEMBER – to benefit from our Spanish offer you don't have to buy 2 of the same wine. So why not add a bottle of Ardanza to your order as a treat?*

Also available in magnums, the best bottle size for ageing wines.

£36


Autumn Magic of Fine WIne: Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2011, Martinborough.Date published: 20/09/13

Stow's Autumn Magic of Fine Wine presents...

Coney Pizzicato

Pinot Noir 2011, Martinborough

Of all grape varieties, Pinot Noir tells the most stories – the story of the vineyard and the terrior in which the grapes were grown, the story of the vintage and the signature of the vintner.

Although young in comparison with France, Martinborough boasts the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in the country and due to this vine age, Martinborough wines have a distinct style – more structure and subtle earthy undertones than the fruit driven styles of Marlborough and Central Otago. The Coney's wine making philosophy is one of minimal intervention, in order for the fruit and terroir to express as much character as possible.

Ripe cherry, black fruits and a hint of sweet spice leads to a subtle savoury edge. The palate is vibrant and juicy, with an amazingly long finish.

Enjoyable in its youth, the Pizzicato will reward those with the patience to cellar it for another 5 years.

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

£23

or

buy any 2 selected Fine Wines, save £10

£18

Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2011, Martinborough open to try this weekend!Date published: 19/09/13

Our Autumn Magic of Fine Wine continues with Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2011, Martinborough.

Tomorrow, Friday 20/9/13, we'll be opening one of our favourite New Zealand Pinot Noirs, the fabulous Coney Pizzicato 2011.

Although young in comparison with France, Martinborough boasts the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in New Zealand and due to this vine age, Martinborough wines have a distinct style; more structure and subtle earthy undertones than the fruit driven styles of Marlborough and Central Otago.

A fruity aroma of predominantly black cherries, with sweet spice, vanilla and a hint of savoury, leads to a vibrant body of juicy sweet fruits, with 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, or wild mushroom risotto. If you can resist this moreish wine now, it will cellar well for another 7-10 years.

£23, or buy any 2 selected Fine Wines, save £10 =

£18


Fine Wine included in our 25% off South Africa deal!Date published: 19/09/13

Fine Wine included in our 25% off South Africa deal!

As if having 25% off our favourite weekday South African wines wasn't enough - the deal also stretches to include our range of fantastic South African Fine Wines!

And don't forget - with this offer you can mix-and-match wines from South Africa and still make the saving. There isn't any need to buy 2 of the same bottle - which means you get the chance to treat yourself without blowing the budget!

Here's some of our picks...

Thelema Shiraz 2008, Stellenbosch - great texture and structure from this stand-out New World Shiraz. Packed with ripe fruit, just the match for sirloin steak. £16.49, was £22.

Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Stellenbosch - from one of the top estates in the country, this is a massively complex wine with the ability to age a further 10-15 years. £20.24, was £27.

De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc 2012, Stellenbosch - a gloriously rich style of Chenin, with a full body and an incredible length. I'd be tempted to buy a couple now and save until Christmas! £14.99, was £19.99.

Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay 2009, Stellenbosch - the flagship white from this highly regarded estate, this is Burgundy meets South Africa! Elegant, but with superb structure and power, capable of ageing another 10 years or more. £26.24, was £35.

Remember - this deal ends on Monday 23rd of September, so act fast to avoid disappointment! 

25% OFF South Africa!!Date published: 19/09/13

We have just introduced a limited time offer on our South African wines - they now have 25% off!

That means the Ondine Sauvignon Blanc is now just £5.29 a bottle!

And our fabulous Parcel Series Merlot is now only £5.62 a bottle!

Barista Pinotage is now £7.12, while the fantastic Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc is reduced to £8.43!

Like all good things, this deal must come to an end - on Monday 23rd September.

So don't delay - place your order today!

Wine CourseDate published: 17/09/13

We have scheduled in a new wine course for the 14th November at 6.30pm. This free fun introduction to the world of wine is a great evening out with friends. Phone now on 01451833790 to book on now.


Our New Wine of the Week! Viñas del Vero Gewürztraminer 2012 SomontanoDate published: 16/09/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Viñas del Vero Gewürztraminer 2012 Somontano

Somontano gets its name from the fact that it lies at the foot of the mountains, in this case the Pyrenees. Viñas del Vero is responsible for around 40% of wine production in this region. This Gewürztraminer comes from a plot known as 'El Enebro'.

An intense, lifted floral nose, with wafts of rose and honeysuckle amid a burst of tropical fruit. Characteristic lychee and peach flavours are delivered with a hint of sweetness and satisfying texture.

This wine matches superbly with fragrant seafood dishes such as paella, or with mildly spiced fish dishes.

£9.99

or

Buy 2 save £4

£7.99

Spanish Tasting Week has Begun!Date published: 14/09/13

Spanish Tasting Week has begun!

Did you think that Spanish wine was all about Rioja?

Well our Spanish Tasting Week will help to broaden your horizons!

We'll always have at least 6 different Spanish wines open to try on our Tasting Counter throughout the week - so why not explore other regions, such as the Ribera del Duero, Rueda and Carinena?

Keep an eye on our online Tasting Counter to see what's open and when!

Spanish Tasting Week ends Thursday 19th September.

Beaune 1er Cru Rouge 2010, Louis JadotDate published: 13/09/13

Stow's Autumn Magic of Fine Wine presents...

Beaune 1er Cru Rouge 2010, Louis Jadot

Pinot Noir is one of the hardest grape varieties to grow – but the rewards of great Pinot are well worth the effort!

The thin skin of Pinot results in a lighter style than most other 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 Burgundy, where vintners have been producing wines for centuries.

The wine is a blend of grapes grown across 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 is kept as simple as possible, to allow the terrior of the vineyards to be expressed.

Red and black cherries, hints of savoury spices and leather, lead 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.

If you can resist this wine in its youth, it will continue to evolve for another 7 – 10 years.

£25

or

buy any 2 selected Fine Wines, save £10 – look out for the tags!

£20

Autumn Magic of Fine Wine Tasting continues!Date published: 13/09/13

As our Autumn Magic of Fine Wines continues, today we'll be opening up the Jadot Beaune 1er Cru 2010!

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.

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

Hints of violets on the nose are followed by delicious, savoury, fleshy red fruit on the palate, held together with remarkably approachable tannins. Great to drink in its youth, but will also improve in bottle for up to a decade.

New Limited Time Offers!Date published: 12/09/13

Summer may be over but our fantastic offers have just got better!

These new deals are running for 12 DAYS ONLY from today, 12/9/13.

All are on a 'Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%' deal...

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012, Grifone - now just £4.99, from £7.49!

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012/13, Marlborough - now just £5.99, from £8.99!

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007 - now just £17.99, from £27!

Nicolas Feuillatte NV - now just £15.99, from £24!

Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV - now just £19.99 from £30!

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV, DOC - now just £6.66, from £9.99!

Don't miss out on these deals - they won't last forever!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 11/09/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Bourgogne Chardonnay 2010 Château des Jacques, Louis Jadot

Louis Jadot's philosophy is to create wines that show the terroir of Burgundy whether they are Grand Cru or regional wines, and this white made with grapes from the old vines of Château des Jacques is of top quality.

A rich and complex wine, well rounded with ripe peach fruit and a perfectly integrated citrussy acidity leading on to a long fresh finish.

Enjoy this balanced wine with white fish dishes or chicken in a creamy sauce.

£13.99

or

buy 2 save £4

£11.99

Fine Wine NewsletterDate published: 10/09/13

Fine Wine Newsletter

Small Bordeaux Parcels

Following on from our successful parcel over the summer, we have got hold of one more absolutely stunning wine from Sauternes

Château Suduiraut 1989, Sauternes £60

'The nose offers caramelized pear, frangipane, yellow flowers and a touch of quince, moderate vigour at first but opening nicely with aeration. The palate is medium bodied with a touch of bitter orange rind on the entry, marmalade, quince and a mandarin and dried apricot finish.' 90 points. Neal Martin, Wine Journal 09/11

We only have a few bottles remaining of this superb wine, buy now to avoid disappointment.

New Fine Wine Deal Following on from the populr buy 2 save £8 fine wine deal, we have expanded both the range of wines and the offer. Now available on over 50 fine wines there is a Buy 2 Save £10 mix and match deal available. This is a great opportunity to try some new wines out and get fine wine at house wine prices.

This is our pick of the bunch:

Catena Alta Chardonnay 2011 Mendoza

Catena sources fruit from the best vineyard rows for the Catena Alta wines. This Chardonnay hails from the Adrianna vineyard, located 1,500 metres above sea level, with shallow sandy, rocky soils. Bursting with fruit and minerality. Tropical mango and pineapple alongside ripe pear and fig flavours. Notes of sweet spice enhances the rich palate and finishes with great freshness and a long length.

£23 Buy 2 Save £10 = £18

Finally every weekend here in September we will have a diiferent fine wine open for you to try! This weekend we even had three! Check out www.majestic.co.uk/stowonthewold to find out whats available.

Case of beer for England v UkraineDate published: 10/09/13

So its a huge game tonight for England - one not to be missed. Get home from work, grab a case of beer and enjoy the game from the comfort of you home living room!

Here are a few of our special offers on Beers

:

Why not enjoy a case of Peroni - 12 bottles for £13.99

Alternatively for something a little closer to home we have a case of 12*330ml Curious Brew from English wine producers Chapel Down for only £17.99

If its Ales you into we have a multibuy offer where you can save £6 if you buy any 2 or more cases of Ale. We stock the Hook Norton Range, Purity and many many more.

Fancy something sweet? Enjoy a dessert wine this weekendDate published: 08/09/13

Fancy a dessert wine with your pudding this weekend? Then check out our favourite:

This is the second wine of Château Suduiraut, a premier Cru Classé Sauternes whose vines border those of Château d'Yquem. Crafted after stringent grape selection, this is a well-made and elegant wine.


With seductive aromas of fragrant orange blossom, spices and fudge. The smooth initial taste develops into soft sweetness on the palate backed by the delicate aromas that are found on the nose.


£11.99 per half bottle

Sunday Roast Beef & Wine SelectionDate published: 08/09/13

So today I have the luxury of Roast Beef and all the trimmings being cooked for me for dinner. I just took 5 minutes to review all the recent reds I have tried to pick my favourite and share with you.

I have gone for the Medalla Real Carmenere 2009 by Santa Rita. This has been one of the best reds I have tasted over the last couple of months and i quickly snapped up a couple of bottles to have in the iwne rack at home.

Plush and full bodied, this wine offers the nose and palate an array of blueberry, plum and oak-softened cassis fruit, accented with intriguing coffee and dark chocolate aromas.

Unlike the majority of its wines which are very modern and fruit-driven, Santa Rita's Medalla Real wines are made in a more classic style, with a little more in the way of secondary, savoury characters. This Carménère comes from sites in the Marchigüe and Apalta regions.

An absolute steal at £8.99 if you buy 2 or more bottles, this is sure to please the family this Sunday dinner time.


Alamos Chardonnay - Featured in Saturday KitchenDate published: 07/09/13

This weeks featured wine for the Heaven and Hell feature of Saturday kitchen is the Alamos Chardonnay made by Catena. Nicolas Catena was Decnater's Man of the Year 2009 and has produced a wine with a stunning array of peach pear and apple fruits, which harmoniously marry toasty oak characteristics.This wine is a superb match for any creamy pasta dishes, poultry or fish. But why not try the saturday kitchen recipe available on their website, and come into store to try the wine! Available now on our tasting counter....


For £6.99 this is a stuning wine not to be missed, it is sure to sell out quickly!!

Majestic favourite featured in Decanter!!Date published: 06/09/13

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2011, Leyda Valley. A long time great example of a well oaked Chardonnay here at Majestic, it was great to see Decanter list it in 'South America's top 50 under £20'!

Bright golden in colour, with a faint green tint. The nose offers good ripeness, with citrus aromas turning to a softer, more apple and stone fruit character.

Don't just take our word for it! "Probably one of the best value Chardonnays currently on the market." Decanter

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 06/09/13

Majestic Stow brings you our latest Wine of the Week

Jermann Pinot Grigio 2012 Friuli



Founded by Anton Jermann in 1881, the estate has been family-run ever since, with present winemaker Silvio Jermann taking over the winemaking in the 1970s, and beginning to make wine with grapes atypical of the region.


This Pinot Grigio is a world away from the Italian norm, with intense and persistent aromas, and a velvety, full-bodied feel on the palate.


A stunning match for grilled seafood, wild mushrooms and rich, creamy pasta dishes.


£23 Buy Two Selected Fine Wines = £18

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2011 open to tryDate published: 06/09/13

This weekend at Majestic Stow we have the fantastic Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2011 open to try for you. A wonderfully complex nose  and  a well rounded toasty palate leads to a lengthy finish.


£27.50 Buy 2 save £15 = £20

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 03/09/13

Majestic Wine Stow bring you our latest wine of the week,,,

Tucumen Malbec 2012, Mendoza

This Malbec has been made in a deliberately youthful style, with only

minimal oak contact ensuring a soft texture, yet keeping the fruit

character of the grape as the main feature. Winemaker is Juan Manuel

Mallea, formerly of several Ribera del Duero wineries.

An approachable wine of medium intensity. delivering its cherry, plum

and blackberry fruit in a generous and easy-going manner. Round tannins

and well-balanced acidity and fruit sweetness.

Best enjoyed in its youth. Ideal on its own or with a meat-topped pizza

£10.99 Buy 2 Save £6 = £7.99

Fine Wine at house wine pricesDate published: 03/09/13

As a result of our fantastically popular BUy 2 Save £8 mix and match on selected fine wines we have now improved this offer to Buy 2 save £10 on selected fine wines. on top of this there are now twice as many wines on this deal and so you can really start to explore the ownderful world of fine wine without breaking the bank.

Our two current star buys in store are:

1). Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2011 £24 down to £19 - Intense nose of stone and citrus fruits with Chablis' typical steely minerality and freshness. Fantastic with some fresh oysters

2).Barolo Ciabot Berton 2008 £28 down to £23 - This Italian Monster has classic aromas of plum and cherry fruit along with the acidity and the tannis to accompany a hearty Itlian stew

New Offers at Majestic StowDate published: 03/09/13

Today all of our offers changed. From 3rd September until the 28th October we now have 20% all of our still Spanish and South African Wines. This means yo can mix and match your Rioja's, Albarino's and new world bordeaux blends, getting some great bargains whilst you are at it.


On top of this we have Buy 2 Save £3 on all of our Portugese wines and Buy any 2 save 1/3 on selected fizz and champagne.

Current Offers End Soon!Date published: 27/08/13

Hurry! Our current set of offers ends this coming Monday, 2nd September!

If you want make the most of having 20% off Chile, New Zealand, Australia and Beaujolais, or 25% off Italy, make sure you place an order soon!

And don't foget we have some fantastic offers on Champagne too - you don't want to miss out on Laurent Perrier NV at £25 a bottle!

So pop-by or give us a call to ensure you get the best deal!

Wine of the Week: Barbera d'Alba Villa de Forville 2012Date published: 27/08/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Barbera d’Alba Villa de Forville 2012,

De Forville

Barbera is a prolific Italian grape variety grown in Piedmont and particularly around the towns of Alba and Asti. This Barbera d'Alba is made by the excellent De Forville family, using the fruit of 40 year old vines.

This is a concentrated wine, with a great core of dark cherry supported by well integrated spices. The palate is polished, with tannins which add structure without being overbearing. The finish is long and smooth, and with each sip you find something more!

The de Forville is excellent enjoyed on its own, but it really comes to life when served alongside a hearty meat dish. It has the body and intensity to match well with with stronger flavoured meats like vension, but is just as enjoyable with a simple spaghetti bolognese!

£13.74

or

buy any 2 Italians, save 25%

£10.30

NED SB ON OFFERDate published: 25/08/13

On the 3rd September all of our offers change. This means you have until the 2nd September to snap up more of the delicious Ned whilst it is on offer at £7.99 a bottle and before it goes up to £9.99.

Currently there is 20% off New Zealand wines when you buy 2 or more New Zealand wines as part of your mixed case and this will end on the 2nd September.

Magnums - Did you know??Date published: 23/08/13

Did you know that bottles age best in Magnums. So if you planning on buying two bottles of Vina Ardanza for £18 a bottle then why not buy a Magnum for £36 knowing that its 9 years in bottle will have helped it age that little bit better

Magnificent MagnumsDate published: 23/08/13

This Bank Holiday Weekend we have some great new Magnums in store, the perfect treat as you enjoy your long weekend.

1). Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2010 £52 on a multibuy deal

2).Marques de Riscal Reserva 2008 £30

3). Vina Ardanza Reserva 2004 £36

4). Louis Latour Chablis 2010 £33.99

5). Domaine de Valmoissine 2010, Louis Latour Pinot Noir £19.99

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 22/08/13

Majestic Stow brings you our latest Wine of the Week

Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2010 La Casetta
From the beautiful hilly villages east of Lake Garda, Ripasso wines have had a portion of the fermented, dried-skins from Amarone added to them. Valpolicella Ripasso therefore combines the power and class of the Amarone with the bright fruit of the classic Valpolicella.
A beautiful deep ruby hue and lots of almost confected cherry, plum and berry fruits complemented by vanilla hints. Fine and rounded, a velvety smooth palate bursting with intense and complex flavours.

The perfect companion for all types of meat and seasoned cheeses.

£16.99 Buy Two Save 25% = £12.73

25% OFF ALL ITALIAN WINES Date published: 21/08/13

25% off Italian wines until 2nd September!

WIne of the Week: Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenère 2009, Leyda ValleyDate published: 19/08/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenère 2009, Leyda Valley

Until recently Carmenère was relatively unheard of – just one of the lesser grape varities used in the wines of Bordeaux. But it is becoming more and more popular and has established itself as the signature grape variety of Chile.

Carmenère produces wines which are similar in style to Merlot – indeed, it was only when Chilean producers used DNA testing that they realised they had two distinct grape varieties in their vineyards!

The Medalla Real is a rich and full bodied wine, with the accesibility of a Merlot but with a complexity of a Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose is warm and inviting, with cassis and dark fruit aromas. The palate is polished and rounded, with cedar notes and a hint of dark chocolate. The more sips you take, the more this wine reveals!

This wine benefits from being decanted for an hour before serving, and will match perfectly with all manner of meat dishes.

You'll struggle to find a more complex wine at this price point!

£10.99

or

buy any 2 Chilean wines save 20%

£8.79

Sparkling Saturday! Undurraga Rose NV, ChileDate published: 17/08/13

Sparkling Saturday!

Today, 17/8/13, we have open the Undurraga Rose NV from Chile!

Made from the Pinot Noir grape, this is a surprisingly full and fruity style of dry sparkling wine, one that punches well above it's weight in terms of value! Lots of fresh red fruits and berries, with persistent and fine streams of bubbles.

This is such a versatile wine - a crowd pleaser for parties, a great aperitif or a match for chicken and fish dishes!

And it's down to just £6.66 from £10.99!

So why not Come and Explore and give it a try?

Giesen at £5.99 ends today, Monday 12/8/13Date published: 12/08/13

Act Fast!

Our fantastic offer on Giesen Sauvignon Blanc is ending today, Monday 12/8/13!

Currently at just £5.99 when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines as part of a mixed case!

Don't be disappointed - order today!

Beers at £1 a bottle!Date published: 11/08/13

We've got some great deals on some of our favourite lagers!

Peroni, Pilsner Urquell and Asahi Super Dry are all just £24 for a case of 24x330ml bottles!

At just £1 a bottle, can you afford to miss out?!

Majestic CommercialDate published: 11/08/13

Majestic Commercial

Do you run a pub or hotel? Have you been let down by your current wine supplier? Or maybe you're tired of having the same old wines on your list?

Well Majestic Commercial is here to help!

We pride ourselves on our competitive pricing, our flexibility and relaibility. Our extensive range of commercial exclusive wines include many award winners and has something for everyone, whether you run a country pub or a specialist wine bar!

Our dedicated account managers will help guide you through the sometimes confusing world of wine and will tailor your list to your specific needs. We even provide staff training and offer food and wine matching advice. And by dealing direct with your local store you can be guaranteed the highest levels of service.

Why not contact us today so we can further discuss your needs?

www.majesticcommercial.co.uk

stw@majestic.co.uk

01451 833 790

Station Road,

Stow on the Wold

GL54 1JU

Wine of the Week: Sarget de Gruaud Larose 2008, St-JulienDate published: 10/08/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Sarget de Gruaud Larose 2008, St-Julien

This is the 'second wine' of Gruaud Larose, the highly regarded 2ème Cru Classé estate. Made in a more approachable style, the Sarget is intended for earlier drinking than its big brother. It also gives you the chance to experience the terroir and winemaking skill of a renowned estate at a fraction of the price!

The Sarget has a fabulous balance, with polished tannins, a medium-body and a pure core of fruit. Ripe dark and red fruits mingle with the trademark pencil case aromas and notes of cassis you'd expect from a Left-Bank claret. The finish is long and smooth, with savoury notes of cedar and woodsmoke coming through at the end.

To show the wine at its best, decant an hour before serving at room temperature and pair it with a hearty dish of roast beef and all the trimmings.

If you can resist this wine, it will continue to evolve for a further 5 years.

Great value at

£25

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 07/08/13

Majestic Stow brings you our latest Wine of the Week

Gavi 2012 La Toledana


The white wines of the village of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. Wines from the vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi, and this one is made from late-harvested grapes. Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity. An ideal apéritif, this wine will also complement poached white fish with a rocket and cherry tomato salad.

£9.99 Buy Two Italian Still Wines Save 20% = £7.99

Sparkling Saturday: Codorníu Selección Raventós NV, SpainDate published: 03/08/13

STOW'S SPARKLING SATURDAY

Codorníu Selección Raventós NV, Spain

The Codorníu family, who first produced Cava in 1872, have always been some of the boldest pioneers in the wine world.

Their Selección Raventós is a blend of traditional Cava grapes (Macabeo and Xarel-lo), but with Chardonnay added in a modern twist. This grape, usually found in Champagne, adds greater complexity and gives the end wine a more aromatic style.

Fine and persistent bubbles carry citrus and subtle brioche flavours. The palate is vibrant, fresh and dry, with a long and pleasant finish.

Ideal as an aperitif, the Selección Raventós has the body and character to partner all manner of foods. Why not take one of the Codorníu cookbooks available in-store and have a go at making 'Full English Sourdoughs'?

As always, Codorníu represents fantastic value for money:

only

£7.49

(was £9.99)

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 03/08/13

Majestic Stow brings you our latest Wine of the Week

St-Véran 'Les Crais' 2011 Domaine Cordier

Les Crais' is situated on a southern hill near the village of Leynes with very low yields of 25 hl per hectare to increase ripeness and concentration. 20% of the wine experiences new French oak and with very little fining or filtration produces a very rich style.

This is possibly one of the richest examples of a Saint-Véran's you might find, with concentrated apricot and peach surrounded by a creamy oak texture.

This wine matches well with fuller dishes like pan-fried wild mushrooms and roast partridge, this wine will age for 4-5 years.

the following 6-8 years to soften the fruit and spices.

£18.99

Provence Roses back in stock!Date published: 02/08/13

Great news!

Some of our favourite Provence roses are back in stock... but hurry, because with the nice weather they're sure to vanish again!

We have the impressive AIX Double Magnums (£50) - with 4 bottles of wine in one, these are the perfect accompaniment to your summer social event!

The 'M' de Minuty is also here, but selling very fast! At £9.99 each when you buy 2 or more, you can see whay this cracking wine is so popular!

And today we also welcomed back the Commanderie de Peyrassol! This refreshing and dry wine is a little beauty - just the tipple to enjoy with a picnic of cold cuts, olives and cheeses! £9.99 each when you buy 2 or more.

Remember - you can always call us before making a special trip to check if your favourite wine is in stock! And if it isn't, we'll happily recommend an alternative!


Exciting Wines to try on Saturday 3/8/13!Date published: 02/08/13

We'll be opening some great wines for you to try tomorrow (Saturday 3/8/13)!

Top of the bill is the gorgeous St-Veran 'Les Crais' 2011, Domaine Cordier. This full and voluptuous white Burgundy comes from one of our favourite producers, one which consistently over-delivers in quality and value! At £18.99 a bottle, this will make a fantastic weekend treat!

We'll also be toasting the weekend with Codorniu's Seleccion Raventos NV. This modern Cava comes from one of the great pioneering families of the region, and is richer than many inferior alternatives. At just £7.49 a bottle (down from £9.99), this is the ideal party fiz or just the thing to sip on with your Saturday night fish and chips!

And you'll surely have heard by now about our Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012 being on offer down to just £5.99 - so why not pop down and give it a try! You'll see that this is a classic Marlborough Sauvignon, packed full of refreshing gooseberry and intense aromatic character. Certainly worth more than it's current proce tag!

Keep an eye on our virtual tasting counter to see what else is open and when!

Come and Explore!

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc now just £5.99!Date published: 01/08/13

Great news!

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012 is now just £5.99 when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines!

This classic Marlborough Sauvignon is fantastic quality and the ideal tipple to help you enjoy a sunny weekend!

So be sure to secure your case today to avoid disappointment! Deals as good as this don't last forever!

Come and Explore!

Oyster Bay Sauvignon BlancDate published: 27/07/13

If you like New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs or Sancerre, then you ought to try Oyster Bay.

It has a heady mix of aromas: gooseberries, tropical fruits, and a tiny hint of grassiness which makes the fruitiness really stand out.  The acidity is so well balanced by the fruit, you wouldn't even know it was there.

Oyster Bay is one of the pioneering wineries of the New World.  They ferment their grapes at cool temperatures in order to preserve the freshness of the wine.

Enjoy it with a slab of goat's cheese and crackers.  But it will go with any white meats really... And you can drink it on its own.

Offer price £7.99

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 26/07/13

Majestic Stow brings you our latest Wine of the Week

Château de Tracy 2011 Pouilly-Fumé


Wines have been made from the vineyards of this Château since 1396, but the winery owes its current incarnation to the Count and Countess Alain d'Estutt d'Assay, who resurrected it in 1952. Today it is run by their son, Henry d'Assay, and his sisters.
Pale gold with a silvery shimmer. An open and intense nose, offering notes of blackcurrant and citrus fruit, with background vegetal hints. A fresh citrussy attack on the palate and seductive minerality.

Drink with pungent goat's or sheep's cheeses, or fine seafood.



£22.00 Buy Any Two Fine Wines from the Fine Wine Deal Save £8 = £18.00


Pol Roger Brut ReserveDate published: 19/07/13

Pol Roger was Sir Winston Churchill's favourite Champagne House.  He enjoyed drinking a glass or two of their Brut Reserve with a cigar!  Indeed he was so well associated with the Champagne House that after he died, Pol Roger put a commemorative black border around the label of the Brut Reserve.  I'm not sure if any of those bottles are still around...

The Brut Reserve style has remained the same since 1849.  It is the House's signature cuvee, made from more than 30 base wines and never released until it is at least 3 years old.  It is a classic and elegant champagne, with fine caressing bubbles that impart lingering flavours of lemon, brioche, and shortbread.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 18/07/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Deusa Nai Albariño 2011 Marqués de Cáceres, Rías Baixas

£9.99 when you buy 2 bottles and save £6

Grape Albariño

Origin Deusa Nai means 'mother goddess', and is the name given to a goddess representing the fertility of the earth in Galician folklore. The Albariño grape is equally ingrained in the local culture, accounting for 90% of the wine production in Galicia's Rías Baixas appellation. Taste An intensely floral bouquet covers a backdrop of citrus and stone fruit aromas. A friendly palate of apricot and lime flavours, with a satisfyingly full texture and refreshing acidity. Enjoy Try this with a baby octopus ceviche.

If you like Sancerre...Date published: 17/07/13

... then match it with goat's cheese.  One of my favourite easy-to-make meals is goat's cheese on crackers with a glass of Sancerre.  They taste beautiful together - the fresh acidity in the wine lifts the creaminess of the cheese.  Delish.


Laurent-Perrier Rose ChampagneDate published: 16/07/13

One of the most iconic champagnes around... and for good reason...
It is muscular yet elegant: it has finesse.  On the nose and palate you get aromas of freshly picked red berries and strawberries.
The dumpy bottle shape is inspired by the bottles used in the late sixteenth century.  When you drink LP rose champagne, you are drinking to a legacy of excellent wine-making tradition that spans over centuries.

There's a week left for you to make the most of the offer price. £45 down from £55

The 9 Steps to Making Champagne 7-9Date published: 15/07/13

7). Riddling. The bottle is slowly moved in to an inverted upright position. The yeast sediment slides en masse to the cap

8). Disgorgement – the top of the bottle is dipped into a freezing brine solution, freezing the wine and the sediment is dislodged by the pressure built up in the bottle. Here Liqueur d'expedition is added to top up the bottle and add any residual sugar (Dosage).

9). Bottle Ageing – the liqueur d'expedition is then integrated into the wine through bottle ageing.

The 9 Steps to making Champagne 4-6Date published: 14/07/13

4). Blending – These will now all be blended.

5). Secondary Fermentation – Liqueur de tirage is added to the blend before bottling and a secondary closed fermentation takes place, causing carbon dioxide (the fizz) to dissolve into the wine.

6). Yeast Autolysis - The yeast cells die out and form a sediment of lees. This gives the distinctive biscuity and brioche flavours we associate with some champagnes.

The 9 Steps to Making Champagne 1-3Date published: 13/07/13

1). Harvest – grapes must be hand harvested to ensure that the grapes are undamaged, this is important for the pressing.

2).Pressing – The grapes must be pressed very gently to ensure the colour of the red grapes (Pinot Noir and Meunier) are not imparted on the juice.

3).Primary Fermentation – Each grape variety will now be fermented individually.

Codorniu CavaDate published: 12/07/13

This cava is such a beauty.  It's fresh, crisp, and elegant - with flavours of citrus, apples and pears.  It has fine persistent bubbles.

Codorniu is a particularly faithful winery to Spanish cava-making tradition.  It uses the three traditional grape varieties: Macabeo, Xarel.lo, and Parellada.  These grapes give the Codorniu Cava its unique flavours.  Try it and see for yourself!

Lanson White Label ChampagneDate published: 11/07/13

The first champagne in the world specially designed for experimenting with aromas!  Specially created by the House of Lanson, it allows you to appreciate the subtlety of champagne combined with all sorts of natural aromas.

Serve it chilled in a large wine glass.  Add natural ingredients such as mint-leaves, raspberry, orange-peel etc to suit your mood!  Think of it as a champagne Pimm's!


Short Term Deals: Paul Mas Merlot £5.99Date published: 10/07/13

The Paul Mas Merlot has come down from £8.49 to £5.99 when you buy 2+ bottles!  Don't miss this great offer!

Short term deals: Mlle Jones Fitou 2011 £11.99 when you buy 2+Date published: 09/07/13

Have you met Mlle Jones?

This Fitou is elegant and sophisticated, with very tasty concentrated flavours of black fruits (and a touch of spice).  It's the ideal wine match for your Sunday roast!

You should snap it up before the price goes back up to £14.99 a bottle!

Short term deals: Laurent Perrier £24.99!Date published: 08/07/13

Did you know that Laurent Perrier is the only Champagne house that has a royal seal of approval from H.R.H the Prince of Wales?  All of the other houses' approvals come from the queen!

The LP Brut is a delightful champagne, and at £24.99 down from £38, now is the ideal time to try it!


New Wine of the WeekDate published: 07/07/13

Majestic Stow brings you our latest Wine of the Week

Bourgogne Chardonnay 2011 Nicolas Potel


Made from a blend of grapes grown on mature vines in a number of different vineyard sites in the Mâcon, Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte d'Or. Fermented and matured in stainless steel, no oak is used in production, maintaining the wine's elegance and minerality.


The classically citrus-led nose also offers notes of marzipan and acacia flowers. Initially straightforward and nicely rounded on the palate, with an almondy complexity on the finish.

Serve alongside simple and subtly flavoured dishes such as comté cheese tart, chicken salads, fresh pasta or pâté.

£11.99Buy Two Save £6 = £8.99

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 06/07/13

This saturday we are celebrating the weekend in style with some fizz. Why not pop in and try the La Marca Cuvee Prosecco with us


http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-la+marca/product-is-23287

Short term deals: Veuve Clicquot at £30!Date published: 05/07/13

Our previous offer of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut was down from £37 to £30 when you bought 6+ bottles

It's now £30 even if you only buy 1 bottle!

Go on, treat yourself to a bottle or two and enjoy this fabulous weather!

Sipsmith's Vintage Sloe Gin Special OfferDate published: 04/07/13

Yes, you can make your own sloe gin... we've all tried it at some point.  But you will never know how good it can be until you taste the sloe gin made by Sipsmith! They rest their gin on wild sloe berries, hand-picked in the autumn of 2011.  It is subtle, complex, and bursting with flavour!  Give it a go!
£23 down from £26!

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 03/07/13

Majestic Stow brings you our latest Wine of the Week

Sancerre 'Clos des Bouffants' 2012 Neveu


Based in the heart of the Verdigny village of the Sancerre appellation where the chalky soils typical of the region produce Sauvignon Blanc of the highest order. Clos des Bouffants is aged on fine lees for six months to impart additional complexity and flavour.

Aromas of ripe rhubarb and gooseberry leap from the pale lemon coloured glass, along with hints of lime, chalk and flint. Mineral texture, high acidity, vibrant green fruits and a long, lingering finish.

Best enjoyed over the next year while at its freshest, as a partner to goats cheese torte, tomato salads or with freshly caught seafood.

the following 6-8 years to soften the fruit and spices.

£14.99 Buy 2 save £6 = £11.99

Southern ComfortDate published: 02/07/13

Do you have a sweet tooth?
Southern Comfort may be the tipple for you.
It's a fusion of fruit, spices, and American whiskey.  It's very smooth.
I enjoy it with lemonade, ice, and a slice of lime.
Still on offer at £20 down from £25.


Pinch Punch, First Day of the Month!Date published: 01/07/13

July got here fast didn't it!? The summer is here and it's the summer of love!

Our rose wines are on fabulous offers.  We like romantic pink here at Majestic...

Why don't you treat your special someone to a bottle of the Commanderie Peyrassol?  It's a beautiful example of classic Provence rose.  Fresh, light, and with a bit of body that makes it excellent with food.  Chill it down and surprise her with a picnic hamper!

Sipsmith Summer CupDate published: 30/06/13

A lighter, drier alternative to Pimm's.

Sipsmith distill their award-winning gin, blend it with summery fruits, and infuse it with flavours you can find in Earl Grey and Lemon Verbena.

Summer here, summer there, summer cup!

New short-term deals!Date published: 29/06/13

We've just launched some great new short-term deals on some of our favourite wines - just in time for the sunshine to make an appearance!

Sancerre 'Clos des Bouffants' 2012, Dom. Roger Neveu. Now £11.99 when you buy 2 or more.

A classic Sancerre, fresh, complex and fabulously moreish! Fantastic with goats cheese salad.


Pouilly-Fume 'Les Cascadelles' 2011, Caves de Pouilly-sur-Loire. Now £9.99 when you buy 2 or more.

A cracking entry-level Pouilly-Fume, with a zing of minerality to complement the juicy gooseberry flavours.


Vouvray Domaine des Aubuisieres 2012, Cuvee de Perruches, Bernard Fouquet. Now £7.99 when you buy 2 or more.

Demi-sec in style, this is a ripe yet elegant Vouvray, fantastic with lightly spiced fish dishes - try with barbecued sweet chilli prawns.


Grand Héron Marc Ducournau 2012, PGI Côtes de Gascogne. Now £5.99 when you buy 2 or more.

A refreshing blend of aromatic white grape varieties from the south of France. Just the ticket for relaxing in the sunshine or a great wine if you're entertaining.


Sparkling Saturday: Prosecco di Conegliano ValdobbiadeneDate published: 29/06/13

We've got this lovely prosecco open today!  Puts me in the party mood!

Why don't you come in and try it with us?  It's fresh and light.  Great for a get together with the girls!

Food with roséDate published: 28/06/13

If you enjoy drinking rose wine, then why don't you try it with...

... a seared tuna steak and some mashed potato, over which you can dollop some roasted cherry tomato and white wine vinegar reduction?

At least two decisions you won't regret on your wedding day...Date published: 27/06/13

1.  The dress
2.   Majestic Wines

Naturally the top priority for planning your wedding should be choosing the dress.  After you’ve passed that hurdle, come and see us to arrange the wine.

We can help you choose wines that you and your guests will enjoy most on the day.  We are all trained in wines and spirits, and have a great level of expertise when it comes to food and wine matching.  Test our skills: tell us about your theme, menu, and budget. You won’t be disappointed with the advice you receive. 

We can provide all the drinks you need for the big day (water, soft drinks, beers, and spirits - our range is extensive).  We provide FREE glass hire, FREE chiller bin hire, and ice. Delivery is FREE and can be arranged to arrive without a hitch.

Good luck!

You can contact us via telephone, email, or just pop in.

Prosecco v ChampagneDate published: 26/06/13

Prosecco is simple.  It's light and it's fresh.  It has tastes of lemon, green apple, pears - maybe even a touch of bitter almond?  The bubbles are lively.

Champagne can be light on the tongue, but it is far more complex, elegant, and refined.  The bubbles are fine and creamy.  It has been handled with care and arrives to you in the same bottle that has been in the wine cellar in Champagne for years.

Different wines for different occasions! Sometimes the best things in life are simple.

I'd always choose Champagne myself...

Rose tastingDate published: 25/06/13

Provence Rose Tasting - Saturday 29th June

12pm and 3pm

Come and sample some of the wonderful pale and delicate Rose of Provence with a tasting tutorial, FREE of charge.

Ask a member of staff to book on

Our Wine of the Week: Louis Jadot Mâcon Villages BlancDate published: 25/06/13

Our wine of the week is this delicious easy-drinking Chardonnay.

The grapes for this wine were sourced from the superior quality vineyards from around the village of Loché, southwest of Mâcon in southern Burgundy.

It has a clean and fresh style. It smells and tastes of green apples and pears. It has lovely stone fruit flavours with a pleasant minerally finish.

As with most light white wines from the Burgundy area, this wine goes beautifully with fish. It can also serve really well as an aperitif.

Improved offer! Buy 2 bottles save £6!

£7.99 per bottle!

Chapel Down - English wines and offersDate published: 19/06/13

A fresh and appealing nose of fresh white peach and floral notes, with hints of butterscotch and subtle spice. A complex and richly textured

palate full of citrus and stone fruit character.


The Chapel Down Kity Coty Chardonnay is available at £10.99 reduced down from £13.99 on special offer when you buy 2 or more bottles until the 24th June.

We also stock a wide range of Chapel Down products and other English wines. Pop in or phone up 014518337910 for more infomation

Wine of the Week: Heggies Chardonnay 2011, Eden ValleyDate published: 19/06/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Heggies Chardonnay 2011, Eden Valley

Here's a ripper of a wine that'll have you thinking again about Aussie Chardonnay!

From the cooler Eden Valley region, the grapes for the Heggies are sourced from high altitude vineyards, where the rocky and well-drained soils provide the ideal environment for Chardonnay.

The Heggies is a real class act – at 12.5% it's elegant and balanced, with beautiful poise and a marvellously long finish. Definitely not the usual Aussie offering!

Careful handling of oak gives the wine a subtle toasty and nutty character, without overshadowing the crisp minerality and refreshing acidity. There's a great purity of fruit, with stone and citrus fruits coming to the fore. The mouthfeel is rounded and soft, making this a most moreish wine!

If you're looking for a better value alternative to white Burgundy, this may well be the answer!

£18.74

or

buy any 2 Aussie wines, save 20%

£14.99


Summertime SippingDate published: 18/06/13

Summertime Sipping

The English Summer is notoriously short and sweet... so let us help you make the most of it with our top offers!

Toast the eventual arrival of the sun with some sparkling wines – we have something to suit all budgets and styles. Taittinger NV is a classic Champagne at a brilliant price (£28), while the Codorniu Brut is fantastic value and quality if you're entertaining this summer (£6.99 when you buy 2 or more).

Beaujolais produces light, fruity reds which are ideal for summer drinking – and our 20% off deal makes these wines even more appealing! Try the Brouilly Maison Neuves, £8.99 on the deal.

