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Andover Road Retail Park
Andover Road
Winchester
SO23 7RY
United Kingdom

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  • Fine wine available
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All Riojas on the 33% deal till Monday!Date published: 28/11/14

All of our top Riojas have 33% off their price till Monday. Everything from our day-to-day Crianza's, our fine wine Gran Reserva's and the odd interesting bin end, are reduce. Come and explore.

To try: Rioja Reserva 2010 Muga


Founded by Isaac Muga Martínez and his wife, Auro Caño in 1932, in Haro, at the Western end of Rioja Alta. After fermentation the wine is aged for 6 months in large traditional vats, before 24 months in small oak barrels, and a further year in bottle before release.

Taste

An enticing and complex nose of pain grille, pencil lead, and blackberry leads into an elegant wine with layers of flavour, fruit and sweet-spice with ripe and integrated tannins and a lengthy finish.

Enjoy

This wine can age for up to seven years but is eminently drinkable now. Enjoy with roasted meats, Moroccan lamb or soft cheese.

£13.32 on the 33% deal.

33% off All New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc!Date published: 28/11/14

33% off All New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc!


If you are a fan of Sauvignon Blanc, this week was made for you! All of our New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc are 33% off!

Our picks of the offer include:

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough at £9.99 down from £14.99

Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough at £7.99 down from £11.99

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013/2014 Marlborough at £7.32 down from £10.99 

Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Nelson at £8.65 down from £12.99

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough at £13.32 down from £19.99


For more information please look at our full range online


Staff Recommendation - Good Old BoyDate published: 18/11/14

Staff Recommendation - Good Old Boy

It's the weekend again!!!!! That time of the week where you can let your hair down, sit on the sofa, answer to no one and most importantly have a drink! This weekend, my Saturday Beer is going to be Good Old Boy. Besides the terrific name, this mid-amber best bitter combines lovely big fruity hops with a delicious bready, full bodied maltiness. Great if you're a bit of a hop head but are getting over all these new style 'super hopped' beers and seeking a bit more balance in your ale life.

Currently £24 for 12 on the ale multi buy.


My Favourite Wines Under £10Date published: 18/11/14

My Favourite Wines Under £10

I thought I'd compile a list of my current favourite wines for under ten English pounds. These wines will tantalize your taste buds without putting a dent in your wallet, everybody is a winner!

Firstly the Pennautier Viognier. From this wine expect a slight honeysuckle quality with fresh ripe apricot. A superb crisp finish, this wine is great with Quiche. Great value value at£6.66.

Next up, for all you Sauvignon Blanc lover, the Ned is just £7.33! This wine is full of gooseberry and elderflower hits, great on its own as an aperitif or partners well with seafood.

its hard to over look the Edna Valley Pinot noir. From the mountainous valleys in California the cool ripening enviroment creates picturesque growing conditions for Pinot Noir. on the nose hints of rose pud petals are present with a cherried edge. The palate is mouth filling, full of length with a nice jammy edge. This always pairs great with Duck dishes. Superb value at £8.88!

Bordeaux lovers, we currently have the Chateau de Pitray 2008 at just £8.99. grown in the  Cotes De Castillon Chateau De Pitray is heralded as the appellations Premier estate. This wine has well rounded vanilla undertones with cassis fruit. This wine is great with a Sunday roast.  

Pop in store to see our full range and offers.


Mulled Wine SeasonDate published: 18/11/14

Mulled Wine Season

It really wouldn't be deepest winter without a cheeky cup of Mulled Wine making an appearance. We stock the wonderful Gourmet Mulling Syrup which will help you achieve Mulled wine perfection, and it's really simple....

Ingredients : Red wine, would recommend Silver Ghost Cabernet at £4.99

some gourmet mulling syrup at £5.99

An orange

Nutmeg

Cinnamon sticks

Method; In a pot mix 1 part Mulling syrup to 8 parts win.

Put the mixture on a low heat, allowing the mix to heat up but not boil.

Cut up the orange, no need to worry about size, lets keep a rustic feel to things!

Add the orange and spices to the mixture, gentle mixing in until the mixture has become warm, but not boiling!



Godello - Date published: 18/11/14

Some lesser known grape varieties - No.1 Godello

In case you hadn't noticed, here at Majestic we love wine. 

What we love even more is discovering something new, potentially unusual, and surprisingly delicious.

I want to encourage all our customers to be a bit adventurous (go on, it's not like we'd sell any 'bad' wines) and try something outside their comfort zone. NZ Sauvignon Blanc fans, I'm looking at you...

To kick things off, I've chosen a charming white grape variety grown throughout north-western Spain, particularly in Galicia: 

Godello, often used as a constituent in blends, is gaining increasing recognition as a quality varietal in its own right. Though it still accounts for only a small fraction of the production of Rías Baixas, where Albarino (which you may well have heard of) dominates.

Delicate yet multi-faceted in style - its textured palate boasts citrus, melon and subtle floral notes. A great alternative for you lovers of aromatic whites.

Try the clean, herbaceous Montenovo Godello 2013 Valdesil, or Martin Codax's As Caixas Godello goes down reliably well! 

Caixas Godello = £9.99 - Buy 2 save 33% promotion = £6.66

Gift Solutions for ChristmasDate published: 18/11/14

Majestic Gift Solutions

Send 1, 2, 3 & 6 bottle gift packs with next working day delivery available before 1pm, personalised gift messages and a range of packaging options.

Wine Gifts

Champagne Gifts

Spirits Gifts

Port Gifts

 Multi-destination Gifts

Gift Solutions packs are delivered by courier rather than Majestic stores. Our packaging is designed to deliver your gift in perfect condition, including your personalised gift message. Delivery to Northern Ireland, Scottish Islands, Isle of Man and Isles of Scilly will incur a £10 supplement.

Visit link below to find out more...

http://www.majestic.co.uk/gift-solutions



Craft Beer Focus: Brewdog 'Dead Pony ClubDate published: 18/11/14

Craft Beer Focus

Brewdog 'Dead Pony Club'

Here's the information from Brewdog:

'Some people say slow is good. We believe fast is better. Being shot from a howitzer beats the hell out of trotting round a paddock. That's why the internal; combustion engine got mounted on two wheels. Screw down the throttle and listen to that dull banshee howl floating back from those malted mufflers. Fuel up and hold tight, this thoroughbred kicks like a mule.'

We say (more comprehensibly):

'A lighter bodied californian style pale ale. It packs a huge hoppy punch yet manages to not be overtly bitter. Super fresh, with mango, citrus, peach flavours allied to a light caramel backbone.'

£9.99*

*when you buy any two Craft Beer six-packs


Nettie Viognier 2013 McManisDate published: 18/11/14

Nettie Viognier 2013 McManis

Grape

Viognier

Origin

Located near the small town of Ripon, around 2 hours' drive from San Francisco, the McManis Family Vineyards winery is considered one of the smaller wineries in Central Valley, and they are able to create quality wines by careful vinification of small lots.

Taste

Intense and inviting aromas of peach and apricot introduce a palate of more lush stone fruit flavours, along with hints of pear and a textural minerality. Fruity, fresh and unoaked.

Enjoy

An interesting alternative white, and a great match for pulled pork with roasted shallots.

£9.99 or buy 2 save 25% = £7.49



New Châteauneuf-du-Pape by Guigal!Date published: 18/11/14

New Châteauneuf-du-Pape by Guigal!

The Guigal name is synonymous with quality wine from the Rhône Valley. Made from 45-year-old vines planted amongst the round 'pudding stone' pebbles and red clay around the Papal Palace's ruins and aged in large oak foudres before release. A classic with potential to age.

A perfumed nose of blackcurrants, spice, black pepper and red fruits. Restrained yet powerful on the palate, well rounded with warming fruit and spice, integrated tannins and a long finish.

The gorgeous fruit concentration allows for the wine to be enjoyed young, with game and slow-cooked beef, or aged for up to ten years.

Priced at £30 when you buy any 2+ selected Fine Wines and Spirits (otherwise £35)



Customer Conundrum: Vegetarian WineDate published: 18/11/14

Customer Conundrum: Vegetarian Wine

As you wander around our store reading some descriptions and notes on our price labels it is often wondered why many wines are describes as 'vegetarian'. One would assume that since wine is, essentially, made from grapes that it is always vegetarian. The bad news for our vegetarian friends is that some wines have additives that are animal products.

Wine is occasionally made with the addition of some animal products, but why? Animal-derived products are often used as finings, which are used in the wine making process to clarify wine, removing proteins, yeast and other organic particles which are suspended during the making of a wine.

Examples of these products include Casein, Gelatin, Isinglass and egg albumen and in some Mediterranean countries bulls blood has been used to clarify wine. Have no fear! This practice is banned in the U.S.A and other European countries and is very rare nowadays. Both the finings Casein and albumen which derive from milk protein and egg white are acceptable for vegetarians but not for vegans.

But don't worry, there's no need to be put off as finings can only be found in extremely minute quantities in a bottle wine and are essential for stabilising a wine, making it safe for drinking. I'll raise a glass to that!



Sherry!Date published: 18/11/14

Sherry!

Sherry seems to gaining lot's of popularity at the minute, becoming increasingly trendy. You've just got to take a stroll down certain parts of London and you can see Sherry bars popping up all over the place. It seems to be engaging with a new, younger demographic as well as remaining popular with its older fans of course. 

Sherry is a fortified wine made from a white grape variety grown near the town of Jerez, Spain. It is commonly made from the Palomino grape and the styles can be very different from the light and dry to darker sweeter styles. 

In Europe Sherry has a protected place of origin which means, anything that is labelled as 'Sherry' must come from the Sherry triangle. This is an area between Jerez and El Puerto de Santa Maria. 

It comes in a variety of styles:

Fino - The driest and palest of all the Sherry varieties. The wine is aged in barrels under a cap of flor to prevent oxidization. 

Manzanilla -  A light version of Fino Sherry made around the port of Sanlucar de barrameda. 

Manzanilla Pasada -  A Manzanilla which has oxidized slightly and therefore has achieved a richer, nutty taste. 

Amontillado - a style which is first aged under flor but then given exposure to oxygen, the style is darker than a fino but lighter than an Oloroso. These wines are naturally dry. 

Oloroso - The most alcoholic of all the Sherries. These wines are aged extensively (longer than Amontillado and Fino) and the result is a darker, richer style. These wines are still naturally dry however sweetened versions such as 'Cream Sherry' are also available. 

Palo Cortado - A wine which is made and aged like an Amontillado however at some stage the flor is killed and the wine is allowed to oxidize

Pop in store to see our range of Sherries and if you want any further information or advice on them! 



San Huberto Malbec 2012 La RiojaDate published: 15/11/14

San Huberto Malbec 2012 La Rioja

This wine has been made in a 'reserva' style, having undergone 12 months' ageing in oak barrels. The fruit comes from the Valle de Aminga in Argentina's aptly named La Rioja province, which has deep, sandy soils and a semi-arid climate.

An inky, almost opaque wine with a blackish-purple hue. The flavours are of plum, bramble and ripe blueberries, delivered with a forward, vigourous manner tempered by sweet, spicy oak. 

This wine is just £7.99 down from £11.99 when you buy two or more bottles as part of your 6. 


Great new £4.99 wines from ItalyDate published: 15/11/14

Great new £4.99 wines from Italy

Bricchetto Sangiovese and Trebbiano The Bricchetto wines come from a large, quality minded cooperative in the central Italian region of Emilia Romagna. Comprised of fifteen smallerwineries, it is one of the most awarded companies in Italy. Over 85% of their wines are at IGT level or above which is quite a feat given their scale. It is precisely because of this scale that we are able to buy at such good prices -both wines really do deliver at their modest £4.99 price points and represent excellent value for money.

Bricchetto Sangiovese - This is lovely bright, varietally pure Sangiovese. Typically red cherry on the nose, it is fruity and balanced on the palate with just the right amount of tannin.

Bricchetto Trebbiano - This has a delicate, fresh fruity nose and a soft citrussy palate. Made without any oak it is crisp and clean and very drinkable.

BOTH JUST £4.99 EACH!!!


New In! Picpoul Ormarine Magnum 150cl £19.99Date published: 09/11/14

New In! Picpoul Ormarine Magnum 150cl £19.99

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

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


Something special for Sunday...Date published: 09/11/14

Marques de Caceres Gran Reserva 2008

As part of our fine wine deal we are able to offer this fantastic Gran Reserva Rioja for just £17. 85% Tempranillo and a mix of Graciano and Grenache make up the rest of the blend. This wine is guaranteed satisfaction as it only made in "excellent"  or "very good" vintages. After 30 months of barrel ageing it is then further aged in the bottle before being released.

Great complexity with notes of coffee, spice, plum and strawberry. Powerful on the palate with fruit and toasty well integrated oak this is an ideal winter wine  to simply enjoy by the fire or with your Sunday roast beef or lamb.



The arrival of Moskoskaya Osobava Vodka!Date published: 09/11/14

Here at Majestic we are going to be welcoming a whole new selection of spirits to our shelves! 

Including a new... VODKA

Moskoskaya Osobava Vodka  

Translated as ‘Special Muscovite’, production dates back to the communist era and this is generally regarded as THE Russian vodka.  It is produced from selected rye grain for a natural sweetness (Stoly add sugar to give sweetness!), and is both triple distilled and charcoal filtered making it smooth and authentic.

Calling all New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Fans!Date published: 09/11/14

We have some fantastic new offers this month in our 33% off promotion, and this includes a wide choice of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand!!  All prices shown are when you buy at least two bottles from the promotion.

Here are some of the New Zealand highlights:

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough     £7.33

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough                            £6.66

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough                             £7.99

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013/2014, Marlborough                           £6.99

Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Nelson                                 £8.65

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough               £9.99


New arrival: Domaine Felines Jourdan 2013 Picpoul de PinetDate published: 07/11/14

New arrival: Domaine Felines Jourdan 2013 Picpoul de Pinet

We have a new picpoul in stock: The Domaine Felines Jourdan 2013 Picpoul de Pinet. 

The Jourdan family have been growing grapes for several generations, but have only been making wines under their own family label since the early 1980's when they created this particular domaine, which overlooks the Bassin de Thau. Light lemon-green in colour, this is a crisp and youthful white wine full of fresh citrus fruit flavours, accented with subtle hints of fennel, green pepper and lime zest. Made for fish and seafood. Try it with brandade de morue, Provence's typical salt cod speciality. This wine will also work well on its own as an aperitif!

We have this wine open to taste on the tasting counter this week. At just £8.65 a bottle it is a must try.


New Product Alert: Warre's Tawny PortDate published: 07/11/14

New Product Alert: Warre's Tawny Port

I, for one, am very excited to see a new tawny Port being introduced to the Majestic range. 

Tawny ports differ from their ruby cousins as they are allowed to oxidise as they age, which causes the wine to turn russet in colour, and also develop nutty, caramel and chocolate notes. Many tawny ports are classified by age - 10, 20, 30 or 40 years old - the number indicates the average age of the wines included in the blend.

Warre's Otima 10 is a ten year old tawny port - so is blended from wines with an average age of 10 years. This means you get a complex palate of fresher, juicier characters from the younger components of the blend, and nuttier, toffee, date, raisin and coffee notes from the older base wines. 

The dried fruit, toffee, and walnut flavours and inherent sweetness of tawny port work fantastically well with chocolate-based desserts or firm nutty cheeses. I also thinkit's hard to beat served slightly chilled as an aperitif, alongside a handful of toasted nuts. As the wine is already oxidised, it's not going to go off in a hurry if you can't finish the bottle on the first day - as long as it properly stoppered again, it should last in the fridge for a week or two (if you can keep your hands off it!).

Go on, treat yourself - Port's not just for Christmas!

Warre's Otima 10 is available in 50cl bottles at £13.49.


Guest Beer of the MonthDate published: 07/11/14

Guest Beer of the Month

Proper Job, St Austell 12x500ml Bottles

£24 per case (offer price)

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.


The £4.99 Range (Quintessential Quaffers and Perfect Party Wines)Date published: 07/11/14

The £4.99 Range (Quintessential Quaffers and Perfect Party Wines)

Silver Ghost Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Central Valley

Chile's Central Valley is the very hub of the country's wine production. Extending southwards from the capital Santiago, between the Andes and the Coastal Range of mountains, it is the home of many of the first vineyards to have been planted by European vignerons.

Invitingly fruity, offering a juicy citrus and gooseberry backbone overlaid with notes of lime zest and fresh green apples. Crisp acidity provides maximum refreshment.

Chill well and enjoy on its own or with simply fresh pasta dishes.

Silver Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Central Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted grape in Chile, and was among the first of the noble varieties to have been brought over from Europe in the mid-1800's. This example is made by one of the Central Valley's major wineries, based in Cachapoal.

A medium-bodied, fruit-driven style of Cabernet that offers rounded, ripe red berry fruit with a plummy and easy-going feel. Hints of green pepper and subtle oak notes on the nose.

A versatile pairing for many foods, from spicy kebabs to roasted veg

Bricchetto Trebbiano 2013 IGT Rubicone

Under various different names and guises, Trebbiano is one of Europe's most extensively planted white grape varieties, found in innumerable blends and styles, but it is generally only the Italians who use it to make this kind of single-varietal dry white.

Fresh and straightforward, this wine offers plenty of soft citrus, white peach and pear fruit, with subtle white flower aromatics. Dry, soft-edged and clean on the finish.

Chill well and enjoy on its own, or with lightly-dressed salads or creamy spaghetti dishes.

Bricchetto Sangiovese 2013 IGT Rubicone

Made by one of Italy's major cooperatives, this is a superb value Sangiovese from Rubicone, a relatively modern IGT region of central Italy in which many wineries have begun to specialise in single-varietal wines such as this.

A light and approachable red, with Sangiovese's typical redcurrant and cherry fruit characters in abundance. Lithe tannins and snappy acidity make for an easy-drinking feel.

A great all-rounder, easy to pair with a wide range of pasta dishes or Mediterranean salads.

El Torito Merlot 2013 Valdepeñas

The southerly location of Valdepeñas gives it a very warm, arid continental climate, which particularly suits robust red grape varieties that benefit from the abundant sunshine and lengthy ripening season that this affords.

Cool fermented for a youthful, fruit driven style, this is a soft and plummy Merlot with supple tannins and a juicy palate full of ripe cherry and berry flavours.

Enjoy with barbecued ribs or sausage casserole.

El Torito Chardonnay 2013 Valdepeñas

Valdepeñas is one of Spain's more southerly wine regions, and is located entirely within the larger La Mancha region. Its reputation for quality and value has led to an increasing array of grapes being cultivated, including international white varieties.

A soft, fruity and easy-drinking Chardonnay, full of golden apple and ripe peach flavours, complemented by gentle tropical notes. Light and refreshing yet lush and delicately creamy on the finish.

Enjoy on its own or with lightly spiced chicken dishes.



Cloudy Bay Pelorus Vintage 2009Date published: 07/11/14

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Vintage 2009

The best sparkling wine outside France without a doubt!

Why?

Let me tell you why...

Made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir this brilliant sparkling wine from New Zealand is made in the same style as Champagne. With three years of lees-ageing, this really is a match for any Champagne.

Strong aromas of apple and stone fruit with baked bread, brioche and nutty characters. A full creamy palate that leads to an elegant long finish with a full and confident mousse.

Need I say more?

33% off when you buy two or more on this promotion.

Price?.... £18.99...


Muscadet 2009 Le PalletDate published: 07/11/14

Muscadet 2009 Le Pallet

£9.99

When you buy 2 or more wines in the 33% deal

Down from £14.99

Made by Les Dix du Pallet, a cooperative of 10 growers based in Le Pallet, a 'cru' village in the south-east of the Loire region between the rivers Sevre and Maine. This is a rare, high-quality example of a mature, partially oak-fermented Muscadet.

A unique style that shows plenty of evolved characteristics, including subtle nut, brioche and caremelised pear aromas that mingle with Muscadet's typical citrus and mineral backbone.

Drink with fine fish or seafood.


Nicolas Feuillate NV Champagne only £14.99 and much much more!Date published: 07/11/14

Nicolas Feuillate NV Champagne only £14.99 and much much more!

Our November offers are now live, and as well as the above cracking deal there is also the following:

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc £7.99

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc £6.66

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc £6.99

Rioga Eguia reserva £6.66

Santa Ana Malbec £5.99

Prosecco Rivamonte £6.66

Veuve Clicquot £29.98

To see our full range of offers go to www.majestic.co.uk or pop in and see us, there will be some wines open to taste!


We specialise in Christmas gifts!Date published: 07/11/14

We specialise in Christmas gifts!

Here at Majestic Wine Winchester we are gift specialists, whether it is for your customers, employees or for personal use we can help!

~all of our prices are INCLUSIVE of VAT

~wines starting from £4.99, all chosen by our expert buyers

~Prosecco from £6.66 

~you can send a six bottle gift from £29.94.

~we do gift boxes for 1,2,3,4,6 and 12 bottles

~we offer FREE delivery

~we pack the boxes for you!

~hand delivered by a member of our team here in Winchester

For more info give the team call on 01962 868 708 or email win@majestic.co.uk


33% off ALL Prosecco for 4 days only!Date published: 07/11/14

33% off ALL Prosecco for 4-days only!

Offer ends Monday 10th November at 7pm

Our best offer prices include:

- Prosecco Di Congeliano £9.99

- Prosecco Salatin £8.66

- Prosecco La Marca Cuvee £9.99

- Prosecco Treviso £7.99

- Prosecco Rivamonte £6.66

Why not stock up - don't miss out!

Spotlight Tasting Week: Wines of ChileDate published: 07/11/14

Spotlight Tasting Week: Wines of Chile

Our Spotlight Tasting week on Chile starts tomorrow and continues until next Thursday 13th November. Pop in any time during opening hours to sample a range of Chilean wines including classic Carmenere and new cool climate Sauvignon Blanc!

Lay & Wheeler ExclusiveDate published: 05/11/14

2011 Alión, Vega-Sicilia, Ribera del Duero 

'The 2011 Alion ...is an exuberant, ripe Alion, with hedonist's aromas that jump out of the glass. Winemaker Javier Ausas tells me he likes the wines when they are young and showy like this one. It is indeed a showy vintage, with aromas of violets, molasses, cereals and a whiff of malt whisky... even though this has plenty of stuffing to age I'd drink it young in its exuberant phase.'


94 Points, Luis Guittierrez, The Wine Advodate #214, Aug 2014 


Drink: 2015 to 2025


Chateauneuf-du-Pape by GuigalDate published: 05/11/14

The Guigal name is synonymous with quality wine from the Rhône Valley. Made from 45-year-old vines planted amongst the round 'pudding stone' pebbles and red clay around the Papal Palace's ruins and aged in large oak foudres before release. A classic with potential to age.

A perfumed nose of blackcurrants, spice, black pepper and red fruits. Restrained yet powerful on the palate, well rounded with warming fruit and spice, integrated tannins and a long finish.

The gorgeous fruit concentration allows for the wine to be enjoyed young, with game and slow-cooked beef, or aged for up to ten years.

Priced at £30 when you buy any 2+ selected Fine Wines and Spirits (otherwise £35)



New Californian Viognier from McManisDate published: 05/11/14

Nettie Viognier 2013 by McManis

Located near the small town of Ripon, around 2 hours' drive from San Francisco, the McManis Family Vineyards winery is considered one of the smaller wineries in Central Valley, and they are able to create quality wines by careful vinification of small lots.

Intense and inviting aromas of peach and apricot introduce a palate of more lush stone fruit flavours, along with hints of pear and a textural 

An interesting alternative white, and a great match for pulled pork with roasted shallots.

£9.99 or buy 2 save 25% = £7.49



Helen's FavouriteDate published: 04/11/14

This week I have particularly enjoyed the 'El Chaparral De Vega Sindoa' Old Vine Garnacha 2012, Navarra.

Grape: Garnacha

Origin: The traditionally bush-trained vines from this part of the Nekeas Valley are between 70 and 100 years old, and yield low numbers of high quality berries.The Atlantic influences here contribute to higher acidity, which lends balance to the quick-ripening Garnacha.

Taste: With excellent focus and structure, the wine displays intense, vibrant and fleshy blackberry and raspberry fruit, and ample tannins that add texture and a streak of bitter chocolate flavour.

Enjoy: Enjoyable on its own, but also benefits from being paired with a big, flame grilled rib-eye steak.

Currently on offer at just £8.24 as part of our 25% off deal - a complete steal for such an elegant and enjoyable wine.


New This Week In Italy...Date published: 04/11/14

Allumea Gillo, Sicily 2013 - £8.99 Buy any 2 save 25% = £6.74

 The grapes for this lively Grillo come from low yielding vines in the province of Trapani. Bright and fruity, well-rounded and full of pineapple and lemon aromas and a pleasant fresh finish. According to the wine maker, it’s like sunshine in a glass reflecting the sunny temperatures where it is grown!

Corolla Nero d’Avola, Sicily 2012 - £8.99 Buy any 2 save 25% = £6.74

This wine comes from Canicatti, a quality-conscious, environmentally responsible producer (the entire winery is solar powered from their own panels) cooperative based in the south west corner of Sicily. This is a modern, bright juicy style of Nero d’Avola with dark cherry and pepper notes. Both new Sicilians are great value examples of the Island’s indigenous varieties.

Murrina Greco di Tufo, Campania 2013 - £11.99 Buy any 2 save 25% = £8.99

This wine comes from a small winery based in the Campanian province of Avellino. Wine maker Alessandro Michelon trained at the prestigious oenology institute of San Michele all’Adige in Trentino. It’s floral and fragrant on the nose with a lovely fresh, ripe palate. It has a herbal, nutty edge – perhaps no coincidence that this region is also famed for hazelnuts.

Il Giardino Pinot Grigio 2013 - £9.99 Buy any 2 save 25% = £7.49

Casa Vinicola Antonutti was founded in 1921 and is today run by Adraiana Antonutti, granddaughter of the founder. The vines for this Pinot Grigio are grown on gravelly soils that give the wine a distinct minerality. Typically bright straw in colour, the nose is fragrant and crisp. Medium bodied, well balanced and very versatile.



Fancy something fancy...?Date published: 04/11/14

Bollinger Grande Annee 2004 has just arrived in store.

On a fantastic deal as part of our 33% offers - just £66.62 down from £100!

Only produced in exceptional years from exclusively Grand Cru rated grapes. Rich, biscuity and yeasty, this wine carries the ultimate expression of the house style.

Whether bought as a present or to enjoy as part of your Christmas/New Year celebrations, you can't really go wrong with this brilliant Champagne. 

It's that time of year where we get to enjoy being a little indulgent so go on, treat yourself!

Heidsieck Bronze Top - £15.99!Date published: 04/11/14

HEIDSIECK & CO. MONOPOLE BRUT NV, BRONZE TOP

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

And it's currently on a short-term offer at just £15.99!!!!! 

DON'T MISS OUT!

Vina Eguia Gran ReservaDate published: 04/11/14

Currently on offer at only £8.99, the Vina Eguia Gran Reserva Rioja is a hard one to beat!

2004 vintage - rated an 'exceptional' year by Robert Parker!
The moderate sunny days and cool nights allowed the vines to stay healthy and the grapes to ripen perfectly. 'Eguia', coming from 'egia' meaning 'true'; this wine really has stayed true to the traditional style of a gran reserva rioja.

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 24 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.

A perfect partner for lamb dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses.

A favourite among customers and staff alike! 

DON'T MISS OUT!


Sam Adams Boston Lager Now Just £1 per bottle!Date published: 03/11/14

This month's Beer of the Month comes from the biggest producer of Craft beer in the world, Sam Adams. A recreation of a 19th century American recipe , this beer is rich and satisfying and packs a hoppy punch! A couple of years ago the brewers got together to decide how they could make a better version for the U.K market, and so decided to spend a number of months at the Famous Shepard Neame brewery in Kent. This allows the brewers to get Boston Lager to us in the perfect condition, which was always a problem when the beer previously had to spend time traveling from the American brewery. 

Fresh and in perfect condition Sam Adams is now enjoyed in the manner in which it should be for us beer lovers in the U.K. 

Currently just £1 per bottle!!


Bollinger!Date published: 03/11/14

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

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV on offer at £33.31 - down from £50.00!!!

Get yours in for the Christmas festivities now!

Five Wine Regions You May Not Have Explored...Date published: 03/11/14

Lebanon is home to the legendary Chateau Musar. A deep, spicy red that's quite unlike any other style in the world. If you love peppery Shiraz or spicy reds from Rhone then give this a try. 

Austria is home to the unusual Gruner Veltiner grape, which produces whites with delicate mango and peach fruit, with a savoury white pepper quality. The iconic pairing for southern fried chicken. 

Hungary is known for its sweet wines, but Dry Furmint is a dry, but honeyed, white that pairs beautifully with ripe, soft cheese. 

England has truly become the equal of Champagne in its sparkling wine quality. These have all the richness and complexity of our French rivals, but with a delicious quality that belies its local origins. 

Oregon produces a fraction of California's quantity of wine, but has found a niche for itself in premium Pinot Noir. These easily rival Burgundy or New Zealand, with a more fruit-focused style backed up by soft spice. A must-try for fans of the grape. 


Mont Saint Jean CorbièresDate published: 03/11/14

The Mont Saint Jean Corbières 2012 is a fantastic Southern French red. At £4.99, the Corbières is excellent value this month, and it's the perfect time to start stocking up on your Winter-warming reds!

Grape Variety: A classic Corbières blend of Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz and Carignan. The grapes compliment each other to create a balanced, smooth, medium-bodied and fruity red. 

Origin: Winemaker Jérôme Regues blends two different terroirs to make this wine; a typical Corbières red blend. Grapes from Ornaisons provide the rich fruit flavours, while grapes from Durban, around 25km further south, are said to add spicier notes. The term 'terroirs' refers to the unique characteristics of a site's wine. 

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

Food match: This wine will pair perfectly with your home-made shepherds pie or a cheese board.


Washington Pinot GrigioDate published: 03/11/14

A fan of Pinot Grigio but looking for something a little different?

Why not try our new Washington Pinot Grigio?!

This is an Italian-inspired Pinot Grigio from Charles Smith, former rock band tour manager turned winemaker. Three vineyards in the central parts of Washington State provide the fruit, which benefits from this region's cool climate, promoting crisp acidity.

Aromatically complex, this wine has a backbone of guava-like fruit accented with subtle hints of lychee, passion fruit and summer hay. Gentle minerality and crisp acidity support the palate.

Charles Smith recommends pairing this with oysters, grilled halibut or seared scallops with wilted leeks.

The return of the Ned!Date published: 30/10/14

It's back, Ned Sauvignon Blanc at 33% off. Until the 1st of December we have the Ned Sauvignon Blanc at £7.33 (down from £10.99) when you buy 2 or more. 

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

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

Drink now with fresh salads, seafood or oriental food.


CellaringDate published: 25/10/14

Cellaring

Cellaring wine involves storing young wines until they are at a point where the optimum drinking pleasure can be achieved.

Some wines not only become more interesting with age but can actually require ageing to make them a pleasant drinking experience! The other reason to store young wines yourself for drinking at a later date, is the scarcity of mature wines to be had at a price you'd want to pay. Buy them when they are young at a cheaper price and you just have to wait for the wines to mature.

Medium to high quality wines can benefit from ageing but cheap wines will simply deteriorate. The choice of wine therefore is vital. Also pick wine styles you like! No good having mature wine you don't want to drink. The grape varieties that can age best are (reds) Cabernet Sauvignon Blend, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah and (whites) Chardonnay, Riesling and Sémillon.

For regions, it is safest to stick to Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône, Chablis, Sauternes and the top Piedmont, Super-Tuscans, Mosel, Californian and Australian wines.

Really there are only two places to store your wine; either in a wine warehouse (either with the merchant from whom you bought it or another warehouse) or at home. Wherever the wine is stored, it should be on its side, lying down; at a steady temperature between 8 - 13°; in the dark and away from vibrations.

For more on buying wine en primeur and long-term storage why not pay a visit to the folks at Lay & Wheeler at www.laywheeler.com



Nero d' Avola - What is it?!Date published: 25/10/14

Nero d' Avola - What is it?!

Also known as Calabrese, Nero d' Avola is an Italian Grape Variety, grown in the South of the Country in Sicily. I'm choosing to look at this grape today as we have just got a new Nero d'Avola wine in stock. This is completely new to Majestic Wine and represents the excellent value of a IGT Sicily wine. The grape has good ageing potential and body, but can be made in youthful fruit drive styles as well - much like the wine we have at Majestic. 

Corolla Nero d' Avola 2012 WAS £8.99 NOW £6.74 when you buy 2 or more 25% wines. 

Classification: As you may or may not know, there are various classification systems operating in Italy which determine the quality of the Wines, like DOCG, DOC, Locale and IGT. Here we have an IGT wine, which regulations permit more freedom in the vineyard. IGT also allows for grapes to be sourced from a larger area. This particular example uses grapes sourced from over 500 member estates across the region.  

Tasting Note: 

Shining a lovely crimson colour in the glass, the rim has a touch of pink. Made in a modern style, this wine has a fantastic nose of stewed berries- like mulberry and blackcurrant. On the palate you will find nice easy tannin, and a little touch of spice backed by juicy acidity. A good match for beef dishes. 

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Corolla-Nero-d-Avola-zid13241 

Wine Awards For Black Cottage October 2014Date published: 25/10/14

Wine Awards For Black Cottage October 2014

One of our favourite wineries have been handed another bucket load of awards- Please see below for details.

2014 Black Cottage Sauvignon BlancNew Zealand International Wine Show - Silver
Sam Kim’s Wine Orbit – 4.5 Stars
Raymond Chan – 4 Stars
2013 Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 
‘It's packed with delicious peach, citrus and tropical fruit flavours, and a subtle infusion of fresh herbs. The palate is 
succulent and intensely flavoured, leading to a fabulous juicy finish. Instantly appealing, this is a crowd pleaser. At 
its best: now to 2016. 13.5%. Screw cap. July 2013. 93 Points.’ – Sam Kim
‘Delicate gooseberry, green apple, lemon grass and pineapple flavours are supported by assertive acidity.’ – Bob 
Campbell
Sam Kim’s Wine Orbit – 5 Stars
International Wine and Spirit Competition, UK - Silver
New World Wine Awards - Silver
Raymond Chan – 4 Stars
Winestate, Australia – 4 Stars
Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide – 4 Stars
International Wine Challenge, UK – Bronze


2014 Black Cottage Pinot GrisSam Kim’s Wine Orbit – 5 Stars
Raymond Chan – 3 Stars
Winestate – 3 Stars
2013 Black Cottage Pinot Gris
‘A youthful charmer showing lifted aromas of peach, pear, mango and floral. The palate is also delightful with a 
succulent mid palate and refreshing acidity. A lovable, silky-smooth pinot gris showing loads of appealing fruit 
flavours. At its best: now to 2016. 14%. Screw cap. www.blackcottage.co.nz. July 2013.’ 90 Points – Sam Kim
Sam Kim’s Wine Orbit – 4.5 Stars
Raymond Chan – 4 Stars


2014 Black Cottage RoséSam Kim’s Wine Orbit – 4.5 Stars
Raymond Chan – 4 Stars
Winestate – 3.5 Stars
2013 Black Cottage Rosé
Sam Kim’s Wine Orbit – 4 Stars
Raymond Chan – 4 Stars

IPA?Date published: 25/10/14

IPA

Most people love the occasional IPA, but what exactly is an India Pale Ale..??

The term pale ale originally denoted an ale that had been brewed from pale malt. Pale ale started off lightly hopped and quite different from later pale ales. But as brewing processes evolved over the next half century, pale ale was mostly manufactured with coke-fired malt, which produced less smoking and roasting of barley in the malting process, and produced a paler beer.

One such variety of beer was "October beer", a pale well-hopped beer which became popular among a richer audience, and was brewed widely at home and could be cellared for a couple of years.

India didn't come into the story until George Hodgson began selling his "October beer" to the East India Trading Company. Apparently the long sea voyage and ship's conditions benefited the beer. Over the next few decades, due to various new taxes and duties involved in the sale of beer in Europe, many brewers were forced to look at other sources of revenue. Following Hodgson's lead, many brewers began making a similar style and the term "India Pale Ale" starts getting used. With their global trade routes, the British IPAs find their way into America and became very popular and have since evolved into an almost signature style.

An India Pale Ale is a very "hoppy" tasting style that you either love or hate. The flavour is almost citric and bitter, but has a very refreshing palate. Served cold, it is a lovely change from generic tasting lager. 

At Majestic we have a few options that are excellent examples: Goose Island IPA, Lagunitas and Brewdog Punk IPA amongst an increasingly larger collection.

They form part of our "craft beer" selection, all priced from £9.99 for a pack of 6 (when you buy any 2 packs).



Why do Grapes contain natural yeasts?Date published: 25/10/14

Why do Grapes contain natural yeasts?

Funnily enough, the purpose of the grape is not to make wine. Vines produce grapes as part of a lure to transplant their seeds in an attempt to reproduce and increase their population. The sugar content is attractive to birds who eat the grapes, and the grape seeds, and fertilise them using their droppings.

However, just incase the birds do not fall for the wicked trick and don't eat the grapes, the vine wants to re-use the sugar to grow. It has, therefore, developed a unique system to ferment this sugar. The grape has a waxy layer to attract wild yeast. These yeasts are needed to break down the grapes' sugars into alcohol. The alcohol is broken down by one of natures alcoholics; vinegar bacteria. They turn this wild wine into an organic vinegar which drips onto the forest floor and is taken up again by the vine.

Some producers choose to kill these wild yeasts off. They want to create a uniform wine which tastes the same and can easily be controlled during fermentation. Instead of the natural yeast, they will use a cultured yeast. What the natural yeast brings to a wine is character and individuality; something special and unique to that vineyard.


San Huberto Malbec 2012 La RiojaDate published: 25/10/14

This week our favourite at the tasting counter is the San Huberto Malbec 2012 La Rioja.

This wine has been made in a 'reserva' style, having undergone 12 months' ageing in oak barrels. The fruit comes from the Valle de Aminga in Argentina's aptly named La Rioja province, which has deep, sandy soils and a semi-arid climate.

An inky, almost opaque wine with a blackish-purple hue. The flavours are of plum, bramble and ripe blueberries, delivered with a forward, vigourous manner tempered by sweet, spicy oak. The perfect glass of wine to kick off a (hopefully) sunny November!


£4.99 Italian Must-Buys!Date published: 25/10/14

£4.99 Italian Must-Buys!

Bricchetto Sangiovese and TrebbianoThe Bricchetto wines come from a large, quality minded cooperative in the central Italian region of Emilia Romagna. Comprised of fifteen smaller wineries, it is one of the most awarded companies in Italy. Over 85% of their wines are at IGT level or above which is quite a feat given their scale. It is precisely because of this scale that we are able to buy at such good prices -both wines really do deliver at their modest £4.99 price points and represent excellent value for money.

Bricchetto Sangiovese - This is lovely bright, varietally pure Sangiovese. Typically red cherry on the nose, it is fruity and balanced on the palate with just the right amount of tannin.

Bricchetto Trebbiano - This has a delicate, fresh fruity nose and a soft citrussy palate. Made without any oak it is crisp and clean and very drinkable.

BOTH JUST £4.99 EACH!!!


PARRILLA MALBEC 2013 - VINALBA, MENDOZADate published: 25/10/14

PARRILLA MALBEC 2013

VINALBA, MENDOZA

ENJOY 33% OFF!

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

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

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

£7.99 per bottle when you mix and match at least 2 bottles from the 33% off promotion.

£11.99 Single bottle price.


Our Top 5 Wine Picks!Date published: 25/10/14

Our Top 5 Wine Picks!

The staff here in Winchester have taken some time to choose 5 wines that we believe to fantastic products at prices you will love.

Montagny 1er Cru'Les Millieres'2010, Cave des Vignerons de Buxy:

Origin: A Premier Cru from the Montagny appellation in Burgundy's COte Chalonnaise. Cave des Vignerons de Buxy is an excellent, quality-conscious producer and, being a co-operative, offers excellent value for money.

Grape: Chardonnay

Taste: A delicious, fresh Chardonnay which has been fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks to preserve the pure peach, pear and acacia aromas. Soft and rich on the palate.

Enjoy: Enjoy with cold cuts of ham, this is a genuine bargain not to be missed.

£9.74 when you buy any 2 or more wines from our 25% off range


Rioja Gran Reseva2004, Vina Eguia

Origin; Bodegas Eguia 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.

Grape: Tempranillo

Taste: 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.

Enjoy: Drink with all slow-cooked lamb dishes, or with nutty tasting cheeses.

£8.99 when you buy any 2 or more bottles from our 33% off range


Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2012

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

Grape: Zinfandel

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

Enjoy: A pleasure to drink by itself or with flavourful duck dishes or a cheese platter. Enjoy over the next four years.

£8.99 when you buy any 2 or more wines from our 25% off range



Graham Beck Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Coastal Region

Origin: Self-proclaimed Sauvignon fanatic Erika Obermeyer joined Graham Beck's winery in 2005, and went on to become one of South Africa's top female winemakers. This wine is sourced from 8 different vineyards,selected for their naturally cool characteristics.

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Taste: Full of intense gooseberry and passion fruit flavour, offset by subtle notes of ripe figs, lemongrass and capsicum. Crisp, lively acidity and an enduring, stony finish.

Enjoy: Partner with spicy Asian-style barbecued fish.

£5.99 when you buy any 2 or more bottles from our 33% off range


Prosecco La Marca Cuvee NV, DOGG, ltaly

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

Grape: Prosecco

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

Enjoy: An excellent aperitif, served with light starters or fruit salads.

 £9.99 when you buy any 2 or more bottles from our 33% off range


Fine Wine of the Week: DeMorgenzon Chenin BlancDate published: 25/10/14

Fine Wine of the Week: DeMorgenzon Chenin Blanc

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.

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.

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

£21 £16

Save £10 when you buy any 2 select Fine Wines & Sprits

Open to taste this weekend!


On the tasting counter- Beefsteak Club Malbec 2013, Mendoza Date published: 25/10/14

On the tasting counter- Beefsteak Club Malbec 2013, Mendoza 

Made in the Andean Vineyards by an Aussie born Winemaker in true Argentinian tradition. This wine is a deep and vibrant Malbec showing intense aromas of plum, damson and dark chocolate. Add into the equation well-integrated oak and plenty of fine tannins. Drink this wine with beef, from steaks to stews. 

Available at £6.66 when you by 2 or more bottles. 

Silver Ghost Sauvignon BlancDate published: 25/10/14

Silver Ghost Sauvignon Blanc

A fantastic new addition to Majestic Addlestone is the Silver Ghost Sauvignon. One, if not the best selling wine of last week, this Chilian Sauvignon represents excellent value for money at£4.99 

Chile's Central Valley is the very hub of the country's wine production. Extending southwards from the capital Santiago, between the Andes and the Coastal Range of mountains, it is the home of many of the first vineyards to have been planted by European vignerons.

Invitingly fruity, offering a juicy citrus and gooseberry backbone overlaid with notes of lime zest and fresh green apples. Crisp acidity provides maximum refreshment.

Chill well and enjoy on its own or with simply fresh pasta dishes.


Craft Beer of the Week: Proper JobDate published: 25/10/14

Craft Beer of the Week: Proper Job

Proper Job Cornish IPA - 5.5%

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 I would put this 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.

Open now in store to taste!

Some lesser known grape varieties - GodelloDate published: 25/10/14

Some lesser known grape varieties - Godello

In case you hadn't noticed, here at Majestic we love wine. 

What we love even more is discovering something new, potentially unusual, and surprisingly delicious.

I want to encourage all our customers to be a bit adventurous (go on, it's not like we'd sell any 'bad' wines) and try something outside their comfort zone. NZ Sauvignon Blanc fans, I'm looking at you...

To kick things off, I've chosen a charming white grape variety grown throughout north-western Spain, particularly in Galicia: 

Godello, often used as a constituent in blends, is gaining increasing recognition as a quality varietal in its own right. Though it still accounts for only a small fraction of the production of Rías Baixas, where Albarino (which you may well have heard of) dominates.

Delicate yet multi-faceted in style - its textured palate boasts citrus, melon and subtle floral notes. A great alternative for you lovers of aromatic whites.

Try the clean, herbaceous Montenovo Godello 2013 Valdesil, or Martin Codax's As Caixas Godello goes down reliably well! 


California's finest...Date published: 25/10/14

California's finest...

California's vineyards were largely wiped out in the 1800s by Phylloxera, meaning it took a while to replant and re-establish the area for wine production. This has largely kicked on since the 1960s and therefore in relative terms is still quite a young wine industry that exists.

The area stretches from north to south alongside the Pacific Ocean, so encounters a lot of different climates from one sub region to the next, however the one thing in common that it lacks is rain. Therefore, irrigation is a key part of the vineyard management so the wines produced are of the best possible quality.

One of the main reasons for our love of California is the full bodied and intensity of flavour that Zinfandel produces. A favourite example of this amongst all Majestic staff and customers alike is the Ravenswood! This is a great example of the grape at its best, a full bodied wine with dried fruit flavours with a well integrated alcohol content this wine is perfectly balanced.

A newer development for our tastes has been Chardonnay, it took until we had tried a very expensive Burgundian Chardonnay that we fully appreciated what this grape variety can produce when on top form. The Edna Valley and Clos Du Bois Chardonnay are both fantastic wines, full of stone fruit flavours but with an underlying nuttiness and richness. A real bargain and something that has really opened up our mind to discovering more Chardonnays.

Having battled with Phylloxera in the past, the extensive and intensive work that has gone into setting up the new vineyard areas gives it great scope for future development and improvement. So the signs are good for the future of California!


Pass the Port to the left!Date published: 25/10/14

Pass the Port to the left!

Although you aren't ready to admit it yet, the nights are getting darker and Christmas is slowly approaching! This means that in the next few weeks we are likely to be stocked with lots of Port in preparation for the big day. Here is a little Port fact file for you...

The Douro region in northern Portugal is where the grapes for Port are grown. 

Red Port grapes include: Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Cao. 

The grapes are partially fermented, and then grape spirit, or aguardente, is added, which fortifies the wine and stops the fermentation, leaving sweet, unfermented grape sugar in the finished port. 

Main Port Styles:

Vintage - Finest of the ports matured in bottle, made from grapes from the best vineyards. Vintage port throws a thick sediment, and requires decanting. 

Single quinta - A single-quinta port comes from an individual estate. 

Aged Tawny - Matured in cask for up to 40 years before bottling, older tawnies can develop flavours of nuts and figs. The age will be stated on the label.

Colheita - This is a tawny from a single vintage, matured in cask for at least 7 years. 

Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) - Port matured for 4-6 years in cask and vat,  then usually filtered so there is no sediment in the bottle. 

Crusted - This is a blend of ports from 2-3 vintages, bottled without filtration after 3-4 years in cask. A deposit (crust) forms in the bottle and it will need decanting. 

Ruby - The youngest red port with only 1-3 years' age. It will be bursting with young, spicy fruit.

So if you are looking to stock up on Port for Christmas, keep an eye in store and on our website for when all the delicious port starts to come in.


The secret to Beaujolais...Date published: 25/10/14

The secret to Beaujolais...

Beaujolais wines are always described as having a very unique characteristic in their fresh, almost confected like flavours. This is down to a certain process that the grapes are vinified which is known as Carbonic Maceration. The general idea behind the process is to keep the wine as fresh possible. 

The key thing which allows Carbonic Maceration to take place is the presence of natural yeasts in the skin of the grapes. The grapes are picked, usually in the night when the temperatures are cooler to preserve the grapes. These are then placed in steel vats and a layer of carbon dioxide is poured over the grapes. Because CO2 is a heavier gas than oxygen it forms a protective blanket that prevents the grapes from oxidizing. Then the natural yeasts get to work and begin to convert the sugars in the grapes to alcohol. Often the grapes burst which lets the fermented juice run from them freely. This wine is then collected and bottled. 


Last Chance For October Offers!Date published: 25/10/14

Last Chance For October Offers!

There's still 3 days to go, but our October promotional offers will be finishing at 7 pm next Monday, October 27th. This week is a great opportunity for you to stock up on some brilliant offers before the Christmas chaos begins.

To name but a few, we've got:

* Brancott Estate NZ Sauvignon Blanc at £6.66

* Gavi Araldica at £5.99

* Callia Bella Malbec at £5.99

* Santa Rita 120 Merlot at £5.99

* Undurraga Rose at £6.66

* Laurent- Perrier Brut Champagne at £24.99

* Bollinger Special Cuvee NV at £33.31


Whatever wines you're into, we'll find a great value one for you. So don't have any regrets, come into Majestic Wine and make the most of our fantastic offers! Look out for our new promotional brochure from Tuesday, October 28th!


All offers are subject to buying any two or more from the same offer, as part of a mixed case. Minimum purchase of 6 bottle.


Upcoming Wedding?Date published: 25/10/14

Upcoming Wedding?

If you are looking for help/advice regarding the all important refreshments for your big day then contact Majestic Wine Warehouse Winchester.

You can pop in for a chat with one our expert staff, we will be able to advise you on all our products to suit any budget.

Take advantage of our in store 'Tasting Counter' which always has a wide variety of wines open for you to sample at your leisure.

Once you have decided on the wines for your special day we can further assist you by offering:

Free glass hire

Free Chiller bin/ice bucket hire

Free delivery

Now that is all sorted the only thing we need now is the sun to come out on the day....not so reliable.


Pop up Cellar in StoreDate published: 25/10/14

Pop up Cellar in Store

We have recently received a delightful selection of fine wines from Lay and Wheeler. The wines have been stored in perfect conditions since they were purchased upon release from the producers. For Majestic to purchase these wines on the open market, prices would be in excess of 20% higher. We are therefore able to offer our customers a great selection of very high quality fine wines at the perfect time as we approach Christmas.

Supply is limited so don't miss out!


Wine Words - LodgeDate published: 22/10/14

Wine Words - Lodge

Lodge - this is a term used by British shippers of port and madeira for a building where wine is stored and matured.  One of the most famous towns is Vila Nova de Gaia on the left bank in Oporto.

A little about the Riesling grapeDate published: 22/10/14

A little about the Riesling grape

Riesling is widely planted across the world as it can produce great wines in a variety of climates. It is a fruity, aromatic grape with high acidity that is often a late harvest wine due to the grapes hardy nature. Unlike grapes such as Chardonnay, Riesling does not benefit from techniques, such as Oak ageing, due to the already distinct fruit. When aged, it produces flavours of honey and smoke.  

Caixas: A comparisonDate published: 22/10/14

CAIXAS: A COMPARISON

Caixas Albarino and Caixas Godello are both made by producer, Martin Codax, in the Galicia region in Northwest Spain.

Both wines are excellent and affordable with the Godello offering refreshing fruitiness with a hint of minerality in a style similar to wines of Chablis.

Slightly fuller in body, the Albarino offers more in the way of stone fruits on the palate with an almost honeyed flavour, without losing its fresh citrus character. Albarino grapes to make this wine were picked by Majestic staff themselves!

Caixas Godello is just £7.49* and the Caixas Albarino is just £8.49**

*Part of our 25% off range ** Part of our 15% off range


Wines at £4.99!Date published: 22/10/14

Wines at £4.99!

We are now stocking a variety of wines at just £4.99 including;

Silver Ghost Sauvignon Blanc, Chile - A simple Sauvignon with refreshing gooseberry and passionfruit flavours and a lovely clean finish.

Silver Ghost Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile - An easy going medium bodied fruity red wine. With flavours of soft red fruits and a juicy plum note.

El Torito Merlot, Spain - A youthful fruit forward red wine with a juicy palate of and ripe cherry and berry fruits.

Brecchetto Trebbiano, Italy - A dry yet soft white wine with orchard fruits with white peach and citrus.

Bricchetto Sangiovese, Italy - Light, approachable and easy drinking a fantastic all round wine!


What to expect from your BordeauxDate published: 22/10/14

What to expect from your Bordeaux

To some, mention Bordeaux and they run a mile. Seen as a wine region only for those with lots of money to spare or for those with copious amounts of wine knowledge, many people avoid this region in favour of the new world. However, really Bordeaux is such a diverse region there is a wine for everyone whether you like rich fruity, and smooth reds or wines with a bit more rustic complexity. Although French labels often are minimal in terms of information as to grape type etc once you have a rough idea of Bordeaux labels they can reveal a lot about the wine within the bottle. Furthermore, our Majestic website will tell you exactly what grapes make up each blend. For smooth and fruity look for wines which are predominantly Merlot, these will be from places like St-Emilion and Pomerol. For more complex wines which can age well look for predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon from places such as Margaux and Haut-Brion. Ask any of the Majestic staff and they would be happy to give you a greater insight into the region.


Wooden Boxes?!Date published: 22/10/14

Wooden Boxes?!

Traditionally all boxes of wine were wooden and also contained 9L of wine (12 bottles). They were also wooden boxes because they would be able to withstand the damp conditions in a wine cellar. The wine bottles would always be lying on the side instead of standing upright, this was for ageing purposes, also by keeping the cork moist it prevented oxidation of the wines making them undrinkable. However, these days more wineries are boxing 6 bottles, stood upright, in cardboard boxes. The main reason for this is due to health and safety and the high cost in manufacturing wooden boxes. 

Most wines that you will come across in wooden boxes will be expensive Fine Wines. Saying this though, when it comes around the festive time of year, more wineries start to use wooden boxes because... well they just look fantastic! Wine in wooden boxes make for great presents, honestly they really do! 


Shiraz and SyrahDate published: 17/10/14

Shiraz and Syrah

In a nutshell - yes.

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

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

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

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


What is an India Pale Ale?Date published: 17/10/14

What is an India Pale Ale?

The term pale ale originally denoted an ale that had been brewed from pale malt. Pale ale started off lightly hopped and quite different from later pale ales. But as brewing processes evolved over the next half century, pale ale was mostly manufactured with coke-fired malt, which produced less smoking and roasting of barley in the malting process, and produced a paler beer.

One such variety of beer was "October beer", a pale well-hopped beer which became popular among a richer audience, and was brewed widely at home and could be cellared for a couple of years.

India didn't come into the story until George Hodgson began selling his "October beer" to the East India Trading Company. Apparently the long sea voyage and ship's conditions benefited the beer. Over the next few decades, due to various new taxes and duties involved in the sale of beer in Europe, many brewers were forced to look at other sources of revenue. Following Hodgson's lead, many brewers began making a similar style and the term "India Pale Ale" starts getting used. With their global trade routes, the British IPAs find their way into America and became very popular and have since evolved into an almost signature style.

An India Pale Ale is a very "hoppy" tasting style that you either love or hate. The flavour is almost citric and bitter, but has a very refreshing palate. Served cold, it is a lovely change from generic tasting lager. 


Understand your grape - MerlotDate published: 17/10/14

Understand your grape - Merlot

Merlot is a dark blue-colored wine grape variety, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French name for the blackbird, probably a reference to the color of the grape. Its softness and "fleshiness", combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which tends to be higher in tannin.

We have got fantastic deals on Merlot based wines! 


Chateau de Sainte Gemme 2008 is amazing!Date published: 17/10/14

Chateau de Sainte Gemme 2008 is amazing!

The Chateau Sainte Gemme 2008 as long since been a favourite wine with Majestic Wine. It offers everything that you would expect from  Bordeaux and a £9.99 a bottle when buy two bottles in the 33% off range.

Origin

Until 1962, Château Sainte Gemme was effectively part of Lachesnaye, but it was bought by the eminent Jean Boutellier who began to bottle the estate's wine as a brand in its own right. It is a 13ha estate on the border of St-Julien, close to Gruaud-Larose and Beychevelle.

Taste

An approachable, accessible, medium-bodied wine, with a ruby core of ripe red berry fruit, accented with plenty of black pepper, toast and vanilla notes, providing satisfying complexity and length.

Mature and ready to drink. Try with goose or red meats such as lamb. Perfect wine for Christmas!!


Why aren't all wines vegetarian?Date published: 17/10/14

Why aren't all wines vegetarian?

Every so often a customer sees on our pricing stands that it says a wine is vegetarian. 
The questions that often follows is "Well, aren't all wines vegetarian?" 

When making wine, yeast is added to ferment the sugars found in the grape juice. This leaves a sediment in the wine which can lead to cloudiness. So other substances are added that help to collect the yeast cells and sediment together. As more yeast cells collect together it gets bigger and heavier, and these clumps can be filtered off. 

The use of these fining agents can also be used to help clarify the wine and sometimes remove tannins.

Now as for the agents themselves, over the years different methods have been used, ranging from gelatin, egg whites and bone char to isinglass (that is; sturgeon bladder). By the time the agents have fulfilled their purpose and fined out there is barely if any of the agent left behind, leaving us with a beautiful looking beverage!


Mumm Cordon rouge NV ChampagneDate published: 17/10/14

Mumm Cordon rouge NV Champagne

Every year, 77 different crus from the best areas of Champagne are used to create this benchmark cuvée. Many of the wines originate from Grands and Premiers Crus. 45% Pinot Noir adds structure, 25% Pinot Meunier adds fruit and 30% Chardonnay provides elegance and finesse.

This fantastic champagne is currently £30.00 a bottle. 

Presenting Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva MerlotDate published: 17/10/14

Presenting Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot

From the Colchagua Valley in the central Rapel region of Chile, this is a fruity Merlot with hints of strawberries, plums.  It is a soft, well-rounded wine which leaves a lovely, long-lasting taste in your mouth.  

Currently the Gran Reserva Merlot is on offer at £7.32 as part of our save 33% deal when you buy two wines as part of the offer.

Pilsner Urquell on offer!Date published: 17/10/14

Pilsner Urquell on offer!

Pilsner Urquell, the original pilsner from the Czech Republic, is on offer at £24 a case... that's just £1 a bottle!

Distinctly hoppy, full-bodied and deeply satisfying - a really great beer for all occasions!

And what better way to enjoy the weekend?! Grab some before it's all gone!

New in Store - Proper Job!Date published: 17/10/14

New in Store - Proper Job!

New to the Range: Proper Job, St Austell

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.

Sold as a case of 12, available for £24 when bought with any other case of ale.



Welcome to the Cellar CircleDate published: 17/10/14

Welcome to the Cellar Circle

If you love the idea of building a cellar full of diverse and exciting wines, or if a 10% discount here at Majestic would be invaluable, we have the answer for you!

Majestic and Lay & Wheeler, our fine wine partner, are very proud to launch Cellar Circle, giving you all the support and advice you need to realise the cellar of your dreams. You decide the level of guidance that you require, and your own personal adviser will always be on hand to answer any queries.

Membership starts from £100 a month, all of which will go towards your wines. Exclusive benefits and rewards include:
· 10% discount at Majestic Wine
· Free delivery to any Majestic Wine store, for collection at your convenience
· One year’s free professional wine storage for customers new to Lay & Wheeler
· A free case on the first anniversary of your membership, as a thank you from the Cellar Circle team.

For more information and to sign up visit www.cellarcircle.com. You can also give the team at Lay & Wheeler a call on 01473 313300, or to find out more, pop in and have a chat with us in store.



Last Chance to Win a case of Brancott Estate Terroir Series Sauvignon BlancDate published: 07/10/14

Our competition to win one of 5 cases of Brancott Estate Terroir Series Sauvignon Blanc closes at midnight tomorrow (Wednesday 8th October). 

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

Short Term Offers - 2 Weeks OnlyDate published: 07/10/14

Today has seen the start of some fantastic short term offers which will run until Monday 20th October.


Gestos Malbec - £6.66 when you buy 2 wines at 33% off

Cotes du Rhone Belleruche - £7.99 when you buy 2 wines at 25% off

Serena Pinot Grigio - £6.66 when you buy 2 wines at 33% off

Cava Calamino - £5.99 when you buy 2 wines at 33% off

Prosecco Rivamonte - £6.66 when you buy 2 wines at 33% off

Prosecco Zonin - £7.99 when you buy 2 wines at 33% off

Veuve Cliquot Brut NV - £29.98 when you buy 2 wines at 33% off


These offers are valid both online and in store so don't miss out.

A short guide to cellaring wineDate published: 04/10/14

Cellaring wine involves storing young wines until they are at a point where the optimum drinking pleasure can be achieved.

Some wines not only become more interesting with age but can actually require ageing to make them a pleasant drinking experience! The other reason to store young wines yourself for drinking at a later date, is the scarcity of mature wines to be had at a price you'd want to pay. Buy them when they are young at a cheaper price and you just have to wait for the wines to mature.

Medium to high quality wines can benefit from ageing but cheap wines will simply deteriorate. The choice of wine therefore is vital. Also pick wine styles you like! No good having mature wine you don't want to drink. The grape varieties that can age best are (reds) Cabernet Sauvignon Blend, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah and (whites) Chardonnay, Riesling and Sémillon.

For regions, it is safest to stick to Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône, Chablis, Sauternes and the top Piedmont, Super-Tuscans, Mosel, Californian and Australian wines.

Really there are only two places to store your wine; either in a wine warehouse (either with the merchant from whom you bought it or another warehouse) or at home. Wherever the wine is stored, it should be on its side, lying down; at a steady temperature between 8 - 13°; in the dark and away from vibrations.

For more on buying wine en primeur and long-term storage why not pay a visit to the folks at Lay & Wheeler at www.laywheeler.com


Special Parcel Viognier in Stock!Date published: 04/10/14

Laurent Miquel Verite Viognier 2012

The Miquel family have established themselves as Viognier specialists in the Languedoc, and this cuvee is the ultimate expression of their craft, which rivals the top whites of the northern Rhone. Night-harvested and partly vinified in new and old French oak barrles.

This wine has a well defined varietal characteristics of white peach, apricot and honeysuckle shine through on nose and palate. Generously proportioned, with finely integrated oak giving a balance.

The wine is excellently priced at £14.99, less then half you would expect to pay for a Condrieu.

What is Phylloxera?Date published: 04/10/14

A few vine cuttings from the New World brought to Europe spread a tiny insect called Phylloxera vastatrix, which feeds on the roots of vines. This gradually weakens and decreases the vines productivity. The European vines have no natural protection from this pest, thus vineyards across Europe were devastated. A solution was required.

 The vines in North America had a natural protection system to the pest, whereby they produce a sap that gums the jaws of the pest, unfortunately the grapes produced were not of the standard required for wine-making. Therefore viticulturists decided to graft European vines to the American rootstock. This meant they had protection from the pest, but could also produce the standard of grapes required. 

Competition Ends 8th October! Brancott Estate Terroir Series Sauvignon BlancDate published: 02/10/14

Competition Ends 8th October! Brancott Estate Terroir Series Sauvignon Blanc

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

Winchester Gin!!Date published: 20/09/14

Winchester Gin!!

A message from our newest Gin supplier, one that is very local to our store here in Winchester:


Winchester is at the heart of an area that has been cultivating watercress since the 18th Century: the local chalky earth and crystal-clear, slow-running stream create the ideal growing conditions for this incredible herb to thrive.  

The peppery oils present in watercress act as a stimulant to the taste buds and an aid to digestion, but we love its tangy flavour too. Our unique watercress-infused gin delivers a complex but finely-balanced spirit that mixes superbly with a quality tonic or in gin cocktails.

The Romans knew watercress as Nasturtium, literally meaning "Twisted Nose", from which our unique Hampshire Gin takes its name.  

Our small batch, London Dry Gin combines traditional distillation methods with ten botanicals, including both our remarkable local watercress and sweet lavender, to create a spirit that is light, fragrant and refreshing.

On drinking, the pine scent of Juniper emerges first followed by crisp citrus and deeper spice tones.  The gentle bite of the watercress appears next as the pepper oils build on the tongue, awakening your senses to the more subtle flavours of the remaining botanicals.  

The finish is long and satisfying with the flavours lingering in anticipation of the next refreshing mouthful.  

Look out for this gin appearing in your Winchester Majestic Wine store this coming week!

Wine of the week - Catena MalbecDate published: 20/09/14

Wine of the week - Catena Malbec

I love steak. There are few culinary treats for me that beat a well cooked steak (served rare to blue). Fortunately this food is one that has many great wine matches. From Bordeaux, to Australian Shiraz to Ribera Del Duero these are all wines that go down a treat with this dish. However few wines work nearly as well as Malbec do, and on a Saturday night I have been know to indulge in a bottle of Malbec and a rib eye steak. With this in mind I want to share with you my Malbec of choice, the Catena Malbec. 

From Mendoza, the heartland of Malbec this is everything you could want from the grape. It has a wonderful purple tinge in the glass, and the nose is a heady mixture of black cherry and vanilla. However what I love about this wine, is that the intoxicating nose turns into an elegant wine on the palate. The powerful black fruit and spice notes are matched with fine grained tannins and ample acidity. Making this a great wine for your steak as well very enjoyable on its own. A real all rounder.

So why not pop in store and see if you agree with me? It is currently open to taste on our tasting counter.

33% off down to £8.65 until 7pm on Monday 22nd September!!


Gin O'Clock!Date published: 20/09/14

Gin O'Clock

A classic gin and tonic is arguably one of life's bests things, but where does gin come from? How is it made?

The origins of gin basically lie in early attempts to disguise raw spirits with the flavours of herbs and spices. Those that used juniper developed into gin.

Base Materials - Gin is made from a spirit with 96% abv, flavoured with a range of botanical's; the most important of which is juniper. The base spirit can come from a number of things: molasses, sugar beet, or grain spirit. Juniper must be the dominant flavour by law with supporting roles from coriander, citrus peel, angelica, and orris root, though a whole range of botanical's can be used; they are the key to the final flavour of the gin.

London Gins - London Gin must be made via re-distillation of the neutral spirit in a pot still with juniper and the other botanical's. The most delicately flavoured gins are produced when the distiller places the botanical's in a basket in the head of the pot still, the vapours pass through and extract the flavour. This type of still is called a Carterhead still.

Distilled Gins - These are made in the same way as London Dry Gins except their flavours may be added after distillation. This method has grown in popularity in recent years as experimental producers have blended different distillates including rose petals and cucumber.

Cold Compound Gins - The cheapest way to flavour gins. They are simply added to the base spirit in the form of essential oils or artificial flavourings. These can be quite intense gins when first drunk but quickly lose their flavours and can taste artificial.

Now that you've been given a crash course in gin why not come down and buy some! We have 33% off William's Chase Extra Gin at £18.33, fantastic with some Fever-Tonic and a slice of lime.



Fine Wine Focus - Château La Vieille Cure 2007Date published: 20/09/14

Château La Vieille Cure 2007

Our choice this week is Château La Vieille Cure 2007, from the Fronsac appellation of Bordeaux. La Vieille Cure is known to have existed since the late 18th-century, but has gained global recognition since the 1980s, when the estate underwent extensive redevelopment. The blend is of around 74% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, forming a supple, well-balanced claret with an abundance of inviting fruit.

This is a cracking claret at fantastic value for money at £13.32 which is 33% off! Best of all it is also open to taste!


Punk IPA by BrewdogDate published: 20/09/14

Punk IPA by Brewdog

With so many new and exciting beers coming in, we thought it would be prudent to offer some up to taste. Try before you buy, if you will.

This week we have the Punk IPA by Brewdog

A Scottish take on a West Coast IPA, the Punk IPA is all about hops - and lots of them! This beer epitomises the craft beer culture that began in the US and has spread to the UK and Europe. It is, in fact, the beer that turned me onto super hoppy beers.

£12.99 per 6 cans, but buy any 2 packs of craft beers and you save £6 making them just £9.99!

Pale AleDate published: 20/09/14

Pale Ale

'Pale ale' is a term that arose in the early 18th century. Beers in this category are brewed with a majority of pale malts such as Maris Otter in the UK and tend to be relatively light in colour. Additional malts such as Crystal, Munich or Melanodin are usually added in small quantities to add complexity to the malt profile and impart additional qualities such as a fuller colour and richer flavours.

Several of the most common offshoots of this category are English Pale Ale; English Mild/Bitter; India Pale Ale; American Pale Ale; American IPA; Amber Ale.

IPA (abbreviation of 'India Pale Ale') is a style of pale ale that has been around since the 19th century. It denotes a hoppy style of beer and has its origins in the long sea voyages along the trade route from Britain to India of the East India Company. Higher in strength than a mild or English pale ale and highly hopped (hops have antibacterial properties), these IPAs were up to the job of withstanding long sea voyages in warm and humid conditions on the way to export markets in India.

American craft brewers built upon this tradition in the the 1980s, partly as a backlash against the mass produced beers that global companies were manufacturing at the time. This new generation took the basic pale ale recipe and added plenty of American varieties of hops that added huge amounts of bitterness along with massive aromatic appeal and tropical/citrus/pine flavours. An example of this style is Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

In the modern age, pale ale has proved itself an excellent canvas for showcasing the various flavours and aromas of different hop varieties. The water profile is often adjusted to emulate the water of Burton-on-Trent where many of the old breweries were based (such as Bass and Coors). Since this town at one point was responsible for a quarter of all UK production of beer the breweries had a massive influence and it just so happens that the local water has a high concentration of certain minerals that accentuate the bitterness of hops.

I have listed some great examples of pale ales below, all available to buy in your local Majestic!

