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Fort Kinnaird Trade Park
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- Store News(62)
- New Craft Beer Range in Majestic 18/05/17
- This Manager's Final masterclass: Off the beaten track 17/09/16
- Summer Sale now a Clearance Sale!!! 50% off! 01/09/16
- Free Dartington glasses at our Autumn Showcase! 31/08/16
- Autumn Showcase Tasting 7th September 22/08/16
- Our Majestic Party Service! 10/05/16
- Easter Trading hours 25/03/16
- In The Press 30/01/16
- Buyers Choice 30/01/16
- Upcoming Tasting Events! 29/01/16
- Wine of the Week - Yalumba Y Series Viognier 27/01/16
- Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Marlborough - Only £7.49 23/01/16
- Wine of the week - Mud House Pinot Gris 14/01/16
- The Bin End Sale 09/01/16
- 33 Makes Headlines, 33% off all Rioja and NZSB 27/11/15
- Wine of the Week-Staff Choice - Mendel Mendoza Blend 2013 20/11/15
- wine of the week - Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2013 Reserve de Capouliers 08/11/15
- Halloween wine of the week!! 26/10/15
- Yering Station 'The Elms' Shiraz 2013 Yarra Valley 25/10/15
- Wine of the Week - Corimbo 2011 Ribera del Duero 20/08/15
- Wine of the week-staff choice. Hey! Malbec 12/08/15
- Wine of the Week 25/06/15
- Beer of the Week 25/06/15
- Beer of the Week 18/06/15
- Wine of the Week 18/06/15
- Beer of the week 11/06/15
- Wine of the week number two 11/06/15
- Wine of the week number one 11/06/15
- Wine of the Week Part Two 04/06/15
- Wine of the week Part One 04/06/15
- Staff picks from this month's flyer! 03/06/15
- Beer of the week 28/05/15
- Wine of the week Part 2 28/05/15
- Wine of the week Part One 28/05/15
- Staff pick Vina Ardanza 2005 Rioja Reserva 21/05/15
- Summer Wine Evening tonight 1830! 15/05/15
- Veuve Clicqout-The best Champagne deal!!! 07/05/15
- Five facts you never knew about Peroni! 07/05/15
- Wines of the Week-Choose your favourite! 07/05/15
- Fine Wine Focus: Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2012 04/05/15
- Fine Wine of the Month 29/04/15
- Staff picks from the new flyer! 28/04/15
- Summer wine evening 25/04/15
- External tastings 25/04/15
- Spotlight on English sparkling tonight!! 23/04/15
- Best deals for your weekend 18/04/15
- Staff Pick of the Week: Vinalba Torrontes 15/04/15
- Staff Pick of the Week: Emilio Moro Fica Resalso 08/04/15
- South African travels 07/04/15
- Wine of the week Casal de Ventozela Vinho Verde 07/04/15
- Easter Trading hours 03/04/15
- Beer of the Week-Trooper 02/04/15
- Fine Wine of the Month: Muga Rioja Seleccion Especial 2010 02/04/15
- Alternative wine of the week for you Easter lamb 02/04/15
- Wine of the week Casal de Ventozela Vinho Verde 02/04/15
- Best of the deals for the weekend! 26/03/15
- Wine of the week! 26/03/15
- Wine of the Week 17/03/15
- Fine Wine of the Month 17/03/15
- The Tasting Counter 17/03/15
- Meet the Team 17/03/15
- Fort Kinnaird Opening Soon... 24/02/15
New Craft Beer Range in MajesticDate published: 18/05/17
Interesting Article about our most recent partnership
This Manager's Final masterclass: Off the beaten track Date published: 17/09/16
This will be the last Wine Course I do here at Fort Kinnaird before moving to take over the store on Leith Walk. We have had some great wine events over the last year and a half so hopefully we can round off with a big one!
Manager's masterclass: Off the Beaten Track... Something a little different for this wine course, we are going to explore some of the less travelled parts of the shop. A few wines to surprise & delight from less renowned wine countries, and maybe a few unusual varieties from more established places. Feeling adventurous? Sign up in store to book your place!
Friday 30th September 6.30pm start
Summer Sale now a Clearance Sale!!! 50% off!Date published: 01/09/16
The remaining wines in our summer clearout are now reduced by a huge 50%
Don't miss out there are some unbelievable bargains here!
Free Dartington glasses at our Autumn Showcase!Date published: 31/08/16
Thinking of popping along to our Autumn Showcase next week? Fancy a nice pair of crystal glasses?
Yes? See you there! Wednesday 7th September, 6.30pm onwards, at Majestic Fort Kinnaird.
Autumn Showcase Tasting 7th SeptemberDate published: 22/08/16
In the same vein as our big summer and winter showcase's we are pleased to present our first ever Autumn showcase tasting! It is completely FREE and will be held in store from 18:30 until roughly 20:30 on Wednesday 7th September. We'll be tasting a wide variety of Autumnal favourites and new arrivals as well as a few wee nips of Gin and Rum so let us know if you can join us!!
Our Majestic Party Service!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 Glass Hire
Ice and Chiller Bin Hire
Sale and Return on all wine and un-split cases of beer or cider
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.
Come down to the store, or drop us an email or phone call, and we'd be glad to get the ball rolling!
Easter Trading hoursDate published: 25/03/16
Just a quick one to let everyone know when we are open over the Easter period;
Friday 25th of March: Normal hours, 10.00-20.00
Saturday 26th March: Normal hours, 10.00-19.00
Sunday the 27th March: Closed all day
Monday the 28th March: Open 10.00-17.00
Tuesday 29th March back to normal
Many thanks and a happy Easter from the team here at Fort Kinnaird.