Italian whites are famed for being crisp and refreshing – and with 20% off our Italian range, wines like the Gavi Toledana (£7.99 on offer) are the ideal tipple to enjoy in the sunshine!

And Summer wouldn't be the same without some rosé! There's great offers across our range, and lots of new additions. One of our favourites is the Château de Berne from Provence, £11.99 down from £14.99 when you buy 2 or more.

Open on the tasting counter: Codorniu Cava Reina CristinaDate published: 14/06/13

When I think of Cava I think of great-tasting, simple sparkling wine.  But it can also have complexity and finesse when made with care to high standards.

We've chosen to open the Codorniu Reina Cristina for our 'Sparkling Saturday' tomorrow because it's such a good example of strong yet elegant Cava.  It has aromas of brioche and citrus fruits.  It has fine, persistent bubbles, which come from fermenting the wine inside the bottle (which is what they do in Champagne) resulting in very well dissolved carbon dioxide in the bottle, and well-integrated flavours.

Pop in and try some!


Our Wine of the Week: Butchers Block Turkey FlatDate published: 14/06/13

We're always happy to taste this superb Australian red wine... It is a blend of three grape varieties: Shiraz, Grenache, and Mourvedre. It is a full-bodied beauty with round and generous tannins. It has flavours of jammy blackberry fruit, sweet spice, with a fruity pepperish finish.
It tastes even better alongside hearty food.

Serve it up with burgers for the BBQ (weather permitting!)
Job done.

£11.99 down from £14.99 when you buy 2+ wines from Australia

Australian Wine Tasting WeekDate published: 13/06/13

From tomorrow until the 20th June we will have a beautiful selection of Australian wines open on the tasting counter for you to try!  This is a fantastic opportunity for you to try a vast array of wines that this country produces.  In particular I recommend the Custodian Grenache d'Arenberg (delicious) and the Heggies Chardonnay...

Australia certainly has a reputation for making full-bodied pungent chardonnays, which they do very well, but the Heggies Chardonnay is quite atypical in that it is has all the elegance and restraint of a traditional White Burgundy.  It's buttery, soft, and round, with flavours of peach and melon.  Yum!

BBQ Tasting TutorialDate published: 13/06/13

If you love a good barbeque but you don't want to spend time worrying about which wines to drink with your food, please come into the store and we'll sort that out for you!  Tell us what you're putting on the grill, and we'll tell you what wines will suit it.  It's all about personal taste though so we're going to have lots of tasty wines open to try... light and fruity reds, fresh and floral whites.  Pop in and see what you think!

SATURDAY AT MIDDAY AND 3PM

Wines of Australia Tasting Week, 14/6-20/6Date published: 12/06/13

Wines of Australia Tasting Week, 14/6-20/6

Thought Australia simply meant Shiraz and Chardonnay? Well think again!

Our Wines of Australia Tasting Week is the perfect opportunity to try a range of wine styles wines from across Australia.

So keep an eye on our virtual tasting counter to keep up to date with which wines are open!

BBQ Tasting Tutorials this SaturdayDate published: 12/06/13

It's always hard to find the perfect match to go with a BBQ - there's so many different complex flavours that it can be hard to know where to start!

That's where our BBQ Wine Tasting Tutorials come in! Let us guide you through some great food and wine matchings for your summer BBQ!

These informal tutorials focus around our tasting counter and are a great way to explore some new wines.

We have tutorials running at Midday and at 15:00 on Saturday 15th June. Places are limited at these free events, so RSVP today!

Offers ending Monday!Date published: 09/06/13

Some of our best offers are coming to an end at the close of play Monday 10th of June!

So hurry and make sure you make the most of these cracking deals!

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2012, currently only £5.99 when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines.

Rioja Reserva Vina Eguia 2007, currently just £5.99 when you buy 2, down from £9.99.

Fleurie Flower Label 2011, Georges Duboeuf, £7.99 when you buy any 2 wines from Beaujolais.

Laurent Perrier NV Champagne, fantastic value at £25 down from £35.

Remember, you can ask to be added to our Customer Preference File to keep informed of any price changes which affect your favourite products - simply ask a member of staff.

Trilogy Cuvee NVDate published: 09/06/13

Open to try....




Trilogy Cuvee Brut NV




Special Offer £9.99




Wine of the Week; Chablis 1er Cru 2011, PinsonDate published: 08/06/13

Majestic Stow's Wine of the Week

Chablis 1er Cru 'Mont de Milieu' 2011, Domaine Pinson.

From grapes grown in one of the very best premier cru vineyards, this has all the hallmarks of a classic Chablis. If you're looking to treat yourself with a wine to enjoy in the sunshine, this is just the job!

With a searing minerality typical of Chablis, the Pinson has a rich body which is rarely found in lesser wines. The rounded palate has a core of refreshing citrus fruit and green apples, making this the ideal accompaniment to lobster and shellfish.

If you can resist this moreish wine, it will age gracefully for another 5 years.

£19.99

Tasting Treats for the Weekend!Date published: 08/06/13

We've opened some treats for you to try on our Tasting Counter this weekend to help you make the most of the sunshine!

Not only do we have a classic Provence rose, the M de Minuty (£9.99 down from £12.99 when you buy 2), we also have some fine wine and sparkling open for you!

The Chablis 1er Cru 'Mont de Milieu' 2011 from Domaine Pinson is just the tipple to relax in the sunshine with. Fantastic quality, this has all the hallmarks of a great Chablis, with searing minerality and a refreshing finish. A slightly fuller body than you'd find with cheaper alternatives, this has the character to accompany your summer picnic! At £19.99, this is well worth treating yourself!

And our sparkling wine of choice this weekend is the Trilogy Cuvee Brut, NV. Made from the same three grape varieties as found in Champagne and produced in a very similar style. On special offer at £9.99 from £14.99, this is the perfect aperitif for a sunday BBQ!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 07/06/13

Majestic Stow brings you our latest Wine of the Week






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



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



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


the following 6-8 years to soften the fruit and spices.

£12.99 Buy 2 Save £6

£9.99

Great Summer SippersDate published: 07/06/13

Great Summer Sippers

Jackson Estate Sauvignon – A fantastically crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc bursting with classic gooseberry and tropical fruit flavours.

On Offer at £9.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

Georges Duboeuf Fleurie – A classic Fleuire from a reliable producer, perfect for this warm weekend.

On Offer at £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles

Perfect Rosé Weather?

Look no further than our Aix Magnums and Double Magnums. Available at £20 per Magnum and £50 per double Magnum, they are perfect for the BBQ!


In Store Tasting EventsDate published: 06/06/13

Here at Majestic we love to taste wine with our customers. Coming up in the next month we have 3 tasting events sure to get your tastebuds tingling. 

Check out the events section of our webpage and book on!

New Zealand tasting - Saturday 1st JuneDate published: 27/05/13

This Saturday, 1st June 2013 Majestic Wine Stow-on-the-wold will be holding a tasting at 12:00 and 15:00 promoting our fantastic range of New Zealand whites and Reds. We will have many of these open on the tasting counter all day however the tasting tuorials provide an opportunity for us to give you a little bit more information on the New Zealand production methods, the differences between private vinyard owners and co-operatives and the influence the different regions and styes have upon the wine.

If this sounds like something you will be interested please call us on 01451 833790, tweet us @majesticstw on or email us at stw@majestic.co.uk

See you soon

Prosecco at its best!Date published: 27/05/13

As we are finally seeing glimses of summer 2013 its about time you know the fantastic Prosecco deals Majestic wine is promoting.

1. Prosecco Zonin, a newby to Majestic this summer and definitely not one to be missed. This sparkling is bursting to free it's energetic bubbles whilst boasting lemon, fresh green apple and a hint of almond on the palate. £7.99

2. La Marca Prosecco Treviso, wonderfully perfumed with undertones of pear, lemon and wonderful Citrus goodness! £8.99

3. Prosecco La Marca Cuvee, this is the older brother of the Treviso and definitely more mature. A delicate and uniquely elegant sparking with aromas of apple and apricot, encompassed within a medium body and soft long finish.

And many many more..

We look forward to seeing you in store today!


Dom Perignon 2004 ExclusiveDate published: 25/05/13

Keep your eyes peeled for the eagerly awaited arrival of Dom Perignon 2004 vintage. This highly saught after peoduct is only available in small quantities, and as such, we have decided to release it as a web exclusive only. 

It is only available in unsplit cases of 6 at £600 a case (Just £100 a bottle), so make sure that you do not miss out on this super deal.

Fine Wine for a Fine FridayDate published: 24/05/13

Price £19.99

Buy 2 bottles save £10 £14.99 *

The Plough - Cold Aston Reopens!!!Date published: 21/05/13

The Plough @ Cold Aston

Looking for somewhere to go for a drink in the cotswolds?? Look no further than The Plough at Cold Aston. Located a mere 6 miles away from Stow or 3 from Bourton it is the perfect place to go and enjoy a nice relaxing drink with the other half and/or family and friends.

The Plough has been shut in recent times for a refurbishment but it reopens on Wednesday evening and it won't be long till the team here in Stow go down for a post work pint and glass of wine.

New Wine of the Week - Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2010 Ripasso La Casetta Date published: 21/05/13







From the beautiful hilly villages east of Lake Garda, Ripasso wines have had a portion of the fermented, dried-skins from Amarone added to them. Valpolicella Ripasso therefore combines the power and class of the Amarone with the bright fruit of the classic Valpolicella.


A beautiful deep ruby hue and lots of almost confected cherry, plum and berry fruits complemented by vanilla hints. Fine and rounded, a velvety smooth palate bursting with intense and complex flavours.



The perfect companion for all types of meat and seasoned cheeses.


Down from £16.99

Contesa Pecorino 2012 Colline Pescaresi IGT - Open to tryDate published: 19/05/13

Price £9.99

Buy 2 still Italian wines between £5 - £20 save 20% £7.99 *

Open To Try - Amarone Classico 2009Date published: 18/05/13

Price £22.00

Buy 2 bottles save £8 £18.00 *

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WInes of Italy tasting tutorialDate published: 14/05/13

On Saturday at 12pm and 3pm we will be holding a tasting tutorial on some of our Italian wines. If you would like to come we have limited spaces so please get in touch to book on!


Lay and Wheeler - Fine Wine Part 3Date published: 12/05/13

Lay and Wheeler

As some of you may be aware, a few years back Majestic Wine bought out Lay & Wheeler. We now have the honour of presenting you with their new proposition. As well as having access to some of the finest wines available on the market before anyone else, you also have your very own personal wine advisor at your disposal, with on-line access to your virtual cellar. Whats more, if you sign up with us in store then you will receive a 10% off discount card to use across all Majestic stores against your everyday wine. You can't say fairer then that!!!

Fine Wine Newsletter Part 2Date published: 11/05/13

Recently Tried

Chateau Guilot 2002 £20.00 from £24

Combining 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, this claret gave a typical Pomerol nose combining the complex black fruit with lovely spice coming from maturation in 40% New Oak.

It was drinking really well now, however,age till around 2016/17 for a real treat!

Lay and Wheeler

As some of you may be aware, a few years back Majestic Wine bought out Lay & Wheeler. We now have the honour of presenting you with their new proposition. As well as having access to some of the finest wines available on the market before anyone else, you also have your very own personal wine advisor at your disposal, with on-line access to your virtual cellar. Whats more, if you sign up with us in store then you will receive a 10% off discount card to use across all Majestic stores against your everyday wine. You can't say fairer then that!!!

Fine WIne Newsletter Part 1Date published: 11/05/13

Fine Wine Newsletter

Brand New Fine Wine Deals

Buy any 2 selected fine wines and save £8

With some great new deals coming on for the summer period, we also have a great fine wine deal. Buy any 2 selected fine wines and save a huge £8. Fine wine available at house wine prices!! Here is my favourite:

Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Napa Valley £22 down to £18.

2008 was a great year for Napa Cabernet and this little gem from Robert Mondavi offers fantastic ageing potential. Showing expressive aromas of mocha and blackberries, this wine will mature beautifully over the next 10 years. A genuine bargain for £18

Recently Tried

Chateau Guilot 2002 £20.00 from £24

Combining 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, this claret gave a typical Pomerol nose combining the complex black fruit with lovely spice coming from maturation in 40% New Oak.

It was drinking really well now, however,age till around 2016/17 for a real treat!

Lay and Wheeler

As some of you may be aware, a few years back Majestic Wine bought out Lay & Wheeler. We now have the honour of presenting you with their new proposition. As well as having access to some of the finest wines available on the market before anyone else, you also have your very own personal wine advisor at your disposal, with on-line access to your virtual cellar. Whats more, if you sign up with us in store then you will receive a 10% off discount card to use across all Majestic stores against your everyday wine. You can't say fairer then that!!!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 08/05/13

Majestic Stow brings you our latest Wine of the Week

Fleurie Flower Label 2011 Georges Duboeuf


Fleurie is one of the ten crus of Beaujolais and one of the most sought after. Georges Duboeuf is one of the best known winemakers in this region to the south of Burgundy, and has been nicknamed the King of Beaujolais.
Classic Fleurie with fresh cherry fruits and a fragrant, floral perfume. Concentrated fruit and light tannic presence are testament to the cru status of this wine. An attractive wine with a silky texture.

Served at cellar temperature (approximately 12oC) this is a refreshing companion to a light summer lunch.

£9.99 Buy Two Save 20% = £7.99


Top 5 BBQ favouritesDate published: 05/05/13

This bank holiday week-end the sun is set to shine over us and we all know what that means....dust off that BBQ and get sizzling!          Here are my top 5 wine matches:                                                                                                                                                                        1. Definitely has to be our AIX Rose Magnum's, Unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit, at a fantastic £19.99                                                                                                                                       2. Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough. a wonderfully refreshing choice this week-end, offering masses of elderberry fruit and raspberry leaf aromas along with a refined minerality on the palate. £7.99 with 20% off New Zealand this summer                                             3.Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2010, Masciarelli. Wonderful blackcurrant characteristics on the palate, layered by hints of damson, tobacco and spice. The taut tannins of this wine will complement those barbequed meat flavours, but equally bring out the subtle flavours of the salad side dishes with 20% off Italian wine, £9.59                                                                                                                                                            4. Wirra Wirra Church Block Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 2010, McLaren Vale. This wine has it all, an aromatic nose, plum, bramble and cherry fruit palate and smooth-textured tannins. A real treat to wash down a bit of sizzling steak! with 20% off Australia, £9.99                                    5. Chateau Guillot 2002, Pomerol. Here we have typical Pomerol characteristics of spice and velvety texture with blackcurrant fruits to really wet your appetite.£24.00:  Buy two bottles save £8, £20.00

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 04/05/13

We have decided to toast the late arrival of the sun in the Cotswolds with a glass of the Zonin Prosecco, and you're invited to join us. The Zonin is brand new to our range, and on a fantastic deal at just £7.99, making it our best value Prosecco. This supreme sparkler offers bags of apricots and pineapple on the nose and palate, and would make an ideal apertif for that garden party you've been planning for the past 3 months.

FINE WINE AT HOUSE WINE PRICES???Date published: 03/05/13

We all like a bottle of fine wine and here with our new summer arrivals comes a deal which will allow us to buy them at house wine prices. Buy any 2 selected fine wines and save £8!!!  Enjoy a sexy beast for £18 or even a Gnarly Dude from the Barossa valley at £18

Craft Beer tastingDate published: 03/05/13

This weekend we are tasting some fantastic craft beers. From San Fransico to Kent come in and try some Brooklyn Lager, Anchor Steam and Curious Brew.                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pop in and ask us for a sample!   Anchor Steam: Deep in colour and creamy on the palate!

Wine of the Week: Gavi La ToledanaDate published: 02/05/13

Gavi 2011/2012 La Toledana


The white wines of the village of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. Wines from the vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi, and this one is made from late-harvested grapes.

Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity.

An ideal apéritif, this wine will also complement poached white fish with a rocket and cherry tomato salad.

Buy 2 or more Italian wines and save 20% £7.99

Wine and Food - Guinea FowlDate published: 28/04/13

Last night I had the pleasure of being invited over to a friends house for dinner. They did the cooking and I had to bring the wine. On the menu was a lovely Guinea Fowl dish, served with fresh vegetables.

So...what wine would you go for?

Preferring my whites to reds, it has to be Chardonnay to go with the Guinea fowl. You cant beat a good white Burgundy, and some of our best wines come from Cordier.

I chose the 2010 Pouilly-Fuisse Vieilles Vignes. This wine shows a little more richness and more oak imparted than the standard cordier Pouilly-Fuisse, absolutely perfect for the rich sauce that accompanied the dish.

An Absolute steal at the moment at £18.99 a bottle, we finished the first one off and made headway into the second!!

Like Bollinger @ £30 or Ned @ £6.99....?Date published: 27/04/13

Both these current promotions end on Monday.Stock up now to avoid disappointment, remember we can deliver for free!!

Spring Deals EndingDate published: 26/04/13

Don't miss out on our last few days of our spring deals. Save 20% on South African and Spanish wines, with Bollinger at £32 and Louis Roederer at £25!

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 26/04/13

Parcel Series Shiraz 2011,

Western Cape

Exclusively bottled for majestic, this unique shiraz from the well established vineyards of Paarl, Darling and Stellenbosch in South Africa has been cool fermented before maturation in second-fill French and American Oak barrels.

The extra care and attention put into the fermentation and maturation process' ratains the fresh rich mulberry and plum fruit on the nose whilst the oak adds a complexity of both rich and sweet spices on the palate. The full body is given a strong backbone of muscular tannins and an enduring licquorice character.

This is a perfect companion with those rich barbeques meats.

£7.49

20% off South Africa wines

£5.99

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 23/04/13

Majestic Stow brings you our latest Wine of the Week

KC Cabernet Merlot 2009/2010 Klein Constantia, Coastal Region

 

Klein Constantia lies on the narrow Cape Peninsula, only 20km from the centre of Cape Town, where there is exposure on all sides to the maritime influences of the southern Atlantic and the False Bay area, which moderate the tempratures within the Constantia Valley. Typically South African in style, with a deep ruby core of ripe fruit and spicy aromas from 20 months barrel ageing. Weighty and richly textured, with plenty of fine tannins providing a lasting finish.

Matches well with roast beef or any hearty red meat dishes.

 

the following 6-8 years to soften the fruit and spices. Buy 2 South African wines save 20% = £8.79  

Cloudy Bay Pelorus 2007Date published: 21/04/13

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Vintage 2007

From Cloudy Bay Vineyards in Marlborough's Wairau Valley, Pelorus Vintage is made in the style of Champagne, by the same production method, from the free-run juice of hand-picked grapes. With 3 years of lees-ageing, this really is a match for any Champagne. Aromas of apple and citrus fruit, with baked bread, brioche and nutty characters. A full, creamy mid palate that leads in to an elegant long finish. As with Champagne, this is a classic match with caviar or smoked salmon. But being slightly fruitier, this could partner Asian cuisine.

£16.99  

Eikendal ChardonnayDate published: 17/04/13

Here's a thought...

If you haven't planned your evening meal, why not pick up some chicken breasts, pasta, bacon, double cream, basil and seasoning

Put your pasta onto boil as instructed per packet

Fry off chicken strips and bacon until golden, then add seasoning and later the cream to warm through

add the chicken and sauce to the drained pasta.

Serve into individual bowls and add a few leafs of basil with a side salad.

 

Now to really finish it off and impress your guests pop into Majestic Wine, Stow on the Wold and pick up a bottle of Eikendal Chardonnay from South Africa....a perfet match!

 

Sit back, relax and enjoy!

Malbec World DayDate published: 17/04/13

SO...today is World Malbec day. Here are a few of ours with some differences.

1). Vinalba Reservado 2011, Mendoza £7.99

This Stow favourite is packed full of dark plum fruits and really takes over your mouth. Full of dark chocolate and sweet luscious tannins. Great for everyday drinking and pair it with a nice Peppered steak.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-vinalba+malbec/product-is-40072

2). Benegas Malbec 2010, Mendoza £12.99

This wine has fruit picked at different times to ensure ultimate grape ripeness. It is packed full of more oaky spice than the Vinalba, whilst still having some great black fruit flavours going on. If ever you are having a beef wellington, this is the wine for you!!

3). Luca Malbec 2009, Uco Valley £22.99

Grown in new vineyards specifically designed to reduce yield, this Malbec from the Uco Valley has a fantastically intense black cherry aroma with cigar box and lavender characteristics. This can be enjoyed now or over the next 10-15 years! Best enjoyed with a rare steak or rib of beef!

Malbec World DayDate published: 17/04/13

In celebration of the deliciousness that is Malbec we have opened the Vinalba Malbec Reservado for you to try on our tasting counter. With rich ripe plums on the palate and a chocolate, mocha finish, Vinalba is one of Majestic's golden nuggets.

At a fantastic price of £7.99 down from £10.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles, this is one treat not to be missed.

Also on affer for todays malbec world day celebration we have the Catena Malbec down from £12.99 to £9.99.

If you want to join in with the festivities but have a traditional tongue then why not pick up a few of our Paul Mas Estate Malbec from Southern France which have a hint of blackberry amongst the delicious plum. 

We are open until 7pm tonight and look forward to seeing you!

Fine Wine Monthly Newsletter: Part 3Date published: 15/04/13

Other Fine Wine News

As some of you may be aware, a few years back Majestic Wine bought out Lay & Wheeler. We now have the honour of presenting you with their new proposition. As well as having access to some of the finest wines available on the market before anyone else, you also have your very own personal wine advisor at your disposal, with on-line access to your virtual cellar. Whats more, if you sign up with us in store then you will receive a 10% off discount card to use across all Majestic stores against your everyday wine. You can't say fairer then that!!!  

Fine Wine Monthly Newsletter: Part 2Date published: 14/04/13

Team Recommendations

Meerlust Merlot 2008 £15.99 from £19.99 The Meerlust Estate has been owned by the Myburgh family since 1757, who have really imparted their passion for the Pomerol and St-Emilion onto this wine. 89% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc, this deep and vibrant wine really packs a punch. Full of jammy plums, hints of cocoa, and a refreshing black pepper finish this is a serious wine with excellent short term ageing potential.  

Wine of the WeekDate published: 14/04/13

Majestic Stow brings you our latest Wine of the Week

M de Minuty Rosé 2011 Côtes de Provence Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.

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

 

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

£12.99 Buy 2 save £6 = £9.99  

Fine Wine Monthly Newsletter: Part 1Date published: 13/04/13

New Arrivals

Meursault Vielles Vignes 2010, Le Meurger £24 Until recently Meursault has been severely under-represented in the Majestic range. However that has all changed with the introduction of this voluptuous Burgundian beast. With more body then most, this Meursault shows brilliantly against pheasant, with its honeysuckle and bruised apple character, and a toastiness to boot, this is a real drinker, and at a very affordable price.  

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 13/04/13

Today is Sparkling saturday at majestic stow and we have opened the fantastic Prosecco Conegliano Valdobiadenne from the producer La Marca.

Pale coloured and lovely elegant flavours of green apple and pineapple make this a Prosecco to savour.

Whats more it on special offer at £8.99 from £12.99.

Come in store to try some more!

Terrific TequilaDate published: 13/04/13

Here in Stow, when not drinking wine, we like to indulge in some sprucy spirits.

One of the favourite tipples is Tequila, and we thought it time to share a little more about it.

1). The spirit must be made in one of 5 authorised states in Mexico from Blue Agave.

2). The main producers maintain that a lengthened fermentation using uncultured yeasts produces the most complex Tequilas.

3). The Majority of Tequilas are unaged and colourless.

4). Aged Tequila can vary in colour from Pale Gold to Deep Amber and caramel can be added to make the colour.

This Wine is Delicious: Meerlust Merlot 2008Date published: 12/04/13

This wine is DELICIOUS, if you don't believe us then pop in store and try it out for yourself.

The Meerlust Merlot has been a staple wine within the Majestic range for years, but rather oddly, I haven't tried it, that is, until now! I don't know what took me so long, but it really was worth the wait with its full-bodied silky texture, and intense berry fruit.

The the very moment you pour the rich, deep, ruby red wine from the elgant and classically marketed bottle, you begin to realise that this isn't just any wine that you can pick up just anywhere, this is the real deal.

There is a floral bouqest with essences of vanilla and cassis, but they are not our of place. They are added to by a reserved plum and strawberry aroma that allow you to begin to salivate in preparation of what this wine will taste like.

As one begins sip this masterpeice, it throws up another charming surprise of smokey dark cherries, a refined and smooth tannin feel, and an acidity that is high, primeing the wine for ageing, but not out of place. There is a stalkyness to the wine that leads me to believe that this wine needs time- Time for the vibrant blackcurrant, cherry, plum and damson to mellow and stew, for the cedar box to turn into tobacco, and for the wine to become really established and even more delicious.

 

£15.99 from £20 is a great price for such a DELICIOUS wine.

Fine Wine Delights: The RedsDate published: 12/04/13

Now on to the reds.

Louis Latour Corton Grancy

Earthy, farmyard aromas dominate this warm and animalistic wine, with dusty black cherries and damsons awaiting you on the palate. This is what Red Burgundy is all about, and this typicity, length, and variety of rich flavours will not be found anywhere for the £35 that wine demands.

Te Tera Martingborough Pinot Noir

A classic example of what New Zealand winemakers can really do with one of the most delicate and elegant grape varieties known. A lot heavier on the cherries and cassis, this Pinot Noir breathes very well, and definitely benefits from decantering, as does the Corton Grancy it should be noted. Yield quantities for this wine are low, which means that quality can remain extremely high.

Chateau Grand Faurie La Rose 2007

This St-Emilion Grand Cru offers an expressive nose of black pepper spice, fresh blackcurrants and stewed cherries wihth a subtle oak influence. Unfortunatley this intensity does not continue onto the palate, but vibrant flavours of cherry and jam do continue. All in all, not bad for £16.99

Chateau Fonplegade 2007

For me the difference in quality between St-Emilion Grand Cru Classe and that of Grand Cru is important, and in this comparative tasting the Fonplegade is a real winner. Similar style, same year, same grapes, but worlds apart. This is a classy wine with blueberries, raspberries and cherries aplenty. If you don't believe me then take Robert Parker's word for it- 90 points.

Hermitage Farcon JL Chave

Hands down the winner of the night. This is a masterful wine with a real artistic winemaker at the helm. The is the perfect blend of the dusty, earthy, rustic elements that we all admire about the Rhone Valley, and the vibrant fruit that we all now yern for from a full-bodied red wine. This wine really is worth £40 of anyones money.

Turkey Flat Shiraz

Big and bold. This wine has real flair and intensity that has an impressive finish that lasts. Black pepper and succulent jammy blackcurrents and inky fruits are what this wine is all about, the perfect ambassador for Aussie Shiraz.

As we mentioned previously, you can expect to find these wines more widely available to you, with better promotions, better availability, and more staff knowledge then ever before.

 

If you are interested in getting hold of any of these wines then please feel free to call us on 01451 833 790, and we shall source them for you.

A sizzling Steak SensationDate published: 09/04/13

Ingredients:

8 oz Steak (from your local butcher), whole baby Mushrooms, garlic, New Potatoes, lettuce, red cabbage, rocket, cucumber, tomatoes, olive oil, mixed herbs, salt & pepper

Method:

Put your new potatoes on to boil.

Put some olive oil in frying pan and start to fry your steak

chop up garlic and put in steak pan and add baby mushrooms

wrip up lettuce, chop red cabbage and put in salad bowl with cucumber and rocket

slice tomatoes and put in shallow dish, add a drizzle of olive oil, mixed herbs salt & pepper

When potatoes, mushrooms and steak are cooked dish up with salad

Now the most important part of the recipe....

Get 1, 2, 3 wine glasses ( guest dependable) and pour yourself some Peter Lehman Shiraz 2010, now only £7.99 at Majestic Wine Stow-on-the-Wold

Now sit back, relax and enjoy

 

Fantastic New Moet DealDate published: 09/04/13

here at Majestic we have a fantastic short term deal on Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV.

Available at its single bottle price of £42 it is on offer for BUY 6 SAVE £90 = £27 a bottle...yes just £27 a bottle.

Please ring on 01451833790 if you would like to place an order. Happy drinking

Emilio MoroDate published: 09/04/13

Majestic Stow brings you our latest Wine of the Week

Emilio Moro, Ribera del duero 2009

Coming from a selection of vineyards between 15 and 25 years of age, this wine spends 50% French and 50% American oak for 12 months prior to bottling. The Tempranillo clones are old and pure here, known as Tinto Fino.

Real intensity on the palate, with layers of concentrated blackberry, toasted herbs, smoke and vanilla. Full-bodied and a long length, the remarkably integrated, ripe tannins give a firm structure.

 

Enjoy now if you like modern interpretations of Tempranillo, or age over

the following 6-8 years to soften the fruit and spices. Buy 2 still Spanish wines save 20% = £13.58  

Fine Wine Delights: The WhitesDate published: 08/04/13

Here at Majestic Wine our Fine Wine proposition is changing. We are adding value. We are adding quality. We are adding variety. However before we get our new proposition up and running we must first be briefed in the only way we know how- With a tasting.

 

Last Sunday a few of us attended a fine wine tasting of some old favourites and exciting newbies. Here are some of our highlights.

Ruinart Rose NV £45

Light, elegant, rounded, FANTASTIC. This was more then just a crowd pleaser, this Champagne was sublime. With its soft strwaberry fruit, and floral nature, this was a fantastic way to kick off a fantastic tasting. Ruinart is based in Reim, and is one of the oldest houses in Champagne. Ruinart are famed for their elegance and balanced style, and this rose appitomises this to a tee.

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc £20

"Over-priced" is a word that is too readily used when talking about Cloudy Bay, however I would not be so hasty. At £20 a bottle you get a deep concerntration of gooseberries, elderflower, lemon zest, melon, flint etc... The variety of fruit on this wine is endless, all there and more importantly, all there for a long time. This wine has a great finish that really does linger on the palate. This was the pioneering Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc, and in my eyes, still is!

Pouilly Fume Ladoucette £25

Some of you may already know about this wine from previous fine wine fridays, but it is a very good wine to check back with. The same grape as the Cloudy Bay we tried beforehand, not that there are many similarities. The Ladoucette offers a bouquet of lemon sherbert, tinned peas, nettles and green pepper, all of which follow through on the palate. This wine needs time to open up, but once its ready, it is a supper wine with a refined acidity, a blanaced body, and tangy refreshing finish.

Louis Latour Puligny-Montrachet £35

Louis Latour is one of the biggest shippers in France, with wines from every corner of the country in their portfolio. With such a range one would think it could be easy to let standards slide, but not with Latour. This Puligny-Montrachet hailsf rom the hills of Blaingy, and is internationally recognised as a benchmark for aspiring producers and growers. Elegant buttery notes dominate this wine, with a peach and apricot zest, as well as an element of yoghurt. A white to keep for 5 years to develop a nutty finish.

Shadowfax Chardonnay £20

ABC- Anything But Chardonnay. This wine obliterates this ABC approach to Chardonnay. This wine has gone through subtle oak aging, resulting in a well rounded, slightly full wine, with essences of pineapple, melon and banana. A great mouth feel to this wine really sets it apart from the rest and is definitley my pick of the whites, although you might disagree.

Our Commercial PropositionDate published: 05/04/13

In this time of austerity, we need to make sure that we are getting genuine value for money in every aspect of our lives. Here at Majestic one of our key strengths is our value for money in our commercial proposition. We offer a wide range of commercially exclusive wines, at a price point tailored to your business. This means that your customers will not find our wines in their local supermarket or off licence, and will keep returning to you for their favourite tipple.

Another key component to our commercial proposition is our flexibility around your business. We have over 180 stores in the U.K, each open 7 days a week, all ready to deliver out to you when you need it. This flexibility and level of customer service cannot be matched by our competitors, and is something that we are very proud of.

As well as our range and flexibility, we can also offer you an assigned account manager, there for all of your needs, whether it be free staff training through our award-winning 'Perfect Partners' Course, or whether you need to extend or amend your wine list, and even wine list production. Our highly qualified team are always on hand to help with any wine-related request you may have. Our local expert is Diane Davidson, who has worked in the wine trade for over 18 years, and is a real expert when it comes to wine.

If you would like to discuss your current wine list, and how Majestic Wine can help improve your wine proposition, then please call your local store in Stow-on-the-Wold on 01451 833 790, or e-mail us stw@majestic.co.uk, where we would be delighted to help you further.

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Fine wine Friday - Saintsbury Brown Ranch Carneros ChardonnayDate published: 05/04/13

Fine Wine Friday

 

The top wine of Dick Ward from Saintsbury, we buy and import his wines ourselves and believe them to be some of the best in the whole of the USA. Matured in a combination of French oak and stainless steel, this shows the terroir-driven minerality of the Brown Ranch site.

Showing a crisp acidity and a Burgundy-like minerality, the wine expresses fleshy apple, pear and citrus fruits on the delicate and creamy-textured palate, with a finish of apple blossom and spice.

Capable of a few more years in bottle, this is drinking very well now. Serve lightly chilled as a partner to ravioli.

£28  

Have you seen our FREE wine courses?Date published: 04/04/13

Have you seen our FREE wine courses??

We are holding two 90 minute Introduction to wine courseson the following dates:

Tuesdasy 16th April 5.30-7pm

Thursday 20th June 6-7.30pm

These are great fun, really informal and a fantastic way to learn a little more about wine. We do some systematic tasting and also theres a little wine and food matching in there.

Email us at stw@majestic.co.uk or phone 01451833790 for more details or to book on.

Majestic Stow brings you our latest Wine of the Week Date published: 04/04/13

Majestic Stow brings you our latest Wine of the Week

Viña Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2004 La Rioja Alta

One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas.

Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour.

Enjoy over the next decade as the richness and power of the will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck.

Buy 2 still Spanish wines save 20% = £18.00  

Wines of Spain tasting WeekDate published: 02/04/13

Watch out this Friday as we start a wines of spain tasting weekend! Pop in store to try some previously undiscovered Spanish beauties.

 

All the wines that are open to try will be posted on our website www.majestic.co.uk/stowonthewold

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 30/03/13

We have a new wine of the week at Majestic stow.

 

The week its the fantasticaaly fruit foccussed Talinay Pinot Noir.

 

Come in and try this little beauty on offer at £12.99 down from £16.99

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.

Food and Wine Match - Chicken and Chorizo StewDate published: 25/03/13

The other night I was cooked a wonderful chicken and chorizo stew, my job was to pick the wine!!

I went for the Thelema Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2009, Stellenbosch.

Oak maturation provided the perfect depth needed for such a dish whilst the lush berry fruits complemented the meat perfectly. It was sublime and one of the best wines I have recently tried.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-Thelema/product-is-20126

On offer this superb Merlot comes in at £15.99

 

Despite the snow...we are open!!!Date published: 23/03/13

There is snow in stow, but don't say no, to us here at Majestic!

New Wine Of the WeekDate published: 22/03/13

Château Saint Georges 2007, St-Georges-St-Emilion

This Bordeaux red utilises the clay soils of the right bank to bring out the best of the clay favouring Merlot, blended and complemented with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc to produce a fruit driven delicacy.

Located just North of St-Emilion the satellite appellation around the hamlet of St-Georges produces a similar style but with a friendlier price tag.

As the leading local producer, Château Saint George has mastered the art of the Bordeaux blend with ripe blackberry, vanilla and cigar box aromas on the nose. On the palate the tannins are strong and confident, providing an excellent backbone for the delicious blackberry and sweet spice explosion which hits the taste buds straight after the first swig.

Why not keep with the French theme and try this gem with a Coq au Vin.

Down from £17.99 Buy 2 bottles save £10

£12.99  

New Opening HoursDate published: 21/03/13

Please be aware that from the beginning of April our opening hours will change.

Monday 10am-7pm

Tuesday 10am-7pm

Wednesday 10am-7pm

Thursday 10am-8pm

Friday 10am-8pm

Saturday 9am-7pm

Sunday 10am-5pm

Bank Holidays 10am-5pm

 

If you would like to contact the store about this or any other issue, then please feel free to call us on 01451 833 790.

Wine of the Week: Château La Croix La Bastienne 2009/2010 Montagne-St-EmilionDate published: 18/03/13

Château La Croix La Bastienne 2009/2010 Montagne-St-Emilion

Superb value claret from this small, 17-hectare property, in a satellite appellation to the north of St Emilion. The 60-year-old vineyards lie on clay and limestone soils, on the south-facing slopes by the Gironde, producing wines typical of this part of the right bank

A warm ruby colour. The nose is invitingly fruity, full of ripe bramble and plum aromas, accented with subtle forest floor notes. Well-integrated oak influence provides smoothness and complexity.

Now down to a fantastic £9.99 from £12.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case.  

All you need to know about Italy - Central Italy and the southDate published: 17/03/13

Central Italy

Tuscany

· Viticulture split into two bands. The coastal strip at low altitude enjoys a maritime influence ideal for Bordeaux varieties. Inland hi diurnal range encourages structured reds with firm acidity.

· Chianti – Chianti DOG is Italy’s most exported wine and there is enormous variation in price and quality.

· Chianti Classico DOCG lies between the cities of Florence and Sienna and produces the best examples.

· Other Sangiovese based wines – South of Sienna lies Brunello di Montalcino DOCG and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

· Super-Tuscans lie outside the DOC but quality was such that the wines sold for far more than their law abiding cousins. Sangiovese, Cab Sauv, Merlot, and Syrah although there are endless permutations. Sassacia is a Cab Sauv variation.

· There is only one white wine DOCG in Tuscany, Vernaccia di San Gimignano produced in the area west of Chianti Classico.

· Other DOC’s are Orvieto, Frascati, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo.

The South and Islands

Puglia

· Salice Salentino and Copertino using a blend of Negromano and Malvasia Nera  

All you need to know about Italy - Part 1Date published: 16/03/13

Chapter 27 – Italy

Italian wine laws

· PDO WINES – Denominazione di Origine Protetta. In descending order, the following terms are allowed:

· Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita. Each wine Is bottled in region of production and each bottle must carry a seal of approval such as Barbaresco, Barolo, Brunello di Montalcino, and Conegliano-Valdobbiadene.

· Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) was introduced in 1960s, first PDO designation and similar to French AC specifies the geographical area, permitted grape varieties and minimum ageing. May also stimulate production method and/or minimum ageing.

· Virtually all Italian DOC and DOCGs follow one of three models:

1. Locale: Appellations such as Barolo are derived from places

2. Grapes plus locale: Brunello di Montalcino, Barbera d’Asti.

3. Historical: Terms such as Chianti and Valpolicella originate from the original Roman or Greek nomenclature.

· PGI WINES – Indicazione Geografica Tipica. Allow grapes to be sourced from a larger area.

· Other Labelling Terms.

1. Classico – Acknowledges wines made from original, better and inevitably hilly part of appellation.

2. Riserva – Requires longer ageing, higher alcohol and implies higher quality.

3. Passito – long tradition of making wines from dried grapes. May be dried in sun, or placed on racks to dry in a ventilated room (fruttaio).

Climate

Climate varies between regions; differences are a reflection of altitude rather than latitude. Precipitation most accurately reflects Italy’s Mediterranean climate. Rain between March and September is scarce and native Italian varieties have adapted to hot dry summers; wet winters are critical to guarantee the quality of the following harvest.

Vinification

EU grants in stainless steel tanks and temperature control to most across Italy. Oxidised wines are now the exception not the rule. Rotary fermenters may now be used for particularly tannic wines such as nebbiolo.

Fortunately most producers have preserved the firm acidity and grippy tannins that make Italian wines an uncompromising proposition. Italian reds are usually both tannic and acidic and consequently age well. They display red or black fruit, spice developing in bottle. Often high Alcohol.  

All you need to know about Italy - North East ItalyDate published: 14/03/13

North East Italy

Veneto

Italy’s largest wine producing region and also biggest DOC. Soave and Valpolicella Italy’s best known exports.

· Valpolicella DOC is the second most important red DOC after Chianti. Vineyards lie on a band north of Verona on limestone and granite slopes.

· The principal grape is Corvina, herbal with black fruit. Basic Valpolicella is light and fruity.