St Austell Tribute (English Pale Ale)

Einstock Pale Ale (Pale Ale)

Camden Town Pale Ale (American Pale Ale)

Brewdog Punk IPA (American IPA)

Goose Island IPA (American IPA)

Lagunitas IPA (Imperial IPA)

Marstons English Pale Ale (English Pale Ale)

Roscoe's Amber Ale (Amber Ale)

Roscoe's American IPA (American IPA



Top Tips for a Hip DoDate published: 20/09/14

Top Tips for a Hip Do

Holding a hip party and want to impress your friends? Here are some top tips to make sure your little slice of subculture goes off with a bang:

1 - Serve your drinks in jam jars. This is now the in-thing. Don't like jam? Buck the trend and use empty soft drink bottles. Obviously remove the labels to enhance the up-cycling/re-cycling look.

2 - Sport a 1920s style 'tache. This will prove to everybody that you are truly hip, engaging in the culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a time that was whimsical and held morals in high regard. Can't grow a moustache? Buy a fake one from a joke shop. Nobody will spot the fakery as they will assume you would not indulge in such behaviour.

3 - Take pictures using an ancient pinhole camera. No need for those modern apps that can fake the qualities of an old picture. Every hip person knows that older = better. Upload to some obscure (and therefore hip) social networking site by scanning your developed photos into an ancient Mac.

4 - Make sure your outfit is missing a few buttons and there is no trace of a label, so as to appear authentically vintage. For extra hip points, carry a pipe in your top pocket.

5 - Hide your television. A hip person's friends would never entertain smashing said device; instead you will be derided for owning such a thing in the first place.


Samuel Adams Boston Lager now £24 per caseDate published: 20/09/14

Samuel Adams Boston Lager

In 1984, Jim Koch started The Boston Beer Company on a shoestring. Jim truly was an underdog. No one had heard of high-quality, full flavoured American beer. He believed in his beer, and believed that with a little luck people would try Samuel Adams and come to love it. Against the odds, a movement began, and the American craft beer revolution was born.

The Samuel Adams Boston Larger – the go to beer started it all. It helped lead the American beer revolution, reviving a passion for full-bodied brews that are robust and rich with character. Since 1984, Samuel Adams Boston Larger has only used the finest hand-selected ingredients to create this perfectly balanced, complex and full-bodied original brew.

24x330ml Bottles Only £24.00



Viognier – great all-rounder in food and wine matching.Date published: 20/09/14

Viognier – great all-rounder in food and wine matching.

Its flavours are unique, with exotic aromatics and a mouth feel of chardonnay it shows peach-skin-scents and floral notes along with balancing richness, creamy texture and high acidity.

Viognier is truly underrated in its ability to pair with food. The difference between French viognier and those from Australia, California or Chile is the ripeness factor, which is much more reliable in the New World than in Europe. This is the reason why viogniers from outside Europe can taste like a fruit basket, with explosive flavours, while those from France show more restraint and subtlety. When young it is packed with stone fruit flavours: ripe apples, pears, apricots. When aged, it can stress flavours of: nuts, marmalade and preserved-fruit notes.

With young, unoaked viognier the choice of food should suggest sweetness, but not really sweet, like Morroccan tagine of chicken, preserved lemons and cinnamon or yogurt marinated Indian style dishes. Also dishes such as braised poultry with garlic or trout stuffed with nuts and raisins. Any preparation which picks up on the fruit flavours and sweet spices of the wine will pair nicely. Other ingredients that work with this grape include rich-textured, slow cooked root vegetables, pasta and risotto and richer fish and white meats. Viognier also goes well with some shellfish, as texture and ripe fruit bring out the basic sweet flavours of quality scallops, crab and lobster. Any butter or cream based sauces can be easily matched with viognier as the texture with its balanced acidity cuts through their richness.

With aged versions, dishes which comprise nuts, dried fruit and white meat rather than seafood work best.

Viognier goes well:

With full-flavoured and rich recipes. It pairs well with thicker sauces and richly textured dishes.

With combination of fruit and sweet spice, including Indian mango chutney, Chinese plum sauce or tangy barbecue sauce.

With almost all cheeses .

With most curries. Whether it is Thai, Indian, Malaysian or Caribbean.

With smoked foods: fish, chicken, duck or cheese.

With caramelized vegetables and starches, such as roasted root vegetables, baked squash, polenta and risotto.

Viognier does not go well with:

With light starters. The wine requires something rich to match up, otherwise it will overpower the food.

With foods that are very tart. Avoid serving viognier with green vegetables, fresh green herbs, olives, capers and other sharp ingredients.

With sharp sauces such as vinaigrettes and acid dressings.

With hot dishes. Being fuller bodied and more alcoholic the wine can come as too hot.

With strong white fish. Any fish that are pungent such as sardines, anchovies, mackerel or sea bass should be avoided.



5 Top Reasons to Join the Majestic Customer ListDate published: 20/09/14

5 Top Reasons to Join the Majestic Customer List

You may have been into our store recently and heard about our exclusive customer list but decided not to join at the time. Alternatively, you may already be on our customer list but were wondering what else it is useful for. Below are five top reasons why you should sign up today if you are currently not a member!

Tried a new wine recently that you absolutely loved but can't remember the name? No problem! If you are on our customer list we can easily look up your purchase history to find out what you bought. We can then use this information to recommend you new wines to try if you are looking for something a bit different. We can also add you to our private, in-store database if you would like us to contact you about specific stock arrivals and offers.

If you are on our mailing list, you will be the first to know about our exciting new offers. We also advertise online exclusives through email, so ensure you opt-in for this if you would like to know about these deals. 

We also hold regular free wine events, including: wine courses, spotlight tastings, and a few larger wine tasting evenings. Let us know if you would like to be kept informed about these, as these are always popular events.

If you sign up in store, you'll get a voucher that gets you £10 off your 7th bottle, next time you come and see us! Already a regular customer with us? Bring along a friend, and if you both buy 6 bottles, you each get £10 off your 7th bottle!

Finally, we do free delivery on all orders, with a minimum purchase of 6 bottles.

Let us know by email or phone if your would like to join our exclusive customer list today. Alternatively you can join in-store the next time you shop with us.


Fantastic Champagne OffersDate published: 19/09/14

With the Autumn's Colours offers now in full flow it bring with it some cork popping offers on the champagne range! If its just an 'I fancy a bottle of fizz' to any special occasion you really don't need to look any further! We have a great selection of offers you really can't refuse! 

J de Telmont Grande Réserve NV Champagne

One of the few remaining, family owned Champagne houses, De Telmont produces this excellent non-vintage in a medium bodied, soft and fruity, classically yeasty style. Fabulous value.

£24.00   £15.99

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007 Champagne

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

£30.00    £19.99

Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé NV Champagne

A delicate salmon pink rosé, made in Feuillatte's soft, welcoming style. The mousse is fine and the nose is one of intense blueberry and raspberry notes. Perfect with turkey.

£30.00    £19.99

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.

£37.50    £24.99 

Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne

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

£45.00    £29.98

Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2006 Champagne

The 2004 vintage from Moët & Chandon is superbly structured and refined. Blending 50% Chardonnay with 34% Pinot Noir and 16% Pinot Meunier, the character leans towards elegance, with subtle richness.

£50.00    £30.00

Pol Roger Réserve NV Champagne

Pol Roger's historic underground cellars are 33m deep and average particularly low temperatures. They thus provide an environment uniquely suited to slow fermentation, and are responsible for this Champagne's famously super-fine mousse.

£50.00   £33.31

These offers run until 29th September 2014!

Remember we also offer a free delivery!!

Ageing WineDate published: 19/09/14

There's a saying that fine wine only improves with age, but this isn't always the case!

Let us give you a quick guide to which wines you can lay down to rest, and which you should drink immediately.

Sweet and Fortified Wines are the ultimate aging wines. Sauternes and sweet Riesling can last up to 25 years, and Vintage Port up to 50. 

Tannic Reds from Top Regions like Medoc, Burgundy, and Barolo have more than enough structure to support prolonged maturation. As a rough guide, they should be drinking very well 20 years after their vintage, though some may last even longer. 

Other Red Wines are typically best drunk within 10 years of their vintage. They may not have enough structure to support further aging, or benefit from a little freshness remaining in their profile. 

Rich Whites like Meursault and Condrieu can be drunk young, but may also benefit from 5 years of aging. After this time they will have less of a fresh fruit taste, but their rich complexity will have moved to the fore. 

Light Reds and Whites are generally best drunk young. For Sancerre, Valpolicella, Albarino, and Pinot Noir, pop them open and enjoy right away!

Wine of the WeekDate published: 19/09/14

Barista Pinotage, South Africa

Pinotage is a grape of South Africa, and is completely unique in flavour and style.

A cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, it has complex aromas of coffee and chocolate, mixed with ripe cherry fruit.

This Pinotage has been made by the maverick wine maker, Bertus Fourie, who has concentrated on drawing out the coffee like aromas of Pinotage, hence the name “Barista”.

Best enjoyed with red meats, this would be perfect with an Indian Summer Barbeque this weekend.

£7.49 a bottle – 2+bottle price

33% off Argentinian WineDate published: 19/09/14

The headline says it all.

For this weekend only we're bringing you a fantastic blanket deal of 33% off across all of our Argentinian range.

There are some great deals from the superb Vinalba Torrontes, to the beefy Catena Malbec.

Don't miss out. You have until close of play Monday 22nd September to fill your trolley.

Short term offers ending soon...Date published: 13/09/14

Gavi Montiero 2013 Rocca £5.99

Rioja Crianza 2009 Viña Eguía £6.66

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOC £6.99

Pinot Grigio Rosé 2013 Breganze £5.99

Prosecco Rivamonte NV £6.66

Fleurie 2013 Labouré-Roi £7.99

AIX Rosé Double Magnum £40

Codorníu Rosado NV Cava £6.66

Hurry, these offers will only last another week.  Order with us by calling 01962 868 708 or email win@majestic.co.uk


More wines from Ondine...Date published: 13/09/14

Carrying on with our South Africa theme I am writing to announce the arrivals of two new wines in store (hooray!)

You all know and love the Ondine Sauvignon Blanc but did you know that Majestic has recently acquired their Shiraz and Chardonnay as well?

The Red: Shiraz

Made by Ormonde Private Cellars, this is a blend of Shiraz with around 7% Cabernet, grown on the granitic Darling Hills region of South Africa's Western Cape. The wine is matured for 11 months in new and old oak barrels. A backbone of wild red and black berries, with characteristic hints of cloves and other sweet spices. The tannins are weighty and abundant yet soft and ripe in texture. The winery suggests serving with pork fillet on a bed of rocket dressed with olive oil, raspberries and pecorino.

Single bottle price - £8.99 or buy any 2 save 33.3%~ £5.99

The White: Chardonnay

With this Chardonnay, the winemakers set out to create a wine offering a combination of the respective benefits of oaked and unoaked interpretations of the variety, using cool fermentation in tank followed by only 7 months' lees ageing in barrel. Fresh lemon and peach fruit provide the backdrop, which is overlaid with gentle notes of toasted hazelnut and vanilla. Plenty of refreshing acidity and a creamy palate texture. Drink with pan-seared fish and steamed vegetables.

Single bottle price - £8.99 or buy any 2 save 33.3%~ £5.99


Malbec... from South Africa?Date published: 13/09/14

September is a time of year synonymous with new intakes. We're no different here at Majestic and can boast some fabulous new additions to our range. 

Some of these have featured on our Tasting Counter recently and we have had plenty of positive reaction. 

Why not give them a try?

First up is the Fish Hoek Malbec 2014 £5.99 (when you buy two or more bottles as part of case of six) Dark ruby in colour with purple flashes, this is a deeply fruit-driven wine that offers an abundance of ripe bramble, plum and black cherry fruit, with hints of smoky spice.


Like dry white wine?Date published: 13/09/14

Try off-dry white wine!

There is no doubt that the term 'off-dry' can be a barrier to many wine drinker's experimentation. Needlessly so. The reason for excess (or residual) sugar is that the grapes are hand-picked at full ripeness, thus maximising the richness and full flavour profile of the grape. In this case the Chenin Blanc grapes are cool fermented and bottled early to capture the grapes's inherent freshness. The secret to this freshness comes form the high acidity of the grapes, especially when grown on Vouvray's famous 'tuf' limestone soils, and which counter-balances the residual sweetness gloriously. One could not exist without the other. The results show clean apple, quince and pear fruit riding the crisp minerality, followed by a honeyed finish which coats the mouth with a lasting grippy aftertaste - the work of the sugars. This is the climax to the thrilling sensation that is achived when acidity and sweetness are in perfect harmony. As for food, the sweetness tempers spice extraordinarily well - thereby matching Eastern foods - but also seafood with sweeter or richer sauces..


Sancerre Vs. Pouilly-FumeDate published: 13/09/14

Sancerre Vs. Pouilly-Fume

The region of Loire in France is famous for producing many good quality wines, particulary White Wine. The two most famous wines from the region are both Pouilly-Fume and Sancerre, which both lie on the western edge of the Loire Region; with Pouilly-Fume being on the Eastern Bank of the Loire and Sancerre on the Western Bank. Both of the wines are made from Sauvignon Blanc. So essentially the question is, if they're both made from the same grape in relatively the same part of the world, what sets them apart?

Sancerre:

For many, Sancerre makes the best dry white wines in the world. The reason for this is due to the unique soils that are filled with rich marine fossils, which makes the soils well draining. Most Sancerre is White, with high acidity and a distinct herbaciousness not too dissimilar to the New Zealand Sauvignon's. Due to the marine fossils and the chalk content in the soils, it imparts a smoky minerality that is able to evolve in the bottle.

Pouilly-Fume:

The White wines of Pouilly-Fume are produced on soils similar to Sancerre, however here there is much more Flint in the soils. However, unlike Sancerre, they do not have the high levels of herbaciousness.

Therefore the choice comes down to personal taste, and there are many different styles inclusive of the two different wines. 


Yeast ...Date published: 13/09/14

Yeast ...

Yeast is the enzyme responsible for converting sugar into alcohol. The most important wine yeast is called Saccharomyces Cerevisae. Yeasts are naturally present on the skins of the grapes so once the grapes are crushed, fermentation will begin naturally. 

In New World Wineries, it is almost automatic practise (and beginning to be more common in the Old World) for the winemaker to select cultivated yeasts that are best adapted for the wine that is to be made. Cultivated yeasts, normally added in the form of powder, reduce the need to add sulphur dioxide and may be selected to give a particular character to a wine. Specially cultivated yeasts are essential for the production of certain wines, e.g. the secondary fermentation in Champagne requires a yeast capable of operating under extreme pressure. 

When the yeasts die at the end of fermentation, they sink to the bottom and form a sediment, which is called lees. Often white wines may be left 'on their lees' while ageing as this can give the wine extra body and character. 


Ageing run downDate published: 13/09/14

Ageing run down

There's a saying that fine wine only improves with age, but this isn't always the case!

Let us give you a quick guide to which wines you can lay down to rest, and which you should drink immediately.

Sweet and Fortified Wines are the ultimate aging wines. Sauternes and sweet Riesling can last up to 25 years, and Vintage Port up to 50. 

Tannic Reds from Top Regions like Medoc, Burgundy, and Barolo have more than enough structure to support prolonged maturation. As a rough guide, they should be drinking very well 20 years after their vintage, though some may last even longer. 

Other Red Wines are typically best drunk within 10 years of their vintage. They may not have enough structure to support further aging, or benefit from a little freshness remaining in their profile. 

Rich Whites like Meursault and Condrieu can be drunk young, but may also benefit from 5 years of aging. After this time they will have less of a fresh fruit taste, but their rich complexity will have moved to the fore. 

Light Reds and Whites are generally best drunk young. For Sancerre, Valpolicella, Albarino, and Pinot Noir, pop them open and enjoy right away!


Storing your wine...Date published: 13/09/14

Storing your wine...

Not all wines are suitable for ageing, take your typical Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc for example, fresh, zesty and acidic, storing this type of wine will just lead to these desirable characteristics being nullified.  Conversely, many of your higher quality red wines from regions such as Bordeaux will benefit and improve as a result of ageing.  So, what are the key things to consider when laying down a wine?

1) Temperature - Ideally, when storing wine you need an environment that has a cool and constant temperature, preferably between 10-15 degrees (C).  Kitchens and garages are two of the least suitable places to store wine due to the significant fluctuation in temperature.

2) Bottle Position - Wine that is sealed with a cork should be laid on its side, this ensures that the cork remains in contact with the wine.  If the cork dries out more air will be allowed in which will cause the wine to oxidise (go bad).

3) Light - Keep wines away from strong light, natural sunshine or artificial light will heat the wine and cause it to become stale.  Moreover, artificial light can cause unpleasant flavours to develop in the wine.

In an ideal world, a cellar really is the optimal environment to store wine and if you own any particularly valuable wine it's certainly worth looking in to cellaring.  A good alternative is any cupboard that has no windows or radiators, so if you have a cupboard under the stairs, that could be your best bet!


Having A Party? This Is How Much You Need!Date published: 13/09/14

Having A Party? This Is How Much You Need!

One of the most common questions we are asked by people planning a party, or even just a slightly larger gathering than usual, is how many glasses you can get out of a bottle. The guidelines below are a handy crib sheet to keep on you when planning something big - but remember, the quantities are based on our Majestic glass sizes (available for hire). The wine glasses are approximate to a pub standard sized small, about 125ml, and the flute are similarly on the small side!

One bottle of sparkling wine = 6 flutes 

So for 10 guests you will need 3 bottles (18 flutes glasses)

For a sit down dinner we recommend 1/2 bottle of wine per head.

One bottle of wine = 5 glasses 

So for 10 people 5 bottles will be perfect etc (25 glasses)


Discover CarmenereDate published: 13/09/14

Discover Carmenere

Carménére is originally a Bordeaux grape variety that was abandoned due to pests attacking and ruining the crops. Due to this the grape moved location to Chile, with a lot of wines combining it with Merlot in the 19th century. 

The grape was identified in 1994, originally thought to be Merlot, it is very similar in terms of being a light, low tannin wine. Much investigation has undergone trying to seperate Carménére from Merlot, however so far there have been no major notable differences to be found. It is a late harvesting grape that is more successful in hotter climates with more sunlight. Therefore the grape has been a lot more successful after being cultivated into Chile than when it was originally planted in Bordeaux. The wine benefits from a full bodied, deep black fruit character and is known to have slight hints of tobacco, oak and a slight smokiness which adds a little complexity to the wines taste. 


An Alternative to White BurgundyDate published: 12/09/14

Mas La Chevaliere Vignoble Peyroli Chardannay 2012, Laroche

Background:

As you may have read in the press, once again, Burgundy has been ravaged by hail storms, causing widespread damage and significantly reducing the potential yields for the third year in succession. With Burgundy stocks at an all-time low and prices rising almost on a daily basis, we have been working hard to find alternatives to Burgundy, which encapture the characteristics of the region's wines but still represent great value for money. Combining Michel Laroche's Burgundian savoir faire with the more reliable Languedoc climate, this delicious Chardonnay from high altitude vineyards achieves exactly this.

Location:

Laroche's Mas La Chevalière estate owns 8 ha of Chardonnay Peyroli. The Peyroli vineyard is situated 40km north of Beziers at an altitude of 400 to 500 metres, where the days are warms and the nights cool. This huge temperature contrast between night and day and the clay limestone soil produces perfect ripeness and an elegant minerality in the grapes. This unique vineyard provides one of the most intriguing white wines I have found from the South of France.

Technical Information:

Whole bunches are pressed in a pneumatic press then the must settles for 24 hours settling at 12 to 15° C under protective conditions.Three weeks of fermentation at 15°C in stainless steel vats and 20% in French oak barrels,Nine months ageing. 80% stainless steel vats and 20% in 3 to 4 years old French oak barrels on fine lees. Minimum filtration to preserve the maximum natural character of the wine then bottling under low pressure on a bottling line designed to protect quality.

Tasting Notes:

Pale straw colour. White fruit and white blossom aromas on the nose, with a hint of spice. Delicate fruitiness on the palate, balanced with refreshing citrus acidity. A long finish. Enjoy with crayfish, lobster, fish with sauce, Thai food or cheese. Serving : 10°C - 12°C.

£12.99 buy any 2 save 25% = £9.74 


INDIAN RUNNER PREMIUM GOLDEN ALE: Refreshingly DifferentDate published: 12/09/14

INDIAN RUNNER

PREMIUM GOLDEN ALE

Refreshingly Different

THE STORY: With a desire to produce an outstanding refreshing beer, the Indian Runner team have drawn on a wealth of brewing expertise to produce Indian Runner Golden Ale.

Brewed in the UK using a complex structure of malts and hops, this unique, refresh Premium Golden Ale is perfect drinking, whatever the occasion.

RUNNER WITH FOOD: The perfect accompaniment to dishes of all types, Indian Runner Golden Ale works particularly well with spicy food. It's lightly sparkling body and depth of flavour make it a refreshing partner to any meal.

BREWER'S TASTING NOTES:

Visual Appearance- Golden Amber.

Smell/Aroma- A sweet and hop aroma.

Texture- A lingering mouth feel that makes this a very moreish beer.

Flavour- On first tasting Indian Runner Pale Ale offers a clean, satisfying and refreshing flavour. This is followed by a distinctive vanilla character that lingers on the upper palate and gives the beer a fine balance of flavour.

MULTIBUY DEAL:

12* 500ml

£26.40 when you buy 2 cases of selected ale


New in stock: Lady SauvignonDate published: 12/09/14

Lady Sauvignon 2014 Casablanca Valley

Casablanca Valley is thought of as Chile's first cool-climate wine region. Its first vineyards were planted in the mid-1980s and quickly established a reputation for producing crisp, focused white wines, owing to the cooling effects of maritime fog and sea breezes.

Lithe and lively Sauvignon Blanc that showcases Casablanca's trademark style. Invigorating tropical fruit aromas and herbaceous notes are set against a backdrop of tangy, refreshing citrus.

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

Price: £6.66 when bought within the 33% range.

The Barossa Valley in AustraliaDate published: 12/09/14

A Majestic Guide to the Barossa Valley

The Barossa valley lies to the North of Adelaide in South Australia. It is a 30km heartland of fine wine production. German migrants from Sileasia settled here in the middle of the 19th century, and the little vineyard towns still maintain a distinctly German character. Here the soils in the valley bottom are mainly ironstone and limestone. In the hot, dry climate, old bush vines produce outstanding Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro and Cabernet Sauvignon. Classic Barossa Shiraz is full bodied, soft and mouthfilling, with the dark, ripe fruit complemented by sweet American oak. More recently a new style has evolved, with some producers making their Shiraz wines from exceptionally ripe grapes, with very high levels of alcohol, prominent oak tannins and aromas, and baked fruit flavours.

To try - 'Angels' Share' Shiraz 2012 Two Hands, McLaren Vale

Origin - 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.

Taste - 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.

Enjoy - Drink now or cellar for up to 10 years.


A Majestic Guide to the Pacific North WestDate published: 12/09/14

A Majestic Guide to the Pacific North West

The Pacific North West is a wine-producing region that straddles Washington and Oregon state in the USA. Climatically the region can be divided by the influence of the Pacific Ocean. The coastal vineyards have a maritime climate. Whilst the other vineyards of Washington have a continental climate. The American Vineyard Area (AVA) Willamette Valley lies to the west of the Cascade mountains and runs from the Columbia River in Portland south through Salem to the Calapooya mountains outside Eugene. This AVA has the highest amount of daylight hours in Oregan, whilst having cool wet winters. The high sunny conditions and large diurnal temperature range encourage the wine grapes to develop their flavour and aromatic complexity while retaining their natural acidity. This makes the area ideal for cool climate grape varieties, predominantly Pinot Noir, although Pinot Gris is also successful.

To Try - Cristom Mt Jefferson Pinot Noir 2010 Willamette Valley

The Mt Jefferson Cuvee has been produced at Cristom since 1994. It is named for Mt Jefferson (10,501 ft) in the Cascade Range that is due east of Cristom. Made with a blend of grapes from each of the estate vineyards, the Mt. Jefferson Cuvee conveys a rich diversity of place, deserving its reputation as one of the most expansive yet stylistically consistent Pinot Noirs in the world. Sweetly-scented, cinnamon and spice, bright-red forest berries. Immediately attractive, great vitality and freshness, core of seductive ripe fruit; very pretty. Drinking well now, but will develop with further cellaring.

Price - £30


Riscal Reserva 2009Date published: 06/09/14

Riscal Reserva 2009

If you are looking for a wine that defines a Rioja, than the 2009 Marqués de Riscal Reserva is the perfect choice due to the traditional method still used to produce this fantastic liquid.


The complexity of this full bodied wine can be initially uncovered by the nose, the smell of dark fruits such as blackcurrant and strawberries are prominent. These same fruits are present on the palate, yet they are accompanied by secondary characteristics such as vanilla and toasted oak. This wine can be aged for over five years to intensify the taste of this fantastic liquid. This Rioja is perfect with cold cuts, cheese and spicy red meat such as lamb.


Try this fantastic wine which is open on our tasting counter!!


Rome TripDate published: 06/09/14

Rome Trip

Last week I went to Rome for a little vacation. Naturally and expectantly I was captivated by the history, the food and the beauty of Rome. However what I did not expect, and what surprised me foremost, was the quality of the wine from the region of Lazio. Piedmont has Barolo, Veneto has Amarone, and Sicily has Nero D'Avola, but Lazio has Frascati. This white wine made from Malvasia and Trebbiano grapes was the perfect refreshment for a light lunch on a hot summers day. The fruit on the palate, and the perfect balance of acidity, make it perfect for a summer wine. If you want something to accompany seafood dishes, or to cool you down in the warm weather, then Frascati is the wine for you!  San Marco Frascati Fresco is on offer at £6.79, 15% off! 

Fine Wine Focus - Chateau La Vieille Cure 2007 FronsacDate published: 06/09/14

Château La Vieille Cure 2007 Fronsac

GRAPE: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

Situated on a single 50-acre vineyard plot in Fronsac, La Vielle Cure is said to have existed since the 18th century. The wine gained global recognition in the 1980's with the estate undergoing extensive redevelopment. Made from a blend of 74% Merlot, 22% Cabernet and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. This blend forms a supple, well balanced Claret with an abundance of inviting fruit. Drinking well now.

£19.99 or mix and match 2 bottle & save 33% = £13.32


Add some sparkle to this Autumn!Date published: 06/09/14

Add some sparkle to this Autumn!

This September we are glad to see yet more fantastic deals on fizz, with a huge variety on our 33% off deal and many other offers too. Here are a few of my favorites:

Prosecco Salatin Extra Dry NV

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.

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

£12.99 or mix and match any 2 from the 33% off offer = £8.65

L'Extra par Langlois Brut NV Crémant de Loire

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

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

£14.99 or £9.99 when you mix and match anything off the 33% off deal.

And saving the best until last of course,

Taittinger Brut Réserve NV Champagne

From Champagne's oldest cellars, this Champagne has peach and acacia notes on the nose, a citrus-fresh yet delicately honeyed palate, and a beautiful, elegant finish.

£42.00 or mix and match 2 from the 33% off deal = £27.98

And as always there are many more exciting deals to be had in store and online! If you need any advice with your wine choices do not hesitate to come in store for a chat or simply give us a call.


September Offers!Date published: 06/09/14

September Offers

We've got some great new offers in store for you this month. Some favourites, including the Giesen Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99*, but some new treats too.

These include the As Caixas Godello, and the Pizarras De Otero Mencia, both from Spain, and both at £6.66*

If you've not tried Godello before, now is the time. This is a sumptuous wine, full of rich pear and pineapple flavours, with hints of wild flowers. It is a golden delight from the inland Valdeorras region of NW Spain. The climate and geography of this area are ideal for producing this exquisite & versatile wine.

Pizarras de Otero is produced from the Mencia grape; little known but another that is gaining in popularity. From Bierzo in NW Spain, this wine is deep cherry red with subtle violet hues. Deep aromas of strawberry, plum & blackberry compliment the fruit-filled palate that is underpinned by mineral notes, and has soft tannins and a lingering crisp finish. This would be a great match for rich tomato and herb sauces.

*These wines, and many more, are at a fantastic 33% off when you buy 2 or more within the same promotion. 



White wine of the weekDate published: 06/09/14

White Wine of the Week

Killka Chardonnay

Grape

Chardonnay

Origin

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

Taste

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

Enjoy

Ideal accompaniment for creamy-textured pasta and chicken dishes.

£8.99 in the 25% off selection


Red Wine of the weekDate published: 06/09/14

Red Wine of the Week

Tucumen Cabernet Sauvignon

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin

This Cabernet is made by Bodega Budeguer, a family-owned winery whose estate covers over 100 hectares, predominantly in Maipu. Winemaker Juan Manuel Mallea brings with him experience of working at wineries in Spain's Toro and Ribera del Duero regions.

Taste

A bright, youthful ruby red, this is a vivacious and fruit-driven wine full of ripe blackberry character, accented by aromas of eucalyptus and black pepper.

Enjoy

Drink now or cellar for up to 3 years. Best enjoyed with firm, mature cheeses.

£7.99 in the 33% off selection



Wine of the Week - Matua Sauvignon BlancDate published: 06/09/14

Matua Sauvignon Blanc

Matua is a Maori word which translates as 'head of the family', and is somewhat appropriate for this winery, which was part of New Zealand's first wave of modern winemakers who began making great Sauvignon Blanc in the mid-1970's.

A great all-round Kiwi Sauvignon, combining tangy grapefruit and gooseberry flavours with hints of passion fruit and capsicum, all delivered with an explosion of refreshing acidity.

Chill well and enjoy as a mouthwatering dry aperitif.

£6.66

in the 33% off selection 


33.3% OFF SELECTED SPIRITS!Date published: 06/09/14

33.3% OFF SELECTED SPIRITS

We have some bin ended spirits that form part of the 33% off 'mix 'n' match' promotion. Once they're gone they're gone. 

Still available in store:

2 x Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey - £19.99 (Any one like JD on the sweet side?)

6 x Gordon's & Elderflower Gin - £13.32 (Summer's fighting back. Try this with apple juice)

10 x Ciroc Vodka - £23.32 (Excellent value for a high brand vodka with high taste)


New German Riesling parcelDate published: 06/09/14

New German Riesling parcel

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

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

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

Follow the link to pick some up

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


Pinot Noir ExplainedDate published: 05/09/14

Pinot Noir Explained

Pinot Noir is grown in many wine producing regions across the globe, but is more famously associated with the wines of Red Burgundy - where it produces some of the finest, most expensive red wines in the world. 

Pinot Noir is traditonally a very difficult grape to grow, it's thin skin makes it susceptible to rot and it is extremely sensitive to wind and frost in the vineyard. It takes a skilled winemaker to make to get this varietal to flourish. Its highly sensitive nature also makes it extremely reactive to terroir, meaning Pinot grown at certain sites can lead to very specific characteristics in the wine. Thus, it is common for people to have a certain preference to appellations within Burgundy itself, be it Nuit-Saints-George or Gevrey-Chambertin, despite the wine being made from the same grape grown relatively close to one another.

Certain areas in the New World have also gained prestige when it comes to producing Pinot. The USA has stamped its mark, producing quality Pinot Noir in California's Sonoma County, and also in Willamanette Valley that stretches between Washington and Oregan state. The high diurnal temperature variation within this area allows the Pinot to develop the complexity associated with Burgundian Pinots'.  New Zealand has also taken the variety, producing some fruity, yet meaty Pinots, with strong examples coming from Central Otago. Cental Otago is the most Southerly wine producing region in the world, but benefits from a unique climate created by the two mountain ranges surrounding it.

Pinot Noir is also a permitted varietal in Champagne production - where it has more plantings than any other region in France. Its addition to the blend provides a fruity character and element of body and structure.

A truly versatile varietal, requiring devout love and attention, but when done well, can produce truly stunning wines.


To try - Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2012 Mt Difficulty, Central Otago


Mount Difficulty is a boutique winery located in Bannockburn in Central Otago. The Bannockburn area is internationally recognized as one of the few places in the world where the petulant Pinot Noir variety has found a home outside Burgundy.

This wine exhibits a lovely mix of red and black berry fruits with further complexity gained from oak spice. These characters are balanced by soft tannins, balanced acidity and a fruit-driven finish.

Enjoy this is a cracking, complex wine to be enjoyed over the next five years. Enjoy with pork loin and peach chutney or rabbit casserole.

Price - £18.00 when buying two fine wines.


Short term offer: Matua Sauvignon just £6.66!Date published: 04/09/14

Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Marlborough

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

Matua is a Maori word which translates as 'head of the family'. This is somewhat appropriate for this winery, which was part of New Zealand's first wave of modern winemakers who began making great Sauvignon Blanc in the mid-1970's.

Taste

A great all-round Kiwi Sauvignon, combining tangy grapefruit and gooseberry flavours with hints of passion fruit and capsicum, all delivered with an explosion of refreshing acidity.

Enjoy

Chill well and enjoy as a mouthwatering dry aperitif.


Shaw and Smith 2012Date published: 04/09/14

Shaw and Smith 2012 -  Australian Shiraz in Stock!

History

During the 1980s and 1990s, most growers considered the Adelaide Hills to be too cool for growing Shiraz. However some of the slightly warmer and drier parts of the Hills suit Shiraz well, and can produce a spicy medium bodied style of Shiraz that is more a wine of elegance and fragrance than of density and power.

Vintage

2012 was an excellent vintage, with below average crops of very flavourful; grapes. The weather leading up to harvest was mostly dry, allowing picking to be done at just the right time.

Maturation

Aged in new, old and two year old French barriques for 14 months.

Cellar potential

Will repay careful cellaring for 7-10 years

Strength

13.5% abv

Price

£25


Web Exclusive Parcel - Mosel RieslingDate published: 04/09/14

A mixed case containing 3 bottles of the QbA Riesling and 3 bottles of Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett.

The wines are from Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium and Bischöfliche Weingüter Trier. Both are well regarded producers and we have stocked many of their wines over the years and this parcel is fantastic; classic zingy Mosel Riesling with some peachy sweetness.

The whole parcel can be found online at 

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


Planning a Party?Date published: 04/09/14

Planning a party? Then look to further than Majestic.

Not only have we got a massive selection of wines to suit all tastes, we've also got beers, ciders, spirits, soft drinks and glass hire to make your life much easier.

Pop by and we can answer any questions for you, and give you a quote.

We also provide a full sale or return policy on all products, so you can rest assured that you won't have bottles and bottles left over.


Grape of the Day: ArneisDate published: 04/09/14

Arneis is a white Italian wine grape variety originating from Piedmont, Italy. It is most commonly found in the hills of th eRoero, northwest of Alba, where it is part of the white Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) wines of Roero.

Arneis (meaning little rascal, in Piemontese) is so called because it is regarded as a somewhat difficult variety to grow. It is a crisp and floral varietal, and has been grown for centuries in the region. The white wines made from the Arneis grape tend to be dry and full body with notes of pears and apricots.

Try our Roero Arneis by Marco Porello at £8.99 on our 25% off deal for a fantastic Italian white wine. 

Screwcap or cork?Date published: 04/09/14

Screwcap or cork?

We are now seeing evermore wines bottled under screwcap. They certainly provoke debate, with many displeased with their appearance as well the loss of the ceremony of opening a bottle sealed with a cork. A myth that immediately needs dispelling is that wines do not age under screwcap as it is a perfect seal. This is untrue, a screwcap is far from a perfect seal and does allow some oxygen ingress. More expensive screwtops are even designed to allow a prescribed amount of oxygen transfer into the bottle. What's more, after trials by many wineries, wines are said to age better under screwcap and certainly more consistently than under their natural counterparts. It is estimated that 1-3% of bottles sealed by cork suffer from the dreaded cork taint. Admittedly very long term aging of wines hasn't been completed under screwcap and screwcaps often can give 'reductive' aromas and flavours in younger wines; where sufficient oxygen hasn't entered the wine to prevent sulphur compounds forming. Many screwcap advocates will, however, say that this can be easily dealt with if the wine is treated correctly at the winery. 

In all honesty it is hard to present a case for corks. They are a natural, renewable resource and cork forests do support a huge and diverse ecosystem and harvesting the bark of the cork trees is actually essential to sustaining this. That is probably the best I can say for them. I think that it is very telling that when the Plumpjack Winery of Napa Valley put half of its $150 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon under screwcap and half under cork, the screwcapped wine sold out first. I certainly know which closure I would prefer my most precious bottles to have.            


Au Bon Climat HildegardDate published: 04/09/14

Au Bon Climat 'Hildegard'.

An intriguing blend of 50% Pinot Gris, 40% Pinot Blanc and 10% Aligote, inspired by the oft-forgotten white varieties of Burgundy.  'Hildegard' is a recreation of the original planting of the Corton Charlemagne vineyard in 800 A.D

This unusual wine has a deliciously supple texture and a deceptive complexity.

Aromas of apple, almond and freshly baked cake from time in French Oak, waft above the glass like notes from the Pied Piper's flutel  Impossible to resist and a marvelous exchange for the routine of Chardonnay.

It doesn't get better than this for £28!



Best of the Bunch...Date published: 04/09/14

La Rioja Alta's Vina Ardanza is the best selling red wine from our Fine Wine range. Find out for yourself why!

Grape:Tempranillo, Garnacha

Origin:One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown inthe bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, andnamed after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining underfamily ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas.

Taste:Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spiceand red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body ofspicy tannins and layers of flavour.

Enjoy: Enjoy over the next decade as the richness and power will soften to spiceand earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck



Parcel Series Shiraz from Clare ValleyDate published: 04/09/14

Parcel Series Shiraz 2012 Western Cape

Grape

Syrah-Shiraz


Origin 

An exclusive bottling for Majestic, made by one of South Africa's most well-established producers. Hand harvested from vineyards in Paarl, Darling and Stellenbosch, the grapes are cool fermented before maturation in second-fill French and American oak barrels.

Taste 

A nose predominantly of mulberry and plum, with nuances of coriander and savoury spice. The rich fruit on the palate is framed by muscular tannins and an enduring liquorice character.

Enjoy 
Best served with a barbecue; try this with chargrilled venison burgers. 
£6.74 When you buy at least 2 Bottles as part of a mixed case of 6.

BrewDog Punk IPADate published: 04/09/14

With so many new and exciting beers coming in, we thought it would be prudent to offer some up to taste. Try before you buy, if you will.

This week we have the Punk IPA by Brewdog

A Scottish take on a West Coast IPA, the Punk IPA is all about hops - and lots of them! This beer epitomises the craft beer culture that began in the US and has spread to the UK and Europe. It is, in fact, the beer that turned me onto super hoppy beers.

£12.99 per 6 cans, but buy any 2 packs of craft beers and you save £6 making them just £9.99!

German Wine Phrases ExplainedDate published: 30/08/14

There can be many confusing phrases used on German wine bottles so here is a selection of the most common.

Troken - dry

Kabinett - made with fully-ripened grapes and tend to have some sweetness

Spatlese - late harvest wines which have sweetness but are not dessert wines

Auslese - select harvest wines made from very ripe hand-picked grapes in a wide range of styles

Beerenauslese (BA) - select berry harvest made from hand-picked grapes affected by noble rot giving it a lot of sweetness

Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA) - select dry berry harvest made very rarely and from shrivelled and very overripe grapes

Eiswein - ice wine made from naturally frozen grapes giving luscious sweet wines

Grosses Gewachs - top level dry wines from specific sites 

PinotageDate published: 26/08/14

South Africa's "signature" grape Pinotage is an example of a modern day success story in grape breeding. Created in 1925 as a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault in an attempt to make a version of Pinot Noir that was easier to grow, Pinotage is in fact something entirely different.

Typical characteristics of a Pinotage are bramble fruits and earthy flavours. Often blended but sometimes able to stand on it's own it is distinctly South African (which some in South Africa see as a negative as they try to emulate Old World styles). At its best Pinotage is rich and very smooth.

Barista Pinotage 2013 Western Cape £9.99

Intense on the nose, with a bouquet of coffee, chocolate and cherry, with meaty, savoury hints. The tannins are ripe, perfectly suiting the round and mouth-filling plum and mulberry fruit.

Kanonkop Pinotage 2011 Stellenbosch £20 when you buy 2

Full-bodied and concentrated with lashings of spicy oak integrated seamlessly in with the ripe fruits, red and black berries, raspberry, plum and hints of banana.


Franciacorta Vs ProseccoDate published: 26/08/14

One of the new wines to grace the Majestic shelves is the Berlucchi Cuvee Imperial, Franciacorta, or Italian sparkling to put it more simply. 

Franciacorta is a region in Lombardy which gives the local sparkling wines their name. Ten years before they were made a DOC Guido Berlucchi was first to produce the style commercially. 

This sparkling wine is fermented in bottle whereas Prosecco is tank fermented. The two different types of fermentation make for differing styles of sparking. The Prosecco's have a light fruity taste as less of the wine has come into contact with the yeast during fermentation. The Chardonnay based blend of the Franciacorta is a supremely elegant wine with a light footed feel on the palate. It is generously fragranced with pear, golden apple and a citrus character. Best served with mixed antipasti or fresh cheese. Prosecco is great to drink with appetizers as it is a much lighter affair.

Wine and CheeseDate published: 26/08/14

Cheese and Wine have always been put together as a great food and wine match. But did you know different types of cheese match better to different wines? 

Mature Cheddar and Bordeaux This is a great match, which shows off both the food and wine to their full extent. As with all food and wine matches, the idea is to find things which complement each other and show each component at its best. The protein in the cheese softens the tannin in the Bordeaux, making it melt in your mouth and release all the rich fruit and savoury characters within.

Goats Cheese and Loire Sauvignon Blanc. It may seem unusual to have cheese with a white wine, but the creaminess and strong flavour of goats cheese balances perfectly with the crisp acidity and aromatics of a Sauvignon, especially something from the Loire Valley.

Blue cheese and desert wine. Again, not something many of us would instinctively reach for, but a sticky sweet wine, such as a Sauternes matches the saltiness of a blue cheese. And with both having a similar intensity of flavour, its a great match. Throw in some Pate as well for a real treat!

We're always thinking about food and wine here, so if you ever want some recommendations for a particular dish or style of food, just ask!


Vintage Guide 2008 - FranceDate published: 26/08/14

Vintage Guide 2008 - France

Bordeaux: A very highly regarded vintage producing wines with excellent ripeness and elegance. Enjoyable in the medium term.

Burgundy: A difficult growing season was rescued by good weather before the harvest. Good producers made good wines from reduced yields.

Beaujolais: Variable weather but a decent vintage overall with well-timed picking producing some wines with good ripeness and body.

White Burgundy: Yields were low but very good quality overall and the wines are generally intense and firmly structured with good acidity and ageing potential.

Loire: Early frosts and cool overall conditions meant lengthy ripening, lowish yields and a late harvest. Quality above average.

Rhone: A solid vintage despite some poor weather early in the season. Yields very low. Wines tend towards balance and elegance rather than power.

Southern France: Average overall with balanced, good quality reds. Some producers struggled with white varieties although quality is generally OK.


Grape of the Day: MourvedreDate published: 26/08/14

Grape of the day: Mourvedre

This excellent quality grape has been used more than other lesser varieties in Chateauneuf-du-Pape blends in recent years. It is grown extensively throughout Southern France and under the name of the Mataro in Spain. This is one of Australia's widest cultivated black grapes but is a declining force in California.


Wine of the WeekDate published: 26/08/14

This week's wine of the week is the Amalaya de Colomé Malbec Blend 2013 Salta


An interesting blend dominated by 70% of Argentina's signature Malbec. Spice and cassis fruit come to the blend with the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and the dark-skinned Tannat. Amalaya de Colomé are one of the oldest producers in Argentina, formed in 1831.


Deep ruby with purple tinges, red cherries and cassis are key components to this wine, as well as the usual dark fruit characteristics of Malbec. Careful use of oak adds vanilla and spice


Enjoy with steak pie, or rich, spicy casseroles. Also a perfect wine with summer barbecues (if the weather becomes warm and sunny again!)


£7.99 when you buy any 2 wines at 33% off (single bottle price £11.99)*

*Price subject to purchase as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles or more


Simply The Best!Date published: 23/08/14

We have just replenished our stocks of  Krug Grande Cuvee in store so we're exploring what makes this top shelf champagne so special. Krug's uncompromising and single-minded determination to produce the best Champagne is legendary, resulting in unquestionably one of the finest Champagnes in the world.

On the palate you get notes of toasted bread, hazelnut, nougat, citrus and jellied fruits, as well as hints of apple, blossom, almonds, marzipan, sweet spices, brioche and honey.

This wine is an extraordinary blend of over 120 wines from 10 different vintages, some of which may reach 15 years of age. Blending so many vintages gives Krug Grande Cuvee its unique fullness of flavours and aromas.

"All our anecdotes and stories influence our culture, stirring the senses and the heart. In the end, they carry us to where we want to go, to what we want to create: a hand-crafted exquisite Champagne that leaves no one indifferent." Oliver Krug, Sixth generation of the Krug family.

£140  £125


New IPA... Lagunitas!Date published: 23/08/14

A new beer has landed!

Brewed in California, this is a typically hoppy, strong IPA, in the style that's so popular at the moment.

Here's what the makers themselves have to say....

"Thanks for choosing to spend the next few minutes with this special, homicidally hoppy ale. Savour the moment as the raging hop character engages the Imperial qualities of the Malt Foundation in mortal combat on the battlefield of your palate!"

So it sounds pretty powerful.

Priced at £10.99 per 6-pack in our Craft Beer & Cider offer - buy any 2+ packs of selected Craft Beer & Cider and save £6 (single pack price £13.99).


Still 33% Off!Date published: 23/08/14

Gavi 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.

£7.99/bottle*

Mâcon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2013 Louis Jadot

The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the superior quality vineyards from around the village of Loché, southwest of Mâcon in southern Burgundy. Made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish. A nice apéritif, this will also partner fish dishes and chicken well.

£8.99/bottle*

Pouilly-Fumé 2012 Jean Vincent

Father-and-son team Jean and Vincent Chatelain are the 11th and 12th generations of an illustrious winemaking family, based in the heart of Pouilly-sur-Loire. Each parcel of their 30ha estate is vinified individually to maintain the character of each plot. An intensely aromatic wine, with a nose that centres on gooseberry fruit, enhanced by a smoky, flinty character. This mineral theme continues all the way to the long, steely finish. A mouthwatering, dry aperitif wine, also ideal with fresh shellfish dishes.

£9.99/bottle*

*When you buy any 2 from the 33% off range.

Free Glass Hire!Date published: 23/08/14

As long as you buy your wine from us, we will happily provide you with the glasses to put it in!!

The Majestic Free Glass Loan service includes wine glasses, flutes, hi-ball tumblers and pint glasses.

All we ask for is a £1-a-glass deposit, payable in advance, and that the glasses are returned to us clean and ready for re-use. The deposit is fully refundable – all you pay for is breakages. 


How Should I Store My Wine?Date published: 23/08/14

Not all wines are suitable for ageing, take your typical Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc for example, fresh, zesty and acidic, storing this type of wine will just lead to these desirable characteristics being nullified.  Conversely, many of your higher quality red wines from regions such as Bordeaux will benefit and improve as a result of ageing.  So, what are the key things to consider when laying down a wine?

1) Temperature - Ideally, when storing wine you need an environment that has a cool and constant temperature, preferably between 10-15 degrees (C).  Kitchens and garages are two of the least suitable places to store wine due to the significant fluctuation in temperature.

2) Bottle Position - Wine that is sealed with a cork should be laid on its side, this ensures that the cork remains in contact with the wine.  If the cork dries out more air will be allowed in which will cause the wine to oxidise (go bad).

3) Light - Keep wines away from strong light, natural sunshine or artificial light will heat the wine and cause it to become stale.  Moreover, artificial light can cause unpleasant flavours to develop in the wine.

In an ideal world, a cellar really is the optimal environment to store wine and if you own any particularly valuable wine it's certainly worth looking in to cellaring.  A good alternative is any cupboard that has no windows or radiators, so if you have a cupboard under the stairs, that could be your best bet!


Loire!Date published: 23/08/14

As you may be aware last week was our Loire and Beaujolais tasting week, so lets have a loot at what we have learnt. Part 1, a crash course on the Loire Valley in France and some insight into each of it's regions.

The Loire is France's longest river, running 600 km from the Ardéche to the Atlantic Ocean.  Its wine producing areas are generally split into four regions, all with their different styles.

1)  The Cental Vineyards:  Located ironically on the most westerly part of the Loire, the name derives from its location in France.  The most well known appellations are Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé.  They are both known for producing some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc's in the world, which are dry and known for their distinctive herbaceous style with notes of elder flower, gooseberry and lime zest.  Although this makes the lions share of production, Sancerre also produces some Pinot Noir which are light and fruity.

2) Touraine:  Moving further along we find Touraine and its famous appellation, Vouvray.  Wines from Vouvray are made from Chenin Blanc and come in a variety of styles from dry to sweet, still to sparkling.  These wines are usually high in acidity and tend be accompanied with notes of stone fruits, pears combined with a mineral edge.  Chinon and Bourgueil are where you will find the reds, which will mainly be made from Cabernet Franc.  These tend to display characteristics of red fruits, such as strawberry and raspberry with an underlying herbal streak and grippy tannins.

3) Anjou-Samur:  The heartland of the Loire, which has an equal split of white, red and rosé production.  The Cabernet d'Anjou appellation is famed for is rosé wines, known for being medium sweet in style displaying flavours of strawberry, redcurrant and a little gooseberry.  Samur is the home of the majority of Cremant d'Loire, sparkling wines that can offer a pleasant alternative to champagne.  Made from Chenin Blanc, these exhibit tastes of citrus, golden apple and rounded biscuity finish.

4) The Nantais:  Reaching the Atlantic end of the Loire, The Nantais.  Wines from this region hail from Muscadet and are produced using the grape Melon de Bourgogne. These are bone dry white wines,  with a crisp high acidity along with grassy, green apple and mineral characteristics.  A wonderful aperitif, but a must with plain seafood such as oysters, mussels or white fish with a lemon butter.

Hopefully this will help you with your next trip to the Loire, if you're not heading there soon then head on down to us and try wines from all these regions.

Cheers!      


Italy!Date published: 23/08/14

There is a uniqueness to Italian wines that to me reflects the history of the country, much as the wines of France reflect their unique terroir. There remains everywhere remnants of ancient influence that encapsulate the fascinating relationship between Italy and wine. Long before the Romans were harassing their neighbouring cities in the first throes of empire, the Etruscans had perfected the high-training viticultural practise that is still evident in some areas today. The Romans planted vineyards almost everywhere citizens settled after the legions had appropriated more land. Just like today, masses of wine was made for domestic consumption, explaining Italy's perennial title as one of the top two producers of wine by volume (the other being France). As Cicero once said, 'In Vino Veritas' - In wine there is truth.

One of the (admittedly selfish) benefits of this vast consumption is that over here we tend to only see the higher quality wines. Since the 1970s Italian wine making has undergone a transformation from a somewhat backward and stringently traditional industry to one that regularly turns out world-class products. The fate of Chianti, for example, once lay in the straw-basketed flasks found in every taverna. New regulations in the mid-1980s were aimed at improving the quality and by the 2000s its reputation had been largely restored.

One of the catalysts of this change was arguably the actions of Tenuta San Guido on the Bolgheri coast, about 25 miles south-west of Chianti. The first vintage of Sassicaia was released in 1968 and started a trend that still has not abated – that of the Super-Tuscan. It highlighted the quality of Cabernet-Sauvignon that could be produced in the region and demonstrated that excellent wines could be made while not adhering to legislation. As a result, these great wines begun to be released as 'table wine' allowing producers to experiment more and more. It bought Italy, in particular Tuscany, much admiration from across the globe.

And then there is Barolo. Pretender to the throne, it has a swagger and appeal that King Bordeaux can struggle with. The Barolo producing towns sit at the foothills of the Alps in Piedmont, north-west Italy. In a move towards modernisation many producers now use American or French rather than Slovenian oak and aim for a more fruit forward style. But don't be fooled – these are dense yet aromatic wines that require time to be at their best. And when they are at their best they are close to being unbeatable.

And this is why I love Italian wines. The flavours of the countryside wrapped up in the history and culture of the last few thousand years. From the aromatic off-dry Gewurztraminer of the Alto-Adige to the smooth and chocolatey Nero d'Avola of Sicily, there really is something for everyone. The sheer diversity makes it an adventure of epic proportions.


Offers Ending Soon!Date published: 23/08/14

The bank holiday is fast approaching, and everybody needs some wine to make it through! Why not go for a Marlborough Sauvignon and try the Giesen as its only £6.99*! Or opt for a classic Burgundian White with theMacon Lugny Louis Latour which is only £9.99!

Maybe you are celebrating something this weekend and need some fizz, why not try the Cordoniu Brut, a cracking cava from spain, and it won;t break the bank at £6.66*!

Having a BBQ and need some reds, then why not try the fruity approachable Ramon Bilbao spanish red, only £6.66. Or if you want a real, honest to god bargain, go for the Grifone Montepulciano D'Abruzzo which is an incredibly £4.99*!!

Why not pop in store now to make the most of these offers!

*multi-buy price


New Fine Wine - Chablis 1er Cru 'Mont de Milieu' 2012, LarocheDate published: 23/08/14

This premier cru Chablis from Laroche is made by collecting whole bunches in a pneumatic press, then settling the juice for 12 hours at 10 to 12°C in large tanks. Fermentation then takes place in 228-litre oak barrels, before 6 months of ageing, also in oak. Minimal filtration is used to preserve and maximise the natural character of the wine.

You can now get this wine @ £20 on a special deal if buy two selected fine wines and/or spirits and save £10 (£25 single bottle price)


Chocolate Block is Back!Date published: 23/08/14

We've just taken delivery of the ever-popular Chocolate Block by Boekenhoutskloof.

A superb wine, this always sells out very fast, so call us today if you'd like some!

Currently priced at £22 a bottle when you buy any 2+ selected Fine Wines and Spirits (otherwise £27)


Wine of the WeekDate published: 19/08/14

Errazuriz Estate Series Carmenère 2013 Aconcagua Valley

This week's wine of the week is part of the summer selection and is perfect to accompany your Bank Holiday BBQs.


Sourced from our vineyards in the Valle de Aconcagua. This region features a Mediterranean climate. From hand picked grapes, fermented in stainless steel and aged in French and American oak barrels.


On the palate, this medium-bodied wine is structured by big, mouth-filling tannins. Spicy notes linger on the palate, with hints of dark chocolate and coffee, through the long, pleasant finish. 


£6.99 when you buy any 2 wines at 33% off (single bottle price £10.49).

Spotlight on... RuedaDate published: 18/08/14

Rueda is a historic Spanish white wine zone named after the town on the main road from Madrid to Leon. In the Middle Ages, vineyards flourished here but decline followed after the ravages of phylloxera devastated the region.

For most of the 20th Century the local Verdejo grape was Rueda's sleeping beauty. It was awoken in the 1970s when Bodegas Marques de Riscal recognized the potential for dry white wine and sold a fresh Rueda white alongside its Rioja reds. Rueda was awarded DO status in 1980. Two forms of Rueda exist: fortified and unfortified. The fortified wines are declining and are mostly sold in bulk locally and on the Spanish coast.

In contrast, modern Rueda is a light, fruity dry white wine. It may be made form a blend of Viura and Verdejo or it may be a Sauvignon Blanc varietal. Rueda Superior must contain at least 85% Verdejo and , as more farmers convert their vineyards, there are ever more varietal wines.

Here are two of our favourites from the region:

Vega de la Reina Verdejo 2011/2012 Marques de la Concordia, Rueda - £6.99 when you buy 2 or more

This wine was awarded “Best White Wine in the World” and a Grand Gold medal at the Concours Mondiale de Bruxelles 2012. Spain's alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, the Verdejo grape offers wines with exceptional intensity on the nose and a clean, citrussy palate, yet with a little more softness.

Vega de la Reina Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marqués de la Concordia, Rueda - £6.99 when you buy 2 or more

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


Grapes & YeastsDate published: 18/08/14

Funnily enough, the purpose of the grape is not to make wine. Vines produce grapes as part of a lure to transplant their seeds in an attempt to reproduce and increase their population. The sugar content is attractive to birds who eat the grapes, and the grape seeds, and fertilise them using their droppings.

However, just incase the birds do not fall for the wicked trick and don't eat the grapes, the vine wants to re-use the sugar to grow. It has, therefore, developed a unique system to ferment this sugar. The grape has a waxy layer to attract wild yeast. These yeasts are needed to break down the grapes' sugars into alcohol. The alcohol is broken down by one of natures alcoholics; vinegar bacteria. They turn this wild wine into an organic vinegar which drips onto the forest floor and is taken up again by the vine.

Some producers choose to kill these wild yeasts off. They want to create a uniform wine which tastes the same and can easily be controlled during fermentation. Instead of the natural yeast, they will use a cultured yeast. What the natural yeast brings to a wine is character and individuality; something special and unique to that vineyard.


Rioja De-MystifiedDate published: 18/08/14

Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva - What's the Difference?

Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are age categories that have to be used by law for Spanish wines. Many producers will exceed the minimum aging requirements.

Crianza - Red wines must be aged for a minimum of 24 months, of which 6 are spent in small oak barrel. White and rose wines must be aged for at least 18 months. This is the fruitiest style.

Reserva - These are generally wines from selected vats of better vintages , and red wines must be aged for a minimum of 36 months, with at least 12 months in small oak barrels and the rest in bottle. White and rose wines must be aged for 18 months with 6 months in oak barrels and the rest in bottle.

Gran Reserva - These wines are only produced in exceptional vintages, and red wines must be aged for a minimum of 60 months with at least 18 months in small oak barrels, and the rest in bottle. These wines develop more complex oak characters such as tobacco, leather and spice like clove and vanilla. They also have more dried fruit notes such as raisin and fig.


Food & Wine Matching... GrouseDate published: 18/08/14

Grouse has quite a strong, gamey-flavour that can cope with a full-flavoured red wine. However like all poultry you need to beware of tannin and select wines that are not too tannic. A couple of good options for Roast Grouse are either a northern Rhone Crozes-Hermitageor a good quality Pinot Noir. But you could even try a strong, rich, fruit driven red like from the Languedoc.

Crozes Hermitage 

Yann Chave's offering is 100% Syrah which has plenty of blackberry, violets and sweet spice with a lovely peppery finish. A very choice at £15.99 

Chapoutier's Crozes-Hermitage is again 100% Syrah but it has a very pleasing herby quality to it and a smoother finish at £14.86...slightly different to Yann Chave's.

Pinot Noir 

Coney Pizzicato from the Martinborough area in New Zealand is bursting with ripe cherry, black fruit and a smokey opulence  with a nice savoury finish. A real winner that out paces all Burgundian options around the same price (in my opinion) at £17.50

Languedoc 

Gerard Bertrand's Grand Terroir Montpeyroux is a very tasty blend of Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah which has wonderful concentration of ripe fruit flavours and a peppery finish. A very enjoyable wine indeed at £9.34


Flexi-tubs are here!Date published: 18/08/14

New to the Majestic Range!

Flexi Tub

Perfect for parties, the Flexi Tub is light, flexible, and easy to carry. The Flexi Tub has a 40 Litre capacity and can hold approximately 12 bottles of wine. The easy way to chill your wine and beer for barbeques and parties and still have enough room in the fridge for the party food!

Only £4.99


A little on ChablisDate published: 18/08/14

A little on Chablis

The town Chablis lies in the valley of the River Serein, surrounded by hills. The best vineyard sites are on the well-exposed slopes as here they receive most sun and also protection.

Chablis AC: Can be a little bitter with green-plum fruit character and high acidity. Perfect for a less expensive easy drinking dry white for these summer evenings in the garden.

Chablis Premier Cru AC: These vineyards are always on the well-exposed sites. They show riper fruits flavour with lemon citrus, more body with a softer, creamier texture. They will also have more mineral aromas and acidity. Names to look for are: Montèe de Tonnerre, Vailluons and Fourchaume.

Chablis Grand Cru AC: Vineyards lie on the hillside across the river from Chablis. These wines may have more complex characteristics with smokey aromas and beautifully mouth-watering finish. The names to look for are: Les Clos, Vaudèsir, Blanchot and Grenouilles, to name a few.

Know your Bordeaux Vintages: A quick guideDate published: 18/08/14

Know your Bordeaux Vintages: A quick guide

2010: Widely acknowledged to be one of the best vintages of modern times, with quality generally outstanding from all communes.

2009: Warm, clear days and cool nights produce done of the finest vintages ever. Top wines have immense cellar potential and first-growths hit record prices.

2008: A very highly regarded vintage, producing wines with excellent ripeness and elegance,enjoyable in the medium term.

2007: A cool and damp vintage, rescued by warm temperatures late in the season. Some underripe and early-drinking wines, especially from the Left Bank. Later-picked Right-bank wines better. Sweet whites superb.

2006: Not as good as 2005, particularly for Cabernet based reds which didn't ripen fully. However, whites are delicious and sweet whites very good.

2005: An outstanding vintage across the board thanks to perfect weather conditions. Reds arebalanced and elegant with ripe fruit and beautifularomatics. Sauternes is also exceptional.

2004: A large vintage of variable quality. Where yields were kept in check some very good wines have been produced from Merlot and both the Cabernets.

2003: Unusually hot weather tested many winemakers. As a result quality varies wildly.Some wines are exceptional, others are unbalanced.

2002: A poor summer saved by a sunny September.Patchy quality though some very good in Médoc.

Older top vintages: 2000, 1998, 1996, and 1995


Daily Wine Review - Macon Roches BlanchesDate published: 18/08/14

Daily Wine Review - Macon Roches Blanches £8.99(When you buy at least two bottles) The majority of the fruit for this wine was sourced from the superior quality vineyards from around the village of Loché, south west of Mâcon in southern Burgundy. Made in a fresh, clean and fruity style with subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish. A nice apéritif, this will also partner white fish dishes well.


Bordeaux: Know Your Left From Your RightDate published: 18/08/14

Bordeaux: Know Your Left From Your Right

To the uninitiated, choosing a bottle of wine from Bordeaux can seem a little daunting. However with a little knowledge and a keen pallet are all that's needed to pick out a good and not necessarily expensive bottle. Bordeaux is split into two key geographical areas, the left and right bank that sit either side of the Gironde estuary. Predominantly a red wine region with the exception of desert wine Sauternes in the south and Bordeaux Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc) grown sporadically across the region, Bordeaux is home to a number of red varieties, most notably: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. 

Wines produced on the left bank of the estuary are referred to (at the lower end) as Haut Medoc. This means they are sourced from villages across the left bank. The step up from this are wines known by the village they're produced in, so will have a producer name "The Chateau" alongside the village, most notable ones being: Margaux, Pessac Leognan and Pauillac. All have one thing in common: Stony soils. These wines will predominantly be a 70/30 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This is because Cabernet Sauvignon ripens better on stony soils that retain heat during the ripening period. They typically have more structure and aromas of graphite, pencil lead and aromatic woodiness alongside black fruit. These wines age better typically in a good vintage, as Cabernet has a thicker skin (so more tannin) than Merlot which is used to soften the blend. 

On the Right bank sit a number of villages, most famous of which are St. Emillion and Pomerol. Soils on the right bank are sandy and better accommodating to the Merlot grape. Like the left bank these wines are also known by their Chateau and place. Typically the blend here is 70/30 Merlot to Cabernet or up to 100% Merlot in certain cases. These wines don't generally age as well as left bank wines as Merlot is a softer skinned (less tannic) varietal, so lacks the structure to age; however there are a few exceptions to this, with some very long lived and prestigious wines available. 


5 Things you didn't know about...MADEIRADate published: 18/08/14

5 Things you didn't know about...MADEIRA

Madeira is a Portuguese island situated in the Atlantic Ocean, 75km from the coast of North Africa. Despite the volcanic beauty of the place, the island is more famous for its well known fortified wine named after its home town: Madeira.

Like Port, Madeira seems to have started as an unfortified wine. Rumour has it that Madeira was the result of a fortunate accident; Funchal (the capital of the island) was, in the 16th century, a natural port for ships on their route to Africa, Asia and South America. In order to survive the long voyage without deteriorating, wines were fortified. In addition it was also discovered that wines travelling across the tropics tasted better than those matured on the island. To simulate those conditions and replicate the results, estufas and canteiros are used nowadays to heath up the wine artificially and provide the typical Madeira flavour.

With the colonisation of North America, Madeira established an important export market on the east coast of the US. Madeira held such a high reputation that it was used to toast the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Madeira Club Savannah was the only one surviving prohibition and continue its production at full gear.

Due to pests and systemic diseases such as Powdery Mildew and Phylloxera that destroyed the vast majority of vineyards, vines were replaced by sugar cane to sustain the economy of the island. The unfortunate consequence was the immediate decline of Madeira. The wine industry returned to normal levels of production at the beginning of the 20th century.

Viticulture in Madeira is very difficult and, at this latitude, only possible because of the altitude. Here the mountains are constantly covered with clouds, which provide moisture in the warm oceanic air, which is forced to condensate.

The quality of the even more basic Madeira has improved dramatically since the 90s. Inexpensive whites with a distinctive cork smell are now fresher and cleaner and finer wines are distinguished by their high- toned rancio aromas and searing acidity.



Did you know......Date published: 18/08/14

Did you know......

........we also stock Spirits!

From Cognac to Tequila, Rum to Whiskey and Vodka to Gin, we have it all!

Pop in store and check out our range!


New to our Range - Majestic Flexi-tubs Date published: 17/08/14

We in Majestic love to make your life as easy as possible and with this in mind we have added to the party services we offer by introducing Majestic flexi-tubs to our range.

We do offer free chiller bin hire (£15 deposit) but now we also have flexi-tubs priced at £4.99 which you don't have to bring back! They are also much easier to store/carry whilst being more durable.

They have a capacity of 40 litres, which roughly equates to 12 bottles of wine and we recommend 3 bags of ice plus water to help chill the wine.

Piemonte Chardonnay Online ExclusiveDate published: 17/08/14

The Piemonte Chardonnay DOC 2013 De Forville is currently available to order online in packs of 6x75cl bottles at £49.98

Origin

From vineyards in the commune of Castagnola delle Lanze in Piedmont's Asti province, and vinified at De Forville's winery in Barbaresco, this wine is a great example of the elegant and focused cool-climate-style Chardonnays of northern Italy.

Taste

An inviting straw yellow colour, and offering gentle aromas of wild flowers intermingling with golden apple and fresh peach. Soft-edged yet refreshing acidity and pleasing harmony on the palate.

Enjoy

Best served alongside light pasta dishes made with fish or fresh seafood.

Short Term OffersDate published: 17/08/14

Make the most of our fabulous short term offers which include the following:

Macon Lugny Louis Latour - £9.99

Pinot Grigio Rosé Breganze - £8.99 buy 2 save 33% = £5.99

Grifone Montepulciano D'Abruzzo - £7.48 buy 2 save 33% = £4.99 

Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 

Cava Calamino NV - £8.99 buy 2 save 33% = £5.99

Codorniu Brut NV - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66 

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - £10.49 buy 2 save 33% = £6.99 

These offers are only valid until 25th August so don't miss out

Morellino di Scansano 2013 PoggioargentieraDate published: 14/08/14

Origin

In Scansano, in the southern part of Tuscany, Morellino is the local name for Sangiovese. In this case blended with 15% Ciliegiolo, another indigenous local grape, this is a slim and youthful style of red, with only a third of the blend spending 6-8 months in new oak.

Taste

Ripe cherry and strawberry fruit forms the backbone of this wine, which is medium-bodied and approachable, and fresh in feel. A subtly rustic streak gives a touch of complexity and food friendliness.

Enjoy

Partner with anything from lamb chops to game, either immediately or within the next 5 years.

ONLY £8.99

(Buy any 2 save 25%)


Majestic Commercial...Date published: 14/08/14

Majestic were recently named House Wine Merchant of the Year at 
the Sommelier Wine Awards 2014, in recognition of the great value and wide range 
of wines we offer to our Commercial customers:

"And with by far the lowest average price of any submitter in this year’s 
competition, and national distribution, it suggests Majestic ought to be on the 
radar of anyone looking to change their House Wine offering.”
Choose Majestic Commercial and you get so much more than a wine supplier. Yes 
we will bring you a range of wines to rival any in the industry. But more than that, you 
can look forward to an array of services designed to help you maximise sales and help 
achieve the individual goals you have set for your business.
It all starts with a member of the Commercial sales team, a single point of contact, 
who is on hand to offer the support, guidance and information you need, when you need 
it. We can boast extensive commercial experience and the infrastructure to 
be incredibly flexible regarding deliveries. We are all qualified to a minimum of Level 3 
Advanced Certificate in the internationally renowned Wine and Spirit Education Trust 
award. Some have gone on to hone their knowledge and passion even further by 
completing the Level 4 Diploma.

So Why Choose Majestic Wines?
•  We have an ever expanding and evolving list of Commercial Exclusives- wines 
only available to our on-trade customers
 • We can help you produce your own wine list, complete with prices and detailed 
tasting notes, quickly and professionally. 
• We provide staff training through our Confidence in Wine course, which 
explores grape varieties and the winemaking process, whilst our Perfect Partners 
course specifically tackles food matching.
 • On-trade accounts are serviced from a local Majestic store, with your orders 
personally picked, processed and delivered by our knowledgeable staff. Stores are open 
seven days a week, so deliveries can be made swiftly at a time that suits you – even at 
weekends.