In The PressDate published: 30/01/16
Take a look at some of the wines in the press this last week...
The Observer – David Williams – 24th January
2012 Masi Campofiorin
Another gem that sometimes seems to be hiding in plain sight is this evergreen red blend from Veneto wine family Masi. Something about the instantly familiar label and the fact it has always been a favourite of the more traditional end of the Italian restaurant market might suggest it’s a bit of a stuffy old relic. Tasting a couple of vintages recently was a reminder of how good it still is, even as the release of its 50th vintage (the 2014) approaches. The 2012 has a richness that stems from re-fermenting the wine with dried grapes, which gives a touch of the bitter chocolate of the classic dried grape wines of Amarone della Valpolicella, but with a vivid, vivacious, tomato pasta-friendly cherry character.
Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott – 24th January
2013 Clos St Jacques Gewürztraminer
…one I particularly enjoy is 2013 Clos St Jacques Gewurztraminer. Here, the classic perfumed lychee influences are supplemented by sweeter spices and syrup-style depth but, crucially, also by hints of nectarines and citrus zest.
Daily Mail – Matthew Jukes – 23rd January
2012 Parcel Series Shiraz
A big, bold, lusty, swaggering, dark-red shiraz, this has moments of spice to lift the aroma. Snap up a few bottles of this fabulous bargain while stocks last.
2015 Massey Dacta Sauvignon Blanc
This epic sauvignon, named after the way the winemaker’s child said the word ‘tractor’, is perfect with seafood thanks to its lime-juice flavour and acidity.
Buyers ChoiceDate published: 30/01/16
Barbi Merlot - Sangiovese
The Umbrian answer to a 'Super Tuscan' is now available for you to taste
This lovely wine is deep and dark. It has an intense ruby red colour with aromas of forest fruits, black cherries and spice. Great value for money at £7.49
Upcoming Tasting Events!Date published: 29/01/16
We have a couple of great tasting events upcoming at the Fort so please get in touch and book your space!
First on Friday 19th February we have rescheduled our Rediscover France tasting that we had to move from late November. The plan for this event is a whirlwind tour through France's famous regions, from Champagne in the North, through the rest of Burgundy, past the Loire,Bordeaux, the Rhone Valley and into the South of France. Tickets for this tasting are £10, and with that you will get a £10 voucher to spend on wine! My budget for this wine course comes from the ticket sales so it really is the more the merrier!
Second, on Thursday 24th March we will be having an extra special Wine course to celebrate our 1st Birthday here at the Fort! As we are also on the run up to Easter we will try and supply a few idea's to match with seasonal grub. Tickets for this event are £5 which all goes to our new charity of the year - Headway, who specialise in life after Brain injury.
As always with our wine courses if you would like to come but can't make a specific date please do let us know. We would rather to try and rearrange a tasting to get the most people down as possible, if staffing will allow.
Hope to see you soon!
Richard, Jamie & Jamie
Wine of the Week - Yalumba Y Series ViognierDate published: 27/01/16
Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2015 South Australia
Yalumba founded in 1849 in the Borossa Valley, where you can find some of the worlds oldest vines. Yalumba has had considerable success with the rare and aromatic Viognier grape. Originally from the Rhone Valley and Southern France, the Viognier grape has massively grow in popularity in the last few years as an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.
This is a full-bodied dry white, with a gorgeously perfumed floral scent and a ripe, peach and apricot fruit, with a silky palate-feel. The richness and fruitiness of the wine lends its self well to tuna and other meaty dishes, but it works equally well with a veg loaded pizza.
Open to taste today and only £7.99 a bottle!
Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Marlborough - Only £7.49Date published: 23/01/16
Oyster Bay one of our best selling and most loved Sauvignon Blanc is on a fantastic offer this week at £7.49 a bottle down from its full price of £11.99.
Showing pronounced aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, alongside a subtle herbaceousness. Crisp, elegant and refreshing. Suitable for all occasions, from classic apéritif wine, to white meat and seafood partner.
A great wine at a great price, need I say more...
Wine of the week - Mud House Pinot GrisDate published: 14/01/16
Mud House Pinot Gris 2014 Nelson
2014 was a perfect year for growing Pinot Gris. Flowering was unhindered by frost, rainfall was low but fell at the right time. A cooler March enabled the grapes to ripen slowly creating a great balance of acidity and intensity of flavour.
This is a full and rich wine. The nose has aromas of red apple, pear and orange blossom. The palate is has richly flavoured fruit and a complex spicy finish. The touch of sweetness along with the rich fruitiness makes it a perfect match for all dishes with Asian flavours.
Don't just take my word for it...
"An off-dry, nutty, exotic, orange blossom and faintly cinnamon-scented Kiwi that can cope with all those big winter flavours. Part-fermented in old French oak barriques, it goes with everything."The Times – Jane MacQuitty – 28th November
The Bin End SaleDate published: 09/01/16
So we've reached that time of year again. As January is well under way and we are now 2 weeks past Christmas the bin end sale is in full swing. 33% and 40% off some fantastic wines that are unfortunately getting de-listed to make way for some new stock, so this is your last chance to buy what could possibly be some of your favorites from over the years.
We have the Wave series Sauvignon Blanc from Chile and the Hacienda Zorita Tempranillo from Spain open to taste. Both brilliant wines in their own right with the Wave series putting that Chilean spin on a typically New Zealand favorite with just a little less acidity and gooseberry which make it that little bit easier to drink in high volumes if you are anything like me.