· Home of Italy’s passito tradition and is common for a portion of the grapes to be used to make the full bodied intensely flavoured Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG – dark chocolate rum and leather.

· Bardolino DOC is similar to Valpolicella but is produced from grapes grown on a glacial moraine between Verona and Lake Garda.

 

· Soave DOC is quantitively Italy’s most important white wine. The traditional grape variety is Garganega grown on steep volcanic hills in the Classico zone east of Verona

 

· Vineyards continue to skirt the alps heading towards the sparkling wine DOCG of Conegliano-valdobbiadene.

All you need to know about Italy - Part 2 North West ItalyDate published: 12/03/13

NORTH WEST ITALY

Piemonte – ‘foot of the mountain’ influence of alps. Vineyards scurry up the foothills. Has largest area under vines for DOC and DOCG. Reputation is based on reds.

The south of Alba lays a series of steep, limestone hills known as the Langhe and it is here that nebbiolo produces world class reds. Late ripening grape so only at its best on the best exposed south facing sites. Red fruit, raised, liquorice. High in alcohol, tannin and acid.

Tannin ripeness and management are critical concerns in the vineyard and winery. In the past, low levels of ripeness and long macerations meant that extended bottle ageing was the only way to soften the astringency, now shorter macerations and recently improved vineyard management have resulted in a richer, riper style of wine.

Nebbiolo-based wines

· Barolo DOCG – must be aged for 3 years, 18 in oak. Reserve’s 5 years.

· Barbaresco DOCG – once lacked the complexity, not anymore

· Langhe DOC – overlaps both. Offers best value

Barbera and dolcetto based wines

· Barbera shows an affinity for oak that nebbiolo can’t match. High acidity, low tannins.

· Dolcetto, plenty of tannin but little acidity. Therefore best to be consumed young when its rich

White Wines

East of Alba lies DOCG of Gavi. Light and fresh – ideal with seafood.

Wine of the Week: Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2011, MarlboroughDate published: 11/03/13

 

 

 

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough

From he Wairau Valley of the South Island comes an incredibly flavoursome and charismatic wine. The grapes that go into this wine come from vineyards where the growing season is long, and the climate cool, helping create this masterpiece.

Although perhaps not the most appealing name, Dog Point has gone on to wine countless awards for its wines, with this one certain to continue that trend.

With a elderflower and asparagus nose, this inticing nose has so much character its difficult to know where to start, From its flinty minerality, to its undertones of gooseberry that help it confirm its status as a true Kiwi legend. This finely balanced wine has an incredible acidity and length that it is impossible to get bored of this wine. £16.99 when you buy 2 or more  

Cheltenham PicnicDate published: 09/03/13

It is nearly upon, the time of the year where the Cotswolds works itself into a frenzy, and I'm not talking about the Stow Fair. The Cheltenham Festival is celebrated long and hard by the good folk of the Cotswolds, and why not!?!?! It is a festival steeped in drama, tradition, and to Majestic's benefit, booze.

We have put together a quick picnic that will help your day go swimmingly, all you need to do is pick the right horses.

 

Nicolas FeullaitteNV Champangne £20

Now one of the biggest Champagne houses (and some would argue the biggest when it comes to production), Nicolas Feuillatte has shot to stardom for its quality, value for money, and association with good times. This Cheltenham Champers is a must for when that horse comes in, or even if it doesn't.

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2012 £7.49

The best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc under £10 in 2011. FACT. What you need is a lovely, easy drinking white wine that doesn't cost the earth, and that everyone can enjoy- We can tick this one off the list

Peroni 12 pack £14.99

For the journey back, whether you're up or down, ready for home or onto the casino, noone can resist the temptation of Peroni. Perfect when you've ran out of The Ned

Tyrrells Crisps £1.99

Well you need something to soak up all that fizz. My personal choice would be the Sea Salt and Cider Vinegar, but there is sweet chilli, Cheddar Cheese, and lightly salted bags to get your hands on.

 

So on your way down to the course, pop in store, and pick up the basics and let everything else fall into place. You should find our Cheltenham picnic ideally placed right by the door, so you're mini bus wont be leaving without you.

 

Good Luck

A must buy:Date published: 09/03/13

In keeping with our South American theme this week we thought we should bring to your attention one of our favourite Chilean fine wines. The Purple Angel Carmenere from Montes is one of the most excellent and enjoyable red wines I have so far had the pleasure to drink. The quality of this wine is present throughout its whole production with a blend of two separate vineyard Carmenere grapes generating elegance and versatility. The grapes are hand picked and go through a berry selection, only allowing good fruit into the barrel. Finally aged in 50% American and 50% French oak for 18 months and bottled unfiltered this wine is a real representation of the success and endurance the relatively new Chilean producers have encountered. Worth every penny at £30.00  

super Buy:Date published: 09/03/13

As we saw at least one day of Spring this week we thought we would start to explore our fantastic range of wines which are best enjoyed with the sunshine on our backs. The grapes from the Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough are grown in Wairau Valley where they enjoy a cooler growing season with little rainfall encouraging fresh and vibrant fruit characters. This very fine wine perfectly displays the citrus and tropical fruit infamous in New Zealand whilst an underlining minerality displays a wonderful complexity and freshness. Enjoy with King prawns in a fresh lime dressing on a warm Spring if not Summer's day. At a worthy £16.99 down from £19.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles. This wine is open on our tasting counter today

Fine Wine FridayDate published: 09/03/13

Ladoucette from Pouilly-Fume is produced on the opposite side of the Loire from Sancerre and much further inland compared to may of the other Loire vineyards. Pouilly Fume is stylistically similar to Sancerre however the soil varies slightly in its flinty characteristics. Grown at Chateau de Nozet, Baron Ladoucette follows a family tradition in their production of Pouilly Fume wines which underpins their success in producing quality, and Ladoucette is most definitely quality. With pungent and supreme fresh grapefruit and elderflower on both the nose and palate this wines rules the Loire Valley with its long and smoky finish, celebrating the true typicity of the Pouilly Fume appellation. Now £25.00 at Majestic Stow

Chile and Argentina TastingDate published: 07/03/13

We currently have some great Argentinian and Chilean wines on our tasting counter, with more to follow on saturday for two more of our tasting tutorials. These are at 11am and 3pm...get in touch if you would like to come!!

Rioja Parcel - Very Limited AvailabilityDate published: 06/03/13

Have you seen our latest Rioja Web Exclusive Parcel from Conde de Valdemar?

Well if not click here: http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/keyword-is-Rioja+Parcel

There is now very limited availability so purchase now to avoid disappointment

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 05/03/13

Majestic Stow brings you our latest Wine of the Week

Château Guiot 2010/2011 Costières de Nîmes

Costières de Nîmes has more in common with the Rhône across the river than it does with the wines of Languedoc immediately neighbouring it. Château Guiot lies just outside the city of Nîmes, in the heart of this appellation.

Deep purple hue, a beautifully scented nose with herby aromas, lashings of juicy forest fruits and spicy, rich berry flavours on the palate and a good, smooth finish.

Equally good with anything from shepherds pie, meatballs or moussaka style vegetarian dishes.

£7 Buy Two Save £2 = £6.99  

Did you know.....?Date published: 04/03/13

Did you know...

The term Whisky or Whiskey comes from the Gaelic word 'usquebaugh' meaning 'water of life'!!!

This weeks wines in the pressDate published: 02/03/13

THIS WEEKS WINES IN THE PRESS

Saturday Kitchen

Olly Smith recommended the Dr L Riesling Loosen

The fragrant nose of honey, apricot and stone fruit carries through to the off dry palate. Refreshingly juicy, a touch of spritz and lively acidity add finesse and balance. Perfect with smoked haddock or trout.

£7.99

The Times

Jane MacQuitty gave the Crasto Douro Red and the Trimbach Reisling as her star buys.

Crasto Douro Red

With intense aromas of blackberries and raspberries on the nose, the palate is bursting with wild berry characters. Very ripe fruit with ample tannin and spice.

£8.49 when you buy two or more bottles.

Trimbach Reisling

Developed on the nose and showing a hint of mineral flavour, good ripeness and acidity. White peach, quince, grapefruit and lemon all come through on the palate and the finish is clean and dry.

£10.99  

FINE WINE FRIDAYDate published: 01/03/13

FINE WINE FRIDAY!

On the first Friday of every month we open a fine wine for you to try. This month it's the Pouilly-Fumé 2009 Ladoucette

Description

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

 

Only £25 a bottle  

NEW WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 26/02/13

Majestic Stow brings you our latest Wine of the Week

Plan de Dieu 'Le Mistral' 2010 Cave de Monterail

The village of Plan de Dieu is situated just to the north of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, in amongst some of the best appellations of the southern Rhône. This wine is named after the Mistral wind, responsible for much of the region's climatic characteristics.

The wine's 70% Grenache provides a backbone of warm, bright red, jammy fruit, while the addition of other traditional varieties gives a firm tannic structure and a spicy uplift.

Drink with classic 'farmhouse' fare such as coq au vin, shepherd's pie or roasts.

£10.99 Buy Two Save £4 = £8.99  

Classic France Tasting WeekDate published: 26/02/13

Here at majestic we have just started our Classic France Tasting Week, culminating in two tasting tutorials on saturday at 11am and 3pm. Get in touch for more details.

Port - Part 2Date published: 25/02/13

GRAPE VARIETIES

Over 29 grape varieties are recommended, over 80 authorised. Top 5 are:

1. Tinta Roriz – Temparanillo, high yield, lightweight, quality dependant on weather

2. Touriga Nacional – considered the finest grape of the Douro. Low yield of small berries and small bunches. Full bodied and concentrated.

3. Touriga Franca – almost on a par with nacional. Deep coloured, well-structured and have an excellent perfume

4. Tinta Cao – accounts for a small percentage, late ripening, and produces small bunches of tiny grapes. Adds tannins to wines

5. Tinta Barroca – Larger berry and larger bunch. Thin skinned so can suffer in excess heat... Soft and ripens early. Fundamental to quality port.

VINIFICATION

Port requires rapid extraction of colour and tannin in 24-36 hours after which time the wine is fortified and removed from its skins. Traditionally this was done through workers treading the grapes. The cap would then be punched down to extract more colour and tannin. This is still the production method for some premium wines.

Early attempts to automate this process involved autovinifiers. Crushed grapes put into sealed vats, and pressure of CO2 given off from fermentation is used to push juice up popes, so it’s recycled over the top, similar to pumping over. Require no external power, ideally suited to Douro where electricity was not always viable.

Two systems now in use:

1) Piston-plungers; round shallow open topped stainless steel vats where cap is pushed down by pistons.

2) Robotic Lagar – shallow and rectangular stainless steel tank, similar to traditional lagar, with robotic feet.

FORTIFICATION

When Sugar in fermenting wines has been converted to between 6-9% abv grape based spirit at 77% is added is a 1:4 ratio

Exact moment when fortification takes place is dependent on final level of sweetness required in resultant wine.

MATURATION

In spring following the vintage, wine is transferred to the shipper’s lodges.

Some wines, noticeably Tawny Port have always been stored up in Douro where fierce summer temperatures result in faster ageing and a loss of colour. Poor quality associated with these wines is more due to poor hygiene than the heat.

The advent of air-conditioned warehouses has resulted in more wine being aged in the vineyard area. In the port wine trade, the traditional wood cask is 550L. Only seasoned oak casks and vats are used for ageing port, as it never imparts excessive wood flavours.

STYLES OF PORT

· White Port – golden, low acidity, honey and nut aromas from oxidation. Can range in sweetness

Ruby Port Categories

· Deeply coloured and fruity, bottled ready to drink

· Many are sweet, simple, with primary fruit flavours

· Reserve is a blend of higher quality wine from one or more vintages. Cask matured for up to 5 years before bottling. full bodied and richer

· LBV is a ruby, from a specific year, aged for between 4 and 6 years but are fined and filtered before bottling. Stopper cork as designed for immediate consumption. Wines should be richer with more complex flavours.

Tawny Port categories

· Paler and browner is colour, best show complex aromas developed through oxidative ageing. Bottled and ready to drink fully matured.

· Basic tawny ports have been aged no longer than a ruby port.

· Reserve Tawny Port has at least 7 years maturation in wood. Far more complex, very soft and smooth and can be recognised by their more russet or tawny colour.

· Tawny port with an indication age can be labelled only as 10, 20, 30 or over 40 years old. Age is a typical age of the blend rather than that of the youngest constituent. Finest of all tawny ports. Oxidative ageing in pipes gives aromas of walnuts, coffee, caramel etc.

· Colheita Port are rare, best known is Portugal, wines of a single vintage, aged in wood till just before sale. Minimum period is 8 years although generally much longer.

Vintage Port Categories

· Intended for ageing in the bottle, decanting needed!

· Amongst long-lived wines in the world.

· Houses must declare a vintage. 1991, 1992, 2000, 2003 and 2007. Generally no more than 3 per decade.

· Single Quinta Ports are similar but are the product of a single estate or quinta.  

Port - Part 1Date published: 23/02/13

Chapter 48 – Port

Dominated by a large number of producers, centred on the twin cities of Porto and Vila Nova da Gaia, which lie on the opposite sides of the river Douro.

Vineyard ownership remains very fragmented.

3 Subzones:

1. Baixo Corgo – produces lightest wines

2. Cima Corgo – greatest number of top vineyards are found

3. Douro Superior - sparsely planted but top quality

CLIMATE

Vineyards becomes progressively hotter and drier the further east they are. Protected from rain bearing winds of the Atlantic by 1400m high Serra do Marao.

Porto very wet, 1200mm a year, Regua has 900mm and 700mm in Pinhao. Rain falls mainly in winter and autumn.

Dry, Continental climate

Temperature throughout the growing season can often reach in excess of 30, whilst in the winter there can be severe frosts.

VITICULTURE

Vineyards in Baixo Corgo and Cima Corgo are planted on the very steep slopes of the banks of the Douro and its tributaries.

Biggest viticultural challenge is to manage vineyards on such steep slopes. Originally vines were planted on narrow flat terraces supported by socalcos, but you cannot fit more than 3 rows of vine per terrace and hence cannot be mechanised. Also they are expensive to maintain as the socalcos are prone to collapse. Still account for 40%

New vineyard layout designed to allow use of machines. Wider sloping terraces (patamores) developed with road access built into the slope.

Douro superior has a high percentage of flatter vineyards and mechanisation is more widely used – hence cheaper and is an increasingly attractive proposition, however very low rainfall produces a problem.

VINEYARD CLASSIFICATION AND THE BENEFICIO

Each vineyard awarded a grade from A to F. Does not appear on label but forms the basis for the beneficio – system used to control Port production.

Each year the IVDP authorises how many grapes can be made into Port, based on predicted quality of vintage and current stock levels.

Benificio is divided between the approved vineyards so every grade has the right to sell some grapes. Ensures that the 33000 growers can make a living.

Some higher quality producers buy the lower quality grapes to increase their Benificio.

Everything you need to know about South AfricaDate published: 21/02/13

Everything you need to know about South Africa

South Africa roughly splits its wine production 50-50 between white and red grapes.

Of the white grapes, Chenin Blanc, locally known as 'steen' takes up the highest percentage followed secondly by Colombard, mainly grown for Brandy production.

Of the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are the two most widely planted varieties, making some Bordeaux style blends. Next is Syrah which tends to be rich and very high in alcohol, followed by Pinotage, which is a crossing of Pinot Noir and Cinsault.

South Africa has a Mediterranean climate, we the Bengula current ( A current coming up from the Antarctic and up the west coast of Africa) along with some strong South-Easterly winds known as the Cape Doctor, working as cooling influences.

In the early 1990's, leaf role, a virus was a huge challenge to overcome. The only way to get round it was to replant a lot of vines. This however has resulted in a lot of high quality wine.

Did you Know...1982Date published: 21/02/13

1982

This was the greatest Bordeaux year in living memory!

Have a look at these prices!!!

Petrus £37,257

Chateua Lafite £31930

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 20/02/13

Majestic Stow brings you our latest Wine of the Week

Rioja Gran Reserva 'Torre Aldea' 2005 Viñedos de Aldeanueva

The Rioja region has been transformed in recent years, with the addition of new, quality-conscious producers to the list of older, family-owned bodegas. This Gran Reserva is a product of new management.

A lovely, clean, fresh example, with lovely strawberry fruit of 'real' Rioja, deep ruby with terracotta reflections, aromas of raisins, vanilla, leather and chocolate leap from the glass.

Enjoy with lamb kebabs marinated in paprika and served with aioli.

£11.99 Buy Two Save £6 = £8.99  

The 9 steps to making ChampagneDate published: 20/02/13

The 9 Steps to making Champagne!

1.Harvest – grapes must be hand harvested to ensure that the grapes are undamaged, this is important for the pressing. 2.Pressing – The grapes must be pressed very gently to ensure the colour of the red grapes (Pinot Noir and Meunier) are not imparted on the juice. 3.Primary Fermentation – Each grape variety will now be fermented individually. 4.Blending – These will now all be blended. 5.Secondary Fermentation – Liqueur de tirage is added to the blend before bottling and a secondary closed fermentation takes place, causing carbon dioxide (the fizz) to dissolve into the wine. 6.Yeast Autolysis - The yeast cells die out and form a sediment of lees. This gives the distinctive biscuity and brioche flavours we associate with some champagnes. 7.Riddling. The bottle is slowly moved in to an inverted upright position. The yeast sediment slides en masse to the cap 8.Disgorgement – the top of the bottle is dipped into a freezing brine solution, freezing the wine and the sediment is dislodged by the pressure built up in the bottle. Here Liqueur d'expedition is added to top up the bottle and add any residual sugar (Dosage). 9.Bottle Ageing – the liqueur d'expedition is then integrated into the wine through bottle ageing.  

As for a recommendation, try the Laurent-Perrier NV  at £30 on deal.

Repair WorkDate published: 19/02/13

Please bare in mind that our ramp entrance to the store had some work done yesterday, and is currently still not open for use as we are awaiting for the cement to dry. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, however this was essential maintenance work, and will be ready to use from tomorrow onwards.

Tuesday's delivery scheduleDate published: 19/02/13

Today our van is going in to the garage for the once over. This means that we cannot deliver out to you today. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, however we will be back on the road tomorrow first thing.

Languedoc Web ExclusiveDate published: 12/02/13

From time to time we recieve some superb parcels of wine that are only available in a very small quantity. This is one of them, but the difference between this one and those that have been before is the sheer value for money that this parcel offers.

I would highly recommend you get your order in online before it sells out. I've put mine in. Here is a bit of info about what you can expect from this amazing pair of wines.

 

Etoile de Begude Chardonnay 2010 Limoux 6 x 75cl Bottle Domaine Begude is a small hilltop domaine very close to the town of Limoux, owned and managed by British couple James and Catherine Kinglake. The area is known for its relatively cool climate and hence its ability to produce crisp and aromatic Chardonnay, with characteristics to rival fine Burgundies, but at significantly more palatable prices. This wine is blended from specially selected parcels of vines immediately adjacent to the Kinglakes' house. £71.94 Mlle Jones Fitou 2011 Domaine Jones 6 x 75cl Bottle 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. 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. £77.94 Languedoc Explorer Case 6 x 75cl Bottle A chance to taste two of the best wines produced in Languedoc–Roussillon. 3 bottles of Etoile Chardonnay, the top wine from Majestic favourite Domaine Begude, and 3 bottles of Fitou from our new friend Mademoiselle Jones. Warning: may prompt immediate booking of a gîte holiday once you have a taste for t  

MadieraDate published: 12/02/13

Madiera

Madiera is a Portuguese Island 1000km South-West of Portugal Climate is temperate, with hot humid summers and mild winters Mountainous island, making viticulture very difficult – Mechanisation is virtually impossible

5 main grape varieties 56% is Tinta Negra 25% is the 4 noble grapes, Sercial, Bual, Verdelho and Malvasia

When required, fermentation is stopped by addition of 96% abv spirit, fortification takes place for between 1 and 5 days

Frasquiera/Vintage Madiera is considered the best. It comes from the 4 noble grapes, is varietally labelled and aged for at least 20 years in cask. It is very complex with high acidity, layers of burnt sugar and dried fruits! Very Tasty!  

Everything you need to know about...Date published: 12/02/13

Everything you need to know about...

Over the next few months as myself and Claire complete our WSET training, we are going to share little bits with you in this short, sharp, snappy form! Stay tuned for more!!  

New Wine of the WeekDate published: 12/02/13

Majestic Stow brings you our latest Wine of the Week

Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2012

What started as a retirement project for former marine engineer Barry Feickert, has become a thriving family-run winery, with his two daughters having taken over the winemaking and management, and its wines have received almost universal acclaim.

An intense bouquet of passion fruit, guava and underlying citrus notes. The palate has more tropical fruit, minerality and an unusual richness due to partial barrel fermentation. Drink with fine seafood dishes, from Thai prawn stir-fry, to scallops with minted pea purée.

£12.49 Buy Two Save £5 = £9.99  

NEW CRAFT BEERS ALL THE WAY FROM THE USADate published: 11/02/13

We are very excited to receive some new craft beers and lagers from Anchor Steam ( San Fransico) and Brooklyn Lager ( Brooklyn, nEw York!!).

These are available in 6* 330ml packs and if you buy any 4 packs then they are available for £9.99 each!!!

Delivery InformationDate published: 09/02/13

Our van is being serviced on Tuesday 12th February, so we will not be able to complete any deliveries this day. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

We will be back up and running on Wednesday the 13th, so you shouldn't have too long to wait.

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 09/02/13

Valentines day is just around the corner, and with people feeling the pinch more then ever, we have decided to drop the price of our most popular pink Champagne again. The Oeil de Pedrix is now at just £15 a bottle, and open to try in store today.

It is the perfect gift for you to share with your loved one on Valentines day that doesn't cost the earth. Win Win if you ask me?!?!

Fine Wine: Super buyDate published: 08/02/13

Super buy: Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay 2009, Stellendosch Sharing the name with the Pine trees which stand at the top of the vineyards slope, Five Soldiers is pressed with whole-bunch grapes, then immediately stored and fermented in Burgundian barrels; maturing for 15 months. This wine is a marvellous example of intuitive winemaking; drinking well now but can age for another 10 years. Now £27.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case

Fine wine: New arrivalDate published: 08/02/13

New arrivals The second wine of Chateau Monbousquet, Angelique is a more youthful and approachable version of the grand vin, designed to require less cellarage. Made from the same 32ha vineyards, which lie on St-Emilion's characteristically sandy, iron-rich clay soils. This ripe and fleshy St-Emilion has an up-front, convivial character, offering lashings of jammy black and red fruit, supported by muscular yet supple tannins, and aromas of cocoa, incense and herbs. A fantastic treat for when the family visit for a heart lunch. Now at £17.99 if you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case.  

Fine Wine Friday, Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu Date published: 08/02/13

Chablis Premier Cru 'Mont de Milieu' 2011 Domaine Pinson

This month for our Fine Wine Friday (the first Friday each month), we have a special treat to get your Burgundian taste buds buzzing.

Chablis has a become an icon and status symbol among the world of White Burgundy, producing crisp, steely, mineral led white wines from the very diverse Chardonnay grape.

Mont de Milieu sits to the east of the famous seven Grand Cru site of Chablis and and among the other scattered 16 Premier Cru sites. Premiur Cru Chablis can vary from light to fuller bodied, but will always be finer and longer lasting than that of a basic Chablis.

At first glance the colour is bright lemon-green, with a show of long lasting legs. As the aroma hits the nose it smells like a fuller bodied Chablis, slightly creamy, still a mineral and steely edge to it, but with a prominent pineapple and citrus character. The palate is long, defined and richer due to the excellence of the vintage. A delightful wine, one to drink now or age for a further 3 years. A perfect accompaniment to light chicken dishes and seafood starters. £19.99

 

Wine of the Week: Vina Eguia Gran ReservaDate published: 07/02/13

 

Rioja Gran Reserva 2003/2004 Viña Eguía

Bodegas Eguía are located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion, where they have 50 hectares of estate vineyards as well as several partner growers, with vines averaging 40 years of age. This wine receives 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release. Ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length. Drink with all slow-cooked lamb dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses.

£12.99, buy two and save £8

£8.99  

Last chance buysDate published: 27/01/13

As we are all looking forward to the first signs of Spring Majestic is also looking forward and conjuring up new fantastic deals to keep those pennies going further. However, before we can dazzle you with the new we encourage you to take just one last advantage of the deals ending at the beginning of February.

As we are all feeling the pinch on our waistlines as well as our wallets why not visit the local market and match a hearty salmon and new potato dish with the Saint clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc. This fine Marlborough displays pungent aromas of gooseberry and passion fruit whilst its lively crisp acidity and long finish will cut through the grease of the fish. At a phenomenal £13.99 down from £17.49 this is one of our New Zealand must haves.

To keep you company by those well fuelled fires this late January why not try the Saintsbury Pinot Noir 2008 from California down from £18.74 to £14.99. The Ripe red fruit flavours combined with the spice, tobacco and vanilla of the Pinot Noir grape is the perfect companion for when the cold insists on knocking on the front door.  

Wine of the Week: Paul Mas Estate 2011 PGI Pays d'Oc Date published: 22/01/13

 

Paul Mas Estate 'Savignac Vineyard' Mourvedre 2010/2011 PGI Pays d'Oc  

Rarely seen as a single-varietal wine, Mourvèdre is known for its slightly rustic feel and dense, muscular tannin that produces wines with firm structure and good ageing potential. This fruitier modern example is aged in American oak for 6 months. Round and generous, this purple-tinged red wine is abundant with blackberry fruit on nose and palate. Hints of pudding spices add depth to the ripe fruit, while plentiful tannins provide a grippy finish.

Best served with grilled lamb or richly flavoured Mediterranean dishes. £8.99  

We are Open for BusinessDate published: 19/01/13

We've battled through the arctic conditions, and have made it in for you to purchase that much needed wine that is going to keep you warm over the next few days.

Please be aware however that we will not be able to deliver your wine out as the side roads and country lanes are too dangerous for our van to venture into.

We would only recommend visiting us if you have a 4X4 vechile that has been designed to deal with such conditions.

 

Thanks

Snow Day: 18/01/2013Date published: 18/01/13

We regret to inform you that due to the bad weather in teh Cotswolds, we have had to close the store. We apologise for any inconvince  caused.

Please bear with us through this bad weather, as Saturday may be a similar story.

The Champagne MethodDate published: 14/01/13

The Champagne method

Unlike many of the modern techniques used in wine making of the 21st Century, mechanical harvesting is forbidden in Champagne production; they are crushed as quickly as possible This is to ensure the grapes are not damaged as well as preventing the red grape skins colouring the juice.

Throughout the Champagne production the importance of quality is paramount therefore only 102 litres can be extracted from 160 Kilograms of grapes. The first 82 litres of the 102 extracted is called the Cuvee, the remaining 20 litres is called the Taille. Naturally the best Champagnes wll be made solely from the Cuvee.

Primary Fermentation

The best producers will store their Cuvee and Taille seperately in either stainless steel vats or occasionally Oak Vats and Barrels.Prior to the fermentation the juice is clarified by sedimentation so as to minimise the savoury, non-fruit flavours which is then named the Base Wine (typically completely dry with a neutral flavour character, high acidity and moderate alcohol). Most of the base Wine is used up in the Vintage production, however some is kept back for future use. E.G. For Non-Vintage Champagne.

Blending

Producers blend wines from different villages, varieties and vintages depending on the climate, however most blenders aim to achieve a wine which conforms to their typical house wine. The grape varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier) are used to give wine its character and structure whereas the reserve wines are vital to smooth out the vinatge variations and add complexity to a blend. Once the blend is made up it is subject to tartrate stabilisation prior to the secondary fermentation.

Secondary Fermentation

After the blend is formed a small amount of Liqueur de Tirage (a mixture of wine, sugar, yeast nutrients and clarifying agent) is added, the bottle is then closed with a crown cap. Secondary fermentatin take 6-8 weeks, however slow fermentation encourages flavour development. During the fermentation the Carbon Dioxide generated by the yeast dissolves into the wine creating the sparkle we all know and love; this creates a pressure within the bottle equivalent to 6 atmospheres.

Yeast Autolysis

As the yeast die their sediment releases proteins and other chemical compounds into the wine contributing to the biscuity, bready, toasty notes characteristic to all sparking wines made this way. Yeast Autolysis lasts between 4-5 years and wines that spend longer on their lees develop a stronger yeast character.

Developing

This is a process which removes the lees from the wine. The bottle is moved very slowly from a horizontal to an inverted vertical position. The yeast sediment is therefore dislodged and slides en masse down the sides of the bottle collecting in the plastic insert under the crown cap.

Disgorgement and Corking

After riddling the neck of the bottle is submerged in a very cold brine solution, freezing the sediment in the neck. The crown cap seal is then removes and the pressure created by the Carbon Dioxide ejects the frozen wine and sediment. The wine is then topped with a liqueur d'expedition (mixture of wine and cane sugar determining the sweetness of the wine) and fitted with a cork and wire mesh to keep it in place.

Non-Vintage Champagnes

By law non-vintage Champagne must be aged a minimum of 15 months including a minimum of 12 months on the lees. A quality example of Non-Vintage Champagne is the Veuve Clicquot retailing at Majestic Wine in Stow on the Wold at £30 down from £43

Vintage Champagnes

Vintage Champagnes have to spend a minimum of 3 years on the Lees however most benefit from further ageing to develop the pronounced yeasty quality. A quality example of Vintage Champagne is the Laurent-Perrier 2002retailing at Majestic Wine in Stow on the Wold at £35 down from £50  

Wine of the Week: Fairleigh Estate Riesling, 2011Date published: 14/01/13

Fairleigh Estate Riesling, 2011, Marlborough

Made exclusively for Majestic Wine, we often find this wine is in very high demand. It hails from the heartland of the Marlborough region, within the Wairau Valley sub-region. Here you will find postcard landscapes, blended with the most modern technology available to the wine world. The pair work in perfect harmony to produce a wine of real quality, character and charm.

You can expect to find an aromatic pear and elderflower perfume, with an elegant yet concentrated blast of lemon zest and ripe apricots. This wine really does show that Marlborough does not just produce exceptional Sauvignon Blancs, it can also make a mean Riesling.

£6.99 when you buy two or more wines from our New Zealand range.  

The Vineyeards of ChampagneDate published: 12/01/13

Champagne

The Vineyards of Champagne:

The Champagne region in France is unique in its use of a single appellation throughout, however certain villages do have a Cru status which are a result of the long since disbanded Echelle des Crus System which tried to control the prices of grapes.

Within the region, 44 villages are rated Premier Cru and 17 are rated Grand Cru.

On the shelves of your local store Majestic sell the Tattinger Perelude NV at £37 down from £43 and the Canard-Duchene Charles VII NV at £25 down from £35. Both of these Champagne yields are from Grand Cru rated villages.

The ratings do not require the growers to adhere to stricter regulations regarding their yields, however they do still distinguish a superiority over other villages within the region so are still playing a role regarding the quality and price of the bottled Champagne.

Within Champagne there are 5 concentrated areas of Vineyards; the 3 most famous are so because they are closest to the major production centres of Reims and Epernay:

*Montagne De Reims *Valle de la Marne *Cote des Blancs

*Cote de Sezanne is approximately 30km South West of Spernay *Cote des Bar is over 100km to the South East of Epernay

The appellation system has recently been under criticism and review: the appellation is made up of hundreds of villages, but not all the surface area of these villages are within the appellation. The current review aims to assess all of the surface area within these villages to see if any suitable land can be brought into the appellation.  

Fine Wine NewsletterDate published: 09/01/13

Fine Wine Friday

There is somewhat of an Italian theme to this newsletter beginning with the Masi Amarone. This Amarone is made by drying the grapes on bamboo racks throughout winter, after which the dried berries undergo a very long fermentation period of around 80 days in total, in a mixture of steel vats and Slavonian oak barrels. With a velvety body, and an abundance of dried raisins and cherries, this wine is a real winner. £27 a bottle when you buy two or more

New Arrivals

Fine Wine Newsletter

Fine Wine Friday

There is somewhat of an Italian theme to this newsletter beginning with the Masi Amarone. This Amarone is made by drying the grapes on bamboo racks throughout winter, after which the dried berries undergo a very long fermentation period of around 80 days in total, in a mixture of steel vats and Slavonian oak barrels. With a velvety body, and an abundance of dried raisins and cherries, this wine is a real winner. £27 a bottle when you buy two or more

New Arrivals

Not quite new to our range, but more of a welcome return for the Soave 'La Rocca' from Pieropan. Made from100% Garganega grapes from vineyards with exactly the right limestone and clay levels, this wine oozes class. An incredible nutty palate is backed up by a refreshing acidity, and full-bodied mouth feel that offers avocados and passion-fruit flavours aplenty. Currently at £25 a bottle, and one well worth contemplating at the very least!

And finally...

Super Buy: The Brunello di Montalcino from Banfi is a real deal. This wine offers an expressive nose of red cherry, elegant cassis, and a slight cedar box element that leaves you salivating. From the palate we can detect that oak ageing further, with vanilla and cedar. This is backed up by a super structure of juicy acidity, bursting berries, a controlled acidity, and a supple tannin level. Ideally this wine should be drunk in 5 years, however, if you cannot wait that long then pair it with Italian Meatballs. At £20 a bottle, we cannot stress enough the value for money this wine offers.  

Bargain Hunt, Catalpa Pinot Noir 2011, Atamisque Date published: 09/01/13

As part of our Bargain Hunt collection, this picturesque estate lined with fruit trees, cacti and the local Atamisque shrub. Now owned and run by French couple John and Chantal Du Monceau, along with winemaker Philippe Caraguel, formerly of Moët &Chandon. Aromas of raspberries and currant jam, with a touch of caramel from brief ageing in new French oak. Elegant on the palate, with more red fruit and well-judged tannins. Excellent with rabbit, game birds or cured meats. £12.99 Buy 2 save £9.00 £8.49

Brunello di Montalcino: Part 2Date published: 09/01/13

Much care and attention goes into the production of this wine with various DOCG legislations being upheld. Perhaps the most prominent of these is the ageing process. Firstly the grapes must go through a maceration period in contact with the skins. The grape juice must then be fermented in oak barriques, traditionally Slovenian, but increasingly smaller French barriques. Most producers age their Brunello in oak for up to 3 years to impart the ideal level of flavour and texture.

The terrior of Montalcino really lends itself to the growing of Sangiovese grapes with a good aspect on the slopes, variable levels of altitude, and soil quality. And with approximately 700 mm of rainfall falling a year, an increased exposure to the sunlight, the grapes can develop an increased fruit concentration and are often required to be picked 7 days before the rest of Tuscany.

This wine offers an expressive nose of red cherry, elegant cassis, and a slight cedar box element that leaves you salivating. From the palate we can detect that oak ageing further, with vanilla and cedar. This is backed up by a super structure of juicy acidity, bursting berries, a controlled acidity, and a supple tannin level. Ideally this wine should be drunk in 5 years, however, if you cannot wait that long then pair it with Italian Meatballs.

£20 a Bottle  

Brunello di Montalcino: Part 1Date published: 05/01/13

The small town of Montalcino is located on a hill in Tuscany, Italy, just to the West of Pienza. The town of Montalcino dates back to the ninth century, by reference to the church that resides there.

Historically the town of Montalcino has been famed for its high quality leather goods, however nowadays it is better known as the home of one the prestigious Brunello di Montalcino DOCG.

Made from a Sangiovese clone called Sangiovese Grosso, and known locally as Brunello, the designated growing area of the DOCG has come under much scrutiny over the past two decades. This is as a result of an influx of growers and producers trying to make their fortune. In 1960 there were just 11 authorised producers, however at the last count there were over 200, the most famous of which being owned by the Italian wine giants, Castello Banfi.  

Fine Wine Friday: Masi AmaroneDate published: 03/01/13

Masi has been run by the Boscaini family for the past six generations, and their wines are rooted in tradition, representing the classic Venetian styles.

This Amarone is made by drying the grapes on bamboo racks throughout winter, after which the dried berries undergo a very long fermentation period of around 80 days in total, in a mixture of steel vats and Slavonian oak barrels.

Immensely full-bodied and complex, with intense and mature dry fruit aromas. Drink with game, mature cheese, or as a digestif.

£30 or £27 a bottle when you two or more  

Wine of the week, Viognier Reserve Date published: 03/01/13

At the end of his rugby career, Gérard Bertrand decided to produce the best wines in the Languedoc and set up a winery in 1992. He has had great success with unusual grape varieties such as the rare Viognier, hailing from the northern Rhône. Pale yellow in colour, with intense aromas of white flowers. The palate is rich and lush with tropical fruits, dried apricots, hazelnuts and honey. Enjoy as an apéritif or with seafood. £8.99 Single bottle price £7.49

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...Date published: 24/12/12

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

A full case of Ruinart Blanc de Blanc Brut NV

Made solely from the Chardonnay grape, this champagne is the real deal. Perfect any time of day or night, this wine is just, quite simply, perfect.

Ruinart Blanc de Blanc Brut NV £540 (£45 a bottle)  

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me...Date published: 24/12/12

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

A gift boxed Remy Martin Coeur de Cognac

Complete with two specialist Cognac glasses, this Frenchie only really comes out at the time of year, but when it does boy oh boy........

Remy Martin Coeur de Cognac £35  

Christmas Delivery InformationDate published: 22/12/12

Our delivery schedule for today (Saturday 22nd December) is now fully booked. However we are running a limited service on Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th if you still need to place your Christmas order in time for delivery.

 

To order please call us 01451 833 790, or order online at www.majestic.co.uk.

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 22/12/12

You know it's Christmas when the Laurent Perrier NV has popped, glasses are suitably poured, and a tin of Roses are open for all to share in store. Not sure the Laurent Perrier should be sampled with the chocolates, but perhaps as well as.

LP sits delightfully in between the fresh and light style of Veuve Cliquot, and the rtich, full-bodied stlye of Bollinger with its elegant subtle bubbles, and its flavoursome white fruit palate, and its lingering finish, this is definitely my choice of champagne this Christmas, made even better by its recent price reduction to just £24.99.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...Date published: 22/12/12

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Vinalba Gran Reserva Malbec 2009

From one of the most awarded Argentine producers of recent years comes their flagship offering. The Gran Reserva is big and it knows it. With lavishes of blackfruit, dark chocolate and vanilla, this wine never EVER fails to impress.

Vinalba Gran Reserva 2009 £15.99 down to £12.99 when you buy two or more

Fizzy FridayDate published: 21/12/12

With just a handful of days to go before Christmas, and the purse strings tighter then ever, we have made things easy for you when it comes to which fizz to have this Christmas.

Today why not pop in store for a glass of the fantastic Lindauer Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine from New Zealand. With its creamy texture, and light peachy notes, this sparkler is sure to put a smile on everyones face this christmas including yours as it is now just £8.99 a bottle.

Stock is limited, so if you cannot make it in store today then please give us a call on 01451 833 790.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...Date published: 21/12/12

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

A bottle of Leoville Barton Reserve 2006.

From St. Julien this wine has got everything going for it. Fruit vibrancy, delicate notes of oak-aging, and the potential to age gracefully over the next 5-7 years.

Leoville Barton Reserve 2006 £20 On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

A bottle of Leoville Barton Reserve 2006.

From St. Julien this wine has got everything going for it. Fruit vibrancy, delicate notes of oak-aging, and the potential to age gracefully over the next 5-7 years.

Leoville Barton Reserve 2006 £20  

WINE OF THE WEEK: Savigny 1er Cru ‘La Bataillère aux Vergelesses’ 2007, Albert MorotDate published: 20/12/12

Savigny 1er Cru ‘La Bataillère aux Vergelesses’ 2007, Albert Morot

A classic Burgundy from an estate founded in 1820. Made from vines with an average age of forty years. Albert Morot's family run firm contains only premier cru vines. The wine has been aged in both old and new oak for sixteen months.

Displays subtly spicy, earthy fruit aromas of red berries and fruits of the forest on the nose, it is full and rich with discreet spice and red and black berry fruits on the palate.

An excellent accompaniment to Boeuf Bourguignon and other casseroles.

£19.99  

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...Date published: 20/12/12

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

A bottle of Leoville Barton Reserve 2006.

