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Welcome to Majestic

Birmingham Hagley Road

Contact Information
T: 0121 429 4688
F: 0121 429 4688
E: bir@majestic.co.uk
Opening Hours
Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Hol 10am - 5pm
Store Address
467-471 Hagley Road
Birmingham
B66 4AU
United Kingdom

Store facilities

  • Fine wine available
  • Free local delivery
  • Free chiller bin loan
  • Wine Courses
  • Free glass loan
  • Free tasting every day
  • Free parking
Store News(359)

Rush for Rioja - 25% This Week Only!!Date published: 16/03/17

25% Off Rioja Until Monday 20th March

We have a fabulous range of Riojas at bargain prices for one week only - These smooth, seductive wines are a perfect match for roasted lamb or Spanish inspired dishes. 

So Why not stock up now for your Easter feasting. Here's just a few of our cracking deals:

Cune Crianza - £6.74 (Mix 6)

Vina Eguia Reserva - £6.99 (Mix 6)

Lagunilla Gran Reserva - £8.99 (Mix 6)

Fancy Something a bit more special...

Vina Ardanza Reserva - £17.99 (Mix 6)

Lay and Wheeler Gran Reserva - £22.49 (Mix 6)

HURRY - THESE AMAZING OFFERS END AT 7PM ON MONDAY 20TH MARCH!!


HURRY: Flash Sale!Date published: 23/02/17

For One Week Only (Ending Monday 27th February), grab the following wines all at cracking prices (while stocks last):

Peter Lehman Art & Soul Shiraz - Only £6.99

Villemarin Picpoul Only - £6.99

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc - Only £6.99 

Lagunilla Gran Reserva - Only £7.99

Prosecco Zonin - Only £7.99. 

These are just a few of the great deals we have for you at the moment - Visit us in store, give us a call on 01214294688 or go online at majestic.co.uk.

Santé! 

Opening Hours 22nd & 23rd JanuaryDate published: 22/01/17

There will be a slight change to our opening hours over the next two days:

Sunday 22nd Jan 10am - 3pm

Monday 23rd Jan 12pm - 7pm

Thank You

Marlborough Ridge New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc - £5.99!Date published: 18/01/17

We asked our customers to choose a wine to be put onto our January sale and the clear favourite was this great Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. As promised this has been reduced to the ridiculous price of £5.99 on the mix 6 deal. 


This is the lowest it has been since we have stocked it at Majestic!!


This deal is due to end on 30th of Jan so why not stock up on this lovely zesty white now - the perfect cure to any January blues!

To celebrate we have just opened it on our tasting counter and it will be available to taste over this weekend so why not pop in and give it a try?

Got a party planned over the next few months? we can even take payment of this wine at this price and then hold it for you and deliver out for free...

Hope to see you soon!


SALE SALE SALE!Date published: 05/01/17

Need an uplift to those January blues? Then why not pop down and check out our January Sale. Many wines reduced and some real bargains not available on the main website. Come in and have a taste. Deals include:

Picpoul - £5.99

New Zealand SB £5.99

Rioja £5.33

Malbec £5.99

Any many more.... so come and explore

Two AMAZING deals: Porta 6 at £6.99 and Peroni at £25 a packDate published: 17/11/16

Great news! Our most popular red wine, Porta 6, has been reduced to £6.99 (as part of our Mix 6 deal) until Monday 29th November. 

Since it's appearance on Saturday Kitchen where James Martin described it as "the best red he has tasted in his 10 years on the show," the Porta 6 has been a firm favourite with our customers. 

Not tried it yet? - We have a bottle open to taste so pop down and see what all the fuss is about AND grab yourself a bargain!!

And while you're here - why not pick up a 24 pack of Peroni for £25.

But Hurry - These prices won't hang around long! 


Date for your Diary:Date published: 15/10/16

Our annual November Showcase tasting is back. Join us on November 15th for this popular event. With a wide range of wine, beer, spirits and port available to taste there's no better way to prepare for the upcoming festive season. It's free to attend but due to the popularity of this event please reserve your place as soon as possible.

Oktoberfest WeekendDate published: 15/10/16

This weekend we are celebrating Oktoberfest. Join us in store to try a wide selection of beers from our range and vote on some of your favourites. If you cant make this weekend why not join us on Friday 4th November when we will be running a Beer Masterclass. This is a tasting event not to be missed. Please contact the store to reserve your place. Tickets are £10 but if you spend on the evening we will deduct the £10 ticket price from your shop!

THE MAJESTIC TASTING CLUBDate published: 15/10/16

Our new tasting club has launched! If you enjoy tasting and discovering new wines or learning a little more about what you love then we're sure to have an event to suit you. Keep checking the events section of our webpage for new tasting events 

Beer of the Week - Curious Brew LagerDate published: 08/10/16

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.

Made by English Sparkling wine producers Chapel Down using Champagne Yeast and topped off with Nelson Sauvin hops for a citrussy edge. Interesting enough to be called 'craft beer' yet thoroughly crisp, refreshing and quaffable.

Chilled Samples available to taste in store this week!

12x 330ml = £17.99


The Majestic Price MatchDate published: 29/09/16

We never want you to feel like you've paid too much when you shop with us so if you find the same wine cheaper elsewhere, we'll price match for up to 6 bottles.

And don't forget our no quibble guarantee - if you're wines not delicious we give you your money back or swap if for something you'll love!


NEW OFFERS THIS WEEK.Date published: 28/09/16

It's that time of the month again. Our new offers have been launched and hopefully our new flyer should be landing on your doorstep any day now. Don't forget to hunt through and find out our best deals or check out or website: www.majestic.co.uk to put together your order and receive free delivery. 

WIGIG - ALL YOU NEED TO KNOWDate published: 28/09/16

At Majestic we've launched an exciting new concept - well actually we've returned to what we do best - parcels of interesting wines!

You'll find a new section our store called WIGIG or 'when it's gone it's gone'. Each month we'll be launching some exciting one off parcels with limited availability that will really be too good to miss out on.

This month we've an exciting range of wines from Lindemans and Wolf Blass with prices starting at only £4.49 well below their rrp. There's also an exciting new parcel series wine from Stellenbosch and some Californian delights. 

Join us this week and you'll be able to discover the range before it disappears into another customers trolley. We've also got a selection of the wines available to taste so you don't just have to take our word for their value for money!


Great short term offers!Date published: 13/09/16

Amazing Short Term Offers

Must End Monday 19th

Macon Lugny, Louis Latour

£11.99

Mix 6 = £8.99

Pale gold in colour, with a beguiling aroma of fresh apples, lemon curd and toasted citrus fruits atop a palate of fresh and crisp green-apple acidity, buttery and peachy fruit and a long, warming finish.

Cune Reserva Rioja

£12.99

Mix 6 =£8.99

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

and best of all they are Open to Taste!!!

Summer Sale now on!Date published: 21/08/16

Our August sale started on Tuesday and wines have been selling out fast! 

However, we are not out of stock yet, so pop into store and enjoy some of the following offers asap!

Espirit Soliel Sauvignon Blanc, now £4.66! - This light and fresh wine is perfect for summer parties.

Paul Mas Carignan, now £7.49! - This fuller bodied red has plenty of fruit and some good spice to it.  A great wine for with or without food.

Marquis de Pennautier Chardonnay-Viognier, now £6.66! - If you're looking for something a little different then this unusual french blend could be it!

If you can't make it into store on time, you can still get the great sale prices online or give us a call on 0121 4294688

September Showcase Tasting!Date published: 15/08/16

We always get asked when we will be running our main summer and winter tastings, and this year we have brought our "winter" event forward! 

Join us on Thursday 8th September from 18:30 onwards and taste a range of wines, beers and spirits at your leisure. 

We'll be opening some of the newest additions to the Majestic range and putting on some light snacks to go with them.

This is a free event, but we do need to know how many people will be attending to make sure that there is plenty to go round!

To reserve your place just pop into store, give us a call  on 0121 429 4688 or send an email to bir@majestic.co.uk.

Hope to see you there!

NED SAUVIGNON £6.99 - until 25th JulyDate published: 21/07/16

Another fantastic price on our best selling New Zealand SB - word is that this will be the best price all summer for this so make sure you stock up ready for any summer parties planned or ready for any impromptu BBQs that may occur with the return of the sunshine!

*This deal must end 7pm Monday 25th so please contact the store to make the most out of this deal!! 


Free Definition Jute BagDate published: 12/07/16

Our critically acclaimed 'Definition' range has now reached its 1st Birthday - to celebrate we are giving away a free Definition wine carrier/jute bag with any purchase of 6 definition wines. You can mix your 6 however you want although I would highly recommend the Definition Rioja Reserva which has just received a prestigious IWC trophy and at £9.99 is quite possibly the best Rioja Reserva under £10 around at the moment. Hurry and get your bag while stocks last!


https://www.majestic.co.uk/definition-wine-range

Ned Sauvignon - £6.99 for one week only!Date published: 18/05/16

Another fantastic price on our best selling New Zealand SB - word is that this will be the best price all summer for this so make sure you stock up ready for any summer parties planned or ready for any impromptu BBQs that may occur with the return of the sunshine!

*This deal must end 7pm Monday 23rd so please contact the store to make the most out of this deal!! 

25% off Champagne - This weekend onlyDate published: 12/05/16

Another fantastic short term deal for this weekend must end Monday 16th at 7pm

Some key wines in the deal:

Bollinger NV - £29.99

Bollinger grand Annee - £56.22

Perrier Joet Rose - £33.73

Oeil de Perdrix Rose - £17.24

If you pop in on Saturday we will also have a glass of Fizz waiting for you to enjoy as you shop!


Planning a Party?Date published: 10/05/16

At Majestic, we’ve been helping our customers plan successful parties for years.

We offer the ultimate party service:

Free Delivery

Free Glass Hire

Ice and Chiller Bin Hire

Sale and Return on all wine and un-split cases of beer or cider

Free tastings

Whether it’s a casual drinks bash or a full scale wedding we will make sure your party is one to remember.

Not sure which wine to choose or how much wine to order? Need help with glasses and chiller bins? We can help! These are questions we help answer every day and our expert staff are here to help.

We really enjoying offering our expertise to help take this weight off of your mind, allowing you to get on with having a great time. With our extensive range of drinks including soft drinks and spirits we can save you time with one point of contact, one delivery and one invoice.

We even offer in store tastings so that you can be sure the drinks you choose will be perfect for your occasion.



Summer Showcase Tasting 19th May from 18:30Date published: 06/05/16

We're having our Summer Showcase tasting in store on 19th May. It's a great opportunity to taste some wines and meet the team.
You’ll be warmly greeted with a glass of bubbly and then taken through a selection of reds, whites and rosés. 
Are you looking for refreshing whites for a sunny day? Or the perfect red to enjoy with friends around the BBQ (whatever the weather)? There will be plenty open to try from classic favourites to a wide range of our new arrivals.
And if you do decide to buy any of the wines you taste or just need to stock up, you will enjoy an extra 10% OFF all wines exclusively on the night!
Get in touch with us on 0121 4294688 or email us at bir@majestic.co.uk and we'll secure your place for you.

25% off Chile all weekend! Date published: 05/05/16

With hints of a small heat wave this weekend its the perfect time to top up on excellent value Chilean wines perfect for an impromptu get together or a cheeky slurp in the garden.

Some highlights of the deal:

Mister Shiraz - now £5.99

Lady Sauvignon - now £5.99

LFE Viognier Reserva - now £5.99

Errazuriz Pinot Noir - now £6.75

Hurry as offers end on Monday 9th May

There is plenty open to taste from this offer all weekend too..


Rivamonte Prosecco - short term deal £6.99Date published: 23/04/16

This fantastic value prosecco has been reduced for the weekend to the stonking price of £6.99

It is also open to taste so 'pop' down and enjoy some fizz today!

End of Offers!Date published: 23/04/16

Some amazing offers will be coming to an end on Monday evening, make sure you top up before its too late!

Offers include:

Riscal Reserva - £9.99

Mumm Champagne - £19.99

The Ned SB - £7.99

Prosecco Romeo and Juliet - £7.99

Alamos Malbec - £6.99

The Ned Rose - £7.99 - Open to taste!!

Mad for Malbec this Weekend!Date published: 15/04/16

Yes its Malbec world day again, (surely this should be a public holiday by now??) To celebrate we have some stonking Malbec deals including:

Argento Malebec - £5.99

Vinalba Malbec £ 7.99

and Jimmys fave San Huberto Malbec £6.99

If you wish to try this one in all its brooding blueberry brilliance, pop in over the weekend to have a taste!

These prices are valid until Tuesday 19th so stock up now!

Mud House - £6.49!!!Date published: 14/04/16

This week we are a mad house for Mud house! fantastic quality New Zealand Sauvignon blanc at the taste-bud bewildering price of £6.49 - hurry as this offer only lasts until Tues 19th April.

Open to taste all weekend!

Porta 6 updateDate published: 09/04/16

The ever popular Portuguese red Porta 6 has been reduced further to just £6.49! due to unprecedented demand we are now out of stock, but fear not you can place an order online, over the phone or instore at the lower price and we will contact you as soon as it comes back into store.

Dont believe the hype? well we have our last bottle open to try this weekend so pop in and see for yourself!

Majestic Presents - Kumeu River Pinot GrisDate published: 03/04/16

This week Majestic presents a fantastic new wine to the range. Kumeu River in New Zealand is globally acclaimed for its Chardonnay and this Pinot Gris is made to the same exacting standards.

A truly unique wine that needs to be tasted - so great news we have it open all weekend!

Its peachy and honeyed with a texture unlike other new Zealand wines without being overly sweet - definately worth a try if you like fruity new world wines

Majestic Presents .. Definition Pouilly FumeDate published: 25/03/16

There's a new and exciting addition to our own-label Definition range.

Pouilly Fume is one of the world's greatest wine styles and we think our Definition launch is the text-book example. 

Pouilly-Fume is a fantastically smoky style of Sauvignon Blanc grown on distinctive flinty vineyards in the Loire Valley.

Elegant and lively this wine would perk up any platter of shellfish this Easter weekend.

But don't take our word for it - pop in and try it for yourselves on the tasting counter this weekend.

Introducing Majestic Presents ...Date published: 25/03/16

Next time you visit us in store don't forget to stop by our tasting counter and have a look at our new 'Majestic Presents...'.

Each week as well as our usual treats we'll be featuring a new wine to the range or something exciting you may not have tried yet.

We'll introduce you to it and tell you why we think it's great and then of course you can taste it and let us know if you agree!


Dartington Crystal Glasses- Ends 25/03/16 at 5pm!!Date published: 24/03/16

Would you like a pair of Dartington Crystal Glasses for Free?

Well, buy a case of 12  of your favourite wines and we'll give you 2 for Free! 


This offer ends on Monday 28th March at 5pm!  

Plan Your Easter FeastDate published: 24/03/16

Here at Majestic we always Strive to find a perfect wine for your food or party. Well we think we've cracked it this Easter to make it perfect for you and you're loved ones!


For Beef:

Hey Malbec £11.99/ £9.99 on the Mix Six Deal.

 Full of Body and Dark Fruit the perfect accompaniment to a Slow Roasted Beef Joint that will bring out the full flavour of both the wine and the Joint.

Chateau Tour Du Haut Moulin £12.99/ £9.99 on the Mix Six Deal  

Mature with a deep Garnet Colour, with mellow bramble fruit flavours and a mild hint of cedar and spice this wine would accompany beef to the max. 

For Lamb:

Marques De Riscal Rioja Reserva 2011 £9.99 on the Mix Six Deal

Classic Rioja Reserva, Muscular and full bodied yet smooth and polished with heavy summer fruits and a velvety vanilla finish, Just right for that Easter Leg of lamb.

Alamos Malbec 2014 Mendoza £6.99 on the Mix Six Deal

This Malbec is a softer and fruitier favourite of many staff in Majestic. With a flavour full of blackberries and sweet ripe tannin's will leave you with a meal to saviour.

For Fish/Shellfish

Domaine la Chautarde Rose' En Provence £6.99 on the Mix Six Deal

A Light and Dry Rose' full of strawberry and red cherry flavours with subtle flavours of nectarines and watermelon with soft acidity would make any fish dish an absolute delight. Would also make a fantastic aperitif.

Montangy 1er Cru 'Les Millieres' Buxy £9.99 on the Mix Six Deal

 A Majestic stalwart that delivers everytime! Its not your normal chardonnay as it isn't oaked and is stored in stainless steel vats during production. With citrus and stony fruit notes and a rich,fresh finish this would make any fish lovers dish that extra bit special.    


Come in and Explore with us today.

Mums the word - Free Prosecco this WeekendDate published: 03/03/16

Treat Mum with something fizzy this year, or just pop in and sample some great prosecco open to taste all weekend!

Prosecco not your thing? Not to worry we have some great short term deals on Reds and White Mum will love:

Catena Malbec £8.99

Fleurie Duboeuf £8.99

Bellingham Viognier £9.99

(prices based on mixed 6 deal)


Happy Slurping!

Champagne Weekend DealDate published: 27/02/16

This Weekend save 25% or more off all Champagne under £100. To celebrate we will have fizz open to taste all Weekend! So 'pop' in to the store and celebrate the weekend in style!

Outrageous Ned Deal - £6.99 - Offer ends Monday 28/03Date published: 17/02/16

Our buyers have managed to get another gut busting price on our best selling New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon - 'The Ned'

If you have never tried this Majestic stalwart your opportunity has arisen as we have it open to taste in store all weekend, hurry as stocks are sure to move fast.


We love South AfricaDate published: 17/02/16

This week we are celebrating the fantastic big and bold wines of South Africa and raising a glass to the 'rainbow nation'

Pop in over the weekend where we will have some great South African reds and whites open to taste. on Saturday we will also have a bottle of South African fizz open to toast the weekend in style!

Love is in the Air! Valentines Day 2016Date published: 09/02/16

At Majestic this Valentines Day we have got it covered with our favourite Pink Fizz Oeil de Perdrix @ 17.99 (mix six price) which is sure to make your partners or potential partners day, We also will have this open to taste ALL Valentines Weekend!

We also have a prize draw with your chance to win a Bottle of Oeil de Perdrix. (please enquire when you are in store.)

But not forgetting we have our Pink fizzes available as well as our great selection of fizzes from your Biscuity Champagnes to the fresh prosecco's 


 Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV Champagne 

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.

New Arrivals! Majestic's Treasury Parcel Date published: 04/02/16

Here at Majestic we have managed to acquire an absolutely amazing new parcel from the New World.


We have some of these wines starting from just £3.99!!! (mix six price) you would be mad to miss out! 

Please come in over the weekend and find out for yourself how brilliant these wines are.

Also once they are gone, They are GONE!!

Look Forward to seeing you in store.

Change to Opening Hours This Weekend.Date published: 30/01/16

We Shall be closing early on Sunday 31st January at 4pm and Opening slightly later on Monday 1st February at 10:30am.

If you have any queries during these times please leave us a message on our answerphone and we will get back to you on our return.


Many Thanks


Will.

Trainee Manager

Buyers Choice - open to taste - 30/01/16Date published: 30/01/16

Barbi Merlot Sangiovese

The Umbrian answer to a “Super Tuscan” blending widely grown
Merlot and local Sangiovese gives this wine soft ripe fruit flavour
from the Merlot and depth and backbone from the Sangiovese.
Merlot is a rich, rounded variety with soft tannins and deep red and
black fruit flavours. Sangiovese is fruity but with more structure and
power. The combination of the two creates a wine that is bold and
fruity but well balanced and very drinkable.
The wine is deep and dark. It has an intense ruby red colour, with
aromas of forest fruits, black cherries and spice. On the palate it has
richness, texture and warmth which leads to lingering flavours of
spice and a complex fruity finish.
This wine is excellent value for money, with a lot of depth of flavour.
This style of Italian wine is perfect to enjoy with its native food in the
form of pizza or tomato based pasta dishes. It is also a lovely wine to
sup as the sun goes down to help ward off the chill of a January
evening.
£9.99 or Majestic Mixed 6 Price = £7.49

Something Spooky........Date published: 30/10/15

Here at Majestic on Saturday the 31st October we have a Spooktacular wine giveaway to celebrate HALLOWEEN!! 

All you have to do is delve into the murky pit of potential prizewinning and if you pick out a winning capsule..........................

....a Prize is yours!!! 

Beware of the Majestic Overlord she doesn't like to give Prizes away too easily!!


MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

WINE OF THE WEEK......Date published: 10/09/15

Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise 2013 South Australia.

 

Background Info…  

The Wirra Wirra cellars were constructed in the early 20th century by Robert Strangways Wigley, who also studied law and architecture, and played cricket for South Australia. Wirra Wirra is an aboriginal expression meaning 'amongst the gums'.


So tell me about this wine...


A brilliant crimson with a purple edge, this is a youthful and vibrant wine offering raspberry, cherry and blackberry fruit, lifted by hints of violet and spicy oak notes.


Why you should buy this wine…


Drink now or over the next 5 years. Best served with red meat.


Try it for yourself in-store today!



£8.49 when you buy 2 save 15%.  

£9.99 single bottle price.



Buyers Choice - Maretti Langhe RossoDate published: 19/08/15

What makes this wine fabulous?


The producer has taken two of Italy’s most famous red 
grapes Barbera and Nebbiolo, to create wine with 
both power and subtlety. 2013 was a great vintage 
with a long, slow growing season, dry with cool nights 
producing wines with depth and flavour


The structure of the wine would allow it to be aged for 
a few years, but frankly why bother when it is drinking 
beautifully now? - Great with roast meats!


£11.99 buy 2 save 25% = £8.99

Buyers Choice - Clos st Jacques Gewurztraminer Date published: 19/08/15

Clos Saint-Jacques Gewürztraminer —
France

A little about the wine...
Clos Saint-Jacques comes from Domaine de la Ville 
de Colmar. It is right in the heart of sunny Alsace and 
the vineyards were planted in 1895.


The wine has a little sweetness which gives it a rich, 
luxurious feel. It is aromatic with plenty of tropical fruit 
and floral notes and has just a hint of spice.
A great wine with smoked salmon. 


£17.99 buy 2 save 33% = £11.99

Wine of the Week - Portillo MalbecDate published: 19/08/15

Portillo Malbec 2014 Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza


Background Info…  


This multi-award-winning wine comes from Bodegas Salentein, one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, who have 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec grapes are grown at an average of around 1050m.


So tell me about this wine...


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.



Why you should buy this wine…


Just added to our ‘Bin End Sale’ - Great value fruit filled malbec- get it before its gone!!

Try it for yourself in-store today!



£6.66 when you buy 2 save 33%.  

£9.99 single bottle price.



Wine of the Week- Montes Twins 2012/13Date published: 11/08/15

Montes Twins 2012/2013 Colchagua Valley

Background Info…  


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


So tell me about this wine...


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.



Why you should buy this wine…


A must try for all Malbec and Cabernet fans - fantastic concentrated and Jammy fruit and great value for money.


Try it for yourself in-store today!



£7.99 when you buy 2 save 33%.  

£11.99 single bottle price.

Beer of the Week - Brew Dog Punk IPADate published: 11/08/15

Punk IPA ­ BrewDog


The Brewery
BrewDog was founded in 2007 by James Watt and 
Martin Dickie. The brewery is based in Aberdeenshire. In 
its short history BrewDog has been very successful, 
establishing itself as one of the leading craft breweries in 
the UK. Punk IPA is the flagship brand, but BrewDog 
offers a wide choice of beer and has laid claim to 
producing the highest strength ABV beer on more than 
one occasion, including Tactical Nuclear Penguin at 32% 
abv which received a lot of media attention at the time.


Punk IPA
BrewDog are incredibly proud of the quality of the beer 
they produce. In comparison with generic beers, 
BrewDog state that they use more than twice as much 
malted barley and 40 times more hops in a 5,000 litre batch. The beer contains no 
additives and spends 30 days maturing as opposed to an average of 7 days.
BrewDog’s Statement:


“We make the beers we want to drink ourselves, regardless of the cost of the 
ingredients or how arduous the process. Everything we do enhances the flavour of our 
beers to provide an encapsulating, awesome experience for the drinker.”
So, how much does it cost...?


£13.99 buy 2 or more craft beer = £10.99

Buyers Choice- New Malbec at £5.99!!Date published: 11/08/15

Villa Nueva Malbec, Argentina


Why we love it...
Malbec is Argentina's flagship variety, with the 
country boasting the largest acreage of Malbec 
in the world! 
With lots of soft fruity flavours it’s an easy 
drinking, medium bodied wine, making it a really 
good food wine.


Drink with barbecued meats or tomato based 
pasta dishes.
£8.99 buy 2 save 33% = £5.99

Wine Of the Week - Passimento BiancoDate published: 14/07/15

Passimento Bianco 2014 Pasqua

Background Info...


Made from grapes grown in the heart of Valpolicella in the Province of Verona the Garganega grapes are initially dried before vinification. During the drying process the grapes lose 20-30% of their weight concentrating the sugars giving a rich, smooth wine.



So tell me about this wine...


A must try Italian white, the same grape as Soave but with a much richer flavour. Packed with tropical and peach fruit flavour and long rich finish.



Why you should buy this wine…


It is rare to find a white with as much complexity and depth of flavour at this price. Also recently written up in the Times as Jane Mcquittys ‘Star White’


Try it for yourself in-store today!



£8.99 when you buy 2 save 25%.  

£11.99 single bottle price.



Wine of The Week ...Date published: 09/07/15

Wine of the Week ...

Muscadet Le Pallet


Background Info...


The newly established Cru Le Pallet has been recognised as one of the three finest areas for Muscadet. Les Dix du Pallet are the renowned cooperative of 10 growers behind this wine, and are behind many of the best wines to come from this area.  



So tell me about this wine...


This is no normal Muscadet ...

20% of the grapes are aged in oak, which is unusual for a Muscadet where intense acidic fruit is the norm, but it works here due to the quality of the fruit. The wine is not allowed to carry the term ‘sur lie’ usually used on Muscadet because La Pallet chooses to age their wines on the lees for up to 36 months instead of the usual 9 months.



Why you should buy this wine…


This is a rare and high quality example of an evolved Muscadet. Whilst still surprisingly fresh with plenty of citrus and mineral, there are some fantastic notes of roasted almonds and brioche. This is a classy wine with great concentration and balance - the perfect wine to sip and savour.


Try it for yourself in-store today!



£9.99 when you buy 2 save 33%. £14.99 single bottle price.

Chablis Servin - open to taste!Date published: 02/07/15

Domaine Servin


As far back as the 16th century, the monks of Saint Martin cited the Servin family as vineyard owners 
in  Chablis.  Since  then,  successive  generations  have  perpetuated  the  family's  tradition  and  ever-evolving expertise as vineyard workers, coopers and winemakers. 
From  this  tradition,  Servin  Chablis  has  charmed  amateurs  and  professionals  all  over  the  world, 
including Alexis Lichine, the famous American wine writer and importer, with whom Servin created a 
historic partnership 60 years ago. Some six decades later, almost 85% of Servin Chablis is exported 
to all four corners of the globe.


Domaine Servin’s 35 hectares of vineyards are situated within the boundaries of the village of Chablis, 
lying solely on Kimmeridgian limestone soils, which gives the wines their incomparable minerality. The 
majority  of  the  vineyards  are  over  40  years  old.  The  different  rootstocks  of  these  non­cloned 
Chardonnay plants produce a unique style of Chablis, combining concentrated flavours and intense 
aromas. Our guarantee of excellence.


Today, the Servin "method" is a careful mix of traditional and modern techniques. Following tradition, 
the finest vineyards are hand harvested and each parcel is vinified individually, in order to respect the 
identity and authenticity of the terroir. 
Modern technology is used to produce consistently high quality wines, while retaining the inimitable 
“Servin”  style.  Each  wine  must  find  its  own  identity  through  specially  adapted,  tailor­made  wine 
making.


The wine
100% Chardonnay. The majority of our Chablis is planted in the vineyard “Les Pargues” situated 
behind the Premier Crus Vaillons and Montmains. This vineyard benefits from the same quality 
exposition and soil as its prestigious neighbours. A fresh, vivacious style with intense floral aromas. 
Our Chablis has the perfect balance, combining full, generous fruit flavours with finesse and elegance.
Lime­clay soils are dominant here, but the geological originality of appellation Chablis resides in its 
sub­strata, often quite near the surface, of kimmeridgean limestone, formed by billions of tiny 
fossilised oyster shells called ostrea virgule.


£14.99 buy 2 save 25% = £11.24

Beer of the Week: Paulaner Wheat Beer, GermanyDate published: 25/06/15

Paulaner’s Hefe­Weißbier is the No.1 wheat beer in Germany and one of the world’s favourites.

History

The name of the Paulaner brewery derives from an order of monks ­ the order of Saint Francis of 
Paola. The monks started brewing in 1634 and were only allowed to sell their beer on particular holidays. The order eventually disbanded and commercial brewing started in the old brewery in 1799.

Style

The beer may always look cloudy, but this is something that Paulaner have strived to achieve and for which they are very proud. The cloudiness is caused by yeast being suspended within the beer. The suspension of the yeast guarantees the uniform appearance, high quality and unique taste of the beer. The colour of the beer comes from a special mix of the four different malts that are used in the beer 
making process.

Flavour

Paulaner’s Hefe­Weißbier is a complex beer full of flavour. The beer has a yeasty aroma and connoisseurs might detect flavours of banana, mango and pineapple whilst enjoying the balance of sweet and bitter.


£22.99 buy 2 save £6 = £19.99

Wine of the Week: Lopez de Haro Blanco, Rioja, SpainDate published: 25/06/15

White Rioja


Rioja, in Northern Spain, is famous for its red wines. Renowned for their red fruit and vanilla flavours, red wines from Rioja dominate the 
Spanish section in wine shops.However, within Rioja there are some great white wines that are made. The styles have varied over time from heavily oaked to very light. The Lopez de Haro Blanco is a great example of a good quality 
white Rioja.


The Winery and the Region

Bodega Classico is a modern winery built into the side of a mountain, which helps maintain a cool temperature within the winery all year 
round.The mountains protect the vineyards from cold winds and humidity. If you visit the area the thing that might surprise is the constant warm wind, which acts like a hair dryer, helping to dry the vines and protect the grapes from rot after the rains.


What is the wine like?

The wine is made from the Viura grape, which is local to the region. It is then fermented in barrels for 3 months. The result is a wine with soft fruit flavours of citrus and pear, with a spicy toasty and buttery flavour.


Why should you buy it?

This is a great alternative to an oaked French Chardonnay which is real value for money. It 
is a fantastic accompaniment to light mediterranean style dishes.


£9.99 buy 2 save 25% = £7.49

Wine of the Week - Saint Veran 2013Date published: 20/06/15

Saint-Véran 2013 Les Vignerons des Grandes Vignes

Grape Chardonnay

Origin

Saint-Véran is in the southern part of Burgundy overlapping the Mâconnais and Beaujolais districts. This wine is produced by an outstanding co-operative.

Taste

This is a lively wine showing delicious aromas of peach and acacia blossom. Fantastic when young, it has the potential to develop a more honeyed, complex palate with age.

Enjoy

This delicate and elegant wine would be a great match with seared scallops or mushroom ravioli.

Open to taste today

Sparkling Saturday - Codorniu RoseDate published: 20/06/15

Codorniu Rosado NV
Who are Codorniu...?


Codorníu are one of the oldest wine producers in Spain 
and also one of the pioneers of Cava, making their first 
bottle of sparkling in 1872, and soon afterward deciding 
to concentrate solely on Cava. 


Tell me about the wine...
It’s light and delicious, with tasty red fruit flavours and a 
clean and refreshing finish.


Why should I buy it...?


It’s a really refreshing wine, perfect for summer drinks 
parties or to go with light summery lunches such as a 
tomato salad. 
We think it’s great, but we’re not the only ones... This 
wine won a Gold Medal at this year's Imbibe Sommelier 
Wine Awards.


If you still don’t believe us, give it a try in­store today!
£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

World Gin DayDate published: 13/06/15

Celebrate World Gin Day in store today! We have a range of gins available to taste and botanicals for you to explore. Come and explore what gives gin its characteristic aroma and taste. 

It may be rainy and grey outside but we've definitely got the taste of summer happening in store!

Beer of the Week - Vedett Date published: 06/06/15

History


The Duvel Moorgat Brewery was founded in 1871 by the Duvel Moorgat family.
Vedett was created in 1945 by Albert Moorgat. It’s a pilsner 
style beer. There are now a range of Vedett beers from the 
Brewery, so the original Vedett was renamed Extra Blond 
Vedett. The range also boasts Extra Ordinary IPA and Extra 
White.


Current day
Even though the beer is 70 years old, it has a contemporary 
vibe. Visit www.vedett.com to upload a photo and the image 
may appear on a label. This label could be produced at any 
time and sold anywhere in the world, so who knows, if you do 
upload your photograph, you may be on holiday in the future, 
order a Vedett and be presented with a bottle with your face on 
it!


Why buy this beer
This is a really well balanced and interesting beer. It is smooth and malty, with a hint of 
hoppiness. The beer is fruity in flavour with a hint of vanilla and has a crisp finish with a 
slightly bitter aftertaste, leaving the drinker refreshed.

on the craft beers deal = £9.99 for 6

Wine of the Week #2 Aglianico del VultureDate published: 06/06/15

Aglianico Del Vulture ­ Italy


An Unsung Gem...


Nestling in central south Italy, roughly halfway between 
Naples and Bari, is the town of Venosa. The rich volcanic 
soils that surround it provide the perfect growing conditions 
for the grape Aglianico.


Aglianico may not be the most well­known of Italian grapes, 
but perhaps it should be. There is a long history of grape 
growing in the region dating back to at least Roman times.
Aglianico wines have been referred to as “the Barolo of the 
south” which is very high praise indeed.


What is the wine like...?


The wine is an intense ruby red colour, with flavours and 
aromas of blackcurrants, violets and spice. The wine is rich 
and powerful and is great to drink now, but has plenty of 
structure to allow it to age for several years.
Why should I buy it...?


This is a quality wine. The relative lack of awareness of 
Aglianico means that this wine is a real bargain. Pair it with 
hearty meaty meals and enjoy telling your friends about this 
little wine you have recently discovered!
£9.99 buy 2 save 25% = £7.49

Wine of the Week - Nord Est VermentinoDate published: 06/06/15

Nord Est Vermentino ­ Sardinia, Italy
Available to taste!


A bit of background info...
The Vermentino grape variety was probably introduced to 
Sardinia by the Spanish. 


Vermentino has thrived in the North East of the island and 
the wine is named after its geographical location. The region 
has been awarded D.O.C.G status, which is the top status 
for a wine growing region in Italy.


The wine is made by a cooperative, Cantina Del 
Vermentino, which was founded in 1956. The cooperative 
has allowed for investment and development within the 
region, helping growers and winemakers concentrate on 
producing the best possible wines.


What is the wine like...?
A light, refreshing, dry wine with flavours of lemon and a hint 
of almond. It‘s an excellent match with grilled fish and lighter 
meats, such as chicken and pork.


Why should I buy it...?
2014 was an outstanding vintage in Sardinia. The wine is 
light and fresh, making it great at this time of year. A grape 
not known to all, but deserving of wider recognition. 

At £7.49, it’s great value for money.

Beer of the Week - Hawthorn Pilsner Date published: 30/05/15

Hawthorn Brewery ­ Supreme Champion Brewer


What was it that brought the Hawthorn Brewery to the attention of our buyer, Matt Pym? 
Simply that Hawthorn was awarded the prestigious title of “Supreme Champion Brewer” 
at the International Beer Challenge in London. The awards encompass breweries from 
over 30 countries and Hawthorn beat the UK, North American and European 
Champions to be crowned Supreme Champion Brewer.


Hawthorn also collected a gold medal and three silver 
medals at the awards for individual beers. 

The Hawthorn Pilsner was one of their silver medal winners. 
Majestic is the exclusive UK importer of the Hawthorn 
Brewing Company.


Hawthorn’s Ethos
The Flavour Merchants established the Hawthorn 
Brewing Company to provide world class Australian 
Craft Beers that are heavily influenced by the best the world has to offer. As a 
consequence the Hawthorn Pilsner contains German and Czech hops and uses no 
added sugar, chemicals or preservatives (following the German Purity Laws).


Why buy this beer
This is a highly refreshing beer which is light to medium bodied. A great summer tipple 
to enjoy whatever the occasion.


So, how much does it cost...?
£13.99 buy any 2 craft ales = £10.99

Wine of the Week #2 - Vacqueyras “Les Hauts De La Ponche”Date published: 30/05/15

Vacqueyras “Les Hauts De La Ponche” Domaine Font Sarade 


Rhône Valley ­

 Available to taste!


Vacqueyras
Vacqueyras is an appellation in the Southern Rhône Valley. It 
is well­renowned for producing big, powerful, robust wines 
which can both be drunk young or can be cellared for several 
years.


Domaine Font Sarade
“All my efforts are focused on a single aim: to make ever better 
wine by continuing to use the traditional techniques that draw 
on what I have learned from my predecessors”.
Bernard Burles, Owner and Winemaker ­ Domaine Font Sarade


The vineyard lies just to the north of Vacqueyras on the plateau 
De La Ponche. The 18 hectare site produces wine with a 
strong tannic structure, making the wine ideal for ageing.


Recommended By Our Fine Wine Manager
“I really like this wine ­ Vacqueyras has always been my 
favourite region in the Southern Rhône. Less 'hot' flavours than 
Gigondas, and more aromatic and vibrant than Châteauneuf-du­Pape. This is due to a higher concentration of Syrah in the 
blend that gives the wine great power; a solid backbone of 
tannin and fruit but still retains freshness and elegance. Very perfumed, with loads of 
black plums, hints of blueberries, roasted herbs, and a luxurious mouth­feel tempered 
by fantastic acidity. The finish is long and full, a great one to have with your Sunday 
roast!”

Hansi Baumann, Fine Wine Manager.