Vintage Guide: Beaujolais Date published: 14/08/14

Vintage guide: Beaujolais

2012: Severe cold early in the growing season meant very small yields come harvest time, but overall quality still pretty good.

2011: Third stellar Beaujolais vintage in a row,offering wines with great concentration. Many cru wines have the structure to age well.

2010: Considered by many to equal the quality of the brilliant 2009 vintage. Wines are fruity, supple and well balanced.

2009: An exceptional vintage, with a long, warm summer producing wines with ripeness and balanced acidity.



White Burgundy Vintage GuideDate published: 14/08/14

White Burgundy Vintage Information:

2011: Mixed weather produced wines that are
generally early-drinking, ranging from light and
straightforward Villages wines to aromatic yet
elegant Cru wines.

2010: Excellent vintage. Yields were down but
good overall conditions produced wines with both
weight and acidity.

2009: Cool and mild throughout summer, with a
late pre-harvest mini-heatwave. Wines are fresh,
well balanced and cellar well in the short term.

2008: Yields were low but very good quality
overall, and the wines are generally intense and
firmly structured, with good acidity and ageing
potential.

2007: A late improvement in the weather led to
some ripe, pure and rich whites by patient
producers who picked later.

2006: A very good year for rich, ripe and
relatively forward wines. Chablis is also excellent
with particularly refreshing acidity.

2005: One of the best vintages of recent years, with
low yields of outstanding wines across the board

CognacDate published: 14/08/14

It may well be summer outside but the evenings are getting a little cooler, so what better to warm up with than a glass of brandy! Or maybe you would prefer some Cognac? Confused. Let me explain? Brandy is a spirit distilled from grapes and can be made anywhere in the world. The best brandy comes from the area around the town of Cognac, which lies around 100 miles north of Bordeaux. Under French Law, only brandies made in this area can be called Cognac. 

Wines from this area have been made for centuries but did not travel well, but were enjoyed in Northern Europe especially in the Low Countries and the UK but cognac has been made since the 1600s. As these wines didn't travel well, the wine was at risk from the elements during transportation as the only way was by ship. The Dutch were the main shippers at the time and during one voyage, one shipment was made during a hot sunny period. When the ship docked and the wine was tasted, it had a 'burned' taste and as a result, the Dutch called it 'Brandewijn' which in English meant burned wine or brandy as we now know it. Word got back to France and the rest is history...

There are 8 varieties of grapes used to make Cognac, the main one being Ugni Blanc where 90% of the vineyards grow this grape. Once pressed the grapes are distilled twice using round copper stills known as Charentais still, named after the area (Charente) where Cognac is located. The stills are only allowed to hold a maximum of 30 hectolitres but usually 25 are distilled to allow room for expansion. Distillation can only occur between November of the harvest year and March of the following year, around 4 months. Once distilled the spirit, or, eaux de vie as the French call it (English = water of life) is aged in Limousin oak barrels and left to age.

There are 5 main areas of vineyards: Bois Ordinaires, Bons Bois, Borderies, Grand Champagne and Petit Champagne. Most of the famous Cognac names such as Martell, Courvoisier and Remy Martin use mostly Borderies, Grand and Petit Champagne in their products. Grand and Petit Champagne grow the best grapes. The term Champagne refers to the soil of the area and has no link to the famous fizz further north. There are 3 grades of Cognac: VS (very special), VSOP (very special or superior old pale) and XO (extra old)A VS is minimum age of 2 years, VSOP is 4 years minimum and XO is 6 years minimum, but the famous producers age theirs a lot longer. Also, the longer Cognac is aged the smoother in flavour it becomes

So, if you are interested in a Cognac, come instore and see what we have.



Producer Focus - St Clair Estates...Date published: 14/08/14

Saint Clair Family Estate is owned by Neal and Judy Ibbotson, viticulture pioneers in Marlborough since 1978. When they began their business they originally supplied grapes to local wine companies only; however a desire to extend the quality achieved in the vineyard through to the finished wine led to the establishment of Saint Clair Family Estate in 1994.

The Saint Clair name originates from the vineyard property, first settled by the Sinclair family. The company's mission is to create world-class wines that exceed their customers' every expectation. Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive viticultural expertise plus Marlborough’s mix of climate and soils with the talent of one of New Zealand’s leading winemaking teams, led by Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark.

From 1994 when wines from the first vintage all won medals including gold, the name Saint Clair has been synonymous with quality and its award-winning record continues today. Top International accolades include the trophy to Matt Thomson of Saint Clair for White Winemaker of the Year at the London International Wine Challenge, September 2008 and the coveted trophy for Best New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2005. Saint Clair Family Estate also has the distinction of being the first New Zealand wine company to win major international trophies for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in the same year.

Saint Clair is rapidly becoming one of the post prestigious and desirable wineries from New Zealand. With Majestic now stocking a full range of their wines, including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and their wonderful Gewurztraminer and Riesling.


Like Champagne? Try this...Date published: 14/08/14

It's not all Prosecco when it comes to Italian fizz.... 

Looking for a sparkling wine to try? We've got a new one in store from Lombardy, Italy, and it's fantastic! 

Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale Franciacorta D.O.C.G. Brut

Franciacorta was first produced in Italy in 1961 at Palazzo Lana Berluchi, and this wine is from the same house that first created this style. The Franciacorta region is in the heart of Lombardy. This wine is a classic blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, made in the “Champagne” style, with all grapes being hand-picked, aged on the lees for a minimum of 18 months with the addition of 10% reserve wines from previous vintages. This wine will give many more expensive Champagnes a real run for their money! 


On special offer right now at £14.99


Vina Pomal Gran ReservaDate published: 14/08/14

Our fine wine of the month for August is the fantastic Rioja Gran Reserva 2006 Viña Pomal.

Viña Pomal is produced by the renowned Bodegas Bilbainas estate. The wine is made entirely with Tempranillo grapes which are grown only in the estate's own vineyard before they are matured in Bordeaux-style American oak barrels. The gran reserva wines are only ever produced from the very best vintages.

This is a wine which epitomises all that is great about the traditional Rioja style. The nose is rich and powerful with notes of Christmas spice, dark fruit and new leather. The wine has an equally full taste in the mouth bringing to mind preserved fruits along with rich spicy notes of clove and nutmeg. There is also an oaky finish which is supported by long velvety tannins.

It goes without saying that such a quintessentially Spanish wine is crying out to be paired with Spanish foods. Try matching it with serrano ham or manchego cheese and you definitely wont be disappointed. 


New wine: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Poggio CivettaDate published: 14/08/14

New wine: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Poggio Civetta

This wine comes from several vineyards owned by the Rossetti family, located just a few kilometres from Abruzzo's Adriatic coast close to the ancient town of Chieti, which local legend claims was founded by Achilles in 1181BC

A ripe and approachable, medium bodied and distinctly Italian red.  Ripe blackcurrant and cherry flavours are infused with subtle hints of clove and forest earth, framed by fine tannins.

Try it with Italian cured meats and hard cheeses, pasta or ragu.

Priced at £6.66 (when you buy and 2 wines in the Summer Selection), this wine is a great new addition to our Italian range!



Bouvet Rose... Back in Stock!Date published: 14/08/14

This wine has certainly developed a bit of a following over the last few months, and you can see why it is such a popular addition to the sparkling wine range.  

Origin:

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

Taste:

A delicate and inviting salmon pink, this is a light and immediately welcoming sparkling rose, with a raspberry and peach fruit character, a fine mousse and a clean, uplifting floral nose.

Enjoy:

A fine summery aperitif, perfect with gravadlax blinis.

Get it before it sells out again!

£8.99 when you buy any 2 selected wines and save £33.3%

(Single price £13.49)


Majestic Super TuscansDate published: 14/08/14

Majestic Super Tuscans

Super Tuscans are a category of Tuscan wines, which have not been recognized within the Italian wine classification system until very recently.  Many of the most famous (and expensive!) Italian wines are Super Tuscans - famous names include Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia.  

The origin of Super Tuscans is rooted in the restrictive DOC practices of the Chianti zone prior to the 1990s. During this time Chianti could be composed of no more than 70% Sangiovese and had to include at least 10% of one of the local white wine grapes. Producers who deviated from these regulations could not use the Chianti name on their wine labels and would be classified as vino da tavola. Many Tuscan wine producers thought they could produce a better quality wine if they were not hindered by the DOC regulations. Many Super Tuscans contain traditional grape varieties such as Sangiovese but this is coupled with non-traditional, 'international' grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. 

Super Tuscans are amongst some of the highest quality reds of Italy and provide an exciting alternative to more traditional styles.  Below are details about some Super Tuscans that we stock here at Majestic.

Le Difese 2011 Tenuta San Guido £16 when you buy any 2 wines on the Fine Wine offer

From the producers of the renowned 'Sassicaia', this 70-30 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese enables us to get to know this famous producer but at the bargain price of just £16.  This wine would pair perfectly with game dishes such as fettuccine in rabbit sauce or wild boar sausage thanks to that extra touch of acidity that cuts through any fattiness. Dried cherry, blackberry, leather and tobacco enhance the wine’s medium build and silky texture. There is a distant touch of overripe fruit at the very beginning. Le Difese is aged for 12 months in both French and American oak. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.

Guidalberto 2011 Tenuta San Guido, IGT Toscana £25 when you buy any 2 wines on the Fine Wine offer

This wine is made by the same producer but from a blend of just Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the traditional blend of Bordeaux, not Tuscany! The varieties are vinified separately before blending and maturation in French and American oak. The wine has an intense violet colour and a soft and rounded fruit profile, and can be enjoyed immediately or over the next 3-4 years.



BrewDog and Punk IPADate published: 14/08/14

BrewDog and Punk IPA

BrewDog claims to be Scotland's largest independently-owned brewery producing about 120,000 bottles per month for export all over the world. It was founded in 2007 by James Watt and Martin Dickie. The brewery at the Kessock Industrial Estate in Fraserburgh produced its first brew in April 2007. The company moved premises to nearby Ellon in 2012, and the Fraserburgh site will be used as a brewing laboratory for experimental beers.

The BrewDog beer we (majestic) sell is the Punk IPA, it is light golden in colour with tropical fruits and light caramel on the nose. Punk IPA is BrewDog's flagship beer and is also one of my favourite craft ales in the company. 

£9.99 for 6 330ml cans (2+ sets - any mix)

DO NOT MISS - NEW 2 WEEK DEALS!Date published: 14/08/14

DO NOT MISS - NEW 2 WEEK DEALS!

We have ten products going on to two week deals from today until 25th August. These products really highlight value within our range.

Mâcon-Lugny 2012, Louis Latour, £9.99  

Fleurie 2012/13, Georges Duboeuf,  £8.81 when you Buy 2 bottles save 25%

Pinot Grigio Rosé 2013, Breganze,  £5.99 when you Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% 

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013, Grifone, £4.99 when you Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

Rioja 'Single Vineyard' 2012, Ramón Bilbao, £6.66 when you Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

Cava Calamino NV, Spain, £5.99 when you Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

Codorníu Brut NV, Spain, £6.66 when you Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

Prosecco Corte Alta NV, DOC, Italy, £6.66 when you Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

Raboso Rosato Corte Alta NV, Italy,  £6.66 when you Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, £6.99 when you Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

*Minimum purchase just 6 bottles, any mix.


New Online Web ExclusiveDate published: 14/08/14

New Web Exclusive Parcel

As of today, we have started advertising a new web exclusive parcel – Piemonte Chardonnay from one of our most longstanding Italian producers, De Forville.This delicious cool climate Chardonnay is an absolute bargain at the equivalent of £8.33 per bottle (£49.98 per unsplit case of 6).

It is 100% Chardonnay from vines planted in Castagnole Lanze in 1983 and the wine is completely unoaked. This gives it a crisp, zesty fruit profile, and is a good alternative to Chablis and Burgundy.  This is a one off parcel, limited parcel so place your orders online before it is too late! 


Staff Choice - Giesen Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 14/08/14

We have one of our all time most popular wines open to try on our tasting counter today, the beautiful Giesen Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. If you haven't had chance to try this wine before, then now is your chance as it's currently reduced to an unbelieveable £6.99 per bottle (when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case). Pop in an join us for a taste:

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

£10.49

Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% = £6.99

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

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

Taste

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

Enjoy

Drink with a seafood risotto or paella.



August BBQ ChoicesDate published: 14/08/14

BBQ Choices for August

Here are our top five choices for perfect BBQ wines for August. All these wines can be found in our August Summer Selection offer in which you can enjoy 33.3% off when you buy 2 or more bottles from the offer.  We can't guarantee the quality of the chef, but at least you'll have a rich red to wash it down with....

Errazuriz Estate Series Carmenère 2013 Aconcagua Valley - £6.99

On the palate, this medium-bodied wine is structured by big, mouth-filling tannins. Spicy notes linger on the palate, with hints of dark chocolate and coffee, through the long, pleasant finish.

Barbera d’Alba Sucule 2010/2011 Lo Zoccolaio - £7.99

Intense and concentrated nose of black cherries, plums, spice and liquor cherry. A palate with high acidity, exhibiting flavours of brooding dark fruits, liquor spices and firm tannins with a long finish.

Brancott Estate Pinot Noir 2012 Marlborough - £7.99

Bright red cherries and summer berries characterise the fruit, highlighted by aromas of dried herbs. The sweetness of the fruit is balanced by firm tannins and a streak of taut acidity.

Rioja Reserva 2009 CVNE - £9.99

A soft luxurious wine, mid garnet in colour with a lovely brambly nose and a hint of spice. Nuances of warm leather, caramel and coffee over rich autumn fruit. Excellent balance and a lingering finish.

Mud House Pinot Noir 2013 Central Otago - £9.99

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



Wine of the Week - Trimbach RieslingDate published: 14/08/14

Wine of the Week

Trimbach Riesling 2011, Alsace

Riesling is one of those grape varieties that I seem to find myself drinking in cycles – either can't get enough of the stuff or don't want a bar of it! This consistently baking hot Summer has meant that it has been Riesling central at mine, with this specific wine from Trimbach being a prime candidate..

An unoaked style, this wine is at its best when it is really chilled and fresh exuding aromas of lime, apple and also some more delicate floral hints as well. The palate is bursting with more fresh fruit characteristics of peach, lime and a lovely mineral note on the finish that combine fantastically with the wine's mouthwatering acidity. This wine is drinking at its peak now in my opinion but will continue to develop new interesting characteristics if you prefer an aged style.

I had this wine most recently with a delicious scallops and chorizo starter dish that I cooked at home and it went perfectly. Incidentally if you're a seafood fanatic you should try 'The Fishworks' on Marylebone High St – they do a good Riesling too!

£11.99 per bottle


Montrachet - The World's Finest White Wine?Date published: 14/08/14

Montrachet - The World's Finest White Wine?

Very few white wines have the powerful presence and name instantly recognizable with premium quality white wine and wine in general. Names such as Sancerre, Meursault and Gavi have that clout but of them all Montrachet is the most famous and arguable the finest white wine in the world. The wine made is 100% Chardonnay with some red wine made from Pinot Noir,.The wines can age for a long period of time and are usually aged in the producers cellars in oak barrels to give the wine wonderful toasty brioche, vanilla, light spice flavour. 

Montrachet is an Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) in the Côte de Beaune region of Burgundy. It is in between two communes named Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet where the majority of its wine gets its name from depending on which side of the communes the grapes are grown. 3 class of wines are made here, the standard commune named wine, a premier Cru wine and a Grand Cru wine.  Every vineyard in Montrachet is individually named and may show on the bottle label if the wine has come from that one vineyard and is not a blend of multiple vinayards which may be the case from the larger produces to keep quality consistent year after year.

Montrachet has 5 Grand Cru vineyards located in the centre of the top of the hill where the grapes are grown. These are Montrachet itself, this is the best vineyard located on a south facing slope to the east and is flooded with sunlight allowing the grapes to ripen perfectly. The other Grand Cru vineyards located around 'The Montrachet' are Chevalier-Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachet, Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet and Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet. These wines are the finest examples of Chardonnay which also attract the highest price and are able to age for the longest period thanks to its concentration of fruit flavour, perfect use of oak and love, care and attention put into to growing the grapes, maintaining the vineyard and making the wine. 

Montrachet has an amazing flavour profile of ripe apples and pears, held together with wonderful lemon citrus, slight tropical fruit, lime and pineapple from the best examples, and held together with toasty oak. If left to age, the wine will take on more tertiary flavours of cedar, earthiness, nutty smoke ripe troical fruit and will drink wonderfully on its own or with roast chicken, grilled turbot or even nuts and cheese. 

Prices start at £30 for the Nicolas Potel Puligny-Montrachet which is a fantastic wine to experience your first taste of Montrachet or just as a special occasion white wine. You will not be disappointed. . 



Chandon from Moët & Chandon.Date published: 14/08/14

Chandon from Moët & Chandon.

New world Sparkling is becoming increasingly popular with the increased popularity of Prosecco. It seems like everyone wants to move away from Champagne and into new territories. While this may be the case, many big name Champagne houses have purchased land in new world countries and planted vines in an attempt to reproduce Champagne quality wines which can be sold at a much lower price. Here at Majestic St Johns Wood, we have a great example of this in the shape of a new sparkling wine made in Argentina by none other than Moët & Chandon.


Moët & Chandon during the 1960's set out to find the best possible sites for sparkling production outside of France. They found it in Mendoza. Their first vineyard outside of France were planted with clay based soil with cool nights in a semi-desert climate making this the perfect location. The wine is made from the 3 same grape varieties found in the region of Champagne which are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier using the 'methode traditionelle', the same method used by all the houses and producers of Champagne. 


After being hand picked, the grapes are crushed whole as to avoid as much skin contact as possible and are fermented twice.  The second fermentation is done in the bottle with extra sugar and yeast added. The bottle is sealed and the yeast after consuming the sugar produces carbon dioxide which intergrates with the wine making the wine 'fizzy'. The sparkling wine then ages on its lees for a minimum of 12 months giving the wine its buttery, brioche and biscuit flavour reminiscent of the best Champagnes. 
This is the same method used in Champagne and results in the best quality sparkling wine. 


The Chandon NV Brut has wonderful flavours of Apple and Pear held together with wonderful acidity and citrus fruit with a light almond flavour on the finish. Theres brioche and biscuit flavours present and this makes for a great celebration sparkling wine perfect for any occasion.  A dry Champagne like this we recommend having with oysters, salmon, even a lemon tart or perfect on its own. 
The Chandon NV Brut is currently on offer at £16.56 on our 15% off offer and the stunning rosé which is new in at Majestic is on our 33.3% offer at £13.98, perfect with sushi or tuna tartare. 

Fine Wines to get you startedDate published: 14/08/14

Fine Wines to get you started

Ever thought about trying our Fine Wine range but don't know where to start? 

I thought I would highlight a few good options to try your hand at. Wines that will show their quality and why they warrant the price but also an affordable price!

 Chateau Grand Faurie La Rose 2009, St-Emillion Grand Cru. £18.00 on our Fine Wine offer.

This wine comes from a small, established château to the north of St.Emilion, which today is under the same ownership as the neighbouring Château Larmande. The area has St. Emilion's trademark sand and limestone soils. A medium-bodied claret, with a pleasantly spicy and mature nose, with hints of leather and clove against a backdrop of bramble and dried prune fruit, framed by fine-grained tannins on the palate.

For me this is a good Bordeaux to experience what their Fine Wines have to offer, can drink now or in the next five years. It comes from a fantastic pipped to be legendary vintage 2009! Try this and if you enjoy it ask in store to recommend a Pomerol or a Left - bank Bordeaux to try a different style.

Rioja Reserva Vine Ardanza 2005, La Rioja alta. £19.00 on our Fine Wine offer.

One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown inthe bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining underfamily 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.

This is easily one of our highest selling Fine Wines. A well recognised highly popular throughout the world. We are now on the 2005 vintage, many people enjoyed 2004 so much they are hesitant about this 2005. In my opinion it is better purely because it is more to my style. It is fresher more fruit driven lively wine. If you like Rioja you must definitely give it a go!

'Angels Share' Shiraz 2012, Two Hands. £18.00 on our Fine Wine offer.

Two Hands was established in 1999, with a view toward show casing 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.

I love this wine by Two Hands, being from Barossa which is quite hot it is more sweet spice orientated than a black pepper Shiraz. We as a company recommend possibly keeping for up to 10 years. Something which I agree with completely. It is nice to drink now but in my opinion will grow into an even better wine in the following years. This is a good wine to buy two of, drink one now and one in five years to show you the benefits of holding on to a wine.

Meerlust Merlot 2010, Stellendbosch. £17.00 on our Fine Wine offer.

The Meerlust estate has been owned by the Myburgh family since 1757. Made in the 'right-bank' tradition, this wine is a blend of 89% Merlot with11% Cabernet Franc added for a supple and balanced structure and aromatic complexity. Deep, youthful purple with a ruby rim. Juicy plum and mulberry fruit abound on the nose, with lifted spiciness, hints of chocolate and a beefy edge. The palate offers silky tannins and good length.

If your like me and have an affinity for full bodied Merlot, this satisfies that completely. Very smooth with a fantastic body. There isn't much more to say about this wine just try it and see for yourselves!

Remember in - store all of our staff are trained to give you invaluable advice. If you have any questions just ask!


Food & Wine Match of the DayDate published: 09/08/14

Food & Wine Match of the Day

Food & wine match of the day: Chicken Noodles & Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2011.

This wine displays gorgeous tropical aromas of peaches, lychees & rose petals. On the palate it's rich, generous and long with fruit laden flavours of lychee peach and hint of white pepper, it is perfect with stir-fried chicken noodles with water chestnuts and bamboo shoots and mixed vegetables.

Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2013 Currently £10.45 when you buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case. 

Lower ABV, same high qualityDate published: 09/08/14

Lower ABV, same high quality

Reading Fiona Beckett's column in the Guardian Weekend Magazine last Saturday about lower strength alcohol wines made me think about how easy it is to unintentionally go over your recommended daily limit after just one glass, when drinking wine of 12.5% ABV or higher. So that's most reds and New World wines then...

Alas, all is not lost. I was inspired to seek out some low alcohol Majestic gems and was pleasantly surprised by the results. If you are interested do ask a member of staff when you next come in to store, but here are a couple to whet your appetite:

Côtes-du-Rhône 2013 Léon Perdigal - £6.66 on the summer selection - the spicy, medium-bodied 12% red you need to complement your summer meat dishes 

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene Extra Dry NV DOCG - £11.24 - if in doubt, most Champagnes and Sparkling wines, like this fine moussed Prosecco, have a lower ABV strength


Anyone for Apérol?Date published: 09/08/14

Anyone for Apérol?

We have plenty of Aperol current, the perfect summer tipple!  

Aperol is an 11% spirit-based infusion of herbs and roots with a unique bitter-sweet taste, which makes it ideal as an aperitif. The classic recipe is to mix ice cubes, a slice of orange, 2 parts Aperol with 3 parts of Prosecco and a splash of San Pellegrino or Soda Water.
It is priced at £11.99 a bottle and it is a unique, thirst-quenching drink to see you through this summer! 

Perfect with any of our great range of Prossecco.


Fantastic Beer Deals!Date published: 09/08/14

Fantastic Beer Deals!

We don't just do wine at Majestic, we have a great range of beers and ales too! Take a look at our great range of craft beers with the likes of Einstok, Brooklyn and Anchor Steam all on offer at £9.99 for 6 x 330ml bottles when you buy 2 or more packs (mix and match).

I'm a fan of German beers, and our current deal on Paulaner Original Munchen Lager at £18.99 for 12 x 500ml bottles is a cracker!

Last but by no means least, a great, refreshing every-day beer, Peroni Nastro Azzurro is on offer at £24 a case (24 x 330ml). This is an essential addition to your case of wine, at an unbeatable price!


Key Italian Wine FactsDate published: 09/08/14

If you like Italian wine here are some facts you may find usefull.....

1) Pinot Grigio accounts for 40% of exports from Italy to the UK

2) Pinot Grigio is a mutant clone of Pinot Noir

3) Some of Italy's vineyards date back to Roman times 

4) Greco was first brought to Italy in around 700 BC by the ancient Greeks

5) The 121 BC vintage was one of the greatest Italian vintages due to a superb harvest

We have an extensive range of Italian wines on all sorts of offers, please pop in to see our range



A guide to Sweet Wines - Part 5:Date published: 09/08/14

There are two other methods used to concentrate grape sugars:

3) Drying grapes after picking - This causes healthy grapes to dehydrate.  Conditions must be dry and warm in order for success, moreover care must be taken to remove all rotten grapes to prevent the rot from spreading.  This technique is used to create PX Sherry and the Passito wines of Italy.

4) Freezing grapes on the vine - When the grapes are picked and pressed, ice remains in the press and the sugar content of the resulting must is increased.  This technique is used to make Eiswein in Germany and Icewine in Canada.


Angels Share by Two HandsDate published: 09/08/14

Do you love Shiraz from the Barossa Valley? This extremely expressive example comes from the Mclaren vale where the climate is slightly cooler. 

Expect an aromatically rich wine which will fill every region of your mouth if you allow it! The taste will linger and develop in your mouth leaving an after taste similar to Christmas Cake. Exceptional plum and bramble fruits are present. This spicy red would partner perfectly with red meats, particularly rare steak.

This wine is currently on our tasting counter so please pop in to try it, it won't stick around for long!

Currently £18 when purchased on our by 2 selected spirits or fine wine and save a tenner! 


A guide to Sweet Wines - Part 4:Date published: 09/08/14

I previously went over several methods used to make sweet wine such as 'fermentation interruption' and adding a sweet component to a wine.  Another method used is theConcentration of Grape Sugars.

The best sweet wines come from grapes that are incredibly rich in sugar, this can be achieved in a number of ways but all lead to concentration of acids and flavours at the same time.

1) Noble Rot - This is used in the production of some of the finest sweet wines such as Tokaji in Hungary and Sauternes in France.  As the name suggests, the grapes are infested by a form of fungus when in moist conditions, if they then dry out they become much sweeter (think dried fruit!).  This method produces wines with distinct honey and dried fruit aromas.

2) Drying grapes on the vine - This is often referred to as 'passerillage', once the grapes have reached full sugar ripeness the begin to dry out and turn to raisins on the vine, this in turn increases the sugar concentration of the juice.  Conditions must be dry and warm for this to happen and if well executed leads to wines with over-ripe tropical fruit flavours with a rich texture.



Australia: Know your vintages...Date published: 09/08/14

A run down of a few vintages from Australia. 

2011: Record rainfall in eastern areas meant a tricky vintage for many. Western areas by contrast were very hot; Margaret River reds are superb.
2010: Further yield reduction coupled with good weather meant an excellent vintage overall, with heavy rain causing only a few headaches in South Australia and Adelaide Hills.
2009: Yields reduced deliberately in many places, and by bushfires in Victoria. Otherwise relatively cool conditions, giving balanced wines.
2008: Above average vintage. Quality very good everywhere, with only a few heatwave-hit areas of South Australia experiencing problems.
2007: Yields are considerably down thanks to drought and frosts. However quality is excellent, with reds particularly impressive. Perhaps the best vintage ever in Western Australia.
2006: Overall a good to very good year in the east of the country, but the west had mixed results with good whites but varied reds.

A guide to Sweet Wines - Part 3:Date published: 09/08/14

Adding a Sweetening Component:

In some countries, particularly Germany, medium-sweet wines can be created by the addition of unfermented grape juice or Süssreserve.  This is a sterile product made by filtering must before fermentation begins or by dosing it with sulphur dioxide.  Süssreserve is added t dry wines when they are ready to be bottled.

Rectified Concentrated Grape Must is a pure sugar solution extracted from grape juice, this can also be used to achieve a similar result and is often added to high volume, New World brands.


Chocolate Block Web Exclusive...Date published: 09/08/14

Chocolate block is a stern favorite for many Majestic customers and staff alike! But for those that haven't had the pleasure heres some information on it...

A 2012 vintage, this wine is a Blend of grapes from: Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Shiraz, Cinsault and Viognier. Made from 5 of the most popular grapes in South Africa, Shiraz is the most dominant at around 67%.The grapes are selected from blocks of the best vines from the Boukenhoutskoloof's estate. The wine is then fermented and aged for 18 months in French oak. 

The nose is earthy and rustic with real leathery aromas. The wine has a strong back bone of blackcurrant with superb spices and a lot of depth. Cocoa and peppers are also present on this wine. 

This wine is an amazing partner to any red meat dishes, in particular peppered steak. 

An amazingly smooth red which will always leave a lasting impression and leave you wanting more!

Be the center of attention at any party with 3 x 150cl Magnums for £132 

If you really want to make a statement, we are doing the double Magnum for £95

If you just want regular bottles you can get 6 x regular bottles for £132

There has never been a better time to stock up on this South African beauty!

follow this link to them...

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


A guide to Sweet Wines - Part 2:Date published: 09/08/14

As I mentioned previously, there a number of different ways in which a sweet wine can be created, one of them is: 

Interrupting the Fermentation

Fortification (addition of wine spirit) is the traditional way of stopping fermentation with sugar still present within the wine, this kills the yeast and therefore stops fermentation in its tracks, however it does significantly alter the structural balance of the wine.

An alternative way of interrupting fermentation is to add a high dose of sulphur dioxide or by chilling the must.  The wine is then filtered to remove any remaining yeast, once this is done it is vital that no yeast comes in to contact with the wine as this will result in fermentation beginning again


Bit of Buzet?Date published: 09/08/14

Tournelles Voluptabilis Buzet

This wine is from a region just east of Bordeaux normally made with similar grapes to a Bordeaux blend, quite often with the addition of Malbec.

Situated high in the Garonne valley the climate is similar to that of Bordeaux with less of a maritime influence, but with some cooling influences from the valley itself.

This wine is the second wine of the famous Chateau Tournelles and is basically a left bank Bordeaux blend ( Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot ) with the addition of Malbec. Located in Calignac in the small appellation of Buzet, the estate enjoys a a great position overlooking the Garonne Valley.

A well structured medium to full bodied wine that's approachable offering a wealth of blackcurrant and black fruits with rounded tannins. A good alternative to a typical claret at an inviting price.

£7.49 when you buy 2 or more 25% off wines

£9.99 for a single bottle


A guide to Sweet Wines - Part 1:Date published: 09/08/14

I love a good sweet wine, when I go out to eat the part I look forward to the most has to be dessert!  Wines vary in sweetness from dry such as a NZ Sauvignon, all the way through to sugary sweet like many dessert wines.  Many wines also lie somewhere in between, for example Riesling's and Gewurtztraminer's from regions such as Germany and Alsace can be 'off-dry' and hold an element of sweetness, these aren't dessert wines but are best consumed with spiced foods as they clean the palate perfectly!

Most wines are fermented until they are completely dry, the yeast consumes all the sugars in the must until no sugar remains.  Sweet wines contain unfermented sugar which give it its sweet flavour and they can be made in various different ways!


Champagne grapesDate published: 08/08/14

Champagne is restricted to being produced from three core grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

The Chardonnay grape provides acidity and a general citrus flavouring for the wine. It can be used individually to produce Champagne, which is known as blanc de blanc (or white of whites) as it is the only white grape used in production of Champagne. 

The other two grapes used are Pinor Noir and Pinot Meunier, both red grapes. However, due to lack of skin contact during fermentation and gentle pressing they produce a white base wine. The Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are used to add length and further backbone of the final product. These two grapes can be used without Chardonnay to produce a white wine, know as Blanc de noir, or white of blacks. 

The blanc de blanc differs slightly from the blanc de noir with a creamier, lighter style on the palate. Additionally there are rose Champagnes, which taste no different to ordinary Champagne,  they are just light pink in colour which is due to minor contact with the Pinot Noir or Pinor Meunier skins in production of the wine



Wine evolutionDate published: 08/08/14

As a wine ages, the characteristics of a wine such as flavours and texture can change significantly.  Many of the worlds most valuable wines will have been aged for a substantial period, but not all wines are suitable for ageing.

To survive medium or long term ageing, a wine needs sufficient levels of tannin, acidity or alcohol.  More importantly, they must have fruit extracts that will develop in to interesting flavours so that the ageing process is worthwhile.

If the winemaker wants to retain as much of the primary fruit aromas as possible then the wine is likely to be bottled after only a few months of storage, this is true for many inexpensive red and white wines.  Some premium wines also don't receive much ageing, quality New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for example rarely benefits from any contact with oak or oxygen, it's fresh, zingy fruity flavours are why it's so dearly loved!


When all else fails... Peroni!Date published: 08/08/14

For the month of August we have Peroni 330ml at the amazing price of £1 per bottle!

Smarter than your average bear...Date published: 08/08/14

Well... we're not quite that qualified, but 'trust me, I know my wine' didn't have quite the same ring to it.

One of main things that we a Majestic believe keeps people coming back time and again is our unique staff knowledge. Each and every member of staff is, if not all ready in possession of a shiny WSET certificate, then studying hard for it.

The WSET are an international wine and spirits education body and achieving their Level Three certificate within your first year or so at Majestic is not just an optional perk of working for a wine company - it is an essential part of our progression through the company. 

Wine is our staff's passion and we love nothing better than to share it with you. So if you have a question, want a recommendation or simply just a nice old natter about the good stuff then stop by. No query is too small!



New Summer selection offers- our picksDate published: 08/08/14

Summer steals!

RED

Macon Rouge 'Les Roches Rouge' Louis Jadot

Fantastic red burgundy at a bargain price! Youthful subtle hints of redcurrant and raspberry, with its Gamay dominant characteristics make it the perfect red for white meat.

£8.99 as part of the summer selection

Rioja Reserva 2008, Vina Eguia

BBQ time? Then this is the wine for you. A fantastic accompaniment to red meat, with soft cherry flavours and just a hint of spice. A treat for those summer evenings.

£6.99 as part of the summer selection

WHITE

Wave series Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, Carmen

Head to the coast, catch some surf and see for yourself the influence of this wine. This clean, crisp sauvignon matches perfectly with seafood, perhaps some king prawns overlooking the beach?

£6.66 as part of the summer selection

ROSE

L'Instant Safran Malbec Rose, 2013, Comete Tolosan

Arguably the perfect wine for a beautiful summers day picnic. Its fantastically crisp and fresh with a luscious palate of summer berries and a touch of spice.

£6.66 as part of the summer selection

FIZZ

Prosecco La Marca Cuvee NV, DOCG, Italy

I rarely see there an occasion where prosecco is not ideal.

This one is an absolute steal with its delicate and superbly elegant apple and apricot flavours with persistent, velvety bubbles.

Just in time for those August garden parties it's perfect as an aperitif, served with light starters or salads.

£9.99 as part of the summer selection 


ESGANA CÃODate published: 08/08/14

A synonym for Sercial, one of noble Portuguese white grape varieties used in the production of Madeira. Its full name on the mainland translates to 'dog strangler', presumably a reference to its notable high acidity due to its late ripening. It can also be found as an ingredient in Vinho Verde, Bucelas and White Port.

F is for FurmintDate published: 08/08/14

A fine, fiery white grape variety grown most widely in Hungary, just over the Slovakian border from Tokaji. Furmint is the principle ingredient in Tokaji, one of the world's most famous dessert wines. The grapes are particularly sensitive to Noble Rot, yet the wine is characterized by very high acidity - which gives the wine very long ageing potential. Other than dessert wines, Dry Furmint is produced which can be delicious, even when drunk very young.

Furmint wines here at Majestic:

Dry Furmint, Royal Tokaji - £7.99

Royal Tokaji Late Harvest - £9.99

Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos - £19.99


Coteaux du GiennoisDate published: 08/08/14

Coteaux du Giennois is the appellation title for red, white and rose wines from 14 parishes around Gien, a town between Orleans and Sancerre in the Loire Valley wine region of France.

Coteaux du Giennois wines are typically light reds from Gamay and sometimes Pinot Noir, although the title also accounts for a quantity of crisp Sauvignon Blanc that is not dissimilar in style to those grown just to the south in Sancerre and Pouilly Fume.

Majestic recommendation: Domaine de Villargeau 2013, £9.34 when you buy 2 bottles or more

This wine, made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety is a delicious summer wine, really clean and crisp with citrus flavours on the palate. So easy to drink on it's own or enjoy with all fish, seafood and white meats.  



Staff Pick - Pietrariccia FianoDate published: 08/08/14

Pietrariccia Fiano 2013 Surani

£9.99

Buy 2 save 25%

£7.49

Fancy a change from Sauvignon Blanc? Then this little beauty is well worth a go! Masseria Surani is an estate dating back to the early 1900's, and is located just 6km from the Ionian coast in Apulia, Italy's 'heel'. The Fiano grape is found almost exclusively in southern Italy and Sicily, and is thought to have it origins in ancient Greece. Bright lemon in colour with a golden tinge. The nose offers an inviting mixture of lemons, limes and tropical fruit with floral undertones. Crisp acidity and good palate texture make for a refreshing, satisfying feel. 
Drink with a salad, generously dressed with duchess oil, anchovies and pine kernels. 

Gruner VeltlinerDate published: 08/08/14

The most commonly planted grape variety in Austria. This is a well-adapted variety that is planted on over a third of Austria's vineyards. Some of the best examples of this grape variety come from the Wachau region, combining both perfume and substance to the wine. The wine is typically dry, full-bodied, peppery, or spicy, and with time spent in bottle this can give characteristics similar to wine from Burgundy.

Grüner Veltliner here at Majestic

Weingärten Weissenkirchen Grüner Veltliner - £8.99


Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc £7.99Date published: 06/08/14

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc £7.99

The Ned may have gone back up in price, but the exceptionally good Villa Maria has come in to taker its place @£7.99.

#Comeandexplore our brilliant offer on New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.


Underrated Grape Varietals..Date published: 06/08/14

Underrated Grape Varietals..

Think Garganega and generally you think pinot grigio but it can also go to make some fantastically complex wines in Soave. 

The Inama estate was founded in 1960. Their Classico wine is made from Garganega grown on 17 hectares of basaltic lava. The vines are up to 30 years old and are hand-harvested. Stainless steel fermentation is followed by up to eight months' maturation before bottling.

From lower yields and the best slopes in the region this wine is generous, revealing apricots, honey, flowers and almonds. Generous acidity and a rich texture enforce the elegant finish this wine has.

Drinking now but will be fine with another couple of years' ageing. The creamy finish lends itself perfectly to a match with fish. I would say Monkfish or Brill with a cream based sauce. On our tasting counter at present so come down and judge for yourselves!



Did you know..?Date published: 06/08/14

Did you know..?

That Primitivo and Zinfandel are the same grape variety?

Whilst Primitivo is mostly found in the heel of Italy's boot, in the region known as Puglia, Zinfandel is often grown in California. Zinfandel has become so popular in California that many believe this is where it originates from, but it was in fact brought over in the mid 19th century. 

This grape variety often has lots of blue fruit on the palate, such as Plum and even blueberry. Generally full bodied the wines have slight differences. The Italian Primitivo is often slightly more rustic and has a more structured backbone with some black fruits to taste, whereas the Californian Zinfandel is often a bit more fruitier and smoother and focuses on the plum notes. Confusingly enough Californian wine producers like to call rose's made from Zinfandel "White Zinfandel".

We have an Italian Primitivo, the Costarossa Primitivo currently in at £8.24 

and for a taste of Californian sun we have the Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel at £8.99

So why not grab a bottle of each as part of your 6 and taste the differences!


Peroni: Just £1 a bottle!Date published: 06/08/14

Peroni: Just £1 a bottle!

That's right, as part of our new August promotion, Peroni is now just £1 a bottle when bought in cases of 24, that's 24 beers for £24!

An absolute bargain, perfect for seeing out these sunny August afternoons!


The difference between vintage and non-vintage ChampagneDate published: 06/08/14

The difference between vintage and non-vintage Champagne

To be age indicated, Vintage Champagne must be 85% made from one particular year whereas non vintage champagne is an amalgamation of different still wine blends from different years.

Vintage champagne - as the name suggests - tends to have more age on it and is only made in exceptional years which leads to increased autolytic characters - rich yeasty, bready, doughy smells and flavours.

This month why not try Nicolas Feuillatte 2006 Vintage at an amazing £19.99 when you buy any 2 bottles from the summer selection deal (33% off).


Beer of the WeekDate published: 06/08/14

Beer of the week

With so many new and exciting beers coming in, we thought it would be prudent to offer some up to taste. Try before you buy, if you will.

This week we have the Icelandic Pale Ale by Einstock.

Located just 60 miles south of the Arctic circle, the beers here are made from pure Icelandic water. This Pale Ale is brewed with Cascade and Northern Brewer hops to balance the maltiness. Very refreshing!

£13.99 per 6 cans, but buy any 2 packs of craft beers and you save £6 making them just £10.99!


Etoile De Mer RoséDate published: 06/08/14

Etoile De Mer Rosé

The current Rosé on the tasting counter is 'Etoile De Mer', a scrumptious tasting wine from Luberon in south eastern France. The smell of red berries personifies summer for me. However the fresh and juicy palate keeps the taste cool and refreshing in the summer heat. So whether you're a fanatic for Rosé, or just attempting to be adventurous with your choices, pop by the store to get your hands on this fantastic wine.    

The price is £11.99 per bottle. 

However if you buy two or more bottles you will be paying £8.99 per bottle!


Goldwater Sauvignon BlancDate published: 06/08/14

Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc

From the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, where Goldwater Estates practices sustainable viticulture and strict selection, comes this brilliant Sauvignon Blanc. Some lees ageing imparts it with complexity and texture.

Offers masses of elderberry fruit and raspberry leaf aromas and exhibits an excellent minerally finish along the lines of Sancerre.

Perfect with seafood or salads.

£11.99 £8.99

(Buy 2 save 25%)


Food and Wine Match of the DayDate published: 06/08/14

Food & wine match of the day: Chicken Noodles & Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2011

I bought a bottle of this awhile back to increase my knowledge of our South African range. It had been knocking around in the fridge for a week or two when I chanced to open it just before being lazy and ordering Chinese take away. It was a very serendipitous moment, this wine displays gorgeous tropical aromas of peaches, lychees & rose petals. On the palate it's rich, generous and long with fruit laden flavours of lychee peach and hint of white pepper, it was perfect  with my stir-fried chicken noodles with water chestnuts and bamboo shoots and mixed vegetables.

Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2013 Currently £9.74 when you buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case


The Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon, Hunter ValleyDate published: 06/08/14

The Arrowfield Show Reserve Semillon, Hunter Valley

This is one of those wines that offers great value for money, at only £6.96 (multi-buy).

Semillon as a grape variety is often used in sweet wines, famously Sauternes and Barsac. It is usually a blending partner with Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. It's relatively thin skins make Semillon highly susceptible to botrytis especially in a warmer climate.

In the Hunter Valley, Semillon is known to produce long-lived, complex, mineral-scented dry wines from early picked grapes, to ensure minimal botrytis and thus a dry wine. 

This example from Arrowfield is a wine produced from old, low-cropped vines. It is made in a modern, youthful style using only stainless steel for fermentation to keep a fresh, vibrant style. Nevertheless Semillon is known to age particularly well, therefore it would be worth putting a bottle away for several years, where it would produce a more richer, honeyed profile.

Well integrated aromas of lemon and lime, with hints of floral character on the nose, while the palate is soft-textured, yet crisp with a nice long citrus finish. 


RumDate published: 02/08/14

Rum

Rum must be made from sugar cane and not sugar beet. Most rum is made from molasses, which is the by product of the sugar industry but sugar cane juice (the sweet juice that comes directly from crushing freshly harvested sugar cane can also be used. Spirit distilled from cane juice is noticeably more grassy and pungent and is used to make rhum agricole in the french Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe and cachaca in Brazil. 

Fermentation 

Molasses is a dark sticky substance that needs to be diluted with water before a ferment can happen , whereas sugar cane juice can be ferment can happen. The most important factor influencing the style of rum is the length of the ferment. Longer ferments produce more aromatic esters, which can lead to rums that are more pungent and weighty regardless of the final colour. 


Flexi-tubs are here!Date published: 02/08/14

Flexi-tubs are here!

So what's a flexi tub? Essentially it is a flexible little tub perfect for filling with ice and chilling down wine and beers for parties. They are smaller than the chiller bins we hire out, 2 bags of ice will fill them and then you're ready to party!

We are going to be selling these tubs so you don't have to return them to us, they are yours to keep, ready to bring out any time the sun shines and you feel like have a get together outside. They have little handles either side so are also ideal for taking your empties to the recycling bin after!

£4.99 makes this handy little tub a pretty good deal so look out for them next time you pop in!


Fish and FizzDate published: 02/08/14

Have you heard the best food match is good old english fish and chips with a bottle of sparkling wine?

My recommendation is Bouvet from the Loire valley and only £10.11 when you buy 2+ bottles.

You get rich, toasty creaminess and with elegant aromatics. An bubbles that keep on giving!

Enjoy!


The Truth About TanninDate published: 02/08/14

The Truth About Tannin

Found in most plants, tannins are naturally occurring substances which have a bitter or astringent taste. The tannins in wine come from the pips and skin of the grapes and also the stalks and stems. If a wine has been aged in wooden casks such as new oak, the wood will impart some of its own tannin into the wine.

There are two main types of grape tannins; ripe and unripe. In wine making ripe tannins provide structure, stabilise the colour of a wine and are useful when it comes to matching food and wine.

As a wine matures, the tannins soften and can create wine with a velvety texture.


Cuvée de Richard RougeDate published: 02/08/14

From the Pays de l’Aude, to the west of the Languedoc region on France's Mediterranean coast, Cuvée de Richard Rouge offers remarkable value for money. Amazingly smooth with dense, ripe blackberry and plum fruit, leading to a rounded finish. Extremely versatile, this wine can go with most meat dishes, vegetarian food and is eminently drinkable on its own.

Not bad considering it's only £5.99 a bottle. 

Wine Fact of the weekDate published: 02/08/14

Wine Fact of the week

Bottle Labels

Outside of Europe, if a label says the name of a grape, then that grape makes up a large percentage of what is in the bottle. (The percentage varies from one country to the next but is typically around 80%).

A traditional European wine label identifies the region where the wine was made. However, in an effort to compete with the New World, more and more producers are now labelling their bottles varietal.


Offers Ending Soon!Date published: 02/08/14

Offers Ending Soon!

Just to remind our customers that our current set of offers are changing from Tuesday morning, deals currently include the very popular Oyster bay as well as the fantastic Vina Eguia Rioja. 

Pop in and see us before then or come along Tuesday to take advantage of our new offers.

Winchester Team. 

Breaking News - Bollinger Bargain BonanzaDate published: 02/08/14

Breaking News - Bollinger Bargain Bonanza

Breaking News - Today we have a ridiculously good short term offer on the world renown Champagne Bollinger. On offer is the non-vintage Special Cuvée. Normally retailing at £30+ a bottle on offer (which I would say is a good price). For one week only the company has managed to secure a deal allowing us to sell our current stocks for £25.50 per bottle (multi-buy price, £30 single bottle price). If you are like me, and you like full bodied Champagne, then this is the one for you! Bollinger is made from first-run juice only, and the majority of vineyards used have Premier and Grand Cru status, resulting in a full-bodied Champagne of great class. Delightful pale gold in colour, the mousse is light and persistent. 

If this didn't tempt you enough then try the words of Lily Bollinger herself - "I only drink champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not in a hurry and drink it when I am, otherwise I never touch the stuff unless I am thirsty."

This is a fantastic offer, and we have not seen this Champagne at an equivalent price since 2008. If you are interested in this deal then don't delay as this price is only available on the current stocks we have in the company and will be sold on a first come first served basis. If you feel that you can't make the store over the next few days then just give us a call on 01344 484256 to reserve some stock for you. Please bear in mind that this price is only valid until the 4th of August whilst stocks last.

Cheers!


Roscoe's Hope House IPADate published: 02/08/14

Roscoe's Hope House IPA

This is an easy drinking craft beer. It boasts a spicy hop character, blended with smooth malt flavour for a pleasantly balanced finish. Pale, Crystal and Caramel Malts gives this beer a rich flavour profile, while the combination of four different hops - CTZ, Chinook, Willamette and Golding – offer a distinctive, spicy aroma and long hoppy finish for your enjoyment.

An absolute bargain price of £12 per case of 12. But stock up soon to avoid disappointment, as it is a limited special parcel here and is soon likely to disapear from our shelves. 


Dylan's red wine of the weekend - Rioja Reserva 2009 Viña EguíaDate published: 02/08/14

Grape: Tempranillo

Origin: Bodegas Eguia is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa subregion, in the village of Elciego, one of the area's winemaking hotspots. The traditional reserva style is achieved through 24 months' ageing in French and American oak and 2 years' cellarage before release.

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

Enjoy: Match with a mature steak, lamb or with a board of chorizo and manchego cheese.

Price: £6.99 on the 33.3% deal when you buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case 


Goose Island IPADate published: 31/07/14

Fast becoming a staff favourite here in Winchester, from Chicago's craft brewery Goose Island, comes this India Pale Ale. It recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result is a hop lovers dream with a fruity aroma, off set by a dry malt middle and long hop finish.


£9.99 per 6 pack when buying any 2 packs from our Craft Beer promotion


Leffe Blonde is back!Date published: 31/07/14

Leffe Blonde back in stock!

After a short time away, we are currently in stock again! For those fans of this very distinctive beer, get in while stocks last! 

£18.99 per case of 12 bottles

Food and Wine Matching - The BasicsDate published: 31/07/14

It's always difficult to know which wine will be the perfect match for your dish, so follow these simple steps to make sure you always have the perfect combination....

-Wines should complement, not dominate food.

-Choose a wine that matches the most dominant flavour in a dish

-Complex wines for simple dishes; simple wines for complex dishes

-Match the wine to the body, texture and flavour profile of the dish

-Always look out for local food specialities from a particular winemaking region

1. Acidity
Crisp acidity in wines can pair up well in two ways. When it’s not cutting through oily, fatty, creamy or salty foods, it can brighten the natural flavours of a dish. Clean, crisp whites work with any dish that responds well to a squeeze of lemon – like freshly shelled oysters. With tart foods, always aim to choose a wine with equal or higher acidity. White wines and fizz are usually better with acidic foods, with the honourable exception of high acidity Italian reds such as Sangiovese and Nebbiolo.

2. Saltiness
Salty dishes should be balanced by crisp acidity and/ or some residual sweetness in the wine. The former refreshes the palate; the latter can act as a nice contrast to salt. Salt decreases bitterness, acidity, astringency and chemestesis (burn).

3. Sweetness
Dishes with a sweet element require a wine with equal sweetness or possibly rich ripe fruit. For instance, the tropical fruit of an off-dry Riesling is a great partner to grilled swordfish with mango salsa.

4. Bitterness
Ingredients such as aubergine and cooking methods like char-grilling come with a bitterness that can be mirrored by the bitter tannins found in red wine. That’s why barbequed steak is so well suited to a good Cabernet Sauvignon.

5. Spice
Spicy food can be a matching minefield, clashing with oak, tannins and alcohol. Steer clear of full-bodied reds altogether and go instead for crisp, off dry whites, like lychee-filled Gewürztraminer – the perfect foil for Thai green curry.

6. Sweetness
As well as mirroring sweet food components such as fruit and desserts, sweetness in a wine can contrast wonderfully with salty and spicy food.

7. Body
Alcohol adds texture and body to a wine. This should match up to the weight of a dish, just as gutsy, spicy Côtes-du-Rhône does alongside a hearty beef stew.

8. Tannin
In red wines, it’s the tannin that complements red meat, as this actually helps the protein and fats in the meat to break down in the mouth (Salt is the key ingredient). Look no further than fillet steak with a fine, youthful Bordeaux.

9. Oak
Creamy, complex oak characters go brilliantly with creamy dishes and sauces, while toasty oakiness can bring out the caramelised flavours of fried and grilled food. Beware pairing oaky wines with spicy foods – they’re apt to clash.

10. Age
Bottle ageing can add complexity to reds and whites alike, replacing acidity, fruit character and (in reds) tannin over time. Keep food matches simple, sticking to grilled or roasted meats and fish.



A treat for Rioja fansDate published: 31/07/14

I've recently discovered the Rioja Reserva 2009,  Marques de Vargas. 

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

A rich, dense and deeply coloured Reserva, combining aromas of bramble and wild strawberries with hints of liquorice and savoury-sweet spice. Velvety, full and well balanced. Everything you could want in  Rioja!

£14.99 when you buy any 2 wines on the buy 2 save £10.00 deal 



Dates for The Wine CourseDate published: 31/07/14

Love wine but don't know too much about it? Then this is the course for you! A 90 minute introduction to wine, how it's made, why it tastes different in different areas and what foods match what wines. Fun, informal and eye-opening. Always well-received by attendees too!

We have decided the dates for our next wine courses. They will begin at 18:00 and are completely free. Please contact us to reserve places either by e-mail: win@majestic.co.uk or telephone 01962 868 708

 The dates are:

Wednesday 7th August 

Thursday 26th September



Côte-Rôtie - The lowdownDate published: 31/07/14

Côte Rôtie is a red-wine appellation from the northern tip of the Rhone Valley's "roasted slope". It is the traditional home of the Syrah-Viognier blend which is now famous around the world, and emulated in California as well as Australia. It might seem a strange concept to blend a red grape with a white grape but the partnership works surprisingly well - Cote Rotie wines are renowned for being elegant and finely structured, full-bodied, and spicy with complex aromas

Up to 20% Viognier is permitted in the blend under the appellation law, though 10% is usual for most wines and this has a significant impact, bringing further elegance, balance, lifting its perfume and enlivening its colours. 



Summer CidersDate published: 31/07/14

Cider to quench your thirst.

If you've been out on a nice long walk or a good bike ride, I personally think there is nothing that quenches the thirst like a cold cider. And, after all that excersise I like to tell myself I deserve it! We'll, we've got plenty in store to choose from to make sure that your fridge is never empty. Here are a couple of the great offers that we have to choose from, but with more in store why not pop in, give us a call or check out our website if you would like to find out about the others we stock

Aspalls mixed case 6 x 500ml

£10.99

When mixed with any other cider or craft beer on the buy 2 save £6 offer.

Individual case price £13.99

If you can't decide on which cider too choose then why not get this fantastic mixed case. Inside you will find 2 bottles of each of the Organic Suffolk, Draught Suffolk and the Premier Cru Suffolk Cyder.

Burrow Hill Cider 8 x 500ml

Only £16 per case

From the Somerset Cider Brandy Company, this is made from all home grown apples. A great quality traditional style of cider. This was being served at Glastonbury and I must say it was brilliant mulled on a slightly chilly day!


Fancy a change?Date published: 31/07/14

Are you looking for something unique that strays away from the run-of-the-mill styles of wine?

Why not try the Contesa Pecorino, a superbly crisp and refreshing Italian white wine. It's zesty citrus fruits and fresh minerality on the palate, is where it all starts with this wine. Pecorino is the grape variety, named due to the triangular bunches of grapes on the vines resembling a sheeps head, and coincidently a great pairing with the Pecorino cheese itself, both display equal acidity levels making a great match. With only 30% of the wine aged in oak, the Contesa retains a crisp clean finish with a slightly fuller body to add to the complexity of the wine. A sweet orange blossom note finishes this wine, and really makes it stand out from its Italian neighbours.

It's not just us that think this wine is great, the Contesa Pecorino has won bronze awards in both the Decanter Wine Awards and at the International Wine Challenge - two very recognisable awards in the drinks industry.

Priced at just £7.99 per bottle reduced down from £9.39, this wine is a great addition to your case as a treat to try something different.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Contesa-Pecorino-zid13153 



Champagne - The perfect giftDate published: 31/07/14

Are you attending a wedding and not sure what to buy as a gift? We have some fantastic Champagne offers on at the moment:

J De Telmont NV- £15.99*

Monopole Gold Top 2007- £19.99*

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut NV- £26.65*

Louis Roederer NV- £29.98*

Veuve Clicquot Brut NV- £29.98*

Veuve Clicquot 2004- £39.98*

*Offer price when you mix and match any 2 or mix with any other wine in our Summer Selection. Minimum purchase 6 bottles at Majestic Wine Warehouse.

And if you still can't decide, don't forget we do gift vouchers!


BBQ WinesDate published: 31/07/14

The sun is out and the BBQ's are sizzling!

Thinking of throwing a party this summer? Let your local, friendly Majestic Wine staff take the pressure off you so that you are able to relax and enjoy the day.

We have some excellent wines at affordable prices this season and are able to recommend Mud House Sauvignon Blanc which combines citrus and tropical fruits for easy drinking, currently £6.66*. The Vina Eguia Reserva 2008 is a firm favourite with both staff and customers alike, a well balanced wine with summer strawberry and morello cherry flavours, currently £6.99*.

If you would prefer to sizzle in the sun with some fizz, why not try Prosecco Conegliano, light and refreshing in style with a fresh pear and dessert apple fruit palate. A versatile Prosecco delicately off dry, with a clean finish, currently £9.99*

We are also able to provide you with glasses for just £1 deposit per glass, free delivery and if you find you have some wine left over, feel free to drop it back to us and take advantage of our sale or return facility.

The rest is down to you; pick a date, phone some friends and drop in and take advantage of our knowledgeable, down-to-earth staff and great discounts!

* when you buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case.



Organic WineDate published: 31/07/14

Want to see some of our organic wines?  Here's a link:

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


The Magic of MatsuDate published: 26/07/14

The Magic of Matsu

The youngest wine is El Picaro; the Tempranillo grapes come from mature vines of over 50 years of age, but the wine spends only three months in oak, preserving their natural fruit profile. Picaro means 'rogue' or 'rascal', and this cheeky little wine is a youthful interpretation of the Toro region's style. In the glass, the colour is a vivid crimson-purple and on the nose there are bucket loads of aromas of ripe blackberries and raspberries and a suggestion of cocoa. The palate is meaty and enjoyable, with spicy tannins. Enjoy with BBQ or boldly flavoured pasta dishes. £8.49 (save 15%)

The middle wine is El Recio is a more serious, mature wine, made from the product of some of Toro's oldest Tempranillo vines, which are cultivated using advanced biodynamic techniques. It receives 14 months in new French oak to provide a rich and rounded wine. The name translates as 'the tough guy', which I think is reflected in the flavour...It is very Intense with a mass of deep black fruit, chocolate, roasted coffee bean and vanilla pod aromas. Voluptuous and weighty, with a firm structure, held together by silky smooth tannins. A great match for roast lamb. It would easily stand up to a further 2 years of ageing. £12.74 (save 15%).

The eldest of the 3 wines is El Viejo which is made only in the best years from the fruit of selected Tinta de Toro vines, averaging 110 years of age. The name translates as 'The Old One' and with this wine you can tell. On the nose the wine is immensely powerful and complex, with aromas of tobacco, slightly sweet floral/herbacious aromas and graphite nuances against a backdrop of concentrated cherry and black fruit. This wine would stand up to perhaps a couple of years of careful cellaring, but I say enjoy it now with a big hunk of red meat. £20 (buy 2 save £10).


Flash Deals - end 3pm 28th July!Date published: 26/07/14

Flash Deals - end 3pm 28th July!

The Ned at £6.99
Prosecco Corte Alta at £6.66
Vallee Des Pins Rose at £6.66
Torres Vina Sol at £5.99
Les Galets Cote du Rhone at £5.66
Poilly-Fume Jean Vincent at £9.99
Codorniu Raventos at £7.99


Don't miss out on these fantastic offers!

New Arrivals: Craft BeerDate published: 26/07/14

New Arrivals: Craft Beer

For those of you that are bored of 'the amber nectar' and associated others, why not try something different and explore our ever expanding range of craft beers and ales. Here are a few of the latest additions:

The Camden Hells Lager draws inspiration from great Bavarian lagers, such as Paulaner Münchner Hell, but is crafted right here in London. A classic lager that’s exactly what it should be: easy-drinking, crisp and dry with beautiful bubbles. Clean and refreshing with a dry hop finish. You can taste the great depth of flavour which comes from the long, slow maturation in tank. This is how a great lager should taste.

£13.99 Buy 2 packs save £6 = £10.99

The Camden Pale Ale is American in style; Golden, hoppy and delicious. It delivers a tropical and citrus punch that will leave you wanting more.

£13.99 Buy 2 packs save £6  = £10.99


England's Finest - Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009 £23.98Date published: 26/07/14

England's Finest - Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009 £23.98

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, this wine is very drinkable now but will age superbly and gain layers of weight, richness and complexity with time. An ideal present for those with the will power to resist instant gratification and anybody for whom 2009 marks a special year

The ultimate home-grown alternative to Champagne, for all special occasions and currently on the summer 33% off range down from £35.99 to a cracking £23.98.


Fine Wine in RestaurantsDate published: 26/07/14

Enjoy fine wine at restaurants without breaking the bank

Have you ever sat at in a restaurant longingly gazing at the lower portion of the wine list, where the Montrachets, Pauillacs and other finery lives and thought to yourself I'd like to, but £100 is far to much to spend on a bottle of wine? Maybe you've even bit the bullet and just jumped in there. 

Restaurants are very guilty of running every product they sell trough the accountant margin machine. The accountant says you must make 76.62% GP across the board and you'll at least break even. Having produced many a wine list myself I know the temptation to be lazy, however that isn't really the answer. Restaurants can make the same level of cash profit, maybe even more by staggering margins and not over charging for expensive wine, that way more will be drunk and less will stay as expensive window dressing. 

A typical restaurant GP is between 65% - 80% which in real terms means that the house wine which they are charging £15 for has cost them £3 - £5.25, which i can understand a restaurant needs to make profit to survive, but when that same formula is applied across the board it means that that £100 Montrachet actually cost no more than £35 and probably closer to £20, why do restaurants feel justified doing this? I can understand food margins being that high as the food has been sourced, quality controlled and prepared by qualified professionals. With a wine list usually they do no more than broker the wine, ok hopefully some thought and expertise has gone into the selection and service, but that much profit, really? 

So my advice is this, next time you plan to dine out, call ahead and say something along the lines of "...it's our anniversary  and we have a special bottle of wine given to us by my beloved uncle and I was wondering if you'd allow us to bring it and charge us corkage..." or some variant on the theme. Most restaurants will allow this and corkage is usually about the same price as a bottle of house wine (£10 - £20). Then dig out that lovely bottle of Premiere Cru Saint Aubin you bought in your last Majestic shop, chill it down and bring it along. Even with the extra charge you will still be enjoying much nicer wine at a fraction of the cost than if you bought off of the list.

I do hope people will do this more and maybe the restaurants will take note and start taking a more sensible approach to their wine lists.


Wine term of the day - Carbonic MacerationDate published: 26/07/14

Wine term of the day - Carbonic Maceration 

Carbonic maceration is a winemaking technique, often associated with the French wine region of Beaujolais, in which whole grapes are fermented in a carbon dioxiderich environment prior to crushing. Conventional alcoholic fermentation involves crushing the grapes to free the juice and pulp from the skin with yeast serving to convert sugar into ethanol. Carbonic maceration ferments most of the juice while it is still inside the grape, although grapes at the bottom of the vessel are crushed by gravity and undergo conventional fermentation. The resulting wine is fruity with very low tannins. It is ready to drink quickly but lacks the structure for long-term aging. In the most extreme case, such as with Beaujolais nouveau, the period between picking and bottling can be less than six weeks.

Joven style Rioja's also frequently utilise this technique as well as many wines designed to be easy drinking and fruity in style. Some of the telltale signs that a wine has been produced by carbonic maceration are; a deep purple colour combined with low tannin, hints of kirsch or banana on the nose and sometimes a bubblegum like aroma. If your wine displays all of these characteristics then almost certainly it has been produced this way


Heat Wave WinesDate published: 26/07/14

Heat Wave Wines

With this current spell of relentless heat upon us it is very important to stay well hydrated and to consume lots of fresh water especially if doing any sort of exercise.

That said, once one reaches home and is in relaxation mode, might I suggest a glass of chilled Manzanilla La Gitana Hidalgo as the perfect way to unwind and cool down. It is an incredibly fresh wine, with a salty, tangy character reminiscent of a sea breeze. The  complex, nutty palate and crisp, palate-cleansing finish is simply divine with pre-dinner nibbles such as olives, almonds or a bit of Manchego and for me the most enjoyable way to combat heat fatigue.



ChablisDate published: 26/07/14

Chablis

The town Chablis lies in the valley of the River Serein, surrounded by hills. The best vineyard sites are on the well-exposed slopes as here they receive most sun and also protection.

Chablis AC: Can be a little bitter with green-plum fruit character and high acidity. Perfect for a less expensive easy drinking dry white for these summer evenings in the garden.

Chablis Premier Cru AC: These vineyards are always on the well-exposed sites. They show riper fruits flavour with lemon citrus, more body with a softer, creamier texture. They will also have more mineral aromas and acidity. Names to look for are: Montèe de Tonnerre, Vailluons and Fourchaume.

Chablis Grand Cru AC: Vineyards lie on the hillside across the river from Chablis. These wines may have more complex characteristics with smokey aromas and beautifully mouth-watering finish. The names to look for are: Les Clos, Vaudèsir, Blanchot and Grenouilles, to name a few.

My personal suggestion is our Chalis 1er Cru 'Mont de Milieu', Domaine Pinson £23 A steely dry Chablis, with richness and crisp acidity. Definitely worth a try if you want to treat yourself!


Chill out with red wineDate published: 26/07/14

Chill out with red wine

If you are a confirmed red wine drinker but are finding your usual tipple a touch over baring in this heat, why not try a lighter style of red that chills well and is enjoyable at a lower, more summer friendly temperature. 

Red wines that work well from the fridge need be low in tannin, high in fruit and have fresh finish, usually provided by an above average acidity. Such wines include Beajolaise and it's various cru's like Fleurie, Morgon, Brouilly, Julienas etc. all examples of a wine made from the Gamay grape. Other examples that work very well are the reds from Loire such as Saumur Champigny (Cabernet Franc) and Menetou Salon (Pinot Noir) as well as the Pinot Noir's from Alsace. Burgundies offerings are best enjoyed a touch warmer at about 16 degrees so they don't feel flabby. From Italy the light fresh Bardolino, with its cherry scented fruit is perfect for chilling and enjoying al fresco. 

Also remember that in this very warm weather, room temperature is higher than is ideal for red wine (unless one has air-con). So a judicious of an ice bucket or fridge for one's reds is a very good idea to bring them back down to a sensible drinking temperature even if they are not meant for chilling.


Wine word of the day - RipassoDate published: 26/07/14

Wine word of the day - Ripasso

In the late 20th century, a new style of wine known as ripasso (meaning "repassed") emerged. With this technique, the pomace of leftover grape skins and seeds from the fermentation of Recioto and Amarone are added to the batch of Valpolicella wines for a period of extended maceration. The additional food source for the remaining fermenting yeast helps boost the alcohol level and body of the wines while also leaching additional tannins, glycerine and some phenolic compounds that contribute to a wine's complexity, flavour and colour. As the production of Amarone has increased in the 21st century, so too has the prevalence of ripasso style wines appearing in the wine market, with most Amarone producers also producing aripasso as a type of "second wine". An alternative method is to use partially dried grapes, instead of leftover pomace, which contain less bitter tannins and even more phenolic compounds.

The first Valpolicella producer to commercially market a ripasso wine was Masi in the early 1980s. When the style first became popular in the late 20th century, it was rarely noted on the wine label. There was also debate about whether it was even permitted to be included under DOC regulations. If it was mentioned at all it was relegated to the back label wine description notes. Today the term ripasso is freely permitted to be used, with several examples on the wine market labeled as being made in the ripasso style. In late 2009, Ripasso della Valpolicella received its own DOC designation.


Super Sauvignon Blanc DealsDate published: 20/07/14

Super Sauvignon Blanc Deals!

Here are some of our best offers on New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc at the moment...

Oyster Bay is only £7.99 - you'll do very well to find it cheaper anywhere else!

Mud House is down to £6.66 - a new addition to our range, it's fantastic value for money and has already developed a following!

The Ned is currently £7.99 - a firm favourite, one of the most popular wines here at Majestic Winchester

Giesen has sneaked under the radar at £7.49 - a great price for a classic Kiwi Sauvignon!

Why not pop in and have a browse of the rest of our Sauvignon Blanc selection.

Great Offer - Laurent Perrier Rose ChampagneDate published: 19/07/14

Us folks here at Majestic like to ensure that our customers always have something great to drink and that they always pay a great price for them as well.

Well, we are keeping on with that trend because we just want to see more of you guys. 

We have got the lovely Laurent Perrier Rose on sale for just £43.31!*  So make sure you pick up a couple on your next visit.

Made from 100% Pinot Noir using the Saignée method, this delightful tipple is stylish, easy drinking and incredibly versatile. Vibrant & fresh bubbles accompanied with raspberry, black cherry and blackcurrant flavours on the palate.  It makes for a wonderful apéritif, pairs magically with salmon, but the more adventurous should match it with Asian spiced duck.

So treat your friends, treat your partner or just treat yourself!  

(*£43.31 - multi buy price. £65 - single purchase price)  


Chateauneuf-du-Pape Special ParcelDate published: 19/07/14

DON'T MISS! Web Exclusive Parcel- Thursday 17th July

On Thursday 17th July we will be advertising Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 'Les Chorégies' 2010 Clos de L’Oratoire.

This is the flagship wine of Clos de L’Oratoire des Papes, made in very small quantities in exceptional years. Grapes are hand harvested from the best vineyard parcels. The resulting wine is a classic blockbusting Châteauneuf-du-Pape with serious aging potential of 15 years+.