From St. Julien this wine has got everything going for it. Fruit vibrancy, delicate notes of oak-aging, and the potential to age gracefully over the next 5-7 years.

Leoville Barton Reserve 2006 £20  

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...Date published: 19/12/12

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

A magnum of Veuve Cliquot 2004.

One of the biggest and most prestigious champagne houses renowned all over the world, Veuve Cliquot pride themselves of the consistency and quality of their Brut NV, however, their vintage is a different beast. With notes of mushroom and yoghurt, this wine is as elegant as they come.

Veuve Cliquot 2004 Magnum £80  

David's Christmas Menu: Part 2Date published: 18/12/12

And now for the best bit...

Dessert Always a controversial element to Christmas in my household- Mince pie or Christmas Pudding? Neither!!! For me it has to be double chocolate fudge cake with lavishes of cream accompanied by the one and only Royal Tokay 5 Puttonyos (£19.99). Chocolate, Fudge and Orange- the only three food types that matter when it comes to dessert.

Seconds We all know that Christmas dinner doesn't just finish there. There is always second helpings to all of the above, by which time we've moved on to the fizz, more precisely, the Ruinart Rose Brut NV (£45). Hugely under-valued against the more main-stream Laurent Perrier Rose.

What's on the menu at your household?

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me...Date published: 18/12/12

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2011

This Kiwi Pinot Noir really packs a punch with its velvety tannins, big red cherry fruits, and a refreshingly balanced acidity. This truly is a great wine that New Zealand can be proud of.

Roaring Meg Pinot Noir £19.99 down to £15.99 when you buy any two New Zealand wines.  

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me... (From Yesterday)Date published: 18/12/12

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

A bottle of Conegliano Prosecco

The perfect aperitif. This great value fizz is light, elegant, and full of peach fruit. This wine comes under the newly formed DOCG, ensuring that the grapes used are only from the best vineyard sites.

Conegliano Prosecco £8.99  

David's Christmas Menu: Part 1Date published: 16/12/12

David's Christmas Menu

Starter This is a difficult choice, Prawn Cocktail maybe? Or Melon wrapped in Parma ham? Unfortunately not, my vote is with Duck Pate accompanied by the delightful Louis Latour Corton Grancey (£35). This masterpiece of a wine has the delicate cherry and red berry flavours that will compliment duck pate to a tee.

Main Course Traditional Turkey Roast with a generous helping of 'pig in blankets'. I look forward to this meal all year, so I'm not going to skimp when it comes to what wine to pair it with. For me it's difficult to see past Darviot-Perrin's Meursault Premier Cru Les Perrieres, 2006 (£40). This is a real classy wine that will stand up to the salt in the pig in blankets, yet the finesse to work perfectly with the tender Turkey slices and brussel sprouts.

 

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Date published: 16/12/12

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

The Purple Angel 2010

This is 95% Carmenere, 5% Cabernet Franc, and offers the depth, complexity, quality and finesse that is so often missing in wines from the New World. This wine is mind-blowing now, and will age magnificently well over the next five years.

The Purple Angel £30  

#HappyFizzmasDate published: 15/12/12

Here is another opportunity to sample the sheer delights that dwell on our Champagne shelves- namely Taitinger Brut NV.

From one of the most prestigious and most-celebrated champagne houses comes there non vintage brut. With its rich and full body, and delicate pear and crisp green apple charateristics, this fizz really does pack a punch. And at just £26 a bottle some might say it's our best premium champagne offer this Christmas (me included)

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...Date published: 15/12/12

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Marques de Caceres Antea 2010

Despite Caceres being one of the youngest Rioja producers in Spain, it still upholds some of the traditions that some Bodegas in the heartland have veered away from. This particular wine has been barrel fermented, adding depth and complexity to this wine.

Marques de Caceres Antea 2010 £10.99 down to £8.49 when you buy two or more  

Fine Wine Newsletter Christmas EditionDate published: 14/12/12

Fine Wine Newsletter

Fine Wine Friday

As we are steaming towards Christmas this week we have opened the 2008 Meursault, Domaine Pierre Morey which is drinking incredibly well this festive season. This is a superbly rich and inviting Meursault, with layers of honey, lemon oil and buttered toast aromas, and a delicately unctuous texture. After having left the esteemed winemaker Domaine Leflaive, Pierre Morey focussed on winemaking at his own domaine consisting of several plots cultivated by partner growers all of whom are certified as organic and biodynamic. The personal touch and care which Pierre Morey and his growers put into this wine speaks volumes through the quality and balance displayed on both the nose and the palate; the fantastical golden colour and incredible length allows this wine to stand up next to that crispy Christmas turkey!

At £35.00 this Chardonnay would be perfect as a Christmas indulgence or a gift for someone special.

New Arrivals This week we have received the perfect Winter arrival, the Amarone Classico Costasera 2008 Masi which is still benefiting from the six generations of Masi knowledge which has been poured into it. This Amarone is made by drying the grapes on bamboo racks throughout winter, after which the dried berries undergo a very long fermentation period of around 80 days in total, in a mixture of steel vats and Slavonian oak barrels. The full bodied nature of the Costasera is complemented by its intense and mature dry fruit aromas; the complexity of flavours allow this wine to stand up to rich game dishes whilst also acting as a perfect compliment with after dinner cheese boards.

At only £27.00 as part of a mixed case, every sip will be money well spent.  

Festive favourite: Segla 2006Date published: 14/12/12

After a very long and fruitful debate asbout what wine we should open this festive weekend, we have opted to open the second wine of the prestigious Château Rauzan-Segla, Segla. Located in the centre of the Margaux Appellation, Château Rauzan-Segla is now owned by luxury goods company Chanel. Since their purchase of the Château in 1994, a culture of precision and individuality, and this is there to be seen by all in this wine.

You can expect to find a fabulously aromatic nose, with a superb fruit concentration on the palate that has a sublime and luxurious finish. This win really does typify Margaux A.C, and is a real steal at just £24 a bottle.  

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me...Date published: 14/12/12

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

A bottle of Chateau Senejac 2007

This delightfully made Haut-Medoc offers superb value for money with its array of red berry fruits, and a rather enticing sweet clove spice. This would be perfect for a night in front of the fire after a long day at work.

Chateau Senejac £14.99 down to £12.99 when you buy two or more  

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me...Date published: 13/12/12

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

A bottle of Sipsmith Sloe Gin 2011

From the first London-based distillery to be granted a licence in over 300 years, Sipsmith is at the forefront of the U.K spirits industry with its boutique feel and big ideas.

Sipsmith Sloe Gin 2011 £24

12 wines of Christmas:Date published: 12/12/12

12 wines of Christmas:

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

A bottle of Louis Latour Macon Lugny.

This is a firm favourite in the Cotswolds, and we're not surprised. This is a classic Burgundian staple wine with an elegant white fruit flavour, and a slightly creamy texture- A perfect match for that Christmas Turkey.

Louis Latour Macon Lugny £9.99 down to £8.99 when you buy two or more

Christmas FizzDate published: 12/12/12

Christmas Fizz

Prosecco Conegliano Valdobidene, La Marca £8.99 Prosecco is becoming more and more fashionable in today's market, bubbles are not seen just for a special occasion any more. This comes down to the rise of alternatives to champagne, which are some times more approachable and of better quality to that of cheaper champagnes and Cava. Prosecco also know as Glera, originates from north west Italy, right in the middle of Vento and Fruli. Prosecco has been bottled with slightly higher Residual Sugar, allowing for the lovely peach and apricot characteristics to flourish. Along with delicate bubbles and a very clear, light, fresh intensity, this great alternative to Champagne will have you popping corks all night.

Lindauer Special Reserve, Blanc de Blanc £8.99 New Zealand is quickly becoming very well known and sort after for there range of Sparkling Wines. Using the method traditional and the same variety of grapes use din the Champagne region of France, the Kiwis produce a very high quality and one of the best New World sparkling wines out there. Blanc de Blanc translates directly to, White of Whites. Meaning 100% Chardonnay. This alone gives the wine real freshness and elegance with a much lighter body as well as citrus notes. Being a special Reserve it has spent 24 months on it's lees, rather than 15 months, adding extra creaminess and fine soft bubbles. This New World Sparkler is a real gem perfect for all your Christmas Party needs.

Canard-Duchene, Brut NV £15.00 Set in the heart of the Montagnes de Reims, on the chalk soil that Chapagnes has excelled on for centuries, Canard Duchen was born in 1868. Foundeed by Victor Canard and Leonie Duchene, who set out to make a Chapagne that would stand the test of time and quality. From 1978 – 2003 it was owned by LVMH and later sold onto Alain Thienot Group. This Champagne is showing fresh intense fruit aromas, paired with yeasty, creamy notes after excellent ageing. Canard Duchene Brut NV is a real crown pleaser, a good quality champagne from a respectable house at a very reasonable price.

 

Festive Party WhitesDate published: 11/12/12

Festive Party Whites

Whether you're buying the booze for the works Christmas party, in the market for a white that will really wow your dinner guests, or hosting a 'quiet night in' to celebrate the festive period, here at Majestic in Stow, we have the perfect wine for your needs.

Serena Pinot Grigio £5.99 Pinot Grigio is now the most popular wine in the U.K., and this wine demonstrates exactly why that is to a tee. It's light, fruity and easy drinking- Ideal for your Christmas party. With its elegant grapefruit and lemon zest character, this wine is brilliant alongside most foods,making it a real party favourite.

Pouilly-Fume Les Cascadelles £8.99 Rarely will you find a Pouilly-Fume of this quality at such a good price. This wine is both elegant and flavoursome. It's flinty minerality, lemon peel, and natural acidity make this wine compliment seafood perfectly. When your dinner guests arrive to see a Pouilly-Fume on the table, they'll know they're in for a good evening.

Domaine Saint Ferreol Viognier 2010 £9.99 This really is a wine to savour; smoky, full-bodied, and full of apricots. A real favourite with our team, we would highly recommend trying this wine with some slightly more esoteric cheeses and dried fruits.

Chateau Greysac 2007, Medoc, Cru Bourgeois Date published: 10/12/12

Situated on the left bank of the estuary Garrone, this hamlet of By in the Medoc produces elegant, seductive clarets at very reasonable prices.

Aromas of classic cassic, black cherry, plum, vanilla and spice. Textbook Bordeaux of this vintage. Showing medium body consistent of ripe currants, tobacco and juicy plums, fine tannins, elegantly balanced fruits and a finish that will stay with you for time to come.

Still young, this claret has a long future ahead of it, but drinking well and full of life in the present. Steak, Beef Wellington or Game birds will really bring out the best on this Bordeaux.  

#HappyFizzmas- Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 08/12/12

There is only one thing that can follow the fizzy friday madness the Reina Maria Cristina Codorniu brought yesterday, and that is a Sparkling Satirday.

After much debate we have opted to open the 2007 Heidsieck Goldtop to portray its finesse, elegance, and most of iall, its exceptional value.

 

Aged for at least 36 months before being released, this champagne has a wonderful refreshing citrus character, with a delightful biscuity finish.

 

This wine is a real bargin at £19, and one that is highly recommended from the whole team.

Fine Wine Friday: Chateau La croix de Gay 2003, Pomerol.Date published: 07/12/12

Fine Wine Friday 7th December

Chateau La croix de Gay 2003, Pomerol.

This supreme right bank Pomerol comprising of 80% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc is drinking extremely well this year, reflecting the season with its sweet spice and cherry combination.

The price of this unique bottle of wine reflects a movement that has been particularly associated with these right-bank appellations where the wines are made in tiny quantities from small plots of land, but with no expense spared in the vineyard or the winery.

On the nose this wine throws forestry, sweet spice and leathery scents out of the glass; this magical combination encapsulates the festive season. On the palate the red fruits of blackcurrant, cherries burst with flavour but the underlying spice generates a warming within the mouth. The tannin and acidity has aged very well together and give a great maturity and confidence to the wine.

At £30 this wine cannot be missed and is a real pleasure to drink this Christmas. Perfect for treating yourself or someone special.  

Magnum Watch: Part OneDate published: 06/12/12

Nothing goes down better at a dinner party then a good old magnum or two, and here at Majestic Stow, we have got a MAGnificent range of magnums that will have your guests or hosts looking on in jealousy as your generosity appears to sees no bounds. It is true that magnums do look rather impressive, however the price is often even more impressive. Take a look at our Magnum reccomendations over the festive period:

AIX Rose Magnums £19.99

Having just arrived back in store, this summery favourite also has a rightful place in the winter period. With its soft red berry fruit, and its elegant light body, there should always be a place for a magnum or two of rose at your dinner party

 

Vinalba Malbec Magnum £17.99

If you're looking a big bold wine to drink by the fire this Christmas, then look no more for we have the perfect wine. This outstanding Argentine offering has bags of fruit character, from the blackcurrant and cherry that we now come to expect from Argentinian Malbecs, to more jammy cherry and bramble fuit essences that you will find more the satisfy your craving for that winter warmer.

Marques de Caceres Crianza Magnum £16.99

The perfect party wine is here. This wine has punchy red and black fruit flavours without having the robust tannins that can be disagreeable with some. Smooth, easy drinking and BIG, would be my short hand description of this crowd pleaser.

L'Oratoire Magnum £45

Now we're getting serious. Now we are talking fine wine. This robust and earthy wine is definitely a consideration for your Christmas wine with its delightful tobacco and cedar box charatcer, and its savoury gamey elements that show themselves at the end. Whats more, there is only one cork that needs popping to serve up to twelve of your guests- Now that's impressive.

Watch out for part 2 where we will be recommending the finest Champagne Magnums that we have to offer

For more information on our range of magnums, just give us a call on 01451 833790 or fire over a tweet to us @Majesticstw

Christmas Delivery InformationDate published: 03/12/12

December is a very busy time for deliveries, and we will be keeping this page updated on a daily basis with our current turnaround times and schedule.

We are still running a very efficient turnaround for deliveries, however as we approach Christmas we are getting considerably busier. If you do want a delivery before the 25th then we would recommend that you place your order with us as soon as possible.

If you would like to discuss our delivery options further, then give us a call on 01451,822 790 where one of the team will be more then happy to help.

 

************** DELIVERY UPDATE******************

We still have delivery slots available for this coming Saturday, so please feel free to contact us on the above telephone number today to ensure delivery before Christmas

Marque De Caceres:- Part 2Date published: 02/12/12

Rioja Rosado graced our lips next, 80% Tempranillo and 20% Grenache. Macerated for several hours before skins are removed to add a greater depth of flavour compared to most Rose. Sweet Candy cane on the nose and a flutter of strawberries and cream ending with intensity and a long lasting finish. £7.99 when you by 2 bottles.

A firm favourite of the evening was the Caceres Barrel Fermented 'Antea' Rioja 2010. Barrel Fermented in New French Oak give this wine the buttery, smoky complexity with character and length to die for. A former Decanter Trophy winner and Superb wine. £8.49 when you buy 2 bottles

We tried the full range of reds, Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva but the evening belonged to Marques de Caceres Reserva 2005. A blend of Tempranillo and Grenache, aged for 22 months in New French Oak then a further 24 months in bottle, from vines 30 years + this wines has so much to offer. A Bouquet of toasted oak, red berries, fruits and spices, with layers of red fruits, well integrated tannins and fresh acidity. The real bell of the ball £11.99 when you buy 2 bottles

It is fair to say that our evening at Hotel Du Van, Birmingham with Marques de Caceres was a huge success. We all left the evening with a real insight into the world of Marques de Caceres and Rioja in general. A huge thank you for a tasteful and informative evening  

Marques De Caceres Tasting 2012, Part 1Date published: 01/12/12

Marques De Caceres Tasting 27/11/12

After a busy day readying the store for Christmas myself and two colleagues (assistant maqnager and dad to be David plus the newest member of the team Claire, who joined us a little over a month ago) made the 50 minute journey from the country side into the big city of Birmingham.

The tasting was to include De Caceres full range of 7 wines, with a full insight to the history of Marques De Caceres, vinification and Maturation process by thye very knowledgeable Tristan the Corporate Representative.

We Started with the Rioja Blanco, 100% Vioura, 6 months in French Oak, When served lightly chilled the huge aromatic flavours of white melon, pear and apple leap out of the glass and really coat your mouth. £7.49 when you buy 2 bottles.

Albarino was next on the list. A Firm favourite of mine and a huge surprise as I wasn't aware they produced one. Caseres have a joint partnership in Rias Biax with a small producer from this Maritime climate. It's huge opulent character is hugely intense, with the lovely oily texture to follow. We will be seeing this in stores in the spring.  

Christmas Delivery ScheduleDate published: 01/12/12

As you may be aware, Christmas has well and truly started, and with this, our delivery schedule will fill up very quickly. So our advise would be to get your order in with us as soon as possible.

 

We will be delivering out up until the 23rd December, but please be aware that if you are wanting us to deliver further afield, then we may need a little more notice.

 

We are currently running to a maximum 7 day turn around for delivery, and often within just a few days, but please be aware that as we approach christmas, we may require you to be a bit more flexible with delivery times and dates.

 

If you would like to discuss our delivery options, then please do not hesitate to call us on 01451 833 790, or e-mail us on stw@majestic.co.uk.

#HappyFizzmas- Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 01/12/12

Today is the first day of advent, and we have gone down the route of celebrating with a bottle of Fizz, Perrier Jouet Champagne no less.

 

This is one of the team's favourite Champagne houses, with their flagship Belle Epoque being a wine real might. Today we have opened the Brut non-vintage to give you a taster of what this house can really do.

 

I love champange with delectable notes of brioch, and beautifuly concerntrated white fruit flavours, and a floral intensity that never fails to disappoint- If you do not believe us then pop in and try it for yourself.

 

Last 3 days at £25 a bottle, so don't miss out.

It's FIZZ-mas!!!!Date published: 28/11/12

There is no denying there has been something rather exciting in the air that we have longed to talk about, but it's never been quite right. Well that time has finally come, and here, in Majestic Wine Stow, we are offically kicking off the festive mood with Fizzmas.

 

Every weekend from now until the big day we will be opening a bottle of our finest bubbles, whether it be the elegant and restrained Ruinart NV, or the rich and creamy Bollinger, we hope that you will pop along and enjoy a glass with us.

All that's left to do is wish you all a very #HappyFIZZmas, and corking new year.

Winter Wine TastingDate published: 24/11/12

On Thursday 22nd November I participated in my first Wine tasting evening as a member of the Majestic Stow-On -The-Wold team and it was really enjoyable. I was fortunate enough to be able to speak to many of our valued customers about the wines they were drinking, what they thought of them and whether they found any that they were not expecting to like.

The most popular white wine of the evening was Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva for its rich cream and vanilla flavours.

The most favoured Red Wine of the evening was Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2009, for its weighty red fruit flavour and bold tannins.

The response was fantastic, we had over 60 people attending the evening, with a representation from the Argentinian Vinalba producers aswell as Jared Brown, Head Distiller from Sipsmith independence spirits whose hot mulled sloe was a perfect end to an enjoyable and successful evening.

Finally, this has given myself and the store a real insight into our customers likes and dislikes whilst teaching all of us something new along the way.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 24/11/12

Gigondas 2010, La Bastide Saint Vincent To keep the warmth in and the cold out this winter our 'Wine of the Week' goes to La Bastide Saint Vincent. A combination of the chalky clay, south facing slopes of the Dentelles de Montmirail and fully hand-harvested grapes produce a mature, tasteful wine which reflects the care and knowledge poured into its production.

This wine concentrates its flavours causing its pungent spices of black pepper and liquorice to burst out of the glass, whist being complemented with dried fruits such as figs and prunes. La Bastide unleashes intense marinated dried and black fruits on the palate whilst maintaining the warmth of the spices . A medium level of tannin and acidity allows it to be enjoyed by all wine lovers and will stand up to rich game and red meat dishes.

Single Bottle £18.74 20% off all Rhone wines when you buy 2 So only £14.99  

Vina Arana, Gran Reserva 1987Date published: 17/11/12

After the arrival of our Spanish parcel earlier on this year (from a gentleman we know only as Fernando), we are still basking in the glory of aged Rioja, and of course enjoying every second of it. So far this year we have had a fine selection open to sample on the tasting counter, and as Christmas loams with only 5 weeks and counting, we aim to surprise your taste buds with yet another aged Rioja from a stand out Vintage.

Bodegas Riojanas have a huge portfolio when it comes to it's centuries of wine making. Vina Albina, Gran Reserva 1987 currently  £17.99,is one of their more traditionally styled wines, and after it's long life of 25 years is now a matured, well established Gran Reserva showing great depth and complexity.

The Nose: Tinned cherry, strawberries, liquorish, vanilla, with the savoury notes of a classic matured Bordeaux.

The Palate: Explosion of strawberries and cream, the acidity keeps it fresh and alive, with subtle blending notes of old leather, cigar tobacco and clove.

A true winters delight

£17.99  

Fine Wine Newsletter Snippet 2Date published: 14/11/12

Here is cheeky teaser...

 

And finally... Fear not white wine lovers, for our buyers have not forgotten about you this festive period. For a truly remarkable wine that will match up to that Christmas turkey, look no further then the Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru 'La Maltoie' 2009 from Fontaine Gagnard. This wine is pure, elegant, toasty and long, everything Christmas should be!!! Wouldn't you agree. £35  

Wine of the Week: Halcon Reserva 2010, Tamaya, Limari ValleyDate published: 14/11/12

Halcon Reserva 2010, Tamaya, Limari Valley

From the prestigious Limari Valley comes this Chilean master piece. The Limari Valley is located in the Coquimbo Region, central Chile. The Limari Valley sits relatively central to the pacific ocean, and the Andes of Argentina. Despite this, the climate is tempered by both of these.

Tamaya roughly translates to 'high lookout point', and is in reference to a prominent hill that lays within the estates boundaries. The aspect of this can have act as rain and sun shelter to those vines planted at the foot of it, likewise to those planted on the opposite side of the slope.

This interesting blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah offers so much on the nose with intense cassis and strawberries, and a luxurious mouth-filling texture. With fine tannins and a tantalising acidity, we would highly recommend drinking this wine in 2-3 years.

£8.79 when you buy two or more Chilean Wines  

Fine Wine Newsletter SnippetDate published: 12/11/12

New Arrivals

Rather unusually we have been looking back rather then forwards when it comes to new products making their way into our range. Take a look at our extensive 1994 Rioja parcel where you are sure to find some real gems, none more so then the Vina Tondonia Reserva 1987, R. Lopez de Heredia. A stellar year, particularly in Rioja Alta, the home of this rustic and mature wine. It's not often that we get Fine Wine that is fully mature and ready to go, so make sure you don't miss out.£25  

Another immense wine from previous years is the 2000 Château Labagorce, Margaux. This year didn't only stand out because it was the turn of the millennia, it was also the best vintage in Bordeaux in the past decade, and there hasn't been a better one since. This wine offers tremendous tobacco and plum notes on the palate, and a luxurious mouth feel the will impress. This wine is ready now, no need to lay down, just enjoy. £27

 

For the complete article just pop in store or to request one to be sent out to you in the post, please just call us on 01451 833 790.  

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 10/11/12

Today we have opened the Codorniu  Seleccion Raventos for the good folk of Stow-on-the-Wold to enjoy.

Made in the same method as champagne, and of Chardonnay, Macabeo and Xarel-lo, this wine really does have a modern twist on traditional Cava. With a pale lemon colour, and a peachy citrus aromatic quality, this wine is a real jewel in Codorniu's crown. A contiued and refined elegance is a common theme throughout this wine, and one that never fails to impress, so why not pop in store and give it a try.

Wine of the week - UrbinaDate published: 08/11/12

Urbina 1994, Gran Reserva Rioja

Earlier on in the year we were fortunate enough to receive a Spanish parcel containing some of Spain's finest wines dating back to 1982. These wines had been kept in the perfect condition, allowing them to age to their full potential over a number of years.

Bodegas Urbina are a 4th generation wine growing family, growing grapes within their 75 hectares of vineyards that will provide wines with the best potential for ageing.

This wine had benefited from it's 18 years in bottle already, showing complex multi-layers of earth, spice, leather and explosive notes of mature cherry.

Enjoy now, or cellar for a further 5-10 years

£14.99  

FINE WINE FRIDAY: Part 3Date published: 02/11/12

If you like the Segla 2007, as many of the good Cotswold folk do, then you will go bonkers for this gem. New to our range the La Sirene de Giscours 2006, also from Margaux.

This is the second wine of Chateau Giscours, Sirene is made from the fruit of the estate's younger vine, those from 5-15 years of age. A more supple, early-drinking expression of the estates style, the Sirene offers a fleshy core of fruit accented with notes of smoke, spice and creosote. The excellent 2006 vintage is drinking superbly now, and willcontinue to devolp for another 5-1o years.

 

£22 a bottle as part of your mixed case of 6.

FINE WINE FRIDAY: Part 2Date published: 02/11/12

Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc 2009, Gagnard Delagrange

This is a real treat for all of you Burgundy lovers, offering the elegance and finesse we now all come to expect from Chassagne-Montrachet, with a rock bottom price (In the grand scheme of Burgundian wines).

Gagnard=Delagrange stands out as one of the best producers of both red and white Burgundy. This is a particularly fine example exhibiting rich toasty aromas coupled with a fine and elegant complexity.

 

A super deal at just £25 a bottle, It wont last long so get down to our store and give it a go before it's too late.

FINE WINE FRIDAY: Part 1Date published: 02/11/12

Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 2010/2011 Te Mata, Hawke's Bay

 

This is Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with a difference, a big difference. With a wonderfully bold departure from intense single-varietal unoaked Sauvignons, Cape Crest barrel-ferment theirs with the addition of small amounts of Semillon and Sauvignon Gris. Straddling the divide between typical New Zealand Sauvignon and classic white Bordeaux, this wine is creamy, with blossom and toast notes embellishing the backdrop of citrus and guava-like fruit. Superb with seafood and poultry dishes or as an apéritif, this wine will drink well over the next 2 years.

What's more is this wine is included in our 20% off New Zealand deal, so you will save a huge £4 a bottle when you buy it with any other wine from New Zealand.

 

£19.99 down to £15.99 when you buy two or more New Zealand wines priced up to £19.99

Early ClosureDate published: 24/10/12

This afternoon (Wednesday 24th October) we will be closing at 6pm, and not re-opening until 10am Friday morning where normal retail hours will resume,

 

Sorry for any inconvienence caused.

We Are OpenDate published: 17/10/12

Unfortunatley our Shutter over our front door has given up the ghost and finally packed in. But fear not, for we are still open, just trading through the back doors.

 

We have a door bell, so if you cannot get in, you should be able to get our attention without too much hassle. We hope to have this resolved by tomorrow, but please do bare with us in the meantime.

October 25th; Day Closure Date published: 17/10/12

Please be aware that on Thursday 25th OCtober we will be closed all day. We will be re-opening on Friday 26th October, and trade will resume as normal.

 

We apologise for any inconvienence caused.

Shutter IssuesDate published: 15/10/12

*****UPDATE******

 

Our shutters have now been repaired and business is back to normal.

We apologise again for any inconvienence.

 

 

 

Please note that  we are currently experiencing some issues with our shutters, and are using our back doors to gain entry. We have a door bell at the front of the store so you can alert a member of the team who will be happy to let you in.

 

We are sorry for any inconvienence caused, and hope to have this problem rectified by this afternoon at the lastest.

Welcome to Stow-on-the-WoldDate published: 14/10/12

As some of you may know by now, we have had a re-jig in store, and now have a new line -up. 

Our new manager is Ben Pollard, who has previously managed our Abingdon store, and has over four and a half years experience with Majestic. Ben join's the team with a wealth of knowledge and a real passion for Fine Wine.

Please also make our new trainee manager feel very welcome; Claire Reynolds. This is Claire's first store with Majestic, and can't wait to meet you all.

 

We will be opening a couple of bottle of Fine Wine over the weekend of Friday 2nd November to welcome them in style, and it would be great if you could pop in and celebrate with us.

Happy 21st Birthday: Imperial Res 1991Date published: 13/10/12

On this super Saturday we have decided to open the CVNE Imperial Reserva 1991. And as harvest is just beginning  in Rioja, it is (approximately) this wine's birthday. However, unlike me, this wine has reached full maturity at the grand old age of 21 (I'm still searching for it), and is drinking extremely well.

This wine has blown the socks off the team this morning, with an incredible acidity holding together a very light and complex wine. Whats more, its even on a great deal when you buy two, so you can continue the celebrations into the night in the comfort of your own home.

£22.49

£17.99 when you buy two or more.

Trade Customer?Date published: 05/10/12

Trade Customer?

If you're shopping for a business please contact us on 01451 833790 and we can
put you in touch with our dedicated Commercial team. We offer exclusive
on-trade labelled wines, free delivery and credit terms (subject to
approval).

Need wine in a hurry? Call us now to discuss your needs.

2 Days in the Life of Hacienda ZoritaDate published: 04/10/12

Last week I was lucky enough to have been a guest of Marques de la Concordia, at one of their rather impressive vineyards. However this was no ordinary vineyard for it was also a five star hotel in the picturesque Spanish countryside, 20 minutes North-West of the beautiful university town of Salamanca.

As we arrived into Madrid airport we were made to feel more then welcome by the weather as Spain was enjoying their first bit of rainfall in over five months, something which I hadn't packed for. From Madrid airport it was a two and a half hour drive to where we would be setting up camp, Hacienda Zorita.

As we drove up the long drive we were all in awe of the fantastic views, regardless of which way we faced, this was a good omen, and something that followed suit over the next few days. After checking in to the very luxurious rooms, and freshening up after our journey, we were then whisked away by our guides to Salamanca for dinner where we were served some of the finest, locally sourced produce, accompanied by the Marques de la Concordia Reserva 2007. I was already a fan of this wine, but you can't quite beat drinking Rioja in Spain somehow. This wine is a classic example of what a young reserva should be; elegantly oaked with bags of bramble fruit with a cinnamon kick right at the end. If I was impressed at this point, then my mind was about to be blown away.

On the schedule for the following day was vineyard and winery tour with one of Hacienda Zorita's head winemakers, followed by a tasting. Make no mistake, Hacienda Zorita don't just run a big operation, they run a huge operation producing obscene amounts, each with treated with the meticulous care and attention that were shown as guests.

During the tasting we were really treated to some very exciting wines, for instance Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Rioja's, and a Spanish Syrah. Hacienda Zorita are the first wine producer to be able to produce Rioja under the D.O with international grape varieties, such is their clout and expertise in the Spanish wine industry. With classic plum and blackcurrant flavours coming from the Cabernet and Merlot blend, it occurred to me how Hacienda Zorita have managed to climb to the top of the Spanish wine trade, through modernisation and ambitious wine-making, coupled with maintaining a real hold on tradition and history. This wine was fantastic, but I struggle to recall too much about it because the next one literally knocked my socks off.

100% Syrah, huge body and a flavour that really did pack a punch. This wine was fantastic, a serious wine, a wine not to be taken lightly. This wine was so well made, from the high trellised vines, to the mid-blowing technology in the fermentation vats, to the 225 litre French and American oak barriques that they are aged in for 18 months, everything was immaculately maintained, and expertly executed. From this tasting we jumped into a 4X4 for a tour of the rocky terrain on the Portuguese boarder, by the Douro River.

After some stunning sights and some less then convincing roads, we made it to what one can only describe as paradise. We had driven down to the bank of the Douro Valley, and were surrounded by superb cliff edges, Stunning views all the way down the Douro, and wildlife aplenty. After making our way down some precarious roads and tracks we informed that we would be going on a boat trip down the river.

If I thought the views were good out of the window in the 4X4, then this was other worldly. We sailed down the river with our driver and guides pointing out various animals that I had simply never seen before. From Vultures to wild Eagles, it was really was rather impressive. Our destination was Portugal, were we stop at a restaurant on the riverbank for a traditional BBQ and some Vinho Verde. Our last day really capped off what was a fantastic few days.

Not only did Hacienda Zorita make wine, but they also made olive oil, balsamic vinegar and cheese, and we were treated to all three. After going through an in-depth and interesting talk as to how they make their sheep and goats cheese, we were then treated to the most amazing cheese and olive oil tasting by the head cheese maker, accompanied by a few glasses of the brilliant wines we had tried for the first time just twenty-four hours ago. Although the cheese maker spoke very little English, his passion for all Hacienda Zorita products was evident, as was that of our guides, and everyone we had the delight of meeting on our whistle-stop tour.

If you ever get the chance to visit this fantastic place then you simply must. For more information you can keep up to date with them on twitter: @HaciendaZorita
 

WOW - Portillo Malbec 2011Date published: 03/10/12

Hailing from one of the largest cool-climates estates in Argentina at altitudes around 1050m above sea level. This is a multi award winning wine most recently won the decanter trophy for 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10'.

The distinctive red-purple colour of a malbec, paired with a nose of plums and bramble fruit, this is a classic malbec. Well rounded and mouth filling on the palate with delicate tannins. The flavours match the nose with fresh black fruit and plummy notes.

Matches perfectly with a lamb tagine or lump of steak.

Single Bottle £9.99

BUY 2 SAVE £6

£6.99
 

The Stow Fair- Thursday 25th OctoberDate published: 01/10/12

Due to exceptionally high levels of congestion expected in the town centre, we will not be opening for Thursday 25th October only. Business will resume as usual on Friday 26th October.

 

SOrry for any inconvienence caused.

Fine Wine NewsletterDate published: 15/09/12

Fine Wine Newsletter

Fine Wine On Our Tasting Counter

We've decided to make this September one to remember by opening as much Fine Wine as physically possible to spread the word of quality wine. So this weekend we have aligned our choices with our Spanish Tastings on Saturday by opening the superb Vina Ardanza 2001, and the brilliant CVNE 2001 Gran Reserva.

The Ardanza, which received a rather impressive 94 Robert Parker points for this particular vintage, can be summed up in one word: AMAZING. It has been slightly oxidised to really bring out an earthy spice that lasts a life-time, and at £17.59, you really cannot afford to miss this one.

From the same year the CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva. This wine is all about the spice and oak character, yet maintains a clean and modern style. Aged in oak for 2 years, and at least a further 3 in the bottle, CVNE will only release a wine when it is good and ready. £19.99

Top Tip: try these two wines side by side to get the most out of the tastings.

New Arrivals

If you have been in store over the past week or spoke to us on the phone, then will already know about the sublime parcel of mature Rioja wines that we have been lucky enough to receive. From some of the best vintages over the past 25 years (1994/1995 especially) come some fantastic Rioja's, all from the top Bodegas' in Rioja Altai. For serious wine enthusiast check out the Ardanza 1995 (£25) and Tondana 1987 (£25), and lest we forget the Marquees de Fiscal 1994 (17.99). Hurry while stocks last!!!
 

Stows Super Spanish SaturdayDate published: 14/09/12

This coming Saturday being the 18th of September, Stow on the Wold Majestic Wine are having a Super Spanish Saturday tasting. David the Assistant Manager and soon to be married man, will be running tutorials at 11:00 and 15:00, out lining some basic facts about the wines and giving you a professional edge.

One wine to look out for on the tasting counter tomorrow will be the Vina Ardanza 2001 Reserva. I know this wine is one of the teams favourites, showing complex aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with spicy tannis and layers upon layers of fruit on the palate.

Simply to die for.

They will have a selecton of spanish wines open for you to try, both red and white, premium and entry level, old and new.c3

Spanish wine laws are very strict, so here are a few facts to help you.

Ageing Laws: 

Crianza  6 months in cask, 18 months in botle

Reserva  12 months in cask, 24 months in bottle

Gran Reserva 18 months in cask, 42 in bottle.

Join them  tomorrow to open your mind to Spanish wine. 

Chris' Hot PicksDate published: 12/09/12

Here are my hot picks from the recent Spanish Parcel that we have exclusively recieved in store

Here are a few of my favourites from the Spanish parcel, several more are available so pop in store to see the full range.


Rioja Crianza 1994, Vina Salceda - £9.99 down to £7.99 (20% of Spanish wine)

Available at an unusually low price, this wine is from a one-off parcel of fully mature Rioja obtained by our buyers. 1994 was a classic vintage in Rioja, producing some stellar wines capable of graceful ageing over a long period of time. This example comes from a small producer in Elciego, and is a well structured wine even today, offering the classic crianza hallmark of ripe red fruit,supple mouth-fell and a finish embellished with spice.

Rioja Crianza Vina Alberdi 1994, La Rioja Alta - £12.49 down to £9.99 (20% off Spanish wine)

La Rioja Alta are consistently one of the best producers in Rioja. Vina Alberdi crianza is made from 100% Tempranillo, from vineyards in Haro, Labastida and Binas, and spends 24 months in new and used American oak casks. A fruity, lively wine that has mellowed gracefully with time, offering soft, sweet spice notes framed by smooth, rounded tannins.

Rioja Reserva 1994, Marques de Riscal - £22.49 down to £17.99 (20% off Spanish wine)

A perennial favourite at Majestic, Marques de Riscal consistently offers Rioja lovers a reserva wine with a robust, firmly structured and complex character. This 1994 example is now fully mature, providing a harmonious balance between mellow maturity and fleshy muscularity.

Rioja Reserva 1995, Vina Ardanza, La Rioja Alta - £30.00 down to £25.00 (Buy 2 save £10)

One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusivley grown in the bodega's 360 hectare holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families, and remaining under family ownership. Their 1995 reserva is a fine example of age-worthy reserva from a solid vintage. An earthy and complex wine, offering a backbone of mature black fruit, nuanced with woody spice.


 

Wine of the Week: Bellingham Viognier, The Bernard Series, 2011Date published: 11/09/12

Bellingham Viognier, The Bernard Series, 2011

Celebrating the legendary maverick founder of Bellingham, Bernard Podlashuk, 'The Bernard Series' is an homage to his efforts in placing South Africa on the winemaking map. Hand picked grapes are fermented and aged in one year old French oak with 4% lees contact.

Perfumed aromas of peaches, lychees, rose petal and spice are complemented by rich layers of fruit with spicy undertones of white pepper and cinnamon on the palate with a lingering and inviting finish.

Will partner well with delicately flavoured, creamy seafood and poultry dishes. Enjoy over the next two years.


Single Bottle £11.99

Buy 2 South African Wines and Save 20%! So Only

£9.59 per bottle!
 

wine of the weekDate published: 07/09/12

Cloudy Bay Chardonnay Marlborough
2010

Cloudy Bay, one of the most prestigious Kiwi vineyards of our time and owned by the infamous LVMH (Louis Vutton, Moet, Hennessy). Putting the clever marketing and the big names aside, there is no denying the quality of this New World Chardonnay.

This cool climate location and lots of sunshine means slow ripening grapes, a recipe for success with Chardonnay.

The Nose: Full of honey suckle, lemon butter, yoghurt, pineapple, fig, fresh hay and butterscotch

On the palate this wine is suburb, it balances the acidity and alcohol to perfection, toasty complexity and a finish that will live with you forever.

£25

2 bottles save £10
£20

 

Fine Wine Newsletter Date published: 31/08/12

Fine Wine Friday

Fine wine Friday falls on Friday 6th of September, and we have opted to open the second wine of the prestigious Château Rauzan-Segla, Segla. Located in the centre of the Margaux Appellation, Château Rauzan-Segla is now owned by luxury goods company Chanel. Since their purchase of the Château in 1994, a culture of precision and individuality, and this is there to be seen by all in this wine.

You can expect to find a fabulously aromatic nose, with a superb fruit concentration on the palate that has a sublime and luxurious finish. This win really does typify Margaux A.C, and is a real steal at just £23 a bottle.


New Arrivals

We have recently received a couple of terrific new fine wines to add to our portfolio that we would like to recommend to you; Torres Mas La Plana 2007. This Spanish Cabernet Sauvignon really is something to savour. Aged in 100% new French Oak for 18 months, this complex yet well-balanced wine has a beautiful nose, and a finish that goes on and on and on... (£25)

Another one to look out for is the Condrieu Le Grand Vallon 2007, Francois Villard. One of the few white wines that will keep, all be it for 3 years maximum, this fresh and floral Viognier has been made with the utmost care and attention that you would expect from one of the most acclaimed white wine appellations in France. This soft and well-rounded wine is a real favourite with the team, and we should know. (£30)
 

Saturday's in September are about to get exciting!!!!!Date published: 26/08/12

This September we will be holding a variety of themed tastings here in store to showcase some of our favourtie wines! Each Saturday in September we will have a tasting at 11am and 3pm, lasting about half an hour, giving a small tutorial on that particular theme. This is a great chance to do a parallel tasting of some of your favourite grape varieties and favourite wine producing countries. This will be an informal and relaxed tuturial, giving you the chance to ask us lots of questions and to find out more about the one thing Majestic staff are passionate about: WINE!