£19.99 buy 2 save 25% = £14.99

Wine of the Week - Haut Vol RoseDate published: 30/05/15

Haut Vol Rosé ­ Pays D’Oc
Available to taste!


With June just around the corner our thoughts turn to summer 
holidays, barbecues and rosé wine.
Rosé has started to become more popular throughout the year, 
but summer is when there is a big rise in demand.


It is rosé from the South of France where there has been a big 
growth in popularity. These typically pale pink wines offer great 
quality and value. Provence is probably the best known region 
for rosé, but other areas, such as the Pays D’Oc produce wines 
The wine is made predominantly from the Grenache grape, 
which gives the wine its delicate, light pinkish hue. The other 
grape variety in the blend is Carignan, which adds body and 
further flavours to the wine.


Why should I buy it...?
Light and delicate with flavours of strawberries and raspberries. 
The wine makes a fantastic aperitif and looks great at any al 
fresco dining occasion.  


£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

Fine Wine of the Month: Rioja Reserva Imperial 2009 CVNE Date published: 27/05/15

FINE WINE OF THE MONTH

Rioja Reserva Imperial 2009 CVNE

£22.00

Or

Buy Any 2 Selected Fine Wines Save £10 ..

£17.00

Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, CVNE, was founded in 1879 in Haro, Rioja. Named Imperial because it was originally exported to the UK in imperial pint sized bottles, this is one of the best Rioja Reservas around.

Fine garnet colour with terracotta tinge. Vanilla notes on the nose, with sloes, mulberries and spice. Stewed currant fruit on the palate, dry and elegant with great richness and a fine long finish.

Decant before serving. Drink with slow-cooked lamb. 


Wine of the Week - Ferrandiere RieslingDate published: 21/05/15

Ferrandière Riesling ­ Pays D’Oc

Available to taste!

Riesling:­ A favourite amongst wine enthusiasts. Riesling is not a grape variety that you’ll find on all restaurant menus, but amongst wine enthusiast, including many Majestic staff, Riesling is a favourite. Riesling can be happily consumed as both a young fresh wine 
or once it has spent a few years in bottle. As a young wine Riesling tends to have aromas and flavours of citrus and apricot. As a Riesling ages in bottle the fresh fruit softens and can be replaced by honeyed flavours. In style, Rieslings can range from dry and crisp to sweet and 
luscious, which is maybe helps explain why wine lovers are fascinated by it.

Domaine De La Ferrandière

The Domaine was established in 1922 and is located in the heart of the Pays D’Oc. The vineyards are situated on the site of a maritime lagoon. In order to reduce the salt content of the soil, which would be poisonous to the vines, the area is deliberately flooded once a year. 

Why should I buy it...?

This a great wine. Fresh with aromas and flavours of lemon and lime, the wine is crisp and refreshing. It also has that lovely hint of minerality associated with quality Riesling. 

Fantastic with grilled sardines! 

£8.99 buy 2 save 25% = £6.74

Beer of the Week - Coopers Pale AleDate published: 21/05/15

Coopers Pale Ale

The history of Coopers is not what you might expect. Thomas Cooper had worked as a cobbler, a stonemason and a dairyman. In 1862 he made his first batch of beer as a tonic for his ailing wife Ann. 

He subsequently wrote to his brother in 1864 stating: “...we use only malt and hops, consequently, ours (beer) being pure, the doctors recommend it to all their patients”. Whilst we are not recommending the Pale Ale as any sort of health tonic, we do think it is rather tasty! Thomas Cooper then went on to establish his own brewery. 

The Pale Ale is not the original beer brewed by Thomas Cooper. It is  fruity and floral and is finding a niche with a new generation of ale Coopers only use the finest raw ingredients and traditional brewing techniques. The result of which is a clean, pure beer. There are many Australian beers available within the UK market, but few have the history and quality of Coopers. It is a fresh, fruity beer, which is light in style.

So, how much does it cost...?

£15.99 for a case

Provence Rose Spotlight Tasting! Sat 4pmDate published: 15/05/15

Join us on what will no doubt be a gloriously sunny afternoon perfect for some Provence Rose tasting! we have a range of our favourite Provence roses open to taste to showcase the best of this great wine region. pop in and you might just find the perfect summer tipple.

Wine of the Week - Mayu PXDate published: 14/05/15

Viña Mayu Dry Pedro Ximenez

Available to taste!

Who’s Pedro Ximenez…?

It’s not a man, it’s a grape variety!

There are many theories about the origin of the name:

● A Spanish soldier named Pedro Ximen or a CatholicCardinal named Ximenès who originally transported thegrapes from the Canary Islands and Madeira to theSpanish mainland.

● The village of Jiménez in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, wherethe grapes may have derived from.

● As Ximénez and Jiménez are common surnames in Iberia, another theory is that the grape was named after a notable vintner who helped propagate the variety in the region.

Pedro Ximenez (aka PX) is Spanish grape variety. It’s mainly famous for producing Spain's rich dessert sherries, but also in Chile as the basis of pisco, the local brandy.  It’s a diverse grape which is also capable of being crafted into an intriguingly aromatic and crisp dry white, as this example shows.  The wine is really refreshing and zingy. It has citrusy flavours, particularly lemon and lime, and a crisp fruity aroma. Enjoy with mussels cooked in white wine (it wouldn’t work with a cream sauce).

Why should I buy it…?

The perfect tipple for summer garden drinking!

£10.49 buy 2 save 33% = £6.99

YOUR GUIDE TO FREE TASTING EVENTS AT MAJESTIC WINE BIRMINGHAMDate published: 12/05/15

FREE TASTING EVENTS AT MAJESTIC WINE BIRMINGHAM

INTRODUCTION TO WINE COURSE

A 90 minute introduction to wine styles with tips on how to taste wine like a professional and how to match food and wine

Thursday 28th May 6:30pm

Sunday 21st June 2:30pm

SPOTLIGHT TASTINGS

A 30 minute guided masterclass focusing on a specific wine region or a style of wine

Saturday 16th May 4pm: Provence Rose

Saturday 23rd May 4pm: Wines of Beaujolais

Thursday 11th June 6:30pm: Wines of Italy

Thursday 18th June 6:30pm: Wines of New Zealand

Thursday 9th July 6:30pm: Loire Wines

Thursday 16th July 6:30pm: Wines of Chile

SPARKLING SATURDAYS

On selected Saturdays in the month we open a bottle of something sparkly on the tasting counter so pop in and celebrate the weekend whilst the bottle lasts

Saturday 23rd May

SEASONAL SUMMER WINE EVENING

A large informal tasting where we'll open a range of our favourite new wines for the season. We will also be joined by Hobsons Brewery and you'll enjoy 10% off all purchases made on the evening.

Tues 19th May 6:30pm – 8:30pm

All our tasting events are FREE to attend but places are limited!

To reserve your place call us on 0121 429 4688 or send an email to bir@majestic.co.uk

Keep up to date with all future tastings by visiting the events section of our store webpage at www.majestic.co.uk/birmingham


Sparkling Saturday - La Gioiosa Prosecco £7.99Date published: 09/05/15

Join us today to try the amazing La Gioiosa Prosecco only £7.99 this weekend

Prosecco La Gioiosa Etamarosa NV DOC Treviso

La Gioiosa is one of Italy's leading producers of Prosecco, and takes its name from an ancient local motto 'Marca gioiosa et amorosa', meaning 'Joyous and amorous March', The March of Treviso being an antiquated name for the province in which this wine is made.

Taste

Pale straw yellow with a fine and persistent mousse. Aromas are lightly floral and fruity, hinting at blossom intermingling with ripe apple. Off-dry and refreshing.

Enjoy

Chill well and enjoy on its own or with steamed fish and shellfish dishes.


Bienbebido Pulpo & Queso - come and try!Date published: 07/05/15

New wines Bienbebido Pulpo & Queso open to try over the weekend come and taste to decide which is the best! Tweet #comepulpo or #comequeso for a chance to win a free case! here is a picture of my pitiful effort of cutting out an octopus!

Wines of the Week - Bienbebido Albarino & TempranilloDate published: 07/05/15

Bienbebido Pulpo y Bienbebido Queso - Spain

Available to taste!


What is Bienbebido…


Bienbebido are a range of wines produced by our friends at Vintae. Bienbebido loosely translates as good drinking. The wines in this range are all about food and wine matching. The phrase on the bottle is “Come ------ y bebe vino” - “Eat ------ and drink wine”. Vintae have come up with a range of wines to match specific foods. Majestic is stocking pulpo (octopus) and queso (cheese).  


The inspiration...


Wine and food matching is something we love doing at Majestic. Customers regularly ask for advice for a wine to go with a particular dish. Vintae have taken this a step further. Their wish was to create a wine to match a specific food. Inspired by the Spanish Tapas culture, Vintae brought together oenologists, sommeliers, chefs and wine enthuiasts to define tastes and flavours of dishes. Armed with these findings Vintae experimented with different grapes, different regions and differing ways of ageing the wine to find the perfect match. The Bienbebido wines are the result!


Join in the fun...


These wines are all about enjoying wine and food. The fun and funky labels reflect the window displays often used on tapas bar windows throughout Spain.


Do you have a favourite? Tweet @majesticwine using #comepulpo or #comequeso. We’d also love to see photos of you enjoying the wine and sampling the food. We’ll award a case of the wine to the winner for our favourite tweet using one of these hashtags over the weekend,


£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66



Sparkling Saturday:Date published: 30/04/15

Chandon Brut and Chandon Rosé

This Saturday we will have not one but two excellent sparkling wines available for you to taste.

These are Premium bubbles from Argentina with a fabulous French Heritage - Chandon Brut and Chandon Rosé are premium sparkling wines from Argentina, made by Moët & Chandon, one of the world’s most loved Champagne houses.


Chandon Brut is made in the traditional Champagne method from a blend of grapes including Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as a touch of Argentina’s flagship, Malbec. It’s fresh and elegant, with aromas of citrus, pineapple and white peach and a palate with a lovely richness and length. Celebrate any occasion with this great quality Champagne alternative, or pair with seafood canapés.



Chandon Rosé is a complex sparkling rosé; rose pink with a sunny, peachy hue. Aromas are predominantly of citrus and stone fruit, accented by hints of cherry and fresh pie crust. The strawberries and cream palate is carried by a voluminous mousse (bubbles). A wonderful aperitif-style rosé for any special occasion.

Taste them both in-store this Saturday!


£19.49 Buy 2 Save 33% = £12.99



WINE OF THE WEEK: Bourgogne Les ChenaudièresDate published: 30/04/15

Bourgogne Les Chenaudières - Burgundy

Available to taste in store this weekend!


Burgundy…


Burgundy is one of world’s most famous wine growing regions. Situated to the South East of Paris it is famed for many top appellations such as Chablis, Gevrey-Chambertin and Chassagne-Montrachet. Both red and white wines are produced in Burgundy, with the dominant grapes being Pinot Noir for reds and Chardonnay for whites.


The ABC club...


Are you familiar with the ABC “anything but Chardonnay” club?! This is a phrase often used when ordering wine. Through the 1990s a lot of Chardonnay wines were imported from the New World which had a very heavy oak influence, achieved using non-traditional methods. The consequence was wines that were unbalanced and is what put some people off Chardonnay as a grape variety. At Majestic we love Chardonnay, oaked and unoaked. It is a great grape with a huge range of styles from a vast number of countries.


Why buy this wine...


Bourgogne Les Chenaudières is a great introduction to white Burgundy without you having to spend too much. It is made by a cooperative, Cave de Lugny, the largest producer in the Mâconnais. Cave de Lugny has access to a large array of vineyards and selects the best quality grapes for their wines.


The result is an elegant wine. It has flavours of apple and pear, with a refreshing crispness. The wine is unoaked but it does have some body, which is created by the traditional method of leaving the wine in contact with the yeast used for fermentation right up until it is bottled.


So, if you’re a member of the ABC club, give this a try to see if you change your mind...


£10.65 buy 2 save 25% = £7.99

BEER OF THE WEEK: Punk IPADate published: 30/04/15

Punk IPA - BrewDog


The Brewery


BrewDog was founded in 2007 by James Watt and Martin Dickie. The brewery is based in Aberdeenshire. In its short history BrewDog has been very successful, establishing itself as one of the leading craft breweries in the UK. Punk IPA is the flagship brand, but BrewDog offers a wide choice of beer and has laid claim to producing the highest strength ABV beer on more than one occasion, including Tactical Nuclear Penguin at 32% abv which received a lot of media attention at the time.



Punk IPA


BrewDog are incredibly proud of the quality of the beer they produce. In comparison with generic beers, BrewDog state that they use more than twice as much malted barley and 40 times more hops in a 5,000 litre batch. The beer contains no additives and spends 30 days maturing as opposed to an average of 7 days.



BrewDog’s Statement:


“We make the beers we want to drink ourselves, regardless of the cost of the ingredients or how arduous the process. Everything we do enhances the flavour of our beers to provide an encapsulating, awesome experience for the drinker.”



So, how much does it cost...?


£13.99 buy 2 or more craft beer = £10.99



Malbec 33% off - Ends 7pm Monday 19th AprilDate published: 19/04/15

With the forecasts of great weather to come, make sure you stock up on BBQ friendly Argentinian Malbec whilst it is still on offer! We have just had staff favourite San Huberto Malbec arrive back into store which is a lovely rich 'reserva' style Malbec - a really classy wine at the lipsmacking price of £7.99 on the current offer. For something different we also have the P15 Malbec from Patagonia open to taste - a really fresh and lively malbec from the cooler climate region, pop in and have a taste!

NED SAUVIGNON £6.99 - until 27th AprilDate published: 17/04/15

Great news!

Our most popular wine has been reduced further until the 27th April, the 2014 vintage will be open to taste this weekend so pop down and grab a bargain!

Grape Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

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

Taste

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

Enjoy

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



Parrilla malbec - Wine of the WeekDate published: 16/04/15

Parrilla Malbec - Mendoza, Argentina

Available to taste!


Argentinian Malbec…

Argentinian Malbec has been one of the most successful wines on the global market over the last few years.


In the 80s and 90s winemakers started to become aware of the potential to produce quality wines in Argentina. It was Malbec, already widely planted in Mendoza, that winemakers realised could be more than just a grape used in a blended wine.


With “savoir faire” from an influx of French and Spanish winemakers and local knowledge, Argentinian Malbec has established itself as a go to wine for great quality and value with a difference


Parrilla…

Parrilla is an Argentinian word for a barbeque. These are not the types of barbeque that we tend to have in Britain. The grills can be anything up to 20ft in length and meat is cooked anywhere from 45 minutes to many hours. A parrilla tends to be a local event where the whole community comes together. The struck matches on the bottle are a reminder of the fires around which communities gather..


What makes this wine different...

Parrilla is designed to really highlight the quality of the Malbec grapes used to make the wine. The wine is aged for a relatively short period of time and only 30% of the grapes are aged in oak barrels. The purpose of which is to allow the fruitiness of the wine to shine through. This wine is smooth, soft and crammed full of plum and blackberry flavours.


Why buy this wine…

The wine was made specifically for and is exclusive to Majestic. The wine was designed to allow the drinker to fully appreciate the deep fruity flavour that is Malbec.



£11.99 buy 2 save 33% = £7.99

Penfolds exclusive caseDate published: 08/04/15

If you're a fan of Penfolds then this parcel is for you!

We've partnered with Penfolds to bring you an exclusive case showcasing the range and quality of the Penfolds collection and demonstrating Penfolds' expertise with single and multi-regional blends. Plus - for a limited time only - when you buy a Penfolds Collectors Selection Case, you'll qualify for an incredible offer on a sleek Haier Wine Cellar to store these wines in the splendour they deserve!

This fantastic six-pack includes the following wines:

2 x Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz Mourvèdre 2012 South Eastern Australia

A backbone of ripe blackcurrant, cherry and quince, overlaid with notes of liquorice, winter pudding and dark chocolate.

1 x Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2012 South Australia

A complex nose of dark fruits, Christmas cake and liquorice, with a palate of ripe blackcurrants, blackberries and touches of quince and coffee. This is an elegant and concentrated wine.

1 x Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2012 South Australia

Bin 28 offers a showcase of warm-climate Australian Shiraz – ripe, robust and generously flavoured.

1 x Penfolds Bin 138 Shiraz Grenache Mataro 2012 Barossa Valley

Muscular on the palate with cherry, mocha and pudding spice flavours in abundance.

1 x Penfolds Bin 311 Chardonnay 2012 Tumbarumba

A delicate nose of citrus blossom and lees-derived nougat notes is followed by an elegant palate of nectarine and white peach fruit.

Priced at £150 for the six-pack, this really does offer exceptional value-for-money! 

Available online only at majestic.co.uk until 3pm Tuesday 14 April or whilst stocks last, this is a case that no fans of Australian wine should miss.


Easter Opening HoursDate published: 03/04/15

Easter Opening Hours:

Good Friday - 10am-8pm

Saturday 4th April - 9am-7pm

Easter Sunday - CLOSED

Bank Holiday Monday - 10am-5pm

Tuesday 7th April - 10am-7pm

BACK IN STOCK Finca Carelio Tempranillo Date published: 03/04/15

BACK IN STOCK 

Finca Carelio Tempranillo - 

This Special one-off Parcel is back in stock! We sold out of our initial allocation in only 5 days so don't miss out this time.

Currently featured in our flyer and available to taste in store this weekend - call us on 0121 429 4688 to reserve yours today!!!

Need to know more .. then keep reading:


So tell me about the wine…


It’s made from 100% Tempranillo, which is the grape best known as the dominant grape of red Rioja, Spain's most famous wine.


The grapes were hand harvested from old bush vines in Castilla y Leon, where the hot days and cool nights make for super concentrated red berry flavours and precise acidity. The wine was aged for 30 months in French and American oak giving the smooth texture and spice so typical of the region.



What does it taste like…?


It’s certainly a fruit-driven wine, with plenty of red berry and cassis flavours. There are also savory notes of tobacco and eucalyptus making the wine more comparable to that of a Bordeaux in style; it doesn’t have that vanillary sweetness that Riojas can have.  


We think it would be great with a decent cheese board or some charcuterie.



Why should I buy it...?


Well it’s a bit of a bargain to be honest. This wine should have been given Ribera del Duero DO status (which would sell for over £15), but because a mere 10% of the grapes came from outside the designated area, sadly it didn’t meet the strict criteria.


Our Buyers are experts at spotting an opportunity and they swooped in to buy the lot, direct from the producers - it’s a one-off parcel so once it’s gone it’s gone…



£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66



Special Offer: Sam Adams Boston Lager £24 per caseDate published: 02/04/15

We currently have the fantastic Sam Adams Boston Lager on special offer at £24 per case - that's only £1 per bottle: Perfect for the Easter Holidays!

If you've not yet discovered Sam Adams then here's a bit of background:


History of Sam Adams Boston Lager

The original recipe for this lager was written back in 1860 by Louis Koch, it was brewed in St Louis, Missouri and was called The Wooden Shoe Brew.

The brand survived prohibition and was made up until the 1950s.

In 1984 - six generations of Kochs later - Jim Koch found the recipe in his parent’s attic, and brewed his first batch in his kitchen.

The beer is named after Samuel Adams an American patriot who played an important role in the American Revolution including the Boston Tea Party. Jim Koch hoped his beer would start an American beer revolution, thus the Boston man was an obvious inspiration.


How is Sam Adams made?

The old 1860 recipe calls for Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops, these are rare, fragile to grow and require constant attention by farmers. However Jim Koch convinced farmers to grow them for him.

Sam Adams Malts are the brand’s own two-row pale malt blend along with Caramel 60.

This style of Lager is supposed to be drunk very young. Shipping it across the Atlantic takes about 8 weeks from brew to mouth, so not great, but…

...it is now brewed on licence by Kent brewery Shepherd Neame. A brewery with a history of great licence brewing like Asahi, which actually beats the original Japanese Asahi in blind taste tests.


What does it taste like?

It’s a lager but not as you know it.

Deep golden in colour and very full-bodied.

A great balance of a typical refreshing lager character and the maltiness of a British ale.

Bitter-sweet and slightly nutty.


Beer of the Week: TrooperDate published: 02/04/15

Beer of the Week:


Trooper - Created by Iron Maiden, brewed by Robinson’s


Introducing Trooper


The beer is named after an Iron Maiden song called “The Trooper”, which was inspired by the poem “The Charge of The Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of Iron Maiden, played a major role in developing the unique flavour of this beer.



The Brewery


Robinson’s have been brewing for six generations, since 1838.


The brewery is still family run and is well-known in its home county of Cheshire.



How did the beer come about?


When Robinson’s approached Bruce Dickinson about making a beer. Bruce said: “I'm a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when we were asked to create our own beer. I have to say that I was very nervous: Robinson's are the only people I have had to audition for in 30 years. Their magic has been to create the alchemical wedding of flavour and texture that is TROOPER. I love it."



So, how much does it cost...?


£24 Buy 2 or more cases = £21 per case



WINE OF THE WEEK: Casal de Ventozela Vinho VerdeDate published: 02/04/15

WINE OF THE WEEK:

Casal de Ventozela Vinho Verde - Portugal

Available to taste in store this weekend


Spring is in the air…


Spring has sprung! The daffodils and crocuses are out in force, the lambs are gambolling in the fields and the evenings are getting longer. Sadly it appears no one has told the weather it’s Spring, but c’est la vie!


As the seasons change from the cold of winter towards the warmth of summer, our drinking habits tend to turn towards a lighter style of wine. Therefore we’d like to introduce our new Casal de Ventozela Vinho Verde.



Why buy this wine…?


Vinho Verde is both a style of wine and a region. The range of wines that come from the region can differ considerably.


This example chosen by our Buyer, Holly, is made from one variety rather than a blend of anything up to the 19 varieties permitted in the region.


The wine offers lots of flavour and freshness at fantastic value. The Arinto grape variety gives flavours of peach, apricot and fresh citrus, it has a slight spritz (typical of Vinho Verde) which makes it a refreshing Aperitif, perfect for your summer BBQ’s!



£9.99 buy 2 save 33% = £6.66

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 30/03/15

After the success of our Sparkling Saturday this past weekend, where customers were able to enjoy samples of our new Prosecco La Gioiosa, this coming Saturday we will be running another Sparkling Saturday where you will get to enjoy not 1 but 2 fantastic sparklers perfect to help you celebrate Easter. Keep your eyes peeled for news of what we'll be opening but make a note in your diary now so you don't forget to join us in store on Saturday.

Bordeaux Tasting WeekDate published: 30/03/15

Bordeaux Tasting Week continues in store until Thursday, so if you missed our spotlight tasting you still have time to pop in and taste through a great selection of wines on our tasting counter.


Wine of the Week: Hamilton Block Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 21/03/15

Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon

Available to taste this weekend:


So tell me about the wine…


Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most important grape varieties in Bordeaux. Its popularity and versatility has led to it being planted around the world. Coonawarra in Southern Australia has a relatively cool climate, but 2013 was a warm year. As a result a very approachable fruity wine has been produced.



The story of Hamilton Block…


Richard Hamilton started making wine in Australia in Adelaide in 1837. In 1974, Sydney Hamilton founded the vineyard in Coonawarra. Sydney retired in 1981 after his 65th vintage. Sydney was bought out by his nephew, Dr Richard Hamilton who is the great-great-grandson of Richard.


Rich family winemaking history of over 175 years is rare to find in France, let alone Australia.



Why should I buy it...?


Hamilton Block Cabernet Sauvignon is unashamedly fruity, with dark berry fruit flavours and hints of cedar. It’s a medium bodied wine which has had some oak ageing to soften the tannins that can sometimes be overpowering in other Cabernets. The tannins are soft and ripe which allows the flavours to nicely fill the mouth.


The wine may be rich, but the flavours are subtle which makes this wine an excellent accompaniment to a classic spring dish of roast lamb with seasonal veg.



£11.99 buy 2 save 25% = £8.99



Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc, 2014Date published: 11/03/15

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, Marlborough

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Origin: This winery was founded in 2009, and is the creation of Kevin Judd, the former winemaker of Cloudy Bay for 25 years! Greywacke owes its name to the grey sedimentary rock that characterises much of the soil in this estate's vineyard.

Taste: Evoking intense aromatic flavours of papaya, melon and peach, this wine is remarkably mouth-filling due to a small portion of the wine being oak-fermented. Hints of tomato leaf and capsicum can also be detected on this crisp and refreshing wine.

Enjoy with... Smoked salmon or canopes.  


Beer of the Week - oakham CitraDate published: 07/03/15

Citra Oakham Ales


Welcome to the wonderful world of craft beer


The term craft beer originated in the UK in the 1970s and is loosely defined as a beer brewed on a relatively small scale by an independent brewer. The trend for craft beers has really taken off in the last few years and Majestic is excited to bring our favourite craft beers to you.


Why should you buy Citra from Oakham Ales?


Citra is named after the American hop used to brew the beer. Originally made as a seasonal beer by Oakham based in Rutland, it proved so popular that it became one of their most successful beers. Citra has won many awards culminating in being awarded the Champion Golden Ale at the CAMRA Great British Beer awards in 2014.


Great design!


The label is based on the Green Man, with the face being created from hops. The Green Man has many interpretations in folklore, but is held to be a symbol of re-birth, representing the cycle of growth each spring.


What does it taste like…?


The beer is light with aromas of grapefruit, lychee and gooseberry. It is refreshing on the palate leading to a dry, bitter finish. A multi-award winning beer demands to be sampled!


So, how much does it cost...?


£25.20 Buy 2 or more cases = £22.20 per case

Beer of the Week: Alhambra 1925 ReservaDate published: 26/02/15

Alhambra 1925 Reserva 6*330ml Bottles, 6.4%
The Alhambra brewery was founded in Granada, Andalusia, in 1925 and is named after the city's magnificent Alhambra Palace. Regarded as the leading craft brewery in Spain, despite the arrival of modern equipment little has changed in the overall brewing process since 1925. All Alhambra beers are made with no additives and the water used is still drawn from the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The traditional method employed by Alhambra for this beer involves slow, natural fermentation over a period of 35 days. This strong lager has a deep golden colour, and distinctive hop and caramel aromas. The unique bottle is a nod to the bottles used originally in 1925 when the brewery was founded - a Spanish icon, it has no label with all the branding and legal information embossed on the bottle.

"Pours a good fluffy head. Golden amber with lightly toasted aromas. Full-bodied, with a constant, well-rounded and very pleasing taste. Perfect balance of bitter and sweet flavours, with notes ranging from bitter orange to a slightly caramel finish"

Wines of the Week: Russian JackDate published: 26/02/15

Russian Jack Wines from New Zealand


Who was Russian Jack?


Russian Jack (formally known as Barrett Crumen) was a sailor of either Latvian or Ukrainian origin who jumped ship in Wellington. He spent the next 53 years wandering along the lanes of Wairarapa, working as a swagger. Swaggers cleared the scrub from the land, leaving rich, fertile lands which became the vineyards of Martinborough. There is a statue celebrating Russian Jack’s life in Masterton.


The Russian Jack Pinot Noir


The Russian Jack is a wonderful introduction to Martinborough Pinot Noir. The colour is vibrant and deep with aromas of plum and raspberry and spicy cinnamon characteristics.


£15.99 buy 2 save 25% = £11.99


The Russian Jack Sauvignon Blanc


From a winery that recently won the coveted “Best Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand” at the Royal Easter Show, this wine demands to be sampled.


Aromas and flavours of lime, passion fruit and elderflower produce a clean, zippy and refreshing wine.  


£11.99 buy 2 save 25% = £8.99


Why buy these wines? They are from a top producer, Martinborough Vineyard, who make the outstanding Te Tera and Burnt Spur wines.



Wine of the Week - Rustenberg Sauvignon BlancDate published: 20/02/15

Second Wine of the Week:


Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa

Also available to taste!


A wine with pedigree!


The Rustenberg winery has a history dating back to 1683. Wine has been bottled in the cellar every year since 1892. The winery has been owned by the Barlow family for over 70 years, which is longer than any other family within the Estate’s history.



An award winning wine!


The current vintage of the wine available at Majestic is the 2014. The 2013 vintage, which was the latest vintage to be assessed, won a Bronze Medal at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) awards. Rustenberg are certain of more success when the 2014 vintage is tasted in May this year.



Why choose the Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc?


Rustenberg take time and care with their wines. Unlike most Sauvignon Blanc the wine is allowed to rest on its lees (the yeast left over from the fermentation process). This helps to add flavour and body to the wine.


A great wine to drink by itself or with fish or seafood.



£13.49 buy 2 save 33% = £8.99

Wine of The Week: Bellingham PinopassoDate published: 20/02/15

Wine of The Week:

To coincide with the start of our South African Tasting Week we have 2 Wine of the Weeks this week, because it was just too hard to choose between them. Both are available to taste this weekend!

The First is:

Bellingham Pinopasso from South Africa


This wine is unique!


The grape variety in Pinopasso is Pinotage, a well known South African grape, but what makes this wine special? It’s been made using a technique known as Ripasso. This is an Italian technique where the wine is passed back over the grape skins from which the juice was extracted, adding more complexity and intensity to the wine.


Why have Bellingham made this wine?


The Bellingham winery has always been innovative and head winemaker Niël Groenewald has maintained that spirit. Having learnt about the process in Italy, Niël felt it would make a fitting tribute to the 13 Italian prisoners of war who helped the owners replant the Bellingham vineyards in the 1940s.


What can you expect from the wine?


The wine is big and full-bodied. It has flavours of cherry and plum and hints of chocolate and spice.


The wine is organic and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It would go really well with a lasagne.



£9.99 buy 2 save 25% = £7.49



Hurry - Short term deals you can't afford to miss ...Date published: 18/02/15

HURRY WE'VE 2 SHORT TERMS OFFERS YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO MISS AND THEY'RE SELLING FAST... 


BODEGAS LAGUNILLA Rioja Gran Reserva

£15.99 .. Buy 2 save 50% = £7.99


Bodegas Lagunilla is now part of the Concordia family. It is a traditional Bodegas established in 1885 in the Rioja Alta producing classic Riojas. Felipe Lagunilla worked to rescue the vineyards of Rioja when the Phylloxera epidemic decimated European vineyards in the 1800s and led the way in replanting the vineyards. For his work he was made comendador by the King, and bottles from Bodegas Lagunilla still carry his name today.


The Gran Reserva is made from 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha. It is aged for approximately 24 months in oak casks and  3 years in bottle before release. It has a fine bouquet, mellow flavours with a velvety texture and lingering finish. The perfect accompaniment to roasts, game and is wonderful with baked cod.


GUIGAL Cotes Du Rhone
£7.99 Special Offer


Guigal was established in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the cradle of Cote Rotie.


This Cotes du Rhone is made from 60% Syrah, 35% Grenache and 5% Mouvedre, from 35 year old vines, and is aged for one and a half years in oak.

This traditional wine is deep dark red in colour, with flavours of fresh fruit, red berries and spice. It is full-bodied, round and smooth with an aromatic long finish.

Focus on Spirits: Brokers GinDate published: 18/02/15

CRAFT SPIRITS OF THE MONTH

Brokers Gin

£19.99

Produced near Birmingham for over 200 years, Brokers has won more top awards over the past 10 years in Internal competitions than any other gin. Ten traditional botanicals are used and quadruple distillation in a copper pot still results in a smooth palate. It delivers rich and creamy candied citrus fruit peel aromas and the finish gives the perfect balance of fresh botanicals with spicy juniper and sweet ripe citrus fruits.


Focus on Spirits: The One Blended WhiskyDate published: 18/02/15

CRAFT SPIRITS OF THE MONTH

The One Blended Whisky

£30

Green credentials are a high priority for The Lakes Distillery as, amongst other ideas, they aim to recycle heat from the distillation process to warm up the buildings and most of their by-products are returned to local farmers to use as animal feeds and for soil improvement. Carefully blended from exceptional whiskies around the British Isles, this whisky is malty on the nose and delivers soft ginger and vanilla flavours with hints of nuttiness and oak. Similar in style to a Highland malt.


New Wines This FebruaryDate published: 16/02/15

Here at Majestic we've had lots of new wines enter our range this February.  Here are a couple of interesting additions to our range that are perfect if you want to try something different this year:

La La Land Malbec, Victoria, Australia: £8.99 per bottle (when buying ANY 2 bottles of wine with 25% off as part of a mix of 6 bottles).  If you're a fan of Malbec (and most people are) then how about trying this one from Australia.  This is made to be fruit forward and approachable with forest fruit flavours surrounded by ripe and supple tannins with hints of chocolate and vanilla.  This would be a good red wine match for any pork dish.

Bellingham Pinopasso Pinotage, Coastal Region, South Africa: £7.49 per bottle (when buying ANY 2 bottles of wine with 25% off as part of a mix of 6 bottles).  This wine is inspired by the 'Ripasso' style wines made famous in Valpolicella in northern Italy where partially dried grapes are to the fermentation to enhance the richness and flavour of the wine.  The flavours of rich and fleshy dark plums and cherries are very typical of Pinotage with plenty of sweet spice and smoky notes too.  A rich meat dish would compliment this perfectly.

Waimea Estate Gruner Veltliner, Nelson, New Zealand: £9.99 per bottle (when buying ANY2 bottles of wine with 33% off as part of a mix of 6 bottles).  From a small parcel of vines on the Waimea Estate, this is a Kiwi take on Austria's flagship variety.  Gruner Veltliner is being increasingly planted across New Zealand and is a fantastic alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.  This is still a fresh and crisp wine with plenty of stone fruit and pineapple flavours backed by white pepper and a minerally finish.  Will pair well with good seafood and poultry dishes.


Wine of the Week - Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel - 33% = £7.99Date published: 14/02/15

WINE OF THE WEEK

Ravenswood Zinfandel Lodi, California

Buy any 2 save 33.3% = £7.99

Single Bottle price = £11.99

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

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


Wine of the week... Natale Verga Pinot GrigioDate published: 05/02/15

New! Natale Verga Pinot Grigio from Italy.

Available to taste!


What is important to know about Pinot Grigio?


Pinot Grigio is a very well known grape variety, providing light aromatic wines. As a soft approachable wine it is a real crowd pleaser that is often found on restaurant and pub wine lists.


Why buy the Natale Verga Pinot Grigio?


This organic wine comes from a traditional family producer with 4 generations of experience and an emphasis on quality. Majestic has formed a great relationship with Natale Verga and we already stock a great Barolo and Primitivo from the winery. Our Italian wine buyer Suzie Harrison says:


“The Natale Verga Pinot Grigio offers great quality at a great price, as do all their wines.”


What does it taste like?


The wine is very fresh, with citrus aromas. The citrus comes through on the palate with hints of apple and pear providing a light, satisfying wine.


Great as an aperitif or serve with seafood and fish dishes.



£7.99 buy 2 save 25% = £5.99

Wine of the week...Date published: 28/01/15

New! Domaine de Fabrègues 2011, AOP

Available to taste!


The South of France has never been so exciting (as far as wine is concerned)...


This wine is from the Languedoc, situated in the south of France, not far from the Southern Rhône. It’s not a highly regulated region like a lot of France, leading to exciting innovation and styles of wine more common in New World wine producing areas.


The wine is a blend of four varieties (Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsault) which are grown across the Languedoc in vineyards ideal for each grape.


Why should you buy this wine…?


This is a great quality, full-bodied wine perfect with heart warming food. Casserole, stew, cottage pie or a roast. If it is a big hearty dish, it deserves to be matched with Domaine De Fabrègues.  


What does it taste like…?


Thanks to the robust Languedoc grapes within the blend this is a rich and spicy wine. It has bold blackberry and cherry flavours, is smooth and leaves a long warming pepper and dark chocolate flavour in the mouth. It’s open to taste today, so why not try it for yourself…?


So, how much does it cost...?


£11.99 Buy 2 Save 25% = £8.99

Wine of the Week - Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blanc - £6.66Date published: 23/01/15

Marlborough Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2014


If you’ve never tried a Marlborough Sauvignon before, you should know that…


Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region with an international reputation for producing the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world.


This wine is a blend of grapes grown across vineyards in the Wairau Valley, an area which produces distinctively aromatic wines.



Why should you buy this wine…?


Of all our 2015 new arrivals so far, this new Marlborough Sauvignon has us most excited. Produced by the famous Giesen brothers in Marlborough, our Buyers have personally selected a blend specifically for our customers.


This is a great value, dry style of wine; perfect for everyday drinking or parties. Drink now and over the summer months while the wine is still young and all the zesty flavours are at their best.



What does it taste like…?


Typical of it’s style, this Marlborough Sauvignon has vibrant fruit and heady herby flavours and a fresh, zippy finish. It’s available to taste now so why not give it a try…!



So, how much does it cost...?


£9.99 Buy 2 Save 33% = £6.66

Wine of the week...La La Land.Date published: 18/01/15

La La Land Malbec 2013, Murray Darling, Victoria. 

Origin

In the North-west of Victoria, the Red Cliffs vineyard produced this malbec in a deliberately up-front and early-drinking style. 

Taste 

This full-bodied and fruit-driven malbec competes well with the traditional Argentinian styles. This wine displays bold forest fruit flavours, supported by subtle hints of dark chocolate and vanilla.


Enjoy with... Barbequed ribs or pulled pork.


£8.99 when purchased with another wine on the 25% promotion.


New Offers - Staff Choices #2 Contesa Pecorino - £6.66Date published: 14/01/15

For any fans of zesty citrus whites this is a great one to try - more mellow and softer than a New Zealand Sauvignon and more depth of flavour than a standard Pinot Grigio. Pecorino is an indigenous Italian grape that is soft, minerally, clean and packed with white peach and citrus flavour. This wine is 30% oak fermented which adds a touch of body and richness but is not at all overpowering. This wine would match well with nutty cheeses such as the wines namesake cheese pecorino or with creamy pasta dishes.

http://www.majestic.co.uk/Contesa-Pecorino-zid13153?tracking=|searchterm:pecorino

New Offers - Staff Choices #1 La grange des combes £8.66Date published: 10/01/15

We have a plethora of new fantastic offers added to the 33% deal over January sure to cure any post Christmas blues and not hurt the wallet! 