We’ve 50 cases of 6 in wooden cases to sell at £240 each, equivalent to £40 per bottle. Please visit majestic.co.uk from 10am on Thursday 17th to pick up one (or more!) of these fantastic cases. 

For those of you who are unable to shop online, please call 01962 868 708 or email win@majestic.co.uk


German Wine: The Lowdown...Date published: 19/07/14

Prädikatswein indicates a quality wine with special attributes. The grapes must come from a single Bereich, a district within an Anbaugebiet. A Prädikatswein must show on its label which of the six Prädikat levels it belongs to. These levels are defined in law according to the must weights (sugar levels) of the grapes at the time of harvesting. The minimum must weights vary from region to region and there is some overlap between Prädikat levels. Whilst not an absolute guide, they give an indication of the style of wine a consumer can expect. In order of minimum permitted must weight, the Prädikat levels follow in ascending order:

Kabinett wines are delicate and often make ideal aperitifs. Rieslings made in this style are light in body, with high acidity and flavours of green apple or citrus fruit, often balanced with some residual sweetness. 

Spätlese literally means 'late-harvest'. These wines have more concentrated flavours. Riesling in this style will have more body than Kabinett wines, and the fruit flavours will be riper, and the citrus aromas more pronounced. There may also be hints of stone fruit. Spätlese wines in both dry and sweet styles will have a higher ABV than Kabinett.

Auslese wines are made from extra-ripe bunches of grapes. This category encompasses the greatest range of styles for Riesling. Some sweet Auslesen have an overt botrytic character. This is the highest Prädikat designation that can appear as a dry wine.

Beerenauslese (BA) indicates a rare, expensive sweet wine, made from individually selected grapes, ideally affected by botrytis. Those BA wines unaffected by noble rot rarely display the complexity and refreshing acidity of a true Riesling Beerenauslese.

Eiswein (ice wine) is made from grapes that have been left on the vine until the weather is cold enough to freeze them. Harvest often takes place on winter nights, as late as January. When the grapes are pressed, the frozen water remains in the press resulting in a highly concentrated must. When the must is fermented, the result is a wine that combines concentrated fruit flavours with high levels of acidity.

Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA) are sweet wines that are produced only in small quantities, in only the best vintages, from individual grapes that have been affected by botrytis. After fermentation, the wines rarely have more than 8% ABV, leaving high levels of residual sugar, balanced by equally high acidity. Top-quality TBAs are amongst the world's most expensive wines.

If you're still with me, then hopefully you're now ready to navigate your way through the world of Prädikatswein. Time to pour a glass...


Malbec MadnessDate published: 19/07/14

Argentina has become one of our best selling sections over the last couple of years.. all down to the increased popularity of their Malbecs. The grape is originally from France, most well known in the Cahors region in the south of France. It has found its spiritual home in the Mendoza region at the foot hills of the Andes mountains. The altitude and climate here provides perfect conditions for the grape to flourish. Here are some of the wines on our 33% off Summer selection range:

Santa Anan Malbec £8.99 buy 2 save 33% £5.99

Alamos Malbec  £9.99 buy 2 save 33% £6.66

Portillo Malbec £10.49 buy 2 save 33% £6.99

Tucumen Malbec  £11.99 buy 2 save 33% £7.99

It is not just the Argentina that are producing great quality wines, Chile are also trying there hand at it to great effect. The Con Amigos Malbec has attracted great publicity in the last week... appearing on Saturday Kitchen and also making it into Jane Macquittys 'Top 50' summer wines in The Times.

Con amigos Malbec £8.99 buy 2 save 33% £6.66


Angel's Share Shiraz by Two HandsDate published: 19/07/14

Fine Wine of the Month

Two Hands, Angels' Share Shiraz 2012,

McLaren Vale

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

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

Enjoy now or over the next ten years.

£18.00*

*When bought as part of the fine wine deal, otherwise £23.00 - minimum purchase 6 bottles.


Anyone for Gin?Date published: 19/07/14

If you're partial to a good G&T or gin martini (we certainly are) then we have quite a range in stock

What are some of the best gins to liven up your cocktail cupboard?

Hendricks Gin - £35

Martin Millers - £30

Sipsmith - £27.50 multibuy price

Williams British Gin - £25 multibuy price

Tanqueray - £22.50 multibuy-price

Bombay Sapphire - £20 multi-buy price

Gordons Gin with a spot of Elderflower - £15 multi-buy price

Combine with Fever-Tree tonic, a generous sized lime wedge or cucumber & and couple of ice cubes and you've got the most refreshing drink going. Cheers! 


Craft Beer of the Week- Meantime Pale Ale!Date published: 19/07/14

Open this week on the tasting counter is the Meantime London Pale Ale, with an ABV of 4.3% and its luscious deep golden colour, this beer is well suited to match the weather. This beer comes with a balanced mix of fruit and malty flavours and has a nice bitter hoppy finish to it. This is currently priced at £9.99 per 6 bottles when you buy at least 2 packs.

Italian Deal - Gavi AraldicaDate published: 19/07/14

One of our favourite wines on the Italian 33% deal is the Gavi Araldica.  This is a relatively new product for us as it came in earlier this year but it has quickly gained a good reputation as a great choice for a good value, summery white.  Coming from the vineyards around the village of Gavi in Piedmont, north-west Italy, this is a single varietal wine made from the Cortese grape which is very popular in this area of Italy.  Wines such as this are very popular in the restaurants of Genoa and other sea side towns and cities where it is a fantastic match for the locally caught fish.

This is a very fresh and lively wine with citrussy flavours, particularly lime, supported by aromas of nettle and other green notes. The wine has a crisp acidity that is very appealing and refreshing and a medium body. This is a great alternative to a Sauvignon Blanc for those of you looking to try something a little different as it shares many characteristics you may find familiar, while being more approachable.  As mentioned earlier this is a great match for fresh fish.

This wine is currently on our summer selection with 33.3% off at £6.66 a bottle so is a great value wine with a lot of good qualities. This wine can appeal to pretty much everyone so give it a try.


Wine of the Week - The Laughing MagpieDate published: 16/07/14

This weeks wine of the week is The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2010 d'Arenberg from McLaren Vale, Australia.

Made with the Shiraz and Viognier grapes 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.

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.

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

Buy 2 bottles save 15% = £14.86

RoséDate published: 16/07/14

Mid-summer is rosé time, and there's no more popular style at Majestic than the light, delicate rosés of Provence. Here are some of Majestic Wine Winchester's favourites.

Miraval Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence

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

Currently £17.99

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

Currently buy any 2 wines at 33% off and it's £9.99 a bottle

La Grille Rosé d'Anjou 2013 

College-trained oenologist Gwenaël Guihard has used specially selected grapes from the schist and granite of the Western Loire for this delicious off-dry rosé. Using cool fermentations to bring out all the grapes’ appetizing fruit flavours and aromas.  Bottled with a light natural spritz, the wine has a refreshing, summery zing. Strawberry and hints of peach fill the palate, with their flavours brought out by the wine's laid-back, off-dry demeanour.  Great on its own, as an apéritif, or with sweetly spiced, creamy curries.

Currently buy any 2 wines at 15% off and it's £7.22 a bottle

Australian Tasting WeekDate published: 16/07/14

It is still Australian Tasting Week here at Majestic Wine Winchester so come along to try some great Aussie wines on our tasting counter today.

Facts about AustraliaDate published: 16/07/14

Australia

Australia is the fourth largest wine exporting country in the world, producing some fantastic wines, in a variety of styles. 

Australia has over 60 Wine regions and in South Australia they have some of the oldest vines in the world!

The climate in Australia is mostly warm or hot Mediterranean. Loosely speaking, Australian wine tends to come from two main areas, Western Australia or South Eastern Australia.

In Western Australia, the Margaret River, South of Perth, is particularly famous. Closer to the coast, this region has a moderate to warm maritime climate. The climate can be quite similar to that in Bordeaux, which goes some way to explaining why Semillon-Sauvignon blends from this region are so popular! Additionally, the region produces some excellent Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blends. If you're looking for a New World alternative to left bank Bordeaux, the Margaret River can be an excellent place to explore!

South Australia is well known, particularly for excellent red wines. Barossa Valley and Eden Valley produce some fantastic Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignons. These tend to be quite weighty, often packed with black fruit flavours, with influences from American oak.

In Victoria, you can find some excellent Australian Chardonnays. A good new world alternative to some of the oaky white Burgundies. Aside from Chardonnay, they offer a diverse range of other varieties, including some excellent Pinot Noir from the Mornington Peninsula.

New South Wales produces some excellent wines, with Shiraz and Semillion from Hunter Valley being the stand-out varieties the region is most famous for. The Semillons age well, and can develop honey and toast flavours with time. The Shiraz from Hunter Valley can have enticing red fruit flavours.

Come and explore our range at Majestic Winchester

Fantastic New OffersDate published: 16/07/14

We have some fabulous new offers to get you in the mood for summer.

Mont St Jean Corbieres is incredible value at £4.99.This Southern French red has some character of a Cotes du Rhone, but with the characteristic rustic fruit of this Mediterranean region. Perfect with lamb casserole. 

Prosecco Corte Alta is the best selling Prosecco in Majestic's collection, and at just £6.66 now's the time to stock up for your next celebration. It balances fresh, zesty fruit with just a touch of sweetness for the idea toasting fizz. Cheers!

Picpoul de Pinet Villemarin is now just £5.99 and is a great example of a style that's gathering real momentum. Bright, green apple flavour, with lemon zest and a dry finish make it the ideal seafood wine. Enjoy with Moules Mariniere or Oysters straight from the shell. 

Torre Vinal Sol the definitive Summer Wine, now just £5.99. Light, fresh, with a hint of tropical flavour. The perfect wine to enjoy on a sunny day, while chicken skewers sizzle on the barbecue. 

Oyster Bay Sauvignon!!Date published: 12/07/14

Oyster Bay Sauvignon!!

If you haven't heard yet Majestic are selling Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc for just £7.99 per bottle!! What a bargain

Now is the time to stock up for those Summer BBQ's on one of New Zealand's most famous, recognised and loved white wines!

It's not just staff that think this wines great, just check out some of our Customer reviews on this wine:

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Oyster-Bay-Sauvignon-Blanc-zid37047

Don't forget Majestic also offer a FREE delivery service on a minimum of any 6 bottles of wine, so get your orders in!


Pinot Grigio/Pinot GrisDate published: 12/07/14

Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris

With summer upon us, Pinot Grigio becomes a popular wine of choice.  You may not have tried a Pinot Gris before, although if you're a Pinot Grigio fan then you probably have without even knowing, this is because they are the same wine!  The Pinot Gris/Grigio grape is a mutation of Pinot, the mother grape to all Pinot wines such as Pinot Noir.

Pinot Gris/Grigio is normally dry but can vary slightly depending on where it has come from:

Italian Pinot Grigio: Very dry with crisp acidity and almond notes.

French Pinot Gris: Often sweeter with faint notes of honey.

American Pinot Grigio: More exaggerated fruit flavours and less acidity then it's European counterparts.

Pinot Gris from Alsace is an exception to the rule is often much sweeter that Italian and US versions with spicy notes of cinnamon, honey and clove, give this a try if you haven't already, you'll be pleasantly surprised! 

To sum up, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are the same, however they may taste completely different depending on the region they were grown in.  So if you enjoy Italian Pinot Grigio and are yet to try a Pinot Gris from New Zealand or Alscace then give it a try!


Champagne GrapesDate published: 12/07/14

Champagne Grapes

Champagne is restricted to being produced from three core grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

The Chardonnay grape provides acidity and a general citrus flavouring for the wine. It can be used individually to produce Champagne, which is known as blanc de blanc (or white of whites) as it is the only white grape used in production of Champagne. 

The other two grapes used are Pinor Noir and Pinot Meunier, both red grapes. However, due to lack of skin contact during fermentation and gentle pressing they produce a white base wine. The Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are used to add length and further backbone of the final product. These two grapes can be used without Chardonnay to produce a white wine, know as Blanc de noir (or white of blacks.) 

The blanc de blanc differs slightly from the blanc de noir with a creamier, lighter style on the palate. Additionally there are rose Champagnes, which taste no different to ordinary Champagne,  they are just light pink in colour which is due to minor contact with the Pinot Noir or Pinor Meunier skins in production of the wine. 



Callia Bella Malbec - The perfect party red wineDate published: 12/07/14

Callia Bella Malbec - The perfect party red wine


If your'e new to Malbec and looking for a classic light style this summer, then try the Callia Bella Malbec, currently on offer at £5.99 on our Summer Selection.

The Bodegas Callia Vineyard lies in the Valle de Tulum. 150 km north of Mendoza, this valley is almost completely surround by the Andes at a cooler climate altitude of 630 metres.

This cooler climate results in a lighter and fruitier style Malbec. This lightness also offers hints of spice and the ‘moorish’ plummy malbec finish that makes you want to keep going back for another mouthful.

This is a perfect party wine that will impress if you are looking for something light but where fruity character is not compromised. Drink on its own, or match with pasta and meatballs in a rich tomato based sauce.

Wine in Focus: 120 CarmenereDate published: 12/07/14

Wine in Focus: Santa Rita 120 Carménère 2013

The wines of Santa Rita have been a Majestic Winchester favourite for a number of years now and they never fail to impress. The fruit is sourced from the haven of Chile's Central valley, arguably the perfect balance between warm summer sun and cooling Pacific winds.

Velvety smooth red and black fruits give way to a surprising amount of spicy black pepper, tobacco leaf and vanilla; think of it as Merlot with a bit of an extra kick! It's probably about as close as you can get to the perfect BBQ wine... if this weather clears up!

“The 120 Carménère is an illustrative variety of Chilean wines, dominated by aromas of black and red fruits and spices. Its silky, deep tannins make it very easy to drink, and very versatile to pair with a broad diversity of foods.” - Carlos Gatica.

£8.99 or £6.74 when matched with any other product on the 25% deal


Current Exciting Offers!Date published: 11/07/14

Current Exciting Offers!

It's price change day again! This month we're seeing a lot of lovely new wines joining our 33% off summer selection, here are just a few highlights, all of which can be found at Majestic Wine in Winchester;

M de Minuty - A lovely Provence Rose £14.99 buy 2 save 33% £9.99

Lindauer Blanc de Blanc, New Zealand - Ever popular fizz £15.99 buy 2 save 33% £10.65

MudHouse Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough - £9.99 buy 2 save 33% £6.66

Portillo Malbec, Argentina - Everyone needs a good Barbecue red for the summer! £10.49 buy 2 save 33% £6.99

There are of course tons more to choose from, do see our personal web listing found here atwww.majestic.co.uk/winchester and don't forget to follow us on twitter for up to the minute exclusive offers! @majesticwin

Happy Sipping!


Minuty Provencial Rosé!Date published: 11/07/14

Marvelous Minuty... back on a fantastic deal!

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.

£14.99 Buy any two save 1/3 = £9.99


Alamos Malbec..Date published: 11/07/14

Alamos Malbec..

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.

A great easy drinker this one... try partnered with rump steak!

Buy any two in the summer collection save 1/3 = £6.66 a bottle. 


Germany VS Argentina! (The final show down...)Date published: 11/07/14

Germany VS Argentina! (The final show down...)

So the world cup is drawing nearer to its final conclusion. After thrashing the hosts Brazil, Germany are looking like the favourites to go all the way...

This got me thinking, why not offer some themed advice ... (on what typical wine/alcoholic beverages we can offer in this area)

Germany...

Long gone are the days of Black Tower and Blue Nun. Majestic stocks some fantastic and often rare German parcels of wine. Whether it be an off dry Riesling or a sweet, honeyed Spatlese wine... really sophisticated stuff!!! - we've got a small but diverse choice to choose from (not forgetting some of the best German beer down our beer aisle)

Argentina...

Now a serious wine maker in the world of wine. Its unique growing conditions (high in mountains) with a relatively low cost base (meaning a great exchange rate)... Malbec is perhaps one of the most synonymous grape varieties in this region. Originally a grape from France (and still used there too), its much more vibrant, bold and full of flavour!...

Don't just take my word for it, pop in to see what else we can offer! 

@majesticwin


Provence RoséDate published: 11/07/14

Provence Rosé

Now we are well into summer I'm sure that many of you have been tucking into a bottle or two of Rosé. Well here is a little bit of knowledge about that star of the show when it comes to producing rosé, the Provence region.

The Provence is a region in the south of France. It is a large area that is broken up by many hills which helps provide a great variety of different site climates and soils. 

The Rosés that are produced are generally pale, often very low in flavour intensity due to the high yields. They are traditionally packaged in a curvy distinctive bottle and continue to sell very well all over the world due to their distinctive dry style.

The main grapes used in the production of Provence Rosé are Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre, which provide peppery notes, as well as well balanced, red fruit flavours. As always its the perfect rosé to enjoy the the warm sunshine. Crisp, dry and refreshing.

Today's the first day of our Spotlight on Provence Rosé - pop in this weekend to try a variety of pink wines from the region.

#comeandexplore


NEW - Camden Town BreweryDate published: 11/07/14

NEW - Camden Town Brewery

We have just had some exciting new arrivals in the form of a couple of beers from the Camden Town Brewery. Founded in 2010 by Jasper Cuppaidge, the aim was to brew extremely good lager. This has morphed into a range of beers, and we are delighted to stock the Hells Lager and the Pale Ale.

The Helles Lager is available in cans and blends the crispness of a German Pilsner with the gentle hopping of a Helles. This was International Brewing Awards Champion Keg Lager 2013!

The Pale Ale is available in 330ml bottles and is a pale ale without a gram of MarisOtter. Instead it features Pilsner, Crystal, Wheat and Munich malts and combines them with Columbus, Cascade, Amarillo and Citra hops for a blast of Americana and a hoppy finish. Yum!

Both 6 packs are £13.99 each, but buy any 2 craft beers and you save £6 making them just £10.99 for one of the best beer's you will ever taste!!


New - Freedom BreweryDate published: 11/07/14

New - Freedom Brewery

Founded in 1995, Freedom Brewery has created a range of award winning beers. We are proud to stock the Pilsner and Organic Lager from this pioneering brewery.

The Pilsner has a base of subtly sweet malts with Liberty and Saaz hops providing grassy citrus aromas. Well balanced.

The Organic Lager has a hint of caramel layered under clean and subtle citrus bitterness. Winner of multiple awards!

Both beers come in 6x330ml bottles for £11.99. Buy any 2 packs of Craft Ales and this comes down to just £8.99 (£1.49 per bottle!)


Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 - Gold Medals!Date published: 11/07/14

Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 - Gold Medals!

After many hours of tasting and deliberating by the judges, the results are in and some trusty Majestic favourites went down well enough to secure Gold medals. 

The following wine received the much heralded Decanter Gold medal.

Surani Costarossa - £10.99 buy 2 save 25% - £8.24

Gerard Bertrand Reserve Speciale Viognier - £9.99 buy 2 save 15% - £8.49 

CVNE Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva - £30 buy 2 fine wines save £10 - £25.00

Bollinger Grand Annee 2004 - £66.66

The King's Legacy Chardonnay - £14.99 buy 2 save 33% - £9.99

Roaring Meg Pinot Noir - £23.00 buy 2 save £10 - £18.00

Yalumba Y Series Viognier - £9.39 buy 2 save 15% - £7.99

Vasse Felix Chardonnay - £15.99 buy 2 save 15% - £13.59

Many of these wines are staff favourites as well so if you fancy trying the wines the experts love then pop in store and we can pick these wines out for you.


The King’s Thorn Pinot GrisDate published: 11/07/14

Wine Of The Week

The King’s Thorn Pinot Gris


£14.99 Buy 2 Save 33% - £9.99

Origin

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

Taste

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

Enjoy

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



Jackson Estate, NZDate published: 11/07/14

We were lucky enough to have a visit yesterday from Jo and John Stichbury of Jackson Estates in New Zealand. 

We tasted the 'Stich' Sauvignon Blanc (Buy any 2 save 15% = £10.95), named after the Stichburys. The fruit is sourced from vineyards on the central Wairau plain and Waihopai sub regions. Aromas of citrus and stone fruit lead to a zesty palate full of complexity.

The 'Grey Ghost' Sauvignon Blanc (Buy any 2 marked Fine Wines or Spirits save £10 = £16.50) is a completely different kettle of fish. An expression of a single vineyard site, the grapes are hand-picked and sorted to ensure the highest quality. Half is fermented in old French barriques and half in stainless steel, and the wines are rested on their lees for 8 months to encourage a rich complexity. The barrel fermented portion undergoes a partial malolactic fermentation to soften it out further before being blended with the stainless steel portion. Stone fruits, honeysuckle and a hint of yeastiness complement the minerality and acidity perfectly.

The 'Vintage Widow' Pinot Noir (Buy any 2 save 15% = £16.99) is made from grapes grown in the Waihopai valley. Like the 'Grey Ghost' the fruit is hand picked and sorted. It is fermented with indigenous yeast in small open topped fermenters and hand plunged rather than pumped over. Matured in a mixture of new and old French oak barrels, it undergoes malolactic fermentation to soften it out. Forest fruits and a touch of herbiness with a zingy acidity and soft finish.

We would like to thank Jo and John for allowing us to taste their range of wines, and we wholeheartedly recommend trying them next time you pop in!


Food and Wine MatchingDate published: 10/07/14

Food and Wine Matching

For all you food lovers out there like myself this is a brief summary of some of the rules to follow when trying to come up with the best wine to match your favourite dishes.

1.) Match acidity with acidity

For acidic foods such as fresh tomato salads, fruit salads and any rich tomato sauces it is best to balance the acidity in the food with a wine that is equally high in acidity. Therefore the perfect match for these type of foods would be Sauvignon Blanc whether it is a punchy New Zealand option, something a little bit different from South Africa or the slightly more restrained style found in the Sancerre region.

2) Matching acidity with fat

Acidity in wine can also help to balance a dish that is relatively high in fat. Therefore meat dishes such as pate, pork belly and duck work perfectly with a light red such as a Pinot Noir. Alternatively why not try the classic food combination that this rule follows which is fish and chips with a glass of Champagne.

3) Matching foods with wines of the same region

In many of the traditional wine making regions food and wine have evolved side by side and therefore the wines often work best with the traditional dishes of the region that the wine has been designed to be drunk with. Some of the classic examples of this are as follows:

Olives with dry Sherry

Goats cheese with Sancerre or Pouilly Fume

Smoked salmon with Chablis

Lasagne with Italian reds

Chorizo and other cured meats with Rioja

High protein food such as strong cheeses and rich meat dishes with Claret

4) The perfect match for a dessert

Whether you are having a rich chocolaty dessert or a cheese board at the end of the meal there is a wine option to keep everybody happy. The obvious choice for a chocolate based dessert would be a sweet desert wine where the sweetness of the wine complements perfectly the sweetness in the food so that one flavour does not overpower the other. For those of you however who are not a fan of desert wine why not try chocolate based deserts with a glass of Shiraz? The richness and intensity of the wine will give it a black forest gateaux like effect and still works extremely well.


Wedding Wine AdviceDate published: 08/07/14


Wedding Wine Advice

Choosing the perfect wedding wines isn't as hard as you may think. The most important thing is to choose wines you and your partner both really enjoy and are good value.

It's often worth considering the corkage option when hiring a venue for a wedding – with Majestic's great range and prices you can often improve on the venue's house wines and save money. For example, if a house wine costs £17 a bottle but corkage would be £10 a bottle, you can spend up to £7 a bottle at Majestic – and almost certainly improve the quality of the wine you offer.

The team in your local Majestic are experienced at advising couples on wines to suit their tastes, their menu and their budget. We'd be happy to help point you in the direction of a few different whites, reds and sparkling to choose from.

 Call the Winchester team on 01962 868708

We all love Pinotage!Date published: 08/07/14

We all love Pinotage!

Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault is South Africa's signature grape and Kananonkop is undoubtedly one of South Africa's finest estates. Here at majestic Winchester we have some fantastic examples of Piontage. 

This is a full bodied, robust and very complex wine. Oak flavours, ripe red and black fruits, plum and even a hint of banana and coffee! 

Drinking well now but will benefit from further ageing

Kanonkop Pinotage 2011, Stellenbosch (£20 Buy 2 Save £10 Fine Wine Offer)

Barista Pinotage 2013 Western Cape (£7.49 when you buy 2 or more. Single bottle price £9.99)

What to buy if you have a sweet tooth:Date published: 08/07/14

What to buy if you have a sweet tooth:

Are you having a dinner party this weekend? or have a particularly sweet tooth? If the answer is yes you need a dessert wine here are my top 3:

Royal Tokaji, 5 Puttonyos, 2008 (Hungary) £19.99

This is the best of the best and beautifully luscious. It s full of citrus-peel, marmelade, honesuckle and blossom notes. It will accompany the stickiest of desserts like Treacle tart; but also strong cheeses

Elysium Black Muscat, 2012 (California) Buy 2 or more 15% off wines = £9.99

Unlike most sticky wines, this looks like a red wine in the glass, but serve chilled. It boasts a pallet full of delicate red fruit, underpinned with rose and violet character. This will be nice with Summer-fruit based puds, all chocolatey ones; as well as zingy lemon tart

Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling, 2007 (New Zealand) Buy 2 or more 15% off wines = £16.99

Rich and honeyed, this is a bit of a staff favourite. It is very varsatile and will accompany many desserts. Why not try with a tropical Pannacotta or baked pears


Still time for PimmsDate published: 08/07/14

It may be the end of the tennis, strawberries, sunshine... But there is still time to bring out the Pimm's!

Refreshing, beautifully fruity, summery - it really is all you need to enjoy a British summer! 

FACT: The first Pimm's bar opened at the world-famous Wimbledon tennis tournament in 1971, and every year over 80,000 pints of Pimm's with lemonade are sold to spectators!

Here's our recipe for the Perfect Pimm's:

250ml Pimm's,

1L Lemonade,

1/2 chopped cucumber,

1 chopped apple,

1 sliced orange

3 sliced strawberries

A good handful of freshly torn mint leaves

Method: 

Place all in a jug over ice and drink (responsibly, of course)!


Decanter World Wine Awards 2014Date published: 08/07/14

Everyone loves a winner, and wine is no exception!

The annual Decanter Wine Awards winners were announced last week and Majestic have quite a few Gold, Silver and Bronze wines in store.  

To highlight the Gold winners for now these are the wines you need to hunt down and snap up - we are always happy to point you in the right direction!

Surani Costarossa 2012

Gerard Bertrand Reserve Speciale Viognier 2013

CVNE Rioja Gran Reserva imperial 2007

Bollinger Grande Annee 2004

The King's Legacy Chardonnay 2011

Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2012

Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2013

Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2012

But don't delay, these are sure to be popular lines, and we wouldn't want you to miss out!


Kings Series Marisco Wines with 33% off!Date published: 08/07/14

The Kings Thorn, Kings Legacy and Kings Favour are three very different wines all with 33% off, which one will be your favourite?

Kings Thorn

This Marlborough Pinot Gris is a great balance of texture, sweetness, acidity and fruit.  It has great aromas of honeysuckle and peach and is slightly off dry on the palate making it a great match for grilled prawns or creamy cheeses. Offer Price: £9.99 (Was £14.99)

Kings Legacy

The grapes for this great chardonnay are sourced from two separate vineyards, one a mature plot in the centre of the Wairau Valley, the other a plot of younger vines in Brancott Valley. This wine is aged in oak which gives it great fresh apple, nectarine and tangerine flavours with subtle creaminess, hints of toasted almonds and a gently spicy complexity. It would go great with seared scallops and black pudding. Offer Price: £9.99 (Was £14.99)

Kings Favour

This great Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has a lively and intense nose with plenty of citrus. It is stony and firm on the palate and has a structure which is somewhat similar to Sancerre, but with a more rounded finish. It goes great with oysters, fresh fish dishes and creamy goats cheese. Offer Price: £9.99 (Was £14.99)


New Wine: Terras Pegoes Vinho Tinto 2013Date published: 03/07/14

Terras Pegoes Vinho Tinto 2013

GRAPE: Castelão

ORIGIN:The Castelão grape is commonly referred to as Periquita in its native Portugal, where it is the most widely-planted red variety. It features in many of the country's archetypal red wines, including Port, and thrives in hot, difficult growing conditions and sandy soils.

TASTE: Jammy red berry fruit surrounded by medium-weighted yet satisfyingly chewy tannins. Subtle scents of cherry, thyme and rose petals lift the nose.

ENJOY: Perfect with spicy Mexican food such as enchiladas or burritos..

£6.99


New Fine Wine - La Sauvageonne Grand Vin 2011,Terasses du LarzacDate published: 03/07/14

La Sauvageonne Grand Vin 2011,Terasses du Larzac

GRAPES: Grenache, Syrah

ORIGIN: Terrasses du Larzac is a modern appellation created in 2005, covering red wines grown within a specific area on the slopes of the Causse du Larzac. Including some of the northern Languedoc's highest vineyards,the area is noted for its hot days and cool nights.

TASTE: A robust, fleshy wine with plenty of fine-grained tannins giving weight,volume and an enduring texture. Heady aromas of garrigue herbs and fruit compote complete the picture.

ENJOY: Drink now or allow to mature for another 3-5 years. Serve with steak or strong cheeses.

£17.00 per bottle (when you buy any two selected Fine Wines or Spirits)

£22.00 Single bottle price

Minimum purchase 6 bottles, any mix


New Fine Wine - Château de Villmajou Grand Vin, Corbières Boutenac 2011Date published: 03/07/14

Château de Villemajou Grand Vin 2011, Corbières Boutenac

GRAPES: Carignan, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre

ORIGIN: This is the flagship cuvée of one of the finest estates in the Boutenac sub-region. The blend is dominated by some wonderful old-vine. Carignan,and is made with the same care and attention as a fine claret, including up to 12 months' maturation in Bordeaux barriques.

TASTE: This is an immensely deep and powerful wine, boasting an explosive bouquet of forest fruit compote, leather, roasted coffee, clove and toast notes. Firmly structured, muscular and richly flavoured.

ENJOY: Bottled unfined and unfiltered, therefore decant before serving. Pair withrib of beef.

£17.00 per bottle (when you buy any two selected Fine Wines or Spirits)

£22.00 Single bottle price


Aperitif Tips...Date published: 03/07/14

I think we can say that Summer has arrived! Personally, I associate a balmy evening with a refreshing aperitif in the garden.

Here is a little background on the aperitif and some helpful hints to ensure your choice of aperitif is the right one!

An aperitif should be something light and stimulating, fairly dry but not acidic, with a degree of character; Chenin Blanc or Riesling (rather than Chardonnay perhaps).

The conventional aperitif wines are either sparkling (Champagne, Prosecco, Cava etc) or fortified (Sherry, Port, Vermouth.)

Rose has become rather fashionable as an aperitif, especially from areas like Provence.

The food chosen to consume with your aperitif is of great importance too. You should avoid peanuts, they destroy wine flavours. Olives can be troublesome, as they can be 'piquant' for many wines (however perfect with Sherry).

Almonds, pistachios, walnuts, plain crisps, or cheese straws are apparently the perfect accompaniment to your aperitif!

Enjoy:

Robertson's Winery Chenin Blanc : £5.94 (Buy 2 Save 15%)

Hunawihr Riesling : £8.99 (Exclusive single bottle offer)

Prosecco Zonin £7.99 (Buy 2 Save 33.3%)

Codorniu Brut NV : £7.49 (Buy 2 Save 25%)

Domaine Chautarde Varois Rose : £7.49 (Buy 2 Save 25%) 


Wine and Eggs, the eternal dilemma...Date published: 03/07/14

Sunday Mornings call for Eggs in some form. Whether you have yours fried, scrambled, poached or boiled; matching a wine with them is difficult. However, at Majestic, we have it covered! We are always searching for the perfect match with lots of weird and wonderful foods. 

Eggs actually clash and even spoil most wines. The tip with matching eggs with wine is to find the origin of the egg dish; and usually there will be a wine match.

Try Pinot Blanc or a Chardonnay that is not too oaky. If in doubt, Champagne

If Smoked Salmon is part of your Sunday Brunch, fino sherry , Alsace Pinot Gris or aVintage Champagne would work great!

If you have any ideas/ questions; pop in and discuss with us.

Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2004 £39.98 (Buy 2 Save 33.3%)

Hunawihr Pinot Blanc 2013 : £8.99 (Exclusive price)

Chablis Boudin 2012 : £12.74 (Buy 2 Save 15%) On our tasting counter to try



Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos, 2008.Date published: 03/07/14

Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos, 2008.

Hungary has a rich history of producing wines, particularly the Tokaji region, where botrytised grapes produce wines equally as rich with apricot and orange peel flavours prominent. Gone are the days of the homogeneous wines produced in the communist era and back are the decandent wines we now know and love.

The 5 Puttonyos Royal Tokaji, 2008 is made by one of the top winemakers of the region, Karoly Ats. Traditional methods are combined with modern technology to create award winning wines.

Tokaj is produced by intensely flavoured, shriveled grapes soaked in a high quality grape must. The result is lusciously sweet wines with a refreshing acidity; suited to any kind of dessert and blue cheeses.

The price of £19.99 is well worth it, even if it's just for a special occasion.  


Wine for the weekend - Aix Rosé MagnumsDate published: 03/07/14

Wine of the Week

Aix Rose 2013, 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.

The ultimate sunshine wine!

£19.99  


Rioja 'Single Vineyard' Ramon BilbaoDate published: 03/07/14

Rioja 'Single Vineyard'

Ramon Bilbao

Grape - The grape variety is a blend of Grenache and Tempranillo

Origin - Ramon Bilbao is situated in a pictureseque area in Haro Rioja Alta, where the finest Tempranillo vines are grown. The vines have an average age of 40 years.

Taste - A very soft and supple wine with notes of cherry and blackberry with subtle hints of vanilla.

Enjoy With - This wine carry's a soft but rich body which would be perfectly suited to large red meat stews and hard cheeses.



Wine of the Week: Miraval Rose, Provence, FranceDate published: 03/07/14

Wine of the Week: Miraval Rose, Provence, France

Our Wine of the Week this Week is the Miraval Rose from Provence in the South of France. This is currently £17.99 and we also have the Magnums available at £38.00!

Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Rolle

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

Taste: 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.


The Times 50 Best White Wines for the SummerDate published: 03/07/14

The Times 50 Best White Wines for the Summer

Majestic Wine with it's award winning range of wines will always feature in someones 'Best' list for top wines and every year we get mulitpple wines listed in The TImes list. Here are some which have been mentioned

2013 Famille Negrel Cotes de Provence Saint Victoire - Down to £9.99

Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2013, Monte Schiavo - Down to £6.37*

As Caixas Godello 2013, Martin Codax - Down to £6.66*

Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2013, Western Cape - Down to £9.74

l'Extra par Langlois Brut NV - Down to £8.99*

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - Down to £7.99

Torres Days of Summer 2013, Miguel Torres - Down to £6.49*

If you feel like splashing out the 2011 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons by Domaine Louis Moreau is on at £20 as part of our Fine Wine deal. 

* These offers are until Monday 10th July



Wedding SeasonDate published: 03/07/14

Wedding Season

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

Here are just some of the services we offer:

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

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

- Free flexible delivery to your chosen venue

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

- A selection of wines open to taste all day every day

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


Syrah and Shiraz - Are they the same?Date published: 03/07/14

Syrah and Shiraz - Are they the same?

In a nutshell - yes.

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

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

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

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


Bring a Friend to Majestic!Date published: 03/07/14

Bring a Friend to Majestic!

Here at Majestic we love nothing better than sharing our passion for wine. Whether you have drunk it for years, or just getting started, we would love to introduce you to something new and different.

If you have friends who have an interest but are not sure where to start, then bring them along with you next time you shop, and provided they have not shopped with us before, you will both get your 7th bottle absolutely free up to the value of £10 (or £10 off if the wine is valued above £10).

So if you want a little extra of your favourite tipple or would like us to choose something that you will love, then all you have to do is bring a friend to Majestic. And remember, there is always the tasting counter available if you don't know where to start! 



Wimbledon Winners!Date published: 03/07/14

Wimbledon Winners!

My favourite 2 weeks of sport are here and I think that calls for a toast! here is my pick of summer sippers to help us get through the ins and outs, the lets and bys of this years Wimbledon.

We simply have to start with something sophisticated and quintessentially British which means Pimm's and lemonade - complete with compulsory Wimbledon strawberries, mint and orange. And at £11.99 a bottle I think I'll have a second serve! 

Next lets look to the second round, we are getting into our stride at the All England Club with a cool glass of Craft Beer - why not have an All English Curious Brew I.P.A - Brewed with precision and passion to be powerfully hopped yet balanced with a clean, crisp and refreshing finish. £17.99 (12 x 330ml) 

We are into the quarter finals, time to get serious with some seriously good offers! How about a bottle of the modern classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. We have an amazing value parcel of Mud House Sauvignon £6.66 (single bottle £9.99 or as part of our Summer Selection buy and 2 save 33.3% = £6.66) why not take advantage and snap up yours whilst stocks last. 

It's Semi Final time and true to form the heavens have opened, so while they put the roof up and we all remember 'that Cliff Richard year' and grimace slightly why not open a bottle of Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel - its deep, dark full of damson and black cherry and deliciously velvety, however if you are prone to throwing your hands up in excitement this is not a wine to be spilling on a cream carpet! £7.99 (single bottle £11.99 or as part of our Summer Selection buy and 2 save 33.3% = £7.99)

The finals are here - Andy couldn't retain the title, was it too much to hope for?  Anyway, we need a little sparkle to lubricate the celebrations for the new champion.  What's better than Sir Winston Churchill's favourite Pol Roger NV Champagne.  This truly is a fine and delicate yet beautifully complex expression of the French classic.  I can think of no better way to top off two weeks of tip top tennis. Game, set and Match!



Quinta de Azevedo 2013 Vinho VerdeDate published: 03/07/14

Quinta de Azevedo 2013 Vinho Verde

Grape

Loureiro

Literally 'green wine' from the Minho region of Northern Portugal. Historically fermented in open stone lagares before being run off into cask and undergoing malolactic fermentation. Fermentation now occurs in vat, retaining the classic spritz or CO2 bubble in the wine.

Complex aromas of white and tropical fruits, citrus and white flowers. A lively and stimulating wine, with good acidity and well balanced, hints of spritz and bubble, with a concentrated and fresh finish.

At its best now, as a partner to seafood, green salads and pasta.

SINGLE BOTTLE PRICE

£8.99

Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

£5.99


BBQ WinesDate published: 29/06/14

Anyone having a barbecue this weekend? Here are Majestic Crawley's wine recommendations if you are...

Picpoul Villemarin: Velvety soft, delicate. Perfect for cold cuts and salad. Lovely crisp and fruity. 

Natale Verga Primitivo: Italian meaty dishes call for exactly the sort of deep summer berry flavours this gorgeous red is packed with. 

Pasqua Rosé: The Earl Grey of the rosé world. Really on form, this 2013. Refreshing. Very pleasantly surprised!

Don't forget beers!! Pilsner, Peroni, craft ales... we have them all. From £1 a bottle.


Craft beer with the beautiful game!!!Date published: 29/06/14

It's Here - The Craft Beer Revolution!

Gone are the days of boring beer. Walk into any pub, bar or restaurant and you can get so more than just a carling on draught! Micro-breweries are popping up everywhere and why not - there is so much variation with the humble hop and barley that there is ample opportunity to carve a little niche in a rapidly expanding market.

We like to think that, at Majestic, we have spent our time searching, researching and of course, tasting our way around as many craft breweries as possible. We have some great beers and our range is expanding every day. And, whats more, if you buy any two of our craft ales, you save £6!!

Here are just a few beers that you must try this summer.

Einstok Icelandic White Ale - £9.99

From the north of Iceland, this is modelled on the traditional Belgian witbier. Infused with coriander and orange peel, this is a zesty little thing. It maintains a fine balance between full bodied and light and, ultimately, is incredibly refreshing after a long day at work!

Punk IPA - £9.99

The growing empire of Scottish company Brewdog is a testament to their skill and dedication in making fine beer. Punk IPA is a light, golden beer with plenty of tropical fruits and a hit of refreshing citrus.

Brooklyn Summer Ale - £9.99

From the guys at Brooklyn comes a slightly lighter, fresher beer. Light enough for lager lovers and meaty enough for ale lovers, this is the perfect blend! Crisp and clean, this is those who enjoy a flavoursome tipple



My favourite craft beer: Einstok White Ale Date published: 29/06/14

Many of you have been exploring our selection of craft beers over the last few months and the most popular among both staff and customers is the Einstök White Ale.  Coming from northern Iceland this beer is made with the purest spring water with an infusion of coriander and orange peel and modeled on the famous witbier of Belgium such as Hoegaarden, but with a lighter, fresher feel.  This is a truly great beer that competes very favourably to pretty much any other beer we stock and if you have not tried it before you really must give it a go!  Einstök comes in a six pack of 330ml bottles and costs just £9.99 when you buy any two craft beer six packs so you can mix and match if you want.

To quote their very Scandinavian motto, "Drink, conquer, repeat" Love it!


Phylloxera? What's all that then?Date published: 29/06/14

Phylloxera was brought to Europe in the mid nineteenth century as a result of the transatlantic trade in plant material. V. vinifera has no way of resisting the vine pest, which therefore able to cause the wholesale destruction of the vineyards of Europe. Phylloxera cannot be controlled by chemical sprays. it has a very complex life cycle, which means it takes different forms throughout the year.  During one phase it lives underground and feeds on the roots of the vine. Bacteria and fungi enter through the feeding wound and infects the roots. The vine is weakened by these infections, becoming less and less productive every year. After several years the vine dies. 

American vines, which evolved with phylloxera are able to inhibit the underground louse by clogging its mouth with a sticky sap. They also form protective layers behind the feeding wound preventing secondary infections.

Phylloxera is now a problem in nearly every vineyard area of the world. Chile, Argentina and South Australia however are almost (if not entirely) phylloxera-free, and have strict quaratine regulations.



Provence Rose Tasting Sat 5th JulyDate published: 29/06/14

FREE Provence Rosé Tasting - 5th July @ 3pm

What an opportunity this will be, I cannot wait!  We will be holding a tutored tasting in store of 6 different Provence rosé wines.  The dry, pale rosés of Provence have grown in popularity steadily over the past 3 years and because you, the customer, seem to LOVE them, what better than to do a comparative tasting in the midst of Summer?

The tasting will be at 15:00 and last half an hour.  Places book up quickly so please RSVP to get a place on this unique tasting on 01962 868 708 or to win@majestic.co.uk.

Summer in a glass, you know it makes sense!


World Cup Wine & Food Match - Shoulder MeatDate published: 29/06/14

Are you entertaining any professional footballers who have a love of shoulder?  Then you'll need some wine to match!  Here are my recommendations:

Shoulder of lamb- Lovely!  Even nicer than shoulder of Italian.  Assuming you have all the trimmings- some garlic and rosemary, the best matches for this are a nice Rioja Reserva or Gran Reserva from Spain or a left-bank Bordeaux claret- a good Médoc, St. Julien or Pauillac would be a treat!

Shoulder of beef- A few options here:  If you desire white, an Austrian Grüner Veltliner or Alsace Pinot Gris would be good (fuller-flavoured whites work best).  In terms of red, splash out on a fancy Northern Rhône Crozes-Hermitage, Australian Shiraz or even Argentinian Malbec (though don't stray too close to the Uruguayans).

Shoulder of pork- If white is desired, a dry Vouvray or other dry Chenin Blanc wines will match.  For reds, Cru Beaujolais (Fleurie or Morgon for example), Côtes-du-Rhône or even a Spanish Bierzo would be just swell.

Shoulder of Chiellini- A particularly aggressive Uruguayan would match best.  Try a tannat or a short but grippy Suarez (requires shipping from Liverpool).


This just in! King's Legacy Chardonnay by MariscoDate published: 29/06/14

I looovvvvveeeee Chardonnay! Everything about it is brilliant. Its versatile (you can make it hugely oaky, toasty and tropical or even unoaked, flinty and zippy) and is easy to grow; a winemakers delight. We've had some crackers come through Majestic and this one is up there with them. Let's take a look and marvel at the beauty of:-

The King's Legacy 2011, Marlborough - Marisco have given us a gem of a wine. A combination of young and old vines, oak barrel fermentation and 10 months on its lees have produced a wine of grace and balance. Fresh apples and nectarines mingle with a toasted, nutty edge that just puts me in a good mood. 

Have this on it own, with any food, just anything. I could be living under a bridge as long as I had a chilled glass of this wine every so often.



Time for TennisDate published: 28/06/14

As we are in the first week of Wimbledon I have come with a perfect Prosecco to go with the Strawberries!

Prosecco Zonin is currently £7.99 (when you buy any 2 save 33.3%) with plenty of stock in store, this wine is deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish, it is a versatile wine that will match up with strawberries, a delicate lunch or drink well on its own.



Reasons to Join the Exclusive Majestic Customer ListDate published: 28/06/14

Reasons to Join the Exclusive Majestic Customer List

You may have been into our store recently and heard about our exclusive customer list but decided not to join at the time. Alternatively, you may already be on our customer list but was wondering what else it is useful for. Well below are five top reasons why you should sign up today if you are currently not a member.

Tried a new wine recently that you absolutely loved but cannot the remember the name? No problem! If you are on our customer list we can easily look up your purchase history to find out what you bought. We can then use this information to recommend you new wines to try if you are looking for something a bit different. We can also add you to our private, in-store database if you would like us to contact you about specific stock arrivals and offers.

If you are on our mailing list, you will be the first to know about our exciting new offers. We also advertise online exclusives through email, so ensure you opt-in for this if you would like to know about these deals. The Delegat's Reserve Merlot was a recent example of this, and a fantastic buy.

We also hold regular free wine events, including: wine courses, spotlight tastings, and a few larger wine tasting evenings. Let us know if you would like to be kept informed about these, as these are always popular events.

If you sign up instore, or mention that you signed up via email/phone, we will hand you a voucher to redeem two free Dartington glasses on your second purchase. Already a regular customer with us? Bring along a friend, and if you both buy 6 bottles, you each get a pair of glasses.

Finally, we do free delivery on all orders, with a minimum purchase of 6 bottles.

Let us know by email or phone if your would like to join our exclusive customer list today. Alternatively you can join in-store the next time you shop with us.


Nytimber Offer!Date published: 28/06/14

Offer alert...

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009 is only £23.98 When you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed 6!

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.

Taste

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.


Our New Offers ExplainedDate published: 28/06/14

We've got some great and exiting new offers which make it easier and simpler to explore our range. All you have to do is make a mixed 6 and get lot's of great discount at the same time. 

For our regular customer you may have noticed the offers have changed and they may need explaining so here we go:

We've got rid of the single bottle multibuy deals, meaning you don't have to buy 2 of the same bottles to get the discount. Instead there are 3 tiers of amazing discount:

15% off deals (purple labels) - buy any 2 from across this range and you automatically get 15% off 

25% off deals (turquoise labels) - buy any 2 from across this range and you automatically get 25% off 

33% off deals (orange labels) - buy any 2 from across this range and you automatically get 33% off 

The majority of the products in our range are on these offers and as you can see it makes it much easier to mix it up and try something new!

We also have a new deal on Fine Wine. You can mix and match Fine Wine and Spirits (brown labels). As long as you've got any 2 bottles from this range you will save a fantastic £10 or £5 off each!

I hope to see you all soon and hearing your feedback on our new and exciting offers.


Offers Ending Soon!Date published: 28/06/14

Remember the current set of offers all end this Monday at 7pm so make sure you stock up on your favourites!

The good new is we have a brand new set of offers staring Tuesday so watch this space!

Rosie's Crafty Craft BeersDate published: 28/06/14

Craft Beers!

Here at Majestic Winchester we stock numerous craft beers perfect for those sunny evening with the BBQ:

Anchor Steam 6x355ml Bottles: A deep amber colour with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavour.

UnderDog Atlantic Lager, Flying Dog 6x330ml Cans: A light and refreshing lager brewed with rye and wheat.

Punk IPA, BrewDog 6x330ml Cans: Light golden in colour with tropical fruits and light caramel on the nose.

The best part of these craft beers is the price at only £9.99 when you buy and 2 or more of the craft beers! single pack price £12.99.


Producer Focus: Martin CodaxDate published: 28/06/14

Producer Focus: Martin Codax

Marin Codax is a brilliant producer based in Spain. We currently stock lines in the Caixas range, Two of there wines which are in some of my favorite wines. 

Caixas Godello 2013 - This wine is made up of the unusual Local grape variety Godello.Grown throughout the north-west of Spain, in the past Godello has most often been used as a constituent for blends, but has gained increasing recognition as a quality varietal in its own right. It still accounts for only a small fraction of the production of Rías Baixas. This wine has a delicate yet multi-faceted nose of lemon, crunchy pear, melon and subtle floral notes marries with a palate of remarkable texture and a lengthy, citrus zest finish. I recommend this wine with grilled sardines or salt cod. Priced at £7.49 when you buy two or more in the "Buy 2 save 25% range" Single bottle price: £9.99

Caixas Albariño 2013 - Made from the Albariño grape variety. This signature white wine, from the region's most famous producer. Made exclusively for Majestic, with some of the grapes having been picked by Majestic's own staff, as a small number go to Galicia each year to help with the harvest. A light, fresh and youthful wine, with a zesty and well defined citrus backbone, overlayed with subtle hints of stone fruits and nectar. Crisp and refreshing, yet rounded and enduring on the finish. Drink with mussels and other shellfish, or all simple fish dishes such as grilled sardines. Priced at £7.98 when you buy two or more in the "Buy 2 save 15% range" Single bottle price: £9.39


Plato Argued..Date published: 28/06/14

Plato Argued..

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

The World's oldest bottle of wine..Date published: 28/06/14

The World's oldest bottle of wine..

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

It's Here - The Craft Beer Revolution!Date published: 28/06/14

It's Here - The Craft Beer Revolution!

Gone are the days of boring beer. Walk into any pub, bar or restaurant and you can get so more than just a carling on draught! Micro-breweries are popping up everywhere and why not - there is so much variation with the humble hop and barley that there is ample opportunity to carve a little niche in a rapidly expanding market.

We like to think that, at Majestic, we have spent our time searching, researching and of course, tasting our way around as many craft breweries as possible. We have some great beers and our range is expanding every day. And, whats more, if you buy any two of our craft ales, you save £6!!

Here are just a few beers that you must try this summer. Don't ask questions, just trust us!

Einstok Icelandic White Ale - £9.99

From the north of Iceland, this is modelled on the traditional Belgian witbier. Infused with coriander and orange peel, this is a zesty little thing. It maintains a fine balance between full bodied and light and, ultimately, is incredibly refreshing after a long day at work!

Punk IPA - £9.99

The growing empire of Scottish company Brewdog is a testament to their skill and dedication in making fine beer. Punk IPA is a light, golden beer with plenty of tropical fruits and a hit of refreshing citrus.

Brooklyn Summer Ale - £9.99

From the guys who brought you Brooklyn Lager comes a slightly lighter, fresher beer. Light enough for lager lovers and meaty enough for ale lovers, this is the perfect blend! Crisp and clean, this is those who enjoy a flavoursome tipple!



Staff Choice - Commanderie de Peyrassol RoséDate published: 28/06/14

Staff Choice:

Commanderie de Peyrassol rosé

£12.99 or buy any 2 save 25%

=£9.74

Nothing says summer quite like a lovely glass of rosé in the garden. We have just the wine for you this week...a beautiful delicate number from Provence.

This rosé is dry and crisp and so elegant. You'll find strawberry flavours and peachy notes with spicy hints too. Perfect on its own but a great match to food too. Try with blushing tuna steak for a great match!

Dont just take our word for it. Here's what some of our customers had to say...

“This is a great Provence Rose which displays delicate red fruits and melon flavours. I love it with BBQ Salmon.”

“I think this is a winner, if you like trad southern Rhone (or Provençal) grapes in the form of a dry rosé. Not everyone does. But this has fruit, spice and an agreeable acidity. What more do you want in a rosé at this price? (OK - it may be a tad more than some people want to pay for a summer thirst-quencher, but it is much more subtle than that and worth the extra couple of pounds.)”



Grape Variety: Pinot GrisDate published: 28/06/14

Grape Variety: Pinot Gris

Pinot gris is one of my favourite grape varieties I love the richness that is achieved without oak but with longer hang time and being grown in areas with a higher diurnal range (the difference between night-time and day-time temperatures). The style originates in Alsace where the dry continental climate lends itself to making punchy wines that still have great acidity. The style is also frequently found in areas like, Alto Adige, Nelson and Central Otago.  

Pinot gris is richer and has more body than pinot grigio, which is a lighter wine with citrus and green apple notes. On the nose pinot gris is fruity but not too aromatic, honeysuckle, honey and a slightly sweet spice. The wines are well known for having plenty of stone fruit like peach, nectarine and apricot flavours but also ripe apple and pear. Usually there is a little bit of residual sugar left in the wine that lifts the fruit and adds body making it slightly viscus.

The body and acidity coupled with the rich flavours means that it is a great food wine matching with meat shellfish, creamy chicken dishes or duck liver pâte as well as soft cheeses.

Here is a selection of some of my favourite Pinot Gris:

Waimea Estate Pinot Gris 2013 Nelson - £14.99 Buy 2 bottles save 25% £11.24

Pinot Gris Grand Cru Spiegel 2007 Domaines Schlumberger - £19.99 Buy 2 bottles save £10 £14.99

Peregrine Pinot Gris 2013 Central Otago- £17.00 on our Fine Wine deal.

The King's Thorn Pinot Gris 2013 Marlborough - £14.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33% £9.99

Stella Alpina Pinot Grigio 2012 Alto Adige - £11.99 Buy 2 bottles save 25% £8.99

Greywacke Pinot Gris 2012 Marlborough - £25.00


Pimms on offer at £11.99!Date published: 28/06/14

Pimms on offer at £11.99!

Now we finally have some beautiful weather which will entice everyone in to the garden, it is worth remembering to stock up on the quintessential English Summer drink - Pimms! It is on offer at £11.99, an offer we believe too good to refuse!

Summer Party Season!Date published: 28/06/14

Summer Party Season!

With the sunny weather finally coming in and the evenings now much longer, you may well be dusting off the BBQ or thinking about throwing a party.  In which case let me remind you about all of the great party services we offer here at Majestic:

Free* hiring of glasses, ice buckets and chiller bins

Sale or return on unused wines and beers+

Expert knowledge of all our range and party requirements.

Free home delivery at a time to suit you.

So if you are putting on an event this summer, don't hesitate to visit us in store at Andover Road Retail Park, Winchester, SO23 7RY or give us a call on 01962 868 708.

*A £1 deposit is required per glass hired, which is fully refundable when the glasses are returned clean. A £10 deposit is required for the ice bucket and £15 for a chiller bin (these deposits are also refundable)

+The beers must be returned in unsplit cases and all bottles must have undamaged labels and seals.



Staff Choice - Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi 2013Date published: 28/06/14

Staff Choice - Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi 2013

Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi 2013

Monte Schiavo the winemakers are a large cooperative group. The Fruit for this particular wine is sourced over 35 growers. Verdicchio is the most prominent wine from the Marche Region on the Adriatic Coast.

If your fed up of drinking the same old New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc then this is an excellent alternative. With notes of Lemon, Lime, Pineapple and hints of Apricot it's the perfect drink for relaxing in the back garden on a late sunny afternoon. This crowd pleaser would also be the perfect drink for a party and would accompany any light salad well.

£8.99 or buy ANY two 25% off wines making it £6.74 a bottle


Marques de Vargas Reserva Rioja 2009 open to sample in store!Date published: 28/06/14

This weekend we've got the Marques de Vargas Reserva Rioja 2009 open to sample in store.  It is currently £14.99 when buying any 2 selected Fine Wines and Spirits as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles.

Marques de Vargas are based in the heart of Rioja near Logrono and the historic estate dates back to the 1840's. This Reserva is a very traditional blend based on Tempranillo with small amounts of Garnacha and Mazuelo added for complexity.  It is then aged in a variety of French, American and Russian oak.  The wine itself has great depth with strawberry, bramble and fig fruit flavours combining with liquorice, vanilla and a savoury richness.  The palate is rich with velvety tannins and incredible length.  A stunning wine!


Italian 25% off - Ends last thing this Monday!Date published: 28/06/14

Italian 25% off - Ends last thing this Monday!

With 25% off most of our Italian wines for June, I thought I would pick out a few of my favourites, highlighting just a few of the many indigenous varieties which makes exploring Italian wine so rewarding.  All the prices shown are the reduced price and run until last thing on Monday 30th June.

The North

With it being summer, 2 perfect summer wine choices from the North of Italy would be theCantina di Custoza Bianco 2013 at £6.74 per bottle, with grapes coming from the vineyards around Verona & Lake Garda. This is an elegant white wine from a blend of 5 varieties, giving lovely citrus and melon fruit with gentle floral hints and a fresh finish – a great aperitif. The Bardolino by Allegrini at £7.49 per bottle, from vineyards to the Southeast of Lake Garda, is a light and vibrant red wine with plenty of fresh red fruit character that could even be served lightly chilled – a perfect red wine to accompany a meaty fish dish.

The Centre

From the Marche on the Adriatic coastline, the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2013 by Monte Schiavo at £6.74 per bottle is a fantastic accompaniment to light salads and seafood. Lime, pineapple and apricot fruit dominate the palate balanced by a refreshing acidity. My red choice has to be something from Tuscany, a favourite region of mine.Dogajolo by Carpinetopriced at £8.62 per bottle, is a modern take on a classic Tuscan red and is a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Plenty of classic sour cherry, liquorice and floral character are boosted by some dark fruit from the Cabernet Sauvignon. A perfect accompaniment to a meaty pasta dish.

The South

An area often overlooked for quality Italian wine, but there are many great wines made here, often at cracking prices. Surani's Pietrariccia Fiano 2013 at £7.49 per bottle is one of my favourite whites. From the Apuglia region in Italy's 'heel', this wine is dry with lots of citrus and tropical fruit, but with a rich palate texture – beautiful. Copertino 2009 by Masseria Monaci at £6.74 per bottle is a classic example of Southern Italian red and perfect if you are looking for something a little different. Named after the town of Copertino and made from the Negroamaro grape there is lots of plummy fruit flavours, plenty of savouriness and spice box aromas as well as smooth tannins.

Please note, Majestic has a minimum purchase of ANY mix of 6 bottles of wine.


Back In Stock - Domaine OttDate published: 24/06/14

Back In Stock - Domaine Ott

Domaine Ott is perhaps one of the most recognised names in all of Provence. Hailing from the district of Bandol, this wine demonstrates superb balance and purity of flavour.

A blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault, the grapes are hand picked in the vineyard to ensure optimum quality. They are then gently pressed to release the juice without any of the harsh tannins in the red grapes. This is certainly the rosé to tick off of your wine-based bucket list!  Rich buttery rosé that is at the top of its game!


Love Greywacke? We Certainly Do!Date published: 24/06/14

Love Greywacke? We Certainly Do!

If you love Greywacke we have got a treat for you with some great new arrivals. Greywacke is the Marlborough label made by Kevin Judd who was the founding winemaker of Cloudy Bay

Greywacke Pinot Gris 2012 Marlborough £25

The 2012 Pinot Gris gives aromas of nashi, freshly cut pears and Golden Delicious apples with hints of nutmeg and white pepper. Medium to full-bodied with a good amount of straightforward apple and pear flavors and adequate acid lift to balance, it finishes with good persistence. Drink it now to 2015". 87 points. Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate.

Greywacke Pinot Noir £30 When you buy any 2 selected Spirits or Fine Wines

Loaded with black plums, boysenberries and redcurrants this is a real treat for any one who loves an intensely  perfumed Pinot Noir. The Palate is full flavored with great length and freshness With a hit of spice on the finish  A perfect match for Charcuterie ot roast game. 

Greywacke Wild Sauvignon £25 When you buy any 2 selected Spirits or Fine Wines

Fermented entirely with naturally occurring yeast – this is an alternative style of Sauvignon Blanc that is both intricate and textural. A succulent combination of yellow peach and brown pears, rolled into rich, short pastry with a sprinkling of a caramelised almonds. The palate is full of lemon curd and vanilla custard with a touch of dried herbs and a lingering finish. If you are a fan of Cloudy Bay's TE KOKO check this wine out.  

Italian 25% off - Ends in less than a week!Date published: 24/06/14

Italian 25% off - Ends in less than a week!

Italy is home to some of the oldest wine producing regions in the world, and Italian wines are know worldwide for their broad variety. Closely followed by France, Italy is the world's largest wine producer by volume. Grapes are grown in almost every region in the country and there are more than one million vineyards under cultivation.  

This month, all our Italian wines have been discounted by at least 25%...early Christmas if you ask me!!  What ever style you like, Italy has something for you.


Bring a Friend to Majestic!Date published: 24/06/14

Bring a Friend to Majestic!

Next time you shop with us, bring along a friend who is new to Majestic and if they also buy 6 bottles, you both get a free bottle chosen specifically for you, up to the value of £10.

It couldn't be simpler - a free £10 bottle with your next purchase when you introduce a friend to Majestic.

Grab a friend and Come and Explore wine together - it's the best way!  

We also have free wine events that we would love you to enjoy with a friend - please ask any member of the team.


Craft BeersDate published: 24/06/14

Craft Beers

'Craft Beers' (small independent brewers trying new and interesting recipes as well as reinstating traditional beers with a modern- usually hoppy- twist) are huge at the moment. Wherever you look there are hundreds of new micro breweries springing up and even pubs that brew their own stuff on-site. 

The Craft Beer industry can be seen as a backlash against the bog-standard lager that is consumed en-masse. They offer so many different styles that you are bound to find one you like. They are inventive, clever, tasty, and not all that expensive for what they are.

We offer beers from a wide range of Craft Breweries such as Brewdog, Brooklyn Brewery, Windsor & Eton Brewery, Flying Dog Brewery, Einstock and Chapel Down Curious Beers. 

Next time you are in store, have a look. You drink good wine, why not drink good beer too?


BBQ EssentialsDate published: 24/06/14

A must have list for any BBQ!

Every barbecue needs some fizz to start things off and I think the wonderfully summery Zonin Prosecco (buy two and save 33% = £7.99) fits the bill perfectly. This is a light and refreshing style of fizz which works equally well as an apperitif or with a light summer salad starter.

A nice crisp white is next on the menu and I think you would be hard pushed to find a better deal than The Mud House Sauvignon (buy two and save 33% = £6.66) packed with citrus fruit and gooseberry with a lovely grassiness this is ideal for an afternoon in the garden!

A barbecue wouldn't be the same without some Rosé, and what better to make a party of it than the bright and fresh M de Minuty Magnum (only £25!).

Vinalba Reservado Malbec is the ideal foil for a nice juicy steak! Packed with dark cherry fruit and supple tannins this is a great deal too (buy two save 33% = £7.99).

The final barbecue staple has to be a nice big Shiraz and Mister Shiraz from Chile fits the bill! (buy two and save 33% = £6.66). Lashings of spicy bramble fruit and hints of black pepper make this a great companion to a nice juicy burger! 

Enjoy!



Just in... Brooklyn Summer AleDate published: 24/06/14

Just in... Brooklyn Summer Ale

A modern take on light dinner ales which were brewed here in the UK from the 1800's until the 1940's, Brooklyn Summer Ale is light, flavorsome and refreshing. The Ale is brewed from Premium English barley malt, which gives it fresh bread flavours and the use of German and American hops add floral and citrus aromas. 

The perfect beer for a sunny summers afternoon. 

Only £9.99 for a case of 6 x 355ml bottles when you buy 2 or more cases of Craft Beer!


Rose of the Week - Commanderie de PeyrassolDate published: 24/06/14

Commanderie de Peyrassol Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence

Grape

GrenacheSyrah-ShirazCinsault

Origin

Commanderie de Peyrassol was founded in 1308 by the Knights Templar. In addition to 80ha of vines, it also shelters 2500 olive trees, 200 oak truffles trees and a private hunting area with deer, hinds, mouflons and wild pigs.

Taste

This dry rosé has a spicy warmth to the fruit, lifted by refreshing acidity and a peachy edge. Notes of strawberry predominate, with background notes of white pepper.

Enjoy

Equally at home with charcuterie and other cold meats, olives, soft cheese, or fish dishes.

£12.99

Buy 2 save 25%

£9.74



Try Something New This Summer..Date published: 24/06/14

Fancy something a bit different for this summer sun well why not try a muscadet.

Muscadet wines are often light bodied and almost always dry with very little, if any residual sugar. Left over carbon dioxide from the bottling process can leave the wines with a slight "prickly" sensation. Master of Wine Mary Ewing-Mulligan describes Muscadets as fresh and crisp, at their peak drinking ability from release up to three of years of age. Muscadet that have been aged sur lie can have very subtle "yeasty" aromas. The acidity keeps the wines light and refreshing. Some examples can have a slight "saltiness" about them.

Food pairing - Muscadet has been described by at least one wine critic as the "perfect oyster wine"

The classic food and wine pairings in the Pays Nantais region is of Muscadet with the local seafood - particularly oysters. Other seafood dishes with which Muscadet pairs well include lobster, shrimp and mullet. San Francisco Chronicle wine editor Jon Bonné called Muscadet "the perfect oyster wine". The moderate alcohol levels of Muscadet (usually under 12%) allows them to complement many types of dishes without overwhelming them. The light, crisp acidity can "cut through" (meaning it stands out against) rich, creamy dishes which can be a refreshing change of pace for the palate.

We offer three different Muscadets but my favourite is the Château du Cléray Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2013. Stunningly good and a bargain at £8.49

Fine Wine FocusDate published: 24/06/14

VIÑA ARDANZA 2005 

£19 when you buy 2 or more selected fine wine bottles as part of your 6+ bottle selection.  

Here's what La Rioja Alta have to say about it.....

THE HARVEST

The 2005 harvest was excellent, which enabled us to select only the best grapes to make Viña Ardanza 2005. Our vineyards benefited from very generous weather conditions and the grapes ripened perfectly as a result. Moderate and well-timed rainfall ensured a very good budding. The Tempranillo grape bunches were of average size, whereas the Garnacha vines yielded very loose bunches with small-sized berries,which resulted in highly concentrated grapes. Grape picking started in early October, with mild daytime weather and cold temperatures at night. This temperature drop assisted in both balancing the sugars and achieving phenolic ripeness, which is crucial in producing quality wines.Grapes showed optimal health conditions and very good analytic alparameters, which augured well for an extraordinary vintage. 2005 was officially awarded as “Excellent”.

BLENDING AND SOURCING

The 2005 vintage of Ardanza is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha. The Tempranillo grapes come from our 30-year-old plots ‘La Cuesta’ and ‘Montecillo’, located in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. The Garnacha grapes come from ancient vines planted at a 600 meter altitude in Tudelilla (Rioja Baja), on plots adjoining our ‘Finca La Pedriza’.

WINEMAKING AND AGEING

The grapes were selected in the vineyard and taken to the winery in refrigerated trucks. Once fermented, the wines were transferred to American oak barrels in May 2006. The Tempranillo was barrel-aged for 36 months in four and a half year-old casks. The Garnacha was aged for 30 months in two and three year-old casks. The wines were manually racked six times. It was bottled in July 2009.

TASTING NOTES

Dark ruby red with an orange tint on the rim. Intense and lively on the nose, with spicy and balsamic aromas, scents of vanilla, coconut shells and black pepper with undertones of blackberries. Well-structured on the palate, perfectly balanced in acidity and alcohol content, with soft and silky tannins. The long aftertaste displays flavours of fresh blackberries along with spicy woody notes. The Ideal partner for roasted and grilled meats, barbecues, poultry and game, Iberian ham and sausages, as well as semi-cured cheeses.


Wine in Focus: Waimea GewurtraminerDate published: 24/06/14

Waimea Gewurztraminer

£14.99, buy 2 save 25%, £11.24

Nelson experiences long sunny days which are perfect for growing vines. Waimea Estate are long-established and produce some of the best wines from this region.

Tasting notes

Off-dry, with intense peach, lychee and floral flavours. Sweet spice – ginger and cinnamon on the finish.

Match with

Perfect match for cajun chicken, spicy lamb burgers or any lightly spicy thai dishes.



Short Term Offer - Heidsiek Monopole Brut Cuvee PrestigeDate published: 22/06/14

£27.00  Special Offer £22.49

Buy 2 bottles save 33.3%

£14.98

33.3% Off

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


We aren't just a wine shopDate published: 22/06/14

We aren't just a wine shop.

In fact, as part of our Buy 2 Save £10 Offer you can now mix and match Spirits with Fine Wine. So why not treat yourself with some of our personal favourites?

Havana Club Anejo 3 Anos (£18.00)

Undoubtedly the perfect Mojito rum! With a mere 3 years of barrel ageing, its straw colour carries soft characters of coconut, vanilla and a bright finish. Muddle with lime, sugar syrup, and mint for the perfect summer cocktail. 

Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey (£22.50)
Tennessee Whiskey is filtered through maple charcoal, so often carries a honeyed flavour. Here, the honey is the star of the show, creating a luxuriously sweet drink. Mix it with Fever Tree Ginger Beer and a squeeze of lime for a sweeter variant on the Dark and Stormy cocktail. 