We will be having the following tastings:

Saturday 8th September: Chardonnay!

Saturday 15th September: Spain!

Saturday 22nd September: Sauvignon Blanc!

Saturday 29th September: Pinot Noir!

 

There are plenty of spaces available for the tastings, just give us a call if you have any further questions: 01451 833 790 and we look forward to seeing you at either 11am or 3pm on those Saturdays!

Come and Explore!

wine of the weekDate published: 22/08/12

Gavi Montiero 2011, Rocca
ITALY

The town of Gavi lies in the far south of Piedmont, by the border with
Liguria, and is home to some of the earliest plantings of the Cortese
grape. The success of Cortese in this area is no doubt due to its natural
affinity with the fresh seafood of the Ligurian coast.


A pale golden colour, with characteristic aromas of lime zest and
grapefruit, along with subtle hints of fresh fennel. Bone dry and with
moderate acidity, it offers a clean and refreshing finish.
To appreciate this wine fully, drink with any fresh white fish, served
simply with herb butter.
£6.99
Single bottle price £8.74
20% OFF ITALIAN WINES*
 

Wine of the Week:Catena 'Barrel Fermented' Chardonnay 2009Date published: 16/08/12

From one of the most prestigious and pioneering wine producers in Argentina, more specifically, Mendoza, comes the Catena Zapata empire. This particular wine is the brainchild of Laura Catena, the great grand-daughter of the producers founder Nicolas.


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

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

Excellent with roast chicken or gammon dishes.

 

£12.99
 

Marathon du MedocDate published: 16/08/12

As some of you may be aware, our glorious leader Rachel will be battling the elements on Saturday 8th September in the marathon du Medoc in aid of our charity of the year, Bowel Cancer UK.

As much as we'd love to run it with her, we've opted for a much more fun option. We have (roughly) marked out her route through this superb wine-making region by famous appellations. We have also written snippets of information about each region, including climate, so we all be able to appreciate what Rachel is actually doing.

Some of the wines you can see here really are the crème de le crème of the Medoc, so why not join us in raising a glass of one of these fine offerings whilst Rachel pounds the beautiful landscapes of Medoc, in a bid to raise money for a very worthwhile cause.

Any donations would be greatly appreciated.
 

Medoc AC
Also known as Bas-Medoc, is the northernmost wine growing region in Bordeaux, and is on the west bank of the River Gironde. The majority of vines are planted on clay soil, however there are some gravel outcrops that produce some stunning wines. These soil conditions, coupled with the continental climate produce some of the worlds best Cabernet Sauvignon dominated wines.

St Estephe AC
St Estephe is one of the most renowned and prestigious appellations in all of Bordeaux. The soil composition is somewhat varied here, but on the whole, resemble that of Paulliac, which is located just to south.

Paulliac AC
Home to arguably the three most celebrated and prestigious Châteaux in the world, Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour and Château Mouton Rothschild. The soil is very gravelly, allowing for good drainage and a slow release of nutrients. Local forests to the west act as a wind break from the Atlantic Ocean, and protect the grapes from the strong sea breeze.

St. Julien AC
With a low annual maximum yield in place, wines from St. Julien can be very sought after, and are mainly made in commune of Saint-Julien-Beychevelle. The vineyards lie on a bed of sedimentary rock, with a top soil consisting largely of pebbles. This complex soil gives wines from this region a truly unique character that simply must be tried.

Haut-Medoc AC
A larger region of Bordeaux, of which many of these appellations lie within, the style of Haut-Medoc wines can vary tremendously. Originally the land here was vast salt marshes, and used for grazing livestock, but today is now producing nearly 1/3 of wine in the Medoc.

Margaux AC
Just north-west of the city of Bordeaux lies the idyllic village of Margaux, our next stop on the marathon. Apart from being home to Château Margaux, this region is also famous its perfumed and slightly lighter style, in part, due to the lighter soil.

That was our whistle stop tour of Medoc, lets hope Rachel gets to sample one or two of them after the gruelling 26+ mile run.


 

wine of the weekDate published: 05/08/12

Domain paul Mas 'Vignes de Nicole'
Chardonnay Viognier 2010, PGI Pays d’Oc

 

The Chardonnay and Viognier grapes for this blend were fermented
separately, with the intention of maximizing the characteristics of each in the final wine.
The Chardonnay spent 4 months in oak prior to blending, giving a
Dry, delicious, fuller bodied with mango, pineapple and vanilla
characters, fresh acidity and a long finish.
This wine would work well with creamy chicken or fish dishes or
accompany lightly spiced asian food.
Single bottle price
£9.99
Buy 2 save £3
£8.49
 

Wine Sports DayDate published: 28/07/12

With the country sporting mad this summer, we thought it only right to put the top challengers in various categories of wine against each other to see which one has the character, power and finesse to be worthy of the much-coveted Majestic Stow prizes. After many many hours of delightful wine tasting, we have managed to compile a few podiums!

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

First- St. Clair Pioneers Block Sauvignon Blanc
This delightful wine is well worthy of this esteemed accolade. With intense gooseberries, and an elegant mouth feel, this wine is sure to be a winner.

Second- Craggy Range Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Whilst world renowned for its Pinot Noir, this Sauvignon Blanc from Te Muna has bags of character that will keep you sipping way into the second bottle.

Third- Prestige Parcel Sauvignon Blanc
Prestige by name, and by character, this Kiwi Sauvignon is a real party pleaser and is more then worth its place on the podium.
 

Sparkling Wine

First- Ruinart Brut, NV
Elegant, classy and prestigious, all three words really encapsulate what the fantastic Champagne is all about. If this were a race, every single glass would set a new world record.


Second- Chapel Down Brut, NV
From modest beginnings English wine is really coming of age now with Chapel Down leading the way. This Brut is definitely food for thought, and is one to watch over the next couple of years.


Third- Cloudy Bay Pelorus 2006
When it comes to premium wines, Cloudy Bay are the masters of it, and this is its shining example. A real favourite with the team in store.

Rosé

First- Château de Sours Rose 2011
This Bordeaux rose is the perfect partner for the summer weather. With an abundance of red fruit to be tasted, this wine is a real winner.

Second- Famille Negrel Sainte Victoire
Hailing from the home of rose wine, this Provence has proved time and time again its quality and consistency. This wine is a great starter, with a fabulously floral bouquet, and doesn't finish too badly either.

Third- Muga Rose, Rioja
Muga is one of the most prestigious bodegas' in all of Rioja, producing some of the most stunning reds on offer in Spain. The Muga rose is a real testament to its reputation, with an elegance and character that any producer would be proud of

Pinot Noir

First- Domaine Chevalier Gevrey-Chambertin 2009
One of the most prestigious appellations in Burgundy, this classy and elegant wine is serious stuff. This is a real star wine, and one to savour.

Second- Coney Pinot Noir, 2010, Martinborough
Martinborough is located to the South of the North Island in New Zealand, and is hailed as one of the best vine growing regions for Pinot Noir in the world, and the Coney is a classic example of what Martinborough can offer.

Third- Castillo De Molina Pinot Noir, 2010
A delicate and subtle aroma will leave you wanting more and more. The Molina Pinot Noir offers exceptional value for money, and works exceptionally well duck.
 

FINE WINE FRIDAY - Meursault 2010, Henri BoillotDate published: 07/07/12

Meursault 2010, Henri Boillot


Henri Boillot is of the fifth generation of the Boillot family to make wines in the Côte d'Or, and has established an enviable range of vineyard holdings and his own negociant business. This Meursault comes from a mixture of domaine and partner vineyards, and is fermented in large 350lt French oak barrels which retain more freshness than the more typical barrique. The wine spends a total of 18 months in barrel before bottling, and is a generously textured, yet firm and age-worthy Meursault.

£30
 

Taynton Village Fete Saturday 7th July!Date published: 06/07/12

Its Taynton Village Fete tomorrow, lets hope the weather improves! What I do know however, is that they are having a cake stall where there will be lots of incredibly well home-baked cakes, including Majestic Stows own effort - Banana, Apricot and Sultana Muffins! They may sound healthy but they taste amazing (even if I do say so myself.....!!!!). Pay a visit down to Taynton this weekend, I hear there is lots of fun to be had, great cakes to eat, and some brilliant raffle prizes ready to be won!!

Sam's WSET Training: Champagne Date published: 30/06/12

The three primary grape used in the production of Champagne are:

Chardonnay: giving a lighter body, high acididty and floral and citrus characters.

Pinot Noir: Produces wines of greater body and length, giving wines a greater back bone, it can also give a real red fruit character to the wine.

Pinot Meunier:Gives a easy to drink fruitiness and important in wines that are being made to be drunk young.

Champagne has a cool continental climate, with the average temperature averaging 16 degrees C. Wine growers have winter freeze, spring frost and inclement weather to contend with all of which can disrupt the vine growing season.  The soils are dominated by chalk , which provides good drainage yet retains water . This is usefull as the average rainfall is 650mm, but the chalk ensures that there is plenty of water at all times.

Traditional method:

Hand harvest - Pressed free run juice (assemplage)-Fermentation (minimum 15 months) - Still wine is made (high in acidity )- 2nd fermentation in bottle(liquer de tirage added) - Yeast added (yeast autolysis) - Riddling/remoage (remuage) - C02 + yeast (reacts in bottle) - Yeast in neck is removed (degourgement) - Dossage, still wine is added  (liquer d'expedition) - cork and seal- lable- CHAMPAGNE

Champagne is a expensive luxury item, oftern associated with celebrities and famous people. Such as Sir Winston Churchil  who famously  drank nothing but Pol Roger, majestic stock the Sir Winston Churchill 1999 at £120 which has been made in the style that he liked.  The fact that Champagne was drank by past priminister isn't the reason that Champagne is expensive. Holding back yeilds and ensuring the best quality cuvee is used ensures that consistancy is kept. Also, we all know the names such as Veuve Cliequot and Moet. Usually the more famous the champagne house the higher price for the champagne.

 

Fine Wine Open this weekend on an amazing deal!Date published: 30/06/12

Rioja Gran Reserva Imperial 2001, CVNE

Made from 20 year old vines this Rioja Gran Reserva has spent 24 months in French and American Oak, then a further 34 months in bottle giving real elegance. Situated in Haro north west of La Rioja known for producing wines of the highest quality.

Full garnet in colour. On the nose you are greeted with autumn berry, coffee, spice and caramel. The palate is structured without imperfection, dried fruit, plums, damson and sweet toasted vanilla undertones. Ever smell or tast brings something new to the table.

This wine can be enjoyed now, or will mature nicely in bottle over the next few years. Enjoy with roasted meats or simply on it's own.


Single Bottle £28.00

BUY 2 SAVE £20
£18.00

 

Stow on the Wold Weekly Wine Fact Date published: 28/06/12

Pinot Noir

This red grape variety is cultivated in almost every wine region from Burgundy to New Zealand, and Alsace to California.

Prone to mutation, Pinot Noir has numerous clones and is responsible for Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Meunier, and half of Pinotage!

Although Terroir impacts upon the grapes all Pinot Noirs are light in style expressing red fruit flavours, sweet spice and low tannins.
 

Coffee and Walnut cake - what wine?????Date published: 26/06/12

I've been busy baking again, this time Coffee and Walnut cupcakes! After a day in Head Office yesterday teaching the WSET course I was inspired to make something to go with some of the fortified wines we had been talking about. Lots of dicussion about Madeira, Tawny Port and VDN's and their main characteristics such as coffee and walnut! So, would a cake with the same characteristics be a perfect match with one of those deliciously rich wines? I guess I felt the need to try it out?!?

I cracked open a malmsey madeira on my return home, and whipped up a bunch of cakes to give it a go - the conclusion was that it was a great match, but only if you have a really sweet tooth! The madeira oozed aromas and flavours of not only coffee and walnut, but figs, marzipan, chocolate and sultanas. The high acidity which is always prevalent in Madeira made sure the combo wasn't too cloying - just enough to refresh the palate ready for another bite of cake and another sip of Madeira!

Not a bad end to the day!

Weekend Food and Wine MatchDate published: 24/06/12

Rachel has been busy in the kitchen - this weeks homemade treat was Salmon, Spring Onion and Dill Tart! Beautifully paired with the Montenovo Godello, from Valdeorras in Spain!

Valdeorras is an appellation in an inland area of Galicia in northern Spain, which has become known for its quality white wines made from the little known Godello grape. A really delicate wine but with hints of pear, pineapple and freshly cut grass. It was absolutely perfect with the tart, but could also be matched with grilled sardines, calamari or octopus!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 21/06/12

Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay 'Terroirs d'Altitude' 2009, PGI Pays d'Oc

The Lorgeril family have been making wine at the historic Château de Pennautier, a National Historic Monument designed by the same architect as the Palace of Versailles, since the Château was founded by the first Marquis de Pennautier in 1620.
Aromas of peach, passionfruit and pineapple mingle with spicy notes such as vanilla, nutmeg and even a hint of clove. The palate displays hints of dried apricots and puffed wheat.
It makes a great apéritif, or an accompaniment to light hors d'oeuvres, salads and fish dishes.

Single Bottle £9.99
MULTI-BUY
£8.49

 

Sipsmith Summer CupDate published: 17/06/12

The summer drink to rival that of Pimms, from the London based, inderpendent company that is Sipsmith. This creation is based upon their award winning copper distilled Gin (the first in London since 1820).Then blended with lovely English summer fruits and infused with flavours including snipits of Earl Grey Tea, Cucumber, Lemon and Verbena. Natural cloudiness comes from the natural ingredients used, all these components add real depth and character to this aromatic, yet dry summer drink. Summer Cup is inspired by the quintisential English 'cups' of the 1800s and I belive is something fabulously British.

Mix 1 part Summer Cup to 3 parts Lemonade, serve over ice and add all that fresh summer fruit. Perfect for enjoying in the garden on a hot summers day.

£18 a bottle (worth it)

Stow on the Wold Weekly Wine Fact - Ageing Wine fDate published: 16/06/12

Ageing Wine

When ageing wine domestically, it is best to store the wine in dry, dark conditions, away from direct sunlight.
Try to keep the temperature constant and movement to a minimum.
Commercially ageing wine professionally can be done using our Lay and Wheeler arm of Majestic.

Have a look at;
www.laywheller.com

Stow - the nicest location for a Majestic Wine?Date published: 05/06/12

We think we are very lucky indeed to work in Stow - its a beautiful place, and with a view like this on your doorstep who wouldn't want to work here! If any other Majestics out there think they are in an even better spot then let us know - Let the battle commence!!!!!

ENGLISH SPARKLES OPEN TO TASTE!Date published: 02/06/12

ENGLISH SPARKLES OPEN TO TASTE!

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 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.

£24.99
 

Bank Holiday Opening HoursDate published: 01/06/12

Over the Jubilee period the Stow store wil remain open for you to purchase your wine, or just top up your the celebrations. The hours\are as follows

Saturday 2nd June 9am - 7pm

Sunday 3rd June  10am - 5pm

Monday 4th June 10am - 5pm

Tuesday 5th June 10am- 5pm

Wednesday open as usual, 10am - 9 pm

 

We look forward to seeing you over this special weekend

Summer celebrations!Date published: 31/05/12

We have been busy here in Stow today putting up bunting to celebrate the jubilee - does everyone else think it makes the store look lovely? Might have to keep it up all year round now......

Fine Wine Friday!Date published: 31/05/12

Stows Fine Wine Choice

Pieropan Soave 'La Rocca', Italy


Soave is made from 100% Gargenega, and is often associated with inexpensive quaffing wines. But Pieropan's single vineyard Soave is a different beast – the vineyard has limestone and clay soils which give the wine body and exotic fruitiness. The grapes are late harvested in October, giving it more richness, great balance and plenty of complexity.

Try this with seafood, creamy pasta dishes or monkfish wrapped in pancetta.


Single Bottle £25.00


BUY 2 SAVE £6
£22

 

Stow on the Wold Weekly Wine Fact - BaroloDate published: 30/05/12

Barolo

A powerful and dramatic expression of the Nebbiolo grape. Traditionally known as:

'The wine of the kings, the king of wines'

Named after the village of Barolo in Piemonte, Northern Italy, this wine was historically drank by the nobility of Turin and the ruling house of Savoy. This association adds to aura and mystique associated with Barolo!
 

Sunny Sunny StowDate published: 30/05/12

Have a look at the summer arriving in Stow. A beautiful day for Rose, Preovence Rose of AIX Magnums of Rose.

New Photo'sDate published: 30/05/12

Come in and have a look at your newly designed 'Fine Wine' shelves. You might find something special for the Jubilee, or to lay down for your next birthday.

A Sucessfull Tasting EveningDate published: 25/05/12

A big thank you from the whole team to everyone who attended our tasting evening on Thursday. I hope you all enjoyed yourself and got some great ideas for the summer. We look forward to seeing old and new customers soon.

Have a look at some of the photos of the evening and try and spot yourself enjoying a tipple of wine.

MAGNUM OF PROVENCE ROSE ALERT!!! Open to TasteDate published: 25/05/12

AIX Rosé 2011, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence, Magnum


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


£19.99
 

Stow on the Wold Weekly Wine Fact - Classification of BurgundyDate published: 23/05/12

Classification of Burgundy

In 1855 Dr Lavalle published an informal list of the best vineyards. This formed the basis for todays classification system:

Regional AC-all contain 'Bourgogne' in their title e.g. Bourgogne Blanc.
Commune AC- Village appellations such as Chablis or Givry.
Premiere Cru- One of 600 single vineyard sites such as Beaune Grèves
Grand Cru-one of 33 single vineyard sites producing expressive, complex wines such as Meursault.
 

Celebrate the Jubilee with some English Wine!Date published: 22/05/12

Celebrate the Jubilee with some English Wine!

 

Chapel Down

Chapel Down in Kent produces over half a million bottles a year from its Tenterden site, just 10 miles from the sea. They share almost the exact same conditions and soil type as the Champagne region which in our mind leads to fantastic sparkling wines and a great British alternative!

Chapel Down Brut £14.99

A blend of Pinot Noir, Rivaner and Reichensteiner, this is almost Prosecco in style. Peach and apple aromas give way to a slightly yeasty palate displaying citrus and delicate tropical fruit flavours.

Chapel Down Pinot Reserve £19.99

A vintage cuvee of Pinot Noir, Auxerrois, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay, this is a really rival to Champagne. The nose displays subtle minerality with hints of toasted almonds, green apple and strawberry. The crisp palate exhibits brioche notes, baked apple and lemon.

Chapel Down Vintage Rose £20.99

The nose is subtle with a hint of strawberry and raspberry, which leads to brioche, almonds, cream and shortbread on the palate.


Nyetimber

Nyetimber is the largest wine estate in the UK with 438 acres under vine. In their Sussex vineyards they also enjoy similar conditions to Champagne and in 1993 their classic cuvee won the trophy for Best Worldwide Sparkling Wine at the IWSC.

Their Classic Cuvee is £24.99 a bottle, and is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and is rich, toasty and citrussy, with fine smooth bubbles and hints of strawberries and cream.
 

Provence Rosé: Lil' Chris' FavouriteDate published: 18/05/12

They only arrived into us last week but the AIX Rosé magnums have already proved incredibly popular, and when I took one home for my day off on wednesday I could see why! As a dull day grew into a pleasant sunny evening in Stratford, I lit up the BBQ and popped open then AIX with a few friends. It put us all in a summery mood, granted we were wearing thick winter knit, but it couldn't put us off.

The AIX is a relatively vibrant pink colour for a provence rosé, it has the crisp acidity that a good provence rosé should have and makes it so refreshing. The taste is fresh ripe, red fruit and reminiscent of strawberries and cream, making it the perfect drink for Wimbledon when that time comes.

SO next time you're are in make sure you grab yourslef a bottle or should I say double bottle a bargain at £19.99 the same price as last year.

Jubilee Offers - Don't miss out!!!!Date published: 16/05/12

Amazing Jubilee Offers at Majestic!!!


Open to taste:

Viña Equia Crianza £8.49 Buy 2 Save £7 = £4.99

Vivid cherry in colour, the aroma shows hints of the oak ageing with vanilla, coconut and balsamic. Great with cured meat, tapas and strong cheese.

Riverlands Run Sauvignon Blanc £6.24 Buy any 2 New Zealand Wines Save 20% = £4.99

Great value from New Zealand, typical Sauvignon with citrus, gooseberry and elderflower. Perfect with salads, seafood and risottos.


Other great deals:


Heidsieck Vintage £20 to £18

Nicolas Feuillatte Non Vintage £18 to £15

Prosecco Raboso Rosado Corte Alta £9.99 to £6.66

Prosecco Corte Alta £9.99 to £6.66

Peroni 12-pack £15.99 to £12 a case

Peroni 24x330ml £1.30 to £1 a bottle
 

Stow on the Wold Weekly Wine Fact - Left Bank Versus Right BankDate published: 16/05/12

The Gironde Estuary divides Bordeaux into two distinct areas: The left bank and the right bank.

Left Bank- Produces structured reds with high tannins & acidity. dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon. Most famous sites include Médoc, Pauillac, Margaux, and Saint Julien.

Right Bank- Softer, richer reds dominated by Merlot. The most famous appellations are Saint Emilion , Pomerol and Fronsac.

Four seasons of wine......Date published: 15/05/12

Seeing as today alone we have seen temperatures of 5 degrees, hail, thunder, clear blue sky, sunshine and damp drizzle we thought we'd outline our favourite wines to match this unseasonal weather.....something to warm us up when its cold, and something to crack open when its warm...

For those colder nights:

Matsu El Recio 2009 from Toro, Spain

A serious wine whose intense chocolate, deep black fruits and vanilla aromas give way to a subtle mineral core offset by a silky unctuous character. Great for a cold evening, with a warming stew and a crackling fire!

Warm but not quite tropical nights:

We would suggest the Beaujolais Villages Chateau des Maladrets for a slightly warmer evening; intense fragrance of kirsch and roses, mortello cherry and a hint of peppery spice - lovely with smelly cheeses and gammon steaks!

Shorts and T-shirt summer days:

Wow, well we have to make the most of it when the sun is out! We would recommend a nice chilled rose wine such as M de Minuty from Provence. Subtle floral notes, with hints of strawberries and raspberries and a nice touch of vanilla icecream!

The scorching Diamond Jubillee weekend:

What better way to celebrate a grand English occasion with some Chapel Down Sparkling rose - a touch of lemon sherbert on the nose, soft strawberries and citrus, with smooth delicate bubbles makes this a perfect English summer drink! All we need is some bunting!

Summer Tasting Evening - Thursady 17th May 6pmDate published: 09/05/12

On Thursday 17th May we will be holding our annual summer tasting. Showing off a selection of both new and old world wines. Alongside these wine are will be in our Italian tasting week so will have a selection of red and whites for this area open. The wines for trhe eveing are as follows;

Chapel Down Englsh Brut

Oeil de Perdrix Champagne NV

Albarino Caizas

Louis Fillipe Edwards Gran Resere Chardonnay

Thelema Sauvignon Blanc

St Clair Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Pioneers Block Sauvignon Blanc

Minuty Porvence Rose

Beaujolais Village de la Motte

Masi Campofioran, Italy

Turkey Flat Grenache Shiraz, Mouverdre

Fine wine is the Te Koko Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

 

Of you wish to attend please can you call us on 01451 833790

Wine of the week: Cape MentelleDate published: 09/05/12

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc


Semillon 2011, Margaret River
AUSTRALIA

The most noted region of Western Australia, Margaret River, has a cool
maritime climate similar to Bordeaux. The pioneering Cape Mentelle
winery takes a minimal approach to this blend, allowing the regional
character to shine through.
Sauvignon Blanc provides herbaceous, green fruit flavours, perfectly
complemented by the heady lemon blossom aromas of Semillon.
A great match to lightly spiced, Asian-style seafood.
£13.74
Single bottle price £10.99
20% OFF AUSTRALIAN WINES*

 

Provence Rose - Chris' FavouriteDate published: 08/05/12

Chateau Sainte Marguerite Grande Reserve Cru Classe 2011

This rose is simply stunning, full of all that makes Provence roses the best on the planet. A glass full of strawberries and cream, something to be drunk in pint and half pints only.

Chateau Sainte Marguerite was created in 1929 and was purchased by the Fayard family in 1977. Situated near Saint Tropez and the rugby heartland of Toulon this little village on the coast has perfect soils to produce great wines.

BUY 2 SAVE £4 means this wine is only £9.99 a bottle on the multi-buy. I challenge you to find one better at the price.

Provence Rose: Sam's FavouriteDate published: 08/05/12

As summer approaches and the sun plays a prominent part in our choice of beverage, there can only be one choice: M de Minuty Rose 2011, Cotes De Provence. This lovely provence rose is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Tibouren. It's vineyards are located on the very picturesc St Tropez Peninsular with it's vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rose screams local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively to provence.

Minuty is a very pale honeysuckle pink, with gorgeous clean citrus, offset by subtle floral and candided notes. Fresh acidity makes for a an incisive and lively palate full of melon and fresh pear which makes for a rounded feel.

A perfect accompanyment  to delicate fresh shelfish, or a summer Mozarella and sun-ripened tomato salad.

£12.99

or Buy 2 bottles save £6

£9.99

Stow's Weekly Wine Fact : AmaroneDate published: 07/05/12

Italy's most famous 'Dried Grape Wine', made solely from the Corvina and Corvinone grapes. The wine is picked then dried traditionally on wicker mats. Today this is done in  drying rooms to maintain consistancy.

This  process concentrates the grapes to raisin size enabling the wine to become concentrated yet beautifully balanced.

Amarone recived it's DOCG Status in 2009.

Marathon du Medoc 2012!Date published: 04/05/12

Every February an email comes round to us here in store to ask if there is anyone foolish enough to want to take part in the Marathon du Medoc......so me being me put my name forward! Now, thinking that usually alot of people apply and so the likelihood of my name being picked out of the hat was slim put me at ease, thinking I would never actually have to run a metre, let alone 26 miles. So you can imagine my horror when a few days later an email appeared stating that I was one of the 'lucky' ones....

The Marathon du Medoc is aptly name as it literally is a 26 mile jaunt around the vineyards of Medoc - my kind of marathon really as alongside the water stations en route they also have cheese and wine to enjoy on the way round. Its also a brilliant way of us supporting our Charity of the Year - Bowel Cancer UK, so with my efforts I at least hope to be donating a few hundred pounds their direction.

I thought the best way of starting my training was to sit down with a glass of wine and a slice of brie, mull it over, look at the route a bit then pencil some jogs into the diary....I've been using that method for a few weeks now and although my cheese and wine intake has increased, my pace and agility out there on the road hasn't improved much. 26 miles. Thats a long way. So I run a little bit now and again, have done a few 10km runs in my life, but something tells me that 26 miles is a bit harder than that. Time to get serious I think. So I call my sister who thinks running marathons is fun, she sets me out a training plan and this morning I started. It was drizzly outside, it was warm inside....but I venture out anyway and do some 'hill' training - my legs ache, my heart is pounding, my head spinning.....

Maybe this is going to be harder than I thought.

 

Support me in my training by tweeting me, emailing me, donating to Bowel Cancer UK or simply telling me to get my lazy self out there on the road! I'll keep you updated with my progress over the summer - what cheese I'm eating, what wine I'm drinking and how far I'm running!! The Marathon du Medoc is on 8th September, that gives me 4 months to sort this one out......

Majestic Stow on the Wold Will be Closed All Day on Thursday 10th May 2012Date published: 04/05/12

We apologies for any inconvience.

 

Team Stow

FINE WINE FRIDAY - Château Fonplegade 2007, St Emilion Grand Cru ClasséDate published: 03/05/12

FINE WINE FRIDAY

Château Fonplegade 2007, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé

 

"Performing much better from bottle than it did from barrel, this is a sleeper of the vintage from the American proprietor who has done such a great job resurrecting this once moribund estate. A dark
ruby/purple hue is followed by notes of blueberries, raspberries, crushed rocks, and spring flowers, medium body, a soft, silky texture, lush, ripe fruit, and a heady finish. Drink it over the next decade". 90 points. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate.


£30.00
 

Wine of the Week - Another New Provence RoseDate published: 01/05/12

NEW PROVENCE ROSE ALERT!!


Famille Abeille Rosé 2011, Côtes de Provence


This wine comes from a family-owned estate which is part of Château Riotor, located in the heart of Provence in the commune of Cannet des Maures. The vineyards are only 30km from the Med, and enjoy a warm, maritime, Mistral-influenced climate. A delicate and refreshing rosé typical of Provence, with a pale dahlia pink colour, and gentle flavours reminiscent of fresh peach, clementine, pear and raspberry.
Enjoy as a refreshing picnic wine, or with soft pink fish such as poached trout.

Single Bottle £10.99
BUY 2 SAVE £4
£8.99

 

Stow's Weekly Wine fact: Super TuscansDate published: 30/04/12

Supertuscan

'Supertuscan', the term used by English speakers to described the innovative wines labelled as 'Vino da Tavola' made in the central Italian region of Tuscany which emerged in the 1970s.

Prototype 'Supertuscans' were Tignanello and Sassicaia. The Vino Da Tavlova denomination was replaced by ITG in 1994 but the term 'Supertuscan' remains.
 

NEW PROVENCE ROSE ALERT!! Open to try this weekendDate published: 24/04/12

M de Minuty Rosé 2011, Côtes de Provence


Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the littleknown Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence. Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for a an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel. Partner with the delicate flavours of fresh shellfish, or with a Mozarella and sun-ripened tomato salad.

Single Bottle £12.99

BUY 2 SAVE £6

£9.99
 

Stow's Weekly Wine Fact: Pinot NoirDate published: 23/04/12

Pinot Noir

This red grape variety is cultivated in almost every wine region from Burgundy to New Zealand, and Alsace to California.

Prone to mutation, Pinot Noir has numerous clones and is responsible for Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Meunier, and half of Pinotage!

Although Terroir impacts upon the grapes all Pinot Noirs are light in style expressing red fruit flavours, sweet spice and low tannins.
 

Bubbles Open This Weekend - Prosecco ConeglianoDate published: 20/04/12

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV, DOCG, Italy

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

Ideal as an apéritif or to accompany a light lunch.
£8.99
 

Stow on the Wold Weekly Wine Fact - Bordeaux Grape VarietiesDate published: 20/04/12

Bordeaux Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon- blackcurrant fruit, tannic with an affinity to oak.
Cabernet Franc- herbaceous stalky flavours, used mainly in blends.
Merlot- full bodied, plum fruit flavours, adds softness and richness.
Petit Verdot- Deep coloured, tannic, adds spicy notes, ages slowly.
Sémillon- full bodied and golden in colour, used in dessert wines.
Sauvignon Blanc- Grass and elderflower aromas, high acidity.
Muscadelle- grapey floral flavours.
 

Stow on the Wold Weekly Wine Fact - Ageing WineDate published: 13/04/12

Ageing Wine

When ageing wine domestically, it is best to store the wine in dry, dark conditions, away from direct sunlight.
Try to keep the temperature constant and movement to a minimum.
Commercially ageing wine professionally can be done using our Lay and Wheeler arm of Majestic.

Have a look at;
www.laywheller.com
 

Wine of the Week - Ben Marco Malbec 2008Date published: 13/04/12

Ben Marco Malbec 2008, Dominio del Plata, Mendoza
Argentina

Stow on the Wold Top Malbec for 2012

In 1999, as a result of the need to express their love and dedication to viticulture and winemaking, Susana and Pedro of Dominio del Plata, started their own project together. The grapes are handpicked from vineyards in the foothills of the Andes.

Deep red, with complex aromas of ripe red fruits. Cherry, currants and blackberries combine with notes of vanilla and coffee. This expressive wine has firm, sweet tannins giving a delightful finish.
This rich full bodied wine would be a great accompaniment to lots of red meats, such as wild boar, rib-eye steak or cassoulet.

Single Bottle £12.99

BUY 2 SAVE £2

£11.99
 

Stows Weekly Wine Fact - AmaroneDate published: 13/04/12

Italy's most famous 'Dried Grape Wine', made solely from the Corvina and Corvinone grapes. The wine is picked then dried traditionally on wicker mats. Today this is done in drying rooms to maintain consistency.
This process concentrates the grapes to raisin size enabling the wine to become concentrated yet beautifully balanced.
Amarone received its DOCG status in 2009.
 

Splendid SipsmithDate published: 11/04/12

Sipsmith was only founded back in 2009 but they have already become a firm favourite in the Stow store, amongst staff and customers. Being the first copper-pot based distillery to start up in London in 189 years, it is one of only four gin distilleries located within London's city limits, gives a unique selling point. The boys who set it up are also local lads, with many of our customers regaliling me with tales of the boys.

It's not just this local affiliation that makes the Sipsmith range so popular, but the fabulous product that can take a lot of the credit. So with Gin and Tonic season kicking off what better time to discuss the Sipsmith range.

The Sipsmith London Dry Gin is crisp and clean with the classic Juniper flavours, and provides the perfect back bone for a Gin and Tonic that is so enjoyable on a warm summer's day. £25 a bottle

The Barley Vodka is classy and refined that can be drunk chilled and straight if you are brave enough, but also works with superbly with Lime and Soda water. £24 a bottle

My favourite, although now somewhat out of season, is the Sipsmith Sloe Gin. The sloe gin is a vintage product that is left to rest to allow complete inegration of flavours resulting in a simply delicous winter warmer. It goes perfectly with Tonic or even better with a NV Champagne. £23 a bottle

Finally coming soon we have the Sipsmith Summer Cup product. A big hit in its maiden year last summer, clarification of the product this year is set to create an even more desirable summer drink. £18 a bottle 

The Majestic Stow Easter Egg Hunt!Date published: 07/04/12

So it's Easter Saturday and we are working hard here at Majestic Stow, but believe it or not the Easter Bunny visited us this morning! But clearly he didn't want Team Stow to find the eggs too quickly as he set a series of questions that would lead Sam and Chris to the eggs. Using their wine knowledge they guessed the following 'What am I....' questions to find not just chcolate eggs, but some hard-boiled eggs and some scotch eggs (times are hard for the Easter Bunny)......

1. I have aged in American oak for a minimum of two years. I am a blend of Grenache, Mazuelo and Tempranillo. I am from the Alta part of my region, and with age I develop dried fruit characteristics, turn leathery and spicy and am much loved alongside roast lamb.

2. Chief  Winemaker at my estate is called Marc Kent and my grapes have come from a place called Malmesbury. I am 96% red grapes, with 4% of white grapes. I am prickly and look good in purple.

3. The region I am from is divided into two parts - I am from the southern part. I hold an important place in wine classification history and my name is well-recognised. I am a blend, mostly of Syrah and Grenache, but up to 13 different grape varieties can be used to produce me. I can be quite tannic and hefty, so am better with hearty stews and roast meats.

4. My name is often mispronounced, but there is a castle of the same name. I am great in the summer and well-loved at weddings for those not drinking champers. I was born and bred in Lincolnshire and am refeshing on those hot summer days!

5. I am the most famous wine hailing from my country, I am made often in large quantities and sold at competitive prices. I am easy to drink, light in style, perfect for sipping on the patio on  a warm summers afternoon. The eggs will be found hiding behind the bottle whose name translates to 'easter'.

6. Often considered the King of my region, I am an expensive, luxury product often bought for celebrations. I am bubbly, well-presented in a beautiful box and am a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. My elegant gold label and maroon box is well-recognised by wine connoisseurs.

7. I am made from fruit but not grapes. I have a slightly higher alcohol level which takes people by surprise when they drink too much of me. I mostly hail from the west country and am enjoyed during the summer, at festivals and more than ever by women!

8. My home was established in 1970, and the Cabernet Sauvignon version of me won some awards in the 1980's which put my region on the winemaking world map. I am influenced by the Indian Ocean and produce wines of excellent quality. Surrounding me are mostly boutique wineries, with small prioduction levels but of high qaulity. My favoured grape varieites are Cabernet, Merlot, Sauvignon and Semillon, and am imported over here by LVMH.

9. The rain falls mainly in October and November, but for the rest of the year I am quite dry. The sun shines throughout the summer, and the sparkly soils have to retain the rainfall to ensure the grapes flourish during the growing season. I am aged for a fairly long time, in a system of fractional blending. I am having a resurgence in popularity and go fantastically well with smoked almonds, squid and paella.

How did you get on?!

Easter means Poker and Wine, not eggs and chocolate. Date published: 06/04/12

This Easter weekend is a poker weekend in the household. So the dilemma facing me is which wine to accompany my cigar and spend my impending winnings on?

The obvious choice of an ageing Bordeaux (Château de Brens 1996, St-Emilion Gran Cru. Although Merlot led this rare parcel into Majestic is full of rich mahogany flavours, cigar boxes and a full long texture of spice and blackberry fruit. This is due to the 20% Cabernet Franc in the wine, adding tannin and structure at a young age. A steal at £14.99)

A Rioja Gran Reserva is the other obvious choice (The Muriel Grand Reserva 2001 is a great example of age in any varietal. Vanilla and spice rule over this wine to great subtlety and class only found in Rioja's. Like the Bordeaux the cigar box and leather notes are still present and indeed very pleasant. But this wine has balance and class at a great price. With Spain on a 20% offer this wine is only £10.99 down from the single bottle price of £13.74.)

Both will show excellently with the smokiness of the room and the atmosphere of fear and anticipation. Taking into account that I will need to be drinking something suitably grand to go with the grand winnings I will be plumping for the Massolino Barolo 2007.This wine although 'feminine' and approachable in style still has all the tar and mushroom flavours that will compliment the evening perfectly. Although still young as a 2007 this wine is drinking now up to 2019 and is an open-knit and expressive style of Piedmont favourite wine. Well worth its £35

Rachel visits Provence!Date published: 06/04/12

Last week I was lucky enough to spend a few days out in Provence! Our host was Alban from Chateau Peyrassol, one of our Rose suppliers just outside of Aix-en-Provence. We arrived in perfect rose weather - 25 degrees, bright blue skies and a seaside breeze. After a quick introduction we were given a lovely tour around the acres of land that Peyrassol sits within, including the woodland which is home to wildboar, deer, countless birds of prey and the ubiquitous truffles...Alban got to know us pretty quickly as he soon asked his private chef to whip up some charcuterie platters and a parallel tasting of the rose wines - not a bad start! They even had a private 'bar' on site which we made ourselves comfortable in!

As we had arrived late afternoon it was soon dinnertime, so we jumped into the 4x4 and headed off to the Hunters Lodge deep in the woodland, and sat down in front of a log fire, where wildboar was bbq'ing away for our meal. Then came our chance to try Peyrassol's top wines - the 'Clos' range, which retails in France only at 45 euros a bottle. They make a red and rose in this range, and only when vinatges offer perfect conditions. The red went amazingly well with the wild boar, was silky smooth and full of coffeee, choclate and bramble fruit flavours. Chef Silvain cooked up a storm for us as after the boar we had a huge platter of local cheeses and homemade breads and crackers - the cheese was served in traditional French style, ie, melting off the board! Dessert was a local cake with a lenony filling, a great palate cleanser! After a few more glasses of wine and a'taste' of their local marc spirit it was off to bed.

The next day we headed back to the chateau where we were given a tour of the cellars and winery - we watched chief winemaker Vladimir make some fianl adjustments to the 2011 Commaderie de Peyrassol Rose and then went down to the bottling line to watch it being bottled, labelled and packed into boxes ready for transportation to Majestic next week! After such a tough mornign it was tome for a tasting of the Chateau Peyrassol white wines and then off to lunch! The whites were crisp, clean, refreshing and perfectly Provencal - they use a wide variety of grapes including Viognier, Ugni Blanc, Sauvignon, Vermentino and Pinot Blanc.