The first is one of my favourite southern French reds which proudly won a silver Decanter award last year and is rarely on such a lip-smacking price. 

The Grange des combes is from the tiny region of St Chinian-Roquebrun which in 1968 was deemed of such a quality to deserve its own appellation. This wine uses the classic Rhone varieties of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre and is produced in the same manor as cotes du rhone which to the chemists out there is semi-carbonic maceration which results in a less tannic and freshly aromatic style. This red does differ from your average cotes du rhone however in the concentration of deep luscious red fruit and a warming rich palate with a long herb infused finish. A perfect winter warmer which will joyfully pair with the heartiest of winter stews.



Wine of the week... Caixas GodelloDate published: 09/01/15

WINE OF THE WEEK

As Caixas Godello, Martin Codax, 2013


Origin: Produced in Rias Baixas, Godello has in the past most often been used as a constituent for blends, however it is increasingly gaining recognition as a quality varietal in its own right.


Taste: This delicate style of wine evokes flavours of melon, pear and lemon. Subtle floral notes can also be detected, with a lengthy, citrus zest finish.

£9.99 or buy ANY 2 selected wines and save

33% - £6.66 per bottle


End of OffersDate published: 03/01/15

Our Current Pick and Mix Offers finish on Monday so don't miss your chance to stock up on your favourites. January is the perfect time to re-stock the wine rack after the Christmas and New Year festivities so make sure you fill it with all the things you love. 

Opening HoursDate published: 03/01/15

Our Opening Hours are back to normal:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 10am-7pm

Thursday, Friday - 10am-8pm

Saturday - 9am-7pm

Sunday - 10am-5pm

CRAFT BEER OF THE MONTH - VEDETT BLONDDate published: 03/01/15

CRAFT BEER OF THE MONTH

VEDETT BLOND

6 x 330ml

£12.99

or £9.99 when you buy 2 cases of Craft Beer

By their own admission Vedett don't take themselves too seriously unless their talking about quality.

The Blond is a yellow to pale gold colour with a delicate bitterness combined with a touch of citrus and a length crisp refreshing finish.

A good match to lighter dishes but the heady hop aroma can also make it the perfect drink to cut through spicy foods such a spicy ribs or buffalo wings.


Tito's Handmade Texan VodkaDate published: 03/01/15

Craft Spirits of the Month:

Tito's Handmade Texan Vodka

£28.00

Created by Tito Beveridge, a geologist from Texas with a background in oil drilling and the mortgage business, this characterful vodka is made from 100% corn and is therefore naturally gluten free. Produced in Austin at Texas' first and oldest legal distillery, it is micro-distilled by batch 6 times in a n old fashioned pot still, a much more complicated and difficult technique to the usual modern column stills.


Calvados Pays d'Auge Roger Groult Reserve 3 Year OldDate published: 03/01/15

CRAFT SPIRITS OF THE MONTH

Calvados Pays d'Auge Roger Groult Reserve 3 Year Old

£30

Jean- Roger Groult is the 5th Generation producer of this esteemed Calvados, which was awarded Best Calvados in the World at 2014 World Drinks Awards.

Made from hand-sorted cider apples from the Pays d'Auge area, this Calvados has been aged and blended in old French casks and is 3 years old.

Fresh and fruity notes of Granny Smith apple on the nose with hint of cream and complimented by nuts and a touch of menthol on finish resulting in a round and complex taste.


Fine Wine of the Month: Cloudy Bay Chardonany 2005Date published: 03/01/15

FINE WINE OF THE MONTH

CLOUDY BAY CHARDONNAY 2005

£30.00

Or

Buy Any 2 Selected Fine Wines Save £10 ..

£25.00

Cloudy Bay has become a cult winery in recent years, but many of their wines are over-looked in favour of the ever popular Sauvignon Blanc.

This Chardonnay is a superb example of what else this winery can offer. Made in a cool-climate with plenty of sunshine hours, this slow ripening Chardonnay exudes complexity and finesse.

Aged at Cloudy Bay and released late, this 2005 example has a complex nose that ranges from figs and lemon butter to more savoury elements of fresh hay with hints of butterscotch. The palate is substantial and rounded with toasty complexity and a long finish.

Great value, this wine is eminently drinkable now but will also reward those with the patience to age the wine for a further 3 to 4 years.

** Limited Availabililty - Call 0121 429 4688 to reserve yours today.

Wine of the Week - Portillo MalbecDate published: 30/12/14

WINE OF THE WEEK


Portillo Malbec

£9.99 buy 2 save 33% =

£6.66


This multi-award-winning wine comes from Bodegas Salentein, one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, who have 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec grapes are grown at an average of around 1050m.

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

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


New Year opening timesDate published: 27/12/14

Hope you had a great Christmas with some amazingly good wine!

We are open again now for all your New Year drinking needs. our opening times will be as follows:

Sat 27th 9-7

Sun 28th 10-5

Mon 29th 10-7

Tues 30th 10 - 7

Weds 31st 10 - 5

Thurs 1st *closed*

Wed 2nd - Normal opening times 

Mince Pies, Port and ProseccoDate published: 13/12/14

Visit us today and you will find our tasting counter full of great wines as well as samples of port, prosecco and mince pies.

Sparkling Saturday - Prosecco Lamarca Cuvee - £9.99Date published: 13/12/14

Join us in store today where we have one of our favourite Proseccos open on the tasting counter - Prosecco Lamarca Cuvee, reduced to £9.99 on the 33% off deals, perfect wake up call on Christmas morning!

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

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


Wear your Christmas Jumper to work dayDate published: 12/12/14

well we did it - we all wore our Christmas jumpers to work today - and if you joined us there was port and mince pies on the tasting counter.

Why not join us tomorrow for more port and mince pies - you can even show off your Christmas jumper as well if you like!!

Rioja Gran Reserva, Vina Eguia. Date published: 02/12/14

WINE OF THE WEEK

Rioja Gran Reserva, Vina Eguia, 2004.


Grape: Tempranillo.

Origin: Located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion, Bodegas Eguia have 50 hectares of estate vineyards, with vines averaging 40 years of age. This wine in particular, has received 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before its release.

Taste: Deep ruby red in colour, this wine displays mature fruit flavours of raisins and prunes, with notes of caramel. Hints of vanilla, cloves, and leather may also be detected. It has a silky mouth feel and a lasting finish.

Enjoy with... Slow cooked lamb.


Only £8.99! 


Two Great Fine Wine offers this WeekendDate published: 28/11/14

This weekend we have some fantastic offers on two of our most popular fine wines - Vina Ardanza Reserva Rioja and Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc.

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon blanc = £27.50 - 33% off = £18.32

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough

Grape: Sauvignon Blanc

Origin

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

Taste

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

Vina Ardanza= £24.00 - 33% off = £15.99

Rioja Reserva Viña Ardanza 2005 La Rioja Alta

GrapeGrenache, Tempranillo

Origin

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

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.


Wine of the Week: Vavasour Sauvignon BlancDate published: 27/11/14

WINE OF THE WEEK


VAVASOUR SAUVIGNON BLANC

£12.99 buy 2 save 33% =

£8.65


The fruit for Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc was harvested at night to preserve the freshness and flavour of the grapes.

Careful winemaking allows the team to retin the vibrant fruit flavours obtained in the vineyard.

On the nose this wine is brimming with tropical fruits, melon and citrus, with mineral notes following on the palate.

Crisp and dry, this refreshing wine exhibits all the hallmarks of gret Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Enjoy now on its own or as an accompaniment to seafood.


Craft Beer of the Week: Einstok White AleDate published: 27/11/14

CRAFT BEER OF THE WEEK

EINSTOCK WHITE ALE

(6 x 330ml Bottles)

£13.99 per pack or £10.99 whenbuy any 2 cases of craft beer or cider

Einstok is based in Iceland, just 60 miles south of teh Artic Circle and the name comes from the Icelandic word for 'unique'. The water they use comes from rain or glacial melt which then trvels down from the nearby mountains through ancient lava fields. This means the water supply is one of the purest in the world and contributes to the refreshing nature of this ale. Traditional Belgian brewing techniques help to give this white ale complex flavours of orange peel and corriander. A touch of oats gives an extra element of smoothness. It's a great match to a variety of spicy foods, including Mexican, Thai and Indian.


Wine of the week: Les Vignerons des Grandes Vignes Saint Veran 2013, BurgundyDate published: 10/11/14

Saint Veran is an appellation that overlaps the South of the Maconnais and northern part of the Beaujolais region.

This un-oaked chardonnay emits tantalising aromas of peach with hints of acacia blossom. Although this wine is fantastic to drink when young, its complexity also allows it to develop more honeyed tones.

This elegant and delicate wine would go fantastically with seared scallops or a mushroom ravioli.

£12.99 or buy ANY 2 selected wines and save 25% - £9.74 per bottle


Wine of the Week is...Date published: 05/11/14

Mud House Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand: £14.99 or buy ANY 2 selected wines and save 33% - £9.99 per bottle

Mud House have been producing wine since 1996 and aim to really show the best of the variety and the region in each bottle. Central Otago which is currently one of the most exciting places for Pinot Noir in the world, with the reputation for elegant, fruity and complex wines which can be enjoyed young or left to mature for many years. The cool but dry climate here is the main reason for this,

The nose is crammed with ripe berry fruit with beautiful floral, spicy and earthy touches. These flavours carry onto the palate with silky tannins and a fine balanced acidity. Beautiful on its own with game or, for something different, Chinese spiced duck.



Wine of the Week - Beefsteak Club MalbecDate published: 28/10/14

WINE OF THE WEEK

BEEFSTEAK CLUB MALBEC 2013, MENDOZA

Buy any 2 save 33.3% = £6.66

Single Bottle price = £9.99


This wine is made by Andean vineyards from an Australian born winemaker! Stephen McEwan. It is made in a traditional argentinian style thus it has an intentional beefy character. It has been aged in oak for six months to provide some complexion.

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

Unsurprisingly this will go with juicy steaks and beef stews.


Wine of the Week is...Date published: 21/10/14

....Parrilla Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina: £7.99 per bottle when you buy ANY 2 wines on the 33% offer.  £11.99 single bottle price

This is a brand new wine for us this autumn and comes from the famed Vinalba stable.  The fruit is sourced from mature vines in Mendoza's Uco Valley. This is a deliberately fruit driven wine, showing plenty of hedgerow fruit and just a hint of toasty spice from the use of oak. The tannins are ripe and silky giving a smooth mouthfeel and a fresh acidity means that the wine is not cloying. As the name suggests, drink with meats straight from the grill!  Having tried it, I think this offers excellent value.  It is definitely one for the wish list.

Southern France Tasting WeekendDate published: 17/10/14

This weekend we are running a feature on the wines of Southern France here in store.  We have opened 6 wines to showcase some of the best and most classic styles from all over the South of France which highlight the quality and value available.  These wines really outstrip some of the more well renowned appellations, so to see what the fuss is about, pop in store over the weekend and we will go through these wines with you.  

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us in store.


Upcoming Tasting Events - Including Our Big Winter Tasting Evening !!Date published: 15/10/14

Upcoming Tastings

17-19th October - we have been provided budget to open additional wines on the tasting counter. So there will be a range of Southern French wines also on the tasting counter over the weekend so make sure you come in and try some of these exciting wines and we will be happy to talk you through them!

24th October 18.30 - 20.00 and 7th November 18.30 - 20.00 - We have two free informal Wine Courses being held there are still spaces for both of these so book in quick in order to not miss out! 

12th November - Big Winter Wine Tasting - Our winter wine evening is just around the corner, where we will be showcasing some of the new wines that have recently joined the Majestic range as well as a few wines we recommend for  the winter. These events are always very popular, so book a spot today to avoid disappointment. Expect 12 bottles of wine open for taste along with luxury cheeses and bread for nibbles and of course a lively atmosphere!

To book on any of these free tastings please call the store on 0121 429 4688 or email us at bir@majestic.co.uk with name details and amount of guests that will be coming!

Wine of the Week - Vina Pomal CrianzaDate published: 15/10/14

WINE OF THE WEEK

Rioja Crianza 2011 Viña Pomal


Viña Pomal has real significance in Bodegas Bilbaínas, with it being one of Rioja's oldest Vineyards. It has been produced for over 100 years now. Interestingly the winery had bottling plant near London's Charing Cross in the 1940's and it was well known to be one of Winston Churchill's favourite wines!

It's a very deep red wine full of cherry flavour as you would expect with a crianza. Having spent some time in american oak this is much more complexed though with hints of cocoa and toastiness alongside liquorice and black fruit notes.

This will go excellently with any grilled red meats, cheese or rice dishes.

£10.99 or buy any 2 save 33.3% offer price £7.32


Staff Recommendations from 33% off PromotionDate published: 11/10/14

Soffio No.3 Prosecco Doc (Buy any two 33.3% wines = £6.66 a bottle)

This is a superb prosecco at £6.66 light in flavour with a delicate apple and pear characteristic complimented by a delightful mousse. It is no surprise why it was featured on Saturday Kitchen and is going quick. As you will probably not come across such a high quality prosecco anywhere at such impeccable value! 

LFE Gran Reserva Merlot (Buy any two 33.3% wines = £7.32 a bottle)

Tired of drinking the same old easy drinking merlot then try this as it has a more complexed edge to it. Produced by one of Chile's most famous producers Luis Felipe Edwards it still keeps that classic warm feel but has been aged in French and American oak which helps give the wine volume and hints of Vanilla and Tobacco Leaf.

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough (Buy any two 33.3% wines = £6.66 a bottle)

Typical Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with that intense gooseberry and zestiness soaring through the palate! I recently spotted it in Tesco for £10.99 so it's a complete bargain at £6.66!!

Wine of the Week - Paul Mas ViognierDate published: 30/09/14

WINE OF THE WEEK

PAUL MAS ESTATE VIOGNIER, 'NICOLE VINEYARD' 2013

Paul Mas are certainly up there with the best producers in Southern France. Their vineyards account for 100 hectares situated around the town of Pézenas which lies close to the beautiful Mediterranean Coast.

If your getting fed up with drinking the same old Sauvignon Blanc's then why not broaden your horizons and explore this superb Viognier as you will not be disappointed. Peach and floral notes shine through with subtle hints of honey and vanilla helping create a more complexed style of wine.

This can be paired very well with lightly spiced dishes and blue cheeses.

£9.99 or buy any 2 save 33.3% offer price £6.66


Wine of the Week is...Date published: 24/09/14

......Montes Reserve Malbec, Colchagua Valley, Chile: £9.99 Single bottle price or £6.66 per bottle when buying ANY 2 bottles with 33% off.

Montes are a big name in Chilean wine and have been pioneers in producing outstanding, modern wines from classic varietals.  This Malbec is produced using grapes from some of Chile's oldest Malbec vines, some of which are over 100 years old.

This Malbec has a wonderful rich and inky aroma of raspberry, blueberry and cassis fruit flavours. The tannins on the palate are ripe and fine, giving the wine a wonderfully smooth texture. This is balanced by good acidity and lots of ripe fruit. There are wonderful hints of sweet spice on the finish too. This really shows the Argentinians in South America who produce great Malbec.

33% off ALL Prosecco - Hurry, ends Monday 29th September!Date published: 23/09/14

We have a great offer this week on all our Prosecco available at Majestic, so here are a couple of my favourites that I recommend trying:

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV: reduced to£6.99per bottle this week when purchasing ANY 2 wines at 33% off as part of a mix of 6 bottles – a light and elegant style of Prosecco with lots of classic apple, pear, white flower and almond aromas, this Prosecco is a steal at this price. Coming from Italy's largest privately run winery, match this with light fish or delicate fruit based dishes, or simply drink on its own.

Prosecco La Marca Cuvee NV: reduced to£9.99per bottle this week when purchasing ANY 2 wines at 33% off as part of a mix of 6 bottles – a Prosecco of great finesse, with a superb mousse and slightly richer aromas of ripe apples and stone fruit and a stunning length. The only way to drink this is to enjoy it on its own!


33% OFF ARGENTINA WINES THIS WEEKEND ONLY!!Date published: 19/09/14

33% OFF ARGENTINA WINES THIS WEEKEND ONLY!!

For one weekend our whole Argentina selection is a 3rd off so do not miss out as there really are some bargains to be had! I have picked a few out which I believe should not be missed out on. The first two are made from the superb winemaker Nicolas Catena.

Catena Chardonnay (£12.99) down to £8.65 when you buy any 2 wines from the 33% off promotion

An easy choice as it is an excellently well balanced chardonnay with the climate and oak influence bringing all those rich and exotic aspects to the palate you would desire from a top chardonnay. Showing notes of Apple, Banana and a real buttery rich finish this will go perfectly with a creamy chicken dish.

Catena Malbec (£12.99) down to £8.65 when you buy any 2 wines from the 33% off promotion

A real 'big boy' Malbec very high in tannin so should certainly be enjoyed with a big juicy steak. Excellently structured showing flavours of Blackberry and Blackcurrant with a hint of peppery spice. Should be allowed to breathe for an hour before consumption for best results.

Alamos Malbec (£8.99) down to £5.99 when you buy any 2 wines from the 33% off promotion

The lowest price its ever been and probably our best selling Malbec. At £5.99 this is a real snip offering plenty of rich red fruit character with well balanced ripe tannins.

We have plenty open on the tasting counter. Offer ends Monday 22nd September so make sure  you get down to store this weekend!


Craft Beer of the Week.....Date published: 18/09/14

..... Einstock Icelandic Pale Ale 5.6%, Iceland

£13.99 Single pack, or buy ANY 2 packs of selected craft ales and save £6 = £10.99 per pack.

A clean, refreshing Pale Ale with a great balance of maltiness and hoppy bitterness.  Now open to taste on our tasting counter.

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 16/09/14

......Paul Mas Marsanne 2013, Languedoc, France: £9.99 Single bottle price or £6.66 when you buy any 2 wines with 33.3% off.

Paul Mas is one of Southern France's biggest and best producers, who consistently over-delivers with his excellent range of wines. He has been a pioneer in making single varietal wines from some of France's lesser known grapes. This Marsanne, a grape variety more famous for its use in great Rhone white blends, is no exception. 

A frequent award winner, this Marsanne is full of character. Plenty of pear and apricot fruit backed by subtle floral and honey notes. There is a lovely richness and texture, balanced by good acidity and a long finish. Pair with any fish dish.



2 Week Specials!Date published: 10/09/14

We have just started some great 2 week specials here at Majestic, with prices guaranteed until Monday 22nd September 2014 at 7pm.  Whether it is white, red, rose or sparkling there is something for you, so be sure to stock up before these offers end.  The wines featured are:

Red

Labourie Roi Fleurie: Was £10.99 per bottle, now £7.99 per bottle.

Vina Eguia Crianza, Rioja: Single bottle £9.99, or buy ANY 2 wines at 33.3% then £6.66 per bottle

White & Rose

Breganze Pinot Grigio Rose: Single bottle £8.99, or buy ANY 2 wines at 33.3% then £5.99 per bottle

Rocca Gavi Montiero: Single bottle £8.99, or buy ANY 2 wines at 33.3% then £5.99 per bottle

Sparkling

Prosecco Zonin Brut NV: Was £11.99, now £6.99 per bottle

Prosecco Rivamonte NV: Single bottle £9.99, or buy ANY 2 wines at 33.3% then £6.66 per bottle

Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV: Single bottle £43.50, or buy ANY 2 wines at 33.3% then £28.98 per bottle

Please note our minimum purcahse is 6 bottles of wine, ANY mix.

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 09/09/14

....Lady Sauvignon 2014, Casablanca Valley, Chile - £11.99 Single bottle price or £6.66 when you buy any 2 wines with 33.3% off.*

The Casablanca Valley is one of Chile's first cool climate regions with vineyards first planted there in the 1980's. The warm sunny climate here is tempered by the effects of cooling sea breezes and occasional fog, giving the perfect conditions for growing Sauvignon Blanc. This wine was made with a little help from world renowned winemaker Matt Thomson of Saint Clair in Marlborough fame.

A broad spectrum of of citrus and tropical fruit flavours, herbaceous notes and an invigorating acidity. This really highlights the quality and value coming from Chile at the moment. Drink with any fresh fruits de mer or fish, or indeed on its own.

*Minimum purchase 6 bottles, ANY mix. Our current prices are guaranteed until Monday 29th September 2014.


Free Spotlight Tasting Reminder!Date published: 08/09/14

Just a reminder that on Thursday 11th September at 6.30pm we will be holding the 2nd of our September FREE Spotlight Tastings, with the focus this time on the wines of South Africa.  South Africa are currently producing some of the best value wines in the world and this tasting is sure to highlight a number of new wines to the Majestic range.  There will be 6 wine to taste (comparing 3 different pairs of wines, each on a theme) as well as some nibbles, with the tasting lasting half an hour.

To book a place, please either give us a call on 0121 429 4688 or via e-mail bir@majestic.co.uk.

Spotlight Tasting - Argentina Thursday 4th Sept at 6.30pmDate published: 29/08/14

Just a reminder, that we have our free 30 minute spotlight tasting of Argentina on Thursday 4th of September at 630pm, where we will try 3 pairs of wines with some nibbles. If you are interested please call us on 0121 4294688

Wine of the Week - Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Poggio Civetta 2013Date published: 21/08/14

WINE OF THE WEEK

Poggio Civetta, Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 2013

Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, not to be confused with the Tuscan village that has the same name. This is made from the Montepulciano grape of the Abruzzi region.

This wine is sourced from several vineyards owned by the Rosetti family, located very close to Abruzzo's adriatic coast close to the historic town of Chieti that stakes the claim of being founded by Achilles in 1181 BC.

A medium bodied approachable red with subtle tannins. The palate is made up of ripe blackcurrant along with typical Italian cherry character that is infused with hints of forest earth and clove.

This could be enjoyed with Italian cured meats or pasta's.


£9.99 or buy any 2 save 33.3% offer price £6.66


Wine of the Week - Truffier MalbecDate published: 18/08/14

WINE OF THE WEEK

Rigal L'Instant Truffier Malbec, 2012, Cotes du Lot, Southern France


Rigal are one of the premium producers in the Cahors, but they also own vineyards throughout the Lot valley. The free draining soils and sunny southerly exposure is perfect for ripening Malbec (known locally as Cot). Malbec may be more famous from Argentina, but the region of Cahors is the traditional home of the variety.


Deep purple in colour with lots of black cherry and bramble fruit to the fore. Secondary characters of prune, anise and truffle compliment the full flavoured fruit perfectly. A robust wine without being too full bodied, making it perfect for rich meaty casseroles.


£9.99 or buy any 2 save 33.3% offer price £6.66


Picpoul de Pinet with MoulesDate published: 14/08/14

I have just recently returned from a holiday to the South of France, staying in Sete. Sete is a port town on the Mediterranean sea, but is also situated on the edge of Etang de Thau, a large inland lake which is famour for its wide array of shellfish. The area is also famous for its crisp refreshing white wine called Picpoul de Pinet. After sampling a wonderful dish of fresh Moules with a glass of chilled Picpoul de Pinet in a canal side restaurant in Sete, I can safely say this is a match made in heaven, with the fresh acidity of the Picpoul creating a wonderful balance with the Moules.

Why not try the Villemarin Picpoul, which is currently on offer at £6.74 if you buy any 2 wines from the 25% offer.

Wine of the Week - Rioja 'Single Vineyard' 2012 Ramon Bilbao Date published: 12/08/14

WINE OF THE WEEK

Rioja 'Single Vineyard' 2012 Ramón Bilbao

Bodegas Ramón Bilbao is situated in an exclusive location : Haro in Rioja Alta, a paradise where Tempranillo Rioja's key grape variety thrives.

This intense Rioja is a classic blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha which is produced from vines with an average age of 40 years. It really is a superb wine this is highlighted by the fact it achieved a bronze medal at the Decanter Wine awards as well as the International wine challenge. The wine has vibrant ruby colour with subtle hints of cherry and blackberry fruit. The palate is medium bodied with some vanilla flavour coming through. The wine is a perfect accompaniment to a beef stew and will also work well with cheeses.

£9.99 or buy ANY two 33% off wines making it £6.66 a bottle


Two Week Specials - Red wineDate published: 12/08/14

Starting today we have 10 wines that are on special improved offers for 2 weeks finishing on Bank Holiday Monday 25th August at 5pm. These include some fizz, white red and rose, so there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Here are the red wines involved in this short promotion:

Fleurie Duboeuf 'Flower Label', Beaujolais, France - £11.75 per bottle, buy ANY 2 selected wines, save 25% = £8.81 per bottle - Beaujolais is the perfect summer red – light with plenty of cherry and berry fruit flavours with lovely soft tannins

Grifone Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, Italy - £7.48 per bottle, buy ANY 2 Summer Selection wines save 33% = £4.99 per bottle  - Light nimble red from the East of Italy – soft tannins with plenty of cherry fruit. What a bargain!

Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard, Rioja, Spain - £9.99 per bottle, buy ANY 2 Summer Selection wines, save 33% = £6.66 per bottle  - Classy youthful wine from a highly regarded Rioja producer. Plenty of classic red fruit and slight oaky spice.

Please remember our minimum purchase is 6 bottles of wine, any mix!


Two Week Specials - White & Rose wineDate published: 12/08/14

Starting today we have 10 wines that are on special improved offers for 2 weeks finishing on Bank Holiday Monday 25th August at 5pm. These include some fizz, white red and rose, so there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Here are the white and rose wines involved in this short promotion:

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand - £10.49 per bottle, buy ANY 2 Summer Selection wines, save 33% = £6.99 per bottle - Really classic Marlborough with plenty of citrus and tropical fruit flavours and a hint of cut grass too.

Macon Lugny, Louis Latour, Burgundy, France - £9.99 per bottle - Excellent Burgundy from a top producer – elegant creamy citrus and apple fruit flavours.

Pinot Grigio Rosé Breganze, Italy - £8.99 per bottle, buy ANY 2 Summer Selection wines, save 33% = £5.99 per bottle - This delicate dry rose is the perfect sunny afternoon wine with plenty of soft citrus fruit flavours.

Please remember our minimum purchase is 6 bottles of wine, any mix!


Two Week Specials - Sparkling wineDate published: 12/08/14

Starting today we have 10 wines that are on special improved offers for 2 weeks finishing on Bank Holiday Monday 25th August at 5pm. These include some fizz, white red and rose, so there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Here are the Sparkling wines involved in this short promotion:

Cava Calamino NV, Spain - £8.99 per bottle, buy ANY 2 Summer Selection wines, save 33% = £5.99 per bottle - A delicate dry Cava with plenty of apple fruit and toasty notes.

Codorniu Brut NV, Spain - £9.99 per bottle, buy ANY 2 Summer Selection wines, save 33% = £6.66 per bottle - An elegant Cava with plenty of citrus, apple and brioche flavours

Prosecco Corte Alta, Italy - £9.99 per bottle, buy ANY 2 Summer Selection wines, save 33% = £6.66 per bottle - A light and delicate Prosecco with pear and floral aromas and a fine mousse.

Raboso Rosado Corte Alta, Italy - £9.99 per bottle, buy ANY 2 Summer Selection wines, save 33% = £6.66 per bottle - Red berries and peach flavours spring from the glass in this elegant rose fizz.

Please remember our minimum purchase is 6 bottles of wine, any mix!


New Offers - Dave's FavouritesDate published: 11/08/14

With our new offers now in full swing, here are a couple of my favourites that are sure to be making their way into my wine rack this month:

Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Viognier, Chile: £9.99 per bottle, or buy ANY 2 Summer Selection wines and save 33% = £6.66 per bottle.

Viognier is a beautifully aromatic wine with plenty of apricot, peach and floral aromas with a luxurious rich mouthfeel. This great example from Chile typifies this and is a joy to drink on its own or with a vast array of food, from fish in a creamy sauce to Thai curries.

Hacienda Zorita Tempranillo, Spain: £9.99 per bottle, or buy ANY 2 Summer Selection wines and save 33% = £6.66 per bottle.

From the Arribes del Duero region incredibly close to the Portuguese border, this is an elegant medium bodied red with beautiful cherry and strawberry fruit character and a lick of vanilla and oaky spice. A great alternative to Rioja which can be enjoyed with an array of pasta or some cured meats, though I really like it on its own too.


Region in the Spotlight - The Loire ValleyDate published: 10/08/14

The Loire Valley is one of France's most renowned wine producing regions with famous appellations adjacent to the river all along its twists and turns through Central and Northern France. The diversity of wine produced is incredible, with sparkling, red rose and all styles of white wine all well represented. This is one of Europe's coolest viticultural areas, so the weather in each vintage plays a big role in the style and quality available. The Loire is famous for its limestone soils and caves (where the wines are often aged) and these soils can really influence the vines and impart a great minerality into the wines.

Starting in the West by the Atlantic Coast, the Muscadet (and Muscadet de Sevre-et-Maine) appellation well known for its light and crisp white wines made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape variety. The best wines are aged 'sur lie' (on the lees of the yeast from fermentation imparting a biscuity character and extra richness to the wine).

Anjou is famous for it's white wines made from the Chenin Blanc grape. Both dry and sweet styles are arguably the best examples of this variety found anywhere in the world.

Around Saumer, most Chenin Blanc generally goes to make sparkling wine (Cremant d'Loire or Saumur Brut). The red Cabernet Franc grape is king here, with Chinon and Bourgueil offering extremely complex and ageworthy reds for a fraction of the cost of Bordeaux.

Vouvray is the most important appellation in the Touraine, turning the Chenin Blanc grape into all styles (dry, demi-sec, sweet and sparkling) of white wine. Sauvignon Blanc is the other key variety here making light, dry and aromatic white wines that can offer excellent value for money.

The most inland appellations are probably the Loire's most internationally recognisable – Sancerre and Pouilly Fume. The Sauvignon Blanc produced here is incredibly rich and intense, unlike any other Sauvignon Blanc in the world and the benchmark which other regions aim to imitate. The red and rose made from Pinot Noir are also outstanding.

We have a range of Loire wines open to taste in store finishing on Thursday 14th August, so be sure to pop in and try some of the best value wines that France has to offer.


Spotlight on a Region - BeaujolaisDate published: 08/08/14

Beaujolais is a wine region located north of Lyon covering parts of the Northern Rhone. It is best known for its very light and thin wines. The Gamay grape is the main varietal in Beaujolais. The grape brings youthful flavours such as Raspberry and Strawberry as well as plenty of floral perfume characteristics which are perfect for the light style of wine that is produced. Beaujolais wines are famous for their unique production method of Carbonic Maceration.

The method consists of whole grape clusters being put into cement or stainless steel tanks.The bottom third of the grapes get crushed under the weight of gravity and resulting must begins normal yeast fermentation with ambient yeasts found naturally on the skins of the grapes. Carbon dioxide is released as a by product of this fermentation and begins to saturate the individual, intact grape berries that remain in the barrel. The carbon dioxide seeps into the skin of the grape and begin to stimulate fermentation. This is caused,partly because of the lack of oxygen in the wine-making .Which brings about a fruity wine with very low tannin. 

 Although Beaujolais wines are mainly red wines due to the lightness in style of them they can often be chilled to temperatures as low as 11 degrees. They are great as an aperitif or to go alongside a nice light salad or picnic, generally perfect for summer occasions. 

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 06/08/14

......Amalaya de Colome Malbec Blend 2013, Salta, Argentina: £11.99 or buy ANY 2 Summer Selection wines and save 33% - £7.99 per bottle

Bodega Amalaya hail from around the northern Argentinian city of Salta relatively close to the Bolivian border and are one of the oldest producers in Argentina. The vineyards for this wine are located high in the Andes up to 1800m above sea level. This altitude helps to moderate the high daytime temperatures in the region and help to preserve acidity in the grapes.


This wine is a blend of predominantly Malbec, with up to 30% made up with Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. There is a distinct purple hue to the colour and a lovely intense nose. Rich dark fruit flavours are what jump out first which are balanced by hints of vanilla and spice and smooth tannins. Great with any meat.


Wine of the Week is...Date published: 01/08/14

Con Amigos Malbec 2013 Bio Bio Valley - £9.99 or buy ANY 2 Summer Selection wines and save 33%£6.66 per bottle

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

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

A great match for Barbequed food.



1 Week Spectacular - 4 Stunning Deals.Date published: 22/07/14

From Tuesday 22nd July to Monday 28th July, 4 wines have been added to our 33% off Summer Selection range of wines. These are stunning prices, so be sure to stock up before they end!

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand: £10.99 single bottle or £6.99 per bottle when buying ANY 2 Summer Selection wines – recently given the title of 'Best New World White Wine' in The Times Summer Top 100 wines, this wine is a Majestic classic. Blessed with a great spectrum of fruit flavours and a balanced, refreshing acidity, it is a great summer wine.

Jean Vincent Pouilly Fume 2012, Loire, France: £14.99 single bottle or £9.99 per bottle when buying ANY 2 Summer Selection wines – everything you expect from quality Loire Sauvignon Blanc, with plenty of citrus and gooseberry fruit, balanced acidity and a lovely minerally finish.

Les Galets Cotes du Rhone 2011, Rhone, France: £8.49 single bottle or £5.66 per bottle when buying ANY 2 Summer Selection wines – full of warming, spicy red and black berry fruit. The perfect accompaniment to any red meat.

Vallee des Pins Rose 2013, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence, France: £9.99 single bottle or £6.66 per bottle when buying ANY 2 Summer Selection wines – delicate red berry and stone fruit linger beautifully on the elegant palate. Classic Provence!

Minimum Purchase is 6 bottles, ANY mix.

Fantastic Short Term Offers - Part 2Date published: 17/07/14

Until Monday 4th August, we have introduced 2 absolutely stunning offers on a couple of Southern French gems.  These wines offer truly incredible value for money, so be sure to pop in store and take advantage over the next couple of weeks.

Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet, Southern France: £7.04 single bottle or buy ANY 2 selected wines and save 15%, £5.99 per bottle – Sunshine in a glass. Plenty of beautiful citrus fruit, blossom and crisp acidity. A Southern French delight!

Mont Saint Jean Corbieres, Southern France: £5.87 single bottle or buy ANY 2 selected wines and save 15%, £4.99 per bottle – a classic example of Corbieres with lots of strawberry and bramble fruit with a hint of peppery spice. Stunning at this price.


Fantastic Short Term Offers - Part 1Date published: 16/07/14

Majestic has just introduced 5 new special offers which will run for the next 2 weeks, finishing on Monday 28th July.  Be sure to pop in and take advantage of them.  The wines are the following:

Prosecco Corte Alta, Italy: £9.99 single bottle price or buy ANY 2 Summer Selection wines and save 33%, £6.66 per bottle - A beautifully light and elegant Prosecco that is a perfect summer aperitif.

Codorniu Rosado, Spain: £9.99 single bottle price or buy ANY 2 Summer Selection wines and save 33%, £6.66 per bottle - A refreshing rose Cava with plenty of strawberry and raspberry fruit flavours.

Codorniu Selection Raventos, Spain: £11.99 single bottle price or buy ANY 2 Summer Selection wines and save 33%, £7.99 per bottle - A more full bodied, fruity and creamy style of Cava. A perfect alternative to Champagne.

Torres Vina Sol, Spain: £7.99 single bottle price or buy ANY 2 selected wines and save 25%, £5.99 per bottle - A classic summer wine. Light, fresh and beautifully balanced. Perfect in the sunshine.

Cabernet Sauvignon de Pennautier, France: £7.99 single bottle price or buy ANY 2 selected wines and save 25%, £5.99 per bottle - A modern, fruit driven style of Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium bodied with plenty of blackcurrant and bramble fruit.


Wine of the Week is...Date published: 16/07/14

....Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet 2013Coteaux de Languedoc -  single bottle £7.04 or buy ANY 2 selected wines and save 15% - £5.99 per bottle

The Picpoul grape is only grown in a small area in the South of France between Montpellier & Beziers. Picpoul de Pinet is one of the named 'crus' of the Coteaux de Languedoc and one of France's very few varietally labelled wines. The combination of modern wine-making techniques to show the Picpoul grape at its best and tourism in the region have allowed this variety to flourish in the modern wine market.

One sniff and taste of this wine will transport you straight to a sunny veranda on the Mediterranean coast. The flavours are beautiful citrus fruit and blossom notes with a surprising amount of body and plenty of refreshing acidity. This wine can be matched to any light salads, fresh seafood and fish or can just be enjoyed on its own.

This offer ends 4th August 2014


Spotlight on AustraliaDate published: 15/07/14

 Historically, wine was not made available for domestic sale until the 1820's in Australia. In 1822 Gregory Blaxland was the first wine producer to export Australian Wine and to win an overseas award. 

 Australia is classified as New World wine within the industry and is the fourth largest wine exporter in the world. Roughly 750 million litres a year are exported to the International Market so the industry clearly has a very positive impact on Australia's economy. The domestic market for Australian Wines is estimated at around 2.8 billion Australian Dollars with Australians consuming around 530 million litres yearly.

 Australia is most famous for its full bodied reds and oaky chardonnays. Shiraz is perhaps the most notable grape variety and is the most commonly produced. This is the same variety as what the french label 'Syrah'. Other key grapes used in Australian production include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, and semillion. 

 The bulk of Australian Wine production takes place in the warm climate of Murray Darling and North Western Victoria. The more premium wines tend to be produced in smaller and cooler-climate regions. The South of Australia is responsible for the vast majority of wine production. Some of the most famous regions include Coonawarra for its excellent Cabernet Sauvignon's, Barossa Valley for it's big full bodied Shiraz's and The Yarra Valley for it's delightful Chardonnay's. 

 There are several excellent Australian Wines open on the tasting counter this week, so do not hesitate to come into store and have the full Aussie experience.


Wine of the Week is...Date published: 10/07/14

.......Waimea Pinot Gris 2013, Nelson, New Zealand - £14.99 or buy ANY 2 Summer Selection wines and save 33% - £9.99 per bottle

From an excellent producer in Nelson which is located by the Northern Coast of New Zealand's South Island to the North and West of Marlborough. The cool but sunny weather here gives a long growing season which is perfect for varieites like Pinot Gris. Waimea have been growing grapes and producing wine for over 20 years now – before that their land was based around orchards for growing apples!