The Zorita is fabulously full of that fresh fruit i look for in any Tempranillo with lovely strawberry and cherry notes and a little bit of vanilla in the background from that short time spent in American oak. Those two aside there are well over 30 different varieties left in stock in the bin end, so do come along and have a look to see if anything takes your fancy.
33 Makes Headlines, 33% off all Rioja and NZSBDate published: 27/11/15
That's right for this weekend only (26th-30th November) all Rioja and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is being reduced by 33%. This isn't a joke, we really have dropped the price of two of the countries most loved varieties of wine by a third! Looking for a great party wine then the Riscal Magnum is down to just £19.99. The highly popular Definition Rioja is also down in price to £8.65. On the Sauvignon Blanc side the massively popular Ned is down to an incredible £6.99 along with the Mud House. The old classic that is Cloudy Bay has also come down to the astonishing price of £18.33! So why not save some of that Christmas money and come in and have a wee look.
Wine of the Week-Staff Choice - Mendel Mendoza Blend 2013Date published: 20/11/15
Mendel Mendoza Blend 2013, Lucan de Cuyo Argentina
Last time we put this on the tasting counter at Fort Kinnaird we sold a cracking 3 dozen bottles over the course of a weekend!
This exquisite Malbec comes from one of Argentina’s most respected wine producers. The vineyard has top quality vines, amongst the oldest in the region, and in this blend we have some of the oldest and most refined averaging more than 80!
The wine is packed full of Blackcurrant, Woodsmoke, Dark Chocolate, Dried Raisins, and a trace of Black Pepper. Given a couple of hours to breathe those tantalising aroma’s reward with a beautifully balanced wine, smooth and succulent, with fine tannins and a long lingering finish.
Match with a rare Steak, or perhaps a Haunch of Venison. Don’t leave the store without one!!!
£25.00£16.75!! (only until Monday!)
wine of the week - Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2013 Reserve de CapouliersDate published: 08/11/15
About the wine...
This cuvée is made by Ogier, one of the southern Rhône's most well-established producers. It has been created by blending fruit from four different village vineyards of subtly different terroirs all within the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation.
Why you should buy this wine…
A powerful, savoury-sweet bouquet of ripe black fruit and peppery spice, along with pungent herb notes redolent of thyme and rosemary. Fine tannins and hints of liquorice provide great length.
A great example of a Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Every sip will take you to the picturesque vineyards of the southern Rhône. A perfect dinner party wine.
Charlotte - Leith Walk
Try it for yourself in-store today!
£13.32 down from £19.99
Halloween wine of the week!!Date published: 26/10/15
Chronic Cellars Purple Paradise 2013 Paso Robles
About Chronic Cellars...
Josh Beckett was born in Paso Robles and worked in wineries all through High School. After completing school he worked under American, French and Australian winemakers before returning to Paso Robles and founding Chronic Cellars with his brother Jake.
So tell me about this wine…
Purple Paradise has a rich dark colour intense smoky, vanilla, cherry, chocolate and spice flavours. The tannins are soft and the acidity balanced in this delicious wine.
Why you should buy this wine…
This big and bold old vine Zinfandel packs a serious punch and would be the perfect wine for any halloween party!
But don’t just take my word for it...
It combines bright, fresh and floral red plum and raspberry fruit with touches of vanilla, menthol and chocolate and unobtrusive tannins.
Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott – 23rd August 2015
Try it for yourself in-store today!
Yering Station 'The Elms' Shiraz 2013 Yarra ValleyDate published: 25/10/15
The Scottish-born Ryrie brothers ventured into the Yarra Valley, acquiring 43,000 acres and naming the land ‘Yering’, its Aboriginal name. The brothers planted two grape varieties but primarily used the land for their cattle. During the early 1850s Paul de Castella took ownership of Yering Station and began developing from what remained primarily a cattle station into a landmark of winemaking in Victoria. After changing hands several times throughout the early-to-mid 1900s, Yering Station was purchased by the Rathbone family in 1996. The Rathbone family’s vision for the property has led to major accomplishments including winning the ‘International Winemaker of the Year’.
So tell me about this wine...
Yering Station is Victoria's oldest vineyard (planted in 1838) and is located in the heart of the Yarra Valley just north of Melbourne. The elms refer to an avenue of 330 elm trees planted by the owner in the 1850s to welcome his new bride to the property.
Why you should buy this wine…
The nose is spicy and aromatic with clove and black pepper. The palate is fruity and intense with a hint of chocolate. Rich and smooth with soft tannin the finish is long and full flvavoured.
Try it for yourself in-store today!
Was £12.99 now only £9.74!!
Wine of the Week - Corimbo 2011 Ribera del DueroDate published: 20/08/15
A project by Bodegas Roda, one of Rioja's leading wineries, to make a top quality modern Tempranillo in Ribera del Duero. Following four years of research, the La Horra vineyards were identified as Roda's chosen Duero site, and Corimbo was first produced here in 2008.
100% Tinta del País (Tempranillo)
Vines are an average age of 25 years in La Horra and Roa on limestone/chalk soils. Fermentation in a combination of large wood and stainless steel vats followed by 12 months aging in barrel - 80% French oak and 20% American oak.
In the glass
Notes of ripe cherry and blackberries that bring a sensation of freshness to the palate. A long, persistent wine that shows the classic Ribera del Duero landscape, that of Burgos in particular. An excellent vintage, marked by a warm summer but still carrying the freshness of red fruits integrated with balance, elegance and finesse creating a pleasant and lasting finish.