Provence Rosé Spotlight Tasting WeekDate published: 21/06/14

Our next free tasting week is based on Provence Rosé.

When: 4th July - 10th July

What: A range of our delicate Provence Rosé wines will be open on our tasting counter during the week for you to come and try

Saturday Spotlight Tasting: At 3pm on Saturday 5th July we will have a tasting session where our expert staff will talk you through various Provence Rosés while you taste them.

In Focus - ProseccoDate published: 21/06/14

As its popularity is increasing I thought I would let you know a bit more about Prosecco. 

Prosecco is made in Italy and can vary in quality from DOC* status wines ( which covers a wide are of Veneto and Friuli) and the top quality area of Conegliano- Valdobbiadene which is a DOCG** classification area. 

The process of how it is made differs from champagne as fermentation takes place in a large steel tank rather than in the bottle. This method is not only cost effective, but it retains the natural aromatic characteristics of certain grape varieties. Lees stirring can be used to a achieve a biscuity taste however this is not really desirable in Prosecco production as we like to be able to taste the soft floral and pear flavours of the wine. The quality of the dry base wine that is put into the tank is very important in making a good wine along with the care taken in production. 

I am particularly a fan of the Prosecco Zonin which we currently have on offer at £7.99. With a slightly off-dry finish it is very gluggable indeed!  

*DOC Specifies the geographical area, permitted grape varieties and minimum alcohol level. It may also stipulate the production method and minimum ageing. Currently more than 300 DOC wines. 

**DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) status wines are a quality insurance label for the customer e.g the it is guaranteed best vines are used from the best sites in that region 



Wine of the Week - Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de VargasDate published: 21/06/14

This week we have the gorgeous Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de Vargas as our wine of the week.

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

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

Best decanted before serving. Pair with beef carpaccio or a lovely roast beef.

£14.99 when you buy 2 selected fine wines (single bottle price £19.99)

New - Brooklyn Summer AleDate published: 21/06/14

NEW - Perfect for the Summer - BROOKLYN SUMMER ALE

Refreshing and flavourful without being too heavy.English barley malt gives a fresh bready flavour while German and American hops lend a light crisp bitterness and a citrus/floral aroma.

£9.99 for a pack of 6 when you buy any 2 packs of selected craft beers.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 14/06/14

To celebrate Italian Tasting Week our wine of the week is the Super Tuscan Le Difese 2011 Tenuta San Guido


"This 70-30 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese would indeed pair perfectly with game dishes such as fettuccine in rabbit sauce or wild boar sausage thanks to that extra touch of acidity that cuts through any fattiness. Dried cherry, blackberry, leather and tobacco enhance the wine’s medium build and silky texture. There is a distant touch of overripe fruit at the very beginning. Le Difese is aged for 12 months in both French and American oak. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018". 89 points. Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate. 

£16.00 when you buy 2 selected fine wines (single bottle price £21.00)

World Cup OffersDate published: 12/06/14

Don't Forget our massive range of rare and popular beers as well. At the moment we have 2 really great brands available at a very competitive price.  Pilsner Urquell is available for £1 a bottle if you buy a pack of 24, and we've also added a favourite to the mix and brought Asahi down to the same price.

Whatever you need, we can help.


M de Minuty Provence Rosé is back!Date published: 12/06/14

It's one of our (and your) favourite Provence Rosés, and it's back by popular demand!  Stocks deplete very quickly, so call now or pop in to get yours before it all goes again.  We also have it in fantastic-looking MAGNUM bottles!

Short Term Offers- 2 weeks onlyDate published: 12/06/14

New offers - for the next two weeks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Short term offers - 1 week only!Date published: 12/06/14

New offers - for one week only!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Italian Spotlight Tasting WeekDate published: 11/06/14

Starting Friday for one week we have our Italian Tasting week. We will have a selection of red and white Italian wines open on the tasting counter for you to come in and try at your leisure.

We also have a FREE Italian spotlight tasting on Saturday 14th at 3pm where one of our team will talk to you about a selection of wines that you can try. You can learn while you  taste! Booking is required for this so give us a call on 01962 868708.

New Arrival - King's Legacy ChardonnayDate published: 11/06/14

New Arrival - King's Legacy!

This is a brand new arrival into the Majestic range and is the third offering in Marisco Vineyard's King's Series. We've had their King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc and King's Thorn Pinot Gris for a while so this is an exciting new addition!

Grape

Chardonnay

Origin

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

Taste

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

Enjoy

Try this with seared scallops served with black pudding.

Wine Serving TemperatureDate published: 11/06/14

Ever wondered what's the best temperature to serve wine at? 

Here's a rough guide to make it nice and easy!

Style of wine                                     Example of wine                                                      Serving Temperature

Sweet Wines                                     Sauternes                                                                     6-8 °C

Sparkling Wine                                  Champagne, Cava, Prosecco                                     6-10 °C

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

Med/full bodied oaked white              White Burgundy, New World Chardonnays                 10-13 °C

Light bodied Red                               Beaujolais                                                                     13 °C

Med/Full bodied Red                         Claret, Rioja, Shiraz, Chateauneuf-du-Pape                15-18°C

New Short Term Offers in the Summer SelectionDate published: 11/06/14

We have a few new additions to our Summer Selection - 33% off - and here they are ...

Corte Alta, Prosecco - £6.66 (33% off when you buy 2 or more from our Summer Selection - £9.99 single bottle) Ending Monday 16th June

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.

Calamino, Cava - £5.66 (33% off when you buy 2 or more from our Summer Selection - £8.99 single bottle) Ending Monday 23rd June

Fresh and harmonious, displaying plenty of apple and toast flavours, yet intensely dry and mouth-watering.

Codorniu, Brut - £6.66 (33% off when you buy 2 or more from our Summer Selection - £9.99 single bottle) Ending Monday 23rd June

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

Corte Alta, Rabosa Rosato - £6.66 (33% off when you buy 2 or more from our Summer Selection - £9.99 single bottle) Ending Monday 23rd June

An elegant and intense bouquet, dry and soft and with fresh peach and red berry flavours on the palate and a round and full-bodied structure.

Brancott Estate, Pinot Noir - £7.99 (33% off when you buy 2 or more from our Summer Selection - £11.99 single bottle) Ending Monday 23rd June

Bright red cherries and summer berries characterise the fruit, highlighted by aromas of dried herbs. The sweetness of the fruit is balanced by firm tannins and a streak of taut acidity.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 10/06/14

Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough


Matua is a Maori word which translates as 'head of the family', and is somewhat appropriate for this winery, which was part of New Zealand's first wave of modern winemakers who began making great Sauvignon Blanc in the mid-1970's.


A great all-round Kiwi Sauvignon, combining tangy grapefruit and gooseberry flavours with hints of passion fruit and capsicum, all delivered with an explosion of refreshing acidity.

Chill well and enjoy as a mouthwatering dry aperitif.

Price £7 .49 when you buy at least 2 bottles.


New Fine Wine - Domaine Chante-Perdrix Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011Date published: 08/06/14

Another new Fine Wine arrival to Majestic Reading, The Wine Advocate had this to say about it...

"A blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, [10% Mourvèdre] and the balance other permitted varieties, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape offers up perfumed, forward notes of mulled cherries, blackberry, spice-box and dried garrigue with a medium-bodied, low acid and voluptuously textured profile on the palate. Delicious, easy and a fun drink, it should be on a fast evolutionary track. Drink now-2018". Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate.

Currently priced at £22 as part of the Fine Wine and Spirits offer (buy 2+ selected Fine Wines and Spirits and save £10) - single bottle price £27.


Pimm's O'Clock!Date published: 08/06/14

Summer refreshment: Pimm's just £11.99

Now we finally have some beautiful weather which will entice everyone in to the garden, it is worth remembering to stock up on the quintessential English Summer drink - Pimms! It is on offer at £11.99, an offer too good to refuse!

  Don't forget that Lemonade!


Make Dad's Day With One Of TheseDate published: 08/06/14

Treat your dad to a bottle or two of these fabulous new arrivals this Father's day, June 15.

Mud House Pinot Noir - This single vineyard wine, from the Bendigo sub region of Central Otago, displays cherry, spice and mocha aromas. Black cherry and bramble flavours are complemented by hints of dried herbs and oak. £9.99

Wave Series Sauvignon Blanc - Made by winemaker Sebastian Labbe, the Wave Series was inspired by both his passion for surfing and the Pacific Coast's influence on Chilie's terroir. Its clean and crisp with intense aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry and refreshing lime. £6.66

The King's Legacy Chardonnay - Aged in oak on light lees to build weight and structure, this offers aromas of citrus, fig, melon and toasted almonds. On the rich sand creamy palate, grapefruit and lemon zest are balanced by some riper flavours of nectarine, melon and fig. £9.99

Berlucchi Cuvee Imperiale Franciacorta NV - A blend of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir, this is a traditional Italian sparkling wine to rival those of Champagne. Crisp yet rich, it releases generous apple, pear and citrus characters in a full-bodied style that would be perfect for a summer wedding! £14.99

Remember we do FREE delivery if you would like to send bottles as a gift! (minimum purchase of 6 bottles applies)


Chardonnay - A New Beginning!Date published: 08/06/14

Now, ask anyone that knows me, and they will tell you that I LOVE Chardonnay. I love it in all it's glorious forms - buttery, oaky, steely, fresh, crisp, creamy. But, sometimes, I feel I'm in the minority with people telling me they can't stand the stuff - and I think it might be the oak influence putting them off. I like to think that there's at least one type of Chardonnay out there that everyone will like, so please join me in my Chardonnay discovery!

It is no secret that the big, oaked New World Chardonnays of the 80s and 90s have, in some quarters, permanently tainted some consumers views towards the great Burgundian white grape. Emphasis on power rather than elegance and oak over fruit, created wines that were unpleasant to many. By contrast, lighter and more fruit driven white varieties, such as Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc have enjoyed a rise in popularity and have since dominated the UK market.

However, slowly but surely those on the ABC bandwagon are being won over by a more modern and thoughtful approach to winemaking. Cool climate and high altitude vineyards are leading this revival, with oak being used to contribute to the textural and aromatic complexity rather than being the wine's defining characteristic. The resulting wines possess more poise and elegance than their predecessors and are thus more palatable and appealing to UK consumers.

Styles range from unoaked wines with clean and crisp citrus and green fruit characteristics to a subtle use of oak giving vanilla and tropical fruit notes. These more restrained Chardonnays can be found from a multitude of New world regions such as Chile, Argentina, California, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. The latter is currently experiencing healthy growth, with Hardys up 14% in value in the last 12 months (Accolade, 2013) and Chardonnay is the fastest growing Australian grape variety.

At Majestic we stock a wide range of new world Chardonnay and would encourage you to #tasteandexplore!


Italian Spotlight Tasting - Saturday 14th JuneDate published: 08/06/14

For a more in-depth exploration of Italian wines, join us for a FREE 30-minute tutored Spotlight Tasting. It's just a few hours before England play Italy in the World Cup, but football colours are welcome!

6 Italiann wines will be open and we'll guide you through them presenting some fascinating facts about each.

This is on Saturday 14th June at 3pm, please RSVP to win@majestic.co.uk or call us on 01962 868 708 to book your places.


Wine of the WeekDate published: 06/06/14

This week's wine of the week is the International Wine Challenge Silver medal winning King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough


Winemaker Brent Marris is descended from the noble De Marisco family, and is also the maker of the ever popular Ned range of wines.


A lively and intense nose, with fresh citrus and a youthful, sweet tree sap note. Stony and firm on the palate, with an incisive, Sancerre-like structure, albeit with a ripe, rounded edge.


Lovely on its own or with fresh oysters, delicate white fish dishes, or soft and creamy goat's cheeses.

£9.99 when you buy 2 Summer Selection wines (single bottle price £14.99)

Looking at New Zealand beyond Marlborough: Central OtagoDate published: 05/06/14

Marlborough is often seen as the quintessential New Zealand region and this is generally down to the stunning Sauvignon Blanc's you get from there. You've all tried The Ned,Oyster Bay and Brancott Estate, but Sauvignon Blanc is not the only thing the Kiwi's do well. Don't forget the Pinot Noir's from this country are top-class too and certainly rival those of Burgundy with the quintessential New Zealand Pinot Noir growing region being Central Otago (or "Central" as the locals call it).

One of the more picturesque wine growing regions of the world as evidenced by it's leading role in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogy's as Middle Earth. All those fantastic shots of epic Mountains with slumbering Dragons or Balrogs lurking underneath, those were Central Otago and it's these mountains which help produce the cracking Pinot Noir. The high solar radiation due to the altitude has the effect of supplying the grapes with excellent sunlight firstly, but that same altitude keeps the grapes reliably cool at night also making it one of the few places in the world where the usually light and low-alcohol Pinot grape pushes above 14% ABV, with dazzlingly bright fruit flavours still very much retained.

The pick of the bunch in our store is undoubedtly the Quartz Reef, 2012 at £22 single bottle price and £17 when you buy another fine wine or bottle of spirits, but there's also the Majestic Peak's at the more reasonable price of £10.99. They're both cracking for their respective prices.

So those who want something a little bit different and not as wimpy as some Pinot Noir's can be get yourself a Central Otago Pinot Noir. It's also good with duck, turkey and orc.


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Vina Ardanza 2005Date published: 05/06/14

Location

This particular Rioja Reserva is a 2005 vintage which, as a year, was officially awarded as 'excellent'. The ideal weather conditions of timely rainfall, cool night time temperatures and mild autumnal days allowed the grapes to ripen perfectly. The harvest began in early October  when the drop in temperature helps balance the sugars and phenolic ripeness (the subsequent effects of which are present of the nose and palate).

Grapes and Ageing

The wine is a lovely blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha with the Tempranillo cultivated on 30 year old plots near Fuenmayor and Cenicero. The Garnacha, however, grows on ancient vines found in Rioja Baja.

After both the grapes had been fermented the wines were transferred to American oak barrels in May 2006. The Tempranillo was left to age for 36 months in four and half year old barrels while the Garnacha is aged for 30 months in younger casks. The wine also underwent manual racking and was finally bottled in July 2009.

Tasting Notes

This wine has a beautiful garnet colour but is not dark or opaque as you might imagine but in fact rather light in intensity. The nose is pronounced with clearly defined aromas coming through such as jammy red fruits, earthiness, spice and subtle hints of vanilla. It is a very well balanced, well structured wine as you would expect from such quality. The acidity, alcohol and soft tannins blend together harmoniously with a long finish of woody and red fruit flavours.

Roast lamb would be a brilliant partner for this particular wine. The acidity would cut through the fattiness in the meat which means it would also go with other roasts such as pork and crackling if lamb isn't your bag! 

Price

£24.00 or buy 2 bottles or more at £19.00


A free bottle for you, and one for your friend!Date published: 04/06/14

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, or with our guidance.  

Gold Medal Winning Wines.Date published: 04/06/14

Recently the results of the IWC were announced. The competition is now in its 31st year and attracts around 14,000 entries. These are tasted by a line up of Masters of Wine, Wine tasters, critics and buyers. After being judged the top wines are awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals.

Majestic Wine entered wine that the company stock into the competition. Below are some of the award winning wines that Majestic entered, that we have in stock at the moment here in Majestic Winchester:

Gold medal winners include:

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones. Back in stock soon!

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

A medley of intense, ripe herbaceous characters on the nose, followed by rich gooseberry, lime and tropical fruit characteristics on the palate.

Barolo 2009 Natale Verga

An inviting garnet colour, this wine offers a blackberry bouquet, accented with persistent notes of rose petal and subtle wood smoke. A warming palate with undertones of spice and graphite.

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009 England

A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised. The ultimate home-grown alternative to Champagne, for all special occasions.



Marques de Riscal Reserva - £9.99!Date published: 04/06/14

Rioja Reserva 2008 Marques de Riscal

Origin

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

Taste

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

Enjoy

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

£14.99

£9.99

(Buy any 2 save 33.3%)


Heidsieck & Co. Brut - £14.99!Date published: 04/06/14

Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV

This wonderful Champagne has found its way onto our Pick N' Mix selection. You can enjoy this beauty for just £14.99

This wine is Pinot dominated which leads to a rich, yet very approachable house style. 

Expect crisp golden fruits, brioche flavours, and a satisfying mousse like texture that will fizz in the glass for as long as you allow it to stay in there!


Pilsner UrquellDate published: 04/06/14

Pilsner Urquell 24x330ml Bottles

This fantastic beer is on an amazing offer at just £24 a case, that's just £1 per bottle!!

An excellent lager from the Czech Republic at an impressive price!

An ideal partner to watching the World Cup


Dessert Wines at MajesticDate published: 04/06/14

In my opinion there is no better way to round off a meal, by opening up a bottle of desert wine, either on its own or to accompany a pudding. Picking the right wine can be tricky, so which wines should accompany which deserts?

Elysium Black Muscat 2012 Half Bottle 

Origin

Black Muscat, an under-appreciated Muscat variety, one of the very few black-skinned Muscats. Elysium is Greek for Heaven, a fitting association for this excellent wine made by Andrew Quady.

Taste

Virtually black in colour, with a rose-like aroma, very intense on the palate and full of fantastic rich velvety fruit.

Enjoy

One of the few wines that can stand up to chocolate puddings. Or try it poured over ice cream for the ultimate after-dinner treat!

£11.75 £9.99 *buy 2 save 15%

Brown Brothers Orange Muscat and Flora

Origin

From Brown Brothers Mystic Park Vineyard in Victoria this is an exciting blend of late-harvested Orange Muscat along with the little known Flora. A cross between Semillon and Gewürztraminer, Flora lends a distinct fragrance to the wine.

Taste

Aromas of orange blossom, fresh citrus and spice, with a textured and rich palate, a crisp acidity balances the sweetness of the palate and leads on in a zesty finish

Enjoy

A rich and rewarding dessert accompaniment

£8.99 £6.74 *buy 2 save 25%

Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2008 Hungary 50cl Bottle

Origin

Acknowledged as one of the region’s top winemakers, Karoly Ats combines traditional techniques with modern technology to create the award-winning Royal Tokaji range. Tokaji is produced by blending hand-picked shrivelled or 'aszu' berries with top quality base wines.

Taste

A medium amber colour with a nose of orange peel, figs and cinnamon. The sugar on the palate is well-balanced by the fine acidity, leading to a clean, refreshing finish.

Enjoy

Will continue to improve over several years but drink now, slightly chilled, with blue cheeses or fruit desserts.

£19.99


Is it Syrah or Shiraz?Date published: 04/06/14

In a nutshell - they're the same.

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

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

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

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



Having a Summer Party?Date published: 04/06/14

Having a Party?

At Majestic we offer the complete party service. Pick up one of our Party Planners for full details.

Free Delivery

Free Glass Loan*

Free Chiller Bin Loan**

Ice

Advice on how much to buy

Sale or Return Arrangements

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

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



New Portugese WinesDate published: 04/06/14

We've recently taken delivery of 2 new, great-value Portuguese wines!

Terras de Pegoes Vinho Branco - Portugal is the source of some great value, straightforward yet uniquely-styled whites, many of which are made from grape varieties seldom found outside of the country. This example comes from the Setúbal Peninsula, a coastal region immediately to the south of Lisbon. A light-bodied and easy-drinking white wine with moderate acidity providing a gentle texture. Subtly floral on the nose, combining hints of blossom with a core of ripe citrus fruit. A great match for chicken tagine with dried apricots and mild aromatic spices. Priced at £6.99 per bottle.

Terras de Pegoes Vinho Tinto - The Castelão grape is commonly referred to as Periquita in its native Portugal, where it is the most widely-planted red variety. It features in many of the country's archetypal red wines, including Port, and thrives in hot, difficult growing conditions and sandy soils. Jammy red berry fruit surrounded by medium-weighted yet satisfyingly chewy tannins. Subtle scents of cherry, thyme and rose petals lift the nose. Perfect with spicy Mexican food such as enchiladas or burritos. Priced at £6.99per bottle.


Cheese & WineDate published: 02/06/14

Cheese & wine

Cheese and Wine have always been put together as a great food and wine match. But did you know different types of cheese match better to different wines? Here are a few of my favourite pairings!

Mature Cheddar and Bordeaux. This is a great match, which shows off both the food and wine to their full extent. As with all food and wine matches, the idea is to find things which complement each other and show each component at its best. The protein in the cheese softens the tannin in the Bordeaux, making it melt in your mouth and release all the rich fruit and savoury characters within.

Goats Cheese and Sauvignon Blanc. It may seem unusual to have cheese with a white wine, but the creaminess and strong flavour of goats cheese balances perfectly with the crisp acidity and aromatics of a sauvignon, especially something from the Loire Valley.

Blue cheese and desert wine. Again, not something many of us would instinctively reach for, but a sticky sweet wine, such as a Sauternes matches the saltiness of a blue cheese. And with both having a similar intensity of flavour, its a great match. Throw in some Pate as well for a real treat!

We're always thinking about food and wine here, so if you ever want some recommendations for a particular dish or style of food, just ask!


New Wine - Just Arrived - Wave Series Sauvignon BlancDate published: 02/06/14

New Wine - Just Arrived - Wave Series Sauvignon Blanc

We have a brand new addition to our already fantastic range in Chile, Wave Series Sauvignon Blanc! 

Winemaker Sebastian Labbe grew up in Chile and went on to home both his winemaking and surfing skills in New Zealand. The wave series was inspired both by this passion for the waves, and the Pacific Coats's influence on Chile's terroir.

The vineyards are located within the Leyda Valley which is located within the San Antonio region of Chile. Located right on the coastline of the Pacific Ocean, the cooling air from the ocean combined with the long sunny days makes conditions ideal for growing the Sauvignon Blanc grape! 

On the palate a clean crisp Sauvignon typical of Chile, offering aromas of grapefruit, goosebury and refreshing lime! Light in weight yet persistent and concentrated in flavour.

Would match well with King Prawns, green salads and oysters!

This new and exciting addition is also great value, currently only £6.66 on our summer selection.


Producer Spotlight - VinalbaDate published: 02/06/14

Producer Spotlight - Vinalba

Vinalba's eclectic range of wines showcase the depth and elegance that Argentina offers. Launched in 2008, Viñalba has already won 117 medals, including 11 trophies in the industry's top competitions, e.g. International Wines and Spirits Quality Award 2010. Made by one of Argentina's most respected winemakers, Bordeaux born Hervé J. Fabre, Viñalba offers a range of beautifully crafted wines, combining Argentina's purity of fruitand clear varietal expression with the elegance and complexity that expresses the local terroir.

Viñalba Selección Torrontés 2012 Lujan de Cuyo £8.24

The aromatic Torrontes grape is Argentina's signature white variety, as it produces bright and perfumed white wines. Bursting with ripeness, the nose is a cascade of tropical fruit and blossom aromas. Lively flavours of white peachmelon, pear and pineappleprovide a refreshing and involving palate sensation.

Viñalba Fifty 50 2012 Uco Valley £7.99

Hervé made his name from Malbec, having been the first to make a single-varietal Malbec in Argentina, but his Bordeaux roots have influenced this wine with the addition of the Bordeaux-sourced Cabernet Sauvignon. Full-bodied, intense and vibrant with a juicydamson and blackcurrant backbone characterising both the nose and palate. The toasty oak influence adds complexity. A perfect match for a juicy stake or hearty casserole.

Viñalba Gran Reservado Malbec 2011 Mendoza £13.59

The flagship wine in the Viñalba range, with a plethora of awards recognising its excellence. Hand-picked grapes from old vines ensure stunning quality. A generous nose of warm plum-pudding-like fruit, lifted by soft vanilla and flower petal notes. The tannins are muscular, yet smooth and voluptuous, providing a blockbusting mouthfeel and long finish.

New in Stock: Edna Valley WinesDate published: 02/06/14

New in Stock: Edna Valley Wines

This time of year always marks the introduction of several exciting new wines in to the Majestic range, including two wines from California's Edna Valley Winery.

Edna Valley Pinot Noir 2012 - £8.66

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

Edna Valley Chardonnay 2012 - £8.66

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


New in stock: Cheateau Chantalouette 2003Date published: 02/06/14

New in Stock: Chateau Chantalouette 2003

An exciting new addition to our fine wine range, Chateau Chantaloutte is the second wine of Chateau de Sales, the largest producer in Pomerol on Bordeaux's Right Bank. Having previously stocked the 2007 vintage, which was exceptionally well received, we've delved deeper in to the producer's cellar to bring you the 2003.

2003 was a summer of extreme heat, bringing about wines with exceptional richness and opulence. The 2003 compares favourably with the 2007, with a fleshier texture, ripe dark berry notes and dense, juicy tannins. Now square in it's drinking window, signs of maturity are manifesting in the form of earthy hints on the mid palate and a smooth, rich finish. Perfect with Sunday roast lamb and if there's any left afterwards, crack out the mature hard cheeses to polish of the bottle!

£19.00


Add your email!Date published: 02/06/14

Add your Email!

You may already be on our private customer list (anybody can join!).

However, did you know that you can now add your email address to in order to keep up to date with the latest news, offers and exclusive parcels available for our customers contacted via email!

Let us know your email address at win@majestic.co.uk or phone 01962 868 708


Are you a Pub or Restaurant Manager/Owner?Date published: 02/06/14

Are you a Pub or Rrestaurant Manager/Owner?

Majestic were recently named House Wine Merchant of the Year at the Sommelier Wine Awards 2014, in recognition of the great value and wide range of wines we offer to our Commercial customers:

"And with by far the lowest average price of any submitter in this year’s competition, and national distribution, it suggests Majestic ought to be on the radar of anyone looking to change their House Wine offering.”

Choose Majestic Commercial and you get so much more than a wine supplier. Yes we will bring you a range of wines to rival any in the industry. But more than that, you can look forward to an array of services designed to help you maximise sales and help achieve the individual goals you have set for your business.

It all starts with a member of the Commercial sales team, a single point of contact, who is on hand to offer the support, guidance and information you need, when you need it. We can boast extensive commercial experience and the infrastructure to be incredibly flexible regarding deliveries. We are all qualified to a minimum of Level 3 Advanced Certificate in the internationally renowned Wine and Spirit Education Trust award. Some have gone on to hone their knowledge and passion even further by completing the Level 4 Diploma.

So Why Choose Majestic Wines?

•  We have an ever expanding and evolving list of Commercial Exclusives- wines only available to our on-trade customers

 • We can help you produce your own wine list, complete with prices and detailed tasting notes, quickly and professionally. 

• We provide staff training through our Confidence in Wine course, which explores grape varieties and the winemaking process, whilst our Perfect Partners course specifically tackles food matching.

 • On-trade accounts are serviced from a local Majestic store, with your orders personally picked, processed and delivered by our knowledgeable staff. Stores are open seven days a week, so deliveries can be made swiftly at a time that suits you – even at weekends.



With these Rosé offers it will feel like the Sun shines all the time!Date published: 02/06/14

With these Rosé offers it will feel like the Sun shines all the time!

Rose magnums and larger

This Summer we have gone one step bigger and introduced magnums of Rose from Provence in to our range. Over the past few years we have sold the AIX rose, also from Provence, only in magnums and it has proven a huge hit with customers, so we have expanded and now can offer you Chateau de Berne and M de Minuty to help you with those parties and family get togethers.

Ch de Berne Rose 2013, Cotes de Provence is made from the Grenache and Cinsault grapes. An attractive and delicate honeysuckle pink wine with a lifted nose of summer fruits and tropical hints of mango. Intense, crisp, well balanced and refreshing on the palate. 

M de Minuty Rose 2013, Cotes de Provence is made from Grenache, Cinsault and Tibouren. With vineyards nestled on the St Tropez Peninsular this wine offers 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 Rose 2013, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence is made from Grenache, Cinsault and Shiraz. This award winning wine, from Domaine de la Grande Seouve, is unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruits. This wine is now also available in double magnums. That's 3lts worth. Is your fridge big enough?!



Making a National Impression..Date published: 02/06/14

Making a National Impression..

Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith

Vinas del Vero Gewurztraminer 2013

£8.49 – On the 15% off deal

Summery wine that’s as scented and uplifting as strawberries on a trampoline.

(Olly’s Pick of the Bunch)

Saturday Kitchen- Susie Barrie

Paul Mas Estate Vermentino

£7.64 – On 15% off deal

Very bright gold with youthful green tints. The nose is predominantly citrus, with berry and slightly smoky notes.

The Telegraph – Victoria Moore

Lirac Domain des Garrigues 2012

£8.49 – On the 15% off deal

Made entirely without oak, this wine is vibrant and youthful in both colour and aroma, with great freshness to the dense red fruit

Peter Lehmann Riesling 2013

£8.91 – On the 15% off deal

Delightful citrus and stone fruit notes abound on the palate and the finish is remarkably taut. A mouth-watering acidity and limestone minerality leave the mouth feeling revitalised.



Minini Valpolicella Ripasso 2012Date published: 02/06/14

Minini Valpolicella Ripasso 2012

Started in 1920 by Francesco Minini, this winery has expanded by involving partner growers across a larger geographical area, and now vinifies in a modern facility in Verolanuova, completed in 2002. This is a ripasso wine, enriched by 10 days on Amarone pressings.

This is the process whereby grapes are dried out and become a little bit raisined, this adds extra depth and concenrtation to the blend. Dominated by Corvina and helped in parts by the very acidic Molinara, and very tannic Rondinella to add balance and complexity.  

It is a vibrant ruby red wine that has a dense core of bright cherry and bramble fruit and lifted violet aromas. Medium-bodied and harmonious yet muscular and well-structured. For lovers of Italian wine or big flavoursome reds from around the world. This could well become a staff favourite, and develops in complexity the longer it is left open.


25% wine of the DayDate published: 01/06/14

25% wine of the Day

Let's kick off the week with a well known grape variety from a more unexpected location. The grape variety in question is Merlot, favourite of most people, always a house wine choice and one of the noble grapes of Bordeaux. But where does this wine from? Well, it's actually from New Zealand, home of fantastic Sauvignon Blanc and amazing Pinot Noir; so what are their Merlots like?

Giesen Merlot 2013 - £10.49 or £8.92 when you buy any 2 25% wines - So what's this Merlot like then? Very very nice indeed; it's soft and fruity and is everything you want in a Merlot. Full bodied, good tannin and an amazing finish, you'll just have to let it breath for an hour to really get the best out of it; but you will see how great the Kiwis are at other grape varieties. 


Pinotage - Just Give It a Chance!Date published: 01/06/14

Pinotage - Just Give It a Chance!

I have never really understood Pinotage, Cinsault and Pinot Noir put together to make South Africa's unique wine. Generally, it is a big, very smokey affair, but with little finesse. So I've finally discovered an example that is actually fantastic. let's take a look!

Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Bush Vine Pinotage 2012 - £14.99 or £12.74 when you buy any 2 15% wines - This wine has benefited from having 18 months in French oak. Deep plum colors are inviting and the smokey, meaty, truffle notes are balanced with a massive shot of fruit. Perfect BBQ wine!


Spanish Red? Not Rioja? Calima GarnachaDate published: 01/06/14

I love Spanish Garnacha, unlike the Grenache of France (Same Grape) which is used in the alchemy of Rhone blend, it is a much simpler fair, lovely fruits and just perfect for a summer's day. We've got an interesting new edition to the Majestic range which should tick all the boxes. Let's have a little look.

Calima Garnacha Tinto, 2013 0 £7.99 or £5.99 when you buy any 2 25% wines - This is brought to you by a CAVA house, Marques de Monistrol, 40km South West Of Barcelona. It is a fascinating wine, as it hasn't bent to the will of a screw top and is under cork. Fresh and ripe with lightly sweetened fruit and chewy tannins, this will be the perfect wine for those summer BBQs. 

Ultra Fantastico! 


New Arrival - Mud House Sauvignon Blanc.Date published: 01/06/14

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc

£6.66

when you buy any 2 or more selected 33.3% off wines.

Unit price £9.99

With sunny weather, comes the desire to make sure the fridge has a full complement of chilled white wine! With our fantastic new arrival the Mud House Sauvignon from New Zealand, we can certainly help you with this.

This exciting new wine is a great example of why New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has seen such success. A winner of the coveted International Wine Challenge Gold Award, it's not just us that think this is one not to miss.

Filled with citrus and tropical fruit flavours, this is a crisp and vibrant wine. A great match with light summer salads, or fresh seafood.


5 Bargains ending Monday not to be missed!Date published: 01/06/14

5 Bargains ending Monday not to be missed!

Our May 33.3% off offers end this Monday, so here are 5 wines that are not to be missed!!

Prices stated are when you buy any 2 from the Summer collection 33.3% off.

Alamos Malbec £6.66

Oxford Landing Cabernet Shiraz £5.33

Gavi di Gavi Toledana £7.99

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc £7.99

Serena Pinot Grigio £6.66


Upcoming Events at Majestic Wine WinchesterDate published: 31/05/14

Here is a round up of all our upcoming and FREE events that you are welcome to come along to:

6th-12th June: New Zealand Spotlight Week

13th-19th June: Italy Spotlight Week

14th June 3pm: Italy Spotlight Tasting (booking required)

If you would like to come along to any of the above, please don't hesitate to contact us by phone (01962 868708), email (win@majestic.co.uk) or simply pop into the store at any time!

Why not try Gavi Araldica?Date published: 30/05/14

Gavi Araldica

Gavi is a small town and winemaking sub-region in the far south-east corner of Piedmont, around 50km inland of the Med, famed for the Cortese grape which is indigenous to the north of Italy, and a popular feature in the restaurants of the Ligurian coast.

Zippy, fresh and predominantly citrus-flavoured wine, with a racy lime-zest and nettle aroma. Refreshingly clean on the palate, with enduring, mouthwatering acidity.

Drink with spaghetti genovese, or any fresh seafood dish.

£6.66 when you buy any 2 bottles in the 33% deal 

(£9.99 single bottle price)


New Arrival - Minini Valpolicella Ripasso 2012Date published: 29/05/14

Minini Valpolicella Ripasso 2012

Grapes - Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella

Started in 1920 by Francesco Minini, this winery has expanded by involving partner growers across a larger geographical area, and now vinifies in a modern facility in Verolanuova, completed in 2002. This is a ripasso wine, enriched by 10 days on Amarone pressings.

This vibrant ruby red wine has a dense core of bright cherry and bramble fruit and lifted violet aromas. Medium-bodied and harmonious yet muscular and well-structured.

Price £9.74 (when purchased with any other wine at 25% off)

Nicolas Potel - A fine producerDate published: 29/05/14

Nicolas Potel - A fine producer

Nicolas Potel decided to set up his own wine négociant business after the death of his father in 1996 and the subsequent sale of Domaine Pousse d`Or, which his father had been managing. 

The Nicolas Potel label became an excellent source of predominantly red wines, from Bourgogne Rouge to the Grands Crus of the Cote de Nuits. His hallmark has been to make wines which respect both their vineyard provenance and the style of the vintage while remaining attractively priced. Since 2004 Nicolas the Cottin brothers of Labouré-Roi have owned the brand, with Potel running the business until 2009. 

We currently have a great deal on 'Bourgogne Chardonnay 2012 Nicolas Potel' which is priced at £8.66 when you buy any two or more Summer Selection Wines. 

The style of chardonnay is un-oaked, using stainless steel to ferment and mature the wine. Predominately citrus fruits on the nose which follows onto the palate with a touch of creaminess on the finish.  Great for simple summery dishes like quiche and salad. A very enjoyable wine. 

Offers Ending Soon!Date published: 29/05/14

Many of our Summer Selection offers are ending on the 2nd June.

These include Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc at £7.99 and M de Minuty Rosé at £9.99.

Don't miss out on saving 33% on the selection of wines on offer.

Order online or over the phone for free delivery or pop into Majestic Wine Winchester to explore our full range of wines.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 27/05/14

This week's wine of the week is the Parcel Series Cabernet Merlot Reserve 2012 Western Cape


This is a new and exclusive special parcel of wine obtained at a remarkably low price from a well-known, multi-award-winning organically farmed estate in South Africa. Hand-harvested, fermented in traditional open tanks, and matured for 18 months in French and American oak.

An attractive ruby-garnet colour, this wine shows its class with a nose of rich cassis and red charry fruit with forest-floor undertones. Smooth tannins, rich palate fruit and a hint of minerality.

Enjoy with slow-cooked beef, or lamb served with mint.

£6.66 when you buy 2 Summer Selection wines (single bottle price £9.99)


Decanting wine...Date published: 26/05/14

Decanting wine...

The first thing i'll start with is why one may need to decant wine. There have been infinite experiments trying to see whether wine really is improved from being decanted and thus allowed greater exposure to oxygen before serving. Of course the conclusions that have been drawn are contradictory, but hey, the mystery of wine forms a large part of it's enjoyment. 

Anyway, there are some advocates that say letting a wine breathe sufficiently can develop the aromas and soften the tannins of a wine. Some, however, say that this can lose aromas and the drinker will be missing out on the wine developing in the glass and those stages of development the wine undergoes as we make our way through a glass. If we are to gain any practical insight from my ramblings i would say if it's a young tannic wine open it a couple of hours or so before drinking. If it is lighter and less tannic and maybe older and more mature, i would drop this to an hour, or maybe less if it is particularly old and fragile. I do believe in decanting myself but what I would say is results vary wine to wine and some it does improve and some maybe less so, but have a go and see what works for you and your own palate.

Something which isn't up for debate is that decanting is essential in removing sediment (colour matter and tannin) from a wine that is older and has perhaps thrown a sediment (more likely in darker wines such a Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon based wines for instance) or wines that have had little fining and filtration in their production. So finally how do we go about decanting a wine to avoid sediment (which gives the wine bitterness and extra tannin). Well the process should start 24 hours before drinking. Take the desired bottle and leave it standing upright for 24 hours to let the sediment settle. Pull off the foil capsule of the wine in it's entirety so you can see through the neck of the bottle. Before you begin pouring the wine into the decanter either put a sheet of white paper underneath and pour near a light source from above, or get a light source below where you are pouring. Pour in one steady movement into the decanter, constantly looking through the neck. When you see sediment coming with the wine stop pouring (hopefully at this stage the vast majority of wine will now be in the decanter) and discard the rest of the bottle. Voila, sediment free wine!


Gran Reserva explainedDate published: 26/05/14

Gran Reserva is a labelling term for a Spanish wine that has satisfied certain minimum requirements for ageing in cask and bottle.  For wines produced in other countries (such as Chile) this term has less stringent  or no legal meaning.  Red gran reserva wines are aged for a minimum of 60 months, whites and roses for a minimum of 48 months.

For example, Rioja Gran Reserva 2004, Vina Eguia at just £8.99 when you buy at least 2 bottles (£12.99 single bottle price).  This delicious wine is ruby red in colour with medium density and a brick-like rim.  The fruit is very mature, with prune, raisin and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather.  Delicious with slow-cooked lamb dishes or nutty-tasting cheese!

The other labelling terms are Joven (no time in the cask and wine is bottled the year following the vintage for immediate release); Crianza (red wines are aged for 24 months minimum); and Reserva (red wines are aged for 36 months minimum).


Roman influenceDate published: 26/05/14

What did the Romans every do for us.., 

...apart from the irrigation, civil planning, aqueducts, roads and concrete?

Well it also turns out they were the first people to realize the vine growing potential of the Bordeaux region, and from great vines you can make great wines

A quick guide for the beginner out there are Medoc, Haut-Medoc and within those regions are the sub regions of: St- Estephe, Pauillac, St-Julian and Marguax. These regions hold many a famous name such as Château Mouton Rothschild. Chateau Lafite or Latour.

From the right bank the areas of most note are Saint Emillion and Pomerol. With Pomerol boasting arguably the most famous and expensive claret there is, Petrus.

The Colour of WineDate published: 26/05/14

Almost all wines grapes produce clear juice. Red wines get their colour from the skins, which are included in the mix when a red wine is fermented. White wines usually are fermented only from juice, so they are much lighter in colour. Pink wines typically are made from starting a fermentation with red wine juice and skins, then removing the partially fermented wines from the skins after a short period.

Wine and CheeseDate published: 26/05/14

Cheese and wine is always hailed as a classic combination. However, finding that 'match made in heaven' is much harder than one might think, particularly if you are serving a variety of cheeses and trying to pick a single wine to match with them all. The advice I would give to any host is to pick a single cheese and wine combination that works well and then stick with that – if you have a varied cheeseboard and only pick one wine then the chances are that it will clash with something on the plate.

That said, there are some wines that will work nicely with a range of cheeses without clashing too much with any of them: New World Merlots and Cabernets can cope with a range of flavours, as do mature, oak-matured Spanish reds such as Riojas and 'Riberas', a decent white Burgundy will always be a pleasure to drink and will not clash dramatically with cheese; or if you are a traditionalist then pick a tawny port (Taylor's 10 year old Tawny Port is my go-to option).

After that bit of sweeping generalisations here are some more specific bits of advice on specific types of cheese.

Mild Hard Cheeses: E.g. Caerphilly, mild cheddar or Wensleydale. Pair well with dry, fruity whites like Sauvignon Blanc or Godello.

Intense Hard Cheeses: E.g. mature cheddar, Red Leicester or Double Gloucester. Work very nicely with mature French and Spanish reds but also with richer Italian wines like Ripasso Valpolicella.

Soft White Rind Cheeses: E.g. Camembert and Brie. Personally I have never found a red wine that does not highlight the ammonia flavours of these cheeses, so I would recommend a rich white burgundy like a Meursault or St. Aubin (preferably one with a few years age on it). If you want to stick to red wine then a fruity merlot or pinot noir will be the safest bet.

Goat's Cheese: No need to think about this one – French Sauvignon Blanc every time! Sancerre cuts through the gluey texture of the cheese. A more mature/intense style of Goat's cheese would call for a more intense type of wine – pungent New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is perfectly at home in this setting. If you have never tried the combination you really should, it is one of those 'match made in heaven' partnerships.

Pungent and Smoked Cheeses: E.g. Munster, or any cheese from Alsace. Pick a Gewürztraminer or an off-dry Pinot Gris, the richness of the wines and their distinctive flavours partner well with the distinctive flavours of many regional cheeses (but smoked cheese in particular).

Blue Cheese: E.g. Stilton, Roquefort or Gorgonzola. I would pick a sweet wine like a Sauternes every single time (but I do have one devil of a sweet-tooth). The honeyed richness of a Sauternes (see also Tokaji and New World imitations like Noble Semillon or Noble Sauvignon Blanc) are a delicious counter to the salty nature of the cheeses. For red wine something rich and powerful is a great choice – port is a classic with Stilton and Amarone can stand up alongside any of them.

At the end of the day, this is only guidance. If you find a combination that you enjoy then that is the right one to choose.

Enjoy.



TuscanyDate published: 26/05/14

Tuscany

The region of Tuscany covers 7 of the coastal islands and is the 5th biggest region. It is a rather hilly area, and it used this to its advantage for plantings at altitude and in areas where the sun gets trapped for maximum exposure. Here the Sangiovese grape comes into its own and performs at its best.

Tuscany is home to some of the world's most notable wine regions. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are primarily made with Sangiovese grape. Tuscany has 33 Denominazioni di origine controllata (DOC) and 9 Denominazioni di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG). Tuscany has five sub-categories of IGT wines today.

Although white wines are produced from this area, it is famed for its reds (80% of production) and in particular the super tuscans that are produced emphasing the regions quality over quantity approach when it comes to production.

We have a good range of Tuscan wines but my 3 picks are:

Dogajolo @ £9.76

Chianti Rufina Nipozzano @ £14.23

Le Volte Dell'Ornellaia @ 18.00

The prices shown are for when you purchase two or more bottles.




WachauDate published: 26/05/14

Wachau

Wachau is a wine growing region in Austria, which is notable for having a variety of northern and southern climates, as well as a variety of different soil types, minerality and an abundance of hills. The Wachau valley began the wine growing tradition in Austria around the 1200's-1300's for the nobles. It soon became the wine trading capital of Austria, but has only recently gained international recognition as a noteworthy wine producer. 

Known for it's production of apricots and grapes, the Wachau valley was perfectly equipped for the production of white wines, in which the region specialises in creating exceptionally pure dry Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners. Wine growers in the Wachau region have to sign a "code of honour" in which they agree not to import fruits, using only local goods but also a agreement to produce the purest and most expressive wines they can. This results in exceptional quality Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners that can be compared to that produced in Alsace. 

The heat retained in the water and the stony slopes that form the hills of the domain, mixed in with the cold nights are perfect for growing premium quality grapes. Therefore by only using these grapes and not importing other grapes, the wines produced contain sophisticated and complex flavours that are not lost through being transported or stored before being produced into wine.

Notable wine we have on offer: 

Grüner Veltliner 2013, Weingarten Weissenkirchen, Wachau. £8.99 Code: 12485 This wine balances acidity and flavour in harmony to create a dry, but very refreshing wine. With hints of spice and gooseberry this wine can be enjoyed whatever the occasion. A personal favourite of mine.  



Samuel Adams Boston Lager now £24 per caseDate published: 26/05/14

Samuel Adams Boston Lager now £24 per case


This month's Beer of the Month comes from the biggest producer of Craft beer in the world, Sam Adams. A recreation of a 19th century American recipe , this beer is rich and satisfying and packs a hoppy punch! A couple of years ago the brewers got together to decide how they could make a better version for the U.K market, and so decided to spend a number of months at the Famous Shepard Neame brewery in Kent. This allows the brewers to get Boston Lager to us in the perfect condition, which was always a problem when the beer previously had to spend time traveling from the American brewery. 

Fresh and in perfect condition Sam Adams is now enjoyed in the manner in which it should be for us beer lovers in the U.K. 

Currently just £1 per bottle!!

£24 for a case of 24 - Can't say fairer than that!!

Cheers to the Summer!! 


New arrival - Mud House Pinot NoirDate published: 26/05/14

NEW IN

Mud House, Pinot Noir.

£9.99

when two or more purchased as part of a mixed case.

Hailing from Central Otago a superb Pinot Noir producing region, this magnificent example does not disappoint.

This Pinot Noir is an intense and powerful little number displaying layers of ripe red dark cherry, with bramble fruits underlying. These fresh fruit characteristics are then backed up by subtle notes of mocha and spice. Finely balanced tannin and good acidity give the wine a good grip and satisfying length.



The Majestic Fine Wine PlanDate published: 26/05/14

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.



BollingerDate published: 26/05/14

Bollinger is a Negociant-Manipulant (meaning they can make, store and sell Champagne) Champagne House in Ay-Champagne in the Valle de la Marne.  Today the house produces some 200,000 cases of Champagne and is aiming to expand production to 250,000 cases by the end of the current decade.  In April 2013 winemaker Mathieu Kauffmann left the House and his responsibilities fell to Giles Descotes (who is also the technical director and cellar master for Bollinger).

Founded in 1892 by German businessman Jacques Bollinger (and a handful of friends/associates).  During the 20th Century the force behind the champagne was Lily Bollinger who ran the house for 30 years following the death of her husband.

Bollinger retains its traditional use of old oak barrels for primary fermentation of all vintage and reserve wines, as well as proportion of those wines destined for the Bollinger Special Cuvee (the Non-Vintage).  The highly oxidative impact of the use of old oak, plus the 6-7 month barrel-ageing time, accounts for Bollinger's slightly earthy, bruised-apple, deliberately oxidised style.

In the last few years the Bollinger House has achieved a controlled pace of growth, supported by the House's 160 hectares of vineyard holdings that help ensure a consistent supply of quality grapes for their wines.

The house style is for Pinot dominated blends with great potential for longevity and complexity.  The style tends towards toast rather than biscuit aromas (this is due to their use of oak rather than the character of the Chardonnay in the blend).

Bollinger Special Cuvee: On offer at Majestic for just £33.31 from June 3rd (when bought as part of our Summer Selection promotion)

The classic. Non-vintaged, made using the traditional method from an assemblage of 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier.  At least half the wines for the Special Cuvee are cask fermented, making this one of the most complex non-vintage champagnes on the market.


Did you know...Date published: 26/05/14

...Jim Barry's The Armagh is about as big as Australian Shiraz can get - and that's pretty big! American oak is part of the secret. 

Chilean Wine RegionsDate published: 26/05/14

Stretching 900 km from north to south, Chilean wine regions have a unique geography characterized by 4 natural boundaries. The Atacama Desert to the north, the Andes Mountains to the east, the Patagonian ice fields to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Together they help maintain healthy conditions and protect vineyards against pests and diseases.

In general, Chile has a warm Mediterranea climate, with warm dry summers and cold, rainy winters but it gets cooler and wetter in the south. During El Ninho years, a cyclical weather phenomenon, rainfall levels increase dramatically.

North of Santiago, the two ranges of mountains merge, while south of the capital there is a large depression, the Central Valley.

Chiles's climate is highly influenced by the Pacific Ocean and the Humboldt Current, that flows from the icy waters of Antartica. This cool sea air is partially blocked by the coastal mountains, although it finds its way inland through the course of the river valleys where the coastal mountains are at their lowest. Very close to the coast the cold air can also become fog.

Another important effect comes from the Andes, which have an overnight cooling effect on vines, creating a higher diurnal range (up to 20° C). This temperature oscillation helps the grapes develop fresh fruit flavours, crisp acidity and, in the case of red wines, ripe tannins, deep colour, and high levels of antioxidants.

These geographical features allow for the country's territory to be divided into three main areas: Costa (costal), Entre Cordilleras (between mountain ranges) and Andes.

With so much geographic variety, the Chilean landscape offers a myriad of terroirs, microclimates and soil types.

Chile has 4 main wine regions:

Coquimbo, in the north, borders with the Atacama desert and comprises the DOs of Elqui Valley, Limari Valley and Choapa Valley.

Ancocagua, which comprises the Alcocagua Valley, Casablanca Valley and San Antonio Valley (includes Leyda).

Central Valley, a vast and warm flat land where grapes ripen easily, includes Maipo, Cachapoal Valley (includes the sub-region Rapel), Colchagua Valley (includes the sub-region Rapel), Curico Valley (includes the zones Teno and Lontué) and Maule Valley (includes the zones Claro, Loncomilla, Tutuvén).

Southern Region, where is cooler and wetter, comprises the DOs of Itata Valley, Bio-Bio Valley and Melleco Valley.

Among the primary red grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted, followed by Merlot , Carmenere (Chilean's signature grape), Syrah, Malbec, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. The main white varieties are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Riesling

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


Dom Perignon 2004Date published: 26/05/14

Owned by Moet & Chandon (part of the LVMH group) this is one of the world's most prestigious and iconic Champagnes.  Dom Perignon was the first 'Prestige Cuvee' that was launched commercially - the 1921 vintage was released for sale in 1936 and the choice was made to name it after the legendary monk himself.

Historically, the grapes were sourced from the vineyards that were owned by the Abbey of Hautvillers at the time of Dom Perignon (talk about commitment to the story!)  These days the grapes are sourced from a number of vineyards (8 Grand Cru villages and a single Premie Cru village).  The Chardonnay grapes come from the crus of: Chouilly, Cramant, Avize and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger; and the Pinot Noir grapes are sourced from Ay, Bouzy, Mailly, Verzenay and Hautvillers (the only Premier Cru used in Dom Perignon).  The Blend is approximately 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay with a little variation between vintages.

When making the blend the cuvee is meticulously protected from oxygen, sees no oak and gains its hallmark toast and bakery aromas from extended lees ageing.  These are also reasons from Dom Perignon's exceptional capacity for ageing - if you have the patience!

Stylistically the 2004 is a wonderful expression of both the house style and the vintage itself.  Seductive toasty and sweet patisserie aromas on the nose with a crisp, lively palate and exceptional purity of fruit flavours.


Did you know...Date published: 26/05/14

..Silvaner is spelled with a 'y' in all countries except Germany. In Austria it may also be known as Gruner Sylvaner. 

Fine Wine Focus - Gnarly Dudes ShirazDate published: 26/05/14

Fine Wine - In Focus

Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Shiraz 2012 Barossa Valley 

'£23.00 £18.00

When you buy any 2 selected fine wines.

Two Hands are dedicated to showcasing the wide range of styles available from Barossa's many and varied plots. This example is sourced from a number of parcels of mature, gnarly Shiraz vines, and aged in a mixture of new and old French oak hogsheads for 12 months.

Intense and complex on the nose, which offers an array of fruit accented by notes of chestnuts, burnt toffee, chocolate and lavender. Full and lush on the palate, with a supple texture and good length. Matured for 12 months in French oak of which 8% was new and the remainder in two to six year old oak A personal favourite of mine, drinking very well now but, unlike me, if you have the patience this will improve and develop if left for another 5-10 years.

Grape in Focus - NegroamaroDate published: 26/05/14

Negroamaro.

Typically grown in the south of Italy, in particular around Puglia, this is a black grape variety that produces a dark and structured wine that can be slightly unorthodox in its flavours (Negroamaro wines can taste both 'farmyard-esque' and slightly medicinal at the same time).  In blends (often Malvasia Nera, also grown extensively around Puglia) Negroamaro brings an impression of early maturity; but whatever the incarnation of Negroamaro it works wonders with food (not surprising for an Italian wine).

Here are two of my favorite Negroamaro wines from our range:

Vereto Salice Salentino 2010, Agricole Vallone = £9.34 per bottle when buying two or more.

Casa d'Aragona 2010, Salice Salentino = £6.74 per bottle when buying two or more. (This one is a blend of Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera, and a good wine for showing evidence about "an impression of early maturity")


Grape in Focus - AlbarinoDate published: 25/05/14

Also known as 'Alvarinho' (Portuguese) & 'Cainho Branco' (Portuguese synonym).  The Albarino grape has thick skins (which help protect it in the damper climes that it is used to), and also has a high proportion of skins & pips to flesh. which means plenty of aroma and flavour compounds but a tendency towards bitterness if harvested too early.  While greater ripening time would preclude the risk of bitterness it would also add weight and alcohol to the finished wine.

Spanish Albarinos tend to have intense fruit flavours - plenty of white peach and apricot (imagine a Viognier with less weight and more acidity).  In recent years Albarino has surged in popularity such that plantings in Rias Baixas account for about 90% of zonal plantings.  By 2008 Spanish plantings had expanded to 5,320ha (13,146 acres) and plantings were also established in Australia, New Zealand, California, Oregon and Uruguay (very much a testament to how appealing both the vine and its wine are on the international market).

Albarino Martin Codax 2012, Rias Baixas = £10.95 per bottle when buying 2 or more

Deusa Nai Albarino 2012, Marques de Caceres, Rias Baixas = £13.49 per bottle

Both of these make a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, great wines for Summertime.


Region in Focus - Marlborough, New ZealandDate published: 25/05/14

Within the last few decades New Zealand alongside many other New World wine producing countries has undergone vast change. Originally just a small industry mainly producing wine from Muller-Thurgau for the local market, New Zealand has since seen huge growth largely due to the now world famous Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Found on the South Island, Marlborough accounts for nearly 60% of the entire vineyard area of New Zealand. Within two adjacent estuary valleys are Wairau and Awatere. The climate in the Wairau Valley is different to that of Awatere, the Awatere is drier, cooler and generally windier. Where as the Wairau Valley has a warm, dry climate and is moderated during the growing season by sea breezes from Cloudy Bay. The Sauvignons from here tend to be on the more tropical end of the spectrum with characteristics of gooseberry, passion fruit and grapefruit that ultimately define the wines of this region.


Benefit from our e-mail updates and exclusive offersDate published: 25/05/14

The best way to keep in touch with our offers, exclusive online deals and parcels is through our emails. Lately we have run quite a few 1 week offers (such as 33% off our Argentinean Malbec range and Ned Sauv Blanc at £6.99) that have only been communicated to our customers via emails. So if you don't shop every week then you could be missing out. It's simple, just email us at new@majestic.co.uk or call us on 01962 868 708 to let us know you want to receive our emails. 

Great value white under a fiver!Date published: 25/05/14

Robertson Chenin Blanc has been a Majestic classic for many years now, an easy to drink, well balanced wine, with stone fruit, and a little bit of tropical fruit.

We now have it on special offer for £4.99. It is hard to argue at that price. A great wine to keep in, just in case. 


Region in Focus: BordeauxDate published: 25/05/14

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 the Newbury store we have a great 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!

Currently at £8.99 The Vieux Remparts 2011, Lussac St-Emilion is a rich, full bodied wine with great concentration of flavour. This makes a great accompaniment to hearty meat dishes and strong cheeses.

Also currently with 25% off is the Chateau Simard 2004, St-Emilion. With its brilliant ruby colour, and aromas of ripe berries, this works brilliantly when paired with with roast beef! - £13.99.

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! "Gorgeously complex notes of Plums, underbrush, flowers, and earth are accompanied by a fleshy, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and no hard edges. This wine should keep for another decade." - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (The Hedonist's Gazette, March 2009).


Saturday Kitchen Recommends...Date published: 25/05/14

Domaine de Montval Syrah!

From the Pays du Gard, an area to the southern end of the Rhône Valley, nestling between Côtes du Rhône and the Languedoc, a location reflected in its wine styles. This wine is therefore a supple, Mediterranean-influenced take on the classic Rhône red.

A softly textured, ripe, plush Syrah full of blackcurrant and cherry fruit. Bolstered by hints of pepper and dark cocoa, the wine is nicely balanced, with a subtly saline finish.

Ideal with lamb chops grilled with fragrant herbs.

Currently priced at £7.49 a bottle when you buy any 2+ bottles in the 25% off deal (single bottle price £9.99)


Fine Wine Focus - La Difese 2011, Tenuta San GuidoDate published: 25/05/14

Fine Wine of the Week

Le Difese 2011 Tenuta San Guido

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese

This wine is the 'third wine' of the legendary Tenuta San Guido on the Bolgheri Coast of Tuscany. If you haven't heard of them you may well have head of 'Sassacaia', their top wine and one of the most famous Super-Tuscan wines of them all. La Difese is a much more affordable chance to see what all the fuss is about.

"This 70-30 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese would indeed pair perfectly with game dishes such as fettuccine in rabbit sauce or wild boar sausage thanks to that extra touch of acidity that cuts through any fattiness. Dried cherry, blackberry, leather and tobacco enhance the wine’s medium build and silky texture. There is a distant touch of overripe fruit at the very beginning. Le Difese is aged for 12 months in both French and American oak. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018". 89 points. Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate.



Main Divide RieslingDate published: 25/05/14

Main Divide Riesling (NZ) - Try with Thai!

I had a fantastic home cooked Thai Stir fry yesterday, all made with fresh ingredients from my local Chinese Supermarket. Kiffir Lime leaves, Galangal, Root Ginger, Chillies & Lemon grass blended into a paste (by my girlfriend) and fried with fresh green veg and noodles made for a beautifully fragrant and warming dish. But what to drink with such fine & flavourful Asian cuisine? 

Main Divide is from the Waipara Valley, Canterbury, New Zealand & the wine is named after the 'Southern Alps' of the island known locally as the Main Divide. The wine is ripe with zesty orange character, apricots and a squeeze of lime that gives it a balanced acidity. Those hallmark Riesling characteristics are present in abundance; steely clean, a mineral edge, and a heady petrochemical body. The wine is rich & viscous  aided by the use of some botrytized grapes (more commonly used in dessert wines) which also help give it its distinctive fruit character.

I highly recommend you come down for a bottle as though it is great with food it is a pleasure just to drink on its own


What is a 'Super-Tuscan'?Date published: 25/05/14

What is a 'Super Tuscan'?

The 'Super Tuscan' nomenclature came about as a result of producers ignoring restrictive Chianti DOC regulations. The regulations at the time stipulated wines, if they were  to have 'Chianti DOC' on the label, had to be composed of 70% Sangiovese, other local red varieties and at least 10% local white varieties! Many producers believed they could produce better wines by ignoring this formula. In the early 70s Piero Antinori created 'Tignanello', a Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon that instantly garnered much critical acclaim and the price of which quickly exceeded the vast majority of Chianti wines. 

Others followed, including 'Sassacaia' from Tenuta San Guido and 'Ornellaia' from Tenuta dell 'Ornellaia, both of which are made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. As a result of the use of international varietals these wines were not allowed to be within the Chianti DOC, and were reduced to 'Vina da Tavola' status. This did not hinder their success in any way, the strong branding and quality of the wines quickly made them icons in the wine world. Others flouted Chianti DOC rules by making 100% Sangiovese wines, for example Fontodi's flagship 'Flaccianello'. If you would like a tasting of what these wines are about may I suggest 'Guidalberto', the second wine of Tenuta San Guido and Sassacaia's little brother. Priced far more reasonably than the top wine at just £25 (when one buy's two or more selected Fine wines at Majestic), it is a top quality introduction to this fantastic category of wines! See here:

https://www.majestic.co.uk/Guidalberto-zid13004


The Magic of ArgentinaDate published: 25/05/14

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.


Cognac and ArmagnacDate published: 25/05/14

Whilst Gascony is not too renowned for its ability to make wine (although there are some crackers out there if you look), its humble grapes are more well known as the ingredients for brandy. As with French wines, the name Cognac or Armagnac is a specific area (or appellation) within the borders of Gascony. Both are brandies and both feature many different sub-regions but both have their own unique interpretation on style and production methods.

Cognac 

The wine used to make Cognac must contain the grape Ugni Blanc as the main variety, although there are several others permitted including Colombard and Semillon. The resultant wine, once fermented, tends to be highly acidic and must be distilled at least twice in a copper pot to bear the name Cognac. It is then stored in oak barrels and the length of time it spends resting leads to its grading. These are VS (very special) - 2 years minimum,  VSOP (very special old pale) - 4 years minimum and XO (extra old) - 6 years minimum.

Armagnac

The grapes used in the production of Armagnac are broadly similar to those used in Cognac, but include the addition of the attractively titled Baco 22 grape. Distillation only occurs once with Armagnac, resulting in a brandy with a slightly higher ABV (53% is not uncommon) and must be in a column still, again a point of difference with Cognac. Classification is similar to that in Cognac and the grades have the same names, VS, VSOP and XO but they must be aged for 2, 5 and 6 years as a minimum respectively.

The main differences in taste are that Cognac houses will try to produce a consistency in style from year to year, becoming its trademark or signature, much as the Champagne houses to the north do with their non-vintage styles. Armagnac can vary from year to year and by the producer who makes it. Due to this variation it can be released as a vintage, using the year of harvest from the youngest grapes in the bottle.


Oyster Bay from £7.99Date published: 25/05/14

Oyster Bay from £7.99

The Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc is at £7.99 if you buy 2 or more! 

The Oyster Bay is a fantastic representation of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. 

Gooseberry and and tropical notes accompanied by bright acidity. Remarkably refreshing and perfect for your Summer evenings with friends. It can be drunk with food or enjoyed by itself. A seafood dish would really bring it to life. 

Single bottle price £11.99

Buy 2 bottles save 33%

= £7.99 each   




Need a new wine supplier?Date published: 25/05/14

Need a new wine supplier?

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

What we offer:

~ A wide range of commercial only wines 

~ Competative prices

~ Knowegable staff

~ Free and flexible delivery 7 days a week

~ You personal account manager

~ Staff training with food and wine advice

and much much more...



New online listing.Date published: 25/05/14

New online listing.

This summer we have decided not to produce a Grape to Glass that we have produced in the passed. With new offers and wines entering the range every month we feel you would prefer to be kept up to date on new arrivals and prices as we go. With this in mind you can now download our stores price list containing everything that we have in stock at that moment. This is a great way to search our in-store range and get some inspiration before you hit the store. 

However, never fear if there is a wine on the website that is not on our personal listing we can always arrange to have the wine bought from another local store and still offer free delivery of any 6 bottle. Not bad if we say so ourselves!!  

So why not check out our up to date listing and Come and Explore the world of wine.



NEW WINE OFFERSDate published: 25/05/14

NEW WINE OFFERS

We are excited to introduce a new, simpler pricing structure at Majestic: in-store, online and mobile.

All of our wines are now either:

A straight price
Buy any 2 save 15%
Buy any 2 save 25%
Buy any 2 save 33%
Buy any 2 selected fine wines or spirits save £10

We believe these new offers give you a much easier way to discover new wines as you can mix through different countries and regions, still getting the fantastic reductions.

As always, we are at hand to help you explore our diverse range of wines so any question feel free to ask




Having a wedding?Date published: 25/05/14

Having a wedding?


Did you know, if you're looking to buy wines for your local wedding, you can come in and try them first at no cost?!

Our expert staff will guide you through what can be a very daunting task with precision and efficiency.

With our professional advice we will help you, with your budget in mind, by guiding through our best offers and matching the wines to your food menu. Glass and Chiller Bin Hire - we have everything needed to ensure you truly do have a special day... and of course, we will deliver it all for FREE. 

Plus, we offer sale & return - meaning, you can return any wine, beers or spirits that you do not drink.


2 NEW Superb Summer Sauvignon Blanc'sDate published: 25/05/14

2 NEW Superb Summer Sauvignon Blanc's


I have some exciting news... ! We have just stocked up on twoBRAND NEW Sauvignon Blanc's. And better still, they are both on our 33% off Summer Selection.

Wave Series - £6.66

A clean, crisp Sauvignon typical of Chile, offering intense aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry and refreshing lime. Light in weight yet persistent and concentrated in flavour. If you visit us in the next couple of days, we have this wine available to try on the tasting counter... You will LOVE it, I'm sure!

Mud House - £6.66

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

Remember, they are on our 33% off Summer Selection so you could take one of each and still get the amazing £6.66 price. Bargain.


A beer made by wine makers?!Date published: 24/05/14

A beer made by wine makers?!


This is made by Chapel Down of sparkling wine fame and it won a Gold Medal at the 2012 International Beer Challenge. Curious Brew is a truly premium lager beer. Brewed in England with precision and passion to create a uniquely satisfying, drier, cleaner, fresher, lager beer.

They use East Anglian malt, saaz and cascade hops, then re-ferment using Champagne yeast before adding a "dosage" of the rare and fragrant Nelson Sauvin hop, before cold filtering this unpasturised beer into bottle.

The perfect accompaniment to any BBQ or party....stellar

£14.99 


Bring a friend voucher T&CsDate published: 24/05/14

Bring a friend voucher T&Cs

Next time you shop with us, bring a friend along. If both you and your friend buys 6 (or more) bottles, you'll each get a bottle of wine worth up to £10!!! 

Its that simple, no tricks, no complicated process - just bring someone new to explore! 



Malbec- Somewhat of a buzz wordDate published: 24/05/14

Malbec- Somewhat of a buzz word


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.

"My heart is with Provence but this is just as good". (Quote by Sam Lawson-King 98points)Date published: 24/05/14

"My heart is with Provence but this is just as good". (Quote by Sam Lawson-King 98points)


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


I feel the need for £6.66 NZ Sauvignon BlancDate published: 24/05/14

I feel the need for £6.66 NZ Sauvignon Blanc

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!!  




Wine of the WeekDate published: 24/05/14

This week's wine of the week is the ever popular Chateau de Sainte Gemme 2008 from Bordeaux.


Chateau de Sainte Gemme is a 13ha estate on the border of St-Julien, close to Gruaud-Larose and Beychevelle.


An approachable, accessible, medium-bodied wine, with a ruby core of ripe berry fruit, accented with plenty of black pepper, toast and vanilla notes, providing satisfying complexity and length.


Drink now or over the next 2-3 years. Pair with a red meat dish. 

£9.99 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection wines (single bottle price £14.99)

Bank Holiday opening hoursDate published: 23/05/14

Our opening hours for Monday 26th May will be 10-5. 

Opening hours for all other days remain the same.


Back in Stock- Domaine Ott Rosé!Date published: 23/05/14

Domaine Ott is perhaps one of the most recognised names in all of Provence. Hailing from the district of Bandol, this wine demonstrates superb balance and purity of flavour.

A blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault, the grapes are hand picked in the vineyard to ensure optimum quality. They are then gently pressed to release the juice without any of the harsh tannins in the red grapes. This is certainly the rosé to tick off of your wine-based bucket list!

Currently priced at £27 a bottle.


Wedding Season!Date published: 23/05/14

Planning a wedding can be very tricky, fortunately Majestic have got years of experience when it comes to party planning so let us take the stress out of your drinks dilemmas.

At Majestic we have had to face every question imaginable when it comes to weddings but some of the more common questions include,

How much of each wine should I buy? What wine should I match with my food? What wines will my guests like? How many glasses will I need? What's the best way to chill the wine?

If you're about to start organising your wedding and have been faced with any of the questions above then look no further, Majestic can help!

We have expert staff who are always on hand to help choose the ideal crowd pleasing wine, whenever possible you can even use our tasting counter to try before you buy.

We take the stress out of quantities, not only can we help you decide how much wine you will need, we also offer sale or return to give you complete peace of mind.

We have a free glass and chiller bin hire service! As long as your buying your wine from us we offer a free glass hire service which will no doubt help keep costs down. You can also hire chiller bins and purchase ice if you need the wine chilling.

Majestic offer free delivery to your venue at a time and date to suit you, just one less thing to worry about.

If you have a wedding coming up and would like to take advantage of our party service then either pop into store or give us a call on 01962 868 708


Tips for matching wine with foodDate published: 23/05/14

-Wines should complement, not dominate food.