This is a real food wine. With Pinot Gris it is all about the palate. Off dry in style, with a great oily and honeyed texture. There is plenty of white fruit character alongside floral aromatics and a touch of zingy spice for good measure. Try with spiced (not spicy!) food like Moroccan or Thai cuisine.

Minimum purchase 6 bottles, ANY mix.  Offer valid until Monday 4th August


Wine of the Week is...Date published: 24/06/14

.....Chateau Guiot Rose 2013, Costieres de Nimes, Southern France


This delicious rose comes from a producer making outstanding value wines in Costieres de Nimes, a region forming the border between the Languedoc and the Southern Rhone. This proximity to the Rhone Valley heavily influences the style as the grapes varieties used, Grenache, Syrah & Cinsault, are native to that area.


The ultimate summer wine. Delicate red berry and cherry fruit along with peppery and floral hints. The palate has a beautiful creamy texture and a balanced acidity to add to the long finish. Perfect on its own or with seafood salads.


£8.99 or buy ANY 2 selected wines and save 15% - £7.64 per bottle.


Top Notch Rioja open all weekend!Date published: 21/06/14

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 stunnning wine.

Wine Of The Week - Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi Date published: 19/06/14

WINE OF THE WEEK

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


Exploring ItalyDate published: 16/06/14

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 Monday 30th June.

The North

With it being summer, 2 perfect summer wine choices from the North of Italy would be the Cantina 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 Carpineto, priced 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.


Spaces left for this weekends Italian Spotlight TastingDate published: 11/06/14

We have a limited number of spaces for this weekends exciting Spotlight Tasting focusing on Italian wines. It's a free 30 minute tasting looking at 6 wines, and couldn't have been better timed with the England vs Italy World Cup game later that day. If you are interested please call us on 01214294688

New Short Term offers plus Wine of the WeekDate published: 11/06/14

We have a brand new set of extremely short term offers, which include:

Grifone Montepulciano d' Abruzzo - £4.99 when you buy any 2 of our 25% off wines (from £6.65)

Marquis de Belleville Bordeaux Superieur - £5.94 when you buy any 2 of our 15% off wines (from £6.99)

Torres Vina Sol - £5.99 when you buy any 2 of our 25% off wines (from £7.99)

In addition to this, the Grifone Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is open to taste in store from Weds 11th. These offers end on Mon 16th June.


Our new wine of the week is the excellent value Mister Shiraz, at a bargain £6.66 as part of our 33% offSummer Selection. Coming from Chile, this wine packs plenty of fruit flavours with peppery spice notes, and is a great match for BBQ'd food.


Heidsick Monopole Brut N/V - £14.99!Date published: 06/06/14

We have an excellent offer of Heidsick Monopole Brut N/V at £14.99, which is astounding value for an excellent champagne. It is an extremely limited offer while stocks last!

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 03/06/14

Wave Series Sauvignon Blanc 2013


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


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


Chill well and enjoy with fresh king prawns.


£9.99 or buy ANY 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines and save 33% - £6.66 per bottle

Offer ends 30th June


Wine of the Week is...Date published: 27/05/14

Gavi La Toledana 2013


Nicknamed the Chablis of Italy these white wines from the village of Gavi in Piedmont, offer lovely freshness, acidity and steely minerality. Wines made closer to the town get the name Gavi di Gavi, like this one. This wine is made from late harvest grapes.


Ripe, leaning on confectioned, fruit aromas of pear and peach initially strike you with the wine. On the pallet these flavors are accompanied by hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge. All together with the classic Gavi steely minerality and fresh acidity.


A great aperitif on any sunny summer day. Or a great match with poached white fish with rocket and fresh tomatoes.



£11.99 or buy ANY 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines and save 33% - £7.99 per bottle

Offer ends June 2nd


Alex's Rioja AdventureDate published: 21/05/14

Having just returned from 2 nights in Rioja, I thought I would share my experiences, new found wine knowledge and emphasized love for Rioja wines with you all...

Staying with Bodegas Eguia in the small picturesque village of Elciego was a great example of a typical Rioja setting. Clear blue skies, cooling breeze, mountain ranges visible in the distance and in the front garden to the Eguia house, a small planting of 41 year old Tempranillo vines. Tempranillo is the dominant grape variety throughout the Rioja region. However there are 3 different styles of wine made from this grape! The three styles are: Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva. All three are styles that are unique to Rioja in terms of official classification. Crianza must be aged for a minimum of 2 years, with at least 12 months aging in oak barrels and some time in bottle. Reserva must be aged for a minimum 3 years and a minimum of 12 months in oak barrels and 24 months in bottles. With Gran Reservas only produced in exceptional years and a minimum of 5 years with a minimum of 24 months aged in oak barrels and 36 months in bottle.

In the Muriel and Eguia wine making process grape quality and blending, not production methods, determine the quality of their wines and result in a consistent style. Grapes from across the different areas in Rioja are used in the wine making process. This gives complexity and different dimensions to wines. This is due to the different climates and environment influences on grape growing from the 3 regions. The three regions are the Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja. The Rioja Alta is the coolest and highest region in Rioja. Clay, iron rich soils here gives wines acidity and potential for ageing. The Rioja Alavesa is warmer alkaline soils producing wines that are more fragrant that create wines great for blending. Both the Rioja Alta and Alavesa are protected from wind and clouds bringing heavier rains by a mountain range to the north of Rioja. These mountains are the reason the areas are perfect for growing grapes. Neither area experiences extreme hot or cold temperatures. The third area is the Rioja Baja. This is the flatter area which is not protected by any mountain ranges. This means it can be hotter in the summer months, but also experience very cold temperatures in the winter. Grapes from this region rarely become Reserva wines but are a good booster in blending.

A night in the town of Logrono was a highlight of the trip. Getting the typical Spanish experience of Tapas and wine. A great atmosphere combined with great food and excellent wine, where the preferred styles are are Crianza and Reserva, makes for a great evening.

Here in store we stock some Muriel wines, and are the only stockist of the Eguia range in the UK. Although I may now be seen as slightly biased, I believe these wines to be of excellent quality as well as great value for money. The following four wines are my favourites:

Vina Eguia Crianza £9.99 or on our Buy two Save 25% offer at £7.49

Vina Eguia Reserva £10.49 or on out Buy two Save 25% offer at £7.86

Muriel Reserva £10.65 or on out Buy two Save 25% offer at £7.98

Muriel Gran Reserva £12.89 or on our Buy two Save 15% offer at £10.95

All in all I thoroughly enjoyed my trip and would highly recommend it to anyone. If you are not the worlds biggest wine enthusiast I can assure you that you'll be on your way there after a trip to Rioja. A perfect setting with amazing wine and amazing people, what else could you ask for!


It's Party season!!Date published: 19/05/14

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 467-471 Hagley Road, Birmingham, B66 4AU or give us a call on 0121 4294688.

*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.



Pimms on offer at £11.99Date published: 17/05/14

Now we finally have some beautiful weather which will etnice 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 to good to refuse.

Brand New from New Zealand!Date published: 09/05/14

Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough, New Zealand£9.99 or buy ANY 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines and save 33% - £6.66 per bottle.

Brand New into Majestic is this very reputable Sauvignon Blanc from Mud House. Majestic is the first major retailer to have this as a listing, so we are very excited to have it here. Mud House have been producing wine since 1996 and aim to really show the best of the variety and the region in each bottle.

Normally retailing at around £11-12 per bottle, this wine is a real bargain with a vibrant and aromatic nose full of gooseberry, citrus and tomato leaf flavours. The palate is beautifully refreshing, the finish long and the acidity well balanced.



Wine of the Week is...Date published: 06/05/14

Con Amigos Malbec 2013 Bio Bio Valley


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


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



A great match for char-grilled steak.


£9.99 or buy ANY 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines and save 33% - £6.66 per bottle

Offer ends 2nd June


Dave's Summer SelectionDate published: 06/05/14

For a great value red wine, look no further than the Parcel Series Shiraz from South Africa, currently £5.99 per bottle when buying 2 or more wines from our Summer Selection. Crammed with lots of rich blackberry fruit, ripe tannins and a lovely peppery spice, it is a perfect match for any red meat straight from the barbeque.

The stunning Caixas Godello from North West Spain is an incredible white wine, currently £6.66 per bottle when buying 2 or more wines from our Summer Selection. An indigenous variety to this part of Spain, it has been rediscovered and re-invigorated over the last couple of years. Full of fresh citrus fruit, a nice weight and balanced acidity, this wine is a perfect aperitif or a match for fresh seafood.

For my sparkling wine I think I'll have to go English. The Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2004/09 is an incredible Champagne alternative at £23.98 per bottle when buying 2 or more wines from our Summer Selection. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from this wine come from vineyards in West Sussex which have chalky soils very similar to those in Champagne. This fizz has lovely citrus fruit and brioche notes, an elegant mousse and a long length. Perfect for any special occasion.

Please remember we have a minimum purchase of 6 bottles, any mix.  These prices last until Monday 2nd June.


Pick of the New Offers - MayDate published: 03/05/14

We have a great selection of new offers that run until June 2nd, and I thought I would share a couple of my personal picks.

If you are looking for a bottle of pink fizz, then look no further than the new Bouvet Rosé. Hailing from the Saumur Region in the Loire Valley, this is an excellent Sparkler made from Cabernet Franc. Showcasing fresh strawberry flavours balanced with a fine creamy mousse, this is the perfecr glass to be served in the garden as the BBQ is being fired up. £8.99 when any 2 bottles of our 33.3% offer wines are bought

For the perfect white for Summer parties, the Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand fits the bill. Bursting with fresh tropical flavours of gooseberry and passion fruit and balanced by a fresh acidity, this is a steal at £8.66 on 33.3% off (offer as above)

When the BBQ has done all the hard work and the meat is ready, the perfect bottle of Red to accompany would be the Portillo Malbec. This weighty Malbec from Mendoza is brimming with blackcurrant and plum, and with soft ripe tannins holding the flavours together, the BBQ'd steak will adore being washed down with a glass of this! £6.99 on 33.3% off (offer as above)


Offers valid until 2nd June

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 23/04/14

Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc


The single vineyard blend is sourced from a specific block at La Escultura Estate, which was planted in 1992. This site is benefiting from sandy-loam soil and cool sea breezes.


Freshly cut grass aromas complement those of green apple and pineapple, crisp acidity lends freshness to the intense and invigorating palate. The finish is dry and refreshing.


Choose this wine if you are thinking of serving baked trout or salmon.


£11.99 per bottle when you buy ANY 2 Pick 'N' Mix Wines.

£7.99 Single bottle price

Southern French Stunners - Domaine Begude & Domaine Sainte Rose Pt2Date published: 21/04/14

Domaine Sainte Rose produce a very different profile of wines compared with those of Domaine Begude.  The climate at Domaine Sainte Rose is much warmer due to much lower altitudes and and greater distance from cooling breezes.  The grape varieties reflect this - they are predominantly Rhone varietals (Grenache, Syrah & Roussanne) compared with the Burgundian varietals (Chardonnay & Pinot Noir) which dominate at Domaine Begude.  Most of the wines at Domaine Sainte Rose are also blends of 2 or more varieties - these are always fermented separately before blending just before bottling.

Le Vent du Nord 2012 - £7.99 single bottle or £6.99 per bottle when buying 2 or more bottles.  An unoaked blended of Chardonnay and Roussanne, with Chardonnay the dominant partner.  A great spectrum of rich fruit flavours and full texture, but with balanced acidity.  This works well with chicken or Asian food.

Le Marin Blanc 2012 - £8.99 single bottle or £7.99 when buying 2 or more bottles.  A blend of predominantly Marsanne with some Roussanne and Viognier, imitating the style of a Chateuneuf-du-Pape white wine.  An incredible balance of freshness, richness and aromatics.  If you are looking for something a little different at a great price this wine would be a great starting place.

La Garrigue 2012 - £7.99 single bottle or £6.99 per bottle when buying 2 or more bottles. This is a classic Cotes du Rhone blend, with Grenache dominating backed up by Syrah and a small amount of Mourvedre.  Lots of rich red and dark fruit abound alongside savoury and herbaceous notes, reminiscent of La Garrigue (a term coined to describe the smell and taste of the Languedoc landscape).  A great wine to have with classic French cuisine.

The wines of Begude & Sainte Rose highlight the quality and variety of wines available in the Languedoc.  We urge you to pop in and try them out when you're next in store.

Southern French Stunners - Domaine Begude & Domaine Sainte Rose Pt1Date published: 19/04/14

We were recently fortunate enough to attend a tasting of the wines of 2 great independent Southern French producers - Domaine Begude & Domaine Sainte Rose.  Both properties are run by English couples, but that is where the similarities end.  Here is a little about some of the wines we tasted and some background about each property.

Domaine Begude are one of only 24 independent producers in the Limoux region of the Languedoc.  It has now been run by the Kinglake family for over 10 years, with their 1st vintage in 2004.  The vineyards are over 300 metres in altitude and are cooled by winds coming down from the Pyranees - this is very much a cool climate region.  All the wines are made organically and are all bone dry (they contain less than 1 gram/litre of sugar).  Here are 3 of their wines currently available in Majestic:

'Le Bel Ange' Chardonnay 2013 - £9.99 single bottle, or £8.99 per bottle when purchase 2 or more bottles.  Le Bel Ange means 'The Pretty Angel' and is an incredibly fresh and vibrant Chardonnay with great minerality.  More than a match for any Chablis, this would be a great summer aperitif.

Pinot Noir Rose 2013 - £9.99 per bottle.  Majestic get 60% of the entire annual production of this rose and it comes from just 1 vineyard plot.  A light and elegant rose with delicate fresh red berry fruit aromas.  Certainly comparable with the wines of Provence and would be perfect accompanying a Nicoise salad.

'Etoile' Chardonnay 2012 - £17.99 per bottle or £12.99 per bottle when purchasing 2 or more bottles.  This is a very ambitious wine with lots of rich fruit character and a full round palate courtesy of about two thirds of the wine being aged in oak.  A match for any famous Cote D'Or wine at twice the price!

Our Easter Opening Hours!!Date published: 12/04/14

Please find our Opening times for the forthcoming Easter weekend below:

Friday 18th April: 10am to 8pm

Saturday 19th April: 9am to 7pm

Sunday 20th April: CLOSED

Monday 21st April: 10am to 5pm

Tuesday 22nd onwards:  return to normal opening times.

If you have any queries, please either call the store on 0121 429 4688 or drop us an e-mail on bir@majestic.co.uk

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

.... Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot 2012, Colchagua Valley, Chile.  It is priced at £7.32 per bottle when you buy ANY 2 Pick 'N' Mix Wines.  Single bottle price is £10.99.

Luis Felipe Edwards are the largest family owned winery in Chile – quite a feat for a company who only started bottling their own wines 20 years ago. The Colchagua Valley is a serene and quiet part of Chile's Central Valley and is home to many of Chile's famous wineries. The climate here is perfect for viticulture with plenty of sunshine and just enough rain.  This wine comes mostly from Luis Felipe Edwards' own vineyards and won a Bronze medal at the last Decanter World Wine Awards.

A great spectrum of rich red cherry, strawberry and blackberry fruit with touches of vanilla and smoke from 12 months in French & American oak. The tannins are beautifully soft & the length is long. A great alternative match for lamb based dishes.


Wine of the Week is...Date published: 03/04/14

Grati Chianti Poggio Galiga 2012



The Grati family have been producing wine and olive oil for 6 generations. Their estate is located in the DOCG of Rufina, a zone identified as one of Tuscany's finest. This wine is made from 90% Sangiovese, blended with two other traditional Tuscan varieties.


A lively ruby colour, this is a classic Chianti offering a nose of cherry-like fruit and subtle floral hints and a dry, harmonious palate combining lipsmacking acidity and fine tannins.


A great accompaniment to a mixed antipasti.


£6.66 when your buy any 2 Pick N' Mix Wines.

£9.99 single bottle price


Offer ends 28/04/14

More Wines added to the Pick 'n' MixDate published: 26/03/14

We've just launched some new wines as part of our March Pick 'n' Mix, but hurry as they're only on until Monday 31st March.  The wines are:

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc, Marlbrough, New Zealand - £9.99 or £6.66 per bottle when buying ANY 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel, California - £9.99 or £6.66 per bottle when buying ANY 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines

Prosecco Corte Alta, Italy - £9.99 or £6.66 per bottle when buying ANY 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines

Luigi Bosca Testimonio, Argentina - £12.99 or £8.66 when buying ANY 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines

These are some fantastic wines at great prices, so be sure to take advantage of the offers this week

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 24/03/14

Bellingham Mocha Java Merlot

South Africa


This wine owes its coffee-house name to the savoury coffee bean aromas that the winemakers have actively sought to bring out of the wine. The grapes are sourced from several parcels, many of which are of low-yielding bush vines, producing intensely flavoured fruit.


Pronounced aromas of coffee, cocoa and black cherry characterise the intense nose. Smooth and full-textured on the palate, with harmonious oak, and a long finish.


Will partner a range of barbecued meats, grilled lamb chops or meaty pasta sauces


£5.99 when you buy 2 or more Pick N' Mix Wines

£8.99 single price

Offer Ends 31/03/14

WINE OF THE WEEKDate published: 13/03/14

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough


The Vinyards of The Ned are on the banks of the Waihopai River on the southern side of the Wairau Valley. This wine gets its name from 'The Summit of Marlborough', the 'Ned' mountain.

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

£10.49 or buy ANY 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines, save 33% - £6.99 per bottle

Offer Ends 17/03/14

One Week Offers!Date published: 11/03/14

 Even with the already great offers we have on in store at the moment on our pick n' mix we've decided, for one week only, to add a few more wines to the deal. All at 33% off when bought as part of a mixed case. The wines added to the offer are as follows:

Chateau Meaume on offer at £6.66

Vina Eguia Reserva on offer at £6.66

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva on offer at £8.99

Gavi Montiero on offer at £5.99

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc on offer at £8.33

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc on offer at £6.99

Prosecco Corta Alta on offer at £6.66

Nicholas Feuillatte NV on offer at £16.66

Veuve Clicquot NV on offer at £29.98

All of these wines can be mixed and matched with any other Pick N' Mix wines and the offers end on the morning of Tuesday 18th, so catch them whilst they're hot! Especially The Ned offer!


A Cycling race through wine countryDate published: 08/03/14

Today see's one of the epic Professional cycling races, the Strade Bianche. If you are a lover of Tuscan wine as well as cycling, then this race is for you, as it starts in the gorgeous hill top town of San Gimignano, famous for the white wine Vernaccia di San Gimignano. This is a fruit driven wine, with notes of citrus and apple accompanied by the Vernaccia trademark of almonds. 

The race then meanders its way south before coming to the famous wine town of Montalcino, home to Brunello di Montalcino. Brunello di Montalcino is one of the heavyweights of Tuscan wine, indeed Italian wine, and it is made from 100% Sangiovese. The climate and altitude of Montalcino allow the Sangiovese to ripen fully, with the wines displaying flavours of black cherry, blackcurrant, chocolate and leather. Brunello di Montalcino has a minimum ageing requirement of 2 years oak ageing and 2 years in bottle prior to release. Rosso di Montalcino is also made, but only has to spend a minimum of 6 months in oak and a further 6 months in bottle prior to release, therefore being a more youthful, fruit driven wine to be enjoyed earlier. 

Upon leaving Montalcino, the race heads through the white gravel roads of Chianti, crisscrossing through the hilly vineyards. Sangiovese is again the key grape grown in Chianti, although it is only required to be a minimum of 75% of the blend, with up to 10% Canaiolo and the rest made by any number of permitted other red grapes. Chianti tends to be lighter in body when compared to Brunello, with Chianti having a minimum ageing of 3 months, and Chianti Classico having a minimum of 10 months. Basic Chianti has notes of Plum, Cherry and Raspberry with medium tannins, but more serious Chianti's and Chianti Classico's have more complex flavours of tobacco and leather alongside the fruit aromas. 

The race finishes in the beautiful walled town of Siena, with the finish line in the Piazza del Campo where the riders can enjoy a large glass of red.

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 07/03/14

....Rustenberg R M Nicholson 2010, Stellenbosch, South Africa - £13.99 or buy ANY 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines, save 33% - £9.32 per bottle.

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

Blackcurrant fruit is the first aroma on the nose, but this then opens up to give classic tobacco & graphite notes (showing the Bordeaux heritage of the grape varieties) and a rich savoury character from the Syrah. The palate is rich, but beautifully framed with fine & ripe tannins, balanced acidity and a long finish. This wine will benefit from further aging and matching with a rich red meat dish.

Craft Beers at MajesticDate published: 27/02/14

Our range of Craft Beers have been selling really well, proving really popular with customers and staff like. They are all currently on a mix and match deal, where you can mix 2 packs for £9.99 a pack instead of £12.99 a pack (All the packs contain either 6 bottles or 6 cans). The beers we stock are:

Einstok Icelandic White Ale

Brooklyn Lager

Anchor Steam Beer

Underdog Atlantic Lager

Brew Dog Punk IPA  

Malbec MadnessDate published: 26/02/14

Great News Malbec fans.  From Wednesday 26th February to Monday 3rd March, we shall be running an exceptional offer - BUY ANY 2 ARGENTINIAN MALBECS AND SAVE 33% (as part of our minimum purchase of 6 bottles).  This is a very short term promotion, so if you are a fan of this fantastic grape variety, then make sure you pop in over the next few days. 

This will include Majestic staples such as Portillo & Catena as well as brand new wines like the Luigi Bosca.  To celebrate we shall be opening a couple of our favourites on the tasting counter to sample too.

We look forward to seeing you over the next few days.

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 26/02/14

Septimo Dia Malbec 2011, Mendoza, Argentina

Made by Bodega Septima, located in Agrelo in Mendoza's Lujan de Cuyo sub-region. Half of the grapes for this wine come from this area, with the other half coming from the even higher altitudes of San Carlos of the Uco Valley, around 1300m above sea level.

Septimo Dia, meaning the seventh day, is a bright ruby purple,bold, impactful and complex Mendoza Malbec with intense aromas of black fruit, accompanied by hints of vanilla and cocoa from oak aging. A great accompaniment to roast lamb.


£9.99 or buy any 2 Argentinian Malbec - £6.66 per bottle


Wine of the Week is...Date published: 20/02/14

Wine of the Week

Hamilton Block

Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

2012, Australia

£9.99 when you buy 2 or more

£12.99 single price

This new addition to our range, from the producerLeconfield, hails from the Coonawarra region of South Australia. It shows the classic characteristics of a medium-bodied Cab from the region, with plenty of black fruit balanced with ripe tannins and a finish that lingers beautifully. While drinking now, this wine would certainly respond well to a period of cellaring, up to 5 years. This would be a great match to Roast Beef with Beetroot.


New Arrival! Date published: 15/02/14

With this horrid weather we've had recently I think some warming reds are in order, and nothing could work better than a new arrival we've had in store. The Pasqua Passimento! From a long standing Majestic favorite producer, Pasqua this is a very different wine to their very popular Pinot Grigio. The name is derived from 'appassimento', the traditional Valpolicella method of partially drying grapes before fermentation. In one month the grapes lose around 30% of their water content, concentrating the juice and intensifying the wine's flavour. A dense and deeply coloured wine, full of concentrated black and red cherry flavour, and hints of leather and spice. The palate has a layered texture, with muscular tannins providing a long finish. Perfect for a windy Sunday afternoon sat inside with a roast pork dinner. Priced at £8.99 when you buy 2 or more it is a great alternative to some of the slightly more expensive Valpolicella wines. 

Wine of the week is....Date published: 12/02/14

....Catena Malbec 2011, Mendoza, Argentina - £13.99 per bottle or buy 2 bottles and save £8 - £9.99 per bottle.

This Malbec is an absolute Majestic classic and is from one of the most highly respected producers in the world, nevermind just Argentina. This wine is a blended from grapes grown in vineyards at a variety of altitudes (generally between 800m & 1200m in altitude) to create this multi-faceted wine.  Now onto the 4th generation of winemakers from the family, Laura Catena continues to work with her father Nicolas (a former Decanter wine person of the year) to produce their outstanding range of wines.

Dark hedgerow fruit and blackcurrant characters abound on the nose alongside notes of vanilla and pepper. Incredibly balanced on the palate with ripe, but firm tannins balanced by the juicy fruit flavours and acidity. The finish is also very long. Can be kept for a few years, but enjoy it now with any beef or rich tomato pasta dish.


Valentine's Day FizzDate published: 11/02/14

Valentine's Day is at the end of the week, so for those looking for some Sparkling wine options here are a couple of great options for the special evening on Friday:

Undurraga Brut Rose NV - currently £6.99 per bottle when buying ANY 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines.

This fantastic sparkling wine, from a top Chilean producer, is made from 100% Pinot Noir in a forward and fruit dominant style.  Fresh cherry and red berry fruit flavours abound, with lovely acidity and an elegant mousse.  A perfect all round sparkling wine great as an aperitif or with lightly spiced food.

Lindauer Special Reserve NV - currently £9.99 per bottle when buying ANY 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines.

A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and made in the Champagne method, this is a prime example of quality New World Sparkling wine.  A delicate pink hue, gives plenty of stone fruit flavours along with a touch of bark berry fruit and a hint of toastiness.  The palate has a creamy texture and the mousse lots of finesse making this perfect to match to any fish and seafood dishes.

Perrier Jouet Blason Rose NV - currently £29.98 per bottle when buying ANY 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines.

A gorgeous salmon pink colour with an enticing bouquet of fresh red fruit and floral characters. The palate is delicate with red berry fruit characters slowly revealing themselves balanced by a lovely mousse and a long length.  Try this with a fresh fruit dessert for an exciting end to a meal.

Dave's Pick 'n' Mix selectionsDate published: 10/02/14

My 1st selection is a brand new wine for us at Majestic, Tournelles Voluptabilis 2010 AOC Buzet, coming in at £6.66 per bottle when buying ANY 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines. It is the 2nd wine of Chateau Tournelles in Buzet, a district in the Gascony region of South West France. This red  wine is made from a blend of Bordeaux grapes and gives a beautifully approachable red with plenty of blackcurrant and red berry fruit with plenty of body (as the name implies) and rounded tannins. This will be great with most red meat dishes.

My white wine choice is Chardonnay Saint Roch 2012  by Puy de Dome, priced at £7.99 per bottle when buying ANY 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines. Coming from a parcel of high altitude vines south of Clermont Ferrand in Central France, this is a fantastic unoaked Chardonnay. There is plenty of fresh lemon fruit with a balanced acidity and a minerally finish. A versatile food wine, this will work with white meat and fish dishes.

My Sparkling choice is the Graham Beck Brut NV from South Africa, which is £9.99 when buying ANY 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines. A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with secondary fermentation taking in place in bottle and 15-18 months maturation, this is a serious rival for non-vintage Champagne. Fresh citrus fruit combine beautifully with honey and biscuity aromas making this a perfect aperitif.

Alex's Pick 'N' Mix Must Have's!Date published: 06/02/14

With our new February Pick and mix now hitting in store I thought I would share my favorites and 'best buys' of all the deals. Firstly my pick of the reds and the Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010. A big South African blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carbernet Franc and Syrah the wine is named in honour of one of the estates former owners. Small batches of each grape variety are separately vinified, blended and then aged in oak for 7 months. This gives good integration resulting in a wine with Blackcurrant aroma complemented by notes of dried herbs and black pepper. The palate is fleshy and firmly structured, with weighty red fruit flavours and bold tannins. A perfect accompaniment to red meat dishes, or alternatively the wine will improve with age if cellared correctly for the next 4-5 years. Priced at £9.32 on the pick and mix offer this is, to me, a great bargain for a wine that definitely should not be sub £10.

My second must have is the Ondine Sauvignon Blanc 2013, also from South Africa. Made from grapes grown from as little as 5km from the western coast of South Africa, the vines benefit from a naturally promoted cool climate. Highly aromatic, with intense asparagus, grass and guava notes providing a captivating bouquet. The palate is a delicate mix of citrus fruit and mineral texture. This is a perfect every day drinking wine and priced at £5.99 on the pick and mix offer its a great price for everyday drinking as well.

My pick of the sparkling from the Pick and Mix is one with a specific date in mind, valentines day. There is no better way to enjoy valentines than a bottle of bubbles. My pick of our sparkling wines has to be the Perrier-Jouet Blason Rose NV Champagne. Priced at £29.98 on the pick and mix offer this is an awesome saving of over £15 compared to the single bottle price. With intense, luminous colour of salmon pink, with coppery highlights. Elegant aromas of raspberries, wild strawberries and rose petals. This superb rosé Champagne can be enjoyed with fresh fruit desserts or on its own as an apéritif and I think it is a perfect match for a lovely, romantic evening this valentines day. 


February Pick and Mix - 33% Off Selected WinesDate published: 04/02/14

Our February Pick and Mix is now live in store, with some stunning offers on Malbec, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Fizz! We are very excited about the Gran Vendema Rioja Crianza at £5.99, the Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc at £6.66 and Lindauer Special Reserve at £9.99. Pop in to the store where the team will be happy to point out our favourites 

Wine of the week is....Date published: 27/01/14

..Berberana Gran Reserva 2005/06, Rioja, Spain.  This wine is currently reduced from £14.99 to £8.99 per bottle.

Berberana are one of the most well known producers in Rioja based in the village of Cenicero in the Rioja Alta. Their Gran Reserva is a blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Garnacha and by law must spend a minimum of 36 months in oak barrels and 36 months in bottle prior to release.

This has to be the ultimate winter wine. A heady bouquet of warm red fruit, dried fruit and spice lead onto a palate which has beautifully soft tannins. This wine has good body and length with plenty of dark and dried fruit filling the palate, alongside classic vanilla and wood spice notes. Enjoy with a rich, warming winter stew.


New Cider in stockDate published: 18/01/14

We have a brand new Cider in stock - Burrow Hill Cider from Somerset! This is an exciting addition to our range of ciders, and all the apples used to make the cider come from 160 acres of orchards on Julian Temperley's own land. A medium dry style, this will be available to taste in store for the next 2 weeks.

£18 a case for 8 bottles

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 14/01/14

.....Grifone Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 2012, Italy.  Single bottle = £7.49 or buy 2 bottles and save £3 = £5.99 per bottle

Montepulciano is the most planted grape variety in the Abruzzi region, across the Apennine mountains from Rome, on the East coast of Italy. It is not to be confused with the town in Tuscany of the same name.  A late ripening variety, Central Italy is generally as far North as the variety is planted.  This often overlooked wine always represents great value and is a firm everyday favourite amongst the staff here in store.

This wine is packed with red cherry fruit on the nose and palate, a lively acidity and soft tannins. This makes it a perfect all round wine, great with all types of tomato based pasta, cold & cured meats as well as lighter meat dishes based around chicken or pork.


Alex's New 2014 Winter RedsDate published: 11/01/14

The First of our new reds I am championing is the Vina Mayu Malbec 2012 from Elqui Valley, Chile's most northernly wine region. Chilean Malbecs are still playing the underdog to the neighboring wineries in Argentina. However Chile's wineries are still weighing into South America's battle of the Malbecs with increasingly impressive results. This top-quality hand-picked, cool-fermented example from Viña Mayu is a real contender. A vividly coloured, muscular yet sophisticated wine, offering layers of nutmeg and clove amid a swathe of lush bramble fruit. Full-bodied with a long, silky finish. Winner of a Decanter gold award for best Malbec this is a seriously impressive wine and a perfect match for a rare roasted fillet of beef. Currently on our Chilean mix and match 20% off offer it is priced at £11.19 down from £13.99 when you buy any two Chilean wine as part of a mixed case.

My second pick of our new wines is an offering from Australian Producer Yalumba. The Cabernet Sauvignon for this wine have been sourced from several quality vineyards in South Eastern South Australia, primarily Wrattonbury and the Warmer Barossa. About one third of the blend has been aged in old oak to produce a well-rounded yet authentically Australian style. A deep crimson red colour with bright, lively aromas of violets and ripe red fruits supported by subtle leafy notes. Supple and approachable on the palate, with a generous texture. The qualities of this wine will really be accentuated when matched with meat dishes such as minted lamb, or enjoy over the next 3-5 years. A part of out mix and match save 20% on Australian wines deal it is priced at £7.99, down from £9.99, when you buy any two Australian wine as part of a mixed case.


Wine of the Week is...Date published: 08/01/14

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough


Formally known as Montana and one of New Zealand's most iconic and well-known wineries, Brancott is also its largest wine company. Without Montana, New Zealand wines as we know them would barely appear on the world wine map. Producing wines that typify the Kiwi style and showcase their place of origin.


Vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry. Bracing acidity is tempered by concentrated green fruits, citrus and hints of grass with a reviving fresh finish.


£8.74 or buy and 2 New Zealand wines save 20% - £6.99 per bottle


The Bargain Hunt begins.Date published: 03/01/14

Looking for some great value wine?  Our January Bargain Hunt is the perfect time to pick up some fantastic value wine.  There is a style of wine for everyone and with wines from all over the world in the promotion, then there is sure to be one for you.  Stocks are limited, so I would recommend visiting soon to avoid missing out.  

The Bargain Hunt range is available to see through the Majestic website, so that is well worth a look before popping down.  The Bargain Hunt offer is save 33.3% when you purchase ANY 2 Bargain Hunt wines as part of our minimum purchase of 6 bottles and the offer prices start at £4.66 per bottle.  A selection of the Bargain Hunt wines will be open to sample throughout January which can be seen on our Majestic Birmingham webpage.

We hope to see you over the coming month in store, so all I can now say is happy hunting!

New Year's opening hoursDate published: 30/12/13

We are open New Years Eve 10-5, Closed New Years Day, reopening Thursday 2nd January 10-8 whereby we will resume normal trading hours of Mon-Wed 10-7, Thurs and Fri 10-8, Sat 9-7 and Sun 10-5

Merry Christmas everyone!Date published: 24/12/13

We just want to wish all of our customers a very Merry Christmas, it's been a pleasure serving you all throughout the year. We look forward to seeing everyone after Christmas or in the new year. we reopen again at 10am on Friday 27th December.

Opening Hours Over ChristmasDate published: 23/12/13

Our opening hours over the Christmas period are:

  • Monday 23 December: 9am - 8pm
  • Tuesday 24 December: 9am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 25 December: CLOSED
  • Thursday 26 December: CLOSED
  • Friday 27 December: 10am - 8pm
  • Saturday 28 December: 9am - 7pm
  • Sunday 29 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Monday 30 December: 10am - 7pm
  • Tuesday 31 December: 10am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 1 January: CLOSED

We're open our normal opening hours from Thursday 2 January onwards.

Christmas deliveries.....Date published: 17/12/13

Unfortunately we are full now for deliveries before Christmas. 

If you have any queries, please call the store on 0121 429 4688 to speak to one of the team.

Dave's Christmas ChoicesDate published: 11/12/13

With only a couple of weeks to go until Christmas, here are some of my recomendations for the festive period:

Sparkling: My Christmas morning is going to kick off with a bottle of Heidseick Monopole Gold Top 2007 currently £19.99 when you buy ANY 2 selected Sparkling wines. Crammed with rich citrus and apple fruit along with lush vanilla, honey & toasted nuts.  A superb all round Champagne that is even rich enough to match with your Christmas lunch.

White: Christmas day needs a rich white wine. My choice is the Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2011 currently £10.39 per bottle when buying ANY 2 Chilean wines. There is lots of of rich, classic Chardonnay fruit with lovely floral hints, notes of vanilla and just a hint of toasty oak. There is an excellent freshness due to a balanced acidity and a lovely long finish. This is more than a rival for any Burgundy at an equivalent price.

Red: I will be having goose this Christmas day, so I will be looking for something special with a lovely rich character to balance the richness of the meal. Aged Rioja does this perfectly, so for me it is the Vina Ardanza Reserva 2004, currently £18.50 when buying ANY 2 selected fine wines. Lots of dark and dried fruit character, sweet spice, cedar and earthiness balanced by fine tannins and a lovely acidity.  For those who have to cater for many people, it comes in magnums too at £37 each.

Dessert: I have a really sweet tooth, therefore the sweeter the pudding wine the better. To go with my Christmas pudding I will be having De Bortoli Show Liqueur Muscat, currently £12.79 per bottle when buying ANY 2 Australian wines. Rich, sticky and very sweet with flavours of raisins coffee and caramel to the fore. I can't wait to get stuck in to this. It will also work with full flavoured cheeses too.

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 11/12/13

.....Gerard Bertrand Reserve Speciale Viognier 2012, Languedoc, Southern France - £8.99 or buy 2 bottles and save £6 - £7.99 per bottle

After finishing his career in rugby in the early 1990's, Gerard Bertrand moved into winemaking, following in his father's footsteps. He is now considered one of the finest winemakers in the Langeudoc producing a wide range of excellent wines with this Viognier is my benchmark from Southern France.

A beautifully intense nose of white flowers and tropical fruit lures you in and leads to a gloriously rich palate which is reminiscent of dried apricots, honey and hazelnuts. A lovely dry wine which would make a great alternative partner to Turkey this Christmas.


Christmas Opening Hours.Date published: 11/12/13

Good News - we're open longer during the Christmas period. Here are our opening hours for the rest of the month:

Monday 9th to Friday 13th December - 9am to 8pm

Saturday 14th December - 10am to 7pm

Sunday 15th December - 10am to 5pm

Monday 16th to Saturday 21st December - 9am to 8pm

Sunday 22nd December - 10am to 5pm

Monday 23rd December - 9am to 8pm

Tuesday 24th December - 9am to 5pm

Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th December - closed

Friday 27th December - 10am to 8pm

Saturday 28th December - 9am to 7pm

Sunday 29th December - 10am to 5pm

Monday 30th December - 10am to 7pm

Tuesday 31st December - 10am to 5pm

Wednesday 1st January - closed

Thursday 2nd January onwards - return to normal opening hours.