After a prolonged lunch (the sunshine, amazing food, great company and swimming pool were slightly too tempting...) we jumped onto the quadbikes and had a trip around the acres of Peyrassol's land - olive groves, truffle trees, vineyards - you name it we drove through it! (well, I clung desperately to the back of Mike from High Wycombe's back as I was slightly terrified as he reached 40km/hr...). After a dusty few hours we were back at the hotel and ready for dinner (food was becoming a main theme of the trip - yey!!!). We were lucky enough to be dining with a group of hunters who were staying at the Lodge that week hoping to get some goof boar and deer - they were a boisterous lot and much fun was had, again whilst eating some great venison and some more amazing cheese!

The Commanderie de Peyrassol rose is a fantastic wine, perfect for summer as it is light, refreshing, bursting with strawberry and vanilla aromas with raspberry and cherry on the palate. It is great with those lovely fresh salads, roasted tomatoes, cheeses and dessets. Highly recommended by all of us who went out to Fracne to try it at its birthplace!

Easter Sparkles - Cloudy Bay Pelorus Vintage 2006Date published: 06/04/12

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Vintage 2006

From Cloudy Bay Vineyards in Marlborough's Wairau Valley, Pelorus Vintage is made in the style of Champagne, by the same production method, from the free-run juice of hand-picked grapes. With 3 years of lees-ageing, this really is a match for any Champagne. Aromas of apple and citrus fruit, with baked bread, brioche and nutty characters. A full, creamy mid palate that leads in to an elegant long finish.
As with Champagne, this is a classic match with caviar or smoked salmon. But being slightly fruitier, this could partner Asian cuisine.

Single Bottle £21.99
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£19.99
 

Fine Wine Friday - Cloudy Bay Pinot NoirDate published: 05/04/12

New Zealand is one of the few places in the world where this grape variety achieves elusive perfection, and the highly esteemed Cloudy Bay Estate have surpassed themselves in the production of this innovative Pinot Noir. Delicate confected nose, with vanilla and hints of spice. A seductive
palate, where dark cherries and strawberries are complemented by toasty characters and silky tannins. A complex and textured finish.

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

Single Bottle £30.00


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Wine of the Week - Saint Clair Pioneer Block SauvignonDate published: 03/04/12

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon
Blanc 2011, Marlborough
NEW ZEALAND

Saint Clair Family Estate is rapidly becoming one of the most reputed wineries in Marlborough, despite producing their first wines as recently as 1994. The Pioneer Block wines are sourced from outstanding parcels of fruit, identified by chief winemaker Matt Thomson.
An almost otherworldly intensity of fruit, with pungent aromas of
gooseberry and passionfruit, with a steely dryness, herbaceous
characters, underlying minerality and a long, lingering finish.
Asian-inspired cuisine is ideal, as the wine echoes the lemongrass and
fresh coriander often used in these dishes.

£17.49

or
£13.99
When you buy two bottles.
 

My Evening with Chinon Clos de Danzay 2000/01Date published: 31/03/12

When I asked Chris, the Assistant Manager here at Stow on the Wold, for a reccomendation of an interesting wine that really shows the effect of what the aging process in bottle can do to a wine, and of course at an honest price, he set a foot for Loire. On his return he produced a fine Cabernet Franc, bottled over a decade ago and diplaying fine characteristics of blackberry, black cherry fruit and ripe fine textured tannis, with heady aromas of blueberry, vanilla and tobbacco leaf, this mature Chinon really has come into a place of it's own. A fine example of what the test of time and patience can do to this utterly remarkable aging process.

Single bottle price £11.99

£9.99

when you buy 2 bottles

Wine of the Week - Muga Rosado Date published: 29/03/12

Rioja Rosado 2010, Muga
Spain

From vineyards at the foot of the Montes Obarenses, within the Rioja Alta region, planted on clay, limestone and alluvial soils. A twelve-hour maceration of the grapes precedes a 25-day fermentation in 1000 litre barrels to produce a delicate rosé.
The Muga Rosé is a deep salmon colour, with intensely fresh, strawberry, raspberry and orange peel aromas. The domination of the Garnacha grape provides plenty of warm, spicy fruit with crisp acidity. An ideal apéritif, this wine can be enjoyed on its own and can also complement prawns in sweet chilli or garden salads.

Single Bottle £9.99

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£7.99
 

Wine of the Week - Marques de Riscal Reserva 06Date published: 23/03/12

In 1858, Don Guillermo Hurtado de Amezaga, the Marques de Riscal bought groundbreaking wine making techniques rom Bordeoux and transformed the face of Rioja. This traditional style Rioja is one of their iconic wines. Tempranillo, Graciano and Mezuelo are hand picked from the 15 year old vines to create this well established Reserva.
With complex aromas of vanilla, toasted oak and a touch of plum, the Riscal is full bodied and muscular, yet smoothly polished and embellished.
Marques de Riscal Reserva will go well with hams, cheeses and spicy casseroles.
Will happily age for 5+ years.

£13.79
or
£10.99
When you buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case
20% off all Spanish wines

 

Around the World in 80 Wines: Stop 64 Peru (yes, really...)Date published: 21/03/12

Ok, so a surprising entry into our Around the World in 80 Wines series, but Peru does make some top notch wine! 

Well-known for being the birthplace of Pisco (grape spirit), Peru is long used to growing grapes. The Tacama vineyards are the best spot, benefitting from the cool air coming off the Pacific coast - with careful and thoughtful planting, vineyard managers have produced both excellent quality reds and whites - unfortunately they've not really made there way across the pond just yet, but keep an eye out and let me know where you see any - I'd love to try one!

Around the World in 80 Wines: Stop 63 The Elqui Valley, ChileDate published: 20/03/12

Are we nearly there yet?! So, we've been travelling the World for 6 months now and so the end is in sight! We've got our last foray through Soputh America, up through Mexico and then onto California, New York and then Canada. Not sure if I can stretch out another 17 stops through those regions so think the last few will have to be a recap of our favourtie places on the way. I have to say it will be the places that we've written about that the team here in store have spent some time real in - whether that be with work, gap year breaks or for holidays with friends and family. To me, the Elqui Valley is one of those.....

I was fortunate enough to spend six months working in the Elqui Valley, and fell in love with the landscape, people, and the Pisco (local brandy spirit). When I got back and started at Majestic there were no wines from Elqui, but slowly slowly they have been trickling in ever since - and are always at the top of my list for value and quality.

The Elqui Valley itself is far inland from the coast at La Serena, and historically has been an area famed for its avocado's - but some clever entrepreneurs have realised that the steep slopes near to the resevoirs in the valley are ideal spots for grapes, and so many of the hillsides are covered with vines rather than avocadoes...not a bad choice really!

The climate is continental, with extreme heat in the summer (I rermember days leading to weeks of 40 degrees...) and very cold winters (within a few months the nights got really chilly), but the sun was always shining and so the grapes have so much potential to ripen to their ideal level.

There is a great mix of reds and whites grown in Elqui - the higher areas for whites and the low areas closer to the valley floors for reds, but Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc with a smattering of Chardonnay are all making a name for themselves.

Pick of the bunch would be Vina Mayu Syrah £9.99 a bottle or down to £8.99 if you buy two or more! A really spicy red full of bramble fruit, plum and spice - great with a lovely steak!

And if you're lucky enough to visit Chile, a trip to Elqui on your way to the Atacama is well worth it - some great little foodie havens in Montegrande! And a few vineyards to do a spot of winetasting at...... Have Fun!

Stow on the Wold Weekly Wine Fact - The Chardonnay IronyDate published: 19/03/12

The Charonnay Irony

Australian wine is greatly indebted to Chardonnay, but also causes its greatest irony. For all the emphasis and attention on Australian red wine, it is Chardonnay that is arguably the grape Aussie's grow best. The problem being when Chardonnay was the main face of Australian wine it was huge, toasty and buttery. As food tastes turned lighter and spicier it seems out of place.
Now the style has moved fresher and lower in oak, Chardonnay as finally got itself together with amazing quality.
- Hugh Johnson

Taking the WSET Date published: 17/03/12

As a majestic employee, I am lucky enough to be put forward by the company to sit the WSET (Wine Spirit Education Trust) Level 3 examination. This is a great opportunity to add theoretical knowledge to the excellent product knowledge and tasting experience that we gain in store. Other than two training days where the vital information is coveredthe course is mostly self-learning. This is made enjoyable and considerably easier by being able to apply the text to everyday work. and dazzle customers with extra information. On top of a tough written paper the exam also involves two blinding tastings, the part I am most nervous about. There is a red and white and so far I have become expert at spotting which is red and which is white, sadly I am hit and miss with further information. My exam is fast approaching on the 22nd March and last minute tasting and revising is currently being crammed in.

 

Wish me luck, and I'll let you know how I get on!

My First Week at MajesticDate published: 17/03/12

Your first day at a new job is like that monumentus first day at school, maybe butterflies in your stomach or or a dryness in your mouth. For me, none of the above. Just a huge willingness to learn. My week so far has been filled with the aftermath of the Cheltenham Festival, both good and bad. Also getting to grips with the day to day running of this lovely Cotswold store, and of course getting to know this knowledgeable and diverse team. Here is to a successfull 2012. Cheers!!!

Happy Paddy's DayDate published: 17/03/12

So today is the day that Saint Patrick expelled all the snakes from Ireland. So with all the black stuff that has already been drunk at the festival, and all the more to come tonight, we look at wine alternatives to the Guinness Stout.
St Patrick's is a day of loving the 'craic' and living it up, so a wine to match this sense of fun is required.
 

Whites
Saint Clair Pioneers Block Gruner Ventliner; NZ £16.99 buy two save £6.80 £13.59
First released in 2011, this grape is mostly thought of in Austria of Central Europe. This wine offers citrus, blossom and ripe peaches and a white peppery finish. Ideal with all fish dishes or a firm, nutty cheese
 

Reds
Château Musar 2004, Lebanon. £18.99 buy two save £2 £17.99
A Lebanese wine, this is simply amazing. It was my choice for my first wedding anniversary last year, therefore has a very particular place in my heart. Full of concentrated fruit, figs, liquorice and spice. Ideal with roasted lamb or beef. Perfect with a fillet steak.

Wines Open this Week to taste!Date published: 17/03/12

Crios Malbec 2009, Mendoza
Catena Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2009, Mendoza
Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2010
Marco do Pegões 2008/2009, Terras do Sado Tinto
Crasto Douro Red 2008/2009, Quinta de Crasto
Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Mendoza
Quinta da Bacalhôa 2008, Península de Setúbal
Château Sainte Marguerite Organic Rosé 2010, Côtes de Provence, Cru Classé
Sipsmith London Dry Gin NV
Sipsmith Vintage Sloe Gin 2010
 

Portugal Tasting WeekDate published: 16/03/12

Come in and try something a little different from Portugal. See the selection a stunning reds

Stow on the Wold Weekly Wine Fact - Bordeaux Grape VarietiesDate published: 16/03/12

Bordeaux Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon- blackcurrant fruit, tannic with an affinity to oak.
Cabernet Franc- herbaceous stalky flavours, used mainly in blends.
Merlot- full bodied, plum fruit flavours, adds softness and richness.
Petit Verdot- Deep coloured, tannic, adds spicy notes, ages slowly.
Sémillon- full bodied and golden in colour, used in dessert wines.
Sauvignon Blanc- Grass and elderflower aromas, high acidity.
Muscadelle- grapey floral flavours.
 

Around the World in 80 wines: Stop 62 Casablanca Valley, ChlleDate published: 09/03/12

Moving on just a nudge from Maipo, the Casablanca Valley is slightly nearer the coast towards the city of Valparaiso and has therefore become synonymous with white wine. Valparaiso itself is a beautifully vibrant city, where houses climb the steep slopes and are only accesible by little lifts (or alot of steps!!!). The roofs and walls of the houses are painted different colours, glimmering out on a sunny day, and livening up the cityscape on a more dreary afternoon!

The vineyards in the Casablanca Valley benefit from the cooling breezes from the sea, and so have a slightly lower temperature perfect for Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier, a few plantings of cool-climate loving Pinot Noir are also found. It does struggle with Spring frost, and so production levels are often slightly lower and prices therefore higher from this region - but the quality is excellent and demand for land is ever-growing.

My favourtie white from the region is:

Luis Felipe Edwards Chardonnay - Partially aged in French oak barrels which adds a lovely degree of richness and toastiness, with lashings of mango, pineapple and citrus fruits and underlying apricot and peach. Not too heavy, but would be great with a creamy chicken dish or mushroom pasta.

For red, I would choose:

Casa Lapostolle Pinot Noir £18.99 a bottle or down to £15.99 when you buy two or more - Lots of red berries, plums and spice dominate this wine, but it is still medium-bodied with plenty of cherry character. It has soft tannins but plenty of depth and would be perfect with duck, turkey or some salami milano!

 

Around the World in 80 Wines: Stop 61 Maipo, ChileDate published: 08/03/12

So we have arrived in Chile, just a hop, skip and a jump over the from Argentina over the Andes. Maipo was the foundation region of Chile's wine industry, and still plays an important role in the wine trade today. The area is home to most of the major wine companies big offices as it sits just outside of Santiago, Chile's capital city. It is from here where many trade organisations, including Wines of Chile, are active.

The Maipo has one of the warmest climates in Chile, and also struggles with the smog from Santiago. However, many of the vineyards are planted with some of the oldest vines in Chile, and some fantastic wine therefore comes from this small area. It is mostly red wine focused, with few plantings of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. There is about 10,500 ha of vines, all very reliant on the winter rainfall as summer heat can reach over 30 degrees for prolonged periods of time.

My favourite wine from Maipo is the Waiki Barrel Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, a rich, strong and full-bodied wine full of typical Cabernet characteristics such as blackcurrant, menthol, vanilla and spice. It certainly needs to be paired with some strong cheeses or some rich meat dishes, or a typical Chilean Asado, or BBQ! Currently on offer from £9.99 to £7.99 per bottle when you buy two or more!

Wine of the Week - Aglianico del Vulture Solagna 2005, Regio Cantina Basilicata, ItalyDate published: 05/03/12

Aglianico del Vulture Solagna 2005, Regio Cantina Basilicata, Italy


A superb example of a Lay and Wheeler parcel wine.

The Regio Cantina version of Aglianico is accessible and made in a more modern style than the D'Angelo (listed in the "For Cellaring" section). The fruit is fresh and vibrant and the colour deeper with black fruits to the fore. The palate is rich and spicy with great purity and appeal. This is a very different interpretation of Aglianico, but it works equally as well.

£8.99
 

Stow on the Wold Weekely Wine Fact - Puligny-MontrachetDate published: 05/03/12

Puligny-Montrachet

Puligny-Montrachet is an appellation of Burgundy, next to Meursault and Chassagne Montrachet in Northern Burgundy (Cote de Beaune). All white wines are from Chardonnay grapes, although they do grow red Pinot Noir. However, the whites makes this wine area so special.

Puligny wines tend to be more refined that other appellations such as Meursault, this is due to the height of the vineyards in relation to the water table.
 

Rachels Birthday meal at The Kitchin, Edinburgh!Date published: 02/03/12

So, you've seen him on Masterchef, no doubt you've seen him on Saturday Kitchen a few times too - so I set it upon myself to go and see if Tom Kitchin's Michelin starred restaurant was as good as the critics say!

A beautiful setting in Leith, The Kitchin is Edinburgh's best and most famous restaurant, with Tom Kitchin pioneering great Scottish produce and seasonal foods. I'm a massive foodie, so on my recent trip to Edinburgh to celebrate the big 3-0 I thought I should take a peak. I can assure you, all the hype did not disappoint. At the entrance is a warm bar with a roaring open fire, i squeezed in a Hendricks Gin and Tonic or two before dinner, and was given crudites alongside a gorgeous blue cheese dip. So far, so good!

When it came to choosing what starter and main course to have I was in a bit of trouble - I would happily have eaten everything on it so somehow I had to slim down the list. Eventually (after a bit of discussion with the maitre'd) I chose the Razor Clams served with tomatoes and peppers in a chorizo oil cream sauce. I had never had razor clams before so whewre better to try them - they were delicious, and the Sommelier had recommended an Albarino to go alongside it - perfect choice with the crisp lemon edge, backed up with a herbaceous edge and a hint of minerality.

My main course was a little more exotic still - with mallard en croute! I cook duck alot, but have never gone for mallard, and have certainly never thought about wrapping it in cabbage leaves and then scrummy crisp puff pastry - the plate itself was a work of art - not too fussy, but pretty as a picture and enticing to say the least! My partner was having roe deer so we opted for a pretty hefty red as the deer was gamey and the mallard really rich and earthy. Again with a bit of help from the Sommelier we chose a 2005 Henschke shiraz/cabernet blend. The age of the wine meant that it had lost its superrichness and tannins, but the powerful fruit flavour went really well with the rich duck.

For dessert I went for something I've attempted at home with limited success - a rhubarb souffle! I thought the souffle's I had made at home were pretty good, but when this one came out of the kitchen I realised that this is what a souffle should be like - it was massive (always a good thing!!), and has a sweet but sour rhubarb compote at the bottom of the light as air egg mix - amazing! I adore dessert wines so couldn't resist a little tipple.......a sauternes was the obvious answer!

The meal was fantastic, the restaurant relaxed, informal and elegant, and the sommelier's choices were spot on!

Here is what I would recommend from the Majestic range to match my lovely meal:

Pazo Senorans Albarino 2010   £17.49 a bottle down to £13.99 a bottle when you buy two or more

From Rias Baixas in northern Spain, this Albarino is aromatic, full of citrus and apple characteristics which would go perfectly with seafood based tapas, grilled sardines, squid or razor clams

Petaluma Coonawara Red 2008   £22.00 a bottle, but £20.00 when you buy 2 or more bottles

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Shriaz this is a rich and hefty wine from Australia. Plenty of dark fruit and bramble flavours alongside spice and vanilla, this is great with lamb steaks, roe deer and mallard!

Clos d'Abeilly Sauternes 2009   £9.99 a bottle

A typical sauternes with a crisp and refreshing edge, full of citrus fruit and lovely marmalade and compote aromas. Pair with blue cheese or fruit-based desserts. Yum.

Fine Wine Friday - Gerard Bertrand, Tautavel Hommage aux Vignerons 2007Date published: 01/03/12


Gerard Bertrand, Tautavel Hommage aux Vignerons 2007, Côtes du Roussillon Villages, Southern France


Tautavel is a small town to the north of Perpignan, sandwiched between the Mediterranean sea and the Pyrenees. Noted for wines of higher quality than much of the surrounding Côtes du Rousillon, it has been chosen by Gérard Bertrand as the source of this prestige cuvée. Beautifully deep and inky, with a complex nose of ripe raspberry and loganberry, and hints of vanilla and wild herbs. Rich and opulent in texture, with a lingering, liquorice-like finish. Decant well before serving with venison or mature blue cheese.


£19.99
 

Around the World in 80 Wines: Stop 60 Malbec-fuelled Mendoza!Date published: 29/02/12

Mendoza is Argentina's most well-known wine producing area - attracting tourists from all over the world to follow their wine trail. I was lucky enough to visit the region 6 years ago - this was just before I started with Majestic so my wine knowledge was minimal, but I still remember the huge variety of styles that I tasted while I was there, how beautiful the vineyards were, and how important food and wine matching is.

Mendoza has 5 sub-regions: North Mendoza, Upper Mendoza River, East Mendoza, Uco Valley and South Mendoza. The best areas within this include Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu, Tupungato and San Rafael. Mendoza is generally warm and dry, with temperatures reaching over 30 degrees in the summer, and dropping at nighttime to 5 degrees. Rainfall is scarce, and the vineyards rely heavily from snowmelt off the Andes - this natural irrigation system makes a massive difference, as without this water many of the vineyards would not survive. The high altitude offers a good diurnal temperature, resulting in concentrated, elegant and intense wines.

Malbec is Mendoza's signature grape variety. It makes velvety, rich, dark wines which are intense and full of bramble fruit character. The vanilla and spice is a result of the oak ageing that Malbec undergoes, and the wine is always naturally high in alcohol. Paired with a beautiful piece of steak, the Malbec's tannins soften and the rich fruit flavour come to the fore - a perfect match!

My favourite Malbec from Mendoza is the Mendel Malbec 2009. The Malbec is grown on 80 year old vines in Lujan de Cuyo, 1000m above sea level. Its full of rich fruit and has been aged for one year in French oak. Its great now with steak or rich stews, but would age beautifully for up to ten years. Currently on offer from £17.99 a bottle to £14.99 a bottle when you buy two or more.

Around the World in 80 Wines: Stop 59 PatagoniaDate published: 29/02/12

So we have left the beautiful countryside of New Zealand and travelled across the Pacific, reaching the southernmost point of Argentina: Patagonia. Many of you may believe that Patagonia is too cold for wine production, however, over the past 10 years a few pioneering wineries have sprung up, making the most of the cool-climate to produce outstanding Pinot Noir, crisp and refreshing Torrontes and elegant Malbecs.

 

Patagonia is made up of three sub-regions: Rio Negro, Nequen and La Pampa. Vineyards are planted from 300-500 metres above sea level, and although they struggle during the cold winter, the long hours of sunshine, and the long, warm summer and perfect for growing grapes which huge concentration, varietal character and plenty of balance.

 

We only stock a few Patagonian wines as they tend to be expensive and from smaller boutique wineries - but always offer excellent quality and for the reds, longevity. My two favourties are the Bodega Noemia Malbec and the A Lisa 2009 blend of Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot.

Bodega Noemia Malbec 2008 is currently £65 a bottle and is only available from our Fine Wine Centre is St Johns Wood - a highly sought after wine, this is 100% Malbec from the Rio Negro Valley. They only make 300 bottles per year, the grapes are destemmed by hand and they undergo fermentation with natural Argentinian yeasts. The wine is then aged for 18 months in new oak, before being bottled. It results in a blockbuster of a wine, strong and powerful, intense richness, incredible depth of flavour with a great length. A pricey wine, but I would be tempted as a treat!

The A Lisa 2009 blend is also from the same winery, and is bursting with plum, vanilla, blackberry, liquorice and sweet spice. Its still young, so would benefit in a few years in a cellar, but at £19.99 a bottle its more accessible than the Malbec!

Around the World in Eighty Wines: 57 & 58 Mighty Martinborough and Beautiful Hawkes BayDate published: 27/02/12

Martinborough and Hawkes Bay are both located on New Zealands Northern Island however they differ very much in terms of terroir. Hawkes Bay enjoys the warmth of an estuary plain and long sunshine hours making it the warmest of New Zealand's areas under vine. The soils vary considerably and the Gimblett Gravels in particular are praised for their contribution to the production of fine Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignons. As one of New Zealands oldest winegrowing regions Hawkes Bay has definitely perfected their vitnification and Viticulture producing some immense wines.

In contrast Martinborough is a very small town right at the Southern tip of the Northern Island in Wairarapa. The climate here is much cooler with free draining low fertile soils that prove excellent for the planting of Pinot Noirs and indeed some very fine Pinot Noirs are produced in this area. A fantastic example is the Martinborough Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 which coincidentally is my all time absolute favourite wine. Red cherry fruit flavours are met with rich vanilla spice and savory tobacco and earth tones. It has elegant tannins, a soft supple texture and fantastic length and complexity. If you can resist drinking it this wine will cellar for ten years or so and is amazing value at only £30 a bottle!

Both regions produce some outstanding wines and are worth visiting for their beauty as well as the wines they produce!

Around the World in 80 Wines: Stop 56 Marlborough and its Sauvignon Blanc EmpireDate published: 27/02/12

Marlborough, famed for its crisp refreshing Sauvignon Blancs, is New Zealands largest winegrowing region. Since the giants Montana, producers of Brancott Estate, planted commercial vines in 1973 Marlborough's wine industry has boomed. However it was Cloudy Bay  that put Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc on the interntaional map in 1985. The Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc is full of fresh herbal aromas with layers of subtle guava, gooseberry and passionfruit. On the palate it is crisp, with a long flavoursome finish. Considered to be the most prestigious Sauvignon Blanc in the world we would certainly agree and think that just £20 a bottle when you buy 2 or more bottles is a great price for this superb wine.

There is no doubt that Sauvignon Blanc is Marlborough's most important grape variety. Its pungent, aromatic style mixes tropical and citrus fruits oozing with gooseberry and herbacious tones that almost emulate a national wine style. One of the keys to Marlborough's success is its location. At the North-Eastern tip of New Zealand's Southern Island it enjoys large flat river valleys filled with deposits of silt and gravel that prove to be perfect vine growing conditions.

A little known fact is that Villa Maria, New Zealands second largest wine company, is one of the screwcap pioneers producing some outstanding wines that are sealed in this fashion. Screwcaps are said to retain freshness and this is certainly true of the Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling 2011. Enticing aromas of lime, apple and passion fruit nexplode onto the pallet. This fresh slightly off-dry style is perfect for lightly spiced foods such as Thai dishes. Only £9.49 a bottle.

Pinot Noir is Marlborough's second most planted grape variety, some of which is blended with Chardonnay to produce sparkling wine. A spectacular example of this is the Lindauer Special Reserve NV. A delicate pinkish tinge accompanies ripe peach, nectarine and black fruit flavours with copious amounts of bubbles and a creamy finish. At just £8.99 a bottle this fantastic fizz is a must-have accessory at any party!

Clearly Marlborough produces some fantastic Sauvignon Blancs but there are many other excellent wines to taste and the word on the grape vine is that the Austrian grape variety Gruner Veltliner is its next big thing! But shhh you didn't hear it from us!

Around the World in 80 Wines: Stop 55 Central Otago: Pinot Noir CountryDate published: 27/02/12

Central Otago,  to the South of New Zealand's Southern Island, boasts to be the home of the world's most southernly grape vines! It has a far cooler climate than the rest of New Zealand's winegrowing regions: enjoying a Continental Climate due to the cooling effects of the Southern Alps. Over 80% of the plantings here are occupied by Pinot Noir and there is a reason for this: Central Otago produces some truly outstanding Pinot Noirs that rival the very best that Europe has to offer. Nowhere else in New Zealand is as dependent upon a single grape variety although Marlborough and Sauvignon Blanc are a strong contender. The growing conditions mean that the Pinot Noirs of Central Otago retain acidity and freshness ripening superbly!

Central Otago's Pinot Noirs are famous for their youthful, voluptuous and intensely fruity style. However with age they develop deliciously spicy farmyard aromas posessing complexity and great ageing potential. A classic example of this is the Majestic Peaks Pinot Noir 2010....a wine made exclusively for Majestic Wine! Soft tannins, an elegant structure and ripe cherry and raspberry flavours make this wine a delight. Cassis chocolate and vanilla spices shine through adding complexity and depth to an already stunning wine. For only £10.99 a bottle this perfect Pinot is a star buy!

Central Otago also produces good Chardonnays, Pinot Gris and Rieslings. The Carrick Chardonnay being a simply stunning example. However these wines are produced in much smaller quantities and are therefore lucky gems that prove difficult to find. There are some great examples out there though so get exploring!

Stow on the Wold Weekly Wine Fact - Rioja AgesDate published: 27/02/12

Rioja's are defined by their bottle and barrel ageing. Below is the differences between them;

Joven- Little or no time in oak, bottled within 1 year.
Crianza- 6 months in small oak barrels, 18 months bottle ageing.
Reserva- 12 months in small oak barrels, 24 months in bottle.
Gran Reserva- 18 months in small oak barrels, 42 months in bottle.

Around the World in 80 Wines - Stop 54 Taste of TasmaniaDate published: 26/02/12

Tasmania a small island state to the south of Australia. The home of Ricky Ponting! Tasmania is one big region, despite its diverse climate and terroir. Its seems obvious to split Tasmania into a northern and southern zone, but as of yet this boundary has not been drawn. Tasmania enjoys a warmer climate and drier climate than Southern Victoria, however it also contains sites which are both cooler and wetter. Here Pinot Noir is in its element and even Zinfandel successfully grown at the Coal river. Cool climate varieties such as , Riesling, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay are thriving as both table and sparkling wines.
Juice and base wine is regularly transported to Australia by large winemaking companies to produce Australian sparkling wine.

The taste of Tasmania is that of quality, elegance and natural acidity.
 

Wine of the Week, Composite Sauvignon Blanc 2008 NZDate published: 25/02/12

Composite Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Winegrowers of Ara, Marlborough New Zealand

 

Ara is an emerging terroir that lies at the confluence of the Wairau and Waihopai rivers in the world famous Marlborough region. A single landform that dates back some 20,000 years, the 1600 hectare terrace is a unique geological feature in New Zealand. Vibrant and intense, Composite Sauvignon Blanc shows ripe, clean stone and grapefruit characters. It is highly concentrated with a generous textured mouthfeel and a long clean finish. This is the perfect match for seafood but can be successfully partnered with a variety of foods including sashimi or spicy Asian fish.

Single Bottle £9.99


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Around the World in 80 Wines: Stop 51, 52 and 53 Victorious Victoria and its Wine Producing RegionsDate published: 25/02/12

Victoria is Australia's third most important wine state. and today has over 600 wineries! To the North East you can find Rutherglen and its Muscats, known for their unique style and extrordinary flavour concentration. Clustered around Melbourne 250 wineries are located. The most significant of these is the Yarra Valley which enjoys cooler climatic conditions that Bordeaux due to the cooling maritime conditions. Here Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs grow in abundance and makes a great tourist hotspot for those wishing to sample the vineyards delights. De Bortoli is one of the largest estates in Victoria and all their wines are made in this region. The De Bortoli Windy Peak Chardonnay 2010 is particularly characteristic of the Yara Valley style. Complex lemon and lime citrus flavours are met with subtle vanilla oak. Medium body and fresh acidity gives this wine a clean finish and a rounded texture. Enjoy with white fish and poultry dishes. Currently just £10.99 a bottle!

The Goulburn Valley located in the heart of Victoria is its oldest wine producing region and the winery Tahbilk is still producing a Shiraz made from vines dating all the way back to 1860. The Strathbogie Ranges in the Upper Goulburn enjoy an Alpine climate and altitude meaning that the more delicate and aromatic Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Viognier are cultivated. The Brown Brothers Late Harvest Orange and Flora Muscat 2010 is an excellent example of this style. Flora, a cross between Gewurtztraminer and Semillon, gives the wine its distinctive fragrance. Orange blossom, fresh citrus and spice make this a rich and rewarding dessert wine with a zesty finish. £7.99 a bottle. Or buy 2 bottles save £2 so only £6.99 per bottle!

Despite its large geographical size Victoria contains a number of small pockets that prove to be great, and very distinctive, winegrowing regions that display a variety of different wine types and styles. This makes Victoria a fantastic holiday destination for wine lovers who can sample some of these fantastic wines at its many vineyard locations.

Around the World in Eighty Wines: Number 50 Big and Bold Barossa ValleyDate published: 25/02/12

Barossa Valley is located in South Australia to the North East of Adelaide. South Australia is to Australia what California is to the USA: the 'Wine State'. In short the Barossa's Valley is South Australia's answer to the Napa Valley. Barossa's summers are hot and dry and irrigation is commonplace to compensate for aggressive evaporation. Barossa is famous for its Shiraz; normally big, bold and chocolatey. Instead of the long post-fermentation maceration that Bordeaux gives its wines extracting colour and tannins, Barossa's famous Shiraz are encouraged to finish their fermentation in American oak. This Imparts a heavy sweetness and smoothnes to the wine. The Australian winemakers strive for innovation meaning many foresighted vineyards are co-fermenting Shiraz and Viognier to add perfume and stability of colour. Barossa's key wine companies include Fosters (the beer company) who own Penfolds. They produce their flagship Grange Wine here made from grapes that are produced all over South Australia. Pernod Ricard owns the Old Orlando whose most famous brand by far is Jacobs Creek. Other vineyards of quality include Turkey Flat, St Hallett, Two Hands and Glaetzer who make a fnatastic Bishop and Annaperana not to mention their top shiraz blend the Amon-Ra.

Around the World in 80 Wines - Stop 49 CoonawarraDate published: 24/02/12

Coonawarra and Padthaway are the two main wine regions of the Limestone Coast, located east of Adelaide and west of Melbourne. Coonawarra due to its cool Mediterranean climate is perfect growing for Cabernet. The Petaluma Coonawarra is the perfect example of this. Alongside the famous Cabernet the limestone coast grows exceptional Chardonnay and Shiraz, both grapes excel with the soils and extensive water table.
 

Around the World in 80 Wines - Next stop 48 is Mount BarkerDate published: 24/02/12

Firstly it would be rude to this region to simply label it Mount Barker. The wine regions south of Margaret River includes Albany, Great Southern, Mount Barker, Denmark and Pemberton, it is not to be confused with Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills. These regions are the coolest place to grow wines on the Australian continent, and make the most beautiful styles of new world Bordeaux blend. It is such a surprise why it took the Australian wine community to take almost 30 years to fully realise it potential. Alongside the Bordeaux blends this area averages well below 25c so it perfect for cool climate Shiraz and Riesling. A great vineyard of the region is Howard Park, who makes a full range of wines. The award winning 'Abercrombie' blend in the reds is particularly good. This alongside their entry level 'madfish' range and not greatly exported but very popular on home soil.
 

Stow on the Wold Weekley Wine Fact - AmaroneDate published: 24/02/12

Italy's most famous 'Dried Grape Wine', made solely from the Corvina and Corvinone grapes. The wine is picked then dried traditionally on wicker mats. Today this is done in drying rooms to maintain consistency.
This process concentrates the grapes to raisin size enabling the wine to become concentrated yet beautifully balanced.
Amarone received its DOCG status in 2009.
 

Why Pinot Noir is my Pinot Star!Date published: 13/02/12

Why Pinot Noir is my Pinot Star!

I am frequently asked what my favourite type of wine is, which isn't an easy question I can tell you! Although I love to drink a variety of different types and styles of wine, I must admit that my favourite is Pinot Noir. Cultivated from Alsace to Australia and California to South Africa: this thin skinned light bodied red grape variety really floats my wine boat!

As you can imagine, being grown in many different parts of the world means that you can find a multitude of different styles of Pinot Noir. From the relatively rich and full bodied Pinot Noirs of California to the light, delicate and fruity Pinot Noirs of the Côte de Nuit in Burgundy. However, my absolute favourite Pinot Noirs are the spicy earthy Pinot Noirs of New Zealand.

For just £9.99 a bottle you can get a really great bottle of Kiwi Pinot Noir in the Wither Hills. This medium bodied Marlborough wine oozes black cherry and ripe plum fruit flavours with lashings of cocoa and liquorice spice. It is delicious when drank on its own but goes down great with slightly spiced lamb dishes.

If you have a slightly larger budget, or want to treat yourself, I would definitely recommend the Martinborough Vineyards 2008 Pinot Noir. A few years of ageing has really done wonders for this wine helping it to develop those complex farmyard aromas. A compote of red cherries, plums, tobacco, spice and earthiness rounded off with fine tannins and a long delicious finish make this wine fantastic! For just £30 a bottle you are getting a truly delightful fine wine that will continue to improve with age.

A great Pinot Noir alternative is the lusciously light and fruity Bourgogne Pinot Noir 'Les Pierres Rouge' 2008 Louis Jadot. Soft red cherry, raspberry and juicy strawberry fruit flavours are complemented by violet aromas, gentle tannins and a rounded finish. At only £10.99 a bottle when you buy two bottles this perfect Burgundian Pinot can be drunk on its own or slightly chilled if you want to try something a little different!

At the complete opposite end of the scale you can try the rich and hearty Saintsbury Pinot Noir 2008. Black cherries, spice, and cigar box aromas are softened by gentle vanilla and mocha notes. But medium tannins and a weighty finish accompanied with lashings of spice mean this fabulous Pinot can stand up to richer meat dishes including duck, lamb and game! At only £16.99 a bottle when you buy two bottles this is another Pinot star!

Pinot Noir comes in a huge variety of styles offering a multitude of flavours that tantalise the taste buds. It is for this reason that Pinot Noir is my Pinot Star Wine and I truly believe that there is a Pinot out there for everyone! So get tasting...
 

Surely I can't be turning 30?! Better open that 1982 Bordeaux then.....Date published: 10/02/12

So, its the 10th February and the clock is ticking - I have just 7 days left of my 20's before I leap into my 30's - but how best to leap? What wines would be the best foot forward to ease the pain?! I'm not exaclty anxious about turning 30 - I still get id'd when I go out, I don't have any grey hairs peeping through, and I don't creak when I get up out of the armchair - I guess I will just have to use the excuse to have a big party and drink some really good wine!!!!

We've had a good old discussion in store over the last few days, all coming up with our perfect wines for such a celebration. Ranging from well sought-after white Burgundies to spicy, rich Aussie Shiraz, all of us had different ideas, but here is my perfect dinner and my perfect wine matches for that first evening of being 30:

I would most certainly start the evening off with a quick Hendricks Gin and Tonic - plenty of ice and thinly sliced cucumber, just to quench the thirst after that stroll out in the snowy Cotswolds Hills. I know its really a summer drink but I am slightly attached to my gin, and so no birthday of mine would be spent without one glass at least!!!

Next would come a range of canapes - my favourite Italian delights would come to the fore here: some little arancini (ragu-filled risotto balls), some Olive Ascolane (think of a scotch egg but with an olive inside instead of an egg!!) and a handful of smoked almonds! Now, on the whole my suggestion of a perfect wine-pairing resulted in shrieks from the rest of the Stow clan - not the birthday drink Champagne, but I have opted for a chilled bottle of La Gitana Manzanilla (£8.99 a bottle). I have loved Sherry ever since my first visit to Jerez and think its so underrated nowadays.

Starter would be mushroom risotto - I don't get to eat it very often as my boyfriend has a phobia of mushrooms, but I'm allowed on my birthday right?! What better to opt for than a bottle of Cervaro Antinori (£40 a bottle), hailing from Umbria it has only IGT status, simply because it uses a non-native grape variety Chardonnay. Its blended with a little Grechetto, making a rich style white wine which would stand up to the earthiness of the risotto.

For the fish course I'd go with mussels - I eat alot of fish but rarely have the confidence to cook shellfish at home, so it would be a nice treat! I do also have a slight addiction to chilli so I think instead of a traditional sauce I'd go for something with a bit more fire - a little hint of thai or something. Spicy food is always a difficult wine match, as we'd always recommend something like a gewurztraminer which isn't always to eveyones tastes, they can be overly floral for some, with too much turkish delight on the palate! Top pick would be Villa Maria Gewurztraminer (£9.99 a bottle), but I'm going to go for a wildcard choice - Albarino Pazo Senorans (£17.49 a bottle), clean, crisp, and refreshing!

Main will always be venison - i love it love it love it. But again, controversially not with mash - it has to be roast potatoes, and some glazed carrots and even a sprout or two. Venison needs a rich, full-bodied red, which is great for a February night anyway. My favourite would be Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon (£45 a bottle), a lovely elegant and sophisticated drink from the Eden Valley in Australia. Ideally I'd be opting for a Bordeaux from my birth year, but 1982 is one of the best vintages ever recorded, and so are a little bit out of my pricerange (if anyone wants to treat me then the 1982 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild is available from the Fine Wine Centre in St Johns Wood for £1600.00 a bottle).

Finally onto dessert - now I don't have a really sweet tooth, but I can always find room for a chocolate pudding of sorts - I love anything that oozes molten chocolate from the inside, so I guess it has to be a chocolate fondant witha dash of cream. Dessert wines are always tricky, and chocolate is the most difficult match of all....maybe I'll abandon the wine, have a coffee, then start on the Ruinart NV to round the evening off nicely?

Margaret River Through the Eyes of a BelieverDate published: 08/02/12

Why are all wine regions against a backdrop of mother nature in her finest clothes? To this end, Margaret River , Western Australia is no exception.

Once you finish your long drive from Perth, at the end of the Busselton Highway, you enter a world of stunning vineyards where modern and classic mingle effortlessly through the landscape.

Vasse Felix, one of the pioneers of Margaret River is first to catch your eye. Nestled by the picturesque Wilyabrup Brook lies the cellar door, surrounded by vine and lakes. Inside the offering to the nose and pallet is an equal to promises of the beautiful exterior. Whether its the Bordeaux blend or the top Heytesbury Chardonnay, you must try them all before moving into the restaurant; pan roasted Barramundi a must try.