-Choose a wine that matches the most dominant flavour in a dish

-Complex wines for simple dishes; simple wines for complex dishes

-Match the wine to the body, texture and flavour profile of the dish

-Always look out for local food specialities from a particular winemaking region

1. Acidity
Crisp acidity in wines can pair up well in two ways. When it’s not cutting through oily, fatty, creamy or salty foods, it can brighten the natural flavours of a dish. Clean, crisp whites work with any dish that responds well to a squeeze of lemon – like freshly shelled oysters. With tart foods, always aim to choose a wine with equal or higher acidity. White wines and fizz are usually better with acidic foods, with the honourable exception of high acidity Italian reds such as Sangiovese and Nebbiolo.

2. Saltiness
Salty dishes should be balanced by crisp acidity and/ or some residual sweetness in the wine. The former refreshes the palate; the latter can act as a nice contrast to salt. Salt decreases bitterness, acidity, astringency and chemestesis (burn).

3. Sweetness
Dishes with a sweet element require a wine with equal sweetness or possibly rich ripe fruit. For instance, the tropical fruit of an off-dry Riesling is a great partner to grilled swordfish with mango salsa.

4. Bitterness
Ingredients such as aubergine and cooking methods like char-grilling come with a bitterness that can be mirrored by the bitter tannins found in red wine. That’s why barbecued steak is so well suited to a good Cabernet Sauvignon.

5. Spice
Spicy food can be a matching minefield, clashing with oak, tannins and alcohol. Steer clear of full-bodied reds altogether and go instead for crisp, off dry whites, like lychee-filled Gewürztraminer – the perfect foil for Thai green curry.

6. Sweetness
As well as mirroring sweet food components such as fruit and desserts, sweetness in a wine can contrast wonderfully with salty and spicy food.

7. Body
Alcohol adds texture and body to a wine. This should match up to the weight of a dish, just as gutsy, spicy Côtes-du-Rhône does alongside a hearty beef stew.

8. Tannin
In red wines, it’s the tannin that complements red meat, as this actually helps the protein and fats in the meat to break down in the mouth (Salt is the key ingredient). Look no further than fillet steak with a fine, youthful Bordeaux.

9. Oak
Creamy, complex oak characters go brilliantly with creamy dishes and sauces, while toasty oakiness can bring out the caramelised flavours of fried and grilled food. Beware pairing oaky wines with spicy foods – they’re apt to clash.

10. Age
Bottle ageing can add complexity to reds and whites alike, replacing acidity, fruit character and (in reds) tannin over time. Keep food matches simple, sticking to grilled or roasted meats and fish.


5 great reason's to join the Majestic customer listDate published: 23/05/14

5 Top Reasons to Join the Majestic Customer List

You may have been into our store recently and heard about our exclusive customer list but decided not to join at the time. Alternatively, you may already be on our customer list but were wondering what else it is useful for. Below are five top reasons why you should sign up today if you are currently not a member!

Tried a new wine recently that you absolutely loved but can't remember the name? No problem! If you are on our customer list we can easily look up your purchase history to find out what you bought. We can then use this information to recommend you new wines to try if you are looking for something a bit different. We can also add you to our private, in-store database if you would like us to contact you about specific stock arrivals and offers.

If you are on our mailing list, you will be the first to know about our exciting new offers. We also advertise online exclusives through email, so ensure you opt-in for this if you would like to know about these deals. 

We also hold regular free wine events, including: wine courses, spotlight tastings, and a few larger wine tasting evenings. Let us know if you would like to be kept informed about these, as these are always popular events.

If you sign up instore, you'll get a voucher that gets you £10 off your 7th bottle, next time you come and see us! Already a regular customer with us? Bring along a friend, and if you both buy 6 bottles, you each get £10 off your 7th bottle!

Finally, we do free delivery on all orders, with a minimum purchase of 6 bottles.

Let us know by email or phone if your would like to join our exclusive customer list today. Alternatively you can join in-store the next time you shop with us.


Why 6 bottles?Date published: 23/05/14

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

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

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


Sparkling Saturday, Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV FranciacortaDate published: 23/05/14

Sparkling Saturday, Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV Franciacorta

Sparkling Saturday, Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV Franciacorta

Grape

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Origin

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

Taste

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

Enjoy

Serve with mixed antipasti or fresh cheeses.



New Arrival - P15 MalbecDate published: 23/05/14

New Arrival - P15 Malbec

Here at Majestic we have an array of cracking South American Malbecs.  Renowned for their ability to deliver bags of flavour at very reasonable prices, it's no wonder they are ever growing in popularity!

Today I am reviewing a new Malbec that has only been on sale at Majestic for a few weeks: The P15 Malbec 2013 Patagonia.

'Picada 15' is the name of the old highway that runs alongside the vineyards of San Patricio del Chañar, Neuquén province, where this wine is made from the fruit of relatively young vines.  At 39º latitude, Neuquén is Argentina's southernmost wine region.

It's relatively fresh and youthful as Argentinian Malbecs go, not as punchy as some of its counterparts but still with plenty of body and fruity flavour to leave you feeling satisfied!  The main fruity flavours this wine delivers are that of cherry and dark plum, you may even get a hint of spice and vanilla.

This Malbec is certainly to be enjoyed now while in its youth, it would make the perfect accompaniment to a rich beef stew or even barbecued meats such as venison.

Lastly, the P15 is currently within our 'save 33%' range, priced at just £7.99 when you with any other bottle from the same range!



Pimm's No 1 CupDate published: 23/05/14

Pimm's No 1 Cup


We've already had a few hints of Summer so far! Why not wish it back with some optimistic planning; stock up on Pimm's No 1 Cup at Majestic Wine for just £11.99 per bottle. And if you're lucky and get in fast you can have a free Pimm's jug and stirrer with a purchase of a bottle of Pimm's*.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Pimm-s-No.1-Cup-zid50999 

*minimum purchase at Majestic Wine Warehouse 6 bottles, any mix, spirits, wine, sparkling wines.


Spanish Red? Not Rioja? Calima GarnachaDate published: 23/05/14

Spanish Red? Not Rioja? Calima Garnacha


I love Spanish Garnacha, unlike the Grenache of France (Same Grape) which is used in the alchemy of Rhone blend, it is a much simpler fair, lovely fruits and just perfect for a summer's day. We've got an interesting new edition to the Majestic range which should tick all the boxes. Let's have a little look.

Calima Garnacha Tinto, 2013 0 £7.99 or £5.99 when you buy any 2 25% wines - This is brought to you by a CAVA house, Marques de Monistrol, 40km South West Of Barcelona. It is a fascinating wine, as it hasn't bent to the will of a screw top and is under cork. Fresh and ripe with lightly sweetened fruit and chewy tannins, this will be the perfect wine for those summer BBQs. 

Ultra Fantastico! 


Monday Mud House Madness!Date published: 23/05/14

Monday Mud House Madness!

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!!  


International Wine Challenge 2014 Gold Medal WinnersDate published: 22/05/14

We have a number of Gold Medal Winners from the International Wine Challenge 2014 here in store:

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - Also awarded ‘Great Value White between £7 - £12’ Trophy

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009 - Also awarded ‘English Sparkling’ Trophy

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Natale Verga Barolo 2009 & 2010 (both vintages won Gold!)

Vinalba Gran Reservado Malbec 2012 

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV

Available online or instore in Majestic Wine Winchester

Great Beer OfferDate published: 22/05/14

Samuel Adams is currently £24 for a case of 24 bottles. That's £1 a bottle!

A recreation of a 19th century American recipe that is rich and satisfying.

Rosé Magnums - perfect for your summer celebrationsDate published: 22/05/14

Summer should soon be upon us and what better time than to crack open the rosé? And if you're holding an event then you'll need plenty to go around! That's where our range of rosé magnums can come in handy. These large format bottles deliver all the quality and twice the quantity that you would expect so there's no danger of running short at your big occasion.  

AIX Rosé 2013 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 150cl Magnum - £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. Also available in Double Magnum - £50

M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence 150cl Magnum - £25

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.

Château de Berne Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence Magnum - £27.50

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.

Here's to Summer!!

Cheers!!


British Craft Beer by Chapel DownDate published: 22/05/14

Think British beer is too light and lacking flavour? Think again!! Much like the American trend for hand crafted beers many British brewers are thinking outside the box and are producing some fantastic beer!

Chapel Down, well known for their award winning English Sparkling Wines are now producing some cracking beers that are being recognised around the world. 

Curious Brew - A classic Pilsner which is then re-fermented with Champagne yeast to give a dry and refreshing new take on this style - £14.99 case of 12 bottles

Chapel Down IPA - IPA or India Pale Ale has grown into a favourite style for many craft beer lovers. Named after the beer produced for shipment to the British Colonies in the 1800's, this is classically a strong and heavily hopped beer with plenty of bitterness. The hops, once used merely as a preservative, now flavour this style of beer with lovely citrus notes and a slight oiliness on the finish - £14.99 case of 12 bottles. 

Cheers!!


25% off- offers.Date published: 20/05/14

25% off- offers.

25% Off - Offers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Majestic's Party ServiceDate published: 20/05/14

Majestic's Party Service


We know how stressful planning an event can be, whether it be a wedding, christening, a birthday, or just a get-together we are here to help!

We can advise on which wines to choose to suit your budget, champagne or sparkling? How many bottles you may need as well as provide free glass and chiller bin hire.

What's great is we also have our tasting counter, with wines open to taste, so you may be able to sample before buying. 

Also, we can offer sale or return to ensure you have enough for your guests.

And finally - we can also offer free delivery at a suitable time for yourself.

So, please don't hesitate and us call on 01962 868708 or do come into store ask your questions and enjoy the ease of planning drinks for your party.



MatsuDate published: 20/05/14

Matsu

Vintae - The Spanish New Wave


Think of Spanish wines and your mind probably turns to Rioja. However, there is more to Spain than the classic barrel-aged Reservas and Gran Reservas wrapped in a golden wire cage. The real buzz in Spanish wine is coming from ambitious, dynamic young winemakers ready to explore other regions and varieties.

Created with the passion of Rioja entrepeneur Jose Miguel Arambarri and covering 6 different DOs across Spain, Vintae is causing a real revolution in the winemaking industry with its avant-garde approach.

Their Matsu wines from Toro in the far west of Spain unite the oriental culture of caring for nature (matsu is Japanese for wait) with advanced biodynamic techniques to produce polished wines of grace, power and real regional character.

Both wines are made from Tinta de Toro, the local variant of Tempranillo.




Villa MariaDate published: 20/05/14

Villa Maria

Villa Maria was founded in 1961 by George Fistonich who, through his dedication to quality, has led Villa Maria to become the New Zealand wine icon it is today. Villa Maria have created different Tiers for their wine varieties and below you will see their rankings.

Private Bin

Made with approachability in mind, the Private bin range is extensive in its offerings.
Wines are blended from a variety of vineyards across a region or throughout the country
Clean, fresh and lively flavours.

Cellar Selection

Crafted using the very best winemaking techniques, this range is styled to provide accessible drinking whilst still allowing for medium term cellaring. Made identically to the Reserve range just slightly less intensity of flavour.
Ripe, rich and engaging wines.

Reserve Selection

Reserve wines are blends of a particular region's most outstanding vineyards in a specific vintage.Typically rich, fruit-driven wines with ample weight, concentration and intensity of flavour, these wines are expressions of excellence for the particular variety and region.

Single Vineyard

Single vineyard wines are 'terroir' wines, reflecting the unique vineyard sites from which they come. Due to the nature of producing wines from exclusive parcels of land, Single Vineyard wines are only available in very limited quantities.



Spotlight on a Region - BinissalemDate published: 20/05/14

Spotlight on a Region - Binissalem

Binissalem is a DO on the Mediterranean island of Majorca. Most of the wine produced goes to the thriving holiday resorts. The dominant grape variety is the red Manto Negro. The grape can produce some well-balanced reds though they can lack structure and character. The main white grape is the Moll, also called Prensal Blanc which produces bland, neutral wines.


Choose Majestic!Date published: 19/05/14

Choose Majestic!

Why would a customer want to shop with us? This is one of the questions we need to make sure is constantly in the forefront of our minds. This is why we offer various incentives to do so. From our customers with a new-found love of wine to our vineyard veterans, we believe that if your serious about wine, there is only one clear choice. In this article I will look to explain why we believe this.

We have a huge range of products, vast, extending through your favourite French regions to New World Australia and New Zealand. We have a price range starting from £4.99 all the way through to bottles of Champagne and fine wine costing hundreds of pounds. Whatever wine you want, we're confident that as a company we will be able to provide you with your perfect match. We train our staff to understand what it is you want and bestow them with the expertise to identify this for you. As well as this we offer a free tasting counter which we constantly rotate to offer you the opportunity to try new wines every week, without having to commit to a potentially risky purchase.

The vast majority of our stores offer car parking facilities, enabling you to make large purchases without worrying about transfer. As a little bonus we'll even carry your wine to the car for you. We offer a sale and return policy, meaning that for big events you can buy in bulk with the confidence that we will refund all the unopened bottles that you didn't need. We even offer free glass and chiller bin hire which can be a great help for expensive weddings and parties.

One of my favourite things about Majestic is that we don't just sell a product, we look to educate you, the consumer, to get you as excited as we are about wine. This is why we offer free wine tasting courses, seasonal tastings and even external tasting events. 

Look at what we offer and ask yourself the question 'Where else can I find all of this?'. This is why you shop with Majestic wine. 



Free £10 bottle of wine!Date published: 19/05/14

Free £10 bottle of wine!

Bring a Friend to Majestic!

If you are an existing Majestic customer we have a great treat for you! Next time you come in store, we will give you a voucher so that if you bring a friend who has not shopped at Majestic before, it allows both you and your friend to get a free bottle up to the value of £10 when you both simultaneously buy at least 6 bottles.

So, there's no better time to come and explore with us!



Always time for fizz!Date published: 19/05/14

Always time for fizz!


We've some great deals in our Summer flyer, and with the warmer weather (hopefully) approaching, it's the perfect time to stock up on some great-priced fizz for any get-togethers, or just to be enjoyed by yourself. The wide range of prices ensures that there's something for everyone, so pop along and check out or selection. In the meantime, here's a few great value recommendations!

Undurraga Brut NV - £6.66

Dry, light and fresh with lime, grapefruit and stone fruit flavours and elegant bubbles. Coming in at the cheaper end but representing excellent value, Undurraga shouldn't be missed.

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV - £7.99

Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish. This is currently our most reasonably priced Prosecco, but it stands up well against its rivals.

Prosecco di Conegliano Valdobbiadene NV - £9.99

A pale straw colour with a fine mousse and typical fruit characters of apples and pineapples. A long-standing Majestic favourite, take some home and find out why for yourself.

Bouvet Ladubay Saumur NV - £10.11

Fruity aromas and florals on the nose. Fine and persistent bubbles. Honeysuckle, acacia and bruised apples on the palate. Very elegant. Made from Chenin Blanc and distinctively different, this is definitely something to try if you're bored of Proseccos and Cavas.

Nicolas Feuillatte NV - £16.66

A light, fresh and fruity Champagne with fine discreet bubbles and subtle overtones of apples, pears and citrus fruits. A fairly recognisable brand these days, this a great price for a bottle of the 'real' stuff.


Get the most out of food and wineDate published: 19/05/14

Get the most out of food and wine

Tips for your food matching - Making Wine More Enjoyable!

Wine advice when enjoying with food

Here are some helpful tips and tricks when you are serving wine with food (and some helpful knowledge to impress any guests).

When there is...

Sweetness in food, it:

Increases the perception of bitterness, astringency, acidity and the burning effect of alcohol in the wine.

Decreases the perception of body, sweetness and fruitiness of the wine.

Can make dry wines seem to lose fruit and become overly acidic.

Unami (savoury taste) in food, it:

Increases the perception of bitterness, astringency, acidity and the burning effect of alcohol in the wine.

Decreases the perception of body, sweetness and fruitiness of the wine.

Can make dry wines seem to lose fruit and become overly acidic.

Acidity in food, it:

Increases the perception of body, sweetness and fruitiness of the wine.

Decreases the perception of acidity in the wine.

Salt in food, it:

Increases the perception of body of the wine.

Decreases the perception of bitterness, astringency and acidity of alcohol in the wine.

Bitterness in food, it increases the bitterness in the wine.

Chilli heat in food, it:

Increases the perception of bitterness, astringency, acidity and the burning effect of alcohol in the wine.

Decreases the perception of body, richness, sweetness and fruitiness of the wine.

Key Rules to Follow

The structural components of the wine (sugar, salt, acid, tannin) and of the food (sugar, salt, oil, fat) are more important than flavour in food pairing.

Regional food pairings are not the whole story but can usually be a good start if you are at a loose end.



Like Zinfandel, love Primitivo!Date published: 19/05/14

Like Zinfandel, love Primitivo!


We have a brand new wine in our Italian range!

It is the Primitivo Puglia from Natale Verga.

It is made in the Southern part of Italy from the Primitivo grape, grown in the Brindisi and Taranto vineyards which is in the area that is the “heel” of Italy's “boot”.

It is a juicy, concentrated, medium-bodied red wine with plum and red berry fruit flavours on the nose leading to a soft velvety finish with a hint of spice, prunes and violets on the palate. Smooth mouth drying tannins lead to a long finish.

Will go naturally with any Italian tomato pasta dishes or even pizza.

Normally £8.99 per bottle

Buy 2 save £4.00


A Burgundy ClassicDate published: 19/05/14

A Burgundy Classic


A white to rattle the windows and roar down the throat of the most vehement 'red-only' drinker. Great Chardonnay is always a joy and at this price Louis Latour have created a stunner.

Elegant, restrained and crisp on the nose, all lemon and green apple and even a whiff of honeysuckle, with a touch of oak just bobbing beneath the surface. Then take a sip, or the big vulgar gulp this wine deserves and find yourself up to the elbows in butter and almond and vanilla. Super-fresh, not blasted to pieces by oak and malolactic; the zingy fruit and acidity are still hugely in evidence.

A wine to drink now or savour for years to come. A wine to smite the massed ranks of the 'Anything But Chardonnay' Brigade and leave the world a brighter, better place for it.

Now only £11.49



Come and Explore!Date published: 19/05/14

Come and Explore!

We here at Majestic have a new way of doing things - with a simpler price structure!

Now you really can come and explore by buying 6 different bottles and still getting the best prices we can offer!

You can mix and match between three new offers;

Buy 2 save 33%
Buy 2 save 25%
Buy 2 save 15%

And of course, our Majestic Prices still stand!

Time to Come and Explore.


The History of BoozeDate published: 19/05/14

It was there in the first ever glossary of slang, the collection of criminal jargon published c.1532, and it's still going strong. Booze: Alcohol, drink, and as a verb, to drink. It came from Dutch buizen, to drink to excess (and beyond that buise, a large drinking vessel) and the first examples were spelt bouse. Over the centuries it spread its wings. We find theboozer (both pub and person), the booze artist, -gob, -head, -freak-hound,-hoister, -rooster-shunter and -stupe, all drunkards. There are the pubs, saloons and bars - the booze barn-bazaar, -casa-crib,-joint, -mill, -parlour, -factory, -foundry and -emporium. Across themahogany (the bar counter) stands the booze clerk, -fencer or -pusher. If we hit the booze too heavily, we get a booze belly, and maybe a trip on the booze bus, Australia's mobile breath-tester.


(credit to Jonathon Green, lexicographer of slang)

Know your bottles...Date published: 19/05/14

Most of us are familiar with the regular 75cl bottle, after all the majority of wine comes in this format, however there are many other sizes available - we're often asked about their names so here they are!

For Champagne:

Regular (75cl)

Magnum (2 btls)

Jeroboam (4 btls)

Rehoboam (6 btls)

Methuselah (8 btls)

Salmanaza (12btls)

Bathaza (16 bts)

Nebuchadnezza (20 btls)

For still wines:

Regular (75cl)

Magnum (2 btls)

Marie-Jean (3 btls)

Double Magnum (4 Btls)

Jeroboam (5 ltrs)

Imperial (8 btls)


Lay and Wheeler's Fine Wine PlanDate published: 19/05/14

The 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.

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


Fine Wine Focus - Coney Pinot Noir, MartinboroughDate published: 19/05/14

Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2011, Martinborough (£17.50 Buy 2 Bottles Save £10 Fine Wine Offer)

This is an excellent wine, crafted by the New Zealand duo of Debbie Christensen and Emma Easthorpe. Ripe plum and bright cherry flavours with a smoky and savoury palate. Truly great value.



Fine Wine Focus - Heggies ChardonnayDate published: 19/05/14

Heggies Chardonnay 2011, Eden Valley (£14.99 Buy 2 Save £10 Fine Wine Offer)

Planted on one of Australia's highest vineyard sites giving cool temperatures and rocky soils. Hand picked and matured for 11 months in new and old French oak barriques. This wine has apple and pear flavours with a creamy texture


Fine Wine Focus - Emilio Moro, Ribera-del-dueroDate published: 19/05/14

Emilio Moro 2010, Ribera Del Duero (£14.99 Buy 2 save £10 Fine Wine Offer)

Known locally as Tinto Fino, the Tempranillo clones here are old and pure. The Emilio offers real intense flavours of blackberry, vanilla and smoke. Full bodied and a lingering finish with well integrated firm tannins that make this perfect with Lamb. 


Party ServiceDate published: 19/05/14

We know how stressful planning an event can be, whether it be a wedding, christening, a birthday, or just a get-together we are here to help!

We can advise on which wines to choose to suit your budget, champagne or sparkling? How many bottles you may need as well as provide free glass and chiller bin hire.

What's great is we also have our tasting counter, with wines open to taste, so you may be able to sample before buying. 

Also, we can offer sale or return to ensure you have enough for your guests.

And finally - we can also offer free delivery at a suitable time for yourself.


What's that? White Cotes-du-Rhone?!Date published: 18/05/14

Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc 2013 Léon Perdigal

£7.49 when you buy any 2, save 25%

(£9.99 single bottle price.)

This wine is a blend of five traditional white varieties sourced from several vinyard areas across the southern Rhône, including the districts of Vaucluse, Gard, Ardèche and Drôme. Fermented at low temperatures and matured without oak.

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

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


Etoile de Mer RoseDate published: 18/05/14

This Rosé comes from the Provence region in the South of France. The grapes are grown in Luberon, a mountainous region towards the southern part of the Rhône valley, and this slightly milder climate is evident in the ripe strawberry aromas of the wine.
Light, crisp and dry with a round finish this wine is just perfect for lazy summer afternoons in the garden. It also works extremely well with any type of grilled fish, particularly if cooked on the barbecue.


An absolute steal at just £8.99 when you buy any 2 wines in the 25% off range!


New Fine Wine - Pesquera 2003 Reserva, Ribera-del-DueroDate published: 18/05/14

This is a 'limited edition' reserva made from grapes specially selected from the 2003 vintage.The wine has undergone a total of 30 months in American oak barriques, and is now showing extremely well following the last few years of bottle-age. A serious, well structured wine, with a smoothly polished feel and layers of black fruit and spice. Drink now - 2016

£35, single bottle price.


Back In Stock - Pigoudet Rose!Date published: 18/05/14

I cant contain my excitement! Its back this absolutely stunning Rosé! It is one of the most delicate and delicious wines I have had the pleasure of drinking. 

It really is worth a try, priced at £9.34 its a bargain! 


Order over the phone on 01962 868 708 or pop in to see our other exciting new Provence rosés.

Burrow Hill, the perfect cider to enjoy in the sun!Date published: 18/05/14

Burrow Hill, the perfect cider to enjoy in the sun!


Burrow Hill, the perfect cider to enjoy in the sun!

This cider comes from a farm in South Somerset, it sits among 160 acres of cider apple orchards. The first written records of Cider from here go back to 1678! 

It is sold in Harrods and we recently gained the pleasure of selling it at Majestic. 

There are eleven different apples used to blend this refreshing cider. A firm favourite of mine. 

They come in cases of 8 costing £18.00 (£2.25 per bottle)

Well worth a try if you are really into your Ciders.  


Magnums and more!Date published: 18/05/14

Magnums and more!

Looking for a centrepiece for you a party, a great present or just trying to impress your friends?

Why not try one of our range of magnum sized wines, they are an impressive 150cl, twice the size of a regular bottle! We even occasionally have a double magnum or two in stock, that's 300cl or four times the size of a regular bottle!

We currently have Rosé, Red and Champagne magnums in stock.



Like The Ned?Date published: 18/05/14

Like The Ned?


Are you a fan of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc? Do you love The Ned?

Why not try our brand new Mud House Sauvignon Blanc! Fresh into stores and with a stunning 87 points from Matt Prym of the The Wine Gang, this is a really good quality, good value wine and a bargain at only £6.66 as part of our summer selection!

Deliciously fresh with intense grapefruit and gooseberry flavours, enjoy ice cold whilst relaxing in the sun! 


New Zealand Reds?!?Date published: 18/05/14

New Zealand Reds?!?


New Zealand is known for its intense, fresh Sauvignon Blancs. But did you know that they also produce top quality red wines? You may have heard that they produce light, vibrant and fruity Pinot Noirs, but they also produce full bodied, youthful Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon single varietals and blends? 

While New Zealand's most famous region is undoubtedly the Sauvignon Blanc producing juggernaut, Marlborough, Hawke's Bay is quietly gaining a reputation for its full bodied reds. These reds benefit from the ample sunlight and cool climate, developing fresh, vibrant fruit flavours, light and supple tannins and are eminently ready to drink.

Next time you pop in, why try one, you might find something you love!



Mud House SauvignonDate published: 18/05/14

 Mud House Sauvignon

Grape Variety

Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

Established in 1996, the Mud House name reflects its origin and link to the earth, where the wine begins.

The best vineyard soils are selected from New Zealand's premium grape growing areas according to the varietal specialisation of the region. In this case the Upper Wairau Valley in Marlborough. This allows for superb examples that truly capture the expressiveness of Marlborough Sauvignon.

Nose

Aromas of fresh grapefruit, passion fruit, tomato leaf and hints of nettles.

Palate

The wine overflows with fruit concentration as classic tropical, citrus and green vegetal undertones fill the palate. The mouth-watering flavours finish with a well focused crisp ending.

Food Match

Drinking at its best now as either as an apéritif or with lemon chicken, summer salads, seafood.

Price

£9.99 Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% £6.66



Matching cheese with dessert winesDate published: 18/05/14

Here at Majestic Winchester, we love our cheese. We also love a good dessert wine. The two in fact can match together perfectly, with some very surprising results. There are several methods of producing dessert wines depending on the style, all of which are very interesting to learn about. These methods differ to the ones used when making regular wine.

Sauternes

Sauternes is located in the South of Bordeaux and specialises in sweet wine making. The Garonne river, and its tributary the Ciron, create the ideal misty autumn conditions for botrytis (noble rot) to develop. Noble rot is a actually a good rot, which puncture’s the grapes skin causing the water to evaporate. This concentrates the acids and sugars in the grape, giving typical flavours of orange marmalade, apricot, honey and vanilla. Passerillage can also be used to concentrate grape sugars, which involves leaving grapes on the vine to dry out, to a point that they actually become raisins. The most popular grape used is Semillon, due to its thin skin which makes it susceptible to botrytis.

This method of making sweet wine is used in several other countries e.g. Australia and New Zealand

Try:

Clos L’Abeilley 2011, Sauternes, £10.49

This is a perfect example of a Sauternes sweet wine. The blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon gives aromas of honey and luscious apricot fruit, with a nice refreshing acidity that balances the sweetness.

And the cheese to match it? Choose a good creamy one. A classic example would be Roquefort, but blue Stilton would also make a great match. A good mature cheddar cheese would also work well.

Tokaji

Tokaji is a Hungarian speciality, and is in some ways similar to the production of Sauternes. The first step involves producing a base wine made from healthy grapes. Either during or after the fermentation, aszu berries are macerated in the base wine for up to 36 hours. Aszu berries are just grapes affected by noble rot. The mixture is then pressed, and left to mature for a minimum of three years (2 years must be spent in oak barrels). The level of sweetness is shown on the label as a number of puttonyos, ranging from three to six.

Try:

Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2008, £19.99

This is medium amber in colour with a nose of orange peel, figs and cinnamon. The sugar on the palate is wellbalanced by the fine acidity, leading to a clean, refreshing finish.

Try Gorgonzola cheese with this, which is a veined Italian blue cheese, made from unskimmed cow's milk. Alternatively, foie gras and other blueveined cheeses will pair just as well, as the wine acts as a counterbalance to the cheese’s richness and saltiness

Straw Wine (Passito Method)

The process of making Straw Wine originated in Italy, using the the Passito Method. Both white and red grapes may be used, and are harvested early to ensure sufficient acidity remains after drying. These grapes are then either laid on mats in view of the sun, or placed on racks to dry in a ventilated room. This concentrates the sugars in the grapes. In Germany, these wines are called Strohwein, and Schilfwein in Austria. In these countries, bunches of grapes are laid out on beds of straw or reeds during the winter.

Try:

Rustenberg Straw Wine 2011, South Africa, £12.99

This wine has concentrated aromas of honey, marmalade and ripe peach. Intensely sweet, yet vibrantly fruity and complex. A voluptuously textured palate with plenty of length.

Again blue cheese would work well here, but anything nice and creamy should pair nicely like a mature cheddar cheese.


Matching wine with meat dishesDate published: 18/05/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!


Matching wine with spicy foodsDate published: 18/05/14

Wine and Spicy food matches

Spicy food is a British staple, but notoriously difficult to match with wine, as the spice can overwhelm flavours and everything just goes a bit odd. Here are a few that work really well!

Black Cottage Pinot Gris (£9.99 when you buy two or more) - Roses, pear, ginger, apples burst from this New Zealand Pinot Gris. There is sumptuous sweetness to balance well with spice - this would go well with a hot prawn curry.

Viñalba Selección Torrontés 2012 - (£8.24 when you buy any two or more) - This wine is dry, but its incredibly aromatic peach and green apple nose works just as well with anything Thai.

Samuel Adams - (£24 for a case of 24) - Why not stick to a British classic - curry and beer?! The crisp, ice cold lager has a nice flavour but doesn't overwhelm food.


New Fine Wine - Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Ca'del Laito, 2010, Tommaso BussolaDate published: 18/05/14

An immensely concentrated, full bodied and voluptuous wine made in the 'ripasso' style, in which the blend is enriched during fermentation using partially dried grape skins from Bussola's Amarone, after which the wine spends up to 18 months in wood.  The result is an immensely rich, complex palate of dark berries intermingling with liquorice, graphite, treacle and pudding spice flavours.  This is drinking superbly now, but will improve over the next 5 years.

What makes it even better is this wine is included in our Fine Wine and spirits offer. Buy any 2 selected Fine Wines or spirits and save £10, bringing it in at a stonkingly great value £17! (Single bottle price £22)

The last Bussola wine we stocked was superb, so we're looking forward to giving this a right good go!



Chapel Down BeersDate published: 18/05/14

Curious Brew is a range of beers that are a fusion of brewing and wine-making techniques.

Drawing on the winemaker's extensive beer know how and the wine-making expertise from the team at Chapel Down, this range of beer offers the discerning beer drinker a unique experience. We don't know if they are the best beers in the World, but they are certainly beers that no-one else could create.

Curious Brew Lager - is available in 33cl long neck bottles. They use East Anglian malt, saaz and cascade hops, then re-ferment using Champagne yeast before adding a "dosage" of the rare and fragrant Nelson Sauvin hop, before cold filtering this unpasturised beer into bottle. 4.7% ABV 33cl bottle. 

This beer is a gold medal winner at the international beer challenge 2012!!

On a cracking deal at just £14.99 for 12! - reduced from £17.99

Curious IPA - powerful but hoppy Indian Pale Ale. A richer, more powerful style than the Lager, but still made with Curious Brew's characteristic crispness and minerality. 5.6% ABV 33cl bottle.

On the same deal, just £14.99 for 12! - reduced from £17.99 - a bargain for a premium strength beer like this.


Fine Wine - Clos du Papillon 2009, SavennièresDate published: 18/05/14

The tiny region of Savennières is located in the northern Loire, and consists of less than 200 acres of vineyards, of which the butterfly-shaped Clos du Papillon is among the most celebrated. Arguably the definitive dry Chenin from the Loire, this wine offers an intense and complex mix of ripe pear and peach flavours, aromas of honey and almond, and a rich texture balanced by laser-like acidity.

This is by far the finest Chenin Blanc that we've had in stock for a long time, and is a real staff favourite.

And it's so refreshing to see a wine of serious quality, from France, under screwcap!

Currently priced at £20 if you buy any 2+ bottles in the Fine Wine offer, or £25 if you don't.


Wine of the Week - Mud House Sauvignon BlancDate published: 17/05/14

This week's wine of the week is new to our range, the Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013 from Marlborough, New Zealand.


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


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


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


£6.66 when you buy any 2 Summer Selection wines (single bottle price £9.99)

Sparkling Saturday - Chandon Brut ArgentinaDate published: 17/05/14

A brand new addition to our range, and indeed something of a rarity, a Champagne method sparkling wine from Argentina.

Following two years of exploration, Moët & Chandon identified a fine vineyard location in Mendoza's Uco Valley, planting it in 1959. They have gone on to use their abundance of Champagne expertise to create this traditional-method sparkling wine.

A fresh and elegant style of sparkling wine, with a nose centring on citrus, pineapple and white peach aroma with subtle brioche hints, and a palate with great accuracy and length.

Celebrate any occasion with this great quality Champagne alternative, pairing with seafood canapés.

Currently priced at £12.99 when you buy any 2 wines in our Summer Selection offer (single bottle price £19.49)


Bring a friend to Majestic!Date published: 17/05/14

Bring a Friend to Majestic!

If you are an existing Majestic customer we have a great treat for you! Next time you come in store, we will give you a voucher so that if you bring a friend who has not shopped at Majestic before, it allows both you and your friend to get a free bottle up to the value of £10 when you both simultaneously buy at least 6 bottles.

So, there's no better time to come and explore with us!


33% off these choice Chilean winesDate published: 17/05/14

Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc

Santa Ema has an inviting and complex nose of grapefruit and passion fruit, framed by subtle herb and mineral notes. The equally expressive palate has well-balanced fruit character and acidity. 

NOW: £6.66 (was £9.99)

Errazuriz Estate Series Chardonnay

The Errazuriz Chardonnay has good aromatic intensity with fresh pineapple, mandarin orange, and papaya, along with stewed pears, and toasted notes that add complexity to the wine. It would go really well with creamy chicken dishes and offers great value for money at just £6.99 (was £10.49)

Montes Twins

This blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon combines to give the wine a smooth texture and raisin-like notes of Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon's firm structure, intense bramble fruit and subtle minty nuances. This wine should be decanted at least 30 minutes before serving and would go great with a rare sirloin steak. 

NOW: £7.99 (was £11.99)

Con Amigos Malbec

With its vivid purple tinges, this is a youthful and fruity wine, with inviting aromas of ripe plums and perfumed blueberry notes. The tannins are ripe and well weighted, making for a plush mouthfeel. This wine would be perfect with char-grilled steaks or rotisserie chicken. 

NOW: £6.66 (was £9.99)


Improved 2 week offersDate published: 17/05/14

We are delighted to announce some fantastic 2 week only offers on some truly fabulous wines!  Make sure you don't miss out on these bargains.  Here are just a few to really get you in the mood for summer.....

Fleurie 2013 Labouré-Roi

The House of Labouré-Roi dates back to 1832, when it was founded in the town of Nuits-Saint-Georges by Monsieur Labouré and Monsieur Roi. The Beaujolais Cru of Fleurie produces some of the most consistent wine, which is why it is the only Cru made by Labouré-Roi.

Ruby in colour with an aromatic, red fruit and perfume nose. The palate follows into a rounded and soft finish with supple tannins and a lovely concentration of strawberry, raspberry and loganberry.

With a rounded and silky finish and lots of fresh fruit, this wine is enjoyable by itself or when served with cured meats

SPECIAL OFFER £7.99

Torres Viña Sol 2013 Catalunya

Fourth generation grower Miguel Torres uses his experience well in the production of this dry white. Now also holding vineyards in Chile and California, Torres have made wine in their winery in Vilafranca del Penedès since 1870.

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

A wine suitable for drinking anytime - pre or post siesta! Superb with rice, fish and shellfish.

£5.99 (25% offer - single bottle price £7.99)

Prosecco Corte Alta NV DOC, Italy

Prosecco is really driving the sparkling wine market at present and this value example really shows why. A fresh, frothy wine with medium acidity and lots of accessible pear and peach fruit, without being too heavy or 

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

Enjoy on its own as an apéritif or as an accompaniment to canapés

£6.66 (33.3% offer - single bottle price £9.99)

For more details of wines on this short term deal, check out our website - www.majestic.co.uk/winchester


Producer Focus - WaimeaDate published: 17/05/14

Waimea Estates is a family run business, founded in the early nineties by Trevor and Robyn Bolitho. They recognised that the stony alluvial soils of the Waimea Plains were ideal for fine wine production. The climate is also ideal for growing quality premium grapes, featuring high annual sunshine hours and a long ripening season. The first wine from these vines was produced in 1997 and was an immediate success, winning a trophy for the best Sauvignon Blanc in the 1998 Winestate Awards. Waimea in fact have quite the collection of awards, and have collected over 100 Gold Medals and almost two dozen trophies in national and international competitions.

Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - £8.66 (reduced from £12.99)

Aromas of ripe gooseberry and tropical fruit, delicate floral notes and mineral characters. An elegant, crisp palate of citrus and gooseberry with a zingy, refreshing finish. Great on its own, or try with oysters or scallops.

Waimea Estate Pinot Noir 2012 - £9.99 (reduced from £14.99)

This wine has an elegant nose of black cherry, rose petal, cranberry and subtle oak with hints of spice. The body is of medium weight, with luscious dark cherry, blossom fruits, silky soft tannins, and a generous mouthfeel. Would be perfect with red meat and game dishes, or mushroom flavoured sauces.

Waimea Estate Gewürztraminer 2013 - £11.24 (reduced from £14.99)

An intense, tropical-fruit-laden wine, full of concentrated flavours of orange zest and lychee, embellished with floral notes on the nose and a delicate yet slightly unctuous texture. This would be a great match with spicy foods like Thai Green Curry.


Waimea Estate Pinot Gris 2013 - £11.24 (reduced from £14.99)

This wine is bursting with aromas of pear, honey, apple, spice and even a hint of cream. Hints of sweetness partner the pure fruit flavours and are complemented by clean acidity, good length and soft texture. Gorgeous on its own as a fuller bodied apéritif or with Thai and Asian foods. At its best when enjoyed over the next eighteen months.

Look out for wines from Waimea in our New Zealand Tasting week (Fri 6th June – Thurs 12th June)


Grape in focus - GodelloDate published: 16/05/14

What is Godello?? 

Godello is a white grape variety grown in the north-west of Spain (Galacia). In the past Godello has been used in blended wines but it has gained increased recognition as a quality single varietal. The wines in this area are usually vinified in a modern fresh style in well equipped clean wineries. Spain's whites are largely made from neutral grape varieties, yet in Galacia these native varieties are capable of producing perfumed wines with mouthwatering fruit. 

We currently stock two Godello's at Majestic Wine Winchester and we will be offering the 'As Caixas Godello 2012 Martín Codax' for £6.66 when you buy 2 or more Summer Selection Wines.  The wine is produced in Monterrei which is an area in the Galicia (North West of Spain on the border of Portugal) Visit www.domonterrei.com for more information on the wine growing region. 

For me this is a perfect summery wine with its delicate flavours of melon and pear with floral nuances in the background. 

The second example comes from the nearby Valdeorras, an area which is thought to yield the best Godello crops. 

Montenovo Godello 2012 Valdesil, Valdeorras

This wine has a crisper texture and greener fruit on the palate. Light in weight, yet with a palate coating sense of texture. The rocky slate soils seems to add a Mineral/Stone like quality to the wine. 

Serve well chilled to bring out the crisp zesty finish. 


This just in! Waves Series Sauvignon Blanc by CarmenDate published: 16/05/14

We have a brand new addition to our already fantastic range in Chile, Wave Series Sauvignon Blanc! 

Winemaker Sebastian Labbe grew up in Chile and went on to home both his winemaking and surfing skills in New Zealand. The wave series was inspired both by this passion for the waves, and the Pacific Coats's influence on Chile's terroir.

The vineyards are located within the Leyda Valley which is located within the San Antonio region of Chile. Located right on the coastline of the Pacific Ocean, the cooling air from the ocean combined with the long sunny days makes conditions ideal for growing the Sauvignon Blanc grape! 

On the palate a clean crisp Sauvignon typical of Chile, offering aromas of grapefruit, goosebury and refreshing lime! Light in weight yet persistent and concentrated in flavour.

Would match well with King Prawns, green salads and oysters!

This new and exciting addition is also great value, currently only £6.66 on our summer selection AND we have it open to try on our tasting counter!  


Summer Wine Evening - A Real Success!Date published: 16/05/14

Summer Wine Evening- A Real Success!! 

Last night was our Summer Wine Evening, held in store at Majestic Wine Winchester. Lots of people attended with many different wines open to taste. 

Some of the highlights included the fantastic Pelorus Vintage sparkling wine by Cloudy Bay which customers enjoyed upon entry.

Everyone had the chance to chat and meet other customers and discuss their favourite wines. 

The cheeses went down a treat as well as Pipers Crisps which kept everyone happy till the end of the event. 

Positive feedback was given about wines which are new to the range as well as some classics, for example the new vintage of a Southern French Chardonnay 'Etoile de Begude', which is drinking really well now. 

We decided to include a couple of classic wines, such as Grand Faurie Larose's 2009 Pomerol which is showing well with good structure to age into the forseeable future. 

We hope that everyone enjoyed the evening and we will see you all for the Winter Wine Evening later in the year. Please keep checking our events page for up and coming events held in store. 

Thanks again!! 


A New Addition to our Fine Wine Promotion...Date published: 16/05/14

New addition to the Fine Wine Offer

Nautilus ‘Special Blend’ Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough has now been added to the 'Buy any 2 Selected spirits or Fine Wines' and save £10.00 offer. 

Here we have a complex yet elegant sauvignon blanc from an excellent producer

Style: Tropical Whites

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc 

Taste: Typical Marlborough aromatics of gooseberry, cut grass and nettle leaf are accompanied by a distinct mineral note on the palate, giving the wine a firmness of structure and lengthy finish. 

'This wine is only released in exceptional years when we see a standout parcel of grapes with extra fruit definition. These primary aromas and flavours are overlaid with additional layers of complexity and texture arising from partial fermentation in large oak cuve and an extended period of lees stirring. The resulting wine expresses the winemaker's craft and a strong sense of place.' - Nautilus  

Don't forget you can mix this wine with any other Fine Wine or Spirit on the deal. 

Check out the full range on their website 

www.nautilusestate.com 


Cricket Whites, Cherry RedsDate published: 16/05/14

Cricket Whites, Cherry Reds...

Majestic Wine have teamed up with Louis Latour to celebrate the bicentary of Lord's - the Home of Cricket. 

As you may or may not have seen in our recent leaflet we are promoting these two classic Latour Wines. Both are in stock at Majestic Wine Winchester priced at £9.99 when you buy two or more. I thought I would take the chance to express my enthusiasm for these wines, along with some additional information and hopefully you will be inspired to try them yourself. 

The Producer: 

Louis Latour, who have been producing wines in this area since the late 70's. 

The White: 

Are you a fan of white burgundy? If so you should definitely give this one a try. A classic wine that is loved by many Majestic Customers

Region: In Southern France to the west of Rhone

Taste: Lots of complex layers of flavour. The fruits are predominately lemon and apple backed by hazelnuts and spice. The texture is a buttery with a weighty feel. A slight savoury element on the finish. Reminiscent of a Meursault! 

Food Match: An excellent match for chicken or dauphinoise potatoes. 

The Red: What I really like about this red is the body and spiciness of the wine, offering more complexity than some reds found in Burgundy. Approachable and easy drinking but offering character and lots of flavour. Can be drank with game or pork. 

Region: Vars region near the south-eastern Mediterranean coast, at similar altitudes to Latours own vineyards in the Côte de Beaune.

Taste: Strawberry and red cherry with seconary characteristics of vanilla and warm spice. 

Find out more at majestic.co.uk/lords


New Arrival - Château de Villmajou Grand Vin, Corbières Boutenac 2011Date published: 16/05/14

This wine owes its remarkable quality to the outstanding quality of the grapes, with Carignan vines that are no less than 80 years old with 20 year old Syrah plus small amounts of Grenache and Mourvedre. 

Yields are controlled (25hl/ha) by green harvesting to ensure that the grapes all ripen at the same time. After a traditional fermentation, the wine goes barrel for some 10 to 12 months. 

Neither fined nor filtered before bottling, the wine is then kept for 12 months before going on sale. Château de Villemajou boasts a deep garnet red colour, scents of toast, liquorice and cloves and elegant fruit compote, mild spice, leather and roasted coffee flavours.

£22.00 Buy any 2 save £10 = £17.00

New Arrival - Piedtanqué Rouge, Vin de France 2013Date published: 16/05/14

New Arrival - Piedtanqué Rouge, Vin de France 2013

The Piedtanqué Rouge is a blend of Carignan and Merlot from vineyards in the Hérault valley. Vinification is a mixture of traditional and thermo-vinification which enhances the ripe, juicy character of the wine. 

Attractive aromas of red fruits on the nose give way to concentrated dark berry fruits on the palate, refreshing acidity and a long juicy finish.

£5.49 all summer

New Arrival - Pierre Jean Sauvion Sauvignon Blanc, IGP Val de Loire 2013Date published: 16/05/14

New Arrival - Pierre Jean Sauvion Sauvignon Blanc, IGP Val de Loire 2013

Wine fanatic Pierre Jean spent his childhood immersed in the vine and wine environment of the Loire Valley, before graduating with an oenology degree from Bordeaux University and then working in a variety of wineries across California, Australia and France. 

This is a classic Central Loire Sauvignon or as Jancis Robinson recently described the wine “Very convincing answer to cheap Sancerre. Why pay more?”.

£9.99 Buy any 2 save 25% = £7.49

New Wine - Maranges 1er Cru, Nicolas Potel 2012Date published: 16/05/14

New Wine - Maranges 1er Cru, Nicolas Potel 2012

Maranges and its 1er Cru vineyards offer incredible value for money as being the most southerly of the Côte d’Or appellations, they are less well known than their more illustrious neighbours to the north. 

Hand-harvested grapes from 40 year old vines have produced a complex and powerful Pinot Noir with black fruits, spice and truffles on the nose and rich hedgerow fruit on the finish.

£19.99 Buy any 2 save £10.00 = £14.99

Beer for the weekendDate published: 16/05/14

Beer for the weekend


It's all set to be a scorcher this weekend so make sure you're stocked up on beer!

Punk IPA, Brewdog

Brewdog have established their reputation for excellence and this IPA is fabulous. Zesty and tropical notes with a long hoppy finish. £9.99 when you buy any 2 6 backs of Craft Beer

Curious Brew Lager, Chapel Down

Better known for their superb Champagne-style sparkling wines, Chapel Down have used their champagne yeasts to create this wonderfully complex and refreshing lager. Winner of a gold medal at the International Beer Challenge 2012. £14.99 per 12 pack


Wine of the Week - Mud House Sauvignon BlancDate published: 16/05/14

Wine of the Week - Mud House Sauvignon Blanc

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough

Was £9.99

Now only £6.66 a bottle*

* Buy ANY 2 Summer Selection wines SAVE 33%

Why we recommend this wine: 

Summer in a bottle. Crisp, elegant and refreshing, the perfect white wine for this beautiful weather

Mud House Wines focus on sustainable viticulture

Classic aromas of grapefruit guava and nettles and a crisp refreshing palate of citrus and tropical fruit

The perfect aperitif wine for all occasions, or with light summery rice or pasta dishes

Fantastic value for money and a must have this Summer, so come and explore this fantastic Marlborough Sauvignon



25% wine of the DayDate published: 16/05/14

25% wine of the Day

Let's kick off the week with a well known grape variety from a more unexpected location. The grape variety in question is Merlot, favourite of most people, always a house wine choice and one of the noble grapes of Bordeaux. But where does this wine from? Well, it's actually from New Zealand, home of fantastic Sauvignon Blanc and amazing Pinot Noir; so what are their Merlots like?

Giesen Merlot 2013 - £10.49 or £8.92 when you buy any 2 25% wines - So what's this Merlot like then? Very very nice indeed; it's soft and fruity and is everything you want in a Merlot. Full bodied, good tannin and an amazing finish, you'll just have to let it breath for an hour to really get the best out of it; but you will see how great the Kiwis are at other grape varieties. 


Pinotage - Just Give It a Chance!Date published: 16/05/14

Pinotage - Just Give It a Chance!

I have never really understood Pinotage, Cinsault and Pinot Noir put together to make South Africa's unique wine. Generally, it is a big, very smokey affair, but with little finesse. So I've finally discovered an example that is actually fantastic. let's take a look!

Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Bush Vine Pinotage 2012 - £14.99 or £12.74 when you buy any 2 15% wines - This wine has benefited from having 18 months in French oak. Deep plum colors are inviting and the smokey, meaty, truffle notes are balanced with a massive shot of fruit. Perfect BBQ wine!


The Other Great White Of Oyster Bay - 25% OffDate published: 16/05/14

The Other Great White Of Oyster Bay - 25% Off


The Oyster Bay Sauvignon at £7.99 is a brilliant bargain, and I'm happy to say, we've still got plenty left. Although, if you're like me, and a bit of a wine explorer, I think it would be wrong not to look at the other great white of Oyster Bay; Chardonnay. It's the blank canvas for winemakers; oaked, unoaked, lees stirring, mature, youthful just anything you want. Let's take a look at this little masterpiece.

Oyster Bay Chardonnay - £11.99 or £8.99 when you buy any 2 25% wines - Classic NZ Chardonnay, it's full of ripe fruit, peaches and a bit of citrus to finish. They use both stainless steel and oak barrels in the process, making a balanced textured wine of real worth. The Vineyard is quite north in Marlborough also, assuring fully ripe grapes!

for only £1 extra, you get all this magic. Try it now!


Planning a Wedding or Event?Date published: 16/05/14

Planning a Wedding or Event?

If you are planning a wedding in the coming months, have a think about making Majestic wine your preferred choice as a supplier for all things red, white and sparkling!

We have a vast range of over 800 wines to choose from, but if that seems daunting, don't worry we will help you find the wine best suited for your big day and your budget. We will also help you find wines that will match your food menu and your personal tastes. With wines available to taste on our tasting counter everyday!

We can also take care of the little extras, such as FREE glass hire, chiller bin and ice bucket hire. We can even supply the ice for your wedding too if it's required!

And the best thing of all is...we offer FREE delivery!

If you would like any more information, please contact us on; 

Tel: 01962 868 708

E-Mail: win@majestic.co.uk



Staff Favourite - Domaine L'Aigle Pinot NoirDate published: 16/05/14

Staff Favourite - Domaine L'Aigle Pinot Noir

£12.99 buy 2 bottles save 15% - £11.04

Grape

Pinot Noir

Origin

Originally owned by Burgundian négoçe Antonin Rodet, this estate was bought by Gerard Bertrand in 2007. One of the Languedoc's highest vineyards, possessing the finely-balanced climate necessary for growing Pinot Noir, and has been the recipient of many awards.

Taste

A distinctive Pinot Noir nose of wild strawberries, with cinnamon and clove-like notes. The light fruit is backed up by tight and bracing tannins, leading to a long, mineral finish.

Enjoy

Serve with soft cheeses, duck breast or rare lamb.


Beer of the Month - Sam Adams Boston Lager (Craft)Date published: 16/05/14

Beer of the Month - Sam Adams Boston Lager (Craft)

Sam Adams Boston Lager 24 x 300ml bottles £24!

24 bottles of this deeply amber-coloured lager usually retails for £31.92 here at Majestic but for for a limited time this top lager deal brings you a beautiful beer for just £1 a bottle. With citrus, floral and piney notes amid sweet roasted caramel flavours this would be a perfect beer for a summer barbeque. Stock up while you have the chance!



World Cup Countdown. Number 2 - AustraliaDate published: 16/05/14

World Cup Countdown. Number 2 - Australia

Faced with the might of Spain, the Netherlands and Chile in their group, we are not holding out much hope for Australia qualifying!

It's a good job, then, that the Aussies have a good range of wines to console themselves with. This country produces a huge volume of wine so it is no wonder we have a great selection here at Majestic. 

The DB Reserve Chardonnay by De Bortoli is a fantastic warm-weather drink. Full of fresh peach and citrus flavours it has a brief hint of vanilla oakiness. The acidity is bright and lively making this wine incredibly moreish and mouth-watering. Only £7.49 when you buy it as part of our 25% offer.

World Cup Prediction: Out in Group Stages


World Cup Countdown, Number 1 - MexicoDate published: 16/05/14

World Cup Countdown, Number 1 - Mexico

With little to no international wine industry to speak of you might be surprised we're talking about Mexico but it produces a great deal of world class drinks aside from wine. Mexico is famous worldwide for Tequila. Tequila is a spirit distilled from the Blue Agave plant and comes in a range of colours, from clear to golden dependent on the ageing period.

We're currently stock Jose Cuervo Tequila for £20 a bottle as part of our spirits & fine wines deal. If you're more inclinded towards beer then there is always the trusty Corona Beer which we have in store at £36 per 24 bottle case.

On the football side of things Mexico are in a group with Brazil, Cameroon and Croatia. It looks like they'll be aiming for second place in the group and we think they'll get through the group stage  thanks to Javier Hernandez slotting home a few goals. Unfortunately if they do get second in the group it looks like a match against Spain or Holland will be awaiting so prediction wise we have Mexico getting knocked out in the second round.

Prediction - Last 16


New Fine Wines In StockDate published: 16/05/14

New Fine Wines In Stock

We have just received a shipment of some excellent wines to refresh our Fine Wine offering here in Winchester. Here are some of my picks:

Chateau Rauzan-Segla Margaux 2000 £100

Chateau Montrose St Estephe 2007 £75

Humbert Freres Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru 'Petite Chapelle' 2009 £55

Ellio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera 2007 £50

Why not pop in and see what else we have to offer?


New Zealand Marlborough S.B - £6.66!Date published: 16/05/14

Mudhouse Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

We have a brand new exciting New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in stock at a frankly fantastic price.

Grapefruit, gooseberry, guava and nettles on the palate with a zing of citrus to finish, this wine will be perfect to share with friends this summer. Check it out online here http://www.majestic.co.uk/Mud-House-Sauvignon-Blanc-zid37323?tracking=|searchterm:

Open on the tasting counter this weekend in Majestic Wine Winchester

Only £6.66 when bought with any other wine on our 33% off offers


Back In Stock In Time For Summer - Domaine OttDate published: 16/05/14

Back In Stock In Time For Summer - Domaine Ott

Domaine Ott is perhaps one of the most recognised names in all of Provence. Hailing from the district of Bandol, this wine demonstrates superb balance and purity of flavour.

A blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault, the grapes are hand picked in the vineyard to ensure optimum quality. They are then gently pressed to release the juice without any of the harsh tannins in the red grapes. This is certainly the rosé to tick off of your wine-based bucket list!

In our opinion - best rosé still wine in the world!

£27 per bottle

Insight into CoonawarraDate published: 16/05/14

Coonawarra

Coonawarra is a wine region within the Limestone Coast of South Australia. It is best known for producing Cabernet Sauvignon wines within it's 'Terra Rossa' soil (Italian for: Red Soil). 

The first vines were planted in 1890, where Shiraz was the main grape variety grown. Fortunes changed when the Wynns Estate saw potential in the terra rossa soil & bought the vineyard, together with Penfolds they transformed the Australian wine industry from fortified wines to table wines.

Coonawarra is just 60km from the sea & has a maritime climate similar to Bordeaux. Cabernet Sauvignon is a real success story here, full of plum & blackcurrant fruit, so much so that other grape varieties are often overlooked. The limestone geology also suits; Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc & Shiraz, the latter also produces some star studded wines.

3 fantastic wines from the Coonawarra region:

Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 - £12.99 - Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles save 25% = £9.74

Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz 2012 = £22.00

Jim Barry Cover Drive Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 - £14.99 - Buy 2 bottles save 15% = £11.89 


New Fine Wine In StoreDate published: 16/05/14

New Fine Wine in store

Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Ca' del Laito 2010 Tommaso Bussola

£17.00 (reduced from £22.00)

An immensely concentrated, full-bodied and voluptuous wine made in the 'ripasso' style, in which the blend is enriched during fermentation using partially dried grape skins from Bussola's Amarone, after which the wine spends 18 months in wood.

The result is an immensely rich, complex palate of dark berries intermingling with liquorice, graphite, treacle and pudding spice flavours. 

Grape mix:
Corvina, Corvinone, 40%
Rondinella, 45%
Molinara 15%

Drink now or over the next 5 years.

Marvellous MalbecsDate published: 11/05/14

We have a great selection of Malbec wines on offer in the Summer Selection. All are 33% off when you mix any 2 or more.

Callia Bella Malbec, Argentina - £5.99. An up-front and straightforward wild berry character, with hints of baking spices.

Alamos Malbec, Argentina - £6.66. Dried raisiny fruit character, lots of blackberries, a full body and ripe sweet tannins.

NEW Con Amigos Malbec, Chile - £6.66. A youthful and fruity wine, with inviting aromas of ripe plums and perfumed blueberry notes.

Portillo Malbce, Argentina - £6.99. An intense red-purple colour, with an equally intense nose of plum and bramble.

NEW P15 Malbec, Argentina - £7.99. A fresh and youthful Malbec, with a focus on ripe cherry and plum flavours.

New to our Range - Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, New ZealandDate published: 11/05/14

Here is a wine which is new to our range and at a great price - The Mud House Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand.

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

Pale straw yellow, with heady aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and hints of nettles. Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones.Chill well and enjoy on its own or with light summery rice or pasta dishes.

£6.66 when purchased with another wine in the Summer Selection (Single bottle price £9.99)

Our New Pricing StructureDate published: 10/05/14

We are excited to introduce a new, simpler pricing structure at Majestic: in-store, online and mobile.

All of our wines are now either:

A straight price
Buy any 2 save 15%
Buy any 2 save 25%
Buy any 2 save 33%
Buy any 2 selected fine wines or spirits save £10

You can mix through different countries and regions and just buy one of each bottle, as long as they are on the same percentage offer. You will still getting the fantastic reductions by doing this.

As always, we are at hand to help you explore our diverse range of wines so any question feel free to ask.

Happy wine shopping!

New Provence RoséDate published: 10/05/14

Miraval Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence

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

A blend of Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz, Cinsault, Rolle. Boasting 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.

Enjoy on its own or with fine seafood.


Exquisite stuff.....and only £17.99 a bottle!


Wine of the WeekDate published: 10/05/14

This week's wine of the week is a 1996 Bordeaux from Domaine de la Gaffelière 1996 St-Emilion.


Domaine de la Gaffelière is situated close to the village of St-Emilion, on the lower part of the southern slopes, amongst the other famous 'gaffelière' estates. It is managed by Alain Vauthier, who also manages the vineyards of the illustrious Château Ausone.


Now fully mature and ready to drink, this wine offers layers of blackcurrant, raisin, date and prune flavours, all framed by smoothly polished tannins and aromas of old cigar box and pine resin.


Partner with a selection of nutty, firm cheeses. 

£14.99 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines (single bottle price £19.99)

Sparkling Saturday - Berlucchi Cuvée Imperial NV, FranciacortaDate published: 09/05/14

Great news - Tomorrow at 12pm we are opening the Berlucchi Cuvée Imperial NV, Franciacorta in store!

Here is some information about this quality Italian sparkling wine:

Grape: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Origin

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

Taste:

With its Chardonnay-based blend, this is a supremely elegant wine, with a light-footed feel on the palate.  Generously fragranced with pair, golden apple and citrus character.  

Enjoy:

Serve with mixed antipasti or fresh cheeses.

Treat Yourself! Puligny Montrachet 2011, Domaine JomainDate published: 08/05/14

Puligny Montrachet 2011, Domaine Jomain

From a family run estate that follows in the prinicples of "lutte raisonne", ensuring that the use of chemicals in the vineyard is kept to a minimum. Hand harvested grapes aged in oak barels for 15 months give a rich, smooth wine showing notes of pair and hazelnut on the nose, and hints of vanilla and spice on the palate. Crisp and refreshing on the finish, it is best matched with roast poultry.

Cracking chardonnay!

£30.00 when you buy at least 2 bottles on our Buy two save £10 fine wine offer.  £35 single bottle price.


Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc - £7.99Date published: 08/05/14

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc - £7.99

Marlborough has been at the heart of a winemaking revolution without modern precedent, and Oyster Bay is one of the region's most dynamic wineries. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes.

Showing pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing.

Suitable for all occasions, this is anything from classic apéritif wine, to white meat and seafood partner.

£11.99 or Pick 'n' Mix any 2 bottles and save 33.3% = £7.99


New Sparkling wine - Chandon Brut NV ArgentinaDate published: 08/05/14

New Sparkling wine - Chandon Brut NV Argentina

Following two years of exploration, Moët & Chandon identified a fine vineyard location in Mendoza's Uco Valley, planting it in 1959. They have gone on to use their abundance of Champagne expertise to create this traditional-method sparkling wine.

A fresh and elegant style of sparkling wine, with a nose based on citrus, pineapple and white peach aroma with subtle brioche hints, and a palate with great accuracy and length.

Celebrate any occasion with this great quality Champagne alternative, pairing with seafood canapés.

This sparkling wine is THE alternative to Green Point (Moet & Chandon's Australian operation)

£12.98 when you buy 2 or more.


Bordeaux Vintages - A GuideDate published: 08/05/14

If you are interested in the difference between Bordeaux vintages then read on:

Bordeaux Vintage Guide:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A New Pinot Noir - First ClassDate published: 08/05/14

First Class Pinot Noir 2013 Casablanca Valley

Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% = £5.99

This wine is sourced from the Casablanca Valley and vinified at a state-of-the art winery in neighbouring Maipo Valley. Following a cold soak, the grapes are fermented with selected yeasts, and matured without oak for a fruit-focused character.

Jam-packed with red fruits on both nose and palate, this Pinot Noir is awash with raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant fruit, framed by supple tannins and gentle hints of floral and pepper hints.

A great partner for tender pork loin.


Rosé MagnumsDate published: 08/05/14

Rosé Magnums

With summer approaching we have been getting a lot of rose in. here are some perfect choices for all those BBQ's with friends and family:

AIX Rosé 2013 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 150cl Magnum £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.

M de Minuty Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence Magnum £25.00

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.

Château de Berne Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence Magnum £27.50

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.

Miraval Rosé 2013 Côtes de Provence £38.00

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

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

If you would like any of these mega bottles of rose then call us on 01962 868 708 to place your order now!



Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV FranciacortaDate published: 08/05/14

Berlucchi Cuvée Imperiale NV Franciacorta

Grape Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

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

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


Enjoy Serve with mixed antipasti or fresh cheeses.

£22.49 single bottle price Buy 2 bottles save 33.3% = £14.98  


Sam Adams - the original craft beer Date published: 08/05/14

Sam Adams - the original craft beer 

The original recipe was developed in 1860 in Minster, Ohio by Louis Koch originally known as The Wooden Shoe Brew,.In 1984, Jim Koch, the sixth-generation, first-born son to follow in his family's brewing footsteps, brewed his first batch of Samuel Adams Boston Lager in his kitchen, using the original family recipe for Louis Koch Lager. The name Samuel Adams was named after the Boston patriot, who fought for American independence, and who also had inherited a brewing tradition from his father.In March 1985, the beer was re-introduced as Samuel Adams Boston Lager, at the re-creation of the first battle of theAmerican Revolution on Patriot's Day. Three months later, it was voted “Best Beer in America” at the Great American Beer Festival, in which 93 national and regional beers competed. The beer was first put on tap at Doyle's Cafe in Jamaica Plain.The company's success occurred as the U.S. craft beer movement was exploding. By 1995, some 600 craft breweries were producing specialty beers in the United States.

Each year, an annual trip to Bavaria is made where various hops are selected for Sam Adams brews.


New in Stock: Etoile de Mer Rosé 2013, LuberonDate published: 08/05/14

New in Stock: Etoile de Mer Rosé 2013, Luberon

We are excited to stock a new Rose just in time for the sun to arrive! This Rose is a blend of Syrah and Grenache. 

The Luberon, also called Lubéron, has a maximum altitude of 1,256 m and an area of about 600 km. It is composed of three mountain ranges: (from west to east) the Little Luberon, the Big Luberon and the Oriental Luberon, lying in the middle of Provence in the far south of France. The valleys north and south of them contain a number of towns and villages as well as agricultural land.

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

Only £8.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case. 


New in stock: Killka Chardonnay 2012!Date published: 08/05/14

New in Stock: Killka Chardonnay 2012!

Bodegas Salentein owns what is considered to be Argentina's single largest 'cool climate' estate, stretching 22km from east to west, and taking in 5 distinct micro climates, enabling them to make a variety of styles, including this lightly-oaked Chardonnay. Bright greenish yellow, this is a youthful and vibrant wine, displaying a nose of ripe citrus fruit and gentle hints of vanilla and soft tropical notes. Mild-mannered with a round palate feel.Ideal accompaniment for creamy-textured pasta and chicken dishes.

With a couple of lovely Argentinean Chardonnays in stock at the moment, the Killka had a lot to live up to. It certainly doesn't disappoint. A lot more youthful and vibrant than a lot of it's counterparts, the Killka displays soft tropical, citrus and subtle vanilla characteristics. Lovely on it's own but perfect with creamy chicken dishes

Only £7.99 when you buy any two Pick n Mix wines. 

Wine CoursesDate published: 06/05/14

Have you ever been to a Majestic wine course??

If not your missing our. Slightly different to our wine evenings the wine courses are run for much smaller intimate groups. Unlike the wine evening our wine course focusses much more on tasting wine from a professional/clinical sense and we look at really breaking down the wines into there individual components.

Along side the wine tasting we also look at food matching and why certain foods work so well with certain wines and not others. 

Sound like a fun 2hrs? Why not have a look at our calander for the next wine course or pop instore and ask a member of staff for more information.


First time at Majestic?Date published: 06/05/14

Here at Majestic we love wine, and we also love sharing our enthusiasm and knowledge of wine! We are aware that initially the world of wine can be a difficult one to break into, especially if it is your first time shopping at a Majestic warehouse. Here are a few things we do differently to make your visit more enjoyable;

Tasting Counter – Don't know what you like? We always have a selection of wines open for you to try, you might find your new favourite wine!

Tasting notes – We will give you a sheet which lists the origins, characteristics and a good food match for each wine you pick, this helps you to get the most out of your picks!

Home delivery – If you want to use Majestic but can't make it into the store then feel free to give us a call or browse our website, we will happy to bring your wine straight to your door!

Just ask! - If you are ever unsure just ask, we can, and regularly do, recommend wine all day! We enjoy sharing our passion and finding you a wine you will fall in love with, so just ask!


Not just wine!Date published: 06/05/14

Not just wine!


Given that we are called Majestic Wine, you would be forgiven for thinking that we only sell wines here. However that is happily not the case! Besides our fantastic selection of wines, including sparkling wines, fortified wines, dessert wines and so on, we also have a wide range of other products!

We have a strong selection of real ales and lager available, including our new range of craft beers which are real show stoppers if you are looking to try something different from your usual. We also have a good range of ciders, both still and carbonated. Want something non-alcoholic? We stock a wide selection of Fever-tree products, including their acclaimed tonics which are a perfect match for many of our spirits! We stock spirits ranging from everyday drinking to premium whiskies and gins!

Next time you pop in, have a look around, you may be surprised by what you have missed!



Fine Wine!Date published: 06/05/14

Fine Wine!


Got friends coming over and want to impress? Why not try a bottle from our fine wine shelves!
We stock a great selection of fine wines from around the world and are always more than happy to advise and share our enthusiasm! Fine wine can initially seem a daunting prospect but is in fact very simple, they are simply premium version of our regular wines. 
Don't be put off by the prices either, whilst £20 for a bottle may seem high, it's only what you would pay anyway in a restaurant! In addition to this we have a fantastic deal on many of our fine wines which allows you to save £10 if you pick'n'mix and 2 or more selected bottles!
 So next time you pop in, why not have a look, we're sure we can find something you'll love!

Boxes!Date published: 06/05/14

Boxes!


Have you ever noticed that in Majestic we will always box up your wine into reused boxes?

Well, there is a very good reason for that! Firstly, here at Majestic we care about the environment and less cardboard used may be only a small help but it's better than nothing. Secondly, by not incurring extra costs producing and distributing we are able to keep our home delivery service free!

However, if you are buying a present for someone and want it to look a bit snazzy, we do offer a range of gift bags and presentation boxes in various sizes for very competitive prices!



Own a restaurant?Date published: 06/05/14

Own a restaurant?


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

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

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



Getting Married?Date published: 06/05/14

If you are planning a wedding in the coming months, have a think about making Majestic wine your preferred choice as a supplier for all things red, white and sparkling!

We have a vast range of over 800 wines to choose from, but if that seems daunting, don't worry we will help you find the wine best suited for your big day and your budget. We will also help you find wines that will match your food menu and your personal tastes.

We can also take care of the little extras, such as FREE glass hire, chiller bin and ice bucket hire. We can even supply the ice for your wedding too if it's required!

And the best thing of all is...we offer FREE delivery!