Alex's Weekend Warrior!Date published: 06/12/13

I have always been a huge fan of big Australian Shiraz wines. It is therefore no surprise that I have fallen in love with the Two Hands wines. Currently in our Christmas collection we have their 'Angles' Share' Shiraz, 2012. The Two Hands winery was established in 1999, with a view towards showcasing the best Shiraz that Australia, and particularly Barossa, could offer. The 'Angles' Share' comes from the slightly cooler coastal climes of McLaren Vale. The name 'Angles' Share' refers to the small amount of wine that evaporates from oak barrels during maturation. Medieval winemakers assumed that angles watched over the wines and took their share. Made from 100% Shiraz this wine is aromatically rich and complex. Giving hints of cocoa and coffee backed by plum fruits and mulberry. A typically heavier body combined with soft, rounded tannins. A perfect winter warming wine or a great match for game this Christmas. Priced at £18 when you buy two or more this is one of my must haves for the festive period.  


Beer for the Ashes!Date published: 04/12/13

We currently have two special deals to coincide with the Ashes, with Coopers Pale Ale at £15 a case for 12 bottles and Marstons Pedigree £15 a case for 12 bottles if you buy any 2 cases of ale. So if you have an all night session planned watching the cricket from down under, visit us to stock up on your refreshments! 

Stef's Christmas ChoicesDate published: 30/11/13

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought I would share some of my selections to help make the festive season a merry one.

For a bit of fizz to sparkle like the Christmas tree lights, I would recommend the Lindauer Special Reserve NV at £9.99 down from £14.99. This is an excellent value bottle of bubbly from New Zealand with plenty of fruit and a lovely salmon hue to the colour, even though it isn't a Rose. A great way to kick off Christmas morning opening presents with a spot of Gravelax and Scrambled Egg. 

Depending on your choice of meat for Christmas will depend on the wines chosen, but for the classic Roast Turkey, nothing quite hits the spot like a seductive Pinot Noir. The Roaring Meg Pinot Noir (£17.59 on offer) from Mount Difficulty in New Zealand ticks all the required boxes for a Christmas feast of turkey, with a host of red and black fruit flavours woven together with a subtle hint of vanilla and bound together by soft supple tannins. White wise, a Chardonnay is the perfect match for turkey: the Heggies Chardonnay from Eden Valley (£14.99 on offer) is gorgeous and has the perfect balance of a creamy undertone intertwined with notes of apple and pear to satisfy the demands of a succulent Roast Turkey.

Of course, not everyone has Turkey: indeed I will be tucking in to Roast Beef. While a good classic Claret or a new world Malbec would suffice (the Vinalba Malbec at £7.99 is a steal) I'm plumping for a Tuscan beauty - Guidalberto, the little brother of Sassicaia (£25 on offer). A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the Beef will perform at its best with the glorious complexity of fruit offered by this superb wine.

For Christmas pudding, by which time I imagine a few people will start nodding off for forty winks, the Ned Noble Sauvignon Blanc (£9.99 on offer) offers a fresh sweetness to round a splendid day of festivities and good food in harmony with the Christmas Pud.

Majestic Reaches 200 not out!Date published: 22/11/13

Majestic wine has reached the big 200 stores! To celebrate we're running a competition to win a bottle of iconic sparkling wine, Nyetimber! Come on down to the store to sign up for your chance too win! 

Wines of Chile - Full of DiversityDate published: 19/11/13

Chile has built its reputation for quality wines on the smooth, fruit driven red wines, most notably from the Maipo Valley just South of the capital, Santiago.  However, as the modern wine industry in Chile has matured and new winemakers have entered the country, exploration into newer wine regions has grown rapidly.  The main focus has been on cooler climate areas either close to the Pacific Ocean or to the North or South of the main Central Valley.  This has resulted in a boom of different styles of wine as producers explore and diversify their wine offerings from regions such as the Leyda & Casablanca Valleys.  Wines from these areas are some of the most exciting in the world, so here are a couple of suggestions that I highly recommend trying:

Luis Felipe Edwards, Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012, Casablanca Valley - £7.49 per bottle when purchasing 2 or more Chilean wines.

A beautifully fresh Chardonnay with lovely citrus and apple fruit with subtle spice and vanilla character.  A versatile wine which will compliment a variety of white meat and fish dishes.

Leyda, Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011, Leyda Valley - £8.99 per bottle when purchasing 2 or more Chilean wines.

An exciting and fresh Pinot Noir packed with red cherry and red berry fruit, notes of wild herbs and a lovely freshness.  This can accompany anything from cold meat and soft cheeses to lighter game dishes.

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 19/11/13

....Rigal L'Instant Truffier Malbec, 2012, Cotes du Lot, Southern France - £9.99 or buy 2 bottles and save £6 - £6.99 per bottle.

Rigal are one of the premium producers in the Cahors, but they also own vineyards throughout the Lot valley. The free draining soils and sunny southerly exposure is perfect for ripening Malbec (known locally as Cot). Malbec may be more famous from Argentina, but the region of Cahors is the traditional home of the variety.  The wines generally aren't as full bodied as their counterparts from Argentina, but the flavour characteristics are very similar.

Deep purple in colour with of black cherry and bramble fruit to the fore. Secondary characters of prune, anise and truffle compliment the full flavoured fruit perfectly. A robust wine without being too full bodied, making it perfect for rich meaty casseroles.



Wine of the Week is...Date published: 15/11/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Montes Alpha Merlot 2011, Colchagua, Chile


From th premium range of Aurelio Montes we have an example of exquisite Chilean Merlot. Montes has led the way for wine making in Chile and has focused on quality low yielding vines. This produces wines with much more concentration of fruit flavour. The wines of Montes are always given plenty of T.L.C and this lovely red is all the better for it.


The deep ruby colour immediately makes you feel warm and the nose of black cherry and strawberry is enticing. As you sit by the fire on a cold winters evening, black fruits alongside coffee and tobacco are the perfect match. A smooth and long lasting finish makes it great with rich meaty casseroles. You could also decant this wine for an hour before you drink to enjoy it at its best.


£12.49 or buy ANY 2 Chilean wines and save 20% - £9.99 per bottle


Alex's Pick 'N' Mix FavouritesDate published: 07/11/13

As Stef and Dave have had their say I think its about time for my favorites from our new Pick 'n' Mix for November.

Reds

Rioja Reserva 2008 Vina Eguia - £6.66on the pick 'n' mix offer.

Since joining Majestic I have developed an affinity for our Eguia range. As a producer I think their range is excellent. With each of their wines being a perfect examples of the different styles. The Reserva is beautifully deep ruby colored, 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. I really enjoy this with a selection of Spanish meats such as Chorizo or Cecina.

Whites

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand - £9.32 on the pick ' ' mix offer.

A wine from the producer of the Majestic favorite Ned, the back story alongside this range of wines is as interesting as the wines themselves. Named due to Brent Marris being descendant from the noble De Marisco family, whose members variously fell in and out of favour with the English monarchy in the 12th and 13th centuries. A lively and intense, yet focused 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. A great match for delicate white fish or try it with soft and goats cheeses.


Sparkling


Prosecco Zonin Brut NV DOC - £7.99 on the pick 'n' mix offer.


Fairly new to the Majestic range and a Prosecco I am fairly impressed by. Deliberately light and refreshing in style, with a palate of fresh pear and dessert apple fruit, further lifted by subtle floral and almond aromas. Delicately off-dry, with a clean finish. Wonderfully versatile. Serve as an aperitif, a partner for fish courses, or even with light fruit desserts. 


Wine of the Week is...Date published: 06/11/13

....Mister Shiraz 2012, Rapel Valley, Chile - £9.99 or buy ANY 2 Pick 'n' Mix wines and save 33% - £6.66 per bottle

This wine has only been with us a few months, but it is one which is beloved by all here at Majestic Birmingham.  It will be open over the next few days so be sure to pop in and try it.

This is a wine made exclusively for Majestic with a label created by the winemaker's brother - which is impossible to miss - and depicts his image of 'Mister Shiraz'.  The grapes for this wine come from the Rapel Valley about 150km to the south of Santiago and contains the famous sub-regions of Colchagua and Cachapoal.  This is a region becoming increasingly famous for its high quality red wine production with many top producers investing large amounts of money into vineyards here over the last 20 years.

This is an excellent Shiraz with lovely upfront blueberry and mulberry fruit with hints of meat, smoke and pepper.  The tannins are ripe and smooth and the finish is very satisfying.  Can quite easily be savoured on its own, but will be a great match to most red meat dishes.


Dave's Pick 'n' Mix favouritesDate published: 05/11/13

Now that Stef has had his say, I'll let you know what I think are my highlights of our new Pick 'n' Mix offering for November:

Sparkling

Lindauer Special Reserve 'Blancs de Blancs' NV,  New Zealand - £9.99 on the Pick 'n' Mix offer.  

Made from 100% Chardonnay, this style of sparkling wine is light, crisp and elegant.  The palate has plenty of grapefruit and lemon citrus fruit character along with a slight creaminess which adds a little body.  The finish is long and the bubbles small and delicate.  A perfect Champagne alternative.

Red

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel 2011, California - £7.33 on the Pick 'n' Mix offer

From the Lodi region, where Zinfandel is the most planted variety, in the North of California's Central Valley comes this classic full bodied Californian red. The rich plum and blueberry fruit alongside the many spicy notes certainly pack a punch. The tannins are very soft and the balanced acidity give this wine a beautiful frame. An all time favourite of mine which can be matched to pretty much all red meat dishes.

White

Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Leyda Valley, Chile - £6.66 on the Pick 'n' Mix offer.

The Leyda Valley has established itself as one of Chile's premier cool climate regions and this Sauvignon Blanc highlights why. A broad spectrum of citrus, gooseberry and tropical fruit are balanced by herbaceous and minerally characters and a refreshing acidity. Lots of wine for the money – superb.

Stef's Pick N Mix FavouritesDate published: 02/11/13

You've probably all had chance to digest our amazing new 33% Pick N Mix offer, so I thought I would select my favourite red, white and sparkling from the range.

Sparkling wise, I can't look past the Lanson Black Label NV Champagne at £19.99. This is an unbelievably good price for an exquisite Champagne, with aromas of buttered toast and citrus fruit leading to  a persistent finish.

For the White, I have gone for a beauty from Galicia, on the North Western tip of Spain. The Caixas Albarino at £6.66, made by Martin Codax, is alive with flavours of Peach, Apricot and Lemon. This is a great partner to fresh fish, which the coast of Galicia is famous for.

As a massive fan of Tuscan wine,  I couldn't resist recommending the Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2008 at £19.99. Approachable now but also will reward patience. This would be perfect matched with a slow roasted shoulder of Lamb.

A Very Sherry October!Date published: 27/10/13

We've recently said hello to Pedro at Majestic. Not the man himself but the fine range of Sherry that he's produced. Their beautifully designed labels are taken from posters for the traditional Sherry harvest festival. 

The Fino is the driest style and has almond and fresh apple notes complementing the traditional 'flor' characteristics. Perfect match for tapas or even alongside Asian cuisine. The Amontillado is light and smooth on the palate with a gentle hazlenut flavour. Drink alongside wild mushrooms or with hard cheeses. Oloroso is aged sherry that is most popular among the people of Jerez. Intense aromas of tosted walnuts and providing a beautiful mouth feel it is perfect alongside red meats or game. Then we have the rare style of Sherry that is Palo Cortado which is somewhere between Amontillado and Oloroso. Its pungent on the nose with a soft, round and long lasting finish. A great match for hard cheeses or even alongside a pot roast. 

The range of Sherry's are open to taste in store now.  

Champagne Tasting Date published: 25/10/13

Wednesday evening saw the staff from Majestic Wine Birmingham attend a tasting event for two prestigious Champagne houses: the houses of Perrier-Jouet and Mumm. The evening started with the 'Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut NV'. This non-vintage champagne is based on their 2008 vintage and contains 14% reserve wines from 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005. Grapes for this wine are sourced from around 40 different cru's and there is a blend of 20% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 40% Pinot Meunier. The style is friendly and open, with a refreshing ripeness to the soft, appley fruit and a zesty mousse. Currently priced at £35 when you buy any two or more selected champagnes or £40 for a single bottle.

The second offering from the house of Perrier-Jouet was their 'Belle-Epoque 2004'. This vintage contains a higher percentage of Chardonnay at 50%, with grapes from various regions including Crammant and Avize. A higher percentage of Pinot Noir at 46% from various regions including Mailly and only 4% Pinot Meunier. This vintage has notes of brioche and white peaches, is fresh, open, well balanced and complex. The Belle Epoque is priced at £99, when you buy 6 or more, or £110 for a single bottle.

The house of Mumm's 'Cordon Rouge NV' was next on the list. The house of Mumm itself is the house with the royal warrant, supplying champagne for the queen! Mumm is also the champagne of formula 1. Supplying the champagne used on the podium throughout the season. The Cordon Rouge non-vintage champagne is comprised of 45% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Meunier. It is clean and subtle of the nose. Rich fleshy fruits in the mouth with toasted nut and subtle yeasty overtones. A fresh, elegant and balanced wine with a long creamy finish. Currently priced at £30 when you buy any two or more selected champagne or £35 for a single bottle.


Wine of the Week is...Date published: 22/10/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Wakefield Shiraz, 2010, Clare Valley, Australia


From Clare Valley in Australia, Wakefield produce their classic Shiraz. The vines are planted on the famous 'terra-rossa' soil, burning red clay over limestone soil found mainly in Australia. They produce a range of wines but their Shiraz is the star and is a real classic Aussie red.

The nose is immediately recognisible with plum and blueberry flavour and hint of violet giving it a gentle perfume. The first taste of this delighful red brings an array of rich dark fruits, coffee and vanilla. This richness is complemented with a nice spice, predominantly cloves, giving a warming sensation. The blackcurrant flavour will linger and follow you as you reach for the next glass. Whether its drinking over a midweek beef pie or enjoying on its own in front of the fire on a cold autumnal evening this is simply great for any occasion.

£11.99 or buy any 2 Wakefield wines and save £6 - £8.99 per bottle


A Taste of Oz - Wakefield WinesDate published: 19/10/13

A Taste of Oz - Wakefield Wines

From the Clare Valley in Australia comes this range of award winning wines. Wakefield produce a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz in the reds. They also produce a Chardonnay filled with exotic fruit flavours. A nice medium body with juicy white peach and pineapple flavours match the lovely creaminess and would make this an ideal Chardonnay to match a roast chicken dinner.

The reds range is excellent with the classic Aussie Shiraz a personal favourite. Dark plummy fruit, a hint of clove and splash of vanilla provide the backbone for a wonderful weekend treat. On to the Cabernet Sauvignon and a wonderful mixture of liqourice, cassis and herbs make it the perfect accompaniment to sausage and mash. Perfect to be drunk while its young and vibrant and pcked full of dark fruity goodness. Last of all is the Merlot. Not as popular in growing terms in Australia but made superbly with a smooth, easy going attitude. Its plum and cherry flavours are enticing and make it perfect for drinking on its own in front of a warm fire.

A short term offer has reduced these excellent wines to just £8.99 a bottle when you mix any 2 of the Wakefield wines until Monday 28th October.  


Feeling like a spot of Fizz?Date published: 18/10/13

We currently have some excellent deals on both Champagne and Sparkling wine, so what better way to indulge this weekend than with some bubbles to bring some sparkle to proceedings? To start with, the excellent Prosecco Zonin Brut is a steal at £6.99 on offer down from £11.99. It's a great way to herald the beginning of the weekend, kick off an impromptu party or celebrate a sporting victory. Moving on to Champagne, we have an offering from the Majestic favourite house of De Telmont, a bargain at £15 down from £25. Displaying the classic Champagne characteristics of biscuity brioche notes, this is elegance in a glass! We also have the famous Louis Roederer Brut NV at £28 down from £42, which is my personal favourite as it is rich, complex and the lingering finish of citrus intertwined with nutty hints makes this the perfect prelude to an exquisite dinner party with friends. 

To finish, I will leave you with an excellent quote from Madame Jacques Bollinger (which is also on offer at £30 down from £45):

"I drink it 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 hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty." Madame Jacques Bollinger, London Daily Mail, 17th October 1961 

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 08/10/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Portillo Malbec, 2012, Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza Argentina

The name Portillo was inspired by a high-elevated mountain pass in the Andes mountain range that represents a gateway into the Salentein Family vineyards. This Malbec has recently been awarded Decanters 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy.

A great example of Argentinian Malbec. Intense black fruit, bramble and plum aromas are coupled with well rounded ripe fruit flavours on the palate. All accompanied by lush velvety tannins. Drinking now and a great match with spicy dishes, lamb or a personal favourite, cheese.


£9.99 or buy two save £6 - £6.99 per bottle


Wine of the Week is...Date published: 03/10/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

The Caracal, 2010, South Africa


Named after the Caracal, a wild indiginous cat, comes this exciting red. Vines in Stellenbosch growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot form the backbone of a naturally run estate. With a little Petit Verdot added to the blend it gives the wines a beautiful deep ruby colour.

Twelve months maturing in new and old French oak barrels have added depth and flavour as well as a smoothness to the mouth-feel. This is big, rich wine full of juicy cherry and blackberry. On the palate the plum fruit matches with the toast and cedar to create a warming, delicious red. A perfect match for many types of red meat, it goes particularly well with pork belly or oxtail. It will benefit from further cellaring so get some for now and later to see how it devlops.

£15.99 or buy any 2 South African wines and save 20% - £12.78 per bottle


Top Notch RiojaDate published: 02/10/13

Last week I was lucky enough to spend some time at Bodegas Muga in Rioja. Rioja is the perfect place to grow wine, with mountains surrounding a plain to protect it from wind and poor weather. The Bodega itself is based in the small town of Haro in the Rioja Alta region about 1 hour south of Bilbao. Full of famous names from the world of Rioja, Haro is very much a town based around wine. Having spent plenty of time in the local tapas bars and restaurants the local food is also fantastic.

Bodegas Muga was established in 1932 and is still owned and run by the founding family today. Since 1932, the winery has expanded over steadily over the years, with 1968 being a pinnacle year as that is when the winery first began production of their Reserva and Gran Reserva (Prado Enea) wines. Since then they have added a range of more modern styles of Rioja including Muga Reserva Seleccion Especial and Torre Muga.

The winery itself is very traditional with old oak casks used for fermentation and much of the work done manually. Bodegas Muga is also the only winery in the whole of Spain left who make their own oak barrels, which means they can control the quality of the barrels much easier and be made to their exact specification. Muga also look after over 220ha of vineyards so they can control the quality of the grapes that the winery receives.

Having done a tasting of all their wines I can say what great value they offer at their price point, particularly with the current Spanish offer. We stock an excellent range of their wines here at Majestic, so why not pop in and see why they are one of the most highly regarded producers in Rioja.

Muga Blanco – Single Bottle £11.99, buy ANY 2 Spanish wines and save 20%, 2+ bottles are £9.59 each. A white wine which combines plenty of fresh citrus and apple fruit with excellent richness and a long length. A great all round white wine.

Muga Reserva – Single Bottle £17.99, buy ANY 2 Spanish wines and save 20%, 2+ bottles are £13.99 each. A fabulous Rioja full of complex dark fruit and intriguing savoury flavours. Works very well with lamb.

Muga Prado Enea - £30 per bottle. An ultimate expression of Rioja from a top year. Plenty of fresh and dried fruit with leather, vanilla and a very long length. Glorious, elegant and polished. The ultimate bottle to treat yourself with.

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 25/09/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Marques De Riscal Rioja Reserva, 2008, Spain


1858 was the year that the Marques De Riscal founded his own winery and began producing wines that would lead the way with innovative wine making techniques and superior quality. From being the first winery in Rioja to make barrel aged wine to hand picking only the finest grapes, the quality of this Rioja shines through. Made from Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo grapes the 2008 vintage was a challenging but ultimately rewarding vintage for the best producers in Rioja.


Marques De Riscal is a traditional style of Rioja and following 26 months of aging in American barrels the elegance and depth of flavour is apparent immediately. The ripe red, summer fruit is enticing while the hints of vanilla and toasty oak make you feel warm and relaxed. The palate is silky and full with the red fruits following through to a long lasting finish. Drink with grilled meats or age for around another 5 years.

£13.74 or buy any 2 Spanish wines and save 25% - £10.30 per bottle

A Taste of Spain...Date published: 24/09/13

A Taste of Spain

Spanish wines have just come onto an improved offer at Majestic with 25% off the range. While most people find it difficult to look past their love of Rioja we thought we would outline a few options that you should try, from both Rioja and elsewhere. Areas such as Toro and Ribera Del Duero are consistently producing excellent wines that more than match up to the Rioja's that have been dominating dinner tables across the country for many many years. Spanish white wines are making a lot of headway into the UK wine market and Albarino is the star of the show. Coming from Galicia in the North West just above Portugal, the whites produced with Albarino can be an excellent alternative to drinking Sauvignon Blanc.

Here are a few options to take a look at and don't forget to check out our tasting counter in store to see what Spanish wines you can try before you buy.

Gran Vendema Crianza 2009 (£5.62) – Made from 100% Tempranillo and bursting with raspberry flavour, a year in oak barrels gives this Rioja a vanilla lick that compliments the soft tannins and medium body.

Montecastrillo 2011 (£7.49) – From Ribera Del Duero, this warming red is fruity with hints of cocoa and is very easy drinking. Perfect alongside a midweek roast.

Matsu El Recio 2010 (£11.99) – Known as the 'tough guy', this wine is full of chocolate, coffee and vanilla flavours with dark fruits running right through it. Weighty and elegant this is perfect alongside your Saturday night steak.

Caixas Albarino 2011 (£7.49) – A Majestic exclusive and one that is laced with stone fruits and citrus character. Crisp, refreshing and asking to be chilled and enjoyed now.

Cune Vina Real 2012 (£7.02) – A white wine from Rioja. Light biscuit character and fresh grapefruit make this a real delight. Enjoy alongside paella for a taste of Spain.


South African WinesDate published: 20/09/13

With our superb offer on South African wines ending on Monday, I thought I would highlight a few wines that are on cracking deals.

With a wine making history stretching back into the 17th century, South Africa is the oldest 'New World' country and produces many different styles of wine.

One of the major wineries in South Africa is the Robertson Winery. This winery is further inland than most vineyards in South Africa, but the Breede River, running through it, provides a cooling influence and provides an excellent level of consistency.

Within the Robertson range, we sell the Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Sauvignon Blanc at £5.24 is an absolute bargain. With a fresh aromatic nose, this is a crisp, dry wine with plenty of zesty gooseberry and green apple flavors this wine is a must for Sauvignon Blanc lovers. 

The Chenin Blanc also at £5.24 represents superb value for money. Crammed full with pineapple, melon and green apple fruits complemented by a firm structure and balancing acidity.

The Merlot at £5.61  Rich, dark red in colour with juicy ripe plum flavors on the palate combined with sweet black cherry notes.

The Cabernet Sauv at £5.61 is deep red in colour. Rich mulberry, plum and cassis fruit aromas with flavors of dark berries and plum, are enhanced by soft, rounded tannins and a fruit-driven finish.

Another winery associated with South Africa is Vergelegen.

Vergelegen, and outspoken winemaker Andre Van Rensburg, are widely recognized for producing some of South Africa’s finest wines. The Stellenbosch region produces excellent wines due to the Mediterranean climate and soils from at the foothills of the Cape Fold mountains. Fruit grown in Vergelegen's own vineyards as well as from vineyards in the Elgin and Overberg regions. Grapes from Vergelegen's vineyard are planted on South and South-western slopes planted and 200-230 metres above sea level in granites or clay-based Clovelly soils.

One of the highlights of their range is the 2009 Cabernet Sauvingon / Merlot. Aromas of ripe berries and plums beautifully enhanced by silky chocolate and coffee, with finely grained tannins, berry flavours and a complex spicy finish. At £8.42 this wine is very versatile and should be enjoyed with pizza, pasta or on its own. 

Although known for their red wines, they also produce an excellent Sauvignon Blanc. The Sauvignon Blanc 2012 flavours are in abundance: gooseberries, figs, elderflower and clean cut grass to name a few. Perfectly balanced, with a racy acidity and mineral structure finishing elegantly and at length. This wine should be enjoyed over the next two years and will be a great match for pan fried fish, pork chops or scallops. At £8.42 this wine is a must for all fans of South African Sauvignon blancs and Sauvignon Blancs in general.


These deals end on Monday and wines are selling out quickly. If you are interested in any of the wines and would like more information, please do not hesitate to call us in-store on 01214294688.






Wine of the week is...Date published: 12/09/13

....Vina Eguia Gran Reserva 2004, Rioja, Spain.  It is currently £8.99 per bottle (reduced from £11.24 per bottle) when buying ANY 2 Spanish wines as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles.

Bodegas Eguía are located in Elciego in the Alavesa subregion of Rioja which is located North of the River Ebro which runs East to West through the region. The vines have an average age of 40 years which adds character to the grapes and hence complexity to the wine.

A classic example of good quality Gran Reserva Rioja combining fresh red fruit with hints of fig, clove and other exotic spices. The tannins are beautifully mellow and the finish long. I would drink this now and over the next couple of years with game or a lamb roast dinner.

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 08/09/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Giesen Chardonnay, 2012, New Zealand

The three Giesen brothers were born in Germany and set up their business in 1981. Their boldest decision was to move from their homeland and start making wine in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough. They've been perfecting winemaking for over thirty years now and with a focus on using state of the art equipment they really have become consistently excellent producers.

Bursting out the glass with white peach and grapefruit aromas. A hint of brioche underlies the creamy texture on the palate, drawn from the time spent in French oak barrels and extended lees ageing. The buttery feel complements the peach and nectarine and create an elegant well rounded Chardonnay that compares favourably with young white Burgundy. Would be a perfect match for a roast chicken.

£9.99 or buy 2 bottles and save £4 - £7.99 per bottle

The Magic of Fine WineDate published: 06/09/13

Here at Majestic we would like to show you some of the excellent wines available in our current fine wine offer (buy ANY 2 selected bottles and save £10). The bonus is they all cost around the same price as a bottle of house wine in a restaurant!

The first wine we have to show is Jermann Pinot Grigio from Friuli in Northern Italy. It is £23 for one bottle or £18 when buying ANY 2 selected wines.

Friuli is Italy's most North Eastern region bordering Austria and Slovenia. The northern half of the region is too cold and mountainous for vineyards,but the southern half is planted with a mixture of 'indigenous', Central European and international varieties. Jermann have been producing wines in this region since the 1880's.

This isn't like any Italian Pinot Grigio you will have tried before. There is much greater intensity of flavour on the nose and palate, with the palate being richer and more full bodied too. It is a perfect match to a creamy seafood pasta dish.

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 04/09/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise, 2012, Australia


Australian red wine is mainly associated with Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. However Wirra Wirra have added a twist to these well known grapes by blending them together and adding a splash of Petit Verdot. The name Scrubby Rise comes from the name given to flat landscape from which the grapes were grown.


Wirra Wirra means 'amongst the gums' and this wine certainly does that. With a lovely crimson colour, its vibrant and youthful on the nose with hints of raspberry and blackberry, while a violet perfume from the Petit Verdot gives it a gentle lift. A splash of spice is appetizing on the palate and there is a warming hug on the finish making it a real end of week treat. It will keep for 5 years and would match a Sunday roast beautifully.


£9.99 or buy 2 bottles and save £4 - £7.99 per bottle

Spotlight Tasting: ChardonnayDate published: 29/08/13

Love wine tastings?

Love learning about wine?

Love Chardonnay?

If your answers were yes to the above then you have hit the jackpot. On Saturday the 7th of September we will be hosting two spotlight tastings on different Chardonnays. The tastings will involve a highly knowledgeable member of the team enlightening you with knowledge about the famous Chardonnay grape. The tastings will last roughly half an hour and start at 12pm and 3pm. 


If you are interested, give us a call in-store on 01214294688 to book your places, or email us on bir@majestic.co.uk.



Exploring ItalyDate published: 21/08/13

Our extra special short term Italian promotion - 25% off Italian wines when buying ANY 2 Italian wines as part of a mixed case of 6 or more bottles - starts today. There are some fantastic wines to be found, but which ones to choose. Here Dave highlights a few of his favourites, showing there is much more to Italian wine than just Chianti, Pinot Grigio and Prosecco! They are all under £10 per bottle on offer too, so they're not too heavy on the wallet either.

Whites

Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2012, A Passoni - £8.99 on our Italian offer. A beautiful dry and delicate white from the vineyards around this very famous and picturesque Tuscan village. Lovely citrus and green fruit with a classic nutty, almond note on the palate. An excellent aperitif.

Falanghina 2012, Terredora - £8.24 on our Italian offer. Packed with citrus, quince and apple fruit with a lovely rich texture and delicate nutty notes. From the Campania region to the south of Naples, this is one of Italy's hidden gems. A very versatile food wine.

Reds

Barbera d'Alba Sucule 2009/10, Lo Zoccolaio - £7.87 on our Italian offer. A real Majestic classic this showing the best in Piemonte's 'other' major red grape, Barbera. Reminiscent of cherries, plums and with plenty of spice this is classic Italian red wine. A wine to be drunk with food – preferably red meats or rich tomato based pasta dishes.

Campofiorin 2009, Masi - £9.37 on our Italian offer. From one of the top producers in Veneto in the North East of Italy, a region famous for Amarone della Valpolicella. From the same blend of grapes as Amarone, this wine is made using partially dried grapes for part of the fermentation to add extra richness and body. Plenty of sweet spice flavours compliment the floral notes and classic cherry fruit perfectly. To be drunk with mature cheeses.

Wine of the week is....Date published: 20/08/13

....Gavi, La Toledana, 2012.  A single bottle is £9.99, but this comes down to £7.49 per bottle when you buy any 2 Italian wines.  This is an amazing price for a fantastic wine.

Made from the white Cortese grape variety grown on the hills in South Piemonte in the North West of Italy quite close to the Ligurian coastline, this is a wine that manages to combine freshness and richness beautifully.  A broad spectrum of fruit flavours, citrus, pear and peach, layer the palate with a honeyed richness and a lovely minerally streak giving extra complexity.  This is a wine that has grown in popularity over recent years and is really leading the way in showing the variety of Italian white wines beyond Pinot Grigio.  A great aperitif, but also a great food match with fresh seafood pasta.

Summer offer endingDate published: 17/08/13

With the sun setting on the summer offers at Majestic, I thought it would be a good time to remind you of a couple of the best offers available until the 2nd of September.

Callia Bella Malbec is just £5.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of your mixed case, and was recently written up in Decanter magazine.
Moet and Chandon Champagne is just £27.50, an absolute bargain.
Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc is just £7.99 when you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed case.

Check out our website for all the latest deals, and a special web only offer on mature German wines.


Wine Alphabet: J is for... JadotDate published: 12/08/13

Wine Alphabet: J is for... Jadot

The name of Louis Jadot is known throughout the wine world. Producer of some of Burgundy's finest wines and through its role as a negociant (merchant) they produce some of the most consistent wines from grapes sourced across the whole region. The central point of the Jadot wine empire is in Beaune and has been since it was founded in in 1859 by Louis Jadot. While the Jadot family do not own the company anymore, the brand lives on. Famous for growing both red and whites throughout the region they have become very accomplished growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. At Majestic we stock a number of Jadot wines and these are some examples of the variety and quality of this range of wines.

The Macon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2011 is an excellent introduction to white Burgundy and is made from grapes sourced from around Macon. A fresh, clean wine with green apple dominating this is perfect for entertaining guests and is a classic Majestic wine.

Among the reds, the Cote de Beaune-Villages 2009 is an lovely expression of Pinot Noir and with gentle forest fruit flavours and a soft texture this is a great match for a cheeseboard. Alternatively for a special night in, the Santanay Clos des Gatsulards 2012 is elegant, with a firm structure and and a complex palate of fresh red fruits.

The wines of Louis Jadot are extremely well known and for the serious wine buyer they can reach some premium prices. However for the more casual drinker looking for a bottle for a weeknight treat or something special to match a meal there is a Jadot wine to match.

Wines in Decanter MagazineDate published: 11/08/13

This month's Decanter is full of recommended wines stocked here at Majestic.  These include a top quality Chilean Riesling and 6 different Riojas!  However, here are a couple of stunning wines at everyday prices that are already proving very popular:

Callia Bella Malbec 2012, Argentina: Single bottle is £8.99 or £5.99 per bottle when buying 2 or more bottles!

Lots of rich dark berry fruit here, with a good hint of vanilla and sweet spice as well as beautifully soft tannins. The finish lingers on and on too.  So much wine for £6.

Martin Codax Caixas Albarino 2011, Spain: Single bottle is £9.99 or £6.99 per bottle when buying 2 or more bottles!

A complex array of of fruit flavours on show here with citrus, white and stone fruit characters all found alongside a floral twist which is classic Albarino. Beautifully balanced with a cleansing acidity, this wine makes an excellent companion to the freshest seafood.

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc Offer Ending! Date published: 10/08/13

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc – Offer Ending!

The Marlborough region of New Zealand is now famous for producing wonderful, fruity Sauvignon Blanc. The Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012 is another excellent example of this. With vineyards spread across the Wairau Valley this wine has been perfected by the Giesen brothers since they started producing wine in the 1980's.

Bursting out of the glass, the tropical flavours are unmistakable, with a dash of lime and green herbs complementing the rich tropical fruit it begs to drunk. Gooseberry splashes into your mouth upon the first taste and with the zestiness and crispness the next glass is never far away. While this would be perfect chilled and enjoyed on a summer's eve on its own, it also complements some foods very well. Fragrant Asian foods will enjoy the lemongrass and lime of the wine, while a nice seafood risotto will always be a joy alongside it.

This is a superb wine and is on a short term deal until Monday 12th August for £5.99 a bottle when you buy any 2 New Zealand wines. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc at this price is becoming harder and harder to find and especially one of this quality. Take advantage of this offer while you can!

Wine Alphabet: I is for... ItalyDate published: 06/08/13

I is for... Italy

Italy is a country that is synonymous with food and with wine. The impact of Italian food can be felt throughout the world and much can be said for its wine industry. Italy is one of the biggest wine producing countries in the world and in some years exports the most wine in the world. However it is also a minefield for those wanting to learn about wine. While most nations grow well known international varieties in different styles, the Italian wine industry is centered around is own indigenous grape varieties. With over 1000 different grapes grown it is a difficult place to continue your wine education. This is just the tip of the iceberg in an introduction to Italian wines.

Unlike other countries every corner and every hill in Italy is used to grow grapes. While some regions are more famous for wine making than others there are always brilliant wines to be discovered. The most planted red grape variety is Sangiovese, the predominant grape used to make Chianti. Other popular red grapes include Montepulciano, Primitivo and Nebbiolo. Popular white grapes include, Pinot Grigio, Trebbiano, Garganega and Cortese.

At Majestic we stock a wide variety of Italian red and white wines. Here are just a few of the wines we would recommend to get a feel for what Italian wines are like and the quality they can produce.

Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2010 is a wine produced from the heart of Chianti. The soil there is extremely rocky and the wines from this producer have been nicknamed 'wine from rocks'. An elegant Chianti with dark berry fruit and a splash of spice, it is an excellent example of how good the Sangiovese grape can be made.

Masciarelli 2010 made from the Montepulciano grape. A medium body, with an enticing nose of red cherry and tobacco hints. The liqourice and spice excite upon tasting and fresh acidity make this a perfect foodie wine. Excellent alongside typical Italian tomato based pasta dishes.

Pinot Grigio Breganze 2012 is a lovely, delicate example of Italy's most popular white wine. Citrus fruit, a hint of pear and a slight floral aroma dominates the wine and makes it as refreshing a white as you could want. A perfect summer treat for sitting in the garden and one that shouldn't be kept. Pinot Grigio is made for drinking young and fresh.

Le Toledana, Gavi di Gavi 2012 is made from the Cortese grape around the village of Gavi in Piedmont. This area is known as the 'Chablis of Italy' due to the fresh steeliness of the wines. This Gavi di Gavi is grown just outside the village and shows a nose of fresh stone fruits and honey with a crisp mineral elegance. Excellent to drink on its own but also perfect alongside some oily fish.

This is only a very brief introduction into the complex world of Italian wines. However reading can only help so much, the best way top distinguish the wines and get to know them is by drinking them. An Italian theme is a great idea for a wine club tasting and the wines above are a great place to start. Happy exploring!

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 05/08/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Septimo Dia Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina 2011


A project from the Codorniu group, more famous for their sparkling wines from Spain. However the potential of Argentina's vineyards has involved them in growing Chardonnay grapes in Mendoza taking advantage of the rocky, sandy soils and slopes perfect for viticulture. Septimo Dia means 'Seventh Day' and there is little better than sitting out in the garden with a chilled glass of this Argentinean beauty.

Having been lightly oaked there is a hint of smokiness surrounding a crunchy green apple and a fresh zestiness. The gentle toastiness follows through on the first mouthful and a burst of tropical fruit dances with the crisp, green fruit. This is certainly an easy drinking oaked Chardonnay and is perfect on its own but enjoy with a creamy fish pie for a perfect midweek delight.

£9.99 or buy 2 bottles and save £4 - £7.99 per bottle

Fine Wine of the Month is...Date published: 02/08/13

Fine Wine of the Month

Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2010

Sourced from old vines throughout different regions including Oakley, Lodi and Mendocino. A big, bold wine that shows no restraint on the nose with ripe red berry fruit leaping out the glass. With a dash of cocoa and splash of coffee it gets the juices flowing. It delivers upon the first mouthful too with juicy fruit complementing the soft vanilla flavour. A long, warming finish and a developing character will keep you reaching for another glass. This will improve over the next couple of years, but is fantastic now too. Try alongside your barbecue, especially with some peppery steak or venison.