Continuing through Cowaramup, towards the river you see Howard Park, Xanadu and Cape Mentelle before you. The Cape Mentelle Semillon-Sauvignon is a particular favourite.

You arrive in the small surfing town of Margaret River. Wandering up the strip, collecting your souvenirs, before continuing south into the forest of Karri trees. These giant naked trunks climb skyward, like giants they tower over all with mighty elegance. Stopping at 'Kodak' corner for a photo is almost essential to admire the beauty of these awesome trees. You can continue down to Albany and the Great Southern, better saving it for another trip though.

Margaret River's vineyards have captured the new wave of Australian winemaking. Subtle oak and fruit now encapsulate the dry styling of these modern wines. A long way from the fat, over toasted Chardonnays we remember the Australian of the past for.
If all the wines make you feel like a grape, the Bootleg Brewery in the heart of the vineyards is a great alternative. The 8 beer platter with fish and chips gives you a taste of home, with weather that's not.

For those who have been, those who are going, and those who want to go, I say 'when are we off'!!
 

Fizz the bank manager won't mind us enjoying!Date published: 07/02/12

We all love a glass of fizz and over the festive period its fine to splash out on the expensive Champagne, but christmas takes it toll on the bank balance. Personally, there need not be a celebration for a bottle of fiizz to be popped, last night I toasted 'a Monday night' for example (well deserved though I think), and it immediately put me in a good mood. There's something inherently fun about a bit of fizz whether its the pop off the cork or the taste or the bubbly and this should be enjoyed regularly and without alarming the bank manager. Here's my advice on how to do it.

We all know about the Prosecco with its light refreshing style that has enjoyed great popularity in recent years. Light, zesty and large bubbles thanks to tank method fermentation my top tip on the Prosecco front is 'Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiaddene, Extra Dry NV £12.99 (Buy 2 save £4, £10.99), a great bubbly and will be more and more enjoyable as the evenings get lighter and the weather warmer.

The old favourite, Cava, is being rejuvenated since the planting of Chardonnay has been permitted. This gives the cava a creamier taste and texture as well as added fruit and acidity. It is because of this I would recommend the Cordoniu Seleccion Raventos NV £6.99. This sparkler is made from traditional Macabeo and Xarel-lo as well as Chardonnay. It has peachy and lemon aromas, full bodied, with a crisp mineral acidity.

Finally, my personal favourite, is a cremant from Burgundy. It uses much the same grapes as Champagne of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with a little added Gamay and Aligote. This superb bubbly also undergoes the same secondary bottle fermentation as champagne, giving it fine and consistent bubbles. A delicious richness is added thanks to 24 months spent on its lees. The fabulous Perle de Vigne Cremant de Bourgogne NV, Louis Bouillot £8.99, has a yeasty, toasty nose with apples and a long creamy finish. 

There you have it, just a couple of ideas on how to liven up the midweek drinking and without upsetting that pesky bank manager. I know I'm looking forward to finishing my bottle of fizz off later this week!

Around the World in 80 Wines: Stop 47 Margaret River!Date published: 07/02/12

Around the world in eighty wines stop 47 Margaret River

Australia is the worlds sixth largest wine producer and because of its large size, varying climates and geology, it is able to produce a number of completely different wine varieties and styles with much success. In 1791 Vitis Vinifera was introduced to the continent and since then winemakers haven't looked back. The industry has been booming ever since and investments in technology introduced in the 1950s helped to refine and revamp the quality and styles produced.

Margaret River is the most important wine region in Western Australia; the countries biggest state containing the most isolated wine regions. Margaret River's climate is moderate, cooled by the Indian Ocean currents. This proves ideal growing conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which are often blended together to produce excellent elegant reds with rich redcurrant fruit flavours and supple tannins. The other dominant wine produced is a Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blend. These can be intense with strong grassy aromas. Chardonnay is the other grape variety that flourishes here making long lasting complex wines.

Below are a couple of my favourite wines from Margaret River:

Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010. This deliciously intense red is an excellent example of the Margaret River style. Generous blackberry and redcurrant aromas are met with a perfumed leafiness. Moderated by soft oak integration from maturation in French barriques this medium bodied wine has ripe tannins and a lasting finish of dark berries. Perfect when paired with roasted meats and game this wine will delight over the next ten years. £13.99 a bottle or buy 2 bottles save £3! So only £12.49 a bottle!

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011. The Cape Mentelle winery allows the regional characters of this wine region to shine through taking a minimal approach to this fantastic blend. The Sauvignon Blanc provides structure adding rich gooseberry and herbacious grassy flavours that shine through whilst the Semillon provides softness, lemon citrus and blossom aromas. This wine is great with lightly spiced Asian dishes such as chilli prawns. £13.99 a bottle or buy 2 bottles save £2! So only £12.99 a bottle!

Enjoy!
 

Stow's Weekly Wine Fact: SupertuscansDate published: 06/02/12

'Supertuscan', the term used by English speakers to described the innovative wines labelled as 'Vino da Tavola' made in the central Italian region of Tuscany which emerged in the 1970s.

Prototype 'Supertuscans' were Tignanello and Sassicaia. The Vino Da Tavlova denomination was replaced by ITG in 1994 but the term 'Supertuscan' remains.

 

Around the World in 80 wines - stop 46 BaliDate published: 02/02/12

There are three wineries on the island of Bali, the largest and most well-known of those is Hatten Wines which was founded in 1994. The vineyards are based in Seririt and Lovina, but the main winery is in Sanur Beach right at the southernmost tip of the island. It is vital that the vineyard sites are on the higher ground, bringing cooler temperatures where grapes are able to grow - closer to the coast the tropical heat burns the skins of the grape, making them much less reliable for wine production. Muscat and Shiraz are the two most known varieties planted, but Chambourcin and Alphonse Lavalle are also planted. The two other wineries are Indico Wines, which plants mostly Isabella, and Wine of the Gods which imports grape must from Australia to produce wine for the local tourist market.

Around the World in Eighty Wines: Stop 45 Thailand!Date published: 02/02/12

Around the World in Eighty Wines: Stop 45 Thailand!

Yes its that time again...and at stop number 45 on our world tour is Thailand, bet you didn't consider Thailand could be a winemaking destination! Well since the 1960s this south east Asian country has been cultivating vines on the low plains around Bangkok which has developed into somewhat of a flourishing industry. Although grapes are generally cultivated in temperate climates the tropics are increasingly being used as vineyard locations, many of which are proving fruitful ventures (pardon the pun).

Initially table grapes were the predominantly cultivated variety although these were species of vinifera which are now used to produce table wine. The dominant species grown today are as follows: Malaga Blanc which produces soft white wines. Muscat Hamburg, a crossing of Muscat of Alexandria and Trollinger, producing light grapey reds. Cardinal a crossing of Flame Tokay and Ribier, and finally Pokdum a dark skinned variety accounting for 10% of Thailand's wines.

The largest producer of wine in Thailand today is Siam Winery which shifts more than half a million cases of wine per annum. So as you can see Thailand is an incredibly interesting and quirky winemaking location, and certainly not a place top be missed on our around the world tour!
 

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.

 

Clos d'Yvigne Rouge et Noir  £6.66

Domaine Py Merlot  £4.66

Clos d'Yvigne Cuvee Nicolas  £6.66

Domaine Les Yeuses Le Sirius  £5.32

Syrah St Desirat  £4.66

Domaine Les Yeuses La Soure  £5.99

Domaine Peche Rome Tempranillo £5.32

 

Matetic Sauvignon Blanc  £7.32

Costero Riesling  £6.32

Mondavi Napa Fume Blanc  £6.66

Around the World in 80 Wines: Stop 44 China!Date published: 31/01/12

Although China has its own indigenous vine species it has only relatively recently become the global wine force that it is today. In 2004 it had the World's fifth largest area under vines and possessed the seventh largest quantity of wine produced. A staggering 90% of Chinese wine is for domestic consumption with very little being exported.

Ancient literary accounts suggest that the first grape seeds were brought back from modern Uzbekistan during the Han dynasty in 136BC. In the second century grape wine imported from the West was highly prized. Although it is possible that wine was made from grapes in China before the Tang dynasty (618-907AD) when the wine industry was not developed. During the Tang dynasty the Chinese were importing quantities of wine from modern day Uzbekistan. This central Asian wine was said to be drinkable for up to 10 years.

In 1892 Zhang Bishi, an officer in the government, introduced 150 vinifera vine varieties from Europe establishing the Chang Yu winery. In 1949 the Chinese government invested heavily in the winemaking industry but generally blended these grapes with other juices including water, colouring and fermented cereals. Due to this the term 'wine' was generally misunderstood in China. In 2011 China received its first Decanter Wine Award, a symbol of the ever improving Chinese wine industry and the possibilities that China holds for future winemaking!

As China is such a vast country the climate and geology varies dramatically. However, Tthe majority of China's wine is produced in the North of the country. Here coastal areas such as Shandong, Hebei and Tianjin benefit from cool Pacific breezes, mild humidity and moderate temperatures. Monsoons and Typhoons can be extremely hazardous although high winds aerate the vines. Further inland provinces like Pingdu benefit from cooler inland temperatures and well drained limestone soils.

Thousands of native grape varieties exist in Northern China but the most widely planted are used for low quality sweet table wines. These are made from Beichun, Ju Feng Noir and Long Yan. There are also widespread planting of Russian grape varieties such as Muscat of Hamburg and Rkatsiteli. Western-style varieties are becoming increasingly popular and large quantities (47,000 ha) comprising of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Riesling, and Chardonnay are produced.

The Chinese wine industry is growing at a rapid rate being tipped as the next big wine producing region it might well become the New Zealand of today!
 

Stow's Weekly Wine Fact: Fine Wine Friday!Date published: 31/01/12

Did you know that the first Friday of every month is a 'Fine Wine Friday'? This means that the team here in Stow select a delicious fine wine priced at £19.99 or over and open it for everyone to try on our tasting counter! This will be accompanied by exciting facts and information relating to the wine which is available for all our customers.

The next Fine Wine Friday will be on Friday 3rd February here in-store  at Stow-on-the-Wold. We look forward to seeing you!

Stow's Weekly Wine Fact - Bordeaux ClassificationDate published: 30/01/12

Bordeaux wines are 'ranked' using the 1855 classification system set up by Napoleon to let dignitaries know what wine to be impressed by. Although a few have been promoted and relegated since 1855, the growth system is still used to determine quality and price.
The right bank growth classification is set up in five groups. First growth wines include
Chateau Margaux, Château Latour, Château Haut-Brion and others.
 

Around the Wolrdin 80 Wines: Stop 43 Kyrgyzstan... Yes they do make wine!Date published: 28/01/12

Kyrgyzstan is situated in mountainous central Asia bordering China and Kazakhstan, producing only small amounts of wine.

The climate in Kyrgyzstan is continental and only three areas are favourable for viticulture.The Talas and Chuia valleys in the South and the Issyk-kul depression. Kyrgyzstan produces mainly table wines and drying grapes. The Issyk-Kul depression has favourable terroir and climate for the production of dessert wines and basic sparkling wines. Practically all vineyards in Kyrgyzstan have some form of irrigation .

There are 45 grapes varieties that are recognised including many international varietals including Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and riesling alongside these include more indigenous varietials such as Rkatsiteli, Kuljinski and Saperavi.

In 1999 the Antinori family, from Italy, undertook a small vineyard development North of Lake Issyk-Kul. Together with an experimental winery aimed at demonstrating the virtues of long term agriculture. They grew cordon trained Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir with their first crop in 2002 serviceable wines have been made for the Russian and Chinese market.
 

Around the World in 80 Wines: Stop 42 GeorgiaDate published: 26/01/12

Georgia has 5 viticulutaral areas these are Kakheti, Kartli, Imereti, Racha-Lechkhumi and the humin sub-tropical zone. Kakheti which is responsible for 70 per cent of Georgia wine and brandy grapes make particfulary tannic red wines from Saperavi and Cabernet Sauvignon. This is due to fermentation in earthenware jars and extended maceration of three to four months, that allows for maximum extraction of tannins. Kartli producessome still wines from Aligote, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir amongst others, but if perhaps more famnous as it it home to the capital Tbilisi. Here there are many wineries for the production of sparkling wine and Brandy.

Finally Racha-Lechkhumi, although Goergia's smallest wine region is perhaps one fo the most important (certainly in the top 5). This region produces wine from a range of local grapes where sugar content is encouraged to reach as high as 30 per cent. In particular the region is famous for natural semi-sweet wine such as Khvanchkara.

In the words of Gordon Ramsey 'Georgia, Done!' 

Around the World in 80 wines: Stop 41 Russia (Yes, they do make wine.....)Date published: 24/01/12

Wine is not the first thing that comes to mind when we think of Russia - Tsars, Vodka, The Red Square, The Winter Palace, cold and snowy days and nights, Siberia... - not exactly things that are associated with wine production!!!!!

But Russia has a long history of wine production, dating back to trade with the Ancient Greeks all the way through to a very turbulent 20th century, through two World Wars and then the breakdown of the Soviet Union. It was durring the 1980's when Gorbachev introduced an anti-alcoholism campaign which destroyed the wine industry - vineyard areas fell by half, and grape production fell by nearly two thirds.

The initial problem is that Russia's climate is not ideal for grape-growing, with extremely cold winters and then very hot summers. Half of all vineyard areas must be protected from frost and severe temperatures - quite an undertaking which is both time consuming and expensive. The most favourable climate is in the North Caucasus, where the majority of the commercial vineyards can be found. Krasnodar is the most important region, which is then split into 7 further areas, the Black Sea area and the Anapa and Taman areas being best for wine production. The temperatures are slightly warmer here and so minimal protection of banking up the vines during the winter is needed. Dagestan is the second largest region for wine production, but has a varied climate and soil type and so makes production slightly unpredictable.

There are over 100 varying grape varieties that are used for commercial production of wine, some traditional varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Aligote, Riesling, Merlot and Pinot Gris, and also some native varieties such as Tsimlyansky, Muscat Derbentski and Zala Gyonge.

Wow - we are half way! Around the World in 80 wines: 40th stop: The Lebanon!Date published: 23/01/12

The Lebanon has a rich history of wine production, which was only enhanced during its time under French administration. Growth in the wine trade lasted until 1975, when the country went into a 15 year long civil war. It was during this time where the main wineries no longer could rely on their French consumers, but had to find new customers for their unique wine.

The French influence can still be felt through its choice of grape varieties , as Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Cinsault, Merlot, Mourvedre and Grenache are the main red varieties, and Ugni Blanc and Clairette are the main white varieties planted. In 1997 a system similar to the Appellation Controlee of France was established to ensure strict production methods and high quality wines.

The most successful producer is Chateau Musar, from the Bekaa Valley. The Hochar Family's top wine, Musar, is a blend of 50-80% Cabernet Sauvignon, with Cinsault and Carignan. The Hochar Family have built a relationship with the Barton Family of Bordeaux, and have thus introduced destemming, and maturation in new French oak barrels to produce wine of a higher quality. They produce a second wine, the Hochar, and small quantities of Rose and White. The main white grape they use is the Obaideh - producing an unusual deliberately oxidised wine which is great with tapas style dishes and salty fish.

There are two other main producers of Lebanon = Chateau Ksara and Chateau Kefraya, both also in the Bekaa Valley.

 

Team Stow's favourite Lebanese wine:

Chteau Musar 2004       £18.99 buy two save £2     £17.99 per bottle

Concentrated plum and blackberry fruit, hints of fig, prune, distinct liquorice and spice. Firm but fine tannins, good acidity and body, vibrant and fresh with streaks of cedar and cinnamon. Chateau Musar will last for decades - the team here in store have been fortunate enough to taste some going back to the 1970's and they are fanatastic wines - longevity and a great, complex finish - and extremely good value. Chris likes it so much he chose this wine to celebrate his first wedding anniversary in September!

Stow's Weekly Wine Fact - Chateauneuf-du-PapeDate published: 23/01/12

This is the most important and variable appellation in the Southern Rhone.
The name translates to 'Pope's New Castle' after the relocation of the papal court to Avignon in the 14th Century. Its is said that Pope John XXII ordered the planting of wines in the hills around Calcernier, later renamed Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Although Grenache is the main grape of this wine, there are many varieties allowed under this appellation.
 

Around the World in 80 wines: Stop 39 CyprusDate published: 22/01/12

After joining the EU in 2004, Cyprus has come on leaps and bounds in the wine production world. Many of the wineries are small, and are moving from the industrial areas of Limassol and Paphos to the better vineyard areas by the coast and at the foothills of the Troodos Mountains. The island itself would be too hot for wine production, but the rainfall on the Troodos Mountains provides enough water to feed the vines and cloudcover to cool the area down.

 

Cyprus has never been infected with Phylloxera and therefore there are strict quarantine regulations in place to protect the old, ungrafted vines. 70% of the islands vines are the Mavro grape - a rather undistinguished variety used to make mainly table wine. The Xynisteri grape, and Muscat de Alexandria are used to produce fortified wines which are of much higher quality and see higher levels of export across the EU.

 

The most well-known wines of Cyprus is Commandaria - a dessert style fortified wine made from Mavro and Xynisteri grapes. It is only allowed to be produced in 14 designated villages on the lower slopes of the Troodos. It must be aged in oak for at least two years but more often than not it is aged for considerably longer. The heat from the sunshine on the island ensures that the resulting wine is rich, concentrated and sticky, with four times as much sugar content than port..

Prosecco La Marca Treviso Open in StoreDate published: 21/01/12

Made from Prosecco grapes grown by a number of growers on the hills and plains around Treviso, close to Venice in northern Italy. Soft pressing is followed by cool fermentation in stainless steel, for delicate and fresh fruit flavours.
Pale and elegant, with a subtly perfumed bouquet, and youthful pear, melon and citrus fruit characters. Retains a little hint of sweetness which balances the crisp acidity and persistent fizz.
Drink with appetizers and fish dishes, or mix with a dash of peach purée for a refreshing bellini.

 


£8.99
 

Watch Out for Next Week...........Wine Facts Begin in StowDate published: 18/01/12

Starting next week will be Stow-on-the-Wold's 'Weekly World Wine Fact'

Each week a short piece of wine knowledge or trivia will be sent out across the internet to wonder over for the next seven days.

Some information you will know, some you will not believe and some will astound you.

So get to the edge of you seats and lets go on the journey through the wonderful world of wine together!!

Around the World in Eighty Wines: Stop 36 Mainland Greece!Date published: 16/01/12

Around the World in 80 wines - Stop 36 Mainland Greece!

With a rich and detailed past steeped in vinification and viticulture it is more than welcome news to hear that once again Greece is bursting with winemaking potential. A focus upon indigenous vine species rather than imported international varieties and an influx of training, investment and expertise since 1985 means that the levels of quality and production of Greek wine are ever improving. An increase of the middle class population in the 1990s contributed to the existence of a more discerning national market for well-made wines rather than small farm produced wine of inconsistent quality. All of these factors are fantastic news for the Greek wine industry.

Greece is an incredibly mountainous country with a predominantly Mediterranean climate with hot summers, problems with droughts and soils lacking in nutrients. These conditions stress the vines sufficiently leading to good quality fruit although the best vineyard sites lie at slightly higher altitudes where winds have a cooling influence away from the blistering summer sun. These factors make viticulture extremely labour intensive and as a result very few vineyards are able to benefit from mechanisation.

There are over 300 native grape species in Greece, many of which have specially adapted to surviving in very arid conditions. International varieties are also grown but OPAP wine laws require the use of native varieties which produce far more distinctive higher quality wines. Of these four have achieved wide international acclaim:

Xinomavro is a red grape variety which is often likened to Nebbiolo. It is high in both tannins and acidity and therefore ages well developing complex earthy and spice aromas with only small amounts of fresh red fruit flavours. The highest quality wines made from Xinomavro are produced in Naoussa OPAP from high altitude vineyard sites which thrive on higher rainfall levels than the rest of Mainland Greece.

Agiorgitiko is another red grape variety which produces fruity acidic wines meant for drinking young. The best of these come from Nemea OPAP, are deep ruby in colour with red fruit flavours and have well integrated spices. Because they grow north of the Peloponnese the vineyards range in altitudes and grow on deep red marl soils which produce good quality fruit when yields are restricted.

Assyrtiko is a highly concentrated lightly perfumed wine both high in acidity and alcohol. However the grapes can also be used to make sweet wines known as Vinsanto which are made using late harvest grapes which are dried in the sun for up to fourteen days then aged in oak barrels for two years. The result is a very sweet wine with high acidity and caramel and nut flavours. This grape comes from Santorini OPAP, a volcanic island in the Aegean Sea which experiences incredibly high wind speeds and very low rainfall.

Moschofilero is the predominant grape variety used to make wines from Mantinia OPAP, the remaining 25% of the wine must be made from other native grape varieties. Moschofilero is a pink skinned grape variety which produces light bodied wines with medium acidity and an aromatic grapey character. They can also be used to make rose or even white wines because the skins of the grapes are so light.

These fantastic wines are unique to Greece and offer something completely different to the international markets and as such are helping Greece to shape her own future in the winemaking world.
 

Around the World in Eighty Wines: Number 38 Turkey!Date published: 14/01/12

Around the World in Eighty Wines: Stop 38 Turkey!

This Eastern Mediterranean country is the world fourth largest producer of grapes although very few of these are made into wine: the majority are eaten as table grapes! Historically Turkey was almost certainly one of the oldest wine producing regions dating back at least 6,000 years. Although this was heavily affected by its Ottoman rule and the ban of alcohol consumption under Islam.

There are a number of vine growing regions in Turkey which experience varying climatic conditions. The Thrace region and those vineyards located on the Sea of Marmara experience warm coastal climates and as such produce 40% of Turkey's wine. Here many European varieties are grown including Gamay, Cinsault, Semillon and Riesling although indigenous varieties can also be found such as Yapincak and Papazkarasi. Located on the Aegean Coast are high yield low altitude vineyards of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Grenache and Carignan. The third major vine growing region is Anatolia which suffers from severe winter temperatures, high summer temperatures and long sunshine hours. Here Narince white vines grow, and Okuzgorzu and Boglazkere red vines. Traditionally Raki is the chosen wine of Turkish youths although wine is making a comeback.
 

Around the World in Eighty Wines: Stop 37 Brilliant Bulgaria!Date published: 13/01/12

Around the World in Eighty Wines: Stop 37 Brilliant Bulgaria!

Recent archaeological discoveries have surprisingly identified Bulgaria as one of the worlds oldest wine producing nations with wine related artefacts dating 6000 years back! Since then Bulgaria experienced a wine boom in the 1970s when Bulgarian Cabernet Sauvignon was the must have bottle in everyone's wine racks. Unfortunately today its wine industry is not as strong as it once was and many Bulgarian wines struggle to obtain a spot in the market, however those that do are regarded as good value quality wines.

The majority of Bulgarian Vines grow on rolling fertile flatlands experiencing hot summer temperatures and very cold winters. The Black sea has a moderating influence on the eastern part of the country where the best quality wines are produced. The Danubian Plain, Thracian Lowlands, Struma Valley and Sub-Balkan region are also extensively plated with vines. Many vineyards are tiny and fragmentary although there are a number of larger foreign winemakers established in the country.

About 63% of Bulgarian wine is red. Most of these are plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot although the native Pamid variety is also produced. This is a light and fruity easy drinking red with low tannins. The spicy Gamza, tannic oaked Mavrud, softer Melnik and increasingly popular Rubin are also grown. Of the white grape varieties many such as Dimiat and Rkatsiteli show Serbian influence. Whilst Welschriesling, Muscat Ottonel and Misket show eastern European influence. The more common Chardonnay, Ugni Blanc, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Aligote are also planted.

Although the current market for Bulgarian wine is low a developing professional middle class in Bulgarian towns and cities is expected to help develop this and sales to Russia, Poland, the UK and Germany are rising. Therefore the future for Bulgarian wine is uncertain but looks bright!
 

Around the World in 80 days!!!! Stop 35 KefaloniaDate published: 13/01/12

Both Kefalonia and its neighbour Zante are well-known for the red grape variety Avgoustiatis, which is lively and rich with characteristics of blackcurrant, leather and tobacco.

The main white varieites are Robola and Tsaoussi, which are crisp and dry.

Around the World in Eighty Wines: Stop 34 Majestic Macedonia!Date published: 12/01/12

Around the World in 80 Wines: Stop 34 Majestic Macedonia!

This region is perhaps most famous for being the homeland of the legendary Alexander the Great and traditionally the members of the Macedonian Royal family were notorious as heavy drinkers ! Macedonia is less well known for its winemaking industry and yet Macedonia possesses some good modern vineyards that are producing some good quality wines.

Located slightly above what was once the spectacular Ancient Greek Civilization today Macedonia is located between modern Bulgaria, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania and Greece. The climate here is hot Mediterranean and the terrain is mountainous with fertile soils and regular earthquakes. These conditions (bar the earthquakes) are very favourable for the cultivation of vines and vineyards occupy around 74,000 acres of table grapes and a further 55,000 acres mostly dedicated to the production of red wine.

The most important Macedonian red grape variety is the indigenous Vranac: a deeply coloured rich red with a bitterness on the finish, although Kratosija, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are also grown. The leading white grape variety is Smederevka: a dry wine high in acidity and alcohol, followed by Laski Riesling (Welschriesling), Zilavkia, with a little Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc also being produced. The winegrowing regions are split into three: Povardarie, eastern Pcinja-Osogovo and Pelagonija-Polog.

Although not well known for its winemaking industry, Macedonia is clearly investing both time and money into it,  following in the footsteps of its ancesters to produce good wines from indigenous and foreign grape varieties.
 

Around the World in 80 wines: Stop 33 CroatiaDate published: 11/01/12

I was lucky enough to go on holiday to Croatia last September, and so I took it upon myself to sample some of the local wine......an interesting mix of red, white, dessert, good and bad - but on the whole I was impressed!!!!!

The majority of the wines are produced on the coastal areas, rather than further inland and are predominatly white wines. The Dalmatia region to the south is the only region where red wine dominates.

The islands along the Adriatic are well-renowned for their wines, and are a 'treasure trove' of local indigenous varieties - making it quite hard for the holidaymaker to know what to expect!!!!!!! The red grape Crljenak Kastelanski (pronounciation unknown!!!!!) has recently been uncovered as being exactly the same as Californian Zinfandel and is rich and opulent, whereas Dingac is slightly sweeter and perfumed. White varieties from Korcula include Grk (both dry and sweet wines - and delicious!!!) and Posip, and further north on Hvar Bogdanusa is the mainstay white variety.

Further inland less distinctive wines are made and most is for domestic use rather than exportation. Many Croatian wines are found in the UK nowadays, and the quality levels are increasing steadily - and I have to say, I particularly enjoyed the Grk from Korcula Island - but maybe the sun, sea and fresh seafood helped!!!!

Around the World in 80 wines - SloveniaDate published: 11/01/12

So, Slovenia isn't the first country that springs to mind when thinking about the World's great wines, but the country has come a long way in the past 20 years since declaring independence in 1992, and you never know....one day Majestic might be stocking some of their wines! In the meantime, if you spot any out and about in independent retailers, look out for the following regions and grape varieites and you might find a real stunner!

 

There are three main wine producing regions in Slovenia: Podravje, Posavje, and Primorska. It is Primorska which is dubbed 'the most interesting' as it borders the northernmost region of Italy Friuli, and therefore has been heavily influenced by the Italian style of production. Ribolla Gialla is the most predominant white variety, producing crisp, white, aromatic but powerful wines. The main red variety is Refosco, but red Bordeaux blends are becoming increasingly popular. The iron-rich soils are great for Cabernet Sauvignon, and the climate is cool during winter but hot during summer, enabling the grapes to reach perfect ripeness.

Around the world in Eighty Wines: Stop 31 Hungary!Date published: 05/01/12

Around the World in Eighty Wines: Stop 31 Hungary!

Vines have been cultivated in Hungary since at least the Roman period and since the end of its communist rule a lot of investment has been made internationally into the Hungarian winemaking industry. Unfortunately phylloxera devastated a large proportion of Hungary's native vine species meaning that a number of international varieties now thrive including Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.

The climate in Hungary is continental with very cold but short winters and long warm summers making for a long ripening season. In some locations early morning humidity promotes noble rot which provides the perfect conditions for Hungary's famous desert wines.

Furmint is a popular Hungarian grape variety producing concentrated white wines with high acidity and green apple citrus flavours. With age these develop into subtle nuts and honey. These characteristics mean that Furmint is the principle grape variety used in sweet Tokaji along with Harslevelu and Sarga Muscotaly.

The principle black grape variety grown in Hungary is Kefrankos which gives light peppery wine with good structure. This variety along with Kadarka were once used to make the famous Bulls Blood of Eger. Traditionally a full bodied red today this wine tends to be much lighter in tannins and body.

Of all the wine growing regions in Hungary only Tokaji really exports to foreign markets. This region in the foot of the Carpathian mountains benefits from warm southerly exposure which combined with early morning humidity generated by the Bodrog and Tisza rivers encourages noble rot.

Tokaji produces some dry wines but is far more famous for its sweet wines. Tokaji Aszu is made with a base of healthy grapes but the Aszu berries are macerated in this wine for 36 hours then made into a paste and matured for two years in oak barrels and at least a further year. The sweetness of the wine is determined by the percentage of Aszu berries used in its production: the sweetest of which is Aszu Eszencia. This rare and expensive wine is deep amber in colour and oozes rich flavours of orange marmalade, apricots and honey.

A couple of Majestic's Star Buys:

Royal Tokaji Dry Furmint 2008. This refreshingly dry wine exudes rich honey notes and peach and apricot stone fruits. Ripe acidity and freshness with a mineral hint accentuates the fruity flavour of the wine producing a delicious if not slightly unusual drink. This wine goes perfectly with strong creamy cheeses or rich poultry dishes and is a great buy at only £7.99 when you buy two or or more bottles as part of a mixed case.

The Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2007 is made from a blend of Furmint and Harslevelu grapes. Rich amber in colour with a warm orange peel aroma this is a delicious desert wine. Marmalade, fig and cinnamon flavours materialise on the palate and are joined by good structure and fine acidity leading to a clean and refreshing finish. This wine is excellent with blue cheeses or fruit desserts and will continue to improve for several years. Only £19.99 a bottle!

Both these wines are a fantastic buy and well worth a try if you fancy something a little unusual!

Around the World in Eighty Wines: Stop Number 30....Awesome Austria!Date published: 04/01/12

Around the World in Eighty Wines number 30: Awesome Austria

For many years Austria has been seen as a producer of quality wines and strict production limits ensure that this will be the case for many years to come. The majority of Austria's wine is produced by small companies that have invested heavily in winemaking equipment and education to ensure its success. As the Alps cover the western and southern parts of Austria the majority of its wine is produced in the east of the country. There are four generic PDO appellations in Austria which are Niederosterreich (Lower Austria), Weinviertel DAC, Burgenland and Mittelburgenland DAC. In general a moderate continental climate with cooling northerly winds ensure a long autumn ripening season and the possibility of noble rot.

By far Austria's most significant grape variety is the white Grüner Veltliner which occupies thirty percent of all plantings. It gives a variety of flavours including green grapes, green apple, salad , white pepper and subtle mineral notes in its youth which develop to flavours of honey and toast as the wine ages.

Welschriesling is Austria's second most planted grape variety. It produces good but simple wines but with the effects of botrytis can produce some stunning desert wines. Riesling is not planted in any vast quantities but Austria does produce some high quality dry Rieslings with full body and peachy fruit aromas.

The most widely planted black grape variety is Zweigelt (a crossing of Blaufrankisch and St Laurent) which gives deeply coloured reds with soft tannins and brambly fruit flavours. However it is rarely exported as far as Britain as the majority of Austria's wine is used to meet the demands of its own market.

My Austrian Favourite!

The Grüner Veltliner Kamptaler Terrassen 2010 Weingut Bründlmayer is a clean and crisp wine with lime, green apple and a subtle hint of pineapple on the nose. These materialise on the palate with superb structure and length accompanied by prominent mineral notes and a delicate influence of wood. Drink with smoked salmon or goats cheese for a delicious drink. Natural fertilisers and sustainable viticulturalpractices exercised by the producer protect and enhance the pure flavour of this great Grüner! It is my star buy at only £14.99 a bottle!

Around the World in 80 Wines: Stops 26-29 in Glorious Germany!Date published: 14/11/11

Around the World in Eighty Wines: 26th-29th stops in Glorious Germany

For the next four stops we are visiting the regions of Baden Baden, Mosel, Rheingau and Nahe in Beautiful Germany. Most of the vine growing regions in Germany have a cool continental climate which gives the grapes a good length of time to ripen meaning that they build up decent levels of natural sugar whilst retaining their acidity. However the vineyards in Baden are noticeably warmer and these marginal conditions mean that there can be tremendous variations between different vineyards.

60% of the grapes planted in Germany come from white varieties which are predominantly Riesling Müller-Thurgau and Silvaner although some Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc also exist. The predominant red grape variety is Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) followed by Dornfelder; a deep coloured grape that came into existence in 1956.

German wine laws dictate that wines fall into three categories: PGI, QbA and Prädikatswein. QbA must be made from the grapes grown in one of thirteen specific designated regions. Prädikatswein must come from a single district within one of the 13 designated regions and can be sweetened using Süssreserve. They are classified depending upon their minimum must weights into the following categories:

Kabinett: The most delicate in style, high acidity, green apple and citrus flavours.

Burg-Layer Schlofskapelle Riesling Kabinett 1997 Michael Schafer Nahe. This Kabinett is slightly off-dry in style with zesty green apple and lime citrus flavours. It is refreshingly acidic and has a medium body. Currently just £6.99 a bottle! Serve with smoked meats for a delicious meal!

Spätlese: late harvest wines with a little more body than a kabinett with citrus and stone fruit flavours. They can be dry or sweet.

Dorsheimer Pittermanchen Riesling Spatlese Halbrocken 2006 M. Schafer, Nahe. This off-dry spatlese is delicious with ripe lemon citrus fruit and just a hint of peach. Only £7.99 a bottle!

Auslese: Made from individually selected extra ripe bunches of grapes, slightly richer and riper, can be either sweet or dry.

Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2006 Dr Loosen Mosel. Ripe peaches, apricot, mango and a hint of orange beautifully harmonise this Auslese. It is wonderfully elegant and sophisticated with refreshing acidity and medium sweetness. Only £19.99 a bottle!

Beerenauslese: A rare expensive sweet wine made from individually selected grapes and flavours enhanced by noble rot, refreshing acidity.

Dr Loosen Riesling Beerenauslese 2006 Mosel. Made from hand selected botrytised grapes this sweet wine oozes juicy fruit and layers of honey with a long and satisfying finish. Excellent with pate and rich cheeses, simply luxurious! Only £10.99 a bottle!

Eiswein: Ice-wine that is made from grapes that have been left to freeze on the vines to produce an intensely concentrated fruity wine with high levels of acidity.

Trockenbeerenauslese: Produced in minute quantities in only selective vintages they are sweet, low in alcohol with very high levels of acidity and residual sugar.

Baden
This is the warmest and most southerly wine region in Germany producing the most full bodied wines with the highest levels of alcohol. Most of the vineyards are along a narrow strip of land to the east of the region. Here mostly Pinot Noir is grown which is deeply coloured and often oaked.

Mosel
Here the vines are grown in the valley following the River Mosel with the best sites lying closest to the river on steep stony slate soils with a south facing aspect. White grape varieties and Riesling in particular dominate here and generally have a light body, low levels of alcohol, high acidity and medium sweetness.

Rheingau
This small but prestigious region boasts optimal vine growing conditions. 80% of the wine produced here is dry Riesling with medium to full body, with a ripe peach character.

Nahe
The vineyards here are spread over a wide area with the best vineyards being located on the river Nahe itself on south facing slopes. The soil types here are incredibly varied from slate, quartz, and sandstone soil types. The best wines produced here are Rieslings with pronounced acidity and a slightly riper fruit character. Here Dornfelder accounts for a quarter of all plantings and is used to produce a dry red wine.

There are some fantastic wines available from all over Germany so why not sample a few and let us know what you think! You can even tweet us what you think on @majesticstw
 

Around the World in 80 Wines: 25th stop Superb Switzerland!Date published: 11/10/11

Around the World in 80 Wines: 25th stop Superb Switzerland!

Produced amongst the fresh Alpine air in Valais, Vaud and Geneva, Swiss wines at their best are clean, light and dry. Low rainfall, continental Alpine conditions, sheltering effects of mountains and the impact of the many lakes dotting the landscape make ideal vine growing conditions. Slate, schist and limestone soils persist and Vaud is known for its 'pudding stones' similar to those of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Chasselas oozes lime and blossom flavours and is the most famous grape variety grown here which goes down a treat with Swiss Fondu! Despite this grape occupying 40% of Swiss vines nearly half of the wine produced is red. This is split mostly between Pinot Noir, Gamay and Merlot and are known for being deep and velvety.

The Swiss people drink almost all the wine they produce meaning that they command high prices and do not need to export it. Switzerland is split into three main parts each of which has different cultural influences which affect wine production. French-speaking Switzerland possesses 80% of the countries vineyards and produces French influenced Chalasselas, Gamay and Pinot Noir. The Pinot Noirs are well known for being soft and velvety with red cherry flavours and a touch of oak. German-speaking Switzerland produces German influenced wines including a far fruitier Pinot Noir and the infamous mild and grapey Muller-Thurgau cross (Riesling x Sylvaner). Finally Italian-speaking Switzerland produces mostly Merlot known as 'Merlot Del Ticino'. These range from light to medium bodied and often possess some barrique ageing.

Because the Swiss only export their wines in extremely low volumes it is unlikely that you will be able to try them unless visiting Switzerland. However, if you are lucky enough to come across a Swiss wine I would certainly recommend that you give it a try!
 

Around the World... Stops 22, 23 & 24: Awesome Alto Adige, Vivacious Veneto and Perfect Prosecco!Date published: 09/10/11

Around the World in 80 Wines: Stops 22, 23 & 24 Awesome Alto Adige, Vivacious Veneto and Perfect Prosecco!

Whilst our super store Manager Rachel is working on stop 21 Piemonte, I am flying ahead to the next three stops: Alto Adige and Veneto located in North-East Italy, and the production of the infamous Italian prosecco. In north-eastern Italy summers are hot but winters are cold and harsh with frequent hail that can damage the vines. The weather here can be extremely unpredictable which gives rise to vintage variation, especially for red wine.

Alto Adige is Italy's most northerly region and as such is extremely mountainous with roughly only 15% of the land available for vine cultivation. This land is along the banks of the river Adige where the soils are fertile can prove excellent growing conditions. This region has the highest proportion of DOC products in Italy! Many rich and flavoursome German inspired white wines are produced including Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer and Rieslings.

Veneto is Italy's largest wine producing region and is home to two of the most famous Italian still wines: Soave and Valpolicella! Italy's most famous sparkling wine Prosecco is also produced close to Verona. Valpolicella is produced in vineyards to the north of Verona on limestone and granitic slopes. The principle grape used in its production is Corvina, a sappy herbal variety with lashings of black fruit. Other varieties used are Corvinone, Rondinella, and Molinara. Valpolicella is generally light and fruity however, Valpolicella Classico DOC is the home of Italy's passito tradition where the grapes are dried out like raisins to produce very full bodied intensely flavoured Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG. This exhumes a complexity of flavours including bitter chocolate, dark rum and leather with meaty and gamey aromas.

Amarone Classico Costasera MASI 2008 has been produced by the same family for six generations and are made to represent the traditional Venetian style. The grapes are dried on bamboo racks during winter to concentrate the flavours. They are then fermented for eighty days in steel vats and Slavonian oak barrels. Extremely full bodied with great complexity this wine oozes rich dark fruits and dried fruit aromas of figs, prunes and sultanas. Drink with game and mature cheese. £30 per bottle, or buy 2 bottles save £6! So only £27 a bottle!

Soave is produced from the white grape variety Garganega and is grown on steel volcanic slopes which contribute to the florality found in Soave which gives aromas of Iris and Camomile. The Soave 'La Rocca' Pieropan 2009 comes from single vineyard. On the nose it is fresh and citrussy with aromas of lemon, peach and exotic fruits. On the palate soft stone fruits, melon, grapefruit and lime can be detected. It also gives off a creamy honeyed flavours. £25 a bottle, or buy 2 bottles save £6 so only £22 a bottle!