92 points, International Wine Cellar
“Heady spicy, floral aromas of black and blue fruits, vanilla and cola. Seductively sweet, supple and expansive, with powerful boysenberry and cassis flavors showing excellent intensity and depth. Subtle tannins add shape to the long, spice-accented finish.” – Josh Raynolds
Wine of the week-staff choice. Hey! MalbecDate published: 12/08/15
Hey! Malbec 2013
Malbec, malbec everywhere and there is plenty to drink!
It seems that Argentina’s adopted national grape has become something of a favourite in Britain over the past couple of years and it is easy to see why. With it’s easy drinking, full of fruit style, Malbec is something of a ‘go to’ wine particularly for those newer to drinking red wine.
Hey! Malbec is produced by Matias Riccitelli, with their head winemaker and founder naming the business after himself. Based in Mendoza, he has dedicated himself to finding the best terroir in the region to make the best wines possible.
The grapes are all hand picked in small batches and sorted for this wine to ensure quality. The wine is then fermented and aged, 70% in concrete tanks and the rest in oak barrels allowing the wine to have some ageing potential.
The wine is as bold as the label. Full of classic malbec flavours of dark fruits, particularly blackcurrant and plum. With notes of chocolate and black pepper to finish off, Hey! Malbec is a beautifully rounded wine.
Perfect for your summer bbq or a big juicy steak!
Wine of the WeekDate published: 25/06/15
Château La Sauvageonne Rosé, Languedoc, France
La Sauvageonne translates into English as wild woman! The story is not quite what you may think. La Sauvageonne references the untamed and breathtaking volcanic terraces that the Château overlooks.
The land is key to the wine. The volcanic influence along with the chalky and clay soils create fantastic growing conditions for vines to produce very good quality grapes.
La Sauvageonne is the most recent acquisition of Gérard Bertrand, former French rugby player and accomplished winemaker, who won Red Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine Challenge awards in 2012.
Since taking over the Château in 2011 Gérard and his team have worked hard and were awarded biodynamic status for the wine in 2013.
What is the wine like? La Sauvageonne is made with the utmost care. Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah are fermented separately and some of the wine is allowed to spend time resting on it lees (the yeast used in fermentation, which adds body and flavour) before a final wine is blended.
It is light pink in colour with flavours of red fruit, with lovely aromas of roses and violets, with a hint of gingerbread. It is a wine of exceptional quality.
Majestic Scotland price = £12.99
Beer of the WeekDate published: 25/06/15
Paulaner Wheat Beer,
Germany 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.
Majestic Scotland price = £19.99
Beer of the WeekDate published: 18/06/15
Lagunitas India Pale Ale, 6.2%
Success In the USA
Lagunitas is one of the top 10 selling craft beers in the USA. Originally created in Lagunitas, California in 1993, the company moved to bigger premises in Petaluma, California the following year.
With demand and interest on the East Coast growing, Tony Magee opened a second brewery in Chicago in April 2014.
The new Chicago brewery has a 600,000 barrel capacity and now has an onpremise taproom.
Why should you buy this beer...
The beer itself is made with 43 different hops and 65 various malts.
It is light amber in colour with a frothy white head. It smells light and citrusy with a hint of pine. The smells and flavours are very similar and it’s surprisingly light, given the number of hops used within the brewing process. It is very smooth with only a hint of bitterness on the finish.
The Lagunitas Brewing Company recommend drinking it on its own or with a mild blue cheese!
Majestic Scotland price = £10.99
Wine of the WeekDate published: 18/06/15
El Viajero Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda Valley,
Chile Cool Sauvignon Blanc
The Leyda Valley is approximately half way down the country of Chile, to the south and west of Santiago.
The vineyards are situated only 10 miles from the coast, meaning that the influence of the Pacific Ocean is very important to the region. The ocean helps moderate the temperatures, meaning that the winters are mild and the summers are warm rather than hot. This creates a cool climate for grape growing, and one grape that can produce fantastic wine in these conditions is Sauvignon Blanc.
Should I compare thee to a Loire or a Kiwi?
The Loire style of Sauvignon tends to be restrained, with subtle flavours of citrus, with some peachy or apricot flavours. The soft ripe flavours and sharp acidity make them great wines to drink with food. New Zealand wines tend to be bigger and bolder with citrus flavours and gooseberry being prominent.
This cool climate Chilean wine falls somewhere between the two. The flavours are more obvious than that of a Loire wine, yet not as powerful as some from New Zealand.
Why should you buy this wine...? If this wine were from the Loire it would be twice the price. The last few years have also seen a rise in price of New Zealand Sauvignon, so if you are looking for a quality, value Sauvignon Blanc, Chile is the place to look and you need look no further you’ve found it!
Majestic Scotland price = £6.66
Beer of the weekDate published: 11/06/15
Hawthorn Pale Ale, 4.7%
Award winning brewery!
The Hawthorn Brewery came to the attention of our buyer, Matt Pym when they won the prestigious title of “Supreme Champion Brewer” at the International Beer Challenge in London; an award that encompasses breweries from over 30 countries.
Award winning beer!
Recent awards include: 2015 – Silver Medal, Australian International Beer Awards 2014 Silver Medal, Australian Craft Beer Association Awards 2014 Silver Medal, International Beer Challenge, London 2014 Bronze Medal, Australian International Beer Awards
Why should you buy this beer... Majestic is the exclusive UK importer of the Hawthorn Brewing Company, so you can’t buy it anywhere else!
Hawthorn Pale Ale is a unique interpretation of the classic and popular style. It has a rich and complex malt character, derived from a bold blend of five different types of grain. Hawthorn Pale Ale is an all malt beer with no added sugar, chemicals or preservatives. With citrus and spice, fruit flavours, it’s crisp and fresh and will perfectly compliment spicy Asian food.