£14.99 PER BOTTLE

WHEN BUYING ANY 2 BOTTLES

(£19.99 FOR 1 BOTTLE)

Wine of the week is..Date published: 31/07/13

.....Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2011, Marlborough, New Zealand.  £11.24 for 1 bottle or £8.99 when you buy ANY 2 New Zealand wines.

Oyster Bay have been at the forefront of wine production in New Zealand for the past 2 decades. Their extensive contacts ensure they source the best grapes for their wines from all over New Zealand. There Pinot Noir comes exclusively from Marlborough.

This Pinot Noir exhibits plenty of red cherry fruit on the nose, alongside hints of wild flowers, sweet spice and a hint of smokiness. The palate is much fuller than many Pinot Noirs around this price and the rich red fruit flavour really stands out. Soft and velvety tannins give a lovely mouthfeel. A perfect all round red.

New offers - best of the reds.Date published: 28/07/13

Here is the final part of my look at the pick of the new offers. Today, I'm focusing on the reds.

'Everyday'/Party red:

Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Syrah - £5.99 per bottle when buying ANY two Chilean wines. The palate has lots of rich blackberry and blackcurrant fruit are elevated by hints of pepper and spice. Soft tannins and a good length showcase how well the Syrah grape can grow in Chile. A very versatile wine that is perfect for all occasions.

Light Red:

Oyster Bay Pinot Noir - £8.99 per bottle when buying ANY two New Zealand wines. The nose stands out for its ripe red cherry fruit with hints of blossom and spice. These flavours follow onto the palate which is long and framed by silky tannins. It is great for drinking on its own, or with some pork or game. Lovely stuff.

Old World Classic:

Vina Pomal Rioja Reserva - £9.99 when you buy two or more bottles. The wine which won the best Rioja trophy at the Wines of Spain tasting 2012, and has been a favourite of mine for a long time. Made from 100% Tempranillo, this Rioja has velvety tannins a core of good red and dark berry fruit with lots of lovely sweet spice and vanilla mixed in too. The finish goes on and on. Without doubt a standout Rioja.

New offers - best of the whitesDate published: 26/07/13

With all this fantastic weather we've been having , it's always nice to have chilled white wine handy.  Here are my picks of the new offers on white wine:

Sauvignon Blanc:

Santa Ema, Leyda Valley, Chile - £6.99 per bottle when buying ANY 2 bottles of Chilean wine. When we first tried this here in Birmingham we were all blown away by this wine. Crammed with citrus and tropical fruit backed by lovely grassy character and minerality. I don't think I've tried a better value Sauvignon Blanc for a long while.

Chardonnay:

Cave des Vignerons de Buxy Montagny 1er Cru 'Les Millieres' - £9.99 per bottle when buying 2 or more bottles. An excellent unoaked Chardonnay from the Cote Chalonnaise (located between the Cote D'Or and the Maconnais) in Burgundy. Full of apple, pear and peach fruit with hints of flowers and some toasted nuts on the finish. Excellent with ham.

Something a little different:

Surani, Pietrariccia Fiano, Manduria, Italy - £6.99 per bottle when buying ANY 2 bottles of Italian wine. A double award winner at the Decanter Wine Awards and the International Wine Challenge, this is lovely dry wine with extraordinary richness for a wine of this price. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit with lovely floral and herb touches. Very classy.

Loire and Beaujolais Tasting WeekDate published: 25/07/13

It's Loire and Beaujolais tasting week (which just happen to be 2 of my favourite wine areas). These are two of France's classic wine regions, renowned for very different styles of wine.

The Loire is famous for it's crisp and dry white wines, particularly from the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety from the Touraine and Upper Loire valley. Sancerre and Pouilly Fume are the leading examples, but wines from surrounding appellations ( such as Reuilly and Coteaux du Giennois) can definitely compete.

Two other key white Loire grape varieties are Chenin Blanc and Melon de Bourgogne. Chenin Blanc is planted in the middle districts where it can make some of the world's best white wine in all styles – with Vouvray and Saumur being amongst the most recognisable appellations. Melon de Bourgogne is the grape variety planted in the Muscadet region providing a youthful, early drinking wine which matches well with seafood.

Don't forget the reds, chiefly made from either Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. Medium bodied with plenty of fresh red fruit flavours that can be served lightly chilled. These aren't blockbuster reds, but have fantastic complexity and offer great value for money. They are truly the hidden gems of mainstream French wine.

Beaujolais has often received a bit of poor press, but I am not ashamed in saying that a good bottle of Beaujolais is an absolute delight. Made from the Gamay grape variety (often from old vines) these wines range from very cheery light and fruity reds to be drunk young or wines which are best aged for a few years (believe it or not aged Beaujolais from good years is amazing!) These wines are charcterised by plenty of juicy red and dark fruit, hints of wild flowers and a streak of earthy minerality.

We will be opening a good range of these wines across the week, so keep an eye on our online tasting counter to see what is available to taste.

New offers - best of the Fizz!Date published: 24/07/13

With the new offers now underway, I'd like to share my picks with you to help you plan your wine selections for the coming weeks! Here are my Sparkling wine selections:

Champagne: Oeil de Perdrix Rose NV - £19 per bottle

An incredibly classy Champagne for the money. It has a delicate pink hue with beautifully fresh strawberry and raspberry fruit and an elegant mousse. There is exceptional weight and length for a Champagne of this price and is a long standing favourite with Majestic staff.

Prosecco: Zonin Brut NV - £7.99 per bottle

An outstanding Prosecco with plenty of pear and apple fruit combined with hints of white flowers and almonds. Delicate and elegant in the mouth with beautiful fine bubbles. The ultimate aperitif.

Champagne Alternative: Oyster Bay Brut NV - £9.99 per bottle.

Made from 100% Chardonnay (making this a blanc de blanc style fizz), the palate is crammed with ripe lemon, apple and biscuity notes as well as a lovely creamy texture. The bubbles are fine and persistent. This fizz has the body to match with a lovely piece of fresh fish in a creamy sauce.

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 23/07/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Luis Felipe Edwards

Signature Series Viognier 2012

£5.99 when you buy 2 or more Chilean wines

Luis Felipe Edwards have become synonymous for producing excellent fresh wines at very competitive prices. Along with their Syrah and Pinot Noir, this Viognier is part of the Signature range.

This fresh Viognier is only aged in oak for 2 months in order to maintain maximum freshness. With subtle aromas of peach and apricot this wine doesn't give much away on the nose. The palate is similar and offers a refreshing acidic lift with a gentle mineral grip.

Mid-summer offers ending!Date published: 18/07/13

It's the final week of our mid-summer offers, but with so many wines which ones to choose? Here are my 5 favourites, but be sure to snap them up quick, as their offers finish in store on Monday at 7pm!

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV: £32 per bottle or £30 per bottle when buying a case of 6 – rich and full bodied Champagne, but incredibly elegant too. Full of ripe fruit, honey and toasted nut flavours. A real bargain at this price.

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012: £8.74 or £6.99 per bottle when buying any 2 New Zealand wines – benchmark New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with plenty of citrus, gooseberry and fresh tropical fruit.

LFE Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012: £8.74 or £6.99 per bottle when buying any 2 Chilean wines – a very classy Chardonnay which has a lovely richness balanced by a refreshing acidity. Just a little French oak adds complexity. Delicious.

Serena Pinot Grigio 2012: £7.99 or £6.39 per bottle when buying any 2 Italian wines – a quality Pinot Grigio from a quality producer which has more richness and character than those at a similar price. The perfect drink for a sunny afternoon.

Vinalba Reserva Malbec 2011: £11.99 or £8.99 when buying 2 or more bottles – a stunning wine. Rich dark fruit complimented by plenty of sweet spice and ripe tannins. The ultimate red meat and BBQ wine.

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 17/07/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Chateau Sainte Marguerite Rose, Cotes de Provence 2012


The rose's of Provence are some of the most distinctive in the world and produce some of if not the best pink wines around too. Made from Grenache and Syrah grapes, this organic wine has a beautifully delicate colour that underlies some of the top quality wines of the region.


An array of fresh red berry flavour hits you as the first glass is poured. With the thought of sitting on the rolling hills of Provence, you can bring the French character and culture to you as the floral bouquet enlivens with every mouthful. A real refreshing and elegant wine that is just perfect chilled and drunk on its own or with some appetizers.


£12.99 or buy 2 bottles and save £2 - £11.99 per bottle

Wine Alphabet: H is for... HarvestDate published: 15/07/13

Wine Alphabet: H is for... Harvest

The process of picking grapes and transporting them to the winery is one of the most important parts of wine making. This alone can make wines that are beautiful and complex or simple and easy drinking to undrinkable wines. In the Northern Hemisphere the harvest occurs in the Autumn where as in the Southern Hemisphere the harvest will happen early in the year around March and April.

The timing of the harvest is a difficult task and to make the best wine, the grapes need to be picked when they are physiologically mature. This occurs when the sugars and the acids are balanced. The climate has a huge effect on this process and problems late in the harvest such as haevy rainfall, hail or frost can seriously damage the grapes. Extreme heat can also cause issues for winemakers as it accelerates the ripening of the grapes.

Other factors involved in the decision to harvest grapes is to hand harvest of use a mechanical system. Grapes on the same bunch can ripen at different speeds and so hand harvesting can help to select the grapes only when they are ready, while machine harvesting cannot guarantee this. However hand harvesting is labour intensive and pushes up the cost of the wine. In some cases vineyards on hills or narrow slopes must be hand harvested as machinery simply cannot get up to vines.

These are only a few of the decisions needed in harvesting the best possible grapes to make wine. In all cases there are different techniques needed, as frost can be welcomed when making Eiswein for example. When buying your next wines have a look at where the wine has come from and see if you can find out how they pick the grapes to make the wine into the style it is. It can make for some interesting comparisons!

Chilean tasting week starts today.Date published: 12/07/13

I think it is fair to say that at the moment, Chilean wine is leading the way in terms of quality and value. This is not just for crowd pleasing party wines, but for wines which will thrill wine connoisseurs too.

The Central Valley in Chile contains most of the historically important wine regions, such as the Maipo and Rapel Valleys, where classic varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot excel. The warm, dry and sunny climate is perfect for getting consistently ripe grapes and producing wines with good fruit character and rounded tannins.

Over the last decade or so there has been a move to look for new cool climate sites, with the Leyda and Casablanca Valleys much to the fore. These regions are close to the Pacific Ocean and so benefit from the cooling effect of the sea breezes. This cooler climate allows aromatic white grapes like Sauvignon Blanc and cool climate red grapes like Pinot Noir to flourish.

We will be highlighting an excellent range of wines over the coming week highlighting some of the best from each region. We love them. We hope you do too.

Domaine Saint Ferreio ViognierDate published: 09/07/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Domaine Saint Ferreol Viognier

£10.99, Buy 2 save £3



With a history dating back to 1146, Chateau St Ferreol certainly has a history for producing excellent wines. The Viognier is no exception and is seen as the crown in the jewel.



This wine offers some fantastic aromas on the nose with hints of nectarine and fresh honeysuckle. These exciting flavours are matched on the palate with vibrant stone fruits.



This Viognier is a very versatile wine, complimenting chicken, turkey and salmon as well as spicy food like Thai Curries. It even goes well with full flavored cheeses like Roquefort. This wine is a must for anyone entertaining guests in the upcoming sunny days.



Wine of the week - Mononevo GodelloDate published: 04/07/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Montonevo Godello 2012 Valdesil

£9.99 When you buy 2 or more

Located in the north of Spain, this refreshing white with is made with 100% Godello grape. The rocky slate soil makes the perfect conditions for the Godello grape which thrives in the Valdeorras appellation.

A youthful, green-tinged straw yellow wine, with a clean nose of grassy herbaceousness, and pear and pineapple fruit. This wine is very light, summery and a great alternative to new world Sauvignon's. This wine will go perfectly with oily fish or traditional home made tapas.

Ned Sauvignon Blanc **SOLD OUT**Date published: 30/06/13

After a busy Saturday, I have sold out of Ned Sauvignon Blanc, here at Hagley Road. The next shipment is due in August. You are still able to pay the bargain £6.99 price (when buying 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case), and have it delivered for free when it arrives.

But if you can't wait.....

Whilst The Ned is indeed delicious, it is not the only Sauvignon Blanc! I have plenty of offers available on alternative Sauvignon, including the Montana from New Zealand, also at £6.99.

Don't be afraid to look outside of New Zealand though, Chile is offering excellent quality youthful Sauvignon, with Santa Ema at just £6.99 as part of the Chilean deal. And many more available from South Africa, France or Argentina.

And there is also the opportunity to discover a world out side of Sauvignon! A massive choice of Rose wine is available to help Summer along.

My favorite grape, Chardonnay is so often overlooked, I will be happy to help you re-discover it! Oyster Bay, from New Zealand, have a delicious Chardonnay, and the Chilean Gran Reserva Luis Felipe Edwards is top notch!



Wine of the week is........Date published: 28/06/13

........Vouvray, Domaine des Aubuisières 2012 Cuvée de Perruches, Bernard Fouque.  1 bottle is £9.99 but, for 2 weeks only, buy 2 bottles and save £4, making 2 or more bottles £7.99 per bottle.

Vouvray is the most important appellation in the Touraine district of the Loire Valley in Central France. Vouvray is exclusively made from the Chenin Blanc variety and can be produced to be dry, sweet, sparkling or anywhere inbetween. The climate here can be quite extreme with very cold winters and springs, which can impact on the grapes and vines. Vintage variation is prominent here and the styles of wine produced are often reflections of this. Cooler years will lead to more dry wine, where warm years will lead to the production of more sweet wine.

Domaine des Aubuisières are one of the top producers in Vouvray. Fermented in inert old oak barrels and glass lined vats, this wine is medium-dry in style. The sweetness is balanced by Chenin Blanc's naturally high levels of acidity. The palate is full of quince and pear fruit flavours with touches of wild honey, flowers and minerality. This can be drunk on its own, but the richness and acidity make it a perfect match for salmon en croute.

Ned Sauvignon Blanc - *Nearly sold out*Date published: 27/06/13

Ned Sauvignon Blanc

*Last few cases*

£6.99 when you buy 2 or more

Due to high demand we are running low on stock, so this is a fantastic opportunity to replenish supplies while it is £6.99. We are due to receive more in the next few months but if you purchase today we can guarantee you the brilliant £6.99 price and deliver it out when we receive it.

We offer free local delivery on all orders over £40, so as soon as we receive it we can arrange to deliver it out to you, just in time for those BBQ's.

We do have some brilliant alternatives at very competitive prices:

Brancott Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99 when you buy 2 or more – This brilliant kiwi Sauvignon offers generous tropical fruits with a fresh and clean finish.

Santa Ema Sauvignon blanc - £6.99 when you buy any 2 Chilean wines – Produced in the famous Leyda valley, this Sauvignon is more restrained but still offers beautiful citrus and passion fruit characteristics.

Ondine Sauvignon Blanc - £5.99 when you buy 2 or more – This South African Sauvignon offers a brilliant fresh asparagus and guava characteristic with a clean finish. This is a really nice alternative to NZ Sauvignon and at an exceptional price.

Do you love Australian wine......Date published: 22/06/13

.....but want to try something else while the Lions are in Australia this summer?  As a lover of Australian wine I've been looking for a temporary alternative to some of my Australian favourites while the Lions tour is in full swing.  Here are 3 of my favourite reds from Australia's Four Nations tournament rivals that will certainly fill the void:

New Zealand: Villa Maria Syrah £9.99 per bottle when buying ANY 2 New Zealand wines – a lovely elegant Syrah from Hawkes Bay on NewZealnd's east coast. Oozing class this has lovely pure dark berry fruit with silky tannins and lovely hints of liquorice on the finish. Reminiscent of really good Crozes Hermitage

South Africa: Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viognier £6.99 per bottle for 2 or more bottles – the Australians produce many great examples of this classic Rhone blend, but this wine shows the South African's have got this style sorted too. Plum and blackberry fruit accompanied by hints of spice with Viognier adding a floral lift. Absolutely delicious.

Argentina: Vinalba Malbec/Touriga Nacional £9.99 per bottle for 2 or more bottles – part of the excellent Vinalba range of wines. We're enormous fans of their single varietal Malbec, but I think this blend is even better! Rich juicy and earthy dark fruit from the Malbec with floral and deep port like aromas added by the Touriga Nacional. This really shows the diversity of Argentinian wine.

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 20/06/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz

£10.99 when you buy 2 or more

Australia are renowned for their intense full bodied Shiraz's and this wine is no different. When Jim Barry first moved too Clare valley they intended to plant Riesling but ended up making brilliant Shiraz.

The inky blackcurrant and boysenberry fruit is lifted by violet and menthol notes, with smooth tannins still providing plenty of grip. The finish is long and rich.

Drink this wine now, or over the next 5 years to soften the dense fruit, matching it to grilled meats, lasagne and casseroles.

Wine Alphabet: G is for...Date published: 18/06/13

Wine Alphabet: G is for... Galicia

In the corner of north west Spain sits one of the wettest of its 17 autonomous regions. With over 1,300 mm of rainfall a year offset by around 2,000 hours of sunshine it is a region that is perfect for viticulture to take place. The most famous area of Galicia in terms of wine production is Rias Baixas. Galicia is seperated from the rest of Spain by the mountains and as such is closer in culture and wine production to Portugal. The main grape variety of Galicia is Albarino, with over 90 per cent of plantings. It is a grape of high quality that isn't very well known outside of Spain and can command very high prices. Albarino is also a grape that can age very well whether it has seen some oak ageing or not.

At Majestic we have some fantastic examples of Albarino that all wine enthusiasts should try. A good place to start is the Caixas Albarino 2011 made exclusively for Majestic by Martin Codax. It is a wine that Majestic staff actually go and help harvest each year and creates a lovely stone fruit laden refreshing white. It has a nice rounded finish that is perfect for an afternoon sat in the garden. We also have the Marques de Caceres produced Deusa Nai (meaning 'mother goddess') Albarino. A lovely citrus flavour is the backdrop to a palate of apricot and crisp full texture. One of our best Spanish whites we have is the Martin Codax Albarino. This brilliant wine offers a fresh crisp palate with hints of honey, peach and stone fruits.

Albarino from Galicia is starting to grow in popularity in the UK and these excellent examples are a great place to start.

Summer BBQ whites..Date published: 17/06/13

For those looking for some ideas for white wines for parties and BBQ's this summer, here are some of Luke's selections following on from his red wine choices earlier:

Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc (2012) Central Valley £6.39 when you buy 2 or more – This restrained Sauvignon blanc shows excellent freshness with hints of lemon and grapefruit, while not being overpowering. This wine will go down a treat on its own but if there is seafood on the BBQ it will go down even better.

Gavi Toledana (2012) £7.99 when you buy 2 or more – If you are looking for a fresh, light and refreshing wine this summer, look no further. The Toledana offers peach, pear with a subtle hint of honey which will make this wine a perfect match for those opting for the salad option.

Bourgogne Chardonnay (2011) Nicholas Potel £8.99 when you buy 2 or more – For those guests who like their Chardonnay with no oak, this is the perfect wine. With hints of citrus on the nose and almond on the finish, it is clear to see why this wine become so popular. An ideal wine to open with a fresh pasta on a warm summers evening.

Summer BBQ redsDate published: 17/06/13

It's nearly time to take off the BBQ covers and dust off the hammock. Summer is just around the corner (Hopefully), so its time to stock up the depleted wine rack and get ready for the summer.

I am a massive BBQ fan and this year I am really excited to start wine matching to really bring out those unique flavours. However, being price conscious I am keen to keep to a fairly tight budget so I have decided to share with you my personal picks for the summer.

These are my selections for the reds:

Mister Shiraz (2011) Colchagua Valley, £6.99 when you buy 2 or more – This traditional styled shiraz shows just how versatile Chilean wines can be. With plum and strawberry on the nose and pallet, it is a perfect wine to accompany barbecued steaks.


Cotes du Rhone Belleruche (2011), M.Chapoutier. £7.99 when you buy 2 or more – This superb wine comes from the Chapoutier family who are renowned for their brilliant wines and this wine does not disappoint. With dark fruits and rich blackberry on the palate, this wine will go perfectly with lamb skewers.


Vinalba Reservardo Malbec (2011), £8.99 when you buy 2 or more – With a Decanter award to it's name, this Malbec is a perfect example of well balanced tannins and acidity. With plum, mocha and chocolate just a few of the characteristics for this wine, it really is an essential for those summer parties and especially with lamb burgers.


Hope you enjoy them as much as I am going to. Keep checking by the Birmingham site for more staff selections over the summer.


Australian Tasting WeekDate published: 15/06/13

Australian Tasting Week

With over 1,000 wineries spread across every state in the country and growing a wealth of grape varieties the Australian wine industry is in rude health. While its most famous for making Shiraz, the popularity of other red grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and even Pinot Noir is growing. The whites are led by Chardonnay which can sometimes have mixed results. However when it is done well there are some superb examples. Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Riesling are also very well grown and provide a variety of different styles to try.

This weekend we have some of these wonderful wines available to taste. From the classic Shiraz we have the Two Hands Angels Share 2011, exhibiting the rich, complexity of the finest Australian reds. The Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2010 is full of ripe red fruits with a lash of smoke and a nice perfume. On the other side we have the Wakefield Chardonnay 2011 showcasing the well integrated toasty oak around a base of lemon and apple fruit. We also have the Majestic exclusive Parcel Series Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc blend. With the zestiness and tropical touch of the Sauvignon and the lovely mouth feel provided by the Semillon this is a real summer glugger. A taste of Australia is not as far away as you may think it is...

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 12/06/13

....Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2011, Barossa Valley, Australia.  Single bottle is £13.74, but buy ANY 2 Australian wines and save 20%, so 2 or more bottles are £10.99 per bottle.

Yalumba are one of Australia's most prestigious producers. They are most famous for their white wines based on the Viognier grape, but this red made from Grenache, another classic Rhone variety, is a real stunner. The warm climate of the Barossa Valley in Southern Australia is perfect for ripening Grenache and the result is a wine reminiscent of Chateauneuf-du-Pape!

I am a great lover of Grenache based wines and this one ticks all the boxes for me.  Unmistakably Grenache on the nose. Ripe cherry and raspberry fruit are complimented by classic peppery notes and hints of wild flowers. These flavours continue onto the palate with soft and ripe tannins and a delicious savoury finish which goes on and on. A red to accompany some lamb chops straight off the barbeque.

Fathers Day: Where to begin?Date published: 11/06/13

Father's day: Where to begin?

When it comes to buying gifts it can be a very difficult task. A treacherous minefield littered with gifts of years gone by which have never left the box or have long since been discarded. Dad's are notoriously difficult to buy for. Personally it is the hardest gift in the family to get as he tends to buy everything he wants himself and doesn't like to wait for such occasions. However one gift that always works out well is the gift of wine. That is where we come in. Here are a few lovely ideas to start the cogs thinking for the perfect wine gift.

Malbec is fast becoming the 'cool' wine to drink. From its exotic South American roots to the dinner parties and barbecue's around the world it is storming its way to the top and with good reason. An excellent example and a great gift idea is the Vinalba Gran Reserva 2010. Its rich dark fruits and smooth elegance make it a blockbuster of a wine and a match for dad's favourite steak.

Alternatively if the family gathers for a nice Sunday lunch together to celebrate the head of the family then a magnum of Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva1998 could be in order. Its in the perfect drinking window and is a fine example of why Rioja is one of the most popular wines in Britain. This beautiful magnum will be a fine fit for all the family to enjoy and maybe an extra glass for dad!

These are just a couple of the options that make a fantastic gift for Father's day but there are many other ideas. Port is always well received and the Taylors LBV 2007 in particular would make any Port fan happy. Alternatively we have a range of beers including the Chapel Down Curious Brew made in England and fermented with Champagne yeasts. Whatever the idea we can help find something perfect.

Sparkling SaturdayDate published: 08/06/13

A beautiful Saturday has seen 2 sparkling wines enjoyed by our customers.

Prosecco Zonin is a quality Italian, showing a forward and refreshing easy drinking drop of fizz.
Oyster Bay Brut is a much fruitier, food friendly wine. Most comments have been about the 'mousse' the bubbles create in your flute when you pour. Lots of them, but far from being aggressive, just gentle and appealing.

Hers to the next sparklng Saturday!


Rediscover Chardonnay - store managers view!Date published: 08/06/13

As store manager, I was thrilled when, as a team we decided to dedicate a weekend to rediscovering Chardonnay. So many people are 'ABC, anything but Chardonnay' and it really is a great shame. I am a big, big fan of really oaky, rich full bodied Chardonnay. So the new world is my first port of call. On an educational trip to Argentina to learn about wine, whilst tasting some Catena Chardonnay (lovely and oaky), I discussed the oak influence with the winemaker, and he said something I will always remember, ' No wood, no good!' 

The Chardonnay we offer ranges from the clean crisp un-oaked, from all over France, to the un-oaked styles available from Chile, and Argentina, to the (best) well oaked styles from Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, and France.

Don't forget how important Chardonnay is to making quality sparkling wine!

Rediscover ChardonnayDate published: 07/06/13

Rediscover Chardonnay

Chardonnay, like no other grape in the wine making world not only divides opinion but inspires feelings of love and hate among its drinkers. To some it is the most perfect form of wine, the great Burgundies can never be beaten, however to others it is an evil, over-oaked and over-produced. While it may have its roots in Burgundy it is also a grape that has spread throughout the world, lending itself to almost every growing environment on earth. The flavour characteristics can differ greatly from one to the next and it is here we would like to step in. This weekend we have some new world Chardonnay's open to taste in store. The Mountain View Chardonnay 2012 from Chile is an easy drinking, fresh, citrus mouth filler. Perfect for enjoying around the barbecue on a summers day with friends and family. The Oyster Bay Chardonnay 2011 from New Zealand is an excellent example of an elegantly made oaked wine. The wine is everything you would expect from such a renowned brand. A creamy texture with plenty of stone fruit on the palate and nice hints of apple and lemon it is the perfect accompaniment to chicken dishes. The Vinalba Chardonnay 2012 from Argentina is a different proposition altogether with no oak being used at all. A tropical wine, light and refreshing with a beautiful golden colour and a vibrancy to match any occasion it is a real delicious treat. If you're looking for something to do this weekend, why not rediscover Chardonnay?

Wine of the Week....Date published: 04/06/13

...is Oyster Bay Pinot Noir 2011 from Marlborough, New Zealand.  This wine is currently £9.99 when buying any 2 New Zealand wines in store.

This Pinot Noir is made by one of New Zealand's most iconic producers. The success of Oyster Bay's wines around the world have helped spark a real interest and growth in the wines of New Zealand over the last 20 years. 

This elegant Pinot Noir is full of allure and charm and shows there is more to Marlborough than Sauvignon Blanc. Ripe cherry fruit are accompanied by hints of blossom spice and just a hint of integrated oak. The tannins are soft and ripe giving a luxurious mouth feel and the finish is long and satisfying. A red to accompany rich white meat dishes such as loin of pork.


Rediscover Chardonnay Tasting WeekendDate published: 03/06/13

This weekend we will be showcasing a range of Chardonnays on our tasting counter.  This fantastic variety is planted all over the world and there are so many different styles to chose from!  We will pick out some of favourites from our range to suit all budgets and highlight why this is such a fantastic variety.  We encourage all Chardonnay lovers (and haters) to come and give these wines a try - there is bound to be a Chardonnay for you.

Wine of the week is....Date published: 31/05/13

....is The Parcel Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Maipo Valley, Chile.  Single bottle is £9.99, but buy any 2 Chilean wines and save 20%. 2 or more bottles are only £7.99 each.

The Maipo Valley is arguably the most famous wine region in Chile, even though it is not the largest. It is situated just South of the capital Santiago so most of Chile's most important wineries own vineyards here.  Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted variety. This wine is a new addition to the Majestic 'Parcel Series' range and is made by one of Chile's most reputable producers.

A deep ruby colour and with a nose reminiscent of the worlds great Cabernet's, full of blackcurrant and cassis with hints of menthol, graphite and chocolate. These flavours flow across the palate framed by fine but ripe tannins, balanced acidity and a long finish. I would enjoy this right now with a lovely rib of beef.

WIne Alphabet: F is for...Date published: 26/05/13

Food and Wine Matching

The world of food and wine matching is incredibly complex. Its confuses, baffles and frustrates in equal measure. While any wine can be drunk with any food it will not always leave the most pleasant taste in your mouth. A successful food and wine match will ensure that the wine does not deteriorate in quality. The question is, how do you achieve this feat?

Well there are some simple ways to ensure that the wine and food will not create a bad taste in the mouth. A good place to start is with the old myth that you can have 'white wine with fish and red wine with meat'. This is a generalisation that is not necessarily the best way to match your evening meal and will stop you exploring some excellent matches that go against this widely held view. However there is some credence in this statement too. When eating fish it is common to have lemon juice or vinegar, which are highly acidic. This matches well with the acidity found in plenty of white wines and can help create a fuller, more enjoyable wine. However reds which tend to be less acidic can taste metallic and thin.

When it comes to red wines and meat, the tannins can have a softening effect however there are still other obstacles to it being a perfect match. Often meats like a rare steak are seasoned with plenty of black pepper. This can have a detrimental effect on some finer, older wines, ruining the depth of flavour but may improve younger, lighter reds like Cabernet Sauvignon or Sangiovese and even make them seem more complex.

Sweet foods are another area that can be difficult to match. Dry wines are a disaster when mixed with them and chocolate especially can coat the mouth and require a strong, full bodied sweet wine to overcome them. Other flavours such as bitterness in wine can be matched with salty foods, while salty foods can also make sweet wines taste even sweeter.

Some classic food and wine matches include smoked salmon with a dry Riesling. Red Bordeaux matches lamb beautifully, while the merits of Gewurtztraminer and thai green curry are becoming very well known. Sparkling wine and champagne can create an elegant match for some fish and chips while Sauternes is a great match for some roquefort cheese.

There are many food and wine matches that classically match however every dish is different as every wine is. While there are recommended ways to match food and wine there is no clear template and the best way to find good matches is to experiment. Sometimes certain flavours in foods may have an unexpected match with wines you wouldn't expect. This is all part of the fun and if a match doesn't work then you can always save the wine to drink on its own after dinner.

Wine of the Week..Date published: 24/05/13

...is Louis Latour Macon Lugny 2011.  Single bottle price is £10.99, but we have an excellent offer where it is now £7.99 per bottle on offer for 2 or more bottles.

Since 1797 Maison Louis Latour has been a top producer of some of Burgundies finest wines. From the Lugny village comes this excellent chardonnay produced with the elegance expected of a wine with the Latour name attached.

This Macon Lugny is a beautiful golden colour and has fresh aromas on the nose with apples and lemon dominating. On the palate the crispness of the green apples follows through alongside a toasty, creamy texture. With a lovely buttery finish this it pairs well with creamy chicken dishes but would be an equal match for pork or just drink on its own for a perfect evening delight.


Wines for the long weekend...Date published: 21/05/13

Wines for the long weekend...

With the bank holiday arriving its always a good time to stock up on some wines for when friends and family come to visit or for the weekend getaway. This week at Majestic we have some special deals lasting through the bank holiday. Whatever you like to drink we will have a deal for you.

As always the celebrations start with some bubbly and we have Taittinger Brut NV on offer at £25. With soft peach on the nose and delicate palate of honey and citrus this is a delightful champagne to add the fizz to any occasion.

Fans of lovely, elegant white Burgundy will be excited that the Majestic favourite from Louis Latour is back on offer at £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles. The Macon Lugny 2011 exudes aromas of fresh apple and toastiness which caresses the mouth with a creaminess leading to a lasting finish. Chicken would be a perfect match but pork will also be a treat with this Burgundian beauty too.

With a bleak weather forecast for the weekend it may be that the reds are in higher demand. If so we have a few excellent wines that will be perfect for a light Saturday lunch or a big Sunday roast. Georges Duboeuf's Beaujolais Villages 2011 is a perfect lighter red bursting with cherry and bubblegum. Lovely at lunch lightly chilled as well and a bargain at £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles. As a slightly more robust option we have the Belleruche Cotes Du Rhone 2011available at £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles. With rich dark fruit and a lick of spice this is a must buy for Rhone fans.

While these are some of the best of the bank holiday offers there are plenty more with Prosecco Corte Alta at £6.99, Trilogy Brut down to £9.99 and Brancott Pinot Noir at £7.99. Whatever wine you love we have something that will be perfect and watch out for some of these wines on our tasting counter throughout the week.

Wine Alphabet: E is for...Date published: 15/05/13

En Primeur

Buying wine en primeur can be a daunting task but can also be an extremely good idea for all wine lovers and collectors. En primeur is the term for wines that are sold before they are bottled. This is a concept that has become very popular, especially in Bordeaux where the classed growths are in very high demand. While other regions also sell wines en primeur it is Bordeaux that it has had the most impact. In the 1970's en primeur wine was so popular it was sold 'sur souche' which is while the grapes are still on the vine.

Samples of the wines are taken from the cask and are shown to wine critics in the spring following the vintage and from this conclusions will be drawn about the potential quality of the wine. This helps winemakers assess the market potential of the wine and also helps guide the consumer in the direction of the best wines each year. However this process can have some disadvantages. Buying wines en primeur should also make wines cheaper however this is not always the case as the price can fluctuate once the wines have matured. It can also be a risk to buy wines on the advice of 'experts' as they will often taste the wines early but again the wine will develop and could be very different by the time it comes around to drinking the wines at home.

Buying wines en primeur can be a very good idea and at Majestic we have a specialist en primeur partner in Lay & Wheeler. If you are looking for a good place to start being more serious about wines and buying wines in this way the new Bordeaux 2012 vintage is a good place to start. Reviews of the current vintage have been positive despite a difficult year. The world of en primeur can have many pitfalls but with some good guidance and research some incredible wines can be bought that you wouldn't necessarily be able to find in the shops.If you want more information then check out the Lay and Wheeler website here:

http://www.laywheeler.com/

Happy buying!

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 13/05/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Fleurie, Georges Duboeuf, Beaujolais, 2011


The name of Georges Dubeouf is synonymous with Beaujolais and with good reason. Nicknamed the King of Beaujolais he is certainly the most well known negociant south of Burgundy. This Fleurie is from one of the biggest of the ten Beaujolais crus and is made from 100% Gamay grapes as expected of Beaujolais wines. Gamay is a light skinned grape which goes through the process of carbonic maceration which gives some of the unique flavours of the region.

This Fleurie is very classic in style with red cherry bursting out of the glass with some lovely floral hints matching the floral label. The palate is light and soft with some juicy red fruits and a silky finish. A perfect wine to drink on its own and could even be lightly chilled for a summers evening.


£9.99 or buy ANY 2 Beaujolais wines and save 20% - £7.99 per bottle

New Wine of the Week..Date published: 09/05/13

..is Mister Shiraz 2011 from Chile currently priced at £6.99 per bottle when buying 2 or more.

This is a wine made exclusively for Majestic with a label created by the winemaker's brother - which is impossible to miss - and depicts his image of 'Mister Shiraz'.  The grapes for this wine come from the Rapel Valley about 150km to the south of Santiago and contains the famous sub-regions of Colchagua and Cachapoal.  This is a region becoming increasingly famous for its high quality red wine production with many top producers investing large amounts of money into vineyards here over the last 20 years.

This is an excellent Shiraz with lovely upfront blueberry and mulberry fruit with hints of meat, smoke and pepper.  The tannins are ripe and smooth and the finish is very satisfying.  Can quite easily be savoured on its own, but will be a great match to most red meat dishes.

Bank holiday Wine of the Week..Date published: 03/05/13

... is a real Majestic classic wine, Gavi La Toledana 2011, currently £7.99 on offer with our Italian promotion.  Made from the white Cortese grape variety grown on the hills in South Piemonte in the North West of Italy quite close to the Ligurian coastline, this is a wine that manages to combine freshness and richness beautifully.  A broad spectrum of fruit flavours, citrus, pear and peach, layer the palate with a honeyed richness and a lovely minerally streak giving extra complexity.  This is a wine that has grown in popularity over recent years and is really leading the wayin showing the variety of Italian white wines beyond Pinot Grigio.  A great aperitif, but also a great food match with fresh seafood pasta.

Craft beer tastingDate published: 03/05/13

Here at Majestic we don't just do wine.  We are proud of our excellent range of beers, lagers and ciders too.  To highlight some of the increasing range of craft beers we stock, we will be opening some excellent new craft beers which have been added to the range over the last few months.  These beers will be: Brooklyn lager from New York; Anchor Steam from San Francisco and Curious Brew made by Chapel Down in Kent.  All are of excellent quality and are beers that wine drinkers can enjoy due to their depth of flavour and food matching abilities.  Why not pop in store and come and explore this bank holiday weekend!

New Arrivals tasting weekendDate published: 03/05/13

It's bank holiday weekend and we've just started our new offers for the summer.  To coincide with this we've a tasting week highlighting what we think are the pick of the best new wines we have in store.  This includes a great value Bordeaux, some new additions to our Parcel Series Range from South Africa, some great new white wines from Spain and Italy and even some Prosecco.  Whatever your wine tastes and bank holiday drinks requirements, we will have something new for you open over this weekend.  Don't forget we also hire glasses!

Wine of the Week...Date published: 24/04/13

... is Chateau de Triniac 2011, Cotes du Roussillon Villages.  Single bottle price is £9.99.  2 or more bottle price is £7.99.  A new wine for Majestic from the extreme South of France on the border with Catalunya.  The climate here is warm and receives plenty of sunshine leading to wines quite full in body and packed with ripe fruit flavours. The vineyards are close to the coast and at altitude in the Pyranean foothills, which helps to temper the heat from the sun and prevent the grapes ripening too quickly.  This is blend dominated by Carignan, with a good percentage of Syrah and Grenache too.  Typical of the region this wine is full of rich cherry and plum fruit with hints of violet, pepper and sweet spice, this is an excellent wine for any robust food.