Recently there have been many changes to the laws regarding the production of prosecco. It can be grown in two regions: Prosecco DOC and Conegliano-Valdobbiadene DOCG. The grapes for this must be grown on steep limestone slopes north west of Venice. The grape variety used in Prosecco has been renamed Glera to protect the integrity of the two regions. The Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV is excellent. Pale straw in colour it has a fine mousse with lemon citrus and green apple aromas. On the palate these flavours materialise and are complemented by soft pineapple and tropical fruit flavours. An excellent aperitif this fabulous prosecco is only £9.99 a bottle!

The last in our instalment of Italian wines these three fantastic wines again illustrate the great diversity of range and styles of wines that Italy has to offer. Enjoy!

Around the World in 80 Wines: 19 & 20 Unbeatable Umbria and Terrific TuscanyDate published: 06/10/11

Umbria and Tuscany are in the heart of traditional winegrowing Italy. Some of the estates here have been under family ownership for more than five generations meaning that central Italy has a proven track record of delivering some outstanding wines.

Umbria
Traditionally known for its production of Orvieto, today it is better known for its easy-drinking and affordable reds made from Malvasia, Trebbiano and Grechetto grape varieties.

The Orvieto Classico Secco Vigneto Mortaro 2010 Barberani is a fantastic example of a traditional Orvieto. Produced in the area surrounding the medieval hill city of Orvieto in Umbria this wine is the perfect metaphor for the beautiful Italian countryside. Pale straw yellow in colour this wine is light and fresh with a crisp citrus nose and flavours of green apple, lemon zest and delicate almond nuttiness. Perfect with salmon, pasta and pesto dishes. £7.49 a bottle or buy 2 bottles save £1 so only £6.99 a bottle!

The Polago Vallesanta 2009 is a great blend of the two classical Italian grape varieties Sangiovese and Montepulciano. It is medium bodied and provides light easy drinking with soft cherry and red berry fruits and supple tannins. It has a slight herbacious flavour which makes it an excellent accompaniment to tomato and herb pasta dishes, simply delicious. £7.99 a bottle, or buy 2 bottles save £2 so only £6.99 a bottle!

Tuscany

Tuscany is famed for its beautifully rugged landscape and breathtaking coastal views. This maritime influence has allowed it to produce Bordeaux influenced reds by the coast and great quality structured acidic reds further inland. Located here are some of Italy's most famous DOCG regions including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Here some fantastic high end wines are produced. The one famous Tuscan white is Vernaccia di San Gimignano.

The Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2007 Frescobaldi is a classic Chianti. Deep ruby red in colour it oozes sour cherry flavours, blackberry, blueberry, cinnamon and leather spices. This rich textured red has firm tannins and therefore goes well with barbecued meats, dry cured ham and strong cheeses. At only £17.99 a bottle it is a must try!

The Brunello di Montalcino Banfi 2005 is an outstanding fine wine. Made from 100% sangoviese grapes sourced from hillside sites with calcerous sandy topsoils it is a family owned estate and winery. Full bodied and deep in colour this wine has a soft velvet texture and soft cherry fruits. Subtle hints of chocolate and liquorice are well integrated with the tannins giving a long and rounded finish. Will drink well over the next 5-10 years. Serve with garlic and thyme seasoned lamb in a red wine sauce. Only £25 a bottle!

Central Italy has great winemaking history allowing it to produce wines of various price and quality from easy drinking affordable wines to outstanding fine wines! The best way to explore them is to visit the region yourself and sample them with the local delights. However, you could always just pop into your local majestic and see what Umbrian and Tuscan treats we have to offer!
 

Around the World in 80 Wines Stops 16, 17 and 18 Superb Sicily, Puglia and Campania!Date published: 04/10/11

Around the World in 80 Wines Stops 16, 17 and 18 Superb Sicily, Puglia and Campania!

Italy has been producing wine since the Greek settlers introduced vines to its land around 800BC. Today she produces nearly five billion litres of wine per annum showing great diversity and range!

Sicily
The climate of Southern Italy and Sicily is warm and allows great ripening conditions. Sicily, as the largest of Italy's regions under vine produces great affordable and reliable wines. The traditional grape varieties from this region include for reds the Nero d'Avola and for whites both Inzolia and Catarratto. However, international grape varieties are also grown here including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

The Oriano Grillo di Sicilia 2010 is produced from one of the regions most ancient white grape varieties: Grillo. Straw yellow in colour with youthful green highlights citrus, green apple, pear and almond flavours make this a delicious easy drinking wine. Serve with oily fish such as bass or bream for that perfect dish! £6.49 a bottle or buy 2 bottles save £3 so only £4.99 a bottle!

Oriano Nero D'Avola di Sicilia 2010 is made from Sicily's signature red grape variety named after the town of Avola in southwest Sicily. A balanced elegant wine with a red plum mulberry character and fine tannins. Mocha flavours materialise on the palate as well as a savoury black pepper touch. Serve with lamb chops, garlic and thyme. £6.49 a bottle or buy 2 bottles save £3 so only £4.99 a bottle!

Puglia
Puglia is located along the peninsular of southern Italy. Here the land is flat and temperatures remain warm proving great vine growing conditions. Here the fantastic winegrowing regions of Salice Salentino and Coppertino are located which produce some truly outstanding wines.

'I Saitiri' Salice Salentino Riserva DOC 2006 Candido is made from the Negroamaro grape. It has delicious smoke, plum and fig flavours with an earthy feel and bramble backbone. This robust red will benefit from several years cellaring and goes excellently with barbecued red meats. £8.99 a bottle or buy 2 bottles save £3 so only £7.49 a bottle!

Copertino 2007 Masseria Monaci. Thick and luscious with dark plum flavours and a hint of spice and almond. This wine is soft and well balanced on the palate with medium body and decent tannins. This classic wine goes excellently with classic Italian dishes such as pizza and tomato pasta dishes! Currently just £7.49 a bottle.

Campania

Here Aglianico and Fiano grape varieties dominate. Wine has been produced in this region for centuries and once supplied the Roman emperors!

Fiano 'Fremendo' 2010 Sannio DOC is produced near Naples where vineyards are an integral part of the culture of the local area. On the nose this wine is aromatic with floral, honey, citrus fruit and freshly cut grass. These materialise on the palate along with flavours of quince and ginger. Crisp and full textured this wine is the perfect accompaniment to oily fish or creamy risotto. £8.99 a bottle or buy 2 bottles save 3 so only 7.49 a bottle!

Southern Italy and its islands have a great diversity of wines on offer. They excellently accompany traditional Italian dishes showing Italy's illustrious winemaking history!

Around the World in 80 days: Stop 13, 14 and 15! North African Adventure!Date published: 29/09/11

Stop 13 is just a hop over from Spain: Morocco!

Wine production in Morocco hits about 5 million bottles per year, but most of it (c.90%) is sold on the domestic market, the remaining 10% most commonly gets exported to neighbouring African countries, or to Spain and France.

The majority of wine is produced by one company, owned by Brahim Zniber, the Celieres de Meknes Winery which also owns Chateau Roslane and Domaine des Ouled Thaleb, all based in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Recent investment by French wine company Castel has resulted in higher quality wines made by Meknes, with their wine called Lumieres d'Atlas receiving high critical acclaim from US critics.

The footlhills of the Atlas mountains is the favoured spot for viticulture, as the lime-rich, clay soils provide excellent conditions for Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah. Traditional wines are Vin Gris - slightly rose in colour, often made from Grenache, and best served chilled. Moroccan wines tend to be expensive, but foreign imported wines even more so due to hefty tax and duty. In this repsect alot of Moroccan wine is sold to tourists through the larger hotel chains.

 

Stop 14 is just over the border to Algeria - again, not famed for its wine, but they do produce a bottle or two! After independence was gained from France in 1962 the number of vineyards has diminished dramatically, with only 50 remaining. Phylloxera has never reached Algeria, and so vines are relatively old, and all grown on their own rootstocks. Main varieties grown include Alicante Bouschet, Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache and Muscat d'Alexandria. They are used to create simple red, whites and rose, but little is exported and none can be said to be of outstanding quality.

 

Stop 15 is Tunisia, again another unsuspecting wine producer! Main varieties grown here include Alicante Bouschet, Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache and Sangiovese mostly in the regions of Grombalia, Bizerte-Mateur-Tebourba, Kelibia-Cap-Bon and Thibar. In 1957 the government established a four-tier system of quality: Vins de Consommation Courante, Vins Superieures, Vin de Qualite Superieur and Appellation d'Origine Controlee. Tunisia is most famed for its sweet dessert Muscats, and recent investment from German company Domaine Magon has produced some excellent Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Around the World in 80 wines: Stop 12, Sumptous Sherry!Date published: 27/09/11

We have now arrived in Jerez de la Frontera - the home of SHERRY!

Sherry is often overlooked nowadays, considered a drink for only little old ladies, but with a huge variety of styles and prices available we believe it should be taken a little more seriously!

Jerez is in the south of Spain, and has a warm, mediterannean climate. It is also one of the sunniest spots in Spain, with over 300 days of sunshine per year, with temperatures often reaching 40 degrees in the height of summer. The heat is tempered by the Poniente wind (cool and humid) and the Levante wind (hot and dry), and the winter is often quite wet.

There are two main grape varieites grown for sherry production: Palomino and Pedro Ximenez.

Palomino is by far the most common grape, and grows fantastically well on the albariza soil - packed with a high chalk content which retains moisture from the winter to feed the vines during summer. The resulting grape are low in acidity and fairly neutral.

Pedro Ximenez is grown in order to produce the sweeter styles of shery, and is often used in a blend. The sweetness comes from leaving the grapes outside to dry out and turn raisin-like in character. The juice is concentrated which adds intense flavour to the sherry reminiscent of fruitcake, dried fruit and treacle.

Palomino is mostly fermented in stainless steel at a relatively high temperature, resulting in a very dry wine at about 11 percent abv. This is then left in open vats in order for the Flor to form. This is a protective layer of yeast which forms on the top of the wine. During its formation, flow gives off acetaldehyde which is what gives sherry its unique flavour characteristics. Flor only grows in certain conditions, where temperature, humidity and psotion of the open vat are adecuate. Once the temperature drops during winter the flor has a tendency to die away.

The Solera system is a unique method of fractional blending in which sherry from several different vintages is blended and matured in oak barrells known as butts. It is a great tradition which ensures consistency of quality and style.

Styles of Sherry:

Fino Sherry: pale lemon appearance, aromas of almonds and herbs, sometimes salty, do not improve in bottle. Tio Pepe Palomino Fino is a great example of a classic dry Fino Sherry, currently just £10.49 a bottle!

Oloroso: deep brown due to its oxadative nature, aromas of coffee, walnut, toffee and spice. Can develop deep savory notes of leather . The Romate Olorosso oozes these aromas and is just £7.49 a bottle!

Amontillado: amber brown in colour, with yeasty and oxadative aromas, will mature and can reach up to 22% ABV with age.  The Amontillado Seco Napoleon Hidalgo is bone dry with nutty flavours and a yeasty tang. Just £11.99 a bottle!

Palo Cortados: Considered to be very rare but extremely fine. The Apostles 30-year-old Palo Cortado Gonzalez Bypass is a great sherry, deep ambver in colour with intense hazelnut and caramel aromas. It is delicate yet warm on the palate with a dry finish. Only £15.99 a bottle, serve with cheeses, salted almonds and tapas for a fantastic experience!

PX: These are naturally sweet sherries, deep brown with coffee, licquorice and dried fruits such as sultanas, figs, prunes and raisins. The Pedro Ximenez Triana PX sherry does just this, it tastes just like christmas in a glass and for only £12.99 makes the perfect festive drink!

Cream Sherries: these are typically blended with Olorosso and PX to sweeten the sherry. Harveys Bristol cream is a delicious Cream Sherry currently priced at just £8.99 a bottle it displays flavours of smokey oranges, almonds,  vanilla, toffee, caramel, and raisins. Serve with cheesecake!

Manzanilla: This is the name given to wines that mature in the coastal town of Sanlucar de Barrameda. They are the same as a Fino sherry but with a tangy salty flavour. The Hidalgo La Gitana Manzanilla is a great buy at just £7.99 a bottle when you buy two bottles!

With all these fantastic sherries on offer why not give Sherry a chance and see which style suits your tastes!

Around the World in 80 WInes: 11th Stop AlentejoDate published: 23/09/11

Next stop is Alentejo, a slightly lesser known region in the South East of Portugal, which unsuprisingly specialises in reds. It is less densely planted than Portugal's other wine regions, such as the Douro Valley, and is as such spread over a much larger area. It is also a region dominated by larger estates as opposed the smallholdings prevailant in the Douro, and is home to a healthy proportion of the cork that Portugal produces.

The climate, as you would expect, is very hot with little rainfall so very similar to some Spanish regions across the border. Because of this the Harvest starts early, usually in the third week of August.

The best vines are planted on soils comprised of gravel and schist and prefered grape varieties include the indigenous Aragones (known as Tempranillo in Spain) and Trincadeira alongside the imported ones: Touriga Nacional, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. 

The stock of the regions' wines internationally are going from strength to strength after initial investment in the 80s and 90s kickstarted growth. Since then it has produced some of Portugal's best one off wines and very good value exportable brands. Joao Portugal Ramos is responsible for both, with his Marques de Borba brand leading the way. And it just so happens we've started stocking one of his more premium ventures:

The Ramos Reserva 2010 is a ruby red wine, with dense of aromas of red berries and pudding spice. Flavours on the palate are bright, thick and jammy, with ripe, well integrated tannins and good length.

The wine would be brilliant with pork loin or shoulder of lamb.

Around the World in 80 Wines: 10th Stop Porto!Date published: 18/09/11

So we have made it...we are one eighth of the way around the world. This calls for a celebration, and what better way to spend it than with Port!

It is little known that Port was actually created in the eighteenth century by British merchants mainly for the British market. They halted the fermentation process by the addition of Brandy so that the wine could survive the long and treacherous sea journey!

Today Port production is centered around two main cities: Porto and Vila Nova da Gaia. Surprisingly the nearest Port vineyards are over 70km upstream of the River Douro. Here the further upstream you go the hotter and drier the climate becomes and the landscape is steep with shallow soils over schist bedrock. Traditionally vines were planted on narrow terraces with no more than three rows of vines, some of which still exist today.

Over 80 grape varieties are allowed to be used in the production of Port! This is largely because many vineyards traditionally had numerous different varieties planted and the growers were unaware of specifically what they had. However, there are five main varieties used to produce the best Red Ports: Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Câo and Tinta Barroca.

Everyone has seen the traditional method of colour and tannin extraction for Port which involves hoards of people dancing up and down in large troughs known as Lagares. Today other mechanical devices are used to replicate this process. The maturation, ageing and method of serving very much depend upon the type of Port that is being produced.

White Port: Made from white grape varieties. Golden in colour and possesses some honey and nut aromas.

Basic Ruby Port: inexpensive, less than 3 years old, deep coloured, fruity, often sweet, bottled ready to drink.

Reserve Ruby Port: A blend from one or more vintages, cask matured for up to five years, full bodied, rich fruit, no need to decant. A great example of this is the Taylor's First Estate NV Port. Deep garnet in colour with a rich concentration of dark berries with sultana and raisin flavours. Only £10.99 a bottle!

Late Bottled Vintage: A ruby Port from a specific year, aged between 4-6 years before bottling, (Modern LBV do not need decanting and do not benefit from bottle ageing) rich complex fruit and hefty tannins. Bottle Matured LBV continue to age in bottle, need decanting and are tannic and fruity. Fonseca LBV 2005 unfiltered Port is a prime example. Soft dark plum and raisin fruits with good structure and a deep long finish make this a great buy at only £14.99 a bottle!

Basic Tawny Port: Paler and Browner in colour than Ruby Port, bottled ready to drink, will not mature.

Reserve Tawny Port: At least 7 years maturation in wood, complex, soft and smooth, browny tawny in colour.

Tawny Port with an Indication of Age: 10, 20, 30 or over 40 years of age. This age is an average not a dead set. Very complex and concentrated, no need to decant, walnuts, coffee, chocolate and caramel aromas, berry fruit notes still present.

Colheita Ports: Rare and popular in Portugal. A single vintage, aged in wood for at least 8 years. (basically a dated vintage Tawny Port).

Vintage Port: intended to age in bottle, require decanting, a blend of the producers best wines from the best years. The Lay and Wheeler 2000 Vintage Port by Smith Woodhouse is delicious. Rich fruit with a certain degree of succulence and refinement with excellently integrated tannins. Only £27.00 a bottle!

Single Quinta Vintage Ports: the same as Vintage Port but come from a single vineyard. Fetch a high price and benefit from years of bottle maturation. The Delaforce Quinta da Corte 1991 is intense and powerful with blackcurrant, cherries and cedar flavours. Dried fruits and spices can also be detected on the palate giving a balanced and structured Port. Just £17.99 a bottle!

Hopefully this brief guide to Port will provide the basics to maintain a long and loving friendship between the Brits and Port. After all...it is a tradition!
 

Around the World in 80 Wines: 9th Stop Rías BaixasDate published: 17/09/11

We now head to the North Western coast of Spain for the next stop on our eighty wines world tour! Rías Baixas is a DO spread geographically between five different zones along almost 50km of the beautiful Galician coastline. Due to the Atlantic influence the climate is much cooler and wetter than the rest of Spain which makes for some ideal vine growing conditions. In this region vines are traditionally trained on pergolas which allows persistent airflow which is necessary due to the often humid conditions created by the climate. Here white grape varieties particularly flourish and the region is especially well known for making fantastic Albariňos.

Due to its classy delicate style with high acidity, crispness and refreshing characteristics as well as an abundance of varietal fruit flavours Albariňo is becoming increasingly popular. Here at Majestic we have some fantastic Albariňos on offer:

The 2009 Vionta Albariňo oozes Viognier-like stone fruit aromas of peaches and apricots. However, it is grounded by herb-like aromas which make it incredibly lean and fresh with flavours of kiwi and crisp green apples. This dish is ideally suited to food from the Galician region such as fresh seafood, delicate white fish dishes or classic paella's. Currently priced at £12.49 or buy any 2 or more Spanish wines and save 20% so only £9.99 per bottle!

The Pazo Seňorans 2010 Albariňo is also from Rías Baixas. It is incredibly lively and aromatic with citrus fruits, green apple, peaches and a hint of floral blossom on the nose. These aromas explode on the palate to create a fresh and juicy wine with a soft rounded texture that keeps on giving. The flavoursome nature of this wine means that it can stand up to complex seafood dishes such as battered hake, tapas, grilled sardines or squid. £17.49 a bottle or buy any two plus Spanish wines save 20% so only £13.99 a bottle!

These two wines are a fantastic example of some of the superb wines that Rías Baixas has to offer. So why not give them a go and tell us what you think!
 

Around the world in 80 wines! 8th Stop, CatalunyaDate published: 01/09/11

The fiercely independent region of Catalunya, which occupies the north-east corner of Spain, has consistently been at the forefront of the changes that have happened in Spanish wines. Unlike any of the other Spanish regions, Catalunya has a generic DO for still wines that covers the entire region. This happened mainly to enable blending of wines from the various areas to create the possibility of putting large quantities of the same wine on the ,market under a single name.


Catalunya is also where nearly all of Cava is made. The vast majority of the vineyards are concentrated in an area that lies to the south of Barcelona and comprises the coastal plain and the hills immediately to the west. The vast majority of Cava comes from the Catalan vineyards of Penedes. Other notable areas include Navarra, Rioja and Valencia. The traditional grape varieties used in Cava include macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada for the whites and Garnacha and Monastrel for the roses. Most Cava is dry with medium acidity with some character from yeast autolysis, which can be smoky and rubbery in character  as opposed to the yeasty, bready characters you find in Champagne. Some producers are starting to use Chardonnay  and Pinot Noir as they are now permitted and add certain levels of fruit and acidity to the wines.

A perfect example of this is is the Codorniu Seleccion Raventos Cava we have at the moment. Its a blend of Chardonnay, Macabeo and Xarel-lo. Its Pale lemon golden coloured, with streams of fine bubbles, Citrus, peachy and lemon aromas, this wine is vibrant, full bodied with crisp mineral acidity. Enjoy with any selection of Canapés!!! Only £7.99 a bottle when you buy two bottles!

This is my first around the world in eighty wines stop. I shall be bringing you more soon!

Around the World in 80 wines: numbers 6 & 7 Sunny Southern France!Date published: 30/08/11

Around the world in eighty wines sixth and seventh stops: Provence and Languedoc Roussillon

For our next two wine regions we are heading to the vineyards of sunny southern France. Here many of the vineyards lie along the Mediterranean coast between Italy to the East and Spain to the West. The climate, as one might expect, is warm Mediterranean with long hours of sunshine, mild winters and low rainfall. This provides the perfect conditions for grape growing as vines produce the best grapes when they are slightly stressed.

Languedoc-Roussillon
Many producers in this region grow IGP wines. This basically means that the controls upon wine growing are less strict meaning that they can grown international grape varieties. Therefore extensive plantings of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot can be seen across the region. Despite this many AC wines are grown including Languedoc AC, Minervois AC, Corbieres AC, and Fitou AC. It is almost impossible to describe a typical wine from each of these appellations as they vary so dramatically in type, style, and blending. However, the wines from this region are known for being good quality, affordable easy-drinking wines and three Majestic greats from the Languedoc-Rousillon are as follows:

Laurent Miquel L'Artisan 2009 is an AOC Languedoc wine made from a blend of Syrah and Grenache. Spicy savoury red fruit dominate the palate but the Grenache adds some juicy lighter raspberry flavours making this wine ripe and fruity with a delicate blend of gerrigue herbs on the finish. This wine is best when decanted 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavours to air. Serve with mature cheeses and herbaceous casseroles for a delicious meal! £7.99 a bottle or buy 2 bottles save £2 so only £6.99 a bottle!

Paul Mas Merlot 2010 PGI Pays d'Oc. From one of the largest and most successful wineries in the Languedoc this wine is rich ruby and purple in colour. An enticing nose of rich plum and soft juicy blackberries materialise on the palate with soft mocha and coffee flavours. Silky smooth in texture but rich and soft with ripe tannins and a medium body this wine is excellent. Can be drank over the next four to five years and goes perfectly with stewed meats such as lamb, veal or sausage casserole! £8.49 a bottle or buy 2 bottles save £4 so only £6.49 a bottle!

Domaine Les Yeuses Muscat Petit Grain 2010, PGI Pays d'Oc. The noble grape variety Muscat a Petits Grains has a complex and aromatic nose of white flowers and lychees with a well-balanced but mellow palate with crisp citrus fruit and good acidity. This wine is excellent as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to light fish dishes. £7.99 a bottle or buy 2 bottles save £2 so only £6.99 a bottle!

Provence
The landscape of Provence is rugged and beautiful with many hill ranges that protect the vines from the strong Mistral wind that blows from the Rhone Valley. Provence is famous for producing some of the best Rosé wines in the world which are typically pale in colour and delicate in flavour. We currently have a great range of Provence Rosé wines in stock to last you the rest of the summer. Two of my favourites are as follows:

Commanderie de Peyrassol Rosé 2010, Côtes de Provence. This delicious wine is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvedre. On the palate juicy strawberries and soft ripe peach flavours dominate with a spicy warmth and a hint of white pepper which adds complexity. Dry and acidic in style this delicious wine is a perfect match to characuterie, olives, soft cheeses and fish dishes. Currently just £9.99 a bottle, or buy 2 bottles save £1 so just £9.49 a bottle!

Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire 2010, Famille Negrel. This wine is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. Bright Salmon pink in colour with soft summer fruits including raspberries, strawberries and floral notes. It is dry and crisp on the palate with a hint of citrus zest and a full texture. Serve with poultry or lightly spiced dishes. Currently only £9.99 a bottle!

These wines demonstrate the diversity of wines produced in the south of France and show that there is certainly a Southern French wine out there to suit all tastes! Enjoy!
 

Around the World in 80 wines: Stop 5!Date published: 29/08/11

We have now arrived in the Rhone Valley!

Although the Rhone Valley is one wine region, really it can be divided into two quite distinct areas: The Northern Rhone, and the Southern Rhone where the climate, soil type, grape varieties and resulting styles differ greatly.

The northern Rhone is home to the wines with the greatest reputation, and thus the wines which demand the highest price, although production is only 5% of the total of the entire Rhone Valley.

The northern valley is narrow and steep, and the best sites are found close to the river on the south facing slopes. The soil is granitic and the vines are affected by the cool breeze which helps prevent fungal infection.  Syrah is the only red variety grown, producing deep-coloured, intense, perfumed wines. Viognier is the most popular white variety, with exotic peach and apricot aromas, spice and blossom. Marsanne and Rousanne are also grown, and often blended to create a wine with great honeyed aromas.

The most well-known areas in the Northern Rhone include Cote-Rotie, Condrieu, Saint-Joseph, Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Cornas.

The Southern Rhone accounts for 95% of the valleys total production, the majority of this coming from the Cotes du Rhone made by the many cooperatives. There is a hierarchy of quality in the southern Rhone, starting with Cotes du Rhone, then Cotes du Rhone Villages, then there are eight individual Crus which have their own AC status - Chateauneuf-du-Pape AC, Tavel AC, Lirac AC, Gigondas AC, Vacqueyras AC, Beaumes de Venise AC, Rasteau AC and Vinsobres AC.

The southern Rhone, unlike the northern valley, grows many different varieties which are often blended. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault are the most common red varieties, whereas Viognier, Marsanne, Rousanne, Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Bourboulenc are the most common white varieites.

Crozes Hermitage Yann Chave 2009    £18.99 buy two save £6    £15.99 per bottle

A northern Rhone Syrah which sees no filtering, this wine is full of blackberry, violets, thyme and spice with a subtle hint of oak.

Rasteau Domaine Notre Dame des Pallieres    £!2.49 or buy two save £5    £12.49 per bottle

Rasteau became an appellation in its own right in 2009 owing to the continuous high quality of the wines. This is intense purple in colour, with blackberry and blackcurant and lashings of white pepper, cocoa and toasty oak. Great with venison sausages!

Around the world in 80 wines.....fourth stop: Burgundy!Date published: 26/08/11

Burgundy!

Burgundy is made up of five distinct areas, from Chablis in the far north, leading to the Cote d'Or then onto the Cote Chalonnaise, leading to the Maconnais and finally reaching Beaujolais. The soil type, climate and styles of wine vary between the regions, but most will be made from the four main grape varieties of the region: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Aligote or Gamay.

Chablis to the far north of the region is famed for its mineral, stony, crisp chardonnays which rarely spend time in oak. The climate is not influenced by the sea and so the winters are often long and austere and the summers dry and hot. This results in a very clean, crisp wine, often with high levels of acidity which age well.

Another hour south leads to the Cote d'Or. Viticulturally the area is divided into two areas: the Cote de Nuits and the Cote de Beaune. An area most famous for its red wines, Pinot Noir grapes grow exceptionally well in the north on the limestone soils, producing ageworthy reds from Marsanny, Gevrey-Chambertin, Nuits St Georges and Aloxe Corton. Further south the soils become a bit more sandy, still great for Pinot Noir but they tend to result in wines that do not age so well. Famous villages include Ladoix, Savigny and Maranges. The change in soil also suits the Chardonnay variety, and it is here that we find outstanding areas such as Puligny Montrachet, Chassagne Montrachet and Meursault.

The Cote Chalonnaise has five village appellations: Givry, Mercurey, Montagny, Rully and Bouzeron. It is here that great wines can be found for a very resonable price and negociants such as Rodet and Juillot produce larger quantities of very acceptable red and white burgundy.

The Maconnais has a slightly warmer climate and so Spring frost is not such a threat, we therefore find a higher proportion of Chardonnay, which is often aged in new oak. According to Jancis Robinson, the appellations , in ascending order of quality, are: Macon ; Macon Superieur; Macon-Villages; Macon plus a specific village name (such as Fuisse); St Veran; Pouilly Vinzelles; Pouilly Loche; Pouilly Fuisse.

 

Some of my Burgundian recommendations would be:

Red:

Macon Rouges Les Roches Rouges 2009 Louis Jadot

£9.99 or buy 2 save £4 £7.99 per bottle

A very enticing nose of recurrant, cherry and raspberry, which continues onto the palate revealing a fruity, well-balanced wine with subtle tannins and good length.

Ladoix Rouge 2007 Chevalier Pere et Fils

£15.99

Again full of cherry and redcurrant fruit, with a more savoury hint of smoke and spice coming through on the palate. This would be a great partner to white meats such as turkey and chicken.

Savigny 1er Cru 'La Batal;ere aux Vergelesses' 2006 Albert Morot

£19.99

Much deeper than the previous two reds, this has red berries and fruits of the forest on the nose, leading to a deep spice, pepper and black fruits on the palate. This Pinot Noir would cope quite well with richer foods such as Beef Bourgignon or roast pork.

White:

Macon Villages 2010 Domaines des Terres Gentilles

£9.99 or buy two bottles save £4 £7.99 per bottle

Pale in colour and delicate on the nose, this is a crisp, refreshing Macon full of citrus, blossom and peach. This winery has been in the same family for nearly 100 years, and continue to maintain their excellent reputation.

Chablis 2009 Domaine de Chantemerle Boudin

£12.99 buy two save £2 £11.99 per bottle

The Boudin family have a different take on Chablis than their rivals, which results in a slightly richer style, full of citrus, green apple and apricot. The levels of acidity are also slightly lower than the average Chablis, which offers a lovely wine perfect as an aperitif or with light poultry dishes.

Pouilly-Fuisse Vielles Vignes 2009 Domaine Cordier

£19.99 or buy two bottles ave £2 £18.99 per bottle

The grapes used for this wine come from vines over 40 years old. This wine undergoes minimal filtration and fining to maximise complexity, resulting in a fairly full-bodied wine with oodles of tropical fruit, citrus and apricot with a creamy, buttery finish. OPEN ON THE TASTING COUNTER NOW!!!!!

Or if you are really after a treat, we only have one in stock.....

Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2006 Bonneau de Martray MAGNUM!!!!!!!       £160

Around the World in Eighty Wines: Third Stop Alsace!Date published: 23/08/11

Well we are off to a flying start on our 'Around the World in 80 Wines' campaign and number three on our list is Alsace....

Alsace is a small region sandwiched between its neighbours Germany and France but is separated from them by the Vosges Mountains to the West and the River Rhine to the East. This unique location has greatly influenced the type and styles of wines produced in the region, which is known for its rich and aromatic white wines.

Most of the vineyards in Alsace are tiny, the average size being less than three hectares. These are sheltered by the Vosges mountains from high winds and heavy rainfall meaning Alsace is one of the driest wine growing regions with just 500mm of rain per annum! Such conditions ensure the grapes ripen well giving high sugar concentrations which make excellent wines. The soil types range from granite, limestone, sandstone, clay and loam which give a great range of diversity and complexity to the wines produced and help them to achieve their luscious character.

There are four noble grape varieties in Alsace: Riesling, Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris, however there are also plantings of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Sylvaner.

Cave de Turckheim Pinot Gris 2009. Rich, full bodied, pale golden in colour and high in alcohol. On the nose this wine is aromatic with blossom and floral aromas. These materialise on the palate and are accompanied with rich peach and apricot flavours, and a hint of white blossom. A well balanced dry wine with a superb fresh finish. Makes the perfect accompaniment to a range of foods including smoked fish and crisp summer salads.£8.99 a bottle, or buy two bottles save £2 so only £7.99 a bottle!

Trimbach Gewurztraminer 2008. This wine is made by one of the most prestigious producers in Alsace who have been making wines since the 1600s! Dry and restrained in style this wine is delicate and exotic in style. lychees, roses and sweetly baked spices dominate the palate leaving a refreshing and clean finish. The grape skins have a light pinkish tinge which gives this wine its beautiful golden colour. The spicy and aromatic nature of this wine make it the perfect partner to Chinese and Thai dishes, or rich cheeses. Currently priced at just £12.99 a bottle this wine is a must try!

Domaine Zind Humbrecht Riesling 2009. The Humbrecht family have been producing wines since 1620 although the modern domaine was established in 1959 consisting of a range of single vineyards and Grand Cru sites. Dry and elegant this fantastic Riesling is moderate in alcohol making it easier to drink. It oozes typical Riesling characteristics of citrus and apple with a crisp and refreshing minerality and subtle herb notes. This style is in stark contrast to the medium-sweet German Rieslings. Serve with seafood such as mussels and scallops, or with delicate fish dishes. £14.99 a bottle or buy two bottles save £6! So only £11.99 a bottle!

The unique geographical location of Alsace ensures that she produces some superb wines that are not atypical of their grape varieties. The three wines described above are a great example of this confirming that Alsatian wines occupy a relatively small but important niche in the global wine market! They are definitely worth a try if you like rich and aromatic wines!
 

Around the world in 80 wines.....2nd stop Champagne!Date published: 20/08/11

So we seem to have provoked a bit of laughter from fellow Majestic-ers - how on earth can we pull this one out the bag? Little do they know how stubborn I am....so here goes.....second stop on our 'Around the World in 80 wines'.


We have left the UK, so quite obviously the next stop is Champagne!


The Champagne region is based around three towns: Ay, Epernay and Reims and sparkling wine made inside this delimited zone and which reaches certain strictly criteria only can call itself Champagne. The soil is chalky, which provides the right conditions for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier - the three main grape varieties used in the Champagne blend. Interestingly most champagne is white despite the fact that two of these grape varieties are black! This is achieved through gentle pressing of the grapes to reduce colour extraction and other undesirable qualities such as heavy tannins.


All champagne is produced using the traditional method which I shall briefly run through. After being hand harvested and gently pressed the grapes undergo primary fermentation. Different grape varieties and grapes from different villages are fermented separately then blended together to produce a consistent house style for a non-vintage champagne, or a unique quality vintage style. Liqueur de tirage (a mixture of wine, sugar and yeast)is then added to the blend to kick start secondary fermentation in bottle, which gives champagne its fizz! These yeast cells gradually die and form a sediment in the bottle which contribute to the bread, biscuit and toasty notes associated with champagne. They are then removed through a process known as riddling which involves slowly moving the bottles from a horizontal to an upright vertical position. The neck of the bottle is then placed into a cold brine solution which freezes the wine and yeast sediment in the neck of the bottle so that it can be fired off at high pressure. The champagne is now topped up with Liquer d'expedition (a mixture of wine and cane sugar) to determine the final sweetness of the champagne. Finally the champagne is bottle aged to allow the flavours to develop. There, that wasn't too complicated was it?!


Some Champagne terms you might have come across:


Non-Vintage: a characteristic house style produced by every champagne house. They must be aged for a minimum of fifteen months including 12 months on the lees. Lanson Black Label NV is a great example of a non-vintage champagne. Expressing citrus and toasty characters it is perfect for any occasion, just £24 a bottle!


Vintage: These champagnes are produced only in the best years. They show specific characteristics from the year they come from but benefit from further ageing having spent a minimum of three years on lees. Veuve Clicquot 2002 vintage has done just this. It possesses expressive citrus fruit, vanilla, and bready flavours showing great structure and elegance. Currently just £40 a bottle!


Blanc de Blancs: champagne made from almost always 100% Chardonnay grapes, which tend to be light bodied and citrussy in youth, developing a rich buttery character with age. Our Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV is a classic example of this rich creamy style and at only £40 a bottle is a great buy!


Rose Champagne: these are the only wines in the EU that can be made by blending red and white wine. Taittinger Rose NV is a good example of this showing fresh red berry aromas including strawberry and a delicate mousse. Currently only £35 a bottle!


Blanc de Noirs: These wines are produced from only Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. They therefore have more structure and red fruit flavours.


Prestige Cuvee: This term refers to a champagne house's highest quality wine. They usually express the very best house style, vintage and/or vineyard. Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque 1999 was one of the first Prestige Cuvee champagnes offering a rich creamy palate, floral aromas and elegant character for just £95 a bottle! The bottles are also decorated with a beautiful unique floral motif, definitely worth a look at!


I hope that this short article has provided our majestic readers with a brief introduction to some of the different champagne styles. For more information check out my previous article entitled 'My Champagne Campagne' at http://www.majestic.co.uk/stowonthewold Happy reading!
 

Around the World in Eighty Wines: An IntroductionDate published: 15/08/11

Around the World in Eighty Wines

The Majestic Wine Stow in the Wold team have set ourselves the near impossible challenge of planning a viable route starting in England and ending in New York that visits a total of eighty different geographical locations! This task will allow us to explore some of the most exciting and intriguing grape varieties, vineyards and regions from many different countries across the world (despite having a mildly educational basis we also hope that this feat will prove exciting reading for you, our Stow customers: thus allowing you to expand your knowledge of wines of the world, by give or take, around lets say...eighty wines!)

And so our amazing journey begins in Britain. Despite its northerly location and damp cool climate the UK has been growing vines since at least 43AD (although it was slightly warmer back in those days). We know from the Domesday Book that there were fourty vineyards of significance in operation under the rule of William the Conqueror. It therefore is no surprise that today numerous vineyards are in operation across the UK as far north as Woodlesford in West Yorkshire right down to Adgestone on the Isle of Wight.

Today Britain is best known for its production of high quality sparkling wines. Chapel Down are a fantastic example of this and are well established as one of the biggest and best producers of Sparkling wine in Southern England.

The Chapel Down 2004 Pinot Reserve is selected from a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc grapes. More balanced and reserved in style it has fantastic mineral and brioche elements. Green apple aromas develop to give a mouthwatering palate of citrus fruit, lime and brioche with a subtle but rounded mousse. This vintage will age elegantly for the next five years and is an excellent accompaniment to seafood or salmon dishes. Currently priced at just £18.99 a bottle as part of a mixed case it is definitely a rival to Champagne!

For those sparkling wine lovers who prefer a touch of pink the Chapel Down English Rose NV is a great choice. Made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes it is a Blanc de Noirs with a light pinkish tinge due to extended maceration on the skins. Soft juicy strawberries and rose petal flavours dominate this crisp medium bodied fizz which contains elements of citrus and fine but persistent bubbles. Serve with smoked salmon or crab salad for the perfect dish! Currently just £16.99 as part of a mixed case. Its bubbleriffic!

These are just two examples of excellent British sparklers to entice you into the world of British Fizz but there are many more out there that are definitely worth a try!
 

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From Châteauneuf-du-Pape to Chassagne-Montrachet, there is a vast number of styles of wine from these two titanic French regions.We will be exploring the different styles available in these areas in the run up to Christmas, an ideal time to snap up some Macon Lugny to pair with your turkey, or a dark and brooding Châteauneuf-du-Pape to enjoy with a rib of beef.

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From Friday until Monday, we will be opening a range of Californian wines to taste for free! Zinfandels, Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays (to name but a few) from around this prolific wine producing state will be available to try, with our team on hand to talk you through all of the wines.

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  • Dee Trainee Manager

    Having worked in 3 Central London stores, My young family made the decision to re-locate to the Cotswolds. It would be a pleasure to share my knowledge of our wines with you and offer any advice on wine for any event.
  • Joe Trainee Manager

    Not only am I the new boy to the company, I'm also new to the county having just moved up from the depths of Somerset to start my Majestic adventure. I am interested in discovering more about the science behind the making of wine and exploring my love for New Zealand whites. Namely Stich from Jackson Estate in Marlborough.
  • Joel Assistant Manager

    After spending 18 months working in Oxford and Abingdon, I've now ventured up to the Cotswolds. My wine interests are varied, but I'm most passionate about Alsace Riesling (having spent a week in Hunawihr helping with the harvest) and full bodied Spanish reds. As the cold weather and dark evenings begin to close in, I'm looking forward to helping out the people of the Cotswolds with all their winter wine needs!
  • Melanie Manager

    Having worked in various Majestic stores up in the North West, I now find myself in this beautiful part of the country. I love all things Loire - Pouilly Fume, Vouvray, Cabernet Franc.. but I am also partial to Italian and Spanish reds. Please pop in and say hello!

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