Scotland Price £10.99
Wine of the week number twoDate published: 11/06/15
Cortese 2014 Araldica, Piedmont
Tell me about this wine...? Araldica Castelvero is a cooperative cellar in the village of Castel Boglione, in Asti, Piedmont. The Cortese grapes are grown in Gavi and from vineyards in the surrounding Alto Monferrato region. If you like Gavi, you’ll love this, it’s the same grape variety basically Gavi’s baby brother!
What does it taste like…? It’s a classic Italian white; light, fresh and crisp. A perfect easy drinking summer wine – best enjoyed in the sunshine! Zesty citrus flavours with subtle hints of apple and pear.
What’s it great with…? It’s great on its own or with food such as fish, appetizers or lighter pasta dishes. Why should you buy this wine…? It’s simple its as good as Gavi without the price tag.
Scotland Price £5.99
Wine of the week number oneDate published: 11/06/15
Ben Marco Malbec 2013 Dominio del Plata, Mendoza
Tell me about this wine...? This wine is from Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza. The grapes are handpicked from vineyards in the foothills of the Andes. It’s a real expression of dedication to viticulture and winemaking, with a real focus on freshness.
What does it taste like…? It’s full bodied and concentrated with aromas of vanilla, ripe red fruits and roasted coffee beans. Smooth and well balanced.
What’s it great with…? Barbequed/grilled/roasted red meats, strong cheeses and meatbased pasta dishes.
PS…. Our own customers gave this wine 4/5 as part of our online reviews! Read the reviews at www.majestic.co.uk and search ‘Ben Marco’.
Scotland Price £11.98
Wine of the Week Part TwoDate published: 04/06/15
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.
Majestic Scotland price £7.49
Wine of the week Part OneDate published: 04/06/15
Aglianico Del Vulture Italy
Available to taste!
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!
Majestic Scotland price £7.49
Staff picks from this month's flyer!Date published: 03/06/15
Staff Picks from this month’s Flyer!
If you are looking for an alternative to Prosecco for your summer celebration then you have found it. This Cava has incorporated the traditional Champagne grape of Chardonnay into the blend to create a Cava that is both fruity and toasty.
Codorniu Seleccion Raventos £11.99 now £7.99
Have you been searching for the perfect Rioja? Well look no further, this Rioja has all the classic elements of beautiful dark fruits complemented by a spicy edge. Perfect to warm to up on those colder Scottish summer days!
Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva £14.99 now £9.99
I am always on the lookout for a decent Chardonnay and this new Aussie number certainly fits the bill. Citrus and stone fruit flavours are complemented by a beautiful creamy finish.
Cormack & Co Chardonnay £11.99 now £7.99
Beer of the weekDate published: 28/05/15
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.
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...? Majestic Scotland price = £10.99
Wine of the week Part 2Date published: 28/05/15
Haut Vol Rosé Pays D’Oc
Available to taste!
A Summer of Rosé
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 in a similar style.
Haut Vol Rosé
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.
Scotland Price = £6.66
Wine of the week Part OneDate published: 28/05/15
Vacqueyras “Les Hauts De La Ponche” Domaine Font Sarade Rhône Valley
Available to taste!
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 ChâteauneufduPape. 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. Scotland Price = £14.99
Staff pick Vina Ardanza 2005 Rioja ReservaDate published: 21/05/15
One of the very best of Rioja's produced from fruit exclusively grown in the bodega's 360 hectare vineyard holdings in the Rioja Alta region, and named after one of the Region's founding families. Remaining under family ownership, this is of the most sought-after bodegas.
Complex and perfumed primary and secondary aromas of earth, spice and red fruits with a long, elegantly structured medium weight body of spicy tannins and layers of flavour.
Enjoy now with lamb or over the next decade as the richness and power will soften to spice and earth, augmenting game casserole or wild duck.
Summer Wine Evening tonight 1830!Date published: 15/05/15
We have a really exciting range of wines to open for this evening's Summer Wine evening.
A choice of Sparkling to start with with Soffio Prosecco up against the staff favourite - Cava!
For those of you in search of a crisp dry white we have a Loire valley classic & a Chilean alternative, and for those looking for something with a little more character we have Argentine Viognier, Italian Gavi de Gavi, and Aussie Chardonnay!
Summer is on its way slowly but surely so we have a couple of Provence Rose's open to get you in the mood!
And finally on to a super six reds; Kiwi Pinot Noir & Italian Negroamaro for those looking for something fresh and light on the palate, Argentine Malbec and a South African blend for those in search of something full & fruity, and if you like a little more age on your wine we have a cracking Bordeaux and Reserve Rioja as well!
Not to mention a fantastic Cheese board from our local Cheesemonger Mellis' with crackers and bread!
All completely free! Join us from 1830 tonight (Friday 15th May) at Fort Kinnaird.
Veuve Clicqout-The best Champagne deal!!!Date published: 07/05/15
Veuve Clicquot-The best Champagne buy at Majestic this weekend!
A few fun facts about Veuve Clicquot to keep you going through the election results!
It is widely thought that the 1811 comet vintage of Veuve Clicquot was the first ‘truly modern’ Champagne.
They are also one of the first houses to be credited with making a Rosé Champagne.
The Champagne holds a royal warrant from Queen Elizabeth II.
To make their non-vintage Champagne, grapes are sourced from up to 60 different cru vineyards.
Their house motto is ‘Only one quality, the finest’.
Come victory or defeat in the election, Champagne will always be your friend and at only £29.32 a bottle it is not to be missed!