Portugal: An IntroductionDate published: 19/04/13

Portugal is a relatively small country with, famous to the British for sun, sea, sand and port. The relationship that exists is so strong that port used to be nicknamed 'the englishman's wine'. However the Portuguese can make some delightful reds and whites as well. With its warm summers and cool winters, the climate is very hospitable to various grape varieties, although many of them are not very well known outside of the peninsula. From Vinho Verde in the north making light, crisp whites to Alentejo in the south, specialising in soft, easy drinking reds, Portugal is filled with hidden treasures to be uncovered.

Popular red grape varieties include Trincadeira and Aragones (Tempranillo in Spain) which are a part of the blend that makes the Vinho do Monte from Alentejo. The wine is plummy and jammy with a hint of jasmine and a lovely match for the chorizo on the barbecue. Touriga Nacional is another popular red grape and not only is a component of making up port but also forms the base of the Churchill Estates from the Douro. Lovely cherry and strawberry surrounds the silky, elegance of the wine. A popular white grape variety is Loureiro. This is the only variety used in the Quinta de Azevedo from Vinho Verde. With a little sprtiz and plenty of citrus and tropical fruits, this is a wine that demands the summer and plate of fresh seafood. Now that sounds like a good place to start!

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 17/04/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Gestos Malbec, 2012

Mendoza is responsible for 70% of Argentina's wine production, which means it can be hard to create something different. However from two different areas and altitudes of Mendoza comes this sublime Malbec. Grapes have been grown at 1,100 meters with a cooler climate giving some structure and complexity, while grapes grown at 700m provide some of the lovely colour.

An enticing nose dominated by plums and a hint of spice and chocolate lead to an intense full bodied wine with some nice red fruits and a savoury flavour. This is a wine that would match classically with steak but also try with mushroom dishes or even with a rich chocolaty dessert.

£9.99 or buy 2 bottles and save £8, making each bottle just £5.99

Malbec World Day is here!Date published: 17/04/13

Malbec World Day is a celebration of the grape variety that has thrust Argentinian wine into the big time. 

Malbec is a grape variety that originates from the South West of France where it historically played a small part in the wines of Bordeaux.  Cahors though, is the variety's traditional home (where the variety is known as Cot) a region further inland from Bordeaux.   The best wines from here were known as 'black wines' due to their deep colour and full body.  However the variety began to fall out of favour during the latter half of the 20th century.

Argentina though has come to Malbec's rescue.  It is mainly planted in the foothills of the Andes mountains around the city of Mendoza with the vineyards reaching up to 1500 metres above sea level.  The altitude tempers the warm sunny climate leading to warm sunny days and cool nights.  This gives a long growing season and means Malbec doesn't have as many problems with disease as it does in the wetter French South West.  The result is wines of high quality at all price points which all characteristically have lots of rich dark fruit flavours and some can age for many years.

South African wine tasting weekDate published: 11/04/13

When it comes to the world of wine, South African wines are often overlooked.  However, a diverse range of grape varieties and climates alongside many passionate and forward thinking winemakers means that there is a great range of wines waiting to be explored.  From the cool coastal vineyards of the Western Cape to the warmer central regions of Stellenbosch and Paarl, there will be a wine to suit everyone's palate.  The bonus is that all South African wines offer great value for money too.

For the fans of white wine, South Africa makes lovely herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc (between the Loire and New Zealand in style); delicate and honeyed Chenin Blanc; Chardonnay in all styles as well as lovely wines from Viognier and Roussanne grapes amongst many others.  The top red wines from South Africa are generally based on Bordeaux varietals Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  There is also South Africa's very own Pinotage grape as well as plenty of Syrah blends in hommage to the great wines of the Rhone valley.  Cooler sites are even showing potential with Pinot Noir.

There is plenty to like about the wines of South Africa, so why not pop in store this week and see how good they are.

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 09/04/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Papa Luna, 2011

Calatayud is is situated in Aragon in the north east of Spain. A growing wine industry has seen investment in modern winemaking technology has led to an improvement in the wines that are produced. Papa Luna is a testament to these advancements. Made from local grape varieties, this wine is 75% Garnacha (Grenache), 20% Syrah and 5% Monastrell and is sourced from older vines at high altitudes.

A nose of red berries and black cherry is enticing and lead into a delicious palate of vanilla, herbs and a touch of mocha and liquorice. A little hint of spice on the finish encourages a match with barbecued red meats. This delightful Spanish red is ready for drinking now or enjoy over the next few years.

£9.99 or buy ANY 2 Spanish wines and get 20% off, making each bottle just £7.99

Malbec World DayDate published: 08/04/13

On 17th April I will very happily be celebrating Malbec World Day. It is easily one of my favourite grape varieties. I was lucky enough to visit Mendoza a few years ago, and learned all about how the Argentineans have successfully transformed a once forgotten grape. From it's home in the south of France, Cahors - ( The American/Argentinean who was looking after me took great pleasure in calling Malbec 'the black grape of Cahor) it has enjoyed a huge renaissance, mainly from Argentina, but also Chile, and now a resurgence as a single varietal in France. Thick dark skin on the grape leads to a deep coloured purple wine, usually quite high in alcohol. A great match with Steak, as the tannin and protein form excellent bedfellows, but if you want to be experimental, try it with BBQ'd goat!

Fine Wine Friday...Date published: 05/04/13

FINE WINE FRIDAY...

....is Craggy Range Pinot Noir 2011. This wine is currently on a special offer down from £22 to £19.99.

New Zealand pinot noir is often associated with Central Otago however this wine comes from Craggy Range's Te Muna (meaning secret place) vineyards in Martinborough. With a cool climate close to that of Burgundy, it is perfect for ripening this thin skinned red grape. Martinborough has a burgeoning reputation for complex and savoury wines which comes from wines like this, made only from individual parcels of the best vines.

A deep red colour invites you to plunge your senses into a spicy, black cherry filled glass. The spiciness really entices and excites before the silky wine touches the tongue and lashes the taste buds with its savoury flavours. Floral hints and complexity from a short spell in oak barrels lead to a lovely long finish with the spice really providing the backbone. An excellent accompaniment to mushroom dishes or with some game, this will further enhance for 5-7 years in the cellar.

Spring Time might finally be here...Date published: 30/03/13

With Winter finally disappearing into the distance and the 1st shoots of spring appearing, it's time to think about updating the wine rack.  Away with the heavy reds for a few months and bring in something a little lighter on the red department as well as some fresh and zippy whites for when the sun finally shows itself.  But what to choose?  Here are a few suggestions that I've tried recently in store.

I'm not normally a New Zealand Sauvignon drinker, but I was very impressed with the complexity and depth of flavour in the Invivo Sauvignon Blanc (currently £9.99 on offer for 2+ bottles).  Definitely one for the sunny evenings to come.  Pascal Bouchard's Cote d'Auxerre Bourgogne Chardonnay (currently £7.99 on offer for 2+ bottles) is an excellent alternative to wines from the Maconnais.  Light, fresh and unoaked.  Definitely one to show those that dislike Chardonnay what they're missing! 

In a red it has to be a Rioja.  This is something I have really developed a taste for over the last few months and I don't think you can beat the Pomal wines for quality and value ( the Crianza is £7.99 on offer and the Reserva is £9.99 on offer).  The wines offer lovely fresh red fruit flavours with the plenty of savoury and aweet spice flavours due to the ageing process.  They're also not too heavy, so are great with or without food.

We are closed on Easter SundayDate published: 28/03/13

Please note that we will be closed on Easter Sunday, 31 March 2013. We are open our normal Friday hours on Good Friday and our bank holiday hours on Easter Monday.

Wine of the Week: Chateau Saint Gorge 2007Date published: 03/03/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Chateau Saint Georges 2007

North of St Emilion, Chateau Saint Georges is situated and has been since Gallo-roman times.Over the 50-hectare estate they produce wines that are unique in every vintage. After spending 15-18 months in oak barrels this 2007 is a lighter vintage but is drinking fabulously now. The wine is a Merlot dominated blend with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc adding some colour and structure.

This wine is full of intense blackberry on the nose with overtones over graphite and a hint of smokiness. With a smooth, elegant and fruity flavour ,this wine is one to savour and it pairs extraordinarily well with coq au vin.

£17.99 or buy ANY 2 bottles and save £10, making each bottle just £12.99

Wine Alpabet: D is for... DouroDate published: 03/03/13

Wine Alphabet: D is for... Douro

Wine regions of Portugal are not always the most well recognised throughout the world, definitely not the most glamorous and to many wine drinkers they will be completely unheard of. The Douro region may be the exception due to its Port production. It is situated around the Douro river which flows from Spain into Portugal and lies in the north east of the Peninsula. The Douro valley was demarcated in 1756 and at the time made large amounts of table wine. However this wine was not the most pleasant to drink and so when the production of Port evolved at the end of the 17th Century it became the focus of all wine makers attentions. The best grapes were all put into the production of Port and the quality and amount of table wine produced deteriorated. It wasn't until the 1950's that wine makers experimented with making drinkable table wines again and not until the 1990's that quality really improved.

The Douro has hot, dry summers which help produce really ripe grapes, helping to produce higher quality wines. The region is separated into three subregions. Baixo Corgo has the mildest climate and tends to produce wines of lesser quality than the other subregions. Cima Corgo is the largest subregion and is home to many of the famous Quintas, while the most recently planted subregion is the Douro Superior and that produces many of the regions most highly regarded wines.

Throughout the Douro Valley over 90 grape varieties can be grown and used in the wines. Most of these grapes are indigenous and are only grown in very small amounts. The main grapes used in red wines are the grapes traditionally used for Port. Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) are primarily used for wines of the best quality and give ripe and spicy wines that have similar qualities to young ruby Ports. Malvasia, Fina and Gouveio (Verdelho) are the most popular grapes used for whites and make crisp, dry, slightly aromatic whites.

Within the range at Majestic we have some excellent examples of Douro wines. The Crasto 2011 is a perfect choice for anyone who wants to explore this region. It is intensely fruity with wild berries bursting into the mouth, while a sofy, spicy backbone leaves you grasping for another glass. The Tuella Tinto 2010 is another lovely easy drinking red from the Douro Superior. A blend of indigenous grapes led by Touriga Nacional, it deep colour belies an avalanche of black fruit on the nose and a hint of earthiness that pairs well with red meat dishes. For an example of Douro whites look no further than Planalto Reserva 2011. With citrus and melon flavours and overtones of blossom this is the perfect drink for a summers day or a treat alongside seafood dishes.

Fine Wine Friday: Muga Especial Reserva 2006Date published: 01/03/13

Fine Wine Friday...

....is Muga Reserva Seleccion Especial 2006. This wine is currently priced at £25 for a single bottle, but is on a multibuy deal down to £20 per bottle for 2 or more bottles.

This wine comes from Rioja Alta, Spain and is situated on clay and limstone soils offering a complex and defined personality to the vines. The winery at Bodegas Muga is more than two centuries old and built of stone and oak. With over 14,000 barrels from a range of French and American oak among others, the use of oak is very important to producing excellent wines.

This Especial blend is made from 70% Termpranillo, 20% Garnacha and 10% Mazuelo and Graciano. An intense bouquet of black fruit and red berries dominate the nose with a gentle smokiness permeating though. On the palate the wine is full of spice and concentrated powerful fruit. It can be kept for up to 10 years however it is exceptional to drink now and duck would be the perfect match.

Wine of the Week: Crasto Douro 2010Date published: 21/02/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Crasto Douro, 2010

Portuguese table wine has undergone significant improvement in the last two decades through modernisation of facilities, winemaking techniques and better vineyard management. The Douro river is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world and can produce some high quality wines. This wine uses the traditional Port grape varieties Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Roriz.

This wine is full of intense raspberry and blackberry on the nose, marauding alongside bursting wild berries on the palate. With a good body and plenty of spice to match ,this wine is one to savour and it pairs extraordinarily well with paella, cured meats or with harder cheeses.

£9.99 or buy ANY 2 Portuguese wines and save £3, making each bottle just £8.49

Wine of the Week: Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2012Date published: 12/02/13

WINE OF THE WEEK

Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Marlborough's rise to the top of the Sauvignon Blanc producing regions is unsurprising. Intense, fruity whites are a delight to drink and jump out of the glass to excite every drinker. This New Zealand Sauvignon is no exception. A retirement project for a former marine engineer come winemaker-in-chief of a family run winery, now ran by his two daughters, Blind River is a superb example of beautifully made wine.

As you would expect it leaps out of the glass with passion-fruit and citrus aromas. A tropical stranglehold on the palate combined with a slight richness on the body, due to partial barrel fermentation and a lovely minerality make it stand out from the pack. Perfect for drinking now and would pair well with Thai prawn stir-fry.

£12.49 or buy two and save £5, making each bottle just £9.99

Wine Alphabet: C is for...Date published: 11/02/13

Wine Alphabet: C is for... Catalonia

Catalonia is famous for many things, its independence, its culture and its capital. Barcelona is the second biggest city in Spain and is the busiest port in the world. It represents Catalan people with beautiful buildings, incredible food and don't forget one of the greatest football teams in the history of the game playing in one of the most iconic stadiums in the world. However Catalonia also has a thriving wine history and produces some of the finest wines Spain has to offer. It was also introduced the stainless steel barrel to Spain along with other technological innovations and is at the centre of cork production for still and sparkling wines.

In the 1870's Jose Raventos pioneered the making of sparkling wine in Catalonia using the Traditional Method. His sparkling wines are still hugely popular today as he founded Cordorniu, a name Cava lovers will be very aware of and it was his commitment to making Cava that led to it eventually gaining DOC status in 1986. Cava is made predominantly using Parelleda, Macabeo and Xarel-lo, however due to the introduction of international varieties in recent years it is now possible to see grapes such as Chardonnay involved in the blends.

Catalonia is also a region where some fine reds are produced. While Penedes is the most important in the region for its quantity of wine produced, Priorat is where some of the best quality is found, especially when it comes to reds. Located just south of Barcelona, using mainly Garnacha (Grenache) and Carinena (Carignan) these intense wines can reach up to 18% abv due to the burning sun ripening the grapes. Other international varieties have once again crept into the vineyards so it's not uncommon to see Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah involved alongside indigenous varieties like Tempranillo, Garnacha and Monastrell (Mourvedre).

Within the range at Majestic we have some excellent examples of Catalan winemaking. Sparkling wines from Cordorniu are very popular and the Seleccion Raventos is a particular favourite. With some Chardonnay alongside the Macabeo and Xarel-lo, it adds some nice complexity and stone fruit aromas. A real vibrant sparkler with plenty of fruit, it will add the fizz to any evening.

The reds of Priorat are definitely worth exploring and the Camins del Priorat 2010 from Alvaro Palacios is a good place to start. It is a modern example with Garnacha and Carinena complemented by a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. With its intense dark purple colour, the bramble and blueberries dominate the nose and palate leading to a rich spicy finish. It is a wine perfect for a Sunday roast or a midweek warming stew.

Now I think its time to enjoy and drink the wines of Catalonia!

 

Wine Alphabet: B is for...Date published: 02/02/13

Wine Alphabet: B is for... Beaune

Beaune is an area of Burgundy that is seen as the capital of the wine making region. Situated on the Cote D’Or between Pommard to the south and Savigny-Les-Beaune to the north, it is the famous for its negociants (merchants) such as, Louis Jadot and Louis Latour.

Made from Pinot Noir grapes, the wines of Beaune are mostly red, although there are small plantings of Chardonnay. A typical Beaune wine is medium bodied, with juicy red fruit on the palate and can be kept up to ten years. While the reputation of Beaune wines is not as high as some of the surrounding villages like Aloxe Corton or Pommard, there are a large number of Premier Cru vineyards with which fabulous wines are made. These Premier Cru sites are so large in number that the wines produced with village status are just minor vineyards on flatter land producing small parcels.

With some stellar vintages over the last decade there are some years that should be savoured more than most. 2002, 2005, 2009, 2010 have all been rated as particularly excellent vintages with wines that deserve a little ageing to reward the tastebuds.

Wines from this region can often be enjoyed on their own however to match with food they will be perfect with smooth cheeses, pate or even chicken casserole.

Within the range at Majestic there are numerous examples of Beaune wines. The Louis Jadot Beaune Premier Cru 2008 is deliciously soft, with some beautiful red fruits and a nice complexity coming from the French oak it spent 16 months ageing in. Domaine Robert Gibourg’s Beaune ‘Montee Rouge’ 2010 is also an excellent example of how good wines from Beaune can be. Jane Mcquitty called this wine “ripe, spicy, tangy, leafy, partly new-oak-aged red burgundy” when recommending it in The Times and she is as usual spot on.

While this should be a nice introduction to the wines of Beaune, it is also worth looking into the wines of the surrounding villages. Prices can often be premium for these wines however it is always worth keeping an eye out for a bargain at your local Majestic for a real wine to savour.  

Spring is in the air! In store tasting tutorialsDate published: 02/02/13

As we wave good bye to the Winter months, and look forward to the Spring, I am happy to announce we will be doing another run of our 'In store tasting tutorials'. Two in February and two in March. I will be giving brief, yet insightful notes on a selection of Wines from all around the world. I will post all the dates as separate events on the store web-page, and I need to know how many people are coming each week, so if you want to come along, please send me an email, or give me a call.

 

Fine Wine Friday: Saint Clair Wairau Reserve 2011Date published: 01/02/13

FINE WINE OF THE MONTH

....is Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2011 by Saint Clair. This wine is currently priced at £25 for a single bottle, but is on a multibuy deal down to £19.99 per bottle for 2 or more bottles.

This wine comes from Marlborough, New Zealand famous for its beautiful Sauvignon's and is made from only the finest grapes across two of Saint Clair's fabulous vineyards. With its cool nights, free draining, silt soils and position on the lower Wairau valley the terroir is perfect to help the grapes flourish.

The flavours of passion fruit and intense gooseberry on the nose are accompanied by concentrated citrus, blackcurrant leaf and the tropical backbone on the palate. The long, zingy finish will not only leave you reaching for another glass but will pair well with fresh seafood, such as oysters or pan seared scallops. A wine that is a real treat and would be perfect for any romantic dinner or sophisticated celebration.

Final Wine of Pinot Gris Tasting Month...Date published: 23/01/13

...is Waimea Pinot Gris 2010/2011 from Nelson in New Zealand.

Nelson is Marlborough's North Westerly neighbour and is located on the NW corner of New Zealand's South Island.  The climate is a little cooler and a little wetter, and a much more varied topography.  This is a perfect climate for growing aromatic grape varieties, such as Pinot Gris and Riesling.

This is a fabulous example of what Pinot Gris can achieve in the New World.  This is a full bodied, off dry expression with plenty of apple, pear, blossom and honey aromatics on the nose.  The palate is luscious, honeyed and even has a hint of spice.  The finish is long and the acidity is balanced. This wine can easily be drunk on its own, but is a great match for Asian food and can even been matched with a curry!

The current price on the Waimea Pinot Gris is £11.24 for a single bottle or £8.99 per bottle for 2 or more bottles.

Pinot Gris Tasting Month continues....Date published: 18/01/13

Pinot Gris tasting month continues this week with a look at a New World Pinot Grigio.

The Villa Maria Pinot Grigio 2011 from New Zealand is a world away from the usual association with this grape variety.  The grapes for this wine are sourced from several quality regions on the East Coast of New Zealand including Malborough and Gisbourne.  This means a diversity of 'terroir' and each regions grapes will bring a different element to the wine, either fruit, acidity, body or spice.

There is much greater concentration of fruit and depth of character than most dry Pinot Grigio's here.  Apple, pear and quince flavours dominate the palate, but there is a hint of spice adding a level of complexity.  This is complimented by a lovely balanced acidity.  The extra weight and body means this wine can also be paired with slightly richer foods, such as soft cheese or light poultry dishes.

Single Bottle - £9.99; 2 or more bottle price - £7.99

Wine Alphabet: A is for...Date published: 13/01/13

Welcome to the first of a new regular article from the store. The articles will all focus on wine regions and areas or grapes and even winemaking techniques that are not necessarily well known. These will all be brief articles that I hope will spark the imagination and help develop an interest in the wines of the less popular wine producing areas of the world.

Wine Alphabet: A is for..

Alsace

Situated on the eastern border of France, Alsace is seperated from Germany by the Rhine river and from France by the Vosges mountains. It is technically French but has been German in the past and is culturally influenced by both. Its location between the mountains and the river help shield the vines from the wind and rain, with annual rainfall in the area one of the lowest in France. This means there is a long, cool growing season in the region, although humidity in the Autumn can lead to some excellent sweet wines.

Many grape varieties are grown in Alsace, with only around eight varieties particularly relevant. However there are also grapes which are considered to be of the most importance, the four noble grape varieties. These are Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris and Muscat. These are the only grapes that may be used in Alsace Grand Cru wines. To gain Grand Cru status, wines must be from a single named vineyard, from a single vintage and from one of the four noble varieties.

Riesling is considered to be the most noble grape of all and with age can become complex , crisp, with pure fruit flavours. Gewurtztraminer tends to produce wines with less acidity and more spicy, aromas and grapefruit flavour. They are also used for some of the best sweet wines of the region with their naturally high levels of sugar. These wines can be found as Vendange Tardive and have to meet very strict guidelines before they can be produced.

Pinot Gris is a grape that can be seen as cross between the spiciness of Gewurtztraminer and the crisp acidity of a Riesling. This creates a wine that ages very well but it is fresh and fruity in its youth with plenty of stone fruit flavour dominating. These grapes also contribute to excellent Vandange Tardive wines. Muscat is the other noble grape and tends to produce fresh, fruity, less acidic wines. It will only produce good wines in very favourable vintages but can be very sensitive to the weather.

Red wines tend to be overlooked in Alsace, however Pinot Noir is produced in small quantities. Often light with raspberry fruit flavours, it is very much a quaffing wine. While these wines are generally made to be fresh and fruity, producers have experimented with oak but these can tend to be thin and dried out.

Within the Majestic range we have some excellent examples of Alsatian wine. The Hunawihr Pinot Gris is a delightful, stone fruity, mouth filling treat. Alternatively the Domaines Schlumberger Gewurtztraminer is an intense tropical fruit burst with hints of rose petals and nice peppery finish. While these are just a few of the wines we have in store, there is plenty of wines from Alsace that really go under the radar and deserve some more appreciation, so with a glass of Riesling held aloft, it is cheers to the winemakers of Alsace and long may their good work continue.  

Bargain Hunt!Date published: 10/01/13

In readiness of the January Blues, Majestic have launched a Bargain Hunt! A small selection of wines, on reduced prices. When they are gone, they are gone! So come on down and see what we have left! Most countries are represented, and if you want to ask our friendly team for advice, we will point out what we believe are the little gems.

Wine of the Week...Date published: 08/01/13

Kuhlmann-Platz Pinot Gris 2011

From the very heart of Alsace, this Pinot Gris is produced by a group of winemakers who first came together following World War Two. Along with three other varieties Pinot Gris is one of the noble grapes of Alsace and thrives in the cool climate.

This example is subtle on the nose with gentle stone fruit flavours tickling the tastebuds. On the first taste the soft richness of the wine caresses the mouth and and the slightly off-dry style adds a gentle spice. A perfect match for quiche lorraine.

 

£9.99 or buy two and save £4, making each bottle just £7.99

Fine Wine Weekend is....Date published: 04/01/13

....Shaw and Smith Shiraz 2009, Adelaide Hills priced at £25 per bottle.

Adelaide Hills is a 'cool' climate region, thanks to its altitude, to the East of Adelaide in South Australia.  It is a top quality region with the Barossa Valley to the North and Langhorne Creek and Maclaren Vale to the South.  The climate, being close to the coast, has a slight maritime influence.  This further helps to moderate the temperature throughout the year.

This Shiraz by Shaw and Smith, a highly acclaimed producer, is therefore not like some of the blockbusters from the Barossa Valley.  There is still lots of ripe dark blackberry and blueberry fruit, but with a distinct savoury, peppery and smoky character more reminiscent of a Northern Rhone wine than something from Australia.  The palate is framed by very fine grained tannins, a long length and balanced acidity.  A truly delightful wine to ba paired with rich red meat dishes, but I love it so much i can quite happily drink it on its own.

Pinot Gris/Grigio Tasting Month - on the Tasting Counter this week.......Date published: 03/01/13

.......is Pasqua Pinot Grigio 2011 from Northern Italy. 

Single Bottle - £6.99; 2 or more bottle price - £4.99

There is often little positivity when it comes to good value Pinot Grigio from Northern Italy.  However, we feel this example punches well above its price point and shows what value Pinot Grigio can offer in the right hands.  Exhibiting plenty of apple, lemon and blossom notes with a balanced acidity and fresh finish, this makes a great aperitif.

Pinot Gris/Grigio Tasting MonthDate published: 03/01/13

In order to explore the many different varieties the wine world has to offer, every month throughout 2013 we will be featuring a different grape variety on our in store tasting counter.  Each week we will open a different example of our chosen variety to highlight the differences that region, climate and winemaking have on the resulting wine.

The variety we have chosen to start with is Pinot Gris.  Pinot Gris is one of the best known mutations of Pinot Noir, with the grapes having a greyis/blueish tint to them (hence the Pinot Gris name).  Historically, Pinot Gris was most revered in Alsace in North Eastern France, where it is one of the region's noble varieties.  However, Italy is where the vast majority is grown and the common name given to it here, Pinot Grigio, has either enhanced or tarnished (depending on your point of view) the reputation of this wonderful variety. 

These two different names are now often used by winemakers (particularly those in the 'New World') to distinguish between the style of wine produced from this variety.  Pinot Grigio is a lighter, more neutral and drier style (in general) with Pinot Gris being richer, more full bodied and off to medium dry in style. 

During January, we will have examples of these styles from the 'old' and 'new' world to try for you.  Keep your eye on our online tasting counter for the examples we have open each week. Happy tasting!

Wine of the Week..Date published: 03/01/13

...is Marquis de Belleville Bordeaux Superieur 2009.  Single bottle - £7.99; Buy 2 bottles, save £4 - £5.99 per bottle for 2 or more bottles.

Bordeaux Superieur AOC is intended to be a step up in quality from standard Bordeaux AC.  The main difference is that the minimum permitted alcohol strength is 0.5% higher for Bordeaux Superieur, generally giving slightly fuller and richer wines.  The grapes can be produced anywhere in Bordeaux, but generally come from outside the specific or regional appellations, such as Margaux or Saint-Emilion.

This Merlot dominant wine, from an excellent vintage, is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc which is typical blend of Bordeaux at this level.  This wine has excellent richness and body for its type, with lovely plum and berry fruit character complimented by hints of cedar and spice.  The tannins are fine and smooth meaning this is an excellent quaffing claret, but can also be paired with plenty of simply hearty and rustic food.

Fine Wine Weekend...Date published: 07/12/12

... this weekend we will be showcasing the Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2007.  Currently priced at £30 per bottle or £27 per bottle when buying 2 or more bottles.

The grapes for this fantastic wine are grown in the original 'Classico' area in Valpolicella (the area permitted to to grow grapes for Valpolicella and Amarone was enlarged - wines made from the grapes grown in this enlarged area can not be called 'Classico').

Selected whole bunches (though occasionally still grapes from the part of the bunches) are dried in lodges or chambers to concentrate the juices.  The period of drying varies from producer to producer, traditionally lasting until the March following the vintage.  However, in order to avoid the effects of botrytis in the grapes (which leads to oxidative flavours developing in the wine) the raisining time has been shortened.  The wine undergoes a very long 80 day ferment to dryness and then aged in a mixture of Slavonian oak barrels and stainless steel tanks.  The wines are generally not released until 5 years after vintage.

This production method leads to a very full bodied wine, with plenty of tannins, acidity and alcohol - the Masi is no exception.  Packed with dried and baked red and black fruit on the nose and palate, with hints of coffee and cocoa and a long finish.  This wine can be matched to rich red meat and game dishes, strong cheeses or can be drunk on its own as a digestif.

Weekend up-dateDate published: 25/11/12

So November has nearly passed us by, and the weather has struck again! The mix of heavy rain, and bright sun-shine is frustrating and beautiful in equal measure. The delivery van is able to negotiate these obsticles, and I'm pleased to say that we are still able to turn around your delivery requirments -depending on stock availability - within a couple of days.

I have had a very busy November, selling out of Alamos Malbec, and one or two other lines, but rest assured we still have a huge choice of Red, White, Pink, Fizzy, Fortified...... think that covers the range?

As we move into December, I'm sure you will understand that as it is by a long way, my busiest trading period, deliveries may not be available same day, or next day, as I often try to do, so when you need a delivery, please try and give me a few days notice.

Watch your post and e-mails this week, as some new offers will begin on Tuesday.

Keep an eye on our twitter feed for day by day (hour by hour sometimes) updates, at the moment I am disagreeing with my collegues in Majestic Wine Evesahm about when I can start playing Christmas Music.

Kind regards,

Will -Store Manager

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 21/11/12

...Cave de Monterail Plan de Dieu 'Le Mistral' 2010.  £9.99 for a single bottle, but £7.99 when buying 2 or more Rhone wines.

This wine is an excellent Cotes du Rhone Villages from the consistent Cave de Monterail in the Southern Rhone.  Cotes du Rhones villages is an appellation with more strict controls, such as lower yields, so should result in a better quality wine than basic Cotes du Rhone.  Plan de Dieu is village nestling in amongst some of the Southern Rhone's top appellations, located just North of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. 'Le Mistral' is one of the region's famous climatic influences - it is strong wind which blows across the region.  Traditionally this meant grapes grew on bush vines to keep low to the ground and out of the wind. 

Predominantly Grenache blended with Syrah and Mourvedre, the nose is really inviting with plenty of red fruit and wild herb aromas.  The red fruit follows onto the palate with plenty of warming spice and smooth tannins.  This wine is perfect for this time of year and should be matched to good, hearty English food.

Wine of the Week: Halcon Reserva 2010Date published: 13/11/12

Halcon Reserva 2010

From the Limari Valley in the North-West of Chile comes this elegant blend. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are are grown on the Tamaya estate and blended to create this exciting Malbec dominated red. With only a hint of barrel maturation in French oak, lending the wine a subtle weight and complexity, it is very notably youthful and fruity.

A bright, fresh purple colour shows the wines youth and the cassis and strawberry are enticing on the nose. While these flavours follow through onto the palate it is complemented with a gentle spice and earthiness on the finish.

Keep for up to 5 years or enjoy now with duck or other game.

£10.99 or buy two and save 20%, making each bottle just £8.79

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 09/11/12

... Beringer Founders Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 - £11.24 single bottle price, buy any 2 Califonian wines and save 20% - £8.99 per bottle for 2 or more.

Made from predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with small percentages of Petite Syrah and Cabernet Franc grapes sourced from vineyards across California's Central Valley and the cooler Northern Californian Coast, this is a rich and deep coloured wine with quite a full body.  Rich cassis fruit are baked by sweet spice and hints of cedar balanced by polished tannins and acidity.  This is a perfect match for a variety of foods including duck breast and pork ribs. Perfect for the late autumn and winter.

Mid-week updateDate published: 07/11/12

November is proving just as busy as we expected, but we are still offering a quick delivery service, usualy within a couple of days.

Feel free to check the website majestic.co.uk  for all the latest offers, and of course you are always welcome to call or e-mail the store to check our current stock holdings.

We are have just opend some new Wines on the Tasting Counter, and are looking forward to the Wines of California Tasting this weekend.

Our big Winter tasting is next Thursday, places are filling up fast, and we are not accepting any more arrivals between 6.30-7pm, so if you do want to come, it is essential that you phone or e-mail to book your place, and arrival time

This weeks wine of the week chosen by Andy....Date published: 11/10/12

Introudcing the Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2011!

Celebrating the legendary maverick founder of Bellingham, Bernard Podlashuk, 'The Bernard Series' is an homage to his efforts in placing South Africa on the winemaking map. Hand picked grapes are fermented and aged in one year old French oak with 4% lees contact.

Winemaker, Bernard Podlashuk walks the vineyard inspecting the vines to see when the best time for picking the grapes is. The grapes are carefully selected according to the colour, ripeness and taste. These wines are hand nutured every step of the way to ensure the best quality.

An ample bodied wine with glorious notes of peach, lychee and tropical fruits accompanied with spicy aromatics and richley textured palate thanks to the lees contact.

Will partner well with delicately flavoured, creamy seafood and poultry dishes. Enjoy over the next two years.

It's Fine Wine Friday...Date published: 05/10/12

To coincide with the arrival of our mature Spanish parcel we have decided to open the Cune Imperial Reserva 1991!

CVNE only use their 'Imperial' label in special vintages. 1991 was the year when Rioja was promoted from a DO to DOC, and fortunately, the vintage conditions allowed the top producers to create some high quality wines to commemorate the occasion.

This Reserva is drinking nicely now, but can be kept for a few more years should you wish. Classic Rioja at its best, offering a heady mixture of dried berry and spice box character.

This wine has been cellared in perfect conditions throughout it's maturity in bottle but as with any fully mature wine colouration may be different to what you expect and you will need to take extra care when pulling the cork.

£22.49...or...buy alongside any other Spanish wine and save 20%, making it just £17.99!

Our new Wine of the Week is...Date published: 04/10/12

...Portillo Malbec 2011

Single Bottle: £9.99
2+: £6.99

Bodegas Salentein has one of the largest cool-climate estates in Argentina, with 2000ha of vines, at up to 1700m above sea level. Their Malbec is grown at around 1050m.

This multi-award-winning wine recently won Decanter's 'Best Argentinian Malbec under £10' trophy.

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

Try this with a lightly spicy lamb tagine.

Will is prepared...Date published: 29/09/12

In my day off this week, my wife and I went shopping. Pretty usual you would say? Well this was Christmas shopping! Parents, brothers and sisters, and nephews, and some close friends, all bought for. It all went on the credit card, with the good intention to start paying it off over the next couple of months.

When I told my co-workers of this, the stared, aghast! (secretly impressed I think) but it got me thinking, there are some good wines on offer, right now! It might well be worth while getting just a few good bottles ready for the festive period, and spreading the cost.

So 6 bottles of Red, White, and Fizz, on the rack, paid for, and marked up, do not open until Christmas. They are good wines as well. Do you think I will last?

Our wine of the week is...Date published: 25/09/12

Bourgogne Pinot Noir Vieilles Vignes 2010 Nicolas Potel

From grapes sourced across the Burgundy region, primarily from old Cote d'Or vines. Maison Nicolas Potel is a respected name in Burgundy, the Potel family having previously owned the prestigious Domaine de la Pousse d'Or in Volnay.

Vielles vignes literally transalates as old vines. As a vine gets older it will start to produce less fruit and this means that there will be a greater concentration of flavour in the fruit that does grow.

A restrained nose of berry fruit, principally strawberry and blackcurrant, is followed by a soft-edged palate with lithe and supple tannins.

Drink with all charcuterie and cold cuts, pasta dishes and tangy cheeses.


£11.99 or buy two and save £4, making each bottle just £9.99

Wine of the Week is....Date published: 20/09/12

....Vinha do Monte Alentejano Tinto 2010.  Single bottle price - £8.49; Buy ANY 2 Portuguese wines and save £3 - 2 or more bottle price £6.99.

This wine is produced in the Alentejo region of Southern Portugal, famous until recently more for the region's cork oak trees rather than its wine.  However, significant funding into modern winemaking equipment and production methods has led to a vast improvment in wine quality over the last 25 years. A hot and arid climate exists here, with summer days reaching temperatures up to 40 degrees, making irrigation essential.  This wine is made by Herdade do Peso who fortunately have their own dam making irrigation much easier!

 

This wine is made from a blend of indigenous Portuguese varieties and has a wonderful floral perfume on the nose.  The palate is quite full bodied with plenty of ripe plum and mulberry fruit character, with supple tannins and hints of pepper.  The perfect accompaniment to the spicy red meat dishes typical of Southern Portugal.

Our wine of the week...Date published: 11/09/12

...Rioja Gran Reserva 'Torre Aldea' 2005

The Rioja region has been transformed in recent years, with the addition of new, quality-conscious producers to the list of older, family-owned bodegas. This Gran Reserva is a product of new management. A lovely, clean, fresh example, with lovely strawberry fruit of 'real' Rioja, deep ruby with terracotta reflections, aromas of raisins, vanilla, leather and chocolate leap from the glass. Enjoy with lamb kebabs marinated in paprika served with a garlic mayonnaise.

Was £11.99. Now £11.24 or buy any 2 still Spanish wines between £5 - £25 and save 20%, making this bottle only £8.99!

Our Wine of the Week is...Date published: 28/08/12

...Santa Carolina Reserva Merlot, Colchagua Valley, Chile.

Colchagua Valley, and specifically the vineyards of Miraflores and Los Lingues, have been specially chosen by Santa Carolina as the location for growing this Merlot due to their stony, clay-based soils, commonly associated with the classic expression of the variety.

A bright and exuberant wine, full of cassis, ripe blackberry and vanilla notes, delivered with a soft, plummy fullness. Up to 15% Syrah and Carmenere have added a little extra complexity.

Enjoyable on its own, but also perfect with rich pasta sauces and red meat dishes in general.

Price: £8.49 or buy alongside any other Chilean wine and save 20% ,making it just £6.79!

Grab these staff favourites before the offers end...Date published: 26/08/12

Our Summer offers draw to a close on the 3rd September so we wanted to highlight our top 5 staff favourites that we think our customers shouldn't miss out on...

5. Rioja Crianza, Gran Vendema: A youthful Crianza wine made from 100% Tempranillo, from 10-15-year-old vines around Cenicero in the heart of Rioja. Aged for 12 months in American oak barrels and a further 12 months in bottle before release.

Now only £5.99 per bottle when you buy 2 or more.

4: Heidsieck Gold Top 2005: Deliciously soft and rich with subtle vanilla hints and bags of elegance.

Now only £20.00 per bottle.

3: Bourgogne Chardonnay 'Les Chenaudières', Cave de Lugny: A stylish wine from one of Burgundy's most reliable and reputable co-operatives. Cave de Lugny is situated in the heart of the Mâconnais, and is the biggest producer of the region.