Missing The Ned?Date published: 06/05/14

Now that The Ned is (sadly) off promotion, are you missing it? Need a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to replace it?

Why not try the fantastic Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc?! Similar enough to the Ned for the die hard fans yet distinct enough to be interesting, this is a fantastic deal at only £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles and should definitely not be missed! 


Chilean Tasting WeekDate published: 06/05/14

Chilean Tasting Week

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

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

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

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

We are running a Chilean Tasting Week with a spotlight tasting on Saturday the 3rd May at 3pm. Come join us! 



Summer Wine Evening!Date published: 06/05/14

Summer Wine Evening!

Our Summer Wine Evenings are always enjoyed by our customers. 10 different wines excellent for drinking this summer, along with some cheese and nipples. It is completely informal, you can pop in when suits you and stay as long as you'd like. The best bit is, it's completely free!


Wine updates tailor made for you.Date published: 06/05/14

Want to know when your favourite wine is on offer, when we have free tasting events or what wines we have open to taste? Simply email us at win@majestic.co.uk with details of everything you'd like to know. This means that the staff in store can craft updates to your specific tastes and you'll only receive them when we think the best offers are on.

Sniff, swirl, sip and swallow...Date published: 06/05/14

At Majestic Winchester we do enjoy a good tasting. All of the fun in enjoying wine is in sharing it with others, isn't it? 

We have tastings every month from an educational wine course to a 30 minute spotlight session highlighting a particular wine region, not to mention fine wine tastings too! Stay in the know  by checking our webpage or email us at win@majestic.co.uk and we'll keep you up to date with all our wine events.

New arrival... P15 MalbecDate published: 06/05/14

P15 Malbec 2013, Patagonia

P 15 refers to Picada 15 which is one of the many old dusty and stony roads that run across the vineyard in San Patriccio del Chaňarin thePatagonian landscape.

The wine is made from relatively young vines in the Neuquén provence at a latitude of 39°. At this latitude it is Argentina's southernmost wine region.

This medium bodied Malbec wine has a purplish red colour showing its youthfullness. With aromas of ripe Morello cherries and plums and a subtle hint of violets and vanilla.

Ripe fruit flavours lead into soft tannins and a harmonious and elegant finish.

This wine is best drunk young and pairs well with rich stews and pasta sauces.

Save 33.3% when you buy at least 2 of our summer selection wines.

£7.99

Single bottle price £11.99


Primitivo Puglia by Natale VergaDate published: 06/05/14

Primitivo Puglia by Natale Verga.

This wine is produced from grapes grown in the Southern part of Italy using the Primitivo grape, grown in the Brindisi and Taranto vineyards which is in the area that is the “heel” of Italy's “boot”.

It is a juicy, concentrated, medium-bodied red wine with plum and red berry fruit flavours on the nose leading to a soft velvety finish with a hint of spice, prunes and violets on the palate. Smooth mouth drying tannins lead to a long finish.

Will go naturally with any Italian tomato pasta dishes or even pizza.

Normally £8.99 per bottle

Buy 2 save £4.00

£6.99 when bought as part of a mixed case


Staff Favourite - Medalla Real Chardonnay Date published: 06/05/14

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2013 Leyda Valley

£7.99 when you buy any another 33% off wine

Sourced mainly from the Limarí Valley, the northernmost vineyard district in Chile. Although closer to the equator, the valley is efficiently cooled by sea breezes, due to its east-west orientation. This Chardonnay is barrel fermented and undergoes regular lees stirring.

Bright golden in colour, with a faint green tint. The nose offers good ripeness, with citrus aromas turning to a softer, more apple and stone fruit character. Weighty and creamy on the palate.

Customer review:

“Enjoyable, affordable Chardonnay” “Only recently started to enjoy oaked Chardonnay and this is a great wine. We had it with Soy poached chicken and it went down very well. Not too acidic and was well balanced.” From Stuart C

Wine Fact: VintageDate published: 05/05/14

WINE FACT

Vintages

- Vintage just means harvest, it has nothing to do with describing the quality of a wine.

- Most wines are vintage wines. If it has a year on the label, that is the year the grapes were picked and the wine was made.

- Just like growing other produce like Asparagus in Formby, Rhubarb in Wakefield or Strawberries in Devon, some years are better than others, with the weather playing a significant role.

- Wine Spectator Magazine's vintage chart rates each vintage on a scale of 1-100. 85-89 is “very good”, 90-94 is “outstanding”, 95+ is “otherwordly”.

- In Rioja in northern Spain they've had an astonishing run of great vintages. Every year since 2000 has been 85 or above. Look out for the 2004's, 2005's and 2009's in particular as all were above 90 points - “outstanding wines of superior character and style”


Benefits of registering your email addressDate published: 05/05/14

Benefits of registering your email address


The best way to keep in touch with our offers, exclusive online deals and parcels is through our emails. Lately we have run quite a few 1 week offers (such as 33% off our Argentinean Malbec range and Ned Sauv Blanc at £6.99) that have only been communicated to our customers via emails. So if you don't shop every week then you could be missing out. It's simple, just email us at win@majestic.co.uk or call us on 01962868708 to let us know you want to receive our emails. 

Beer O'Clock!Date published: 05/05/14

Beer O'Clock!


With all the wonderful weather weather we've been having, you'll be in need of some extra beers the next time you break out the barby.

At just £24 for a case of 24 bottles, you need look no further than the Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

This delicious, deep tasting lager is deeply hopped with a refreshing citrus burst. Just the thing on a hot day.

Or, if you're looking to be more adventurous, why not try one of our great range of craft beers?

Available in easy to carry 6 packs for £9.99 when you buy any 2 packs, there's plenty to choose from.

Staying with the American theme, the Brooklyn Lager is phenomenal. An amber-gold that lager displays a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. This American original uses the British technique of Dry-hopping in a Viennese-style beer, resulting in a smooth lager that's versatile with food.

Log in to your local Majestic store and browse the rest of the range here:

http://www.majestic.co.uk/american-craft-beers


Summer is here, time for SauvignonDate published: 05/05/14

Summer is here, time for Sauvignon


The recent warm weather has got everyone happily dusting off the barby, throwing impromptu parties or simply eating dinner out in the evening sun. With this warm weather, you don't want to be without a bottle or 2 of Kiwi Sauvignon and we've got an iconic one on a cracking offer.

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

Marlborough has been at the heart of a winemaking revolution without modern precedent, and Oyster Bay is one of the region's most dynamic wineries. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes.

Showing pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing.

Suitable for all occasions, this is anything from classic apéritif wine, to white meat and seafood partner.

£11.99 or,

BUY ANY 2 SUMMER SELECTION WINES SAVE 1/3

£7.99


New week, New Arrival - Pied Tanque WinesDate published: 05/05/14

New week, New Arrival - Pied Tanque Wines


Cuvee de Richard is a bit of an institution at Majestic, a lovely set, White, red and rose, that pleases all crowds. It's even had a bit of a face lift and comes in a pretty bottle and an even better wine too. The thought of a rival to the great wine initially filled me with dread, until I saw and tried the Pied Tanque range. The mightily popular bowls game from France sums up the fun time feeling that this wine gave me. The red was my particular favourite so let's take a look at it a bit closer:-

Pied Tanque - £5.49 a bottle - What a bargain, smooth and round drinkable - It'll be perfect for the youngster, supple blackcurrant fruits and a bit of a herbaceous edge that'll please the more serious wine drinker. It is a blend of Merlot and the fantastic Carignan grape. A true expression of the South of France in a glass.



Famille Abeille Rose 2013 - No Puns Necessary Date published: 05/05/14

Famille Abeille Rose 2013 - No Puns Necessary  

The return of a great rose, a rose that even I can't get enough of. This is Provence at It's very best and a wine that any summer, whether under blistering sun or a typical Welsh rain cloud, needs in abundance. Not for everybody I must admit, but I like it. Let's have a little look then.

Famille Abeille Rose 2013 - £10.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 - The classic Rhone grapes with the addition of the Rolle grape which gives it a slightly peachy note. This is a crisp and delicate wine that will make any picnic worth while. A small family owned estate, the wine is clearly crafted with love. Not far from the sea and enjoys warm climates, It wouldn't be hard to drive the 20 miles to the beach and crack one of these open.

Super value, super wine.


New Month, New Deals - Bordeaux A Plenty!Date published: 05/05/14

New Month, New Deals - Bordeaux A Plenty!

This summer, I'll be drinking a lot more red, especially when I see the splendor of gems that are on offer this month. Bordeaux is the first stop on my drinking journey and we've got a fine selection on our 33.3% offers. One wine in particular I think is a real investment; let's have a quick look at this marvelous Medoc:-

Chateau Le Vivier 2008, Medoc - £11.99 or £7.99 when you buy any 2 33.3% wines - This vineyard used to belong to First Growth Powerhouse Lafite Rothschild, but was bought by the Cherloux family who made the vineyard their own; modernizing it completely, building a massive underground cellar. This is 50/50 Cabernet and Merlot and has a pile of plummy and bramble notes. the wine is about right age wise but is still firm and full on. a Real treat with slow cooked beef.

 We've got loads of deals on, come and explore now!


New Wine - Domaine Ferrandiere Pinot Noir 2013, PGI Pays DocDate published: 05/05/14

New Wine - Domaine Ferrandiere Pinot Noir 2013, PGI Pays Doc

The New price system at Majestic has kicked up some absolute beauties, but some of the best buys come from our new wines. Being a bit of a fan of French wines, I was drawn to this particular wine, purely because it's so hard to find a Pinot Noir that's really good for less than £10. Let's take a little look at this wine then:-

Domaine Ferrandiere Pinot Noir 2013, PGI Pays Doc - £9.99 or £6.66 when you buy 2 33.3% wines - Wow, what a little belter this is! This is a wine that is truly from the past, using grapes from a soil that was unaffected by Phyloxera (interesting wine alert!). It's a super smooth, red fruit delight which has been given some oak maturation for a bit more complexity. Super lovely bargain of the day!

Come and get some now!


Sparkle with Italian Passion - Prosecco A' Plenty!Date published: 05/05/14

Sparkle with Italian Passion - Prosecco A' Plenty!

Looking outside now, I can see that the Summer is coming to Wales; It's raining. Well we'll probably get  a few sunny days along the way, so I reckon Tit's time to take advantage of some cracking offers in our 33.3% deal. It wouldn't be a perfect summer's day without a glass charged with tank fermented, fizzy passion potion (that's what I'm calling it anyway!). So which one will I be drinking? Let's have a look:-

Prosecco di Comegliano Valdobbiadane Extra Dry NV, DOCG, Italy - £14.99 or £9.99 when you buy any 2 wines on the 33.3% deal - La Marca will never disappoint, all levels of their wines are tip top, with increasing technological advances making them trail blazers. This has a fantastic mouth feel, lovely bubbles, full of apples and pineapple fruit too. It's a pretty funky bottle too, so grab one for a friend too! 


Portugal - It's not just Port They're great at!Date published: 05/05/14

Portugal - It's not just Port They're great at!

I love Portugal; the wines are great and always really good value. Most people just wont make the jump because of the unusual grape variety names and the obsession with Spain and Rioja. Well, Aragones, the main grape of Portugal, is Tempranillo. Fear no longer Majestic customers and try them today. If you're not sure, we've put a real cracker in to our 33.3% deal for this month. It will dazzle and impress, and wont break the bank either. Let's have a look at this little belter:-

Vinha do Monte 2011, Alentejano Tinto - £9.99 or £6.66 when you buy any 2 33.3% wines - Apart from Aragones (Tempranillo) this wine contains Syrah (from the Rhone) and other native Portuguese grape varieties. Class in a glass, filled with mulberry and plum notes, this wine has complex spice with white pepper and a hint of Jasmine tea working in harmony with the fruit. A ripe, well rounded and warm wine, It's a tapas lovers perfect wine.

Let Portugal in to your lives now! 


Explore our offers the simple wayDate published: 05/05/14

Explore our offers the simple way

It's now even easier to Come and Explore at Majestic, we have just introduced a new, simpler way to get our best offers, with three main deals.

33% OFF - MIX AND MATCH 2 OR MORE BOTTLES FROM THIS SELECTION AND GET 33% OFF*

15% OFF - MIX AND MATCH 2 OR MORE BOTTLES FROM THIS SELECTION AND GET 25% OFF*

15% OFF - MIX AND MATCH 2 OR MORE BOTTLES FROM THIS SELECTION AND GET 15% OFF*

That's it! Simple!

 *Don't forget minimum purchase in store and on-line is 6 bottles, any mix.  Free delivery also applies to any 6 bottles.


Why not try Muscadet?Date published: 05/05/14

If you are looking for something new to try and something that is a little bit different, why not try Muscadet?

Muscadet comes from the area around the city of Nantes, where the Loire Valley region nears the Atlantic coast, and has therefore developed a famous association with seafood.

Clean, crisp and refreshing, a classic Muscadet has a backbone of lemon and lime flavour with a hint of minerality, fresh acidity and a delicately herbaceous edge.

You could also try a 'Muscadet Sur Lie'. The term 'Sur Lie' refers to the fact that the wine is left in contact with its Lees (dead yeast cells) for an extended period of time. This leads to a much higher complexity with a lot more character. Rich yeasty flavours are imparted in the wine and these are usually bottle with a slight spritz to help retain freshness.

So next time you fancy a change, why not try a Muscadet?


Your guide to our new promotions...Date published: 05/05/14

We've introduced lots of fantastic new offers AND simplified the way we bring them to you! Here's the "How To" for getting the best value:

There are now 3 improved offers running across the WHOLE of our range - 15% off, 25% off and 33% off

The beauty of this new way of doing things is that all of our wines are now effectively in a Pick and Mix. You can mix and match ANY TWO wines from the same percentage deal and get the lower price. So, you could have 1 bottle of a New Zealand Pinot and 1 bottle of an Italian Sangiovese both on the 25% off deal and get the lower price on both - simple!

To make things even easier, we've colour co-ordinated the price tags - Orange = 33%, Teal = 25% and Lilac = 15%. SO match any two from the same colour and you're onto a winner!

Happy Shopping!


Free Summer Wine Tasting EveningDate published: 05/05/14

On the evening of Thursday 15th May we are holding our free summer wine tasting evening. The tasting evening features a range of at least 12 different wines open for you to try. Our knowledgeable staff will be on hand to tell you all about each wine and if you really enjoy them the wines will be available to buy on the evening.

The event starts at 6pm but feel free to arrive until approximately 7.30pm in order to get a good try of each wine.

We always have a fantastic time talking to you about the wines and we would love to see as many of you as possible come along.

Our pick of the Summer SelectionDate published: 05/05/14

Here are my favourites from the 33% off offers:

Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc Reserva - An inviting and complex nose of grapefruit and passion fruit, with tangy green apple flavours and mineral notes. Perfect on a warm spring/summer evening, this wine is guaranteed to impress (and not break the bank!)

£6.66 when you buy any two wines on the 33% offer

Montes Twins Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon - The Twins in question are this wine's two constituent grape varieties which are more often seen as single-varietals in South America. This wine combines the smooth texture and raisin-like notes of Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon's firm structure, intense bramble fruit and subtle minty nuances. A fantastic, smooth and moreish wine that is the ultimate partner for steak and chips!

£7.99 when you buy any two wines on the 33% offer

La Toledana Gavi - Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeysuckle edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity. Great with salmon and tomatoes or summer salads - also great just as it is on its own.

£7.99 when you buy any two wines on the 33% offer


Is it Shiraz or Syrah?Date published: 01/05/14

The Shiraz grape, or Syrah as it can also be called has become something of a favourite of mine since starting in February. Here are a run down of my top 4 for your drinking pleasure:

1) 'Les Galets' Cotes-du-Rhone 2011 at £6.49 (when you buy 2) - A fantastic entry level Syrah/Grenache blend from the Southern Rhone. The 'Galet' stones found in the Rhone valley act as a radiator for the vineyards, absorbing heat from the sun during the day and utilizing it in the cooler nights. A fantastically approachable wine with red and black fruit flavours, accompanied by just a dash of spice. Can be drank on its own or as an accompaniment to red meat dishes, brilliant with a beef bourgignon.

2) Paul Mas Estates Syrah/Viognier 2012 at £7.99 (when you buy 2 or more) - Taking a blend straight from the hugely prestigious Cote-Rotie appellation in the Rhone, this Languedoc based wine is fantastic value. The 5% viognier adds complexity along with an aromatic, perfumed nose. Red and blackcurrent fruits on the palate, this will complement all manner of hearty home cooked meals, from Shepherds Pie to Spaghetti Bolognese.

3) BVS Shiraz, Peter Lehman at £9.99 (when you buy 2) - What collection of Shiraz' would be complete without a big, bold Australian? And what better from the King of the Barossa Valley, Peter Lehman. Sourced from over 140 different grape growers in the Barossa region, this Shiraz has flavours of plum and bramble fruit, complimented by peppery, chocolatey tones. All of this combines to create a meaty, down to earth Shiraz which would be a perfect companion to barbecued meats.

4) Crozes-Hermitage "Petit Ruche" 2011, M. Chapoutier at £13.99 (when yo buy 2) - Hailing from the largest appellation in the Northern Rhone, Crozes-Hermitage have created a Hermitage style Syrah, at a Crozes-Hermitage price. Abstaining from the use of oak, this wine retains all of its fruity characteristics creating a nose packed with blackberrys, which follows through to lithe tannins and a medium bodied, velvety wine. Partner this with pulled pork and you'll never look back.

Like what you see? Come in to our store here in Durham, where we have a multitude of Shiraz's to suit everyone.

So go on, come and explore!


New to Majestic?Date published: 01/05/14

If you've never shopped in Majestic before, then now is a great time to come and take advantage of some great special offers! We've got a whole host of wines with 1/3rd off and loads more on special offer. 

Majestic works as a case merchant where we have to sell a minimum of 6 bottles, this can be any mix of winesspiritsChampagnes or sparkling wines. This means we can offer lots of free services that other wine-sellers may not be able to, including :-

Knowledgeable Staff - All of our employees go through the WSET (Wines & Spirits Education Trust) Advanced Level 3 exam after about 6 months. We regularly taste our wines and are clued up on what's good, what's great and can tailor a match for any budget.

Free Tasting - Wine tasting is always free at Majestic, all day, everyday. If you're a bit confused by the world of wine, sign up to one of our jargon busting wine courses (also free). Check out our online tasting counter for what's being sampled right now! www.majestic.co.uk/winchester

Free Delivery - Free delivery on any 6 bottles of wine! Simple.

Free Glass Hire - There's a £1 deposit per glass payable upfront, but bring them back and we'll refund it. We also hire out big green chiller bins for £15 (fully refundable) for quick and easy chilling of whites and beers!

Aaaand finally, if you're brand new we'll sign you up to the Majestic customer list, where you'll receive tailored flyers and emails (don't worry, no spam) which suit your tastes and a £10 voucher for a free bottle of wine on your 2nd visit!

So what are you waiting for? Come and pick your 6!

www.majestic.co.uk


Sherry, Darling?Date published: 01/05/14

Based in Andalucia, the city of Jerez is not only home to Circuito de Jerez, a former Formula 1 circuit but is also central to the sherry industry. In 1933 Jerez was one of the first Spanish regions to be given DO status, officially named D.O. Jerez-Xeres-Sherry, but has been producing wine since the 12th Century. . The English word for sherry comes from an English mispronunciation of Jerez. 

Come and explore our range of 4 Pedro's Sherries!


Region in Focus - ChileDate published: 01/05/14

Region In Focus

Chile

The first vines were planted in Chile by Missionaries in the sixteenth century in order to produce Communion wine, shortly after the Spanish Conquistadors arrived. It is thought that these vines came from earlier plantings in Peru, and were of the variety that came to be known as Pais, which was Chiles most commonly planted variety up until the 21st century. Don Maximiano Errazuriz was one of the first people to develop the industry when, in 1870, he began producing wine from imported French varieties, founding Vina Errazuriz, which today stands as one of Chile's oldest brands.

The destruction of European vineyards in the late 19th century by Phylloxera saw many French winegrowers relocate to Chile, bringing with them their knowledge and skills. In spite of the Spanish influence in the politics and customs of Chile, it was the French influence that had the greatest effect on Chilean wine to this day. It was the Bordeaux grape variety Cabernet Sauvignon that finally supplanted the predominance of Pais in the 21st century.

Political instability hampered growth of the industry in the 20th century, until the 1990's when foreign investment flooded in as investors realised the potential in Chile's favourable climate and terrain.

Chile is a long, thin strip of land bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean and to the east by the longest and second highest mountain range on earth.

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

Here's my pick of Chilean Wines:

Montes Twins 2012 Colchagua Valley £11.99 or buy 2 save 33.3% - £7.99

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

Santa Rita 120 Merlot 2012 Central valley £8.99 or buy 2 save 25% - £6.74

At the offer price, this is top drawer stuff: full of ripe plum and backed up with ripe tannins and well balanced alcohol.

Mountain View Chardonnay 2013 Luis Felipe Edwards, Central Valley £6.99 or buy 2 Save 15% - £5.94

Fresh and clean, with the typical apple and citrus fruit giving way to a softer, peachier, almost tropical flavour. Refreshing and easy to drink, with a soft-edged acidic lift. 



Wine of the Week - Oyster Bay Sauvignon BlancDate published: 30/04/14

This week's wine of the week is the ever popular Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand.


Oyster Bay is one of Marlborough's most dynamic wineries. Cool fermentation in stainless steel vats brings out every last ounce of flavour and concentration in the grapes.

With pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness this is a crisp, elegant and refreshing wine.

A classic apéritif wine, to white meat and seafood partner.  

£7.99 when you buy 2 Summer Selection wines (single bottle price £11.99)

Wine of the Week - Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 MarlboroughDate published: 25/04/14

Wine of the Week

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

This fantastic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has joined the Pick 'n' Mix. It's bursting with citrus, gooseberry and tropical fruits. With Summer not that far a way, this a great wine for sunny afternoons in the garden, sit back put your feet up and enjoy a refreshing glass of Oyster Bay.

Only £7.99 (when you buy any 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines)

Single bottle price £11.99



Beer of The Month - Curious BrewDate published: 25/04/14

BEER OF THE MONTH

Curious Brew Lager, £17.99

Chapel Down

Region: Kent

Tasting Notes:

Vivid gold in the glass, the nose is packed with floral and

stone fruit aromas. Like any good Champagne this wine has

citrus and biscuit flavours that are enhanced by a

refreshing bitterness.

ABV: 4.7%

Background Info: Hops: Casacde, Saaz and Nelson Sauvin

Origin: From Chapel down winery in Kent this is an award

winning beer. The product of two fermentations, this beer

receives not only a "dosage" of Champagne yeast in its

second fermentation but a shot of Nelson Sauvin hops,farmed for their intense aromas.

Enjoy: Cold on a hot sunny day with barbecued meats



Know Your Vintages - RiojaDate published: 25/04/14

Know Your Vintages - Rioja

The difference in a vintage can have a massive effect on the taste of a wine and how well it is enjoyed. Although this tends to be less substantial for more mass produced wines, the difference in Rioja is significant as the wine is aged for a greater time before release and the grapes have to hold the balance, potency and intensity to withstand this ageing process - reflected in the vintage variations from which they were grown.

Here is a guide to the best vintages in the last 20 or so years for Rioja:

1994: Overall good quality, but because of late frosts and an arrid summer, grapes did not flourish as expected and so less wine was produced.

1995: An outstanding vintage for Rioja; masses of grapes of top quality producing some cracking wines.

1998: Despite late frosts, this vintage has seen some great wines from Rioja

2001: Once again, Spring frosts were a potential issue, and despite a lower yield than predicted overall, Rioja produced some superb wines.

2004 & 2005: Both were great vintages, 2005 perhaps marginally better thanks to just about sufficient rainfall.

2008 & 2009: These were both very good years, 2009 saw very hot growing conditions, but, again thanks to some timely rainfall, the vintage thrived. 2009 takes the spoils as the better of these two vintages.

2010: Growing and ripening conditions spot on for optimum fruit growth and ripening. Considered a better vintage than 2009.

2011: This year saw very hot conditions, which heat-stressed the vines. As a result, the fruit provided powerful wines with very concentrated flavours. The wines produced also have lower than usual acidity.

2012: This was a bizzare year in terms of weather in Spain. Due to the very dry conditions, It was the fifth consecutive small vintage. As a result, it is likely that wine produced from this year will be massively concentrated and high in tannin thanks to the smaller berries which were harvested in Rioja. High tannin will mean the wines should have a lengthy potential for ageing.



Producer of the Month - Cloudy BayDate published: 25/04/14

Producer of the Month - Cloudy Bay

New Zealand

Innovation and meticulous attention to detail are the guiding principles of Cloudy Bay. The 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.

Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay Vineyards is 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 estate vineyards located at prime sites within the Wairau Valley, and long-term supply agreements with five 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 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 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.



New Zealand - Steeped in HistoryDate published: 25/04/14

New Zealand - Steeped in History

Wine making and vine growing go back to colonial times in New Zealand. In 1851 in Hawke's Bay by missionaries. Due to economic and cultural factors, wine was for many years a marginal activity in terms of economic importance. The three factors that held back the development of the industry simultaneously underwent subtle but historic changes in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 1973, Britain entered the European Economic Community, which required the ending of historic trade terms for New Zealand meat and dairy products. This led ultimately to a dramatic restructuring of the agricultural economy. Before this restructuring was fully implemented, diversification away from traditional protein products to products with potentially higher economic returns was explored. Vines, which produce best in low moisture and low soil fertility environments, were seen as suitable for areas that had previously been marginal pasture.

Inthe late 1960s and early 1970s noted the rise of the "overseas experience," where young New Zealanders traveled and lived and worked overseas, predominantly in Europe. As a cultural phenomenon, the overseas experience predates the rise of New Zealand's premium wine industry, but by the 1960s a distinctly Kiwi (New Zealand) identity had developed and the passenger jet made the overseas experience possible for a large numbers of New Zealanders who experienced first-hand the premium wine cultures of Europe.

In the 1970s, Montana in Marlborough started producing wines which were labelled by year of production (vintage) and grape variety (in the style of wine producers in Australia). The first production of a Sauvignon Blanc of great note appears to have occurred in 1977. The excitement created from these successes and from the early results of Cabernet Sauvignon from Auckland and Hawkes Bay launched the industry with ever increasing investment, leading to more hectares planted, rising land prices and greater local interest and pride. Such was the boom that over-planting occurred, particularly in the "wrong" varietals that fell out of fashion in the early 1980s. In 1984 the then Labour Government paid growers to pull up vines to address a glut that was damaging the industry. Ironically many growers used the Government grant not to restrict planting, but to swap from less economic varieties (such as Müller Thurgau and other hybrids) to more fashionable varieties (Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc), using the old root stock. The glut was only temporary in any case, as boom times returned swiftly.

New Zealand is home to what many wine critics consider the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc. Oz Clarke, wrote in the 1990s that New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc was "arguably the best in the world". Historically, Sauvignon Blanc has been used in many French regions in both AOC and Vin de Pays wine. The most famous had been France’s Sancerre. It is also the grape used to make Pouilly Fumé. The initial focus for the industry's export efforts was the United Kingdom. The late 1970s and early 1980s were not only pioneering times for production but also marketing , when it was noticed and praised overseas and in particular by British wine commentators and critics. For much of the history of New Zealand wine exportation the United Kingdom market, with its lack of indigenous production, great thirst and sophisticated wine pallate has been the principal market. In the last decade the British market's overwhelming importance has eroded; while still the single largest export market, it now makes up only one third of total exports by value, only slightly larger than the American and Australian markets. Japan is a particularly strong importer of high-end New Zealand wines.

New Zealand's wine industry has become highly successful in the international market. To meet the increasing demand for its wines, the country's vineyard plantings have more than tripled in the ten years ending. Sales continue to increase. Cloudy Bay Vineyards set a new standard for New World Sauvignon Blanc and was arguably responsible for the huge increase in interest in such wines, particularly in the United Kingdom. LVMH owns a controlling interest in Cloudy Bay.

Following on from the early success of Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand has been building a strong reputation with other styles; Chardonnay, Cabernet/Merlot blends, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Syrah to name a few.



Star Quality: New Chateau Miraval RoseDate published: 25/04/14

Star Quality: New Chateau Miraval Rose

It has finally arrived Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Provence rose bringing with it a little bit of holly wood glamour to Majestic's shelves.

This is the second vintage and during its first year was extremely popular with the vineyard selling out in just 3 days.

Miraval, in the village of Correns, amongst the rugged, scrub-covered hills of the Var department to the west of Draguignan, is the summer home of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. They have leased the place since 2008, brought it in 2012 for an estimated $60 million and, when they did so, took control of the vineyards.

With the summer sun beginning to shine this is a refreshing rose with subtle hints of strawberries and cream.

This rose is a real treat and at just £17.99 will bring a bit of Hollywood sparkle to a summer evening. 


Back In - Ch. La Croix de Gay, Pomerol!Date published: 25/04/14

Back In - Ch. La Croix de Gay, Pomerol!

Majestic staff love it, our customers love it, if you haven't tried it yet we promise you will love it!

This small estate of 13 hectares only produces around 3000 cases a year and Majestic has snapped up a direct parcel at cracking prices. Made in the classic Pomerol, Merlot-dominated blend (80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc) this wine is dark and direct.

With an aromatic nose of raspberries, cherries, smoke and espresso, the palate is rich and opulent with loads of fruit and a plush texture.

Drinking well now, this vintage ripened Merlot better than Cabernet Sauvignon.

Sells out quickly so grab a bottle whilst you can!

£30


The Life of a VineDate published: 25/04/14

The Life of a Vine

As we move into spring/summer, and gardens everywhere are bursting into bloom, so will vineyards now start to show signs of growth.

The life a vine has many stages throughout the year, and certain factors at crucial times will determine both the quantity and quality of the grapes.

Spring: Budbreak – Small shoots emerge from the buds on the vine, left over from pruning after last year's harvest. This signal the end of winter dormancy. Spring frosts at this point can cause damage to crops.

Early summer - Flowering – Six to eight weeks later flowers bloom on the vine. It is the pollination of these which leads to berries being formed. Cold or wet conditions at this time have a negative effect.

Summer - Fruit set – After pollination seeds are developed around which the grape berry is formed. Normally around 30% of flowers become berries. This is reduced in hot, dry conditions.

Early autumn - Versaion – The beginning of the ripening of the grape berry where the grape softens and the colour changes

Late autumn - Harvest – When the grapes are judged to be at optimum ripeness in terms of sugar, acidity and flavour characteristics they are picked and sent to the winery for fermentation. Rainfall at the time can be a problem as it dilutes flavours in the grape. Also grapes are vulnerable to being eaten by birds or animals

Winter – Leaves fall, vines are pruned ready for the following year.

Throughout the year each vineyard will have its own problems to overcome, be it pests, disease or weather conditions and how each problem is tackled will ultimately have an affect on the style and quality of the wine.

Knowing more about where or how the wine you drink is made can help your understanding and ultimately your enjoyment of it!



Aix Rosé DOUBLE Magnums.. 4x the fun!Date published: 25/04/14

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

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

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

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

Give it a go for just £50.00!


The Art of MaturationDate published: 25/04/14

The Art of Maturation

Clarifying the wine

After the wine has been made, it still has tiny particles of grape material, yeast and bacteria suspended in the liquid. These lees, which would likely produce a second fermentation on contact with any residual sugars, are generally removed. If racking, fining and filtering are the most common methods used, there are also other practices such as centrifugation or pasteurisation.

Racking

This is the most common method. It is generally used for quality wines, and complemented by filtration before bottling. Racking means separating the wine from the lees by carefully pouring it from one container to another. This operation eliminates the lees that had settles naturally at the bottom of the tank or barrel and, optionally, oxygenates and softens the wine. When wine has to be stored for a long time, racking is done two to four times a year.

Fining

This method is often used before bottling, whether or not racking has already taken place. It takes advantage of colloid flocculation. The fining agent, once in contact with the wine, forms sediment by binging with any microscopic impurities. All that remains is to eliminate, by successive racking, the sediment that has precipitated to the bottom in about 10 days. The best agent for red wines is beaten egg white (six eggs per barrel), while for white wines casein is best. Another popular material is bentonite clay. After fining, red wines lose some of the roughness caused by tanning, and gain softness and finesse.

Filtering

This sometimes complements the racking carried out during maturation. But more often it takes place before bottling. Te plate or membrane filters used have smaller or larger pores. When they are tiny (less than one thousandth of a millimetre), the wine not only has the lees removed, but is also sterilised because bacteria too are unable to pass through the holes.


Loire Valley - The Garden of FranceDate published: 25/04/14

Loire Valley Grape Varieties

The variety of grapes cultivated in the Loire Valley enables producers to diversify the style of their wines. It is not uncommon for a winery to offer red and white wine, still and sparkling. Some grape varieties here produce wines of exquisite quality, such as Chenin Blanc in Vouvray. Also, Sauvignon Blanc in Sancerre displays the outstanding purity of the fruit.

Dominant varieties.

In the vineyards of the Centre, you will find Sauvignon Blanc and some Chardonnay for white wines, Pinot Noir and Gamay for the reds. From Touraine to Pays Nantais, Chenin Blanc and Melon de Bourgogne dominate for the whites, while Cabernet Franc stands out as the major red.

Rare varieties.

Apart from these well-known varieties, there are in places some rare varieties to please the palate. Thus, Pinot Gris produces a rose Reuilly wine with a fresh, sappy texture. In the St. Pourcain appellation, the Tressalier and Saint Pierre Dore yeild white wines with envigorating texture. The Gris Meunier, plays a significant part in rose wines of Orleans; while in the Touraine appellation Gamay Noir is supplemented with Gamay de Bouze and Gamay de Chaudenay. Finally, in the hills of Ancenis, the Full-bodied and generous Malvasia grape, a relative of Pinot Grigio, makes its distinctive mark on wines.


Wine of the week - Vinalba MalbecDate published: 24/04/14

This week's wine of the week is the Decanter World Wine Awards and International Wine Challenge Bronze medal winning Viñalba Reservado Malbec 2012 from Mendoza, Argentina.


With ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha, its flavours linger for a long time.

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

£7.99 when you buy 2 Easter Pick 'n' Mix bottles (single bottle price £11.99)


Planning a party? Let us help!Date published: 23/04/14

When you're planning a party there's so much to take care of, it's important to get help from people you trust. When it comes to the reception drinks, there's nobody better than Majestic – we have over 25 years' experience and a range of services to help make organising the drinks for your event as painless as possible...

Free tasting in store: We have a range of wines open to taste in store all day, every day! Speak to a member of staff to arrange a personalised tasting in store or we can put together a tasting case for you to try at home with friends and family.

Majestic Party Planner and Advice: As well as talking to the team in store, you can get a rough guide to quanities and what the best offers are at our online Party Planner http://www.majestic.co.uk/Services/Parties. We've also produced handy little booklets that you can pick up in-store.

Free Glass Loan: Wine glasses, champagne flutes, hi-ball tumblers and pint glasses all for hire, free of charge (we just take £1 per glass deposit - fully refunded when the glasses are returned to us clean)!

Chiller Bins and Ice: Need to chill your champagne and wine...? Our sturdy plastic tubs (deposit of £15 each), filled with ice (£2.79 for a 2kg bag) and water will cool your drinks quickly and cheaply!

Sale or Return: Take the worry out of party planning... return what you don't drink on the day and only pay for what you use!

FREE delivery: We will deliver your wedding drinks directly to your home or party venue for free at a time and date to suit you.

Gift List: A wine gift list makes an unusual but perfect choice for couples who don't need the traditional toaster-and-towels option of a department store. Some couples even use the Gift Lists to pay for the wedding day drinks.

If you would like any further advice on planning the wines for your special day, please talk to any of us in-store or call us on 01962 868 708 to discuss all your individual requirements!


A fantastic new Ale added to our collection!!Date published: 21/04/14

A new beer to Majestic, Timothy Taylor's Landlord is a really cracking ale.

Brewed in Yorkshire, this is a classic pale ale that suits most ale-drinkers taste, I have no doubt that Landlord will become an instant hit with Majestic's customers. Pop in now before it runs out!

£22.80 per case (12x500ml bottles) when you buy any 2 cases of bottle ales, £25.80 single case price


Ned Sauvignon £6.99 - last week!Date published: 21/04/14

Ned Sauvignon £6.99 - last week!


The fantastic Ned Sauvignon Blanc is at £6.99 per bottle, hurry offer ends 28th April, 3pm for online orders and 7pm for in-store purchases. Don't miss out on this incredible wine at an equally special price, stock up for those Summer BBQ's - the weather is promising!

http://www.majestic.co.uk/The-Ned-Waihopai-River-Sauvignon-Blanc-zid37168


My Picks of the Easter Pick 'n' MixDate published: 19/04/14

We have 33% saving across our Easter Pick 'n' Mix range when you buy any 2 or more bottles as part of your mixed case of 6. Here are my favourites.

Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenère 2009, Chile - This is a full bodied red with flavours of blueberry, plum and cassis fruit. This is accompanied by coffee and dark chocolate aromas. Will Stand up to steaks and is a great partner to game dishes such as roast duck. £7.99 as part of the pick 'n' mix deal (single bottle £11.99).

Pouilly-Fumé 2011 Jean Vincent - An intensely aromatic wine, with gooseberry fruit enhanced by a smoky, flinty character. This wine would make a great aperitif and would partner well with shellfish dishes. £9.99 as part of the pick 'n' mix deal (single bottle price £14.99).

Lindauer Special Reserve NV New Zealand - This sparkling wine has a slight pibnkness to it with copious beads of small bubbles bursting. Aromas of ripe peach, nectarine skin and flesh and hints of black-fruit on the nose are accompanied by a toasty, fruity and clean finish on the palate. £9.99 as part of the pick 'n' mix deal (single bottle price £14.99)

Special occasion? Great reasons to shop with MajesticDate published: 18/04/14

Special occasion? Great reasons to shop with Majestic

At the moment, we are getting a fair few customers coming in inquiring about drinks for weddings and parties.

We do it all at Majestic; I'll even help you draft up a playlist to get down to.

Here are reasons why you should come and say hello

1.) We have a massive selection of wines, spirits & beers to choose from and can cater for most occasions and budgets.

2.) The staff are passionate about wine and have tried most of the range; therefore can give you an honest opinion.

3.) We do FREE delivery you know. You tell us the address and the date, and we WILL be there.

4.) Sale or Return. You can over compensate in-case your friends are feeling especially thirsty and bring back any unharmed bottles.

5.) We have the full range off glassware for hire... and yes, its FREE

6.) We are NOT a generic supermarket and we care about what our customers want. 

7.) We are flexible. If we don't have a product you want, we will try and get it in from another store.

Give us a call to discuss on 01962 868 708

Go on, raise a glass to yourself for getting a great bargain...



Vinalba - Fifty 50 NEW in stockDate published: 18/04/14

Vinalba - Fifty 50 NEW in stock

Bordeaux winemaker Hervé Fabre made his name from Malbec, having been the first to make a single-varietal Malbec in Argentina. This wine is a 50/50 blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentina's 'other' great Bordeaux-sourced grape.

Typically intense and vibrant, full of inky violet colour, with a juicy damson and blackcurrant backbone characterising both nose and palate. Toasty oak influence adds a touch of complexity.

A Big Heavy Red wine, at 14.5% its not the evening tipple but its sure to pack some heat paired with a nice slab of steak!

Buy two bottles save £6 turning this in to a £8.99 dream! Single bottle price £11.99


Free Super Fast Delivery!Date published: 18/04/14

While the main Majestic website states that delivery is guaranteed within 7 days, here in Winchester we can often deliver to within 48hrs, and sometimes even on the same day.  

Simply choose 'Winchester' as your local store and the website will show you our current range of wines.  

Specify delivery instructions such as 'leave with porter' or 'delivery entrance on Andover Road' and we'll whisk your wine round pronto!  

Cheers!


250 years of prestige - Ruinart RoséDate published: 18/04/14

According to Ruinart, recently discovered entries in the Maison's account book from March 1764 detail the shipment of 120 bottles of wine marked 'Oeil de Perdrix' - a term used to refer to the coppery colour of the Maison's rosé. 

While The Drinks Business states that it is likely that this rosé champagne was made using colouring from elderberries rather than modern blending methods, Ruinart still assert that this proves they were making and shipping rosé champagne more than 250 years ago! 


Rosé Wine - My ChoiceDate published: 18/04/14

Rosé Wine - My Choice

Today is glorious, and to celebrate the sun and our Easter Pick 'n' Mix promotion, we've got our eyes on one particular bottle of rosé, the Minuty!

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.

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

£9.99 down from £14.99. Bargain!

P.S - Don't tell anybody but I've heard this amazing wine will be available in magnums very soon! Shhhh!


el Rescatado Albarin '13Date published: 18/04/14

el Rescatado Albarin '13

Albarin is an extremely rare grape.

In fact, only 100 hectares are planted across the world and, astonishingly, 20 of those belong to one person. Professor Pedro Gonzalez Mittelbrun has dedicated his whole life to saving this grape from the edge of extinction and promoting its' unique characteristics to the wider world.

El Rescatado translates as 'the rescued' and the Professor certainly has rescued this grape from obscurity. In 2010 he established a winery- Leyanda del Paramo-to carry on his work.

After tasting it is easy to see why he is so passionate. This wine is extremely fresh and aromatic, with gooseberry, citrus and hints of fresh green herbs. It also has a touch of spice on the palate. The finish is long with a refreshing acidity.

As with many crisp, dry Spanish white wines, it is an excellent partner to seafood and shellfish.

£12.99

Buy 2 save £6 = £9.99 per bottle


Staff Favourite - Vina Ardanza Reserva 2004, Rioja AltaDate published: 18/04/14

Staff Favourite - Vina Ardanza Reserva 2004, Rioja Alta

This is one of the very best 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.

Grape: Tempranillo, Garnacha

Taste: 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: Enjoy over the next decade as the richness and power will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck.

This wine is part of our fantastic fine wine deal: Buy 2 bottles save £10* = £18.50 per bottle

The 2004 Reserva was nominated 'best value wine in the world' by renowned critic Robert Parker in 2013 - so its not just me who likes it!


Chardonnay: The RenaissanceDate published: 18/04/14

Chardonnay: The Renaissance

It is no secret that the big, oaked New World Chardonnays of the 80's and 90's have, in some quarters, permanently tainted some consumers views towards the great Burgundian white grape. Emphasis on power rather than elegance and oak over fruit, created wines that were unpleasant to many. By contrast, lighter and more fruit driven white varieties, such as Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc have enjoyed a rise in popularity and have since dominated the UK market.

However, slowly but surely those on the ABC bandwagon are being won over by a more modern and thoughtful approach to winemaking. Cool climate and high altitude vineyards are leading this revival, with oak being used to contribute to the textural and aromatic complexity rather than being the wine's defining characteristic. The resulting wines possess more poise and elegance than their predecessors and are thus more palatable and appealing to UK consumers.

Styles range from unoaked wines with clean and crisp citrus and green fruit characteristics to a subtle use of oak giving vanilla and tropical fruit notes. These more restrained chardonnays can be found from a multitude of New world regions such as Chile, Argentina, California, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. The latter is currently experiencing healthy growth, with Hardys up 14% in value in the last 12 months (Accolade, 2013) and chardonnay is the fastest growing Australian grape variety.

At Majestic we stock a wide range of new world Chardonnay and would encourage you to #comeandexplore


Passimento 2011 PasquaDate published: 18/04/14

Passimento 2011 Pasqua

Grape – Merlot, Corvina, Croatina

Origin

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

Taste

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

Try matching with a steak and Guinness pie. The richness of the pie will be perfectly suited to the sweet aromas of the wine. 


New Arrivals for Spring!Date published: 18/04/14

New Arrivals for Spring

El Patito Feo, Navarra - £6.74

Graciano grows brilliantly in Navarra, a region for so long in the shadow of Rioja. “The Ugly Duckling” is a fantastic fruity red if you like the stylr of Rioja but want a bit more freshness

Passimento, Pasqua - £8.99

A wonderful Italian red made by drying the grapes to concentrate their flavours. Perfect with some nice cheese, olives and salami!

El Rescatado Albarin, Tierra De Leon - £9.99

Not a mis-spelling! This isn't an Albarino! Albarin is an ancient, and almost extinct grape variety. Quite like Pinot Gris from Alsace with a spicy quality and Apricot fruits. An odd one to tick off the list of grape varieties you've tried!

Arrowfield Semillon, Hunter Valley - £6.99

A 6 year old white wine – should be past it's best right? Wrong! Hunter Valley Semillon is utterly fantastic with a few years bottle age! This is INCREDIBLE value for money! Do not miss out!

Yalumba Y-Series Cabernet, South Australia - £7.99

Classic Aussie Cabernet with ripe blackcurrant and leafy, eucalyptus notes. Hard to think of a better Cabernet for under £10.



Wine of the WeekDate published: 18/04/14

This week's wine of the week is the Chateau Simard Bordeaux.


 

This wine would be the perfect match for roast beef over the Easter weekend.

This wine is part of the Easter Pick 'n' Mix deal so you save 33% when you buy at least 2 selected bottles as part of a mixed case.

Brilliant ruby colour with brick-like hues. Aromas are predominantly of ripe berries, with hints of violets and earth. Elegantly structured on the palate, well-rounded, with medium length.

£12.65 when you buy 2 Pick 'n' Mix bottles (single bottle price £18.99)

Sunday Lunch WinesDate published: 15/04/14

What meat are you having for your Sunday lunch today? Whatever the choice, we have a great selection of wines that pair perfectly with any. ALL of which are also on the Easter pick'n'mix this month!

Here are just a few selected favourites in Swansea...

Having Roast Pork or Lamb? Why not try...

Macon Rouge 'Les Roches Rouges', Louis Jadot at £7.99 when you buy 2 or more from the pick'n'mix selection

This provides an enticing nose showing subtle hints of redcurrant and raspberry, with a fruity, well-balanced palate and fresh finish.

Having Roast Chicken? Why not try... 

Stella Alpina Chardonnay, DOC Alto Adige at £9.33 when you buy 2 or more from the pick'n'mix selection

This is a supremely and harmonious Chardonnay, possessing a fine golden balance between firm acidic backbone and rounded opulence. Bright Golden yellow with hints of tropical fruit. 

Having Roast beef? Why not try...

Rioja Reserva, Vina Eguia at £6.66 when you but 2 or more from the pick'n'mix selection

This is beautifully deep ruby coloured, with subtle cedar hints to the rim. the bouquet is an intense mix of dark fruit, toasted oak and clove aromas. 

Make your Sunday Lunch traditional with the perfect wine to match!


Rapel Appeal - Yali Sauvignon - £5.99Date published: 15/04/14

Rapel Appeal - Yali Sauvignon - £5.99

Fancy a midweek drink that's quality and under £6? We've got a few crackers that could meet the requirement, but I think that this time, there's only one winner. you want something crisp, light, refreshing and all round brilliant; you want Yali Sauvignon! Let's take a look at this?

Yali Wetland Sauvignon Blanc - £8.99 or £5.99 when you buy any 2 Pick'n'Mix wines -Wine that is carefully and gradually fermented in a temperature controlled environment; a sign of quality straight off the bat. Following this, 4 months of rest on it's lees and subjected to batonage, makes the wine rounder and fuller. It has a punch of citrus fruit, peachy aromas and a crisp finish. Good solid acidity that'll ake it ideal with any fish dish.

Come and get some today!


Rhone - Get Your Money's WorthDate published: 15/04/14

Rhone - Get Your Money's Worth

With the popularity of Rhone wines growing, It's becoming hard to really find a wine that is truly outstanding for under £10 - Plenty of good wines but not outstanding! Well, I've found one at Majestic, that is both amazingly well made but is also under that magic £10 mark. Let's take a look and see!

Lirac 2012, Domaines des Garrigues - £9.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 or more - A family run winery since 1961, this wine is seriously good. When you consider that no oak has been used in the making of this wine it's hard to believe how ample the tannins are; lush red fruits burst through and a vibrant, youthful colour is apparent. the finish has notes of liquorice and a burst of blackcurrant brings it back in to balance beautifully.

Real quality, really good price! Come and get yours now!


Bargain Fizz - J de TelmontDate published: 15/04/14

Bargain Fizz - J de Telmont

I'm sure that most people love a bit of fizz, whether you're celebrating something or just fancy feeling like a celebrity. Problem is, we don't have the celebrity money to afford such treats all the time; until now that is. We've got a storming price on one of my go to champagnes so let's take a look at this little gem.

J de Telmont Grand Reserve NV - £22.50 or £14.99 when you buy any 2 Pick'N'Mix Wines - In a word, this is fabulous; fabulous flavour, fabulous mouth feel and fabulous value. It s soft, medium bodied and fruity, with a classic yeasty not that makes it a true champagne experience. One of the few remaining family run estates, this champagne supports the small niche of champagne too.

At this price, you may even want to consider it for a party or even a wedding. Pop in to Majestic Swansea and have a chat with us about our services and get all the advice you'll ever need.


Easter Opening HoursDate published: 15/04/14

Our opening times over the Easter weekend are as follows:

Fri 18th April (Good Friday) 10am-8pm

Sat 19th April 9am-7pm

Sun 20th April (Easter Sunday) CLOSED

Mon 21st April (Bank Holiday) 10am-5pm


Burgundy's Forgotten GrapeDate published: 15/04/14

Burgundy's Forgotten Grape

As we all know, the best white wine coming out of Burgundy are Chardonnay based and very expensive.... Not so! We have a good selection of affordable white Burgundy so that was a lie anyway. We've also got some whites that are fantastic, under £10 and not chardonnay! Aligote, the original grape of Burgundy is much different and a nice change from the norm. let's take a look at this grape in action:-

Bourgogne Aligote 2012, Chateau du Cray - £9.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 or more - Grown on the sandier soils of Burgundy, this is a juicy and expressive wine with a citrus fruit edge. unoaked but nothing like your typical Chablis, it's more reminiscent of a sauvignon blanc than a chardonnay. It's quite light and perfect for a lovely summer salad or even a bit of smoked salmon. 

Come and give it a try now!  


My weekend wine - La Grange des Combes 2011Date published: 15/04/14

My weekend wine - La Grange des Combes 2011

Wines that really should be drunk and explored further; anything from St-Chinian-Roquebrun! It'll generally be a Rhone blend, good quality and under priced for what you get. There is not a lot going on down in this region, apart from wine making, so there is a real depth of understanding and quality that is pushed in the wine. This particular wine was nominated for several awards and featured in Decanter magazine quite recently. Let's take a look then:-

La Grange des Combes 2011, AOC St-Chinian-Roqueburn - £12.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 or more - A wine that is fantastic and full of rich ripe red fruit, herbaceous and a hint of smoke. I was shocked to learn that the wine is made using a semi-carbonic maceration, the same process used to make Beaujolais. The semi is very important as the wine is suitably tannic but is supple also; a perfect blend really. Not for the faint-hearted and certainly made for food, I will enjoy this with a chunk of steak tonight.

Join me in the pursuit of the biggest, most powerful wines you'll find at Majestic!


Sunday Lunch Wine Time!Date published: 15/04/14

Sunday Lunch Wine Time! 

Oh yes, It's that time again! Whether you're having the traditional, the less traditional or maybe a BBQ (Mad if you are!); It has to be red wine on a Sunday. I've picked a beauty for you sink your teeth in to today. It's a Bordeaux blend but with New World origins. Let's have a little look!

Jordan Cabernet Merlot 2011 - £9.99 or £8.49 when you buy 2 - It's Sunday so I think it's worth having something a bit special. Modern wineries don't come better than the Jordan estate and you'll see that from the wine. It is big, full bodied, with a jammy black berry fruit. It has lovely soft tannins that make it really approachable and will keep most pallets happy. I'd probably have it with beef myself, but I'm not a meat snob; enjoy it with whatever your having!

Pop in now and pick up a couple of bottles! 


Summer is Coming - New Rose Here Now!Date published: 15/04/14

Summer is Coming - New Rose Here Now!

With all this talk of 3 month heat waves and the possibility of hose pipe bans, I think we've got it spot on at Majestic by getting in our Roses already. Not only have we got a few amazing offers on Rose at the moment. we've even brought in a new one to get stuck in to. Let's have a little look at the new addition.

Valle Des Pins Rose 2013, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence - £9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more - Straight off the bat, I love this wine. It's everything Provence, using all the typical grapes i.e.Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah. What I like though is the addition of Cabernet. In the process of making this wine, each part is made separately, then expertly blended to produce a magical wine. Strawberry, raspberry, white peach and exotic tropical fruits. Wow! I can smell the sun cream already!

Come in and feel summery with me!  


Cune Rioja Reserva - Get It While You Can Under £10Date published: 15/04/14

Cune Rioja Reserva - Get It While You Can Under £10

It's been on offer for a week and I still can't stop talking about this little beauty. Having been quite non plus about it for such a long time, one sip last Wednesday absolutely changed my perspective of this wine (I'm putting my previous experience down to a bad bottle; just had to be!). I love everything that CUNE do, but I think that this is my favourite when it's this price, easily. Let's find out why.

Rioja Reserva 2009, CUNE - 13.99 or £9.33 when you buy 2 Pick'N'Mix Wines - soft and luxurious with a fantastic amount of leathery and caramel notes to the pallet. It's got bags of fruit and a heck of a lot of personality. It's a dream with meat and I think one of the best drinkers you'll get this summer.

Big praise from me; come and find out for yourself! You can buy this with any Pick'N'mix wine too and get it for the lower price. Absolute Bargain I'm telling you!


PradikatsweinDate published: 15/04/14

Pradikatswein

Pradikatswein indicates quality wine with special attributes. It differs from lower level wines in that the must cannot be enriched. This process is known as chaptilizationwhen the must weight is altered pre fermentation to change the wines characteristics. Which narrows down the areas where the grapes can be harvested making it more prestigious. The different levels are laid out ...

Kabinett: these wines are the most delicate and are usually medium sweet. They have a high acidity and Rieslings in this style have green apple flavours. A sweeter style will have an alcohol level between 8-9% whereas drier styles can reach 12% abv.

Spatlese: literally 'late harvest' typically semi-sweet (but not always). More concentrated than a Kabinett and the green apple has been replaced by citrus aromas. The grapes are harvested 7 days after the harvest which carries the risk of the crops being ruined by the rain. Although it is a 'late harvest wine' it is not a desert wine a term often used with US wines.

Auslese: the highest level of wine that can still be a dry wine, Auslese means 'select harvest'. It is richer than previous levels on the Pradikatswein. Particularly sweet ones can be labelled Goldskpel which indicates the grapes are harvested from particularly ripe bunches of grapes.

Beerenauslese (BA): made from overripe grapes individually selected from bunches and often affected by noble rot. Some varieties have been developed to achieve BA must weights without the aid of botrytis, but the resulting wines never have the complexity and refreshing acidity of a true Riesling Beerenauslese

Eiswein: comes from the frozen vine this requires temperatures below -8ºC. Harvesting often takes place on winter nights often as late as January. The grape musts must reach the same weight as a BA. The most classic eiswein style is not affected by noble rot but because the water in the grape is frozen the remaining juice is super concentrated.

Trokenbeerenauslese (TBA): means grapes that have been dried on the vine the grapes have literally shrivelled to tiny raisins. This wine is only made in exceptional vintages and are only produced in minute quantities. Top quality TBAs are among the world most expensive wines.


Carbonic MacerationDate published: 15/04/14

Carbonic Maceration

Is the process of placing whole bunches of uncrushed grapes in vats that have been filled with carbon dioxide. Due to the lack of oxygen, grapes are forced to get the energy they need by converting glucose into alcohol, carbon dioxide and energy. The grapes consequently burst, and then they are pressed and the juice is separated from the skins. 

This process is generally used by winemakers to extract colour and to give softness, fruit flavours and less tannin to the wine.

Carbonic Maceration is most commonly associated with Beaujolais Nouveau.


Southern FranceDate published: 15/04/14

Southern France

This is a diverse region which is improving year on year, especially its value-for-money wines. The warm mediterranean climate has long sunshine hours with warm summer temperatures, mild winters and low levels of rainfall which makes it a very suitable area for grape growing. However it can often suffer from strong winds which in turn affects grape quality.

The main black grape varieties grown here are: 

Grenache (most widely planted, thriving in the warm and dry conditions)
Syrah (performs better in the more moderate sites)
Carignan (can produce quality wines on old vines)

There are also other significant, yet smaller plantings of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsault. Blendings are common, and Cinsault is often used as a partner to Carignan to add fruit and aromatic flavour. Mourvedre plays an important role in blends by adding richness, colour and complexity.  

The main white grape varieties grown here are:

Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc (most widely planted, adapt well to Mediterranean climate)
Viognier (significant increase in plantings)
Muscat (used in production of Vins Doux Naturels (lightly fortified wine, adding sweetness and perfumed aromas)
Grenache Blanc (often blended with other local varieties, adding body)

Other smaller plantings include Picpoul, Mauzac and Maccabeu to name a few. Blending is again common with Marsanne (adding richness and weight) & Rousanne (adding acidity) commonly used. 


Wine Information - NégociantDate published: 15/04/14

A négociant is somebody who assembles the produce of smaller growers and winemakers and sells the result under its own name. Until the early 1980s almost all wine in Bordeaux and Burgundy would be sold through négociants. 

Négociants buy everything right from the grape to the grape must, in most cases the négociant performs almost all the wine making. In some instances though the négociant buys already fermented wine and transports the produce in large containers this is called 'en frac'. The négociant can then decide whether to age the wine further or just sell as it is. The négociant  would still use their name when selling the wine.

Historically the winemakers had no direct access to the buyers. It was usually too expensive for the growers to purchase the wine presses and bottling lines. Hence the need for a négociant.


Why doesn't wine taste likes grapes?Date published: 15/04/14

Why doesn't wine taste like grapes?

It is a little ironic that wine is made entirely from grapes and yet if you have a glass, it rarely tastes like grapes. In fact, it can taste of almost anything, from pineapple to lemon (for white wine), from plum, to leather (in the case of red wine).

Some people even think that small amounts of these fruits are added to wine to change the flavour, but it is in fact the extremely complex process of wine-making which actually changes the chemical compounds found in the grapes so that they resemble those found in other fruits.

Almost every step of the wine-making process can change the flavour and body of the wine, for example the can undergo Malalactic Fermentation, which changes the harsh Malic Acid (acid found in apples, lemons etc) into Lactic Acid (acids found in dairy). New World Chardonnay often undergoes this process to turn an appley, citrusy wine into a creamy, buttery wine.

If you would like to know more about these processes, simply ask a member of staff next time you are in store and they will be happy to go into more detail.


Spanish Wines - Save 25%Date published: 15/04/14

Here's a selection of great Spanish wines that we have on an unbelievable save 25% offer. Perfect for Easter

Rioja Crianza 2010 Marqués de Cáceres - £8.99 down from £11.99

Located in Cenicero, in the heart of Rioja Alta, Cáceres was founded Enrique Forner in the late 1960s. Aided by a fresh microclimate, the Tempranillo grapes attain their expressive best, before the wine is aged for 12 months in oak and up to 14 months in bottle.

Cherry and blackberry aromas accompanied by Mediterranean herb aromatics on the nose, with luscious red cherry and strawberry fruits, cinnamon and silky tannins with a long, silky and spicy finish.

Enjoy over the next three years with grilled vegetables, paella, ham, chorizo and cheese.

Rioja Reserva 2009 Marqués de Cáceres - £11.99 down from £15.99

Located in Cenicero, in the heart of Rioja Alta, Cáceres was founded Enrique Forner in the late 1960s. Produced only in vintages classed as Very Good or Excellent when Tempranillo is at its expressive best, the Reserva is aged for 22 months in oak and 24 months in bottle.

A dense bouquet of toasted aromas, red and black berries, luscious fruits and spices with a rich, layered body of spicy black fruits and succulent red fruits with integrated tannins, fresh acidity.

Enjoy over the next six years, if you can resist it, with roast lamb, venison or game birds

Rioja Reserva 2008 Marqués de Riscal - £10.99 down from £14.66

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

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

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

Torres Viña Sol 2013 - £5.99 down from £7.99

Fourth generation grower Miguel Torres uses his experience well in the production of this dry white. Now also holding vineyards in Chile and California, Torres have made wine in their winery in Vilafranca del Penedès since 1870.

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

A wine suitable for drinking anytime - pre or post siesta! Superb with rice, fish and shellfish.

El Cometa del Sur Blanco 2013 - £6.74 down from £8.99

Terra Alta is a small appellation in the south-western corner of Catalunya, close to Aragón and Valencia. Garnatxa Blanca, or Grenache Blanc is the principal white grape variety here, having originated in the north of Spain before spreading into France.

A light straw colour with hints of green, this is a youthful and delicate wine, offering white pear and apricot flavours and gentle floral aromas. Soft acidity and remarkable body.

Best served alongside simple tapas such as anchovies or grilled squid.

Caixas Albariño 2012 Martín Códax, Rías Baixas - £7.49 down from £9.99

Galicia's signature white wine, from the region's most famous producer. Made exclusively for Majestic, with some of the grapes having been picked by Majestic's own staff, as a small number go to Galicia each year to help with the harvest.

A light, fresh and youthful wine, with a zesty and well defined citrus backbone, overlayed with subtle hints of stone fruits and nectar. Crisp and refreshing, yet rounded and enduring on the finish.

Drink with mussels and other shellfish, or all simple fish dishes such as grilled sardines.


Amazing Champagne Deals!Date published: 15/04/14

Amazing Champagne Deals!

With the evenings getting lighter and the days ticking down until Summer, it's about time to start stocking up on Champagne and sparkling wines for the upcoming weddings, parties and picnics. And with lots of our Champagnes currently on our 33.3% off Pick 'n' Mix offer, now is the best time to buy....

Here are a few of my favourites:

Oeil de Perdrix Rose NV - Meaning 'eye of the partridge', this pale salmon pink rosé Champagne exhibits enticing complexity. Delicate in style, but with a perfect weight of fruit. A fantastic apéritif and great to add a touch of elegance to your summer picnics!

£16.66 when you buy two or more bottles in the Pick and mix (£25 single bottle price)

Ruinart Brut NV - One of the oldest Champagne houses, founded in 1729, Ruinart was the first house to export Champagne. Elegant and subtle; one of the jewels in Champagne's crown.

£36.65 when you buy two or more bottles in the Pick and mix (£55 single bottle price)

Pol Roger Brut NV - Pol Roger's historic underground cellars are 33m deep and average particularly low temperatures. They thus provide an environment uniquely suited to slow fermentation, and are responsible for this Champagne's famously super-fine mousse. As my favourite wine, I'd suggest everyone tries this!

£34.98 when you buy two or more bottles in the Pick and mix (£52.50 single bottle price)

J De Telmont Grande Réserve NV - One of the few remaining, family owned Champagne houses, De Telmont produces this excellent non-vintage in a medium bodied, soft and fruity, classically yeasty style. Fabulous value at only £14.99!

£14.99 when you buy two or more bottles in the Pick and mix (£22.50 single bottle price)


Easter Lunch - An idea!Date published: 15/04/14

Easter Lunch - An idea!

A roast leg of lamb is always associated with Easter but if you fancy doing something a little different but still keeping within the confines of lamb I think lamb shanks are the way to go. 

I tried this dish the other week and it certainly was a crowd-pleaser, the slowly braised shanks fell off the bone and gravy, which was enriched by a bottle of red wine and a whole load of shallots, would have turned any vegetarian. 

To go with this dish we tried a fantastic Spanish wine and were very impressed with it before and during the meal;

Rioja Reserva 2009, Vina Pomal, down to £9.74 (saving 25% from £12.99)

The classic pairing of a spiced Rioja and lamb certainly didn't disappoint with velvety tannin's perfectly matching the tender meat and the toasty oaky spices compliment the Rosemary and tomato throughout the sauce. This wine is a fantastic example of a Rioja reserva - the fruity notes have not been totally removed by the oak ageing and you can still get red fruits on your palate. Absolutely delicious and extremely moreish.  

If you ask nicely in the store and I'm around I'll be happy to give you the recipe!

Happy eating and drinking!


Pick 'n' mix your Six!Date published: 15/04/14

Pick 'n' mix your Six! 

Here at Majestic Wine we do sell a minimum of 6 bottles but these can be mixed however you like with wine, spirits and sparkling. In the past most of our offers have been 'buy 2 or more bottles save £x"  NOW you can get 6 (or more) completely different bottles and get 33% off all of them. So in short you can MIX any bottles on the 33% deal or any bottles on a 25% deal. Our best offers are all together as soon as you enter so there is no hunting around for the best offers....even better! We hope this makes it a more interesting experience for you! Don't forget we can also get Dominic the driver to deliver them home for you.....for FREE, and you can sample wines in store all day, every day!! 


Summer Wine EveningDate published: 15/04/14

Summer Wine Evening:

If you haven't been to one of our Summer Wine Evenings you need to make space in your diary for this years event! On Thursday May 15th from 18:00 onward we have a great evening of wine tasting lined up! A selection of sparkling, red and white wines will be open to taste, showcasing our best offers and new products. We also have nibbles including cheese and meats from a superb Italian Deli!

If you would like to reserve a place, call us on 01962 868 708.


New for the Summer - Pierre Sauvion Sauvignon BlancDate published: 14/04/14

A new wine has been added to our Loire range, the Pierre Sauvion Sauvignon Blanc 2013.

Based at Chateau du Cleray in the outskirts of Nantes, this wine sources grapes from several vineyard sites further inland.

This is a light, easy drinking wine with a citrussy backbone. Notes of nettle and freshly cut grass mingle in on the nose.

This would be perfect with a summery salad, especially tomato and goat's cheese.

Buy 2 bottles save 25% = £7.49 per bottle (*single bottle price £9.99)

April Beer OffersDate published: 14/04/14

We have some great beer deals in store at the moment, continuing until the 28th April.

Peroni Nastro Azzuro 24 pack only £24.00 (£1 per bottle)

Pilsner Urquell 24 pack only £24.00 (£1 per bottle)

Becks 24 pack only £22.80 (92p per bottle)

So why not come in and stock up for those Easter family gatherings

New for the Summer - Bouvet Saumur RoséDate published: 13/04/14

Another new addition to our range is the rose version of the ever popular Bouvet Saumur.

Using the Cabernet Franc grape this sparkling is made in the traditional method (like Champagne).

A delicate salmon pink in colour this is a light rosé with raspberry and peach fruits on the palate joined by slight floral notes.

Buy 2 save 33% on the Easter Pick 'n' Mix offer = £8.99 (single bottle price £13.49)

Super TuscansDate published: 13/04/14

The term Super Tuscan is used to describe the new range of Tuscan wines that have been emerging over the past couple of decades.

At a time when wines in Bordeaux, Australia and California were improving drastically many in Tuscany believed this quality would pass them by and thus began to alter their wines and winemaking, going against tradition.

French barriques replaced old large oak casks and plantings of grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc were made alongside the traditional Sangiovese.

As the DOC regulations stated that these other grape varieties were not to be used in wines classified as DOC these wines were labelled Vino da Tavola. However the quality of these wines was so impressive that they were known as Super-Tuscan Vino da Tavolas.

Guidalberto 2011, Tenuta SanGuido, IGT Toscana is a great example that we have here at Majestic Wine Winchester. At £25 when you buy 2 or more selected fine wines is is certainly worth the money. (Single bottle price £30)

New Rosé - Pizarras de OteroDate published: 12/04/14

From Bodegas Martín Códax comes the new Rosé Pizarras de Otero.

The wine is 100% Mencia from the Bierzo region of North-West Spain. Soils in Bierzo area are composed mainly of slate and clay. Many of the vineyards are terraced up from the river, where cool breezes keep the grapes fresh. Others are steep and high in the mountains.

Bright raspberry in colour this wine displays hints of red fruits and floral aromas. This leads to a full and fruity palate with crisp acidity and a long finish.

A perfect wine for your Summer BBQs.

Buy 2 save £5 = £7.49 per bottle (single bottle price £9.99)

Wine of the Week - Chapel Hill, Bush Vine GrenacheDate published: 12/04/14

Our wine of the week is the haunting Bush Vine Grenache from McLaren Vale stalwarts Chapel Hill:


Award-winning winemaker Michael Fragos is fortunate enough to have access to some of McLaren Vale's oldest plantings of Grenache, including parcels of bush vines planted as far back as 1926, which produce low yields of intensely coloured, concentrated fruit.

Classic old-vine Grenache profile. Intense and fresh raspberry and loganberry fruit backbone, surrounded by notes of white pepper and cardamom and supple yet chewy tannins.

Exhibiting a mouthwatering acidity this wine has potential to age with grace, but can be enjoyed now with mature cheeses.

£17 per bottle when bought as part of a mixed case and in conjunction with our Fine Wine promotion


Staff Favourite - CNDP Clos St. Jean 2009Date published: 12/04/14

Chateauneuf - du - Pape, Clos Saint Jean 2009

The Maurel brothers have a large estate with significant holdings in the famous La Crau vineyard, which forms the backbone of this wine. Produced from 70 year old vines, it has a nose of crushed raspberry, plum and kirsch. This is a dense, layered wine with hints of lavender and cinnamon, ripe tannins and a lush texture. 