Five facts you never knew about Peroni!Date published: 07/05/15
Five Facts you never knew about Peroni!
At The Fort we love all things Italian, including their best selling lager, here are a few facts you may not know!
It is the Peroni brand’s premium lager launched in 1963.
The name means ‘Blue Ribbon in Italian in honour of the Blue Riband won by the Italian ocean line SS Rex in 1933.
It is the best selling beer in Italy and in the top 10 in the UK.
40% of the Maize comes from Nostrano Dell’Isola grown especially for Peroni.
Peroni own a shop in London called ‘Emprio Peroni’, a play on another famous Italian’s name.
At £24 for a case of 24 or £1 a bottle you won’t want to miss out on this slice of Italian history.
Wines of the Week-Choose your favourite!Date 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).
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.Majestic Scotland Price = £6.66
Fine Wine Focus: Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2012Date published: 04/05/15
Fine Wine Focus: Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2012
This is a beautiful Chardonnay from the warmer parts of California resulting in a powerfully ripe wine. The head winemaker Jim Clenenden has used his expertise to get that balance between powerful flavours whilst still providing an elegant, well balanced wine.
On the nose: There is a wonderfully complex nose of orange zest, ripe apple and toasted hazelnut.
On the palate: full bodied and enduring there is velvety ripe fruit with a nutty lingering finish.
This wine would be a great match for roasted poultry dishes.
Fine Wine of the MonthDate published: 29/04/15
Fine Wine of the Month: Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero 2011
Coming from a selection of vineyards between 15 and 25 years of age this wine spends 50% French and 50% American oak for 12 months prior to bottling. The Tempranillo clones are old and pure here, known as Tinto Fino.
Real intensity on the palate, with layers of concentrated blackberry, toasted herbs, smoke and vanilla. Full-bodied and a long length, the remarkably integrated, ripe tannins give a firm structure. Enjoy now if you like modern interpretations of Tempranillo, or age over the following 6-8 years to soften the fruit and spices.£14.99
Staff picks from the new flyer!Date published: 28/04/15
Staff Picks from this month’s Flyer!
Richard’ Choice -
Looking for your perfect Pinot Grigio? Then look no further. This Pinot Grigio is a classic. Delicate and soft, this is perfect for drinking with simple fish dishes or on it’s own!
Serena Pinot Grigio Banfi £9.99 now £6.66
Caitlin’s Tip -
The perfect rosé Champagne for your summer party. This beautiful Champagne is one of the best rosé Champagnes around and cannot be missed at this price!
Laurent Perrier Rosé NV £60.00 now £44.98
Classic Mendoza Malbec. Filled with black fruits with a sweet spice twist. This is perfect for your summer bbq (weather not guaranteed)!
Alamos Malbec £9.99 now £6.66
Summer wine eveningDate published: 25/04/15
Summer Wine Evening
Friday 15th May 6.30-8 pm
Our annual summer wine evening is just a couple of weeks away so we thought we would let you know what was in store for you!
There will be sparkling wine open for you to start your evening off.
We will have a selection of red, white and rosé wines open for you to try.
In addition we will have a couple of new spirits open to taste.
If all of that wasn’t exciting enough, a representative from Innis and Gunn will be here with some beers for you to sample!
And of course, there will be nibbles!
How can you miss out when all of this is free for you to attend?
Give us a call on 01316575114 or email email@example.com to confirm your place
External tastingsDate published: 25/04/15
Are you a member of a wine club, golf club, rotary club, book group etc? Would you like to learn a little more about wine with your friends? Well we could have the answer for you. At Majestic we not only hold tastings and wine courses in store but are willing and able to come to you!
Our time is free! All you need to do is purchase the wines!
How it works:
Let us know as far in advance as possible of possible dates, times, number of guests and of course your budget for the wines.
If there is a particular grape, country or style of wine you would like to learn about we can select some wines for you based on that.
If you would like to taste the wines 'blind' we can be early to your venue to pre-pour the wines for you.
If you like we can even hold a quiz at the end of the evening to see how much you have learnt!
Call today on 01316575114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Spotlight on English sparkling tonight!!Date published: 23/04/15
Don't miss out on our amazing English spotlight!!
5 different English sparkling wines to try.
Starts at 6:30
Best deals for your weekendDate published: 18/04/15
This weekend there are some excellent deals to be had!
The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is only £6.99! It is not going to be this price again for some time so stock up now!
There is 33% off all Malbec this weekend only to celebrate both World Malbec Day and our Spotlight week on Argentina.
Some of the best deals to be had include:
Catena Malbec £8.66
Mendel Mendoza now only £15.99
Parrilla Malbec £7.99
Chandon Rose is open on the tasting counter on Saturday and at £12.99 you cannot afford to miss out on that!
If you need to restock your beer supplies for the football, Sam Adams is still only £24 for a case of 24, that’s only £1 a bottle!
We look forward to seeing you today!
Staff Pick of the Week: Vinalba TorrontesDate published: 15/04/15
You have loved Argentinian Malbec and this wine is the white grape variety Argentinia is also famous for. If you are looking for something a bit different this is the wine for you. A beautifully ripe, perfumed wine with tropical notes and blossom aromas. The palate is awash with refreshing fruit such as peach, melon and and pear.
Try something new.
Staff Pick of the Week: Emilio Moro Fica ResalsoDate published: 08/04/15
Wine of the Week-Staff Choice
Finca Resalso, Emilio Moro 2013
From the 10th - 16th April we will be shining a light on Spain at Majestic Wine, and in the spirit of searching out hidden gems I have chosen this great wine from the Ribera-del-Duero.