Now only £6.99 per bottle when you buy 2 or more.

2: Santa Rita 120 Merlot, Rapel Valley: The 120 Series wines are named in honour of the 120 patriot soldiers who found refuge in Santa Rita's hacienda during the war for Chile's independence. The cellars where they were hidden are still used for maturation of Santa Rita's wines to this day.

Now only £5.99 per bottle when purchased alongside any other Chilean wine.

1: Pinot Grigio Superiore, Cantina Breganze: Cantina Beato Bartolomeo has concentrated its efforts in the last few years on increasing the quality of all aspects of their winemaking. The co-op rewards its members by analysing the grapes coming in and sharing out the proceeds in proportion to the quality delivered.

Now only £5.99 per bottle when purchased alongside any other Italian wine.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if any of these offers interest you...

Week 3 of the Hagley Road wine-athlonDate published: 10/08/12

Week 3 of the Hagley Road Wine-athlon

We are now in to our final week of our wine-athlon and we have seen some really outstanding performers. This week is focusing on wines that are more direct, with instant gratification and simplicity, so are our sport matching is running.

So here are our runaway choices, let us know what you think.

Dave's choices are:
Dave has opted for three wines as he is a cheat.
Breganze Pinot Grigio Rosato
£7.99 or buy 2 save 20% down to £6.39

Breganze Pinot Grigio
£7.49 or buy 2 save 20% down to £5.99

Yarra Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
£7.49 or buy 2 save 20% down to £5.99

Andy's choices are:
St. Hallets Poachers Blend
£6.24 or buy 2 save 20% down to £4.99

Gran Vendema Rioja Crianza
£9.99 or buy 2 save £8 down to £5.99

Will's choices are:
Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc
£7.49 or buy 2 save 20% down to £5.99

Château Mont Milan Corbieres
£5.99 or buy 2 save £2 down to £4.99

We had thought that as Will is on holiday as of Saturday his wine count should null and void, and as Andy has been inolved in all three weeks of  wines this puts him as a firm favourite to win... just saying!

Champagne in a dayDate published: 07/08/12

I was extremely fortunate to go on a trip to visit the Lanson Champagne house 10 days ago and I thought I would share with you my experience.

I was only in Reims for the day but I learnt so much about such an old Champagne house. Lanson only has a small vineyard site that sits just behind the cellar door. This is extemely rare to find in the centre of Reims as there are so many hotels, restaurants and buildings. The small vineyard is the only plot that Lanson owns as they buy their wines in regularly from a number of growers. None the less, Lanson still buys in garpes from premier crus and grand crus to form their fantastic range of Champagnes.

I think the most interesting fact about Lanson is that all of their champagnes do not under go malolatic fermentation which is pretty much the norm for other Champagne houses. The reason behind this is that the use of malolatic fermentation brings a roundness to the Champagne, but the style Lanson choose the go for is one that is more refreshing and fruit driven. This makes their non vintage Champange fantastic as an apperitiff as it is light and delicate.

While at the Lanson house, I was also able to take a tour of their cellars which spans for 6km under the house. This is where the crucial ageing for the wines occurs. It is legal requirement for non vintage Champagne to be aged for 15 months on it's lees and then a further 3 months, however Lanson choose to age their Champagne for a little bit longer to make their champagne smoother.

In the 6km of cellars our guide told us that it houses around 27 million bottles! One of the hardest aspects of a Champagne house is that so much capital is tied in to stock that is on site.

After our tour, I was treated to a tasting of some of the Lanson Champagnes. First we partook in a glass of their non vintage (also known as the black label), we then tried their extra age range which is a blend of three vintages. We had the blanc de blanc, brut and the rosé and I think that the blanc de blanc was the most popular of the three. We then went on to try the 1998 VIntage Lanson (also known as the gold label) which was my personal favourite of all. With its age it was quite a savoury style of Champagne and this is my ideal Champagne style.

We finished off our tasting with a demi- sec which despite my sweet tooth, was not my favourite. This Champagne however, would make for a fantatsic apperitiff or to go along side brioche.

After all this Champagne we most certainly needed a hearty meal. We were taken to a local brasserie where we sampled some fantastic snails cooked in garlic and Chablis, Fruit de Mere and chateaubriand. All this was washed down a bottle of Tsarine which is a Champagne in a intresting swirling bottle that was made origanlly for the Tsar's.

It may have been a short trip, but I truly enjoyed myself and I learnt alot. Next time your my do feel free to ask me any questions and I will do my best to answer.

Week 2 of our Wine-Athlon!Date published: 06/08/12

After a successful first week of the Wine-athlon, we begin our second themed tasting week, this time the wine styles are big bold and powerful.

Please vote using the ballot box on the tasting counter in store for your favourite.

James's choices are:
Gestos Shiraz/Shiraz
£5.99 per bottle

Geyser Peak Chardonnay
£9.99 or buy 2 bottles save £4 down to £7.99 per bottle

Andy's choices are:
Laurent Miquel L'Artisan Languedoc
£7.99 or buy 2 save £2 down to £6.99 per bottle

Louis Latour Grand Ardeche Chardonnay
£9.99 or buy 2 save £2 down to £8.99 per bottle

Will's choices are:
Vinalba Malbec/Touriga Nacional
£10.99 or buy 2 save £4 down to £8.99 per bottle

Vergelegen Chardonnay
£10.99 or buy 2 save £4 down to £8.99 per bottle

Week 1 wine-athlon resultsDate published: 04/08/12

So we are heading in to the last day of our first week of the wine-athlon and we thought we should let you know how our wines faired.

Firstly, I would like to point out I (Andy) am a very sore loser so these results are bias due to internet orders!

The most popular white was the Verdicchio closely followed by the Viognier with Will's choice of Rosé struggling in third place.

For the reds however, Will's inspired choice of Beaujloais Villages has come up top trumps! (This is due to a large internet order so I think we should dock him.... I told you I was a sore loser). Then we had James' very popular Santa Rita 120 Merlot (I would like to point that I actually chose James' wine as he was off so I claim this!) So bringing up the rear is my Durius still clipping at James' heels.

Ohhhh a shock here as a last minute purchase has catapulted the Viognier in to first!!!!

Please keep tuned in for our next lot of wines to follow....

It's Fine Wine Friday...Date published: 03/08/12

For this Fine Wine Friday we have decided to open...

Château de Tracy, 2010, Pouilly-Fumé

£19.99 per bottle...
...or buy 2 bottles and save £4, making each just £17.99!


Wines have been made from the vineyards of this Château since 1396, but the winery owes its current incarnation to the Count and Countess Alain d'Estutt d'Assay, who resurrected it in 1952. Today it is run by their son, Henri d'Assay, and his sisters.

Pale gold with a silvery shimmer. An open and intense nose, offering notes of stone and citrus fruit, with background vegetal hints. A fresh “citrussy” attack on the palate and seductive minerality.

Drink with soft cheeses or fresh seafood!
 

Week one of the Hagley Road Wine-athlonDate published: 31/07/12

Week 1 of the Hagley Road Wine-athon


So, here begins our first week of wine tasting themed around some of our favourite sports.

This week is centred around our buoyant trainee manager Andy. With a past of record breaking front crawl, we've opted for wines that are sleek, elegant and smooth... just like him!
Each member of staff (the ones not on holiday) have each picked a red and a white wine and we want you to vote on your favourite.

Andy's choices are:
Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Viognier
Buy 2 bottles save 20% down to £6.39 per bottle

Durius Natural Reserve Tempranillo
Buy 2 bottles save £5 down to £5.49 per bottle

Will's choices are:
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages
Buy 2 save 20% down to £5.99 per bottle

Sainte Victoire Cotes De Provence
Buy 2 save £2 down to £8.99

James' choices are:
Monte Schiavo Verdicchio
Buy 2 save 20% down to £5.99 a bottle

Santa Rita 120 Merlot
Buy 2 save 20% down to £5.99 a bottle

Please feel free taste our selection and drop your entry for the best wine in to our ballot box.

Hagley Road Wine-athlonDate published: 26/07/12

We're starting a Wine-athalon this week, at Majestic Birmingham.  Over the next 14-16 days, we will select a number of wines to open on our tasting counter grouped into 3 styles.

The 3 styles will be: graceful and refined, gutsy and powerful  and upfront and straight forward.  During each cycle of wines on the tasting counter, customers will be asked to choose a favourite in red and white.  The customer favourites at each stage will be open to taste again on the 11th and 12th August where again the good customers of Majestic Birmingham will decide an overall favourite.

There can then be no arguments, Birmingham's favourite will be decided.  Don't miss the opportunity to have your say and we'll hopefully see you in store over the coming weeks to hear your opinions.

Our new wine of the week is...Date published: 25/07/12

...Reuilly Cuvée Nathalie 2011

Nathalie Lafond has now taken over the running of the domaine from her father, Claude. This is her signature cuvée, made from a selection of the best parcels of vines, and is a match for top quality Sancerre without the premium price tag.

Classic Loire aromas of lime and gooseberry characterise the intense nose. The crisp fruit, mouthwatering acidity and touches of minerality, all sit harmoniously on the well-structured palate.

Drink as an aperitif, or partner with fresh seafood.

Single bottle price: £9.99
Buy 2 bottles and save £2, making each just £8.99!

Wine of the Week is...Date published: 21/07/12

....Louis Jadot Beaujolais Lantignie 2010.  Single bottle price: £9.99 or £7.99 per bottle when buying 2 or more bottles of Beaujolais.

Louis Jadot are one of the most well known and regarding producers and negociants in Burgundy, but like many producers from further North, they have expanded into Beaujolais to continue their search for quality wines. This Beaujolais-Villages is produced exclusively from the vineyards surrounding the village of Lantignie, which is just to the West of Regnie (one of the top crus vineyard areas of Beaujolais), hence why the village is named on the label.

Made from 100% Gamay, this wine shows pure ripe strawberry and cherry fruit flavours with soft tannins and good length and depth of flavour. This is a versatile wine which can be drunk with all cold and grilled meat dishes, cheese and even be chilled down slightly to be matched with meaty fish.

Our new "Wine of the Week" is..Date published: 11/07/12

...Tabali Reserva Camenère 2010

Viña Tabali's vineyard is around 20 miles inland of the Pacific, in an area of alluvial river terraces. These free-draining soils and the moderate maritime climate help lengthen ripening and naturally control yields, supporting Limarí's focused, intense, pure style.

Deep opaque red, with hints of violet and an almost black core. The nose is a mix of spicy red fruits and notes of coffee bean and cocoa. Integrated oak creates a voluptuous palate with a savoury streak.

Drink with beef or sausages, barbecued chops, or rustic stews.


£9.99 or buy two and save £4, making each bottle just £7.99

Fine Wine Weekend..Date published: 06/07/12

.. this month we will be opening the Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 'Vigneti di Roccolo' 2009 by Cantina Negrar.  This wine is currently priced at £22 for a single bottle, but is on a multibuy deal down to £18 per bottle for 2 or more bottles.

This wine comes from the original 'Classico' production region of Amarone and is made from a blend of Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella grape varieties, which are grown almost exclusively in the Veneto region of North East Italy.  These grapes are dried in order to concentrate the sugars and acids before fermentation and ageing in oak barrels.  The result is therefore a wine quite high in acid, tannin, alcohol and flavour.

The flavours of rich almost sweet dark fruit are accompanied by plenty of sweet vanilla and christmas cake spice with hints of chocolate.  The wine is full bodied and requires pairing with equally rich food.  This is a great example of Amarone and is available to taste in store from Friday to Sunday.

Wine of the week...Date published: 27/06/12

Carmen Gran Reserva
Carmenére

Carmenére originally hails from the vineyards of the
Médoc in Bordeaux from the early 18th century. However, due
to its susceptibility to coulure production was abandoned.
But , in 1991 a large number of vines were discovered
in Chile where the vines were thought to have been
Merlot, originally imported from France. If grafted on
to low-vigour rootstock, the wines produced have the
potential to be very fine wines. Often blended with
Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon to bring charm or structure.

This wine is a blend of Carmenére and Cabernet
Sauvignon and taken from the granite slopes of Apalta,
in the Colchagua Valley. These slopes are some of the
highest and steepest in region, this causes vine stress
encouraging low yields of high quality grapes.

Intense red and black fruit characters are accented by tobacco leaf and toasted oak aromas. Full bodied and fleshy, with a thick, velvety, and slightly sanguine texture.
Carmenére is naturally mildly tannic with low acidity, so this wine would be delicious with rare barbecued steak or sweet sticky ribs.
Single bottle price of £12.49
Buy 2 Chilean wines save 20%

£9.99

Wine of the week is..Date published: 22/06/12

.....Aix Rose Magnum 2011, Coteaux d'Aix en Provence £19.99

This is a fantastic rose from Domaine de la Grande Seouve, one of the most prestigous producers in Provence.  The appellation is situated just North of Marseille and produces mostly dry rose with some red and a little white.  The climate here is distinctly Mediterranean with warm to hot summers and mild winters - hence the popularity of dry and refreshing rose wine (which also happens to match well with all the local cuisine).  This wine is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah - a common blend for Provence Rose.  These red grape varieties are among the most commonly planted in Provence, with the regions proximity to the Rhone valley undoubtedly having an influence on this. 

Bright but delicate pink in colour, this wine screams out summer drinking.  It has an elegant mouthfeel, with plenty of summer berry fruit flavours and a refeshing acidity.  A versatile food wine, this can be matched to most fish, seafood and summer meat dishes.  Being a magnum as well, it is agreat wine for all parties and BBQ's too!

James' Rhone Adventure!Date published: 19/06/12

Having just returned from two nights in Southern Rhone, I thought I'd share some of my experiences and new found wine knowledge with you all...

In the Southern Rhone, the valley begins to open out and pockets of sandy soil appear amongst the rough, rocky scrubland. For red wines, Grenache is king, but this is often blended with Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault. By marrying these grape varieties together, the sum is much better than their individual parts. For white wines, Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Bourboulenc join the northern Rhone trio of Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne to create wines that are usually fat and full-bodied, high in alcohol, with light acidity.

Perhaps the best-known wine of the Southern Rhone is Chateaneuf-du-Pape AC. Here, machine harvesting is forbidden and hand-sorting of grapes is obligatory. Intriguingly, up to 13 different grape varieties may be used in the blend – often creating full bodied, intensely flavoured wines capable of many years bottle ageing.

During my time in the Southern Rhone I was lucky enough to visit two vineyards (Chateau Beaucastel and Cave de Monterail) and sample many of their wines - some of which we stock here in store. Although I'm probably slightly biased now, I believe the following four wines offer great value for money and good quality:

La Vieille Ferme, Perrin et Fils: £7.99 or buy 2 bottles and save £2 - £6.99.
Plan de Dieu 'Le Mistral', Cave de Monterail: £9.99 or buy 2 bottles and save £5 - £7.49.
Cotes du Rhone Reserve Rouge, Perrin et Fils: £9.99 or buy 2 bottles and save £4 - £7.99.
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Serabel: £16.99 or buy 2 bottles and save £6- £13.99.

All in all I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to the Rhone Valley and would recommend it to all of you – wine lovers or not, as the food wasn't bad either! Please don't hesitate to come into store to speak to me about my experience and the wines I am currently recommending.

Wine of the week is......Date published: 04/06/12

Matsu 'El Picaro'
Toro, 2011
£9.99
Buy Two bottles and save £4
£7.99

Grape: Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo)

The region of Toro is found in the Castiila y Leon region of North West Spain close to the Portuguese border on the Duero river. The vineyards here can vary between 600 and 750 metres above sea level and the soils are generally dry and stony – making growing conditions quite severe. Tinta de Toro is a varient of Tempranillo in Rioja and is the most planted variety in the region. Matsu wines  unite the oriental culture of caring for nature which can be seen in the name, matsu is Japanese for wait.

Using biodynamic techniques and fruit from 90 year old vines, this wine spends just 6 weeks in oak to preserve the fruit profile of ripe blackberries and raspberries. 'El Picaro' means rogue or rascal and this represents the youthful mature of this wine. Quite full bodied with hints of cocoa and liquorice as well as some minerality, 'El Picaro' is designed to be drunk over the next couple of years. Enjoy this wine with spiced meat or rich pasta dishes.

Wine of the week....Date published: 30/05/12

... is Majestic Peaks Pinot Noir from Central Otago on the South Island of New Zealand.  Single bottle price: £10.99 or £8.79 for 2 or more bottles.

The Pinot Noir variety is notorious for being a difficult variety to grow.  However, it flourishes in the cool continental climate and higher altitude vineyards of Central Otago. This gives a long growing season, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly.  The cool nights in this region also help retain acidity, giving the resulting wines excellent freshness.

The Majestic Peaks Pinot Noir is full of fresh cranberry cherry and raspberry fruit with classic savoury Pinot Noir undertones and hints of sweet spice.  The tannins are light and soft and the wine has a refeshing acidity.  A perfect summer red as it is light, has good fruit character and is great to drink on its own or with game, sausages or rich white meat dishes.

Bank Holiday and Jubilee weekend.Date published: 30/05/12

The time has come.  After the build up throughout the year the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend is upon us.  So whether you are having a full on Jubilee celebration, or just a quiet family get together, we have everything to fulfill you party requirements.  With the cross over of our early and mid summer flyers and some extended extra special Jubilee offers, this is an excellent time to visit us in store.  There are plenty of great wines starting from just £4.99 per bottle and our great knowledge of the products means we are sure to find a wine perfect for your occasion.

Don't forget we also do free glass hire, as well as chiller bins, ice buckets and of course plenty of ice! We've a great range of beers, ciders and soft drinks too, including Peroni at just £1 per bottle until 11th June.  If there are any queries you have regarding our party services or what we have to offer here either give us a call on 0121 429 4688, drop us an e-mail on bir@majestic.co.uk or come and see us in store.  We look forward to hearing from you.

The team at Majestic Wine Hagley Road

 

Please note that a refundable deposit is required for the hiring of glasses, ice buckets and chiller bins

Wine of the week is...Date published: 25/05/12

.......Château de Cléray Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2011.  The most significant and varied appelation by far, which is
acountable for more than three quarters of Muscadet production, comes pouring from the region of Muscadet de Sèvre- et- Maine which is named after two small rivers which flow through the region. Muscadet is made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape variety.  It is a delicate grape that it is common to store freshly produced wine over the winter on the lees (grape skins) this can often be attributed to the concetration of flavours and complexity of the wine.

Château du Cléray have 30 hectares of vineyards which stand on the sandy soils of the commune of Vallet. The estate has been within the family since 1935 and is currently under the watchful eye of winemaker Pierre Sauvion, that even MW Jancis Robinson refers to as one of the top producers of the region.

This wine is a wonderful example of a Muscadet Sur Lie, steely and focused which boasts of its class with the very first aromas of citrus and stone fruits. There are also hints of wet stone on the nose which leads perfectly to dry and incisive flavours on the palate.

Wonderful in accompanyment to most fresh classic fish dishes.  My favourite would be with Moules Mariniere with a side of Belgian Frites.

Wine of the Week....Date published: 10/05/12

...is the Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2009 by La Casetta di Ettore Righetti.  From the hills to the East of Lake Garda in the Veneto region of North East Italy, this particular wine is a blend of Corvina (the maximum of this allowed by DOC law being 70%) Corvinone and Rondinella, a strange law considering that Corvina is considered the grape with the potential to produce the highest quality wine.  

When Valpolicella received its DOC status in 1968, the vineyards were greatly expanded (in order to take advantage of this new acclaim). However, the grapes for this wine come from the original vineyard area, hence it can carry the name 'Classico' on the label.  The label 'Superiore' is given to a Valpolicella wine which has been aged for 1 year and with greater than 12% abv.  'Ripasso' is a technique whereby the unpressed skins of Amarone grapes are added to the wine after the Amarone fermentation has finished in the spring following harvest.  This has the effect of adding both flavour and alcohol to the Valpolicella.

The result is a wine bursting with cherry, plum and berry fruit flavours complimented by sweet and oaky spice as well asa slight savoury character.  The palate is a balance of richness and freshness with plenty of body and a long, lingering finish.  A surprisingly versatile wine, this will partner well to any red meat or rich cheese dish. 

The wine is currently £12.79 per bottle when you buy any 2 Italian wines as part of a mixed case of 6 bottles at Majestic.  This is also a real staff favourite, so be sure to grab some before we do.

Fine Wine Friday!Date published: 04/05/12

As usual as it is the first Friday of the month, we have chosen our fine wine for this Bank Holiday weekend.

We have decided to opt for something that would accompany a number of weekend dishes included one of Mum's succulent roast chickens or after a meal with a collection of England's finest cheeses.

So feast your eyes on the Meursault Château de Blagny 1er Cru 2009 from Louis Latour.

An exclusive of Maison Louis Latour, the Château de Blagny is located high on the hillside overlooking Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet. A wonderful wine, traditionally vinified and matured in small oak barrels for 8 to 12 months.
A light golden colour with green reflections this wine is full of elegant buttery notes balanced with an aroma of fresh hazelnuts. The palate has generous citrus fruit notes and a lingering finish.
With crisp lemon acidity, lush texture and well integrated oak, drink it with fish, chicken or a cheeseboard over the next 3 years.

Well worth a special treat for £30.

Come in and have a sample before it all goes

Dave's Burgundy EducationDate published: 03/05/12

Last week I had the pleasure of being involved in an educational wine tour of Burgundy with 'Les Caves des Vignerons des Buxy'.   Never having been to this part of France before, this was a great experience not just of wine but of the great local cuisine too! 

Unfortunately the rainy weather that had been in the UK throughout April followed us out to France, but that wasn't going to stop the enjoyment.  Our time was mainly spent in the rolling hills of the Maconnais in the South of Burgundy.  These hills allow for greater sun exposure than further North in the Cote de Beaune and added to the slightly warmer temperatures, produce a slightly richer style of white Burgundy.  Historically it was always red grapes which dominated the region, but now Chardonnay is the most planted variety with demand for Macon white increasing relative to Macon Rouge. 

The weather did relent for long enough for some exploration of the vineyards, where the relatively small plots of land are vastly different to many other vineyards around the world.  It was also easy to spot which vines were Chardonnay and which were Pinot Noir.  Chardonnay vines, being a more early ripening variety, already had some leaves visible, whereas the Pinot Noir vines were still quite bare.

We were also able to visit a number of co-operatives during the 3 days, including a trip around the wine-making facilities at the Cave de Buxy.  The stainless steel tanks, pneumatic presses and even a de-humidifier were signs of the invest the co-op had made to maintain and improve the quality of their wines, which really showed in the finished product.  Of all the wines we were lucky enough to try, the Montagny 1er Crus always seemed to stand out for me, but that's no surprise being a Chardonnay lover.

After squeezing in a little free time in the lovely town of Beaune, a picnic in the rain (how British) outside Saint-Romain and having driven through some of the regions in Burgundian wine it was time to return home.  Luckily, we do stock some of the Buxy Co-op's wines here at Majestic, under the 'Les Millieres' label and the Chateau du Cray wines.  They all represent great value and are made with passion and enthusiasm, so why not give them a try yourself, particulkarly with the great 2008 and 2009's in stock.

Wine of the week..Date published: 03/05/12

..is Jim Barry 'Lodge Hill' Shiraz.  From the Clare Valley, to the North of Adelaide, and vineyards at nearly 500m above sea level, this is not your everyday Aussie Shiraz.

The higher altitude moderates the very warm climate allowing for the grapes to ripen more slowly, resulting in the final wine having greater elegance and perfume, yet still the power and intensity that you would expect from an Australian Shiraz.  So expect lots of ripe berry fruit on the nose and palate, but complimented by sweet spice alongside violet and slightly minty aromas.  A complex wine that could age for a few years, but is excellent now, particularly with some steak. 

Currently £9.99 when purchasing 2 bottles of Australian wine as part of a minimum purchase of 6 bottles in store or 12 bottles online.

End of the Spring Flyer!Date published: 19/04/12

There are only a few days remaining on the current promotions here at Majestic.  We have lots of great offers all across our range from 20% off our Spanish and South African ranges to fantastic prices on all our Portuguese and Argentinian wines.  Here are some staff choices highlighting some of the best deals from our extensive selection:

Torres Vina Sol - £4.99 on offer

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc - £5.99 on offer

Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne - £27 per bottle on offer

Muriel Reserva Rioja - £5.99 on offer

Vinalba Reserva Malbec - £7.99 on offer.

All our staff have a great knowledge of wine and will be able to help find something to suit all tastes, so we can always find the right wine for you.  Hope to see you all in store over the weekend.

Malbec World Day 17th AprilDate published: 14/04/12

As you may have seen from our most recent flyer, the 17th of April is Malbec World Day! This is so we can celebrate the grape variety Malbec which is now commonly linked with Argentina.

The black grape variety was once a very popular variety in Bordeaux but has migrated over to Argentina but is still used in France in regions like Cahors and the Loire. Ovet the years it has also picked up a few other names such as Cot or Côt which some people cite as being the original name for the grape.

The grapes that have lost favour in France and are now the most commonly planted red grape variety in Argentina since it was first brought over in 1850, where the climate and terrior can help the grapes ripen and become lush and has the capability of ageing. Malbec is also the third most important grape variety after Pais and Cabernet Sauvignon in Chile now as well! A good quality Malbec is now most synonymously known to accomapny a nice juicy steak as the full-bodied, ripe black fruit and spicy elements compliment the steak extremely well.

There is also a tendancy now for wines to be made from grapes grown at differing altitudes as the grapes taken at a lower altitude will bring a fuller body to the wine as well as more black fruit as the climate will be warmer here. Grapes taken from a higher altitude will be exposed to just as much sun light but the temperature will be a few degrees lower and this will mean the grapes are less likely to sunburn and have a greater potential for flavour characteristics to develop producing a much more elegant wine, being fresher and have more floral aromas. 

To really showcase some of our Argentinian Malbec's and to honour Mlbec Wolrd day, we have a number of Malbecs open on our tasting counter for you to try.

Vinalba Gran Reserva Malbec 2009- Normally £14.99, buy 2 save £4 making that £12.99 a bottle.

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

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.

Gouguenheim Malbec 2010- Normally £8.99, buy 2 save £2 making that £7.99 a bottle

Situated in Tupungato in the Andean foothills south of Mendoza, the Gougenheim winery enjoys over 300 days of sunshine per year, allowing the grapes a lengthy period of ripening. Mineral-rich soils and drip-irrigation provide the ideal conditions for viticulture.

Mulberry and plum dominate the palate, but sweet-spice aromatics suggest a touch of sophistication. The finish is rounded with ripe fruit that lingers in the mouth.

Catena Malbec 2009- Normally £11.99, buy 2 save £4 making that £9.99 a bottle

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

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

Alamos Malbec 2011- Normally £7.99, buy 2 save £3 making that £6.49 a bottle

The Andes mountains dominate the western skyline in Mendoza. Cool evening temperatures in Catena's high altitude vineyard, in addition to the exclusive use of free-run juice, emphasize the varietal Cabernet character in this quality red.

A concentrated nose of plummy flavours and a palate jam-packed with ripe black fruit. A great, fruit-driven example of this classic variety.

This months fine wine!Date published: 06/04/12

Its Fine Wine Friday!

An iconic wine from New Zealand's most iconic winery. Atypical for Kiwi Sauvignon, the Te Koko is fermented using indigenous 'wild' yeasts, and subjected to batonnage as it ages in oak. Released as a three year old wine, this is unlike anything else from New Zealand!

Lychees and almonds with classic gooseberry notes and a hint of wood smoke. A full bodied palate of citrus fruits with the richer flavours of caramel and nougat, leading to a crisp yet spicy finish.
Able to age for up to five years, this wine an ideal partner to tuna, oysters and poached fish.

New vintage in stock: 2009.

£32.50 or...buy 2 bottles and save £10, making each only £27.50!
 

Our new wine of the week is...Date published: 28/03/12

...Vega de la Reina Verdejo, Marques de la Concordia, Rueda.

Rueda is a small region within Castilla y León, famed for this delicate style of white wine. Verdejo is the predominant white variety here, and is an aromatic grape, often thought of as Spain's alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. It offers lively aromas of greenery and citrus fruits in the Sauvignon vein, accompanied by softer, melon and petal touches. Crisp and refreshing on the palate, with a lemony zing. Here at Majestic Wine in Birmingahm we would recommend this wine as a great partner to summery lunchtime dishes, such as paella and other rice salads, or pasta dishes with mussels.

Single bottle price: £7.99

Buy two or more Spanish wines and save 20%: £6.39

This weeks wine of the week...Date published: 20/03/12

Château Romefort 2006
Haut- Médoc, Cru Bourgeois

A well made cru bourgeois claret made from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from the 28-hectare south facing vineyard.

Made from younger vines from the vineyard to ensure early maturity of the grapes and a supple style.

This wines oozes with ripe red and black forest fruits which sing out out of the glass and dance on your palate.

With the wine mostly being built with merlot grapes this gives the wine slim tannins which make this fantastically easy drinking and mellow.

This wine is drinking superbly well now and would be a glorious partner for some slow cooked lamb or beef.

Normally £9.99
Buy two save £4
£7.99

Portuguese wine tasting weekendDate published: 17/03/12

I will admit that when I first thought of Portuguese wines I didn't hold much enthusiasm, and presumed that all the best grapes went in to making Port. However, since sampling a number of varieties I can say that there really are some really delicious wines from the region. It is true that a large number of the indigenous grape varieties go in to making port (around 30 varieties) but these can also be used to produce some cracking wines. 

Despite the small size of the country, there is huge diversity in climate. One of the main influences is the Atlantic Ocean which can bring cooling sea breezes to the wine producing regions in the hot summers. 

The most common black grape varieties are Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (which is the same as Tempranillo), Castlão, Baga and Trincadeira. Arinto, Loureiro, Trajadura, Alvarinho (also known as Albariño) and Fernão Pires and Antão Vaz are the most common white grape varieties. However, every so often you will find wines that our made utilising internationally found grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the Quinta da Bacalhoa wine found in store.

The Qunita da Bacalhoa hails from the slopes of Azeitao and it is full to the brim with blackcurrant and bramble spice with hints of clove and cedar. it is a classical Bordeaux blend and it is a very good one at it! The bonus is it is also on the generic 20% Portugal bringing the price down to a mouth watering £11.99 when you buy another Portuguese wine.

Another glorious red on our tasting counter is the Tuella Tinto which is from the upper reaches of the Duoro. it is made with some of the typically used Port grapes such as Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional. It has dark fruit characteristics, namely plum with an earthy finish.This would sit fantastically well with some rich goats cheese and red onion.

Featuring on our white chilled counter we have Quinta de Azevedo Vinho verde, which literally translates as 'green wine'. Previously the wines were fermented in stone lagares but now fermentation occurs in stainless steel vats which helps to retain the spritz of CO2 in the wine. This wine has hints of tropical fruit and citrus fruit, it is well suited to a lovely summers afternoon in the sun and enjoyed along side salads and seafood.

Featuring along side we also have Planalto White Reserva which is produced using a number of indigenous white grapes. The grapes undergo cold fermentation to preserve the freshness of the wine. This is an aromatic wine with hints of pear, melon and citrus fruit. This would be fantastic with lightly spiced rice dishes or some fresh pasta.

If any of this appeals to you then please pop in to try some our free samples!

Wine of the week...Date published: 07/03/12

...is the Vinalba Malbec/Touriga Nacional blend.  The Vinalba Malbec has been a very popular addition to the range since its introduction a couple of years ago and this twist using a small percentage of Touriga Nacional shows the diversity of the Vinalba range.

Touriga Nacional is traditionally a Portuguese variety famous as a major constituent in Port and red wines of the Douro Valley.  In this blend it adds a delicate blueberry and violet aroma to ally with the power of rich dark fruit of the Malbec.  The wine is velvety smooth, has a long finish and we here at Majestic Birmingham really love it.

 

Single bottle price £10.99, 2 or more bottle price is £8.99

Fine Wine weekendDate published: 02/03/12

This weekend we have chosen to open the Casa Lapostolle 'Las Kukas Vineyard' Cuvee Alexandre Syrah 2008, Cachapoal Valley, Chile.  Single bottle price is £19.99, but is on a 'buy 2 bottles and save £10' multibuy deal taking it down to £14.99 per bottle.

 

The Cachapoal valley in Chile is most renowned for its full flavoured red wine, and this example is no exception.  Part of the greater Rapel region of Chile at the Northern end of the Central valley this is a very serious expression of the Syrah variety.  The Las Kukas is famous for its rocky soil and this wine spends 22 months in French Oak barrels prior to release.

 

Rich dark fruit such as blueberry and blackberry stand out on the nose with undertones of oak and sweet spice complimented by a lovely earthy quality.  The palate continues on this vein, but with the fruit and sweet spice more to the fore, indicating this wine has plenty of time left to develop further.  The tannins are very soft and ripe and well integrated into the wine.  The alcohol is also well integrated and there is plenty of acidity to balance the overall richness of the wine.  This is a really good wine and will appeal to lovers of Northen Rhone wines and Australian Shiraz alike.

Wine of the WeekDate published: 02/03/12

This week we have gone for the Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough New Zealand.  This is a frequently awarded wine that often goes under the radar at Majestic.  With powerful aromatics and a long intense, classic Marlborough palate all for under £8 on its current multibuy it is a great apertif or wine to match to light salads, but arguably better appreciated on its own.  Pop in store today to give it a try.

South African Tasting Week has begunDate published: 18/02/12

This week will see our tasting counter focus on the wines of South Africa.  We've a great mix of the Majestic favourites and newer wines open to try and include some of South Africa's top producers such as Vergelegen and Bellingham.  With 20% off all our South African wines, they represent great value at the moment

Being a big fan of Syrah, my personal favourite is the DMZ Syrah priced at £7.99 for 2 or more bottles, but with a wide range of styles open, there is bound to be something to suit everyone.  We hope to see you down here this week to try out these great wines

Fine Wine Weekend..Date published: 03/02/12

This weekend at Majestic we have opened the Pauillac 2008 by bordeaux negociant Ulysse Cazabonne.

Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the blend with plenty of juicy blackcurrant fruit, but secondary characteristics of cedar and leather are just beginning to develop. Well integrated tannins, balanced acidity and a long length indicate this is a very classy example of Pauillac to be drunk now or over the next 5 years.

The single bottle price of this wine is £19.99, but there is a multibuy bringing it down to £17.99 if purchasing 2 or more bottles.
 

The Majestic Bargain HuntDate published: 31/01/12

Our new spring promotion is the perfect time for a bit of a clear-out to make way for 2012's exciting new wines, so we have just knocked a third off the price of loads of bin ends in the first ever Majestic Bargain Hunt!

The selection is available in-store now - if you can't visit us in person to hunt out your bargain, please call us or email for more details of what's available.

Here is a list of the wines we have available in reasonable quantity:

Clos D'Yvigne Rouge et Noir

L'Enigme Merlot

Domaine Py Merlot

Dom Les Yeuses Le Sirius

Dom Les Yeuses La Soure

Cuvee Amandiers Blanc

Heritage Road Moonstone Sauvignon Blanc

Harveys Bristol Cream

Marlborough Hills Pinot Grigio

Montes Limited Selection Sauvignon Blanc

Casa Marin Sauvignon Blanc

Costero Riesling

Costero Sauvignon Blanc

Maray Limari Carmenere

Altosur Sauvignon Blanc

Pasquier Desvigne Bourgogne Rouge

Costero Pinot Noir Rose

If you have any enquiries about prices, stock availability, etc just give us a call and we will be happy to help.

Kind regards,

Team Hagley Road

0121 429 4688

bir@majestic.co.uk

As seen on Saturday Kitchen.....Date published: 10/12/11

Nicolas Potel Chardonnay at only £7.99 per bottle- one of the best wines they have tasted in 5 years! Not much left in stock so reserve asap!

Store Events(3)

The Tasting Club: Masterclass

1 June 2017 (18:30 - 20:00)

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: explore wines from areas or grape varieties that we call off the beaten track. You'll have a chance to try wines from our usual range and some of our limited availability parcels. This is a great opportunity to sample something that bit more unusual and stay ahead of the curve by potentially discovering the next big thing. £10 per ticket, receive a £10 off voucher to redeem against a 6 bottle purchase.

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The Tasting Club: Masterclass

19 May 2017 (18:30 - 20:00)

CRAFT GIN: Explore the rapidly expanding world of craft gin. Look at some of the botanicals that give the gins their distinct character and learn the perfect accompaniments and serving suggestions. £10 per ticket - receive a £10 voucher off a purchase of any 6 bottles.

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Seasonal Showcase

11 May 2017 (18:30 - 20:30)

Join us for our Summer Showcase, this annual informal tasting is the perfect opportunity to try lots of our latest range additions and discover your new favourite wine for the Summer. Free to attend but please reserve your places asap as this is a popular event.

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Meet the team...

  • Hayley Manager

    I started with Majestic in 2009 and have worked in many of our West Midlands stores in that time. I am passionate about all things wine, am studying for my Diploma and have visited vineyards in a number of Countries. My tastes are varied but I'm a huge fan of Champagne (what girl isn't?), Italian reds, a rich Chardonnay or a good G+T. I love to help customers discover something new so feel free to put me to the test on our tasting counter.
  • James Assistant Manager

    I have meandered around the Majestic West Midlands region over the last 5 years working in 7 different stores. I have sipped through a fair few bottles in that time but am always up for trying something new. I am a big fan of reds from Rioja and Bordeaux and also like a cheeky craft ale or 3!
  • Claire Trainee Manager

    I have just joined Majestic at the beginning of September as a trainee manager and am excited about growing my wine knowledge and meeting all our customers in store. I enjoy Sauvignon Blancs and Malbecs and am ready to try lots more wines to discover new favourites.
  • Ian Driver

    I have worked for Majestic for nearly 10 years now, formerly as a manager and now part time driving around in my little vin blanc! My taste buds do gravitate towards french wines but I am open to anything, as I try to let my taste buds do the talking! Cheers!

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