The Clos Saint Jean is well worth opening (preferably decanted) at least an hour before consumption as this really opens the wine up and releases a lot more of it potency. Buy this wine on the 'buy two save £10' fine wine deal and it is a very reasonable £25.00. Great with a juicy steak or the complex palate can be enjoyed on its own.


Champagne connoisseur?Date published: 12/04/14

Champagne! A brilliant bubble!

Climate: Cool continental with the average temperature at 16 degrees during the growing season. This can be very challenging for the growers due to winter freeze and spring frosts.

Grapegrowing: The soils in the region are dominated by chalk, with a small about of clayier soils in areas. The chalky soils ensure water always retained.  This style of soils is nutrient poor and requires fertilizers, this is something the producers are trying to reduce. As previously mentioned frost is the biggest problem to minimise this treat the vineyards are planted on slopes, with spur pruning implemented leaving large amounts of old wood improving frost resistance.

Grape Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier

Winemaking: The traditional method

Styles: 

Non Vintage - House style in which the producer aims to maintain, this wine is based on the currant vintage and is blended with reserve vintages when necessary. By law all non vintage champagnes must be aged for a minimum of 15 months of which 12 months must be on the lees. These wines rarely benefit from bottle aging.

Vintage - These wines are only made from the best years and only come from grapes in the stated vintage. A producer can only use a maximum of 80% all that harvest to ensure there is sufficient stock for reserve wines. Vintage Champagnes have to spend a minimum of 3 years on the lees and benefit for further ageing.

Rose - This is the only rose wines in the EU which can be made by blending. The wine does not benefit from extensive ageing. You can get both Vintage and non vintage rose champagnes.

Blanc de Blancs - These wines are 100% white grape (Chardonnay)When youthful they are light bodied with high acidity, with bottle aging a deep rich buttery character will develop. You can get both Vintage and non vintage rose champagnes.

Blanc de Noirs - These wines can only be made from red grape varieties Pinot Noir and Meunier. Therefore the wine has a much more red fruit character. These also come in both Vintage ansd non vintage.

Prestige Cuvee -  A term used for the most premium of wines. Also avaliable in both Vintage and non vintage. They are made in small quantituies and come with a very premium price.


What is the Traditional Method?Date published: 12/04/14

When we talk about Champagne we often mention the traditional method or the Champagne method, these sayings both relate to the same way of making some sparkling wines and Champagnes. The method uses the 10 simple steps listed below:

1. Harvesting - In order to protect the grapes from skin damage or loss of juice the grapes are hand harvested.

2. Pressing - Once picked the grapes are pressed as quickly as possible. Pressing needs to be a gentle procedure, if the grapes are pressed to hard there is risk of extracting undesirable qualities such as tannins from the skins.  Traditionally grapes were pressed in a Coquard press, this is still widely used along with a modern pneumatic press.

3. Primary fermentation - Fermentation takes place in a temperature controlled stainless steel vat or oak barrels. Before fermentation begins the juice is clarified by sedimentation to minimise the development of non fruit flavours. This results in a dry base wine with a neutral flavour, with high acidity and moderate alcohol.

4. Blending - Champagne is especially dependent on blending. Due to the consistently changing climate in Champagne the producers blend wines from different villages, varieties and vintages, this gives a house style which hardly changes from year to year.

5. Secondary fermentation - Once the blend is made a small amount of liqueur de triage is added before bottling. This is a mix of wine sugar, yeast, yeast nutrients and a clarifying agent. The bottle is then closed with a crown cap (similar to those found on beer bottles) with a plastic cup inset. The bottles are then stacked horizontally in the cellars in a temperature between 10-12 degrees. Here secondary fermentation takes 6-8 weeks. Due to the slow fermentation the flavour has chance to develop. During this phase the alcohol raises  1.5-2% abv and the CO2 generated by the yeast dissolves into the wine creating a gentle sparkle.

6. Yeast Autolysis - Once the ferment has compleated the yeast die and a sediment of lees form in the bottle. Over time these dead yeast cells break down releasing proteins and other chemical compounds into the wine. This is called yeast autoloysis. 

7. Riddling - After the period of maturation the the lees the sediment needs to be removed. Riddling moved a bottle very slowly from a horizontal to a vertical position. The yeast sediment slides into the the plastic insert under the crown cap.

8. Disgorgement - The neck of the bottle is then submerged into a very cold brine solution which freezes the neck. The bottle is the placed upright, the crown cap seal is removed and the pressure created by the dissolved CO2 ejects the frozen wine with the sediment in it .

9. Corking - The wine is the topped up by the dosage/ liqueur d'expedition (a mix of wine and cane sugar solution) This solution determines the sweetness of the wine. The wine is then sealed with a cork and a wire cage.

10. Bottle aging - Quality wines will remain to ages to give the dosage change to become well intergrated. A yeasty cgharacter continues to devlop as the wine ages in the bottle.


Vinalba Cuvee Diane 2009, Mendoza, ArgentinaDate published: 11/04/14

Vinalba Cuvee Diane 2009, Mendoza, Argentina

We've just had some of the Cuvée Diane 2009 from Bodegas Viñalba in Mendoza arrive in store! This is a serious New World red, currently at £32 per bottle.  The entry level Vinalba Reservado Malbec is one of our best selling Argentinian reds and we also sell their Malbec-Touriga Nacional blend, a Cabernet-Petit Verdot-Malbec blend and a Gran Reservado Malbec, all very well received.  If you like heavy new world reds this is a must-try, especially if you're having steak or roast beef!

Grapes: Merlot, Malbec.

Named after the wife of Viñalba winemaker Hervé Joyaux Fabre, this is a blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Merlot, grown in high quality massal-selected vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley.  A rich and inviting wine that hints at Hervé's Bordeaux background, this blend is full of dark fruit and spice aromas, and has a wonderful palate complexity, offering a plum and damsom backbone bolstered by smooth tannins and spicy oak.


Viva Espana! Date published: 11/04/14

Viva Espana!

Albarino has grown in popularity in the last few years but is still only really grown in the Rias Baixas, Galicia, North-West Spain. It produces wines which are fairly medium bodied, have fresh citrus and stone fruit with a lovely texture normally coming from extended ageing on the lees (dead yeasts). The largest Mussel farm in Europe is just off the coast and as expected the wines are excellent with all sea food/salads and lighter dishes! Great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc or Viognier.

Martin Codax Albarino - £12.99 down to £10.99 when you buy 2+ bottles as part of your mixed case.

A beginners guide - GermanyDate published: 11/04/14

A beginners guide - Germany

Not just the land of amazing beers and even better sausages, Germany is also famed for its wine production. Germany predominantly produces white wine and, almost uniquely in the world of fine wine, its wines are generally light in body and alcohol and have residual sugar.

Its fair to say that, particularly in the UK, Germany had a reputation for creating large quantities of bland, cheap sugary wines. However, its two main export markets, the USA and Scandinavia, recognise that Germany in fact produces some of the finest white wines in the world. The prejudice against German wines in the UK is experiencing a similar shift, with many wine lovers now experimenting with German wine on their tables.

German whites are very good for pairing with food styles that normal prohibit wine, such as dishes containing pork or sweet ingredients like fruit, and can even go toe-to-toe with spicy dishes, even chilli and some Thai food.

We have the Gulf Stream to thank for the fact that grapes will even ripen as far north as Germany. Despite the low average temperatures, the weather in Germany's wine growing regions is favourable for producing very fruity and elegant wine, though they do come with certain challenges which are unknown to further south in more Mediterranean areas. For instance there is a longer and more persistent risk of frost.

German producers favour Riesling, which is a fantastic grape offering long lived wines, with minerally, lemony, limey, almost kerosene-y (in a good way) characters. Alongside this there are a number of hybrids bred to be resistant to the bad weather (Bacchus, Reichensteiner, Muller-Thurgau) which are seen as lower-quality, neutral wine.

So next time you fancy trying something a little different give German wine a try!


A beginners guide - RieslingDate published: 11/04/14

A beginners guide - Riesling

Riesling can be found throughout the world. It is a fruity, aromatic grape variety that retains is acidity. It ripens late, but is very hardy, making it an ideal source for late-harvest wines. Riesling, much like Chardonnay, is a grape that varies with, and reflects its place of origin. 

The climate can also have a profound effect, with cool climates producing wines with fresh grape and apple fruit character, and warmer areas resulting in wines with more citrus and peach. please keep your eye out for some of our amazing New Zealand Riesling's which are not to be missed! 

Riesling's popularity, particularly in the UK, has suffered in the past due to its association with low-quality, sweet German wines but many Riesling fans believe we are on the brink of fashion shift that will see Riesling at the top of everyone's favourite list. Though it should be pointed out that we've apparently been on this brink for many years now...

French ChatDate published: 11/04/14

French Chat

For those of you who speak French, this will all seem a bit élémentaire but for those of you don't, here is a handy cut-out-and-keep* guide to some of the French terms used in the world of vin (wine). 

Barrique: Cask with a capacity of 225 litres. Traditional to Bordeaux but now used throughout the world.

Casse: Unwanted haze in wine caused by instability.

Cave: Cellar (often underground) or winemaking establishment.

Clos: Historically, a walled vineyard, though the walls may no longer exist.

Cote: Hillside.

Demi-Sec: Medium-dry.

Domaine: Estate.

En Primeur: Wines, especially from Bordeaux, that are sold before they bottled.

Mas: Vineyard.



Soil - Crucial Stuff!Date published: 11/04/14

Soil - Crucial Stuff!

The importance that soils play in the ultimate quality of wine is one of the most talked about subjects for those who like to talk about that kind of thing. Soil affects the grapevines physically, through its ability to retain heat and water, and also chemically through the available nutrients and minerals it holds.

In many regions sophisticated irrigation regimes are used to simulate the water-retention characteristics of desirable vineyard sites. But in many ways these irrigation techniques are a mixed blessing. While there is no doubt that water shortages can have a disastrous effect on grapes, in some countries in the EU concerns about excessive yields and loss of 'authenticity' mean that irrigation is banned altogether.

A soil's ability to maintain a consistent temperature is also an important factor. For example the 'pudding stones' or galets, that cover the vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape act as storage heaters and contribute to the high alcohol content that characterises the wine.

It is important to note that a 'perfect' soil for growing, for instance an excessively fertile and well irrigated soil, wouldn't necessarily cause vines produce good grapes. In fact it is generally accepted that vines should be 'stressed', causing them to focus their energy in producing fruit in order that the species can spread to a better environment. This is why many grapes are grown on land that would not support any other crop.


Staff Favourite - Ch. Fourcas-Dupré 2004, Listrac MédocDate published: 11/04/14

Staff Favourite - Château Fourcas-Dupré 2004 Listrac Médoc

£15.99 or £12.99 when you buy two or more

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot

Origin: There have been vines planted on the site of Fourcas-Dupré since the early 18th century, but it is only since 1970 that the estate has taken on its modern identity, steadily improving its quality until it was awarded Cru Bourgeois Supérieur status in 2003.

Taste: A rich and abundantly aromatic claret, full of meaty red fruit, accented by hints of truffle, cedar and perfumed spice. Plenty of body and graphite-like tannins.

Enjoy: Drink now or cellar for another 3-5 years. Best served with roast lamb.


Beginners Guide - Wines of ItalyDate published: 11/04/14

Beginners Guide - Wines of Italy

Together with France, Italy is one of the two giants of global wine production. Strange then that we essentially have Greece to thank for wide range of complex and exciting wines coming out of Italy.

Greek settlers introduced the vine to Italy as early as 800 BC and found Italy's soil and climate was perfect for wine production. 

Italian wine terminology and naming, which are a combination of applications, styles, regions and sometimes even towns, can get a little confusing. The three main wine regions to concern a beginner are: Chianti, which lies between Florence and Siena in the central region of Tuscany; Barolo in the region of Piedmont and Valpolicella in the north east. 

Over the last century, Italy's viticultural reputation has suffered somewhat, but today, by combining 3000 years of heritage with modern production techniques, Italy can boast the most impressive range of consistently food-friendly wines in the world. Its wealth of local varieties and seemingly endless supply of intriguing styles mean that there is a wine for every taste from Italy.


Spanish Wine Focus - Petalos Bierzo 2011, Descendiates de J. PalaciosDate published: 11/04/14

Spanish Wine Focus - Petalos Bierzo 2011, Descendiates de J. Palacios

Grape: Mencia

Origin: One of 9 children of the owner of Rioja house Bodegas Palacios Remondo, Alvaro Palacio has broken away from Rioja to pursue an independent winemaking philosophy. His holdings in Bierzo total only 30ha, spread across some 200 tiny, steeply-sloped vineyard sites.

Taste: A broad spectrum of aromas gradually emanate from the glass, with blackcurrant and cherry being joined by savoury clove and liquorice notes. Smooth yet muscular tannins and a long, drying finish.

Enjoy: An interesting alternative middleweight red, which will go well with full-flavoured pasta dishes, charcuterie and hard cheeses or game.


Easter Opening HoursDate published: 11/04/14

Easter opening hours:

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

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

Sunday 20th April - closed

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


Easter Tasting SelectionDate published: 11/04/14

EASTER TASTING SELECTION

Friday 18th April – Thursday 24th April

Are you struggling for inspiration for wines to go with your Easter Lunch?

During the week (18-24th April) we will have a mouthwatering selection of wines open on our tasting counter for you to try, which will be perfect matches for your Easter Lunches.

Whether it be roast lamb, chicken, beef, or something a little different we can provide recommendations of reds and whites.

New Wine for Summer - A Crozes HermitageDate published: 10/04/14

With the new Summery weather come some new wines to Majestic Winchester.

The Crozes Hermitage "Les Saviaux" Domaine Michel Poinard AOP 2012 has just arrived from a small Domaine just outside the village of La Roche de Glun.

The wine is made from grapes from low yielding 30 year old vines meaning intense concentration and expression of a Northern Rhone wine. With black and fruit flavours combining with sweet spices and pepperiness this is a lovely mouthwatering Rhone.

Buy 2 save 25% = £11.99 (single bottle price £15.99)

Wine of the WeekDate published: 08/04/14

This week's wine of the week is the wonderful right bank Bordeaux Vieux Remparts 2011 Lussac St-Emilion


Lussac is one of five villages to the northeast of St-Emilion with the right to add that name to their own. Lussac makes excellent 'satellite' wines, slightly more rustic than its big brother, but rounded and with great charm.


This is a rich, full bodied wine showing great concentration of flavour. With juicy black fruit on the nose and palate backed up by a smoky sandalwood character.


This will make a great accompaniment to hearty meat dishes and strong cheeses. 

Buy 2 save £4 = £8.99 per bottle (single bottle £10.99)

Wine CoursesDate published: 06/04/14

Wine Courses

Throughout the year we run our Wine Course tastings for up to 10 people to learn a little bit more about wine in a relaxed tasting run by one of the team in our store. Here is a little bit of what to expect.

Whites - Learn how to taste wine like a pro and decide not just whether you like it but assess it merits and what foods or occasions it may be suitable for. Compare and contrast wines of different grapes from the same climate and then the same grape from different climates.

Fizz - Sit back and sip a glass of Champagne while we explain how it is made.

Reds - A tour of 3 grape varieties, the differences in the style and the effects the winemaking has.

Dessert wines - Try a bit of the sweet stuff and understand how desserts can be complimented with a sweet wine

Food matching - We will taste the wines again with food, see how the food transforms the tasting experience of the wine....but watch out, we won't just show you the good pairings, we will show you a few bad ones too!

We won't focus heavily on the producers or get bogged down in detail, this is to help bring a little more enjoyment to what you already know. If you would like to sign up check out the events page



Know Your Vintages - RiojaDate published: 06/04/14

Know Your Vintages - Rioja


The difference in a vintage can have a massive effect on the taste of a wine and how well it is enjoyed. Although this tends to be less substantial for more mass produced wines, the difference in Rioja is significant as the wine is aged for a greater time before release and the grapes have to hold the balance, potency and intensity to withstand this ageing process - reflected in the vintage variations from which they were grown.

Here is a guide to the best vintages in the last 20 or so years for Rioja:

1994: Overall good quality, but because of late frosts and an arrid summer, grapes did not flourish as expected and so less wine was produced.

1995: An outstanding vintage for Rioja; masses of grapes of top quality producing some cracking wines.

1998: Despite late frosts, this vintage has seen some great wines from Rioja

2001: Once again, Spring frosts were a potential issue, and despite a lower yield than predicted overall, Rioja produced some superb wines.

2004 & 2005: Both were great vintages, 2005 perhaps marginally better thanks to just about sufficient rainfall.

2008 & 2009: These were both very good years, 2009 saw very hot growing conditions, but, again thanks to some timely rainfall, the vintage thrived. 2009 takes the spoils as the better of these two vintages.

2010: Growing and ripening conditions spot on for optimum fruit growth and ripening. Considered a better vintage than 2009.

2011: This year saw very hot conditions, which heat-stressed the vines. As a result, the fruit provided powerful wines with very concentrated flavours. The wines produced also have lower than usual acidity.

2012: This was a bizzare year in terms of weather in Spain. Due to the very dry conditions, It was the fifth consecutive small vintage. As a result, it is likely that wine produced from this year will be massively concentrated and high in tannin thanks to the smaller berries which were harvested in Rioja. High tannin will mean the wines should have a lengthy potential for ageing.



Cava- champagne but not quite...Date published: 06/04/14

Cava- champagne but not quite...


Cava it has received a bit of a bad name but lets have another look at this super bubbly

The Codorníu Brut NV (£7.33) is composed of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo grapes. It is a dry light bodied Cava displaying green apple, citrus, almond and brioche characters.

The Codorníu Selección Raventós NV ( £7.99) is made from a different variety of grapes, namely Chardonnay, Macabeo and Xarel-lo, giving a wonderful body and clean citrus flavours. The nose displays peachy and lemon aromas and on drinking the wine presents full bodied, vibrant fruit flavours and crisp mineral acidity. This year reviewed by Jancis as her top bubbly under £10!

Either would be a great match for light seafood dishes or canapes, or can just be enjoyed on their own!


Easter Offers!Date published: 06/04/14

Easter Offers!


Our Easter Offers have arrived! Our new 'Pick n Mix' includes Ned Sauvignon Blanc at only £6.99, Vina Eguia Rioja  Reserva only £6.66 and Prosecco La Marca Treviso at only £8.99 to name but a few! Come in to see what we have to offer, and taste a selection of wines at our tasting counter!

Foxen Pinot NoirDate published: 04/04/14

Foxen Pinot Noir


If like me you love a good Californian red (I do mainly as it reminds me of my days travelling in the US) then we have a fantastic fine wine in stock.  

The Foxen Pinot Noir.  Produced by a small Santa Barbara winery, they produce highly individual Pinot Noir wines, quite unlike those you get from Napa and Sonoma.  

It offers aromatic flavours of herb, black cherry and spicy new oak scents with a ripe tannic structure.

£24 a bottle as part of our buy 2 fine wines and save £10.

We will be opening this up on our tasting counter in the coming weeks so keep your eyes open.  I am looking forward to trying this so get in line!


WeddingsDate published: 04/04/14


Weddings

Do you have a wedding coming up in Summer (or any other time)?

Pop into the store and we will explain the services we provide (including glass hire, chiller bins, free delivery to the venue and sale or return) and recommend some wines/fizz for you.

We always have brilliant offers on and we could match the wine to the meal you will be having.

Come in and say hi and we will be happy to help you make your big day even more special!


Free DeliveryDate published: 04/04/14

Free Delivery


Our policy used to be that we did free delivery when you spend over £40. However, we now do free delivery on any 6 bottle case of wine you buy from us, hooray! You can order either in store, online or by phone.

Marques De Riscal Rioja Reserve 2008Date published: 04/04/14

Marques De Riscal Rioja Reserve 2008

£10.99 when you buy two bottles from our Spanish Savings selection

Marques de Riscal make some of the most highly regarded traditional Rioja wines. This Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo, hand-picked from 15 year old vines.

It is full bodied with silky tannins. Vanilla, red fruit and balsamic notes dominate the nose leading to a palate of red and black summer fruit flavours.

A wonderful Easter match for roast lamb, also an ideal partner for Iberico Ham and Manchego


New to Majestic, what do we offer?Date published: 04/04/14

New to Majestic Wine? What do we offer?

As we open our new store in Ilkely we hope to see many existing customers but also plenty of new faces.

Majestic Wine are the largest mixed case retailer of wine in the UK, we always have to sell a minimum of 6 bottles in store, online or for delivery; your 6 bottles can be 6 of the same or a mix of anything you fancy. The great thing about us having to sell 6 bottles minimum means we can offer so much more to our customers:

Knowledgeable, passionate and approachable staff – Every member of staff has either completed or is studying towards achieving their WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) Level 3. This means we able to help with the large majority of wine queries, questions and are always happy to taste alongside you at our tasting counter.

Daily wine tasting – every Majestic wine has at least 6 wines to open every day (usually more), this a great opportunity to get inspired to try something new which you may not have tried otherwise.

Free wine tasting events – We offer a number of events throughout the year, including our continuously popular wine course, spotlight tastings and wine evenings (keep your eyes on the website for dates or ask us at the store to send you our dates).

Free delivery of 6 bottles to anywhere in mainland UK

Free glass hire and chilling facilities (refundable deposits needed)

Sale or return

External wine tastings – If you are part of a golf club, PTA, local wine group or just a group of friends, we are happy to come to you to share or products and passion for wine.



The Easter Pick'n'MixDate published: 04/04/14

The Easter Pick'n'Mix

Some eggstraordinary (see what we did there) offers over this Easter period, we continue to offer our amazing 33% off selected wines, with the below being a few of our favourites:

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc @ £6.99*

Winning best Sauvignon Blanc in the world for under £10 for the past 2 years in a row and our best selling wine by far, what else is there to say? Oodles of green apple, fresh lime and lemon with a wonderfully grassy and steely finish. An absolute steal for under £7!

Domaine la Chautarde Rosé @ £6.66*

Salmon pink in colour this great offering from Provence does exactly what it says on the tin. Delicate, dry, strawberries, peach, apricot and necatrine. A great everyday rosé...especially if everyday you're in the garden

Vinalba Reservado Malbec @ £7.99*

Another Majestic favourite and award winner, the wines from these vineyards in Mendoza all exucuted with finesse and quality. Rich blackcurrant, ripe plum are joined by cocoa and hints of smoke on the palate. Crying out to be joined with by a juicy steak.

Rioja Gran Reserva Vina Eguia 2008 @ £8.99*

A gracefully aged Rioja from ageing in both oak barrels and in bottle, the fruit in the wine is very mature; raisins and prunes are joined by clove, vanilla, caramel and hints of leather. Complexity of this quality for under £10 is a great deal.

*When you buy 2 or more bottles from our selected pick'n'mix wines until 7pm Monday 28th April



External TastingsDate published: 04/04/14

External Tastings

Here at Majestic we love to share our knowledge and passion about the wonderful product that is wine. We have a range of wine tastings in store, however if you have a PTA, wine group, golf club or the like who wishes to hold a wine tasting for your own enjoyment or fund-raising we are always happy to help.

All we ask is the cost of the wine used, we would join you at the tasting to host, present and pour the wines used on the evening.


The Easter Pick 'N' Mix 33% Off!Date published: 04/04/14

The Easter Pick 'N' Mix has started.

Get a whopping 33% off when you buy ANY 2 bottles from the bunch. With so many wines, Champagnes and sparklers you’re spoilt for choice!

Prices are valid until the 28th April.


Looking for a new drinks supplier?Date published: 04/04/14

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

What we offer:

~ A wide range of commercial only wines 

~ Competative prices

~ Knowegable staff

~ Free and flexible delivery 7 days a week

~ You personal account manager

~ Staff training with food and wine advice

and much much more...


Buy any 2 selected Fine Wines and save £10!Date published: 04/04/14

Buy any 2 selected Fine Wines and save £10!


Fine Wine shouldn't be limited to extravagant nights out, and it doesn't have to break the bank. Buy any 2 selected Fine Wines and save £10.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/fine-wine-offers


There's More to Argentina..Date published: 03/04/14

There's More to Argentina..

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

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

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

Testimonio Luigi Bosca is another example of a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah-Shiraz, Tannat from Argentina. A deep, dark and dense blend, with a backbone of inky cassis fruit surrounded by plush, silky tannins. The weighty palate carries with it hints of spice and vanilla.

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

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

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

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

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


A Great AperitifDate published: 03/04/14

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs, NV New Zealand 

The Lindauer Special Reserve range is a step up from the standard range, spending 24 months on its lees rather than the usual 15 months. This Blanc de Blancs NV comes from 100% Chardonnay grapes, which also give Champagne their elegance. Elegant citrus fruit, a slight creaminess and fine, soft bubbles make this balanced sparkling wine a real bargain and a fantastic, if slightly lighter alternative, to Champagne.

£12.99 When you buy 2+ bottles (£15.99 single bottle price)


Black Cottage RoséDate published: 03/04/14

Black Cottage Rosé

It's officially Spring and that of course means the appearance of some well loved Rosé wines from around the world. One Rosé in particular that catches peoples attention is the Black Cottage from New Zealand. The Black Cottage range has amassed a good reputation through sales of its Sauvignon Blanc and more recently Pinot Gris. But now it's time for the Rosé to gain a reputation as a perfect alternative to Sancerre or Provence Rosé, giving it a standing as totally different from other New World Rosé's.

The Black Cottage Rosé is currently £9.99 when you buy two (if not more!). £12.49 single bottle price.


PassimentoDate published: 03/04/14

Passimento

The new year has seen the arrival of several new wines at Majestic and the most recent to demand our attention is Italy's seductive Passimento 2011. This delicious red from the Verona region is made from Merlot, Corvina and Croatina; it's name is derived from 'apassimento', the traditional method of partially drying grapes before fermentation to concentrate the juice and intensify flavours.  Therefore if you are amorous for Amarone and  love to revel in Ripasso Valpolicella this is the perfect wine for you. 

This is a deeply coloured, dense red with concentrated red and black fruit and a layered texture. The palate has suggestions of almost -sweet raisined fruit leading to a satisfying length, loaded with leather and spice. We are bowled over by this fantastic addition to the Italian range and envisage it will be very popular! Perfect with a slow-cooked casserole brimming with Italian herbs. What a bargain at £8.99*.

*when buying 2+ as part of a mixed 6.


A Fine New Zealand Red..Date published: 03/04/14

Fine Wine Focus

Our fine wine shelves are full of wines in the Buy 2 Save £10 promotion. This offer now has an extended and ever better range than before so I though I would pick out some of my favorites from the offer. Today  I have chosen the New Zealand Roaring Meg Pinot Noir .

This wine is from Mount Difficulty in Central Otago.

Mount Difficulty is a boutique winery located in Bannockburn in Central Otago. The Bannockburn area is internationally recognized as one of the few places in the world where the petulant Pinot Noir variety has found a home outside Burgundy.

This wine exhibits a lovely mix of red and black berry fruits with further complexity gained from oak spice. These characters are balanced by soft tannins, balanced acidity and a fruit-driven finish.

This is a cracking, complex wine to be enjoyed over the next five years. Enjoy with pork loin and peach chutney or rabbit casserole.

Price - £18 when you buy any 2 selected fine wines



5 reasons to love the Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 03/04/14

Five reasons to love The Ned Sauvignon Blanc

1. It is an perfect example of a Marlborough Sav. Blanc

2. It is bursting full of green and tropical fruits

3. It is a really fresh, crisp and drinkable wine that goes beautifully with poultry, summery salads, goats cheese and oily fish dishes.

4. It is made by a legend of a winemaker, Brent Marris.

5. It is only £6.99 until close of play on Monday 28th April!!


Australia is not just hot hot hot!!!Date published: 03/04/14

Australia is not just hot hot hot!!!

I think there is perhaps a common misconception that Australia is a predominately warm/hot climate and therefore produces wines that are high in alcohol, intense and full bodied. But this is not true, there are in fact many regions and sub-regions that experience much cooler climates. Such as Geelong, The Mornington Peninsular, the Yarra Valley and Sudbury, where super elegant, maritime influenced, cool climate wines are made. Wonderful Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and sparkling wines can show great finesse, with a more reasonable level of alcohol. 

Why not treat yourself and try the De Bortoli Yarra Valley Windy Peaks Pinot Noir (£11.99) this weekend with a roast chicken Sunday lunch.



10 reasons to buy Chilean wineDate published: 03/04/14

10 reasons to buy Chilean wine

1. Due to the difference between the Peso and the Pound, Chilean wine represents excellent value for money.

2. Chile is a winemakers heaven, with uninterrupted sunshine and all the water for irrigation from snow melt a vine could need.. 

3. Chile's viticulture is important not just north to south but east to west because of the Humboltd Current, a coastal range, plains and then the Andes all the way down the country.

4. This means Chile has a huge range of climate condition enabling it to make just about any style of wine in the world.

5. Carmenere was thought to be extinct after Phylloxera wiped out European vineyards in the late 19th Century, but it survived in Chile.

6. Carmenere was once a very important variety in Bordeaux, it's a late ripening variety that has huge potential to make great wine.

7. Chile remains phylloxera free (a vine destroying insect originating from the US and imported into Europe in the late 1800s) which means that vines in Chile don't have to be grafted onto American root stocks leading to a unique purity.

8. Although Cabernet, Merlot, Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted vines, Chile also makes world class Pinot Noir, Carmenere, Carignan, Malbec, Riesling, Viognier and they have been developing super premium sparkling wines too!

9. Although certain areas of Chile can get rather hot during the day, temperatures drop dramatically at night as air rushes down from the Andes. This means grape ripen wonderfully during the day but develop and retain essential acids at night; important for the finesse and freshness of a wine.

10.  Many famous international winemakers and companies have had a big influence in Chile including Mondavi, Torres, Chateau Mouton Rothschild and so on...

So next time you pop in why not try something a little bit more unusual from Chile and ask one of the team for a recommendation!!



Warmer Weather - Days of Summer is Coming!Date published: 03/04/14

The weather is warmer, Days of Summer is Calling!

Miguel Torres winery founded in 1979 is one of the most reputable and prestigious winery's in Spain. This particular wine is located and sourced in one of Chiles most southern wine regions, Itata Valley.

The Muscat grape variety is renowned for being bright and juicy, and the Days of Summer is exactly that. Expect tastes of succulent white grape, essences of floral and tropical fill the nose, perfectly complimented with a hint of sweetness on the pallet gives it the all round ultimate combination.

All this wine for only £6.99 (£9.99 buy 2 save £6).

Accompany this wine with a chicken salad dish, juicy plum tomatoes finished with a caesar dressing.



5 Special Red Grape VarietiesDate published: 03/04/14

5 Special Red Grape Varieties

5. Primitivo/Zinfandel - From Italy and California respectively, these two grapes are genetically related. They are capable of producing very full bodied, ripe red wine, bursting full of character and depth.

4. Shiraz/Syrah - From the refined, elegant and spicy wines of the Rhone to big, juicy, peppery beasts of the Barossa. This grape is worthy of begin one the greats. It is gown around the world and produces complex and sophisticated wines, with the ability to age.

3. Tempranillo - Two words Port and Rioja. Ok, so other grapes are also used in the production of Port and Rioja, but without the presence of Tempranillo they wouldn't be half as good. Tempranillo is also used to make some of Spain's other great wines, is grown around the world and can be aged for a very long time indeed.

2. Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot - I know this is cheating a little, as Cabernet and Merlot are two grape varieties but they are like brother and sister and never show quite as well on their own. The blend of these two grapes is responsible for some of the most expensive wines in the world, mainly from Bordeaux.

1. Pinot Noir - In at No.1 is this blockbuster of a grape. Not only does this cool climate variety produce some of the worlds finest and intriguingly complex wines but has the versatility to make wonderfully fresh and elegant rosé. Furthermore, it has the prodigious title of being one of the grape varieties in white and pink Champagne, as well as renowned international sparkling wines!


Wine of the WeekDate published: 02/04/14

This week's wine of the week is the Pouilly-Fumé by Jean Vincent.


Father-and-son team Jean and Vincent Chatelain are based in the heart of Pouilly-sur-Loire. Each parcel of their 30ha estate is vinified individually to maintain the character of each plot.


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


This elegant example of Sauvignon Blanc would be a great aperitif or with fresh seafood or tomato based foods 

£9.99 (single bottle £14.99)* buy 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines and save 33% 

*Price subject to purchase as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles or more

The Mighty MagnumDate published: 29/03/14

Whether it is for a big party or a night in with friends Magnums (1.5 litre bottles) can lift the mood and atmosphere of any occasion. As well as looking mighty impressive, the wine is said to age more slowly and gracefully due to the larger surface area of wine to trapped oxygen, creating greater complexities over a longer period of time. 

At Majestic we offer a great range of magnums in all colours and styles; including the ever popular AIX rose from Provence in France at £19-99. Perfect summer drinking!        


Did you know?Date published: 29/03/14

Shiraz and Syrah are the same grape. Shiraz traditionally being used in the New World and Syrah in the Old World.

Did you know?Date published: 29/03/14

Sparkling wines labelled as traditional method are produced in the same way as Champagne.

Like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc? Of course you do!Date published: 29/03/14

If you like Sauvignon Blanc, why not try....

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

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

It's on our tasting counter now and on SPECIAL OFFER until 7pm on Monday 31st March.

£6.66 a bottle when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case.


You deserve a treat...Date published: 29/03/14

Dom Pérignon Champagne 2004 

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

£126 a bottle when you buy 6 bottles or more... a saving of 10%


Ravenswood Lodi ZinfandelDate published: 29/03/14

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2011 Lodi County

Using the Zinfandel grape, this wine is bursting with concentrated sweet blueberry,plums and spice aromas. Bright and fruity with soft, ripe roundness and well balanced acidity, filled with vanilla and toasted spices that linger on the finish.

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

One of my favourite wines, its is a pleasure to drink by itself or with flavourful duck disheslamb or a cheese platter. Enjoy over the next four years.

Special Offer until 7pm Monday 31st March:

£6.66 when you buy 2 or more as part of a mixed case... The cheapest it's been since 2007!


Upcoming Tasting EventsDate published: 29/03/14

We have a number of exciting tasting events being held in store in the coming weeks. If any of the following take your fancy give us a call on 01962 868 708 to book a place.

Thursday 15th May - Summer Tasting

Our biggest event of the year. Navigate several stations offering a selection of old favourites and new delights for the summer. You'll have the opportunity to meet some of our suppliers and sample gourmet cheeses supplied by Vallebona in Wimbledon. Put your name down early as will fill up. Attendance is, as ever, free.

Saturday 5th April 3pm - Spanish Spotlight Tasting 

Pop down at 3pm next Saturday and we will guide you through 6 exciting Spanish wines in just 30 minutes. A great chance to explore beyond Rioja.

Thursday 10th April 6pm - 8pm - The Wine Course 

A 2 hour introduction into how to taste wine and assess quality. We look at whites, champagne and reds, finishing up with a fun food and wine matching session. A thoroughly enjoyable way to spend your Thursday evening.

If you can't make any of these events don't worry we always have a selection of wines open for you to try on our tasting counter.

Come and Explore!!


The History of Majestic WineDate published: 26/03/14

The History of Majestic Wine

Majestic Vintners opened its first Wine Warehouse in Wood Green, North London, in 1980. The manager of this first store was Tony Mason. This store was followed in May 1981 by another in Battersea, and by the end of 1985 there were 13 stores in the Majestic estate.

In January 1986 Tony Mason left Majestic to set up Wizard Wine which was bought in 1987 by frozen food retailer Bejam. When Bejam was purchased by rival Iceland a year later, Chairman John Apthorp, Managing Director Tim How and Trading Director Tony Mason purchased Wizard.

In 1991 Wizard purchased Majestic, and the two operations were merged under the Majestic Wine Warehouses banner in 1992. Since then Majestic has expanded continuously, floating on the Alternative Investment Market in 1996 before opening its hundredth store in Dorchester in 2002.


Producer Spotlight - Maison Louis JadotDate published: 26/03/14

Producer Spotlight - Maison Louis Jadot

Maison Louis Jadot (or Louis Jadot) is a winery that was founded by Louis Henry Denis Jadot in 1859. The first vineyard bought by the Jadot family is theBeaune vineyard, Clos des Ursules, in 1826. The family wine company produces and markets Burgundy wine. It operates both its own vineyards and buys grapes from other growers. It controls 270 hectares (670 acres) of vineyards in Burgundy (including Beaujolais Crus), and produces only Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) wines. Louis Jadot also owns vineyards in the Mâconnais region: Domaine Ferret in Fuissé and in the Beaujolais region in Moulin à Vent: Château des Jacques.


Producer Spotlight - CVNEDate published: 26/03/14

CVNE

The “Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE) is a family winery which was founded in 1879 in Haro, La Rioja, Spain. It belongs to the DOCa Rioja Rioja (wine). Since 1879, CVNE has at all times belonged to the direct descendants of the Real de Asua family. CVNE has always focused in vinegrowing and winemaking in Rioja. Its first exports started in 1880 to Europe and America. 

THE WINES:

• CUNE: The original name for this wine was supposed to have been CVNE, like the company, but an early misspelling decided this wine’s name for good. It was the first wine produced by CVNE in its winery in Haro.

• Imperial: This wine was first made in the 1920s and only made on vintages of exceptional quality. Depending on it, certain vintages undergo cask and bottle ageing to achieve ‘Reserva’ category, while others which are thought to be more suitable for an even longer maturation process are eventually released as ‘Gran Reserva’. All grapes are sourced from CVNE’s own vineyards at Villalba.

• Monopole: First produced in 1915, it is currently the oldest existing fresh white wine in Rioja, and possibly in the whole of Spain.

• Corona: Another rarity that goes back to the dawn of Rioja as a winemaking region, this semi sweet white is the only existing example in Rioja of a partial noble rot wine, in a country where Botrytis cinerea only occurs very seldom. This wine is typically made in minimal amounts, fermented in American oak barrels and obviously made only in those unusual years of high humidity conditions.

• Real de Asúa: A fairly recent addition to the CVNE range, the first vintage of which was 1994. Named after CVNE’s two founders, this wine is made from the same grapes as Imperial but the winemaking and cask ageing processes follow a completely different route, ending up in an entirely different wine.

• Viña Real: The Viña Real wines were first launched in 1920, made from grapes from the Rioja Alavesa area. Since then, these wine have typically been named as ‘Plata’ (Crianza), ‘Oro’ (Reserva), and Gran Reserva. A Viura based Barrel Fermented white is also made.

• Pagos de Viña Real: The first vintage was 2001, at the same time as the start of the building work for Viña Real’s new winery. This wine is made from a selection of Tempranillo grapes hand-picked at Viña Real’s oldest vineyards in Rioja Alavesa. A further selection is carried out later on at the winery followed by winemaking in small wide oak vats and both malolactic fermentation and ageing in oak casks.

• ContinoThis wines are made exclusively from the stocks planted on its 62 hectares located in Laserna, near the town of Laguardia in the Rioja Alavesa wine making region.

THE WINERIES:

CVNE: CVNE is the winery where the company began in 1879. And today it still sits on its original site, in the wine district, Barrio de la Estación, in Haro, Rioja Alta. The Haro winery comprises a collection of structures and cellars, most dating from the 19th century, arranged around a central patio. Above the cellars are the winemaking, bottling, and shipping facilities, conserved to this day.

With the time, a serial number of structures have been built, which reflect the vinicole history of the winery. The Eiffel ‘s Cellar, designed by the architecture practice of the legendary Alexandre – Gustave Eiffel; The Real de Asúa cellar, a winery inside another winery.The Real de Asua cellar is an independent winery inside the original historic quarters of Cune. This cellar allows for a fully traditional winemaking process subject to the strictest quality controls. The greater wines of the Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, namely, Real de Asúa and Imperial, are made in this cellar.

Viña Real: The Viña Real winery is located 10 minutes away from Logroño. It was designed by Philippe Mazieres.. His Majesty the King of Spain Juan Carlos I inaugurated the Viña Real winery in 2004, and was the first winery in Spain to be adapted for the physically handicapped and blind.

Viñedos del Contino: Viñedos del Contino was set up jointly by CVNE and the Contino estate owners in 1973, establishing the first properly speaking “château” in Rioja. Contino is a 62 hectare estate along a meander on the northern bank of the river Ebro, near the village of Laserna (Rioja Alavesa). The estate is sheltered from the north and northeast by the Cerro de La Mesa hill, and from the south by the high cliffs of the southern river bank, making this property one of the sites in Rioja where to find some of the oldest vines of Graciano, one of Rioja’s very rare indigenous varieties, and a very distinctive feature of this estate’s wines. The winery itself is in the 14th century estate’s manor overlooking the entire property.


Free delivery on all orders!Date published: 26/03/14

Free delivery on all orders!

Our outstanding delivery service is second to none because everything is managed here in Bath, from the moment you order until the moment our Majestic van arrives at your door. We'll give you a call to arrange delivery at a convenient time for you, including evenings and weekends.

Now this remarkable service is free for ANY order of six bottles or more on mainland UK. There's no longer a delivery charge for orders under £40. That means you can choose any wines you like, including our most budget friendly wines under £6(http://www.majestic.co.uk/wines-under-six) and benefit from this unbeatable service. 

Isn't it time we delivered to yours?


New Customer to Majestic Wine?Date published: 26/03/14

New customer to Majestic Wine?

The first time you shop with Majestic you be asked if you would like to be added to our customer mailing list, but what is it for?

Essentially it is a tool in place for your benefit - If you've ever had a wine from us and can't remember what it is - we can use your history to find out for you! And don't worry if you bought it from another branch, we can give them a call and get them to check your in-store history there, so we can ALWAYS find out what you've bought, as long as you provide us with your surname and postcode every time you shop.

It also allows us to post you our quarterly magazine Grape to Glass, and any flyers detailing our latest offers, so you'll always be first in the know (you can opt out of this free service if you prefer not to receive the mailing, and you still benefit from our personalised product history service!)

There is also an option to signup for emails detailing EXCLUSIVE online parcels that you can't get anywhere else - not even in store! So if you want to be kept in the know about all the best deals here at Majestic, make sure you go on our mailing list - after all, it's there for you!

We also offer free Tasting Tutorials, Wine Evenings and Wine courses where you can learn about different wines and you also get to taste!


Free Delivery on 6 bottles of WineDate published: 21/03/14

Delivery is now FREE for any order of six bottles or more on mainland UK. 

There's no longer a delivery charge for orders under £40, so get ordering online or over the phone on 01962 868708.

Fine Wine VoteDate published: 21/03/14

Vote for the fine wine you would like to try from our shortlist and the wine with the most votes will be opened for you to try.

Just email us at win@majestic.co.uk or tweet us @majesticwin with your vote, name and a contact number and we will let you know so you can join us when we open it on our tasting counter!

March's Staff Shortlist:

1. Chapel Hill Bush Vine Grenache, McLaren Vale

2. Promis, Gaja, Tuscany

3. Foxen Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, California

4. 1er Cru Chablis Laroche, Fourchaume


Burrow Hill Cider - New!Date published: 18/03/14

Burrow Hill Cider -

Burrow Hill Cider consistently rates as one of the best (and often the very best) ciders in the UK. It features on the lists of many Michelin starred restaurants, and on the shelves of Harvey Nichols and Harrods.

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

In the world of increasingly commercial and flavoured ciders of varying quality and heritage – Burrow Hill Farm stands out for flying the flag of quality led, artisan cider and we are very pleased to offer them to our customers. 


Buying for Commercial use?Date published: 18/03/14

Buying for Commercial use?


Here at Majestic we are not satisfied with being an award winning retailer, we supply award winning wines to the trade as well. Whether you’re running a restaurant, hotel, pub, bar or any other venue with drink and catering requirements we can help you. Our wines are exclusive to our trade customers.

If your spend is in excess of £12k we offer dedicated account management who not only put together a competitive package of wines across all price points, they will offer help and guidance throughout the year. This includes our confidence in wine training for your staff to help with sales success. We also offer a bespoke wine list production service.

On top of this, your supply of wines will be carried out by your local Majestic store which gives you both a local and more personalised point of contact. It also means we can get deliveries to you at short notice and and at times and days to suit you. Account facilities are available.

If you would like to find out more contact us in store


Wine Facts: Non-Vintage vs. Vintage ChampagneDate published: 18/03/14

Wine Facts: Non-Vintage vs. Vintage Champagne


Champagne is famous for many reasons, mainly because it is linked to celebrations all over the world, but also because 

it's the only wine region in the world that focuses exclusively on sparkling wine production. There are two main types of champagnes, Vintages and Non-Vintage. 

Non-Vintage (NV):

Non-Vintage champagne is the most commercially important champagne as opposed to Vintage. Every producer has a specific style that is world renowned in some cases. The blends are based on the vintage stated with reserve wines added to make the rest up. By law Non-Vintage champagnes must be aged for a minimum of fifteen months, including a minimum of twelve months on the lees. As opposed to Vintages they rarely benefit from bottle ageing. 

Vintage:

Vintage champagnes are only made during the best years and can only be made from grapes that are from the year stated. The champagnes show similar characteristics as the Non-Vintage, but extra depth is added that can only be found through vintage characteristics. Due to a minimum ageing of three years, vintages tend to have a more yeasty quality.



Jargon Buster!Date published: 18/03/14

Jargon Buster!

Wild Yeast - Without a doubt, modern wine making techniques have improved the quality of wine no end, especially in the process of alcoholic fermentation (how grape juice is turned into wine). The vast majority of producers now use artificially cultivated strains of yeast that react with the sugar in the grape juice and produce alcohol; the reason for this is that certain strains of yeast produce certain flavour compounds and by controlling which yeasts react, the producer can better control the taste of the final product. 

However, some premium producers (and an increasing number of value producers) are returning to the naturally occurring or 'wild' yeast that is found in the waxy skin of the grape, called the bloom. The fancy scientific name for this yeast is Saccharomyces cerevisiaeand, although it more difficult to control the resulting flavour, it is argued that it adds a complexity and depth to the wine. 

Although a wine produced with wild yeast will add a price premium to the bottle, we do have some excellent value offerings in store.

How about the Errazuriz Wild Ferment Pinot Noir, 2011? Intense floral flavours of violets and spice intertwined with the classic red fruit flavors, brought about by the wild yeast 


Why not Mont Saint Jean 2012 Corbières?Date published: 18/03/14

Mont Saint Jean 2012 Corbières 2012

A stunning wine coming from the beautiful countryside of the upper Corbieres, near Carcassonne with vines covered with small round pebbles. 

A lovely blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan which gives an intense nose of red berries and spice, with ripe rich fruit flavours on the palate.

Perfect with roast and grilled meats, casseroles and sausages.

Special offer

£5.99

#comeandexplore


Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV New ZealandDate published: 18/03/14

Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blancs NV New Zealand

 An award winning wine crafted solely from Premium Gisborne chardonnay grape. Lindauer Blanc de blancs - a French  wine making term which means a white of the whites - is an elegant bottle fermented sparkling wine with delicious citrus notes and a creamy lingering finish.

This lovely and elegant sparkling wine is just brilliant as an aperatif or good alternative to Champahne.

£9.99

When you buy two or more.

#comeandexplore 

Tasting NotesDate published: 17/03/14

Tasting Notes

Want to explore the world of wine a little further or impress your friends with your tasting skills? 

Well you can do just that with Majestic Winchester. When you buy your wine in store we can provide you with FREE tasting notes!  

Share your knowledge with family and friends - why not put them to the tasting test and see who wins!  


Aix Magnums back in stock!!Date published: 17/03/14

Aix Magnums back in stock!!

We don't have many customers who can resist the temptation to buy a Magnum of Rose, however those that do resist always do so based on the fact that they can't try it, and therefore if they don't like it they have an entire Magnum to get through!

You can expect to be suprised by how delicate the fruit flavours of summer berried are on the palate while balanced by good acidity and a spicy finish. A great wine by any standards all the better for being in a Magnum and sensibly priced at £19.99!

So why not get ready for the Summer and grab yours today.  Stock of these great Magnums don't last so please be quick!!


Alternative to Dog Point NZ Sauvignon Blanc - GreywackeDate published: 17/03/14

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc - Alternative to Dog Point

Named after New Zealand’s prolific bedrock that compose the majority of the mainland alps, making up the backbone of New Zealand. Greywacke is the personal venture of Kevin Judd, one of Marlborough’s pioneer winemakers. The winery was founded in 2009, and is the brainchild of Mr Judd, formally winemaker of Cloudy Bay for 25 years.

The Greywacke style of Sauvignon has a softer finish than most NZ Sauvignon's. This is could be put down to many things; possibly the sourcing prime fruit from mature vineyards within the central Wairau and Southern Valleys, the use of non-laboratory yeast strains, or Kevin's use of low-intervention wine making. The result is the creation of these stunning wines hallmarked by their concentration and individuality.

These wine have aromatics of intense melon, peach and papaya that are accompanied by hints of tomato leaf and capsicum. The palate is crisp but remarkably mouth-filling with slightly flinty, mineral edge reflective of its name. A small portion of the wine has been fermented in old oak barrels, giving a savoury, smoky edge.

The Greywacke is £19.99 or buy 2 bottles save £6 = £16.99 


New to the range - Stella Alpina ChardonnayDate published: 17/03/14

NEW TO THE RANGE

We've made some great new additions to the range this Spring. The Stella Alpina Chardonnay has to be my pick of the bunch. Here's a tasting note to wet your appetite.

Alto Adige, also known as South Tyrol, is Italy's northernmost wine region, bordering the Alps and Dolomites. The climate offers superb conditions for ripening top-quality grapes, combining 1800 annual sunshine hours with moderate temperatures due to the high altitude.

A supremely poised and harmonious Chardonnay, possessing a fine balance between firm acidic backbone and rounded opulence. Bright golden yellow colour and hints of tropical fruit.

Perfect with feta-stuffed breast of chicken.

£13.99 or buy 2 save 33% = £9.33


Amarone and AppasimentoDate published: 17/03/14

Amarone and Appasimento

Amarone can be said to be the pinnacle on Italian wine making, along with Barolo and Brunello these three majestic beasts make up the aristocracy of Italian wine.

Amarone is a robust, full bodied wine packed full of flavour; predominantly dried fruits such as raisin and has distinctive richness which is practically unrivalled!

This beautiful wine is made in the Veneto region in North Eastern Italy using a blend of Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes. These undergo the 'appasimento' method which concentrates the natural sugars and aromatics in Valpolicella wines. This was originally done by producers who began drying their grapes after harvest to remove water whilst retaining sweetness and flavour. The grapes' high sugar content means a higher potential alcohol, so a complete fermentation results in a strong wine of 15% or 16%. This is then aged in barrels for at least two years before commercial release.

We stock some fabulous Amarones here at Majestic along with some other beautiful wines using the appasimento method.

The Masi Amarone is really in a class of its own and this is reflected in the price, sitting on our fine wine shelf at £30.00.

Possibly my favourite wine in Majestic is the La Cassetta, also using the appasimento method but at a more accesible price of £13.99.

These wines would go fantastically with a rib of beef, or any red meat really, game as well. Please come in and treat yourselves to some of these delights!


Visiting Vasse Felix, Margaret RiverDate published: 15/03/14

I was recently lucky enough to visit one of my favourite suppliers of Majestic, Vasse Felix. Founded in 1967, by Dr. Tom Cullity, they were the first winery to be established in Margaret River. After a French sailor named Thomas Timothee Vasse was washed overboard during an expedition in 1801 the area was unofficially named 'Unlucky Vasse'. Translating from the Latin as 'Lucky Vasse', Dr. Cullity hoped his vineyard site would have a better fate. The winery's logo, a peregrine falcon, is in honour of a bird trained to act as a deterrent to other smaller birds with a penchant for ripe juicy grapes. Alas, on its first flight it made a bid for freedom... never to be seen again.

The renowned restaurant at Vasse Felix is the recipient of a host of awards and high praise from revered critics and national good food guides. This level of commendation is not without merit, the meal I enjoyed there was simply sublime. Beginning with a crayfish dish paired with The Silver Knight, Vasse Felix's traditional method sparkling wine made from equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and a whisper of Pinot Meunier. This delectable treat was followed by a main course of Barramundi, Australia's mighty, meaty fish of choice for gourmet restaurants and takeaway chippies alike. Matched with the newly released 2012 vintage Heytesbury Chardonnay - a gloriously rich and opulent expression of the Burgundian grape that will haunt your dreams. To conclude our decadent lunch on the balcony overlooking the grounds of the state of the art winery we, of course, ordered a cheeseboard, complemented by their luscious cane cut Semillon.

However, the highlight of the whole experience was yet to come. I treated myself to a bottle from their archive list. Opting not for a bottle of the controversially labelled early 90s 'Hermitage' but a 1995 Shiraz. 

All I can see of it is: Try it. If you ever get the chance. Buy it. Don't give it a second thought.

A to Z of Wine - FurmintDate published: 13/03/14

The name of this variety is derived from 'froment', a Hungarian word used to describe the wheat-gold colour of its wines. Whilst it is possible that the grape is indigenous to Hungary, it is likely it was imported during the 13th Century under the reign of King Bela.

The grape ripens late, usually during the second half of October and is commonly inflicted with Botrytis when it will be used as the dominant grape in the production of Tokaji, a dessert wine that can have the potential to age for 100 years or more.

However, on occasion Furmint is used to produce a single-variety dry white wine - and it's certainly no slouch. Displaying rich, honeyed aromas and a mesmerising expression on the palate of juicy stone fruits alongside a bracing gun-flint minerality.

Now that I've whet your appetite why not include a couple of bottles in your next mixed case? They're now on offer at the improved price of £7.99 each when you buy two or more.  

Prosecco Corte Alta - 33% off until 7pm Monday 17th March!Date published: 13/03/14

That's right you read it right, the Prosecco Corte Alta NV is on the Pick'n'Mix for just 1 week!

This prosecco is delicate and aromatic, with a light body and fine bubbles, carrying lots of fresh peach, pear, apricot and apple with a revitalizing finish! Why don't you enjoy it on it's own as an apperitif or as an accompaniment to canapes.

So come on down while the sun is shining and treat yourself to a few bottles of this fine prosecco while the offer lasts!

£9.99 down to £6.66 until 7pm Monday 17th March

Dont miss out! 


Craft Beers at Winchester Majestic WineDate published: 13/03/14

Craft Beer is King

Craft beers are becoming something of a hit over here in the UK and in many other markets all over the world. A good craft beer has it's own taste and identity and is made to a very good quality in minute quantities compared to the big branded larger names.

So if you've 'wined' yourself out over the festive season, why not opt for a cleansing and refreshing ale.

Here are a few of our picks for you to try:

Punk IPA, Brewdog

Heavily hopped (twice) for an intense tropical palate. This beer is a game-changer.

£12.99 for a 6 pack or £9.99 when you buy any 2 packs from our craft beer selection.

Anchor Steam

A deep amber color with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavor.

£12.99 for a 6 pack or £9.99 when you buy any 2 packs from our craft beer selection.

Brooklyn Lager

A amber-gold that lager displays a firm malt center with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. This is a great food beer.

£12.99 for a 6 pack or £9.99 when you buy any 2 packs from our craft beer selection.



Quick Guide - amazing 33% off deals ending at 7pm Monday 17th March!Date published: 13/03/14

Quick Guide to the amazing 33% off wine deals ending at 7pm on Monday 17th March!


Chateau Meaume down from £9.99 to £6.66

Eguia Reserva '08 Rioja down from £9.99 to £6.99

Eguia Gran Reserva '04 down from £13.49 to £8.99


Gavi Montiero down from £8.99 to £5.99

NED SAUVIGNON BLANC down from £10.49 to £6.99

Villa Maria Cellar Selection down from £12.49 to £8.33


Prosecco Corte Alta down from £9.99 to £6.66


Nicolas Feuillatte down from £25 to £16.66

VEUVE CLICQUOT NV down from £45 to £29.98


BUY ANY 2 BOTTLES AND SAVE 33%

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough £6.99 for one week only!Date published: 13/03/14

The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough £6.99 for one week only!

The Ned joins the other Pick & Mix wines for one week only, down from £10.49 to £6.99. Get a whopping 33% off when you buy ANY 2 bottles from the bunch. With so many wines, Champagnes and sparklers you’re spoilt for choice!

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

A nose of nettles and grass leads to generous gooseberry flavours with asmoky herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir gives the wine asubtle gunflint minerality which delivers extra complexity. Drink now with fresh summer salads and seafood.

Please purchase in-store, online or over the telephone before this short-term deal ends at 7pm on Monday 17th March!!

One Week Only - Veuve Cliquot NV £29.98Date published: 13/03/14

One Week Only - Veuve Cliquot NV £29.98

Veuve Cliquot Non Vintage Champagne joins the pick and mix 33.3%  off offer for one week only down to this fabulous price of £29.98. That's a penny cheaper than when it was on offer this Christmas. 

Veuve Cliquot make around 10 million bottles worth of their NV a year. This Champagne is Pinot Noir dominated and Veuve Clicquot ages their non-vintage for almost twice the requiredtime, resulting in a superb marriage of freshness and power, with richfruit and a mouth-filling mousse.

This is a great champagne to sit back and enjoy with but would marry excellently with a creamy fish or chicken dish.

Remember this deal is for one week only and ends at 7pm on Monday 17th March!!


Wine of the Week - Antony's Yard 2012, Graham Beck, Western CapeDate published: 12/03/14

Antony's Yard 2012, Graham Beck, Western Cape

A juicy Bordeaux blend, produced form Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot.  This wine offers red berry fruit aromas and a happy fruit-forward personality. Lush flavour on the palate, velvety and deep. You can enjoy it beef, lamb, strong cheeses and a good company.

Only £6.99 

When you buy 2 or more bottles.

Come and give it a try on our tasting counter.

#comeandexplore

A new white wine from Spain.Date published: 09/03/14

El Rescatado Albarin 2013

Vino De La Tierra De Castilla Y Leon


Albarin is an ancient variety which was all but extinct just a few years ago. There are still only around 100 hectares of it planted in the whole world – all of it in the valleys of the Picos De Europa Mountains near Leon.

The name El Rescatardo means “rescued” in Spanish, and is an homage to Professor Pedro Mittelbrun who pioneered the replanting of this grape variety. He has single-handedly put it back on the map, and for that all of us oenophiles owe him a debt of gratitude!

This is a really interesting wine. Genuinely something a bit different. On the nose it is reminiscent of an Alsace Pinot Gris. Aromas of peach and peardrops are framed by hints of nutmeg and cinnamon spice. The palate is rich and fruit-driven. Good acidity prevents it from being flabby but there is a weight to the mouthfeel that suggests this is a great food wine. Pair it up with some buttery Lobster or some scallops in a creamy sauce!


Quick Quiz on Argentina!Date published: 08/03/14

Quick quiz on Argentina!

How well do you think you will score?!


Q1) The Salta region is renowned for its Torrontes. Which clone of the variety dominates plantings there? (Majestic Wine stocks a fantastic Torrontes from the Lujan de Cuyo region by Vinalba for £9.99).



Answer: Torrontes Riojano.



Q2) Name the grape, also known as Douce Noir, which is the second most planted variety in Argentina. (An excellent example of this is made La Posta Winery and is available from Majestic for £9.99).



Answer: Bonarda.



Q3) The Tannat grape is noted in particular for its high level of anti-oxidants, making it the ideal red for health buffs. Like Malbec, Tannat is a french export. Which french AC is most commonly associated with this grape? (The Finca Las Moras (£7.99) is available for all those wine lovers looking to raise their life expectancy).



Answer: Madiran.



Q4) The Cafayate region of Salta is home to the highest vineyard land in the world. Which valley in Salta boast this vineyard, situated at 3111m? (The Amalaya de Colome (£9.99) red blend demonstrates the remarkable impact altitude has on wine, with intense perfume and freshness).



Answer: Calchaquies Valley.



5) Several major European wineries have invested in the Argentine industry, notably Chateau Cheval Blanc with the Cheval des Andes and LVMH with their Terrazas de los Andes project. Which European wine company is behind the Septimo Dia Winery, located in Mendoza? (Both the Septimo Malbec and Chardonnay are available for £9.99 a bottle).



Answer: Cordoniu.


March Pick n' Mix - Great DealsDate published: 08/03/14

Picks of the March Pick 'n' Mix

Another month brings another swathe of cracking deals from Majestic wine. With lots of great wines available at fantastic prices, choosing our personal favourites has been tough and a rigorous tasting session has left all of us at Majestic Wine Winchester rather enthralled. It's a tough job, but someone needs to do it! Without further ado, here are some of our favourite wines from the March Pick 'n' Mix:

Cloudy Bay Pelorus 2008 - Was £26.99, Now £17.99

Famous for it's Sauvignon Blanc, Cloudy Bay has been expanding its portfolio of wines for some time now, with the Pelorus range of Champagne-style sparkling wines being one of several stalwart additions. Made to the same ageing requirements as vintage champagne and from the same blend of grapes, the 2008 Pelorus is a remarkably effective facsimile for France's most prestigious sparkling wines. Zingy acidity, fresh orchard fruit flavours and a creamy mousse are complimented by a lingering brioche note on the finish. A champagne of similar quality would fetch north of £30, so this is undeniably a real bargain!

Chateau La Vielle Croix 2009, Fronsac - Was £18.99, Now £12.66

Fronsac, the oft overlooked commune on Bordeaux's Right Bank has long been lost in the shadows cast by its more famous neighbours Pomerol and St Emilion. This obscurity has meant that many Fronsac wines represent the best value proposition in Bordeaux. A merlot dominated wine from an outstanding vintage, there is an ample quantity of red fruit, balanced by fruitcake-esque richness and a hint of wild herbs. Close your eyes and you could easily believe you were enjoying a Grand Cru St Emilion at a fraction of the price. Snap it up and enjoy with roast lamb.

Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Gris 2012, Alsace - Was £9.99, Now £6.66

Made in classic Alsatian off-dry style this is Pinot Gris (aka Pinot Grigio) at it's most open and approachable. Pear and quince fruit flavours and delicate floral finish. A natural partner to soft cheeses, the wine also works well with lightly spiced thai curries.


Lebanon - Chateau MusarDate published: 08/03/14

Wine Region of The Day: Lebanon

A Brief Overview:

Lebanon is among the oldest sites of wine production in the world. The Israelite prophet Hosea (780–725 B.C.) is said to have urged his followers to return to Yahweh so that "they will blossom as the vine, [and] their fragrance will be like the wine of Lebanon". The Phoenicians of its coastal strip were instrumental in spreading wine and viticulture throughout the Mediterranean in ancient times. Despite the many conflicts of the region, the country has an annual production of about 600,000 cases of wine. The number of wineries went from 5 in 1998, to over 30 today.

Our Wines:

The Beqaa Valley is home to Lebanon's famous vineyards. With an average altitude of 1000 m above sea level, the valley's climate is very suitable to vineyards. Abundant winter rain and much sunshine in the summer helps the grapes ripen easily. There are more than a dozen wineries in the Beqaa Valley, producing over six million bottles a year. Château Musar, located at the heart of the picturesque valley, has had to contend with the consequences of wartime volatility, most notably shelling and troop movement.

In Winchester we have four different wines from Château Musar currently on sale:


Château Musar 2001 :Only £24 a bottle.

Château Musar 2005 : Only £19.99 a bottle.

Hochar Père et Fils 2008: Only £11.99 a bottle.

Château Musar 2004 Magnum :Only £45 a bottle.


The Rhone ValleyDate published: 08/03/14

I am quickly becoming fascinated the Rhone valley, here is a quick summary: 

East of glamourous Bordeaux and south of beguiling Burgundy lies one of the world’s greatest wine regions:  The Rhone Valley.  The Rhone Valley is split into two distinct vineyard areas, North and South, both producing some of the most powerful and intense red wines in the world.  Everyday Cotes-du-Rhone represents good value, but some of the best buys are found in village areas such as Gigondas and Cairanne.

 Fast facts:

1) Grapes – Northern Rhone reds tend to be made mainly from Syrah with the South producing blends from key varieties Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.


2) Climate - The strong, dry, chilly mistral wind accelerates through the Rhone Valley, reaching speeds of over 90km/h. The vines are protected by being tied to stakes; and trees are planted to create windbreaks.


3) History - Winemaking died out after the Romans left the region but it was reignited in the 13th century when the Pope was resident at Avignon.


4) Production - There are over 6,000 wine growing properties in the Rhône Valley. 95% of its wines are produced in the South.

Recommendation:

Vacqueryras Domaine Garrigue

1 bottle = £14.99

2+ bottles = £12.99

Customer Preference - Let us help you!Date published: 08/03/14

Customer Preference

We want to help you...

In store we have a special list of customers that we have named our customer preference file!

The aim is to notify you about price changes on the wines you love! 

We can also let you know if we have anything new to our range that might excite you. 

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.

Let us know if you would like to be added to our list. 

Whether you love New Zealand Sauvignon, crazy about Champagne, mad about Malbec or get excited by one off special parcels of wine  - ask to be added to our Customer Preference File!

For further information or to be added to our preference list please email - win@majestic.co.uk or telephone us on 01962 868 708

Underrated Wine of the Week - The Caracal 2011 Neethlingshof, StellenboschDate published: 08/03/14

Underrated Wine of the Week

The Caracal 2011 Neethlingshof, Stellenbosch

A Bordeaux blend from one of the Cape's oldest estates, this wine has been named after the Caracal, a wild lynx-like cat indigenous to South Africa, which has recently been introduced to the Neethlingshof vineyards as a natural 'Darwinian' form of pest control.

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

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

£15.99

Buy 2 bottles save £6

£12.99


Crittenden Estate Chardonnay 2011 Mornington PeninsulaDate published: 08/03/14

Crittenden Estate Chardonnay 2011 Mornington Peninsula

Unit price £22

When you buy any 2 selected fine wines = £17.00 each

Grape

Chardonnay

Origin

Crittenden's first five acres were planted in 1982, a time when Mornington Peninsula had little association with wine, having only around 10 acres of vines. Garry Crittenden and his family have since developed the estate into one of the region's definitive wineries.

Taste

Plush, generous Chardonnay, full of ripe melon and citrus with a rounded, buttery mouth-feel. 10 months in French oak has given this wine remarkable depth, harmony and nutty lees-derived nuances.

Enjoy

Superb with homemade pasta garnished liberally with herb butter and freshly shaved parmigiano. 


Fine Wine Focus - Barolo Natale VergaDate published: 08/03/14

Fine Wine Focus: Barolo Natale Verga

Barolo is one of the most names wines in Italian wine and is made from the delicate grape Nebbiolo (rosewater and tar!), named after the nebbia fog which frequently blankets the hillside vineyards on early October mornings, when the Nebbiolo harvest is in full swing. Barolos used to need up to a generation of aging for their tannins to soften and become approachable. With modern winemaking techniques this has changed, and this Barolo from Natale Verga beautifully demonstrates this modern and approachable style. Made from ripe fruit, and aged in casks of French oak smaller than the traditional botte this wine has a gorgeous garnet colour in the glass with masses of blackberry on the palatte along with subtle rose petals and wood smoke. Of that classic barolo tasting note of tar and roses this wine leans very much more towards the latter. This wine is still very young by Barolo standards and so the fruit flavours and the tannins are large, but paired with rich food it really shines, and is a great showcase for modern Barolo.

1 bottle = £23

2+ bottles = £18 each

(Buy 2 bottles save £10)

Have you tried Ondine Sauvignon Blanc?Date published: 08/03/14

Have you tried.....Ondine Sauvignon Blanc?

Our latest price change has shifted some of the best Sauvignon deals away from the trusted stacks of New Zealand boxes and so there really is no better time than the present to cast the net a little wider and fish for a viable variation.

One such alternative that springs immediately to mind is Ondine Sauvignon from South Africa's Western Cape. The cooler growing conditions in Darling give this wine an oft sought after crispness and delicacy and a complexity which belies its bargain price. Tending towards the herbacious rather than the tropical, Ondine Sauvignon still has enough refreshing fruitiness to satisfy the most ardent of Marlborough fans.

I urge you to give it a try, it may just become your new everyday drinking white.

1 bottle = £8.99

2+ bottles = £5.99 each

Vina Nobile di Montepulciano "La Ciarliana" 2008Date published: 08/03/14

Vina Nobile di Montepulciano "La Ciarliana" 2008

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is made in the hills surrounding the town of Montepulciano (not be to be confused with the grape Montepulciano, which is of no connection). The wine is so named because in the eighteenth and nineteenth century it was a particular favourite both of local noblemen, and those visiting Italy on the grand tour. Vino Nobile is made from Sangiovese, which is the grape that produces the best of Tuscany's traditional wines, used in both Brunello de Montalcino and Chianti. Having been maturing now for six years this wine has a fascinating complexity. Garnet in the glass on the nose it has a raisined and sweet spice character which resembles a top quality old Rioja. These flavour characteristics carry over to the palate where the classic Italian red fruits and acidity combine with savoury and sweet spice elements combine to create a beguiling and enchanting wine that would be perfect with bolognaise.

Buy 2 bottles save £8

1 bottle = £19.99

2+ bottles = £15.99 each

South African Tasting WeekDate published: 07/03/14

South African Tasting Week has started in store today so I thought I would get your mouths watering at the wines that we have open at the moment for you to try.

Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viognier 2012 Western Cape Slightly perfumed with aromas of ripe juicy plum and black berries, rich and smooth on the palate with rich plum flavours, some spice and floral notesBuy 2 bottles save £4 - £6.99 per bottle