The Ribera sits on top of a broad plain at around 850m above sea level but traversed from east to west by the Duero river. Though the weather of ‘la Meseta’ is for the most part hot & with plentiful sunshine, the altitude provides a cooling influence and in the summer the daytime temperatures can range from 35 degrees at noon down to a mere 12 at night. This daily range gives the vine fantastic growing conditions with time for both ripening and resting.
Finca Resalso is the second wine from Emilio Moro using the youngest part of the vineyard, vines between 5 and 15 years old, to produce a lighter and more fruit forward wine than the first. Saying that, within the ripe flavours of cherry, mulberry, and blackberry are the unmistakable Ribera characters of liquorice, savoury spice, and warming earthy notes.
This wine is still relatively new to our range having been in stock less than a year. Even at full price it is well worth the money but when on offer it is an absolute steal! A fantastic match with Red meat in all its forms but my top tip would be a Lamb Tagine.
South African travelsDate published: 07/04/15
Watch out for Caitlin's article about her trip to Rustenburg on the Majestic Blog later this week.
She had the best time so read all about it.
Try the Rustenburg wines:
Rustenburg Sauvignon Blanc £13.49- crisp and delicous
Rustenburg Straw wine £8.66- a sweet treat
Wine of the week Casal de Ventozela Vinho VerdeDate published: 07/04/15
Not many of these left, a fabulously fresh wine perfect for the warm weather predicted this week. It even had a little spritz just to add that element of celebration.Only £6.66!!
Did you know...
Traditionally Vinho Verde had a slight effervescence due to malolatic fermentation taking place in the bottle, this is usually seen as a wine fault but consumers actually liked this feature of the fresh style of wine. Nowadays producers carbonate the wine to achieve the same affect with more stability and clarity.
Easter Trading hoursDate published: 03/04/15
This weekend we are open as follows:
Friday 3rd April-10am-8pm
Saturday 4th 10am-7pm
Sunday 5th CLOSED
Monday 6th 10am-5pm
From Tuesday 7th it's business as usual
Beer of the Week-TrooperDate published: 02/04/15
Trooper - Created by Iron Maiden, brewed by Robinson’s
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.
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...?
Majestic Scotland price = £21 per case
Fine Wine of the Month: Muga Rioja Seleccion Especial 2010Date published: 02/04/15
Fine Wine of the Month: Muga Rioja Seleccion Especial 2010
Founded by Isaac Muga Martínez and his wife, Auro Caño in 1932, in Haro, at the western end of Rioja Alta. The best grapes are selected for the Especial blend, and aged for 6 months in large vats, before 28 months in small French/ American oak barrels, and a further year in bottle.
“ Intense, concentrated and powerful aromas of black fruit, red berries, spice
and hints of wild flowers complement an intense and very powerful, fruit driven palate with layers of flavour an exotic spice. ”
A harmonious wine that will age gracefully for ten years but can be enjoyed now. A real treat for any Rioja fan!
Alternative wine of the week for you Easter lambDate published: 02/04/15
Wine of the Week-Staff Choice
Surani Costarossa Primitivo
With Easter this week, the temptation is to go for a good old Rioja. Here at Fort Kinnaird we like to think outside the box a little bit and have chosen a wonderful Primitivo for your Sunday roast.
Now what is Primitivo? In short it is Italy’s answer to Zinfandel. Generally grown on the east coast primarily in Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot. The warmer climate here generates grapes that ripen earlier and are full of flavour and higher in alcohol. This is balanced out by typically black fruit flavours with a long finish.
The vineyards for Surani Primitivo are owned and farmed by the Pasqua family who have been making wines for generations. The Salento area where the Primitivo is planted is known for being one of the finest areas for Primitivo.
Now for the important bit, what does it taste like? Full of flavours of black fruits, in particular blackberries. Followed by notes of baked fruits such as figs and prunes along with some sweet spice. Rich and concentrated flavours as well as a long finish ensures that you will not forget this wine in a hurry!
This amazing wine can be yours for the fantastic price of £8.24!
Wine of the week Casal de Ventozela Vinho VerdeDate published: 02/04/15
Casal de Ventozela Vinho Verde - Portugal
Available to taste!
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!
Majestic Scotland price = £6.66
Best of the deals for the weekend!Date published: 26/03/15
Best of the deals for the weekend!
There are so many good deals to be had at Majestic this weekend so here are the ones that you should be taking home with you!
The Headline Act:
33% off all Prosecco! Adding to our current deals on Prosecco, the good folks at Majestic have taken 33% off of all our Prosecco range!
Currently in store are :
Soffio Prosecco at £6.66
Salatin Treviso Prosecco at £8.66
La Marca Conegliano Prosecco at £9.99
Only at this price this weekend and added to the offer are:
La Marca cuvee at £10.65
Zonin Prosecco at £7.99
Rivamonte Prosecco at £6.66
La Marca Treviso at £8.66
The Support Artist:
Short term deal that have caught the eye are:
CVNE Reserva Rioja 2010 down from £14.99 to an unmissable £8.99
Vieux Remparts 2012 Lussac St-Emilion a classic brought down to 7.99!
These are only available at this price until Monday!
We currently have two amazing beer deals for you:
Sam Adams Boston Lager is currently £24 a case (That’s only £1 a bottle!)
Asahi Super Dry is also £24 a case
Remember we will have wines open to try all weekend including Prosecco and a selection of Bordeaux wines to celebrate our spotlight on Bordeaux. So come in and try something new!
Wine of the week! Date published: 26/03/15
Château Moulin de Curat - Bordeaux - Available to taste!
A little about Bordeaux…
Bordeaux is probably the second most famous wine region in the world after Champagne. Wines from Bordeaux tend to be complex due to a blend of up to five grape varieties, ageing in oak barrels, maturation in bottle and a variable climate which means vintages can be distinctly different from each other.
The 2009 Vintage in Bordeaux…
The weather matters to successfully grow grapes and you cannot make good wine without good grapes. After rains in April and May, Bordeaux had a warm, dry summer and a dry harvesting period. The weather resulted in ripe, succulent grapes, full of flavour which were lovingly made into wine by the vignerons of Bordeaux. The vintage was an incredible success with Robert Parker (world renowned wine critic) awarding 19 different wines the maximum score of 100 points.
Château Moulin de Curat...
This wine has aromas of red and black berries. In the mouth the wine is soft, supple and well-rounded. The flavours of berries are clearly there along with hints of earthy mushroom. The 2009 vintage is nice and ripe, so the wine can be drunk by itself, rather than food being a necessity. However, if you fancy a steak for dinner tonight, it deserves to be paired with this wine!
Why you should buy this wine…
Its a one off parcel of wine from an amazing vintage representing amazing value (something our buyers are famous for finding) - snap it up before its all gone.
Majestic price = £9.99
Wine of the WeekDate published: 17/03/15
Louis Jadot Macon Les Roches Blanches 2013
This wine embodies all that is great about the fabulous region of Burgundy. Using grapes from the superior vineyards of the village of Loché, southwest of Mâcon. Jadot have been making fine white burgundy since 1859 with a reputation stemming from the unique terroir of this region.The expertise of the Jadot winery really shines through with this wine. Made in a crisp style, on the palate is fruity green apple and ripe pears with a lingering mineral finish. This wine should be enjoyed on its own or with chicken or fish dishes.
What an amazing value white Burgundy!
Fine Wine of the MonthDate published: 17/03/15
Fine Wine of the Month
Amarone della Valpolicella, Cantina Negrar
With the team at Fort Kinnaird having a soft spot for Italian wine, it is no surprise we have chosen Amarone as our first Fine Wine of the Month.This wine originated from a blend of Molinara, Corvina and Rondinella grapes grown in the Veneto region of Italy. The delicious richness of this wine stems from the traditional appasssimento method of drying the grapes on straw mats before fermentation to increase the sugar levels of the grapes. This results in a powerful wine full of intense aromas of chocolate, spice and Christmas cake. This translates to a full bodied but velvety wine on the palate. Match this wine to any Italian food.
The Tasting CounterDate published: 17/03/15
We have a fabulous selection of wines open to try on the tasting counter. We asked the team at Fort Kinnaird to pick their favourites:
I think my favourite of all the wines on the tasting counter for the whites has to be the Godello As Caixas and the Vina Eguia Gran Reserva Rioja for the reds. I picked the Godello because it is something a bit different to your better known grape varieties and it is refreshingly clean and crisp with a zesty finish. I chose the Rioja because you get so much complexity for your money with a spicy and leathery punch.
My two favourites would have to be the Medalla Real Chardonnay and the Vinalba Malbec. I just love Chardonnay and the Medalla Real is one of my go to wines when I fancy a glass or two in the evening.The Malbec because it rich and bold, almost a meal in itself because it is so full bodied, and delicious.
CarolineI would have to pick as my favourites the Ned Sauvignon Blanc and the Amarone. The Ned because it is everyones favourite being nettly, crisp and amazing value. The Amarone because it is just a fabulous wine, delicious and Italian...the best
Meet the TeamDate published: 17/03/15
Meet the Team
The Majestic team at Fort Kinnaird cannot wait to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about wine with you. Here is a little bit about them:
The Boss- Richard
Richard is the new manager of Fort Kinnaird and this will be the fourth Majestic store he has worked in so he knows his stuff. Richard has completed his WSET level three wine exam and plans on starting the diploma this year so has an amazing amount of wine knowledge. Richard likes all things Italian, with Italian wines being his go to bottle.
Assistant Manager- Caitlin
Caitlin had worked with Majestic for about 18 months having worked in two other Edinburgh stores previously and also in the Inverness store. She, like Richard, has completed her WSET level three and also plans on starting the Diploma this year. She loves buttery soft Chardonnay and big bold reds, she also has a soft spot for Italian wines. She is just about to jet off for two works working at the Rustenburg estate South African vineyard, don’t hesitate to ask her all about it.
Trainee Manager- Caroline
This is Caroline’s second Majestic store but she has a wealth of retail experience behind her and a well established love of wine. Caroline is currently studying for her WSET level three exam which she will be sitting soon. She is another Italian wine fan.
Fort Kinnaird Opening Soon...Date published: 24/02/15
Fort Kinnaird Opening Soon....
Soon to be Edinburgh’s 5th Majestic Wine Warehouse, Fort Kinnaird is opening its doors to better serve the East Lothian area as well as Musselburgh, Portobello, and Pathhead.
Interested in learning a little more about wine?
We have a brand new tasting counter with a great selection of wines free to try.
Sign up for one of our free wine courses:
Thursday 2nd April at 7pm
Friday 24th April at 7pm
Drop into one of our focused tasting weeks:
20th-26th March Australia Spotlight
27th March-2nd April Bordeaux Festival Spotlight Week
3rd-9th April Easter Specials Spotlight
Richard, Caitlin and Caroline are looking forward to meeting you and sharing their wine expertise so please come and pay us a visit.
Opening March 2015
Tel: 0131 6575114
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